Monday night was the filled with anticipation, as Marshall returned to the team after he held out during contract negotiations. The game was the team’s 9th game in nine weeks an exhausting schedule of beer-league hockey. The game was scheduled for the Olympic sized ice and the All Stars entered the game with much hope and anticipation.
Marshall’s return was a great moment and it was hoped that he could help turn the team and return us to a win. You can see from the picture below Marshall is happy to be back.
The game started well enough as Ian was called on early and often to hold back the onslaught of The Stealth, the first place team in the division. Unfortunately after a few breakdowns in the defensive zone, the ice was broken and the opponents were on their way to a lop-sided 6-1 victory. In the midst of the score some things stood out. The first was a fine effort from Chris Clarke. He scored a goal, but it was his hustle at both ends of the ice was very effective. Marshall’s return brought back some stability to the D, but slowed by a “pulled” groin Marshall struggled but never let the pain show. Mike Brown did his job by stopping a hard shot from the point, unfortunately it had been a shot by Jim Boutin. I think it left a mark. Alan showed us that you can complain about every player on your own team while forgetting about fore-checking and back-checking and thinking that no goals and no assists is a solid outing.
On a night when there was not that much to celebrate other than it is so great to be able to hang out with friends; This week I award Chris Clarke (no photo available) as this week’s winner of the Remax Player of the Week.
The current record at the quarter post of the season 3-7-0. And still holding on to a playoff spot.