On Sunday, December 20th, the Tokyo Canadians skated in their final Red & White scrimmage of 2015.
With several members out of town over the holidays, a number of friends of the Canadians joined as guests.
Team Red jumped out to an early lead and received solid goaltending from Takeshi Tatsumoto. Team White also received solid goaltending from keeper Aaron McCain. At one point he made a dazzling windmill save à la Cirque du Soleil. Unfortunately he slingshot the puck into the net during his dismount.
The evening\’s Over-Achiever Award goes to White\’s center Daisuke Tomiyama. Daisuke back checked hard to help break up an odd-man rush and slid face first to block a pass headed across the slot. An admirable move. As he dove, however, his head was facing the pass. An un-calculated move. He was rewarded with a puck to the face. A scary moment indeed, but as Daisuke is a tough fellow, he just shook it off without stopping play.
The most controversial moment of the night was when a Red forward fired an accurate lazer from the slot. The puck cleanly beat the goalie and ricocheted off several pipes before popping back out. The question that still remains in the minds and hearts of all those present: was it a goal? Jingu\’s wifi was down, so communication with the War Room in Toronto was interrupted. We called it a good goal and moved on.
With Christmas around the corner and the year winding down, everyone on the ice was in high spirits. The atmosphere became even more jolly — comical actually — when a Red defenseman was skating back over his blue line being pressured from White and scored a beautiful goal on his own net! Next practice will feature mandatory spatial orientation drills.
In the beginning of the night there was an honest effort to keep score, and the last stone etchings reveal Red was up 6-4 on White. There were no fewer than a dozen or so goals scored after that, so in the spirit of the season let\’s just say it was a draw.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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