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Wednesday April 26 (Semi finals)

(0)Dragons vs Punishers(6) Game 2

Punishers use their wheels to burn past Dragons

The Punishers simply relied on one of their greatest strengths and that is their speed. The Dragons knew this going in and despite formulating a game plan to slow things down sometimes it just can’t work. After building a 2-0 first period lead, the Punishers sailed away adding four straight markers in about eight minutes. P.Karvouriaris scored twice, M.Gagnon capitalized on the power play and N.Mackeen didn’t have to endure much pressure to collect an 11 save shutout. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will hit familiar territory once more and will expect nothing less than to aim for the D Wednesday title.

(5)Armadillos vs Trappers(3) Game 2

Trappers fight back but fall short to Armadillos

J.Urquhart scored a crucial power play goal for the Armadillos. It gave the Armadillos a 4-2 third period lead early in the frame resulting as the game winner. But the effort-from the Trappers was not to be denied, as they battled back to keep this game one that would not disappoint a side that’s been out of action for a while. The Armadillos used the good tart to dictate the pace their way. P.Koutsogiannopoulos and S.Kipopoulos each had first period goals and P.Arkalis widened the margin by three right before the Trappers finally got on board. One thing the Trappers did well was to work their power play. All three goals came with their five man unit that included scoring efforts from-three different players.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Arkalis of the Armadillos. The forward was behind setting up two goals while netting one for a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Punishers will face the Armadillos for the D Wednesday championship, which will be a rematch of last season’s finals. Both teams sport spiffy records heading into the match up. This encounter promises to be more personal than predictable especially for the Punishers who want to avoid losing twice in a row to the same team.

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Wednesday April 26(F2 & F3 Semi finals)

(3)Fat Cats vs Raging Rhinos(2) F2 Game 2

Revenge is sweet as Fat Cats top Rhinos in penalty filled game

On Wednesday, the Fat Cats demonstrated they would not be pushed around, standing up to the Raging Rhinos in a penalty filled 3-2 victory. With the help of their special teams, the Fat Cats used a power play goal and a shorthanded marker in what was a dominant second period. E.Panzera struck first to get the ball rolling but it may have been J.Guerriero’s shorthanded goal that ultimately made the difference in the match. The Raging Rhinos got both their tallies with their five man unit courtesy of J.Zannis and M-A Piche. N.Mauro has been rock solid in the series between the pipes but didn’t get the right support in the second period giving up three goals. This result set up a game three mini game that had both sides pumped with plenty of adrenaline.

(2)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(0) F2 Game 3

N.Mauro steals the show with huge shutout

Coming off a tough loss, the Raging Rhinos reset what had just happened with a flawless performance. Of course it helps when your net minder is in top form as N.Mauro showed once again why he was a big part of the success. The Fat Cats just couldnt solve him despite getting enough shots and scoring chances. Both sides knew the importance of the first goal. It took up until the 6:10 minute mark for F.Remon and the Raging Rhinos to celebrate the opening tally. Once that happened, the Fat Cats felt the pressure and did everything possible to penetrate the Rhinos defence and goaltender. Unfortunately the bounces and ball luck just wasn’t there. This series was put to rest when S.Pilon doubled the lead with less than two minutes remaining.

(4)Gladiateurs vs Hellfish(5) F3 Game 2

Hellfish rely on overall team effort to advance

Despite being unable to contain J.Vena, the Hellfish still found a way to close off the series. The Gladiateurs looked to their skilled forward as J.Vena was all over the court producing four points that included a hat trick. But that didn’t matter too much in the end for the Hellfish. As long as they won the game that was plenty for M.Zitella and his troops as they look forward to the next round. Unlike the Gladiateurs, the Hellfish relied on everyone contributing in one way or another. Five different players scored that included a huge third period power play goal by N.Bourgeois. The Gladiateurs didn’t have the start they hoped for which had them trail for most of the night. After being down 5-2 in the third period, J.Vena gave life with two straight goals only to fall short in the end.

(4)Latin Blue vs United Arms(5) F3 Game 2

Arms hold off late Latin Blue surge to set date in final

The United Arms may have avoided something that they would have regretted. As comfortable as a 5-1 third period may seem, Latin Blue wasn’t going down that easily. The surge began when S.Monet riffled his second of the game followed with two straight markers by A.Thifault and Darren Taylor. The only problem was that their third goal came with 85 seconds left in the game. G.Missakian made sure to keep his side focused and play out the rest of the game without panic. In the end, it wasn’t pretty but the United Arms found a way to get it done. Latin Blue were totally out matched early on where they ultimately paid the price for it. The win came with the help of H.Jerjian and A.Minassian as both players each scored twice.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Minassian of the United Arms. The forward was vital in the result producing two goals and a helper that included the winner to help advance the United Arms to the final.

