February 08, 2009

Overcoming a lak of defense

With his team suddenly struggling after romping to a quick 10-3 lead, Gump knew the pressure was on. If he gave up the goal that would seal his opponent's comeback, giving them the lead, it would be all over.

"If you let them get the lead from being down that much, that's really gonna shock the troops," said the veteran shotstopper. "You know we've got to bounce back."

Which is just what they did. A couple of clutch glove saves ensured the comeback never got closer than a goal and shifted the game's momentum back to his forwards, who were able to battle for a 20-18 nailbiter.

It should never have got to that point, though.

With the game seemingly well in hand, Gump's defenders suddenly abandoned him, caught deep in the offensive zone, wheezing and fatigued, or maybe just too lazy to run back and help their overwhelmed netminder.

"Our defensive game went to pot," said the Colonel. "I'm not happy with the type of game we played today. We could have routed them, and we didn't."

Indeed, their collapse seemed inevitable when their best defensive player, Lak Attack, who also contributed with a handful of electric goals, left the game just as his mates were wallowing at their worst.

"We had a player leave who had been playing very good defensively and I think most of the rest of us were just taking a rest out there," said the Colonel.

The loss left his side reeling and disorganized. They gave up three quick goals, closing their once formidable advantage to a single goal. Colonel looked skyward in disgust. Living Legend and Doo looked at their shoes in shame.

But the flurry seemed to rouse Gump, who responded by shutting the door on a couple of odd man rushes. His mates responded by returning to the formula that had brought them their early success, crashing the net and digging for rebounds.

"Good things happen when you crash the net," said the Colonel. "Goalies can't see, they can't react to the ball, and we got quite a few of our goals today that way."

"It's a team game and we knew we had to get back to what we had been doing right at the start," said Gump. "We knew we had to play to our strengths."

Posted by jaysuburb at February 8, 2009 05:41 PM

Wendel because you are the "media darling", I wanted to be nice.

Posted by: Lakattack at February 12, 2009 03:27 PM

Wendel, you'd be "Blues Clues" as your always wearing the St Louis colors. Lak is laying a "Smack Attack" on everyone...even if he had to leave at 12:30 last week;)

Posted by: Gump at February 12, 2009 08:24 AM

Good ones Lak on Paul 50 and Lobsterdrunk, but ... One Hit Wonder? That's the best you can do?

Posted by: wendel at February 11, 2009 10:12 PM

Sounds like a fun one. I'll be back in a few weeks.

Posted by: Velma at February 11, 2009 10:56 AM

I see that the good guys won. Fantastic shot of Nibs releasing his patented shot. I agree with Scrappy that was a fun game to play. Look forward to next weeks game. What ever happened to these people.. beetle boy, WINK, Velma, Smith, Smith, Paul 50, Lobsterboy, and media darling Wendel. Oh I now beetle boy (rain and snow scares him), Wink (House bound/chained to a new Mrs), Velma (utter despair of ??), Smith ( also chained to a new Mrs), Paul 50 (Old Age), Lobster(cracked shell and drunk in Japan, And Wendel(One hit wonder). Things that make you go hmm?

Posted by: lakattack at February 9, 2009 08:44 PM

I notice you didn't mention we lost Cowboy Bill a little before Lak left in your wrapup Suburb.

Anyway, that was probably the most fun game I've played all season. Let's hope next week's is just as good.

Posted by: Scrappy at February 9, 2009 08:01 AM

Sloppy Doo! Very sloppy.

Posted by: The Colonel at February 8, 2009 10:17 PM