October 28, 2007

Patience pays off

Good things come to those who wait

With a lineup thick with sure-footed speedsters like Kid and Doo, Lak Attack knew his side just had to bide their time through their early difficulties to wear down their aging opponents who tenderfooted into the corners and struggled to hustle back on defense on the rain-slicked concrete. They did just that, riding a six-goal outburst in the second period to a 20-16 come-from-behind victory in Sunday's game.

"I think it's really important to stay patient on a day like this," said Lak Attack. "It's really slippery and the game can change on a dime in this kind of weather."

Especially against a veteran team who's wiles and guile weren't enough to overcome their inability to change direction or run down opponents streaking down the boards.

"We're not young bucks out there, so you're not going to go 100 percent like you can when you've got full footing," said Smith.

"it slows some players down," said Billy Idol of his side's precarious play. "But for the younger kids that have a bit more agility, like Kid and Doo, this is their kind of game."

And they took full advantage. With Kid sliding hard to the net and Doo lofting passes towards his assured linemate, they stayed one step ahead of slough-footed defenders skidding helplessly and haplessly as they tried to veer back into the defensive zone.

"He's one of the better players out here with it comes to this weather, so we can count on that," said Lak Attack of Kid's fancy footwork. "We know he'll come out and get his opportunities, we just have to give him the chances and create some room for him."

"You've got to watch Kid's sliding," said Billy Idol. "We had a few defensive breakdowns that gave them the advantage today."

"It's always tough to play against Kid, and you have to play just that much better offensively in this kind of weather," said Smith. "You've got to make that second effort to get back and get on the rebound."

Something his veteran mates seemed unable to accomplish as they skidded and slipped, worrying more about their fragile hips and knees than breaking up the breakout pass.

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October 21, 2007

Sliding to a win

Scooby and Kid used their superior speed and balance to overcome slippery conditions and occasionally lazy goaltending, leading their team to a 20-17 win in Sunday's game.

The fleet-footed forwards slipped, slid and sloshed their way around flat-footed opponents, frozen in their tracks by the perilous rain-slicked concrete, to work the give-and-go time and again. Their ability to maintain their balance and keep control of the evil orange plastic ball defied defenders and caught out a beleaguered Frosty, helpless to cover every corner of his goal crease.

"Definitely when we were coming off the cycle, we had a lot of speed," said a soggy Scooby after Sunday's game, the third this young season to be played in a driving downpour. "Kid was able to get a lot of shots off coming out of the corner. We had a couple of nice tip ins just by going hard to the net."

As it turned out, they needed every one of them. While his forwards slid into corners with assurance, Gump seemed to be suffering a crisis of confidence sliding across his own crease to defend against opposing forwards trying to execute wrap-around plays from behind the net. Five times he was beaten by the play, which is, more often than not, a desperate attempt to salvage some sort of scoring attempt when charging wingers can't escape their checks.

"He's terrible defending the wrap-around," said Cowboy Bill, the only player on his team not to score just that way.

"It was just lazy goaltending," said Gump.

And it almost cost his team. After forging an early two-goal lead, they hit the skids in the third period, falling behind by two, 13-11. But their lull was short-lived.

As their nemesis, Lak Attack, took a much-needed breather on the sidelines, the young speedsters, Scooby and Kid, took advantage by scoring a run of goals.

"Whenever he was off the court, we knew we had to exploit their players," said Scooby.

"A couple of bounces went against us late in the game," said Cowboy Bill. "That turned the momentum just a little bit to their favor and pushed them over the top."

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October 07, 2007

Deja-vu, again

If it's road hockey season, it must be raining.

For the second consecutive week a rain and windstorm lashed the concrete courts. But this week, the roadsters weren't quite as resilient.

Only a half dozen braved the conditions, steeling themselves against yet another campaign that threatens to be washed away by lousy weather, literally. It's an all-too-familiar scenario for the roadsters, who bravely toiled through a Fall and Winter of tumult and indifference last season, scuttling three games along the way.

If there is a silver lining in the storm clouding the courts, three of the game's new generation of roadsters were already wheeling and dealing the evil orange plastic ball as the few veterans who did venture out trudged to the shelter of a nearby alcove. Scooby, Doo and Scrappy are proving themselves worthy of the mantle being dropped by game's grizzled veterans, like Wink, Paul One and the Colonel, who built Sunday Morning Road Hockey by ensuring the game played on no matter the weather, or other distractions.

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