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.