October 27, 2013

Patience pays off

Patience is a virtue.

In half-court road hockey it's also a key to victory.

Sunday, Bam Bam and his mates bided their time through a slow start before wresting control of the game from their tiring opponents en route to a 12-7 victory.

Even as his side struggled through the game's first half, Bam Bam knew his side had the chemistry and game plan to comeback.

"We play a lot together," said the feisty forward of his linemates Colonel and Beckenbauer. "We know our strengths and weaknesses."

One of those strengths was the ability to move the ball around the perimeter, forcing fatiguing defenders to scramble after them as Colonel set up shop in the slot ready to tip the centering pass home.

"They did a really good job of keeping Colonel at the net so he didn't have to run too much," said Holt.

But even as their legs faltered, fatigue also exacted a toll on the defenders' mental game.

"You start getting complacent," said Yak. "You start waiting for the ball to come to you rather than going after it. The more tired you get the harder it is to stay sharp."

Sensing the opportunities, Bam Bam and his mates started to take chances.
"We these types of games you have to take more chances," said Bam Bam.

Many of those chances ended up in the back of the net.

"We started giving them up and we gave them up quickly," said Holt.

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October 20, 2013

Beckenbauer back

The tendons above his knee no longer inflamed, Beckenbauer sparked his side to a 12-8 win in Sunday's regular season opener.

The lanky Teuton missed most of last season because of the injury. But he barely missed a step in his triumphant comeback.

"I've still got some of the jump I had when I left," said Beckenbauer.

That wasn't good news for Colonel, the lone goalie in Sunday's half-court game.

"He does everything well," said the emergency keeper. "He's excellent defensively, he's got a long reach, he shoots for the corners. You can only try to contain a guy like that."

And for the first two-thirds of Sunday's game, that strategy seemed to be successful, as Yak and the Living Legend opened an early lead.

But the crafty Kraut sensed it was only a matter of time before he and his speedy linemate, Bam Bam, would be able to kick in the afterburners and some goals.

"We've all been here before, so we know how exhausting it gets," said Beckenbauer. "We knew that it's a long game and everything gets evened out in the end."

Which is exactly how Sunday's game unfolded as Beckenbauer and Bam Bam wrested control and the lead from their aging opponents.

"It took us a while to get the touch back," said Beckenbauer, who took full advantage of some of the Colonel's miscues.

"The long shots were pretty good screens," said Colonel. "You've just got to let it go and move on."

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October 06, 2013

Rookie redux

Even though he's a veteran with his name etched on the Stanley Stick trophy, Scrappy was like a rookie in Sunday's pre-season opener.

He couldn't find his place on the court.

He couldn't connect with his linemates.

He couldn't score.

But after missing all of last season to pursue other interests, it took him half a game to reestablish himself as one of Sunday Morning Road Hockey's most explosive scorers. The elusive sniper snapped two quick goals to spark his side to a 10-6 win.

"The touch was just not there for the first little while," said Scrappy. "I was really leaning on my teammates."

Those teammates bided their time, confident their young centreman would recapture his game.

"It's easier in a half-court game because you're working in a more confined space," said Yak. "You cycle the ball more, try to find guys. It forces you to develop chemistry."

Even as he wheeled and drove to the net without little to show for his effort, Scrappy was observing, making mental notes of his teammates' tendencies.

"If someone has a big shot, you try to set them up," said Scrappy. "If someone likes to go to the net, you just want to give it to them and let them rush."

Which proved to be the formula for victory.

"We had some bounces go our way," said Yak.

"It all came together in the second half of the game," said Scrappy.

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