Highlights and Commentary
Training Camp 1
The day finally came. Golf clubs were put away, and the frantic search was on for all your pieces of hockey
equipment that were scattered about.
Sticks and tape were bought, and blades sharpened.
Dusty's Training Camp had arrived.
Dusty's again was ravaged by retirements and free agency. To fill up the gaping holes management again
went out with the team chequebook to sign some big guns. Management convinced Andre Beauchemin and his little brother
Joe to suit up for the local heroes. Hopefully they would be able to fill the gigantic shoes left by Marc Hebert, Ward
Fyke and # 2 Meatball, Robert Tremblay.
A search for a proven rearguard was still on. Richard "Barney" Bernat was leaning towards coming out of
retirement to suit up once again and deliver his many classic quotes in the dressing room, but team management were not too
First night of training camp started off badly. Mike Dumaine called and said he was holding out.
Andre Beauchemin forgot to read his email, and Pierre Leclaire was OTS, Out there somewhere.
Frantic for some warm bodies, management coerced the once premier power forward, Ward Fyke to come and lace
them up. Still needing at least one more body, Meatball #2 was contacted and he gladly accepted the team's plea.
With only 8 bodies, the first night would be difficult as an exhibition game was set up.
The first 10 minutes of the game went very well, as everyone was filled with adrenaline. But reality soon
set in. It was obvious that Barry Lavallee forgot to use his batch of Jergens during the summer as his granite hands
re-appeared. Was this the Barry that actually scored 60 goals last year? Joe looked a little confused as he was
trying to fit in with his new teammates. Donny "two sport" Trudeau had a permanent grimace on his face for the entire game.
Robert Perron looked very smooth in the early going. JP Lafleche played it smart and avoided injury by picking his spots.
At times Brian looked like the goalie that won 26 games last year, but he also looked like a goalie capable of giving any
In the end it was a good test for the local lads. The beer was there to comfort us and hide any anxiety
we had. Off to the bar for some premium snacks and everything in the world was good.
It got even better when Barney showed up and announced that he was definitely coming out of retirement to lace
them up once again!!
quote of the evening 1: yeah, give me a gross of condoms!
Training Camp 2
With the final training camp session under their belts, Dusty's Hockey Club has some serious questions surrounding
1. Offence - With the departure of Marc Hebert, Ward Fyke and Robert Tremblay, management thought they
had filled those holes with the acquisition of the Beauchemin brothers. But training camp showed something a little
different. The team struggled to score some goals, and team timing appeared to be a little off. Will Mike Dumaine
get the sophomore jinx, and fail produce? Will Barry Lavallee prove to be a one season wonder? Can the new
blood fuse together with the old too create a well oiled unit?
2. Defence - With Robert Perron holding out for the first three games of the season, the Big Three will
have to be JP, Donny and Barney. Will Barney respond after coming out of a one year retirement or will the ICE Man return?
Will Robert Perron get the sophmore jinx? Will Kelly Wallace be an effective spare defenseman?
3. Goaltending - Another huge question mark. First session of training camp, Brian looked alright
to very good. But he seemed to take a step backward during the second training camp session. Will his 26 win season
of last year be repeated? Or will he go down as a one year freak show!!
Starting Monday, these questions will have to be answered, as the local heroes will be taking on one of their
arch nemesis, The Broncos. Hopefully Pierre Leclaire can read the schedule and realize the game starts at 8:45 in IDC.
Dusty's Ridden Hard by Bastard Bronco's
With training camp over, it was now time to see if the free agent dollars spent by Dusty's management.
With the dropping of the puck, the first game of the 02/03 season began.
And it began with Brian making a save on the first shot. But, the second shot eluded him.
(an improvement from last year) The Broncos played the unpopular trap, and Dusty's could not figure it out.
Barry Lavallee continued to demonstrate his hands of stone as Brian struggled for some sort of
form in goal. The offence wasn't showing tonight, apparently, they lost their tickets for the big show.
With 15 minutes left to play, the local heroes found themselves down 3-1. Joe, Mike, Robert,
Andre, all rattled the biscuit off the posts so far during the game. But it was now crunch time. The lads got
one more, but the Broncos increased their lead to 4-2
With a tremendous push, Dusty's got to within one. But then, Barney got a "how you doing" on his
own blue line, and a Bronco broke free on Brian for the insurance marker.
Knowing he had to redeem himself, Brian stared him down and denied the old man his piece of glory.
Pumped by the first big save of the year, the boys came back and tied it all up to save some face.
Final score was Bronco's 4, Dusty's 4. Joe B. was the star of the game with the first
hat, and Mike Dumaine was the other goal scorer. Barry Lavallee was shut out!!
Quote: from Brian "gentlemen, I can tell you that the goaltending does get better, but it
also gets worse"
Storm Rise Up and Smother Dusty's
Another chapter in the heated battle between the Storm and Dusty's was played out this evening.
The Storm had not been able to beat Dusty's in the last three years. Unfortunately, that trend would not continue tonight.
Was it because it was a back to back week for the boys? A hot opposition goaltender?
Kelly Wallace playing defence? Total lack of focus? Who knows, but Dusty's could bag enough pucks behind the Storm
goalie. Posts and pads were the order of the evening for the local lads.
Barry Lavallee finally managed to put the puck in the net with Joe and Robert T. rounding out the
scoring. But Dusty's was playing catch up all night long and could not pull out or salvage anything out of this game.
The Storm mangled the mesh behind Brian for 6 big goals. Final score was Storm 6, Dusty's
Its a good thing the beer was cold, and the platters big and hot. The winless start does
not seem to be bothering the local heroes at this time. Team chemistry is evolving. Pierre is starting to come
to the games on time. All we need now is for Mike Dumaine to finish his frickin house so he can attend all the games.
The team is also looking forward to seeing Robert Perron back in uniform as word has it, he got cut from his latest European
Don Trudeau is staring to heal, after a grueling baseball season. Barney is rounding out
into perfect form as demonstrated by the icing calls. Andre is learning to adapt to his new skates, and Gerald is not
missing his brother, yet. JP finally got some real stretching in and should revert back to his steady style of play.
Will the team find the winning ways soon? Stay tuned till next week. Tuesday at 8:45
vs the Lorette Eagles.
Lorette Eagles Claw Dusty's
With the local Heroes looking for their first win, optimism was abound in the dressing room.
Their task would not be easy, as they were facing the smooth skating Eagles. Would the much vaunted Dusty's offence
finally show up this evening?
The puck was dropped and the game was on. In no time it was 6 - 2 for the Eagles. Dusty's
was being burned at every facet of the game. Offence, defence and especially goaltending.
Enough was enough. The newly hired guns that signed on the dotted line for Dusty's dug down
and found some inspiration. The tempo increased and Joe and Mike put on a clinic.
The game was tied and back and forth it went. But unfortunately Brian was in a pile of quicksand
all night. The local heroes mustered 10 goals, and on most night, that would guarantee a win. But it took all
10 goals to come away with a stinkin tie. Final score Eagles 10, Dusty's 10.
SilverHawks Feast on Dusty Flambé
Trying to rebound from a disaster on Tuesday, the local lads made their way out to St. Adolphe
to try and find their first win.
But Dusty's took a couple of early blows, even before the game started. Robert Perron and
Mike Dumaine abandoned their team once again. With only 8 healthy bodies, and a fragile minded goaltender, things were looking
A long story short, it was a catastrophic evening. Brian looked even worse on this night.
The eight skaters were worn into the ice. The biggest highlight was Don Trudeau with the hat!!
Final score was The SilverHawks 14, Dusty's 8.
Gunners Get "Trapped" By Dusty's
Dusty's still looking for their elusive first win, made the long trek out to the Mitchell arena.
Once again, they were abandoned by their teammates, Mike and Robert. With Barry, Stonehands in Toronto, Dusty's stepped
onto the ice with only 7 skaters and a goalie looking for some kind of identity.
During the pre-game huddle, it was decided to implement the Classic Dusty's trap. The scourge
of many opposing hockey teams!
It was looking like the strategy was paying off, as the local heroes took a 3 - 1 lead. But
the Gunners kept on coming and Brian was still having hard time putting a handle on his game, as 3 weak goals went behind
Andre tied the game at 4 on a penalty shot. But seconds later, the Gunners were awarded their
own penalty shot. The classic confrontation between good and evil awaited. As the team held their breath, the
Gunner forward headed straight for Brian.
Knowing he had to redeem himself, and find some confidence for him and more importantly his team,
he steadied himself and stared down the opposing player and turned him a way with a big dose of rejection.
Spurned on by this momentum shift, Dusty's into the Gunners zone, and knocked in the biscuit for
the winning goal. Dusty's first win was in the Bag!!!
Final score was Dusty's 5, Gunners 4.
Next game is Tuesday night at 8:45 in IDC.
Dusty's record is now 1 win, 2 losses and 2 ties.
.500 Hockey, Dusty's is Back
With their first win under their belt, the local heroes took to the ice on Tuesday we renewed vigor
and confidence. The team also welcomed back Robert Perron, but Mike Dumaine was still very much absent.
Barry Lavallee was still boozing it up in TO so Dusty's called up Kelly Wallace and Robert Tremblay.
Even with the new faces in the lineup, the smell of victory was in the air.
Except for Brian, all he could smell was the stench from his first 6 outings in goal. Was
there ever a goalie with less confidence than Brian? Who knows.
The game was on and Brian stopped the first shot, but quickly enough let the second shot go by.
In no time it was 2 zip for the WPG Eagles. You could feel the sigh of hopelessness from the local bench.
The boys did manage to put the early deficit behind them and poured it on the opposition.
The game ended and Dusty's was the victor by a score of 10 - 6.
The offence that was missing early on in the season was now found. Maybe all these goals
scored is a direct result of having Stonehands in TO for the past week.
In any case, if the goaltending could just improve a little, things will go very well this season.
Also, if Mike Dumaine could ever finish building his frickin house and show up for a game!!
Dusty's now stands at 2 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties.
Next game is Tuesday at 8:45 at the IDC Arena.
Blues Singing Them, Dusty's Writing the Notes
With the local Heroes at .500, optimism was abound in the dressing room. Tonight they would
be facing the Blues, a huge nemesis in the side of Dusty's. But for the first time this season, the entire team showed
up to play tonight. Dusty's had already won one battle this evening.
A passing clinic was put on by Joe and Andre as Dusty's stormed out to an early lead. With
Brian finding some form in goal this evening, the game looked to be well in control. Both lines were firing tonight,
and the defence was solid.
In the end it was Dusty's 6, Blues 2. Dusty's record is now 3 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties.
After hours at the bar was another battle waiting to be fought. It was Dusty's vs 9 pounds
of chicken fingers (approx 100 fingers). With cold Coors Light, and Molson Canadian at their side, the chicken stood no chance.
With the victory in sight, Dusty's grabbed the few remaining strips and swallowed them whole!! A doubleheader
of victories tonight for the good guys.
World Wild Life Fedaration Called out, As Dusty's Lowers the Boom on Hapless Seals!
Back on the road for the 8th game this season, the boys were feeling confident even though they
knew Mike Duamine would not be making the trip tonight.
In the past the Seals have not been able to muster much of challenge to the local Heroes.
Tonight was no different. Another clinic of passing was put on by the forwards. It is very obvious that something
is wrong with Pierre L. hands. Did some voodoo doctor put a spell on him? Did Barry "Granite Paws" Lavallee
kidnap Pierre and amputate his hands for his own? Whatever happened, its an ugly sight. Even with his new gloves,
Pierre cannot find his form from last year. Maybe that "form" has been lost with the implementation of Molson Canadian
into the Dusty's cooler.
As it was, the boys ripped out to a huge lead, let the Old Men come back a little. The closest
the score got was 7 - 4, but the final score was 12 - 4 for the good guys.
Dusty's has now won 4 straight and their record is now 4 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties.
Next game is Tuesday night vs the Glenwood Stars at 8:45.
Dusty's recored is now 4 wins, 2 losses and 2 Ties
Dusty's See Nothing But Black Hole, As Stars Shut Out Dusty's
Last night was a huge test for the local heroes. They would be facing an impressive, fast
skating, aggressive hockey team. This game would be the biggest challenge of the season.
With the entire team present, the local heroes knew they had a chance. But it was revealed
before game time that Pierre and his compadre Barry, close down the Corner Bar the night before and were looking a tad on
the pale side. The question was posed to Barry, What time did you get home last night? And Barry just replied,
late, as he could not piece together Monday night.
The puck dropped and the anticipation of a high intensity game came into being. Fast skating
and and the occasional (un)intentional body check was the norm for the evening.
Dusty's penetrated the opposition zone but could not find the trigger as Stars never game up on
At the other end of sheet, Brian was having his best game of the year, and was successfully holding
the Stars at bay.
The first goal against the local heroes was a bit of fluke, but that was all the Stars needed.
