North Coast Finishes Regular Season in First Place
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Tue Dec 13th 2011 1:31am
North Coast came into the final game of the season needing a win against the second place Ice-o-topes to hold onto first place in the regular season standings. The Coasties wasted no time by scoring less than five minutes into the game. Mucho Grande, Dave Grand, made a neutral zone pass to Hugs, Hugo Braun, who skated the puck into the corner before passing to Sweeps, Mike Braun, in the high slot. Sweeps drove the puck home on his second rebound. Woody, Scott Wood, scored early in the second on a great individual effort, skating the puck in from center ice and rifling a laser past the goalie. PMac, Paul McCreadie, put the Coasties up by three scoring a long distance rebound on a shot by Hugs. The Rapper, Tim Allen, added an unassisted goal to make it 4-0 before the game's halfway point. Superman, Ed Pokryfky, played well in net with the only Topes goal coming on a terrible North Coast line change.
LaxBro Gets Hat Trick in a Single Period
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Thu Dec 08th 2011 2:16am
A game that started as an even battle with a scoreless first period ended up in a 6-0 blowout by the Men In Black. Hammer, Gregg Hammerman, scored the first and game winning goal 7 minutes into the second period. Sensei, John Ford, and The Professor, Charles Conrad also scored in the second. Then LaxBro, Darren Millman, unleashed his scoring burst and put the game out of reach with a hat trick in the third period alone. Assists were earned by Hammer (2), Mucho Grande, Dave Grand (2), PMac, Paul McCreadie (2), Hugs, Hugo Braun, A-Train, Lindsay Aspegren and Sweeps, Mike Braun. Superman, Ed Pokryfky, earned his second shutout of the season in net.
LaxBro was named Mighty Good Player of the Game for his single period hat trick.
Coasties Get Revenge Against Russian Bears With Late Tie
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Thu Dec 08th 2011 2:01am
After getting beaten and beaten up by the Russian Bears in a penalty-filled game just before Thanksgiving, North Coast got an immediate rematch. The Men In Black came out with a chip on their shoulders and upped their game substantially from their previous meeting. Despite outstanding play all around, the Coasties found themselves down 1-0 late in the game. North Coast pulled the goalie with two minutes remaining and generated sustained pressure on the Bears' net. Woody, Scott Wood, made it pay off by capping the offensive flurry with a slap shot that found the back of the net with 23 seconds left in the game for a very satisfying tie.
For his sustained outstanding play to keep the Coasties in the game, Superman, Ed Pokryfky, was named Mighty Good Player of the Game. This is the first time the award has been given in a game which North Coast did not win.
NHL's Critics Find No Evidence That Penalty Box Reforms Players
Posted by: Lindsay Aspegren on Wed Nov 23rd 2011 11:10am
NHL's Critics Find No Evidence That Penalty Box Reforms Players
November 18, 2011
TORONTO—After performing an in-depth 15-year study of professional hockey penalties, penalization practices, and the behavior of penalized players, independent hockey-law reform group JustIce concluded this week that the NHL's use of the penalty box does "absolutely nothing whatsoever" in the long term to deter players from committing violations.
"The so-called penalty box does nothing to discourage rule-breaking, and less than nothing to help reform players," said JustIce press liaison Craig MacKenzie, who noted that after individuals serve their time, they are routinely sent without further evaluation directly back into the environment they came from, where they inevitably wind up confronting the same skaters they originally victimized. "In fact, we found that for some players, being sent to the 'sin bin' is seen as anything from a minor inconvenience to a badge of honor to a career necessity."
JustIce claimed to have found several constants in its study of NHL statistics from the 1995 season to the present, all of them pointing to the modern penalty box—with its comfortable seating, ample water-bottle availability, and unmatched view of the exciting on-ice action—as an ineffective long-term deterrent against rule-breaking. According to the report, an astonishing 100 percent of players have spent time incarcerated for rule violations during their careers.
Even more shocking, according to the report, is the 100 percent rate of recidivism.
"When a player serves time for cross-checking, a weapons-based form of assault, it should serve as a lesson," the report read in part. "However, a quick search through the records found that players who receive a sentence of 2 to 5 minutes for cross-checking inevitably commit another cross-check, and that in subsequent games almost all of them go on to commit infractions such as clipping, boarding, charging, or—worst of all—slashing."
JustIce has called for several sweeping reforms to the penalty-box system, including longer minimum sentences, though with time off for good behavior such as not squirting fans with water bottles or damaging the facilities with the stick or skates; anger management therapy for those demonstrating repeated aggressive tendencies; and career counseling to help notorious instigators, fighters, and enforcers become productive members of the passing and checking community.
The NHL has not responded at length to the findings, saying that the specific details of rule enforcement are an internal matter, and that the traditional practice of making a team play with one fewer man on the ice was punishment enough. However, NHL vice president of hockey development and head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan did issue a brief statement during a press conference Wednesday.
"The National Hockey League takes discipline very seriously," Shanahan said. "However, it is not the job of the penalization system to make violators into better people, a task for which we believe the coach, family, and church are best suited. We are only attempting to protect law-abiding players, ensure a fair and competitive atmosphere, and provide an entertaining experience for our fans, and we think the use of the modern, safe, and clean penalty box helps us meet those goals."
MacKenzie described the NHL's position as "a farce."
"I couldn't believe what I was hearing until I realized this was coming from the notorious Shanahan, a man who served almost 2,500 penalty minutes during his playing career," Mackenzie said. "What kind of a message is the NHL sending? Get locked up enough and you, too, can be put in charge of discipline? Obviously, something is deeply wrong here."
"Furthermore, many of Shanahan's penalties were for actually fighting with another player on the ice. And for that—for actually striking another human being with his fists—he would serve about five minutes. This is by no means an adequate sentence for premeditated physical violence during a sporting contest. In fact, it's barely longer than the penalty for hooking, which, though not a victimless crime as some say, is still relatively innocuous."
Perhaps worst of all, MacKenzie said, is that there appears to be little or no stigma attached to the penalty box by either fans or players.
"It's getting to the point where fans actually cheer for players when they are sent off the ice," MacKenzie said. "Sadly, it seems as though a trip to the penalty box is now regarded as just a normal part of hockey."
Bocan Leads Coasties Over Beer Men
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Fri Nov 18th 2011 1:02am
Newcomer Jeff Bocan, playing in only his fourth game for North Coast this fall, was named Mighty Good Player of the Game with a goal and an assist in the Coasties 3-1 win.
Bell's scored just six minutes into the game on a total defensive breakdown, possibly related to the 11:20pm start time and the Coasties' high average player age. The Men In Black tied up the game late in the second period when Woody, Scott Wood, made a long outlet pass to a streaking A-Train, Lindsay Aspegren. A-Train drew the defense and was unable to get a shot off, but made a perfect pass to the trailing Mucho Grande, Dave Grand, who buried his open shot. Hammer, Gregg Hammerman, then scored the game winning goal with an assist to Jeff Bocan. Bocan iced the game midway through the third with a quick shot off an offensive zone faceoff with the assist credited to Hammer.
Superman, Ed Pokryfky, shut out the Beer Men over the game's final 54 minutes to give North Coast the victory.