Ghost of Sal Spooks Another New Goalie
Posted by: Timothy Sampson on Sat May 21st 2016 8:34pm
The Icemen are off and running this season in true Icemenic fashion. After dropping the first two games of the season while playing in front of two different goalies playing their first Icemen game. The most recent episode of the Icemen saga showed more promise than the first. After falling down in the game 5-1 the Icemen rallied with three unanswered goals to make the game a respectable loss. Greg was thrilled with the loss afterward. He congratulated every member of the team for the valiant effort until he was informed that it doesn’t count as a comeback unless you at least pull even with the other team. Not another word was heard from him for the rest of the night. There were some reports that he went directly to the penalty box after changing out of his gear so that he could “sit and feel shame”. The inconsistency in net has a simple solution. The team needs the return of Sal Crupi to the crease. The math adds up perfectly, two straight games without Sal in net, two straight losses.
Ghost of Hayes Spooks New Goalie
Posted by: Timothy Sampson on Thu May 12th 2016 9:45pm
Another season has begun and he new look Icemen are the same as ever. This being despite the appearance of more young blood and the reemergence of another. New to the team is Shane Stone(wall). After resident flip flopper Sal, in both a goal tending sense and evidently a Mitt Romney sense as well, changed his availability status several times on game day in an attempt to sabotage the team. Not to be outdone, Shane decided to one up Salvatore the saboteur by passing the puck to the opposing team for an assist on the game losing goal. It would appear this was enough to prevent Sal from implementing his pre-planned goalie pull. Before the game he told one reporter “I don’t know who this new kid is but if he sucks I brought my gear so we can always yank him and switch goalies”. When asked on the bench by his teammates if the pass to the other team was enough to pull Shane, he was far too impressed by the accuracy and crispness of the pass to take him out. The first game of the season also saw the return of Misseur Dylan LaPóis. After the game he was asked what it was like to return to the team, at which point he yelled “Canada français est le vrai canada” which translates to French Canada being the true Canada and moving the capital to Montreal. The interview ended when a picture of Pepé Le Pew fell out of his wallet and an awkward silence fell over the locker room.
Icemen rebound with dominant 5-1 win over the Blue Crabs
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Jun 24th 2015 1:11pm
Eager to get back on the ice after a tough loss, Brian worked his morale magic beforehand by regaling us on the social status of copious amounts coupon clipping and warehouse club shopping. What loomed to be a scrimmage turned out to be a good game. The Crabs had a late roster crisis with only 5 skaters showing up. Returning the favor from the Crabs in introducing us to a goalie at the last minute, we offered to let them recruit some players from the pending Over-40 game on the adjacent rink to fill out their bench. The result was a good paced game. It was deadlocked until Paul drove to the net and slid a backhander five hole with 14 seconds left in the first. The Blue Crabs responded with a goal promptly in the second. Kyle put us up for good with his patented laser wrist shot from the top of the circle a few minutes later.
However, the game was not decided until early in the third when Dan took things over with 2 goals on his first shift of the period. He was denied the hat trick later on when a quick whistle blew before the puck trickled in. Tyler closed out the scoring. After the game, Dan admitted that Brian’s pep talk was what got him going, “All I could think about was ‘cashing in’ every time I stepped on the ice.” Overhearing Dan, Rob tried shaking down Mats for quarters but all he had was singles for change.
Icemen come up short against Nordiques
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Jun 24th 2015 12:49pm
The Nordiques showed why they came in first place last season – they are a good team. Despite taking 1 goal leads twice, the Icemen were not able to hold off the Nordiques as they managed to get 2 key goals in the third to go up 3-2. An empty net goal closed out the scoring in a 4 -2 loss. Unfortunately, only Greg and Tim were able to get the puck past their goalie. Greg was set up by Chad to open the scoring early in the first and Tim scored unassisted on a semi-breakaway, roofing the puck from a sharp angle on the off-wing side early in the second.
Despite the loss, it was a good game against a good opponent. No penalties as both teams have good respect for each other. Much thanks to Steve “Kush” Kushner, literally found early morning of game day, filled in as goalie as Bob and Sal had schedule conflicts. Kush did a fine job having only played 2 games in the last couple of years. Good to know he is available if we need him again.
Depleted Icemen hold off Stingers in 6-4 win
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Jun 15th 2015 1:04pm
Despite a short bench, the Icemen held off a late surge to eek out a win in the final moments. Notably absent were Tom and Scott on the DL; Amish Liam on his Rumspringa trip to Montana; Brian lurking in the rafters; Jason working OT in the ER; and Dan, Chad & John MIA. Things started off well with Greg getting the first of his 2 goals early in the first period. Tim continued his habit of scoring on the first shift of the period to open up the second. The 2 goal lead was short lived as the Stingers answered a minute later. 3 more goals in the second by Rob, Tyler, and Greg, seemed to put the game away. Giving credit to the never-say-die Stingers, the lead was narrowed to 5-3 by the time the buzzer sounded.
The gap narrowed further to only one goal less than 5 minutes into the third, putting the Icemen back on their heels as fatigue started to set in. The last 2 minutes the attack intensified when the Stingers pulled their goalie for an extra skater. It wasn’t until Mats scored into an empty net with 3 seconds to go that the team could enjoy the hard fought win. Keys to the game were Sal actually stopping a slow puck (the fact that it would have been icing if it weren’t on net definitely helped), Mats relentless work along the boards to feed Tyler all alone in front of the net, and Greg being in the right place at the right times.
Turnout is looking to improve once Tom can come off the DL, Liam hops on the buggy express to come home, Brian decides on which team he wants to play for, and the schedule works out better for Kyle & Dan.