February 22, 2009

Twisting the day away

Twizzler twisted. Gump resisted. With so little to choose between the goaltending rivals, Sunday's marathon battle became a game of attrition; to the spoilers went the victory.

Inspired by Twizzler's strongest game of his nascent Sunday Morning career, his mates overcame a two-goal deficit late in Sunday's game with three straight goals to propel them to a hard fought 20-18 win.

"He allows us to push forward," said Smith of his goalie's motivational performance. "You can really go for the offensive chances at the other end."

Which is just what they did in the waning moments of a game in which the lead changed hands numerous times, and by never more than a couple of goals.

"Both teams were running and gunning when they had the opportunity," said Lak Attack, still smiling despite the difficult defeat. "It was close, but they just had a little more at the end."

The tight, seesaw battle was largely due to stellar goaltending at both end, as Twizzler and Gump matched each other save for save.

"He plays a good game," said Smith of his rookie rearguard. "You've got to beat him off the corner, you've got to beat him off the post; he doesn't have holes."

"Twizzler was hard to beat," said Lak Attack. "He settled down on the shots very well and he never really gave us much."

At the other end, Gump was very much his equal.

"He was playing really fundamentally sound," said Smith. "He was so under control, so technically sound, it was tough to beat him."

Indeed, the goalies were so good, as the game entered its third hour for the first time this season fatigue started to take a toll. With the extra player, Twizzler's team seemed to have just a little more in the tank when it counted most.

"We started to run on them... and we got a couple of extra bounces," said Smith.

"Being one man short played against us today," said Lak Attack, whose shothanded side seemed to suffer particularly in the slippery conditions. "Your legs get a bit heavy at the end."

Posted by jaysuburb at February 22, 2009 10:08 PM

I won't be there either, work calls.

Posted by: Scooby at February 27, 2009 07:42 PM

I'm out this weekend - too many relatives in town...

Posted by: Smith at February 26, 2009 09:29 PM

Not tired at all but frustrated that I couldn't hit the freakin net. A few more shots about a foot down and a foot to the left and this would have been a different game. It was a fun game and both goalies were awesome this week. See you next week and I will probably be late do to my run schedule.

Posted by: Lakattack at February 23, 2009 10:53 AM

Lak's heavy legs might have been due to the weather ... or they might have been due to the heavy beating he was taking by The Colonel.

What do you think Lak? Weather or Colonel beating? lol

Posted by: The Colonel at February 23, 2009 09:49 AM