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March 23, 2015 • 9:15 AM

SUBSTITUTION BLUES

Today was a rematch against the Canadiens, who outskated us last game and managed to come back from a 2-goal deficit and beat us. They were the better team that day and they deserved the win, and I was fully expecting more of the same fast pace today as I drove down to the rink to the tune of Mastodon’s “Blood Mountain”, with penultimate track and album peak “Siberian Divide” making a nice drive-up song.

However, what I was not expecting was to play a team that should be in the next division up, but that’s pretty much what happened. We lost 6-2, but the game was not nearly as close as the score indicates because one of the oldest problems of amateur sports leagues showed up in the Aluminum League today: ringers, aka substitute players brought in who are too good to be playing at the level of the given league.
As took the warm-ups, we saw the Canadiens had a full team, and after just a few shifts it also became apparent we were fully overmatched. By the end of the second we had pretty much been dominated, to the point where probably 27 to 30 of the game’s 40 minutes took place in our half of the ice. By then were down 5-1 after a flurry of 3 goals late in the 2nd, and at that point it felt like such a blowout that Alex gazed at the scoreboard and wondered aloud if it was the almost end of the game. No such luck. 20 more minutes. However, the Canadiens had the game won at that point and they knew it, so they let up during the 3rd, being careful not to run up the score. It could also have been because they are sportsmanlike too, because do they play clean, don’t over-celebrate their goals, and in general have themselves a good time out there.

After playing out the 3rd and shaking hands, we retreated to our locker room, and the score sheet confirmed what we’d been thinking. They only skated 9 of their regulars today and had brought in no fewer than 5 substitute players, who coincidentally were very heavily involved in the scoring. The Canadiens are trying to ensure they stay in 2nd place behind Pier Pressure, and they did so by icing a team that with several players that are too good to be playing at our (admittedly low) level. I’ll look the other way at 1 or even 2, but 5? We know the core of their team moved down from a higher division last year, but today it felt as if their entire team had done so. Maybe they didn’t realize how much better they were going to be with today’s lineup, but as it stands now I don’t feel as lousy as I usually do about losing. The late-afternoon drive home / postgame-reflection to Mastodon’s “Once More Around The Sun” was surprisingly relaxing and
 clear given the hour and the lopsided game.
Next week is a rematch with Pier Pressure, who we managed to beat 5-4 on a day when their lineup was heavily depleted. A look at the standings reveals that aside from that anomaly they are 6-0, with 31 goals for and only 7 against. D’oh.

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