Week four in the Correlieu Secondary School intramural floor hockey proved that having fun with your friends is the best reason to play any intramural sport, regardless of the score.
Although the competition level in this week’s games dipped some from earlier contests, the fun and laughs more than made up for that.
Likely the most notable development from this week’s games was the clear emergence of the Meatheads as the team people like to cheer against.
Coming off a one-sided opening game win, the Icemen were flush with confidence entering their match against the 8% on Wednesday (Feb. 2), having tasted the “thrill of victory.”
By the end of the game, however, they were all too familiar with the “thrill of victory’s” unpopular sibling, the “agony of defeat” after suffering a 10-0 walloping.
Stinging from their one goal loss to the Meatheads, 8% came out fast, looking to make a statement and definitively right their season.
Scoring for 8% was balanced and frequent, with Dawson Rusk, Liam McKnight and Rylan Murphy leading the attack.
Rusk once again stung the crossbar, but this wasn’t a game that swung on a near miss, so he shrugged it off with his typical good humour.
Other than a couple saves on Austin Podger dangles, Kaden Ekstrom was able to spend much of the game catching up on homework (at least I think that’s what he was doing).
Ryan Murray set a new standard for slow, lazy line changes, setting off calls for the rarest of all floor hockey penalties, too many folks on the floor.
No stranger to boos and catcalls, Murray found an even lower gear as he plodded off the floor.
Trey Lightening was held to a single shot on goal, but at least his name was spelled correctly this week.
Sam Goulet was strong between the pipes for the Icemen but received no offensive support. Goulet would be well served to have his agent focus on save percentage and not goals against when contract negotiations next roll around.
The week’s second one-sided tilt saw the Meatheads move to 2-0 with a convincing 12-2 victory over the always-entertaining Chicks With Sticks on Thursday (Feb. 21).
Over-served with confidence, the Meatheads looked ready for the Federal League as every player tried to pad his stats in the hopes of catching Reggie Dunlop’s eye with the Johnstown Chiefs.
Impressive as the win was, the crowd simmered audibly at some dubious dangles and slipshod sportsmanship as the game was put out of reach early.
Already a motley array of flockey mercenaries gathered loosely under their common banner, the Meatheads added another early season rental just before the ball dropped: Dylan Vause.
Vause — known only as “Red Shirt Boy” for most of the contest — played well for the emerging league villain Meatheads.
Unfazed, the Chicks With Sticks battled hard and steadfastly refused to not have fun, regardless of the score getting away from them.
Danielle Gamache put a beauty under the bar for the girls, while Casey Fisher rounded out the scoring for the Chicks With Sticks. Though they lost the game, the crowd had a clear favourite — and it wasn’t the skull and crossbones crew known as the Meatheads.
Quick correction from last week: the Salmons’ battle from last week was between cousins, not siblings. This was the author’s error all the way, as were the misspelled names.