This fall, we are shuffling the cards a bit in the Premier League, which has been a symbol of excellence in Quebec’s ball hockey scene for many decades. We are excited to announce that from now on, it will be known as the Premier /Heritage League. Already gathering the best teams in the province and nationally, this change will allow us to stay on top of the game and spice things up!
In addition to the traditional teams playing in the Premier League, we will now include teams with players representing their cultural heritage, such as Greece, Lebanon, Haiti, and many more to come. By doing so, the league will become even more competitive and will allow the “Heritage” team to prepare for the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (www.ISBHF.com) World Championships.
It is important to mention that all teams will continue to be able to participate in the National Championships div. A-D (www.cbha.com) by winning either Division A or Division B of the Premier/Heritage League.
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Friday September 22
(3)National vs Hawks(4)
Hawks survive third period push by National
There's no denying that the National best efforts were in full force on Friday night. Unfortunately, they just ran into a stingy defence and solid goaltending by P.Assadi that resulted in a very close loss. The Hawks capitalised on their chances thanks to a pair of goals by A.Zarzour, and made it a priority to play a suffocating man on man game. For the large part, National controlled much of the play but found themselves kept to the outside. P.Assadi had his night cut out for him, forced to be very alert having faced nearly 30 shots to earn his first win in net. While the Hawks will take this one as a moral victory, the National know that they'll be just fine if they play the same way all season long.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs HBHA Seniors(6)
HBHA Seniors start season with aim to defend title
With a couple of changes to their line up, the HBHA Seniors will look to do more noise in the Masters division. The addition of P.Koutsogiannopoulos just made matters worse for the opposition as the skilled forward wasted no time making his mark. Out of their six goals, the lethal forward collected five points that included a hat trick. T.Baltzis contributed as well with a pair while P.Karigiannis notched the other tally. Despite the loss, the Devil Dawgz didn't make things easy on themselves when considering playing with only three changes. A.Jalilvand ,A.Guillaume and P.Paikopoulos each scored for the Devil Dawgz, who will look to build on their current roster.
(5)Stones vs Blacksox(3)
Stones score 4 unanswered goals to down Blacksox
It took some time but the Stones eventually found their way to pull away-from the Blacksox. Both sides kept it close for the large part trading some decent chances. The Stones trailed 2-1 and used a solid finish to the second period to grab a 3-2 lead. Still, the Blacksox weren't out of it until they gave up two very quick goals that ultimately put the game to rest. E.Allen struck for his second that held up for the winner .The Blacksox, considering that some of their players were out of action for a while, showed that they could still compete and make things difficult for any opponent. It's just a question of time before they shake off some rust.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Koutsogiannopoulos of the HBHA Seniors. In his first game of the Masters division, Koutsogiannopoulos added to an already solid core collecting three goals and a pair of helpers....
Thursday September 21
(1)SBS Trashers vs Chiefs(5)
Chiefs take out the trash in season opener
It was just one of those nights that everything went right for one team and everything wrong for the other. The Chiefs couldn't have played a better game starting with their brilliant goaltending in S.Pare stretching out to their smart defensive game along with the forwards capitalizing when the opportunities were given. P.Santullo wasted no time collecting a ton of points as the forward participated in all five goals that included a pair of tallies. S.Koulieris scored twice as well while P.Roy for a rare time was able to find the back of the net with a blistering slap shot-from the point. The SBS Trashers struggled to score but did generate some crazy chances only to hit a brick wall. S.Pare faced 30 shots allowing only one goal that came off a base ball swing-from Joseph Scalia. That was the best the SBS Trashers centre men did on this night since he had to deal with a pair of annoying centre's checking him all game long.
(6)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(7)
Mighty Drunks sober up in later stages of game for comeback victory
What looked like the effect of a hangover for half the game, the Mighty Drunks got their act together down the line to steal the match-from Carnage. For whatever reason, Carnage was able to score all their six goals just shy of the mid way point of the game only to hit a dry spell the rest of the way .But it's one thing not to produce and another to give up a pack of tallies. Either Carnage just fell apart or the Mighty Drunks changed something in their game that shifted this contest in the opposite direction. In the end, the Mighty Drunks had the final say with a complete take over by the final frame. K.Otis helped mount the comeback with his second of the night followed with G.Khaznadjian`s equalizer and P.Chartier`s go ahead marker. After a shaky start to the night, S.Sauk shook off some rust denying every shot for half the match.
