Monday December 2
Punishers head to final after impressive regular season
The Punishers added to their impressive reputation Monday, picking up their 17th win with a pair of victories over the Armadillos. By claiming first place, only one team will stand in their way as they patiently wait in the final. But regardless who the opponent is, the expectations are high for the Punishers. Anything short of success will be looked at as failure. There is no doubt the team is complete in every area. Both their wins tonight came-from balanced scoring, solid goaltending and an overall strong defensive game. C.Gingras continued to tear up the regular season scoring three times for a hat trick. The Armadillos got off to a bad start in the opening game unable to solve M.Melo, who was solid throughout both games allowing only two goals.
(3)Punishers vs Armadillos (0)
(2)Armadillos vs Punishers (8)
Y.Gazura scores late goal to split with Legacy
In hopes of claiming consecutive victories vs Venom, Legacy fell short in the second encounter. Thirty seconds was all that was left over when Y.Gazura came through putting Venom in front. Unlike the previous match, this one came down to the wire. Legacy was clearly the better of the two sides earlier on taking a convincing 6-3 win. K.Kavan was once again at his best accumulating five points that included two goals. When a player is wheeling like that, it makes it very difficult for any opponent to play against. This match is a preview of the semi finals as both teams will face each other in a week's time. Both sides will have enough time to study all the little details that can help determine who will prevail.
(3)Venom vs Legacy (6)
(2)Legacy vs Venom (3)
Scoring depth the difference for the 1 Timer
Any team that plans to make a run deep into the post season needs a complete performance up and down the roster, and the 1 Timer have been fortunate enough to have that. While they occupy consistency in all areas, their scoring depth up front is perhaps their biggest asset. The 1 Timer poses threats on both their pairings up front. Tonight's two wins over the Dragons was the perfect example of how balanced they are. P-A Surprenant stepped on the gas in the first encounter rattling off four tallies while M.Charpentier decided to take over in the second game bagging a hat trick. The Dragons, despite having most of their players present couldn't keep up with a quicker opponent.
(7)1 Timer vs Dragons (3)
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer (4)
Orient massive comeback falls short as they trade wins with Excalibur
It was nearly an improbable comeback for the Orient, but they fell just short in their last game of the regular season. They did get off to a solid start in the opening match en route to a 5-3 victory. Despite having only one change up, F.Nasser was a vital component to the win as the captain put on a show riffling four markers and an assist. Cleary, the Excalibur weren't pleased on how things ended. Whatever message was sent in between games definitely translated into the ensuing match for the Excalibur,at least in the first period. At one point they led 5-0 and appeared to be headed for an easy win. Then, it looked as though they forgot how to play and the Orient made a serious push that nearly saw them tie the game. Luckily for the Excalibur, time ran out as they barely held on.
(5)Orient vs Excalibur (3)
(5)Excalibur vs Orient (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of the Orient. The captain had an incredible night logging a ton of minutes and was a huge reason why his club took the opening game versus the Excalibur. By the time it ended, Nasser scored four times while adding three helpers.
All three division regular season games came to an end on Monday night. In each of the three divisions, the first round match ups are the semi final rounds.
Division 1: The Punishers have an automatic spot to the final for capturing first place. Legacy will take on Venom to see who'll take on the Punishers. Both teams just finished playing each other in what ended as a split. This series can go either way as both teams have the fire power up front to generate quality offense. Look for a committed defensive style along with required goaltending to make the difference.
(1)1 Timer vs Dragons (4) Unless the Dragons figure something out soon, this series will favor the 1 Timer. Tonight's games weren't even close with the 1 Timer thumping their opponent both times. The Dragons will need to rely on their top guns to score but more importantly on how to contain two running lines working on all cylinders.
(2)Armadillos vs Orient (3) The one area that the Orient has the advantage is on their speed. Other than that, the Armadillos are have the experience are well structured on how they play, especially in the post season.
(1)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (4) It will be your classic youth with speed versus a veteran side with experience match up. It's vital for the Excalibur to jump in front and use playing with the lead to their advantage. If it's the other way around, the Excalibur may be stuck chasing the game where they'll be forced to wait for an opportunity and time their chances.
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (3) Two teams very familiar with one another. Since both sides know each other's tendencies, this series may go down to the wire on who wants it more. Chic Choc play relentless hockey while relying on J-R Lemay up front and F.Peloquin between the pipes. The Degenerates will play a structured game and make it a point to not give much to the opposition. S.Marricco and A.Lanni are looked upon to score if they plan on advancing to the final.
Thursday November 28
(3)Bramabulls vs Legends (6)
Legends finish season on high note
The Legends applied a simple game plan against a depleted Bramabulls team. By clogging up the middle while waiting for their chances, the Legends played it just right to earn the win. E.Mavroudis got the ball rolling on a pair of early goals and K.Araujo followed up striking twice at key moments during the game. The Bramabulls did have their fair share of possession but struggled to get into dangerous scoring areas. It didn't help either that C.Fortin stood between the pipes. The net minder made sure to stop the initial shot while relying on his defence to clean out the rebounds.
(5)Legacy vs The Blast (2)
Legacy storm out of gate with 3 quick goals
Starting off their night on a bang was clearly on the to do list for Legacy. For the most part of the opening frame, the Blast proved to be not much of an opponent. They did tweak their game and got better as it went on but the overall damage had already been done despite plenty of time left over. Legacy did what all good experience teams do in these situations, and that is to give nothing to very little. S.Athanasopoulos regained a three goal cushion after netting a late second period power play goal. From-there, the Blast attempted to get back into it only to hit a dry spell. C.Stavriadis never let the game get out of reach by excelling between the pipes.
(8)Toyota Candiac vs Winter Soldiers (8) S.O
High scoring spirited affair ends in draw
A high scoring and spirited affair between the Toyota Candiac and the Winter Soldiers went the ultimate distance on Thursday night. The extra time could have been avoided if not for a late collapse by the Winter Soldiers. With the game seemingly wrapped up leading 7-4, the Winter Soldiers squandered their lead in the last five and a half minutes of the game. The comeback was led by R.Fortin-Lamothe, P.Lapointe and A.Dayan, who struck very late for his fourth of the night. For how many chances both sides traded throughout the game, an open five minute overtime wasn't enough for a winner. All that was left at that point was a shootout. The selections made absolute sense-from the two sides. The Toyota Candiac made sure to send A.Dayan who didn't miss posting his fifth goal of the match. As for the Winter Soldiers, C.Kakivelis had an identical performance striking four times during the game and once in the shootout.
The C Thursday regular season came to an end. The top seven seeds will advance to the playoffs with the Bramabulls securing top spot and a first round bye. The quarter final match ups are as follows:
(2)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(7) Both teams just came off a high scoring affair against each other. That style usually doesn't bold well in playoff hockey. This match up will likely depend on how committed they'll play without the ball.
(3)Legends vs Fitforce Phoenix (6) The Legends can't take this match up for granted even though the regular season scores suggests for an easy out. The Fitforce Phoenix play a high tempo and high energy hockey, and unless the Legends play them accordingly, anything can happen.
(4)Legacy vs The Blast (5) This is the time of year that Legacy brings it up a level. The Blast will have their hands full and will need many things to go right. One in particular is to have a better start to the game, unlike tonight where they fell behind early unable to recover.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. The highly skilled forward had an incredible night, riffling four goals, collecting an assist and capitalising in a shootout.
Thursday November 21
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
J.Mandracchia does it again, another hat trick during a 5-1 win
The Bramabulls phenom up front continued his tear by posting another hat trick to secure a 5-1 win over the SBS Trashers. It's one thing to be streaky here and there and it's another to practically do it game in and game out. J.Mandracchia would own a lot of hats if the Bramabulls brought enough of a fan base to support the sniper. But on more serious context to the game, the SBS Trashers could have used this win badly as they continue to see their playoff hopes disappear. They knew coming in that the order was a tall one having only three changes to their bench. The game did remain close for a long stretch but that eventually changed when J.Mandracchia took over in the third period to complete his hat trick.
(4)Toyota Candiac vs The Blast (5) O.T
Toyota Candiac lose in overtime on Blast's power play goal
It was an overtime heartbreak for the Toyota Candiac who needed all but 15 seconds to secure a playoff spot. All they needed was to reach the shootout and guarantee some extra hockey in the post season. On the large part, they held their own but not enough to distance themselves against a team destined to come back. The Blast needed only 30 seconds late in the second period to tie the game on two quick tallies. With both sides trading one goal in the ensuing frame, extra time was required for a potential winner. Unfortunately for the Toyota Candiac, an untimely penalty put them in a bad spot. Reginald Morne, who likes to quarterback the power play, seized the moment by riffling the winner. Even though they dropped this contest, the Toyota Candiac still has control of their own destiny by simply accumulating one point in next week's game or to hope for the SBS Trashers to get two or less points.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Winter Soldiers (8)
Winter Soldiers eventually pull away-from Fitforce Phoenix
Heading towards the latter stages of the second period neither team had a real edge with the game all tied up at two goals apiece. By the end of it though, the Winter Soldiers found their game and pulled away on three straight goals just prior to the frame ending. The Fitforce Phoenix didn't help their cause trying to bounce back by taking a pair of penalties. The power play was able to capitalise on both attempts which clearly put the match out of reach. J.Velenosi collected two helpers early on before adding a pair of tallies in the third. Other notables include D.Lombardi, who accumulated five points and N.Gikas that was able to put two behind the opposing net minder.
(7)Legends vs Legacy (3)
Top line connects for Legends win over Legacy
You'd be hard pressed finding many trios connecting the way the Legends top line did on Thursday night. The trio of E.Mavroudis, K.Kavan and M.Destounis were off to a red hot start and never once slowed down during the game participating in all seven goals for the Legends. All three players combined for an impressive 15 points that saw E.Mavroudis hit the target four times. The Legends made sure to use their three running lines against a team that can still hurt you with fewer players. Legacy played well enough to keep the game way closer than it was by making many crisp plays only to hit a hot net minder in R.Ranieri. They may argue that their top gun Payam Assadi wasn't there as perhaps the main reason why they couldn't get much going offensively. Surely with him in the line up, things could have been different.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Reginald Morne of the Blast. After setting up a pair of teammates in regular time, the shifty defenseman came through when it mattered the most by riffling a huge power play goal to decide matters in overtime.
Wednesday November 27 (E playoffs, round 1)
(8)Fat Roy vs Screaming Eagles (3)
Fat Roy fire away in third to eliminate Screaming Eagles
With both teams facing elimination, Fat Roy played a little more desperate erupting in the third on five unanswered goals. Throughout the first two periods and change, the Screaming Eagles stood by their opponent with the game all tied up at three goals apiece. It was perhaps expected that the outcome was going to be decided by a slight margin with so much on the line. However, it wasn't the case at all. In the span of nine minutes, the tides turned and Fat Roy took over piling five straight markers. K.Fiore and J.Pantelis came up big on some terrific plays as both players each scored twice during that stretch. This result sends Fat Roy into the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(4) There is no doubt Fat Roy are feeling good about their game. There next challenge will be against the division leaders. Winning always comes down to a variety of factors. In the case of this matchup, both teams have their strengths and will need to use them in a lengthy best of three series.
(2)Wocafloka vs Left Wings(3) Strong in all three areas of their game, both sides have enough game changers to make the difference. This one will come down to timely breaks,defensive awareness and of course goaltending.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Fat Roy. When the offense needed an awakening, J.Pantelis was able to spark it on four points that included two goals.
F Wednesday division regular season
(12)Buckshots vs Knights (6)
Dominance of top players continues to be a problem for everyone
There is no secret by now that in order for the Buckshots to slow down, teams will need to figure out on how to do so. The problem is that it isn't one or two players but four to five in particular to contain. The Knights knew they had little to no chance on this specific night having barely enough players to play the game. To their credit, they kept the contest levelled up until the five minute mark of the second period. That's when the fireworks lit up and the Buckshots whaled away scoring goal after goal. K.Kavan, E.Mavroudis, Y.Derohannessian, M.Destounis and N.Kokovidis combined for 28 points with Kavan leading the charge up front with four goals.
(4)Horsemen vs Carnage (3)
M.Mamoulides early third period power play goal was the difference on the scoreboard
With M.Mamoulides providing an early third period power play goal, the Horsemen were able to edge out an opponent that they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. That key tally came early in the final frame leaving more than enough time for an equaliser. But with M.Vinciguerra guarding the cage, the net minder was excellent and never got flustered making enough saves to preserve the lead. V.Pandza was also a factor as the captain led the way posting two tallies.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (6)
Carnage salvage night with bounce back win over Mighty Drunks
Even though it happened an hour earlier, Carnage wasn't fazed in their quest to capturing a win on a double header night. They came out pretty well as of the second period .By playing assertive, being aggressive and staying on top of the Mighty Drunks, the frame was deservingly won. J.Bourlakos widened the margin to a pair of goals after netting back to back tallies. From-there, S.Musacchio grabbed the torch and put a stamp to the night bagging three markers for another hat trick. Carnage was able to get some added production-from D.Constantineau, who set up four tallies, and the captain F.Pace that was able to accumulate three helpers.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The top four seeds will be playing in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (4) There is no secret on what the Mighty Drunks need to do in order to have any sort of chance. Unless T.Borgia plays on his head, and the Mighty Drunks play a smart defensive game, this round will end early for them.
(2)Carnage vs Horsemen (3) Look for this series to go either way. The Horsemen just handed Carnage a narrow 4-3 loss which suggests for a very close battle.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Musacchio of Carnage. His three timely goals helped Carnage salvage their double header night.
Tuesday November 26
(4)The Family vs Brewers (6)
Family just weren't deep enough despite good start
Sometimes teams are stuck being in an unfortunate circumstance. At the end of it all, the Family just didn't have the man power it took in order to get the result they needed. They did get off to a near perfect start roaring to a 3-1 first period lead. From-there, the Brewers felt it was only a question of time before they started to get their breaks. Eventually, they evened the score when E.Bouchard struck by the eleven minute mark of the second period. The third period was perhaps expected of the Brewers to continue their pace due to their man power. T.Fernando came through twice in a very short span to notch his fourth and provide a two goal cushion. The Family put everything on the line despite having only one player to change with. Unfortunately for them, they won't be participating in the playoffs.
(8)National vs Chiefs (3)
National making sure to get back on track
National hoped to end their little slump against the Chiefs on Tuesday night. They knew that a good start would put them right on track. After taking the opening period 2-1, the goals just came piling in for National. M.Beaudry led the charge as the solid d-man buried three for a hat trick. The captain was also very productive as M.Pinheiro set up two tallies in the first before adding a pair later on. The Chiefs struggled to contain the speed of their opponent which had them playing on their heels for most of the game.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(2)
G.Lipariti riffles his second to snap third period tie
G.Lipariti was able to notch his second that snapped a third period tie for the Bramabulls. Up until that point, the Bramabulls never played with the lead. That was because the Templars did all they could to protect it having to deal with only one spare. However, fatigue would play a factor and the Bramabulls would eventually seize their moment. S.Ruggiero had set up two teammates before stamping the game with an empty net goal. B.Verducci stopped nearly 30 shots to earn the win in net.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Pylons(6)
T.Settino and Pylons close out a strong regular season
It was another tremendous performance by T.Settino as his four goals enabled the Pylons to capture first place of the division and a first round bye heading into the playoffs. As a result of his scoring barrage, T.Settino claimed the scoring title finishing with 27 points. But as personal stats can sometimes be gratifying, the Pylons centre man has bigger and more obvious ambitions in front of him. The Pylons are glad to skip the first round in a division that has all seven teams as potential winners. For now, they'll reflect on a great regular season, but will be more focused on an even more important post season ahead of them.
With the Pylons securing first place and an automatic spot to the semi finals, the first round matches are as follows:
(2)National vs Devil Dawgz(7) National will be quicker overall as a team and dictate much of the pace. Despite all that however, the Devil Dawgz strengths rely on their man on man coverage while depending on a couple of key pieces to score.
(3)Brewers vs Chiefs (6) Both these teams have a lot of similarities. So close that anything can happen. The Chiefs will need A.Benedetto to elevate his game between the pipes. If they get the goaltending required, the Brewers will have their hands full.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(5) This is a battle that both sides will look forward to lacing their shoes. So much will be on the line for two teams that don't want to lose this particular match up. It should be stingy, intense but yet exciting. A betting man would be a fool to take one team over the other for how evenly matched they are.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. As he's been an instrumental centre piece for his team all year long, T.Settino finished off his season in style, providing four goals to ensure him the scoring title with 27 points.
Monday November 25
Degenerates able to shake off a slow start
While the Degenerates had nothing going for them early on, the Ice Breakers were gaining momentum leading comfortably 2-0 by the mid way point of the second period. And although it wasn't their ideal start, things eventually turned around fro the Degenerates. Twenty eight seconds was all it took for S.Marricco and A.Lanni to respond and dust off the cobwebs. From-there, neither side had a real edge as they settled for a draw. But one thing that did carry over was the desire and dedication-from the Degenerates part to try and capture the win. This time, they took the lead and played it to their advantage. S.Fabrici used a one timer to get the ball rolling, and for a second straight game, S.Marricco and A.Lanni were able to score. The Ice Breakers attempted 18 shots towards J.Atch who denied all of them to earn the shutout.
(3)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (3) S.O
(0)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3)
N.Gilbert leads charge for Venom
N.Gilbert will keep showing game in and game out how significant he is to his team. After netting a shorthanded marker that stuck for the winner, N.Gilbert was just getting started offering more to come. The crafty defenseman played like he was on a mission bagging two more goals while adding a shootout tally. Venom would have preferred a better outcome but won't mind settling for the draw after trailing 2-0. M-A Piche scored once in both games for the Orient and could have decided the outcome in the shootout only to be denied by M.Trivisonno.
(1)Orient vs Venom (2)
(4)Venom vs Orient (4) S.O
Late comeback sparks Punishers to consecutive wins over Legacy
With the Punishers in jeopardy of dropping their opening game versus Legacy, M.Arkalis came up big collecting three straight points in the last two minutes. To his help, C.Gingras set him up while providing the go ahead marker. Legacy appeared to be fine with E.Girouard filling up the opposite net with three tallies. That was up until a late push back flipped the direction of the game. It was evident that Legacy didn't have the same assertion in the following match. And even though they struck first very early on, Legacy felt their way to yanking control of the game by giving up four straight markers. During that time,C.Gingras continued his dominance by collecting three more points that included two goals.
(3)Legacy vs Punishers (5)
(4)Punishers vs Legacy (2)
1 Timer in awe of M.Carpentier's gigantic night
It was just unfortunate that the Dragons were on the other side of a player that couldn't be stopped. Throughout both games, M.Carpentier was steaming hot registering six goals, an assist and a clever shootout marker. The 1 Timer out matched the Dragons in every aspect of the game en route to an easy 8-1 win. Clearly, they weren't happy with the way things ended, especially for a side with that much experience and pride. There would be no doubt that the second encounter would be way closer. The Dragons, although they couldn't wrap it up in regulation time, found away to earn the win in a shootout. D.Gagnon and E.Girouard came through using their patented moves to figure out F.Koch while P.Assadi stopped two of three attempts.
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer(8)
(4)1 Timer vs Dragons(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Carpentier of the 1 Timer. His dominance and artistry was on full display Monday night as he was able to collect a ton of points along with a remarkable back hand goal in the shootout.
Friday November 22
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers (3)
G.Nehme scores late fluky goal to lead Brewers over Devil Dawgz
Sometimes it takes pure luck in a hockey game to determine a winner. Both sides couldn't have played a more evenly matched game such as this one. At no point did one side have an advantage after both opening frames. Adding to that, two defensemen got the scoring done. K.Araujo tallied twice for the Devil Dawgz as did K.Tsoukalas for the Brewers. And while both teams were preparing to head for extra time, the hockey gods decided otherwise. G.Nehme innocently shot the ball -from his own zone that somehow found its way through M.Trivisonno .For the Brewers, it didn't matter how as long as they got to celebrate the win. However, that goal may sting the Devil Dawgz for the time being as they sit and wait to see what happens in other games that have serious playoff implications.
(4)Chiefs vs Templars(5) O.T
Chiefs fall short in overtime after late comeback
Despite a late rally, the Chiefs couldn't get it done in overtime as they dropped key points to the Templars. The Chiefs had so much on the line entering tonight's game and didn't have much to show for up until it was too late. Even though they mounted a desperate comeback on three straight tallies, playing half a period just won't cut it. In the end, they paid the price as they now face a similar problem like the Devil Dawgz and the Family for the last pair of playoff spots. What makes this even more disheartening was that they couldn't take advantage of a short bench. The Templars played it smart, building a lead while relying on a solid defensive game. S.Fabrici delivered two heat seeking missiles, one being the overtime winner-from a distance that found its way into the meshing.
(6)Bramabulls vs National (1)
Bulls depth pays high dividends
Unhappy with last week's performance, the Bramabulls bounced back with authority, cuts and tenacity in their convincing win over National. S.Ruggiero scored a pair of first period goals and the Bramabulls were off to the races making life very difficult for a struggling opponent. It seemed no matter how hard they tried,National had nothing going right for them. There only bright moment came at a time when the game was nearly put to rest. S.Laplante had the satisfaction of spoiling G.Follano's shutout, who was brilliant and perfect till that point. Marco Diaco also scored twice in the win while P.Bertone helped set up three markers.
(3)The Family vs Pylons (6)
Family show character but still fall short
Falling behind 3-0 in the first period alone is never a good sign. The Family entered this match with plenty on the line but were caught off guard against a team running on all cylinders. They did however draw life when M-A Daaha scored at the buzzer of the opening frame. From-that point on, the Family regrouped and came out a lot harder causing plenty of turnovers that resulted in a few scoring chances. Luckily enough for the Pylons, O.Caillet kept his composure and went about his business making the key saves. M.Salerno was the only player to score twice while D.Charbonneau continues to score as a defenseman by notching the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Fabrici of the Templars. The steady defenseman demonstrated how lethal his slap shot is. Both his goals came at a rapid rate that included the sudden death winner.
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Wednesday November 20
(2)Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Mighty Drunks secure playoff berth after impressive third period
Needing a clean cut victory, the Mighty Drunks were able to celebrate their trip to the post season after defeating the Horsemen on Wednesday night. The offense did hit a dry spell for the first two periods but the game was well within reach as they trailed only 1-0.Once S.Archambualt struck early in the third, the Mighty Drunks knew there was more to come. M.Pinheiro and M.Gibeault followed up with two quick tallies and M.Mogianesi put a stamp to their night by feeding an empty cage. The Horsemen, considering their lack of players, played it right keeping the game very close for as long as they could. It was only a question of time before the Mighty Drunks deep roster would take over.
(7)Buckshots vs Carnage (2)
Buckshots offense keep rolling as they top Carnage
The Buckshots continued their roll toward the postseason by dealing a convincing victory over the second seed Carnage. There is no doubt the Buckshot are taking the right strides as they seek bigger and better things to come. With K.Kavan and E.Mavroudis continuously causing havoc, it seems no teams have yet to figure out on how to stop them. Both players shared two goals each and aren't planning on slowing down anytime soon. Overall, it was just another day at the office for the division leaders.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Left Wings (5) O.T
M.Morin hits his fourth in overtime
M.Morin finished off the Fatal Demons in overtime with his fourth goal of the night. Morin scored late in the sudden death frame completing what was a remarkable performance. Three of his four goals couldn't have come at e better time for the Left Wings. The Fatal Demons appeared to be in control riding a 4-2 lead heading into the final frame, that was up until M.Morin morphed into an elite all star netting three unanswered goals. To his help, G.Gaitanis and D.Provost-Jarry chipped in accumulating three points each. It came in a losing cause but M.Destounis was a force collecting a hat trick.
(7)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(6) S.O
Fat Roy goes the distance to clinch playoff spot
It didn't matter how, but Fat Roy needed this win in order to extend their season. They could have regulated it in normal time riding what appeared to be a comfortable 4-1 lead. The problem was that they squandered it with just over four minutes remaining. The Wocafloka woke up-from the dead on three very late goals. Clearly, that sequence took the legs out of the Fat Roy bench. But with still an opportunity to getting it done in the shootout, the bench remained confident knowing they had the three right players to take the attempts. Amazingly enough, C.Diamontopolous, N.Gikas and M.Tvaronas all scored which was necessary with Wocafloka connecting twice on their three attempts. Many things had to go right for Fat Roy on this night, and one major reason for the win can be attributed to N.Gikas, who notched three goals in regulation time along with a shootout marker.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of Fat Roy. In what was a must win for Fat Roy, N.Gikas was masterful netting a hat trick along with a shootout goal.
The E Wednesday regular season came to end. With the top five seeds advancing, the fourth place Fat Roy will take on the fifth place Screaming Eagles in a one game playoff. The top three seeds will be placed automatically in a best of three semi final round.
Monday November 18
Legacy finding ways to win
It was a very successful night for Legacy as they were able to defeat the 1 Timer both times. And although the results came in, Legacy didn't really have their best games. The 1 Timer looked hungrier and used their speed that caused plenty of fits to the defense and F.Baratta between the pipes. Fortunately enough, A.Stamiris bailed them out in the first contest on two wrist shots that had enough torque and speed to beat F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the 1 Timer were able to put it behind them quickly and jumped to a perfect start on two quick goals. However, it took only 19 seconds towards the end of the first period for Legacy to respond on two quick goals of their own. K.Kavan had set up both markers before adding two for him in the ensuing frame. Both these results came as an example of how very good teams find ways to win.
(4)Legacy vs 1 Timer (3)
(3)1 Timer vs Legacy (6)
Ice Breakers surge in only 2 minutes to split with Excalibur
A two minute scoring spree was all the Ice Breakers needed in order to trade wins with the Excalibur on Monday night. After dropping a close 2-1 game, and after falling behind early in the second match, N.Merrachi, M.Boghossian and G.Miville-Goulet each scored in that very short span to put their club in the drivers seat. The Excalibur found it extremely difficult at that point to get back into it, especially against a team that doesn't stop running while continuously pressuring you with the ball. Luckily enough, they got the first one in the bag, and in large part due to S.Sauk, who allowed only one goal on 20 shots. S.Ruggiero bagged the winner while J.Azoulay and A.Fonrose collected two points each.
(2)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (2)
Degenerates commit to a pair of perfect games vs Chic Choc
It was a night that the Degenerates could do no wrong. Throughout the entire four periods, every single player committed to doing their part. The offense connected, the defense was sound, and J.Atch was nearly flawless except for one time when J-R Lemay finally beat him. Prior to tonight's games, the Degenerates haven't been at their best whatsoever riding a very long inconsistent rough patch. But, sometimes it takes a couple of games to regain some confidence as teams often go through adversity. These wins came at a very good time in the season with the playoffs looming just around the corner. S.Marricco had the most with a total of three goals, but more importantly, the team gelled playing their best games yet.
(4)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (0)
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (6)
P.Lapointe and Armadillos find answers in second encounter
The Armadillos made sure to put out a better effort in the second game as anything less just wouldn't cut it for J.Kontitsis. The Dragons took the first encounter owning the second frame on three unanswered goals. B.Daniele notched two out of the three tallies that came in a very short span. Unhappy with the way things ended, the second game was a complete turn of events for the Armadillos. Clearly, they were more energized and fully awake wanting nothing less than to avoid a second straight let down. Leading the way up front was P.Lapointe, who scored twice in the first period as part of a four goal performance. This time, the Armadillos put themselves in a position to play with the lead where the Dragons just didn't have the answers to make a game of it.
(4)Dragons vs Armadillos (1)
(7)Armadillos vs Dragons (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Lapointe of the Armadillos. After surrendering the first game to the Dragons, the Armadillos needed a spark in their second encounter. P.Lapointe provided it by striking four times to finish off on a high note.
Tuesday November 20
Armadillos save their best for last for a second straight night
Finding itself in trouble again early on, the Armadillos had to wait once more for their second encounter to even the score with the Orient. The Orient knew they had the game in their hands after a solid opening frame where they built a 3-1 lead. J.Mavuanga did not score but was responsible for making three goals happen. The winner came on a power play chance courtesy of B.Cabral. It was only a day ago that the Armadillos found themselves in a similar position. They dropped their opener but managed to respond and leave with some points to the standings. Tonight was a near carbon copy as M.Pololos made the best of his chances scoring twice that included the winner.
(4)Orient vs Armadillos (2)
(3)Armadillos vs Orient (2)
Punishers use one good period in split with Legacy
For about three full periods, the Punishers were completely outplayed by Legacy. It was a lopsided first game that you usually see at a pee wee level. K.Kavan looked like he was playing pond hockey and did pretty much what he wanted striking five times while setting up Y.Derohannessian, who bagged a pair. Yes, they overmatched them in the first game but the Punishers weren't planning on embarrassing themselves for second time. And although it wasn't as convincing, they did manage to return the favor by capturing the win. However, it took the last two minutes of the game for the order to come in. Legacy was riding a slight 2-1 lead until two very late goals flipped the script. T.Karvouriaris tied it right before A.Sarigiannis gave the Punishers its first lead of the night.
