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?

Commitment

Special note on commitment….Jason Ruel goes to the wrong rink (Taunton) for the wrong time (7:20), realizes it, gets in his car, jets to Raynham and because of a delay to start our 7:00 game makes it only a couple minutes left…just look at this guy below and ask yourself, “Can I match his compete”?

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Meatbirds Run Out of Gas 3-3

Reminiscent of the Bruins’ last game, the Summer Meatbirds ran out of gas in the final minutes and squandered a 3-1 lead.  Severely short-handed, they did manage to salvage a 3-3 tie, showing the True Grit the Meatbirds are famous for.  Goaltending was key in keeping the much younger and fully manned Wolves squad in check.

Summer Meatbirds Win. Show True Grit

It was a dark, rainy night.  The Bruins game was ticking toward overtime.  The squad was already short-handed as many a player bowed out of the late night game due to “more important” commitments they deemed worthy of.  We’ll leave that topic for another day…

As we prepared pre-game, the locker room was pin drop quiet. Jeff was dressing near the door, and I could see him anxiously looking at it, hoping it would open to bring in more bodies. Just one more… Alas, it never did.  So we took the ice with 7 players and a goalie knowing he would be facing some serious rubber.  The off ice training was on full display, as we battled for 60 minutes against a younger Marshrats squad with a bench to spare.  J. Knight took control offensively.  Salty and Andy anchored the forecheck.  Shawn “Marchand” Coffey got under their skin.  Jason, Peck and Dun kept it simple on the backend, and Correiro stood on his head.  We escaped a late game flurry with a 6-4 victory to keep us undefeated heading into game 3.

I speak for all that I am spent today, but that sweet victory made it all worth it.  See you all next week, same time, same place.