The Stick Pull (Living Legend)
Scratches: Slick (legal problems), Lobsterboy (familial obligations), Colonel (healthy scratch), Giebelhaus (exploitative employer), Ottoman (unsanctioned sex), Pig Farming Goalie (exploitative employer), Paul One (familial obligations)
Nibs' big game came at the expense of Gump, who struggled in his first
start in two weeks.
"You don't wanna get down on your goalie, but it was tough," said Rudy of his side's goaltending woes. "He was letting in everything."
"Gump had a horrible game today," said Elvis. "When you've got guys on your team who can put it between a goalie's legs as easily as they can, it's just a formula for success."
Indeed, the suffering shotstopper was beat repeatedly by long shots between his leg pads, goals that seemed to knock the stuffing from his mates.
"It's tough to stay motivated when four out of the last six shots go in on bad goals," said Billy Idol. "They had no problem scoring goals today."
"It's just really demoralizing," said Beetle Boy. "Some days you have an off day in net, and I think Gump was just having an off day."
"The hard thing is on the team," said Gump of his goaltending misadventure. "I let some weak ones in, and it definitely takes a toll on the team."
Not that Gump was going to dwell on poor play, as he bounced back
strongly to win Sunday's consolation game, 10-7.
"You've just got to try to make a couple of good saves, try to get your head back in it," said the grieved goaltender of his afternoon rebound. "I just have to get back to basics, keep my head straight, keep angles cut down, try to make some saves."
Sunday's game actually started well for Gump and his overmatched mates,
as they jumped to a surprising 3-1 lead. But it was only a matter of time
before their powerhouse opponents turned on the goal light.
"We just had to be patient," said Lak Attack. "We knew we were going to get our opportunities, sooner or later. We kinda took over from there."
"We just had to regroup and just remember that we were indeed the better team," said Elvis.
"At the beginning, we were struggling a little to put it in the net," said New Guy.
But once the defensive dike was breached, the goal flood quickly followed. The two-goal deficit soon became a lead that got as large as ten.
"Their lead just kept expanding," said Rudy. "We just couldn't keep up."
"They were just all over us," said Beetle Boy. "It was just really daunting to go up against them."
"You almost feel at times that you're fighting a losing battle," said Billy Idol. "You take your lumps and that's it."