(5)Ottarks vs Bramabulls(2)
Basic hockey gears Ottarks past Bulls
When looking at the rosters of both teams, it's nearly impossible to figure out the outcome as both sides appear to be evenly matched. But the Ottarks didn't make it seem that way as they out smarted the Bramabulls on this particular night .By keeping it simple, all the elements were in motion for the Ottarks. The Bramabulls played an aggressive game by pushing the pace but kept getting in trouble every time as the Ottarks patiently waited for their chances. L.Dulcetta and R.Zarriello each scored twice while D.Guarnieri buried the other. With goaltending also being so important in these types of games, S.Morante was sharper than his counterpart making the necessary stops to earn the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Santullo of the Chiefs. Not bad for a player with two left feet as his five points was vital for a 5-1 win over the SBS Trashers....
Thursday September 20
(4)Deadlast vs Lumberjacks(3)
Y.Gazura's power play goal snaps third period tie
Y.Gazura scored the go ahead power play goal early in the third period and Deadlast escaped with a hard fought nail biter versus the Lumberjacks. Deadlast got goals- from four different players including a pair of helpers by A.Jalilvand to help the reigning champs get off to a good start. The Lumberjacks, despite the loss came out to play winning lots of loose battles that resulted in three goals. The only difference in this contest occurred in the final frame where Deadlast capitalized with their five man unit. J.Sanoudakis tightened up stopping every shot his way and earned a 26 shot victory over his counterpart J.Shisha, who was also solid facing 30 shots.
(6)Bramabulls vs Les Agents Libre(2)
Agents Libre fall victim to championship hangover
Les Agents Libre tried every tactic possible to avoid a championship hangover, but it didn't work on this opening night vs the Bramabulls. The night was spoiled early and matters only got worst as the game went on. The Bramabulls ignited three second period goals eventually closing out what was a determined one sided affair. T.Karasek led all players with three goals while his captain A.DiPerna and D.Verta collected three assists each. G.Follano faced 26 shots and only allowed his first of two goals by the mid way point of the game. It may not have been the start they wanted but Les Agents Libre aren't too concerned as this sometimes happens to teams coming off recent success.
(6)Hellfish vs RBK Knights(3)
Hellfish pull away by third in double up win over RK Knights
In the matter of only 45 seconds, the Hellfish were able to breathe a little easier as two quick goals put the match to rest. S.Monnet and J.Roblin got the Hellfish out of the jam and the RBK Knights knew they were done for the night. Despite the loss, the RBK Knights faired pretty well with a bunch of players playing together for the very first time. J.Roblin was the only player to score twice that included the winner as of the mid way point of the contest. The Hellfish also came off a championship run and showed no signs of rust in their season debut.
(4)Horsemen vs Armadillos(8)
Armadillos use big first period to down Horsemen
It took the Armadillos eight minutes-from the opening draw to turn a scoreless tie into a 3-0 lead. The first period scoring outburst was the insurance that the Armadillos needed en route to a high scoring 8-4 win. Apart- from a devastating start, the Horsemen eventually picked up their game and were able to keep pace with the Armadillos .Both sides battled in the second period trading three goals apiece which didn't bother the Armadillos since they were still up comfortably headed into the third period. P.Scotti struck three times for the hat trick while his captain J.Kontitsis and D.Andrade provided a pair of goals each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Bramabulls. His three goals helped lift the Bramabulls to a deciding 6-2 win over Les Agents Libre....
Monday May 8(Finals)
(3) Red Lite vs Black Knights(2) Game 2
J.Bradley slams door on Knights with two third period goals
The Black Knights were firmly in control of Monday night’s game and seemed to be heading to an even series with Red Lite. That was, until the last eight minutes of the hockey game. That’s when Red Lite down 2-1, got desperate and managed to score two goals both by the very same J.Bradley. The Black Knights were clearly ready to start the night with two first period goals by J.Mandracchia and S.Nowakowski. P-O Girouard was in his zone and was playing lights out up until a late second period power play marker by J.Provost-Blais got the Red Lite on board. Still, the Black Knights were in control and had one period left to go with their slight 2-1 margin. But when you play Red Lite, and lead by only one goal nothing is in the bank up until the final buzzer. In tonight’s case, the Black knights saw their series take a turn for the worse by letting those two goals go in. Like old cliché’s they’ll have to take it a game at a time to try and bounce back. As for Red Lite, next week will be business as usual as they’ll try and put an end to the series.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeffrey Bradley of Red Lite. In time of need, the forward struck twice in the third period turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead....