Dusty's could not bury any pucks into the mesh. With the defence playing a solid game,and Brian remaining hot the game
remained close at 2 to 0 for 30 minutes. But the relentless Stars broke through to add 3 more goals to their tally.
Dusty's was not outplayed, but outchanced and outscored.
The final was Stars 5 - Dusty's 0.
But the boys quickly put the loss behind them with some cold Coors Light and and some premium steak
sandwiches at the local tavern.
Next game is Thursday night at 8:30 in Ste. Agathe. We are hoping that our two members of
AA can stay home Wednesday night and get some rest.
Royals Sentence Dusty's Back to .500 Hockey
Attempting to shake off the shutout from Tuesday night, the local Heroes got on the team bus and
made the trek south to Ste. Agathe for an encounter with the Royals.
Missing tonight was Rob Perron and Richard Bernat. That would mean a forward would have to
volunteer to play defence.
Pierre Leclaire was the man to attempt the blue line position, and early on, it was not the right
move. The Royals with their relentless forecheck forced Dusty's into uncharacteristic mistakes and soon they were up
1 to nothing.
Dusty's responded with 3 quick goals of the highlight reel fashion to take the lead. With
Brian having another strong game in the pipes, things were looking good.
But the wheels fell off the bus in a hurry as the opposition scored 4 quick goals. It broke
Dusty's back. The local lads could only watch in disbelief as the Royals quickly dismantled this proud franchise.
Final score was Royals 13, Dusty's 6. Dusty's drops to 4 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties.
To regroup, the team headed down to the Corner Tavern and devoured 140 chicken wings and analyse
the game. The concensus was: forget about it, we play again on Tuesday night!!
Broncos Busted By High Flying Dusty's
Reeling from a 2 game losing streak, the local Heroes knew they had to muster up a better effort tonight than
they did last week. historically facing the Broncos would bring a little more of an edge to home town team.
With the entire squad available for this evening's tilt, confidence was high. The Local Heroes busted
out of the gate to a 3 - 1 lead and then for some reason hit the coast button. The Bronco's made it 3-2 but that was
as close as they could get.
Joe B. continued demonstrating to Dusty's management that they made the right decision as he potted 3 more goals
to increase his tally to over 30 goales in 11 games so far this season.
Even Barry "Marble or is that Granite Hands" Lavallee bagged a big one tonight on a sweet breakaway set up beautifully
by Johnny Lafleche. Just like we drew it up in practice!!!!
In the end the final score was 8 to 4 for Dusty's
Dusty's is now 5 - 4 - 2 on the season.
WPG Eagles Scream to Defeat, As Dusty's Take it
to Them on The Road
It was looking mighty bleak on Saturday afternoon as game time was closing in. Dusty's would
be without some key players today. Donny and JP, two of the Big Three from the defence were absent. Mike "please
finish building your fucking house" Dumaine was AWOL and Pierre Leclaire had to miss the match at the last minute.
But this is why Dusty's has THE major scouting system. Calls went out and some positions
were filled. Coming out of semi-reitirement was Bones "magic man" Bouvier with those sweet hands of his.
Next up was Al Comeault, a youngster with tons of speeed and Robert Perron brought out another youngster by the name of Scott.
Yes, Dusty's managements fingers probe deep into the heartland of hockey.
If with these acquisitions the local Heroes would only be fielding a team with 8 skaters this evening.
To make matters worse, Andre B had the flu, Joe B with a pulled groin, and Brian with a neck so stiff he was already questioning
his effectiveness in the pipes tonight before the game even started.
Just before the puck dropped the boys huddled together and settled on the strategy for the game.
The formidable Dusty's Trap would be put into effect tonight.
But from the huddle to the face-off, the strategy was changed. Instead of the trap it was
"Put the peddle to the Floor" hockey. And the boys did.
The offence was all over the pitiful Eagles, and the defensive coverage was right there as well.
When the opposition did manager to break through, Brian was there, heaping out big doses of rejection.
The home team did not know what hit them as Dusty's stormed to a 5- nothing lead. That pedal
never come off the floor, even in the waning minutes of the game, Barry Lavallee was still pouring it on, in the style that
only his teammates could appreciate.
The Magic Man demonstrated why he is such a commodity in the hockey world with his great work in
the face-circle and those sweet hands in the offensive zone. AB trudged on like the veteran trooper he is, and led the
young ones on the attach.
Richard Bernat, with his wife and kids in stands, popped one from the Blue Line. Joe B. continued
to add to his record breaking goal total. Robert Perron bagged another one tonight and was a force in his own zone all night.
Al Comeault, shook off some early game rust and flicked the the frozen biscuit by the opposition goaltender.
In the end it was a tremendous effort by these 8 road warriors. Final score was Dusty's 7,
Next game is Monday night at 9:15 vs the Fames in the Glenwood Arena.
Flames Singe Dusty's in Tight Contest
Monday night hockey has never been a strong point for Dusty's. Undaunted, the local lads
headed on the road to Winnipeg to face a villainous enemy known as the Flames.
The night was looking grim as the dressing was short 4 skaters. Andre was out with some old
man diesease, Donny was AWOL, Mike Dumaine was OTS.
An urgent call went out and the and coming out to rescue the team was Corey "Chains" Belot".
Just as the game started, Mike Dumaine appeared, but Donny never showed.
It was a defensive struggle, with end to end action but in the end, it was Flames 4, Dusty's 3.
ps Barry scored 3 goals
Gunners Implode as Dusty's Had all the Bullets
Looking to get back on the winning track, Dusty's was looking forward to tonight's game.
The Gunners have not been able to match up well against Dusty's on their ice, and tonight would be no different.
Joe B. kept on with his scoring ways. It was a slaughter, as Dusty's pounded the opposition
net with both barrels. The Gunners finally broke through and put one behind Brian to break the shutout bid.
In the end it was Dusty's 13, Gunners 4.
ps Barry scored 3 goals again
Dusty's Get Burned by Goaltending, Toasters Cook Brian for 9 Scores
Tonight was like any other night. The boys were on the road for this game. The scene
for this upcoming debacle was the Ste. Agathe Arena.
The Local Heroes would be facing a team that they totally outclassed. It looked like a sure
But Brian didn't bring his A game. He just brought a game. With one of the poorest
outings of the year by Brian, Dusty's could only salvage a tie. Even with Joe B. scoring another six goals and assaulting
all Dusty's scoring records, even with Rob Tremblay with the Hat could not turn this match of shinny into a win for the good
Brian could not "see" the puck all night. But all blame cannot be laid at his feet.
Dusty's Energizer Battery Impressionist, Barry Lavallee looked more like a standard Ray O Vac as he was SHUT OUT this evening.
Final Score was Dusty's 9, Toasters 9.
Dusty's record is now 7 Wins, 5 Losses, and 3 ties.
Dusty's Tame Renegades With Merciless Offensive Attack
Stinging from their last effort, Dusty's was looking to inflict their revenge on some unsuspecting foe. Tonight
it would be the Renegades from St. Norbert.
The game had a very tentative start as Dusty's came gingerly out of the gate. Right off the bat, it
was very noticeable that Brian had brought his game tonight, as in the early going he shut the door down on a Renegades penalty
The local heroes went ahead by one but the Renegades tied it up. Dusty's took two one goal leads but
the opposition tied it up both times.
All of sudden the dam burst and mighty offensive powerhouse of Dusty's shook off its cautious playing and
took it to the Renegades. Robert Perron, Rob Tremblay, Barry Lavalee, Pierre Leclair, Gerald Hebert, all put biscuits
into the meshed cupboard this evening. With only 15 mins left in the game, Joe B had not scored yet, but he finished
the night with 3 or 4 goals.
Victorious again the boys headed to the corner tavern to devour 3 King Sized platters and consume some ice
cold refreshing Molson Canadien.
Final score was Dusty's 11, Renegades 3.
Next game is Monday night vs the Lorette Eagles.
Revamped Squad Handles Fast Skating Eagles
It was proven again, that Monday night hockey is not high on the list of favorite nights for the
local Heroes to play on. Missing 4 skaters, Dusty's management went to its scouting system again and banged the bushes and
found some capable bodies.
On the positive side, Andre B. returned from sickness to play his first game in two weeks.
The puck was dropped and the game was on. Back and forth it went, with the Eagles striking
first blood with their first shot on net.
Undaunted, Dusty's stormed back to tie it up.
Andre B put on clinic of shooting and passing this evening and was rewarded with 4 goals.
With the absence of Barry Lavallee, Pierre L. took it upon himself to do all the crashing and banging. Effective he was.
At one point, it looked like the local Heroes might have lost Donny Trudeau as he went down and
awkwardly twisted his bum leg.
Mike Dumaine played defense tonight but Dusty's overcame that piece of flawed strategy.
With the usual offensive output from Joe B and some timely saves by Brian, Dusty's went on to win
the game 11 to 7.
Next game is Tuesday night vs The Fools.
Army of Fools Take Down Dusty's
Maybe one of the biggest games of the year was about to be played out this evening. The Fools
from Winnipeg with some players cast adrift by Dusty's would be visiting IDC tonight.
The Local Heroes felt and looked confident as the entire squad was out, even though Mike
Dumaine showed up only 5 minutes before the game started, and he would pay the price for it later on.
The game began and Dusty's started out very gingerly, as The Fools had 15 skaters this evening.
Their biggest turn out. To combat this, Barry Lavallee was back from sickness, and the boys were counting on him to
aggravate the piss out of the opposition.
As in the previous game, the first shot on Brian went in. Brian looked shaky from the get
go and never really found his groove.
The game was intense and back and forth all night. The Big three along with Barney successfully
kept the The Fools' big guns wide all night, but Brian could not hold the fort. The turning point might have been the
penalty shot that Brian did not stop.
As for the good guys, Barry Lavallee, with his antagonizing play, was rewarded with two penalty
shots but could only convert one of them.
Mike Dumaine had a strong game with a couple of goals but shredded his groin because of the lack
of a proper warmup.
The final was Fools 5, Dusty's 4.
Next game is Saturday afternoon vs Glenwood.
Short Handed Dusty's Cannot Overcome Shoddy Goaltending
If Sunday Hockey is the worst night, and Monday night is a close second, team Management has no
idea what to call Saturday night hockey.
Again the local Heroes were shorthanded for a Saturday evening contest. To make matters worse,
some players were still feeling the effects of previous evenings festivities. For sure the Brian the goaltender was.
With a total lack of warmup, and the opposition fielding 16 skaters to Dusty's 8, it appeared it
would be a long evening for the boys.
For the third straight game the first shot on goal blew right by Brian. Weak in the knees
and fuzzy in the mind from last nights indulgence of red wine, the second shot of the night also went right by him.
Things were looking mighty grim as the bad guys took a 3 nothing lead. After each goal Brian
longingly looked over at the bench wishing he could see a back up.
But the Boys never gave up. Led by Barry Lavallee's third hat trick in 7 games, the Local Heroes were
about to make a game of it. Dusty's got as close as 5 to 4 but Brian who appeared to have alcohol poisoning was still
trying to find some form.
After the halfway point of the game, Brian shook off enough cobwebs to finish strong, but the boys were too
far in hole to come all the way back.
Donny Trudeau bagged a couple with Joe and Andre adding some offense as well.
Alas, with sub par goaltending, the Local Heroes fell 11 to 7 on the night.
Dusty's record is now 9 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties.
Next game is Tuesday night in IDC.
Quick Wrap UP
Following the past debacle, Dusty's reeled off 3 straight wins. Dusty's outscored their opposition 37
to 19 over the past three games. Maybe Brian was still feeling the effects of the wine. Dusty's record now stands
at 12 wins, 7 losses and 3 ties.
New Year, No Resolutions Needed
With all the turkey finally digested, bodies free of alcohol, wallets emptied of money, it was time for the
local Heroes to return to the ice .
To mark the halfway point in the season, Dusty's would be taking on the pain in the ass Storm. Still stinging
from defeat at the hands of the Storm in the opening game of the season, the boys had something to prove.
The game had a very sluggish start, as Dusty's had not been on their blades for over two weeks. But as
the game wore on, the Boys found their legs.
Is there a more talented player than Joe B? With only half the season gone, estimates are that this man
has over 60 goals for the local heroes. Its a good thing, as last year's goal leader, Mike Dumaine has gone into the
But tonight was another Joe B evening. With 4 goals, all of the highlight reel variety, the boys took
it to the Storm. The Barnyard Dog, still bitter from the lack of communication from team management was a force in his
zone all night, laying down the lumber when he had to.
Pierre Leclaire and Barry Lavallee were obvisouly bad during the past year, as Santa DID NOT bring them a new
set of hands. Robert P, and Donny T. looked strong.
Andre B and Gerald H both had strong performances showing that the old guard still has some left in the tank
for the 2nd half of the season.
Brian G, though not busy in goal this evening did stop a penalty shot and was good enough to get the victory.