With Black Venom winning by forfeit over the Bolts, the division leaders will take on the Raging Rhinos for the F2 Wednesday championship. Both teams will look to their strengths in order to get the job done. Everyone knows that the Black Venom have players that can score at will but the Raging Rhinos do have a style of game along with solid goaltending that can shut them down. If the Rhinos can avoid the penalty box than this series may possibly be up for grabs.

The F3 division will feature two balanced teams. The Hellfish play an intense brand of hockey and like to use their speed. As for the United Arms, they have all the tools to taking it. Led by their captain G.Missakian, the United Arms will look to their key guys up front for scoring while depending on everyone else to play a sound defensive game.

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Tuesday April 25(Semi finals)

(4)Communists vs Legacy(2) Game 1

J.Provost-Blais always finds a way, Communists take series opener

Barely seconds shy of the opening frame, things started to look bleak for Legacy having to trail a Communists team by a 2-0 score. E.Girouard did eventually wake his side up by cutting the lead in half but that still didn’t solve their scoring woes up front. Instead J.Provost-Blais just made things worst with his second right before T-J Ward put an end to it providing a three goal cushion late in the game. While it’s easier said than done, Legacy knew containing J.Provost-Blais was a top priority. However, when a player is that good it’s almost impossible sometimes to do what you prepared for. The Communists did everything right to grab an important 1-0 series lead. After netting two unanswered goals, J.Vrettis felt he got the support he needed and made sure to take care of the rest denying 24 of 25 shots.

(5)Legacy vs Communists (3) Game 2   S.O

Legacy survive to live another game

With neither side able to get it done in regulation time, Legacy channeled their pressure in the shootout. T.Bozinakis closed out the must win with his clubs second breakaway attempt. This came as a huge result for P.Turturici, who needed to be on top of his game in order to force a third and deciding game. Both sides did well with their five man unit that saw the Communists strike twice on two attempts while Legacy scored once thanks to a big goal by J.Rochon. The Communists still had J.Provost-Blais collected a pair of points which is considered damage control for most clubs. The win also came with the help of a veteran that has yet to slow down. D.Bertrand was involved in every single goal that included two assists on J.Belzile and J.Rochon’s power play marker.

(2)Communists vs Legacy(1) Game 3 O.T

J.Provost-Blais haunts Legacy once more, Communists off to big dance

How fitting that this series was going to get decided with the help of one player in particular. Legacy, despite doing an excellent job containing the superstar, J.Provost-Blais still found a way to put up the points. Whenever two teams split the first two games and force an overtime game three, it’s safe to say that the outcome will get determined in coin toss situation. That being said, Legacy will still look back and try and figure out how to have killed 100 more seconds that would have given them a 1-0 regulation result. Instead D.Provost-Jarry leveled the game with the help of J.Provost-Blais’s perfect pass and all of a sudden this series was up in the air. Once the overtime hit, the Communists celebrated their biggest goal yet barely two minutes in. This was a series that came down to all the little details and the hard work put forth by all the players and especially the goaltenders. P.Turturici and J.Vrettis were absolutely outstanding giving their clubs every opportunity to take the series. But in the end, the Communists capitalized one more time over a side that can be argued were just as deserving.

(4)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(1) Game 1

M.Testolina’s hat trick lifts Sailors over Capitals in game 1

M.Testolina continued his point production splurge recording a playoff hat trick to a 4-1 decision over the Capitals. Two out of his three goals came with the help of the five man unit. The Capitals penalty killers failed to kill off their only two times that they took penalties during the game. If timing is everything, than the Smooth Sailors showed it in this contest taking advantage of every single situation. A.Grieco limited a very good scoring team to only one goal that evened the game at one apiece. J.Morina scored once while setting up Testolina for the go ahead marker. With the loss, the Capitals used a whole hour on how to adjust and make sure to even the series.

(6)Capitals vs Smooth Sailors(3) Game 2

Capitals bounce back in a big way to force mini game

There was far too much skill and pride in the dressing room for the Capitals to just throw in the towel. Sure a seed of doubt might have been growing in some of the Capitals heads but as time went on, the confidence started to build. The Capitals saved their best for last by dominating a third period after both sides traded the same amount of goals in the first two frames. The biggest tally came early in the third frame when M.Tremblay snapped a dreaded 3-3 tie. Then, four minutes later C.Valois extended the lead by two and M.Carmelo was able to seal it in an empty cage. Prior to the third period onslaught, C.Bezeau-Chabot got his club there by netting two big goals. Know that the series is tied, both sides knew that they didn’t have any margin of error entering a 15 minute mini game.

