Meatbirds Tie and Tie Again

As you can see below, after 11 weeks of occupying the top spot in the league, we have dropped down to a tie for first (and technically lose out due to Goals For).  I will take it up with Goguen as we have the head to head and differential, but we may be looking at 2nd place once again.

Standings

 Team

W

L

T

Pts

GF

GA

Center Ice Hockey

 8

 1

 2

 18

 54

 30

Summer Meatbirds

 8

 1

 2

 18

 50

 22

Hyundai

 4

 5

 2

 10

 34

 38

Team Guinness

 4

 6

 1

 9

 28

 39

Bandits

 4

 7

 0

 8

 29

 41

Bulldogs

 1

 9

 1

 3

 25

 50

We were certainly “offensive”, offensively and could get very little going.  Gil and the defense kept us in this tight game, which was 1-0 until Gal tied it up late in the 3rd with a Recchi type scrum goal.  Ruel and Dun both had chances late but we could not slide one past and we ended tying a strong Hyundai squad 1-1.  Without 4 of our top 6 forwards, we mustered as much as we could.  Knight’s injury plagued year continued as his “Upper Body Injury” is still hampering the burly LW’s ability to stay on the ice.  Sully had Visa issues coming in from the Islands and was a late scratch.  Salty finished serving out his 2 game suspension for PED’s and illegal equipment.  But most concerning, Shawn contracted his 4th disease of the year (Lyme, Malaria, EEE and now Ebola) and was unavailable.  With medication arriving from the Congo tomorrow, he is expected back next week.

So, it comes down to the last game of the season.  I will confirm with Goguen what the tie breaker is, but let’s be prepared to run up the score against the lowly last place (and A-Holes of the league) Bulldogs next week.  As I said at the beginning of the season, if we are in 2nd place, we might as well be in last place.  The ownership will accept nothing less than “Meatbird’s Hockey” on the 2014 Monarch’s Senior League Championship Plaque that hangs in Goguen’s garage.

More importantly, is anyone up for tailgate after final game next week?

Bandits Subdued 4-2

Big win last night boys. Birds 4 Bandits 2 Thanks to Gil first and foremost for his usual performance. We made a huge upgrade when C Jay showed unannounced and Sully running late again. We started off strong in the first as Ruel playing defense just happened to be in front of the net for a nice finish. Went up two when Shawn who just found out he has Ebola to go along with Malaria and Lyme fed a nice pass to Gal who found the five hole. Bandits won the battle in the second frame to tie the game at two. The third belonged to Sully who found the back of the net twice to seal the victory. Good solid performance by everyone. I want to thank Scott, Shawn and Chris for the water after the game.

In other team notes. Jim Knight was fined 1 case of Old Milwaukee and Al Marsden has been fined and must have the Meat Bird summer party after the Tabor Skate on the 21st. Salty gets a pass for telling C Jay about the game.

Dunn gets his job back because I just wasted half hour writing this…

Next Game 10:30 p.m. vs Hyundai

Summer Meatbirds Continue Undefeated Season

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Continuing our undefeated season, albeit with a fairly ugly win.  Thanks to Gil for holding down the fort.  Saltonstall’s return from his 5 week PED suspension was a welcome addition.  Shawn battled through Lyme disease and razor burn to lead the offense once again.  I am glad we get to play those chippy bastards one more time.  Would like to blow them out by 10 goals….

Center Ice continues to nip at our heels, and we face them next week in what could prove to be the season.

But, let’s not look ahead.  This week it’s another 9:30pm puck drop against the team with the snazziest sweaters in the league, team Guinness.  They did give us a good game last time we faced them so let’s be ready.

Tough Fought Win

Tough fought win last week. Thankfully our superior conditioning won out for the 9 skaters and another solid performance by Gil. Most importantly, we had some post game suds (thanking you Gal).

Big game against undefeated Center Ice Hockey this week. 10:30pm at Taunton.

Hosers Prevail, Defeat Oglethorpes 6-3, Win Cup

A grueling 5 game series came to its conclusion Tuesday night at Hetland Arena as the Yellow Hosers defeated the Green Oglethorpe’s 6-3 in front of a capacity crowd frenzied with excitement. After staving off elimination in game 4 with a convincing win, Oglethorpe captain Chris MacLean had the squad ready for action, but Yellow was a determined bunch from the first shift.

C. Jay Wilbur, brought in from the Cedar Rapids junior team replacing Marc Nadeau who was lost for the season to a knee injury, started the scoring, popping in a rebound early to get Yellow on the board. Jamie Knight kept the scoring going, converting a neutral zone turnover to make it 2-0. The teams traded goals and then a fluke shot deflected off the ceiling netting and landed behind Hoser netminder Boo Davison, who couldn’t believe it. After tempers flared, the 1977 rulebook of Meatbird Hockey was consulted and the goal stood up. Defenseman Chris Peck returned fire, chugging down the slot and tucking a shot 5 hole past goalie Tom Evans.

Ulitmately, it did not matter. Yellow kept their 2-1-2 box defensive shutdown system going, with strong defensive games by Steve Taylor and a returning Scotty Dickson (Upper Body Injury), frustrating Green, especially assistant captain S. Paul Coffey. A late rush put on by Green yielded a final goal, but it was not enough. The contest ended with Yellow raising the Meatbird Cup in triumph, and hanging another banner in the Hetland rafters. Series MVP, goalie Davison said “There is nothing sweeter than winning the Cup. The competition was formidable, but I never had a doubt we’d secure it for another year.”

The ring ceremony will take place Saturday April 26th in S. Dartmouth. More to follow under separate email.

In all honesty, thanks to all of you for playing Meatbird’s this year. Remember, there are strict term limits on the Commissioner’s job, and I know there are a number of you who have expressed interest in it, but I am happy to handle it again next year. Good group of guys makes it fun.

Hope to see you all at Steve Taylor’s on the 26th.

The 2014 Meatbird Cup will come down to the final game

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 Green Oglethorpe’s Take Game 2

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.

Meatbird Cup Game 1 – Hosers defeat Oglethorpes 3-0

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.

We’re Number 2!

We “officially” finished in second place (tied for points with Ward’s and Marshrat’s, but we won the tiebreaker), 2 points out of 1st.  Led the league in goals (70) and differential (+34).  Pretty damn good season all in all.  Although I collected the jersey’s last night, I would like to come back with the same group next summer if you are interested (and Ruel doesn’t need to have his leg amputated).

Thanks to everyone for playing, and everything else you contributed.  Shawn and Crowley were great house chef’s, and we always had a cold beer waiting after the games.  Hell, the ice was even decent this year.

‘Birds Thrash Warriors 6-0

Guys…good win last night. Special thank you to Steve Gal for getting Crowley out of the rack. It makes me feel worse that we lost to those guys earlier in the season.

4 points out of 1st place with 2 games left. It’s a long shot, but we still have a slight chance. We win our last two and we should be in the top 3 for the season. We play those cheap bastards Ward’s from two weeks ago and I would really like to beat them. All (healthy) hands on deck if able to go. IN or OUT…let me know.

Also, Shawn Coffey would like to change up the sweaters for the last couple games. He sent me these options below. Please vote your preference and Shawn will place the order through his contacts…thanks!

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