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R&W August

2016-08-21

 On Sunday, August 21st, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. Now with Rio over we can focus our efforts on competing in 2018 in Pyeongchang.

With two plus lines per side there were plenty of legs for fatigue not to be an excuse, and as expected, there was an upbeat pace held throughout the night.

The scoring opened on a nice connection between Taro Kurokawa and Paul Dupuis. Taro dipsy doodled in the offensive zone for what seemed to be 45 seconds before firing a hard and accurate pass that was deftly deflected into the top corner by a streaking Dupes. 1-0 Red.

Red then jumped out to a decent lead popping in a few more goals behind White goalie, Takeshi Tatsumoto Tatsu played solid all night long, as did Red netminder Eisuke Shimizu. Eisuke seemed to be the busier of the two goaltenders, though we'll wait to hear the shot totals from the official statistics bureau later on. The proof may be on his helmet though. A GoPro attached to his brain bucket caught most of the night on 1080 video.

Be sure to check out his page in the near future for a short montage of the night. Don't expect to see goals though. Rumor has it all goals against him are placed in a special trash bin and burned once every lunar cycle.

Some more goals were scored, none more controversial than Red's 6th, which bounced away from the net as quickly as it was fired toward it. The call on the ice was no goal, but the call from the White bench was a good goal. After some back and forth banter all the grown gentlemen involved realized that it truly didn't matter.

New father, Naoto Hamashima, celebrated by scoring a hat trick. Congratulations, Naoto! On the baby though, not the goals. You were going to score those anyway.

A few more goals were scored, but with the fans cheering so loudly it was hard to keep track. We assume Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps had at least one each.

Rematch vs OME club

2016-05-15

 On Sunday, May 15th, the Tokyo Canadians had a friendly match against Ome Club, a team that competes in Tokyo's Super League. This is a rematch from our previous game back on January 30th, in which we either won or tied depending on whose set of facts you find most appealing.

Tokyo Canadians Lineup
Goalie: Tatsu
Defence: Rico, Faulkner, Naoto, Yahagi
Line 1: Koby, Kai, Oliver
Line 2: Madden, Daisuke, Reno
Line 3: Chaw, Sasaki, Colucci

Your average Sunday night of shinny invariably includes a smattering mix of the following elements: acrobatic and erratic goaltending, sloppy neutral zone play, shanked shots, blatant off sides that aren't called, banked posts, thoughts of back checking, and at least one blown 3-on-1. This Sunday night, however, featured laser sharp goaltending, quick puck movement, stellar defensive plays, proper icings and offsides, blocked shots, hard and accurate shots, and back checking. Some would say it resembled a game of hockey.

Reno kicked off the scoring for the Canadians by tipping in Faulkner's hard shot from he point. Oliver banged home a rebound off Kai's shot, who himself later scored a goal. Rico had a crafty goal by poke checking the puck off an Ome player's stick and into the net. Children: do not stick-handle in front of your net when you don't have to!

If you're paying attention, the good guys wearing white, the Tokyo Canadians, have scored 4 goals. Unfortunately, the not-good guys wearing purple and yellow, Ome, had scored 5. Credit must be given to Tatsu here though. He kept the score close all night long. At this point in the night Ome had taken an unprecedented 173 shots on goal! That fact has already been verified by three sources.

The Canadians, down by 1 goal with 2 minutes left, sent out smooth-as-silk Reno DePaoli and Brendan Madden, who spent half his energy that shift screaming bloody murder while sprinting from the bench down 200 feet to the ensuing face-off. The tactic(?) served us well though as the bewildered Ome players surrendered the tying goal of Daisuke's stick shortly thereafter.

Final Score: 5-5

Friendly game April

2016-04-24

 On Sunday, April 24th the Tokyo Canadians played in a practice game against an assortment of players from three teams (Vanguards, Mavericks, and Hasegawa) whose average age hovered around twenty five. The Tokyo Canadians' average age was a decade plus over that, but that is neither here nor there. 

