Wednesday December 22 (Masters 35+ final)
D.Massa behind 4-0 victory in Game 1
National opened the final with a brilliant 4-0 victory over the Armos. O.Valiquette opened the scoring while doubling the lead on a power play marker. Prior to National’s second goal, the Armos missed out on a golden opportunity when awarded a 5-3 power play. Instead, they found themselves in the box shortly after, and National made sure to not waste their chance. That tally came very late in the second period giving National a decent advance heading into the final stretch. With the next goal so crucial, M-A Simard was able to provide it for National, who surely knew by then that game one was in the bag. It wasn’t like the Armos didn’t have their fair share of chances. They hit two posts, but more importantly, a net minder that never flinched. D.Massa was again spectacular stopping every shot he faced that included some grade a scoring chances. You always want to get off on the right foot when entering a series. Since game one went to National, the Armos would be the ones faced with all the pressure knowing they have to win two in a row.
M.Pinheiro seizes the moment, nets OT winner to claim Masters 35+ championship
(2)Armos vs National(3) Game 2
The Armos knew they got close. They were able to see the mountain top, but couldn’t get there. They got their break with S.Marricco striking for a second time late in the game to force the overtime. By that point, its pretty much up for grabs. It took barely two minutes into the sudden death frame however for M.Pinheiro to seize the moment. The Captain placed him self at a perfect spot receiving an easy pass -from C.Dagenais resulting in a tap in goal. National had another great start in game two scoring twice in the opening frame. Till that point, the Armos have yet to find the back of the net in this series. The frustrations carried through until the early stages of the second period where S.Marricco finally broke the spell. Sometimes, it takes that one tally to loosen up your bench a little, something the Armos were longing for despite getting enough decent scoring chances. Eventually, they evened the score late in the game which put them in a great position to tie the series. Unfortunately, with overtime usually going either way, the Armos couldn’t catch their break. Instead, M.Pinheiro was there to decide matters capping off an impressive playoff run. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Marc Pinheiro and National for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. It can be easily argued that the captain posted his clubs biggest goal of the season. You never want to take your chances in a fifteen minute mini game where anything can happen. National avoided that situation thanks to Pinheiro’s positioning and reflex to bury the winner.
Wednesday December 22 (D final)
L.Panetta scores late tie breaker, Armadillos even up their series with Punishers
(3)Punishers vs Armadillos(5) Game 2
L.Panetta was at the right place at the right time for the Armadillos. Panetta scored the tie breaking goal late in the third period and the Armadillos beat the Punishers to even the series at one game apiece. It was clear that every single player came to play for the Armadillos. From-the drop of the ball, they fore checked, they went to the net, they played hard in their own end and got big saves-from C.Stavriadis. Both sides played even through two periods leaving only the final frame for someone to crack. That’s were L.Pantetta came up clutch netting his first of two to cap off a 5-3 decision. G.Bouchard played a huge offensive role as well scoring twice in the second period. Even though the Armadillos knew what their primary game plan was, P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras still got their way participating in all three goals. But, it’s the end result that counts and the Armadillos are glad to have forced a third and deciding game.
L.Pantetta strikes early, C.Stavriadis earns shutout, Armadillos champions of D Wednesday/Thursday division
(1)Armadillos vs Punishers(0) Game 3
Thanks to C.Stavriadis and another stellar defensive performance, the Armadillos reached the finish line first to claim the D Wednesday/Thursday division championship. Again, L.Panetta came through notching the games lone goal, giving C.Stavriadis all the offensive support needed to cap off the series. After they got that early tally, the Armadillos just kept pushing while putting their bodies on the line blocking shots. It was a text book game three final for a team that put it all on the line. This time, they managed to contain the Punishers lethal weapons allowing only five shots in fifteen minutes. By playing relentless defense, the opportunities were limited for the Punishers. The importance of that first goal paid dividends, especially in this type of series where both teams can shut you down. There was a reason why the Armadillos finished on top of this division with so many competitive opponents. They solidified their status as the best team of the division winning it in the regular season and more important in the post season. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Kontitsis and the Armadillos for winning the D division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Luca Panetta of the Armadillos. What more can you ask-from a player that gets you two consecutive clutch goals at the most important stage of the game.
Monday December 20 (Open division Final)
G.Barrera’s shootout goal caps crazy finish, Golden Knights champs of the 4vs4 open division
The Golden Knights were simply relieved. Even though they led the series 1-0, the second game suggested a third and deciding match was to be followed with the Orient carrying a 2-0 lead with less than two minutes remaining. And rather than sulking or quitting, the Golden Knights rallied for an improbable shootout win. The series was like a movie with the amount of drama along with twists and turns, but in the end it was a great finish for the Golden Knights. Throughout their entire regular season and playoff, the Golden Knights never dropped a game. Tonight was perhaps as close as it got for the Orient to end their run if not for some bad luck and unfortunate timing. As the shootout rounds kept passing, both captains had to face some tough choices on who to send out there. For the Golden Knights, G.Barrera took it upon himself to take a shot at it. That decision paid off as the captain used a brilliant move to slide the ball right under E.Paradis-Levasseur. This contest was decided after seven shootout rounds with the goaltenders having their ups and downs. The first three attempts saw both sides score each time while the following three attempts had the players snake bitten unable to solve the net minders. It was by the seventh round that this series came to a close thanks to Barrera. The Golden Knights will remember this season for their impressive unbeaten record illustrating their skill level and toughness that got them to this point. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Gary Barrera and the Golden Knights for winning the 4vs4 open division.
(4)Golden Knights vs Orient(2) Game 1
(5)Orient vs Golden Knights(6) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gary Barrera of the Golden Knights. As a captain, you carry all the responsibilities on your shoulders. Stuck with some tough decisions, G.Barrera made plenty of right ones throughout the series including perhaps its finest moment when he scored his clubs last goal to decide the championship.
(Division 2) 4 vs 5
Mighty Cucks offense dries up at wrong time, Hungry Hippos pull through
The Hungry Hippos took on the Mighty Cucks for the right to play the Degenerates in the semi final that would take place only an hour after this contest. It was understood that this series was going to played out till the very end. It. They met not long ago with the Mighty Cucks needing both shootouts to edge out the Hungry Hippos. Basically, a coin toss situation. Game one was nothing short of a similar confrontation with both sides going into another shootout. This time however, the Hungry Hippos flipped the table thanks to goals by A.Daghlian and B.Pereira while A.Zandarian won the goaltending battle denying two of three attempts. The Hungry Hippos would feed off their strong finish heading into game two jumping out in front early courtesy of J.Discepola’s power play goal. As expected, it was another tight checking game with so much on the line. The problem however was that the Mighty Cucks couldn’t get much going up front. In part, the Hungry Hippos didn’t give a whole lot, and A.Zandarian was having an incredible night stopping everything his way. The net minder stole the show once more riding a perfect sheet which enabled his club to pull through. A.Pederian would eventually feed an empty cage securing a low scoring affair. This win came at a cost however. Due to some banged up players, the Hungry Hippos decided to call it quits and forfeit their match up with the Degenerates.
(2)Mighty Cucks vs Hungry Hippos(3) S.O Game 1
(2)Hungry Hippos vs Mighty Cucks(0) Game 2
Dragons endure nightmare finish to Assadi Classics
For nearly two entire games, the Dragons looked fast and full of skill as it looked like they could do no wrong. They had an easy opening game that ended by a landslide, and continued to take command in the ensuing match finding themselves up 5-3 at one point with less than two minutes remaining. Any betting person would have concluded an easy sweep for how the series transpired till that point. B.Daniele was a force netting back to back hat tricks while S.Morante was steady in net making all the necessary saves. Then, the genie came out of the bottle and the unthinkable happened. Already with a goal early in the second period, M.Croteau went into beast mode bagging two quick tallies that evened the score. Out of nowhere, the Assadi Classics were actually in this series. And rather than the clock bleeding out in its final moment, M.Destounis added to the Dragons misery by snapping a 5-5 tie. Talk about a turn of events. Granted, there was still another game to be played, but hockey can sometimes take a psychological effect on you. That ending played into the Dragons minds heading into game three. They were no where close to how they performed for two straight games. Clearly, momentum had everything to do with it. The Assadi Classics were the ones dictating the pace in game three keeping the ball for longer periods of time which eventually led to their breaks. M.Mavroudis, as he’s often done in the past, will get you that big goal. The power forward snapped a late 1-1 tie which was shortly followed by J.Pantelis’s empty net marker. Looking back at all this, the Dragons may have lacked that killer instinct to close out the series. You can never get to complacent or let up just a little as it can sometimes come back to hurt you. Unfortunately for the Dragons, they learned it the hard way.
(7)Dragons vs Assadi Classics(2) Game 1
(6)Assadi Classics vs Dragons(5)Game 2
(1)Dragons vs Assadi Classics(3) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin Croteau of the Assadi Classics. The Assadi Classics were ready to pack it up for how their night was going, that was until M.Croteau took the bull by the horns bagging two incredible timely goals. The solid d-man was an absolute force notching a hat trick along with a pair of assists while making many big defensive plays.
The second division is now down to its final two teams. The Degenerates will take on the Assadi Classics in what will be a difficult challenge for the two sides. The Degenerates need to use their quickness and speed so they can hold on to the ball while identifying the threats-from their opponent. Since both teams know each other extremely well, a solid game plan may decide the fate of this series.
Friday December 17 (Semi final)
Penalties doom Chiefs as National unleash power play
(4)National vs Chiefs(3) Game 1
When National are given the man advantage, they expect nothing less than to capitalise. National were lethally efficient in doing that in their close 4-3 victory over the Chiefs. On their three opportunities, they converted three times including a back breaker by P.Barret-Doucet with just under five minutes remaining. The Chiefs had the right approach heading into tonight’s match up. By keeping the game close, it gave them a shot at jumping out in front in the series. Neither side played with the lead after two periods which looked to play in the favour for the Chiefs. Unfortunately, they took two straight penalties that ultimately doomed them in game one. Four different players scored in the win with V.Lamarche setting up National’s last two tallies while D.Massa was solid again facing 23 shots.
National rout Chiefs, move closer to ultimate goal
(1)Chiefs vs National(5) Game 2
A perfect start in game two put National in position to punch their ticket to the final. They were able to blitz the Chiefs in the second period riding four unanswered goals for a sufficient 5-0 lead. Their first tally came again with the man advantage courtesy of V.Lamarche while for a second straight game, nobody scored more than once. The Chiefs knew they couldn’t afford to fall too behind. The turning point occurred by the six minute mark of the second period where M.Mogianesi and F.Laurin tallied less than a minute apart for a 3-0 lead. Despite half a game remaining, the writing was on the wall for the Chiefs. National continued to build on their momentum winning most battles in order to keep the ball longer . No doubt, it was a dominating team effort that culminated a 5-1 victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to D.Massa of National. Its always nice to have your goaltender perform at the right time during the season. Massa was sound, collective and focused between the pipes making all the necessary saves to help lead National to the final.
The other semi final series between the Sonic and the Armos did not take place. Sonic had to forfeit both their games due to some lack of players. With that, the Masters 35+ division is now down to its last two teams. The Armos will have to erase that nightmare finish they had with National only a week ago. Clearly, they have a lot of issues to address if they plan on making it a series. Right now, it looks like National is rolling on all cylinders as they expect nothing less than to win it all.
Thursday December 16 (E division final)
Team work, resilience delivers results for Brew Crew
(7)Brew Crew vs Horsemen(1) Game 1
It was a victory that had all the Brew Crew’s players finger prints in the final result. Their collective effort began with C.Muccino stopping the ball 20 times along with scoring efforts-from seven different players. The Horsemen knew a bad start wasn’t the way to go against a stingy hockey team. You never want to fall 3-0 after one period, especially against the Brew Crew. With the damage already done early on, the Horsemen attempted to get at least one by Muccino, who didn’t concede his lone tally till S.Giannakis beat him in the third period. It looked like the Brew Crew rose to the occasion as soon as the ball dropped. For the Horsemen, the mind set needs to be a reset heading into game two. Even though the Brew Crew will be difficult to challenge, this series can shift if the Horseman find a way to get a better start. Scoring that first goal will be crucial if the Horsemen plan on extending their series.
D.Verta snaps late tie, Brew Crew celebrate E division title
(3)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(4) Game 2
This time, the Horsemen worked harder, competed harder but just couldn’t beat the Brew Crew on this particular night. It was only fitting that the Brew Crew took it in the end. Good teams often find ways to win. The Brew crew overcame a deficit while getting a timely goal by D.Verta with just over three minutes left in the game. The Horsemen ignited their power play with tallies by A.Lepore and M.Kardum as they struggled to generate much on even strength. Throughout the entire season, the Brew Crew made the case for being the most consistent team. That message carried on when the games started to count even more as they easily ran over the RCGT Knights before handing the Horsemen two straight losses. Apart-from their final game, the rest of their playoff run was a cake walk. In the end, the deserving team prevailed reaching their ultimate goal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Chris Palermo and the rest of the Brew Crew for capturing the E division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carmen Muccino of the Brew Crew. While many are deserving of the honour of player of the night, your goaltender always plays a major role. Muccino was ready , focused and extremely sharp enabling his club to play with the confidence required in order to get the job done.
(D division final)
P.Karvouriaris, C.Gingras one two punch startle Armadillos in game 1
(2)Armadillos vs Punishers(5) Game 1
Its always huge to get that first game under your belt. The Punishers are now ahead in this series and will look to close out a very good opponent. In order to do so, they’ll need for their usual suspects to deliver the goods. In tonight’s case, P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras provided most of the offense as both players combined for eight points. Karvouriaris participated in all five goals that included a hat trick. Like natural snipers often do, he is able to find himself at the right spot in the slot area giving little chance to C.Stavriadis to react. The Armadillos let him get too many free looks and paid the price for it. With game one over and done with, the Armadillos will have a few days to reflect and figure out what to do in order to force a third and deciding game. One things for sure, they have to neutralise the Punishers top guns. And although that’s easier said than done, the Armadillos do have the right players in order to slow down the threat. It will come down to how they execute their game plan to try and contain Gingras and Karvouriaris.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. Absolutely dynamite, the Punishers sniper bagged a hat trick along with a pair of helpers in a 5-2 decision over the Armadillos.
Wednesday December 15 ( Semi finals)
Punishers even series with 4-0 shutout
(4)Punishers vs United Arms(0) Game 2
Anytime you fall behind in a series you want to come back with a good start. And although this went scoreless for over a period, the Punishers got the start they wanted when M.Koutavas opened the scoring. Its hard to plan something like that, but the Punishers put out a great effort in order to dictate the terms. The game would remain close with both sides tentative in order to avoid any costly mistakes. Eventually, T.Karvouriaris would double the lead for the Punishers by the nine minute mark of the third period. It didn’t really matter much that their was six minutes left for any sort of comeback. The Punishers played with more jump, intensity and desperation and weren’t going to give much for the United Arms to respond. N.Mackeen was steady never flinching stopping all 20 shots his way. M.Koutavas finished with a pair of tallies including the game winner on the power play. There was no doubt the victory was an important counterpunch for the Punishers, who will carry all the momentum heading into game 3.
Punishers advance behind N.Mackeen’s stellar night
(0)United Arms vs Punishers(2) Game 3
For a second game in a row, it was the N.Mackeen show as the net minder earned another shutout to help send the Punishers through to the final. Mackeen followed up his 20 save performance by stopping six more important shots in a 15 minute mini game. Both teams understood how important that first goal would be. Its almost treated like a sudden death frame for how they both defend well while depending on reliable goaltenders. It took the nine minute mark of the frame before P.Karvouriaris broke the ice. While the United Arms did everything in their power to respond, their offense went dormant again. Credit to the Punishers for how they responded heading into tonight’s difficult challenge. In four straight periods, they managed to keep the United Arms off the score sheet knowing that they had the capacity to score with some big time gamers.
Well rounded Armadillos too much to handle for the Panthers
(3)Panthers vs Armadillos(6) Game 2
What the Panthers were hoping for seemed to be going according to plan for a very long stretch. That was up until two quick goals toward the end of the second period shifted this game, and ultimately decided the series. D.Andrade and K.Kuczmarski were the ones to help provide a 3-1 lead leaving all but one period for the Panthers season. Unfortunately, things only got worse-from there on for the Panthers as L.Panetta and T.Bozinakis scored early in the frame for what was a sufficient lead despite plenty of time left over. The Armadillos defensive structure and excellent goaltending by C.Stavriadis was too much for the Panthers to overcome. There were just too many elements in the Armadillos arsenal. Too many things need to go right when going up against a sound experienced team like the Armadillos with perhaps the most lethal forward in the division. K.Kuczmarski will always make his way on the score sheet as the skilled forward provided four points that included three primary assists.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. What more can you ask for-from your goaltender. The Punishers rebounded with two consecutive wins in large part due to Mackeen, who never once looked behind him.
The big stage is finally set for the D division. The Armadillos will take on the Punishers in what will be an interesting final. Assuming the goaltending wont be a factor since both teams have blue chip net minders, these teams will rely on other factors. The Armadillos have a better line of defense, but the Punishers may be heavier on the offense. The expression says defence wins championships which may suggest the Armadillos will take this series. However, the Punishers just showed tonight that they can play that same way as well by shutting out the United Arms for two straight games. Look for this to be a close one.
Monday December 13 (Division 1 Semi final)
F.Nasser's shootout winner carries Orient to final
F.Nasser scored the deciding goal in a suspenseful shootout, and the Orient are glad knowing they will be playing for the ultimate prize by reaching the final. E.Paradis-Levasseur sealed the victory by stopping the HBHA Seniors last attempt. The HBHA Seniors fell behind in the series, but looked to bounce back by getting off to a way better start in game two. Q.Syryduk put his club in a great position by netting two goals for what appeared to be a commanding 2-0 lead. Yet somehow it was all for nothing as the Orient stormed back on three straight markers. M.Morin answered the call posting two in a row right before Ali Khanafer put the Orient in front with less than two minutes remaining. Naturally this series had to end with some drama. With the clock winding down in its final minute, Q.Syryduk was there again to provide more offence for the HBHA Seniors which forced the shootout. Unfortunately for the HBHA Seniors, they just couldn't get that break they hoped for. Instead, it was M.Monteschio and his captain F.Nasser capitalising while E.Paradis-Levasseur was sharp denying two attempts.
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Orient(3) Game 1
(5)Orient vs HBHA Seniors(4) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Monteschio of the Orient. The forward was involved in many big plays for the Orient providing four points along with a shootout goal.
The first division will have the final take place between the Golden Knights and the Orient. In order for the Orient to win, they will have to limit mistakes and simply play a hard fought grinding game with the Golden Knights. Limiting high end chances is perhaps their key to having a success.
Division 2 :
Hungry Hippos finish strong to secure playoff spot
Needing two consecutive victories, the RCGT Knights couldn't have asked for a better start. F.Bchara scored two first period goals, S.Sauk allowed only one tally and the RCGT Knights were able to pull off game one with only two spares on their bench. The problem was that they needed to do this twice in order to have a chance to participate in the playoffs. This time however, the Hungry Hippos turned the table. All they needed was the first period to flip the script and regain control of their own fate. Goals came -from five different players in that single frame with M.Stoico controlling the back end providing three helpers. R.Yousef would feed an empty cage for his second, and A.Zardarian felt a lot more comfortable between the pipes supporting an adequate lead. The Hungry Hippos will feel good about moving on despite playing a double header.
(1)Hungry Hippos vs RCGT Knights(2)
(3)RCGT Knights vs Hungry Hippos(6)
Down to the wire Degenerates edge out Dragons for first place
The Dragons were clinging to first place going into Monday nights match up versus the Degenerates, who were right behind them. Although the Dragons carried the advantage needing only a split, the Degenerates pulled off their opening encounter to set an even bigger stage heading into the second match. By that point, the Dragons had no choice but to capture the win in order to take top spot. And they couldn't have asked for a better start mounting an immediate 3-0 lead. No doubt the Degenerates were on their heels, but that started to shift as soon as P.Stroubakis put them on board. Even though it was only one goal, the Degenerates sensed a shift brewing knowing they had plenty of time left over. Eventually they tied the game on two occasions leaving only a shootout to decide matters. The Degenerates had the slight advantage of needing only the tie to secure first place. What made it re assuring is that they had the goaltender to make it happen. R.Ricaurte made sure to get the job done denying three high end players.
(2)Dragons vs Degenerates(4)
(4)Degenerates vs Dragons(4) S.O
Playoff preview suggests for a good match up between Mighty Cucs and Hungry Hippos
The Hungry Hippos and the Mighty Cucs are very close on how they match up against one another. The proof of that was demonstrated on how both games ended on Monday night. Although the Mighty Cucs had the upper hand collecting wins, both games could have easily gone either way when decided in a shootout. The opening contest saw both sides rely on their top guns with S.Masi leading the charge with four points along with the shootout winning goal. On the other end, T.Oliveira was riding a hot hand as the sniper buried three of his clubs four goals. For some reason, the Hungry Hippos did not send Oliveira to take one of the shootouts. Similar to the opening match, the second encounter saw neither side really get an edge. Again, they went into a breakaway competition where for a second time S.Masi came through to decide matters. The Hungry Hippos failed to capitalise on six straight shootout attempts simply because A.Giampalma was brilliant in net. This match up was a preview for the playoffs as the two teams will square off against each other. Since both games went the entire distance, expect nothing less than a similar out come.
(4)Hungry Hippos vs Mighty Cucs(5) S.O
(4)Mighty Cucs vs Hungry Hippos(3) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steven Masi of the Mighty Cucs. No doubt the forward was absolutely influential in both his teams wins. Masi collected a total of five points along with two shootout winning goals.
Division 2 regular season came to an end on Monday night. With the top three seeds patiently waiting in the semi finals, the Mighty Cucs and the Hungry Hippos will play a playoff round to see who will capture that fourth spot.
Friday December 10
Armos narrowly avoid upset vs hard working Brewers
The Armos had a doubleheader on tap tonight and knew that they needed victories in both in order to secure 1st place in the division and couldn’t take the Brewers lightly regardless of their place in the standings. The results may not always be there, but the Brewers will always put up a good fight with any opponent and tonight was no different. The first period ended deadlocked at 1 apiece with both teams playing solid defensive hockey. The 2 teams decided to open it up a little in the 2nd period exchanging 3 goals to keep it tied through 2. The Armos broke the deadlock midway through the 3rd period when none other than S.Marricco, who has a knack for scoring big goals rifled a shot passed H.Psaroudis. They added the insurance marker in an empty net securing a 7-5 win. The Brewers fell short tonight but not for a lack of effort and the Armos will have to tighten things up defensively and rely on a balanced attack for their next match up vs National.
(7) Armos vs Brewers (5)
Short bench sinks Chiefs in important matchup vs Sonic
The Chiefs knew this wasn’t gonna be an easy task and that they were in for a long night since they only had 1 change up. They had to keep things simple defensively and rely on their counterattack to produce their goals. F.Pace’s troops were ready for this encounter as Sonic stormed out of the gate grabbing a 4-1 lead after just 1 period both outshooting them and creating more scoring chances. The Chiefs showed some bite for the rest of the game, scoring 5 goals and despite a solid 4 goal game from S.Koulieris, the hole was too big to climb out of and ultimately lost the game. Sonic used a balanced scoring attack with 6 different goal scorers lighting the lamp and this will surely help their confidence heading into the playoffs. Despite tonight’s setback, the Chiefs know they have enough veteran leadership and talent when they field a full team to get the job done in the playoffs and will also have to rely on their defensive approach and their goaltender.
(9) Sonic vs Chiefs (6)
D.Massa stands tall as National manhandles the Armos en route to rout
With 1st place on the line between these 2, the stakes were high for their final regular season encounter. Having already played about an hour earlier, the Armos knew they were in for a tough test vs a team that will pounce on your mistakes and make you pay at will. National came with a stacked line-up and showed their opponent no mercy jumping out to a 5-0 lead after 2 periods. This was more than enough offence for goaltender D.Massa who was a beast in between the pipes, stopping every opportunity and denying every scoring chance headed his direction. Despite being outshot, the National were moving the ball fast and capitalizing on their chances, and impressively enough, 6 different goal scorers tickled the twine for the National scoring a few highlight reel goals leaving little to no chance for goaltender R.Ricuarte. Maybe fatigue set in for the Armos, but they will need to tweak a few things in their game if they wish to compete vs an established team like the National in the playoffs.
(7) National vs Armos (1)
SalumiVino player of the night: D.Massa, the goaltender was very solid, making the all-important first save and pushing aside every scoring attempt and frustrating the Armos players all night and will be a force in the playoffs.
(1) National vs Chiefs (4): The 2 teams had some intense battles throughout the season and the games were very closely disputed. The National play with speed and have a well-balanced lineup, with their up-tempo transition game and can get contributions from up and down the line-up. The Chiefs have more than enough players with playoff experience and pedigree and will need to collectively play as a unit and limit their mistakes.
(2) Armos vs Sonic (3): Sonic are entering the playoffs on a high, having won 3 of their last 4 games scoring an average of 5 goals per game. They’ll need all hands-on deck for their match-up in the hopes of upsetting the Armos who possess several game breakers within their line-up, and who also rely heavily on their defencemen to dictate the pace of play.
Thursday December 9 (D conference semi finals)
(2)United Arms vs Punishers(1) S.O Game 1
R.Ricaurte and United Arms earn statement win
No question both teams were grateful for how brilliant there net minders were. On one end, N.Mackeen was solid facing 23 shots for the Punishers while his counterpart R.Ricaurte stood tall stopping over 40 shots. Goals only came in the second period as both sides played your prototypical playoff styled game by not giving much room on the field. The combination of defensive brilliance along with sound goaltending forecasted this opening game to go the entire distance. Even a ten minute sudden death period solved nothing. In the end, it went to the dreaded shootout where five players-from each side had the opportunity to make an influence. But it was again the goaltenders making the difference instead, expect for H.Jerjian, who was the only one to figure out N.Mackeen. On the flip side of the court, R.Ricaurte couldn’t have asked for a better finish to his night denying all five attempts after allowing one single goal on 41 shots.
(8)Armadillos vs Panthers(1) Game 1
Armadillos use balanced scoring to topple Panthers
This was not what the Panthers had in mind in their first semi final game versus the Armadillos. Even though they knew the challenge ahead, a closer contest was expected for M.Blackman and the rest of his club. Unfortunately, nothing went right for them as they had to endure a long and difficult night. Being down 3-0 after one period is discouraging, and rather than things improving, it only got worse. The Armadillos are balanced with loads of experience. All eight of their goals came-from different players. S.Athanasopoulos was very productive scoring once while setting up four teammates. The Panthers nearly went without a goal until T.Parr finally solved C.Stavriadis. As disappointing as this was, the Panthers will have a week to reflect, re group and adjust on how to approach game two. Maybe netting the first goal while getting sound goaltending can shift the series. Anything is possible in the playoffs, and the Panthers will need to remain positive if they plan on extending their season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert Ricaurte of the United Arms. After facing over 40 shots and allowing only one goal while denying five straight shootout attempts, there is no question the net minder stole the show on Thursday night.
E conference semi finals
(5)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(3) Game 2
A.Lepore ,a vital reason why the Horsemen advance
He just came off a great performance yesterday night, and clearly the Fatal Demons didn’t get the memo on how to solve A.Lepore of the Horsemen. Top notch defensemen play impactful minutes, they control conditions in their own end while knowing when to join aggressively the offensive flow. A.Lepore has all that in his arsenal, and the Horsemen are glad to have him as part of their team. In the first period alone, Lepore scored two goals and collected an assist before capping off yet another hat trick. Its one thing for a talented forward to do so in back to back games as its rarely the case for a d-man to score hat ricks twice in a row. Add to all that, he does have an equally skilled partner in D.Greco, who is also a threat. The major difference between the two is that Lepore shoots the ball while Greco loves to feed the open man. With that being said, the Fatal Demons found themselves dug to deep early on despite pushing back as the game went on. The majority of the damage had already been done.
(6)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(0) Game 2
Brew Crew continue-from where they left off, punch ticket to final
The RCGT Knights couldn’t address a key area of their game, and that was to get a good start. Only ten minutes had gone by for the Brew Crew to put a strangle hold in the series. With a comfortable 3-0 lead, it didn’t even matter that there was more than enough time for the RCGT Knights to pull something off. The Brew Crew were in the right gear-from the get go while the RCGT Knights remained stalled throughout the entire night. M.Maggiore enjoyed his hat trick, A.Belanger buried a pair, P.Barrett-Doucet collected three helpers while C.Muccino never faltered earning a 20 save shutout. The task was perhaps to overwhelming for the RCGT Knights as they just had no answers on how to keep up with a solid opponent. In the end, the heavy favourite will advance .
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lepore of the Horsemen. It wasn’t enough for him to merit the honour only a night ago. In his second game vs the Fatal Demons, Lepore collected another hat trick in the first period alone to help advance his club to the final.
The Brew Crew will now take on the Horseman for all the marbles. Both teams match up well for how they are built. Even though they have a different style, this series is simply up for grabs. The goaltenders are solid, the coverage without the ball will be applied, and the offense will come with so many game changers.
Wednesday December 8
Panthers advance edging out Altius
(3)Altius vs Panthers(4) D conference Round 1 playoffs
The Panthers earned the clinching win with second period goals-from J.Blunt and J.Collins along with a pair of third period tallies by J.Mason. The Panthers seemed to get better as the game went on doing all the little things right in order to get the edge. Once they carried a two goal lead, the Altius knew they were in trouble, especially riding a shorter bench than usual. P.Arkalis did everything in his power to help bounce back his club by netting a pair of third period goals, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. The Panthers did a very good job eliminating time and space while applying constant pressure to recuperate the ball. In the end, their hard work paid off as they’ll gladly move on to the next round.
RCGT Knights blasted by Brew Crew
(10)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(2) E conference Semi final game 1
With two teams practically on the opposite side of the spectrum, nothing really changed much for them on Wednesday night. The Brew Crew have been a solid consistent team throughout the entire season while the RCGT Knights struggled to put it together. So if a betting man was to pick a winner, the safe bet would have come in. The Brew Crew sent a strong message that this series will be theirs for the taking. Anytime a team takes a convincing 10-2 result, its because there is a miss match. Basically the onus is on the RCGT Knights to figure out solutions. Although its easier said than done, they’ll have no choice but to buy into a strong defensive game while relying on their net minder. Tonight was just to easy for a team that cruised their way to victory. A.Belanger bagged a hat trick while B.Sansotta and C.Palermo chipped in with a pair.
S.Racicot OT winner sends Punishers to semi final
(4)Punishers vs Assadi Consulting inc(3) O.T D conference Round 1 playoffs
S.Racicot netted the winning goal on the power play into overtime and the Punishers are now moving on to the next round. It was just an unfortunate circumstance for the Assadi Consulting inc, who played well enough to knock out a serious contender. One badly timed penalty was all it took to make the difference with the game deadlocked at three goals a piece. The Punishers appeared to have things wrapped up in regulation time until a late one timer by J.Rochon forced the extra time. Both sides never really had the edge after trading two goals in the first period. P.Karvouriaris eventually broke the tie for the Punishers late in the second period for his second, but the game was still very close and up for grabs. Even though they gave up that late goal, the Punishers made sure to take complete advantage relying on their lethal five man unit.
