Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Gabrielle Anxious for Season Opener


Chaff...F Jayce Hawryluk is back practicing with the Wheat Kings this week after missing 10 days with a shoulder injury...Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Pulock made his NHL pre-season debut last night, seeing 17:05 of icetime in the New York Islanders 5-3 loss in Calgary.  Pulock, the Islanders first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, had one hit, one shot and two blocked shots in the contest.  Meanwhile, former Wheat Kings' co-captain Matt Calvert isn't seeing any pre-season action for the Columbus Blue Jackets this week.  He's day-to-day with a groin injury.


Marv said...

Hey Bruce,

Any idea why the scoring is so whacked in the preseason this year? I saw your piece earlier, citing Bukarts as the teams leading scorer with 1 goal and 6 asists, yet the Brandon Sun reported that Clague led the team in scoring with 5 points in preseason.

I know its only preseason but one would think if you are going to keep and publish stats, some effort would be made to do so accurately.

I listed to your broadcast of the Moose Jaw game where you called the first goal for Gabrielle and you said you thought he might have tipped the 3rd one in as well.

The Warriors posted a video of the game online which backs up both of your calls on the broadcast that day, showing him score the first goal and then tip the second.

But in your clip on this piece you introduce Gabrielle as having 3 assists in the preseason without mention of his goals. Once again, the WHL and Wheat King websites also show no goals for him, despite the clear video evidence to the contrary.

Bukarts clearly gets points in the Moose Jaw game and it's evident from the video, but the boxscore gives him none, which explains the discrepency on the WHL website and the Brandon Sun reporting.

I find it odd that an outfit the size of the WHL would allow innacuracies like this to be published and that a credible newspaper like the Brandon Sun would repeat the innacuracies.

A guy like Bukarts is in his draft year - accurate stats on the young man might be considered important.

Is it because it's only preseason that there is no regard for accuracy, or is this fairly standard in your experience with the WHL?

Luber said...

That's a great question Marv. Now that I've done pre-season broadcasts for the past three seasons, I can tell you that the WHL and the teams don't really take games in the pre-season that seriously (IMO) when it comes to the off-ice part of game nights. In this subject itself, to my knowledge, there's no official scorer at the games and the awarding of goals/assists is left up to the discretion of the referees. That, of course, leads to mistakes. As you can see, those mistakes don't often get corrected.