March 19, 2017

Kid and mates falter from fatigue

The extended mid-season hiatus is exacting a toll on roadsters as they gear up for the Stanley Stick finale just over a month away. Without any substitute players to spell off tired legs, Sunday’s game quickly turned into a battle for survival.

“At different times of the game, you just feel gassed,” said Nouvelle Guy, who’s side gave up two late goals to suffer a sudden-death loss 9-8. “Sitting by the goalie waiting for him to make the save is just no way to play the game.”

But that’s what the veteran centerman and his mates had to do as their fitness diminished after they had opened an early 3-1 lead and seemed poised to romp.

“We weren’t able to go the distance,” said Beelzebub, who’s still getting into game shape after he missed the first half of the season.

As their legs fatigued, the skilled playmaking duo of Cleveland and Ohio were able to command the court with crisp passing and fleet footwork. Living Legend stood poised to chip in cross-crease passes, something he accomplished three times.

“Their passing was just better than our’s,” said Nouvelle Guy. “We gave them too many two-on-ones and two-on-nones.”

That put the onus on Kid to keep his mates in the game. For the most part he succeeded. But as his flat-footed defence abandoned him, there was little he could do against successive odd-man rushes.

After Cleveland and his mates got back to even terms, they continued to press. They took their first lead at 5-4. Beelzebub’s side seemed shattered.

“Confidence was key,” said the fiendish forward. “We lost it, and the other guys got it. That turned the tide.”

Posted by jaysuburb at March 19, 2017 08:03 PM