(Mind you , he did not have to be that good)
In the end it was Dusty's 12, the Storm 2. Dusty's record is now 13 wins 7 losses and 3 ties. Next
game is Tuesday night at IDC.
Mid Season Stats
GP 23 W 13 L 7 T 3
Goals For 187 Goals Against 139
Avg Goals per Game 8.13
Avg Goals against per game 6.04
GP 11 W 7 L 3 T 1
GP 12 W 6 L 4 T 2
Dusty's Climbs the Mountain, All the Way Back!!
The Local Lads were looking to continue their winning ways and get their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
Standing in their way were the Toasters.
Boosted by the return of Mike "I think I'm still a Northstar" Dumaine, and having the entire team out, the boys
were confident of victory
But the game did not start on a positive note. It looked like Dusty's had not digested all the holiday
The Toasters jumped out to a 3 nothing lead before Mike Dumaine replied for the good guys. But before they knew,
the Toasters took a 5 to one lead. Dusty's thought they were going to be in for a long evening.
But the troops rallied and cut the lead to 5 to 3. With the game hanging in the balance, Mike Duamine
was awarded a penalty shot. Mike choked, the Toasters increased their lead to 6 - 3.
Undaunted and unfazed Joe B took matters into his own hands. Leading the charge, with some beauties by
Gerald and Andre the local lads tied up the game.
Brian shaking off some more rust found some form, and held the Toasters off the score-sheet for the remainder
of the game, including a couple of breakaway saves.
A tied game was not enough this evening and the boys stomped on the throat of the Toasters and added 3 more
Final score was Dusty's 9 - Toasters 6.
The boys went to the local tavern for snacks and refreshments. As the plate of bird was brought out, Richard
had the quote of the night "Better dig in boys, or you're going home hungry tonight!"
Dusty's Fall Off the Mountain
Riding a season high 5 game winning streak, the Local Heroes hit the road for a Thursday night
tilt with the Landmark Senior Blues. Dusty's would be without Rob Perron tonight, but they brought up Corey Belot from
Mike Dumaine showed up late, and that caused much stress for the Barnyard Dog. Dusty's stepped
onto the ice and that was about as positive a play as the boys had all night.
The Blues simply outclassed Dusty's this evening. From the goaltending out, it appeared
the local heroes were in a trance all night. Even the scathing outbursts from Richard could not shake Dusty's out of
The problems of the night were exemplified when Gerald broke his brand new stick in the boards
of the rink.
The final score was Blues 9, Dusty's 3.
Barney said it best when he stated: This game should just be erased!!!!
Next game is Tuesday night at IDC.
Hitmen Set Sights On Dusty's Hapless Goaltender
Needing to shake off their losing ways, the Local Heroes wee looking to lower the boom on the Hitmen.
Robert Perron was unavailable for this evening's contest, so Team Management brought up Kelly Wallace
from the farm club.
The game started off and it was all Dusty's. Andre Beauchemin scored the first 4 goals of the game
for the Local Heroes to build up a 4 - 1 lead. But somewhere it is said, that no matter how many goals you score,
you still need a goalie decent enough to keep enough pucks out of the net.
Tonight, Brian Gareau did his best imitation of Patrick Roy, aka, December 6 1995, when Patrick
was burned for 9 goals vs the Wings. But, he was not being helped by Kelly Wallace as he looked to have the big club
jitters and gave the puck away three times.
Still, Dusty's was beating the Hitmen in every aspect of the game except goaltending. In spite
of the black hole in the Dusty's net, the local heroes had the lead for most of the game. The Hitmen finally tied it
up at 8 and then went ahead by 2. It looked like the boys could not believe the implosion happening in their own goal.
Dusty's came back with one more goal, but that was it. The final score was 10 - 9 for the
To put an exclamation point on the game, JP was nailed for tripping which resulted ina penalty
shot. As JP skated by Brian, he apologized. Brian's response: "The way I'm playing tonight, this is going
to be a snap!!!" Brian was then promptly beat upstairs to the blocker side.
Dusty's Not Intimidated by SilverHawks
Questions were swirling around all night before game time. Would Brian bounce back, could
Robert Tremblay take Mike Dumaine's place, Could Andre Beauchemin keep up his torrid scoring pace after turning 39 the day
before? Would Barney's new Nike Lumber hold up?
This game was all about old fashion in your face hockey. Many battles were fought all over the
Round 1: Robert Perron leveling a Hawk in front of the Dusty's goal.
Round 2: A puke of a Hawk attempted to decapitate Donny behind the goal.
Round 3: Barry Lavalle is almost be-headed by the Puke Hawk.
Round 4: Big Surprise, Barry Lavalle mixing it up with another Hawk
Round 5: The Puke Hawk in Brian's crease. Brian gives him a shot, Puke strikes back
then Brian power slams the Puke into the ice.
Decision goes to Dusty's on points.
Besides the old fashioned hockey, some pretty goals were scored, Brian bounced back with a strong
performance. Pieces of Nike Lumber were stuck in many of the Hawk,s arms and legs, Joe B and Andre B put on another
show, Robert Tremblay notched a score, JP Lafleche sacrificed his body on more than one occasion and the beer was cold.
Final score was 7 - 7.
Summary of the Past 5 Games
Two wins, Two losses and a tie. Brian out for two games with the flu. Kelly Wallace and Dennis LaFleche
filling in admirably for him. Kelly with a win and Dennis with a tie.
Joe B still scoring. Mike Dumaine, still missing in action. Donny Trudeau still hurting. Barry
still needing some hands. Barney still barking. Andre still skating. Gerald still going. Pierre still
checking to see if he somehow has Barry's hands.
WPG Eagles Pull Out Win in Final Minute
Another Saturday game for the local Heroes and that meant another dip into the talent pool of the
Dusty's farm system. Needing four warm bodies, the scouts recalled Dan "magic man" Bouvier, Corey"Chains" Belot, Junior
Lavallee, and Warren K. from Brian's work.
With a full lineup for tonights game, expectations were high. But the wily veteran, Andre
Beauchemin, was seen carousing at the Local Tavern from 11:00am until an hour before game time.
Barry and Brian rescued him from the rye and hauled him to the game.
The match opened up at a crisp pace and the local lads went up 1 nothing. Back and forth
the game was until the Eagles tied it up. Most of the action was in the Eagles zone, but Dusty's could not bury their
At the other end, Brian was fighting the puck sometimes, but generally holding things together.
The defensive pairing of Bones and Chains was something to behold. It took them about 59 minutes to gel and by that
time the game was over.
Andre B must have been drinking some pretty offensive rye, as the team never saw him on the backcheck.
The turning point of the game could have been this. Brian robbing an Eagle forward with with a double stacked pad save,
and then Andre being sent in all alone. this would have put the boys up by 3 but instead AB could not deliver.
Momentum was clearly on the Eagles side as they pressed the attack. The local lads managed
to tie up the game at 7, but Barry Lavallee took an invisible roughing penalty with a minute left in the game.
All eyes were on Brian as he needed to turn away the penalty shot to preserve the tie. But
about 10 seconds later, all eyes were rolling as Brian could not make the save when it counted.
Final score was Eagles 8 Dusty's 7.
Dusty's record is now 16 wins, 11 losses and 5 ties.
Fools Turn Tables on Dusty's, Dusty's Look Like Jokers
Another Monday night hockey game for the local Heroes. Another Monday night debacle.
With Mike Dumaine still looking for the Bertrand Arena as of this day, Dusty's was shorthanded
for this evening's tilt with the fools.
Two minutes into the game it was 1 - 0 for the Fools, and the hurt kept coming. With a total
lack of intensity for all facets of the game, offense, defense and goaltending, the Local Heroes were easy meat for the primed
Final score was Fools 9, Dusty's 4.
Dusty's Put It All Together and Take Out Built up Frustration on Feeble Storm
Reeling from a stretch of total underachieving, the Local Heroes were looking to put the pieces
To assist this effort, management brought up a speedster by the name of Kelly Wallace. Looking
to maybe stick with the Big Club, Kelly set out to prove he belonged in the big leagues.
He did not let the team down. Playing a well disciplined game, Kelly bagged 4 big goals tonight
and showed team management that he may be ready for this league.
The rest of the team also picked it up a couple of notches. The Storm opened up the scoring
on a weak goal but this seemed to wake up the sleeping guns.
Wave after wave of offense was hurtled at the opposition Storm who could not turn the tide, no
matter what they tried. When they did break through, Brian was steady enough in the cage to turn them back.
It was a complete effort and the final scored demonstrated it.
Dusty's 13 - Storm 3.
Sunday Night's Are Meant for the Couch and Remote Control
Another Sunday night, another trying effort by the Local Lads. Shorthanded with only 7 skaters,
it was looking grim.
Tonight Dusty's would need an all star effort from their goaltender to escape with any dignity.
Dusty's is still waiting.
Final score was the Gunners 13, Dusty's 3.
Bronco's Beat Beleagueured Dusty's
Still stinging form the whooping on Sunday, team management decided to make some changes to shake
Out was Brian. Team management found a new goalie for this evening, and put Brian out on
In the early going, all was well as Dusty's opened up a 3 to 1 lead. But then darkness descended.
With the score 3 -1 the Bronco's scored 3 goals on the same shift to go ahead 4 - 3.
To add insult to injury, the old netminder at the other end was holding the vaunted Dusty's attack
With the Bronco's up up by 2, Dusty's notched a tally to cut the lead to 5 -4. With only 2 minutes
remaining, a questionable decision to pull the goalie occurred. The Bronco's gained possession of the puck and fired
the biscuit into the yawning cage.
Final score Bronco's 6 Dusty's 4.
Dusty's record is now 17 wins, 15 losses and 5 ties.
Determined Effort Pushes Dusty's Past Toasters
Reeling from Tuesday loss, and trying find some consistency, Jeckyll and Hyde Local Heroes hit
the road for this evening's tilt.
With the retune of 70 goals Joe Beauchemin, there were some positive vibes in the room prior to
game time. The game before, JP asked Donny Trudeau if he was going to ever score again and Donny's reply was, I haven't
scored since November.
One big negative was the mysterious absence of Rob Perron. Dusty's would be going with 3 D tonight.
As for the norm, the Toasters opened up the scoring with a weak goal on Brian, but the local lads
tied promptly tied it up.
Donny "Sweet November" Trudeau graced the team with a heater to the right corner that had the Toasters
goalie still looking for the puck. Barry Lavallee chipped in a couple of goals.
Joe B scored a some beauties and the Angry Farmer had another strong game.
With the local lads leading 5 - 3 the Toasters mounted a counter attack and went ahead 6 to 5.
Digging deep the local lads pressed the opposition. With Brian making some Hasek type saves at
the other end, Dusty's vowed not to let this game go.
The boys tied it up and then iced her away.
One hell of a gritty performance for a bunch looking for some confidence and identity.
Dusty's record is now 18 wins, 15 losses and 5 ties.
Next game is Tuesday night. A rematch of the Royal Rumble with the SilverHawks.
No Rumbling, No Goaltending, No Win
It was looking good on Tuesday, as the Dusty's arch nemesis, the SilverHawks showed up with only
With no Joe, the big club called up Kelly Wallace. The big club was anxious to see if Kelly
could put back to back games together for the local heroes.
With much penetration, but no satisfaction, Dusty's was frustrated most of the evening. Kelly
could not find the trigger this evening, as every shot he put into the pads of the opposition goaltender.
At the other end, Brian was shaky at best.
In the end it was not much of a contest as the Hawks blew 8 goals past Brian, Mike Dumaine did
not pick up the reins, and Barry Lavallee's new stick brought him little success.
The problem this evening was exemplified when Pierre L. missed a wide open net.
Final score was Hawks 8 - Dusty's 4.
Quote of the night: Hey, pass me that pizza cutter, you're holding it like a girl holds a
Character Tie Buoys Local Heroes
Tonight the local heroes would be making the trip south to face the ST. Pierre Pioneers.
In the past this would be guaranteed win night, but with a re-tooled opposition, and an underachieving local squad, the sure
things were no longer so sure.
Pierre Leclaire showed up with a new weapon, but similar results followed.
JP Lafleche jumped into the defenceman scoring race with a beaut, and Rob Perron also added one.
Mike Dumaine was a force all night, but tunnel vision seemed to inhibit his effectivenss to his
In the pipes, Brian made some saves (we'll take it) but no stellar performance was forthcoming.
With the score 6-5 for the bad guys, Mike Dumaine was awarded a penalty shot. With only a minute
left in the game, could the man who owes a box beer to the team pull them into a tie? The moment was tense but Mike
Dumaine delivered. A goal that is, still waiting for the beer.
Final score was Dusty's 6, Pioneers 6.
Dusty's record is now: 18 wins 16 losses and 6 ties.
Where Have All the Heroes Gone?
