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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.”

Reactions

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.

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2017 Men’s B - C - D, Women’s B National Championships – INVITATIONAL

The 2017 Men’s B - C - D , Women's B National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the Newfoundland & Labrador Ball Hockey Association (NLBHA) in St. John's, NL.

Please NOTE that teams need to be prepared to start at 8am on Thursday, July 20th.  Please plan to arrive Wednesday July 19th so you are ready to play.
 
VENUE
CBS Stadium (70 Legion Rd, Conception Bay South, NL A1X 6Y7).

COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETING
Wednesday, July 19th - TBA

SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE (coming soon)

LIVE STREAMING OF GAMES @ MAIN ARENA - CLICK HERE (coming soon!)

 
HOTELS
Teams are requested to book rooms at the official hotel for the Nationals. A block of rooms has been secured and will be available until Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn St. John’sRoom rates for the Nationals are: $149.00/per night (two double beds) and $169.00/night (King Executive). Please quote CBHA when  you book your rooms. As rooms book up quickly we suggest you book your accommodation well in advance of the event.

FLIGHTS

The CBHA has partnered with WestJet for flights to all 2017 CBHA National Championship events. Participanting teams and family members can take advantage of 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares* for travel between St. John's anywhere WestJet flies in North America (*discount not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner airlines). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes listed below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount.

Coupon Code: MIJKUWH   *For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: WNP59

Men's B - C - D, Women's B Nationals into and out of St. John's
Book by: July 30, 2017
Travel from: July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
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Wednesday June 21

(2)Publiks Crew vs Les Raymonds(6)

A.DeCarolis leads way with six points, Les Raymonds blow past Publiks Crew

Not many players are able to hit six points in one hockey game, but A.DeCarolis was able to reach that feat on Wednesday night. The forward showed that he can score while being a part of setting up four goals. Les Raymonds jumped off to a commanding 3-0 first period lead that saw DeCarolis bury two out of the three goals .N.Spano also got a taste for the net as the youngster put two behind the Publiks Crew net minder. The only good thing that came-from this loss was that the Publiks Crew sparked a pair of markers with the man advantage. J.Raymond and A.Gamache were the only two players to get the better of A.Mancini, who pushed away 16 of 18 shots.

(6)Primetime vs Les Agents Libre(9)

Les Agents Libre outlast Primetime with late push

It didn’t matter that Les Agents Libre built a 4-0 lead. All that work felt like it was all for nothing as Primetime stormed back with four straight tallies of their own to level the match by the 5:45 minute mark of the third period. But despite the awful sequence, Les Agents Libre showed that a mishap wasn’t going to affect them in the end. With the help of T.Oliveira using his vision, F.Peron was able to benefit twice while L.DeCubellis notched the other tally to regain control of the match. The win also came with the help of James Tutino, who helped get a good start by participating in the first three goals of the contest. This result now has four teams with three wins that are separated by only one point in the F3 division.

(11)Mtl Huskies vs Bramabulls(6)

Mtl Huskies hit fifth gear to leave Bramabulls in the dust

Like a big muscle car, the Mtl Huskies took some time to get going but once they hit their maximum speed, the race was over for the Bramabulls. Unable to hold on to a 4-1 first period lead, the Bramabulls couldn’t keep up whatsoever as the game went on. It can maybe be argued that the reason for the collapse was due to the explosive production set forth by M.Buonincontri. In the second period alone, M.Buonincontri played like he was from-another level igniting four straight tallies. That surge motivated a continuation of goals in the third period that saw the captain R.Estrela collect an abundance of points that included four markers and five assists. Slowly but surely, the Mtl Huskies are starting to feel comfortable with their overall game as they just defeated two solid teams.

(5)Acolytes vs Horsemen(3)

Hard work pays off as Les Acolytes earn second straight win

Les Acolytes captured another big win on Wednesday night beating the Horsemen by a tight 5-3 score. After surrendering their first three games of the season, Les Acolytes knew that they have to keep working hard in order to get the results. Tonight, they did exactly that getting a solid overall team effort. C.Beauchamp came up huge for his squad posting two second period goals that put his club up 4-2 heading into the third period. The Horsemen had a hard time dealing with the constant fore-check which saw their possession game take a bit of a hit. They did manage 25 shots and scored once in every period, but it just wasn’t enough on this night. M.Robillard earned the win in net over his counterpart S.Pare, who faced closed to 30 shots for the Horsemen.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christophe Beauchamp of Les Acolytes. In a tight battle with the Horsemen, the forward came up big by the second period netting two straight markers.

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Monday June 19

Firebreathers breathless in season opener vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville

Four unanswered second period goals and a hat trick by L-C Desmarais helped Les Carmoni de Fabreville take the first of two games. Considering the circumstances, the Firebreathers just ran out of breathe having only four players dressed giving them no changes to their bench. S.Fraga did all he possibly could not conceding a goal for the longest of time. It was only until the 7:34 minute mark of the second period that the goals started going in. D.Desmarais was finally able to crack the ice before L-C Desmarais went on his scoring tear riffling three straight markers. Still with only four players, the Fire breathers had to endure another battle. And once again they held their own only to fall by one goal. After a low scoring 1-1 first period, Les Carmoni de Fabreville’s captain came through to snap the dreaded tie. M.Croteau regained the lead for his club which was just enough to hold on till the remainder of the match. P.Corbin got enough help in front of him to collect his second straight win of the night between the pipes. Out of their four total goals, M.Gagnon was able to participate in all of them for the Firebreathers.