Third period let down has Fatal Demons scrambling for answers
(8)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(5) E conference Semi final game 1
The Fatal Demons were in good shape entering the third period on Wednesday night. They had scored three consecutive goals and held a slight 3-2 lead . But once that final frame began , the Fatal Demons grip on the game began to slip away thanks to some costly self inflicted wounds. They surrendered three goals in only three minutes, and out of no where fell in a deep hole. Credit to the Horsemen however by simply going about their business. A.Lepore was the catalyst behind the comeback as the slick defenseman buried two quick goals before capping off an impressive night with a hat trick. There is a sentiment that the Fatal Demons may have beat themselves, but at the same time, the Horsemen knew how to get themselves back in the game by dictating the pace. This series will come down to how the Fatal Demons are to adjust because the Horsemen are doing everything right so far.
The SalumiVino player of the night for the D conference goes to Samuel Racicot of the Punishers. By finding himself at the right place and at the right time, the Punishers were able to down the Assadi Consulting inc and find themselves playing in the semi finals.
The SalumiVino player of the night in the E conference goes to Anthony Lepore of the Horsemen. Anytime your defense can provide serious offense, then chances are your in good shape. Lepore did just that by netting a hat trick that included two very big third period goals.
The D conference is now down to only four teams. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Armadillos vs Panthers(6) No question the Armadillos are the hands down favourite, and that’s not because they are playing the Panthers. The Armadillos will expect nothing less than to win this division. So who ever they face, the expectations will remain high. The Panthers really need to keep the game as close as possible for as long as possible. If the score stays tight, the Armadillos will be the ones feeling the pressure.
(2)United Arms vs Punishers(4) The Punishers will fell good about coming off an overtime win. However, they will face a different kind of challenge going up against the United Arms. This is a team that wears anyone down. The Punishers need to be patient on how to approach this series. They may have some blue chip players, but the United Arms have an overall dedicated style rolling three lines that will annoy any opponent on any given night.
Monday December 6
Orient catch Hungry Hippos early in double rout
Ali Khanafer needed only eight minutes into the game to light up the Hungry Hippos on three quick goals for a commanding lead. Its not the kind of start you hope for when competing against a team-from the higher division. You always want to weather the storm and keep the game as close as possible. Instead, the opposite happened, and the Hungry Hippos were stuck playing-from behind the rest of the way. Ali Khanafer went on to add his fourth goal while E.Harnois chipped in with a pair. The second match was a lot tighter with both sides taking less risks. Despite being undermanned, the Orient used an early goal that proved to be just enough to edge out their opponent. N.Comptois needed to be sharp in net to keep the Hungry Hippos off the score sheet. E.Harnois and S.Harchi would add insurance, and the Orient took care of phase one of a double header night.
(2)Hungry Hippos vs Orient(9)
(3)Orient vs Hungry Hippos(0)
G.DeMarinis hat trick drives comeback win
G.DeMarinis and the Dragons had a final frame to remember on Monday night. Even though the Dragons barely took the opener in the shootout, the second contest looked bleak for a club that didn’t seem in it. The Dragons didn’t help themselves giving up the middle which lead to three first period goals by the Assadi Classics. J.Pantelis had his hand on all three tallies that included a pair for himself. Sometimes when a team looks down and out, a single player can seemingly turn things around. In this particle case, G.DeMarinis was the Dragons answer to their non existent first period as the spark plug went into overdrive bagging three straight markers in only four minutes. Out of nowhere, this contest flipped on its back with the Dragons taking the lead. The Assadi Classics slowly lost their energy as the night progressed having to deal with a short bench. If they could have channelled it for a more defensive fourth period, the end result would have been different.
(5)Assadi Classics vs Dragons(6) S.O
(5)Dragons vs Assadi Classics(3)
S.Lachapelle tears it up for the Golden Knights
The Golden Knights opened a string of four consecutive games on Monday night. In their quest to remain unbeaten, G.Barrera kept that streak alive by netting the games lone shootout goal to kick start the night on the right foot. The Orient weren’t pleased dropping the result knowing they came that close to handing the Golden Knights their first defeat of the year. They did however have a second crack at it only to find themselves in more of a bind. After giving up the games first goal, the Orient went down 2-0 early in the second period when S.Lachapelle continued his tear. The forward had just come off a hat trick performance, and wasn’t done yet adding two more points en route to a 3-0 win. G.Pilon rebounded after a shaky second period by stopping all 16 shots his way.
(5)Golden Knights vs Orient(4) S.O
(0)Orient vs Golden Knights(3)
S.Lachapelle, Golden Knights celebrate unbeaten season in dramatic fashion
The Golden Knights just kept chugging along, beating everyone in their path, even on a back to back night going up against their division rivals. A four goal explosion in the second period solidified another win leaving them with only one more game in order to go undefeated for the season. It appeared that the streak had no end in sight, but the HBHA Seniors did cause some concern when they found themselves up 3-2 in the early stages of the final frame. Still, time wasn’t yet a factor, and both teams understood this with so much hockey left over. It perhaps came to no surprise that S.Lachapelle would have an impact considering how dynamic he was the entire night. He not only tied the game up ,but capped it off in a theatrical manner, beating the buzzer by only three seconds. No question he came in the clutch on many occasions, causing plenty of fits to the defense and especially the net minders. In addition to his impact, M.Labrie did his usual collecting a few more points.
(5)Golden Knights vs HBHA Seniors(1)
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Golden Knights(4)
Degenerates catch a break on a technicality
The Degenerates just tried to stick to their game plan, by keeping the ball while using their deeper bench to out run the RCGT Knights. Eventually that system worked as they ran the score on four unanswered goals. L.Folini gave a nice lesson to his defensive partners on how its done to score goals by netting three for a hat trick. Many thought it was going to be somewhat of a cake walk heading into the second game. Considering the way the game ended along with the fact that the RCGT Knights had only one change, the Degenerates may have taken it for granted. Both sides were deadlocked at four goals a piece with only five minutes remaining. And because of some penalty issues-from the two sides, the game ended at that point because the RCGT Knights didn’t have enough players to floor a team. If they had an extra player, they would have been on the power play and potentially taken the second encounter. It just went to show that anything can happen, no matter what the circumstances.
(3)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(8)
(3)Degenerates vs RCGT Knights(0) Default
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Lachapelle of the Golden Knights. What more can be said for a player who stole the show in back to back games. The Golden knights capped off an undefeated season in large part due to Lachapelle’s five points in the opening encounter along with two clutch goals in the second match.
The Division 1 regular season came to an end on Monday night. Since the Golden Knights captured first place, they will be sitting and waiting in the final to see who comes out of the Orient vs the HBHA Seniors series. That series will depend on who shows up. Throughout the regular season, the Orient never really had plenty of games with a full roster. If they don’t fill up their bench, the HBHA Seniors will punch their ticket to the final.
Friday December 3
Sonic take over in third to down Brewers
(6)Sonic vs Brewers(4)
Going into this game, the Brewers had the expectations to try and collect at least a win this regular season. Those expectations were nearly met until an early third period let down put the Brewers behind the eight ball. G.Gamieri and F.Pace scored less than two minutes apart, and the Sonic regained control of the match. Both players notched their second of the game while M.Pace added insurance later on for his third point. The Brewers kept at it with the help of G.Tsolis reducing the margin by one for his second of the night, but that was about all they can generate. The Sonic had a very good start to their double header night knowing they picked up at least three points to the standings.
National cant hold 3 third period goal lead, settle for draw with Chiefs
(4)Chiefs vs National(4) S.O
National know they let this one slip away on Friday night. Staked to a three goal lead with less then ten minutes remaining, National allowed the Chiefs to claw back and force overtime along with the shootout. Part of the comeback effort was led by J.Bolanakis ,M.Destounis, A.Moscato and S.Koulieris as all four players collected two points apiece. The Chiefs did benefit twice when awarded a pair of power play chances. On both occasions, they capitalised getting their second one with less than a minute left on the clock. Neither side would go on to score in the sudden death frame, and would later exchange a shootout goal each to settle for a tie. For National, they’ll feel like they lost this game despite collecting a point while the Chiefs have plenty to feel good about after a solid finish to their night.
Armos play it tight and benefit in rout of Sonic
(5)Armos vs Sonic(0)
C.Stavriadis made 24 saves, S.Ruggiero riffled a pair of deadly bullets, and the Armos were able to defeat the Sonic with a 5-0 victory. After getting an early goal, the game remained close until the mid way point of the second period. It was -from that point on that the Armos ran up the score on four consecutive markers. S.Ruggiero had already set up two tallies before adding a pair for himself. It wasn’t like the Sonic didn’t get their chances or push the pace enough times. The problem was that they faced a fresher team that wasn’t giving up much space due to their lack of changes. Sometimes a smaller bench forces everyone to buy in defensively, and that’s exactly what the Armos did in order to get the result. Add to all that, C.Stavriadis helped in an enormous way by stopping every single ball.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Armos. The net minder stopped everything he saw, denying 24 shots attempts to earn a well deserved shutout.
Thursday December 2
Fatal Demons pull away in third after see saw affair with RCGT Knights
(6)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(3)
The Fatal Demons won the battle of special teams and were able to put their best effort by the third where they separated themselves-from their opponent on three unanswered goals. They came out with an edge building an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of tallies by M.Destounis. The RCGT Knights were able to turn it around on a strong rebound performance by netting the next three straight markers that included a pair-from S.Ruggiero, and the go ahead goal by R.Kilgour. Even though everything was going according to plan for the RCGT Knights, the problem was that there was to much time left over for a team with only one change up. Eventually, the Fatal Demons would take advantage of a pair of power play chances to regain their lead and never look back. M.Chenier also added a pair, and M.Mavrouidis was very productive collecting four points.
Brew Crew win battle for first place
(3)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(5)
For whatever its worth, the Brew Crew took the title of claiming first place of the E conference division on Thursday night. They needed a clean three point regulation win in order to leap frog past the Horsemen. Both teams did have the motivation of trying to win this particular game for the obvious reason of pride and maybe perhaps they prefer to challenge a team that has yet to record a win in their semi final match up. Regardless, the end result went the Brew Crews’ way ,and in large part due to P.Barrett-Doucet’s impact on the game. The forward generated a total of four points that included a pair of goals. The Brew Crew put themselves in the drivers seat by netting the first goal of the match. The Horsemen did respond twice to even the score but never had the luxury to play in front.
The SalumVino player of the game goes to Philippe Barrett-Doucet of the Brew Crew. The forward was involved in nearly every play for the Brew Crew’s offense finishing with a productive four point performance.
This concludes the end of the regular season for the E conference division. All four teams will take part of the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(4) Look for the Brew Crew to get by the RCGT Knights. Its highly unlikely that a team without a win will prevail against perhaps the most consistent team of the division.
(2)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(3) Expect a very close series. Both teams match more or less in every category. This will come down to the small things, such as bounces ,discipline, timely saves etc…………
Thursday December 2
Fatal Demons pull away in third after see saw affair with RCGT Knights
(6)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(3)
The Fatal Demons won the battle of special teams and were able to put their best effort by the third where they separated themselves-from their opponent on three unanswered goals. They came out with an edge building an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of tallies by M.Destounis. The RCGT Knights were able to turn it around on a strong rebound performance by netting the next three straight markers that included a pair-from S.Ruggiero, and the go ahead goal by R.Kilgour. Even though everything was going according to plan for the RCGT Knights, the problem was that there was to much time left over for a team with only one change up. Eventually, the Fatal Demons would take advantage of a pair of power play chances to regain their lead and never look back. M.Chenier also added a pair, and M.Mavrouidis was very productive collecting four points.
Brew Crew win battle for first place
(3)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(5)
For whatever its worth, the Brew Crew took the title of claiming first place of the E conference division on Thursday night. They needed a clean three point regulation win in order to leap frog past the Horsemen. Both teams did have the motivation of trying to win this particular game for the obvious reason of pride and maybe perhaps they prefer to challenge a team that has yet to record a win in their semi final match up. Regardless, the end result went the Brew Crews’ way ,and in large part due to P.Barrett-Doucet’s impact on the game. The forward generated a total of four points that included a pair of goals. The Brew Crew put themselves in the drivers seat by netting the first goal of the match. The Horsemen did respond twice to even the score but never had the luxury to play in front.
The SalumVino player of the game goes to Philippe Barrett-Doucet of the Brew Crew. The forward was involved in nearly every play for the Brew Crew’s offense finishing with a productive four point performance.
This concludes the end of the regular season for the E conference division. All four teams will take part of the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(4) Look for the Brew Crew to get by the RCGT Knights. Its highly unlikely that a team without a win will prevail against perhaps the most consistent team of the division.
(2)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(3) Expect a very close series. Both teams match more or less in every category. This will come down to the small things, such as bounces ,discipline, timely saves etc…………
Wednesday December 1
Assadi Consulting inc put valiant effort but still fall short to Altius
(3)Assadi Consulting inc vs Altius(4)
The Altius came out with an intensity early on that just wasn’t matched right away-from the Assadi consulting inc. Already down giving up two power play goals, the Altius immediately put their opponent on the ropes. J.Rochon did respond, but that was short lived when M.Arkalis regained the two goal margin. P.Arkalis would score early in the second period for his third point of the game, and the Altius appeared to be headed for an easy night. The three goal margin looked like a tough nut to crack for the Assadi Consulting inc. They did however manage to make the proper adjustments, and eventually pulled themselves within one only to fall short in the end. This contest didn’t really mean much for two teams that are secured a playoff spot. With the win, the Altius will occupy the highest seed in the first round where they’ll face the sixth place seed.
Brew Crew overcome early deficit to zip past Fatal Demons
(5)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(3)
A big thing that the Brew Crew will take from tonight’s game is the character that they showed. Clearly giving up two quick goals had zero impact on how the Brew felt about their chances. By cleaning up some little issues , the Brew Crew was able to get themselves back in the game by finishing stronger for a 3-2 first period lead. Two of those three goals belonged to P.Barrette-Doucet, both with the help of B.Sansotta’s assists. Despite the fine start the Fatal Demons had, they weren’t able to elevate their play enough in order to compete with the Brew Crew. Too many battles were lost which affects ball possession and scoring chances. If the Fatal Demons don’t address some basic issues like being tentative or sloppy, they will be out in a hurry.
Left Wings season ends on third period collapse to Punishers
(5)Left Wings vs Punishers(6) O.T
It had looked like a 5-3 lead heading into the third period would have been sufficient for the Left Wings to punch their ticket to the post season. What more can you ask for after two solid periods. D.Provost-Jarry was an absolute force netting a hat trick, J.Adamou orchestrated four tallies, the power play was booming and then the third period happened. In that one single frame, the Left Wings saw their season hang on a tread when they gave up the equaliser with just under five minutes remaining. An overtime win wasn’t going to cut so the urgency kicked in for a much needed go ahead marker. And despite throwing the kitchen sink toward N.Mackeen, the Left Wings started to realise they let a golden opportunity slip away. The Punishers would eventually take it in overtime thanks to K.Tsaloukas’s winner but that didn’t really matter by then as the two overtime points just wasn’t enough to own the tie breaker with the Panthers. No doubt, the expectations were high as were the standards for a team that felt they deserved better.
Armadillos capture top seed in battle of first place with United Arms
(2)United Arms vs Armadillos(4)
In a battle for the best regular season record, the Armadillos would end up claiming the title versus the United Arms. The Armadillos would jump out in front scoring twice in the opening frame and never faltered their lead. By the time the second period ended, it was highly unlikely the United Arms would erase a three goal deficit, especially the way the Armadillos defend. K.Kuczmarski owned the second frame netting two goals, both with the help of P.Musto. H.Jerjian tried to spark some life in the third period by reducing the gap by two but that was about it for the two sides. The result for this game didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Both sides solidified the top two seeds which gives them a straight pass to the semi finals.
M.Kardum’s late winner delivers heartbreak to RCGT Knights
(3)RCGT Knights vs Horsemen(4)
With 43 seconds left in regulation, the RCGT Knights held a 3-2 lead over the Horsemen and were on the verge of winning their first game of the season. Instead, P.Cerone tied the game right before M.Kardum put the final dagger with only 12 seconds left on the clock. It came as an unfortunate result for a team that played well enough to end the curse. It may have felt as a bitter ending, but the RCGT Knights will take positives-from this game. Since they will make the playoffs, their regular season record wont matter at all. The RCGT Knights know that anything can happen when things are on the line. S.Sauk will need to lead the way in the dressing room, but more importantly between the pipes. The net minder was solid despite the bad ending and will be heavily relied on by his teammates if his club is to do anything. As for the Horsemen, they still have some unfinished business as they look to secure first place in tomorrows important match up with the Brew Crew.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Arkalis of the Altius. On a regular basis, his teammates know what their skilled forward brings to the table. Tonight’s 4-3 win included two goals and an assist by P.Arkalis.
The D conference regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The Armadillos and the United Arms will skip the opening round for capturing the top two seeds. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Altius vs Panthers(6) Despite the gap in points these teams resemble each other in many ways. They don’t lack scoring, collectively they are resilient while the goaltending is sound. Should be a close one.
(4)Punishers vs Assadi Consulting inc(5) The Punishers have a lethal triangle of highly skilled players. It will be up to the Assadi Consulting inc to formulate a game plan in order to keep the game as close as possible. An essential part is to limit the Punishers scoring chances. Easier said than done.
Monday November 29
Mighty Cucs couldn’t feed off strong starts in both their games vs Dragons
While both games started well for the Mighty Cucs, it just didn’t continue that way. Perhaps the biggest reason was due to the lack of tight coverage versus a team that can hurt you at will. The Dragons have some fire power throughout their line up, and whether its B.Daniele’s viscous wrist shot, E.Girouard’s precise one timer or even J.Mandracchia dangling with the ball for long periods of time, the order was tall to contain so many moving parts. Both results were fairly close with the first encounter sealed on three empty net goals while the second match was decided on a pair of tallies .B.Daniele riffled a hat trick in the first contest with all three markers coming-from the back end of the court. Surprisingly enough, J.Mandracchia only scored twice for how dominant he was controlling much of the play. With these results, the Dragons now sit on top of the second division and will try to remain there with only two weeks remaining.
(8)Dragons vs Mighty Cucs(4)
(4)Mighty Cucs vs Dragons(6)
Golden Knights in cruise control pairing wins over RCGT Knights
Besides getting balanced scoring, the Golden Knights play strong defense just as well. They held the opposition to one goal in each game limiting them to only 22 shots. It was perhaps expected that both games would go the Golden Knights way, especially with the fact that they were fully loaded while the RCGT Knights relied on a depleted line up. Five different players contributed in the opener en route to a 5-1 victory. M.Labrie and S.Racicot would collect two goals each in the second encounter for a similar result. In the end, the Golden Knights didn’t give much, and controlled most of the play which led to a pair of easy wins.
(5)Golden Knights vs RCGT Knights(1)
(1)RCGT Knights vs Golden Knights(6)
Orient respond after ugly finish to HBHA Seniors
After a disappointing let down to start off their night, the Orient bounced back with a 4-3 shootout win over the HBHA Seniors. In one single period, the HBHA Seniors were in a league of their own ,scoring five times that led to a convincing 5-2 victory. The expectations remained the same entering the ensuing match for the HBHA Seniors, but the Orient had other plans. A late tally by M.Morin forced a shootout where M.Monteschio would come through as the only player to score between the two sides. The HBHA Seniors will look back and feel that they deserved better, especially after grabbing a 2-0 lead along with carrying a one goal margin for most of the game. F.Nasser was behind setting up two markers in the win for the Orient while E.Paradis-Levasseur can be argued was a major reason why the game went the distance. The net minder was brilliant which enabled his club to bounce back and steal the second match.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Orient(2)
(4)Orient vs HBHA Seniors(3) S.O
M.Kardum 2 big goals help rally Degenerates rally past Hungry Hippos
After looking sloppy in their opening frame, the Degenerates used a big second period and never looked back the rest of the way. The comeback effort was led by M.Kardum, who tallied twice in a vey short span putting the Degenerates in front for the first time during the night. There was no doubt that sequence gave the Degenerates more life entering the second game. This time, they made it a point to focus-from the beginning and grab that early lead. Once they jumped in front, the snow ball effect was in motion as they just continued to create plenty of chances that resulted in six unanswered goals. S.Marricco got credited the winner, R.Ricaurte went flawless for nearly three full periods in net, and the Degenerates continue to play some good hockey as of late.
(2)Hungry Hippos vs Degenerates(3)
(6)Degenerates vs Hungry Hippos(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Degenerates. If not for his two timely goals in the first encounter vs the Hungry Hippos, the Degenerates would have likely dropped their opening game.
Friday November 26
Brewers cant take advantage of early break
(4)Brewers vs National(7)
The Brewers caught an early break on Friday night. They hoped it would bring them a long way. Instead, that early break was followed up with a breakdown which saw them go empty handed. National was waiting for their net minder to get dressed, and in the process, the Brewers were awarded two team goals for delay of game. You always hope to build on those situations, but maybe National is just that strong. O.Valiquette is one of many pieces that can hurt you. The sniper did his thing riffling a total of four goals with the last three all coming in the third period. The Brewers got their lone tallies-from the very same Joe. Stefano as the only player to figure out D.Massa. This was a first of two games of a double header night for the Brewers.
Chiefs comebacks fell short to Sonic
(6)Sonic vs Chiefs(4)
Just when the Chiefs thought they had seized control rebounding twice-from a two goal deficit, one bad sequence had them chasing the game for good. S.Azzi was able to put Sonic back in front for the third time passed the ten minute mark of the final frame which proved to be just enough for a well earned victory. The Sonic were able to celebrate this gratifying win thanks to a bunch of committed guys that created havoc and plenty of momentum. Its what you get when you play very hard while getting contributions-from many different players. All six of their goals came-from different teammates, with M.Pace and A.Amicone leading the way collecting three points each. The Chiefs had high ambitions prior to the game for trying to capture first place. For now, it looks like the standings wont be changing much with only a couple of games left over.
Brewers put up a serious challenge in close loss to Armos
(5)Brewers vs Armos(7)
Anytime you play twice in only three hours, you always feel it, especially a seasoned team like the Brewers. To their credit however, the Armos were forced to battle till the very end in order to hit the finish line first. The Armos may have felt like their 2-0 lead was comfortable enough for how things went in the first period that changed as the game went by. More and more the Brewers pushed, won some battles, and potted the next two markers for an even game. Perhaps the pivotal moment occurred by the mid way point of the third period. In just over a minute span, A.Minassian and A.Fonrose each scored to put the game somewhat out of reach for the Armos. Up until that point, this was anyone’s guess for who would take it. A.Fonrose was out of action for a while but looked like he hadn’t miss a beat The hard nosed forward was in full force collecting three points that included two big goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Valiquette of National. They only played two periods, but that didn’t stop a real sniper-from burying four goals.
Thursday November 25
United Arms secure important top two seed in close battle with Altius
(4)United Arms vs Altius(3)
The United Arms failed to hold a two goal lead versus the Altius, but A.Zakarian and A.Papazian scored third period goals that just held up in the end. The Altius were stuck chasing the game in order to battle back. P.Arkalis was eventually able to score an incredible high light reel goal early in the third period to even the score. The problem was that the United Arms would regain another two goal lead which made the mission that much harder for the Altius, especially with R.Ricaurte guarding his cage. They did narrow the margin fairly late on the power play thanks to M.Arkalis, but time just wasn’t there for an equaliser. This contest was treated like a playoff match between the two sides. The winner knew that it would guarantee them a first round bye which places them straight into the semi finals. In a division this competitive, the United Arms are glad to skip that first round do or die match up.
Panthers alarm clock set at the wrong time
(7)Panthers vs Armadillos(8)
The Panthers were playing the same old tune in the first portion of their game. Getting off to slow starts is something the Panthers have yet to figure out. Again, they fell behind but managed to put a solid effort till the very end only to keep falling short. Five out of their seven goals all came in the third period, and it still wasn’t enough. With this unfortunate result, the Left Wings will need to drop their game next week if the Panthers are to get in. For now, it will be a long waiting game for a team that know they can challenge with anyone, even the first place Armadillos like they did in this particular contest. The Armadillos thought they were in for an easy night after building a 3-0 lead. L.Panetta had a dominant performance scoring three goals and an assist and was perhaps vital to why the Armadillos squeaked this one out. If by chance the Panthers fail to get in, it would be unfortunate for a team that lost six of their games by only one goal.
M.Chartrand, P.Carone pace Horsemen to 6-3 win over Fatal Demons
(3)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(6)
It’s a game of mistakes, and the margin of errors are very slim. The Fatal Demons basically made more mistakes compared to the Horsemen and ultimately paid the price. In the end, it was one brutal second period that decided this important match up. The Horseman capitalised four times during that stretch to put themselves in a commanding position heading into the third. The Fatal Demons did push back creating chances, but couldn’t hit the back of the net enough times. That’s perhaps M.Vinciguerra wasn’t having it as the net minder stood firm enabling his club to play with the lead. M.Chartrand and P.Carone each scored twice, D.Greco was quarterbacking the attack-from the back end while D.Sarno’s for check led to some turnovers. Overall, the Horseman played to their strengths and got the three points they deserve. As for the Fatal Demons, it looked apparent that a short bench just doesn’t fit an older teams make up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Armen Papazian of the United Arms. The sniper was productive and clutch for his club bagging the winner as part of a three point performance.
Wednesday November 24
Assadi Consulting inc clinch playoff spot on Y.Gazura’s overtime goal
(2)Assadi Consulting inc vs Left Wings(1) O.T
The Assadi Consulting inc were able to pick up crucial points against a team also fighting to get into the playoffs. For a while, it looked as though the Left Wings would have gained ground when D.Provost-Jarry opened the scoring just passed the two minute mark of the third period. Still without a goal-from that point on, the Assadi Consulting inc got their opportunity when awarded a power play. P.Doulis was able to take advantage, and all of a sudden this contest was again evened up. Even though the 1-1 score didn’t guarantee anything for the Assadi Consulting inc, it did force the Left Wings to be a little more courageous in trying to get the extra points. Neither side would budge in regulation which needed a five minute overtime to settle things. Unfortunately for the Left Wings, they blew their chance at collecting key points when Y.Gazura ended the game. The Left Wings are now stuck watching-from the sidelines in hopes that the Armadillos defeat the Panthers if they were to have a chance at getting in.
B.Sansotta’s 4 point game helps Brew Crew top RCGT Knights
(1)RCGT Knights vs Brew Crew(5)
B.Sansotta scored two goals and a pair of assists in Wednesdays 5-1 win over the RCGT Knights. He was able to figure in four out of the five Brew Crew’s goals with two of his helpers coming on the power play. For a long while, the game remained very close, and really took only one direction when R.Mancini scored early in the third period for a 4-1 lead. There was almost no way the Brew Crew would falter that kind of margin despite plenty of time left over. The RCGT Knights got their lone tally by R.Kilgour, who figured out C.Muccino early in the second period. This result puts the Brew Crew tied in first place with the Horsemen for the time being. If the Fatal Demons manage to defeat the Horsemen Thursday night in regulation, all three teams will share 15 points each.
Panthers fail to clinch but remain positive as they still hold the cards
(4)Panthers vs Punishers(5)
The Panthers didn’t get exactly what they wanted on Thursday night, but they remain fortunate enough in controlling their own destiny. Its never easy playing catch up, but the Panthers actually do a good job at fighting back when they are down. The problem is that they cant afford to be put in that spot. Tonight they trailed 3-1 after two periods only to fall short when C.Stamadianos put the Punishers in front late in the game. That was his second goal and third point of the night. The Panthers will look back at a key moment when they gave up a shorthanded goal that put the Punishers up 2-1. M.Blackman knows it’s a disappointing loss for his side, but will remain optimistic as he has a couple of scenarios that could favour his club in order to get in.
The SalumVino player of the night goes to Chris Stamadianos of the Punishers. Two of his three points were timely. His first goal came shorthanded to snap a 1-1 tie, and his second came late in the game to secure a close 5-4 win for his club.
Monday November 22
Orient cruise past overmatched Mighty Cucs
The Orient cruised for a pair of wins and barely broke a sweat doing so versus the Mighty Cucs. The Orient did not dominate the opening period, but played well enough to finish with a slight 2-1 lead. It was-from that point on that the separation was apparent between two teams-from different divisions. After riding four straight goals en route to a 6-1 decision, the Orient did much of the same in the next encounter. They simply kept it in gear getting plenty of offense throughout their line-up. J.Mavuanga and H.Jassar each scored twice in the first game, M.Monteschio along with M.Morin did the same in the second match, and N.Comptois wasn’t every busy allowing only two goals. There was no doubt the Orient were the better team and that a cruise control performance was enough to post a dominant score line.
(6)Orient vs Mighty Cucs(1)
(1)Mighty Cucs vs Orient(8)
Assadi Classics ride strong starts to down RCGT Knights
They may have dropped their opening game to the Assadi Classics, but it wasn’t like they didn’t compete hard enough for it to go either way. However, the same cant be said for the follow up game where the RCGT Knights had the wrong approach that resulted in giving up a ton of scoring chances. The Assadi Classics wasted no time popping three just past the three minute mark of the opening frame to put an immediate strangle hold in the game. He may have come off a quiet performance for his standards, but M.Mavroudis was in full force in the ensuing match causing plenty of havoc netting three markers and a helper for D.Desmarais’s winner. Clearly, those first three minutes deflated the moral of the RCGT Knights, who knew they were in deep trouble despite the amount of time left over.
(5)Assadi Classics vs RCGT Knights(3)
(3)RCGT Knights vs Assadi Classics(6)
Hungry Hippos put up solid challenge but fall short to Dragons
It can be argued that the Hungry Hippos fought hard in both games, but ultimately fell short to the hands of the Dragons. G.Demarinis and J.Mandracchia did the lone scoring, and S.Morante must have been thinking shutout until B.Travisano spoiled it late in the game. The second encounter saw both sides open it up more with the Dragons still leading the charge offensively. For over a period, this contest appeared to be up for grabs, that was until G.DeMarinis and M.Crapis scored in quick succession for a commanding 5-2 lead. Looking back, the Hungry Hippos knew they played well enough, but at the same time realised what they did wrong. And even though they went empty handed, they’ll still have a chance of finishing strong in later battle versus the Degenerates.
(2)Dragons vs Hungry Hippos(1)
(3)Hungry Hippos vs Dragons(6)
Stellar goaltending by G.Pilon leads to a pair of wins for Golden Knights
Sometimes its nice to rely on your goaltender, especially if your identity is mostly offense. The Golden Knights understood this going up against the HBHA Seniors on Monday night. With the first goal so important, S.Filipe was able to provide it followed with an eventual power play marker by S.Lachapelle. That slight margin simply held because of their net minder. G.Pilon was impressive in his shutout, making huge saves along with some highlight worthy ones. The second game came to be expected for another close contest. Again, the Golden Knights struck first early on thanks to the very same S.Filipe, and managed to maintain their lead for nearly the entire time. The HBHA Seniors were forced to pull E.Parent for the extra attacker in hopes for an equaliser. Only one minute was left on the clock when P.Musto finally solved Pilon. With that tally, the Golden Knights needed a shootout to prevail on their lone goal by J.Fortin. It came to no surprise that G.Pilon denied all three attempts for how brilliant he stood between the pipes.