(3)Punishers vs Legacy (8)
(2)Legacy vs Punishers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of Legacy. Unstoppable in the first match vs the Punishers, K.Kavan was in a league of his own riffling five markers and a helper.
Friday November 15
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs (4)
Chiefs can't find legs in first two periods, comeback falls short against Brewers
Even though they were at their worse for two periods, the Chiefs nearly overcame it only to fall short in the end. Things looked promising for the Chiefs when they strung three straight goals in the third period to even the score. By that point, they were working hard and got paid their dividends up until a late play shifted the momentum back to the Brewers. T.Michalidis avoided what was going to be a potential dreadful finish by snapping the very late tie. T.Fernando then put the final stamp feeding an empty cage collecting his second goal as the only player to score twice between the two sides.
(1)Bramabulls vs Pylons (10)
Pylons keep rolling along in rout of Bramabulls
Despite having a short bench, the Pylons remained patient and simply waited for their chances. They were able to build on key areas like playing well with the ball and defending the rush when the Bramabulls would try and create something. Another key area came-from their active defensemen joining the play. Amazingly enough, D.Charbonneau and T.Bergomi provided most of the scoring as both players shared hat tricks. It always helps having extra options on attack and the Pylons used it to their advantage knowing their d-men can produce. O.Caillet, although not too busy was solid early on when the game was still within reach for the Bramabulls.
(3)Family vs Devil Dawgz(2) O.T
M-A Daaha, a huge reason why the Family are still in it
Although they would have preferred a regulation win, the Family won't be complaining much after this result. By collecting two points thanks to an overtime finish-from M-A Daaha, the standings just got more interesting between three teams trying to avoid last place. The Devil Dawgz did most of what they needed to do considering the circumstances. Due to their very short bench, they managed to grab a 2-0 lead and protect it for as long as they could. The problem was that they had to challenge a squad just as desperate, but with a much deeper line up. Eventually, the hard work and grinding effort would pay off for the Family. Apart-from his game winning goal, M-A Daaha was an absolute force scoring twice while setting up K.Kolakowski.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Moulay-Ayad Daaha of the Family. The relentless forward never let up, and by working hard as he's done all season, the Family are still alive thanks to his two big goals and assist.
Thursday November 14
(3)The Blast vs Bramabulls(1)
Blast hand Bulls first defeat in penalty parade game
The misbehavin Bramabulls saw their perfect streak come to an end on Thursday night. The Blast played with an edge and brought a lot to the table in game that they really wanted to win. The contest was heated for most of the night as both sides appeared to be more physical and intense than usual. Three out of the four goals came on the special teams. C.Paris and Rubens Morne scored with the man advantage for the Blast while J.Mandracchia was patient enough to wait out D.Massa on a crafty finish for a shorthanded marker. It's not often the Blast show up full squad, but tonight they did and showed how effective they are no matter who they play. Rubens Morne added a late tally for his second after receiving a feed-from D.Provost-Jarry, who collected a pair of assists.
(9)Winter Soldiers vs Legacy(5)
Rare double hat tricks pace Winter Soldiers
A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis each scored hat tricks on Thursday night as the Winter Soldiers pounded Legacy 9-5. The game appeared to be headed for a blowout with the Winter Soldiers roaring to a 5-0 lead. Then, in the span of only four and half minutes, the alarm bells started to sound off for the Winter Soldiers. A.Stamiris set up four goals with primary assists that saw S.Athanasopoulos benefit twice. Legacy hoped to carry their momentum into the third period, but was short lived as the Winter Soldiers regained their footing on three quick goals. Playing with only two changes clearly didn't help Legacy against a deeper and fired up squad.
(3)Toyota Candiac vs SBS Trashers(2)
Toyota Candiac keep playoff hope alive against struggling Trashers
There is still some life left in the Toyota Candiac season, after all. With both teams trying to earn a playoff spot, it was the Toyota Candiac that emerged with a pivotal win. The SBS Trashers showed more urgency early on taking the first period 2-1. Eventually though, the Toyota Candiac would get the break they needed when P.Lapointe scored late in the second period to even the score. It was only fitting that the two sides had all but a period to play their most important hockey so far. That being said, something would have to give, and when considering the circumstances, the next goal would have likely decided matters. K.Tsoukalas was the one to earn the spotlight as the veteran came through with less than five minutes remaining. That lead proved to be more than enough in a period that was treated like a do or die battle. Still, nothing is yet decided, but this win definitely puts the Toyota Candiac in the driver's seat with only two games remaining.
(2)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legends (12)
Legends go on scoring spree to defeat Fitforce Phoenix
Just about everything went right for the Legends in this lopsided affair. From-the drop of the ball, they were ready to go and immediately put the Fitforce Phoenix on its heels. The score was already 5-0 after only one period for the Legends which clearly deflated their opponent. It wasn't like they dominated in possession but they made sure to generate enough quality when having the ball. Leading the charge up front was M.Destounis, who likes to pride himself as passer but decided to change it up by riffling five goals. E.Mavroudis was expected to get at least three tallies out of the twelve that went in, and K.Kavan along with A.Zarzour racked up combining for eleven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Toyota Candiac. After a sluggish start to the night, P.Assadi responded with a flawless performance in net that earned him and his club a much needed win.
Wednesday November 13
(3)Fat Roy vs Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons lean on experience in final stretch of regular season
The Fatal Demons are headed in the right direction with their season winding down. In a game that had important implications to the standings, the Fatal Demons were able to walk away with the victory. J.DeSua responded immediately after K.Fiore got the Fat Roy on board only 31 second into the game. DeSua wasn't done yet as he struck early in the second frame providing a 3-1 lead. Despite a ton of hockey left over, Fat Roy had their hands full going up against an experienced side that know how to protect a lead. This result forces Fat Roy to collect some points in their remaining game. The good news is that they control their own destiny if they can pick up a win.
(3)Horsemen vs Carnage (4)
Carnage use special teams to rout Horsemen
At this stage of the season, it's all the little things that will matter to make the difference between winning and losing. The Horsemen may have looked fine playing even strength hockey but were nowhere close in being effective when up or down a man. Giving up a power play goal or two can be acceptable at times. The problem however was that they let Carnage distance themselves by giving up a shorthanded goal as well. S.Musacchio, who already established himself as a game changer struck with the man short while providing three points. Despite falling behind in deep hole, the Horsemen needed all but three minutes to even the score. That sequence set the stage for a 3-3 third period where Carnage benefited for a second time on the power play courtesy of D.Constantineau.
(10)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (6)
Four headed monster Buckshots keep paving the way
There explosive offense has been on an absolute tear throughout the entire season. Prior to this game, the Buckshots have yet to drop points unless you count the tie against the Mighty Drunks earlier in the season. The Mighty Drunks know they can compete with the Buckshots but it would need to take everything to go right. Unfortunately, they couldn't address their defensive game well enough which seems to be a reoccurring problem for any opponent. With at least four players that can hurt you at any given time, teams often find it difficult containing them. K.Kavan, M.Destounis, E.Mavroudis and Y.Derohannessian combined for a ridiculous 20 points with Kavan leading the way in the scoring department with four tallies. The Mighty Drunks did have M.Gibeault take charge posting a hat trick and Y.Dube right behind him with a pair of goals.
(4)United vs Left Wings (3)
United rally to keep season alive after trailing by two in third period
Just as United hopes of keeping their playoff push appeared to be blown away, something special happened in the third period. Down 3-1 while entering potentially their last fifteen minutes of the season, A.Tachejian was a big part of the rescue mission bagging two big goals that included the winner with only two minutes left on the clock. This isn't and likely won't be the last time Tachejian prompts his team for good things to happen. For the time being, United is in a playoff spot but will need some help -from one of two teams in order to get in.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Wocafloka(4)
A.Ponzo pots late winner to cap wild finish
The Screaming Eagles somehow found a way to win. Granted, they were up 4-2 as the game was winding down but then everything changed in a blink of an eye. You are only asking for trouble when taking three consecutive penalties late in the game. Clearly, the Screaming Eagles had a brain cramp as their 4-2 lead with just over a minute remaining took only seconds for A.Agudelo to score twice on the power play. There was no doubt that Wocafloka put themselves in a position to hit the jugular as they still had time with the man advantage to steal the match. But with hockey sometimes being twisted, the opposite happened. A.Ponzo, already with a first period goal, flipped the emotions-from both clubs as he buried the winner leaving only 14 seconds on the clock.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Ponzo of the Screaming Eagles. In what looked like was going to haunt the Screaming Eagles for days to come, A.Ponzo stopped the nightmare just in time by riffling a huge game winning shorthanded goal late in the game.
Monday November 11
Y.Gazura's late marker helps rebound Dragons in second game vs Armadillos
The Dragons looked to be headed for victory when S.Robineault blasted his second late in the game to beat F.Moshonas short side. However, it didn't take long for a response by the Armadillos to force the extra time. D.Andrade made two brilliant plays to rescue the Armadillos in the first encounter. After tying the game very late, Andrade was able to bury one in the shootout that held up for the winner. Clearly the Dragons didn't digest the late collapse and made sure to address a better outing in the ensuing match. The following game proved to be just as close except that it was decided in regulation. Y.Gazura scored late and the Dragons returned the favor to split their miniseries with the Armadillos. S.Robineault continued-from where he left off adding two more tallies for the Dragons while P.Lapointe matched him on a pair of markers for the Armadillos.
(5)Armadillos vs Dragons (4) S.O
(5)Dragons vs Armadillos (4)
Venom's effort falls short as Punishers take both games
Venom used a line up that had enough of what it takes to compete with the Punishers, but unfortunately it just wasn't enough as they dropped two very close games. The Punishers, having all of their regulars made the most of their chances getting balanced scoring. M.Arkalis bagged two in the first encounter and M.Melo was stellar allowing only one goal on 18 shots. Both teams were neck in neck for most of the second game with each side trading two first period goals. It took all but a five minute sequence for the Punishers to raise their level of punishment. Three goals went in during that time which forced Venom to play catch up the rest of the way. And despite being down, they did put up a fight only to fall short by a goal. The win had no heroes or superstars as six different players chipped in with goals. A.Sarigiannis didn't find the back of the net but did set up three teammates while M.Arkalis added three more points to an already productive night.
(3)Punishers vs Venom (1)
(5)Venom vs Punishers (6)
1 Timer hammer Orient to collect 6 clean points
The 1 Timer took control of both games while leaving the Orient shaken. Granted, the first one was close and ultimately decided towards the end when T.Daigneault snapped a 3-3 tie. In hopes of responding with a better effort, the second game was way worse for the Orient. P-A Surprenant took the steam out of his opponent striking twice in only two and a half minutes into the game. By the time the first period ended, the 1 Timer were well on their way to a second straight victory carrying a 4-1 lead. K.Certosini scored twice with the help of M.Carpentier, who collected three points. The only area that the Orient will look back at and be pleased with was the play of B.Cabral. The skilled forward did more than his share bagging five out of his clubs six goals.
(3)Orient vs 1 Timer (4)
(6)1 Timer vs Orient (3)
Ice Breakers and Degenerates go the distance in both games
The Ice Breakers resiliency and determination helped them earn extra points versus the Degenerates. Although the first encounter was played more in their control as they never once faltered their lead, the second one was where they elevated it a notch higher to force a second shootout. The Degenerates went up 2-0 and 3-2 only to see it evaporate. M.Boghossian converted twice during the match while setting the tone in the breakaways to beat J.Atch. The winner did belong to B.Freitas only because A.Lanni responded for the Degenerates. Overall, both games were extremely close as they ended up in extra time. Out of their five total goals, A.Lanni had his hand in all of them. The pesky forward had three goals, two assists and both shootout markers for the Degenerates.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (5) S.O
Chic Choc keeping it simple in battle of depleted benches
By applying smart defense, timely chances and steady goaltending, the Chic Choc had the right approach in handing the Excalibur two losses on Monday night. The Chic Choc stuck with their effective game plan hunkering down defensively en route to a convincing 5-1 victory. The Excalibur did create more offense in the second game but continued to struggle without the ball. They gave up five goals in both games unable to contain a team with barely a changeup. J-P Morneau led the attack bagging four goals while M.Laroche was right behind him striking three times.
(5)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (1)
(4)Excalibur vs Chic Choc(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Morneau of the Chic Choc. Despite having to play a ton of minutes, that didn't slow down J-P Morneau for a second as he was able to produce six points that included four goals.
Friday November 8
(2)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(3) O.T
Brewers rally to force overtime but lose to Devil Dawgz
After a strong two periods of hockey, the Devil Dawgz earned them a 2-0 lead heading into the third, but it wasn't good enough to close out the deal in regulation time. It took the three minute mark of overtime for the J.Melo and the Devil Dawgz to pull through. In what seemed like an innocent play, J.Melo put enough mustard in his screened wrist shot to beat G.Platanitis. There was no doubt Platanitis would have loved to have that one back. It just goes to show that anything can happen when you put the ball on net. Prior to that point, J.Constantin put the Devil Dawgz in the driver's seat by providing a pair of tallies. The end result proved to be vital for the Devil Dawgz as they try and distance themselves -from last place.
(7)Pylons vs National (3)
Relentless Pylons hand National their first defeat
National's unbeaten season came to an end under the weight of their inability to penetrate the Pylons defensive game. The Pylons zipped to an early 3-1 lead and used it to their full advantage throughout the entire game. Yes, there were moments that National dominated possession, but when a team bears down defensively while relying on a solid goaltender, it makes it all that much more difficult to produce. T.Settino was the only player to score twice that included the winner. National had more than their fair share of shots and scoring chances but were stuck dealing with a thorn between the pipes. C.Stavriadis was simply that good making plenty of basic saves that never allowed National to get back in the game.
(4)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(10)
Good start turns into a horrible finish for the Chiefs
Considering their start to the game, the Chiefs looked ready and poised for a decent outcome. Then, the wheels came off, and the Chiefs fell off a cliff never to be seen. The Bramabulls bombarded the Chiefs with ten goals in a game that went extremely right for one club and the opposite for the other. Four goals came-from S.Ruggiero while F.Bchara chipped in with a pair and two assists. This is a game that the Chiefs need to quickly forget and focus on what to do right entering their final stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Melo of the Devil Dawgz. With the season winding down while in search of crucial points, J.Melo provided two big ones for the standings after riffling a tricky wrist shot to decide the game in overtime.
Thursday November 7
(6)Bramabulls vs Toyota Candiac(3)
Unstoppable J.Mandracchia keeps netting hat tricks
J.Mandracchia seems to have a flair for the big moments. It's not like the Bramabulls need to depend on him game in game out with an already deep line up. Surely, they won't be complaining as it's now expected of him knowing that he can't be stopped. Once again,J.Mandracchia completed another third period hat trick scoring two out of his three goals in the final frame. The Toyota Candiac entered the match with way more urgency as their playoff hopes are on the line. Unfortunately, they just didn't have answers on how to slow down the Bramabulls offense while going scoreless for two full periods. G.Follano was tested throughout most of the night but stood his ground when it mattered the most enabling the Bramabulls to play with the lead.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Legends (4)
C.Fortin, E.Gabrielli grind out hard fought points
By keeping it simple, the Legends did what they needed to do in order to defeat the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. It helps when your net minder has a strong game while one of your leaders provides key goals. E.Gabrielli set the tone by going to the net where he connected twice to get the better of R.Pampena. The Legends felt good about their overall game even though the lead was narrow. Eventually, the SBS Trashers got on board when M.Menassa used a tricky back hand shot to beat C.Fortin short side. Still, the Legends weren't panicking and regained their two goal cushion courtesy of A.Zarzour. That lead proved to be more than sufficient as they bleed the clock to their advantage.
(0)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legacy (1)
Legacy survives with late goal by M.DoCouto
Goaltending was the story as neither side ever got to them until a very late play. Prior to M.DoCouto's desperate shot late in the game, M.Chamoun kept making endless saves to keep the game scoreless for the Fitforce Phoenix. The same is too said for F.Baratta, who denied all 22 shots in order to collect a shutout. Teams understand that you never know what can happen when you shoot on net. M.DoCouto didn't have much of an option and did what any other player would do when time is winding down. By simply putting it on net, the ball had eyes as it traveled three quarters of the court to find its way behind Chamoun. Sometimes it takes a fluky goal to decide things and Legacy will take it having only two change ups to their bench. That was the one area the Fitforce Phoenix hoped to have taken advantage of. In the end, Legacy played it smart while patiently waiting for their opportunity.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Baratta of Legacy. The net minder turned away plenty of scoring chances and stymied the Fitforce Phoenix to pick up a shutout.
Wednesday November 6
(8)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Carnage jump out early in rout of Mighty Drunks
Carnage set the tone early as they delivered with three straight goals to put an immediate strangle hold on the match. However, the Mighty Drunks did finish the frame strong on a pair of power play goals to pull themselves within one. Strangely enough, the second period was almost a carbon copy of the first as the same pattern repeated itself. After giving up three straight markers, M.Pinheiro gave the Mighty Drunks some hope by rattling off two consecutive goals to keep the game within reach. And even though they finished both frames strong, the third and final period belonged only to Carnage as they closed it out on two unanswered tallies. It would have been expected for S.Musacchio to net at least one of his clubs eight goals, but the sniper decided to change his role by setting up five goals instead.
(9)Screaming Eagles vs Fatal Demons (4)
E.Skafidas third period rampage sinks the Fatal Demons
E.Skafidas collected six points in the third period alone to spark a comeback that sent the roaring Screaming Eagles to defeat the Fatal Demons. The Screaming Eagles forward went off like fire cracker riffling four goals and two assists to put an exclamation point on the match. The Fatal Demons normally protect their lead well, especially when preserving it heading into the final frame. And it's not like they had a disadvantage in their body count compared to the Screaming Eagles, who were way shorter in that department. This collapse and failure to put the game away was clearly caused by not containing one particular player.
(2)Knights vs Horsemen (3) O.T
Horsemen rally in third to down Knights in overtime
Two power play opportunities couldn't have come at a better time for the Horsemen. Down 2-0 heading into the final frame, M.Kardum and V.Pandza were finally able to kick start their offense by providing two markers with the man advantage. Then, the knockout punch was delivered when J-K Cazeneuve came through in the sudden death frame. Throughout most of the match, the Knights were in control getting some limited offense along with S.Sauk frustrating their opponent by making timely saves. Unfortunately, they ran into some penalty problems which ultimately they paid the price for.
(4)Screaming Eagles vs United (3)
E.Skafidas , not done riding his hot hands
After coming off a ridiculous six point performance in an earlier match, E.Skafidas wasn't done yet with his night. And although he didn't put up crazy numbers, one moment was all it took to merit some acolytes. The Screaming Eagles let go of a 3-0 lead but were able to recover when E.Skafidas bagged the overtime winner. To his help, S.Hrivnak was perhaps the catalyst behind the win as he provided points in all four goals that included three helpers. United didn't get a great start to their night but were definitely better for two straight periods only to get a little unlucky in the end. A.Tachejian, H.Jerjian and G.Jerjian did all of the damage in the loss as the three players combined for five points.
(11)Buckshots vs Horsemen (6)
Horsemen run out of steam after gruelling double header night
Granted, for nearly half the game, the Horsemen hung in there with a more energized opponent. Then, they fell to the hands of one particular player. In the second period alone, E.Mavroudis killed the game by riffling four straight goals for the Buckshots. That sequence alone was enough to convince both sides where this contest was headed. The Buckshots had all but one period to ride after grabbing a 7-4 lead against a team that played earlier. Other notables include K.Kavan, who scored once while setting up seven goals, and Y.Derohannessian that collected five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Evan Skafidas of the Screaming Eagles. There was no doubt that E.Skafidas was instrumental in both wins of a double header night for the Screaming Eagles. After single handily winning a third period on six points in his first encounter, E.Skafidas capped off a great night by bagging the overtime winner in his second match.
Monday November 4
Chic Choc finish strong to draw even with Ice Breakers
The Chic Choc found a way to save their best for last. Their finest moments came in the last frame of the second encounter where the notched three consecutive goals to split their miniseries with the Ice Breakers. Prior to that game, M.Boghossian came through very late in the opening match to snap a 2-2 tie. Taking a lengthy penalty didn't help the Ice Breakers in the second match. The game was winding down when the Chic Choc were awarded a six minute power play opportunity. And despite so little time left over, the game was decided on two power play goals. Y.Belkassem buried his second for the go ahead marker and M.Ethier put the icing on the cake striking only seconds apart.
(2)Chic Choc vs Ice Breakers (3)
(1)Ice Breakers vs Chic Choc (3)
J.Mandracchia had himself a J.Mandracchia kind of night
In both games versus the Dragons, the dynamic forward accumulated a ton of points that included two game winners. J.Mandracchia just keeps on ticking and even though the Dragons were aware of his mission on Monday night, there wasn't much they could have done to contain him. Both games were fairly close but Venom did find a way to get an edge. M.Trivisonno looked sharp and in control collecting a pair of clean victories between the pipes. The Dragons scored a total of six goals in the two games that saw P.Cardillo, A.Zarzour and G.DeMarinis riffle two tallies apiece.
(3)Venom vs Dragons (2)
(4)Dragons vs Venom (7)
Degenerates overcome late collapse to salvage their night in a shootout
After allowing the Excalibur to overcome a late two goal deficit in the second encounter, the Degenerates found themselves playing extra hockey. It wasn't there ideal finish, but they did manage to take it in the breakaways courtesy of T.Bergomi's lone shootout marker. T.Bergomi missed the first contest where the Excalibur had their way for most of the match en route to an easy 7-3 win. There was no doubt that his presence was felt as he played most of the game that resulted in two goals as a defenseman. The Excalibur pulled their net minder S.Sauk for an extra attacker in a necessary gamble that paid off. N.Katsifolis and M-E Julien came through in the final minute to even the score and force the extra time.
(7)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur (3) S.O
Armadillos amp up their game in second encounter after lopsided defeat to Legacy
In their first game versus Legacy, the vast gulf of difference in quality between the two teams was apparent. Giving up five goals in only eight minutes was simply unacceptable for J.Kontitsis and the rest of the Armadillos. That vicious sequence took place as of the two minute mark of the contest where Legacy bombarded their opponent on efforts-from five different goal scorers. G.Panagiotopoulos didn't find the back of the net but was a part of making four goals happen. There was no doubt the Armadillos came out ready to play their second game. By addressing a more specific game plan, the adjustments were made for a much closer game. After trading two goals each in the first period, K.Kavan used a fairly late marker to put Legacy in front. Still, the Armadillos weren't calling it quits as a late desperate play resulted in an equalizer by T.Baltzis with only 3 seconds left on the clock. From-there, Legacy came out on top scoring twice in three shootout attempts. It is worth noting that P.Chiotis of Legacy shocked everyone in the building on a filthy shootout goal that probably nobody has ever seen.
(1)Armadillos vs Legacy (7)
(5)Legacy vs Armadillos (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of Venom. The skilled forward was a force collecting six points in both games versus the Dragons that included two game winners.
Friday November 1
(7)Pylons vs Brewers (5)
Pylons grind out a hard fought battle with Brewers
Grinding out games may be the Pylons formula for the foreseeable future. With players continuously out of the line-up, the Pylons know they will have to find different ways to win. There will be at times where it doesn't look pretty like in the case versus the Brewers. Both teams matched up well against one another which suggested for a close game. The contest was ultimately decided on a late play when T.Settino used his one timer-from the slot area to gain the lead. The Brewers will look back at a couple of key moments that could have swung the match the other way. Despite the loss, A.Lanni continues his tear as the captain had a monster night collecting five points that included a hat trick.
(2)Templars vs National (5)
Templars can't keep up with National
Even though the Templars got a perfect start to the game, it was still farfetched to think that they would overcome a stacked National team. It could have been the case if the Templars played with a full deck as well. But with only three changes to their bench, the inevitable eventually happened. National responded with five unanswered goals getting a pair of key tallies-from Rubens Morne. O.Valiquette knotted the winner and M.Pinheiro had a normal night for his standards collecting three points.
(5)Chiefs vs The Family (7)
Solid all around effort puts the Family on the map
It's hard to call this stage of the season as a must win, but for the Family, this one was about as close as one can be. Fortunately, they responded with a brilliant effort to collecting their first win of the season. It just went to show how everyone pulled their weight as seven different players found the back of the net. Both sides never had an edge after the two first periods. As they entered the third knotted at five goals apiece, the Family took advantage of a power play opportunity thanks to a blistering slap shot -from T.Sebastiani. The Chiefs were than awarded a power play chance as well but were unable to convert despite pulling out their net minder for a two man advantage. A.Zarzour did all he could in the loss bagging three goals.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Bramabulls(4)
S.Ruggiero hat trick carries Bramabulls to victory
All four of the Bramabulls goals came within a six minute span. For nearly two full periods, their offense ran dry,that was up until S.Ruggiero opened up the flood gates. The Bramabulls trailed 2-0 before taking over with four unanswered goals. P.Bertone ran to the net and notched his clubs other tally after receiving a cute pass-from J.Lipartiti. Those three players were the only ones producing offensively as they combined for eight points. The Devil Dawgz know they missed out on a great opportunity to take this match. They played well defensively and got great support-from R.Ranieri between the pipes. Then, in a blink of an eye, the script flipped and the Devil Dawgz found themselves fighting-from behind.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. His two way game while enduring a tone of minutes was perhaps the major reason why the Pylons edged out the Brewers. Settino scored three times while adding an assist.
Thursday October 31
(5)The Blast vs Legacy (7)
Payam Assadi takes it for the team
Payam Assadi was pressed into action after finding out he had no other options for a goaltender. All the Legacy players did whatever they could to help him knowing that their own attack wasnt going to be much of an issue. It always helps when you have a consistent goal scorer in J.Rochon, who collected another hat trick and C.Gagnon that came through with a pair of third period goals. The Blast knew to keep it simple by using their shooting lanes in order to beat Assadi. But with Legacy dictating much of the pace and defending the way they do, the Blast weren't able to generate enough scoring chances. Their best looks came-from T.Dorneval, who also scored a hat trick while adding an assist.
(0)SBS Trashers vs Fitforce Phoenix (4)
H.Awaha hat trick, M.Chamoun shutout powers Fitforce Phoenix past Trashers
H.Awada notched a hat trick, and M.Chamoun stopped all 16 shots he faced as the Fitforce Phoenix took it to the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. The Fitforce Phoenix had a huge 40-16 shot advantage. For nearly two full periods, R.Pampena kept his team in it but the Fitforce Phoenix were all over the SBS Trashers from-start to finish. H.Awada spread out his scoring netting one goal in every frame that included the winner and a power play marker. It was clear that the Fitforce Phoenix showed up to play. None of their players took a shift off, and in doing so, the SBS Trashers were under siege throughout the entire game.
(6)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(6) S.O
Wild back and forth action ends in stalemate
There was a great pace from-the beginning as tremendous back and forth action saw this contest go the ultimate distance. Despite the two sides trading quality chances, no go ahead goal was to be found in regulation. The Winter Soldiers looked to be down and out up until D.Lombardi notched his second late in the game to force overtime. Both sides generated plenty of chances in the sudden death frame but the goaltenders were exceptional having their way. All that was left-from that point on was the shootout. Still, neither side found a way to top the other. C.Kakivelis did get to Pedram Assadi for the Winters Soldiers as did A.Dayan on a brilliant wrist shot to beat J.Sanoudakis clean. The Toyota Candiac benefited on some lack of discipline-from their opponent as they buried three power play goals that saw D.Andrade and K.Tsoukalas net their second.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hussein Awada of the Fitforce Phoenix. With goals hard to come by, H.Awada was masterful potting a tally in each period en route to a big shutout win over the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday October 30
(3)Left Wings vs Wocafloka(5)
Wocafloka come alive in third period for 5-3 win over Left Wings
Despite being levelled after two periods, the Wocafloka mustered enough grit and gumption to score a pair of third period goals and escape with a 5-3 victory over the Left Wings. N.Kokovidis and A.Desrosiers were the ones who took over striking within a two minute span. Prior to the third period, Wocafloka got a major contribution-from A.Agudelo, who notched two markers in the second period. The Left Wings overcame two deficits and actually found themselves in front t when J.Tzanetakos snapped a 2-2 tie. It was-from that point on that the Wocafloka showed their killer instinct by talking over with three unanswered goals.
(9)Carnage vs Knights (2)
S.Muscacchio ruins Knights with monster night
It seemed as though every time S.Muscacchio would touch the ball, something was bound to happen. Remarkably, the forward had another incredible night, this time bagging six goals which is one more than his previous performance of five tallies. The Knights clearly weren't aware of his offensive threat. Muscacchio netted his hat trick just before the second period ended while continuing his tear by the third where he buried three more markers. There is no doubt how good of a shooter he is. Unless opposite teams formulate a specific game plan, goaltenders will have a difficult time limiting the damage.
