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Wednesday July 26
(5) Punishers vs Tropics(0)
N.Pitsikoulis, N.Mackeen and the Punishers stun the Tropics
It’s one thing to defeat the Tropics, but it’s another when you are able to shut them out for the entire game. The Punishers did a few remarkable things on Wednesday night. First off, N.Pitsikoulis went on a tear igniting four out of the five goals. Second, N.Mackeen faced 22 shots to shutout a team that normally scores at will. And finally third off, the Punishers all pulled their weight together making sure to play a full out 45 minute game. If there is something to look back for the Tropics that went wrong was their inability to fair well with their special teams. The Punishers used three power play goals to hurt their opponent. Another problem was that V.Crivello usually has his name in the point’s column rather that the penalty column as the scoring leader took more than ten minutes of playing time away-from the court.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Punishers. The brilliant forward was just simply too good on this night bagging an impressive four goals en route to a 5-0 victory over the Tropics.
Wednesday July 26
(4)Les Raymonds vs Publiks Crew(3) O.T
When it rains it pours
The Publiks Crew blew an opportunity to capture their first win of the season when A.Hussain used a late shorthanded goal to send the game into overtime. Les Raymonds would go on to take the contest in the sudden death frame thanks to M.Deninno’s second goal of the game. No one would have thought that this battle would be so close when considering how both sides have been playing all season long. And even more surprisingly, the Publiks Crew went the entire distance with only seven players dressed. E.Skotidakis was behind setting up all three goals that included feeds on N.Siomkos’s two tallies for the Publiks Crew. If not for their special teams, Les Raymonds would have gone empty handed to a winless team on Wednesday night. Instead, one power play goal along with a shorthanded marker may have ultimately made the difference in this match.
(5)Hellfish vs Brew Crew(4) O.T
Divisional pride on the line
What a night for the Hellfish. The F3 division leaders just handed the F2 top seeded Brew Crew a shameful loss. It’s not that the Hellish can’t beat such a club, but when doing it with only six players, the Brew Crew have to be asking themselves what went wrong. In such cases, it takes your goaltender to flourish as B.Verducci did the improbable out dueling his counterpart C.Muccino. Already with a goal and an assist, D.Ugladez took the spotlight when bagging his second to end the night half way into the sudden death period. The Hellfish couldn’t have played a better game considering the circumstances. As for the Brew Crew, it was just one of those nights they hope to forget soon.
(7)Bramabulls vs Mtl Huskies(4)
Sometimes it takes only one player
J.Palmitano put in a man of the match performance to help lead the Bramabulls over the Mtl Huskies. The brilliant goal scorer couldn’t be stopped having posted an incredible five goals. What made his output that much more impressive was that he bagged a natural hat trick in the third period that snapped a 4-4 tie resulting in a 7-4 final score. The Mtl Huskies aren’t new to how dangerous the Bramabulls striker really is. Unfortunately, they didn’t play his well enough on this night to limit the damage. Despite the loss, the Huskies captain R.Estrela keeps on producing, this time adding two more goals just like his teammate M.Iacovone did getting the better of A.Grieco.
(5)Horsemen vs Acolytes(6)S.O
M.Robillard scores shootout winner in 6-5 win
The Horsemen were hoping that five goals in regulation time would be enough but it wasn’t the case as they settled for only one point in a shootout loss vs Les Acolytes. At no point was there a two goal lead for either side as the game kept going back in forth. T.Zermalias finished with three assists for the Horsemen while M.Robillard may have been the most effective player with two goals and the shootout winning marker. The Horsemen played with fire having to kill a late penalty followed immediately with an overtime penalty. However, Les Acolytes were unable able to capitalize on both occasions up until the shootout where Robillard notched the lone goal.
(9)Les Agents Libre vs Primetime(4)
Les Agents Libre overwhelm Primetime in first period
It certainly wasn’t the start they were looking for, at least not for Primetime. Les Agents Libre stormed out of the gate riffling five first period goals making Primetime look like they were standing still during that span. By that point, the damage had already been done and Les Agents Libre just kept going about their business making sure that they didn’t fall asleep the rest of the way. A few players did get noticed a little more on this night. One being T.Oliveira, who led all players with four goals and two assists. Next in line was M.Alfieri as the crafty forward buried a pair as part of a five point performance. As for Primetime, L.Haouzi was expected to score and he did putting two behind M.Melo while his teammate D.Zabitsky was able to collect three points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ugaldez of the Hellfish. With only one spare, the Hellfish pulled out an impressive 5-4 overtime win over the Brew Crew thanks to D.Ugaldez’s sudden death winner.
Monday July 24
Team X finishes strong in split with Carmoni de Fabreville
After dropping their opening game,Team X put together one of their better efforts to end a mini slump. Les Carmoni de Fabreville didn’t have much on the line holding a secure second spot while the same couldn’t be said for Team X, who desperately needed some points in order to stay in the race. D.Desmarais was very productive netting two goals and an assist in the first game that resulted in a convincing 4-1 result. Team X struggled to score but managed to get one by P.Corbin courtesy of A.Zarzour despite putting plenty of pressure for most of the period. With the first game out of the way, and after suffering three straight loses, the men in yellow were put to the test once more to see if they could have broken an ugly streak. And while it wasn’t easy, a pair of power play opportunities led to two quick goals by D.Galloro and D.Ramada for a 3-0 lead. Still, it didn’t feel secure with plenty of hockey left over. Les Carmoni De Fabreville weren’t giving any free passes and it showed as of the second period were they strung two straight markers by V.Parise and A.Sevigny. Despite grabbing all that momentum, a breakaway tally by S.Marricco regained a two goal cushion for Team X, who never looked back. P.Assadi was rock solid having made some crucial timely saves enabling his club to collect three important points.
(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Team X(1)
(4)Team X vs Carmoni de Fabreville(3)
Firebreathers heating up at right time
When considering the amount of experience and some very talented players that the Firebreathers have, it’s no surprise that they are coming out of nowhere and making plenty of noise in the Monday night division. Both these games were as big as it gets, especially when it’s against a first place team. The Punishers did manage to take the opening contest but in a shootout where T.Karvouriaris was the only player to score for the two sides. A.Dayan bagged a hat trick while A.Centis participated in all four goals with assists. The Firebreathers got two goals and a pair of helpers by B.Daniele, who is an essential piece to the puzzle if his club plans to make it into the post season. After dropping the tight battle, the Firebreathers showed plenty of motivation by the second contest. Once again, B.Daniele came up clutch, this time snapping a 2-2 tie while setting up B.Barile, who finished with an impressive four point game. A.Centis didn’t slow done despite the loss as the solid forward collected two more helpers to finish his night with six assists. The Firebreathers just collected four key points against a very good hockey team which now puts them in striking distance of Team X and the 1 Timer for a playoff position.
(5)Punishers vs Firebreathers(4) S.O
(5)Firebreathers vs Punishers(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Biaggo Daniele of the Firebreathers. The veteran quarterback showed how it’s done once more by collecting six points resulting in a win and a shootout loss for his club.
The 2017 B, C, D, and Women National Championships were held this weekend in Newfoundland. Congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective category.
B winner St. John's Thunder who defeated Pops Pride 4-1.
C winner Gros Morne Wildlife Museam Gulls who defeated Toronto D12 3-2.
D winner StoneyCreek Savages who defeated Eat Clean Wild 3-2.
Womens BC Hawks who defeated West Coast Amazons 2-0.
Sunday July 23
(4)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(6)
S.Kouliers scores twice as Fatal demons beat Butchers 6-4
A pair of deadly wrist shorts by S.Kouliers along with some balanced scoring made the difference in this contest. The Fatal Demons struck early and had the luxury to play with the lead for most of the night. The Butchers may have lost this battle in the second period where they were under siege allowing three goals. J.Bolanakis used a late second period tally that ultimately doomed the mood for the Butchers. This was a first of two games of a double header night for the Butchers, who despite the loss had a strong finish collecting two goals courtesy of A.Latella and M.Saia.
(5)Shockers vs Lumberjacks(3)
Depleted Lumberjacks battle Shockers until the end
Unlike their previous thrashing between the two sides, the Lumberjacks showed lots of grit and determination on this night. After two of their better players being ejected early, the Lumberjacks kept their focus and gave the Shockers a real run for their money. It wasn’t till the later stages of the contest that the Shockers felt some sort of relief. M.Martin and his captain J.Blackman used two late goals that snapped a long dreaded 3-3 tie. T.Salberg scored only once but it may have been the game’s biggest goal due to the fact that it came in a shorthanded situation. The Lumberjacks had every fighting chance to cause an upset and can thank their goaltender N.Mackeen, who was sensational keeping the game close.
(6)Butchers vs Team Cuba(5)
Always drama, Butchers get final say
After their third and final meeting, the rivalry between the Butchers and Team Cuba ended once more in a dramatic fashion. The two previous encounters finished with one going into overtime while the other coming with less than a minute remaining. As for this contest, it wasn’t any different with the Butchers winning the season battle with a late tally. A.Latella simply ran to the net and picked up a loose ball that ultimately doomed Team Cuba. The game had no one grab a two goal lead which saw both sides with limited momentum. M.Zampino had a multi goal performance for the Butchers as K.Kersaint did for Team Cuba.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Lumberjacks. It’s not often a member of the losing side merits the honor but N.Mackeen was just too good on this night. The net minder made extremely good saves and almost stole the game against a solid Shockers team.
Thursday July 20
(6)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(5)
Rhinos score out narrow 6-5 win over Bramabulls
For two periods, the Bramabulls managed to hold on but that ended slipping away once the third period hit. The Raging Rhinos sparked three goals during the last 15 minutes to eke out a close 6-5 win. J.Zannis led all teammates with two goals but it was S.Labrecque’s late tally that proved to be the winner. Despite the loss, the Bramabulls put up a real good challenge having to play with only two changes. Five different players scored in the loss that included three points-from D.Verta.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(4) O.T
M.Pace slips in winner, Carnage celebrates sudden death victory
The penalty box looked to be rented out for the Thrashers who spent way too much time that ultimately doomed them in the end. With two power play goals, M.Pace was able to hurt his opponent and grab two nice points against a side that’s been running on all cylinders. Apart-from the second period, the SBS Trashers didn’t have much going on this night. J.Scalia still managed to collect three points that saw F.Gentile benefit twice. A.Kalaydjian and A.Longo notched two first period markers for Carnage and B.Madonis stopped close to 30 shots to earn well deserved win in net.
(8)Dragons vs Deadlast(6)
Dragons break out for 5 third period goals
Unable to connect the way they would have liked, the Dragons had to wait till the third period for most their goals to come. And once they did, Deadlast couldn’t stop the bleeding. L.Dulcetta sparked an early third period power play marker as one of five that went in a short span. B.Barile scored twice in just over a minute while E.Gabrielli and G.Cardillo also tallied for the Dragons. The match was tied 3-3 after two periods before both sides went on a scoring frenzy. Deadlast did manage three tallies that included a hat trick by N.Gikas but found themselves in the losing end of a run and gun battle.
(4)Spartans vs Street Ballers(10)
Street Ballers pull away by third to oust Spartans
For most of the season, the Spartans have been keeping the games close, at least in the first two periods. It’s by the final 15 minutes where things seem to fall apart. The Street Ballers carried a 5-3 lead before adding five more tallies to put the game completely out of reach. A.Jalbert buried at least one goal in every period to lead all teammates with a hat trick. The captain had a say as well as M.Gibeault struck twice along with his teammate V.Mancini. As for the Spartans, their captain J.Tesolin was also productive riffling two out of his clubs four goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Carnage. In a close 4-3 overtime win over the SBS Trashers, the Carnage striker came up huge bagging two tallies that included the sudden death winner.
Wednesday July 19
(3)Les Agents Libre vs Les Raymonds(9)
A.Hussain went insane bagging 4 goals for Les Raymonds
What a night for A.Hussain and Les Raymonds as they walked all over Les Agents Libre. In the first period alone, A.Hussain was on a mission as the forward struck twice to set things in motion. But that wasn’t all the sniper did on this night. A.Hussain added some extra mustard towards the latter stages of the game where he posted two more tallies to finish with an impressive four goal performance. Both sides combined for twelve goals in this contest that saw only five players find the back of the net. In the case of Les Raymonds, J.Lafortune and M-D Pereira each struck twice and A.DeCrolis notched a lone marker while M.Alfieri bagged all three tallies for Les Agents Libre.
(6)Hellfish vs Publiks Crew(3)
Hellfish emerge as of second period
The Publiks Crew couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game. E.Skotidakis opened the scoring on a brilliant shorthanded effort and D.Mattar saw his defense play like a brick wall in front of him having faced only three shots. However, that ended up changing by the second where the Hellfish got their act together. Despite playing with only one spare, the Hellfish still found a way to win the frame with three goals. Still, the Publiks Crew wasn’t out of this one yet as S.Racicot notched his second to level the game at three goals apiece. Unable to build off that momentum, the Publiks Crew found themselves behind the eight ball once more .D.Laurin snapped the tie only moments later and F.Benhamadi made sure to cap things off netting two late goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ali Hussain of Les Raymonds. Scoring four goals is never easy but A.Hussain did just that in a convincing 9-3 win over Les Agents Libre.
Wednesday July 19
(3)Fat Roy vs Smackdaddys(5)
Smackdaddys take seesaw battle with Fat Roy
The lead was passed back and forth Wednesday night,from the Smackdaddys to Fat Roy and back again. The game was finally seized when the Smackdaddys used three unanswered third period tallies. M.Crevier-Raymond had a major effect in the game posting three goals and an assist. After storming back-from a 2-0 deficit, Fat Roy gained control of the second period with three straight markers including two goals-from P.Arkalis and the other by N.Gikas. But it still wasn’t good enough for Fat Roy as a third period meltdown resulted into another loss.
(4)Venom vs Punishers(7)
Punishers rolls over Venom
Once again the offense was in high gear for the Punishers, this time netting seven to oust a depleted Venom team. Despite the short bench, this contest was very close for two periods. It was by the final frame where the energy level couldn’t be matched by Venom. The Punishers pulled way bagging three goals that included P.Karvouriaris’s and K.Kakivelis’s second of the night. It came in a losing cause but Y.Gazura may have been the best player out there with a hat trick. After ten games into the season, the Punishers are dominating the goals for department with a whopping 56 goals.
(2)Fat Roy vs Tropics(5)
V.Crivello just can’t be stopped
It doesn’t seem to matter anymore that teams are aware of how dangerous V.Crivello really is. The Tropics scored five goals in this contest and V.Crivello had his hand in four of the tallies that went in. Like he does in every game, the skilled forward helped set up three different teammates while deciding to put one in himself. Five different goal scores found the back of the net which is rare for the Tropics, who normally have someone riffling a hat trick. Unfortunately for Fat Roy, this was their second game in only two hours which is never easy, especially when going up against the Tropics.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincent Crivello of the Tropics. With his one goal and three assists, V.Crivello continues to dominate the D Wednesday division with the most points.
Monday July 17
It’s never over till it’s over
Outplayed completely in the first period, the Stones rallied for an improbable 4-4 draw with les Carmoni de Fabreville. What made the result hard to digest was the fact that K.Araujo beat the buzzer by only five seconds. And he wasn’t done just yet as the corner stone defenseman buried the Stones lone shootout goal that ultimately gave each side a point. Unhappy with the way things ended for Les Carmoni de Fabreville, the second contest had a very similar storyline. But this time the roles were reversed with Les Carmoni De Fabreville returning the favor in almost an identical fashion. The game was winding down with the Stones up 4-3 only to see V.Parise strike with ten seconds left to go. The sniper bagged his second to help send the game in a shootout where Les Carmoni de Fabreville prevailed posting two shootout markers. J.Poirier and L-C Desmarais each got the better of O.Caillet while G.Delisle denied both shooters-from the Stones. In the end, both sides were pleased with the results with the games being so close.
(4)Stones vs Carmoni de Fabreville(4) S.O
(6)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Stones(4)S .O
1 Timer plays with urgency early on, Punishers settle the score in second encounter
The 1 Timer haven’t been too pleased with the way they have fared with the Punishers and is why they made it a point to start the night with a bang. After the opening frame, the men in orange fought hard to build a 3-1 lead and made sure to protect it the rest of the way. B.Gandolfo and his defense in front of him kept frustrating the Punishers and in result led to a positive 4-1 victory. A.Gagnon opened and closed the scoring while K.Lavoie and P-A Surprenant buried the other tallies for the 1 Timer. Now that they got that monkey off their back, the question became can they do it for a second straight game. Unfortunately that good sequence only lasted so long as the Punishers made sure not to repeat a second straight downfall. This time they came out stronger and were by far the better side igniting three goals in only seven minutes. A.Centis set the tone striking twice before completing his hat trick by the second period. The 1 Timer had only one bright moment in this contest that came early in the second period when T.Daigneault solved F.Russo for a rare time. These results gave some satisfaction for both sides. The first being that the 1 Timer was able to defeat a team like the Punishers and the second being that the Punishers bounced back with authority to finish the night on a good note.
(1)Punishers vs 1 Timer(4)
(1)1 Timers vs Punishers(6)
Sense of urgency kicks in for Firebreathers, Team X looked like they forgot how to play hockey
While the Firebreathers did everything right-from their goaltending and up, the same couldn’t be said for Team X who looked completely lost at times. The Firebreathers defended incredibly well and made sure to pounce on their chances once they were created. B.Barile and D.Gagnon each scored twice and S.Morante was nearly perfect allowing only one goal on 17 shots. In hopes of putting the opening contest behind them things weren’t any better by the second game. Yes Team X did play with the lead this time but it barely held up. Once the second period hit, the Firebreathers over took the game posting five out of the six goals that went in. And it wasn’t one player in particular making the difference as everyone pulled their weight to earn a well deserved win. G.Cardillo was the only player to score twice, and for a second straight game, S.Morante made crucial saves enabling his side to a pair of wins. Due to these results, the standings just became that much more complicated. The Firebreathers put themselves back in the race with the chance of catching two teams in front of them, Team X and the 1 Timer for that last playoff spot.
(1)Team X vs Firebreathers(5)
(6)Firebreathers vs Team X(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Morante of the Firebreathers. At times, the goaltender repeatedly kept frustrating Team X making one brilliant save after the other earning two very important wins for his club.
Sunday July 16
(7)Team Cuba vs Shockers(5)
Desperation kicks in late for Team Cuba, Shockers shocked with result
Just when they felt deflated down and out, Team Cuba decided to stand up instead. The trailing side slowly but surely woke up- from the dead and somehow pulled a rabbit out of their hat. If there is such a thing like a Hail Mary play in ball hockey, D.Ramada may have introduced it by riffling a desperate slap shot-from his own end that somehow found its way to the back of the net. That goal leveled the game at five goals apiece with just over 90 seconds remaining. Still, the game wasn’t over and Team Cuba wasn’t done just yet. While everyone felt that this contest was headed for overtime suddenly changed when E.Girouard one timed a perfect feed-from a very familiar line mate in S.Robineault. With that late tally, Team Cuba led for the first time in the game where they just had to kill off a few more seconds before D.Ramada capped things off in an empty cage. The Shockers were by far clearly the quicker team that generated more chances in this contest which only forced Team Cuba to sit back and wait for their opportunities. In tonight’s case it worked out as a very good start to a double header night.
(3)Butchers vs Lumberjacks(2) O.T
Short bench comes to bite Lumberjacks in rear end
Six players and an overtime loss left the Lumberjacks asking what if. Although the battle and effort was there, playing in extreme heat with a short bench can only be a recipe for disaster. But that wasn’t the Butchers concern as they made sure to keep working hard and use a deeper bench to collect a pair of important points. After receiving a feed-from A.Jalilvand, Y.Gazura and the Butchers were able to celebrate the win only 40 seconds into the sudden death frame. J.DeSua and M.Zampino collected goals as well for the Butchers while C.Gingras continues to do his thing by bagging both tallies for the Lumberjacks. G.Zapatelli endured enough heat to collect the win in net over N.Mackeen, who was just as brilliant keeping the game as close as it was.
(7)Team Cuba vs Fatal Demons(5)
Team Cuba carbon copies results in perfect double header night
Its one thing to beat the Shockers, and its another to defeat the Fatal Demons on the same night but Team Cuba defied the odds in this case. This time they played with the lead by striking incredibly early thanks to a hard wrist shot by F.Bchara. His tally set the tone only 5 seconds into the contest which led to another quick goal by S.Sicuso. But the Fatal Demons weren’t too concerned as they eventually turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie. The only problem was that E.Girouard and S.Robineault couldn’t be contained long enough. The dynamic duo were at it again producing much of Team Cuba’s offense. S.Robineault collected five more points that included a hat trick while E.Girouard scored once along with setting up three tallies. It came in a losing cause but L.Dulcetta showed once again that he was dynamite out there. The veteran did most of the damage participating in all five goals that included four markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of Team Cuba. The right handed sniper produced eight points in two games that included a late winner versus the Shockers.
Thursday July 13
(9)SBS Trashers vs Street Ballers(2)
Trashers add weapon J.Guerriero to line up
The SBS Trashers addition of skilled forward J.Guerriero is a significant move in their quest to capturing the E2 Thursday title. In his first game and in only one period, the sniper completed a hat trick while striking two more times for a five goal performance. Of course Joseph Scalia will argue that all three of those goals came with his help as the lanky forward was able to set him up each time. With barely any weaknesses, the SBS Trashers have the fire power to put up numbers on a regular basis. F.Gentile will continue to get his name in there as the crafty forward collected four more points that included a pair of goals. The Street Ballers started the night well solving R.Pampena twice in the first period but that was all the offense they generated.
(2)Spartans vs Carnage(6)
Carnage strike Spartans with 4 third period goals
Carnage scored four goals in the third period and pulled away for a 6-2 victory over the Spartans on Thursday night. Several players came up big for Carnage, including C.Kalogeropoulos with a goal and two assists, F.Benhamadi with three helpers and M.Pace that snapped a 2-2 third period tie for the winner. And in net, B.Madonis faced 25 shots allowing only two goals .Nevertheless, the game was up for grabs going into the final period leveled at two goals apiece. That’s when Carnage asserted their will and put the match away.
(7)Raging Rhinos vs Dragons(8)
Dragons outlast Rhino’s in slugfest
The goals kept coming. A dizzying three periods of shots followed by baffled goaltenders fishing orange balls out of the net wondering how things got out of hand so quickly. Both sides knew this contest was getting out of hand after trading three goals each in only one period. The Dragons did find a way to be better by the second providing four goals that ultimately held up in the end. Despite having what seemed like a comfortable 7-4 lead, the Raging Rhinos weren’t calling it quits just yet. A.Papazian was determined to battle till the very end and his relentlessness showed as the sniper struck three more times to finish with an impressive five goal performance. Unfortunately, it proved to be a little short for him and the Raging Rhinos. The Dragons had four different players net a pair. N.Goncalves, S.Koulieris, A.Zarzour and D.Gagnon all found the back of the net for the Dragons.
(9)Deadlast vs Bramabulls(10)
Goaltenders nightmare edges G.Follano over F.Vigliotti
A.Maraventano had a big night for the Bramabulls. His three timely goals enabled his side to win a high octane affair with Deadlast. In a game that there was no shortage of goals, the net minders weren’t too please with what they went through. Whether it was bad defense or just themselves not being up to par, this will be one they hope to forget. F.Vigliotti and his counterpart G.Follano aren’t used this type of bombardment. But as bad as it was, both goaltenders have the experience of putting this behind them and focusing on bigger and better things. The Bramabulls will collect the extra three points which is all that matters to them in the end. N.Sbarra chipped in with a pair for the win while N.Gikas and P.Elizardo were very productive for Deadlast accumulating hat tricks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Antonio Maraventano of the Bramabulls. In what was a crazy back and forth game with Deadlast, A.Maraventano used three timely goals to help his team get the slight edge.
Wednesday July 12
(8)Primetime vs Publiks Crew(3)
Not good enough for entire game, Publiks Crew fall apart towards the end
Entering Wednesday night’s match up, Primetime was winless in their last four games but that changed despite their slow start versus the Publiks Crew. After struggling to get out of a difficult first period, Primetime remained idle with a desperate opponent up until the mid way point of the third period. It was from-then on that this game completely opened up. T.Shpindler helped crack the barrier by setting up D.Zabitsky, who snapped a 3-3 tie with his first of two on the night. From-there, the flood gates opened and Primetime added four more markers to put the match away. L.Haouzi and T.Shpindler went on a tear as both players collected five points each. For well over two periods, the Publiks Crew put up a real good challenge only to fall apart in the last seven minutes of the game.
(1)Acolytes vs Brew Crew(3)
D.Verta scores 2 goals in short span to shock Acolytes
D.Verta came out in the second period with a bang, scoring twice in a fairly short span that broke a 1-1 tie. Both sides kept it very close, but an untimely penalty enabled D.Verta to capitalize with the man advantage. His second came only two and a half minutes later to provide a two goal cushion. Les Acolytes had way more than enough time to battle back but the Brew Crew did what they normally do best and that is to shut the door close. C.Muccino and his stubborn defense did another fine job limiting the shots and scoring chances. R.Lefebvre was the only successful Acolytes to get the better of the net minder, who denied all but one shot.
(3)Hellfish vs Les Raymonds(2) S.O
Les Raymonds happy with point despite loss
If not for a late tally by A.Hussain, Les Raymonds would have walked away empty handed in their hard fought battle with the Hellfish. But that late equalizer enabled both sides to test their skills in the shootout where the Hellfish grabbed the extra point courtesy of a couple of factors .First off, B.Verducci went flawless denying all three shootout attempts by Les Raymonds, and second being that J.Roblin was the only player to score in the breakaways. It’s one of those rare losses that almost feels like a victory for Les Raymonds. When considering how well the Hellfish have been playing with only one loss in seven games, Les Raymonds won’t keep their heads down after this contest knowing that they can beat them in the future.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta of the Brew Crew. In a short span of only two and a half minutes, the Brew Crew’s crafty forward tallied twice snapping a 1-1 tie while providing a two goal cushion.
Wednesday July 12
(6)Venom vs Fat Roy(2)
J.Vinet, Venom pull away to beat Fat Roy
J.Vinet scored two goals, and S.Govas used a power play marker for the winner as Venom pulled away to defeat a struggling Fat Roy side. Venom scored twice in every frame peppering F.Vigliotti with at least ten shots per frame. The back breaker may have occurred when E.Girourad struck late in the second period to put Venom up 4-2 heading into the last 15 minutes of play. From-there, two more goals went in and C.Stavriadis felt no worries playing with a comfortable lead. P.Arkalis was the only player to solve Stavriadis nodding both tallies for fat Roy.
(0)Smackdaddys vs Punishers(5)
Smackdaddys get wakeup call after harsh defeat
It doesn’t matter how well things go sometimes because it takes only one game to put everything in perspective. For the Smackdaddys, this isn’t the kind of loss that they expected or want to experience anymore after stringing three straight wins together. There last defeat was actually against the very same Punishers team who handed them a 4-2 loss. Tonight, nothing went right and it showed early on when the Punishers ignited three straight goals to get the ball rolling. The score was 3-0 barely four minutes into the game that saw scoring efforts-from C.Gingras, A.Dayan and F.Russo. With that kind of a cushion, the Punishers had the control they wanted and dictated the pace to their liking. The Smackdaddys were snake bitten all night long unable to solve N.Mackeen, who was brilliant collecting a 23 save shutout. C.Gingras and A.Dayan clicked well as both players accumulated three points each.
(1)Venom vs Tropics(6)
S.Wilcox and Tropics smell blood in 6-1 thrashing of Venom
The Tropics may arguably be the team that’s in the best shape of the D Wednesday night division. Their youth coupled with every player playing with the equivalent of having an extra lung was simply too overwhelming for Venom, who played only an hour earlier. If teams are not able to formulate a game plan around a player such as V.Crivello, than they are just asking for trouble. Game in and game out V.Crivello keeps on pouring points. Although he didn’t score in tonight’s game, the star forward was responsible for making four goals happen .Two of his assists helped S.Wilcox collect a hat trick. A.Boulieri was solid once more in net and went almost perfect expect for when J.Parisella beat him late in the second period.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. It’s never easy recording a shutout against the Smackaddys but N.Mackeen was able to defy the odds by stopping all 23 shots his way.
Monday July 10
Come from- behind win carries over for Carmoni de Fabreville
Just when Les Carmoni de Fabreville looked to be down and out changed thanks to a late first period shorthanded goal by V.Parise. Last week’s player of the night showed that his performance was far-from a one night success. After cutting the lead in half with a shorthanded marker, V.Parise highlighted the opening contest by riffling the go ahead goal securing a close 3-2 win. The 1 Timer didn’t like the way things ended but managed to remove that bitter taste with another solid first period. Unfortunately for a second straight game, that good start just wasn’t good enough. Les Carmoni de Fabreville turned two slow starts into very strong finishes by striking four times in the second frame to oust their opponent for a second straight time. Of course V.Parise had plenty to do with it as the star player bagged three goals in seven minutes alone to collect a hat trick. In addition to his offence, the captain M.Croteau contributed as well with a pair of tallies. Both these results now make it eight straight games that Les Carmoni de Fabreville have yet to drop a contest.
