Saturday, January 29, 2011

SVCU "Gun Down" the Outlaws 6-3...

With just the right mix of offense , defense, and solid goal tending, SVCU skated  to their fourth victory in a row with a 6-3 win over the Valley Outlaws. CU opened the scoring early with a beautiful finish to an end to end rush by sure footed defense man Kevin "Special K" Kopecky. SVCU went ahead by 2 when  Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray scored his first of two on the evening.

" Dancing " Danton Ashcroft put SVCU up by three with a seeing eye dog on the pinch that fooled  Outlaw tender Andy "Butch" Hodgson.

Some questionable penalty calls by  30 year officiating veteran Jimmy "No see'em" Webster had CU's PK unit logging big minutes. Playing the "Box" to perfection, the Outlaws were held to perimeter shooting only, allowing cagey SVCU puck stopper, Mike "Smitty" Smith to handle all that was thrown at him.

The bubble finally burst on the Outlaws fourth P.P. when Wade "End to End" Davy split the CU defense, and cashed in on his own rebound. The Outlaws came within one, when forward Dangerous Dave "Dangler" Kirk scored on a goal mouth scramble. The TSN turning point of the game came when Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray deflected an errant point shot  that went "Cookie Jar" on Andy "Butch" Hodgson before he had a chance to blink. Finishing off a  2 on1 dangle, Outlaw forward Brad "Siggy" Sigurdson scored keeping the Outlaws alive.  Forcing the Outlaw "D" all evening, dividends paid off  big for CU defense man turned power forward Craig " In Your Face" Zamzow , as he managed to collect the garbage to regain a two goal lead. Warren "Wheels" Gray salted the victory late with a sensational top shelf snipe securing the W.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Flyer's Grounded 12-3....

Putting the "Four games in six nights Marathon," behind them, SVCU management saw this as an opportune time for a little team bonding and decided on "Wing Night 2" in Benito on Thursday night.
Despite rumors of being placed  on waivers, veteran rear guard Craig "Zdeno" Zamzow scored two goals and was a plus 7 on the evening. A media  banned "Players Only" meeting held after the "Mishap in Minitonas", seemed to be all the therapy needed to right the SVCU ship.

Setting the bar high, team nutritionist and fitness guru , Mark "Lead by example" Munro showed that he is more than just a soft pair of hands .

SVCU returns to action this Wednesday evening with a tilt against the Valley Outlaws.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

SVCU put Loggers through the Chipper...

Showing little effects of a most demanding schedule, SVCU finished the dreaded "Four Games in Six Nights" marathon with an impressive 14-3 road victory in Minitonas Friday night. Icing  a full 15 man roster for the first time since  last springs Championship game, CU scored early and often. 30 year veteran and club patriarch Barry"Shooter" Eggie, opened the scoring with a near impossible "Bad Ass " goal line angle shot that caught Logger goal keeper Derek "Back Stop" Boychuk napping. Randy "The Touch" Mateika continues to light the lamp, scoring his second consecutive Hat Trick in as many games. Sophomore defense men "Dancing" Danton Ashcroft scored twice, including a top shelf snipe on the pinch in. Chris "Smirnoff" Zamzow also added two, and played a key role in the post game re hydration . Regaining the scoring touch that was infamous in bringing home the club's first championship in 36 years, Jeremy "OT Kid" Gray netted his second natural hat trick of the season, going Roof Daddy - Tip In - Top Shelf !

OT Kid
Scoring woes continue for Derek "Stone Hands" Holtom. The snake -bitten forward, who recently had a goal waved off, rang a wrister off the iron, followed by 3 consecutive knuckle pucks to the mid section of Logger net minder Derek "Back Stop" Boychuk.

Derek "Stone Hands" Holtom

Despite a relatively quiet first period, CU puck stopper Mike "Smitty" Smith made some key saves early , allowing the game to be blown wide open. The game was not without controversy, when with less than 3 minutes remaining, SVCU 's recent bad boy  Craig " Wallin" Zamzow, attempting to keep his goaltender in the game, fired a back pass from somewhere near center ice, catching the somewhat confused keeper off guard. Three years of anger management classes, and having to play with the sometimes unpredictable Zamzow for the past ten years, was summed up by , "For fucks sake Zammer, this isn't six year olds playing Christmas Shinny, get your fucken head outta yer ass! " 
It was overheard in the dressing room post game , that resident Techie Whiz Rob "Blogmeister" McDonald had his best outing of the season, a healthy scratch!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

SVCU win Big...

Still reeling from the biggest collapse in the clubs 36 year history, SVCU bounced back with a convincing 16-5 win over the Mighty Bucks. "Win one for the Zammer", inspirational and encouraging words by current team president and veteran blue liner Blaine "Soup" Campbell was all that needed to be heard. Always one to lead by example, the Blue Chip Blue Liner registered a season high 5 goals, and was instrumental in the club regaining it's winning psyche.
Blaine "Soup" Campbell

Showing why he was once considered one of the top "High Flying " Eagles of Minitonas, Randy "The Touch" Mateika bulged the twine four times.

The Touch!

