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Monday January 15

(5)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(1)

P-Ball explodes for three goals in second and never looked back

The P-Ball continue to roll along, this time handing the struggling Team Haiti a 5-1 loss on Monday night. After a scoreless first period, things loosened up by the second where the P-Ball did most of their damage. Three goals went in only a span of five minutes that saw P.Genereux bury a pair while S.Deslauriers notched the other. Team Haiti did finally get on board courtesy of an early third period power play goal by C.Plaisir, but couldn't close the margin as G.Saulnier and S.Vanier put the punctuation mark with two late tallies. P-O Girouard was sound once more denying 21 of 22 shots.

(5)Red Lite vs Black Knights(4)

J.Daoust beats the sound just in time

1.7 seconds on the scoreboard stared directly at every Black Knights player when J.Daoust crushed the night with a hard wrister late in the game. Prior to that point, and for most of the match, the Black Knights played a hardnosed game making life very difficult for Red Lite. And while things appeared to be going fine, the Black Knights couldn't hold up long enough. J.Daoust helped rally his troops scoring twice in a fairly short span that included the dagger prior to the buzzer. In between both his goals, C.Ghilarducci benefited from a power play that levelled the game at four goals apiece. The one major mistake the Black Knights did on this night was allowing their opponent to work their five man unit. On only three attempts, Red Lite made the Black Knights pay every single time. It wasn't the most pleasant way to lose a game, but the Black Knights could take plenty of positives despite the let down. They added some more artillery to their line up with players such as C.Gingras and K.Kakivelis that will only improve their club moving forward.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Daoust of Red Lite. Game in and game out, Red Lite have been spoiled for years with such an asset. Still going strong and showing no signs of any glitches in his game, the veteran forward was clutch once more providing two big goals at crucial times during the match.

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Monday January 15

Captain Hovig Garabedian's late tally caps a solid night for Immigrant

With the opening contest ending in a draw, the second game was decided when H.Garabedian scored late in the match to give Les Immigrant some early points to the season. Both teams traded plenty of chances in the opening game that resulted in a 3-3 draw after missing out in the shootouts. No one scored more than once, but S.Jamkouzian and A.Saglian did collect two points each for Les Immigrant while Y.Bernier and P-A Surprenant did the same for the 1 Timer. Less than two minutes was all that was remaining when H.Garabedian snapped a 1-1 tie to get the better of S.Koch. Despite the slow start, the 1 Timer won't be too concerned playing without some key pieces missing to their lineup. However, the same can be said for Les Immigrant as well, who were also short of regulars.

(3)Les Immigrant vs 1 Timer(3) S.O

(1)1 Timer vs Les Immigrant(2)

Pierre Boucher of Rebels responds in a big way after shaky start

After giving up six goals in the opening game versus the Walking Tall, P.Boucher was at his best stopping all 21 shots to split the miniseries. The Walking Tall came out flying in their season debut posting six goals that saw M.Ethier lead the way with a hat trick. Not far behind him was M-A Verville bagging a pair while L-P Beaupre notched the other tally en route to a 6-4 win.By that point, the Rebels took the opportunity to re set and try to even the score. And after making all the necessary adjustments, the game plan definitely worked. A.Dupuis struck late in the first period and the Rebels grabbed a vital lead that forced the Walking Tall to respond. Unfortunately for them, this contest wasn't like the previous one with P.Boucher stealing the show making one save after the other. The net minder felt the full thrust of the Walking Tall trying to get on board but would not succeed. Despite dropping the opening contest, the Rebels got some good looks from their captain D.Roy and his teammate A.Dupuis as both players each scored twice.

(4)Rebels vs Walking Tall(6)

(0)Walking Tall vs Rebels(1)

E.Girouard's late blast avoids the split

The Mighty Drunks came oh so close to trading three points with a very familiar opponent. The Hustlers will no doubt be the team to beat in the Monday night division but it won't come easy as they realized how close they came to losing. If not for E.Girourad's classic one timer late in the game, the Hustlers would have walked away with their heads down. Instead, they took the first game rather easily and exchanged one goal in the shootout to settle for a draw in the second contest. P.Chiotis felt it on this night as the veteran forward struck twice while setting up T.Bozinakis on the power play to cap off a 5-1 win. The second match saw the Mighty Drunks come out better prepared. They looked fine and in control for long stretches that eventually led to a 3-1 lead. But no lead is safe against the Hustlers, who rallied back with three second period goals to even the score. Neither side had any heroes on this night as different players went on to find the back of the net.

