Friday, January 30, 2009
The second game of the dreaded "Three in a Row" tour, proved to be a character builder for the SVCU OldTymer's. Leaving the friendly confines of the Swan River Coral, 8 dedicated members headed south down Highway 83 for a rematch with the Kenville Flyer's. Late scouting reports had the Flyer's running at full swagger after knocking off the Outlaws earlier in the week. A disappointing loss to Kenville last week was all the motivation needed for this tilt. The McDonald-Gray-Gray trio , reunited for the first time in three years, blew out of the blocks, giving SVCU an early 2-0 lead. Moved up to the front end, Warren "Wheels" Gray did not disappoint. Registering an unofficial 14 shots on net, Gray led all scorers with 2. Fatigue became a factor, as the Flyer's youth and speed quickly shifted the momentum of the game.Trailing 3-2 with a 1:32 remaining , Rick "Whiskey " Liske Jr. picked up a loose puck in the Flyer 's end, and blindly fired it on net. Chris "Lanks" Zamzow, trolling in front , willed the rebound past the sprawling Kenville net minder. On the ensuing play, Jeremy "OT Kid", relived the magic one more time. With less than 30secs remaining, the calm , cool ,flashy right winger, showing the patience of a Saint, picked up a loose puck, deftly walked around two Kenville defence men and a confused /interfered with, goaltender, and deposited the puck into a wide open net. Mike "Smitty" Smith once again showed why he is considered the premier goaltender of the league by keeping the game within reach . Craig "Zammer" Zamow and Blaine "Soup Dog" Campbell, the twin towers, had little to complain about ice time. Playing for the full sixty minutes, the dynamic duo had a combined weight loss in water of about 90 lbs. by games end. This fits nicely into the big strapping D-Man's new training regime. Always one to offer struggling teammates words of encouragement, Campbell has volunteered to loan his personal shooter tudor and training DVD's to a certain forward who needs to work on his shooting skills. SVCU rounds out their "Three games in Three Nights" tour with a trip north to Bowsmen to take on the Silver Seven.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Coming off perhaps their worst defensive effort this season, SVCU having something to prove, came out of the gates flying. Mike "Thrilla" Miller and Dana "Handcuffs" Harris, the dynamic duo, posted hatricks and provided a tenacious fore check . The line of Rick "Whiskey Jr." Liske, Jeremy "Jake" Gray, and Pat "Crash " Morden , rumoured to be plus 10 on the evening, contributed offensively with Gray bagging 2, and Morden adding one. Held scoreless , Jr. was relugated the dubious task of "Stats Man", providing updates of the line's current plus/minus after every shift. Warren "Clarkie" Clark and Rex "Golden Vet" Leach rounded out the scoring for the SVCU front end. Leach , skating like a 55 year old, was all over the LP net minder, and was rewarded for his efforts by buring a loose puck for his 5th goal of the season. Turning point of the game came when Warren "Wheels" Gray went end to end a rang a rocket off the post beating the Lp netminder. Tender Mike "Smitty" Smith held the LP shooters at bay ,once again coming up with the big save when called upon.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Last Wednesday saw SVCU take on a rather youthful group of Kenville Flyer's. With a combined age less than Rex "Golden Vet" Leach and Dennis "Surgeon" Bowles, the Flyer's skated to a 7-6 victory. Up by 2 with less than 8 minutes left in the game, SVCU's strong defensive play collapsed. Hemmed in their own end for minutes at a time, the Flyer's sustained pressure finally paid off with two quick goals to tie the game. Despite numerous words of encouragement from the SVCU back end, the once well disciplined forwards, found themselves floundering around their own end aimlessly. Quick to pick up on this mass confusion, the Flyer's tallied once more to secure a 7-6 lead. Pulling tender Mike "Smitty" Smith in the dying seconds proved exciting, but SVCU was unable to find the back of the net. This week has the OldTymer's playing 3 in a row starting with L.P. on Wednesday night.