Monday September 17(Division 2 final)
Carmoni rejoice While Corporation fall in anguish
One detail was all it took between winning and losing on Monday night. After taking command of the series with a 4-3 win, the Corporation brought themselves that much closer to glory. It was in game two that things went crazy for the two sides. Both teams traded two first period goals before ending regulation time in a frantic finish. By exchanging three goals each, a shootout was now required to see if the Corporation would end their journey or if Les Carmoni would be able to extend their season. It took six rounds of breakaways before anything was decided. G.DeMarinis was the first player to finally score and put the Corporation up in front which forced M.Baccari to respond in order to keep his team alive. And not to disappoint, Baccari kept Les Carmoni on life support and shortly took it when J.Pantelis missed for the Corporation while L-C Desmarais was able to win it for Les Carmoni. Still, nothing was set in stone for the two teams, who now had no choice to play their best 12 minutes hockey. With so much on the line at this point, Les Carmoni managed to take three leads in game three to hold on to a nail biting 3-2 victory. This time, D.Desmarais was the clutch performer as the skilled forward snapped a 2-2 tie that would ultimately hold up. If there is one thing that Les Carmoni showed during their playoff run, is their ability to fight and battle until the very end. Their resilience got the better of Les Reds that also went into a game three match while doing the same to the Corporation. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Martin Croteau and Les Carmoni for taking the Division 2 title.
(4)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 1
(7)Les Carmoni vs The Corporation (6) S.O Game 2
(2)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Corbin of Les Carmoni. There were many times in all three games that the net minder kept it close by making a few big saves. With that, Les Carmoni eventually got their timely goals and did just enough to edge out the Corporation in what was an extremely close series.
Monday September 17(Division 3 Semi finals)
J-R Lemay and the Chic Choc get one step closer to glory
The Chic Choc identity is quite simple. With J-R Lemay being their top gun combined with a solid supporting cast and not to forget F.Peloquin occupying the net, the 1 Timer fell short in both their games. Lemay scored all three goals in game one en route to a 3-1 win while setting up both E.Gacem and S.Scott in the second encounter for a tight 2-1 decision. The 1 Timer never had the opportunity to play with the lead. Their limited offense saw only K.Gagne and C-T Perrault take care of the scoring. Unfortunately they weren't able to have M.Charpentier and an injured P-A Surprenant that were out of the line up. But regardless the missing pieces, the Chic Choc showed plenty of determination and an overall deep commitment to get the job done.
(1)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(3) Game 1
(2)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(1) Game 2
Vitamin C rolls waves of pressure to over through Degenerates
All it took was an aggressive man on man coverage along with a solid for check for the Vitamin C on Monday night. They knew that things would work out rolling three lines versus a sometimes slower and more tied Degenerates side. That kind of pressure will only do well in the end. The Vitamin C got some balanced scoring in game one as they did in a tighter game two to sweep the series. Perhaps their key component was their net minder. S.Sauk, although wasn't entirely busy, still came up big with key saves to keep his club in front. J.Macchiagodena had a productive night collecting two helpers in game one while adding two points in game two that included the winner.
(1)Degenerates vs Vitamin C (5) Game 1
(3)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-R Lemay of the Chic Choc. The deadly forward participated in all five goals for his club that led to a pair of victories and a ticket to the final.
The Division 3 is now down to only two teams. The Vitamin C and the Chic Choc have one more road to cross in hopes of reaching their goal. In many ways the two sides are quite similar. Both teams have the bodies, the goaltending and a disciplined man on man game plan. If there is one slight edge, the Chic Choc have it in J-R Lemay. It will be up to the Vitamin C to adjust and be cautious of perhaps the most dangerous player on the court.
Monday September 17 (Division 1 final)
Hustlers, kings of the 4vs4 division claim second straight title
The defending champions provided an emphatic and reminder of what makes them such a difficult out in a two game sweep of the Punishers. By neutralising a pair of top guns while relying on a deep bench, the Punishers had no answers on what to do. E.Girouard, perhaps the key component in game one struck twice only two minutes apart right before their top 42 best player of all time sealed it with an insurance marker. In hopes of trying to bounce back in the series, game two was a similar reflection of the first encounter. Again, the Hustlers dictated the terms and pace with loads of ball possession. In this particular match, a random forward benefited three times en route to a 4-2 win. It's what came to be expected-from a team that has no weaknesses in their overall game. From-their offensive threats to their quarter back defensemen's, and not to forget C.Stavriaidis guarding the cage, teams realise that they need two perfect games in order to take down the Hustlers. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotouplous, Steve Govas and the many other veterans who had yet to slow down and miss a beat for claiming a second straight title.
(3)Hustlers vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(2)Punishers vs Hustlers(4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of the Hustlers. By getting his two quick goals in game one, the Hustlers went on top and never looked back to claim themselves another championship.
Wednesday September 12 (F Final)
(3)Winter Soldiers vs Hellfish(2) Game 1
C.Kakivelis hurts Hellfish with late winner
This opening contest had all the elements of a playoff game. With so much on the line, there was no doubt that it lived up to the hype. The building had an additional buzz to it even before the ball dropped. Following a scoreless first period, both teams did much of their scoring by the second. The Hellfish capitalised twice on the power play with goals-from J.Crivello and M.Zitella while A.Kakivelis and D.Landucci found the back of the net for the Winter Soldiers. Still, the game was tied and up for grabs. It wasn't up until the twelve minute mark of the third period that this match got settled. K.Kakivelis played the hero to snap the tie and provide a crucial 1-0 series lead.
(4)Hellfish vs Winter Soldiers (7) Game 2
Winter Soldiers break out in third period to claim F Wednesday Championship
Even if everything didn't go right for two periods, the Winter Soldiers needed only one to claim the F Wednesday night title. The onslaught began as of the four minute mark of the final frame. C.Kakivelis had already scored early in the second before starting the trend by the third with his second of the contest. Then, only one minute later, and perhaps the deflating goal of the series, A.Chewinsky threw the ball toward the net-from centre court that somehow found its way behind B.Verducci. The Winter Soldiers knew from-that point on the series was there's. D.Landucci added two insurance markers for good measure. Perhaps, the only bad sequence the Hellfish played in the entire series occurred in the final frame of this match. Apart-from that, they kept it close and nearly had it if it wasn't for A.Bitsakis. The net minder was square to his net and played very sound goaltending to help lead his club through both games. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, Congratulations go out to Chris Marinakis and the rest of the Winter Soldiers for capturing the F Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. In both their wins, Kakivelis was instrumental netting the winner in game one while notching a pair at key moments of game two.
Wednesday September 12( D Final)
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(1) Game 1
HBHA Masters no match for Punishers in game 1
Now that the Punishers reached this stage of the season, their goal was quite clear for what they were playing for. This statement result might have been to themselves more than the HBHA Masters, who will be searching for answers heading into game two. The Punishers looked calm and in control, confident knowing that they were the better of the two sides. After carrying a 2-1 lead into the final fifteen minutes of play, A.Dayan secured the first chapter by posting two big goals. While everything went fine for the Punishers, the HBHA Masters looked sluggish and out of sync. Their chances were few and far between. The first time they found the back of the net came very late in the second period courtesy of T.Bozinakis. Apart-from that, the HBHA Masters saw their offense remain dry. With game one out of the way, the challenge for the Punishers will be to do the same which might not be easy against a side that has the body count and experience to bounce back.
Poised HBHA Masters 37+ live another day
(5)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Punishers (1) Game 2
After sitting out in their previous match, C.Stavriadis felt the pressure to help rebound his team in the series. The good news was that Stavriadis was adamant that he would do so to force a third and deciding game. However, he did need some help up front after his club scored all but one goal so far. This time, the HBHA Masters found their touch torching N.Mackeen with three first period goals to finally get some control in the series. J.Bolanakis once again came through in time of need riffling his clubs first two goals of the contest. By grabbing a 3-1 lead after only fifteen minutes, the HBHA Masters beared down and made things extremely difficult for the Punishers. Just like the HBHA Masters were stuck finding ways to score in the previous match, the Punishers felt that same helpless feeling. Still, nothing was official after this contest, but perhaps the momentum may have favoured the HBHA Masters heading into game three.
A.Stamiris breaks Punishers hearts in sudden death overtime, HBHA Masters 37+ crowned winners
(1)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(2) Game 3
Game three's are always hard to win. They become even harder when two very good teams face off against one another. But that's the situation that the Punishers and the HBHA Masters 37 + put themselves in. With the pressure being too great, and with the ball being round for the two teams, anything can happen at any point, especially in a sudden death period. For A.Stamiris, the dream of scoring the game winner came true. The d-man found himself rushing down his off wing to riffle perhaps his most important wrist shot that ultimately decided the series. The game was played cautious with both teams trading one goal apiece. Neither side was concerned with the goaltenders as they have been relied on throughout the series. Anytime these situations occur, anything can happen. What makes this victory even more gratifying is that the HBHA Masters dragged themselves out of a couple difficult moments, dating back to last week's semi final match with the Fat Cats. In addition to everything they have achieved so far, this is a first good step heading into the World Masters championships held in Bermuda. Preparation often comes into play with success. J.Kontitsis, had his plate full making plenty of key decisions considering how many players he had under his wing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to the captain, his assistants, and the rest of the HBHA Masters 37+ for getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of the HBHA Masters 37+. When looking back at how epic this battle was between two rivals, everyone will continue to remember A.Stamiris's overtime goal that determined the series.
Monday September 10(Division 1 & 2 semi finals)
P.Corbin and Les Carmoni punch ticket to big dance
Les Carmoni moved a step closer to the second division final after they played out a thrilling three game series with Les Reds. By grabbing a 1-0 series lead due to a shootout win, Les Carmoni looked deflated early in game two dropping the opening frame 4-1. Les Reds made it a point to start strong and got their game back together to force a third and deciding game. Despite the loss, Les Carmoni finished off solid posting two straight goals, perhaps to send a message in the ensuing game. Now that both sides split, the stakes got really high in the final twelve minutes of someone's season. With the first goal so important, L-C.Desmarais was able to put Les Carmoni in front. From-there, D.Desmarais would double the lead and eventually add his second to close out the series. Many factors came into play but no one will argue that P.Corbin was a major reason for the two wins. The net minder won a pivotal game one in a shootout while earning a well deserved shutout in game three.
(2)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O Game 1
(3)Les Carmoni vs Les Reds(4) Game 2
(0)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The Corporation storm out of the gate twice to sweep Tocas
Challenged by their CEO of the team to compete hard and raise their level of play, the Corporation did not disappoint on their effort early on in both matches. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net in game one with all five tallies coming in the first period alone. The Tocas did eventually respond with a pair but felt nowhere close to mounting a comeback. As much as the Corporation enjoyed a good start to the series, work still needed to be done in order to advance. They never once took their opponent for granted and it showed early on with three quick goals. J.Pantelis scored late in the first period and very early in the second frame to maintain the momentum. From-there, the Corporation kept pressing striking five more times to put the series away.
(5)The Corporation vs Tocas(2) Game 1
(2)Tocas vs The Corporation (8) Game 2
T.Bozinakis rescues Hustlers
T.Bozinakis scored two goals in only 25 seconds to rally the Hustlers to a 4-3 victory in what was a must win. Bozinakis came to the rescue after his club took it in the chin dropping a 5-0 contest in the previous match. The Mighty Drunks thought they had this series wrapped when P.Arkalis put his cub up 3-2 late in game two. It was at that point on that the Hustlers key component came into play to save the series. For two straight games, the Hustlers were anything but convincing. But once they got that late surge in game two, all indicators pointed to a turn of events. The third and deciding game was deadlocked 1-1 until J.Rochon ripped a hard low wrist shot through M.Melo`s legs. Despite putting some pressure with their season on the line, the Mighty Drunks just couldn't get the room and space to notch the equaliser. S.Govas would eventually erase all doubts on a late marker securing another trip to the final.
(0)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (5) Game 1
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (4) Game 2
(3)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(1) Game 3
Mighty Boyz stunned twice in disbelief
The Mighty Boyz were in state of disbelief after blowing two great opportunities versus the Punishers. Both there loses can be looked back and have only themselves to blame. In the example of the opening contest, the Mighty Boyz appeared to be fine riding a 3-0 lead only to let it slip away. C.Gingras orchestrated the comeback by striking twice that included a very late marker. In the case of the second encounter, another incredible opportunity came to bite the Mighty Boyz. After all, they were up 3-2 while being awarded a four minute power play with less than four minutes remaining in the game. In most normal circumstances, those situations tend to hold up, but not in this particular case. After battling hard for a loose ball, C.Gingras came cruising in with his patented wrist shot to tie the game. The Punishers forward collected points in all three goals that enabled this series to go the extra distance. Still, the Mighty Boyz weren't done yet knowing that they had three very skilled players taking the breakaway's in the shootout. The problem however lied on the other side of the court with C.Kakivelis holding the fort. The net minder found a way to deny M.Dettorre, M.Testolina and J.Palmitano while getting the help of M.Gagnon, who stamped the series with the lone shootout marker.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (4) Game 1
(4)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(3) S.O Game 2
Division 3 regular season
Degenerates do just enough to secure top seed
The only bright moment for the Degenerates on Monday night was that they secured first place of the third division. Apart-from that, there wasn't much to brag about. The Chic Choc felt they deserved better after drawing 3-3 in the opening contest. If not for O.Caillet taking care of his net, the Degenerates would have gone empty handed. The second meeting had a completely different outlook with the Chic Choc clearly the better of the two sides. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the second period was a complete landslide with the Chic Choc netting goal after goal. M-A Verville was the only multi goal scorer out of the eight goals that went in. As bad as the night ended for the Degenerates, they know that playing with only six players didn't help their cause.
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (3) S.O Game 1
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(8) Game 2
Divisions 1 & 2 are now down to its final stage. The Hustlers and the Punishers got there with a splash of magic and will look at it as a sign of good things to come. Two even strength teams will collide but the Punishers may have a couple of highly explosive players in P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras that may make the difference. However, if there is one team that knows how to contain a strong offense, it's the Hustlers. Look for this series to be just as close as the previous ones with both teams evenly matched. Division 2 will feature the Corporation taking on Les Carmoni.Both sides have the fire power up front with solid goaltending. Limiting mistakes while committing to a smart defensive game will favour whoever applies it best. And finally in division 3, the semi finals will be begin with the Degenerates squaring off against the Vitamin C while the Chic Choc take on the 1 Timer.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There was no doubt that C.Gingras was the focal point of the night. The Punishers, if not for C.Gingras, would have been watching from-the sidelines in next weeks final. Instead, the clutch forward was once more absolutely dynamite collecting five out of a possible seven points that more importantly included a huge shorthanded goal to force the extra time.
Sunday September 9 (Final)
(3)Lynx vs HC Mutts(1) Game 1
Lynx set tone, draw first blood to open series
An average defensive and offensive performance, and an impressive game- from S.Catalano doomed the HC Mutts in game one. The tone was set fairly early for the Lynx, who scored once in every period. At no point were the HC Mutts able to regroup bagging their only marker late in the game. J.Lang used an early power play goal to ramp up his teammates. D.Zabitsky and P.Stroubakis also went on to score while S.Catalano was only two minutes and change-from recording a shutout. The Lynx played a prototypical playoff style game to put themselves in the driver's seat for game two. They got just enough scoring while relying heavily on a tight defence along with their net minder stealing the show.
(6)HC Mutts vs Lynx(7) S.O Game 2
Shootout drama favours Lynx, winners of E Sunday division
With J.Proulx scoring late to tie the game, the Lynx got their opportunity to finish it off in a shootout. M.Barone was able to score the decisive goal to secure the match and ultimately the championship. The Lynx appeared to look fine early on netting two unanswered goals in the first period but that all changed in a very short span. It took less than two minutes in the second period for the HC Mutts to finally break out of a dry spell. Three different players scored during that span and all of a sudden the momentum shifted the other way. The only problem for the HC Mutts was that they couldn't build on it with so much time left over. Eventually, the Lynx would regroup in the third where they finished strong winning the frame 3-2. Still, nothing was decided by that point but the pressure was definitely on the HC Mutts to prevail. Unfortunately, by scoring only once while allowing two shootout markers, the HC Mutts missed out on an opportunity to challenge the Lynx in a game three. Both these teams entered the night with high hopes and expectations knowing that they had the elements to take it all. However, with room for only one winner, the Lynx did just enough in game one to edge out a difficult opponent. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of the Lynx for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. After a brilliant opening game allowing only one goal late in the match, the Lynx net minder won a huge shootout battle in game two to secure the E Sunday division title.
Thursday September 6 (E1 Final)
(5)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard (3) S.O Game 1
Bramabulls slip past JLR Brossard in shootout
C.Muccino held off a pair of shootout attempts while M.Testolina and J.Palimitano got it right in the breakaways to secure an important game one of the series. The Bramabulls had to deal with the frustrations of seeing their slight lead replied every single time. The game was pretty even throughout the three periods that suggested this contest would only be decided in extra time. Both sides saw different players score having almost no choice to rely on a collective effort. Since the Bramabulls like to roll three solid lines, the JLR Brossard may have perhaps been stuck with a bigger problem knowing that they would need two in a row to get it done.
(10)JLR Brossard vs Bramabulls(8) Game 2
N.Goncalves 4 goals propels JLR Brossard to even the series
Even though the final score suggests that this was an all star game, neither player and especially the net minders had any fun with this particular contest. With defence thrown out the window, G.Follano and P.Assadi would pay the price in the end. But as bad as it was for Assadi, this is one rare time that he didn't mind knowing that it was just the result that mattered in the end. The JLR Brossard gave themselves a glorious chance in an ensuing 15 minute mini game to claim the title. N.Goncalves and G.Pisanelli had a field day combining for seven goals. Now that the JLR Brossard got their wheels going, would they be able to continue the pace in their most important game of the season?
(4)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(0) Game 3
Grinding effect came into play, Bramabulls out work JLR Brossard to claim another title
G.Follano was able to bounce back, and the Bramabulls did the right thing by striking first. The JLR Brossard had almost no choice to get on board first in order to have a chance. By rolling only two lines after playing two full games, it showed that fatigue clearly affected one team more than the other. The Bramabulls smelled blood once J.Palmitano opened the scoring. His line involving D.Verta and M.Testolina where involved in all four goals combining for seven points. A.DiPerna, even though kept the right collection of players together, the captain understood what it took to win. The commitment to rolling three lines while alternating two goaltenders in a marathon of games, are just two details that sometimes makes a difference between winning and losing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to A.DiPerna and the Bramabulls for repeating.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony DiPerna. Decision making is a big element to success. The Bramabulls leader made plenty of them and they all paid off leading to another championship.
Thursday September 6 (E2 Final)
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Les Rouuuges(6) S.O Game1
F.Nasser and A.Henein power Rouuuges in big shootout win
With game one so important, Les Rouuuges got their feet that much closer to taking it all. They would have gotten it done in regulation time, but penalty issues would stood in their way.Three out of the four goals that they gave up, all came on the Mighty Drunks power play. That was one area that Les Rouuuges had no answers for. As for the rest, they showed that they had the slight edge winning lots of battles while limiting dangerous scoring chances. However, it did still take a breakaway competition in order to get it done. P.Turturici felt confident that no one was beating him while N.Nasser and A.Henein took care of the goal scoring securing a significant game one.
(5)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(3) Game 2
Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges hoist E2 division trophy
It's not something that comes easy, but Les Rouuuges felt confident that it was theirs in the end. N.Zahabi's shorthanded goal early in the game was perhaps an indication of where this series was headed. A.Guillaume doubled the advance, and added his second before the Mighty Drunks finally got on board. Even though there was plenty of time left over, Les Rouuuges may have confirmed it when posting two late markers prior to the second period. The Mighty Drunks did attempt a final push knowing that their season was on the line, but the damage had already been done. As time was winding down to its final seconds, the bench cleared as Les Rouuuges went on to celebrate a deserving championship. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges for capturing the E2 Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Guillaume of Les Rouuuges. His back to back tallies in game two pretty much summed it up enabling his club to finish off a very successful night.
Wednesday September 5(D Semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs HBHA Masters 37+(4) Game 2
HBHA Masters survive late scare to beat Fat Cats
The Fat Cats nearly gave themselves no chance against the HBHA Seniors on Wednesday night. With their net minder G.Sangiovanni missing along with a hand full of players unable to attend, this series appeared to be over and done with before it began. Adding to all that, the Fat Cats forfeited game one in order to conserve their energy in hopes of forcing a mini game. Still, the game needed to be played and the Fat Cats showed that they refused to roll over. It took nearly half the match before the Fat Cats got on board. The second frame ended with the underdogs up 2-1 leaving a dejected looking HBHA Masters bench in limbo. But with still 15 minutes or more left to go, experience, leadership and the extra legs shifted the tides. P.Doulis and S.Govas each scored a minute apart that finally put the HBHA Masters in front. Considering the circumstances, those two goals appeared to be enough with only four minutes remaining but it wasn't the case. S.Barrette was able to give life to the Fat Cats on a late equaliser. By then, both sides felt that this game was headed for a shootout only to see another extraordinary set of circumstances occur. A few seconds was all that was missing when J.Bolanakis avoided the extra stress to regain the lead for good.
(7)Punishers vs United Armenians (4) Game 1
Wasted opportunity leaves United Armenians in shambles
The United Armenians blew a big time chance to push their way through the Punishers. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on to a 4-2 lead that slowing vanished as the game went on. The Punishers know that they have the artillery to strike when in need as they have been doing it all season long. And even though it's more difficult in playoff hockey, no one missed a beat in their come-from behind win. Four out of their seven goals came in the third period alone with their captain J.Fidrilis levelling the game at four goals apiece. Then, only minutes later, A.Centis and K.Tsoukals fed off the momentum striking twice in less than a minute. The United Armenians fought very hard for two full frames only to see a missed opportunity flash before their eyes.
(0)United Armenians vs Punishers(6) Game 2
Punishers slam door on United Armenians in series sweep
This time, the Punishers put themselves in the driver's seat early on. By taking a 2-0 lead after one period, both sides knew where this series was headed, especially the way things ended in the previous match. The Punishers kept their foot hard on the pedal and added two more by the second and the third to close out the night. It took no heroes as six different players found the back of the net. Perhaps their best player was on the other side of the court. N.Mackeen faced close to 20 shots to collect a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Bolanakis of the HBHA Masters 37+. In the dying moments of game two versus the Fat Cats, J.Bolanakis gave his club plenty to celebrate by posting the winner very late in the game.
The final will now feature the Punishers taking on the HBHA Masters 37+. Even though both teams are playing some fine hockey, the Punishers may have the slight edge in this series. The Punishers are able to get scoring throughout their line up and have a very potent power play. However, if the HBHA Masters can grab the lead, then things can potentially go their way. The veteran side will know how to bear down and commit to a disciple man on man style of hockey if playing in front.
Monday September 3
Corporation bank just enough points to secure top seed
With the start of the playoffs only a week away, the Corporation and Les Reds met in two crucial games that would ultimately determine who would finish in first place. Prior to both games, Les Reds controlled their own destiny needing only to split with their rival opponent. However, a short bench versus an almost stacked team came into play favouring the Corporation. The men in yellow barely edged out Les Reds 2-1 thanks to a brilliant goaltending performance by L.Lucas. Knowing that Les Reds may have been tired in the second meeting, the Corporation made it harder on themselves by playing from- behind throughout most of the match. After evening the score several times, the contest went the ultimate distance to see who would prevail and secure first place. F.Gentile was sent first and made his breakaway count riffling a hard wrist shot to beat C.Malkoun. Les Reds, in an effort to draw even, couldn't get anything through L.Dias. That one extra point was just enough to set the stage and semi final matches between the four teams in the second division.
(1)Les Reds vs The Corporation (2)
(5)The Corporation vs Les Reds(4) S.O
E.Provost's evens miniseries with Hustlers on two big goals
Although they did manage a good start to their night, the Dr Block couldn't keep it together long enough in their 4-3 loss to the Hustlers. T.Bozinakis was the mastermind behind setting up D.Bertrand twice and J.Rochon for the winner that came with less than two minutes remaining. Despite the sour ending, the Dr Block just looked ahead in their next meeting. Unfortunately, they didn't get the start they wanted but definitely got the ending they were hoping for. E.Provost had a major hand in it as the defenseman tallied twice in only a minute. The Hustlers had seven whole minutes-from that point on to bounce back but couldn't get there. Perhaps the obvious reason was R.Pelletier. The Dr Block net minder faced tons of heavy shots making one save look easier than the other.
(4)Hustlers vs Dr Block(3)
(2)Dr Block vs Hustlers(1)
M.Arkalis nets late power play goal to trade wins with Mighty Boyz
The Mighty Boyz have one element to their game that can be their worst enemy. If they can avoid visiting the penalty box, then they'll be fine, at least in most cases. Their opening game had no issues with their captain J.Palmitano scoring twice en route to a 5-2 win. The first period of the ensuing match was somewhat identical to the previous frames with the Mighty Boyz dictating the pace with two unanswered goals. However, once the final frame began, a full moon effect was in play. The Mighty Boyz took a total of twelve minutes worth of minor penalties that would only spell a disaster. Three out of the four Mighty Drunks goals all came with the man advantage. M.Arkalis tied the game right before ending it with less than 2 seconds remaining. The win can also be attributed to J.Adamou, who was the primary assist man on his clubs last three goals. As frustrating as this loss was, the Mighty Boyz realise that it's only a regular season game and will only adapt moving forward.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(5)
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks (4)
J-R Lemay, E.Gacem & M.Ethier combine for a massive 25 points
With J-R Remy, E.Gacem and M.Ethier combining for a whopping 25 points, the Chic Choc were able to topple the United Arms twice on Monday night. Gacem and Lemay took charge in the first match as both players collected four points each to earn a 5-1 victory. The second game had an unusual set of events occur. Due to the heat, both net minders decided to watch-from the sidelines as of the second period. The United Arms were up 2-1 at that point before conceding eight straight tallies. The only reason why the United Arms gave up so many was because the Chic Choc struck six times in an empty net. M.Ethier had already bagged a pair before feeding the empty cage three times to finish with five goals and two assists.
(1)United Arms vs Chic Choc(5)
(9)Chic Choc vs United Arms(2)
Degenerates find a way to steal 2 points
The Degenerates didn't have much to brag about despite splitting the two games with the Vitamin C. After all, they had a poor start giving up three straight markers and never really recuperated despite losing by only one goal. In hopes for a better outcome, they still couldn't find a way to ever grab the lead. The Vitamin C jumped in front twice but weren't able to protect it. The only chance that the Degenerates had to walk away with something was due to the shootouts. P.Assadi allowed three of his teammates to get at least one since he was taking care of his net. After a pair of failed attempts, the captain came through to settle the score. S.Sicuso made sure S.Sauk bit just in time to slide the ball right behind him. That was the first and most likely the only time in his ball hockey career that Sicuso will ever score in a shootout.
(3)Degenerates vs Vitamin C(4)
(2)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (3) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lucas Dias of the Corporation. With goaltending so important, there was no doubt that the Corporation goaltender was at his best on Monday night. Dias was only one minute away-from recording a shutout in the opening match while denying three shootout attempts in the second encounter to earn two big wins.
While division 3 is still in their regular season, divisions 2 & 1 will be headed for the semi finals. Here is a breakdown of the matches.
(1)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (4) The Mighty Drunks need their main guys to do their thing while getting the supporting cast on board to contribute one way or another. In order to defeat the Hustlers, the Mighty Drunks don't have a choice to play a near perfect series.
(2)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (3) Both sides have their fair share of game breakers. It will be essential for the two teams to commit playing sound defence while remaining disciple throughout the entire series.
(1)The Corporations vs Tocas(4) Regardless where both teams sit in the standings, this series will be a tossup. The Corporation will have their hands full and need to be fully aware of the dangerous counter attack-from the Tocas.
(2)Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) Another match up that can go either way. Neither side lack any skill or hockey sense. The winner of this battle will come down to all the elements required in any series.
