Imagine this, a
pool with goals at both ends, a plastic coated lead puck on
teams of 6 players in the water, with 4 substitutes on the
Players wearing mask, snorkel and fins and holding a
They hold their breath, submerge and try and get the puck in
It's different, challenging, low impact, high and low
a good work out.
to the Sport?
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Got a pool and need help in starting a club? Contact Jamie
Went optimistically as a B grade team into the A
division and got crushed. Utterly demoralized,
factions emerged but resulted in a losing strategy of
teamlessness. Poor leadership didn't help and as they
were downgraded into B division as the losses
playing in a pool of four
we had UNC “Carolina”, LA and U of I to play against.
Opuszynski was the captain,
I was the Vice captain. The strategy was pretty much the wall
backs cycling behind the puck on the wall, 2 mids cycling at 45
keeping the puck on the wall and the two forwards cycling
puck basically keeping the puck at their shoulders. It worked
had three guys down all the time and three taking over
We played UNC
first. We were
winning 2 to 1 in the first half and then won the game by 4 to
Tim and Paul each had one goal.
game was an expected
loss against LA. Really a great team as usual, we managed to
keep it in
single digits 9-0. It was definitely fun to watch, these guys
talking to them
afterwards and they said they had 4 guys on the USA national
they want to be in a team made it. They were so confident that
they saw us
winning the charge they gave up on that and just waited for us
they as they mentioned had an answer to anything we came up with
honestly they were good, skilled and fit.
Our third game
was against U of I
which we expected to be an easy game. It wasn’t, They were at
with UNC which they had a tie with them 3-3. We ended up 2-0 the
4-3 the game. Deryl had 2 goals Mike Opuszynski had 1 and Mike
That was enough to get us fired
up and actually we made it into the A division. I’m not sure if
bad thing but interesting in any case and challenging.
game was against “Colorado”
a second A team from another pool.
lost badly 9-0 which was not expected since they were not as
rough game a lot of foals, their strength was sneaking behind
on long flicks. We couldn’t apply our strategy and we really
best because we were getting tired since it was the last game of
day. Compared the LA game we
didn’t reflect the reality it should have been 5 to 1 at the
learned a lot and we really needed to up our game against these
Pats team was doing great they
were pretty much beating everybody at least 10-0 and stoped
afterwards, I really see the finals Maxim/Pat Vs LA, it’ll be
Day 2 Saturday 06/23/2012
We played San
Fransisco1, we lost 7 to 1, Dan Powell scored that one
Our second game
was against GMU we won 4 to 1, Tim had one, Mike had one and
was our first A division win, we were excited fandgot fired up
third game against Cincinnati .We lost 8 to 1, mike had our
goal. Our fourth game we had to play San Francisco1
this time we lost 10
to 0 despite our significant effort to maintain the loss to
It was a great game even though the score tells otherwise.
They had an
anti-wall strategy basically a “V” shaped layout where the
puck is on
-curl and flick it to the forwards and since we were
the access to our goal was easy, something like this:
that’s my 2 cents. I’m sure the team will have more input,
there is a
lot to learn…
their corners, once we have it there, we have a better handling
on it .
won all the
games we played Sunday and we drove back victorious and not at
the A division, great feeling…
start against GMU
we scored first and then we got a penalty shot that Mike and Jon
goal, I believe the first half we were up 3-0 but for some
relaxed too much or after scoring one goal GMU got energized
more but we maintained the lead ending the game 4-3. I believe
goals, Dan had
one, Mike 2 and Tim one correct me guys if I’m wrong.
overall clean, very few calls against us and most of them
Everybody did great. Special thanks to Deryl (he drove us back
and forth safely), Andrew or should I say our Maxim kept the
coming, we had a good laugh. Dan helping us scoring and our
Bellos took care of the reffing, Tim helping us with that secret
and what a sharp ref! Paul and Jon ato
asset to our team huge contribution and captain Mike he kept the
sync together and coached the drills and the planning. Great
all guys, memorable moments salute.
The US National Champions
LA for the 2nd year in a row
P.S. The playoffs on
are pretty strange. LA seeded second and played just one game
get to the finals (109), while NoCountry is seeded first and
games (89,97) to get to the finals (109). See pictures.
1 University of Florida A
2 Los Angeles (LA)
3 Washington DC (DC-A)
4 Club Puck
5 West Palm
7 New Jersey
8 Michigan State University
1 Roger Bacon Varsity
2. University of Florida-B
3. Washington DC-B
4 Rhode Island – Conneticut
5 players all weekend)
6 Georgia Tech A
7 Roger Bacon Junior Varsity
8 Georgia TechB
2009 US Nationals,
There were only 4
Ed from RI this
year. So were recruited Eric and Michael from Framingham, and
We picked up two completely unknowns to us, Emile and John of
U of FL
Gainesville UWH fame. Although they were quite new to UWH,
taught them well.
Kendal did a slightly modified version of the bracketing/round
that they have been doing for several years. The purpose was
robin games competitively closer for all teams. Kendal ranked
bottom. The top 12 were evenly distributed in to 2 groups of
6, and the
11 in to 2 groups of 6 and 5. The first round robin
game on Saturday. The teams then went into another round robin
4 teams with the highest bracket populating the highest 4
teams and the
lowest in the next lowest bracket and so on. After those round
cross over games between the 2 lowest in the upper half and
the lower half. Finals were divided into the top 8 in to A
the next 8
into and the rest in to C.
We ranked us in the middle at 11 just above NJ so we were at
between the upper and lower halves. We could have gone in to
we wanted, but at the time we had a full team of 10 and also
get better experience losing to the stronger teams than
weaker teams. The advantage of going in the lower half is that
energy through the round robins. A week later I found out that
to make it, he was the first to buy a plane ticket and on
Michael dropped out due to a family illness.
We played "pat's old man" strategy. This has the backs
degrees and the forwards rotating perpendicular off the side
the opposition space to rundown down the side wall and get
it around the forwards are lined up to stop that. We added one
was to always chip the puck forward to the open space up the
forward will soon arrive. When teh rotation gets to the far
toward the goal and avoids the corner. The rotations maintain
to the walls. The forwards angle shallow toward the goal and
perpendicular. As expected we lost all games until the very
end of the
tournament. The first round robin had teams that just crushed
game we actually got the puck near their goals and came very
which is pretty impressive considering the team composition.
One disadvantage of playing in the upper half is that there
were a lot
shots. And to make it worse
CT 0 St. Paul 3+1=4
CT 0 San Diego 5+2=7
CT 0 U of FL 3+3=6
CT 0 LA 6+4=10
CT 1+0=1 3 Corners 5+3=8 Timmy'- Seattle and
Second round robin
CT 1+1=2 MN Loons 0+3 this one was real close if we had
last goal for a few minutes we could have guaranteed us
position 9 to
CT 1+0=1 NJ 1+3=4 This one was awful. NJ scored
advantage pucks where Andy swam way too much before being
reffing would have also helped since it was a very physical
one where Dany knocked my mask off just like Leo did last year
goal, I'll have to learn that trick.
We seeded 4th in B
John managed to memorized a clean version of "Barnacle Bill
Sailor" which became our victory song on Sunday.
CT 0 San Francisco 6+4=10 We sure didn't
time this game.
CT 2+4=6 Chicago 3+0=3 We
CT 1+2=3 NJ 1+0=0 This was
game. We had 3 on the bottom surrounding the puck almost
couldn't get it off the wall
was the trip were we learned that some times it's not that
Practice drills used leading up to this tournament were
1. Deep End Drill. This is a half court game. The defensive
to the wall and passes it to the next player down the object
is to keep
passes going down the wall even while the other team is doing
taking it off the wall and scoring. We did it for several
didn't it down right.
2. For the last month we did the "Inside-Outside game". This
game of keep away with a twist. The Inside team scores
the puck cross one or more designated center lane markers. The
when the puck is put in a corner. The Outside team goes
corner to the next without skipping.
Eight guys came which is a pretty small number compared to
So the strategy needed to be very efficient since we were
and 25 to 10 years older than the other teams. So we decide to
game to their corner. For teams much more fit than just keep
18 teams attended this year. First time showing from NJ which
is really just exCT guys that finally decided that it's easier
close to home than to spend 3 hours in a car driving through
Friday first round robin
We lost to Minnesota
4+4=8 to 1+0=1. They had a few extra A players on their team.
relatively easy time taking the puck from us off the wall and
it in the
Easy win over MSU 0+1= 1 to some thing too big to count. Andy
give them that one goal. We used this game to practice corner
West Palm handily beat us 3+2=5 to 1+0=1. We did keep it in
of the game, but holes in our defense let them make breakout
catch. We had elected to set up for goals only when for Pat to
out of the corner, and everyone else would push it back into
caught on.to that very fast.
