Tuesday September 27
Team Purple battle back after huge deficit but fall short in the end
(6)Team Purple vs Team White(9)
Team White spent 30 minutes building a massive lead over Team Purple, and the next 18 minutes doing their best to give it away. Some poor back checking and spotty decisions made this contest closer than it should have been for Team White. Luckily enough, W.Mendozza, M.Dagenais along with A.Daghlian restored order late in the game to help avoid an embarrassing loss. Its normal that teams get complacent after building a 6-1 lead. Team White later realised that you cant get to comfortable knowing that it takes a full out effort in order to get the job done. Team Purple didn’t do themselves any favours for their poor start. Sure, they had a strong finish, but the damage had already been done. J.Wong sparked Team Purples offense with a hat trick while A.Groleau was glad to find the back of the net on a shot that had eyes. As for Team White, W.Mendozza riffled a hat trick, M.Dagenais and A.Daghlian shared two goals each and J.Martuccio was behind setting up three markers.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Willy Mendozza of Team White. The forward led all players striking three times while setting up a goal.
Team Yellow extend winning streak in double up win vs Team Orange
(6)Team Yellow vs Team Orange(3)
Team Yellow remained hot Tuesday night and captured their third straight victory , this one behind a 6-3 final over Team Orange. The game stayed fairly close throughout the entire time with both goaltenders being a big part of it. R.Elias of Team Yellow and B.Verducci of Team Orange were a big reason why this contest didn’t combine for a ton of goals. Team Yellow had the luxury of always playing in front which forced the opposition to battle back as hard as they could in order to try and equalise. T.Settino initiated most of the offense for Team Orange setting up two goals while collecting one himself. However, there just wasn’t enough support compared to Team Yellows’ overall production. P.Desforges had a strong night riding two goals and an assist, A.Zakarian collected three points, and E.Colella was a force again using his wicked slap shot as part of a five point night.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Patrick Desforges of Team Yellow. His two timely goals and assist couldn’t have come at a better time for a team that’s been gelling as of late.
Team Blue battle back but falter in the end
(4)Team Red vs Team Blue(3)
Team Blue looked more like themselves on Tuesday night, but it still wasn’t enough. After overcoming a two goal deficit, and appearing to regain some swagger, Team Blue surrendered the winning goal to E.Colella with only two minutes left in the game. G.Lamothe got the ball rolling posting Team Red’s first two markers. C.Ngyuen made the score 3-1 in favour of Team Red in what appeared to give them some breathing room barely lasted as Team Blue responded immediately on two very quick tallies. G.DeStefano and F.Decossier scored within a minute to even things up at three goals apiece. In only six minutes, both sides had traded two goals each suggesting for more to come, but things started to settle-from that point on. You could almost sense that the next tally was going to decide this outcome, especially after the two sides tightened their defensive game. Already with a pair of assists, T.Scarpelli was there again to feed another teammate by finding E.Colella, who buried the winner late in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Gilles Lamothe of Team Red. In what came as a very close 4-3 decision , G.Lamothe sparked his offense early on with two goals that gave Team Red the momentum they needed to edge out their opponent.
Team Black overcome slow start in wild high scoring affair with Team Green
(9)Team Green vs Team Black(10)
Team Green were looking to give a rare loss to Team Black after having the better start. They used a four goal scoring spree in the first nineteen minutes leading by a 4-2 score. Then, Team Black found their step, and started to take over riding four unanswered goals to finally find themselves in front 6-4 by the thirty minute mark. Both sides knew that the onslaught wasn’t going to end anytime soon. Since both teams have too many offensive weapons it was difficult to focus on any one player in particular to slow down the tempo. That being said, Team Green should have been more aware of C.Arnoldo’s presence out there. The veteran keeps going under the radar as he tore it up once more, this time potting five tallies that included back to back goals toward the later stages of the game. Still, they needed M.Kardum to add his second in order to squeeze out a wild finish despite being up 10-6 at one point. Team Green did have the better start, and a strong finish by controlling the pace, but dropped the ball in the middle where their defense game fell apart. Its perhaps not the best strategy to play a run and gun game versus a team that’s been rolling on all cylinders. The good news is that Team Green was able to compete with the front runners which is always encouraging if ever they meet again.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Claudio Arnoldo of Team Black. The forward had an explosive game, striking five times while adding an assist in what was a crazy high scoring affair.
Monday September 26
Snipers dominate ball possession, Mighty Pooches will look to adjust after difficult start
The Mighty Pooches were hoping that it wasn’t going to be a difficult night in their season debut vs last seasons finalists. The Snipers were all over them-from the get go riding a strong first period without any resistance. H.Awada took charge converting three times before adding his fourth to end the game earlier than usual. Knowing that the first encounter was an immediate write off, the Mighty Pooches looked to adjust as they had another shot at improving a poor start. Unfortunately, they suffered the same faith giving up four quick goals by the five minute mark. As bad as things were, they did have some signs of life when M.Totaro finally got to M.St-Laurent. However, the hill was still to high to climb for a side that’s still getting their feet wet. The volume of time playing without the ball will only wear you down. The Mighty Pooches spent to much time chasing the play rather than carrying it. Maybe some extra quality players inserted to their line up may turn things around, or they will just need to get accustom to playing with one another. If there was one thing that was certain, was that the Snipers haven’t missed a beat. They took both games rather easily getting a load of balanced scoring throughout their line up.
(0)Mighty Pooches vs Snipers(7)
(8)Snipers vs Mighty Pooches(1)
RCGT Knights and ETNA split after crazy finish in both games
Tightly contested-from start to finish, both sides ended the two games in what was a pulsating conclusion. ETNA needed a very late marker in the opening contest-from M.Calabrice in order to take their chances in the shootout where the very same player scored the lone tally to steal the game. If that wasn’t a wild finish, the second encounter got much crazier. ETNA used three unanswered goals to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead with less than three minutes remaining. You have to figure momentum would carry you through to the finish line. Instead, S.Ruggiero responded almost immediately on his patented quick realise, and J.Prevost was there to tap in a rebound moments later to swing the pendulum once more. The RCGT Knights looked like they were down and out having to floor a shorter bench compared to ETNA. But with hockey being often unpredictable, it just went to show that anything can happen.
(5)RCGT Knights vs ETNA(6) S.O
(5)ETNA vs RCGT Knights(6)
D.Lombardi two shorthanded goals propel Kings in opener with Kings
The Kings wanted to set the tone for Mondays games. Killing penalties is one way to do that. Oh, and scoring two shorthanded goals by the very same D.Lombardi doesn’t hurt either. Even though the Brodie Boys are familiar with Lombardi’s presence on the court, it still wasn’t good enough to stop the sniper. The Kings took the first encounter thanks to their power forward collecting all four points that included the two back breakers .Clearly, it proved to be a huge momentum boost headed into the second game. However, that didn’t discourage the Brodie Boys-from recuperating. The two sides didn’t slow down in what was a high paced back and forth display of quality hockey. On three occasions, the Kings put themselves in a good position by playing in front only to keep getting an eventual answer by the Brodie Boys. M.Gibson tied it fairly late on feeds by M.Pietracupa and H.Angelou, who was involved in all three goals for the Brodie Boys along with a shootout marker. The game saw no winners since D.Lombardi notched the Kings lone shootout tally. While both teams got what they expected-from their players, its worth noting that the two net minders were exceptional as well. D.Delaronde was brilliant making it look easy at times as was his counter part B.Makris of the Brodie Boys.
(2)Brodie Boys vs Kings(4)
(4)Kings vs Brodie Boys(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Lombardi of the Kings. No doubt Lombardi was a big reason why the Kings collected four points versus the Brodie Boys on Monday night. The forward went on to collect six out of a possible eight points that included two shorty’s and a shootout tally.
Tuesday September 20
Team Red pull away late to top Team Purple
(4)Team Purple vs Team Red(10)
A late surge of goals for Team Red made the difference as a close game ballooned into a landslide by the time it was said and done. For just over thirty minutes, Team Purple hung around trailing only by a pair. But Team Red picked up the slack-from that point on riding five quick goals to distance themselves. J.Choudhry stepped it up once more collecting a hat trick while K.Ferreira and T.Scarpelli cashed in twice. It just seemed as though Tem Purple couldn’t keep up long enough as the game went deeper. S.Catalano bailed his side as much as possible until the net minder was out done by a wave of constant pressure. Maybe some renewed energy was required-from a side that wasn’t able to keep up versus a more dynamic opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to C.Nguyen of Team Red. After getting her club on board early on, C.Nguyen orchestrated many plays that resulted in four helpers.
Close game gets away late for Team Blue in loss to Team Black
(3)Team Blue vs Team Black(4)
For a while on Tuesday night, it looked like Team Blue was able to hand a rare defeat to Team Black. A solid good portion of the game was eventually undone by the 40 minute mark where M.Dearing snapped a 3-3 tie giving Team Black its first lead of the night. That was Dearing’s fourth point of the contest, who collected three prior assists that saw C.Arnoldo benefit twice. R.DeMarco, who was excellent throughout the entire match gave Team Blue a really good chance to win this game. The highly skilled defenseman played a major role by not only trapping plays, but by producing offense as well participating in all three tallies. A.Zafiropoulos also had a solid outing for Team Blue bagging a pair that included a beautiful top corner. When scoring is relatively low, its because your goaltenders have plenty to do with it. A.Michalidis remained sound in net to earn the win over his counter part J.Sanoudakis, who gave his side a legit chance to steal this game.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Claudio Arnoldo of Team Black. After finding themselves down 2-0, the natural sniper gave life to his side converting on two straight occasions while setting up B.Panarello to even the score at three goals apiece.
Team Yellow putting it together on balanced scoring
(5)Team White vs Team Yellow(11)
Its been now a few games that Team Yellow have banded together. When a bunch of guys buy in and start doing the right things, you can start to see a lot of good happen. Many things went according to plan on this night starting with B.Mourad guarding his cage. Even though the score may suggest a lopsided affair, that was only because Mourad kept it that way. Team White peppered the net minder enough times to make this game closer than it looked. While the goaltending played a big role, so did Team Yellow’s balanced scoring as four different players took turns collecting two goals a piece. E.Colella, G.Missakian, A.Zakarian and P.Desforges were the ones to hit the back of the net on two occasions. Right now, the confidence level is getting pretty high for Team Yellow, who need to keep it in perspective as every game will require a full out effort if they plan to continue winning games.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Brian Mourad of Team Yellow. On many occasions, the net minder denied shots toward him that enabled his side to counter and produce enough times to capture the win.
Team Orange outlast Team Green in barn burner
(12)Team Orange vs Team Green(8)
Maybe sloppy at times with some neutral zone turnovers is the reason why this game ended 12-8 favouring Team Orange. Definitely entertaining for anyone who likes goals. However, the net minders couldn’t be to happy as they often felt the burden of getting little support. Team Orange had the better start with A.Gold setting the tone with two straight goals .D.Lipinski may have been the constant threat throughout most of the match controlling the back end very well while putting up plenty points. The skilled defenseman collected six points that included a hat trick. Both sides didn’t struggle at all getting a supportive offense. E.Allen provided it as well for Team Green bagging a hat trick while P.Paikopoulos buried a pair. By taking the early lead, Team Orange was able to control the pace by playing in front the entire time despite it being a burn burner.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Dave Lipinski of Team Orange. No doubt Lipinksi supported the entire area of the court by defending well while generating a ton of chances that resulted in a six point performance.
Saturday September 17 , Dek Elite playoffs
Hockeyballe.com cruise past Dek Ultimate to reach semi final
(4)Hockeyballec.om vs Dek Ultimate(2)
The first game of the playoffs is often about messages. T.Bozinakis, N.Tsataronis, J.Adamou and C.Gingras each scored for the Hockeyballe.com, who carried a 4-0 lead until two power play goals by the Dek Ultimate finally got them on board a little to late. It may be only the first round, but definitely a very good start moving forward as they prepare for a bigger task versus Le Rinque. It was as complete a performance as this group of Hockeyballe.com have mustered. They won battles, they blocked shots, and they scored on their chances while getting the timely saves-from C.Stavriadis. As they enjoy the moment for now, Hockeyballe.com know they need to be better going up against the front runners of the division. Confidence will play a role as will hard work and some lucky bounces.
G.Vermette brilliant in net for Centre SportXpo
(2)Centre SportXpo vs Dek Lanaudiere(1)
The Centre SportXpo couldn’t say enough about their fearless goaltender on Saturday afternoon. G.Vermette stole the show making one big save after another to help enable his side to a very close 2-1 decision. Vermette continuously bailed out his defensive corps with numerous key stops throughout the game, styming some of the Dek Lanaudiere top snipers. Going up 2-0 always helps with J-F Moquin and Q.Syrydiuk taking care of the scoring for the Centre SportXpo. Rather than facilitating their two goal margin however, the Centre SportXpo played with fire after surrendering a shorthanded marker by S.Dicarie. Out of nowhere, this contest was now up for grabs for the Dek Lanaudiere, who continued to press while throwing everything they got in hopes of tying the game. Despite some very dangerous scrambles in front of the net, G.Vermette and the Centre SportXpo remained poised to keeping it a one goal game. Eventually, the clock would bleed out in what was expected to be a very tight knitted affair between these two teams.
Close while it lasted, Le Rinque pull away mid way in final frame to top Hockeyballe.com
(5)Le Rinque vs Hockeyballe.com(1)
For a very good portion of this contest, nothing was settled on who would come out on top between these two clubs. Eventually, Le Rinque began to settle in, and the hopes of the Hockeyballe.com became more and more dim. Chances began emerging for Le Rinque, who were able to brake the game wide open courtesy of K.Leveille and P.Genereux striking only 20 seconds apart. That sequence occurred with only eight minutes left in the game, which despite the amount of time left over, Le Rinque wasn’t going to falter such a lead. When going up against a power house, all you want is to have the ability to compete hard enough to give yourself a chance. The Hockeyballe.com had that fire and bite in their game, but weren’t able to capitalise on their few chances. Both net minders played a role with perhaps C.Stavriadis being a little busier than his counter part L.Augustin, who needed to be very sharp. The win came with a balanced effort-from five different players finding the back of the net while J.Adamou tallied his clubs lone marker on the power play.
Le Rinque claims second Dek Elite title
(7)Le Rinque vs Center SportXpo de Laval(2)
Le Rinque is simply made for nights like these. No matter what the circumstances are or who they face, they always will find a way to beat you. The Centre SportXpo understood the task at hand, and in the large part couldn’t have asked for a better start to their night. Being tied after one frame in a two period format is a deal any team will take going up against Le Rinque. As long as the game remains close, there is always a chance. That being said, how long can you keep a power house at bay. The answer to that question came almost immediately in the last period. Three and a half minutes was all it took for this story line to set its stage in what had a completely different script compared to the first portion of the match. Y.Labonte snapped a 2-2 tie on a shot-from far that had eyes to hit a top corner. Still , nothing was yet set in stone until perhaps the nine minute mark when B.Jutras doubled the lead for Le Rinque. The Centre SportXpo must have felt the walls closing in as they had to battle-from a two goal deficit with half a period remaining. Unfortunately, they couldn’t climb back into it and only found themselves in a deeper hole with Le Rinque increasing their margin. It just seemed that there was little they could do matter how well they played. Le Rinque will always have that trick up their sleeves no matter the situation during a game. Because they are so complete, an opposition cant really formulate much of a game plan. Its not like they have a few players to watch for while neglecting some of the others. In their case, they all can hurt you at any given time. Proof if it was that seven different players scored in the win that included at least three highlight reel goals. J.Bradley scored an incredible tally by taking on a defenseman before finding a tight spot that only a marksman can target. In the end, the team that expected to win reached the finish line first. On behalf of the Quebec Ball Hockey Association, congratulations go out to Dan Nguyen and Le Rinque for capturing their second straight Dek Elite title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Lantin of Le Rinque. While the forwards tend to get most of the credit, Le Rinque own all three areas of the game starting with their net minder C.Lantin, who was stellar once more .
Monday September 19 (Final Division 2)
Kings can officially wear their crowns as they claim 4vs4 title
After innumerable chances for both teams to jump start their series, the Kings emerged in game one taking a nail biting 5-4 decision over the Snipers. T.Ferreira may be credited the winner, but the Kings did got there due to the strong play of G.DeLuca. The sniper was a force striking three times while setting up P.Stroubakis for a 2-1 lead. Winning the opener was extremely important for the Kings having to rely on only two lines versus a deeper opponent. However, it didn’t seem to affect their play at all as they continued to look more energised as the night went on. Sometimes you just run on adrenaline when the stakes are this high. The Kings did play it smart by timing their chances in game two. S.Bordonaro led the way on an early goal that clearly fired up his bench to feed off the momentum. In that opening period alone, the Kings ignited like wild wire bagging five goals to carry a 5-2 lead heading into the remaining frame. Perhaps the back breaker occurred when G.DeLuca scored on a desperate wrap around that barely beat the clock. Even though there was an entire period remaining, the Kings felt and smelled victory at the tip of their hands. It was juts a question of managing the clock-from that point on. The Snipers attempted to battle back, but couldn’t penetrate the defence and A.Mancini, who was brilliant throughout the entire time. Again, G.DeLuca was a presence bagging two more goals as part of a four point performance. As the time clicked down to its final seconds, the Kings stormed out celebrating a well deserved championship. At no point did this group fight through much resistance or adversity. They were dominant-from last weeks semi finals through both games tonight versus a staked line up, and they did it without a couple of key components. All in all, they deserved what they got. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Stefano Bordonaro, who proudly wore his crown, and the rest of the Kings for capturing the Monday 4vs 4 championship.
(5)Kings vs Snipers(4) Game 1
(3)Snipers vs Kings(5) Game 2
The Salumivino player of the night goes to Giordano DeLuca of the Kings. Whether it was in the regular season or in the playoffs, G.DeLuca delivered in a big way, especially tonight collecting five goals and three helpers.
Monday September 19 (Final Division 1)
Classics celebrate after end to a dominant season
The Dragons needed everything possible to go right if they stood a chance at defeating the Classics on Monday night. To their credit, they managed a very strong start grabbing a 3-1 lead after one period, but it ended there. The Classics were than able to carry their intensity and domineering attitude-from that point on looking like they were playing-from another planet. They were simply overwhelming scoring at will as they couldn’t be stopped no matter how the Dragons tried to adjust. P.Karvouriaris struck three times, M.Mavroudis buried a pair while may others contributed in the 8-3 rout. Demoralising as it was, the Dragons tried to reset heading into game two. Unfortunately, nothing came of it as history repeated itself once more. The Classics continued with their high octane offense scoring at will ending the series earlier than it should have. With the score 8-0 after the first period alone, this series came to a wrap. The Dragons couldn’t match their opponent in all three areas of their game. Maybe the likes of J.Mandracchia could have helped more so in the first game to help provide a constant flow, but that’s all speculation. There issues were primarily on their inability to contain the Classics big guns. Giving up 16 goals in two periods will never cut it. Regardless the reasons, its safe to say that the team who expected to win got it done in the end. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out Pat Santullo and the Classics for taking home the Monday first division title.
(8)Classics vs Dragons(3) Game 1
(0)Dragons vs Classics(8) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Classics. The point producing menace was it again, this time accumulating seven points in two games to lead all teammates.
Thursday September 15
Fatal Demons claim Masters 35+ championship in thriller vs Assadi Consulting inc
The Fatal Demons claimed a slender 5-4 victory in what was a dramatic way to start off the series. The game kept going back and forth, and was finally stamped when S.Ruggiero posted his second late in the game to secure the outcome. The Assadi Consulting inc responded however in game two racing out to a dominant start riding three consecutive goals. In what appeared to be a comfortable lead, didn’t quite transpire that way with the Fatal Demons creeping back into it .G.DeMarinis had a strong finish posting two goals, but it just fell short with C.Pisanelli’s winner holding up. Up until that point, both sides spurned numerous chances in a compelling and breathless clash that set up the final stage to see who would prevail in game three. You almost feel obliged to get that first goal in a twelve minute game as its always proven to go a long way. T.Langiano provided it by the five minute mark of the match for the Assadi Consulting inc. As much as its nice to jump in front in such a pivotal contest, the Assadi Consulting inc may regret not making the most of extending that margin. They could have caused serious damage if a second tally were to follow. Instead, the Fatal Demons upped the tempo, and eventually got on board thanks to M.Chenier. The Fatal Demons looked determined to add to their tally which took only moments before G.DeMarinis ripped a one time after getting a sweet pass-from A.Zarzour. Now that the Fatal Demons found themselves up by one, the Assadi Consulting inc went into survival mode making the best of the little time left over. Unfortunately, they gave up another marker only a minute later courtesy of K.Araujo which ultimately decided a thrilling series. The Fatal Demons showed throughout the playoff season their commitment to battle hard with lots of hunger coming-from many skilled players and a solid net minder in R.Ranieri. Efforts as such can only pay off in the end. After a successful regular and post season, its safe to say that the deserving team gets the recognition they deserve. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Pat Santullo and the Fatal Demons for capturing the Masters 35+ division.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) Game 1
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs Fatal Demons(3) Game 2
(3)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting inc(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rino Ranieri of the Fatal Demons. Ranieri capped off a run on a masterful performance against a very lethal offense. With his aggressive, unorthodox style, the net minder was there when the Fatal Demons needed him the most making a ton of key saves that enabled his side to claim a deserving title.
Tuesday September 13
Stout defensive effort paces Team Red past Team White
(6)Team Red vs Team White(3)
Behind a stout defensive effort and some timely scoring, Team Red doubled up Team White on Tuesday night. Goals came-from six different players with M.Valmora collecting three total points. Team Red did an excellent job trapping the defensive lanes keeping Team White to the outside on the large part. G.Kanaras wasn’t overly busy, but still a key factor limiting his opponent to only three goals. Nearly all of the scoring was done in the first portion of the game. With Team Red riding a comfortable 6-3 lead, Team White tried as much as possible to battle back. They did carry some of the play, but kept finding themselves unable to create enough high end chances. It was a perfect formula used by Team Red that will work nearly every time.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to G.Kanaras. Allowing three goals in 48 minutes isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, Kanaras was there to deliver a stellar performance that helped his club get the better of Team White.
Team Yellow looking to get back on track after nice result vs Team Blue
(7)Team Blue vs Team Yellow(11)
Whatever frustration Team Yellow had for their recent performances, they took it out on Team Blue. Team Yellow played with more intensity, and produced a more solid game which was missing on the large part-from the start of the season. Sometimes you just got to get a good start somewhere and forget about the bad moments that live in the past. Tonight, they produced offense with A.Zakarian being a presence bagging four goals and four helpers while B.Mourad was solid making timely saves . The way the game started, it looked as though Team Yellow was in for another long ride. After all, they gave up three straight markers in the first five minutes. Then, as soon as A.Gold got them on board, the script flipped completely as they just took off-from there riding six unanswered tallies. It may be only one game, but the near future is looking good for a side that seems to have it together. As for Team Blue, the DeMarco brothers will always be there to make good things happen as both players combined with eight points.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Alex Zakarian. When the power forward is on top of his game, its very difficult for anyone to contain him. Tonight, he made a lot of right plays that resulted in a very productive eight point performance.
Team Orange, unable to keep up as the game went on with Team Black
(12)Team Black vs Team Orange(6)
The game started off well for the two sides with a lot of good scoring chances, nice looking saves, but Team Black eventually took over at one point. Team Orange didn’t seem to have the right method on how to slow down an explosive offensive team. With so many players to look out for, you almost have to commit to playing a full pin man on man game. Its usually difficult to apply that kind of discipline throughout 48 minutes. As time continued to roll, Team Black would chip away here and there to give themselves enough breathing room. C.Arnoldo opened and closed the scoring to finish off with a hat trick. J.Lapenna used two big goals early on to set the tone while M.Dearing and Marie-Eve cashed in twice as well. Team Orange didn’t have a choice but to gamble as the game went on. And as much as they tried to climb back into it, nothing was really working. D.Lipinski did have a strong night like he has shown game in and game out netting half of Team Oranges goals.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Claudio Arnoldo of Team Black. His ability to know where to be on the court resulted in him collecting a hat trick along with a pair of helpers.
M.Pacienza provides winner for Team Green in high scoring affair
(7)Team Purple vs Team Green(8)
Its one of those games where the goaltenders need to have a short memory. Sometimes balls will find their way as many went through in what was a nice back and forth contest between the two sides. D.Galloro gave S.Sauk plenty of fits early on riffling four tallies in the first 23 minutes of the game. Eventually, Team Green saw his short stick, and made it a point to address him. With the game reaching its final minutes, and nothing yet decided, M.Pacienza used a big timely goal that barely held up. Team Green had plenty of good ball control and perhaps could have runned up the score a little higher if it wasn’t for S.Catalano guarding Team Purple’s cage. T.Nardelli and M.Pagano chipped in with a pair for the win while P.Santullo collected five points that included four helpers.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Santullo of Team Green. The leader took charge making plenty of plays by setting up four goals while collecting one for himself.
Monday September 12 (Semi finals divisions 1 & 2)
C.Kakivelis and P.DelliColli deliver brilliant goaltending for the Classics and Altius
When the ball dropped between these two teams, you knew that this was going to be an intense series headed the entire distance. Both sides don’t lack high end skills-from their goaltenders P.DelliColli and C.Kakivelis to a bunch of scoring talent that are equally matched. They do resemble each other in many ways which came to no ones surprise that it went into a third and deciding game three. The Classics were hoping to avoid extending the series since they took the opening match, and because P.Karvouriaris scored late in game two to put his club up 3-2. Only desperation was left over for the Altius hopes of staying alive. By removing their goaltender, the play opened up, and J.Adamou had the space he needed to even the score with another blistering slap shot. Still, the Altius weren’t done yet as it took a must win in the shootout in order to keep their season going. After a multitude of attempts-from the two sides, neither players were able to figure out C.Kakivelis and P.DelliColli. It took the seventh attempt for J.Adamou to use a perfect back hand in order to get the better of Kakivelis. That tally forced a game three twelve minute game where the Classics found themselves in a great spot after being awarded a power play opportunity. It was almost no accident that M.Mavroudis would bury his chance -from his sweet spot on the field after receiving a perfect pass-from M.Destounis. Going up 1-0 in these situations is the equivalent of taking a massive lead. The Classics knew that they had only five minutes to play their most intense game of the season. As much as the Altius did have their fair share of chances, C.Kakivelis was their to deny them every single time. Eventually the clock ran out, and the Altius just fell short in a series that could have easily gone either way.
(5)Classics vs Altius(2) Game 1
(4)Altius vs Classics(3) S.O Game 2
(1)Classics vs Altius(0) Game 3
Orient doomed after surrendering late shorthanded goal
The Orient looked like they were on the verge of forcing a third and deciding game carrying a 2-1 lead late in the second encounter. On top of that, they found themselves on the power play and needed nothing less than to move the ball around to bleed out the clock. And rather than closing out the deal, they surrendered a shorthanded goal instead which ignited the Dragons to take it in a shootout. J.Mandracchia was there again making high end plays that enabled the Dragons to get that extra edge over their opponent. The forward was dominant once more, collecting four points in game one while netting a big shorthanded tally that sent game two into a shootout. Mandracchia wasn’t done yet as he buried his chance in the breakaways which was followed by P.Musto doing the same to secure and close out the series. In addition to Mandracchia’s stellar display, B.Daniele was just as vital bagging a total of four goals and an assist The Orient didn’t catch any breaks in a series that was extremely close. They dropped both games by a hair, and a shootout that normally goes either way. Sometimes the bounces just don’t come your way.
(4)Orient vs Dragons(5) Game 1
(4)Dragons vs Orient(3) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night in the first division goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Classics. The Classics are primarily known for their lethal weapons up front to make the difference. And while that was still the case, their goaltending played a major role in this series. C.Kakivelis was absolutely sharp throughout the entire time, and perhaps the key reason why the Classics will be playing in the final.
The first division is now down to its final two teams. The Classics and the Dragons will square off in what will be a fast paced offensive series. Since both sides like to play that run and gun style game, this series will depend on how well the goaltending goes. Joe DeStefano will be extremely busy but ready for the task to go up against either S.Morante or C.Kakivelis. P.Santullo will make the important decision on who to go with in net for the Classics.
Degenerates unable to match pace with Kings
The only way the Degenerates had any sort of chance was to try and play in front in this series with the Kings. Unable to get that first tally, G.DeLuca struck instead for the Kings late in the first period. The Kings didn’t take long to double their lead when D.Lombardi scored early in the second frame. The Degenerates were stuck dealing with an issue of not generating enough offense. Even though they had some chances , it wasn’t nearly enough to pose any sort of threat, especially with A.Mancini securing the net. The Kings would close out game one with Mancini turning aside a 13 save shutout. One thing that the Degenerates wanted to avoid in game two was to start-from behind. With the script repeating itself, G.DeLuca put the Kings in front once more. Eventually the Degenerates did get their rare goal to even the score, but that barely lasted as D.Lombardi was there to regain the lead. Perhaps the back break occurred just before the opening frame ended with DeLuca posting his second for a 3-1 lead. It was clear-from that point on that the Degenerates were deflated and had no other choice but to take some chances which enabled the Kings to counter attack. In the span of just over two minutes, T.Ferreira riffled a hat trick on all three feeds coming-from DeLuca., ultimately closing out a fairly easy series.
(3)Kings vs Degenerates(0) Game 1
(2)Degenerates vs Kings(6) Game 2
Snipers staple ticket to final in dominant fashion over Country Club
A fast start and another solid outing by M.St-Laurent made for a fairly easy night for the Snipers. The scoring came by committee in game one with efforts-from four different players while game two saw their captain Ali Khanafer take charge netting a hat trick, and J.Hassan accumulating a ton of points. Every aspect of the Snipers game worked wonders on Monday night. The defense dominated both games thoroughly, the offense scored at will, and M.St-Laurent allowed the Country Club to only two goals in as many games. The Country Club didn’t help their cause either in the second match taking way too many penalties that allowed the Snipers to bury three chances. It looked-from the get go that the Snipers came to play flooring a deep and complete roster. By riding their full bench, the Country Club felt the pressure of reacting quick which caused turn overs and errors leading to scoring chances by the Snipers. Overall, it was just a brilliant performance by a team that appears to be ready for the big dance.
(1)Country Club vs Snipers(4) Game 1
(6)Snipers vs Country Club(1) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night in the second division goes to Jafar Hassan of the Snipers. In his clubs total of ten goals over two games , J.Hassan had his hand involved in nine of them as the engine that generated a ton of offense.
The second division will feature the Kings taking on the Snipers for the big prize on Monday night. This will be an interesting series between two teams with different styles. The Kings are lethal up front as they will rely on D.Lombardi, G.DeLuca and T.Ferreira to do most of their damage. For the Snipers, although they have Ali Khanafer and J.Hassan in that department, the game plan will rely more on how they play without the ball. The Snipers like to fore-check and use their speed to take away time and space. It will be up to the Kings to adjust and make sure that they also make that commitment to play well without the ball. If they apply that part to their game , then their team name will be justified.
Sunday September 11
T.Settino helps Team Orange pull away late
(11)Team Orange vs Team White(7)
Powered by T.Settino’s strong finish, Team Orange closed off what was once a close game with Team White. This contest was led by their star players creating most of the offense. For Team Orange, T.Settino was unstoppable riding five goals and two assists, and D.Lipinski was just as effective accumulating six points. As likely expected, B.Sorice carried the load for Team White posting four tallies along with two helpers. It looked as though Team Orange were on their way to an easy thumping leading by a reasonable margin. Unable to keep that momentum going, Team White flipped the script where they eventually found themselves trailing only by one with not much time left over. It was-from that point on that T.Settino stole the limelight. Often, your high end talent will figure out ways to make a difference. T.Settino provided three straight insurance markers to distance his club, and capture a difficult win versus Team White.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Tony Settino. No doubt T.Settino made a huge impact in his clubs 11-7 decision. The forward collected a bunch of points striking five times as part of a seven point performance.
Team Green fail to close it out versus Team Blue
(8)Team Green vs Team Blue(9)
They had their moments, and they had their leads for long enough. However, it was Team Blue that had the final say thanks to N.Faria deciding matters late in the game. Team Green had to be wondering what went wrong when it was said and done. With so many quality players , they somehow managed to screw it up by enabling Team Blue to battle back. The result needed no heroes or ringers as everyone puled their weight on a strong effort. P.Stroubakis did net a hat trick to lead in the goals department, and F.Decossier was able to cash in twice while A.Michailidis made that one extra key save over his counter part S.Sauk to capture the win. While it can be argued that Team Green let this one slip away, Team Blue will make a strong case that they merited this game just as well for how they battled throughout the entire time.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Peter Stroubakis of Team Blue. Scoring at key moments, P.Stroubakis struck three times to help decide a very close encounter.
Thursday September 8 (Semi finals)
Assadi Consulting inc pull off an incredible series with Brewers
It may have been only game one, but the end result was crushing for the Assadi Consulting inc, who had all the momentum going for them only to see it evaporate. J.Courteau and N.Kokovidis each scored late to even the score at four goals a piece. Then, with not much time remaining, this contest appeared to be headed for a shootout until L.Bavellas ripped a shop-from centre court to beat P.Assadi. Despite the sour ending, the Assadi Consulting inc didn’t let it get to them knowing that they were capable of competing with the Brewers. It showed almost immediately as they escaped the first period up 3-1. Y.Gazura went nuclear bagging three goals while P.Assadi allowed only one tally despite enduing a lingering injury. Finally, both sides were stuck having to play their best hockey in a twelve minute mini game. As likely expected, nothing got decided as the two teams traded one goal a piece which now forced a five minute sudden death period. During that frame, neither side were able to capitalise despite some high end chances. C.Stavriadis made an incredible save sticking out his glove to deny T.Langiano, who felt he got robbed. However, T.Langiano would get the final say when he picked up a rebound to get Stavriadis back with only 30 seconds left in the game. The Assadi Consulting inc did something quite remarkable by defeating the Brewers on Thursday night . They were undermanned, and stuck playing with their net minder hopping on one leg while still managing to get it done versus a side that had pretty much their entire line up.
(4)Assadi Consulting inc vs Brewers(5) Game 1
(1)Brewers vs Assadi Consulting inc(4) Game 2
(2)Assadi Consulting inc vs Brewers(1) O.T Game 3
Armos suffocated by Fatal Demons
The Fatal Demons were methodical and meticulous in dismantling the Armos ability to do much with their time and space. A team with a ton of experience and chemistry for playing together will do that to you. Also, it helps when you can play in front which the Fatal Demons made it a point to catch their opponent off guard. M.Destounis made the score 3-1 after one period which put the Armos in a tough spot regardless the amount of time left over. They would pull themselves within one thanks to J.Melo on a goal that appeared to give them life. Unfortunately, they were deflated almost immediately when M. Mavroudis unleashed a bullet-from mid court to regain the two goal margin. Still, the Armos took the approach of trying to respond in game two knowing that they could compete with their full roster. And while things appeared to be going well with the opportunity of pulling ahead on a power play chance, the opposite happened instead. G.DeMarinis used a big shorthanded goal toward the end of the period to put his club up 2-1. The deficit was very narrow, but the Fatal Demons knew how to suck the oxygen of the game. As much as the Armos attempted to battle back, the space was very limited, and the goaltending remained solid with R.Ranieri taking care of his cage. Eventually, the Armos would endure another deflating moment when M.Mavroudis made the score 3-1. By that point, the Armos had to pull their net minder for the extra attack which only amounted to the Fatal Demons feeding the empty cage twice to close out the series.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Armos(3) Game 1
(1)Armos vs Fatal Demons(5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Timmy Langiano of the Assadi Consulting inc. When the big moments came, T. Langiano was behind them collecting two big points that included the game series winner late in game three.
With the Fatal Demons and the Assadi Consulting inc advancing, both sides will be playing for the all the marbles in the Masters 35+ division. Its clear that this will depend on who the Assadi Consulting inc will floor as a team. With so much uncertainty, its difficult to gauge how it will end up. That being said, the Fatal Demons will show up, and will prove to them that no matter who they bring, that they are the real team to beat.
Tuesday September 6
A.Mancini delivers a big goaltending performance for Team Red
(4)Team Red vs Team Yellow(2)
What looked like some easy points to the standings ended up with Team Red hanging on in the end. J.Choudhry and A.Dahglian posted goals only four minutes apart to provide what appeared as a safe 4-0 lead. Up until that point, it looked as though A.Mancini was headed to earning a shutout. The problem was that Team Yellow kept coming at their opponent, and it was only a question of time before they would figure out A.Mancini. Team Yellow managed two quick tallies while putting on some serious pressure in search of a third goal. Unfortunately, time became their worst enemy as they just couldn't get their quick enough despite generating some decent scoring chances. Throughout most of the match, this contest was very close, and could have been even tighter if not for A.Mancini making some key saves earlier on. Since Team Yellow couldn't break the barrier, Team Red would slowly make them pay as the game went on. Four different players took turns finding the back of the net that saw E.Allen and T.Scarpelli share two points each.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Albert Mancini of Team Red. With goaltending so important, Mancini never enabled Team Yellow to get into the game until it was too late.
