August 26, 2010

Off-season changes little

Beetle Boy is a little bigger. Colonel is a little hairier. Scrappy and Doo are a little older. But otherwise not much has changed at the road hockey courts after the three month off-season. And that could be cause for concern, as Sunday Morning Road Hockey embarks upon its 21st competitive season.

Only one goalie, Twizzler, suited up for Wednesday's special summer scrimmage, forcing the roadsters to play a modified game of half-court hockey, a game they'd become all too familiar with last season.

The retirement of erstwhile backup Cowboy Bill, the ongoing injury woes of Pig Farming Goalie, the reluctance of Nibs and the extended absence of Billy Idol has left the league with one consistent creaseminder. That resulted in the devolution of a record number of games last season to half-court exhibitions, and even threatened to cancel the season outright.

"It's worrisome," said Beetle Boy of the continuing goalie crisis after his team prevailed 10-9 in the mid-week warmup.

"There's a lot of uncertainty," said Unabomber. "It's always better when you have the same goalies."

And while the roadsters seem to have devised a workable solution to keep the games going with only one goalkeeper, there's no doubt their character changes, said Thelma.

"You can't cheer one save too well, because the next time it will be against you."

"You want to have your own goalie, you own team spirit," said Beetle Boy. "You want to play to win and when you're running back and forth and everyone is shooting on the same goalie it's definitely not as fun."

"It just doesn't have the same hockey flow," said Unabomber.

The half-court game also presents tactical challenges that can get the roadsters off their game.

"You've got to work on your breakout a lot more because you're always going to have equal coverage, you can't really create an odd man rush," said Thelma, whose speed advantage is largely negated on the reduced playing surface.

"There's probably a lot more running," said Unabomber.

"It's completely different, especially for positioning," said Beetle Boy. "It's about a quick transition game."

Working with the shifty Kid and the immovable Unabomber, Beetle Boy and his mates played a strong possession game and worked the transitions to their advantage to forge their comeback win in Wednesday's summer exhibition.

Twizzler also had a strong game for both teams, making a number of key saves even as the light faded.

Training camp officially opens with a one-game exhibition season Sept. 26. The regular season begins Oct. 3.

Posted by jaysuburb at August 26, 2010 08:29 PM
Comments

Sorry boys I won't be there for the next two weeks, due to the demands of my employer. But I will be free from then on (hopefully).

Posted by: Scooby at September 25, 2010 09:19 AM

Sorry boys I won't be there for the next two weeks, due to the demands of my employer. But I will be free from then on (hopefully).

Posted by: Scooby at September 25, 2010 09:19 AM

hey guys hopefully we have a game this weekend n who is all coming out hope everyone shows up n hope we dont have a disappointing year like last year wen no one started to show up

Posted by: twizzler at September 24, 2010 11:02 PM

I am very likely going to be there this Sunday.

Posted by: Scrappy at September 24, 2010 05:18 PM

I won't be there this Sunday either.

Posted by: Beetle Boy at September 24, 2010 08:29 AM

I won't be at the exhibition game as I have my season opening ice hockey game that day.

Posted by: Bomber at September 23, 2010 08:30 PM

Could it actually be!? Absolutely... first game is next week I think. Come on out, for sure!

Posted by: Velma at September 19, 2010 07:38 PM

Hi guys, i met a guy that used to play goalie in with you under the name "Turk"

He referred me here and I see you are looking for a goalie. I'm always down for a game and have a high level of commitment.

email: husseinwalli@gmail.com

Thanks

Posted by: Hussein at September 15, 2010 05:35 PM

I think I've found another guy who can play net for us this season. I'll bring him out for preseason tryouts!

Posted by: Gump at September 6, 2010 10:01 PM

I just read about Unabombers goaltending heroics..

Posted by: Hired Gun Dixon Tam at September 1, 2010 04:16 PM

I just read about Unabombers goaltending heroics..

Posted by: Hired Gun Dixon Tam at September 1, 2010 04:15 PM

http://www.sparegoalies.com/

What do you think folks? It's free and there are local goalies intersted in playing.

Posted by: Spare Goalies at August 28, 2010 01:19 AM