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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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Wednesday July 26

(5) Punishers vs Tropics(0)

N.Pitsikoulis, N.Mackeen and the Punishers stun the Tropics

It’s one thing to defeat the Tropics, but it’s another when you are able to shut them out for the entire game. The Punishers did a few remarkable things on Wednesday night. First off, N.Pitsikoulis went on a tear igniting four out of the five goals. Second, N.Mackeen faced 22 shots to shutout a team that normally scores at will. And finally third off, the Punishers all pulled their weight together making sure to play a full out 45 minute game. If there is something to look back for the Tropics that went wrong was their inability to fair well with their special teams. The Punishers used three power play goals to hurt their opponent. Another problem was that V.Crivello usually has his name in the point’s column rather that the penalty column as the scoring leader took more than ten minutes of playing time away-from the court.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Punishers. The brilliant forward was just simply too good on this night bagging an impressive four goals en route to a 5-0 victory over the Tropics.

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Wednesday July 26

(4)Les Raymonds vs Publiks Crew(3) O.T

When it rains it pours

The Publiks Crew blew an opportunity to capture their first win of the season when A.Hussain used a late shorthanded goal to send the game into overtime. Les Raymonds would go on to take the contest in the sudden death frame thanks to M.Deninno’s second goal of the game. No one would have thought that this battle would be so close when considering how both sides have been playing all season long. And even more surprisingly, the Publiks Crew went the entire distance with only seven players dressed. E.Skotidakis was behind setting up all three goals that included feeds on N.Siomkos’s two tallies for the Publiks Crew. If not for their special teams, Les Raymonds would have gone empty handed to a winless team on Wednesday night. Instead, one power play goal along with a shorthanded marker may have ultimately made the difference in this match.

(5)Hellfish vs Brew Crew(4) O.T

Divisional pride on the line

What a night for the Hellfish. The F3 division leaders just handed the F2 top seeded Brew Crew a shameful loss. It’s not that the Hellish can’t beat such a club, but when doing it with only six players, the Brew Crew have to be asking themselves what went wrong. In such cases, it takes your goaltender to flourish as B.Verducci did the improbable out dueling his counterpart C.Muccino. Already with a goal and an assist, D.Ugladez took the spotlight when bagging his second to end the night half way into the sudden death period. The Hellfish couldn’t have played a better game considering the circumstances. As for the Brew Crew, it was just one of those nights they hope to forget soon.

(7)Bramabulls vs Mtl Huskies(4)

Sometimes it takes only one player

J.Palmitano put in a man of the match performance to help lead the Bramabulls over the Mtl Huskies. The brilliant goal scorer couldn’t be stopped having posted an incredible five goals. What made his output that much more impressive was that he bagged a natural hat trick in the third period that snapped a 4-4 tie resulting in a 7-4 final score. The Mtl Huskies aren’t new to how dangerous the Bramabulls striker really is. Unfortunately, they didn’t play his well enough on this night to limit the damage. Despite the loss, the Huskies captain R.Estrela keeps on producing, this time adding two more goals just like his teammate M.Iacovone did getting the better of A.Grieco.

(5)Horsemen vs Acolytes(6)S.O

M.Robillard scores shootout winner in 6-5 win

The Horsemen were hoping that five goals in regulation time would be enough but it wasn’t the case as they settled for only one point in a shootout loss vs Les Acolytes. At no point was there a two goal lead for either side as the game kept going back in forth. T.Zermalias finished with three assists for the Horsemen while M.Robillard may have been the most effective player with two goals and the shootout winning marker. The Horsemen played with fire having to kill a late penalty followed immediately with an overtime penalty. However, Les Acolytes were unable able to capitalize on both occasions up until the shootout where Robillard notched the lone goal.

