Thursday, October 29, 2009
The rookie line of Kevin "Special K " Kopecky, Ryan "Cowboy" Keown, and Derek "Hands" Holtom combined for 6 goals, as C U. earned their first "W" of the season, downing Swan River Action 12-3. The win was particularly sweet for "Hands", as this was the first time facing his former team. Holtom, an off-season acquisition, walked away from a 5 year deal that would have seen the fleet footed forward finish his career with the "Green Machine". Signing an unconditional, one year-one way contract with C.U., Holtom seems to have found his stride early, and has shown a youthful exuberance that has been sadly missed in the C.U. locker room the past few seasons. Not to be shown up, the tenacious two way play of Ryan "Cowboy" Keown, has opened more than a few eyes in upper management. Rounding out the Trio, Kevin "Special K" Kopecky adds the savy and play making of a well seasoned veteran. Picked up in the L.P. dispersal draft, "Special K" could be the missing link needed to help bring back another championship. Making season debuts, veteran defense men Blaine "Soup Dog" Campbell, and flashy forward Jeff " No Miss" Knight , had solid one way games. Looking for any possible edge, the quest for the perfect skate continues for diminutive forward Rob "Give it Away" McDonald. One veteran blue liner was quoted " Instead of McDonald spending money on another pair of skates, perhaps the little fucker should be on the look for a set of hands". Next Wednesday has the Kenville Flyers coming into the friendly confines of the corral for a 10:15 tilt.
Monday, October 26, 2009
In the immortal words of CTV hockey analyst Roger Millions, Swan Valley C.U.'s season opener was a "COCK SUCKER". Icing a very "SHORT BENCH", C.U. was no match for the 15 plus skaters of the Raider Nation, and found themselves behind 6-1 after the first period. Puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith, under a heavy barrage early, made some huge saves, keeping the game respectable and within reach. Salvaging what little pride they had left, C.U. overcame fatigue and played a much stronger second period notching three goals to make the final score 10-5. Management has voiced some concerns over the lack of committement on the part of some of the veteran players. "This sort of bad mouthing and trash talking of fellow teammmates usually takes at least until November to creep into the ranks". All can be forgotten as C.U. can redeem themselves at this Wednesday night's home opener against Swan River Action. One can only speculate a better turn out for this tilt.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
It may not of had all the glam, glitz, and raunchiness of a Lightning shoot out, but after a grueling 60 minute workout, C.U.'s version brought to close another year's training camp. Picking up where he left off, veteran puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith kept all shooters at bay. "There would have been one hell of a pile of equipment in the corner, and an awful lot of skin coming down the ice had we done the lighting shoot out " .
Numbers were down at this years camp, an indication that many veterans have been following a very strict off ice training and nutrition program, and felt no need to attend. However, a strong showing by a group of eager rookies, may have left some very tough decisions for management to make. This Sunday night's home opener against The Swan River Raiders should be a good one.