Imagine this, a pool with goals at both ends, a
plastic coated lead puck on the bottom, two teams of 6 players
in the water, with 4 substitutes on the side.
Players wearing mask, snorkel and fins and holding a
foot long stick. They hold their breath, submerge and try and
get the puck in the goal.
It's different, challenging, low impact, high and low
intensity, and definitely a good work out.
to the Sport? Contact us. It won't cost
anything, but your time. We'll provide all the equipment,
start you off with the basic skills and give you plenty of
encouragement. If your not afraid of the water and have
determination, you can learn this game at any age.
Got a pool and need help in starting a club? Contact Jamie
Atlantic Coast Championship
April 18,19 at Geogre Mason Unversity
We went with 6 from CT, 3 from MA and 1 from RI/SECONN. Since
not a pure CT team we registered as MaCo Sharks, although I
preferred CoMa. Too bad neither name included CT or Barnacles
since we lost any chance to connect our great result with our
We prcticed inifinity for most practices since last summer, but
player 2-2-2 positioning until changing to 3-3 after the first
Tournament format was four pods of four teams, 16 total teams.
First round robin had seven minute halfs. The resulting rankings
from the first round robin seeded a second set of pods that
played 11 minute halfs. The top 8 teams end up in A division and
the bottom 8 in B there were cross over games between the top of
B and bottom of A before the finals.
First day was awsome. We
handily beat GMU 9-0. Lost to Maplelious (Canadian A team)
8-0. Lost to Chicago 3-1, they only had 7 guys so they were
quite good. This put us in the 3rd pod ranking us
somewhere between 9th and 12th. We won the next three games
and went unscored upon. They all put up a good effort but we
kept the puck in their half 99% of the time, UNC 2-0, Sea
Cucumber (DC team) 7-0, Maple conch (Canada B team) 2-0,
This put us at the top of group 3 (top of B division, 9th over
all) so we ended the day playing the bottom of group 2 (bottom
of A division , Aquatorros (Dallas) which we easily beat 12-0.
This moved us into A division and ranked us as 8th.
Sunday finals was an easy day starting at 11AM by
giving NSB (1st ranking) some what of a tough time by keeping
their win to only 8-0. There were a lot of fouls, not all
against us which used up time so that helped keep the score low.
They were quite fast so I'm not sure why they didn't just do end
The next game was against the US Womens team and they gave us a
good fight it was real close and they played the same style as
NSB, but a lot gentler. We managed to keep a physiological
advantage by maintaining a 1 point lead through out the
game and finished victorious 5-3.
The battle for 5th place was against Chicago and this time it
was played in the deeper court. They still only had 7 people any
both teams didn't want to end up in 6th place. They blew an easy
goal in the first half where they had a 3 person break away with
no defenders and shot the puck over the goal, we got a good
laugh out of that. With two minutes to go they scored the
first goal. Once that happen they let loose a very fast and
powerful back that was waiting to be unleashed all game long. He
scored two more goals in almost identical fashion by just
pushing the puck three quarters of the pool length through all
of us and into the goal.
So we ended up 6th out of 16, which is the best ranking to date.
Mako Sharks (CT,MA,RI)
Illini Pegasi (Illinios)
Sea Cucumbers (DC)
Maple Conchs (Canada)
Golden Girls (UMASS
River Hawks (UMASS Lowell/MIT?)
2015 CAMO 4x4
Great weekend everyone! Awesome
job by the Barnacles and our player on loan Pat. Everyone
played their hearts out and it shows in the results. We had
two US teams place in the top 3, LA placed 1st in the A
division and the Barnacles placed 2nd in the B division!!!!
Pat joined a Team of three, which was later joined by
another. They owned the pool day 1 as they held 1st place...
to get there Pat showed us who was boss by scoring the only
point in the game they played against us... solid blow to my
ego as I was in possession of the puck when he took it and
ran 3/4 of the pool to score... way too fast for me to keep
up. -- Mike
What an amazing weekend. The camaraderie on the drive up
and the drive back was absolutely amazing. The first day
of games was fun even losing 2 games. Big shout out to
Patrick for scoring the only goal against us for our second
loss. Because we were doing so well
going into the second day, Mike decided to take a driving tour
of Montreal with his girlfriend instead of coming to our first
game. Everything worked out fine as we won even without
him. Every person on our team
played their best hockey on Sunday and it showed by us only
losing to the first place team. I wonder what the other
teams are saying about us. They all think we had 6 players
in the water, not 4. LOL. I enjoyed getting to know Laurent and even considered learning a little
French. The good news is that he left his "T" up in
Montreal. Honestly, though, this was the best, most
awesomest tournament that I have ever attended. A giant
thanks to everyone that
participated in making it so great. -Deryl
I second that. It was my first 4x4
tournament, that was awesome, the intensity and adrenaline
were very enjoyable add to that the team spirit and
camaraderie. What more I can ask for. Thanks all for making
this happen. I highly recommend this experience to any one of
our UWH family who didn't have the opportunity this time
around. With that said we have Lowell and ACCs coming
up soon lets continue our fitness and practice training and
strive to play a better hockey. -
Went with 6 and 3 minutes into
second game Jamie was elbowed to the mask, which requried 4
Gold - Creedon's Clearwater Revival (3peat
!) DC and LA
Sivler - GTA Vice City
Bronze - Camo Elite
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 continued.
We were playing in a pool of four we had UNC
“Carolina”, LA and U of I to play against.
Mike Opuszynski was the captain, I was the Vice
captain. The strategy was pretty much the wall game, basically 2
backs cycling behind the puck on the wall, 2 mids cycling at 45
degree angle keeping the puck on the wall and the two forwards
cycling perpendicular to the puck basically keeping the puck at
their shoulders. It worked really well we had three guys down
all the time and three taking over constantly.
We played UNC first. We were winning 2 to 1 in the
first half and then won the game by 4 to 3. Dan, Deryl, Tim and
Paul each had one goal.
Our second game was an expected loss against LA.
Really a great team as usual, we managed to keep it in the
single digits 9-0. It was definitely fun to watch, these guys
Dan was talking to them afterwards and they said
they had 4 guys on the USA national team and everybody they want
to be in a team made it. They were so confident that when they
saw us winning the charge they gave up on that and just waited
for us in the back and they as they mentioned had an answer to
anything we came up with and they did, 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 the same level with
UNC which they had a tie with them 3-3. We ended up 2-0 the
first half and 4-3 the game. Deryl had 2 goals Mike Opuszynski
had 1 and Mike Bellos had one.
That was enough to get us fired up and actually we made it into
the A division. I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing but
interesting in any case and challenging.
Our fourth game was against “Colorado” a second A team from another pool. We
lost badly 9-0 which was not expected since they were not as
good as LA, very rough game a lot of foals, their strength was
sneaking behind the backs and relly on long flicks. We couldn’t
apply our strategy and we really didn’t play our best because we
were getting tired since it was the last game of the day. Compared the LA game we thought the
score didn’t reflect the reality it should have been 5 to 1 at
the most. Anyway we learned a lot and we really needed to up our
game against these A teams.
Pats team was doing great they were pretty much beating
everybody at least 10-0 and stoped attempting to score
afterwards, I really see the finals Maxim/Pat Vs LA, it’ll be
great game for sure.
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 Deryl had two it was our first A
division win, we were excited fandgot fired up until our third
game against Cincinnati .We lost 8 to 1, mike had our only
goal. Our fourth game we had to play San Francisco1
again except this time we lost 10 to 0 despite our significant
effort to maintain the loss to the single digit. 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 the wall -curl and flick it to the forwards and
since we were concentrated on the wall the access to our goal
was easy, something like this:
Colorado had a
similar pattern, that’s my 2 cents. I’m sure the team will have
more input, definitely there is a lot to learn…
seemed to be in their corners, once we have it there, we have a
better handling on it .