Going down the home stretch, the Local Lads are struggling. Trying to right a sinking ship,
the boys faced the evil Flames on this night.
Without their superstar Joe Beauchemin, a win tonight may not be feasible option.
At the huddle Brian told Barry that he saved himself for this game by not running, or aerobics
before. Five minutes into the game, as a shot from the blue line went over Brian's left shoulder, Barry skated by and
said, "maybe a little jog would done you some good"
Not to fear, the local lads came back to tie it. It was a sloppy game, as Dusty's had no
goaltending again, some atrocious giveaways in the defensive zone and two penalties that resulted in one goal.
Brian continued his year long struggles in goal as he could not come up with the big save when
Barry Lavallee looked like the Barry of old, as his stone hands potted him two BFI type goals as
he was all over the ice tonight.
Pierre Leclair, still fighting the disease that has affected his once smooth hands missed a glorious
opportunity. Andre also missed a wide open net.
The Barnyard Dog was 200 pounds of frustrated farmer has he laid out the verbal abuse to his teammates.
This is man who just wants to win.
With the score 7 - 4 for the bad guys, Dusty's turned up the dial another notch and scored two
big goals to cut the lead to 1. But time ran out and another loss on record is recorded.
What is wrong with this machine we call Dusty's? It appears its missing a few ball bearings
and it is not the well oiled unit it once was.
But all was forgotten at the local tavern as the delicious bird was brought out. The question
went out about a new team picture and Barry responded:
"I've got super trick digital camera at work, I just don't know how to use it"
Next game is Thursday night vs the Hitmen. Come out and watch, as it will be revised
lineup as 4 regulars will be missing in action.
To plug the holes management is bringing out the smooth skating Kelly Wallace, #2 meatball Robert
Tremblay, Corey"Chains" Belot and the newest spare, Martin Nolet.
Hitmen Pegged by Andre Beauchemin
With a revamped lineup for tonight's match, the outcome of this evening's game was not a sure thing.
Andre B., who was going to take the night off, decided to suit up and Dusty's is sure glad he did.
The Hitmen opened the scoring on a weak goal (nothing new for Brian) but Andre tied it up for the
Local Heroes. It was a good thing as Andre was the only Dusty forward who brought his A game to the rink.
The score went back and forth, with Brian dipping down to new levels of ineptitude. But every
time the Hitmen went ahead, Andre was there to put in the equalizer.
With the score 5 - 4 for the bad guys, the wily veteran Andre, went to work. He single handedly
tied the game and potted the winner.
Barry "Granite Hands" Lavallee, and Pierre Leclair ( Barry's newest protege) played with meatball
#2 tonight, but could not generate any positives.
The Big three on defence had a strong game, and the Barnyard Dog played with his usual intensity.
As for the goaltending, well there are only 3 games left and Brian won't be there for two of them.
But the star of the night was 39 year old Andre Beauchemin who scored two natural Hatricks.
Final score was Dusty's 6, Hitmen 5.
The bar was lively tonight as the team celebrated their victory. Platters and beer go a long
Dusty's record is now 20 wins, 17 losses, and 6 ties. Next game is Tuesday night in
IDC versus the WPG Eagles.
Farm-Hands Propel Dusty's to Victory
As this evening's tilt rolled around, team management again had to go to the farm and bring up
Missing tonight would be Joe Beauchemin, Mike Dumaine, Gerald Hebert and Brian Gareau.
To fill those gaping holes management brought up Cory"Chains" Belot, Robert "Meatball #2" Tremblay,
Martin, "I just want to play" Nolet and Dennis"BigFoot" Lafeche in goal.
Without their superstars, the team would have to pick it up a few notches. With the Big Three
still intact with the Barnyard Dog, and Andre Beauchemin coming off his 6 goal performance, optimism was still hovering pretty
Cory, who was told to beat it last week as Andre did make the game, took it upon himself to show
Dusty's management that he can still get the job done. He led the attack with 3 slick goals and demonstrated why the
Portage Terriers send him a letter 16 years ago.
BFI Barry has returned. He potted 2 more to add to his tally this. But maybe the biggest
surprise of the evening, was Pierre Leclaire with 2 goals. We think that
doubles his output for the second half of the season.
The Frustrated Farmer also flung the biscuit behind the opposition goaltender and Andre round out
In the defensive zone, BigFoot was moving as well as his namesake. It appeared he was mired
in quicksand for most of the evening, but he did get all beat up in the warmup.
Even with Barney blowing a tire, and Dennis' shaky stance, the Local Heroes were able to come up
with the 9 - 7 victory.
Next game is Tuesday night in Ile Des Chenes.
Record now stands at 21 Wins, 17 losses and 6 ties.
Dusty's Stumble Past Seals
With the addition of All Star Goalie, Scott Wallace, tonight's match should have been a total slaughter
But, Scott Wallace did not bring his A game. But the local lads persevered in spite of Scott's
dreadful performance and came away with the 10 7 victory. Dusty's record is now 22 wins, 17 losses and 6 ties.
The Final Conflict: Young Storm Fall to Revved Up Dusty's
It was finally here. The Big Game of the year. Good versus Evil. The Old versus
Still stinging from the 13- 3 whipping from the hands of Dusty's the Storm went out and found some
reinforcements to assist them in the attempt to dethrone the Local Heroes.
Down the stretch run, the Local Heroes had pieced together a 3 game winning streak, but at times,
looked very shaky. For Dusty's to pull out this major victory, this is what would have to happen:
Could Brian find some form in goal and piece together 60 full minutes to hold the Storm shooters
Joe Beauchemin would have to keep supplying Dusty's with the highlight reel goals, and lots of
The Big Three would have to become a wall of invincibility and hopefully pitch in with a goal or
Would the Barnyard Dog's Swoosh Stick hold up to the heaving going?
Could Andre Beauchemin deliver another quality performance on his 39 year old legs?
Would Mike Dumaine show up?
Barry Lavallee would have to continue his Kamikaze attitude and hopefully pick up whatever garbage
Gerald Hebert would have continue with his steady play.
And Pierre Leclaire would have to continue with his hard nosed style, and any type of offense from
his hands would be a bonus.
The time was over for words and inspirational speeches. It was time to strap on those game faces and lay
down the law to the Storm.
When the puck dropped, Dusty's was without Mike Dumaine. Undaunted, Dusty's took to the Storm early and
hard. Even with tons of pressure in the early going, Dusty's could not convert any chances.
The game started going back and forth, but the Big Three thwarted most attempts at the Dusty's goal. Mike
Dumaine finally showed up, and optimism and determination settled upon the Local Heroes.
But the Storm and some effective pressure in the Dusty's zone, and opened the scoring with a puck past
Knowing that his team could not go down by two, he reached down deep and found his A game. The game continued
back and forth with action and saves at both ends.
Mike Duamine tied the game with a wrister to the top corner. Dusty's went ahead 2-1 but the Storm tied it up.
JP Lafleche made and astounding play to break up a 3 on 1. Barry Lavallee was a pain in the ass to the
Storm all night.
The good guys went up 3- 2 with a laser from Don "March Madness" Trudeau but the Storm came back with 2 goals
to go ahead. On the fourth goal Donny Trudeau was attempting to repair his damaged helmet when the puck was dropped
and it was a two on nothing. Brian stopped the first two shots but could not stop the third. Would this break
With steel determination the boys took it up another notch. Joe B scored another highlight goal to the
roof of the net. With the game tied, Brian saved his best stop of the year for this moment, robbing a Storm with a lightning
quick glove. With everybody's jaw hitting the ice, Barry yelled from the bench "That's gotta be good for a leg or two!!"
That was all the boys needed as Dusty's went up 6 - 4. In the final minutes of the game the Storm replied
with one goal, but Andre Beauchemin sealed the deal with a burst of speed that left the young Storm in awe, and he went in
all alone and bulged the twine.
When the final buzzer range, it was Dusty's 7, Storm 5. Even with all their reinforcements, the Storm
could not match the skill and desire of the old boys.
Another chapter in the epic struggle went to Dusty's.
After the game it was time to celebrate with about 80 pieces of Champs chicken, some cold Beer, Ceasars, Barney's
friend Gibby, and a room full smiles.
The festivities ended around 6 am the next day.
Look for the year end wrap up coming soon.
Training Camp 1
Team Management trotted this year's edition of Dusty's this evening to see what had to be done before the season
Dusty's had already taken a blow to the solar plexis this August, when it was discovered that Don "Sweet November"
Trudeau had busted his left arm, leaving a gaping hole on defense.
As the player's hit the ice, it was obvious that some things never change. Brian still fighting the puck
in goal. His new 145 pound body seemed to wither as the game went on.
Barry still has his granite hands and Pierre, well, at least he showed up on time. Johnny Lafleche picked
his spots with care, Gerald looked good in the early going, Andre looked almost 40 and Chains and Kelly will turn out to be
Mike Dumaine did show up and actually bagged 5 or 6 goals this evening. Too bad they don't count for the stats.
Barney, the frustrated farmer never did get out of the barn on this night. Its obvious some cows must
have felt the frustration boil over!!!
But its the exhibition season and team management will breakdown the tapes and make some big decisions next
Training Camp 2
Dusty's roster was finalized this evening. Some positives and some negatives were discovered.
The Barnyard Dog has committed to the team for another year. It was iffy for awhile, but after bagging
the first goal of the game, and breaking his swoosh branch, Dusty's veteran Dean of Defence made the right decision.
Joe Beauchemin looks ready to terrorize opposition goaltenders once again, as demonstrated by his 3 or 4 cross
bar shots this evening.
Mike Dumaine actually showed up two nights in a row!!
Scoring goals should not be a problem this year.
The not so positive.
Goaltending. Even with new pants and new skates, Brian is struggling in the blue ice. Can he bounce back?
Barry not only needs a new pair of hands, but maybe some eyeglasses as well. Evidence for this was when
he leveled his line mate Pierre at the blueline.
Can Don Trudeau be replaced? This evening his skates seemed to big for Kelly to fill, as Kelly was continuously
fanning on his passes.
But training camp is behind us, just like the chicken fingers from last week and last nights Bid Dude Platters.
The post-game events are already in mid-season form!!!
First game is next Tuesday in IDC versus the Storm.
Dusty's Too Old, Too Slow?
The dawn of a new season was upon the high class organization known as Dusty's. With all
the pieces of the puzzle in place, except for Don Trudeau, the local lads hit the ice without trepidation. Tonight's
opponent was their arch nemesis, the Storm.
The Storm, after taking 3 beatings from the local heroes last year, went out and re-tooled their
hockey club. To make matters even tougher tonight, the Storm showed up with 3 full lines of young studs.
The grizzled veterans of Dusty's looked over at their bench with utter disdain at this low class
play. Trying to put it behind them, the boys lined up for the face-off.
In a matter of seconds it was 1 nothing for the Storm as they broke in and buried the first shot
behind Brian. Reeling, the local heroes tried to find a gear to match the young legs. But tonight, all Dusty's
had was a 4 speed with no overdrive.
Andre scored a beauty to tie the game but that was as close as the local heroes would come this
evening to knocking off the young'uns.
Wave after wave of Storm crashed the Dusty's goal. The Barnyard dog was doing his best, but
he looked like the kid with his finger stuck in the dam. The defence was holding but the offense was invisible.
Joe B was neutralized and Mike Dumaine could not find the trigger. Even BFI Barry couldn't bust through with any type
of garbage tonight.
The final score was Storm 7, Dusty's 2.
To ease the pain of this loss, the local lads went to the corner office for some high end Club
Subs. The pain of the loss was soon forgotten (probably right after the cooler was opened).
Next game is tomorrow night vs the Seals.
Too Old, Too Slow, but Not Dusty's
Not wanting to go to an 0 - 2 start, team management made sure a confidence booster was scheduled in the early going.
The Seals have never posed a problem to the local heroes but tonight half the squad was missing and patchwork team was
put on the ice for this contest.
Just before the puck was dropped, it was mentioned that once the score was out of hand, the local lads should just hang
Again once the puck was dropped, a wave of opposition waltzed into Dusty's zone and promptly beat Brian with the first
shot again. In no time it was 3 to 1 for the old and slow Seals. What was happening tonight? With some jobs on
the line, the local heroes slowly started putting it together.
Brian steadied himself and rejected the Seals for the rest of the night. JP Lafleche buried a frozen biscuit to ignite
the boys. Barry Lavallee crashed and banged his way to a four goal performance. Mike Dumaine who showed up for
the fourth game in a row potted 2 goals as well.
It was not the prettiest game of the year but in the end it was a 13 to 3 victory for the local heroes. With the
record evened at one and one, the next game will be against the Bastard Broncos, another too old and too slow team, who usually
take it to Dusty's a couple of times a year.
Dusty’s Batter Bastard Bronco’s
This evening Dusty’s would be going up against
another arch nemesis. The Bronco’s. Though old and slow, the Bronco’s have been a thorn in the side of the
Local Heroes for many years. Tonight would be different.
