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.
Monday June 17
(4)Punishers vs Black Knights (9)
Max St-Cyr and Tommy Maltais too much to handle for the Punishers
Hockey games have many and different key moments when it comes to deciding an outcome. In tonight's case however, it was clear that two players ultimately made the entire difference. Perhaps more significant to the win was the play of Max St-Cyr, who was absolutely dynamite bagging five out of his clubs nine goals. In addition to St-Cyr's madness, T.Maltias picked up plenty of the praise as well as the skilled forward buried a hat trick while setting up four goals. The Punishers, although got on the board first courtesy of an early marker- from Payam Assadi, weren't able to match the pace of the Black Knights as the game progressed. There only bright note was that Payam Assadi was able to squeak three behind F.Gagnon.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max St-Cyr of the Black Knights. In what was an incredible night for Max St Cyr, the Black Knights were able to walk away with the win courtesy of his five goals.
Monday June 17
Punishers flat out overwhelm Fatal Demons
Plain and simple, the Punishers were too much for the Fatal Demons to handle on Monday night. And it came-from a lot of different places starting with their net minder N.Mackeen, who never once saw the ball cross the line behind him. Leading the charge up front was A.Laramee as the forward struck three times for a hat trick en route to an easy 5-0 win. Much of the second game saw the same effect with the Punishers out playing the Fatal Demons. The only difference was that nobody stood out with six different players taking turns finding the back of the net. All in all,a night to forget for P.Santullo and the rest of his troops.
(0)Fatal Demons vs Punishers (5)
(6)Punishers vs Fatal Demons(0)
Venom contiue to strive on a pair of convincing wins
At no point were the Dragons able to turn the table versus Venom. From-as early as the opening faceoff, both games were decided without much of a resistance. Clearly it was one of Venoms better efforts of the season, especially in the first game where seven different players scored for a convincing 7-1 win. The Dragons did find themselves in a familiar territory after dropping the opening contest. Prior to tonight's game, their last two encounters reflected what had just happened to them by starting very slow while able to bounce back and salvage the night. Unfortunately, they couldn't continue the pattern as Venom was simply to strong on this particular night. J.Courteau, J.Vinet and M.D'Alpe each scored twice while M.Trivisonno allowed all but one goal in two games.
(7)Venom vs Dragons (1)
(0)Dragons vs Venom (6)
Excalibur use one good period to win close battle with 50 in 07
The 50 in 07 faired pretty well overall expect for one single period where they didn't match up with the Excalibur. That frame occurred in the second half of the first encounter. After trading a first period goal, the Excalibur dictated much of the play resulting in three unanswered tallies. F.Bchara was able to snap the tie courtesy of a power play goal and A.Fonrose along with S.St-Louis added insurance markers to solidify a 4-1 win. Despite the difficult ending, the 50 in 07 didn't let it faze them heading into the ensuing match. And even though they couldn't capture the win, they did manage a stalemate with their opponent. Neither side was able to get it done in regulation time and in the shootout where both net minders shined. G.Katravas never gave an inch to the three Excalibur shooters as did S.Sauk to the 50 in 07 attempts.
(1)50 in 07 vs Excalibur (4)
(4)Excalibur vs 50 in 07(4) S.O
Evenly matched Golden Boys and Degenerates play it out till the end
It was safe to say that neither side knew what to expect when it was said and done. Both teams never played one another which could have only suggested for an unpredictable result or results. But after deciding the first game in a shootout, it was than clear that the second game was going to be just as close. The only slight difference played out in the shootout of the first encounter with F.Gentile confirming the win for the Degenerates. And while Gentile was definitely the catalyst for the Degenerates, the Golden Boys also have a deadly weapon or two to their line up. K.Lisio showed again what a constant threat he is by striking three times as part of a five point performance. To his help, S.Rigas was very productive accumulating five points while J.Durocher chipped in with a pair.
(5)Golden Boys vs Degenerates (6) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Golden Boys (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fil Gentile of the Degenerates. After collecting a hat trick in the first encounter versus the Golden Boys, F.Gentile brought it a step further by notching the lone shootout marker.
Thursday June 20
M.Pinheiro has a hand in every National goal
It just seemed that everything M.Pinheiro touched turned into something extraordinary on Thursday night. National celebrated a pair of close victories versus the Family thanks to their captain's brilliant performance. After earning a 4-2 victory to jump start the night, National duplicated their efforts in the ensuing game matching an identical score that saw M.Pinheiro involved in every single goal. Since National had only two changes to their bench, the same few players were able to accumulate some decent numbers. S.Laplante being one of them as the crafty defenseman collected a total of six points. As for the Family, K.DiLallo was their best player scoring twice while setting up his captain M.Freda.
(4)National vs The Family (2)
(2)The Family vs National (4)
Left Over's have extra step on Stomachs
Throughout most of the night the, Left Over's were able to execute their game plan. They were ready to go and immediately put the Stomachs on their heels. S.Marricco did strike twice but could have had many more if not for S.Fraga keeping it close. The second encounter was slightly closer with the Stomachs leading 2-1 at one point. The problem was that the lead barely lasted with S.Marricco continuing his onslaught of goals. The Left Over's forward was an absolute force collecting four tallies as a part of a six point performance. And while he was a significant piece to the puzzle, C.Doulis was just as prominent for the two victories as the versatile player combined for three markers in both games.
(4)Left Over's vs Stomachs (1)
(3)Stomachs vs Left Over's(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. With his team scoring eight goals in two wins, M.Pinheiro was involved in every single one of them to help lead his club over the Family.
Thursday June 13
Left Overs run all over The Family to take convincing wins.
From the start of the game it looked like the Left Overs were in a class of their own taking advantage of the multiple opportunities their opponents gave them and they made sure it was felt. Game 1 was rather different for the Left Overs who used a team effort to get all their goals while in the second game S. Marrico took care of the majority of the scoring riffling five goals while Y. Leroux also found the back of the net twice. The Family will need to get some more offence or play a better defensive game to stay competitive in these games.
(4) Left Overs vs The Family (2)
(7) Left Overs vs The Family (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Left Overs. The talented forward carried his team offensively tonight scoring six goals and setting up another in what was a productive night.
Thursday June 6
National finding it hard with only 6 players
Entering their second week of the season, National has yet to address their short bench, and in consequence have now dropped four in a row. M.Pinheiro understands full well that this can't continue on, especially if they plan to challenge a team like the HBHA Seniors. Tonight proved it as they fell short in both games. Perhaps the only reassuring part is that both games were fairly close. The opening contest ended 3-2 thanks to a late goal by M.Pololos. The second encounter saw D.Andrade take plenty of control of the match. After netting a shorthanded marker, Andrade went on to score his second just before the first period ended while eventually feeding an empty cage to solidify a second straight win for the HBHA Seniors. Despite the losses, M.Mogianesi was very productive for National netting a total of three goals as a defenseman. To his help, M.Pinheiro fed him twice as part of a three point performance.
(2)National vs HBHA Seniors (3)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs National (3)
Stomachs respond after being thought an early lesson vs Family
Half a period was all it took for the Family to hand the Stomachs a spanking. For about three quarters of the game, the Stomachs appeared to be in control of the situation. After all, they led 1-0 on a goal by K.Tsoukalas while getting stellar goaltending-from R.Ricaurte. Then, it all fell apart. The Family went on an absolute tear erupting for five straight tallies. During that span, S.Cavallaro strung together two quick goals right after M.Sasso was able to break the barrier. Even though the night started strong for the Family plenty of work was still ahead of them if they planned on going undefeated. Clearly, the Stomachs couldn't digest their loss and made sure to re organise and put out a better performance. They did manage to tweak their game but it still required an overall team effort in order to get it done. After a 1-1 first period tie, Joe DeStefano used an early second period goal that would ultimately hold up.
