Monday November 30
(2)All Blacks vs Bramabulls(5)
Streaking Bramabulls remain undefeated
The surprising Bramabulls passed another early season challenge, this time getting the better of the B division defending champions. J.Beaudry stopped 24 shots and O.Grenier’s second period goal gave the Bramabulls a 3-0 lead that was just enough to get by the All Blacks. Grenier didn’t stop there by adding his second along with his third point as a dominant force for the Bramabulls. Struggling to get on the board, the All Blacks finally struck early in the third period courtesy of A.Bigeault. Both sides entered the night fighting for first place. The Bramabulls will look to extend their streak in next week’s game versus the Slayers who have yet to record a point so far.
(1)Hustlers vs Black Knights(4)
Struggling Hustlers suffer another loss
The Hustlers know that they need to be averaging more than one goal a game. While defensively they did a fine job containing the Black Knights, one third period goal just doesn’t cut it. The Black Knights only led 1-0 after two periods before widening the gap. After opening up the scoring, J.Gagne may have put the match away when netting his second on the power play for a 3-0 lead. The Hustlers did get the satisfaction of spoiling P-O Girouard’s shutout but that’s as good as it got. P.Musto collected two assists and P.Genereux notched the winner by the early stages of the third period. The Hustlers schedule doesn’t get any easier as they’ll face off next against hockey’s best in Red Lite.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the Black Knights. The solid goaltender played a near perfect game allowing only one third period goal to help lead the Black Knights 4-1 over the Hustlers....
Monday November 30(Semi finals)
One step closer, 1 Timer oust Billionaires to reach finals
The 1 Timer booked their place in the finals with back to back wins over the Billionaires. The 1 Timer won the first game 2-0 after an inspiring performance from their net minder F.Koch, who denied every single shot his way. P-A Surprenant, known more for his sniping skills set up both goals coming from T.Daigneault and J.Guye-Perrault. The Billionaires looked to bounce back in the second game but their hopes got deflated early on. The 1 Timer used three first period goals sending a strong message that they were destined to reach the finals. Once again, P-A Surprenant makes the difference, this time the sniper decided to find the back of the net with two straight tallies. Surprenant also set up T.Daigneault to open up the scoring. When combining productive offence along with stellar goaltending, the 1 Timer know that this championship is there’s to win.
Close but no cigar, Team X exits from playoffs
Having to do it without the leagues scoring leader, the NWV still got what they deserved on Monday night. M.Saint-Laurent made sure to elevate his game in absence of K.Dube and did a spectacular job creating plenty of time and space for his teammates. The talented forward scored two big goals in the opening game to double up Team X 4-2.F.Benhamadi assisted twice while A.Hakim and Y.Mouchaca scored as well for the NWV. With a chance to even up the series, Team X reset what had just happened. After winning the opening frame 2-0, Team X needed a big power play goal from E.Chouha to break a dreaded 2-2 tie. J-M Loiseau collected two points and F.Vigliotti made the necessary saves to even the series at one game a piece .That result left 12 minutes to decide a winner. With the first goal being as important as it was, the NWV were able to capitalize first. A.Hakim scored barely two minutes into the contest followed with another quick tally from Y.Mouchaca to immediately demoralize their opponents. Despite a last second push on a goal by R.Jorquera, Team X couldn’t even the score on time. With logic prevailing, the top two seeds will meet in the finals. While the 1 Timer will use their speed as their strength, the NWV will use their structured defensive game along with the help of M.Saint-Laurent and possibly K.Dube to cause damage. No one is a real heavy favorite which suggests for a great final to come.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Saint Laurent of NWV. The shifty forward carried a heavy load doing more than his share to help lead the NWV to the finals....
Sunday November 29
(5)HC Inter vs Bijoux(4)
D.Pasquini scored the eventual game winner during a wild five goal third period, helping HC Inter get a big win over the front running Bijoux. The division leader’s fought back with three consecutive goals to erase a three goal deficit but HC Inter stormed back with three goals of their own. D.Crivello had a multi goal, four point night in the win while M.Grilo was a force for Bijoux participating in all four tallies. This win guarantees a playoff spot and a fourth place finish for the HC Inter.
