Tuesday September 27
Team Purple battle back after huge deficit but fall short in the end
(6)Team Purple vs Team White(9)
Team White spent 30 minutes building a massive lead over Team Purple, and the next 18 minutes doing their best to give it away. Some poor back checking and spotty decisions made this contest closer than it should have been for Team White. Luckily enough, W.Mendozza, M.Dagenais along with A.Daghlian restored order late in the game to help avoid an embarrassing loss. Its normal that teams get complacent after building a 6-1 lead. Team White later realised that you cant get to comfortable knowing that it takes a full out effort in order to get the job done. Team Purple didn’t do themselves any favours for their poor start. Sure, they had a strong finish, but the damage had already been done. J.Wong sparked Team Purples offense with a hat trick while A.Groleau was glad to find the back of the net on a shot that had eyes. As for Team White, W.Mendozza riffled a hat trick, M.Dagenais and A.Daghlian shared two goals each and J.Martuccio was behind setting up three markers.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Willy Mendozza of Team White. The forward led all players striking three times while setting up a goal.
Team Yellow extend winning streak in double up win vs Team Orange
(6)Team Yellow vs Team Orange(3)
Team Yellow remained hot Tuesday night and captured their third straight victory , this one behind a 6-3 final over Team Orange. The game stayed fairly close throughout the entire time with both goaltenders being a big part of it. R.Elias of Team Yellow and B.Verducci of Team Orange were a big reason why this contest didn’t combine for a ton of goals. Team Yellow had the luxury of always playing in front which forced the opposition to battle back as hard as they could in order to try and equalise. T.Settino initiated most of the offense for Team Orange setting up two goals while collecting one himself. However, there just wasn’t enough support compared to Team Yellows’ overall production. P.Desforges had a strong night riding two goals and an assist, A.Zakarian collected three points, and E.Colella was a force again using his wicked slap shot as part of a five point night.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Patrick Desforges of Team Yellow. His two timely goals and assist couldn’t have come at a better time for a team that’s been gelling as of late.
Team Blue battle back but falter in the end
(4)Team Red vs Team Blue(3)
Team Blue looked more like themselves on Tuesday night, but it still wasn’t enough. After overcoming a two goal deficit, and appearing to regain some swagger, Team Blue surrendered the winning goal to E.Colella with only two minutes left in the game. G.Lamothe got the ball rolling posting Team Red’s first two markers. C.Ngyuen made the score 3-1 in favour of Team Red in what appeared to give them some breathing room barely lasted as Team Blue responded immediately on two very quick tallies. G.DeStefano and F.Decossier scored within a minute to even things up at three goals apiece. In only six minutes, both sides had traded two goals each suggesting for more to come, but things started to settle-from that point on. You could almost sense that the next tally was going to decide this outcome, especially after the two sides tightened their defensive game. Already with a pair of assists, T.Scarpelli was there again to feed another teammate by finding E.Colella, who buried the winner late in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Gilles Lamothe of Team Red. In what came as a very close 4-3 decision , G.Lamothe sparked his offense early on with two goals that gave Team Red the momentum they needed to edge out their opponent.
Team Black overcome slow start in wild high scoring affair with Team Green
(9)Team Green vs Team Black(10)
Team Green were looking to give a rare loss to Team Black after having the better start. They used a four goal scoring spree in the first nineteen minutes leading by a 4-2 score. Then, Team Black found their step, and started to take over riding four unanswered goals to finally find themselves in front 6-4 by the thirty minute mark. Both sides knew that the onslaught wasn’t going to end anytime soon. Since both teams have too many offensive weapons it was difficult to focus on any one player in particular to slow down the tempo. That being said, Team Green should have been more aware of C.Arnoldo’s presence out there. The veteran keeps going under the radar as he tore it up once more, this time potting five tallies that included back to back goals toward the later stages of the game. Still, they needed M.Kardum to add his second in order to squeeze out a wild finish despite being up 10-6 at one point. Team Green did have the better start, and a strong finish by controlling the pace, but dropped the ball in the middle where their defense game fell apart. Its perhaps not the best strategy to play a run and gun game versus a team that’s been rolling on all cylinders. The good news is that Team Green was able to compete with the front runners which is always encouraging if ever they meet again.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Claudio Arnoldo of Team Black. The forward had an explosive game, striking five times while adding an assist in what was a crazy high scoring affair....