Only good news: we
won all the games we played Sunday and we drove back victorious
and not at the bottom of the A division, great feeling…
We had a good
start against GMU we scored first and then we got a penalty shot
that Mike and Jon turned into a goal, I believe the first half
we were up 3-0 but for some reason either we relaxed too much or
after scoring one goal GMU got energized they scored two more
but we maintained the lead ending the game 4-3. I believe for
the goals, Dan had one, Mike 2 and Tim one correct me guys if
Overall it was
awesome tournament, overall clean, very few calls against us and
most of them arguable. Everybody did great. Special thanks to
Deryl (he drove us back and forth safely), Andrew or should I
say our Maxim kept the jokes and the songs coming, we had a good
laugh. Dan helping us scoring and our accountant Mike Bellos
took care of the reffing, Tim helping us with that secret left
charge and what a sharp ref! Paul and Jon ato
great asset to our team huge contribution and captain Mike he
kept the team in sync together and coached the drills and the
planning. Great playing with you all guys, memorable moments
The US National Champions
are LA for the 2nd year in a row
P.S. The playoffs on
Sunday are pretty strange. LA seeded second and played just
one game (95) to get to the finals (109), while NoCountry is
seeded first and plays 2 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
(with only 5 players all weekend)
6 Georgia Tech A
7 Roger Bacon Junior Varsity
8 Georgia TechB
2009 US Nationals,
There were only 4
Barnacles and Ed from RI this year. So were recruited Eric and
Michael from Framingham, and Rob from Capecod. 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,
Dave Wile[sic] taught them well.
Kendal did a slightly modified version of the bracketing/round
robin format that they have been doing for several years. The
purpose was to make the round robin games competitively closer
for all teams. Kendal ranked the teams top to bottom. The top
12 were evenly distributed in to 2 groups of 6, and the bottom
11 in to 2 groups of 6 and 5. The first round robin
lasted Friday and one game on Saturday. The teams then went
into another round robin with brackets of 4 teams with the
highest bracket populating the highest 4 teams and the next
lowest in the next lowest bracket and so on. After those round
robins came cross over games between the 2 lowest in the upper
half and the 2 highest in the lower half. Finals were divided
into the top 8 in to A division, 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
the dividing line between the upper and lower halves. We could
have gone in to the lower half if we wanted, but at the time
we had a full team of 10 and also felt that we would get
better experience losing to the stronger teams than winning
against the weaker teams. The advantage of going in the lower
half is that you expend less energy through the round robins.
A week later I found out that Ed wasn't going to make it, he
was the first to buy a plane ticket and on Thursday night
Michael dropped out due to a family illness.
We played "pat's old man" strategy. This has the backs
rotating 30 degrees and the forwards rotating perpendicular
off the side wall. This gives the opposition space to rundown
down the side wall and get trapped. If they swing it around
the forwards are lined up to stop that. We added one thing and
that was to always chip the puck forward to the open space up
the wall where a forward will soon arrive. When teh rotation
gets to the far end it shoots toward the goal and avoids the
corner. The rotations maintain different angles to the walls.
The forwards angle shallow toward the goal and the backs are
perpendicular. As expected we lost all games until the very
end of the tournament. The first round robin had teams that
just crushed us, but in each game we actually got the puck
near their goals and came very close to scoring, which is
pretty impressive considering the team composition.
One disadvantage of playing in the upper half is that there
were a lot of head 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
held off their last goal for a few minutes we could have
guaranteed us position 9 to 12.
CT 1+0=1 NJ 1+3=4 This one was awful. NJ scored
two goals on advantage pucks where Andy swam way too much
before being challenged. Better reffing would have also helped
since it was a very physical game. This is the one where Dany
knocked my mask off just like Leo did last year and scored a
goal, I'll have to learn that trick.
We seeded 4th in B
John managed to memorized a clean version of "Barnacle Bill
the Sailor" which became our victory song on Sunday.
CT 0 San Francisco 6+4=10 We sure didn't
have much bottom time this game.
CT 2+4=6 Chicago 3+0=3 We
expected this win.
CT 1+2=3 NJ 1+0=0 This was
the perfect wall game. We had 3 on the bottom surrounding the
puck almost always. They just couldn't get it off the wall
This was the trip were
we learned that some times it's not that important to score a
Practice drills used leading up to this tournament were
1. Deep End Drill. This is a half court game. The defensive
team takes the puck to the wall and passes it to the next
player down the object is to keep the passes going down the
wall even while the other team is doing the opposite of taking
it off the wall and scoring. We did it for several months, but
really didn't it down right.
2. For the last month we did the "Inside-Outside game". This
is a game of keep away with a twist. The Inside team
scores points for having the puck cross one or more designated
center lane markers. The Outside scores when the puck is put
in a corner. The Outside team goes clockwise from one corner
to the next without skipping.
Eight guys came which is a pretty small number compared to
what we usually do. So the strategy needed to be very
efficient since we were substitute limited and 25 to 10 years
older than the other teams. So we decide to play the wall game
to their corner. For teams much more fit than just keep it
18 teams attended this year. First time showing from NJ which
at it's nucleus is really just exCT guys that finally decided
that it's easier to find a pool close to home than to spend 3
hours in a car driving through I-95 traffic.
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.
They had a relatively easy time taking the puck from us off
the wall and keeping it in the center.
Easy win over MSU 0+1= 1 to some thing too big to count. Andy
worked hard to give them that one goal. We used this game to
practice corner game.
West Palm handily beat us 3+2=5 to 1+0=1. We did keep it in
their corner most of the game, but holes in our defense let
them make breakout that we couldn't catch. We had elected to
set up for goals only when for Pat to bring the puck out of
the corner, and everyone else would push it back into the
corner. WP caught on.to that very fast.
We beat Champaign 0+1=1 to
1+2=3. The puck was in their corner a lot. They had one
breakaway where they thought they had a goal but the referees
didn't call it. Joe confirmed that it didn't go in. So Jamie
played it off the ramp and took the puck back to their corner.
On CT scoring our third goal one of the Champaign
guys went bezerk on a ref. He was thrown out for the rest of
the game. Last game on Friday stopped with 2 minutes to go
because of lighting.
Saturday last of first round robin
We tied Charleston
3+0=3 to 1+2=3, strategy still being practiced. Jamie and Pat
successfully 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
moved down. This is more supporting evidence of focusing on
Saturday round robin
GMU lost to CT handily 1+0=1 to 2+2=4. Their lone goal was on
a break away. Champaign
was charged up and taught us a lesson 3+1=4 to CT 1+0=1. We
didn't have out act together at all.
LA trounced us 4+6=1- to 0+0=0. The puck got in their corner
once and Jamie did a perfect pass at 45 degrees outward, only
there was no CT to receive it, only LA. The high point
was Pat successfully defended a penalty goal, that's a win!
They are a bunch of extremely fit ex college swimmers that now
have excellent flicks and good puck handling so we'll have fit
something in our strategy to deal with them.
We seeded 12 overall, 4 in B division.
First game was against GMU. We got their early and did laps
for warm up it paid 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
good they missed a lot of easy calls, yet they called lots of
other fouls, but never sent repeat offended to the penalty
box. Better refs would have turned this game. The candidates
for Most Valuable Play are 1. The "stick of Andy and the hand
of God", which combined to break Christoph’s stick. and 2.
Another successfully defended penalty goal by Pat.
