Rob Heil Show beats Stingers 3-1
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Tue Aug 06th 2013 4:07pm
Rob Heil v2.0 has spoken up with actions that despite empty promises of playing forward, he can play both at the same time, scoring an honorary hat trick (more on that later) plus an assist while playing the back line. No Gordie Howe hat trick either as he stayed out of the sin bin for several games in a row now. Rob did his patented left wing solo end to end rushes early in the first & second periods, sandwiched around a deep zone give & go with Paul for a power play assist. Since we played the Stingers, there was no jackass to take out or mouth off to, thus no penalties. The Bears are up next, so all bets on no penalties are out the window.
All around, the Stingers played their best game yet against us in a close 3 -1 win. Kudos to a much improved team. We were able to roll 3 full forward lines effectively, everyone contributing. Ray’s presence was felt by the other team even though he was not in attendance - for the 3rd straight game, the opposition pulled their goalie in the closing minute for his own safety. Rob was all set to crash the empty net with 4 seconds to go when Referee Frongillo stripped him of the puck along the boards at the blue line. Good thing he didn’t see Dave laughing or he might have gotten that Gordie Howe trick.
A mole in the Icemen front office leaked a trade rumor as the coach was overheard demanding the GM either “trade that SOB before I have the rest of the D thinking they can score like that too, or I’ll have to start lining up 5 guys across on faceoffs and it’s ‘you snooze you lose’ on who plays up and who plays back each shift.”
Bears caught in Icemen trap, go down 4-2 in 3rd straight loss to Icemen
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Jul 29th 2013 1:24pm
The Icemen defeated the Bears for the 3rd time in 3 games in an intense game. Lots of 1 on 1 battles took place, with the Icemen holding their ground and refusing to be intimidated. Most notable was during a long shift in the second period when Eric Butera played his best shift of the night, laying out several Bears in front of Dr. Bob’s crease. It looked like a night full of “Bowling for Dollars” as Bear players were frequently making “ice angels” after either getting knocked down, checking themselves into the boards or clothes-lining themselves. It was like an audition tape for a new version of “Wide World of Sports” intro tape.
After a scoreless first, Paul broke the ice half way through the 2nd period with a pin ball shot from the point that deflected off a skate in front. After the Bears tied it up early in the 3rd, Eric once again took charge - scoring 2 goals in one shift, the 2nd being the eventual game winner. The first came off a behind the net centering feed from Paul out to the blue line. Eric sent a nice wrister top corner. His second came off of good puck control by Mats and Igol, who got the puck back to the point. Eric side stepped around some traffic and beat the goalie clean from the high slot. Scott would add an insurance goal off of a nice tick tack toe set up from Paul & Chad. John Cassidy was spot on when he said the only reason that son of a bitch scored that goal was because he one timed the shot before he could take aim at the goalie’s chest.
After the Bears scored a meaningless power play goal with 3 minutes left, the quote of the game goes to Ray, “The only thing left to do this game is take out #86.” Dr. Bob extended his record to a perfect 6 – 0 on the season. Tyler, John Delaney, and Rob also contributed numerous strong plays that don’t show up on the score sheet in an overall team effort. This may be the first time the Icemen were ever 9-1-1 going into the second half of the season.
Icemen claw back for tie vs. Fighting Blue Crabs, trip up in OT for 8-1-1 record
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Fri Jul 19th 2013 2:35pm
The Icemen fell behind 2 – 0 half way through the first on 2 non-goals. They were close to going in, one actually sat partially over the goal line. From where the refs were, and the motion of the players around, it was understandable they were ruled as good goals. No problem, sometime you get the breaks, sometime you don’t. Determined to tighten up defense, back up goal tender Steve Trostle made good on his vow to stop everything else for the game, neglecting to remind us his contract calls for 3 periods only. The defense trio of Chris, Ray and John Cassidy played very well the entire game, bending but never breaking under pressure that sometimes lasted whole shifts.