(6)Dark Knights vs Butchers(2)
Only up 2-1 after two periods, the Dark Knights burst with four third period goals to hand the Butchers a 6-2 loss. A.Baggio took care of the scoring with both goals by the end of the second period before four different teammates went on to add tallies in the third. S.Maratta riffled the winner, the captain A.Attia collected three points and U.Cangal was solid in nets allowing only two goals on 22 shots. With only two wins in ten games, the Butchers struggled all season long and will miss the post season for a very rare time.
(4)Hit List vs Bijoux(6)
Unhappy with their previous performance, Bijoux made it a point to finish their regular season strong. It didn’t come easy as a power play goal by D.Dire put Bijoux in the driver’s seat with a 5-4 third period lead. S.Larouche-Champagne added the sealer late in the game for his second of the night. Apart from his winner, Dire also scored twice while adding a helper. In a division with plenty of parody, Bijoux took top spot with only six wins in ten games.
(3)Red Nose vs Hulkamania(6)
Two third period power play goals turned a Hulkamania deficit into a lead which were followed with a pair of insurance markers to confirm a 6-3 double up win over the Red Nose. Hulkamania did no favors to their rival, who knew that a win was required to enter the post season. The men in yellow used balanced scoring with efforts from six different players. K.Araujo had the most points with three that included a helper on N.Gilbert’s game winning goal. This win set the stage for a perfect way to end the regular season as Hulkamania looked to take on the Icons for first place in their double header night.
(6)Red Vipers vs Bete Noire(5) S.O
Somehow a 5-0 lead just wasn’t good enough for the Red Vipers who needed a shootout for the win. Bete Noire managed to reset what had happened and took it one step at a time. A.Jalilvand motivated his club by netting a late first period power play goal to reduce the gap by three. Knowing that they had more than enough time, Bete Noire fought hard netting two second period goals and even harder by the third to even the score. Once again, A.Jalilvand came through, this time posting a big shorthanded marker for the equalizer. With that kind of momentum, Bete Noire looked to end things in extra time but it was the Red Vipers getting the last word. M.Deslauriers was the lone shootout goal scorer giving the Red Vipers an unsatisfying win. A.Poirier along with his captain K.Kersaint gave the Red Vipers a good start to the night posting a pair of goals each.
(4)Icons vs Hulkamania(2)
Despite a good start to the match, Hulkamania simply couldn’t keep up with a much better prepared team. The Icons overcame a 2-0 hole posting two late second period tallies leveling the game at two goals a piece. Once that surge happened, the Icons kept on putting on the pressure by adding two more markers. G.Panagiotopoulos put the Icons in front for the first time early in the third period and was able to set up G.Chountalos moments later for some insurance. It came in a losing cause but B.Deslauriers did start the match strong posting both goals for Hulkamania. The Icons will gladly take the win and a first place finish to the E1 standings but won’t be satisfied unless they are hoisting the trophy.
With the regular season ending for both the E1 and E2 divisions, the top four seeds will be playing in a best of three series in the semi final rounds. The match ups are as follows:
E1 semi finals:
(1)Icons vs Bete Noire(4)
(2)Hulkamania vs Red Vipers(3)
E2 semi finals:
(1)Bijoux vs HC Inter(4)
(2)Hit List vs Dark Knights(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Grilo of Bijoux. As a defenseman, M.Grilo produced six points in two games helping Bijoux capture top seed of the E2 Sunday night division....
Friday November 27
(7)Garage Gang vs Park Avenue Legends(5)
Apart from one goal, G.Montoro was involved in every single Garage Gangs goals to help collect a second straight win for his club. Each side played to a 4-4 second period tie. In a situation that clearly favored the Garage Gang, the bigger bench took advantage by out lasting the Park Avenue Legends. G.Montoro had four assists but used two third period goals to grab a slight 6-5 lead. G.Typaldos, captain of his club had another big night bagging a hat trick but in a losing cause. The Park Avenue Legends attempted an equalizer after pulling their net minder but couldn’t get it done as D.Dery seals it in an empty cage.
