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Thursday August 17 (E1 & E2 Semi finals)

(6)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(4) E1 Game 1

Bulls take control of series with close win over Rhinos

The Bramabulls were all smiles on Thursday night. And why not considering how well they played, especially in the second period where they did most of their scoring .M.DiSalvio ceased the moment by notching a huge power play goal to put his team up 5-2.No one needed to be the hero on this night with six different players finding the back of the net. The Raging Rhinos did have the better start when S.Labrecque scored his first of two but that only lasted so long. With this contest out of the way, the Raging Rhinos have some serious thinking to do on how to bounce back and force a third and deciding game.

(3)Dragons vs Deadlast(5) E1 Game 1

Getting it done when it counts

It didn’t matter that it was only a week ago that the Dragons handed Deadlast a pair of losses in two hours. What does matter is how you restore confidence heading into a more important situation. Deadlast showed lots of character and wasted no time putting the Dragons off guard. After eleven minutes into the first period, J.Skafidas, A.Jalilvand and C.Siconolfi each scored for a commanding 3-0 lead. Still, the time was there for the Dragons but the mountain proved too high to climb. It wasn’t until the 9:30 minute mark of the second period when the Dragons finally got on board. G.Cardillo cracked the barrier on the power play to get his club’s confidence going. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good night for J.DeStefano and the rest of his crew. The question now becomes can the veteran side overcome this adversity.

(8)SBS Trashers vs Spartans(1) E2 Game 1

Close while it lasted

The Spartans can’t say that they didn’t give it all they’ve got in their difficult battle with the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. For half the game, this was anywhere close-form being a lopsided affair. The only time the SBS Trashers sighed some relief was when J.Guerriero used a shorthand tally that provided a two goal cushion. From-there the snow ball effect was in motion. M.Panarello and G.Bampos each scored third period goals for their second of the night. R.Pampena had a very good outing stopping 17 of 18 shots but wasn’t pleased when he gave up a shorthanded tally courtesy of J.Langlais. Despite the loss, the Spartans will give it another try in game two and hope to keep the game very close.

(3)Carnage vs Street Ballers(1) E2 Game 1

C.Kalogeropoulos scores twice to lead Carnage in game one

Both teams looked pretty even to start as they felt one another out in a low scoring first period. After playing to a 1-1 tie for a very long stretch, C.Kalogeropoulos couldn’t have scored at a better time. The second period was winding down to its final second when the forward scored just in time for a 2-1 lead. From-there, Carnage rolled their three lines making sure that the Street Ballers didn’t get any room to level the match. And with the help of B.Madonis, who denied 24 of 25 shots, and the late insurance marker set forth by the very same Kalogeropoulos, Carnage was glad to earn a 3-1 win and a 1-0 series lead. The Street Ballers may not like the final result but know that they can bounce back and even the series if they play hard like they did tonight.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Kalogeropoulos of Carnage. In what was a low scoring battle with the Street Ballers, C.Kalogeropoulos notched two big goals en route to a 3-1 win.

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Wednesday August 16 (Semi finals)

(3)Punishers vs Venom(5) Game 1

E.Girouard strikes 3 times, Venom mean business in series opener

After finishing what was a dominating regular season, the Punishers will be on high alert dropping a 5-3 decision against Venom. The win just showed that Venom has the right configurations and schemes to cause problems to anybody. With so much explosive talent up front, E.Girouard keeps reminding us how well he does his job. The right handed sniper put three behind N.Mackeen, who was busy all game facing 30 shots. Although the Punishers know that they can bounce back, there was one area of concern in this contest. All three of their goals came with the man advantage, and unless they get enough power play opportunities in game two, then they’ll need to figure out a way to create more chances at even strength.

(4)Tropics vs Smackdaddys(6) Game 1

Smackdaddys getting in Tropics head

It’s now the third straight meeting that the Smackdaddys hand the Tropics a loss. If this trend doesn’t stop by next week, than the Tropics will be packing their bags earlier than usual in this post season run. But it’s not as though the Smackdaddys are dominating their rival. All their previous meetings were decided by a goal just like in tonight’s case if discounting the empty net marker. Joseph Crivello and the rest of the Tropics will have a whole week to figure out what to do to end this spell. But will it be enough considering how well the Smackaddys have been playing? Tonight’s win came-from a balanced team effort that included four tallies in the third period. F.Laurin did score twice with his second feeding an empty cage.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of Venom. His goal scoring touch led to a pivotal game one win over the division winners.

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Wednesday August 16

(3)Publiks Crew vs Les Agents Libre(7)

Les Agents Libre pull away in third period to rout Publiks Crew 7-3

M.Alfieri and A.Kobayati each scored twice to help Les Agents Libre pull away for their seventh win in twelve games to close out their regular season. The game was very close for most of the night until a three goal surge in only four minutes put the two teams apart. T.Oliveira was involved in his clubs first four goals that included three helpers. James Tutino also collected four points, most of them coming in the third period .Les Agents Libre captured a third win in their last four starts and are looking to be hot at the right time.