Thursday August 30(E1 Semi finals playoffs)
(6)Nighthawks vs Bramabulls(8) S.O Game 2
Nighthawks nearly pull off shocking comeback
After a barn storming second period continuing its progress into the third, the Bramabulls picked off from-last week's massacre igniting four straight goals that would appear more than enough for an easy win. However, something changed that both teams didn't really expect. The Nighthawks just continued playing and slowly started to mount a comeback. P.Santullo used his annoying frame to screen G.Follano scoring twice in only 45 seconds. His second tally reduced the gap by one setting the stage for his clubs most important goal. M.Destounis was then able to bury his second that came with just over a minute remaining that would eventually lead to a shootout. In hopes of avoiding a dreadful game three, the Bramabulls took care of business in the shootout. D.Verta and M.Maggiore each scored while G.Follano denied both shooters his way.
(6)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(5) S.O Game 1
P.Manousos shootout marker stands after furious comeback
The SBS Trashers had a nightmare start to their series with the JLR Brossard. They went down 3-0and had to fight back with three third period goals in order to force extra time. Even though nothing was set in stone, the SBS Trashers felt confident with R.Pampena taking care of the pipes. Just like his counterpart P.Assadi, both goaltenders were stealing the show with six consecutive stops. However, something had to give at one point and that happened when P.Manousos finally solved Assadi . The JLR Brossard had most of their offense handled-from S.Robineault ,Payam Assadi and G.Pisanelli as all three players combined for eleven points. As for the Trashers, it was all about balance with five different players finding the back of the net.
(6)JLR Brossard vs SBS Trashers(5) Game 2
Top line continues to roll for JLR Brossard
The JLR Brossard , in a must win game returned the favour to even the series with the SBS Trashers. They paired goals in every frame with the same top line involved in most of the action. G.Pisanelli continues to be the catalyst netting two first period goals while setting up three straight markers. Two of his assists were part of helping S.Robineault notch a hat trick towards the latter part of the game. The SBS TRashers had their moments applying lots of pressure but weren't able to ever dictate the terms in this particular game. K.Hrivnack and P.Manousos were the most productive sharing three points each.
(1)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(3) Game 3
Poised JLR Brossard hold off Trashers
With everything on the line, the JLR Brossard were able to advance to the final. Both sides knew the importance of striking first and who other than your best player to pull through. G.Pisnelli set the tone early minutes before M.Gagnon struck on the power play for a sufficient 2-0 lead. By then, the SBS Trashers had a big hole to dig but still weren't out of it yet. P.Manousos kept scoring for a third straight game to pull within one. Unfortunately, that tally may have come a little too late leaving only a minute for the JLR Brossard to kill off. In a close series that could have easily gone either way, the JLR Brossard had just enough in the tank to resist a resilient SBS Trashers team.
Two very solid teams will be going at it soon enough. As a collective unit, both teams have a lot in common in terms of skill and hockey sense. Both are led with highly skilled players such as M.Testolina and G.Pisanelli. However, perhaps the one area that may favour the Bramabulls is their ability to wear you down. By rolling three lines, the JLR Brossard may find themselves under constant pressure which will only force them to play better defence while needing the key stops-from their net minder P.Assadi.
E2 Semi finals
(13)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(4) Game 2
Expected result sends Mighty Drunks through
When eying a bench that has no body behind it, the Mighty Drunks were already looking ahead. Still, they had to play and perform to make it official. After setting up his clubs opening goal, M.Gibeault added a pair for himself for a 4-1 lead by only the eleven minute mark of the first period. It was by that point that both teams were convinced of the final outcome. The only thing left over was to determine the final score. The Mighty Drunks continued their onslaught with Gibeault eventually notching a hat trick. M.Mogianesi and M.Beaudry, two players who play defence occupied a total of five goals with Mogianesi leading the way for a hat trick. As for Chaos, their captain R.Fyfe ended his season on a good note scoring two goals.
With Les Rouuuges watching-from the sidelines, the E2 final will be an interesting on. Neither side will rely on only one or two players but an overall team game. Les Rouuuges have the pride to give it all as do the Mighty Drunks with their deep bench. As in many cases when two teams reach this stage, all the small details will matter.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Giancarlo Pisanelli. Plain and simple, the JLR Brossard forward was that good. He collected an incredible eleven out of as possible fourteen points, and can arguably be the reason why his club won two straight to punch a ticket to the final.
Wednesday August 29(F division Semi finals)
(4)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(5) Game 2
M.Broccoli came through twice at pivotal point, Kentucky Blue even the series
As frustrating as last week's loss was for the Kentucky Blue, they were able to set it aside with a bounce back victory. It did however take a pair of clutch goals-from M.Broccoli. The Hellfish trailed all game long and kept battling back to eventually even the score. That's when Broccoli scored shortly after for his second in only two minutes that would regain the lead for the Kentucky Blue. Still, the time was there for the Hellfish to force extra time, but P.Delli Colli wanted no part of it. The net minder remained focused for the duration which eventually forced a third and deciding game.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(2) Game 3
E.Medrano and D.Ugaldez combine at the right moment for the Hellfish
As shots and chances were being traded-from one end to another, it was hard to wonder or even anticipate who would prevail in the end. So many factors can decide a hockey game, but in this case it came down to chemistry between two long time teammates. The contest was dead even at one goal apiece when D.Ugaldez fed his familiar line mate E.Medrano for the go ahead marker. The Kentucky Blue may have slipped giving up the first goal to a team that you don't want to trail against. But by doing it twice, they just asked for trouble. The Hellfish made sure to protect their lead, and did so knowing that B.Verducci wasn't budging.
(2)Horsemen vs Winter Soldiers (3) S.O Game 2
Winter Soldiers learning nothing comes easy in playoffs
A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis scored in the last 30 seconds as the Winter Soldiers gave themselves a chance to regulate this round in a shootout. V.Pandza's third period goal to make the score 2-0 seemed to give the Horsemen a victory and a new lease of life heading into a game three. But with two very late markers coupled with N.Katsilakis scoring in a shootout, the Winter Soldiers avoided a scare in a do or die match up. Many series have different storylines but one will argue that M.Vinciguerra deserves the front cover. If not for his exceptional play between the pipes, the Horsemen would have no chance in keeping up with the Winter Soldiers. Unfortunately, some bad timing and a little bad luck went against the underdogs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Vinciguerra. Even though it came in a losing cause, no one will disagree on how good and vital the Horsemen net minder was in this series.
Now that the F Wednesday division is down to only two teams, the Hellfish and the Winter Soldiers have each other to deal with. One thing that the final won't lack is intensity. The Hellfish play a playoff brand of hockey which can only help them. In the perspective of the Winter Soldiers, the way they won against the Horsemen may just be what they needed. That adversity will only make them realise what it takes to win at this stage of the season. For the Vegas odds makers, this series has the probabilities of a coin toss.
D Wednesday regular season
(5)Punishers vs Fat Cats(2)
P.Karvouriaris keeps making a mess
At the very least, the Fat Cats knew they needed a good start. And when S.Barrette and J.Scalia each scored, that strong beginning came into play. The Fat Cats entered the night with only eight players against a team that requires every key element available. Things did hold up for two periods but that all changed in the final stretch. The Punishers wasted no time grabbing their first lead of the night thanks to no other than P.Karvouriaris. Then, nine minutes later, the Fat Cats knew they were done when C.Gagnon doubled the lead for the Punishers. Even though the Punishers got balanced scoring from-five different players, P.Karvouriaris had mostly everything to do with it, participating in every single play resulting in one goal and four assists.
(4)HBHA Masters 37+ vs United Armenians (2)
Two late goals punish the United Armenians
It may take a day or two, but Y.Derohannessian will be talking to his blade on how he missed a glorious breakaway to tie the game. Both sides entered the final frame levelled 1-1 before the HBHA Masters took control .P.Lapointe snapped a 2-2 tie putting the Masters back on track, and it was shortly after that point when Derohannessian missed his chance for the United Armenians. A.Stamiris would erase any doubt by bagging the games last goal. The win also came with the help of L.Williams, who got the ball rolling posting the HBHA Masters first two tallies of the match.
The D Wednesday regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The top four teams will be playing right away in the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Punishers vs United Armenians (4) When looking back at how both teams did against each other in the regular season, this series can go either way, even if the Punishers took the division. The United Armenians are stacked and very well coached by G.Missakian which will make things very difficult of the Punishers. However, with that being said, the division leaders do have few weapons including the scoring leader of the division P.Karvouriaris .The Punishers top gun finished with an impressive 28 points and looks nowhere close to slowing down.
(2)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Fat Cats(3) There aren't many weaknesses-from the two sides. Both teams, assuming that they are a full roster, this series can tilt either way. The one very important key element that the HBHA Masters 37+ hold, is in their team name.Experience is always a deadly weapon and the HBHA Masters have plenty of it.
Sunday August 26
Never say die United Arms turn the tables
The United Arms looked to be having a long night ahead of them considering how poor they performed in the opening game. They gave up five goals and couldn't get at least one by F.Koch, who stopped all 16 shots he faced. T.Daigneault was the only player to score twice with his clubs opener and closer. Now, in most circumstances these types of lopsided scores tend to favour the winners in an ensuing match. However, it wasn't the case with the United Arms responding with a pair of second period goals that led to a shootout. G.Jerjian was the only player to score while H.Jerjian denied all three attempts his way to earn the win. The 1 Timer played three straight flawless periods before allowing their only two goals of the night.
(5) 1 Timer vs United Arms(0)
(3)United Arms vs 1 Timer(2) S.O
Monday August 27
Mighty Boyz turn focus on strong defensive play
Many by now know that the Mighty Boyz identity is there offensive prowess, but tonight they also showed that they can defend just as well. The Punishers found that out by scoring only one goal in each contest. Game in and game out, M.Testolina along with his captain J.Palmitano continue to be a burden to all teams. Adding to that, the addition of M.Dettorre will just complicate things for the opposition. The Mighty Boyz already have a solid supporting cast and are that more dangerous when those three particular players play. Tonight, they combined for a ridiculous thirteen points in both their victories. M.Palmieri can also be put in the conversation of importance as the net minder rarely disappoints.
(1)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(5)
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers(1)
Hustlers use early spurt for a pair of wins
T.Bozinakis, J.Rochon and A.Stamiris each scored twice in the first period alone, and the Hustlers knew they were in for an easy night. The Dr Block only got on broad twice by the first period of the second game still to fall short 3-2 heading into the final stretch. With T.Bozinakis and D.Bertrand scoring only 30 seconds apart, the Hustlers wrapped up another successful night. C.Stavriadis had only G.Piche beat him twice with goals coming four minutes apart.
(7)Hustlers vs Dr Block(0)
(2)Dr Block vs Hustlers (5)
Short bench Carmoni kept it simple
Knowing that they had no change ups with four straight periods ahead of them, Les Carmoni couldn't have asked for a better outcome. They did the key thing of striking first in both games which ultimately forced the Degenerates to respond. Unfortunately, they ran into a wall lined up- from the centre court that would identify their man to clog the slot area. Almost every time the Degenerates would try to create something, Les Carmoni smartly counter attacked. A.Figiel and L-C Desmarais each scored in the opening meeting for a 2-1 win while three different players struck in the second contest for a second victory. In addition to what made both these results remarkable, was that their natural d-man M.Croteau occupying the pipes instead. The Degenerates had plenty of shots and decent chances only to beat Croteau twice all night.
(2)Les Carmoni vs Degenerates (1)
(1)Degenerates vs Les Carmoni(3)
Les Reds dictate pace right away leaving Vitamin C empty handed
In both their wins on Monday night, Les Reds showed they meant t business-from the beginning. They combined for six goals in the first two periods forcing the Vitamin C to play catch up all night. N.Zahabi led the charge with back to back tallies while M-T Zarzour was the mastermind setting up three teammates. The second contest saw the captain heavily implicated. J.Constantin participated in three of the four goals that included the games last two markers. Even with some games left to play, Les Reds look like they will take the second division barring any surprises.
(5)Les Reds vs Vitamin C(3)
(2)Vitamin C vs Les Reds(4)
Tocas catch Corporation snoozing
There weren't many bright moments in the opening contest, at least not for the Corporation. Most of their players approached it like a pond hockey game, and by doing so, they got burned. The Tocas caused one turn over after another resulting in five unanswered goals. Their main gun C.Maltese had a field day bagging four out of their seven goals en route to an easy 7-3 win. After paying the price for what just happened, the Corporation took a different mindset in the second encounter. At no point did they take things for granted putting out a full effort. With the game deadlocked 4-4, J.Scalia came through leaving only 15 seconds on the clock. That was his third goal in the two games as part of a five point performance.
(7)Tocas vs Corporation (3)
(5)Corporation vs Tocas(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Constantin of Les Reds. With the playoffs just around the corner, the captain won't be taking any nights off knowing that his team needs to be prepared. Tonight, he collected two goals and two assists to help maintain first place.
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Sunday August 26(Semi finals)
(2)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(5) Game 1
HC Mutts strike first with dominant game 1
There was no let down for the HC Mutts in their series debut with the Fatal Demons. They may have allowed the first goal but rebounded with a strong finish winning every single frame. M.Nardi put together two key goals including the winner while M.Maggiore and S.Sacco collected three points each. The Fatal Demons were stuck playing with only two lines against a team that requires a few more bodies. The good news for them was that a couple of key pieces would be present for the following game.
(3)HC Mutts vs Fatal Demons(5) Game 2
Hungrier Fatal Demons come out flying
Whatever was said in the dressing room definitely worked for the Fatal Demons. By winning the opening frame with two late goals, the HC Mutts were now the ones stuck trying to figure out how to bounce back. Unfortunately, they never hit the back of the net until it was too late. D.Ugaldez scored twice, E.Medrano buried the winner, and S.Morante was really good when it counted the most enabling his club to play with the lead. This bounce back win would set up the most important 15 minutes or more for the two sides in a deciding game three.
(0)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(1) Game 3
Pendulum swings back in HC Mutts favour
With neither team able to collect two straight wins, this series went down to the wire. For how tight both sides would approach a short fifteen minutes, the importance of the first goal would be an understatement. Only three minutes went by when M.Maggiore tilted the tides. Maybe the only good news at that point for the Fatal Demons was that they had plenty of time to bounce back. And it wasn't like they didn't get their fair share of chances. The problem was that P.Delli Colli was absolutely brilliant. The net minder got the goal he needed and knew that the rest laid on his shoulders. After receiving close to ten shots, Delli Colli smelled victory which eventually led to a shutout and a ticket to the final.
(5)Lynx vs Butchers (3) Game 1
Bad start turns into a very good finish for the Lynx
At the very least to feel that they had a chance, the Butchers knew the importance of a good start to the series. And in the span of the game's opening six minutes, that good start was a reality. S.Robineault and M.Zampino provided the goals and the Butchers barley held on to a 2-0 lead because of an immediate response by M.Nols. This contest was only decided in the final fifteen minutes of play. Both sides drew even 2-2 after two periods before the Lynx took over by the third. The Lynx realised then that this series was going to take a maximum effort on their part. After all, they did win the division and entered as heavy favourites against a team with only two wins.
(5)Butchers vs Lynx(4) S.O Game 2
S.Robineault's late magic survives another day for the Butchers
0.6 seconds on the clock was what every single player looked at when S.Robineault scored to tie the game. The sound of the horn following that mini second meant that the Butchers would have a chance to force a third and deciding game provided they win in a shootout. And after both sides sent five players each, Y.Derohannessian was the only player to get it done. The Butchers crafty forward, who actually played as a defenseman in this particular game, used a hard precise wrist shot to beat S.Catalano short side. The Lynx still had a chance to extend the round on their attempt, but G.Zapatelli wanted no part of it by denying his fifth opponent. The result of this game set the alarm bells for the Lynx, who knew that anything could happen in only fifteen minutes.
(2)Lynx vs Butchers (1) Game 3
U.Cruz rescues Lynx from- massive upset
When the game was tied 1-1 with just about five minutes of play, both sides knew the next goal would most likely decide their fate. Luckily enough for the Lynx, U.Cruz may have provided their biggest marker of the season. The forward capitalised at the right time and the Butchers were stuck hoping for another equaliser. They did manage some very good chances only to hit a stubborn S.Catalano protecting his pipes. Unfortunately for the Butchers, they just couldn't get that extra bounce they needed to potentially cause a surprise. This series thought both teams some valuable lessons, but more so for the Lynx. The Butchers knew that they can challenge with their amount of experience despite winning one regular season game along with a forfeit. As for the Lynx, they will now know to take nothing for granted when it comes to the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to G-L Zapatelli of the Butchers. If not for his brilliant saves along with his shootout performance, the Lynx would have had a way easier time getting through this round.
With both series going down to the wire, it's safe to say that the final will live up to the hype. The Lynx and the HC Mutts resemble each other in many ways. Both sides are fairly the same age combined with plenty of hockey IQ and top notch goaltenders. The little details will come into play. Unforced errors, disciple and plain luck will be some factors that can determine the outcomes.
Thursday August 23(E1 & E2 playoffs)
(7)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (2) E1 Game 1
Nighthawks have no answer for Bramabulls top line
When it was all over and game one went overwhelmingly to the Bramabulls, the Nighthawks searched for various ways to say it was only one game. Unless they play a perfect match in game number two, this series will end fast. No matter how tight they tried and play some of the Bramabulls top guns, M.Testolina and J.Palmitano just to name a couple still found a way to get through the defence and net minder. Both players each scored twice and were a big reason why the game was put out of reach .The only time the Nighthawks got on board was when their captain P.Santullo scored on the power play. That goal reduced the gap by three which felt a lot wider considering how well the Bramabulls were playing. It's safe to say that the Bramabulls have a shoe into the final if they approach the next game the same way.
(0)Carnage vs Les Rouuuges(6) E2 Game 2
Les Rouuuges showed why they deserve to reach final
Maybe for one period Carnage showed some resistance in an effort to keep the game close. However, that all changed by the second period. Les Rouuuges knew they had the series when they struck twice late in the frame for a favourable 5-0 lead. Everything went right for a team that expected nothing less than to reach the big dance. They played exceptional defence, getting a brilliant goaltending performance by P.Turturici and very balanced offense that saw six different players find the back of the net. A.Guillaume scored a lone first period goal that proved to be just enough for the win. Now that Les Rouuuges passed this semi final round, they will need to patiently wait and see who they'll get next between the Mighty Drunks and Chaos.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. No matter how close they tried to play him, lightning speed is impossible to keep up with. The forward was simply too quick producing two big goals along with a key helper.
Wednesday August 22(F division Semi finals)
(0)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(2) Game 1
B.Verducci earns shutout as Hellfish blank Kentucky Blue
B.Verducci put in a faultless display as his club blanked the Kentucky Blue on Wednesday night, allowing the Hellfish to grab an important 1-0 series lead. Verducci was rock solid shutting out a team that have the weapons to put the ball behind the net. By striking first early on, the Hellfish were able to dictate the terms. Both their goals came in the opening nine minutes courtesy of C.Dapoulias and D.Ugaldez. Even though time wasn't an issue-from that point on, the Kentucky Blue had no solutions on how to get on board. They managed 25 shots getting no sort of luck or any bounce their way. The good news for them is that they have another shot at it with the chance to force a third and deciding match. Its one thing for the Kentucky Blue to get shutout one game, but for it to happen twice, the order will be a tall for the Hellfish. A good start is always important in playoff hockey and the Hellfish will look to repeat a similar performance next time they meet.
(4)Winter Soldiers vs Horsemen (3) S.O Game 1
Winter Soldiers out last Horsemen after nine shootout attempts
At a 3-3 standstill, goaltenders A.Bitsakis and M.Vinciguerra saved a combine 17 attempts ending what was possibly the longest shootout ever. N.Katsilakis finally put an end to the breakaway marathon ensuring his club a 1-0 series lead. And while the extra time provided some theatre, the actual game can be argued was just as exciting. The Horsemen will look back at a missed opportunity to be in front in this series. After all, they overcame a couple of deficits before taking a 3-2 lead that nearly lasted the duration of the game. Unfortunately, by visiting the penalty box late in the game, the Winter Soldiers saved their night. J.McKenzie had already notched both his clubs goals before setting up M.Prahalis for the equaliser. This contest had many similarities between the two sides. The Horsemen also scored twice with the man advantage and saw T.Mader score two out of their three goals. In the end, it's always better to be up one rather than down, but that doesn't guarantee anything for the Winter Soldiers if the Horsemen play the same way in game two.
D Wednesday regular season
(1)HBHA Seniors 37+ vs Fat Cats(4)
G.DeMarinis and J.Scalia double dip in rout of HBHA
The Fat Cats relied on their own identity to get the job done versus the HBHA Masters 37+. They played well defensively, G.Sangiovanni allowed only one goal on 29 shots, and two of their snipers each scored twice to occupy the offense. As a matter of fact, they nearly kept a clean score sheet for almost the entire game. After going dry for well over two periods, J.Pantelis was finally able to get the Masters on board and spoil what Sangiovanni was thinking in the back of his mind. There overall performance against a solid experienced hockey team couldn't have come at a better time. This is a type of win that will only fuel the Fat Cats moving forward with only one game remaining before the real season begins.
(7)Punishers vs United Armenians (5)
Despite late rally, United Armenians breakdown short of buzzer
All that incredible work to fight back against the Punishers won't be appearing on a statistical basis for the United Armenians. This might be the right time during the regular season that a team may have to endure such a defeat. Even though the loss is hard to swallow, the United Armenians will only take positives-from their battle with the front runners of the division. They mounted a hard fought comeback with third period goals-from Y.Derohannessian and J-A Belcher to tie the game fairly late. Then, with only 15 seconds before reaching overtime, S.Athanasotoulos avoided the extra time to regain the lead for the Punishers. Two out of their seven goals came on the power play. The Punishers had a chance to avoid a complicated situation if they could have scored rather than give up a goal on their third man advantage. Instead, J-A Belcher evened the score with a man less and the United Armenians gave themselves a chance to steal the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ben Verducci of the Hellfish. With every game so being important at this stage of the season, the Hellfish net minder did not disappoint stopping all 25 shots to earn a huge shutout.
Sunday August 19
Degenerates looked to bounce back after embarrassing loss to Chic Choc
If the first period was an indication of how the night was going to be, than the Degenerates may have just packed it in. A poor performance is an understatement for how terrible they played. By not guarding their man properly due to absolute laziness, the Chic Choc took advantage almost every time they had a chance to score. The game was out of reach thanks to the help of J-R Lemy, who was unstoppable collecting five points that included a hat trick. Still, the Degenerates knew they had another chance to redeem themselves. After collecting their thoughts and focusing on what was ahead, the veteran side went back to basics. This time, they were the ones to start strong resulting in four first period goals. N.Goncalves took the bull by the horns assisting once while bagging two straight markers. Now that the tables were turned, the Degenerates made sure to protect their lead and did just enough to split the miniseries.
(1)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(6)
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (5)
Monday August 20
Mighty Boyz making case that they are a team to beat
It's becoming clearer and clearer that the Mighty Boyz may just be that team to beat on Monday nights. In both their victories, they scored a combined thirteen goals against a Dr Block team that finally had a full roster. Most likely their best asset is speed. M.Dettore made an already good team even better as the spark plug struck three times in the opening game. The Dr Block did have an opportunity to erase a bad game but made the vital mistake of taking a pair of penalties. By visiting the box twice, the Mighty Drunks seized the opportunities. J.Palmitano and A.Rapone each scored with the man advantage to get a head start heading into the final period. By then, the order was somewhat a little too tall for the Dr Block to bounce back and even the score. The win came with scoring efforts-from six different players that saw M.Dettorre once again lead the way with four points.
(7)Mighty Boyz vs Dr Block(4)
(3)Dr Block vs Mighty Boyz(6)
C.Gingras elevates play for Punishers double victories
In a night where he accumulated six points, C.Gingras was simply that good. Everything that the Punishers did right flowed-from their star player. The first encounter had Gingras net the winner fairly late in the game en route to a 3-1 victory. And as big as that goal was, Gingras brought it to another level by the second contest. The Punishers surged with four unanswered goals in the opening frame before trading three apiece by the final twelve minutes of play. Out of their seven goals, Gingras struck four times while setting up his captain J.Fidrilis. The only consolation that the Mighty Drunks will take-from the two loses is the fact of have only one spare on the bench. J.Adamou was definitely their best player scoring three out of their four goals.
(3) Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (1)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (7)
Fatigue-from previous matches hinders Mighty Boys in back to back loses
Fatigue was present in the Mighty Boys two loses on Monday night and it proved to be a major reason why they dropped both games. From-the start, it showed that the Corporation had the extra step winning loose balls resulting in good possession and opportunities. However, it did take a late goal by J.Scalia to decide the opening game. The Mighty Boyz fought extremely hard to overcome a 3-1 deficit only to see it slip away with a minute remaining. After suffering such a heart breaker, the Mighty Boyz looked just as tired in the second encounter. Knowing this, the Corporation came out storming bagging three first period goals that included a key marker by G.DeMarinis just prior to the buzzer ringing. J.Pantelis would then add his second for insurance and the Corporation did what they needed to do to kill off the clock.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs The Corporation (4)
(4)The Corporation vs Mighty Boyz(3)
Hard works pays off for United Arms, but for only one game
If not for a hard fought battle along with a key play-from M.Boghossian late in the game, the United Arms would have gone empty handed on Monday night. Instead, they managed to force a shootout thanks to a one on one effort-from Boghossian that resulted in a late equaliser. Unfortunately their first match was as good as it got because the same couldn't be said for the second meeting. The Degenerates went full throttle scoring three times in both frames while not conceding a goal. P.Assadi, although wasn't too busy in net was left alone at times keeping a clean score sheet. The story of the match however was belonged to N.Goncalves, who just came off a productive performance on Sunday night adding five more goals to his collection.
(4)Degenerates vs United Arms(3) S.O
(0)United Arms vs Degenerates (6)
G.Gammieri's late marker trades wins with 1 Timer
Twice they led by two goals, and both times the 1 Timer couldn't protect their lead, at least not in the second game. The first encounter wasn't an issue with the men in orange edging out the Vitamin C 3-1. In hopes of capturing a second consecutive win, the 1 Timer have only themselves to blame. The contest was still very young when the Vitamin C fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 at one point. Perhaps a key turning point occurred when the 1 Timer took their lone penalty of the match. It was by then when the captain pulled even courtesy of a huge power play goal. F.Pace tied the game late in the frame to establish an even playing field in the final twelve minutes. Considering how many goals were scored in the first period, both sides decided to play it cautious the rest of the way. The only tally came very late thanks to G.Gammieri.
(3) 1 Timer vs Vitamin C(1)
(4)Vitamin C vs 1 Timer(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Goncalves of the Degenerates. After playing only a night ago collecting three points that included two goals, the Degenerates sniper showed once again how it's done by bagging five more markers along with a helper.
Thursday August 23
One bad minute bites Tocas
Settling for a shootout loss wasn't much of an issue for the Tocas in the opening contest. They knew the game could have gone either way and that it was just part of hockey. However, the second contest was where they really dropped the ball and have only themselves to blame. After all, they led 2-0 with power play goals-from T.Vassallo while playing strong defensive hockey. That lead stood solid for a good portion of the match up until M.Gagnon finally cracked the barrier. Now, it's one thing to allow a goal here in there, but to concede three straight in just over a minute is completely unacceptable, no matter what the circumstances. Les Carmoni felt something brewing and never gave to fight back and steal the win. And while many factors contributed to both results, perhaps a key component was the play of M.Gagnon. The offensive minded d-man participated in all five goals in both games that included three behind the net.
(2)Tocas vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O
(3)Les Carmoni vs Tocas(2)
Sunday August 19
(6)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(12)
Butchers keep taking it in the chin by the third period
Maybe one day there can be some third period magic for the Butchers, but until then, tonight was just another reminder on how horrible they were. The Fatal Demons showed absolutely no mercy exposing a sloppy Butchers team with six third period goals. Plenty of those markers came because of a lack of coverage. Every time the Butchers would push up to try and create something, the Fatal Demons would counter attack and capitalise. S.Koulieris used his solid front net presence to generate three straight tallies while B.Deslasuriers and A.Jalilvand each scored twice.