Marie-Eve's second tally caps remarkable comeback for Team Black
(6)Team Purple vs Team Black(7)
Team Black pulled off a comeback for the ages, scoring five straight goals to take a 6-5 lead. Team Purple thought they had stopped the bleeding when M.DaSilva tied the game, but that barely lasted when Marie-Eve was there once more to haunt her opponents. Her beautiful wrist shot found its way through with only eight minutes left in the game. Time wasn't really a factor yet by that point with plenty of it left over for Team Purple, who didn't really generate enough decent chances considering the circumstances. It showed that Team Black regained control of this game and weren't planning to let it slip away. Not bad for a team that looked dead in the water. As much as comebacks can be impressive, they shouldn't be happening at this magnitude. Team Purple needed to keep pressing and avoid getting complacent no matter what the score is. After somewhat of a shaky start , A Michalidis was stellar in net enabling Team Black to overcome an incredible deficit.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Marie-Eve of Team Black. In what was an incredible game between these two teams, Marie-Eve came up clutch posting her second goal as part of a four point night to snap a 6-6 tie for Team Black
Monday September 5
Degenerates storm-from behind to close out series with RCGT Knights
The importance of getting that first goal came a long way in the first encounter for the Degenerates. D.Charbonneau was able to provide it on the power play, and the RCGT Knights had no answers-from that point on. It does also help having a sound net minder making the necessary saves. C.Kakivelis remained square and sharp while his defense was there to clean out the front of the crease. The Degenerates knew their second match was going to be a lot more difficult because of their shorter bench. Unable to play in front, they found themselves down 2-0 by the nine minute mark of the first period. All they needed was to get that next tally and build off it. A.Desrosiers came through shortly after on a wicked wrist shot to give his side plenty of life with a lot of time left over. That goal clearly sparked the Degenerates entering the final frame as they found the will to battle hard and eventually get rewarded. S.Marricco tied things up at two goals a piece right before A.Lanni found a way to squeeze his shot-form a tough angle. Out of nowhere, the RCGT Knights had lost control of the situation, and knew that their night was coming to a close, especially when J.Melo made them pay on a turn over. Even though there was half a period remaining, C.Kakivelis wasn’t going to surrender two goals.
(3)Degenerates vs RCGT Knights(0) Game 1
(2)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(4) Game 2
HC Jokerit couldn’t feed off late momentum, Country Club slip though next round
It was all Country Club as they were buzzing up and down the line-up winning an easy first period up 2-0. The second period appeared to be going fine on the large part, at least in the first eight minutes. Then, it all fell apart for the Country Club as the HC Jokerit stormed back netting three goals to send the game into a shootout. When game one finishes in a draw, its so important to try and get that first one under your belt. Unfortunately for the HC Jokerit, they couldn’t prevail in the shootout with the Country Club scoring twice courtesy of J.Carriere and M-A Savaria. You always have that second chance to force a third and deciding game but the Country Club made sure this time to tighten the bolts. The turning point occurred by the eight minute mark of the final frame where J-S Lowe made the score 3-1. There was no doubt that the Country Club kept in mind what happened to them in the earlier contest. Granted, the HC Jokerit did respond shortly after to narrow the gap by one, but that was all they would get by M.Dupuis, who made sure to close out the series.
(5)Country Club vs HC Jokerit(4) Game 1
(2)HC Jokerit vs Country Club(4) Game 2
D.Greco extends series on big shootout goal, Snipers get the last word
Despite playing with an anemic line up, the Horsemen have impressively weaved their way to forcing a third and deciding game. The Snipers did a brilliant job in the opener keeping the Horsemen off the score sheet thanks to their great coverage and solid goaltending by M.St-Laurent. They would have liked nothing less than to repeat a similar performance knowing that they had the upper hand with a deeper roster. However, that didn’t discourage the Horsemen-from battling hard as they finally got their offense going striking four times. D.Greco was behind making all four goals happen by feeding four different teammates while netting the lone shootout marker to force a third and deciding game. The two sides understood how important it was to get that first goal, especially in slippery conditions. An early unfortunate penalty by the Horsemen enabled the Snipers to take advantage of a golden opportunity. Ali Khanafer seized the moment to break the barrier with the help of J.Hassan, who also set him up for a second time to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Horsemen did all they could by that point by removing their net minder in hopes of some sort of luck. In the end, it just wasn’t meant to be for a side that could have used a little more help on their bench.
(2)Snipers vs Horsemen(0) Game 1
(5)Horsemen vs Snipers(4) S.O Game 2
(3)Snipers vs Horsemen(0) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ali Khanafer of the Snipers. In all three games, the captain led by example, producing points that included two big goals that helped decide the series in game three.
The second division is off to the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Kings vs Degenerates(6) The Kings are younger, faster and have some deadly weapons up front. The Degenerates will rely on keeping it simple while playing a patient game. If the games can remain close, the Degenerates could have a chance, but the Kings do hold the overall advantage due to their pace and better conditioning.
(2)Country Club vs Snipers(4) Expect both sides to battle and grind their way through till the very end. The Snipers have no quit in their game, and neither do the Country Club. This will come down to all the little details, and the element of luck.
Assadi Consulting inc playing with fire in must win game
Whatever thread the Assadi Consulting inc playoff hopes were hanging on, the Classics took a pair of scissors to it Monday night. You cant really help yourself if you don’t come stacked. The Assadi Consulting inc played with fire hoping to rely on a shorter bench. Unable to really get anything going, it was the Classics that were in clear control of the two games. The first encounter was somewhat close with the Classics taking it 3-1. P.Karvouriaris collected three helpers that saw T.Langiano benefit twice. You would have to figure that a desperate response was in play for the Assadi Consulting inc, who had to approach their second encounter as a must win. That couldn’t be further-from the case as the Classics showed no mercy running up the score . M.Destounis led the charge riffling four goals, P.Karvouriaris got on board bagging a pair as did his brother T.Karvouriaris. What’s probably the most remarkable part of the two games is the fact that P.Karvouriaris participated in all thirteen goals. Simply put, the Classics were to overwhelming for the Assadi Consulting inc, who now needed some help in the games between the Altius and the Dragons.
(1)Assadi Consulting inc vs Classics(3)
(10)Classics vs Assadi Consulting inc(3)
Altius clinch playoff berth in dominant fashion versus Dragons
After receiving some great news for the downfall of the Assadi Consulting inc, the Altius were now in control of their own destiny if they planned on extending their season. Their depth played a major role why they ran over the Dragons in both games. By the time the first period ended, the Altius were closer to accomplishing their mission riding six consecutive goals on scoring efforts-from different players. Still, nothing was yet set in stone as it took another result in order to leap frog passed the Assadi consulting inc. By this point, they trailed them by only one point which forced at least a tie or a victory. It showed almost immediately that they meant business with A.Kobayati leading the way striking twice by the four minute mark. At no point did the Altius let go of the gas pedal. Up 3-1 after one period, the flood gates opened once more as they rattled off five tallies in just under six minutes. P.Arkalis and S.Castonguay were part of the equation as both players cashed in in twice along with Kobayati completing his hat trick. It just showed how one team treated both games with desperation versus a side that didn’t really have much to play for, especially with some missing elements. The Altius managed to get through the back door thanks to some help earlier on, and the fact that their opponent weren’t in the same situation. Regardless, they are now in, and will look ahead as greater challenges face them in a very competitive division.
(3)Dragons vs Altius(7)
(8)Altius vs Dragons(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris. What can you really say when a player participates in all thirteen goals scored by his team.
Division 2 regular season came to an end on Monday night. With four teams remaining, the semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Classics vs Altius(4) Two teams that are very familiar with one another should suggest for a very good series. Its clear that the Classics have perhaps more lethal weapons up front. However, the Altius could match them in that area with players such as the Arkalis brothers and A.Kobayati, who could do damage. This one isn’t a given for the Classics despite their 18-1-1 record.
(2)Orient vs Dragons(3) The Orient may be an overall faster team, but the Dragons have some high end players that can change a game at any point. How the Dragons manage their key components could play a major role on how this series gets decided. F.Nasser will have to adjust, match and make good decision on how to contain players like J.Mandracchia, P.Musto and B. Daniele. Just like the previous series, this one is also up for grabs.
Sunday September 4
E.Allen saves collapse for Team Red bagging late winner
(10)Team Red vs Team Orange(9)
Team Red took on Team Orange in what turned out to be one of the most exciting games so far this season. D.Galloro got Team Orange on board, but Team Red took over right away riding three consecutive goals. Throughout the entire time-from that point on, Team Red played in front on a slight margin. They eventually managed to build in what appeared to be a comfortable 9-6 lead with just over five minutes remaining. Normally you should close out the deal with that kind of a gap and with so little time left over. However, that wasn’t the case at all with Team Orange generating late pressure as they looked to battle back into the game. To their credit, they strung three straight goals in only two minutes with S.Fabrici evening the score. Since this contest was extremely volatile, it came to no ones surprise that somebody was going to score before the clock ran out of time. Luckily enough for Team Red, E.Allen responded with the go ahead marker that barely held up for a crazy finish. The win was backed up by J.Choudhry, who netted a hat trick while D.Greco did the same but in a losing cause.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Jamie Choudhry of Team Red. Thanks to his strong plays and vision, J.Choudhry was again a big asset for Team Red bagging a hat trick.
Team Black outlast Team Green in high scoring affair
(16)Team Black vs Team Green(9)
It really didn’t take long for this one to pick up right away in what became a total nightmare for the goaltenders. At no point did this contest ever settle down as the goals just kept coming-from the two sides. After falling behind early 3-1, Team Black caught fire, and Team Green weren’t able to cool them down having to endure an unstoppable torrid offense. Team Black were practically scoring every minute or two that lasted the entire time. Its not like Team Green didn’t get their fair share of goal scoring as it was their play without the ball that ultimately hurt them in the end. You just cannot give up that many goals in order to have a chance. While P.Petraccione and T.Nardelli put up some nice numbers finishing off with a total of eight points each, Team Black had many of their players chipping in as well with C.Arnoldo riffling a hat trick and P.Lopez accumulating six points. As for Team Green, P.Santullo and M.Saia potted hat tricks, S.Sauk buried a pair, and M.Destounis was behind setting up six goals.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Petraccione of Team Black. Always a force out there, P.Petraccione directed the offense making lots of plays happen that resulted in him collecting a total of eight points.
Thursday September 1
G.DeMarinis stays hot with six points, Fatal Demons topple RCGT Knights
G.DeMarinis continued his torrid scoring on Thursday night collecting another six points that secured his scoring title and a first place finish for the Fatal Demons. Nothing less was expected for the Fatal Demons than to rack up six clean points against an undermanned RCGT Knights. Granted, the first encounter did involve plenty of work with the game remaining extremely close for a large portion of time. Eventually, the Fatal Demons pulled away when M.Mavroudis strung two quick goals to give his side some breathing room. After running up the score for an easy finish, the Fatal Demons made life easier on themselves in the second match. G.DeMarinis lead the charge once more on the games first two goals which was followed almost immediately with M.Chenier and A.Zarzour striking for a commanding 4-0 lead after one period. There was only so much that the RCGT Knights could have handled rotating one player on their bench. M.Dupuis was still very good in net despite what the final scores look like while offensively F.Vitoratos and V.Mancini faired well as both player collected three points each.
(2)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(6)
(6)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(2)
F.Koch and Armos pleased with their overall performance to close out season with Brewers
Despite flooring a short bench, the Armos put to together a solid overall performance against a deep Brewers team. Scoring first is always a key factor when playing with less bodies. That first tally enables you to take less risks which forces your opposition to open up their game a little more. The Armos benefited when C.Doulis worked his way to the net that somehow saw the ball trickle behind C.Stavriadis. That slight lead came along way in the end as the Armos timed their opportunities while making it a priority to play a sound defensive game. Of coarse it helps when your net minder bails you out as well. F.Koch was perfect stopping every single ball his way en route to a well earned shutout. The Armos however weren’t done yet as they attempted a duplicated effort in the ensuing match. And to their credit, they got that first goal once more. By this point, F.Koch hasn’t yet conceded anything up until the final frame where the Brewers finally got their break. D.Verta made a cross pass to his captain A.Lanni who had a wide open net to feed and tie things up. Sometimes it just takes that one goal to get things going which applied in this particular case with J.DeSua snapping a late tie.
(0)Brewers vs Armos(5)
(1)Armos vs Brewers(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the Armos. When games are played extremely close, often your goaltender will be making the difference. The Armos collected their first win on a shutout by F.Koch, and nearly stung the Brewers a second time thanks to their net minder being a big factor.
Tonight concluded the regular season in the Masters 35+ division. The semi finals will take place Thursday September 8. The match ups area s follows :
(1)Fatal Demons vs Armos(4) So difficult to gauge who will come out of this one. Assuming both teams have their complete roster, this series could easily go either way. Both sides have the scoring, the defensive discipline and solid goaltending that can take you a long way. Its one of those cases where bounces and some element of luck could decide matters.
(2)Assadi Consulting inc vs Brewers(3) Plain and simple, the pressure will come down to how P.Assadi preforms in net. The Brewers will get their consistent goaltending-from C.Stavriadis which will force Assadi to match him on the other side of the court. That being said, P.Assadi has proven enough times that he his a playoff performer. If he stands tall when it counts, the Assadi Consulting inc will look in good shape to advancing. However, that will also depend on who shows up-from his roster as rumor as it that key players may be missing.
Tuesday August 30
Dek Lanaudiere blow past Hockeyballe.com to finish season strong
(0)Hockeyballe.com vs Dek Lanaudiere(5)
Hockeyballe.com could say they hung around long enough, but ultimately fell off the grid by the time the third period hit. G.Marineau made the score 3-0, and E.Valiquette closed out the deal with back to back insurance goals. M.Levin stopped all 13 shots he faced , and while he wasn’t overly busy , he looked confident and strong in net to record a shutout. It didn’t take long for S.Dicaire to get Dek Lanaudiere on board. Getting that first goal always helps, and Dek Lanaudiere was able to seize control that lasted throughout the entire three periods. The win puts them presently in second place of the division which could be locked up depending what the Centre SportXpo does versus Le Rinque. As for the Hockeyballe.com, this was their first of two games of a double header night as they look to rebound later against Dek Ultimate.
Power play dooms Centre SportXpo in first place match up with Le Rinque
(4)Le Rinque vs Centre SportXpo(1)
Depending what happened in this game between the Centre SportXpo and Le Rinque will determine who finishes in first place. Le Rinque did enter the night with the slight advantage of needing to bring the game into overtime or needing to win it by only one goal which would be sufficient to staple their regular season division title. But their ambitions were much higher as it showed in the first period where they strung two goals together-from S.Provencal and J.Bellevance. Clearly, that put the Centre SportXpo in a bind having to battle back against a side that barely gives you anything. However, they managed to get that next needed goal courtesy of P.Musto to cut the lead in half with plenty of time left over. In order to get any sort of success going up against Le Rinque, you need to avoid visiting the penalty box. On three occasions, Le Center SportXpo floored a man short, and in consequence paid the price in the end. Le Rinque buried all three chances with the man advantage on scoring efforts-from three different players. After receiving 18 shots, C.Lantin stopped all but one to earn the win in net.
Sluggish offense continues for Hockeyballe.com as they fall to Dek Ultimate
(1)Hockeyballec.om vs Dek Ultimate(4)
As their season comes to a close, the Hockeyballe.com need to address an important area of their game. Yes they can defend, and yes they can rely on some solid goaltending, but that wont be nearly enough if you cant contribute offensively. Tonight’s double header has to come as cause for concern for a side that buried only one chance in six periods. P.Arkalis needed to wait up until the third period to finally end the spell which had his side trail 2-1 by that point. Unfortunately, they laid another egg shortly after when H.Merone collected his third point of the game. There was almost no way that the Dek Ultimate were going to let this one slip away, especially being the fresher group of the two sides. With the clock winding down, Merone added his second as part of a four point night while B.Dieujuste was able to collect his third point of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to H.Merone of Dek Ultimate. The clever and shifty forward was feeling it on this night participating in all four goals that led to a 4-1 decision.
The Dek Elite regular season came to a close on Tuesday night. The playoff season will begin on Saturday September 17 held at the Centre SportXpo de Laval. The first round will feature the fourth place seed versus the fifth place seed to determine who will play the first place Le Rinque. That match will involve the Dek Ultimate taking on the Hockeyballe.com. There is a determined semi final match up set between the Dek Lanaudiere taking on the Centre SportXpo.
(1)Le Rinque vs winner of (4) Dek Ultimate vs Hockeyballec.com(5)
(2)Dek Lanaudiere vs Centre SportXpo de Laval(3)
Tuesday August 30
Team Blue recover after blowing 2-0 lead to Team White
(5)Team Blue vs Tean White(2)
A 2-0 lead became a 2-2 tie mid way through the game , but Team Blue were able to get it together and take home the win thanks to three straight goals by J.DeMarco, F.Guerrieri and F.Decoster. For team Blue, it was about how they finished that matters. After they saw their two goal lead evaporate, they managed to right the ship in time en route to a 5-2 decision. Goaltending was also a big part of it with M.Tzouvadakis standing firm between the pipes. Team White got to him only twice in a short minute span courtesy of F.Tangora and W.Mandoza. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players supported with great help-from R.DeMarco and A.Rossi as both players collected three helpers each.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to M.Tzouvadakis of Team Blue. Always look to your goaltender when the games are very close. Apart-from giving up only two markers, Tzouvadakis did more than his share to help provide a nice win for Team Blue.
T.Nardelli nets fast hat trick in rout for Team Purple
(9)Team Purple vs Team Yellow(3)
T.Nardelli single handily put Team Purple in the drivers seat of this contest versus Team Yellow. It took the sniper only fifteen minutes into it to record an incredibly fast hat trick. No doubt that surge sparked life into Team Purple, who weren’t done yet by that point. They managed to run up the score to eight consecutive goals before finally conceding one. P.Desforges was there to break the barrier which was followed almost immediately with M.Pacienza striking again for Team Yellow. Its always difficult to fall behind that deep unable to stop the bleeding. Team Purple saw their big guns provide scoring early on that caught like wild wire. D.Galloro and R.Santosousso were also a menace as both players combined for elven points.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Tony Nardelli of Team Purple. Nardelli took all but fifteen minutes into the game scoring an incredible hat trick to help lead his club in a convincing fashion.
Monday August 29
Degenerates gelling right in time for playoff season
Its what you expect to get when you occupy all three zones of the game. The Degenerates did well in all categories, and as a result, the Big Timer dug themselves to deep unable to recover. After closing out a 7-0 decision, the Degenerates found themselves having to kill a four minute penalty in their second encounter. No doubt it came as a great opportunity for the Big Timer to strike first and build on something. Instead, the opposite happened with A.Desrosiers coming in on a hard wrist shot giving Y.Labbe no chance what so ever. Once the Degenerates got on board, the flood gates opened again. Every player participated in one way or another which is what you hope for as a team to gel before entering the playoffs. C.Kakivelis came to replace T.Borgia between the pipes for the Degenerates . And although he wasn’t too busy, the goaltender was involved looking like a ball moving defenseman while making sure to keep a clean sheet en route to a pair of shutouts.
(7)Degenerates vs Big Timer(0)
(0)Big Timer vs Degenerates(6)
Altius respond and bank key points to the standings
They may not have done it in the first encounter, but the Altius got an important 5-2 win over the Orient in the second match. The season has reached a pivotal stage where every single point counts for three teams fighting for their playoff lives. The Altius put themselves in a good position for now, but nothing is close to being settled. It will all depend on what the other teams do-from now till next weeks games. For now, they got the job done, especially in the second encounter where the urgency showed-from the drop of the ball. B.Bentivegna, A.Catino and P.Arkalis all scored to build a nice 3-0 lead. The Orient would then reply thanks to M.Zarzour finally getting to M.Melo, who was stellar making a bunch of key saves. Even though there was enough time for the Orient to climb back into this, they just couldn’t compete against a more desperate team. The Altius made sure to keep the gas pedal floored throughout the entire time where they captured an important win to the standings. The first encounter went the Orient’s way in the shootout courtesy of G.Yacoub netting the lone marker coupled with E.Paradis-Levasseur stopping all three shooters his way.
(2)Altius vs Orient(3) S.O
(2)Orient vs Altius(5)
Horsemen end season on poor note, Country Club seasoned for what’s ahead
You have losses, and you have miserable losses. For the Horsemen’s end to the regular season, they will consider it a miserable loss. You could say they were in the first game where they dropped it in a shootout, but that didn’t compare anywhere close to how they laid an egg in the ensuing match. The Country Club were quicker, stronger and more determined in their overall game which made sense why it wasn’t even close. Even if the Horsemen wanted to treat it as a big game, the energy level just wasn’t there. Six first period goals had already gone in for the Country Club, who by then didn’t really have much to play for. S.Boudin was the only player to strike twice out of the eight goals which suggests how well balanced the Country Club are as a group. While the Country Club are headed in the right direction, the Horsemen will have to take a positive approach with a week to figure things out. They know as a group what they are capable of. Sometimes its just about keeping it simple while playing hard. V.Pandza will send a strong message to his troops that will translate into something good to come.
(2)Horsemen vs Country Club(3) S.O
(8)Country Club vs Horsemen(2)
Joe DeStefano stones HC Jokerit on two shutout wins, Dragons secure playoff spot
The Dragons wanted to secure a playoff birth in their two games versus the HC Jokerit, and they did just that thanks to a couple of key factors. Winning both games by not giving up a goal indicates that your net minder had plenty to do with it. There was just no denting the Dragons goalie on this night. Knowing how high the stakes were, DeStefano kept his head in it the entire time battling every ball his way while making the extra effort to stop everything in sight. The HC Jokerit couldn’t figure him out despite some high end chances, especially by the second game. While your goaltender needs to be there for you, goals need to come as well. The Dragons relied on their dynamic duo in the first encounter with G.DeMarinis and J.Mandracchia making pretty much everything happen as both players combined for six pints with DeMarinis completing a hat trick. The second match was much closer because of the man power the HC Jokerit had over the Dragons. Still, they couldn’t get on board first which could have complicated matters for the Dragons. Instead, J.Scalia cashed in by the six minute mark, and the Dragons managed to hang on to dear life in order to preserve a much needed win that secured them a playoff spot.
(4)Dragons vs HC Jokerit(0)
(0)HC Jokerit vs Dragons(2)
Kings put forth strong finish to regular season
You always want to keep good habits and finish strong right before your playoffs. The Kings did just that in their two games versus the RCGT Knights by taking both encounters rather easily. Granted, neither side did floor a complete roster, but the Kings still prevailed on their short bench. You have to expect that D.Lombardi was going to put some balls behind the net like he’s been doing game in and game out. The power forward shared a hat trick in the first game with M.Gibson while G.DeLuca was very productive as well collecting a total of nine points. The RCGT Knights kept both games close in their first of two periods before finding themselves to far behind. S.Ruggiero produced most of their offense accumulating a pair of tallies and a couple of helpers. Overall, it wasn’t a great measuring stick for the two teams since they were both missing key pieces.
(5)RCGT Knights vs Kings(8)
(6)Kings vs RCGT Knights(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joe DeStefano of the Dragons. Knowing how crucial tonight’s games were for the standings, the net minder did not disappoint making every single stop possible in order to capture two huge victories.
Division 2 regular season came to an end on Monday night. The first place Kings will skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
(2) Country Club vs HC Jokerit(7) Everything points to the Country Club to come out of this series. The HC Jokerit will need to tighten up defensively, and use their one key asset which is their speed. If they cam manage a split, than anything is possible after that in a game three minute game. However, it will be a difficult task to beat a team that has the collective hockey sense and skill factor that the Country Club has along with M.Dupuis guarding his cage. Look for the Country Club to advance in this series.
(3)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(6) Should be a close series between two teams familiar with each other. Goaltending will be important in what will be a chess match. Whoever can limit their mistakes will have the upper hand. Since both teams have the experience, this series may come down to some fortunate bounces here and there.
(4)Snipers vs Horsemen(5) The Horsemen have been struggling as of late, but that doesn’t mean that they cant advance. The Snipers will come out to compete very hard and give the Horsemen a difficult time. This series will depend on the compete level of the Horsemen and some other factors. If they can floor their complete defensive core, the Snipers may be in trouble. Time will only tell in this one.
Tuesday August 23
Team Red eventually fall apart after keeping it close early to Team Purple
(3)Team Red vs Team Purple(9)
Team Red stayed in contention with Team Purple for as long as they could, but ultimately fell apart as the game went on. It was by the twenty minute mark into the game that Team Purple’s offense came wave after wave creating a significant gap. D.Galloro started the madness on two early goals, and added two more to increase the margin by four tallies. Its always difficult to recover after a let down no matter how strong you try to bounce back into the game. Team Red couldn’t catch any breaks during the mid way point of the match while Team purple made sure to bury their chances. Other notables in the win include G.Charron, who potted a pair, and M.Estrela that was behind setting up three different teammates.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to D.Galloro of Team Purple. Not only did he get the ball rolling on two early goals, D.Galloro added two more in only five minutes to put his club in a good position to secure the win.
Momentum takes a last turn favoring Team Orange in tight battle with Team Blue
(4)Team Blue vs Team Orange(5)
Just when everything appeared to be going in the right direction for Team Blue, Team Orange ended up snatching it away. First, Team Orange erased a 1-0 lead by responding with three straight of their own. Then, Team Blue returned the favor on three consecutive goals as well, and finally Team Orange swung the pendulum once more bagging a pair in only a minute. You almost had to figure that his pattern was going to continue since there was plenty of time left over. Somehow, neither side was able to capitalize with just over twenty minutes left over. Perhaps that’s attributed to the net minders stealing the show. B.Verducci might have had a more difficult challenge trying to keep Team Blue-from leveling the game. And to his credit, he was able to shut the door and collect the win since his club couldn’t provide him any insurance what so ever. On the flip side of the court, his counter part was equally brilliant. M.Tzouvadakis did all that he could enabling Team Blue to get that much needed equalizer that never came.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Ben Verducci of Team Orange. Having to fend off some wave of chances and shots towards him in the last twenty minutes, Verducci answered the bell denying every attempt his way.
Sunday August 28
Team White hold off Team Black in back and forth action
(7)Team Black vs Team White(9)
It looked like at one point Team Black had control of the situation when J.Lapenna and C.Arnaldo scored to make the game 4-2 in their favor. However, Team White didn't take long to answer back with a big response riding four unanswered tallies. M.Legace paced his offense with four points while S.Sicuso was there to bury four markers to help provide the win. It was seemingly a back and forth contest up until the later stages of the game where Team White kept their lead and closed it out. The loss came somewhat disappointing for Team Black, who clearly have the fire power to over match their opponent. The problem was that they ran into a solid net minder. R.Ricaurte was on top of his game making the necessary saves to help keep his club playing in front. It may have come in a losing cause, but M.Dearing was a dominating force collecting a point on each of the seven goals scored by Team Black.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to M.Dearing of Team Black. The skilled forward collected seven points and was a big reason why this game remained extremely close.
Team Yellow mount huge comeback but fall short in the end
(11)Team Green vs Team Yellow(8)
They appeared like they were dead in the water, but Team Yellow broke into the scene on a thrilling four goal comeback to even the score at eight goals apiece. Then , things eventually turned gloomy for Team Yellow as it was all for nothing. Team Green managed to recover-from their lapse by taking over when S.Fraga snapped the tie on two consecutive goals followed by a later insurance marker-from M.Lang. That was Lang's third goal of the game as part of a five point performance. In addition to his offensive output, M.Saia flared the offense as well riding seven points. Team Yellow weren't able to carry their momentum long enough in hopes of shifting this contest in their favor. If they could have managed to jump in front when they evened the score, things could have turned out differently. Instead, the opposite occurred, and they weren't able to recuperate. They did get some good looks-from E.Colella and L.Bucci as both players collected five points each.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Mathew Saia of Team Green. Nearly every play and goal stemmed-from M.Saia, who had an impress night accumulating seven points.
Thursday August 25
RCGT Knights return favour in split with Armos
The RCGT Knights were keen on delivering a response. After a lopsided setback to the Armos, the RCGT Knights were able to turn the tables immediately in the second encounter. Whether it was the Armos being a little to complacent or that the RCGT Knights were better prepared, neither game was ever close. Even though the score in the second match suggests for a close encounter, the Armos scored three out of their four goals a little to late. F.Vitoratos was no doubt heavily involved as the forward sparked his side bagging two quick goals before adding three more points where he eventually completed his hat trick. Surely the RCGT Knights would have preferred a clean six points since they are chasing that last playoff spot, but this result still keeps them in the hunt despite a difficult challenge ahead of them.
(6)Armos vs RCGT Knights(1)
(4)RCGT Knights vs Armos(6)
F.BcHara snaps late tie, Brewers continue a solid run defeating the Fatal Demons both times
The Brewers chose not to worry about how they almost blew a two goal lead in the final frame. Instead, they celebrated by getting the last word thanks to F.BcHara breaking a 2-2 tie with only two minutes left in the game. The Brewers looked fine in the first period, but didn’t appear to be ready after that as they nearly let this one slip away. Things didn’t change much in the next encounter either with a similar situation occurring. Again, the Brewers jumped off to a better start and led 3-1 at one point up until the Fatal Demons responded to even the score. It was only moments after that when the Brewers captain shifted the game in their favour. A.Lanni, already with a pair of markers, posted back to back tallies in a very short span to put his club back in the drives seat. D.Verta was there to compliment his captain by setting him up both times while finishing with four points en route to a 7-4 victory. The Fatal Demons didn’t quite get the results they wanted, but played well overall with many key components out of the line up.
(3)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(2)
(4)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(7)
Armos get the result they wanted against undermanned Assadi Consulting inc
The Assadi Consulting inc may have been only five players, but the Armos understood anyway how difficult it was going to be. The one important thing that they did was to play in front the entire time. If the Assadi Consulting inc were to mange to play with the lead, things could have turned out very differently when you have M.DoCouto and N.Kokovidis logging a ton of minutes on the back end. Instead, the Armos made it a point to strike first which gave them some breathing room going up against a short bench. After collecting a 3-1 win, the Armos had to settle for a draw in the second match which was more than enough by then to secure a playoff spot. T.Bergomi scored the lone shootout goal for the Armos as did N.Kokovidis for the Assadi Consulting inc. Its always nice when your net minder contributes in more than one way. While P.Assadi was able to make a bunch of key saves, the goaltender was able to collect a pair of assists as well.
(3)Armos vs Assadi Consulting inc(1)
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Armos(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Vitoratos. After suffering a lopsided defeat, F.Vitoratos was there to get the RCGT Knights back on track on a big performance collecting five points that included a hat trick.
Tuesday August 23
Dek Ultimate, Centre SportXpo square off in battle of mismatched teams
(0)Dek Ultimate vs Centre SportXpo(7)
Paced by J.Gagne’s hat trick and three assists, the Centre SportXpo routed the Dek Ultimate 7-0 in a big offensive output. It didn’t take long for the Centre SportXpo to set the tone riding three first period goals. Coming out to a fast start and just playing their game got the Centre SportXpo rewarded immediately. The Dek Ultimate weren’t able to stop the bleeding after a forgetful opening period. Instead, matters only got worse for them as they gave up four more tallies that finished the game earlier than usual. It was clear-from the get go that the Centre SportXpo were a step ahead of their opponent in every area of the game. The forwards were dictating the pace, the defense was sound, and G.Vermette was flawless in net stopping the few shots he faced. Apart-from J.Gagne’s explosive point production, J.Mandracchia, P.Musto and M.Detorre were just as threatening combining for nine points.
C.Lantin,Le Rinque blank Hockeyballe.com
(3)Le Rinque vs Hockeyballe.com(0)
C.Lantin and the stubborn Le Rinque stymied Hockeyballe.com on Tuesday night. Lantin, although not nearly as busy compared to his counterpart faced just over ten shots to record an easy shutout. The net minder felt confident knowing that his forwards were going to get on board while his defense would insulate him. Le Rinque didn’t need a crazy offensive out put either notching three markers the entire time. K.Kuczmarski, G.Lebwele and A.Mirolla did all of the scoring. If remaining in first place means anything for Le Rinque, tonight’s result came as an important win with the Centre SportXpo breathing down their necks. Both sides will face each other to close out the regular season. The Centre SportXpo wont have a choice but to win by three goals if they want to win the division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Gagne of the Centre SportXpo. The shifty forward was feeling it on Tuesday night collecting an impressive six points that included a hat trick.
Monday August 22
RCGT Knights use three quick goals in final stretch to down HC Jokerit
Maybe their first encounter was one to forget, but the HC Jokerit had another chance to make something out of it. And for a large part they did, keeping the game close levelled at three goals a piece with less than a period remaining. However, it just wasn’t good enough in the end as the RCGT Knights left them in the dust on three very quick goals. J.Prevost,J.Azoulay and M.Proulx had already scored earlier in the contest before stringing together their second in less than two minutes. A bad timing penalty didn’t help the HC Jokerit either, who only trailed by one until J.Azoulay took advantage for a 5-3 lead. The HC Jokerit could have used some help-from a couple of their key guys out of action. Unable to adapt, they just weren’t good enough to compete throughout four entire periods, especially in the first match where they got toppled 6-1.
(1)HC Jokerit vs RCGT Knights(6)
(6)RCGT Knights vs HC Jokerit(3)
Horsemen offense goes cold with depleted line up
Its just that hard to get enough chances when you are barely hanging on with one change up. The Horsemen were stuck with this problem having to manage their time on the court using their energy only when needed. You almost need to score first in these kinds of situations so that you can hang back and wait with less urgency. Unfortunately, they fell behind at one point, and were forced to open up which didn’t really amount to much in the end. The Snipers limited them to only ten shots and got their insurance marker thanks to F.Nasser. The Horsemen did get some reinforcement in the next match when D.Sarno arrived. Still, they couldn’t really afford to fall behind despite the extra body. Again, the Snipers struck twice, and the Horsemen have yet to get to M.St-Laurent. Eventually, that time came toward the end of the first period when M.Mamoulidis finally figured out the net minder. In hopes of getting that much needed equaliser, Ali Khanafer of the Snipers got their first on a tally that just held up for the winner.
(2)Snipers vs Horsemen(0)
(2)Horsemen vs Snipers(3)
Degenerates barely hang on in tight affairs with Kings
After squeezing out a 5-4 shootout win, the Degenerates barely took their second encounter with the Kings. You almost have to figure that a 6-2 lead versus a tired team would have been more than enough. Not in this case with D.Lombardi and T.Ferreira causing plenty of fits to the Degenerates defense. Both players nearly pulled the rug-from under their opponents feet as they mounted a comeback striking three times each for a hat trick. Perhaps the key moment came when L.Folini scored the Degenerates seventh goal for a 7-5 lead with not to much time left over. Both sides decided to play a little run and gun with the amount of odd man rushes exchanged. Its not always the best strategy to try this with the Kings, but it worked on this particular night due to their shorter bench. The Degenerates had some good looks tonight along with some bad ones. With the playoffs looming around the corner, they’ll need to sharpen up if they plan on going anywhere.
(4)Kings vs Degenerates(5) S.O
(7)Degenerates vs Kings(6)
Altius grabbing key points as they chase Assadi Consulting inc in playoff run
They really had no choice put to put it all on the line. The Altius are currently chasing the Assadi Consulting Inc in order to try and get into a playoff spot which made tonight’s two games extremely crucial. They did have the luxury of going up against a depleted line up that had two players who just finished playing in the lower division. But even at that, the Altius needed every moment of both games in order to gain some ground to the standings . A.Kobayati was a big factor in the first of two meetings as the forward scored twice while setting up two teammates en route to a 7-5 decision. The two teams understood that they had no option but to remain hungry knowing that every point now matters. You would have to figure that the Altius had the slight edge due to their deeper bench, but it didn’t quite pan out that way. The Assadi Consulting Inc were there to compete no matter how enduring it was. Despite trailing 5-4 with less than a minute left in the game, D.Lombardi sent a perfect pass in the slot area where J.Courteau made no mistake to bury his chance on a wicked one timer. That tally forced the shootout where the Altius did manage to profit the extra point thanks to all three players cashing in. The results on tonight’s games now has the Altius trailing the Assadi Consulting inc by only two points which will suggest for an interesting finish to the season.
(5)Assadi Consulting inc vs Altius(7)
(8)Altius vs Assadi Consulting inc(6) S.O
Classics cruise for easy wins over undermanned Dragons
The results were almost predictable. The Dragons were terribly out shot, out chanced, and outscored by a landslide due to their short bench. Its never pleasant trying to defend against four highly skilled players without your entire team. C.Gingras, P.Karvouriaris, A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis were in a league of their own combining for a ridiculous 30 points. Its only normal that the Classics had the ball the whole time which led to both games ending in a landslide. Sometimes these circumstances happen when key players are unable to show up. The Dragons wont let this one really bother them knowing that their full line up can go a long way. For now, they appear to be in a comfortable position to making the playoffs, but nothing is set in stone with only two weeks left in the season.
(2)Dragons vs Classics(9)
(5)Classics vs Dragons(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Kobayati of the Altius. The Altius had no choice but to get results versus the Assadi Consulting inc. In both their games , A.Kobayati was a big piece to the puzzle making plenty happen as the forward finished his night with seven points that included a beautiful shootout goal.
Thursday August 18
Gutsy Brewers finish strong in opener, C.Stavriadis takes over for them in second match
For a large part of the opening game, it looked as though the Armos were set to taking their first encounter with the Brewers. They appeared to be well structured defensively, and were always playing in front despite it being a slight lead. Then, all of a sudden, the wheels fell off, and the Brewers came out of nowhere on three consecutive goals. F.Bchara cashed in on his chances three times for a hat trick with the help of his captain A.Lanni, who collected four primary assists. There was no question that the Armos had a bitter taste in their mouth for letting this one slip away. With a chance to even the night, they did everything in their power to score first only to keep getting denied. This time, the Brewers looked to their net minder to bail them out. C.Stavriadis was making one save look nicer than the other which kept frustrating his opponents. Eventually, if you cant capitalise after some decent chances, its almost inevitable that its going to catch up to you. That moment occurred by the three minute mark of the final frame where A.Rivera finally got the Brewers on board. The Armos did level shortly after, but that lasted only ten seconds before F.Bchara regained the lead for the Brewers. Looking back, the Armos have only themselves to blame for not scoring on their chances.
