March 16, 2014

Chico gives his men confidence

Some key saves early in Sunday's game gave Chico confidence in his first goaltending start in months. They also assured his team he could take care of business at the back end while they converted their scoring chances in the offensive zone en route to a 10-5 win.

Facing a team comprised of wily veterans keen to redeem themselves after last week's lacklustre representation of their generation, Chico saw a lot of orange plastic. But at the break, he'd yet to let one get past him as his side held a 5-0 advantage.

"We had a system and we stuck to it," said the comeback creaseminder. "I got a lot of permitter shots, a lot of bouncy stuff, but nothing we couldn't handle."

And whenever his defenders headed up court, they were able to make the best of their scoring opportunities.

"They were in our end the whole time, but we were able to convert," said Holt.

Not willing to go off into the rainclouds quietly, the veterans fought back gamely after the break, closing the score to within two, 7-5. But the effort took a toll, as they wheezed up three straight goals.

"There's a lot of swings to this game," said Chico of his side's ability to regroup. "We knew we just had to stick with what we'd been doing, play the chip, play the transition game and take shots on net."

They did, due in no small part to Chico's steadying play in their own net, said Holt.

"We had total confidence in him," said the slick sophomore. "We didn't ever worry about our goalie at all."

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March 09, 2014

Attack fizzles after Lak leaves

Colonel didn't want to use Lak Attack's early departure as an excuse for his side's 10-5 loss in Sunday's game.

But when his side gave up six unanswered goals after holding a 5-4 advantage when the veteran speedster had to excuse himself, there was no avoiding it.

"We really slowed down when we lost Lak," said Colonel.

Not that they were going very fast in the first place.

With both Lak Attack and Living Legend making their way back into action from extended illness, and Colonel paying the fitness price for missing a couple of games, the side of wily veterans were lucky to have a man advantage and a lead half way through the game.

Both disappeared when Lak left.

"Even though they had the extra sub, we thought we had the momentum on our side," said Bam Bam, of his overmatched opponents. "They were a bit gassed."

And more than a little frustrated.

Despite holding a narrow lead at the break, the veterans had to battle hard to get there and that may also have taken a toll. Twizzler, making his first goaltending start in weeks, cast aside his reputation for slow starts by making a number of key saves early in the game. That gave his mates the confidence to press deep into the offensive zone and capitalize on scoring chances to take the early lead.

"We were more attack-minded in the beginning," said Bam Bam.

The veterans battled back gamely and took their first, and only, lead of the game at the break.

"Tizzler was a wall out there today," said Colonel.

With that assessment in their back pocket, Bam Bam and his mates knew it was only a matter of time until they held the upper hand. For good.

"One goal down with our speed and skill, we knew we were going to come back and win it," said Bam Bam.

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March 03, 2014

Slush fun

It's not quite snow.

Most roadsters would agree it's worse than rain.

Sunday a handful of hearty players braved a slush storm that left the courts slicked and sloppy.

Survival, said Yak, was foremost in their minds.

"It's just a matter of when you might slip and fall," said the shifty centreman whose trademark quick cuts and fancy footwork were neutralized by the precarious conditions.

"You're always mindful of how hard you're going to go."

The second game to be scuttled in as many weeks by unseasonable weather only weeks from the official start of spring, the roadsters were especially careful not to risk injury as the season enters its critical run-up to the Stanley Stick.

"It does shake your confidence," said Yak. "You don't want to fall. It's tough to go hard."

But mostly, it was tough to battle along the boards, especially behind the nets, where semi-frozen slush and chilled water accumulated inches deep.

"It's always fun to go into that hard," said Yak. "You've got to make sure you're ready for it."

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