(4)Lynx vs HC Mutts(3) S.O
M.Barone sweet back hand fake secures top seed for Lynx
With interesting playoff implications, the Lynx were able to secure first place of the E Sunday division thanks to a pair of factors. First off, M.Barone scored the lone shootout marker while S.Catalano denied three straight breakaways his way. Prior to the extra time, the Lynx appeared to be in control of the match. After all, they did carry a 3-1 lead heading into the final period versus a team with only two change ups. Normally that would be enough for a team like the Lynx, but it clearly wasn't the case. The HC Mutts sent a little reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, that they won't be a push over .M.Maggiore was a big reason for the comeback as the quarter back set up two teammates while adding his clubs second goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Barone of the Lynx. By scoring the lone shootout marker, M.Barone helped secure a first place finish that would have avoided a semi final match up with the HC Mutts. Instead, they will get a team with only two wins all season.
Both these games concluded the regular season in the E Sunday division. With all four team entering the playoffs, the semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Lynx vs Butchers (4) Without a doubt, the Lynx are the heaving favourites. The only way the Butchers have a chance is if they show up full squad and play their best game yet. Unless that happens, the Lynx will be thinking further ahead.
(2)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3) If the regular season is an indication of what's to come, than many may suspect the Fatal Demons to pull through. They won three out of the four meetings including two in a recent double header night. Despite that being said, many will also agree that regular season stats mean absolutely nothing. In the perspective of the HC Mutts, they know that they have the talent and the speed to overcome a deep and heavy opponent.
Thursday August 16
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(0) E2 Semi finals game 1
Mighty Drunks cruise to easy playoff win over Chaos
It was anything but a tough test for the Mighty Drunks in this semi final match up with Chaos. They scored once in at least every frame and got the necessary goaltending-from O.Caillet, who recorded a shutout. The win came with the help of six different goal scores that included three feeds-from V.Mancini. Despite the loss, Chaos fared well in the first portion of the match considering they had only seven players dressed. Unless they stack up with more bodies, the Mighty Drunks know that they will be playing for all the marbles.
(6)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (3) E1 regular season
Attention on the Bulls big guns opens path way for P.Bertone
That's the luxury of having more than a couple of weapons on your team. By focusing on a player or two, the door opens up for the rest of the line up to get involved. P.Bertone quietly made his presence felt by bagging half of his team's goals. For a very long stretch, the Nighthawks kept the Bramabulls in check but that lasted only so long. The game started to tilt one way towards the nine minute mark of the second period. It was by then that flood gates opened with Bertone striking twice in just over a minute followed with C.Fragkiudakis's late period marker. Both sides then traded two third period goals that saw L.Dulcetta bury a pair for the Nighthawks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P.Bertone of the Bramabulls. In a double up win over the Nighthawks, P.Bertone showed his value to his team by riffling three out of six goals.
That game concluded the regular season for the E1 Thursday division. The Semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (4) Plain and simple, the Nighthawks need every single thing to go right in order to have any sort of chance. Goaltending, committed defence and capitalising on their few chances is a bare minimum required.
(2)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(3) Maybe is goes against their identity, but the JLR Brossard may have to lay back on their high octane style. The SBS Trashers will expose them in the counter attack, and unless Pedram Assadi gets the help needed in front of him, the JLR Brossard will be headed golfing earlier than hoped for.
Wednesday August 15 (F Round 1 playoffs)
(5)Horsemen vs Les Raymonds(2)
T.Karasek hat trick sends Horsemen through next round
In tonight's opening round of the playoffs, it showed that Les Raymonds couldn't hang on with the Horsemen. Surely it helps when a player such as T.Karasek suits up for the big games. The Horsemen went up 2-1 before T.Karasek separated himself-from everyone else. The power forward scored three consecutive goals for his club that included a big power play marker late in the second period. Even though the deficits weren't too far apart, Les Raymonds didn't have enough push back in their game. A few trips to the penalty box didn't help their case either as the Horsemen made them pay twice on four chances.
(6)Hellfish vs Golden Knights (5) O.T
Game of inches favours Hellfish in do or die match
No matter how much of a great start they had, the Golden Knights will be grieving for a while after this loss. They entered the night with no pressure but still the belief that they could have gotten it done. By leading 4-2 at one point during the match, the pressure turned on the Hellfish to respond. Slowly but surely the contest would eventually shift in a different direction. The Hellfish took over the second portion of the match to at least give themselves a shot at winning it in overtime. C.Dapoulias came through with back to back goals which helped set the stage for the most important minutes of the season for the two sides. By that point, it was anyone's game. Three minutes was what it took for D.Ramada to send the Hellfish through to the semi finals by notching the sudden death winner.
With the Horsemen and Hellfish getting it done, four teams are now left to battle it out in the semi finals. The match-up are as follows:
(1) Winter Soldiers vs Horsemen (5) it's safe to say that with a 10-1-1 record that the Winters Soldiers should prevail in this series. However, that won't in any way concern the Horsemen who have been in this position many times before. Experience is a vital tool and the Horsemen have it. Unless the Winter Soldiers take this series for granted they will be fine.
(2)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(3) There is too much depth on both sides for any sort of certainties. The Kentucky Blue may have some natural goal scorers up front but on the flip side, the Hellfish can be a pain when it comes to defending. This series will be your classic offense versus defensive styled match up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Horsemen. Natural goal scores don't always show up for the big games but that wasn't the case for T.Karasek as the Horsemen forward did more than his share providing three goals.
D Wednesday regular season
(3)Fat Cats vs Team Haiti(5)
Early gift still not good enough for Fat Cats
Even with two team goals because of the delay of game rule coupled with a late first period power play marker-from F.Atkinson, the Fat Cats still found a way to lose. And it wasn't like Team Haiti took over immediately as of the second period. Granted, they did win the frame 1-0 but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome a deep hole they created. The comeback occurred only as of the three minute mark of the final frame. H.Merone got the ball rolling while J.Benel evened the score with his first of two in the period. E.Charron got credited the winner after receiving a pass-from Reginald Morne, who finished his night with three assists. Both teams only played two full periods with Team Haiti clearly the better of the two sides in the final stretch.
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(2)
Punishers double up rival thanks to their top gun
It's become normal at this point that P.Karvouriaris is the difference make for the Punishers, and that's despite many others that can hurt you on the same roster. His two goals and one assist was too much for the HBHA Masters on this particular night. And as vital as he was to helping his team win, perhaps the biggest goal of the game belonged to K.Tsoukalas. This contest was deadlocked at two goals apiece when the Punishers d-man snapped the tie late in the second period. That tally stood up due to a few factors, but primarily because N.Mackeen didn't budge making enough key saves.
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Monday August 13
1 Timer load up a pair of dramatic wins
Not only were the 1 Timer able to get the two wins, but they did it in the most dramatic fashion. K.Gagne provided the first victory by netting the lone shootout marker while M.Carpentier doubled up the glory with his game winner leaving all but one second on the clock. That was the forward's second goal as part of a three point performance. The United Arms, despite dropping the first encounter 3-2 in a shootout missed out on evening the score by the second game. They couldn't have asked for a better start except for one major mistake. The 1 Timer managed to trail only by one because of a shorthanded goal-from Carpentier. If not for that miss hap, the United Arms would have most likely collected three points. Instead, they couldn't protect a slight 2-1 lead that turned for the worse in the end.
(2)United Arms vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
(3)1 Timer vs United Arms(2)
Punishers use two big first periods to down Dr Block
In both their wins, the Punishers came out swinging versus the Dr Block. Twice they built 3-1 leads which proved to be more than enough. After five different players tallied en route to a 5-3 win, the second contest had two players each score twice for a similar result. C.Gingras upped his game by posting a pair while setting up two teammates. M.Gagnon was the other Punisher to solve R.Pelletier on two occasions. When looking back, the DR Block know that they could have done better against a side that was missing key elements. The Punishers simply played it smarter early on and benefited with two straight victories. Despite the loss, J.Martineau may have been the best player on the field finishing his night with four goals and an assist.
(3)Dr Block vs Punishers (5)
(5)Punishers vs Dr Block(2)
M.Gagnon lays down the hammer in mini sweep of Vitamin C
For significant stretches of time, Les Carmoni controlled most of the play. And by doing so, they produced plenty of chances making S.Sauk work hard for his money. The pace kicked in early on with scoring efforts-from three different players that resulted in a 3-1 victory. The second game only saw Les Carmoni take over as of the second period. After trailing 1-0, M.Gagnon went hulk mode riffling three straight markers to double up his opponent. V.Morin set up Gagnon twice in only two minutes, and P.Corbin continues to impress between the pipes allowing only three goals all night.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Vitamin C(1)
(2)Vitamin C vs Les Carmoni(4)
Degenerates desperation kicks in to late
Even though the scores were different in both games, the Degenerates faced the same kind of problem. They would fall behind and were forced to battle all game in hopes to even the score. Unfortunately, they couldn't get there in both circumstances with the first one ending 2-1.The second contest had a bizarre and twisted ending to it. Les Reds had everything going right for them and looked like they could do no harm in what appeared to be an easy win. After all, they did lead 3-0 and hadn't conceded a goal for well over half the game. Then, out of nowhere, the Degenerates got their breaks mounting a remarkable comeback only to see it bite them in the end. Less than ten seconds was all that was remaining for M.Monteschio to break the late tie. Les Reds struck early in both games and did a great job protecting their lead for four entire periods.
(2)Les Reds vs Degenerates (1)
(4)Degenerates vs Les Reds(5)
No shock as Hustlers cruise for two easy wins
When arguably the top team of the top division is stacked versus a depleted line up, it's very safe to say that the Mighty Drunks had no chance. Seven minutes was all it took for the Hustlers to pop in six goals. Payam Assadi had the luxury of not having to run much and remained in his favourite spot that led to three goals. B.Vassilakis opened and closed the scoring while T.Bozinakis collected five points. Similar to the first game, the Hustlers never let go of the gas pedal in the second contest. G.Pisanelli struck twice in the first period that included a goal that only he can score. The highly skilled forward scored-from an impossible angle by using M.Melo's shoulder to re direct the ball behind the net minder. After being up 3-0, the Hustlers just cruised their way adding four more by the second with the help of E.Girouard's two markers. Possibly due to fatigue-from the opening game, Payam Assadi was nowhere to be seen in the second accumulating only two random assists. All in all, the Hustlers were expected to run up the score against a side missing many significant pieces.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (8)
(7)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathias Gagnon of Les Carmoni. Whatever M.Gagnon ate or didn't eat definitely worked for him on Monday night. The irritating defenseman was incredible in the span of only five minutes by bagging three big goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Vitamin C.
Thursday August 16
Tocas smother Corporation, walk away with 4 points
Even though the Corporation controlled much of the play, the Tocas played it smart by barely giving any time and space. Surely it helps with R.Ricaurte handing the pipes, but that was only part of it. The Tocas led twice in both games settling for one point in a shootout loss while finishing off stronger courtesy of a 2-1 victory in the second contest. J.Durante had a strong opening game setting up three different teammates for the Tocas. C.Maltese then came up big notching a key marker in the second encounter holding up as the winner. This contest was a typical playoff style match that worked very well in the Tocas favour. Knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner, the Corporation will need to adapt to every situation and adjust accordingly when they get there.
(4)Corporation vs Tocas(3) S.O
(2)Tocas vs Corporation (1)
Sunday August 12
(4)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3)
Late push not enough as HC Mutts wake up to late
The HC Mutts made a late push, but it wasn't enough as they fell short to the Fatal Demons. One thing that didn't help the HC Mutts was there late start that resulted in a team goal for the Fatal Demons. Even though they had to fight-from behind, they still couldn't get it right up until the later stages of the contest. By then, the Fatal Demons controlled every aspect of their game and made sure to protect their lead. A.Jalilvand's bullet that beat the net minder short side held up as the winner. The only positive's that the HC Mutts took in the loss was their solid finish with three straight goals. That sequence helped motivate them knowing that they had a double header versus the very same squad.
(8)Lynx vs Butchers (3)
Butchers can't figure out Lynx
When analyzing why the Butchers can't put a dent in the Lynx's game, the answer is quite simple. The Lynx are simply quicker, and unless the Butchers keep their gaps closer-from player to player, they'll get burned every time. Another bad start didn't help either with the Lynx making the Butchers pay on their mistakes. Many players contributed offensively with A.Mason striking twice while D.Zabitsky collected four points. The scary part about this lopsided result was that J.Mason and their captain J.Lang were out of action. In the likely hood that the standings don't change, the Lynx will get the Butchers in their first round match up.
(5)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3)
Fatal Demons bank six clean points in double header night with HC Mutts
Despite their late let down earlier on, the Fatal Demons approached this game with a different frame of mind. They knew that the HC Mutts were going to come out swinging, but that didn't stop them-from weathering the storm. As a matter of fact, it was the Fatal Demons grabbing the better start jumping off to a 2-0 lead. The HC Mutts only got on board as of the mid way point when V.Romito finally solved P.Assadi. M.Danello did tie things up moments later but the Fatal Demons immediately regained their lead thanks to G.DeMarinis. Still, the HC Mutts were in striking distance heading into the third period. Unfortunately, they just couldn't seem to get an edge against a side that was definitely committed.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Fatal Demons. In a double header night versus the HC Mutts, A.Jalilvand notched both winners in two very close games.
E Thursday & Sunday
Thursday August 9th, 2018
Les Rouuuges (5) VS Carnage (2) Semi-Finals Game 1
Effort shown by Les Rouuuges earns them an easy game 1 victory.
Playoffs are the most important time of the year, where most players need to turn on the switch and help their club out move forward. Unfortunately for Carnage, it seemed as the club was not on the same page for the first half of the game where Les Rouuuges capitalized on their chances. A. Henein was the main contributor for his club finding the back of the net with his amazing slap shot. After an important timeout by captain F. Pace the tides started to switch as Carnage turned on their switch and started playing their game. Carnage will need to bring the same type of effort to their next game if they wish to see additional action.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alain Henein from Les Rouuuges. The offensive defenseman continues to play at a very high level scoring two important goals in game 1 of the semi-finals for his club. His game will need to continue if Les Rouuuges wish to have a deep playoff run.
E Thursday & Sunday
Thursday August 9th, 2018
JLR Brossard (3) VS Bramabulls (9)
Bramabulls offensive weapons demonstrate what they are capable of tonight.
From the beginning of the game, it was apparent that the Bramabulls were going to cause some issues for JLR Brossard. From the first whistle Bramabulls kept hammering and pressuring the opposing team to make mistakes and the club answered by finding the back of the net. M. Testolina continues his dominance on the division accumulating six points on a busy night for the forward. Other teams will need to find a solution to keep the player in check going into the playoffs.
Nighthawks (0) VS SBS Trashers (8)
Nothing goes right tonight for the Nighthawks as SBS Trashers dominate the game.
From the initial ball drop nothing seemed to be going right for the Nighthawks, from poor passing, to shots missing the net. Unfortunately for them the SBS Trashers weren't going to take any part of the following as they continued to play their game. P. Nadeau known for his offensive skill played defense tonight and kept hammering the opposition scoring a natural hat trick mid way thru the third period. The Nighthawks will need to figure out what is going wrong fast as the playoffs are right around the corner.
D & F Wednesday
Wednesday August 8th, 2018
Team Haiti (3) VS Punishers (5)
Late 3rd period surge earns Punishers a much-needed win in a tight playoff race.
During the first two periods of the game both teams went back and forth exchanging a goal apiece in the first two periods. Until the Punishers started to push back with the strength of their bench. A. Dayan scored his second of the night midway thru the third and C. Gingras added an insurance marker. As Team Haiti tried to fight back late in the game, it was too late. C. Gingras scored his second within the last minute to kill all hope.
Fat Cats (4) VS United Armenians (1)
Giancarlo Sangiovanni stops every shot until midway thru the third period.
G. Sangiovanni is no stranger to playing lights out when games really do matter in the standings. With Team Haiti on their heels, the net minder needed to play a near perfect game which he did. The players in front of him also did not disappoint managing to take a early first period lead and build upon it. F. Atkinson was the main contributor for his club beating G. Follano twice. While for the United Armenians the only bright spot was when A. Minassian found the back of the net near the end of the third period.
Team Haiti (4) VS Winter Soldiers (5)
Fatigue showed for Team Haiti who played an hour earlier.
After just playing an hour earlier, fatigue showed in Team Haiti. A great start to the game saw Team Haiti take the lead in the second period, thanks in part to a team effort with three different players scoring the go ahead goals. But the Winter Soldiers could not be counted out of the game as A. Guida and N. Gikas each scored their second goals of the night to tie the game up and send it to overtime. As things were looking better for Team Haiti who got power play opportunity in overtime, N. Gikas demonstrated and showed off his speed by scoring a shorthanded goal in overtime to ensure the win for his club.
Hellfish (5) VS Horsemen (3)
M. Chartrand puts his team on his back late in the game and secures the win for them.
As two evenly matched teams squared off tonight, it was evident that a player from either side would need to step up for their club and carry them to victory. With the game evenly tied up in the second period, M. Chartrand was that player. He scored his first goal to push his team ahead and never looked back, bagging in two more in the third period with less than a minute a part. With less than a minute to go the Horsemen tried cutting the lead down to two goals but it was too late as B. Verducci shut the door the remainder of the way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of the Winter Soldiers. The offensive minded player completed his hat trick in overtime, making sure to end the regular season on a good note for his club and a first place finish in the standings.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With Winter Soldiers and Kentucky Blue capturing first and second place respectively, they will be the only two teams to skip the opening round and head off straight to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
Hellfish (3) VS Golden Knights (6) The Golden Knights will need to step up defensively and play a solid game the entire time with all five guys coming back to help out. S. Sauk will have his hands full all night stopping the many offensive weapons Hellfish has if Golden Knights wish to move on to the next round.
Horsemen (4) VS Les Raymonds (5) With two teams as evenly match as this anyone can take the win. It all depends which players show up and if they can contribute up to their level. It should be an interesting match up to watch.
Monday August 6
Dr Block burn out with only 5 players
Knowing that it was going to be a difficult night, the Dr Block would have definitely taken the split with the Mighty Drunks. As a matter of fact, they nearly had it needing to kill off a mere 48 seconds in the first encounter only to give up two goals that left them in disbelief. The Mighty Drunks felt that they had to take advantage heading into the second meeting, especially with a fresher group of guys. And once they struck twice in only three minutes, both sides knew the end results. M.Melo had a lot more help in the second game that led to a 12 save shutout. Both wins came with an overall team effort that had nobody in particular stand out. As for the Dr Block, M.Beavais was money in everything he touched as the forward notched three goals and a helper in the loss.
(4)Dr Block vs Mighty Drunks(5)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Dr Block(0)
Mighty Boyz make a solid case when they are complete
It's rare that the Mighty Boyz show up with a full squad, but when they do, it's only bad news for their opponents. Tonight's two games showed what a threat they can be when all their guys show up and play full force. Neither of the two games were close with the Mighty Boyz winning by at least three goals. The first encounter saw some balanced scoring with five different players finding the back of the net. However, the same couldn't be said for the second match, where M.Testolina separated himself-from everyone else bagging three goals and two helpers. The only good news for the Punishers in this particular case was that they didn't have a full squad to compete with the Mighty Boyz. Teams have come to realise that in order to be successful, all their elements count, especially in the first division.
(5)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (2)
(3)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(6)
Tocas adjust in latter part to even the score with 1 Timer
One trip too many to the penalty box doomed the Tocas in the opening game. The 1 Timer smelled blood and made sure to savour the opportunity bagging three out of their four goals with the man advantage. J.Guye-Perrault opened the scoring for the 1 Timer while K.Gagne brought it a step further riffling three straight to secure a 4-1 victory. In almost a similar situation like in the first encounter, the Tocas were able to return the favour. The score was nearly identical ending 4-0. J.Durante scored a hat trick like his opponent did, and the Tocas used two out of their four goals with the special teams. P.Lavoie scored on the power play while setting up Durante for a shorthanded marker. The 1 Timer attempted 14 shots, and couldn't bury any of them past R.Ricaurte, who bounced back to earn a shutout.
(4)1 Timer vs Tocas(1)
(4)Tocas vs 1 Timer(0)
Vitamin C outmatched in both games versus Chic Choc
The Vitamin C didn't bring any of their basic elements to compete with a better Chic Choc team on Monday night. They couldn't score in the opening contest, and didn't defend well enough conceding five goals in both games. The Chic Choc came out storming with L-P Beaupre netting his clubs first two goals. M.Ethier matched his teammates production by also bagging a pair while F.Gaudet-Peloquin stopped all 12 shots to collect a shutout. In hopes of bouncing back after a poor display, the Vitamin C did get it right in the second game, at least for one period. They led 2-1 heading into the final frame until falling off a deep cliff. Two and a half minutes was all it took for the Chic Choc to lay down the hammer. They struck four straight times during that span with scoring efforts-from four different players. M.Ethier set up two teammates while adding one to close off the night. For a second straight game, F.Gaudet-Peloquin was rock solid in net enabling his club to collect two convincing wins.
(5)Chic Choc vs Vitamin C (0)
(2)Vitamin C vs Chic Choc(5)
Constant pressure gives edge to Les Reds Over Corporation
By applying immediate pressure along with winning some loose balls, Les Reds grabbed leads in both games end never once gave them up. The Corporation, although tried to battle back, struggled to find enough room, and when they did, P.Turturici was still in the way. The net minder made enough key saves to keep his club in front for most of the night. The first match was a little lopsided with Les Reds getting goals-from for different players resulting in a 4-1 outcome. The second contest was much closer. Les Reds took the win on their third lead when M-A Distasio bagged his second late in the game.
(4)Les Reds vs The Corporation (1)
(2)The Corporation vs Les Reds(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederic Gaudet-Peloquin of the Chic Choc. Goaltending is always a key reason for success, and Frederic Gaudet-Peloquin proved it with a stellar performance allowing only two goals in four periods.
Thursday August 9th, 2018
Short bench proves to be breaking point for Carmoni as they don't have enough juice to follow The Corporation.
Even when playing on a off night The Corporation proved to be on their game to take an easy 6 points in the standing. While starting game 1 off slow, the team bounced back in the second period by scoring five unanswered goals to take an easy win. D. Ramada a stay at home defenseman was the main contributor scoring two goals. As game 2 started it was no different as The Corporation never took their foot off the gas pedal and continued to hammer the short bench Carmoni had. The sole bright spot Carmoni was M. Gagnon who scored half the goals for his club. He will need help from his teammates if they wish to play at a high level.
The Corporation (5) VS Carmoni (1)
The Corporation (8) VS Carmoni (3)
Sunday August 5
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Fatal Demons(3) inter league
Fatal Demons fall short of completing comeback
It wasn't the start they wanted, but the Fatal Demons nearly erased their deficit. Unable to get any scoring done for two straight periods, the Fatal Demons had to hope for a miracle in the third in order to edge out the Mighty Drunks. And even though they battled back with three goals, it just wasn't enough in the end. O.Caillet was hugely responsible for the outcome as the net minder kept frustrating his opponents. The win came also with the help of Y.Dube, who scored twice and S.Govas that collected three points.
(3)Butchers vs Lynx(8)
R.Beaver and J.Mason rip the Butchers apart
A forward line consists of three players, but often its two guys doing most of the work. R.Beaver and J.Mason enjoyed a feast in their 8-3 thumping of the Butchers on Sunday night. Those two players alone accounted for twelve total points with Beaver leading the way bagging five goals and two assists. The Lynx caught the Butchers off guard early on building a 3-0 lead which played out to be important considering how the Butchers would respond. T.Karasek helped keep the game close by earning three points. This contest was still up for grabs up until the third period hit. The Butchers knew they had to take chances in order to battle back, but found themselves dug deeper in a hole with the Lynx deadly counter attack.
(7)Carnage vs HC Mutts(8) inter league
A type of loss that can make grown men cry
Luckily enough for Carnage that this was just a regular season hockey game against an opponent-from a different division. Almost nothing can explain how a team played so well for two straight periods but yet so horrible in only ten minutes. The HC Mutts trailed all game long by stretches of three goals before turning on some sort of magical switch. The remarkable comeback involved six tallies as of the five minute mark of the third period that included two very late power play goals by N.DeGregorio and A.Cardillo, who both combined for nine points. Despite the loss, S. Longo and S.Giannoulakis were a force as both players each earned hat tricks while combining for eleven points.
(3)Bramabulls vs Lynx(2) inter league
Bramabulls play it smart versus tired Lynx
By striking very early on while applying a strict defensive game plan, the Bramabullls made things very difficult for the Lynx. They did however tie the game on the power play by the ten minute mark of the second period. With the contest being as close as it was, one very significant detail may have decided the outcome. The Lynx will look back at not only missing a glorious power play chance, but by giving up a shorthanded goal instead. D.Verta snapped the tie with the man short and the Bramabulls knew that this was there's for the taking. A.DiPerna played it safe by extending the lead late in the game which proved to be important as it held for the game winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Randy Beaver of the Lynx. No one can argue that the Lynx forward was absolutely dynamite on Sunday night versus the Butchers. R.Beaver finished that game with an impressive five goals and two assists.
Thursday August 2
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Nighthawks (6)
Nighthawks barely hang on to edge out Mighty Drunks
The Nighthawks played a very good first period, and then collapsed in the second half allowing the Mighty Drunks back in the game because of fatigue and a lack of focus. It's never easy getting five past O.Caillet in one period alone, but somehow the Nighthawks created enough good scoring chances to solve the net minder. Even though the second period didn't set off any alarm bells, the same couldn't be said for the third where the Mighty Drunks made a serious push to crawl back into the game. M.Beaudry, after scoring his clubs first two goals, helped set up two more teammates by the third. The Nighthawks had gone dry for well over 23 minutes before getting a key marker-from M.Destounis. His game winning tally came with the help of B.Deslauriers, who had a monster game collecting four points that included two goals.
(4)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(1)
M.Testolina gets the attention of everyone
Whether it's his own teammates, the opposition or the officials, M.Testolina got heavily noticed on Thursday night. The highly skilled forward participated in the Bramabulls first three goals that included two markers while adding a little mustard to his game by visiting the penalty box three times before calling it quits. Despite taking a 1-0 lead early on, the SBS Trashers couldn't contain the constant pressure of the Bramabulls. Mauro Mignogna helped set up the winner by B.Sansotta while adding his second helper on J.Palmitano's third period marker to close off the night.
(2)Chaos vs Les Rouuuges(6)
F.Bchara sparks Les Rouuuges with four-point outing against Chaos
During Les Rouuuges 6-2 win on Thursday night, F.Bchara felt pretty good about his overall play. The rugged winger did it all from-scoring twice while playing the set up man to earn an impressive four points. Les Rouuuges slowly but surely got better as the game went on.Their strongest period occurred in the final 15 minutes where they bagged three goals including two with the special teams. A.Guillaume made the score 5-2 on the power play right before J.Hassan put a nail to it with a shorthanded goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. Simply unstoppable, the Bramabulls spark plug buzzed all game collecting three points en route to a 4-1 win over the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday August 1
(10)Kentucky Blue vs Golden Knights (2)
Kentucky Blue Steamroll Golden Knights
Before they knew it, this game was over and done with. The Kentucky Blue steam rolled past the Golden Knights surging with four first period goals. D.Caruso scored two in a row before adding his third later in the game to collect a hat trick. While he wasn't the only one to put three behind S.Sauk, James Tutino had a similar performance netting three straight to close off what was an easy night. The only bright moments for the Golden Knights came by the third period when R.Kilgour and F.Bchara each scored to get the better of P.Delli Colli.
(1)United Armenians vs HBHA Masters 37+(4)
Balance continues to be key for the HBHA Masters 37+
The HBHA Masters aggressiveness in all three zones was rewarded once again on Wednesday night. They got the start they wanted winning the opening frame 2-1. From-there, the HBHA Masters protected their lead with a heavy fore-check and good goaltending. One of the reasons that make the HBHA Masters difficult to beat is that anyone can hurt you at any given time. In tonight's case, four different players scored that included A.Stamiris's winner late in the first period. C.Stavriadis still had his hands full but did a splendid job anyway stopping all but one shot.