(4)Armos vs Brewers(6)
(3)Brewers vs Armos(2)
Fatal Demons had no issues in double rout of RCGT Knights
The Fatal Demons had spatial awareness, and more time on their side tonight to make plays in the offensive zone that the RCGT Knights had trouble controlling. The final score of the first game looked respectable, but the Fatal Demons were clearly in the drivers seat dictating much of the pace. G.DeMarinis scored a pair while M.Destounis was involved in three goals for a 4-1 decision. In hopes to putting out a better effort in the ensuing match, things only went worst for the RCGT Knights. At no point were they even close to competing with the Fatal Demons, who stormed out of the gate with five goals in only six minutes. Their energy carried over quickly, and the RCGT Knights had no answers on how to contain them. Again, G.DeMarinis was a menace striking three times for his hat trick. S.Ruggiero was involved as well bagging a pair along with three helpers while P.Paikopoulos helped provide plays that resulted in four goals.
(4)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(1)
(1)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(8)
Brewers steal point versus stacked Assadi Consulting Inc
Its pretty remarkable how the Brewers managed to level in their first of two games versus the Assadi Consulting. They had the disadvantage of plying earlier, they were missing all their offensive guns, and had to deal with rotating only two players on the bench. The Assadi Consulting inc on the other hand had all their weapons which should have suggested for an easy game. That was far -from being the case with the Brewers playing a simple but effective game that kept this contest low scoring. In addition to that, it helped having C.Stavriadis omit enough energy to being a major factor for the 2-2 draw. The goaltender once again enabled his side to go the distance versus a stacked opposition by making plenty of timely saves. Neither team did get much done in the shootout courtesy of Stavriadis and P.Assadi denying all three attempts. You almost had to figure that the second encounter was going to favour the Assadi Consulting inc for how fatigued the Brewers looked. However, the Brewers made them work for it as the game remained very close up until the mid way point of the final frame where the Assadi Consulting inc got some breathing room. M.DoCouto bounced on his rebound making the score 3-0, and T.Sourias capped it off shortly after to put the game to rest.
(2)Assadi Consulting inc vs Brewers(2) S.O
(0)Brewers vs Assadi Consulting inc(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Stavriadis of the Brewers. For how good he was, it could almost be argued that his side collected seven points to the standings thanks to his brilliant performances throughout eight entire periods.
Tuesday August 16
Dek Lanaudiere fall short as Le Rinque win tightly contested game
(4)Le Rinque vs Dek Lanaudiere(3)
Le Rinque spoiled Dek Lanaudiere’s comeback effort by finishing off strong on two unanswered goals that led to a close 4-3 win. Le Rinque got ahead quickly in the first on tallies by M-A Trudeau and T.Pham. However, Dek Lanaudiere pushed back almost immediately when S.Dicarie found himself right in front of Le Rinque’s net. Sometimes it takes a spark to help motivate your team. That goal came a long way with Dek Lanaudiere taking over on two more consecutive markers that eventually put them in front just passed the mid way point of the game. Still, time was far-from being an issue for a team that can score at will. M-A Trudeau was able to respond for a second time to knot this contest at three goals apiece heading into the final frame. Both sides could sense how big that next goal was going to be with momentum swinging back in forth. Eventually, C.Mackenzie was able to snap the third period tie for Le Rinque, who had the luxury to play with less urgency by focusing on defence rather than trying to score.
Dek Ultimate depleted line-up couldn’t contain Hockeyballe.com
(1)Dek Ultimate vs Hockeyballe.com(8)
All you could do when playing with a very short bench is to hang back, keep your opponent to the outside, and hope that your net minder stands on his head. The strategy for the Dek Ultimate may sound simple, but it becomes only a question of time before a strong opponent finds the lanes or the areas to generate high end scoring chances. The first period score ended 3-0 in favour of Hockeyballe.com which by then both sides knew that the writing was on the wall. The waves of pressure riding three lines at a time simply overwhelmed a side that barley had room to do anything with the ball. It only made sense that their lone tally came on the power play courtesy of A.Bien-Aime. The Hockeyballe.com did spread out their offense with many contributing to the score sheet. T.Bozinakis was the only player to score twice and earn a total of four points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Trung Pham of Le Rinque. The forward was the most productive involved in three out of Le Rinque’s four goals.
Tuesday August 16
F.Guerrieri, J.Sanoudakis help provide win for Team Blue
(2)Team Purple vs Team Blue(5)
F.Guerrieri scored two timely goals to help Team Blue pull away, and J.Sanoudakis was feeling it on Monday night as the net minder allowed only two goals in 48 minutes. Team Purple had hoped to build off M.Estrela’s tally that cut the lead in half for Team Purple. It was-from that point on that F.Guerrieri took over the show striking twice in only six minutes while setting up E.Pouliot for the empty net marker. Team Blue looked to R.DiMarco and A.Rossi to get on board earlier and provide a 2-0 lead. At times, Team Purple felt that they couldn’t keep up against Team Blue, who kept using their speed to control a good chunk of the game. Maybe if they could have struck first and perhaps get a second tally things could have turned out differently by relying on their game without the ball, and-from their goaler S.Catalano, who has shown that he can win a game on his own.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to F.Guerrieri. With the score only 2-1 in favour of Team Blue, Guerrieri broke the game wide open on two consecutive goals that provided enough insurance for the victory.
Rapid fire goals propels Team White over Team Yellow
(3)Team Yellow vs Team White(10)
At one point, Team Yellow couldn’t stop the bleeding, and were stuck enduring a difficult stretch. That avalanche occurred by the 20 minute mark where Team White exploded with six tallies in only sixteen minutes. Team White’s goals were concentred by a few players. B.Sorice struck four times, W.Mendoza, G.Zafiropoulos and C.Roberts all cashed in twice as all four players were the only ones to score out of Team White’s ten goals. Surprisingly, Team Yellow have some solid players that know how to defend, but couldn’t manage a proper game plan in order to slow down their opponent. A.Zakarian, P.Deforges and A.Gold were the only players to get the better of K.Beckstead, who stood firm between the pipes.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Bruno Sorice of Team White. If you want reliability, B.Sorice will provide it game in and game out. The highly skilled forward was at it again bagging four tallies along with an assist.
Team Black kept battling back but fell short to Team Orange
(7)Team Orange vs Team Black(6)
Every time Team Black tried to climb out of a hole, they kept getting kicked back into it. However, it is difficult to play a team that puts constant pressure, and that has plenty of ball control. Team Black were stuck chasing the game rather than dictating it which only complicated matters. Luckily enough they had C.Arnoldo posting a hat trick along with M.Dearing, who created plenty of offense to keeping the game very close. But it was the strong start along with their possession that defined this match up. T.Settino will burn you on speed and his ability to create quality which only adds up in the end. The forward used two timely goals and a helper as part of the equation for the win. B.Monette may not have scored, but was behind setting up four tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Benoit Monette of Team Orange. Plenty of offense came-from B.Monette’s playmaking skills, who helped set up four of seven goals for Team Orange.
T.Scarpelli, G.Lamothe and K.Ferreira make Team Green pay in loss
(4)Team Red vs Team Green(1)
Going into this game, the big factor was on how Team Green was going to contain Team Red’s offense. Sure, Team Green have some players that can score such as M.Lang, P.Santullo and M.Saia, but as good as those players are in their own right, their focus had to be on how to contain their opponent. While B.Verducci may have been a major reason why Tem Red got this result, the offense came-from only three players generating it. T.Scarpelli, K.Ferreira and G.Lamothe combined for a total of eight points. Team Red were lucky to have B.Verducci stick around and help them in net. After playing in the earlier match with Team Orange, the net minder looked just as fresh in a back to back game where he was brilliant allowing only P.Santullo to get the better of him.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Ben Verducci of Team Red. Its almost unheard for a goaltender to allow only one goal in the Draft League, especially when its your second game without any rest. But B.Verducci defied the odds on a brilliant effort that helped his club capture a 4-1 win.
Monday August 15
Unfocused Kings were dealt a wake up call from-Country Club
The Knights were either particularly terrible in their first game, or the Country Club were simply ready and focused going up against the division leaders. Regardless the reasons, the Country Club took advantage of some sloppy plays making their chances count as much as possible, especially by the second frame where they toppled the Kings on four unanswered markers. Apart from J-S Lowe’s two goals, the Country Club got balanced contributions throughout their line up. T.Ferreira did more than his fair share on the losing side posting all three markers for the Kings. The next game was going to test the character of a team that barely had a slip up so far this season. There was no doubt that the Kings were going to put out a much better effort. However, it didn’t come easy as they found themselves needing a desperate goal after pulling out their net minder. That’s when G.DeLuca came to the rescue bagging his third marker that forcefully sent this contest into a shootout. Already with three goals during the game, M.Dalpe buried another one in the shootout right before P.Dupuis used a perfect wrist shot to beat A.Pietracupa far side to cap off a second straight victory for the Country Club.
(7)Country Club vs Kings(3)
(5)Kings vs Country Club(6) S.O
Dragons start strong before running out of steam to Orient
The Dragons came up short against the Orient on Monday night after being up 4-3 entering the final frame. Despite playing in front, the Orient had the upper hand in the end taking advantage of side rotating only one single player for a change up. M.Piche and M.Zarzour scored 40 seconds apart, and the Orient found themselves in front where they dictated a good portion of the play. There was no doubt that the order was even taller for the Dragons having to play another game after running out of steam. Unlike the first encounter, the Orient took it to them early pouncing on three goals by the eight minute mark of the opening frame. G.Yacoub had set up two teammates before adding a couple to put the game out of reach. The Dragons did attempt a late push when G.DeMarinis netted back to back tallies but it just wasn’t nearly enough.
(4)Dragons vs Orient(7)
(5)Orient vs Dragons(2)
Snipers get last word after back and forth action with Big Timer
The Big Timer finally got rewarded on Monday night by defeating the Snipers 5-4 in a shootout. The Big Timer were doing a lot of good things offensively, and it paid off by getting balanced scoring. A.Toure was the catalyst behind setting up four different teammates before ending the first encounter in style by netting the shootout winner. It looked as though the second game was going to be a dog fight till the very end, especially after both sides traded only one goal each to finish off the first period. However, that wasn’t the case with the Snipers putting it into gear riding four unanswered goals. In the span of only two minutes, S.Hassan, H.Faour and Ali Khanafer all scored to give their club a significant 4-1 lead. Everything appeared to be going very well for the Big Timer up until that one sequence where they let this one slip away.
(5)Snipers vs Big Timer(6) S.O
(1)Big Timer vs Snipers(5)
M.Kardum hat trick power Horsemen in first encounter, Kings respond to even series
Unable to ride a strong start on two quick goals, the Kings let another game slip away-from them in their double header night. The Horsemen managed to flip the momentum with M.Kardum making sure to get his club back on track. The sniper potted a pair right before P.Carone gave the Horsemen a 3-2 lead before the period ended. Perhaps the turning point can be argued when M.Kardum cashed in for a third time on the Horsemen’s power play that provided a 4-2 lead. The Kings would get the last tally by D.Lombardi, but couldn’t get that much needed equaliser. After suffering three straight loses, you almost had to put the odds on the Kings getting it right. And to their credit, that’s exactly what happened in their convincing 9-3 result over the Horsemen. It was clear that everyone bought into putting out a much harder and focused effort as five different players scored in the first period alone to put a stranglehold on the match. T.Ferreira and D.Lombardi did have an extra gear to their game as both players generated a ton of offense combining for a ridiculous 14 points. If the Kings took a lesson-from tonight’s results, its that you cant ever get to complacent no matter how good your record is. Sometimes nights like these only makes you stronger and better prepared. The Kings will grow-from this, and shake it off quickly knowing that they still are the front runners for taking it all.
(4)Horsemen vs Kings(3)
(9)Kings vs Horsemen(3)
Degenerates edged in goaltending duel between T.Chouinard and T.Borgia
Both goaltenders T.Chouinard and T.Borgia held each team to only one goal before it needing a shootout for the Orient to prevail 3-1 in the first game. The two net minders were on full display the entire night, and if not for them , somebody was going to pay the price. Basically, the two games came down to who would capitalise on their chances since the goal scoring was very low. A large part of the second encounter saw neither side get on board until the four minute mark of the final frame where M.Zarzour was finally able to beat T.Borgia. The Orient would eventually double their lead shortly after thanks to P.Bellemeur, and the Degenerates knew that their hill was to high to climb despite enough time left over. The Degenerates will look back at some missed opportunities where they could have easily found themselves in front. Unfortunately, they faced a moving wall that gave them absolutely nothing. T.Chouinard was brilliant stopping 41 of 42 shots in both games while denying the two shootout attempts in the previous match.
(1)Degenerates vs Orient(3) S.O
(3)Orient vs Degenerates(0)
RCGT Knights use a pair of strong finishes to edge out HC Jokerit
Both games were intense and low scoring for the RCGT Knights and the HC Jokerit. After collecting two goals by S.Tessier and Y.Gazura, the RCGT Knights were able to hold off their opponent en route to a 3-1 victory. Normally, you try and bounce back right away after coming off a loss. The HC Jokerit did just that fairly early on with goals by C.Anastasopoulos and S.Amaral which put them right away in the drivers seat. They ended the frame up 2-0, and knew by then it was only theirs to lose. Many things need to go wrong when carrying a two goal lead with only one period remaining, especially when it’s a low scoring affair. The problem for the HC Jokerit was that they couldn’t close out the deal, and ultimately paid the price in the end. The most pivotal point occurred when Y.Gazura scored shorthanded to level the game for the RCGT Knights. With momentum being extremely contagious, J.Prevost provided the RCGT Knights go ahead marker only a minute later which proved to be just enough for the come back win.
(1)HC Jokerit vs RCGT Knights(3)
(3)RCGT Knights vs HC Jokerit(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Aziz Toure of the Big Timer. Finally, after a very long stretch into the season, the Big Timer had the satisfaction of getting their first win. There was no question A.Toure was a major reason why as the forward helped set up all four goals before ending it with the games shootout winner.
Thursday August 11
Fatal Demons let downs doom them in losses to Assadi Consulting Inc
It didn’t take long for the Assadi Consulting inc to catch the Fatal Demons off guard on Thursday night. N.Tsatsaronis scored twice in a minute, and the Fatal Demons had to be wondering what went wrong. Sometimes you just need to shake off a bad sequence and put it quickly behind you. The Fatal Demons were able to overcome a forgetful start by responding almost immediately thanks to S.Ruggiero bagging a pair to pull his club within one. Suddenly there was a game that needed almost the full length of time for the Assadi Consulting inc to squeeze out a close win. Similar to the first encounter, the Assadi Consulting Inc stormed out of the gate again on two quick tallies by B.Vassilakis and T.Bozinakis before ending the frame up 3-1. The difference in this contest was that the Fatal Demons took advantage of some undisciplined action-from their opponent. They used three straight power play goals to finally find themselves in front for the first time of the night. Things appeared to be going fine for the Fatal Demons carrying a slight 4-3 lead until the last 90 seconds of the game when this contest took a complete 180 turn. J.Courteau levelled the score right before T.Langiano put the final dagger to hand the Fatal Demons their second loss.
(6)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Fatal Demons(4)
(4)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5)
Brewers finish strong after split with RCGT Knights
Unable for either side to get that first win, the Brewers did have the better finish in the end banking three very important points to the standings. Both teams are presently fighting for that last playoff spot which made tonight’s two encounters very crucial. The Brewers grabbed two leads in the first match but weren’t able to put the game away as the RCGT Knights kept battling back. However, they did find a way to close it out in the second game by winning the opening frame 2-0 on goals by B.Burns and F.Bchara while getting a big shorthanded marker later in the contest thanks to D.Verta. The only thing left over by then was for C.Stavriadis to preserve a clean sheet. Unfortunately for the net minder, M.Kardum spoiled his moment with only 30 seconds remaining. With this win, the Brewers gave themselves a slight 4 point cushion lead in the standings.
(2)RCGT Knights vs Brewers(2) S.O
(4)Brewers vs RCGT Knights(1)
Armos adjust in second game after embarrassing loss to Assadi Consulting Inc
Luckily there was a second game for the Armos to try and get it right. Unable to get anything going in the first encounter, the Armos were deflated early surrendering five first period goals to a team that was clearly ready to play. T.Bozinakis and N.Kokovidis each scored twice, and P.Assadi barely moved in net getting almost no action. Things did start to slowly change-from that point on for the Armos. And even though the first encounter was over and done with, they did manage to win the frame in hopes of carrying some positive energy entering the second match. To their credit, they did just that by keeping up with a solid opponent. The Assadi Consulting Inc did keep themselves in the drivers seat by playing in front, but the Armos kept pushing back every time that saw D.Charbonneau and D.Galloro use two late goals to force a shootout. The Armos were hoping that B.Vassilakis would miss on the Assadi Consulting Incs last shootout attempt, instead the d-man decided to take a slap shot that just found its way in to level the score.
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Armos(1)
(6)Armos vs Assadi Consulting inc(6) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tasso Bozinakis of the Assadi Consulting Inc. Dressing for the first time this season, T.Bozinakis was clearly influential throughout the entire time of a double header night racking up a total of ten points as a defenseman.
Monday August 8
Kings remain hot in double rout of Big Timer
Two strong starts gave the Kings all the room they needed to close out a pair of wins and continue on their winning ways. A.Olewinskiy and D.Lomabradi each scored twice, and A.Pietracupa was nearly perfect allowing only C.Nitu to get the better of him. The Kings looked like they were on their way to winning in an identical fashion in their second encounter, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. The Big Timer never threw in the towel as they kept battling back to stay within a reasonable margin. A.Fonrose set up three goals while C.Nitu and S.St-Louis potted a pair for the Big Timer, who finally found a way to generate some high end scoring chances. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t match a team that was able to continue their onslaught throughout four entire periods. G.DeLuca did lead the charge with a hat trick while P.Stroubakis was right behind him bagging a pair.
(7)Kings vs Big Timer(1)
(5)Big Timer vs Kings(8)
Degenerates escape slump on crazy finish with Snipers
Maybe the Degenerates just needed some time to get their act together as they looked much better on Monday night compared to their last couple of weeks. It didn’t come easy, but it came never the less. The Snipers thought they had forced a shootout when their captain A.Khanafer scored a late power play goal with only ten seconds left on the clock. That was until a quick play led to A.Desrosiers beating the clock with only 4 seconds giving the Degenerates a crazy ending to a bad sequence. Its always nice to win a game and end a streak ,and its another to build off it. To their credit, the Degenerates went for it for a second straight time knowing that it was going to be just as difficult. They did manage a better start building a 3-1 lead, but had to deal with the Snipers responding on two occasions that levelled the game. Luckily enough, the Degenerates found themselves on a power play toward the latter stages of the game. S.Marricco was right there on the door steps to tap in a rebound to put his club back in front. The power forward would then add another to complete his hat trick right before J.Melo bagged his third of the night feeding an empty cage to solidify two nice wins.
(2)Degenerates vs Snipers(1)
(3)Snipers vs Degenerates(6)
J.Courteau hat trick sets trend for a pair of wins for Assadi Consulting Inc
J.Courteau broke out for the Assadi Consulting Inc riffling all three goals that just held up for a close 3-2 decision over the Altius. Perhaps his big moment came late in the game when the Assadi Consulting Inc found themselves on the power play where Courteau smelled his third one coming with the man advantage. The win set the trend for more to come for the Assadi Consulting. Again, J.Courteau was there making the difference by snapping a late first period tie to put his club up 3-2.The Altius did respond right away courtesy of P.Arkalis’s power play goal. As much as they kept this one close, the Altius were playing with fire having only one player to change with. Eventually, fatigue caught up to them when Y.Gazura buried is second fairly late in the contest for a 4-3 lead.-From there, D.Desmarais would add insurance, and the Assadi Consulting Inc made sure to take advantage of a situation that was there for the taking.
(2)Altius vs Assadi Consulting Inc(3)
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Altius(5)
Horsemen explodes in second match after being shutout to Country Club
The Horsemen’s offense came alive right after they went empty handed in a 3-0 loss to the Country Club. M.Dupuis was superb controlling the game the best he could resulting in an impressive shutout. The Country Club needed only S.Beaudin’s goal to hold up, but got some insurance thanks to C.Payette and J-S Lowe increasing the lead. There was no doubt the Horsemen needed some sort of a spark if they planned on splitting their mini series with their opponent. And who other than your captain to set the example. It took only 6 seconds into the second encounter for V.Pandza to finally get the ball rolling for the Horsemen. Sometimes it takes only a slight spark to turn into wild fire. In the first six minutes alone, the Horsemen struck five times to grab immediate control of the situation. Five different players scored before B.Rubino chipped in for his second while M.Kardum was able to add two more for a hat trick. Even if the score indicates a lopsided affair, C.Stavriadis had to be really good for the amount of chances the Country Club generated.
(3)Country Club vs Horsemen(0)
(8)Horsemen vs Country Club(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Assadi Consulting Inc. After scoring all three goals in the first game that led to a 3-2 win, J.Courteau scored another key marker and assist in the ensuing match helping solidify a second straight victory.
Thursday August 4
Brewers rebound after falling apart in a 10 second span
The Fatal Demons pulled off something out of nothing in their first encounter with the Brewers scoring twice in only ten seconds to gain a slight 3-2 lead. That turn of events occurred with five minutes left in the game where the Fatal Demons were able to fend off some late pressure by the Brewers. D.Verta attempted three slap shots that kept hitting M.Chenier, who looked sharper than most goaltenders. Despite the cruel ending, the Brewers demonstrated some strong character in the next game where they really took it to the Fatal Demons. A.Lanni just came off a two goal performance and wasn’t done yet as the leader snapped a 1-1 tie before feeding D.Verta for a two goal cushion. From –there, the Brewers played with more purpose than what their opponent were showing. G.Vouloumanos used a big second period tally, and the Brewers went on cruise control grabbing an important win.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(2)
(5)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(1)
Assadi Consulting take mini series on shutout win
C.Stroubakis was impenetrable when it counted in the second game, and the Assadi Consulting Inc took a pair of close encounters with the RCGT Knights. Unlike the first game, C.Stroubakis was supported by a better defensive display that led to a 15 save shutout. Both sides played two completely different styles in that one hour. The Assadi Consulting Inc and the RCGT Knights decided to take high end chances that resulted in a 5-5 draw before N.Kokovidis decided matters with the lone shootout marker. It was clear-from then on that the two teams decided to tighten the bolts a little harder in the ensuing match. The game was ultimately decided on the special teams. The RCGT Knights had the chance to break the ice when awarded a power play by the mid way point of the final frame, but were unable to capitalise with the man advantage. That missed opportunity came to bite them in the end as they took a penalty shortly after to put the Assadi Consulting Inc in the drivers seat. It was almost certain that their specific four man unit was going to make something happen. J.Courteau wasted barely any time to strike and put his club ahead after getting set up on a quick play stemming-from J.Rochon and M.DoCouto.
(6)Assadi Consulting Inc vs RCGT Knights(5) S.O
(0)RCGT Knights vs Assadi Consulting Inc(1)
Fatal Demons got the split they wanted with Armos
After playing earlier on in muggy conditions, the Fatal Demons had a difficult challenge ahead of them going up against a fresher and well rested Armos team. Knowing this however, the Fatal Demons played it very smart by conserving their energy and only using it when needed. All they needed to do was to defend and break up plays which would eventually generate into some scoring chances. Most of their tallies came-from setting up shots that on the large part found their way through. G.DeMarinis led that category riffling a hat trick, but perhaps the biggest goal of this contest came very late when F.Casacalenda fired one with only a minute left in the game. That win forced the Armos to regroup and get their act together. Despite falling behind early, the Armos started to show their legs as the game went on. S.Marricco used a late first period goal to provide a 3-1 lead, and both teams knew-from that point on where this match was headed. The Fatal Demons just couldn’t keep up in that last stretch due to fatigue while the Armos kept pushing making sure they banked three points to the standings.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Armos(4)
(5)Armos vs Fatal Demons(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lanni of the Brewers. After dropping a close 3-2 encounter where he notched both tallies , the captain regrouped his players, and led by example again by producing three more points to capture a big win.
Tuesday August 2
Team White make heroic late comeback but fall in overtime
(6)Team White vs Team Purple(7) O.T
Team White was able to force overtime thanks to a pair of late goals-from Jeremy Provost, but ultimately fell in the end when A.Porfido rattled off his second of the game. The momentum kept bouncing back and forth with neither side ever able to pull away. Team Purple appeared to have some breathing room when A.Porfido made the score 6-4 with only five minutes left in the game. Still, Team White kept pushing and got rewarded because of their never quit attitude that resulted in two late markers. After their crazy finish to the game, the stage was now set to see who would grab the victory. Already with three helpers, S.Fraga sent the ball toward the net where A.Porfido was placed just at the right spot to tap in his second and secure a close 7-6 win for Team purple.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Angelo Porfido of Team Purple. His two key goals that included the overtime winner helped propel Team Purple to edge out Team White in what was a close back and forth battle.
Team Yellow getting heavy production by A.Gold, A.Zakararian and P.Desforges
(6)Team Orange vs Team Yellow(10)
Team Yellow dug deep into their three main guys to get most of their scoring done on Tuesday night versus Team Orange. A.Gold and A.Zakaraian each had hat tricks, P.Desforges chipped in with a pair, and all three players combined for an impressive 15 points. It certainly went Team Yellow’s way as they took command of the game which put the onus on Team Orange in order to find solutions. They did have some spark plugs in their line up as well with D.Lipinski leading the charge on a hat trick along with B.Monette and W.Mendoza creating offense combining for five points. The problem for Team Orange was that they were stuck chasing the game which creates plenty of risk for the opposition to come back and hurt you on odd man rushes. Team Yellow made the most of their chances every time they would come back on a counter attack exploiting a defenceless net minder. B.Verducci , to his credit did make plenty of stops to keep the contest respectable, but there is only so much your goaltender can handle.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Alex Zakarian of Team Yellow. Zakaraian was able to create plays by setting up three teammates while finishing them as well on a hat trick.
Team Red had no answers for dynamic duo M.Dearing and R.DiMarco
(1)Team Red vs Team Black(7)
M.Dearing and R.DiMarco put on an impressive display of playmaking and goal scoring for Team Black’s convincing victory over Team Red. The two players were difficult to contain due to their speed and ability to create a ton of chances. Team Red was stuck trying to slow them down, but were unable to as the game slowly kept tilting to one side. Both players collected four points each with M.Dearing taking care of the scoring on a hat trick while DeMarco was behind setting up three goals. K.Ferreira tallied Team Red’s lone marker to narrow the gap 2-1 in Team Black’s favour. This contest was ultimately decided ten minutes after that point where Team Black used three consecutive tallies for a sufficient four goal cushion. Its rare that a team allows only one tally in this sort of format. After facing just over 20 shots, A.Michailidis was near perfect conceding only one goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to A.Michailidis of Team Black. Beaten only once, Michailidis was sound between the pipes enabling his players in front of him to play with enough confidence that led to a well deserved win.
M.Lang responds immediately to secure close win for Team Green
(5)Team Blue vs Team Green(6)
Team Blue certainly had their moments as they kept battling back all game long only to lose it at the end where this game should have reached overtime. Even though they came out short, they do have plenty to feel good about for how hard they worked in order to give themselves a chance. E.Pouliot and F.Decoster each scored twice, and C.Arnoldo struck very late to even the score for Team Blue, which unfortunately got a quick response by M.Lang, who by then had tallied the games last goal to secure a wild finish. That was Lang’s second of the game sharing a similar performance with P.Santullo and M.Saia as both players also bagged a pair. Team Green carried the advantage of playing in front, but where never able to separate themselves with a comfortable margin throughout the entire contest. In the end, they did make that one extra play that decided this contest.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Mike Lang Team Green. They say timing is everything, and M.Lang was just where his team needed him to be in order to decide a dog fight extremely late in the game.
Monday August 1
Altius had no answers for P.Abandonato
A P.Abandonato master class, which saw him collect eight out of a possible nine points in two games , was enough to see off Altius in a fairly uncompetitive battle on Monday night. The Kings looked good-from the drop of the ball where everyone fed off their new addition. D.Lombardi and Abandonato complemented each other for the Kings first three goals before A.Olewinsky and M.Pietracupa capped it off on empty net markers. The Altius weren’t pleased on how things ended. You would have to assume a better outing was excepted -from a team with that much pride. That couldn’t have been further-from the truth as they laid another egg early on. It took just over five minutes for P.Abandonato to take immediate control. The highly skilled forward put a quick dent scoring twice while setting up M.Gibson to get the ball rolling. The Altius made the crucial mistake of leaving a familiar face unguarded throughout the entire four periods. Perhaps it was just a lack of attention to detail or the unwillingness to play well without the ball. Whatever the reasons, the Kings had a remarkable night defeating a really good hockey team twice.
(5)Kings vs Altius(2)
(1)Altius vs Kings(4)
Classics unbeaten run comes to an end at hands of Orient
The Classics lost their first game of the regular season on Monday night to a team that had a week on how to study them right. The Orient and the Classics met only a week ago with the Classics taking one encounter while drawing the other. A close mini series as such suggests that anything can happen. Finally, the Classics met their match, at least in the first game. Joe Saydi notched his second late in the game to tie it up at three goals apiece, and Ali Khanafer was there to snap the late tie giving the Orient a nice come-from behind victory. Its clear that the Classics tried to get a result every night with the load of talent they carry. Even though they dropped a close encounter, they still had a second match to finish off on a lighter note. The Orient had to expect a quick response, but didn’t appear to be ready in order to slow down a more determined side. The Classics came out with a vengeance owning a strong first period thanks to the Kakivelis brothers leading the charge. The siblings combined for the three goals on brilliant plays that stifled the Orient defense. Despite being down by a pair, the Orient were given a great five on three opportunity to pull themselves back in the game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get much going with S.Morante denying every shot his way. M.Mavroudis would eventually create a bigger gap with the man advantage right before P.Karvouriaris collected his third point to seal the win.
(4)Orient vs Classics(3)
(5)Classics vs Orient(1)
Strong starts pace Country Club to wins over HC Jokerit
The Country Club got started right away to get their offense going giving no time for the HC Jokerit to realise what had hit them. The game was already out of reach after the first period with the Country Club riding a 6-0 lead. F.Proulx was heavily involved collecting four points that included two goals, and M.Dupuis had no issues denying 14 shots to preserve a shutout. It showed that the Country were ready, and that the HC Jokerit played with less urgency. That mind set could have changed in the second game, but the HC Jokerit weren’t able to adjust as they found themselves in the same situation. This time, the fell behind 4-0 after one period, but were finally able to get there offense going. A.Amaral scored twice in the final frame to help narrow the gap within striking distance where all of a sudden the HC Jokerit had life trailing only 4-3.Unable to ride their momentum however, M.Dalpe spoiled the party notching his second to provide a two goal cushion with less than three minutes remaining. No doubt it was a difficult night for the HC Jokerit, who looked a little off and unprepared for a good portion of the night. The Country Club played it right-from the get go playing a near perfect two games except for a slight five minute hic up where they gave up three quick goals.
(0)HC Jokerit vs Country Club(6)
(5)Country Club vs HC Jokerit(3)
Degenerates struggle continues in losses to RCGT Knights
Falling behind 3-0 after three minutes isn’t the best way to resolve your struggles. The Degenerates needed to ride a strong start in order to try and get back to their winning ways but things only got worse falling 5-0 at one point. The RCGT Knights simply out worked their opponent by going to the net where five different players scored. Knowing that this contest was pretty much put to rest, the Degenerates wanted to try and finish stronger in order to set good habits in the ensuing match. They did manage a way better second period bagging four goals to make the final result look respectable. However, that still didn’t settle well for a team that’s searching for a victory. The second game was a lot closer with both sides trading chances that saw their net minders very busy. The one key advantage that the RCGT Knights carried was that they kept playing with the lead. At no point did the Degenerates ever play in front, but they did battle back every time to even the score which eventually sent this contest to a shootout. S.Tessier was clearly a big difference maker scoring three out of his clubs four goals along with the shootout winner.
(4)Degenerates vs RCGT Knights(6)
(6)RCGT Knights vs Degenerates(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Abandonato of the Kings. Playing in his first two games with the Kings, P.Abandonato made a good team that much better producing an impressive eight points.
Thursday July 28
Brewers doomed by G.DeMarinis
The Brewers were literally one second away-from testing their luck in a shootout after a wild 4-4 score. That was up until G.DeMarinis caught C.Stavriadis off guard on a desperate blistering slap shot that had no business going in. Gaffes are hard to deal with, but the Brewers had a second chance at returning the favour. They looked better early on in the second encounter grabbing a 5-3 lead after one period on a pair of goals by L.Bavellas and D.Verta. It didn’t seem to matter that the Fatal Demons were outplayed and down for how they eventually responded in the final stretch. And while its attributed to an overall team effort, G.DeMarinis does deserve a bulk of the credit. In the span of only 90 seconds, DeMarinis did something remarkable by scoring one of his fastest hat tricks ever. Those three goals couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Brewers, who appeared to be in control up until that point. In both wins for the Fatal Demons, G.DeMarinis haunted his opponent by notching a buzzer beater while posting a hat trick in the ensuing match that ultimately decided that game as well.
(4)Brewers vs Fatal Demons(5)
(8)Fatal Demons vs Brewers(6)
RCGT Knights run out of steam after attempting late comeback in opener
The RCGT Knights fought very hard toward the end of the first game, but couldn’t get their in time to complete a comeback. The Armos felt that it should have never gotten to that point, but that’s what happens sometimes if you get to complacent. K.Duplin scored a pair of key goals along with a helper, and the Armos were glad to bank their first of two games on the night. For the way the second game started ,it looked like the Armos were in for an easy ride building a 2-0 lead. However, that didn’t discourage K.Miraldo and M.Kardum for responding to even the score at two goals a piece. Ultimately, the Armos would overwhelm a side that seemed to be getting more and more tired as the game went on. The Armos finished off a strong first period by riding three goals for a comfortable 5-2 lead. As much as the RCGT Knights tried to battle back, they just didn’t seem to have the energy level to make a game of it. That clearly showed in the final period where the Armos pulled away adding four more tallies. K.Duplin capped off a productive night by adding a hat trick along with four helpers, and B.Panarello couldn’t have scored a more beautiful goal picking a top corner on a shot-from far.
(4)RCGT Knights vs Armos(5)
(9)Armos vs RCGT Knights(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Fatal Demons. His teammates have him to thank for collecting two clean wins on Thursday night. After beating the buzzer to decide the first encounter, DeMarinis flipped the script in an instant in the second match by posting three quick goals that turned a deficit into a lead.
Tuesday July 26
M.Estrela chips in with a pair of key goals to help lead Team Purple past Team Orange
(4)Team Purple vs Team Orange(3)
An apparent blow out turned into a tense thriller Monday evening. Team Purple made Team Orange pay for their lack of urgency for a good 30 minutes before Team Orange finally put their game in order riding the next three goals only to fall short in the end. S.Sicuso got the ball rolling providing Team Purple their first two tallies of the game which was shortly matched by his teammate M.Estrela, who also bagged two key markers. By that point, it appeared that this contest was very one sided with still no response by Team Orange. However, that all eventually changed when M.Gagnon got them on board. N.Faria would then narrow the gap by two, and W.Mendoza struck perhaps a little too late to put his club only one shot away-from evening the score. Both teams will look back and be guilty of some sloppy plays that favored one side over the other. In this particular case, Team Purple benefited due to their strong start which forced Team Orange to chase the game and battle that much harder.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Monika Estrela of Team Purple. In the first game of the season in the Draft League, M.Estrela made an immediate impression for her teammates by bagging two big goals that included the winner.
Team Red overwhelm Team Blue in blow out win
(6)Team Blue vs Team Red(17)
Team Red took advantage of a team that didn't quite have the chemistry on how to play with one another. The final score suggests that the defense and the forwards were out of sync when trying to play without the ball. Unable to stop the bleeding, Team Blue were stuck enduring a difficult situation. No doubt it was a good night for all of Team Red's players who participated one way or another. Scoring 17 goals in 48 minutes is quite a feat for the winning side, but a bad dream for the opposition. At one point, you just want nothing more than to call it a night since nothing is working. C.Arnoldo, although in a losing cause, will be a vital component as the forward picked up-from where he left off last season by posting a hat trick. While Team Red seems ready to compete for a successful season, the same cant be said right now for Team Blue. The answers have to involve some changes in their line up or a structured game plan. The good news is that its only the first game of the regular season which gives them plenty of time to turn things around.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Tony Scarpelli of Team Red. Not bad for his season debut. T.Scarpelli loves playing right in front of the net where he was able to capitalize five times as part of a nine point performance.
