Wednesday, January 30, 2008

11 - 2 Tarnishing of the Silver Seven ....

Even the -40 temperatures could not cool off the offensive display by SVCU. Skating with a full squad for the first time this year, SVCU continued to have their way offensively. With all three lines contributing, SVCU scored early and never looked back. Veteran forward Rex "Golden Vet" Leach, skating and fore checking like a 49 year old, made numerous tape to tape passes. The game took an ugly turn when scrappy left winger Dennis " Surgeon " Bowles was blindsided with a crushing blow by a frustrated Silver Seven Defender. The questionable tactics did not end there , as freewheeling center men Jeff " Skinny" Knight was the recipient of no less than two possible season ending checks. Bowles, trying to shake the cob webs, was forced to hit he showers early. Later quoted "I didn't see the fucker coming, Hey did Barry score on my perfectly fed pass? " Stalwart on the blue line, the combinations of Zamzow /Gray, and Henklemen/Campbell proved to be impenetrable to the Silver Seven offensive forays. Mike "Smitty" Smith played a solid game despite ongoing equipment and vehicle issues. A spectacular glove save seemed to give the net minder the reassurance that the $300 purchase may well have been worth it. Thursday SVCU travels to Benito to take on the Kenville Flyer's.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson sets new SVCU record, but yearns to have moves like this 13 year old...

A game in which the score rivaled that of any "All Star" exhibition played on the weekend, SVCU skated to a 16-6 victory over Swan River Action. Demolishing the single game goal scoring record, Clarkson inked his name into the record book by denting the twine no less than 10 times. Gary "Duke" Kennedy opened the scoring with a tricky floater that seemed to handcuff the opposition goaltender. Freshly off a "fun in the sun" hiatus, Kennedy seemed preoccupied,deperately trying to shake the sand out his skates. Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, recently returning from Vegas with his shirt still on his back, played a strong game, feeding Clarkson on many of his record breaking goals. Veteran blue liners "Hips" Henklemen and Craig "Zammer" Zamzow provided some offense punch potting a pair each. Pat "Crash" Morden and Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray, seeing duty on the blue line, played a strong, physical game. Still working out equipment issues, Mike "Smitty " Smith turned the game around with a stellar leg save on the last of three penalty shots that he faced. SVCU continues this week with a home game Wednesday night against the "Silver Seven", then finishing with a road trip to Benito to take on the Kenville Flyers.

Friday, January 18, 2008

SVCU Tourney Roster Update...

January 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
Swan River, MB --

As the Credit Union Old Tymer's prepare to host their 33rd Annual spring tourney (April 3-6 2008) several recent roster developments have fired up the local rumour mill.
SVCU wish to announce that they have traded the tourney playing rights of LW Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles of Big Woody and LW Garry "Duke" Kennedy of parts unknown to the Prairie Road Apples for two cases of "stubby" Club leftover from the 1994 SVCU Xmas Party. Apparently "Hack" and "Slash" were aggressively recruited to participate in a 55+ Hockey Tourney in Victoria, BC. Dickie Dunn of the Vancouver Province reports his investigations have gleaned that this tourney is really an off-shoot of the Hockey Gladiators operated by Darryl "Beef" Wolski. Apparently he now feels fans will enjoy the entertainment much more if participants can use their sticks. Odds makers say the smart money is on the "Surgeon" but only because Rob "Blogmeister" McDonald is academically or age ineligible. Kerry "Fuzzy" Lowe will serve as a surviving witness to Rob's stickmanship.
In an unrelated story it appears SVCU has also lost the services of Brian "Scoop" Gilroy for this year's tourney. Despite being the first player to pay his dues this year, (despite challenging the current post game pop legislation) Gil has only made one game all season. Time will tell if he can surpass Pat Morden's team record of paying full dues and only making 2 games in the 2005-06 season. "Gil" advises the annual newspaper convention is in Winnipeg that weekend but further research has uncovered Denis Savard will be at the MTS Centre looking to fill the lead role in "Spin-A-Rama - The Denis Savard Story". The current Black Hawks coach was quoted in the Chicago Tribune of hearing of a Dauphin Kings sniper of the 1980's who replicated Savard's signature move at the old DMCC barn. Only after coming to Manitoba on a bender with Winnipeggers Johnathan Toews and Cam Barker did Savard realize the rumors were true.
As bad news come in threes, SVCU has also lost the services of Rick "Red Light" Reich for the balance of the season. Some teammates have questioned his intestinal fortitude comparing his 2006 fall to that of Greg Louganis in the 1984 Olympics. Reich is quick to point out that he landed on concrete as compared to Louganis hitting the diving board before landing softly in the pool. In his one appearance in the 2007-08 season Reich was handicapped by poor defensive coverage and the standard non-existent SVCU back checking. More importantly the club serves notice that it plans to host a garage sale to sell off Reich's equipment that takes up three stalls in the club's overcrowded locker.

