Sunday, July 12, 2020

Alpine Lumber puts the wood to Lacy’s Construction

You said “wood”

by Than Acuff

Thanks to our current administration I can make insipid comments such as the subhead and no one seems to care. Good God, we’ve been dumbed down, myself included, into eff-it mode. And while saying “wood” provides a chuckle, it’s a slippery slope to inappropriate jokes, inappropriate jokes towards women, misogyny, racism and xenophobia. Oh wait, we’re already there.

That’s okay, I’m sure Mike Bloomberg’s billions will make everything better. Shoot, he even took an ad out in the Crested Butte News and was rumored to have asked for placement next to town league hockey coverage.

Of course I’m kidding.

Bloomberg will not make things better and is … not the best person for the job. Who is? Hell if I know, but I know who isn’t. Name starts with D, rhymes with moronald.

As for ad placement next to town league hockey, he’d be an idiot not to demand said placement because town league hockey is where it’s at: “I got two turntables and a microphone.”

It’s also “at” Big Mine Ice Arena Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and on Thursday, February 20 Alpine Lumber hammered Lacy’s Construction for four goals in the second period to dig their way out of a hole and build a two-goal lead, eventually paving the way to a 5-3 win.

“Nothing hones your mind and instincts like necessity.”

Alpine Lumber did open the game hot with Mark Goldberg rattling the cage with a shot off the post and several other chances at close range early on, but Lacy’s goalie Roan Perschke did what needed to be done to keep the puck out of the net.

Meanwhile, Lacy’s relied on one-player efforts to generate their offense and the singular attack idea paid off four minutes into the game when Nathan Lacy skated onto goal for a solo strike only to get denied by Lucas McMullan but then score on the ensuing rebound.

Jukin’ Joe Hayes created similar isolated chaos with his go-for-broke style of play but Alpine defenseman Drew Layman provided some composure to turn away the attacks.

Ultimately though, when Tim “Mahanimal” Mahan took a page from Hayes and company to produce his own show, Hayes joined in and Mahan slipped the puck to Hayes and Hayes found the five-hole in the final second of the first for a 2-0 Lacy’s lead. 

Team play, profound mental presence and a lack of panic would prevail in the second period for Alpine Lumber though, as they proceeded to pick apart Lacy’s precarious lead with precision.

Alpine Lumber cracked the seal on Perschke’s net in the second minute of the second period as Cody Scott, one half of the Fat Bike Polo champions of the world squad, set up Phil Dujardin for Alpine’s first goal. Four minutes later, Scott, crowned prince of Fat Bike Polo, skated coast-to-coast for a second Alpine Lumber goal. Two minutes later James Brennan fired a shot on frame and Dujardin continued his MVP performance to poke the rebound in. Then, in the final minute of the second period, the two switched roles as Dujardin assisted Brennan for Alpine’s fourth goal of the period and a 4-2 lead.

Thanks to some big defense from Thomas McClean and some smash-mouth skating from Carlee Drobnick, Lacy’s slowed the Alpine Lumber attack down enough to pull back the momentum in their favor and pull back to within one when Nathan Lacy scored his second goal of the game.

Down 4-3 with a minute left, Lacy’s pulled their goalie in search of the game-tying goal but their efforts backfired when Layman  slipped the puck into the open net to ice the 5-3 Alpine Lumber win, handing Lacy’s just their second loss of the season.

“The field mouse is fast, but the owl sees at night.” 

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