We beat Champaign 0+1=1 to
was in their corner a lot. They had one breakaway where they
they had a
goal but the referees didn't call it. Joe confirmed that it
Jamie played it off the ramp and took the puck back to their
scoring our third goal one of the Champaign
guys went bezerk on a ref. He was thrown out for the rest of
game on Friday stopped with 2 minutes to go because of
Saturday last of first round robin
We tied Charleston
3+0=3 to 1+2=3, strategy still being practiced. Jamie and Pat
scored a penalty goal ,
Seeding for next round robin:
Since our win-loss- tie record was the same as Charlestons
they looked at goals scored against. They move up a level, we
is more supporting evidence of focusing on defense.
Saturday round robin
GMU lost to CT handily 1+0=1 to 2+2=4. Their lone goal was on
charged up and taught us a lesson 3+1=4 to CT 1+0=1. We didn't
together at all.
LA trounced us 4+6=1- to 0+0=0. The puck got in their corner
a perfect pass at 45 degrees outward, only there was no CT to
LA. The high point
was Pat successfully defended a penalty goal, that's a win!
They are a
extremely fit ex college swimmers that now have excellent
handling so we'll have fit something in our strategy to deal
We seeded 12 overall, 4 in B division.
First game was against GMU. We got their early and did laps
for warm up
off. GMU lost 1+1=2 to 3+4=7. Were still in the top half of B.
Next came NJ. We lost 1+1=2 to 1+0=1. The refs were not very
lot of easy calls, yet they called lots of other fouls, but
offended to the penalty box. Better refs would have turned
candidates for Most Valuable Play are 1. The "stick of Andy
of God", which combined to break Christoph’s stick. and 2.
successfully defended penalty goal by Pat.
We played Champaign for a third time to determine 3rd place in
earliest fight from Gainesville at 4:45 and the game started
on time at
there was enough time to play given that the airport is 5
away.. It was
a very close game. The game was tied at half time 1-1. With 7
there was a 30 minute lighting break. Regulation time stopped
So it went in to sudden death overtime, which lasted about ten
puck was in their corner much of the time although they had
that were successfully stopped. CT brought it back to the
waited for the opportunity, which eventually came. Champaign
lost 1+0+0=1 to 1+0+1=2.
Final standing 3rd in B division or 11th out of 18. A pretty
the 8 oldest guys there.
P.S. It's good that we lost to NJ because with the lighting
have either missed our flight or miss the Finals game.
So the current refined version of Pats Old Man strategy that
1.Get the puck to their corner via the wall. Use the wall
swim them in open water.
2. Keep the puck in their corner while resting up.
3. Try for goals from 45 degrees out, don't go up the
4. If goal fails on the first attempt take it back to the
5. Stay calm the goal will come, read their positioning and
a mistake is make.
- A division Round Robin
CT 0 Vortex 6+6=12, We got our act together the
CT 0 Team Canada 3+1=4, We never got past
did a good walll game though.
CT 0 Rimouski 2+1=3, We got it in their corner a
CT 0 CAMO &+7=14, In the last minute of the
game we had
their corner, we were 2 ft from their goal 2 times. Pat
finish it off with only two defenders.
We ended up at the bottom of A as expected.
Sunday - Finals
CT 1+0=0 Ottawa 2+2=4, Top of B, Ottawa against Bottom
Pregame negitation: Ottawa wanted to play B and we wanted to
lose in A
could leave early. They still gave us a good game.
CT 0 Rimouski 3+4=7, Rob had one shot that went
Andrew decided to sit this one out.
End result 5th place in A division.
dwight, joe, rob, pat, jamie, Lenni(MA)
jeff, Chris(MA), Timmy(MA), andy, chris
Sorry no team picture this time.
Saturday - A division
Camo B 1=6=7 , CT 1+0=1. Timmy had us try 1-3-2
LPPDC( little fish... in French, Christopher's team from
0+2=2. Moved Chris(MA) to back line this game.
Ottawa A 1+3=4, CT 0. Timmy had us try 3-3 positioning
Flush 2000( a Quebec team) 2+2=4, CT 1+0 = 0
JFK A 2+2=4, CT 0
Last of the round robin games.
Shaft a hodge podge of 7 very good guys, 2+2=4, CT 1+0=1
First playoff game to determine who goes on to fight for 8th
Aftershock an Ontario team that also had a no win record. We
we had fewer goals against us. Aftershock 2+1=3, CT 1+1=2
We got 9th out of 9 in A. B division had 5 teams. maybe Tom
Best showing at Montreal ever. We kept scores to 4 or below
game. Even scored several goals and had only 2 shut out games.
compared to every other year.
Hall of Shame Bailout: Jeff for
scheduling a vacation a year in advance and not first
checking when Nationals is. Evan for going in to the Peace
rather working and moving to NH. Dany's friend Jose, in and
out in a
We went with a lot fewer that previous years so we didn't
expect to end
other than in the middle. Michal showed up like last year and
practices in just before going. We had Andys brothers coming
permission, but a few weeks before the tournament Greg
time we'll follow "don't ask - don't tell" eligibility
We stayed at the Radisson right by the pool. nice place,
4 buckets of 5 teams. First game was a loss to Cincinnati 9-1.
a loss to MN Loons 6-0 this one was filmed. Third game against
5-1. Fourth game We took it easy and several we late for
should have played 1 person at a time against the kids or
formed a big
and just passed around it. Anyway Andy fought hard to give
by fouling and knocking off masks so RB only lost 5-1.
We seeded into the 3rd place grouping for Saturday.
5 buckets of 4 teams. We were in the 3rd bucket.
Lost to University of FL 1+3=4 to 2+0=2. We were up at half
didn't have the subs we couldn't keep up with them.
beat San Fransisco 2+3=5 to 1+1. They played a lot like U of
work the wall as well.
Next was San Diego. They also played a lot like U of FL. And
2+3=5 to 1+1=0.
This ended the round robin, we almost left for the day
started on Sunday.
We played the 2nd place team in the 4th bucket, which was U of
beat them 3+4=7 to 1+2=3.
We got a second chance at San Diego, but still lost 1+0 = 1 to
We did a walk through outside to work on the corner to the
really worked well and got everyone on the same page.
And San Fransisco got a 2nd shot at us, but they still lost,
of Illinois, Champaign
Preperation Drills: Deep end drill, swim and pass, YouTube
What worked: walk throughts. corner stratigy.
What to work on: when to pass when to stall. Back
We missed you guys at the tournament.We kicked ass, took names and won the
tournament!Two in a row, wow, Nationals would make it three in a row!
Let’s not get carried away here. They weren’t exactly top
You had a better team last year and the Canadian team was
out to get some lunch during the exhibition game, but I
you took the best from the other four teams and played
against our team
score wouldn’t be any different than the other games we
good B teams at best, and we didn’t have Jamie, Andy D.,
Dany, Rudy or
was nice to play in a Tournament again, but the hill was
the teams were.
score in the first game, he didn’t score
could have, Joe, Steve and Keith scored quite often and
played well, as
did as well. Cousin Larry and Skander just need to work on
on the rush, Rob and Dwight were throwing the puck to the
times and nobody was there to receive it. All in all it was
experience for the RI guys and Skander and a warm-up for
those of you
At the Umass tournament Framingham lost to Chris's
didn't have enough players and were tired.
away with is that Framingham got frustrated,
and their game fell apart. We played to this weakness very
not forget that any decent uwh team is going to
try the same on
us. So if
you get fouled, robbed of a goal or what ever, shrug it
off, stay calm
6 MIT 2
Cape Cod 0
MIT 7 Cape
UML 0 CT 9
5 Cape Cod 1
MIT 0 CT 6
Cape Cod 1
UML 6 MIT 0
believe the score was 6 to 0. We were all
for UML. Pat and I were refs this game. The one
real whiner on
got kicked out of the game for head butting.
we beat them 8 to 1.
game CT 9 UML
game CT 8 MIT 0
game CT 5 Fram
This was a tough one to
watch. Rob and I sat this one out. We were down at the
half 3 – 2, and
to get it going defensively going down hill and scored
enough to win.
