March 25, 2018

Doo's departure dooms mates

Doo’s early departure doomed his team to a 13-8 loss in Sunday’s game.

The young speedster left after only a few shifts because of back spasms, entrusting his side to the rickety legs of Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s two most senior players, Colonel and Living Legend, along with Scooby, who’s endured his own injury challenges this season. They came up short to the challenge, feebly chopping rebounds right back into the pads of Joker, then giving up odd-man rushes on the transition as they struggled to hustle back.

“Everyone was tired,” Scooby said. “We gave up too many odd-man rushes.”

Their opponents, Lak Attack and Cleveland, were quick to capitalize, as Velma cruised for loose balls to convert to garbage goals.

“We had lots of chances,” Lak Attack said. “We just kept going.”

Scooby said the toll of Doo’s absence really took hold in the game’s second half, when his elderly mates struggled to stay upright. More often than not their offensive opportunities petered into harmless lobs into Joker’s pads.

“It’s harder to score when you’re tired,” Scooby said.

Lak Attack conceded Doo’s departure definitely helped his team. Not only did they no longer have to worry about his offensive ability, they could better manage their effort against an opponent with a similar manpower challenge.

“Our odds increased by at least half because of the loss of Doo’s legs and his skill level,” Lak Attack said. “Doo has a great shot and he probably would have picked up some of those rebounds and buried them. The game would have been much closer.”

The win was especially important for Joker, who’s been struggling to find himself on the winning side in recent weeks. And with a month to go until the opening game of the Stanley Stick championship series, the battle for the chalice just got tougher with two goalies at the top of their game.

“This was good for him,” said Lak Attack of his shot stopping teammate. “He made some big saves today.”

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March 18, 2018

Loss squanders Big D's outburst

Another career performance was squandered Sunday.

Big D scored six times but his team stumbled to a 15-9 loss despite playing with a manpower advantage most of the game.

It was a virtuoso coming out for the young forward who initially joined the league as the “future consideration” when Nouvelle Guy was acquired. His offensive outburst affirmed Big D’s future may be now.

“He had a great game,” said Doo. “Kid’s not an easy goalie to beat six times.”

Tentative and timid earlier in his career, Big D has been growing, putting on weight and gaining confidence steadily through his young career at the road hockey courts. That’s been paying off on the score sheet.

“When he goes into the corners, he’s been able to fight it out with the best of them,” said Nouvelle Guy.

And while his positioning on the transition still needs some work, Doo said he’s got all the tools to be a force in the very near future.

“He’s got really good individual skills,” said the speedy centreman who showed some offensive prowess of his own Sunday, teaming up time and again with Cleveland to lead their side to an easy victory. “He’s got great hands and a killer instinct around the net.”

But Big D’s mates weren’t able to leverage that killer instinct to bury their opponents even after Gary Busey had to leave the game early when he was hit in the eye by a shot that deflected up off his own stick.

“We should have been able to take advantage of having the extra guy,” said Nouvelle Guy. “We didn’t run it out and run them ragged like I thought we could.”

Doo said the slippery concrete, slicked by a rain squall that subsided early in the game, meant neither team could elevate their pace.

“Because it was slick, everyone had to keep their speed down,” said Doo, who instead used some deft passing plays with Cleveland to power their offense.

A few fortuitous bounces that skipped past Joker also seemed to sap his mates.

“That can rattle you,” said Doo of the fluke goals. “I think Joker just had a run of bad luck, and once he’s off his game, it’s easier to give yourself permission to shoot rather than try to make the perfect play.

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March 11, 2018

Velma can't save victory single-handedly

Velma scored seven goals Sunday.

But Velma’s team only scored eight while allowing 13, to squander his hot hand.

And while few of Velma’s goals could be classified as pretty, he was able to keep his team close enough most of the day to cause their opponents some anxiety.

“I thought we were able to play three-quarters of the game really well, but they were able to come on in that last quarter,” said Lak Attack of his team’s occasional swoons that allowed their Velma-led opposition back to within three goals on at least two occasions.

“They kept us on our toes,” said Scooby.

Well, it was mostly Velma who caused that angst as the evil orange plastic ball seemed to find his stick at the most opportune moments and then end up rattling around in the net after banking in off pads, posts and wayward blades.

“There definitely was a lot of strange, flukey goals,” said Scooby, who also scored a few of those himself Sunday.

“He got a few Hair Mary’s today,” said Lak Attack. “Vee was on top of it and he took advantage.”

Those opportunities presented themselves as a bare minimum number of roadsters struggled with the game’s pace in ideal, dry conditions that favoured the speedsters like Scooby.

“I find it much better on the dry courts… just because you lose an edge when you’re starting up on a wet court,” said Scooby. “You can make faster cuts when it’s dry.”

Lak Attack said the spring-like conditions also presented challenges to the goalies as balls seemed to bounce off pads quicker, often right onto the stick blade of patrolling forwards looking for a rebound.

“You tend to have bigger rebounds because the ball moves a bit quicker,” said Lak Attack. “Guys are quick, they’re smart and if they see an opening they’ll take it right away.”

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