Thanks for the update.
Please offer my hearty congratulations to both
Master's champion teams.
Tell Markie-san to check his bag for bricks.
Have fun, everyone.
--- Uncle Terry <uncleterry@...
> Now that things have calmed down a bit, there's time
> to describe Saturday's events in a bit more detail.
> As we mentioned earlier, there were no semifinals in
> the Women's Masters division, so those games didn't
> take long. In the Open Masters semifinals, the
> matchups were the 1st seed Aussies against the 4th
> seed Brits in one game, and the 3rd seed Kiwis
> against the 2nd seed defending world champion
> Americans in the other.
> The Oz-GB game was a tight battle the entire way.
> The score was tied 2-2 for the longest time, until
> the Kangaroo Riders broke the tie near the end for a
> 3-2 victory.
> The US-NZ game was not as tight. Even though his
> mom wasn't watching at the time, forward Pat
> Carboneau knocked in 3 quick goals for an early Yank
> lead, which eventually extended to an 8-0 final.
> So both finals were going to be Oz against America.
> The Women's game was expected to be cut and dried.
> In the triple round robin preliminaries, the Aussies
> had dominated, winning every game easily. With
> several members from previous World teams which had
> experienced much success over the last 20 years,
> everyone expected the final to be no different.
> Everyone except the Americans. 6 minutes into the
> game, Brigit Grimm took a pass from Mary Jo Ferris
> and tossed the puck into the goal for a 1-0 US lead.
> A few minutes later, Mojo hammered one in herself,
> and the Yanks went into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
> In the second half, the AussieLadies managed to
> score a goal of their own, but it was quickly
> answered by another Mojo goal, and the US held on to
> finish 3-1.
> The Open Masters final match was much anticipated.
> Both teams had impressive credentials. The North
> Americans had several members from the team which
> achieved a surprising (to some) victory in the
> previous World Championships in Calgary, while the
> gang from Down Under had several members from the
> various Men's division teams which dominated hockey
> at the world level for much of the 80s and 90s, led
> by captain Mike Gillespie, who has several World
> Championship gold medals in his drawer. The two
> teams had the same records in the round robin, and
> had tied their last match against each other. But
> the scores of previous games meant nothing, and
> everything was riding on one match.
> From the beginning of the game, both teams
> threatened the other's goal, but neither side could
> score. The referees were keeping a tight rein on
> things, calling frequent fouls. Apparently the US
> players thought it would be more interesting if they
> played with a handicap, so Mark Voelker found his
> way to the penalty box for a 2-minute period. That
> didn't seem to be enough, so Mike Grimm followed
> soon after, along with an extremely dubious call for
> a penalty shot. Though Timmy Burke defended
> bravely, the Aussies converted the penalty shot for
> a 1-0 lead.
> The American team was able to repel any further
> attacks until it returned to full strength. Since
> this was clearly a boring situation, it became time
> for another visit to the penalty box, this time by
> Ben Erickson. 30 seconds later, he was followed by
> Mike Grimm. Keeping with custom, the refs again
> declared a penalty shot upon Mike's ejection. Once
> again, the Aussies shot it past Timmy for a 2-0
> lead. Halftime followed soon after, and the teams
> had a chance to evaluate their situations.
> For the Yanks, the situation appeared grim (no pun
> intended). The Australians are known as a second
> half team, able to make halftime adjustments to deal
> with whatever their opponents were doing. We were
> going to have to begin the 2nd half two players
> down, against a team that was used to getting its
> way. On the positive side, we were losing 2-0, and
> any true American fan knows that is a familiar path
> to victory. Besides, the Aussies had been unable to
> score against us any time we had more than one
> person in the water. You could almost say we were
> right where we wanted to be.
