February 18, 2018

S'no repeat

Snow and ice cost the roadsters more than two months of last season. So when an unexpected visit from Old Man Winter dusted the road hockey court with a couple of inches of white powder and semi-frozen slush, they weren’t about to let history repeat itself.

But the effort to clear the concrete exacted a toll.

Especially for Velma, who’s still playing himself back into game shape after an extended hiatus.

“It was tough for me,” said reconstituted roadster after Sunday’s game was preceded by at least 30 minutes of shoveling.

While the snow wasn’t exactly welcome, it wasn’t as bad as he’d feared, said Scooby.
“It was a little slippery, but I think we’ve had worse,” said the veteran sniper.

Whether they were fatigued from the pre-game plowing, or worried about getting caught out by an unexpected patch of frozen slush, the roadsters were tentative once play got underway.

“People were slowing down in the middle of the court, especially after there were some big falls,” said Scooby.

Velma said that tentativeness helped keep the scoring opportunities to a minimum.

“Guys were overthinking,” he said. “You sort of had to let instinct take over.”

Which is exactly what Scooby and his mates, Screech, and Ohio, did as they battle back from an early deficit, gave up a lead and then won the game in sudden death, 7-6.

“Patience was a big thing today,” Scooby said. “We did have a lot more time with the ball, but you’ve got to wait for your opening.”

Velma said that cautionary approach cost his team.

“We should have won that game handily if we had been able to bury the ball,” he said.

But on a day that echoed the weather challenges that caught out the roadsters last year, both teams walked away from the courts winners.

“It was awesome to be able to have a full game,” Scooby said.

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February 11, 2018

Sunny skies put losers into black hole

Sunny skies, a dry court and ample subs made for a speedy game Sunday. So speedy, in fact, there was time for two games.

Although that may have been due more to the hasty dispatch of Scooby and his mates by the highly-skilled up-tempo offense from the likes of Lak Attack, Cleveland, and Doo.

“We were never really in that game,” said the veteran winger of his side’s poor performance in a 10-3 drubbing. “Our team just wasn’t good enough.”

Nor was Joker, who seemed to set his side’s mood when he allowed the first five shots he faced to get past him.

“Goaltending is a mental thing and I think today I had a bit of a mental breakdown,” said the veteran showstopper of his inability to do just that.

You know it’s bad when even your own teammates are trash talking you.

Still, Scooby said, there’s usually still hope. But an inability to generate quality scoring chances on Kid ensured his side’s dismal fate.

“We didn’t have many shots, and the ones we had didn’t have much skill,” said Scooby.

From his end of the court, Joker tried to battle his demons but he just couldn’t muster the ammunition.

“If you can convince yourself you can turn it around, then you can,” he said. “It all comes down to mental fitness.”

But as the deficit mounted to 6-1 and then 7-2, Scooby said the notion of a comeback diminished.

“Even when it’s 5-0, it feels like you can still come back,” said the frustrated forward. “But when you’re just constantly training, there’s not much hope. You’re just hoping for the second game.”

Which is just what they got, and a measure of redemption for Joker who rebounded to win it.

That, he said, was critical for his confidence as the season edges towards its home stretch.

“If that sort of thing goes from week to week, you end up getting into a rut and who knows when you’re going to get out of it,” said Joker.

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February 04, 2018

Lack of shots costs Scooby and his gang

Velma and his veteran mates started converting odd-man rushes to break open a tight-checking game and beat their rookie-laden rivals 10-3 Sunday.

For much of the game’s first hour, neither side gave a quarter and it seemed doubtful they’d even reach the first five-goal break before time expired.

But a relentless run of odd-man rushes finally started producing results.

Velma said his side just had to stick with its game plan.

“You’ve got to play the bounces and play the odds and sooner or later you’re going to get bounces on your stick,” said the veteran winger, whose side was anchored by stalwart veterans Nouvelle Guy and Lak Attack.

Scooby said his side just ran out of steam.

“I think as the game went on, we got a bit more tired than they were,” said the dynamic speedster.

That may have been due to the two rookies, Gary Busey and Screech, who cracked the lineup but seemed to struggle with the pace at times.

Scooby said his side needed to simplify its game by just firing shots at the net at every opportunity.

“There’s just more chances generated when your able to throw the ball on net,” said Scooby. “We just didn’t do nearly enough of that today.”

Velma said his side set out to exploit the rookies at every opportunity.

“Not knowing the court, not knowing the wet spots, you could see a bunch of the new guys going down left, right and centre, and you’ve got an odd-man rush right away,” said Velma.

Scooby said even when his team did manage to break through, they were thwarted by the glove hand and hoovering pads of Kid, who returned to the crease after he missed last week’s game.

“If you looked at our three goals, I think most of them were just shots where he was screened,” said Scooby of Kid’s infallibility.

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