(1)Fat Cats vs Team Haiti(4)
Three third period goals push Team Haiti past Fat Cats
Once the third period hit, Team Haiti were able to crack G.Sangiovanni with three unanswered goals. Only two players scored in the win with C.Simeon and M.Croteau celebrating the feat .Considering the circumstances, the Fat Cats did hang in there for a long while with only two changes ups. Team Haiti clearly had the legs and energy to outperform a more tired side. M.Dorismond didn't have an easy night but remained focused to earn the win in net.
(3)Hellfish vs Winter Soldiers (4)
Winter Soldiers strike late to seal victory
With time winding down to its dying moments, the Winter Soldiers were able to avoid overtime by breaking a 3-3 tie. For most of the night, the Winter Soldiers kept fighting-from behind and never once led until they buried their late marker. N.Gikas helped mount the comeback riffling two goals in only three minutes. Perhaps the big story of the contest belonged to M.Kardum, who scored all three goals for the Hellfish. Despite losing the game in such a heartbreaking fashion, the Hellfish will grab positives knowing that they came so close to defeating the division leaders.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Midwin Dorismond of Team Haiti. If not for his brilliant presence between the pipes, Team Haiti risked going empty handed versus the Fat Cats.
2018 Men’s A Back to Back National Champions Edmonton Savages win 4-1 vs NL Black Horse Congratulations to both teams for a great event!
Monday July 30
Hustlers over power second division Carmoni
The Hustlers were able to push aside Les Carmoni on Monday night. From the get go, the Hustlers took control of both games making it a very unpleasant night for their opponents. The chances came and came often with both games ending earlier than usual due to the seven goal mercy rule. D.Bertrand and A.Stamiris each scored twice in the opening contest. Then, after collecting four points, T.Bozinakis bagged a pair in the second game as the only multi goal scorer. It's not often a team can keep a clean score sheet for two straight games but the Hustlers are one of those few teams than can achieve it, especially with C.Stavriadis controlling the pipes.
(7)Hustlers vs Les Carmoni(0)
(0)Les Carmoni vs Hustlers(7)
Les Reds anticipated a better fate after drawing blank in opener versus Tocas
Les Reds had nothing to show for in their first meeting with the Tocas. They lost both frames and couldn't get at least one by G.Castilloux, who stopped over 20 shots to earn a shutout. The win came with the help as well of M.Zampino, who struck twice and by their captain S.Marricco notching his clubs second goal. Luckily for Les Reds, they had another opportunity to get it right. After seeing their offense dry up, that all changed early in the second encounter. B.Cabral, D.Mansour and N.Zahabi each scored in the span of only eight minutes to grab a 3-1 lead. By responding early the way they did, the Tocas were now the ones chasing the game. Unfortunately, they just didn't have the same jump to battle back. Despite the loss, S.Marricco struck twice to finish his night with three goals.
(0)Les Reds vs Tocas(3)
(2)Tocas vs Les Reds(4)
Chic Choc wake up late to even the score
Even though the United Arms won three straight periods, it still wasn't good enough to earn a pair of wins. They managed to keep the Chic Choc off the score sheet for a very long stretch. A.Zardarian looked like he could do no wrong denying every shot his way, and did it for just over three periods until things took a completely different direction. Maybe the Chic Choc felt they had no choice to up their game since nothing was working. Sometimes it just takes that one goal to spark some confidence which was exactly what happened when E.Gacem broke the ice. That early marker proved to be contagious as three more tallies followed en route to a 4-1 win.
(2)United rms vs Chic Choc(0)
(4)Chic Choc vs United Arms(1)
Mighty Drunks adjust to slow down a wave of offense
It's very clear to everyone that the Punishers will put up the numbers on a regular basis. And even though the Mighty Drunks knew this, there was almost nothing they could have done to slow them down, at least not in the first encounter. The Punishers tallied five times in the second frame to escape with a wild 7-4 result. C.Stamadianos scored twice, P.Karvouriaris had the most for a hat trick while C.Gingras was behind setting up four goals. The good news for the Mighty Drunks was that they had another crack at it. This time, they got it right by not only generating offence but by limiting the Punishers to only two goals in both frames. All it took was three goals in a span of only four minutes coupled with a determined man on man game. As much as it sounds easy to do it versus a team like the Punishers, the Mighty Drunks know that they have the elements to compete with anyone. P.Arkalis is just one of a few names that can turn it up as the skilled forward scored twice for a 3-2 victory.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (7)
(2)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (3)
Vitamin C struggle to find the back of the net, Shutout twice by 1 Timer
The 1 Timer looked energetic out of the gate, applying immediate pressure that resulted in four straight goals in the first period alone. During that stretch, T.Daigneault had a field day striking three times while S.Gravel notched the other tally. Surely, the Vitamin C didn't feel confident to battle back-from such a deficit but that didn't stop them to get at least one and set the tone for the second game. Unfortunately, F.Koch wasn't interested in giving any sort of hope as the net minder remained focused to earn his shutout. The question at that point became how would the Vitamin C respond after a poor display. They did manage to put out a better effort but the end result was still a loss. Their best moment to try and at least tie the game occurred late when they were awarded a power play opportunity. And rather than being the ones to profit on such an enormous chance, it was T.Diagneault of the 1 Timer that actually scored. That tally simply deflated the Vitamin C, who walked out empty handed unable to solve F.Koch for a second straight time. K.Gagne went on to add his second while C-T Perrault collected his fourth assist in both games.
(0)Vitamin C vs 1 Timer (5)
(3) 1 Timer vs Vitamin C (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the 1 Timer. The net minder shined on Monday night going four straight periods without recording a goal.
And they’ve done it! The youngest team in U19, MBHL’s #TeamQuebecU19 win the Canadian Ball Hockey Association U19 B Pool Gold medal in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Edmonton! Congrats to all the players and head coach Sylvain Dugas, and assistants Pat Bachand and Chris Paul. Eyes set for BC 2019 and A Pool Gold!!
Sunday July 29 (Inter league Sunday & Thursday divisions)
(3)Nighthawks vs HC Mutts(6)
HC Mutts strong ball possession provides easy win
To state the obvious, the HC Mutts dominated the Nighthawks on Sunday night. And the reasons are quite simple. First off, they won every loose ball and kept it for long stretches that can only result in great scoring chances. Adding to that, J.Capaldo although not extremely busy in net, still made a few big saves to keep a clean sheet for two solid periods. The HC Mutts had built a comfortable four goal cushion before Capaldo finally looked human. The Nighthawks did show some bite winning the final frame but it wasn't nearly enough for any concern. N.DeGregorio was the only player to score twice with the games last two goals.
(3)Les Rouuuges vs Lynx(6)
Goal scoring machine J.Mason adds three more to his totals
J.Mason keeps proving that his goal scoring touch will never fade. Game in and game out, the Lynx know that they can rely on their sniper. After striking early in the game, J.Mason saved his best for last adding two more markers and an assist by the third period. The Lynx carried a very slight 2-1 lead before they distanced themselves-from Les Rouuuges. E.Heft got credited the winner while adding his second in a yawning cage. R.Beaver also found the back of the net in the win. As for Les Rouuuges, J.Constantin, N.Zahabi and F.Nasser were the lone goal scores for their club.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mason of the Lynx. Once again, the Lynx sniper was a menace, this time bagging three goals along with a helper.
Thursday July 26
(6)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(8)
JLR Brossard get final say in back and forth battle with Bramabulls
The JLR Brossard and the Bramabulls simply went at it on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the net minders, they had to endure back and forth high quality chances that resulted in plenty of goals. Both sides may have been missing players but the playing field was pretty even with only seven players dressed. These are the type of games that players such as G.Pisanelli has a pleasure with. By playing plenty of minutes with good company around him, it's always a given that he will put up serious numbers. The highly skilled forward struck four times including three in the first period alone. In addition to his madness, J.Pantelis played a different role as the set up man resulting in fours helpers along with a tally. On the flip side of the court, T.Karasek was an absolute force for the Bramabulls, who buried four markers as part of a five point performance.
(1)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(3)
L.Bavellas late second period goal shifts the tide for Mighty Drunks
For nearly two entire periods, the Mighty Drunks had no idea on how to figure out B.Madonis. It took up until the very dying moments of the second period before the puzzle was finally solved. With L.Bavellas breaking the ice, the Mighty Drunks had evened the score and knew that they could have taken the game heading into the third. Five minutes had gone by when S.Govas set up a second teammate, this time S.Sicuso being the one to solve Madonis for a second time. And even though Carnage had time for an equaliser, the Mighty Drunks simply tightened up while relying on O.Caillet to make the saves.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Mighty Drunks. In what was a close 3-1 victory over Carnage, the Mighty Drunks can thank their net minder for allowing only one goal on 25 shots.
Wednesday July 25
(10)Les Raymonds vs Golden Knights (3)
M.Deninno's strikes 4 times, Les Raymonds give Golden Knights thumping
The Golden Knights have been playing some good hockey as of late, until tonight's horror show versus Les Raymonds. M.Deninno had a monster game scoring four times along with G.Delia, who collected four assists. It was just one of those nights that the Golden Knights will need to forget. They fell early trailing the opening frame 4-0, and showed no signs of life in what felt like a hopeless cause. Les Raymonds totalled nine of their ten goals in the first two periods alone.
(5)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Team Haiti(2)
J.Pantelis's hat trick powers HBHA in payback match vs Haiti
The HBHA Masters strolled to victory after dropping a tight contest only a week ago to the very same club. The problem in last week's affair was the lack of scoring despite having plenty of chances to do so. However, that wasn't the case in tonight's pay back match up. J.Pantelis cracked the barrier at least once in every frame to earn a hat trick. L.Williams and A.Angelis also went on to score while E.Parent stopped 27 of 29 shots to seal the victory in net. Team Haiti went in a deep hole trailing 3-0 at one point but managed to pull within one on a pair of quick goals. Unfortunately, that was all they had as the HBHA Masters regained control of the match en route to a 5-2 win.
(6)United Armenians vs Punishers (2)
Punishers collapse in third as United Armenians explode with four unanswered
Whatever the reasons, the Punishers suffered a meltdown in the short span of only four minutes. Both sides looked to be evenly matched trading a goal each in the first two periods. Then,once the five minute mark of the third period hit, the United Armenians shifted the tides. Three particular players carried the load on their shoulders. Leading the way in the goals department, A.Minassian struck three times while N.Chiminian and Y.Derohannessian combined for a massive eight points. It's never easy limiting the Punishers to only two goals but G.Follano had a big hand in it to earn the win in net.
(0)Horsemen vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers remain hot with 5-0 shutout
It was quite clear that the Winter Soldiers came ready to play. It's been that way-from the beginning of the season and tonight was just another day at the office for the talented squad. They did everything right by winning all three frames while keeping a clean score sheet on the opposite side of the court. J.Mckenzie got the ball rolling in the first period, N.Gikas took advantage of a power play opportunity and D.Landucci added insurance posting back to back tallies. In addition to their contribution up front, A.Bitsakis was flawless between the pipes stopping all 20 shots his way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the HBHA Masters 37+. After dropping their contest only a week ago to Team Haiti, J.Pantelis responded in a heavy way notching three out of his clubs five goals.
Thursday July 26
(1)United Armenians vs Team Haiti(3)
Team Haiti hang on to beat United Armenians
The United Armenians pop gun offense hit a wall on Thursday night. Perhaps it had to do with some reinforcements that Team Haiti added along with R.Augustin-Registe controlling the pipes. Their lone goal came right after they gave up two straight to trail 2-1 after one period. And even though time wasn't an issue, the United Armenians couldn't find answers-from that point on. Team Haiti had the slight luxury of playing with the lead and made sure to protect it knowing that it was going to be a low scoring affair. J-M Loiseau widened the margin early in the third period, and still the United Armenians struggled to get anything by Augustin-Registe, who was sensational to record the win.
(2)Golden Knights vs Horsemen(9)
Gassed Golden Knights die out in third period
It's what came to be expected for the Golden Knights. They played well for about two periods before running out of gas by the third. The problem however was that they did have energy early on but still dropped the ball giving up three first period goals. The Horsemen would then pull away thanks to a pair of tallies-from their captain V.Pandza for a substantial 5-0 cushion. It was only-from there that the Golden Knights would finally get to M.Vinciguerra. The net minder went through a slight funk in the span of only 30 seconds where he gave up his only two markers of the night. The Golden Knights may have felt something brewing in hopes of bouncing back but were nowhere to be seen in the end.
Monday July 23
Good for one but not for two as Degenerates run out of fuel
Playing a second game with only six players, chances are a team is going to need some luck in order to get it done for a second time. That is especially true when the opponent out numbers you with plenty of energy. The Degenerates did not get that luck and suffered the predictable fate after taking the first encounter. By grabbing a 1-0 lead, the 1 Timer knew they would have control of the second match. M.Carpentier struck first and T.Daigneault followed up with a huge goal that would nearly guarantee the win. It's not like the Degenerates didn't get some high end chances. The problem was that F.Koch wasn't budging and kept a clean sheet en route to a 4-0 shutout. M.Carpentier ,T.Daigneault and S.Gravel took care of the offence collecting two points each.
(3)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(1)
(4) 1 Timer vs Degenerates (0)
A.Dayan causes migraines for Tocas
There are many factors as to what determines who will win and who will lose. In tonight's case, it's safe to say that A.Dayan was the primary reason as to why Les Carmoni edged out the Tocas on two occasions. There was no doubt that the forward was in the mood. In their 3-1 win to open up the night, A.Dayan struck twice. Then, in the second contest, his searing burst of pace resulted in two more goals that led to a 3-2 victory. Now, as much as he deserves plenty of credit, Les Carmoni played a solid defensive game that saw P.Corbin allow only three goals on 31 shots. The Tocas did have a great opportunity to split the miniseries, but they couldn't hold up long enough as les Carmoni fought back with two late goals.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Tocas(1)
(2)Tocas vs Les Carmoni(3)
Dr Block made it look easy, close Out Corporation with rout
From-the drop of the ball, the Corporation quickly realised that they would have a long night ahead of them. The Dr Block displayed four straight periods of pure exhilaration, one highlight reel sequence piled atop another. And despite their total domination of ball control in the opening game, the Corporation somehow forced a shootout. Maybe it had to do with L.Dias, who was absolutely sound between the pipes. Still,the Dr Block got the extra point due to a pair of breakaways that just got enough of the Corporation netminder. The second game didn't end so well for the Corporation. After trailing 1-0 early in the second period, the Dr Block decided to turn it up a notch, and within only a minute, a deficit suddenly transformed into a lead. J-P Noth was the catalyst behind the comeback as the skilled player set up three straight goals en route to a 3-1 win. In addition to J-P Noth's stellar performance, the Dr Block will credit their goaltender as well. R.Pelletier made difficult saves look easy, and made quite a few to hold the fort in net.
(2)The Corporation vs Dr Block(3) S.O
(3)Dr Block vs The Corporation (1)
Split does justice for both teams
Even though the Mighty Drunks kept a clean score sheet in the first game, there was almost no way that the Mighty Boyz were going out empty handed. They stormed back with three first period goals, including the winner by M.Pacifico late in the frame. Both sides entered the night without a couple of significant pieces, which can explain the wash. P.Arkalis was a force in the opening match participating in three of the four goals that included a pair of markers. The Mighty Boyz dealt with the frustrations of trying to figure out M.Melo, who denied all 18 shots to earn a shutout. However, the same didn't apply in the ensuing match with the Mighty Boyz finally able to solve the net minder. Out of their four total goals, A.Rapone had his hand in all of them. The normally stay at home defenseman took it upon himself to get his team going by scoring once while setting up three different teammates.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(0)
(4)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks (2)
United Arms & Vitamin C trade identical scores
Nearly a carbon copy of the two games, both sides had to come-from behind in order to capture a 3-2 result. Everything appeared to be roses early on for the Vitamin C, roaring with a pair of unanswered markers by the end of the frame. Then, what went up came crashing down .The United Arms ate their spinach and mounted a remarkable comeback to sweep the rug-from under their opponent's feet. During that span, H.Jerjian set up two teammates while G.Jerjian cashed in the winner late in the game. The question at that point became how would the Vitamin C respond. And when considering how badly things ended, they did an excellent job forgetting it by taking action in the second contest. Still, it wasn't anywhere- from convincing as it took two late goals in order to get it done. N.DeGregorio used his second to tie it right before J.De Marco s won it with 25 seconds left on the clock.
(3)United Arms vs Vitamin C(2)
(3)Vitamin C vs United Arms(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Dayan of Les Carmoni. In both games versus the Tocas, A.Dayan scored twice in both those games generating much of the offense required for two close victories.
Sunday July 22
(3)HC Mutts vs Lynx(5)
J.Lang, J.Mason continue to mesh as teammates
Hands, vision, hockey IQ and telekinesis, J.Lang and J.Mason seem to have it when playing together. The pair have been brilliant all season, with their ability to read one another and connect almost every time they touch the ball. The Lynx wasted no time whatsoever ever jumping all over the HC Mutts early on for a 3-1 lead. All three of those goals had the dynamic duo make it happen with Lang scoring twice and Mason bagging the third goal as both players combined for six points. There wasn't much of a threat -from the HC Mutts for most of the match, except for when they pulled within one by the ten minute mark of the third period. Unfortunately, that late push barely posed any concerns with J.Mason's immediate response.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Fatal Demons(1) Inter-League
P.Nadeau helps lead Trashers in inter-league play
With a couple of key pieces out of the line up, the SBS Trashers looked to others in their close 3-1 win over the Fatal Demons. However, they aren't surprised that P.Nadeau would be a player to step it up in time of need. The SBS Trashers got used his ability and weren't at all shocked that their power forward struck in the first and in the second period for the games only goals. And while they got their minimal offense going, the SBS Trashers suffocated the Fatal Demons for nearly the entire game. R.Pampena, despite earning the win, would have loved nothing more than to get a shutout. The net minder was brilliant once again and a major reason why his club edged out the Fatal Demons.
(11)JLR Brossard vs Butchers (13) Inter-League
Butchers get on the map in high scoring affair
Still searching for their first win of the season, the Butchers finally got the monkey off their back. Strangely, they had to score at least twelve times in order to capture the result. This contest had barely any defence which exposed the two net minders. At one point, the score was 12-6 in favour of the Butchers after two periods. And while that may seem like plenty for a victory, it surely didn't show in the final fifteen minutes of play. The JLR Brossard mounted a massive comeback and nearly got their by pulling within two just passed the mid way point of the frame. Luckily enough for the Butchers, E.Girouard restored the gap and the Butchers were able to hold on to a wild finish.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Nadeau of the SBS Trashers. His two goals were significant in what was a low scoring affair with the Fatal Demons.
Thursday July 19
(4)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(8)
Y.Dube and Mighty Drunks pull away late for double up win
Like a lingering cold, Les Rouuuges just wouldn't go away. The Mighty Drunks felt that they couldn't let go of a given situation presented in front of them. By having pretty much all of their players versus a side that barely had change ups, it was only normal that they felt confident for the win. However, this contest was far-from convincing. It took a third period surge for Mighty Drunks to distance themselves. Y.Dube was one of a few pieces that made it happen as the sniper struck once in every frame to record a hat trick. Next in line saw M.Beaudry bury a pair as a defenseman, but what made this game memorable was that all of Les Rouuuuges's four goals belonged to A.Henein, who also played as a d-man.
(3)Chaos vs Carnage(9)
Carnage blast Chaos with third period onslaught
For two straight periods, the game looked promising for Chaos. They went ahead 3-2, and had the chance to double the lead only to give up a shorthanded goal instead. Still, things were fine up until the third period began. Then, the flood gates open, and Carnage just kept piling on the goals. Six of their nine tallies came in the final frame alone with the captain F.Pace striking twice along with S.Azzi posting his second while setting up four different teammates. It's been somewhat of Chaos's theme this season to battle hard in the beginning but not able to sustain enough of a pace for the duration of the match. Despite the loss, B.Elbaz, M.Roach and D.Elbaz did most of the damage combining for seven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Azzi of Carnage. While most of Carnage's players chipped in with a point or two, S.Azzi was way ahead of everyone accumulating six that included a pair of markers.
Wednesday July 18
(2)Les Raymonds vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers pull away-from Raymonds in third period
After Les Raymonds evened the score in the second period, the Winter Soldiers responded with three straight by the third to pull away for a 5-2 victory. C.Kakivelis struck early, and J.Mckenzie took advantage of a power play only minutes later coming through with a very big goal. That was McKenzie's first of two with the second one feeding an empty cage. The game saw a seesaw battle for two frames but that all changed when the game mattered the most in the final fifteen minutes. The Winter Soldiers got better as the game went, and ultimately got what they deserved.
(4)Horsemen vs Golden Knights(5)
Third period scare nearly haunts Golden Knights
Wins aren't coming easy for the Golden Knights, who nearly endured a haunting finish. Down 5-1 after two periods, the Horsemen nearly staged a comeback that would have left long term psychological ramifications for the Golden Knights. Instead, despite giving up three in a row, the Golden Knights fought to kill off five long minutes to secure a nail biter. For a rare time this season, a full roster dressed that saw five different player's find the back of the net. And even though he didn't score, R.Ricard had a major role in the win as the skilled forward set up three teammates. The Horsemen dropped the ball in the second period and early in the final frame where they couldn't get anything going.
(1)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Team Haiti(3)
Tight checking game ends with Team Haiti on top
Both sides did an excellent job closing off the shooting lanes which explained a very low scoring affair. After continuing a 1-1 stalemate heading into the third, J.Benel came through for Team Haiti. The HBHA Masters were the first to strike early in the game but found themselves snake bitten unable to get a second goal. What made this result remarkable for Team Haiti was that they did it with only eight players dressed. D.Vericain was responsible for two big plays that included his clubs first goal and the set up for Benel's winner.
(6)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(1)
T.Oliveira knows how to finish
T.Oliveira took his scoring prowess to another level on Wednesday night netting an impressive five goals to help thrash the Hellfish. However, his madness only took over as of the second period. After snapping a 1-1 tie on the power play, T.Oliveira buried four more as the only player to score for the two sides from-that point on. Perhaps the Hellfish should have paid more attention to Oliveira, but by the time they would have figured it out, this contest would have been done with. L.DeCubellis and A.Franceschini chipped in with a pair of assists each while P.Delli Colli recorded the win in net allowing only one goal on 21 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyson Oliveira of the Kentucky Blue. The forward had an extraordinary night bagging five straight goals en route to a 6-1 win over the Hellfish.
Thursday July 19
(3)Les Raymonds vs Kentucky Blue(8)
Kentucky Blue use 4 goal first period to blow by Les Raymonds
Throughout two periods, the Kentucky Blue held a 6-1 lead on Les Raymonds. They scored four of those goals in the opening period and only gave up their first marker by the later stages of the second frame. Until that point, six different players got a taste at finding the back of the net with James Tutino being one of those players who went on to add a couple more to complete his hat trick by the third. The Kentucky Blue played the night before coming off a convincing 6-1 win and showed no signs of slowing down in this contest with Les Raymonds.
Monday July 16
P.Turturici and P.Corbin shine in goaltending duel
Les Carmoni fell to Les Reds by a 2-1 shootout but were able to respond in what was another outstanding goaltending display. Only three total goals went in out of the four periods. The two net minders combined for 53 saves with P.Corbin recording a shutout in the second encounter. After settling for a 1-1 draw in the opening contest, F.Nasser was the only player to figure out the breakaways. The slick defenseman used his long reach to wrist a perfect shot past Corbin. The second match had a similar reflection of the first one. The only difference being that only one goal was scored courtesy of J.Meynard. Les Carmoni took their slight 1-0 lead early in the second period and never looked back to even the score with Les Reds.
(1)Les Carmoni vs Les Reds(2) S.O
(0)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(1)
1 Timer completes comeback en route to a pair of wins
If the first handful of minutes was an indication of what was to come, then the 1 Timer would have endured a long night. Instead, they got their act together and mounted a remarkable comeback to take the opening contest 4-2. The relentless effort was led-from every single player that saw four different goal scorers get involved. As much as they merited the win, the 1 Timer wanted more than to just sit back in the second contest. And it showed as they continued-from where they left off adding four more goals. In this particular case, S.Gravel provided much of the offense striking twice while setting up the game winner. The Chic Choc started both matches on the right track but were nowhere to be seen in the second periods where they gave up six of their eight goals.
(4)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(2)
(1)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(4)
The Corporation double dip for six clean points
Neither side would argue that their goaltenders gave them a chance to win. And while both the Tocas and the Corporation generated plenty of quality chances, it was only a question of time before something had to give. Tied 1-1 after one period, G.DeMarinis was able to figure out how to get the better of G.Castilloux. His tally put the Corporation in front 2-1 which happened to be just enough for L.Dias to take care of the rest. The second game was not at all a reflection of the first. This time, the Corporation opened the flood gates striking three times in both frames to once again double up their opponent. G.DeMarinis continued his onslaught adding two more tallies while J.Scalia had the most points assisting twice along with a goal. Despite grabbing both wins, the Corporation couldn't afford to let go of the gas pedal against a side that kept pressing all game long.
(1)Tocas vs The Corporation (2)
(6)The Corporation vs Tocas(3)
Vitamin C bring Degenerates back to earth
Even though the Degenerates took the opening contest by a 5-2 score, the Vitamin C decided that enough was enough for the unbeaten side. Perhaps the major reasons for the downfall was due to the energy and compete level put forth by the Vitamin C. In the first eight minutes alone of the second contest, F.Catanzariti and J.DiMarco each scored twice to put the Degenerates on their heels. At that point, there was almost no way the Vitamin C would allow the Degenerates to battle back, even though they applied plenty of pressure. B.Madonis knew he had to be sharp and did a brilliant job frustrating some of his opponents making one key save after the other.
(2)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (5)
(2)Degenerates vs Vitamin C(5)
Hustlers & Punishers square off in battle of the heavyweights
When giants collide, expect some tremors. Tonight's battle involved arguably the top two teams to beat in the first division. And while they all have the attributes required as hockey players, defence and goaltending dominated the stage in both games. The first encounter saw both sides trade only one goal in regulation time and one goal in the shootout resulting in a 2-2 draw. With that contest out of the way, the second meeting would follow the blue prints of the previous match. The only difference being was that the Hustlers took advantage of a power opportunity. The match was levelled at one goal apiece when P.Assadi struck for his second with the man advantage. Now, many would assume that the Punishers would get at least one more goal considering how much fire power and time they had. Unfortunately for them, they just couldn't find enough of that space going up against a smothering defence and stellar ball stopper in C.Stavriadis .Both sides can equally thank the net minders in tonight's case. F.Russo did all he possibly could to give the Punishers a better outcome.
(2)Hustlers vs Punishers (2) S.O
(1)Punishers vs Hustlers (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Hustlers. The Hustlers net minder put on quite a clinic on Monday night by somehow limiting the Punishers to only two goals in four periods.
Sunday July 15
(2)Butchers vs HC Mutts(6)
N.DeGregorio earns five points as HC Mutts roll over Butchers
N.DeGregorio did pretty much what he wanted accumulating five points versus the Butchers on Sunday night. Even though the HC Mutts had barely enough players, it surely didn't show. They built an enormous 4-0 lead before conceding a late second period goal. The Butchers did strike early in the final frame but couldn't find a way to pull within one. R.Mercandante eased all doubts by posting his second to confirm the victory. As much as the score appears to be lopsided, P.Delli Colli can be thanked for it as the net minder was sharp throughout the entire game for the HC Mutts.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(9)
Captain J.Lang keeps on scoring, Lynx catch Demons off guard early
With many story lines to this game, nobody can argue a great start along with a furry of goals by their captain made the difference. The Lynx took just over five minutes striking three times to blow the game wide open. The first two tallies came-from J.Mason, and the third goal by J.Lang, who went on another scoring rampage bagging four straight for his team. Despite their slow start, the Fatal Demons kept reminding the Lynx that they weren't done. They actually pulled within two goals and nearly narrowed the gap to one if not for a brilliant save by S.Catalano. By then, the clock kept winding down to its final moments where the Lynx were able to hang on. J.Proulx didn't score but helped make four goals happen in the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas DeGregorio of the HC Mutts. Five out of the HC Mutts six goals had N.DeGregorio's hands involved. The skilled forward scored twice bagging the winner while setting up three different teammates.