Team Black making it look to easy right away
(14)Team Black vs Team Yellow(3)
The attack came fast and furious as Team Black hemmed Team Yellow throughout the entire match. The momentum never slowed down as the goals kept piling up with plenty of contributions-from all players. Leading the charge was P.Petraccione collecting seven points, but many others put up some nice numbers as well. J.DeMarco, T.Mclean, R.Santosuosso, R.DeMarco, Marie-Eve along with the one and only B.Panarello combined for 25 points. At no point did Team Black let go of the gas pedal despite the price of fuel being so high. Scoring goals is to fun and Team Black had no issues finding the back of the net. As much as this comes as a disappointing loss, Team Yellow were stuck playing without a few key players that would have changed the make up of their roster and potentially a more favorable outcome. Sometimes you just need to get your feet wet while making some little adjustments here and there to turn things around. Team Yellow will definitely challenge harder when they floor a deeper roster.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Petraccione of Team Black. A great leader wasted no time taking charge and setting the example for his club. P.Petraccione bagged a hat trick while setting up four markers to lead all players with seven points.
D.Tzimopoulos hat trick powers Team White in 7-3 win over Team Green
(3)Team Green vs Team White(7)
Three goals by D.Tzimopoulos and a pair by Joe DeStefano helped Team White pull away-from Team Green. Tzimopoulos showed his scoring touch playing-from a position that he isn't to familiar with . His entire ball hockey career stemmed-from playing as a defenseman, but tonight he tried something different playing as a forward which paid dividends. While the established veteran did plenty to help out his club, the rest of his teammates bought into a working formula as well. Team White showed instant chemistry dominating all three areas of their game. B. Mourad was sound allowing only three goals, the defense was stable and alert while the offense had plenty of looks resulting in seven goals. P.Santullo may have some work to do despite it being only the first game of the regular season for Team Green. For now, he will need to remain patient and allow his club to get a little more familiar with each other.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Dino Tzimopoulos of Team White. Hockey instincts kicked in right away-from a well seasoned veteran, who led the charge posting a hat trick.
Monday July 25
Orient able to take points away from Classics
It didn’t come right away, but the Orient did something significant on Monday night, and that was to halt the Classics to a tie. So far no one has been able to figure out how to stop a well oiled machine that picked up their eleventh straight win into the regular season. The Orient finally put an end to it on a 3-3 draw after taking three straight leads during that second encounter. Every time the Orient would pull ahead, the Classics had a response. Neither side was able to get it done in the shootouts with both net minders denying all three attempts their way. S.Morante faced a total of 44 shots during the two games for the Classics while E.Paradis Levassuer was just as busy stopping 34 of 43 shots. P.Karvouriars continues to shred his opponents defence and net minders scoring an earlier hat trick for the Classics. The Orient did have one of their main sharp shooters do damage as J.Saydi notched a pair in that same game. The second encounter had more balanced offense on scoring efforts coming-from different players.
(6)Classics vs Orient(3)
(3)Orient vs Classics(3) S.O
Degenerates kept falling behind to Horsemen unable to recover
On a few occasions, some missed chances and lack of intensity cost the Degenerates in both their losses to the Horsemen. In the two encounters, the games remained fairly close up until a certain point where the Horsemen were able to pull away. Unfortunately for the Degenerates, flooring a short bench made it that much harder to battle back. Once J-K Cazeneuve and J.Crivello scored within 19 seconds apart for the Horsemen things just got that much harder for the tired side. All that was left at one point was to focus on trying to put up a better fight in the ensuing match. For just over a period, neither side had yet conceded a goal which could be argued it favoured the Degenerates since they had only one more period to manage. Unlike that opening frame, the game turned into a barn burner fast, at least in the first five minutes where the Horsemen out of nowhere found themselves up 3-2.Still, the Degenerates were only one shot away-from tying the game with plenty of time left over. In hopes of trying to get that much needed marker, B.Rubino got it instead for the Horsemen on a blistering slap shot. That two goal cushion leaving four minutes on the clock was more than enough for a team that was in total control-from that point on.
(2)Degenerates vs Horsemen(6)
(4)Horsemen vs Degenerates(2)
RCGT Knights unable to build off strong finish vs Snipers
Perhaps this was a case where momentum didn’t really mean much for the RCGT Knights. After closing out the first game on a strong finish turning a slight deficit into a lead, the RCGT Knights couldn’t carry that good energy into the next encounter. It almost seemed like it upset the Snipers instead. From-the drop of the ball, the Snipers were clearly driven by what had just happened to them. By the time the first period ended, J.Hassan had scored two goals while Ali Khanafer and H.Awada took turns as well finding the back of the net. The RCGT Knights were completely thrown off, and clearly dominated by a hungrier side. Maybe it was just a lack of urgency for one team and a sense of determination by the other. Regardless, the Snipers made it clear that they wanted nothing less than to take the second match after knowing they blew the first one. J.Prevost was credited the winner for the RCGT Knights while S.Sauk was firm in net facing just over 20 shots. He may not have been as busy, but M.St-Laurent did his part recording a 13 save shutout for the Snipers.
(3)RCGT Knights vs Snipers(2)
(6)Snipers vs RCGT Knights(0)
Country Club soar past struggling Big Timer
It wasn’t really up until the second period that the Country Clubs offense came in full force versus the Big Time. This contest was dead even after one period, and the Big Time actually took the 2-1 lead when B.Boni snapped the early second period tie . Then, it all fell apart for the Big Timer. The Country Club just went on a scoring rampage-from that point on with three particular players leading the way. S.Pilot, C.Payette and newly added K.Bomanado proved to be more than a handful as all three players combined for 13 points. S.Pilot did have the most influence participating in six of the seven goals. The second game didn’t quite start off well for the Big Timer, who suddenly fell behind 3-0 by the six minute mark. They did get the next tally shortly after courtesy of A.Toure, but that was about all the offense they generated the rest of the way. Unlike the previous match, the Country Club had some balance in the goals department with five different players finding the back of the net. The Big Timer cant seem to put out a consistent 24 minute effort in order to get some results. They often battle hard for one period, but cant seem to carry the rhythm long enough in order to give themselves a chance.
(7)Country Club vs Big Timer(2)
(1)Big Timer vs Country Club(5)
A high energy relentless style makes the difference in both encounter between HC Jokerit and Degenerates
Powered by a tenacious fore check, the HC Jokerit did the right thing in order to grab two good results versus the Degenerates. Different teams have different identities to their style, but its safe to say that the HC Jokerit true calling card is their ability to keep putting pressure when playing without the ball. With that, turn overs occur and scoring chances are generated. They accomplished their mission by removing lots of time and space versus a side that just didn’t have the stamina and body count to keep up, especially after playing an hour earlier. The Degenerates understood to keep the games as close as possible in order to have any sort of chance. They did manage that on the large part, but eventually it caught up to them. The HC Jokerit got an overall balanced scoring production with many players finding the back of the net. R.Ricaurte did an excellent job guarding his cage as the net minder made some important saves at key moments during the night. Overall, two deserving wins for a team that put way more effort into their game.
(2)Degenerates vs HC Jokerit(4)
(6)HC Jokerit vs Degenerates(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert Ricaurte of the HC Jokerit. The net minder looked like he was in his element making some big stops at the right moment in both games which enabled his offense feed off it and get the job done.
Thursday July 21
Armos put a good fight to even series after dropping opener to Fatal Demons
That’s what you get when you give up three straight goals in a short span of only four minutes. The Fatal Demons did their part taking immediate control of the game which forced the Armos to wake up and do something about it. Finally, they finished the first period strong, and all of a sudden there was a hockey game. At one point they pulled themselves within one when O.Valiquette notched his second with half a frame remaining. After missing out on a pair of incredible scoring chances, the Armos ended up paying the price for it. M.Destounis regained a two goal margin late in the game while feeding a yawning cage to solidify a 7-4 win for the Fatal Demons. The second encounter seemed like a déjà vu with the Fatal Demons jump starting off to a 2-0 lead. It took up until the early stages of the final frame for the Armos offense to get to work. They managed to tie things up at two goals apiece but fell behind once more when S.Ruggiero regained the lead for the Fatal Demons. Still, the Armos weren’t done yet throwing the towel as they kept battling hard where they eventually got rewarded . D.Galloro evented the score on a beautiful wrist shot in close that beat S.Fraga short side. Then, with the game seemingly headed for a shootout, O.Valiquette had other plans bagging his second in the final minute of the game. Throughout four entire periods, the Armos never led once up until O.Valiquette decided matters late in the second game.
(4)Armos vs Fatal Demons(7)
(3)Fatal demons vs Armos(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Valiquette of the Armos. Every time his club needed something to build on, the sharp shooter was there to provide it by netting four goals in two games that included a game breaker late in the second encounter.
Tuesday July 19
H.Bernier hat trick lifts Dek Lanaudiere to 4-3 win over Le Rinque
(3)Le Rinque vs Dek Lanaudiere(4)
In a 4-3 win over the division leaders, Dek Lanaudiere were guided by three goals and an assist-from H.Bernier. Both sides had themselves a wild ride in the second period with Le Rinque taking the frame 3-2 that evened things up heading into the third. You would almost had to figure that Le Rinque would have the edge as they started to find their groove. They just came off rattling three goals and looked to add more in order to preserve their unbeaten record. However, the Dek Lanaudiere wanted to make a statement of their own, and that was to show that they can defeat anyone when things are working well for them. Even though it took everyone to pull their weight, H.Bernier was the main ingredient for the result as the sniper decided the outcome by snapping a 3-3 third period tie.
Undermanned Dek Laval stuck enduring the inevitable vs Dek Lanaudiere
(9)Dek Lanaudiere vs Dek Laval(1)
Having to play in a back to back game, the Dek Lanaudiere had a different challenge ahead of them that didn’t seem to slow them down despite coming off a hard fought battle with Le Rinque. The Dek Laval didn’t do themselves any favors either showing up with a depleted roster. The approach was simple, stay back, cover your man, and hope your net minder is there to steal the show. For a good stretch, the Dek Laval made the Dek Lanaudiere work for their money, but that eventually changed as time went on. Already up 4-1 after one period, this contest had no more meaning to it with both sides knowing the final outcome. M.Fleurant led the charge in the goals department bagging a hat trick while M.Metivier was right behind him chipping in with a pair. The Dek Laval’s only bright moment occurred in the first period when J.Belcher solved L-S Vienneau for a rare time.
M.Dettorre hat trick powers Centre SportXpo to easy win over Dek Ultimate
(0)Dek Ultimate vs Centre SportXpo(7)
Its what you should expect when a team comes stacked and ready to play at this level of competition vs a side that had a limited capacity of players. The Centre SportXpo have floored some deep rosters this season, and in doing so, have gotten rewarded. Tonight was an example of it as they man handled a side that just couldn’t keep up with them. Powered by a pair of first period goals-from M.Dettorre, the Centre SportXpo capped off a dominating 4-0 frame before ending the night earlier than usual by adding three more tallies for the seven goal mercy rule. Dettorre completed his hat trick, J.Gagne helped set up three teammates while F.Gagnon wasn’t overly busy collecting a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to H.Bernier of Dek Lanaudiere. There is no question that H.Bernier was the catalyst behind Dek Lanaudiere handing le Rinque their first loss this season. In all four goals, Bernier posted a hat trick while setting up a tally.
Monday July 18
J.Hassan puts on a show helping Snipers to a pair of wins over Big Timer
J.Hassan looked incredibly difficult to play against in both games for the Snipers. His trickery controlling the ball bamboozled the Big Timer’s defense resulting in an incredible total of seven goals and two assists before the night was said and done. The Big Timer didn’t help their cause finding themselves behind 1-0 due to their net minder showing up late. F.Nasser scored on the power play once the game officially began, and J.Hassan added a pair to cap off the first of two games for the Snipers. The next contest appeared to be evenly matched with both sides trading a pair of goals each by the five minute mark. The tides did shift-from that point on with the Snipers rattling off three quick tallies in less than two minutes. J.Hassan completed an early hat trick before adding two late markers to complete a productive night.
(1)Big Timer vs Snipers(4)
(8)Snipers vs Big Timer(4)
Orient pull away in second encounter after tight knitted battle with Assadi Consulting Inc
Coming off a close 2-1 loss to the Orient, the Assadi Consulting Inc laid an egg in the following encounter. Its not like they didn’t have their fair share of early chances and enough shots on net to get on board. The problem was that E.Paradis-Levasseur stood in the way denying every attempt he saw. When your net minder shines, the players in front of him feed off it. The Orient got plenty of their offense done by J.Saydi, who bagged a hat trick right before the first period ended. That tally completely deflated the Assadi Consulting Inc knowing that they were stuck trying to overcome a 4-0 deficit. Rather than things improving, this contest was already decided as the Orient closed it out early due to the seven goal mercy rule. J.Saydi wasn’t done yet adding his fourth while F.Nasser was productive as well collecting three points that included two goals. P.Assadi will need to keep his troops positive as they have another match to prepare for in just an hours time.
(2)Orient vs Assadi Consulting Inc(1)
(0)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Orient(7)
P.Karvouriaris clutch second period keeps the good times rolling for the Classics
Good things tend to happen when P.Karvouriaris finds the ball on his stick in pivotal situations. With the game all dead even at two goals a piece, the sharp shooter did what he does best, and that’s to score clutch goals. The Classics continued on their winning ways squeezing out a tight 4-3 win over the Altius. The second encounter did live up to its expectations, at least for the most part. However, that all changed by the six minute mark of the final frame when K.Araujo, E.Mavroudis and P.Karvouriaris scored within a two minute window. It seems that it takes a near perfect match in order to rattle the Classics in their so far undefeated season. Its now ten games in, and no one has yet to take points away-from them. But hockey is sometimes unpredictable and anything could happen at any given point. For now, the Classics are enjoying a strong run with many high end players that want nothing more but to win at all costs.
(4)Classics vs Altius(3)
(3)Altius vs Classics(7)
Urgency for Assadi Consulting Inc to bust slump ratchets up after a bunch of losses
This feels like a breaking point for the Assadi Consulting Inc, who are hanging their heads over four straight losses in the same night. The Assadi Consulting Inc need to pick themselves up immediately before it gets further out of hand. Sometimes its just a matter of simplifying your game and playing with some confidence in order to get the results. Giving up a total of 15 goals clearly isn’t the way to go despite the Dragons having the fire power to do so. J.Mandracchia had a field day in the opening contest striking five times along with an assist to help secure a 6-4 win. In the ensuing match, both sides decided to trade an abundance of chances-from the get go giving the Dragons a slight 5-4 edge after one period. In hopes of winning that final round, things only turned worse for the Assadi Consulting Inc giving up three consecutive goals in five minutes. G.DeMarinis scored the most with a hat trick while J.Mandracchia, B.Daniele and P.Musto shared four points each.
(6)Dragons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(4)
(6)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Dragons(9)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joe Saydi of the Orient. After collecting the game winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Assadi Consulting Inc, the sharp shooter was just getting warmed up adding four more tallies in the ensuing match.
Thursday July 14
Brewers dry offense wakes up in second game with Armos
Fresh off a convincing loss where its offense was stifled, the Brewers rebounded with a massive spark striking seven times to outlast the Armos. Often enough, games are dictated with who plays in front. The Armos took the lead in the first encounter and prioritized to limit the Brewers scoring chances while patiently waiting for theirs to come. O.Valiquette carried the load bagging a hat trick, and F.Koch was there to deliver a 17 save shutout. Even though the Armos knew the formula of playing with the lead was the way to go, they couldn’t quite repeat the same scenario in the second game. The Brewers had the better early start, and because of it, the onus now fell on the Armos to figure out a way to respond. For most of the match, they chased the game, but eventually found themselves ahead 5-4 only to see their slight lead evaporate in an instant. A,Lanni evened the score almost immediately while A.Angelis and A.Papazian followed up to provide some insurance. It was just a complete contrast-from the previous match where the Armos had everything under control keeping the Brewers in check. It just goes to show that every encounter is different as the Brewers did a fine job flipping the script.
(0)Brewers vs Armos(5)
(5)Armos vs Brewers(7)
Fatal Demons smell blood, take advantage of depleted Assadi Consulting inc
Unless your relying on a near flawless game or games along with lights out goaltending, the Assadi Consulting Inc had to know that their night was going to be long versus the Fatal Demons. The first game was still within reach after the first period until E.Medrano widened the gap by three despite plenty of time left over. From-there, both sides knew where this contest was headed which gave time for the Assadi Consulting Inc to figure things out heading into the next match. Even though the advantage favored the Fatal Demons, the contest remained very close thanks to P.Assadi keeping his club in it. Perhaps the turning point occurred when G.DeMarinis riffled his second by the nine minute mark of the final frame for what was a comfortable 3-0 lead by then. The Assadi Consulting Inc didn’t have too many chances, but when they did, S.Fraga kept standing in the way making all the necessary saves to preserve the shutout. In the end, both results came to be expected due to the body count of players-from each side.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(2)
(0)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Fatal Demons(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Fraga of the Fatal Demons. Throughout four entire periods, the net minder never gave a chance for his opposition to cause any concern making enough saves to preserve comfortable leads.
Tuesday July 12
Le Rinque hold on for 2-1 win over Centre SportXpo
(2)Le Rinque vs Centre SportXpo(1)
Sparked by a pair of consecutive goals, Le Rinque on Tuesday night rattled off their sixth straight victory edging the Centre SportXpo by a slight 2-1 margin. Both their tallies came-from K.Kuczmarki setting up G.Lubwele on the power play, and T.Pham that completed a perfect one timer giving F.Gagnon no chance what so ever. The 2-0 lead came by the five minute mark of the second period where the Centre SportXpo wasn’t yet concerned about the time. Le Rinque did a great job limiting mistakes while getting the big saves expected by C.Lantin. Eventually the Centre SportXpo cracked the barrier, and got on board early in the third period thanks to a power play marker by M. Fazzari. In hopes of building off that momentum, the Centre SportXpo continued to play solid and competed very hard in order to equalize, but couldn’t quite get that inch or bounce required. Its never easy spotting Le Rinque a lead as they make it extremely difficult to leave much room out there. To the Centre SportXpo’s credit however, they did put plenty of pressure while generating some high end chances only to miss the target by a fraction at times. Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way no matter how hard you try which was the case for the losing side in tonight’s match up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christian Lantin of Le Rinque. The star goalie stopped all but one shot stymying the Centre SportXpo en route to a 2-1 victory.
Monday July 11
RCGT Knights unable to keep up with the Kings
Behind a strong defensive effort along with balanced scoring, the Kings were the better of the two sides versus the RCGT Knights. Y.Gazura gave his club hope on a pair of quick second period goals, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Kings rode off a strong finish en route to a 7-3 victory. Unfortunately for the RCGT Knights, they didn’t have the same fight in them entering a pay back match up. The Kings carried their momentum wasting no time what so ever rattling off four first period goals that included a pair-from T.Ferreira. Even though a three goal deficit isn’t the end of the world with so much left over, the RCGT Knights just kept finding themselves in a deeper hole unable to keep up. S.Bordonaro and D.Lombardi also chipped in with a pair while A.Pietracupa stood firm in net collecting a pair of wins.
(7)Kings vs RCGT Knights(3)
(2)RCGT Knights vs Kings(7)
Degenerates and Country Club split after intense battle
It showed-from the drop of the ball that the Country Club and the Degenerates were primed for four periods of good hockey. For a good portion of the first match, the Degenerates carried a slight 1-0 lead up until the Country Club eventually answered on a pair of second period tallies. S.Beaudin had evened the score, and C.Payette finally put his club in front for the first time leaving just over two minutes in the game. The Degenerates didn’t help themselves losing some important one on one battles versus a hungrier side. The Country Club certainly deserved what they got and hoped to continue a similar performance in the ensuing match. However, the Degenerates understood that they needed to make adjustments and focus on certain aspects of their game if they planned on splitting the cake with their opponent. Thanks to a very good start that provided a pair of two goal leads, the Degenerates had the control in their favor even though it took a full out effort. Anytime you are in a position to protect a one goal lead, it comes without question that your net minder needs to be there at all times to bail you out. Luckily enough for the Degenerates, T.Borgia was sharp, focused and extremely good to help capture a difficult 4-3 win.
(2)Country Club vs Degenerates(1)
(4)Degenerates vs Country Club(3)
Orient catch Dragons off guard early en route to a productive night
When going up against a good hockey team, you almost have no margin of error if you plan on having some success. That was the case in the first game between the Orient and the Dragons where only one side seemed to show up and play. The Orient achieved their objective by scoring early and often which only complicates matters for a team that has to mount a difficult comeback. E.Harnois was a major factor for the Orient as the skilled player scored three times in the opening game that finished in a landslide. Now, you have to figure that a team like the Dragons wont repeat such a putrid performance with so many experienced players throughout their line up. And while they did adjust, it still doesn’t guarantee anything for the standings . The Orient didn’t quite have that comfortable gap like in the previous match, but were still in a good position despite it being a 2-1 lead. In situations as such, forces you to play a tighter checking game along with your net minder being more alert. E.Paradis-Levasseur needed to be brilliant in which he was keeping the Dragons to only one goal on 22 shots. Perhaps the turning point occurred when J.Saydi riffled a power play goal that ultimately held up for the winner.
(7)Orient vs Dragons(2)
(1)Dragons vs Orient(3)
Assadi Consulting Inc suffer late blow in first game, Altius feeds off momentum
You battle so hard carrying an early 1-0 lead while everything appears to be fine only to find yourself at the wrong side of the spectrum when its all said and done. The Assadi Consulting Inc didn’t have the body count which may explain whey they couldn’t force the shootout with the game dead even at 1-1. After scoring his clubs first goal, A.Alfonso made a big play to set up B.Bentivegna, who made sure to bury his chance and give the Altius their first lead of the night. The heartbreaking tally left about 90 seconds on the clock, and the Assadi Consulting Inc needed to forget this one in a hurry. To their credit, they hung in there in the ensuing match trailing only 3-2 after the first period. Eventually though, the Altius took advantage of a power play chance thanks to an unlikely hero in G.Panagiotopoulos capitalizing for a two goal margin. The conservative defenseman couldn’t have scored at a better time to put the Altius in a position to help capture a second win. A.Alfonso was there to feed an empty cage with his third point of the encounter capping off a productive five point performance.
(1)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Altius(2)
(5)Altius vs Assadi Consulting Inc(2)
Horsemen look to their big guns in shootout split with Snipers
Sometimes it doesn’t matter in what form they come, but teams want nothing more than to win hockey games . The Snipers and the Horseman played throughout four straight periods without anyone edging out the other expect for in the breakaway competitions. And even at that, it was just as even as both sides split the cost at the end of the day. The Snipers got the better of the Horsemen in the first of two games on a pair of shootout markers by J.Hassan and H.Awada while M.St-Laurent was there to shut the door denying both attempts by the Horsemen. Then, and in the same circumstance, both sides hit familiar territory unable to settle it during regulation time. This time however, the Horseman looked to some of their key elements to pull through. D.Greco ,M.Kardum and V.Pandza had all scored during regulation time which set the stage for D.Greco and M.Kardum to test their ability in the shootout. Both players did not disappoint, netting both goals for the Horsemen while on the other side of the court, M.Vinciguerra got some pay back making big saves to secure the win.
(2)Horsemen vs Snipers(4) S.O
(3)Snipers vs Horsemen(5) S.O
Dragons put the effort but couldn’t match the man power of the Classics
The name of the game is winning, and the Classics did that twice on Monday night, pinning a pair of victories versus the undermanned Dragons. If not for a brilliant one on one play by A.Kakivelis that led to a highlight reel goal, the Dragons were only moments away-from testing their luck in a shootout. Instead, they just fell short of the finish line, and were now stuck playing two players short due to injuries. You never want to go up against the fire power of the Classics with a short bench. However, the Dragons played it smart keeping the game extremely close for as long as possible. A.Kakivelis used an early second period power play goal to put the Classics in front 2-1. It took only a minute and change after that tally for E.Mavroudis to notch his second providing a two goal cushion. The Dragons did have a bounce back opportunity when the Classics took a penalty. And rather than capitalising with the man advantage, the opposite happened instead. P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras summed it up as both players were responsible behind striking twice with the man short.
(6)Classics vs Dragons(3)
(1)Dragons vs Classics(5)
HC Jokerit dig out of a hole to collect a pair of wins over the Big Timer
The HC Jokerit must have felt that entering their second game was going to be just as easy after stamping a convincing 4-1 victory. After all, they got the offense rolling on efforts-from four different scorers, a strong defensive game along with a sound goaltending performance by H.Psaroudis. However, the second match had a different story line with the Big Timer flipping the script, at least in the first period. Sometimes you need to fall behind in a hockey game to see how you respond . The Big Timer caught the HC Jokerit off guard early posting a 2-0 lead, and an eventual 3-2 lead by the time the first period ended. Both teams were now tested on how to manage one important frame in order to get the win. For the Big Timer, it was a matter of how to prepare for a stronger defensive game while the HC Jokerit needed to be creative in order to get the offense required. In this particular case, the HC Jokerit were the ones who addressed their needs by striking on three quick occasions. Out of no where, this contest turned on a time, and the HC Jokerit were well on their way for a second win by bleeding out the clock.
(4)HC Jokerit vs Big Timer(1)
(3)Big Timer vs HC Jokerit(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Alfonso of the Altius and the HC Jokerit. The cardio machine played a remarkable eight periods of high energy hockey on teams-from the higher and lower divisions. He helped provide four out of four possible victories while accumulating a total of 9 points.
Thursday July 7
Brewers bounce back after late hip up to RCGT Knights
Its difficult to accept a loss when the game was in the palm of your hands. The Brewers came that close if not for giving up a late tally followed with a shootout marker that held up for the RCGT Knights. V.Mancini was the only of three players to capitalize during the breakaways beating a solid net minder in C.Stavriadis. With the game finishing that close, the second encounter was expected to be the same, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype. The Brewers were clearly the better of the two sides scoring twice in both frames while playing a sound defensive game. F.BcHara riffled a pair of tallies, and C.Stavriadis frustrated his opponent stopping all 20 shots he faced.
(2)Brewers vs RCGT Knights(3) S.O
(0)RCGT Knights vs Brewers(4)
Armos and Assadi Consulting Inc split after back and forth action
Meeting for the first time this season, both these teams showed that they love to take high end chances, and why not if you have the fire power to do so. The Armos showed some instant chemistry taking the first match in large part due to K.Duplin lighting the lamp on four occasions. While everything fell into place in the first game for the Armos, there was almost no way that the Assadi Consulting Inc would repeat the same fate. T.Sourios made it a point to address his teammates to wake up and get their act together. His firm message clearly paid dividends as they looked like a completely different hockey club. They managed to get the better start on three straight goals which forced the Armos to take chances and open up. The Armos did finish the first period strong to pull within one, but that was as good as it got for the them. The Assadi Consulting Inc went on a scoring rampage to finish stronger of the two sides by winning the frame handily 6-1.
(5)Armos vs Assadi Consulting Inc(2)
(8)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Armos(3)
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Kevin Duplin of the Armos. Despite playing with many new faces, the sharp shooter had no issues finding the back of the net, and was a big reason why his four goals and assist helped provide the Armos a nice 5-2 victory.
Tuesday July 5
Dek Elite returns after World Championships with several players out of the lineup
Le Rinque overwhelm Dek Laval in 8-0 rout
(0)Dek Laval vs Le Rinque(8)
Le Rinque played a perfect game on Tuesday night proving that an overwhelming offense and a stifling defense gave the Dek Laval no chance to keep up with a superior opponent. L.Augustin hardly had any action at the other end of the court registering an easy 8 save shutout. The story of this contest was the dominant play of Le Rinque owning every area of the game which resulted in an easy 8-0 win that needed only two periods because of the mercy rule. Le Rinque spent most of their time in the offensive zone getting balanced scoring throughout their short line up. J.Provost scored very early on a tally that held up for the winner, S.Hrivnak chipped in with a pair while B.Jutras was the most productive collecting five points. Just like their opponent, Dek Laval didn’t quite have their entire roster as well which only made matters worse going up against an undefeated club.
Dek Ultimate kept hitting the snooze button to many times, Dek Lanaudiere storm out of gate with a flurry of goals
(8)Dek Lanaudiere vs Dek Ultimate(0)
Dek Ultimate did not come out and give the kind of effort you would expect-from them. By the time the first period ended, Dek Lanaudiere left their opponent in the dust no where to be seen. Five different players scored to help mount a comfortable 5-0 lead. In hopes to bounce back with a better effort entering the second frame, things continued to spiral out of control when H.Bernier riffled his second by the two minute mark. At no point were the Dek Ultimate able to settle things down, to stymie momentum, and to minimize the damage when things weren’t going particularly well. Errors were mounting at an alarming rate for a team that normally knows how to contain pressure. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good night for a side that could have done better regardless how well the Dek Lanaudiere played. Similar to the 7:30 game between Le Rinque and the Dek Laval, this contest was also decided by the time the second period ended due to the mercy rule. B.Desrosiers struck last for his fourth point, and C.Gaudreault faced 11 shots to record a shutout.
CentreSportXpo takes advantage of depleted Hockeyballe.com
(1)Hockeyballe.com vs CentreSportXpo(5)
It was inevitable and just a question of time before the Centre SportXpo took total control of this encounter with the Hockeyballe.com. It becomes extremely difficult to play against three fresh forward lines when you have barley anyone to change with. The Hockeyballe.com knew it was going to be a rough ride with their anemic roster. In cases like this, you have to simply hang back, wait and hope for some break out plays while heavily relying on your goaltender. To their credit however, they did keep it respectable trailing only 3-1 by the mid way point of the match. M.Lastoria would eventually widened the gap by three toward the end of the second period, and both sides surely knew by then that it only become a question of time for the Centre SportXpo to secure victory. The win didn’t need any particular game changers or heroes as five different players took turns finding the back of the net. Although he wasn’t overly busy, F.Gagnon could have gone perfect in net if not for allowing a very early shorthanded marker by P.Lapointe. Credit also goes out to C.Stavriadis as well on the other side of the rink, who kept his team in it after facing nearly 30 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Benoit Jutras of Le Rinque. In a night where no one really made a big difference, B.Jutras did lead all players in all three games accumulating a total of five points.
Monday July 4
Late turn of events costs Orient easy points
It was certainly a tough pill to swallow for the Orient, who must have thought they had the Altius on the ropes for a second straight win. Its not like the Orient didn’t have the control they wanted carrying a 5-3 lead with about five minutes remaining in the game. Maybe it was just a lack of that killer instinct or some defensive lapses. The problem is that you just shouldn’t be letting the game slip away-from you with neither side really dominating each other. Sometimes you can put in a good effort, but you need to be hitting on all cylinders. The Altius played well enough on their heels to steal their second encounter thanks to a pair of identical plays that saw E.Girouard tip in a pair of perfect feeds-from A.Kobayati. This win came right after the Orient took the opening contest due to the Altius net minder showing late. In consequence, they attempted to pull it off by playing without a goalie which led to five empty net markers by the Orient.
(0)Altius vs Orient(7)
(5)Orient vs Altius(6)
D.Sarno nets a beauty, Horsemen take command in second encounter for a pair of wins over the RCGT Knights
It was definitely a good effort by the Horsemen in their back to back wins versus the RCGT Knights. The first game had a few ebbs and flows for both, but was otherwise a low event start until the Horsemen started to put the pressure as the game went on. D.Sarno couldn’t have scored a nicer goal by picking his top corner-from his backhand on a sharp angle. That tally proved to hold up for a close 3-2 decision. The second encounter wasn’t nearly as close with the Horsemen mounting a fast start bagging fours goals in just over six minutes. Playing with that kind of a lead that early didn’t help the RCGT Knights confidence, who struggled to generate much offense. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players that saw D.Greco duplicate is efforts like in the first game adding three more points. There was no doubt the RCGT Knights could have used a couple of their key guns up front where they lacked in both their losses. Unless you play a well executed game or games, all your elements are required in order to get the results.
(2)RCGT Knights vs Horsemen(3)
(5)Horsemen vs RCGT Knights(2)
Assadi Consulting Inc endure a night to forget
Any opponent having to challenge the Classics will require all their players to be at the top of their game. The Assadi Consulting inc were stuck enduring an awful night of hockey playing without many key components. As a result, they wanted nothing more than to forget what happened and focus on the near future. The Classics on the other hand came ready to play with a near full roster. The offense was spread out in the opening game with P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras doing their thing sharing four points each. Not much changed in the ensuing match with the Classics continuing-from where they left off giving the Assadi Consulting Inc a real hockey lesson. P.Karvouriaris was able to get his hat trick while S.Morante was firm in net stopping nearly every shot except for one. Although Pedram Assadi wasn’t overly pleased with the way it turned out versus a rival opponent, the captain wont dwell on it too long knowing that its just a pair of meaningless regular season games.
(6)Classics vs Assadi Consulting Inc(1)
(1)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Classics(8)
Dragons impose their will after tight affair with Country Club
Even though they didn’t get the results, the Country Club put up a nice fight in their first of two games versus a team-from the higher division. The contest could have easily gone their way if not for some bad luck and solid goaltending by Joe DeStefano. Much of the offense was carried out by two established veteran players. P.Musto used his patented slap shots to beat M.Dupuis twice while B.Daniele bagged the other two tallies for the close 4-3 win. The Country Club didn’t quite have the start they wanted as they quickly fell behind the eight ball giving up five goals in the first period alone. Anytime you build that sort of a lead, the odds are piled against you for a comeback, especially after dropping a heart breaker. There was just no way the Country Club had it in them to climb out of a deep hole. The Dragons have to much experience on how to manage a game and were in total control never having to face adversity. B.Daniele upped it one better netting a hat trick, J.Scaila scored twice along with a pair of assists, and Joe DeStefano got the job done allowing only two goals on 18 shots.
(4)Dragons vs Country Club(3)
(2)Country Club vs Dragons(7)
Big Timer struggle to adjust dropping two lopsided affairs versus the Degenerates
Maybe some lack of coverage didn’t help the Big Timer on Monday night versus the Degenerates. There were occasional times where enough odd man rushes led to a few goals which only deflates the moral of any opponent. Goals came-from pretty much everywhere including the defense with P.Paikopoulos collecting a hat trick in the opening game. After scoring twice to help solidify an 8-1 win, G.Santacroce wasn’t done yet adding three more tallies to complete a hat trick in the second encounter. The Big Timer did start off strong in the second game when H.Bourgeois tallied first for a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, one really bad sequence saw them allow four goals in only two minutes which clearly set the direction of this encounter. T.Borgia wasn’t too busy, but was their to make the necessary saves to keep his club confident.
(1)Big Timer vs Degenerates (8)
(8)Degenerates vs Big Timer(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Biaggo Daniele of the Dragons. When B.Daniele decides to play at the top of his game, its just a bad situation for any opponent. The Country Club had no answers on how to slow him down. Daniele collected all four points in the 4-3 win, and added three more goals in the second match to help bank six points to the standings for the Dragons.
Sunday July 3(Final)
Team White rout Team Black to claim Draft division title
(10)Team White vs Team Black(4)
Team Black could barely catch their breath when B.Sorice struck only 30 seconds into this contest. For about 20 minutes in, neither side had the pulse of where this championship game was headed. Team Black overcame a 3-1 deficit on two quick goals by M.Braun and P.Petraccione to even things up. However, it didn’t take long after that for Team White to establish that this was their night to celebrate. In the span of only eight minutes, the flood gates opened with Team White riffling five consecutive goals. B.Sorice was a major force behind the madness netting his fourth by the 27th minute mark of the game as part of a dominant eight point night. Team White were simply calm, confident and rolling along looking by far as the better team during that stretch. Tonight, just wasn’t the right time to be outclassed by your opponent with so much on the line. When things go well for a team that proved why they finished in first place, you almost have no chance unless you match their compete level. For Team Black, they just couldn’t get their pieces going that was required throughout the entire match. Even though it wasn’t K.Hookumchand’s night, Team White was going to get to most goaltenders due to their territorial play in the offensive end of the court. It showed-from the get go that Team White came out with a purpose never letting up-from the drop of the ball. Every aspect of their game worked for them. S.Pistone allowed only four goals, S.Fraga controlled the back end resulting in one goal and five assists while the attack was carried out by B.Sorice making plenty happen in the offensive zone. Overall, just a solid night for a team that was consistent-from day one. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Team White for winning the Sunday division Draft league.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Bruno Sorice of Team White. Anytime a player scores four goals along with four assists in a big game, its because he’s a money player. B.Sorice came through at the right time to help capture a well deserved championship.
Prior to the championship game, Team Yellow defeated Team Green to capture third place while in the other match Team Blue got the better of Team Red for the fifth spot.
Thursday June 30
Brewers must fix early season offensive struggles, Assadi Consulting Inc take both encounters
The numbers wont lie, the Brewers offense didn’t have much to show for in their season debut versus the Assadi Consulting Inc. As a group, the Brewers will have to find ways to shoot more while generating scoring chances. They actually had a good opportunity going up against a depleted roster only to be playing -from behind most of the night. The Assadi Consulting inc on the other hand will score goals, especially when they have C.Pisanelli in their line up, who participated in all six total goals for his club. By grabbing leads in both their games, the Assadi Consulting Inc played with less urgency forcing the Brewers to take more chances instead. Many plays resulted in plenty odd man rushes for the Assadi Consulting Inc, who could have embarrassed the Brewers if not for C.Stavriadis standing firm between the pipes. The net minder denied plenty of two on ones and three on ones while stopping blistering slap shots coming-from S.DosSantos and C.Pisanelli. Since its only week one of the season, the Brewers wont be overly concerned knowing that they had some key ringers absent. As for the Assadi Consulting Inc, expect a solid performance week in and week out as they seem to have the right tools for success.