It was a
struggle but they held on for the win.
first and they didn’t
our style of bringing it
up the hill and keeping it there once we got up there
because with a 6
– 0 lead
they felt that we were rough and unsportsmanlike
for doing that. I guess they were expecting a closer
game like the
but with Rob and I in this time, there big loudmouth
score and got rather pushy in the pool. I took it off of
him in the
and he gave me a full body shove, and when I did it
again going up the
stabbed me in the ribs with his stick. He sent me an
email via Chris
the Tournament, what a WHINER! If I can figure out how
to forward it to
sight, I will. We ended up beating them 8 or 9 to zip
and they didn’t
bury the puck in the corner style at all. Very poor
sports and they
for players in the locker room when I arrived and they
thought that it
unfair for us to have 12 players and they only had
seven. I remember
several Tournaments short-handed and not asking for or
of bodies. Send him some cheese to go along with that
WHINE or WINE if
and we beat them rather easily 7 – 1, blame me for
giving up the lone
could handle the puck against one guy and I was a bit
slow getting down
cover his back and gave up the goal. Sorry about that
Dave. I don’t
they played an exhibition game or not and what the
Gotta leave a little earlier than we did this year to avoid
For us leaving Monroe at 3PM we got stuck going real slow
after the GW
Rob missed the turn on to 95 and we did the NJ parkway, which
parking lot. Jeff didn't do much better as he got in around
dropping Chris and Evan off.
We seeded well for the round robin games on Saturday.
First game was with the Michigan State University Spartans. We
was a good warm up game.
An hour later the University of North Carolina Tar Heels put
up a bit
more of a
fight, but they still lost 6-0.
We had 3 hours off to prepare for an orphan team Orphan A.
Duck had only seven players so we knew this would be an easy
scoring a few goals, Pat came up with the Andrew strategy,
be the only person to score goals. It worked quite well as he
against Coach Duck all by himself. This turned out to be a
for the rest of us and will be the preferred strategy for
Next came the hardest game of the day against the Beltway
time we played them they just beat us at Nationals so we knew
would be a
close game. They came out strong as they always do but didn't
usual. They managed the first goal, but we also scored. So at
1-1. The second half we dominated and the puck was in their
time and we have it close to the goal quite a lot. Super Dave
the trough, but when Dave Sun he can to the surface and yelled
goal". Well, the ref didn't call any fouls or award the goal
confidently say we won that game even though the score stayed
Nit picking rule incident #1. During the first half one of the
noticed that one of the DC players wasn't wearing a black cap
wrestling ear protectors. When told to get a cap his response
have played 3 games with out a cap so far."
Last came the George Mason University Patriots, which we
We stuck around for the University of Florida Gator game
against DC. I
this would be close, but Chris formerly of Gainesville said UF
chance. Well I routed UF on and they did pretty good only to
The banquet was held on campus with pulled pork barbecue and
main fare. While Dave Kennedy was setting up his karaoke
kept us entertained with announcements. The best we from the
ranged from upcoming tournaments announcements, Rudolf and NYC
Andy making fun of Coach Duck not being able to stop four
goals from a
The schedule they sent out on Thursday had a really messed up
Sunday. We seeded first and according to the schedule wouldn't
Luckily Josh showed us the real schedule showing a 11:35 first
one of the DC guy said "wow you don't play until 1".
Two games today playing Orphan A again. Coach Duck asked us
to play us and we requested a wall game. They did it real well
e at us
real strong the whole game. No time the Andrew strategy this
time we came to the conclusion if we play like that against DC
beat us bad. It was a timely eye opener.
Second game was against DC as expected. Rudolf in the
wrote on the backs of Chris, and Evan, Dany and on himself.
game started the DC nitpicker complained to the refs. There
was a bit
confusion because the water refs wanted to start the game and
had 5 minutes to wipe it off. The guys got out of the water
clean it off. The game started with about four of us in the
went off but the puck quickly went to the wall where Jamie got
a 2 minute penalty. Rob noted much later that this was a
since it stopped play and let us get organized. next time I'll
In retrospect the current rules do say something about you
marking on your body except for the C and VC in the shoulders
and vice captain. It's one of those silly rule that came out
at worlds. Well it didn't work as DC expected it didn't throw
bit and the first half ended 1-1. We scored a little past half
second half and managed to hold DC off from scoring. They did
puck down in to one of our corners, but by the amount of time
the corner by its self we could tell they were running out of
First time first place at end of round robin.
First time first place.
Kept cool under pressure.
On the way to the suave game.
1st place- University of Florida Gators
2nd place- George Mason Patriots
3rd place- University of Illinois Fighting Illini
4th place- University of North Carolina Tarheels
5th place- Michigan State Spartans
1st place- Connecticut
2nd place- Beltway Bottomfeeders
3rd place- Gainseville
4th place- Orphan A
5th place- Orphan B
to show our faces.
Andy, Pat, Rob, Chris, Evan,
and Massachusets superstars Chris and Timmy
of shame bail out report:
Andy 2 weeks before. He didn't get his schedule OK by his
Jamie, the day before. Thanks to Rudolfs only pass at parctice
hours in the hospital emergency room getting two lacerations
shot Rudolf, right between the eyes.
We came in 6th out of 8 in the A division beating York &
the other 5 teams. Montreal creamed us 10:0.
but typical. We're too embarrassed to post a team picture.
Tom played in B because he didn't want to lose in A. He got
stuck on a
that didn't win a game.
Big Mike who was too out of shape o play with us jumpe don teh
and did better than any of us.
No travel mishaps getting there this trip and everyone showed
have eaten in Orlando since when we got to Gainesville we only
open and they sure don't know how to cook pizza dough.
The goal was to get in to A division and then cruise through
expending too much energy by loosing all the games so we would
the finals on Sunday. By getting into A we would limit final
overall. The most challenging team was GMU. We put in the
this game since we are evenly matched against GMU. It was tied
and we managed 2 point to their 1 the second half. Next
stronger of the Roger Bacon High School teams. We easily won
Last came Chicago which historically has been a top contended.
2(1+1). The UWH gods were with us this year and we started in
So we seeded top of the division and moved into the A division
round robin. For a celebration we went to Benegins instead of
Mongolian Sushi Buffet, which I thought would be a real treat.
eaters on this team. The 2 for 1 drafts inspired Michal to
drink and be
because when it came time to figure out the tip he wast still
minutes after we found out it was included in the bill.
We didn't really expect to win any of these and even soring
was quite a
surprise. Pat was pushing a throw the puck forward game plan,
different from our "old Man Pat" strategy. It worked pretty
though they changed the puck from Friday's sticky Oreo puck to
pink Australian puck, which didn't help our passes any. I'd
don't indicate how well we did since we had several missed
front of the goal where the puck was inches from going in.
One of the best shots was Rudolfs in the Club Puck game. where
the back wall and it barely missing going over the back of the
Lost to WPB 9(3+6) to 3(2+1).
Lost to Denver 4(3+1) to 1(1+0).
Lost to Charleston A 9(4+5) to 0. We put a weak team against
they brawled us unnecessarily.
Lost to Club Puck 8(4+4) to 3(1+2).
Lost to Champaign-Minnesota 6(4+2) to 2(1+1).
No 2 for 1 drafts at TGIF, but Andy and crew took care
throwing paper in their drinks later that night.
Game plan was to place ahead of GMU. We started off against
and lost 7(4+3) to 2(1+1).
Then lost to Florida 5(3+2) to 2(1+0). Lack of subbing killed
Lost to GMU 5(5+0) to 4(1+3). Rudolf ref'ed their WPB
that they were playing the wall game. So we focused on a
Unfortunately they changed tactics for us since they came out
half. They lost steam the second half and we gained momentum.
We had it
their goal several times but couldn't finish it. It was good
recovered and didn't lost composure. Thinking about it now GMU
defensive game against a stronger team WPB, against an equal
full out, which is what we usually do when we're not out
So in summary the master plan worked better than expected,
We ended up 8 out of 17 (47th percentile)
We scored goals against every team except the #1 team.
We didn't get too tired on Sunday. (See all that stair
1) Charleston A
3) Club Puck
5) West Palm
7) Roger Bacon A
8) Charleston B
9) Roger Bacon B
of Shame Bail Out Report::
Danny sprains his knee weeks earlier, and shows up at practice
before to notify us.
Dwight, the day of the tournament, he calls in sick.
Several of us now know why Larry doesn't like to ride when
A fun time was had by all, 5 teams showed up and we had 4
We played the first game against Montreal. They blew us out of
expected, 11-0. This was a good warm up game for us and worked
advantage to get the hardest game over with early.
