(vol. 21W, no. 6; newsletter by b.n.)
They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. By the same token, you can email someone stats, but that won't get the newsletter written. And that is truly a shame. Everybody wants to read the latest exploits of the Coastal Pirates. Why just last season everybody was talking about making the move from the “B” league to the elite “A” league, where the Pirates would face better competition. Did I just say that? I must be kidding, right?

Now, mired in one of the worst slumps in Wednesday night Coastal Pirate history, how could the thought of moving to the “A” league possibly pop into anyone's head? Gee, I don't know, I guess it kind of just happened. Well nevermind. Forget I ever mentioned the “A” league. The whole ideas was probably one of those evil myths perpetrated by Mike Farrell. Let's be honest (and then I will drop all references to the “A” league): The way this season is going, the Pirates have a better shot of making the “C” league then the “A” league. Just think: Two games every season against the Geriatrics— wouldn't that be nice?! Actually, just winning a freakin' game would be nice about now ... but what are you going to do?

After spotting the Tile Cutters an early 3-0 lead, the Pirates finally came storming back. Well, in reality, it was just Russ that came storming back. (Russ, who incidentally is not even on the ofull-time roster this season, but instead is a week-by-week replacement player thanks to some guy with a 7 and a 6 in his number ... but we won't go there.) Anyway, Russ got things going when he picked-up a puck at the blueline and wristed one past the goalie in the 1st period to cut the lead to 3-1 at the break.

In the final period, it was Russ scoring again when he buried a great feed from LeMatty. But that, as they say, was that. Unfortunately, Russ couldn't pull out the hat and no one else stepped-up and put the puck in the net. So with another goal by the Tile Cutters and, of course, the emptynetter that came in the last desperate seconds, the final score was 5-2.

“A” league! (Sorry, I couldn't resist that.)
date of game: 4.13.05

LOST 4-2


For spoiling the Jamokes' shutout bid — twice.