Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

January 13: @ Flames 6 vs. Shamrocks 4

Sunday afternoon it was back to the rink on Electric Street; West Side Arena, and the Flames playing host to the Shamrocks. You may recall that the Shamrocks are a big team, long, lanky, and skilled. The Flames and Shamrocks met twice in December with each earning a 2-1 victory on their home ice. Both games were tightly contested, nearly even in shots, with the Flames trying to deny the big bodies room to skate and unload their howitzer like slap shots. Let’s see how this one turned out.

1st Period: In the opening period it looked like we were all headed for another 2-1 outcome, or something close to it. The Flames started slowly, but held on tight to get through the first period and keep things tight. The Shamrocks did score the only goal of the period. The home team had troubles getting the puck out of their own end, mostly because they ignored teammates who were open or at least in a better position to move the puck along. Even so, the shots were nearly even. The thing that looked least promising was the amount of space the Flames players were allowing the Shamrocks’ big boys to skate their wing and rifle shots towards the net.

2nd Period: Whatever transpired in the 60 second intermission certainly worked, well, sort of? The Flames did come out much more intense, especially in the offensive end. Although they did allow a pair of goals on just three shots; both were blatant breakdowns. On the other hand, they scored two goals themselves and got twelve shots on goal. Sam Hebert cut a two goal deficit in half when he scored a pretty goal after being set up by little brother, Wil Hebert. Then the Flames went down 3-1 and it looked as though the period would end that way. With 1:01 left in the period, Zachary Bayer scored a big goal, cutting the Shamrock lead to one. Bayer was set up nicely by Jackson Puzzo and Wil Hebert. After two periods, the Flames trailed 3-2.

3rd Period: In the final period, the Flames took the offensive to another level and the Shamrocks found themselves playing from behind. First, Zachary Bayer took a pass from Ashlie Killen and scored the game-tying goal. Then Bayer struck for his third goal of the game when Wil Hebert and Patrick Goren set him up for a power play goal. The Flames now led with more than nine minutes to play. Next, Sam Hebert scored again, this time unassisted, and the Flames led 5-3. The Flames were dominating play; they reeled off eleven shots in the period before the visitors registered even one shot. But, as two-goal leads go, one shot pulled the Shamrocks back into the game. They scored with 1:07 to play, just after they had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker. The faceoff at center ice meant the Shamrocks would put their goalie back in net and for the next 40 plus seconds the Flames maintained pressure, keeping the extra attacker off of the ice. Then with 21 seconds left, the net emptied and the visitors made their final push. The Flames were ready and broke up a centering pass, with Zachary Bayer finding the puck on his stick again. Bayer shot on net from his own blue line, even though several coaches were heard calmly suggesting otherwise. The shot was on the money and with 0:01.6 seconds left to play, the Flames had scored their 6th goal in less than 22 minutes of play. The Flames dominated in offensive chances and shots on goal, mustering 27 shots over the final two periods, and 35 shots on goal in total. It was another well deserved win for the home team, who clearly got better as this game wore on.


January 12: @ Flames 5 vs. NE Stars 1

Saturday evening, wait, I mean Saturday afternoon, the Flames played host to the NE Stars. The game was scheduled to begin at 6:10pm, according to the league website and the various calendar’s used by Flames families. Except that the game was really scheduled for 4:00pm. Thanks to the attendant on duty at the rink who called our coach to let him know that our team was missing from their own home game, we showed up, in increments, and managed to get the game played. I wasn’t there as I had committed to work until 5:30 or so, in order to still get to our 6:10 game, but thankfully our team’s parents reacted quickly, assembled enough of a team to begin play, and then added to the numbers as the game progressed. Interestingly enough, several Flames players were recorded as posting personal bests in the “getting dressed” category. Furthermore, the Flames rebounded from a tough loss earlier in the day and walked out of West Side Arena with a 5-1 win, all before their originally scheduled game time of 6:10pm. Let’s get to the action, of which I know nothing about, but I do have the score sheet and will reference that.

1st Period: True to the spirit of late arrivals, neither team scored a goal in the opening period. There were a few penalties called, but the excitement really stemmed from who would show up for the Flames and when.

2nd Period: The second period started with an early goal scored by Brendan Courtney who was assisted by Patrick Goren. Shortly thereafter, the NE Stars tied the game at 1-1, and eventually the period would end with that same tied score.

3rd Period: Now, looking at the score sheet, it appears as though the third period got a little bit crazy. First, the Flames were whistled for SIX penalties in the period, none of which were matching, nor did they allow a power play goal. This all adds up to being shorthanded for more than half of the period. Even so, the Flames erupted for four goals in the period and won going away. Sam Hebert scored a pair of unassisted goals, and then Zachary Bayer scored a goal set up by Ashlie Killen. Finally, Sean Moore scored a shorthanded goal with less than a minute to play, and the Flames had earned themselves a 5-1 victory.


Something Nice

Sometimes it still happens. Goodness appears without being beckoned. Last week a package arrived at my front door and it was addressed to me. I quickly racked my brain trying to recall if I had ordered anything or had been waiting for any items. Nothing came to mind. My wife encouraged me to open the box as she seemed to know what it was. So, open it, I did. The package gave no clues as to who this was from, and neither did the contents upon opening the box. It was a book. A book about the nuances and unwritten rules of our national pastime. A book on baseball, one I didn’t already own. I was happy to receive this gift but still didn’t know who it was from until I opened the front cover. There was a simple hand written note inside. The book was from a friend. A friend whom I’ve never met. A friend who I know only through correspondence. A friend with whom I share a mutual respect for many of the subtle beauties all around us, and a respect for the things that bring simple pleasures to our lives. I’m quite thankful for my new book. And something tells me that I may just read it while visiting a place of peace and quiet that this friend and I both enjoy. Thank you for the book and for your thoughtfulness. It’s good to witness something nice.