(9)Les Agents Libre vs Primetime(4)

Les Agents Libre overwhelm Primetime in first period

It certainly wasn’t the start they were looking for, at least not for Primetime. Les Agents Libre stormed out of the gate riffling five first period goals making Primetime look like they were standing still during that span. By that point, the damage had already been done and Les Agents Libre just kept going about their business making sure that they didn’t fall asleep the rest of the way. A few players did get noticed a little more on this night. One being T.Oliveira, who led all players with four goals and two assists. Next in line was M.Alfieri as the crafty forward buried a pair as part of a five point performance. As for Primetime, L.Haouzi was expected to score and he did putting two behind M.Melo while his teammate D.Zabitsky was able to collect three points.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ugaldez of the Hellfish. With only one spare, the Hellfish pulled out an impressive 5-4 overtime win over the Brew Crew thanks to D.Ugaldez’s sudden death winner.

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Monday July 24

Team X finishes strong in split with Carmoni de Fabreville

After dropping their opening game,Team X put together one of their better efforts to end a mini slump. Les Carmoni de Fabreville didn’t have much on the line holding a secure second spot while the same couldn’t be said for Team X, who desperately needed some points in order to stay in the race. D.Desmarais was very productive netting two goals and an assist in the first game that resulted in a convincing 4-1 result. Team X struggled to score but managed to get one by P.Corbin courtesy of A.Zarzour despite putting plenty of pressure for most of the period. With the first game out of the way, and after suffering three straight loses, the men in yellow were put to the test once more to see if they could have broken an ugly streak. And while it wasn’t easy, a pair of power play opportunities led to two quick goals by D.Galloro and D.Ramada for a 3-0 lead. Still, it didn’t feel secure with plenty of hockey left over. Les Carmoni De Fabreville weren’t giving any free passes and it showed as of the second period were they strung two straight markers by V.Parise and A.Sevigny. Despite grabbing all that momentum, a breakaway tally by S.Marricco regained a two goal cushion for Team X, who never looked back. P.Assadi was rock solid having made some crucial timely saves enabling his club to collect three important points.

(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Team X(1)

(4)Team X vs Carmoni de Fabreville(3)

Firebreathers heating up at right time

When considering the amount of experience and some very talented players that the Firebreathers have, it’s no surprise that they are coming out of nowhere and making plenty of noise in the Monday night division. Both these games were as big as it gets, especially when it’s against a first place team. The Punishers did manage to take the opening contest but in a shootout where T.Karvouriaris was the only player to score for the two sides. A.Dayan bagged a hat trick while A.Centis participated in all four goals with assists. The Firebreathers got two goals and a pair of helpers by B.Daniele, who is an essential piece to the puzzle if his club plans to make it into the post season. After dropping the tight battle, the Firebreathers showed plenty of motivation by the second contest. Once again, B.Daniele came up clutch, this time snapping a 2-2 tie while setting up B.Barile, who finished with an impressive four point game. A.Centis didn’t slow done despite the loss as the solid forward collected two more helpers to finish his night with six assists. The Firebreathers just collected four key points against a very good hockey team which now puts them in striking distance of Team X and the 1 Timer for a playoff position.

(5)Punishers vs Firebreathers(4) S.O

(5)Firebreathers vs Punishers(2)

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Biaggo Daniele of the Firebreathers. The veteran quarterback showed how it’s done once more by collecting six points resulting in a win and a shootout loss for his club.

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Sunday July 23

(4)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(6)

S.Kouliers scores twice as Fatal demons beat Butchers 6-4

A pair of deadly wrist shorts by S.Kouliers along with some balanced scoring made the difference in this contest. The Fatal Demons struck early and had the luxury to play with the lead for most of the night. The Butchers may have lost this battle in the second period where they were under siege allowing three goals. J.Bolanakis used a late second period tally that ultimately doomed the mood for the Butchers. This was a first of two games of a double header night for the Butchers, who despite the loss had a strong finish collecting two goals courtesy of A.Latella and M.Saia.

