Icemen defense pinches down on Crabs in 5-1 win
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Thu Jun 20th 2013 1:00pm
The defense corps of Rob Heil, Chris Black, Eric Butera and Patrick Mullen did an outstanding job of shutting down the Blue Crabs in a solid 5 – 1 win. They set the tone from the opening face off when the refs ruled the game would start 5 minutes early despite Sal Crupi still in the dressing room donning his goalie gear. Forced to play the first couple of minutes without a goalie, and Patrick guarding the crease, the D did not allow a shot on goal, standing up at the blue line and thwarting a crab infestation.
In a remarkable turn of events, we did not allow a breakaway or odd man rush for the first time in recent memory! (Not sure if this was motivated by the desire to play proper positioning or because Sal was in net!)
The Line of John Delaney, Igol Goldstein and Mats Bergquist formed an effective checking line, and kept the Blue Crabs off the board the entire time while they were on the ice. They were successful in keeping the opposition pinned in their end for entire shifts, often coming close to scoring.
The line of Adam Zilberbaum, Tyler Spires and Paul Sampson provided all the fire power needed with Adam and Paul putting up 4 points each and Tyler notching 2 more, including the final goal to seal the victory after the Crabs finally scored with 3 minutes to go in the game.
Icemen barrage APG in 3-1 win for a 4-1 season start
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Wed Jun 12th 2013 12:36pm
The Icemen dominated against an improved APG team in a 3-1 win. The score board was not reflective of the game as the Icemen out-shot the Blast by about 50 to 12. The Blast goalie was an armor shield in net, allowing very little to penetrate the goal line. The quality scoring chances were numerous, often coming in bursts of 3, 4 or 5 shots within seconds of each other. We also had about 10 of our breakaways that were stopped. Defense played well, making a concerted effort at playing in position. Igol Goldstein opened the scoring 5 minutes into the game, finishing a strong rush by Adam Zilberbaum. Adam closed out the first period, letting fly a snap shot off of a corner feed from Scott Chason. Midway through the 2nd, Scott scored from a sharp angle on a feigned wrap around, lifting the puck over the sliding goalie.
Before the game, back-up Goaltender Steve Trostle requested a lot of shots to get back in the groove after a long layoff since February. Since John Cassidy couldn’t get Steve to promise to stop them, he rallied the team to put a bunch of shots the other way. “You would think a lawyer would be smart enough to not ask leading questions without knowing the outcome”, added Tyler Spires, “what do you expect from a pro bono goalie?”
Little did we know but we have a secret celebrity goalie groupie. The following quote was found on Ms. Mona Lisa Vito's blog: "That Icemen goalie was wonder full in there. The way he handled APG on that rink! You're a great goalie! You are! You are!"
Icemen buzz Stingers 10- 2
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Mon Jun 03rd 2013 12:57pm
It was certainly a night for the books as several ‘firsts’ and records were set in an unanticipated 10 – 2 rout of the Stingers, last season’s first place team. Every single Icemen that showed up got on the scoresheet without taking a penalty!... even Dr. Bob picked up a helper midway through the first period. Overall, the team recorded 23 points – 10 goals and 13 assists. Not only did Tyler Spires finally score his first goal as an Icemen after 2-1/2 seasons, but he also got his second. This ought to hold him for another 5 years. John Delaney had a 4 point night – a goal and three assists to go along with an aggressive puck pursuit. Adam Zilberbaum returned from a broken foot to notch his first goal of the season along with a pair of helpers. Not showing up on the scoresheet was his ability to find gaps in coverage and create scoring chances all night long.
John Cassidy, Chris Black and Rob Heil did an excellent job tallying 30 minutes each of ice time in holding down the fort on defense. Plus they also contributed offense with Chris setting up the first goal and John setting up the closing goal. In between Rob – go to the net for a rebound because I’ll never pass when I have a shot – Heil scored on a typical solo rush and a shot from the blue line just 9 seconds into the only power play of the game.
