Game Recap Week 9

12/17/06 vs. Gang Green (3-4-1)

Historically, Gang Green has been a thorn in our sides, as we just cannot seem to beat this team. Every game has been close, but they always seem to come out on top. They were ripe for the taking as they had only won once in their past 5 games.

We never really seemed to get going in the right direction in this game, which saw an absurd amount of penalties being called. Even Josh was called for a penalty! It started early in the first period, as Lenny was circling behind the net, he got called for holding and when he approached the referee about the call, he gave him two more. At the end of one, we were down a goal and had spent a large portion of the period killing of penalites, which doesn’t help too much in the offense department. Nonetheless, feeling good about only being down a goal heading into the second, we pressed on. However, that was short-lived as Paul took a penalty, which was a bad call from the start. He then said something to the ref, got two more,  slammed the door to the box, while still mouthing off and got tossed from the game. Losing him certainly wasn’t going to help our already weak offense. When the parade to penalty box paused for a few moments, we managed to slip a goal in, knotting the game up and holding that way until the end of the period. The third period pretty much followed the same suit as the previous two, tight defense, not much space for offense and oh, yes, there were plenty of penalties. Gang Green managed to have a few called on them, but after they slipped a bad goal by Josh and we were trying to mount a comeback, the zebra’s seemed to have it our for us, calling a non-stop line against our team. When they were missing calls, Josh was getting visibly/vocally irritated. He was slamming his stick on the posts and screaming at the refs to call it both ways, and that’s when he also got called for an unsportsmanlike penalty. There was little to be done, as this game had been predetermined and Gang Green slipped another goal through on their way to victory.

Final Score: 1-3

Record: 4-4-1

Merry Christmas everyone, we’re off until January 7th, but we’ll see everybody before then at the Holiday Shootout Tournament, Jan 5th-7th.

Next up, a rematch with the Enforcers.

Game Recap Week 8

12/10/06 vs. Rangers (3-3-1)

The Rangers started the season 3-1-1, but have lost the last two, allowing fourteen goals in the process. Fortunately for us, in the past year, we have owned the Rangers, losing only once to them, while finding that our offense is not, in fact, anemic. Keeping with the theme of their previous two games, we seem to light the lamp whenever we play them as well and this game would prove to be no different.

In the first period, we jumped out to an early one goal lead from Tom N., which was sign of things to come. As the second period got underway, Tom struck again, as the Rangers could not seem to contain him. Midway through the second the Rangers finally got on the board, cutting the lead in half. But Tom was a one man wrecking crew this week, potting two more goals, giving him four on the day and bringing our lead up to 4-1 at the end of two periods. As the thrid period wore on, we were content to play with a three goal lead, but as oppotunities jumped at us to score more goals, we didn’t pass them up and Tom grabbed his fifth and final goal of the afternoon about halfway through the period. With juts a handful of minutes remaining, Lenny got on the scoresheet as well, patting home a one-time pass across the goal mouth, for our sixth goal of the evening. With less than two minutes to play, Josh found himself staring down a breakaway which the shooter fired over his left shoulder and into the net to score the Rangers final goal of the game.

Final Score: 6-2

Record: 4-3-1

Next week, Gang Green.

Game Recap Week 7

12/3/06 vs. Grateful Leafs (3-2-1)

After starting their season 0-2-1, the Leafs have been a roll, winning three in a row. As always, this should prove to be another tough test for us. We also welcomed a second half addition to our team, Paul (Onion Soup), who should spark some offense for us.

The Leafs started out quick peppering Josh with numerous shots and midway through the first, they finally broke through for a one-goal lead. We were having our troubles as we could not get going offensively and were having troubles in our own zone as well. The Leafs speed and skill were certainly outmatching us on this day.

Early in the second period, we found  a small spark of offense and knotted the game at one. However, by the end of the period, the Leafs had struck three more times to put the game out of our woeful offense’s reach.

The Leafs continiued to shower Josh with shots and while he did everything he could, in the end, it was just too much for all of us. Adding one more goal to put the game away, the Leafs skated away with their fourth victory in a row.

Final Score: 1-5

Record: 3-3-1

Next up, the Rangers.