(2)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(0) Game 3

Momentum shifts as M.Crialese sends the Sailors through with late goal

M.Crialese has scored many times that included some very big goals in his career. Tonight, the right handed sniper came through once more as the Smooth Sailors celebrated what was a hard fought grinding series with the Capitals. Entering these types of games, the first goal usually determines who prevails. The period had less than four minutes remaining before M.Argiris and J.Morina found their linemate to get the better of J.Richer. At that point, the Capitals eventually pulled Richer for the extra attacker only to see their season come to an end when M.Testolina fired a ball into an empty net. The Capitals took ten shots and had some chances only to get frustrated by A.Grieco. Similar to the previous series between the Communists and Legacy, this battle also had all the elements of two clubs giving it all that could have easily gone either way.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais of the Communists. The Communist forward notched six points that included the series deciding goal over a minute into the sudden death period.

The Communists and the Smooth Sailors are left with only one task to end their season. But that task isn’t that simple as both sides will be primed for their biggest series so far. Both these teams met three times during the regular season that had the Communists take all three games. If that’s an indication of what’s to come than the Communists will be fine. However, the Smooth Sailors won’t really care about previous stats and outcomes as they’ll just approach this as an opportunity to achieving their ultimate goal. Neither side has many weaknesses heading into the final, especially after what they demonstrated in the semi final round.

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Monday April 17

Les Yables ready for the real deal

Les Yables produced dominant performances in both their wins over the Jokers on Monday night. The first match saw balance scoring that included three goals in the second period but the second match was outdone by D.Marcotte , who ignited five markers for a 8-1 victory. The Jokers struggled to get any sort of scoring done except for one time. J.Blouin struck early in the second contest only to see that momentum fade away by the end of the frame .M-A Gervais had a multi goal night and J-F Simard remains in fine form allowing only one goal. Every game, Les Yables seem to have every player step it up as their resilience to battle hard makes them incredibly hard to beat. The Jokers found this out first hand and will need to figure out ways to adjust knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner.

(4)Les Yables vs Jokers(0)

(1)Jokers vs Les Yables(8)

Close for one but outdone in the other

If Carnage can keep their games close against a team like Venom than anything can be possible in a playoff round. But with the second contest ending in a landslide, does Carnage have what it takes to endure a best of three series against some of the powerhouses in front of them .The first match was close due to B.Madonis standing on his head. Venom only scored twice with efforts by P.Scotti and M.Dalpe. However, despite the low 2-1 score, Carnage only got on board when it was too late. A.Kalaydjian spoiled R.Ranieri’s shutout with only one minute remaining. The second encounter was where Venom showed their true colors. With four goals in both periods, the offensive machine woke up. E.Girouard, P.Scotti and M.Dalpe all scored twice while R.Ranieri was steady giving up only two goals on 22 shots. The scary part in all this was that Venom took the game easy without two very key snipers. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau took the night off as both players will be focusing on a bigger task ahead of them.

(1)Carnage vs Venom(2)

(8)Venom vs Carnage(2)

P-A Surprenant at it again, 1 Timer wins and settle for draw to end season

In hockey, if you have someone who can score at will while playing smart defensively, than anything is possible. The 1 Timer are very glad that they have P-A Surprenant to their line up as the power forward seems never to disappoint. In tonight’s case, the solid number 7 netted three out of the four goals en route to a 4-1 win. The 23rd Hour knew that they were missing out to enter the playoffs but responded in a positive manner to end their season. Led by their captain, P.Salvo played it out till the very end providing his clubs first two goals. That lead held up for a very long time, up until the last 90 seconds when who other than P-A Surprenant came through to spoil the parade .Both sides tried to get it done in the shootout but the net minders stood tall denying two of three attempts. T.Daigneault scored on breakaways for the 1 Timer while C-P Sleedge got the better of F.Koch.

(4)1 Timer vs 23rd Hour(1)

(3)23rd Hour vs 1 Timer(3) S.O

Strong finish for Team X

Team X closed out the regular season on the right foot and who other than against a team that’s suffered only one loss all year. The Punishers may argue the fact that two key pieces were missing but Team X were in a similar situation without a few bodies as well. The game was meaningless for both sides in regards to the standings but Team X wanted to carry some good habits with the playoffs looming around the corner. If not for a late goal by M.Baccari, Team X could have walked away with six clean points. Instead, the veteran side took the opening game in a shootout while shutting out the second contest by a 3-0 score. A.Zarzour was the only multi goal scorer netting back to back tallies in the second encounter. The shootout win came thanks to a pair of successful breakaways by J.Pantelis and S.Sicuso and of course by the net minder P.Assadi, who had a very good night.

(4)Team X vs Punishers(3) S.O

(0)Punishers vs Team X(4)

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Marcotte of Les Yables. Marcotte led all players scoring five goals and an assist in two games for Les Yables.

With the top seven out of eight teams advancing, the Punishers made the regular season count as they’ll skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi-finals. The first round matches are as follows:

(2)Venom vs Jokers(7) The Jokers will have their hands full is an understatement. K.Langlois will feel like the target in a firing ranch and unless he gets the proper support from all four players in front of him, then their season will end early.

