April 25, 2016

Doo gets it done

Doo capped a season he’d rather forget with a memorable performance to lead his team to a 20-13 victory Sunday and a two-game sweep of the Stanley Stick championship series.

The speedy centreman scored a handful of goals, many of them spectacular individual efforts of footwork and persistence, to earn the series’ Conn Stick award as the most valuable player. He was the unanimous choice by the underdogs who were repeatedly victimized by Doo’s slippery moves and stickwork just as they seemed poised to get back into the series.

It was a stunning return to form for the lanky scorer who struggled to find the net at times during the regular season as he dealt with injury and personal issues.

“I had to make a commitment to play,” said Doo. “I’m proud I was able to do that.”

After romping to a relatively easy 20-6 win in last week’s series’ opener, Doo and his mates knew they’d be in for a tougher battle from their opponents in Sunday’s decider, as they were bolstered by the addition of two players, Ohio and Nouvelle Guy.

“There were definitely times we were under siege,” said Doo. “But I think we were pretty consistent all game.”

In fact the game seemed poised to get away from them entirely after the underdogs got to within one, 6-5; but a three-goal outburst reestablished their goal cushion and seemed to clip the underdogs’ growing confidence.

“That was a key point where we elevated our game,” said Doo. “Once you pull away like that you’ve got to keep your foot on the pedal.”

Joker said the trio of successive goals reversed the game’s tide back into their favour.

“We were losing momentum at that point and that was the catalyst we needed to hold the lead for the rest of the game.”

“That was kind of a backbreaker,” said Wink. “It gave us momentum and a cushion so we could give up a goal and not be too worried.”

The winners never trailed in the series, but that doesn’t mean their win was easy.

It took the solid execution of a defensive gameplan to stifle the dangerous tandem of Cleveland and Ohio.

“Everybody knew the job they had to do; shut down their big shooters,” said Joker.

“I thought we had a really solid game plan and we stuck to it,” said Doo.

“There was a lot more battle,” said Wink, whose side added Holt and Coach to its lineup.

That gave them two full lines of players. And a challenge to establish chemistry quickly.

“The camaraderie we built on this team over two games was second to none,” said Joker.

“I think we found some chemistry and that will take you a long way,” said Doo, who settled into an effective combination with wily veterans Lak Attack and Wink after some initial line rolling.

“You don’t panic, you know you’re going to be able to complete passes,” he said of working with his senior wingers. “It really was a team win.”

While the addition of Ohio and Nouvelle Guy was expected after they were excused from last week’s Stanley Stick opener, the arrival at the courts of Holt and Coach was a surprise.
The former was making his first start of the season after spending the year pursuing educational opportunities abroad; he received a special veteran’s dispensation to participate in the championship while Coach fulfilled the minimum regular season games to play in the finale. All the new players were distributed by a special supplemental card draw before the start of Sunday’s game.

This year’s Stanley Stick champions are: Wink, Lak Attack, Doo, Colonel, Coach, Holt, Joker.

The roadsters will next convene at the special mid-summer scrimmage and annual Beetle Boy comeback anticipation in August.

Next season will be Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s 25th anniversary. Plans are already being formulated to celebrate the milestone including a reunion game of past roadsters.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 25, 2016 07:16 AM

I'm closing the comments so the spammers don't invade the site. They'll reopen if there's any news developments over the summer, and in the lead up to the mid-summer scrimmage in August. Great season everyone! Have a good summer. And remember, next season is Sunday Morning Road Hockey's 25th!

Posted by: Jay Suburb at May 1, 2016 09:23 PM

Always bet on black ... lol

Posted by: The Colonel at April 28, 2016 09:22 PM

In honour of the Stick, I'm going to cheat at cards on Sunday. Not sure where.

Posted by: Wink at April 28, 2016 10:13 AM

Congrats to everyone - hope to see you in September!

Posted by: Yakker at April 25, 2016 08:08 AM