Barracuda Filleted by North Coast
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Sat Feb 23rd 2013 4:43pm
On a Wednesday night when both teams had short benches, North Coast played a nearly perfect game against Barracuda for a 6 – 1 win. Despite starting the game with 8 skaters, the Coasties dominated puck possession and scored their goals off some of the nicest passing and assists of the season.
The Ringer, Jeff Bocan, opened the scoring with short tap-in off a nice pass from Hammer, Gregg Hammerman. The Ringer returned the favor, setting up Hammer for a goal with The Man, Dan Foster, also earning an assist on the play. Shortly after entering the game directly from the airport after a delayed flight, Mad Dog, Craig Hysong scored on a rush with assists going to The Man and The Brewer, Greg Lobdell. The Big Fella, Kurt Riegger, scored perhaps the prettiest goal of the night chipping a crisp pass from A-Train, Lindsay Aspegren, top shelf over the goalies’ shoulder, with The Brewer earning an assist. The Ringer set up the Coasties’ final two goals with sweet passes to The Man and The Brewer who both buried their chances.
Since there were six goal scorers for six goals and unselfish play all around, the Mighty Good player of the game was a hard call, but it went to The Ringer for his four point night including the first goal of the game.
North Coast Grinds out Tough Win Against Defending Champs Goaldiggers
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Thu Feb 21st 2013 2:00am
In an epic battle that wasn’t decided until the final horn sounded, the Men In Black avenged an earlier 5 – 0 loss to Goaldiggers with a hard fought 4 – 3 win. A-Train, Lindsay Aspegren, opened the scoring with a wrap around goal off a pass from The Boss, Abe Colwell, with an addition assist to Trey. The Boss then scored at the end of the first period when Trey caused a turnover as the Diggers exited their zone and delivered the puck back to The Boss for a quick goal. The Diggers came storming back to tie the game in the second, but North Coast regained the lead as Tony Grover made a perfect pass from behind the net to Hammer, Gregg Hammerman, in the high slot. Hammer buried the one-timer and The Big Fella, Kurt Riegger, also earned an assist on the play. The Goaldiggers again tied it up in the third, leaving it to The Brewer, Greg Lobdell, to score the winning goal. It came on a nice wrister from the high slot off another perfect pass, this time from the Boss, assisted by Trey.
The Goaldiggers made a furious comeback attempt and had the Coasties on their heels in the final minutes, including two minutes with their goalie pulled and 18 seconds of 6 on 4. Superman, Ed Pokryfky, stood on his head, stopping a nearly continuous onslaught of quality scoring chances to preserve the victory for the Men In Black. Superman also made many great saves earlier in the game to earn a unanimous vote for Mighty Good Player of the Game.
North Coast Iron Men Record Impressive Win
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Fri Feb 15th 2013 12:26am
At 11:20 pm on a Wednesday night in the middle of February, seven truly committed Coasties took to the ice to fight for the honor of the Men In Black. When the final horn sounded just before 1:00 am on Thursday morning, the Iron Men of North Coast had beaten a Miller Lite team with a full bench 4 – 0 in an awesome display of grit and determination.
The Iron Men playing forward were Mad Dog (Craig Hysong), The Judge (Riyaz Kanji), Mucho Grande (Dave Grand) and The Boss (Abe Colwell). The blue line was manned by PMac (Paul McCreadie), Sweeps (Mike Braun) and Hugs (Hugo Braun) with Superman (Ed Pokryfky) in goal.
After a scoreless first period, Mucho Grande opened the scoring early in the second with a beautiful team effort goal. Mad Dog passed the puck quickly forward to The Boss to create a 2 on 1 rush. The Boss waited until the last moment to pass across the goal mouth to Mucho Grande who finished the play perfectly. The second goal came midway through the period when The Judge created a turnover as Miller Lite tried to exit their zone. After stealing the puck at the blue line, The Judge passed to The Boss who lasered a wrister top shelf past a stunned Miller Lite goaltender. Minutes later, Mucho Grande notched his second goal of the game off a nice assist from Mad Dog. To the moderate consternation of his teammates, Mucho Grande took minor penalties shortly after scoring each of his goals claiming he had earned a rest break!
The Beer Men became very frustrated as they fell further behind the outmanned North Coast team and the game became quite chippy. Fortunately, this led to three Miller Lite penalties in the third period. The Coasties capitalized on one of these power plays with a third beautiful assist from Mad Dog. Mucho Grande started the rush through the neutral zone and passed to Mad Dog who carried the puck behind the Miller Lite net executing a perfect wrap-around pass to The Boss who had snuck in uncovered to the back post. The Boss perfectly handled the puck on his backhand to tap it into the net.
The Coastie defensemen played strong and Superman stood tall when called upon to earn the shutout. Superman stopped several good scoring opportunities, including a total breakaway, and came out aggressively to handle the puck allowing the North Coast defenders some needed brief rests.
Debate regarding who should be named Mighty Good Player of the Game was heated, but the award was finally bestowed on The Boss for his two goals, one assist and no penalties.
The Professor and The Ringer Lead North Coast Scoring
Posted by: Hugo Braun on Sun Dec 23rd 2012 3:25pm
North Coast's newest player, The Ringer, Jeff Bocan, led the team in Points and Assists in the fall season. Skating with the Men In Black for just over a year, The Ringer said his performance this season should eliminate any question that he has earned a long term roster spot. The Coasties' oldest player, The Professor, Charles Conrad, led the team in Goals for the second consecutive season. These strong performances are putting pressure on some long time Coasties in competition for winter season roster spots.
Final North Coast Fall Season stats leaders:
Scoring - The Ringer (Jeff Bocan) 17 points, A-Train (Lindsay Aspegren) 16 points, Mad Dog (Craig Hysong) 15 points
Goals - The Professor (Charles Conrad) 10 goals, A-Train 9 goals, The Hammer (Gregg Hammerman) 8 goals
Assists - The Ringer 10 assists, T-Bone (Tom Bonnee) & Mad Dog 9 assists each
Game Winning Goals - A-Train 3 GWG, The Rapper (Tim Allen) & The Ringer 2 GWG each