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This fall, we are shuffling the cards a bit in the Premier League, which has been a symbol of excellence in Quebec’s ball hockey scene for many decades. We are excited to announce that from now on, it will be known as the Premier /Heritage League. Already gathering the best teams in the province and nationally, this change will allow us to stay on top of the game and spice things up!

In addition to the traditional teams playing in the Premier League, we will now include teams with players representing their cultural heritage, such as Greece, Lebanon, Haiti, and many more to come. By doing so, the league will become even more competitive and will allow the “Heritage” team to prepare for the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (www.ISBHF.com) World Championships.

It is important to mention that all teams will continue to be able to participate in the National Championships div. A-D (www.cbha.com) by winning either Division A or Division B of the Premier/Heritage League.

Please contact us quickly to learn more about it or to subscribe!

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It is now time to register for the Fall 2017 season!

We have a new concept for the A-B divisions, the Premier/Heritage League.

Call us to learn more about it or to register your team.

*** Don't forget that rebates apply for early registration. ***

 

 

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Thursday September 20

(4)Deadlast vs Lumberjacks(3)

Y.Gazura's power play goal snaps third period tie

Y.Gazura scored the go ahead power play goal early in the third period and Deadlast escaped with a hard fought nail biter versus the Lumberjacks. Deadlast got goals- from four different players including a pair of helpers by A.Jalilvand to help the reigning champs get off to a good start. The Lumberjacks, despite the loss came out to play winning lots of loose battles that resulted in three goals. The only difference in this contest occurred in the final frame where Deadlast capitalized with their five man unit. J.Sanoudakis tightened up stopping every shot his way and earned a 26 shot victory over his counterpart J.Shisha, who was also solid facing 30 shots.

(6)Bramabulls vs Les Agents Libre(2)

Agents Libre fall victim to championship hangover

Les Agents Libre tried every tactic possible to avoid a championship hangover, but it didn't work on this opening night vs the Bramabulls. The night was spoiled early and matters only got worst as the game went on. The Bramabulls ignited three second period goals eventually closing out what was a determined one sided affair. T.Karasek led all players with three goals while his captain A.DiPerna and D.Verta collected three assists each. G.Follano faced 26 shots and only allowed his first of two goals by the mid way point of the game. It may not have been the start they wanted but Les Agents Libre aren't too concerned as this sometimes happens to teams coming off recent success.

(6)Hellfish vs RBK Knights(3)

Hellfish pull away by third in double up win over RK Knights

In the matter of only 45 seconds, the Hellfish were able to breathe a little easier as two quick goals put the match to rest. S.Monnet and J.Roblin got the Hellfish out of the jam and the RBK Knights knew they were done for the night. Despite the loss, the RBK Knights faired pretty well with a bunch of players playing together for the very first time. J.Roblin was the only player to score twice that included the winner as of the mid way point of the contest. The Hellfish also came off a championship run and showed no signs of rust in their season debut.

(4)Horsemen vs Armadillos(8)

Armadillos use big first period to down Horsemen

It took the Armadillos eight minutes-from the opening draw to turn a scoreless tie into a 3-0 lead. The first period scoring outburst was the insurance that the Armadillos needed en route to a high scoring 8-4 win. Apart- from a devastating start, the Horsemen eventually picked up their game and were able to keep pace with the Armadillos .Both sides battled in the second period trading three goals apiece which didn't bother the Armadillos since they were still up comfortably headed into the third period. P.Scotti struck three times for the hat trick while his captain J.Kontitsis and D.Andrade provided a pair of goals each.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Bramabulls. His three goals helped lift the Bramabulls to a deciding 6-2 win over Les Agents Libre.

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Sunday September 10(Finals)

(6)Shockers vs Team Cuba(5) Game 1

Team Cuba fall short after wild third period comeback

Down 5-2 in the third period, Team Cuba clawed back into the game to force a frantic finish. But with barely two minutes remaining, C.Debonis did what he does best, and that is to use a fierce wrist shot that beat C.Stavriadis low side. That tally snapped a late 5-5 tie that gave the Shockers a 1-0 series lead. C.Debonis peppered Stavriadis with plenty of shots throughout the match resulting in three goals for the sniper. Despite the tough loss, Team Cuba did manage to end on a decent note knowing that they can keep up with a younger and quicker side. That vote of confidence set the tone for what was potential payback in game two.