(1)Stomachs vs The Family (5)
(1)The Family vs Stomachs (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steven Cavallaro of the Family. After trailing 1-0, The Family eventually responded in large part due to S.Cavallaro's assist followed with back to back tallies.
Thursday June 13
(9) Smooth Sailors vs Legacy (9) S.O
Two offensive juggernauts go all the way in crazy battle.
With the amount of talent each team has it comes to no surprise that this game was a high scoring affair. Each team laid all their cards out on the table showing to the other that the game was not over until the final buzzer. Legacy took advantage of their counter part in the second period taking a three-goal lead into the third thanks in part to E. Girouard hat trick. Whereas the Smooth Sailors counted on their big guns with J. Palmitano, M. Testolina, and J. Mandrachia combining for eight goals and to make sure they came from behind to secure the tie.
(4) SBS Trashers vs Job On Demand (2)
Early start not enough to put the SBS Trashers away as big third period secures the win.
An early start to the game by Job On Demand was not enough tonight as the SBS Trashers took advantage of the third period to take control of the game and come out on top. The Job On Demand knew they would need a quick start having a short bench and thanks in part to Y. Gazura and J. Couteau got them off to a quick start. While the game progressed A. Gentile took advantage of his chances in the third and took control of the game on his own scoring three out of his teams four goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. The sniper woke up when it all counted in the third period by completing his hat trick and making sure his team came from behind to take the win.
Monday June 10
(3)Punishers vs All Blacks (4)
B.Tardif's late tally sends All Blacks over Punishers
In a game defined by its pendulum swings, the All Blacks ultimately had the last say thanks to a very late marker by B.Tardif. After teams traded a goal in the first period, S.Morello put the All Blacks on top heading into the final frame. Unfortunately for the All Blacks, their slight lead turned into an instant deficit when M.DoCouto and P.Karvouriaris tallied just over two minutes apart. Clearly, the momentum shifted heavily in the Punishers favour, but with still some time left over, the All Blacks weren't calling it quits. R.Morne eventually evened the score fairly late, and both sides were almost convinced extra time was needed to decide a winner. That was up until B.Tardif beat the clock with only five seconds staring at both benches.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Benoit Tardif of the All Blacks. Finding himself at the right place and at the right moment, the All Blacks were able to celebrate their victory courtesy of B.Tardif's late tally.
Monday June 10
Dragons saving their best for last
From-another slow start to their night, the Dragons seem to be saving their best for last. Sometimes teams need a little time to get the ball rolling which seems to be the case for the Dragons. Similar to last week's results, the Dragons suffered another one sided affair only to respond heavily in the ensuing match. The Punishers clearly didn't see it coming. Five goals went in the first period alone with E.Girouard leading the charge on a pair as part of a four goal performance. There was no way the Punishers could have responded after finding themselves down 5-1. Both sides went on to trade three goals by the second period which saw the other half of the dynamic duo S.Robineault post five points. As for the Punishers, P.Arkalis and his brother M.Arkalis caused the most fits for the Dragons as both players combined for seven goals and eleven points.
(6)Punishers vs Dragons (1)
(8)Dragons vs Punishers (4)
Venom's chemistry leaves Excalibur defenceless
Venom seems to be rolling on all cylinders, and tonight was just a continuation of their good start to the season. However, it did take some time to get it going, but once it did, the Excalibur had no answers. J.Parisella and J.Vinet were the only two players to score with Parisella leading the way on a hat trick. Much of the second encounter resembled the first one. The only difference was that six different players took turns finding the back of the net. It showed-from the get go that Venom understood how each and every player are able to find one another. S.Sauk knew this but was unable to send the message clear enough on how to try and slow things down. When one or two players get caught losing their man, the ball usually lands behind the goaltender. The Excalibur have some scoring power but did not address the coverage well enough on this particular night.
(5)Venom vs Excalibur (1)
(0)Excalibur vs Venom (6)
F.Koch and the 1 Timer grind out a pair of wins over Degenerates
It was hardly a masterpiece, but the 1 Timer did what they needed to do versus the Degenerates. Led by their net minder F.Koch playing some lights out hockey, the rest of his crew in front of him played to their full potential, and in the end, were awarded with a pair of victories. J.Guye-Perrault nodded the winner in the opening game. The second encounter was where F.Koch dominated his cage turning aside 20 shots for a shutout. C-T Perrault's first period goal proved to be just enough for the positive result. When players play well in front of their goaltender, oppositions will often find it hard to generate enough quality chances. The Degenerates did get their fair share but kept hitting a wall.
(2)Degenerates vs 1 Timer (3)
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jordan Parisella of Venom. The forward made every one his four goals look prettier than the other.
Thursday June 6
(7)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand(5)
Smooth Sailors reset after slow first period
The Smooth Sailors awoke-from their slow start after 15 minutes of play and wound up making a drastic push for the remainder of the match. They knew that they just had to stick with it. A huge part of the jump start can be attributed to S.Liparota, who strung back to back goals before adding his third later in the game. Still, nothing was decided after two periods with both sides stuck in a dead heat 4-4 tie. But with the Smooth Sailors continuing to press, it was just a matter of time before they would pull away. Eventually matters would get decided in the final frame where Liparota completed his hat trick right before his captain J.Palmitano was able to cap it off with the games winning goal.
(8)Fatal Demons vs SBS Trashers(8) S.O
S.Ruggiero pushes it to the limit on three third period goals for Fatal Demons
Rarely do you see this often, but S.Ruggiero was able to defy some incredible odd on Thursday night. All three of his goals came within a very short span. The Fatal Demons entered the final frame trailing 5-4 up until Ruggiero broke apart what was a tight game at that point. The only positive for the SBS Trashers was that they had more than enough time to bounce back. Surely, it didn't help when they found themselves shorthanded at a crucial point during the frame. And rather than the Fatal Demons putting it away, F.Gentile kept the hope alive netting a huge shorthanded goal. Then, with only two minutes remaining, A.Plescia salvaged the night with the equaliser for the SBS Trashers leaving only two minutes on the clock. Surprisingly enough, neither side was able to get it done in an open spaced overtime period after trading seven goals apiece. Not even the shootout would determine a winner as both sides settled for a draw. Apart-from S.Ruggiero netting a hat trick, A.Jalilvand did the same for the Fatal Demons while scoring his team's lone shootout marker. The SBS Trashers saw G.DeMarinis and F.Gentile nod a pair while Joe Scalia responded late in the shootout to keep the game levelled.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Fatal Demons. The sniper took less than four minutes into the third period to riffle three straight goals.
Wednesday June 5
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (2) O.T
Y.Dube scores PP goal in overtime, Mighty Drunks edge Carnage
Unable to carry their momentum, Carnage suffered an unfortunate loss to the Mighty Drunks on Wednesday night. A late penalty at the end of the game opened the door for the Mighty Drunks, who made sure to take advantage of a 4-3 power play opportunity. Y.Dube had already scored early in the match to put the Mighty Drunks in front 2-0 before capping it off only a minute into the sudden death frame. Carnage fought hard to overcome a 2-0 deficit with goals-from T.Ruvo and P.Lomascolo. Both goaltenders gave their clubs every chance possible to steal the game. In tonight's case, O.Caillet was able to capture the win over his counterpart B.Madonis.