(3)Carmoni de Fabreville vs 1 Timer(2)
(3)1 Timer vs Carmoni de Fabreville(5)
From-Olivier Caillet’s view, Stones solid defensively
The goaltender was extremely pleased with the way his troops played in front of him on Monday night. Apart-from allowing an early goal, the Stones net minder and defense went flawless the rest of the way. The opening contest ended 3-1 that saw C.Fragkiudakis do most of the work by netting a first period hat trick. Unable to get anything going up front, the Firebreathers had a mere 12 shots on net. The second game was close for a while with both sides unable to get on board in the first period. But once Fragkiudakis struck early in the second period, the Stones were well on their way for a second straight win. E.Allen doubled the lead only 75 seconds after, and O.Caillet wasn’t concerned to earn a shutout after facing 14 shots. On a night where the Firebreathers had a chance to gain some important ground, failed to earn any points which will only make things harder for them with half the season remaining.
(1)Firebreathers vs Stones(3)
(3)Stones vs Firebreathers(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Fragkiudakis of the Stones. The forward excelled in both games scoring four out of his teams six goals.
Sunday July 9
(7)Fatal Demons vs Lumberjacks(4)
K.Araujos’s late shorty changes the tides for Fatal Demons
The Lumberjacks, despite jumping off to a better start posting a 3-1 first period lead, eventually saw their short legs run out of gas by the third period. Prior to the last frame, K.Araujo may have shifted the game into the Fatal Demon’s favor .His shorthanded goal leveled the game at three goals apiece rather than the Lumberjacks grabbing a two goal cushion if they could have capitalized with their man advantage. Since that point on there was no stopping the Fatal Demons as they simply out worked and out ran a more tired bunch. K.Araujo had a multi goal game along with two helpers. It came in a losing cause but the Lumberjacks better players came to play. D.Ruiz collected a hat trick and an assist while C.Gingras was behind setting up three out of his clubs four goals.
(8)Shockers vs Butchers(5)
M.Blackman continues to impress with another dominant performance
Continual excellence is always impressive. When any team has a player like Matt Blackman, than you are assured that the quality of a good hockey player will bring you somewhere. The Shockers are already a force to be reckoned with but when having someone as highly skilled such as M.Blackman your chances of success increase dramatically. In tonight’s case, the Butchers had to deal with half of their goals against that came-from the very same Shockers superstar. T.Salberg is also someone who puts up numbers as the sniper had a regular night posting two goals and a helper. The Butchers found themselves playing behind the eight ball for the entire night by giving up a 2-0 first period lead that proved to be costly. Y.Gazura joined his club for the first time and made an immediate impression scoring two goals and an assist for the Butchers.
(12)Team Cuba vs Lumberjakcs(6)
Juiced out Lumberjacks threw in the towel by the third period
In their second game of a double header night, the Lumberjacks went through similar motions. There small bench only lasted so long. For two periods the game was respectively close but not in the third where they looked like spectators rather than players. But that’s only because they didn’t have the man power after having player only an hour earlier. Team Cuba kept working and benefited enormously by riffling seven third period goals. In that mix, S.Robineault and E.Girouard were simply too difficult to contain. Out of the twelve goals that went in for Team Cuba, the dynamic duo were on a tear netting ten of those markers that resulted in five each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Araujo of the Fatal Demons. His timely late second period shorthanded goal may have been the reason why the Fatal Demons took the match in the end. Araujo went on to collect four points that included two goals.
Thursday July 6
(0)Spartans vs Deadlast(7)
Spartans goalie S.Leblanc faces heavy work load
Sebastian Leblanc had every right to be tired in his game against Deadlast on Thursday night. For nearly the entire hour, the Spartans net minder had to endure plenty of heat while facing close to 35 shots. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get enough punch up front as no one was able to crack the scoring drought. Deadlast put themselves in the driver’s seat early on and simply played the game to their advantage. C.Zafiropoulos set up four goals that included two by G.Demos. K.Aruajo dressed for the first time and made an impact posting two markers as well while F.Vigliotti had a fairly easy night earning a 13 save shutout.
(6)SBS Trashers vs Raging Rhinos(1)
SBS Trashers heating up in extreme temperatures
While the Raging Rhinos may have felt the agony of playing through some muggy conditions, the SBS Trashers looked like they were playing pond hockey in their convincing win. In the first period alone, P.Nadeau meant business by riffling three straight goals for a natural hat trick. That in itself was more than enough for the SBS Trashers to feed off the momentum. And who better to respond later on than P.Hodhod. The d-man is putting together a goal scoring campaign adding two more tallies to his team leading nine goals for in only seven games. That’s pretty impressive when your position is primarily preventing scoring chances.
(5)Carnage vs Bramabulls(6) O.T
Bramabulls rally late to down Carnage in overtime
The Bramabulls were determined not to go down without a fight. And after battling hard to overcome a 5-3 third period deficit, the work finally paid off in the end. Of course there may have been some luck involved when tying the contest fairly late, but the game isn’t over till the buzzer rings. J.DeSua revived his club with only 46 seconds to go sending the game into extra time. With that late spark, the Bramabulls felt the game was there and made sure to capture it when N.Sbarra ended it only moments later. Looking back, Carnage will have to wonder if preventing a shorthand goal would have made the difference. That tally was scored by M.DiSilvio in the third period that pulled the Bramabulls within one. Nevertheless, it’s all part of hockey and the Bramabulls somehow found a way to win. M.DiSalvio and B.Sansotta each had three point nights.
(4)Street Ballers vs Dragons(6)
Dragons save best fort last
The Dragons used a five third period goal explosion to edge out the Street Ballers after striking only once in two periods. Whatever was said between the second and third periods worked wonders for the Dragons as they upped their gear in the final 15 minutes of play. It always helps when you have a player like L.Dulcetta to your lineup. The skilled forward was the catalyst behind the madness. After scoring first for the Dragons, L.Dulcetta bulldozed his way to adding two more goals while setting up N.Goncalves for the winner. P.Santullo chipped in with three assists and S.Fraga held his ground in what was a goaltending duel with S.Sauk.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lui Dulcetta of the Dragons. Still looking like he’s in his early 20’s, the veteran keeps demonstrating that he can still find the back of the net by posting three goals versus the Street Ballers on Thursday night.
Wednesday July 5
(2)Brew Crew vs Bramabulls(7)
Bramabulls breathing down Brew Crews necks after third period explosion
Unable to keep pace for the entire game, the Brew Crew just couldn’t keep up by the third period. Sometimes it takes that one player to separate the two sides. In this case, J.Palmitano reminded everyone how dangerous he can be once given the opportunity. The sensational striker went on a rampage putting together four goals while setting up J.DeSua, who tallied with the games last two markers. The Bramabulls led by a slight 3-2 margin after two periods before pulling away by the third. This win has both sides share a first place lead, but the Brew Crew does hold a game in hand.
(5)Les Agents Libre vs Publiks Crew(2)
James Tutino guides Agents Libre to victory over Publiks Crew
Les Agents Libre took charge and got three goals-from James Tutino as they dismantled the Publiks Crew 5-2 on Wednesday night. Both sides traded second period power play goals that saw S.Castonguay capitalize as part of a three point night for Les Agents Libre. The Publiks Crew kept it close once more but can’t seem to find the little extra needed to get the result. E.Skotidakis and J.Bakos each scored in the loss. Although there is half a season remaining, the Publiks Crew playoff hopes are started to fade as they’ll have no choice to collect a few wins in six games.
(6)Acolytes vs Mtl Huskies(4)
Captain Simon Leblanc comes through when most needed
While Les Acolytes were receiving steady contributions-from most of their players, S.Leblanc quietly may have netted the game’s biggest goal versus the Mtl Huskies. The game was tied at four goals apiece before the captain came through with only 90 seconds left to go. Prior to that, Les Acolytes moved the ball well on their power play that resulted in two second period goals courtesy of M.Robillard and S.Chartrand. The Mtl Huskies had only two players get the better of L-F Cloutier on this night. M.Estrela and J.Mancini’s each scored twice in the loss.
(6)Hellfish vs Primetime(3)
Primetime struggles continue despite good start to the night
If Primetime were able to do what they did in the first period for the entire game, then they would have been fine in their battle with the Hellfish. But after netting three goals, the storyline changed-from that point on. The Hellfish simply overtook the direction of the game by outscoring their opponent while not conceding a goal the rest of the way. S.Monnet was on a tear bagging three markers as part of a four point night. B.Verducci was able to put the first period behind him and went flawless the rest of the way facing 25 shots to earn the win in net. This is the fourth straight loss for Primetime, who started their season on fire with three consecutive wins.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to James Tutino of Les Agents Libre. With his three goals and one assist, Les Agents Libre got past the Publiks Crew with a 5-2 victory.
Wednesday July 5th
Fat Roy (0) VS Smackdaddys (5)
Score not reflective of way Fat Roy played.
From the start of the game Fat Roy showed up to play trying their hardest to create multiple chances. Unfortunately for them luck wasn’t on their side as they met a red-hot Y. Hassani on the other side who pushed away all the shots he faced. The Smackdaddys used four different players to get their scoring done but K. Arsenault was the sole player to solve F. Vigliotti twice who stood on his head to keep his club alive all game long.
Punishers (7) VS Venom (5)
Costly penalty at the end of game costs Venom the game.
From the initial ball drop both teams had showed up to play a very offensive game style. As each team exchanged three goals a piece in the first period. Venom finally took the lead with two straight goals entering the final 15-minute frame, but the game was not over. As a few costly penalties derailed Venom, the Punishers took advantage of their chances to comeback and score four unanswered goals. P. Karvouriaris and T. Karvouriaris each scored a hat trick to help collect three points for their club, while E. Giouard and J. Parisella each scored two goals a piece in a losing effort.
The Tropics (3) VS Smackdaddys (4)
Late push by The Tropics not enough to take the game.
A deep bench proved to be the difference in this game. As the Smackdaddys had just played an hour ago, they showed no sign of fatigue in their second game. The Smackdaddys ensured a strong second period scoring four unanswered goals thanks in large part to their captain K. Arsenault who scored two goals. A late push in the third period by The Tropics was not enough as V. Crivello scored two goals to cut the lead to one but time was not on his side to score one more.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Arsenault of the Smackdaddys. In a double header night, the talented forward collected six points and insured a valuable 6 points in the standings for his club.
Monday July 3
New addition V.Parise stuns Punishers with five points
What a difference one player can make. Les Carmoni de Fabreville had a difficult challenge ahead of them but managed to stun their opponent thanks to the impact put forth by V.Parise. From-the start of the game, the new addition quarterbacked his team and collected two points en route to a 3-1 win. P.Corbin gave up only one goal on 18 shots which is hard to do considering how much the Punishers have been scoring this season. In hopes of bouncing back in the second encounter, the Punishers saw their late lead answered when the very same V.Parise came to haunt them. After collecting two points, Parise used hard low wrist shot to level the game and force the shootout. It was only fitting at that point that V.Parise was able to get one in the shootouts as the only player to get the better of F.Russo. The Punishers also scored once courtesy of A.Dayan, who continues to rack up the points finishing his game with one goal and an assist. It’s not often the Punishers don’t win at least one in a double mini game format but tonight that was the case having collected only one out of a possible six points.
(1)Punishers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(3)
(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Punishers (4) S.O
Fire Breathers use late push to salvage two points
For well over three consecutive periods, the Firebreathers were nowhere to be seen in their two matchups with the 1 Timer. With the first game ending in a convincing fashion, the 1 Timer just carried on the same way in the second game leading 2-0 at one point. It was by then that the Firebreathers decided to finally wake up. M.Crapis ended a very long dry spell that finally made F.Koch look behind him. The 1 Timer did respond right away to regain a two goal cushion but that lasted only so long as S.Fraga scored late in the frame to pull within one. Still, the Firebreathers didn’t like their situation trailing this contest after dropping the opening game 5-0.And just when you thought they were out and done with, G.DeMarinis came through with a brilliant second effort. That goal enabled his club to win the breakaways courtesy of a lone goal by M.Crapis. It wasn’t the best way to end their night but the 1 Timer won’t be complaining too much. The good news for them was that P-A Surprenant played for a first time this season and showed that he hasn’t missed a beat notching two quick goals while adding an assist. E.Leblond was very productive as well striking on three occasions.
(0)Firebreathers vs 1 Timer(5)
(3)1 Timer vs Firebreathers(4) S.O
Team X bounce back to end slump vs Stones
Unhappy with the way things have been going as of late, Team X made it a point to show up and play a full out miniseries with their rival opponent. Although it wasn’t their best start having conceded an early goal, the men in yellow weren’t fazed as they slowly but surely got their wheels going. A.Lanni and S.Marricco provided much of the offense in the opening contest bagging two goals apiece. Once Team X took their lead, the focus was to simply not give the Stones any sort of space to create their chances. And while they did that, P.Assadi had his job simplified as the net minder made sure to push everything-from the outside. The second game was somewhat similar to the first one. This time, the Stones grabbed an early 2-0 lead only to see the same sort result occur. At no point did Team X decide to call it quits as they just continued to battle in hopes of getting rewarded .By the end of the first period, the tides had turned and Team X was able to carry a 3-2 lead heading into the last frame of the night. Those three consecutive markers fuelled everyone to push even harder which resulted in a total of seven unanswered goals. Once again, S.Marricco struck twice while A.Zarzour did the same. After missing some action in three weeks, J.Melo showed no signs of rust earning five points.
(2)Stones vs Team X(4)
(7)Team X vs Stones(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincent Parise of Les Carmoni de Fabreville. In his season debut, V.Parise provided more than his fair share to help lead his club with five points and the shootout winning goal.
Sunday July 2
(6)Lumberjacks vs Butchers (5) O.T
Butchers battle back but lose in overtime
The Lumberjacks made it a point to get a good start and they did just that by building a 3-1 first period lead. M.Baccari, S.Denis and D.Ruiz each had a say as all three players combined for six points. But as much as the spark was there early on, the Lumberjacks showed some inconsistencies once more as the game went on. The Butchers turned the tables by winning the second frame 3-1 to level the contest heading into the third period. From-there, both sides traded one goal that eventually saw this game head into overtime. After receiving a pass-from H.Jerjian, D.Ruiz silenced his opposition by netting a very big sudden death winner. The win helps put the Lumberjacks within striking distance of two teams for that last playoff spot. M.Baccari had a big night posting three goals while D.Ruiz came up clutch collecting four points. Apart-from their match against the Shockers, the Butchers have had four games decided by only one goal that included two in overtime.
(4)Shockers vs Fatal Demons(6)
Shockers winning streak comes to grinding halt vs Fatal Demons
As the saying goes, all good things come to an end. You knew the Shockers winning streak wouldn’t last forever and its now toast after Sundays loss to the Fatal Demons. The Shockers did have the better start carrying a 2-1 first period lead but that lasted only so long as the Fatal Demons fought back to take control of the game. It was towards the end of the second period that the tides shifted when M.Chenier and G.DeMarinis each tallied only a minute apart. That surge gave the Fatal Demons the opportunity to play with the lead which they protected well enough with 15 minutes remaining. M.Trivisonno was sharp to keep his team in it and earned the victory after facing well over 30 shots. G.DeMarinis and M.Chenier each had two goals while T.Salberg did the same for the Shockers. It’s not always pleasant to lose a hockey game but this kind of result will only help the Shockers get better as they’ll make sure to take nothing for granted.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dylan Ruiz of the Lumberjacks. In time of need, the sharp shooter netted a huge overtime goal as part of a four point performance vs the Butchers.
Thursday June 29
(2)Street Ballers vs Bramabulls(1) O.T
M.Gibeault’s blast-from the point & S.Sauk’s brilliant goaltending lead Ballers over Bulls
After ripping a powerful shot- from far, M.Gibeault and the Street Ballers celebrated a hard fought overtime win over the Bramabulls .S.Sauk pitched a 21 save performance and received a deserved group hug after making plenty of key saves. The Bramabulls got their lone goal thanks to A.Maraventano but were unable to get that extra tally because of the Street Ballers tight game and brilliant goaltending by Sauk. Looking back, the Bramabulls started off with a disadvantage being down 1-0 because of a late start to the game. But despite being down, time wasn’t an issue to bounce back which they did only to run into a wall. M.Gibeault took advantage of a 4-3 power play opportunity in the sudden death period to help capture the win.
(6)SBS Trashers vs Deadlast(8) S.O
SBS Trashers on losing end of back and forth action with Deadlast
For the few spectators watching, not much more can be said about this game. This matchup had everything any ball hockey fan could possibly want in this contest. Both teams had terrific chances-from plenty of talented players. In the case of the SBS Trahsers, P.Hodhod has been a pillar on defense but is starting to show more and more that he can be a threat to the other team’s net miner. The SBS Trashers benefited with three goals thanks to their star defenseman. As for Deadlast, the offense was a little more spread out. P.Elizardo did have a multi goal night that also included a shootout goal. After being down 6-4 late in the game, the SBS Trashers stormed back with two desperate goals only to fall short in the extra time.
(5)Carnage vs Raging Rhinos(9)
Rhinos use a second period explosion to blow past Carnage
In the blink of an eye, the Raging Rhinos ignited some fireworks in the second period. Five of their goals came in an eight minute span to spiral the game into only one direction. A.Papazian tallied in every period to finish with the most goals while E.Brady was next in line bagging a pair as part of a four point night. The Raging Rhinos look to be running on all cylinders with only one loss in six games. Carnage knew they would have a hard night in front of them missing some key elements. A.Passarelli had a solid season debut for Carnage posting three goals while C.Moutafis was productive as well with three helpers.
(6)Spartans vs Dragons(14)
New addition Payan Assadi hits double digit numbers
As odd as the score may look like, this contest was only 6-4 for the Dragons after two periods. Unfortunately, the Spartans couldn’t stay long enough within the Dragons rear view mirror-from that point which led to a one sided affair .Averaging a goal less than a minute apart, the Dragons just kept pouring it on. P.Assadi dressed for the first time and made an immediate impact to reach double digits with ten points. However, it wasn’t Assadi closing the deal, he just delivered it with nine assists. The closer came largely-from N.Goncalves, who had another remarkable night riffling five goals. With this performance, the Dragons sniper has now reached 13 markers in only five games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Street Ballers. Broken and busted up as he might feel at times, the veteran goaltender was sensational on this night and was the reason why the Street Ballers took the game in overtime versus the Bramabulls.
Wednesday June 28
(7)Tropics vs Punishers (1)
Tropics frustrate Punishers
If there is one game to forget for the Punishers, this will have to be it if they plan on challenging the Tropics later on. The game went-from bad to worse with nothing going right as of the opening draw. The Tropics were simply a handful throughout the entire match that saw them win every period that included an incredible four goal game- from a prolific goal scorer. A.DeLuca won’t miss once he has a chance and tonight he showed that by putting four behind the Punishers net minder. V.Crivello did his usual collecting points which result in one goal and three assists. The Punishers can argue that they didn’t have all their players as they realized that it would take a complete squad in order to take down a team like the Tropics.
(8)Smackdaddys vs Venom(1)
Captain K.Arsenault and Smackdaddys manhandles Venom
Six minutes in, and K.Arsenault showed everyone that he was primed for this contest. The captain wasted no time scoring two goals that included a shorthanded marker for an early 2-0 lead. If that wasn’t enough, Arsenault wasn’t planning on letting go of the gas pedal. His two goals resulted in two more tallies to complete a massive goal scoring output. But to his help, S.Euchi was credited to making it happen as the forward set his captain up on all four occasions. At no point was Venom in this game. Their only bright moment came by the nine minute mark of the second period when E.Medrano got the better of Y.Hassani.
(5)Tropics vs Fat Roy(1)
Tropics double dip victories in double header night
Considering the season that Fat Roy is having till now, this isn’t a bad result. The Tropics are hotter than a devils rear end and still needed a third period to decide the outcome in this contest. The let down occurred in a very short span with T.Costopoulos and A.DeLuca bagging goals only 15 seconds apart. From-there, the Tropics fed off that sequence producing two more tallies en route to a second straight win in only two hours. Naturally, V.Crivello was behind the madness collecting three more points while A.Boulieri quietly gets the job done allowing only two goals in both games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Arsenault of the Smackdaddys. The captain was definitely ready to play on this night by picking apart the Venom defense with a total of four goals.
Wednesday June 28
(0)Acolytes vs Bramabulls(5)
Marco Diaco bags 4, A.Grieco shutout leads Bulls past Acolytes
Marco Diaco enjoyed his time playing with J.Palmitano as both players danced their way to a very productive night. After receiving four perfect feeds by his line mate, M.Diaco rarely missed to collect four out of the five goals scored by the Bramabulls. The other tally belonged to M.Testolina that came very early in the game. Unable to solve A.Grieco, Les Acolytes had their fair chances and shots on net only to get denied every time. This match had its moments as both clubs didn’t back down resulting in plenty of penalty minutes. But with the opportunities even for both sides, only one power play goal was scored that came off the blade of M.Diaco.
(8)Les Raymonds vs Primetime(4)
Four second period goals too much to handle for Primetime
Four second period goals spelled disaster for Primetime on this night versus Les Raymonds. After some good back and forth action in the first period, this contest took only one direction by the second .During that time, Les Raymonds produced two power play goals that saw A.Henein complete a hat trick. Primetime did manage to stop the bleeding in the third period but were unable to spark any sort of comeback. Both sides traded two goals each that included a pair by T.Flikas of Primetime. He didn’t find the back of the net, but A.DeCarolis keeps pouring on the points finishing with four helpers.
(3)Brew Crew vs Horsemen (2)
Veteran D-man F.Argento nets decider on power play
With C.Palermo working his tail off, F.Argento benefited by using a third period power play goal that ultimately made the difference in the match. Palermo, who captain’s the Brew Crew, was all over the court earning three points while visiting the penalty box. The Brew Crew came out in waves putting plenty of pressure on the Horsemen. On two occasions, the Horsemen were able to level but never able to play with the lead. T.Mader and P.Carone each scored in the loss. D.Verta clicked well with his captain C.Palermo scoring once and adding an assist while C.Muccino captured the win over his counterpart M.Vinciguerra.
(1)Les Agents Libre vs Hellfish(6)
F.Benhamadi has 2 goals and 2 assists in decisive win over Agents Libre
There’s nothing like a six goal outburst for F.Benhamadi and the Hellfish to continue a great run in the F3 Wednesday division. Apart-from conceding an early third period goal by M.Alfieri, the Hellfish played close to a perfect match. This win came as their fourth in only five starts. J-D Barrios was at the right place twice to collect two power play goals. S.Monnet and E.Medrano also went on to score while B.Verducci wished he could have denied Alfieri to earn a shutout. But the net minder won’t be to down having stopped 23 of 24 shots to collect the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Diaco. The power forward riffled four cannons to help lead the Bramabulls to a 5-0 victory over Les Acolytes.
Monday June 26
A.Dayan dominant in both games vs Team X
A.Dayan, who is having an incredible season so far, absolutely bullied Team X on this night. Getting to the net with ease and making the right pass on most occasions, Dayan did whatever he wanted on this night. His play in the first game along with M.Gagnon’s three goals was plenty for a convincing 6-2 result. Then, to make matters worse for Team X, A.Dayan elevated his game to another level in the second contest. J.Fidrilis benefited three times with easy tap in goals thanks to his valuable linemate. After setting up his captain, A.Dayan continued to pour on the points participating in all seven goals to finish with an incredible ten point performance. It wasn’t that Team X didn’t play well, but a couple of bad stretches proved to make the difference on this night. Both teams met only a week ago with the Punishers taking the two games with similar results.
(2)Team X vs Punishers(6)
(7)Punishers vs Team X(2)
Stones lose out on sealing two clean wins
After taking the opening contest with a 3-1 score, the Stones were surely headed for a second straight win up until a costly penalty by E.Allen ruined everything for his club. The veteran d-man had an incredible game posting three out of the Stones four goals before his visit to the penalty box. The Firebreathers trailed by two at that point and reacted immediately when M.Crapis was able to pull his club within one. Then, it took only moments later for E.Gabrielli to sneak a back hand goal in front of net minder O.Caillet, who couldn’t react on time. With that late push, the Firebreathers pulled off the win courtesy of only one shootout goal. D.Gagnon came through using a similar move like E.Gabrielli’s tying marker to get the better of Caillet once more. The Stones did collect four points on the night but know that it should have been six. G.Lallis was solid in both games as the Stones d-man scored twice in the opening contest to earn a 3-1 win.
(3)Stones vs Firebreathers(1)
(5)Firebreathers vs Stones(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Dayan of the Punishers. The Punishers forward was absolutely remarkable in both games collecting a massive total of ten points vs Team X.
Sunday June 25
(4)Fatal Demons vs Butchers (5)
Butchers top Fatal Demons in back and forth affair
The Butchers got a collective team effort and needed every bit of it to get the better of the Fatal Demons. The game sprung back and forth not knowing who would come on top. But after a terrible penalty taken by the captain P.Santullo, the Butchers were able to take advantage of the opportunity. After setting up three straight goals, K.Fragiudakis riffled a one timer to snap the 4-4 third period tie. Five different players found the net for the Butchers that included a three point performance by A.Bouvier. The Fatal Demons got two out of their four goals by F.Benhamadi.
(1)Lumberjacks vs Shockers(11)
Well gelled Shockers keep doing their thing
T.Salberg had a four goal night to lead a balanced blowout for the Shockers as they have yet to taste defeat in the E Sunday division. The Lumberjacks can argue the fact that they didn’t have a couple of key pieces, but that most likely wouldn’t have too much considering the way the Shockers have been gelling this season. The division leaders have now scored 38 goals in five games while conceding only 15 largely due to the way D.Bourque has been playing between the pipes. Surprisingly, out of the eleven goals that went in, C.Debonis only tallied once, which is very low for his standards. M.Blackman struck twice that included a blistering one timer that would give most goaltenders nightmares. Apart-from giving up a late first period tally, the Shockers players a perfect game that ended earlier than usual due to the ten goal mercy rule.
(7)Fatal Demons vs Team Cuba(5)
Team Cuba’s mistakes prove costly in 7-5 loss to Fatal Demons
Unable to take advantage of a team that just player earlier, Team Cuba suffered a frustrating defeat on Sunday night. The Fatal Demons forced some turnovers and made sure to hurt their opponents which they did on many occasions. M.Destounis and Marco Diaco clicked well all game as the dynamic duo combined for seven points. It came as late effort but Team Cuba fell short after netting two late markers. S.Robineault still led all players with two goals in the loss. With this result, Team Cuba can’t be too pleased with where they sit in the standings having only four points in six games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Fragiudakis of the Butchers. After collecting three assists, the speedy forward used a late power play goal to edge out the Fatal Demons.
The Canadian Ball Hockey Association has released the National Championship schedule for the divisions B, C, and D.The event will take place in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland from July 19 to 23.
All the games played at the main arena, CBS Stadium, will be live broadcasted online. For more information, please visit the CBHA website : http://cbha.com/page.php?page_id=85298.
Good luck to all the teams!
Thursday June 22
(6)SBS Trashers vs Dragons(2)
F.Gentile’s hat trick keys double up win for SBS Trashers
Twice the SBS Trashers gave up their lead before pulling away. Joseph Scalia broke a 2-2 second period tie and the Dragons saw their offense go dry the rest of the way. F.Gentile and J.Scalia proved to be a handful on this night as both players combined for eight points. The Dragons struggled to keep up against a side that had clearly more energy and bite to their game. R.Pampena was able to see the ball on the large part and did a great job denying all but two players. With the win, the SBS Trashers sit comfortably in first place of the E2 division with a nine point lead over three clubs.
(5)Carnage vs Deadlast(6) O.T
Deadlast catch fire with man advantage netting 4 power play goals
One trip too many to the penalty box came to haunt Carnage, who led throughout the entire night. After netting three power play markers to bounce back into the game, Deadlast saved their best for last. Y.Gazura had collected three points before setting up J.Skafidas late in the sudden death frame. Carnage couldn’t have asked for a better start dictating the match in their favor. C.Kalogeropoulos was a force bagging three straight goals for Carnage while getting the help-from A.DeCarolis, who set him up on every goal. But as much as the effort and their overall game was there, the same couldn’t be said for the penalty kill. On four power play attempts, Deadlast never once missed on their opportunities which came to haunt Carnage in the end.