(3)Screaming Eagles vs Fat Roy (4)
Fat Roy stage third period rally to down Screaming Eagles
L.Williams and Fat Roy felt a comeback coming and followed through against the Screaming Eagles. Williams was behind setting up both J.Pantelis and M.DelGaudio that helped put Fat Roy in the driver's seat. The Screaming Eagles played well enough until that point but weren't able to keep a good rhythm heading into the final stretch. They did manage to pepper J.Sanoudakis with ten shots who just wasn't interested in giving up a tally. Fat Roy added a pair key additions entering tonight's contest. D.Lombardi showed he fit in right away by riffling two goals in the first period.
(6)Fatal Demons vs United (4)
Fatal Demons rely on spreading out their attack
Having a spread out scoring attack is what makes the Fatal Demons difficult to play against. It's important because it forces other teams to not be able to just be sold on one or two particular players. It's how the Fatal Demons have kind of always been and it's what makes them sometimes difficult to play against. Tonight's win saw five different players take turns finding the back of the net. M.Chenier was the only player to score twice by opening and closing the scoring. United did hang in there till the very end where they just fell short. A.Tachejian did more than his part in the loss by netting three out of his team's four goals.
(6)Horsemen vs Buckshots(6) S.O
Horsemen salvage their night on two late goals
With the game clicking down, the Horsemen summoned some late magic by scoring twice that included the equaliser with only 11 seconds left on the clock. The Buckshots quickly realised how no lead is ever safe. Both sides were left to deal with some open overtime but were unable to get to the net minders. The shootout did have both sides solve the goaltenders once which led to a stalemate. V.Pandza had collected three points during the match while clicking in the shootout for the Horsemen. As for the Buckshots, M.Thakaa notched their lone shootout marker after scoring once during the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Musacchio of Carnage. In only his second game so far this season, S.Musacchio struck six times and is already at a total of eleven goals.
Wednesday November 3
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (2)
Mighty Drunks stun Knights on two late goals
The Mighty Drunks pulled off a desperate comeback on Sunday night, rallying past the Knights with two late goals. After Y.Dube used his second to tie the game at the eleven minute mark of the third period, K.Miraldo followed up only moments later to pot the winner. The game went through a small see saw effect that saw the Mighty Drunks take the opening period. Then, it was the Knights taking over scoring twice in the second frame thanks to F.Bchara's back to back tallies in a three minute span. Till that point, and well into the third period, the Knights halted the Mighty Drunks offense. Perhaps some fatigue may have played a factor for the late let down. The Knights nearly pulled it off despite having only three changes to their bench.
(0)United vs Wocafloka(7)
Wocafloka cruise to victory over United
Wocafloka put forth an all around effort, handling both sides of the court to cruise to an easy victory. Even though seven different players scored, F.Belisle did pace the offensive charge scoring once while setting up four teammates. United felt they were still in it till perhaps the final stages of the second period when Belisle increased the margin by four goals. Overall, Wocafloka were solid-from start to finish handling every area of the game, including C.Stavriadis pushing aside every ball his way in order to preserve a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Miraldo of the Mighty Drunks. With the game on the line, K.Miraldo decided it for the Mighty Drunks after snapping a late 2-2 tie.
Monday October 28
Venom fall apart late, Legacy find a way to take both games
Two minutes and change-from defeating Legacy, M.Trivisonno and Venom were sitting pretty. Leading 4-2 with little time left over, Venom played their worst hockey giving up three straight tallies. The comeback came into effect when M.Mavroudis completed his hat trick followed with goals-from E.Girouard and P.Assadi. Venom did shake off a terrible finish by netting a very early goal in the ensuing match. The problem was that they knew a slight 1-0 lead wasn't going to stick. And rather than widening the gap, M.Mavroudis answered the bell late in the first period to even the score. Still, the game was up for grabs and both sides understood the importance of the next goal. This was a perfect opportunity for Venom to return the favour and spilt their mini series with Legacy. Unfortunately, they once again fell short by giving up a fairly late marker. The game was ultimately decided when K.Koutsogiannopoulos ripped a bullet passed Trivisonno with only three minutes left on the clock.
(5)Legacy vs Venom (4)
(1)Venom vs Legacy (2)
A.Kakivelis nets four as Armadillos pair wins over Excalibur
The first game was close while it lasted. It took two late goals-from A.Angelis and S.Kipopoulos to secure a 4-1 victory. The Armadillos relied on balance, structure and C.Stavriadis making the key saves. The second encounter still favoured the Armadillos but this time with A.Kakivelis putting on a show. Kakivelis was able to kill the game by riffling four out of his clubs six goals showing his ability by going straight for the jugular. The Excalibur knew it was going to be a difficult test against a squad-from the higher division. Overall, they did fair well in the first game, but couldn't contain one particular player in the second match that caused most of the damage.
(1)Excalibur vs Armadillos (4)
(6)Armadillos vs Excalibur (3)
Punishers steamroll Dragons
The Dragons had always been a feisty club with talent not to be underestimated. They often bring the game to their opponent when a full squad, but unfortunately had no answers against a superior opposition. The Punishers were simply too strong to compete with on this night. After collecting a 5-0 shutout victory, M.Melo had yet to concede a goal up until the final frame when the Dragons finally broke out on three markers. By then, the game was pretty much out of reach with the Punishers running up the score. P.Arkalis scored twice in the opening contest while A.Sarigiannis and A.Dayan shared three points each. The second game saw A.Kobayati as the only player to score twice out of their eight goals.
(5)Punishers vs Dragons (0)
(3)Dragons vs Punishers (8)
Degenerates respond well after dropping close encounter with 1 Timer
J.Atch stopped 15 shots and the Degenerates got some much needed production-from their top gun in a rebound win over the 1 Timer. S.Marricco, after netting the Degenerates lone goal in the earlier loss, was able to continue his stride by bagging a pair in succession in the first period alone. Clearly, the Degenerates were able to feed of that as an eventual late marker broke a 2-2 tie. Both games were extremely close which justifies the split. F.Koch faced 17 shots in the first game and was perhaps the reason why the 1 Timer collected a close 2-1 victory. S.Koch was credited the winner and P-A Surprenant was productive earning three points in both games.
(1)Degenerates vs 1 Timer (2)
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates (4)
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Manny Mavroudis of Legacy. In his season debut, the power forward showed that he fits right in riffling four goals that helped provide a pair of victories.
Friday October 25
(5)National vs Devil Dawgz(3)
National dig themselves in early hole but prevail anyway
When you get credited two team goals along with an automatic power play, you expect something good to come out of it. The Devil Dawgz had that luxury in the first period due to the National net minder showing up late. Unfortunately for the Devil Dawgz, the opposite happened. It took National only eleven minutes to even the score leaving more than enough time for a positive result. If that period alone was an indication of what was to come, than the writing was already written on the wall. National continued -from where they left off adding two more markers to seal the deal. The win came with scoring efforts -from five different players and a solid outing by F.Lamarche, who clearly didn't need a warm up despite being extremely late.
(3)Pylons vs Templars(1)
Tight checking battle decided mid way in third
The Pylons endured a 45 minute, tight checking battle with the Templars, but it was the Pylons emerging victorious thanks to M.DaSilva's third period marker. Both teams did an excellent job clogging up shooting lanes making it very difficult for the forwards to find any space at all. Most of the chances came -from the outside which enabled the net minders to react in time. For two straight periods, this contest was in a stalemate. It was evident that the next goal would have most likely decided matters. Eventually something had to give and M.DaSilva played the spoiler tapping in a rebound that gave C.Muccino no chance to stop it. The Pylons committed to this win by never letting up while getting a brilliant performance in net by O.Caillet.
(4)Bramabulls vs Chiefs (6)
Sharp shooter S.Koulieris haunts Bramabulls
S.Koulieris scored three of the Chiefs six goals in the final 16 minutes to stun the Bramabulls on Friday night. It certainly appeared that S.Koulieris's accuracy remains at its peak for the veteran. The opposition usually don't have an answer when he releases his patented wrist shot-from the slot area. Goaltenders have struggled trying to guess where the ball will end up, which is usually in the back of the net before they realise it. The sniper did get some help from A.Zarzour, who fed him twice as part of a four point night. D.Galloro had a strong first period striking twice for the Chiefs while P.Santullo was very productive as well accumulating three assists.
(6)Brewers vs The Family (3)
Brewers surge with 4 third period goals
T.Fernando and A.Lanni don't seem to take a night off. Both players were heavily involved on Friday night as they both scored twice to top the Family. Throughout two periods, this game looked like it could have gone either way. The Family however needed the points desperately in order to pursue their hunt for a playoff spot, but couldn't hold up long enough failing to match up in the final stretch. The Brewers broke the game wide open sparking four goals in only eight and a half minutes. K.Tsoukalas knotted the winner, G.Nehme set up three goals and J.Tavernese did not disappoint in his season debut stopping 17 of 20 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Koulieris of the Chiefs. The sharp shooter used his finishing touch three times at the most important stage of the game to lead the Chiefs past the Bramabulls.
Thursday October 24
(3)SBS Trashers vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers determined for a full 45 minutes
C.Zafiropoulos knew that his team was ready to play on Thursday night. The Winter Soldiers increased discipline allowed them to play and find their offensive rhythm as the game went on. Penalties weren't an issue, much to the delight of Zafiropoulos, who kept his troops in line throughout the entire contest. After grabbing a 3-2 first period lead, the Winter Soldiers used two late goals in the second to take control heading into the final stretch. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net while J.Sanoudakis was stellar not surrendering a goal in the last half of the game. It showed that the Winter Soldiers were primed by hounding the ball, reloading and doing all the little things right.
(8)Bramabulls vs Legacy(2)
Legacy have no words after horrific third period
You can hang this one on everybody wearing a Legacy jersey in a game that was tied 2-2 after two periods and somehow ended up finishing 8-2 for the Bramabulls. Legacy always rely on a collective agreement where everyone buys in game in and game out. And while this is applied regularly, the same couldn't be said for tonights horrible third period. The team collapsed faster than a 10$ pup tent-from Walmart in front of C.Stavriadis. But as good as Stavriadis was through two periods, the net minder just wasn't sharp enough in a short period of time. The Bramabulls kept pouring it on one goal after the other. J.Mandracchia seems to get a second wind as games progress. The highly skilled forward saved his best for last once again striking twice in the third period to complete his hat trick.
(5)Legends vs Toyota Candiac(4) O.T
K.Kavan timely goals power Legends past Toyota Candiac in overtime
If scoring the tying goal with only three seconds left on the clock was good enough, the overtime winner was just the icing on the cake for K.Kavan. The Legends appeared to be down and out after nearly missing out on a glorious power play that lasted for almost the entire third period. Surprisingly enough, it was A.Dayan of the Toyota Candiac that scored instead during that time. His shorthanded tally nearly gave the Toyota Cardiac an unexpected victory,that was up until K.Kavan rescued his club on two clutch tallies as part of his hat trick. M.Destounis contributed with three helpers while R.Ranieri had no choice to be very good in net in order to capture the win.
(5)The Blast vs Fitforce Phoenix (6)
Ali Khanafer hat trick propels Fitforce Phoenix win over Blast
With neither side having an edge after two periods, the Fitforce Phoenix came out on a mission in the third. The span of three minutes was all it took for Ali Khanafer and Hadi Khanafer to score and provide a two goal cushion. That was Ali Khanafer's third goal of the game. This outcome comes as only the second win of the season, a result that will surely give confidence to every Fitforce Phoenix player. On the other hand, the Blast has had their up and down moments throughout six games but won't be too concerned after tonight's loss, especially without a few key components missing-from their line up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of the Legends. The skilled forward produced his latest breath taking performance by netting a hat trick that included a very late equaliser and the sudden death winner.
Wednesday October 23
(5)Carnage vs Buckshots(8)
E.Mavroudis continues to tear it up with 4 more goals
E.Mavroudis continues with his stellar goal scoring form, this time netting four to help the Buckshots defeat Carnage on Wednesday night. The game was already blown out of reach by the mid way point with the Buckshots riding a commanding 5-1 lead. B.Vorias notched back to back tallies during that span and E.Mavroudis was just getting warmed up bagging his second of four goals. M.Thakaa was the only other player to score for the Buckshots on a pair of tallies. As for Carnage, M.Pace did what was expected of him as the sharp shooter produced four points in the loss.
(8)Left Wings vs Screaming Eagles(7)
M.Morin rescues Left Wings late in the game
Twists and turns were everywhere as the Left Wings escaped with a wild finish over the Screaming Eagles. The Left Wings appeared to be in control considering how well they played throughout two periods. After all, they led 6-3 and managed to contain their opponent on the large part. That was up until E.Panzera staged a furious comeback. Remarkably, the newly added forward put on an incredible display bagging four straight goals for his club that eventually evened the score at seven goals apiece. With all that momentum, it only felt fitting that the Screaming Eagles would come out on top. However, it wasn't the case as the Left Wings seized their moment when M.Morin notched the game winner with less than a minute remaining.
(6)Wocafloka vs Fatal Demons(4)
Wocafloka use big third period to edge out Fatal Demons
O.Cruz was able to send a dagger to the Fatal Demons by netting his second goal that snapped a 4-4 third period tie. The game was still within plenty of reach with more than enough time left over. But Wocafloka decided to tighten up their game by that point while relying on C.Stavriadis to shut the door. The Fatal Demons had no more answers-from that point on and eventually dug themselves in a deeper hole when F.Belisle struck for a second time. J-M Loiseau was also influential in the victory as the captain scored once while setting up three goals.
(5)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (6)
Mighty Drunks benefit on a better start
A good start will always come a long way in the end. The Mighty Drunks won a close 3-2 first period and widened the gap by the second to take a commanding 6-3 lead after two frames. And even though the Knights fought hard to battle back, it juts wasn't enough in the end. M.Pinheiro and Mederick each scored twice with Mederick credited the winner. F.Nasser made an immediate impact collecting four points. The Knights limited their own offense to only three players as T.Spano, C.Moutafis and F.Bchara combined for seven points.
(3)United vs Fat Roy(2) O.T
United squander two goal lead but win in overtime
Things went very well for the United, at least on the large part when Y.Derohannessian and A.Tachejian tallied to make the score 2-0. In addition to that, H.Jerjian was solid in net and the United couldn't have asked for a better display of hockey. Then, in the matter of four minutes, Fat Roy overcame their deficit courtesy of K.Fiore and N.Gikas, and the third period was now up for grabs for the two sides. Throughout that time, neither club was able to getting it done. The game was ultimately decided when Y.Derohannessian struck for a second time. United saw their top gun come through posting his second after receiving a feed-from J.Belcher.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of United. In a low scoring affair versus Fat Roy, Y.Derohannessian made his two goals count, especially in overtime to decide matters.
Monday October 21
Persistence pays off for Ice Breakers
There was no doubt the Ice Breakers applied a total team effort in both their wins over the Degenerates. Led by H.Jerjian in the first encounter, the forward was the catalyst behind the victory proving two goals and an assist. The Degenerates weren't too happy with the way things ended and tuned up their game in the next match. And although they started off better jumping to a 2-1 lead, one shift was all it took for the Ice Breakers to respond and regain control. G.Miville and A.Keuhnelian tallied less than a minute apart to tilt the match in their favour. A.Tachejian had a major impact as well by getting the games first and last goal that stood for the winner.
(2)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (5)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3)
Venom's fuel tank hits empty by final frame
Considering the circumstances, Venom gave the Armadillos a good fight on Monday night. They managed to go the distance dropping a 4-3 shootout decision in the first game and held up for most of the first period in the ensuing match down only 2-1. But eventually fatigue did take a toll, especially when rotating only one body-from your own bench. The Armadillos knew this and made it a point to keep pressuring their opponent. The contest was ultimately decided in less than a minute with the Armadillos surging on three quick goals. Both wins came with scoring efforts-from many different players. J.Kontitsis provided the lone shootout tally in the first contest while D.Tzimopoulos was credited the winner in the second match.
(3)Venom vs Armadillos (4) S.O
(6)Armadillos vs Venom (1)
Excalibur and Chic Choc clash in tight battles
Both teams had to deal with the fact that they couldn't really take over and get much of an edge for how evenly matched both games played out. It wasn't surprising that the first game ended in a shootout with S.Ruggiero deciding matters with the lone marker. Much of the second game resembled the previous one, but this time the Chic Choc found a way to get the slight edge. The Excalibur overcame a 3-1 deficit to pull within one when S.Ruggiero buried his second with still enough time for an equaliser. However, that wasn't going to rattle the Chic Choc knowing that F.Peloquin was their last line of defence. The net minder stood tall and avoided the extra time by relying on his defence and ability to stop any ball his way.
(2)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (3) S.O
(2)Excalibur vs Chic Choc (3)
Punishers tighten up in second game to split with Orient
The Punishers weren't happy with much that went on in the opening contest versus the Orient. They were out matched and sloppy defensively allowing their opponent to pretty much get their way. M.Piche did them in rattling off three goals en route to a lopsided 5-2 victory. There was no question that the Punishers needed to show a better defensive performance than what they displayed. After addressing the issue, the second match was a complete turn of events. They committed to a game plan to slow down the Orient while patiently waiting for their opportunities. M.Arkalis and P.Arkalis provided much of the offense as the two brothers complemented each other on both goals. With that, the goaltending was also a factor and M.Melo did not disappoint allowing only one tally on 18 shots.
(2)Punishers vs Orient (5)
(1)Orient vs Punishers (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andranik Zardarian of the Ice Breakers. During a few key moments versus the Degenerates, the net minder came up big with some timely stops that enabled his club to prevail and collect six clean points to the standings.
Friday October 18
(4)Bramabulls vs Brewers (5)
Four point night-from A.Lanni helps Brewers edge out Bramabulls
A.Lanni has been doing a lot of things right this season. The offensive production has been consistent so far and tonight was just another day at the office for the Brewers captain. The Brewers were able to edge out the Bramabulls thanks to Lanni's four points that included the game winner. T.Adamacopoulos, meanwhile, was a just as significant for the victory netting a pair of quick tallies that put his club up front heading into the final frame. Despite their short bench, the Bramabulls hung in there till the very end and nearly tied it up if it wasn't for G.Platanitis .
(7)National vs Pylons (3)
National pull away late to douse pesky Pylons
Having absolutely no choice to hang back and wait, the Pylons fared considerably well on the large part versus a quicker and deeper team. It worked at least for most of the match. However, it was just a matter of time before National would get their way. Throughout most of the game they controlled the play and could have blown this game wide open if it wasn't for O.Caillet taking care of his net. The goaltender was a major reason why this remained close. It took only couple of key plays by Rubens Morne in the third period to re assure the outcome. M.Pinheiro fed Morne twice in motion to find himself in front of the net minder unguarded where he simply found an opening to beat Caillet. And while he would normally get at least one tally out of the seven that went in, M.Pinheiro decided to take a different roll and set up four goals instead. S.Laplante opened and closed the scoring for National while T.Settino was an absolute beast for the Pylons having played the entire game without changing.
(5)Devil Dawgz vs The Family (1)
M.Trivisonno and G.Lallis shine as Devil Dawgz suffocate Family
The start looked promising for the Family when N.Addesa got to M.Trivisonno very early in the game. Then, only a couple of minutes later, N.Faria responded and the Devil Dawgz never looked back on five unanswered goals. The game did remain fairly close throughout most of the night. That was until G.Lallis provided some breathing room half way through the third period. Already with a pair of assists, G.Lallis potted two insurance markers to guarantee the victory. The Family had their moments here and there but found it hard to get much past Trivisonno, who was stellar stopping over 20 shots.
(4)Templars vs Chiefs (3)
Templars sharp and smart with little amount of players
Against a team that had to conserve their energy, the Chiefs failed to take advantage. The Templars are known for their stingy style and whether they have a full squad or not, opponents often find it difficult to penetrate their defence and net minder. The Chiefs did manage three goals on C.Muccino but quickly found themselves trailing in the third period when C.Palermo regained the lead for the Templars. The time remaining was more than enough for an equaliser by the Chiefs. After desperately trying to even the score, the Chiefs couldn't squeeze out a much need tally.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lanni of the Brewers. In a tight encounter versus the Bramabulls, the Brewers captain was masterful collecting two helpers and an pair of goals that saw one stand up for the winner.
Thursday October 17
(5)The Blast vs Toyota Candiac(1)
Blast pull away-from Toyota Candiac in third
J.Benel had the go ahead marker in the second period, and the surging Blast scored three times in the third to pull away for a 5-1 victory. The Blast felt it was just a matter of time before putting the game out of reach. T.Dorneval widened the gap by two and J.Morina set up two late goals to cap off the night. The Toyota Cardiac couldn't match the intensity long enough. There lone tally came late in the second period when A.Sarigiannis finally figured out D.Massa. Other than that, the offense remained dry the rest of the way.
(5)Legends vs Bramabulls(9)
J.Mandracchia's third period hat trick leads Bulls past Legends in high scoring affair
The Bramabulls got a hat trick-from J.Mandracchia as well as four third period unanswered goals to outlast the Legends on Thursday night. Three out of their final four tallies came on the special teams. C.Lato benefited on the power play while J.Mandracchia dazzled his way to a pair of shorty's in order to cap off an impressive final stretch. The Legends put up a good fight with a shorter bench and the fact that they went up against a solid and stacked Bramabulls team. It showed that fatigue and timely mistakes eventually caught up to them.
(2)SBS Trashers vs Legacy(3) O.T
Legacy score three straight to down SBS Trashers on T.Bozinakis OT winner
After being kept off the score sheet for nearly two full periods, Legacy finally broke through on three straight goals. T.Bozinakis scored almost immediately in overtime and Legacy rallied-from a two goal deficit to down their opponent. The SBS Trashers made it difficult for Legacy to get their way, especially when playing with the lead. M.Menassa provided two helpers that saw A.Farina and Joe Scalia benefit. For how well R.Pampena was holding the fort in net, the task seemed nearly high for a comeback. However, if one team can come back and stun you, Legacy is that team. This contest was an example of how a contender can overcome almost any circumstance.
(4)Winter Soldiers vs Fitforce Phoenix (0)
J.Sanoudakis and Winter Soldiers blank Fitforce Phoenix
It wasn't his busiest night but J.Sanoudakis was flawless stopping every ball in his direction. The Winter Soldiers team defence was way better on this night compared to last week. They managed to limit the opposition's offense while getting rewarded on the other end of the court. The win came with an overall team effort as four different players took turns finding the back of the net. C.Diamontopoulos scored two minutes into the game on a tally that never got answered. By jumping on them early the way they did, the Winter Soldiers made it a point to shut down opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Bramabulls. The highly skilled forward's hatty in the third period broke apart what was a very close battle with the Legends.
Wednesday October 16
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Horsemen (6) S.O
Mighty Drunks rally in third to force shootout
A strong third period provided a satisfying conclusion for the Mighty Drunks. They came-from behind being down 3-1 heading into the third period. D.Charbonneau , after setting up K.Miraldo on the power play, delivered the equaliser with less than five minutes remaining. The Mighty Drunks felt good about their chances after a strong finish to the period but weren't able to convert one more time in a five minute sudden death frame. Both sides had one more area of the game in hopes of prevailing. Still, neither team had the slight edge as they were stuck settling for a tie. S.Archambault and M.Pinheiro each scored in the shootout for the Mighty Drunks as did T.Karasek and M.Kardum for the Horsemen.
(2)Wocafloka vs Fat Roy(5)
L.Williams scores twice as Fat Roy down Wocafloka
Fat Roy came out strong against Wocafloka on Wednesday night. In the first period alone, L.Williams was able to set the tone with two goals that provided a 2-1 lead. Then, in the span of only two and a half minutes into the second period, Wocafloka fell into a deeper hole giving up two quick tallies. From-there, Fat Roy didn't give much allowing only one power play goal-from F.Belisle. K.Fiore collected a pair of helpers, J.Rochon was credited the winner, and J.Sanoudakis faced 26 shots to earn the win in net.
(7)Screaming Eagles vs United (1)
T.Fernando generous with 5 assists for Screaming Eagles
The Screaming Eagles couldn't have asked for a better game after an impressive offensive showing-from T.Fernando and E.Skafidas. Both players dominated different aspects of their game. T.Fernando used his vision to set up five markers while Skafidas struck three times for a hat trick. The duo combined with four points in the first period alone where the match was already decided with the Screaming Eagles roaring to a 3-0 lead. The only bright moment for the United came late in the second period when G.Jerjian spoiled G-C Sangiovanni's shutout.
(5)Left Wings vs Fatal Demons (6) S.O
Fatal Demons battled back all night to get rewarded in a shootout
Even though they may have been slight leads, the Left Wings aren't too happy letting them go four times. Unfortunately, they couldn't build on it and were stuck having to deal with a response every single time. The Fatal Demons just wouldn't go away and ultimately got rewarded in the end by taking the match in a shootout. J.Bolanakis and M.Chenier each scored during that time while R.Ranieri denied two out of three attempts. D.Tzimopoulos scored two goals in the victory. The Left Wings will need to put this one behind them and hope to avoid a troubling trend in games to come.
(1)Knights vs Buckshots(9)
Buckshots top line dominant in rout of Knights
Each time the Buckshots top line jumped over the boards, the Knights were on red alert. If they aren't played properly, Y.Derohannessian, E.Mavroudis and K.Kavan will make you pay. The trio lit up the Knights combining for a ridiculous 15 points. Even though he didn't score, Y.Derohannessian was the master mind setting up six goals. E.Mavrouidis did have the most tallies striking four times while K.Kavan was right behind him on a hat trick. The Knights were simply overwhelmed on this night unable to defend hard enough.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dino Tzimopoulos of the Fatal Demons. Apart-from his sound defensive play, D.Tzimopoulos can also contribute on the opposite side of the court by providing two important goals that helped send the game in a shootout.
Monday October 14
1 Timer stage wild finish and strong start in second game
The Dragons were all but a couple of minutes away-from taking the opening match versus the 1 Timer. Their slight 2-1 lead just wasn't good enough as a quick succession of three goals tilted things the other way. T.Daigneault had evened the score with his second right before S.Koch came through potting two in a row. There was no doubt the end result played into the Dragons heads entering the ensuing match. From-the get go, the 1 Timer continued-from where they left off racing to a 4-0 lead in barely eight minutes. P-A.Surprenant struck twice during that time and was credited the winner after completing his hat trick in the second period. The Dragons did attempt a comeback when S.Robineault used a perfect slap shot to pull his club within one. Unfortunately, they just weren't able to force the extra time despite having a few minutes left over.
(2)Dragons vs 1 Timer (4)
(6)1 Timer vs Dragons (4)
M.Thakaa three points powers Ice Breakers in first match, Excalibur answers bell in second game
M.Thakka was a force for the Ice Breakers scoring two goals and an assist en route to a close 3-2 victory. The Excalibur had no answers for his speed and skill. His two goals and one assist was just enough to squeak out a hard fought win. In hopes of carrying their good habits, the second match didn't quite turn out the same way. This time, the Excalibur played with more bite and urgency winning both frames while never faltering a lead. K.Miraldo set up three goals, J.Azoulay was credited the winner and F.Bchara capped off the night feeding an empty cage for his second of the contest.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (2)
(5)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (2)
Legacy roll over Orient after high scoring first period
Seven minutes and change was all Legacy needed to wrap up the first game with the Orient. S.Govas didn't miss a beat as the sound defenseman set up four goals with primary assists. Legacy's offensive zone time was excellent. They were great on anticipating mistakes while making smart passes that resulted in many goals. J.Rochon continues to find his stride leading all teammates in the goal scoring department. In both games, the power forward tallied five times that included a shootout marker. The Orient did adjust after an embarrassing start in their second match. Both sides traded two first period goals each before playing to a scoreless second frame. With a shootout left to determine a winner, neither side was able to come out on top.
(8)Legacy vs Orient (5)
(3)Orient vs Legacy (3) S.O
Hard work pays off for Chic Choc
The Chic Choc were able to capture 5 points by beating a familiar opponent twice on Monday night. The game plan was simple, and that was to work hard and go to the net. D-O Trinque and J-P Morneau scored twice that helped provide a 5-2 win. The Degenerates were caught a little off guard surrendering an early 3-0 lead, but managed to recover- from that point on. And although they didn't get the results they had hoped for, a shootout loss in the second game was somewhat respectable. The Chic Choc trailed 3-2 with only 5 minutes left when L-P Beaupre tied things up that eventually sent the game in a shootout. From-there, F.Peloquin played out to be the difference maker. The net minder denied all three attempts while P.Mainville delivered with the only goal in the breakaways.
(5)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (2)
(3)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-A Surprnenant of the 1 Timer. The sniper was instrumental in both victories setting up two goals in the first game while bagging a hat trick in the second match.