(2)Knights vs Bramabulls(8)
P.Bertone hat trick gives Bramabulls second straight rout
P.Bertone had a hat trick, M.Testolina chipped in with a pair and the Bramabulls repeated what they did -from last week's performance versus the Knights. The Knights failed to address an important start to the game. By finding themselves down 3-0 after only one period, many things needed to go right if they planned on coming back. They did manage to split the second frame but couldn't make any ground heading into the third. The Bramabulls didn't let up and simply put the match away on three consecutive tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Dube of the Mighty Drunks. In a tight battle versus Carnage, Y.Dube posted a pair of goals that included the overtime winner.
Monday June 3
(4)Black Knights vs All Blacks(2)
J-F Di Iorio, Y.Tifu key Black Knights 4-2 win over All Blacks
For the Black Knights, production-from their offensive threats is key to sustained success. J-F Di Iorio and Y.Tifu have the elite skill set to impact a game with their sniping and play making abilities. Tonight, they demonstrated it by combining for six points in a double up victory over the All Blacks. The Black Knights jumped off to the better start, and in doing so built a 3-0 lead just passed the three minute mark of second period. The game appeared to be going in only one direction but that was until the All Blacks finally decided to make a push. It took only a minute and change for C.Ghilarducci and V.Lemire to finally break the barrier and solve F.Gagnon. Still, time wasn't an issue for an equaliser with half the game remaining. But with the Black Knights adjusting, the All Blacks found themselves snake bitten unable to even the score. F.Gagnon was definitely a reason why they pulled it off as the net minder was brilliant earning an early season win.
(4)Punishers vs GK(3)
P.Karvouriaris nets a pair in close victory versus GK
P.Karvouriaris scored twice and T.Bozinakis notched the winner as the Punishers defeated the recent champs of the Premier division. In addition to both players making a huge impact, C.Gingras was perhaps the mastermind behind it all. In one form or another, the highly skilled player will have an influence on the game. Gingras was responsible for setting up three of the Punishers four goals. Both teams don't seem to have any weaknesses of flaws to their game. And even though it's only the first game of the season, the Punishers know that they'll fit right in with plenty of depth. As for the GK, M.David was their best player as the forward struck twice in the loss.
The SalumVino player of the night goes to J-F Di Iorio of the Black Knights. In a close 4-2 win over the All Blacks, J-F Di Iorio showed immediately how he fits right in posting two big goals and an assist.
Tuesday June 4
(7)River Rats vs Punishers (2)
River Rats shake off rusty start with a convincing push back
If the first minute was an indication in everyone's minds where this game was headed then everyone got it wrong. P.Arkalis hoped that his two quick goals into the contest would have been meaningful for the Punishers. Instead, the River Rats were the ones winning the frame on five straight markers. Just that period alone was a clear indication that the River Rats were well on their way to a victory. Led by their captain, M.Richard collected three points while M.DeTorre scored the most with two tallies. Throughout most of the match, the River Rats kept their pace making sure to avoid any sort of life-from the Punishers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Richard of the River Rats. Even though his club trailed by two early on, the captain felt confident about their chances and responded in a big way to finish the game with three points.
Monday June 3
Venom late collapse enables Punishers to split
It looked like Venom were well on their way to a pair of wins on Monday night. Then, it all fell apart. The Punishers mounted an incredible comeback where N.Pitsikoulis finished it off with only three seconds left on the clock. Prior to the collapse, Venom played a near flawless game. The first encounter had them shutout the Punishers after M.Trivisonno faced a total of 16 shots. Much of the second encounter resembled the first one with Venom controlling most of the play. P.Kawkab and N.Gilbert each scored twice and J.Courteau advanced the lead to 5-2. Surely both sides felt this contest was over and done with but that was up until A.Sarigiannis struck with a power play marker. P.Arkalis and A.Kobayati went on to score as well which left only the dagger - from N.Pitsikoulis.
(2)Venom vs Punishers (0)
(6)Punishers vs Venom (5)
Les Unknown cruise to a pair of wins over Golden Boys
A rough start to the season got a bit smoother for Les Unknown on this particular night. It didn't even matter that only six players were dressed for Les Unknown. When everyone is on the same page, chemistry proves that it can come a long way. In the first game alone, Les Unknown ran up the score with a convincing 9-2 result. A.Henein, A.Zarzour and M.Zarzour each took turns nodding a pair each. The second encounter was a little tighter but still favouring Les Unknown. For a second straight time, A.Henein was able to find the back of the net on two occasions while his captain J.Constantin matched his play with a pair as well. The Golden Boys got two of their three tallies by J.Durocher.
(9)Les Unknown vs Golden Boys(2)
(1)Golden Boys vs Les Unknown(5)
Dragons rebound after opening game slaughter
So much went right for the Fatal Demons that it looked like only one team showed up to play. However, that was only the case in the first game where they totally dominated the Dragons with a 5-0 victory. M.Testolina made his presence felt right away as the sharp shooter put three behind P.Assadi for a hat trick. In hopes of duplicating their efforts in the ensuing match, the Dragons had a complete different approach on how to handle their opponent. By striking first for an early lead, the Dragons were now able to dictate their own terms. Three different players scored in the opening frame that saw E.Girouard eventually bury his second in the following frame. B.Verducci stopped all 14 shots for the Fatal Demons while his counterpart P.Assadi was able to respond with a perfect sheet as well.
(0)Dragons vs Fatal Demons (5)
(0)Fatal Demons vs Dragons (4)
1 Timer top 50 in 07 with solid team effort
It's always nice when it isn't one player taking charge to make a difference. That was clearly the case in the 1 Timers decisive wins over the 50 in 07.Both their victories saw most of their players chip away in one way or another. After a dominant 4-0 victory to kick start their night, the 1 Timer kept the pedal to the medal and went full throttle in the second game. F.Koch came off a shutout victory and C.Gagnon-Ethier was the only player to score twice in a 7-2 victory. Throughout most of the night, the 50 in 07 found it difficult to generate enough scoring chances. They did manage to solve F.Koch on two occasions thanks to N.Milford and J.Fisch.
(4)1 Timer vs 50 in 07(0)
(2)50 in 07 vs 1 Timer (7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the 1 Timer. After collecting a shutout in the first encounter, F.Koch remained sharp in the second match enabling his club to collect a pair of wins over the 50 in 07.
Thursday May 30
National run out of gas with short bench vs Left Overs
It's perhaps what came to be expected when one team stacked with players goes up against a short bench. The Left Over's,although not familiar with one another showed immediate chemistry in their season debut. Both their wins came due to constant pressure, high energy and the will to battle until the very end. That was especially the case in the second encounter where National led 3-0 after one period. Normally a team like National wont falter such a lead, but it became clear that as time went on that they just didn't have the drive to kill off the clock. The Left Overs kept battling, and in doing so were rewarded with four straight goals to complete a massive comeback. A pivotal moment occurred when K.Miraldo tallied shorthanded to pull his team within one. Then, once G.DeMarinis scored to tie the game, Y.Leroux brought it a step further by providing the winner leaving just over a minute on the clock.