We played Champaign for a third time to determine 3rd place in
B. Pat had the earliest fight from Gainesville at 4:45 and the
game started on time at 2:30 so there was enough time to play
given that the airport is 5 minutes away.. It was a very close
game. The game was tied at half time 1-1. With 7 minutes to go
there was a 30 minute lighting break. Regulation time stopped
still tied 1-1. So it went in to sudden death overtime, which
lasted about ten minutes. The puck was in their corner much of
the time although they had several breakouts that were
successfully stopped. CT brought it back to the corner and
patiently 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
good showing for the 8 oldest guys there.
P.S. It's good that we lost to NJ because with the lighting
delays we would have either missed our flight or miss the
So the current refined version of Pats Old Man strategy that
1.Get the puck to their corner via the wall. Use the wall
since we can't out 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
act when they make a mistake is make.
Saturday - A division
CT 0 Vortex 6+6=12, We got our act together the
CT 0 Team Canada 3+1=4, We never got past
half way, we did a good walll game though.
CT 0 Rimouski 2+1=3, We got it in their corner a
couple of times.
CT 0 CAMO &+7=14, In the last minute of the
game we had it in their corner, we were 2 ft from their
goal 2 times. Pat just couldn't finish it off with only two
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
of A, CT. Pregame negitation: Ottawa wanted to play B
and we wanted to lose in A so we could leave early. They
still gave us a good game.
CT 0 Rimouski 3+4=7, Rob had one shot that went
behind the goal. Andrew decided to sit this one out.
End result 5th place in A division.
Team: 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
Quebec) 2+2=4, CT 0+2=2. Moved Chris(MA) to back line this
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
seeded 8th because 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
did better in B.
Best showing at Montreal ever. We kept scores to 4 or below
except for first game. Even scored several goals and had only
2 shut out games. Truly amazing compared to every other year.
2007 US Nationals, Minneapolis
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 Corp. Chris for rather working and moving to NH. Dany's
friend Jose, in and out in a week.
We went with a lot fewer that previous years so we didn't
expect to end up other than in the middle. Michal showed up
like last year and got a couple of practices in just before
going. We had Andys brothers coming with Carol Roses
permission, but a few weeks before the tournament Greg
over ruled her. Next time we'll follow "don't ask - don't
tell" eligibility requirements. We stayed at the
Radisson right by the pool. nice place, but expensive
4 buckets of 5 teams. First game was a loss to Cincinnati 9-1.
Second game was a loss to MN Loons 6-0 this one was filmed.
Third game against Texas we won 5-1. Fourth game We took
it easy and several we late for the start. We should have
played 1 person at a time against the kids or formed a big
circle and just passed around it. Anyway Andy fought hard to
give Roger Bacon a goal 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
time but since we didn't have the subs we couldn't keep up
beat San Fransisco 2+3=5 to 1+1. They played a lot like U of
FL but they didn't work the wall as well.
Next was San Diego. They also played a lot like U of FL. And
again they beat us 2+3=5 to 1+1=0.
This ended the round robin, we almost left for the day
figuring the final started on Sunday.
We played the 2nd place team in the 4th bucket, which was U of
I. We easily 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
goal play. That really worked well and got everyone on the
And San Fransisco got a 2nd shot at us, but they still lost,
0+2=2 to 2+2=4
Matt Blair's Amazing Six Pack
Los Angeles- Drunken Starlets
San Diego -Evil
U of Florida
Connecticut- CT Barnacles
San Francisco Sea
U of Illinois,
Loon a Sticks
Roger Bacon Varsity
Roger Bacon JV
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
notch teams in MASS. You had a better team last year and the
Canadian team was really good. I went out to get some lunch
during the exhibition game, but I can’t imagine that if you
took the best from the other four teams and played against
our team the score wouldn’t be any different than the other
games we played. There were four good B teams at best, and
we didn’t have Jamie, Andy D., Dany, Rudy or Evan. It was
nice to play in a Tournament again, but the hill was more
challenging than the teams were.
I was glad to see cousin Larry score
in the first game, he didn’t score again but could have,
Joe, Steve and Keith scored quite often and played well, as
Skander did as well. Cousin Larry and Skander just need to
work on getting down faster on the rush, Rob and Dwight were
throwing the puck to the left side several times and nobody
was there to receive it. All in all it was a good learning
experience for the RI guys and Skander and a warm-up for
those of you going to the Nationals.
At the Umass tournament Framingham lost to Chris's
team[UMASS] because they didn't have enough players and were
I think the key point we should come away
with is that Framingham got frustrated,
lost composure and their game fell apart. We played
to this weakness very successfully. Let's 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 and play OUR game.
Cape Cod 0 CT 8
MIT 7 Cape Cod
UML 0 CT 9
Cape Cod 1
MIT 0 CT 6
Cape Cod 1 UML
CT 5 Framingham
UML 6 MIT 0
In the playoffs UML shutdown Framingham
whiners. I believe the score was 6 to 0. We were
all rooting for UML. Pat and I were refs this
game. The one real whiner on Framingham got kicked out
of the game for head butting.
we beat them 8 to 1.
this is as best as I can remember.
First game CT 12 Cape Cod 0
2nd game CT 9 UML
3rd game CT 8 MIT
4th game CT 5 Fram
3 This was a tough one to watch. Rob and I sat this one
out. We were down at the half 3 – 2, and managed to get
it going defensively going down hill and scored enough
to win. It was a struggle but they held on for the win.
We played Framingham
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 first one, but with Rob and I in this
time, there big loudmouth
didn’t score and got rather pushy in the pool. I took it
off of him in the deep end and he gave me a full body
shove, and when I did it again going up the hill, he
stabbed me in the ribs with his stick. He sent me an
email via Chris who ran the Tournament, what a WHINER!
If I can figure out how to forward it to the Barnacles
sight, I will. We ended up beating them 8 or 9 to zip
and they didn’t like our bury the puck in the corner
style at all. Very poor sports and they were asking for
players in the locker room when I arrived and they
thought that it was unfair for us to have 12 players and
they only had seven. I remember going to several
Tournaments short-handed and not asking for or
complaining about lack of bodies. Send him some cheese
to go along with that WHINE or WINE if you will.
The final was against UML
and we beat them rather easily 7 – 1, blame me for
giving up the lone goal, I thought SuperDave
could handle the puck against one guy and I was a bit
slow getting down to cover his back and gave up the
goal. Sorry about that Dave. I don’t know if they played
an exhibition game or not and what the results were.
Gotta leave a little earlier than we did this year to avoid
traffic around NJ. For us leaving Monroe at 3PM we got stuck
going real slow after the GW bridge. Rob missed the turn on to
95 and we did the NJ parkway, which was a moving parking lot.
Jeff didn't do much better as he got in around 2:30AM after
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
won 9-0 and this 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.
Club Pucks Coach Duck had only seven players so we knew this
would be an easy game. After scoring a few goals, Pat came up
with the Andrew strategy, where Andrew would be the only
person to score goals. It worked quite well as he scored four
against Coach Duck all by himself. This turned out to be a
really go work out for the rest of us and will be the
preferred strategy for games like this one was.
Next came the hardest game of the day against the Beltway
Bottom Feeders. Last time we played them they just beat us at
Nationals so we knew this would be a close game. They came out
strong as they always do but didn't score as early as usual.
They managed the first goal, but we also scored. So at half
time it was 1-1. The second half we dominated and the puck was
in their half most of the time and we have it close to the
goal quite a lot. Super Dave even had it in the trough, but
when Dave Sun he can to the surface and yelled "no goal".
Well, the ref didn't call any fouls or award the goal we can
confidently say we won that game even though the score stayed
Nit picking rule incident #1. During the first half one of the
deck refs noticed that one of the DC players wasn't wearing a
black cap under his black wrestling ear protectors. When told
to get a cap his response was "I have played 3 games
with out a cap so far."
Last came the George Mason University Patriots, which we
easily beat 4-0.
