March 13, 2016

Hard work reaps reward in half court game

Road hockey rewards hard work. Especially in the half-court game, said veteran utility forward and backup goaltender Lak Attack.

Sunday’s winners used their work ethic at both ends of the court to turn an early 2-0 deficit into a 10-7 victory.

“They worked hard and because of that they were able to get the breaks,” said Lak Attack, who minded the crease for both sides.

After spotting their opponents, Cleveland and Wink, a quick advantage, Beelzebub and his teammate Living Legend got to work. They forechecked aggressively on changes of possession, dug hard in the corners, hustled after stray balls. Their effort paid off with three straight goals and they never looked back.

“You’ve gotta work through it and persevere,” said Beelzebub of his side’s slow start.

A seeing-eye backhand by the Living Legend that found its way through the smallest of gaps on Lak Attack’s short side may have been an early backbreaker. Legend created the scoring opportunity by battling for the ball off the boards.

“When either team gets an opportunity, they have to take the time to be patient,” said Lak Attack. “They have to wait for the goalie to make the first move.”

Once they moved ahead, the winners never took their foot off the gas, pressuring Wink and Cleveland almost every rush off the change of possession. Beelzebub was especially persistent, pestering the oncoming forwards into making mistakes that resulted in turnovers.

“Defence usually gets a bad rap in this game,” said Beelzebub. “But it’s just as important as offence, even more so in a game like today.”

That’s because with only two players aside, any defensive lapse instantly created an odd-man rush.

“It’s a slower game,” said Lak Attack. “But you’ve got to be alert at all times because the bounces can come from anywhere.”

And while the intensity of Sunday’s game may not have matched the fierce pace of recent matches with better attendance, the stakes were just as high as the season heads into the home stretch toward the Stanley Stick championship finale.

“You’ve got to go out there an give it your all, no matter if it’s full court or half court,” said Beelzebub.

Posted by jaysuburb at March 13, 2016 08:19 PM

See you tomorrow rain or shine!

Posted by: Doo at March 19, 2016 04:49 PM

Hey sorry boys was away for a family emergency just got bck now hope u guys had a good game

Posted by: Twizzler at March 13, 2016 09:37 PM