(5)Left Overs vs National (3)
(3)National vs Left Overs(4)
Family stuck enduring long night with short bench
The Family's only hope to get any sort of positive result was to zone up and rely heavily on A.Mascitto to make an abundance of saves. That just isn't a good way to start off your season against a team like the HBHA. But sometimes teams are stuck rotating a short bench like in the case of the Family. Unfortunately, they couldn't put up a strong effort long enough in the first encounter. The HBHA ran up the score en route to an easy 8-2 victory. The second match however was closer but still far-from what the Family hoped for. They did manage a quick goal courtesy of K.Kolakowski. Despite falling behind early, the HBHA felt confident about their chances moving forward. It took seven minutes-from that point on for M.Pololos and K.Koutsogiannopoulos to score 40 seconds apart. K.Koutsogiannopoulos would go on to add his second while M.Pololos collected his third point of the game to solidify a second straight victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Miraldo of the Left Overs. The steady defenseman was involved in every area of the game. Aside-from his expected ability to break up plays, K.Miraldo provided plenty of offense as well resulting in a four point night.
Thursday May 30
(3)United Armenians vs Smooth Sailors (7)
F.Palmitano plays unlikely hero
When you go down the list of players that the Smooth Sailors have that can make a huge impact in the scoring department, F.Palmitano isn't one that will stick out. The Smooth Sailors were glad to see that secondary scoring can also be an option on an already stacked roster. F.Palmitanos's impact on the game couldn't have come at a better time. In a very short span of only ten seconds, F.Palmitano strung together two quick goals to help provide a 4-2 lead. Clearly, that sequence helped inspire the rest of his teammates to run down the United Armenians, especially his brother J.Palmitano, who went on to add a pair of third period insurance markers to cap off the night.
(5)Legacy vs SBS Trashers(5) S.O
SBS Trashers mount comeback to draw even with Legacy
In search of a spark to salvage their night, the SBS Trashers managed to wake up and erase a three goal deficit. Things started to turn around when J.Scalia and G.Bampos scored late in the second period to pull the Trashers within one. Battling-from behind against a team that usually locks it up doesn't normally happen, but the SBS Trashers showed why they are the reigning champs. Legacy had to deal with a couple of issues ahead of them. First off, trying to slow down a constant pressure, and secondly trying to solve R.Pampena at least one more time. Even though Pampena gave up five goals, this contest could have been way worse if not for the net minder. The match ultimately had no winner as both sides failed to take advantage in the shootouts.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Franco Palmitano of the Smooth Sailors. While most expected the Smooth Sailors top guns to pull through, F.Palmitano decided to take matters into his own hands collecting three straight points that included two big goals.
Wednesday May 29
(6)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (7) S.O
M-A Desrosiers monster night lifts Mighty Drunks over Knights
Not only did M-A Desrosier collect a hat trick in the first period, but he was also able to seal it with the game's lone shootout marker. For how crazy the game ended it looked as if the Knights had it wrapped up in regulation time when A.Fonrose scored late in the game for a 6-5 lead. But with the Knights taking an untimely penalty, the door was still opened for a wild finish. P.Paikopoulos came through riffling a huge power play goal and the Mighty Drunks gave themselves a shot at taking the match. Surprisingly enough for how the game went, neither side was able to cap it off in a five minute overtime with plenty of space. By this point, it seemed only fitting that M-A Desrosiers's hot hand would pull the Mighty Drunks through. Desrosiers was the only player out of the six attempts to score in the breakaways. The Knights saw their three tries get denied each time by O.Caillet.
(2)Carnage vs Bramabulls(8)
Balanced scoring fuels Bramabulls in season debut
Backed by a balanced offense, the Bramabulls couldn't have asked for a better start to their season. The pace was dictated early on that saw a power play goal trigger a couple more before the frame ended. S.Liparota opened the scoring with the man advantage and was the only player to score twice during the game. Carnage got their lone tallies- from S.Accaro and J.Bourlakos as the only two players to get the better of G.Follano. Even though it wasn't the ideal start for Carnage, F.Pace won't be too concerned knowing it's still very early into the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M-A Desrosiers of the Mighty Drunks. After collecting a first period hat trick, M-A Desrosiers capped off a stellar performance by netting the lone shootout winner.
Monday May 27
Y.Gazura and M.D'Alpe shine in final frames for Venom
Venom saved their best moments in the last periods of both games versus the 1 Timer. In each case, the score was tied 1-1 after one frame. But with the amount of pressure put forth, it was only a question of time before Venom would gain control. Y.Gazura led the way in the opening match striking twice while M.D'Alpe followed up with a similar performance in the second game. The 1 Timer had one good thing going for them and that was their goaltending. F.Koch was a major reason why he kept both games extremely close. With that kind of goaltending, the 1 Timer know that they have a chance to win on any given night.
(3)Venom vs 1 Timer (2)
(1)1 Timer vs Venom (3)
50 in 07 unaware of Dragons dynamic duo
Unless teams know the tendencies of some particular players, then they'll be fine formulating a specific game plan. Unfortunately for the 50 in 07, names like E.Girouard and S.Robineault are still foreign to them and were only able to realise their threats when it was said and done. Nobody will be shock knowing that both players combined for a total of eight goals and fourteen points. This type of performance is very typical of the two players, who have been doing it regularly over and over. The Dragons have something nice going with a solid supporting cast that can contribute as well. For three straight periods, the 50 in 07 struggled to find the back of the net but that eventually changed when S.Mcallister and D.Meffe finally got to S.Fraga.
(0)50 in 07 vs Dragons (7)
(4)Dragons vs 50 in 07(2)
Punishers tighten up in second match to split with Les Unknown
After dropping the first game, the Punishers looked to bounce back and even the score with Les Unknown. One area that needed to be addressed was their defensive game. The Punishers made it a point to tighten up and avoid giving the ball away to easily. However, things weren't decided until the mid way point of the second period where A.Kobayati came through for the Punishers. Despite enough time left over, N.Mackeen wasn't planning to let this one slip away. The Goaltender had a monster performance stopping all 20 shots his way. Les Unknown came off a pair of losses only a week ago in large part due to lack of players. Tonight, they fixed the issue and it paid dividends as they were able to take one game away-from a highly skilled Punishers team.
(2)Punishers vs Les Unknown (4)
(0)Les Unknown vs Punishers (1)
Degenerates stuck searching for their identity
Coach S.Sicuso will have a lot of work ahead of him this season. Admitting that there is work to be done is a good step in the right direction. The Degenerates changed up their roster by adding some youth which will hopefully blend right in sooner than later. For now, they'll be stuck going through the heartaches like in tonight's case where they dropped both games to the Excalibur. With the scoring touch of five different players, the Excalibur took the first encounter rather easily. The same however couldn't be said for the ensuing match. Even though the Excalibur pulled it off, the Degenerates may have had only themselves to blame. The score was deadlocked 1-1 and headed into its final minutes when things turned for the worse for the Degenerates allowing two quick shorthanded goals. M.Bchouti snapped the tie with a man short, and G.Zimbardo followed up only seconds later for a second shorthanded tally to cap off the win.
(5)Excalibur vs Degenerates (1)
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (4)
Experience helps Fatal Demons defeat Golden Boys
The Fatal Demons know what it takes to win hockey games, but the same group also understands the feeling of coming up short. That is why they won't take anyone for granted, even if it's against a younger squad like the Golden Boys. Despite giving up an early goal-from last week's player of the night K.Lisio, the Fatal Demons weren't affected whatsoever and were able to respond in a massive way. D.Galloro opened and closed the scoring to help lead his club to a convincing 6-1 victory. The Golden Boys weren't pleased on how things ended and made the adjustments to put up a better challenge in the second encounter. And even though they fell short, the game could have gone either way. The difference occurred by the mid way point of the second period where L.Bavellas capitalised on the power play for a 2-1 lead that held up.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Golden Boys (1)
(1)Golden Boys vs Fatal Demons (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of the Dragons. As long as he's set up for a one timer, S.Robinuealt will almost never miss. The sharp shooter had another productive night collecting back to back shutouts as part of an eight point performance.