Friday October 11
(2)Chiefs vs Brewers (7)
Brewers blast Chiefs with big first period
It didn't take long for the Brewers to strike early and often. They raced to a 4-1 first period lead and coasted to an easy victory over the Chiefs. A.Benedetto could be excused-from taking some of the blame for the lopsided frame. He had little support with the Brewers finding too much time and space to beat him. T.Fernando scored twice during that span and later added his third on the power play late in the second period. The Chiefs, despite a poor start showed some life on two quick goals but weren't able to build on it.
(3)Templars vs Devil Dawgz(2)
F.Cloutier late goal lifts Templars to 3-2 win over Devil Dawgz
F.Cloutier's goal with only two minutes remaining was the difference marker for the Templars on Friday night. The Devil Dawgz seemed well set for a better result after grabbing a 2-1 lead early in the third period. But some mishaps in the last fifteen minutes returned as they let their grip on the game slip away. The Templars responded almost immediately to level and eventually took it thanks to Cloutier. C.Muccino and M.Trivisonno gave their club every chance possible to prevail. Both net minders were solid and determined to win the game, but it was C.Muccino getting the slight edge over his counterpart.
(4)Pylons vs Bramabulls(5)
Pylons fall to Bramabulls after late push
Playing catch up hockey caught up with the Pylons on Friday night. The Bramabulls played with a ton of urgency early on which put themselves in the driver's seat riding a 4-0 lead. The Pylons were simply flat and unprepared to start the match. They did survive the onslaught by finding their game as it progressed. Eventually, they battled back with the help of M.Salerno's two goals and T.Settino's late marker that pulled his club within one. The problem was that there was only 36 seconds left on the clock. S.Ruggiero snapped the winner while M.Maggiore scored two goals that included a big shorthanded marker.
(5)The Family vs National(7)
National outduel Family in high scoring affair
National may be the cream of the division but the Family gave them a real run on Friday night. The pace never really slowed down between the two sides. M.Pinheiro put National in front 2-1 on two first period goals and Reginald Morne duplicated his captain's efforts in the second for a 4-3 lead. Still, the Family hung in there making their opponent work hard till the very end. It took Nationals big guns to come through in the third period to decide matters. Already with a pair of goals, M.Pinheiro completed his hat trick. S.Laplante riffled a pair during that span while O.Valiquette collected his fourth assist of the night. As for the Family, P.Defanti had a productive game accumulating three points that included two goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Teron Fernando of the Brewers. In a convincing 7-2 win over the Chiefs, T.Fernando sparked much of the offense finishing his night on a hat trick.
Thursday October 10
(1)Legends vs The Blast (2)
Rubens Morne clutch netting both goals for Blast
Just when the Legends finally got to D.Massa, the Blast were able to avoid overtime thanks to Rubens Morne late power play goal. Six seconds was all that was left when Rubens Morne struck for a second time to propel his club over the Legends. The Blast couldn't have played a better game with only two changes to their bench. On the large part, they had the energy to dictate a lot of what went on. Both sides were cautious and didn't give much on both ends of the court. It was just the right game plan for the Blast, who managed to play with a slight 1-0 lead throughout most of the game. The Legends did capitalise late thanks to M.Chenier's power play goal but it was all for nothing as a costly penalty doomed them in the end.
(6)Bramabulls vs Winter Soldiers (2)
Bramabulls ride J.Lulic's 6 assists in rout of Winter Soldiers
Everyone would agree that J.Lulic's six assists was pretty significant to say the least. The heads up defenseman was decisive and assertive getting balls to the right player or towards the net for great scoring chances. With Lulic as a quarter back, the power play becomes that much deadlier. The Bramabulls benefited twice with the man advantage. In addition to his remarkable production, S.Marricco occupied another aspect of the game, and that was his ability to finding the back of the net. Three out of the Bramabulls six goals came-from the blade of Marricco. Entering tonight's contest, the Winter Soldiers knew they had a challenge ahead of them. The problem was that they visited the penalty box several times which isn't the best to thing to do versus the Bramabulls. There only bright moments came when their captain C.Kakivelis scored both goals on the power play.
(8)Legacy vs Toyota Candiac(1)
T.Bozinakis 4 goals propels Legacy to lopsided win
In the first period as shots and scoring chances kept coming, P.Assadi held his ground. He made save after save to keep the game scoreless. But it was only a matter of time before Legacy`s offensive display translated into goals. The flood gates eventually opened and the Toyota Candiac couldn't stop the bleeding. T.Bozinakis was a force collecting three goals and an assist in that single period alone. Much of what just happened carried into the final frame with Legacy adding four more to put the game out of reach. S.Athanasopoulos went on to bury his second while T.Bozinakis continued his onslaught adding his fourth tally as part of a seven point night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tasso Bozinakis of Legacy. His creativity with the ball was in full display, resulting in an impressive seven points that included four goals.
Wednesday October 9
(4)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(2)
Captain P.Santullo scores two, Fatal Demons edge out Fat Roy
P.Santullo scored a goal in the first and one in the second period, A.De Sua had the winner and R.Ranieri made dazzling saves helping his club top Fat Roy on Wednesday night. It's been a while since the captain strung a pair together. Sometimes it's just how it goes for P.Santullo, who was glad to contribute on timely goals. Fat Roy wasn't feeling good about their game for at least two periods. They did eventually get on board in the third period when M.Batri and his captain C.Zafiropoulos got to Ranieri. By then, the Fatal Demons kept their lead and made sure to protect it long enough en route to a victory.
(4)Buckshots vs Horsemen (3)
Buckshots power forward E.Mavroudis scores hat trick in close 4-3 win over Horsemen
E.Mavroudis would score the go ahead marker late in the third period earning himself the hat trick. The Buckshots know that they can rely on their big gun up front. It was only a week ago that Mavroudis came through netting an overtime winner. K.Kavan would accumulate three points while his captain B.Vorias was behind setting up two goals. The Horsemen took their lone lead by the eleven minute mark of the second period when T.Karasek collected his second goal and third point of the match. Unable to build off it, the Horseman let the game slip away by giving up the next two.
(4)Wocafloka vs Screaming Eagles (2)
F.Belisle displays masterful performance for Wocafloka
F.Belisle made an impressive statement for Wocafloka. All four goals were orchestrated by their forward that involved a hat trick. With the game deadlocked 2-2 in third period, F.Belisle would eventually snap the tie while adding insurance late in the game. The Screaming Eagles never led but came back twice to even the score. Perhaps things would have been different if they recognized the threat-from the other side. A.Desrosiers just came off a hat trick performance a few days ago, and although he didn't score, the crafty forward helped set up Belisle on two occasions.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (6)
S.Musacchio a one man show for Carnage
S.Musacchio entered this game to light up the night in what was an extraordinary performance. The Mighty Drunks were the unfortunate victims in this particular game as they stood there watching five goals and an assist coming-from only one player. What maybe made it harder to digest was the fact that they led 2-1 after two periods. Up until that point, everything seemed to be fine and under control. Then, the third period happened, and the Mighty Drunks didn't know to normalise one player. S.Musacchio displayed an exhibition of superiority bagging four goals and an assist in that single frame alone.
(5)Left Wings vs United (6) O.T
K.Kavan steals the show for United
There is no doubt that K.Kavan deserved much of the praise for United. The skilled forward really turned it on versus the Left Wings participating in nearly every goal. Half of them came off his blade while one was to set up S.Marwan in overtime. The Left Wings may look back at this one knowing they led 5-3 till the mid way of the third .However, it was evident that the United weren't planning on throwing the towel, especially versus a team that was hanging on to only seven players. The comeback was led by no other than K.Kavan, who collected three straight points-from that point on.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Emmanuel Mavroudis of the Buckshots. The Buckshots were faced having to overcome a 3-1 deficit. That was when E.Mavroudis took matters into his own hands responding with the games next three goals.
Monday October 7
Armadillos trounce Ice Breakers after slow start
After a close first period, the Armadillos turned the corner by the second striking four times to hand the Ice Breakers a 5-2loss.They never let off the gas-from that point on which translated early on in the ensuing match. K.Koutsogiannopoulos and G.Bouchard had two goals each and F.Moshonos allowed a total of only three goals on 31 shots. The Ice Breakers saw H.Jerjian contribute again posting two out of his clubs three goals.
(5)Armadillos vs Ice Breakers (2)
(1)Ice Breakers vs Armadillos (5)
F.Baratta solid in net as Legacy down Venom
F.Baratta entered the night expecting nothing but a pair of wins and didn't hesitate to deliver. Baratta made 14 saves in the first game followed with a jaw dropping performance in the second match where Legacy toppled Venom by a landslide. The game could have been much closer if it wasn't for Baratta flashing his leather on a few occasions. And since goaltending wasn't a concern, the offense slowly fell into play for Legacy. J.Rochon, looking utterly sure of himself and utterly fearless keeps doing what he does best, and that is to score goals. The power forward celebrated four tallies while collecting three assists in both games. In addition to his madness, K.Koutsogiannopoulos had an influence as well using his devastating slap shot three times to beat the opposing net minder.
(2)Venom vs Legacy (3)
(6)Legacy vs Venom (1)
A.Fonrose's late marker saves night for Excalibur
A late goal by A.Fonrose gave the Excalibur a 2-1 lead to help split their miniseries with the Chic Choc. Both games were evenly played-from the two teams. Surely, the Chic Choc would have preferred better knowing that they had only 75 seconds to reach a shootout. But a split could have been expected. J-P Morneau got credited the winner in the opening contest, and F.Peloquin frustrated every Excalibur player except for A.Fonrose, who beat him twice. The second match saw the tides turn, and in large part due to S.Sauk guarding his cage. After facing 18 shots, the net minder rebounded allowing only one goal to earn a big win in net.
(3)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (2)
(2)Excalibur vs Chic Choc (1)
1 Timer outmatched dropping both games to Orient
The 1 Timer didn't bring enough good elements in order to compete with the Orient. The Orient was clearly superior in the first game, not only offensively but owning both ends of the court. T.Sakr led the way with a hat trick and C.Malkoun held his opponent to only two goals on 16 shots. Unhappy with the way things ended, the 1 Timer had a lot more urgency entering the second game. They managed to grab a 2-0 lead on two quick goals-from P-A Surprenant and J.Guye-Perrault. The problem however was that they couldn't carry their momentum long enough. Only two minutes had gone by for M.Morin to get his club on board. N.Zahabi would eventually tie it and the Orient slowly but surely started to take over. Their first lead came as of the seven minute mark of the final frame when J.Mavuanga collected one of his three points in the game. There wasn't much push back-from the 1 Timer until it was too late. By then, the damage was too great to overcome.
(2)1 Timer vs Orient (7)
(4)Orient vs 1 Timer (2)
Dragons content on grabbing 3 points versus Degenerates
Usually teams aspire to win every game possible which is a basis expectation. And even though the Dragons had that same goal in mind, a split felt like a moral victory when considering how short they were. B.Daniele's third point in the opening game was just enough for the Dragons to squeeze out a close victory. The Degenerates did dictate much of the pace winning many loose balls while generating a ton of chances only to hit a hot net minder in P.Assadi. Eventually though, the constant applied pressure would get to the Dragons in the second encounter. In the span of only six minutes, the Degenerates cranked up their offense and unleashed it posting four straight markers. S.Marricco was an early spark plug bagging two in the first period. Then, A.Lanni took over igniting three straight tallies to put the game out of reach. It was clear by then that the Dragons had no more juice as they struggled to keep up.
(2)Degenerates vs Dragons (3)
(1)Dragons vs Degenerates (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrix Fonrose of the Excalibur. After collecting both goals in an earlier loss, A.Fonrose returned the favour by riffling a huge game winning marker that snapped a late 1-1 tie.
Friday October 4
(3)Brewers vs National (4)
S.Laplante snaps late tie for National
S.Laplante used a blistering slap shot to snap a 3-3 third period tie, and National were able to squeak out a hard fought victory versus the Brewers. Top their credit,the Brewers were able to keep pace with a quicker opponent which isn't an easy task. And although they stumbled in the end, the spunk the team exhibited in this game was a step in the right direction. There was no doubt that M.Pinheiro had his foot print in the victory. The captain scored his clubs two first goals while setting up S.Laplante for the winner.
(9)Pylons vs The Family (4)
Pylons pull away in third period to top Family
The score may suggest an easy game for the Pylons, but it's far-from being the case. This contest took one direction as of the eight minute mark of the third period where the Pylons found a way to separate themselves-from their opponent. Prior to that moment, the game was up for grabs. J.Pizzucco set the tone early riffling two straight goals and eventually notched his third late in the game for a hat trick. D.Charbonneau and T.Settino also chipped in with a pair each for the win while N.Addesa did the same but in a losing cause.
(8)Templars vs Bramabulls(2)
Bramabulls caught off guard early, Templars storm out of gate with 4 first period goals
By the time the first period ended, the writing was already on the wall for the Bramabulls. Trying to overcome a 4-0 deficit against a team that prides themselves on defence was too much of a tall order to overcome. The Templars didn't stop there adding two more in the second period with still no response -from the Bramabulls. Eventually, they did get to C.Muccino, who did more than his part keeping a clean scoresheet. C.Pirone and S.Fabrici provided half the offense for the Templars as both players shared two goals each as defensemen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. With the game entering its dying moments, the crafty defenseman was able to decide it on a bullet-from the point.
Thursday October 3
(7)Bramabulls vs The Blast (2)
Blast give up 4 goals in 5 minutes, lose to Bramabulls
The Blast had one brutal stretch in the first period period, and knew they were done having to rely on a short bench. Scoring efforts came-from different players. The pace did calm down-from that point on which didn't bother the Bramabulls. They did increase their lead adding two more markers by the second period. D.Verta and M.Maggiore each scored twice, and G.Follano had great support in front of him earning the win in net.
(4)SBS Trashers vs Toyota Candiac(2) S.O
A.Gentile nifty backhand lifts SBS Trashers in shootout
E.Panzera rolled the dice on Thursday night and came up lucky selecting the right players to take a shootout. First, A.Gentile waited out P.Assadi on a clever backhand move, and then the captain showed why he made the wise choice selecting himself as he also delivered on a brilliant move. Prior to the breakaways, this contest was extremely close. Neither side took the lead after the periods ended. The Toyota Candiac scored once on the power play courtesy of R.Abdulahad while the SBS Trashers missed out on their man advantage. R.Pampena was immense between the pipes allowing only two goals while denying a pair of shootout attempts.
(8)Legends vs Fitforce Phoenix (1)
Legends find their groove in second period
It wasn't up until the second period where the Legends rolled their way to a satisfying victory. After gaining a little confidence, momentum eventually took over and the Legends built enough of a cushion for a comfortable lead. E.Mavroudis got his club on board while completing his hat trick on back to back tallies. To his help, his line mates clicked throughout the entire night as K.Kavan and M.Destounis kept finding each other. All three players combined for eleven points. The Fit force Phoenix had their moments early on but had the displeasure of trying to solve C.Fortin. The goaltender shined in his season debut making numerous saves while denying some decent scoring chances.
(7)Legacy vs Winter Soldiers (8) O.T
K.Kakivelis nets OT winner, Winters Soldiers top Legacy
K.Kakivelis completed his hat trick on the power play of extra time, taking a saucer pass while collecting his own rebound before burying it home. It was a great way to finish off the game. Legacy took some untimely penalties and ultimately paid the price in the end. Granted, they did score twice with a man short which enabled them to level the game fairly late. C.Pisanelli made an instant impact collecting four points. Apart-from K.Kakivelis's dominant performance, J.Mckenzie and D.Landucci were right up there with their captain as both players' bagged two goals each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kosta Kakivelis of the Winters Soldiers. The captain knew it wasn't going to be a tough game, but managed to deliver anyway, and in a big way accumulating five points that included the biggest goal of the night.
Wednesday October 2
(8)Knights vs Carnage (4)
Carnage fall apart after better start
Despite getting on board first, Carnage dropped a goose egg giving up the next five tallies just short of the mid way point of the game. Clearly they weren't themselves making things extremely easy the Knights. For the majority of the game, the Knights were dominant in every facet. Goals came-from five different players up until C.Moutafis went on a scoring rampage posting three in a row to finish his night with an impressive four goals. Carnage had some good looks-from M.Pace, who buried a pair, and D.Xiarchos that was able to participate in all four markers.
(5)Fat Roy vs Left Wings (9)
Left Wings overwhelm Fat Roy
Throughout most of the game, Fat Roy had a difficult time keeping up with the Left Wings. It's not that they were out of it but often stuck having to playing-from behind. Two small minutes in the first period was all it took for the Left Wings to create a two goal margin. They struck three times during that span and never looked back despite plenty of hockey left over. M.Morin notched back to back tallies at key moments sharing a multi goal night with J.Argyropoulos. Even though it's early in the season, teams will realise quickly that the Left Wings will be difficult to beat.
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Buckshots(7) O.T
Buckshots stun Mighty Drunks on crazy finish
The Buckshots looked to be dead in the water when the Mighty Drunks used three late goals to grab a 6-4 lead. And in most circumstances, that would have been more than enough, especially with the clock showing only 53 seconds on the board. Then the drama began and the Mighty Drunks were left shell shocked giving up giving up two quick goals that forced overtime. Unable to shake off the nightmare finsih, things only got worse for the Mighty Drunks. Twelve seconds was all it took for E.Mavroudis to put an end to the misery. K.Kavan was vital for the win accumulating five points including a big assist in overtime. The Mighty Drunks played well enough for a very long stretch relying on balance scoring. Luckily it's only the start of the season as they'll have plenty of time to put this one behind them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of the Buckshots. Most of the Buckshot's plays stemmed-from K.Kavan, who was a dominant force collecting five points.
Sunday October 6
(3)Wocafloka vs United(2)
Wocafloka routs United with 3 goals by A.Desrosiers
A.Desrosiers relished a magical night as Wocafloca beat United thanks to his latest goal spree. All three goals came-from their top gun with two coming on the power play. For over two periods, the United couldnt break through trying to solve C.Stravriadis, but that all changed by the third period when G.Jerjian solved him twice. United narrowed the gap to one on two occasions. The problem was that there second goal came a little too late leaving only a minute and a half for an equaliser .Overall, the Wocafloka used a better start to their advantage in order to edge out their opponent.
(6)Horsemen vs Knights (3)
Horsemen unload in third period
The Horsemen looked soundly beaten down 3-1 in the third period Sunday night, but a five goal explosion over the final eleven minutes of the game catapulted the Horsemen to a convincing 6-3 win over the Knights. V.Pandza was the first to lead the way netting his second to pull his club within one. Then, once D.Greco set up J-K Cazeneuve for the equaliser, D.Greco took it upon himself to bury the next two tallies in a very short period of time. The Knights appeared to have enough control throughout most of the night. J.DeSua scored twice while S.Ruggiero provided a two goal cushion early in the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn't ride a formula that was working just fine long enough.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alex Desrosiers of the Wocafloka. Single handedly, A.Desrosiers ignited the offense bagging all three goals versus United.
Monday September 30
After strong finish, Ice Breakers carry momentum into second game
After being completely missing in action in their first encounter with the Orient, the Ice Breakers responded with a much better performance to split their miniseries. Things started to turn around towards the final frame even though it was too late. The Ice Breakers used four goals in the ensuing match, including two-from M.Thakaa to cap off a strong finish. Both teams had their ups and downs throughout the two games. The Orient looked like they were headed for an easy night after getting scoring efforts -from six different players in the opening game. J.Mavuanga and his captain F.Nasser shared three points each. The problem for the Orient was that the Ice Breakers played hungrier than they did in the second match. From-the drop of the ball, it showed that they wanted it more by using their speed and relentless effort often getting to the ball first.
(6)Orient vs Ice Breakers (3)
(5)Ice Breakers vs Orient (2)
D.Andrade delivers in both wins for Armadillos
If scoring two big goals wasn't enough in the first game for the Armadillos, D.Andrade couldn't have asked for a better finish on Monday night. Down to their last shootout attempt, D.Andrade faked out F.Koch just enough before going forehand to bury the game winner. The Armadillos took two difficult games against a team that doesn't give much. E.Parent was solid again allowing only two goals all night. Throughout most of the night, the Armadillos skill and speed was on full display but the 1 Timer managed to hang in there bringing the second contest to its final moments.
(3)Armadillos vs 1 Timer (1)
(2)1 timer vs Armadillos (3) S.O
Dynamic duo for Dragons find their stride
It's not simple. It's not effortless. It only looks that way when E.Girouard and S.Robineault work their offensive magic as they have throughout their ball hockey careers. It didn't even matter that the Dragons had only one change up to their bench. The game plan was simple, tighten up a wait for the dynamic duo to go to work. After complementing each other in the opening game for a close 2-1 victory, the Dragons went the distance in the second match taking it in the shootout. E.Girouard had already scored twice before notching the game's lone shootout marker. Looking back, the Chic Choc would have adjusted if they knew what they were going up against. Instead, they couldn't address a specific game plan that left them with only one point to show for. They will be happy however to have J-R Lemay back in the line up as the sniper didn't miss a beat netting two goals.
(2)Dragons vs Chic Choc (1)
(3)Chic Choc vs Dragons (4) S.O
Degenerates finally crack a brick wall
The expectations to prevail in any sort of manner felt like a long shot for the Excalibur on Monday night. And even though they had four quality players, neither of them had a chance to change as they were stuck playing with nobody on the bench. Usually these situations force players to hang back and wait while heavily relying on their net minder. The first encounter did go well for a period but that all changed in the second when the Degenerates opened up the flood gates. During that span, A.Lanni and S.Marricco posted their second to secure a 6-2 victory. In hopes of carrying that same momentum versus a depleted team, the second game had a completely different script. It was in the first period that S.Sauk went into super natural mode. The Degenerates threw everything except for the kitchen sink unable to beat him at least once. Then, A.Lanni finally somehow solved him to put his club in front. Normally, a team with a loaded bench tend to make life easy on themselves when entering the latter stages of a hockey game, but that clearly wasn't the case for the Degenerates. The Excalibur needed only one minute in order to gain the lead. S.Ruggiero and F.Bchara scored during that span which forced a massive push-from their opponent. Eventually, the Degenerates did level the game and brought it a step further when S.Sicuso picked a top corner leaving only 12 seconds on the clock.
(6)Degenerates vs Excalibur (2)
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
Punishers thump Legacy after shootout victory
For how close the first game was between two high end clubs, the second encounter surprisingly didn't go that way. The Punishers simply elevated their game, and in doing so had everything go right en route to a lopsided score. J.Chiropoulos had his foot print all over the score sheet visiting the penalty box a couple of times but more importantly being very productive in the goal scoring column. Chiropoulos was a force bagging three goals and an assist with plays all coming-from the back end. Legacy, despite going empty handed in the second match, missed out grabbing some clean points in the first encounter by letting a late 4-2 lead slip away. A.Kobayati was the catalyst behind the comeback and perhaps the victory as the skilled forward participated in all four goals while riffling the shootout winner. From-that point on,the Punishers never looked back en route to an easier victory.
(4)Legacy vs Punishers (6) S.O
(7)Punishers vs Legacy (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Donny Andrade of the Armadillos. The Armadillos forward was vital to both wins. After riffling two goals in the opening contest, D.Andrade capped off a clutch performance in style on a shootout marker.
Friday September 27
(4)Chiefs vs Pylons (6)
Comeback falls short for Chiefs in loss to Pylons
Momentum can be a funny thing. Just when the Chiefs thought they had seized control surging back -from a two goal deficit, one bad sequence had them chasing the game. This actually happened twice as the Pylons regained their margin on a three goal cushion only to see it nearly slip away for a second time. Much of the Pylons offense came-from the back end with D.Charbonneau and J-M Loiseau sharing three points each. All six of their goals came with scoring efforts-from different players. J-M Loiseau got credited the winner courtesy of a power play marker on a blistering slap shot. As for the Chiefs, S.Koulieris collected three points while D.Bellitto was the only multi goal scorer of the match.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs National (5)
3 goals in first period lifts National past Devil Dawgz
National made their shots count early against the Devil Dawgz on Friday night, scoring three times in the first period alone to dictate the pace. Two of those tallies belonged to Rubens Morne while M.Pinheiro hit the target first before capping his second in an empty net. The bad start proved to be costly for the Devil Dawgz that were unable to get much going up until it was a little too late. Their lone goals came only in the third period-from P.Paikopoulos and J.Melo. By then, National had the luxury of protecting their lead needing only to play out the clock.
(6)Templars vs The Family(4)
Templars relying on C.Moutafis again to get it done
Although it's only the second game of the regular season for the Templars, nobody can argue that C.Moutafis had a major role in both victories. The sniper just came off a five goal performance a week ago and continued his onslaught in tonight's game posting three straight markers by the four minute mark of the second period. The Templars may have felt an easy task ahead of them having a complete line up versus a way shorter bench. However, that wasn't the case at all with the Family refusing to go away. S.Cavallro was a thorn all night, producing in a big way collecting three points that included an equaliser in the third period. Eventually some fatigue did catch up to the Family. The Templars pushed hard enough to get that much anticipated tally, and all thanks to their captain S.Fabrici, who buried his second for the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Fabrici of the Templars. The captain made an immediate impact playing his first game of the season notching two big goals and an assist as a defenseman.
Thursday September 26
(6)The Blast vs Winter Soldiers (4) S.O
Blast use shootout to top Winter Soldiers
The Winter Soldiers may not have been fully satisfied because they didn't win but it still was a step in the right direction. Both teams to their credit played a very complete game. Despite being down 3-1 heading into the third period, the Blast weren't calling it quits. Perhaps it was just a matter of time for their resilience to pay off. Rubens Morne eventually tied it late to force an overtime period which still wasn't enough to determine a winner. Then, in an area where many struggle to figure out the net minders, the Blast didn't have an issue getting the job done in the shootouts. All three of their shot attempts turned into goals that included another big tally-from Rubens Morne.
(6)Legacy vs Legends(5) S.O
S.Athanasopoulos scores late tying goal for Legacy 6-5 shootout win over Legends
The Legends entered the night ready to play. Their ball pursuit was tenacious and they made no wasted plays. M.Destounis used a high rising slap shot to beat F.Baratta that snapped a 2-2 tie. Much of the second period resembled nothing of the first as both sides clamped down defensively. The Legends doubled their lead on the power play thanks to their captain P.Santullo being at the right place and at the right time. With an opportunity to put the game away, the Legends couldn't kill off one more minute. That was when S.Athanasopoulos made his blistering slap shot count giving no chance what so ever for R.Ranieri to respond. Still, the game was up for grabs and enough hockey was left over in overtime. The Legends survived the scary sudden death frame as Legacy missed out on some grade A chances. Despite not scoring, they still managed to get it done in the shootout. S.Mian and P.Doulis's tricky move was just what the doctor ordered for their club to prevail.
(4)Fitforce Phoenix vs Toyota Candiac(2)
Fitforce Phoenix ride third period in double up win vs Toyota Candiac
The Fitforce Phoenix saved their best for last posting two third period goals to down the Toyota Phoenix on Thursday night. A.Khanafer scored early during that frame and J.Hassan followed up only a few minutes later adding some insurance. Despite having enough time for a comeback, the Fitforce Phoenix tightened it up playing the clock to their advantage. C.Malkoun remained calm in net facing the little danger he had to put up with. H.Khanafer and J.Hassan were very productive as both players shared three points each. Although they never managed to take a lead, the Toyota Candiac fought back twice to level but weren't able to keep up long enough in the final stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rubens Morne of the Blast. After tying the game fairly late with his second point of the contest, Rubens Morne brought it a step further netting the shootout winner.
Wednesday September 25
(3)Wocafloka vs Left Wings(6)
Left Wings rout Wocafloka with 6 different goal scorers
Six different Left Wings scored goals, while S.Vassilopoulos turned aside 19 shots to help lead his team to another victory. Depth scoring is crucial, and the left Wings have plenty it which will make it difficult for any opponent to stop them. Although he didn't find the back of the net, J.Tzanetakos helped set up three markers with an assist in every period. The Left Wings edged out the Wocafloka 2-1 in all three frames showing clearly that they were ready to play.
(4)Fat Roy vs Decepticons(3)
M.Tvaronas late goal lifts Fat Roy past Decepticons
Eventually somebody was going to deliver, and that player happened to be M .Tvaronas, who avoided overtime by netting a huge late marker for Fat Roy. The Decepticons managed to take the lead twice and never once trailed till the four minute mark of the third period. They did level thanks to M.Brocolini's second of the match. That tally came just passed the mid way point of the final frame where both sides knew they needed to play with more caution. However, something did give, and unfortunately for the Decepticons a late tally spoiled their season opener. Two out of their three goals came on the power play while Fat Roy got four even strength goals-from different players.
