Last time we talked about Tyler Bertuzzi it was regarding his game against Val-d’Or and Anthony Mantha.
With the victory over Val-d’Or, Tyler Bertuzzi and the Guelph Storm locked up a berth to the Finals, but still had one game left to play in the round robin against the London Knights.
Guelph Storm’s Head Coach Scott Walker talked about what he expects from his team and what he would be looking at if he was a GM or scout.
Scott Walker said, “People are here watching them, they want to see how they play in games that don’t mean anything. I mean, if I am a scout I want to see what my player plays like mentally, you know. If I am a GM, ‘ok what kind of competitor do I have?’ To me it shows a lot more about a kid if he is going to block a shot in this type of game. Anybody can play for gold medals, anybody can play for championships, it don’t take much to get the courage up for that.”
Tyler Bertuzzi did have a questionable play on the Storm’s penalty kill during Zach Mitchell’s five-minute major for kneeing. Bertuzzi was following him defenseman along the blue line, but instead of being in front of the defender he was skating backwards and the shooting lane was wide-open because of it.
Bertuzzi took two questionable penalties in the first period as well, one for diving and the other for roughing. After the whistle, Bertuzzi took a cross-check to the back and fell to the ice,a little too easily according to the ref, and was called for diving, while the Knight was given a cross-checking penalty. Then later in the period he grabbed a player standing in front of the Guelph goaltender after the whistle and both players were taken to the box for roughing.
Other than those few incidents, Tyler Bertuzzi was fully invested in the game and did everything he could to help his team secure a victory.
In the second period, Bertuzzi scored his first goal early to give Guelph a three to one lead and ultimately became the game-winning goal.
Later Bertuzzi was hit knee-to-knee, but stayed on the bench and fought through the injury, which he called a charlie horse/quad injury. For the rest of the game the pro-London crowd booed Tyler Bertuzzi and he fed off the energy of the crowd.
“Yeah definitely”, said Bertuzzi. “An agitator I guess and the crowd was booing me, for whatever reason you know, it felt good to score.”
With boos being rained down on Tyler Bertuzzi from the stands, he was able pick up the puck along the boards and silence the crowd by scoring with 3:55 left in the second period on a great shot from the right circle.
If I am looking for a competitor, who will not back down regardless for whether it is an important game or not, the player I would want on my team is Tyler Bertuzzi.