(2)Brewers vs Assadi Consulting Inc(3)
(3)Assadi Consulting inc vs Brewers(0)
Fatal Demons looking ready despite long off season
If there is one team in this division that plays with chemistry ,structure and loads of experience, the Fatal Demons is that team. Even though its very early in the regular season, the Fatal Demons will prove to everyone that they are the front winners of the division. Every area of their game is complete with no weaknesses throughout their line up. They did have a slow start being down 1-0 ,but that only made them mad as they responded with three quick goals by M.Destounis, M.Mavroudis and S.Ruggiero. All three players will be scoring on a regular basis if the opposition isn’t aware of their threats. The second game saw a different start with the Fatal Demons wasting no time to get on board. By the time the opening frame ended, the RCGT Knights knew their night was done with having to overcome a heavy 4-1 deficit. The eventual win saw five different players score, which just goes to show that you cant really check anyone in particular expect for relying on an overall solid defensive game. A major difference between tonight’s two clubs is that the Fatal Demons have been together as a group more many seasons. The RCGT Knights do have the quality, but wont have the chemistry just yet with many players not familiar with one another.
(1)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(3)
(5)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carlo Pisanelli of the Assadi Consulting Inc. In all six goals scored by his club, C.Pisanelli was a major reason why the Assadi Consulting Inc took both their encounters versus the Brewers. The highly skilled forward scored three goals and three assists to earn the player of the night.
Monday June 20
Horsemen starting to find their Rhythm
Maybe it wasn’t the start to the season they hoped for, but the Horsemen are starting to look like the Horsemen of old grabbing a pair of easy wins over the Big Timer on Monday night. The addition of B.Rubino in the back will definitely help provide balance to their existing core. After taking the opening game 4-1, the Horsemen jumped all over the Big Timer in the next match, winning every frame handily. M.Kardum took charge in the second game bagging a hat trick along with two helpers. V.Pannza chipped in with a pair, and D.Greco was his usual self creating many plays that resulted in six total points over the two games. The Big Timer never had the chance to play in front, and because of that, they couldn’t penetrate a side that tighten up. However, S.St-Louis did find the back of the net twice, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
(1)Big Timer vs Horsemen(4)
(6)Horsemen vs Big Timer(3)
RCGT Knights break through in second periods to down HC Jokerit
With less than three minutes remaining, both sides knew the first game could have gone either way. It was just a question of who would capitalize first with the clock winding down. The score was deadlocked at four goals apiece before Y.Gazura found a way to break the tie. From-there, the RCGT Knights fed off that tally by adding two more insurance markers to seal their first of two on the night. Similar to the first encounter with the game so close, the second game saw the HC Jokerit carry a slight 3-2 lead when A.Alonso snapped a 2-2 tie. And rather than building off it, the reverse happened instead. The RCGT Knights responded in a flash scoring not once, but twice to pull ahead. J.Prevost put the RCGT Knights in front right after J.Seney had evened the score. The HC Jokerit did have more than enough time to respond. The problem was that they couldn’t get to S.Sauk in time, who stood firm denying every shot his way.
(7)RCGT Knights vs HC Jokerit(4)
(3)HC Jokerit vs RCGT Knights(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Daniel Greco of the Horsemen. The shifty defenseman quarterbacked two solid games collecting six points that helped create plenty of offense for his attack.
Sunday June 19 (Semi finals)
Complete team effort sends Team White off to the final
(5)Team White vs Team Green(3)
Team White played with effort and determination, and never really faced much adversity as they had the luxury to play in front all night. It showed that they came out on a mission striking early on goals by B.Sorice and M.Barbiero. For nearly over 30 minutes, Team White protected their house thanks to a brilliant effort by S.Pistone. Eventually, P.Santullo was there to give his side some light after using a precise wrist shot to beat Pistone on a penalty shot. Perhaps the only moment during the game that would have caused some concern for Team White was when M.Saia had the opportunity on another penalty shot to narrow the gap within one. Luckily enough, S.Pistone was there again to help bail out his club. Team White would hang on to their two goal margin and punch their ticket to the final. The win came on scoring efforts-from five different players, a solid defensive game, and of coarse their net minder making the key saves.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Sal Pistone. Look for your net minder to bring you far. S.Pistone has been a rock for his club all season long and continues to roll along collecting another important win.
A.DeSua rescues Team Black in heated battle with Team Yellow
(5)Team Yellow vs Team Black(6) O.T
In a hard fought game that went 20 minutes into overtime, Team Black had what was required to go the distance. After a 4-1 lead for Team Yellow, Team Black mounted a comeback led by B.Panarello scoring the second goal, and a momentum swing ensued. That change of events pushed P.Petraccione to score twice that helped tie the game. Team Yellow followed up when T.Scarpelli regained a slight 5-4 lead for his club only for it to get answered right away-from A.DeSua. It came to nobody’s surprise that this action packed game wasn’t over yet with overtime looming just around the corner. As both sides entered their potential last stretch of the season, it was apparent that no one wanted to make any mistakes. The two sides were shooting-from almost anywhere in hopes of getting a garbage goal or for somebody to pick up a rebound. It took nearly 20 minutes before something finally happened. That’s when A.DeSua saw the sea part ways finding himself completely alone to bury the winner. When two teams play an evenly matched game like both these clubs, it all comes down to the one break or a single play to decide matters. In tonight’s case, Team Black made that one extra play in order to advance.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Anthony clutch DeSua. They say timing is everything sometimes. The solid d-man couldn’t have scored two bigger goals. After tying the game fairly late, A.DeSua brought it a notch higher bagging the overtime winner.
The Draft Sunday league is now down to only two teams playing for all the marbles. Team White will take on Team Black in what should be an interesting final. This match up will depend on how Team Black approaches an opponent that plays a very smart structured game that has the goaltending. Team Black will need their unit on the court to play cautious without the ball while patiently wait for some of their big guns to generate offense. If they can remain composed, focused and disciplined, they’ll have a chance, if not, look for Team White to win it all.
Monday June 13
Country Club trending in the right direction riding two bounce back wins
The Country Club showed that they are able to put some brutal losses behind them quickly. It was clear on Monday night that they don’t like losing as they took care of business taking both their games against a relentless opponent. S.Pilot was there to snap a late 1-1 tie for his second of the game, and the Country Club added two late insurance markers to capture a 4-1 win. The Snipers made it a point to come out better in their second contest, and they did just that winning the frame 2-1. The problem was that they couldn’t contain a particular player that haunted them in the previous match. S.Pilot, although he didn’t score, was the catalyst behind the Country Clubs second victory setting up all five markers. The momentum shifted in the span of a minute where the Country Club turned a slight deficit into a lead. From-there, the Snipers never recovered no matter how hard they tried to even the score.
(4)Country Club vs Snipers(1)
(2)Snipers vs Country Club(5)
C.Gingras, P.Karvouriaris put on offensive clinic for Classics
Its seems no matter how hard you try, you just cant stop a two headed monster. And its not like the Orient cant match the talent level of the Classics. Both players know how to read off each other and find just enough open space to make any defense and goaltender wonder what went wrong. One of their big strengths is their ability to win the one on one battles. Its almost like the ball is glued to their blade no matter how crowded they are. Out of the Classics nine total goals, the two combined for ten points against a very good hockey team. The Classics do have the luxury of a good supporting cast as well in players such as M.Mavroudis, who collected six points and the Kakivelis brothers that will be just as influential. Adding to all that, S.Morante was lights out, especially in the first game making a ton of jaw dropping saves. The Orient may not be pleased with the overall results, but they wont be to concerned knowing that they have the artillery to compete against anyone.
(1)Orient vs Classics(4)
(5)Classics vs Orient(2)
Dragons barely hang on in opener vs Assadi Consulting Inc before running out of steam
With the way the night transpired, it looked as though the Dragons just couldn’t keep up anymore. They barely took the opening contest 6-5 after being up by three goals on three occasions. The Assadi Consulting Inc just fell short in the end, but made up for it in the ensuing match. M.Croteau struck first, Y.Gazura netted back to back tallies right before P.Nakhle widened the gap for a 4-0 lead. The Dragons couldn’t get much going unable to keep the ball long enough. It showed that the Assadi Consulting Inc had that extra gear and edge throughout most of the match. P.Assadi didn’t have his best game in the opener, but managed to bounce back nearly earning a shutout until J.Scalia spoiled it late in the game. J.Mandracchia continues to be the Dragons most lethal weapon up front accumulating four goals and an assist.
(5)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Dragons(6)
(1)Dragons vs Assadi Consulting Inc(4)
Sluggish Horsemen fall to HC Jokerit after both teams tied the opening game
Things were going fairly well for the Horsemen after tying their first game with the HC Jokerit. They scored the games first two goals in the ensuing match, and everything appeared to be going according to plan. Well, it became evident shortly after that the Horsemen needed a better edge to their game, because the HC Jokerit came out flying. It seemed that every single chance they generated -from that point on resulted in a goal. Four different players took turns finding the back of the net before the frame ended followed with three more different players adding to the onslaught by the time it was said and done. Every time the Horsemen tried to create something in order to bounce back, the HC Jokerit went the other way to make them pay. Sometimes bounces just don’t go your way, and the Horsemen were stuck enduring many plays they felt could have been prevented. However, that’s not to take away-from a group of players that showed absolutely no quit in their game. The HC Jokerit have the bodies, energy and desire to compete which could bring them a long way this season.
(4)HC Jokerit vs Horsemen(4) S.O
(3)Horsemen vs HC Jokerit(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to S.Pilot of the Country Club. It was clear that the Country Club could have used all the help they can after last weeks thumping to the Kings. And because of S.Pilot participating in seven of a possible nine goals, the Country Club got the results they hoped for on Monday night.
Sunday June 12 (Playoffs round 1)
Team Blue sip their coffee to late, Team Green catch them early and often
(12)Team Green vs Team Blue(7)
Stepping on the gas pedal early and coasting into an easy victory, Team Green caught Team Blue off guard on Sunday night. Team Blue hit their snooze button once too many times before they showed up to compete. By the time they finally woke up, Team Green was way to far to be reached. It took only ten minutes into this contest for Team Green to put a strangle hold on the match. M.Saia got the ball rolling netting two quick tallies which was immediately followed up with C.Stamadianos completing a hat trick in only two short minutes, and H.Psaroudis adding two more markers for a sufficient 7-0 lead. Even though it wasn't totally over, everyone knew it wasn't going to be easy-from there on out. Team Blue did finally get their act together but the damage had already been done. No doubt this came as a dreaded result for a team that had way better expectations. That being said, Team Green deserve credit and full marks for being ready to play. C.Stamadianos was hands down their most productive player scoring an impressive six goals and three assists.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Chris Stamadianos of Team green. No one will argue when their teammate collects nine out of a possible twelve points that included six markers.
M.Braun's late hat trick leads Team Black in thrilling finish over Team Red
(6)Team Black vs Team Red(5)
Team Black looked like they were in trouble on Sunday night. They trailed on the scoreboard for a long stretch until B.Freitas-Pereira leveled the score at five goals apiece. Both teams must have assumed that this game wasn't going to be decided in regulation with the time winding down to its final seconds. But hockey is a fast game with a lot of unpredictability's that sometimes carries a cruel spirit to it. When two sides are playing through a hard working grinding game with so much on the line, one team will be stuck carrying the burden of defeat while the other celebrates in glory. Tonight, it was Team Black celebrating thanks to a very late tally by M.Braun that left just three little seconds on the clock. That was Braun's third goal of the night and it couldn't have come at a better time. Its not often Team Red played with leads throughout the regular season, but tonight it showed they upped the ante by putting more urgency into their overall game. C.Arnoldo showed why he was the scoring leader striking three times for a hat trick while T.Settino did all he could collecting for points. Team Black came through after having their backs to the wall by never giving up making sure every shift counted. Perhaps the one key moment occurred when B.Panarello broke a play in his own end before sending the ball the other way which led to M.Braun's thrilling finish.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to M.Braun of Team Black. In a game that could have gone either way, there is no question that M.Braun had a major role as to why his club will be advancing.
With round one ending, the semi finals will take place next Sunday night. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Team White vs Team Green(4) After coming off a convincing win, Team Green will try to disprove the critics once more as they’ll challenge the division leaders. Despite what the rankings look like, this round can go either way. Both sides have shown that they can score and defend well overall. It may come down to goaltending. S.Pistone has been solid all season, and Team White know they can rely on him. As for Team Green, it will be up to S.Sauk to shine which he has proven in the past that he does show up for the big games.
(2)Team Yellow vs Team Black(3) Look for a stingy man on man game. Team Yellow are a sound team when playing without the ball while Team Black look to constantly generate offense. Just like the other series, there is no real favorite for this one. If Team Black can dissect Team Yellow’s defense enough times, than they can advance, if not, flip a coin to predict a winner.
Tuesday June 7
Third period mistakes cost Hockeyballe.com against Le Rinque
(7)Le Rinque vs Hockeyballe.com(4)
Hockeyballe.com were in good shape entering the third period on Tuesday night. They scored early for a 4-3 lead, and forced Le Rinque to figure out answers on how to respond. But once B.Jutras leveled, Hockeyballe.com's grip on the game began to slip away thanks to some costly self-inflicted wounds. Hockeyballe.com surrendered four goals in that final frame alone with Le Rinque's special teams being the major reason why. G.Lubwele scored a game changing shorthanded goal to put Le Rinque in front which was quickly followed by a power play marker by K.Kuczmarski. Certain aspects of a game play a significant role between winning and losing. For the Hockeyballe.com, their special teams failed them in the end unable to capitalize when given the opportunity. Unless you want to beat Le Rinque, you just cant afford to make those kind of mistakes. The Hockeyballe.com will deal with it and move on knowing that they put up a decent challenge despite a couple of hic ups. Le Rinque had many contribute in the win with scoring efforts-from six different players. T.Lubwele chipped in with a pair while A.Mirolla was feeling generous setting up four teammates.
Centre SportXpo use two quick goals to edge out Dek Lanaudiere
(4)Centre SportXpo vs Dek Lanaudiere(2)
As soon as M.Metvier scored his second on the power play, the Dek Lanaudiere hoped to build on their play by trying to snap the 2-2 tie, or at least to try and keep the Centre SportXpo off the score sheet. That wishful thinking barely lasted 15 seconds as J.Mandracchia regained the lead for his club. Still, the Dek Lanaudiere had more than enough time to answer back being all but a shot on net away. However , no matter how hard they tried, the Dek Lanaudiere couldn't crack the password on how to breakdown the Centre SportXpo’s defense, and more importantly F.Gagnon. The goaltender was focused playing a near stellar game, and was only beat because his team took a couple penalties which enabled the Dek Lanaudiere to strike twice. As much as they attempted for that much needed equalizer, nothing was going right for the Dek Lanaudiere, who were stuck going dry in the last frame of the contest. This result came as a good character win for a side that's struggled against this particular opponent. The Centre SportXpo had no specific player to thank as everyone bought into a game plan that worked.
Dek Ultimate blow lead late, gift Dek Laval a 4-3 overtime win
(4)Dek Laval vs Dek Ultimate(3) O.T
They say hockey can be a game of inches, and it also can be a game of seconds, and both worked for the Dek Laval in their dramatic win over the Dek Ultimate. Only 30 seconds were left when H.Jerjian tied the game up at three goals a piece for the Dek Laval. Then, in only the span of 40 seconds into the sudden death frame, Y.Nazarian was there to staple the win. Its never a pleasant feeling knowing you had the game at the tip of your hands. The Dek Ultimate felt they deserved better if not for a slight miss hap toward the end of the game. Both teams had quality chances throughout the contest with neither side having a real shot advantage. D.Vericain was dynamic for Dek Ultimate involved in all three goals that included a pair that found its way through R.Kenadjian. As for the Dek Laval, it came to no surprise that four different players scored as they heavily rely on an overall team effort.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yervant Nazarian of Dek Laval. Its not easy coming up with a huge play when two sides play through a hard fought battle. But with the game on the line, Y.Nazarian was able to make that play to complete an incredible finish for his club.
Monday June 6
Kings looking sharp after two convincing wins over the Country Club
It was a difficult night for the Country Club, who didn’t expect to get thumped in both their losses to the Kings. Mistakes will often happen, but the Country Club committed to many on Monday night. Nothing about their game went right. The defence struggled giving up ten goals in two games ,the offense was limited to only S.Pilot scoring while the special teams failed to work as well giving up a crucial shorthanded marker early in the first encounter. The Kings just went about their business building early leads in both games. G.Tetrault scored twice in each encounter while T.Ferreira notched a pair as well in the second match. The Country Club did attempt 28 shots only to hit a hot net minder. Nights like this will happen every now and then but the Country Club wont be too concerned knowing that they are better than what they showed for.
(6)Kings vs Country Club(1)
(0)Country Club vs Kings(4)
Horsemen survive with two late pushes in draws with Degenerates
Its too early to say that its anything more than a brief, annoying stretch for the Degenerates, but they are suddenly showing a penchant for goals allowed in closing seconds of games. In the first encounter, it was M.Kardum completing his hat trick with a minute left to force a shootout while in the second game saw the very same M.Kardum tie things up with about 30 seconds remaining. The Degenerates never trailed in four periods unable to close out the two encounters. Neither side got an edge in the shootouts as both teams settled for draws. Maybe it was a coincidence or the Degenerates simply aren’t stalwart enough with their defensive personnel when things get headed in the closing seconds of their games. Whatever the reasons, time will tell as its still early in the season with some rusty parts that need some shaking off.
(4)Horsemen vs Degenerates(4) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Horsemen(4) S.O
Dragons getting some pay back vs familiar opponent
The Dragons carried fresh and unpleasant memories having to go up against the Altius on Monday night. It wasn’t too long ago that the Altius pulled the rug-from under the Dragons feet that led to a thrilling heart breaking championship. Even though tonight’s meeting between the two sides doesn’t have much bearing to the standings, the Dragons are still glad they got the job done with two clean wins. J.Mandracchia as always had his foot print in both victories collecting five out of a possible six points. Perhaps a key factor was the play without the ball, and Joe DeStefano’s ability to battle hard in front of his own cage. The goaltender had to be good in which he was making a bunch of stellar saves to keep a high end offense to only three total goals. The Altius just couldn’t break the barrier enough times which is a rarity for their standards. That being said, no one in that locker room is one bit concerned for how things turned out as they’ll surely bounce back in no time.
(3)Dragons vs Altius(2)
(1)Altius vs Dragons(3)
RCGT Knights improve drastically with off season acquisitions
During the off season, S.Sauk prioritized improving his teams depth. The RCGT Knights understood to address some key areas of their game and tonight they may have found the right pieces to the puzzle. Adding players is one thing, but when adding quality such as S.Legault and M.Legault, your team just became a serious part of the conversation for being a contender. The father and son duo turned a good team into potential championship material. The two players controlled a large part of the game when they were on. S.Ruggiero benefited five times with lots of help coming-from M.Legault, who was feeding everyone in sight every time he touched the ball. The young talent caught everyone’s eye making one play after the other with such ease and vision. And while he took care of the offensive part of the RCGT Knights game, P.Legault was just as influential controlling the back end. The Big Timer kept it respectable dropping the opening contest 6-4, but struggled to keep up in the ensuing match losing by a landslide.
(6)RCGT Knights vs Big Timer(4)
(0)Big Timer vs RCGT Knights(7)
Snipers pull away in final frame of first game and never looked back
The Snipers know that when they stick to their game that they are a very effective hockey team. There is just no quit in their group of players, who make every shift count. By battling hard throughout the entire night, H.Faour was able to snap a 2-2 tie that was followed up with another quick goal to put the game in complete control of the Snipers. The HC Jokerit had another shot at getting it right in their second match, but found themselves in immediate trouble after giving up two quick goals. You don’t want to play catch up against a team like the Snipers. Unless you have the means to break down a committed defense, comebacks will be rare. The HC Jokerit realised it no matter how hard they tried to claw back into the game. Even though they attempted their fair share of shots and chances, E.Paradis was there to bail them out each time. The goaltender was sharp earing a pair of wins after facing a fairly large amount of shots.
(3)HC Jokerit vs Snipers(6)
(3)Snipers vs HC Jokerit(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Legault of the RCGT Knights. His ability to make everyone around him better helped the RCGT Knights post a pair on nice wins over the Big Timer.
Sunday June 5
Team Blue getting hot at the right time in rout of division leaders
(7)Team White vs Team Blue(13)
There are words that can describe utter humiliation Team White faced in losing against Team Blue. But an old fashion beat down will do. Apart-from giving up an early goal, Team Blue dominated-from the opening face off, putting their opponent in their place. E.Colella keeps getting his way riffling a pair early on as did M.Scarpetta that helped built a 4-1 lead in only 15 minutes. The offense was concentrated in a few players that put up some nice numbers in this win. E.Colella finished with four goals and five assists, M.Scarpetta completed a hat trick, E.Allen and L.Bucci hit their targets twice while M.Valmora took care of controlling the play resulting in six helpers. Team White couldn’t execute the way they are used to, and really need to put this one behind them with the playoffs starting in two weeks for them. Whether you lose a game 2-1 or they way thy did tonight, it shouldn’t matter to them as they’ll regroup and play with more urgency when it matters more.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Eddy Colella of Team Blue. Whether Teams haven’t gotten the memo on how to address him or because they just cant stop him, Colella continues to tear it up accumulating nine more points.
Team Green waste comeback, fall to Team Yellow
(8)Team Yellow vs Team Green(5)
It may have come as a disappointing finish, but Team Green will take some positives after coming back-from a three goal deficit. Maybe a better start would have influenced the final result. Regardless, Team Yellow started off strong and finished even stronger after going through a rough patch in only three minutes where they gave up three straight goals. To their credit, Team Yellow remained level headed and kept their composure moving forward. G.Charron was their to bail his club out snapping the 4-4 tie, which shifted the momentum of this game in their favour. M.Paciencia scored his second shortly after while setting up his clubs next goal to ease the tension with not much time left to go. Unlike the strengths of some other teams that rely on some high end talent, Team Yellow has different identity. This isn’t a club that will look to one particular player to bail them out. Most of their success comes-from playing well as a unit due to their structure and team chemistry. Maybe a silent team to watch for in the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to B.Mourad of Team Yellow. No matter what the circumstance during the game, the net minder was their to help bail out Team Yellow by making timely saves on 35 shots.
R.Potenza decides matters on late penalty shot, Team Black edge out Team Red
(5)Team Red vs Team Black(6)
No matter what your regular season record looks like, its how you finish prior to the playoffs that often matter. Even though Team Red dropped another one goal game, this result will boost confidence knowing they came that close to winning without some players throughout their line up. They managed to lead 2-0 at one point thanks to C.Arnoldo and T.Settino providing much of the offense. Unable to ride that surge, Team Black eventually flipped the script netting the games next three markers. The contest did remain very close-from that point on ,but with Team Black carrying the slight advantage every time by playing in front. Ultimately, it came down to an unfortunate circumstance when Team Red took a late penalty that set the stage for a penalty shot for Team Black. Already with two goals and an assist, it was only fitting that R.Potenza was there to bury the winner with little time left over. Both sides will be satisfied after this hard fought battle as both clubs will face one another in next weeks first round match up.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Rocco Potenza of Team Black. Its always nice when a player scores three goals and an assist that includes a penalty shot winner late in the game.
Tonight concluded the regular season for the Sunday night Draft league. All six teams will be participating in the playoffs with the first two seeds skipping the first round for a direct pass to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Team Black vs Team Red(6) Since the two sides just finished playing each other in what was a tightly knitted affair, expect much of the same in next weeks battle. Team Red’s horrible record of only two wins isn’t a real reflection of their identify. You always have a chance when you have the scoring leader in C.Arnoldo and a high end talent in T.Settino. The problem lies on their game without the ball. Team Black will have to exploit that weakness while making sure they play sound defensively.
(4)Team Green vs Team Blue(5) It will be up to Team Green to formulate a specific game plan. Without mentioning any names on who the dangers are, P.Santullo will have to address his club on how to slow down Team Blue’s threats. If Team Green can get the goaltending and a strong defensive game, than they can pass, if not, look for Team Blue to prevail.
Wednesday June 1 (Final)
Special teams woes doom Armadillos in loss to newly crowned champs Punishers
(1)Armadillos vs Punishers(4) Game 2
Talk about the worst time of your season for your special teams to go putrid. Rather than taking the opportunity to play ahead after being rewarded a power play chance, the Armadillos found themselves immediately behind the eight ball when A.Sarigiannis scored shorthanded. The Armadillos did bounce back after their error on a fairly quick response by P.Legatos. The second period featured some very crucial moments for the two sides. The Punishers snapped the tie on the power play thanks to A.Kakivelis which once again put the pressure on the defending champs corner to respond. The Armadillos thought they had that opportunity when going on the power play once more only to repeat a fatal mistake for a second time. Its almost as though you are better off playing even strength when facing a penalty kill consisting of P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras. Both players seem to have a knack for doing the improbable when put in what normally would seem as a disadvantage. For C.Gingras, its like an art as he has the ability to read and break up plays while executing high end chances which resulted in P.Karvouriaris scoring his clubs second in that situation. The Punishers felt and knew-from that point on they had the Armadillos in shambles and on the ropes. Much of the third period remained in the control for the Punishers, who added that extra gear to their game in order to avoid any meltdowns. M.Mavroudis was able to put the final nail in the coffin by adding a late insurance marker, and ultimately decide the fate of this series. The Punishers did what good teams do by finding ways to win. Even though they played with fire for the amount of trips to the penalty box, things fell into place for a side that thrived throughout the entire regular season and playoffs. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the Punishers for capturing the D Wednesday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. Plain and simple, C.Gingras is a money player with an incredible skill set. The Punishers notched three goals thanks to their engine creating high end plays.
Tuesday May 31
Hockeyballe.com stun Dek Laval on two late goals
(3)Hockeyballe.com vs Dek Laval(1)
It may not have come perfect, but Hockeyballe.com found a way to win on Tuesday night versus the Dek Laval. Being up only 1-0 is like playing with fire if you try and ride out the clock. The Dek Laval did have their chances to widen the gap only to keep getting denied by J.Vrettis. All it took was one shot on net for this contest to be all tied up, and Hockeyballe.com knew they were inching closer with the amount of chances generated. That moment occurred half way through the third period when S.Athanasopoulos used a blistering slap shot to finally solve K.Haratonian. Up until that point, the net minder was perfect, and remained brilliant throughout the entire match. Then, the Dek Laval learned a valuable lesson which was not to put Hockeyballe.com on the power play late in the game. That one unfortunate holding call came to bite them in the end leaving all but 19 seconds on the clock for T.Bozinakis to strike with an incredible wrist shot. No doubt it came as an unfortunate set of events for a team that felt they deserved better. The Dek Laval will look back at some missed opportunities after H.Jerjian put them in front on the power play. Hockey is sometimes a game of inches, and this particular contest was a perfect example as it could have gone either way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tasso Bozinakis of Hockeyballe.com. With the game all tied up, T.Bozinakis was there to decide matters on a wicked wrist shot that had eyes.
Monday May 30
Kings start season with easy wins over HC Jokerit
The Kings started off their season strong on a pair of convincing wins over the HC Jokerit. An already hot start turned into an inferno by the second game as the Kings used ten goals to out last the HC Jokerit for a second straight time. The two results came as a collective team effort. G.DeLuca notched a pair in the first encounter and A.Pietracupa wasn’t overly busy getting two easy wins between the pipes. With M.Gibson posting two quick tallies by the second game, the Kings fed off it that led to T.Ferreira and D.Lombardi each posting hat tricks. Overall, the Kings used the right mind set heading into their season opener. They came out aggressively on both sides of the ball that kept them in control for most of the two games. The HC Jokerit did get some offense going in their second encounter, and in largely due to A.Alfonso making plenty happen riding a hat trick and an assist. The problem was their inability to limit the amount of chances they gave up.
(5)Kings vs HC Jokerit(1)
(5)HC Jokerit vs Kings(10)
Classics a step ahead in double rout of Snipers
The Snipers quickly learned that you cant give up many opportunities against a team like the Classics. Players like P.Karvouriaris will make you pay as it happened in the first game with the sharp shooter putting three behind the Snipers net minder. It wasn’t the start they wanted but at least they had the chance to get it right in the following match. Unfortunately, nothing changed and the Snipers went through another horrible start finding themselves down 5-1 by the time the first period ended. This time, it was M.Mavroudis’s turn to shine as the power forward completed an early hat trick to put the game out of reach. The Snipers just weren’t able to match the Classics in the scoring department, but could have done better on their defensive side of the game. F.Nasser and A.Sayed know that they can get better-from their players and especially for themselves as they have seen better nights. Sometimes things just don’t go right -from the get go like in tonight’s case for the Snipers, who wont be overly concerned with the group of guys they have.
(5)Classics vs Snipers(2)
(2)Snipers vs Classics(8)
Hard charging Country Club a handful for the RCGT Knights to handle
The RCGT Knights looked to rebound after dropping a fairly close game versus the Country Club. It was reasonable to think that a bounce back performance was to be expected after the two sides battled to a close 3-1 result favoring the Country Club. Instead, it just got worse with the Country Club out pacing the RCGT Knights with nine goals. In the short span of only two minutes, the Country Club spark three quick goals in the first period while doing the same by the second frame striking three times again in under three minutes. The RCGT Knights looked mediocre at times and couldn’t push back hard enough to compete against a better prepared opposition. C.Paquette showed that he will be putting up some nice numbers as the sniper struck five times. The same can be said for F.Proulx, who bagged a hat trick in the second game, and their net minder M.Dupuis giving up only three goals in four periods.
(3)Country Club vs RCGT Knights(1)
(2)RCGT Knights vs Country Club(9)
R.Fortin feeling hot riding 2 hat tricks for the Assadi Consulting Inc
It looked as though the Big Timer were going to be smoked twice in their encounters with the Assadi Consulting Inc. After all, the first game did end 7-0 and the start of the second match saw the Assadi Consulting Inc storming out of the gate riding four goals for a 4-1 lead after one period. However, the final frame didn’t go as the pattern suggested. The Big Timer adjusted, started to compete harder and actually made a game out of it pulling themselves within one. There was no doubt it caused panic for the Assadi Consulting Inc forcing them to take the situation serious if they planned on banking two wins. Eventually, the nerves calmed a little when P.Kawkab and M-A.Haber scored later on to restore a very comfortable lead with only two minutes left on the clock. The Assadi consulting Inc have a nice arsenal of talent throughout their line up that saw R.Fortin dominate the court with two hat tricks.
(7)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Big Timer(0)
(4)Big Timer vs Assadi Consulting Inc(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robbie Fortin of the Assadi Consulting Inc. Not bad for his season debut. R.Fortin showed that he can find the back of the net riffling back to back hat tricks.
Sunday May 29
Furious comeback win by Team Yellow leaves Team White stunned
(6)Team Yellow vs Team White(5) O.T
Once Team Yellow finally cracked their oppositions defense, the game turned in a hurry. An outburst of five consecutive goals in only 20 minutes including overtime brought Team Yellow back-from a 5-1 deficit to an incredible 6-5 victory. It looked bleak for Team Yellow after giving up four straight goals in the first 21 minutes. J.Melo helped bridge the gap by riffling a pair. From there, Team Yellow started to pick up some confidence knowing that there was more than enough time to claw back into the game. With T.Scarpelli eventually narrowing the gap by one, this contest was now up for grabs. Its as if Team White had no solutions on how to adjust to what was going on. They couldn’t get that next goal or prevent any more-from going in which led to E.Colella tying the game with only five minutes to go. Usually when a team goes on a run the way Team Yellow did with overtime looming, the momentum tends to favor them. And that was exactly the case with E.Colella ending it his way on his patented slap shot that found its way through.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Eddy Colella of Team Yellow. As part of their remarkable comeback, E.Colella used two timely goals, the equalizer and the sudden death winner to overcome it.
Team Green stampede over struggling Team Red
(7)Team Red vs Team Green(12)
They just cant seem to find a way on how to prevent goals-from going in. Of course teams will allow goals during a game and sometimes you will have that bad night or two, but it seems to be a re occurring theme for Team Red as they have no solutions on how to defend properly. Sure they can score and generate some offense, especially with a T.Settino and a C.Arnoldo in your line up as both players shared two goals each while combining for seven points. But unless you tighten the screws the other way, these results have now come to be expected for the struggling side. Team Green exploited their oppositions weakness early enough scoring seven times in the first 21 minutes alone. Much of the offense was evenly spread. C.Stamadianos did lead the charge on a hat trick, D.Agourias notched a pair and P.Santullo did the same while setting up three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Santullo of Team Green. While setting up three different teammates, Santullo chipped in with a pair to lead all teammates with five points.
Team Black leave Team Blue in dust early
(15)Team Black vs Team Blue(5)
Considering how well Team Blue played last week, no one would have predicted a total meltdown only a week-from then. Goals only came-from one side of the court ten straight times before Team Blue got some shed of light during this contest. Up until that point, Team Blue had no breaks having to dwell through a difficult stretch. Its hard for teams to try and play collectively as a group when nothing is going your way. By trying to play some catch up, Team Blue opened the lanes wide open for Team Black to capitalise. Some of the usual suspects were expected to get involved on the score sheet. P.Petraccione, J.Tersei and R.Potenza made their usual impact combining for 14 points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Petraccione of Team Black. His immediate influence on the game propelled Team Black to a lopsided easy win over Team Blue.
Wednesday May 25 (Final)
Punishers get the edge over rival Armadillos
(5)Punishers vs Armadillos(3) Game 1
The Punishers had a game plan and a recipe to kick start their final on Wednesday night. Plenty of factors worked for the Punishers starting with getting that first goal provided by C.Gingras. From-there, it was a quintessential Punishers effort: scoring with their depth, scoring with their stars and using a smothering defense to hold the Armadillos off the board for a long enough time. It was just a bad start to the Armadillos night as they struggled to get much offense going. B.Gabbour finally broke the barrier later in the second period to pull his club within two, but that only lasted so long with P.Karvouriaris regaining a three goal cushion. To their credit, the Armadillos never let up scoring twice in the third period to narrow the margin to only one goal with just over ten minutes remaining. As much as they carried momentum, the Armadillos couldn’t level despite putting enough pressure out of desperation. A.Bitsakis rebounded after a rocky stretch and made sure to shut the door frustrating his opponent with remarkable saves. C.Gingras would eventually ease the tension for the Punishers by feeding an empty cage for his second goal and third point of the game. Being up 1-0 in a series is always an advantage, but this thing is far-from being over if the Punishers hope to get pay back for last season. All it takes is one bad play or a mistake somewhere to shift this series for how evenly matched both teams are. Game two will be pivotal, and the Punishers hope to end it there rather that testing their fate in a game three mini game. Time will tell as both teams will anxiously wait a long week before getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alex Bitsakis of the Punishers. He had to be good all night and especially early to help pave the road for the Punishers. The goaltender kept a clean sheet for nearly two full periods which enabled his club to build a lead and protect it the rest of the way.
Tuesday May 24
Dek Ultimate turn it on in third period to down Dek Laval
(4)Dek Ultimate vs Dek Laval(2)
A third period surge of goals for the Dek Ultimate made the difference as a tight 1-1 game ballooned to a 3-1 lead and ultimately gave the Dek Ultimate the edge on Tuesday night. Both sides saw their net minders engaged keeping the game extremely tight and low scoring. The Dek Ultimate eventually went up with just over five minutes left in the game. They would then add two late insurance markers to solidify their first of potential two wins of a doubleheader night. The Dek Laval got on board first on a shorthanded goal by Y.Nazarian, but gave up the equalizer for being in the penalty box again. This contest had its moments of intensity and grit as both sides never backed down.
Dek Lanaudiere over come slow start in dominant win over Hockeyballe.com
(4)Hockyballe.com vs Dek Lanaudiere(8)
Four goals in twelve minutes of the second period lifted the Dek Lanaudiere to a dominating double up win over Hockeyballe.com. There wasn’t much happening offensively for a good portion of this contest as both sides cautiously waited each other out on who would make a mistake. The goaltenders were sharp and the game stayed close until H.Bernier finally scored for the Dek Lanaudiere which set the stage for the Hockeyball.com’s down fall. That first tally ignited the scoring as it spread like wild fire for the Dek Lanaudiere. T.Canuel scored back to back goals, C.Racette did the same after setting up two markers, and M.Metivier capped it off with two goals as part of a four point performance. Its uncharacteristic for Hockeyballe.com to give up this many goals, but that’s the price you pay sometimes when forced to open up the game when falling behind. P.Arkalis and P.Karvouriaris had productive nights collecting three points each in the loss.
Dek Ultimate stage late comeback, but fall short in overtime to Centre SportXpo
(4)Centre SportXpo vs Dek Ultimate(3)
The Dek Ultimate needed a small miracle and they almost got it to. They trailed 3-0 after two periods which seemed highly improbable that they were to comeback. Even though they were down on the score board, the Dek Ultimate weren’t down in spirit. They showed what they are all about by storming back on three consecutive goals that included the equalizer with only 28 seconds remaining on the clock. While the Dek Ultimate mood was upbeat after that stretch, this game wasn’t decided just yet. Both sides had one more step to try and figure things out. After suffering a disastrous collapse, the Centre SportXpo did have the final say thanks to S.Boucher netting the winner. Prior to their meltdown, the Centre SportXpo had everything going for them building a commanding 3-0 lead on the help of G.Larochelle’s two goals while F.Gagnon was flawless for the large part. All it took was a small six minute sequence to flip the script for the Dek Ultimate. Unless you play a full out 45 minute game, anything can happen at this level of competition.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.Canuel of Dek Lanaudiere. After his two goals put the Dek Lanaudiere in front 3-1, T.Canuel added three more helpers to finish with the most points of the night.
