Friday January 5 (Semi finals)
(5)Bijoux vs Hawks(1) Game 1
Bijoux send early message with Hawks
It was a dominating performance by Bijoux Friday night in a best of three series with the Hawks. The men in red would score two in the second and three in the third while limiting their opponent to only one goal on 21 shots. It was evident that the Hawks didn't play in a while which resulted in some mistakes that would ultimately hurt them in the end. Although Bijoux may argue not playing in a while as well, it surely didn't show in their game. Four different players found the back of the net that included S.Vitai's second in an empty cage. The only positive the Hawks took in this contest was when E.Girouard finally solved J.Beaudry late in the game.
(8)Hawks vs Bijoux(7) S.O Game 2
Hawks pull off incredible comeback to force game 3
The Hawks were shaking with excitement after pulling off a massive comeback to level the playing field. After being down 5-1, the Hawks showed no signs of being able to muster much offense against J.Beaudry and his troops. Then, suddenly, came a massive comeback that forced a shootout. Much of the scoring came from no other than the lone goal scorer of game one. E.Girouard rolled up his sleeves and went to work riffling four rockers past Beaudry. But, the biggest tally may have been from K.Tsoukalas, who also riffled a blistering slap shot that tied the game at six goals apiece. That was the defensemen's second goal of the contest. Still, the Hawks weren't done yet if they planned to extend the series .P.Assadi had to endure the pressure of going through the breakaways with an established counterpart. After both net minders denied two out of the first three shooters, the shootout extended three more rounds till A.Zarzour put a nail to it. The crafty forward finally got it right on his third attempt with a brilliant fake to beat out Beaudry, and P.Assadi was stubborn between the pipes allowing only one goal on six breakaways.
(3)Bijoux vs Hawks(0) Game 3
A.Tremblay, Bijoux weather the storm long enough and get rewarded
The way game two ended, Bijoux knew the importance of the first few minutes heading into game three. Once things got settled down, both sides were tentative on avoiding as many mistakes as possible. But mistakes are a huge part of the game and eventually somebody would capitalise. The match was winding down to its final minutes when A.Tremblay pounced on a loose ball in front of the net to beat Assadi up high. That goal forced the Hawks to pull their net minder for an extra attacker. Unfortunately, the gamble didn't pay off and Bijoux knew they were heading to the final when P.Charbonneau fed the empty cage. The Hawks looked somewhat brutal in the early stages of this series, but they managed to turn it around where they were a coin toss away for reaching the final for a fifth straight season.
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(3) Game 1
Quick start propels Seniors to double up win over Stones
The HBHA Seniors rode a fast start to a convincing 6-3 win over the Stones on Friday night. G.Vouloumanos made the score 3-0 before J.Pizzuco got the Stones on board. It wasn't the kind of start that the Stones could have afforded, not against a team like the HBHA Seniors. In order to have a chance, everything had to go well from the get go. The captain J.Kontitsis led the way igniting the first tally while completing his hat trick in an empty net. With this loss, the Stones had to face the adversity of trying to bounce back versus a heavy favourite.
(2)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2
Determined Seniors blow out Stones to hit familiar territory
There was no hesitation for the HBHA Seniors to get the ball rolling in game two. Similar to the opening game, this contest was lopsided early on with three different goal scorers igniting before the end of the first period. And while the game was far from over, the Stones knew there wasn't much light at the end of the tunnel, especially without three major pieces out of their line-up. They did however battle and got rewarded winning the second period 2-1, but that was as good as it got. The HBHA Seniors closed off the series with a pair of third period markers by P.Koutsogiannopoulos.
With the Masters 35+ division down to only two teams, a best of three series will decide the fate of the top two clubs of the division. The slight edge will go to the HBHA Seniors as they'll attempt a third consecutive championship. But it's not to say that Bijoux can't pull it off. Both sides have the goaltending and the hockey smarts to take it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Tremblay of Bijoux. The series between the Hawks and Bijoux was ultimately decided when the Bijoux forward scored with only two minutes left in a third and deciding game.