Monday September 26
Snipers dominate ball possession, Mighty Pooches will look to adjust after difficult start
The Mighty Pooches were hoping that it wasn’t going to be a difficult night in their season debut vs last seasons finalists. The Snipers were all over them-from the get go riding a strong first period without any resistance. H.Awada took charge converting three times before adding his fourth to end the game earlier than usual. Knowing that the first encounter was an immediate write off, the Mighty Pooches looked to adjust as they had another shot at improving a poor start. Unfortunately, they suffered the same faith giving up four quick goals by the five minute mark. As bad as things were, they did have some signs of life when M.Totaro finally got to M.St-Laurent. However, the hill was still to high to climb for a side that’s still getting their feet wet. The volume of time playing without the ball will only wear you down. The Mighty Pooches spent to much time chasing the play rather than carrying it. Maybe some extra quality players inserted to their line up may turn things around, or they will just need to get accustom to playing with one another. If there was one thing that was certain, was that the Snipers haven’t missed a beat. They took both games rather easily getting a load of balanced scoring throughout their line up.
(0)Mighty Pooches vs Snipers(7)
(8)Snipers vs Mighty Pooches(1)
RCGT Knights and ETNA split after crazy finish in both games
Tightly contested-from start to finish, both sides ended the two games in what was a pulsating conclusion. ETNA needed a very late marker in the opening contest-from M.Calabrice in order to take their chances in the shootout where the very same player scored the lone tally to steal the game. If that wasn’t a wild finish, the second encounter got much crazier. ETNA used three unanswered goals to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead with less than three minutes remaining. You have to figure momentum would carry you through to the finish line. Instead, S.Ruggiero responded almost immediately on his patented quick realise, and J.Prevost was there to tap in a rebound moments later to swing the pendulum once more. The RCGT Knights looked like they were down and out having to floor a shorter bench compared to ETNA. But with hockey being often unpredictable, it just went to show that anything can happen.
(5)RCGT Knights vs ETNA(6) S.O
(5)ETNA vs RCGT Knights(6)
D.Lombardi two shorthanded goals propel Kings in opener with Kings
The Kings wanted to set the tone for Mondays games. Killing penalties is one way to do that. Oh, and scoring two shorthanded goals by the very same D.Lombardi doesn’t hurt either. Even though the Brodie Boys are familiar with Lombardi’s presence on the court, it still wasn’t good enough to stop the sniper. The Kings took the first encounter thanks to their power forward collecting all four points that included the two back breakers .Clearly, it proved to be a huge momentum boost headed into the second game. However, that didn’t discourage the Brodie Boys-from recuperating. The two sides didn’t slow down in what was a high paced back and forth display of quality hockey. On three occasions, the Kings put themselves in a good position by playing in front only to keep getting an eventual answer by the Brodie Boys. M.Gibson tied it fairly late on feeds by M.Pietracupa and H.Angelou, who was involved in all three goals for the Brodie Boys along with a shootout marker. The game saw no winners since D.Lombardi notched the Kings lone shootout tally. While both teams got what they expected-from their players, its worth noting that the two net minders were exceptional as well. D.Delaronde was brilliant making it look easy at times as was his counter part B.Makris of the Brodie Boys.
(2)Brodie Boys vs Kings(4)
(4)Kings vs Brodie Boys(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Lombardi of the Kings. No doubt Lombardi was a big reason why the Kings collected four points versus the Brodie Boys on Monday night. The forward went on to collect six out of a possible eight points that included two shorty’s and a shootout tally....