With Meatball #2 called up, Chains Belot on the Blueline,
and Joe salivating at the thought of some quick goals, tonight had the makings of a potential slaughter.
When the puck was dropped the Bronocs started out
as there scrappy self and had some early pressure on the Dusty’s defence and goaltender. But the wall held and the boys up front started putting on show.
With Robert Tremblay and Joe B. each bagging four
goals, the decision was not in doubt. But to make
matters interesting Brian gave a few “gifts” to the Bronco’s just to give them that tiny sliver of hope
that could be crushed again and again after each offensive attack.
In the end, the Bronco’s were too old and too
slow. The final score was Dusty’s 14 –
At the corner tavern it was Dusty’s special
pizza’s along with a side of chicken fingers for the real hungry boys. Next game is Thursday in St. Norbert.
Brought Into the Modern Era
Riding a Two game win streak,
the local heroes made the road trip out to St. Norbert this evening. Having not played the Pioneers in the last few
years, the lads had no scouting report to go on. There was a feeling that the boys may be in over their heads tonight,
but undeterred they put the pads on anyway. Dusty's was not about to mail in the victory.
With a couple of holes in
the lineup tonight, Dusty's brought back Chains Belot to bolster the blueline and dragged Larry "I love the couch" St. Laurent
into the starting lineup.
The game was a see-saw battle
from the moment the puck dropped. The Pioneers looked to be a formidable opponent, and the game might come down to who
had the hottest goaltender. (Not a good strategy!)
In the early going, Brian
was holding Dusty's in the game but suddenly the wall crumbled and the bad guys went ahead 5 - 2. In a critical moment,
Brian stopped the first penalty shot of the season with a double stacked pad save, which seemed to ignite the offensive machine.
Even with Joe B getting
shutout, Dusty's leaned on the defence for some offensive input. Robert Perron and JP Lafleche took it upon themselves
to turn this game around. Robert Perron, with some coast to coast rushes resulted in the Pioneers taking some penalties.
Robert buried both his penalty shots and then added another goal for the Hat. JP let go with a howitzer to the top corner
to add to his early season goal total.
In all the local lads scored
6 unanswered goals to go up 8 - 5. The pioneers responded with one more, but the wall was rebuilt and held for the rest
of the game.
A huge moral victory as
Dusty's showed some real grit and character in coming all the way back.
Dusty's record improves
to 3 wins and 1 loss. Next game is in IDC on Tuesday.
Royals De-Crowned as Dusty's Win 4th Straight
Another road trip for the local heroes was upon them this evening. The positive, it was
an early game (that means we could still have snacks at the corner office), and Mike Dumaine was showing up for his 7 outing
in a row!!!
The negative: half the team was not able to make it out. So Dusty's management went
into their network of scouting systems and pulled out the following warm bodies. Martin Nolet, Corey "Chains" Belot
(again), and the two Balcean Brothers.
Even with the new replacements things were looking favorable for a victory as Joe B was there,
Robert Perron was coming off a huge 3 goal performance the week before and the BFI Man's easily bruised leg was healing.
The local heroes took it to the Royals right off the bat and raced out to an early 2 nothing
lead. With Brian having a solid outing in goal, it appeared that maybe the two goals were all that would be needed.
But then reality set in as the Royals pumped 4 fast ones by Brian with the help of some defensive
miscues. Still, Brian re-focused, explained to Chains that we were the guys in dark and Dusty's regained its momentum.
Mike Dumaine who appears to be on a mission to win the scoring title, (obviously he isn't scoring
at home) deposited 3 sweet goals behind the Royals tender. One was a classic Mike Dumaine coast to coast rush that left
the people in the stands yearning for more. But that's all he had.
Chains redeemed himself for his lapses in the defensive zone with another goal to his total
In the end, with a rock solid effort from Brian, a gritty performance by the new recruits and
JP covering Cory's ass, the local lads prevailed with a 6 to 5 win.
That's for in row for you people counting at home. After the game it was off to Dusty's
headquarters to dissect the game and feast on some bird.
Next game is Monday night vs the SilverHawks at 8:45.
SilverHawks No Match for Revved Up Dusty's
The game was a strange one, as the opposition arrived with no goaltender. The official game
did not start until there was only 20 minutes left to play.
But that was all the local heroes needed as they quickly stormed out to a 2 nothing lead.
The Hawks tried to make a game of it but could not penetrate the wall of defence.
In the end this strange outing turned into the 5th straight win for Dusty's. Final score
was 4 - 2 for the good guys.
Dusty's Keep Rolling, Hitmen Become Dusty's Sixth Target of the Year
When was the last time this team had won 6 in a row? Maybe the old times, like Mark, Ward,
Terry, Ted, could find something in the back of their minds, but nothing in the recent past can match tonight's ground breaking
6th straight win.
With Donny "Sweet November" Trudeau making his triumphant return to action tonight after healing
his broken wing, the local lads went out with some gusto.
Dusty's opened the scoring and went ahead 2 zip with a constant wave of pressure. But two
penalties resulted in two penalty shot goals for the bad guys as Brian was completely fooled on both plays.
Not to be outdone, the Dusty's offense went back to work and but the team back up by 2. But the
stubborn Hitmen were trying to make a game of it and tied it up once more.
Tasting that 6th victory, the boys put the peddle back to the floor and poured it on. You
know things are going your way when Pierre Leclaire scores two goals in the same game. And they were not of the BFI
type that Barry is famous for.
In the end the boys took it to the Hitmen and pulled out their 6th straight win with a 9 to 5 pounding.
Dusty's record is now 6 wins and 1 loss.
Next game is Monday night in Lorette vs the Eagles at 10 pm.
Dusty’s Soars to New Heights;
Eagles Latest Casualty of Dusty’s Juggernaut
Monday night hockey. History has shown that Monday night Hockey is detrimental to the health of the Local
Heroes in mind in body. Monday night ranks right behind Sunday night in terms of no-motivation for Dusty’s.
But tonight the local lads could do something very
special. They could possibly go out and win their
7th game in a row. It appeared everything
was in place as the entire squad was present for the evening’s match.
The Eagles, a talented and swift skating club could
give Dusty’s a run for the money tonight, but confidence remained high.
As soon as the puck was dropped the boys took it
to the Eagles. If it was not for the spectacular
goaltending, the Eagles would have been down 4 to zip in a matter of minutes.
At the other end, Brian was holding his team in at
the crucial moments, but the Ealges finally banged two pucks past Brian to take the lead. Undaunted, the offensive machine of Dusty’s kept hurdling themselves at the opposition and it
finally paid off with two goals.
With the game tied, it looked like Dusty’s
was to take control of the game. But Don “Sweet
Novmeber”Trudeau coughed up the puck in the
defensive zone, right by the net. A startled Brian
made one and then two saves but could not prevent the third shot from going in.
Receiving condolences from his teammates, Donny made
his way to the bench. Not wanting to let their MVP
defenceman down Dusty’s pressed the attack once more
to be rewarded with two goals to tie the game.
The Eagles then went ahead by one but that was it. Dusty’s poured it on and added 6 more goals to make
the score 8 to 4. The Eagles added one more for cosmetic
effect but that was it. The 7th straight
win was in the bag. Stars on the evening were Joe
B with 5 goals, all of the highlight reel variety, Pierre “holy shit” Pierre with 2 and BFI Barry with the other. The “other” highlight of the night was the
3 on nothing spearheaded by the BFI man which resulted in squat.
We can only shake our heads.
Next game is Tuesday night at 8:45 vs the St. Nob
Make History of the Pioneers
Looking for their unprecedented 8 straight victory
the local lads made their way to the local barn tonight.
The Frustrated Farmer would not be available for tonight’s contest, so Team Management put the call out to Corey
“Chains” Belot to man the point.
It was apparent that some members of Dusty’s
forget to read the time on the schedule as two players, A.B. and Mike D, were late for the contest. When the puck dropped, Corey was moved to forward and the team went with 3
D for the early going.
The lateness of the two seemed to frazzle the boys
as the first 5 minutes looked like organized chaos. The
Pioneers, benefitting from a rare Robert Perron giveaway, buried their first shot of the game behind Brian to take the early
Mike D finally made it to the ice but that didn’t
seem to help things out at all either as the Pioneers went up by two.
A.B. finally made it to the bench as well, but he looked like he was still sleeping.
But the local lads finally broke through to pot a
goal. The Pioneers pushed back hard and were rewarded
with a penalty shot. Brian stared down his opponent
but he made a great shot to the top shelf to beat the Dusty’s goaltender.
Enough was enough. Led by inspirational performances from Gerald and Pierre the lads took it to the
Pioneers. From the goaltender out, Dusty’s
dominated the game for the next 40 minutes. The local
lads scored 7 straight goals. Pierre and Gerald led
the way with 2 each.
Its obvious somebody must have stroked Pierre’s
shaft as he has tallied goals in the last 4 games. The
comment was made that maybe Gerry received some special loving before the contest to aid in his performance.
The bottom line is Dusty’s has now won 8 straight
games and the record is now 8 wins and 1 loss. What
a way to celebrate Mike D birthday. We all
hope he scored when he got home.
The celebration was topped off with two big Dude
Platters and a small side of Chicken Fingers.
Next game is Thursday at 10:15 in IDC vs the Mob
Wheel's Fall off Dusty's Victory Wagon
Playing their 3rd game in four nights, Dusty's looked a little haggard in the dressing room
this evening. They local lads would be without their smooth skating defenceman, Rob Perron due to the flu. Team
management called up George Balcean to try and fill the hole, but it would be a tough transition from forward to defense for
The haggardness seemed to disappear once the puck was dropped as Dusty's took it to the Mob
Dogs from the get go. The local heroes were rewarded with an early 1 nothing lead but the Dogs came back to tie and
go ahead 2-1. There seemed to be yellow opposition jerseys around Brian all night as he grittily attempted to thwart
the Dog shooters.
The boys tied it up and back forth the game went. You know things are not going Dusty's
way, when the two big guns, Mike D and Joe B miss on their penalty shots and breakaways. A sure 3 goals was not to be
At the other end Brian stoned a Dog on a penalty shot and rejected a couple of breakaways.
Even with the tide slipping the game was tied at 4, courtesy of another 3 goal performance from
Joe B and a contribution from George. But by the halfway point it looked like the two Big Dude platters from Tuesday
had caught up with the boys.
Wave after wave of yellow dog Jerseys crashed the Dusty's goal. Even with 200 pounds of
frustrated Farmer giving it everything he had, the Dogs broke through to add 3 goals to their total.
Undaunted the local lads kept plugging away and the wily veteran, A.B. brought Dusty's to within
2 but that was it.
It was a good effort and no shame should be felt by these local warriors. The game was
intense with even a little hate in it. Dusty's Hockey at its best.
Final score was Mob Dogs 7, Dusty's 5. Dusty's record now stands at 8 wins and 2 losses.
Next game is Tuesday night at 8:45 in IDC vs the Seals.
Seals Slaughtered: Dusty's Feast Twice This Evening
Wanting to get back into the win column, local lads were looking very forward to this encounter with the Seals.
The Seals have never been much of a challenge in the past and with the entire Dusty's squad showing up tonight, it didn't
appear that things would change.
But the Seals re-tooled their club for this contest as the first 10 minutes of the game went by. Brian
had to make some quality saves to keep the game scoreless. Finally Dusty's buried a puck past the Seals goaltender.
This ignited the local heroes as they slowly started pressing down on the gas peddle.
Led by Mike D's 5 goals, the attack was relentless. Somebody obviously stroked Pierre shaft's again
as he potted two more goals. Maybe Barry should touch Pierre's shaft now and then to get some magic into his space shuttle
Brian's shutout bid was ruined with the two gifts he gave to the Seals. Somebody should tell him Christmas
isn't for another month yet.
Bobby Perron put one home for the defence. A.B. did lots of talking and when that didn't work, he let
the lumber speak for itself. The Frustrated Farmer could not bury one tonight with his Sher-Wood but the effort was
Joe B with his usual contribution of a couple of goals and another strong performance by Gerald put the Seals
away for good. The final score was 13 to 2.
The second feast came at the local tavern where Triple AAA steak sandwiches awaited the victorious crew!!!
Dusty's now has a record of 9 wins and 2 losses. Next game is Thursday night vs the SilverHawks.
SilverHawks Decimate Dusty's Defence;Offence Almost Pulls it Out
Dusty's hit the road this evening, and made their way to the unwelcoming confines of the Hawks
Nest. In years past this venue has produced much tragedy for the local lads but tonight with the entire squad showing
up, a victory could well be within in the cards.
The game started and it was looking very positive for the boys as they stormed out to a 2 goal
lead. But at the other end, Brian did not bring his A game.
Even with the Dusty's mighty offence pouring it on and scoring, the defensive side and the goaltending
were not keeping up their end of the bargain.
