As is usually the case when two great teams square off, The 2014 Meatbird Cup will come down to the final game. The Green Oglethorpes evened the best of 5 series at two games a piece with a convincing 9-7 win over the Yellow Hosers in game 4. The return of Pat O’Connell (upper body injury) and goalie Tom Evans (personal reasons) boosted the spirits of a team on the brink of elimination. They came out firing, and posted a 4-1 lead after 30 minutes of play. Yellow continued to peck away at the lead, but strong play from brethren Clarke on the blue line and some key saves by Evans kept them at bay. Injuries to Marc Nadeau and Scott Dickson hurt, with Dickson rehabbing a separated shoulder and is questionable for game 5. Nadeau is awaiting an MRI, but looks lost for the season.
The game was chippy throughout, with Steve Galavotti blindsiding O’Connell early on to set the tone. Bobby “High” Stickles backed up his nickname, and forward Don Watson had the stickwork cranking all night. Goalie Boo Davison threw up some bulletin board material after a dust up with Oglethorpe Captain Chris Maclean, “Pretty confident we win game 5 if we play our game. We got a little undisciplined early on and it cost us. Regroup and win it on Tuesday.”
The tide turned back toward Yellow Tuesday night for game 3 of the Meatbird Cup, with the Hosers taking a 10-5 win home to take a 2-1 series lead. Playing without rookie standout Mike Sullivan for the first 10 minutes due to equipment problems, Green could not counter a fierce offensive attack by the Hosers and were quickly in the hole 3-1 before Sullivan took his first shift. Backup goalie P.K. Andarian was peppered throughout and made some great stops, but the tireless attack proved too much to hold off. A game time scratch for wily veteran Pat O’C also hurt the Oglethorpes. He is due back for game 4. “We need him” said Captain Chris Maclean.
The Hosers played dump and chase all night, frustrating Oglethorpe defenseman Jake Clarke. “F&ck!ng bushleague play. Fine if they want to do it, but they better watch that puck coming back at them, cause its coming hard and at eye level” stated Clarke after the game. Tim Crowley had some highlight reel rushes reminiscent of his idol, Bobby Orr. But it wasn’t enough as goalie Boo Davison continued his solid play and held off the Olgethorpe pressure. Jamie Knight, back from suspension, anchored a strong 2 line attack for the winners.
Game 4 is Tuesday night 8:30pm at Hetland. Yellow has a chance to clinch so Green will be coming out strong to try to even the series.
The Green Oglethorpe’s stormed back to take game 2 of the Meatbird Cup with an impressive 7-4 victory. The series is now even at 1 game a piece. Green peppered goalie Boo Davison with an onslaught of shots, and his shutout streak finally ended. Pat O’Connell, returning from his Caribbean training complex had a strong game, along with Mike Sullivan and the Brothers Clarke. Instigators Shawn Coffey and Bob Stickles made their presence known. Yellow had a few opportunities to narrow the gap late, but Tom Evans made some key saves to close out the victory.
Heckuva game last night to kick off the Cup, with the Yellow Hosers notching a 3-0 victory behind the strong goaltending of Boo Davison.
Dun got the scoring going early with a tricky 5-hole shot that squirted through for a 1-0 lead. Steve Gal then apparently made it 2-0 but the goal was called off by Oglethorpe assistant captain Bob Galavotti. The goal will be reviewed by league officials on Thursday.
Back and forth the game went with lock down defense and stellar netminding until Mark Hoeful banged in a rebound to make it 2-0 with about 20 minutes to play.
With the goalie pulled, Green made a strong push in the final minutes, but was denied. Pete Newton potted an empty netter to seal it.
Tom Evans made 74 saves in the losing effort. The series resumes with a pivotal game 2 next Tuesday night.