It’s over. One of the more disappointing seasons of at least the past 35 years has mercifully finished.
This isn’t last year’s team who could say Buffalo’s tanking devastated their roster. It’s not a season like 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 or 2013-2014 where significant injuries both here and above (Florida+Buffalo) led to too many ECHL’ers playing each night. There is no dual affiliation excuse or financial issues hanging over our head excuses. There was no revolt against a coach like in 2009-2010 (allegedly). There was a great veteran core ON PAPER. There were legit prospects. There was an experienced coaching staff. We had strong depth right down 390 in Elmira. There are NO excuses. This team didn’t play to expectations and ended up 26 out of 30 teams in the AHL.
And it didn’t just end…it ended with some of the most miserable, disinterested and embarrassing play I’ve ever seen from a professional team – especially at home:
- Lost their last 6 home games by combined score 38-10.
- Lost 8 of their last 10 at home by a combined score of 54-21.
- 7x in those last 10 home games they had a 4+ goal deficit at some point. Seriously?