Monday September 19 (Final Division 1)
Classics celebrate after end to a dominant season
The Dragons needed everything possible to go right if they stood a chance at defeating the Classics on Monday night. To their credit, they managed a very strong start grabbing a 3-1 lead after one period, but it ended there. The Classics were than able to carry their intensity and domineering attitude-from that point on looking like they were playing-from another planet. They were simply overwhelming scoring at will as they couldn’t be stopped no matter how the Dragons tried to adjust. P.Karvouriaris struck three times, M.Mavroudis buried a pair while may others contributed in the 8-3 rout. Demoralising as it was, the Dragons tried to reset heading into game two. Unfortunately, nothing came of it as history repeated itself once more. The Classics continued with their high octane offense scoring at will ending the series earlier than it should have. With the score 8-0 after the first period alone, this series came to a wrap. The Dragons couldn’t match their opponent in all three areas of their game. Maybe the likes of J.Mandracchia could have helped more so in the first game to help provide a constant flow, but that’s all speculation. There issues were primarily on their inability to contain the Classics big guns. Giving up 16 goals in two periods will never cut it. Regardless the reasons, its safe to say that the team who expected to win got it done in the end. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out Pat Santullo and the Classics for taking home the Monday first division title.
(8)Classics vs Dragons(3) Game 1
(0)Dragons vs Classics(8) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Classics. The point producing menace was it again, this time accumulating seven points in two games to lead all teammates....
Saturday September 17 , Dek Elite playoffs
Hockeyballe.com cruise past Dek Ultimate to reach semi final
(4)Hockeyballec.om vs Dek Ultimate(2)
The first game of the playoffs is often about messages. T.Bozinakis, N.Tsataronis, J.Adamou and C.Gingras each scored for the Hockeyballe.com, who carried a 4-0 lead until two power play goals by the Dek Ultimate finally got them on board a little to late. It may be only the first round, but definitely a very good start moving forward as they prepare for a bigger task versus Le Rinque. It was as complete a performance as this group of Hockeyballe.com have mustered. They won battles, they blocked shots, and they scored on their chances while getting the timely saves-from C.Stavriadis. As they enjoy the moment for now, Hockeyballe.com know they need to be better going up against the front runners of the division. Confidence will play a role as will hard work and some lucky bounces.
G.Vermette brilliant in net for Centre SportXpo
(2)Centre SportXpo vs Dek Lanaudiere(1)
The Centre SportXpo couldn’t say enough about their fearless goaltender on Saturday afternoon. G.Vermette stole the show making one big save after another to help enable his side to a very close 2-1 decision. Vermette continuously bailed out his defensive corps with numerous key stops throughout the game, styming some of the Dek Lanaudiere top snipers. Going up 2-0 always helps with J-F Moquin and Q.Syrydiuk taking care of the scoring for the Centre SportXpo. Rather than facilitating their two goal margin however, the Centre SportXpo played with fire after surrendering a shorthanded marker by S.Dicarie. Out of nowhere, this contest was now up for grabs for the Dek Lanaudiere, who continued to press while throwing everything they got in hopes of tying the game. Despite some very dangerous scrambles in front of the net, G.Vermette and the Centre SportXpo remained poised to keeping it a one goal game. Eventually, the clock would bleed out in what was expected to be a very tight knitted affair between these two teams.
Close while it lasted, Le Rinque pull away mid way in final frame to top Hockeyballe.com
(5)Le Rinque vs Hockeyballe.com(1)
For a very good portion of this contest, nothing was settled on who would come out on top between these two clubs. Eventually, Le Rinque began to settle in, and the hopes of the Hockeyballe.com became more and more dim. Chances began emerging for Le Rinque, who were able to brake the game wide open courtesy of K.Leveille and P.Genereux striking only 20 seconds apart. That sequence occurred with only eight minutes left in the game, which despite the amount of time left over, Le Rinque wasn’t going to falter such a lead. When going up against a power house, all you want is to have the ability to compete hard enough to give yourself a chance. The Hockeyballe.com had that fire and bite in their game, but weren’t able to capitalise on their few chances. Both net minders played a role with perhaps C.Stavriadis being a little busier than his counter part L.Augustin, who needed to be very sharp. The win came with a balanced effort-from five different players finding the back of the net while J.Adamou tallied his clubs lone marker on the power play.