(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Firebreathers(3)

(1)Firebreathers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)

Team X felt like tourists in double whammy vs Punishers

When the effort is there the results will be justified. The Punishers were simply to strong on this night and got what they deserved against a side that looked flat in both games. Apart-from a few decent stretches, Team X was pretty much chasing their opponents for most of the night. An early 2-0 lead grew for the Punishers that eventually included a pair by their d-man M.Gagnon, who used a heat seeking missile to get one through P.Assadi. A.Dayan was equally productive accumulating three points and F.Russo did more than his share to earn a 6-3 win between the pipes. The second contest may have had the same score but the effort was slightly better of the side of Team X. The difference this time came early on with the veteran side grabbing a 1-0 lead and a 2-1 lead. However, as time went on the energy level started to diminish. The Punishers kept on working which eventually paid dividends .For a second straight game, A.Dayan made some noise riffling three goals and a helper .M.Gagnon reloaded his canon by blasting another fireball passed P.Assadi, who just felt he had enough at that point. A.Centis was also a force collecting two goals and a pair of helpers. The Punishers completed another good night and have convinced everyone once more that they will be the team to beat in this division.

(6)Punishers vs Team X(3)

(3)Team X vs Punishers(6).

Firebreathers add reinforcements to salvage 1 point to the standings

Having absolutely no choice to add some bodies to their lineup, the Firebreathers gave themselves a better chance to compete against the 1 Timer. Unfortunately, the first game didn’t go so well. The men in orange used a second period break out posting three unanswered goals to take the game 4-1.T.Daigneault was behind making two happen while S.Koch and newly added K.Certosini took care of the other tallies. The Firebreathers scored their lone goal on the power play courtesy of B.Daniele as the only player to solve F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the Firebreathers finally had their best period of the night. But as good as that opening frame was, the same couldn’t be said for the second half. Usually a 5-1 lead after one frame is more than sufficient in a two period format but not in this case. The 1 Timer showed lots of character and resilience by responding in a massive way. The comeback effort was led by K.Certosini, who struck twice and a late tally by the captain S.Koch ,who was able to force the extra time. Once the shootouts hit, the momentum just carried over for the 1 Timer. T.Daigneault was the only player out of all the attempts that saw his goal go in while F.Koch rebounded strong denying three straight Firebreathers breakaways. It was a game that the Firebreathers missed out on some extra points. But the season is still very young and the potential is there as Joe DeStefano will make sure to get his troops better prepared for next time. P.Cardillo, S.Fraga and B.Daniele were very productive in the loss as all three players combined for a total of eleven points.

(4)1 Timer vs Firebreathers(1)

(6)Firebreathers vs 1 Timer(7) S.O

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thierry Daigneault of the 1 Timer. The speedy forward was clutch in both games vs the Firebreathers. In the opening contest, he scored two straight goals to help lead his club to a 4-1 victory, and in the second game, he was the only player to score in the shootout to complete the mini series sweep.

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Sunday June 18

(5)Shockers vs Team Cuba(3)

Team Cuba felt the heat in their battle with the Shockers

M.Blackman and D.Boyd each had one in a span of two minutes to regain control of the match in their close 5-3 win over Team Cuba. C.DeBonis collected three points that included his second tally very late in the game. Down 2-0,  Team Cuba fought back to even the score with tallies just under a minute apart. The Shockers knew they couldn’t take things for granted at that point despite Team Cuba having only two spares on their bench. The veteran side kept it simple in hopes of forcing mistakes that would lead to chances. But that only lasted so long as a third period outburst enabled the Shockers to maintain their status as front runners for the division. D.Boyd used a nifty move to earn the game winner while D.Bourque was solid once more making key saves at the right moment.

(4)Lumberjacks vs Fatal Demons(9)

Unprepared Lumberjacks gift wrap this contest for Fatal Demons

It was a start to the game that S.Themens and the Lumberjacks had no clue as to what happened. In only nine minutes, four goals went in and the night just became that much more difficult. The Lumberjacks were simply unprepared while the Fatal Demons made way with their chances to dictate the pace their way. G.DeMarinis set up J.Bolanakis before netting back to back markers for a 4-0 lead. The second period did slow down a little for the Fatal Demons losing the frame 3-2 but that barely made a dent in the overall scheme of things. By the third, the tables turned once more. F.Benhamadi popped in his second followed with goals by M.Destounis and M.Chenier.