(3)Carnage vs Horsemen(4)
Captain clutch V.Pandza settles the score late in the game
Sometimes, you just have to win games in dramatic fashions. And who better then your captain to come through at a time of need. The Horsemen celebrated a huge goal courtesy of V.Pandza right after S.Charette had tied it fairly late in the third period for Carnage. That was the third time Carnage came back to level the game. Maybe things could have been different if they played in front as they never had the luxury to dictate their own terms. Another vital piece for the victory was the play of S.Giannakis, who notched two out of his clubs four markers.
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (10)
Knights pull away in third to double up Mighty Drunks
Led by a pair of hat tricks and a massive third period surge, the Knights gave the Mighty Drunks a third period lesson on Wednesday night. Prior to the final frame, this contest was extremely close with the Mighty Drunks trailing only 5-4. Then, and for whatever reason, they just fell apart. It took the Knights only five minutes to bury the match on five consecutive goals. K.Zain and C.Moutafis were the two players that completed hat tricks while S.Kalaydjian was right behind them notching a pair as part of a four point night.
(7)United vs Fatal Demons (3)
Fatal Demons doomed by sloppy third period
The Fatal Demons will look back at a miserable final frame. Before hitting that point, everything went seemingly well for P.Santullo and his club. They edged out United 2-1 in the second period and carried a slight 3-2 lead heading into the final fifteen minutes of play. Then, in the matter of a few minutes, all that momentum was gone. United erupted with five goals and cruised their way to a 7-3 victory. K.Kavan and D.Gueriguian potted a pair each and R.Yousefi was responsible for setting up three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. With the game on the line, the Horsemen's captain was able to decide it by snapping a very late third period tie.
Monday September 23
Chic Choc stop bleeding in second match after being crushed by 1 Timer
The Chic Choc couldn't wait long enough to close out their opening contest versus the 1 Timer. Clearly it was disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing losing by that many goals. P-A Surprenant feasted riffling three markers and two assists while K.Gagne was right behind him scoring twice as part of a four point performance. After suffering such a defeat, the Chic Choc weren't planning on going through that again. The second match resembled nothing compared to the first one. And even though they didn't come out on top, a tie was more than sufficient considering how poorly they played before that. M.Ethier bounced his club back collecting three points that included two goals. P.Mainville and Y.Bel Kasem shared three points each for the Chic Choc while M.Carpentier was once again dominant posting three tallies for the 1 Timer. Neither side had an edge in the shootouts as both teams traded one goal apiece.
(1)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer (8)
(5)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(5) S.O
Excalibur tweak their game to salvage a point with Ice Breakers
There was no doubt that the Excalibur came out ready to go in the second match, which at least led to a tie rather than a lopsided affair. They didn't get the right start but definitely a solid finish overcoming a 3-0 deficit. The Ice Breakers had all but 18 seconds to kill off and complete a perfect night. Instead, S.Ruggiero benefited after receiving a pass-from F.BcHara, and the Excalibur were able to force a shootout. Both sides were unable able to work their magic in the breakaways expect for the net minders. S.Sauk denied all three attempts for the Excalibur as did A.Zararian for the Ice Breakers. The first encounter was won easily by the Ice Breakers with H.Jerjian leading the way on three goals and an assist. Much of the ensuing match didn't slow down their top gun as Jergian continued his onslaught adding two more markers with the help of R.Yousefi, who collected three points. Except for the final frame, the Ice Breakers had a decent start to their season.
(2)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (7)
(3)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (3) S.O
The Punishers send a message to the defending champs
In reigniting the fires of the rivalry, the Punishers sent a message to not only Venom but the entire division. This is a team that's able to beat you in any kind of way. While their power play doesn't seem to miss, playing with a man short is also a threat, especially when you have C.Gingras killing it. Venom missed out on a glorious chance to put themselves in front after being awarded a 5-3. And rather than seizing the opportunity, the opposite effect occurred. Once again, C.Gingras did his thing, cutting off a play while using his deceptive speed to take on a defenseman before putting it home on a swift wrist shot. By the time the night was over, C.Gingras racked up another six points including a devastating shorthand goal.
(6)Punishers vs Venom (2)
(3)Venom vs Punishers (6)
Orient bank points in a hard fought battle with Armadillos
The Orient's two victories this evening was exactly the type of effort they'll need to put forth in order to get some positive results. However, the Armadillos may look back at the opening contest where they gave up a shorthand goal that ultimately decided the outcome. B.Cabral was able to snap a 1-1 tie with a man short and B.Sieu added an insurance marker for his third point of the match. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Armadillos showed up right away in the next game jumping off to a 2-0 lead. The only problem was that they kept getting into trouble by visiting the penalty box. Clearly, there was no way that the Orient would miss out on their chances. F.Nasser and B.Sieu pounced on the opportunities and the game was now up for grabs for either team. Eventually, the tie was broken when the Orient struck with less than four minutes remaining.
(1)Armadillos vs Orient (3)
(4)Orient vs Armadillos (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to B.Sieu of the Orient. In two close games versus the Armadillos, B.Sieu fuelled his club by collecting six out of a possible seven points.
Friday September 20
(1)Brewers vs Templars(8)
C.Moutafis starts off with a bang posting 5 goals for Templars
C.Moutafis scored five goals, and although its only week one of the season, that performance sent out a signal that the Templers will be for real throughout the entire season. At no point did they ever take the foot off the gas. The Brewers may not have been happy with a lopsided score but felt it should have been closer if they buried some of their chances. There will be no doubt that the Templars will play an annoying structured defensive game. With C.Muccino guarding the cage along with many steady defensemen, teams will find out sooner than later how difficult it will be to score.
(4)Chiefs vs Devil Dawgz(3)
Chiefs rally for three goals in third period to stun Devil Dawgz
The Chiefs used a dominant third period to overcome a 3-1 deficit and stun the Devil Dawgz on Friday night. Five minutes was all it took for D.Galloro, A.Zarzour and S.Koulieris to get the scoring done. The Devil Dawgz looked headed for a positive outcome in their season debut but were undone by a combination of turn over's and poor decisions. They did work a solid power play with N.Faria scoring twice during the man advantage. Unable to keep a decent pace, the lack of energy was apparent by the third period for the Devil Dawgz. The Chiefs got a pair of goals-from S.Koulieris and three assists by D.Bellitto.
(2)The Family vs Bramabulls(8)
Bramabulls roll through depleted Family
With both teams eyeing each other's benches, many must have thought the same thing. The Bramabulls simply used their army to their advantage. All the Family were able to do was to hang back and hope for opportunities. Unfortunately, they couldn't keep the game close enough after only one period. The Bramabulls surged with four first period goals to immediately discourage their opponent. S.Ruggiero tallied twice before completing his hat trick in the second period, and B.Verducci kept a clean sheet up until the early stages of the final frame. While the Bramabulls won't have many issues showing up with a full size bench, M.Freda knows that he needs to address this one important area if he plans to keep the games closer.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Moutafis of the Templars. The skilled forward was clearly on top of his game notching an impressive five goals in his first game of the season.
Thursday September 19
(2)SBS Trashers vs The Blast(5)
The Blast power past SBS Trashers behind T.Dorneval 5 point performance
With the kind of display he provided, there was little the SBS Trashers could do to stop T.Dorneval. The Blast's forward opened and closed the scoring while setting up three markers that saw K.Gagne benefit twice. It took only a very short sequence for the Blast to erupt with three goals. The SBS Trashers did finish the second period strong when A.Plescia and M.Sartore finally got to P.Provost. In hopes of carrying that momentum, the game shifted back in the Blast's favour. This time, it took only one minute for them to bury two markers and ultimately put the match away.
(3)Legends vs Winters Soldiers (4)
Winter Soldiers prevail in third period to top Legends
Throughout the entire match, both teams went back and forth giving it all they had. Neither side ever went up after two periods leaving only 15 minutes or more for something to give. Then, in a very short amount of time, the Winter Soldiers put themselves in the drives seat. D.Lombardi was able to notch his second right before A.Kakivelis doubled the lead. Considering how the Winter Soldiers were controlling a good part of the game, the two goal cushion felt like a safe bet for a victory. However, that was up until A.Zarzour narrowed the gap to one. The Legends had enough time to pull out their net minder for an extra attacker. They did manage a few shot attempts but most got blocked unable to reach the net.
(7)Bramabulls vs Fitforce Phoenix (3)
Bramabulls overpower Fitforce Phoenix in season debut
After a close first period, the Bramabulls got to work overwhelming their opponent on four second period markers. C.Palermo closed out the frame with back to back tallies, both goals coming with the help of D.Verta. Even though the Fitforce Phoenix struck early in the third period, the Bramabulls padded their lead anyway adding two more insurance goals. J.Lulic orchestrated four out of his clubs seven tallies due to his heads up play. The Bramabulls cashed in twice on special teams scoring once on the power play and the other shorthanded. Overall, a good start to their season. As for the Fitforce Phoenix, lessons will be taken-from this contest as they'll look to adjust moving forward.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.Dorneval of the Blast. Sometimes, it's nice to have a player carry much of the load. Tonight, T.Dorneval did more than his share collecting all five points for an impressive season debut.
Wednesday September 18
(2)Screaming Eagles vs Left Wings (6)
V.Ladouceur , D.Provost-Jarry a handful for the Screaming Eagles
V.Ladouceur put on a passing clinic for the Left Wings. The heads up forward created plenty of space out there with D.Provost-Jarry benefiting three times for a hat trick. The game remained close till the last five minutes where the Left Wings put it away on three consecutive goals. Both teams had to deal with a small bench but it didn't affect the Left Wings so much as they managed it properly. S.Vassilopoulos gave up only two markers conceding his first one very late in the second period. By then, the Left Wings were well on their way to a good start to their season.
(5)Buckshots vs Knights (3)
Buckshots use big third period to defeat Knights
For two straight periods, the Knights managed to keep it close. However, once they entered the final stretch, the wheels fell off and the Buckshots surged on three consecutive markers. K.Kavan broke the 2-2 tie, and Y.Derohannessian doubled the lead collecting one of four points during the contest. The Knights did enter the night with a slight disadvantage having only three change ups. That didn't affect the play of J.Lulic and J.DeSua as both players participated in every goal. Still, it isn't the right formula in a game required to play till the very end. The Knights have some quality but lacked quantity in tonight's game.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Wocafloka(5)
Fatal Demons use balanced scoring to top Wocafloca
The Fatal Demons turned a much desired up-tempo game into a victory. It wasn't a pretty win but nevertheless a victory. All six goals came-from different scorers which is usually a good thing not needing to rely on one particular player. They managed to always play with the lead forcing the Wocafloca to battle hard in hopes of keeping it close. The Fatal Demons rode a 6-3 third period lead and expected to close out the game with some ease. But it wasn't the case as A.Desrosiers and O.Cruz scored to pull their team within one. Wocafloca had more than enough time to build off their momentum in search of an equaliser. Unfortunately, they couldn't break R.Ranieri one more time. A.Zarzour and J.Bolanakis shared three points each while M.Destounis's third period marker held up for the winner.
(1)Fat Roy vs United (3)
G.Jerjian hat trick seals a 3-1 win for United
United took full advantage of G.Jerjian's remarkable goal scoring touch on Wednesday night. After giving up the opening goal, G.Jerjian guided his club scoring once in every frame. His key marker came late in the second period giving the United their first lead heading into the final stretch. Even with Fat Roy knocking on the door to try and level the game, G.Follano kept standing in the way. The net minder went on a tear making one important save after another in order to preserve the lead. For an opening game into the season, the United played a smart and disciplined style. They made a strong stand to defend their lead, getting a strong support-from their offense that helped their defence and ultimately their goaltender.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Garo Jerjian of United. In a relatively low scoring affair, G.Jerjian was an absolute force notching all three goals for his club.
Tuesday September 18
HBHA Seniors go the distance to win Masters 35+ division
It took a third and deciding game for the HBHA Seniors to claim their title versus National. The HBHA Seniors would have loved to end it earlier after blanking out their opponent 3-0. G.Vouloumanos scored twice in game one while E.Parent was flawless denying 16 straight shots. However, National wasn't going down that easily. By focusing on a better start, they managed to get two first period goals in a very short span. S.Laplante potted a pair that included the winner, and M.Gallant returned the favour pushing aside 14 of 15 shots to capture the win in net. For the two clubs, nobody was at all surprised that this series would go the extra mile. And whether or not the game would be decided in a shootout or not, somebody would eventually come through and make the difference. Some can argue the captain of the HBHA Seniors would be that variable. J.Kontitsis was responsible for getting his club on board first while netting the winner as part of a three point performance. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Kontitsis and the HBHA Seniors for getting it done.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs National (0) Game 1
(3)National vs HBHA Seniors (1) Game 2
(4)HBHA Seniors vs National (1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Parent of the HBHA Seniors. In a very eventful final, Eric Parent made his teammates proud as he was instrumental taking two out of three big games.
7 Black Knights vs 2 GK Match # 3
Les Black Knights remportent le titre provincial d'été et représenteront le Québec en tant qu’une des équipes québécoises aux Nationaux à Calgary (Alberta) en 2020.
Le troisième match de la finale devait être un match d’échecs opposant deux rivaux qui se sont affrontés à la fin du mois de juillet lors de leur dernier grand match au championnat canadian national B.
Les performances agressives des Black Knights a amené à une dominance à la fois offensif et défensif. Dès le début du match, l'entraîneur Tony Iannitto et les Black Knights avaient une stratégie complètement différente de leur précédente rencontre. Peut-être sentant la puissance de l'offensive GK et sachant que sa propre défense pourrait difficilement être mise à l’épreuve. Inséré dans la formation pour avoir plus d'offensive et après avoir manqué les deux matchs précédents, Jean-Philippe Moquin, J-f Di Iorio, Alex Aubut Laurence Bourgault on fait sentir leur présence..
Les Black Knights ont choisi de tout mettre en œuvre pour écraser GK dès le début. Alex Des Rosiers a ouvert la marque au début de la 1ère période lors d'un but spectaculaire en échappée , battant le gardien de but du GK Matt Dauphinais Fortin . Quelques minutes plus tard, Jonathan Gagne , doué d'un talent offensif, marque un deuxième but et un troisième but de Johnny Lulic leur donne l'avance 3-0 dans les premier 5 minutes du match. Le 4ème but de la période est sorti du bâton de Yannick Tifu en avantage numérique. ( avec 1 but et 3 passes dans le match), Les espoirs de GK de faire un retour dans le match ont fondamentalement coulés. Lorsqu'une équipe peut prendre une avance de 4-0 après une période, elle dicte le plus souvent les conditions de jeu. Les Black Knights avaient ce luxe et en ont pleinement profité . Ils ont pu se concentrer sur la limitation d'espace dans les trois zones tandis que le GK devait trouver comment créer de l'espace pour avoir la chance de revenir dans le match.
Même après s'être regroupés à un début horrible a la premier entracte ,GK ne pouvait pas mettre aucun jeu offensif en marche pendant la deuxième période.Patrick Chéry vient d'aggraver la situation en réussissant son deuxième but, suivi par un autre but d’un tir puissant frappé de Joshua Desmarais en avantage numérique et cela a mis clairement le jeu hors de portée. Apres deux periode c’etait deja 6-0 .GK a finalement marque en 3ème période mais le mal était déjà fait. Il n’y avait plus aucune chance que les Black Knights laissent une énorme longueur d’avance de 6-0 avec Fred Gagnon devant le but. Grâce à sa brillante performance dans la série, Fred Gagnon a été nommé joueur le plus utile des séries ce qui lui a valu de fermer la porte dans deux des trois match contre une équipe talentuex pouvant marquer à volonté. Joey D'Amico des Back Knights et Terry Lubwele des GK ont été blessés et n'ont pas joués.Ce fut une série incroyable avec une démonstration de hockey-balle de haut niveau de Black Knights et de GK.
Félicitations au coach Tony Iannitto et au Black Knights pour avoir remporté le titre de la division Premier été. Grâce à cette victoire, la franchise légendaire qui existe depuis 30 ans (1989) maintenant, s'est assurée une place au championnat national à Calgary (Alberta) en aout 2020. Les Black Knight n’ont pas participé au championnat national depuis 2013.
Le joueur des séries éliminatoires Salumi Vino va à Fred Gagnon des Black Knights. Il ne fait aucun doute dans l'esprit de ce coéquipiers que F.Gagnon était l'une des principales raisons pour lesquelles les Black Knights sont arrivés à ce point. Il a été vif, concentré et brillant tout au long des séries éliminatoires.
Monday September 16
Venom aim to keep up strong success
Venom proved unstoppable in their last season, dropping all but one game while securing the 4vs4 division title. M.Trivisonno and his troops were eager to continue that momentum, and it showed right away as they took both their games versus the Orient. With J.Courteau leading the way on a hat trick in the opening contest, Venom relied on a little more balance in the ensuing match getting goals -from five different players. The Orient gave them a tight challenge for a whole period keeping the game levelled at 1-1, but that all changed by the second frame where Venom ran away with the match. J.Vinet and J.Mandracchia scored twice, J.DeSua netted the winner and M.Trivisonno limited his opponent to only three goals in both games.
(5)Venom vs Orient (2)
(1)Orient vs Venom (7)
In a game that was tight as anything, tight enough that it felt like everyone was waiting for someone else to make a mistake, S.Marricco found some open space and made a pair of incredible plays to decide the first encounter. His hat trick clearly inspired a rusty Degenerates side. Even though the next match had no winners, the Degenerates refined their game making it more difficult for the Chic Choc to generate much offense. Both net minders were however a big part of the 1-1 draw. J.Atch made his job look easy allowing only one shootout marker for the Degenerates. The same applied to F.Peloquin, that unless you beat his clean, the net minder won't give much. A.Lanni tallied in the shootout for the Degenerates right after M.Ethier got his club on board for the Chic Choc.
(5)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (3)
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (1) S.O
1 Timer, haunted by their own power play
Two games into the season, and the 1 Timer covered a great deal of their game except for one particular area, and that was on their own power play. With a chance to cash in three points in the first game, N.Mackeen used a late shorthanded marker to help send the game in a shootout for the Punishers. However, the 1 Timer did eventually earn the win thanks to a pair of breakaways goals by M.Charpentier and T.Daigneault. Then, in a similar event occurring late in the second match, the 1 Timer had another opportunity to bury their opponent. The game was tied 3-3 when the 1 Timer had four minutes of power play time with just under five minutes remaining in the game. And rather than putting it away, the worst case scenario occurred. This time, C.Gingras proved once again what he's all about when facing adversity. In the short span of only 30 seconds, C.Gingras buried two shorthanded goals as part of a six point performance. This isn't the first, and won't be the last time that C.Gingras rescues a team when pinned against the wall.
(4)Punishers vs 1 Timer (5) S.O
(5)1 Timer vs Punishers (7)
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Jay Atch of the Degenerates. In his season debut, the net minder did not disappoint enabling the Degenerates to escape with four out of a possible six points. Atch was solid in both games earning a shutout in the second encounter.
Thursday September 12 (Final)
(7)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors (6) S.O Game 1
Payam Assadi lifts Legacy in crucial game 1
Payam Assadi saved his best for last. The stage was set for the crafty forward after scoring twice in the third period. With the opportunity to win the game, P.Assadi delivered as he deked to his right to slip the ball behind M.Gravano securing a huge game one victory. The Smooth Sailors couldn't have asked for a better start, and all thanks to their sniper up front. M.Testolina scored three goals in every possible way. Hoping and figuring a three goal cushion could have been sufficient clearly wasn't the case for the Smooth Sailors, who gave up five straight. However, just like their opponent, Legacy's momentum also came to a halt. A 5-3 third period lead wasn't enough to close out the game as the Smooth Sailors responded thanks to J.Mandracchia and his captain J.Palmitano. Unfortunately for the two sides, a dreaded shootout was left to determine a winner. Both teams made the right choices sending three of their finest when it comes to these situations. The game was ultimately decided on the last breakaway attempt taken by P.Assadi.
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Legacy (4) Game 2
Resilient Smooth Sailors bounce back to even series
The Smooth Sailors picked up a pivotal must win game over Legacy, and they can thank the heroics of their captain for it. With the game all knotted at 4-4, J.Palmitano re directed a long shot-from S.Minkiewicz giving no chance to C.Stavriadis to react. It seemed like both teams didn't care much for tightening it up or playing a strong man on man game. Instead, they just went for it relying heavily on their top guns. It had playoff intensity but no defensive structure. Apart-from P.Nakhle netting a pair, the scoring was balanced-from the two sides. Legacy entered the third period up 3-2, and at one point 4-3, but couldn't protect their lead long enough. Somehow, the Smooth Sailors found enough energy on a depleted bench to battle back and extend the series for a third and deciding match.
(3)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 3
Legacy hang on to claim D Thursday title
Legacy have survived a torrid final battle to knock out the Smooth Sailors and claim the D Thursday division title. The game started out pretty good for Legacy getting a pair of early goals on deceptive slap shot- from S.Athanasopoulos and M.DoCouto. But as it's been their theme throughout the entire series, the Smooth Sailors were far-from calling it quits. They managed to pull themselves within one when J.Palmitano blasted a one timer late in the game. Even though the clock showed just over two minutes remaining, this contest felt like an eternity considering how it played out. However, Legacy wasn't going to let this slip away, especially against a battered and depleted line up. The Smooth Sailors just didn't have enough steam to gain possession in hopes of forcing overtime. As expected, this series had all the elements of two very good teams going at it. Both teams fought hard, played a physical game with two top tier offenses going head to head. It was evident that they both deserved to reach this stage. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Peter Chiotis, Payam Assadi, George Panagiotopoulos, Tasso Bozinakis and the rest of Legacy for getting it done.
In a team that doesn't rely on goaltending, both net minders did make the difference tonight. Frank Baratta and Costa Stavriadis share the honours as MVP of the series, each earning the SalumiVino players of the night.
Tuesday September 10 (Final)
(2)Black Knights vs GK(9) Game 2
GK pound Black Knights to force a deciding game
There was no doubt that every GK player said they would be better in this game. And although nothing is ever for certain, it may as well have been an iron clad guarantee that this series had more miles to it. There is far too much talent and experience not to believe that the GK's big guns, who were somewhat dormant in game 1, wouldn't start firing in this must win contest. Clearly they were much better, and it started to show as of the second frame where they ran up the score on four unanswered goals. K.Kuczmarski, B.Jutras and M.David showed up to play as all three players each scored twice. For the GK, the offensive explosion was to be expected. It's one thing to keep them at bay for one game but extremely difficult for two in a row. The Black Knights understood this and perhaps weren't prepared enough to close out the series. Both teams will have a few days to rest up and prepare for their biggest match of the year. After taking game two rather easily, the GK feel confident about their chances heading into game three. The question becomes how can the Black Knights overcome a reality check? Knowing that they took game one of this series, T.Iannitto will have to go back to basics and inspire his troops that anything is still possible.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the GK. In what was a must win game, M.David led the way up front accumulating four points that included two assists at pivotal points during the match.
Monday September 9 (Final)
(4)GK vs Black Knights (7) Game 1
Horrible penalty kill costs game 1 for GK
Normally, there is a connection between crummy penalty killing and crummy goaltending but L.Augustin-Registe wasn't to blame in tonight's case. Structurally, though, down a man the GK didn't have answers giving up three power play goals. And to make matters worse, they also let in a shorthanded marker that perhaps dictated the direction of this contest. Y.Tifu was able to cut a play before finding himself with plenty of space to rip a bullet passed the GK net minder. The Black Knights showed that they were geared up despite a slow start. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the rhythm started to settle in and the opportunities eventually came. While many contributed in many ways, J.Gagne was arguably the one who helped orchestrate the offense. The slick forward was one of the stories in this match accumulating five points that included a hat trick. Another reason for the win was attributed to the Black Knights net minder. The GK, after finding themselves up 2-0, had more than enough chances to widen the margin only to hit a wall. F.Gagnon shook off some early rust and became an immediate factor as to why his club leads 1-0 in this series. Surely, the Black Knights are satisfied after a solid performance but know that this series isn't close to being over. In order to defeat the GK, everything must go right. The question becomes can they repeat a similar performance in tomorrow's crucial match.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. Everyone-from both sides would make the case that F.Gagnon was vital to the Black Knights victory. The game could have turned ugly if it wasn't for the net minder standing on his head on a few occasions.
Thursday September 5 (Semi finals)
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (4) Game 1
E.Salhany slick toe-drag beats M.Gravano and clock for 1-0 series lead
Job on Demands forward E Salhany has always been known for his slick hands and his awesome moves when left alone in front of any net minder. In an important game 1 versus the Smooth Sailors, Salhany did not disappoint. Smooth Sailors goalie Gravano didn't have much of chance on a play that he didn't expect. The Smooth Sailors trailed for much of the third period but were able to even the contest when M.Testolina ripped a bullet passed P.Assadi. Both sides were almost convinced a shootout was going to determine the outcome. Unfortunately for the Smooth Sailors, a late blunder forced them to try and take the next two games.
(7)Legacy vs United Armenians (1) Game 1
Legacy thump United Armenians to take strangle hold in series
It's that time of year and Legacy really ramped up their game to take a commanding 1-0 series lead. Although the score suggests an easy out, most of the damage did occur in the third period. J.Rochon scored twice during that span as part of a four goal surge. The United Armenians hoped for a better start rather than falling behind after only a minute and change into the game. For nearly two full periods, the game was still within reach, that was up until P.Doulis widened the gap by three. The United Armenians were clearly deflated by that point which showed in a lopsided finish.
(2)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (7) Game 2
Sailors respond, blow out Job on Demand to even the series
The Smooth Sailors fired everything but the kitchen sink in the direction of P.Assadi during game two of the semi finals. At first, it appeared as though the plan would have no effect on the net minder after a 1-1 first period. Then, it all fell into play and the Smooth Sailors connected five times alone in the second period to blow the game wide open. J.Palmitano scored twice in that frame alone while M.Testolina was the engine behind the victory accumulating five points. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the Job on Demand collected their thoughts focusing on only what was ahead of them, an ensuing fifteen minute game or more that could decide their fate.
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (2) O.T Game 3
J.Mandracchia the hero for the Smooth Sailors as they complete dramatic comeback
From-the very beginning of this match, the Job on Demand erased a bad memory getting the start they had hoped and planned for. The contest was barely five minutes old when J.Hassan and M-A Haber tallied only moments apart. Adding to their cushion came an eventual power play chance with less than five minutes remaining. And rather than going up, or at the very least killing off time-from the clock, the worst possible scenario occurred .That's when J.Mandracchia went into supernatural mode netting a huge shorthanded marker to cut the lead in half. The equaliser resembled somewhat of his first tally as another wrist shot had eyes making its way through to the net. With the score deadlocked 2-2, both sides were stuck having to play a five minute sudden death frame. The Job on Demand was offering the least competitive version of themselves and perhaps hoping to go into the shootout considering they didn't really generate much. But the Smooth Sailors had other ideas and avoided the breakaway competition thanks to their star centreman. After receiving a perfect pass on a patient heads up play by D.Greco, the Smooth Sailors completed their remarkable comeback-from no other than J.Mandracchia.
(3)United Armenians vs Legacy (7) Game 2
Legacy punch ticket to final with sweep of United Armenians
If anything describes Legacy, it's that they can get production-from just about anybody. Depth scoring is crucial at this time of year and Legacy has plenty of it running three solid lines. Proof of this is that seven different players took turns finding the back of the net. Because of P.Chiotis's confidence in his group, coaching isn't always too difficult, at least not in tonight's case. The United Armenians desperately needed a good start to the game but kept finding themselves sinking in a deeper hole giving up three first period goals. They did manage a better second frame winning it 2-1. However, that was as close as it got. It showed that Legacy had the edge in all facets of the game, even on the power play where they bagged three out of their seven goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia. The Smooth Sailors fell 2-0 and recovered thanks to a decisive performance by Mandracchia. The highly skilled forward scored all three goals to help lead his team to the final.
With barley any flaws to their game, Legacy is as complete of a team as it gets. Surely the Smooth Sailors have the offense to challenge their opponent but they'll need to focus more on other areas of their game. The slight advantage will be played in Legacy`s favour due to their deeper bench. Also, disciple is major factor in this series. Since both teams have the skill set to dominate a power play, staying out of the penalty box will be crucial.
Tuesday September 3 (Semi finals)
(7)GK vs Punishers (4) Game 3
GK impose will on Punishers to reach final
In what was so far the most important game of the season, it was the Gk that responded to the challenge. The Punishers appeared to be the ready of the two sides on a very early goal, but that turned out to be an illusion as the GK took over riffling four in a row. The match barely hit its half way point and the Punishers felt the doubts creeping in knowing their season was in jeopardy. Despite plenty of hockey left over, the GK stood firm never enabling their opponent to bounce back. K.Kuczmarski scored twice that included the winner on the power play. The GK understood that they couldn't rely on only a few players in order to defeat the Punishers but rather an overall team effort.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of the GK. It's not surprising that he came through once again for the big moment. His three points including the game winner helped send his team to a familiar place where they'll take on the Black Knights in the final.