For more information contact:

Mike Smith
Exec VP and one and only active goalie
SVCU Old Tymers

Chalk up another win 10 -3 over the RCMP...

Playing their second game in as many nights, SVCU's offensive onslaught showed no signs of slowing down. Reunited for the first time this season, the brother's "Gray" gave an impressive clinic on puck movement, and finshed with numerous high light reel goals. Veteran Barry "Shooter" Eggie provided the muscle and grit down the wall, however his over exuberance in the corners has proven to be rather expensive. Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson looking to match or better his previous night's performance , bulged the twine four times. A true teammate, Clarkson took the pressure off Rob "Hands " McDonald, and set the plate countless times for power forward Pat "Crash" Morden. Snake bitten would be an understatement, as Morden rifled shot after shot into the waiting goalkeeper. Called up from the farm, Evan "Man Boy" Morden had one of his best defensive outings to date. Under the watchful eye of veteran blue liners Craig "Zammer" Zamzow, and Derek "Hips" Henklemen, Morden broke up countless rushes, and used his size and strength to keep traffic in front Smitty to a minimum. Next action for SVCU will be next Wednesday evening when they play host to LP.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

SVCU skates to a 15 - 4 win.....

The SVCU Old Tymer's took the Swan River Raiders to task with an impressive offensive outing , lead by non other than Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson. Clarkson, centering flashy right winger Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray and Rob "Hands" McDonald, found the back of the net no less than five times. Feeling sorry for the under achieving McDonald, Clarkson added three helpers a side to each of his hard working line mates. Tiring from watching his stone handed left winger send yet another knuckle puck into the belly of the opposing goalie, Clarkson took it upon himself to work on improving his shooting percentage. Playing a more defensive game, the combination of Aaron "Trapper" Goethe, Jeff "Skinny" Knight , and Pat "Crash" Morden failed to capitalize on countless scoring opportunities. Rear guards Warren "Wheels " Gray, Derek "Hips" Henklemen , Craig "Zammer" Zamzow and Blaine "Soup" Campbell contributed offensively and kept things tidy in their own end. Keeping Mike "Smitty " Smith sharp, a few errant passes were quickly turned into glorious scoring chances for the Raiders. .Once again the cagey puck stopper rose to the occasion, snuffing out any come back attempt. The second of back to back games has SVCU playing the RCMP Thursday night .

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Old Time Hockey Pre-Game Pep Talk .....

18-7 SVCU Oldtymer's over SVRSS Tigers...

An all to familiar story once again saw the SVCU "Magnificent Seven" road crew ,journey south on Hwy #10 to Minitonas to do battle with the SVRSS Tigers. Lead by a six-goal effort by Chris "Iron Lung" Zamzow, the "Magnificent Seven" battled the Tigers tooth and nail. Ferocious fore checking supplied by veterans Barry" Shooter" Eggie and Rex "Golden Vet" Leach resulted in numerous turnovers and scoring opportunities. SVCU lineup was rounded out by Blaine "Soup" Campbell, Derek"Hips" Henkelman, Brian "Barnes"Minish, and Craig "Zammer" Zamzow.
Mike "Smitty" Smith again tended the net competently despite letting three goals in "on the AHL side". Smitty picked up a miraculous assist that would make Marty Turco blush, and followed that up with a beautiful tape-to-tape pass (unfortunately to a Tiger who promptly dented the twine"! ) With the trade dead line behind them, SVCU played a more relaxed, confident hockey game. Next action will be Wednesday night when SVCU hosts cross-town rival Swan River Raiders in their first of back to back games (RCMP Thursday). Will this heavy schedule pay divdends down the road come Tourney time ? ??? SVCU may just be banking on it!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

6-2 SVCU back on the winning track...

