April 29, 2018

Joker's tantrum clouds soggy Stick opener

Emotions boiled over early in Sunday’s Stanley Stick opener and an outburst may have cost one team their chance for victory as they succumbed 15-7.

Joker stormed off the court with the score tied 3-3 in a hard-fought first period after a pair of incidents involving Colonel and Velma. The fiery shotstopper declared he could no longer abide his teammate’s aggressive play, pulled off his big leg pads and went home.

Lak Attack was also riled and headed for his car. For a few tense moments, the championship series, and possibly the entire future of Sunday Morning Road Hockey, hung in the balance.

Roadside diplomacy between Colonel and Lak Attack brought the veteran forward back to the court, but Joker was long gone.

With his team now down its spare player, Colonel strapped on the leg pads to take over crease minding duties. The very occasional goalie who last went between the pipes last season was quickly overwhelmed by the offensive speed and opportunism of Doo, Velma and Lak Attack, while Living Legend prowled the perimeter to tip home a couple of garbage goals.

Lak Attack said Joker’s departure denigrated what was shaping up to be a classic match-up of a pair of balanced teams.

“I think it would have been tight all the way through.”

Scooby said Joker’s tantrum caught everyone off guard.

“I was hoping cooler heads would prevail,” he said. “That would have made a huge difference in the game.”

Velma said even though his team was able to take advantage of the shocking turn of events, their inexorable roll to victory took some of the lustre of their lead in the two-game championship series.

“It felt more like a scrimmage than the Stanley Stick,” he said.

The trouble started when a crease clash between Colonel and Velma sent the latter into his goalie, Kid, negating an apparent goal because of goaltender interference.

Moments later Colonel, still steaming from the decision to nullify the goal, rubbed his nemesis into the side fence after Velma cleared the ball up the court.

“Things were getting chippy,” said Scooby.

Velma said Joker’s outburst wasn’t a total surprise, as the veteran goalkeeper has a tendency to wear his intensity on his sleeve, sometimes letting it get the better of him.

“Joker is an emotional guy,” he said. “It sucks that he went off and left us without a good game.”

While Colonel struggled in his initial moments between the pipes, he settled down. But the damage had been done.

“When they got up by three or four goals, that’s when it really gets tough,” Scooby said.

It’s unclear whether Joker will return next week. But with Velma doubtful, his mates are tempering their optimism about their one-game advantage.

“We needed the victory today,” Lak Attack said. “Next week we’ll have to regroup. We just have to show up and work hard.”

Scooby said his side will have no choice but to force the play in the offensive zone, no matter who’s minding their net.

“We’ve definitely got to get more going offensively on Kid,” he said.

It's been more than 10 years since a Stanley Stick game was played in the rain; that was in the second game of the 2006-07 finale.
The precipitation made the court especially slippery, slowing the game's pace and preventing players from turning quickly on transitions.
"It changes the game, makes it more defensive," said Lak Attack. "You had to be more positional."

Posted by jaysuburb at April 29, 2018 07:43 PM

I'm assuming Joker will show? He said last week he'd see us this week.

Posted by: Living Legend at May 5, 2018 07:56 PM

Please bring it Lak.

Posted by: The Colonel at May 5, 2018 07:39 PM

FYI- I will not be bringing the goalie gear with me tomorrow.

Posted by: lakattck at May 5, 2018 07:31 PM

Comments are open. For now.

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Posted by: Jay Suburb at April 30, 2018 10:00 PM