The GK and the Black Knights are set to face each other once more in the Premier division final. With the GK's recent success taking home the gold medal at this year's Nationals, the Black Knights feel that they are in the GK's shadow. Perhaps this final will give them an opportunity to put themselves back to an even playing field. However, it won't be easy and plenty will be required-from the Black Knights in order to get it done. And even though the GK feel good about their chances, this final will be difficult as anything can happen between two rival opponents.
Monday September 2
1 Timer puts an end to a great run, winners of 4vs4 second division
With a pair of very close victories against the Excalibur on Monday night, the 1 Timer laid claim to the 4vs4 second division title. The 1 Timer expected nothing more than to getting it done, especially after playing with each other for quite a few years. The team has a good mix of offensive and defensive players backed by a strong goaltender in F.Koch. A big priority was to have a full bench, something that they were able to floor all season long. Both games were extremely close ultimately decided by only one goal if not counting two empty net markers in the second game. M.Carpentier riffled a couple in the first encounter including the winner while J.Guye-Perrault followed up in the ensuing match with an identical performance. Another key area for the two victories was due to taking the lead. The Excalibur never had the luxury of forcing their opponent to open up, instead, they were the ones having to chase the game. Y.St-Georges provided plenty of offense netting three out of his clubs four goals in the losses. After having a great regular season and playoff run, the 1 Timer couldn't have asked for a better and more deserving finish. Congratulations go out to Joel Guye-Perrault and the rest of his teammates for getting it done.
(4)1 Timer vs Excalibur (3) Game 1
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Guye-Perrault of the 1 Timer. His five points in two games made a major impact for his clubs overall production in the most important night of the year.
Thursday August 29 (Semi finals)
National rally-from two down to beat Lefts Over's twice in shootout
Over the course of a season, there are bound to be a few games that stand out more than the rest. Mark tonight's pair of wins as one of those occasions for the National. Trailing by two goals after dropping the first encounter by a 1-0 score, National emptied their emotional tank and rallied for a 3-2 victory to keep the series alive. O.Meilleur was the only player for either team to convert in the shootout. It was clear that National played with more urgency which helped shift the momentum in their favour. Still, plenty of work was still ahead for the two sides having to play a 12 minute game followed with a potential five minute overtime period. And considering how tight they played one another, neither side was able to score during that time which forced another shootout to decide the series. This time, S.Laplante was the lone scorer as the crafty d-man dazzled his way through netting the lone shootout marker. M.Gallant was flawless again stopping a total of six shootout attempts to end what was a thrilling semi final round. At no point during the entire night did National ever play with the lead. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, they just couldn't get that extra little break.
(1)Left Over's vs National (0) Game 1
(3)National vs Left Over's (2) S.O Game 2
(0)Left Over's vs National (1) S.O Game 3
HBHA Seniors reach familiar territory after downing the Family
The HBHA Seniors main players kept finding ways to score, and E.Parent was solid once more to help send his club to the final. Both wins came with every player committing to a full out effort. G.Vouloumanos was very productive in the opening contest participating in all three goals to secure a 3-1 victory. The second win had plenty of balance as four different players took turns finding the back of the net. The Family would have liked to try and play with the lead but never had the chance as they fell behind very early in both games. A.Perrault scored two out of his clubs three goals. After taking both games and outscoring their opponent 7-3, the HBHA Seniors no doubt want to hold that trend, especially now that they find themselves in the final.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (1) Game 1
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Gallant of the National. By denying six straight shootout attempts, and allowing only three goals in two games, it's safe to say that the net minder is a major reason why National will be challenging for the Masters 35+ title.
The Masters 35+ division is now down to only two teams. The HBHA Seniors will face off against a resilient opponent. Both teams have plenty of structure and won't give each other much on the offensive part of the game. Like most good teams battling it out at this level, look for all the little things to make the difference.
Thursday August 29 (Playoffs Round 1)
(3)SBS Trashers vs United Armenians (7) 4 vs 5
E.Mavroudis hat trick sends United Armenians to next round
E.Mavroudis was a one man wrecking crew on Thursday night, notching a hat trick while setting up a goal to power the United Armenians over the SBS Trashers. From-the very start of the game, the United Armenians had the momentum on their side after building a 3-0 lead. The SBS Trashers did respond with a pair of tallies just prior to the period ending and hoped to build on it with so much hockey ahead of them. But it seemed clear that the United Armenians were ready for this game as they buried two quick goals to regain control of the match. Y.Derohannessian had a major influence as well collecting four points while G.Follano was sharp facing some high quality slap shots. The SBS Trashers couldn't address or apply what has been working for them this season. For a team that usually defends well, tonight was just a disaster. However, that isn't to take away-from a team that came ready to play, and that's been well coached for an important game. G.Missakian made the right moves and necessary adjustments over the course of the match enabling his club to prevail.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to E.Mavroudis of the United Armenians. With so much on the line in a one game do or die, the power forward produced in a big way bagging three goals and an assist.
With this win, the United Armenians will represent the fourth seed for the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Legacy vs United Armenians (5) Coming off a convincing playoff win will definitely help the confidence level for the United Armenians. But the problem is that they will go up against a side that is covered in all aspects of their game. Legacy doesn't really have a weakness. The United Armenians will need to make every shift count and try and hang around as much as possible. As long as the games are close anything is possible.
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (3) It will be up to the Job on Demand to contain the Smooth Sailors big line. If they get that done, the odds are good for them to advance. The task may sound simple but extremely hard to do. Good players normally find ways to generate offense which will force the Job on Demands defence and net minder to remain focused.
Wednesday August 28 (Final)
(4)Bramabulls vs Knights (1) Game 1
Bramabulls use a good start as priority
The final round of the playoffs got underway on Wednesday night with the Bramabulls and the Knights opening up their series. It was the favoured Bramabulls who took game 1 with the help of four straight markers. After setting up S.Liparota to get the ball rolling, J.Palmitano doubled the lead just prior to the first period ending. The Knights, despite falling behind were still in it, but knew their chances started to diminish when Liparota struck for a second time. There was almost no way that the Bramabulls would falter a three goal margin. The Knights did grab one positive in this encounter, and that was to get the final say courtesy of late power play goal-from M.Kardum. Until that point, G.Follano was rock solid needing only four minutes to earn a shutout.
(0)Knights vs Bramabulls(7) Game 2
Bramabulls cruise to F Wednesday division title
Unlike their series against Carnage, the Bramabulls weren't messing around versus the Knights. This time, they made sure to grab a good start, and in doing so gave no chance for the Knights to respond. It was evident from- the drop of the ball that the Bramabulls meant business. M.Maggiore used two first period goals to start what was a foreshadowing of more to come. Even though both sides may have felt where all this was headed, B.Sansotta's goal surely confirmed the eventuality of this final. The Bramabulls carried a 4-0 lead heading into the final frame where they kept pressing by adding three more tallies. The one area that the Knights were hoping for to giving themselves any sort of chance lied in the idea of playing with the lead. Unfortunately, they just ran into a very determined Bramabulls club, who didn't take their opponent for granted. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Anthony DiPerna and the Bramabulls for capturing the F Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerardo Follano of the Bramabulls. In two games, G.Follano was as close as perfect can get. The net minder confidently led his team to a championship by allowing only one goal all night.
Monday Augusts 26 (Premier semi-final)
(3)GK vs Punishers (0) Game 1
M.Dauphinais tames Punishers in 3-0 shutout win
M.Dauphinais was clearly on top of his game pushing aside every single shot he faced to frustrate the Punishers on Monday night. With both teams playing to a scoreless opening period, it took four minutes into the second frame for T.Pham to finally crack the barrier. The Punishers had their chances and knew the game could have been different if not for Dauphinais stealing the show. It showed that the GK made it a priority to tighten the cord holding on to a very slight margin. Eventually, they did get some breathing room on a pair of late markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Mathieu Dauphinais of the GK. Standing firm and tall between the pipes, Dauphinais was a rock stopping every single ball his way.
Tuesday August 27(Premier semi final)
(5)Punishers vs GK(2) Game 2
C.Gingras and Punishers dominate special teams to even series
Game 2 of the semi finals up was a special team's battle that the Punishers dominated, both on the penalty kill and on the power play. C.Gingras had a night worthy of a leader on a team with championship aspirations. He participated in four goals, including one shorthanded as part of a hat trick performance. On two occasions, the GK responded to even the score but never managed to grab the lead. It wasn't just Gingras heavily involved in the win as every depth player along with the net minder got the job done. C.Stavriadis was stellar which came to be expected of him going up against a high octane offense. With the series now deadlocked 1-1, the Punishers will need to continue all their right habits if they plan on causing an upset.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There is no surprise that if the Punishers were to even the series, that C.Gingras would have his hand in on it. The skilled forward was again an absolute force collecting four points that came in every possible way.
Monday August 26 (division 1 final)
Venom Crowned division 1 4vs4 Champions
Venom defeated the Punishers 4-1 & 3-1 to capture the 4vs4champiosnship on Monday night. Both victories required a maximum effort unlike the way they won many of their games during the regular season. The Punishers were the only team to really challenge Venom and it showed once again tonight. Playing with a lead always helps, and Venon was able to play ahead throughout the entire series. J.Courteau set the tone early in the first encounter while Y.Gazuri netted the winner thanks to J.DeSua's feed, who capped off a three point performance. The second match was just as close up until the early stages of the second frame where F.Labrecque collected his third assist to widen the gap by three. The Punishers did eventually capitalise on the power play courtesy of P.Arkalis but that was as close as it got. On a few occasions, the Punishers had plenty of chances to even the score. If not for M.Trivisonno bailing his club out, this series could have taken a different turn. The net minder couldn't have performed better than he did on this particular night. From- goaltender out, Venom had the balance and skill set to achieve their goal.On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mike Trivisonno and Venom for taking the 4vs4 first division title.
(4)Venom vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(1)Punishers vs Venom(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivissonno of Venom. In a series that was quite close, M.Trivissonno made many necessary saves in order to help preserve the lead in both games for his club.
Monday August 26 (division 2 semi finals)
F.Koch's back to back shutouts send 1 Timer to big dance
Playoff shutouts aren't easy to do, but F.Koch was able to live up to the expectations by blanking the Fatal Demons twice on Monday night. The 1 Timer had everything go right in both their shutout wins. Both games ended with identical 4-0 scores. Four different players took turns finding the back of the net in the first encounter while J.Guye-Perrault was more of a force in the ensuing match bagging a hat trick. The Fatal Demons only kept it close in the second game for about a period. Other than that, they were nowhere to be found. It was evident that the 1 Timer were simply better on this night. While the Fatal Demons relied on playing conservative, the 1 Timer used their speed to push their opponents backs against the wall. By applying that kind of constant pressure, results will tend to fall into play.
(4)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons(0) Game 1
(0)Fatal Demons vs 1 Timer(4) Game 2
S.Sauk excels again in the shootouts
S.Sauk was amazing once again in the shootouts, this time edging out the Dragons on both occasions. After overcoming a 3-1 deficit, the Excalibur gave themselves a good fighting chance knowing that Sauk was occupying the net. The Dragons were snake bitten on their two attempts while Y.St-Georges and S.Ruggiero dazzled their way through getting the better of P.Assadi. Unlike the first game, the Excalibur played with a short second period lead only to let it slip away when S.Robineault bagged his second for the Dragons. Both sides figured that this contest was also headed to a dreaded breakway competition. And while the Dragons were perhaps hoping for a regulation win, the Excalibur didn't mind the gamble. When a goaltender is hot and in his groove, it makes it very difficult for anyone to beat him. This was clearly the case for S.Sauk, who once again went flawless on two attempts. The Excalibur were able to benefit twice on only two tries with A.Fonrose and Y.St-Georges leading the way.
(3)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Dragons (2) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. In his last four starts, S.Sauk has enjoyed some timely success by taking three games in a shootout.
With the 1 Timer and the Excalibur sweeping their series, both teams will be gunning for the ultimate prize. The 1 Timer has been rolling-from the beginning of the season as perhaps the most consistent team in their division. They have an overall balanced squad starting with their net minder F.Koch. However, the Excalibur is running on a little bit of magic, and if that means anything, than this series could go their way. At the very least, S.Sauk has to continue his exceptional run between the pipes in order to have a chance.
Thursday August 22
(0)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers gelling at just the right time
The SBS Trashers appear to finally hit their stride. They've just won a convincing 7-0 game and it couldn't come at a better time. Shutting out the Smooth Sailors usually never happens, but that can be expected when a team buys into a system along with brilliant goaltending. R.Pampena looked strong and confident like his usual self on most nights making one save look nicer than the other. When a team knows that they can rely on their goaltender, the offense will often fall into play. The SBS Trashers had no issues finding the back of the net seven straight times. M.Sartore and E.Panzera potted a pair while Joseph Scalia played an unfamiliar role by setting up five goals.
(11)Legacy vs United Armenians (2)
Legacy blow out Arms in expected result
The United Armenians had no choice but to hope for a miracle in order to have any sort of chance with only three spares to their bench. In many cases, a depleted line up can lead into something positive, but not when you go up against Legacy. This was clear-from the get go where T.Bozinakis used two markers to close out the frame for a 3-1 lead. It took only a minute and change for Bozinakis to complete his hat trick into the ensuing period. The current just increased as of the second period with the United Armenians unable to keep up. Six goals had gone in during that span. S.Robineault closed out the scoring to match T.Bozinakis for a shared hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the SBS Trashers. Pampena was superb, turning in a shiny sparkling performance shutting out a high octane offense in the Smooth Sailors.
The D Thursday regular season came to an end. With top three seeds securing a semi final spot, the fourth place SBS Trashers will need to take on the fifth place United Armenians in order to reach the semi final round. Anything can happen in a one game playoff. If both teams come prepared, expect a close match. The United Armenians will need all their assets up front as a bare minimum to go up against a stingy defence and solid goaltender in R.Pampena.
Thursday August 22
HBHA Seniors defy the odds to secure first place
Having only four players dressed without any change ups, the HBHA Seniors did something remarkable versus the Left Over's. All they needed was to take one of two games in order to secure first place but that task didn't seem within reach considering the circumstances. Proof of it showed as early as the first encounter where the Left Over's dictated the pace en route to a 4-0 victory. Normally,that kind of pace and pressure would continue, especially when one team has ten players versus only four. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, everything that could have possibly gone wrong did. However, that isn't to take away-from how stellar E.Parent was in net. The goaltender was absolutely brilliant making plenty of key saves never allowing the Left Over's to score once in the final frame. With the score tied 2-2, the HBHA Seniors benefited on a very lucky bounce to crack the tie and eventually secure the win. G.Vouloumanos used two precise shots in the first period to beat G.Platanitis.
(4)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (0)
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's(2)
National and Family go the distance twice in exchanging shootout wins
While National celebrated taking the first encounter in a shootout, the Family was able to even the score with a shootout win of their own. Both games were so close that neither side ever took a lead after any frame. The only one constant was that the Family took the lead three times in the two games but kept getting a response by their opponent. S.Laplante was significant in the opener as the slick defenseman collected two points while rattling off the winner in the breakaways. The second game saw the tides turn in the shootout. With both sides sending three of their main players to take a turn at showing off their skill, M.Sasso was the only one to get his club on board. The Family was able to return the favour thanks to M.Sasso, and T.Borgia who stood tall denying all three attempts.
(4)National vs The Family (3) S.O
(2)The Family vs National (1) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Parent of the HBHA Seniors. For how well he played throughout four entire periods, the HBHA Seniors are glad to have secured first place due their net minders excellent performance between the pipes.
Both these games conclude the end of the regular season in Masters 35+ division. All four teams will be playing in next week's semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)HBHA Seniors vs The Family(4) While many will expect this series to favour the HBHA Seniors, the Family have been turning some heads as of late. Tonight was another example of how difficult they are to play against. National had pretty much a stacked roster and were unable to grab a clean win on two opportunities.
(2)The Left Over's vs National (3) Its simple, limit your mistakes and the deserving team should prevail. This series will be played like a chess match. The Left Over's will need to avoid taking penalties while being aware of certain key players.
Tuesday August 20 (Round 1 4 vs 5)
(3)Punishers vs All Blacks (2)
Punishers advance after edging out All Blacks
C.Stavriadis was supported by a great defensive play in front of him to earn the win in net, and Payam Assadi came through at the right time to ultimately decide the outcome. T.Bozinakis set up both C.Gingras and A.Kakivelis as the Punishers used just enough offensive scoring once in every frame. The All Blacks did have a 20 to 16 shot advantage but couldn't benefit enough times. The win sends the Punishers through to the semi finals where they'll have their hands full versus the GK. The other match up will feature a heated rival between the Black Knights and the River Rats. Games will take place on Monday August 26, verify the site Hockeyballe.com for game times and venue.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Payam Assadi of the Punishers. The crafty forward celebrated a huge goal to decide the match while sending his club through to the semi final.
Monday August 19 (Semi finals division 1)
Tight defence key for Punishers path to final
The Punishers embraced the fact that a winning formula is heavily relied on a tight defensive game. In both their wins over Les Unknown, the Punishers were overly aggressive, allowing the defence to pinch in when needed to, which created enough balance up front. Adding to that, N.Mackeen came ready to play as he does every night giving up one sole tally in the second encounter. The Punishers played a smart simple series by sticking to the basics like many good teams do when they reach a certain stage. A.Kobayati and K.Tsoukalas were the lone scorers in the first match. The second game saw A.Laramee and his captain J.Fidrilis provide much of the offense as both players each scored twice. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will have a different challenge ahead of them. Their next opponent put up some nice numbers during the regular season and it won't come easy. The good news is that they are the only team to hand Venom a loss this season.
(2)Punishers vs Les Unknown (0) Game 1
(1)Les Unknown vs Punishers (5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. The net minder couldn't have asked for a better performance. Apart-from one goal, Mackeen was flawless, frustrating Les Unknown on a few occasions.
Round 1 division 2
Excalibur move on after a pair of nail biters
It didn't come easy but the Excalibur found a way twice to edge out a resilient Degenerates team. The first encounter couldn't have been any closer as a shootout was required to determine a winner. With F.Bchara releasing a quick wrist shot to beat F.Baratta, and S.Sauk denying three straight breakaway attempts, the Excalibur gave themselves a big edge heading into game two. Still, plenty of work was ahead of them if they planned on sweeping their opponent. They did do the right thing by always playing with the lead. At one point, F.Bchara provided a three goal margin toward the tail end of the match which appeared to be enough for a guaranteed win. However, that wasn't the case at all as the Degenerates continued to battle hard. In the span of only one minute, they managed to score two goals to pull within one. Unfortunately, despite having one minute for an equaliser, the Degenerates couldn't get there in time. S.Sauk had a stellar series in net, and was a huge reason why his club will advance to the semi finals.
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (2) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3) Game 2
Four teams are now left over to battle it out in a semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) It may sound simple but very hard to do. The Excalibur know that they have to pay attention to S.Robineault and E.Girouard. And even though they apply a strict game plan, the dynamic duo seem to always find a way.
(2)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons (3) Clearly, the 1 Timer have the edge with their overall speed versus an older opponent. However, the Fatal Demons do have a ton of experience, and a smaller surface may play to their advantage, especially if they can grab the lead.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Bchara of the Excalibur. After netting the sole shootout marker in the opening contest, F.Bchara duplicated his efforts in game two providing a second game winner to help send his club through to the next round.
Thursday August 15
M.Pinheiro continues to tear in up for National
Look up the word clutch in the Hockeyballe.com Masters division dictionary and you'll likely find M.Pinheiro's picture underneath. For how dominant he's been so far, it's hardly surprising that the National captain would have another major impact. In both their wins over the HBHA Seniors, Pinheiro was involved in every single goal that included the shootout winner in the opening contest. To his help, S.Laplante also had an influence taking care of the back end accumulating four points. The HBHA Seniors had a chance to bounce back and even the score but kept running into penalty trouble. By visiting the penalty box on three occasions, National made them pay every single time.
(5)National vs HBHA Seniors(3) S.O
(1)HBHA Seniors vs National (4)
S.Marricco hungry for goals in Left Over's pair of wins over Family
S.Marricco continues to demonstrate that scoring goals is part of his makeup. The hardnosed forward may not score them pretty but manages to find the back of the net on his persistent play in front of the net. The Family, although did an overall fine job on Thursday night, struggled to contain Marricco, who struck four times as part of a six point performance. The Left Over's did the wise thing of starting off strong in both their wins. K.Miraldo was involved in five goals while G.Platanitis allowed only two markers in a short span. The first period appeared to suggest that the Left Over's would have had an easy night. But that wasn't at all the case with Family taking over as of the second period. P.Brosseau and J.Iacampo each tallied to cause some concern only to run out of time.
(5)Left Over's vs The Family (2)
(0)The Family vs Left Over's(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. It's clear that M.Pinheiro has the most accurate shot in the Masters 35+ division. Once again, he was able to hit his target several times finishing off another productive night on five goals, two assists and a shootout winner.
Thursday August 15
(7)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (4)
Smooth Sailors jump to quick start to hold off Job on Demand
You never want to fall behind early on three goals, and that's unfortunately what the Job on Demand had to deal with on Thursday night. Just over six minutes had gone by for the Smooth Sailors to dictate the pace of the match. But as miserable as it was, the Job on Demand did finally wake up even though it proved to be costly. On two occasions, they managed to pull themselves within one. J.DeStefano gave life to the Job on Demand by narrowing the gap to only one goal but that lasted only so long as the Smooth Sailors immediately regained control of the game. C.Fragkiudakis provided a two goal cushion, and A.Rapone widened the gap shortly after to put the contest out of reach.
(2)Fatal Demons vs United Armenians (6)
Fatal Demons must deal with painful end of season following loss to United Armenians
The Fatal Demons found only disappointment having to end their season earlier than hoped for. Both teams entered the night expecting to secure a playoff spot or at the very least be within striking distance. However, that wasn't the case for the Fatal Demons, who were nowhere to be found in their most important game of the season. The United Armenians were quicker and more agile which gave them a massive edge. It took them only five minutes to produce four goals. G.Jerjian notched the winner while adding a late power play marker.
(5)Legacy vs SBS Trashers(4)
J.Rochon scores decisive goal as Legacy edge out Trashers
J.Rochon scored the winner very late of a back and forth game as Legacy edged the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. The game had its momentum swings. Legacy roared out to a 3-0 lead before the first period ended. Then, the tides turned and the SBS Trashers took over on four straight markers with A.Plescia eventually putting his team up by the six minute mark of the second period. For a very long stretch, both sides decided to tighten up their game. Legacy knew they played a little careless but had enough time to address their woes. And after getting their act straight, the third period proved why they are a team to be reckoned with. A.Stamiris was able to come through and level while J.Rochon delivered a massive blow by netting his second leaving only 19 seconds on the clock.
The SalumiVino player goes to Jason Rochon of Legacy. With the game on the line, the power forward came through riffling his second to decide a wild back and forth affair with the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday August 14 (Semi finals)
(7)Bramabulls vs Carnage (5) Game 1
Carnage devastated after blowing huge lead
The Bramabulls faced little adversity in the regular season finishing with a near perfect record. After the first period in their playoff round versus Carnage, that changed as they found themselves in unfamiliar territory playing down by four goals. And as much as it seemed farfetched for that type of a comeback, the Bramabulls are one team that can perhaps defy the odds. The problem however wasn't that the Bramabulls fought hard to battle back and steal the game-from their opponent, but more so that Carnage let this golden opportunity slip away. The key sequence for the pendulum swing occurred in a very short span where the Bramabulls used two shorthanded goals to pull within one. Clearly, that fired up the bench knowing that there was more to come. J.Palmitano struck late in the second period for his clubs first lead, and S.Liparota buried his second to provide a two goal cushion with less than six minutes remaining. There is no doubt that F.Pace and the rest of his team will be devastated-from this particular loss. The good news is that they know they can compete with the Bramabulls, and will have a whole week to reflect on what to do in order to put up a similar challenge.
(7)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (8) Game 1
Knights come out on top of slugfest
S.Ruggiero had one of his better games, and the Knights needed all of his production. The sniper had three goals and a pair of assists, and the Knights held on to what was a wild hockey game. By no means did this contest have the blue prints of a playoff game. But both sides decided to take their chances in a run and gun style that ultimately favoured the Knights in the end. What makes this difficult to swallow for the Mighty Drunks is that they ran up the score in the first period on three unanswered goals. And rather than bearing down, the second period turned into an instant nightmare. The Knights erupted winning the frame 6-1 with Ruggiero stealing the show on a hat trick. The Mighty Drunks did not throw in the towel with still a period remaining, and actually bounced back to level after a brutal frame. Then, in the span of only one minute and change, R.Kilgour and A.Fonrose each scored for the Knights, who held on to a dramatic ending.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Knights. Everyone will agree that it takes a team effort to win you a hockey game, but at the same time, the Knights won't disagree that S.Ruggiero was extremely vital for this particular win. The sniper was instrumental bagging three goals and two helpers to help capture game 1 for the Knights.
Wednesday August 21(Semi finals)
(3)Carnage vs Bramabulls(8) Game 2
Carnage giving up another massive lead, fall to Bramabulls
It looked, after the mid way point of the game, that Carnage was not going to repeat last week's mistake up 3-0. But as they came to learn, it's never over against a team like the Bramabulls. M.Maggiore was perhaps the lightning rod the Bramabulls needed to mount yet another remarkable comeback. After pulling his club within one, M.Maggiore sparked two third period goals, and the Bramabulls were well on their way to punching a ticket to the final. Penalty trouble did get in the way of Carnage, who just couldn't do anything right on their penalty kill. The Bramabulls used four third period power play goals to blow the game wide open.
(4)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (7) Game 2
Mighty Drunks surge past Knights to even series
The Mighty Drunks were clearly dialled in their heavy response versus the Knights. There was no doubt the Mighty Drunks focused on what they needed to do in order to extend the series. Maybe it wasn't apparent-from the first half of the game,but definitely convincing towards the latter stages of the match. The Mighty Drunks continued to progress as the game went on and had their most important moments early in the third period. That was when M.Pinheiro came through completing his hat trick on two big goals in only two minutes for a substantial 6-3 lead. M.Gibeault was solid early on notching two tallies while V.Mancini was the catalyst behind setting up four markers.
(3)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(2) S.O Game 3
M.Kardum ends a thrilling series with shootout winner for Knights
After trading a power play goal, the inevitable was looming for the two sides as a dreaded shootout stood in between advancing to the final or going home earlier than hoped for. This is an area where the shooters and especially the two net minders felt a ton of pressure. But it had to get done and somebody would prevail. Both sides didn't miss on their first attempts. M.Deninno figured out O.Caillet of the Mighty Drunks while V.Mancini did not miss on his chance towards S.Sauk. The next two shooters got denied which left a sudden death round. The Knights made the wise choice to select M.Kardum as one of their main three as he did not disappoint burying his clubs second during the breakaways. For how close this series was, it only made sense that it went the entire distance. The Knights and the Mighty Drunks both fought extremely hard and did everything they could to try and win.
The Bramabulls and the Knights will be competing for the ultimate prize for reaching the final stage. For many, the Bramabulls will be expected to reach the finish line first. However, if they fail to address a poor start to the series like they did against Carnage, the Knights may not let them off the hook that easily, that is assuming the Knights can grab a good start.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Knights. In a series that could have gone either way, M.Kardum ended it by netting the shootout winner versus the Mighty Drunks.
Monday August 12
(0)Punishers vs Black Knights (4)
Black Knights ride hot power play to thumping of Punishers
After being held scoreless for the first period, the Black Knights manufactured a pair of second period goals to seize a 2-0 lead before rattling off a pair by the third to shutout the Punishers. K.Duplin scored twice while J.Gagne collected three helpers. It was a game that everything went right for one team and wrong for the other. The Punishers had their fair share of chances only to keep getting denied by F.Gagnon. The only time they felt that the game was slipping away was by the nine minute mark of the third period where S.Lajeunesse widened the gap by three. With only one game left in the regular season, the Black Knights will attempt to capture first place by needing a single point versus the All Blacks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. The net minder was sharp and ready to play on Monday night stopping enough quality chances to capture a well earned shutout.
Monday August 12
Degenerates unable to solve S.Sauk for three straight periods
Sometimes it just isn't your night. Sometimes you run into a buzz saw or a brick wall. The Degenerates, for three straight periods couldn't solve S.Sauk, who enabled the Excalibur to collect a 3-0 victory. Luckily enough, a deeper bench came into play and the Degenerates used their extra push to finally crack the net minder. There lone three goals came in the last single frame where S.Marricco struck first while setting up J-P Bertrand minutes later for the game winning tally. For how close the game went, F.Baratta was perhaps the reason why his club split with the Excalibur. His willingness to combat every ball came into play as he denied two incredible scoring chances. It was shortly after that sequence that the Degenerates put their game together and ran away with the match.