Thursday July 12
(3)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(2) S.O
SBS Trashers erase 0-2 score to stamp it in shootout
The SBS Trashers may have been down for most of the night, but their confidence never wavered. First, P.Manousos cut the lead in half with a late second period power play goal, and then with only two minutes left to go, K.Hrivnak's desperate shot-from far somehow went through a crowd to even the score. The Bramabulls, despite missing half of their roster approached this game the right way. Surely it helps playing with a 2-0 lead, but nevertheless they still had to work to build it and protect it for most of the match. With neither side able to solve it in overtime, the SBS Trashers took the extra point in the shootout. P.Manousos was the only player to score right after R.Pampena made two straight saves to preserve the win.
(2)Carnage vs Les Rouuuges(4)
J.Hassan hat trick downs Carnage
J.Hassan turned into an instant hat trick hero by owning the second frame with two unanswered goals for a comfortable 3-1 lead. Following his surge, A.Guillaume put the victory beyond doubt just before the period ended. One very bad frame by Carnage was all it took for Les Rouuuges to gather up some points. Carnage drew even in the first fifteen minutes and won the final period thanks to a power play goal by their captain F.Pace. R.Ricaurte faced 26 shots and turned aside 24 to earn his first win in net for Les Rouuges.
(5)JLR Brossard vs Nighthawks (8)
Nighthawks storm by JLR Brossard with 4 second period goals
The JLR Brossard had to endure eight minutes of their worse hockey this season. This contest was deadlocked 2-2 before they completely fell apart allowing four straight goals. Some of the Nighthawks top players broke the game wide open with M.Chenier striking twice, L.Dulcetta collecting three quick points and A.Jalilvand causing havoc for P.Assadi, who had better nights. Despite the bad stretch, the JLR Brossard showed some life early in the third period posting two quick goals. Maybe the most significant moment occurred shortly after when they were awarded a power play chance to pull within one. But with R.Ranieri occupying the net along with a sound defensive core, the Nighthawks killed it off and added two more tallies to close off a decent night. L.Dulcetta scored in every period while adding two assists.
(9)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(2)
Lack of players reflects the final score
Having one sub versus a stacked hockey team is only asking for problems. Both sides must have figured that the end result would heavily favour the Mighty Drunks, who are having a career season. However, this game was close for a good stretch until the juices dried up for Chaos. S.Govas snapped a 2-2 tie early in the second period, and the Mighty Drunks cruised-from that point on adding six straight markers. E.Garon, Y.Dube and S.Govas each scored twice while L.Bavellas dished out the ball several times resulting in four assists.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jafar Hassan of Les Rouuuges. Hassan had a stellar performance scoring three out of his clubs four goals to merit the honour.
Wednesday July 11
(5)Fat Cats vs Les Raymonds(3)
Fat Cats pull away late for 5-2 win over Les Raymonds
F.Atkinson and E.Panzera each scored power play goals and G.Sangiovanni made 19 saves to defeat Les Raymonds on Wednesday night. After carrying a slight 2-1 lead heading into the third period, the Fat Cats were than able to secure the win by winning a wild frame 3-2.G.DeMarinis had his fingerprints in the Fat Cats first four markers that included a multi goal performance. Les Raymonds did strike early in the contest courtesy of Y.Leroux, but found themselves chasing the game as of the mid way point.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Punishers (6)
Strong first period was all it took for the Punishers
By scoring three times in less than nine minutes, the Punishers did all their work for the night to collect another victory. Even though the Kentucky Blue attempted to battle back with plenty of time left over, the trailing side kept realising how hard it was to answer the bell. There only goal came as of the nine minute mark of the third period when M.Stoico spoiled N.Mackeen's shutout. The Punishers used a shorthanded and power play goal to widen their lead. P.Arkalis was only player to score twice while P.Karvouriaris continues his tear adding three more assists.
(4)Team Haiti vs United Armenians (5)
United Armenians overcome slow start to edge out Team Haiti
The first five minutes for the United Armenians looked like a team disinterested. They gave up two quick goals-from the very same D.Vericain. Fortunately, G.Jerjian responded immediately and all of a sudden the United Armenians would slowly begin to play better. As a matter of fact, they played more than just good as they replied with four unanswered goals that put them in the driver's seat. H.Jerjian was involved in that mix bagging a pair that included the winner.
(1)Hellfish vs HBHA Masters 37+(6)
An early ride leads to an easy finish for the HBHA Masters
It didn't take long for the HBHA Seniors to convince the Hellfish that this game belonged to them. By using wave after wave of pressure due to their very deep bench, it was only a question of time that a wave of goals would eventually go in. The great thing about their offense is that no one in particular is to be relied on. The Seniors saw six different players find the back of the net with no one accumulating more than two points. The Hellfish normally defend better than what they showed early on, but not in tonight's case as they had no answers to slow down a more experienced hockey team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Fat Cats. The dynamic forward did it all by setting up two power play goals while striking twice to finish with an impressive four point game.
Monday July 9
Captain J.Palmitano leads way again for Mighty Boyz
J.Palmitano was at his high scoring best again. The captain had a hat trick in the opening game to help his club beat Les Reds 4-1.The Mighty Boyz were clearly ready to start the night posting three first period unanswered goals. Despite their bad start, Les Reds adjusted by the second encounter focusing on a tighter game plan. They still allowed the first goal but responded early in the second period to keep the game tied. Neither side was than able to crack the barrier which led to a shootout. F.Nasser struck first for Les Reds and P.Lucas responded for the Mighty Boyz as the only two players to score in the breakaways. Once again, M.Palmieri didn't disappoint as the goaltender stood solid allowing only two goals in as many games.
(4)Mighty Boyz vs Les Reds(1)
(2)Les Reds vs Mighty Boyz(2) S.O
Breakout night for the Tocas captain, Chic Choc modifies for a split decision
At any given time, S.Marricco will cause nightmares for the defence and goaltender. The Chic Choc had to deal with S.Marricco driving to the net and stood witnessing the sniper bury four goals in what was a high scoring affair. The first game appeared to be put to rest with the Tocas jumping off to a 4-0 lead. And regardless taking the contest, it wasn't anywhere close-form what they were expecting. The Chic Choc erased a terrible sequence by responding in massive way posting all five of their goals in the final frame. Unfortunately, they just couldn't reach in time. The good news for the Chic Choc was that they knew a different outcome was in the making by the second game. By finishing strong, they managed the strike first and build a 3-1 lead on scoring efforts-from M-A Verville, M.Laroche and J-R Lemay. Another key reason for the win came courtesy of their net minder. F.Peloquin was able to shake off a bad start by getting himself back on track for the second match.
(7)Tocas vs Chic Choc(5)
(3)Chic Choc vs Tocas(2)
Mighty Drunks misses out for maximum points
Its one thing to defeat the Punishers once, but to do it twice, is quite improbable considering how strong they are this season. However, the Mighty Drunks missed out on an opportunity to do it twice simply because the Punishers didn't have all their key players. Granted, they did take the opening game barely by a 4-3 margin. The Punishers knew that if they wanted to even the miniseries that a good start would be the key in the second game. In the first period alone, N.Pitsikoulis struck first and C.Stamadianos posted back to back tallies to catch their opponent off guard. The Mighty Drunks perhaps didn't see that coming and were forced to play like they did in the opening contest if they planned to complete a productive night. And even though the improvement was there on behalf of the trailing side, there was almost no way that the Punishers would let this one slip away. Both sides traded two second period goals that saw Stamadianos complete his hat trick.
(3)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (4)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (5)
Newly added M.Carpentier saves the night for the 1 Timer
When the 1 Timer led 3-0 after one period, they had all but sealed the victory. But somehow it wasn't over. The United Arms scored five goals in just over six minutes to come-from behind and steal a victory that the 1 Timer thought they had. The comeback was led by a few factors, but perhaps G.Jerjian being the key reason as the forward scored twice while adding an assist. Soon after that game, the 1 Timer had to shake off a heartbreaking defeat and re focus if they planned on evening the score. For a second straight encounter, they dominated the first period, this time building a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame. Still, nothing would be set in stone for a side who just came off a collapsing defeat. However knowing this, the 1 Timer took nothing for granted and made sure to play a fill committed period. M.Carpentier had dressed for the first time this season and made an immediate impact with three goals that included two in the final twelve minutes. To his help, J.Dias set up three markers while J.Guye-Perrault and S.Gravel each had two assists.
(4)1 Timer vs United Arms(5)
(2)United Arms vs 1 Timer(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Mighty Boyz. The captain was a significant reason why his club collected four out of a possible six points. The power forward riffled a hat trick in the first game, added a key assist in the second and nearly won it in the shootout only to get denied.
Sunday July 8
(2)HC Mutts vs Fatal Demons(8)
G.DeMarinis ups the ante with four goals
After making headlines only a week ago to earn the SalumiVino player of the night, G.DeMarinis did it one better in this game versus the HC Mutts. Half of the Fatal Demons goals all came from-DeMarinis that included three on the power play. Entering the night, the HC Mutts knew they had a difficult ride ahead of them. They played with only two spares but still managed a decent start tied after one frame. But with two periods still left to play, it was inevitable that the Fatal Demons would run over their opponents. The next six goals all belonged to the veteran side that saw A.Jalilvand spark a hat trick while K.Araujo and E.Medrano collected four assists each.
(6)Butchers vs Lynx(9)
Lynx put it into gear after slow start
It certainly wasn't the start that the Lynx expected. By taking a few penalties, the Butchers took advantage of the situation striking twice with the man advantage. The good news for the Lynx was that the let down lasted only so long. Once the second period began, this contest took a turn with the Butchers unable to contain a much better Lynx breakout. J.Lang used his finishing touch three times while J.Mason strung a pair. Even though the Butchers dropped another contest, there were some positives that they can take. They added three significant pieces in the last couple of games and could eventually be within the mix of competing in closer battles if they can manage all their players to show up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremy Lang of the Lynx. With his club trailing by a pair after a slow start, the captain sent a clear message to rally his troops by igniting three goals and a helper.
Thursday July 5
(2)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(3) O.T
Y.Dube 2 goals rally Mighty Drunks past Carnage
Carnage certainly were frustrated over a lost opportunity to win the game. They played solid for nearly two entire periods but learned that it wasn't enough unable to coast to the finish line. Their downfall began very late in the second period when V.Mancini set up J.Morin. That goal only fuelled a more desperate side that knew they could bounce back. Still, it wasn't evident that the equaliser would occur as many minutes went by with neither side scoring. Then, with only two minutes remaining, V.Mancini set up another teammate, this time Y.Dube benefiting-from a perfect pass. That dramatic finish was just what the Mighty Drunks were aiming for, who wasted no time in the sudden death frame to stun their opponents. For a third consecutive time, V.Mancini added another assist to the very same Y.Dube to cap off a remarkable comeback.
(10)Les Rouuuges vs Chaos(3)
Offense powers Les Rouuuges to lopsided win over Chaos
Neither side did themselves favours playing with barely any players, especially in humid conditions. It was a nightmare situation for the two net minders. B.Picard may have been a little more busy having to face 39 shots over his counterpart C.Malkoun, who had better nights despite winning the game. A.Zarzour and F.Bchara led the way notching three goals apiece while combining for eleven points. Les Rouuuges had only scored twice in the first half of the match. Eight of their ten goals came as of the mid way point where B.Picard just couldn't take it anymore.
(3)SBS Trashers vs JL Brossard(4)
Wild ending favours JLR Brossard
It was a heartbreaking loss for the SBS Trashers as they fell to the JLR Brossard in the late stages of the game. Led by their top gun up front, J.Scalia notched all three goals and nearly tied the game only to over play his back hand after beating P.Assadi. S.Robineault put the JLR Brossard in front 3-2 with his second right before Y.Gazura ended the game in a gut wrenching fashion for the SBS Trashers. Gazura was also responsible for setting up Robineault's go ahead marker.
(2)Nighthawks vs Bramabulls(6)
Bramabulls jump early to catch Nighthawks off guard
The quick start may have been the key for the Bramabulls 6-2 rout of the Nighthawks on Thursdays night. By striking twice early on, the Nighthawks were forced to consume more energy in hopes of battling back. Eventually the deficit was answered but a quick response by J.Lemme complicated the matter for the Nighthawks. They fell behind and never recovered dropping a one sided third period. T.Karasek notched back to back tallies and P.Bertone scored late to end the muggy affair. In his first game dressed, J.Lemme set up the games first two goals while netting the winner in an impressive three point performance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Dube of the Mighty Drunks. When his team needed something to give, the Mighty Drunks night was rescued thanks to Y.Dube's late equaliser and sudden death winner.
Wednesday July 4
(3)Golden Knights vs Hellfish(4)
M.Kardum has two goals and two assists to lead Hellfish past Golden Knights
M.Kardum fingerprints were all over the Hellfish 4-3 victory on Wednesday night. The forward scored a pair of goals while setting up M.Chartrand and F.Benhamadi. The Hellfish appeared to be having an easy night up 3-0 by the three minute mark of the second period. But with still loads of time left over, the Golden Knights weren't calling it quits. R.Ricard helped mount the comeback collecting three points that included a pair of markers. Twice they pulled within one but were never able to equalise the score. Unless they address their lack of players, these results are to be expected.
(7)Punishers vs Fat Cats(2)
P.Karvouriaris continues to tear it up with five more points
P.Karvouriaris continues to show why he dominates the court on a regular basis. In tonight's case, the Punishers pulled away by the third period winning the frame 5-2 with Karvouriaris accumulating three points as part of a five point performance. P.Arkalis matched his line mate as well by scoring twice while setting up three goals. The Punishers played well over two periods before N.Mackeen conceded his first of two markers on the night. It's safe to say at this point the Punishers will win the division despite there being half a season remaining.
(3)Les Raymonds vs Fat Roy(4) O.T
J.Pantelis rescues Fat Roy after dropping two goal lead
Fat Roy's cruise control button in the third period ran into technical difficulties. They built a nice 3-1 lead and had everything going smooth until a desperate Raymonds side forced the issue. The trailing squad scored twice in less than two minutes that eventually sent this contest into overtime. It was by then that Fat Roy took the match thanks to their gun J.Pantelis. This is the second time this season that Fat Roy seals it in extra time.
(0)Horsemen vs United Armenians (6)
Horsemen no match for United Armenians
For about two periods, the Horsemen can argue that it was close. They only trailed 2-0 with still loads of time left over to overcome a slight deficit. However, once the third period began, the United Armenians crushed that hope with two quick goals. G.Jerjian had opened the scoring in the first period and closed it off with his clubs sixth goal of the night. At no point did G.Follano flinch as the net minder stopped every single ball in his direction.
(7)Winter Soldiers vs Kentucky Blue(2)
N.Gikas and J.Mckenzie at it again
If it's not one it's the other. The Winter Soldiers have an overall deep group but they do have a few spark plugs that consistently get their names noticed. Two of those players are N.Gikas, who ignited three goals and two assists along with J.Mckenzie capping his night off with four points. With that kind of fire power up front, the Winter Soldiers don't have issues scoring goals. And while the offensive output can be relied on, so can their defensive game along with the goaltender. This is their sixth game of the season, and maybe their most impressive stat is in the goals against department. The Winter Soldiers have allowed only 16 goals during that span which is seven less than the next team in line.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of the Winter Soldiers. By using his razor sharp hands, N.Gikas had a field day on Wednesday bagging three goals and two helpers.
Monday July 2
N.Goncalves, big reason for Degenerates pair of wins
Surely, all overall team effort is required for good things to happen, but no body-from the Degenerates will dispute that N.Goncalves had a major hand in both wins. The slick sniper participated in all four goals in the opening contest that included a hat trick while striking first in the second encounter to get the ball rolling. Another reason for the success was attributed to conserving energy. The Degenerates had to manage with only seven players in dreaded humid circumstances and did a good job keeping the Chic Choc to the outside for the most part. It does also help playing with the lead and the Degenerates were able to get in front forcing their opponents to open up and take chances. Unfortunately, they couldn't penetrate a committed defence along with a stubborn goaltender in P.Assadi, who just came off an airplane hours prior to the game. Both these wins keep the Degenerates perfect after eight games into the season.
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (4)
(3)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(2)
Punishers and N.Pitsikoulis over match Dr Block
With so many players able to hurt you, N.Pitsikoulis was that guy for the Punishers on Monday night. The clever forward often makes the right play and tonight wasn't any different as he collected four goals and a helper to secure two straight victories. Dr Block didn't have their best outing in the first encounter but were definitely ready for the second one only to fall short by a goal. The contest was tied 3-3 in the final frame when Pitsikoulis came through snapping the tie. Even without key players, the Punishers still found a way to pair up wins against a solid hockey team. These results put the Punishers back on top sharing top spot with the Hustlers.
(5)Punishers vs Dr Block(2)
(3)Dr Block vs Punishers (4)
1 Timer hoping for better, settle with one point
After dropping the opening contest 3-1, the 1 Timer looked like they were going to draw even by the second game. They regrouped posting two first period goals up until a slight hic up by the second frame tilted this contest in a blink of an eye. Les Carmoni extinguished their deficit in only over three minutes which eventually sent the match into a shootout. By then, neither side was able to get it done. Both net minders allowed the first goal to go in but were able to regroup and deny the next two shooters. P.Corbin was a big reason for the four points Les Carmoni collected while his counterpart F.Koch was nearly as sharp giving enough chances for his side to prevail.
(3)Les Carmoni vs 1 Timer(1)
(3)1 Timer vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O
Short Bench levels the playing field for the two Mighty's
Neither side can argue excuses for their lack of players. The Mighty Drunks wasted no time seizing control in the final frame of the opening game, with four unanswered goals en route to a lopsided 5-1 win. M.Arkalis was behind setting up three markers during that span that saw G.Chountalos benefit twice. With the first match out of the way, the Mighty Drunks looked to duplicate their efforts in the second contest. Unfortunately, they weren't able to contain the two sleeping giants for the entire night. It's not often that J.Palmitano and M.Testolina go dry and that was proven in the following encounter. Out of their five goals, M.Testolina struck three times getting the help of J.Palmitano and C.Fragkiudakis as both players combined for four points. Despite the loss, P.Arkalis kept the game close notching two goals to finish his night off with four points.
(1)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks(5)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(5)
L.Dias robs the first one for the Corporation, P.Turturici gets the final say for Les Reds
If not for solid goaltending, one of these two clubs would have collected a pair of wins. L.Dias was absolutely brilliant in the first encounter to earn a 3-0 shutout win. Les Reds pressed and kept pressing in hopes of scoring at least once to gain some life after a bad start. They fell behind 2-0 early and were never able to recuperate. J.Pantelis scored two out of the three goals for the Corporation. Knowing that it took their net minder to steal the show, the Corporation got a taste of their own medicine in the second game. This time, Les Reds got to L.Dias and dictated the pace to their liking by playing with the lead. Four different players finally solved the net minder who did more than enough considering how hot it was. And while the offense output came to life for Les Reds, P.Turturici had a hand in the win as well making key saves at the right moment.
(3)The Corporation vs Les Reds(0)
(4)Les Reds vs The Corporation (2)
Vitamin C stuns United Arms on late marker
While the first game clearly belonged to the Vitamin C, the United Arms felt they had the second one only to lose in a heart breaking fashion. The match was winding down to its final seconds when J.Di Marco ruined the mood for his opponents. The United Arms lacked some scoring on this night striking only once in both games but played well enough defensively to sneak one out by the second contest. At worse case, they would have attempted their luck in a shootout with H.Jerjian playing well between the pipes. The Vitamin C fell behind early in the first match, but responded with five straight goals that saw G.Gamieri score twice while adding an assist on the game winner.
(5)Vitamin C vs United Arms(1)
(1)United Arms vs Vitamin C(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Punishers. In two hard games versus the Dr Block, N.Pitsikoulis was vital for the wins collecting five points that included four goals.
Sunday July 1
(5)Fatal Demons vs Butchers (2)
Hat Trick G.DeMarinis powers Fatal Demons over Butchers
A hat trick by G.DeMarinis was the highlight in the Fatal Demons 5-2 victory over the Butchers. All three of his tallies came in a short span of only four minutes. Even though they got five past G.Zapatelli ,the goals didn't come easy with the net minder keeping it close. As its been their theme all season, the Butchers stayed in the game until the dying moments of the second period. The Fatal Demons used their 4-1 lead heading into the final frame without any concern. By then, there was no chance that the short bench of the Butchers would be able to overcome such a deficit, especially in humid conditions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Butchers. Both sides would easily agree that the Fatal Demons striker merits the honour. DeMarinis broke a 1-1 tie, and put the match to rest scoring late in the second period and very early in the third.
Thursday June 28
(1)Mighty Drunks vs Les Rouuuges(3)
Les Rouuuges hose down red hot Mighty Drunks
All streaks have to come to an end sometime, and for the Mighty Drunks, that time was against Les Rouuuges on Thursday night. By getting the games first two goals along with a solid goaltender in P.Turturici , the order was a tall one for the Mighty Drunks to try and bounce back. They did manage to cut the lead in half early in the second period but that's all they had to show for the rest of the way. Les Rouuuges committed to a full 45 minute effort, and by doing so, justice was served. A.Zarzour, J.Hassan and N.Zahabi each scored in the win while F.Bchara set up his clubs first two goals.
(7)Carnage vs Chaos(4)
Chaos surrenders four third period goals to remain winless
S.Longo turned on quite a style striking four times to help lead his club past Chaos. The forward launched a devastating third period display where he bagged three out of his four goals. For a rare time this season, Chaos found themselves up 4-3 after two periods. They showed a lot more bite in their game getting balanced scoring-from four different players. Unfortunately, they weren't able to hold up for the duration of the contest. The downfall began as early as the second minute of the frame when S.Longo got his wheels rolling. Carnage would eventually grab the lead minutes later thanks to S.Giannoulakis, and put the match to rest with S.Longo's last two tallies.
(4)SBS Trashers vs Nighthawks (7)
Nighthawks top Trashers with all out effort
No matter what the situation, the Nighthawk knew that a full out effort was required in order to defeat the SBS Trashers. Even though they led by a pair and at one point by three goals, this game was far-from being over. Surely it helps when the net minder is up for the challenge. R.Ranieri had one of those nights where he could o no wrong. The SBS Trashers peppered him with plenty of shots and only beat him with quality chances. But as much as the goaltending was necessary, the Nighthawks did have their offence and tight defence make the difference as well. M.Destounis scored a highlight reel goal showing incredible patience with barely any angle to put the ball in the net. He was the only player to score twice out of the seven goals, and did it in his first game of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Anthony Longo of Carnage. If not for his four goals, Carnage would have most likely given Chaos heir first win of the season. The forward came through by the third period bagging three goals to overcome a 4-3 deficit.
Wednesday June 27
(7)Winter Soldiers vs Golden Knights (3)
Winter Soldiers survive Golden Knights comeback attempt
The Golden Knights had tilted the court early in the third period resulting in three straight goals. They struck twice on the power play and managed to pull themselves within one after being down 4-0. Unfortunately, even despite battling back in a short period of time, the Winter Soldiers got their act together to finish the match strong. S.Simitsakos had a big hand in it as the forward not only opened the scoring but was able set up three teammates as well. This win came with the help of seven different goal scores for the Winter Soldiers, who look to be rolling on all cylinders.
(6)Les Raymonds vs Horsemen (7)
Two quick third period goals give Horsemen victory over Les Raymonds
It was a game where both teams had to grind it out till the very end. The Horsemen entered the third period up 5-4 but weren't able to hang on as Les Raymonds tilted the frame to their advantage thanks to goals-from A.DeCarolis and K.Miraldo. By responding in such a manner, Les Raymonds may have assumed that things would end up the way they wanted. Clearly it wasn't the case as the Horsemen responded immediately with two quick goals. M.Mamoulidis, after scoring late in the second period was responsible for setting up P.Carone's equaliser and his captain V.Pandza's go ahead marker. M.Vinciguerra knew-from that point on that he needed to make the difference in net, and did so by shutting down the opposition for over half a period.
(9)Kentucky Blue vs Fat Roy(2)
Offense erupts in barn burner for Kentucky Blue
Goals weren't an issue on Wednesday night for the Kentucky Blue. After taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the opening frame,the Kentucky Blue were just getting started. They added four more tallies by the second and two by the third en route to an easy win. M.Broccoli, who dressed for a first time showed that he fits right in. The forward went on a rampage collecting seven points that included a hat trick. While he was clearly a threat, others had their hands in the massacre as well. A.Franceschini bagged two goals and a pair of helpers while T.Oliveira was feeling generous setting up four tallies as part of a five point performance.
(1)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Punishers (4)
Punishers rout rival to keep rolling
P.Karvouriaris and his captain J.Fidrilis scored first period goals and N.Mackeen had a near perfect outing to help the Punishers swamp the HBHA Masters 37 + 4-1 on Wednesday night. For nearly two full periods, the HBHA Masters couldn't get to Mackeen up until P.Doulis ended the spell very late in the second period. Still, the Seniors were stuck chasing the game but knew that they were only one shot on net from-levelling the score. However, that all changed when C.Gagnon widened the gap with only five minutes left to play. Then, just to secure all doubts, C.Kakivelis would ultimately put a seal to the contest with his second point of the night .It's know five games in and the Punishers have yet to show any signs of weakness.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Mamoulides of the Horsemen. In what was a wild 7-6 win over Les Raymonds, M.Mamoulides was a thorn all night scoring twice while setting up two crucial goals by the third period.
Thursday June 21
(3)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(4)
Stellar R.Pampena stifles Bramabulls
The outcome of a hockey game is decided by many factors. Some are more pronounced than others, depending on the game itself. However, in tonight's case, it was safe to say that the goaltending was responsible for the positive outcome. R.Pampena was absolutely stellar keeping the game close numerous times. With that, came the confidence of his teammates in front of him, who played just as good in order to edge out a solid hockey team. The SBS Trashers took advantage twice on the power play while remaining focused on a game that had its hot moments. F.Gentile continues his tear by netting two markers while G.Bampos and Joseph Scalia collected three points each.
(2)Chaos vs Mighty Drunks(9)
Mighty Drunks continue to stride in perfect season so far
In all three periods, the Mighty Drunks broke the game wide open. They averaged three goals per frame and got plenty of balanced contribution-from all their players. J.Magri and Y.Dube had two goals each and O.Caillet barley pulled a sweat allowing only two goals on 20 shots. This is the fifth game that the Mighty Drunks have yet to taste defeat. As for Chaos, G.Drake scored once while setting up their sniper S.Burrell.
(2)Les Rouuuges vs Carnage(0)
P.Turturici helps Rouuuges shutout Carnage
Les Rouuuges were able to push away Carnage on Thursday night. D.Mansour and A.Henein each scored while P.Turturici turned aside 22 shots to earn a shutout. Regardless the chances that Carnage had during the encounter,P.Turturici was committed to stopping everything. The net minder enjoys the challenges and wants nothing more than to be the difference maker. This win helps improve Les Rouuuges to an even record six wins into the season.
(3)Nighthawks vs JLR Brossard(4)
G.Pisanelli sparks hat trick in tight win
G.Pisanelli netted a hat trick, including a late game winner shorthanded to edge out the Nighthawks. Even with a solid defensive effort, the Nighthawks weren't able to contain the JLR Brossard forward. The chances were there-from the two sides along many goal posts. If not for the goaltenders, this contest could have spiralled out of control. R.Ricaurte of the Nighthawks and his counterpart P.Assadi put on quite a display making brilliant saves after another. P.Santullo scored two out of the three goals in the loss with the help of B.Deslauriers, who assisted on all three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Giancarlo Pisanelli of the JLR Brossard. No matter how closely the Nighthawks played him, the skilled forward still found a way to score three times that included the winner in a shorthanded situation.