(2)Golden Knights vs HBHA Seniors(0)
(1)HBHA Seniors vs Golden Knights(2) S.O
Early leads put Degenerates in control versus tired Hungry Hippos
Entering tonight’s games versus the Hungry Hippos, the Degenerates had the luxury of going up against a more tired bunch that just finished playing an hour ago. Many stepped it up-from the get go which forced the Hungry Hippos to play catch up. In both games, the Degenerates struck first and never once trailed which enabled them to dictate the terms. On the large part, they focused on neutralising M.Stoico, who is always a constant threat no matter who he plays. The forwards made sure to keep up with Stoico by simply staying in front of him to limit the damage. While their defensive strategy worked on the most part, the Degenerates didn’t have many issues scoring. Out of their ten total goals, S.Marricco and M.Kardum each scored three while many others contributed as well.
(4)Degenerates vs Hungry Hippos (2)
(3)Hungry Hippos vs Degenerates(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Pilon of the Golden Knights. What more can any team ask-from their net minder. In two games versus a solid opponent, Pilon was an absolute force allowing only one goal.
Friday November 19
National, explosive in rout of Sonic
(12)National vs Sonic(2)
It was just one of those nights for Sonic. Nothing went right-from the get go with National in complete control of the game. For a rare time this season, National boosted their line up and it showed by the amount of time they held on to the ball. They led 6-1 after two periods and matched their goal total in the third to put the game away on the ten goal mercy rule. Many players contributed offensively with the captain M.Pinheiro scoring the most for a hat trick. The Sonic got both their goals by A. Amicone, who was the only player to have D.Massa’s number.
Chiefs terrific shutdown effort gives little room to Brewers
(1)Brewers vs Chiefs(6)
The Chiefs have been really turning up their game as of late. By using their complete bench, the Chiefs were always that one step ahead of the Brewers. They did fall behind early but bounced back immediately netting the next six goals of the game. E.Gabrielli and M.Chenier each scored twice and S.Morante went perfect after giving up his lone tally early on. Its never pleasant playing catch up against a team like the Chiefs. The Brewers felt it trying to claw there way back only to fall in a deeper hole. After building a 6-1 lead heading into the third period, the Chiefs went into shutdown mode using the clock comfortably to their advantage.
National finish strong, collect 2 wins for first place
(5)National vs Armos(4)
National clicked all game, but weren’t able to capitalise enough times in the first two frames. The Armos knew they had to keep it simple as they were out numbered with a shorter bench. And while things appeared to be fine on the large part for the Armos, it was National that showcased itself in the third riding three big goals. Rubens Morne used back to back tallies right before S.Desbiens snapped the tie with six minutes left in the game. Unable to find their legs, the Armos couldn’t push the pace enough in order to bounce back. D.Massa was able to collect his second win of the night after facing 26 shots. This came as a big result and productive night for National as they finally sit atop of the standings.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Rubens Morne of National . After collecting 6 points in his earlier game, R.Morne was a force in his second match accumulating another four big points that helped secure a close 5-4 win over the Armos.
Thursday November 18
Horsemen ride power play goals to 2-1 win over Brew Crew
(1)Brew Crew vs Horsemen(2)
Getting off on the right foot can make all the difference, and tonight the Horsemen reaped the rewards for doing many things right versus the Brew Crew. They won 2-1 thanks to power play goals by V.Pandza and M.Kardum while getting solid goaltending-from M.Vinciguerra. Both goals came with the help of A.Lepore and D.Greco. Even though it was just a regular season encounter, this battle had all the making of a playoff game. There wasn’t much room out there which made that first goal extremely crucial. The Horsemen did a fantastic job keeping the Brew Crew off the score sheet and only conceded their lone tally fairly late in the game. The win will place the Horsemen alone in first place, and will likely finish there for how well they have been playing all season.
Y.Derohannessian carries his team with early hat trick
(1)Left Wings vs United Arms(6)
The United Arms captain needed the three minute mark of the second period to notch a hat trick versus a stunned Left Wings team. Y.Derohannessian’s incredible start took the breath away-from the Left Wings, who cant afford to go empty handed at this point of the season. While nursing a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame, the Left Wings did get on board thanks to a power play goal by G.Vouloumanos. In hopes of fuelling off that ice breaker, the Left Wings took the necessary risks of opening up the game only to find themselves in an even deeper hole. The United Arms laid back and waited for their chances to arise. And once they got the opportunity, A.Papazian, A.Berberyan and G.Jerjian would all score in a very short span to seal the night.
Punishers go empty handed after disaster finish to Armadillos
(5)Punishrers vs Armadillos(6) O.T
It looked as if the Punishers had this one wrapped up in a very tight sealed bag. In normal circumstances, teams up 5-2 with just over four minutes left in the game usually walk away with a victory. Unfortunately for the Punishers, not on this particular night as they completely fell of a cliff. The alarm clock went off to late for a team that should not be letting something like this slip away-from their hands. However, credit to the Armadillos for putting together their best four minutes of hockey that eventually led to an overtime win. The comeback was led by D.Andrade’s back to back goals, P.Musto’s equaliser and finally the clincher in overtime by T.Bozinakis. There is also no doubt K.Kuczmarski had a major influence on the result. The skilled forward participated in five of the six Armadillos goals. With this win, the Armadillos sit on top of the standings with a slight one point lead over the United Arms and the Altius.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the United Arms. His incredible start to the night propelled the United Arms to a convincing win over the Left Wings. Derohannessian struck three straight times for a fairly early hat trick.
Wednesday November 17
Third period push falls short for Panthers
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Panthers(4)
A gritty push wasn’t enough for the Panthers as they just fell short to the Assadi Consulting inc. The Panthers had a hole to dig out of down 4-2, but got some serious momentum when R.Beaver launched a rocket-from almost mid court to beat P.Assadi. That goal led to an eventual equaliser by M.Blackman, and all of a sudden this game was up fro grabs. However, that didn’t stop the Assadi Consulting inc to respond after their let down. M.Croteau came up big with just over four minutes left to regain the lead for his club. As expected, the Panthers would push as they have all game long but weren’t able to find the back of the net. Points are extremely crucial at this stage of the season for the Assadi Consulting inc, who are glad they picked up three against a team they are in contention with.
Rolling 3 lines works wonders for Fatal Demons
(3)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(6)
The system of rolling three lines enables the Fatal Demons to be consistent and very effective. This helps get them more involved with high energy rather than leaning on a couple of key players. It clearly showed as the game went on. The Fatal Demons were winning the loose balls which enabled them to control the match. And with that kind of sustained pressure, the goals would eventually go in. D.Ugaldez was definitely on his game as the sniper produced three straight for his club. The RCGT Knights simply couldn’t keep up and compete hard enough to mount any sort of comeback. The contest would eventually end 6-3 as both sides prepared to face one another again in a double header night.
Uncharacteristic Armadillos give up 3 straight in third period loss to Altius
(6)Altius vs Armadillos(4)
The Altius stunned the Armadillos with three third period unanswered goals en route to a 6-4 victory. The Armadillos may have felt they got away-from their structure and allowed the Altius to burn them on plays coming-from the neutral zone. The third period charge came by committee with three different players scoring. A.Tedone notched his second for the equaliser right before P.Arkalis put his team in front for good. M.Arkalis would cap it off with some insurance for his second goal and third point of the night. The match was a chess battle with both sides never leading after two periods. The Armadillos were the ones to strike first in the final frame, but endured their worse moments shortly after N.Kokovides put them in front.
RCGT Knights stuck settling for draw after deserving performance
(5)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(5) S.O
The RCGT Knights felt they deserved a better result for how well they performed in their second game with the Fatal Demons. This contest went into overtime because D.Ugaldez beat the clock by only five seconds to tie the game. The first period was where most of the action occurred with the RCGT Knights surging on four goals in only eight minutes. F.Bchara potted a pair, and R.Kilgour contributed with three helpers. The Fatal Demons did score twice during that frame and knew they had a lot of work ahead of them if they planned on coming back. Still, they believed as they slowly started to mount some pressure and shots towards S.Sauk, who was a big difference maker throughout the entire game. Eventually, the comeback was complete thanks to Ugaldez’s late tally. With both sides unable to convert in overtime, a shootout was left over to decide matters. After sending three shooters, both sides traded one goal apiece leaving no winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ugaldez of the Fatal Demons. In a double header night, D.Ugaldez was vital in both games that saw him collect a hat trick in the first encounter followed with a very late equaliser in the second contest.
Monday November 15
Split expected between evenly matched Orient and HBHA Seniors
Despite their differences in experience, these teams are extremely close. It came to be expected that who ever dropped the first encounter, the response would have been there for the second game. Tonight was a perfect example of two very good hockey teams splitting their night. The first encounter went the HBHA Seniors’s way by owning the second frame on two unanswered goals by J.Kontitsis and P.Musto. They got solid work-from E.Parent, who let in one power play goal by F.Nasser. As expected, the Orient answered, and they wasted no time in doing so. After only two minutes and a half into the ensuing match, M.Zarzour and M.Monteschio got to Parent for a quick 2-0 lead. It looked like it would have been an easier mission for the Orient, but it was by far -from being the case. The HBHA Seniors battled and eventually tied the game thanks to M.Della Rocca. Less than ten minutes were remaining-from that point on which indicated that the next goal would surely decided matters. Eventually, the Orient got their first courtesy of M.Morin with just under two minutes left on the clock.
(1)Orient vs HBHA Seniors(3)
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Orient(3)
Golden Knights don’t get much resistance-from Dragons
The Golden Knights ability to score in bunches was on full display Monday night. Granted, they were down 2-0 early on, but that had zero impact on them for responding with nine straight for a 9-2 rout of the Dragons. The barrage went on without much resistance-from the Dragons, who knew they needed a reset for the second game in hopes for a better performance. Although the end result was more respectable, the Golden Knights had no issues for making it two in a row. The first match had balanced scoring while the second encounter saw M.Labrie do his thing once again riffling four out of his clubs five goals. His first tally was a bad omen for the Dragons as it came in a shorthanded situation. His next two goals were on the power play while his last one was notched even strength. Even though both results appear lopsided, the Dragons are a better team than what the score indicates. S.Morante couldn’t provide some key saves, the offense failed to capitalise on some decent chances, and their defensive game struggled at times unable to keep up with their man.
(2)Dragons vs Golden Knights(9)
(5)Golden Knights vs Dragons(1)
Both teams relying on their big guns to produce
In tonight’s confrontation between the Hungry Hippos and the Assadi Classics, the attention had to be focused on two particular players. Maybe the memo wasn’t sent out as both players did pretty much what they wanted. The Assadi Classics relied once again on M.Mavrouidis to produce while the Hungry Hippos depended on M.Stoico to carry the burden. The two combined for seven goals in the first match which was decided on a pair of shootout goals by J.Pantelis and M.Mavrouidis of the Assadi Classics. J.Pantelis scored twice prior to the shootouts, and P.Santullo was behind setting up four goals. The Assadi Classics had an excellent start to their second game. They scored three times including a shorthanded goal by S.Fraga and a power play marker by P.Santullo for a solid 3-0 lead. It appeared to be an easier outing-from that point on, but the Hungry Hippos still had an appetite to compete and make a game of it. J.Discepola was able to pull his club within one with plenty of time left over. With the game that close, the Assadi Classics played with a lot more urgency by tightening the bolts in order to preserve their slight lead. The Hungry Hippos did everything in their power to try and force the extra time only to hit a determined net minder in P.Assadi, who shut the door the rest of the way.
(5)Hungry Hippos vs Assadi Classics(7) S.O
(3)Assadi Classics vs Hungry Hippos(2)
Degenerates use lethal counter attack in double up wins over Mighty Cucs
The Mighty Cucs would have been content if they at least split their mini series with the Degenerates on Monday night. Instead, a bad start to the first game along with a poor defensive effort in the second match saw them go empty handed. The Degenerates scored two quick goals to jump start their night with D.Greco leading the way on three helpers for a 3-1 victory. Both sides played it differently after that by opening up the game a lot more. As the Mighty Cucs kept falling behind, time and space started to open up even more for the Degenerates. Every time they broke up a play, there would be an odd man rush that resulted in plenty of goals. The score was 6-1 after only one period with many players chipping in offensively. The Mighty Cucs did finish strong netting four tallies that included two each by M.Cerone and A.Masi, but time just wasn’t a luxury they had.
(3)Degenerates vs Mighty Cucs(1)
(5)Mighty Cucs vs Degenerates(8)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Santullo of the Assadi Classics. For many of you that think this is a miss print, the Assadi Classics captain actually had a very productive night collecting four helpers in the first encounter while bagging the winner in the second match.
Thursday November 11
Nothing going right for the struggling RCGT Knights
(6)Horsemen vs RCGT Knights(1)
Nothing is going right for the RCGT Knights so far this season. Tonight’s 6-1 defeat to the Horsemen marks their fifth straight loss in as many games. No doubt the record is jarring, but there is still hope if they can figure out a way to put it together. This particular loss isn’t showing any signs of improvement as the Horsemen took it fairly easy in the end. For over half the game, the RCGT Knights were pleased with their overall performance. They scored first thanks to F.Bchara and S.Sauk was perfect so far in net. Then, they just fell off a cliff. The Horsemen finally cracked the dam and the goals kept pouring in. T.Karasek didn’t score but was behind making four goals happen as was P.Doulis providing three helpers. The scoring was balanced, and the goaltending by M.Vinciguerra was expected stopping 25 of 26 shots. This hits the mid way mark of the season for the RCGT Knights. Even though they will make the playoffs, S.Sauk needs to provide some confidence to his teammates by trying to get some positive results.
P.Doulis coming through in big OT win for Assadi Consulting inc
(7)Assadi Consulting inc vs Punishers(6) O.T
The Assadi Consulting inc prepared to face the Punishers with a little chip on their shoulder for how they dropped their earlier contest with them this season. Things did not go their way early, but they hung in there battling there way through the entire time. One player who made sure to standout was P.Doulis as he was able to collect five points including his hat trick that ultimately decided the game in overtime. He wasn’t the only vital piece as many needed to up the ante in order to collect some crucial points to the standings. The Punishers rode a very nice start making the score 3-0 after only eight minutes. Unable to keep pace, the game titled the other way with the Assadi Consulting inc dictating much of the play. Finally, it took a sudden death period where P.Doulis provided two important points in a saturated standings.
Different looking Left Wings team fall to Armadillos
(1)Left wings vs Armadillos(5)
The Armadillos regained first place with a convincing 5-1 win over the Left Wings on Thursday night. Much of the action only occurred as of the mid way point of the game. J.Kontitsis broke a scoreless tie, and both sides traded power play goals which put the Armadillos up by a slight 2-1 margin heading into the third. It was in that frame that the Armadillos upped their game dominating the period on three unanswered goals. C.Stavriadis clearly did his part and was nearly perfect if not for giving up a power play marker. Unlike yesterdays performance, the Left Wings didn’t seem to have the same swagger or will to win in their consecutive night. They still have enough rope to try and get in with only three games left in the season as they can easily leap frog a couple of teams within striking distance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Doulis of the Assadi Consulting inc. With points hard to come by, the Assadi Consulting inc banked a pair thanks to a superb performance by P.Doulis. The forward had five points completing his hat trick in the sudden death frame.
Wednesday November 10
Never say die Panthers fall in overtime to United Arms
(8)United Arms vs Panthers(7) O.T
Despite battling back to tie the game on three straight occasions, the Panthers came out empty handed in what was a wild encounter with the United Arms. Only 40 seconds had gone by for A.Papazian to put his club in the drivers seat 2-0. Still, too early to gauge- from that point on where this match was going, both teams kept exchanging numerous chances keeping the goaltenders extremely busy between the pipes. Eventually, the Panthers would level but kept finding themselves behind only to keep battling back and even the score three consecutive times. J.Mason was the catalyst behind the comeback for the Panthers bagging four straight markers for his club. The last tying goal came in the dying moments with the Panthers forced to pull out their net minder for the extra attacker. Only 4 seconds was left on the clock when J.Mason buried his fourth to send it to overtime. Then, A.Belcher flipped the ball through the middle of the court which led to a rush chance where G.Jerjian tapped in the winner catching D.Bourque off guard. The Panthers had a tough start to the night, but they were able to turn the ship around and put themselves back in the game. Unfortunately, a bad bounce ultimately decided a game that could have gone either way.
Altius stifled by a well oiled Left wings machine
(5)Left Wings vs Altius(0)
Outworked, outscored and out-goaltended, the Altius will be wondering what went wrong on Wednesday night versus the Left Wings. Tonight, the Left Wings feasted on a very good team winning every frame while owning both sides of the court. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the Left Wings did what good teams do best, and that’s to lock it down. D.Mattar was stubborn in net denying every single shot for a 30 save shutout. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players that included an early winner by L.Bavellas. For the Altius, they might as well take this cold, hard slap in the face , then get back to work and regain their confidence into a team once reckoned with. Some nights teams will face a little rut, and perhaps this isn’t anything more than that for the Altius. On the flip side, the Left Wings continue to improve and impress as the season keeps moving forward. Its always nice having a top notched quarter back such as J.Admou, who clearly dictates the play for his club.
Brew Crew smother Fatal Demons
(2)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(4)
The game stats indicate that the limited amount of quality chances by the Fatal Demons didn’t give them much of a chance on Wednesday night. The Brew Crew broke a scoreless first period tie thanks to A.Belanger, and the Fatal Demons needed to figure out a way to get back into it. It wasn’t like they didn’t have some chances here and there, but not nearly enough to pose an overall threat. For the large part, they trailed by a pair but managed twice to pull within one. Every time they had the ball or turned to make a play, a Brew Crew was there winking while breathing down their throats. Overall, just a frustrating game for a team unable to connect enough times. A.Belanger was productive collecting three points that included two goals for the Brew Crew while C.Muccino kept it cool in net making the necessary saves.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Mattar of the Left Wings. If your going to limit a team like the Altius to zero goals, its because your goaltender was brilliant.
Tuesday November 9
Captain M.Pinheiro leads the way with 4 points for National
(4)Sonic vs National(7)
Look to your captain to set the example. M.Pinheiro led-from the opening shift producing four straight points for his club that included a pair of goals. National played with attitude, high intensity and as a team while never letting up. M.Beaudry chipped in with a pair, and C.Dagenais put up some nice numbers collecting four points. The Sonic weren’t able to weather the storm as they fell by a significant margin by the time the first period ended. Its never fun playing down 3-0. They managed to get their offense going after that but weren’t able to profit as they were stuck trading two goals in the final two frames.
S.Marricco second period hat trick powers Armos past Brewers
(7)Armos vs Brewers(4)
The Armos broke out for a huge second period in Tuesday night’s game versus the Brewers. S.Marricco scored three times during that frame which helped provide a 4-2 lead heading into the final stretch. His three goals came-from his office, the front of the net. There aren’t many players out there that make it an art to pick up rebounds and bury their chances on a regular basis. He may get his passes intercepted three straight times in a row, but he wont let you down if you need that goal. The Brewers played a hard fought game and would have perhaps been a closer contest if not for Marricco’s surge. While Marricco may be worthy of the player of the game, Y.Derohannessian definitely merits the goal of the night. The crafty forward took on two players on a clever flip move before patiently waiting out H.Psaroudis to bury his goal in style. The Armos finished things off controlling the final frame that saw G.Missakian riffle his second as part of a four point night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Armos. His three second period goals set the path for a more comfortable third period for the Armos.
Monday November 8
Down to the wire, Golden Knights seal wins over Orient
It was a taut, intense battle that had the look and feel of a playoff game. The Golden Knights didn’t hesitate to send a strong message that they are the team to beat despite both games going practically down to the wire. After taking the opening contest 4-3, the second game was closer with both sides trading goals in each period before deciding it in the shootout. The Orient responded twice after falling behind but were never able to play with the lead in the second encounter. Instead, they had to settle for a shootout loss unable to solve G.Pilon on three attempts. Only one player scored during the breakaways for the Golden Knights. By patiently stick handling his way toward the net, S.Lachapelle timed his back hand threw the legs move just right in order to slide the ball right under N.Comptois. The two losses will not discourage the Orient at all as they know that they can compete with anyone, even the Golden Knights.
(3)Orient vs Golden Knights(4)
(3)Golden Knights vs Orient(2) S.O
Unable to close out the deal, Mighty Cucs fall twice in close calls to Hungry Hippos
The Mighty Cucs couldn’t have asked for a better start Monday night in their confrontation with the Hungry Hippos. M.D’Agostino and S.Masi each scored, and A.Giampalma was solid in net. It looked like the game was going exactly how the Might Cucs had hoped for. However, that all changed as of the second period. The court tilted so much that it looked like two different teams going at it. By the time the frame ended, the Hungry Hippos stormed back on three unanswered goals that included a very late tally-from T.Oliveira. The Mighty Cucs didn’t have much time to erase a heartbreaking finish. They did look unfazed entering the next match only to repeat a similar fate. This time, they led 2-1 in the second period before giving up two straight tallies in a short span. B.Travisano potted the winner with the help of M.Stoico, who set up all three goals for the victory. In the end, it just wasn’t the Mighty Cucs night. They’ll have no choice but to put it behind them and look at what’s ahead.
(3)Hungry Hippos vs Mighty Cucs(2)
(2)Mighty Cucs(3) vs Hungry Hippos(3)
F.Nasser, E.Harnois and H.Nasser pair goals for Orient rout of RCGT Knights
It came to be expected that there wasn’t going to be much intensity between the Orient and the RCGT Knights. That’s what you get when teams have no more than one or two changes on their bench. Basically, the game is played calm and patient as both sides sat back waiting for their chances to arise. In tonight’s case, the Orient created more opportunities and benefited more than enough times to rout the RCGT Knights. F.Nasser, E.Harnois and H.Nasser all had two goals each for the win as did J.DeSua but in a losing cause. The Orient had the better start building a 3-1 lead just passed the five minute mark of the opening frame. Despite plenty of time left over, it was more than enough for a team that can control the game to their liking. Prior to this contest, the RCGT Knights got credited the win because the Orient didn’t have enough players in time to floor a team. It may come as cheap points, but that wont stop the RCGT Knights for claiming them as every single one matters at this stage of the season.
(0)Orient vs RCGT Knights(3) Default
(3)RCGT Knights vs Orient(6)
HBHA Seniors respond after dropping close encounter with Dragons
You always want to steal that first game of a mini series to give yourself a chance at a sweep. With the game deadlocked 1-1, G.DeMarinis broke the tie, and the Dragons were the ones to carry the series lead versus the HBHA Seniors. However, in order to complete a perfect night, they’ll have no choice but to continue their stride against an opponent that will push back even harder. This has always been a challenge for a side taking the opening contest. Naturally, when two evenly matched teams go at it, it often tends to split. The HBHA Seniors were more determined and made it a point to start the game with more urgency. Only four minutes had gone by when M.DellaRocca and P.Lapointe scored for a 2-0 lead. Clearly, a bad situation for the Dragons, who had to work twice as hard to try and overcome a deficit versus a stingy HBHA Seniors team. P.Musto would eventually widen the margin, and the HBHA Seniors knew they were on their way for the split en route to a 5-0 that included two empty net goals.
(2)Dragons vs HBHA Seniors(1)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Dragons(0)
Two haunting finishes leave Degenerates empty handed vs Assadi Classics
With just over 30 seconds remaining in the second game , it looked like the Degenerates were on their way to splitting their night with the Assadi Classics. Then, the Assadi Classics stunned them on not one but two quick goals. The second tally was actually shorthanded leaving only 4 seconds on the clock. The first encounter was nearly as difficult to digest with the Assadi Classics deciding it with just less than a minute remaining. During that match, M.Mavroudis did most of the damage netting all four goals for a 4-3 victory. Considering their situation of a limited bench, the Degenerates challenged well enough to take both games only to run out of luck in the end. J.Melo was a big contributor scoring three out of the five Degenerates goals.
(4)Assadi Classics vs Degenerates(3)
(2)Degenerates vs Assadi Classics(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Mavroudis of the Assadi Classics. After scoring all 4 goals in the opening game versus the Degenerates, the power forward added two more big assists to help lead his team twice to victories.
Friday November 5
National roar back-from 3 down to draw with Chiefs
(5)National vs Chiefs(5) S.O
National saved their best for the last period on Friday night. Trailing the Chiefs 3-0 early in the third period, National stormed back with three consecutive goals to force overtime. The comeback effort was led by three different players that saw the equaliser come fairly late courtesy of C.Dagenais. Neither side got it done in the five minutes of the sudden death period which left another opportunity in the shootouts. Still, nothing came to be as both sides traded two goals each that ultimately ended in a tie. Throughout most of the game, the Chiefs looked like they could do no wrong. They got their offense going as of the second period, the defense was committed to keeping it tight, and S.Morante was sharp as a razor blade. Then, it all changed in one single frame as National managed to put it together and salvage a point.
Brewers put themselves in trouble after giving up 2 shorty’s
(1)Brewers vs Sonic(6)
When it rains it pours. The Brewers just cant seem to catch a break. With the game still scoreless after one period, the Brewers had their chance to take the lead on the power play and force the Sonic to play catch up. Instead, the worse case scenario occurred as G.Gammieri and M.Pace each scored shorthanded to put the Sonic in front by a pair of goals. Clearly, a back breaker for the Brewers despite plenty of hockey left over. The Sonic smelled blood-from there on and continued to push the pace versus a discouraged Brewers team. Most of the damage occurred-from G.Gammieri and M.Pace as both players ignited for a total of eleven points. B.Madonis was solid in net stopping almost every single shot except one-from R.Hagen.
Chiefs weather the storm, and finish strong in a double header night vs the Armos
(3)Armos vs Chiefs(4)
In what was an incredibly tilted opening frame , it was S.Fraga forced to keep this game close for the Chiefs as the net minder stood tall. And with the score only 1-0 in favour of the Armos, the Chiefs were lucky they didn’t fall too behind. Once things started to calm down and both teams kept each other in check, the direction of the game would start to change as of the final frame. It was in their sixth period of hockey that the Chiefs perhaps played their best hockey. Nobody on that team would have thought they could sustain that long and put out their best effort of the night. Three out of there four goals all came in that period alone on scoring efforts-from three different players. A.Zarzour was alone in front of the net to bag in the winner on a nifty move. Overall, a solid night for a team that played twice against two solid opponents. Apart-from one single period, the Chiefs couldn’t have asked for better as they start to climb the ranks of being a serious contender.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Fraga of the Chiefs. Standing tall throughout the entire time, the Chiefs were able to pick up a nice win thanks to their net minder keeping it close.
Thursday November 4
United Arms unable to hold on in the third, settle for draw with Left Wings
(4)United Arms vs Left Wings(4) S.O
With the Left Wings down 3-1 heading into the third period, D.Provost-Jarry’s wrister- from the high slot sailed through an United Arms defence before beating goaltender R.Ricaurte. The goal was later followed-from teammate G.Vouloumanos ,who also wrist it hard to complete the comeback for the Left Wings. Considering the way the United Arms have been playing as of late with their ability to limit their opposition’s offense, it may have come as a surprise that they surrendered two goals. Clearly the Left Wings were fired up, and continued to push the pace while nearly taking it in the overtime period. Some solid penalty killing-from the United Arms forced this contest into a shootout. Both sides exchanged goals in the breakaways while the net minders denied two out of the three attempts keeping the game tied. D.Provost-Jarry faked out Ricuarte beating him on his forehand while Y.Derohannessian took notes-from Peter Forsberg’s patented back hand move to beat D.Matter.
Panthers making it interesting on late push but fall short to Armadillos
(5)Armadillos vs Panthers(4)
The Panthers comeback bid fell short on Thursday night, as the Armadillos earned a close 5-4 victory. K.Kuczmarski and P.Lapointe each scored twice in the win while T.Salberg was an absolute force for the Panthers igniting a hat trick along with an assist. The Armadillos stretched their lead comfortably enough until the third period where things started to shift in favour of the Panthers. Even though they pulled themselves within one, only two minutes and change was left over for the potential equaliser. Experienced teams know how to close out hockey games, and the Armadillos did just that managing the clock to their advantage. S.Kipopoulos got credited the winner on an early third period goal that stood up just enough for the victory.
Fatal Demons erupt with 4 in first period and never looked back
(2)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(4)
It showed-from the drop of the ball that the Fatal Demons were ready to play as they torched the Horsemen with four first period goals. There was no doubt the Horsemen weren’t the least bit pleased with their effort in the opening period. Starts like this loosen guys up, they tend to handle the ball with a little more confidence knowing that the bounces are going your way while not being concerned about trying to figure out the net minder. Although the period was well merited, the Fatal Demons started to play a little more on their heels after that. They didn’t generate the shots and chances like in the first period with the Horsemen starting to push the pace, but they didn’t give up much either. The game plan was simple-from that point on by trying to keep the Horsemen to the outside while relying on R.Ranieri to stop some basic shots. Again, M.Mavrouidis continues to find the back of the net adding two more to his total, and the captain P.Santullo delivered the winner on a power play marker.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Patrick Lapointe of the Armadillos. The power forward has been on a tear this week scoring a bunch of goals. Tonight was just another night at the office for Lapointe striking twice while adding a helper.
Wednesday November 3
Assadi Consulting inc battle back, but falter on late goal
(5)United Arms vs Assadi Consulting inc(3)
The Assadi Consulting inc are starting to look a lot more like themselves on Wednesday night, but it still wasn’t enough. After overcoming a two goal deficit and appearing to regain some of the swagger that wasn’t there early on in the season, they surrendered a late winning goal to N.Chiminian, and ultimately fell 4-3.The United Arms did what they do best, and that’s having everyone buy into playing a relentless styled game. There goals came because of hard work while making sure they go to the net where they picked up a couple of rebounds to beat P.Assadi. This contest could have easily gone either way with the Assadi Consulting inc failing to capitalise when the score was tied. Instead, it was the United Arms seizing the moment which keeps them on a roll so far this season.
Punishers squander late lead in shootout loss to Altius
(7)Altius vs Punishers(6) S.O
G.Chountalos scored the lone shootout marker, C.Flikas and A.Catino tallied very late, and the Altius shocked a Punishers team that thought they surely had it in the bag. Both those late goals happened when the Altius pulled their net minder for the extra attacker. It may happen on occasion a team scores late when playing without their goaltender for the equaliser, but for it to happen twice, the Punishers will be feeling it for a while. Adding to the misery, the extra time was only fitting that G.Chountalos would win it for the Altius on a brilliant nifty move. Those were just two times during the game that can be looked at for the Punishers where they could have avoided a crash. But perhaps another moment will be looked at was in the first period where they rode a 3-0 lead only to let that slip away as well. Funny things happened during this encounter, but one things for sure, the Altius showed they believe in themselves no matter what to circumstances are.
