rugged defensive play has contributed as much to his five game winning
streak as his knack for scoring timely goals.
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streak to five, with a bullet
by Jay Suburb
Five weeks into his sophomore season, Elvis has yet to
taste the bitterness of defeat.
Early in Sunday's game, with his team down 4-0, he didn't
want to talk about the streak. But when his team sealed a hard-fought
20-17 win on the Colonel's seeing-eye blast past a flailing ER, he was
"I think late in the game, everyone just started
chipping in," says the streaking sniper. "There was no pressure
once things started going our way."
And a lot of the credit for that turnaround goes to Elvis,
says Pig Farming Goalie.
"He score goal, he run all the time, he never slow
down," says the agrarian goaltender.
"He comes to play, for sure," says Paul One,
who's defensive gaffe late in the game, when he coughed up a clearing
pass right onto the stick of a forechecking Lak Attack, almost cost
his team the chance to win. "He's got the skill, he's got the endurance,
you can put him on pretty much any line out there and you know he's
gonna score and he's gonna contribute."
Since he first stepped onto the concrete hockey court
early last season, Elvis has set the tone as one of the game's hardest
working players, crashing the boards, digging in the corners for the
evil orange plastic ball, hustling back to clear dangerous rebounds.
"He play back, he play good defense," says Pig
Farming Goalie. "He come back on two-on-one he take guy without
ball while he leave me guy with ball; guy have no option but to shoot
at me and I make save."
"He helps you at both ends of the court," says
notorious gameshow host gone bad, Wink. "He's a very good forechecker,
he's a very good back checker, he's all over the place."
And while his touch around the net may not yet rival the
goal-scoring prowess of a Lak Attack or the Kid, it was those two skilled
snipers who slinked off the court in defeat Sunday.
"Road hockey has always been a game about heart and
desire more than talent," says Wink.
"I just gotta go out there and play the same way
I always do," says Elvis.
With the spotlight shining on Elvis' winning ways, some of the roadsters
may be looking for his stick in the pre-game stick pull. But that could
backfire, said Paul One.
"He's riding it pretty well right now, so maybe you wanna be on his
team next week, or maybe you don't," said the veteran forward, who's
ridden streaks of his own during his long career. "The funny thing
about streaks is that they always come to an end. We've probably just
put the whammy on it."
Sunday's game was as close to a goaltenders' battle as a game up to
20 goals can get. It took almost an hour to play the first period. And
despite spotting his opponents a four-goal lead, Pig Farming Goalie said
they were hardly worthy of the advantage.
"They score four goals early, two I had no chance on, but first goal
right between legs and I thought oh no, here we go," said the sophomore
But his teammates didn't panic, giving him the chance to get his game
in order. By the first break, the advantage had been whittled to 5-4.
"I don't think we got down at all," said Paul One. "The
whole time out there we just kept plugging away."
"I think we had two strong lines, and the other team just couldn't
find a way to get around us," said Elvis.
But all their hard work was almost nullified late in the game when sloppy
clearing attempts resulted in two quick goals, tying the game at 17. Moments
later, Lak Attack deked his way through the flatfooted defense to the
edge of the crease. Pig Farming Goalie stuck out his pad.
"If Lak score goal, momentum shift over to their side," said
the comeback creaseminder, who made his first start in three weeks. "It
is a difference of inches."
"(Pig Farming Goalie) made some unbelievable saves against the Kid
and Lak," said Elvis. "He was large when he had to be. He gave
us the chance to come back and win the game."