(7)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(4)

M.Testolina’s six point performance paces Bramabulls to 7-4 win over Brew Crew

M.Testolina buzzed all game long igniting four goals while providing two helpers for the Bramabulls. The Brew Crew fell behind twice but managed to overcome the deficits by taking a 3-2 lead early in the second period .It took just over a minute later for Testolina to level the match. The game’s turning point eventually occurred when the Brew Crew took a costly penalty .N.Cinquino took advantage of the power play right before M.Testoilna scored again for a 5-3 lead. By that point, the Brew Crew struggled to bounce back losing the final frame 2-1.Apart-from M.Testolina’s impact, N.Cinquino was very vital for the win posting a hat trick.

(1)Les Raymonds vs Horsemen(5)

Captain V.Pandza’s three points helps clinch first place in F2 division

It didn’t come easy but the Horsemen eventually found their groove by the third period. A slight 2-1 lead resulted in three unanswered goals by the final frame. V.Pandza set the pace scoring once while adding an assist in the first period, and was able to provide a two goal cushion for his second of the contest by the early stages of the third period. Les Raymonds got their lone tally when M.Dupuis beat M.Vinciguerra by the nine minute mark of the second period. Considering that this was a game against a club-from the higher division, Les Raymonds did pretty well on this night without some key pieces.

(11)Mtl Huskies vs Acolytes(12) O.T

Goaltenders left hung to dry in meaningless game

In a match up that didn’t have anything on the line, neither side was too concerned on playing defense. Unfortunately, it’s the goaltenders that pay the price having to face high scoring chances and plenty of odd man rushes. But for the limited players on both sides, the fun lasted all game. It’s not often teams combine for 23 goals that need overtime to decide a winner For Les Acolytes, P.Tambeau and M.Robillard did most of the damage combining for 14 points. P.Tambeau had the final say by capping the winner on the power play in overtime. The Mtl Huskies had a pair of players as well putting up the numbers. A.Buonincontri and J.Mancini were a burden for Les Acolytes combining for 16 points.

(3)Primetime vs Hellfish(7)

Hellfish wrap up season after another strong finish

With only one loss in twelve games, the Hellfish will be prepared for what’s ahead of them. Tonight, they handed Primetime a 7-3 loss sending a message that they will be ready in their first round match up as both sides will meet in the semi-finals. F.Benhamadi and S.Monnet each scored twice and B.Verducci was solid once more facing 26 shots. Despite the loss, Primetime kept pace with their opponent for most of the night except for the last four minutes where the Hellfish posted three late goals.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. In a preview of a semi-final matchup between the Bramabulls and the Brew Crew, M.Testolina was a burden and will continue to be a burden after sparking four goals and two assists.

The F2 & F3 division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With each side having five teams, the top four will advance to the semi-finals. The match ups are as follows:

F2 division:

(1)Horsemen vs Acolytes(4) Both teams can score but the horsemen defend a lot better .Unless Les Acolytes tighten their game, than the Horsemen should go through.

(2)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(3) The Brew Crew will have their hands full assuming the Bramabulls bring all their players. But, if there is one team that can frustrate an offense, the Brew Crew is that team.

F3 divison:

(1)Hellfish vs Primetime(4) Unless Primetime plays a near perfect game, the Hellfish should come out of this series. The one thing Primetime has going for them is their ability to score up front. Unfortunately, it’s the other side of the court that may cause a problem.

(2)Les Raymonds vs Les Agents Libre(3) When looking at their regular season numbers, this series should be very close .However, Les Agents Libre do have game breakers up front which will force Les Raymonds to play alert in their back end which they usually do.

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Monday August 14

Les Carmoni de Fabreville put 1 Timer on brink

Even though the 1 Timer controlled their own destiny holding a 2 point lead over the Firebreathers for that last playoff spot, nothing was yet set in stone until this night was over. In both their games versus Les Carmoni de Fabreville, the 1 Timer managed to collect only one out of a possible six points. That scenario may have come to burn them in the end with the Firebreathers literally breathing down their throats. T.Daigneault did his part bagging a hat trick in the opening contest while P-A Surprenant riffled both tallies in their second contest. Les Carmoni de Fabreville, despite playing with no changes to their bench, ended up pulling off two tight victories .J.Poirier scored twice and collected an assist while L-C Desmarais helped get his club over the hump with the lone shootout marker. Still, the 1 Timer weren’t in a bad situation, especially knowing that Les Carmoni de Fabreville may have been tired after that contest. However, something wasn’t right for the men in orange on this night. Unable to take advantage of a given situation, Les Carmoni de Fabreville did the improbable once more. This time, L-C Desmarais struck twice and the 1 Timer weren’t able to force the extra time dropping what may have been a must win. After suffering two disappointing losses, the 1 Timer no longer controlled their fate and needed to see what the Firebreathers would do in their final games of the season.