We stuck around for the University of Florida Gator game
against DC. I knew this would be close, but Chris formerly of
Gainesville said UF didn't have a chance. Well I routed UF on
and they did pretty good only to lose 2-1.
The banquet was held on campus with pulled pork barbecue and
chicken as the main fare. While Dave Kennedy was setting up
his karaoke equipment the host kept us entertained with
announcements. The best we from the audience and ranged from
upcoming tournaments announcements, Rudolf and NYC activities,
and Andy making fun of Coach Duck not being able to stop four
goals from a 67 year old.
The schedule they sent out on Thursday had a really messed up
playoff times for Sunday. We seeded first and according to the
schedule wouldn't play until 1PM. Luckily Josh showed us the
real schedule showing a 11:35 first game. No wonder one of the
DC guy said "wow you don't play until 1".
Two games today playing Orphan A again. Coach Duck asked us
how we wanted them to play us and we requested a wall game.
They did it real well and cam e at us real strong the whole
game. No time the Andrew strategy this time. In circle time we
came to the conclusion if we play like that against DC they
would have beat us bad. It was a timely eye opener.
Second game was against DC as expected. Rudolf in the
spirit of the game wrote on the backs of Chris, and Evan, Dany
and on himself. Just before the game started the DC nitpicker
complained to the refs. There was a bit of confusion because
the water refs wanted to start the game and others said they
had 5 minutes to wipe it off. The guys got out of the water
and started to clean it off. The game started with about four
of us in the water when the gong went off but the puck quickly
went to the wall where Jamie got called for some a 2 minute
penalty. Rob noted much later that this was a pretty good
strategy, since it stopped play and let us get organized. next
time I'll just glove it. In retrospect the current rules do
say something about you can't have temporary marking on your
body except for the C and VC in the shoulders of the captain
and vice captain. It's one of those silly rule that came out
of some incident at worlds. Well it didn't work as DC expected
it didn't throw our game off one bit and the first half ended
1-1. We scored a little past half way through the second half
and managed to hold DC off from scoring. They did manage to
get the puck down in to one of our corners, but by the amount
of time the puck sat in the corner by its self we could tell
they were running out of steam.
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
Hall of shame bail out
Andy 2 weeks before. He didn't get his schedule OK by his
Jamie, the day before. Thanks to Rudolfs only pass at parctice
he spent a few hours in the hospital emergency room getting
two lacerations stiched up. Good shot Rudolf, right between
We came in 6th out of 8 in the A division beating York &
Ottawa and lost to the other 5 teams. Montreal creamed
us 10:0. Somewhat embarrassing, 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 team that didn't win a game.
Big Mike who was too out of shape o play with us jumpe don teh
Dinasaur team and did better than any of us.
No travel mishaps getting there this trip and everyone showed
up. We should have eaten in Orlando since when we got to
Gainesville we only found Domino 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
Saturday not expending too much energy by loosing all the
games so we would have enough for the finals on Sunday. By
getting into A we would limit final ranking to 8th overall.
The most challenging team was GMU. We put in the strongest
team for this game since we are evenly matched against GMU. It
was tied 2-2 at half time and we managed 2 point to their 1
the second half. Next was Bacon the stronger of the
Roger Bacon High School teams. We easily won 6(3+3) to 1(0+1).
Last came Chicago which historically has been a top contended.
We won 8(4+4) to 2(1+1). The UWH gods were with us this year
and we started in a weak division. So we seeded top of the
division and moved into the A division for Saturdays round
robin. For a celebration we went to Benegins instead of the
motels Mongolian Sushi Buffet, which I thought would be a real
treat. Too many beef eaters on this team. The 2 for 1 drafts
inspired Michal to drink and be merry, because when it came
time to figure out the tip he wast still calculating 5 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, which is quite different from our "old Man Pat"
strategy. It worked pretty well even though they changed the
puck from Friday's sticky Oreo puck to the slippery pink
Australian puck, which didn't help our passes any. I'd say the
scores don't indicate how well we did since we had several
missed opportunities in 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
he shot it along the back wall and it barely missing going
over the back of the goal.
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
these guys and 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
of Rudolf for throwing paper in their drinks later that
Game plan was to place ahead of GMU. We started off against
Champaign-Minnesota and lost 7(4+3) to 2(1+1).
Then lost to Florida 5(3+2) to 2(1+0). Lack of subbing killed
us in this game.
Lost to GMU 5(5+0) to 4(1+3). Rudolf ref'ed their WPB
game and noticed that they were playing the wall game. So we
focused on a counter strategy. Unfortunately they changed
tactics for us since they came out strong the first half. They
lost steam the second half and we gained momentum. We had it
on their goal several times but couldn't finish it. It was
good that the team recovered and didn't lost composure.
Thinking about it now GMU played a defensive game against a
stronger team WPB, against an equal team they went full out,
which is what we usually do when we're not out smarting
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
climbing real pays off.)
1) Charleston A
3) Club Puck
5) West Palm
7) Roger Bacon A
8) Charleston B
9) Roger Bacon B
Hall of Shame Bail Out
Danny sprains his knee weeks earlier, and shows up at practice
the Thursday 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
Cousin Larry is driving.
A fun time was had by all, 5 teams showed up and we had 4
round robin games every hour.
We played the first game against Montreal. They blew us out of
the water as expected, 11-0. This was a good warm up game for
us and worked well to our advantage to get the hardest game
over with early.
Next was against UMASS Lowell. They put up a good fight but
eventually lost 4+2=6 to 0+1=1.
Next against MIT, a real college team which we played some
keep away against in the deep end,. final score 7-1.
Framing ham was next and we pretty much did the same as with
MIT, 7-0. It would be better to do the zig zag drill with them
after getting the score up a few points.
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
play us again, we agreed, but first we played Montreal for the
finals. They beat us, but we did pretty good. 5+2=7 to 0.
Rudolf, Pat, Andy and Jamie played an exhibition game before
the UML game, which was right afterwards so we were well
warmed up and down right tired. UML held us to 2 goals going
down hill. They scored 3 going down and Rudolf did a fantastic
job bringing it up the hill in assisting in the tying goal
close to the end of the second half. We played 2 minute
overtime halfs and we scored going down and they didn't. Andy
gave the best team advice at the begining of the last overtime
period, " Rufolf take it to the wall, play defensive, don't go
up the hill, that's your job. Cousin Larry, don't even think
of getting in the water." Final score 4-3.
The last game of the day was the Montreal Challenge. It was
the best of the 4 teams against Montreal. They did worse that
we did they lost 8-0. This goes to show the effectiveness of
Pat's Old Man UWH strategy.
We peaked on Saturday and suffered from oxygen deprivation
on Sunday. We arrived all well and good on Friday, even leaving late
from NYC there was only some minor delays getting through
NYC and at the merge on the NJ turnpike.
We started out losing to Charleston 6-1 as expected. then
won the next two games against the college teams of UNC 5-1
and Champaign 6-1. The best game was against DC and we put
it to them 3-0. They were really frustrated.
Saturday night party, Andrew left the party first at ~8:30
he didn't show up at the hotel until after 11. He needs a
better navigator. Andy left after 9 and only got a little lost. He needs
only a slightly better navigator.
We seeded 4th for the open division finals on
Sunday, but the womens teams wanted to play together so
instead we played DC again. DC got pumped up and scored 2
goals real fast. We recovered and ended the half down a
point at 3-2. The second half was scoreless. In circle time
we learned that SuperDave 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
tied 2-2. It was evident that the offensive conveyor belt
stopped working as the front line bobbed up and down in
front of their goal.
results from this weekend's GMU Invitational.