(5)Team Cuba vs Shockers(4) Game 2

Team Cuba storm back to even series

Team Cuba used another big third period, but this time closed it off with a close 5-4 win to stave off elimination. E.Girouard notched his second while S.Robineault and F.Bchara each tallied to hang on to the nail biter. The Shockers dictated much of the pace in the second frame with the help of M.Blackman, who scored twice as part of a three goal performance. Unable to keep that momentum going, the Shockers weren’t able to close off the deal. Instead, they were stuck having to play one more game that could have gone in either direction, especially with only 15 minutes to decide things.

(4)Shockers vs Team Cuba(1) Game 3

Shockers turn the tides to celebrate E Sunday division championship

C.Debonis scored two goals, one of them that levelled the game at one goal apiece while D.Bourque made some clutch saves as the Shockers prevailed to take the E Sunday title in a tense game three final. The Shockers fell behind 1-0 but eventually turned the deficit into a lead. It was the captain J.Blackman’s goal making it 3-1 that ultimately put a dagger in the series. C.Debonis later added an empty net marker and Team Cuba just let the time run out. Both teams were gripped with excitement before the series began which in the end made for a great final. With the first two games decided by only one goal, game three was up for the taking. But in the end, the resilient of an up and coming team got the better of some aging legs. As much as Team Cuba formulated a game plan to contain certain players such as C.DeBonis, T.Salberg and M.Blackman, the Shockers still found a way to create their own chances and produce enough to get by. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Julien Blackman and the rest of the Shockers for capturing the E Sunday division championship.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Debonis. In both games one and three, the sharp shooter used timely goals that ultimately made the difference in the series.

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Thursday September 7(E1 Finals)

(1)Bramabulls vs Deadlast(7) Game 1

Deadlast pounce on Bramabulls to move one step closer to glory

Captain C.Zafiropoulos wanted his team to attack his opponent with speed, aggression and a dash of responsibility. And while this contest was fairly close for the most part, the third period was where the flood gates opened for Deadlast. Five out of their seven goals came in that final frame alone. G.Lallis’s early shorthand tally may have gone done as the goal that demoralised the Bramabulls. Rather than cutting the lead in half on a power play chance, the Bramabulls saw their hole dug deeper trailing 3-0.For the remainder of the that frame, Deadlast overwhelmed the Bramabulls with wave after wave of pressure, the kind that became the clubs trademark during its sprint to another successful post season. Although this was only game one of the final, Deadlast felt the confidence going into another match where they knew that this series would end sooner than later.

(7)Deadlast vs Bramabulls(3) Game 3

Deadlast finish off dismantling of Bulls in two game sweep

Deadlast didn’t just take the series in two games. They extinguished them, erased them and threw the key away after locking them out. Neither of the two games were close with Deadlast pouring on seven more tallies in this contest vs a dry offense. The Bramabulls struggled in all three areas of the court unable to put up a good fight .For Deadlast, this was just business as usual, building a 5-0 lead before giving up their first goal. J.Sanoudakis was very pleased with his defence in front of him making his night easier than expected. Again, seven different players found the back of the net which suggested no one in particular had to step up except for relying on an overall team game. The Bramabulls failed to weather the storm as they fell behind 3-0 after only nine minutes into the contest. Deadlast knew-from there that they had the championship despite plenty of hockey left over. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and the rest of Deadlast for capturing the E1 Thursday division title.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Sanoudakis of Deadlast. Calm and collectively, the veteran net minder never once panicked going about his business, and in process collected two huge wins en route to another championship.

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Wednesday September 6 (F3 Finals)

(1)Hellfish vs Les Agents Libre(4) Game 1

Three third period unanswered goals lift Agents Libre past Hellfish

Les Agents Libre tallied three goals in the last fifteen minutes of play to take a pivotal game one series lead over the favourites. First to strike breaking the deadlock 1-1 tie was T.Oliveira only two minutes into the final frame. Then, B.Bentivegna put some serious pressure on the Hellfish giving his club a two goal cushion. P.Delli Colli knew at that point he would have some work ahead of him with ten minutes remaining but answered the task going flawless the rest of the way. The net minder was huge in this one stopping 24 of 25 shots. Y.Gazura was the only Hellfish to solve DelliColli that came on a late second period power play chance. Les Agents Libre couldn’t have asked for a better start to their series, especially against a team that’s suffered only two losses if including the post season. Four different players tallied in the win suggesting that it took everyone pulling their weight in order to getting it done.