(3)Les Yables vs Carnage(6) Les Yables are younger quicker and can score. Carnage will need to tighten up and play very boring hockey while hoping to get their chances on timely plays. They do have a sniper in Marco Pace but is that enough to sustain the endless pressure that Les Yables will put forth.

(4)Team X vs 1 Timer(5) Two teams very familiar with one another will battle it out. The 1 Timer will use their speed and look for P-A Surprenant in his office to do most of the damage. It’s up to Team X to continue and play a solid man on man coverage and wait for their opportunities to arise.

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Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)

(5)River Rats vs Legacy (8) Game 1

Late surge leads Legacy in high scoring affair

S.Robineault scored a highlight reel marker to cap a thrilling three-goal Legacy explosion Thursday night. The speedy forward was able to take off from the neutral zone and blast a slap shot while in motion to beat the River Rats net minder. Legacy ultimately won this contest in a short span of only three minutes. E.Lemieux had a two goal night that included a bullet-from the blue line. It wasn’t the goaltenders best performances but M.Dagenais was just good enough to capture a big win for Legacy. Both sides knew- from the early stages of the game that this contest was going to have its fair share of goals. The River Rats opened the first period up 4-3 that included one of two tallies by M.Dettorre, who used his explosive speed to find himself on a breakaway and beat Dagenais. Despite playing with only two lines, the River Rats still managed to score and generate chances but couldn’t address limiting the amount of goals that they gave up for a playoff game.

(4)Legacy vs River Rats(1) Game 2

Late surge leads Legacy in low scoring affair

M.Dagenais picked a good time to shine for Legacy. Surely enough the net minder wasn’t too pleased with his opening performance in game one but that all got erased by limiting the River Rats to only one goal in game two. For a second straight game, the third period came to hurt the River Rats once more, who may just have ran out of gas. Legacy played it smart by pressuring their opponents while patiently waiting for the opportunities to arise. Once the third period hit, the seed was planted for Legacy when J.Rochon snapped a 1-1 tie. Then, in the span of two minutes, S.Sacco extended the lead which surely suggested this series was over despite half a period remaining. Legacy wasn’t going to let a two goal lead slip away by rolling their three lines while getting the expected goaltending-from M.Dagenais. The River Rats did all they could considering the circumstances. For now, it just wasn’t their time as Legacy showed how determined and prepared they were for this series.

(4)Icons vs Northstars(2) Game 1

N.Pitsikoulis primed for the big games

There was little separating both clubs in the opener of this series. There were high end scoring chances, solid defensive plays and big saves form-both net minders. However, it took one particular player to put in that extra making the whole difference. N.Pitsikoulis seems to thrive every time the game is on the line. Like he’s done on a few occasions in the past, the Icons forward proved to be the difference maker by providing two straight goals. The Icons led 3-1 at that point which was just enough to escape with the win. A.Bitsakis was also vital pushing 25 of 27 shots.

(0)Northstars vs Icons(5) Game 2

M.Arkalis leads way with 2 goals, Icons punch ticket to final

When factoring that the Icons roll three lines and that the Northstars had two players playing for a third straight game due to the other division in progress, this result was already written on the wall. That being said, it did take up until the second period for the flood gates to open. The Icons put the series away by bagging four goals in that frame alone .M.Arkalis took the torch by riffling two quick goals for considerable 3-0 lead. The Northstars tried to battle back but felt that there wasn’t much they could have done. There mere 16 shots just wasn’t going to cut it as C.Stavriadis stood tall to earn the shutout.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Icons. His two goals in game one helped set the tone in the series for the Icons who now have a chance to take on Legacy for the C Thursday championship.

The final between the Icons and Legacy will be more than just a match. For many players involved in this final, it will be one that makes them turn off their phone, dim the lights and zone in alone. Both sides won’t be able to accept what the other will say when it’s said and done. The Icons want nothing more than to prove that they are the real deal as the best team of their caliber. But for Legacy, that claim simply won’t be acceptable. Both sides will need to convince the other that the end result will be decided on the court by exploiting each other’s weaknesses and working to their strengths. The Icons will rely on youth and possibly their best trio right now in C.Gingras, C.Stamadianos and N.Gilbert. As for Legacy, it’s not complicated. The veteran side has loads of experience, chemistry and the amount of bodies to match the opposition. If Vegas were to evaluate this series, it would be the equivalent of flipping a coin.

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Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)

 E-Thurs

 (3) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 2                                                                                               Fadel Nassers two goal performance creates opportunity for Game 3

 With an entire week on their side the Underdogs took advantage to regroup and put together a successful game plan against a team that can score at will. As the game went on it seemed that the Underdogs were not taking advantages of their chances until the third period arrived. F. Nasser made it a point to score two late goals with less than five minutes to play to force a game three. With momentum on their side the Underdogs should continue to roll.