Le Rinque claims second Dek Elite title
(7)Le Rinque vs Center SportXpo de Laval(2)
Le Rinque is simply made for nights like these. No matter what the circumstances are or who they face, they always will find a way to beat you. The Centre SportXpo understood the task at hand, and in the large part couldn’t have asked for a better start to their night. Being tied after one frame in a two period format is a deal any team will take going up against Le Rinque. As long as the game remains close, there is always a chance. That being said, how long can you keep a power house at bay. The answer to that question came almost immediately in the last period. Three and a half minutes was all it took for this story line to set its stage in what had a completely different script compared to the first portion of the match. Y.Labonte snapped a 2-2 tie on a shot-from far that had eyes to hit a top corner. Still , nothing was yet set in stone until perhaps the nine minute mark when B.Jutras doubled the lead for Le Rinque. The Centre SportXpo must have felt the walls closing in as they had to battle-from a two goal deficit with half a period remaining. Unfortunately, they couldn’t climb back into it and only found themselves in a deeper hole with Le Rinque increasing their margin. It just seemed that there was little they could do matter how well they played. Le Rinque will always have that trick up their sleeves no matter the situation during a game. Because they are so complete, an opposition cant really formulate much of a game plan. Its not like they have a few players to watch for while neglecting some of the others. In their case, they all can hurt you at any given time. Proof if it was that seven different players scored in the win that included at least three highlight reel goals. J.Bradley scored an incredible tally by taking on a defenseman before finding a tight spot that only a marksman can target. In the end, the team that expected to win reached the finish line first. On behalf of the Quebec Ball Hockey Association, congratulations go out to Dan Nguyen and Le Rinque for capturing their second straight Dek Elite title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Lantin of Le Rinque. While the forwards tend to get most of the credit, Le Rinque own all three areas of the game starting with their net minder C.Lantin, who was stellar once more ....
Thursday September 15
Fatal Demons claim Masters 35+ championship in thriller vs Assadi Consulting inc
The Fatal Demons claimed a slender 5-4 victory in what was a dramatic way to start off the series. The game kept going back and forth, and was finally stamped when S.Ruggiero posted his second late in the game to secure the outcome. The Assadi Consulting inc responded however in game two racing out to a dominant start riding three consecutive goals. In what appeared to be a comfortable lead, didn’t quite transpire that way with the Fatal Demons creeping back into it .G.DeMarinis had a strong finish posting two goals, but it just fell short with C.Pisanelli’s winner holding up. Up until that point, both sides spurned numerous chances in a compelling and breathless clash that set up the final stage to see who would prevail in game three. You almost feel obliged to get that first goal in a twelve minute game as its always proven to go a long way. T.Langiano provided it by the five minute mark of the match for the Assadi Consulting inc. As much as its nice to jump in front in such a pivotal contest, the Assadi Consulting inc may regret not making the most of extending that margin. They could have caused serious damage if a second tally were to follow. Instead, the Fatal Demons upped the tempo, and eventually got on board thanks to M.Chenier. The Fatal Demons looked determined to add to their tally which took only moments before G.DeMarinis ripped a one time after getting a sweet pass-from A.Zarzour. Now that the Fatal Demons found themselves up by one, the Assadi Consulting inc went into survival mode making the best of the little time left over. Unfortunately, they gave up another marker only a minute later courtesy of K.Araujo which ultimately decided a thrilling series. The Fatal Demons showed throughout the playoff season their commitment to battle hard with lots of hunger coming-from many skilled players and a solid net minder in R.Ranieri. Efforts as such can only pay off in the end. After a successful regular and post season, its safe to say that the deserving team gets the recognition they deserve. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Pat Santullo and the Fatal Demons for capturing the Masters 35+ division.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) Game 1
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs Fatal Demons(3) Game 2
(3)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting inc(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rino Ranieri of the Fatal Demons. Ranieri capped off a run on a masterful performance against a very lethal offense. With his aggressive, unorthodox style, the net minder was there when the Fatal Demons needed him the most making a ton of key saves that enabled his side to claim a deserving title....
