Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Hockey... Done

The Renegades Summer hockey season has come to an end.  We stretched out our playoff run somewhat, but couldn't quite make it to the finals.  I had a lot of fun this year, and now can take a month of, mostly to heal, before winter season starts up in September.  After losing to the Mighty Peking Ducks a few days ago, we went on to face Papa Johns Pizza.  We defeated them by a 4-1 score and then moved on to face The Wild.  I played against Papa John's but had to miss the game against The Wild.  The Wild finished first in the regular season.  With a short bench our team defeated them by a 7-4 score.  To this point in the playoffs the Renegades were responsible for eliminating three of the four teams that had been knocked out.  Last night we went to the semi finals, a re-match with the Mighty Peking Ducks.  Once again we had very short bench with a number of our guys hurt, away and suspended.  The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the second period.  But, the officials seemed to take offense to our rough style of play and called a steady stream of penalties, all against us.  By the end of the game we had 52 penalty minutes to only 2 for the Ducks.  Tempers started to flare as we all felt that the calls were unfairly one-sided.  We were pushing to try and come back from a 3-2 deficit late in the game and we just ran out of gas, and all the penalties caught up to us.  We ended our season with a 5-2 loss.  The Ducks now move on to the best-of-three final against the Henchmen.  The Henchmen are probably relieved to not have to face the Renegades!!

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