(4)Les Agents Libre vs Hellfish(2) Game 2

Saving their best for last, Les Agents Libre break out in third period to hoist F3 title

For a second straight game, Les Agents Libre saved their best for last. Six out of their eight goals in both games all came by the final frame proving that they were conditioned to take home the F3 division title. The Hellfish stayed with their opponent for long stretches but couldn’t keep pace long enough. The back breaker occurred when M.Melo took advantage of a power play opportunity that snapped a 2-2 tie. From-there, P.DelliColli had that déjà vu feeling that he was going to make the difference once more. The net minder remained calm and focused for half a period making sure that the Hellfish wouldn’t score. And despite facing some dangerous scoring chances, P.DelliColli never once flinched protecting the lead. With that kind of help, Les Agents Libre felt confident that this championship was theirs for the taking. M.Alfieri capped off a hard fought night feeding an empty cage with only four seconds remaining. This contest had similarities to the first game with two explosive third periods that required four different goals scorers along with brilliant goaltending-from P.DelliColli. In a series that may have expected the Hellfish to pull through because of their overall season record, Les Agents Libre showed everyone that they came ready to play. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Paolo DelliColli and Les Agents Libre for taking the F3 Wednesday title.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paolo Delli Colli of Les Agents Libre. In both games, Delli Colli shined allowing only three total goals against a team that averaged five and a half goals per game in the regular season.

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F2 Division

 

Wednesday September 6th

 

Horsemen (2) VS Brew Crew (4) Game 1

From initial buzzer Brew Crew all business in a very important night.

On the most important night of the season the Brew Crew showed up to play tonight. From the initial ball drop it was all business for them starting the game off real strong four straight goals to take a comfortable lead midway thru the third period. D. Verta was one of the main reasons for the lead two of his clubs four goals. With time winding down P. Sidhom was finally able to solve C. Muccino with two straight power play goals. The veteran netminder was not fazed by those two goals and continued his impressive play to shut the door the rest of the way.

Horsemen (2) VS Brew Crew (3) S.O. Game 2

Horsemen stay alive until shoot out but C. Muccino shuts door.

With only an hour break between games the Horsemen needed to figure out a better solution to start the game off on the right foot. As the first period ended both teams had tightened up their defense. As the Brew Crew slightly adjusted in the game they were finally able to beat V. Vinciguerra on the man advantage. As their lead did not last long as the Horsemen responded with a quick goal only a minute and a half later by C. Doulis. With momentum on their side the Horsemen struck again within the first minute of the third period with an incredible shot from T. Zermalis on the man advantage. With the period winding down the Brew Crew got the break they needed and capitalized again with their second power play goal to send this game into shoot outs where D. Verta was the sole player to find the back of the net and capture the glorious trophy for his club.

Hockeyballe.com would like to congratulate C. Palermo and the rest of the Brew Crew for winning the F2 Wednesday division.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta. The talented forward did not miss his second chance in the S.O. to put his club ahead and win the F2 Wed division.

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Monday September 4(Finals)

Stones limit Firebreathers to only one goal to win 4 vs 4 division championship

O.Caillet turned in another stellar performance, stopping all but one shot in two games. Both net minders stole the show in the opening contest as each side settled for a low scoring 1-1 draw. That result forced the goaltenders to do some extra work in the shootout in what proved to be a pivotal game one. After sending three skilled players from both sides, A.Bergomi tallied for the Stones while D.Gagnon responded for the Firebreathers extending the shootouts to an extra round. It was by then where the series got decided, with K.Aruajo using a swift back hand deak that got the better of S.Morante. While the match ended off in a goaltending duel, the second contest was more about the Stones taking control. By the time the first period ended, this series was pretty much over and done with. K.Araujo, P.Santullo and A.Bergomi each scored for a commanding 3-0 lead. The Firebreathers did have plenty of time to crawl back into it but there was no way O.Caillet and the Stones defensive game would allow in sort of collapse. The Stones quietly made plenty of noise in their post season run. They used every aspect of their game that stretches-from their forwards to their defence and of course the goaltending. Teams always felt like were playing against a trap, unable to create any numbers or getting high percentage scoring chances. When combining the right players with a solid system in place, it just goes to show that positive results will occur more often than none. In tonight’s case, the Stones just simply played their game and got what they deserved in the end. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Sebastian Sicuso and the Stones for winning their first 4 vs 4 championship.

(3)Stones vs Firebreathers(2) Game 1 S.O

(0)Firebreathers vs Stones(3) Game 2

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet. The Stones net minder faced 24 shots in two games allowing only one goal while stopping three of four shootout attempts in a crucial game one victory.