(5)Shockers vs Lumberjacks(3)

Depleted Lumberjacks battle Shockers until the end

Unlike their previous thrashing between the two sides, the Lumberjacks showed lots of grit and determination on this night. After two of their better players being ejected early, the Lumberjacks kept their focus and gave the Shockers a real run for their money. It wasn’t till the later stages of the contest that the Shockers felt some sort of relief. M.Martin and his captain J.Blackman used two late goals that snapped a long dreaded 3-3 tie. T.Salberg scored only once but it may have been the game’s biggest goal due to the fact that it came in a shorthanded situation. The Lumberjacks had every fighting chance to cause an upset and can thank their goaltender N.Mackeen, who was sensational keeping the game close.

(6)Butchers vs Team Cuba(5)

Always drama, Butchers get final say

After their third and final meeting, the rivalry between the Butchers and Team Cuba ended once more in a dramatic fashion. The two previous encounters finished with one going into overtime while the other coming with less than a minute remaining. As for this contest, it wasn’t any different with the Butchers winning the season battle with a late tally. A.Latella simply ran to the net and picked up a loose ball that ultimately doomed Team Cuba. The game had no one grab a two goal lead which saw both sides with limited momentum. M.Zampino had a multi goal performance for the Butchers as K.Kersaint did for Team Cuba.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Lumberjacks. It’s not often a member of the losing side merits the honor but N.Mackeen was just too good on this night. The net minder made extremely good saves and almost stole the game against a solid Shockers team.

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Thursday July 20

(6)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(5)

Rhinos score out narrow 6-5 win over Bramabulls

For two periods, the Bramabulls managed to hold on but that ended slipping away once the third period hit. The Raging Rhinos sparked three goals during the last 15 minutes to eke out a close 6-5 win. J.Zannis led all teammates with two goals but it was S.Labrecque’s late tally that proved to be the winner. Despite the loss, the Bramabulls put up a real good challenge having to play with only two changes. Five different players scored in the loss that included three points-from D.Verta.

(3)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(4) O.T

M.Pace slips in winner, Carnage celebrates sudden death victory

The penalty box looked to be rented out for the Thrashers who spent way too much time that ultimately doomed them in the end. With two power play goals, M.Pace was able to hurt his opponent and grab two nice points against a side that’s been running on all cylinders. Apart-from the second period, the SBS Trashers didn’t have much going on this night. J.Scalia still managed to collect three points that saw F.Gentile benefit twice. A.Kalaydjian and A.Longo notched two first period markers for Carnage and B.Madonis stopped close to 30 shots to earn well deserved win in net.

(8)Dragons vs Deadlast(6)

Dragons break out for 5 third period goals

Unable to connect the way they would have liked, the Dragons had to wait till the third period for most their goals to come. And once they did, Deadlast couldn’t stop the bleeding. L.Dulcetta sparked an early third period power play marker as one of five that went in a short span. B.Barile scored twice in just over a minute while E.Gabrielli and G.Cardillo also tallied for the Dragons. The match was tied 3-3 after two periods before both sides went on a scoring frenzy. Deadlast did manage three tallies that included a hat trick by N.Gikas but found themselves in the losing end of a run and gun battle.

(4)Spartans vs Street Ballers(10)

Street Ballers pull away by third to oust Spartans

For most of the season, the Spartans have been keeping the games close, at least in the first two periods. It’s by the final 15 minutes where things seem to fall apart. The Street Ballers carried a 5-3 lead before adding five more tallies to put the game completely out of reach. A.Jalbert buried at least one goal in every period to lead all teammates with a hat trick. The captain had a say as well as M.Gibeault struck twice along with his teammate V.Mancini. As for the Spartans, their captain J.Tesolin was also productive riffling two out of his clubs four goals.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Carnage. In a close 4-3 overtime win over the SBS Trashers, the Carnage striker came up huge bagging two tallies that included the sudden death winner.

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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 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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