Monday May 23 (Final)
Altius pull off spectacular comeback leaving Dragons in disbelief
In sport, playing in a final is the pinnacle, but losing a final is awful. They say there are no prizes for second place even though you made it that far compared to many other teams that didn’t get the chance. But if there is to be a fate worse than finishing as the runner up, its being remembered only because you blew it, chocked, snatched defeat-from the jaws of victory. The Dragons had an incredible start o their night, getting a bunch of goals throughout their line up while relying on Joe DeStefano to stand on his head early to keep the Altius off the score sheet. Much of it carried into game two with the Dragons racing off to a commanding 3-0 lead. Again, J.Mandracchia and M.Fazzari were connecting as the two players had combined for nine points till then. The Dragons would eventually carry a 4-1 lead looking like they were headed to their final destination, a championship title. Still, this contest wasn’t over, and the Altius got a slight spark when E.Girouard scored to pull his club within two. By that point, the Dragons still felt in control of the overall situation up until M.Arkalis narrowed the gap by one. Now with three minutes left in the game , the Dragons were rattled knowing that this is far-from being over. There was no doubt the anxiety was creeping in for a side that thought they had it in the bag. Surely, they still thought they could win since they were playing with the lead while the clock was ticking down. However, the Altius had other ideas running on adrenaline and momentum. All they needed was one opportunity, one shot on net to force a shootout. And who other than P.Arkalis to pull through as the highly skilled player riffled a rocket in desperation to level the score. His tally left all but four seconds on the clock which now tied the game and forced a three man shootout. Out of the six combined players taking their shot, the Altius scored on all three tries to complete an extraordinary comeback. If momentum plays any role in sports, this series was a great example of it. The Altius came out harder in game three and barely wasted time getting on board when E.Girouard tapped in a rebound -from in front of the net. The Dragons did have a chance to level on the power play only to find themselves in a deeper hole when A.Kobyati made it 2-0. That play was a clear indicator of where this series was headed despite plenty of time left over. By then, it was destined that the Altius were going to prevail since everything was going right for them. D.Bertrand put the final stamp netting two late insurance tallies to solidify a remarkable turn of events. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mathew Melo and his team for accomplishing quite a feat.
(6)Dragons vs Altius(2) Game 1
(7)Altius vs Dragons(6) S.O Game 2
(0)Dragons vs Altius(4) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paolo Delli Colli of the Altius. After a shaky start in game one, no one can argue how influential P.Delli Colli was for the Altius on Monday night. The goaltender battled through some difficult moments, but kept the games alive because of his determination to stopping the ball. Game two was won because he denied all three shootout attempts by the Dragons, and game three was decided thanks to his 7 save shutout.
Sunday May 23
B.Sorice four early goals highlight blow out win for Team White
(9)Team White vs Team Green(4)
For about eleven minutes, Team Green couldn’t figure out what to do in order to slow down B.Sorice. The forward had his way and did pretty much what he wanted netting four goals during that span. Team Green were still within reach despite leaving him unguarded down only 5-3 by that point. However, that didn’t stop for his supporting cast to be involved as well. M.Lang took over-from there bagging a pair while C.Roberts and S.Fraga contributed with insurance markers. Giving up only four goals in this type of format says a lot about your defensive game and your goaltender. S.Pistone continues to deliver and has been consistent throughout the entire season as a blue chip net minder. Pistone was still relatively busy facing 37 shots, but that didn’t seem to affect someone always ready for the challenge.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to B.Sorice of Team White. His timely four consecutive goals helped set the tone for his club to capturing another win.
Team Black unable to adjust against a ready Team Yellow
(10)Team Yellow vs Team Black(3)
Manifesting chemistry isn’t something that comes right away. Team Black saw it first hand needing to replace a few missing regulars on Sunday night. Unable to get much going, they fell behind early and were forced to play catch up the rest of the way. Team Yellow however went about their ways doing everything close to right in what was a convincing and well deserved victory. T.Scarpelli did lead the way up front, but many chipped away getting a nice balanced production of offense. B.Mourad was well insulated allowing only three total goals, in which two came off the blade of R.Potenza. Overall, just a better night for one team that gelled-from the drop of the ball versus a side that didn’t have their game plan in order.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Tony Scarpelli of Team Yellow. By never giving up on the play, T.Scarepelli’s hard work often pays off. Tonight, he buried three for Team Yellow’s easy win over Team Black.
L.Bucci’s nose for the net paces massacre win for Team Blue
(3)Team Red vs Team Blue(15)
The slumping Team Red are left doing some soul searching after Sunday nights debacle versus Team Blue. Talk about a tough scenario where everything went completely wrong for one side. Absolutely nothing worked, especially playing without the ball where Team Red seemed out numbered despite playing the game even strength. It felt like sinking into quick sand with one in sight to rescue you. The only good part of the night came at the final buzzer when the game was over. Clearly, they’ll need to address what happened if they want to compete with a more respectable performance. While nothing good could be said for Team Red on this particular night, Team Blue have lots to feel good about. L.Bucci was an absolute machine sparking the games first three goals before capping it off with seven total tallies. E.Pouliot was further in line notching a pair while E.Colella controlled the back end resulting in six helpers.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Larry Bucci of Team Blue. After getting his club going posting an early hat trick, Bucci was just getting warmed up adding four more goals to finish with an impressive night.
Friday May 20 (Final)
M.Larin sparks a pair, M.Gagnon records a shutout, Generals take commanding lead in series
(3)Generals vs Brewers(0) Game 1
The Generals offensively carried the slight edge, and didn’t give up anything on the back end to win the first game 3-0. The Brewers didn’t mind at all that this game stayed within reach for a very long time. M.Larin scored by the four minute mark of the second period and the game saw both sides face solid goaltenders unable to get that next goal. C.Stavriadis was brilliant giving the Brewers every chance possible to find a reply. Unfortunately, the offense went dry for the Brewers, who couldn’t figure out M.Gagnon after posting 22 shots. P.Barrett gave the Generals some breathing room by doubling the lead very late in the game right before M.Larin notched his second in an empty cage. It wasn’t the result the Brewers hoped for, but it did suggest that they can keep up with the Generals by playing them right.
Generals clip Brewers in dreaded shootout to capture Masters 35 + title
(2)Brewers vs Generals(4) S.O Game 2
A deadlocked 2-2 score left the Generals and the Brewers matchup fated for an all decisive shootout. Both sides sent three players to center court in hopes of getting it done right there and then. Granted, the Generals did have the upper hand in case they fell behind by playing a third and deciding game, but clearly they were relieved by finishing it off in the breakaways. Your odds are pretty good when O.Valiquette and J.Brunet are part of your selection. The two players didn’t miss despite going up against a very sound net minder in C.Stavraidis. On the flip side of the court, M.Gagnon stood tall and didn’t flinch denying both attempts by the Brewers. This scenario could have been avoided with the Brewers carrying a slight 2-1 lead in the third period. J.Hovington however was able to level with still an abundance of time remaining. There was no doubt both sides played it more cautious-from that point on wanting to avoid any mistake that would have potentially decided the series. Maybe the Brewers felt they should have taken some risks in regulation time knowing that the Generals may have carried that slight edge in the shootout. Regardless, this game could have gone the Brewers way if that got a bit of luck. Entering the playoffs, the Generals were regarded as the clear cut favorites. Even though the Brewers didn’t quite achieve their ultimate goal, they still have plenty to feel good about. Game one was within reach throughout the entire time and game two was ultimately decided by a coin toss situation. That being said, good teams like the Generals find ways to win no matter what the circumstance. Tonight, they proved it at the most important time during the season .On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to David Lafleur and the Generals for taking home the Masters 35+ division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michel Gagnon of the Generals. Goaltending wins you games. The Generals got a sound performance in both their games along with the shootout-from their brilliant net minder.
Thursday May 19 (E Thursday Final)
G.DeMarinis scores twice as Fatal Demons take command in series over Brew Crew
(2)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(4) Game 1
In what was expected to be a close tight checking game, the Fatal Demons were good enough to take this important game for a 1-0 series lead. They did enter the night with a slight edge riding three full complete lines that would eventually over power the Brew Crew. With the help of G.DeMarinis striking first, the Fatal Demons put the pressure right away for the Brew Crew to respond. And to their credit, A.Belanger picked up the dirty work to even the score. Belanger would reply for a second time for the Brew Crew after M.Chenier put the Fatal Demons back in front. The game didn’t stay tied for long and shifted back into the Fatal Demons favor when M.Mavroudis ripped a slap shot after getting a sweet touch pass by M.Destounis. It may have been only a slight 3-2 lead, but the Fatal Demons were in a great position for how well they limited the Brew Crew’s scoring chances. That’s what you get when three full lines are rolling on all cylinders. G.DeMarinis would add some insurance late in the period to solidify a well deserved win, and put all the pressure for the division leaders to respond in game two.
Fatal Demons duplicate their efforts in game two to claim E Thursdays division championship.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(2) Game 2
The Fatal Demons accomplished what they needed to do on Thursday night versus the Brew Crew. The last period showed what they are all about by being able to lock it down right after M.Destounis broke a late second period tie. Despite the amount of time left over, the Brew Crew didn’t have enough in their arsenal to compete against a fully loaded balanced hockey team. Every time the Fatal Demons rotated their lines, they always appeared to be a slight inch ahead of the Brew Crew. Its difficult to keep up sometimes when a team is fully committed and determined to reach the finish line first. The Brew Crew did apply some pressure but weren’t able to put R.Ranieri under siege long enough. The net minder was sharp making the necessary saves stopping 16 of 18 shots. G.Amorosa kicked it off in the earlier portion of the game netting two goals while M.Mavroudis fed two teammates before feeding a yawning cage to secure the win. Much of game two did resemble the flow of the previous game. Both sides battled hard and kept it fairly close. The Fatal Demons had the extra push that started to show towards the latter stages of the two games. In order to accomplish such a feat, a few important factors are involved. Starting at the top, Pat Santullo assembled the quantity and the quality in order to have the right mix. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to the captain and the rest of his teammates for capturing the E Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rino Ranieri. While every single player contributed equally, you always need your last line of defense to be there and protect the house. R.Ranieri did just that keeping the Brew Crew in check allowing only a total of four goals in two games.
Wednesday May 18 (Semi finals)
Armadillos advance on B.Gabbour’s shootout winner
(7)Armadillos vs Assadi Consulting Inc(6) S.O Game 2
With the way the first period ended, this game looked like it was going to be a blowout for the Armadillos. Clearly, it was a nightmare start for a team that had no choice but to put their best game forward if they planned on moving on. However, that disastrous start was addressed, and in a convincing way as the Assadi Consulting Inc flipped the script riding four unanswered tallies taking its first lead of the game when P.Arkalis snapped a 3-3 third period tie. By then, the Assadi Consulting Inc hoped the Armadillos would go quietly for how in command they were of the situation. All they needed was to apply six more minutes of their entire season into keeping the Armadillos off the score sheet. Unable to ride it out, Q.Syrydiuk was there to rescue the Armadillos with just under five minutes remaining. Both sides till that point had their high and very low moments in such an important contest. It was clear and evident that the next goal was likely to decide if the series would extend or not. Neither side was able to finish it off in regulation time which left a dreaded shootout. As crazy as the game was, the shootout wasn’t any different with the two teams trading two goals each during the first round. It took only the round right after that for the Armadillos to close out the deal. B.Gabbour capped it off netting his second during the shootout while J.Mandracchia failed on his attempt to keep it going.
Bad start hurts United Arms as Punishers move on to familiar territory
(1)United Arms vs Punishers(7) Game 2
It was a pretty simple formula, and the Punishers used it in their easy win over the United Arms. Score first, limit the scoring chances-from the other side and have your goaltender bail you out if needed. The Punishers did everything right on Wednesday night winning in all areas of their game. Building a decent lead allows your defense and goaltender some margin of error if in case they go on a bad stretch. The United Arms knew they had to play in front but couldn’t put themselves in that position. Instead, they fell behind which forced them to chase the game by taking some high risk chances. The problem with that is your doing it against a team that’s lethal on their transition game. The Punishers will make you pay almost every time when given room up front because of their high end talent. P.Karvouriaris notched a pair and C.Gingras feasted on the back end providing four helpers while scoring came-from six different players. This series was a tall order for the United Arms who needed everything to go right. They just couldn’t put it together on this particular night against a team that was prepared and ready to move on.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brad Gabbour of the Armadillos. Shootout goals are also very important when it comes down to deciding a series. B.Gabbour was able to provide two of them that included the winner.
Again, the Punishers and the Armadillos will meet in the final. While the Armadillos look to repeat as champs, the Punishers feel there is some unfinished business to settle. Every time these teams meet, the games often go unpredictable as they usually tend to end in a dramatic fashion. This series cannot really be predicted by any experts with so many variables and moving parts involved. The Punishers will have that hunger of leveling the score which should have everyone putting in that little extra drive into their game. The Armadillos wont have a choice but to match the expected will and intensity of a side that wants nothing more than to beat them.
Monday May 16 (Semi finals)
Well rounded Altius too deep for Country Club, advance to final
The Altius are happy they got a bit of a challenge before taking out the Country Club in two games. The first encounter went easily their way after a solid first period, but the second match wasn’t nearly as close. They did have the luxury of playing in front and put themselves in a great position thanks to P.Arkalis’s back to back goals in the second period. That sequence still didn’t break the Country Clubs back as they kept pushing hard to keeping the game close. F.Proulx narrowed the margin by one with two minutes left which gave them enough time to even the score. In their final attempt to try and level, the Country Club weren’t able to really generate some high end chances. The Altius trapped the lanes, won some loose ball battles and ran out the clock just in time. This was a series that the Altius felt they deserved flooring a complete line up that showed up ready to play. As for the Country Club, they needed to try and steal game two in order to have a legitimate shot. Anytime you play a shorter game three while having a C.Gingras in your line up, your odds of advancing are pretty decent. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get there on this night versus a more determined opponent.
(7)Altius vs Country Club(2) Game 1
(4)Country Club vs Altius(5) Game 2
J.Mandracchia haunts Lyft Off to help send Dragons to the final
He came out of the gate like a man possessed. Everyone expected this series to be very close between the Lyft Off and the Dragons and why not when the two sides have a ton of talent. However, J.Mandracchia brought his game to a different level on Monday night. Players will make an impact and be a large reason why sometimes teams win or lose. In the case of J.Mandracchia, the Dragons were glad to see their star player rise to the occasion and dominate the way he did. Out of their eleven total goals in three games , J.Mandracchia was involved in ten of them collecting a ridiculous eight goals and two assists. He made one goal look prettier than the other that would have made highlight reel clips on any top ten list. Its always nice to have high end talent in team sports. Both sides got what was expected-from their top guns in this series. J.Mancini and S.Harchi were lights out of the Lyft Off as the dynamic duo caused plenty of fits for the Dragons defense. The two players combined for eight points and were a big reason why the Lyft Off went the distance with the Dragons. In a series that was so close, one key play is often the difference on who will win. The Dragons happened to make that one extra play when J.Mandracchia snapped a 1-1 tie in game three. As much as Mandracchia deserves his praise, the Dragons and the Lyft Off players put on quite a show on Monday night. Credit to the two teams for playing a hard fought series that could have easily gone either way.
(1)Dragons vs Lyft Off(2) Game 1
(4)Lyft Off vs Dragons(7) Game 2
(3)Dragons vs Lyft Off(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Dragons. Everyone that watched this series on Monday night wont argue this selection. Put simply, he was that good accumulating an incredible eights goals and two assists.
The Monday 4vs4 division is now down to its final two teams between the Dragons and the Altius. Expect nothing other than a hard fought battle between two teams that have structure, experience and talent. This will come down to who ever gets the bounces as both sides appear to be evenly matched.
Sunday May 15
Team Black score in bunches early to down Team Green
(10) Team Black vs Team Green(8)
There were plenty of chances and many goals leading up to the 22 minute mark of this game. Team Black jumped off to a 7-4 lead in that short span with A.DeSua, M.Braun and R.Potenza scoring two goals each while P.Petraccione was behind setting up four of those goals. It was a terrible start for Team Green, who couldn't contain an onslaught of early flurries. The defense did settle-from there, but the damage had already been done. J.Teresi finished off strong riding a hat trick for Team Black. Playing a run and gun game versus Team Black wasn't perhaps the right idea for Team Green. Unless they made it a point to try and defend well, their strategy came to hurt them early on.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Petraccione of Team Black. Even though he didn't score, Petraccione was behind making five goals happen.
Team Red irritated with another one goal loss
(7)Team Red vs Team White(8) O.T
Again, Team Red keeping finding themselves on the short end of the stick. They just cant seem to catch a break after dropping another overtime loss on Sunday night. They have their good moments but matched with bad moments as well. Scoring isn't an issue and will be expected having T.Settino in the lineup, who buried three in the loss. The problem is their game without the ball as they keep giving up too many and too often. Team White barely took this one in the end as it needed overtime. Maybe it's just some bad luck for the time being for Team Red. Sometimes it takes a favorable bounce or a timely save to swing the game in your favor. For now, they haven't gotten that slight edge but it's not like they can't turn it around with the elements they have.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Eddy Colella of Team White. The sniper unloaded his cannon-from center court to end the game his way.
Team Blue finding their groove in comeback win over Team Yellow
(3)Team Yellow vs Team Blue(4)
After a better start to their night, Team Yellow abandoned their fundamental defensive game to try and close out Team Blue. They could have gotten their if they paid more attention to E.Allen’s impact throughout the entire match. Allen was the catalyst behind the comeback win setting up his clubs first goal while netting two big back-to-back tallies. No doubt it came as a character-building win for a side that had a slow start to their season. What is also worth noting is how well Team Blue defended and P.Kassaris stood his ground between the pipes. Most games in this division get dictated by the amount of goals that are scored. However, not in this case with Team Blue playing extremely well without the ball while getting the timely goals. You always want to focus on all areas of your game if you plan to go far. With the nice additions of E.Allen and E.Colella, Team Blue just became a serious part of the conversation after a forgettable start to their season.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Errol Allen of Team Blue. Not only can E.Allen read and break up plays, the smart d-man created offense as well, providing three big points that included a pair of tallies.
Friday May 13( Semi finals)
Armos bounce back to even the series with Brewers
(1)Brewers vs Armos(5) Game 2
After having to wait a long week to get it right, the Armos rebounded in an impressive fashion with a convincing win over the Brewers. The game remained close on the large part until the Armos pulled way by the third on three straight goals. Overall, the Armos did have more control in this particular game and could have made life easier for themselves if they could have broken down C.Srtavriadis. The goaltender was a big reason why the Brewers had a shot at sweeping their series. Eventually, the Armos capitalized on some of their chances in the third period to finally put some distance. Goals came-from five different goal scorers with S.Ruggiero leading the pack on three helpers. Even though they got the win, the Armos knew not to go overboard in a third and deciding game.
First goal goes a long way for the Brewers
(3)Brewers vs Armos(1) Game 3
There was no question that the first goal in this contest was going to be huge. When teams are faced with their backs to the wall, getting that first tally usually dictates the fate of the series. Teams that score first build confidence and energy while the trailing side may start to feel they are losing control knowing that there isn’t much time left to their season. In this must win game three, M.DelGaudio have enough time to sip a cappuccino and eat an almond croissant before netting a perfect wrist shot-from the slot area. The Brewers clearly fed off that moment and played even harder making it extremely difficult for the Armos to respond. Despite enough time left over, the next goal still belonged to the Brewers, who felt confident by then that this series was theirs for the taking. The Armos played with fire falling behind in this series a week ago without some missing links. Tonight, they had their squad but couldn’t put it together for two straight games. Instead, the Brewers will be moving on where they’ll have one more challenge ahead of them for the big prize.
Never say die Sonic pushes Generals to the limit
(5)Sonic vs Generals(6) S.O Game 3
No one would have ever thought the Generals would sigh relief after playing Sonic. And why not when considering they smoked them a couple of times which suggested for an easy series sweep. That was clearly far-from being the case in game two. Sonic told themselves that they weren’t going down without a fight. The Generals did lead on the large part of this game but weren’t able to ever pull away. Every time they jumped in front, M.Pace was there to remind them that he wasn’t planning to go away. The relentless forward scored three times while collecting an assist. To his help, M.St-Laurent was a vital piece to the offense as well participating in all five goals. This contest had to go the extra distance to determine a winner. When testing your luck in a shootout, you just never know what can happen,. Maybe your net minder will steal the show or some of your players will use their skill set in order to find the back of the net. This came as a great opportunity for Sonic in order to level and force an anxious game three with the Generals. Unfortunately for Sonic, M.Gagnon wasn’t having it denying both attempts. On the flip side of the court, the Generals did not miss out on their chances scoring on two out of a possible three attempts. To think that Sonic was only a breakaway competition along with a short game three where anything can happen in order to take out the heavy favorite.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Sonic. Even if it came in a losing cause, M.Pace inspired his club to believe that anything is possible no matter who you play. The gritty forward was stellar bagging three goals along with an assist.
The Masters 35+ division is now down to its final two teams. While many may consider the Generals to go all the way, it will be up to the Brewers on how to approach a difficult challenge. They do have many elements that can be favorable such as a deep bench, experience and a very good goaltender in C.Stavriadis. The separation between the two sides is that the Generals have more of a scoring touch in some of their players. In order to contain that lethal offense, the Brewers will have to identify the real threats and play a well balanced game.
Thursday May 11 (Semi finals)
Horsemen fall short against a ready to play Fatal Demons
(5)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(7) Game 2
The Fatal Demons as expected came out hard and were not going to go down easy. They got the better start to the night scoring the games first two goals to put the Horsemen once again on their heels. The deficit was answered by the Horsemen, but it barely lasted with G.Amorosa and E.Medrano responding almost immediately. Playing-from behind proved to be very difficult in this series for the Horsemen against a side that doesn’t give much. They never had that opportunity to play in front to try and flip the pressure the other way. Instead, they were stuck chasing the two games trailing most of the time. Credit to the Fatal Demons for making it a point to start ready and getting that first goal. As much as the Horsemen attempted to battle back, either they were clogged by the Fatal Demons defensive game or denied by R.Ranieri standing firm between the pipes. Regardless the reasons, the better side prevailed in this one as it showed throughout most of the series.
RCGT Knights put up real fight in shootout loss to Brew Crew
(3)RCGT Knights vs Brew Crew(5) S.O Game 2
The RCGT Knights couldn’t have asked for a better game. Many would have expected this to be a walk in the park for the Brew Crew, but that couldn’t be further -from the truth. Even with less than two full lines, the RCGT Knights played a great game, they led twice , defended incredibly well while getting the necessary goaltending-from S.Sauk. They most likely would have taken the deal of testing their luck in a shootout prior to the ball dropping if they had that choice. You just never know who will come out of a skills competition with so many variables involved. Unfortunately for the RCGT Knights, they couldn’t find a way to prevail during the breakaways. M.Maggiore and D.Verta showed their scoring touch in the shootouts for the Brew Crew while the RCGT Knights saw only T.Oliveira take care of business -from his end. If not for a small detail making the difference in this game, the RCGT Knights would have had a great chance to steal this series in a shorter game three. Sometimes it just comes down to one small detail or a particular moment that can shift the momentum either way. The Brew Crew were glad to avoid extending this series as they’ll need to focus on what is ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the RCGT Knights. Facing over 40 shots is quite challenging for any goaltender. S.Sauk stopped nearly all of them which enabled his team to play in front for most of the night. If not for some little bad luck, the RCGT Knights could have potentially caused a major upset.
The E Thursday division is now down to its last two teams. The Brew Crew and the Fatal Demons will be facing off next week in a best of three series. Its safe to say that both teams resemble each other in many ways. Both have deep benches with loads of experience. No one really has an edge on who should come out on top. If there is one noticeable thing that stems back for the last couple of weeks, is that the Fatal Demons seem to be gelling more than the Brew Crew. However, that shouldn’t matter when considering what is at stake.
Thursday May 11( Semi finals)
Armadillos showing up when it counts in rout of Assadi Consulting Inc
(1)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Armadillos(7) Game 1
The Armadillos know when it is time to be ready. It was clear that the Armadillos made their adjustments after last weeks embarrassing loss to the Assadi Consulting Inc. Tonight’s result resembled last weeks meeting with the two teams, but with the Armadillos returning the favor. This game wasn’t even close and was powered by everyone pulling their weight. The Armadillos scored seven times with all different players finding the back of the net. Nothing went right for a team that had an impressive regular season. The Assadi Consulting Inc hit a reality check on Wednesday night unable to get any good part of their game going. Apart-from M-A Haber finally beating C.Ekonomakis by the five minute mark of the third period, this game needs to be forgotten quickly for P.Assadi and the rest of his team. They are lucky that game two will be played next week as they’ll need plenty of time on trying to figure out a solution.
Punishers use second period explosion to blow past United Arms
(8)Punishers vs United Arms(3) Game 1
For one full period, the United Arms were pleased with how the game was going. By keeping it close anything is possible, and any underdog team will take those odds as the game goes further. Other factors required in order to give yourself a chance is to score on your power play. And if that doesn’t work, try not to let one in. The Punishers seem to thrive in those moments and who other than P.Karvouriaris playing the spoiler after being set up by C.Gingras. That early shorthanded goal in the second period set the trend of the down fall for the United Arms in game one. They measured well in the first period, but were nowhere to be seen after that. The Punishers exploded winning a dominant frame on five goals that saw different players chip in. C.Stamadianos and P.Karvouriaris started strong posting two goals each before getting balanced contributions. As difficult of a task as it is, the United Arms need to stay positive and keep working hard out there. Their special teams aren’t working as they’ll need to rely on their man on man game in order to have any sort of chance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. The sniper snapped a 2-2 tie shorthanded as part of a four point performance.
Monday May 10 (Quarter finals)
J-S Lowe brilliant hat trick leaves Snipers in shock
J-S Lowe showed what he is made of with an amazing solo act of salvation. J-S Lowe scored three consecutive goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit into a vital game two win. The Snipers could only watch in horror as their defense crumbled after playing a sound game up until that point. The come-from behind effort forced a deciding game three where the Country Club felt all the momentum going into a shorter twelve-minute game. That's just a dangerous situation when going up against C.Gingras. As likely expected, Gingras was going to make something happen. After striking first on a brilliant effort, C.Gingras was behind creating the play that led to S.Bourdin snapping a late 1-1 tie. The Snipers will be stuck wondering how they were unable to close out this series, especially after a convincing 7-3 game one win followed with a 3-1 lead by the mid way point of the second period in game two. All indicators pointed to a ticket to the semi final. Then, it all came crumbling down as the Country Club did the unthinkable. Talk about a crazy turn of events. This just goes to show that it isn't over until its over.
(3)Country Club vs Snipers(7) Game 1
(3)Snipers vs Country Club(4) Game 2
(3)Country Club vs Snipers(1) Game 3
M.Arkalis nets game three overtime winner in thrilling series vs Assadi Classics
The Altius were able to find their magic in a series that came down to one single play. When two teams are faced in an unknown predicament, you don't know how the players will respond. Every single move and play can ultimately make the difference between one team moving on while the other devastated on how they could have avoided a mistake. It was clear that there wasn't much separating these two teams. The Altius did take game one but couldn't string back to back wins against a team with their backs to the wall. The Assadi Classics won a tight knitted battle in game two thanks to J.Pantelis's winner along with R.Ranieri's lights out play between the pipes. Inevitably, a game three was looming as both sides were ready to put it all on the line. The game looked like it was going to be wrapped up in regulation time if not for N.Kokovidis beating the clock by a few seconds to force a sudden death period for the Assadi Classics. Now that both sides got to this crucial point, only a good bounce was going to perhaps determine the fate of this outcome. After finding himself at the right place and at the right time, M.Arkalis was there to bury the winner. It didn't come to much of a surprise that M.Arkalis would be one of the few heroes in this series. The power forward has a nose for the net and uses his body well to protect the ball while knowing how to position himself. By creating his own space, M.Arkalis was there to rescue the Altius, and place them into the semi finals.
(4)Altius vs Assadi Classics(3) Game 1
(2)Assadi Classics vs Altius(1) Game 2
(3)Altius vs Assadi Classics(2) O.T Game 3
Comeback Dragons get momentum heading into game two
The Dragons were that close-from facing their high hopes to the wall. There was about half a period remaining separating them-from falling behind in this series with the United Arms. Suddenly, they were able to give themselves a shot when D.Gagnon narrowed the gap by one. It took only moments after that for B.Daniele to even the score that helped send game one to a shootout. The Dragons no doubt have the artillery in the breakaways with a few high-end skill players. It was almost certain that at least one of their top guns would prevail in the shootout. That forced the United Arms to try and get one themselves, but were unable to solve S.Morante on their two shot attempts. B.Daniele scored on his back hand while J.Mandracchia roofed his on a nifty move to help take an important lead in the series. The United Arms felt they let this one go knowing that they could have gone for the split against a heavy favorite. The problem was that they couldn’t contain the Dragons in game two like they did in their first encounter. M.Fazzari made his chances count scoring twice on the power play right before M.Crapis tallied for a 3-1 lead heading into the final period. From-there, the Dragons continued to press and took nothing for granted winning the final frame handily.
(5)Dragons vs United Arms(3) S.O Game 1
(2) United Arms vs Dragons (7) Game 2
Top seeded Bonjours High expected more than early exit, J.Mancini closes out series with OT winner
The Bonjours High had plenty of reasons to believe they could win this division. They allowed the fewest goals and scored the most dropping all but three of twenty regular season games. They were on a roll throughout the entire season up until they faced the Lyft Off on Monday night. Even though they were chasing game one down 2-0, they still managed to storm back on late tallies by the Kakivelis bothers to force the shootout. Most players have similar success rates in this department, but the Lyft Off had something special going for them in S.Harchi. Game one was decided after the seventh round thanks to S.Harchi’s incredible skill and patience. The skilled forward scored on three out of his four attempts to beat a brilliant net minder. The Bonjours Highs weren't going to go down that easily despite falling behind in the series. And even though game two was extremely close, M.Levasseur needed only a few seconds to decide the outcome, bagging two incredible goals that put his club up 3-1. A.Tanferna would then cap it off with his second feeding an empty cage to even up the series. Now that both teams passed a rigorous test, twelve minutes and possibly overtime was all that was remaining to see who would advance. There was no question that every single player put it all on the line making every second count. It's usually hard to score when the defense is very committed while the two net minders have been lights out, so it came to no surprise that this series needed the five-minute sudden death period to decide it all. Once they got there, J.Mancini was there to end the drama on a strong effort giving C.Ekonomakis no chance to make the save. Many may have expected that this series was a given when looking at the regular season standings. However, if anyone was paying attention to how the Lyft Off have been playing as of late, it isn't a total shock. This is an opponent that can out match anyone in the division with their speed while having the chemistry and a pretty high skill set. When you have all those components, you automatically fit in the conversation of being a contender.
(4) Bonjours High vs Lyft Off (5) S.O Game 1
(2) Lyft Off vs Bonjours High (4) Game 2
(0) Bonjours High vs Lyft Off (1) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Salim Harchi of the Lyft Off. No question his presence was felt. Throughout the entire series, S.Harchi was dominant using his speed and ability to shift on a dime creating a ton of chances for the Lyft Off. Adding to all that, Harchi was magical in the shootout scoring on three attempts.
With the quarter finals coming to an end, four teams will challenge in next week's semifinal round. The match ups are as follows:
(2) Dragons vs Lyft Off (10) The Dragons won't approach this series indicated by their regular season record in comparison to the Lyft Off. Joe DeStefano understands quite well how challenging it will be going up against a faster overall opponent. The Dragons will rely on their high-end weapons and experience to try and get through. This series will go either way with no real favorite.
(3)Altius vs Country Club (4) Both sides have a nice supporting cast and the goaltending shouldn’t be an issue. At the same time, they have two of the finest players of the division respectively. The Country Club will look to C.Gingras to work his magic while the Altius know that they can get plenty-from P.Arkalis. This has the making of a good series with perhaps the Altius carrying the slight edge.
Sunday May 8
Team Yellow stuns Team Red with late comeback effort
(11)Team Yellow vs Team Red(10) O.T
Just as it appeared that Team Yellow had no hope while running out of time to make something happen, some late magic and a miracle run stunned both teams in the end. First, T.Scarpelli notched his second, J.Melo buried his hat trick and G.Missakian was there to riffle his second and send this game into overtime. In one minute, Team Red was in complete control of their destiny in what seemed like a guaranteed win leading by three late in the game. Then, in a beat, everything turned upside down. Team Red is still wondering what hit them when M.Lang put the cherry on the cake capturing the overtime winner. Team Yellow stormed back on a gutsy comeback effort that perhaps even surprised them. It was unconceivable how they somehow pulled it off, but nevertheless, they executed when the game was on the line. Team Red is having a very hard time on how to prevent goals. They give up too many game in and game out unable to tighten the bolts. The one good thing they have going for them is their capability of scoring. C.Arnoldo continues to impress posting four tallies while M.Estrela and S.Sicuso chipped in with a pair.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Jason Melo. Highly productive, J.Melo made plenty happen bagging a hat trick as part of a six-point night.
D.Agourias clutch goals lead Team Green past Team Blue
(5)Team Green vs Team Blue(4) O.T
Despite falling behind early, Team Blue had the good start they desperately needed in order to give themselves a chance to take this game. In just under 15 minutes, E.Colella scored twice and L.Bucci notched his first of two to grab a 3-1 lead. Teams looking for confidence boosters can always use a good start to their night. Team Blue haven't often been in the drivers seat during a game which made this a great opportunity for them to reach the finish line first. Up until that point, everything was running smooth, especially between the pipes where P.Kassaris was making plenty of saves to keep his club in front. However, there is only so much your net miner can do. Eventually, Team Green would battle back toward the seocnd half of the game where they struck three times to even the score. Still, Team Blue had their chance in overtime knowing that they were only one shot away-from ending a bad slump. Usually it comes down to a coin toss depending on which team makes something happen first. In tonight's case, Team Green had the better chance and buried it thanks to D.Agourias's second of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Denis Agourias of Team Green. Not only did he tie the game late, D.Agourias went a step further to win it in overtime.
Team White eventually hit their rhythm in rout of Team Black
(3) Team Black vs Team White (7)
On the large part, this contest didn’t indicate where it was headed. Both teams traded a couple of goals early on and the game remained tied for a long stretch. Following the 30-minute mark, that's when Team White’s offense caught fire, scoring the games next five of six goals. It’s nice having a few players able to put the ball in the back of the net. M.Lang ,P.Deslorges and B.Sorice took care of a bulk of the goals netting two apiece. Team Black felt the void of two main pieces absent-from their lineup. J.Teresi and D.Mansour provide that north south speed which would have helped support the defense and the offense. To their credit however, they kept it close until a small stretch where Team White took over. Things are going extremely well right now for a team that’s strong in all different areas. With only one loss so far this season, Team White sits alone in first place.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Mike Lang of Team White. He played earlier as a spare and didn’t appear to miss a beat in his second game generating plenty of energy that led to a pair of goals and an assist.
Friday May 6 (Semi finals)
Generals handle business despite being short
(6)Generals vs Sonic(2) Game 1
Who knows where expectations should be set for the Generals without many components missing in their line up. Unable to take advantage, Sonic missed out on an opportunity to go ahead in this series. There was no question the Generals were going to create their chances . In tonight’s case, J.Brunet and O.Valiquette did most of the damage as expected. The two combined for eight points with Brunet rattling off a hat trick. Sonic allowed five straight tallies before finally getting on the score sheet by the nine minute mark of the third period. M.St-Laurent was the one to figure out M.Gagnon, who went perfect up until that point. Tonight’s game was perhaps Sonic’s missed opportunity to steal it. Unless some miracle happens in game two, the Generals will punch their ticket to the final.
Brewers jump ahead and never looked back to down Armos
(2)Armos vs Brewers(5) Game 1
Both teams understood the importance of playing ahead in this series. After a scoreless opening frame, A.Lanni provided the go ahead goal for the Brewers. The Armos would eventually level, but that was short lived when P.Karigiannis put his club back in front. As expected there weren’t many goals throughout the time. The Brewers carried a slight 2-1 lead heading into the third period which forced the Armos to try and do something a little more creative in order to create some scoring chances. Unfortunately, some bad give a ways led to a pair of tallies by the Brewers. The Armos had an awful third period trying to bounce back into this one. On the flip side, the Brewers did what they needed to do playing a sound man on man game while relying on a solid goaltender in C.Stavriadis. This result will force the Armos to adjust some areas of there game if they plan extending the series. For now, they’ll have a week to try and sort some issues out.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremi Brunet of the Generals. Even if the Sonic was aware of his threat, Brunet still got his way on Friday night bagging three goals and an assist.
Thursday May 5(Semi finals)
Fatal Demons came ready to play to defeat Horsemen
(3)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(2) Game 1
On paper tonight’s meeting between the Fatal Demons and Horsemen is expected to be an evenly matched series. In fact so close that the first goal was going to go a long way. The Fatal Demons took advantage of a late first period power play when M.Mavroudis ripped a rocket giving M.Vinciguerra no chance to see it and stop it. With the next goal so important, the Fatal Demons got their again, this time courtesy of C.Frakiudakis to double the lead. The Horsemen would finally pull themselves within one only to go down by two moments later when M.Chenier made it 3-1. Throughout the greater part of the match, the Fatal Demons did an excellent job neutralizing the middle making it very difficult for the Horsemen to generate any offense. When teams come to play with three full lines that are committed to a game plan, it makes it that much harder to get much going. The Horsemen just couldn’t connect with their plays and found themselves chasing the game more often than none. Maybe if they struck first things could have gone differently. For now, they’ll have to endure a long week to try and figure out what to do in order to bounce back into the series.