Next was against UMASS Lowell. They put up a good fight but
4+2=6 to 0+1=1.
Next against MIT, a real college team which we played some
the deep end,. final score 7-1.
Framing ham was next and we pretty much did the same as with
be better to do the zig zag drill with them after getting the
We seeded second in to the finals, and played MIT again, 6+2=8
The UML guys wanted to forfeit to Montreal so that they could
agreed, but first we played Montreal for the finals. They beat
pretty good. 5+2=7 to 0.
Rudolf, Pat, Andy and Jamie played an exhibition game before
which was right afterwards so we were well warmed up and down
held us to 2 goals going down hill. They scored 3 going down
fantastic job bringing it up the hill in assisting in the
the end of the second half. We played 2 minute overtime halfs
going down and they didn't. Andy gave the best team advice at
the last overtime period, " Rufolf take it to the wall, play
don't go up the hill, that's your job. Cousin Larry, don't
getting in the water." Final score 4-3.
The last game of the day was the Montreal Challenge. It was
the best of
teams against Montreal. They did worse that we did they lost
show the effectiveness of Pat's Old Man UWH strategy.
We peaked on Saturday and suffered from oxygen deprivation
Sunday. We arrived all well and good on Friday, even leaving late
was only some minor delays getting through NYC and at the
merge on the
We started out losing to Charleston 6-1 as expected. then
games against the college teams of UNC 5-1 and Champaign
6-1. The best
against DC and we put it to them 3-0. They were really
Saturday night party, Andrew left the party first at ~8:30
up at the hotel until after 11. He needs a better navigator. Andy left after 9 and only got a little lost. He needs
We seeded 4th for the open division finals on
Sunday, but the
teams wanted to play together so instead we played DC again.
and scored 2 goals real fast. We recovered and ended the
half down a
3-2. The second half was scoreless. In circle time we
didn't get in at all the second half. That cost us a win.
So we battled the Womens Masters team for 5th place and
evident that the offensive conveyor belt stopped working as
bobbed up and down in front of their goal.
Pictures ( hey Dwight
of Shame Bailout:
Jeff and Chris two days before.
Andy a month before
When you let Dwight drive it's always an adventure. We didn't
this time, but going there we talked to Dwight. That's not
bad, but he
ignored the little red light that says time to fill up. We
made it to a
We went short handed to play in A since Andy and Michael
So we had a decent team of 8 and could place mid level in A .
before Jeff gives a lame excuse about tendinitis and how his
take it easy. Of course Chris bailed when daddy bailed. So 10
schedule being sent out we notifies the organizers that we
to B. They weren't happy., but did oblige us. It turned out
strong this year since the Canadian Worlds mens tryouts were
the tournament. they has 3 teams of 7 to 8 that basicly
removed JFK A
Vortex from the tournament.
Our strategy worked out by Pat on the ride up was to make two
and right side, and rotate within those groups. We divided the
that there was a balance between endurance and and skill
Saturday - Round Robin
First game against Guy Unit(JFK B team). We defended deep
first and won
1+3=4 to 0.
Second game game against Quebec Extreme We defended
easily 2+4=4 to 0.
Third game against Alberta U19. We defended deep first and won
Fourth game against Bare Necessity(Hamilton-Guelph B team). We
the Zig Zag drill against them in circle time, but they sent
before the game that they weren't having fun loosing and
game. They would grab three of their A players so we could
play a "fun"
game. It didn't turn out to fun for them. We defended shallow
easily 3+? to 0+1=0. We even did the change of stick color at
half. The ref never called it and some of them didn't think it
Sunday - Round Robin
First game against Rais(Roumski). We defended deep first and
Second game against Ottawa. We defended deep first and won
We seeded first and played Ottawa. We defended shallow
easily 4+4=8 to 0.
in the finals we played Guy Unit. They had a come from behind
so were really pumped. We defended shallow first and won
In all the games we had more puck control, passing, down time,
strength then they did. We took all of Saturdays games easy to
we could place higher than Minnesota since they beat us
overtime in the finals last year and several of our players
than last year. Although Evan pulled out months prior and
going to the Ottawa party(I mean tournament). We started off
team this time around. Mike was working in L.A. for the past
still flew out and we picked up Carolyn from FL to get
us to 10.
a good decision since she received offers from Houston and
Super Dave, you really convinced her). In the last week Michal
along. So we arrived with a team of 11.
Well before the tournament, they announced that pool time
Friday. After several of us had booked flights to arrive at
announced a screw up that they couldn't get the pool from 3 to
because they said they would schedule around those teams that
late. When the schedule came out on Thursday we were scheduled
at 12PM and Roger Bacon Reserves at 2PM. It seems that we were
that short handed due to the pool scheduling screw up and Greg
" The problem was that it
impossible to adjust everyones
schedule when dealing with 21 teams."
Andy and Carolyn arrived Thursday night and played the Denver
game to a
loss. Tom, Pat, Jamie, Michal and Dwight's flight arrived
made a mad
dash to the pool. Luckly the games were running a few minutes
managed to arrive just in time to play the full game and won
games would be the most difficult and we would need Mike to
The 3rd game at 6:15 was against Sea-tech. Mike was scheduled
but his flight was canceled and he didn't arrive until 11PM.
us 8-0. Jamie tried to negotiate them to tie us to overcome
the loss to
hoping that we could finagle our way in to the 2nd highrest
No deal they were too competative. The third game was against
6-0. A much stronger team than the team we tied in Guelph. We
didn't train correctly for this tournament.
were placed in the 4th bucket on Saturday. If we had
we would have been in the 3rd bucket and played teams at or
level. So in the 4th bucket we were not really challenged at
Chris had stayed up for one more beer than the rest of us and
feeling sick. Not good for a long tournament. It looked like
better than last year. Houston was the first game and we won
to 0. They put up a good fight. Mike stoped playing for the
rest of the
but Chris felt good enough to keep playing. After an
Pat in the next game against Dalloons we won 6+4=10 to 1+0=1.
just played it like a normal game. By now we decide we neede
playing our game and sticking to "the plan". The third game
Roger Bacon Reserves we decide to take the score to 4 and then
work on moving the puck up the side of the pool since that is
concentrate on if we wanted to beat the teams that were
playing in the
3rd buckets. We beat RBR 6-0. The next game against MSU we won
the puck back to his goal when it got too close to theirs,
pissed Andy off, (i'm not sure why because it's the same thing
a few years ago.) The last game was against Minnesota-2.
managed to use the time for practing as much as we could. We
trip to the Mall of America for a big steak dinner with
Snoopy. Rob refed his one of the 1st bucket games and became
you need is down time, speed and good puck handling, stratagy
We ended up in the B division as expected and had three games
take B. Chris woke up with larengitis and decide not to play,
back at the mall. The first game against Denver was
close, but we
controlled the puck most of the time. Mike was well enough to
some awesum runs up the pool. Final score 2+1=3 to 1+1=2. Andy
Next game was against Dalloons. We had already beaten them and
that game out so we knew this would be an easy one. So we did
They put up a much better fight this time. I guess Andy brings
teams. During this game Dwight and Tom had a subbing spat,
straight in Circle time. Going into the last game against Fort
that it would be close. They had 4-5 world level women that
were like a
of bees. At around 2PM Andy let us know that he was leaving
thought his flight was at 6 but it was at 4:45, and the B
3:40. We called Chris and convinced him that he came to play,
arrived just in time for the game. Michal prepared us by
play called "MIIKKE SSTTRRIIKE" and it worked perfectly,
flawlessly. It's basicly the Montreal Pizza Play. We did it on
and scored. It set them back and they played defensly for most
the first half. One of the refs was quite pumped up and the
this and mentioned that we were pulling fins. Ludicrous. He
advantage puck against us quite often. It worked to our
us more time to rest. The score was 2+0=2 to 1+1+2 at the end
play. In overtime we won 3-2. From the sub box both teams were
person on the botton per side at a time.
Andy called while we were at dinner and Pat managed to
convince him we
in the finals, to which andy replied "I'm glad I didn't lose
to a bunch
girls". Even by the next Thursday he still wasn't aware we had
though there was congradulations on the e-mail list and he had
medialion trophy. So he may never find out.
Positions: 1 for 1 subing in the front. 4 backs the fitest
is only one sub. Used Andy to fill in for who ever was sitting
Stratagy: Our 2/3rds defensive zig zag wall game. Their 1/3 go
for it. Endurance
Practice zig zag wall game months before the tournament.
