Everyone Is Entitled To An Off Day
Posted by: Brendan Lehman on Mon Feb 01st 2016 9:00am
Legends Arena Jan 29, 2016
Posted by: Brendan Lehman on Fri Jan 22nd 2016 11:46am
Legends Arena 21 Jan, 2016
I think it was the poet laureate, John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. (look it up!) who said it best when he penned the line, Shot Down In A Blaze Of Glory, because that describes the Hot Dogs performance last night!
One might surmise that the penalty stats from last night suggests that the Boys in Red had some issues to sort out from their final game, this last weekend in Kitchener!
Before we get down to the nitty gritty, as they say, I would be remiss if I didn't take note in this august journal, the presence last night of 3, count 'em, Three Spectators!!!!!
One for H.I.M. and, Hold on to your Hats Sports Fans, two for the Hot Dogs. Brad Laundry's wife Jenny and his daughter, Beth attended the game last night. Add that to Al Wright's family and my own Dad and pretty soon it'll be SRO at the rink. A to B Sports Fans.
The Redmen started off well with Brad showing off to his Wife & Daughter at 38:16, with help by Ed & Jeff. H.I.M. came back at 27:11 to even it up. Ed and Chris were hot as a duo, (Dynamic?), with Chris feeding a beaut of a pass to Ed for the score at 24:40 to go ahead 2-1. Not to be outdone, the duo, reversed roles at 19:27 with the help of Brad to go ahead 3-1. But as the saying goes, Their get up and go, got up and went. and the second half of the frame belonged to H.I.M. A bigger bench and younger legs prevailed and the Hands came back to tie the game at 13:37 and put the final nail in the coffin at 11:17.
Alas, the boys fought well but it was not to be this evening. It was however a rousing game with everyone on both teams giving their all to the last buzzer, including pulling Mark with a minute to go. Goood going guys.
Next game is against Riordan's Burnt Steaks. Thursday Jan 28, 2016 at Legends Arena.
See ya at the Rink!
Missed It By
Posted by: Brendan Lehman on Tue Jan 19th 2016 11:09am
Down in the Basement (also known as Hockey Central)
By now, Hocket Fans you have heard the news. For want of one single goal, the Dogs missed the Final Game. It hasn't happened to often to the Boys In Red, but happen it did.
Before getting into my "Song and Dance" I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the help and support offered to us by "Our Ringers". The part of "Peter Puck" was played by Jeff Fallis and the part of Guest Ringer was played by John McArthur. Thanks guys your assistance was invaluable. It should also be known that young Jackson was a big help to the Coach both on the bench and in the dressing room, thanks Buddy!
In a nutshell, the guys played their hearts out. The last game saw them down 2 goals to 1. They struggled back and scored the tie at 23 seconds into the second frame and went ahead for good at 7:33 left on the clock. it was, sadly not enough. In a formula that saw the weakest team in the division have their games nulified it came down to goals for and goals against, and The Dogs came up one shy.
This does not negate in any way the work ethic of our lads. Everyone played to their utmost abilities and this reporter was proud to be even a small part of that exercise.
OK. Now to the RANT. I have been associated with the Oshawa Flying Hotdogs for 16 years, and there are a few things that I know, because they are carved in stone, the Ethos of Old Timers Hockey. There are no slapshots allowed, Although Hockey is one of the reasons for playing, it might not be the Primary reason for playing, depending on who you are talking with! The NUMBER ONE RULE in Old Timers Hockey is no body contact. Every guy on the team, with the exception of those who are retired!!!!, have to get up the next day to provide a living for themselves and their families. Of course nobody is so naive as to think that Body Contact is non-existent. A little, "How's Your Mother" is tolerated. But nothing Overt.