Thursday May 23
(5)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(4)
SBS Trashers comeback attempt falls short
The SBS Trashers showed a lot of heart bouncing back-from a three goal deficit to make a game of it but were unable to ever get a lead. J.Mandracchia restored control of the match for the Smooth Sailors by snapping a late 4-4 second period tie. Time still wasn't an issue for the SBS Trashers with an entire period ahead of them. The problem however was that they couldn't continue their run unable to solve M.Gravano. Clearly, the net minder had enough for what he went through during the second period. The Smooth Sailors made it a point to tighten up while getting the expected saves-from Gravano. This contest was a classic case of a team coming off a championship run versus an opponent that had something to prove. The SBS Trashers didn't get off to the right start and ultimately paid the price in the end. J.Mandracchia scored twice in the win while F.Gentile did the same for the SBS Trashers.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Legacy (9)
Legacy overwhelm Fatal Demons with their depth
Legacy flat out overwhelmed the Fatal Demons on Thursday night. And it came-from a lot of different places. In every area of the game, Legacy took it to their opponent. As much as the Fatal Demons tried to slow down a constant pressure, good players will always find a way to create space. In tonight's case, many plays resulted in breakaways and odd man rushes for Legacy. No particular player took the spot light but J.Rochon and P.Nakhle did lead the way up front on a pair of goals each. Even though the score suggests a lopsided affair, the Fatal Demons kept it close for two frames and managed to pull themselves within one towards the end of the second period.
(4)Job on Demand vs United Armenians (3)
Job on Demand hold off surging United Armenians
The Job on Demand fought off a late charging United Armenians team to win 4-3. At the rate that this contest was going, both teams must have figured a similar fate. After all, the Job on Demand did grab a 3-0 lead by the mid way point of the match. But the United Armenians managed to claw their way back into the game posting three of the games next four goals. Luckily enough for the Job on Demand, J.Courteau bagged a late marker that held up for the winner. Y.Gazura was stellar participating in all four goals in the victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yuri Gazura of the Job on Demand. In what came down to the wire, Y.Gazura was responsible for making four goals happen in a close 4-3 win over the United Armenians.
Monday May 20
1 Timer take advantage of Les Unknown's short bench
Les Unknowns entered Monday night's season debut without many players-from their line up, and ultimately paid the price in the end. They did manage two solid first periods with the games levelled at one goal apiece, but the same couldn't be said for the second frames where the 1 Timer completely annihilated their opponent. This was perhaps to be expected as the games started to take its toll on a depleted line up. Already with a goal in the opening period, T.Daigneault bagged his second while setting up P-A Surprenant for an empty net marker. The second encounter saw J.Guye-Perrault take charge with three markers that included the winner. Both goals-from Les Unknown belonged to M.Morin as the only player to get the better of F.Koch. It wasn't the start they were hoping for but Les Unknown won't be too concerned knowing that they had key elements missing-from their line up.
(4)1 Timer vs Les Unknown(1)
(1)Les Unknown vs 1 Timer(5)
Golden Boys pull away late to settle score with 50 in 70
An unfortunate penalty call late in the game permitted the 50 in 07 to edge out the Golden Boys. The match was headed into a shootout until S.Petreccia struck late for his second on the power play. Even though they couldn't get it done in the first encounter, the Golden Boys had the right approach heading into the ensuing contest. It always helps when you have a dynamic duo creating plenty of fits for the opposition. K.Lisio scored all three goals in the loss with the help of J.Durocher's three primary assists. Both players didn't stop there as they made sure to continue their magic. After a 1-1 first period tie, the flood gates opened for Lisio, Durocher and the rest of the Golden Boys. The two once again combined in a big way that saw K.Lisio post a second straight hat trick while J.Durocher riffled a pair as part of a three point performance. Throughout most of the night, the 50 in 07 held their own expect for the final twelve minutes.
(4)50 in 07 vs Golden Boys(3)
(6)Golden Boys vs 50 in 07(1)
Excalibur salvages their night with a late push
With everything going their way for most of the night, the Fatal Demons finished flat conceding three straight goals to the Excalibur. Rather than keeling over, the Excalibur answered with renewed energy to split the decision on a solid effort. Plenty had to do with the play of R.Morne, who set up two teammates before netting the winner. The Fatal Demons looked better prepared taking the opening contest rather easily. M.Mignogna tallied twice while D.Galloro and B.Sansotta combined for four points. The same seemed to apply early on in the second match with E.Colella and B.Sansotta finding the back of the net. By that point, the Fatal Demons may have figured they were headed for some easy points. Sometimes teams tend to let go of the gas pedal, and perhaps that was the case for the Fatal Demons. Regardless the situation, both teams fought hard to earn respective victories.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Excalibur (1)
(3)Excalibur vs Fatal Demons(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Lisio of the Golden Boys. The highly skilled forward was absolutely spectacular in his season debut, posting a total of six goals and two assists.
Monday May 13 (Final)
(5) GK vs Black Knights (2) Game 2
Champions again GK claims another title
It was another celebratory night for the GK. A 5-2 win over the Black Knights saw the GK take care of business in two straight games to end their playoff run. Things started off well for them when G.Bouchard and P.Genereux each scored for a 2-0 lead. However, the win didn't come without its tribulations, as the end of the period belonged to the Black Knights. In the short span of only 30 seconds, A.Aubut turned the deficit into a tie. Despite the push back, the GK weren't phased at all. Clearly, they looked like they wanted it more by pushing harder to eventually regain their momentum. M.David snapped the tie, J.Bradley took advantage with a power play goal, and the GK made sure that the lead would be protected the rest of the way. No matter how hard the Black Knights tried to bounce back in the game, the offense just wasn't there. M.Fortin was perhaps the major reason as the net minder was sharp remaining flawless for over two periods stopping 34 of 36 shots. After sweeping the River Rats in their previous round, the GK showed once again why they are deserving by doing the same in the final. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com and MBHL, congratulations go out to Dan Nguyen and the GK for winning the Premier division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Bouchard of the GK. In every aspect of the game, G.Bouchard made his presence count-from his sound defensive style while having the ability to create offense that led to one goal and an assist.
Monday May 6 (Final, second division)
LG HC pick up the hardware, winners of second division
When a team has that kind of fire power one must find ways to contain it while seizing their own opportunities. In both games versus the LG HC, the Yellow T-Shirts kept it close in the first periods but were unable to hold off the many weapons-from the other side. D.Bertrand took charge in game one netting back to back goals in a very short span to seal the win. The second match saw the game decided towards the end when once again D.Bertrand was able to put a staple on it for a late 4-2 lead. The Yellow T-Shirts knew that they had to stay on top of the LG HC by limiting their time and space. And in the large part they faired pretty well focusing on key players such as G.Pisanelli and A.Stamiris-from the back end. But when you have other threats that can hurt you it's almost impossible to hold off the pressure. The LG HC had the expectations to get this far and expected nothing less but to win in the end. On behalf of Hoackeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotopoulos and the LG HC for winning the second division 4vs4 championship.
