Street Hockey Report for Thursday 12th November 2015

1. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Well we had a couple of great nights of hockey on Friday October 30 and Friday November 6. For the 30th, despite the dire predictions of our local Halloween-o-phile and founder Dave Gutteridge, we had a huge turnout with 17 players including 2 goalies. I made the mistake of not throwing sticks in the middle to choose teams and instead let the teams be determined by who turned up wearing black vs who turned up wearing white. As a result Team Black dominated Team White winning the first three games with Team White scoring only 5 goals (3 by Ted "Gordie Howe" Hunter) against Team Black's 15. I was on Team White and we lost equally well to both goaltenders. Thanks Chris Jones and Masa! Following game 3, we moved Dennis from Team Black to White and it really evened things out. Team White lost game 4 5-4 and then won game 5 5-3 breaking the losing streak. Thanks Dennis! Player of the night goes to Dennis. Play of the Day goes to newcomer Askar. Despite not having played since the fourth grade he beautifully tipped Ted Hunter's shot to the net over Masa's shoulder. A good time was had by all. Beers at Kita Toda followed sitting outside the combeni and all was right in the world.

We turned up again a week later on November 6 and had 19 players including new comers Jen and Peter. Only one goalie on this night and that was more than enough. We set a TSHA record for fewest goals scored with 10 for Team Black vs 6 for Team White. The goal drought meant that only 2 games were played but that was enough. Masa was good... the shooter tutor was a little better and not much happened. Steven Couture garners Player of the Night honors in his last TSHA appearance with a series of blistering goals scored on the slap shot, mostly top corner. I selfishly retain goal of the day for myself for my breakaway score as time expired ending game two at 5-5. Although not renowned in many offensive categories, I broke thought the middle and had the ball bounce off my chest, the defenseman and my knees before it dropped behind me and I picked it up crashed the net and dropped a backhand under Masa's glove. No I did not think I had it in me either... And so ended November 6th. Honorable mention to Jen who clearly had hockey experience and did well all night. Kudos to aged rookie Shaun Feather with a nice goal and 2 assists

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2. GAME ON for Friday, November 20, 8-10pm at Musashi-Urawa.

- Address: Saitama-ken, Toda-shi, Bijyogi 1-chome-8 (埼玉県戸田市美女木1丁目8)

- Map: http://g.co/maps/9q8fv

- Getting there: Meet at Musashi-Urawa station, West Exit at 7:30-7:45 and split taxis. If you find yourself alone, follow the signs to the West exit taxi queue and tell the taxi driver "Bijyogi i-chome no 7-11" or show him the address above. Beware there is also a 7-11 in Bijyogi ni-chome!!!!

Or you can walk to the rink from Musashi-Urawa or Kita-Toda station in about 15 minutes.

- Games: We aim for 4-5 games, usually first to 5 goals wins

- Jerseys: Please bring both a white and a dark shirt to play in.

- Cost: 2500 yen per player. Goalies, gals and first timers are 500yen.

If you have not RSVP'd please do. We are in either way

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3. The Future of the TSHA: Dates to Remember

Here are our hockey dates for the next several months. All are confirmed and all will be "Game On." Appreciate an email if you are coming but we have prepayed and we will be playing each and every one of these nights. Prepayment means it will never cost more than JPY 2,500 ever again. it also means we can't change the dates so please turn up!!

November 20; December 4; December 18; January 22; February 19; March 4; April 1; April 15

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4. Yamato Cup(s): TWO FOR ONE.... The rink is booked on weekends through February of next year so no Yamato Cup in the near future. But I'll not let the Yamato Cup die on my watch so Yamato Cup 2015 will be held in Musashi Urawa all day Sunday March 20, 2016. And Yamato Cup 2016 will be held the usual time: Sunday October 9, 2016. (Both are 3 day weekends) Save the dates!

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That is all for this week. Remember it's not about the hockey (and that's ok)

Regards,

Rich

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