 (1) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 3                                                                                                   Do or die as both clubs put everything on the line to make it to the finals

 With only one period remaining to decide the faith of their season and pick a club that would move on to the finals, both clubs put everything on the line. The French Connection made sure to take advantage early in the game by scoring to goals in less than a minute and a half. J. Farrese and J.F Leclerc were credited with the goals for their side. By the time the Underdogs got on the board it was to late for them to gain any momentum and scored an additional goal to tie the game.

 (3) Werewolves vs Deadlast (4) Game 2                                                                                               Captain C. Zafiropoulos lead by example notching a natural hat trick by the end of the second period

 C.Zafiropoulos has always been an experienced leader who always organizes and makes sure his team is rolling on all cylinders. Fortunately for him he did a bit more tonight scoring three of his clubs four goals to ensure his clubs ticket in the finals. The Werewolves made one last push early in the third period with the help of A. Zarzour and J. Guerriero who cut the lead to one, but J. Sanoudakis decided that it was time to shut the door and ensure the big win for his club by making huge saves until the final buzzer.

 (3) Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O. (4) Game 2                                                                                               Late push by P.E.Y.O. ensures their ticket to the final

 From the beginning of the game the Bramabulls knew what was at stake as they built themselves a comfortable two goal lead entering the third period. As the third started it seemed that the Bramabulls took their foot off the pedal as P.E.Y.O. fought back into it to take the lead with three unanswered goals. P.E.Y.O. used four different players to complete the scoring as C. Gringras and B. Deslaurier did most the damage each collecting two points.

 (2) Street Ballers vs UHC (7) Game 2                                                                                                 UHC too much to handle for Street Ballers as they have an easy night

 From the start of the game it was obvious that UHC had shown up for one purpose only and that was to win at any cost. Several different players contributed to the win for UHC as R. Ranno and T. Beck each scored a pair of goals to help propel their club to a comfortable lead. The Street Ballers did put a good fight notching two of their own goals but the opponents were to strong offensively to contain.

As each E division enters the final round. The match ups are as follows:

 (1) Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O. (3) As two very experienced clubs go head to head in a best of three series either side can prevail, both sides are evenly matched as each team contains the talent, leadership, and willingness to win the championship.

 (1) UHC vs French Connection (2) The story of two strong offensive teams will be played out in this series. The main question will be who can contain the other defensively and reduce the amount of goals they can score. Both goaltenders will need to be at their best as any goal might be the game winning one.

 The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Zafiropoulos of Deadlast. The captain was only able to lead and efficiently manage his club to make sure they make it to the finals but he also scored three out of his clubs four goals to ensure the following.

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Monday April 10(A Semi finals)

(4)Red Lite vs HBHA(3) Game 2 triple overtime

K.Kuczmarski’s tips winner, Red Lite outlasts HBHA

K.Kuczmarski’s goal, his second of the night, ended the marathon after nearly six whole periods of hockey. Kuczmarski received a perfect pass-from J.Daoust having to only re-direct it over J.Vrettis’s shoulder and under the crossbar. The HBHA found themselves in almost a similar situation like in game one by trailing against a side with barley two lines. However, they did manage to overcome a 2-0 deficit by turning it into a 3-2 lead by the early stages of the third period. The action kept going back in forth with the HBHA hoping to survive enough minutes to avoid a Red Lite equalizer. Unfortunately, the clock ended up being their worst enemy as J.Provost-Blais struck just in time to level the game and send it in overtime. That was J.Provost-Blais’s second of the contest. Neither side were able to get it done for well over two sudden death periods despite the HBHA having the extra bodies and legs favoring them. But when it’s against Red Lite, any team knows not to take things for granted. L.Augustin-Registe was vital in the series collecting both wins in net. The net minder played just enough games to qualify and made a huge impact which may question who they will start in their final round.

(2)Team Haiti vs Black Knights(3) O.T

A.Mezzagno sweet breakaway OT goal punches ticket to final for Knights

It didn’t matter that Team Haiti completely dominated the second half of the game with plenty of pressure and scoring chances. The Haitian side battled back and overcame a 2-0 hole with goals by Reginald Morne and C.Plaisir to put the Black Knights on their heels. P-O Girouard limited the damage by allowing only one third period tally that came on the power play. In hopes of riding their momentum, Team Haiti couldn’t afford to make any mistakes knowing that the next goal would surely decide their season. But hockey is a game of mistakes along with many other variables that can tilt an outcome in any direction. In tonight’s case, A.Mezzagano seized the moment after finding himself on a breakaway that ended the series on a sweet move that found the ball trickle through the legs of the net minder. The Black Knights didn’t play with enough consistency throughout this series but that can also be attributed to Team Haiti putting up a real challenge against an established hockey team. J.Velenosi and S.Sacco got the Black Knights off to a good start with first period goals before the game started to tilt in the other direction.