(5)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(1)

(5)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers(5) S.O

Underdogs dry start leads to strong finish in battle with Jokers

The Jokers looked to have figured things out early in their 3-1 decision over the Underdogs .They landed nine shots on net that resulted in three goals just shy of the nine minute mark of the opening frame. By that time, the Underdogs only concern was to get on board. Led by their captain, J.Constantin spoiled D.Kelly's shutout late in the game while sending a message that his team would be primed for the next match. The Underdogs didn't have a great start in the second encounter but finished extremely strong winning the final frame with two unanswered goals. B.Cabral tied the game on the power play right before A.Zarzour sparked his clubs first lead of the night that held up long enough for the winner. J.Shisha and D.Kelly were equally solid in net for both games enabling their clubs to collect wins. It came in a losing cause but C.Daoud was productive notching both goals for the Jokers.

(3)Jokers vs Underdogs(1)

(3)Underdogs vs Jokers(2)

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pierre Boucher of the Rebels. After a shaky start in the first game versus the Walking Tall, Pierre Boucher turned into a brick wall stopping all 21 shots to earn a 1-0 shutout win in the second contest.

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Sunday January 14(Finals)

(7)Lynx vs Brew Crew(3) Game 1

Offensive onslaught helps Lynx crush Brew Crew

It wasn't up until the second period that the goals came in a blazing pace. The Lynx turned a slight 1-0 lead into a massive cushion that included two back breaking shorthanded goals. With so many weapons that can hurt you on any given night, J.Mason led all teammates with three markers that included a perfect one time giving no chance whatsoever to C.Muccino. The Lynx moved the ball very well and showed incredible chemistry throughout the entire contest. The Brew Crew had nothing going for them, looking slow at times but managed to finish off strong thanks to a pair of late tallies by S.Lodico. Y.Vanasse was also vital for the win as the d-man produced two goals as part of a four point performance. As bad as most of the game went for the Brew Crew, their strong finish may be the only hope of confidence heading into game two if they plan on stretching the series.

(5)Lynx vs Brew Crew(4) S.O Game 2

Brew Crew squander two goal lead twice in heartbreaking fashion, Lynx celebrate with joy

After submitting one of their worse defeats of the season, the Brew Crew shook off some rust and appeared to be much better in game two. The offense was rolling, the defense was making plays and it appeared that the Lynx had finally been found out. At 2-0 and 4-2, the Brew Crew had only five minutes to kill and force a third and deciding game. Instead, P.Stroubakis and J.Mason had just enough fuel in the tank to bury a pair of late goals that eventually forced a shootout. Still, the Brew Crew weren't out of it yet but didn't feel good about their chances despite it being a coin toss situation. Out of the three attempts taken from both sides, R.Beaver was the only player to get it right. The Lynx forward shot first and squeezed a tight wrist shot through C.Muccino, who wished he had it back. Once that goal went in, S.Catalano knew that this contest was up to him in order to succeed. And the net minder didn't disappoint as he stood idle denying three breakaways making one save better than the other. It's never an easy thing to overcome two goal leads twice against the Brew Crew, but the Lynx showed that it was possible as they wanted nothing more than to avoid a game three. From rolling two dynamite lines, to their four mobile defensemen and a magnificent goaltender in S.Catalano, the Lynx are finally recognized as the best team of the E Sunday division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of his troops for taking it all.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. The goaltender was the back bone of this series, with a great start in game one to an even better finish in game two, where he stole the show denying three shootout attempts for the championship.

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Sunday January 14(Finals)

Punishers stampede their way to glory

F.Russo's game winning goal of the first game, and S.Bentivegna's back to back tallies in the second contest couldn't have come at a better time for the Punishers, who showed why they are deserving of the 4vs4 Monday division. The Dragons barely let the opening encounter slip away, but were nowhere to be seen in the second game where the Punishers were simply too good. Once Bentivegna struck on the power play for the 3-0 lead, the writing was written on the wall. C.Retsinas went on to add two insurance markers and P.Stamkopoulos had a near perfect night allowing only one goal in both games. The Punishers came out hard from the get go, and once they turned the screw, they literally blew past the Dragons. When looking back at how the Punishers started their regular season, no one would have thought that they would reach this potential height. But as time went by while tweaking some adjustments here and there an average looking team turned quickly into a sleeping giant.  John Fidrilis knows what it takes to win a championship as the captain has put together plenty of success in the past. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to the Punishers captain and the rest of his club for winning the 4vs4 division.