(5)LG HC vs Yellow T-Shirts(1) Game 1
(2)Yellow T-Shirts vs LG HC(2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dominic Bertrand of the LG HC. While the Yellow T-Shirts did an overall fine job containing key components, D.Bertrand was able to break away creating his own space along with a strong net presence. The natural sniper scored three goals at the most crucial times during the series.
Monday May 6 (Final)
(5)GK vs Black Knights(1) Game 1
Sluggish Black Knights not prepared versus a primed GK squad
The long wait before playing Game 1 of the final for the Black Knights proved to be fatal as they came out sluggish. Looks like the rust caught up to them as GK took a commanding 3-0 lead after one period. The GK were quicker to the ball, crisper with it and more eager earning every inch of a 5-1 victory. Eventually the Black Knights did get on board on a lone tally coming-from Z.Lasania. After trading a second period marker, the GK ended their night strong with another tally. The win came with an overall effort that saw five different players take turns finding the back of the net. K.Kuczmarski got credited the winner and M.Fortin was sharp allowing only one goal. Even though its only game one, the Black Knights will need to address a solid start in game two if they plan on extending the series. For now, they'll have an entire week to try and figure out on how to deal with a well oiled GK machine.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Fortin of the GK. With goaltending so important, M.Fortin enabled his team to play with a solid lead while stopping 22 of 23 shots.
Sunday May 5 (Final)
(4)Slayers vs Icons (6) Game 1
J.Mckenzie snaps third period tie, Icons take game 1
Despite squandering a two goal lead, the Icons put themselves back on track thanks to an early third period tally. J.Mckenzie came through during that time, and the Icons were able to hold off the Slayers the rest of the way. E.Girouard continued-from where he left off adding two more goals to his piggy bank. On the flip side, J.Desmarais had a multi goal performance as well .This game had the expectations of what was to come. Neither side conducted themselves as refined gentlemen. From-the drop of the ball, the series got real and mean which suggested for a busy night to the penalty box.
(6)Icons vs Slayers (7) Game 2
Slayers flip the script to even series
The Slayers were able to rebound-from their early loss, flipping the script against the Icons and delivering an important 7-6 victory. In classic Slayers fashion, the team refused to roll over as they fought back to force a mini game. This contest resembled the previous one in many ways but favouring the Slayers instead. Rather than playing-from behind, the Slayers stormed out of the first period carrying a 3-1 lead. Eventually, the Icons did recover and actually tied the game at four goals apiece thanks to a power play goal-from A.Stamiris. That tally came very early in the third period where the Icons hoped to take care of business. Unfortunately, they couldn't kill off a penalty that enabled A.Mirolla to capitalise for his second of the match. The Slayers would add to more by the time the game ended to force the most important game of the season.
(1)Icons vs Slayers (4) Game 3
Slayers carry good habits into game 3, crowned champions
The details of one pivotal play perhaps decided who was going to win this series. The Icons had control of the situation being up 1-0 while awarded a power play chance to double the lead. And rather than putting a strangle hold in the series, M.Dalessio came to rescue the Slayers on a shorthanded goal. Still, the game was tied and everything was still up for grabs. But if momentum means anything, the Slayers were able to ride it on that goal. It took three minutes-from that point on for V.Confuorti to come through and break the tie. Then, within less than two minutes, J.Desmarais secured all doubts providing a two goal cushion with only three minutes remaining in the series .As expected, this series had all the elements of what playoff hockey is all about. Sometimes it takes that one detail to make the whole difference, especially how close both teams match up. In tonight's case, the Slayers showed that they were deserving by overcoming a 1-0 deficit and never giving up on their journey to hoist the trophy. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Phil Kotsornithis, Josh Desmarais and the Slayers for claiming the D Sunday title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Josh Desmarais of the Slayers. In a series that went as long as it did, the Slayers had no choice but to rely on everyone pulling their weight. However, the captain did lead by example scoring in every game to finish the series with a total of seven points.
Tuesday April 30 (Final)
(3)Capitals vs Punishers (5) Game 1
Punishers jump start series on the right track
The Punishers took game one with a high tempo play that forced the Capitals to play from-behind for most of the match. The Capitals did get themselves back into it when J-S Pacheco and E.Lemieux scored late in the second period. In hopes of building off the momentum, the Capitals fell behind once more unable to contain J.Rochon-from finding the back of the net. Still, the Capitals wouldn't let up upping their tempo while pushing the play forward. The problem however was that the Punishers applied a suffocating style while getting sensational goaltending-from C.Stavriadis in order to preserve the victory.
(2)Punishers vs Capitals (3) Game 2
Capitals flip the script to force game 3
This time, the Capitals did the one fundamental thing they needed in order to give themselves a chance, and that was to play with the lead. J.Bourgaize opened the scoring shorthanded, and A.Boucher struck on the power play to put the Capitals in front 2-1. Half a game was still remaining at that point which would have been a tall order for the Capitals to hold off the Punishers-from the score sheet. Instead, they managed to gain a two goal cushion which proved to be significant in the end. The Punishers did battle back in the third when C.Gingras pulled his team within one. But just like the Punishers did in the previous match, the Capitals returned the favour by shutting the door the rest of the way. C.Fortin was busy facing enough quality shots and chances to steal the win for the Capitals.
(1)Punishers vs Capitals (0) O.T Game 3
C.Gingras scores ridiculous shorthanded goal, Punishers repeat as champions
It came to no one's surprise for how close this series was that overtime would eventually decide a winner. After the Punishers got caught taking a four minute penalty, A.Bitsakis bailed them out making one spectacular save look better than the other. The Capitals had four minutes of extra space to get their pay back versus the Punishers. And while the dagger should have been towards the Punishers, the Capitals were the ones suffering a serious blow. By finding himself open at about mid court, C.Gingras sprung in on a dazzling move that would have made the highlight of the season goal if a camera was pointing at him. It was a type of goal at a moment during a thrilling final that only he or very few can execute. The Capitals couldn't have picked a worse time to give up a shorthanded goal. Instead, they were stuck seeing a great opportunity vanish in an instant. Despite the tough ending, they knew that this series could have easily gone either way. For the Punishers, it was just business as usual. Their team was clearly built for what they achieved. Starting in net with C.Stavriadis and A.Bitaskis sharing the role.Adding to that, a defence that can provide all aspects of the game, and finally an offense that can hurt you at will. The Punishers showed once again why they are deserving of what they got. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Peter Chiotis and the Punishers for repeating as C division champs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. A familiar name that keeps appearing during the big moments, C.Gingras scored a highlight reel goal in a shorthanded situation to decide the C division title in overtime.
Monday April 29 (Semi finals, second division)
Yellow T-Shirts advance after tight series with Dragons
The Yellow T-Shirts are comfortable playing tight games this season and their patience paid off again on Monday night. N.Gilbert scored three straight goals, and the Yellow T-Shirts were able to rally and even the series after dropping the opening game. For how tight both sides play, scoring first was a must heading into game three. There was one area that the Yellow T-Shirts did well to get the edge over the Dragons, and that was their fore checking style. A perfect example of it was the resilient play of L.Folini, who caused all sorts of problems for the Dragons defence. And while that was just one aspect of his game, L.Folini brought it step further posting two quick early goals in game three, both with the help of N.Gilbert"s perfect feeds. The Dragons still had plenty of time left over, and even though they cut the lead in half, M.Trivissono and the Yellow T-Shirts weren't planning to let this one slip away. As expected, this series was as close as it gets with all three games decided by a goal if not counting an empty net marker in game number two.
