12. Gremlins at 5. What The Puck

by Isaac

In this corner: What The Puck

Dominant narrative: the obvious choice is the winning streak the Pucks went on over the course of three months. However, the correct one is the Pucks dominance over the Gremlins.  This season the Pucks were the only division team to sweep the Gremlins and historically Justin has owned Jamie (you might want to accept that friend request before Sunday’s game). 

Player to watch: Annie, the human evolution of the force of field hockey.  The asphalt rink tilts in the Pucks’ favor when she’s out there doing work.

Bandwagonability: 7/10.  What’s not to like about a team ascending from division 4 to 3 one year and then 3 to 2 the following year? 

In this corner: Gremlins

Dominant narrative: After starting the season off at a promising 6-3-0 things quickly turned sour as they went into a tailspin.  While the Pucks were enjoying success for three months the Gremlins were absolutely frustrated and miserable.  The only win over that span came against 20th ranked Gut Rot.  However, the two wins they picked up on the last day of the season are encouraging.

Player to watch: Erich.  He’s the bingo this team rides to the bank. 

Bandwagonability: 1/10.  Beat the Pucks.  Then we’ll talk.

Prediction: If Erich shows up with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove then we’ll be treated to a hell of game.  Having said that, it takes a team effort against Emily, Mike Mc, and Susie.  I’m predicting a tight game with the Pucks pulling away near the end 4-2.

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On to the box scores…

Riots 1 @ Fresh Kills 5

Riots – David F (1)

Goalie Loss – Dave GdR (0-1)

Fresh Kills – Tom R x3 (3), Nate (1), Nicole H (1)

Goalie Win – Barch Pile (1-0)

Game Notes: Riots are now looking ahead to a Schlitz cup run that will top last year’s 3rd place finish in the lower conference playoff pool.

Advanced Analytics: After forgetting how to inbound the ball legally in his Week 12 makeup game, Tom remembered how to score goals as well (it’s amazing what making 5 games will do for a guy) and scored early and often in this one.

Last year Gabe was out of town and WTP really should have beat FK in the Round of 16.
One year later, and this is the only hope for the Hookers…?

Rut Rot 0 @ Mega Touch 5

Goalie Loss – Peter Parker via FA

Mega – Alex EM (1), Nate L (1), Julie x2 (2), Nadya (1)

Goalie Shutout Win – Mike T (1-0, 1 Shutout)

Game Notes: Tuckman notches the first shutout of the BTSH playoffs, helping Mega avenge the recent OT loss against their Michaliga Katz divisional foe.

Trust in the waffleboard.

Dank Bows 2 @ Butchers 1 F/OT

Rainbows – Dan C x2 (2)

Goalie OT Win – Greenwald (1-0)

Butchers – Pete d’A (1)

Goalie OT Loss – Tim Brk (0-1)

Game Notes: Like their division mates, Math, the real losers in the play-in round are the division 2 teams who lost that are ineligible to keep playing some “meaningful” Schlitz cup street hockey for the rest of the month. Enjoy golf season.

Without Yetter again next week…who could possibly step up (at centre/center?) and fill the void for Rainbows. No one is coming to mind…

Math 0 @ Sky Fighters 3

Goalie Loss – David L (0-1)

Sky Fighers – Dana L (1), Moez (1), Brett (1)

Goalie Shutout Win – OG James (1-0, 1 Shutout)

Game Notes: Sky Fighters brass are hopeful that a playoff entry into the Round of 16 means some of their new talent have bought into the team’s future. On the other hand, maybe Tadpole Jack is now also poachable?

Forget golf…more free time for…whatever this is.

Karma 6 @ Gremlins 8 (Scrimmage)

Game Notes: I was told Walker did not show up. #PlayingTimeConcerns

He’ll steal plenty of FA scrimmage time, however.

On to the real playoffs…!

The Riots scored against Fresh Kills! However, Fresh Kills scored more. Fresh Kills will face the Hookers next Sunday in the Sweet Sixteen. Line is at Hookers -0.5.

Gut Rot played an amazing first half against Mega Touch, but Jeff and Tuckman lead Mega to victory. Mega Touch has a face-off next Sunday with the Rehabs. Line is at Rehabs -4.5.

Emily and the Sky Fighters won the Stamina Bowl against a depleted Math team. (Taplole’s chances at the ROY just fell off a cliff.) Sky Fighters will face a thirsty Biters squad next Sunday. Line is at Biters -3.5.

The Butchers and Dark Rainbows played the most thrilling game of the day with the Dark Rainbows winning in OT. Dripping Dark Rainbows and Jess have a date next Sunday with the Powerhouse LBS and Scotty K. Line is at LBS -6.5.

Thank you to everyone that came out for an entertaining scrimmage!

Special thinks to Alex from Mega, BSA from Poutine, and Bryan and Mike T from Dark Rainbows for helping to clean up and put the equipment away.

See you next week at the Sweet Sixteen!

By Jess

15. Butchers v 18. Dark Rainbows

In this corner: The Butchers

The road so far: Not the Butchers we’re used to, but despite a few setbacks they’ve won key games against tough opponents. 

The history books: Last year the Butchers lost this exact play in game to the Rainbows in what was a crazy upset.

Injury report: Pete still might be out from when he messed up his elbow a few weeks back. Meredith is out for the count with a mid season ACL tear.

One player to watch: Brady. He cut his hair so people wouldn’t recognize him but it didn’t work. Whether you think he’s underrated or overrated he’s still dangerous with the ball, folks.

Key number: 4- the exact number of women they’ll have playing due to injuries. 2 is better than none in terms of breaks and subs

Dominant narrative: It’s been a bumpy road but if they succeed in this game they should be able to give their next opponent a tough time.

The big question: Will history repeat itself? 

Bandwagon-ability: Fairly high. How could you not cheer for the lovable faces of Dana, Rachel and Creamy.

One good reason to root for them: Creamy said if they win him and Diana won’t move to Delaware WOOOO

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