The comeback was underway when Paul took a stretch pass from Cassidy and put one far side past a screened goalie. Ray tied it up in the second when he followed up a 1 on 1 rush by Rob, putting in the rebound. After a scoreless third period and 4 minutes of overtime, the game ended when the Crabs scored on a play which has been stricken from the record, thanks to the envelope of unmarked bills a certain person anonymously placed in my equipment bag when no one else was looking.
Both teams played well enough to win in a pretty evenly matched tilt. It was refreshing to play against a team that plays clean and when the refs let us play, letting marginal stuff go. Kudos to the Crabs for a well-deserved win. A very good season so far. We have now gone 7 games without losing in regulation, gaining 13 out of a possible 14 points over that span. Overall, we have picked up 17 out of a possible 20 points on the season. A far cry from a season ago!
Icemen put immature Bears in their place with 3 -2 win, open up 3 game lead in first
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Fri Jul 12th 2013 12:47pm
The Icemen took the high road against an immature group of Bears and skated off with a 3 - 2 win. Unfortunately, the decent Bears players are stuck with a few assholes who have no respect for safety of fellow hockey players. Led by Rob - my goal in life is to be a asshole, with or without alcohol- Brewer, several of the Bears have yet to learn how to play without cross-checks to the face, spearing to the legs, and high sticking ….all while whining like little babies when a legal play in a non-checking league is made against them. The best way to put a team like that in their place is to not stoop to their level and beat them on the score board. Hey Beerman – how does it feel to know your 5 minute major caused your team to lose as the resulting power play goal was the difference maker?
Level heads on the Icemen bench prevailed as we cautioned each other to not take the bait with retaliation penalties. This was evidenced by all 4 of their penalties were for the illegal contact variety (including a major) while of our 2 penalties, one was for a bad line change resulting in a too many men call. We wanted them to lose more than we wanted to win, and it tasted good afterwards. The loss dropped them out of a tie for second place with the Blue Crabs, and opened up a 3 game lead in first place for the Icemen, now 8-1. Sweet.
Everyone played a strong game. Sal stopped every hard shot that came is way - “it’s those damn easy ones that always get me!” Ray, Eric, John Cassidy, Chris, and Rob all played solid defense in front, taking away second chances. Mats, Tyler, and Chad played good 2 way hockey. Paul opened the scoring on a semi break, used the defense as a screen and netted one top corner. After the score was tied in the second, John Delaney put us up again by putting one in an open net from a nice back door pass off a tick-tac-toe play with Chad and Mats getting assists. John Weiss notched the game winner when he stole the puck at our blue line, went up ice and beat the goalie 5-hole with just 4 minutes left. Another key play was with John Delaney preserving the win when he stood up at our blue line, breaking up a last minute rush while an extra attacker replaced the pulled goalie, cleared the puck down ice and pursued it to tie up any chance at a breakout before time expired.
Icemen edge out APG to go 7-1
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Jul 10th 2013 4:12pm
The Icemen overcame an early 1 -0 deficit to eke out a 2 - 1 win over APG-D, extending the winning streak to 5 games. Coming off of the previous 8 – 1 win over the Stingers, we were anticipating another comfortable victory…but giving up a goal in the first 2 minutes was the wake up call we needed to work for the win. And work was the key word. Although we controlled the territorial play and got off a lot of shots, APG has gotten a lot better at blocking shots. Not too many got through and when they did, their goalie made all the key saves. By the time the first period ended, down 1 – 0, we all realized that this game was going to be a close one and nothing was to be taken for granted.
The score was tied part way into the 2nd when Dr. Bob steered a shot into the corner for Ray to handle. A clearing pass up the left wing boards skipped pass the pinching defensemen. Paul scooped up the puck and raced rink long where he snuck the puck just inside the near post while cutting across the goal, drawing the goalie with him, to tie it up at one goal apiece.
Scott scored what proved to be the winning goal almost midway through the 3rd when he let a screened wrist shot zing into the top right corner. Focusing on defense, we managed to hold on to the narrow lead even with their goalie pulled at the end. This 2 -1 win was very rewarding, more so than some of the previous games.