> All we had to do was keep some of our players in the
> water. The coaches tried to distract the players
> from the sight of deck officials adding more chairs
> to the penalty box area (just in case). The plan
> for the second half was to play conservatively when
> we were 2 men down, and open things up any other
> Fortunately the Men in Light Blue false started on
> the first strike of the second half, which gave the
> US men the puck and, more importantly, killed some
> time to allow Ben to return to the water, getting us
> up to 5 players (which, for the sake of argument,
> we're going to call "scoring strength"). Shortly
> afterward, Mike also returned-it was like playing
> with extra players!!
> Yet the Wizards from Oz still had the lead, and
> didn't seem to want to share it. Three minutes into
> the half, sensing that something needed to be done,
> and envious of those who had been resting in the
> penalty box, Doug Roth allowed a hard shot of Craig
> McKenzie's to deflect off his stick and hit him in
> the face. The Duck floated to the surface, and a
> ref, apparently paying attention, helped him to the
> side of the pool. There was quite a brouhaha, as
> Simon Talbot stopped by to show Doug several places
> on his face where he had previously received wounds,
> and Craig McKenzie offered to perform CPR.
> After a couple minutes, Doug was carted away to a
> more sheltered area and play began. The great
> sacrifice had the desired effect. The inspired US
> team almost immediately scored a goal. But still
> down 2-1, and not knowing how long we would be
> without Duck's services, we had to resort to
> tried-and-true tactics-it was time for Kendall Banks
> to go to the penalty box for 2 minutes. With the US
> playing the familiar man-down formation (and with
> only one sub for the 3 midfield positions) play
> continued scorelessly for several minutes.
> Kendall's penalty time ran down, so to keep the
> man-down advantage Markie V visited the penalty box
> for 2 minutes With about 6 minutes left in the
> game, Doug appeared in the substitution area, super
> glue dripping from his face, and began to put his
> gear back on.
> Our boys were once again inspired, but were tired.
> So well-rested Doug had to step up to the plate.
> With 2 minutes left in the game, Pat Harris stuffed
> an Aussie advantage puck, tossed it to Markie V, who
> flung it outside to Duck, who sped away on a reverse
> upside down breakaway (he had to position himself so
> he could see the goal with his good eye) to score
> the tying goal. In the spectator area the cries of
> "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oy Oy Oy" died down, drowned
> out by American chants. Regulation time ran out,
> and we were in for an overtime period that was sure
> to be exciting.
> The first half of the overtime period proceeded
> relatively uneventfully. For 5 minutes the puck
> moved back and forth with no one gaining a
> significant advantage. For the second half, the
> Yanks needed to pull something out of their bag of
> tricks. So, sticking with familiar territory, Ben
> Erickson got sent to the penalty box 15 seconds into
> the period. The US was unable to immediately
> capitalize on the advantage of being a man down.
> Then, with 3 minutes to go, Aussie captain Mike
> Gillespie was sent to the penalty box. It appeared
> the Southerners were attempting to use the American
> plan for success. But, unlike the Stars & Stripers,
> the Aussies were used to playing with 6 players.
> Relishing the advantage of having 5 against 5, the
> Yanks were ready. With about 1:50 to go, Mikey
> Grimm and Rich Gray (who did a marvelous imitation
> of Mike's zig-zag) brought the puck up the pool,
> tossing it to Markie V, who tossed it to Kendall.
> Seeing Mike moving into position, Kendall tossed
> back to Mike. But Mikey didn't move fast enough and
> Pat Carboneau, confident that his mom was now
> watching, intercepted the pass and took the puck to
> the goal.
> The fans (at least the Americans ones) went wild,
> especially Pat's mom. As the teams got ready for
> the final strike with one minute to go, the American
> men were given one simple instruction (DO . NOT .
> LET . THEM . SCORE!). Pat Harris sprinted to the
> puck, and took it directly to the right wall, where
> the Yanks were able to keep it till time ran out.
> For the statistically minded, the Yanks received 23
> advantage pucks to the Aussies 19, the Aussies had a
> 2-0 lead in penalty shots, the US held the lead in
> penalty minutes, 16-6, and in the 40 minute game the
> US had the lead for a bit over a minute and a half.
> Oh, and the US won, 3-2.
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