But three quarters of the way through the boys found themselves up 7 - 5 and looking to put
things away. The Hawks had other ideas and came down and scorched Brian for 3 quick goals to take a 10 - 7 lead.
Undaunted, the boys up front revved it up once again, led by a truly inspirational performance
by Mike D, tied the game at 10. With only 45 seconds left it appeared Dusty's and the beleaguered Brian would escape
with a tie.
It was not to be!!! The Hawks won the face-off in Dusty's zone and a Hawk walked in all
alone on Brian, gave him a huge "how ya doing" and rifled the puck into the yawing cage for the 11- 10 victory.
A tragic end to a great performance by the offence and a hall of fame outing by Mike D.
Dusty's record is now 9 wins and 3 losses.
Next game is Saturday vs the WPG Eagles.
The Boys Bounce Pack; Too Much Offense no Good for the Birds
Wanting to get right back in the win column, Dusty's headed out to the Peg looking for their 10th
victory. Gerald H wouldn't be able to make the game so the call went out to Larry "Are we going to the Pal" St. Laurent.
With the rest of the mighty offence showing up, it was looking positive. Everyone, including
Brian was hoping that he brought his A game tonight.
Before the game was 8 minutes old, Joe B and Mike D put on a clinic and staked the Boys to a 4
- 0 lead. Consensus on the bench was this was going to be a cakewalk.
Oh but fate had other ideas for the lads from IDC. In a matter of minutes the Eagles whipped
5 goals behind Brian. The entire Dusty's squad was stunned. Picking up their jaws from the ice, they went back
to work and tied the game. Brian found some form in goal and was successfully holding off the Eagles for the time being.
Barney, with his new stick that can actually raise the puck, was not lacking in effort as the Bernat
family was in the stands looking on.
The boys took the lead but the Eagles would not be put out. They kept on pouring it on as
well. With the score 8 - 6 Dusty's banged home the final nail in the coffin. The Ealges scored one more, but it was
more for cosmetics on the scoreboard.
Moral of the story, Dusty's offence has the ability to shred its opposition. Little fine tuning
for the defence and the goaltending, and this season could break all kinds of records.
Next game is Tuesday night vs The Flames.
Big Bad Flames Snuffed Out By High Flying Dusty's
It was one of those games where for 45 minutes, you look like you could be anybody, anywhere, anytime.
For the first three quarters of the game tonight, Dusty's looked like the Oilers of the 80's.
With beautiful passing, highlight reel goals, quick breakouts, a goalie making the big saves, this game was a classic.
But, and there is always a but for the Local Heroes. With the score 7 to 2 and with
only 15 minutes left, the wings fell off the damn airplane.
To start the rapid descent, Mike D decided to score on his own goalie to make the score 7 - 3.
No worries right? Another mistake and another goal. Now instead of looking like the Oilers of the 80's, the boys
were starting to look like some expansion team.
The local lads let the Flames come all the way back to tie the game at 7. Ripples of shock
were going through the bench!!
But then out of nowhere, Joe B took the game into his sweet hands. Bagged the game winner
with less than 5 minutes left and assisted on the insurance marker. The boys came away with a 9 to 7 victory!!!
With a such a high end victory, the boys were looking forward to some high end snacks at the local
tavern. Instead, we all took it up the ass with smokies!!!!!!
Dusty's record is now 11 wins and 3 losses. Next game is Friday night vs the St. Anne Flames.
Dusty's Abandoned, But Flames Still no Match!!!
When Friday rolled around, things were looking mighty grim. Five skaters from the squad would not be making the roadtrip tonight. Management went out and recruited from the
farm Marty "just let me play" Nolet, George"the Hunter" Balcean and Kelly "soon to be snipped" Wallace.
Would this squad of 8 guys be enough to conquer the frozen pond in St. Anne's Manitoba? An
arena with many bad memories for the local lads.
But Mike D was still in the line up, and the way he is performing this year, that could be enough
to push the boys over the edge.
Once the puck was dropped all fears and trepidation disappeared. Dusty's stormed out to a
8 nothing lead!!! Tonight they looked like the Canadiens of the late 70's.
The boys were showing no mercy. But, again another but, tonight's game was 90 minutes long,
not the customary 60 minutes.
With the game drawing out, the Flames started to mount a come back. With the score 8 to 6 Dusty's
went back to work and the next update was 10 to 7 for the good guys.
But the game went on. 11 - 7, then 12 - 7. Soon is was 12-8, 13- 8. the next
time the boys asked for an update, the score was 15 - 9 for the good guys. Firewagon hockey was back!!!
When the defensive mess finally ended, it was 18 - 12 for the local heroes. George the Hunter
bagged 8 big ones. After the game he was quoted as saying" just like shooting
Bambi's mom in the ass".
Dusty's record is now 12 wins and 3 losses. Next game is Tuesday in IDC vs the Winnipeg Warriors.
Its the return of Cyclops!!!!!
We're back online. The following are brief descriptions of what has transpired
over the past month. Some awesome and not so awesome hockey has been played!!
Cyclops Turns Into Brian's Worst Nighmare
It has been many moons since Dusty's has faced Cyclops and the rest of the Winnipeg Warriors.
The Dusty's veterans tried to pass on in vain the wicked tales of Cyclops ravaging the local heroes. As the stories
were told in the dressing, the newest members of Dusty's refused to believe.
In the end, Cyclops proved too much for Brian, as he somehow managed to get into his head and cause Brian's
own personal nightmare that night. With four goals for the monster, the Warriors and Dusty's skated to a 7 - 7 draw.
Dusty's Ain't Got No Blues Tonight!!!
The local lads headed on the short road to the Landmark Arena. Tonights foe, the Blues have historically
laid a beating on the local lads on their home ice. But tonight the boys brought their A game and gave the Blues a few
homemade notes of their own.
The final score was Dusty's 10 the Blues 6.
Bronco's Sent to the Glue Factory; No Match for Dusty's
Monday night Hockey in IDC. Broncos vs Dusty's. The old vs the young. Hooch vs
Coors Light and Canadien.
The Broncos, looking to beat the local lads, brought out 3 lines to tonight's event. They
should have brought 4. With Joe B, Mike D, Gerald H, Barry L and the rest of the gang following suit, it was a slaughter.
But with Christmas near, Brian gave them a few gifts so the Bronco's would not go to far into depression.
Final score was Dusty's 9, Bronco's 6
Royals Nip Dusty's for Win
This year, Dusty's has been averaging 9 goals a game and 5.5 goals against per game. With those
numbers in mind, tonight's contest was a defensive struggle.
A back and forth game that ended in defeat for the local lads. Final score was 5 to 4 for
the bad guys.
Gunners Fire Blanks; Dusty's Blow Them Away
The Gunners looked like the Iragi Army as Dusty's steamrolled through them like the US Forces in
Tonight was a game to stretch the legs out and pad up your stats. Final score was Dusty's
11, Gunners 6
Dusty's Terrorize Pioneers
Back in the early 1800's, the Pioneers were terrorized by roaming bands of Indians.
Tonight, the present day Pioneers were mutilated by the traveling Dusty's squad. With half
the team opting out of tonight's contest, and with only 8 skaters to the good, the local lads still laid a massacre on the
Final score was Dusty's 16, Pioneers 3
Lorette Eagles Plucked by Dusty's
Tonight's game had the potential of being a fast skating tight contest. But when Dusty's
brings their A game, not even Mr. Fancy Stick and the rest of his team can tear down Dusty's Meat House.
In a game where Dusty's showcased the skating, passing and scoring skills, they pulled out the
9 to 5 victory much to the satisfaction of Robert Perron, who did not want to see Mr. Fancy Stick skate away with any type
Skidmarks Lay Down the Rubber on Road Weary Dusty's
With Barney and Barry out with the flu, Mike Dumaine Christmas Shopping the boys took to the road
to a new and strange location to take on a new team, the Skidmarks.
Upon arrival it was discovered that the game would be 90 minutes long and played with no red line.
Still the boys were confident as the Skidmarks looked a little older and slower.
Well, looks are deceiving. The local lads could not adapt to the no red line rule, Brian's
glove hand appeared to be tied to the ice, and the entire game lacked any intensity.
Mix this altogether in an ice rink, and Dusty's suffers their 5th loss of the season. Final
score 8 - 7 in favour of the Skidmarks.
Dusty's record is now 17 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.
Next game is the Xmas Classic vs the hated Storm.
No Silver Bells for Storm: They Just Got Their Bells Rung!!!!
It was 8:44pm, not creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The boys were tense and looking forward to getting loused.
Thoughts were abundant, and wishes some are below.
An A game for Brian, a hat trick for Joe.
Barry was thinking of snacks, Barney was hoping Mike would show.
Pierre was putting an edge on his blades; Gerald and Andre were getting better with age.
Bobby was sick, he had the flu; JP had bought a ring, but nobody knew.
Donny was ready, the goals against would be few,
It was time to bring it to the Storm, and give them a big FUCK YOU!!!
The young Storm were about to step into a high intensity game that they could not fathom.
Hell, it wasn't even fair. At the drop of the puck Dusty's a little older but whole lot wiser put their A game to the
With a determination unseen in the IDC Arena since the days of the Allan Cup Champions, the Storm
were overwhelmed at both ends of the ice. Dusty's offence, relentless, the Defence stingy. The Goaltending solid.
Total domination is what you would call it. The few times things broke down Brian was there
with his own recipes of rejection.
The young Storm could not believe their eyes as the local lads had turned it up 3 notches since
the last visit.
In the end it was a 7 to 3 thrashing. A score that flattered the Storm. But hey, it
was Christmas time. No use putting the Storm in a holiday depression.
With the great victory it was time for snacks and drinks. Out of the dressing, to the bar
and more cheers were heard when Bones showed.
The snacks were prime, and the drinks were tasty but it was time to head to Barney's kitchen.
Upon arrival, more food and snacks awaited the Xmas champions. More laughter, more stories.
It was a truly festive evening.
Then Bones gave us show, while Barry was out demonstrating the finer points of his 4Runner to JP.
Barney could not believe his eyes, as Bones whipped it out for all of us to see. The frustrated farmer was no longer
frustrated but flabbergasted!!!
All in all it was a great night with special thanks to Yvette for making the snacks.
As well we would like to thank our Sponsors, White Cap Foods for the great chicken fingers and Wrangler's Bar and Grill for
the great party at the bar and for the use of the sign.
Flames Doused, Dusty's at the Top of Their Game
With such a huge victory at the XMAS Classic, there was some fear that there could be a huge letdown
for the next game.
All the boys were available for tonight's contest which was a huge positive.
The Flames a fast skating club should have been a pretty good match tonight. But tonight,
the Boys brought their A game again.
With the peddle stuck to the floor, the boys came away with a huge 7 - 3 victory.
At midseason Dusty's record now stands at 19 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.
Next game is Tuesday night at 8:45 vs the SilverHawks.
SilverHawks Served Up on Platter
Another traditionally tough contest was upon the local lads this evening. The Hawks and the
Boys have had some real battles in the past and tonight should be no different.
With Mike D out for the night, the team called up Corey "Chains" Belot to try and fill Mike's huge
skates. Dusty's was not to be disappointed.
The local Heroes took it to the Hawks from the get go and stormed out to a 4 nothing lead. Led
by AB and Chains things were looking good. The first shot on Brian this evening hit the post, the second was penalty
shot which he did reject.
With the game 4 nothing, the boys sagged a bit in the late going and let the Hawks back in the
game. With the score 4 - 3, Brian made some Big saves and Joe went and took care of business at the other end.
Final score was Dusty's 6, Hawks 3.
In the dressing room after it was discovered that maybe the Barnyard Dog has a touch of colour
blindness, as he was trying to tell his underwear was not purple but "Fucking Red".
Ahh, the classics never stop pouring out of Barney's mouth!!
Off to the bar for some high end subs. Next game is Thursday vs the St. Nob Pioneers.
Dusty's Disinterested Display of Hockey
Last night was not one for the classic scrapbook. All the boys were there but something was
lacking. That lacking ingredient may have been just plain gumption.
The game started in the correct fashion with Joe B burying two goals, and the team going up 4 to
1. In spite of this the local heroes never really got into the groove.
With a few mental miscues the Pioneers kept chipping away at the lead until it was 4 - 3.
Then, Don Trudeau had the opportunity to put the game away on a penalty shot but as he skated in
on the opposition goaltender, he stumbled, and fumbled the puck right off his stick and ended up in a crumpled heap in the
A few minutes later, an ill advise clearing attempt by Donny resulted in the tying goal for the
With the game tied and mere seconds left, the Pioneers were awarded a penalty shot. Could
Brian preserve the tie? Could he come up with a big save when it mattered the most?
Final score Pioneers 5 - Dusty's 4.
Dusty's record falls to 20 wins, 6 losses and one tie.