(1)Stones vs Hawks(2) S.O
With only one change up to their lineup, the Hawks had no choice to keep it tight and simple. Everyone had to play back and waited for mistakes to happen in order to generate any type of scoring chances. While the Stones weren’t able to score, the Hawks made sure not to allow anything as well and did a good job keeping a clean score sheet largely due to C.Stavriadis stellar performance in nets. F.Vigliotti had a similar performance earning a shutout also. The only difference occurred in the shootout where the Hawks won the breakaway competition 2-1.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Hawks. The Stones threw everything in his direction along with the kitchen sink, and still weren’t able to solve him except for once in the shootout courtesy of M.Russo....
Thursday November 26 (Round 1, E2 playoffs)
(5)SBS Trashers vs Magic Bullets(4)
With both teams laying it on the line, the Magic Bullets needed more than a 2-0 first period lead to get by the SBS Trashers. Slowly but surely, the trailing squad mounted their comeback posting three second period unanswered goals. J.Guerriero used a late second period power play marker to give his club their first lead of the night. Despite equalizing the score twice by the third period, the Magic Bullets couldn’t get that much needed tally to regain control of the match. After scoring once along with an assist, P.Nadeau set up the winner by no other than his captain E.Panzera. J.Scalia had a strong game bagging two tallies and a helper to help send his club to the next round.
(3)Carnage vs Seals(1)
Far from being a walk in the park, Carnage needed nearly all 45 minutes to just get by the Seals. Each side remained leveled at one goal for most of the night until a third period breakout enabled Carnage to escape with the win. J.DiMarco cracked the barrier by the 2:45 minute mark of the third period giving Carnage their first lead of the game. With only six minutes left to go, S.Giannoulakis eased the tension knowing that his club would be fine with a two goal cushion. The Seals didn’t have a great year but showed plenty when the time counted with a hard fought battle. B.Verducci needed to be good and he was allowing only one goal courtesy of J.Trepanier.
(4)Eagles vs Street Ballers(5)
S.Marashlian had an impressive night as his three goals were just enough to get by the Eagles. Familiar with finding the back of the net like he’s often done, the Street Ballers forward notched two very late second period goals and carried a two goal cushion for nearly the rest of the match. The Eagles had a good start to the game up 2-1 after one period but dropped the ball by the second losing the frame handily 4-1.Each side entered the post season separated by only two points which can have only suggested a close battle. The Street Ballers showed plenty in last season’s playoffs by reaching the finals and will hope to continue their playoff run after a good start to the post season.
With Deadlast securing first place and an automatic spot to the semi finals, the front runners will look to take on the Street Ballers while Carnage faces the SBS Trashers in their best of three series.
(0)Scorpions vs Les Coqs(5) E1 regular season
It took half the match before Les Coqs decided to open it up. Once the scoring started, the Scorpions struggled to contain the outburst of goals. Just like their opponents, Les Coqs played with a very short bench but managed to score anyway. Five different players found the back of the net that saw M.Turgeon finish with three points. Unhappy with his recent overall performance between the pipes, G.Platanitis will look forward to the post season after recording a 29 save shutout.
The E1 division semi finals will feature the Werewolves taking on the Scorpions. The other match up has the Chiefs facing off against Les Coqs who will look to eliminate the defending champions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sarkis Marashlian of the Street Ballers. The natural goal score came through with three goals in a close 5-4 win over the Eagles....
Wednesday November 25 (Round 1, playoffs)
(2)Steelers vs Les Boys(3) F3 division
Despite eying a short bench and knowing the threat that one player can pose during a game, the Steelers failed to manage the situation. The best player of the night showed why he is a game changer as N.Gilbert did it all for les Boys. The slick forward produced all three goals, and better yet netted two of his tallies by the 8:45 minute mark of the final frame to steal the match from the Steelers. G.Fournier set up the equalizer and the winner that left just over a minute remaining on the clock. Les Boys did a fantastic job battling with seven players and got a brilliant performance by M-O Cavaliere, who made many important saves to escape with the win. This is a first of an uphill battle for Les Boys who will look to cause more surprises as the playoffs go on.