(3)1 Timer vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville(4) S.O

(3)Les Carmoni de Fabreville vs 1 Timer(2)

Firebreathers complete astounding finish to season

All hail to the Firebreathers, who on Monday night completed a great late season run .There reward: a place in the playoffs. Needing only one win to make the playoff field, the Firebreathers delivered a very strong performance. However, it had to go to the second game of the miniseries between them and the Punishers to get it all finalised. The first game belonged to the Punishers taking a convincing 7-3 result. A.Centis and his captain J.Fidrilis each scored twice that led to a 7-3 victory. The Firebreathers were forced at that point to collect three clean points to edge out the 1 Timer for that last spot. With the game winding down to its last moments, the Firebreathers looked for dead trailing by one goal with less than a minute remaining .Then, in a blink of an eye a miracle push was in the making .G.Cardillo evened the score with 55 seconds left to go and the Firebreathers still had a chance needing one more tally .And in the end, the 1 Timer’s playoff hopes disintegrated when B.Daniele rescued his club leaving only 3 little seconds on the scoreboard. It took some extreme circumstances but the Firebreathers found a way to sneak in. Now that the regular season is done with, new challenges face five teams that equally have a chance at taking the division. Before entering the final four stages, next week will feature the 4th vs 5th place match up to see who gets that fourth seed. That game involves Team X taking on the Firebreathers.

(3)Firebreathers vs Punishers(7)

(5)Punishers vs Firebreathers(6)

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Corbin of Les Carmoni de Fabreville. The net minder was on fire collecting two straight wins over the 1 Timer that couldn’t take advantage of playing a team without any changes to their bench.

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Sunday August 13

(0)Shockers vs Butchers(2)

Depth comes through, Butchers gelling at right time

For a rare time this season, the Butchers were fully loaded in their close 2-0 win over the Shockers. It took a while for the first goal of the game but Y.Gazura was able to get his team on board as of the early stages of the third period. From-there, the Butchers knew they were in control, especially the way G.Zapatelli was playing. The net minder was on a mission to keep a high powered offense dry and did a spectacular job earning a 28 save shutout. C.Fragkiudakis notched an insurance marker only minutes after his club cracked the ice. This type of win shows how anything will be possible moving forward for the Butchers, who could potentially do damage if all their players show up.

(10)Team Cuba vs Lumberjacks(6)

N.Mackeen and D.Ruiz swap roles in meaningless game

The Lumberjacks experiment nearly worked in a game that didn’t have much on the line. D.Ruiz, who plays as a forward took a different role by putting on a pair of goalie pads in exchange with N.Mackeen who played up front instead. And considering the change of roles, both players did exceptionally well considering having only one change up. N.Mackeen scored twice while D.Ruiz made some good saves to keep the game very close for most of the night. Team Cuba only pulled away as of the mid way point of the third period. F.Bchara had a productive performance riffling four goals while S.Robineault was next in line bagging a hat trick .As for the Lumberjacks, it came to no one’s surprise that C.Gingras was involved in all six tallies.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gianluca Zapatelli of the Butchers. His 28 save shutout was the major reason why the Butchers got the better of the Shockers on this night.

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2017 Men’s A, Women’s A and Master’s National Championships – INVITATIONAL

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. 

 
VENUE
Lord Beaverbrook Rink (536 Main Street Saint John, NB E2K 1A1)
and Harbour Station (99 Station Street, Saint John, NB E2L 4X4)


COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETING
August 6, 2017 8:00 pm - Hampton Inn

SCHEDULE
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MEN'S A
WOMEN'S A
MASTERS


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

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The 2017 B, C, D, and Women National Championships were held this weekend in Newfoundland.  Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective category.

B winner St. John's Thunder who defeated Pops Pride 4-1.

C winner Gros Morne Wildlife Museam Gulls who defeated Toronto D12 3-2.

D winner StoneyCreek Savages who defeated Eat Clean Wild 3-2.

Womens BC Hawks who defeated West Coast Amazons 2-0.

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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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Premier division playoffs

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 Nationals

2017 Men’s A, Women’s A and Master’s National Championships – INVITATIONAL

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. 

 
VENUE
Lord Beaverbrook Rink (536 Main Street Saint John, NB E2K 1A1)
and Harbour Station (99 Station Street, Saint John, NB E2L 4X4)


COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETING
August 6, 2017 8:00 pm - Hampton Inn

SCHEDULE
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MEN'S A
WOMEN'S A
MASTERS


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

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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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