February 21, 2016

Shots swing momentum back to winners

With a lineup comprised of three rookies and two players returning to action after extended injury breaks, Doo and his mates could have folded their tents after a 7-1 run that cost them their early 4-1 lead in Sunday’s game.

Instead, they answered with a streak of their own and powered to a 15-11 win.

“We had a lot of energy, we had a lot of skill,” said Doo, who made his return to the court after an extended absence because of a hip injury.

But they didn’t have a lot of game action in their legs.

In fact, only Living Legend has been a regular starter.

Cleveland, Ohio and Beelzebub are rookies, still wet behind the ears. Between the pipes, Twizzler made his first regular season start after being sidelined all season with a knee injury he suffered in the summer scrimmage that required surgery.

Still, they were able to use their fresh legs to run circles around their veteran opponents and find gaps in Joker’s goaltending armour.

But veterans don’t become senior players without learning a thing or two. As the grizzled defenders started to clog the passing lanes and stifle the speedsters’ superior playmaking, they were able to generate their own scoring chances on counter attacks.

“You have to be sound positionally,” said Lak Attack of his side’s mid-game surge. “You might be down, but if you work hard you’re going to get your chances.”

They did.

“They had a lot of veterans who knew how to clog things up,” said Doo. “They started shutting us down, they got in all the lanes.”

They also started to find the net, reversing their early deficit to an 8-5 advantage.

With the wheels threatening to come off, Doo and his mates went back to basics. They peppered shots at Joker.

“We realized we just had to start shooting,” said Doo.

The effort paid off quickly and handsomely. Doo regained his scoring touch. Beelzebub drove hard to the net, Living Legend found the top corners. They reclained their lead and never looked back.

“We had to put our heads down and go to the net,” said Doo. “Then the momentum swung back.”

“They just wanted it a bit more,” said Lak Attack. “We had some breakdowns at key moments.”

Posted by jaysuburb at February 21, 2016 08:18 PM

Bammer, how's the ankle?

Posted by: Living Legend at February 23, 2016 07:14 PM

Just heard from the Elias Sports Bureau. They've delved into the web site. They say that stories are 32 per cent longer when the Legend's team wins. No surprise.

Posted by: Wink at February 22, 2016 03:35 PM