April 30, 2017

Speed gives advantage to Doo and mates

Speed may have won Sunday’s Stanley Stick opener, but determination and hard work will hoist the trophy next week.

That was Colonel’s cautionary assessment even after his swift side romped to a 20-11 win to take command of the two-game finale.

“Any side can still win regardless of what it says on paper,” said the wily veteran.

Fueled by a younger lineup comprised of speedsters like Scooby and Doo complementing the gritty power of Bam Bam and Beelzebub, Colonel and his mates were never in danger of falling behind in the series’ opener.

Doo said it was a team effort that allowed them to dominate their overmatched opponents by transitioning quickly from defence to offence to create odd-man rushes that, more often than not, ended with a goal.

“We gave up rushes, but we would get the ball back and get it up court in a hurry,” said Doo, who was playing only his second game after he was sidelined by a traffic accident in January. “We outran them.”

They also used their skill advantage, said Nouvelle Guy, whose side was often left flatfooted.

“They made the tape-to-tape passes and that made the difference,” said the francophone forward.

It also frustrated Joker, who was powerless to stanch to flow of forwards raining shots his way. A 5-1 run of goals against in the game’s second period pretty much sealed his side’s fate and caused the temperamental shot stopper to hurl his equipment down the court. That just seemed to fire their opponents even more.

“If you can get the other team thinking negatively, that works in your favour,” said Colonel.

That negativity will have to exorcised, said Nouvelle Guy, is his side wants to get back into the series and force a decisive mini game.

“We’ve got to push a little harder. We’ve got to get our legs underneath us.”

And their effort could be aided immensely by the addition of players who were unable to make it to Sunday’s game. One of those is Lak Attack, who can still streak past defenders despite his advancing years.

Colonel said the longer games to 20 goals that are a hallmark of the Stick could work against his speedy side.

“It wears on people,” said Colonel.

Doo admitted it was hard for his side to maintain their pace for the full game.

“Honestly, as the game wore on we got tired,” said the young centreman. “That’s something we’re definitely going to have to watch for next week.”

Posted by jaysuburb at April 30, 2017 11:15 PM

Not from a shot, just from running with shoes that had no support. Hope it was a close game!Beautiful day for it. Have a great summer and we'll see you in August.

Posted by: Nouvelle at May 7, 2017 01:09 PM

Jeepers! I hope that wasn't from the shot of mine that you blocked. Hoping for a speedy recovery Guy! Have a good summer b

Posted by: The Colonel at May 7, 2017 12:47 AM

Well, as some of you saw I wasnt myself on Sunday. The pain in my feet had me at the doctor on Monday and while I thought I'd bounce back quick enough I still cant even walk properly....so I'm out for game 2 of the stick! Sucks but just cant put any weight on it. Will see you at the Summer game.

Posted by: Nouvelle at May 6, 2017 11:08 PM

Expecting a closer affair next week.

Guy, once home I removed my shoe to find my sock in a bloody mess, the nail of my big toe ripped back two thirds. Hopefully, that wasn't the case when you checked yours. The morning after, my big toe is completely swollen and purple. But, you know I'll be good to go on Sunday!

Posted by: The Colonel at May 1, 2017 11:38 AM