October 16, 2016

Quick shots a winning recipe in regular season opener

Colonel’s languid attempt to wrap a shot around from the back of the net past Joker’s outstretched pad late in the game may have been the longest anyone on his team possessed the ball Sunday.

And while he didn’t score on that play, the wily veteran and his mates used quick crisp passes and timely shots to overwhelm their opponents 15-10 in Sunday’s regular season opener.

Playing without the benefit of a spare player to shift off for refreshed legs, Colonel and his mates kept the pressure on all game by keeping the evil orange plastic ball moving, even if their feet weren’t. That kept their opponents on the run, and Joker on his heels.

“Our passes were a little crisper, our shots were a little faster,” said Colonel. “Sometimes all you need is that extra split second and they go in as opposed to not going in.”

Joker admitted he had trouble tracking the ball at times as it moved quickly back and forth between the opposition’s stick blades.

“They were one-timing shots, and we were taking our time.”

The up-tempo playmaking was rewarded by a quick 5-2 advantage. But Colonel and his mates were wary to keep the pressure on.

“We came out pretty fast, but we learned pretty quick the game would go on for a while,” said the veteran centreman. “We had to keep our noses down and take chances when there were opportunities.”

Joker said his side’s man advantage may have kept their legs fitter but dulled their mental sharpness. Knowing they might be able to outlast their opponents in a longer game, played hung onto the ball, made the extra pass, moved the ball around the court more before taking a shot.

“We were taking our time,” said Joker. “We were accepting the pass and then setting up to shoot as opposed to shooting right away.”

That gave Lak Attack ample time to set up for saves. And, but for a brief lull in the second period, he was equal to the task.

That lull coincided with the underdog’s renewed effort sparked by Joker’s temper tirade after successive goals stretched the lead even further. Kid, Bam Bam and even a pair by the Living Legend pulled the underdogs to within a goal, 10-9, at the second break.

But that was as close as they got.





Sunday’s game was played on a slippery, wet court after a weekend of rain and wind. But the persistent drizzle and pools of water behind each goal was a fitting launch pad for the Sunday Morning Road Hockey ’s silver anniversary season. After all, the league has endured through all kinds of difficult weather over the years.
“After a weekend of torrential rain and wind, we’re all out here, sweeping the court, having a great time,” said the Colonel, who’s beginning his 18th season in the league. “It’s a great sense of community and camaraderie. People love the sport for the pure fun of it.”
Even newer players like Joker have quickly recognized and appreciated the unique qualities that have allowed the league to attain its milestone season.
“It’s the same group of guys that play hard every week,” said the seasoned shotstopper, embarking on his third campaign. “They know they can leave it all on the court at the end of the game.”

Posted by jaysuburb at October 16, 2016 08:42 PM
Comments

To the rescue-coming as fast as I can!! lol!

Posted by: lakattack at October 30, 2016 09:56 AM

Uh oh, looks like we've got us a goalie crisis! Lak Attack, road hockey's lonely eyes look to you...

Posted by: Living Legend at October 30, 2016 09:25 AM

Hey boys I won't be there tomorrow see u guys next week

Posted by: Twizzler at October 30, 2016 02:49 AM

Gentlemen, I have been moving for 5 days straight and still not done
I will be an unfortunate scratch tomorrow.

Posted by: Jojer at October 30, 2016 01:02 AM

Noted.

Posted by: Jay Suburb at October 24, 2016 07:48 PM

Legend, I have played in 3 Stanley Sticks (winning 2 btw) which makes this my FOURTH year in the league.

Posted by: Joker at October 24, 2016 02:16 PM

Sunny in North Delta right now and prognosis is for improving weather through the day with little or no rain by game time.

Posted by: The Colonel at October 23, 2016 09:34 AM

See you at the courts Twiz and Legend!

Posted by: The Colonel at October 23, 2016 09:31 AM

See u guys today hope we have a good one

Posted by: Twizzler at October 23, 2016 09:00 AM

Hey boys is there a game tom sorry had a lot going on but excited to play again and knee is good

Posted by: Twizzler at October 22, 2016 11:59 PM

Still dogged by this cold. If the weather is bad, I'm out. If the weather is good, I'm still a gametime decision.

Posted by: Living Legend at October 22, 2016 11:13 PM

Can't make it out tomorrow or the next week. Sorry gang

Posted by: Doo at October 22, 2016 11:11 AM

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Posted by: Living Legend at October 21, 2016 04:35 PM

Leg,

Any luck with the Goalie search??

Posted by: lakattack at October 21, 2016 01:27 PM