COVID-19 TEAM STATEMENT: UPDATED 3-21-20
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LOCOMOTIVES UNBEATEN STREAK ENDS AT 21
All good things must come to an end at some time. But…WOW, what an absolutely amazing run it was. Dating back to last season, the Lakeside Locomotives were unbeaten in 21 games entering tonight’s action against Port City Signs. In those 21 games, the Locomotives chugged their way to a 19-0-2 record with four wins against Port City, Beerly Legal and the Benders, three wins against Fetch, two wins against Bush League and Big Dekes and a single win against the Cocksville Blockers and a tie against Fetch and Port City. Highlighting this great streak was three wins in the post-season last season to capture the team’s first championship and an unbelievable start this season to keep the mojo continuing. The Locomotives, who are now in their sixth season at Lakeshore Sports Center, struggled with victories in 2014 and 2015 and have built off the previous season’s lessons to become a consistent contender in 2018 and 2019. Credit for this great stretch goes to the players of last season and this season who have made adjustments as needed, adopted new styles of play, continue to embrace change, continue to learn from their teammates and continue to play a ‘team brand’ of hockey all across the ice. A defeat is never a happy thing, but what we as a group have accomplished since April 29th is a true testament of our pride, our skill and our fun-natured brand of hockey. An undefeated streak of 21 is very special and takes a lot of hard work. Thanks to everyone for your efforts, your support and your commitment to Locos Hockey. Guess we need to hit the dunes, lift those weights and start butterflying to get back on another 21-game tare.
LOCOS TOP FETCH TO CAPTURE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Lakeside Locomotives were able to etch their name into the Lakeshore Sports Centre history books on May 21, 2019, as the team captured the franchise’s first championship by downing Fetch Brewing 7-2 in the championship game. For the Locos, the fifth year team was able to use solid goal scoring with three goals in the opening frame, followed by a pair of strikes in each of the second and third periods to lift the squad to the championship victory. The Locos, who were forced to wear the alternate Phantom Yellow jerseys during the game due to conflict with the Fetch Brewing Black jerseys, were able to keep the defending champion Fetch Brewing at bay for most of the game, as despite both team’s exchanging a goal early in the opening period, the Locomotives would respond with the game’s next four goals to take a 5-1 lead midway into the second period, a lead that the Locomotives would not relinquish. Late in the second period, Fetch would strike with their second goal of the game to narrow the Locomotive lead to 5-2, however, in the third period, the Lakeside crew would capitalize twice more to seal Fetch’s fate and take claim to a 7-2 win. The Locomotives were powered by Zach Kinney and Ray Schelhas each with a pair of goals, while Matt Neiger, Matt Zehr and Trent Kik would stage singletons for the Locos. In addition to the five marksmen on the night, a total of seven players (Kinney, Schelhas, Neiger, Zehr, Kik, Anderson and DeBoer) would capture assists to complete a total team effort enroute to the league championship. The Locomotives completed the regular season in fifth place with a 8-12-2 record, while Fetch Brewing completed the regular season in third place with a 10-8-4 overall record. The Locomotives and Fetch completed the season series 3-3 against each other.