When an FHL squad goes eight straight games without a defeat, you know the other teams are gunning for glory and that was the case this week as Fraser River put Bear between a rock and a hard place in a 5-1 GM win.
The GM victory proved good things come to those that wait and after suffering two straight losses to a Bear squad it was time somebody showed the Communicators a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Grabbing the Bears by the gall bladder and running with it was Chad (Quicksilver) Swanson who scored once and assisted on a couple including (Great) Scott Fearless’s game winner.
Also scoring for the Motormen was Chris (Jolly on the spot) Royle who refused to look his gift horse in the mouth before scoring an unassisted marker and (Sugar) Shane Baker who continues to burn opposing D-Men with a top gear that just won’t quit.
Scoring in his second consecutive contest and providing the only blemish on Peter (The Great) Andrews’ performance was Mitch (Anti) Matter who continues to play the rock-em sock-em style that would make Don Cherry proud.
The other contest proved what Blue Collar has been thinking for a while as anything that could go wrong did as Serenity took advantage of most of its chances in a 5-0 rout.
The TSN turning point came early in the contest when Blue Collar had a glorious chance to score on a power play that Mike (Mad-eye) Moody made a rapier-like glove save on that had BCS looking to the rafters for divine intervention.
That seemed to be the straw that broke Blue Collars back as Serenity came in waves for the rest of the contest.
Feasting on a couple of costly give aways was Ian (Heartbreaker) Hannah who scored his squad’s first and last goals of the contest.
Three grizzled veterans took care of the rest of the scoring as (Handy) Randy Crofts, Dale (Big Dog) Bubela and Dave (The Machine) McCulloch all scored after the BCS defence gave them three steamboats to find the twine behind their beleaguered netminder.
Providing load-bearing supporting roles for the Builders were (Big) Bob Merta and (Curious) George Ryan who both chipped in two assists as Ray (The Rock) Friesen added one helper and was Mr. Everything on the Serenity Blue-line.
Asked to comment on his squad being outscored 23-1 in its past three games, the BCS coach looked like he was about to lose it on the interviewer before collecting himself and mentioning, “For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.”
Steve Dodge is a defensive winger for the Serenity Builders and an Observer contributor.