by Jay Suburb
Nibs is a man of few words. He prefers to let his stick
do the talking. Sunday, it wouldn't shut up, as the rookie roadster
scored ten goals, leading his team to a soggy 20-12 victory.
"I don't know where Nibs buy stick, but I want to
play with stick like that," says Pig Farming Goalie of his prolific
Since being called up from the afternoon game earlier
this season, Nibs has quietly established himself as one of road hockey's
hardest shooters. Sunday, he announced his arrival as a bonafide sniper.
"Last week I only had two goals, and it was no big
deal," says Nibs, modestly. "Everybody's trying to score all
the time, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."
In a league peppered by players only too keen to unleash
their thundering slapshots, Nibs picks his spots. While others sail
their big shots wide and high over the net, hoping for a curve or aiming
for a fortuitous deflection, Nibs has uncanny accuracy to the top corners
and between opposing goalies' legs.
"He's hard to stop," says notorious gameshow
host gone bad, Wink, who's own slapshot has terrorized goalies since
the league's formative seasons at the old tennis courts.
"He quiet, but he show them," says Pig Farming
Indeed, Nibs' stealth has been key to his emergence as
one of the game's premiere scorers.
"He just works harder," says Lak Attack, who
recruited Nibs from the afternoon game. "It's about time he got
Defenders, accustomed to impeding the quickness of Lak
Attack, the craftiness of the Kid or the bombast of the Colonel, have
been slow to cover Nibs as he veers through the slot or parks himself
at the point.
"I usually try to get myself open all the time, so
I can get a chance," says Nibs.
"Everyone knows Nibs is a big shooter, other than
the guy who's checking him," says Wink.
And too often in Sunday's game, that was nobody, says
Elvis. "He was in the open quite a bit, and he was able to get
the shots off."
Against Nibs' rapier accuracy, that was costly.
"If the guy's got a big shot, you've gotta try to
take it away," says Wink.
"Defense seem to fall back on him lots," says
Pig Farming Goalie. "You cannot give him time to set up."
"All you can do is hope to frustrate him at the beginning
of the game to put his shot off the net," says Lak Attack. "Otherwise,
there's not much you can do."