Tuesday March 3
(4)GK vs Capitals(2)
GK surge early in third period to top Capitals
Despite giving up the opening and closing goal of the game, the rest in between belonged to the GK. The Capitals managed to hang in there long enough but eventually realised it was done when M.David and F.Belisle each struck early in the third period for a 4-1 lead. It was clear that the up hill battle from that point on felt unrealistic for the Capitals having to go up against a team can shut anybody down. In his season debut, P-O Girouard did not disappoint forming his brick wall structure stopping close to 20 shots. The win saw four different players cash in with M.David’s third period marker holding up for the winner.
(2)Montreal As vs Black Knights(5)
Y.Derohannessian’s late shorty seals the deal for the Black Knights
Y.Derohannessian couldn’t have picked a better time than to notch a shorthanded goal. Although the Black Knights were in front 3-2, that tally pretty much summed up the game between the two sides with just over three minutes remaining. It was an overall solid performance from the two teams with each side carrying the play. M.Ianovale struck first to get the balling rolling for the Montreal As and didn’t give up their first tally till the four minute mark of the second period. Once the game was tied, J.Gagne took over bagging two in a row to put the Black Knights in the drivers seat. A.Lemay did eventually respond to reduce the gap but it was all for nothing as Derohannessian struck shortly after with a huge blow.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Gagne of the Black Knights. Big time players know when to show up when the game is on the line. J.Gagne was proof of that once again for the Black Knights collecting back to back tallies after snapping a dead lock 1-1 tie....
Saturday September 25
Le Rinque crowned provincial champions
(6)Le Rinque vs dek Boucherville(4) (Final)
The stage was finally set for some of ball hockey’s finest talent to compete at its highest level in what turned out to be a wonderful afternoon . After Le Rinque edged out the Dek Lanaudiere by a slight 3-2 margin in the semi final round, Dek Boucherville was left standing in the way for the ultimate feat. Prior to the regular season and their playoff run, Le Rinque entered as the heavy favourites, and instead of folding under the weight of their own greatness, Le Rinque did exactly what was expected of them: They won the Dek Elite division. The players hailed the atmosphere in the establishment giving them that little extra adrenaline during the warm up that helped get them into the game. Once the ball dropped, Le Rinque managed to swat aside their opponent, their bugbear throughout the regular season but not in the final where Le Rinque were dominant for most of the match. Le Rinque’s depth and class proved to be too much in the end. Though Dek Boucherville made things difficult, Le Rinque were able to play around the Dek Boucherville controlling most of the play which resulted in a glorious finish. Many different players took turns finding the back of the net, an attribute that didn’t involve relying on any particular players, but that of an overall solid performance. Le Rinque have always been extremely good for a few years now reaching plenty of finish lines making tonight’s contest just another day at the office for Dahn Nguyen and his players. In the end, the better team turned it up like a silver bullet proving once more that they are the real deal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Dahn Ngyuen of Le Rinque for capturing the Dek Elite championship, and to Jocelyn Decarie of the Dek Boucherville, who took charge running a highly skilled team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Karl Leveille of Le Rinque. Leveille was a force throughout the season, and especially when it mattered the most during the big game.
With this victory, Le Rinque will be the top seed representing Quebec at the 2022 Nationals held in Hamilton Ontario. The CBHA and TC were present to select players for camp in October for next years(2022) World Championships held in Laval....
The 2022 Men’s A - Women’s A - Men’s Masters Nationals - Presented by Knapper begins Monday August 8 in Hamilton, ON. Keep an eye out on our social media for details on scores, players of the game and live webcast....