Bear Republic Sobers Up Borrachos. Record Now 6-0
Posted by: R Forbes on Fri Jun 23rd 2017 4:48pm
The Bear Republic continued its torrid start to the Summer 2017 season and remained undefeated with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Borrachos.
The teams were knotted at two apiece after two periods, having traded goals in each of the first two stanzas. Danny A got the Bear Republic on the board first with a sweet deke that left the Borrachos goalie in a different zip code. After the Borrachos reclaimed the lead, Michael G once again showed what good position in front of the net can do, by stuffing a loose puck past the Borrachos goaltender in the 2nd and continuing his new-found offensive output.
In an attempt to jumpstart more offense, Roy switched up the forward lines to start the 3rd, pairing Danny with Aaron J and Sean L. This turned out to be a savvy move. The offense woke from hibernation and pumped three into the back of the net by the time the final buzzer sounded. Formerly of the Border Line, Sean meshed almost instantly with his new line mates, scoring on their first shift. The scoring parade continued just a few minutes later when Aaron J somehow managed to keep control of the puck after weaving in close quarters through four Borrachos and slipped a nifty backhand across the crease into a keyhole-size opening at the front corner of the net. Putting an exclamation on the offensive barrage, Mike M made a spectacular tip-in look routine off a nice shot from the point by John O.
It was a total team effort, with everyone skating hard, playing smart and shutting down the Borrachos' high scorers. A mighty bear paw salute to Lee H and Michael G for working through the forward lines, and Aaron, Lee and John for performing admirably as subs on D. Elvis, ever the wily defensive veteran, played a terrific game against some tenacious and speedy opposition. Nick and Danny continued to provide speed and offense, and were persistently pestering the puck at both ends of the ice, which helped prevent the Borrachos from generating any consistent offense.
Of course, no game summary would be complete without calling attention to Larry C's absolutely stellar performance between the pipes. He stoned the Borrachos' sniper on a break-away, controlled virtually every loose puck near the crease, and stopped countless close range shots amid screens and heavy traffic. The outcome could easily have been different, but for Larry's prowess.
There's been no one single reason for our success to date, other than everyone is stepping up, playing hard, and playing smart. Scoring has been spread out between the lines and individual skaters, so if one us is absent or having an off night, the others are picking up the slack. Forwards are dropping back to help the D, and the D are playing in sync with each other and Larry. In other words, we're playing like a team.
But with this success, comes a big 'ol target on our backs. Other teams have taken notice and are gunning for us. Even teams in other divisions have noticed our record and are talking. The Brew'ns are up next and hopefully we can keep the momentum going. Skate hard. Skate smart. Bear Strong.
5 and Oh My!!!
Posted by: R Forbes on Fri Jun 09th 2017 1:40pm
The mighty men of Bear Republic have stretched their hot streak to go 5 - 0, with the Undead being the latest victims going down in a 7-4 defeat. This win comes on the heels of a 13-1 thrashing of the Hockey Club the previous week and a 4-3 nail biter against the Roadrunners the week before that. The effort has been there every game and consistency is developing, as most of the same skaters are showing up week-to-week. The defense has been very solid, while scoring has been spread evenly between lines. Overall, it's a great start with 1/4 of the season gone. There seems to be a lot more parity this season, with virtually all the games decided by a couple of goals or fewer, and the next couple of games should continue in that competitive vein, with the Borrachos, followed by the Brew'ns.
2-0: Great Way To Start The New Season!
Posted by: R Forbes on Sun May 21st 2017 10:49pm
Two games into the new Summer 2017 season and Bear Republic has started off on a 2-0 tear! Our first game was a 10-6 thumping of the Brew'Ns, who won the league last season. The win was particularly sweet as they're the team we scrapped with a couple of times before, and we rallied from a 4-0 deficit after the first period. Danny A contributed a Hat Trick and a couple of assists, and Michael G surprised everyone with a Hat Trick of his own! Shawn L picked up where he left off from last season and contributed a pair of goals and four assists, while Mike M reaquainted himself with the goal and notched one as well.
Our next victory came at the expense of the Wolves, who finished second last season after losing to the Brew'Ns in the finals. Despite skating with just 6 - including 60 minute Iron Man performances on D by Elvis H and Roy F, the four intrepid forwards pressed hard all game and were able to tally 4 goals to the Wolves' 3. It was a back-and-forth affair the entire game, and despite the short bench and a lot of fatigue, the men of Bear Republic rose to the challenge and prevailed. Mike M extended his scoring streak to two games, while Nick S somehow got it by the Wolves' goalie from a seemingly impossible angle. Sub Steven B camped around the crease and helped the cause by stuffing in a pair of goals.
Next up are the Roadrunners on Thursday, May 25 at 9pm. Hopefully, we'll have a full bench and can keep the streak alive. Go Bears!
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