November 01, 2009

Favorites need total team effort

As his teammates gathered up their sticks from Sunday's decisive stick-pull, Velma was downcast. With a young lineup bolstered by a rookie goaltender making his first career start as a forward, the feisty forward saw only doom and gloom ahead.
"I thought we were going to get destroyed," said Velma, after his team battled to the bitter end before succumbing 20-18 in the closest, most hard-fought game of the young season.
Going against a lineup of proven veterans like Colonel, Lak Attack, Nibs and the Living Legend, and rookie speedster Mouse, he wasn't the only one thinking rout.
"I thought both teams had a different said of skills," said the Colonel, who predicted an easy victory for his squad before the start of Sunday's game.
But, it turns out, there was little to choose between the sides, as each team played to its own strengths, producing a seesaw battle in which each squad built and then lost three goal advantages.
The underdogs were full measure for their effort, even if it fell a little short, said Velma. For a stretch through the middle part of the game, they even had their opponents on the ropes after reeling in a three goal deficit.
"Our whole team banded together and we just kept crashing and banging" said the sophomore centerman, who was pretty banged up himself by the end of the game, with a scraped, bloody knee and a bruised jaw from a rising slap shot by Lak Attack that caught him squarely in the face.
They also seemed to have a knack for converting every lucky bounce that came their way, an important asset this season as players continue to adjust to the sandpaper surface on the hockey courts.
"Barely any of our goals were from nice skilled plays," said Velma. "We were relying on a lot of lucky bounces."
But with Colonel making some nifty moves, Lak Attack driving hard to the crease, Mouse digging doggedly in the corners, Nibs teeing up from the point and even the Living Legend chipping in with a pair of goals, it took a total team effort for Sunday's heavy favorites to realize their destiny.
"You need everyone chipping in all the time," said the Colonel. "Everything adds up to the final score."

Posted by jaysuburb at November 1, 2009 07:55 PM

I see three new roadster names: Mouse, Thelma, and Louise. Mouse I get. I suppose we're waffling between Thelma (photo caption) or Louise (stick pull chart) ... or are we going to call the lanky new guy "Thelma and Louise"? Can I call him "TnL" for short? lol

Posted by: The Colonel at November 2, 2009 06:47 PM

Definitely lots of lucky bounces. I doubt I'll ever score another goal where an intended backhand pass rolls up the goalie's blocker over his shoulder and into the net.

Posted by: Scrappy at November 2, 2009 12:42 AM

Good game guys, probably the closest one this year I think.

I picked up someone's black helly hansen fleece that was left over. Whos is that? I'll bring it next week.

Posted by: Velma at November 1, 2009 09:38 PM