Brewers cruise for easy win over RCGT Knights
(8)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(0)
Its never fun falling in an early hole. Only three minutes had gone by, and M.Maggiore along with D.Catalano made the score 2-0. Usually two things tend to happen when teams face these challenges. They either tend to bounce back or they find themselves in an even deeper hole with no light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately for the RCGT Knights, the road ahead was grim. However, that did really happen till the later stages of the second period. Plenty of time had gone by until a three goal surge by the Brew Crew put this contest in the books. A.Belanger scored twice in the final frame to complete his hat trick, and C.Muccino kept a clean sheet stopping all 18 shots his way. The RCGT Knights did floor a decent line up with some quality players. The problem is that it takes some time to develop chemistry when adding new faces unlike the Brew Crew, who definitely have the years of experience for playing together.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicko Chiminian of the United Arms. The game appeared to be headed for overtime, that was until the United Arms centre man decided matters late snapping a 3-3 tie.
Monday November 1
Dragons came to play in double rout of Orient
The Dragons were in the drivers seat for most of the night, and came away with a pair of victories over the Orient. In two games that needed everyone to step up, the Dragons had no passengers going up against a difficult challenge. After sneaking out a 5-3 shootout win, the Dragons looked even more convincing in the ensuing match. Tonight’s heroes were J.Mandracchia, making his presence felt collecting four points along with a shootout goal. Y.Gazura and G.DeMarinis were also very vital for both wins as the two players combined for five points. It looked at times the Orient couldn’t match their opponents pace, and didn’t seem as hungry. S.Morante was solid once again, keeping his club in it throughout the entire time facing close to 45 shots.
(3)Orient vs Dragons(5) S.O
(4)Dragons vs Orient(1)
Assadi Classics force Golden Knights to play till the very end
Yes, the Golden Knights won both their games against the Assadi Classics, but it didn’t come as easy compared to the way they have been dismantling other opponents. The Assadi Classics came out ready , building a 4-2 lead at one point which perhaps startled the Golden Knights that they were in for a real challenge .Slowly but surely, the Golden Knights didn’t wilt, and would eventually complete their comeback scoring three straight. M.Labrie was the driving force bagging three of the five goals en route to a 5-4 decision. The second contest remained very close as well, and was only decided passed the mid way point of the second period when the Golden Knights were awarded two power play chances. Giving them an extra body on the field is a recipe for disaster. On both their chances, M.Labrie delivered once more for his second followed with J.Fortin adding some insurance.
(5)Golden Knights vs Assadi Classics(4)
(2)Assadi Classics vs Golden Knights(4)
Degenerates impose their will to win against RCGT Knights
Over the course of the regular season, the iron will of a team to win becomes a quantifiable strength right along with goal-scoring, special teams or goaltending. And the Degenerates invoked their unflinching will on the RCGT Knights defeating them twice on Monday night. The Degenerates out shot the RCGT Knights, controlled much of the play while keeping the attack going forcing S.Sauk to make as many saves as possible. Many players contributed offensively with no other than S.Marricco feeding the back of the net five times in all. Everyone understood the importance of trying to get their identity back for the Degenerates, who have yet put it together on a consistent basis. Maybe tonight’s results can be the beginning of good things to come. Time will only tell as every week will be a difficult challenge in a division that doesn’t give much.
(5)Degenerates vs RCGT Knights(2)
(1)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(4)
P.Lapointe and Q.Syrydiuk causing fits for the Hungry Hippos defense
It turned out to be a comfortable night for P.Lapointe and Q.Syrydiuk and the rest of the HBHA Seniors. Both players were on target clicking in a big way scoring twice in both games versus the Hungry Hippos. The Hungry Hippos did start brightly when A.Pederian opened the scoring, but that lasted only so long. The rest of the night belonged only to the higher ranked club. Both games were put to rest in the first periods alone. E.Parent gave up a total of only two goals and continues to be an essential part of a team that will rely on him as the season moves on. Its never easy going up against a skilled and experienced hockey team like the HBHA Seniors. The Hungry Hippos will need to put tonight’s experience in the rear view mirror and focus only on what’s ahead.
(1)Hungry Hippos vs HBHA Seniors(5)
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Hungry Hippos(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Labrie of the Golden Knights. In two very close games versus the Assadi Classics, M.Labrie was the difference maker riding a hat trick in the first encounter followed with another pair of key goals in his second match.
Friday October 29
Even with short bench, the National manage to overpower the Brewers
Usually when your opponent comes to play with a stacked bench and you only have 1 change up, it means you’re in for a very long and frustrating night, but that wasn’t the case for the National. Yes they had a very short bench, but they dictated the pace of play throughout the game and employed a defensive and tight checking system keeping the Brewers to the perimeter. The National remained steady, calm & focused and never trailed in the game, and the Brewers offense couldn’t capitalize on their scoring chances as goalie D. Massa made some key saves and the defense took care of the rest. Like they usually manage to do on a weekly basis, Captain Marc Pinheiro & S.Laplante took care of the offense with a combined seven points between them, including a hat trick for Pinheiro. It’s still early in the season, but the Brewers need to tighten their defense and provide better support for goalie Psaroudis or the season will go off the rails very quickly as he keeps getting peppered with shots.
(6) National vs Brewers (3)
Morante solid between the pipes as Chiefs rout the Sonic
The Chiefs knew they were in for a tough test when they saw that the Sonic team had a loaded bench and compared to their 3 changeups. They had to keep things simple defensively and rely on their counterattack to produce their goals. Despite their short bench, this didn’t deter them as they stormed out to a 6-1 lead after 2 periods and never looked back. Goaltender S.Morante was simply stellar as he was making save after save and stifling the Sonic offense and giving them no second chances. Impressively enough, the Chiefs managed to get contributions from 6 different goal scorers en route to routing Sonic, with D.Galloro accumulating 5 points to lead the way. Perhaps F.Pace and his troops took the Chiefs too lightly given their short bench, but I’m sure they’ll make the necessary adjustments and be ready for their next encounter.
(7) Chiefs vs Sonic (2)
SalumiVino player of the night: S.Morante, the veteran goaltender was as solid as it gets pushing aside wave after wave of scoring chances earning an important win for his team.
Thursday October 28
Punishers overcome slow start to topple Panthers
(6)Punishers vs Panthers(3)
The Punishers talked about needing a hot start, but they came out with less energy compared to the Panthers, who escaped the opening frame up 2-1. However, things did turn around-from that point on with the Punishers dominating the second and third periods by pressuring better while capitalising on the Panthers breakdowns. B.Makris did his part earlier in the game riffling two goals while four other Punishers took turns finding the back of the net. Throughout most of the game, the Punishers stayed composed in their zone and didn’t sit back offensively. Coupled with good goaltending-from N.Mackeen, it was a recipe for success.
Horsemen ride strong second period to edge out Brew Crew
(3)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(2)
Two goals in the latter stages of the second period lifted the Horsemen to a close 3-2 win over the Brew Crew. M.Kardum struck on the power play to snap a 1-1 tie, and S.Giannakis wasted no time increasing the lead by two heading into the final frame. Whether it was the Horsemen’s defensive game or M.Vinciguerra standing firm in net, the Brew Crew struggled to get much of their offense going. There last tally came a little too late with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game. The Brew Crew do have a complete roster along with a steady net minder in C.Muccino, but scoring goals seems to be an area of concern, at least for now anyway. Its not like they cant get it done with players such as D.Verta, C.Moutafis and M.Maggiore just to name a few. As for the Horsemen, things are rolling along just well as they keep finding ways to win hockey games.
Altius erase short memory with huge bounce back win over Armadillos
(2)Armadillos vs Altius(4)
The Altius felt that they were at a low point after dropping yesterdays loss to the United Arms. For a very short period of time, the hard to play against, stingy, competitive Altius had gone missing. However, that slight hic up changed, and in a hurry as their expectations for a bounce back game came into play versus the Armadillos. From-start to finish, the Altius played to their capabilities, and caught the Armadillos off guard on a dominant first period. A.Kobayati was the catalyst behind setting up P.Arkalis and F.Leclerc while C.Flikas ended the frame strong scoring for a 3-1 lead. It showed-from every shift that everyone was ready to play doing their job, playing their role which inevitably would lead to a positive result. The Armadillos weren’t able to get out of their funk trying to play-from behind. In the end, the Altius wanted nothing more that to go two straight games without a win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Vinciguerra of the Horsemen. In the very tight games so far, M.Vinciguerra is all about timing as the net minder keeps making the key saves at the right moment.
Wednesday October 27
United Arms starting to get the attention they deserve
(1)Altius vs United Arms(3)
Grinding out games may be the United Arms formula for success. High scoring, wide open games are not very conductive to a team solely relying on hard work and a committed man on man game. The Altius learned this lesson in their 3-1 loss. If not for B.Bentivegna striking extremely late, the Altius would have gone empty handed on the score sheet. It took some time but A.Zakarian eventually cracked the barrier just passed the ten minute mark of the second period to put the United Arms on board. A.Papazian and H.Jerjian provided some secondary scoring, and the United Arms buckled down defensively not giving much life to a frustrated opponent. The United Arms knew they had another difficult challenge, but at the same time, they know that they can live up to it. Its safe to say at this point into the season, teams will need to get used going up against a team that will be showing up with their lunch pail every single time. In addition to their collective work ethic, R.Ricaurte gives them a legit chance to win every night as the goaltender was sharp once more stopping 27 of 28 shots.
M.Mavroudis and F.Benhamadi putting up nice numbers for Fatal Demons
(7)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(2)
The Fatal Demons came to play on Thursday night as they clicked on all cylinders to down the RCGT Knights. M.Mavroudis is a force as the sniper produced again in a big way bagging a hat trick as part of a five point performance. The game remained fairly close until a quick spurt mid way through the match put the Fatal Demons in the drivers seat riding a 4-0 lead. Eventually, T.Spano was able to solve S.Fraga in the third period to at least spoil the shutout. The RCGT Knights did have a chance to get back into it on a power play chance, but it was all for nothing when M.Mavroudis potted in a greasy goal to keep the game idle. F.Benahamadi has also been consistent for the Fatal Demons as the work horse provided two goals and two assists. Many new players suited up for the RCGT Knights which is never a bad thing. However, it may take a little time for a team in search of their identity.
M.Croteau taps in OT winner, Assadi Consulting starting to find their groove
(3)Left Wings vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) O.T
Thursday night saw what was an incredible battle between the Assadi Consulting inc and the Left Wings. In the end, the Assadi Consulting inc took the back and forth affair in a game that could have gone either way. Both teams saw everyone respond at certain points during the contest. J.Rochon provided two leads for the Assadi consulting inc, but the Left Wings would respond and grab their late lead thanks to a power play marker by A.Perrault. A late hooking penalty gave the moment the Assadi Consulting inc needed in order to try and equalise. After putting on their unit for the man advantage, M.Do Couto was the one who delivered on a hard low slap shot that had eyes. That goal forced a four versus four overtime where if not for Pedram Assadi standing tall in net, the Left Wings would have walked away with the win. Instead, the result went the other way when Payam Assadi launched a perfect hard low pass that was tapped in by M.Croteau.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert Ricaurte of the United Arms. No doubt, a great goaltending performance-from the focused net minder. Allowing only one goal against the Altius isn’t easy to do, but Ricaurte proved that he can assume the responsibility.
Monday October 25
Last period breakdown hands Orient two wins over Degenerates
After a disorganized start to their night, the Degenerates had no choice but to forget about their first encounter versus the Orient. Its what you get for starting late which gave the Orient an automatic team goal along with a power play which inevitably resulted in a goal. The Degenerates were scrambling trying to put their act together, and by the time they got organized, the damage had already been done. The second match had a different storyline, at least in the first period where both sides traded two goals apiece. The problem was that the Degenerates failed to play a full complete game despite competing strong to kick start their second encounter. A stretch of four goals in less than six minutes ultimately decided matters for the Orient. Amazingly enough, seven different players scored with S.Harchi setting the tone with four points.
(5)Orient vs Degenerates(1)
(4)Degenerates vs Orient(7)
RCGT Knights and Hungry Hippos go the distance in both games
If the regular season is any indication, the RCGT Knights and the Hungry Hippos are very evenly matched with both games going the ultimate distance. The RCGT Knights may argue the point that they failed to close out both encounters riding a slight 2-1 lead. The Hungry Hippos overcame a second period deficit thanks to M.Stoico and O.Allen responding to send the game into a shootout. A similar ending took place in the ensuing match when A.Pederian tied the game on the power play with just over a minute remaining. The Hungry Hippos were able to gut it out twice which gave them a pair of extra points in their season debut. The RCGT Knights grabbed an extra point by taking the first game in the breakaways courtesy of M.Dupuis and A.Ahmed getting the better of A.Zardarian. Finally, it was a satisfying night for the RCGT Knights, who have yet been able to put out four solid periods.
(4)RCGT Knights vs Hungry Hippos(3) S.O
(3)Hungry Hippos vs RCGT Knights(3) S.O
Mighty Cucs, unable to challenge an established HBHA Seniors side
The HBHA took care of business on Monday night. Q.Syrydiuk collected three first period points, and it seemed that the HBHA Seniors were determined to avoid a slow start. The Mighty Cucks had only one bright moment when A.Masi capitalised on the power play. Other than that, it was all HBHA Seniors as their offense continued to work while the defense and goaltending remained in synch. You almost cant afford to make too many mistakes against a team that will make you surely pay. The Mighty Cucs were stuck enduring a meltdown by the second encounter where nothing was working. D.Andrade scored twice, five other players contributed with goals while E.Parent remained firm collecting a 14 save shutout for the HBHA Seniors.
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Mighty Cucs(1)
(0)Mighty Cucs vs HBHA Seniors(7)
B.Daniele of Dragons and M.Mavroudis of Assadi Classics help provide split riffling hat tricks
Looking extremely good after one period, the Assadi Classics let the opening game escape them having to settle for a shootout loss. B.Daniele put on a clinic for the Dragons, bagging all three goals that helped send it to a shootout. The Dragons took it in the end with the help of J.Mandracchia and J.Scalia beating P.Assadi. As likely expected, the second encounter was an even dog fight till the very end. Both sides did most of the damage in the first period exchanging three goals each. Things did tend to slow down-from there, at least offensively but the scoring chances were still being generated-from the two sides. Only one went in, and who other than your top goal scorer to provide you the goods. M.Mavroudis, already with two goals and an assist continued to dominate adding another for his hat trick which provided the go ahead marker. That tally came with three minutes left in the game, at a point where the Dragons just didn’t seem to have the energy to keep up anymore. Overall, an entertaining performance-from two teams very familiar with each other.
(5)Dragons vs Assadi Classics(4) S.O
(4)Assadi Classics vs Dragons(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Quinn Syrydiuk of the HBHA Seniors. The forward stole the show in the opening game for the HBHA Seniors participating in all fours goals that included a hat trick.
Friday October 22
Chiefs offense breaks out in thumping of Brewers
(10)Chiefs vs Brewers(3)
It didn’t take long to see that this was not going to be the Brewers night. The Chiefs had already scored five times in the first period and they weren’t done yet. Although the offense was less urgent-from that point on, they did manage to win the second frame anyway which summed up the game carrying a four goal margin heading into the third. The scoring came-from mostly everywhere, but P.Santullo and S.Koulieris did contribute a little more with two goals each. Starting the way they did was just a horrible situation for the Brewers, who couldn’t put it together in time. You never want to fall that behind and be forced to play catch up hockey despite plenty of time left over. One full week before their next encounter will hopefully be enough time for them to correct their mistakes.
Y.Derohannessian hat trick leads Armos over National
(4)Armos vs National(1)
A hat trick-from Y.Derohannessian propelled the Armos to a 4-1 win over National on Friday night. The game was very close as expected throughout the entire time. E.Allen was able to break a 1-1 tie regaining the slight margin for the Armos. It was apparent that this game was tilting in the Armos favour due to the lack of bodies-from the National. They managed to hang in there as long as they could but perhaps felt defeated when Derohannessian widened the gap by the mid way point of the third. The Armos just kept putting immediate pressure on their opponent to make sure that National didn’t have enough time to play with the ball. The hat trick would be eventually completed in a yawning cage. Both sides knew that this contest was going to be a good measuring stick. However, neither side was fully loaded which will only be looked at as an early regular season game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian. Look to your high end guy to make the difference. The Armos played very well as a team but its always nice when your top gun shows up to play by notching a hat trick.
Thursday October 21
Assadi Consulting inc breathe easier ending winless streak
(3)Panthers vs Assadi Consulting inc(4)
The Assadi Consulting inc, who had struggled for three straight games to combine for a 45 minute effort, finally put out their best hockey on Thursday night. They definitely felt they needed a win, and despite going down early 2-0, the bench remained calm taking it a shift at a time. The penalty kill finally worked, P.Assadi was sharp in net, and the forwards connected for some nice playing resulting in crucial goals. Overall , it took a strong defensive game-from a side that gave up a ton of goals so far. Though still not where they want to be, this result will hopefully regain some confidence to a team that’s been startled till now. Payam Assadi continues to elevate his game producing three points in the win. The Panthers had their duo between P.Stroubakis and J.Mason put up some numbers as both players combined for four points.
F.Benahamadi OT strike completes Fatal Demons rally over Brew Crew
(2)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(3) O.T
F.Benahamadi scored a minute and a half into overtime, and the Fatal Demons rallied-from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Brew Crew 3-2 on Thursday night. You never want to trail against a team that make it a point to block shots while having their full unit commit to a man on man game. As frustrating as it was for over two periods, A.Zarzour ended the spell finally beating C.Muccino. That goal came early in the third period giving more than enough time for an equaliser. Eventually they got their very late in the game, after the Fatal Demons were forced to pull out their net minder. P.Paikopoulos went to the right place, the front of the net where he swiped at a rebound that just trickled by the Brew Crew net minder. With overtime perhaps tilting the momentum towards the Fatal Demons, F.Benhamadi was able to cap it off on a second effort. The Brew Crew will look back at some moments where they could have regained a two goal cushion. Luckily enough for the Fatal Demons, R.Ranieri was there to shut the door and keep the game very close.
Armadillos keep United Arms in check in low scoring affair
(3)Armadillos vs United Arms(1)
In a defeat sealed by two third period goals, the United Arms played very well in what was a tight knitted contest versus a solid Armadillos team. This game went scoreless for nearly two periods. It took a power play opportunity for P.Musto of the Armadillos to strike first. The United Arms knew they didn’t have much room out there with the game being as tight as it was. However, only one shot was needed for this game to be tied. And with that next goal so crucial, S.Simitsakos was able to provide it for the Armadillos, who knew by then that this game was theirs for the taking. A.Papazian of the United Arms did finally get to C.Stavriadis, but that left less than three minutes on the clock. J.Kontitsis responded shortly after to add insurance in what was a hard fought victory. The United Arms did an excellent job keeping up with a front runner in this division. While they thrive on their defensive game, more will be expected-from their key forwards to score.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fares Benhamadi of the Fatal Demons. After being down 2-0, the Fatal Demons bounced back reaching the finish line first thanks to F.Benahamadi’s effort of going to the net while picking up his own rebound for the winner.
Wednesday October 20
Fragile Assadi Consulting inc turn in another clunker in loss to Altius
(9)Altius vs Assadi Consulting inc(4)
The Assadi consulting inc are fighting an uphill battle. When they lose by huge margins against teams that they are trying to compete with, they are taking themselves completely out of contention. That is exactly what has happened and continues to happen with this Assadi Consulting inc team, and tonight was no different. Nearly every single battle was lost which saw the Altius carry much of the play while creating plenty of odd man rushes. A key moment occurred when M.Arkalis scored a big shorthanded goal to provide a three goal margin. Much didn’t really change-from that point on as the Altius kept out working their opponent finding themselves with even more space simply because the Assadi Consulting inc were stuck cheating in order to catch up. That recipe sank them in a deeper hole with no life line left to save them. Clearly, they will need to sharpen up and figure out ways in order to adjust. There was no doubt the Altius were way better, using their fresh legs while continuously pushing the pace versus a more fatigued side. Apart-from his shorthanded tally, M.Arkalis did more than that by completing a hat trick.
Horsemen strike for 3 late goals to down RCGT Knights
(4)RCGT Knights vs Horsemen(7)
Despite F.Bchara rebounding the RCGT Knights on two third period goals to level the game, a costly penalty came to haunt them in the end. That was when the Horsemen’s’ captain V.Pandza snapped the tie followed with two insurance markers by M.Chartrand and T.Mader to cap off the game. Both sides had their moments and appeared to be evenly matched leaving only a late spurt making the difference. M.Chartarand and T.Karasek shared two goals a piece while M.Kardum and G.Spagnualo combined for six assists. The RCGT Knights felt they deserved better flooring a pretty decent line-up. Unfortunately, they fell behind at the worse possible time and were unable to recover with the clock winding down.
Collective effort powers Punishers past Left Wings
(5)Punishers vs Left Wings(3)
In the final minute of the first period, the Punishers broke the ice riffling two goals -from C.Stamadionis and C.Gingras. The Punishers were able to settle in and find their rhythm-from that point on despite allowing the Left Wings to pull within one on two occasions. Contributions came-from five different goal scorers with S.Racicot and B.Makris leading the charge offensively collecting three points each. It was M.Mavroudis’s late second period tally that perhaps determined this contest to favour the Punishers in the end. The power forward made the score 4-2 with only a period and change remaining in the game. N.Mackeen knew it was up to him to keep the Left Wings in check and did just that making the essential saves. N.Rompotinos would eventually put this one out of reach with the Punishers fifth goal of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Manny Arkalis of the Altius. With goals in all three periods, M.Arkalis scored a back breaking shorty to tilt the game for his club.
Monday October 18
Orient looking to adjust after beat down to Golden Knights
The Golden Knights convincingly, methodically, almost casually took care of business versus a hard nosed Orient team. The Orient looked to have the recipe in their game plan for a large part during the first encounter, but that slowly changed with the Golden Knights eventually taking over. A quick three goal second period burst led them to a double up 4-2 victory. In hopes of keeping the second game as close as possible, the Orient were backpedalling rather than taking control of the game. One high end play after another quickly put the Golden Knights in front which took the energy and confidence-from a defeated side. There was no doubt the Golden Knights played to their potential with six different players scoring in the 6-0 rout while the Orient know they need to adjust and address certain issues. For now, things will remain the same unless a team figures out a way to match the Golden Knights strengths.
(4)Golden Knights vs Orient(2)
(0)Golden Knights vs Orient(6)
Assadi Classics pair wins in close encounters with RCGT Knights
Both teams knew that this one was going to be a potential dog fight till the very end. The first encounter was decided late when M.Baccari snapped a 3-3 tie for the Assadi Classics. It was understood that the ensuing match promised to be a tough and exciting one considering the way things ended. The RCGT Knights built an early 2-0 lead on goals-from F.Bchara and G.Typaldos, but that was very short lived as M.Destounis led the charge posting two very quick goals. M.Dupuis did put the RCGT Knights back in front only to see another quick response by S.Fraga keep this game idle.From that point on, the game turned into a defence dominated battle as expected. Nearly a full period went without anyone scoring which forced a three man shootout in the end. With J.Pantelis patiently faking out S.Sauk, the Assadi Classics struck first putting immediate pressure for a response by the RCGT Knights. Unfortunately, all three attempts didn’t materialise as P.Assadi shut the door earning a second straight win.
(3)RCGT Knights vs Assadi Classics(5)
(4)Assadi Classics vs RCGT Knights(3) S.O
HBHA Seniors Respond furiously to level with Dragons
After dropping their earlier contest in a shootout, the HBHA Seniors responded with the bounce back performance they needed in the second match. It was clear that the HBHA Seniors wanted to come out getting as many orange balls fired toward S.Morante. Ultimately, they absolutely blew the Dragons out by a 5-1 margin after only one frame. P.Musto, after netting his clubs lone shootout marker, scored the last two goals of the period to put a serious dent in the game. The Dragons never really got their footing, and perhaps were stuck feeling the high of taking the earlier match. Maybe with a little more urgency, the Dragons could have made it more respectable. B.Daniele was involved in every single Dragons goals including a shootout tally. As for the HBHA Seniors, Q.Syrydiuk chipped in with a pair and a helper while setting up P.Musto for the winner in the opening encounter.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Dragons(4) S.O
(3)Dragons vs HBHA Seniors(6)
Degenerates alarm sounds off after crushing defeat to Mighty Cucs
The Mighty Cucs were happy to look up at the clock and notice only six seconds left in the game when A.Masi popped in the winner snapping a 1-1 tie. Both goalies played well enough to give their side a very good chance to taking the first encounter. In this case, the Mighty Cucs seized the moment after the Degenerates had their fair shake of downing their opponent. Those types of loses only fuels the losing side to come out stronger and with a lot more bite in their game. The Degenerates were clearly hungrier dominating most of the play that resulted in a 3-1 lead after one period. They weren’t done just yet as they continued to push the pace making the Mighty Cucs work harder. After sparking two first period goals, S.Marricco changed his role setting up three markers by the last period. L.Folini took over-from that point and was an absolute force scoring three times during that stretch as was A.Desrosiers, who collected a total of six points.
(2)Mighty Cucs vs Degenerates(1)
(8)Degenerates vs Mighty Cucs(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Biaggo Daniele of the Dragons. In their split with the HBHA Seniors, B.Daniele was involved in every goal for his club, including a shootout tally.
Friday October 15
Third period short handed goals sink Brewers
(5)Sonic vs Brewers(4)
Rather than expanding their lead after being awarded a four minute power play, it was the Sonic scoring twice with the man less which contributed greatly in the demise of the Brewers 5-4 defeat. Both those tallies came-from N.Sayer and S.Azzi early in the third period. The Sonic clearly fed of that stretch adding two more markers for a substantial three goal lead with just over five minutes remaining. But not to be out done just yet, the Brewers attempted a late push when J.De Stefano and G.Nehme figured in the scoring late in the game. Unfortunately, time wasn’t a luxury the Brewers had with the clocking ticking away into its final seconds. C.Moutafis will be a great solid addition for the Brewers as the skilled forward participated in all four goals. In the end, the Brewers have only themselves to blame giving up two crucial tallies with the man less.
Armos pick up rhythm as game progressed
(2)Chiefs vs Armos(6)
After both sides traded goals in the first period, the Armos started to find their rhythm by the second and slowly took control of the game. A.Fonrose came out in full force setting up D.Charbonneau for a 3-1 lead while topping it off on three consecutive goals for his hat trick. The Chiefs were strong in the neutral zone but gave plenty of room towards the outside were the Armos would control the play. The game was still up for grabs after two periods with the Armos carrying a slight 3-2 lead. It was by the third frame where this contest took off for the Armos, and more so A.Fonrose, who lit it up with a hat trick. It wasn’t like the Chiefs didn’t have their fair share of scoring chances. And while both net minders stood firm, R.Ricaurte kept the game in check for the Armos stopping enough quality chances.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrix Fonrose of the Armos. Saving his best for last, A.Fonrose was a lethal force by the third period netting three straight markers to put the game out of reach.
Thursday October 14
Horsemen roar back to stun Fatal Demons with comeback victory
(5)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(7)
The Horsemen scored three times in the third period overcoming an early three goal deficit to stun the Fatal Demons in a shocking fashion. Unguarded, T.Karasek snapped the late tie giving the Horsemen its first lead of the night with only one minute left on the clock. The Fatal Demons started strong with A.Zarour leading the way on four first period points. Hoping to build on that stretch, things slowly shifted in the Horsemen's favour. M.Kardum buried two first period goals and later completed his hat trick on a power play marker to even the score. Both teams sensed overtime lurking only moments away until a late play caught the Fatal Demons off guard. It was definitely a case of role reversal, the Horsemen turned the tables on the Fatal Demons, staging an impressive comeback.
Armadillos force the Assadi Consulting inc to chase the game
(5)Armadillos vs Assadi Consulting inc(4)
Despite scoring the games first tally, and finding a way to get some decent scoring chances toward C.Stavriadis, the Assadi Consulting inc fell into a second period hole that they couldn't climb out of, scoring late goals to make it close but ultimately falling to the Armadillos. Payam Assadi and J.Lulic may have clicked bagging two goals a piece, but it wasn't enough to topple a better Armadillos side. Its always a luxury to have and rely on a solid defence. The Armadillos strength lies in their back end with players such as P.Musto, K.Koutsogiannopoulos, G.Bouchard, S.Athanasopoulos and M.Della Rocca dictating the terms. Three out of their five goals came courtesy of P.Musto striking twice along with M.Della Rocca netting the other. Unfortunately for the Assadi Consulting inc, chasing the game made it that much more difficult against a very structured opponent. Adding to that, C.Stavriadis made the timely saves to preserve the lead throughout most of the match.
Panthers ignite riding five third period goals
(2)Left Wings vs Panthers(6)
Are they living dangerously or is it just business as usual for the Panthers showing their resiliency and character ? Its probably a little bit of both for the never say die Panthers, who once again saved their best for last riding five unanswered third period goals. The scoring spree started as of the five minute mark-from last nights hero T.Salberg. From -there, the offence ignited like wild fire that saw four different players taking turns finding the back of the net. The Left Wings did play really well for two entire frames. During that time, G.Gaitnis scored his clubs both goals and S.Vasilopoulos looked like he could do no wrong between the pipes. Perhaps, this can be argued that a younger team will prevail the longer the game goes on. The Panthers are younger compared to the Left Wings, and that clearly showed in the last ten minutes of this game as they out paced their opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Horsemen. Throughout most of the contest, the Horsemen were stuck plying-from behind, but that eventually changed thanks to M.Kardum producing three goals.
Wednesday October 13
T.Salberg completes hat trick in overtime in wild finsih
(6)Panthers vs Altius(5) O.T
What a game. The Panthers were on the back foot for most of the game after the Altius gave themselves a two goal cushion, but they remained diligent and kept themselves in it while forcing overtime when J.Mason barely beat the buzzer. It looked like the Altius had it wrapped up when P.Arkalis used a nifty back hander to beat D.Bourque with just over a minute left on the clock. The Panthers forced the extra time by removing their net minder for the extra attacker. Once J.Mason tied it up, the Panthers pushed hard for the winner, and eventually got their when T.Salberg used a hard low shot that just squeaked by M.Melo. That was Salberg’s third of the night, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for a team that will make their presence felt as the season goes by. The Panthers will continue to prove that they wont be an easy out on any given night. Looking back, the Altius may feel like they let this one get away. After all, they led by a pair and grabbed a late lead only to blow it in the end.
United Arms win hard fought battle with Punishers
(3)Punishers vs United Arms(4) O.T
Hard work beats talent most nights in any sport. The United Arms proved that in a big way on Wednesday night. There extraordinary work ethic resulted in four goals, but more importantly was how they committed as a whole to defend versus a lethal opposition. Everyone bought into playing for one another along with R.Ricaurte holding the fort in net paid dividends for the United Arms. The winning goal was a little unusual the way it went in. You just never know when you aim toward the net, funny things tend to happen. M.Vatazamian shot-from a wide angle, but put mustard on his shot that it somehow had enough momentum to go over the goaltenders head and behind him for the winner. Leading to that point, H.Jerjian was instrumental for the result as the gritty skilled forward notched a pair of third period tallies. Even though its only their second game of the regular season, the United Arms will look back at this to remind themselves that anything is possible.
