November 12, 2017

A lazy win

Cowboy Bill and Cleveland barely broke a sweat in their 6-3 win in Sunday’s half-court game.

That’s because they were able to make their long range shots count, allowing them to conserve energy for some aggressive forechecking to produce turnovers.

Cowboy Bill said their winning strategy was as much about survival.

“It’s a big court to cover with just two guys,” said Cowboy, who’s making his Sunday Morning Road Hockey comeback after several years away from the courts.

So they didn’t.

Instead of transitioning to offence with quick-strike rushes up the rain-slicked court, Cowboy and Cleveland fired howitzers at Joker. When he whiffed a few, they had the edge they needed.

“If you can get some of those quick ones, you have more energy,” said Lak Attack, whose own attempts at long-range scoring always seemed to land squarely in Joker’s trapper or his smothering leg pads.

Cowboy said once his side exposed Joker’s apparent weakness, the game came to them.

“You try to keep the pressure on to create turnovers,” he said. “We needed as many chances as possible.”

But Lak Attack’s dangling and the Living Legend’s knack for finding the five hole seemed to elude them on Sunday, as the wily veterans failed to find the kind of chemistry needed to succeed in the half-court game.

“The half-court game is a running game and Legend and I just didn’t have the best chemistry today,” said Lak Attack. “We played hard and they just played a bit better.”

When there’s so little margin for error, that extra effort made the difference in controlling the game’s tempo and making it work to their advantage, said Cowboy Bill.

“It gives you the chance to settle back,” he said. “You don’t have to work as hard on the forecheck coming in so it saves a lot of energy in the long run.”

Posted by jaysuburb at November 12, 2017 09:06 PM
Comments

Fyi. I'm in

Posted by: Joker at November 19, 2017 09:14 AM

Sorry guys. I'm out for another week with Derek's Hockey.

Posted by: Nouvelle at November 18, 2017 11:33 PM

It was a fun half court game. Looking forward to having a full game this Sun

Bammer and Ohio you coming out this Sunday?? You slackers!!

Posted by: lakattack at November 16, 2017 10:00 AM