I can only be grateful that the playoffs will not be played anywhere near the Instant Replay rink in Morristown, N.J., which happens to be the home rink of my former team, The Minutemen. My team, the Growl, played the Minutemen tonight and we were fortunate to get out of there with a split. Please keep in mind, I am taking absolutely nothing away from the Minutemen, who played inspired hockey throughout the night, however, I can't help but feel this rink is not the type of rink that suits the majority of our players. The rink is small and the surface is slow, which is ideal for a team that is going to battle for every loose puck, and try to play a controlled simple game of putting pucks at the net,and making people pay physically for every piece of the rink. The Minutemen took advantage of the leagues best goalie (Joe D'lasio) being away for the weekend, and shot from anywhere when they realized that it was an adventure for the usually dependable Jason Kalish and the capable third string goalie Steven Colb. Anthony Flynn would've pulled out his hair, if he had any, with one particular referee, who won't be getting any Christmas cards from Ron Tracy, anytime soon. Even so, that's not the reason why we lost a game tonight. The referee's were out there doing the best they could for both teams. I take no pride in some of the complaining that went on after the game, by us, and I'm sure as tempers cool down, neither will anyone else in our organization. The Minutemen picked up a few new faces that seemed to fit in pretty well with style of play that they will throw at you, and that's good news for them, after parting with T.J. Plaugher. So our 21 game winning streak is over, and it was the Minutemen who did it to us again. I take my hat off to them for their efforts, and hope to have the opportunity of playing them in the playoffs, at any other rink but that one. That rink contains forces that OB 1 Kanobie would be proud of, and certainly seems Growl proof. By the way, I think the scores were 8-5 Growl in game 1 and 7-6 Minutemen in the finale.