by Jay Suburb
Playing his first game of the season, it would have been
easy for Bulldog to get lost in the lineup of star players around him.
But it took a handful of blistering goals from the canine
centerman to spark his star-studded mates to a dramatic come-from-behind
After spotting the underdogs a quick two-goal advantage
on their first two shots at a barely sober Gump, Bulldog and his talented
teammates, including Lak Attack, the Colonel and Elvis, struggled most
of the game to find their pace. And each other, as passes went awry,
offensive breakouts broke down. Heading into the game's final period,
the powerhouse squad were stumbling, down 15-12.
That's when Bulldog stepped up his attack, and stepped
into his shots.
"Clearly I made a few quick defensive mistakes at
the beginning that cost our team a couple of goals," says the feisty
forward, who missed the season's first ten weeks to pursue educational
opportunities in a faraway city. "I knew I had to make up for it
A pair of quick, rapier wrist shots by Bulldog that eluded
Pig Farming Goalie low to his stick side ignited his line to four straight
goals, the first time in the game they'd managed to outscore their opposing
"Things started to click for us," says Bulldog
of his line's sudden scoring outburst. "We're not used to working
with each other, we just had to tinker with the system."
And once those long shots started to find their mark,
the complexion of the game changed, says Beetle Boy. "Those long
shots just kill you. You're playing the dekes, you're playing the skill
players, but when the long shots start happening, you're not quite sure
how to play against it."
"I was too tired," says Pig Farming Goalie,
who's frustration escalated as the long-distance shots blasted past
him. "It's always tough to let goal in, but when you see so much
orange, you feel like you are working in Sunkist company."
"They had all the bullets," says Wink. "We
were ducking, but eventually we knew we were going to get hit."
A couple of goals, including a lightning slapshot of his
own by Wink, kept the score close, but another seeing-eye blast off
Bulldog's stick set the table for the inevitable final course.
"Ultimately we just tired, and other team get tons
of shots on net," says Pig Farming Goalie.
"I've always said I hate playing against Bulldog,"
says Elvis. "I think his long-shot goals are what kept us in it
and got the momentum to swing our way."