Pratice the pizza play.
Fly in Thursday night - leave no earler than 7PM Sunday
Carry Oscillococcinum and
start to feel a cold/flu coming on.
Practice zig zag wall game in a circle around the pool past
our goal during the easy games.
Don't let Dwight order the beer.
Laps before the first game of the day.
Manage the health of the team mates, add it to circle time.
Get into the lowest bucket necessary on Saturday, let the
B or 9th out of 21 which in percentile is higher than last
2. Fort Collins
7. Cape Cod
8 Chicago 2
2. Michigan State University
3. Roger Bacon Varsity
5. Roger Bacon Reserves
No Pictures the novelity of Jeffs Digital
camera has worn
up is easy to do"
Hall of Shame Bail out report:
Danny, well he hasn't been around
Dwight, got to stay healthy
We came with a
team this time and with some new faces that
have little to no tournament play, even so we played in A
The first game was against Montreal A, we lost as expected
7+7=14 to 0.
circle time Tom had managed to negotate his way on to a B
team and also
Cousin Larry, Andrew, Scott and eventually Andy there
some A grade players in the trade. Cousin Larry and Tom
ended up on
and the other 3 on Ottawa B. the CT picked up Will,
Sebastian from Ottawa and Dave, from Quebec.
The A team saga
We followed Wills stratigy of doing a 3-2-1. We had one for
front line, and one sub in the back line. The back
differently than we are used to playing. It took a little
With all the subs in the front they could keep the pressure
on and let
backs player at a slower tempo.
front line: Will, Sebastian, Daniel, Mike, Chris, Pat
backline: Dave, Sebastian, Jamie, Jeff
2nd game was against Vortex, we lost as expected and as it
together it wasn't too bad, Vortex 2+5=7, CT 2+0=2, 3rd
game against Montreal A Will managed to against then with a
the deep end wall, Montreal 2+4=6, CT 1+0=0.
4th game against Vortex. We held then to 0-0 at half time
and then fell
like all the other games. Vortex 0+3=3, CT 0,. Round robin ranking after Saturday: Montreal, Vortex,
The B saga
Andys Ottawa B beat Toms Sherbrooke, with a little dirty
play. So much
Round robin ranking after Saturday:Amazones, Ottawa,
Rimouski, JFK B, Quebec Extreme
A saga continues.
Our first game was an exibition against top team in B, the
we played them Tom lost his pants.
pretty easy game. we won 4+2=6 Amazones 0+1=1. By the
end of the
gracious Amazones had returned the famous trophy pants.
2nd game of the day against Vortex, lost as usual, Vortex
3+1=4 , CT
Still a 3 point difference.
3rd game against Montreal, lost as usual, Montreal 2+6=8, CT
4th game , last change to get 2nd place, couldn't do it.
1+0=1, 3 points again.
This last game was at 1PM so 3 of us were ready to leave.
B saga continues.
Andys's Ottawa team blew their 2nd place ranking by losing
The JFK kids and I do mean kids, wipped them, it was
probably all those
laps they did at 7:30 before our Amazone exibhition match.
Most of the
were ready to finish up early. But not Tom and crew, he
his team to a 3rd place victory and a long bus ride home.
Results: A Division Montreal
CT-Ottawa B Division we don't really care
Dwight, A week before, he really
his calendar this time, got to get him a spouse to keep
track of these
Evan, A week before and bails out
hockey for two years until he graduates.
Round Robin game details:
First game was a loss against Hamilton, (1st place), 5-0 in a bath tub hot pool. This was the deep/shallow pool. We played this game conservatively and the score shows. We never really controlled the puck or got it near their goal for long.
Coach Andrew saves the day:Retiree Andrew P demonstrated that age is no impediment when he stopped a goal attempt by three members of the winning team.Tom was swimming back to sub out and the game is following him.When Tom jumped out and Andy jumped in he was the only person between the goal and the three attackers. Undeterred Andrew went down, stole the puck with a sneaky left handed move and returned it to our team at the top of the slope who were sat there
waiting for the goal to go be scored.Good job Tom got out really and shows the benefit of bringing in fresh players.
In circle Time Jeff convinced us to go for and skip the consertave game, it since the flat pool plays a much faster game. He was right.
The second game we had a 5-4 loss against London,(4th place). It was very close through out and the deck refs screwed the scoring because we though we had tied 5-5. As Tom recants " They got a last minute goal just before the end of the first half, the first time we played them. The score was screwed up and had us tied with two minutes to go. I'm sure we would've pushed harder for a goal if we knew we were down one."
Third game agains Teams USA (2nd place), we though these guys would clobber us going into it. But we did our typical best showing iwhen the odds are against us. After it was over they were very fustrated. In the end it was a 3-3 tie.
As their performance deteriorated and their lead got closed to 3-2 the whippersnapper wimps from Team USA decided to go hold the puck in the corner for a few minutes at the end of the match because they knew they couldn't beat us in open water,After several of their players had taken it in turn to play this weak game Andy decided enough is enough.So he swam into the corner (against all the rules) and with a cry of remember Quebec (Wildturkey) took possession of the puck,First he rotated right and a very smug whippersnapper shoved the puck back into the corner - and completely overcommitted himself in doing so.So Andy rotated left this time with the Team USA guy stuck in the corner and the next team USA guy is positioning himself to stop Andy going down the wall to the net.Knowing our whole team had two minutes to setup for this, Andy decided someone had to be on the 45 degree Angle and so without looking pushed the puck away from the corner and away from the wall to Jamie.Jamie in his usual style swam through a few of the kids about 5 feet out from the goal and gave the puck to wild turkey. Wild turkey fired the puck into on of the kiddies faces to soften up for his main blow then pounded the puck into the goal. Seems we learnt from letting the chicks hold the puck in the corner in Quebec(2003) near the end of the game.
The last round robin game was 4-1 win against Guelph, (6th place). It was close during teh first half and teh game was in jeporady, but they got more tired faster than we did.
A 3-2 loss against London. As Mike says "it should be noted that the two losses to London were heartbreakers, could have gone either way, and should have gone our way based on puck possession.I would estimate we held possession like 70-80 percent of the time, and they managed a few weak break away goals. The scores of those two games does not reflect how nasty we played."And Toms comments "Also in the playoffs we got hosed on a horrible call that took away our first goal and a huge momentum swing
with us in the lead at that point."
who cares. Ok, check out the College Royal site if you really want to know. Back to Top
tale of the
started when stopping for lunch, Pat mentions that he though
in his truck, So when we went back, he not only left the keys
ingitation, the radio was on and the windows were down. Good
Pat if he forgot his pasport, He scuffed it off saying he
you don't know even though he has a US pasport he has one of
alerts border guards that he hasn''t spent much time in the
Tom flew up the night before and was staying with Rene. We
pool, where Rene told us to take him away since he was
to Peite Marche friday night, where Dwight order just the
pitchers this time.
Andys friend Chris wimped out due to the fear of increades
voted and replaced him with Andrew, our entertainment
Note: scores are given in First Half + Second Half = Total
First game on Saturday against Ottawa, we lost 3+2=5 to 1+0=1.
in the flat and lead the single defender away from the goal
off to Evan who finished it off. This was our only score all
who hasn't played since Nationals got it.
Next game against Vortex they scored 4+4=8 They seemd younger
We held LaCamorra to 6+4=10 , still not too bad
Renes team, the Dinosaurs, scored 2+2=4, We should have done
only had 6 players.
Last game on Saturday we lost to the Bagel Hounds 2+2=4 to 0 .
We did a
game since the Bagel Hounds beat the Dinosaurs by much more.
the puck in their shallow end corner for much of the second
advantage of an advantage puck from a pass to Jamies mask.
Big Dinner at the Buffet, then Rene gave us a tour of the
Toms tardyness finally caught up with him. We forgot to assign
after him. So the fact that Tom flew up meant that he didn't
car. So When we got to the pool on Sunday some realized that
Only one game Sunday. against LaCammora. We held them to
considering we usually do worst on the second day. Maybe it
decided to play. We had 13 players and no one even noticed.
Probably the biggest reason that we didn't do better is that
practice Pat's Old Man UWH Stratigy in the months leading up
When we scrimaged against our sparring partner, the non travel
easy to play the typical 2-1-2-1 forward passing strategy
collectively are a B grade team. We need to devise drills that
when running into opposition, keeping control of the puck, and
Returning home US immigrations didn't like the fat that we
passports. Especially Pat. We had to go inside and get
them next year.
out of 16, Bottom of A division. Best showing by CT.
