Bulldogs Pass First Test of Fall 2017 Season
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Oct 12th 2017 2:13pm
The Bulldogs opened week 1 against the last place Dump and Coast squad with a win. Although a win is always encouraging, we all realized that more formidable opponents were on the horizon. Last night, the Bulldogs skated with defending champion the Lords of Flatbush.
The past two times these teams have met, the games were violent and low scoring. Fights were as abundant as goals - even more so for the Bulldogs who were shut out by the Lords in these previous two meetings. Further adding salt to the wound is the Bulldogs playoff run and Summer Championship streak ended at the hands of the Lords when their defeat of our boys in blue catapulted them to the eventual league championship. So last night was an opportunity for redemption.
The teams both came out fast and went to work. Because both opponents know each other well, there was no feeling out period. The Lords transition game was fast and created opportunities such as a clean breakaway as well as a 2 on zero breakaway. Bulldogs goalie Mike "head shot" Holtby was up to the task as usual as he met the Lords attack with several flashy saves. The Bulldogs had several opportunities in the first period that were legitimate threats. New comer defenseman Jason played a tight and stingy D but also transitioned to offense to create several rushes including a nice 2 on 1 that just didn't finish. The line of Drew "endless energy" Taylor, AJ "always early" Bezner and Jason "the other roulette" O created a flurry in the Lords end that only resulted in a goal post. Heading into the 1st intermission it was Lords on top 1 - 0 and a sinking and empty feeling that the Bulldogs might suffer their 3rd straight shutout against the Lords.
But second period action was much different. I can end this article with one word - BROTHERS. There is nothing else to say - but yet so much to say. As the action seemed stagnant and it appeared a 1 - 0 score would remain, the Brother struck. The brotherhood of Frankie and Danny displayed how quick and easy it is for them to be dangerous. A seemingly innocent no look backhand pass from one to the other resulted in a bar down wrist shot that sat in the back of the net for several seconds before the arena realized the score was tied within light speed. Always circling around the opponents net like sharks circling to cause danger, brother Danny redirected a Peter "forgot to duck" Hatzi slapshot from the point past an already overcommitted Lords goalie for a 2 - 1 lead. The brothers would connect one more time with frank setting up Danny - or was it Danny setting up Frank - before the period would end to send the Bulldogs into the 2nd intermission with a 3 - 1 lead against a now stunned defending league champion.
Third period action was more tense. The Lords tried feverishly to tie the score, but Bulldogs defenders and Mike "target practice" Holtby were stingy. At a critical point in the 3rd period, the Lords utilized their time out to rest their players and put out a power line to make one last push at tying it. Brothers Frank and Danny responded by one setting up the other one on the ensuing faceoff for their combined 4th goal of the night that put the exclamation point on the win. Knowing the result was inevitable, the Lords tallied a meaningless goal past an indifferent Mike "head shot" Holtby whose Bulldogs left the ice with a 4 - 2 victory and a now 2 - 0 record in Aviator division play.
It is to be expected that teams seek to improve to reach the ultimate goal. Although it remains to be seen what other talent is floating around the league, the off season acquisitions by Frankie "el capo" D'ag have him looking like a genius as there is now a sharper bite in this Bulldog.
Bulldogs Attack Fall 2017 Season With Revamped Roster
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Fri Oct 06th 2017 8:40pm
After a disappointing finish to the Summer 2017 season, the writing was on the wall. The Bulldogs were showing diminished speed, slow tempo and minimal scoring ability especially with the loss of team spark plug Jean Pierre Roulette. Captain Frankie D'Agostino who is still in the shadow of the greatest GM in Bulldogs history (Jared "Pimp" O) to create a winning dynasty has heard the whispers of not living up to expectations. As a result, he has responded with some major free agent acquisitions and lineup changes to revamp the Bulldogs franchise.
