Week three in the Correlieu Secondary School intramural floor hockey saw sportsmanship writ large once again, and featured the rarest of floor hockey events: a goalies’ duel. It went a little like this:
At High Noon last Wednesday (Feb. 13) the Silky Salmons defeated the Stick Breakers by a score of 12-5.
Coming off their stinging loss to a fossilized Nordiques team, the Stick Breakers were eager to show what they were made of against the yet untested Silky Salmons.
It was a spirited contest fuelled by sibling rivalry in the Salmons clan.
Sportsmanship was on full display after the Silky Salmons jumped out to a commanding 9-0 lead early in the contest.
The boys relaxed at that point, went four corners, and tried to set up tender Sam Inwood for the rare as hen’s teeth goalie goal.
By game end, Inwood had set an unofficial floor hockey record with four shots on goal by a tender. Alas, his dream of a Marty Brodeur special would go unfulfilled, though the 40+ member crowd enjoyed the laughter-filled and entertaining contest nonetheless.
Amelia Musselman had two goals for the Stick Breakers, including a goal-scorers roof-daddy to pace the ladies offensively.
Under siege from the opening face-off, Rachel Paley made several excellent saves to keep the game going.
For the Silky Salmons, it was a team win all-around, with solid contributions from every player.
It was the sort of strong, sporting win that has the Silky Salmons as an early front-runner for the coveted CSS Floor Hockey Most Sportsmanlike Team trophy.
The following lunch hour (Feb.14) saw the Tolitas win their first match of the season 3-2 over the Nordiques
More than fifty students and teachers found their way to the Correlieu Secondary School gym on a sunny, cold Valentine’s Day.
Most came to see their “favourite” teachers sweat and flail, and ultimately get railed by the two-time champion Tolitis squad.
“Of course Tolitis will win,” they said.
“The only question is by how many?”
Very few in attendance expected to see a “real” game.
That, as they say, is why you play the games.
Fears of a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at the hands off the formidable Tolitis posse were quickly put to rest when Troy Moore silenced the crowd early, breaking the ice with a beauty to the top corner.
Staked to an unexpected 1-0 lead, the over-age underdog Nordiques hung on for dear life in the face of waves of pressure from Tolitas.
Despite a game effort from Nordiques tender “Suitcase” Biller, the Tolitis clawed back into the lead, taking a 2-1 lead on goals by Dawson McGilveray and Austin Amos.
Despite being under constant siege in their own end, the Nordiques were able to pot the tying goal against the flow of the game when Fred Rogger snapped up a loose ball like it was the last cheeseburger at a staff barbecue.
Young, fast, and skilled the Tolitis redoubled their offensive pressure.
Austin Amos finally put his second of the game past “Suitcase” with only minutes left to play.
Cam Hender slammed the door on any hope of a Nordiques comeback after that, making several acrobatic saves. His last minute save on a quick one-timer from Craig Kitamura salted away the 3-2 win.
Sometimes, especially for old-timers, a loss can feel like a win.
And that, as they say, is why you play the games.