Close game gets away-from the RCGT Knights in loss to Brew Crew
(3)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(1) Game 1
For a while on Thursday night, the RCGT Knights looked in good shape to make something special happen. They got an early fortunate bounce to spring ahead and defended extremely well throughout most of the match. The problem was that you almost cant shut down the Brew Crew for an entire game. Maybe if they got that second goal, things could have played out differently. Instead, the Brew Crew found their moment at the ten minute mark of the second period when they finally got to S.Sauk. C.Palermo finally solved him with the help of D.Verta as both players combined for the next goal as well but with D.Verta striking instead. Still the game was within reach since it was only 2-1. Unfortunately for the RCGT Knights, J.DeSua widened the margin which made the task extremely difficult for the RCGT Knights to try and comeback. The Brew Crew isn’t a team that you want to trail against especially in the playoffs. The RCGT Knights attempted everything they could, but just couldn’t catch a break. Even though they dropped this game, the RCGT Knights don’t need to change much. As long as they keep defending well while keeping the game close anything can happen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Palermo of the Brew Crew. The silent leader stepped it up more than usual in a time of need. The captain started it off by providing his clubs first goal and assist while playing his usual sound defensive game.
Wednesday May 4
United Arms special teams take hit in loss to Punishers
(1)United Arms vs Punishers(4)
The United Arms penalty kill and power play struggled immensely as they gave up two on their own power play while conceding one shorthanded. You never want to take penalties, but the Punishers responded great getting back to back shorthanded goals toward the end of the first period. It just wasn’t the start for a team that approached this as a playoff game. The Punishers would eventually widen the gap when M.Mavroudis scored with the man advantage. It took only a minute and change after that for B.Makris to increase the lead and put a strangle hold on this contest. Despite falling behind deep against a team that wont give up their lead, the United Arms had another out in their second game versus the Left Wings. The formula was simple, win and you get in. The United Arms hoped to correct the important things that got away-from them in this contest as they looked ahead in what they believed was going to be a winnable game in their double header night versus the Left Wings.
Assadi Consulting Inc keeping good habits in double up win over Armadillos
(4)Armadillos vs Assadi Consulting Inc(8)
Unless the Armadillos had a different mind set in this particle game, than they may be concerned for what is ahead of them. Both teams knew in advance that they will face each other in next weeks semi final. Its safe to say that the Assadi Consulting Inc were clearly the better team and sent a strong message that they are ready for the defending champs. And why not when contributions are coming-from up and down your line up. The Armadillos weren’t able to stop the bleeding conceding seven straight tallies in the first two periods. Its just not the right way to prepare heading into the post season, especially for a team that prides themselves on playing solid defense. They did finally get their act together finishing off stronger, but the damage had already been done. P.Arkalis seems to be getting better and better these days and that’s saying a lot for an established good hockey player. The skilled forward scored in every frame while setting up two teammates. Overall, just a great full out performance for a team running on all cylinders.
United Arms inch their way through in must win game with Left Wings
(6)United Arms vs Left Wings(3)
The entire regular season came down to who would win this game in order to participate in the playoffs. In the end, it was the United Arms that were able to vault into that last spot. As expected, the game was fairly close. The Left Wings always trailed but narrowed the gap by one on two occasions but were unable to build any momentum. The turning point occurred by the mid way point of the third period when A.Papazian notched his second for a 4-2 lead. From-there, G.Maroulian added two insurance markers to solidify the win. There improved play down the stretch put the post season within reach for the United Arms. Unfortunately for the Left Wings, they couldn’t get that deep roster in order to compete with a hungry opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Armen Papazian of the United Arms. His two timely goals were vital in a must win game. The sniper broke two ties that included one that stuck for the remainder of the match.
The semi final round will begin next week. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Punishers vs United Arms(4) The United Arms are dealt a difficult hand going up against the Punishers. They wont have a choice to limit as many mistakes as possible while figuring out a way to slow down the Punishers weapons . As long as the games remain close, there could be hope. Look for the Punishers to advance.
(2)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Armadillos(3) If momentum and good habits matter ,the Assadi Consulting Inc are looking pretty good heading into the post season. No doubt they will be the hungrier team as often teams love nothing less than to eliminate the defending champs. J.Kontitsis has a week to prepare and figure out how to motivate his troops. This series should go the distance.
Tuesday May 3
K.Kuczmarski rescues Le Rinque with OT winner
(3)Le Rinque vs Dek Laval(2) O.T
With everyone wondering how the Dek Laval would challenge against Le Rinque, they sure showed that the can compete with them. It looked like Le Rinque were on their way to an easy night after rattling off two first period goals by K.Leveille and K.Gamache. Then, shortly after and just prior to the period ending, M-A Haber put the Dek Laval on board. The Dek Laval was content being only one shot away-from tying the game unlike Le Rinque who desperately tried to increase their lead. Even with plenty of ball possession, C.Zebib was there to make multiple saves to keep the game close. J.Hassan would eventually level early in the third period giving plenty of life and confidence to a committed side. Neither team was able to finish it off in regulation time which left a sudden death period to decide matters. After going over two periods without a goal, Le Rinque finally got the last say thanks to K.Kuczmarki beating C.Zebib for a rare time. The Dek Laval may have lost this game but felt pretty good about themselves going up against the favorites to win the division. Whatever they planned and spoke about definitely worked on this night as the game could have easily gone their way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of Le Rinque. If anyone can come through for a big play, K.Kuczmarski is that player. Le Rinque escaped a close battle with the Dek Laval thanks to their sniper notching the winner.
Tuesday May 3 (Playoffs, round 1)
United Arms advance on key late plays over ETNA
Despite pairing late goals to even the score, ETNA found themselves on the short end of the stick dropping their opening game in a shootout. A.Tachejian was the only player to score during the shootout giving the edge to the United Arms heading into game two. As expected, the second game was going to be just as close with neither side wanting to make a crucial mistake. It almost appeared that it was headed for another shootout until M.Vartazarmian gave his club the edge late on a perfect wrist shot. The United Arms have a deep group of players that are well coached which showed for how they battled throughout the entire series. The same could be said fro ETNA, who were unable to pull the trigger at some crucial points during the two games. When games end in a shootout or late, it suggest that it could have gone either way. Unfortunately for ETNA, they couldn’t catch their break while the United Arms made sure to seize the opportunity.
(5)United Arms vs ETNA(4) S.O Game 1
(2)ETNA vs United Arms(4) Game 2
Degenerates cant match pace, Lyft Off win deciding game 3
The Degenerates understood what was ahead of them entering this series with the Lyft Off. Quite simply, leave the outside open but occupy the middle with plenty of awareness. There was no way they matched the pace of a younger and quicker team. Basically, they had to defend well, rely on F.Koch making the saves while waiting for their limited chances to occur. As for the first game, they did just that and ultimately took the game in a shootout thanks to S.Marricco’s lone tally. As much as taking the first encounter was important, the Degenerates knew that there was still much work to be done. Unfortunately, they fell behind the eight ball early in game two and never really recovered . The players had the mindset of preparing and thinking ahead in a twelve minute game three where anything can happen in a shorter phase. The importance of the first goal was perhaps the biggest challenge. If the Degenerates could have gotten there first, than they would have had a chance. Instead, V.Phoeuk was there to provide it for the Lyft Off, and the Degenerates knew that they were in serious trouble just simply because they couldn’t get enough ball possession. In the end, the deserving team won this series. The Lyft Off dominated ball possession and didn’t give much room for the Degenerates to do much. To the Degenerates credit however , they somehow hung around and were a shot on net away-from potentially flipping the series.
(3)Degenerates vs Lyft Off(2) S.O Game 1
(5)Lyft Off vs Degenerates(1) Game 2
(0)Degenerates vs Lyft Off(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Vartazarmian of the United Arms. Not only is he able to dominate in is natural position as a defenseman, M.Vartazarmian poses an offensive threat as well. Game two went in the United Arms favour thanks to his equaliser followed by his tie breaking goal that ultimately capped off the series for his club.
Prior to both these playoff games, the Altius took on the Country club to finish off their regular season. Both teams were assured a playoff spot, but the game did have meaning as it would determine where they finish in the standings. On the effort of two big goals in the first encounter along with a pair of points and a shootout marker, M.Dalpe was a big reason why the Country Club took both their games on Tuesday night. Daple and P.Dupuis were clicking all night as the two players combined for eight points. If not for a late goal by M.Arkalis, the Country Club would have collected two clean regulation wins against a very good hockey team.
(3)Country Club vs Altius(2)
(4)Altius vs Country Club(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin Dalpe of the Country Club. The skilled forward has been consistent all season and tonight was no different accumulating three goals, an assist and a shootout tally.
The Monday 4vs4 division has eight teams remaining where they will compete in a quarter final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Bonjours High vs Lyft Off(10) Two fast young teams will be going at it. In order for the Lyft Off to have a chance, they need to rely heavily on their man on man coverage. If they defend well, and get expected good goaltending by U.Cangal, then they have a chance because they have the ability to create offense. The pressure will be on Bonjours High since the expectations exceed the first round.
(2) Dragons vs United Arms(8) Maybe the Dragons have better quality finish, but the United Arms have plenty in their arsenal as well. The United Arms will be a thorn, a pain in the rear which will force the Dragons to react quick and keep up. Again, its one of those series that if the United Arms could get that first goal, than they have a shot. That being said, the Dragons have perhaps the most lethal unit of the division in players such as J.Mandracchia, M.Fazzari, P.Musto and B.Daniele.
(3)Altius vs Assadi Classics(6) It will be a difficult series for the Assadi Classics. Right now, they are in shambles and need to get their act together if they plan on going anywhere. There is no doubt the Altius will be ready to come out and play a full length series led by a high end talent in P.Arkalis.
(4)Country Club vs Snipers(5) This will be an interesting series as both sides look to match fairly equal. The two teams are quick, structured, disciplined and have good work ethic. The million dollar question will be if C.Gingras comes to play for the Country Club. But even at that, the Snipers will be aware of his threat and play him accordingly. This one should be a toss up.
Monday May 2
Lyft Off getting hot right before the playoffs
While the Lyft Off have had their ups and downs, they showed they can be one of the best teams in the division despite what their record shows. For sure they will keep thriving as they have high ambitions knowing that they can be part of the conversation. Tonight, they played again to their identity and took both their games versus ETNA. The Lyft Off rely on speed and quick transition plays that keeps their opponent guessing on how to play without the ball. After collecting an easy 7-2 win, the second match proved to be a lot closer but still with the Lyft Off prevailing. J.Mancini had the extra jump collecting four points in the first game while S.Sak was influential in the second encounter bagging two markers.
(2)ETNA vs Lyft Off(7)
(5)Lyft Off vs ETNA(4)
Degenerates find a way to split with United Arms
The Degenerates knew that they had a difficult challenge ahead of them with their depleted roster. They almost had no choice but to score first in order to give themselves a decent chance. The first game didn’t quite work out as the United Arms go their first on a goal by A.Tachejian. S.Balouzian would eventually double the lead on the power play, and the United Arms continued to play relentless versus a tired opponent. A.Tachejian added his second early in the final frame for a comfortable cushion despite plenty of time left over. Still, the Degenerates understood how much the first goal of the game would potentially turn the tides in their favor entering their second match. After a scoreless opening frame, A.Desrosiers came in releasing a beautiful wrist shot to finally beat J.Arouchian, who was perfect up until that point. Luckily enough they managed a second goal just in case the United Arms would get themselves closer for how much pressure they were putting. F.Koch was there however to stop all 19 shots he faced leaving his tongue on the floor after an enduring battle.
(0)Degenerates vs United Arms(3)
(0)United Arms vs Degenerates(2)
Snipers had their hands full in both wins versus Diabetoz Angels
It wasn’t their most convincing win, but the Snipers took it in the end thanks to their captain Ali Khanafer snapping a late 2-2 tie. The Diabetoz Angels put up a good fight and could have easily taken the first encounter if not for some bad luck. J.Romeo led the charge netting both goals for the Diabetoz Angels, who looked to get some pay back after suffering a close loss. To their credit, they challenged the Snipers on the large part and led at one point 3-2 early in the final frame. Unable to keep their rhythm, the Snipers managed to turn the table with a heavy response. Four different players scored in the span of only four minutes to mount a second period comeback. N.Atoui notched his second for the winner right before Hadi Khanafer and J.Hassan capped it off with some insurance.
(3)Snipers vs Diabetoz Angels(2)
(3)Diabetoz Angels vs Snipers(6)
Altius recover after earlier loss to Bonjours High
Ultimately, both teams wanted to win tonight as it served as a perfect measuring stick heading into the playoffs. No doubt, both teams were engaged and extremely difficult to play against for how much effort was put out. The Bonjours High had the advantage of taking the two games after winning the first encounter 3-1. The onus was now on the Altius to respond and show that they are equally deserving. M.Melo and P.Arkalis each scored getting the start they needed which forced the Bonjours High to press a lot harder. Eventually their captain D.Gkeivelopoulos narrowed the gap on a deceiving wrist shot to beat P.Delli Colli. Both teams knew that the Bonjours High was going to push in order to get that equalizers. However, the Altius expected it and adjusted making sure not to give up too many chances. Yes, Delli Colli had to be good in which he was making some nice key stops. Even though this was only a regular season game, it showed that the two sides treated this one like a final.
With the top ten teams are participating in the playoffs, the first round will feature the bottom four teams in a first round playoff. The match ups are as follows:
Tuesday May 3 (Round 1)
(7) Degenerates vs Lyft Off(10) The Degenerates will have their hands full. Again, they will have no choice but to get that first goal and try to defend as well as they can. The Lyft Off have the edge with their speed as they will utilize it in order to advance.
(8)United Arms vs ETNA(9) Its up to ETNA to play this one smart. If they remain patient playing without the ball, then they will have a good chance on taking out the United Arms. And while that is easier said than done, one things for sure, the United Arms wont give plenty of room out there due to their non stop pressure.
The winners of this round will play Monday in the quarter finals.
Sunday May 1
M.Braun puts on a clinic bagging an impressive 5 goals
(10)Team Black vs Team Red(6)
M.Braun put together a dominant performance throughout the entire match netting half of Team Blacks goals en route to a 10-6 victory. It almost seemed like M.Braun was three steps ahead of everyone else on the court, making the Team Red’s defense wonder how they were unable to stop him. His strong start to the game enabled Team Black to build a sufficient lead forcing Team Red to play catch up. They did fight back getting some offense going by C.Arnoldo’s hat trick and M.Estrela’s four helpers, but it just wasn’t nearly enough to catch Team Black. R.Potenza and D.Mansour chipped in with a pair for the win while J.Teresi was behind setting up three teammates.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Mikael Braun of Team Black. Scoring that many goals in one game isn’t easy, but M.Braun was there to hit his targets on five occasions to help lead his club over Team Red.
Team Green gelling on the support of everyone buying in
(10)Team Green vs Team Yellow(6)
It was Team Green’s depth, skill and offensive balance that took over in their 10-6 decision over Team Yellow. M.Saia did lead the way riding a hat trick, but many others were there to contribute in the offensive onslaught such as C.Stamadianos, E.Nardelli and D.Agourias as each player netted a pair. No doubt it helps when you support each other in all three zones, winning loose ball battles while passing it to the first and best available teammate. When teams do that, they are hard to play against. Team Yellow didn’t rely on anyone as well with six different players finding the back of the net, but could have improved in some areas of their game. For the first portion of the game, this contest didn’t seem to take much of a direction with both sides evened up at two goals apiece. Eventually Team Green would find their momentum, and ride it to the finish line on a barrage of goals.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Mathew Saia of Team Green. After setting up his teams first two goals, M.Saia was just getting warmed up adding three tallies to earn a hat trick.
Flood gates open for Team White with the help of S.Pistone making some key saves
(4)Team Blue vs Team White(10)
It wasn’t until about the 20 minute mark that this game started to shift in favor of Team White. Prior to that moment, both sides kept it close, trading a bunch of chances that saw both goaltenders shine. Then, it slowly started to fall apart for Team Blue as the gap continued to widen as the game went on. Players tend to lose some motivation when its spiraling out of reach. You tend to take more chances to fight back into the game by cheating offensively while leaving the defense high to dry. Unable to battle back for Team Blue, Team White would capitalize on many of their chances. Goals came-from many different players that tallied twice each. C.Roberts, R.Ricaurte, P.Desforges and E.Colella all put two behind P.Kassaris, who did all he could to keep the game respectable for Team Blue.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Eddy Colella of Team White. By controlling the back end, the veteran always made room for himself in order to launch a pair of cannons that had eyes while setting up two early key goals.
Friday April 29
Generals end regular season by thumping first round opponent
(10)Generals vs Sonic(0)
The Generals sure found a good way to cap off their season with a thumping over their first round match up opponent. Both these teams will meet next week in the semi final round. Teams would normally prepare working on some good habits just prior to their payoffs, but the Sonic didn’t seem to have anything going right for them. It didn’t help that O.Valiquette got his way very early riffling off a hat trick in only two minutes and change. Its hard to aspire to any motivation when falling behind that early. The game did settle down in the second period with neither side really motivated to do much. Once the third period started, the Generals decided to get things moving by adding four more goals to end it in a mercy.
Sonic respond well after earlier crash
(1)Armos vs Sonic(2)
If Sonic can take some positives after suffering an earlier thrashing, its their response on how they handled the Armos in their second game of a double header night. You definitely don’t want playing through two poor performances all in one night . To their credit, the Sonic came to play and rebounded with a much more sense of urgency . There defense was doing a very good job at controlling the neutral zone while limiting dangerous chances-from the other side. Jumping ahead is always a key part of the game if you plan on playing methodical. M.St-Laurent provided the first goal, and the Armos were forced to create some opportunities against a disciplined Sonic defense. Every time they got a scoring chance, J.DeStefano was there to deny them. The Sonic doubled their lead in the third period thanks to the very same M.St-Laurent finding the back of the net. G.Lallis did finally get the Armos on board shortly after, but that was all the scoring they got done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin St-Laurent of Sonic. In a very low scoring tight knitted battle, M.St-Laurent scored his clubs only goals to help edge out the Armos.
The Masters 35+ division came to a close on Friday night. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Generals vs Sonic(4) Its just a very tall order for Sonic in this series. It will require for everything to go right- from all three areas of their game. There goaltender has to play lights out, the defence cant afford to make mistakes and the forwards will have to capitalise almost every time they have a chance. Look for the Generals to advance.
(2)Armos vs Brewers(3) You can make a case for either of these teams to advance. Both will play hard and smart without the ball. In all three areas, they match up pretty close. Look for this one to potentially go three games.
Thursday April 28
Fatal Demons picking up good habits to finish their regular season
(6)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(3)
A solid all around effort helped the Fatal Demons end their regular season on a strong note. Both sides kept trading chances and goals in what appeared to be slugfest up until the Fatal Demons took command as of the mid way point of the game. G.DeMarinis riffled a beauty for a 4-3 lead, and the Fatal Demons never looked back adding two more tallies to double up the Brew Crew. If not for A.Belanger’s strong plays that led to a pair of goals and an assist, the Brew Crew would have suffered a potential embarrassing defeat. Prior to tonight’s game, the Brew Crew had only one loss after nine games hoping that they would finish strong heading into the playoffs. Maybe its just a slight hic up, but you always want to end with good habits. As for the Fatal Demons, nearly everything went right in all three areas of their game. R.Ranieri made the timely saves, the defense tightened up as the game went on, and the forwards spread the wealth that saw only T.Langiano score twice.
Captain V.Pandza leads by example bagging hat trick for Horsemen
(10)Horsemen vs RCGT Knights(3)
Teammates always look to their captain to deliver and shoulder the load. The Horsemen were glad to see V.Pandza deliver scoring once in every period to down the RCGT Knights in a convincing fashion. You always want things to go well when prepping for playoff hockey. The Horsemen made sure to treat this contest like a game that mattered in preparation of what is to come. No doubt the offense wasn’t an issue, and neither was M.Vinciguerra, who has been a rock for his club between the pipes. Playing without the ball may perhaps be the toughest challenge for any team to master. Overall, the Horsemen faired well in that department, but would like to tweak some little areas of their game if they plan on going all the way. While their game wasn’t really the issue, the same cant be said for the RCGT Knights, who have had some ups this season but to many downs. S.Sauk has the artillery to floor a solid lineup, but needs to put the pieces together to try and compete throughout three straight periods. The beauty about hockey and sports in general is that anything can happen on a given night. With that notion, the RCGT Knights need to look ahead and focus on what’s to come in hopes of playing the role of underdogs and or spoilers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. In most of his shifts, the captain made plenty happen bagging three goals and two assists.
With the regular season ending, the semi finals will begin next week. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Brew Crew vs RCGT Knights(4) The RCGT Knights need to keep the contest as close as possible for as long as possible. If they can do that, the Brew Crew may start to play with pressure while the RCGT Knights will only get more confident.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Horsemen(3) Expect a tight checking series between two sides that play very well defensively along with the fact that they know each others tendencies. It will come down to who wants it more. Both sides need to work and battle through every shift in order to win as many small battles as possible. Vegas has no favorites for this one.
Wednesday April 27
Left Wings unable to catch a break in loss to Assadi Consulting Inc
(2)Left Wings vs Assadi Consulting Inc(5)
Too many things went wrong for the Left Wings on Wednesday night. They suffered a slow start giving up two first period goals which forced them to play catch up. Sometimes you just need a little break somewhere to try and get yourself back in the game. That moment appeared to be there when the Assadi Consulting Inc took a minor penalty. What more can you ask for trying to get on board with a power play opportunity. Instead, it just continued to go downhill when M.Arkalis scored shorthanded to extend the lead by three for the Assadi Consulting Inc. J.Tzanetakos did finally spark some life later in the period only to get a quick answer by M-A Haber’s second of the game. The Assadi Consulting Inc had no stress what so ever entering the final frame for how in control they were of the situation. J.Mandracchia notched his second for some insurance, and Pedram Assadi collected a fairly easy win stopping close to 20 shots.
Armadillos take over in third period to down United Arms
(5)Armadillos vs United Arms(3)
The United Arms played solid throughout two straight periods, and led 3-2 for a portion of the third period until being plagued by some defensive let downs. Its understandable that its very difficult to keep a team like the Armadillos in check. You almost need to play a perfect shift every time you get on. The United Arms looked like they were managing their minutes to their full potential making things extremely difficult for the Armadillos. Then, in the span of two and a half minutes, it all fell apart. P.Legatos tied the game, B.Gabbour riffled his hat trick and T.Bozinakis widened the gap to put the Armadillos in the drivers seat. The Armadillos were able to play to their strengths, being strong on controlling the ball which led to plenty of opportunities. As much as this was a disappointing loss for the United Arms, they can still take positives knowing that they can battle with a heavy favorite. However, work still needs to be done in order to qualify for the playoffs. The good news is that they will face the Left Wings for that final spot in next weeks match up. If they fail to get points against the Punishers in their first of two games of a double header night, then they will need either a regulation or overtime win(not a shootout win) versus the Left Wings in the last game of the regular season.
Key missing pieces noticeable in Left Wings offense drought
(1)Left Wings vs Punishers(6)
Again, the Left Wings were stuck giving up a shorthanded goal. Neither side got on board after one period which suggested the importance of that first tally. You need to take advantage of every opportunity given to you when playing a team like the Punishers. The Left Wings had that chance to make something happen on their power play. Instead, C.Gingras was their once again like he has done many times before to score with a man less. That key moment clearly inspired the Punishers to do more as the game went on. After the Punishers added two more second period tallies, P.Karvouriaris decided to turn it up in the final stretch. The sniper caught fire, and the Left Wings couldn’t water him down that led to three goals-from the Punishers sharp shooter. Despite having a poor night when points are very crucial, the Left Wings still hold the cards if they plan on making the playoffs. Of course they would need the help of two significant pieces that weren’t there on this night. If J.Adamou and D.Provost-Jarry dress next week, then their chances increase dramatically as they’ll have no choice but to defeat the United Arms.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brad Gabbour of the Armadillos. No question B.Gabbour was influential for the Armadillos 5-3 win over the United Arms. The forward scored three big goals that included the winner that snapped a 3-3 third period tie.
Tuesday April 26
Dek Lanaudiere come out sharp, Dek Ultimate endure difficult season debut
(0) Dek Ultimate vs Dek Lanaudiere (5)
Similar to last weeks performance, the Dek Lanaudiere came out with a noticeable energy, ready to show everyone that they will be a difficult opponent to deal with. It didn’t take long for them to find the back of the net with T.Canuel striking as of the four minute mark. After adding two tallies before the frame ended, the Dek Lanaudiere were thirsty for more adding two more goals by the mid way point of the game. Definitely a solid game-from a team that used their movement ,decision making and execution to overwhelm the Dek Ultimate. This one didn’t need any heroes as five different players scored. J-F Perreault wasn’t overly busy, but got the job stopping every single ball his way. Sometimes it just takes that great start to a game in order to get the job done. The Dek Lanaudiere did just that and never looked back en route to a well earned win.
Hockeyballe.com unable to build off momentum created by C.Gingras’s shorthanded goal
(3) Centre SportXpo vs Hockeyballe.com (2)
There is no doubt the two competitive teams didn’t want to give an inch. The scoring was limited, but the goaltending was exceptional. F.Gagnon was able to edge out C.Ekonomakis in what was a brilliant goaltending performance-from the two net minders. Neither side really dominated the other as the game remained extremely close. The Centre SportXpo had the chance in the third period to widen the gap by two on the power play. Instead, a former teammate in C.Gingras, who was acquired by Hockeyballe.com via trade from le Centre SportXpo earlier in the afternoon, was there to haunt his ex-teammates on a shorthanded tally, at least for a few moments. That goal tied the game at 2 late in the 3rd period. Nevertheless, the Centre SportXpo kept pushing and were eventually rewarded when their veteran came to the rescue. P.Musto broke the late barrier with the help of J.Mandracchia, who participated in all three goals for Centre SportXpo.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Centre SportXpo. He often makes something happen and tonight was no different as he was able to score once while setting up two teammates.
Monday April 25
G.Katravas puts out a great performance to help pair wins for Diabetoz Angels
Tonight the Diabetoz Angels were looking to hop in the win column knowing that they had a legitimate chance against a team that is within striking distance. Rather than tempting their luck in the shootout J.Fisch avoided it by netting the games lone goal with just two little seconds remaining. G.Katravas kept a clean sheet pushing aside 10 shots for a shutout edging out his counterpart A.Zardarian, who was equally impressive stopping nearly every ball his way. Getting that first win is always refreshing, but the Diabetoz Angels had higher ambitions by trying to make it two in a row. The two sides would repeat a similar tight checking low scoring affair that resulted once again in the Diabetoz Angels favor. Both of their goals came off connecting plays-from the same three players. J.Zervakos notched both tallies with help of P.Rizkalla and J.Fisch setting him up. In four straight periods, G.Katravas was brilliant allowing only one singly tally by R.Tonikian.
(1)Diabetoz Angels vs Hungry Hippos(0)
(1)Hungry Hippos vs Diabetoz Angels(2)
Degenerates paying the price against a strong Altius team
Even if the Degenerates knew what they had to do, it still didn’t work against the Altius. Its one thing to focus on a game plan and another to execute it. Unfortunately, nothing went right as they fell on the short end twice to a superior opponent. D.Bertrand parked himself in his office rattling off three tap in goals in the first game while P.Arkalis cant be stopped for two straight games as the highly skilled player scored twice along with a helper. The first encounter was just a complete mess for the Degenerates unable to read their plays properly. They did manage a way better outing in the ensuing match, but still couldn’t keep up for long enough. The Altius rode a strong second frame striking four times to complete a near perfect night.
(5)Altius vs Degenerates(1)
(2)Degenerates vs Altius(5)
Action packed games go the distance between Assadi Classics and Lyft Off
Much like in the two games, the action started early and continued all night. The fast pace exchange of goals never took a back seat keeping both net minders extremely busy between the pipes. Both games were so close that after every single period neither side ever led. The only slight difference came in the first encounter where J.Pantelis scored the lone shootout marker. The Assadi Classics did miss out on just a few seconds in the second meeting to capture a regulation win. That got spoiled thanks to Y.Namazzade beating the clock by only four seconds. Unable for either side to get an edge, C.Kong of the Lyft Off and J.Pantelis of the Assadi Classics did the lone scoring in the breakaways that resulted in a draw. The offense was spread out in the first encounter with one scoring more than once out of the eight goals combined. That tune changed however in the second game with M.Mavroudis collecting a hat trick for the Assadi Classics while S.Harchi did the same for the Lyft Off.
(4)Lyft Off vs Assadi Classics(5) S.O
(6)Assadi Classics vs Lyft Off(6) S.O
Dragons avoid a meltdown in their split with Bonjours High
The Dragons had nothing to feel good about the way they started off their night with the front runners. The Bonjours High made a statement that they are the untouchable team of the division. And why not when you thump your opponent by a 6-1 score. Luckily enough for the Dragons, there is always that second game to try and get it right. This time, they adjusted and flipped the script, at least on the large part. It almost appeared that a 5-1 lead with half a period left is more than enough for an easy result. That was up until the Bonjours High decided to put it into gear. The Dragons looked like they had their feet stuck in the mud as the Bonjours High was turning it on rattling off three quick goals to pull themselves within one. Even though there was just under two minutes remaining, it felt like an eternity for the Dragons, who wanted nothing less than to avoid a meltdown. To their credit, experience kicked in as they remained calm and managed the situation accordingly. The Bonjours Highs were often stuck to the outside and couldn’t really get that last good quality chance in order to level. In the end, just an incredible battle between two teams that have the same expectations.
(1)Dragons vs Bonjous High(6)
(4)Bonjours High vs Dragons(5)
United Arms bounce back after sour lose to Snipers
The United Arms didn’t take long to remove their painful memory of dropping their earlier game that they should have had. Shortly after giving up three consecutive goals that saw their lead evaporate, the United Arms bounced back in their second encounter with the Snipers. This time they stayed the course and tightened the bolts harder by not giving any sort of life to the Snipers. Its always nice when you have a player step up on the offensive side of the spectrum. Out of their four goals, B.Gabriel was responsible for three of them. J.Arouchian had a bounce back performance stopping close to 25 shots. If not for one bad sequence where the Snipers rattled off three quick tallies, the United Arms would have banked six clean points to the standings. Still, a great overall night for a team that seems to be getting hot at the right time during the season.
(4)Snipers vs United Arms(3)
(4)United Arms vs Snipers(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerry Katravas of the Diabetoz Angels. Its been a rough ride for the Diabetoz Angels this season without a win under their belt. However, that all changed on Monday night, and in large part due to their goaltender. G.Katravas was spectacular going nearly perfect allowing only one goal in four entire periods.
Friday April 22
Armos use strong start to their advantage
(2)Brewers vs Armos(4)
The Armos got plenty-from their short bench against the Brewers on Friday night. D.Charbonneau had a big first period scoring twice to help set the ground work for the Armos. They knew they had no room to lay off the gas pedal if they planned on getting the job done. The Brewers would pull themselves within one on two occasions but were never able to level. Its difficult sometimes to create much against a team that didn’t have a choice but to play cautious. J-F Aumais, being the last line of defense was stellar in net allowing only two goals on 24 shots. G.Lallis scored an important goal after finding himself alone in front of the Brewers net minder, a tally that ultimately stood for the winner.
Sonic save their best for last to clinch playoff berth
(3)Chiefs vs Sonic(7)
Both teams understood the importance of this one particular game. Quite simply, you win and your season extends into the playoffs while the losing team will be stuck watching-from the sidelines. Up until the later stages of the third period, nothing was decided with Sonic carrying a slight 4-3 lead. Sonic would widen the gap riding a very strong finish that saw A.Passarelli bury his second. In the end, it all came down to one single period for the Chiefs, who just couldn’t put their game together for long enough. Tonight’s lost points to the standings is only part of the reason why they will not make the playoffs. The Chiefs played too many games with a short bench which eventually caught up to them. With the standings not completely decided, Sonic do have a chance to leap frog the Brewers depending on what happens in next weeks match ups.
Dominant second period powers Generals past Armos
(5)Generals vs Armos(2)
In another important battle for playoff implication, the Generals took care of business versus the Armos on Friday night. This contest was to see who would take first place of the division. Unfortunately for the Armos, they just weren’t good enough, especially in the second period where the Generals took over. O.Valiquette was in a league of his own scoring two incredible goals that helped position his club to carry a comfortable lead. The Armos did have some good moments here and there, but just not enough to match a more complete opponent. The Generals have the weapons in every area of their game starting with the goaltending. There defense is mobile with players such as J.Brunet and R.Morne while the offense is lethal when you have sharp shooters in M.Pinheiro, O.Valiquette and V.Lamarche. Who ever will face them wont have much of a choice but to play a near perfect game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Albi Passarelli of the Sonic. In his clubs most important time of need, Passarelli delivered netting two big third period goals to help solidify a playoff spot.
Thursday April 21
RCGT Knights storm back to stun Fatal Demons
(2)Fatal Demons vs RCGT Knights(3)
The Fatal Demons took a 2-0 lead in the first period over the RCGT Knights, and then it just evaporated. The second period was a totally different mindset for the RCGT Knights as they took the approach of working it one shift at a time. All they needed was to get that next goal to pull themselves within one. S.Giannoulakis was able to provide it, and the RCGT Knights kept putting the pressure knowing that they had the Fatal Demons on the ropes. J.Prevost would eventually tie the game right before T.Oliveira put the RCGT Knights in front for the first time. Its not often that the RCGT Knights are put in a good position heading into the third period. Confidence definitely played a key role when a team responds the way they did riding three unanswered goals. Add to all that, M.Dupuis was sharper than a razor blade as the goaltender was stubborn stopping everything he saw. Sometimes it just takes some hard work and smart hockey in order to get the job done. Tonight, the RCGT Knights did both to earn a well deserved win.
Brew Crew overcome adversity, settle for draw with Horsemen
(4)Brew Crew vs Horsemen(4) S.O
Losing 8-3 in their earlier meeting vs the Brew Crew stuck with the Horsemen, and they knew not to repeat a terrible performance once more. The Horsemen came in with something to prove showing the Brew Crew that they can compete with them. For well over two periods, the Horsemen were in charge getting goals by M.Kardum and M.Mamoulides while an exceptional goaltending display-from M.Vinciguerra. Yes, the Brew Crew did eventually respond thanks to D.Verta cutting the lead in half. C.Moutafis would level shortly, and this contest was all evened up with half a frame remaining. Neither side gave much-from that point on making sure to avoid any game deciding mistakes. After tempting their fate in a five minute overtime period, both sides were down to their last out in the shootout. Even in the shootout no one really got ahead as both sides traded two goals each. Normally throughout most of this season, the Brew Crew usually play with an early lead. Tonight, they were put to the test for a rare time trailing 2-0 after two periods. And despite the adversity, they still managed to overcome it by forcing the game to go the distance. Its just another sign of what good teams are able to do. As for the Horsemen, credit to them for pushing the front runners all the way with only nine players and their goaltender.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Dupuis of the RCGT Knights. You need goaltending is an understatement when it comes to winning hockey games. In tonight’s 3-2 win over the Fatal Demons, M.Dupuis was stellar enabling his club to overcome an early deficit by remaining sound the rest of the way.
Wednesday April 20
Assadi Consulting Inc hold onto third period lead to top Armadillos
(4)Assadi Consulting Inc vs Armadillos(2)
A solid overall effort-from the Assadi Consulting Inc helped the team to a 4-2 victory over the Armadillos. The win was also bolstered by a strong goaltending performance-from Pedram Assadi, who stopped 26 of 28 shots. Everyone bought in early and committed to playing the right way the entire time. The Armadillos fell behind twice but managed to respond both times thanks to B.Gabbour getting the better of Assadi. Perhaps the changing point occurred late in the second period when J.Mandracchia buried his second to put his club up 3-2. This time, the Assadi Consulting Inc tightened their game even harder to keep the Armadillos off the score sheet. The contest would eventually cap off on a late tally by P.Arkalis.
United Arms make it close after bad start to Left wings
(5)Left Wings vs United Arms(3)
The United Arms were unable to find their flow early enough as they fell in what was a gritty battle with the Left Wings. A.Perrault was there to set the tone riffling the games first two goals which was followed by D.Provost-Jarry’s tally to make the score 3-0. Still, the United Arms couldn’t figure out P.Provost-Jarry, but felt it was just a question of time before they broke the ice. Slowly but surely, A.Papazian was there to get his club on board. From-there, G.Jerjian scored immediately after on the power play, and all of a sudden this game was up for grabs with more than enough time left over. Unfortunately for the United Arms, they weren’t able to maintain their rhythm long enough which led to a back breaking goal-from the Left Wings. Despite falling behind by two again, H.Saiyan was there to give life on a strong shorthanded effort to pull his team within a close margin. That shorthanded goal still left plenty of power play time for the Left Wings, who this time got it right when M.Couture-Barsetti capitalized with the man advantage.
