January 20, 2013

Hurt blockers

Colonel withstood a furious late comeback and six goals by the Living Legend to lead his team to a hard-fought 15-12 win in Sunday's game.

The win was the erstwhile backup's second of the season against two losses, which is far more than he ever expected to play between the pipes. That's because the game's last line of defence has been the first in line at the medical clinic, with both regular rearguards, Chico and Twizzler, sidelined by knee injuries.

Historically the goaltender's position has been particularly hard on players' health. Turk, Gump and Pig Farming Goalie all had their careers interrupted and even shortened by injuries to their knees. The latter pair even endured surgery.

"You've got to move a lot side to side and that's a big challenge," says Lak Attack, who, ironically, has become the default backup this season because he's recovering from injury. "Goalie is one of those positions where I think your body really has to be ready to go, you have to be limber."

"It's up and down and side to side," says Colonel. "You've got to go down a lot of times, it's hard on your knees and you're bound to strain a groin too."

"If you're not sure about your footing, your knees, ankles and hips are vulnerable," says Beckenbauer. "If you make one wrong move any of those joints can go."

Sunday's game was especially treacherous as a moonscape of ice and snow fused to the concrete court made footing at one precarious and shots and passes unpredictable. At the opposite end, the glare from the low winter sun off the slicked surface made visibility almost impossible.

"If you can't see the ball, you can't move to stop it," says Colonel. "You're vulnerable and you can't protect yourself."

The injuries to the regular goalkeepers, and the ever-present possibility of injury to the selfless substitutes has been wearying on many of the roadsters.

"It means the players have to step up week in and week out," says Colonel. "As conditions get better people won't want to be in net quite as much."

That could be a problem as the season progresses towards the Stanley Stick championship series in April.

"It's always a bit of a question mark," says Beckenbauer.

Posted by jaysuburb at January 20, 2013 07:16 PM

New goal stick-ready to go! Sadly embracing the role of a goalie!

See if the goal stick improves my performance from the last two weeks.

See you lads tomorrow!


Posted by: lakattack at January 26, 2013 07:16 PM