Next game is Monday night vs the Flames
Dusty's Abandoned; Evening Goes from Bad to Shit
Blow 1: Gerald, Pierre, Bobby, Andre, Joe were missing tonight's action
Blow 2: Bones had to be called out of retirement.
Blow 3: New, Untested spares were brought out for the evening
Blow 4: Dusty's Management screwed up on the schedule and the boys were late for the game.
The last blow meant that for the first 10 minutes, the local lads played with only 5 skaters.
In no time it was 3 nothing for the Flames.
The local lads and the new spares sucked it up and and gave it some effort. But even with
with the Magic Man Bones Bouvier and Mike Dumaine, the boys could not overcome the early deficit.
You know things are bad when the Barnyard Dog is playing forward!! (to make matters worse,
he forgot his stick at the arena after the game)
In the end, it was a 7 - 3 loss. The first time this season that Dusty's loss back to back
Next game is tomorrow night vs the Landmark Blues.
Dusty's Slide Down the Slippery Slope Continues
After this evening's performance and third straight loss, this dedicated Dusty's reporter will
try to break down the reasons why this team is now facing its most severe case of adversity in recent memory.
1. Brian brought his A game for 57 minutes. Unfortunately the game is 60 minutes long.
Two floaters and a breakaway that he should have had may have cost the team the tie.
2. Stone Hands Lavallee. He could have won the game on a beautiful set up from Mike
D, but that space shuttle was not designed to be used by granite paws. (Maybe staying up until 2 am the previous night,
drinking beer and eating snack contributed to his lack of touch)
3. Mike Dumaine. Hard to point fingers at your MVP but what the hell, this is Dusty's.
An ill advised giveaway provided the breakaway for the winning goal against Brian.
4. Bobby Perron. Too much steak in the belly.
5. JP Lafleche. Hey, the guy's getting married!!!
6. No Don Trudeau this evening.
7. Richard Bernat. The sight of Bones in the dressing room still gives him nightmares
of the xmas party. Or was it the absence of the purple underwear? Or the fact that he left his stick behind last
8. No Andre, No Gerald, No Pierre meant we had George and Marty and Bones.
All in all it was a decent effort, but very messy. being held to 2 goals was a shocker.
Only allowing 3 goals and still losing the game is unfathomable. Maybe it was the absence of veteran leadership.
Maybe it was the fact that it was the second game in two nights.
Whatever it is, the perfect cure for the sickness is a visit from the St. Pierre Pioneers next
Tuesday. See you then.
Repairs Made, Devastation Follows
For the past three games, it appeared the Local Lads were constipated. Well it that's the
case, then the Pioneers are the laxative, the ex-lax, the Metamucil, whatever you prefer.
Reeling from their first losing streak, the local lads were looking forward to stretching out the
legs, and lighting up the opposition.
But Mike D did not show up, which put the Frustrated Farmer on edge. Barney's eyes glazed
over and all he could say was: "we better phone Chains"
The game finally began and a slaughter was in the making. AB started it off with 2 beautiful
quick goals and it was all downhill from there for the opposition.
Sixty minutes later it was 17 to 3 for the good guys. Even with the landslide victory in
the making, Barney was still dribbling out of his mouth, still calling for Chains to show up.
Off the bar for some Triple AAA beef Burgers, and a victory in the bag.
Next game is Thursday night vs the Storm.
Storm Rises Up, Dusty's Meets them Head On
Chapter 3 for the season was about to unfold this evening. The Storm, still licking their
wounds from the Xmas Massacre were looking to put the hurt on the local heroes.
The Local Lads would be without two key cogs. One on offense, one on defence. Mike
Dumaine who was celebrating the birth of his brand new daughter Ashley, and Robert Perron, who was doing some father - son
bonding at home.
To counter these two gaping holes, the management called out the grizzly veteran Martin "no fear"
Nolet and the smooth skating Kelly Wallace. Dusty's management was hoping Kelly could repeat last years 5 goal performance
against the Storm to pick up the slack from an absent Mike.
As soon as the puck dropped, it was quite obvious the Storm were out to avenge their previous loss.
The Storm pressed the attack but were repelled early by the Dusty's big Four on defence. With a quick transition it
was 1 nothing for Dusty's.
The Storm tied it up but then with opportunistic precision the local lads pumped in two more to
take a 3 - 1 lead.
The boys were in the lead, but they were riding the ragged edge all night. With close calls, huge
scrambles, the boys were looking a little haggard.
Finally the Storm broke through and pumped in two goals to tie the game. The Local Lads took
a standing 8 count, but were not out yet. With about 8 minutes left it appeared the Storm delivered the knockout blow
to go ahead 4 to 3.
Barney realizing that Dusty's pride was on the took it upon himself to rally the troops. With a
few " PUT IT IN'S" and "GET IT OUT'S" Barney revived the hope like some backwoods preacher.
With two minutes left in the game, Barney made the call to pull Brian and put the 6th Dusty's attacker
on the ice. It looked like the gamble was not about to pay off, but Marty saved the day with a sweeping check at the
Dusty's blue line to prevent the Storm from getting the insurance marker. Seconds later Joe B walked in all alone, beat
the goalie like Barney beats a mad cow, but somehow the puck did not go in.
Undaunted, and with time dwindling, the boys pressed the attack Don Trudeau kept the puck
in the offensive zone and fired it at the net, in the proximity of Joe B. This time Joe made no mistake and tied up
the contest with only 30 seconds left to play.
The game ended in a 4 - 4 tie. A well earned tie for the local heroes. As the Storm just
shook the heads, you could tell they had no answers. Without Rob Perron and Mike D, the Storm wasted an opportunity
to avenge their previous loss.
But a hell of a gritty performance form the local lads was the Storm's downfall.
Off to the corner tavern for some fries and bird capped off a great evening.
Next game is Saturday vs the Warriors and the dreaded Cyclops.
Cyclops' Reign of Terror Ended; Dusty's Terrorize Warriors!
After the big inspirational tie on Thursday night vs the Storm, the local heroes were headed on the road to
face the Warriors.
Brian was already having nightmares of Cyclops but the team was looking good tonight as some high quality spares
were brought up. This included Bones "I'm not a creep" Bouvier.
With the drop of the puck the game was. For the first 15 minutes Dusty's held Cyclops in check and spurted
out to a 4 - 0 lead.
But then all of sudden, The Dreaded Cyclops used his powers to put a spell on Robert Perron, as he walked all
around him and came in alone on Brian. Brian, his jaw still on the ice from witnessing Bobby losing his shorts was quickly
and easily beaten by the monster.
With no time to recover, Cyclops came right down after the ensuing face-off and put another one behind Brian,
who looked like he was in some kinda of coma!!
But the boys revved her up, and poured it on the Warriors. With some beautiful passes, came some classy
In the end it was Dusty's 11, Warriors 4. The Dreaded Cyclops ended the night with 3 goals, but no victory!!!
Next game is tomorrow night vs the Gunners.
Robert Perron Puts on PuckHandling Clinic: Gunners Shot Down !!
Sunday night hockey. The worst night for the local heroes. But tonight, the lads had 9 live bodies
to suit up!! A record for recent times.
The boys looking for two straight road wins were determined to get the W tonight. With the absence of
Mike D, Robert Perron was moved up to center. Bad news for the Gunners!!
During the course of the game Robert Perron put on a clinic. Looking like a natural centermen he scored
a couple of beauties and laid that black disc right on the tape all night.
At the other end, the defence were holding the Gunners at bay, and Brian was thwarting them at every other opportunity,
while having a one of the most solid games of the season.
In the end it was too much for the Gunners. With Barry and Pierre doing all the crashing, Gerald and AB
doing a ton of skating, Joe and Rob doing some serious scoring the boys walked away with a 6 - 1 decision.
Dusty's record now stands at 23 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties.
Next game is Wednesday night in IDC at 8:45
Shindas Fall Before Dusty's Offensive Might
Looking for their 3rd straight win, the local lads would be taking on a new team this evening,
the Shindas from Steibach.
With a tentative start and some shoddy goaltending from Brian, the boys looked to be in a little
But Mike D, Joe B, and the rest of the squad, they got things turned around and came away with
a 12 to 5 victory.
Dusty's record is now 24 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties
Royals Lay Another Beating on a Beleaguered Brian
The Local lads scored 8 goals.
Ten pucks went by Brian.
Toasters Latest Victim of Dusty's Offensive Machine
Coming off a stinging loss to the Royals, the boys had to buckle down to take on the Toasters,
a team not overly talented, but in recent years has given Dusty's great troubles.
Barry Lavallee started it all off with a rocket to the top corner. No BFI goal here, but
a real beauty.
The game was back and forth until the boys put their foot on the throat of the Toasters.
Final score 8 - 4 for the good guys. Next game is Monday night vs the Hitmen.
Dusty's record is now 25 wins, 9 losses, and 2 ties.
Hitmen In Dusty's Sights
Looking to build on their momentum, the Local Lads were about to take on a pesky determined Hitmen
The first 20 minutes of the game was a stalemate until Mike D broke through to add to his goal
total. With the game 1 nothing, the boys kept the pressure on but were thwarted throughout. Finally, all the hard
work paid off as Dusty's bagged 2 more goals to take a 3 nothing lead.
The Hitmen finally hit the scoreboard but it took a couple of things for this to happen.
1. Just previous, Brian took a puck right to the gonads and was attempting to deal with a severe screeching pain that
was making its way into his stomach. If felt like an alien was coming out.
2. Dusty's wins the faceoff and Robert Perron has the puck. A very rare, almost extinct
play on his part reared its ugly head as he through the frozen biscuit up the middle where it was intercepted. Barney
his partner had no idea where to go or what to do as the giveaway caught him by surprise.
Brian dropped to his knees ( partially because he was still in pain) and made the first save off
the screen shot, but with no mobility existing in his body at this time, the second shot went in for the HItmen's first goal.
The boys came right back and made it 4 - 1 but the Hitmen had no quit it them. The score
was 5 - 2 after a Hitmen player blew one right through Brian.
Near the end it was 6 - 4 for Dusty's with the Hitmen pressing. But with some solid goaltending,
and two more beauty goals the Local Heroes took it away with a 8 - 4 win.
After the big game, it was off to the Corner Tavern for two Big Dude Platters, with shrimp, mozza
sticks, chicken fingers, onion rings. Oh man, Bobby, can't you just taste it? That's right, you missed out.
Dusty's record is now 26 wins 9 losses and 2 ties.
Next game is Monday night vs the Flames at the Glenwood Arena at 9:15.
Flames and Dusty's Take It To Each Other
Dusty's hit the road tonight for their final clash with the nemesis, the Flames. Dusty's
coming off an entire week off were hoping that there would be no showing of rust.
With three regulars out, management called upon Marty "Arctic" Nolet, Warren K, and Little Lavallee.
With the big guns, Mike D and Joe B showing up the dressing room was optimistic.
The game started and the rust clearly showed on everyone. The Flames took the lead with a
weakish goal on Brian and then made it 2 nothing on a shot off Brian's ass.
With the boys playing in a trance, Brian did his best to keep them in the game after shaking off
his own early cobwebs.
Joe cut the lead to 1 and then 7 seconds later Mike D tied up the game. Could be a Dusty's
The game went back and forth. Brian showed flashes of his A game, but the odd D minus reared
its ugly head now then. The lead changed hands until it was 5 -5 . With less than two minutes remaining Joe, Mike
and Barry went to work scored the go ahead goal. With only 24 seconds remaining the game looked to be in the bag.
On the ensuing face off the Flames centermen took the puck and skated into Dusty's zone.
With the seconds ticking away and the opposition almost in the corner, he fired a harmless bad angle shot at the net.
Off the inside of Brian's leg and into the mesh for the tying score. D minus.
Great effort, but it should have been Dusty's 27th win, instead the local heroes settled for an
To breakup the bleakness of tonight, the boys headed to Don"Will I Ever score" Trudeau's place
for some greasy bird in a bag, and some no name pizza. Hey, for $34 bucks what do you expect!!!
Next game is tomorrow night at 8:45 vs the the St Nob Pioneers.
Pioneers Pummeled; By Goals and by Fists
Tonight was the 4th and final meeting between the two teams. Dusty's was looking for
their 3rd win out of the 4 game series.
With the absence of their wily Veteran AB, management called up Corey "Chains" Belot.
Management was hoping Corey could add some toughness and scoring touch to tonight's contest.
Brian showed up and would be test driving a new set a pads. Would this come back to haunt
him and the team?
The contest turned into another show piece for Joe B as he bagged 3 goals and two were rockets
to the top corner. Cory showed us some sweet moves and bagged a goal of his own.