Wednesday June 20
(6)Fat Roy vs Les Raymonds(3)
Les Raymonds can't overcome Fat Roy's perfect record
It's safe to say at this point that Fat Roy won't be dropping many games this season. After doubling up Les Raymonds 6-3, Fat Roy still remain undefeated just shy of the mid way mark of the season. However, nothing was close-from being decided up until the very late stages of the match. Fat Roy entered the final frame down 3-2 before putting on an offensive output resulting in four unanswered goals. B.Deslauriers tied it early in the third period and capped it off late in the game to finish with four points. Les Raymonds led 3-1 at one point and never once trailed up until there was only three minutes left in the game. G.Delia did more than his share scoring twice in the loss.
(4)Punishers vs United Armenians (3) O.T
Captain John Fidrilis, Punishers stay red hot with O.T winner
The Punishers keep showing that they will continue to play their best hockey no matter who they face. Even though they nearly suffered their first loss, teams will realize that it's never over till it's over when facing that kind of line up. The United Armenians went up 3-2 thanks to Y.Derohannessian's go ahead marker that left only two and a half minutes to kill off. Unfortunately for the United Armenians, it took only 30 seconds-from that point on for a quick response by the Punishers. P.Dupuis tied the game which eventually forced the extra time. Once both sides hit the sudden death frame, the odds were good that this contest would end in the five limited minutes due to the amount of fire power-from both teams. Only one minute had gone by when it was all said and done. Already with a goal in the second period, J.Fidrilis captured the moment by riffling his second to help keep his team undefeated after four games.
(10)Hellfish vs Golden Knights (3)
Small bench keeps hurting the Golden Knights
Surely, the Golden Knight didn't expect a positive result because of their short bench, but there was no reason why they should have conceded four goals in the first period. By going down that early, this game was already done with as both sides just went through the motions before completing the night. Most of the damage was caused by three players. M.Chartrand found the back of the net four times, F.Benhamadi struck twice along with three assists, and C.Flikas buried a pair as well while collected two helpers. The only consistent element going for the Golden Knights so far this season is the play of Y.St-Georges. The skilled forward keeps producing every game and tonight wasn't any different as he notched all three goals in the loss.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Winter Soldiers (6)
Winter Soldiers came out hot, J.Mckenzie and N.Gikas each score twice
From the drop of the ball, the Winter Soldiers came out flying scoring three goals on only a few shots. The second frame was much of the same for the Winter Soldiers as they added three more goals to their already comfortable lead. Two out of their six tallies came with the man advantage. J.Mckenzie struck twice as did N.Gikas with the games last two goals. Their only slight hic up came in the second period when James Tutino took advantage of a power play for the Kentucky Blue. A.Bitsakis never budged after that as the net minder rode the way to a well earned victory.
(1)Fat Cats vs HBHA Masters 37+(5)
P.Lapointe goes on a hat trick rampage versus the Fat Cats
It wasn't till the ten minute mark of the third period that the HBHA Masters put this game beyond doubt. The Fat Cats hung in there keeping the game very close but couldn't contain one particular player. P.Lapointe's presence was felt as the power forward strung three starlight goals for his club, every time with the help of J.Pantelis feeding him. The only bright moment for the Fat Cats occurred when F.Gentile capitalized on the power play. C.Stavriadis faced his fair share of chances and couldn't have asked for a better display between the pipes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Fidrilis of the Punishers. Thanks to their captain's overtime winner, the Punishers have yet to drop a game so far this season.
Monday June 18
Carmoni forget the past with two convincing wins
Goals came and they came often for Les Carmoni on Monday night. After taking the opening contest 3-1, Les Carmoni cruised for their second straight win over the struggling Tocas. The down fall began only as of the second period of the last game. M.Gagnon, who dressed for a first time this season made an immediate impact posting three out of the seven goals that went in. Another key piece in his first game was A.Dayan, who tallied twice. The Tocas limited offense combined for only two goals in both matches. P.Corbin earned the two wins between the pipes allowing only two goals on 30 shots.
(1)Tocas vs Carmoni(3)
(7)Carmoni vs Tocas(1)
Potent power play saves the night for Les Reds
All but one aspect of their game was working at a high level for the United Arms. They got balanced scoring in the opening contest earning a 3-2 win, and nearly doubled up their success by the second game only to fall apart giving up four late goals. Les Reds pushed the pace and somehow found enough room to rally-from a 4-2 deficit. It did help that four out of their six goals came with the man advantage. That was one department that the United Arms couldn't address which ultimately doomed them in the end. A.Zarzour scored twice on the power play, and M.Monteschio finished off a perfect passing play to put Les Reds sup 5-4. The United Arms took the opening game thanks to a game winner-from N.Torikian, who went on to add two more goals in the second encounter.
(2)Les Reds vs United Arms(3)
(4)United Arms vs Les Reds(6)
G.DeMarinis's quick response re assures two wins for the Corporation
While the opening contest may have seemed a little more convincing for the Corporation, the same can't be said for the second game. The Chic Choc, thanks to a pair of goals-from E.Gacem appeared to have the Corporation on the ropes up until G.DeMarinis replied only seconds later to regain a slight lead. With only five minutes remaining, the focus was set to play out the clock while making sure not to take chances. L.Dias challenged the few shots he received and remained steady to collect a second win in net. Apart-from his winner, DeMarinis collected two points in the earlier match while J.Scalia finished with only three goals considering the amount of golden opportunities he had.
(4)The Corporation vs Chic Choc(1)
(2)Chic Choc vs The Corporation (3)
Mighty Boyz captain J.Palmitano secures a tight win versus Dr Block
By finding an open area late in the second game, J.Palmitano swept the ball right under R.Pelletier to mount a late comeback. The Dr Block, despite dropping the opening game 3-1 were only 80 seconds away-from taking the match. G.Piche and his captain D.Provost combined for six points during that encounter with two out of their four goals coming on the power play. Then, in a blink of an eye, things fall apart for the Dr Block, who were stuck going empty handed. Teams have started to realize that it's never over when playing against a side that has the speed and some highly skilled players that can hurt you at any given time. It's almost safe to assume that M.Testolina would have scored at least once out of the eight total goals in both games, but it wasn't the case as the highly skilled forward set up three teammates instead. J.Palmitano notched two goals in the second encounter, and M.Palmieri earned a pair of hard fought wins between the pipes.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Dr Block(1)
(4)Dr Block vs Mighty Boyz(5)
Hustlers save their best for last in split with Mighty Drunks
If not for one bad period, the Mighty Drunks would have banked six clean points versus the Hustlers. Their best moments came as of the second period of the first game where they strung three straight goals en route to a 4-1 victory. That surge continued its momentum right into the second contest. E.Felesakis and P.Arkalis made the score 2-0 after eight minutes. By that point, the Mighty Drunks looked like they could do no wrong. However, they are playing the Hustlers who by no chance would go down that easily. B.Vassilakis planted the seed of what was to come by striking late in the frame. Then, only one minute into the second period, A.Stamiris used another one of his lasers to go right through the net minder. Still, this contest was up for grabs but the Hustlers felt more determined to win it to avoid going empty handed. Surely their moment would eventually arise when J.Rochon powered his way to making an incredible pass to T.Bozinakis, who had enough time for an espresso and a biscuit before putting the ball in the back of the net. All in all, both sides played great hockey which justifies a split.
(1)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (4)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nareg Torikian of the United Arms. In a close battle with Les Reds, N.Torikian provided the winner and was nearly the cause of a second straight win after notching a pair of goals in the second encounter.
Sunday June 17
(5)Lynx vs Fatal Demons(6)
Fatal Demons look dormant early until second period surge
It was all Lynx, at least for one solid period. Despite the slow start, the Fatal Demons refused to go down as they completely took over as of the second frame. Three consecutive goals had gone in before the Lynx would eventually level early in the third period. By that point, two minutes and change had gone by for the Fatal Demons captain to regain their lead. P.Santullo snapped a 4-4 tie, and for a second time during that frame, J.Mason bagged his third to even the score. Unfortunately for the Lynx, they couldn't go long enough without keeping the game tied or find the opportunity to pull ahead. Instead, A.Jalilvand put the Fatal Demons back in front with his second of the contest. Even though the Lynx pushed really hard at that point, they just couldn't find the breaks, especially with P.Assadi holding the fort.
(8)HC Mutts vs Butchers (1)
Butchers can't overcome a slow start to their season
Unless they address adding a couple of key pieces, the Butchers will be stuck going through hard times this season. They may manage decent starts keeping the games fairly close, but will be nowhere to be seen as the games go on. The HC Mutts exposed a slower side by pretty much winning every loose ball which only translates in loads of ball possession. And when a club has the talent while keeping the ball for long periods, it's only a question of time that they will make you pay. This win came with no stars or heroes except for an overall team effort. M.Maggiore and G.Perri had two markers each while T.J Hui helped set up three goals. He may not have been overly busy, but P.Delli Colli did make enough saves to avoid a closer contest.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Fatal Demons. By being at the right place at the right time, the slick d-man collected three points that included the winner with only six minutes left in a 6-5 win over the Lynx.
Thursday June 14
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (3)
Mighty Drunks respond with 4 unanswered goals to remain undefeated
Despite a two goal deficit, the Mighty Drunks proved again that they mean business this season. Their four unanswered goals secured a fourth straight win in as many games. Carnage was clearly the better of the two sides for nearly half the game putting themselves in the driver's seat with a 3-1 lead. However, once P.Chartier scored the Mighty Drunks second goal, the confidence started to shift, and it showed enormously by the third as they completely dominated the frame. Y.Dube struck twice during that span while J.Magri still shows that his slap shot has enough mustard to beat a goaltender-from far.
(3)Nighthawks vs SBS Trashers(2) O.T
Captain P.Santullo works overtime to end 3 game drought for Nighthawks
Finally, the monkey came off the Nighthawks back. Its three games that there's been a sense of frustration but that all changed thanks to a collective team effort. The Nighthawks smothered the SBS Trashers as long as they could, and during the process, they chipped away with a pair of goals-from the very same L.Dulcetta. And while everything felt fine for most of the match, concern began to loom when D.Bruntetti got his team on board. It took four minutes-from that point on for P.Nadeau to even the score. Still, the Nighthawks remained focused and only looked ahead trying to avoid another loss. After playing out its dying minutes, both sides settled for the extra time to settle the score. Only 20 seconds had gone by for P.Casacalenda to feed M.Chenier in motion, who used a hard wrist shot toward the net that tipped off his captains stick. P.Santullo got credited the winner to finally end a sour winless drought for the Nighthawks.
(6)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(5)
Bramabulls outlast depleted JLR Brossard
Neither goaltender will remember this contest warmly. Even if the Bramabulls looked to have an easier night, this contest was far from- convincing. Both sides played to a 4-4 third period before the energy levels of the Bramabulls kicked in. D.Verta and M.Maggiore scored back to back goals to take command of the match. The JLR Brossard attempted a comeback thanks to a late tally-from N.Goncalves, but the time just wasn't there for the equaliser. Many key pieces were missing-from the two sides. But regardless not having their full rosters, the JLR Brossard put up a real good challenge with only two change ups versus two solid lines of the Bramabulls.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Santullo of the Nighthawks. The captain led the way to help end a three game losing streak. Twenty seconds into overtime was all it took for Santullo to end the match on a tip in goal.
Wednesday June 13
(5)Winter Soldiers vs Horsemen (5) S.O
Winter Soldiers salvage point thanks to J.Mckenzie late equalizer
The Winter Soldiers struck very late in the third period to force the extra time and collect an extra point to the standings. After scoring late in the second period for a 3-2 lead, J.Mckenzie came through once more tying the match with only 35 seconds remaining. Neither side was than able to get it done in overtime and in the shootout. N.Gikas tallied in the breakaways for the Winter Soldiers as did C.Doulis of the Horsemen. J.Hionis had a big night for the Winter Soldiers scoring once while setting up two teammates. The same could be said for the Horsemen captain V.Pandza, who scored twice in the third period to help force the shootout.
(4)Golden Knights vs Les Raymonds(7)
Les Raymonds score 4 goals in third period to beat Golden Knights
G.Delia scored an early third period goal to snap a 3-3 tie, and Les Raymonds just rode a hot stretch adding three more by the end of the frame. Despite being tied after 30 minutes of play, Les Raymonds felt something brewing ahead of them. A.DeCarolis and Y.Leroux added their second during that span as both players combined for nine points. On two occasions, the Golden Knights did take the lead but couldn't hold on to it long enough or build-from it. E.Larocque was their best player bagging two goals while setting up Y.St-Georges.
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(1)
Punishers power past HBHA Masters 37+ with furious third period
It was during the second intermission that the Punishers addressed what was needed in order to finish strong. It wasn't like they didn't play well enough or create decent scoring chances. But when you go two periods without scoring, the mind set to change all that was in the making. P.Karvouriaris sparked it all with his first of two while N.Pitsikoulis and C.Stamadianos each struck on the power play. The Punishers felt they had it in them to take it in the end. Clearly, the effort was there and the opportunities came naturally resulting in a four goal surge. For two straight periods, the HBHA Masters 37+ played exactly the way they wanted keeping an offensive threat off the score sheet. Maybe the only thing missing for them was getting that second goal that could have changed the dynamics of the third period.
(6)Fat Roy vs Hellfish(5) O.T
Fat Roy avoid miserable night
It took overtime to get the win, but Fat Roy can't be too pleased as to how things finished in the end. It's never a good feeling when you blow a 5-2 lead with four minutes left on the clock .The Hellfish came out of nowhere producing three quick goals during that span that included F.Benhamadi's second just shy of the buzzer. Normally that kind of momentum carries over but not in this case. The sudden death frame was two minutes old when Fat Roy regained their joy. B.Deslauriers gave his teammates something to smile about by bagging the overtime winner after just falling apart. As much as he deserves praise, Fat Roy wouldn't have gotten there if it wasn't for Y.Gazura's hat trick and J.Pantelis's pair of goals.
(4)United Armenians vs Team Haiti(0)
N.Chiminian nets 3, G.Follano stops everything, United Armenians explode in third
Playing a difficult opponent, the United Armenians weren't at their best for two periods. But they rebounded for the final 15 minutes as they scored four unanswered goals to get in the win column. Surely it helps when one player takes it upon himself to get the ball rolling. In tonight's case, N.Chiminian provided much of the offense by sparking g a natural hat trick. However, the win was attributed to a couple of other factors as well. First off, G.Follano was absolutely brilliant in net to earn a shutout, and second being that the United Armenians remained focused not swaying away-from a disciplined game plan.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicko Chiminian of the United Armenians. In the third period alone, the United Armenians forward went on a scoring frenzy riffling three goals en route to a 4-0 win.
Monday June 11
Hustlers pull it off in second contest after drawing even with the Punishers
Even though both sides couldn't get it down in the first encounter it became quite clear that the Hustlers would eventually walk away with the extra points. Their tactical battle came into play by the second game. A.Stamiris and T.Bozinakis each riffled canon bombs only a minute apart and the Punishers knew they were in a whole lot of trouble. Just to make matters worse, S.Govas put the final dagger using his patented wrist shot for a three goal cushion. The Punishers fought hard in both games overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the opening contest to force a shootout. They did have the miss fortune of going up against C.Stavriadias, who was absolutely stellar making one big save after the other.
(5)Punishers vs Hustlers (5) S.O
(3)Hustlers vs Punishers (0)
Maxime Beauvais, timely for the Dr Block
Maxime Beauvais was just what the doctor ordered for the Dr Block. In the dying moments of the second contest, Beauvais was able to not only tie it but win it in the shootout. He was the only player out of the five combined attempts-from the two sides to score. The first match up was nearly a carbon copy of the second one with both sides drawing even .Surprisingly enough, neither team was able to win any frame. Two goals were traded in the first period of the opening game while both sides exchanged one in each period of the second encounter. This was a duel that the net minders needed to be on top of their game. R.Pelletier of the Dr Block and M.Melo of the Mighty Drunks gave every possible chance for their clubs to take the win or wins.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Dr Block(3) S.O
(3) Dr Block vs Mighty Drunks(2) S.O
Corporation chemistry kicks in early for two wins over Carmoni
As the game got underway, it was clear that the Corporation were bringing the energy and jump required to defeat Les Carmoni. Every single player was on the same page making lots of crisp plays resulting in a total of eleven goals in two games. The first one ended 5-0 with L.Dias stopping all 18 shots. Finally, Les Carmoni would get on board to tie the match 1-1 until a late first period bullet by D.Ramada regained momentum for the Corporation. That tally sparked four more to go in by the second period to close off a solid display. It's not often to have every single player score on the same night but the Corporation were able to do it in this case with their seven players dressed.
(0)Carmoni vs Corporation (5)
(6)Corporation vs Carmoni(3)
Heart breaking loss carries over for Vitamin C
Unable to recover-from the opening contest, the Vitamin C were nowhere to be seen by the second game. The 1 Timer kept the pedal to the medal and out duelled their opponent 6-2 right after taking a close 4-3 win. T.Daigneault and his captain J.Dias took care of the scoring notching two goals in each in the first meeting. The second game saw J.Guye-Perrault lead the way with three goals that included the winner. This was a good bounce back night for the 1 Timer after suffering a pair of losses only a week ago. The same however can't be said for the Vitamin C, who collected four out of a possible six points last week against the Chic Choc.
(4) 1 Timer vs Vitamin C(3)
(2)Vitamin C vs 1 Timer(6)
Close but just enough for the Degenerates to prevail twice
A win is a win no matter how slight the margin of victory. But as much as the Degenerates may blame themselves for not being fine tuned and crisp enough, lots of credit does go to the United Arms who made things very difficult in both matches. The first game was only decided because J.Pantelis was at the right place at the right time to snap a very late 1-1 tie. As for the second meeting, both sides opened it up a little more but the game was just as close with the Degenerates playing with a very slight lead. Q.Joseph collected three straight points while S.Sicuso eased the tension providing a two goal cushion late in the game.
(2)Degenerates vs United Arms(1)
(3)United Arms vs Degenerates (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Dias of the 1 Timer. The captain was at his best on Monday night providing two big goals as part of an overall four point performance.
Sunday June 10
(5)HC Mutts vs Fatal Demons(4)
Third period goals pave way for HC Mutts victory
The HC Mutts had just come off their worse period of the season conceding three in the second period to fall behind 3-2.Unhappy with what had just transpired, things did turn around in the last fifteen minutes of play. N.DeGregorio was the first of three players to score while setting up R.Mercadante on the power play for a 4-3 lead. The Fatal Demons managed to respond moments later thanks to F.Benhamadi but that only lasted so long. Sixty five seconds was all that was left in the game when the HC Mutts regained their lead en route to a close 5-4 win. A.L'Heureux got credited the winner after receiving a perfect pass-from T-J Hui. N.DeGregorio had a multi goal performance in the win while the Fatal Demons captain P.Santullo did the same in the loss.
(10Lynx vs Butchers (0)
Lynx pounce on a depleted Butchers team
You're just asking to play with fire when the body count isn't there versus a sharp and quick hockey team. The Butchers, for a third straight game tried to keep it close knowing that at one point things would get out of hand. Most of the mess occurred by the late stages of the second period. The Lynx added two late goals in that span before going on a massive rampage by the third period. P.Stroubakis, J.Lang, J.Labadie and J.Proulx each scored twice. He didn't face many shots but S.Catalano wasn't budging to earn a 13 save shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas De Gregorio of the HC Mutts. By scoring twice while setting up a key power play goal, the HC Mutts took a close contest versus the Fatal Demons.
Thursday June 7
(2)Nighthawks vs Mighty Drunks(5)
Teams in opposite directions continue their trends
While everything is going great so far for the Mighty Drunks, the same can't be said for the Nighthawks. Both teams entered the night riding mini streaks with the Nighthawks hoping to end a slow 0-2 start to their season. And while the first period showed signs of hope, the second frame was when things fell back to earth for the Nighthawks. In the short span of only three minutes, the Mighty Drunks pounced on three opportunities to gain total control of the match. It didn't even matter that the Nighthawks were awarded a golden five on three opportunity. The Mighty Drunks barely gave them room to keep the ball long enough. The basic strategy of putting constant pressure paid dividends for the Mighty Drunks who are rolling along with a perfect 3-0 record.
(10)Bramabulls vs Chaos(0)
Bramabulls hit cruise control early in lopsided affair
The Bramabulls grabbed an early lead and Chaos was stuck enduring a brutal night. After netting four in the first period, the Bramabulls dazzled their way through the second with five more before ending the game earlier than usual. N.Sbarra celebrated three goals, P.Bertone was right behind him with a pair, and C.Muccino stopped close to 20 shots to earn the shutout in net. It was clear heading into the night that the Bramabulls, being last season champs would prevail in this contest. Unfortunately for Chaos, they weren't able to put up a good challenge like they did only a week ago versus the JLR Brossard.
(8)Carnage vs Les Rouuuges(2)
Carnage stomp Les Rouuuges by 8-2 score
After falling somewhat dormant, Carnage's offense exploded as of the second period en route to an 8-2 win. Carnage dominated much of the game but the first goal did come-from the other end. Unfazed, Carnage got the ball rolling as of the second period posting four goals to end the frame strong. Then, with only fifteen minutes remaining, four more tallies went in and Carnage regained their 500 status with a 2-2 record. F.Catanzariti had the most goals for a hat trick while S.Azzie was heavily involved bagging two markers as part of a five point performance. Its one thing to lose but Les Rouuuges weren't too pleased on how they dropped the ball for two straight periods.
(5)JLR Brossard vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers pull away with third period outburst
A powerful offense proved to be too much for P.Assadi and the JLR Brossard. The SBS Trashers erupted with four third period goals-from the hands of two players. J.Scalia had already potted a first period marker before completing his hat trick in a yawning cage. The other two tallies belonged to their cornerstone d-man P.Hodhod. Both sides played to an even 3-3 game until the final frame. Despite their being only fifteen minutes-from that point on, the SBS Trashers had the advantage going in due to the lack of bodies-from the JLR Brossard's end. Even though the JLR struggled to get their breath, G.Pisanelli looked like he could have gone an extra mile as the skilled forward was unfazed scoring three times while setting up a goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frankie Catanzariti of Carnage. In what was a dominant win from-his club, Catanzariti found the back of the net three times to lead all teammates in the goals department.
Wednesday June 6
(3)Golden Knights vs Fat Roy(9)
Fat Roy pound Golden Knights in easy 9-3 win
Fat Roy put a hurtin on the Golden Knights Wednesday night. However, it wasn't until the second period that this contest slipped into one direction. Only up 2-1, Fat Roy distanced themselves by adding four unanswered goals by the second to carry a favourable 6-1 lead. Surprisingly only A.Jalilvand was able to score twice out of the nine that went in. The new additions of Y.Gazura and J.Velenosi went noticed immediately to the existing fire power as both players combined for seven points. The Golden Knights knew they entered the night playing with fire having only seven p-layers dressed. Despite the loss, Y.St-Georges picked up-from where he left off participating in all three goals.
(2)Team Haiti vs Fat Cats(5)
G.Bampos power play goal helps secure win for Fat Cats
Even though the Fat Cats were slightly up in the third period, G.Bampos re assured his teammates that this game was stapled for the win. Team Haiti pulled within one and played thirsty to level up until a costly penalty came to bite them. Bampos made the score 4-2 with just over four minutes remaining. Five different players found the back of the net for the Fat Cats with G.DeMarinnis bagging the winner. Team Haiti had some good sequences but aren't where they would like to be just yet.
(4)HBHA Masters 37+ vs United Armenians (2)
HBHA Masters use two power play goals to rally past United Armenians
Every area of their game appeared to working in full force except for one. The United Armenians took control-from the get go sparking goals in both the first and second periods while getting exceptional goaltending-from G.Follano. They scored once on the power play courtesy of M.Yeramian and had killed off two penalties before playing with fire. By visiting the penalty box two more times, the HBHA Masters 37+ would eventually make them pay. T.Bozinakis and A.Stamiris each scored with the man advantage to help provide a slight 3-2 lead with just over three minutes left on the clock. L.Williams went on to add an empty net marker to cap off a four goal rally.
(4)Les Raymonds vs Hellfish(6)
Les Raymonds late push not enough against F.Benahamadi's hat trick
A late second half push was not enough for Les Raymonds on Wednesday night. They fell 4-0 before A.Henein got on board by the eleven minute mark of the second period. Even though they didn't throw in the towel and fought hard to battle back, they just couldn't contain a key piece-from the other side. F.Benhamadi is a consistent threat and tonight was just another day at the office for the forward who sparked three out of his clubs six goals. After scoring twice late in the second period, Les Raymonds continued their push by the third adding two more goals only to fall short by a pair.
(3)Horsemen vs Kentucky Blue(4)
Three blown leads leave Horsemen in a downer
What more can one player do to get the job done? On three straight occasions, T.Mader would provide the Horsemen with a lead only to see it answered every single time. While that appears to be an extraordinary set of events, what makes matters worse for the Horsemen is that they gave up their third goal on their very own power play. M.Pinella tied the game fairly late with a man short for the Kentucky Blue. And then just to put the icing on the cake, T.Oliveira would put the final dagger on the Kentucky Blue's power play.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fares Benhamadi of the Hellfish. If there is one player than can be relied on for the Hellfish, F.Benhamadi is that player. Once again he stirred things up notching half of his teams goals for the hat trick in a 6-4 win over Les Raymonds.
Monday June 4
A.Zarzour hat trick completes perfect night for Les Reds
Les Reds rode A.Zarzour's hat trick by the second game to collect a pair of straight wins over the Tocas. Despite trailing in the opening contest, Les Reds made a push notching two late goals in both frames for a slight 2-1 victory. That game looked to be headed for overtime until a late mishap enabled M-A Piche to take advantage. Even though the Tocas had the opportunity to erase a heart breaking loss, they just couldn't keep pace with a more determined side. Les Reds got the early jump thanks to a pair of first period tallies-from A.Zarzour. Then, with only one period remaining, the energy levels started to show with Les Reds out running and out playing the Tocas. A.Zarzour finally netted his hat trick on a perfect feed -from M.Zarzour, who set up two quick goals during that frame. This is a fourth straight win for Les Reds after dropping their first two of the season.
(1)Tocas vs Les Reds(2)
(6)Les Reds vs Tocas(3)
M.Palmieri shutout helps split matters with Punishers
If not for his brilliant opening game performance, the Mighty Boyz would have struggled to get any points on this night. M.Pacifico and his captain J.Palmitano each scored in the first encounter while Palmieri was sharper than a razor blade between the pipes to earn a shutout. The Punishers, although were snake bitten knew that it was only a question of time before erupting. The second game was when the flood gates opened with both sides trading plenty of chances resulting in ten goals combined. A.Dayan sparked two quick markers for a 4-2 Punishers lead after one period. The Mighty Boyz then somehow battled back with two straight of their own only to find themselves trailing seconds later. It was C.Gingras's power play goal and ensuing insurance marker that would eventually decide the outcome.
(0)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(2)
(4)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (6)
Degenerates dazzle their way through the 1 Timer
By applying some basic ball control, the Degenerates would create enough chances to oust the 1 Timer twice on Monday night. N.Goncalves and J.Pantelis were dynamic combining for five points in the first game resulting in a 4-1 decision. Still, the end goal wasn't accomplished and the Degenerates were thirsty for more knowing that they played an overall solid game. At no point did they take the 1 Timer for granted. In the first seven minutes alone, P.Paikopoulos, known as the snipester, bagged two out of his clubs three goals. That kind of lead provided more than enough of a cushion for the two wins despite a wild second period.
(1)1 Timer vs Degenerates (4)
(7)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(4)
Dr Block open season with 7-0 blowout
Dr Block rolled a 7-0 thumping to the hands of Les Carmoni. Who better than the captain to lead the way as D.Provost posted three goals along with a helper in the first encounter while adding another by the second game for a 3-1 result. Les Carmoni went nearly four full periods before finally getting on board. Several players earned a few points on this night. J.P Noth being one of them striking three times as part of a seven point performance while L.Provost also buried a pair. With this being only their first week of the season, teams will immediately get the attention of the Dr Block, who looked quite impressive on Monday night.