Excellent performance by all that attended.
Getting lost going to the pool.
Losing to Club Puck 4-2
Getting lost going to the pool.
Tying Cape Cod 4-4.
Eating chocolate covered cheesecake pops at "Taste of
Creaming champaign ~5~0 (they beat Cape Cod 5-4). Shut them
Getting lost going to the pool.
Finals for 7th place against Minnesota, Force them to call 2
them point for point and tied 4-4 at end of regulation time.
Lost 6-4 at end of overtime.
Watching Tom show his stuff on Touhy
PS Larry, something is wrong with the logo on the shirts. Pat
sitting together on the plane and a guy asked us if we were on
team. Back to Top
Annual College Royal
going in that winning anything would be very
So we did our best and represented CT well. Has anybody heard
Patrick ? Is
everything OK with him and his family ? How was your
? -- Tom It
morning and we just didn’t have the heart to play anymore. --
offered a Female
substitute in place of Pat. Skill level not even close,
LOOKING ! After a short deliberation, we decided to let
team. We had another offer from some guy who just
all felt bad, but we had to tell him no Thank
You. Beginner skills
was much better looking. Unlike Cousin Larry, when we
passed Gwen ( From Guelph ) the puck near the
She also took Mike, Chris, Dave and myself out to a local Pub
banquet. She was a classy lady and a lot of fun to hang out
with ! We
her for helping us out and told her she can join our team
Thank you Gwen ! -- Tom
be able to make the tournament. This had a huge impact on
our moral, we
our team captain and best player. In the pool our tempo was
off and our
performance abysmal. It was worse than losing to the Amazons
Dave (No longer known as Superdave)
Man...I have never seen the moral of the team so low.It crushed us when Pat bailed.-- Jeff
I've had enough of this uwh sh-t. --rob
is a good tournament to go to, Since they video tape all the
need to make sure you get your tape in the VCR. So after
events, where we need improvement is keeping control of the
puck. It is
easily lost to the opposition. Best tournament performance to date. All losses were kept
digits.and even scored against previously unscored against
team. Pats "New and
Improved UWH strategy
worked. Now all we need to do is learn some stick handling.
Scores below are given as first period+second period=final, if
Won 4+6=11 to 0 over Quebextreme.
Lost 9 to 0 to Canada1, half their worlds team.
Won 1+2=3 to 0 over the Canadian National womens team.
lost 4+5=9 to 0 to JFK A..
These results put us in A for Sunday.
Lost 3+1=4 to 0 Vortex, best showing against this team ,
almost to the level for the Montreal JFK A game.
Lost 4+4=8 to 0 against Canada2 , the other half of the worlds
first point Mike held off the whole team all by himself while
watched from the goal. Mike,
Mike, Mike, Mike,
At the end of the first half Pat instructed the refees where
to place a
a penalty shot, and then showed the canadians how to
Pat, Pat, Pat, Pat,Pat,Pat,Pat.
At the start second half Chris got our only penalty,
playing with the wrong color stick.
Lost the last game to Ottawa 4+2=6 to 0+2=2 Andy wants
the mad swim that quickly lead to our first goal. and
that lead to the second, Andy,
So we were 6 out of 6 in A, or 6 out of 10 overall. Not a bad
considering if we had played the National women team in
lost to them.
Final results: Division
2 JFK A
Vortex loss 6-2 in the bronze metal
in the B division
At 6PM on Saturday the Barnacles set a new standard of
The match was against the JFK team, which is the favored team
Rene's team the Dinosaurs had lost to them 0-1 earlier, and
beaten us 12-0 earlier.
JFK is basically a team of about 10 Rene's.
We held them to 2 points defending the deep end and an
We also got within a foot of their goal once. A goal against
been a real upset.
We had them quite frustrated. It was truly amazing.
Even though the score was 3-0 it was surely a victory for us.
What we did was played relaxed and agressivly shut down their
marking their passing options.
8:25 CT 2+0=2 Rimouski 0+2=0
10:55 Platy off for 6th place, Rimouski 2+0=2 CT 0
1st- Dinosaurs(CAMO et amis), -- Rene won 3 to 1
3rd- Ottawa Eager Beavers -- Lost 1-0 double overtime
5th-Bagel Hounds(Southern Ontario and friends)
6th- Les Raies de Rimouski
7th- Connecticut Barnacles -- Best game was loosing 3-0
1st- Charlie's Devils (JFK filles, comprised of many members
teams) 2-1 last game
2nd- National Women
3rd- Ottawa B
6th- University of Guelph Up in Smoke
10th out of 18 (2nd place B division). Couldn't get past
to them 3
times 7-2, 3-0, 5-2
I think is what it is.
club puck - huey
club puck - duey
club puck - louey
I'm not sure if the rest of these in the correct order
Roger bacon -a
Roger Bacon -b
Sunflower says: the thing that confuses me still is WHY didn't CT have to
on Sunday - as we thought we would?? seeding got
CT ended up playing DC 3 times, without ever facing
FL. both FL
played all the other teams in B division, but each other.
it would have seemed that the SEMIs should have been:
DC vs. MN - best team record vs. worst
CT vs. FL - 2 middle records
usually the best team (DC in this case) gets the "buy" or
as a result of best ranking going into later rounds.
FL took 3rd below CT although our record against every team
For example, FL lost to DC in overtime. FL beat MN
11-1 vs CT
a few pt spread. FL beat Vtech 8-1 vs. CT winning by a
DC has it's own agenda in this thing I am sure...ha ha.
I don't have the schedule it in front of me, so I'm doing it
ranked 2nd, DC first, both got bye's
So 3 (Minnesota) played 5, winner played 2nd
4 (FL) played 6, winner played 1st (DC-a)
Since FL got stuck in C Division on Saturday the best it could
was 4th. You should have thrown a game and seeded 5th.
Pat sat out the VTech game. That made a big difference in our
game. MN was a low scoring game because Gentle Ben and crew
fouling and trying to irritate us to the point of going in the
Your favorite Chief Ref from last years Saturday night Roger
third water ref in our final DC game. Remember him? the guy
score keeper take over. He was calling us on stuff that wasn't
are some on our team that thinks he has a grudge against us.
let him know you now play for FL.
PS if you can write up your airport adventure, I'll stick it
on the web
Mike, I have to agree with Jaime on a lot of this. I have played in a lot of tournaments during my softball and rugby days and that 's the way the format goes. The top two teams get a bye and the other four teams play against each other in a criss cross format . Why we didn't play your team, I don't know. I think it would've been a great game. I'm sorry it didn't appen. As for the other teams we both played, we beat MN 10 - 1 with all the crap from that idiot Gentle " Ben " trying to get us thrown out for retaliating against him, and I was out with a 2 minute penalty for a dangerous play. I had taken the puck from the right corner and as I let it go at the empty goal one of their female players came down head first and it hit her in the lower mid-section. We beat VT 5 - 3 with me sitting out that game. Put me in that game and you can add at least 2 more goals for us and one less for them. We beat Roger " Bend - Over " H.S. 4 - 3, Patrick sat out that game, and it was by far the worst game we played all tournament. As far as D.C. goes, we had the score tied at 2 apiece before they had two breakaways that could have been stopped. We had several advantage pucks at their end, two of which were right in front of their goal. Both times we should have scored, we did once, I know because I put it in, both referee's signaled that it was a goal, but the Dick Head referee who was at least ten feet behind the action said someone from our team pushed it with their glove. We got hosed on that one. It would have been 4 - 3 with over four minutes left. It's too bad, it could've been a much better game without his assistance. It was great to see you again and I hope your trip back to B W I Airportwas easier and less time consuming than the way down was !Right now I would have to give the edge to the Torchia brothers over the Moran's . Sorry about that !
... Until the last game where the team decided they were going to win so
easily that they didn't need to do anything so the women beat us (this
became clear in the circle (now known as confession))
Examples of our will to win include:
Tom bets his stars and stripes trousers to some bird they wont beat us (long
story will be updated later)
Patrick after scoring a goal for them in game 1 is so confident he turns up
with 2 bats so he can switch sides and start playing for them when we are
Patrick gets sent out for a head first entry during which they score (he has
now given them 2 goals and 1 game as they only beat us 5-4
Mike not being worried at 2-2 near the end of the first half because we can
Various backs moving up forward eager for the kill, knowing that if they
slippeda goal through we could recover
Begs the question of whether there was anyone on our team who actually
wanted to win other than Molly who played real well
What really distresses me is through the tournament we played a good team
game, no substitution, free puck errors or other give-aways and in the last
game we go to pot.We got beat by some good teams but still played well
until the last game where we won 6-1 day 1 and chucked it day 2.