(2)Horsemen vs Brewers(4) F2 division
The Horsemen were forced to play catch up all night as the Brewers scored once in the first, once in the second and twice by the third to eventually double up their opponents. At no point did the Brewers allow the Horsemen to get any sort of momentum. The veteran side led 4-0 before allowing two goals with two minutes left in the game. With efforts from four different goal scorers, the Brewers notched back to back power play markers courtesy of K.Keketsian and A.Lanni. C.Palermo and E.Pellerin posted even strength goals. As much as G.Platanitis was eying a shutout, the net minder is glad to capture a big win which now sends the Brewers to the semi finals.
After struggling throughout the regular season and just barely getting in for a playoff spot, the Brewers are now part of only four teams that can win it all in the F2 division. Similar to the Brewers situation, Les Boys will also be battling in a best of three series in the F3 division. The match ups are as follows:
F2 division semi finals:
(1)Bolts vs Brewers(5)
(2)Money Shot vs Fatal Demons(3)
F3 division semi finals:
(1)United Arms vs Les Boys(5)
(2)H1G Boys vs Primetime(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas Gilbert of Les Boys. After playing most of the game, N.Gilbert couldn’t be stopped as his three goals hurt the Steelers in a tight playoff battle....
Thursday November 19
(5)Capitals vs Legacy(4) O.T
Despite a valiant third period effort, Legacy fell short in their 5-4 overtime loss versus the Capitals. Each side used two power play goals on only two chances to get some of the scoring done. The Capitals led 3-1 to enter the third period, only to eventually trail up until S.Desbiens scored late to even the score. It didn’t take too long at that point for J-D Charron to end the game with his second of the night. Legacy overcame the deficit with three straight third period markers that included two goals by E.Girouard.
(0)United Arms vs Bramabulls(3)
G.Follano made every save possible, and the Bramabulls used three third period goals to blank the United Arms. Their first tally came with the man advantage as M.Moukas finally solved D.Mattar by the 4:40 minute mark of the third period. The Bramabulls doubled their lead less than four minutes later on an effort by S.Marricco, a tally that eventually forced the United Arms to pull their net minder where Marco Diaco took advantage of an empty cage. Both sides knew the importance of the game in a division that separates seven teams by only two wins.
(1)TANK vs Armadillos(4)
From start to finish, the Armadillos did everything right in their 4-1 win over Tank. The Armadillos scored in every frame, notched a power play and a shorthanded goal and nearly kept a clean score sheet up until J.Courteau struck late in the game. C.Stavriadis was definitely thinking a shutout at that point but will be pleased anyway with the positive result. G.Djevahirdjian, P.Lapointe, M.DoCouto and K.Papapostolou all went to score for the Armadillos, who are presently tied in first place with Legacy.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerardo Follano of the Bramabulls. In what may have come as a must win, the brilliant net minder bailed his club with an excellent shutout performance between the pipes....
Wednesday November 18
(2)Hellas vs Venom(8)
With both teams at opposite sides of the spectrum, Venom scored in bunches to hold on to first place. Led by a three goal performance by S.Robineault, most of the big guns got their names on the score sheet. E.Girouard, Y.Gazura and N.Gilbert, just to name a few combined for ten points. Hellas didn’t help their cause with only one spare but still managed to get two passed M.Trivisonno. S.Kalaydjian and his captain L.Hondronicolas both scored in the loss.
(5)Les Camarades vs Punishers(6) O.T
With no one else but themselves to blame, Les Camarades let this one slip away. Anytime a team leads by two goals with three minutes left to go, with the addition of having a power play opportunity normally suggests that the game is in the bag. But that’s not what happened as S.Bentivegna scored one of his two shorthanded goals to cut the lead by one. The Punishers were eventually awarded a power play chance and made no mistake burying the equalizer with a minute left to go. After a wild finish to the game, C.Vasilakakis gave plenty to celebrate about by notching the overtime winner. The Punishers made Les Camarades regret their own power play by striking three times shorthanded. S.Bentivegna led the scoring with a hat trick while C.Gagnon forced the sudden death period with the tying goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sergio Bentivegna of the Punishers. Three goals and an assist that included two short handed markers merits the honor as player of the night....