(3)Street Ballers vs Raging Rhinos(6)
Raging Rhinos reel off three straight third period markers to down Street Ballers
A.Papazian broke a 3-3 third period tie and G.Vouloumanos proceeded with two quick tallies to complete his hat trick for the Raging Rhinos. The Street Ballers didn’t go down that easy in this one as they battled back-from a 3-1 deficit early in the third period. The turning point may have been due to one penalty taken by the Street Ballers where the Raging Rhinos smelled blood. Once A.Papazian took advantage on the power play, the Street Ballers were unable to recover. The win came with the help of G.Vouloumanos, A.Papazian and E.Brady as all three players combined for nine points.
(1)Spartans vs Bramabulls(10)
B.Sansotta scores 4 as the Bramabulls drop double digits on Spartans
Paced by B.Sansotta’s four goal game, the Bramabulls routed the Spartans 10-1 in a big offensive output. It was a night that everything went wrong for the Spartans. The Bramabulls showed their years of experience and never let up once the ball dropped at the opening faceoff. B.Sansotta got things going immediately on the power play as part of his four goal performance. J.DeSua had a multi goal game and G.Follano looked too be headed for a shutout till K.Dicera spoiled it late in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Filberto Gentile of the SBS Trashers. F.Gentile used his wheels to capture three goals and a helper against an E1 Thursday division team.
Wednesday June 21
(2)Publiks Crew vs Les Raymonds(6)
A.DeCarolis leads way with six points, Les Raymonds blow past Publiks Crew
Not many players are able to hit six points in one hockey game, but A.DeCarolis was able to reach that feat on Wednesday night. The forward showed that he can score while being a part of setting up four goals. Les Raymonds jumped off to a commanding 3-0 first period lead that saw DeCarolis bury two out of the three goals .N.Spano also got a taste for the net as the youngster put two behind the Publiks Crew net minder. The only good thing that came-from this loss was that the Publiks Crew sparked a pair of markers with the man advantage. J.Raymond and A.Gamache were the only two players to get the better of A.Mancini, who pushed away 16 of 18 shots.
(6)Primetime vs Les Agents Libre(9)
Les Agents Libre outlast Primetime with late push
It didn’t matter that Les Agents Libre built a 4-0 lead. All that work felt like it was all for nothing as Primetime stormed back with four straight tallies of their own to level the match by the 5:45 minute mark of the third period. But despite the awful sequence, Les Agents Libre showed that a mishap wasn’t going to affect them in the end. With the help of T.Oliveira using his vision, F.Peron was able to benefit twice while L.DeCubellis notched the other tally to regain control of the match. The win also came with the help of James Tutino, who helped get a good start by participating in the first three goals of the contest. This result now has four teams with three wins that are separated by only one point in the F3 division.
(11)Mtl Huskies vs Bramabulls(6)
Mtl Huskies hit fifth gear to leave Bramabulls in the dust
Like a big muscle car, the Mtl Huskies took some time to get going but once they hit their maximum speed, the race was over for the Bramabulls. Unable to hold on to a 4-1 first period lead, the Bramabulls couldn’t keep up whatsoever as the game went on. It can maybe be argued that the reason for the collapse was due to the explosive production set forth by M.Buonincontri. In the second period alone, M.Buonincontri played like he was from-another level igniting four straight tallies. That surge motivated a continuation of goals in the third period that saw the captain R.Estrela collect an abundance of points that included four markers and five assists. Slowly but surely, the Mtl Huskies are starting to feel comfortable with their overall game as they just defeated two solid teams.
(5)Acolytes vs Horsemen(3)
Hard work pays off as Les Acolytes earn second straight win
Les Acolytes captured another big win on Wednesday night beating the Horsemen by a tight 5-3 score. After surrendering their first three games of the season, Les Acolytes knew that they have to keep working hard in order to get the results. Tonight, they did exactly that getting a solid overall team effort. C.Beauchamp came up huge for his squad posting two second period goals that put his club up 4-2 heading into the third period. The Horsemen had a hard time dealing with the constant fore-check which saw their possession game take a bit of a hit. They did manage 25 shots and scored once in every period, but it just wasn’t enough on this night. M.Robillard earned the win in net over his counterpart S.Pare, who faced closed to 30 shots for the Horsemen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christophe Beauchamp of Les Acolytes. In a tight battle with the Horsemen, the forward came up big by the second period netting two straight markers.
Wednesday June 21
Punishers (4) VS Smackdaddys (2)
Smackdaddys wake up to late can not complete comeback.
From the start of the first whistle both teams demonstrated their intensity. Peter Karvouiaris got his club on the board first notching his first goal of the night. As the game went on the Punishers built upon their lead but the Smackdaddys replied to cut the lead to one. Mid way thru the third period P. Karvouiaris scored his second of the night and was able finally notch the win scoring the empty netter, completing his hat trick, and destroying any remaining chance the Smackdaddys had to tie up the game. F. Laurin and K. Arsenault were the sole players to solve N. Mackeen.
Venom (6) VS The Tropics (5) O.T
An early lead not enough to discourage Venom as they come back to seal the win in OT.
The Tropics proved once again they can have a hot start scoring twice on the first three minutes of the game. As the first period went on the Tropics built upon their lead to have a two goal lead entering the second. The veteran presence on the opposing side knew to never give up as they slowly mounted their comeback. N. Gilbert scored a minute in overtime with a point shot during the man advantage to secure the win for his club. The Tropics received two goal games by A. Olimpo and J. Nardolillo. While J. Quesnel-Vinet scored two a piece for their club.
Punishers (10) VS Fat Roy (0)
Punishers not affected by double header continue with their business to take top spot in standings.
The Punishers played their second game of the night but seemed unaffected by it as they continued their strong play in the division. Within the first few minutes the Punishers took advantage of their short-handed opportunity scoring two goals, from their they continued their offensive skills by scoring at will. C. Gingras, F. Russoand J. Fridilis each scored two goals for their club. The rest of the division will need to implement a strict defensive game plan to limit the damage some of the offensive weapons The Punishers have.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas Gilbert of Venom. The defenceman scored two very important goals for his club. The first coming in the second period while Venom was mounting their comeback and the second in overtime to secure the win for his club.
Monday June 19
Firebreathers breathless in season opener vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville
Four unanswered second period goals and a hat trick by L-C Desmarais helped Les Carmoni de Fabreville take the first of two games. Considering the circumstances, the Firebreathers just ran out of breathe having only four players dressed giving them no changes to their bench. S.Fraga did all he possibly could not conceding a goal for the longest of time. It was only until the 7:34 minute mark of the second period that the goals started going in. D.Desmarais was finally able to crack the ice before L-C Desmarais went on his scoring tear riffling three straight markers. Still with only four players, the Fire breathers had to endure another battle. And once again they held their own only to fall by one goal. After a low scoring 1-1 first period, Les Carmoni de Fabreville’s captain came through to snap the dreaded tie. M.Croteau regained the lead for his club which was just enough to hold on till the remainder of the match. P.Corbin got enough help in front of him to collect his second straight win of the night between the pipes. Out of their four total goals, M.Gagnon was able to participate in all of them for the Firebreathers.
(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Firebreathers(3)
(1)Firebreathers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)
Team X felt like tourists in double whammy vs Punishers
When the effort is there the results will be justified. The Punishers were simply to strong on this night and got what they deserved against a side that looked flat in both games. Apart-from a few decent stretches, Team X was pretty much chasing their opponents for most of the night. An early 2-0 lead grew for the Punishers that eventually included a pair by their d-man M.Gagnon, who used a heat seeking missile to get one through P.Assadi. A.Dayan was equally productive accumulating three points and F.Russo did more than his share to earn a 6-3 win between the pipes. The second contest may have had the same score but the effort was slightly better of the side of Team X. The difference this time came early on with the veteran side grabbing a 1-0 lead and a 2-1 lead. However, as time went on the energy level started to diminish. The Punishers kept on working which eventually paid dividends .For a second straight game, A.Dayan made some noise riffling three goals and a helper .M.Gagnon reloaded his canon by blasting another fireball passed P.Assadi, who just felt he had enough at that point. A.Centis was also a force collecting two goals and a pair of helpers. The Punishers completed another good night and have convinced everyone once more that they will be the team to beat in this division.
(6)Punishers vs Team X(3)
(3)Team X vs Punishers(6).
Firebreathers add reinforcements to salvage 1 point to the standings
Having absolutely no choice to add some bodies to their lineup, the Firebreathers gave themselves a better chance to compete against the 1 Timer. Unfortunately, the first game didn’t go so well. The men in orange used a second period break out posting three unanswered goals to take the game 4-1.T.Daigneault was behind making two happen while S.Koch and newly added K.Certosini took care of the other tallies. The Firebreathers scored their lone goal on the power play courtesy of B.Daniele as the only player to solve F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the Firebreathers finally had their best period of the night. But as good as that opening frame was, the same couldn’t be said for the second half. Usually a 5-1 lead after one frame is more than sufficient in a two period format but not in this case. The 1 Timer showed lots of character and resilience by responding in a massive way. The comeback effort was led by K.Certosini, who struck twice and a late tally by the captain S.Koch ,who was able to force the extra time. Once the shootouts hit, the momentum just carried over for the 1 Timer. T.Daigneault was the only player out of all the attempts that saw his goal go in while F.Koch rebounded strong denying three straight Firebreathers breakaways. It was a game that the Firebreathers missed out on some extra points. But the season is still very young and the potential is there as Joe DeStefano will make sure to get his troops better prepared for next time. P.Cardillo, S.Fraga and B.Daniele were very productive in the loss as all three players combined for a total of eleven points.
(4)1 Timer vs Firebreathers(1)
(6)Firebreathers vs 1 Timer(7) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thierry Daigneault of the 1 Timer. The speedy forward was clutch in both games vs the Firebreathers. In the opening contest, he scored two straight goals to help lead his club to a 4-1 victory, and in the second game, he was the only player to score in the shootout to complete the mini series sweep.
Sunday June 18
(5)Shockers vs Team Cuba(3)
Team Cuba felt the heat in their battle with the Shockers
M.Blackman and D.Boyd each had one in a span of two minutes to regain control of the match in their close 5-3 win over Team Cuba. C.DeBonis collected three points that included his second tally very late in the game. Down 2-0, Team Cuba fought back to even the score with tallies just under a minute apart. The Shockers knew they couldn’t take things for granted at that point despite Team Cuba having only two spares on their bench. The veteran side kept it simple in hopes of forcing mistakes that would lead to chances. But that only lasted so long as a third period outburst enabled the Shockers to maintain their status as front runners for the division. D.Boyd used a nifty move to earn the game winner while D.Bourque was solid once more making key saves at the right moment.
(4)Lumberjacks vs Fatal Demons(9)
Unprepared Lumberjacks gift wrap this contest for Fatal Demons
It was a start to the game that S.Themens and the Lumberjacks had no clue as to what happened. In only nine minutes, four goals went in and the night just became that much more difficult. The Lumberjacks were simply unprepared while the Fatal Demons made way with their chances to dictate the pace their way. G.DeMarinis set up J.Bolanakis before netting back to back markers for a 4-0 lead. The second period did slow down a little for the Fatal Demons losing the frame 3-2 but that barely made a dent in the overall scheme of things. By the third, the tables turned once more. F.Benhamadi popped in his second followed with goals by M.Destounis and M.Chenier.
(6)Butchers vs Team Cuba(7)
S.Robineault works magic in huge win for Team Cuba
With only one addition to their roster after playing with seven players earlier on, Team Cuba enjoyed some sun after all. However, it wasn’t anywhere close-from being convincing. While the few players dressed were able to pull their weight, only one player in particular literally stole the show in this contest. Out of their seven goals, S.Robineault fired some rockets that resulted in five that found the back of the net. In addition to his madness, the sharp shooter was able to avoid overtime by netting his final blow by the 14:20 mark of the third period. Normally that would seem comforting for most clubs but not for Team Cuba. In their previous contest only a few weeks ago, Team Cuba led by a pair very late in the game and failed to close the door as the Butchers leveled the score after pulling their net minder. And to make matters worse, they summed it up in overtime. But tonight, the script was different and Team Cuba are glad to catch up some ground in the standings.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of Team Cuba. His five tallies were one nicer than the other as the sharp shooter rescues his club late in the game vs. the Butchers.
Thursday June 15
(4)Street Ballers vs Deadlast(7)
Deadlast end championship hangover
The Street Ballers had a difficult task ahead of them by going up against plenty of skill and talent. And despite not getting the result, the effort was definitely there for M.Gibeault and the rest of the Street Ballers. For Deadlast, they had their own issues to deal with after a 0-2 start. But with the help of J.Pantelis, the championship hang over may have ended for the recent champs. Out of their seven goals, J.Pantelis made things look so easy by providing an impressive four markers. Two of his tallies came in the first period only 30 seconds apart by roofing a top corner and using a hard low wrist shot that got the better of S.Sauk. The Street Ballers didn’t have a good start but managed a strong finish that pulled them within only one goal by the early stages of the third period.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
Bramabulls roll by SBS Trashers
D.Verta provided the first two goals and the aggressive Bramabulls dominated the SBS Trashers on this night. The Bramabulls played with a sense of urgency by the way they battled to win loose balls and fore-check not giving too much time and space for the Trashers. E.Panzera and his troops seemed content to observe their opponent. Apart-from the captain’s lone goal, there weren’t many positives that came out of this loss. It was a game that the first goal mattered and the Bramabulls found a way to grab it which set the tone the rest of the way. G.Follano was rock solid in net earning the result after facing 26 shots.
(4)Spartans vs Raging Rhinos(9)
Spartans couldn’t keep floodgates shut
The Spartans inter league match up with the Raging Rhinos began well enough before eventually falling 9-4 to the higher division club. The game started to shift into one direction as of the mid way point for the Raging Rhinos. After netting four second period tallies, S.Labrecque and A.Papazian went on to complete hat tricks by the third period with the help of A.Angelis, who collected four feeds and a goal. It came as a loss but the Spartans captain J.Tesolin and S.Roussel were very productive collecting three points each.
(4)Carnage vs Dragons(5)
L.Dulcetta’s lone third period goal snaps dreaded 4-4 tie for Dragons
The Dragons found a way to win on this night. L.Dulcetta’s third period goal was his second tally and third point of the game that helped the Dragons escape with their second win in three starts. After a very slow outing, Carnage came right back at the Dragons netting three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. However, that was short lived as Dulcetta beat the clock late in the first period to level the score at three goals apiece. Both sides eventually slowed the pace trading only one second period goal before the veteran came through early in the third period to collect the winner. For an inter league game, F.Pace can’t be to down after this loss knowing that some key pieces including M.Pace were out of the lineup.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Deadlast. Even though it was a small slump, Jimmy Pantelis was able to end it by riffling four goals and a helper.
Wednesday June 14
Punishers (11) VS Fat Roy (1)
Punishers to strong to keep up with.
From the start of the game the Punishers were all over their counterparts. As the Punishers struck first scoring the first four goals of the game, but Fat Roy seemed to gain some life scoring their first goal of the game against N. Mackeen. The Punishers quickly took control of the game again scoring seven unanswered goals to end the game early. The Punishers used a balanced attack using all three lines to help dominate this game.
Smackdaddys (1) VS The Tropics (2)
Two evenly matched teams meet up.
The game saw two teams start battling right from the start as each team played to their strengths. Each team played a very strong defensive game each trading a goal a piece in the first two periods. Once the third period started both teams knew the slightest error would cost them an important three points in the standings and the W. The Tropics were the big winners as V. Crivello was sent on a breakaway he couldn’t miss scoring his second goal of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Boulieri of The Tropics. The netminder kept his club able to win the following game by pushing away all but one shot. The netminder will be a key piece in his club success if he keeps playing the way he has.
Wednesday June 14
(7)Les Raymonds vs Les Agents Libre(5)
Both sides’ mini streaks come to an end
M.Trudel had two goals and an assist and M.Dupuis added a hat trick to help lead Les Raymonds to a 7-5 victory over Les Agents Libre. Les Raymonds had their best moments in the second period where they posted four tallies to build a slight two goal cushion. He didn’t score but S.Lecavalier helped set up three goals for Les Raymonds that collected a win after a two game slump. Les Agents Libre got another solid night-from T.Oliveira. The spark plug participated in all five goals that included feeds on L.DeCubellis’s two tallies. After putting together a couple of straight wins, Les Agents Libre saw their little streak come to an end on this night.
(3)Publiks Crew vs Hellfish(9)
Slight surge not enough for Publikis Crew
Despite battling back with a three goal surge, the Publikis Crew wasn’t able to carry their momentum by the third period. The Hellfish may have felt comfortable once they made the score 5-0, but that didn’t settle well with them by the end of the frame. The Publiks Crew never called it quits by responding with two goals by E.Skotidakis and a tally-from S.Racicot. Unable to close the gap, the third period belonged only to the Hellfish. S.Monnet and D.Laurin made sure to not take things for granted as both players celebrated hat tricks. Still without a win in four starts, the Publiks Crew will hope to end that streak when facing Les Raymond’s in next week’s match up.
(4)Bramabulls vs Horsemen(5)
Four goal third period by Bramabulls edged by Horsemen
With the Bramabulls trying to erase a 3-0 deficit after two periods, J.Palmitano’s two goals along with L.Mancini’s and M.Mignogna’s markers wasn’t enough as the Horsemen held on for the tight win. It’s usually better to start strong rather than to finish strong as the Horsemen were glad to play solid for two periods. The win came with the help of S.Giannakis’s two third period goals. The Horsemen made the score 3-0 after the ten minute mark of the opening frame. That cushion was sufficient for most of the game which barely held up in the end. The Bramabulls just suffered their second straight loss and won’t be happy if things don’t change in next week’s battle with the MTL Huskies.
(5)Mtl Huskies vs Brew Crew(4)
Mtl Huskies prove a point by edging out division leaders
When observing the stats and standing- from the surface, no one would have thought that this result would occur. The Brew Crew entered the night with a perfect 3-0 start to the season having allowed only three goals while the Mtl Huskies have yet to taste a victory. But that all changed on this night. With still plenty to prove, the Mtl Huskies just sent a serious message that they will be able to compete with everyone after this strong performance. And it all started with leadership as the captain R.Estrela grabbed the torch posting two first period goals. Both sides played to a 3-3 second period tie that left a 15 minute or more period to see which streak would come to an end. After trading goals early in the frame, it was F.Reda’s second tally of the game that made the whole difference. The Mtl Huskies rode out half a period at that point not conceding a goal en route to getting that monkey off their back.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Francesco Reda of the Mtl Huskies. In time of need, the Mtl Huskies forward was clutch snapping a 4-4 third period tie to collect his third point of the game and providing a first win for his club.
Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic-- Three-peat: Slovaks win wild, back-and-forth final.Canada wins silver
Patrik Svitana’s power-play goal with 1:55 left in regulation time broke a 4-4 tie, as the Slovaks won a gold-medal game in which they blew a three-goal lead, then had to come from behind themselves. Michal Hrivnak of Slovakia and Danick Martel of Canada each had two goals and one assist in the game, which Slovakia won 6-4 to “three-peat” as Men’s Ball Hockey World Champions.
Svitana’s goal was the first in a tension-filled third period, but the way the game started, it didn’t seem like the third period would be meaningful at all.
Slovakia struck twice before the game was a minute old, and made it 3-0 by the 7:22 mark. Jaroslav Martiniuk got things started just 19 seconds in, charging through the middle and surprising Tim Barlow with a low shot to the blocker side. Then they went right back to the attack and the Canadians couldn’t clear the zone after Lukas Madera fired a shot off the goalpost, with Hrivnak eventually sliding the puck into the net with Barlow down and out. The third goal was on a slapper by Boris Oravec on the power play, and it looked like the game would become a blowout, with the many Slovaks in attendance going crazy.
Just 34 seconds after Oravec’s goal, Remi Laurencelle got the Canadians on the board, beating Petrik five-hole from the left-wing side. Then they went to the power play shortly afterward and it took them just 14 seconds to strike, with Martel firing a blast over tournament MVP Stanislav Petrik’s shoulder.
Barlow and Petrik, who both posted shutouts in their teams’ semi-final wins, had now combined for five goals against in less than nine minutes.
The game settled down for a time after the wild start, but a pair of Slovak penalties late in the second period opened the door for the Canadians to strike twice and take their first lead of the game. On a 5-on-3, Martel’s second of the game tied it, a one-timer set up perfectly by Victor Azevedo. Then 51 seconds later they scored up one man after some nice tic-tac-toe passing finished off by Marcus Power, which thrilled the few Canadian fans in attendance and left the Slovak majority in stunned silence.
They would have something to cheer about before the period was finished, though. With 1:10 left in the middle frame, some pretty passing led to Milan Rampacek firing a ball into the open side, with Barlow having no chance.
Slovakia went hard for the win in the third period, getting several great chances, but after a shaky start, Barlow was now playing great. However, back on their heels, the Canadians took three penalties in a row trying to contain the Slovak push. They had a two-man advantage for a time, and while still up one man, the ball was worked to Svitana at the point, who’s one-time blast went through everybody, and sent the arena into bedlam.
After an empty-net goal from Hrivnak, the Slovak fans, whose emotions had been toyed with all night long, could finally let loose and start celebrating. After the final horn, they serenaded their now three-time ball hockey champions with the chant: “Zlaty hattrick.”
Ian Moores (head coach of Canada): I think we had a great tournament. I’ve got a lot of respect for my players, the coaching staff and the Canadian Ball Hockey Association. We represented the country proudly and well. It’s disappointing to come fall short here today, we were tied coming into the third period, it could have gone either way. Overall I think we had a good tournament but going home without the trophy certainly sucks. I think the host committee did an amazing job here. The host city was great, the Czech Republic overall is a great country. They treated us with hospitality.
Jozef Ďuriš (headcoach Slovakia): We came into final with that, we want win it. We had great beginning, we caught Canada in first minutes off-guard, after them, we took the lead 3:0. But whole match was before us. That was confirmed, Canada turned around toi 4:3. But with enourmous will, enthusiasm and patience we turned the game in the end and gain the third title in the row.
2017 Men’s B - C - D, Women’s B National Championships – INVITATIONAL
The 2017 Men’s B - C - D , Women's B National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the Newfoundland & Labrador Ball Hockey Association (NLBHA) in St. John's, NL.
Please NOTE that teams need to be prepared to start at 8am on Thursday, July 20th. Please plan to arrive Wednesday July 19th so you are ready to play. VENUECBS Stadium (70 Legion Rd, Conception Bay South, NL A1X 6Y7).COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETINGWednesday, July 19th - TBASCHEDULE - CLICK HERE (coming soon)LIVE STREAMING OF GAMES @ MAIN ARENA - CLICK HERE (coming soon!) HOTELSTeams are requested to book rooms at the official hotel for the Nationals. A block of rooms has been secured and will be available until Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. Room rates for the Nationals are: $149.00/per night (two double beds) and $169.00/night (King Executive). Please quote CBHA when you book your rooms. As rooms book up quickly we suggest you book your accommodation well in advance of the event.
FLIGHTSThe CBHA has partnered with WestJet for flights to all 2017 CBHA National Championship events. Participanting teams and family members can take advantage of 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares* for travel between St. John's anywhere WestJet flies in North America (*discount not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner airlines). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes listed below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount.Coupon Code: MIJKUWH *For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: WNP59Men's B - C - D, Women's B Nationals into and out of St. John'sBook by: July 30, 2017 Travel from: July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
Monday June 12
Stones hit a wall, Les Carmoni de Fabreville collect 4 big points
Strong performances-from P.Corbin and O.Caillet and nifty shootout markers highlighted the Monday night’s game between the Stones and Les Carmoni de Fabreville. In what was a chess styled match, both sides settled for a 3-3 draw in the opening contest that saw A.Bergomi score for the Stones while L-C Desmarais replied for Les Carmoni De Fabreville in the shootout. After being down 2-0 to goals by J.Poirier and D.Desmarais, the Stones were able to reply with a pair of quick tallies by their captain S.Sicuso to force the match into extra time. The second contest had a similar effect with the score being low and Les Carmoni striking with the first two goals of the game. However, the Stones couldn’t battle back enough despite cutting the lead in half courtesy of M.DaSilva. That tally came a little too late that led to a 21 save performance by P.Corbin. All in all, this was a good overall result for Les Carmoni De Fabreville, who entered the night with only three points after four games.
(3)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Stones(3) S.O
(1)Stones vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)
Total domination as Punishers trounce 1 Timer two straight times
If there is one night in a season that you want to forget, this would be it for the 1 Timer who were nowhere to be seen. With that said, credit will go to the Punishers as they stormed through four consecutive periods en route to landslide results. Nearly every single player collect points that saw A.Dayan lead the way in the goals scoring department with five tallies in both games. N.Mackeen had the luxury of playing with a massive lead but still did his part allowing only three goals on 28 shots. The Punishers didn’t like the way things ended last week in their game against the Stones and it showed by the way they responded on this night. These results put the recent champs back in familiar territory which is first place of the division.
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(8)
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Louis Carl Desmarais of Les Carmoni de Fabreville. The forward scored, added an assist and notched his clubs lone shootout marker in the opening contest versus the Stones.
Sunday June 11
(4)Butchers vs Shockers (11)
Shockers burst out flying en route to easy win
Both C.Debonis and his teammate M.Blackman scored hat tricks as the Shockers eased to an 11-4 win over the Butchers. It’s only three games in and the Shockers are showing what they are made of. From- the ability to scoring plenty of goals and playing a relentless for checking game, not many teams will get there way. Throughout the first twelve minutes, the Butchers smelled defeat conceding five straight goals. That just fuelled the Shockers to continue playing the same way while the Butchers lost the will to compete. In addition to the two hat tricks, T.Salberg added a pair of tallies. The Butchers got their scoring done by their captain E.Mormina, who bagged a pair along with D.DIGiacomo and A.Bouvier.
(7)Lumberjacks vs Team Cuba(7) S.O
Two winless teams settle for draw
With both sides being in a similar situation without collecting a victory, will now have to wait another week or more in order to be in the wins column. Neither side was able to take it home on this night despite trading plenty of goals during the game. The Lumberjacks salvaged their night when Y.Gazura netted his second goal with just less than two minutes left in the game .Unable to get it done in overtime, each team saw only one player-from their side get some scoring done in the shootout. D.Ruiz took care of that department for the Lumberjacks while S.Govas replied for Team Cuba. E.Girouard scored a pair along with an assist for Team Cuba while M.Baccari was the most productive player for the Lumberjacks accumulating five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Baccari of the Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks defenseman was an absolute force scoring once while setting up four goals.
Thursday June 8
(4)SBS Trashers vs Spartans(1)
SBS Trashers score 2 power play goals in 4-1 win
Riding a pair of power play goals, the SBS Trashers took full advantage in their 4-1 win over the Spartans. It was the captain once again that got things going. E.Panzera opened the scoring and picked up two assists to lead all teammates. The Spartans had just come off a scoring spree against the Street Ballers but saw their offense hit a wall on this night except for one time when S.Dion beat R.Pampena early in the second period. This contest had its difficult moments with both sides going through a penalty parade by the third period. In the end, the SBS Trashers found a way to win but it wasn’t anyway close as the Spartans are showing that they can challenge with anyone.
(3)Carnage vs Street Ballers(4)
Three second period goals lifts Street Ballers to first win of the season
The Street Ballers were finally able to end a losing drought by using a big second period to get past Carnage. E.Garon, A.Papazian and A.Jalbert all scored during that time to put their club up 3-1. But that didn’t discourage Carnage from-fighting back as M.Pace tallied late in the frame to pull his team within one. With still plenty of time to decide the outcome, both sides traded third period goals which didn’t have the Street Ballers complaining whatsoever. This result puts three teams tied at three points each with identical records.
(3)Bramabulls vs Dragons(9)
Dragons make statement in 9-3 thrashing of Bramabulls
Just short of the opening period, the Bramabulls never knew what hit them. The Dragons powered five first period goals for a commanding 5-1 lead that was more than enough considering the way the game was going. Despite the terrible start, the Bramabulls went on to lose that last two frames getting limited scoring. While finding the back of the net wasn’t an issue for the Dragons, N.Goncalves continues to impress striking four times. A.Zarzour helped as well collecting a pair of markers while A.Porfido was electric accumulating five points. This was the Bramabulls first loss, but an ugly one considering the lineup they have.
(3)Deadlast vs Raging Rhinos(4)
Deadlast late rally comes up short in loss to Raging Rhinos
A 2-0 lead heading into the third period should be safe. But for the Raging Rhinos it nearly wasn’t on Thursday night. Deadlast scored all there three tallies in that period alone only to fall short in the end. E.Leblanc regained the lead with his second that snapped a 2-2 tie and his captain T.Georgaros provided a two goal cushion with just over three minutes remaining. Deadlast weren’t don’t yet at that point by notching a late goal by J.Skafidas, who still gave hope with 80 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, the comeback effort ran out of race track for Deadlast, who know they will do fine in the division despite their 0-2 start to the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Goncalves of the Dragons. The sharp shooter struck four times to collect his seventh goal in only two games.
