OK, before I make any comments, points I'll conceed ahead of time: Yes, Red Deer is in the middle of a road trip,their Western Conference swing (but this is only the second game of that trip). Yes Brent Sutter was back home to attend his father's funeral. And Yes, I have home town bias. Another point to toss into the mix is that the majority of the Winter Hawks have some sort of flu/upper repiratory infection, as its running through the whole team player by player. Conceeding those points, there was still no question which team was better, and which defenseman was better: Winter Hawks and Coburn. Phaneuf did score a goal, and demonstrate a rocket like shot from the point, but that was all he demonstrated. He yapped at the Hawks and specifically at Coburn all night. When Coburn finally called him out and said "come on let's go", Phaneuf was no where to be found. I expected to see a defenseman who has a physical presence, as that's what I've read about Phaneuf. I left the game wondering where that defenseman was last night. Both Phaneuf and his team were pushed around by the Hawks, and it seemed the only answer the Phaneuf and the Rebels had was a lot of talk. Coburn didn't show much on the scoresheet, save for penalties, but he was all over the ice tonight, and handled Red Deers forwards like they were just so much piles of fluff. He manhanded each and every one that came near him. The same cannot be said for Phaneuf. He lost a number of one on one board battles, and was shall we say shown to his seat on the ice ( as in landing on his seat) more than a few times. It was only one game, but considering the comparisions these two defenseman will draw their whole careers, this round clearly went to Coburn. Oh yeah, by the way, the Winter Hawks dominated the Rebels, winning 7-2.