The Legendz Longhorns are not in good shape on the Cayman Islands roller hockey scene.
Heading into November, the side are in the cellar of the Logic Roller Hockey League. A 1-4 mark has been compounded by unimpressive statistics as they have scored the fewest goals (17) while allowing the most goals (34).
For Legendz regular Chris Anton, the numbers are an aberration.
“The stats are not representative of the effort we’re putting in,” Anton said. “A lot of times we’re running into teams on their best nights. We’re not able to get on the scoreboard. Often times our best player is the goalie (Jeremy Olynik). We can’t put that much pressure on him every night and it really doesn’t say much about the forwards.
“We have a lot of games left, we’re not even half way through. Once the forwards get on track, we’ll have a good second half.”
Numbers-wise, Olynik has been alright with a .628 save percentage and 43 saves. His biggest support has come from defenseman Jason Windsor, who has a team-best six points off four goals and two assists. The Longhorns are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, having lost to the High Rollers last Tuesday.
Anton states that defeat was especially tough.
“They turned it up in the second half. It was tied 9-9 at the end of regulation and we lost in the shoot-out. We had three shooters but Andy (Andrew Finlason) shut the door on us.” Legendz will look to turn the tide this Tuesday, 1 November at Kings Sports Centre. At 9pm, the Longhorns face defending champions ITS Cayman. Coming into this month, ITS are holding steady in second place at 2-2 with 32 goals scored (second most in the league) and 28 goals allowed (second fewest in the competition).
ITS have much of the same players in the fold from last season such as Mark Missal, Curtis Appleyard and Jamie Lyon (they have a combined 29 points off 19 goals and 10 assists). For Anton, defenseman Joe Jewitt is a big reason why ITS are a legitimate threat on Tuesday and the rest of the season.
“Mark and Joe are a good combo and our D has to be aware of them at all times.”