(0)Carmoni vs Dr Block(7)
(3)Dr Block vs Carmoni(1)
F.Pace's late ripper provides extra point for Vitamin C
Both teams looked like they were each trading a win. But with time winding down in the second contest, F.Pace changed all that. The veteran d-man used a hard low slap shot that just found its way behind L-P Beaupre. Vitamin C just came off a 4-1 win before sending the second game into extra time thanks to their captain. By then, it was up to the goaltenders to take over. S.Sauk had a good start denying the first shot attempt but couldn't deny the next two. On the flip side, L-P Beaupre stood his ground needing to stop only two shooters. The Chic Choc didn't have their best night but won't be complaining knowing that they could have gone empty handed.
(1)Chic Choc vs Vitamin C(4)
(3)Vitamin C vs Chic Choc(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of Les Reds. By using his hands of magic, the highly skilled veteran makes it look so easy at times. Les Reds collected two clean wins with the help of Zarzour's three goals and one assist.
Sunday May 3
(4)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(8)
Fatal Demons pull away in third to double up Butchers
There was only so much the Butchers could have done on Sunday night. By going up against a stacked Fatal Demons team with only eight players can only spell disaster when it's said and done. However, it wasn't until the late stages of the second period when the margin started to widen. P.Paikopoulos buried his second for a 4-2 lead and despite K.Kersaint responding for the Butchers, the Fatal Demons would never look back adding four more tallies. D.Ugaldez scored twice in the third period for a hat trick. For long stretches, the Fatal Demons dictated the pace putting the Butchers on their heels. If not for G.Zapatelli's brilliant performance, this contest would have gone out of hand early on. The Butchers understand and will need to make it a point to come fully loaded if they plan on getting any sort of success this season.
(5)Lynx vs HC Mutts(4) O.T
HC Mutts four third period goals not enough to beat Lynx
Depending on how they want to look at it, the HC Mutts can take positives despite dropping this contest. They finally found their groove early in the third period when they got on the score sheet. Four different players found the back of the net to overcome a 0-2 deficit before sending the match into overtime. In hopes of carrying that sort of momentum, the HC Mutts nearly got it done with a golden opportunity. Instead, S.Catalano made a spectacular save which enabled M.Nols to walk in and riffle a wicked wrist shot to beat J.Capaldo. The Lynx looked fine for two periods getting most of their offense- from R.Beaver and J.Labadie as both players combined for seven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Nols of the Lynx. With the game on the line, M.Nols put everything on his wrist shot to decide a hard fought battle with the HC Mutts.
Thursday May 31
(1)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(5)
Mighty Drunks roll all over Les Rouuuges
If things looked promising only a week ago in their shootout win over the Bramabulls, the same can't be said in tonight's case for Les Rouuuges. The Mighty Drunks showcased a relentless and complete game that made them look like an opponent few teams want to play. The game was put out of reach early in the second period with the help of J-P Bertrand's second goal for a substantial 4-0 lead. Still, Les Rouuuges couldn't get out of their funk and only got on board when the contest was way out of reach. After showing a near perfect display in net, O.Caillet saw his shutout taken away with just over three minutes remaining.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Carnage (2)
Joseph Scalia plays for the big moments
Despite a quiet night on the score sheet, Joseph Scalia made his single tie breaking goal count on Thursday night. Carnage fought hard to battle back-from a 0-2 deficit only to see it disappear into thin air. They worked a solid power play getting both goals-from S.Giannoulakis and J.Bourlakos. In hopes of building off that confidence for a better fate, a disappointing end followed instead. Both net minders did more than their part with R.Pampena getting the slight edge over his counterpart B.Madonis. The win came also with the help of F.Gentile's three points that included two perfect feeds.
(7)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (2)
Nighthawks hang on as long as they could
For about two periods and change, the Nighthawks kept idle with last season's champions. However, unless they played a perfect game along with lights out goaltending-from R.Ranieri, there was almost no chance that they would prevail. The Bramabulls carried a slight 3-2 third period lead that went into overdrive by the end of the match. They added four straight markers with no replies-from a beaten tired side. J.Palmitano, M.Testolina and D.Verta, three players that played together all game combined for a massive fifteen points. Even though the Nighthawks formulated a tight checking game plan, it's inevitable that those three particular will find a way.
(4)Chaos vs JLR Brossard(10)
Wild first period was as close as it got for Chaos
Surely both sides did not expect seven goals in only one period alone. Prior to the night, the men in orange had tallied only once in two games before erupting three times by the end of the frame. The only problem was that the JLR Brossard did it one better for a 4-3 lead. The question at that point would be if Chaos can continue to score knowing that the JLR Brossard would get their share of goals. Unfortunately, they hit a wall going empty handed until the final instances of the match. With so many weapons to choose- from, Y.Gazura, K.Tsoukalas scored the most with hat tricks but Gazura did lead the way collecting seven points. As for Chaos, M.Roach, K.Agapitos and M.Villeneuve did a fine job earning two points each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fil Gentile of the SBS Trashers. In a close 3-2 win over Carnage, F.Gentile was involved in every goal scoring once while setting up two teammates.
Wednesday May 30
(7)Fat Roy vs Kentucky Blue(1)
B.Deslauriers rings up 4 goal game
B.Deslauriers tortured the Kentucky Blue goaltending corps throughout Wednesdays match up, scoring four goals in what was an unexpected lopsided affair versus the Kentucky Blue. His dominant night helped improve Fat Roy's good start to the season's 2-0 record, with the club scoring 16 goals in only two games. The Kentucky Blue's only answer came in the first period thanks to James Tutino. It's somewhat uncharacteristic for the Kentucky Blue to score only one goal considering the way their offense has been piling it on since the previous season. Perhaps it was just a question of a bad night coupled with the fact that Fat Roy isn't a pushover squad.
(5)Golden Knights vs Horsemen (4)
Strong second half guides Golden Knights past Horsemen
Backed by Y.St.Georges three goals and L.Laroque's pair of tallies, the Golden Knights were able to edge out the Horsemen. They survived a 2-0 scare by responding in a big way as of the second portion of the match. Once they levelled the score after two frames, the snow ball effect continued its motion by the third. The Horsemen had the better start and a decent finish posting two goals but were nowhere to be seen throughout the second period and long stretches of the third. The loss came with scoring efforts from- four different players.
(0)Fat Cats vs Punishers (4)
P.Karvouriaris and N.Mackeen at it again
It's always nice to know that both goal scoring and goaltending can be relied on. And even though it's only their second game so far, the Punishers have no doubt that P.Karvouriaris will continue his pace up front while N.Mackeen will take care of the back end. The Punishers won every period and didn't give up much to a team limited to only 21 shots. The dagger came late in the second period when Karvouriaris doubled the lead for the Punishers. By then, the Fat Cats focused on nothing more than to get that one goal but kept getting denied every time. M.Arkalis and C.Gingras also added tallies for the Punishers, who look staked and promising only two games into the season.
(6)Winter Soldiers vs Les Raymonds(2)
N.Gikas's slick hands lights up hat trick
One of the Winter Soldiers key players showed what he was all about on Wednesday night. N.Gikas scored three goals and added two assists in a 6-2 rout of Les Raymonds. The skilled forward worked his magic-from the get go doing pretty much anything he wanted. The score was already 3-0 after fifteen minutes of play with Gikas involved in every goal. Les Raymonds did have a better second frame winning it 1-0 but fell back by the third giving up three more tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick St-Georges of the Golden Knights. In a game that could have gone either way, Y.St-Georges was the main reason why the Golden Knights got the better of the Horsemen. The forward scored three goals that included two in the third with one of them being the winner.
Monday May 28
F.Gaudet-Peloquin shines in both games versus United Arms
Goaltenders usually get too much credit for the good and too much blame for the bad. But in tonight's case, the Chic Choc net minder warrants the praise as he stood tall allowing all but one goal. After giving up his lone tally early in the opening game, the Chic Choc eventually responded and never looked back. Y.Belkassem had a multi goal performance while M.Ethier was behind setting up three goals en route to a 4-1 victory. The United Arms had the opportunity to put it behind them in the second encounter. Unfortunately, they were stuck trying to kill a penalty that resulted into a goal instead. S.Scott took advantage with a power play marker before setting up M.Ethier moments later. Unable to turn the tables, the United Arms felt their final blow when E.Gaem struck early in the second period, also with the man advantage. By then, it was about time management for the Chic Choc, who had no issues protecting their lead that enabled F.Gaudet-Peloquin to earn a shutout.
(4)Chic Choc vs United Arms(1)
(0)United Arms vs Chic Choc(3)
F.Nasser sets tone, Les Reds take both matches against Carmoni
F.Nasser picked up from-where he left off only a week ago, this time posting a hat trick to kick start the night for Les Reds. The only thing missing in the opening contest was a shutout by C.Malkoun, who nearly got it with 90 seconds left in the game. A.Zarzour set up two goals, and J.Constantin made sure to seal it by feeding a yawning cage. Les Carmoni weren't pleased with what had just transpired and hoped to rebound in the second contest to finish on a better note. Instead, it was the same song and dance reoccurring. Les Reds showed clearly that they were the better of the two sides handing les Carmoni another convincing loss. They struck five times with scoring efforts-from different players. It came in a losing cause, but D.Desmarais did provide both goals for Les Carmoni.
(4)Les Reds vs Carmoni(1)
(2)Carmoni vs Les Reds(5)
Mighty Drunks heavy response split wins with Tocas
After dropping the opening contest, the Mighty Drunks cooled off the Tocas to split the miniseries. The Tocas looked to be going nowhere early on after giving up two straight goals in less than three minutes. Then, with one play looking nicer than the other, the tides shifted, and the Mighty Drunks had no answers giving up six consecutive goals. R.Elias and C.Maltese had a major hand in the win as both players scored a pair of beauties each en route to a 6-3 win. As gratifying as that win came to be, the night wasn't over yet. The Mighty Drunks made it a point to bounce back-from an embarrassing loss. And although it took some time, the flood gates would eventually open by the final frame. The Tocas had played three solid periods before looking ordinary in the final stretch. P.Arkalis took matters into his own hands striking twice while adding his third late in the game for a hat trick. One good period was all it took for the Mighty Drunks to earn three points after a slow start to the night.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Tocas(6)
(1)Tocas vs Mighty Drunks(6)
Hustlers keep proving they are a step ahead of everyone
Entering the night, the Corporation knew they would have their hands full versus the Hustlers. Even though they struck first, it really didn't matter in the end. The Hustlers would eventually do their thing by creating numbers resulting in goal after goal. D.Bertrand found the back of the net three times, and P.Assadi along with A.Stamiris collected three assists each. The second contest was just a carbon copy of the first one. Everything was close to being identical. The score was 6-2 and the Hustlers kept creating odd man rushes leaving the Corporation in limbo. This time, A.Stamiris led the goal scoring department with two markers while P.Assadi got credited the winner by finding himself in his office, which is behind the other teams defence.
(2)The Corporation vs Hustlers(6)
(6)Hustlers vs The Corporation (2)
Captain S.Sicuso caps off night by delivering two winners
It's not often a defensemen gets you that big goal for the winner, but S.Sicuso was able to do it twice versus the Vitamin C on Monday night. However, prior to the madness, the Vitamin C had all the indicators that they would prevail, at least in the opening contest. They won every loose ball and controlled most of the play that justified a 3-0 score after one period. By that point, the Degenerates sent a clear message to one another that they wouldn't go down that easy, even if they though the comeback seemed like a long shot. But crazier things have happened before and the Degenerates knew they had life when S.Sicuso got them on board. Then, in the short span of only 30 seconds, L.Folini set up P.Paikopoulos both times to level the score. The match was only one minute shy of overtime when Sicuso riffled a slap shot to beat S.Sauk. With that kind of momentum, the Degenerates made sure to not repeat the same mistake. They had the better start by grabbing the lead once again-from their captain. S.Sicuso's breaking ball styled slap shot somehow found its way behind S.Sauk. The Vitamin C, despite being down, had well over a period for the equaliser only to hit a wall. P.Assadi didn't have the start he wanted but definitely earned the end result by shutting the door for three straight periods.
(4)Degenerates vs Vitamin C(3)
(0) Vitamin C vs Degenerates(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastian Sicuso of the Degenerates. In both games versus the Vitamin C, the veteran defenseman decided the outcomes with two slap shots that had eyes.
Sunday May 27
(6)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(5)
Lynx late surge falls short
Trailing by four goals heading into the third period, the Lynx clawed back only to fall short by one. For two straight periods, the Fatal Demons could do no wrong. They kept the momentum going and looked to smoke the Lynx right off the field knowing that they had a short bench. While everything suggested an easy final frame, the Lynx proved not only to themselves, but to the Fatal Demons as well that they weren't done yet. J.Mason had scored twice and nearly tied it towards the end that would have mounted an incredible comeback. This is one result that won't affect the Lynx. Once they heal their wounds and fill up their roster, teams will quickly remember how difficult they are to beat. But for now, the Fatal Demons will take the win thanks to an overall solid game that included balanced scoring and stable goaltending-from S.Morante.
(2)Butchers vs HC Mutts(7)
HC Mutts looking good right away, pull away in second half of game
Some little mistakes here and there spoiled the night for the Butchers, who will be in search of their identity with some new players. They did start off strong but couldn't keep up with the pace of their opponent. The HC Mutts eventually settled in feeling comfortable as the game went on and it showed as they made lots of quick fancy plays that would result into goals. All seven of their tallies came-from different players. He didn't have a busy night but J.Capalbo showed that he will fit right in for the HC Mutts.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Capalbo of the HC Mutts. After being out of action for a while, the net minder looked like he didn't miss a beat allowing only two goals.
Thursday May 24
(0)Chaos vs Carnage (8)
Carnage rout defenceless Chaos, 8-0
Carnage caught Chaos flat footed on Thursday night. Despite the lopsided score, this contest only took off as off the four minute mark of the second period for Carnage. S.Longo posted two quick goals that virtually convinced both sides that his game was done. Prior to his tallies, G.Gaitanis had scored twice as well while completing his hat trick shortly after Longo made it 4-0.Games like this aren't pleasant when you're on the losing side, especially for the net minders. R.Picard felt like a dart board being shelled numerous times. As for his counterpart, S.Sauk confidently made enough saves to earn a shutout.
(4)Les Rouuuges vs Bramabulls(3) S.O
Bramabulls rally 0-2 down before dropping shootout
F.Nasser and A.Henien scored in a shootout, and Les Rouuuges beat the recent champs after squandering a 2-0 lead. The Bramabulls were plagued by a slow start and looked to be going empty handed for two periods. But with the second frame winding down, B.Sansotta used a blistering slap shot to give his club life heading into the third period. The question at that point became who and when would the equaliser occur. Surely they felt confident and why not with the group of guys they have. After setting up his clubs first goal, C.Fragkiudakis wasn't done yet as his perfect feed found D.Verta to level the match. Neither side was than able to get it done in overtime despite the Bramabulls controlling most of the play.
(7)JLR Brossard vs Nighthawks(5)
N.Goncalves sharp shooting torment's Nighthawks
Some things just can't be thought. It's one thing to do it once and another to do it twice, but when three of your goals come with such precision, it's definitely due to a skill set that most players don't have. The JLR Brossard are fully loaded already and N.Goncalves shows that he fits right in playing with the right type of players. He did get plenty of help-from P.Assadi, who set him up all three times while adding a fourth feed late in the game. This match was close for a while until the late stages of the second period where the Nighthawks couldn't keep pace.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of Les Rouuuges. From-setting up the first goal while notching the second, F.Nasser brought it a step further by bagging one of his clubs two shootout markers in a close 4-3 win over the Bramabulls.
Wednesday May 23
(3)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(6)
Kentucky Blue second half surge too much for Hellfish
Three second period goals provided the spark they needed for the Kentucky Blue on Wednesday night. R.Montinaro's power play goal was the first of many more to come with James Tutino netting the dagger only seconds before the second period ended. All that momentum simply carried over into the third with T.Oliveira bagging his second of the contest. The Hellfish had a good start to the night posting two power play markers and kept their lead till the mid way point of the match. It's not characteristic for the Hellfish to fall apart the way they did, but that's not to take away-from the Kentucky Blue, who seem to have the tools to get it done.
(1)Winter Soldiers vs Fat Cats(3)
G.DeMarinis scores two goals as Fat Cats top Winter Soldiers
G.DeMarinis scored twice, and D.Brunetti provided the winner on the power play as the Fat Cats get themselves in the win column. The Fat Cats, along with G.Sangiovanni made it very difficult for the Winter Soldiers to get on board. There only tally came when it was a little too late courtesy of A.Kakivelis. By then, the score was 3-1 and the Fat Cats just tightened up to run out the clock. Tensions started to heat up by the latter stages of the game with both sides taking their fair share of penalties. It's not the start they wanted, but the Winter Soldiers won't be too concerned with the talent they have.
(3)Punishers vs Team Haiti(2)
P.Karvouriaris scores all three goals in Punishers tight win over Team Haiti
P.Karvouriaris really felt it on Wednesday night. The skilled forward was in rhythm all game long that resulted in all three goals for the Punishers. His first one came with the man advantage that snapped a scoreless drought in the second period. With both sides keeping it close, the third period did open up a little as both teams traded two goals each. H.Merone finally solved N.Mackeen later in the frame only to see that margin disappear seconds later when P.Karvouriaris buried his hat trick.
(9)Fat Roy vs Golden Knights (3)
Fat Roy upend Golden Knights with early flurry
After striking twice in the first period, Fat Roy lost sight of the Golden Knights by the second where they bagged four straight markers. At no point did Fat Roy slow down. Even by the third period despite not winning the frame exchanging three goals apiece. J.Pantelis had an easy night with three tallies while B.Deslauriers and A.Jalilvand were right behind him bagging a pair each. Fat Roy enjoyed their opening night collecting a convincing win. As for the Golden Knights, work needs to be done as they'll try and end a short slide.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. In a tight 3-2 battle vs Team Haiti, the skilled forward scored all three goals to decide the outcome.
Monday May 21
St.Pats recover after slow start
In what was not a pleasant debut, the St.Pats pulled out the stops in the second period of the opening game to collect at least a point in the standings. They overcame a 3-0 deficit with goals only three minutes apart before settling for a draw. D.Desmarais had a monster game for Les Carmoni collecting points on every goal while netting his clubs lone shootout marker. The second contest was similar to the first one with Les Carmoni striking first. Then, before the period ended, S.Minkiewicz levelled the contest just shy of the buzzer. Neither side was than able to figure out the net minders in the following frame which led to a second straight breakaway competition. Out of the six combined shootout attempts, J.Formato was the only player to get it right. The St.Pats forward was able to score in both shootouts as the only player to figure out J.Meynard. The St.Pats managed to collect one win along with a tie by never once leading throughout the entire night.
(4)St.Pats vs Carmoni(4) S.O
(1)Carmoni vs St.Pats(2) S.O
Chic Choc edge out 1 Timer twice to kick start season
After grinding out a hard fought shootout win, the Chic Choc decided to go for a double. However, it wasn't till the latter stages of the second game where they pulled it together. The 1 Timer appeared to be in good shape for a very long stretch with G.Blais visioning a shutout up until they eventually fell off a cliff. Once L-P Beaupre broke the ice, the Chic Choc couldn't be stopped. That tally sparked D.Trinque to provide two quick goals handing the 1 Timer another devastating defeat. It may not be the start they wanted, but the 1 Timer know that both games could have easily gone either way.
(2)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(3) S.O
(3)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(2)
Mighty Boyz run out of gas in split decision with Hustlers
If not for their electric start to the game, the Mighty Boyz risked going empty handed in their season debut with the recent champs. Instead, they came out charging resulting in three straight goals that barley held up in the end. J.Palmitano and M.Testolina, two names that will be often mentioned combined for all three goals that included a pair of bullets-from Palmitano. The Hustlers did begin their comeback posting two markers only to fall short. Even though they dropped the opening contest, the Hustlers felt very confident that they would respond with a victory. The Mighty Boyz didn't have the body count required to go the distance and it showed as they got bounced giving up five goals by the last period. P.Assadi led all teammates using his patented wrist shot bagging four goals while A.Stamiris added some mustard to his shots to beat M.Palmieri on two occasions.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Hustlers(2)
(7)Hustlers vs Mighty Boyz(2)
C.Gingras enjoys a field day of hockey
C.Gingras, legitimately, never ceases to amaze. When you are that good, everyone tends to pay attention to you but maybe not in the case of Les Reds. They only realised it too late with the star player scoring along the lines of about eight goals in two games. Maybe a tighter game plan would have helped. Nevertheless, he would still find his way on the score sheet numerous times no matter how you try and play him, especially with the fact of having a solid supporting cast. The good news for Les Reds is that they won't be confronting the Punishers in the playoffs as both teams are in different divisions. There only bright moment came when M.Piche was able to solve F.Russo for the only time in the night.
(0)Les Reds vs Punishers (5)
(6)Punishers vs Les Reds(1)
Captain S.Marricco beats the buzzer carrying the Tocas to a pair of victories
Leave it to the captain to get the job done. S.Marricco avoided the extra time by riffling his second just shy of the buzzer. This was one game that the United Arms shouldn't have dropped. A.Atamian had put his club up 2-1 with only 50 seconds left on the clock before things completely fell apart. R.Lavoie responded with an equaliser moments later, and S.Marricco put the final dagger to hand the United Arms a sour defeat. Unable to recover, the Tocas took advantage of a deflated side. The contest was nine minutes old when R.Elias provided a comfortable 3-0 lead with a power play goal. C.Maltese opened and closed the scoring while setting up his captain, and G.Castilloux was sharp in net allowing only three goals in two games.
(2)United Arms vs Tocas(3)
(5)Tocas vs Unite Arms(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Tocas. The captain led the way posting two game winning goals that included a buzzer beater in the opening match versus the United Arms.
Thursday May 17
(3)Les Rouuuges vs SBS Trashers(5)
Two late goals power SBS Trashers despite short bench
Somehow, the SBS Trashers had enough legs in their tight 5-3 win over Les Rouuuges. The game was winding down till its final moments when the captain came through for the Trashers. E Panzera snapped the late tie, and A.Neri put the match to rest right after for his second of the night. Les Rouuuges, although had a sluggish start falling behind 2-0, was able to bounce back with three straight goals only to let it slip away. They failed to take advantage of a depleted side with only two changes to their bench. By managing their minutes properly along with brilliant goaltending-from R.Pampena, the SBS Trashers are very pleased with their season debut. F.Gentile set up three goals while P.Manousos struck twice.
(8)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(1)
Chaos stuck shaking off rust
It's what came to be expected for a club that hasn't seen action in a while. Chaos had barely time to get their feet wet when this game was already out of reach. The Mighty Drunks stormed out of the gate sparking three first period goals, and added two more before conceding their only tally. It's a bad sign when S.Sicuso is able to score twice for any opponent. But crazier things have happened, and tonight was just one of those nights that Chaos will need to shake off. Other notables include D.Xiarchos and M.Gibeault as both players each scored twice for the Mighty Drunks.
(7)JLR Brossard vs Carnage(3)
JLR Brossard break open as of mid way point of match
It took some time but the JLR Brossard managed to shred the Carnage defence. They definitely have the fire power up front along with a strong core defence and stubborn goaltender. Once J.Pantelis tipped in a power play goal for a 2-1 lead, the game broke wide open for the JLR Brossard. N.Goncalves and P.Assadi had multi goal performances. Nearly every player participated in the scoring that just suggests how balanced they are. Even though they didn't get the result, Carnage made things difficult for a very long while due to their ability to roll three lines.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the SBS Trashers. Knowing that many of his key players were missing in action, the net minder was absolutely stellar on Thursday night. He pushed away close to 30 shots giving his club every possible chance to steal the game.
Wednesday May 16
(4)HBHA Master's 37+ vs Fat Cats(2)
HBHA Master's jump on Fat Cats early to take season opener
The HBHA Master's were in rhythm and the Fat Cats looked rusty. P.Lapointe set up the third and fourth goal to help provide a massive four goal lead just shy of the mid way point of the match. The Fat Cats felt that they were chasing the game for most of the night. It took nearly the entire game for them to get on board. G.Bampos snapped C.Stavriadis's shutout late in the game right before F.Gentile provided the Fat Cats second goal. With scoring efforts-from four different players, the HBHA Master's are fast, deep, well oiled and will surely give problems to any opponent they face.
(5)RBK Knights vs Kentucky Blue(8)
T.Oliveira takes no breaks with another 4 goal performance
Last season's scoring leader continued his magic on Wednesday night as a four goal performance powered the Kentucky Blue over the RBK knights. T.Oliveira notched half of his team's goals and they couldn't have come at a better time. This contest was deadlocked at five goals apiece before the sniper took matters into his own hands. Already with a goal, Oliveira went on a rampage posting three in a row in the short span of only three minutes. James Tutino chipped in with a pair and an assist and will also be another significant piece to the puzzle. The Kentucky Blue are proving once again that they can put up the numbers while the RBK Knights keep dealing with devastating losses occurring towards the late stages of the game. Despite the harsh defeat, R.Ricard and P.Santullo kept the game very close as both players combined for seven points with Ricard leading the way striking three times along with a helper.
(1)Horsemen vs Hellfish(7)
There was no championship hangover, Hellfish keep good habits
The concept of a championship hangover had zero effect on the recent winners of the F3 division. After taking a couple of weeks off, the Hellfish were still in full form. They played a near perfect game by winning every period, scoring twice on the power play while getting the expected goaltending-from B.Verducci. The only sour note came late in the game when D.Georgopoulos spoiled Veducci' shutout on the power play. M.Chartrand and F.Benhamadi will be looked upon to providing some of the Hellfish's offense as both players came through riffling two goals each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyson Oliveira of the Kentucky Blue. Anytime the game is on the line, the Kentucky Blue know they have a chance to win thanks to T.Oliveira's goal scoring ability. The sniper decided the contest bagging three late markers as part of a four goal performance.
Wednesday May 9 (F2 Finals)
(0)Venom vs United Armenians (4) Game 2
United Armenians back on even terms after long wait
On this night, the value of playoff experience was on full display. Sure they were sour about losing 5-3 a week ago to fall behind in the series, but instead of wasting time wondering what might have been, the United Armenians buckled down defensively and pulled out a 4-0 shutout victory. One of the key elements was to try and get that first goal. Both sides played to a scoreless opening frame before C.Fragkiudakis ended the spell five minutes into the second period. It took over a period of hockey-from that point on for the next goal with neither side able to find the back of the net. The United Armenians knew they weren't out of the woods just yet and made sure to secure all doubts when they erupted with three late markers. G.Follano had an up and down game one, but his solid play between the pipes is one of the biggest reasons why this series is back on even footing.
(3)United Armenians vs Venom(0) Game 3
United Armenians defy odds with back to back shutouts, winners of F2 division
It's not that they didn't believe they could win, but the United Armenians may not have expected to blank Venom twice to capture a difficult championship. With the United Armenians rolling three lines while getting the expected goaltending-from G.Follano, Venom felt that they were under siege throughout the entire night. Clearly the United Armenians meant business and came out to play knowing that it was a do or die situation. For a second straight game, they grabbed the lead and used it to their advantage. Y.Derohannessian proved to be the spark plug needed in this particular game as the crafty forward participated in all three goals that included a pair. All the work and effort put in-from the opening faceoff of the night, added up for the United Armenians. G.Follano was brilliant yet again, and Gabi Missakian applied the right game plan in order to get his club to bounce back and succeed .On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Gabi Missakian and the United Armenians for capturing the F2 Wednesday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerry Follano of the United Armenians. In the two most important games of the season, G.Follano was absolutely dynamite not allowing a goal.