Wednesday June 7
(4)Mtl Huskies vs Acolytes(9)
Acolytes finally get a win they can build on
After a very slow start to the season, Les Acolytes felt refreshed with their 9-4 win over the Mtl Huskies. In a season already littered with bad losses, it was promising to see Les Acolytes change the script and come out on top. The thrilling win snapped a three game losing streak and alleviated some of the self inflicted pain caused by their previous losses. Tonight, everyone showed up to play as nine goals went in against a side that’s experiencing a similar kind of fate. M.Robillard had the most goals with a hat trick while P.Tambeau fell next in line netting a pair of markers. While Les Acolytes are finally glad to get in the win column, the Mtl Huskies have yet to collect points after three games and will try to do so in their next match up with the Brew Crew.
(1)Publiks Crew vs Les Agents Libre(9)
James Tutino taps in three for Les Agents Libre
James Tutino was able to score in every period to record a hat trick and help lead Les Agents Libre to a convincing 9-1 result over the Publiks Crew. The Publiks Crew weren’t able to tighten up enough giving plenty of chances that resulted in three goals per period. Apart-from their captain L.Kastaniotis getting on board late in the second period, the Publiks Crew saw their offence remain dry. M.Melo had a quiet night facing 13 shots and would have preferred to earn a shutout but will remain content with the overall result. M.Alfieri was very productive once more collecting five points.
(2)Primetime vs Hellfish(4)
Hellfish end Primetime’s perfect record
Primetime entered the night gunning for their fourth straight win in a row but were ultimately undone by a hungrier side in the Hellfish. Like any club on a decent tear, the Primetime were eventually due for a dud. The Hellfish knew this going in and made sure to put a full out effort in hopes of capturing the win. After playing the way they did, the victory did come with the help of a particular player that had plenty of offensive output. N.Bourgeois is a player that has a nose for the net and it showed once more as he buried three out of his clubs four goals. The match was ultimately decided in the second period where the Helllfish won the frame 2-1.B.Verducci was victorious after a busy night facing close to 30 shots.
(2)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(6)
Brew Crew continue to roll only three games in
The Brew Crew continue to ride the feel good wave after collecting a third straight win for a perfect record. One of their biggest assets is the capability of keeping the ball from-going in. C.Muccino and his defense do a near flawless job in that area while the forwards are equally effective up front putting up some decent numbers. In tonight case, J.Nocera was looked to in that department as the veteran put three behind the Bramabullls net minder. D.DiGiacomoSr is also one of a few players that can find the back of the net and the power forward did just that by bagging a pair by the early stages of the second period. The Bramabulls will take a valuable lesson from-this loss when facing the Brew Crew later on in the season. And that is to try and play with the lead. If they can manage that than they’ll be fine with the players they have, if not, then they may just experience a similar fate.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas Bourgeois of the Hellfish. The Hellfish forward poured it on by bagging three out of his clubs four goals to help end a perfect streak set by Primetime.
Wednesday June 7
(1)Trappers vs Tropics(4)
Tropics surge again to remain atop of D Wednesday standings
V.Crivello was at it again posting two goals and an assist, and the Tropics look like they will do no wrong by the way they are playing as of late. The Tropics decided this one by the second period where they built a comfortable 3-0 lead. The Trappers did get some life by the early stages of the third period when D.Castonguay finally solved A.Boulieri, but that was a close as it got. S.Wilcox helped regain a three goal cushion only moments later for his second point of the game. With only two goals for after three starts, the Trappers will need to figure out how to address their scoring woes up front.
(8)Smackdaddys vs Fat Roy(1)
Smackdaddys punish Fat Roy with 8-1 loss
F.Laurin and J-C Lavois each scored a pair as the Smackdaddys ran up the score against Fat Roy on Wednesday night. It was a night that nothing went right for Fat Roy and everything going well for the Smackdaddys. Down 3-0 after one period, N.Gikas looked to ignite his team by getting on board but that was just an illusion as the Smackdaddys continued to pour it on. Despite the lopsided loss, the Fat Roy did manage some shots and quality chances only to beat S.Morante on one occasion. M.Destounis, M.Boivin, K.Arsenault and M-R Crevier also went on to score for the Smackaddys, who collected their second straight win of the season.
(6)Punishers vs Venom(3)
C.Gingras nets a pair, Punishers double up Venom
After escaping the first period up 3-2, the Punishers pulled away-from there en route to a double up victory over Venom. Whatever happened in the second period, Venom couldn’t keep up with the Punishers who took the frame 2-0 with goals by C.Stamadianos and C.Gingras. That sequence proved to be more than enough for the result despite conceding a tally by M.Dalpe. N.Mackeen was on top of his game limiting a potent offence to three goals on 28 shots. The Punishers, apart-from C.Gingras’s two markers had M.Matteau, K.Tsoukalas, C.Stamadianos and F.Russo also find the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincent Crivello of the Tropics. His two goals and one assist carried his club over the top in a 4-1 win over the Trappers.
Monday June 5
Team X contain 1 Timer’s speed to even the score
While Team X brings grit and structure to the court, the 1 Timer like to rely on their incredible speed. In tonight’s case, the 1 Timer used their strength to get the better of the veteran side by outscoring their opponent 3-2 while adding an empty net marker. The game breaker came towards the end of the match when C.Gagnon-Ethier snapped a dreaded 2-2 tie before capping things off in an empty cage. Much of what happened in the opening contest continued on in the second game with the 1 Timer posting two straight goals before the end of the frame. The 1 Timer weren’t hiding the fact that their game plan was to punish a slower side. And while that seemed to be going fine, Team X upped their ante heading into the final frame. Somehow, they managed to spark their comeback by igniting three straight goals. After making the score 2-2 only two minutes in, A.Lanni used a deceptive back hand to beat F.Koch for a 3-2 lead .The 1 Timer still had plenty of time to even the score with six minutes remaining, and while they dominated the rest of the game, P.Assadi came through for Team X making pivotal key saves for the duration of the match.
(2)Team X vs 1 Timer(4)
(2)1 Timer vs Team X(3)
Punishers get upper hand in opening game, Stones respond with authority
The combination between A.Centis, A.Dayan and K.Tsoukalas is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Punishers to grab the opening battle with the Stones on Monday night. All three players combined with points in the only two goals scored that were just enough to get the positive result. In addition to the win, F.Russo was flawless after conceding an early tally barely two minutes into the hockey game. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Stones not only replied, but responded in a big way by crushing the recent champs. After netting a pair of goals only 60 seconds apart, the Stones built a huge wall around them forcing the Punishers to get creative. Unfortunately matters only got worse for the Punishers with the Stones racking up three more goals by the second period en route to a 5-0 win. E.Allen opened and closed the scoring while A.Bergomi and P.Santullo collected three points each. The win also came with the help of O.Caillet, who made the key stops early on to help protect the lead the rest of the way. This result handed the Punishers their first loss of the season in a division that looks to be up for grabs so far.
(2)Punishers vs Stones(1)
(5)Stones vs Punishers(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Stones. Limiting a team like the Punishers to only two goals in two games is never easy to do, but O.Caillet was extremely brilliant on Monday night making incredible saves.
Sunday June 4
(3)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(5)
Late-game rally not enough for Fatal Demons, Shockers improve to 2-0
The Shockers got off to the start they wanted carrying a 2-1 first period lead with a pair of goals-from the clicking trio of M.Blackman, C.Debonis and M.Martin. Both tallies came- from Blackman, who scored only four minutes apart .The top ranked Shockers clearly outplayed the Fatal Demons in the first two periods where they built their lead to 4-1.With an opportunity to cut the lead in half, the Fatal Demons just complicated their situation by giving up a crucial shorthanded goal. T.Salberg shocked his opponent with that tally to put his club in complete control of the game. Based on the first two periods, this contest appeared to be an easy night for the Shockers, but that wasn’t the case in the last 15 minutes of play. The Fatal Demons eventually made a game of it by notching two goals by J.Bolanakis and G.Demarinis. At that point, the Fatal Demons were only one shot on net to tying the game but were unable to complete their rally as T.Salberg sealed matters in an empty net. M.Martin collected his third point for the game winner and D.Bourque was solid in net stopping 21 of 24 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Martin of the Shockers. The forward collected three points that included the game winner late in the second period.
Thursday June 1
(1)Street Ballers vs Spartans(6)
Spartans respond with big statement game
When many may have thought that the Spartans would struggle to score goals, will now have many realize how completely wrong they were after their lopsided win over the Street Ballers. The Spartans proved that they won’t be a push over after netting six straight tallies before conceding their only goal with just over a minute remaining in the game. S.Leblanc was flawless up until that moment when M.Mogianesi spoiled the shutout. But that’s just a minor detail for a team that is glad to respond in a big way after their blow loss only a week ago. Plenty of their offense came-from a new addition in S.Lague, who notched half of his team’s goals to earn a hat trick. The win came with the help of everybody pulling their weight and playing a full out 45 minute game. J.Tesolin did a great job leading his team off and on the court by setting up three different teammates.
(5)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(4)
Bramabulls power play strikes three times in 5-4 win
M.Diaco scored a pair of power play goals while B.Sansotta collected three points in a close 5-4 win over the Raging Rhinos. Despite trailing by three markers, the Raging Rhinos managed to narrow the gap with a pair of tallies courtesy of M-A Piche and S.Pilon. Unfortunately, that was as close as it got for the trailing side. The Bramabulls had built enough of a cushion that led to a tight victory. M.Diaco and B.Sansotta dressed for a first time and made an immediate impact combining for five points. The Raging Rhinos did have D.Ramada raise some eyebrows as the steady defensemen riffled two goals while setting up a teammate.
(4)Carnage vs SBS Trashers(6)
Captain E.Panzera leads way with two power play goals
Two visits to the penalty box for Carnage led to a pair of power play goals for the SBS Trashers. D.Brunetti and F.Gentile were the ones that took advantage of the five man unit as both player scored third period power play goals that may have ultimately made the difference in the match. Carnage did have their opportunities but couldn’t take advantage on three occasions. It came in a losing cause but M.Pace may have been the best player of the court. The fierce forward created havoc and got his way with the SBS Trashers defense by riffling a hat trick while setting up J.DiMarco. As for the SBS Trashers, E.Panzera took the leadership role by posting the opening and closing goal for his club.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Lague of the Spartans. In his season debut, the forward was a huge reason why the Spartans sparked so many goals. S.Lague struck three times while adding an assist to earn the player of the night.
Wednesday May 31
(4)Punishers vs Tropics(7)
Tropics use power packed offense to get better of recent champs
One thing’s for sure is that the Tropics will be tearing it up in the goal scoring department. If it’s not one player than it’s another as tonight A.Deluca took the torch riffling four goals. This contest was only decided by the third period where the Tropics snapped a 4-4 tie thanks to a goal by C.D’Onofrio. Unable to get that equalizer, the Punishers gave up two empty net goals that suggested this game was way closer than what the score indicates. One of A.Deluca’s goals came shorthanded that evened the score in the first period while C.Gagnon did the same for the Punishers to level the game at four goals a piece by the third period.
(1)Trappers vs Smackdaddys(2)
J.Bolanakis snaps third period tie as Smackdaddys edge Trappers
J.Bolanakis, who also assisted on F.Laurin’s first period goal, was able to win the match for the Smackdaddys by providing the go ahead marker in the third. That was just enough to get the Smackdaddys in the win column after dropping last week’s contest with Venom. It was a game where both net minders were very good in between the pipes. After facing about 25 shots each, Y.Hassani got the slight edge over his counterpart J.Richer, who will be a significant piece to the puzzle for the Trappers. This result gives the Trappers a second straight loss, who are defending well but not getting enough scoring punch up front with only one goal so far this season.
(5)Venom vs Fat Roy(6) S.O
Fat Roy third period push results in big shootout win
Fat Roy may have concerned themselves on how they will fair in the division, but after a late third period push, things may start to look positive for C.Zafiropoulos and the rest of his team. Fat Roy just kept working and working up until three goals in only 90 seconds put them in the driver’s seat. That was the first time Venom trailed during the match, and despite falling behind, N.Gilbert responded in a big way for his second of the game that eventually forced the extra time. Once in overtime, neither side was able to get it done that forced the net minders to work extra hard in the shootouts. At that point, only one player excelled in the breakaways. E.Lohaitis tallied for Fat Roy while F.Vigliotti was brilliant denying all three attempts his way. The win came with the help of five different goal scorers for Fat Roy, who will look to feed of this result in their next battle with the Smackdaddys.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yassine Hassani of the Smackdaddys. The net minder excelled on this night stopping 22 of 23 shots his way enabling the Smackdaddys to collect their first win of the season.
Wednesday May 31
(7)Bramabulls vs Acolytes(5)
Bramabulls victorious in penalty filled game
The man advantage was the norm as the Bramabulls held on for a 7-5 win over Les Acolytes in a game with more than its share of penalties. But the despite the amount of trips to the penalty box, both sides only combined for three power play goals. The Bramabulls got there with balance scoring that included a pair of markers by M.Diaco. After a very slow start to the night, Les Acolytes went on a complete take over by the second period where they riffled four goals to win the frame 4-2.S.Dicaire helped spark the comeback posting two quick markers before the end of the second period. However, that momentum eventually hit a wall with the Bramabulls responding with the next two tallies en route to their second win in as many starts.
(3)Hellfish vs Les Agents Libre(4) O.T
T.Oliveira rescues Agents Libre after giving up late shorty
The frustrations were felt for Les Agents Libre, who nearly let slip away what had to be a sure win. Up 3-2 along with a late power play opportunity, Les Agents Libre gave up a devastating shorthanded goal to put the Hellish back in the match. But that didn’t faze T.Oliveira as the explosive forward took matters into his own hands. It took only eleven seconds after the draw in overtime for Oliveira to shift the celebration in his team’s direction. Les Agents Libre just defeated a very good hockey club and got there with the additions of three key components. The win came with efforts from-four different goal scorers. The Hellfish had the better start winning the opening frame 2-1 but were nowhere to be seen for long stretches up until a late shorthanded goal forced the extra time.
(7)Primetime vs Les Raymaonds(4)
No stranger to goal scoring,T.Shpindler nets 3 for Primetime win
Give him the opportunity and he will most likely score. Some players have that knack for finding the back of the net and Primetime know this as they are glad T.Shipindler is one of those players. The sniper led the way scoring once in every period to help Primetime start their season with an impeccable 3-0 record. Apart-from their goal scoring abilities up front, A.Qureshi took care of his own end by allowing a single goal up until the late stages of the second period. Les Raymonds took a while to get the ball rolling, but once they did, J.Flynn was able to go on a scoring rampage bagging three out of the four goals for Les Raymonds. M.Deninno helped set up three tallies in the loss.
(1)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(5)
Brew Crew drop Horsemen in solid overall effort
Although the Horsemen took an early 1-0 lead, the Brew Crew weren’t too concerned as they eventually took over the match in its entirety. Both side played to a 1-1 first period draw before the game shifted in only one direction. The Brew Crew started to warm up early in the second period when D.DiGiacomoSr snapped the tie that eventually led to a two goal cushion courtesy of D.Verta. From-there, C.Palermo scored early in the third period and D.Verta added his second just to make sure that the lead would stick till the very end. Its only two games in but the Brew Crew do carry an impressive stat allowing only one goal in as many games. C.Muccino will not be complaining much with the kind of defense he has in front of him as the net minder will look to remain sharp as the season rolls along.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Muccino of the Brew Crew. The net minder allowed only one goal against a team that normally has no issues scoring.
Monday May 29
Team X & Carmoni de Fabreville settle for split decision
In about the span of only seven minutes, Team X didn’t know what hit them in the opening battle with their opponent. Les Carmoni de Fabreville completely dominated that stretch winning every man on man battle that resulted in four straight markers. G.Delisle and D.Desmarais dressed for a first time and made an immediate impression posting two goals each. Team X showed no signs of life during that time but managed to pick up their game by the second period. With the help of two tallies by D.Ramada and D.Galloro, the veteran side changed the direction of the match to eventually trail by only one goal. Still not out of it yet, Team X kept putting on the pressure only to run into a hot net minder in P.Corbin, who stopped 19 of 22 shots. J.Poirier eventually slowed things down by feeding an empty cage to help secure a 5-3 win. Team X made sure not to repeat what happened to them in the second contest. Although it was far-from convincing, the men in yellow never once trailed and used a big tally by D.Galloro that broke a 2-2 tie. D.Ramada may have been Team X’s best player as the defenseman not only participated in all three goals but made incredible defensive plays that may have prevented some good scoring chances. Both sides had to work extremely hard in order to capture their respective wins.
(3)Team X vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville(5)
(2)Les Carmoni de Fabreville vs Team X(3)
Stones out match 1 Timer in one out of four periods
With the first contest ending in a dead heat draw, only one out of the four periods was taken over by one side. The Stones used five second period goals in the second encounter to run down the 1 Timer. That sequence occurred with the Stones trailing 1-0 after one period. The scoring efforts came from-five different players that saw M.Russo bury the winner as part of a three point performance. In addition to his three point production, M.Russo was the only Stones player to have scored in the opening game that helped send the game into a shootout. Neither side was able to grab the win in the shootouts as F.Koch of the 1Timer and his counterpart O.Caillet denied two out of the three breakaway attempts. C.Fragkiudakis scored in the shootout for the Stones while T.Daigneault did the same for the 1 Timer. With only two goals in both games, the 1 Timer know that their struggles to score will be an issue if they can’t get back an injured P-A Surprenant to their lineup. For the time being, it will be a big loss but the power forward will take things a day at a time before his eventual return to the roster.
(2)Stones vs 1 Timer(2) S.O
(1)1 Timer vs Stones(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ramada of Team X. D.Ramada excelled at both ends of the court on Monday nights. Apart-from dominating the point’s category collecting two goals and two assists, the rugged defenseman made an incredible play to win a one on one battle that led to a big tally while blocking shots when Les Carmoni de Fabreville pulled their net minder in hopes of an equalizer.
Sunday May 28
(8)Team Cuba vs Butchers (9) O.T
Team Cuba lost for words after devastating loss
The Butchers won in dramatic fashion posting two very late goals before taking it a step further with an overtime tally. After pulling their net minder for the extra attacker, A.Sua pulled his team within one leaving only 19 seconds on the clock. Then, part two of the madness occurred when M.Zampino riffled a blistering slap shot right before the sound of the buzzer. The Butchers crawled back into the game in a remarkable fashion and weren’t done just yet. A.Jalilvand placed the ball in the right place at the right time of overtime that sent an ugly feeling to s side that surely though they would win the game. Team Cuba looked to be in control for most of the night getting plenty of offense, especially by E.Girouard, who bagged four goals and an assist. But with the Butchers never giving up, their hard work paid off in the end. T.Karasek scored once before setting up the last three goals for the Butchers. A.DeSua chipped in with a pair as the only player to score twice out of the nine goals that went in.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Lumberjacks(5)
M.Destounis scores hat trick, leads Fatal Demons to a second straight win
M.Destounis is no stranger to scoring goals and tonight he proved it once more with an incredible display of hockey. The smooth forward netted three straight timely goals to help improve the Fatal Demons to a perfect 2-0 start to the regular season. The Lumberjacks did have the better jump building a 3-1 first period lead but that eventually changed as the game progressed. The veteran side patiently waited for their chances to arise and made sure to bury them once the opportunities were there. F.Benhamadi contributed in a big way collecting three points for the win. As for the Lumberjacks, no one stood out more than the other as five different players struck to find the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Fatal Demons. His three goals was the major reason why the Fatal Demons took the game-from the Lumberjacks.
Thursday May 25
(5)Dragons vs Raging Rhinos(8)
Raging Rhinos take over in third to defeat Dragons
A third period relentless effort by the Raging Rhinos led to a high scoring 8-5 result. The takeover began by the five minute mark of the final frame when T.Angelis scored the first of five goals that came-from all different players. With a golden opportunity to regain their lead, S.Labrecque capitalized on a power play for his second of the night that ultimately stood up for the winner. M-A Piche also scored twice getting the Rhinos off to a good start with three straight points. The Dragons added a good piece to the line up in N.Goncalves, who immediately impressed scoring three goals and a helper. Despite having two good periods, the Dragons were nowhere to be seen by the third where the Raging Rhinos completely dominated the frame.
(8)Bramabulls vs Deadlast(7) S.O
Deadlast cough up lead in third period collapse
How a 6-2 lead with four and half minutes slipped away will leave Deadlast mind boggled for days to come. After working hard all game to get to that point, C.Zafiropoulos and his shorter bench felt like they just fell off a steep cliff with nowhere to be found. That ugly feeling kept persisting after a scoreless overtime leaving only a three man breakaway competition to decide it all. During that span, J.Mandracchia and M.Marrone pulled through with shootout goals while G.Follano was able to stop two of three attempts to earn the win in net. The Bramabulls didn’t depend on any heroes for their incredible comeback as four different players scored in a very short span. As for Deadlast, Y.Gazura had a very good night riffling a hat trick along with an assist on C.Zafiropoulos’s second goal of the night.
(7)Carnage vs Spartans(0)
Carnage too much for new addition Spartans
The growing pains of an inexperienced team will be something that the Spartans will need to cope with in the beginning of the season. Up until they find some chemistry and figure out line combinations, J.Tesolin will have some important decisions to make in hopes of improving the situation. Despite the lopsided score, the Spartans held in there for half the match allowing only one goal till the ten minute mark of the second period. M.Pace is very familiar to finding the back of the net as the sharp shooter tallied three times to get much of the offense going. Both sides had their chances with the man advantage but it was only Carnage taking advantage with two power play goals. The Spartans didn’t get to shoot much which enabled B.Madonis to have a calm night recording a 14 save shutout.
(1)Street Ballers vs SBS Trashers(6)
SBS Trashers move the carpet with 3 power play goals
Visit the penalty box and there will be a price to pay. The Street Ballers didn’t have a great night trying to kill off some penalties which led to convincing win for the SBS Trashers. On three occasions, M.Marcantonio, M.Panarello and the captain E.Panzera each tallied with the man advantage after moving the ball incredible well. At no point were the SBS Trashers in any sort of trouble during the match. The only slight mishap came when Y.Dube scored at the 5:45 minute mark of the third period to spoil R.Pampena’s shutout. P.Hodhod had the most goals scoring twice while his captain and F.Gentile had the most points with three apiece.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Carnage. The natural sniper whaled three goals to spark the Carnage offence in a 7-0 rout of the Spartans.
Wednesday May 24
(2)Publiks Crew vs Primetime(7)
D.Zabitsky shines with three special teams goals
Leading the way for Primetime was D.Zabitsky, who notched two quick shorthanded goals to give his club a valuable 3-0 lead in the first period. Primetime continued their pace from-there outscoring the Publiks Crew in every period. After posting his two shorthanded markers, D.Zabitsky added another tally on the special teams completing his night with a hat trick on the power play. The Publiks Crew had major issues addressing an important part of their game, and that is the lack of production with the man advantage. They did however score once on the power play but that was only once on six attempts. Adding to that, they gave up two shorthanded goals that completely changed the direction of the match.
(3)Brew Crew vs Acolytes(0)
C.Muccino makes 29 saves en route to shutout win over Acolytes
C.Muccino played a supporting role denying every shot his way to help lead the Brew Crew to an early season win. His solid play was just as effective as his defense in front of him. The Brew Crew like to suffocate their opponents and the Acoltyes learned this first hand unable to get any scoring done. A.Lanni and D.DiGiacomo scored first period goals and J.DeSua added a late insurance marker to cap off a perfect night. D.Catalano was behind setting up the first two tallies for the Brew Crew. Its only two games in but Les Acolytes aren’t satisfied yet collecting only one point to the standings.
(3)Mtl Huskies vs Horsemen(5)
T.Mader and T.Zermalias score two goals each to edge out Huskies
Forward T.Zermalias scored twice including a helper on M.Mamoulides’s game winner, and T.Mader also contributed with a pair to help lead the Horsemen past the Mtl Huskies on Wednesday night. Despite trailing by a couple of goals, the Mtl Huskies showed their resilience by nearly tying the game. R.Estrela led a third period effort as the captain scored twice only minutes apart to pull his team within one. In hopes of level ling the match, the Horsemen eliminated that possibility when T.Zermalias tallied late in the game. Neither side dominated the shots column or had many chances on their power plays as only one penalty was taken all night. The Mtl Huskies have been showing some good signs for a new club and will only get better if they continue to battle hard game in and game out.
(4)Les Raymonds vs Hellfish(10)
Hellfish score in bunches in 10-4 rout of Raymonds
The Hellfish won’t have any issues scoring as they did plenty of it against Les Raymonds. With the help of N.Bourgeois and F.Benahamadi, both players ran up the score by a collecting a hat trick. The damage had already been done early on in the contest when the Hellfish scored two early second period goals for a 6-1 lead. At that point, Les Raymonds just hung in there but managed to get some goals through B.Verducci. S.Lecavalier scored twice while setting up A.DeCarolis in the loss. It was a night that Les Raymonds could have used M.Deninno to their lineup, who would have at least helped with some damage control.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Zabitsky of Primetime. His two first period shorthanded goals stunned the Publiks Crew that was never able to recover as the game went on. Zabitsky added a power play marker to complete his hat trick and merit the player of the night.
Wednesday May 24
(3)Venom vs Smackdaddys(2)
J.Rochon powers Venom with all three goals
J.Rochon did for Venom what he does for Legacy and that is to score goals. The fierce centreman met high expectations by netting all three goals in what was a battle till the very end. The Smackdaddys were the ones to strike first with two straight tallies by M.Destounis and D.Auger. However, that sequence turned on dime only minutes later when Rochon struck with two markers in three minutes. The scoring appetite wasn’t done just yet as a feed-from J.Vinet enabled J.Rochon to complete a devastating hat trick. After dominating the first half of the game and out shooting Venon 22-13, the Smackdaddys started to fade away slowly giving up three unanswered goals.
(2)Fat Roy vs Tropics(7)
V.Crivello scores hat trick as Tropics topple Fat Roy
V.Crivello’s offensive output helped lead the Tropics to a convincing 7-2 win over Fat Roy. While he may have scored most of his clubs goals, V.Crivello is only a part of the threat for a side that will be potent all season long. The Tropics have plenty of speed and unlimited skills that will surely have them battle for a championship. The match ultimately was decided by the second period with the Tropics sparking four unanswered goals. A.Deluca had a slow night for his standards as the goal scorer only struck once for the game winner while setting up two teammates. Fat Roy got their lone tallies by J.Pantelis and G.Papadatos as the only two players to solve A.Boulie.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Rochon of Venom. The forward produced all three goals as part of a remarkable comeback vs the Smackdaddys.
It is with great pride that Hockeyballe.com will support all the Quebecers participating at the World Ball Hockey Championships.Two players from Quebec were nominated on the Canadian team (Samuel Fortier Danick Martel); and five national teams will get parts or all of their players from Hockeyballe.com (Haiti, Greece, Armenia, Lebanon and Italy). These players will be able to play for their heritage country based on the “heritage player” concept. (Heritage player: player who has the citizenship of a country or whose parents have).In order to practice for the upcoming championships, Haitians, Greeks, Armenians and Lebanese are playing in the Hockeyballe.com League. Concerning the Italian team, a part of their players’ come from different teams in the league, while the other part is from Ontario.The World Championships have been organised by the ISBHF (International Street & Ball Hockey Federation) every two years since 1995. This time, the championships will be played in Pardubice, Czech Republic, from June 1st to 10, 2017. Games will be live streamed and all the information available on the event official website http://pardubice2017.com or on the event Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pardubice2017.We wish everyone a great tournament!
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Monday May 22
Defending Champs start strong
The recent champs started their regular season play in style on Monday, jumping off to a pair of convincing wins. The Punishers were in fine form-from the beginning providing a 3-0 lead that saw all three goals go in a two minute span. A.Centis opened and closed the scoring for the Punishers while F.Russo faced 14 shots to collect an early season shutout. In hopes of bouncing back by the second contest, Les Carmoni de Fabreville went through a similar fate allowing three first period goals. The Punishers went on about their business getting scoring efforts-from three different players to dictate the match. Still, after three straight periods, F.Russo has yet to concede a goal but that changed when J.Poirier finally got to the net miner by the mid way point of the second period. A.Dayan made an immediate impact by accumulating five points in two games and will be heavily relied on with the loss of last season’s top scorer.