The night didn’t bode well for Mats Bergquist as he was late getting to the rink. A frantic call to the dry cleaners to come back and open the store on Sunday evening so he could get his jersey and socks stressed him out. Despite good hustle, he was snakebit until only a few minutes remained in the game to pop in a goal and not be the only one to put up a goose egg.
Jason Pasley did his usual good job anchoring the second line, winning faceoffs, back checking and setting up 2 goals. Paul Sampson managed to keep Rob’s ego in check by getting a hat trick and two assists.
Crabs Pinch Icemen 2-1
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Thu May 23rd 2013 4:37pm
The Icemen fell to the revitalized Blue Crabs in a close checking game after getting out to the dreaded one goal lead, courtesy of Eric Butera slamming home the rebound on a drive to the net by Scott Chason early in the 2nd period. The tight checking and a very bouncy puck made for a sloppy game. With sustained offense difficult to muster, a valiant effort was made to hold on to the one goal lead. The most notable play was Rob Heil coming out of nowhere to break up a 2 – 0 break at the last moment with a head first diving sweep check. Unfortunately, a bad bounce tied the score early in the 3rd, followed by a screen shot that got through just as a penalty kill just expired for too many men on the ice. “it was the second time we played a full shift with 6 skaters and a goalie. It almost worked the first time, so we thought it was worth trying again.” said Tyler Spires. “It would have worked too if we didn’t clue in the ref!”
Hoping the 3rd time was the charm, we went with 6 skaters again to try and tie it up – this time with the goalie pulled, but it was not enough to overcome the dreaded one goal lead.
Sal Crupi’s 3rd time in goal on ice was much improved since his last outing, demonstrating the “Wop Flop” in various forms during close in play with much less frequency. “I do have to work on my reaction time” he was quoted after the game, “If the puck comes at me at with the same speed it caroms back out of the net, I’ll stop it every time. You can take that to the bank.”
After the game, the coach’s anonymous suggestion box was jammed full with comments, including:
• Put a “take a number” machine at the bench doors
• Put a row of spikes along the top of the boards at the bench
• Use the penalty box as the team bench because it has glass in front and only one door. This makes it easier to count the players coming off
• Talk with your teammates to know who you are taking off before the line change
• Install a player vending machine that dispenses out one guy at a time
Icemen declaw Bears 3-2 for second straight win
Posted by: Paul Sampson on Fri May 17th 2013 1:06pm
The Icemen continued a good start to the summer season by stepping up their game for a come from behind win over the newly formed Bears. Rob Heil opened the scoring on his first shift two minutes into the game, sending a wrist shot past the Bear’s goalie from an uncharacteristically close range (below the hash marks). Tyler Spires got a helper on the play, making a nice offensive contribution in his first game of the season. Smiling on his way to the bench, Rob taunted the forwards with “anyone can score from 110 feet away, you guys need to see it can also go in from short range too. Now you have no excuse. Next game I’m going to steal Dr. Bob’s stick and score from behind my own net, bitches!” The Bears tied it up a bit later in the first when they took advantage of a miscommunication in front of our net, and then went up by a goal midway in the second. That would be all she wrote for the Bears as Dr. Bob turned away everything else they threw at him, including the obligatory odd man rushes we give up every game and particularly during the last minute scramble in our zone to seal the win.
Paul Sampson tied up the game off of a nice feed from behind the net by Mats Versace to knot the score, putting one top shelf, where Mrs. Mueller keeps the peanut butter. It was 2 -2 after 2. Half way through the 3rd, Paul would tally his second of the night during a 3 on 2 rush with Chris Black and Mats Hilfiger. With Chris and Mats setting up the screen, the shot rang off the cross bar and in. In a close game, it was the break we needed. A tad bit higher and it would have rebounded out.
During the last minute scramble deep in our end and with the Bear’s goalie pulled for the extra skater, Scott “I can’t get it in the ocean from the edge of a pier” Chason tried to put one the open net from the right face-off circle. “I saw my best chance of the game – no goalie to hit square in the chest – and took great aim.” Naturally he missed. Speaking to reporters after the game Rob was quoted “Stupid ass was to close. Everyone knows that the goal post cuts down the angle from there. No wonder he missed short side.”