I am disgraced to call myself American - hang on I'm not - good job - long
live the Queen.
Andy Toms rebuttal
Andy, I scored the first goal, assisted on the second, and scored the third.
After every goal I switched with Rob. I barely had time to get comfortable
and here comes a breakaway for them and they scored. This happened on 4 of
their 5 goals. It also happens that I was out of the pool for 4 of their 5
goals and only one of ours. I played my ass off, that last game with a cold,
or didn't you notice me sweating in between games and constantly going to the
bathroom. I only got beat on a breakaway once in nine games, fortunately Mike
was there to stop it. Every other breakaway, I stopped them and took the puck
away. We lost because we played poorly as a team and didn't do the things we
talked about. Like the forwards passing the puck back in front of the goal
when they get stopped. I was way out of position those last 2 + minutes of
the game. I was up in the corner with you,Jamie and Patrick fighting for the
puck. At least 3 times I got it from one of you guys and fought through one
or two of the girls looking for a forward to throw it to in front of the
goal, but I never saw them. I just kept cycling it back in front of the goal,
hoping one of the forwards could put it in. It just didn't happen !I don't
give a shit about my pants. I only wear them a couple a times a year and
bring them to Canada to piss off the Canadians. Every year they have them on
sale during Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays. If I want another pair
I will buy them. Just don't tell me I didn't play hard the last game ! Ashamed to be an American ! ! ! Tom
I thought we were gong to win the first 3 games based upon
experiences. We us this game to get subbing correct. No
ct 1 elfermer 5 .This is the team we beat at montreal in the
and lost to 0-3 in the B finals. they were a much improved
ct 0 rimouski 7 . We were still working on playing positions
game together. This is team was much better than last year.
ct 4 amazones 1 . Pat gave them this goal by swimming the puck
style" towards our goal.
ct 1 ottawa 9 . Definate A team, we knew we had no chance.
liked to play since there was no pressure to win , just play
ct 0 vortex 8 Same as previous game. Rene helped us on
out him it would have been much worse. They didn't play a
ct 0 jfk-a 10 We played this one as well as can be expected.
ct 0 jfk-b 2 Close game, we just never clicked
tiredness started during this game.
ct 7 QuebecExtreme 0. Easy game. We were definitely
ct 4 amazones 5 The amazons play a running game
swarm of bees they were much stronger than last year.
fast, first us then them, us, them, 2-2 at half time. Us,
goes in penalty box for 1 minute jumping in head first. they
up 5-3. Pat gets back in and drives it to the goal 5-4. The
in the corner by their goal in the shallow end to waste time.
side the corner because he's been instructed to never go
corners. Andy can't get around him and can't understand why he
the puck. We needed to play a fast passing game to
swam of bees running game. We just couldn't do it. The team
during this game, individuals were running the puck for the
could stop. after the game Tom informs us that he had
girls that they aren't going to win and even bets his Star
suit pants to prove it. The girls didn't bet anything if we
He forgets to mention the bet to us until after the game.
Time, Rob and Tom said they starting playing as
"cause we need to score". We played and ugly game. The girls
Toms pants and are dancing around the pool. Tom whacked the
vortex quebec A
-------------- dividing line for B
2002 Montrealpictures Going
into we had a decent team that should play in A. We lost
people in the
and days before the tournament. Some reasons were lamer than
others. Pulled muscles, no money, no job ..., you get the
Got there in 4 groups this trips. So circle time wasn't
There is a
nice restaurant of I-87 in Elizabethtown, called "Inn at
Elizabethtown" (south side of the main road) with decent home
Tom and Oliver got there first they went to dinner with Rene
at a nice
Thai restaurant around the corner from the Hotel that Oliver
booked for us. Andy best described it "I told myself I
wouldn't stay at
places like this anymore".
Tom checked out the competition on Friday night. And came
we'll get killed in the A division they were beating everyone
-0. ALso Les Rais wanted to move into the A division. I
and move us into B since we only had 8 players.
Only the next day did I get the real scores from Friday night.
15-0, 8-0, 12-0. A division games were 4-1, 11-1, 2-0, 4-0.
Saturday morning started out early. Our first A game was at
leave a message on Jean-Francois answering machine and he
telephone number. Rob and Make left for the pool half an our
And, jamie and Justin got there first and walked on the e deck
we were playing in 5 minutes in the B division. The other team
offered to play less than a full team since there were only 3
of us. We
play their full team since we screwed up not them.
Oliver and tom got in the water just as the gam e started. Rob
deck in the last moments of the game. I got to get Rob a
First 3 games were easy. CT 7 bagel hounds 1, CT 8 Amazones 0,
Then came Elfemer. We beat them but they put up a fight. ct 3
had a large break until the last game, which we easily won.
CT 4 Ottawa-B 2
Dinner was at an all you can eat buffet. That was extremely
I'd say half the the teams were not there so it didn't have
atmosphere as the Quebec tournament.
Last game of the round robin on Sunday morning was very easy
CT 6 or 7
There was a bit of confusion of who ranked where cause they
lettering conventions for the round robin as in the finals.
we knew that Elfermer is who we would play in the finals.
CT 7 Q-E 0.
The final. The game beforehand went in to overtime. This
happens a lot
Luckily Andy wasn't flying this time. We defended the deep end
first. They scored 3. No goals in the second half even though
took a penalty against them. A very disappointing performance.
shut down Justin, our world class player. He didn't even try
to open players, in all the previous games he didn't need to
through them. We should have taped this game. CT 0
Oh well at least the pool was warm. never got chilled at all.
Analysis 2 weeks after
break between games wasn't good.
passing. We didn't play like the we practiced in the 2nd to
trying to do too much on his own.
to run the puck into the goal instead of flick it in.
long to get shots off, got to be quicker.
was in their 1/2 of the pool 75% of the time and with in 10
feet of the
goal 30% of the time.
time out, we should have used it.
have change the line up since Justin was playing both
forward and back
We should have planned to changed something.
have been the only team that changed rankings from the round
outcome , we were also the only team with less than 9
might be a correlation there.
you need to learn the rules: We got called for encroaching
advantage puck. You guys need to watch the referee when the
know the hand signals and know where to position yourselves.
weak on the charge - After deep meditation on the meaning of
have concluded ;
fresh guy on each charge. We need a scheme to
who is fresh and should strike - even if its a back. Same
guy can't do
repeated strikes effectivly. I like the idea of having the
nuts until exhaustion and then subbing out. We gave
up a lot on
the charges just out of exhaustion though maybe that was
we only had one sub.
flying wedge formation
side wing push it to wall
strong side wing start pushing it up the wall.
This is where
we screw up. Once play breaks right or left, weak
side wing needs
to immediately surface - go to wall and hang on surface
forward of puck
and go down when a forward pass opportunity arises. We
err in keeping
weak side wing down to fight the puck. Then center and 2
wings all come
up at once, leaving a hole.
and forwards establish a conveyor to push puck up hill.
either help push puck or postion to recieve a pass if
pushing is under
control by backs.
too lopsided to the back. One of Andy, Jamine or
have played front line. There has to be someone in the front
run with a pass.
passing is a result of lack of down time. Faster game tempo
down time ( At least it does mine ) We did lots of passing
teams. Passing against good teams requires cycling and
would definiteyl benefit if everyone instantly knew where to
what to do during advantage/disadvantage puck.
bagel hounds A
bagel hounds B
Well we did it again. Back to our
We went there with 8 from CT and
pick up Dulani an ex-CT'er and his wife and his friend Ricky
State player. All the teams were going to have 11 players so
a disadvantage to play with less. After
Saturday morning team rearranging we were left us with just
some of us thought made for the better.
5 games were played on Saturday. 9
with 2 minutes in-between. Unfortunately we lucked out of
stronger teams, (Charleston and DC), which would have been
The first game against Roger Bacon
team was easy, something like 8-0. We started this game with
only a few
players wearing their mouth guards. Luckily the refs didn't
Next up was a hodge-podge of
friends ended up on this team called Orphan Annie's. We won
big (like 6) to 1. I think Dulani scored the one goal.
Then came the Hokies from Virginia
they would put up a harder fight, but they didn't. We won
(like 5) to 0.