Armadillos squander third period lead, T. Therrien decides it in overtime for Punishers
(4)Punishers vs Armadillos(3) O.T
The Armadillos did the right thing by playing with more urgency after their earlier defeat to the Assadi consulting Inc. They grabbed the lead first in the opening frame, but had their best moments in the second period riding two unanswered goals by K.Koutsogiannopoulos and P.Musto’s second. Up until the nine minute mark of the third period, the Armadillos must have assumed they had total an complete control of the situation, and why not since they were carrying a 3-1 lead while playing solid. Then, they surrendered one goal by C.Gingras which by that point this game wasn’t completely in the bag. The Armadillos kept their cool and managed their minutes knowing that eventually they would need to kill off the Punishers six man unit after pulling the net minder. And rather than beating the clock, the Punishers were their to haunt their opponent thanks to A.Kakivelis leveling the game with just 3o seconds remaining. As bad as that was, the misery was still yet to come for the Armadillos, who must have felt sick to their stomachs when T.Therrien threw more salt to the womb by netting the overtime winner. Both these teams seem to love the drama when they play each other, especially with the way their games end. Luckily for the Armadillos, this shouldn’t be looked as more than just a regular season game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Perrault of the Left Wings. In his clubs first three goals, Perrault scored twice and assisted to help provide a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Tuesday April 19
Dek Laval go dry in season debut versus Centre SportXpo de Laval
(0)Dek Laval vs Centre SportXpo de Laval(3)
Its only obvious that your goaltender plays well when not allowing a goal. F.Gagnon , perhaps not overly busy delivered for the Centre SportXpo de Laval pushing aside 18 shots to record a shutout. In each of the three periods, the Centre SportXpo de Laval was able to win the frame on goals by J-P Moquin, A.Desrosiers and M.Lastoria. The defense moved the ball well, the forwards played a north south game, and when you do that, more times than not you’re going to have success. The Dek Laval felt the frustrations of trying to get on board. It wasn’t for their lack of chances as they had enough opportunities only to be denied every time by Gagnon. Maybe if they scored first, things could have played out different. Instead, they were stuck playing catch up, and never got themselves back in the game despite it being within reasonable reach. Sometimes you just go dry in a hockey game no matter how hard to try. Since its only their first game of the season, the Dek Laval wont be overly concerned as they have plenty of time to adjust and figure things out.
Net minder A.Bitsakis giving Hockeyballe.com a real chance to steal the game vs Le Rinque
(0)Hockeyballe.com vs Le Rinque(2)
Maybe they would have preferred a better outcome, but the Hockeyballe.com have plenty to feel good about despite dropping their contest to Le Rinque on Monday night. Losing only 2-0 to the hands on favourite could only be a good sign for any club. For most of the match, the Hockeyballe.com trailed 1-0 which kept both teams on their heels knowing the importance of the next goal. At one point, the Hockeyballe.com failed to capitalise on their lone power play opportunity that would have evened the score. If there is one thing teams want to avoid against Le Rinque, is to play with a man short. The Hockeyballe.com did well in that department, but still took two penalties which inevitably would spell doom. Y.Labonte couldn’t have made a more perfect pass that found its way through the side of the net where M-A Trudeau was there to tap it in. That power play goal came with just over two minutes left in the game. While the final score may indicate a close contest, this game could have spiralled out of reach if A.Bitsakis wasn’t there to bail his team out. The goaltender was brilliant in the first period stopping 14 shots, and remained sharp throughout the entire time giving the Hockeyballe.com every chance to bounce back and steal the game.
Dek Lanaudiere ride strong start, Centre SportXpo de Laval couldn’t recover
(5)Dek Lanaudiere vs Centre SportXpo de Laval(1)
The Dek Lanaudiere wanted nothing more than to get a strong start against a team that played only an hour earlier. And when S.Dicaire scored less than two minutes in, the Dek Lanaudiere was able to feed off it adding two more tallies by M.Lavoie and H.Bernier before the frame ended. The question then becomes how does a team respond when put in an early hole. In the case of the Centre SportXpo de Laval, there wasn’t really much to show for since the Dek Lanaudiere made sure to eliminate their time and space. T.Canvel would later widen the gap by four while the Centre SportXpo still couldn’t figure out on how to solve L-S Vienneau. Eventually, Vienneau would concede his only tally that actually came in a shorthanded situation courtesy of Y.Tifu’s incredible goal. Despite plenty of time left over , the urgency just wasn’t there for the Centre SportXpo de Laval, who never recovered after their slow start. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net for Dek Lanaudiere with S.Dicaire accumulating the most points on one goal and two helpers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Samuel Dicaire of the Dek Lanaudiere. After striking first and early, Dicaire added two more assists to help lead his club past the Centre SportXpo de Laval.
Monday April 18
Country Club making ETNA pay on their power play
On only two power play occasions, the Country Club made ETNA pay in their series opener. S.Pilot and P.Dupuis took full advantage with a man up helping the Country Club grab the better start. Both their tallies came-from the help of M.Dalpe, who later fed an empty cage for his third point of the game to solidify a 3-1 victory. Unhappy with the way things transpired, the ETNA made it a point to respond better in their second encounter. J.Pimentel scored an early goal to help motivate his bench. You would have to assume that ETNA would have brought a lot more to their game-from that point on only to be disappointed in the end. The Country Club never panicked, kept it simple, and by doing so took over the match on a heavy response netting four straight tallies. M.Dalpe continued-from where he left off striking twice in less than a minute while F.Proulx and S.Pilot followed up for a commanding 4-1 lead. Although ETNA didn’t play bad, they could have used the help of their two top guns in M.Alfieri and M.Calabrice that were absent on this night.
(1)ETNA vs Country Club(3)
(4)Country Club vs ETNA(2)
Altius going about their business in double rout of Hungry Hippos
The Altius took the initiative-from the start, and the Hungry Hippos were stuck enduring a difficult night. The pressure was relentless with S.Castonguay scoring twice in the first period for a 2-0 lead. That was just the beginning for a team that was in complete control of the situation. After setting up E.Girouard, A.Sarigiannis decided to add a pair to close out a 6-0 win. There wasn’t much that really changed-from that point on, expect for M.Melo giving up his only tally. The Hungry Hippos spoiled the moment thanks to N-A Merrachi, who finally got the better of the net minder. His goal did pull the Hungry Hippos within one, but that was short lived when A.Sarigiannis regained the two goal margin. From-there, the Altius wrapped up the action in a dominant fashion scoring five unanswered goals. P.Arkalis led the charge on a hat rick while A.Sarigiannis and M.Arkalis shared two goals each.
(6)Altius vs Hungry Hippos(0)
(1)Hungry Hippos vs Altius(8)
S.Jankouzian hat trick keys United Arms second win over Diabetoz Angels
J.Arouchian stopped 14 shots for a shutout, A.Tachejian registered two goals, and the United Arms handled the Diabetoz Angels by a 3-0 score to kick start their night. The second encounter saw the United Arms met with a lot more resistance. Although they did once again get the better start riding a 2-0 lead, N.Hadsipantelis pulled the Diabetoz Angels within one. You always hope to catch a break when its that close. Eventually, the Diabetoz Angels thought they had it when awarded a power play opportunity. And instead of seizing the moment for an equaliser, the opposite happened instead. S.Jankouzian had already scored both his teams goals before notching his biggest one of the night in a shorthanded situation. The United Arms put themselves in control-from that point on despite giving up the games next tally which didn’t mean much in the end leaving all but three seconds on the clock. N.Hadsipantelis buried his second as the only player to figure out J.Arouchian.
(0)Diabetoz Angels vs United Arms(3)
(3)United Arms vs Diabetoz Angels(2)
Snipers flipping the script after a subpar first game to Assadi Classics
Monday night was a one off for the Snipers, an anomaly in their usual style of play which saw them give up too many scoring chances, way to many shots, and ultimately a departure-from their brand of hockey, at least in the first game anyway. The Assadi Classics blew right by them on scoring efforts-from six different players that led to an easy win. In most normal circumstances teams tend to repeat a similar performance in their back to back games. However, that wasn’t the case at all with the Snipers flipping the script. It was almost as though the Snipers toyed with them for how lopsided the second game was. In all aspects of their game, the Snipers owned every department by a landslide. It looked like only one team showed up to play while the Assadi Classics were better off taking an early shower. J.Hassan had a strong three goal game, and S.Zebib was firm in net stopping every single ball his way.
(6)Assadi Classics vs Snipers(3)
(7)Snipers vs Assadi Classics(0)
Relentless Lyft Off even things up after slow start with Degenerates
The Degenerates took the right approach in their first game versus the Lyft Off. By keeping them to the outside, they simply waited for their chances to come knowing that their opponent was going to be a thorn all game long. They accomplished their mission thanks to solid defensive game that saw F.Koch shine for a shutout. Knowing that the second encounter was going to be even harder, both sides wanted nothing less than to score first. This time, Y.Moskal provided it for the Lyft Off which now put the pressure on the Degenerates to take charge. And as much as they tried to even thing s up, U.Cangal was their to bail his team out. The Degenerates attempted 24 shots only to keep hitting a wall. M.Kardum did finally break the barrier to cut the lead in half, but that was about as good as it got for the Degenerates. Both teams were left satisfied with the split in the end after a tough battle throughout four straight periods.
(4)Degenerates vs Lyft Off(0)
(2)Lyft Off vs Degenerates(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin Dalpe of the Country Club. Being involved in almost every play, the Country Club forward generated most of his clubs offense producing five big points that led to a pair of wins over ETNA.
Friday April 15
Brewers get torched by Generals
(9)Generals vs Brewers(1)
The Generals made sure they didn’t overlook the Brewers, handing them a 9-1 thumping. They weren’t many, but everyone joined the attack for a team that can sometimes score at will. S.Legare did lead the pack with four goals and three assists. The Brewers couldn’t have thought things would end the way they did, especially how well they have been playing as of late. This just goes to show that it takes everything to go right in order to defeat the Generals. If you don’t prepare a proper game plan, they will walk all over you. The Brewers played well for nearly half the game keeping it within reach. The back breaker occurred late in the second period when M.Pinheiro widened the score for a three goal cushion heading into the third. From-there, the Brewers couldn’t compete anymore allowing five unanswered tallies.
Armos take advantage of depleted Chiefs team
(1)Chiefs vs Armos(7)
It took some time, but the Armos were able to take advantage of the Chiefs short bench. Usually teams hold up for a good period and maybe two, but that was as good as it got for the Chiefs. Already with a beautiful goal under his belt, A.Mercan repeated the same type of finish by cranking a bullet for his second straight power play goal. No doubt that tally sank the legs and morale of the Chiefs, who knew they didn’t have it in them to overcome a 4-1 third period deficit. A.Mercan would eventually complete his hat trick on another sweet finish as he patiently faked out S.Morante on his back hand. The only bright spot for the Chiefs came-from the blade of D.Galloro. From-practically his own blue line, Galloro whistled off a ball that had eyes freezing J-F Aumais for a rare time. The Chiefs did have some great chances throughout the match only to hit a well positioned net minder every time.
J.Brunet launches a bunch of heat seeking missiles to down Sonic
(8)Generals vs Sonic(3)
The Generals couldn’t have asked for a better outing in their double header night. What more can you ask for when you score 17 total goals while giving up only four. Although the score may suggest for an easy win, it wasn’t quite the case versus the Sonic. This contest was fairly close up until two third period goals in the span of 15 seconds put the Generals in the clear. J.Brunet has a slap shot that most radar guns cant detect. His accuracy and ability to release the ball that fast is almost unfair for any goaltender. B.Madonis was stuck trying to figure out where the ball was headed, and by the time he did, it was already to late. Teams will need to figure out a player of that stature should be limited to how many times he can shoot the ball. Unless you contain him, he will put five behind you like he did versus Sonic.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ari Mercan of the Armos. In his season debut, Mercan turned heads at least three times impressing his teammates on some gorgeous goals.
Thursday April 14
Horsemen hang on the back of M.Viniguerra’s solid goaltending
(3)Horsemen vs Fatal Demons(2)
The Horsemen defeated the Fatal Demons 3-2 on Thursday night on the heels of a late goal by T.Karasek. In order for the Horsemen to have had a decent chance, a good start was required due to their shorter bench. S.Giannakis provided it on two first period goals just shy of the eight minute mark. The Fatal Demons would eventually gain some steam as the game went on but struggled to beat M.Vinciguerra, who kept the Horsemen in the game. They did finally get their equaliser when T.Langiano jammed in a loose ball by the five minute mark of the third period. Both sides kept trading some high end chances that saw the two net minders shine. R.Ranieri made a remarkable split save when the game was only 2-1 for the Horsemen. It looked like this contest was headed for extra time with the clock down to its final minute. But after breaking up a neutral zone play, T.Karasek benefited on a quick two pass play where he had to reach in for a tap in goal. D.Greco logged in a ton of minutes and made most of them count as the d-man was sharp breaking up plays while generating scoring chances.
Brew Crew cruise past RCGT Knights behind J.DeSua’s hat trick
(1)RCGT Knights vs Brew Crew(7)
Even though the RCGT Knights started off fine in the first period, they just cant match the full consistency of their opponent,. The Brew Crew rarely have a bad period which makes them nearly impossible to beat these days. Their engine ignited early in the second frame where they tallied four times in only nine minutes. J.DeSua was a main player collecting three points during that stretch before eventually completing his hat trick late in the game. D.Verta was also involved offensively as the crafty forward produced two goals and three helpers. The only slight hiccup for the Brew Crew occurred when G.Lallis got the better of C.Muccino early in the third period. It seems like the only area of concern so far this season for the Brew Crew is the punctuality of C.Muccino. The net minder keeps showing up late for his games which puts their opponent right away on the power play for delay of game. But even at that, it doesn’t have any impact on their final result, at least not for now anyway.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Daniel Greco of the Horsemen. He only got off once during the game and was extremely influential for the Horsemen’s slight 3-2 win over the Fatal Demons. His ability to read, break up plays and create chances enabled his club to capture a well earned victory.
Wednesday April 13
Third period blitz does in Left Wings
(10)Punishers vs Left Wings(3)
For two straight periods, the Left Wings were in good shape despite trailing 3-2. They hung in their keeping the game fairly close heading into the third period. However, they weren't able to continue that dig in mentality for one more frame in order to give themselves a chance. Instead, the Punishers simply overwhelmed them on a barrage of goals winning the final stretch by a 7-1 landslide. Leading the charge up front were your usual suspects with P.Karvouriaris and C.Kakivelis collecting four points each. J.Fidrilis and C.Gingras each hit their targets twice. The Punishers also benefited with some dept scoring, something that they will need once the games start to matter a little more. For now, things are rolling along just fine for a well oiled machine.
Armadillos find their groove after scoreless first period
(1)United Arms vs Armadillos(4)
Both sides understood the importance of getting that first goal, especially after a scoreless opening period. The Armadillos would eventually get traction striking first and second to carry a 2-0 lead after two periods. At the very least, the United Arms had to get that next tally which they did but couldn't even the score. C.Stavriadis went flawless in net up until that point and remained that way after giving up only one tally. Eventually, the Armadillos would take over to put the game to rest on a pair of insurance markers. K.Kuczmarski and T.Bozinakis had their say collecting two points each. The United Arms revamped the United's roster entering tonight's game. They had to go up against last seasons winners which came as an immediate tall order. Despite dropping their encounter, the United Arms made the Armadillos work for every inch of their game in order to capture the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Armadillos. Always look to your net minder in a close low scoring affair. Stavriadis was able to deliver allowing only one third period goal which enabled his club to play with the lead.
Mardi le 12 Avril, 2022
Le Rinque dévore le Dek Lanaudière dans le match d’ouverture
(0)Dek Lanaudiere vs Le Rinque(5)
Dès le départ de la rencontre, Le Rinque démontrait avec acharnement qu'ils voulaient marquer le premier but. P. Généreaux a eu besoin d'un peu moins de trois minutes pour marquer ce premier but, et Dek Lanaudière savait qu'ils allaient avoir une période difficile. Aucune des deux équipes n'a fait grand-chose offensivement pendant une longue période jusqu'à une succession rapide de trois buts du Rinque qui ont fait basculer ce concours de leur côté. O. Levasseur, B. Jutras et M-A Trudeau ont marqué ces 3 buts en un peu plus de 90 secondes. Autant que Dek Lanaudière ont essayé de revenir, il n'y avait tout simplement pas grand-chose qu'ils puissent faire, faisant face à un adversaire supérieur. Le Rinque a dicté une grande partie du jeu et a été solide dans les trois zones, y compris dans le filet avec C. Lantin arrêtant chacun des tirs pour le jeu blanc. Le seule endroit ou Le Rinque vont devoir mieux faire, c'est les nombreuses pénalités qu'ils ont pris qui auraient pu leurs causer des problèmes. Dek Lanaudière n'ont pas réussi à capitaliser avec l'avantage d'un homme, où ils auraient pu garder le match à porter de la main. Au lieu, ce n'était qu'une nuit facile pour une équipe qui a de très grandes aspirations de répéter leurs exploits de l'année dernière...
Le joueur SalumiVino de la soirée revient à Christian Lantin du Rinque. Après avoir fait face à un peu plus de 20 tirs, Lantin n'a jamais tranché en arrêtant chaque tir sur son chemin pour remporter un jeu blanc
Tuesday April 12
Le Rinque rout Dek Lanaudiere in season opener
(0)Dek Lanaudiere vs Le Rinque(5)
It showed right-from the start that Le Rinque wanted to get that first goal. P.Genereaux provided it just under three minutes into the game, and Dek Lanaudiere knew they were in for a difficult challenge. Neither side did much offensively for a long stretch until a quick succession of three goals by Le Rinque tilted this contest their way. O.Levasseur, B.Jutras and M-A Trudeau scored right past the midway point of the game in the short span of just over 90 seconds. As much as Dek Lanaudiere tried to crawl their way back, there just wasn't much they could have done against a superior opponent. Le Rinque dictated much of the play and were solid in all three zones, including in net with C.Lantin stopping every ball his way for the shutout. Perhaps the one area Le Rinque cold have worked on was their inability to stay out of the penalty box. There’s only so many times you can kill off penalties. Dek Lanaudiere failed to capitalize in that area where they could have kept the game much closer. Instead, it was just an easy night for a team that has very high expectations to repeat as champions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christian Lantin of Le Rinque. After facing just over 20 shots, Lantin never budged stopping every ball his way to earn a shutout.
Monday April 11
M.Calabrice and M.Alfieri lead surging ETNA against Hungry Hippos
M.Alfieri and M.Calabrice continue to be one of the most productive tandems in this division, and tonight they performed at an even higher level. The two players flexed their muscles collecting eight points each. The Hungry Hippos weren’t able to slow them down paying the price early in both games where they gave up a ton of goals. ETNA didn’t waste any time asserting themselves right away, and because of it, they spent plenty of time in the offensive zone that resulted in the offensive onslaught. With limited scoring chances, the Hungry Hippos scored twice only in the first game thanks to A.Pedrian and A.Addante. M.Himo wasn’t overly busy but did the job stopping 16 of 18 shots for the two wins.
(2)Hungry Hippos vs ETNA(6)
(7)ETNA vs Hungry Hippos(0)
Diabetoz Angels adjust in second game but still fall short to Lyft Off
The Diabetoz Angels were able to erase a bad first game versus the Lyft Off, but still fell short in the end. Its never fun dropping a 6-1 decision to start your night. The Lyft Off ran up the score in the second frame to take an easy three points to the standings . Six different players took turns finding the back of the net while Y.Cangal was solid allowing only one goal on 12 shots. The second encounter saw the Diabetoz Angels respond with a much better effort. This time, they kept it close and got a strong performance by J.Fisch, who scored an incredible shorthanded goal to even the score at four goals apiece. The problem was that there was still close to three minutes of power play time left over for the Lyft Off. Eventually, F.Aerts regained the lead on a beautiful passing play to put his club back in front. Apart-from F.Aerts scoring twice, the Lyft Off again got contributions-from pretty much everyone throughout their line up.
(1)Diabetoz Angels vs Lyft Off(6)
(6)Lyft Off vs Diabetoz Angels(4)
Assadi Classics searching for answers after poor performance vs Country Club
The Assadi Classics didn’t look like a team that was ready to play on Monday night. As much as the Country Club deserve full marks for taking both their encounters, the Assadi Classics should have done way better than what they showed for, especially with the line up they had. No one really played a good game. The Country Club went at them hard, looked more intense and definitely more determined. After scoring three goals in just over a minute to capture a 3-1 victory, the Country Club carried their solid play in the ensuing game where they outgunned the Assadi Classics 5-2.S.Pilot scored three times for his hat trick while M.Dalpe and J.Boudreau combined for seven points. The Assadi Classics normally put up a decent amount of goals, but couldn’t seem to get that right either. Maybe that was because M.Dupuis was simply that good stopping 33 of 36 shots.
(1)Assadi Classics vs Country Club(3)
(5)Country Club vs Assadi Classics(2)
Degenerates adjust after unable to contain J.Mandracchia
There is no question that when J.Mandracchia gets on a role, he really gets on a role. Good players are able to make plays out of nothing making it sometimes nearly impossible to contain them. The Dragons gave their opponent a lesson in the first game primarily because J.Mandracchia was unstoppable. The forward scored all four goals to help lead his club to a 4-1 win. Knowing his threat for how lethal he is, the Degenerates knew they had to make some adjustments in order to get it right. The defense became more aware, the forwards made sure to tighten the screws a little harder, and the Degenerates had a better start which enabled them to dictate the terms. M.Kardum struck very early to set the tone while A.Lanni came up big twice on key goals to keep the Degenerates in front. Tonight’s battle was a good test for the two teams which only made sense that they split their mini series.
(1)Degenerates vs Dragons(4)
(2)Dragons vs Degenerates(5)
United Arms put up better challenge in second game only to fall short to Bonjours High
The United Arms understood that in order to have a chance against the Bonjours High, the games needed to remain close. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep up long enough in the opening encounter after giving up four goals by the time the period ended. From-there, both sides traded one goal each which led to the inevitability that the Bonjours High was capturing the first encounter. The United Arms took a different approach into their second match which made things a little more difficult for the Bonjours High. C.Kakivelis used a late first period power play goal in order to break the ice. For a very long stretch, this game remained only 1-0 which gave plenty of hope for the United Arms, who just needed one good shot on net to even the score. After attempting 15 shots to try and get on board, A.Kakivelis was there to bail out his club preserving a clean score sheet. The Bonjours High used a late tally by M.Levasseur in order to secure their second win. The Bonjours High may have felt that the game could have been a little more lopsided if it wasn’t for R.Kenadjian taking care of his cage. The goaltender was stellar, and would have been the reason why the United Arms could have stolen a game if he got a little more offense in the second encounter.
(5)Bonjours High vs United Arms(1)
(0)United Arms vs Bonjours High(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Dupuis of the Country Club. Its not easy getting exceptional goaltending when going up against the Assadi Classics. In both the Country Clubs wins, M.Dupuis was sharp allowing only a total of three goals in four periods.
Sunday April 10
R.Colella provides late winner for Team Red in back and forth action with Team Green
(6)Team Green vs Team Red(7)
Some suspenseful back and forth action saw this one decided just before the buzzer rang when R.Colella wrist it top shelf. No one really had control in this contest with both sides trading leads throughout the entire time. It almost felt like who ever had that last scoring attempt would have decided matters. Team Red got their opportunity thanks to a big play by M.Estrela that helped set up Colella’s winner. Out of their six total goals, M.Rodriguez, M.Saia and D.Agourias each scored twice for Team Green. Even though Team Red gave up six tallies, G.Kanaras had to be good in order to provide the win for Team Red. This now marks two straight wins for Team Red as they look to continue their trend moving forward.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Rino Colella. In his first game dressed this season, R.Colella was a big part of Team Red’s win scoring twice that included a very late winner.
Team White ride strong start to down Team Yellow
(7)Team White vs Team Yellow(4)
M.Lang’s motivation to have a cold one after the game came into play for Team White’s win over Team Yellow. The German tank collected two assists while capping it off by bagging two late markers to help solidify a tough battle versus Team Yellow. Getting the better start when it comes to any sport is always a key element of success. In tonight’s case, Team White owned that department riffling off four consecutive tallies to grab a significant lead. Team Yellow eventually woke up after that, and despite putting forth a better effort, they just couldn’t catch up in time. S.Fraga provided three assists for the win, M.Dagenais capitalised on a penalty shot, and S.Pistone was stellar facing close to 40 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Lang of Team White. The power forward was in top form, striking twice toward the late stages of the game as part of a four point performance.
P.Petraccione leads the way to help snap winless streak for Team Black
(3)Team Blue vs Team Black(8)
Team Black’s losing run this season is finally over as they enjoyed a stunning 8-3 win over Team Blue. From-the drop of the ball, Team Black created momentum and were able to ride it throughout the entire time. It was P.Petraccione who thrived this time, netting a hat trick while setting up two teammates. D.Mansour was also very good scoring twice as part of a four point game, and K.Hookumchand faced 37 shots allowing only three to get by him. Its never fun going a few games without something to show for, but Team Black were able to stick with it to finally get off their slump. The nice part of this win was that it came in a convincing fashion. Team Blue just didn’t have their best game which will happen to every team at one point.
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Pat Petraccione of Team Black. Who better than to look to your veteran to lead the way. After going without a win so far this season, P.Petraccione ended the spell by collecting five points that included a hat trick.
Friday April 8
Brewers set the pace and Chiefs cant keep up
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs(4)
On any given night, in any particular sport, any team can win. Its just that there are some games that are harder than others which was clearly the case for the Chiefs versus the Brewers. When a team shows up with a stacked roster, the odds of playing better tends to apply in most circumstances. The Brewers won most of their battles, and because of it, they were able to build a sufficient lead that the Chiefs didn’t really have an answer for. The final score may suggest for a close contest but it wasn’t the case. The Chiefs used three third period goals to make the score look respectable when the game was already out of reach. While the formula of rolling three solid lines worked wonders for the Brewers, J.Tzanetakos did add some mustard in his game netting half of his teams goals for a hat trick.
Armos earn comeback win vs Generals
(6)Armos vs Generals(4)
The Generals knew at the very least a good start was important in order to compete with the Armos. When playing with only two spares, you need to play in front rather than trying to chase the game. With the help of M.Pinheiro’s two quick tallies, the Generals put themselves in that position. The question was if they were able to sustain a full out 45 minute game in order to solidify the win. Things started to slowly shift as of the second period when the Armos finally tuned up their game by making better plays while starting to win the one on one battles. It didn’t come easy by all means, but the Armos eventually got their when S.Ruggiero broke a very late tie that forced the Generals to pull their net minder for the extra attacker. A.Minassian was able to provide the insurance in a yawning cage, and the Armos managed to squeak it out in the end. S.Ruggiero was lethal scoring twice along with providing three assists while M.Pinheiro and O.Valiquette did most of the damage for the Generals collecting three points apiece.
Tired, legless Chiefs just fall short to Sonic
(3)Sonic vs Chiefs(2)
Maybe an extra body or two would have helped the Chiefs in their second game of the night versus the Sonic. The game was within reach as it could have easily gone either way. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t get that slight extra step to win a dog fight with their opponent. T.Ruvo was able to provide a 3-2 lead for Sonic, who rode the clock-from that point on to grab an important win to the standings. As a goaltender, you are expected to do one fundamental thing, and that’s to stop the ball-from going in. And while B.Madonis excelled in that area stopping over 20 shots, the net minder brought it a step further collecting assists on all three of Sonic’s goals. Seems like a crazy stat, but B.Madonis pulled it off by being aware and ready to feed off his players in order to keep the play going. With that kind of alertness, the Sonic benefited three times with goals by M.Pace, A.Amicone and T.Ruvo.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bobby Madonis of Sonic. In a crucial game versus the Chiefs, the net minder did everything by providing saves along with some offense collecting three helpers.
Thursday April 7
Brew Crew keep playing near perfect hockey
(4)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(1)
The Brew Crew don’t seem to have any button issues so far this season. They often get the start they want, and teams cant seem to respond in any manner in order to try and get back into the game. Again, they scored at least three in the opening frame to take control of the match. It helps when you get goals on beautiful tip ins-from B.Sansotta while getting an incredible lucky bounce just before the buzzer sounds. Those kind of starts helps build confidence going forward while being engaged in the game. Adding to all that, the Brew Crew are very stingy when playing without the ball. The Fatal Demons know this as they managed only one single tally when P.Paikopoulos used his patented slap shot to beat C.Muccino. Other than that, there wasn’t much to write home about for the Fatal Demons. After opening the scoring by the five minute mark, A.Belanger closed it with his second just passed the mid way point of the game. G.Nehme had his number appear on the good side of the score sheet collecting three helpers while C.Muccino felt some good lighting would have enabled his shutout stopping 14 of 15 shots.
Horsemen get back on track in rout of RCGT Knights
(1)RCGT Knights vs Horsemen(8)
Whatever frustration the Horsemen had after last weeks loss to the Brew Crew, they took it out against the RCGT Knights. The RCGT Knights never had a chance in this one after finding themselves down 4-0 early on . Its extremely difficult to battle back- from such a deficit. T.Karasek, who just came off an injury looked 100% as the sniper scored twice that period before completing his hat trick late in the game. Things did settle down after that since there wasn’t much urgency, at least not -from the Horsemen’s perspective. Y.Gazura did score on the power play for the RCGT Knights while D.Greco replied in a shorthanded situation to put the Horsemen up 6-1 by the nine minute mark of the second period. Apart-from T.Karasek’s hat trick, the Horsemen had everyone chip in one way or another. Overall, just a solid 45 minute effort for a team that needed to respond after a subpar performance only a week ago.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Horsemen. In his first game back after injury, his hands looked brand new as he was bale to score three times that included a nifty move to beat S.Sauk.
Monday April 4
United Arms use strong start in second game to even series with ETNA
Star sniper M.Alfieri was a key contributor in ETNA’s 4-2 opening win versus the United Arms. The United Arms had the better start with A.Zakarian potting two first period goals, both with the help of S.Ramidez finding him in the right spot, but ultimately fell in the end by a slight margin. That didn’t stop the United Arms-from regrouping entering their second encounter. Despite falling early, the United Arms responded with the next four goals with A.Zakarian leading the charge once more on a pair of tallies. The lead appeared to be sufficient, but it didn’t come easy in the end. ETNA did swing the momentum in their favour netting the next two tallies to pull themselves within one only to fall short.
(4)ETNA vs United Arms(2)
(4)United Arms vs ETNA(3)
Snipers left stunned on Diabetoz Angels strong finish
The Snipers must of known that the Diabetoz Angels didn’t have a good record without a point after ten games into the season. So after they won 6-0 in their first encounter, it must have been a given that all their players expected an easy two game sweep. That thought carried over for most of the second match with the Snipers netting four more straight tallies for a 4-0 lead. By that point, only eight minutes remained in the game. Any betting person would have concluded that this game was over and done with, and why not after the Diabetoz Angels gave up ten straight tallies while going scoreless. Then, something incredible happened that likely shocked both teams. With scoring efforts-from four different players, the Diabetoz Angels did the improbable by netting their four tallies in less than eight minutes to help send the game into a shootout. N.Erimos was the catalyst behind the comeback along with P.Rizkalla as both players combined with five points. Neither team did take it in the shootout, but its safe to say that the Diabetoz Angels felt a lot better about the end result than the Snipers.
(0)Diabetoz Angels vs Snipers(6)
(5)Snipers vs Diabetoz Angels(5) S.O
Assadi Classics surge late, Hungry Hippos unable to recover
The Hungry Hippos were less than three minutes to taking at least one encounter versus the Assadi Classics. Unfortunately, that final stretch didn’t turn out so well as they gave up three straight to drop a game that they felt could have gone their way. J.Rochon was the one who spoiled the party striking twice in only 30 seconds. The problem was that the Hungry Hippos couldn’t recover-from the heartbreaking loss which immediately affected them in the second match. The Assadi Classics continued-from where they left off surging with five goals in the first period alone. P.Doulis chipped in with a pair while N.Kokovidis was brilliant in the back end setting up many tallies. It was apparent that the Hungry Hippos didn’t have the drive to compete hard enough in the second game. Maybe things would have turned out differently if they could have held on to their lead in the first contest.
(6)Assadi Classics vs Hungry Hippos(4)
(2)Hungry Hippos vs Assadi Classics(7)
Bonjours High keep dominating their final frames
Everybody says you need to save your best for last. That’s been the case for Bonjours High on the large part this season. In general, the Bonjours High start a game slow and end up behind or tied entering the final frame. Then, out of nowhere, they explode with a bunch of goals to down their opponent. Both their wins against the Country Club followed the script. The first encounter was ultimately decided in the last period with D.Greco scoring twice to complete his hat trick. The Bonjours High struck five times during that stretch while doing nearly the same in the ensuing match netting four second period goals to complete another productive night. D.Gkeivelopoulos led the way in the second game as the captain came up clutch bagging two quick goals that included the winner. The Country Club just couldn’t put together four solid periods to hang with the Bonjours High.
(2)Country Club vs Bonjours High(6)
(5)Bonjours High vs Country Club(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicholas Erimos of the Diabetoz Angels. For about eight minutes, N.Erimos was a dominant force for his club, producing three points along with a shootout goal that helped mount a remarkable comeback.
Friday April 1
Sonic turn it on in third period to beat Brewers
(5)Sonic vs Brewers(3)
Sonic know that it will take a grind it out, hard nosed game in order to get the results they want. Their confrontation with the Brewers was a perfect example of it as nothing comes easy for a struggling team. They found themselves down for the first time early in the third period when L.Papadopoulos snapped a 2-2 tie. As frustrating as it was to fall behind, Sonic showed plenty of character before the night was done. The next ten minutes saw them battle harder and more determined than the Brewers. And in consequence, they put together ten minutes of their better hockey riding three unanswered goals. Three different players scored with M.Pace coming up big breaking the 3-3 tie for his second and third point of the game. Sometimes a team just needs a little tweak here and there. With the additions of a couple of nice pieces, Sonic looked no different than anyone else in the division.
Brewers showing incredible energy only to fall short by a hair to Armos
(2)Armos vs Brewers(1) O.T
Surely the Brewers would have preferred a better result, but at the end of the day things went pretty decent for a team that had to play two straight games without a break. It was almost surprising that they kept up with a fresher Armos team, who for once had more than ten dressed players. The Brewers appeared at times that they were the ones rested and waiting and could have easily taken the match if for not hitting three goal posts and a solid net minder in R.Ricaurte. That argument did apply the other way also with C.Stavriadis exceptionally brilliant in net for the Brewers. The Armos drew first blood thanks to a perfect wrist shot by G.Barerra. P.Karigiannis was able to provide the equaliser early in the third period on a hard low slap shot for the Brewers. After the Brewers took their lone penalty of the game, the Armos benefited on the power early in the overtime period courtesy of N.Malkhassian finishing off a beautiful play.
Captain D.Lafleur bails out Generals on big third period goal
(2)Chiefs vs Generals(3)
The Generals had to have been wondering why their game with the Chiefs took so long to get decided. After eyeing a side with only two spares, the Generals had to have figured this contest was going to be a cake walk. In the end, they needed their captain D.Lafleur to bail them out on a huge third period goal that barely stood up. The Chiefs were engaged in a dog fight and did nearly everything right while putting forth an incredible effort. If not for missing out on a golden 5 on 3 power play toward the end of the game, the Chiefs could have had the opportunity to at least win it in overtime. Despite the loss, it was one of those games that the losing side will feel better than a team that barely took it in the end. O.Valiquette posted two first period goals for the Generals while N.Morrone and P.Cardillo did the scoring for the Chiefs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Sonic. With the influence of M.Pace’s two goals and assist, the Sonic are finally glad to get into the win column.
Thursday March 31
R.Ranieri outstanding in 26 save shutout performance
(0)RCGT Knights vs Fatal Demons(2)
R.Ranieri bailed out the Fatal Demons on a jaw dropping performance Thursday night. He made 26 saves, and the Fatal Demons scored twice in the third period to take a nail biter versus the RCGT Knights. They weren’t perhaps as sharp as they were hoping for, but sometimes that happens in a season. Luckily enough, their net minder was there when they needed him the most. It wasn’t like the Fatal Demons scored early and laid back to protect their lead. They needed to hope that the RCGT Knights couldn’t get on board which they didn’t because of Ranieri. Eventually, something was going to give, and that’s when G.Amorosa cracked the barrier early in the third period. With the next goal extremely important, E.Medrano was able to provide it for the Fatal Demons, who knew by then that this game was a wrap.
Mistakes added up for blowout loss of Horsemen vs Brew Crew
(3)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(8)
No doubt it was just a bad night for the Horsemen. They were disconnected, careless at times, and out of sync. In order to compete with the Brew Crew, you need almost every element of your game to function. The Horsemen had the body count which is always a good formula for a team to excel. Unfortunately for them, tonight was just one of those games that saw everything go wrong. But that’s not to take away-from the Brew Crew, who applied their game plan like they do on a night to night basis. They got off to the better start storming out of the gate with three first period goals. They then continued to press the action resulting in three more tallies by the second while dominating the special teams department netting two shorts handed goals. L.Verta and J.DeSua shared a pair of goals each, and B.Sansotta was highly productive accumulating four points. It just seems that its going to take a near flawless game in order to defeat the Brew Crew nowadays. And even though this was a complete dud by the Horsemen, the elements are there for a side that has a lot more to offer than what they displayed on this night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rino Ranieri of the Fatal Demons. Just an outstanding night for the Fatal Demons goaltender. In a game that was decided only in the third period, Ranieri never flinched allowing the Fatal Demons more than enough time to get on board first.