It was years ago that previous GM Jared "pimp" O turned around the Bulldogs franchise by signing a tandem of brothers that he recruited from the depths of Canada. They became known as the Roulette brothers as that signing resulted in a dynasty of championships and memories of winning galore. Captain Frankie D'ag is perhaps channeling the energy of his predecessor as he has signed another brotherly combo. Bulldogs fans, meet the Balsamo brothers. In addition to this signing, another fresh skater with good ice awareness and energized speed has signed on full time. He goes by the name Jason - nickname to be determined.
In the Fall 2017 season opener, Frankie D'ag opened up with the "triplet" line. The Balsamo brothers lined with the remaining half of the Roulette brothers Jason "the other roulette" to create a trio of offense. This line was blazing hot for the Bulldogs as Brother Danny introduced himself with 1 goal and 2 assists in his Bulldogs debut while Brother Frank delighted the crowd with 2 goals and 1 assist as his introduction. Third leg Jason "the other roulette" added a goal and assist to this line's effort which accounted for 4 of the team's 6 goals on the night.
Other newcomer Jason - nickname to be determined - played a solid defense and scored a goal in his Bulldogs debut as well. Defensive partner Jon "eye in the sky" Cav tallied as well and helped the Bulldogs expand an already mounting goal total.
Skating against an improved Dump and Coast squad, the Bulldogs new signings accounted for 4 of the team's 6 goals. In building a comfortable lead, goalie Mike "you don't know how to warm me up" Holtby was up to the task as usual. His boredom got the best of him late where he indifferently allowed 3 goals after the damage was long done. At the final buzzer, it was Bulldogs 6, Dump and Coast 3.
The Bulldogs fans are buzzing with excitement regarding the signing of a brotherly combo and a new defenseman without a nickname - for now. The team is playing faster, more alert and is once again lighting the lamp. Captain Frankie D'ag may have possibly found the free agents of the next dynasty. It's going to be exciting to watch!!!!
Bulldog Days of Summer Are Over
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Fri Sep 29th 2017 2:00pm
As defending Summer 2015 and Summer 2016 Champions, the Bulldogs have created the Bulldog days of Summer in the Aviator Hockey League with their consistent championship prowess. They had high hopes for Summer 2017 and the again qualified for the playoffs.
In the first round, they met up with the Lords of Flatbush. Although the Bulldogs lost to this team just two weeks ago by a 3 - 0 final, they have had a lot of success against this opponent.
Mike Holtby was not in net for the Bulldogs and they took the ice with a substitute. Jean Pierre Roulette is still injured and did not dress for the game. The Bulldogs suited up some part time substitutes and a newly acquired team member for next season.
The Bulldogs and Lords played a low scoring contest and the game was within reach at all times. After a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs skated half of the second and third periods only down 1 - 0. They did not get the goal that they needed and their season ending playoff elimination from summer contention occurred with a 2 - 0 loss when the final bell sounded.
It is commonly known that the Bulldogs and Lords are the two rougher teams in the league. Although it was a playoff game, several scraps and fights occurred. In recent fights between these two teams, the Lords have made it common practice to be the third man in for EVERY altercation. This game saw the same action. Joe "scumbag" Espo showed that a pulse exists in this team. He was penalized for an altercation he had with the Lords goalie and a defenseman where he had to fight two players at once after being suckered with a head butt from behind. Still showing his tenacity, Espo was challenged again in the 3rd period where he staved off a Lords attacker who was trying to throw him to the ice. Once he removed the Lords player's helmet, another Lords player was briefly on Espo's back in typical Lords 3rd man in fashion before Jon "eye in the sky" Cav made it an even battle again. This battle ended with an Espo game ejection and he face washed yet another Lords player who found it convenient to chirp as the referees escorted Espo from the ice.
The Bulldogs summer streak of championships may have ended, but seasons change and so do circumstances. As Fall rolls in, the Bulldogs will have the opportunity to bite back once again and challenge for the Aviator Championship Keg.
Bulldogs Drop Second Contest for Summer
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Sep 14th 2017 1:30pm
Coming into the game with a nice 3 - 1 Summer 2017 record, the Bulldogs squared off against old foe the Lords of Flatbush. The Lords feature several roller hockey cronies that are familiar to several key Bulldogs players and the intensity usually carries over from the concrete to the ice.
