February 20, 2005

Hard work earns win

Ottoman knew winning Sunday's game wouldn't be easy. So as his mates worked hard along the boards and in the corners, he swept danger from the crease to earn a 20-10 win.

"When you see the guys working that hard, it gets you amped up," says the sizeable shotstopper, who fell just short of earning his first road hockey shutout of the season. "Everyone was working well together."

Indeed, with little to choose between the sides for half the game, it was hard work that made the difference. The team most wiling to jump on the loose ball or charge back to pounce on a wayward rebound was rewarded with scoring opportunities.

"We were really hustling out there," says Beetle Boy, as his side outscored their opponents 10-1 in the game's final two periods, to win going away. "When you work really hard you end up getting a lot of bounces and good things happen."

That was bad news for overmatched defenders, as time and again Kid and Lak Attack were able to sweep in from the sides as Beetle Boy and Wheels mopped up from the top of the crease.

"When you have Lak and the Kid out there, the other guys key in on them and that does free up some time and space for the other guys," says Ottoman.

"They pretty much know what to do and they provide a really good spark to the offense," says Beetle Boy, of his speedy linemates, who set him up for five goals.

It was a relentless attack, says Pig Farming Goalie, as he was overwhelmed in his first start in almost two months. "They had excellent breakouts, passing for two-on-ones, bing-bam-boom, it was just a matter of time."

With time winding down, the underdogs got frustrated, hastening their demise.

"We had no passing and our shots on net were bad," says PFG.

"I don't know if we just saw PFG and we thought he was going to save us, or if we were too afraid of Kid and Lak," says Wink. "We were just fat and lazy, it was embarrassing."

"You could tell it was getting to them," says Ottoman. "They were yelling at each other, they were trying to line match, they were trying to come up with anything they could, and it was just getting them really frustrated."

"They just started trying to do anything and when it didn't work, it demoralized them," says Beetle Boy. "By playing hard and working hard, we were able to get the upper hand mentally and physically."

And on the scoreboard.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 20, 2005 04:36 PM

Come on Elvis, as Gump and Lobster will tell you PUI (playing under the influence) is an integral part of our game's culture.

Posted by: wendel at February 24, 2005 09:53 PM

Yea right.

Posted by: Bliiy Idol at February 24, 2005 12:02 PM

Lobster just doing my part in your and Gumps absence.

I guess falling over twice in my first shift sorta set the stage for the rest of my game. I apologize to everyone on my team -just know that it's the last time since "I'm never drinking again"

Posted by: elvis at February 23, 2005 04:02 PM

Elvis! Viva Las Vegas, great picture of your drunken mug in the RHI. Glad that someone else is keeping up the tradition

Posted by: lobsterboy at February 21, 2005 02:22 PM

Yeah, we could have used you Lobsterboy, to translate Elvis' slurred ramblings; he showed up drunk!

Posted by: Living Legend at February 21, 2005 01:29 PM

i wish there had been some microphones on the court to hear the exchanges between Road Hockey's biggest egos-Elvis, Colonel and Paul One... soemone please describe it to me!

Posted by: lobsterboy at February 21, 2005 12:10 PM