Icemen have 7 – 0 Crab Feast
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Mar 10th 2014 1:13pm
The Icemen bounced back from back to back losses to beat the Blue Crabs 7 - 0 in a solid all-around effort. The game was much closer than the score showed as neither team had a territorial advantage and were able to pin the opposition in their end for a couple of minutes at a time. The difference was the extra effort in battling for loose pucks. The stingy Icemen defense (Ray, Kyle, Patrick & Chad), with help from the forwards in our end, did not let the Crabs get to many rebounds and loose pucks near our net. The Crab defense was not as proficient in clearing rebounds, and it cost them. Everything that did get through was stopped by Steve for his 3rd shutout of the campaign. “Now Sal has to re-start his beard with my latest goose egg posted” he beamed as he left the ice. Co-netminder Sal heard his bragging as hidden microphones caught his comments on the webcam Sal set up. Sal countered by tweeting “Oh yeah? Let’s see Steve, who has more wins? Huh? Time for you to grow a beard…if you can!”.
The Icemen offense (Jason, Tyler, Mats, Rob, Tim & Paul) was the most balanced it has ever been with all 6 forwards each getting a goal. They came on rebounds, scrambles, deflections, and screens. Ray added one in the name of the D with a wicked wrist shot from the top of the circle. The most humorous goal came when Mats threw the puck from the side boards to in front, where it bounced off of Tyler’s ‘other stick’. Tyler went into self-defense mode when the puck came at him waist high but was unable to get out of the way. Sure enough, it went into the net for his first goal of the year. Finally getting the goal scoring monkey off his back after many close calls, Tyler went into over drive and played possessed the rest of his game having ‘tasted blood’. Tyler had a ‘karate kid moment’ sharing with his team mates, “I can actually skate around guys on the other team!” Welcome to the big league dude!
The Icemen complete a successful regular season going 11-3-2 for 24 points and a .750 winning percentage. It is the 2nd best regular season in Icemen history, the best being the 12 – 4 championship team 3 years ago. Kudos to Rob for discovering a different stat to lead the team in, his 14 goals being tops. Newcomers Kyle, Nate, Ronen & Tim each bolstered the team’s skill level, with hope of more to come. Bring on the playoffs!
Icemen prep for playoffs by dropping 2 straight
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Thu Mar 06th 2014 4:28pm
The Icemen’s long winning streak came to a close, dropping successive games to the Bears and Cobras. This sets us up well for the playoffs as winning the championship without losing a game in between would require an unrealistic 10 game winning streak. Better to get them out of the way now, regroup with a momentum shifting win against the Blue Crabs for the last game of the regular season, and complete the drive with a doable 3 game win streak.
With the loss to the Cobras, Steve Trostle finally let up a goal(s), so now Sal is put on the spot to honor his pledge to not shave until someone scores against Steve.
Icemen trump Aces in OT 2-1
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Feb 24th 2014 11:21am
The Icemen kept their hot streak going, overcoming a solid effort from the Aces. It was a close game throughout with both teams facing good goal tending and unable to get to many rebounds. It didn’t help that we hit two posts in regulation time, allowing the Aces to tie it up early in the third period. Once again, it was the solid defense that stood out and got us into OT to ensure at least we came away with one point. John Weiss was able to bury one in the back of the net a minute into overtime for the hard fought win and two more valuable points in the standings. After 13 games, the Icemen stand strong at 10-1-2 with 6 wins in a row.
Icemen down Aces 5-0
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Sun Feb 16th 2014 3:27pm
The Icemen posted back to back shutouts for the first time in years. The Icemen defensive trio of Ray Makowski, Patrick Mullen, and Kyle McDermott turned in a stellar effort in eliminating the soft challenging shots that challenge net minder Sal Crupi. Accustomed to short benches, the Icemen weren’t fazed with having 8 skaters who braved the snowmagedden onset vs. the full Aces bench. The tone was set even before the game began when a new look Sal showed up in disguise. No, it wasn’t a repeat of the fake mustache he wore to a playoff game a few years back, but a full beard. When prodded he said no, this isn’t a playoff beard – I can grow one on a day’s notice. This is a protest beard. “I refuse to shave until Steve lets in a goal. Now Steve has to start his beard.”
The offense was more than the Aces could handle with goals scored by Ray, Chad, Tim Sampson, and Paul Sampson (2). Assists were notched by Kyle, Ray, Patrick, Mats, & Tim. The last win was our 5th in a row, improving the season totals to 9-1-2 for a good hold on 2nd place.
Icemen Raid Stingers 8 – 0
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Feb 10th 2014 1:00pm
The Icemen were victorious in a solid effort over the Stingers. Domination was established in all three zones – controlling play down low, breaking up rushes through center ice, and limiting the Stingers to 7 shots on goal for the whole game. After Paul Sampson opened the scoring 4 minutes into the game with a wrap-around goal, the rest of the period was spent pressuring the Stingers all over the ice. The payoff came in the second period when the Icemen exploded for 4 goals and the three more in the third.
The Icemen welcomed Igol Goldstein and Adam Zilberbaum back from the DL. Both reminded all of their value to the team as each contributed a goal and Igol adding an assist. Other scorers were Ronen Elefant (with 2), Ray Makowski, Nate Schmoekel, and Brian Hayes. Special teams killed off every penalty, scored a short-handed goal, and a power play goal.
The win improves our record to 8 – 1 – 2 to stay ahead of the 3rd place Bears and on the heels of the 1st place Cobras.