On consecutive nights, HBS Blades proved too much to handle for Babson’s MBA Hockey Team. The first game, played at home on Sunday evening, got off to a slow start, until Tomas Persson (NG) opened the scoring, hammering home two goals to give HBS a 2-0 lead in the first period. Our resident burrito backstop, Ben Heller (Partner) kept the Babson attack at bay, while Kirk Nielson (NB) slipped by the Babson defense to score a breakaway goal and put HBS up 3-1 at the end of the second. The third period was uneventful, until HBS went on a late scoring rampage to score 2 goals and end the game with a 5-1 victory.
Although the Blades were happy to come away with the victory on Sunday night, they were not pleased with their lack of consistent play.
To address the problem, self-appointed player-coach Persson, called for a pre-game chalk talk to flush out some of the problems. Although most of the team was a either a bit late for the talk or imbibing the champagne of beers – Miller High Life for the uneducated – the team did seem to heed his final message, “It’s their rink, it’s their ice, and it’s their bleeping town. All right, let’s show ’em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let ’em know you’re there. Get that bleeping stick in their side. Let ’em know you’re there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let ’em know you’re there!”
Led by Tomas’ inspirational speech, the Blades went out and put on a show, winning by a margin of 10-2. Highlights included a pair of top-shelf goals, by Dave ‘I felt like I was on the pong table’ Ellingrud (OD). Additional goals were tallied by Chris McIsaac (OJ) with a fine showing in front of his fianc‚e, Mark ‘at least I had two swings at it’ MacTavish (OC), Kirk ‘I now only account for 50% of our teams offense’ Nielsen and finally a pair by co-captain Mika Malin (OG), who also sported some hip duds after the game.
Overall the team was pleased with its home and home series and now prepares for the McArthur Cup.