Gut Rot at Sky Fighters, 2pm, West
Corlears Hookers (W/W/L/W/W) at LBS, Inc. (W/L/W/SO/W), Tompkins West, 1500
Both teams arrive this week with something to prove, as they are in highly competitive divisions. While half the season hasn’t rolled through yet, it’s quite early to assert the idea that they are identical in certain aspects.
First thing’s first: last week, the Hookers suppressed the hype of Gut Rot’s popularity this season, winning 4-1 with a brace from Cro. Similarly, LBS also won, but against division rivals Fuzz, and not after a lengthy stoppage in the second half, which the refs took time to settle and restart. Scott ended up with a hat trick in that game and has 9 goals to his name.
As written above, these lineups are similar. Bill L. on the Hookers squares off well with Luke in terms of pace, and both are ridiculous with stickhandling. Kamen and Scott are quite offense-oriented, and although Scott has the edge in physicality, Kamen parries with agility.
However, the differences are enlightening: LBS have no females on the scoresheet; the Hookers have three. An even distribution of scoring gives the Hookers an advantage, as well as a focal point for them to limit possession on Scott and Karsten when they’re on the court, possibly through double coverage or keeping more skilled players on them. Having said that, the most critical difference is goaltending: the LBS still don’t have a committed goaltender and their wins come from free agents, though recent call Mike Z. could be an interest. Meanwhile, the Hookers have relied on Longwell, whose work ethic has risen and resulted in great dividends.
Prediction: That said, the Hookers may as well take this one if they play their cards right. It’ll likely be after regulation, and in a shootout. We’ll probably expect a degree of chippiness, but that’s the expectation when both sides are stacked and ready to play. Hopefully, they’ll all shake hands and go to Richie’s party afterw—oh, that was two weeks ago. My bad.
Fresh Kills (W/W/W/W/W) at Cobra Kai (W/W/W/L/W), Tompkins East, 1630
At this critical juncture in the season where the temperature after this week rises dramatically because such is the catastrophic state of global warming—particularly inside the New York City area—it is quite a feat that Fresh Kills has remained undefeated in all aspects of the game. Even Filthier’s Tim sulks in resignation with this knowledge, after having given up an (ironically) filthy penalty shot winner to Ariel in Week 7.
The Dojo bounced back from a tough loss to the Anklebiters to coasting through Mega Touch 4-1 last week. Important in the campaign is consistent attendance, so with Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of 18,472,350 water breaks and jostling teams (even those not currently scheduled to play) for shade, a healthy showing for the company in urban camo is necessary.
Prediction: Expect Sheena, Gabe, Connor, and Ariel to provide significant contributions to the score sheet, with captain Dave (and his on and off knee) and Eugene to hold the back line. At times the defense will yield to the dipsy doodle, hard-shooting techniques from CK’s Will and Liam, but it’s the Kills’ offense that will ultimately suffocate The Dojo if it doesn’t dominate possession. Dave and the blues will be victorious by 3.
Instant Karma (L/W/W/L/L) at Filthier (L/W/L/W/SO), Tompkins West, 1630
Approaching the midpoint of the season, Chadtrick’s Karma clan hasn’t yet stabilized a clean enough record to clear the bar of not having to play the play-in game (yes, I know, too early). Our evil monsters in yellow, spearheaded by helmet-wearing Walker himself, put an 8-3 spook on Karma in Week 7.
Meanwhile, Filthier’s 1-1- 1 record in their last three means a somewhat satisfactory 3 points of a possible 6, but the result is from facing two top tier—and very much in form—squads in the process. On paper, this upcoming matchup seems like the best remedy to make themselves much apparent as a top division member.
Even though Ann M may be the only Filthier personnel representing her team on the stats page, the league may see Sunny M and James P on the list soon. Karma should expect staunch defending from Lesser Hemsworth Jr. Jr., but word on the streets is that he’s a no-show because he’ll be engaging in talks with FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde about a possible free transfer of fullback Rafinha to Instant Karma. With Isaac’s absence, it’s the team’s hope that Nicole C staunchly defends the Karma half while Cory V, Alfred L, and Lisa Heartbreaker contribute offensively, peppering shots at Filthier’s Tim K.
Prediction: Considering the forms of both teams, neither will have it easy. Lack of rhythm on the court (hockey-wise, and perhaps musically, too, due to the cacophony from punk rockers on the other side of Tompkins) will make this an awful affair, from which Filthy will be victorious by only one goal.
Mathematics at Dark Rainbows
The Rainbows and Math. Math and the Rainbows. We all know quite a bit about how each of these team plays hockey. But how to they fare at…….swimming? Because that’s about all anyone is going to be doing at Tompkins Square Park this Sunday.
This one’s getting rained out, kids.
(Dear Math and the Rainbows: If we miraculously play Sunday, I will whip up a real preview for your 2 teams on the spot Sunday morning. Because I am just that good.)
Ok, ok, out of love for these 2 teams and self-imposed guilt, I’ll write it now…
The Norris clan of Zach, Sam, Becky, Nathan, Bartholomew J. Norris, and Chester Copperpot Norris have continued the long tradition of Math being one of the most fun teams in the league. But, they’ve also added some talent. Math are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Ace bar division (4-0 in their division!), and Chester Copperpot Norris has had nothing to do with that (no offense bud, but your family is way better at hockey than you are). Who HAS had something to do with that are whoever this new guy John is, and also Sarah H. locking down the D. Combined with all their skilled veterans, this team is now a well-oiled machine. They’ve been flying under the radar a bit this season, but nothing gets past this seasoned (read: weathered) old reporter. Math are a team to beat.
Meanwhile, the Rainbows are in a rebuilding year. They’ve embarked upon this rebuilding year the RIGHT way, the BTSH way. Tia and Josh are building camaraderie whilst showing the new Rainbows the ropes on the rink as well. Team BBQs, hanging after the game, team photo shoots, aquarobics classes together, morning bingo at the local senior citizens center (ok, so maybe I’m mistaken about some of the specific things they’re doing together, but the point is that they’re bonding). This all MIGHT not be enough to beat Math this week, but it is enough to win…….our respect.
Prediction: I say “might” not be enough to beat Math because much like the Jamie vs. Tia photo competition…..this one is going to be a lot closer than you think. Tune in at 5:30 on the east rink to find out.
Fuzz at Gremlins
What’s going on with the Fuzz this year? All of the core pieces from last year’s dominant squad have returned, but the chemistry seems to be missing. Or are Alexa and Jeff that important? If they are absent again this week then steam will be shooting out of Richiepoothang’s ears before the end of the ref’s first beer.
Uh, who knew Cody is this good? (back-to-back hat tricks, ugh!) Captain Mills has been beaming with pride from finding this diamond in the Free Agent rough. (or was that Cathy or Buschie? I can’t keep up with this happy-go-lucky group) If he can make it to this week’s game then it’s game over for the Fuzz.
Prediction: the battle of the helmets between Walker and Jeff will come down to who wears it better. It’s Maire. Gremlins continue to roll, 5-3.