(0)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Punishers(4)
(6)Punishers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(1)
Stones use late high-lite reel goal, Team X responds to even the score
What looked like was surely headed for a shootout changed when C.Fragiudakis and T.Bergomi combined for a beautiful play. Both players went on a two on two rush that had Fragiudakis provide a perfect feed for a tap in goal for the power forward. Unhappy with the way things ended, Team X fell in a deep hole early in the second game. But after responding with a pair of tallies before the end of the frame, Team X continued their onslaught adding three straight tallies for a 5-2 lead. D.Galloro and A.Lanni each scored twice while A.Zarzour scored the other with a hard slap shot. The Stones didn’t decide to call it quits just yet as they pulled their net minder with just over four minutes left in the game. That move nearly worked as two goals went in that left still about a minute for the equalizer. And despite having the chance to tie it, the Stones just fell short as time eventually ran out. Both sides played a chess match styled game that forced players to find their own space and take shots-from the outside. The only thing lacking from-either side may be their lack of overall speed but the rest is there for the two veteran clubs.
(1)Team X vs Stones(2)
(4)Stones vs Team X(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fabio Russo of the Punishers. After facing 30 shots in two games, the net minder allowed only one goal.
Sunday May 21
(6)Shockers vs Lumberjacks(4)
T.Salberg’s third period hat trick powers Shockers past Lumberjacks
All three of T.Salberg’s goals came in the third period, turning a 2-2 tie into a 6-4 win to start the season on the right track for Shockers. Both sides knew it was going to be a grinding type of game. With that, came two power play goals by the Shockers and a pair of special team markers for the Lumberjacks that included a shorthanded tally. Neither side was able to get enough momentum for long stretches but the Shockers found a way to be better by the third. J.Blackman and D.Boyd each scored with the man advantage for the Shockers .The Lumberjacks saw their usual suspects go to work as C.Gingras and D.Ruiz combined for five points in the loss. Its only one game into the season but the Shockers have shown from-their previous sessions that they will be incredibly hard to beat.
(4)Team Cuba vs Fatal Demons(12)
Fatal Demons destroy Team Cuba in strong start to season
It didn’t take long for the Fatal Demons to find their dazzling offensive rhythm against a team that has some adjusting to do. For the Fatal Demons, it was business as usual as their chemistry and experience took over-from the very beginning of the match. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Team Cuba, who despite have the players are far away-from the chemistry required. In tonight’s case, five different players (M.Destounis, P.Santullo, M.Chenier S.Koulieris and D.Ugaldez each scored twice to get the better of S.Sauk. The Fatal Demons created plenty of openings that led to many odd man rushes. M.Trivissono still had his work cut out for him but fared well in net facing 24 shots for the win. E.Girouard provided some of the goal scoring for Team Cuba as the veteran as yet to slow down posting two rockets.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Troy Salberg of the Shockers. His third period hat trick made the difference in a close 6-4 win over the Lumberjacks.
Wednesday May 17
(7)Les Raymonds vs Publiks Crew(0)
Les Raymonds thrilled with season opener
Les Raymonds kicked off the summer season strong with an impressive 7-0 win over the Publiks Crew on Wednesday night .After making a few changes to their lineup, the new additions did a great job replacing some of the missing spaces-from last season. It was a match that didn’t heavily rely on M.Deninno, who quarterbacks Les Raymonds almost better than anyone. Tonight, the scoring came-from six different players that included two goals by N.Richer-Bond. The Publiks Crew kept it close in the first half of the game but saw their chances fade away as the game went on. Unable to get any scoring done, the Publiks Crew went up against a stubborn net minder in A.Mancini, who denied every ball his way. It may have come as a lopsided loss, but the Publiks Crew will take the time to address certain areas in their game that will only make them better with time.
(13)Bramabulls vs Mtl Huskies(6)
High scoring Bramabulls win run & gun battle
The Bramabulls wasted no time early on running down the Mtl Huskies with a 5-1 score after only one period. That was just the beginning of what was a shooting fest between both sides. Despite the bad start, the Mtl Huskies started to find their groove by the second netting three markers but still dropped the frame by a goal. By then, the Bramabulls were well on their way to an easy night. L.Mancini led all scorers bagging a hat trick while M.Zampino, J.Palmitano and N.Cinquino each scored twice. The Mtl Huskies got their scoring done by only three players. J.Mancini, A.Buoni and R.Francesco all got the better of A.Grieco netting two goals apiece. It may not have been the result they wanted, but R.Estrela and his deep bench have plenty of positives that they can grab. If not for their bad start to the game, this contest would have potentially gone to the wire against a very established club.
(5)Les Agents Libre vs Primetime(8)
Primetime outlast Les Agents Libre to start season strong
There wasn’t much to be disappointed for Primetime as they did plenty of things right in their season opener. Although it wasn’t a perfect game, A.Kavaldjian and his squad came prepared boasting a 3-1 first period lead that enabled them to dictate the match the rest of the way. T.Shpindler and his captain A.Kavaldjian were able to find the back of the net on two occasions. C.Stamadianos did collect the most points with three perfect feeds along with an early second period marker. Like in most circumstances of many hockey games, a good start is very vital to any outcome. Les Agents Libre didn’t get that on this night but showed plenty of good things after the first period to battle back. A.Kobayati scored twice in the loss while L.DeCubellis collected a pair of points.
(5)Horsemen vs Acolytes(4) S.O
Horsemen spark third period magic to pull rug under Acolytes feet
Unable to hold off a late tally and a third period shorthanded goal, Les Acolytes felt like they left empty handed on Wednesday night. It’s a kind of loss that you want to get rid at the beginning of the season rather than in a very important playoff match. G.Panagiotopoulos came through in the shorthanded situation while P.Cardillo provided the equalizer with only 39 seconds left in the game. Even with that bad sequence, Les Acolytes failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity by overtime. With plenty of room on a 4 on 3 man advantage, M.Vinciguerra worked wonders stopping every threat his way. If that wasn’t enough, the steady net minder brought it a step further denying all three shootout attempts by Les Acolytes. The Horsemen needed only goal to complete their late push that came courtesy of M.Kardum.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Vinciguerra of the Horsemen. The net minder managed to kill off an overtime penalty while stopping three straight shootout attempts.
Monday May 15(Finals)
D.Ruiz and C.Gingras clicked all night, Punishers celebrate 4 vs 4 title
Dynamic duos have been the staple throughout the history of ice hockey and ball hockey. The combo between D.Ruiz and C.Gingras showed up once more as they have been doing all season long. Les Yables had the difficult task on containing both players as they combined for most of the offense in the two games. But hockey isn’t only comprised of some individual talents up front when the stakes are this high. In the opening contest, J.Meynard stopped three straight breakways to capture an important game one of the series. As for the second encounter, the Punishers slowly built their way to a 3-0 lead that appeared to be more than enough. It was only by the mid way point of the last period where Les Yables made things interesting. M-A Gervais finally solved J.Meynard on the power play, and L.Verdon scored minutes later to pull his team within one. That tally forced Les Yables to pull their net minder with 90 seconds left to their season. Unfortunately for them, C.Gingras came to the rescue for the Punishers by feeding an empty cage. That was Cingras’s third goal of the game as part of a four point night. D.Ruiz helped set up his linemate to collect his fourth point as well. This series could have easily gone either way if Les Yables could have managed to win the shootout battle in game one. But with room for only one winner, the Punishers did all the right things to string a pair of wins together. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the rest of the Punishers for getting the job done.
(3)Punishers vs Yables(2) Game 1 S.O
(2)Yables vs Punishers(4) Game2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dylan Ruiz of the Punishers. The feisty forward was on top of his game at the most important time of the season by providing three goals and an assist.
Monday May 15(Finals)
(2)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 3
Red Lite crowned again as best team in hockey
After only three games in, Red Lite defeated the Black Knights 4-2, to complete a three game sweep and win the Premier division once more. Despite a respectable effort, the Black Knights got deflated in the third period where Red Lite capitalized twice less than a minute apart. J.Provost-Blais snapped the dreaded 2-2 tie for his second with the man advantage, and M.David put the final dagger only moment s later, also for his second that surely provided enough of a lead with eight minutes remaining. Every game was close in this series but the Black knights couldn’t get that timely goal to get any sort of advantage. The saying of good teams always find a way to win surely summed up this series. Red Lite, whether they trail or play with a tie will more often than not find a way to get the job done. Once again, the ball hockey giants proved to everyone how good they really are by winning the Premier division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to Carl Ghilarducci and the rest of Red Lite for capturing the A division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais. The forward scored back to back goals that snapped a third period tie along with providing an assist to finish with a solid three point night.
Note that both Red Lite and the Black Knights will be representing Quebec at this years Nationals. Red Lite will be classified as QB1 and the Black Knights will be QB2.The event will take place from August 7 - 13 at Saint John New Brunswick.
Monday May 8(Finals)
(3) Red Lite vs Black Knights(2) Game 2
J.Bradley slams door on Knights with two third period goals
The Black Knights were firmly in control of Monday night’s game and seemed to be heading to an even series with Red Lite. That was, until the last eight minutes of the hockey game. That’s when Red Lite down 2-1, got desperate and managed to score two goals both by the very same J.Bradley. The Black Knights were clearly ready to start the night with two first period goals by J.Mandracchia and S.Nowakowski. P-O Girouard was in his zone and was playing lights out up until a late second period power play marker by J.Provost-Blais got the Red Lite on board. Still, the Black Knights were in control and had one period left to go with their slight 2-1 margin. But when you play Red Lite, and lead by only one goal nothing is in the bank up until the final buzzer. In tonight’s case, the Black knights saw their series take a turn for the worse by letting those two goals go in. Like old cliché’s they’ll have to take it a game at a time to try and bounce back. As for Red Lite, next week will be business as usual as they’ll try and put an end to the series.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeffrey Bradley of Red Lite. In time of need, the forward struck twice in the third period turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Monday May 8(Semi finals)
Les Yables out battle Venom for two game sweep
Les Yables walked away with back to back wins over Venom to move one step closer to their ultimate goal. It took only nine minutes in for Les Yables to put a strangle hold in the opening match. Led by their captain, A.Gervais set the pace only 20 seconds-from the opening draw to beat R.Ranieri before setting up L.Verdon for a 2-0 lead. Venom did eventually get on board late in the first period when J.Courteau got to J-F Simard. Still not out of it yet, K.Araujo used a power play marker to pull his team within one. But Les Yables would eventually slow down the momentum by responding with a huge insurance marker that would prove to be the winner. D.Marcotte was that player as the sniper buried his second after receiving two assists-from D.Pelletier. With the first game out of the way, Les Yables did nearly the exact same thing in the second contest. L.Verdon’s two quick goals along with A.Gervais following up with a power play marker, Les Yables built another 3-0 lead by the nine minute mark of the frame. At that point, Venom found themselves in another bind that would eventually cost them the series. Both sides traded second period goals each that included a hat trick by D.Pelletier. The one important thing that Les Yables did on this night was their commitment to get the better start. Unfortunately for Venom, they just couldn’t weather the storm long enough in order to keep the games close.
(3)Venom vs Les Yables(4) Game 1
(5)Les Yables vs Venom(2) Game 2
J.Meynard and Punishers limit 1 Timer to only two goals, advance to finals
The Punishers did exactly what they needed to do in order to take out the 1 Timer on Monday night. The first thing was limiting P-A Surprenant and T.Daigneault off the score sheet in which they did in the opening contest while generating their excepted offence primarily-from C.Gingras. Add both those scenarios and the results will surely come. C.Gingras did much of the work in the first game bagging two goals and a helper while J.Meynard turned away over 15 shots to record a shutout. After taking a commanding 1-0 series lead, the Punishers weren’t done yet. The first period of the second game was just a carryover of what happened in game one. It took just over four minutes for three different players to find the back of the net for a commanding 3-0 lead. The 1 Timer would go three straight periods without a goal. In an effort to battle back, P-A Surprenant ended the spell by posting two second period goals. However, his second tally still trailed his club by two with barely enough time for a comeback. Once again, C.Gingras had his hand behind setting up two out of the four goals for the Punishers. J.Meynard was exceptional in both wins as the net minder went perfect for well over three periods.
(3)Punishers vs 1 Timer(0) Game 1
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers (4) Game 2
Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will look to complete their playoff run by taking on Les Yables. The final won’t be easy for either side. Les Yables work extremely hard and will constantly for check and force the Punishers to react quickly. But will that be enough against a side that has the most dangerous player and a very good active defense. Time will tell as both teams prepare for their biggest games of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremie Meynard of the Punishers. The net minder went through a very long stretch before giving up his only two goals in both games vs the 1 Timer.
Sunday May 7 (Finals)
(6)Red Nose vs Brew Crew(3) Game 1
Red Nose’s big 3 step it up to set tone
It didn’t matter that one of the main focuses for the Brew Crew was to neutralize N.Delia as the sniper still found a way early on to set the tone. His goal just 30 seconds in enabled the Red Nose to play with a lead for the remainder of the match. Four out of the first six tallies all belonged to three particular players that would surely make an impact. After Delia’s early tally, C.Gingras posted two in a row right before M.Latreille joined the club with a power play marker for a 4-1 lead. The game was already out of reach when the Brew Crew found some offense with two late tallies. Despite the loss, those two goals gave some vote of confidence as they desperately needed their forwards to pick things up heading into game two.
(5)Brew Crew vs Red Nose(2) Game 2
Brew Crew steam roll Red Nose to draw even in series
It may have taken just over half the game, but the Brew Crew finally addressed their scoring woes up front. Once S.Fabrici struck to tie the game, a bushel of goals followed. M.Rheaume scored twice, L.Verta collected four points and the Brew Crew rebounded-from their earlier loss in emphatic fashion to split the series at one. The Brew Crew never had the chance to play with the lead, but once D.Storozuk provided it, the Red Nose felt like they were in trouble. One very important thing that the Brew Crew did well in this contest was their ability to skill off some penalties. The Red Nose have a dominant five man unit that just couldn’t get the right scoring chances needed in front of the net. C.Muccino took take of the far shots while the Brew Crew defense cleared the crease to support their net minder. With this result, both teams had 15 minutes or more to prove who would be remembered as champs of the E Sunday division.
(6)Red Nose vs Brew Crew(0) Game 3
Timing is everything, Red Nose use early PP marker en route to finish line
An unfortunate four minute high-sticking call may have been the turning point in this series. The Red Nose smelled blood, and this time made sure to take advantage when J-P Meunier blasted a rocket-from the point to beat C.Muccino. That goal still left more than enough time for the Brew Crew to respond but things only seemed to get worse-from that point on. It took only 20 seconds later for a lucky bounce by Y.Leroux to double the lead. Then, it was M.Bourassa’s turn to find the back of the net and just like that the Brew Crew knew it was over. With the series out of reach, C.Gingras added three straight points to put the final dagger. It’s no wonder that the Red Nose finished in first place of the regular season. Tonight, they showed once more what a great ball moving team they are with the help of some complimentary players that can score at will. There defense and sharp goaltending by S.Morante was just as effective as it took every area of the game to get this far. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Giovanni Delia and the Red Nose for getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Red Nose. The skilled forward scored twice in very game providing the expected offense that helped lead his team to the championship.
Thursday May 4(E1 Finals)
(1)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(7) Game 2
Deadlast respond with blowout win to even series
Deadlast blew out the P.E.Y.O in a must win game to even the series. C.Zafiropoulos and his squad began hot building a 3-0 first period lead. While the P.E.Y.O attempted to get on board with a power play chance, C.Chirola only made things worse by bagging a shorthanded goal. That was the skilled centreman’s second of three goals in a four point game. It was clear that Deadlast got undeniable massive contribution -from all their players. Anytime there would be a loose ball or battle in the corner, it was almost certain that a Deadlast player would gain control. When adding all that up, the opportunities came which enabled the many goals that went in. A.Kakivelis contributed with a pair while J.Sanoudakis had to deal with one slight sorrow when A.Jalilvand spoiled his shutout. After a dominating performance, Deadlast was definitely primed for the mini game. The only slight disadvantage for Deadlast at that point was that the P.E.Y.O would need only 15 minutes to be the better team.
(1)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(0) Game 3 O.T
J.Skafidas cuts through the high slot to riffle championship goal
Neither team cared who would score the game winning goal. All that mattered was that Deadlast can call themselves the best team of the E1 Thursday division. J.Skafidas was credited the winner 4:00 minutes into overtime as Deadlast captured the title with back to back wins. The play developed deep in the P.E.Y.O corner where Skafidas separated himself from a P.E.Y.O player and stormed through the high slot before riffling a wrist shot that barely gave S.Brown a chance. From-start to finish, the intensity level couldn’t be matched by the P.E.Y.O, who maybe in their defense could have used some help with less than two lines. As for Deadlast ,they did their part by coming prepared and it showed with their high level of play. Despite scoring only once in two games which is very uncharacteristic for a team like the P.E.Y.O, a 15 minute mini game was to their advantage. Unfortunately, a key glove save- from J.Sanoudakis may have been a key reason why the celebration took place on his bench rather than the other side. Both net minders were incredibly solid. S.Brown was an absolute force in game three which gave his club more than enough time to try and get only one goal. But in the end, the better side was Deadlast on this night which gives justice to this championship .On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and his deserving group of guys for winning it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremy Skafidas of Deadlast. The sharp shooter was able to crack S.Brown and give his club their biggest goal of the season.
Wednesday May 3(F2 Finals)
(4)Black Venom vs Raging Rhinos(10) Game 1
Rhinos emerge victorious after trashing in game 1
The Raging Rhinos would do some serious damage in their opening game of the F2 finals. In a series that was built up to its hype, the Black Venom didn’t know what hit them. One of the few reasons was the dominance set forth by M-A Piche.T he highly skilled forward netted back to back tallies before completing his hat trick late in the second period. In addition to his madness, S.Pilon, J.Zannis and F.Remon overwhelmed the Black Venom net minder and defence providing two goals apiece. The Black Venom lost every frame and looked completely unprepared for a team that dominated the regular season. Luckily enough for them, this is a best of three series.
(0)Raging Rhinos vs Black Venom(6) Game 2
Black Venom took valuable notes after embarrassing loss
Perhaps it was a case of indigestion or lack of sleep, but the Black Venom showed why they finished with an 8-2 regular season record. A good character team is able to overcome even its worse moments and the Black Venom did just that only moments later to settle the score. This time, they did to the Raging Rhinos what had just happened to them by returning the favour with an embarrassing loss. The Black Venom turned the table by winning every frame that included three goals with the special teams. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau, two very familiar names each scored twice while J.Meynard was outstanding stopping all 27 shots his way.
(1)Black Venom vs Raging Rhinos(2) Game 3
Raging Rhinos stuns Black Venom with late goal, winners of F2 division
S.Pilon scored a late goal as the Raging Rhinos snatched the F2 cup out of the Black Venom’s hands on Wednesday night. The series ended with the Raging Rhinos overcoming a 1-0 lead in a short 15 minute mini game. J.Baccari opened the scoring early for the Black Venom, a goal that went unanswered for five minutes. Then, F.Remon responded in a big way to level the game at one goal apiece. Both sides knew how important that next tally would be, and with only 40 seconds left in the game, S.Pilon gave his club something special to celebrate. F.Remon and D.Ramada set up the hero to help lead the Raging Rhinos to a hard felt championship. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Hovig Pilibossian and the Raging Rhinos for taking home the F2 Wednesday division title.
Wednesday May 3(Finals)
(6)Punishers vs Armadillos(2) Game 1
Better prepared Punishers send early message
Repeating is never easy. The Armadillos entered the night as the current champs but that didn’t impress the Punishers to much in the opening game. The hungrier side made an early statement for what they had in store for the night. P.Karvouriaris ignited two first period goals and the Punishers had the luxury to play with the lead. Unable to battle back, the Armadillos had no answers as they found themselves in a very huge deficit trailing by four after two periods. Apart-from there two power play goals, J.Kontitsis was thinking already what to do in the second match in order to have a chance. C.Gingras got his name on the score sheet providing two goals and an assist while D.Ruiz helped make three goals happen with assists.
(4)Armadillos vs Punishers(7) Game 2
Punishers dethrone Armadillos as new champs of D Wednesday
The Punishers found a way to turn the tables and capture the D trophy-from the Armadillos on Wednesday night. Things looked like an easy night for the Punishers carrying a 4-1 third period lead but that all changed by the third with the Armadillos getting desperate. The comeback effort was led with goals by G.Bouchard and P.Scotti that narrowed the margin by one. That sequence tensed up the Punishers to play a little more focused in which they did by getting a back breaking tally by D.Ruiz. Still, it wasn’t over. G.Bouchard netted his second with two minutes left to force the issue once more. But after pulling out C.Stavriadis for the extra attacker, the Punishers finally put it all to rest once and for all with two quick goals by P.Karvouriaris. Longing for this moment, the Punishers got what they deserve. Their deep bench with plenty of speed was too much to handle for the Armadillos on this particular night. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and his team for capturing the D Wednesday title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. His two first period goals in game one was just the spark his club needed to knock out the reigning champions.
Wednesday May 3(F3 Finals)
(3)Hellfish vs United Arms(4) Game 1 shootout
United Arms grab huge shootout win to take commanding series lead
J-F Aumais denied three of four shootout attempts, and C.Fragiudakis scored the winner as the United Arms grabbed a big 1-0 series lead over the Hellfish. The United Arms got their scoring done in very short span riffling two power play goals. But that didn’t rattle the Hellfish too much as D.Laurin responded in a big way with his second of the game to even the score. This contest could have only been decided after both teams enjoyed excellent chances only to run into hot goaltenders .B.Verducci had to deal with the pressure of facing highly skilled players such as Y.Derohannessian and C.Fragiudakis after denying two straight shootout attempts.
(4)United Arms vs Hellfish(0) Game 2
United Arms shutout out Hellfish to take F3 championship in two
The Hellfish picked their worse time of the season to see their attack dry up. The already heated affair continued its intensity resulting in many penalty minutes. With that, came three power play goals for the United Arms. A.Minassian, H.Jerjian and Y.Derohannessian picked apart the Hellfish defence by combining for 11 points and once again J-F Aumais was a huge factor stopping all 32 shots his way. The United Arms didn’t win the regular season for nothing as their prominent overall depth showed throughout the entire post season. G.Missakian made the right choices using his players in the right situations while figuring out perfect line combinations. With this result, the captain guided his club to a deserving feat. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Gabi Missakian and the United Arms for winning the F3 Wednesday championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hovig Jerjian of the United Arms. The talented forward participated in all six goals in both games to help lead his club to the finish line.
Tuesday May 2 (Finals)
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Communists (4) Game 1 shootout
Communists rally to edge Smooth Sailors in shootout
The Communists found themselves down a pair of goals in the third period before capitalizing on two chances to force a shootout. The win came with the help of two of their better players. Captain J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais took the leadership role by not only scoring third period goals but also providing the only two shootout markers that beat A.Grieco. The Smooth Sailors had the better start taking a step in the right direction when N.Cordileone and M.Argiris struck in a short span. For well over two periods, A.Grieco and the Smooth Sailors looked like they could do no wrong. But just like the Smooth Sailors did earlier, the Communists found a way to return the favor with back to back tallies. Another big piece to the puzzle was the brilliant performance by J.Vrettis, who had a strong showing in the shootout stopping two very high skilled players in M.Testolina and J.Morina.
(6)Communists vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 2
Playoff performer T.J.Ward shines again, Communists crowned C Tuesday champs
T.J Ward may be overshadowed by players such as J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais but his playoff performance will put him in the conversation as who the MVP really is. The forward scored three times and added an assist to cap off a four point night. Two of his goals came with the man advantage, but it was his shorthanded marker that may have ultimately deflated the morale of the Smoot Sailors. The Communists just fed off that early second period sequence where they erupted with four straight tallies to dictate the match. At that point, the Smooth Sailors were not in a position to come back in the game, especially being down by four and knowing that J.Vrettis wasn’t going to let that kind of lead slip away. The Smooth Sailors will look back at game one and ask themselves what they could have done to prevent a third period collapse. With the margin of error being so fine between two very good teams, the Communists found a way to overcome the adversity that just made them better as the series went on. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to John Adamou and the Communists for capturing the C Tuesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Vrettis of the Communists. The net minder won a big shootout battle and faced over 40 shots in two games to help lead his team to a championship.
Monday May 1(Finals, best of five series)
(1)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 1
Captain Carl Ghilarducci scores twice in two minutes to lead Red Lite
C.Ghilarducci came up big at both ends of the rink on Monday night. The highly skilled and very tall defenseman scored two quick goals and kept most of the Black Knights forward in check to lead his club to a 1-0 series lead. The game was tied 1-1 before the captain scored twice to stretch its lead to 3-1.In addition to his contribution, M.David also buried a pair with the help of K.Kuczmarski, who participated in all four goals for the Red Lite. The Black Knights just weren’t sharp enough in their opening game. Apart from S.Nowakowski’s lone tally, there weren’t many positives to chew on. Red Lite won’t have the body count to match the Black Knights in this series but their ten players alone are filled with enough quality to knock out anyone. Unless the Black Knights find solutions for game two, this series could come to a halt earlier than expected.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Ghilarducci of Red Lite. Whenever a team has a player with such ability, vision and mechanics as a defenseman, it becomes very discouraging for any forwards to go up against such a force.
Monday May 1 (Round 1 playoffs)
Venom oust Jokers with 2 straight wins
Venom hung on just enough in the first encounter before easily knocking off the Jokers in the second with a 7-0 score. Despite playing with a much depleted line up, the Jokers forced Venom to play till the very end dropping the game by a slight 3-2 margin. J.Courteau scored twice in the first period and J.Quesnel-Vinet notched an early second period goal that held up just enough. The Jokers attempted 34 combined shots in both games only to solve R.Ranieri on two occasions. As for the second encounter, there wasn’t much expectations for M.Timeo and his teammates. Venom simply out ran and out worked the Jokers igniting four goals in only nine minutes. G.Lallis found the back of the net twice along with P.Scotti, who used two straight goals to end the game earlier. J.Courteau continued his point production by adding one tally and three helpers. While Venom had the expectations on moving forward, their quest to the finish line will get harder vas they’ll have to do it without a significant goal scorer in B.Deslauriers. The sniper is out with a lower body injury and may miss the duration of the playoffs.
(3)Venom vs Jokers(2) Game 1
(0)Jokers vs Venom(7) Game 2
Les Yables sweat out second game with a pair of tallies by D.Pelletier
Both teams looked pretty even to start as they felt one another out in a 1-1 first period. However, things didn’t go too well in the second for Carnage as they saw one goal lead to another. Unable to stop the bleeding, Les Yables had everything go right netting five unanswered markers that included two power play goals. D.Pelletier and F.Lacasse each scored twice and J-F Simard shut the door en route to a 6-1 victory. If Les Yables thought the second game would be an indication of the first, than they were totally wrong. Carnage tightened up their game and managed to play with a lead when M.St-Laurent bagged a power play goal. After being blanked for an entire period, D.Pelletier was able to end the spell for Les Yables posting an early goal by the second frame. At that point, neither side wanted to make any mistakes knowing how crucial the next goal tally would be. But with that in mind, Les Yables didn’t want to take their chances in a shootout which could have easily led to a 12 minute mini game where anything can happen, especially how well B.Madonis was playing. The game was starting to set when D.Pelletier came to the rescue once more. His two tallies may have avoided a catastrophe for a club that has very high expectations. Despite the back to back losses, Carnage did an overall fine job except for one period where they were totally out matched.
(6)Les Yables vs Carnage(1) Game 1
(1)Carnage vs Les Yables(2) Game 2
1 Timer grinds out Team X to advance to semi finals
Unable to compete at a high tempo, Team X saw their season end early on Monday night. The 1 Timer didn’t complicate things, instead they simply out ran, out worked and out battled a team that didn’t have enough fire in their game. With that, came plenty of mistakes and turnarounds that led to many goals for the 1 Timer. In tonight’s case, T.Daigneault was absolutely on fire collecting four points in the opening contest and a hat trick in the second game. Team X fell twice behind the eight ball which forced them to play from-behind all night long. The only bright spot for Team X was their power play, apart from-that, nothing was working right. As for the 1 Timer, both these results will used a stepping stone for their next round. If they can play the same way like they did tonight, than they’ll have a chance, even if it against a top tier team like the Punishers.
(3)Team X vs 1 Timer(4) Game 1
(7)1 Timer vs Team X(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thierry Daigneault of the 1 Timer. His dominant performance in both games proved to be too much to handle for Team X. The skilled forward accumulated 7 points that included a hat trick to earn the player of the night.
With this round over and done with, 4 teams are left over on their quest to the final. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1) Punishers vs 1 Timer(5) The Punishers have a very active defense that will provide many options to their forwards, and not to forget along with a game breaker in C.Gingras. The 1 Timer will need to neutralize the star forward and simply play a man on man game while patiently wait for their opportunities. Despite their fifth place finish, the 1 Timer have scoring, speed, and goaltending that knock out anyone at this stage of the season, even a team like the Punishers.
(2)Venom vs Les Yables(3) Both teams are very well balanced. Les Yables work very hard and play a grinding style game that will force Venom to react quickly. If Les Yables take away space and guard certain key players, than Venom will be in trouble. If not, Venom will put up the numbers and potentially advance to the final.
