February 15, 2009

Winning the waiting game

Good things come to those who wait. So do road hockey wins.

Sunday, Billy Idol and his mates waited until the game's final moments to take their first lead, 19-18, before capping the comeback with the winner past a shellshocked and bewildered defense that had coughed up a 9-3 run after leading all day.

"I think we sort of got away from our game," said a crestfallen Elvis, still trying to digest his side's collapse.

More like his team took it away, said Idol. "We were making the plays, we were fighting for the ball behind the net, we were pulling the balls out of the corners. We just got better and better as the game went on."

Their journey to the victory was long and arduous. Even as they fell behind by as many as five goals they refused to give up, confident they could eventually wear their opponents down and reap the rewards for their work.

"We just kept going hard," said Smith, making his first start of the new year. "We started to hit the net, we made better passes, we got a little bit tougher defensively."

Their resilience and refusal to die seemed to rattle their opponents, who appeared to be cruising to a routine win with solid goaltending from veteran keeper Gump and some stalwart defensive work by the Colonel and Elvis. As their lead slipped away, some of them lashed out; frustrated when a scoring attempt was tripped up, Colonel swung his stick wildly, slapping Twizzler's protective pads with a loud thud.

The problems escalated as their lead shrank.

"We stopped checking, we started chasing a lot," said Elvis. "Instead of taking the man in front of the net, we were just sort of watching."

And the once impenetrable Gump suddenly struggled as opposing forwards crashed the net and wreaked havoc with their sticks poking his gloves and leg pads.

"We had to get in his face a little bit, and we had some guys get up there in his crease," said Billy Idol.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Twizzler settled down from his unsettling start, repeatedly robbing the Colonel, Elvis, Living Legend and Beetle Boy, all of whom failed to convert breakaways or odd man rushes.

"He definitely started closing the door on us," said Elvis of his netminding nemesis.

Which was just as his teammates asked in a meeting just before the start of the final period.

"He said he was gonna close the door," said Idol. "We put a little extra pressure on him to play better, and he pulled through for us."

"It came down to wanting it a bit more," said Smith.

And waiting for their chance to take control of a game that almost got away.

Posted by jaysuburb at February 15, 2009 07:03 PM
Comments

Aye, someone posted a comment as me as well, a couple weeks back.

Sounds like another good one. Looking forward to next week, I hope!

Posted by: Velma at February 22, 2009 05:55 PM

Hmmm ... who do we know that has trouble with punctuation?

Posted by: The Colonel at February 16, 2009 06:48 PM

Just like with Cowboy a week or two ago, I didn't write the "scrappy" comment below...there's an imposter on this board.

Posted by: Scrappy at February 16, 2009 06:31 PM

Nice comments Billy Idol. Absolute bunk, but entertaining none-the-less.

Posted by: The Colonel at February 15, 2009 09:44 PM

hey, velma are you coming next week. malkin,s jersey does,nt mean anything unless you play like malkin.

Posted by: scrappy at February 15, 2009 09:05 PM

Good game today Roadsters by all! Don't mind losing a battle like that one. Apologizes for losing my temper on the courts. See you all next week.

Cheers,
Gump

Posted by: Gump at February 15, 2009 08:52 PM