The newest members of the Tokyo Canadians, Kent van Langen, Daisuke Sasaki, and Bryan Norton, suited up for the first time as members. Sasaki kindly played for the opposing team to fill out their lines, a decision we later oh so dreadfully regretted. 

The trifecta of TCHC keepers were in attendance. In alphabetical order, Aaron, Ace-k, and Tatsu were all tending net. Not simultaneously of course. You think that is a ridiculous thing to point out, but it was a legitimate question I had to field from my Japanese wife. 

The game was mildly eventful, but not so much so that I could make it sound interesting if you weren't there. The Tokyo Canadians scored a bunch of goals, mostly by Reno De Paoli, one of which he scored by pushing the opposing defensemen's stick with the puck across the goal. On that play Reno managed to receive a goal and an assist. 

Brendan Madden played maddeningly, charging at animate and inanimate objects without discretion, and scored on a beautiful wrap around. Colucci had a wrap around as well, but he cannot attach any adjectives to his own goals. 

Our second unit with Ridley, Dupuis, Kurokawa, and both new team members Kent and Bryan, combined for two goals late in the third period, reflecting their determination and stamina. 

Despite the picture of onslaught just described, the opposing team scored nearly two goals for our every one. Most of their tallies were from Vanguards' Issei, Sasaki, and this one kid from Hasegawa. Issei, however, grew up in Canada. Sasaki is technically a member of the Tokyo Canadians. And the other guy I'm sure can at least spell Canada. Considering these facts, all three of those player's goals should be ours. I think my logic is pretty sound. 

In the end we closed the gap and managed to cut the score down to 13-9, or 12-9 depending on your positioning in the rink. Aaron somersaulted to stop a shot that bounced off the post and nestled underneath his falling body. Unbeknownst to him, he assumed it was a goal and swiped a puck out of the net leftover from practice. When he stood, there were two pucks laying in the crease. If you were on the ice you would have missed all of that. From my vantage point at the bench it was clear as day. Or as a clear as the Penguins owning the Rangers in the first round, a little event I was reminded of no fewer than six times.

A special shout out to Tatsu's amazing glove save on Issei. 

See you next time on the ice!

R&W April

2016-04-17

 On Sunday, April. 17th, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. Note that the following recap has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. Good enough for shinny though.

A high level of commitment to the evening was evident from the very start. Guys were already in the dressing room a full half hour before the drop of the puck. Maybe it's because tax season is over, or maybe it's the start of the NHL playoffs. Either way there was energy in the air!

Play began evenly enough, with red striking first. A quick tally from Ishii-san, still reeling off the energy from the Bangkok tournament. White then took over, tallying more than a few marks in succession, with guest Issei from the Vanguards leading the charge with a hat trick. Just before his third goal, Issei fired a laser just wide of the night, catching the glass and creating such a deafening noise that even Naoto from the bench said, "Whoa!"

White's two nicest goals of the night came of the sticks of Madden and Dupuis. Madden finished off a beautiful three way passing play that even left goalie Eisuke standing out of position in admiration. Dupuis, stationed in his office in front of the net, deftly redirected a hard pass from the corner over the goalie's shoulder just under the crossbar. Somewhere in Buffalo someone made a comment about peanut butter.

The two keepers eventually switched ends, you know, to make it fair with the glare from the position of the sun and all. Red then allowed three goals on three shots across two shifts. Not enough eye black.

At this point White was running away with the game, leading 10-3. Coach Red made a crucial change to his lineup, swapping the two Italians, Colucci and De Paoli, on defense and offense. While seemingly unrelated, this managed to spark Red’s goal production, particularly from Eriksson and Hamashima, who combined for the last four goals of the game. It was a race against time to catch up and the clock eventually won.