Tuesday November 17
(3)Dark Warriors vs Smackdaddys(4)
After falling behind 3-1 barely seven minutes into the game, the Smackdaddys ignited their offence by the second with three unanswered goals. S.Euchi helped mount the comeback netting a power play marker just before M.Destounis tallied twice before the frame ended for a 4-3 Smackdaddys lead. Once in that position, S.Morante continued to shine in nets, not allowing anything as of the seven minute mark of the opening frame. The Smackdaddys have been on a role for many weeks capturing their sixth straight win which now has them isolated in first place with one game left to go.
(5)Ultimate Hockey vs Left Wings(2)
Time is starting to creep up on the Left Wings who conceded three unanswered goals versus the Ultimate Hockey on Tuesday night. With two games remaining, the Left Wings still have hope for getting in but can’t start afford to drop games such as this one with the score tied 2-2 after two periods. The Ultimate Hockey worried about their own situation and made sure to maximize a full out effort. M.Richard came up clutch posting two third period tallies followed with a very late marker by H.Bourgeois to cap off a sixth win in eight games on a double header night.
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Sons of Anaheim(8)
With no shortage of goals, the Sons of Anaheim wasted no time pouring on the offense. P.Dube took care of the opening frame notching two markers for a 3-1 lead and the Sons of Anaheim continued their rampage making things very difficult for J.Capaldo and the Smooth Sailors defense. The score went as high as 6-1 before the Smooth Sailors created some late offense. With the game already out of reach, M.St-Michel went on to add two tallies to complete his hat trick. Although he didn’t score, J.Tanguay was behind making five goals happen with excellent passing.
(6)Ultimate Hockey vs Raging Rhinos(2)
After pairing goals in every frame, the Ultimate Hockey are glad to capture six points in a double header night. While everyone did their part for the result, most of the offence was produced by three players. Rubens.Morne, P.Plaisir and J-B Roy combined for eight points proving to be a handful for the Raging Rhinos, who are clinging on for that last playoff spot. This result puts the Ultimate Hockey only one point shy of the first place Smackdaddys who will face off against each other for top seed in the last game of the regular season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Smackdaddys. The Smackdaddys overcame a 3-1 deficit in large part due to M.Destounis’s back to back goals that included the winner....
Wednesday May 13(A Finals)
(5)Red Lite vs Royal Flush(1) Game 2
With their backs against the wall, Red Lite looked to regroup to even the series at one game a piece. The Royal Flush knew they needed the better start to the match and despite grabbing a 1-0 lead, N.Vargas Dias responded within moments to even the score. That tally led to a strong finish to the second period where Red Lite went up
3-1, only to kill 18 more minutes. Y.Labonte and D.Morency complemented each other on the first three goals of the game, and N.Vargas Dias made sure to seal the contest by posting his second in a yawning cage.
(4)Royal Flush vs Red Lite(6) Game 3
The opportunity was give two times for the Royal Flush to get it done, and as much as they challenged a powerhouse team, they weren’t able to reach the finish line on time. Only six minutes in, Y.Labonte and M.Frechette already made the score 2-0 putting immediate pressure for the Royal Flush to adapt. That lead only increased as the match went on that saw Frechette bury his second of the contest for what appeared to be a comfortable 4-0 lead with only one period remaining. Despite having to climb a big mountain, the Royal Flush never gave up showing plenty of resilience by winning the final frame 4-2.C.Valois planted some concern when he reduced the gap by two goals with still 12 minutes to play. But as time went on, M.Lebrun calmed his bench by tapping in an easy goal with a feed from Mathieu Duguay.
So often, Red Lite finds a way to get it done. They weren’t the most convincing regular season team and despite being down 1-0 to the Royal Flush, the legendary squad didn’t have to convince many for what they’ve accomplished. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, we would like to congratulate Yannick Labonte, Mathieu Lebrun, Paul Roy and the rest of Red Lite for capturing the A Premier division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Labonte. The Red Lite captain showed conviction in game two by putting up three straight points before scoring games three first goal to put his club in the drivers seat the rest of the way....