This game did not play out that way. Both teams had short benches as the Bulldogs skated with 10 and the Lords skated with 11. The teams traded chances, but the Bulldogs did not capitalize of presented opportunities. Mike "you don't know how to warm me up" Holtby was up to the task and made saves as necessary.
After two and a half periods of scoreless hockey, the Lords of Flatbush opened the scoring and put in a goal. With the boys in blue not answering, the final ended in a 3 - 0 loss for the good guys who had many opportunities to score but just had an "off" night of missed opportunities.
Riston "pink" R missed yet another game but is expected to return next week as most summer pop concerts are going to finish touring. Long time key player Jean Pierre Roulette did not play and remains questionable heading into next week with an undisclosed upper body injury that the rumor mill attributes to handling too many casino chips. The Bulldogs summer 2017 record now stands at 3 - 2 where they are still poised for a nice playoff run.
Bulldogs Back on Summer Winning Track
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Sep 14th 2017 12:11pm
After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Bulldogs headed into Snipetown in week 4 action. The game presented the perfect opportunity for the team to regain their winning composure as they have previously defeated Snipetown in week 1 and have never lost a game to this team throughout its entire franchise existence.
The Bulldogs were missing several key players from their lineup. Ryan "6th man in" Monahan returned to his dorm room and higher education. Riston "Pink" R was at a teeny bopper concert and Jean Pierre Roulette did not dress for the game due to injury following his 2 goal performance last week.
The first forward line was Drew "endless energy" Taylor, AJ "always early" Bezner and Jared "pimp" O. This line delighted the Bulldogs faithful with deep puck possession in the other team's zone early and often. They set up several back door open looks and fed their open point men often. They created an array of scoring opportunities and pressured their opponent for the entire game.
The remaining three forwards were Espo "scumbag" at center with Jason "the other roulette" O and Frankie "El Capo" Dag. Both El Capo and "the other Roulette" are used to playing the left side on their respective lines. "El Capo" selflessly abandoned his usual LW perch in favor of "the other roulette" and the move paid dividends immediately as Jason "the other Roulette" began the Bulldogs scoring for the night notching a wrist shot into the lower corner of the net. This line featured the ever so fast and elusive toe drag of "el capo" which created room and opportunities and the super stretch speed of Espo "scumbag" that was always a threat to get behind the other team's line of defense.
The Bulldogs defensive core did plenty to make the game worth the price of admission. The Bulldogs blue line featured Peter "chirp" H teaming with Jon "eye in the sky" Cav. The other defensive pair was the roller hockey duo of Jeremy "bear" M and Joe "hopeless romantic" D.
In the first period and already with the lead, the "hopeless romantic" was cross checked by a wiley and rough Snipetown ringer. Coming to his aid, team enforcer Jeremy "Bear" took on the aggressor. The two fighters dropped gloves and traded strong right hands. The Snipetown goon sensed the "Bear's" oncoming attack and clinched sending both fighters to the ground resulting in a hard crash and tumble. "Bear" was pulled from the top of the subdued foe scoring another fight win in his career along with a game misconduct that sent him to the showers early.
Peter "chirp" H demonstrated his relentless tenacity as well. He found himself deep in enemy territory near the goal crease where be battled the opposing goalie and two defenders for an elusive but still loose puck. Despite attempts at coverage, physical contact and stick work from the other team, "chirp" won the battle and poked the puck into the opponent's cage to open up the lead some more.
More fine play was provided by Jon "eye in the sky" Cav. He recorded the teams 5th and 6th goal for the night and put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs. In the waning minute of the game, the score stood at 6 - 0 where a Bulldogs win and shutout for goalie Mike "you don't know how to warm up" Holtby were now imminent. "Eye in the sky" was determined to finish his natural hat trick when he circled the defensive zone with the puck. Perhaps in travelling the path of least resistance, Cav placed the puck into the 5 hole of Holtby completing his natural hat trick and sending the Bulldogs to a 6 - 1 victory over Snipetown and a now 3 - 1 record in division play. Way to go Cav!!!!