March 17, 2019

Kid 2.0 pays fitness price

Since Kid returned to the road hockey courts two seasons ago, the dynamic speedster has been more interested in stopping the evil orange plastic ball than firing it past flummoxed goaltenders.

Sunday, the veteran eschewed the goalie pads and discovered while he may have lost a step, he hasn’t lost his shot.

Kid was the offensive dynamo around which his various teams revolved in a series of mini games that heralded the resumption of a troubled season that had been put on ice — literally — by a series of snowstorms and freezing conditions. But by the end, he was wheezing and panting just as much as the rest of the regulars who were feeling the effects of their extended hiatus.

“Towards the end, he had no legs,” said Nouvelle Guy. “But he wasn’t the only one.”

Lak Attack said he immediately noticed his longtime rival had lost a step.

“These days, he’s more or less just another player that every now and then gets a lucky break,” said the versatile veteran who strapped on the goalie pads Sunday.

In their prime, both players could match each other stride for stride speeding up the court and making electric plays around the net, but Lak Attack said time has clearly taken a toll.

“The talent is deteriorating,” he said.

Still, Kid’s presence as an offensive threat could not be taken lightly, said Nouvelle Guy.

“He made a difference for each team he was on.”

That presented an ongoing challenge for players charged with defending against Kid
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“We just needed to take away his shot,” Nouvelle Guy said. “He just kept shooting and it built up his confidence and then they kept going in.”

Lak Attack said that may have been due more to the depleted defenders.

“Maybe the odd time he’s going to get lucky,” said Lak Attack. “Nine times out of ten he’s going to shoot wide.”

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March 02, 2019

Ice age grips road hockey courts

The road hockey courts remain locked in by a thick layer of ice and compacted, frozen snow three weeks after a series of snowstorms.

And while the weather-forced hiatus likely won’t get as bad as the nine weeks that were lost in the 2016-17 season, Sunday Morning Road Hockey’s fellow founding father said the inability to play has been frustrating.

“It felt like our season was gaining momentum, with more players coming out and others expressing interest, then this happens,” said Living Legend.

The frustration has been compounded by the bright, sunny weather that would otherwise be ideal for playing. But a persistent cold snap punctuated by overnight temperatures below freezing, has made a thaw of the courts a slow, arduous process.

On Saturday, about a third of the game court was still encased in a thick layer of solid ice and frozen snow. The lack of sunshine at the icy end of the court, which is cast in shadow most of the day from the neighbouring school building, has also been a factor.

After a mostly snow-free season, the flakes first started to fly moments after the roadsters last played a full-court game on Feb. 11. That storm dumped several inches on the court, then was followed a couple of days later by another storm.

The midweek weather events also meant the roadsters weren’t able to shovel the courts to prevent the snow from freezing into an ice shelf as the temperatures dropped.

When asked if a shovel brigade of roadsters could clear the court to allow a game to be played, the Legend just shook his head. The ice shelf is pretty hard and impenetrable without a lot of exhausting effort, he said, plus there’s hardly been an abundance of players this season to construct a brigade.

With overnight temperatures forecast to stay above freezing beginning midweek, the Legend said he’s optimistic the game will be able to go on next Sunday.

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