With both series ending in two games, the final is set up between two very familiar adversaries. The Black Knights will need to be better if they plan to defeat Red Lite in the final. That being said, Red Lite know that it won’t be easy if they don’t have the man power. For now, they got by the HBHA with barely two lines and unless they get the extra bodies, things will only be difficult for the legendary side.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the Black Knights. If not for his timely saves, the Black Knights would have been stuck playing with fire in a third and deciding game.

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Sunday April 9(Round 1, playoffs)

(8)Shockers vs Hit List(2)

Shockers earn easy win to advance

In a battle of two teams seeking to advance, the Shockers rolled to an easy 8-2 win over the Hit List. T.Salberg did the heavy lifting for the Shockers bagging three goals while setting up two teammates. Saqlberg wasn’t only player to get involved offensively for the young squad. M.Blackman and J.Blackman buried a pair each while J.Collins got the other tally. The Hit List normally score much more than two goals but found themselves struggling in this game. S.Trudel and Y.Laforest notched first period markers for the Hit List, who went on a dry spell the rest of the way. D.Bourque collected the win after facing 28 shots. 

(9)Brew Crew vs Team Sportek(0)

Brew Crew too much for Team Sportek in blow out win

M.Rheaume, C.Palermo and P.Karigiannis each had two goals and C.Muccino earned a 22 save shutout to take down Team Sportek on Sunday night. The Brew Crew simply used their depth and years of experience to cruise by the first year club. Despite the lopsided score, Team Sportek kept it close for half the game before getting discouraged by the third period where they gave up five unanswered goals. The win brings the Brew Crew a step closer to where they want to be which is to try and capture the E Sunday championship. For them, anything less just won’t cut it.

(6)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(5)

Fatal Demons fall short again in dramatic fashion

Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for the Fatal Demons who keep dropping games by only one goal. In tonight’s case, T.Karasek summed it up by breaking a late 5-5 tie to send the Butchers into the next round. The win came with the help of J.Mandracchia and A.Latella as both players struck twice while G.Zapatelli was slightly better over his counterpart S.Sauk between the pipes. The Fatal Demons had a solid sequence posting three straight goals before the end of the second period. But it was by the third where things fell apart. Normally, the veteran side are able to shut down their opponents on most night but couldn’t get it done in this case.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Butchers. The lanky forward collected his third point by breaking a crucial 5-5 tie late in the game.

With this opening round out of the way, four teams are now left over to see who will head to the final. The semi final match ups are as follows:

(1)Red Nose vs Butchers (4) Can the Butchers contain the many game breakers that Red Nose have ? If so, they certainly have some key components up front that can score and the intensity to match any opponent.

(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(3) It won’t get any better than this series. Each side have areas that they will rely on. The Shockers are young fast and can score at will. As for the Brew Crew, they are a team that excels at playing a disciple coverage which will force the Shockers to find ways and generate chances.

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Friday March 31(Semi finals)

(0)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(4) Game 1

Hawks sharp in game 1 shutout of P.Assadi

The Hawks opened up their series with a bang versus the red hot Devil Dawgz. The third seeded Hawks got goals from-four different players and a 29 save performance by their net minder P.Assadi. The game was already 3-0 after only thirteen minutes of play. A.Mosacto tapped in a perfect pass-from A.Zarzour, A.Lanni batted a ball-from mid air and A.Zarzour struck minutes later for the three goal cushion. The Devil Dawgz were forced to play catch up at that point but knew that the Hawks weren’t going to give much. Everyone in the Hawks made it a point to tighten up by keeping the centremen very close to their defenseman. With that good start, the Hawks erased some embarrassment of how they have been playing lately. But, it is only game one and things can change very easily considering how lethal the Devil Dawgz can be at times.

(2)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(0)

C.Stavriadis shutout, HBHA edge out Stones in tight battle

The Stones know that they can defend, and despite limiting a team like to the HBHA Seniors to only two goals, it still wasn’t good enough in the end. D.Andrade opened the scoring ten minutes in and K.Papapostolou doubled the lead by the five minute mark of the second period. The defending champs played a prototypical playoff game by limiting scoring chances and getting the timely goals. For the Stones, it’s been a problem that has endured all season which is the lack of production up front. Despite the dry spell for this game, the Stones know that they can be effective if they can get to Stavriadis first in their next game. If they can manage that lead or maybe even increase it with a pair, then anything is possible, especially that the mini game is only 15 minutes.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Hawks. After playing brutal hockey in their last few games, P.Assadi helped regain some confidence by turning away 29 shots for a game one series lead.