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Thursday August 31(E2 Finals)

(7)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(2) Game 1

SBS Trashers Carnage rivalry didnt live up to its hype in game one

Yes, it was all smiles for the SBS Trashers as they coasted to a 7-2 decision to jump start their series with Carnage.It always helps when some of your established goal scorers show up to play.The SBS Trashers have at least five players that can hurt you on any given night.In the case of this contest,F.Gentile,J.Scalia and the captain E.Panzera were the only players to find the back of the net.Scalia led all players with three goals while dominating a shorthanded sequence where he struck once while setting up his captain only seconds later.Carnage only got on board as of the second portion of the final frame.M.Pace nothced two straight tallies passed R.Pampena, who didnt really care since he was done for the night thinking of sunlight far away.The only positive that Carnage was able to carry with them was the fact of finishing strong.Would that late momentum carry enough weight in game two ?

(4)Carnage vs SBS Trashers(3) Game 2 S.O

Carnage battle back to even series

Never say die were the words Carnage whispered to each other after a dissapointing game one loss.And while it was not the blueprint for victory, Carnage didnt mind taking their chances in the shootout.Of course that helps when B.Madonis is your netminder, who never once flinched denying five sharp shooters-from the SBS Trashers.Equally effective on the other side of the court, K.Hrivnak stopped the first four breakaways but couldnt get to J.DeMarco on time, who used a swift back hand deak to solve the netminder.The SBS Trrashers were in good position to close off the series with some third period power play chances.However, Carnage stuck with their game plan and made it count till the very end.S.Bourlakos forced the third and deciding game when capatailsing on a late power play opportunity.With the series all tied up,15 minutes or more would be whats left over for both sides to get it done.

(2)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(1) Game 3

Joseph Scalia proves to be Carnage worse enemy, SBS Trashers crowned winners of E2 division

It took only two to three brilliant plays for J.Scalia to help lead his team to the finish line.After netting a power play goal to even the score, the the highly skilled forward read a mistake that would cost Carnage dearly in the end.J.Scalia intercepted a pass that put him in a breakaway where he undenyably snuck a beauty behind B.Madonis.That goal left just over four minutes for a Carnage response.And despite putting some pressure while throwing the kitchen sink, K.Hrivnak remained calm and sharp making sure to protect the slight lead.Prior to the series, and especially after a convincing game one victory, the SBS Trashers may have felt that this series was going to be easier than they thought.But Carnage proved otherwise with their non stop resilient play, especially-from M.Pace, who dominated the court all night resulting in four goals and an assist.Both teams were equally deserving, but the SBS Trashers found a way to win like most good teams often do.On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Eric Panzera and the SBS Trashers for capturing their second champiosnship.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Scalia.In a must win do or die game three, J.Scalia was as clutch as it gets netting two giagantic goals that resulted in a tight 2-1 win for the championship.

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D Division

 Wednesday August 30th

 Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (0) Game 1

Smackdaddys mean all business in game 1 of finals.

From the initial ball drop, the Smackdaddys showed they were here to play some hard hockey. Never once did they back down from going into the boards and battling hard for each ball. J. Langlois was the first to solve C. Stavriadis with a shot from the hashmarks. As both teams continued to play hard R. Jean-Baptiste gave his side a little breathing room with scoring a shorty and securing the win.

Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (3) Game 2

Venom finally able to solve Y. Hassani.

With only a short break between both games Venom needed a game plan to be able to beat Y. Hassani. The game brought forth a lot of back in forth between both clubs who each exchanged goals in the first two periods. With the score tied at two goals a piece, T. Bozinakis solved Y. Hassani for his second goal of the night ensuring his club was still alive in the series.

Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (0) Game 3

Final fifteen minutes of the season is a nail bitter.

With only fifteen minutes left for both sides to capture the gold, both teams needed to leave everything on the table to make sure they did not have any regrets. As time clicked down the Smackdaddys took advantage of their opportunity burying their most important goal all season long credited to E. Germain. Captain K. Arsenault put the nail in the coffin with less than a minute left scoring the empty netter and insuring his club won it all.

Hockeyballe.com would like to congratulate K. Arsenault and the rest of the Smackdaddys for winning the D Wednesday division. Three hard fought games provided them with the cup.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Y. Hassani of the Smackdaddys. In an intense battle for gold, where both teams could have scored a multitude of goals, Y. Hassani stopped almost everything his way. Allowing just two goals on sixty shots.

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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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Season Divisions Fall 2017
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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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