April 25, 2010

Underdogs hope to ride Cowboy's return

Like John Wayne riding to the rescue, Gump and his mates will be looking to the addition next week of Cowboy Bill to their lineup to propel them to the two straight victories they'll need after they lost Sunday's Stanley Stick opener 20-11.

Cowboy was a scratch for Sunday's game but was placed on a team in anticipation of his return next week. It will be his final appearance at the road hockey courts as he retires to move to a faraway country. And he'll be counted on to bring his physical presence and knack for timely goals to help dig his mates out from the hole they made for themselves.

"He brings calmness to our team," said Gump of his future teammate. "He shuts people down in the defensive zone. He has a lot of strength on the blue line, and I think we were lacking a bit of that today."

"He's really going to mix things up," said Unabomber. "He's strong, he's got a good work ethic and he's just someone they didn't have on their forward lines this week."

"Cowboy is going to be huge addition to that team," said Beetle Boy.

They're going to need it.

The underdogs took advantage of some opportune bounces to jump to a 3-0 lead, including a goal that Velma knocked in off a big bounce over the net off the end board, and another that deflected off the Living Legend's shin pad as he guarded Unabomber's breakout pass.

But as quickly as they built it, Scooby singlehandedly destroyed it, spinning out of the corner to score three straight goals and get his side even.

"He's getting older, he's getting stronger, he's a man now," said Gump of the young centerman who rejoined the league in the second half of the season after a year away in a distant country.

"Scooby was just a rock star today," said Beetle Boy. "He was playing smart and getting the shots when he could."

"We had control, but then I thought we had some mental breakdowns," said Gump of his side's squandered advantage.

His side toughened up enough to rebuild their advantage to 6-4, but that's the last time they'd taste the lead as Twizzler put his finally put his debauched week in Las Vegas behind him and shut the door on his overmatched opponents.

"Twizzler found his rhythm, so we knew we could allow them the first shot and then he would take care of it," said Unabomber.

"He kept us in the game early when they were peppering us with shots," said Beetle Boy. "When you know you have the goalie back there and he can save it, then you're able to take some chances and push a little bit in the offensive zone."

That's exactly what they did. Scooby and Kid cycled out of the corners and through the crease, creating seams for the likes of Scrappy, Unabomber and Goober to get scoring opportunities. Beetle Boy, meanwhile, was solid in the defensive zone.

"Everybody worked hard and played smart," said Beetle Boy. "We always had somebody back, we didn't give up many odd man rushes or breakaways."






For Gump and his mates to win the Stanley Stick, they'll have to first win game two and then a decisive mini-game to ten. That's exactly what happened two years ago, when the game one losers stormed back to win the mini-game 10-4 after tying the series with a dramatic 21-19 overtime win in game two.
The possibility of history repeating itself isn't lost on Gump, who backstopped his team to that stunning comeback.
"I'm pretty positive about next week," said the veteran goaltender. "I feel like I've got a good handle on the shooters now and if we can shut down the cross court passes, then I think we can be successful."

Although both Nibs and Goober missed the 10:30 card draw, they were placed on teams because the game hadn't yet started.

While Sunday's game lacked some of the end-to-end intensity of previous Stanley Stick openers, things got feisty towards the end when Colonel jammed into Twizzler as he drove hard to the net. Beetle Boy and Scrappy were also on the receiving end of flying elbows.
"We just have to turn a blind eye to that stuff," said Unabomber. "At that point the game was in our control, so we're not going to take the bait."
"We've got to channel that energy into making smart plays," said Gump.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 25, 2010 05:28 PM
Comments

...and I quote:

"Lak, feel like taking my place this week? I was pretty useless on Sunday anyway without being able to play very hard."
-Colonel

Posted by: Bomber at May 2, 2010 11:03 AM

Imposter - what's not sporting is trying to bolster one's team with ineligible (as opposed to illegible) players to gain an advantage in the Stanley Stick.

Both teams have their share of issues to deal with. This just happens to be a doozie for Twizzler's side.

Posted by: The Colonel at May 2, 2010 10:40 AM

Come to think of it that is not sporting. You can dress the Wawrow, Ottoman or Lak Attack. Take your pick.