(0)Degenerates vs Excalibur (3)
(1)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
Fatal Demons roll over Unknown to clinch first round bye
The Fatal Demons rolled over a depleted Unknown squad, and by doing so are glad to avoid an unnecessary first round match up. It took two regulation wins in order to leap frog the Degenerates and secure a third place finish. Clearly, it helped having two spares versus a team without and change ups. Les Unknown knew they needed at the very least the first goal in order to have some sort of chance. Unfortunately, they were stuck playing-from behind in both games which only tired them out even more. The first encounter was rather close with the Fatal Demons using two second period goals in order to secure a 3-0 win. However, the same couldn't be said for the next match where Les Unknown were completely out of it. The game lasted only one frame with the Fatal Demons roaring to a 6-1 lead. J.Palmitano helped sparked the landslide win courtesy of his hat trick that was part of an overall five point night.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Les Unknown (0)
(1)Les Unknown vs Fatal Demons (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Fatal Demons. By collecting two regulation wins, the Fatal Demons avoid an extra playoff round. Both their victories were led by Palmitano, who accumulated a total of four goals and two assists.
The regular season for both division 1 & 2 came to an end on Monday night. With Venom topping the first division, the Punishers will take on Les Unknown in a semi final round. The Punishers will look to advance and reach the final based on their consistency over the season unlike Les Unknown who never seem to be sure who shows up.
As for the second division, a fourth vs fifth match up will need to take place to claim the fourth spot. That match will feature the Degenerates versus the Excalibur. Both teams just finished playing each other, and if that game is any indication of what's to come, than expect a very close series. The seeding is as follows:
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur (5)
Note: The 1 Timer will face off against the Fatal Demons in a semi final round while the Dragons await the winner between the Degenerates and the Excalibur.
Thursday August 8
Some lack of discipline enable National to split with Left Over's
Unable to address that one very important area of the game, the Left Over's may have let the second match slip away to National. You never want to visit the penalty box, especially in a 4 vs 4 format. National managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit in large part due to their captain M.Pinheiro. The sniper riffled a perfect one timer to level the game for his second and was the only player to score in the shootout on a precise wrist shot. O.Meilleur was involved in all three goals for the Nationals victory. Prior to the second encounter, the Left Over's took the opening game in what was another nail biter till the end. S.Marricco led the charge up front on two goals, but it was K.Miraldo's marker that made the difference as it stood up for the winner.
(3)Left Over's vs National (2)
(4)National vs Left Over's(3) S.O
The Family is starting to stand their ground as they trade wins with HBHA Seniors
Its better late than never and that is the attitude the Family will take-from now on heading into the post season. Even though it's been a struggle, the Family are starting to turn things around, and it couldn't be happening at a better time. Both their games with the HBHA Seniors could have gone either way. The first one did belong to the Family thanks to A.Perrault's two goals along with S.Cavallaro's winner that snapped a 2-2 tie. Much of the ensuing match reflected the first game. This time however, the HBHA Seniors found a way to come out on top. After collecting a pair of first period goals, K.Koutsogiannopoulos set up D.Andrade twice that included the decider of a 4-4 tie.
(3)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (2)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Left Over's. By applying his relentless work ethic, S.Marricco had a very productive night accumulating a total of four key points.
Thursday August 8
(3)Job on Demand vs Legacy(2)
A.Sonny Longo's late goal lifts Job on Demand over Legacy
With Legacy not doing themselves any favours visiting the penalty box, the Job on Demand made them pay in the end. J.Hassan took advantage to level the game in the third period and A.Sonny Longo put the final dagger with only 14 seconds left on the clock. As expected, this game was going to be tight with plenty of pride-from the two sides. P.Assadi was one player definitely up for the challenge and did not disappoint allowing only two goals against a lethal offense.
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Fatal Demons (2)
Smooth Sailors breathe easy only in late moments
The Smooth Sailors had to have thought that this game was going to be easy and done with-from the beginning. And why not considering how both teams have fared all season long. While the Smooth Sailors have no issues scoring goals, the Fatal Demons can't seem to get their act together and defend properly. Add all that up,a lopsided affair was to be expected. But the Fatal Demons didn't make things easy for the Smooth Sailors on Thursday night, who needed the entire match in order to feel secure about their chances. J.Bolanakis created the doubt by posting two quick goals in the third period to pull the Fatal Demons within one. It was only by the ten minute mark of the frame that the Smooth Sailors clamped the victory. M.Maggiore doubled the lead and M.Testolina followed up only moments later to put the match to rest.
(4)United Armenians vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers score 7 unanswered to defeat United Armenians
After allowing the first two goals of the game, the SBS Trashers put on a show netting seven unanswered en route to a 7-4 victory. The surge only began as of the six minute mark of the second period. Once Joseph Scalia broke the ice, the snow ball effect was in motion. The natural sniper potted his second four minutes later and J.Desmarais took over in the third on a pair of insurance markers. To their credit, the United Armenians put up a decent challenge considering the lopsided body count-from the two benches.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Job on Demand. It seemed like the net minder could do no wrong on Thursday night. It's never easy limiting Legacy to a pair of goals but P.Assadi proved to everyone that he can defy the odds.
Wednesday August 7
(7)Knights vs Carnage(5) S.O
J-M Loiseau nets hat trick and shootout winner for Knights
J-M Loiseau made an impact as he scored three goals and added the winner in the shootout to give the Knights a feel good victory to cap off their season. Loiseau's hat trick was by far the highlight of a game that featured plenty of back and forth action. Even though Carnage fell short, they'll still have plenty to take-from the loss after mounting a massive third period comeback. C.Moutafis was largely responsible for sending the game into extra time by striking twice while adding a helper. After a scoreless sudden death frame, the Knights prevailed in the shootout. J-M Loiseau and S.Ruggiero each scored while S.Sauk stood firm denying two attempts.
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Bramabulls(4)
Y.Dube and Mighty Drunks end Bramabulls perfect season
Its perhaps not the right time to suffer a first defeat with the playoffs just around the corner, but the Bramabulls wont be too concerned with this particular loss. Both teams entered the contest with plenty of missing players, especially the Bramabulls who had all but one player to change with. Regardless the situation, the Mighty Drunks went about their business and showed that they can compete with the division's giant. Out of their six goals, Y.Dube tore down the opposition's defense riffling four markers. The Bramabulls hung in there for nearly the entire game up until Dube's late marker sealed the outcome.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-M Loiseau of the Knights. J-M Loiseau delivered an impressive performance rattling off three goals along with the shootout winner.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With only one regular season loss, the Bramabulls will take on the fourth place Carnage. The other match up will feature the Mighty Drunks squaring off against the Knights.
(1)Bramabulls vs Carnage(4) There is no doubt the Bramabulls will be the heavy favorites. And while they'll do their part, it will be up to Carnage to play a near perfect series. F.Pace has plenty to figure out and will need for all his players to buy into a system in hopes of having a chance.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Knights(3) In a series that could go either way, the Mighty Drunks have shown more consistency throughout the regular season. The Knights will most likely be busier on their own end of the court which will leave them no choice for S.Sauk to steal the show.
Tuesday August 6
(2)Punishers vs GK(5)
Punishers collapse in third as GK score 4 unanswered to win
On Tuesday, a meltdown by the Punishers in the final frame turned a one goal lead into a 5-2 loss to the hands of GK. This was a game that the GK struggled to find traction-from the start not able to produce until the latter stages of the match. All it took was a small five minutes for the GK to burst the game wide open. T.Pham was a big reason why his club prevailed in the end. After setting up J.Bradley to even the score, T.Pham added a pair of goals including the winner to cap off a remarkable late push. Both sides didn't have their full roster which made the playing field even. It came in a losing cause, but T.Bozinakis and C.Gingras did more than their share collecting two points each.
(6)Black Knights vs GK(5)
One extra period catches up to the GK in double header night
For two straight frames, the GK were in fine shape building a 4-2 lead. But when a team just comes off a hard felt match moment's ago, it's safe to say that fatigue tends to kick in. The Black Knights knew this and made sure to keep a full out pace in order to run down their opponent. The eventual comeback began with the help of Y.Tifu's power play goal. Clearly, that sparked his club to follow up and they did on a pair of quick tallies-from C.St-Hilaire and J.Velenosi. The GK looked like they needed a break badly in the third playing like they didn't have much left in the tank. Still, they weren't out of it and needed only one tally to even the score. T.Pham did provide it on his second of the match. Unfortunately for the GK, one play late in the game put the Black Knights back in front thanks to Y.Tifu's second of the frame. J.Desmarais scored twice,J-F Di Iorio collected four points for the Black Knights while for a second straight game, T.Pham was stellar accumulating three more points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thanh Pham of GK. In back to back games, T.Pham was an absolute force bagging a total of four goals as part of a six point night.
Monday August 5
M.Arkalis and Punishers eventually get serious in thumping of Excalibur
The first period on Monday night seemed like it could have gone either way. Then they solved the Excalibur's coverage and started to play harder resulting in a one sided affair. M.Arkalis put things into motion with two very quick goals for a 5-3 lead and the Punishers never looked back en route to a pair of victories. A.Laramee was vital to the quick start in the second encounter netting two markers. The Punishers avoided a sluggish start by running up the score to substantial 5-1 after one period. A.Sarigiannis opened and closed off the scoring to record a hat trick while P.Arkalis was feeling generous providing a handful of assists. Despite the losses, M.Bchuti gave the Excalibur a decent push by netting a first period hat trick as part of a five point night.
(7)Punishers vs Excalibur vs (4)
(3)Excalibur vs Punishers (10)
1 Timer face difficult challenge dropping both games to the Dragons
For how well things have been going so far for the 1 Timer, maybe tonight's challenge against the Dragons is a good wakeup call on what is to expect in the upcoming post season. The 1 Timer realised that it won't come easy as both games were played till the very end. Unfortunately, they couldn't get a positive result having to settle for a lone shootout point. The Dragons took a crazy first encounter after mounting a remarkable comeback thanks to a pair of goals-from P.Cardillo ,E.Girouard and D.Gagnon. The shootout winner however belonged to S.Robineault as the only player to score during the breakaways. Even though the second encounter was just as close, both sides decided to tighten up their game. And for a second straight time, the Dragons fought-from behind to capture another victory. Much of the success was attributed to E.Girouard and S.Robineault. The dynamic duo once again found a way to make a difference as both players complimented each other on all three goals.
(7)1 Timer vs Dragons (8) S.O
(3)Dragons vs 1 Timer(2)
Les Unknown run out of steam to settle for split with Degenerates
Unable to keep up a rampant pace, Les Unknown didn't have the surge they needed in order to sweep the Degenerates. At some point it seemed inevitable that the Degenerates would get it right by just playing harder than their opponent. They may have dropped the opening contest, but by battling hard, it was just a question of time before they would take over. Scoring efforts came-from four different players that included the winner by Q.Joseph. Les Unknown got their winning tally in the earlier match courtesy of M.Morin, who participated in all three goals for the win. It's only been recent that the Degenerates are starting to play some good hockey. By adding F.Baratta between the pipes along with a better structured game, things are finally falling into place for the Degenerates.
(3)Les Unknown vs Degenerates (1)
(4)Degenerates vs Les Unknown (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of the Dragons. There was no doubt that the Dragons sniper was influential in both wins over the 1 Timer. After netting the shootout winner in the first contest, S.Robineault collected three straight points in the ensuing match to edge out his opponent for a second straight time.
Thursday August 1
(6)SBS Trashers vs Legacy (5)
A.Gentile's goal lifts SBS Trashers to wild win over Legacy
They didn't have a great start but the SBS Trashers are very happy with the way things ended with Legacy. Despite the amount of goals traded, this contest was extremely close needing only a wild finish to decide matters. J.Scalia and A.Gentile each scored passed the ten minute mark of the final frame, and the SBS Trashers held up killing what felt like four very long minutes. Legacy started the night stronger thanks to one of their many snipers in E.Girouard. The veteran was definitely their most productive player netting three goals for a hat trick. The SBS Trashers relied more on balance scoring but did get a clutch performance by Gentile, who struck twice including the winner.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Job on Demand (7)
Fatal Demons struggling to keep up
It seems no matter what formula or game plan they apply, the Fatal Demons can't seem to keep up with most of their opponents. Tonight's loss was another classic example. The first period wasn't the issue as they managed to play with a slight lead. However, once they entered the second, things only turned for the worse. The Job on Demand took over on four consecutive goals with scoring efforts-from different players. E.Salhany was the only player to score twice in the win while A.Zarzour netted a pair for the Fatal Demons. At this rate, the Fatal Demons will need the blessing of a higher power if they plan on going anywhere.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. His timely goal enabled the SBS Trashers to top a powerful opponent.
Thursday August 1
M.Pinheiro leads National rout of Family
M.Pinheiro couldn't be stopped In Nationals two victories over the Family. The captain was on the floor for nine out of a possible eleven points. National gained steamed nearly right away in both wins striking three times in the first periods. M.Gallant was tested only occasionally giving up a total of three goals. The net minder was square to the ball limiting plenty of rebounds. His only slight let down came in the final frame of the second game where M.Sasso and M.Defanti each got the better of him.
(1)The Family National (6)
(5)National vs The Family (2)
Left Over's level with HBHA Seniors after late collapse
It happened, and the Left Over's made sure to erase a bad memory very quickly. Throughout most of the opening match, the Left Over's couldn't have played a better game that was up until there was only three minutes left on the clock. Then, it all fell apart. A 4-2 lead suddenly turned into a deficit and the Left Over's had no idea what had hit them. To their credit, the HBHA Seniors mounted a remarkable comeback with only one change up. During that time, K.Koutsogiannopoulos struck twice followed with quick goals-from G.Vouloumanos and D.Andrade. With an ensuing match only moments away, the Left Over's weren't planning on repeating the same mistake, especially against a depleted line up. This time, they got it right by preserving a late 4-2 lead thanks to an overall committed effort. Y.Derohannessian and R.Elias each scored twice while G.Vouloumanos did the same thing for the HBHA Seniors.
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's (4)
(4)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. The sharp shooter was once again on top of his game riffling four goals as part of an impressive nine point performance.
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Wednesday July 31
(1)Knights vs Bramabulls(7)
T.Karasek third period hat trick leads Bramabulls past Knights
With the Bramabaulls holding a 3-0 lead, T.Karasek made sure to put the game to rest on a third period hat trick. The Bramabulls improve to a flawless 8-0 record needing only one more win to solidify a perfect regular season record. The first two periods were fairly close with the Knights still in striking distance. Unfortunately, they just couldn't make a game of it despite their very short bench. G.Follano did not give up a goal up until R.Kilgour beat him by the six minute mark of the third period. N.Sbarra collected three points and T.Karasek added a pair of assists to his third period outburst.
(9)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (4)
Back to back power play goals help Mighty Drunks top Carnage
The Mighty Drunks made the most of their sudden power play chances. In a high scoring back and forth affair, the Mighty Drunks riffled a pair of timely power play markers to put themselves in the driver's seat by the mid way point of the match. The contest was still very close with the Mighty Drunks only up by one. But with Y.Dube striking for a second time while setting up M.Beaudry shortly after, the Mighty Drunks knew they had this game in the bag. Carnage invested most of their energy early on three first period goals. Clearly, their three change ups caught up to them in the end as they barely any legs left to compete with a deeper roster. M.Mogianesi, normally known for his sound defensive game showed much more on this particular night collecting two goals and a pair of helpers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Mogianesi of the Mighty Drunks. The sound defenseman dominated every aspect of the game making big plays with and without the ball to merit the honour.
Monday July 29
S.Athanasopoulos putting up the points for the Punishers
What a spark S.Athanasopoulos provided for the Punishers on Monday night. In both wins over Les Unknown, the Punishers scored a total of nine goals that saw S.Athanasopoulos involved in every single one of them. After notching the winner in a close 3-2 win, Athanasopoulos collected six straight helpers to cap off an extraordinary night. A.Kobayati, K.Tsoukalas and J.Chiropoulos all benefited netting two goals each. The two clubs entered the evening very short which gave neither side any sort of advantage. The Punishers did however find a way to be the better of the two sides on their ability to shutting it down.
(2)Les Unknown vs Punishers (3)
(6)Punishers vs Les Unknown (4)
Degenerates taking advantage of a given situation
It wasn't a complicated formula for the Degenerates after eyeing a very short bench. By using their deeper bench to force checking relentlessly, the ball would often end up on their stick, and with that, came plenty of scoring opportunities. Although, the first game didn't come easy at all as the Fatal Demons protected a 1-0 lead for a very long stretch. That was up until L.Folini finally got to B.Verducci passed the mid way point of the final frame. The Degenerates felt something brewing and weren't content on only their equaliser. It took just over a minute-from that point on for N.Guerra to put his club in front for the first time in the match. Now that they put themselves in that position, the Degenerates never looked back including the ensuing game where they never once trailed. J-P.Bertrand scored twice as part of a three point performance and F.Baratta was rock solid in net allowing only three goals.
(2)Degenerates vs Fatal Demons (1)
(2)Fatal Demons vs Degenerates (5)
J.Guye-Perrault red hot on back to back hat tricks
J.Guye-Perrault scored plenty of goals and in bunches to help preserve an impressive season so far for the 1 Timer. And while many had their hand in two easy wins versus the Excalibur there was no doubt that J.Guye-Perrault garnered the most attention. The 1 Timer very simply in a league of their own on this particular night.At no point did the Excalibur pose any sort of threat except for perhaps a couple of minutes in the second encounter. But even though they made it close by cutting the lead in half, the 1 Timer didn't take long to respond and distance themselves on a pair of quick goals. In addition to their explosive offense, the defensive part was equally impressive with F.Koch holding the fort in net. The net minder was sharp once again allowing only one goal in each of the two games.
(8)1 Timer vs Excalibur (1)
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Guye-Perrault of the 1 Timer. J.Guye-Perrault closed off a very productive night posting two hat tricks in a pair of convincing wins over the Excalibur.
Thursday July 25
Family use simple game plan to get in the win column
It may not have happened in the first game, but the Family eventually got it right soon after to finally hit their first win of the season. Their method was simple and it worked as they out ran a depleted line up. That kind of ball possession is usually a question of time for the game to tilt into one direction. The Family used a huge late first period goal by R.Guggenburger to even the score. Then, by the mid way point of the ensuing frame, K.DiLallo gained control on a big go ahead marker. The Left Over's did elevate their game in hopes of equalising the score but kept getting denied by M.Mascitto. K.Miraldo and M.Kardum had productive performances as both players collected three points each for the Left Over's.
(1)The Family vs Left Over's(3)
(1)Left Over's vs The Family(3)
Captain J.Kontitsis comes through in the clutch twice for the HBHA Seniors
The HBHA Seniors capped off a perfect night and in large part due to their captain. J.Kontitsis had a major hand in both wins versus National. After netting the winner in the opening contest, J.Kontitsis had more to show for in the next encounter where he scored once while setting up M.Pololos for the game winning goal. Despite their short bench, endurance didn't seem to be an issue for a team with only one change up. The HBHA Seniors know how to conserve their energy and when to apply it .Both wins came with their ability to defend well, getting exceptional goaltending-from E.Parent and timely goals.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs National (2)
(2)National vs HBHA Seniors (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Mascitto of the Family. After going half a season without a win, the Family were finally able to celebrate it thanks to their net minder.
Thursday July 25
(5)SBS Trashers vs Fatal Demons (4) S.O
SBS Trashers pull it off without major pieces
Considering the circumstances, the SBS Trashers did something remarkable on Thursday night by edging out a desperate Fatal Demons team in a shootout. Not bad for a team without significant components missing-from their line up. The SBS Trashers gained control of their destiny to punching a ticket into the post season. G.Bampos came through as the only player to score during the shootout. And with that extra point, the standings just got complicated for the Fatal Demons, who will need to tweak their game moving forward if they plan on going anywhere. M.Panarello had a monster night collecting three points in the win. To their help, S.Sauk came in as a last second addition and did not disappoint making enough spectacular saves.
(8)United Armenians vs Job on Demand (5)
Arms light fire in third thanks to Y.Derohannessian
Y.Derohannessian notched a third period hat trick to break open a tie game to lead his team to an important victory over the Job on Demand. It's usually not the formula you want to work with on only three change ups but that didn't matter considering the Job on Demand were short as well. Derohannessian had already tallied in the first period before completing an impressive four goal performance. The win helps put the United Armenians in a playoff spot with a one point cushion over the basement dwellers Fatal Demons.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Yerik Derohannessian of the United Armenians. The highly skilled forward was definitely feeling it on this night providing four goals to help lead his club to victory.
Wednesday July 24
(6)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (3)
Knights pull away in third to hand Mighty Drunks a 6-3 loss
C.Durante netted the game winner and the Knights used three third period goals to down the Mighty Drunks on Wednesday night. For two straight periods neither side had an edge trading the same amount of goals. By sticking to their game plan, the Knights found a way to be better scoring twice in a short span. A.Jalilvand tallied twice and added the helper on Durante's winner. The Mighty Drunks assembled some last second bodies to floor a decent team. Despite the lack of chemistry, they still fared well keeping it very close. S.Sicuso may have arguably been their best player bagging two goals and an assist.
(1)Carnage vs Bramabulls(5)
Bramabulls breathe easy on three third period goals
Even though they led 2-0 after two periods, the Bramabulls still felt that Carnage was hanging in there. That was up until they decided to pull away on three third period markers. Much of the credit was attributed to S.Liparota and A.Moffa as both players turned it up a notch combining for six points. Carnage, although struggled to find the back of the net got some satisfaction when D.Xiarchos spoiled G.Follano's shutout with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Liparota. After leading 2-0 heading into the third period, S.Liparota broke the game wide open riffling two markers and a helper.
Monday July 22
Nick Gilberts leads Venom by example again
There is no debate that within the Venom roster that it all starts with N.Gilbert. Venoms possession and the transition game are at its top and N.Gilbert keys them. By reading the play the way he does, the skilled d-man had a field day in his clubs two wins over the Fatal Demons. After scoring twice and setting up a late marker in the opening game, Gilbert continued to deliver in the second match participating in all four goals. The key factors for the two wins came due to a quick start. The Fatal Demons play to their strengths when being up. Unfortunately, they found themselves down early and never really recuperated to get back into it. J.DeSua scored twice in the first contest and M.Trivisonno was nearly flawless allowing only J.Palmitano to get the better of him.
(1)Fatal Demons vs Venom (6)
(4)Venom vs Fatal Demons (0)
A.Porfido far-from being done
Even at this stage in his career, A.Porfido still has the play making skills and a high hockey IQ to help out his current club. The Dragons were able to celebrate two wins with A.Porfido being a noticeable reason why. With the help of E.Girourad's game winner on a feed-from Pordido along with P.Assadi denying all 15 shots his way, the Dragons took the opener by a slight 2-0 margin. Shortly after, Porfido showed what he is still capable of. Four out of the five Dragons goals all came thanks to A.Porfido being involved one way or another. More noticeably, the veteran snapped a late 3-3 tie before feeding a yawning cage to secure another victory. The Dragons played both games extremely smart with only changes to their line up.
(2)Dragons vs Excalibur (0)
(3)Excalibur vs Dragons (5)
Captain J.Constantin has monster night for Les Unknown
There is no question that the Unknowns captain stood out on Monday night. J.Constantin was his clubs offensive catalyst, especially in the first encounter leading his club on a hat trick. After taking a convincing 5-0 win, Les Unknown remained in full force heading into the next encounter. And again, J.Constantin continued-from where he left off adding three more points to his total. The 50 in 07 struggled to get much going on this night and only got on board when S.Raydan finally got to M.Chamoun. Throughout both games, Les Unknown controlled most of the play resulting in a pair of easy wins.
(5)Les Unknown vs 50 in 07(0)
(1)50 in 07 vs Les Unknown (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Angelo Porfido of the Dragons. In a game that could have gone either way, A.Porfido was able to decide it late on his fifth point of the night.
Monday July 15
Venom top 50 in 07 in lopsided wins
It didn't take long for Venom to dictate the pace. Only eight minutes and change had gone by for them to build a comfortable 5-1 lead. J.Parisella connected twice early on before completing his hat trick in the second period. Knowing that the ensuing match was going to be just as difficult, the 50 in 07 hoped to address a better start. Unfortunately, much of what had just happened translated into the second game. Venom used five unanswered goals by the first to put the night to rest. Once again, Parisella wasn't to be denied adding two more tallies. N.Gilbert and J.Vinet were also productive as both players combined for a total of eleven points in both games.
(2)50 in 07 vs Venom (8)
(7)Venom vs 50 in 07(2)
1 Timer doomed by penalty trouble
Everything about the 1 Timers game was going in accordance to plan, except for one area. By visiting the penalty box in three occasions, the opportunity was missed in order to squeeze out a split with the Punishers. The Punishers comeback was led on three straight power play markers on scoring efforts-from three different players. A.Laramee was the one to snap a 3-3 tie giving the Punishers their first lead of the night. Still, the 1 Timer had another shot at redeeming themselves but did not have the luxury of playing with the lead. After a scoreless opening frame, A.Kobayati and P.Arkalis each found the back of the net for the Punishers which forced the 1 Timer to respond. T.Daigneault did cut the lead in half but the tally came to late leaving only 15 seconds on the clock.
(1)1 Timer vs Punishers (5)
(2)Punishers vs 1 Timer (1)
A.Fonrose lifts Excalibur to 2-1 shootout win
In what was a dead heat low scoring battle, A.Fonrose`s shootout goal decided matters in the opening contest. The Excalibur only got on board later in the second frame when S.St-Louis finally got to Z.Sistosis. The Golden Boys went dry on their two shootout attempts unable to solve S.Sauk. Similar to the first encounter, the second one saw both sides keep it close trading only one goal. The only difference was that the Excalibur struck first thanks to the very same S.St-Louis. S.Sauk and Z.Sistotsis were solid in net giving every chance possible for their side to excel.
(1)Golden Boys vs Excalibur (2) S.O
(1)Excalibur vs Golden Boys (1)
Les Unknown show no lack of energy with only 5 players
Whether it was the lack of a killer instinct-from the Dragons or that Les Unknown just played it smart neither side probably expected this kind of an ending. Les Unknown had only one change up and somehow found most of their energy by the last period of the second game. It was by then where they took over the match collecting five goals that saw A.Henein do something remarkable by bagging a hat trick. Granted, the Dragons were also without three significant pieces but still had the body count over their opponent. A.Porfido helped provide the win in the opening game on a pair of goals and an assist. Despite dropping the second encounter, P.Cardillo was a force accumulating three points that included two goals.
(3)Les Unknown vs Dragons (5)
(3)Dragons vs Les Unknown (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. The net minder was in superb form allowing only a total of two goals all night that included a pair of stops during the shootouts.
Thursday July 11
(3)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (8)
J.Mandracchia making it look easy, nets 4 goals and 6 points
It didn't take long for the Smooth Sailors top centre man to get things going. As little as three minutes had gone by when J.Mandracchia notched a pair of goals lifting the Smooth Sailors to a commanding lead. The game may have appeared to be headed as an easy night for the Smooth Sailors, but that was cut to rest when J.Courteau and Y.Gazura responded to even the score, at least till that point. The Smooth Sailors eventually hit a scoring burst by the second period on three unanswered goals. Up 6-2 heading into the third period, J.Mandracchia hit his target for a fourth time as part of a six point performance. C.Fragkiudakis helped set up his clubs first three goals before adding one by the end of the second period.
(6)SBS Trashers vs United Armenians (7)
Y.Derohannessian 4 goal surge sinks the SBS Trashers
Y.Derohannesian provided all the offense and on the strength of a four goal performance to propel the United Armenians to an important 7-6 victory. The result puts the United Armenians in the win column to keep their playoff aspirations alive. Momentum took its turns with the SBS Trashers eventually overcoming a 3-0 deficit. With a huge third period ahead, E.Panzera and J.Desmarais each scored their second to level the game at six goals apiece. But with the game winding down to its final moments, Y.Derohannessian couldn't be denied for a fourth time. A.Papazian was vital to the win as well providing four assists in which Derohannessian benefited three times.
(3)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (8)
C.Gingras's greatness on full display versus the Fatal Demons
A player who barley misses detail, who possesses an iron will to match his incredible skill is doing everything in his power to grab it. After a quiet first period, the Job on Demands go to man was ready. By the time the second period ended, C.Gingras scored twice while setting up Y.Gazura for a perfect one timer. The Fatal Demons were still very much in striking distance of this contest when A.Zarzour narrowed the gap to only one tally. Then, minutes later, the script repeated itself with Gingras posting a hat trick. Considering that the Job on Demand played only an hour earlier in difficult conditions, the energy levels were still in full force as they finished stronger than their opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the United Armenians. With the game on the line, Y.Derohannessian is a player that the United Armenians look to. Tonight was a perfect example of it as the crafty forward sparked four goals that included a very late winner.