Sunday April 30(Semi finals)
(8)Red Nose vs Butchers (2) Game 1
Red Nose make a statement with game one win
Its only one single game, but the Red Nose looked unstoppable with their high powered offense. C.Gingras led the way with a hat trick and S.Aubertin along with N.Delia were just as effective providing two goals each. The Butchers knew what they were up against but were unable to apply their game plan accordingly. The Red Nose surged early with two goals in only three minutes. The second period only got worse for the Butchers having to give up four unanswered tallies. By then, this contest was done and over with despite a pair of goals by C.Maltese and his captain V.Mormina. The Butchers had only one thing on their mind and that was how to respond in game two.
(7)Butchers vs Red Nose(6) Game 2
Butchers fend off Red Nose to even series
A pair of solid teams took turns landing punches in game two. In the end, it was the Butchers getting the decision. D.Ruiz had plenty to prove to both sides as the sniper bagged two big power play goals as part of a three goal performance. Red Nose had a similar start jumping to a 2-0 lead but saw a different pattern develop by the second period. This time, it was the Butchers taking charge winning the last two frames outscoring their opponent 3-2.But things didn’t come convincing at all as two very late goals by the Butchers forced the mini match. J.Mandracchia came through late setting up D.Ruiz while riffling the go ahead marker with just over 90 seconds left to play. For a second straight game, N.Delia nodded a pair as the only multi goal scorer for Red Nose.
(5)Red Nose vs Butchers(2) Game 3
Red Nose regains momentum after tough loss
Perhaps the Red Nose lethargic performance a game ago versus the Butchers is just the wakeup call they needed. After blowing a very late lead, Red Nose came back for some home cookin and bounced back with a big win to advance to the final. The inspiration was led by no other than N.Delia, who was just a goal scoring machine in the series. Once again, the number 88 netted two more goals to reach six after the night was done. N.Delia opened the scoring and posted the winner cracking a 2-2 tie. The Butchers actually missed out on a power play opportunity that saw C.Gingras score instead to make the score 2-1 in favor of Red Nose. But the Butchers would get it back on a power play goal by A.Jalilvand to even the game at two. The series could have gone either way but good teams do tend to find a way. The Butchers did a remarkable job by pushing it as far as they did and have nothing to feel bad about knowing only five minutes decided the outcome of the series.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers (3) Game 1
Shockers show no quit in 3-2 rally win over Brew Crew
Not even for a team like the Brew Crew a 2-0 lead is good enough. The Shockers had no intentions in throwing the towel by showing once again how resilient they really are. The comeback was led by a key component as M.Blackman cut the lead in half just shy of the second period. Then, only two minutes later into the final frame, M.Blackman was part of setting up C.Debonis to even the game at two goals apiece. Still unable to slow things down, the Brew Crew suffered their biggest blow yet when T.Salberg but the final dagger towards the end of the game. The Shockers won this game getting scoring efforts-from three key players along with the solid goaltending by D.Bourque, and the support of the rest of the team. As for the Brew Crew, the experience of dealing with a harsh loss was a weapon that would eventually take over.
(5)Shockers vs Brew Crew(6) Game 2 shootout
L.Verta’s fifth shootout attempt for Brew Crew extends series
The frustrations of knowing that they were that close to ending the series will end up haunting the Shockers. After netting his second goal and collecting his third point of the contest, C.Debonis gave the Shockers a great opportunity to dispose of the Brew Crew in two games. Instead five shootout rounds were required to see if the series would end or force a third and deciding game. Apart-from giving up one goal by M.Blackman, the Brew Crew net minder was sharper than a steak knife piercing into a 12 ounce filet mignon. C.Muccino found a way to deny four out of five breakaways which was one save more than D.Bourque, who was equally as impressive during the contest. With this result, the stage was set to see who would prevail in a 15 minute mini game.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(1) Game 3
D.Verta buries clutch series winning goal, Brew Crew celebrate to reach finals
D.Verta notched the biggest goal of the season,a clutch go-ahead marker for the dagger that effectively ended what was a grueling battle between two very deserving hockey teams. The way the game began, the Shockers had control of the situation with an early goal by T.DeBonis. However, that slight lead would eventually be answered courtesy of J.Guerriero. At that point, both teams knew the importance of the next tally as it would surely set up who would be pulling through. In tonight’s case, that would belong to someone that’s been there and done that before. D.Verta has a knack for the big games and tonight was just another day at the office for the crafty forward. The Shockers played a great series and could have easily been there just as well. For now, it’s just a question of time for a side that has only plenty of upside ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicola Delia of the Red Nose. The sharp shooter struck twice for three games in a row providing key goals that helped send his club to the big dance.
The E Sunday division is down to two teams after what was a hard felt semi final round. The Brew Crew undeniably is one of the best defensive teams in the division. But they have to face an offense as dangerous as the one they’ll see this Sunday. C.Gingras, N.Delia and M.Latreille are a just a few names that the Brew Crew will be focusing on. In order to have a chance, the Brew Crew will limit and frustrate those key players while relying on their counter attack and goaltending. Unless something unusual happens, this series will be a reflection of what both sides went through in their semi finals.
Friday April 28(Finals)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(1) Game 1
HBHA Seniors too hot for Hawks in re match of final
There was no revenge for the Hawks, at least not in this contest as the HBHA Seniors eased to a 5-1 win to open up the series. Unable to kill off two straight penalties in the first period, the Hawks ultimately paid the price having to trail the rest of the way. T.Koutlis and T.Baltzis converted in the second period providing a three goal cushion which was more than enough for C.Stavriadis as the net minder was his usual self denying every ball his way. The Hawks didn’t have a good transition game at all, and that was because the HBHA Seniors waited for plays that they would either intercept or cover their man properly to cause a turnaround. With that came their chances with scoring efforts from-five different players en route to a 1-0 series lead. In order for the Hawks to get back in the series they would have to adjust their game plan to have a chance.
(7)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(6) S.O
Hawks return favor in must win game
It wasn’t a pleasant way to play but the Hawks did what was needed in order to force a third and deciding game. The defense kept it simple by dumping the ball into the corner for the wingers to gain some control in the offensive end. With that came some ball possession that led to a few scoring chances. It’s not often the HBHA Seniors give up more than a goal or two but this game was completely out of character for the defending champs. E.Colella surprised C.Stavriadis a couple of times that resulted in a hat trick. The HBHA Seniors actually led 3-1 only to see their lead disappear as the game went on. The Hawks failed to win it in regulation time when K.Papapostolou scored with less than two minutes to force a shootout. With their season on the line, A.Zarzour came through to rescue the Hawks. The shifty forward scored once in the first round and a second time to beat Stavriadis with a pair of crafty moves.
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(0) Game 3
Make it two in a row, HBHA Seniors crowned once again
The HBHA Seniors left no doubt on Friday night that they are presently the kings of the Masters 35+ Seniors division. With only one period to take it all, the HBHA Seniors regained their composure and played a perfect match. Once T.Baltzis opened the scoring, the Hawks felt the pressure which only made things worse. J.Kontitsis, captain of his club put a massive blow for a 2-0 lead leaving barely minutes on the clock. The captain had a good final game collecting three points that included an empty net goal. C.Stavriadis also bounced back after a subpar performance in game two to capture a shutout. This was a game that the Hawks needed that first goal in order to have a chance. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good enough performance. But despite the loss, the Hawks did put up a real challenge for forcing the mini game considering how bad they’ve fared in their last few meetings with the champs. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Kontitsis and the rest of the HBHA Seniors for winning a second straight championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Kontitsis of the HBHA Seniors. The captain had four goals and two assists while making the necessary adjustments to bounce back in a game three mini game.
Thursday April 27(E1 & E2 finals)
(6)UHC vs French Connection(5) E2 Game 1 shootout
UHC fly high in 6-5 shootout win
A back and forth contest between the UHC and the French Connection ended in the UHC’s favor as the team captured a thrilling 6-5 victory in a shootout. The French Connection had the stronger start to the night thanks to a pair of power play goals by J-F Belanger. But much of the good stuff was saved for last. After a scoreless second period, the game retook its identity by the third with the UHC winning the frame 3-2.That sequence forced the breakaway competitions to decide a winner. The UHC used two shootout goals by S.DelGaudio and J.Pantelis and a pair of saves by J.Sanoudakis to capture game one of the series. It’s worth noting in the loss that J.Farrese was incredibly solid, collecting all four points that included three helpers.
(2)French Connection vs UHC(5) E2 Game 2
UHC penalty kill ultra-slick with shorthanded goals by J.Pantelis
Armed with one of the division’s better players in a shorthanded situation, J.Pantelis was dominant providing two huge shorthand goals that echoed all the way to his bench. The French Connection normally thrive with the man advantage but saw it bite them at the worse time during the year. The UHC went up 3-2 after two periods and scored a quick third period goal to put a strangle hold in the game. S.Simitsakos was just as clutch by netting his second after scoring only a minute into the contest. Knowing full well that their season was on the line, the French Connection ran into a team that decided to shut things down. J.Sanoudakis smelled glory at that point and made absolutely sure to let nothing by him. Then, with only two minutes remaining, it was the captain’s turn to put the final icing on the cake. B.Patel ended all worries with the series last goal that led to a second straight championship in a very short period of time for the UHC. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Bhavesh Patel, Costa Zafiropoulos and the rest of the UHC for winning the E2 Thursday division championship.
(3)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(6) E1 Game 1
P.E.Y.O down Deadlast to start series strong
Deadlast may have gotten an early spark but that was as good as it got. After netting two quick power play goals, the P.E.Y.O didn’t stop there adding to their lead by striking three more times. A.Jalilvand and S.Marashlian ignited two goals each and S.Brown got better as the game went on making it very difficult for Deadlast to bounce back. Both teams are extremely familiar with one another which will give C.Zafiropoulos an entire week to try and figure out how to even the series. He won’t make excuses but some of his players had just played before in the E2 division. But the same could be said for the P.E.Y.O, who were missing a top notched sniper in B.Deslauriers. Regardless the reasons, both sides have another one or potentially two more games to play and prove to the other who is the better team. For now, it’s the P.E.Y.O carrying bigger smiles as they’ll prepare and knock out a rival opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the UHC. The selke trophy candidate did his usual playing at both ends of the field. Pantelis was able to collect five points in which two came shorthanded while adding a shootout marker.
Thursday April 27(Finals)
(2)Icons vs Legacy(1) Game 1 shootout
Icons outlast Legacy in fifth shootout to capture game 1
After four shootout attempts without a goal, S.Hrivnak finds the back of the net leaving C.Stavriadis to make the save on G.Pisanelli and win game one of the C Thursday final. The fierce rival between both sides was expected that this contest wasn’t going to have much scoring. E.Lemieux got Legacy on board in the first period and C.Gingras found a way in the second to level the match with a power play marker. Both teams tried to find time and space but struggled mightily to create enough chances. Neither player wanted to make any sort of mistake. With that notion, the match had to go to its ultimate distance where a shootout was going to decide the outcome. One thing’s for sure was that the goaltenders were ready to compete on this night. C.Stavriadis’s one extra save in the shootout was what it took to get the better of his counterpart M.Dagenais, who was equally brilliant to start off the series.
(1)Legacy vs Icons(2) Game 2
P.Chiotis and Icons jubilant, capture C Thursday title
When the final horn sounded, the Icons celebrated something special on Thursday night. The Icons capped off the series similar to what they did in game one by fore checking and defending properly limiting Legacy to only two goals in two games. Neither side had much of an advantage during the game up until C.Gingras provided a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Legacy did make a focused effort with still plenty of time for an equalizer but kept running into the same problem. Sometimes it just comes down to the numbers. With 18 players dressed and extremely motivated, the Icons simply ran down their opponent making them feel like they were playing in a traffic jam at rush hour. This result was everything P.Chiotis and his many troops wanted-from the beginning and got there through their hard work and commitment. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to the Icons captain and his players for winning a very difficult C Thursday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Chiotis of the Icons. The captain, although he didn’t play the game was a significant part to his clubs success. It’s never easy convincing many players to play all at once, but with that came what they’ve been working hard for all year.
Wednesday April 26 (Semi finals)
(0)Dragons vs Punishers(6) Game 2
Punishers use their wheels to burn past Dragons
The Punishers simply relied on one of their greatest strengths and that is their speed. The Dragons knew this going in and despite formulating a game plan to slow things down sometimes it just can’t work. After building a 2-0 first period lead, the Punishers sailed away adding four straight markers in about eight minutes. P.Karvouriaris scored twice, M.Gagnon capitalized on the power play and N.Mackeen didn’t have to endure much pressure to collect an 11 save shutout. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will hit familiar territory once more and will expect nothing less than to aim for the D Wednesday title.
(5)Armadillos vs Trappers(3) Game 2
Trappers fight back but fall short to Armadillos
J.Urquhart scored a crucial power play goal for the Armadillos. It gave the Armadillos a 4-2 third period lead early in the frame resulting as the game winner. But the effort-from the Trappers was not to be denied, as they battled back to keep this game one that would not disappoint a side that’s been out of action for a while. The Armadillos used the good tart to dictate the pace their way. P.Koutsogiannopoulos and S.Kipopoulos each had first period goals and P.Arkalis widened the margin by three right before the Trappers finally got on board. One thing the Trappers did well was to work their power play. All three goals came with their five man unit that included scoring efforts from-three different players.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Arkalis of the Armadillos. The forward was behind setting up two goals while netting one for a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Punishers will face the Armadillos for the D Wednesday championship, which will be a rematch of last season’s finals. Both teams sport spiffy records heading into the match up. This encounter promises to be more personal than predictable especially for the Punishers who want to avoid losing twice in a row to the same team.
Wednesday April 26(F2 & F3 Semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs Raging Rhinos(2) F2 Game 2
Revenge is sweet as Fat Cats top Rhinos in penalty filled game
On Wednesday, the Fat Cats demonstrated they would not be pushed around, standing up to the Raging Rhinos in a penalty filled 3-2 victory. With the help of their special teams, the Fat Cats used a power play goal and a shorthanded marker in what was a dominant second period. E.Panzera struck first to get the ball rolling but it may have been J.Guerriero’s shorthanded goal that ultimately made the difference in the match. The Raging Rhinos got both their tallies with their five man unit courtesy of J.Zannis and M-A Piche. N.Mauro has been rock solid in the series between the pipes but didn’t get the right support in the second period giving up three goals. This result set up a game three mini game that had both sides pumped with plenty of adrenaline.
(2)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(0) F2 Game 3
N.Mauro steals the show with huge shutout
Coming off a tough loss, the Raging Rhinos reset what had just happened with a flawless performance. Of course it helps when your net minder is in top form as N.Mauro showed once again why he was a big part of the success. The Fat Cats just couldnt solve him despite getting enough shots and scoring chances. Both sides knew the importance of the first goal. It took up until the 6:10 minute mark for F.Remon and the Raging Rhinos to celebrate the opening tally. Once that happened, the Fat Cats felt the pressure and did everything possible to penetrate the Rhinos defence and goaltender. Unfortunately the bounces and ball luck just wasn’t there. This series was put to rest when S.Pilon doubled the lead with less than two minutes remaining.
(4)Gladiateurs vs Hellfish(5) F3 Game 2
Hellfish rely on overall team effort to advance
Despite being unable to contain J.Vena, the Hellfish still found a way to close off the series. The Gladiateurs looked to their skilled forward as J.Vena was all over the court producing four points that included a hat trick. But that didn’t matter too much in the end for the Hellfish. As long as they won the game that was plenty for M.Zitella and his troops as they look forward to the next round. Unlike the Gladiateurs, the Hellfish relied on everyone contributing in one way or another. Five different players scored that included a huge third period power play goal by N.Bourgeois. The Gladiateurs didn’t have the start they hoped for which had them trail for most of the night. After being down 5-2 in the third period, J.Vena gave life with two straight goals only to fall short in the end.
(4)Latin Blue vs United Arms(5) F3 Game 2
Arms hold off late Latin Blue surge to set date in final
The United Arms may have avoided something that they would have regretted. As comfortable as a 5-1 third period may seem, Latin Blue wasn’t going down that easily. The surge began when S.Monet riffled his second of the game followed with two straight markers by A.Thifault and Darren Taylor. The only problem was that their third goal came with 85 seconds left in the game. G.Missakian made sure to keep his side focused and play out the rest of the game without panic. In the end, it wasn’t pretty but the United Arms found a way to get it done. Latin Blue were totally out matched early on where they ultimately paid the price for it. The win came with the help of H.Jerjian and A.Minassian as both players each scored twice.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Minassian of the United Arms. The forward was vital in the result producing two goals and a helper that included the winner to help advance the United Arms to the final.
With Black Venom winning by forfeit over the Bolts, the division leaders will take on the Raging Rhinos for the F2 Wednesday championship. Both teams will look to their strengths in order to get the job done. Everyone knows that the Black Venom have players that can score at will but the Raging Rhinos do have a style of game along with solid goaltending that can shut them down. If the Rhinos can avoid the penalty box than this series may possibly be up for grabs.
The F3 division will feature two balanced teams. The Hellfish play an intense brand of hockey and like to use their speed. As for the United Arms, they have all the tools to taking it. Led by their captain G.Missakian, the United Arms will look to their key guys up front for scoring while depending on everyone else to play a sound defensive game.
Tuesday April 25(Semi finals)
(4)Communists vs Legacy(2) Game 1
J.Provost-Blais always finds a way, Communists take series opener
Barely seconds shy of the opening frame, things started to look bleak for Legacy having to trail a Communists team by a 2-0 score. E.Girouard did eventually wake his side up by cutting the lead in half but that still didn’t solve their scoring woes up front. Instead J.Provost-Blais just made things worst with his second right before T-J Ward put an end to it providing a three goal cushion late in the game. While it’s easier said than done, Legacy knew containing J.Provost-Blais was a top priority. However, when a player is that good it’s almost impossible sometimes to do what you prepared for. The Communists did everything right to grab an important 1-0 series lead. After netting two unanswered goals, J.Vrettis felt he got the support he needed and made sure to take care of the rest denying 24 of 25 shots.
(5)Legacy vs Communists (3) Game 2 S.O
Legacy survive to live another game
With neither side able to get it done in regulation time, Legacy channeled their pressure in the shootout. T.Bozinakis closed out the must win with his clubs second breakaway attempt. This came as a huge result for P.Turturici, who needed to be on top of his game in order to force a third and deciding game. Both sides did well with their five man unit that saw the Communists strike twice on two attempts while Legacy scored once thanks to a big goal by J.Rochon. The Communists still had J.Provost-Blais collected a pair of points which is considered damage control for most clubs. The win also came with the help of a veteran that has yet to slow down. D.Bertrand was involved in every single goal that included two assists on J.Belzile and J.Rochon’s power play marker.
(2)Communists vs Legacy(1) Game 3 O.T
J.Provost-Blais haunts Legacy once more, Communists off to big dance
How fitting that this series was going to get decided with the help of one player in particular. Legacy, despite doing an excellent job containing the superstar, J.Provost-Blais still found a way to put up the points. Whenever two teams split the first two games and force an overtime game three, it’s safe to say that the outcome will get determined in coin toss situation. That being said, Legacy will still look back and try and figure out how to have killed 100 more seconds that would have given them a 1-0 regulation result. Instead D.Provost-Jarry leveled the game with the help of J.Provost-Blais’s perfect pass and all of a sudden this series was up in the air. Once the overtime hit, the Communists celebrated their biggest goal yet barely two minutes in. This was a series that came down to all the little details and the hard work put forth by all the players and especially the goaltenders. P.Turturici and J.Vrettis were absolutely outstanding giving their clubs every opportunity to take the series. But in the end, the Communists capitalized one more time over a side that can be argued were just as deserving.
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(1) Game 1
M.Testolina’s hat trick lifts Sailors over Capitals in game 1
M.Testolina continued his point production splurge recording a playoff hat trick to a 4-1 decision over the Capitals. Two out of his three goals came with the help of the five man unit. The Capitals penalty killers failed to kill off their only two times that they took penalties during the game. If timing is everything, than the Smooth Sailors showed it in this contest taking advantage of every single situation. A.Grieco limited a very good scoring team to only one goal that evened the game at one apiece. J.Morina scored once while setting up Testolina for the go ahead marker. With the loss, the Capitals used a whole hour on how to adjust and make sure to even the series.
(6)Capitals vs Smooth Sailors(3) Game 2
Capitals bounce back in a big way to force mini game
There was far too much skill and pride in the dressing room for the Capitals to just throw in the towel. Sure a seed of doubt might have been growing in some of the Capitals heads but as time went on, the confidence started to build. The Capitals saved their best for last by dominating a third period after both sides traded the same amount of goals in the first two frames. The biggest tally came early in the third frame when M.Tremblay snapped a dreaded 3-3 tie. Then, four minutes later C.Valois extended the lead by two and M.Carmelo was able to seal it in an empty cage. Prior to the third period onslaught, C.Bezeau-Chabot got his club there by netting two big goals. Know that the series is tied, both sides knew that they didn’t have any margin of error entering a 15 minute mini game.
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(0) Game 3
Momentum shifts as M.Crialese sends the Sailors through with late goal
M.Crialese has scored many times that included some very big goals in his career. Tonight, the right handed sniper came through once more as the Smooth Sailors celebrated what was a hard fought grinding series with the Capitals. Entering these types of games, the first goal usually determines who prevails. The period had less than four minutes remaining before M.Argiris and J.Morina found their linemate to get the better of J.Richer. At that point, the Capitals eventually pulled Richer for the extra attacker only to see their season come to an end when M.Testolina fired a ball into an empty net. The Capitals took ten shots and had some chances only to get frustrated by A.Grieco. Similar to the previous series between the Communists and Legacy, this battle also had all the elements of two clubs giving it all that could have easily gone either way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais of the Communists. The Communist forward notched six points that included the series deciding goal over a minute into the sudden death period.
The Communists and the Smooth Sailors are left with only one task to end their season. But that task isn’t that simple as both sides will be primed for their biggest series so far. Both these teams met three times during the regular season that had the Communists take all three games. If that’s an indication of what’s to come than the Communists will be fine. However, the Smooth Sailors won’t really care about previous stats and outcomes as they’ll just approach this as an opportunity to achieving their ultimate goal. Neither side has many weaknesses heading into the final, especially after what they demonstrated in the semi final round.
Monday April 17
Les Yables ready for the real deal
Les Yables produced dominant performances in both their wins over the Jokers on Monday night. The first match saw balance scoring that included three goals in the second period but the second match was outdone by D.Marcotte , who ignited five markers for a 8-1 victory. The Jokers struggled to get any sort of scoring done except for one time. J.Blouin struck early in the second contest only to see that momentum fade away by the end of the frame .M-A Gervais had a multi goal night and J-F Simard remains in fine form allowing only one goal. Every game, Les Yables seem to have every player step it up as their resilience to battle hard makes them incredibly hard to beat. The Jokers found this out first hand and will need to figure out ways to adjust knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner.
(4)Les Yables vs Jokers(0)
(1)Jokers vs Les Yables(8)
Close for one but outdone in the other
If Carnage can keep their games close against a team like Venom than anything can be possible in a playoff round. But with the second contest ending in a landslide, does Carnage have what it takes to endure a best of three series against some of the powerhouses in front of them .The first match was close due to B.Madonis standing on his head. Venom only scored twice with efforts by P.Scotti and M.Dalpe. However, despite the low 2-1 score, Carnage only got on board when it was too late. A.Kalaydjian spoiled R.Ranieri’s shutout with only one minute remaining. The second encounter was where Venom showed their true colors. With four goals in both periods, the offensive machine woke up. E.Girouard, P.Scotti and M.Dalpe all scored twice while R.Ranieri was steady giving up only two goals on 22 shots. The scary part in all this was that Venom took the game easy without two very key snipers. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau took the night off as both players will be focusing on a bigger task ahead of them.
(1)Carnage vs Venom(2)
(8)Venom vs Carnage(2)
P-A Surprenant at it again, 1 Timer wins and settle for draw to end season
In hockey, if you have someone who can score at will while playing smart defensively, than anything is possible. The 1 Timer are very glad that they have P-A Surprenant to their line up as the power forward seems never to disappoint. In tonight’s case, the solid number 7 netted three out of the four goals en route to a 4-1 win. The 23rd Hour knew that they were missing out to enter the playoffs but responded in a positive manner to end their season. Led by their captain, P.Salvo played it out till the very end providing his clubs first two goals. That lead held up for a very long time, up until the last 90 seconds when who other than P-A Surprenant came through to spoil the parade .Both sides tried to get it done in the shootout but the net minders stood tall denying two of three attempts. T.Daigneault scored on breakaways for the 1 Timer while C-P Sleedge got the better of F.Koch.
(4)1 Timer vs 23rd Hour(1)
(3)23rd Hour vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
Strong finish for Team X
Team X closed out the regular season on the right foot and who other than against a team that’s suffered only one loss all year. The Punishers may argue the fact that two key pieces were missing but Team X were in a similar situation without a few bodies as well. The game was meaningless for both sides in regards to the standings but Team X wanted to carry some good habits with the playoffs looming around the corner. If not for a late goal by M.Baccari, Team X could have walked away with six clean points. Instead, the veteran side took the opening game in a shootout while shutting out the second contest by a 3-0 score. A.Zarzour was the only multi goal scorer netting back to back tallies in the second encounter. The shootout win came thanks to a pair of successful breakaways by J.Pantelis and S.Sicuso and of course by the net minder P.Assadi, who had a very good night.
(4)Team X vs Punishers(3) S.O
(0)Punishers vs Team X(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Marcotte of Les Yables. Marcotte led all players scoring five goals and an assist in two games for Les Yables.
With the top seven out of eight teams advancing, the Punishers made the regular season count as they’ll skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi-finals. The first round matches are as follows:
(2)Venom vs Jokers(7) The Jokers will have their hands full is an understatement. K.Langlois will feel like the target in a firing ranch and unless he gets the proper support from all four players in front of him, then their season will end early.
(3)Les Yables vs Carnage(6) Les Yables are younger quicker and can score. Carnage will need to tighten up and play very boring hockey while hoping to get their chances on timely plays. They do have a sniper in Marco Pace but is that enough to sustain the endless pressure that Les Yables will put forth.
(4)Team X vs 1 Timer(5) Two teams very familiar with one another will battle it out. The 1 Timer will use their speed and look for P-A Surprenant in his office to do most of the damage. It’s up to Team X to continue and play a solid man on man coverage and wait for their opportunities to arise.
Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)
(3) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 2 Fadel Nassers two goal performance creates opportunity for Game 3
With an entire week on their side the Underdogs took advantage to regroup and put together a successful game plan against a team that can score at will. As the game went on it seemed that the Underdogs were not taking advantages of their chances until the third period arrived. F. Nasser made it a point to score two late goals with less than five minutes to play to force a game three. With momentum on their side the Underdogs should continue to roll.
(1) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 3 Do or die as both clubs put everything on the line to make it to the finals
With only one period remaining to decide the faith of their season and pick a club that would move on to the finals, both clubs put everything on the line. The French Connection made sure to take advantage early in the game by scoring to goals in less than a minute and a half. J. Farrese and J.F Leclerc were credited with the goals for their side. By the time the Underdogs got on the board it was to late for them to gain any momentum and scored an additional goal to tie the game.
(3) Werewolves vs Deadlast (4) Game 2 Captain C. Zafiropoulos lead by example notching a natural hat trick by the end of the second period
C.Zafiropoulos has always been an experienced leader who always organizes and makes sure his team is rolling on all cylinders. Fortunately for him he did a bit more tonight scoring three of his clubs four goals to ensure his clubs ticket in the finals. The Werewolves made one last push early in the third period with the help of A. Zarzour and J. Guerriero who cut the lead to one, but J. Sanoudakis decided that it was time to shut the door and ensure the big win for his club by making huge saves until the final buzzer.
(3) Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O. (4) Game 2 Late push by P.E.Y.O. ensures their ticket to the final
From the beginning of the game the Bramabulls knew what was at stake as they built themselves a comfortable two goal lead entering the third period. As the third started it seemed that the Bramabulls took their foot off the pedal as P.E.Y.O. fought back into it to take the lead with three unanswered goals. P.E.Y.O. used four different players to complete the scoring as C. Gringras and B. Deslaurier did most the damage each collecting two points.
(2) Street Ballers vs UHC (7) Game 2 UHC too much to handle for Street Ballers as they have an easy night
From the start of the game it was obvious that UHC had shown up for one purpose only and that was to win at any cost. Several different players contributed to the win for UHC as R. Ranno and T. Beck each scored a pair of goals to help propel their club to a comfortable lead. The Street Ballers did put a good fight notching two of their own goals but the opponents were to strong offensively to contain.
As each E division enters the final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1) Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O. (3) As two very experienced clubs go head to head in a best of three series either side can prevail, both sides are evenly matched as each team contains the talent, leadership, and willingness to win the championship.