RCGT fall off a cliff, Brew Crew mounts an incredible third period comeback
(6)RCGT Knights vs Brew Crew(7)
The RCGT Knights must of thought that they were banking points entering the third period carrying what seemed like a comfortable 5-1 lead. They went-from a team playing sure handed, confident hockey to a jittery, flustered and ultimately defeated group. An RCGT Knights defense that for two straight periods made all the smart and safe decisions in its own zone started running around after a big Brew Crew fore check was applied, and S.Sauk could not bail them out. Clearly, they didn’t play the clock to their advantage, and miss handled the entire situation. There is however a flip side to these types of situation. The Brew Crew, to their credit believed in themselves despite the grim light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly but surely , they took it one play and one shift at a time to crawl back into it. M.Maggiore and C.Moutafis were a crucial part of the come back effort as both players each scored twice in that final frame. But no matter what the circumstances, the onus was on the RCGT Knights to dictate the terms. The good news is that this awful ending happened early in what may just be a meaningless regular season game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Troy Salberg of the Panthers. The offensive threat delivered in a big way on Wednesday night, posting three goals that included the sudden death winner.
Monday October 11
Golden Knights, a step ahead of Degenerates in double rout
While the Degenerates got the memo about trying to play a low scoring game , the Golden Knights offense had other plans, shelling H.Psaroudis as the net minder had almost no chance on stopping some high end plays. Both results were lopsided. The Degenerates knew they had to play a zone defensive style , but even at that, nothing would work. All four periods reflected a balance effort for the Golden Knights scoring at least three in each frame. Even though its only their second week into the season, the Golden Knights continued to show why they are perhaps the front runners to taking it all. Its not like they need to solely rely on anyone in particular. Tonight’s wins came with scoring efforts-from seven different players consisting of a line up of nine players dressed. Sure, the Degenerates were embarrassed by a superior Golden Knights squad. They did however battle with only two changes, and never let up despite how hard it was to keep pace.
(1)Degenerates vs Golden Knights(8)
(6)Golden Knights vs Degenerates(1)
Assadi Classics yet to address an obvious issue, HBHA Seniors take full advantage
Its no secret that competing at this level with a short bench just doesn’t cut it. The Assadi Classics have yet to address this issue making it now two straight weeks stuck playing with only one change up. Despite trying to keep it close for as long as possible, the HBHA Seniors wasted no time putting it into gear early on in both games. S.Rigas and P.Musto set the tone in the earlier contest combining for six points while four different players took turns scoring in the second encounter for a comfortable 4-0 lead. Playing-from behind that early on makes it that much harder for a side that needed to conserve energy rather than spending it. Time will only tell-from this point on when the Assadi Classics decide to get their act together.
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Assadi Classics(3)
(2)Assadi Classics vs HBHA Seniors(6)
Mighty Cucs use early spurts to down RCGT Knights twice
Right-from the beginning of the game, the Mighty Cucks were ready to go on Monday night. They might have trailed 2-1 early on but a pair of power play chances put the Mighty Cucs in front on goals by M.Cerone and A.DiPancrazio. They definitely got things going-from that point on, and seemed to be an extra step ahead keeping the RCGT Knights hemmed in their own zone. The RCGT Knights relied on their strong finish in the opening game to spark a better effort in the ensuing match, but the opposite happened instead. By the time the first period ended, the Mighty Cucs ran up the score carrying a three goal cushion with only one period remaining. G.Cortese made an immediate impact riffling a hat trick early in the second period to put the game completely out of reach. There is no doubt the RCGT Knights are going through a tough mini stretch for the time being. Sometimes, the bounces just don’t go your way. As for the Mighty Cucs, this marks their third win in only four starts.
(4)RCGT Knights vs Mighty Cucs(5)
(6)Mighty Cucs vs RCGT Knights(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Cerone of the Mighty Cucs. In nearly every play that resulted into a goal, M.Cerone was heavily involved accumulating a total of seven points in only two games.
Friday October 8
S.Laplante registers 4 goals for depleted National
(4)Chiefs vs National(6)
There was no doubt National had a difficult challenge ahead of them. You never want to rely on rotating one player on your bench to endure an entire hockey game. In these types of situations, a basic game plan is necessary, and that’s simply to hold back and wait for your scoring chances. National does have the luxury of some key weapons that can change a game. In tonight’s case, S.Laplante was that player as the slick defenseman dictated the terms resulting in netting four out of his clubs six goals. The Chiefs failed to take the advantage of playing with their slight one goal lead on two occasions. They were unable to wear down National long enough. Maybe a two goal cushion would have changed the fate of the result. In any case, plenty of credit to National, who managed to pull this one off with a very depleted line up.
Armos finding instant chemistry in rout of Carnage
(10)Armos vs Carnage(6)
For most of the match, the two sides measured up to one another, trading plenty of goals that eventually saw this game all tied up at five goals a piece by the third period. Eventually, that all changed when A.Minassian used a precise shot to put the Armos back in control. With momentum starting to shift on the side of the Armos, things only got worse for Carnage, who couldn’t stop the bleeding-from that point on. The Armos dug in and found a way to run up the score striking three times in just over a minute. A.Minassian was part of the barrage notching two markers in the final frame along with Y.Derohannessian, who controlled a large part of the offense that resulted in four points for the centre man.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. His cerebral qualities where in full display on Friday night. The smart and crafty defenseman quarterbacked his team to victory by providing four tallies in a close 6-4 win over the Chiefs.
Thursday October 7
M.Maggiore scores hat trick to lead surging Brew Crew past Horsemen
(5)Brew Crew vs Horsemen(4)
M.Maggiore was full of praise for his teammates after notching a hat trick to kick off the Brew Crew’s season. His third goal came with only 17 seconds left in the game as part of a comeback effort. The Horsemen were the ones buzzing throughout the first half of the contest getting goals-from V.Pandza, D.Sarno and M.Chartrand for what seemed like a good trend towards victory. Eventually, the Brew Crew would regroup and slowly tilt the court their way. D.Verta had scored in the first period and was behind setting up D.Catalano and M.Maggiore’s first of three on the night. Maggiore used a power play marker to put the Brew Crew in front, but that was short lived when M.Kardum evened the score with only two minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately for the Horsemen, a late sequence just prior to overtime saw the very same M.Maggiore come to hurt them in the end.
Left Wings down Armadillos in thrilling shootout win
(5)Left Wings vs Armadillos(4)
V.Ladouceur and D.Provost-Jarry each scored in the shootout, and the Left Wings won their season opener with a 5-4 victory over the Armadillos on Thursday night. In a wild game, the Left Wings led 2-0, but the Armadillos scored three in a row on goals by K.Koutsogiannopoulos, D.Andrade and P.Lapointe only to see D.Provost-Jarry respond with a power play marker that would eventually lead this game into a shootout. The Armadillos perhaps felt they should have put the game away due to their comeback effort. The problem was that they couldn’t kill off an important penalty that involved J.Adamou controlling the point for the Left Wings, who set up his club’s third goal of the night. Overall, both teams played each other hard which was no surprise that this game went the distance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Maggiore of the Brew Crew. His three goals were all part of a comeback effort that included a huge closer with only 17 seconds left in the game.
Wednesday October 6
Altius break through in third to top Punishers
(2)Punishers vs Altius(6)
P.Arkalis scored two key goals, and the Altius used a strong third period to defeat the Punishers. The game did start off looking like the two teams would keep it close long enough and go the distance. In the end, the Punishers were caught with their foot off the gas pedal as the Altius took over on a bunch of consecutive goals. P.Arkalis took the offense on his back netting a pair of timely markers to put the game in complete control for his side. M.Melo might have conceived a pair of first period tallies, but that just made him stronger as the game went on. The net minder was clearly on top of his game making big saves while going flawless the rest of the way. The Altius seem to have the right formula for a successful season. By relying on a deep bench spread out with balanced defence, offense and goaltending , look out for them to be a thorn to any opponent.
Panthers prevail in tight checking tilt behind C.Blunt’s winner
(2)Panthers vs United Arms(1)
C.Blunt’s early third period goal proved to be the difference maker between the Panthers and the United Arms on Wednesday night. It appeared as though the two sides were trying to lull the other into submission throughout the entire game. The Panthers did get on board first when J.Blackman finally got to R.Ricaurte, who was stellar between the pipes. With the next tally being crucial, C.Blunt was able to provide it early in the third period giving his club plenty of breathing room despite the amount of time left over. The United Arms would eventually break the barrier thanks to M.Boghassian, but that was the extent of their offense for the night. D.Bourque would continue to stonewall the United Arms attack capping off a brilliant 22 save performance.
C.Gingras 5 goal third period explosion drives comeback win
(9)Punishers vs Assadi Consulting inc(7)
C.Gingras led the way with five goals for the Punishers as they managed to pull off the win after playing their second game in only three hours. The Punishers had an answer for everything the Assadi consulting inc threw at them. It Looked as though at one point the Assadi Consulting inc would leave the Punishers in the dust building a 5-2 lead after two periods, especially when considering fatigue would come into play. Clearly that wasn’t the case at all, and quite the opposite as it looked like the Assadi Consulting inc were the ones that appeared a little more drained. The Punishers had so much high powered offense in the third period alone that it looked like a video game. The truth of the matter is that if the Assadi Consulting inc prioritised on trying to shut down C.Gingras, a third period debacle would have been avoided. Instead, Cingras did what Cingras does best, and that’s to take over a hockey game. The star player scored an incredible five goals in that period alone to cap off an incredible night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. Not many players can do what C.Gingras did on Wednesday night. With his team looking down and out, the Punishers lethal weapon single handily won the game for his club posting a ridiculous five goals.
Monday October 4
Dragons looking in fine form to kick start their season
It didn’t take long for the Dragons to get their engine started, and it didn’t take long for them to pad their lead. With G.DeMarinis opening and closing the scoring in the first period for a 5-3 lead, the sequence really set the tone for what would be a long night for the RCGT Knights. It was clearly a good overall performance for the Dragons, with all of their ten players spreading the wealth. In hopes of rebounding after suffering an 8-5 loss, the RCGT Knights just couldn’t keep pace versus a deeper bench. The Dragons cruised to an easier 5-1 result in which once again G.DeMarinis popped in a pair along with M.Crapis doing the same. Despite playing his first game as a goaltender in many years, J.DeStefano didn’t look like he missed a beat. The net minder answered the challenge making some nice saves giving the energy and confidence to his teammates.
(5)RCGT Knights vs Dragons(8)
(5)Dragons vs RCGT Knights(1)
S.Masi breaks tie to help Mighty Cucks edge out Assadi Classics
Unable to close out the deal riding an earlier 3-1 lead the, Mighty Cucs were stuck settling for a 3-3 draw with the Assadi Classics, who somehow found the strength to tie the game with only one spare. The second match had a similar pattern. The Mighty Cucks played ahead for most of the match but kept getting answered to on three straight occasions. The Assadi Classics patiently hung around while waiting for an opportunity. M.Mavroudis scored twice and T.Langiano was able to level the game at three goals a piece. However, a costly penalty put the Assadi Classics back in a hole when S.Masi took the opportunity to capitalise on the power play. With the way the game was going, the Mighty Cucks knew they weren’t out of the woods just yet. Nearly half a period was still remaining before this game was said and done with. They did manage to get it right-from that point on by getting in the lanes and using their sticks to limit any real scoring chances. Overall, a good night to their season debut. As for the Assadi Classics, the issue was evident, dress more players moving forward.
(3)Mighty Cucks vs Assadi Classics(3) S.O
(3)Assadi Classics vs Mighty Cucs(4)
Golden Knights make statement to the division
The Golden Knights made it clear not to mess with them when having the man advantage. They were crisp on their passes, and well positioned to create deadly chances that resulted in three power play goals. After grabbing the first of two games, the Golden Knights went for a double against a team that doesn’t concede much. The HBHA Masters normally defend well but were unable to preserve their lead on two occasions. M.Labrie proved to be a major impact notching back to back goals while setting up S.Racicot for the eventual winner. Even though this was the opening night for a new addition to the division, the message was sent loud and clear that the Golden Knights are the front runners to hit the finish line. There ability to move the ball and utilise their speed will cause fits for most of their opponents. That being said, everyone is beatable and teams will need to adjust in order to slow them down.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Golden Knights(6)
(4)Golden Knights vs HBHA Seniors(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steven Masi of the Mighty Cucs. After settling for the earlier draw, S.Masi was influential getting the Mighty Cucs in the win column by bagging a huge power play goal that ultimately decided the match.
Saturday September 25
Le Rinque crowned provincial champions
(6)Le Rinque vs dek Boucherville(4) (Final)
The stage was finally set for some of ball hockey’s finest talent to compete at its highest level in what turned out to be a wonderful afternoon . After Le Rinque edged out the Dek Lanaudiere by a slight 3-2 margin in the semi final round, Dek Boucherville was left standing in the way for the ultimate feat. Prior to the regular season and their playoff run, Le Rinque entered as the heavy favourites, and instead of folding under the weight of their own greatness, Le Rinque did exactly what was expected of them: They won the Dek Elite division. The players hailed the atmosphere in the establishment giving them that little extra adrenaline during the warm up that helped get them into the game. Once the ball dropped, Le Rinque managed to swat aside their opponent, their bugbear throughout the regular season but not in the final where Le Rinque were dominant for most of the match. Le Rinque’s depth and class proved to be too much in the end. Though Dek Boucherville made things difficult, Le Rinque were able to play around the Dek Boucherville controlling most of the play which resulted in a glorious finish. Many different players took turns finding the back of the net, an attribute that didn’t involve relying on any particular players, but that of an overall solid performance. Le Rinque have always been extremely good for a few years now reaching plenty of finish lines making tonight’s contest just another day at the office for Dahn Nguyen and his players. In the end, the better team turned it up like a silver bullet proving once more that they are the real deal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Dahn Ngyuen of Le Rinque for capturing the Dek Elite championship, and to Jocelyn Decarie of the Dek Boucherville, who took charge running a highly skilled team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Karl Leveille of Le Rinque. Leveille was a force throughout the season, and especially when it mattered the most during the big game.
With this victory, Le Rinque will be the top seed representing Quebec at the 2022 Nationals held in Hamilton Ontario. The CBHA and TC were present to select players for camp in October for next years(2022) World Championships held in Laval.
Thursday September 23(Final)
Fatal Demons coast toward victory, crowned winners
The Fatal Demons were able to pull it off, but it was far from-plain sailing throughout the entire series. Their strong start allowed them to lead the way in all key metrics at both ends of the court. Their domination on the ball and high press has also been unrivalled forcing the Pylons to chase the game while having to play catch up. Rolling three lines was definitely a determining factor for their success. All three trios proved to be a handful for the Pylons defense, who were often stuck trying to contain rather than dictating the pace. The strike partnership of M.Chenier and F.Benhamadi were curial in tonight’s case with both players scoring big goals at key moments during both games. The Pylons were resilient by narrowing the gaps in both encounters but just fell short unable to crack S.Morante enough times. The net minder was stellar as expected. P.Santullo’s side have looked destined to claim the league crown for most of the season after showing a level of relentless consistency that their rivals could not match. In the end, the better team that dominated the regular season proved to be the deserving clear cut winners. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com , congratulations go out to Pat Santullo and the Fatal Demons for capturing the Masters 35+ division.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Pylons(2) Game 1
(3)Pylons vs Fatal Demons(5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Chenier. Although a strong portion of his fan base may suggest that M.Mavroudis is deserving of the honour, the Fatal Demons had an unanimous vote that M.Chenier is the true player of the night.
Thursday September 16 (Semi finals)
M.Mavroudis, scoring machine sparks Fatal Demons
After the Brewers emerged taking game one in a shootout, the Fatal Demons took over the series thanks to their prolific goal scorer. M.Mavroudis torched his opponent setting up two goals before going on a scoring spree netting three in a row to shift the series. That strong finish put the Fatal Demons in the drivers seat despite the series all tied up. Game three saw both teams playing it cautious while patiently waiting for their chances to arise. S.Morante, just like his counterpart G.Platanitis made some jaw dropping saves to keep the series alive. With game three going scoreless in regulation time, the next step was a five minute sudden death period that stood between moving on or packing your bags. Again, M.Mavroudis led the way after setting the tone in the previous match by providing the Fatal Demons biggest goal of the season so far. The power forward buried his chance with less than two minutes remaining to send his club through to the final.
(1)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(3) S.O Game 1
(2)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(6) Game 2
(1)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(0) O.T Game 3
O.Valiquette comes up clutch for Pylons
This heart wrenching series was a back and forth affair that saw the Pylons get the final word when O.Valiquette ended it in a dramatic game three overtime finish. Prior to that moment, the Pylons appeared to be fine jump starting their night riding four straight goals in only ten minutes. And although they took game one, a different Dragons team completely took over the series. In their must win heading into game two, G.DeMarinis and Y.Gazura carried the Dragons, with Gazura striking four times while DeMarinis provided six helpers. The Pylons looked like a bunch of pylons as the lack of effort came to hurt them, which left them only twelve minutes of a mini game to re adjust. Unfortunately, the urgency heading into game three was still dormant as they gave up two goals-from B.Daniele and G.DeMarinis. Still, there was enough time left over and the Pylons knew they needed the next goal. Luckily enough , O.Valiquette provided that much needed marker, and all of a sudden the Pylons felt their was a chance. It took only two minutes after for E.Allen to tie the game and even up this series. By that point, neither side gambled to much trying to avoid a mistake which would likely decide the series. Eventually, it had to go into a five minute sudden death frame where O.Valiquette seized the moment by finding himself at the right spot. This series had its ups and downs for the two teams and it was only fitting that it came down to the wire.
(5)Pylons vs Dragons(2) Game 1
(8)Dragons vs Pylons(3) Game 2
(3)Pylons vs Dragons(2) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Mavroudis of the Fatal Demons and Olivier Valiquette of the Pylons. There is no question both teams reached the finals thanks to both these players producing the way they did.
Its now down to only two teams remaining in the Masters 35+ division. The Fatal Demons will hold the upper hand in this final due to their stacked bench that provides plenty of quality and strong work ethic. The Pylons will need their necessary elements to be present in order to have a chance. Playing with less than two lines like its been their theme all season just wont cut it at this stage.
Wednesday September 15 (final)
Assadi Consulting inc celebrate as champs for second straight season
The Assadi consulting inc and the Club Ecole Orient played an extremely hard fought final that ended in a slight favour for the Assadi Consulting inc. With M.Gagnon and N.Glbert kicking things off for the Assadi Consulting inc, the Club Ecole Orient felt the immediate pressure to get back into the game quickly. And to their credit, L-M Alayo responded right away to keep the game in check. Eventually both sides found themselves deadlocked at thee goals apiece until J.Courteau put the Assadi Consulting inc back in front. Despite having that narrow lead, the Assadi Consulting inc were stuck hanging on for dear life. The Club Ecole Orient pulled out their goaler for the extra attacker and threw everything but the kitchen sink toward the net only to keeping hitting a wall. Game two took a different turn however, this time with the Club Ecole Orient jumping out in front on three consecutive goals. Only four minutes and change had gone by for the rude awakening that the Assadi Consulting inc had to endure. As bad of a start it was, there was too much time left over for a highly skilled team to respond. The mind set was simple, play it one shift at a time and search for the net goal. J.Courteau broke the ice moments later and the snow ball effect was in motion. The Assadi Consulting inc knew they had it in them to mount a much needed comeback. In the span of only two minutes, M.DelGaudio and J.Courteau helped even the score, and all of a sudden this game was up for grabs. M.Morin did however put the Club Ecole Orient back in front on the power play but that was short lived as J.Mandracchia evened the score a minute later. After both sides went without a goal, a shootout was the only thing left over for the Club Ecole Orient if they planned on extending their season. Basically, it came down to a skills competition to decide an important game two. This stuff will go either way depending on who can execute under pressure. In tonight’s case, it happened to go the Assadi Consulting inc’s way. D.Desmarais used his sweet hands to fake out C.Malkoun and P.Assadi was perfect stopping all three shooters. It may not have been the end they wanted, but the Club Ecole Orient will feel proud for what they achieved. In reality, only one goal along with a shootout challenge made the difference. As for the Assadi Consulting inc, nothing more was expected-from a team that finished first in the regular season and looked to repeat as champions. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Pedram Assadi and the rest of his club for winning it twice in a row.
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs Club Ecole Orient(3) Game 1
(4)Club Ecole Orient vs Assadi Consulting inc(5) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Assadi Consulting inc. At key moments during both games, the sniper came through providing three big goals that included the winner in game one.
Monday September 13 ( Division 2 final)
Classics leadership evident in playoff run, crowned winners
It was all about unfinished business when it came to the Classics. The motivation was pretty simple for a tight knit group that was on a mission all season to prove to everyone that they were the real team to beat. Experience is a big part of playoff hockey, and the Classics have more than enough of to go around. Adding to that, they were able to floor a complete line up consisting of ten players that has each and every one providing a key role. The Classics got through the Degenerates in their semi final match up by taking the opening game in a shootout before thumping them in game two by a decisive 6-2 margin. With the other semi final series favouring the 1 Timer over the Hart Foundation, both teams met only moments later for the final. The 1 Timer roared off to a 2-0 lead in game 1 but needed a big shootout goal by T.Daigneault to grab the series lead. Despite being down in the series, the Classics overcame adversity displaying resiliency while altering their compete level where the 1 Timer slowly realised they couldn’t match. From -the drop of the ball in game 2, the Classics gave their opponent almost nothing, trapping lanes while blocking shot after shot. F.Casacalenda’s early goal proved to be more than enough for how well the Classics defended, and more importantly for how P.Assadi was possessed stopping every ball his way. Game three was eventually decided by only one goal thanks to M.Destounis, and again P.Assadi making the difference in net. It just goes to show that veteran leadership is invaluable, especially come playoff time. The teams leadership has contributed to balanced scoring, responsible defence and stand up goaltending. And because of it, the Classics rightfully deserved the recognition of being the Monday division 2 champs. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulation go out to Pat Santullo and the rest of the Classics for getting it done.
(3)1 Timer vs The Classics(2) S.O Game 1
(3)The Classics vs 1 Timer(0) Game 2
(1)The Classics vs 1 Timer(0) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Classics. The net minder did every thing he could to make sure that he and the Classics would win. P.Assadi carried something special in his heart pushing him even harder than usual to help provide a successful run for his team.
Monday September 13 (Division 1 final)
Orient crowned champs after extraordinary battle with Punishers
This one had all the making of a championship final. Everything you hoped for in a series happened between the Orient and the Punishers. If you wanted goals, there were plenty, if you wanted extra time, there was more than enough to go around, and if you wanted it to go distance , it got there. Unfortunately, when two deserving teams get to that point, one team is stuck feeling utter dejection. The Punishers had many runs leading to success only to find themselves a detail away between winning and losing. Tonight however, was all about how the Orient went about their business. They managed damage control by limiting K.Kuczmarski to only two assists while relying on their top guns to provide the goods. M.David was one of some key elements making an impact. The highly skilled forward notched two big goals in game two to help even the series before providing perhaps the Orient’s biggest tally of the entire season by netting the shootout winner in game 3. Another major piece of the puzzle was the lights out goaltending-from E.Paradis, who was brilliant throughout the entire series, and especially in the shootout of game three denying five straight high end attempts. There was no doubt F.Nasser prepared his troops for this one. The captain had his players buy into a system which made them believe that this was theirs for the taking. They were outstanding throughout the playoffs savouring every moment that led to this point. On behalf of Haockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Fadl Nasser and the Orient for capturing the Monday division 1 title.
(6)Punishers vs Orient(5) S.O Game 1
(4)Orient vs Punishers(2) Game 2
(1)Punishers vs Orient(2) S.O Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the Orient. Your only a top gun player when you come through at the right time for your club. M.David is without a doubt a natural talent as the skilled forward was influential providing key plays, and key goals that included the decider in a game three shootout.
We are deeply sorry to hear the passing of Stefanos Govas. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. An incredible talent on the court, Stefanos Govas was an even better person – and that’s saying something about who he was. He had a genuine love and appreciation of the game, and cared an awful lot about those he came into contact with. Sadly, he will be missed and fondly remembered by his devoted family, close friends, and the ballhockey community.
Thursday September 9 (Quarter finals)
D.Verta nets back to back hat trick, Brewers move on
D.Verta produced not one but two masterful performances to knock out the RCGT Knights and fire the Brewers straight to the semi finals. The Brewers, who toyed with their opponent in the first period was able to hang on to a close 5-3 win thanks to D.Verta’s first of two hat tricks on the night. The RCGT didn’t seem to get the message on how to adjust with their season on the line. It took only four minutes for the very same D.Verta to strike twice and put an immediate strangle hold on the series. Playing with that kind of a lead early on after winning an important game only fuels you to play better and harder, especially an experienced team like the Brewers. It didn’t come easy however as the RCGT Knights pulled themselves within one on two occasions but weren’t able to even the score. With time winding down, A.Papazian put the final nail in the coffin for the Brewers, who are looking pretty good as of late.
(5)Brewers vs RCGT Knights(3) Game 1
(2)RCGT Knights vs Brewers(4) Game 2
Family out paced as the series evolved
After being shutout and dropping their opener vs the Family, the Dragons needed their top players to set the pace and get them back into the series. In games two and three, they did just that and now look more dangerous than ever. They managed to break through the Family’s man on man game by winning more battles that led to grade a scoring chances. Four different players chipped in fairly early for a comfortable 4-1 lead. Despite plenty of time left over, the Family didn’t have the pace to match and battle from-behind for a miracle comeback. Instead, they focused on putting forth one twelve minute battle in hopes of winning it in a mini game. Unfortunately, similar to their previous match, the Family fell behind early, and the Dragons smelled blood-from that point on. Y.Gazura potted two quick tallies, both with the help of G.DeMarinis, who had a solid outing collecting five points.
(0)Dragons vs The Family(2) Game 1
(2)The Family vs The Dragons(4) Game 2
(5)The Dragons vs The Family(0) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta of the Brewers. Unstoppable, the crafty forward was a mega force collecting back to back hat tricks.
The Masters 35+ division is now down to its final four teams. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(4) This series isn’t for the faint of heart. Two grumpy teams will be battling all night, and the testosterone levels will hit record highs. There really is only one key component if either side plans on moving on, and that component is to remain disciplined. But try telling that to adult men who sometimes behave like five year olds.
(2)Pylons vs Dragons(3) Both sides know each others strengths, and will need to know how to deal with them. The will to battle hard and play a smarter game will come a long way for the two teams. Vegas has this one at 50/50.
Wednesday September 8 (Semi finals)
Y.Gazura’s late dramatics send Assadi Consulting inc through to final
Y.Gazura found himself at the right place and at the right time when N.Gilbert found him on a brilliant pass to end what was a thriller between the Assadi Consulting inc and the Horsemen. It was a moment of salvation for the team with the best regular season record. Game one was a cake walk for the Assadi Consulting inc striking seven straight times to end it on the mercy rule 7-0. N.Gilbert dazzled his way to a hat trick, and P.Assadi made some early key saves to preserve the shutout. It looked like game two was headed in the same direction when M.Croteau and J.Courteau struck early for a 2-0 lead. The Horsemen really didn’t have anything going for them and needed some sort of a break in order to force matters. Eventually, that moment came when their captain V.Pandza pulled his club within one. Then, in the dying moments of the game, D.Greco completed a late comeback to force the shootout. The momentum was clearly on the Horsemen’s side as they were able to take the breakaway competition and force a game three. Both teams played it tight as expected. Neither side were able to get it done in regulation time leaving only a five minute sudden death period followed with a potential shootout. With the score 1-1, the Assadi consulting inc got the break they were looking for when awarded a power play. And even though they didn’t technically capitalise with the man advantage, the ball possession remained in their favour which eventually led to Y.Gazura seizing the moment.
(7)Assadi Consulting inc vs Horsemen(0) Game 1
(5)Horsemen vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) S.O Game 2
(2)Assadi Consulting inc vs Horsemen(1) O.T Game 3
Resilient Club Ecole Orient stun Armos
When it was said and done, this was definitely a compelling series between the Club Ecole Orient and the Armos. The Club Ecole Orient didn’t really have a choice to capture game one due to their shorter bench. That close win gave them an extra out if things didn’t pan out for game two, which was the case as they were no where to be seen. N.Chiminian quarter backed four tallies that saw his captain Y.Derohannessian benefit twice for the Armos. With the series all tied up, Y.Derohannassian provided more goods netting back to back tallies in a short span. At that point, it seemed like this series was almost locked in for the Armos when considering the Club Ecole Orient looked gassed out. Then, the leadership group and the Club Ecole Orient as a whole, turned what was a tall order into an incredible comeback. They scored three straight in nearly three minutes to grab the lead. However, they couldn’t quite get it done just yet as N.Chiminian came to rescue the Armos fairly late in the game. Both sides were now down to its final outs with an overtime period remaining followed with a potential shootout. With neither side able to get it done in the sudden death frame, a dreaded shootout was all that stood in between losing or advancing. Throughout the three rounds, F.Nasser used a hard low wrist shot to beat R.Kenadjian giving the advantage to the Club Ecole Orient. The Armos were then down to its final hope when Y.Derohannessian was forced to score. Unfortunately for the captain, the script favoured his opponent instead despite Derohannessian having an incredible series accumulating seven points. Once C.Malkoun denied him, the Club Ecole Orient teammates rushed their net minder in celebration knowing they punched a ticket to the final.
(2)Armos vs Club Ecole Orient(3) Game 1
(1)Club Ecole Orient vs Armos(5) Game 2
(3)Armos vs Club Ecole Orient(4) S.O Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadl Nasser of the Club Ecole Orient. The captain was a warrior, logging a ton of minutes, blocking shots while creating offense that included a huge shootout winner.
The Wednesday/Thursday division is now down to its final two teams. The Assadi Consulting inc will take on the Club Ecole Orient for all the marbles. The critics will make a case that the Assadi Consulting inc have the game breakers, but that doesn’t guarantee anything, especially when going up against a team that never quits.
Tuesday September 7
Dek Lanaudiere hold off Dek Boucherville in tight battle
(2)Dek Lanaudiere vs Dek Boucherville(1)
Sparked by a very early goal-from F.Godin along with M.Fortier doubling up the lead, the Dek Lanaudiere on Wednesday night rattled off a huge win , edging the Dek Boucherville by a slight 2-1 margin. It wasn’t pulse pounding or full of offense and scoring, but things ended happily for the Dek Lanaudiere, who are earning the respect as a team to look out for in the up coming post season. The Dek Boucherville didn’t have much to show for in the goal scoring department until a power play marker by S.Provencal sparked some life. For how tight knitted the Dek Lanaudiere have been playing throughout the entire game, coupled with L-S Vienneau holding the fort between the pipes, the chance of an equaliser with less than five minutes was highly unlikely. The Dek Lanaudiere played a prototypical playoff style game which paid off dividends.
