After gearing up for the first game of the evening in the CAPTAIN’s
room, the Chaos were ready to take the ice. The first game is always
critical. The Chaos is unlike most of their competition. A team made up
of players from two countries and three states that only play together
once a year – at the tournament. Team chemistry is never in question –
only how long will it take to gel as a powerful, skating unit.
“Hey Jay! Did you even open your bag last year?” comes a smart
(*&(#*& comment from the locker room. “Yeah. I actually played once or
twice” This is a good sign.
Hailing from the East Coast – the team looks to Dwight for the inside
scoop on what to expect from the Misfits. “No problem” he responds “
Grab their sweaters and tell em-the Patriots suckl. That will play with
The first period is off to a slow start for the Chaos. They look
sluggish and ineffective. Frustrated, Kappler takes a 2-min, penalty for
goaltender interference trying to create some confusion in from of the
net. Several shots are taken by the ENFORCER, Belding and Pete – but to
no avail. On the first power play of the weekend, still no points. In
the waning moment, the Misfits draw first blood at 1:34 on the rock of
the team, the goalie, Joey. Morale begins to wane. But with the defense
caught napping, a 2 on 1 breaks loose at 1:06. Joey (SUPERMAN) makes the
save. This sparks the Grind line – Kappler and Belding streak down with
deft maneuvering to pull away with a 2 on none play. But are stuffed by
THE WALL – the Misfit’s goalie.
The second period is more evenly matched. The old Chaos chemistry is
beginning to get cooking. At 9:45, a blistering shot by the enforcer….at
8:38 a shot by the CAPTAIN…and at 8:34 an assist form the CAPTAIN to the
PAUL for a goal!!!!! At this point, the tide began to change. Kappy
ripped another shot at 6:27 and with a Pete led drive late in the
period….the CAPTAIN scored again at 3:39 off an assist from the PAUL.
And they never looked back….goals in the last period game from Paul
at 3:34 on an assist from Pete McDonald. And THE ENFORCER scored
unassisted with 1 sec left on an empty net….and with only 4 minutes of
penalties…the crowd is wondering is this team gritty enough to make the
finals? With a 4-1 victory under their built, the Chaos returned to the
hotel to celebrate.
Player of the game honors went to Paul despite
a great effort by me who actually deserved it for taking two of his
slappers of the back of my legs.
2nd game – Saturday vs. The Loft at the Jack Bell Arena
The Chaos had plenty of time to rest up for their second game of the
Slug fest! Not since Slapshot….have we seen so many penalties.
3rd period – The Loft drew first blood at 6:41
3rd period at 3:44 Preston Belding score on a Brian Kappler assist
with the 2 man advantage
3rd period at 3:11 Jason Totszke score on an ENFORCER assist with the
2 man advantage
3rd period at :38 Terry FIdler score unassisted on power play
5 penalties for Chaos and 8 penalties for the Loft…6 in the third
Pregame dinner at Hooters to watch the Red Wings?
Pete yelling at Women’s hockey game….I think
Dave is talking about the fine job of coaching I did during a woman's
game that was going on before we started. They all appeared to be
very sluggish in my judgement and I was really trying to fire them up.
It did not work but it was good for som laughs.
Player of the game honors went to Steve who
capitalized on all of my hard work.
3rd game – Saturday vs. Georgian Pontiac
1st period at 8:09 Steve Benninger score first goal of game
unassisted with patented wrap-around effort. Chaos looking good!
1:26 later, GP scores and Chaos tumble from there. Legs look tired,
no fire in the belly.
2nd period scored at 7:43, &;13 and 1:20
3rd period at 9:18 Pete Mcdonald score unassited
4 penalty minutes for hooking to Eric Sandstrom (2nd) and Preston
The Enforcer won player of the game. How
a defenseman can win player of the game in a loss is beyond me. I
probably would have given it to the person who scored unassisted since
he was playing his heart out trying to carry his sorry linemates.
Chaos lost by a single point (goals for differential) to miss the
finals for the third straight year.
The Captain and Paul McDonald tied for point leaders for the
tournament. (Thanks to the supurb, unselfish