January 07, 2018

Velma cold after return from Iceland

Velma came a long way to play Sunday’s Shrimp Ring Bowl. His performance suggests he’s still got a long way to go.

The veteran roadster returned to the road hockey courts from a two-year hiatus in Iceland. The timing of his comeback was no coincidence; he said the festive shrimp in tangy cocktail sauce that heralds the first game at the courts of the new year was a welcome respite from fermented shark meat and other local “delicacies” he endured during his sojourn.

But while his snack may have been tasty, his game was anything but.

Velma had trouble finding the net even as his team romped to a 15-8 win. He struggled to get his shot within three feet of the cage and he laboured defensively.

“Shooting was a challenge for sure,” Velma said of his road hockey reprise. “I was slow. Everyone was running circles around me.”

That set up a number of odd-man rushes for the opposition. But for most of the game they failed to take advantage until Scooby and Ohio were finally able to generate some chemistry.

By then it was too late.

Early on, it was the speedsters like Doo and Cleveland who were best able to negotiate the slippery conditions created by a steady rain shower. Not by outrunning defenders or dazzling them with footwork, but by taking advantage of wacky bounces and unexpected deflections.

“There was goals going in off people’s butts, sticks and chests,” said Doo. “It was a total blast.”

Not so much for the goaltenders though.

Lak Attack said he tried to adjust his game by minimizing his movement.

“Sometimes the best thing to do is just sit tight in your crease and stay within your game,” said the versatile veteran who stepped between the pipes when Joker was an unexpected scratch. “Hopefully the ball will hit you if you’re in the right position.”
Unless, of course, it’s being shot by Velma.

“I didn’t think I hit it once the entire game,” he said.

Posted by jaysuburb at January 7, 2018 09:05 PM

Yes, I'll be there at 10:15

Posted by: Joker at January 14, 2018 04:15 AM

I'll be there makin' hay while the sun shines!

Posted by: Doo at January 13, 2018 09:06 PM

I'll be there tomorrow, supposed to be sunny.

Posted by: Scooby at January 13, 2018 01:55 PM

Joker, you coming out tomorrow??

Posted by: lakattack at January 13, 2018 01:34 PM

Fun game! Vow to be much better in goal for next week!

Colonel, please bring the extra hockey pants for next week.

Posted by: lakattack at January 9, 2018 03:45 PM

Truest of stories. That was a shameful game on my part. Better next... year, I hope.

Posted by: Velma at January 7, 2018 10:22 PM