August 20, 2015

Chico spins his way back into lineup

Chico may have been spun around in the crease a few times in Wednesday's special midsummer scrimmage, but for the first time in almost a year, he wasn't feeling spinny.

The veteran goalie missed all of last year's regular season with a mysterious case of vertigo. The ailment kept him from the courts, prevented him from even functioning as a normal person.

But a breakthrough earlier this summer helped Chico regain his equilibrium, resume his regular activities.

Wednesday's game was a declaration that he's ready to fight to regain his place between the pipes.

"I'm ready for the battle," said Chico, smiling despite his side's 13-10 loss in the evening game. "It's going to be hard. Other goalies have played well and it's going to be interesting to see if I can win it back."

That challenge to upstart replacements who stepped into the void left by Chico's injury was music to the roadster's ears.

"It's a good problem to have a lot of goalies," said Doo. "Chico know what he needs to do to be successful."

"It's nice to have him out here and he's feeling healthy," said Bam Bam.

Not that Chico didn't have some trepidation.

"You can practice all you want, but the speed of the game in a game situation is a lot different," said the veteran shotstopper. "There's a lot of speed out there so you've got to get your timing back."

Bam Bam thinks Chico is already on track.

"He was tracking the ball well and that's always important for a goalie," said the feisty forward. "His rebound control was spot on. He kept us in the game for a long stretch."

Doo said the game was a good barometer for all the players to get a sense of the work that lies ahead of them before training camp opens in October.

"This game is a lot looser, so you can make more mistakes and get away with it," said the veteran speedster.

Bam Bam said none of the players can afford to coast the rest of the summer.

"Different guys have different training programs," he said. "Today was a chance to test their legs, test their chemistry."

As the comments are still prone to spam attacks, please click on the Facebook icon to leave comments on Sunday Morning Road Hockey's Facebook page.

Posted by jaysuburb at August 20, 2015 09:54 PM