Final Score: White 12 - Red 9

Red
Eriksson (2g)
Hamashima (2g)
Ishii (1g)
De Paoli (1g)
Faulkner (1g)
Colucci (1g)
Kurokawa (1g)

White
Issei (3g)
Tomiyama (2g)
Baba (1g)
Sasaki (1g)
Madden (1g)
Dupuis (2g)
Reay (1)
VanEerden (1g)

R&W February

2016-02-21

 

 On Sunday, Feb. 21st, the Tokyo Canadians held their monthly R&W scrimmage at Jingu rink. We would like to thank all the extra people spending money by going to the public skating sessions; Jingu can now afford to turn on the lights.

 

The night began unceremoniously for team white as Tommy led a "Go Team White" stick tap in the crease. Unfortunately only the goalie was there with him, and more out of obligation than by choice. Tommy, your efforts did not go unnoticed.

 

After 10 minutes of back and forth scoreless play, Mikael of Red broke the deadlock with a short side goal on Tatsu. White answered back shortly thereafter with a lucky goal, bouncing in off an errant pass from Red. Kevin Holt, who was on the bench at the time, amazingly earned two assists on the play.

 

Red then exploded to take a commanding lead. Five of the next seven goals for Red came off Akira’s stick, the nicest of which came from a Kai assist. He booted down (soccer style) White’s clearing attempt just outside the blueline and led Akira in on a break. Despite the athletic move and gorgeous assist, Kai -- uncharastically -- had no tallies in the goal column this evening. All Swedish and no ‘finish’.*

 

At this point Red held a 6-2 advantage.

 

The shipment of smelling salts finally arrived to the White bench, who powered back to take the lead with two goals apiece from Ralph, Tommy, and Sasaki. One of Tommy’s goals came from an end-to-end rush and a quick and hard wrist shot just over Eisuke’s right pad. An end-to-end rush is certainly admirable, and we were happy to see Tommy score on at least 1 of his 23 attempts.

 

Eisuke is a serious goaltender, and like all keepers who take pride in their trade, he hates letting in a goal, especially if it’s by Daisuke Sasaki. Of the 9 goals surrendered by Red, only Daisuke’s goals triggered an assault on the boards by Eisuke’s goalie stick. Rumor has it that the shaft cracked a bit. Daisuke will receive a bill in the mail.

 

Akira’s 5th goal was a trickler that squeezed through Tatsu’s pads and yawned across the goal line. Ralph had the unfortunate timing to be standing in the crease to witness the goal. His initial reaction was to swipe the goal out of the net, but did so while also playing one-man-Toronto-War-Room and declaring it to be a good goal. Honest man.

 

White now held a 9-8 lead with just under 5 minutes to play. Red enters the offensive zone and takes an innocuous shot at Tatsu, which he gobbles up. A routine stop. 10 seconds seem to pass. Reno then glides in with his stick on the ice and pokes at the loose puck through Tatsu and into the goal. Can we call it a non-goal on a phantom intended whistle? 9-9 is more interesting than 9-8, so we call it a goal and drop the puck. After all, there is only 30 seconds left, we want to maximize the ice time, and everyone feels good about things ending in a tie.

 

Except Naoto, who buried Red’s 10th and game winning goal just seconds later. If Jingu had a buzzer, it would have been a buzzer beater.

 

Final Score: Red 10 - White 9
* Joke credited to Tommy Anderson

 

Note: The following stats are as accurate as your tax return done by a honey badger. In other words, they are probably wrong. Feel free to make corrections in the comments.

 

Team White
D Tommy Anderson (2g, 1a)
D Kevin Holt (3a)
D Stephen Faulkner (Best Dressed Award)
F Eric Wolfe (1a)
F Ralph van Eerden (2g)
F Chris Colucci (2a)
F Fumiya Uchiyama (1g)
F Kamata (1g)
F Daisuke Sasaki (3g)
G Takeshi Tatsumoto

 

Red
D Naoto Hamashima (2g, 2a)
D Joel Durkee (Punctuality Award)
D Kai Eriksson (1a)
F Mikael Anders (1g)
F Daisuke Tomiyama (1a)
F Reno DePaoli (2g)
F Satoshi Chawanya (Organizer Award)
F Akira (5g)
G Eisuke Shimizu

 


 


 


 

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