Monday, November 10, 2008

AMHL Thursday: Tale of Two Teams

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…
--in short, the period was so far like the present
period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its
being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree
of comparison only..”


-A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

Before last week’s match pitting the 7–0–0–1 Capitals against the 4–5–0–0 Bruins, one team was enjoying the metaphorical spoils (fresh, perfectly glazed donuts) served at the castle atop the AMHL Thursday standings; the other was hoping to avoid foraging for scraps (sprinkles from stale Munchkins) in the league’s cellar.

In the first period, the aristocrats have withstood a fierce attack from the noisy peasants. Capital twineminder Ken Tarr has repelled—stick saves, kick saves, whatever-it-takes saves—the angry mob of Bruins. Tarr’s counterpart, Steve Scansaroli, has been less busy fending off the federalists’ futile volleys. But then Capital forward Ben Budds skates through the laissez-faire defense to fire a shot over Scansaroli and below the crossbar.

The period ends with nobility on top, 1–0. But the hopeful underdogs are committed to toppling the upper class.

Shots on Goal
Capitals: 8
Bruins: 12

Tune in later this week for the second installment, Great Expectations.
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