When a team
Isn't Really, a Team....
Most hockey folks and a lot of others have seen the movie
"Youngblood". A movie featuring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze
and Cynthia Gibbs. It's hockey movie covering the fictional life
of Dean Youngblood as he tries to make the transission to adult
hockey in Canada on what he hopes will lead to an NHL career.
Youngblood felt he was a natural and was destine for bigger
things. All through his life growing up on the ice Youngblood
dominated most aspects of the game, but not all.... In a scene
where Dean's playing his first game as a Hamilton Mustang,
Dean is on the same shift as Derrik Sutton (Patrick Swayze)
and as the play moves down the ice, Dean feels he should be
the one controlling the puck, as he feels he will score. A heated
confrontation arises between Derrik and Dean after the play,
in which Derrik tries to instill the team concept in Dean.
One man may be the team, but is not a team by himself. A
Youngblood,.... may think he or she is the team, but needs
the team to be the team. You have young players who try
out for the adult teams every year thinking they,... will be the
star. They,... may think they can play better than everyone else
out on the ice. They,... may have that skill set, but they must
accept that they need the team to succeed, more than the team
may need them.
The lines of players you see out on the ice, usually have the
fortune of those players playing well together as a team. But on
occasion, sometimes on a road game, you may have a short
bench. In a case like that, an individual must learn to play with
others not normally on his line. The individual must learn to be
more open to the skills of others and play the puck as a team.
This past Friday found the Bears on one of those road games
in Monroe, Wisconsin playing the Madison Blues. The bench
may have been a little short, so the Bears showed how well
they play as a team.
It may have been Madison's #18 Clinton Anderson scoring first
with 8:44 gone on a power play, but it was the Bears who once
again roared as a team. Bears #12 Chris Thompson tallied first
with about 4-1/2 minutes left as #10 Cory George and #28 Jake
Schultz collected assists. George lit the lamp himself 78 ticks later
with the help of #6 Grant Gysbers as the Bears held a 2-1 lead
at the first break.
The Blues' #3 Ryan Roeming collected his first of the contest
about 9-1/2 minutes into the 2nd frame to knot the contest at 2
all. And it was Madison's collecting his 2nd tally of the night
about 2-1/2 minutes later to post the Blues to a 3-2 lead. When
you need a rally, count on the Bears! With about a minute left
in the 2nd Bears' Schultz lit the lamp as Thompson and #24
Robbie "Red" Coleman assisted. And,... 32 ticks later it was
Thompson who rallied for the lead, tallying his 2nd as Coleman
collected his 2nd assist. The Bears held a slim 4-3 lead heading
into the 3rd period.
As play got under way in the 3rd, it was the Bears' #17 James
Goodfellow taking passes from George and #9 Terry Kalata to
forge the Bears a 2 goal lead with 2:09 gone. Madison's #21
Matt Strang did his best to cut that lead, ringing one up about
3 minutes later. Yet,.... less than 2 minutes later, Bears' Thompson
collected his hat trick goal unassisted to rebuild that lead. Yet,
the Blues' would not fade as Roeming collected his 2nd of the
night on a power play with 10:51 gone in the frame. With a little
less than 5 minutes left in the period, Madison knotted the contest
at 6 all as #14 Casey Davenport found twine. And,... with about
3-1/2 minutes left, it was the Bears Coleman who sealed the deal,
ringing up a pass from Thompson to post the Bears to a 7-6 win!
The Saturday night road game against Vernon Hills was a 1-0
Bears win via a forfeit. The Bears are at home this Friday for a
big game against West Bend, and on Saturday against Eagle
River, not Vernon Hills as scheduled. The Bears record thus far:
13-8-1 (27 points) League 16-10-1 Overall
Elvis -- "the Growl" of the Fond du Lac Bears