Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Hello Hamilton “She Blinded Me With Science”

Thomas Dolby
What’s this? Blind me with science?!

Thomas Dolby is a strange fella. Yes, I’m talking about the guy that wrote, recorded, and produced the kitschy 80’s classic, “She Blinded Me With Science”. A session musician still to this day, Dobly (actually last named Robertson) released one of the most unusual but instantly recognizable synth-pop tracks of the very early 1980’s. Not originally on his debut album, Dolby would retweak and remix this particular song no more than ten times before finding the right mix of odd and accessibility.

The British interpretation of the phrasing, to blind someone with science means to deliberately distract someone with verbal gymnastics. Speaking over your head is the layman explanation. And that’s quite a turn of the word. But not lost is the actual science references in this song, which all point to the genius of it all. It’s as equally as confusing as it is fun to listen to. Sound familiar?

Really, all we want is less blinding with science and more poetry in motion. Thanks Sir Dolby.

Anton Lander wins the AHL player of the week award over the weekend, and really he earns the player of the moment award as well. If not for him, the Barons would likely be in trouble. After back-to-back solid games, I feel like we are being blinded by science. Who is this team, and what did you do with my non-playoff-contending squad? It’s all so confusing.

Yet the team has managed to turn things around thanks to the infusion of Teemu Hartikainen and the continued strength of prospect forward, Toni Rajala. The firecracker second line has virtually willed its way onto opponents. And that’s exactly what the team has needed for the past thirty or so days.

The Oklahoma City Barons will welcome the Hamilton Bulldogs for a Tuesday night game in Bricktown. The Bulldogs are nearly done for the season. With the worst record in the Western Conference, they continue to sorta head the wrong direction in the final stretch. They are even spottier than the Barons had been throughout March. Two losses in a row for the Bulldogs virtually eliminates them from any miracle chance of a playoff spot. And for Oklahoma City, they could easily look past this one.

Having never faced an opponent only to face them twice in under two weeks is the life of the American Hockey League. Indeed, the unknown of never facing this version of the Bulldogs in 2012-13 is a strange undertaking. But the Barons just have to take care of business, plain and simple.

There are a couple of rookies to watch for this Hamilton team – Patrick Holland and Michael Bournival. Both will have played sixty games after Tuesday, and both will likely end the season with 30+ points a piece. Not bad, especially on a team that’s pretty far south of goal scoring fun times.

The interesting wrinkle is in net for the Bulldogs. Acquired in February, goaltender Dustin Tokarski has quietly been good even posting back-to-back shutouts in the month of March. He’s a piece the Dogs likely wish they had sooner. His numbers with the Syracuse Crunch coupled with those in Hamilton have him near the top ten in the league in goals against. That’s surprising. Then again, scoring has been the issue most of the season.

The Barons will need to look at the Bulldogs long and hard. Assuming it’s an easy win only causes more issues. Get it done early.

*Likely Barons Lineup:

Philippe Cornet – Mark Arcobello – Jonathan Cheechoo
Toni Rajala – Chris VandeVelde – Teemu Hartikainen
Josh Green – Ryan Martindale – Tyrvainen
Darcy Hordichuk – Tanner House – Curtis Hamilton

Scratched: Kristians Pelss (injured), Tyler Pitlick, Ben Eager
Traded: Dane Byers

Martin Marincin – Taylor Fedun
Nathan Deck – Alex Plante
Brandon Davidson – Andrew Hotham

Scratched: Randy Jones (injured), Kendall McFaull

Yann Danis

*Huge thanks to Eric Rodgers for the practice update.