(1)Dragons vs Punishers (2) Game1

(5)Punishers vs Dragons(0) Game 2

 The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Stamkopoulos of the Punishers. After yielding only one goal in two big games, there was no doubt that Peter Stamkopoulos was up to the task earning a well deserved title.

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Thursday January 11 (Finals)

(3)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(2) Game 1

Bramabulls fall in playoff opener as Rhinos snap tie in third

The Bramabulls looked to have something good going after overcoming a 2-0 deficit, but it was all for nothing as the Raging Rhinos took the final frame. Each side had ample opportunities despite it being a close affair. The go ahead marker came off the blade of G.Vouloumanos at the 4:20 minute mark of the third period, and the Raging Rhinos were able to maintain a slight lead to till the buzzer sounded. E.Valiquette and J.Tzanetakos provided first period goals for the Raging Rhinos while G.Pisanelli and D.Verta responded with a strong second period to level the match at two goals apiece. In a tight contest that could have easily gone either way, N.Mauro made that one extra save over his counterpart C.Muccino to earn a vital game one of the series.

(5)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(2) Game 2

Raging Rhinos repeat near identical performance from game 1, crowned E Thursday champions

The script for both games had plenty of similarities. The Raging Rhinos grabbed another 2-0 lead and the Bramabulls answered back with two straight goals before dropping the third period once again. This time, the captain cracked the barrier as T.Georgaros put the Raging Rhinos in front with half a period remaining. The question at that point was if N.Mauro was able to string together to very close wins? The net minder showed that he was clearly up to the mission by stopping close to 30 shots after responding from a slight let down that occurred early in the third period. With five different players finding the back of the net, the Raging Rhinos demonstrated why they are deserving of what they got. There are a collection of reasons why they prevailed as the best team of the division. The Raging Rhinos are able to throw three solid lines at you maintaining offensive pressure with many players. At the same time, they are defensively responsible with the luxury of having N.Mauro, who was brilliant in net throughout the entire series. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Ted Georgaros, Hovig Pilibossian and the rest of the Raging Rhinos for capturing the title in a very difficult division.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Mauro of the Raging Rhinos. With goaltending so crucial for success, the net minder did not disappoint by allowing only four goals in two games versus a highly charged Bramabulls team.

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Wednesday January 10 (F2 Finals)

(5)Venom vs Horsemen(2) Game 1

Venom surge by Horsemen to grab early series lead

A better start to the night definitely helped Venom get the better of the Horsemen. But despite being up 2-0, the Horsemen eventually overcame the deficit striking twice in just over a minute. The question at that point became how Venom would respond after playing a near perfect game for nearly two periods. That question was quickly answered thanks to one of their snipers .With the second period winding down, J.Courteau gave his bench plenty to celebrate by providing a huge go ahead marker. Although it was only a slight 3-2 lead, Venom was committed to grinding out the win. J.Quesnel-Vinet and Y.Gazura went on to add insurance, and M.Trivisonno made all the necessary stops to earn a gratifying victory.

(4)Horsemen vs Venom(2) Game 2

Horsemen refuse to go away

So how exactly did the Horsemen bounce back once again after being own 1-0 in a series? It was only a week ago that they pulled the rug from under the Armadillos feet with two incredible wins. With that being said, the Horsemen knew they weren't done, and pulled off another remarkable performance to level the series. This time, M.Vinciguerra out did his counterpart stopping nearly 30 shots that had only Courteau beat him on Venom's two lone goals. After somewhat of a slow start, the Horsemen only got on board as of the five minute mark of the second period. Once P.Sidhom cracked the ice, two more goals went in by the end of the frame and Venom knew they were in trouble. M.Mamoulides added some breathing room with an early third period goal which proved to be more than enough to force a third and deciding game.

(4)Venom vs Horsemen (0) Game 3

Pendulum swings back to Venom, winners of F2 division

Even though there was only five minutes for this game to start, both teams felt the intense anticipation knowing that 15 minutes or more would decide it all. With the first goal being so important, J.Quesnel-Vinet beat everyone to it by the five minute mark .The Horsemen had enough time t bounce back but only found themselves dug deeper when B.Deslauriers doubled the lead moments later. That tally may have turned this series into a virtual wake for the Horsemen, who knew that the odds were clearly against them. Just to make sure and erase all doubts, J.Courteau once again got his name on the score sheet providing a stapled 3-0 lead. Deslauriers went on to feed an empty cage and M.Trivisonno was sharp once more turning aside 8 shots for a shutout.