Place- University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill 2nd
Place- George Mason University 3rd
Place- University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign 4th
Place- Michigan State University
Place- Florida Gainesville/Gators 2nd
Place- Charleston Blockade Runners 3rd
Place- Washington DC Beltway Bottom Feeders 4th
Place- US Women's Elite 5th/6th
of overtime) 5th/6th
out of overtime)
Pictures ( hey Dwight
get them off that phone!) Hall 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
miss any exits this time, but going there we talked to Dwight.
That's not bad, but he totaly ignored the little red light
that says time to fill up. We made it to a station on fumes.
We went short handed to play in A since Andy and Michael
weren't going this time.
So we had a decent team of 8 and could place mid level in A .
Then two days before Jeff gives a lame excuse about tendinitis
and how his doctor said to take it easy. Of course Chris
bailed when daddy bailed. So 10 minutes from the schedule
being sent out we notifies the organizers that we would prefer
to go to B. They weren't happy., but did oblige us. It turned
out that A wasn't that strong this year since the Canadian
Worlds mens tryouts were being run during the tournament. they
has 3 teams of 7 to 8 that basicly removed JFK A and Vortex
from the tournament.
Our strategy worked out by Pat on the ride up was to make two
groups of 3, left and right side, and rotate within those
groups. We divided the two groups so that there was a balance
between endurance and and skill level.
Saturday - Round Robin
First game against Guy Unit(JFK B team). We defended deep
first and won easily 1+3=4 to 0.
Second game game against Quebec Extreme We defended
shallow first and won easily 2+4=4 to 0.
Third game against Alberta U19. We defended deep first and won
easily 3+2=5 to 0.
Fourth game against Bare Necessity(Hamilton-Guelph B team). We
decided to try the Zig Zag drill against them in circle time,
but they sent two emisaries before the game that they weren't
having fun loosing and wanted to forfeit the 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 first
and won easily 3+? to 0+1=0. We even did the change of stick
color at start of second half. The ref never called it and
some of them didn't think it was funny.
Sunday - Round Robin
First game against Rais(Roumski). We defended deep first and
won easily 3+2=5 to 0.
Second game against Ottawa. We defended deep first and won
easily 3+3=6 to 0.
We seeded first and played Ottawa. We defended shallow
first and won easily 4+4=8 to 0.
in the finals we played Guy Unit. They had a come from behind
win over Alberta so were really pumped. We defended shallow
first and won easily 2+5=7 to 0+1=1.
In all the games we had more puck control, passing, down time,
and sheer strength then they did. We took all of Saturdays
games easy to conserve energy.
we went in to this thinking that we could place higher than
Minnesota since they beat us in overtime in the finals last
year and several of our players seemed much better than last
year. Although Evan pulled out months prior and Super Dave
prefered going to the Ottawa party(I mean tournament). We
started off with a smaller team this time around. Mike was
working in L.A. for the past few months and still flew out
and we picked up Carolyn from FL to get us to 10. She
made a good decision since she received offers from Houston
and Cape Cod (good going Super Dave, you really convinced
her). In the last week Michal decided to come along. So we
arrived with a team of 11.
Well before the tournament, they announced that pool time
would start at 3PM Friday. After several of us had booked
flights to arrive at around 1:30PM they announced a screw up
that they couldn't get the pool from 3 to 6PM. No problem
because they said they would schedule around those teams that
would arrive late. When the schedule came out on Thursday we
were scheduled to play Denver at 12PM and Roger Bacon Reserves
at 2PM. It seems that we were the only team that short handed
due to the pool scheduling screw up and Greg basicly said " The problem was that it was impossible
to adjust everyones schedule when dealing with 21 teams."
Andy and Carolyn arrived Thursday night and played the Denver
game to a 0-19 loss. Tom, Pat, Jamie, Michal and Dwight's
flight arrived early and made a mad dash to the pool. Luckly
the games were running a few minutes late so they managed to
arrive just in time to play the full game and won 12-0. The
next two games would be the most difficult and we would need
Mike to have any chance. The 3rd game at 6:15 was against
Sea-tech. Mike was scheduled to arrive a 4:30, but his flight
was canceled and he didn't arrive until 11PM. They handly beat
us 8-0. Jamie tried to negotiate them to tie us to overcome
the loss to Denver hoping that we could finagle our way in to
the 2nd highrest bucket on Saturday. No deal they were too
competative. The third game was against DC. They beat us 6-0.
A much stronger team than the team we tied in Guelph. We
realized we didn't train correctly for this tournament.
only winning one game on Friday we were placed in the 4th
bucket on Saturday. If we had beaten Denver we would have been
in the 3rd bucket and played teams at or just below our level.
So in the 4th bucket we were not really challenged at all.
Mike and Chris had stayed up for one more beer than the rest
of us and both woke up feeling sick. Not good for a long
tournament. It looked like we would not do better than last
year. Houston was the first game and we won handly 3+1=4
to 0. They put up a good fight. Mike stoped playing for the
rest of the day, but Chris felt good enough to keep
playing. After an inspiring lecture by Pat in the next
game against Dalloons we won 6+4=10 to 1+0=1. In this one we
just played it like a normal game. By now we decide we neede
ot focus on playing our game and sticking to "the plan". The
third game against Roger Bacon Reserves we decide to take the
score to 4 and then play around and work on moving the puck up
the side of the pool since that is what we need to concentrate
on if we wanted to beat the teams that were playing in the 2nd
and 3rd buckets. We beat RBR 6-0. The next game against MSU we
won 6-0. Jamie took the puck back to his goal when it got too
close to theirs, this apparently pissed Andy off, (i'm not
sure why because it's the same thing he did in Quebec a few
years ago.) The last game was against Minnesota-2. We
won 6-0 and managed to use the time for practing as much as we
could. We then took a field trip to the Mall of America for a
big steak dinner with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Rob
refed his one of the 1st bucket games and became convinced
that all you need is down time, speed and good puck handling,
stratagy is not needed. Sunday
We ended up in the B division as expected and had three games
ahead to win to take B. Chris woke up with larengitis and
decide not to play, and went shopping 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 play, and had
some awesum runs up the pool. Final score 2+1=3 to 1+1=2. Andy
got his revenge. Next game was against Dalloons. We had
already beaten them and Andy had sat that game out so we knew
this would be an easy one. So we did it again 4-0. They put up
a much better fight this time. I guess Andy brings that out in
teams. During this game Dwight and Tom had a subbing spat,
which Pat set straight in Circle time. Going into the
last game against Fort Collins we knew that it would be close.
They had 4-5 world level women that were like a swarm of bees.
At around 2PM Andy let us know that he was leaving for the
airport. He thought his flight was at 6 but it was at 4:45,
and the B finals game was at 3:40. We called Chris and
convinced him that he came to play, not shop, so he arrived
just in time for the game. Michal prepared us by introducing a
special play called "MIIKKE SSTTRRIIKE" and it worked
perfectly, although not flawlessly. It's basicly the Montreal
Pizza Play. We did it on the first play and scored. It set
them back and they played defensly for most of the rest of the
first half. One of the refs was quite pumped up and the other
team noticed this and mentioned that we were pulling fins.
Ludicrous. He was calling advantage puck against us quite
often. It worked to our advantage since it gave us more time
to rest. The score was 2+0=2 to 1+1+2 at the end of regulation
play. In overtime we won 3-2. From the sub box both teams were
tired, only one person on the botton per side at a time.
Andy called while we were at dinner and Pat managed to
convince him we lost 3-2 in the finals, to which andy replied
"I'm glad I didn't lose to a bunch of girls". Even by the next
Thursday he still wasn't aware we had won, even though there
was congradulations on the e-mail list and he had received his
medialion trophy. So he may never find out.
to do better next year
Positions: 1 for 1 subing in the front. 4 backs the fitest
players since there is only one sub. Used Andy to fill in for
who ever was sitting out.
