August 16, 2012

Beetle Boy heats up comeback

Beetle Boy picked the hottest day of the year to begin his comeback. He hopes his game will be just as hot when the Sunday Morning Road Hockey season begins in earnest in October.

The veteran forward with the ubiquitous tongue and a knack for scoring timely goals missed huge chunks of last season as he battled injuries, scheduling challenges and general indifference. But he showed up for Sunday's special Midsummer Scrimmage with renewed enthusiasm and commitment to the game.

"I hadn't played in a long time and I just didn't want to embarrass myself," said Beetle Boy, whose side lost 17-16 in sudden-death darkness despite his offensive contributions. "I'm jazzed to start coming out more, it makes me want to come out more."

Indeed the annual hot-weather showdown fired plenty of optimism amongst the roadsters as a record number of them gathered in the twilight for the first time since the Stanley Stick finale in April.

"We're all itching to play," said Yak. "It's been three month since we've played and the excitement was in everyone's eyes."

While Beetle Boy used the game to test his mettle for the upcoming season, others like Yak measured their off-season fitness regime.

"Playing in the summer at least a month ahead of when you get started again gives you a chance to take a step in the right direction before the season starts," said the sophomore centerman. "You've got to work to get your endurance back, to get your flexibility back."

"A lot of guys who showed up were in shape and ready to go," said Beetle Boy. "it was definitely a lot more competitive than I thought it was going to be."

For the first time in four years each team had a goalie and a spare player to spell off tired teammates. The consequence was a spirited, fast-paced clash that seesawed back and forth until descending darkness forced the sudden-death conclusion.

"You definitely saw shorter shifts tonight as everyone tried to take their breaks to get water whenever they could," said Yak. "All you can do is get out there, play hard and try not to faint."

"It was hot, but it was a lot of fun," said Beetle Boy. "I'm looking forward to the season starting."

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August 07, 2012

Summer scrimmage set

The days are getting shorter. The nights are (supposed to be) getting cooler. Somewhere, a leaf falls from a tree.

Road hockey season is nigh.

And to preview the coming season, as well as gauge off-season training regimes, Sunday Morning Road Hockey's annual Midsummer Scrimmage will face off Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the hockey courts.

Silent since the Living Legend and his mates hoisted his second straight Stanley Stick championship trophy in April, the courts will once again echo with the thud of the evil orange plastic ball against shin guards, the ping of rapier shots off the goal posts, the yelp of anguish when the Colonel thumps an unwitting rival into the end boards.

The informal game will be followed by an upper body workout at River's Reach pub.

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