(6)Butchers vs Team Cuba(7)

S.Robineault works magic in huge win for Team Cuba

With only one addition to their roster after playing with seven players earlier on, Team Cuba enjoyed some sun after all. However, it wasn’t anywhere close-from being convincing. While the few players dressed were able to pull their weight, only one player in particular literally stole the show in this contest. Out of their seven goals, S.Robineault fired some rockets that resulted in five that found the back of the net. In addition to his madness, the sharp shooter was able to avoid overtime by netting his final blow by the 14:20 mark of the third period. Normally that would seem comforting for most clubs but not for Team Cuba. In their previous contest only a few weeks ago, Team Cuba led by a pair very late in the game and failed to close the door as the Butchers leveled the score after pulling their net minder. And to make matters worse, they summed it up in overtime. But tonight, the script was different and Team Cuba are glad to catch up some ground in the standings.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of Team Cuba. His five tallies were one nicer than the other as the sharp shooter rescues his club late in the game vs. the Butchers.

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Thursday June 15

(4)Street Ballers vs Deadlast(7)

Deadlast end championship hangover

The Street Ballers had a difficult task ahead of them by going up against plenty of skill and talent. And despite not getting the result, the effort was definitely there for M.Gibeault and the rest of the Street Ballers. For Deadlast, they had their own issues to deal with after a 0-2 start. But with the help of J.Pantelis, the championship hang over may have ended for the recent champs. Out of their seven goals, J.Pantelis made things look so easy by providing an impressive four markers. Two of his tallies came in the first period only 30 seconds apart by roofing a top corner and using a hard low wrist shot that got the better of S.Sauk. The Street Ballers didn’t have a good start but managed a strong finish that pulled them within only one goal by the early stages of the third period.

(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)

Bramabulls roll by SBS Trashers

D.Verta provided the first two goals and the aggressive Bramabulls dominated the SBS Trashers on this night. The Bramabulls played with a sense of urgency by the way they battled to win loose balls and fore-check not giving too much time and space for the Trashers. E.Panzera and his troops seemed content to observe their opponent. Apart-from the captain’s lone goal, there weren’t many positives that came out of this loss. It was a game that the first goal mattered and the Bramabulls found a way to grab it which set the tone the rest of the way. G.Follano was rock solid in net earning the result after facing 26 shots.

(4)Spartans vs Raging Rhinos(9)

Spartans couldn’t keep floodgates shut

The Spartans inter league match up with the Raging Rhinos began well enough before eventually falling 9-4 to the higher division club. The game started to shift into one direction as of the mid way point for the Raging Rhinos. After netting four second period tallies, S.Labrecque and A.Papazian went on to complete hat tricks by the third period with the help of A.Angelis, who collected four feeds and a goal. It came as a loss but the Spartans captain J.Tesolin and S.Roussel were very productive collecting three points each.

(4)Carnage vs Dragons(5)

L.Dulcetta’s lone third period goal snaps dreaded 4-4 tie for Dragons

The Dragons found a way to win on this night. L.Dulcetta’s third period goal was his second tally and third point of the game that helped the Dragons escape with their second win in three starts. After a very slow outing, Carnage came right back at the Dragons netting three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. However, that was short lived as Dulcetta beat the clock late in the first period to level the score at three goals apiece. Both sides eventually slowed the pace trading only one second period goal before the veteran came through early in the third period to collect the winner. For an inter league game, F.Pace can’t be to down after this loss knowing that some key pieces including M.Pace were out of the lineup.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Deadlast. Even though it was a small slump, Jimmy Pantelis was able to end it by riffling four goals and a helper.

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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. 

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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.

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Red Lite A Division Champions

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. 

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2017 Men’s B - C - D, Women’s B National Championships – INVITATIONAL

 

2017 Men’s B - C - D, Women’s B National Championships – INVITATIONAL

The 2017 Men’s B - C - D , Women's B National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the Newfoundland & Labrador Ball Hockey Association (NLBHA) in St. John's, NL.

Please NOTE that teams need to be prepared to start at 8am on Thursday, July 20th.  Please plan to arrive Wednesday July 19th so you are ready to play.
 
VENUE
CBS Stadium (70 Legion Rd, Conception Bay South, NL A1X 6Y7).

COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETING
Wednesday, July 19th - TBA

SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE (coming soon)

LIVE STREAMING OF GAMES @ MAIN ARENA - CLICK HERE (coming soon!)

 
HOTELS
Teams are requested to book rooms at the official hotel for the Nationals. A block of rooms has been secured and will be available until Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn St. John’sRoom rates for the Nationals are: $149.00/per night (two double beds) and $169.00/night (King Executive). Please quote CBHA when  you book your rooms. As rooms book up quickly we suggest you book your accommodation well in advance of the event.

FLIGHTS

The CBHA has partnered with WestJet for flights to all 2017 CBHA National Championship events. Participanting teams and family members can take advantage of 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares* for travel between St. John's anywhere WestJet flies in North America (*discount not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner airlines). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes listed below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount.

Coupon Code: MIJKUWH   *For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: WNP59

Men's B - C - D, Women's B Nationals into and out of St. John's
Book by: July 30, 2017
Travel from: July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
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Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic--

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.”

Reactions

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.

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