Posted by: Colonel at May 2, 2010 07:08 AM

You're playing with the team you've been dealt ... same as us. Get there early to figure out who the sacrificial lamb will be.

Posted by: The Colonel at May 2, 2010 12:44 AM

Is Lak available? What day is the marathon?
He's obviously available....

Billy Idol?

PFG is injured unfortunately...

Talk about your turn of events.....hopefully Twizzler is just kidding to throw off the opponent......he does know that there is no final game *next* week right....

Posted by: Bomber at May 2, 2010 12:14 AM

What about Lobster suiting up? I guess the question is whether he is available and if the other team is willing to let him play for us. We have enough pads right?

Posted by: Scooby at May 1, 2010 04:44 PM

Oh boy. I guess we'll need a team meeting before 10:30am to decide what we're going to do (i.e. who is the lucky bastard who gets to go in net).

Posted by: Beetle Boy at May 1, 2010 04:28 PM

Bring your spare pads Nibs, Bomber is going in net for his team. Suddenly I'm feeling much better.

Posted by: The Colonel at May 1, 2010 10:40 AM

What?

Posted by: velma at May 1, 2010 04:14 AM

Lobsterboy???

Posted by: Bomber at May 1, 2010 03:32 AM

OMFG!!!

Posted by: Bomber at May 1, 2010 03:31 AM

hey guys so sorry i cant make this weekend i got a family emergency to go to but i hope this game can contuine next weekend cuz i really wanna be there for my team hope that is k with u legend cuz i know i wont be bck until later on that day

Posted by: twizzler at May 1, 2010 12:10 AM

Looks like I have a little expectation to live up to. Looking forward to a great run boys. Hoping we can bring on the comeback.

Posted by: Cowboy at April 29, 2010 06:06 PM

boy, where was the media when colonel shoved me into the boards a couple of years ago? He used the old "I just put my glove on you and you fell over" line then too...yer busted, colonel. photo don't lie.
hope your ribs are ok.
and there's an outside chance i'll be at the game on sunday. i'll try and bring the daughter, and some earmuffs too, I imagine.

Posted by: pfg at April 28, 2010 12:43 AM

So I'm pretty sure to even this thing up we should just get Scooby. Yep. And Colonel, you should probably drop by anyways to harrass the opposing players from the bench.

Posted by: Doo at April 27, 2010 05:10 PM

its not the same without Paul One.

Posted by: Paul11/2 at April 27, 2010 03:30 PM

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SuperSonic

Posted by: SuperSonic at April 27, 2010 01:53 PM

Take care of yourself Colonel...I was hoping you'd be able to start tipping those shots in on Twizz this week instead of me.

Posted by: Gump at April 27, 2010 01:38 PM

Sorry guys, I'm probably out for next week. I went to the Doctor today and they confirmed that I further agitated the fractured rib that was the result of my fall into the pole 2 weeks ago. Apparently recovery time is typically 3-6 weeks and I'm very sore today.

I shouldn't have played this week but I didn't want to turn down the opportunity for some competitive fun. There's an outside chance that I will play on Sunday but things will need to come along quite a ways this week for that to happen and the Doctor is recommending against it (of course).

Lak, feel like taking my place this week? I was pretty useless on Sunday anyway without being able to play very hard. Gump is probably tired of me closing the gap just enough to have the ball hit my stick and ricochet into the net behind him.

Posted by: The Colonel at April 26, 2010 10:21 PM

I think that must be an old picture from some other game. :)

Posted by: The Colonel at April 26, 2010 10:26 AM

What happened to you 'just touched Twizzler w/ your glove and he took a dive' plea Colonel?

...or has the media resorted to Photoshop?

Posted by: Bomber at April 26, 2010 12:06 AM

Crap - damn media is getting better at catching dubious stuff on camera.

Much, much more coming next week Twizzler. Get ready for the ride of your life!

Posted by: The Colonel at April 25, 2010 11:13 PM

There seems to be a hiccup in the programming, so you must click on the text link in the photo caption to be able to see this week's gallery. Not sure what's gone wrong.

Posted by: Jay Suburb at April 25, 2010 06:33 PM