February 13, 2005

Soft goals make for hard loss

The hardest-fought game of the season was decided by some of the softest shots.

Elvis chopped a knuckler off the heel of his stick past a handcuffed Lak Attack to seal his team's 21-19 overtime win. Only moments earlier, the Living Legend had set the stage for the dramatic finish when his sweeping check of Bird caught the baffled backstop by surprise, tying the game at 19.

With little to choose between the teams in Sunday's game, luck was decisive.

"A lot of our goals were just long, half-screened shots," says Cowboy Bill, who scored a pair of late goals to lead his team back from their biggest defecit of the game 17-14.

"When the goalies are playing that good, and the defense is playing that tight, it comes down to who gets the fluke goals," says Gump.

And Sunday, it was his team that was able to cash in their chips on an otherwise impenetrable Lak Attack.

"We were only able to score on him on long shots," says Beetle Boy. "In close, he just played unbelieveable."

Especially once he settled down after being surprised by a clearing pass from the far end of the court that skipped past his pad and put his team down 3-1. Undaunted, his teammates rallied, taking their first lead of the game, 5-4, into the second period. Then the defensive specialists took over, goals became precious.

"As the game went on, it got tighter," says Paul One. "It's all about making no mistakes. You don't want the bad goal going against you, you don't wanna be giving it up in your end and causing the three goal run against you."

"We just started getting a little more defensive," says Beetle Boy. "We always had to be cognizant of tight checking, you've gotta play really carefully, you can't be careless out there."

"The game started out a little soft, but then everyone realized how even the teams were and everyone started working really hard," says Cowboy Bill. "It's all about commiting to have someone back on defense, and our team really had some underrated defensive players...who weren't afraid to stay back."

But with no bonafide sniper to fire the offense, they had to claw and chop their way back from three goals defecits three times.

"They battled hard," says Gump of his determined mates. "We got something from everyone today."

"You need to get as many breaks as you can," says Cowboy Bill.

"It was heartbreaking, because I think we played our butts off," says Wink, disconsolate at his team's inability to finish off their determined rivals. "They got a couple of bounces at the end that they shouldn't have got."

In a season plagued with rainy, cold weather, Sunday's game was the first to be played on a dry court and under sunny skies in almost two months. And the players responded, with the longest, most hard-fought game of the season.

"I think this was one of the greatest non-Stanley Stick games I've ever played in," said an exhausted Bird. "The teams were fairly balanced, great goaltending at both ends, great shots."

"It had that Stanley Stick feel," said Paul One, who scored the go-ahead goal. "The game was back and forth, the team that had the best legs ended up winning it in the end."

"This was probably the hardest game so far this year," said Billy Idol. "It keeps everybody working out there, that's for sure."

Sunday's winners had to battle back twice from three-goal deficits, and they also had to persevere through a manpower disadvantage late in the game when Wendel had to leave early and the Living Legend departed to attend to a personal matter. But with so much at stake, the remaining players rallied by shortening their shifts and extending their opponents long enough to allow the Legend to return to score the game-tying goal.

"By then, both teams were pretty exhausted," said Cowboy Bill. "The speed was down a little bit, so you just had to run through those subs as quickly as you could."

Posted by jaysuburb at February 13, 2005 05:29 PM

Not only is Wink a gay, happy person; he's also flamboyant and well-coordinated in his attire.

Posted by: The Colonel at February 20, 2005 12:21 AM

Speaking of Wink being gay, he'll have to give his loving to someone else this weekend as I will be out of town. See you all in two Sundays.

Posted by: wendel at February 17, 2005 09:37 PM

I knew it!

Posted by: Bliiy Idol at February 16, 2005 10:28 AM

Yeah, and Wink is gay...

Posted by: Wink at February 15, 2005 09:28 PM

I think Jay's just jealous, sounds like a lawyer wannabe. Definitely knows way too many Boston Legal names.

Posted by: wendel at February 15, 2005 07:54 PM

Yeah -And Wink is gay.

Posted by: elvis at February 15, 2005 12:39 PM

Forget Wendel....I think Jay Suburb has a little too much free time on his hands

Posted by: Beetle Boy at February 14, 2005 06:06 PM

In an effort to solve the mysterious absence of Wendel from the Comment board this week, roadhockey.net has obtained a copy of his daily planner:

8:00 Arrive early at work, Smithers & McIntyre Barristers & Solicitors, to scan compromising photos from the last office party at The Jolly Taxpayer

8:30 Send out compromising photos via email to the boys in the mail room. They always get a kick out of that kinda stuff, he he.