(3)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts(2) Game 1
(5)Yellow T-Shirts vs Dragons (3) Game 2
(1)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts (2) Game 3
G.Pisanelli combines for six goals in a pair of easy wins for the LG HC
Led by a standout six goal performance by G.Pisanelli, two goals apiece-from A.Stamiris and E.Girouard, the LG HC gave the Chic Choc no chance on Monday night. Already a very good team, the LG HC played their finest hockey, and why not since it's a big playoff round. They rarely show up with a full roster but tonight they pulled out all their assets suggesting that they meant business. F.Baratta, although he let in only two goals, still needed to be sharp in the opening moments of the series. The Chic Choc started off strong, had power play pressure and managed to get a pair passed Baratta. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold up in the second period where G.Pisanelli and the LG HC took off with four goals. The win advances the LG HC into the final where they'll face off against the Yellow T-Shirts. Clearly, they will be the favourites heading into the final stretch of the playoff season. The onus will be on the Yellow T-Shirts in order to formulate a game plan while relying heavily on M.Trivisonno to make plenty of key saves. As for the LG HC, as long as they have G.Pisanelli present along with A.Stamiris's rocket launcher-from anywhere on the court, then they'll be just fine.
(6)LG HC vs Chic(2) Game 1
(0)Chic Choc vs LG HC(6) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Livio Folini of the Yellow T-Shirts. Determined to make a difference, L.Folini did not disappoint, especially in the final game where he riffled two big goals.
Monday April 26 (Final, first division)
Punishers, crowned winners of first division
Considering the kind of season the Punishers had, this end result came to be expected, at least for the Punishers. The first game was only decided when C.Gingras snapped a late 2-2 tie. The Communists played an all around decent game remaining neck in neck with their opponent. However, the same couldn't be said for the second encounter. Plenty of what went wrong early on was the incapability to take advantage of some glorious power play opportunities. The Communists fell behind early but had a chance to redeem themselves only to give up two shorthanded goals. Despite the amount of time left over, both sides knew the fate of their season. C.Gingras scored two out of their three tallies with a man short while M.Arkalis netted the other. N.Mackeen wasn't overly busy but made sure to keep the Communists off the score sheet until the game was already out of reach. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to John Fidrilis and the rest of the Punishers for capturing the 4vs4 first division title.
(3)Punishers vs Communists (2) Game 1
(6)Communists vs Punishers (1) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. It's practically a safe that C.Gingras will get you that big goal. In tonight's biggest games of the season, the talented forward was clutch netting the winner in game one while bagging a pair of shorthanded markers in game two.
Sunday April 28 (Semi finals)
(4)Lynx vs Slayers (8) Game 2
A.Mirolla leads way as Slayers even series with Lynx
With the Lynx taking a crucial game one only a week ago, the Slayers needed a push-from any of their dormant top forwards. A.Mirolla scored twice in a quick succession, added his third early in the second period and capped off an incredible four goal performance by feeding an empty cage .A desperate start was to be expected- from the Slayers. The Lynx understood this and managed to weather the storm even though they trailed 3-2 after one period. It was-from that point on that this game took one direction. The Slayers hit their fifth and final gear as early as the second period where they buried the contest on three quick tallies. All the Lynx could do at that point was to figure out on how to adjust in an ensuing fifteen minute mini game.
(1)Lynx vs Slayers (4) Game 3
Late goals propel Slayers
While the Slayers will be advancing to the final, the Lynx will be kicking themselves after losing the way they did. P.Stroubakis scored early on a power play, and the Lynx were awarded a second power play opportunity to put a strangle hold on the game. Instead, it was the Slayers that struck shorthanded courtesy of V.Confuorti. That moment in the match was clearly the determining factor on why the Slayers advanced. Since a mini game is only fifteen minutes, the Lynx knew that a 2-0 lead would have most likely confirmed their spot to the final. Still, they had a chance to break a 1-1 tie but the gamble didn't pay off. It took less than one minute for J.Scalia and V.Confuorti to score and ultimately put a stamp to the series. Both players each scored twice. For how close the series was, the Slayers were glad to be on the side of a storming finish.
(1)Shockers vs Icons(4) Game2
Shockers no solutions for E.Girouard
Yes, you can argue the Icons have plenty of players that can score and beat you in any kind of way. And maybe that's the reason why the Shockers didn't focus so much on E.Girouard and what he did during this entire series. After collecting a hat trick in the previous encounter, the right handed sniper re produced a carbon copied effort in this contest. E.Girourad never gives enough time for any defenders to reach his stick. Once the ball reaches his sweet spot, it's off to the back of the net usually, giving net minders barely a chance to strive across and make the save. But as much as Girouard put on a clinic, the Icons overall are a built power house team. The Shockers figured they needed to keep the game close for as long as possible but couldn't match up early as they found themselves trailing 3-1 after one period. Despite the amount of time left over, the damage had already been done. The Icons did an excellent job neutralising their opponent while controlling the game like they often do.
Now that the semi final round is over, the showcase for what many expected will feature the Slayers taking on the Icons. Expect this one to be close as both teams are well rounded and have all the elements to take it all. There will be only one are of the series that will determine who comes out on top. Since both teams really want to win and have plenty of pride, avoiding the penalty box will be their biggest challenge. This is the one area that P.Chiotis of the Icons and P.Kotsornithis of the Slayers will need to stress to their players.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincenzo Confuorti of the Slayers. His shorthanded goal in game three perhaps shifted the series for the Slayers. V.Confuorti tied the game with a man less, and added his second during the same match to finish with a total of four points in both games.
Friday April 26 (Final)
(1)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers(3) Game 1
Brewers use three third period goals to top Devil Dawgz
Facing the top team of the second division, Friday night provided another tough challenge for the Brewers, who have been heating up after their sweep with the Pillows. While both teams entered the final frame scoreless, the Brewers were the ones to break the barrier on three consecutive goals. G.Lemire, T.Adamacopoulos and G.Bakas all scored while P.Paikopoulos tallied late for the Devil Dawgz. The Devil Dawgz felt they played well for two straight periods which simply wasn't good enough. That being said, B.Tzavaras took the time to address the necessary needs heading into game two.
(3)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(6) Game 2
Devil Dawgz bounce back to down Brewers in Game 2
The Brewers weren't able to respond to the desperation that the Devil Dawgz set forth in this important contest. Clearly, they knew that a major push back was to be expected, and while they couldn't t weather the storm, the Devil Dawgz would ultimately prevail in the end. The importance of scoring first is so incredibly vital when it comes to playoff hockey. The Devil Dawgz made sure to get on board early to shift the pressure the other way. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, A.Jalilvand notched his second right before J.Constantin provided a four goal cushion. By that point, there was almost no way the Brewers were coming back. The only positive that they took was that T.Fernando participated in all three tallies. Even though it wasn't enough, the Brewers hoped to feed off the momentum heading in what would be the biggest game of the season.
