April 12, 2015

Goalie worries cloud rainy regular season finale

On the eve of the Stanley Stick, Joker has gone missing.

And that's causing all the roadsters to hold their sticks a little tighter.

None more so than Lak Attack, who was an unexpected starter between the pipes in Sunday's regular season finale after Eight Ball also scratched.

The versatile veteran was so caught off guard, a slow start put his team down by three goals early. But the superior speed and feisty forechecking of Bam Bam and Scooby sparked a third period comeback that culminated in a 13-12 win in sudden death.

After the backstop bonanza that allowed the league to weather the season-long injury woes of Chico with goalies to spare, Joker's unexplained disappearance caught everyone off guard.

In fact, the sophomore shotstopper seems to have gone off the grid. He hasn't commented on stories nor replied to text messages enquiring about his game status.

"It's a concern," said Yak, who used Sunday's finale to test the readiness of his injured knee for the Stanley Stick finale that begins next week. He hadn't played since suffering a slight dislocation of the joint.

"You have to prepare for the worst," said Lak Attack. "It will be a challenge and it will impact the game. I won't have a chance to fine tune what I need."

The worst reared it's ugly head early in Sunday's game, as the stalwart backup fought to shake the rust off his leg pads. His teammates also struggled as their speed advantage was neutralized by variable weather conditions that slicked the court with rain, then hail, then rain again.

That gave Colonel and Yak license to unleash cannon shots from the point as Bing and the Unnamed Rookie mixed it up in the crease.

"It was pretty slippery," said Yak. "The last thing you want is a loose jockstrap, and when that's bugging you you really have to take it easy."

But as Lak Attack settled into his newfound role, his team responded with confidence and more assured footing. Scooby, Bam Bam and Living Legend passed the evil orange plastic ball with aplomb while Nouvelle Guy charged hard to the crease.

The Gallic go-getter was rewarded when his low shot from the point squeezed between Twizzler's legs to give his side their sudden death victory.

"We outplayed them through the game," said Lak Attack. "The guys kept going."

"They started executing and were able to score," said Yak.

Scooby's game was his last for about a year, as he heads to South America on an extended scouting trip.
Beckenbauer and Holt are also out of the country and will miss the Stanley Stick.

To be eligible for this year's championship series, roadsters must have played at least two regular season games. That means the roadster who has yet to be named can play. But Velma is out of luck after he made his only start of the season just last week.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 12, 2015 07:08 PM

Don't miss me too much.

Posted by: Velma at April 19, 2015 02:50 PM

Hey boys unfortunately I am out as well. I've injured my wrist something fierce and it hasn't improved at all. Good luck in the stick.

Posted by: Bing at April 19, 2015 09:19 AM

Hey boys I will be there Tom hope we have enough for both teams

Posted by: Twizzler at April 19, 2015 12:48 AM

I'll be there. Hope we have enough guys and goalies!!
We'll miss you Yakker!

Posted by: Nouvelle Guy at April 18, 2015 09:14 PM

Yakker!!! That sucks.

I'm probable for week 2. May have a commitment difficult to move. Maybe we just forgo this year's Stick and head to the pub at 10:30 Sunday morning instead.

Posted by: The Colonel at April 18, 2015 02:25 PM

If you're play'n, Doo, it'll be more than dangle-riffic enough, I'm sure.

Posted by: Yakker at April 17, 2015 05:58 PM

Nooo Yakker! This is certain to be a less dangle-rific Stick now.

In other news, it looks like Sunday will be 18 and sunny - better bust out the sunscreen. Are we playing to 20?

Posted by: Doo at April 17, 2015 04:23 PM

Well Roadsters, unfortunately my season has come to an end and I will not be able to play in the Stick. The repercussions from playing last week have followed me all week. Limping. Grumpy. Etc.

I'll be sending silent messages to the gods to provide goalies for you all, and hope to come watch the final on Apr 26.

Posted by: Yakker at April 17, 2015 07:21 AM

I vote for "Marsha", only because it's so much better than "Jan" or "Cindy"

Posted by: Unnamed Fannatical at April 13, 2015 06:18 PM

Depends, who is this? Oldest brother from the Brady Bunch?

Posted by: The Colonel at April 13, 2015 01:04 PM

Am I the roadster yet to be named? Or is Unnamed Rookie my name?

Posted by: Unnamed Rookie at April 13, 2015 04:40 AM