9:00 Meet the other articling lawyers at the water cooler to discuss the last episode of Boston Legal. Today's topic: Who's hotter, Monica Potter or Rhona Mitra? Then again, that's ALWAYS the topic.

9:30 Surf the internet looking for bikini shots of Monica Potter and Rhona Mitra to help make up my mind in time for the afternoon session at the water cooler.

9:31 Get distracted by all the porn that's available on the internet.

10:05 Find a Quicktime video of an actress who looks amazingly like Monica Potter doing things that probably aren't even legal in Boston. Send file to the boys in the mail room. They always get a kick out of that kinda stuff, he he.

10:15 Get a reply from the boys in the mail room with an attached file of William Shatner in a thong. Ew.

10:35 Log onto roadhockey.net to see if I've been mentioned.

10:36 Go for a pee.

10:45 Head to City Hall to pay off my parking tickets. You just can't beat those things.

11:45 Shuffle papers and files until it's time to go for lunch.

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Log onto roadhockey.net to see if anyone notices that I haven't been mentioned in this week's issue.

1:45 Afternoon session at the watercooler. Bob Plunkett from over in Litigation tries to make his case for Candace Bergen; I guess he's got somekinda kink for older women.

2:15 Stack the papers and files I've been shuffling all morning high enough on my desk that I can have a nap without anyone noticing.

2:45 Dental appointment. Ask the doc to turn the nitrous oxide all the way up; like I need all my faculties!

4:00 Read the disclaimer on the back of the ticket I got for the Tom Jones concert. Wonder if it's legal. Can't stop laughing.

4:15 Get another email from the boys in the mail room, this time with an attached file of James Spader in a thong. I think it's the same thong William Shatner was wearing in that other file. I guess those guys in the mail room have lots of spare time on their hands.

4:17 Still laughing.

4:18 Bob Plunkett stops by, asks what's so funny. Then he insists on showing me the boxed set of dvd's from the first three seasons of Golden Girls he just bought off ebay. Can't stop laughing. I think I may have hurt Bob's feelings.

4:30 Colonel calls to commiserate because he hasn't been mentioned in this week's issue of roadhockey.net either.

4:36 Shuffle papers and files until quitting time.

5:00 Everyone else is going home, but I keep shuffling. Wanna make a good impression. Bob Plunkett walks by my door without saying goodbye.

5:10 Laughing gas is wearing off. I begin to ponder the futility of my existence.

5:11 Surf a little more porn to ease my anguish.

5:30 Time to go home. Can't wait for tonight's episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Posted by: Jay Suburb at February 14, 2005 04:27 PM

Where the heck is Wendel? I'm starting to get worried. Has he been taken against his free will by New Guy and is being forced to babysit in a small apartment with no heat and one tiny window while New Guy and New Girl meander up and down the aisles of Costco looking for really good deals on power tools? Has Unabomber used his powers of mind control on poor Wendel and now he's a roadie for Unabomber's Bangles tribute band? (That's right 'Bomber, it is just another manic Monday, and you wish it was Sunday.) Or is it Nibs that has taken away our Wendel, and now they're living on the run in the slap shooter's souped up 1990 Mustang, like a road hockey Thelma and Louise? Wendel's not posting -- what next? Is Elvis going to stop making his lame homosexual references on the board anytime he gets confused? Is Colonel going to cease in busting out the Grade 10 French when he wants to make a really important point? And will guys like Lobsterboy and Gumper actually learn how to type with bottles of Jack in both hands? I'm very, very perplexed by all of this.

Posted by: Wink at February 14, 2005 09:41 AM

Like any good lawyer, Wendel only posts when he can do it on the client's dime...

Posted by: Living Legend at February 13, 2005 10:50 PM

Did anyone pick up a pair of black-rimmed sun glasses after the game? I inadvertently left them behind (boo, who!)

Wendel, where are you???

Posted by: The Colonel at February 13, 2005 09:29 PM

I wonder what's wrong with Wendel? The story has been up for over an hour and he hasn't posted anything. I hope he's OK...

Posted by: Wink at February 13, 2005 07:42 PM