(1) UHC vs French Connection (2) The story of two strong offensive teams will be played out in this series. The main question will be who can contain the other defensively and reduce the amount of goals they can score. Both goaltenders will need to be at their best as any goal might be the game winning one.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Zafiropoulos of Deadlast. The captain was only able to lead and efficiently manage his club to make sure they make it to the finals but he also scored three out of his clubs four goals to ensure the following.
Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)
(5)River Rats vs Legacy (8) Game 1
Late surge leads Legacy in high scoring affair
S.Robineault scored a highlight reel marker to cap a thrilling three-goal Legacy explosion Thursday night. The speedy forward was able to take off from the neutral zone and blast a slap shot while in motion to beat the River Rats net minder. Legacy ultimately won this contest in a short span of only three minutes. E.Lemieux had a two goal night that included a bullet-from the blue line. It wasn’t the goaltenders best performances but M.Dagenais was just good enough to capture a big win for Legacy. Both sides knew- from the early stages of the game that this contest was going to have its fair share of goals. The River Rats opened the first period up 4-3 that included one of two tallies by M.Dettorre, who used his explosive speed to find himself on a breakaway and beat Dagenais. Despite playing with only two lines, the River Rats still managed to score and generate chances but couldn’t address limiting the amount of goals that they gave up for a playoff game.
(4)Legacy vs River Rats(1) Game 2
Late surge leads Legacy in low scoring affair
M.Dagenais picked a good time to shine for Legacy. Surely enough the net minder wasn’t too pleased with his opening performance in game one but that all got erased by limiting the River Rats to only one goal in game two. For a second straight game, the third period came to hurt the River Rats once more, who may just have ran out of gas. Legacy played it smart by pressuring their opponents while patiently waiting for the opportunities to arise. Once the third period hit, the seed was planted for Legacy when J.Rochon snapped a 1-1 tie. Then, in the span of two minutes, S.Sacco extended the lead which surely suggested this series was over despite half a period remaining. Legacy wasn’t going to let a two goal lead slip away by rolling their three lines while getting the expected goaltending-from M.Dagenais. The River Rats did all they could considering the circumstances. For now, it just wasn’t their time as Legacy showed how determined and prepared they were for this series.
(4)Icons vs Northstars(2) Game 1
N.Pitsikoulis primed for the big games
There was little separating both clubs in the opener of this series. There were high end scoring chances, solid defensive plays and big saves form-both net minders. However, it took one particular player to put in that extra making the whole difference. N.Pitsikoulis seems to thrive every time the game is on the line. Like he’s done on a few occasions in the past, the Icons forward proved to be the difference maker by providing two straight goals. The Icons led 3-1 at that point which was just enough to escape with the win. A.Bitsakis was also vital pushing 25 of 27 shots.
(0)Northstars vs Icons(5) Game 2
M.Arkalis leads way with 2 goals, Icons punch ticket to final
When factoring that the Icons roll three lines and that the Northstars had two players playing for a third straight game due to the other division in progress, this result was already written on the wall. That being said, it did take up until the second period for the flood gates to open. The Icons put the series away by bagging four goals in that frame alone .M.Arkalis took the torch by riffling two quick goals for considerable 3-0 lead. The Northstars tried to battle back but felt that there wasn’t much they could have done. There mere 16 shots just wasn’t going to cut it as C.Stavriadis stood tall to earn the shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Icons. His two goals in game one helped set the tone in the series for the Icons who now have a chance to take on Legacy for the C Thursday championship.
The final between the Icons and Legacy will be more than just a match. For many players involved in this final, it will be one that makes them turn off their phone, dim the lights and zone in alone. Both sides won’t be able to accept what the other will say when it’s said and done. The Icons want nothing more than to prove that they are the real deal as the best team of their caliber. But for Legacy, that claim simply won’t be acceptable. Both sides will need to convince the other that the end result will be decided on the court by exploiting each other’s weaknesses and working to their strengths. The Icons will rely on youth and possibly their best trio right now in C.Gingras, C.Stamadianos and N.Gilbert. As for Legacy, it’s not complicated. The veteran side has loads of experience, chemistry and the amount of bodies to match the opposition. If Vegas were to evaluate this series, it would be the equivalent of flipping a coin.
Wednesday April 12(Semi finals)
(6)Punisher’s vs Dragons (0) Game 1
Punishers hose down Dragons with early 3-0 lead
The Dragons just came off a four game hot winning streak only to see it freeze up in their opening game versus the Punishers. The Dragons know that they are over matched with the Punishers speed which can only force them to slow things down and hope to keep the game close as long as possible. However, that didn’t transpire on this night as the Punishers simply had their way-from the start. T.Karvouriaris didn’t score but was responsible for setting up four different teammates. A.Tedone struck first that proved to be just enough for the winner while N.Mackeen was very pleased the way his team played in front of him to earn a shutout.
(1)Trappers vs Armadillos(2) Game 1
D.Andrade scores late winner as Armadillos top Trappers
The Trappers couldn’t help feel like they let an opportunity slip away. The Trappers play well enough for period of times before a late marker decided the outcome of this contest. D.Andrade came through with only two minutes left that snapped a late 1-1 tie. Neither side got on board up until the third period. S.Richer struck first for the Trappers with a power play goal. Then, G.Bouchard was able to respond only three minutes later to put the game back on an even playing field. It was a game that both sides heavily relied on their last line of defense which is the goaltending. J.Richer and C.Stavriadis are as good as it gets and it showed all game long where it took a full 45 minute effort-from both sides in order to have chance. The loss may feel bitter for the moment but the Trappers won’t go down easily knowing that they can win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Donny Andrade of the Armadillos. With only two minutes remaining, the Armadillos forward celebrated a huge goal in a close 2-1 win over the Trappers.
Wednesday April 12(F2 & F3 Semi finals)
(10)Black Venom vs Bolts(0) F2 Game 1
N.Gilbert nets four, Black Venom cruise for easy win
Like they’ve been doing all season, the Black Venom made an exclamation statement with their 10-0 win over the Bolts. Of course it doesn’t help playing a high powered offence with only two spares, but the Bolts did what they could with the situation they faced. The match was already summed up towards the end of the opening period when N.Gilbert scored his second of four goals for a 5-0 lead. J.Baccari notched a pair and J.Meynard not only collected a shutout but was involved in the scoring providing a pair of assists. Unless the Bolts get some reinforcements for game two, this series will end quickly.
(3)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(2) F2 Game 1
N.Mauro lifts Raging Rhinos in fierce playoff battle
Both net minders were hot and tempers may have reached boiling points as this contest had all the ingredients of a playoff game. The Raging Rhinos got the slight edge in this one by getting there with two goal leads on two occasions. The Fat Cats had to battle from-behind all game long but were never able to even the score. One of the reasons was simply the outstanding play of N.Mauro, who made splendid saves to keep his club ahead. The game winner came off the blade of J.Zannis with the man advantage. The Raging Rhinos got their other tallies by E.Valiquette and A.Angelis while the Fat Cats saw J.Guerriero and E.Panzera get the better of N.Mauro.
(5)Hellfish vs Gladiateurs(4) F3 Game 1 shootout
Hellfish beat Gladiateurs with 3 shootout goals
With no margin of error from-both sides, the Hellfish needed all three shootout attempts to go in to capture game one of the series. Prior to the breakaway challenge, Les Gladiateurs fought from-behind twice to help send the game into a shootout. And despite scoring twice on three attempts, it still wasn’t enough for Les Gladiatuers in the end. N.Bourgeois, M.Chartrand and W.Blanc all went to score for the Hellfish while M.Gelinas missed his last attempt to level the game. B.Verducci was out of action for a while but showed no signs of rust stopping many dangerous shots. The Hellfish can thank their goaltender on this night as this series won’t be easy to complete by the way Les Gladiateurs constantly put on pressure. For now, it’s a step in the right the direction.
(5)United Arms vs Latin Blue(1) F3 Game 1
Latin Blue flat, routed 5-1 to hands of Arms
The United Arms put five balls passed the Latin Blue net minder en route to a 5-1 win to open up their series on Wednesday night. Throughout the night, the United Arms seemed to be breaking free in the Latin Blue zone. The United Arms scored once in the first and second period before putting the game away by the third. Just the way they like it, no one needed to be the hero in this contest. The scoring came from-five different players that included the winner by C.Fragkiudakis. Latin Blue failed to address an important area which is capitalising on the power play. On four attempts, no one was able to solve-F Aumais, who was brilliant stopping over 24 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Mauro of the Raging Rhinos. The Fat Cats were frustrated a few times unable to crack the net minder at key moments during the game.
Tuesday April 11
(3)Capitals vs Bramabulls(2)
Bramabulls playoff hopes came to a halt after bad finish
Facing a must-win situation, the Bramabulls saw their playoff hope vanish at a terrible time during the match. A.Mirolla put the Bramabulls in the driver’s seat with an early third period goal, at least temporarily before one mistake led to another. The Capitals then responded with a power play marker by E.Lemieux and a go ahead goal-from C.Valois that occurred only four minutes apart. Although they still had time to bounce back, the Bramabulls started to lose sight at the end of the tunnel knowing the end was near. C.Mathieu battled every ball his way and made sure to allow nothing to help capture his clubs seventh win in only ten games. The loss means that the Bramabulls will be looking from the sidelines with the season coming to a close while the Capitals will hope to extend their momentum into the post season with only two loses all year.
(3)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors(5)
Sailors get goals-from five different players to topple Legacy 5-3
Legacy may have sighed some relief knowing that they clinched a playoff spot with the loss of the Bramabulls, but if they want to be effective moving forward, this result simply won’t help them. The Smooth Sailors, despite giving up the first goal of the game rebounded igniting three straight right before the end of the opening frame. The match went through a scoring drought in the second period which forced Legacy to change things around in the third. Whatever was said between the two frames ended up working for Legacy as they woke up-from the dead posting two straight tallies to even the score. But with the next goal being so crucial, J.Palmitano came to rescue his club once more by providing the winner with only five minutes left in the game. The power forward had a three point night and will be a vital piece to his club if they plan on making noise in the playoffs.
(3)Communists vs Bramabulls(1)
Communists finish season strong with 3-1 win over Bulls
The Communists did just enough to defeat a team that didn’t have much motivation. For them, it was all about keeping good habits going and being ready for the most important time of the year. With goals in every period, the Communists limited the Bramabulls to only one tally that came as the first goal of the contest. C.Stavriadis was able to put it behind him and watch his club slowly take control as the game went on. J.Adamou, P.Provost-Jarry and C-A Mayrand each scored in the win that helped secure a first place tie with the Capitals. However, it will be the Communists that get the top seed due to the head to head tie breaker. The Communists defeated the Capitals 6-2 and tied them 1-1 to get the edge.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Smooth Sailors. With the game on the line, the sharp shooter snapped a late 3-3 tie as part of a three point performance.
Four teams will now clash in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Communists vs Legacy(4) Legacy will need to get their act together if they plan on taking out the first place Communists. And while it’s easier said than done, a game plan will need to revolve around Joel Provost-Blais and their captain J.Adamou in order to have a chance
(2)Capitals vs Smooth Sailors(3)Both teams traded 6-2 results during the regular season. This match up will come down to all the little details necessary in a hockey game as both clubs are evenly matched.
Monday April 10(A Semi finals)
(4)Red Lite vs HBHA(3) Game 2 triple overtime
K.Kuczmarski’s tips winner, Red Lite outlasts HBHA
K.Kuczmarski’s goal, his second of the night, ended the marathon after nearly six whole periods of hockey. Kuczmarski received a perfect pass-from J.Daoust having to only re-direct it over J.Vrettis’s shoulder and under the crossbar. The HBHA found themselves in almost a similar situation like in game one by trailing against a side with barley two lines. However, they did manage to overcome a 2-0 deficit by turning it into a 3-2 lead by the early stages of the third period. The action kept going back in forth with the HBHA hoping to survive enough minutes to avoid a Red Lite equalizer. Unfortunately, the clock ended up being their worst enemy as J.Provost-Blais struck just in time to level the game and send it in overtime. That was J.Provost-Blais’s second of the contest. Neither side were able to get it done for well over two sudden death periods despite the HBHA having the extra bodies and legs favoring them. But when it’s against Red Lite, any team knows not to take things for granted. L.Augustin-Registe was vital in the series collecting both wins in net. The net minder played just enough games to qualify and made a huge impact which may question who they will start in their final round.
(2)Team Haiti vs Black Knights(3) O.T
A.Mezzagno sweet breakaway OT goal punches ticket to final for Knights
It didn’t matter that Team Haiti completely dominated the second half of the game with plenty of pressure and scoring chances. The Haitian side battled back and overcame a 2-0 hole with goals by Reginald Morne and C.Plaisir to put the Black Knights on their heels. P-O Girouard limited the damage by allowing only one third period tally that came on the power play. In hopes of riding their momentum, Team Haiti couldn’t afford to make any mistakes knowing that the next goal would surely decide their season. But hockey is a game of mistakes along with many other variables that can tilt an outcome in any direction. In tonight’s case, A.Mezzagano seized the moment after finding himself on a breakaway that ended the series on a sweet move that found the ball trickle through the legs of the net minder. The Black Knights didn’t play with enough consistency throughout this series but that can also be attributed to Team Haiti putting up a real challenge against an established hockey team. J.Velenosi and S.Sacco got the Black Knights off to a good start with first period goals before the game started to tilt in the other direction.
With both series ending in two games, the final is set up between two very familiar adversaries. The Black Knights will need to be better if they plan to defeat Red Lite in the final. That being said, Red Lite know that it won’t be easy if they don’t have the man power. For now, they got by the HBHA with barely two lines and unless they get the extra bodies, things will only be difficult for the legendary side.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the Black Knights. If not for his timely saves, the Black Knights would have been stuck playing with fire in a third and deciding game.
Sunday April 9(Round 1, playoffs)
(8)Shockers vs Hit List(2)
Shockers earn easy win to advance
In a battle of two teams seeking to advance, the Shockers rolled to an easy 8-2 win over the Hit List. T.Salberg did the heavy lifting for the Shockers bagging three goals while setting up two teammates. Saqlberg wasn’t only player to get involved offensively for the young squad. M.Blackman and J.Blackman buried a pair each while J.Collins got the other tally. The Hit List normally score much more than two goals but found themselves struggling in this game. S.Trudel and Y.Laforest notched first period markers for the Hit List, who went on a dry spell the rest of the way. D.Bourque collected the win after facing 28 shots.
(9)Brew Crew vs Team Sportek(0)
Brew Crew too much for Team Sportek in blow out win
M.Rheaume, C.Palermo and P.Karigiannis each had two goals and C.Muccino earned a 22 save shutout to take down Team Sportek on Sunday night. The Brew Crew simply used their depth and years of experience to cruise by the first year club. Despite the lopsided score, Team Sportek kept it close for half the game before getting discouraged by the third period where they gave up five unanswered goals. The win brings the Brew Crew a step closer to where they want to be which is to try and capture the E Sunday championship. For them, anything less just won’t cut it.
(6)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(5)
Fatal Demons fall short again in dramatic fashion
Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for the Fatal Demons who keep dropping games by only one goal. In tonight’s case, T.Karasek summed it up by breaking a late 5-5 tie to send the Butchers into the next round. The win came with the help of J.Mandracchia and A.Latella as both players struck twice while G.Zapatelli was slightly better over his counterpart S.Sauk between the pipes. The Fatal Demons had a solid sequence posting three straight goals before the end of the second period. But it was by the third where things fell apart. Normally, the veteran side are able to shut down their opponents on most night but couldn’t get it done in this case.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Butchers. The lanky forward collected his third point by breaking a crucial 5-5 tie late in the game.
With this opening round out of the way, four teams are now left over to see who will head to the final. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Red Nose vs Butchers (4) Can the Butchers contain the many game breakers that Red Nose have ? If so, they certainly have some key components up front that can score and the intensity to match any opponent.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(3) It won’t get any better than this series. Each side have areas that they will rely on. The Shockers are young fast and can score at will. As for the Brew Crew, they are a team that excels at playing a disciple coverage which will force the Shockers to find ways and generate chances.
Thursday April 6(E1 & E2 Semi finals)
(5)Deadlast vs Werewolves (4) E1 Game 1
Deadlast prevail in wild semi final opener
In a game that was similar to their last regular season meeting, Deadlast and the Werewolves engaged in what was a battle till the very end. A two goal performance by E.Skafidas and a game winner-from J.Skafidas proved beneficial for Deadlast as they opened their best of three series with a close 5-4 victory. The Werewolves led early but fell behind giving up three straight goals. A.Zarzour scored twice to help keep the game close for the Werewolves, who just fell short in the end. The second game of the series will now force the Werewolves to not try and fall behind as they tend to play better with the lead. K.Miraldo needs to figure out how to jump start his club and make it very difficult for the younger side to generate their scoring chances.
(7)P.E.Y.O vs Bramabulls(6) E1 Game 1
Sour third period leads to ugly finish for Bramabulls
The mood turned sour for the Bramabulls as they slowly witnessed their third period lead evaporate. This is the second time both sides meet in only one week and the P.E.Y.O seem to have something up their sleeve when trailing after two periods. In this case, J.Courteau and K.Fiore clicked as both players netted a pair each in the span of about seven minutes. The Bramabulls attempted their late comeback when T.Karasek posted his second of the night leaving only 30 seconds on the clock. By then, the damage had already been done. In order for the Bramabulls to bounce back into the series, they need to try and put their grief behind them knowing that they collapsed twice in the third period to the very same team.
(6)French Connection vs Underdogs(2) E2 Game 1
French Connection power play scores three goals to jump start series
Give them time and space and they will hurt you. The Underdogs realized this when the French Connection capitalized three time with their five man unit to take a 1-0 series lead. Two of those power play goals came in the first period. But that didn’t discourage the Underdogs from-fighting back. M.Habib and E.Salhany each scored in the second period to level the game at two goals apiece. Despite the bad sequence, the French Connection regained their lead and momentum late in the frame thanks to P.Hargreaves’s second of the contest. From-there, the French Connection went on a complete take over netting three unanswered tallies. J.Noonan and J.Farrese provided three helpers each and F.Gaudet-Peloquin stopped 20 of 22 shots to earn the win in net.
(5)UHC vs Street Ballers(4) E2 Game 1
Three goal third period deflates Street Ballers
Down by two goals in the third period, the UHC looked for solutions to turn the tide. The man power that they have wasn’t too much of a shock that the comeback transpired. But for the Street Ballers, this end to a good start was simply unacceptable, especially after playing two very solid periods. The UHC just took it a shift at a time and eventually got there with three goals in the span of only three minutes. The effort was led by C.Zafiropoulos, MCristiano and S.DelGadio. Prior to the comeback, the UHC got a pair of first period tallies by J-F Aumais to keep the game reasonable. The Street Ballers had mounted a 4-2 first period lead with the help of a couple of power play goals and a two goal performance by G.Couture. The hill might seem high to climb but the Street Ballers know they aren’t out of it yet. Lately, they have been playing really good hockey which will force the UHC o take tem very serious in their next meeting.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kris Fiore of P.E.Y.O. The corner stone defenseman was part of a big comeback by providing two key goals to finish his night with three points over the Bramabulls.
Thursday April 6
(5)Icons vs Northstars(1)
Icons expect big things after strong regular season
Now that it’s done, the Icons have bigger plans ahead of them. With this 5-1 win over the Northstars, the Icons have clinched first place after dominating the regular season with only two losses. The win came with the help of N.Pitsikoulis’s and N.Gilbert’s two goals. The Northstars kept it close half the game trailing only 2-1 but that changed when the Icons sparked two quick markers only seconds apart. A.Bitsakis faced 25 shots allowing only C.Forest to get the better of him. This contest was actually a preview of the semi finals between both sides. If the Northstars don’t find solutions after this defeat, then they won’t stand much of a chance. N.Cinquino has a whole week to dissect and figure out how to contain a team running on all cylinders.
(7)River Rats vs Northstars(6) O.T
M.Crialese hat trick leads River Rats in overtime win over Northstars
M.Crialese recorded a hat trick including scoring the overtime winner as the River Rats handed the Northstars their second defeat of a double header night. The Northstars had a chance to win the game if they could have managed to kill off three more minutes. Instead, Mario.Diaco tied the game which sent this contest into overtime. It was a match that the goaltenders were left to dry. Many players accumulated points from-both sides. The River Rats saw N.Cordileone score twice while M.Dettorre and J.Morina combined for eight points. As for the Northstars, P.Grenier and E.Paquin each nodded a pair while D.Castonguay and D.Traversy collected three points each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max Crialese of the River Rats. His three goals including the OT winner earns him the player of the night.
The C Thursday division came to an end. Four teams will go at it in what will be a wild best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Icons vs Northstars(4) The onus is on the Northstars to try and figure out how to slow down the Icons. If they manage to keep it close than anything is possible.
(2)River Rats vs Legacy(3) Can Legacy match the pace of the River Rats ? If so, it will come down to limiting mistakes and getting solid goaltending.
Wednesday April 5 (Round 1 playoffs)
(3)Fat Roy vs Dragons(6)
Dragons continue their hot streak into playoffs
From nearly seeing their season come to a halt, the Dragons have now strung four straight wins with their double up victory vs Fat Roy. Whatever is being said seems to be resonating with the Dragons as everyone is contributing in their own way. Tonight, it took six different goal scorers and a solid goaltending performance by P.Assadi to get the job done. The Dragons won every period getting a shorthanded goal by E.Gabrielli to set the tone for the match. The only thing that they couldn’t do right was to stop N.Gikas, who was unstoppable providing all three goals in the loss. But in the end, the Dragons didn’t care as they are glad to keep surprising everyone in the D Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Dragons. The goaltender won every frame making close to 30 saves to help advance his club to the semi finals.
The next round will feature four clubs battling it out in a best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Punishers vs Dragons(5) While the Punishers are heavily favorite to take this one with a younger talented group, the Dragons won’t be a push over with the amount of experience they have while riding a four game winning streak.
(2)Trappers vs Armadillos(3) It will come done to discipline. Both sides need to make it a point to stay out of the penalty box and focus on getting it done on the court. Scoring won’t be easy as both sides have the goaltending and the defense structure to keep the scoring low.
Wednesday April 5(F2 & F3 playoffs Round 1)
(4)Horsemen vs Bolts(5)F2 S.O
Heartbreak for Horsemen as Bolts wins it in shootout
The Horsemen wasted a two goal lead with power play markers, only to be thwarted time and again by the Bolts net minder. S.Zermalias and M.Kardum gave the Horsemen the early lead only to see B.Bentivegna and J.Michaud tie it in the second. With the game levelled at two, and with so much on the line, each side traded two goals in what was a wild finish to the game. P.Sidhom notched the two goals in the third for the Horsemen while A.Kobayati and J.Pimentel tallied for the Bolts. At that point, the pressure lied on both goaltenders to see who would pull through. And despite doing a great job to keep their clubs in it, somebody eventually would get the final say. In tonight’s case, that would be N.Mackeen who stoned two out of the three attempts his way. The Bolts ultimately won it when A.Kobayati scored his team’s second goal in the shootout that got the better of M.Vinciguerra.
(2)Spartans vs Fat Cats(5) F2
Shorthanded goal, the turning point in Fat Cats wins
The Fat Cats forward J.Scalia may have made arguably the biggest play of the game and that was to provide a shorthanded goal for a 3-1 lead. The Spartans felt deflated at that moment but bounced back immediately to pull within one courtesy of S.Lavoie’s second of the night. However, an early third period spark by S.Hrivnak put the Fat Cats back in control with a two goal cushion. Unable to bounce back, the Spartans kept getting frustrated by G.Sangiovanni, who was brilliant the rest of the way. The Fat Cats played through a messy game taking plenty of penalty minutes while getting balanced scoring. Despite having a below average regular season record, the Fat Cats gelled at the right time to advance into the next round.
The F2 division have now four teams left battling it out. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Black Venom vs Bolts(6) In order for the Bolts to pull through, N.Mackeen and his defence in front of him need to play a cautious defensive game. The Black Venom has too many weapons up front which will find ways to score.
(2)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(5)The Fat Cats will need to build off their previous game as they’ve been inconsistent all season long if they plan to knock out their opponents. However, that’s easier said than done as the Raging Rhinos will be geared up and be difficult to beat with the amount of chemistry they have built over the years.
(3)Reapers vs Gladiateurs(9) F3
Offensive explosion sends Gladiateurs through to next round
Playing with a short bench, Les Gladiateurs put an offensive explosion versus the Reapers on Wednesday night. Les Gladiateurs got off to a fast start getting four first period goals that included a shorthanded marker by R.Vena. That was just the beginning for Vena who went on to add three more goals before the game ended. M.Gelinas and C.Boivin chipped in with a pair and W.Goyer did a fine job in net allowing only one goal per period. It was a contest that was virtually dominated by only one side. Les Gladiateurs won every frame getting plenty of production and a pair of tallies with their special teams.
(4)Latin Blue vs Primetime(2) F3
G.Cerroni nods a pair, Latin Blue sinks Primetime
Latin Blue appeared to be ready in this one despite being out of playoff action for a while. G.Cerroni scored twice and R.Ranieri held the fort in net stopping close to 30 shots. The back breaker occurred late in the second period when A.Arcoraci provided a two goal cushion for a 3-1 lead. The first and last goal did belong to Primetime, but most of the match was controlled by Latin Blue. The veteran side showed no signs of rust and will plan to continue on doing all the little things right in their quest for the championship.
(7)United Arms vs Les Raymonds(0) F3
United Arms open playoffs with blowout win
Les Raymonds respectively kept it close for a long while. But as time went on, the United Arms showed why they have an 8-2 record .The United Arms blitzed Les Raymonds with four third period goals to get an easy pass to the next round. Y.Derohannessian sparked his club with two out of his clubs first three tallies. G.Jerjian also riffled a pair and J-F Aumais had a fairly easy night denying every shot his way. Prior to the game, Les Raymonds knew that it wasn’t going to be easy as they kept running into a tight defence.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Kobayati of the Bolts. After collecting three points in regulation time, the Bolts forward may have notched the most important goal of the season that came in the shootout for a close 5-4 win.
The F3 division will also have their semi finals begin next week. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Hellfish vs Les Gladiateurs(4) It’s your classic offence vs defence kind of match up. Les Gladiateurs have the ability to put up plenty of numbers while the Hellfish excel at limiting a solid offence. In most cases, defence wins you games and the Hellfish will make sure to suffocate their opponents.
(2)United Arms vs Latin Blue(3)It will be a tight series with both clubs that play with plenty of structure. Whoever limits their mistakes should come out of this one as both sides are evenly matched.
Tuesday April 4
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Communists (8)
T.J Ward natural hat trick sets tone early for Communists
The Communists broke out early for a huge first period against the Smooth Sailors. T.J Ward bagged three in a row just shy of the nine minute mark of the opening frame while J.Provost-Blais collected his third point to help provide a commanding 4-0 lead. That period alone pretty much summed it up for the rest of the match. The Smooth Sailors attempted an early third period comeback with two quick goals but fell back in a massive hole when the Communists replied with a pair of their own. J.Provost-Blais continued his onslaught by racking more points to finish with two goals and four assists. It came in losing cause but M.Testolina, J.Palmitano and J.Morina clicked like they usually do combining for nine points.
(5)Capitals vs Legacy(4)
M-A Morin provides winner in dying seconds
It’s never a nice feeling to lose a game with 13 seconds remaining but this loss has more serious implications to the big picture for Legacy. The result may just have complicated the standings as they may be forced to capture two points in their final game of the regular season providing that the Bramabulls win both their games. However, they do hold the cards in their own hands if they can defeat the Smooth Sailors in regulation, overtime or a shootout because that would give them four wins over the Bramabulls three wins. For now, they had to witness a bad ending when M-A Morin won it in the dying moments of the hockey game. The Capitals woke up late notching three third period goals to pull the rug right under Legacy’s feet .Five different players scored in the victory while P.Assadi was the only multi goal scorer for Legacy.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.J Ward of the Communists. His three early goals helped set the tone that resulted in a double up win over the Smooth Sailors.
Monday April 3
Team X string a pair of wins over Carnage
Team X got a rolling start in the opening contest with seven goals to defeat Carnage. J.Pantelis continued his torrid point production by scoring twice while collecting an assist and A.Zarzour was just as effective accumulating four points. After trailing 2-0, J.DiMarco cut the lead in half but that only lasted so long as Team X regained a two goal cushion before the end of the frame. From-there, the yellow shirts continued their onslaught by adding four unanswered markers to take an easy win. However, the second game wasn’t anything like the first. Carnage had lots of bite in their game and forced Team X to play up until the final seconds. M.Pace and J.DiMarco got power play goals and A.Passarelli netted their third tally to pull Carnage within one. But in the end, Team X still managed the victory that came with the help of their net minder. P.Assadi made key saves that enabled his club to get some timely goals to squeak out a tight victory.