Both teams put forth a great performance that needed a mere 15 minutes to decide it all. Despite falling short, the Horsemen had a memorable run ousting the Armadillos with back to back wins, who had never lost till that point. But tonight the storyline belongs to Venom .M.Trivisonno was really tough to beat and J.Courteau rode a hot hand scoring at least once in all three games. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mike Trivisonno and Venom for capturing the F2 Wednesday division title.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivisonno of Venom. The net minder was cooler than ice on this important night capturing two massive wins that included a game 3 shutout.

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Wednesday January 3(F3 Finals)

Fat Cats crowned champions with back to back wins

It showed from the very beginning of the night that the Fat Cats were confident going into this series. Despite allowing an early goal, the Fat Cats rebounded instantaneously with four straight markers prior to the end of the opening frame. Four different players scored during that span, but G.DeMarinis and P.Nadeau did eventually add another for their second of the contest. Deadlast saw that the Fat Cats were ready and needed to figure out how to slow the momentum in game two in order to have a chance. However, it was deja vu all over again. The Fat Cats had another strong early start, this time hurting Deadlast on their own power play when M.Elfassy scored shorthanded to open up the scoring. And just to make matters worse for Deadlast, S.Hrivnak took advantage of the very same power play to double the lead. Still, Deadlast wasn't out of it yet responding in a big way towards the end of the second period where they reeled off two power play goals by C.Papadatos and J.Pantelis. By then, the Fat Cats carried a slight 3-2 lead but managed to widen the gap on two occasions when J.Scalia set up M.Elfassy for his second and J.Guerriero for the last goal of the series. At that point, the Fat Cats committed to every shift making sure that Deadlast would get nothing by G.Sangiovanni. The net minder was crucial in both wins facing a total of 57 shots while allowing only five goals. This was a slam dunk season for the Fat Cats that not only took the regular season with a 9-1 record but accomplished something bigger by reaching the finish line before anyone else. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to G.Sangiovanni and the Fat Cats for getting it done.

(7)Fat Cats vs Deadlast(3) Game 1

(2)Deadlast vs Fat Cats(5) Game 2

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to G.Sangiovanni of the Fat Cats.Deadlast entered the post season with an incredible 67 goals for in only ten games. That is 15 more than the second place Fat Cats. In hopes of fuelling off their offense, G.Sangiovanni was an obstacle for the high powered attack by allowing only five goals in two games.

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Friday January 5 (Semi finals)

(5)Bijoux vs Hawks(1) Game 1

Bijoux send early message with Hawks

It was a dominating performance by Bijoux Friday night in a best of three series with the Hawks. The men in red would score two in the second and three in the third while limiting their opponent to only one goal on 21 shots. It was evident that the Hawks didn't play in a while which resulted in some mistakes that would ultimately hurt them in the end. Although Bijoux may argue not playing in a while as well, it surely didn't show in their game. Four different players found the back of the net that included S.Vitai's second in an empty cage. The only positive the Hawks took in this contest was when E.Girouard finally solved J.Beaudry late in the game.

(8)Hawks vs Bijoux(7) S.O Game 2

Hawks pull off incredible comeback to force game 3

The Hawks were shaking with excitement after pulling off a massive comeback to level the playing field. After being down 5-1, the Hawks showed no signs of being able to muster much offense against J.Beaudry and his troops. Then, suddenly, came a massive comeback that forced a shootout. Much of the scoring came from no other than the lone goal scorer of game one. E.Girouard rolled up his sleeves and went to work riffling four rockers past Beaudry. But, the biggest tally may have been from K.Tsoukalas, who also riffled a blistering slap shot that tied the game at six goals apiece. That was the defensemen's second goal of the contest. Still, the Hawks weren't done yet if they planned to extend the series .P.Assadi had to endure the pressure of going through the breakaways with an established counterpart. After both net minders denied two out of the first three shooters, the shootout extended three more rounds till A.Zarzour put a nail to it. The crafty forward finally got it right on his third attempt with a brilliant fake to beat out Beaudry, and P.Assadi was stubborn between the pipes allowing only one goal on six breakaways.

