Elvis' chance to make road hockey history slipped away, as his team of speedsters struggled in the steady drizzle that slicked the concrete courts late in the game.


Week 7
Slipping from history

Elvis and mates slide to first loss

by Jay Suburb

Elvis' chance at road hockey immortality slipped away on Sunday. Literally.

The feisty forward's bid to become the game's first unbeaten roadster ended after five wins in six weeks, when his side let an early lead slip away to a 23-21 overtime upset. It was a bitter blow for a team that had seemed destined to romp.

"I thought we had the game in hand," says Elvis, as his side took advantage of a shaky start by super sub shotstopper, ER, to score early and often.

Led by the speedy Lak Attack, the feisty playmaking of Paul One, and his own rugged play along the boards, Elvis and his mates opened a four-goal advantage by the game's second intermission. But then came the rain, and the deluge of defensive lapses that allowed the underdogs to get back into the game.

As the speedsters struggled with their footing, their outgunned opponents rifled long blasts that eluded a beleaguered Billy Idol. Five straight goals later, both sides knew they were in a battle.

"We certainly weren't expecting that to happen," says Elvis of the underdog's surprising surge. "It sort of set a new tone, and they just seemed to run away with it."

"Suddenly we're looking around and we realize we're in a close game," says Paul One. "You don't wanna put yourself in that position."

"Momentum was huge," says Wink, who'd almost given up on his side until their unlikely comeback. "We came together as a group, our goalie started making some big saves, the Kid came though, we had more heart."

And that's something his side lacked when they most needed it, says Paul One. "We slacked off and handed the game to them. We put it into cruise mode, and you can't afford to get cocky in road hockey."

Nor can a roadster afford to add up his win streak before it's engraved into the record books, as Elvis' controversial decision to skip last week's game in a futile attempt to extend his success seemed to motivate his rivals.

"You've gotta respect the streak," says Wink. "You've gotta do whatever it takes to keep the streak alive. Elvis didn't respect road hockey's history...and that's why he lost today."

After walking off the courts a loser for the first time this season, Elvis was philosophical about the demise of his winning run.
"I never really cared about the streak anyway," said the sophomore sharpshooter. "That was all media hype to begin with. If nobody else has anything else to talk about, I guess they've got something to talk about."
But other roadsters speculated this may just be the start of another streak.

"He'll start another one next week," said Paul One, "but maybe it'll be a losing streak."

Elvis' streak may have slipped away in more ways than one. A steady rainshower that made the concrete court as slick as ice seemed to coincide with his team's demise. Lak Attack struggled to keep his footing, Paul One crashed to the ground as he jostled with defenders, the Living Legend tumbled in his own zone, coughing up the evil orange plastic ball to the hovering Bird, who rifled it past a bewildered Billy Idol.
"It was a nasty court out there, wet concrete and wet leaves," said Paul One. "It was just terrible conditions."
"You can't run," said Elvis.

With the three regular goalies, Lobsterboy, Pig Farming Goalie and Ottoman, out of the lineup, Sunday's game was a showdown of backups. ER and Billy Idol struggled to shake off the cobwebs from their infrequent starts as each whiffed seemingly harmless long shots. Even the Living Legend managed to rifle a pair of long-distance blasts past ER.
"He didn't have the typical ER start," said Wink of his goalie's uneasy early-going. "But it was your typical ER finish, and that's all that matters."
At the other end, Billy Idol battled the ball all day. But, said Elvis, he didn't get much help. "We should have tied up their key players, we should have always had someone on Kid tying him up."
"We let Billy Idol down because we let them score goals right and left," said Paul One.