(1)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(2) O.T Game 3
A.Jalilvand's slap shot delivers final blow to series, Devil Dawgz crowned champions
The drama of sports is real and true. Entering their most important game of the season, both sides put everything they played for on the line. And for how close it was, neither team was shocked that extra time would decide a winner. The Devil Dawgz did strike first very early on but couldn't protect it as T.Fernando came running in riffling a hard wrist shot to tie the game. Just prior to the dying moments of the match, T.Fernando missed out on a glorious chance to end the series. Instead, an ensuing overtime period set the stage for another big moment in the series. Thirty seconds was all it took for A.Jalilvand to riffle a perfect slap shot that found its way to the back of the net. The Devil Dawgz knew that any shot on net could work, and why not since it could decide a championship. They managed to find a way and get their first. For how close this series was, both teams showed that they were very deserving. But with championship games leaving room for only one team to prevail, the Devil Dawgz were glad to be on the winning side of it. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to Bill Tzavaras and the Devil Dawgz for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Devil Dawgz. Whenever he gets the chance to shot it, odds are good that his wicked slap shop finds the back of the net. The Devil Dawgz were able to celebrate an incredible run thanks to their sniper.
Thursday April 25 (D Final)
(5)SBS Trashers vs Job on Demand(4) S.O Game 1
SBS Trashers come-from behind to shock Job on Demand
The SBS Trashers rebounded-from a dismal start to stun the Job on Demand. The Job on Demand entered the series with a dangerous offense and a suspect defensive game. You almost can never go wrong when being up 3-0 passed the mid way point of a game. What started as a statement for the Job on Demand turned into a message -from the SBS Trashers. Giving up four straight goals in a playoff match is something that is simply unacceptable. Rather than shutting down their opponent, the Job on Demand kept the mentality of trying to run up the score. The comeback charge was led by Joe Scalia and A.Gentile as both players each scored twice. The SBS Trashers thought they had this wrapped up in regulation time when J.Scalia tallied with less than two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, one miss hap led to a costly turn over that saw G.Pisanelli take advantage with only 3 seconds on the clock. Luckily enough for the SBS Trashers, an ensuing shootout went in their favor. A.Gentile was the only player to score while R.Pampena locked up the win denying three straight attempts.
(5)Job on Demand vs SBS Trashers(6) Game 2
Job on Demand relive nightmare, SBS Trashers crowned champions
There is nothing that's going to sugar coat this monumental folding of the tent by the Job on Demand. It's barely acceptable to squander a massive lead in one game, but to do it twice, they'll have only themselves to blame. For a second straight time, the Job on Demand built a three goal cushion on to see it vanish into thin air. Now that's not to take away-from what the SBS Trashers accomplished on this night. There is something that's quite remarkable when a team is able to overcome such a deficit, especially twice in the same night of a final. F.Gentile and Joe Scalia were a big part of the comeback effort netting two goals apiece. However, the key goal did come-from A.Gentile, who riffled a beauty with just over a minute left on the clock. Clearly, the Job on Demand didn't take notes on how to address what happened to them earlier, and in the end, they blew a glorious opportunity to take this series. Instead, the acolytes belong to the SBS Trashers, who showed that they believed in one another. Never did they once give up, making one shift count more than the other. The SBS Trashers kept a positive mentality, and in doing so, got everything they deserved. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Eric Panzera and the SBS Trashers for claiming the D Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. After collecting three points in game one, A.Gentile finished off the series in style by riffling a beautiful rocket that gave P.Assadi absolutely no chance.
Wednesday April 24 (E Wednesday final)
(2)Bramabulls vs Left Wings(3) Game 1
Left Wings top Bramabulls in tight affair
The Left Wings stressed calm and composure heading into their final with the Bramabulls. And by the time game one ended, the first part of the mission was accomplished. J.Adamou, V.Ladouceur and M-A Morin all scored and B.Verducci was again exceptional earning a close 3-2 win. The Bramabulls found themselves trailing 2-1 after one period. Considering how easily they can score, that small deficit didn't worry many of the Bramabulls players. But it seemed no matter how hard they tried to bounce back, things just weren't working out for them. Instead, the Left Wings widened their margin and had the luxury of playing with a two goal lead. The only time the Bramabulls potted their second came towards the end of the contest where they just didn't have enough time to even the score.
(4)Left Wings vs Bramabulls(5) Game 2
M.Detorre hat trick levels the series for Bramabulls
M.Detorre had a hat trick, A.Mirolla netted the winner and the Bramabulls gave themselves a chance to extend the series with the Left Wings. Desperation kicked in right away with Detorre striking twice by the five minute mark of the first period. The Bramabulls understood the importance of a great start. Rather than playing-from behind, the Left Wings were now the ones caught chasing the game. They did however pull within one after a dominant second period. Unfortunately for the Left Wings, the Bramabulls regained their momentum early in the third period on two goals in what appeared to be enough. That was until V.Ladouceur and T.Kyritsis responded with two consecutive tallies only to run out of race track.
(1)Left Wings vs Bramabulls(0) Game 3
Left Wings claim E Wednesday division title on G.Gaitanis power play goal
It didn't matter how they got it, or who got it, as long as they got it done first. Both sides fully understood the importance of striking first in a 15 minute mini game to decide matters. After taking an unfortunate penalty, the Bramabulls had the challenge of killing off two crucial minutes. The problem however was that the Left Wings were committed to make their chance count. When you have J.Adamou quarter backing a five man unit, the odds are good that a quality scoring chance or chances are on the way. G.Gaitanis is no stranger to finding the back of the net and made sure to bury a golden opportunity after being set up by Adamou. The Bramabulls did have enough of time for an equaliser but kept hitting the same problem like in game one, and that was running into a solid defence and stubborn net minder. As expected by many, this series had the potential to go the distance with all three games decided by only one goal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Nick Sotiropoulos and the Left Wings for claiming the E Wednesday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ben Verducci of the Left Wings. When it comes to the big moments, the Left Wings felt comfortable relying on their goaltender. Verducci was stellar throughout the entire series and what better way to summarise it on a 1-0 shutout victory.
Wednesday April 24 (F Wednesday final)
(6)Fat Roy vs Horsemen (5) S.O Game 1
Back and forth action goes to Fat Roy in shootout
Though tempted throughout a back and forth affair on Wednesday night, the Fat Roy refused to let their head to head with the high energy Horsemen slip out of their grasp. This win featured almost everything you could ask for in a meaningful game. From-the get go, both teams were off to the races generating plenty of scoring that can only give goaltenders fits. Despite the high octane offense, a 45 minute game still wasn't enough to decide a winner. The pressure would eventually take place in the shootout where both net minders had a chance to steal the show. J.Pantelis was and is always a logical choice when it comes to the breakaways. The Fat Roy forward collected two assists during the match while netting the lone shootout marker. On the flip side, the Horsemen had three attempts to get at least one but failed to solve J.Sanoudakis, who finished strong to collect an important victory.
(3)Horsemen vs Fat Roy(4) Game 2
Unlikely hero G.Lallis leads Fat Roy to glory
G.Lallis doesn't score many goals but prevents many for how sound he plays defensively. But G.Lallis made this rare one count more than your average tally. For a second straight game, this series appeared to be headed for a shootout,that was up until G.Lallis riffled the winner with only ten seconds left on the score board. Fat Roy knew how important it was to try and win this game. So with the score tied 3-3, they were firing on all cylinders making sure that the Horsemen don't get any sort if life. P.Elizardo and N.Gikas were also vital for the victory as both players collected three points each. In a series that could have easily gone either way, Fat Roy kept showing their never quit attitude that helped decide it all. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and Fat Roy for capturing the F Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to George Lallis of Fat Roy. Of all the players throughout the Fat Roy line up who can ever score a huge goal and win a playoff series, G.Lallis isn't the first player that comes to mind. But when his team needed him the most, G.Lallis came through providing perhaps the mast important tally of the season.