The return of Justin, scourge of London Masters HL shooters! Obviously tired of abusing other goalie’s hearing with his booming shots of the rear boards, Justin has returned to his traditional spot between the pipes – damn – now I have to be more careful in goalie scheduling to keep the whining and complaints down to a reasonable roar. Anyway, last week, 1 goalie, this week 3! where is the happy (and workable) average.

First game started with tight defense and stellar goaltending – for awhile it looked like both teams would be held off the scoresheet for the entire period but Team Dirka scored late and then quickly added 2 more to end the period leading Team Jacquie 3-0. Team Dirka added 2 more in the 2nd and 1 more in the 3rd and it looked like Justin might be looking at one of the rarest of achievements – a shutout in lacrosse! But it was not to be, a questionable non call at the crease and a Team Jacquie player was able to retrieve a loose ball and stuff it by Justin to erase his shutout chances. Final score Team Dirka 6  – Team Jacquie 1.

In the 2nd game, Team Blair was Blair-less no more. Finally a decent turnout and Justin in net – should be a good for a much stronger performance. On the other hand Team Lia was missing their spiritual leader/owner and needed a short term recruit from Team Jacquie to provide some help on the bench. Goal scoring was fast and furious as Team Lia got to Justin early but Team Blair kept coming back to tie things up. Teams were tied  4 – 4 at the end of the 1st, and, despite some questionable score recording, teams were tied again at 8 – 8 at the end of 2 even though the scoreboard showed Team Blair ahead 10-6. Not sure how an 8-8 (or 10-6) score got reworked to 10-7 (math is hard?) but on with the 3rd. In the 3rd, Team Blair got a couple  and Team Lia was pushing hard. Justin returned to his 1st game form and was able to stop pretty well everything Team Lia threw at him. Dylan was able to score once but it was not enough – irregardless of the correct score Team Blair finished out the game with a victory – Team Blair 12 (or 10?) – Team Lia 11 (or 9). Whatever …I can pretty well guarantee that the actual goals again total probably won’t affect the final regular season standings or playoff seedings!

Overall a good week – much better turnouts. As always, team performance is highly dependent on player turnout.

Next is Week #4 Wednesday May 25, 2016 Kinsmen Arena

Team Lia  vs.  Team Dirka     8:00pm – 9:00pm

Team Blair  vs.  Team Jacquie     9:00pm – 10:00pm

See you then.