(7)Team X vs Carnage (1)
(3)Carnage vs Team X(4)
Venom oust Les Yables twice with pure goal scoring ability
It was another effective night for Venom and their arsenal of snipers. Defeating Les Yables is far-from easy but Venom managed to do it twice by riffling 11 goals in both games. That is something Les Yables isn’t used to as they keep the goals against fairly low. But if you aren’t aware of whose in front of you than these results may make some sort of sense. In the case of the first game, B.Deslauriers got involved scoring twice out of the four Venom goals en route to a 4-2 win. The second encounter had someone other than Deslauriers plug away at the net. Out of the seven tallies that went in, J.Courteau buried four while setting up a marker. In that particular case, B.Deslauriers decided to deliver by providing four passes. K.Araujo chipped in with three points and R.Ranieri had an outstanding night allowing only five goals versus a very good hockey team. This is a lesson that Les Yables will take with them and adjust accordingly if in case they meet up in the playoffs.
(2)Les Yables vs Venom(4)
(7)Venom vs Les Yables(3)
M.Baccari shorthanded goal gives Punishers six clean points to standings
It’s not like the Punishers need the extra points at this stage of the season but why not try and finish strong with good habits heading into the post season. The Punishers used balanced scoring in the opening contest that included five goals in the second period and two goals with the special teams by the second game to edge out the 1 Timer. The match was deadlocked at two goals apiece and the 1 Timer were handed a golden opportunity on the power play only to see it haunt them in the end. M.Baccari scored with the man short with just over four minutes remaining and the 1 Timer weren’t able to respond. C.Gingras, D.Ruiz and M.Baccari all clicked well in the second game combining for six points. The 1 Timer saw their usual suspect do most of the damage as P-A Surprenant participated in all six goals in both games. Both these wins secure top seed and a first round bye for the Punishers with two games left to go in the regular season.
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(4)
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of Team X. The veteran talent was a menace in both games collecting a total of six points.
Monday April 3 (B Finals Game 2)
(1)United Armenians vs Ultimate Hockey (3) Game 2
Late power play marker makes the difference as Ultimate Hockey celebrate B title
The Ultimate Hockey beat the United Armenians 3-1 in game two of the finals to clinch their first ever B title. P.Plaisir, A.Bien-Aime and A.Paul had the goals for the Ultimate Hockey, while M.Dorismond stopped every ball his way in the cup-winning effort. The United Armenians went through a similar situation compared to game one by losing it very late. In this case, A.Bien-Aime struck on the power play that snapped a late 1-1 tie. The United Armenians missed out on two power play chances while the Ultimate Hockey capitalized that one time which ultimately made the difference in this contest. Both net minders were sensational keeping their clubs in it all game long. J-F Aumais came a little short but was a major reason why the United Armenians kept it close. After a shaky start to the season, G.Missakian and the United Armenians started to gel showing major improvement by playing at this level. If not for a couple of bounces here and there they just may have reached the finish line first. But in the end, the Ultimate Hockey deserved what they got and have every reason to celebrate. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Reginald Morne and the rest of the Ultimate Hockey for winning the B championship.
A Semi Finals :
(2)HBHA vs Red Lite(6) Game 1
Red Lite pull it off despite depleted line
Whether its injuries, suspensions or personal reasons, it didn’t matter that Red Lite had only seven players dressed in their 6-2 win over the HBHA. For them, it’s not about quantity but quality. All seven players made a huge impact that saw three players score two goals apiece. P.DiGiacomo, J.Bradley and J.Provost-Blais were the ones that got the better of J.Vrettis, who didn’t get the help early on. The HBHA fell apart in the span of only three and a half minutes where they gave up three straight markers by the end of the first period. By then, the score was 4-0 and things didn’t get better as Red Lite widened the gap to 6-0.The only time the HBHA got on board was towards the end of the match where L.Augustin-Registe saw his shutout taken away. Looking back, the HBHA will have to wonder how they couldn’t take advantage of the situation. Unless they get that first goal in game two, their playoff run may come to a halt.
(2)Black Knights vs Team Haiti(1) O.T Game 1
Team Haiti surrender late goal, Knights win it in overtime
With the game winding down, the Black Knights remarkably saved their night in the nick of time. A.Mezzagno finally beat the net minder that left just over 90 seconds on the clock. If that wasn’t enough, S.Hrivnak provided the heroics by netting the sudden death winner. Team Haiti couldn’t have asked for a better game by limiting the Black Knights to almost a blank sheet up until some late luck changed things around. C.Plaisir opened the scoring for Team Haiti early in the third period that came with the man advantage. However, that would be the only time P-O Girouard gave up a goal as the goaltender stood tall throughout the entire match. Despite the loss, Team Haiti can take this as a positive into game two if they play the same way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sean Hrivnak of the Black Knights. The Black Knights forward ended the game notching the sudden death winner after his club tied it late in the match.
Sunday April 2
(3)Les Immigrant vs Team Sportek(4) O.T
Two desperate teams faced off that went to the wire
For both these teams, the playoffs started earlier than usual. Each side needed the result to guarantee a post season appearance, and what better way to end it off by going into overtime. Team Sportek looked to be on life support going without a goal for over two periods. By then, Les Immigrant were in full control with a 2-0 lead only to see it slowly evaporate. M.Dubicki rescued Team Sportek by getting on board while setting up two straight markers. That sequence leveled the game at three goals apiece, making the next goal that much more important. Neither side were able to get it done in regulation leaving a dreaded overtime period to decide it all. Once the 3:45 minute mark hit, D.Vitale and Team Sportek celebrated their biggest goal of the season. Les Immigrant started to pick up their game by notching their eight goal in only two matches after averaging about a goal a game. For now, they just fell short but the future looks promising. As for Team Sportek, the next challenge begins and it won’t get any easier as they’ll face the Brew Crew in a do or die match up.
(5)Shockers vs Fatal Demons(4) O.T
Fatal Demons rally falls short in overtime loss to Shockers
Halfway through the game, the Fatal Demons didn’t look like they belonged on the same court as the Shockers. The Fatal Demons battled-from a 3-1 and a 4-2 third period deficit but the Shockers scored in overtime to grab the win. D.Boyd scored a power play goal in overtime to salvage the victory for the Shockers. In addition to the positive result, C.Debonis netted two goals while D.Bourque was solid in net for two straight periods. The Shockers just collected their fourth straight win of the season which couldn’t come at a better time with the playoffs starting next week. For the Fatal Demons, apart-from their two wins versus Team Sportek, kept falling short in four games by only one goal.
(4)Brew Crew vs Red Nose(8)
Red Nose capture first place and first round bye
Although it wasn’t a playoff game, this match had a lot on the line for both sides. Whoever wins secured top seed and a first round bye which is convenient to avoid any opponent in a do or die match up. Red Nose did what they do best and that is pouring on the offence. C.Gingras, a familiar name too many playing in the division took control by bagging a hat trick and providing a helper. His goals came in the first half of the game that helped set things in motion for his club. The difference in this contest may have occurred in the second period where the Brew Crew were totally out matched giving up four unanswered goals. M.Latreille and M.Bourassa collected a pair but M.Latreille was also behind setting up four markers to finish with six points. Overall, the Brew Crew are in good shape with their 8-2 record and a second place finish despite having one poor period.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dani Vitale of Team Sportek. His overtime goal clinched a final playoff spot for his club.
With Red Nose getting a first round bye, six teams will battle it out in the first round. The match ups are as follow:
(2)Brew Crew vs Team Sportek(7) Team Sportek has to go up against too much experience and quality. Unless the goaltender stands on his head and the team plays a perfect defensive game, than their won’t be much of a chance.
(3)Shockers vs Hit List(6) Shockers will enter this game riding a four game winning streak while the Hit List has struggled as of late. If momentum means anything, then the Shockers will pull through.
(4)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(5) Lots of similarities from-both sides. It should go down to the wire. J.Mandracchia is a game breaker for the Butchers and the Fatal Demons need to revolve some sort of game plan around him or else they might exit early.
Friday March 31(Semi finals)
(0)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(4) Game 1
Hawks sharp in game 1 shutout of P.Assadi
The Hawks opened up their series with a bang versus the red hot Devil Dawgz. The third seeded Hawks got goals from-four different players and a 29 save performance by their net minder P.Assadi. The game was already 3-0 after only thirteen minutes of play. A.Mosacto tapped in a perfect pass-from A.Zarzour, A.Lanni batted a ball-from mid air and A.Zarzour struck minutes later for the three goal cushion. The Devil Dawgz were forced to play catch up at that point but knew that the Hawks weren’t going to give much. Everyone in the Hawks made it a point to tighten up by keeping the centremen very close to their defenseman. With that good start, the Hawks erased some embarrassment of how they have been playing lately. But, it is only game one and things can change very easily considering how lethal the Devil Dawgz can be at times.
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(0)
C.Stavriadis shutout, HBHA edge out Stones in tight battle
The Stones know that they can defend, and despite limiting a team like to the HBHA Seniors to only two goals, it still wasn’t good enough in the end. D.Andrade opened the scoring ten minutes in and K.Papapostolou doubled the lead by the five minute mark of the second period. The defending champs played a prototypical playoff game by limiting scoring chances and getting the timely goals. For the Stones, it’s been a problem that has endured all season which is the lack of production up front. Despite the dry spell for this game, the Stones know that they can be effective if they can get to Stavriadis first in their next game. If they can manage that lead or maybe even increase it with a pair, then anything is possible, especially that the mini game is only 15 minutes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Hawks. After playing brutal hockey in their last few games, P.Assadi helped regain some confidence by turning away 29 shots for a game one series lead.
Friday April 7(Semi finals)
(1)Hawks vs Devil Dawgz(5) Game 2
Devil Dawgz even series with bounce back win vs Hawks
Short term memory came in handy as the Devil Dawgz bounced back with more energy and intensity to even up its semi final playoff series. After giving up an early goal, the Devil Dawgz responded immediately grabbing a lead that they never let go of. A.Guillaume opened the scoring and added another tally by the ten minute mark of the third to put the match away. The dormant Hawks had some moments to get back in it but weren’t good enough struggling to beat S.Sauk, who was clearly focused for this encounter. Knowing that the game was lost, the Hawks were thinking ahead to the mini game in hopes of starting fresh.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(3) Game 3 O.T
N.Faria goes nuclear with game series clincher
Unable to get it done in a 15 minute mini game, this series needed the extra five minutes to determine a winner. At that point, both sides kept crossing their fingers as any shot on net would possibly decide who would advance and who would exit in a heartbreaking finish. In most cases, it would come down to an established goal scorer getting it done but not in this particular circumstance. N.Faria has been snake bitten all season without a goal, and when it counted the most, the struggling centreman may have forgotten his scoring woes by providing the most important goal so far for the Hawks. The Devil Dawgz showed once again how resilient they were by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the mini game. Their equalizer came with four minutes remaining when G.Berberyan struck to beat P.Assadi. The Hawks got their scoring done by E.Colella and A.Zarzour while P.Assadi got the slight edge over his counterpart as both goaltenders did a fine job keeping their clubs in it.
(1)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2
HBHA sweep series, look to repeat as Masters 35+ champs
A good start and another solid outing by C.Stavriadis made for a fairly easy night for the HBHA Seniors. G.Kamvosoulis scored twice and J.Bolanakis got credited the winner as part of a three point performance. The Stones went through the same problem as in last week’s game unable to penetrate the HBHA Seniors defensive game and net minder. T.Settino was the only player to score out of the two games in this series. The win sends the HBHA Seniors to their second final in as many seasons. Entering as favorites, they will now take on the Hawks to try and repeat what they did to them in their last final.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Faria of the Hawks. When it counted the most, N.Faria came through providing the series deciding goal to help lead the Hawks to their fourth straight final.
Thursday March 30
(1)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(2) E2 playoffs, round 1
Y.Dube and the Street Ballers celebrate late to advance
Y.Dube scored a late winner as the Street Ballers reached the semi final round with a nervy 2-1 win over the Mohicans. Neither side wanted to take many chances in this contest. The goals were scarce but the defense and goaltending were up to par. S.Sauk was primed in this one allowing only one goal against a fierce offence. The Street Ballers however played it to their strengths by leaning on a younger team and by simply removing plenty of time and space. Once the opportunity arose, it was only fitting that an established goal scorer was going to get it done. Y.Dube came through at the right moment as he’s often done in the past by providing the game clinching goal. With this win, the Street Ballers will take on the first place UHC in a best of three series. The other semi final round will feature the French Connection versus the Underdogs.
(5)Werewolves vs SBS Trashers(0) E1
P.Turturici provides peace for Werewolves with flawless performance
The Werewolves ended their regular season on a high note with a convincing 5-0 win over the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. D.Traversy opened and closed the scoring to register one of many hat tricks in his ball hockey career. The offense was limited to only two players as M-A Distasio netted the other two goals only seconds apart. The SBS Trashers hung in there for at least half the match but weren’t able to keep up as time went on. With the score 3-0 after two periods, D.Travery put things to rest with two straight goals. P.Turturici was finally in a better mood and kept the dressing room quiet by posting a shutout. This came as a good vote of confidence for a side that’s suffered some heart breaking losses this season. As for the SBS Trashers, the expectations were higher than this with only one win in ten games. For now, they’ll have to try and put this season behind them and look to refocus knowing that they are a better club than what their record shows.
(10)Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O(7) E1
Bitter win gives some indigestion to Bramabulls
It’s always nice to escape a hockey game with a win, but the Bramabulls weren’t too pleased considering the circumstances versus the P.E.Y.O. This result came without some prolific goal scorers by the P.E.Y.O. And despite the missing big guns, one sniper caused havoc all game long. J.Courteau went on a goal scoring frenzy providing five goals and a helper to help erase part of a six goal deficit. Luckily enough, the Bramabulls led convincingly 8-2 which gave just enough of a gap to run away with the match. The P.E.Y.O kept fighting back, especially in the third where they pulled within two. By then, time was winding down and the Bramabulls found a way to put the game to rest. It’s not often he scores but P.Rivera provided a couple of bullets that found their way-from the point. His teammates needed to remind him not to get used to such habits and take it as an anomaly. The d-man will get back to focusing on his defensive game where he excels by stopping the big guns in front of the net. Entering the night, both sides knew that they were playing each other in next week’s semi final. This was just a match to study each other’s habits and tendencies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Street Ballers. The Street Ballers needed their goaltender to stand tall and he did just that with an incredible performance in a close 2-1 win over the Mohicans.
The E1 Thursday division came to an end. Four teams will be battling it out in a best of three semi final. The match ups are as follows.
(1)Deadlast vs Werewolves(4) It’s a battle of experience versus young talent. The Werewolves have the miles and the mind set, but will it be enough to slow down players like C.Chirola, N.Gikas and company? P.Turturici will need to stand on his head in order for the Werewolves to have a chance.
(2)Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O(3) Both sides just finished playing each other. If the Bramabulls can’t tighten up better, than they are cooked. P.E.Y.O have too many threats up front which will only force the Bramabulls defensive game to improve drastically.
Wednesday March 29
(6)HC Inter vs Raging Rhinos(8)
HC Inter exit early after blowing four goal lead
Defence was largely an afterthought as both teams, particularly the HC Inter that blew a 4-0 first period lead. But it wasn’t the fact of dropping the game the way they did, but more so when in the season. The problem was that the HC Inter needed as least two points to secure a playoff spot. Unfortunately, things went from-high to its lowest point. The Raging Rhinos erupted by the second posting three goals and continued their onslaught by the third adding five more tallies. The HC Inter couldn’t figure out what hit them after such a great start to the night. The comeback was led by S.Pilon and F.Remon as both players combined for seven goals. Pilon had the most bagging four tallies while Remon completed his hat trick in an empty net. The win secures a second place finish for the Raging Rhinos.
(10)Spartans vs Fat Cats(4)
Spartans trounce Fat Cats to finish season strong
T.Oliveira went on a scoring binge and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Spartans ended their season thanks to their sniper who bursted out with four goals and S.Lavoie that struck three times to earn a hat trick. Both players showcased what they can bring up front which will be vital in their post season schedule ahead of them. The Fat Cats held in there for a couple of periods but were totally outmatched by the third where they gave up five goals. J.Scalia provided much of the offence participating in all four goals in the loss. The only thing each side had in common in this game was that they benefited twice on their two lone chances on the power play.
(6)Horsemen vs Black Venom(9)
B.Deslauriers nods four goals to win scoring race
B.Deslauriers had another productive season, this time winning the goal scoring and point’s race of the F Wednesday division. Known for his blistering slap shot, B.Deslauriers ended his season in style by bagging four goals and a helper to lead all players. The great news for the Black Venom is that they don’t have only Deslauriers to rely on. J.Quesnel-Vinet has plenty of vision and patience to distribute the ball at the right given moment. The crafty forward collected five helpers that included an assist on one of two goals by M.Baccari. With the season coming to an end, the Black Venom dominated the goal scoring department with 78 goals in only ten games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of the Black Venom. The goal scoring machine added four tallies and an assist to lead all players of the F division with 38 points.
In a division of 7 teams, the top six will be moving forward to the post season. The Black Venom and the Raging Rhinos will skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Horsemen vs Bolts(6) Horsemen will look to use their depth while the Bolts may have to rely on their big guns to produce.
(4)Spartans vs Fat Cats(5) Both sides have the scoring punch up front. With that being said, it may come down to see who will win the goaltending battle between G.Sangiovanni and M.Chamoun.
Monday March 27
Jokers one step closer to clinching playoffs
The Jokers took a big step toward clinching a playoff spot on Monday night defeating the 23rd Hour with identical 4-0 scores. By the eight minute mark of the first period, the Jokers managed a 3-0 lead and made sure to protect it the rest of the way. K.Langlois helped preserve the cushion by stopping every shot he faced. The Jokers used four different goal scorers that saw C.Baccioglia collect the most points with two assists. The second contest had the same result but the circumstances were a little different. It wasn’t up until the second period where the Jokers got on board. And rather than getting balanced scoring, only two players found the back of the net out of the four that went in. Danny Caissie opened and closed the scoring to finish with three points while F.Maston riffled back to back tallies in only five minutes. For a second straight game, the 23rd Hour ran into the same problem trying to figure out K.Langlois. The net minder couldn’t have stepped it up at a better time during the season. With these two wins, the Jokers are almost guaranteed a playoff spot with two games remaining.
(4)Jokers vs 23rd Hour(0)
(0)23rd Hour vs Jokers(4)
Venom complete sweep of 1 Timer to maintain second place of division
After four meetings between the two sides, Venom banked more points by defeating the 1 Timer for the fourth straight time this season. Venom survived the 1 Timers best effort by keeping certain players in check. P-A Surprenant was limited to only one goal and an assist in both games which is something incredibly hard to do considering how often he scores. But for Venom, it wasn’t only about what their opponents were made of. The high octane squad got it done with many players that can hurt you on any given night. In this particular case, J.Courteau was that player as the rugged forward scored a total of three goals and an assist in both games. The 1 Timer had a strangle hold in the second encounter up 2-0 after one period but weren’t able to tighten the noose long enough. G.Lallis came through as the unlikely hero bagged the winner with only 29 seconds left on the clock. Both wins came without their big gun B.Deslauriers. With only four games left to go, it’s almost safe to say that Venom will finish either second or third place of the division depending what they do in their next games versus Les Yables.
(3)Venom vs 1 Timer(1)
(3)1 Timer vs Venom(4)
Les Yables hand Punishers first loss of the season
Les Yables knew it would be facing a tough challenge against the undefeated Punishers, but rose to the occasion at least on one to the two encounters between the two sides. The first game was business as usual for the Punishers who took the match with two late goals. C.Gingras posted his second that snapped a 1-1 tie with just under a minute remaining in the game. Then, T.Karvouriaris capped it off seconds later in an empty cage to help improve his club to their 14th win of the season. However, good things eventually do come to an end. Les Yables weren’t too happy with the way the game ended and it showed as they upped their gear by responding in a big way. The win came with an overall collective effort that saw five different players contribute in the scoring. Two of their goals came with the man advantage courtesy of M-A Gauthier and L.Verdun. Les Yables always played with the lead but the Punishers kept coming back to pull within one on a couple of occasions. Once again, C.Gingras was behind it all as the lanky forward notched two more tallies to finish his night with four points. The way both games ended, Les Yables know that they can compete with the Punishers if ever that path enables the two sides to meet in the final.
(3)Punishers vs Les Yables(1)
(5)Les Yables vs Punishers(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Langlois of the Jokers. The goaltender posted back to back shutouts at a very crucial time during the season. The wins came against a team that they were chasing for that last playoff spot.
Sunday March 26
Butcher (7) VS Les Immigrant (5)
Les Immigrant continue to improve.
On a weekly basis, Les Immigrant are improving in a very difficult E-Sunday division. The Butchers got to see first hand that they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. As Les Immigrants got their first lead of the season, it was not long lasted as their opponents fought right back into it, but Les Immigrants never gave up and continued their strong forecheck. The goals came in bunches and Les Immigrant will need to continue to learn and continue to improve as their last shot to make the playoffs comes next week.
Shockers (9) VS Red Nose (6)
A rude wakeup call for the first-place Red Nose team.
The Shockers came to prove they were all business tonight. From the initial ball drop to the final buzzer the Shockers did not remove their foot off the pedal. With the consistent amount of offence produced by the Shockers C. Debonis, T. Debonis, and T. Salberg created most the scoring chances as the three players notched seven goals. While on the other side C. Gingras continues his monstrous season by creating more havoc on the E-Sun division scoring four goals and two assists. His teammates will need to help the forward out to continue their dominance.
Butchers (6) VS Fatal Demons (5) S.O.
It’s not over until the final buzzer goes off.
With only an hour break the Butchers were right back at it trying to gain ground on the standings. As both teams exchanged goals during the first two periods say a wide open third period for either side to take control of the game. As the Fatal Demons built a comfortable two goal lead thanks in most part to M. Diaco, but the game was not over until the final buzzer as a last second shot by A. Jalilvand beat S. Sauk to send the game into overtime. T. Karasek gets credit for the game winning goal as the two-way center man scores a beautiful shootout marker.
Team Sportek (2) VS Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons look forward to their second game to erase their memory of their last outing.
With only an hour break, the Fatal Demons needed to forget what happened to them just an hour ago, and look forward to an important three points in the standing. As the game started evenly as both sides scored two goals a piece. Once the third period started all bets were off as the Fatal Demons started their offensive dominance scoring 4 unanswered goals to secure the win. The Fatal Demons used a combination approach as six different players scored a goal for their club one more important than the next. With their season on the line next week Team Sportek will need to find a way to produce a full 45 minutes’ effort to win the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyler Debonis. His hat trick in the second period helped secure a very important three points in the standing and the possibility to jump a spot with a win in their season finale.
Friday March 24
HBHA Seniors (4) VS Devil Dawgz (5)
Devil Dawgz continue to hold HBHA Seniors number.
For the second time this season HBHA Seniors are on the opposite side of the winning battle, losing a second straight contest to the Devil Dawgz. The Devil Dawgz finished off the season exactly how they wanted defeating the first place team and to hold the momentum entering the playoffs. The game was pretty evenly matched for both sides as both sides notched 2 first period goals. As the captains on both sides tried to control and slow down the game, the goals continued to come in numbers, as K. Araujo netted his second of the night. The Devil Dawgz were pleased when B. Pereira scored in the third period to secure the win for his club. P. Karigiannis also helped his club scoring two of their goals for a losing effort. HBHA Seniors will need to figure out a way to win against the Devil Dawgz if they wish to win the division.
Stones (6) VS Hawks (2)
Two old rivals face off one last time before entering the playoffs
With the playoffs just around the corner, two old rivals faceoff in the final game of the regular season. These matchups are never dull as both clubs bring out the best. Unfortunately for the Hawks did not show up to play tonight as the Stones got an easy win and a bit of confidence entering the playoffs. T. Settino and P. Paikopoulos were never going to accept the loss tonight as both players picked up their team and carried them to victory picking up a total of eight point, notching a constant flow of offence for the entire game. Both teams are aware they have to play better next week if either expect to move into the next round.
With the regular season coming to an end, the matchups for the semis are:
HBHA Seniors (1) VS Stones (4)
Devil Dawgz (2) VS Hawks (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Kevin Araujo of the Devil Dawgz. The talented defenceman notched two goals in a very important game for his club to gain momentum entering the playoffs.
Thursday March 23
(4)Werewolves vs Deadlast(5) E1
Werewolves seem to be cursed as they drop another jaw breaker
It’s their ninth game of the season and the Werewolves felt the reoccurring sorrows of dropping another contest in a ridiculous fashion. This is the third time that they let it slip away with less than a minute remaining in a hockey game. The two previous times occurred both against the Bramabulls, who scored with 23 seconds left in the first encounter, and two seconds remaining in the second meeting to steal precious points. C.Chirola notched his third goal to pull within one for Deadlast. Then, C.Siconolfi tied the game right before T.Panagakos stunned his opponents with the final dagger. The good news is that the Werewolves are officially in a playoff spot despite the black cloud hovering over their heads.
(4)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(1) E1
Bramabulls cure last week’s woes with win over SBS Trashers
The Bramabulls found a way to overcome the embarrassment they felt after last week’s game against the P.E.Y.O. D.Verta and P.Charbonneau scored in the first period, G.Follano made close to 30 saves and the SBS Trashers will be watching-from the sidelines as their season came to end on Thursday night. J.Scalia provided the lone goal on a brilliant effort in front of the net putting the ball top corner-from his back hand. That goal cut the lead in half with half a game remaining. Unfortunately, the Bramabulls responded twice that included a beauty top corner-from their veteran defenseman R.Sciortino. The SBS Trashers couldn’t get any sort of momentum going because of their frequent visit to the penalty box.
(2)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(9) E1
Deadlast whip rival P.E.Y.O to sweep double header night
Deadlast finished their regular season in style on Thursday night. They scored nine times against a team that they are very familiar with. The hype proved to be overrated as only one team showed up to play. K.Kakivelis was one part of the problem as the forward bagged four goals. His brother A.Kakivelis added to the misery by netting a pair while C.Chirola got his name in there by accumulating four points. It didn’t matter that Deadlast played only an hour earlier. As a matter of fact, they probably wouldn’t have been this dominant if they played only one game. It’s scary to think that they can be that good despite playing two hard games in a short period of time.
(5)UHC vs Street Ballers(6) E2
A.Jalbert went goal crazy in tight win over UHC
A.Jalbert scored a staggering five goals to help the Street Ballers top the UHC by a close margin. The Street Ballers forward went absolute goal crazy by the second period where he nodded three in a row for a natural hat trick. Two of those tallies came with the man advantage. The UHC didn’t know what hit them and had to endure seeing the same player haunting them over and over. After netting his fifth, the Street Ballers had someone else other than their goal scoring machine to provide the clincher. S.Archambault put the icing on the cake with the winner by the nine minute mark of the final frame. By then, the Street Ballers led 6-3 and held on barely after surrendering two straight tallies.
(5)Underdogs vs Mohicans(4)E2 S.O
Underdogs rally to take 5-4 decision versus Mohicans
Despite a great start to the game, the Mohicans had to settle for one point in their shootout loss to the Underdogs. The score was 3-0 with goals-from Y.Sigouin, B.Allard and K.Arsenault after only twelve minutes of play. Whatever was said in the intermission must have had an effect as the Underdogs turned the table around in the second. M-A Haber scored on the power play followed with two quick goals by R.Abdulahad and J.Bouhaidar. The match slowed down at that point with each side trading one third period goal. After a scoreless overtime period, the Underdogs got their way in the shootout. M-A Haber buried his second as the only player to score in the breakaways. P.Malkoun stoned all three players his way and the Underdogs managed to avoid a very dangerous do or die match for finishing in third place. Instead, the Mohicans will have to play an extra round before hitting the semi finals.
(2)Eagles vs French Connection(8) E2
J.Noonan powers high octane offence for French Connection
The true centre of attention in this game was the outstanding performance by J.Noonan. The number 88 scored three times while setting up a goal. In addition to his onslaught of points, J.Farrese joined him with the same point’s production. The French Connection just finished their regular season with a high total of 59 goals in only ten games. That’s eight more than the first place UHC. The problem is that apart-from the Eagles, the French Connections do give up the most compared to everyone else. Time will tell to see if offence will prevail over a shaky defense. It’s a style of game that the French Connection love to play and that has given them success in the past.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexis Jalbert of the Steet Ballers. The forward went a scoring frenzy bagging five straight goals for his club in a 6-5 win over the UHC.
The E2 Thursday division came to an end. In a division of six teams, the top five will advance to the playoffs. The top three seeds have an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round will feature a do or die match between the fourth spot and the fifth spot.
(4)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(5) The Street Ballers are bigger, have more experience and may have the hottest player right now in A.Jalbert. It’s up to the Mohicans to formulate the right game plan in order to address certain areas.