Centre SportXpo no show at home rink
(0)Centre SportXpo vs Le Rinque(4)
It looked like the Centre SportXpo forgot they had a game tonight, and it resulted in them getting crushed by Le Rinque. They completely no showed this one, and it started-from the drop of the ball. Just simply going through the motions of pretending to play ball hockey. Le Rinque were fast, more resilient, and just better. Most of the bad occurred in the first period with M.Duguay, Y.Labonte and S.Bellefleur getting on board. By then, it was already over despite an entire period remaining. You always want to focus on just getting that first goal rather than thinking of a massive comeback. The Centre SportXpo weren’t able to find enough space in dangerous areas to get that much needed tally in order to spark any sort of life. Credit to Le Rinque for protecting their house while knowing C.Lantin was there just in case there was a break down. This result now places Le Rinque in a familiar territory, which is first place of the Dek Elite division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to L-S Vienneau of the Dek Lanaudiere. Limiting the Dek Boucherville to only one goal says a lot about your goaltender. Vienneau was sound , calm and collective displaying a stellar performance in net.
Monday September 6 (Division 2 Quarter finals)
RCGT late push not enough, Hart Foundation advance
In an intense series where both teams made great mistakes and great plays , the Hart Foundation held on through a chaotic final frame to punch a ticket to the next round. It was clear that both teams seemed unwillingly to take even one step back when it comes to intensity and will to win. The Hart Foundation had the advantage entering game two after C.Doulis showed how its done to fake out a goaltender and bury perhaps his biggest goal of the season so far. That tally made the difference in the shootout of game one which inspired the Hart Foundation to start off strong in game two. They rode a 3-0 lead, and appeared to be in good shape until A.Toure and S.Ruggiero pushed back hard netting two very quick tallies. It looked like the series was awaken-from there, but that all eventually changed when B.Travisano buried a pair of late goals to put his club through to the semi finals. Travisano was a heavy contributor offensively collecting four points while P.Delli Colli was firm as a rock making one save look easier than the other.
(2)Hart Foundation vs RCGT Knights(1) S.O Game 1
(2)RCGT Knights vs Hart Foundation(5) Game 2
Experience pays off for Classics
The discrepancy in playoff experience between these two teams is so astronomical it cant be measured. Many things needed to go right for the HC Jokerit if they planned on extending their season . By falling behind early in game one, the HC Jokerit felt the frustrations of trying to get back into the game for how tight the Classics were playing. There chances were limited as were their solutions. After the game was said and done, a fresh start was much needed for the HC Jokerit. And despite getting on board first, some costly penalties came to haunt them in the end. The Classics, when given space are a lethal force with the man advantage. Three of their goals came on the power play with G.DeMarinis blasting two by H.Psaroudis, who was brilliant keeping his club in the game. Maybe it wasn’t there time, but the HC Jokerit are on a path to make the leap for a better run. For now, the Classics look determined as their quest for success will be nothing less than celebrating a championship.
(2)HC Jokerit vs The Classics(5) Game 1
(6)The Classics vs HC Jokerit(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night in division 2 goes to Paolo Delli Colli of the Hart Foundation. In order to go far, your goaltender needs to be stellar. Delli Colli provided confidence for his club in front of him with his calm presence and solid performance making plenty of key saves.
With the quarter finals all wrapped up, four teams are now left over in the second division. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Degenerates vs The Classics(5) Both these teams had a relatively tame regular season when playing each other. However, the same wont be said for there next encounters. There will be no love in this bitter rival as the Classics will seek payback for how things ended in last seasons playoffs. The Degenerates need to take them extremely serious and play up to their maximum potential if they want to hold on to their bragging rights.
(2)1 Timer vs Hart Foundation(3) Tough one to predict. If both teams show up stacked, the Hart Foundation need a revolving game plan on certain players-from the 1 Timer such as P-A Surprenant and M.Carpentier. On the flip side, the 1 Timer will need to be cautious on how M.Stoico will dictate the pace and back end for the Hart Foundation. Goaltending is a wash which leaves only the will to compete-from the two sides.
Division 1 semi final
E.Harnois powers Orient past Bad Guys inc on a flurry of goals
Going into game one, the Bad Guys inc needed to do a few things to get a win against the Orient. Neutralise their top guns, and play a tight defensive game. They did neither of that. Instead, E.Harnois and M.David each scored twice and the Bad Guys inc defense was nowhere to be seen. Luckily enough there was a game two looming for the Bad Guys inc, who managed to adjust and make a series of it. They didn’t quite get the start they wanted falling behind 2-0, but that didn’t hold them back as J.Mandracchia and P.Jacques responded to even the score. It looked like they found enough solutions to keep the series tight, and have a shot at extending it into a game three, except for one variable, E.Harnois. The series ultimately ended with E.Harnois netting all three markers in a close 3-2 decision. The skilled forward broke a late 2-2 tie right after T.Chouinard stoned his opponent on several occasions making brilliant saves. The Orient felt good about their game and look to be prepared heading into their greatest challenge facing the Punishers in the final. There is no secrets on what they need to do. The dangers are evident when you have a K.Kuczmarski, C.Gingras and P.Karvouriaris on the same team. It’s a question of how to limit the damage while seeking production-from your top end guys such as M.David and E.Harnois. Both teams are complete on all three areas which will suggest for an interesting final.
(2)Bad Guys inc vs Orient(7) Game 1
(3)Orient vs Bad Guys inc(2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Harnois of the Orient. This is a case that can be argued how one player sometimes makes the entire difference. After opening and closing the scoring in game one, Harnois was simply unstoppable posting all three markers in a tight 3-2 win to close out the series.
Wednesday September 1
RCGT Knights pairs wins over Family
Both games may not have mattered much for the standings but playing well before the real season starts can play a factor for the RCGT Knights moving forward. You always want to build on confidence, and what better way than to collect a pair of victories with only two mini games remaining in the regular season. F.Bchara was a contributing factor in the opening game posting two goals and an assist while S.Sauk allowed only one power play goal by M.Braun. The Family went through a similar start in the ensuing match giving up three goals, but managed to battle back early in the second period when M.Braun and M-A Dahha scored within two minutes. Neither side was than able to solve matters in regulation time. After sending three sharp shooters during the breakaways, M.Dupuis was the only one to figure out V.Teoli for the RCGT Knights.
(1)The Family vs RCGT Knights(4)
(4)RCGT Knights vs The Family(3) S.O
Thursday September 2
Fatal Demons finish strong in double rout of Dragons
Finishing strong was a point of emphasis for P.Santullo and the Fatal Demons. They started to pick it up as of the second period and did a great job controlling most of the play that resulted in three straight markers. M.Destounis bagged a pair, and M.Mavroudis collected his third point to cap off a 4-1 win. The Dragons entered the night in hopes of keeping their second seed for a first round bye. After missing out on some earlier points, the second game wasn’t much better. This time, the Fatal Demons got them early winning the frame 6-3.M.Mavroudis continued-from where he left off adding four more tallies. If the Dragons plan on making a run, their play without the ball will be an area they’ll need to address.
(1)Dragons vs Fatal Demons(4)
(9)Fatal Demons vs Dragons(5)
Pylons eventually get it done to secure a semi final spot
Thanks to the Fatal Demons capturing two wins over the Dragons, the Pylons needed only one win in order to secure a second place finish for a first round bye. With the first game favouring the Brewers thanks to a late marker by L.Bavellas, the standings just got more complicated leaving the second match up for grabs for the Brewers, who also had an equal shot for second place. It was only expected for this contest to be a grind with so much on the line. The Pylons carried a slight 3-2 lead until the latter stages of the game where they erupted with three straight markers. For a rare time this season, the Pylons had two full lines and will need a strong body count if they plan on heading to the big stage.
(3)Brewers vs Pylons(2)
(6)Pylons vs Brewers(2)
RCGT Knights edge out Carnage in high scoring affair
Apart-from one period in the second game where the RCGT Knights went up 3-2, the rest of the frames were dead even. Both sides exchanged three first period goals in the opener while trading one in the shootout. The second game was nearly as equal in what was a wild 7-6 decision favouring the RCGT Knights. S.Ruggiero was a force in the first match netting two markers while getting his clubs lone shootout goal .The offense was somewhat spread out by the second game with six different players taking turns finding the back of the net, except for G.Varrechione, who knotted back to back tallies in a very short span as part of a five point display. J.DeSua also chipped in five points while S.Azzi was the Carnage’s most productive player finishing with an impressive four goals and an assist in both games. The significance of these games didn’t have much bearing for the standings with the RCGT Knights isolated in fifth place and Carnage officially out of the post season.
(4)RCGT Knights vs Carnage(4) S.O
(6)Carnage vs RCGT Knights(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Mavroudis of the Fatal Demons. When he’s on his game, M.Mavroudis will dismantle almost any defense by using his reach and precise shot to bury his chances. Tonight, he posted five goals and three assists to help lead his club to a pair of easy wins.
The Master’s 35+ regular season came to an end on Thursday night. The Fatal Demons and the Pylons will skip round one and head straight to the semi finals for capturing the top two seeds. The quarter final match ups are as follows:
(3)The Dragons vs The Family(6) This series will be a tricky one depending on how many players show up for the Family. With a full team, and identifying the dangers-from the Dragons, the Family have a real shot at advancing if they play their cards right.
(4)Brewers vs RCGT Knights(5) Both sides have the elements for getting it done. The Brewers are difficult to play against for how structured they are and how well they play with the lead. The RCGT Knights will have to use a chess match approach and patiently wait for their chances to come, if not, look for the Brewers to advance.
Wednesday September 1 (Quarter finals)
Club Ecole Orient advance after shootout win over SBS Trashers
M.Morin converted the decisive breakaway on Wednesday night to help lift his club into the semi final round. You couldn’t have asked for a tighter series with both games decided by only one play. A.Fahra broke a 1-1 tie in game one, and the Club Ecole Orient pushed through the challenge of keeping the SBS Trashers off the score sheet with plenty of time left over. Both sides traded power play goals in game two in what was another low scoring affair which had to reach the dreaded shootout in order to decide a winner. It took the sixth round before M.Morin solved R.Pampena , who was brilliant giving his club every chance possible to extend the series. Throughout the large part of their season, the SBS Trashers put up a challenge against every opponent but often stuck finding themselves in the short end. All it took was a little play here and there to perhaps have shifted their fate. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t their season. As for the Club Ecole Orient, F.Nasser is pleased with the way things have been going, and knows very well that his club can take on anyone at this point on.
(2)Club Ecole Orient vs SBS Trashers(1) Game 1
(2)SBS Trashers vs Club Ecole Orient(3) Game 2
V.Pandza rescues Horsemen after concerning start
V.Pandza, captain of the Horsemen and author of many game winners in the past worked his magic posting his clubs biggest goal so far this season. The Horsemen looked down and out after receiving a thumping in game one losing 6-1 to the Snipers. H.Faour and his captain Ali Khanafer each scored twice, and the road appeared paved for a second straight win. However , the Horsemen found a way to adjust and came out desperate in order to salvage their season edging out the Snipers 4-3.D.Sarno potted the winner, and M.Vinciguerra erased an ugly game one in net to put his club back on track. Both sides had only twelve minutes to put forth their best hockey of the season if they planned on moving on. After an unfortunate call, the Snipers played with fire having to kill off a penalty. That opportunity was to much for the Horsemen not to take advantage of. V.Pandza seized the moment like many players who have the ability to strike when it hurts the most. His tally came fairly early which forced the Horsemen and M.Vinciguerra to bear down and suffocate the Snipers offense.
(1)Horsemen vs Snipers(6) Game 1
(3)Snipers vs Horsemen(4) Game 2
(1)Horsemen vs Snipers(0) game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. Timing is everything and the Horsemen captain couldn’t have scored at a better time to cap off an incredible night.
This concludes the quarter final round. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Assadi Consulting inc vs Horsemen(4) The Horsemen, like their opponent have the elements to pass through this round. Both sides will need to show up stacked, remain disciple and simply wait for their chances to come. Anything can happen in this series.
(2)Armos vs Club Ecole Orient(3) F.Nasser of the Club Ecole Orient knows who the dangers are-from the Armos. He will have to implement a cautious game plan, and instruct his teammates on who and how to guard the fire power the Armos have in their arsenal.
Monday August 30
M.Blais completes a significant late comeback for the 1 Timer
The 1 Timer entered tonight’s games in hopes of grabbing at least one win in order to secure a second place finish for a first round bye. They hoped to have taken care of business right away but a couple of very late goals by F.Casacalenda and A.Heinen forced them to try harder in the second encounter. The Classics remained in control taking the opening frame 3-2 before Y.Derohannessian riffled an early second period power play marker for a two goal cushion. Still, the 1 Timer didn’t throw in the towel just yet as they continued to build on every shift while imposing their will with enough time left over. S.Koch eventually pulled his club within one, and M.Carpentier managed to even the score leaving this contest up for grabs. It took only three minutes after that for M.Blais to break the tie and give the 1 Timer their first lead of the night. The Classics attempted to level by removing their goaltender for the extra attacker and nearly forced the extra time if not for F.Koch shutting the door. In the end, they attained their goal by avoiding a difficult first round quarter final match up.
(1)1 Timer vs the Classics(4)
(4)The Classics vs the 1 Timer(5)
Degenerates put forth strong regular season finish
The Degenerates were taking a cautious approach to their regular season finale, by playing loose and confident knowing they didn’t really have anything to play for but pride. And because of it, they put forth a stellar effort behind some strong performances-from every area of their line up. The defence contributed offensively, S.Marricco had his usual finding the back of the net on several occasions along with S.Morante controlling his net allowing only three goals in two games. The RCGT Knights kept it close in the beginning but found themselves unable to keep up with their man resulting in many odd man plays. The open space was there for the taking and the Degenerates made sure to capitalise enough times to put the games out of reach.
(3)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(6)
(5)Degenerates vs RCGT Knights(0)
HC Jokerit will build off two very close losses to higher division Bad Guys inc
They may not have gotten the right results, but the HC Jokerit will use tonight’s end to their season as a positive entering next weeks playoffs. Both their games were decided by only one goal-from a team that’s in a higher category. There was no doubt they matched up pretty well against them and the effort was clearly there. The Bad Guys inc squeezed out their first win thanks to G.Amorosa’s second period tally, and took the second encounter by building a 4-1 lead that almost slipped away. P.Jacques banked the winner after three other teammates did the scoring for the Bad Guys inc. Prior to tonight’s games, the Bad Guys inc trailed the Orient in the standings by only three points and will now leap frog into second place to cap off the season.
(1)HC Jokerit vs Bad Guys inc(2)
(4)Bad Guys inc vs HC Jokerit(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. The goal scoring machine added five more tallies to help lead his club to another pair of wins.
The regular season for Divisions 1 & 2 came to an end on Monday night. The Punishers will head straight to the final for finishing first in Division 1 while the Bad Guys inc will take on the Orient in the semi finals. Look for your typical sound playoff game between these two clubs. Both are solid and structured with some fire power up front. As in most cases when two really good teams go at it, goaltending will be the determining factor. G.Barkley and T.Chouinard are as good as it gets.
Division 2 playoff structure is as follows:
(2) 1 Timer Bye
(3) Hart Foundation vs RCGT Knights(6) S.Sauk knows he has to be good for the RCGT Knights in order to have a chance. If the net minder rises to the occasion, and the team buys into playing for one another, the Hart Foundation will need to work for every inch if they plan on moving ahead.
(4)HC Jokerit vs The Classics(5) Here you have a case of many years of experience going up against a younger squad. It will really be up to the HC Jokerit to implement certain aspects to their game. Since they have the speed and resilience as an advantage, other variables will be key such as defensive awareness, discipline, and perhaps the most important being confident as a group.
Thursday August 26
Fatal Demons on cruise control in rout of Carnage
With 1st place already locked up for the Fatal Demons, and with the playoffs just around the corner, captain P.Santullo wanted to make sure his troops were sharp and firing on all cylinders. Their offence was primed and ready on this night, but Carnage didn’t help themselves by having no changes as well as forcing their captain F.Pace to strap on some goalie pads and get between the pipes to face the Fatal Demon onslaught. Game 1 started well for Carnage, who scored the opening goal, but it was all downhill after that, as the Fatal Demons stormed back scoring 6 unanswered goals with K.Araujo leading the way with a hat trick. Game 2 had a similar story line as 5 different goal scorers got on the board for the Fatal Demons on their way to a 7-3 rout, as Carnage simply couldn’t find the energy to compete vs a quality opponent who came with a stacked bench. Give credit to F.Pace who took the initiative to go in nets to try and help his team, but ultimately the Fatal Demons were just too much too handle and they will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
(6) Fatal Demons vs Carnage (1)
(7) Fatal Demons vs Carnage (3)
Pylons & RCGT Knights split games in intense battle
Whenever there’s a battle between two teams that know each other as well as these teams do, there’s a lot of strategy and planning that goes into each approach, like a chess match. In 2 tightly contested match-ups, the intensity and physicality were turned up a notch as both teams groom themselves for the upcoming playoffs. Game 1 saw the RCGT Knights take a 2-0 lead after the 1st period, only to see it all unravel after the Pylons scored 3 unanswered goals in a 70 second time span to ultimately win the game 4-2. With the bitter taste of Game 1 still in their mouths, the RCGT Knights regrouped and came out strong to start Game 2. They grabbed an early lead and never looked back, even when the Pylons reduced the deficit to 1 goal. S.Sauk and his troops prevented the Pylons from further damage and held onto the lead to prevail 4-3, thus splitting the series. There was a lot of back and forth in these games, with both teams trading scoring chances, chirping, chippiness and plenty of opportunities in what was a tune-up for the playoffs for both teams.
(4) Pylons vs RCGT Knights (2)
(4) RCGT Knights vs Pylons (3)
Dragons find their offence vs The Family and take care of business
The Dragons surely had revenge on their minds tonight as it wasn’t that long ago that the Family held their potent offense off the scoresheet and surely captain J.DeStefano planned for a different outcome this time around. Sure enough, The Family employed their usual defensive minded strategy for Game 1 in what was a tightly contested affair that went the Dragons way with A.Henein credited the game winner for a 2-1 victory . Game 2 was a different story however as both teams decided to open the offence, with the Dragons thoroughly outshooting the Family. The Dragons held a 2-1 lead after the 1st period, but then both teams combined for 6 goals in the 2nd frame, which saw the Dragons complete the sweep with a 6-3 victory with 5 different goal scorers tickling the twine. The two game sweep helped the Dragons hang onto their 2nd place in the tight standings and as far as the Family goes, they’ll need to come with a full squad come playoff time and as its often said, in the playoffs, anything can happen.
(2) Dragons vs The Family (1)
(6) Dragons vs The Family (3)
SalumiVino of the week: A.Henein, the gritty skilled forward who led the Dragons to a sweep of the Family with his overall game, as well as scoring the game winner in game 1.
Thursday August 26
SBS Trashers cant catch a break, Assadi Consulting inc bank points for first place
While the Assadi consulting inc are looking to secure a first place bye, the SBS Trashers entered tonight’s contests in survival mode hoping to participate in the playoffs. There was no doubt the pressure was on the SBS Trashers, who had to put it all on the line in what was their biggest challenge so far this season. Things appeared to be headed in the right direction when J.Scalia and F.Gentile took turns beating P.Assadi for a 3-2 lead . By that point, R.Pampena was heavily relied on, and despite how well he played in net, there is only so much your goaltender can do. The Assadi Consulting inc eventually responded with two goals off the blade of J.Courteau to regain the lead. The loss was devastating but the opportunity of rebounding was still up for grabs for the Trashers. Unfortunately, a repeat of what just transpired occurred in the second match with the M.Mavroudis striking late snapping a 2-2 tie for the Assadi Consulting inc. The SBS Trashers played well enough to have grabbed at least one victory but are now stuck hoping for some help in the games between the Unknown and the Armos.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Assadi Consulting inc(4)
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs SBS Trashers(2)
F.Nasser upping his game at the right time for the Club Ecole Orient
There was no question the Club Ecole Orient’s captain was fired up on Thursday night. F.Nasser keeps on wanting to do more game in and game out and tonight was proof of it as his monster performance led to a tie and a win over the Horsemen. He was definitely at his best scoring twice in the first game along with providing a shootout marker to ensure the tie. His second game was just as deadly accumulating four points to help lead his club en route to a 5-2 decision. The Club Ecole Orient had their best moment in the first period of the second match where they rode a four goal splash. B.Cabral contributed as well capping his night on three goals and an assist. Considering they were only six players, the Club Ecole Orient can be a dark horse if they show up with a deeper line up in the playoffs.
(4)Horsemen vs Club Ecole Orient(4) S.O
(5)Club Ecole Orient vs Horsemen(2)
Assadi Consulting inc cap off perfect night on 4 victories
The Assadi Consulting felt relaxed having no pressure to try and win their games versus the Snipers. And because of it, things just fell into play naturally as they had no issues taking a convincing 6-0 win to jump start their mini series with the Snipers. Y.Gazura led the charge up front with a hat trick, and P.Assadi stopped 17 shots for a shutout. The Snipers struggled to get much offense going and the second match wasn’t any different with no solutions on how to break down the Assadi Consulting inc defense and goaltender. They did manage to keep it very close for the large part but eventually fell further behind when J.Courteau fed an empty cage for a 3-0 lead. Courteau added another empty net marker to complete his hat trick in what was a dominant five point display.
(1)Snipers vs Assadi Consulting inc(6)
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Snipers(0)
Unknown couldn’t put it together at most crucial time of the season
The opportunity was there for the Unknown to control there own fate on whether or not they clinch a playoff spot. All they needed was a couple of points vs the Armos , who didn’t have a deep line up. By the time the first period ended, the Unknown were stuck looking at their second match knowing that a 5-0 deficit was unlikely to overcome. Y.Derohannessian and N.Chiminian went on an absolute tear combining for eight points during that stretch. Both players didn’t slow down in their next encounter, especially Derohannessian, who added three more goals and a pair of assists. For the Unknown, it was just a bad finish unable to contain some key players-from the Armos, which saw some sloppy plays and turnovers at such a critical point in the season. The two wins does place the Armos all alone in second place where they will skip the first round and get a direct pass to the semi finals.
(2)Unknown vs Armos(6)
(7)Armos vs Unknown(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of the Club Ecole Orient. The captain sent a strong message right before the playoffs to his teammates that he will be ready to play. The skilled d-man scored in the shootout as part of a six point performance that included four goals.
Tonight concluded the regular season for the Wednesday/Thursday division. The Assadi Consulting inc along with the Armos will go straight to the semi finals for capturing the top two seeds. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Club Orient Ecole vs SBS Trashers(6) If F.Nasser will judge his opponent on their regular season record, than he and his club will be in trouble. R.Pampena is as good as it gets between the pipes, and when you have a pair of lethal threats up front such as J.Scalia and F.Gentile, anything is possible. Its up to the Club Ecole Orient to use their strengths by playing a structured fore-checking and defensive game if they plan to move on.
(4)Horsemen vs Snipers(5) It will come down to which Snipers team shows up. Sometimes they’ll impress and sometimes they look very ordinary. Ali Khanafer will need to figure out the Horsemen’s strengths and weaknesses and use it to their advantage, if not , look for the Horsemen to prevail.
Tuesday August 24
Centre SportXpo pull away in final frame to rout Dek St-Eustache/St-Jerome
(7)Centre SportXpo vs Dek St-Eustache/St-Jerome(0)
The Centre SportXpo knew they needed some time to put it together. With everyone stepping it up, it showed that their lines were connecting and that chemistry is the reason why many different players found the back of the net. Despite the lopsided score, the Dek St-Eustache didn’t make things easy for a large portion of the game. It was perhaps P.Chery’s goal for a 3-0 lead in the final frame that convinced both sides were this game was headed. The Centre SportXpo stuck to their system by being quick and maintaining ball possession which eventually led to an onslaught of tallies. J.Mandracchia didn’t score but did set up three different teammates while F.Gagnon was stellar to earn a shutout. As for the Dek St-Eustache, it seems like adversity is hitting them between the eyes as a group. Although they put up a decent challenge early on, its just not enough over the long haul.
Le Rinque pull off stunning comeback
(2)Dek Lanaudiere vs Le Rinque(3)
The leadership group and Le Rinque as a whole, turned what was a 25 minute snoozer on their part to an impressive one minute comeback. K.Kuczmarski took a lesson-from Sydney Crosby’s playbook, and scored a highlight real goal to finally put his club on board. Unfortunately for the Dek Lanaudiere, that was the beginning of the end for a side that couldn’t have asked for a better game till that point. It took only moments after for F.Caisse and C.Ghilarducci to flip the script and turn a forgettable game into an unforgettable finish. Le Rinque have had comebacks before, and had some talks during their breaks in between periods of which revolved around them shooting more and riding themselves off the fancy stuff. They may not have always played dominant throughout the season, but Le Rinque have that ability to find ways due to their offensive capabilities, and tonight was just another example that its never over when playing them. The Dek Lanaudiere found this out and will need to shake it out of their system knowing they played well enough to earn the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Ghilarducci of Le Rinque. After setting up the equaliser, the lanky d-man went a step further providing his club a huge tie breaking goal that stood for the winner.
Monday August 23
Hart Foundation bounce back after letting lead slip away
The Hart Foundation got the start they were looking for, but just couldn’t seal the deal, at least not in their first game. It did feel that it was only a question of time for a team that hit the goal post five times before they would crack the barrier. The late comeback occurred when S.Koch and J.Guye-Perrault scored with under three minutes left in the game. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Hart Foundation made it a point to play a full two period game. They once again got the start the they wanted and made sure to not repeat the same mistake keeping the 1 Timer off the sheet for as long as possible. D.Sarno ,A.Monteleone and M.Stoico each scored to provide a comfortable cushion, and P.Delli Colli was sound in net allowing only a fairly late power play goal to beat him. By splitting both games, the 1 Timer have given themselves a very good chance to grab second place which will enable them to capture a first round bye.
(2)Hart Foundation vs 1 Timer(3)
(1)1 Timer vs Hart Foundation(3)
D.Charbonneau is doing something right, nets natural hat trick, Degenerates stifle Classics
D.Charbonneau scored a natural hat trick, S.Morante allowed only one goal in two games, and the Degenerates were glad to pick up two clean wins. With the victories, the Degenerates will skip the first round and wait in the semi finals for their opponent. This was a first of two in their double header night. D.Charbonneau picked up from-where he left off making it clear that his player of the game in the Masters 35+ division was no coincidence. All three of his goals came in the 3-0 win for the active d-man. The second match saw the offense spread out with four different players scoring for the Degenerates. S.Morante was solid in his 47 save performance allowing only one tally-from K.Araujo. The Classics may not be pleased for where they sit in the standings, but they know well enough how dangerous they’ll be when a full squad shows up for the playoffs.
(3)Degenerates vs The Classics(0)
(1)The Classics vs Degenerates(4)
K.Kuczmarski last minute heroics puts exclamation point vs Orient
K.Kuczmarski wasn’t about to let the Punishers go the full distance in deciding who has a better skill set during the shootout. Instead, he put the Punishers on his back and came up clutch twice to pull the rug-from under the Orients feet. After beating the buzzer in the opening frame to snap a 3-3 tie, Kuczmarski haunted the Orient for a second straight game, this time breaking a 4-4 tie with just over two minutes remaining. Sure, its never fun for a team that kept both games close like the Orient did throughout the entire four periods, but the problem was containing the usual suspects. K.Kuczmarski, P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingars are just that lethal. All three combined for an impressive 17 points. Even though the Orient dropped both games, they know that they can compete with the Punishers. When games are decided late like in tonight’s case, anything can happen when you tweak a little thing or two. For now, F.Nasser will need to focus on how to beat the Bad Guys inc before he worries about a potential game plan versus the Punishers.
(4)Punishers vs Orient(3)
(4)Orient vs Punishers(5)
D.Greco catch’s fire with seven out of a possible eight points
Its always nice to have your back end be very effective in both zones of the court. The Degenerates create plenty of offense-from their defense which makes life a lot easier for their forwards to produce. D.Greco is one example as the quick d-man notched two goals for a 3-0 win. He later assisted on four tallies while netting one himself to help lead the Degenerates to a second win over the HC Jokerit. A.Lanni benefited twice, and D.Charbonneau decided to chip in adding another marker. The Degenerates had played earlier on versus the Classics making this encounter with the HC Jokerit their fourth game of the night. In eight periods of hockey, the Degenerates allowed only one single tally. That is an area they need to focus on if they plan to reach their ultimate goal.
(3)Degenerates vs HC Jokerit(0)
(0)HC Jokerit vs Degenerates(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of the Punishers. If there is one player that will make the difference between winning and losing hockey games, K.Kuczmarski is that player. The Punishers took two very close wins vs the Orient thanks to Kuczmarski’s seven points that included two back breaking winners.
Thursday August 19
Flood gates open for Fatal Demons, Family unable to hang on
The Family was able to put it all out there early on having to deal with barely enough players in their line up. They had a really good first period grabbing a 2-0 early lead and were able to box out the Fatal Demons limiting any high risk chances towards their net minder. Then, fatigue kicked in and their night was over. The Fatal Demons took control-from that point on winning the next three frames by a decisive margin. That’s the difference when one team rolls three lines versus a side with only one change. M.Mavroudis and S.Marricco, two natural goal scorers each tallied twice in the first match. The next encounter was expected to go in the same direction, this time with the Fatal Demons getting the better star. Again, Marricco buried a pair while K.Araujo opened and closed the scoring for the Fatal Demons.
(2)The Family vs Fatal Demons(8)
(8)Fatal Demons vs The Family(1)
Momentum takes a wild turn after slow start for Brewers
The game stared perfectly for the RCGT Knights roaring off to a 4-1 first period lead. They looked dominant and appeared ready to play up until the Brewers decided to get angry and take over with authority. Unable to hold onto a 4-1 lead, the RCGT Knights paid the price by taking their foot off the gas while handing the Brewers some golden power play opportunities. A.Papazian came up clutch twice nothing the equaliser along with the winner late in the game. This result was a classic case of momentum swinging in one direction. The Brewers continued-from where they left off, and the RCGT Knights never fully recovered, perhaps still thinking about what went wrong. It took just over ten minutes for the Brewers to put the game completely out of reach on a six goal tear. D.Verta had a monster game striking five times, and the Brewers ended the night earlier than usual due to the seven goal mercy rule.
(5)Brewers vs RCGT Knights(4)
(2)RCGT Knights vs Brewers(9)
Secretary of defense D.Charbonneau owns the court
He’s done it throughout most of his ball hockey career, D.Charbonneau has that ability to create offense-from the back end and tonight was just another display of what he’s’ capable of. Both teams faced off in an even playing field as both sides had to manage a very short bench. With that, the Pylons still dictated the pace storming out to a 5-1 first period lead. D.Charbonneau had already completed his hat trick before adding his fourth goal in the next frame. Carnage was hoping to adjust in the ensuing match but things didn’t really change much. Once again, the Pylons managed a better start with Charbonneau haunting his opponent on two more tallies. A.Toure was also very productive collecting a total of seven points. Carnage failed to take advantage of a depleted line up having only one spare themselves as their playoff hopes are fading away with only two weeks remaining.