Dek Hockey Drummond takes home the 2015 provincial championship
A three goal one assist performance by Stephanie Savoie propels Dek Hockey Drummond to 4-0 shutout win over le Diablo de Montreal. It’s Dek Hockey Drummonds fourth final at the provincial qualifier, and after dropping two straight, they regained their crown as Quebec’s best team. Savoie led the way in two categories capturing the most points with eight while scoring the most riffling up to five goals. Apart from her brilliant display, the current champs got efforts from every single player in their line up out scoring their opponents 16-2 in four games. Two of those results were shutouts earned by Krystel Boutin who did a splendid job protecting her cage.
The round robin was held on the Saturday where all five teams played two games each for positioning. Les Bonobos, led by Melie Legris dropped both their contests and hoped to rebound on Sunday where they fell to the Warriors. The Warriors won that game 3-0 thanks to a shutout performance by Nadia Varriano. The semi-finals featured Equipe Quebec versus Diablo de Montreal while the Warriors faced off against Dek Hockey Drummond. In the first period alone, le Diablo de Montreal captured the frame with a 4-2 score getting goals from four different players. Melissa Globensky netted the winner and Annie Leduc was able to feed two teammates. As for the other semi finals, Dek Hockey Drummond continued their progress in a 4-1 rout of the Warriors.
As most would have thought of a Dek Hockey Drummond versus an Equipe Quebec finals due to their recent success, le Diablo de Montreal turned some heads over the week end. Amanda Lalande did a fine job assembling many young talented players and put up a good fight against a team that is still in their prime.
The Quebec ball hockey association would like to thank all five captains (Melie Legris of Les Bonobos, Brittany Diabo of the Montreal Warriors, Lorraine Bourcier of Equipe Quebec, Amanda Lalande of Les Diablo de Montreal and finally Vanessa De Grandpre of Dek Hockey Drummond) for making it happen and putting together what was an exciting brand of hockey.
On behalf of the Quebec ball hockey association, congratulations go out to Vanessa De Grandpre and the rest of Dek Hockey Drummond for capturing the 2015 provincial championship.
Here is a summary of the elimination round held on the Sunday.
Round 1 :
4th place Warriors 3 5th place Les Bonobos 0
Semi Finals :
Diablo de Montréal 4 Équipe Québec 2
Dek Hockey Drummond 4 Montreal Warriors 1
Dek Hockey Drummond 4 Diablo de Montréal 0
Red Lite have famously won the competition eleven times since the beginning of the millennial. After claiming seven straight titles from 2001-2007, Red Lite jump started their dynasty in 2012 winning four more consecutive National championships. It’s no doubt to be widely considered the single greatest achievement in ball hockey. What makes this even more impressive was that they roared through the round robin stages with a perfect 5-0 record before collecting three straight playoff wins. One of their greatest challenges came in the quarter finals where they faced an in house rival, the Montreal Royal Flush as a late tally snapped a 3-3 tie sending them through to the semi finals. Similar to that game, Red Lite needed another 4-3 victory, this time versus the BC Falcons. Left with only one task, the well oiled machine wrapped up what was a perfect week with a perfect 4-0 result over Team Manitoba. Over the years, Red Lite have found a way to make the proper modifications in order to keep a competitive pedigree, something that is difficult to do when considering eleven titles have been captured in only fourteen years. While some of the veteran leadership have yet to slow down, names such as Paul Roy, Mathieu Lebrun, Jonathan Daoust, Martin Frechette just to name a few, the younger click led by Yannick Labonte has the potential for this dynasty to continue on for years to come.
Congratulations to the 2015 National Champions Red Lite. Just below are the names of who made it happen:
Congratulations to Team Haiti on winning Pool B yesterday at the World Ballhockey Championships in Switzerland. They Defeated Cayman Islands 4-2 in the final. We would also like to congratulate the Canadian Women's Team on defeating the Czech Republic 5-1 in the final.