Stratagy: Our 2/3rds defensive zig zag wall game. Their 1/3 go
for it. Endurance
training 3 months before the tournament.
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
take it when you start to feel a cold/flu coming on.
Practice zig zag wall game in a circle around the pool past
their goal, 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
other teams wear themselves out.
ended up at the top of B or 9th out of 21 which in percentile
is higher than last year.
2. Chicago 1
4. Club Puck
2. Fort Collins
7. Cape Cod
8 Chicago 2
Dallas Fort Worth
2. Michigan State University
3. Roger Bacon Varsity
5. Roger Bacon Reserves
No Pictures the novelity of Jeffs Digital camera has
."Spliting 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
full team this time and with some new faces that have little
to no tournament play, even so we played in A division.
The first game was against Montreal A, we lost as expected
7+7=14 to 0. Before circle time Tom had managed to negotate
his way on to a B team and also move Cousin Larry,
Andrew, Scott and eventually Andy there also. We
picked up some A grade players in the trade. Cousin Larry
and Tom ended up on Sherbrooke and the other 3 on Ottawa B.
the CT picked up Will, Sebastian, Daniel, and 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
one subbing in the front line, and one sub in the back
line. The back line played much differently than we
are used to playing. It took a little getting use to it.
With all the subs in the front they could keep the pressure
on and let the 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
was our first game 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 brilliant play agains
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 apart, 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 for sportsmanship.
Round robin ranking after Saturday:Amazones, Ottawa,
Sherbrooke, Rimouski, JFK B, Quebec Extreme
A saga continues.
Our first game was an exibition against top team in B, the
Amazones. Last time we played them Tom
lost his pants. It was a pretty easy game. we
won 4+2=6 Amazones 0+1=1. By the end of the day the
gracious Amazones had returned the famous trophy pants.
2nd game of the day against Vortex, lost as usual, Vortex
3+1=4 , CT 0+1=1. 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.
Vortex 2+4=6, CT 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
to 5th ranked JFK. The JFK kids and I do mean kids, wipped
them, it was probably all those warm up laps they did at
7:30 before our Amazone exibhition match. Most of the B guys
were ready to finish up early. But not Tom and crew, he
stayed around to rally his team to a 3rd place victory and a
long bus ride home.
Results: A Division Montreal A
CT-Ottawa B Division we don't really care
Dwight, A week before, he really
screwed up his calendar this time, got to get him a spouse
to keep track of these trifling details.
Evan, A week before and bails out
of UW 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 Forgotten"
It started when stopping for
lunch, Pat mentions that he though he left his keys in his
truck, So when we went back, he not only left the keys in the
ingitation, the radio was on and the windows were down. Good
start Pat. I asked Pat if he forgot his pasport, He scuffed it
off saying he didn't need it. If you don't know even though he
has a US pasport he has one of those accents that alerts
border guards that he hasn''t spent much time in the USA.
Tom flew up the night before and was staying with Rene. We
picked him up at pool, where Rene told us to take him away
since he was cramping his style. Went to Peite Marche friday
night, where Dwight order just the right amount of pitchers
Andys friend Chris wimped out due to the fear of increades
paralysis so we voted and replaced him with Andrew, our
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.
Pat broke away in the flat and lead the single defender away
from the goal before pasting it off to Evan who finished it
off. This was our only score all weekend and Evan 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
better since thay only had 6 players.
Last game on Saturday we lost to the Bagel Hounds 2+2=4 to 0 .
We did a decient game since the Bagel Hounds beat the
Dinosaurs by much more. We managed to keep the puck in their
shallow end corner for much of the second half after taking
advantage of an advantage puck from a pass to Jamies mask.
Big Dinner at the Buffet, then Rene gave us a tour of the
night life downtown.
Toms tardyness finally caught up with him. We forgot to assign
someone to look after him. So the fact that Tom flew up meant
that he didn't have an assigned car. So When we got to the
pool on Sunday some realized that he was forgotten. Oh well.
Only one game Sunday. against LaCammora. We held them to
5+5=10. Not bad considering we usually do worst on the second
day. Maybe it was that Chris decided to play. We had 13
players and no one even noticed.
Probably the biggest reason that we didn't do better is that
we forgot to practice Pat's Old Man UWH Stratigy in the months
leading up to the tournament. When we scrimaged against our
sparring partner, the non travel Barnacles, it's easy to play
the typical 2-1-2-1 forward passing strategy because they
collectively are a B grade team. We need to devise drills that
focus on curling when running into opposition, keeping control
of the puck, and cycling back.
Returning home US immigrations didn't like the fat that we
didn't bring passports. Especially Pat. We had to go inside
and get grilled. We won't forget them next year.
8th 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
timeouts. Matched them point for point and tied 4-4 at end of
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
and I were sitting together on the plane and a guy asked us if
we were on a soccer team. Back to Top
Guelph 25th Annual College Royal
So how did you guys do?
We did well, but without Patrick
we knew going in that winning anything would be very
difficult. So we did our best and represented CT well. Has
anybody heard from Patrick ? Is everything OK with him and his
family ? How was your European Vacation ? --
Tom It was all Pat’s fault…he ditched us on Friday morning
and we just didn’t have the heart to play anymore. -- chris
You tell em Chris ! We were offered a Female substitute
in place of Pat. Skill level not even close, but MUCH
BETTER LOOKING ! After a short deliberation, we decided
to let her join our team. We had another offer from some
guy who just started playing. We all felt bad, but we had
to tell him no Thank You. Beginner skills and Pat was
much better looking. Unlike Cousin Larry, when we
passed Gwen ( From Guelph ) the puck near the
goal, she scored. She also took Mike, Chris, Dave and myself
out to a local Pub after the banquet. She was a classy lady
and a lot of fun to hang out with ! We thanked her
for helping us out and told her she can join our team
anytime ! Thank you Gwen ! -- Tom
Friday morning we found out that Pat wouldn't be
able to make the tournament. This had a huge impact on our
moral, we lost 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 in 2003. -- 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
This is a good
tournament to go to, Since they video tape all the games. You
just need to make sure you get your tape in the VCR. So after
analysing the weekend events, where we need improvement is
keeping control of the puck. It is too easily lost to the
opposition. Best tournament performance to date. All losses were kept
in the single 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
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 ,
Played this game almost to the level for the Montreal JFK A
Lost 4+4=8 to 0 against Canada2 , the other half of the worlds
team. On the first point Mike held off the whole team all by
himself while the rest of us watched from the goal. Mike,
Mike, Mike, Mike,
At the end of the first half Pat instructed the refees where
to place a puck on a penalty shot, and then showed the
canadians how to successfully defend one. Pat,
Pat, Pat, Pat, Pat,
At the start second half Chris got our only penalty,
because we were all playing with the wrong color stick.
Lost the last game to Ottawa 4+2=6 to 0+2=2 Andy wants
to take credit for the mad swim that quickly lead to our
first goal. and the advantage puck that lead to the second,
Andy, Andy, Andy, Andy.
So we were 6 out of 6 in A, or 6 out of 10 overall. Not a bad
showing considering if we had played the National women team
in Montreal we would have lost to them.
Final results: Division A :
2 JFK A
Vortex Vortex loss 6-2 in the bronze
JFK B 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
of the tournament.
Rene's team the Dinosaurs had lost to them 0-1 earlier, and
the Dinosaurs had 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
additional goal in the shallow end.
We also got within a foot of their goal once. A goal against
them would have 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
passing game by 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
to the Dinosaurs
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
of former national 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
DC. Lost 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
play FL first game on Sunday - as we thought we
would?? seeding got whacked.
