April 21, 2006

Soggy Bottom Boys

A soggy sunday greeted the few roadsters who made the trek to the courts last week. It was touch and go until almost 10:30, when 6 players showed up to join the glum 4 who had arrived earlier. The suspense helped to spark a feisty game, with two well balanced teams battling the slippery conditions for an advantage.
Highlights and notables:
--The return of Kid, and his ability to find the centre of Gump's chest protector on most of his early shots.
--Wendel's determined play, probably his best game of the season. He potted four goals, although one was disputed. Video replay after the game clearly showed it hitting the crossbar. Nevertheless, Wendel was named as one of the three stars.
--The excellent passing of Scooby, Kid, and Living Legend. When that line was out, their control of the game was evident by the middle string of several goals.
--The middle frame melt down of Gump, who, victimized by said line above, hurled his stick against the fence when the score reached 10-6. His infuriated tomahawk chop nearly splintered his goal stick in half. Both goalies had mixed success in a game where the ball skipped and careened wickedly on the slick surface.
--Lak's early seeing eye shot to the top corner of the net, followed by a long goal drought as PFG shut him down the rest of the way, including a phenomenal glove hand save after Lak had him beat on a breakaway.
--Beetleboy's quick release shot. And Beetleboy, period: a rare wet weather game for the former Stanley Stick MVP.
--Jay Suburb's absence.
The final score of the hard fought game was 15-10.
With the Stanley Stick approaching rapidly, this sunday's game is the final regular season game for roadsters to sharpen their playoff skills. If the last few weeks are any indication, though, the Stanley Stick will be more of a test of endurance for tired players with few subs than it will be the fast paced, hard shooting affair we've come to expect.

Posted by Cub Scout at April 21, 2006 05:30 PM

Thanks for the comments there Suburb, wish maybe you would have backchecked once and maybe there would have been fewer breakaways, 3 on none and clearing the ball from the zone---but NOOOOOO, you were too busy thinking about the comforts of your sweet nelly at home---maudit anglais, chien sale de tabarnac de crosseur encullee..

Posted by: lobsterboy at April 24, 2006 01:41 PM

Way to step up Cub. It's been a busy week in the suburbs.

Posted by: Jay Suburb at April 21, 2006 11:06 PM