Bart's Family a combination of
and Champaign put up a good fight. The game could have
way, But they succumbed 3-0. Champaign placed 2nd at
before. Obviously these were not the same
players. Were were playing this game very sloppily and there
"lack of presence" on the bottom as noted at
The most interesting game came
A. By midday we knew that this would be the toughest game of
Both us and were undefeated up until this game and almost all
blowouts and Ii think all of theirs were
also. The high school kids had really improved since we saw
years ago at
Nationals in Houston. The first half ended
0-0. Shortly into the 2nd half the bell boy (not the chief
a player from RB-A, while the game continued
on. We didn't know what had happen until much later. A
an advantage puck was called against us because
Matt did an illegal substitution, 1 minute in the penality box
We had Mike, Ryan, Jamie, Andy and
water, Tom as sub and Matt in the penalty box.
The puck was placed about 12 feet from the our goal off to the
gong sounded to start play. The gong sounded
immediately to stop play. The Refs were indicating: advantage
send another player to the penalty box. Ryan
says he got the call for encroachment. He didn't get out but
We had Mike, Ryan, Jamie and Andy
water, Tom as sub and Matt and Rob in the penalty
The Gong sounded again to start play and again immediately to
Advantage puck RB-A. Don't know what happen
again. but this time Mike went to the penalty box .
Now were down to Jamie and Andy in
and Ryan as subs and Matt, Rob and Mike in the penalty
Gong starts play again. Jamie charges the puck and gets hit
guard. Good Refs, they actually stopped play,
advantage puck Barnacles. Andy and Jamie plan who's to take
it really mattered its still 5 against 2, 12
feet in front of our goal. Mean while Andy is thinking "Jamie
over to the wall, curl around pass to me and i'll
swim it towards their goal and score...". Which is what we did
the scoring part. Eventually the guys in the penalty
box came back in and it was back to 5 on 5.
RB-A did one last ditch effort to
break away. The shot to the goal landed an inch from the
scooped it off and pushed it a few feet to the side. A RB
player got to
put it in. 5 seconds later the final gong sounded.
Immediately after the game Mike was
with the gong boy (argumentative clown from Barts
the Chief Ref . Memorable phrases from Mike were "Go
and hour ..." , "I like fighting better than I like
hockey" Tom has some good ones such as "I'm just
"This is the worst refereeing I have ever seen".
No time to figure out what happen
Got to get
to the party. Great food. Competitive high lights for the
Ryan, Matt, Lisa (Andy's wife) and CT stand in David Sun,
losing to VT
drink beer/flip a cup contest. CT lost badly.
When leaving we 3 searched through the house 3 seperate times.
appeared just as we were leaving.
Sunday morning breakfast
Jamie interrogated each player to get their unbiased opinion
during the Roger Bacon melt down. Here's what
we came up with:
1. Matt's does an improper substitution. proper call by the
puck and penalty box was proper. placement of
puck should have been 5 meters from pool end. It most likely
far in. Refs
should have been 3 meters from puck.
They may have been.
2. 2nd advantage puck was proper call. We didn't have 2
Someone should have gotten out. Again proper call
by the refs. Puck should have moved along 5 meter line to
wasn't moved to the center and may or may not
have moved inside of 5 meter mark.
3. 3rd advantage puck, Pat says refs were too close to back
should have been 2 meters (5-3) off back
wall, they were less than that. So when we went down someone
the refs line. Bad call by the refs. Not
totally their fault there was no noticeable markings on the
just couldn't judge distances.
First game on Sunday was Bart's
beat them 6-0.
Next game was Roger Bacon A. We were running out of steam and
down this time.
It was double elimination so we had a 2nd chance for 1st, 2nd
couldn't loose again.
In the 3rd game we played the Hokies again. We thought
they won the party Saturday night and we easily
beat them on Saturday. Well we ran out of steam. If we paid
circle time we could have picked up that some
of our back line was loosing energy fast, very fast. We lost
up 3-0, and Mike, Matt Pat made blistering run
to score goal towards end...making it 3-1.
Had to be there memorable event: On
Matt, Ryan, Pat, Mike and Tom playing "I am going on a camping
trip..." a car game where you have to guess pattern of what
to join trip...round 1 pattern was "any word with
FIVE (5) letters" i.e. truck, money, watch, etc, etc...after 2
Matt saying...you can bring FIVES with you, but you can
not bring FIVE, and finally everyone got it.
2. Roger Bacon A ---- A lost 5-0 in finals
3. DC --- beat VT in overtime on a sudden death point to
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. CT Barnacles
? Bart's Family
? Orphan Annie's
8. Roger Bacon b
Got to bring 10 fit players next
team had 10 or 11 players.
We had truly amazing time this year
firsts for a Connecticut team. The first of which
was actually rounding up a full teams worth of players. We had
this year no snow
storm. The weather was sunny, but very cold.
When we got to the hotel we hung
for Andy's flight to arrive. Coach Pat used that
time to do some "position/rotation walk throughs" outside of
I think this surpassed the
amount of formal instruction that the team had accumulated
over last 20
We had a great
carbohydrate rich dinner at Le Ville du Spagitti a short cold
Going into the tournament they
teams that wanted to play A division so they
evenly divided the 10 teams into 2 groups of 5. We started off
3-3 against JFK B a
team from Montreal. We didn't have our act together for this
few positional changes
thanks to Mikes keen observations and easily won 3-0 against
second game. The
third game, we knew would be our toughest of the day. Andy was
score a goal, but we had to
settle for lost 9-0 against Vortex, we put up a good fight and
Typically they were winning 13 (or higher) -0. They we all A
was good experience to see how
From the 2 groups they took the top
moved them into the A division The other 6 would
fight it out for the B division. If we lost our fourth game we
stay in B
and bring home a
trophy, or win the game and move into A. Ottawa was the 2nd
other group and only had 5
players. They were younger, but we were on a roll and thought
them on and place
third in the A division if we kept playing our game.
We were definitely getting better
on a winning note 4-1 against Quebec Women B,
despite Andy's assists. The "Quality Circle" we had after each
was paying off.
The Banquet was at the 18th century
Quebec again. Half of us got lost in the maze of
walls, but this time at least we were driving instead of
walking in the
Maybe we'll get it
right next time. Tom won a raffle prize and almost had a
George's infamous missing
Sunday started with loosing to
16-0. They played like Vortex except they
intentionally fouled. I guess they were practicing for Worlds.
didn't do as
well in our second
match against Vortex and lost 14-0. Our third game is the one
anyway. We were tied 2-2 at half
time, but fell apart in the second half and lost 7-3 to
So in summary, we played A grade
first time, placed 4th out of 10 and were the only
team not to get a medal out of the top 7. Oh well, there's
Here are the results:
Quebec A men (Vortex)
Quebec A women (Amazones)
Quebec B men
Quebec B women (Poules)
In typical CT fashion we gave it
the smallest team out of all the teams in the A and B
It took a while to get there since
the Mass Pike north till an hour south of Quebec. We counted
that lost control and were buried in the snow.
We were in the B division and an
Quebec we found out that Rene's friend Oliver from Montreal
show up. This reduced the team down to 7 players.
We had 5 round robin games the
First game against the Quebec women's team we won something
like 6 to
2nd game against the Rimouski we lost 3 to 0.
3rd game against Grenouilles (frogs) we won
4th game against Quebec B we knew we had to win to avoid
a 8 am
Sunday morning. So we won something like 6 to 1.
5th game against the Univ. of Montreal/Ottawa team we won
like 6 to
0. This was a fun game. Rene slept trough it and for most of
we just kept feeding the puck to Mike and Ryan in the 6m zone.
After a night on the town we barely
managed to get
to the pool on time for our 12:20 quarter final game against
So we made it to the finals, which
for 4 PM against Rimouski. Unfortunately for us the battle for
into overtime and delayed the start of our game by 15 minutes.
leave at 4:30 to catch a flight and only played the 1st half.
down to no
subs. the other team had 3.
At half time we were up 3 to 1.
At 8 minutes to go we were up 4 to 3.
At 4 minutes to go it was tied up.
We kept the tie through the 1st overtime period.
We ran out of steam the 2nd overtime period and lost 6 to 4.
Oh well, at least Scott, Mike and
good tournament level experience and we all can be proud of
Annually since 1980 Connecticut
teams have competed for the coveted Norm Tetrault Memorial
championships. The trophy is in memory of Norm Tetrault who
leader of the Navy Underwater Hockey team.