CT ended up playing DC 3 times, without ever facing
FL. both FL and CT 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
easier game as a result of best ranking going into later
FL took 3rd below CT although our record against every team
we BOTH played was far better?
For example, FL lost to DC in overtime. FL beat MN
11-1 vs CT winning by a few pt spread. FL beat Vtech
8-1 vs. CT winning by a point or two, etc.
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
from memory. We 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
seed for Finals was 4th. You should have thrown a game and
Pat sat out the VTech game. That made a big difference in our
showing in that game. MN was a low scoring game because Gentle
Ben and crew spent more time fouling and trying to irritate us
to the point of going in the penalty box then play hockey.
Your favorite Chief Ref from last years Saturday night Roger
Bacon game was the third water ref in our final DC game.
Remember him? the guy that let the Dallas score keeper take
over. He was calling us on stuff that wasn't happening. There
are some on our team that thinks he has a grudge against us.
Next time, we'll let him know you now play for FL.
PS if you can write up your airport adventure, I'll stick it
on the web page.
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
previous years experiences. We us this game to get subbing
correct. No penatilies called.
ct 1 elfermer 5 .This is the team we beat at montreal in the
round robin 3-2 and lost to 0-3 in the B finals. they were a
much improved team
ct 0 rimouski 7 . We were still working on playing positions
and getting our game together. This is team was much better
than last year.
ct 4 amazones 1 . Pat gave them this goal by swimming the puck
"andy style" towards our goal.
ct 1 ottawa 9 . Definate A team, we knew we had no chance.
This game everyone liked to play since there was no pressure
to win , just play our best.
ct 0 vortex 8 Same as previous game. Rene helped us on
this game. With out him it would have been much worse. They
didn't play a clean game.
ct 0 jfk-a 10 We played this one as well as can be expected.
They played a clean game
ct 0 jfk-b 2 Close game, we just never clicked
enough. I think the tiredness started during this game.
ct 7 QuebecExtreme 0. Easy game. We were definitely
playing sloppy during this game.
ct 4 amazones 5 The amazons play a running game
and its like a swarm of bees they were much stronger than last
year. The scores happen fast, first us then them, us,
them, 2-2 at half time. Us, them, them 4-3. Pat goes in
penalty box for 1 minute jumping in head first. they score
again their up 5-3. Pat gets back in and drives it to the goal
5-4. The girls hold the puck in the corner by their goal in
the shallow end to waste time. Mike waits out side the corner
because he's been instructed to never go into the
corners. Andy can't get around him and can't understand why he
won't go in for the puck. We needed to play a fast
passing game to counteract the girls swam of bees running
game. We just couldn't do it. The team work fell apart during
this game, individuals were running the puck for the goal,
which they could stop. after the game Tom informs us
that he had proclaimed to the girls that they aren't going to
win and even bets his Star & Strips sweat suit pants to
prove it. The girls didn't bet anything if we were going to
win. He forgets to mention the bet to us until after the game.
During Confession Time, Rob and Tom said they starting
playing as forwards "cause we need to score". We played
and ugly game. The girls wear Toms pants and are dancing
around the pool. Tom whacked the hive .
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 weeks 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
happening. 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 cheap 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
whining back that we'll get killed in the A division they were
beating everyone 20
-0. ALso Les Rais wanted to move into the A division. I
let him handle it and move us into B since we only had 8
Only the next day did I get the real scores from Friday night.
B division games 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
8am. Tom could only leave a message on Jean-Francois answering
machine and he forgot to leave a telephone number. Rob and
Make left for the pool half an our earlier than everyone else.
And, jamie and Justin got there first and walked on the e deck
only to be old 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 old to play their full team since we screwed up not
Oliver and tom got in the water just as the gam e started. Rob
and mike came on deck in the last moments of the game. I got
to get Rob a better
First 3 games were easy. CT 7 bagel hounds 1, CT 8 Amazones 0,
CT 7 Grenouilles 5
Then came Elfemer. We beat them but they put up a fight. ct 3
Elfemer 2 We then 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
inexpensive. I'd say half the the teams were not there
so it didn't have the same
atmosphere as the Quebec tournament.
Last game of the round robin on Sunday morning was very easy
CT 6 or 7 Quebec Extereme 1
There was a bit of confusion of who ranked where cause they
used the same lettering conventions for the round robin as in
the finals. Anyway
we knew that Elfermer is who we would play in the finals.
First game was easy CT 7 Q-E 0.
The final. The game beforehand went in to overtime. This
happens a lot to us. Luckily Andy wasn't flying this time. We
defended the deep end
first. They scored 3. No goals in the second half even though
Justin and Jaime took a penalty against them. A very
disappointing performance. They managed to shut down Justin,
our world class player. He didn't even try to pass the puck,
to open players, in all the previous games he didn't need to
he could swim through them. We should have taped this
game. CT 0 Elfermer 3
Oh well at least the pool was warm. never got chilled at all.
Analysis 2 weeks after
hour break between games wasn't good.
passing. We didn't play like the we practiced in the 2nd to
was trying to do too much on his own.
to run the puck into the goal instead of flick it in.
to long to get shots off, got to be quicker.
puck was in their 1/2 of the pool 75% of the time and with
in 10 feet of the goal 30% of the time.
had one time out, we should have used it.
should have change the line up since Justin was playing both
forward and back We should have planned to changed
may have been the only team that changed rankings from the
round robin outcome , we were also the only team with less
than 9 players. There might be a correlation there.
of you need to learn the rules: We got called for
encroaching on an advantage puck. You guys need to watch the
referee when the play stops, know the hand signals and know
where to position yourselves.
were weak on the charge - After deep meditation on the
meaning of charges I have concluded ;
a fresh guy on each charge. We need a scheme to
quickly designate 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 striker go nuts until
exhaustion and then subbing out. We gave up a lot on
the charges just out of exhaustion though maybe that was
simply because 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.
Forwards either help push puck or postion to recieve a
pass if pushing is under control by backs.
were too lopsided to the back. One of Andy, Jamine or
Justin should have played front line. There has to be
someone in the front line strong
to run with a pass.
Lack of passing is a result of lack of down time. Faster
game tempo depletes down time ( At least it does mine ) We
did lots of passing against
weak teams. Passing against good teams requires
cycling and cycling requires downtime.
would definiteyl benefit if everyone instantly knew where to
go and what to do during advantage/disadvantage puck.
bagel hounds A
bagel hounds B
Well we did it again. Back to our
old ways of losing tournaments.
We went there with 8 from CT and
were going to pick up Dulani an ex-CT'er and his wife and his
friend Ricky an ex-Ohio
State player. All the teams were going to have 11 players so
it would have been a disadvantage to play with less. After
Saturday morning team rearranging we were left us with just
ourselves, which some of us thought made for the better.
5 games were played on Saturday. 9
minute halves with 2 minutes in-between. Unfortunately we
lucked out of playing the
stronger teams, (Charleston and DC), which would have been
The first game against Roger Bacon
High School B 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
enforce the rule until half-time.
Next up was a hodge-podge of
players. Dulani and friends ended up on this team called
Orphan Annie's. We won something
big (like 6) to 1. I think Dulani scored the one goal.
Then came the Hokies from Virginia
Tech. I thought they would put up a harder fight, but they
didn't. We won something big
(like 5) to 0.
Bart's Family a combination of
Dallas Forth Worth and Champaign put up a good fight.
The game could have gone either
way, But they succumbed 3-0. Champaign placed 2nd at
National the month before. Obviously these were not the same
players. Were were playing this game very sloppily and there
was noticeable "lack of presence" on the bottom as noted at
The most interesting game came
next, Roger Bacon A. By midday we knew that this would be the
toughest game of the day.