Wednesday July 10
(5)Carnage vs Knights (6) S.O
A.Jalilvand lone shootout marker favours Knights
Both teams had to go the entire distance despite trading five goals apiece. And after a scoreless overtime period, a shootout was required to see if anyone was to prevail. In these situations, goaltenders are often the ones to decide the outcome. S.Sauk did his part stopping all three attempts-from Carnage while A.Jalilvand was the lone player to score during the breakaways. The Knights did play with some fire finding themselves four times in a shorthanded situation but managed to kill it off every single time. S.Ruggiero scored twice for the Knights while J.Melo was the most productive player for Carnage collecting three points.
(6)Bramabulls vs Mighty Drunks (2)
Bramabulls overcome a difficult challenge to remain undefeated
Any concern that the Bramabulls were going to lose this game was put to rest after a third period explosion. The Bramabulls erupted with five third period goals in the third in which two came off the power play. J.Palmitano used his second to level the game early in the final frame before capping off his hat trick late in the period. The Mighty Drunks actually led 2-0 at one point and carried a slight 2-1 lead heading into the third where they ran into all sorts of problems. The one are that doomed them was a five minute major penalty. It was clear and evident that the lengthy infraction tilted the match the other way. The Bramabulls, although took the contest, faced some real adversity versus the Might Drunks. If not for the penalty, the result may have been different.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Knights. By denying three straight shootout attempts, the net minder enabled his club to edge out Carnage in a wild finish.
Monday July 8
(0)Black Knights vs River Rats (3)
P-O Girouard shuts the door, Lastoria sores 2 as River Rats Blank Knights
Led by M.Lastoria's two goals and a potent supporting cast, the River Rats played a perfect game against their rival. The River Rats did an excellent job stopping the Black Knights juggernaut in its track. Perhaps a major reason for it was the play of P-O Girouard, who was solid keeping his cage protected throughout the entire time. By getting both their goals-from M.Lastoria in the first period, the River Rats played to their strengths tightening up defensively forcing the Black Knights to open up and take chances. As the game continued to progress the Black Knights frustrations kept increasing unable to get at least one by Girouard. It's not often that they'll go without a goal but that's all attributed to how well the River Rats played on this night.
(4)Punishers vs All Blacks (2)
Punishers third lead finally sticks in double up win over All Blacks
The Punishers showed that they know how to respond in order to edge out the All Blacks. After taking their third lead of the night, they finally got it right by shutting the door the rest of the way. Granted, it isn't the easiest thing to keep C.Ghilarducci from-making an impact as the talented d-man responded twice with an equaliser for the All Blacks. It was only shortly after Ghilarducci's second goal that P.Nahkle regained the lead for the Punishers, who never looked back closing out the third and final frame. During that time, N.Mackeen beared most of the responsibility and lived up to it by denying every shot his way. A.Stamiris would eventually cap of a hard fought battle on a very late marker. As it's been their theme so far this season, the Punishers like to rely on everyone pulling their, and tonight was another example of it as four different players took turns finding the back of the net.
Tuesday July 9
(6)GK vs River Rats(4)
GK Primed for what's ahead
T.Lord scored twice, S.Hrivnak was credited the winner and the GK came out on top of a 6-4 slugfest with the River Rats. Both sides felt like opening g it up which isn't the wisest thing to do versus a team like the GK. The River Rats felt they had nothing to lose and decided to go for it without key pieces to their line up. And to their credit, they hung in there for a very long time. Four different players scored in the loss that saw M.Detorre set up Marco Diaco and J.Morina. The GK entered this contest on a deep roster purposely in preparation to next week's National tournament where they'll aim for only one thing in mind.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the River Rats. The River Rats net minder helped deliver a message that he won't often be beat, especially against a rival opponent.
Monday July 8
A pair of quick starts favours Unknown versus Excalibur
Les Unknown rode a pair of quick starts and never looked back. By coming out on fire and dominating most of the early action, the Excalibur were stuck going up against a sound defensive side .A.Henein scored twice in the opening game while A.Farha duplicated his teammates efforts in the ensuing match. Y.St-Georges collected two points out of his clubs three goals. In both games, Les Unknown needed only eight minutes to build a 3-0 lead. After that, they shut the door for most of the way resulting in six clean points to the standings.
(2)Excalibur vs Les Unknown (4)
(4)Les Unknown vs Excalibur (1)
Missed opportunity for Fatal Demons go empty handed
While the first game wasn't worth talking about, the Fatal Demons will be looking back at a missed opportunity in the second match after a crushing defeat. The game was deadlocked 1-1 after one period, and the Fatal Demons blew a 5 vs 3 power play chance only to give up a shorthanded goal instead. J.Parisella pounced on a loose ball to put Venom in front. There wasn't much time afterwards for Venom to kill off the few seconds remaining on both penalties. Then, only moments later, J.Vinet took over the match adding his second goal and third point in an empty net. Prior to this contest, A.Daher, J.Parisella and N.Gilbert did most of the damage netting two goals apiece.
(7)Venom vs Fatal Demons (3)
(1)Fatal Demons vs Venom (4)
Charles-Thomas Perrault puts on an offensive clinic for the 1 Timer
The tempo for C.T Perrault was set right out of the gate. Perrault and his line mates were buzzing, pinning the Golden Boys in their own end which lasted for long stretches in the two games. When it was all said and done, C-T Perrault led all players posting back to back hat tricks in what was an exceptional eight point performance. In addition to his onslaught, P-A Surprenant also netted a hat trick in the first game while T.Daigneault chipped in with a pair. Daigneault wasn't done yet adding two more goals and a pair of helpers in the second match. The Golden Boys did have a good jump to their night winning the first period 3-2. Then, it all fell apart as the 1 Timer took over on seven unanswered goals. Much of that momentum carried over in the second contest where F.Koch allowed only one goal en route to a 6-1 win.
(9)1 Timer vs Golden Boys (3)
(1)Golden Boys vs 1 Timer (6)
Lack of scoring keeps Degenerates in basement
With a bottom of the division, low scoring track record, the Degenerates will need to find solutions quickly on if they plan to visit the post season. It's not like they aren't generating chances. The problem is that they don't have the finishing touch to try and squeak out some victories. The case was made in both their losses to the Dragons where they couldn't capitalise on several occasions. However, the same couldn't be said for the Dragons, who have two threats to their line up. E.Girouard showed it in the first game by riffling a pair while S.Robineault followed up in the second encounter with the same performance. Both players combined for eight points which is something normal for the dynamic duo. After giving up three goals in the opening contest, P.Assadi faced 15 shots in the second match to record a shutout.
(3)Degenerates vs Dragons (5)
(3)Dragons vs Degenerates (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Charles-Thomas Perrault of the 1 Timer. There was no question that the 1 Timer's D-man was feeling it on this night. After netting a hat trick in the first game, Perrault wasn't done yet collecting a second straight hat trick as part of an eight point performance.
Thursday July 4
Sneaky S. Laplante sets the tone for National
All it took was a couple of brilliant plays by S.Laplante, and National was able to take the opener with the Left Over's. The clever defenseman timed his runs on two occasions where he was able to riffle off a pair on a defenceless net minder. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Left Over's made it a point to battle harder in the next encounter. The message was sent loud and clear as they made plenty happen only to run into a rock between the pipes. M.Croteau was simply that good denying high end opportunities. As the Left Over's tried to get on board, National would eventually time their chances and slowly build a lead. M.Pinheiro nodded a pair, E.Ferlatte and O.Meilleur combined for four points and M.Croteau was stellar collecting a pair of wins in his season debut.
(3)National vs Left Over's (1)
(1)Left Over's vs National (4)
HBHA Seniors pull away in second period to never look back
V.Teoli helped his team get a positive result after a solid opening frame. The net minder never once flinched keeping his guard high between the pipes. And while he did his part, the Family couldn't provide him with a lead. Eventually, the HBHA Seniors would crack the barrier and the Family saw a slight deficit turn into an onslaught. J.Kontitsis made an immediate impact posting two goals while C.Stavriadis shut the door to earn a shutout. The Family would have another chance to even the score after a tough ending. They did manage to get on board early when A.Perrault finally got to Stavriadis. But with P.Lapointe responding with back to back tallies, much of this contest resembled the previous one. The HBHA Seniors had another monster second half of the game running up the score on four more tallies. Once again, the captain made his presence felt as J.Kontitsis added two more goals to his piggy bank. K.Koutsogiannopoulos, although didn't find the back of the net was behind making six out of his clubs eleven goals happen.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (0)
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. On two timely occasions, S.Laplante jumped in netting back to back tallies that ultimately made the difference in the first encounter with the Left Over's.
Thursday June 27
Division leaders split to remain on top of the standings
Till this point, neither the HBHA Seniors nor the Left Over's have tasted defeat. This contest was a perfect indicator to see how they would match up against one another. The Left Over's did take the first encounter in what was expected to be a close game. Y.Leroux and G.DeMarinis each scored and G.Platanitis had all but 55 seconds to kill off to record a shutout. Clearly, the ensuing match was to have a similar type of result for how both sides played. However, this time the HBHA Seniors were able to return the favour and split the miniseries with the Left Over's. J.Bolonakis pounced on a loose ball late in the first period to provide his club their first lead of the night. That goal left the challenge to see if the Left Over's could overcome a deficit versus a team that know how to close out any opponent. And despite getting their fair share of chances, the Left Over's couldn't get there in time. P.Doulis was able to put the HBHA Seniors up 3-1 on a goal that ultimately stuck for the winner.
(2)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (1)
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Bolanakis of the HBHA Seniors. Often timing is everything, and J.Bolanakis couldn't have scored his goal at a better moment during the night. After giving his club their first lead, J.Bolanakis wasn't done yet by providing an assist on P.Doulis's game winner.
Thursday July 4
(1)United Armenians vs Legacy (8)
Legacy power their way past United Armenians
The United Armenians were hemmed in their own zone for a large part of the game, and never really found a point to give themselves an emotional lift. It didn't help that they had to go up against a structured and talented group of guys. Despite all that, they held their own for a decent portion of the game. But as time passed on, Legacy would eventually open up the flood gates. P.Doulis notched his second on the power play and the court kept tilting in only one direction. T.Bozinakis set up three markers before capping the night off with a pair of insurance goals. The United Armenians did strike first very early on courtesy of A.Melkounian but that was all they got by F.Baratta.
(7)Job on Demand vs SBS Trashers(5)
Job on Demand rock Trashers in second period
It took only a short period of time for the Job on Demand to dictate the pace of this game. The SBS Trashers fell flat and got themselves in trouble giving up two power play goals. By the time the second period ended, this game was over and done with. J.Pantelis and J.Courteau shared a pair of goals each and P.Assadi came out on top in a crazy back and forth battle with R.Pampena. The SBS Trashers knew that they had to keep it close in order to have a chance with many key elements absent-from their line up. One area they'll look back at is in the second period where they gave up consecutive power play goals. Despite the loss, E.Panzera had a solid outing accumulating three points while Joe Scalia hasn't missed a beat striking twice.
(2)United Armenians vs Fatal Demons (10)
Double header night catches up to the United Armenians
The Fatal Demons entered this game full aware for how important it was to finally pick up some points. They have yet to taste victory and couldn't have picked a better moment to get on board. Knowing that the United Armenians had played prior, the Fatal Demons used their three lines to constantly wear down their opponent. And although the score may suggest a very lop sided affair, this contest only opened up towards the second half of the game. All three lines contributed offensively with M.Kardum leading the way on three goals that included the winner. The win may feel nice for P.Santullo and his troops, but plenty of work is still to be done if they plan on competing with the big boys.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the Job on Demand. The skilled forward made plenty happen, setting up two teammates while nodding a pair of key tallies in a 7-5 win over the SBS Trashers.
Hockey Quebec is proud of all our Champions and Teams.
Shout out to Mike Richard and the River Rats B Division.Gabi Missakian and the United Arms C Division.Raghav Mohan and Ray Mohan and the Bengals C Division.Anthony Di Perna and the Bramabulls D Division.Joseph Constantin and the Unknown D Division.You guys represented us well.
To the Winners a well played tournament from start to finish great job on bringing home a Medal.
Congratulations to Danh Nguyen and GK for winning B Gold.
Congratulations to Peter Chiotis and the Punishers on winning C Gold.
Congratulations to Ryan Handfield and the A's on winning D Gold.
Congratulations to Tony Iannitto and Black Knights on winning B Silver.
Congratulations to François Chalut and Mathieu Lefebvre and the Capitals on winning C Silver.
Congratulations to Phil Kotsornithis and Eric Panzera and the SBS Slayers on winning D Bronze.
In closing just want to take this moment to thank all Captains, Coaches, Players and Staff who took the time to represent Quebec at this years Nationals in Montreal and also a big thank you to the host Hockey Balle Québec / Ball Hockey Quebec and Canadian Ball Hockey Association for putting on a great tournament.
2019 Adult National Championships- Mens A, Womens A, Masters Mens (40+) and Masters Womens (35+)2019-08-06
Here is the schedule of the upcoming games. The link for the live streaming to be determined.
Tuesday July 2
(5)GK vs Black Knights (3)
Depleted Black Knights battle till the end in close loss to GK
Nearly every aspect of their game prompted the Black knights to have a chance against a deep and structured opponent expect for one, and that was the penalty kill. Throughout most of the match, the Black Knights did the smart thing of avoiding the penalty box, but that was up until the latter stages of the game. T.Phan responded in the third period tying the game for the GK. Then, minutes later, the Black Knights found themselves down two men which can only cause can recipe for disaster against the GK. As most would expect, somebody would eventually come through to snap the tie. M.David was that player collecting his second point leaving six minutes on the clock. Unfortunately for the Black Knights, they just didn't have enough in them to equalise the score. Capping off the night was P.Genereaux on an empty net marker. GK relied on balanced scoring that saw five different players find the back of the net. Both sides made some adjustments improving their roster. The GK will look to S.Lachapelle and T.Lord for some more depth while K.Duplin ,A.St-Denis and P.Cherry all played for a first time as well for the Black Knights.
(2)Punishers vs River Rats(1)
C.Stavriadis shines as Punishers edge out River Rats
The Punishers goaltender turned away several good chances while making plenty of key saves in a close 2-1 win over the River Rats. The Punishers wasted no time getting to P-O Girouard, who couldn't deny C.Gingras. They did however respond by the mid way point of the contest courtesy of M.Cerone. For how close both sides were playing each other, the next goal proved to be valuable. It took only four minutes after Cerone tied it for A.Kakivelis to strike and regain the lead for the Punishers. Still, time wasn't an issue with plenty of it left over. But for how sound the Punishers were defending and with Stavriadis remaining focused, the River Rats kept feeling the frustrations in their inability to level.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Punishers. Expect for one time, the River Rats didn't seem to have much of a solution on how to solve Stavriadis. Clearly, net minding proved to be the difference in this heated battle between the two sides.
Monday July 1
Venom get a boost-from their active d-man F.Labrecque
Venom's hot streak continued on Monday night, and in large part due to their active defenseman in F.Labrecque. He doesn't always just make the first play, he makes the first play if it's a smart play. If not, he holds onto the ball and other guys are going to get open. In both wins versus Les Unknown, F.Labrecque had a major influence. He collected three points in the first encounter while doing the same in the ensuing match providing three straight vital points to guarantee the win. Venom did have their hands full on this night against a very resilient opponent. Les Unknown played them extremely hard with M.Morin and B.Cabral leading the charge as both players participated in all four goals.
(1)Les Unknown vs Venom (5)
(5)Venom vs Les Unknown (3)
J.Fisch hands of magic gets the better of the Degenerates
The 50 in 07 won only their second game of the season with a combination of skill and hustle. J.Fisch was the magician posting up a pair of beautiful goals while the rest of his teammates provided the effort. After taking the first match by a slight 3-2 margin, the 50 in 07 found themselves in a huge bind by the five minute mark of the second period where they trailed 4-1. But with still enough time left over, a miracle finish was in the making. The Degenerates had all but one minute carrying a two goal lead along with an empty net to feed to return the favour and split the mini series. Instead, they let it slip away. S.Petreccia scored to pull his team within one, and with only four seconds remaining, M.Sanchez celebrated a huge goal to force the match into a shootout. Even though it came as a difficult ending, the Degenerates did salvage some grace in the end by taking the shootout. J-P Bertrand was the only player to score on a crafty back hand move.
(3)50 in 07 vs Degenerates (2)
(5)Degenerates vs 50 in 07(4) S.O
Scoring by committee leads 1 Timer to a pair of wins over Fatal Demons
Surely, the 1 Timer were extremely pleased with their overall effort after it was said and done versus the Fatal Demons. The players liked the way many of their goals were engineered, digging for loose balls, winning corner battles, the fluid defence jumping in and everyone hungry for rebounds. T.Daigneault opened and closed the scoring while C.Gagnon-Ethier provided three straight points en route to a 5-0 win. In addition to the victory, F.Koch was without a doubt in his comfort zone denying all 14 shots he faced. The Fatal Demons, despite displaying one of their worse efforts, still had a chance to salvage their night. And even though the effort was drastically improved, the end result was still the same. The 1 Timer used a good first period that eventually proved to make the difference. P-A Surprenant came through just at the right time snapping a late 3-3 tie.
(5)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons (0)
(3)Fatal Demons vs 1 Timer (4)
Short bench catches up to Punishers
Playing with only five players is just a recipe for disaster. But to the Punishers credit, they did what they needed to do. By the time the 6:31 minute mark hit, the Punishers stormed to a 3-0 lead which enabled them to play to their liking. That cushion was just what the doctor ordered. It was now up to the Golden Boys in order to get their act together and battle back. The problem was that they had to go up against a team that decided to put it in shutdown mode. The Punishers had the luxury of just playing back while relying on N.Mackeen to make the basis saves. The second game had a similar start with the Punishers taking charge building a 3-1 lead after one period. Unfortunately, they eventually ran out of steam, and the Golden Boys kept taking advantage of the situation. S.Rigas was the catalyst behind the comeback as the skilled forward provided three out of his clubs four goals to record a hat trick. Considering the circumstances, the Punishers were pleased taking four out of a possible six points. S.Rigas had a monster night notching his clubs lone shootout marker as did K.Tsoukalas for the Punishers.
(1)Golden Boys vs Punishers (3)
(5)Punishers vs Golden Boys (5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Fisch of the 50 in 07. In a few occasions, the forward demonstrated some high end skill using his sweet hands that resulted in three goals and a helper.
Thursday June 27
(6)Legacy vs Job on Demand (4)
Fatal Demons pummelled by Sailors in one sided affair
By controlling most of the game, the Smooth Sailors put on a goal scoring clinic pouncing on plenty of opportunities that eventually resulted in a landslide. The Fatal Demons lack of speed compared to their opponent was apparent-from the get go. At times, the Smooth Sailors made it look easy as the Fatal Demons simply couldn't keep up with the coverage. Apart-from M.Testolina scoring twice, five different players took turns finding the back of the net. However, Testolina did more than just score as the spark plug helped set up three teammates. M.Destounis and S.Ruggiero provided the little offense in the loos as the only two players to figure out M.Gravano.
(6)Legacy vs Job on Demand(4)
Slow start bites Job on Demand
The Job on Demand came out flat or Legacy was just better prepared after a quick 3-0 lead. Whatever the reasons, it's not the start you want against a team like Legacy. But to the Job on Demands credit, this game was far-from being over. C.Gingras used a third period power play goal and all of a sudden the Job on Demand were one shot away-from tying the game. Even with desperation kicking in for the Job on Demand, Legacy remained composed and played out the clock like a team that's been there many times before. And just to play it safe, T.Bozinakis provided a two goal cushion ensuring the win. J.Rochon and A.Stamiris each had a productive night posting two goals apiece for Legacy while J.Courteau did the same but on the flip side of the court.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of Legacy. The Legacy d-man had three points including the game winner to merit the honour.
Wednesday June 26
(11)Bramabulls vs Knights (1)
Bramabulls hit Knights with an onslaught of offense
The Bramabulls entered the night with high intensity, something that they have been doing-from the start of the season. They took the first period on two quick goals and eventually separated themselves from-the Knights on a massive second period onslaught. D.Verta's back to back goals by the second frame convinced both sides that this contest was headed in only one direction. Clearly, the Knights felt demoralised in the second half lowering their compete level in what felt like a lost cause. But for the Bramabulls, they just went about their own business running up the score. J.Palmitano took over with a pair of consecutive markers before capping off the night on a hat trick. If not for M.E Julien solving him, G.Follano would have picked up a shutout on 21 shots that he faced.
(6)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (5)
Carnage take over in third period to edge out Mighty Drunks
Carnage were victorious thanks to a three goal outburst in the third. The Mighty Drunks felt good about their game being up 4-3 after two frames. Unfortunately, they couldn't play well enough for three periods. R.DiMarco was undoubtedly a big reason why Carnage escaped with the extra three points. After tying the game early in the final frame, DiMarco wasn't done yet, adding his second later in the frame with a goal that ultimately held up for the winner. Despite many things going on during this particular game, the Mighty Drunks will look back on a missed opportunity where they had a chance to increase their lead by two on a power play chance. Instead, Carnage was able to tally shorthanded to keep the game very close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert DiMarco of Carnage. In what was a very close battle with the Mighty Drunks, M.DiMarco came in the clutch posting two very big third period goals.
Tuesday June 25
Super sniper A.Laramee feeling it on this night
It was another night and another goal barrage by the Punishers. By the time both games ended, the Punishers finished with eleven goals that saw A.Laramee net five. The 50 in 07 kept it close in the early stages but weren't able to keep up by the second period where they gave up four unanswered goals. They did manage to find their scoring touch by the second game with the help of J.Fisch riffling a pair. But with the Punishers jumping off to the better start, the 50 in 07 found themselves battling-from behind throughout the entire match unable to catch up in time. A.Sarigiannis contributed heavily striking twice as part of a seven point performance.
(5)Punishers vs 50 in 07(1)
(4)50 in 07 vs Punishers (6)
Dragons get their act together in a pair of wins
As the regular season keeps rolling along, the Dragons have yet to feel consistent about their overall game. Tonight's two convincing wins may help them turn the corner with more regularity. The problem however is how long can a good thing last. For now, they'll be glad that every aspect of their game worked out. Leading the charge up front was R.Robineault, who scored twice in both games. And while offense wasn't an issue, P.Assadi was just as impressive allowing one goal on 25 shots. Other notables include A.Porfido and G.DeMarinis as both players were able to bury a pair. The only bright spot for the Golden Boys came by the second encounter when S.Rigas was able to spoil P.Assadi's shutout.
(6)Dragons vs Golden Boys (0)
(1)Golden Boys vs Dragons (4)
Venom going about their business versus helpless Degenerates
The Degenerates understood what was ahead of them, and despite trying to keeping it close, Venom was simply too strong. Good players will always find ways to score and Venom have plenty of them that can hurt you on any given night. The first game saw newly added A.Daher take immediate command on three goals while J.Parisella followed up with a pair as part of a 7-3 victory. Much of the second encounter was a reflection of the first with Venom dictating the pace. A.Daher continued-from where he left off adding two mare tallies to his total. On the flip side of the court, S.Marricco also had an influence in his season debut as the sniper collected four points that included three goals.
(7)Venom vs Degenerates (3)
(1)Degenerates vs Venom (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alec Laramee of the Punishers. In both wins versus the 50 in 07, A.Laramee kept reminding everyone how scoring goals is second nature to the sniper.
Tuesday June 25
(5)Black Knights vs River Rats(4)
T.Maltais gets final say in heated battle
It was a game that featured everything you would expect between two bitter rivals. From-the get go, both sides were off to the races which required every single minute till the end in order to declare a winner. Fortunately for the Black Knights, T.Maltais played the hero on this night, snapping a fairly late 4-4 tie right after the River Rats fought hard to even the score. The contest saw the lead shift four times with the River Rats striking very early courtesy of their captain M.Richards. As expected, the penalty box proved to be busy as both teams combined for at least 30 penalty minutes. Out of the nine combined goals, no player was able to score more than one tally. J-F Di Iorio did have the most points for the Black Knights scoring once along with a pair of helpers while J.Mandracchia did the same but in a losing cause.
(4)GK vs All Blacks(1)
GK Stifle All Blacks
One thing you don't want to do is play-from behind against a team like the GK. The All Blacks, although understood this, were unable to get that first needed goal in order to have a chance. Then, just to make matters worse, T.Pham struck early in the second period and this contest felt like it was lost for the All Blacks. The GK used three straight goals while getting a near flawless performance by M.Dauphinais. The only thing left over for the net minder was to record a shutout. Unfortunately, that was taken away when P.Beliveau finally got the All Blacks on board by the six minute mark of the third period. Despite the amount of time left over, the GK weren't letting this one slip away. K.Kuczmarski eventually sealed it late in the game. Prior to that goal, S.Lachapelle had his hand in every play leading to that moment as the forward participated in three straight markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Lachapelle of the GK. After striking first to get the ball rolling, Lachapelle was responsible for making two more goals happen thanks to a pair of assists.
Thursday June 20
(5)SBS Trashers vs Smooth Sailors(7)
M.Testolina third period hat trick leads Smooth Sailors past SBS Trashers
M.Testolina notched a third period hat trick to break open a close game leading his team to victory. The SBS Trashers found themselves in an early bind due to their goaltender R.Pampena showing up late. Unable to get a proper warm up going, Pampena gave up two quick goals and the SBS Trashers just dug themselves in an even deeper hole. To their credit, they did manage to eventually even the score when F.Gentile tied the game early in the second period. That momentum however was cut short in less than two minutes with the Smooth Sailors captain J.Palmitano regaining the lead. Then, the M.Testolina show took place in the final frame, and the Smooth Sailors were able to escape with the victory thanks to his fourth goal of the contest.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Legacy(10)
Legacy pulls away in second half of the game
Considering how the game was going, the Fatal Demons felt content staying neck in neck with a superior hockey team. That was up until the second portion of the game happened. Once Payam Assadi scored on the power play to make it 3-1, the night was done for the Fatal Demons. Eight out of their ten goals all came as of that point on. Unfortunately for the Fatal Demons, they just couldn't stop the bleeding. Payam Assadi led all teammates in the goal scoring department riffling four past R.Ranieri. Next in line saw S.Robineault bury a pair while four other players took turns finding the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Smooth Sailors. With the game on the line, the Smooth Sailors spark plug went on a third period rampage bagging three out of his four goals.
Wednesday June 19
(7)Bramabulls vs Carnage (3)
Bramabulls use late second period bombardment to top Carnage
For the most part, Carnage appeared to be up for the task playing with the lead while showing plenty of determination for nearly two periods. That was up until the Bramabulls used the last five minutes of the second period to turn things around on three consecutive goals. The Bramabulls were led as usual by some of their big guns as J.Palmitano, B.Sansotta and M.Maggiore each scored twice. R.DiMarco did give some hope after riffling his second goal and third point on the power play for Carnage. Unfortunately, a two goal deficit-from that point on was too much of a hill to climb against a stubborn Bramabulls defence and solid net minder in G.Follano.
(10)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (8)
Nines are wild in high scoring affair
It's not often players on opposite sides complement each other on an individual scoring fest. M.Pinheiro of the Mighty Drunks and S.St-Louis of the Knights had two things in common after it was all said and done. Both players were able to hit their targets five times while carrying the same number nine behind their shirts. And while the two were significant for their team's offense, the Mighty Drunks had that little extra on the side to get them over the top. In addition to Pinheiro's output, the Mighty Drunks also had Y.Dube cause fits for the opposing net minder. The skilled forward used three straight goals at key moments during the match to edge out the Knights.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Maggiore of the Bramabulls. After a slow start to their night, M.Maggiore took charge mounting the comeback on three straight points that included two goals.
Wednesday June 12
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Bramabulls (4)
Early start not enough for Bramabulls to put the game away, need strong third period.
A strong start to game put the Bramabulls in a very good position going into the second period. G. Nehme and M. Testolina each took advantage of the opposition to find the back of the net. As the game progressed the Mighty Drunks made sure to remind everyone the game is not over until the final buzzer as they got some much needed offensive help from Y. Dube and P. Paikopoulos. It was only a matter of time for the Bramabulls offensive weapons to wake up and retake control and strong play from G. Follano to shut the door the rest of the way.
(2)Knights vs Carnage (7)
Carnage takes advantage of the Knights short bench to a commanding lead.
From the start of the game captain F. Pace had a strong game plan in mind to make sure to tire the opponents bench as they were short handed. Once a commanding lead was taken it was to make sure Carnage did not take off their foot off the pedal. As Carnage took a small break of their game plan in the second the Knights fought back into it with goals by R. Kilgour and S. St Louis. While on the other side J. DiMarco took care of the majority of the damage scoring three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey DiMarco of Carnage. The skilled forward found the back of the net three times tonight and made sure to cut any possibility of the other team of finding life.