So the beer brewing went well enough for our first time. We had a couple of mishaps, including breaking our first hydrometer so we had to run out and get a second one, and then having our pot boil over, then having said boil-over harden and catch slightly on fire beneath the pot. Luckily it was all quickly contained, and other than some smoke we we’re pretty much in business. We got everything into our fermenting bucket, and now it’s in Brandon’s closet to ferment for a week or so. Hopefully it doesn’t taste like complete ass, but even so, now that we have one batch behind us, hopefully the next one goes better. I think next time we want to try to use a bit more of a complicated recipe and some fresher ingredients, which will probably be tougher than the simple mixes we used this time, but it should be fun, and at least we know the basics now.
The Avs game was fantastic. Budaj was supposed to play, but he has flu, so Weiman was recalled and Andy got the start. Anderson looked like he had a rough night. Maybe it was just a bad night for goaltenders (final was 5-4 with Cam Ward in net for the Canes), or maybe playing 10 straight to start the season is taking it’s toll (10 straight to open the season is an Avalanche franchise record by the way). I’m hoping it was just a rough game for him, because I can’t imagine they put in Weiman against Detroit tonight, which mean 11 starts in a row for Andy, and I know he’s good, but he’s human too, and the Wings are a good team, so we’re going to need to play way better defensively than we did last night if we want a decent chance of beating the Wings again at home tonight.
Lines for the Avs started like this:
Offensively we played pretty great tonight, 3 points from Staz (2g, 1a), 2 points for Matty D (2a) and 2 for O’Reilly (1g, 1a) along with a smattering of points for a few other players, including Ryan Wilson’s first NHL point, and assist. Apparently, since Liles has been out with his should injury, we don’t have a PP goal, which is disappointing, and shows how important he is to this teams special teams play. With Liles and Quincey on the point during the PP we’re scary, with Clark, no so much so.
Tucker was carted off in a stretcher after a scary moment on a boarding call by Tuomo Rutuu, who will likely be suspended at least a few games for the hit. It was a dirty hit, and one deserving of the game misconduct he got, but it was no Bertuzzi. Still, players need to be smart about hits like that, they’re dangerous, plus (not that I care about the opposing team that much) it puts your team at a serious disadvantage, so it’s stupid on top of dangerous.
I’ve got some pictures from the game, which considering how high up in the seating I was, I thought were pretty solid pictures. I’m going to try to get them up as soon as I can. I checked out the Altitude store at the Pepsi Center and a Duchene home jersey cost $200 there, so I’m going to pass and save up then just buy one online.
Red Wings game tonight, the plan is to head down extra early and do some drinking at Old Chicago before the game. Hopefully we can win this one and keep my perfect record when at Avs games going strong.