Both us and were undefeated up until this game and almost all
of our games were blowouts and Ii think all of theirs were
also. The high school kids had really improved since we saw
them 3 years ago at Nationals in Houston. The first half ended
0-0. Shortly into the 2nd half the bell boy (not the chief
ref) ejected Pat and a player from RB-A, while the game
on. We didn't know what had happen until much later. A
few minutes later an advantage puck was called against us
Matt did an illegal substitution, 1 minute in the penality box
We had Mike, Ryan, Jamie, Andy and
Rob in the water, Tom as sub and Matt in the penalty
The puck was placed about 12 feet from the our goal off to the
right side. The gong sounded to start play. The gong sounded
immediately to stop play. The Refs were indicating: advantage
puck for RB-A, send another player to the penalty box. Ryan
says he got the call for encroachment. He didn't get out but
Pat sent, Rob went over.
We had Mike, Ryan, Jamie and Andy
in the water, Tom as sub and Matt and Rob in the
The Gong sounded again to start play and again immediately to
stop play. 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
the water, Tom and Ryan as subs and Matt, Rob and Mike
in the penalty box. The
Gong starts play again. Jamie charges the puck and gets hit
right on the mouth guard. Good Refs, they actually stopped
advantage puck Barnacles. Andy and Jamie plan who's to take
the puck. Not that it really mattered its still 5 against 2,
feet in front of our goal. Mean while Andy is thinking "Jamie
will take it over to the wall, curl around pass to me and i'll
swim it towards their goal and score...". Which is what we did
except for the scoring part. Eventually the guys in the
box came back in and it was back to 5 on 5.
RB-A did one last ditch effort to
score. with a break away. The shot to the goal landed an inch
from the trough and Jamie
scooped it off and pushed it a few feet to the side. A RB
player got to it and put it in. 5 seconds later the final gong
Immediately after the game Mike was
loudly arguing with the gong boy (argumentative clown
from Barts Family) and Tom
the Chief Ref . Memorable phrases from Mike were "Go
away for half and hour ..." , "I like fighting better than I
hockey" Tom has some good ones such as "I'm just
talking", "This is the worst refereeing I have ever seen".
No time to figure out what happen
now. Got to get to the party. Great food. Competitive high
lights for the night were Mike,
Ryan, Matt, Lisa (Andy's wife) and CT stand in David Sun,
losing to VT in the drink beer/flip a cup contest. CT lost
When leaving we 3 searched through the house 3 seperate times.
Luckly he appeared just as we were leaving.
Sunday morning breakfast
Jamie interrogated each player to get their unbiased opinion
of what happen during the Roger Bacon melt down. Here's what
we came up with:
1. Matt's does an improper substitution. proper call by the
refs. advantage puck and penalty box was proper. placement of
puck should have been 5 meters from pool end. It most likely
was too 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
subs on deck . Someone should have gotten out. Again proper
by the refs. Puck should have moved along 5 meter line to
center of goal. It wasn't moved to the center and may or may
have moved inside of 5 meter mark.
3. 3rd advantage puck, Pat says refs were too close to back
wall. At most they should have been 2 meters (5-3) off back
wall, they were less than that. So when we went down someone
obviously crossed the refs line. Bad call by the refs. Not
totally their fault there was no noticeable markings on the
pool bottom they just couldn't judge distances.
First game on Sunday was Bart's
Family, easily beat them 6-0.
Next game was Roger Bacon A. We were running out of steam and
lost 2-0. No melt down this time.
It was double elimination so we had a 2nd chance for 1st, 2nd
or 3rd. Just couldn't loose again.
In the 3rd game we played the Hokies again. We thought
would win since they won the party Saturday night and we
beat them on Saturday. Well we ran out of steam. If we paid
attention during circle time we could have picked up that some
of our back line was loosing energy fast, very fast. We lost
3-1....they were up 3-0, and Mike, Matt Pat made blistering
to score goal towards end...making it 3-1.
Had to be there memorable event: On
the ride home, 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
you can bring to join trip...round 1 pattern was "any word
FIVE (5) letters" i.e. truck, money, watch, etc, etc...after 2
hours of Matt saying...you can bring FIVES with you, but you
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
get 3rd place.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. CT Barnacles
? Bart's Family
? Orphan Annie's
8. Roger Bacon b
Got to bring 10 fit players next
time. Every other team had 10 or 11 players.
We had truly amazing time this year
and set many firsts for a Connecticut team. The first of which
was actually rounding up a full teams worth of players. We had
an easy drive up this year no snow
storm. The weather was sunny, but very cold.
When we got to the hotel we hung
around waiting for Andy's flight to arrive. Coach Pat used
time to do some "position/rotation walk throughs" outside of
the bar. I think this surpassed the
amount of formal instruction that the team had accumulated
over last 20 years. We had a great
carbohydrate rich dinner at Le Ville du Spagitti a short cold
Going into the tournament they
didn't get enough teams that wanted to play A division so they
evenly divided the 10 teams into 2 groups of 5. We started off
Saturday tying 3-3 against JFK B a
team from Montreal. We didn't have our act together for this
game. We made a few positional changes
thanks to Mikes keen observations and easily won 3-0 against
Rimouski in the second game. The
third game, we knew would be our toughest of the day. Andy was
determined to score a goal, but we had to
settle for lost 9-0 against Vortex, we put up a good fight and
kept them to single digits.
Typically they were winning 13 (or higher) -0. They we all A
grade players. It was good experience to see how
From the 2 groups they took the top
2 teams and moved them into the A division The other 6 would
fight it out for the B division. If we lost our fourth game we
could stay in B and bring home a
trophy, or win the game and move into A. Ottawa was the 2nd
place team in the other group and only had 5
players. They were younger, but we were on a roll and thought
we could take them on and place
third in the A division if we kept playing our game.
We were definitely getting better
and finished off on a winning note 4-1 against Quebec Women B,
despite Andy's assists. The "Quality Circle" we had after each
game was paying off.
The Banquet was at the 18th century
Citadel du 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 cold. Maybe we'll get it
right next time. Tom won a raffle prize and almost had a
change to replace George's infamous missing
Sunday started with loosing to
Montriels JFK A 16-0. They played like Vortex except they
intentionally fouled. I guess they were practicing for Worlds.
We didn't do as well in our second
match against Vortex and lost 14-0. Our third game is the one
we wanted to win 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
teams for the first time, placed 4th out of 10 and were the
team not to get a medal out of the top 7. Oh well, there's
always next year.
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
our best fielding the smallest team out of all the teams in
the A and B divisions.
It took a while to get there since
it snowed from the Mass Pike north till an hour south of
Quebec. We counted about a dozen cars that lost control and
were buried in the snow.
We were in the B division and an
hour away from Quebec we found out that Rene's friend Oliver
from Montreal wasn't going to 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 0.
2nd game against the Rimouski we lost 3 to 0.
3rd game against Grenouilles (frogs) we won
something like 7 to 0
4th game against Quebec B we knew we had to win to avoid
playing a 8 am Sunday morning. So we won something like 6 to
5th game against the Univ. of Montreal/Ottawa team we won
something like 6 to 0. This was a fun game. Rene slept trough
it and for most of the 2nd half 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 Quebec B. We won pretty easily.
So we made it to the finals, which
was scheduled for 4 PM against Rimouski. Unfortunately for us
the battle for 3rd place ran into overtime and delayed the
start of our game by 15 minutes. Andy had to leave at 4:30 to
catch a flight and only played the 1st half. We we 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
Ryan got some good tournament level experience and we all can
be proud of our shiny trophy.
Annually since 1980 Connecticut
Underwater Hockey teams have competed for the coveted Norm
Tetrault Memorial Trophy at the state championships. The
trophy is in memory of Norm Tetrault who was any early leader
of the Navy Underwater Hockey team.