With steady defence and decent goaltending the game was Dusty's from start to finish. With
mere seconds remaining in the game, one bad ass from the Pioneers pushed Mike D over the edge. With the buzzer sounding
the gloves were off and before you could count to 3, Mike D had already pulverized the sad sack Pioneer with 3 blows to the
With Corey doing the play by play, and the boys circling the battle, it was obvious that this was
Mike D venting some serious frustration. The loser of Pioneer did get a few shots in, but Mike D won the bout with unanimous
All agreed, (even some of the opposition) that the guy deserved what he got.
The final score was Dusty's 6, Pioneers 3.
Dusty's record is now 27 wins, 9 losses and 3 ties.
Next game is Tuesday night in IDC at 8:45
Powerful Pierre Pummels Puchless Toasters with an Offensive Battery of Epic Proportions
It was a breakout night for one of Dusty's veterans. Ever since joining the team 3 years
ago, management has been waiting for Pierre to have another breakout game.
Two years ago the man was a solid scoring machine. But last year, his once semi soft
hands hardened up with some kind of sick granite disease, called the "Barrymynphoma Virus" After a series of operations,
cleansing and soul searching, those semi soft limbs have returned.
Last night, Pierre was the big man on the ice with 5 big goals. From pretty to garbage he had them all.
The Toasters could not come up with an effective strategy to corral Pierre. Other notable performances
by Mike D, Gerald H, and an another solid effort from Bobby P propelled Dusty's to their 28th victory.
Don Trudeau even finally got a shot on goal tonight. The Barnyard Dog had some quality chances after investing
the $60 he prostituted himself for on Tuesday night.
Joe B could not make his new Sherwoods work this evening, but we are all confident that problem would be rectified.
Barry Lavallee actually scored a beauty to the top corner. Things were going our way.
JP, after just turning 33 on Monday, showed that he still has some good years left in him. And watching
the flock was our wily player coach , AB who noted that Brian had lost most of his mobility with the new goalie pads on loan.
The final score was Dusty's 12, Toasters 5. The loaner pads are going back!!! As per Barney's suggestion.
Joe Snuffs out Flames; Dusty's Questioning Goaltending
Last week, Dusty's scored 12 goals, but Joe B was shut out. This evening, Joe was not going
to be denied.
With his new stick, Joe was focused and ready. Joe opened up the scoring and the highlight
reel show was on.
With strong performance from the supporting cast (except for Brian, we'll get to that) the local
lads scored 9 goals with Joe potting 5 of them.
At the other end, Brian was having one of the worst games of the year. He looked more like
a pylon with a big stick. If there would have been a goal light, his neck would have had sunburned.
Even with all of Brian's struggles, the local heroes came away with their 29th victory of the season.
Off to the corner bar for some premium Canadian Beef Burgers and all was good.
The Last Two Weeks
Here is a brief, but albeit somewhat comprehensive run down of of what has occurred over the past
1. After dousing the Flames, goaltending still seems to be a big concern for the local heroes
going down the stretch drive. With a road game vs the Royals (who blew 10 goals past Brian last time) it appeared Brian
still was having nightmares from his last visit. This time out, 8 pucks went by Brian and the lads had to take the loss.
2. Back on the road to Sanford where Dusty's was planning on exacting some revenge from a
previous loss. Early on, the boys were in a mess and it was 4 nothing for the bad guys on 4 breakaways. But undeterred,
Joe B put on another clinic and the lads came away with a 12-6 victory. A valiant effort from Rob P who was suffering from
some sort of viral infection.
3. Now it was the third game in 4 nights in Steinbach. Again, shoddy goaltending was
the curse of Dusty's. As well, Rob P was out with the same viral infection, Donny was healing his leg and celebrating
30 years on the planet, Joe B had to stay home as child # 3 was due anytime soon. With only 8 skaters, and a total lack of
focus, the Shindas put the boots to Dusty's with a 6-2 win.
4. Last night's game was going to test the mettle of the veteran Dusty members as the following
stars were out of the lineup:
Joe B - Bringing new baby home. About 60 goals of offence missing
Mike D - Allegedly repairing watermain break. Barney to investigate. About 60 goals
of offence missing.
Andre B - not sure, but maybe he is being rested for the big game next Thursday. About 40 goals
of offence missing.
Robert P - Stuffing his face at 529 Wellington with some expensive vino and prime expensive beef.
The only good thing, he's bringing the 24 next Tuesday!!! About 20 goals of offence missing.
That left the local heroes with Brian (need a good game anytime soon), Pierre (seems to be cured
of the Barrymyphona disease), Barry (granite does not equal goals), JP (still suffering from SARS), Don (wounded limb and
no goals since October), Gerald (looking puzzled), and the Barnyard Dog (praying for the Druggie man to walk thorugh the door)
The rest of the team was made up of Al "face plant" Comeault, and Marty ( I expect to get laid in my trailer!!) Nolet, and
Kelly "marginal ref" Wallace.
Obviously with all of the firepower missing, a defensive strategy should have been implemented.
Should have is the key phrase here. Instead the boys took a 1 nothing lead and thoughts of victory were dancing in the
local hero's heads. That was short lived. But after the first 20 minutes the boys were still in it at 5 - 3 for
the bad guys, but that was it.
With some questionable play selection, and goaltending, (yet some was good too) the boys went down
to their worst defeat of the year, 11 - 3 . Memories of previous seasons, nightmare flashbacks, the foundation of Dusty's
rocked, it was all bad.
As Barney put it "hey, that high priced talent is nice, as long as the f**king blowers show up!!!"
In the end it was Dusty's 11th loss of the year to go against 30 wins and 3 ties.
The boys are struggling down the stretch. In their last 10 they are 6-3-1, not bad on the surface,
but they are going to have to get it together for next week. With only one game remaining before the Storm Classic, the lads
are going to have to try and put it all together.
Next game is Tuesday night in IDC.
Dusty's Send Mob Dogs to the Pound!!!
Looking to find some character before the going up against the Storm on Thursday, the local lads
were taking on a solid, nasty team, the Mob Dogs. The Dogs had ended the boys 8 game winning streak early in the year,
so the lads were looking to exact some revenge.
Dusty's would be without two regulars, Gerald and Donny. To pick up the slack Marty (I'm
ready to go) Nolet and Junior Lavallee were called up to fill the holes.
The game started with a bang as the local heroes jumped out to a one nothing lead. The two
teams were evenly matched and dishing out the punishment to each other. Dusty's got into some penalty trouble and the
Dogs scored on their first penalty shot of the game.
Junior Lavallee was looking a little rusted as he was only out for the third time of the year.
(It showed). The Dogs broke out on a 3 on nothing and buried the puck behind a shocked Brian .
The boys dug deep and kept coming, even when they fell behind by two goals. With the score
5 - 3 for the bad guys, the local lads scored 3 goals to take the lead.
With only 8 minutes left the Dogs tied it. Needing a win, Mike D took it upon himself to
haul this victory out of the flames of defeat.
With a dynamite effort he shelved the winning goal into the top corner, same place his box of un-openend
The boys came away with a 7 - 6 victory and are looking good for the Storm on Thursday.
No Final Victory; Year End Classic Becomes a Painful Ending
Coming down the stretch the local lads were 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. Very respectable numbers, but
the winning was disguising some hideous attributes of the team. One was goaltending. Even though Brian was still
providing the wins, he was looking tired and worn out in the end of the schedule. The team was still scoring goals,
but were just below their average per game pace. The defense was also having their problems, and their play was spotty
Nevertheless, it was time to bring it to the Storm. Even with all the above concerns, the boys were feeling
confident. Dusty's had not lost the end of year game since the 1997/1998 season. All the boys were available for
the contest, Brian usually squeezed out 58 minutes of an A game for this one, and the Local Lads knew how to handle the pressure.
The game began and was scoreless for the first 15 minutes as each team took it to each other. Dusty's
was all over the opposition Storm but could not tickle the twine behind their goaltender. At the other end, things were
very quiet as the Dusty's D would not let the Storm penetrate and had held them to about 3 shots so far.
Joe B opened up the scoring, and from that point the game opened up a little. The Storm tied it with a
partially screened form the top of the circle, but Brian knew he should have had it.
But not to worry, the Dusty's offence that terrorized the most opposition this year reverted back to the old
for and scored 4 straight goals to take a 5 - 1 lead. With only 28 minutes left in the game it looked like things
were in the bag, as the Storm normally would fold at this time.
But this year, things were different. The Storm started to come back and chip at the lead. Brian
was not having his A game tonight. The Storm scored some pretty ugly goals but they scored enough to take a 6 - 5 lead.
Dusty's was stunned. The offence appeared to be stuck in 3rd gear.
But the foolish Storm took a penalty on Joe B. Instant dividends as Joe B buried his penalty shot to the
roof of the net. With less than 3 minutes the game was tied at 6.
The momentum did not shift as expected as the Storm kept coming back and pressing the attack. The Storm were
rewarded with another garbage goal with 35 seconds left in the game to win the Year End Classic.
The boys were devastated, especially their goaltender. The boys took the loss with class and vowed this
would never happen again.
To ease the pain, Hot KFC chicken, cold beer and tasty rye were waiting for the local heroes in the dressing
room. Once the initial pain went away the evening turned festive as the boys knew they had one hell of a season.
Final record for Dusty's was 31 wins, 13 losses, and 3 ties.
Look for the final wrap up coming in the next few days.
2003 – 2004 In Review
The season is now finished. The equipment washed and put away. It is time to sit back and reflect on what was
Dusty’s Season like in 2003-2004.
It was a year of adversity, transition, great goals, great goaltending, not so great goaltending, commitment,
laughs, snacks, babies, beer, free 24’s, wins and losses.
The year started out poorly as Donny would be out until about mid November.
The smooth skating defencemen had broken his arm trying to make a diving catch in the outfield in August. Many spares were called to replace Donny, but nobody could step up and be the presence that he was.
To add to the doom of the start , Dusty’s lost the first game of the season to the Storm. A 7 – 3 butt kicking had the Local Heroes spinning their heels.
Things soon righted themselves as the Boys went on a tear and won their next 8 games. Probably a record for the modern day Dusty’s. The reason
for the big streak? All the boys were back for the year and Mike Dumaine found
Mike Dumaine went on the ‘NO SEX’ workout plan and this seemed to work out the best for him. Mike never missed a game until December and he produced some huge goal totals this
Offence was not a problem for Dusty’s as they averaged over 8 goals a game for. With the big gunners like AB, Joe, Robert , Gerald, and timely chip ins from Pierre and Barry, the lads
broke their previous best average goals per game record.
The defence also tightenend up this year, allowing only 5.5 goals per game.
An improvement of over 1 goal per game from last year and one of the lowest averages in recent years. With some solid goaltending and great efforts from the BIG three, the defence performed well. Barney went through a “few” pieces of lumber this year but his partner had one of the best
offensive seasons for a defensive. Conservative estimates put Bobby with over 25 goals this.
At the other end of the spectrum, Don Trudeau could not find his form
of the 15 goals season of years past and had to settle for one goal this year. JP
and the Frustrated Farmer (Richard) had solid games throughout the year.
Barry Lavallee still had his granite hands this year, but magically, the stone disease left the mitts of
Pierre. Pierre reverted back to his form of two years ago and bagged many timely
goals. Barry, who never quits on the play, is still trying to figure out if his
60 goal season of two years ago was just a dream.
We had a few this year. Chains Belot, Martin Nolet, Kelly
Wallace, Dave Madden, Bones, Junior Lavallee, the guy with the nice tan and others.
Marty was the most called out spare of the year as he was always ready to go. Defence or forward, blizzards or not, Marty answered the call.
Chains was a close second but needs to start staying home more often on Tuesday nights.
What would a hockey season be without the snacks. Barry out
did himself this year as the team was treated to a variety of delectable delights at the corner tavern. Pulled pork Buns, Steak Sandwiches, Big Dude Platters, the ever popular chicken fingers, Expensive Beef
Burgers, Dusty’s Special Pies and sides of fries, were some of the decadent dishes served after many of our games. Snacks has now turned into a twice a week ritual.
Home or away, Barry finds a way!
Pierre did a great job with the Beer this year with some assitance from the King of Beers himself Donny
Trudeau. Dusty’s was treated to 2 free 24’s this year. One from JP and one from Bobby. The new 24 rule makes everybody
more dedicated to the cause.
What a year for some of the boys. Mike D with a brand new
daughter, Joe B with a brand new son. Barry with another one due any day now. At least Barry had the decency to plan the birth after the season was over.
And Chains Belot went deep to produce a set of twins due sometime in June.
There you are folks. Special thanks to Wrangler's Bar and Grill for the great snacks, Barry for
taking care of us, Pierre and Donny for the Beer, the wives and girlfriends for letting us out twice a week to play. And to
Barney, for all the memories!!! See you next year.
See Below for all the stats.
Here are the stats for the year
Wins - 31 Losses - 13 Ties - 3
Wins - 16 Losees - 4 Ties - 1
Wins - 15 Losses - 9 Ties - 2
Goals For - 384 Average - 8.17