With the Mighty Bucks icing only 4 skaters, SVCU forwards Barry "Shooter" Eggie, Wade "Booster" Cable, and blue liner Kevin "Special K" Kopecky suited with the Bucks on a one game loan contract. Donning a Mighty Buck Jersey had little effect on Wade "Booster" Cable as he proceeded to bury a hat trick behind teammate Mike "Smitty" Smith.
Kevin "Special K " Kopecky was forced to leave the game early with an undisclosed "Lower Body" injury. He is listed as day to day, which may come as a huge disappointment for those season ticket holders in Minitonas who are still anxiously awaiting the return of their Prodigal Son!

Day to Day !
Warren "Wheels" Gray  added a hattie, his fourth of the season, while his brother Jeremy "Jake" Gray and Pat "Crusher " Morden replied with two apiece
 The Marathon comes to a close this Friday night in the comfy confines of the Minitonas Arena with a tilt against the Loggers.

SVCU lose in last minute....

SVCU played a picture perfect "Defensive Game" to skate away with a 4-2 hard fought victory over the Swan River Raiders Sunday evening. This was the club's first game in the dreaded "Four Games in Six Nights" mid - winter conditioning Marathon. Wade "Booster" Cable opened up the scoring with a top corner glove side snipe. He scored his second of the evening on a  nifty re-direct . Kevin "Special K" Kopecky  added to the lead with an impressive wrap around that had both benches shaking their heads in disbelief. With the Raiders pressing hard late in the game, Craig "Zdeno" Zamzow salted the victory with a "Seeing eye Dog" wrister that handcuffed Raider net minder Warren "Stand Up" Clark.

Booster warming up the shot!!
On Tuesday night, the SVCU Old timers headed north on Hwy #10 to face their familiar foes the Valley Outlaws.  Suffering from the schedules of wannabe curlers and the broken commitments of some roster and non-roster players, 7 skaters showed the heart of lions as they built a 2-1 lead on goals by the father/son duo of  Pat and Riley Morden (that makes everyone forget about Gordie and Mark Howe) .
The second half  had SVCU fans forgetting all about Evan "Manboy" Morden as the  father/son Morden duo combined for two more goals to extend the lead to 4-1.

Pat "Crusher" Morden.
 The deep bench and continual end to end rushes of Outlaw vets Wade Davy and Kevin Betcher, combined with the relentless young legs of Darcy Riddell and Dave Kirk, the Outlaws staged a comeback to tie the game with 4 minutes to play.
In what can only be described as more painful than the Team Canada collapse vs Russia and as stinging as the Steve Smith "own goal" in 1986, CU defence man Craig "Stone hands" Zamzow mishandled an Outlaw dump-in, turning the puck over  into the slot where Outlaw patriarch Archie" Hands of Gold" Riddell went cookie jar on a surprised and stunned Mike Smith.
After a valiant effort, a demoralized squad lingered in the dressing room until late into the night deliberating over Zamzow's punishment.  Following a 7-1 vote the decision was made to make Zamzow walk to Swan River from Barry's Berries strawberry patch, a one-game suspension without pay to be served when SVCU hosts the Mighty Bucks, and no chicken wings following Friday's games vs the Loggers.(this may be negotiable).
There were also rumors that Zamzow was very fortunate that the January 10 trade deadline passed yesterday or club tender and VP Mike "Smitty" Smith was ready to pull the trigger on helping SVCU re-acquire alumnus Walter Lepholtz in a one for one swap and an undisclosed amount of cash. The trade hit a snag when club Director of Player Personnel and former SVCU penalty minute leader Dave "The Carver" Bettesworth , was unable to finalize the deal by midnight..
It was  also reported that SVCU put Zamzow on "24 Hour Suicide Watch", and visited his home to remove all heavy rope and any books providing how-to manuals for noose's and sailor knots as Zdeno is well known for his knot tying and general mechanical skills.

A dejected Craig "Zdneo" Zamzow!
Cheer up Zdeno, you are in good company!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Despite a huge Canada collapse, SVCU win big 15-3...

Still reeling in a numbing shock after the monumental collapse of Team Canada, SVCU's  Magnificent Seven; Smitty, Soup, Wheels, Blogmeister, Zdeno, Booster, and a slightly tardy Special K proceeded to lay a 15-3 whoopin' on  Swan River Action. Wade "Booster" Cable's 4 goal performance , a career best, was unfortunately over looked by  Rob "Blogmeister" McDonald's unbelievable 5 goal outburst. Playing on the front end for only the second time this season, Blaine "Soupy" Campbell wasted little time in making the best of this situation. Putting 2 quick goals behind a handcuffed Action goaltender early in the first, Campbell finally secured the hat trick in the latter stages of the game. The game took an ugly turn after aging Action forward Waltzing "Wally" Leopoltz went cookie jar on Mike "Smitty" Smith late in the second period. Team enforcer Kevin " Special K " Kopecky, quick to come to the defense of his teammate, pulled out the old Wally Whacker and left the veteran forward scared stickless and speechless. The brash defense men issued a quick "no comment" when confronted in the post game media scrum. 

Kevin "The Slasher" Kopecky!  circa 1982

Tuesday, January 4, 2011