(4)Carnage vs Pylons(6)
(7)Pylons vs Carnage(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dan Charbonneau of the Pylons. It was just an incredible night for the defenseman. His ten points that included six goals definitely helped capture two important wins for a team aiming for a second place bye.
Wednesday August 18
SBS Trashers drop crucial points, Armos aiming high with 2 wins
If the SBS Trashers intend on participating in the playoffs, they would have to find a way to at least grab some points versus the Armos. It was definitely a big test with so much on the line. Mathematically, the situation favours the SBS Trashers under the condition that they get the job done. Instead, the worse case scenario came to fruition. They dropped both their games and were stuck losing out on two of there better skilled players entering the second match. The Armos on the other hand were feeling pretty good about themselves. After taking a close 4-2 win, the second match was in their total control. A.Kizirian’s soft hands were in full display scoring two incredible goals that only few players are capable of. He did get help-from his captain Y.Derohannessian, who was the architect behind setting up three markers while adding one himself. The two wins will put the Armos in a great spot to try and isolate one of the top two seeds for a first round bye.
(2)SBS Trashers vs Armos(4)
(6)Armos vs SBS Trashers(2)
Club Ecole Orient cant execute in lackluster losses to Snipers
You cant give up six goals and make mistakes if you plan on winning too many games. The Club Ecole Orient put on a dismal performance Wednesday, falling twice against a team that they are very familiar with. After dropping the opener in a landslide, the second match wasn’t any better, with the Snipers continuing -from where they left off. They managed to win every period and allowed only one goal when B.Cabral beat M.St-Laurent for a rare time. H.Awada led the charge sparking a hat trick in the first encounter while A.Saleh was vital for the second win posting two out of the Snipers three goals. Playing with a short bench clearly didn’t help for the Club Ecole Orient, and things only look to get more complicated as they take on the Assadi Consulting inc in their double header night.
(1)Club Ecole Orient vs Snipers(6)
(3)Snipers vs Club Ecole Orient(0)
Unknown remain in basement with time running out
Put plainly, the Unknown couldn’t do enough with their short bench on Wednesday night. They defaulted the first game before able to floor a team with no spares. Unless they struck first and got lights out goaltending, the end result was inevitable. The Horsemen eventually got on board with two first period goals before pulling away adding six more for the easy win. P.Sidhom and D.Sarno each notched a pair and M.Vinciguerra sweated more because of the humidity rather than having to make many saves. The Unknown are in a desperate situation trying to capture a playoff spot. With the SBS Trashers dropping both their earlier games, tonight’s results came as a missed opportunity for the Unknown, who will need some help if they plan to get in.
(3)Horsemen vs Unknown(0) Default
(1)Unknown vs Horsemen(8)
Double header night takes its toll on Club Ecole Orient
It was there second game of a double header night and the Club Ecole Orient just didn’t have it long enough to steal some points. To their credit, they led considerably in both games but couldn’t hold off long enough as the Assadi Consulting inc crossed the finish line first due to their persistency. The comeback effort was led by six different scorers in the opening game, but more specifically by D.Demarais in the second match as the forward scored twice before setting up M.Gagnon twice on two very late goals. The Club Ecole Orient did nearly everything right except for trying to close out the two games. There tendency to keep pushing with the lead came to bite them in the end. That aggressive style enabled the Assadi Consulting inc to cause turnovers which resulted in some odd man rushes. Overall, it was a solid effort for F.Nasser and his depleted line up having to play a total of eight mini games in only three hours.
(3)Club Ecole Orient vs Assadi Consulting inc(6)
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs Club Ecole Orient(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to H.Awada of the Snipers. The forward was a constant threat and a handful for his opponent in both games. Awada collected four goals and a helper to lead his club over their rival.
Tuesday August 16
Centre SportXpo light up Dek Lanaudiere with 4 goal second period
(3)Dek Lanaudiere vs Centre SportXpo(6)
The Centre SportXpo used a big second period when they got goals-from P.Chery,J-F Di Iorio, J-P Moquin and T.Lafleur to break the game open. Despite their decent start, the Dek Lanaudiere looked disorganized during that span as they fell apart giving up a key shorthanded marker-from Moquin. Getting contributions-from all different goal scorers can sometimes make it difficult for an opponent to neutralize their offense. Once an opponent needs only to strangle one forward line offensively to hold down a team, they become much easier to stop and contain. In this particular game, the Dek Lanaudiere had to deal with a team relying on chemistry rather than a particular player or line combination. The message was sent loud and clear-from T.Iannitto that it was time for every member of the CentreSportXpo to step up and provide that essential balanced scoring in order to get the job done. J-P Moquin and M.Dettore were a juggernaut throughout the entire match for the CentreSportXpo as was W.Desrosiers, who continues to impress for the Dek Lanaudiere.
Dek Boucherville get scoring balance in rout of Dek St-Eustache
(6)Dek Boucherville vs Dek St-Eustache/St-Jerome(4)
Part of the key reasons why the Dek Boucherville are doing this well is their ability to get an overall contribution throughout their line-up. Tonight’s win featured six different players finding the back of the net on a roster of only two complete lines. Even though the Dek St-Eustache didn’t get the result they were hoping for, there was no question that they came to challenge a solid hockey team. It was clearly one of their better efforts as they looked ready to work getting a fine performance-from their net minder G.Vermette and O.Laberge, who struck twice in the loss. But high powered offenses tend to find a way to hurt you, and the Dek Boucherville did just that in the short span of eight minutes. Five out of their six goals came as of the eight minute mark of the first period that saw S.Lachapelle strike late in the frame on a tally that ultimately held for the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jean Philip Moquin of the Centre SportXpo. It was just a remarkable effort-from the Centre SportXpo’s dynamic forward. J-P Moquin was all over the court collecting three points that included a big shorthanded goal.
Monday August 16
Hart Foundation put up solid challenge vs heavy favourite Punishers
If there is one thing teams learned over the season is that the Punishers don’t have issues scoring goals. The Hart Foundation understood this which forced them to trade chances in order to keep it competitive. After a slow start flooring a depleted line-up, the writing was already on the wall for the Hart Foundation, who dug themselves in an early hole with nobody to rescue them. The second game was very different that saw both sides trade plenty of shots that featured high end chances. Once P.Karvouriaris buried his second, the Punishers felt confident riding a two goal lead with four minutes remaining. Normally, they would be putting games out of reach long before that, but credit to the Hart Foundation as they stuck through it for nearly the entire game.
(2)Hart Foundation vs Punishers (6)
(6)Punishers vs Hart Foundation (2)
Orient use 5 second period goal explosion to down Classics
One good period just didn’t cut it for the Classics. It looked as though these teams would have kept it close but that just wasn’t the case with the Orient outplaying the Classics as of the second period. In only two minutes and change, the Classics fell apart and never really recovered the rest of the way. M.David and H.Awada contributed with a pair of goals each and T.Chouinard was nearly flawless expect for once during the two games. The Classics didn’t help their cause in the ensuing match as some lack of disciple sent them to the penalty box too many times. Two out of the Orient’s three goals came with the man advantage courtesy of H.Awada and A.Sayed, and for a second straight game, T.Chouinard was rock solid preserving a clean sheet.
(1)The Classics vs Orient(5)
(3)Orient vs The Classics(0)
S.Ruggiero blasts late winner, RCGT Knights avenge earlier loss to Bad Guys inc
The RCGT Knights turned back the Bad Guys earlier win on a late rally to split their mini-series. Both tallies had eyes as V.Mancini and S.Ruggiero riffled two beauties giving G.Barkley almost no chance. When games are played this tight, anything could happen at any given time. The RCGT Knights, despite dropping a very close contest knew they had it in them to return the favour. It looked like the Bad Guys inc had them on the ropes until the tides shifted almost instantaneously. Special teams played a significant role with A.Lepore striking twice on the power play as did J.Mandracchia. On the flipside, T.Spano got the RCGT Knights on board first with a shorthanded marker. Winning against a team-from the higher division will definitely go a long way for the RCGT Knights, who appear to look ready with the playoffs looming around the corner.
(2)RCGT Knights vs Bad Guys inc(3)
(2)Bad Guys inc vs RCGT Knights(3)
Degenerates struggle on 1-Timer’s fore-checking pressure
One of the more structured teams of the division, the 1 Timer played their games the right way on Monday night versus the Degenerates. The formula wasn’t complicated, but very effective. The Degenerates found out how frustrating it was going up against a side that just didn’t stop getting in their face. Every play was a battle and the space was limited leaving barely any time to keep the ball long enough. The 1 Timer forced their opponent to turn the ball over, and in doing so, capitalised enough times to take the series lead. Much of the second match resembled the first one, except this time the Degenerates got their little run notching three goals in only over a minute. That small sequence enabled them to squeak out a nail biter against a team that was without two key pieces. Even though the games split, the 1 Timer showed how effective they are, and will continue to be a thorn as the season winds down. P-A Surprenant keeps finding a way posting three big goals for the 1 Timer while F.Koch was stellar making plenty of key stops. As for the Degenerates, S.Marricco and D.Charbonneau shared three goals each.
(3)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(5)
(5)1 Timer vs Degenerates(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tommy Chouinard of the Orient. After facing 36 shots, the net minder was nearly perfect allowing all but one tally.
At the Canadian Championships in Calgary, Alberta the Montreal Machine win the bronze medal in the Masters division.Congratulations to all players and staff Francois Chalut Normand Plouffe.
Wednesday August 12
Snipers sail past Unknown with ease
The Snipers did everything right in their two game sweep versus the Unknown. By playing defense first, playing hard in front of your own net and blocking that occasional shot here and there will eventually lead to your offense clicking. In both games, the Snipers dominated play with and without the ball. The team effort was led by five different goal scorers in the opening game with H.Atoui credited the winner followed with a similar display in the following match that still had five different players finding the back of the net with the exception of A.Sayed ,who posted back to back tallies in just over a minute. The Unknown started the night off with a short bench, and despite adding a couple of pieces in the second encounter, things didn’t get any better as they gave up a bunch of early goals only to find themselves in a very deep hole.
(2)Unknown vs Snipers(5)
(6)Snipers vs Unknown(2)
After slow start, SBS Trashers smother Horsemen to level mini series
All it took was for one very good period of hockey for both teams to walk out with a victory. The Horsemen did it in the first period of the opening game while the SBS Trashers saved their best for last posting five tallies in the final frame of the night. P.Sidhom opened and closed the scoring for the Horsemen, and M.Vinciguerra earned a shutout after facing 16 shots. In hopes of carrying their momentum , the Horsemen faced a very different Trashers team. The SBS Trashers were able to wrestle off any momentum-from the suddenly shaky Horsemen on a dominant performance. Although the game was very close after one period tied up at two goals a piece, the SBS Trashers were able to put it into gear and blow past their opponent by the final frame. E.Panzera and J.Scalia were arguably a major reason why the offense clicked as both players collected hat tricks.
(0)SBS Trashers vs Horsemen(4)
(4)Horsemen vs SBS Trashers(7)
Assadi Consulting inc erupt after tight battle with Armos
Playing with a lead often goes a long way when you have two structured teams going at it. The Armos found a way to strike first and in doing so forced the Assadi Consulting in to figure out a response. The problem with that quick push back only led to more odd man rushes-from the Armos, who benefited for a second time thanks to A.Berberyan widening the margin by two. Y.Gazuri did pull his club within one but that was all they managed against a tight knitted side. The second match had a completely different storyline. This time, the Assadi Consulting inc got on board first which now forced the Armos to take more risks. Unfortunately, things only got worse rather than getting better. The Assadi Consulting inc made sure to bury their chances and capitalised enough times to deflate the game. M.Gagnon scored twice, and S.Fraga shared the win in net along with his counter part R.Ricaurte, who was stellar in the first encounter.
(3)Armos vs Assadi Consulting inc(1)
(7)Assadi Consulting inc vs Armos(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Panzera of the SBS Trashers. With his club looking down and out, Panzera went on an absolute tear accumulating five points that included a hat trick.
Monday August 9
Depleted 1 Timer couldn’t keep Bad Guys inc in check
They were flat early, and couldn’t fully recover losing both their games in a landslide to the Bad Guys inc. Tonight was just a bad situation, and set of unfortunate circumstances for the 1 Timer. Its never easy going up against the top division teams, especially when missing three crucial forwards that would have surely created some decent chances throughout the two games. Maybe they don’t get the right result, but they would have at least avoided the embarrassing seven goal mercy rule. The Bad Guys inc did come loaded on the other hand with a near full roster and it showed-from the get go that they were better prepared. It doesn’t often happen, but seven different players found the back of the net in the opening win. The same could nearly be said for the second match where six different goal scorers struck leaving only J.Cardinal as the only multi goal scorer of the night. After facing a total of 18 shots in four periods, G.Barkley walked away with a perfect sheet earning two shutouts.
(7)Bad Guys inc vs 1 Timer(0)
(0) 1 Timer vs Bad Guys inc(7)
RCGT Knights fall twice despite comeback in first game
Apart-from one period, the RCGT Knights couldn’t challenge well enough against the Hart Foundation. M.Stoico broke a 2-2 tie for the Hart Foundation right after F.Bchara and D.Vaccarro had evened the score for the RCGT Knights. The discouraging finish didn’t get better in the second game where the Hart Foundation took control on two quick first period goals. T.Oliveira made sure to take any sort of life from- his opponent by posting his second for a 3-0 lead leaving only a hand full of minutes on the clock. That marker provided a jolt to the Hart Foundation bench as they knew they were on their way to a second straight win. P.Delli Colli was stellar throughout both games facing a total of 40 shots.
(3)Hart Foundation vs RCGT Knights(2)
(1)RCGT Knights vs Hart Foundation(4)
HC Jokerit depth couldn’t match up against high end talent
It just didn’t matter that the Punishers had one change up going against an army of young players that can wear you down with their speed and resiliency. In the end, they couldn’t contain K.Kuczmarski, who was able to constantly carve the HC Jokerit back end. In the first game alone, Kuczmarski participated in all six goals that included three feeds for C.Gingra’s hat trick. Normally teams would find a way to adjust after realising what just happened. And whether they realised it or not, the HC Jokerit couldn’t find a solution on how to slow down the dynamic duo. Much of the same thing carried into the second game with the Punishers creating a ton of chances. Once K.Kuczmarski netted his second for a 3-1 lead, the Punishers continued to control the game in a relaxed fashion waiting for their opportunities to arise. The HC Jokerit did actually manage a bunch of shots on net while generating some high end chances only to hit a wall between the pipes. P.Karvouriaris, if he isn’t scoring plenty of goals during a game, he is definitely able to prevent them as the net minder was brilliant for the Punishers.
(1)HC Jokerit vs Punishers(6)
(8)Punishers vs HC Jokerit(2)
Late goals lift Degenerates over Orient
Defense led both teams in a battle of the net minders when the Degenerates stymied the Orient twice on late goals. The game saw both sides play a tight man on man disciple style leaving only some crucial plays to decide the outcomes. For the Degenerates, that area fell in their favour with A.Lanni deciding matters in the first game followed with a sneaky move by L.Folini to cap off the second match in style. There was no doubt the Degenerates got invested in both games going up against a team-from the higher division. Games like this only make you better as the compete level needs to rise in order to challenge such clubs. After playing the higher division for three straight weeks , the Degenerates are pleased with their overall performance as they were able to collect nine out of a possible eighteen points.
(3)Degenerates vs Orient(2)
(3)Orient vs Degenerates(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to K.Kuczmarski of the Punishers. At times, it looked like Kuczmarski didn’t need teammates around him. His ability to control the ball for long stretches and in tight spaces led to a remarkable ten point performance.
Thursday August 5
Fatal Demons take both games in grueling match-up vs Brewers
This game gave us a prelude of what the playoffs would look like. These two teams are no strangers to each other and there was no love lost between them as the intensity was turned up a notch and there was plenty of chirping to go around. In two tightly contested affairs, game 1 went the Fatal Demons way with S.Marricco leading the way with 2 goals and a helper, while G.Vouloumanos chipped in with his own 2 goals and a helper for the Brewers. Game 2 was a different story as both teams focused on playing overall team defense and limiting the other’s opportunities. At the 14 second mark of the 2nd period and with the score tied at 0, K.Araujo’s eyes lit up like a beach ball when he found himself alone with the ball in the slot and rifled it past G.Platanitis leaving him no chance. There was still plenty of time for the Brewers to get on the board, but they just couldn’t muster up anything offensively as their high danger chances were few and far between and R.Ranieri pushed everything aside en route to earning the shutout. The Brewers left precious points on the board in what is a very tight battle in the standings, but knowing A.Lanni, he’ll surely make the necessary adjustments, regroup and rally his troops for the upcoming games.
(4) Fatal Demons vs Brewers (3)
(2) Fatal Demons vs Brewers (0)
Floodgates open for the Dragons as goals come fast & furious
Let’s just say that the Dragons had a very short memory and completely forgot about last week’s dismal and lack luster offensive performance and Carnage fell victim to their onslaught. In what was an offensive slugfest, the 2 teams combined for 23 goals in both games. The Dragons came out guns blazing and opened up their arsenal producing an incredible 15 goals as they scored fast and often to successfully sweep the two-game set. Their game plan was simple and effective, quick passing and fire everything on net. In one of the more dominant performances in recent memory, G.DeMarinis participated in 12 of their goals with a ridiculous 7 goal and 5 assist performance. Carnage knew how crucial these games were in terms of the standings and they could ill afford to surrender any points and so their playoff quest becomes that much harder. The Dragons on the other hand reclaimed 2nd place and demonstrated that they’re still a force within the division.
(7) Dragons vs Carnage (4)
(8) Dragons vs Carnage (4)
Pylons grab crucial points in tightly contested affair vs The Family
Regardless of their place in the standings, The Family will always provide an honest, solid, hard-working, defensive minded effort in their approach to their games, thus giving their opponents fits. Tonight was no different as they stuck to their game plan and didn’t deviate and battled till the bitter end with the Pylons in 2 hard fought games. Game 1 saw both teams tied at 2 goals apiece after 1 period, and with both goaltenders holding their own and not allowing any further goals in regulation, the dreaded shootout was required. Y.Derohannesian and M.Sasso respectfully were the only 2 shooters to beat the goaltenders and so they settled for a 3-3 draw. Game 2 was a different story however as The Family was able to hold onto a slim 1 goal lead for most of the game and just couldn’t find that crucial insurance marker to put the Pylons away and it would prove to be costly. The Pylons replicated in spectacular fashion, as they exploded for 3 goals in less than 40 seconds, demoralizing their opponent. The turning point in this contest may have been prior to the game as the crafty, ambidextrous veteran E.Allen was inserted into the line-up and provided an instant spark leading the way with a 3 point performance, which included 2 goals. Although they let precious points escape, The Family knows they can compete with any opponent in their division.
(3) Pylons vs The Family (3) S.O
(4) Pylons vs The Family (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Dragons. Just a monster performance for the spark plug that accumulated an impressive seven goals and five assists in both wins for the Dragons.
Thursday August 5
Snipers work ethic forces Assadi Consulting inc to fight for every inch
The Assadi Consulting inc entered their second game confident after closing out the Snipers 3-1 while looking to repeat a similar performance. It was at that point the Snipers decided to do something about it. And indeed they did by storming out of the gate posting three quick goals in only two minutes. As fast as it was, there was just too much time left over for any guarantees. The Snipers kept playing a sound defensive game by not giving much room for the Assadi Consulting inc attack to get anything going. They did a good job limiting the damage expect for one single minute where they collapsed giving up three straight goals. That sequence had both sides searching for the next big tally in order to grab the lead. Unable to get it done in regulation time, the Snipers had the last say by taking it in the shootout. Hadi Khanafer got his clubs lone tally while M.St-Laurent didn’t flinch denying three straight breakaways.
(3)Assadi Consulting inc vs Snipers(1)
(5)Snipers vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) S.O
Armos hot streak catching attention
The Armos hot streak continues with another pair of wins, this time versus the Unknown. Both sides played a tight checking affair in the first contest with A.Malkounian deciding matters late in the game for the Armos. Despite the loss, the Unknown put up a good challenge, but started to tail off significantly in the ensuing match digging themselves in a deeper hole. They fell behind 3-0, and only got on board with five minutes left in the hockey game. A.Kizirian had made the score 3-0 before feeding his second in a yawning cage to solidify a fourth win in only two nights for the Armos. R.Ricaurte was a big help as well as the net minder stood tall allowing only two goals in four periods.
(2)Armos vs Unknown(1)
(1)Unknown vs Armos(4)
Horsemen cant seem to get a good start lately
It was kind of similar to what happened yesterday for the Horsemen. A bad start dropping the first game, but a solid finish to even the score. Tonight’s mini series versus the Club Ecole Orient had the same story line. After a narrow 3-2 victory favouring the Club Ecole Orient thanks to a pair of markers by H.Nasser, the Horsemen addressed their willingness to be a little more desperate if they plan on winning games. Clearly, that showed in the next encounter as they upped the ante dominating much of the pace. Still, the game was very close and work needed to be done if they planned on reaching the finish line. Things did start to shift in one direction when D.Greco and D.Sarno tallied only seconds apart. From-that point on, the Horsemen felt it was theirs for the taking, and eventually got there when S.Sidhom posted his second.
(3)Club Ecole Orient vs Horsemen(2)
(5)Horsemen vs Club Ecole Orient(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert Ricaurte of the Armos. Having two solid goaltenders is a luxury many teams don’t have. Tonight’s two wins can be attributed to Ricaurte, who limited the Unknown to only a pair of goals on 38 shots.
Wednesday August 4
Unknown storm back late to salvage a point
Jumping off to the better start is something every team tries to prepare for and the Club Ecole Orient did just that in the opening game versus the Unknown. They were able to built on every shift, and continued to impose their will which eventually led to a 3-1 victory. C.Malkoun was only 30 seconds from-recording a shutout when J.Constantin beat him late in the game. The Unknown hoped to fuel off that late spark but found themselves in the same position, this time giving up four straight goals. The Club Ecole Orient was relentless applying their same game plan that saw their offense contribute by committee. Any betting person would have expected a guaranteed result by that point. However, something happened, and out of no where this game took a complete turn. After notching two late goals right before the period ended, the Unknown felt they had a chance with plenty of time left over. R.Sollacitto had set up J.Wolf to pull his club within one, and was also able to feed E.Gabeau to even the score with a man short. That sequence was definitely not what the Club Ecole Orient is accustomed to. And even though the shootout didn’t settle anything, the Unknown felt the satisfaction of overcoming a four goal deficit to steal a point.
(1)Unknown vs Club Ecole Orient(3)
(6)Club Ecole Orient vs Unknown(6) S.O
Horsemen overcome a game to forget versus Snipers
Even the Horsemen would agree that they probably played their worse game of the season so far. From-the drop of the ball, nothing went right for them. They lost plenty of battles, they gave up to many goals and their offense was nowhere to be found. The Snipers however will look at it that they did everything right which they did getting everybody on board for a deserving win. Ali Khanafer and Ahmad Khanafer each scored twice, and M.St-Laurent was stellar in net to record a shutout. The Horsemen used the opportunity to fix a poor performance. Their defensive effort was stiffer, and the offense existed as they finally found the back of the net on three occasions. It may not have come as a blowout win, but a positive result nevertheless. Luckily enough, they managed to build a 3-0 lead while keeping a clean sheet till the late stages of the game. The game looked to be an easy wrap but doubt started to creep in when A.Saleh potted two very late markers for the Snipers. V.Panndza’s goal proved to be just enough for the captain as the Horsemen were glad to sweat out a difficult win.
(5)Snipers vs Horsemen(0)
(3)Horsemen vs Snipers(2)
Armos ride two great starts in sweep of Trashers
The SBS Trashers may have kept both games close, but couldn’t get over the hump during their double header with the Armos. The 2-0 lead after only five minutes paid off in a big way for the Armos as they kept the Trashers in check except for one power play goal. S.Jankouzian was credited the winner, and R.Kenadjian remained calm in net stopping 17 shots. Unable to address their earlier problem, the SBS Trashers went through another bad start giving up two early goals once again. They did manage to overcome it by responding with two quick markers only to find themselves trailing shortly after. Y.Derohannessian demonstrated his leadership role by snapping the tie for his second of the contest. Despite the amount of time left over, the SBS Trashers kept running into the same problem, a committed defense and a stubborn net minder. Both these clubs have shown inconsistencies throughout the season so far. The Armos will hope to build off this night while the SBS Trashers will search for answers on how to play for four complete periods.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Armos(3)
(4)Armos vs SBS Trashers(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Raffi Kenadjian of the Armos. In both games versus the SBS Trashers, Kenadjian played a major role making plenty of timely saves to help secure two clean wins.
Tuesday August 3
Dek Lanaudiere find enough bounces to end Dek Boucherville winning streak
(4)Dek Boucherville vs Dek Lanaudiere(6) S.O
The Dek Boucherville were unable to continue their winning ways as they finally hit a dead end versus the Dek Lanaudiere. It did take however a shootout in order to hand the Dek Boucherville their first loss of the season. Leading to that point, this contest was far-from a dull performance by the two sides. Both teams sparked plenty of offense while crowding the penalty box which gave the Dek Boucherville a slight edge in that area. Three of their goals came with the man advantage. This game looked to have been locked in regulation time for the Dek Lanauadiere but that was until A.St-Denis struck very late to force a shootout. Luckily enough for the Dek Lanauadiere ,L-S Vienneau was there so save the day. The net minder was sharper than a swiss army knife stopping four straight skilled players. On the flip side, G.Marineau-Lavoie and S.Dicaire used their magic to get the better of P-O Girouard. Entering tonight’s contest, many felt they doubted the Dek Lanaudiere’s chances versus their opponent considering how well the Dek Boucherville have been playing. Clearly, this will be a confidence booster for a team that believes they are closer than many people think.
K.Leveille haunts SportXpo
(6)Le Rinque vs CentreSportXpo(1)
The Centre SportXpo knew they had to dig deep going up against Le Rinque on Tuesday night. With many regulars out of the line up, its difficult for teams to find immediate chemistry despite replacing them with some quality players such as Q.Syrydiuk, P.Abandorado, T.Lebel-Lafleur, L.Bourgault,P.Arkalis just to name a few. So in terms of the mind set of the players, they know that they can compete with their opposition. Throughout most of the first period, the game remained extremely close with both sides trading high end chances that had the SportXpo snake bitten on a few breakaway attempts after applying enough pressure. Those types of high end chances , if not buried, will only come back to hurt you in the end, especially versus Le Rinque. Proof of that started to occur as the game went on and especially by K.Leveille, who took the bull by the horns scoring three straight second period goals as part of a four goal and one assist performance. The highly skilled forward brought his hockey background into play after playing for Nantes in the French league. Even though the score suggests for a lopsided affair, this contest was closer than it appeared. Leveille broke the game wide open fairly late, and C.Lantin had to be sharp in net for Le Rinque in order to guarantee the win. In addition to K.Leveille’s hockey background, P.Abbandorado plays for the Laval Rocket and ironically was the lone goal scorer for the CentreSportXpo
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to K.Leveille of Le Rinque. Out of their six goals, the dynamic forward notched four including an assist.
Monday August 2
Classics wait till final stretch to ignite offense in spilt with 1 Timer
Much of the first game flew by with no notable concerns, both sides trading shots and chances only to have both goaltenders keep the game scoreless for as long as possible. Things looked like neither side would get on board, that was until G.Saulner of the 1 Timer figured out P.Assadi. The Classics offense hit a rough patch denting the goal posts and crossbars more than enough times while stifled by F.Koch ,who was brilliant stopping all 19 shots for a shutout. Throughout the beginning of the second game, F.Koch and the 1 Timer continued to restrict the Classics attack allowing only one goal in three straight periods. With that rhythm, it seemed like there wasn’t much the Classics could have done to bounce back into the game. And even though the offense appeared tentative, the sense of urgency kicked into play for the Classics. The desperation eventually paid off and in a big way when G.Lallis evened the score at four goals apiece which was immediately followed by Y.Derohannessian’s buzzer beater. That tally was the Classics only lead of the night which proved to be just enough for a split versus a resilient opponent. The Classics got their contributions by committee while the 1 Timer leaned on G.Saulner and P-A Surprenant to do all of their scoring.
(0)The Classics vs 1 Timer(1)
(4)1 Timer vs The Classics(5)
HC Jokerit breaking teams by the second game
It seems to be a common theme for the HC Jokerit to start their games off sloppy or just trying to find their legs. The problem is that they fall so far behind that all they have is the second game to look forward to. The Hart Foundation handed them a beat down posting six straight goals while keeping a clean score sheet thanks to P.Delli Colli earning the shutout. Finally things started to pick up for the HC Jokerit. Both sides were deadlocked 2-2 early in the final frame that saw R.Kilgour bury his second for the Hart Foundation. Then, the tides turned and the HC Jokerit used their high energy adding three unanswered en route to a 5-2 win. They opened up and focused their strength solely on attack. By moving the ball quickly, the lanes opened up and the Hart Foundation found themselves on their heels unable to slow down the pressure. S.Amaral didn’t score but was responsible for setting up three teammates while N.Paccicco notched a pair in the win.
(0)HC Jokerit vs Hart Foundation(6)
(2)Hart Foundation vs HC Jokerit(5)
Orient roll past RCGT Knights
It was difficult to celebrate much of anything for the RCGT Knights in their double header with the Orient on Monday night. After giving up four quick goals and dropping the opening game 5-2, the second contest began with similar vibes. The Orient found their gear and easily rolled past their opponent ending the match earlier than expected. M.David played a major factor sparking back to back goals before adding two more to put this one out of reach. The Orient was led by all facets of their game. Both teams seemed to measure up when the night started but that only lasted so long. Apart-from his four goal explosion in the second match, M.David had scored twice earlier on looking like a one man wrecking crew. Overall, just a night to forget for S.Sauk and the RCGT Knights as they’ll need to focus on what’s ahead of them.
(2)RCGT Knights vs Orient(5)
(7)Orient vs RCGT Knights(0)
Degenerates happy to get points in inter-league play
The Bad Guys inc showed their depth and balance early on, and the Degenerates suffered a bad start which ultimately doomed them, at least in the first game. Its never easy playing catch up against a side that traps you well when leading, and that are razor sharp on their defensive detail. The Degenerates attempted to bounce back but couldn’t get their timely goals in order to have a shot at stealing the opening contest. With that out of the way, the opportunity to adjust and get it right was still on the table for the Degenerates. And even though they gave up the first goal, the next four belonged to them with S.Marricco heavily involved setting up one while adding two straight. The three goal margin may have seemed comfortable, but you can never get to complacent against a team that can easily turn it up. The Bad Guys inc nearly brought this game into a shootout after battling back on two straight tallies.