Monday May 15(Finals)
(2)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 3
Red Lite crowned again as best team in hockey
After only three games in, Red Lite defeated the Black Knights 4-2, to complete a three game sweep and win the Premier division once more. Despite a respectable effort, the Black Knights got deflated in the third period where Red Lite capitalized twice less than a minute apart. J.Provost-Blais snapped the dreaded 2-2 tie for his second with the man advantage, and M.David put the final dagger only moment s later, also for his second that surely provided enough of a lead with eight minutes remaining. Every game was close in this series but the Black knights couldn’t get that timely goal to get any sort of advantage. The saying of good teams always find a way to win surely summed up this series. Red Lite, whether they trail or play with a tie will more often than not find a way to get the job done. Once again, the ball hockey giants proved to everyone how good they really are by winning the Premier division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to Carl Ghilarducci and the rest of Red Lite for capturing the A division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais. The forward scored back to back goals that snapped a third period tie along with providing an assist to finish with a solid three point night.
Note that both Red Lite and the Black Knights will be representing Quebec at this years Nationals. Red Lite will be classified as QB1 and the Black Knights will be QB2.The event will take place from August 7 - 13 at Saint John New Brunswick....
The 2017 Men’s & Women’s National ‘A’ and Men’s and Women’s Masters National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the New Brunswick Ball Hockey Association (NBBHA) in St. John, NB.
The Men’s and Women’s ‘A’ event will take place from August 7-13, 2017.
The Men’s Masters event will take place August 9-13, 2017.
Please note that the 2017 tournament will be starting early on the 7th for both the Men’s and Women’s A Nationals and early on the 9th for the Men’s Masters.
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Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic-- Three-peat: Slovaks win wild, back-and-forth final.Canada wins silver
Patrik Svitana’s power-play goal with 1:55 left in regulation time broke a 4-4 tie, as the Slovaks won a gold-medal game in which they blew a three-goal lead, then had to come from behind themselves. Michal Hrivnak of Slovakia and Danick Martel of Canada each had two goals and one assist in the game, which Slovakia won 6-4 to “three-peat” as Men’s Ball Hockey World Champions.
Svitana’s goal was the first in a tension-filled third period, but the way the game started, it didn’t seem like the third period would be meaningful at all.
Slovakia struck twice before the game was a minute old, and made it 3-0 by the 7:22 mark. Jaroslav Martiniuk got things started just 19 seconds in, charging through the middle and surprising Tim Barlow with a low shot to the blocker side. Then they went right back to the attack and the Canadians couldn’t clear the zone after Lukas Madera fired a shot off the goalpost, with Hrivnak eventually sliding the puck into the net with Barlow down and out. The third goal was on a slapper by Boris Oravec on the power play, and it looked like the game would become a blowout, with the many Slovaks in attendance going crazy.
Just 34 seconds after Oravec’s goal, Remi Laurencelle got the Canadians on the board, beating Petrik five-hole from the left-wing side. Then they went to the power play shortly afterward and it took them just 14 seconds to strike, with Martel firing a blast over tournament MVP Stanislav Petrik’s shoulder.
Barlow and Petrik, who both posted shutouts in their teams’ semi-final wins, had now combined for five goals against in less than nine minutes.
The game settled down for a time after the wild start, but a pair of Slovak penalties late in the second period opened the door for the Canadians to strike twice and take their first lead of the game. On a 5-on-3, Martel’s second of the game tied it, a one-timer set up perfectly by Victor Azevedo. Then 51 seconds later they scored up one man after some nice tic-tac-toe passing finished off by Marcus Power, which thrilled the few Canadian fans in attendance and left the Slovak majority in stunned silence.
They would have something to cheer about before the period was finished, though. With 1:10 left in the middle frame, some pretty passing led to Milan Rampacek firing a ball into the open side, with Barlow having no chance.
Slovakia went hard for the win in the third period, getting several great chances, but after a shaky start, Barlow was now playing great. However, back on their heels, the Canadians took three penalties in a row trying to contain the Slovak push. They had a two-man advantage for a time, and while still up one man, the ball was worked to Svitana at the point, who’s one-time blast went through everybody, and sent the arena into bedlam.
After an empty-net goal from Hrivnak, the Slovak fans, whose emotions had been toyed with all night long, could finally let loose and start celebrating. After the final horn, they serenaded their now three-time ball hockey champions with the chant: “Zlaty hattrick.”
Ian Moores (head coach of Canada): I think we had a great tournament. I’ve got a lot of respect for my players, the coaching staff and the Canadian Ball Hockey Association. We represented the country proudly and well. It’s disappointing to come fall short here today, we were tied coming into the third period, it could have gone either way. Overall I think we had a good tournament but going home without the trophy certainly sucks. I think the host committee did an amazing job here. The host city was great, the Czech Republic overall is a great country. They treated us with hospitality.
Jozef Ďuriš (headcoach Slovakia): We came into final with that, we want win it. We had great beginning, we caught Canada in first minutes off-guard, after them, we took the lead 3:0. But whole match was before us. That was confirmed, Canada turned around toi 4:3. But with enourmous will, enthusiasm and patience we turned the game in the end and gain the third title in the row....