The blame for the resultant melee at the end of the last game against Lobels I lay directly at the feet of the Refs. They allowed both teams to go beyond what is considered appropriate in Oldtimers hockey. The result was both teams being given the tacit OK to hit each other. You don't have to be Sigmund Freud to see that inaction is a call to "Anything Goes". And that, my friends is exactly what happened. You don't even have to take my word for it. Take a look at the Penalties. 12 called over the space of the game, 12. I don't know how that happens with a set of Refs who let both teams know at the beginning of a match that excessive rough play will not be tolerated.
I lodged an informal complaint with the convener of the tournament, after the game.
I will let you know what , if anything comes of it.
Next game, thankfully is against one of the Hotdogs great rivals, Hands In Motion. These guys have known each other for many years and every game is spirited, and within the Oldtimers rulebook!
Thursday at Legends. 9:00 pm.
See you at the Rink!
Jeffie Shows How It's Done
Posted by: Brendan Lehman on Fri Jan 15th 2016 8:51pm
Kitchener-Kinsman Arena 15 Jan, 16
In what can only be described as a clinic # 15 Jeff Donaldson showed em' how it's done. Although, by it's very nature it is a game played by 6 players at a time, tonights show was a one act play at both ends of the ice.
At one end we had the pairing of #15 & #6 Mark Hawkins who combined between them all goals scored by the Red Men this particular evening and at the other end #31 Mark Middlehurst who was riding a shut out until 4:30 of the second period.
If it hadn't been for Bruce & Rich's penalties there wouldn't be anything left to talk about. Folks, I can only say that everyone on the team played that way, like a team. I have no doubt that you would have been proud of them, this reporter sure was.
Next game is tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 at the Kiwanis rink. I know it's a bit of a drive but the guys would love to see any of their Loyal supporters!
Go Dogs, Go!
Not Bad For A Really Short Bench!
Posted by: Brendan Lehman on Wed Dec 23rd 2015 3:43pm
23 Dec 2015
My bad sports fans for the tardiness of this instalment of the Flying Hot Dogs News. Technical difficulties beyond my control (which is a polite way of saying my computer screwed up and I didn't know how to fix it). Eventually, after much crying and gnashing of teeth, I stumbled upon the fix and here we are.
On to the game. As we all know time waits for no man, and the Dogs are a case in point. The last game of the season before the Christmas Break is usually a well turned out event. If for nothing else but the AGM at the Boardroom after the game. It then comes as not much of a shock to this reporter to see a bench warmed by one body only for this Festive Season Tradition.
It's understandable considering the length of some of the teeth on the team! That being said the stalwarts on scene provided a great show. From #8 Chris Sabyan & #19 Brad Laundry's 4 point night respectively to the 4 point defensive help supplied by John Kelly, Rich Lafoy & Cory Hawkins everybody contributed, including a goal by the only member of the team so far not mentioned, that being #15 Jeff Donaldson.
Defensive aid came from the Pipe Meister, Mark Middlehurst on two fronts. One, for the win of course, but also for stoning Phil from the Steaks. In what can only be attributed to a momentary lapse of reason our departing Ref, Andrew Shure called a penalty. As you know all penalties in this league are served by a penalty shot. Mark was up to the task and stopped Phil dead in his tracks. Better luck next time, Phil
All of this was accomplished under the wise gaze of that Great defenseman of yesteryear, the one and only #4 Cliff McCabe here on his annual pilgrimage. When asked, McCabe said that he thought the team was in good hands! High praise from the Great One himself!
Well that's it for this year Sports Fans. It's been a hoot. What with visits by the two Cliffs this season, the leaving of two refs, Mike and Andrew, and the tacit adoption of new team colours, Winnipeg Jets and new Team Crests, the F-18 and Eddie's "Teeth" on the shoulders, it's been a busy year.
The new year will see us trekking off to the Annual Tournament in Kitchener in mid-January and the possibility of donning the new colours before the end of the 2015-16 season. We will also be welcoming Cole Lafoy as our new Referee-In-Chief. It all promises to be a good time had by all.
We here in the Lehman household would like to wish you, our faithful readers a Safe & Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you at the Rink!