(3)Bijoux vs Hawks(0) Game 3

A.Tremblay, Bijoux weather the storm long enough and get rewarded

The way game two ended, Bijoux knew the importance of the first few minutes heading into game three. Once things got settled down, both sides were tentative on avoiding as many mistakes as possible. But mistakes are a huge part of the game and eventually somebody would capitalise. The match was winding down to its final minutes when A.Tremblay pounced on a loose ball in front of the net to beat Assadi up high. That goal forced the Hawks to pull their net minder for an extra attacker. Unfortunately, the gamble didn't pay off and Bijoux knew they were heading to the final when P.Charbonneau fed the empty cage. The Hawks looked somewhat brutal in the early stages of this series, but they managed to turn it around where they were a coin toss away for reaching the final for a fifth straight season.

(6)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(3) Game 1

Quick start propels Seniors to double up win over Stones

The HBHA Seniors rode a fast start to a convincing 6-3 win over the Stones on Friday night. G.Vouloumanos made the score 3-0 before J.Pizzuco got the Stones on board. It wasn't the kind of start that the Stones could have afforded, not against a team like the HBHA Seniors. In order to have a chance, everything had to go well from the get go. The captain J.Kontitsis led the way igniting the first tally while completing his hat trick in an empty net. With this loss, the Stones had to face the adversity of trying to bounce back versus a heavy favourite.

(2)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2

Determined Seniors blow out Stones to hit familiar territory

There was no hesitation for the HBHA Seniors to get the ball rolling in game two. Similar to the opening game, this contest was lopsided early on with three different goal scorers igniting before the end of the first period. And while the game was far from over, the Stones knew there wasn't much light at the end of the tunnel, especially without three major pieces out of their line-up. They did however battle and got rewarded winning the second period 2-1, but that was as good as it got. The HBHA Seniors closed off the series with a pair of third period markers by P.Koutsogiannopoulos.

With the Masters 35+ division down to only two teams, a best of three series will decide the fate of the top two clubs of the division. The slight edge will go to the HBHA Seniors as they'll attempt a third consecutive championship. But it's not to say that Bijoux can't pull it off. Both sides have the goaltending and the hockey smarts to take it all.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Tremblay of Bijoux. The series between the Hawks and Bijoux was ultimately decided when the Bijoux forward scored with only two minutes left in a third and deciding game.

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Monday January 15

(5)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(1)

P-Ball explodes for three goals in second and never looked back

The P-Ball continue to roll along, this time handing the struggling Team Haiti a 5-1 loss on Monday night. After a scoreless first period, things loosened up by the second where the P-Ball did most of their damage. Three goals went in only a span of five minutes that saw P.Genereux bury a pair while S.Deslauriers notched the other. Team Haiti did finally get on board courtesy of an early third period power play goal by C.Plaisir, but couldn't close the margin as G.Saulnier and S.Vanier put the punctuation mark with two late tallies. P-O Girouard was sound once more denying 21 of 22 shots.

(5)Red Lite vs Black Knights(4)

J.Daoust beats the sound just in time

1.7 seconds on the scoreboard stared directly at every Black Knights player when J.Daoust crushed the night with a hard wrister late in the game. Prior to that point, and for most of the match, the Black Knights played a hardnosed game making life very difficult for Red Lite. And while things appeared to be going fine, the Black Knights couldn't hold up long enough. J.Daoust helped rally his troops scoring twice in a fairly short span that included the dagger prior to the buzzer. In between both his goals, C.Ghilarducci benefited from a power play that levelled the game at four goals apiece. The one major mistake the Black Knights did on this night was allowing their opponent to work their five man unit. On only three attempts, Red Lite made the Black Knights pay every single time. It wasn't the most pleasant way to lose a game, but the Black Knights could take plenty of positives despite the let down. They added some more artillery to their line up with players such as C.Gingras and K.Kakivelis that will only improve their club moving forward.

The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Daoust of Red Lite. Game in and game out, Red Lite have been spoiled for years with such an asset. Still going strong and showing no signs of any glitches in his game, the veteran forward was clutch once more providing two big goals at crucial times during the match.

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Red Lite A Division Champions

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. 

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2017 Nationals

2017 Men’s A, Women’s A and Master’s National Championships – INVITATIONAL

The 2017 Men’s & Women’s National ‘A’ and Men’s and Women’s Masters National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the New Brunswick Ball Hockey Association (NBBHA) in St. John, NB.

The Men’s and Women’s ‘A’ event will take place from August 7-13, 2017.
The Men’s Masters event will take place August 9-13, 2017. 

Please note that the 2017 tournament will be starting early on the 7th for both the Men’s and Women’s A Nationals and early on the 9th for the Men’s Masters. 

 
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August 6, 2017 8:00 pm - Hampton Inn

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Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic--

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.”

Reactions

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.

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