Friday April 7(Semi finals)

(1)Hawks vs Devil Dawgz(5) Game 2

Devil Dawgz even series with bounce back win vs Hawks

Short term memory came in handy as the Devil Dawgz bounced back with more energy and intensity to even up its semi final playoff series. After giving up an early goal, the Devil Dawgz responded immediately grabbing a lead that they never let go of. A.Guillaume opened the scoring and added another tally by the ten minute mark of the third to put the match away. The dormant Hawks had some moments to get back in it but weren’t good enough struggling to beat S.Sauk, who was clearly focused for this encounter. Knowing that the game was lost, the Hawks were thinking ahead to the mini game in hopes of starting fresh.

(2)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(3) Game 3 O.T

N.Faria goes nuclear with game series clincher

Unable to get it done in a 15 minute mini game, this series needed the extra five minutes to determine a winner. At that point, both sides kept crossing their fingers as any shot on net would possibly decide who would advance and who would exit in a heartbreaking finish. In most cases, it would come down to an established goal scorer getting it done but not in this particular circumstance. N.Faria has been snake bitten all season without a goal, and when it counted the most, the struggling centreman may have forgotten his scoring woes by providing the most important goal so far for the Hawks. The Devil Dawgz showed once again how resilient they were by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the mini game. Their equalizer came with four minutes remaining when G.Berberyan struck to beat P.Assadi. The Hawks got their scoring done by E.Colella and A.Zarzour while P.Assadi got the slight edge over his counterpart as both goaltenders did a fine job keeping their clubs in it.

(1)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2

HBHA sweep series, look to repeat as Masters 35+ champs

A good start and another solid outing by C.Stavriadis made for a fairly easy night for the HBHA Seniors. G.Kamvosoulis scored twice and J.Bolanakis got credited the winner as part of a three point performance. The Stones went through the same problem as in last week’s game unable to penetrate the HBHA Seniors defensive game and net minder. T.Settino was the only player to score out of the two games in this series. The win sends the HBHA Seniors to their second final in as many seasons. Entering as favorites, they will now take on the Hawks to try and repeat what they did to them in their last final.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Faria of the Hawks. When it counted the most, N.Faria came through providing the series deciding goal to help lead the Hawks to their fourth straight final.

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This year, Pardubice (Czech Republic) will be the host of the ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships.

The event will take place from June 1-11 and it will be your chance to see the best men and women ball hockey teams in action!

To know all the details, please visit http://pardubice2017.com.

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Premier division playoffs

Monday April 10(A Semi finals)

(4)Red Lite vs HBHA(3) Game 2 triple overtime

K.Kuczmarski’s tips winner, Red Lite outlasts HBHA

K.Kuczmarski’s goal, his second of the night, ended the marathon after nearly six whole periods of hockey. Kuczmarski received a perfect pass-from J.Daoust having to only re-direct it over J.Vrettis’s shoulder and under the crossbar. The HBHA found themselves in almost a similar situation like in game one by trailing against a side with barley two lines. However, they did manage to overcome a 2-0 deficit by turning it into a 3-2 lead by the early stages of the third period. The action kept going back in forth with the HBHA hoping to survive enough minutes to avoid a Red Lite equalizer. Unfortunately, the clock ended up being their worst enemy as J.Provost-Blais struck just in time to level the game and send it in overtime. That was J.Provost-Blais’s second of the contest. Neither side were able to get it done for well over two sudden death periods despite the HBHA having the extra bodies and legs favoring them. But when it’s against Red Lite, any team knows not to take things for granted. L.Augustin-Registe was vital in the series collecting both wins in net. The net minder played just enough games to qualify and made a huge impact which may question who they will start in their final round.

(2)Team Haiti vs Black Knights(3) O.T

A.Mezzagno sweet breakaway OT goal punches ticket to final for Knights

It didn’t matter that Team Haiti completely dominated the second half of the game with plenty of pressure and scoring chances. The Haitian side battled back and overcame a 2-0 hole with goals by Reginald Morne and C.Plaisir to put the Black Knights on their heels. P-O Girouard limited the damage by allowing only one third period tally that came on the power play. In hopes of riding their momentum, Team Haiti couldn’t afford to make any mistakes knowing that the next goal would surely decide their season. But hockey is a game of mistakes along with many other variables that can tilt an outcome in any direction. In tonight’s case, A.Mezzagano seized the moment after finding himself on a breakaway that ended the series on a sweet move that found the ball trickle through the legs of the net minder. The Black Knights didn’t play with enough consistency throughout this series but that can also be attributed to Team Haiti putting up a real challenge against an established hockey team. J.Velenosi and S.Sacco got the Black Knights off to a good start with first period goals before the game started to tilt in the other direction.