(1)Degenerates vs Bad Guys inc(4)
(3)Bad Guys inc vs Degenerates(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Degenerates. His ability to battle hard in front of the opposing net caused plenty of fits to the Bad Guys inc defense. The Degenerates were glad to split with a team-from the higher division thanks to S.Marricco providing a total of three goals and an assist.
Thursday July 29
The Family Wall holds up in nail biter vs Dragons
It’s never a good idea to play with no spares regardless of the opponent, let alone the veteran Dragons, but that’s exactly what happened to The Family on this night. Unfortunately, they lost the first game to a default and had to start the 2nd game with no change-ups. They had no choice but to play a very sound and structured defensive game and rely heavily on their goaltender Vince Teoli, enroute to shutting out some pretty high-powered shooters on the Dragons. To say that he stood on his head would be the understatement of the year. He held the fort between the pipes and his team’s defensive wall withstood the offensive onslaught and barrage of shots directed at their net. The family capitalized on their few chances as M.Dahha opened the scoring on a nice passing play and M. Braun scored the insurance marker with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Believe it or not, sometimes it’s easier to game plan and play a cohesive defensive system that is capable of stifling your opponent when you have no spares, but I suspect The Family will have more bodies for their next game.
(3) Dragons vs The Family (0)
(2) The Family vs Dragons (0)
Tightly contested battle between familiar foes for crucial points
Whenever these 2 teams meet, its best not to put any wagers down, since the outcome is a surprise regardless of where each other is in the standings and the games are usually highly entertaining. Having had numerous battles over the years, these 2 teams know each other very well and its only fitting that on this night, they each won a respective game by identical scores. Game 1 was knotted at a goal apiece after the 1st period, that is until the Pylons opened up the offense in the 2nd, rifling off 3 unanswered goals, with Aziz Toure credited with the game winning goal. In Game 2, the script was reversed and again the teams were knotted at a goal apiece after 1 period. This time it was the RCGT Knights who came out guns blazing in the 2nd period, scoring 3 unanswered goals with M.Dupuis getting the game winner on a nifty deflection from a point shot that O.Caillet had no chance of stopping. Entering the game, only 1 point separated these teams in the standings and it’ll be a tight race to the bitter end, to see who prevails.
(4) Pylons vs RCGT Knights (1)
(4) RCGT Knights vs Pylons (1)
Underdog Carnage show resiliency in upset win vs Brewers
Carnage knew they’d have their hands full vs the veteran laden Brewers as both teams came to compete with full squads. Carnage needed to start putting some wins together in order to get back into the playoff race. Game 1 saw Carnage with a 1 goal lead after the first period but that quickly evaporated as the Brewers found their legs and offense and scored 4 straight in the 2nd period lead by A. Lanni’s game winner and insurance marker. Carnage captain F.Pace and his troops knew the importance of securing some crucial points in the standings and needed a response. Game 2 didn’t start well for them, as the Brewers quickly jumped out to a lead less than a minute in the game, before P.Arcaro leveled the game less than 3 minutes later. Knowing that the game was up for grabs, Carnage came out roaring for the 2nd period as they opened the flood gates, scoring 5 goals and proceeded to rout the Brewers. Surely this win will inspire Carnage, knowing they can compete vs anybody in the division and the Brewers will have to regroup and figure out how they let this game get away from them.
(5) Brewers vs Carnage (3)
(6) Carnage vs Brewers (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vince Teoli of the Family. The goaltender was just remarkable. He somehow denied 29 shots to earn an impressive shutout with a team in front of him that had no changes.
Thursday July 29
Resilient Unknown push back after dropping opener to Assadi Consulting inc
All they needed to do was to hang around. The Unknown were stuck playing without many players and because of that they weathered the storm to stay in the game for as long as possible. It actually took a fairly late power play goal-from A.Dayan for the Assadi Consulting inc to grab a narrow victory. The Unknown did grow as the night went on as players started to suit up. Now the real test began with both sides flooring at least two lines. Throughout the entire second game, both sides brought out a gritty effort and made sure that nothing was going to come easy. Eventually, the chances resulted in both teams trading a pair of second period markers leaving only a late power play goal by J.Constantin to lift the Unknown past their opponent. That goal came with only ten seconds left in the game. J.Stepanian was a rock in net for the Unknown keeping both games extremely close which enabled his club to capture at least one of two possible victories.
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Unknown(2)
(3)Unknown vs Assadi Consulting inc(2)
J.Scalia puts SBS Trashers back on track, Snipers jump off to better start
The Snipers couldn’t have asked for a better start to their night versus the SBS Trashers. They scored first, H.Awada snapped a late 1-1 tie and N.Atoui buried his second to solidify a 3-1 victory. M.St-Laurent was noticeable between the pipes stopping 19 of 20 shots. After such a great performance, the theory of momentum was put to test for the Snipers. But as time went on, the two teams understood that every game is an individual event. This time, the SBS Trashers returned the favour doing the same to their opponent. Perhaps the pivotal moment of the game came when J.Scalia decided to wake up and post two straight goals in only 50 seconds . That sequence occurred late in the first period giving the SBS Trashers a nice 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. Still, plenty of time was left over but the SBS Trashers weren’t planning on throwing this one away, especially with their stubborn net minder R.Pampena controlling his cage. Its always difficult closing a night off on two straight wins. Teams tend to respond hard when losing the first game while the winning side sometimes get to complacent.
(3)Snipers vs SBS Trashers(1)
(4)SBS Trashers vs Snipers(1)
Armos letting it slip away vs Club Ecole Orient
It will be one hard to swallow for Y.Derohannessian and the rest of the Armos team. Anytime a team goes up 4-0, there cant be any reason for failure. However, the Armos failed to slam the door shut as the nightmare started to unfold by the final frame. It took only one single minute for B.Cabral to kick start the comeback on a penalty shot followed with two quick tallies by N.Zahabi. From-that point on, the lead remained intact for the Armos for a decent stretch until the Club Ecole Orient captain came through with only 30 seconds remaining. F.Nasser completed the comeback forcing the game into extra time. Things didn’t get any better-from that point on for the Armos. B.Cabral and F.Nasser would each score during the shootouts while T.Chouinard stood firm denying two attempts. In hopes of salvaging their night on a heavy response, the Armos fell short once again. Again, B.Cabral came to haunt his opponent netting the winner in a tight 2-1 decision.
(4)Armos vs Club Ecole Orient(6) S.O
(2)Club Ecole Orient vs Armos(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Billy Cabral of the Club Ecole Orient. The forward notched three timely goals for his club. He started it all off on a penalty shot, followed up with a shootout winner in the first game before completing his night notching his second winner in the ensuing contest.
Monday July 26
One two punch Carpentier and Surprenant causing havoc
It just showed that the Hart Foundation didn’t know how to handle the 1 Timer in the first of two games. The strategy of neutralising two top gun scoring machines wasn’t in the game plan as P-A Surprenant and M.Carpentier had a field day combining for five goals in a 5-2 victory. Luckily enough there was a second match to get things right. The Hart Foundation tightened up and eventually got rewarded on three unanswered goals including a well coordinated power play marker-from G.Barerra after receiving an incredible pass by M.Stoico. Even though the 1 Timer found themselves in a deep hole, that didn’t stop them- from fighting back forcing the Hart Foundation to work till the bitter end. P-A Surprenant still found a way to bury a pair to pull his team within one but that narrow gap lasted only so long. D.Sarno responded shortly after for the winner on a beautiful effort that only nifty players can get away with.
(5)1 Timer vs Hart Foundation(2)
(4)Hart Foundation vs 1 Timer(3)
Struggling S.Sauk manages a point for the RCGT Knights
There is no denying the RCGT Knights would have struggled without some key components and a goaltender that can barley hang on due to some injuries. With those glaring issues looming throughout the opening game, the HC Jokerit worried about there own business, and that’s to try and win a hockey game. Clearly they had no issues getting the result and did it with authority. Out of their seven goals, A.Alonso went on a rampage posting four for his club. The good news for the RCGT Knights after a forgetful performance was that they added three players for the second match. That immediately changed the dynamic of their club but still stuck with a very injured S.Sauk between the pipes. The good start did help as every goal would matter. However, it was just a question of time before the HC Jokerit would battle back which eventually forced a shootout. During the breakaways, neither side was successful except for the two net minders. H.Correia faced only two shooters and denied them both while S.Sauk used his experience to out wait his opposition stopping three in a row.
(1)RCGT Knights vs HC Jokerit(7)
(5)HC Jokerit vs RCGT Knights(5) S.O
Bad Guys Inc cruise for a pair of wins over Classics
After being overmatched in the opening contest, the Classics looked a lot better in the ensuing game but still fell short to the Bad Guys inc. The luxury of playing with the lead always helps. At no point did the Bad Guys Inc seem to be in any trouble. They came to play-from the beginning, they had plenty of good looks and contributions-from many of their players. G.Amorosa potted a pair in the opening game as did V.Albanese in the second encounter. The Classics could have used a full roster on a night they faced a consistent team-from the higher division.
(1)The Classics vs Bad Guys Inc(5)
(6)Bad Guys Inc vs The Classics(4)
Run and gun play does not bold well against the Punishers
No matter what strategy you try and use, it just wont work against the Punishers. The Degenerates learned this lesson very early in the opening game trying to trade high end chances with a team that barely misses . They knew an adjustment had to be made in the second game if they planned on keeping it respectable. After the lopsided defeat, the Degenerates did attempt to hang back a little and wait for their chances. Unfortunately, that didn’t work either, but they did manage to play a better game creating plenty of scoring chances only to hit a wall in net. C.Kakivelis made enough key saves to keep the second match also out of reach. The problem when facing the Punishers is that players such as P.Karvouriaris ,K.Kuczmarski and C.Gingras will make you pay almost every time. Tonight, the three combined for a ridiculous twenty points.
(2)Degenerates vs Punishers(7)
(6)Punishers vs Degenerates(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Alonso of the HC Jokerit. The spark plug was all over the field versus the RCGT Knights scoring four goals in the opening game and than following up with a big equaliser late in the second match to force a shootout.
Thursday July 22
A.Lanni aging like fine wine
A.Lanni’s return has been a huge success so far the Brewers. After being out of action due to injury, the Brewers captain made quite an impact versus the Family on Thursday night. Lanni looked like he never missed a day along with his confidence which led in an impressive three goal performance in the first game followed with plenty of play making skills in the second encounter where he notched four helpers. Even his own teammates had their heads scratching. He did have the right surrounding with D.Verta setting him twice while A.Papazian made him look good closing off four straight markers. The Family was pretty much undone-from a team clearly ready to play. If not for the final minute of the night, G.Platanitis would have walked out with a perfect sheet. The net minder was on his way for a second straight shutout until S.Cavallaro spoiled it late in the game.
(3)Brewers vs The Family(0)
(1)The Family vs Brewers(6)
Too many no shows for a team that prides themselves on defense
Losing is one thing, but the way the Dragons lost both their games versus the RCGT Knights left some reason of concern to J.DeStefano and the rest of the Dragons. From-poor ball management, defensive breakdowns and too many no shows translated into giving up eight goals in each of the two games. Now that’s not to take away some of the fire power the RCGT Knights have in their arsenal. Players like S.Ruggiero, who was an absolute thorn couldn’t be contained as the sniper tore it up posting a total of eight goals. The night just went bad early on for the Dragons as they immediately found themselves in a hole down 6-0 after just over seven minutes into the first period. They did have an opportunity to adjust in the ensuing match but not much came of it. The RCGT were clearly deserving of the two results.
(5)Dragons vs RCGT Knights(8)
(8)RCGT Knights vs Dragons(3)
Pylons outmatched versus Fatal Demons
It’s the price you pay when having to pace yourself due to a short bench going up against a well balanced Fatal Demons side. The Pylons were stuck defending, chasing and hoping for their chances to come. Although some opportunities arose, R.Ranieri was still there to deny them. The Fatal Demons knew playing with the lead would put them in the drivers seat. M.Destounis and S.Marricco each scored in the first period and the Pylons were in trouble despite plenty of time left over. The focus at one point was to try and adjust for the second game. They did manage a better start where they finally got to Ranieri. O.Valiquette broke the spell collecting four points for the Pylons and tied the game at four goals a piece by the mid way point of the final frame. Knowing that they had only six minutes to play before hitting the shootouts, the Pylons felt they had a shot at it. Unfortunately they got beat by someone who was a menace- from the drop of the ball. After being awarded the game winner if the opening contest, M.Destounis reached his hat trick on a blistering slap shot to snap the tie. Even with time left over, the Pylons felt deflated and weren’t able to recover as the Fatal Demons widened the gap shortly after.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Pylons(0)
(4)Pylons vs Fatal Demons(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lanni. Although there can be an argument made for S.Ruggiero of the RCGT Knights and M.Destounis of the Fatal Demons, the Brewers captain will merit the honour. The pesky forward was extremely productive scoring a natural hat trick, adding four helpers while nursing an injury.
Wednesday July 21
Unknown make Snipers work for every inch
In what was a low scoring affair, teams traded first period goals before deciding matters in the shootout. The Unknown looked to their two veteran players to highlight their skill in the breakaways. J.Constantin tallied along with A.Zarzour’s difference maker for the extra point. The Snipers did respond with a better start in the second game and led 2-0 at one point when Ali Khanafer scored early in the second period. That lead may have appeared sufficient considering the Unknown were very short staffed but that didn’t seem to be the case. In the very short span of just over a minute, F.Benhamadi and A.Zarzour each scored to draw even with the Snipers. It may have looked-from that point on that the Unknown would manage their time properly due to their short bench. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the case as A.Sayed wasted barely any time to put the Snipers back in front that led to a slight 3-2 victory.
(2)Snipers vs Unknown(3) S.O
(2)Unknown vs Snipers(3)
Club Ecole Orient use their depth vs depleted SBS Trashers
The Club Ecole Orient managed to grab leads in both their games which stifled the SBS Trashers to bounce back and make a night of it. They play well on the defensive side of the ball and were able to stick with it throughout the four entire periods. Only one shot ended up beating J.Zafar, and that came-from G.Bampos when the second contest was out of reach. The SBS Trashers entered the night without some key players and knew that if they could have led at one point, R.Pampena would have given them a chance to steal some points. Overall, it was just a better performance for F.Nasser and the rest of the Club Ecole Orient. B.Cabral had the lone goal in the first contest while J.Zafar pushed aside 17 shots for the shutout. In the second match, A.Fahra led the charge offensively posting two out of his clubs four goals.
(1)Club Ecole Orient vs SBS Trashers(0)
(1)SBS Trashers vs Club Ecole Orient(4)
Armos pull away in second match after drawing even with Horsemen
There was little separating the Armos and the Horsemen on Wednesday night, at least in the first of the two encounters. Each side traded goals in the first two periods while doing the same in the shootout leaving neither team to really celebrate much. However, the second encounter had a different effect. The Horsemen couldn’t match up well enough in the opening frame. They gave up four goals and needed to rely on their man advantage to keep the game close enough heading into the final frame. Knowing the importance of the next tally, the Horsemen just didn’t have it as A.Zakarian came through instead netting his second for the Armos. M.Yeramian also scored twice in the win while P.Sidhom and his captain V.Pandza posted two each for the Horsemen.
(3)Armos vs Horsemen(3) S.O
(2)Horsemen vs Armos(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J.Zafar of the Club Ecole Orient. After receiving a total of 39 shots in two games, J.Zafar was beaten only once enabling his club to capture a pair of wins over the SBS Trashers.
Monday July 19
Classics adjust after wild finish with RCGT Knights
Just when it looked like the Classics were on there way to an easy win, the RCGT Knights came up with four straight goals to send this game into a shootout. The craziest part of it all occurred all in the last couple of minutes of play. The score was 5-5 and ended 7-7 before the Classics got their act together in the breakaways thanks to J.Bolanakis and M.Mavroudis getting it done. Even though the Classics took the opening game, many felt unpleased for how things transpired. They knew well enough that it should have never reached the finish line after dominating the first portion of the match. After another solid start, the same mistake would not be repeated . The Classics made sure to protect their lead and help out their goaltender P.Assadi, who had to battle a muggy environment . M.Mavroudis caused plenty of fits to E.Parent netting four goals while A.Zarzour, G.DeMarninis,J.Bolanakis M.Destounis proved to be a handful as well accumulating a bunch of points.
(9) Classics vs RCGT Knights(7) S.O
(2)RCGT Knights vs Classics(6)
Depleted 1 Timer stood no chance vs Punishers
Perhaps it was to be expected that the Punishers would prevail over the 1 Timer on Monday night. After all ,they had their main weapons while the 1 Timer were stuck playing without some key components. Add to the fact that this was an inert league game, the odds certainly favoured the Punishers. Things clicked into gear immediately for the Punishers. A.Dayan led the charge on a hat trick, P.Karvouriaris keeps scoring about two goals a game while A.Sarigiannis was behind setting up five goals. The 1 Timer were hoping to adjust in the second encounter by at least trying to keep it as close as possible. Unfortunately, another bad start led to the same outcome. This time, K.Kuczmarski took control netting back to back tallies before capping it off with a hat trick.
(1) 1 Timer vs Punishers(8)
(5)Punishers vs 1 Timer(0)
Degenerates solve Hart Foundation in many facets
The Degenerates, despite falling behind early on, felt that they had everybody going as the game went on. In all facets, the players contributed and the timely goals would eventually come in which they occurred in the second period when P.Delli Colli started to look a little more human for the Hart Foundation. The net minder was solid enabling his club to battle till the end. It actually took an empty net goal by M.Barone for the Degenerates to capture a close 4-3 win. Even though the score was close, the Degenerates felt they just needed a better start to dictate the second game so they can get a little more breathing room. That’s exactly what they did soaring out to a 3-1 lead after one period. Then, S.Marricco notched his second and the Hart Foundation felt deflated knowing they had a big hill to climb down by three. A.Desrosiers would eventually cap off the night posting his third goal in two games.
(4)Degenerates vs Hart Foundation(3)
(1)Hart Foundation vs Degenerates(6)
Orient eventually solve G.Barkley after being blanked 1-0
G.Barkley stopped 28 shots, P.Jacques scored a power play goal and the Bad Guys Inc held on to beat the Orient in the opener. The chances were there for the Orient but couldn’t get much going with their attack. It needed to wait until the fourth period of the night when it finally clicked. H.Awada put the Orient in front 2-1 early in that final frame with the help of his captain F.Nasser second assist. Then, and perhaps the most crucial point in the match happened when E.Harnois used a big shorthanded goal to widen the gap. There was no doubt that goal killed the Bad Guys inc after blowing a great opportunity. The Orient would add two empty net markers to exchange wins with a rival opponent.
(0)Orient vs Bad Guys Inc (1)
(1)Bad Guys Inc vs Orient(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Mavroudis of the Classics. It wasn’t the most typical fashion to win a hockey game but M.Mavroudis was significant in the wild 9-7 finish. The forward was very productive, netting four goals before capping it off with a shootout marker.
Dear ISBHF Ball Hockey Family,
The ISBHF hopes that all of you remain safe and healthy during these difficult times. We appreciate your support for the sport of ball hockey and your understanding of the challenging decisions the ISBHF has had to make for 2020 and 2021 events for the safety and health of all our members.
The ISBHF Board of Directors has unanimously approved that, should the global health situation allow, the calendar of 2022 & 2023 ISBHF events will be as follows:
World Men’s & Women’s Championships – Canada, June
World Juniors – Slovakia or alternative venue, TBD Under-20 Men’s (2002, 2003)Under-18 Men’s (2004, 2005)
World Juniors – Slovakia, first week of July Under-16 Boys’ (2006, 2007)Under-20 Women’s (2002, 2003)
World Men’s & Women’s Masters – Czech Republic, September Over-40 Men’s (1982 and earlier)Over-35 Women’s (1987 and earlier)
World Juniors – TBDUnder-23 Men’s (2000, 2001, 2002) Under-20 Men’s (2003, 2004) Under-18 Boys’ (2005, 2006)
World Juniors – TBDUnder-16 Boys’ (2007, 2008) Under-20 Women’s (2003, 2004)
World Men’s & Women’s Masters Over-35 Men’s (1988 and earlier) Over-35 Women’s (1988 and earlier)
The ISBHF has voted and approved that the Men’s and Women’s Masters will be held annually. Beginning in 2023, the format shall alternate between Over-35 (Men’s and Women’s) and Over-45 (Men’s and Women’s).
At this moment, the ISBHF has not gathered enough interest to stage a Women’s Under-23 tournament in 2023. The calendar for 2024 and beyond shall be a subject of discussion at the 2021 ISBHF Annual Conference.
On behalf of the ISBHF, we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience and support as we continue to navigate the ball hockey family through this period of uncertainty.
George GortsosPresidentInternational Street & Ball Hockey Federation
Thursday July 15
RCGT flip the script on Fatal Demons
After getting whipped Thursday night, and outplayed throughout most of the first game, the RCGT rebounded with a solid effort. The Fatal Demons spent most of their energy early on knowing that it was going to be a grind with their short bench. With M.Destounis striking first coupled with a stingy defensive effort, S.Morante battled 15 shots toward him to preserve the shutout. But the second game did have a different story line. The RCGT made sure to get to Morante as often as they could, and by doing so were able to figure out the net minder enough times. S.Ruggiero and M.DelGaudio shared two goals each and S.Scott fought every ball his way allowing only one tally.
(3)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(0)
(4)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(1)
M.Defanti rescues Family in absolute wild finish
Carnage couldn’t have asked for a better start in their mini series with the Family. They got the early jump thanks to T.Ruvo, got two more tallies-from the very same S.Arcaro, and played a perfect defence game enabling G.Tritsis to earn a 15 save shutout. The second contest however resembled nothing like the first one. This time the Family appeared to be in control with the help of M.Braun providing two first period goals. And while they appeared to be destined for an easy win, a sudden collapse saw a late two goal lead evaporate in an instant. S.Azzi had evened the score for Carnage only seconds after P.Arcaro potted his second. By that point, it appeared that Carnage would either feed of the momentum or that this contest would have been decided in a shootout. Neither of those scenarios happened, instead M.Defanti scored with only 12 remaining and the Family avoided a devastating collapse.
(3)Carnage vs The Family(0)
(5)The Family vs Carnage(4)
O.Caillet calm as a cucumber in net for Pylons
With neither side able to get it done in the first encounter, the Pylons kept battling and were eventually rewarded in their hard fought battle with the Dragons. The recipe wasn’t complicated for the Pylons. Knowing that they had O.Caillet taking care of his cage, the rest of the crew understood their role. Six players simply waited for their chances making sure to play a committed man on man game without the ball. A.Fonrose was credited the winner while setting up J.Constantin for some insurance. The Dragons did have their fair share of chances but were stuck facing a net minder that saw nearly every ball while doing a remarkable job on his rebound control.
(3)Dragons vs Pylons(3) S.O
(3)Pylons vs Dragons(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Pylons. There was barely any denting a goaltender that was razor sharp for the Pylons. O.Caillet was the reason why his club took four out of a possible six points vs the Dragons.
Thursday July 15
Captain Y.Derohannessian ends shootout with a beauty for Armos
The Armos had a different look on Thursday night. With some key additions inserted in the line up, teams will struggle against them as the Snipers fell victims twice dropping two tight games. Building a 2-0 lead always helps, and A.Berberyan and M.Batri were able to provide it for the Armos. Eventually there was a response, and who better-from their captain A.Khanafer to pull the game within one. Despite having more than a period to even the score, R.Ricaurte went into shutdown mode stopping everything his way. Much of the second game resembled the first one with the Armos jumping ahead while both sides pursued a tight checking style. The Snipers did overcome the barrier by winning a big second period thanks to a pair of goals-from H.Awada. With the game all evened up, the shootout was where the Armos captain stole the show. Y.Derohannessian stick handled his way on a brilliant fake to bury the ball past M.St-Laurent.
(3)Armos vs Snipers(1)
(2)Snipers vs Armos(3) S.O
SBS Trashers snake bitten twice vs Unknown
J.DeCoteau was at the right place at the right time as was his teammate M.Zarzour for the Unknown. Both players notched the winning goals towards the late stages of the game. The SBS Trashers may have started strong leading in the two encounters but the Unknown kept battling before getting rewarded on their never quit effort. Every single player came to play, players were battling hard in the corners while going to the net only to run into two solid goaltenders. J.Stepanian was clearly a big part of the two victories. The net minder was sharp allowing only three goals on 40 shots throughout the four periods. The two games had a playoff atmosphere to it for how intense it got. The Unknown will be glad to take this battle as they managed six clean points over a solid Trashers team.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Unknown(2)
(3)Unknown vs SBS Trashers(2)
Assadi Consulting inc use four unanswered and never looked back
The Horsemen needed a better effort in the second period of the first game. Unfortunately, and as good as their start was, the Horsemen could not recover-from a lacklustre performance. The Assadi Consulting inc weren’t at their best either but turned things around soon as the second frame hit. From-there, the Horsemen were badly out competed giving up four straight. J.Courteau opened and closed the scoring on two very timely goals. That finish was just what the Assadi Consulting inc fuelled on heading into the next encounter. The momentum simply carried over and the Horseman had no answers on how to slow the bleeding. Again, Courteau made his presence was felt potting two more markers as did R.Fortin.
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Horsemen(4)
(1)Horsemen vs Assadi Consulting inc(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jean Stepanian of the Unknown. His outstanding performance helped the Unknown collect two nice wins in a pair of low scoring games.
Tuesday July 13
Dek Boucherville keeps rising
(8)Dek Boucherville vs Dek St-Eustache/St-Jerome(1)
Dek Boucherville continues to highlight why they are an absolute juggernaut. They came out swinging-from the drop of the ball, and they landed blow after blow onto the jaw of their opponent. So devastating that the Dek St-Eustache knew they had little to no chance, especially by finding themselves in the penalty box a little to often. In their first four goals alone, the Dek Boucherville moved the carpet capitalizing four times with the man advantage. During that span, A.Fradette had already completed his hat trick while M-A Trudeau scored the other as part of a dominant four goal performance. The Dek S-Eustache realized right away you cant give a team like that an inch and expect to survive, but the damage had already been done early on which cemented an easy win for a side running on all cylinders. There only little bright moment came when C.Farmer beat M.Jobin for a rare time. Tonight’s lesson will remind teams to stay out of the penalty box against the Dek Boucherville, who potted six out of their eight goals on the power play.
Centre SportXpo get Monkey off their back, despite short bench
(3)Centre SportXpo vs Dek Lanaudiere(2)
The Centre SportXpo had been in the grind-from the start of the season and wanted nothing more than to finally get into the win column. And although it didn’t help playing with a shortened bench, the troops bought into a system and were eventually rewarded in what was a tough battle with the Dek Lanaudiere. Its safe to say they took advantage of one key area of the game which was the power play. All three goals came with the man advantage for the CentreSportXpo, with scoring efforts-from three different players. Perhaps the key marker came when M.St-Cyr snapped a second period 1-1 tie. The voice level for T.Iannitto was noticeably raised-from that point on, and the teams effort level raised knowing what was at stake trying to avoid another loss. Some breathing room did occur when P.Chery widened the gap by two. The captain M.Fortier did have the last say for Dek Lanaudiere, but time just wasted there for the comeback. The Centre SportXpo slipped-from the start of the season and look to get back on track. Maybe a character win as such will turn the tides for a club in search of answers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Antoine Fradette of Dek Boucherville. Just an incredible start for a player that’s able to bury three power play goals in a very short period of time.
Monday July 12
Bad Guys Inc unable to hold their lead vs Punishers
After what they thought was surely wrapped ,up the Bad Guys inc couldn’t kill those few seconds remaining in order to capture the first encounter with the Punishers. Instead, P.Karvouriaris scored his second, and this game went to a shootout where neither side was able to get it done. The Bad Guys Inc couldn’t have asked for a better start in the next match. They quickly erased what had just happened and responded with authority posting two very quick goals in only three minutes. V.Albanese beat the buzzer before the frame ended and the Bad Guys Inc were once again in control of the situation. Unfortunately, history quickly repeated itself as the Punishers reminded their opponent that they weren’t done yet. After coming off a two goal performance, P.Karvouriaris duplicated his efforts adding two more tallies to pull the Punishers within one. Then, with the game winding down ,T.Karvouriaris seized the moment to level the game while sending it once again to extra time. This time however, a decision was made with C.Gingras solving the net minder for the Punishers.
(4)Bad Guys Inc vs Punishers(4) S.O
(4)Punishers vs Bad Guys Inc(3) S.O
Classics pull away to leave Hart Foundation in the dust
Even though they couldn’t get the result they wanted in the opening game, the Classics felt better things to come in the second encounter with the Hart Foundation. Both sides traded two shootout goals after a low scoring affair leaving no winners. Eventually, they came together, everyone was able to step it up and the Classics had everyone connecting en route to an easy win. Contributions was spread out through out the line up with M.Mavroudis netting a key shorthanded goal as his first of two during the encounter. That goal seemingly broke the Hart Foundations back knowing they needed at least three to level. They did finally get on board when R.Kilgour beat P.Assadi for a rare time, but the damage had already been done. The Classics stuck with it and eventually figured out on how to separate themselves-from their opponent as the night went on.
(3)The Classics vs Hart Foundation(3) S.O
(1)Hart Foundation vs The Classics(6)
HC Jokerit try to measure up after lopsided defeat
There was no doubt this was going to be a difficult challenge for the HC Jokerit, having to go against an established and well oiled Orient side. Although they didn’t have a strong start, they did manage to put up a decent fight in the second match. Up until the end of the first frame, the HC Jokerit forced the Orient to work very hard if they planned on sweeping the mini series. A.Fahra perhaps set the path in motion when striking for a 5-3 lead heading into the final stretch. Still, plenty of time was left over if the HC Jokerit was planning to come back and cause fits towards a superior opponent. Unfortunately, it took only 21 seconds into the last period for M.David to widen the margin by three. The Orient went on to cruise-from there with H.Awada completing his hat trick late in the game. Despite dropping both games, A.Alonso provided plenty of offense for the HC Jokerit scoring twice while adding an assist.
(6)Orient vs HC Jokerit(0)
(4)HC Jokerit vs Orient(7)
1 Timer get pay back after narrow loss to RCGT Knights
The pot started to boil, but time simply ran out for the 1 Timer, who just fell short in a 6-5 loss to the RCGT Knights. The first period was definitely the key as they got timely goals surging to a 3-0 lead before ending the frame up 4-2. P.Karigiannis came through twice at the right time, especially towards the end of the game where he snapped a very late 5-5 tie. While the RCGT Knights celebrated a hard fought win, the 1 Timer had their heads in only one place, and that was in the ensuing match. M.Carpentier had just come off a hat trick before striking first for the 1 Timer. But it wasn’t until the final stretch where the really put things into motion. P-A Surprenant’s persistence came into play as the natural sniper put two behind E.Parent. From-there, both sides knew the fate of the game with less than five minutes remaining.
(6)RCGT Knights vs 1 Timer(5)
(5)1 Timer vs RCGT Knights(1)
The SalumiVino player of the knight goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. After setting up all three goals in the opening game, C.Gingras was a force in the shootouts netting both tallies for his club.