After a 45 minute warm up, and a first period of firing pucks at their own Mike "Smitty" Smith, who closed the door on almost all occasions, SVCU eventually came away with a 6-2 victory over the Silver Seven. Showing some remarkable hand-eye coordination , Jeff "Skinny" Knight tic- tacked a mid-air strike past a stunned Silver Seven goal keeper. Making his New Year debut Aaron "Trapper" Goethe skating along with Knight and Barry "Shooter" Egggie, provided some much need hustle to the SVCU line up. Feeling the strain of three games in four nights, SVCU's timing and intensity was lacking at times. However the veteran leadership of the SVCU blue line, righted the ship in the final frame. Smitty ,back in his familiar cage, closed the door on any Silver Seven come back bid. SVCU's final contest this week is a Friday night road trip to Minitonas to take on the SVRSS High School.

Monday, January 7, 2008

SVCU lose Pond Hockey Classic 8-5 to the Valley Outlaws...

After waiting outside a locked Bowsman Arena for 30 minutes , SVCU and the Valley Outlaws were finally able to hit the ice. Playing under the honour system (Offical unable to attend), the pace was quick, with few stoppages in play. This may have been to the Outlaws advantage, at times hemming SVCU in their own end for minutes. Making his post - Christmas return was Jeff "Skinny" Knight. Forced to skate between the "McDonalds", Knight showed no signs of rust, netting himself a hat trick. The veteran line of Barry "Shooter" Eggie, Rex "Golden Vet" Leach, and Gary "Duke" Kennedy , having a combined age greater than the entire Outlaw roster, diligently tried to slow the game down. Forced to play the majority of the game in their own end, SVCU's back end was resilient. Puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith was superb, keeping the game close. Defenders Blaine "Soupy" Campbell, Brian "Barnes" Minish and Bantam call up Evan "Man Boy" Morden , made numerous defensive plays as well as jumping up into many odd man rushes. Will this week ever end???

"Black Ace" call up makes an Immediate Impact...

Recently called up from the "Black Aces" and avoiding a possible trade dead line deal, Jason "Stripes" Ryden's season debut was by all accounts a huge success. Not to break up the highly successful three man blue line rotation, the unselfish Ryden was more than willing to take a spot on right wing. Knowing that his future with SVCU may be on the line , "Stripes " did not disappoint. Ryden's size , speed , and soft touch around the net, had many of his teammates commenting " Stripes is playing like a pre-Moore Todd Bertuzzie." Potting five goals , setting up countless others, Stripes left it all out on the ice. Not to be out done by the big power forward, 17 year veteran Barry "Shooter" Eggie had arguably his best game of the season. Relying on his powerful snap shot, Eggie found daylight in all areas of the oppositions net. Comments of " That fucker was a seeing eye dog to find that corner!" could be heard on the SVCU bench. When all was said and done SVCU 13-LP 5. Looking forward, this upcoming week will be a marathon for SVCU. Thanks to their schedule maker, they will play 4 games in 6 days.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Loggers felled by SVCU Oldtymers... 8-2

Despite battling a "Festive Season Hangover", SVCU started the new year on a winning note. A shaky start to the game for the Oldtymers forced Mike "Smitty" Smith to be sharp early. The defensive pairing of Brian "Barnes" Minish (2) and Blaine "Soup" Campbell (1) combined for 3 goals, and thwarted many offensive forays by the Loggers. Derek "Hips" Henkelman and Chris " Iron Lung" Zamzow played a very strong defensive game. "Iron Lung" Zamzow left the game early and was reported holding his arm in some discomfort. Replenished with post game fluids, Zamzow showed no apparent signs worthy a trip to the injury reserve list. The forward line of Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson, Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, and Warren "New Guy" Clark were foiled on numerous offensive attacks. Clarkson had trouble finding the net on countless tries, while line mate Bowles had no trouble finding the goalie's chest. Marvin "Sniper" Clarkson showing his unselfish side, set his line mates up all night long. The trio of Barry "Shooter" Eggie, Rex "Golden Vet" Leach and Warren "Wheels" Gray were offensively potent but at times snake-bitten. Mike "Smitty" Smith took a last second knee to the groin and lay motionless on the ice for what seemed like an eternity, but his strength and fortitude prevailed and he was able to brush off the injury. More importantly, Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, was quoted "can you come to work tomorrow?". Next action for SVCU will be Sunday evening when the hit the ice against LP.