October 15, 2017

PFG sows seeds for possible comeback

It’s been six years since Pig Farming Goalie played a road hockey game that mattered.

He’s got a lot less hair and what’s left has gone grey. But in Sunday’s regular season opener the veteran net minder showed a new generation of roadsters why he was the most dominant keeper of his era, as he led his team to a 9-1 victory.

It was a triumphant return to the courts for PFG, who famously lost the 2011 Stanley Stick when another long-in-the-tooth veteran, Living Legend, ran circles around his younger opponents and earned the Conn Stick award. And while two knee surgeries since may have slowed him a bit, his sound positioning and knack for angles frustrated opposing shooters time and again on Sunday.

“I think from the first few shots you knew he was going to be sound,” said Bam Bam. “He was moving well and we just tried to do too much.”

Just like old times, said Lak Attack.

“He’s probably our most sound positional goalie,” said the ageing forward. “He’s very tough to beat. You really gotta bank rebounds on him.”

While Bam Bam tried valiantly to employ just such a strategy, time and again they were rebuffed at the edge of the crease.

Pig Farming Goalie said he rediscovered his groove once he adjusted to the furious pace of the game.

“This game is not easy to play,” said the agrarian goalie. “It’s such a quick turnaround, so it’s a good game to keep goalie sharp.”

Lak Attack said it was quickly apparent his old nemesis hadn’t lost his feel for the game.

“He looked pretty sharp,” said the speedy centreman. “You have to be ready in position. That’s the biggest thing as a goalie; to be ready for a shot at any angle.”

At the other end of the court, Joker may not have been able to match his opponent save-for-save, but he was his equal in effort as time and again he was able to frustrate the terrific trio of Lak Attack, Cleveland and Ohio.

“It it wasn’t for him the game would have been over way sooner than it was,” said Bam Bam.

A reality that wasn’t lost on Sunday’s special guest goaltender.

“Joker was keeping them in there,” said Pig Farming Goalie, who was unsure when he’d next appear at the courts.

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October 01, 2017

Warmth of pre-season warms up players

When one of road hockey’s most senior players warns of the perils of missing training camp, it’s best to heed his admonishment.

It would be easy for Colonel to sit back for another couple of weeks to conserve his energy for the long regular season ahead. But he was one of only four players to report to the court Sunday for the first of two training camp sessions.

It should have been a game. Instead the wily veteran, along with Bam Bam, Nouvelle Guy and fellow founding father Living Legend, honed their shots and worked on breakout drills.

Colonel said it was important not to just walk away.

“I think what guys don’t understand is when you play at this level, you can’t really afford to miss training camp,” said the feisty forward. “They just get so far behind and it’s frustrating when you play in subsequent weeks and you’re fully on your game while they’re out there like sitting ducks.”

That was a fate Bam Bam wanted to avoid.

After he missed the midsummer scrimmage in mid-August, he was determined to report to camp to get his game back.

“You always try to find your rhythm and timing,” said Bam Bam. “It’s good to get familiar again with the guys, the stick and the courts.”

Colonel said the laid back opening to training camp was especially disappointing because of the ideal playing conditions.

“The weather is fantastic right now.”

Bam Bam said after last season’s snow and ice cost the roadsters nine weeks of their season, it’s important to make every opportunity to play count.

“We play most of the season in wet, damp conditions, so any time you get dry conditions you’ve got to take advantage,” said Bam Bam. “You never know how many days you’re going to get out of the season.”

Still, for the roadsters who did get in a workout on Sunday, they’ll likely be a little sharper, a little more in sync when the games start for real on Oct. 15.

“You think of it as a warmup,” said Bam Bam. “It’s always good to get warmed up.”

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