By Adam Peace
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On Wednesday, June 12th the Esprit de Corps Commando-Lite faced off against their arch-rivals, the Ottawa Service Attaché Association Lame Ducks at the University of Ottawa. This event was the final game for a few of the Duck players before they repatriate to their home countries (Igor Starkov, Uncle Yoon,….). Replacements are on the way to fill the Duck roster, but it will take a lot of practice before the team plays in fine form as they did on this day. After many months of practice together, the Ducks are finally showing good form on the ice and playing as a solid unit.
Commando-Lite Jim Scott opened up the scoring after several rallies up and down the ice. Undeterred, the Ducks showed a lot of promise coming from their bench. Starkov, Yoon, Mariott and others took charge with the puck and carried it into the offensive zone time and again.
Impressively, the Ducks crawled back from trailing 4-1 in the third period to score with only 0.3 seconds left on the clock, ending the game with a score of 4-3. Roars of excitement could be heard from the Ducks bench as the final buzzer sounded.
Afterwards, the players assembled at the Brig Pub in the Byward Market (a stone’s throw away from the U.S. Embassy) for refreshments, and to exchange pleasantries while announcing the player of the game awards
Lame Duck player of the game award was given to Scott Bryan for his stellar goaltending, which helped keep the ducks in the game for his performance through the first and third periods.
Commando team captain (and team owner) Scott Taylor received the POG award for all of his efforts in planning these games and bringing together a fair, yet competitive squad to match the Lame Ducks.
Special thanks to referee Doug Thomas, Lame Duck coach Darcy Byrtus who was ably assisted in the coaching duties by Peruvian Naval attache, Capt (N) Arancivia Ramos who was unable to play due to injury, and most of all of the departing Ducks – you will be missed. We look forward to whipping your replacements into shape as they join in to take your place.