With both series ending in two games, the final is set up between two very familiar adversaries. The Black Knights will need to be better if they plan to defeat Red Lite in the final. That being said, Red Lite know that it won’t be easy if they don’t have the man power. For now, they got by the HBHA with barely two lines and unless they get the extra bodies, things will only be difficult for the legendary side.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the Black Knights. If not for his timely saves, the Black Knights would have been stuck playing with fire in a third and deciding game.

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Did you know?

Your helmet must be CSA approved.

If you remove the visor from your helmet, you must also remove the 4 clips for security purposes. 

First offense: warning

Second offense: 2 minutes penalty for delay of game

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Head Coach and Assistant Coach Positions - Men’s and Women’s Team Canada

The 2017 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships are taking place in Pardubice, Czech Republic (June 1-11, 2017) and the CBHA is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in taking on the role of Team Canada Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for both the Men’s and Women’s teams.

The CBHA and our National Programs have won more World Championships in the 19 year history of the ISBHF than any of the other great nations we compete against. Gold has been raised 9 times by our Men's and Women's programs and in 2017 Canada is looking for passionate Coaches to lead Team Canada to reclaim the top world spot once again.

 If you love the sport, are looking for a huge challenge and want to be surrounded by players, coaches and staff hungry to represent the CBHA, Canada and the sport of Ball Hockey in the International arena, this challenge is for you.

 Criteria of Applicants:

Applicants must be a good standing member of CBHA and its associations and have coached ball hockey teams and/or programs preferably for a minimum of 3 years with high level tournament and national experience. Knowledge of top level ball hockey players from coast to coast will be an important aspect of this position and should be noted in your application. Outside of ball hockey, any work experience in organizing and/or managing people will be a strong asset.

 Coaches must be able to travel and be prepared to be away before, during and after the tournament dates. The coaches chosen must follow all “CBHA High Performance Program” guidelines, procedures and schedules put forward to the GM’s by the HP Adult Director and CBHA. If not followed, CBHA has the right to revoke the appointed position at any point during the planning prior to tournament travel.

 * Applicants must be a member in good standing of the CBHA and its Members Associations
* Experience Coaching Elite athletes at High Level competitions such as Nationals and/or World events
* Completion of NCCP coaching levels would be an asset
* Head Coaches must be able to travel and be away before, during and after the World Championship dates
* Head Coaches will be expected to promote, support and adhere to the CBHA High Performance Core Values and Canadian Ball Hockey Foundations put forth by the Team Canada High Performance Director and Team Canada General Managers

 Team Canada Head Coaches will be responsible for but not limited to:

* Develop and prepare practice and game plans and promote a “style of play” that follows CBHA Coaching Foundations
* Be available for Team Canada conference calls with High Performance Director, General Manager and Team Canada staff
* Provide feedback or scouting reports on players if required
* Provide pre-tournament guidance on training for players preparing to represent Canada at the World Championships.
* Organize Team Canada Assistant Coaches
* Participate in Team Fundraising initiatives

 

All resumes must be submitted via e-mail no later than Sunday, September 18, 2016 to:

 Team Canada
 Thomas Walsh
Women’s Team Canada General Manager
t.walsh@mun.ca

 Jeff Dzikowicz
Men’s Team Canada General Manager
jeffdz@mymts.net

 Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by telephone to arrange a date and time.

 Thank you for your interest in Team Canada Ball Hockey!

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ISBHF 2017 AGM Summary

Last weekend, Montreal hosted the ISBHF AGM (International Street and Ball Hockey Federation)

Here are some key highlights:


1_   The most ever ISBHF Attendees – 24! And 5 more by Skype.

2_ The filling of two key Committees: our 'new look' Technical Committee and Sport Accord Committee.

3_   The creation of new ISBHF Championships at the World Junior Level and a NEW ‘3 on 3’ Tournament that will be held in Canada in 2018 to inspire new and experienced ball hockey players!

4_ The awarding of all 2018 Championship events!

   5 on 5 Championships
     - U18-U20 World Junior Championships – Canada
     - U16 Continental Euro Championships – Czech Republic
     - U16 Continental North American Championships – Canada / USA
     - World Masters – United States
     - Asian Cup – Hong Kong

   3 on 3 Championships
     - Euro Open Invitational  - Slovakia
     - North American Open Invitational - Canada
    

5_   A key presentation on the ISBHF Marketing Strategy for 2017 & beyond.

6_   2016 International Awards

   - International player of the year – Co Winners : Martel Czibik (U20- SLO) and Nathan Yetman (U20-CAN)
   - International/National Development Award – Gabi Missakian, Armenia   
   - Robert Mueller Memorial Award – Steve Posavec, Canada

7_ And by the far the most symbolic:

The first ever African nation accepted to the family: Cameroon!
‘The representative of Ball Hockey in Africa’ Mr. Jean Serge presented and was accepted to the ISBHF family. Congratulations!


A full summary of the ISBHF AGM will be in the ISBHF Newsletter for March!"

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