Monday May 7 (Finals)
(3)P-Ball vs Red Lite(4) O.T Game 3
K.Kuczmarski bats in a beauty to close out series, Red Lite crowned Champions
Trailing by three goals after an ugly first period, the P-Ball rallied to tie the game 4-4 only to see it vanish by overtime. Even though the push was great for the P-Ball, it just wasn't good enough in the end. The sudden death frame was only two minutes old when K.Kuczmarki's incredible eye hand coordination came into play. The Red Lite forward made something that looks so difficult so incredibly easy by batting the ball right past P-O Girouard. Prior to the goal, J.Gagne will be wondering for a while how he missed two golden opportunities to extend the series. The P-Ball captain wasted no time-from the overtime face off creating two very good chances for himself only to get denied twice by C.Lantin. This was the first of three games that could have easily gone either way. Unfortunately for the P-Ball, they didn't get that extra break necessary to make a series of it. Red Lite did the right thing by getting the better start which only put the pressure on their opponents to respond. They got scoring efforts-from five different players that included a sweet back hand breakaway goal-from J.Daoust. In the end, like good teams often do, they find ways to win. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Carl Ghilarducci and Red Lite for adding more hardware to their already full trophy cases.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of Red Lite. By using his instincts and hand eye coordination, the Red Lite forward batted the series winning goal only two minutes into overtime.
Wednesday May 2 (F3 Finals)
(4)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(3) Game 1
Late Hellfish tally burns Kentucky Blue
There really wasn't much separating the two sides with everything being equal. But as time was winding down to its final seconds, the Hellfish cracked the barrier on a goal thanks to their captain. M.Zitella usually takes care of his clubs back end but tonight he brought it a step further by providing the go ahead marker that secured a 1-0 series lead. The Hellfish did a fine job limiting a solid offense like the Kentucky Blue to only three goals while shutting them out in the third period. The win came as expected for the Hellfish. They got balanced scoring and made sure to apply their defensive system to frustrate their opponent.
(9)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(5) Game 2
Desperate Kentucky Blue responds to adversity
It was a level of desperation that didn't show in the previous game for the Kentucky Blue. There will to win was obvious-from the get go and who better than their sniper to take charge and lead the way. This contest was only fifteen minutes old when T.Oliveira did more in that one period that most players would need a whole season to achieve. His three goals made the score 3-1 which helped enable his teammates to feed off and continue-from where he left off. The Kentucky Blue had a massive offensive output striking three times with the man advantage and never once let go of the gas pedal adding three more by the third period. By then, Oliveira added two more tallies to finish with five goals while R.Estrela was just as heavy in the action collecting an impressive six points. The Hellfish used their strengths to capture game one but weren't able to contain the Kentucky Blue's strengths in game two.
(1)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(0) Game 3
Hellfish regain identity to capture F3 division title
It was clear by now that both sides knew what they needed to do in order to capture the most important game of the season. For the Hellfish, they had no choice to erase what just happened and stick to their game plan while the Kentucky Blue would simply approach this contest like they did in the previous game. The question became which of the two systems would prevail? After pounding the Hellfish with nine goals, the Kentucky Blue found themselves hitting a wall. The Hellfish got back to their old habits making things very difficult for their opponents while patiently waiting for an opportunity. Just over seven minutes went by when C.Dapoulias got the Hellfish on board. Still, the Kentucky Blue had more than enough time to respond but kept facing the same problems. At no point did the Hellfish break away from-their game plan which led to a perfect game for their net minder B.Berducci. This is the second straight series that the Hellfish needed a game three result in order to pass. When teams have their backs to the wall and somehow pull through, it just goes to show how good teams will find a way to win. In tonight's case and throughout the playoffs, the Hellfish was that team and deserved everything they accomplished. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mark Zitella and the Hellfish for winning the F3 Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Dapoulias of the Hellfish. His game three lone goal made the entire difference in a series that could have easily gone either way.
Wednesday May 2 (F2 Finals)
(3)United Armenians vs Venom(5) Game 1
United Armenians dig themselves a hole, unable to recover
The United Armenians were hoping for a better start to their series with Venom. Unfortunately it wasn't even close as they fell behind 3-0 before finally getting on board. From-the get go, Venom showed that they meant business dominating the first two frames for a 4-1 lead. J.Quesnel scored twice during that span while J.Parisella and J.Courteau chipped in as well. Despite things not going so well for the United Armenians they did show signs of life early in the third period when they bagged their second power play goal. But the damage had already been done by then as Venom clamped down defensively and played out the clock. With this loss, the United Armenians will have a week to collect their thoughts, and will need to come out bold in hopes of levelling the series.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Julien Quesnel-Vinet of Venom. The slick forward got the ball rolling with the first goal of the night while adding his second as the only multi goal scorer.
Monday April 30 (Finals)
(4) Red Lite vs P-Ball(1) Game 2
P-Ball still seeking answers after dropping two straight
Sometimes a team can take some solace in a particular statistic, but the P-Ball will struggle to take away any positives-from their two losses versus Red Lite. The list of negatives are piling on, and unless they figure out on how to improve moving forward, this series won't last very long. They did adjust by avoiding many trips to the penalty box but still lost even strength battles that resulted in four goals. The contest was tied 1-1 till J.Daoust regained the lead for Red Lite. Then, with only a period remaining, O.Levasseur reassured the win despite their being six minutes left on the clock. No one in particular stole the show in the victory. Red Lite got scoring efforts-from four different players, and a solid goaltending display by C.Lantin, who denied all but one goal. Now that the series is two games to none in favour of Red Lite, its almost safe to say that an extraordinary set of circumstances will need to take place if the P-Ball plan on winning this thing. There approach will need to be focused only on what to do in game three rather than thinking too ahead.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christian Lantin of Red Lite. The net minder remained cool and collective stopping nearly every shot he faced to earn a big win for his club.
Monday April 23 (Division 2 final)
Underdogs pull it off with incredible comeback
When the Rebels scored two quick goals for a 3-0 second period lead, they had all but sealed to even the series with the Underdogs. Somehow it wasn't over and the Underdogs stormed back with three straight goals in only five minutes to force a shootout. They won the first game rather easily with a 5-2 result and needed only this contest to secure the championship. By sending F.Nasser and M-A Haber, the Underdogs decisions paid off with both players scoring in the breakaways. The Rebels didn't have the same luck unable to solve C.Malkoun, who denied both shootout attempts. Even though the Underdogs grabbed their 1-0 series lead, they knew that the second one would be that much harder to win. As the series turned into a battle of wills, the Underdogs put forth a burst of desperation in what was a remarkable comeback. Throughout both games, M-A Haber was their most productive player collecting a total of five points along with a shootout marker. In the end, it wasn't for nothing that the Underdogs finished first place in the regular season. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Joseph Constantin and the Underdogs for capturing the 4vs4 division championship.
(5)Underdogs vs Rebels(2) Game 1
(3)Rebels vs Underdogs(5) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M-A Haber. There was no denying that the number 18 showed up to play like he always does. Tonight, he was involved in so many ways that resulted in 5 points and a shootout goal.
Monday April 23 (Division 1 final)
Punisher's blow their lead twice, Hustlers triumph in spectacular fashion
It was a quick, high paced series, one that came to be expected-from two very good hockey teams. With that said, it was very important for either club to grab the first game. The Punishers appeared to be that team up until a late collapse suggested otherwise. The Hustlers scored two very late goals before bringing it a step further winning the shootout round. E.Girouard bagged a pair while scoring in the breakaways, as did T.Bozinakis, who leveled the game with only a minute left on the clock. Despite suffering a heart breaking loss, the Punishers erased harsh memories by responding immediately with four first period goals. That sequence put them in an almost identical position like in the previous match. But for the lessons that the Punishers just came to learn, they appeared to be a team that flirts with danger. For a second straight game, they invited frustration unable to protect a cushion that they worked so hard for. The Hustlers once again pulled off an incredible feat. Although they have the players to do so, one did stand out a little more on this night. E.Girouard put together another solid display by riffling three goals, two in which came only 90 seconds apart that tied the game 4-4.Then,only 30 seconds later, A.Stamiris snapped the tie and the Hustlers never looked back en route to a 6-4 victory. The Hustlers knew it was going to be a difficult challenge but they still found a way. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotopoulos, Steve Govas, Peter Icon and the rest of the Hustlers for getting it done.
(5)Punishers vs Hustlers(7) S.O Game 1
(6)Hustlers vs Punishers(4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard. By sparking five goals while adding a shootout marker, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that the established goal scorer merits the honor.
Monday April 23 (Finals)
(2)P-Ball vs Red Lite(5) Game 1
Red Lite makes an early statement
Maybe it can be argued that it's only game one of a best of five series, but Red Lite know how to win when it counts. This match just goes to show that the regular season record between both sides means absolutely nothing, at least for Red Lite. They were clearly the better of the two sides and it showed early on when they jumped to a 1-0 lead. Most of the damage occurred by the second frame where they broke the game wide open with three answered goals. The P-Ball isn't used to being snake bitten, and had to endure the frustrations of not getting on board until it was too late. There only bright spot came when their captain J.Gagne scored twice in a very short span. If there is one area that the P-Ball will address internally moving forward is their commitment to avoid taking as many penalties as possible. Tonight, they gave up three out of their five goals on the power play. K.Kuczmarski, M.David and Y.Labonte, who had a two goal night, each scored with the man advantage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of Red Lite. The crafty forward struck early and was dominant on the power play collecting a total of three points.
Sunday April 22
(3)Brew Crew vs Shockers(1) Game 1
Brew Crew set tone, capitalize on power play in game 1
The Brew Crew administered a thorough whipping on their special teams to jump start the series. They scored twice on four occasions and squelched the Shockers man advantage killing off four straight penalties .By the end of the match, D.Verta and S.Fabrici took full advantage of the opportunities while the Shockers missed out on their chances. Verta went on to add his second late in the game to secure the win. The Shockers did have plenty of shots and chances only to hit a hot net minder. C.Muccino earned the victory after allowing only a first period goal by T.Salberg.
(6)Shockers vs Brew Crew(3) Game 2
Power play comes to life in must win game for Shockers
The Shockers struggled mightily with the man advantage in their previous game. But after making the necessary adjustments, the reverse effect happened. Even though the Brew Crew took plenty of trips to the penalty box, they were never able to kill it off. All six Shockers goals came on the special teams with the first five on the power play. J.Blunt made his chances count by bagging a pair. The story of the match however was no other than M.Blackman. He was able to once again put a fingerprint on the result by scoring while setting up four goals. This contest was close and leveled 3-3 until two late goals by the second period doomed the Brew Crew.
(1)Brew Crew vs Shockers(0) O.T Game 3
C.Moutafis caps off a thrilling final with OT winner
Everyone imagines scoring a championship goal at some point in time. It's the last goal scored of the season and its sets off a lifetime of memories. In tonight's case, C.Moutafis captured the moment as the only player to find the back of the net. Unlike the two previous games, both sides played a little more cautious trying to avoid going to the penalty box. As expected, the net minders shined and the defense was extremely alert in hopes of avoiding mistakes. However, no matter how careful a team could be, something is bound to happen. The overtime period was only 1:30 old when C.Moutafis lifted the hearts of his teammates notching the biggest goal of the season. This series had everything possible that you would expect- from two competing teams. It had plenty of goals, lots of penalties resulting in special teams, solid defense and outstanding goaltending. And what better way to close it off by going the extra mile in a game three overtime. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Chris Palermo and the Brew Crew for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Moutafis. His teammates won't forget that one single play that ultimately decided the championship.
Friday April 20 (Finals)
(6)National vs Bramabulls(2) Game 1
National draw first blood with game one win over Bulls
The Bramabulls talked at length throughout the course of the week on how to try and contain a team that's running on all cylinders. Unfortunately, it didn't translate in this particular game. National did what they do best and that is to utilise their speed. After a scoreless opening period, the game broke wide open with National capping the frame 3-2.Then in the span of only one minute, the Bramabulls knew they needed to rely on the next game in order to bounce back. C.Dagenais and his captain M.Pinheiro each scored during an early third period span to put the game out of reach. That was the National's captain second of the game as the only multi goal scorer of the contest.
(7)Bramabulls vs National(6) S.O Game 2
G.Follano plays for the big games, dominates the shootout once again
J.Morina ran slowly back and forth toward the net, showing forehand, then leaning quickly to the left to fake a backhand before slipping it right in the top corner. In what was a must win situation versus a solid hockey team, and with everyone eagerly watching what would happen, the Bramabulls star player was a big reason why this series got extended. As huge as that goal would appear to be, his shorthanded marker in the third period may have been the series saving moment. National had the championship in their hands up 5-3 while being on the power play only to see it slowly slip away.The Bramabulls would eventually level the game on a power play goal by their captain A.DiPerna. Even though a shootout can be argued to be a 50-50 situation, every Bramabulls player was confident enough that G.Follano would pull them through. The net minder can barely remember losing in those circumstances after being there many times before.
(0)National vs Bramabulls(1) Game 3
P.Charbonneau scores unforgettable championship goal
With overtime looming in a scoreless game three mini game, the Bramabulls d-man delivered a moment of brilliance that won't soon be forgotten on either side of the court. Smart players often know when to time an opportunity. Charbonneau snuck in just at the right moment when he riffled a precise wrist shot to beat F.Lamarche. The corner stone defenseman keeps showing how much of a complete player he is. It wasn't long ago that he captured a championship with Bijoux. Now,only a couple of months later, he's hoisting the same trophy in a different uniform. Throughout the entire series, P.Charbonneau was essential for what the Bramabulls have come to accomplish. Apart-from his series deciding goal, Charbonneau scored twice in the previous game while playing a sound defensive series. The Bramabulls entered the night as slight underdogs, but by applying their fierce competitive nature, it just went to show that anything is possible. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Anthony DiPerna and the Bramabulls for their incredible run.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pete Charbonneau. The Bramabulls couldn't ask for anything more-from a very vital piece. Charbonneau scored three big goals while making sure the opposition would struggle to get any when he was on.
Thursday April 19 (E2 Finals)
(2)Scorpions vs JLR Brossard(4) Game 1
J.Pantelis restores confidence for JLR Brossard
Escaping the first period up 2-0 in a playoff game can never be a bad thing. M.Gagnon scored both goals, and the JLR Brossard were feeling pretty good about themselves. Then, in only two and a half minutes, those feelings disappeared. The Scorpions battled back getting goals-from F.Martin and A.Singh where all of a sudden this contest was up for grabs. That's up until a late second period tally by J.Pantelis re stored the lead for the JLR Brossard. Knowing that the Scorpions had the ability to come back, the men in black made sure to tighten up while relying on their net minder. P.Assadi knew that he had to make nearly every save possible in order to earn the win, and he did just that to take a 1-0 series lead.
(8)JLR Brossard vs Scorpions (5) Game 2
JLR Brossard save their best for last, crowned E2 champions
It wasn't going to be easy but the JLR Brossard found a way to be the better side in the end. This contest could have gone either way with both teams trading five goals each after two periods. A pivotal moment that may have ultimately doomed the Scorpions happened late in the second period. Rather than going up by a pair due to a power opportunity, they allowed the JLR Brossard to level the game on a shorthanded marker by S.Bentivegna. That goal sparked plenty of fuel and motivation for the JLR Brossard, who were all over the Scorpions in the last fifteen minutes of play. Already with two goals and an assist, J.Pantelis kept his foot deep on the peddle that resulted in two more tallies. Both games were extremely close after two periods. It was by the third and final frame that the JLR Brossard separated themselves-from the Scorpions. On behalf of Hcokeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Pedram Assadi and the JLR Brossard for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the JLR Brossard. The crafty forward came through once again when it mattered the most. He scored a total of five goals that included the winner in game one to help lead his club to glory.
Thursday April 19 (E1 Finals)
(6)Bramabulls vs Legends(1) Game 1
Six different goal scorers set the tone for the Bramabulls
This contest lacked the intensity for the Legends, who seemed to be playing in quicksand. From-the get go, the Bramabulls made their opponent pay the price. They used their speed and pretty much did whatever they wanted with the ball. The score was already 3-0 by the eight minute mark of the opening frame. N.Sbarra used a precise slap shot on the power play that stood up for the winner. Knowing that the end result was inevitable, the Legends were stuck taking notes on how to address their poor play heading into game two. Nothing went right, and unless they figured out a solution, this series would lack the hype.
(3)Legends vs Bramabulls(9) Game 2
Bramabulls stick to same plan, Legends never had a chance
Even though they took plenty of time in the dressing room to tweak a few things, the Legends simply couldn't compete with a superior hockey club. The Bramabulls did the exact same thing like in game one. They were always first on the ball and often danced their way to completing pretty plays. Despite the lopsided affair, the Legends hung in there for about a period trailing only 4-3. But once the second frame hit, it was all curtains. M.Testolina was a menace riffling four goals while M.Maggiore was next in line posting a pair. The Legends had only one good thing going for them, and that was their power play. All four of their goals in both games came with the man advantage. It was almost a given that the Bramabulls would prevail in the end. When looking at their roster-from top to bottom, nobody can deny that they are lethal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Anthony DiPerna and the Bramabulls for capturing the E1 Thursday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. Quicker than a jackrabbit, the Legends couldn't keep up with his speed. Testolina went on to notch four goals while creating constant chances.
Wednesday April 18 (F2 & F3 semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs United Armenians (4) S.O F2 Game 2
United Armenians pull through after Fat Cats late collapse
The United Armenians were able to avoid going an extra round when J-F Aumais levelled the game late to force a shootout. Two minutes was all that was left for the Fat Cats to force a third and deciding game. Instead, they complicated their situation and went empty handed after sending three of their skilled players in the shootout. G.Follano remained calm stopping all three breakaway attempts while G.Sangiovanni missed it by one allowing only C.Khesiafy to get the better of him. The Fat Cats looked to be in good shape when J.Mancini provided his club its first lead of the night passed the mid way point of the third period. But with the United Armenians playing relentless hockey like they've done all year long, killing six more minutes felt like an eternity for the Fat Cats, who may have needed that extra goal rather than killing off the clock.
(3)Venom vs Armadillos (5) F2 Game 2
Armadillos enforce avoiding mistake-from last week
This time, the Armadillos got it right with their two goal cushion heading for the third period. At no point did they allow Venom to battle back. Despite trailing 2-1 after fifteen minutes of play, the Armadillos erupted by the second bagging four goals that left Venom wondering what went wrong. It took only five minutes with scoring efforts-from four different players to tilt this game in the opposite direction. Once the third period hit, the Armadillos were able to bear down and give Venom almost nothing to extend the series.
(2)Armadillos vs Venom(3) F2 Game 3
45 seconds, 2 goals and a ticket to the final
Its one thing to pull off something improbable once, but for it to happen twice, Venom should try playing the lottery for the way they advanced. This was the second time in only three games that either Venom was incredibly fortunate or that the Armadillos had a dark cloud following them. Regardless the reasons, J.Parisella and J.Courteau never gave up sparking back to back goals for a 3-2 Venom lead that left only one minute on the clock. G.Bouchard had made the score 2-1 for the Armadillos 30 seconds before the late madness occurred. Shock mingled with dejection for a team that felt they got hit with lightning twice. As for Venom, they are just glad to have reached the final where they'll hope to carry their good fortune.
(3)United Arms vs Hellfish(2) F3 Game 2
United Arms win on two late goals to even series
H.Jerjian and J.Sadek scored two and a half minutes apart, and the United Arms had extra work to do after levelling the series. Their only lead came when J.Sadek struck with 75 seconds left in the contest. The United Arms knew they had to play to their full potential in order to defeat a team like the Hellfish. And by rolling three lines while getting a solid team effort-from everyone, the end result justified the result. G.Jerjian and H.Jerjian are the engines that fuel United Arms as both players keep making a mark combining for four points.
(1)Hellfish vs United Arms(0) F3 Game 3
F.Benhamadi caps game three thriller
The Hellfish are glad they have F.Benhamadi as part of their line up. The relentless forward never gives up on any play, and by working hard the way he does, good things will often happen. The contest was just 90 seconds shy of being over when Benhamadi celebrated his clubs biggest goal of the season. It was a game and series that could have easily gone the other way, considering how well the United Arms challenged the first place Hellfish. Nothing ever comes easy when there is so much on the line. But with the ball being round for both teams, it becomes only a question of time on who will benefit. Tonight, the Hellfish seized their opportunity and will be moving forward with one more chapter ahead of them.
(2)Les Raymonds vs Kentucky Blue(6) F3 Game 2
Kentucky Blue continue their stride with 2 game sweep
Les Raymonds were hoping that their early 1-0 lead would be a sign of good things to come. Unfortunately, rather than playing ahead, they found themselves trailing only minutes later. The Kentucky Blue were on a mission and it showed throughout the entire contest. They paired goals in every frame while getting an outstanding performance from-R.Estrela, who buried three goals as part of a four point night. Just like in their previous encounter a week ago, this contest wasn't much different resulting in an identical 6-2 result.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fares Benhamadi of the Hellfish. With timing being everything, F.Benhamadi couldn't strike at a better moment. His lone goal late in the mini game sent the Hellfish through to the F3 finals.
The F2 & F3 divisions are now down to two intriguing match ups. The F2 division will feature the United Armenians taking on Venom. Both these teams know that they can win. The United Armenians have the depth which has worked for them all season. Venom, will likely rely on their offense as they have enough game breakers to make a difference. Look for the United Armenians to apply constant pressure to eliminate any time and space from-Venom. With that said, Venom will need to figure out how to create chances if then plan on winning. The other final will also be a great test for the challengers. On the one hand, the Kentucky Blue have a pair of snipers that have been tearing up the division in players such as T.Oliveira and R.Estrela. As for the Hellfish, it's all about team effort. All they need to do is apply the same game plan that's been working for many seasons.
Monday April 16 (Semi finals)
(6)Red Lite vs Black Knights(2) Game 3
M.David and Red Lite sink Black Knights
M.David may have single handily ended the Black Knights season on Monday night. Four out of the seven goals belonged to M.David alone. The skilled forward was simply ruthless finishing on every chance he got. The Black Knights knew they needed to strike first or at least keep it very close throughout the entire match. At one point, they did cut the lead in half courtesy of M.Stinziani, but that only lasted so long. It took only a pair of minutes after that for M.David to re store a two goal cushion. With only one period remaining, the Black Knights were forced to gamble in order to make a game of it. Unfortunately, when taking chances versus Red Lite, you're just asking for it. The red machine ended the series with three quick tallies only three minutes and change apart.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of Red Lite. No one will argue that he was definitely the best player out there. The skilled forward barely missed resulting in four goals.
The stage is now set for two ball hockey giants to go at it in a best of five series. Both sides know each other quite well with the season series belonging to the P-Ball. The stakes are high and both teams have something to play for. The P-Ball want to make a name for themselves and what better way than to do it versus a legendary hockey team. As for Red Lite, like all champions, they want nothing more than to remain on top and remind everyone that they are the best team in ball hockey.
Monday April 16 (Semi finals)
F.Russo, Punishers close off semi finals with back to back shutouts
The Punishers started things off just the way they wanted on Monday night. The contest was only a minute old when C.Gingras opened the scoring. By controlling much of the action, the Punishers would eventually pull away-from the Mighty Drunks, who struggled to get anything by F.Russo. Three of their four goals came in the second period with Gingras sealing the win for his second of the contest. The Mighty Drunks had a few moments to reorganize and figure out what to do in order to try and extended the series. Unfortunately, almost the exact same thing occurred in the second encounter. C.Gingras was able to score first, and the Punishers wasted barley any time adding three more before the period ended to put a stamp on this series. J.Chiropoulos chipped in with a power play goal as part of a three point performance, and for a second straight game, F.Russo didn't need to look behind him to collect two consecutive shutouts.
(4)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks(0) Game 1
(0)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (4) Game 2
Hustlers pour it on early, Corporation couldn't recover
Only 2:30 minutes went by, and the Corporation knew they were in for a long night. A.Stamiris riffled two laser's right before D.Bertrand made the score 3-0.The Corporation did have a quick response after that but the hill was too high to climb versus a team like the Hustlers. Those early goals were able to stand up as part of a 5-2 result. Now that the pressure was on the Corporation to answer back, not much changed in the second encounter. The Hustlers continued-from where they left off eventually building a 3-0 lead. There was no doubt that they were ready to reach the finals. They were more decisive with the ball and used all their players accordingly to out play the Corporation. M.Dagenais, even though he had plenty of help in front of him, still had to make some key saves in order to keep the games out of reach.
(5)Hustlers vs The Corporation (2)
(1)The Corporation vs Hustlers(3)
Rebels progress to take series after dropping opener
When a team is unable to keep pace as the night goes on, the fate of an outcome can easily be predicted. But it's not to say that the Degenerates couldn't prevail in this series. They did win the opening game 2-0 which at worse case would have given them a chance in a game three mini game to pull through. However, with the Rebels starting to take control by winning almost every loose ball, the inevitable was in the making. They overcame a 1-0 deficit in game three with a rapid and deflating response of three goals in only 90 seconds. In that quick instance, the Degenerates saw their season flash before their eyes. H.Ethier could be considered as the master mind for the Rebels as the slick player participated in all four goals of the mini game. Both sides were lucky to have their net minders keep them in all three games. P.Boucher was a great help for the Rebels making timely saves while P.Assadi was equally impressive giving the Degenerates every chance possible for a better outcome.
(2)Degenerates vs Rebels(0) Game 1
(3)Rebels vs Degenerates (2) Game 2
(1)Degenerates vs Rebels(4) Game 3
Depth scoring sends Underdogs through to finals
One key aspect of all successful teams is the ability to use all their players and get contributions-from up and down the line up. The Underdogs have achieved this all season long and tonight wasn't any different. After collecting back to back wins, they managed to score a total of ten goals that saw nearly every player collect at least a point. One player did stand out a little more in the second contest. M-A Haber opened the scoring while posting back to back tallies for his hat trick. As good as the Underdogs are for finishing in first place, the 1 Timer couldn't be too pleased with their overall performance. They allowed too many chances in both games despite being slightly better in the first periods.
(4)Underdogs vs 1 Timer(2) Game 1
(4)1 timer vs Underdogs (6) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hugo Ethier of the Rebels. After battling back-form a 1-0 series deficit, H.Ethier took matters into his own hands by scoring three times while adding a pair of assists.
With the semi finals coming to a close, four teams have one more step before reaching the finish line. The Punishers and the Hustlers have an abundance of talent on their rosters and no one could know for sure who will win in the end. Look for disciple to be a key factor as power play opportunities in 4v4 hockey is almost a guaranteed goal. The other semi final match up in division 2 will feature the Underdogs and the Rebels. Both these teams play a determined man on man game and have deep rosters. With mistakes being a big part of hockey, the team that limits their errors should take it home.
Sunday April 15(Semif finals)
(6)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(4) Game 1
Fatal Demons powerless on defending power play goals
Every time the Fatal Demons would visit the penalty box, they would pay the price. The penalty kill didn't work and the Brew Crew took advantage using the shooting lanes that they produced resulting in four power play goals. D.Colatosti struck twice with the man advantage with both goals coming in the second period. Then shortly after, S.Lodico scored in the same circumstances to give the Brew Crew more than enough of a cushion heading into the third period. Despite their slow start while getting themselves into trouble throughout most of the match, the Fatal Demons took something positive before the game ended, and was to string three straight goals together. Even though they knew it was too late, that push could only help pay dividends in a pivotal game two to come.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(4) Game 2
Fatal Demons adjust to even series
By addressing a couple of key issues, the Fatal Demons got it right in game number two. First off, they limited their trips to the penalty box while grabbing the better start rather than playing-from behind. The Brew Crew had to figure out how to dig themselves out of a 3-1 hole after only one period. They eventually made things interesting by the third when S.Lodico pulled his club within one. But the Fatal Demons weren't rattled, and restored their two goal cushion thanks to D.Ugaldez's goal. The Brew Crew, like a cockroach refusing to die, had S.Fabrici narrow the gap once again only to see the very same Ugaldez cap it off in an empty cage.
(1)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(0) Game 3
D.Colatosti coming through in clutch for Brew Crew
The Brew Crew were able to regain their composure after suffering a tough defeat. With only fifteen minutes to decide a winner, it was only fitting that D.Colatosti would be the one to deliver. The hardnosed forward loves the big games and showed it by bagging the lone goal. He did place himself at the right place for a loose ball that had a slight confusion between the Fatal Demons defense. Both sides knew how incredibly important the first goal would be. And with the Brew Crew striking first, it was almost as if they won it with a sudden death winner considering how well they defend. C.Muccino had to kill off only four minutes and change in order to preserve the shutout and a pass to the finals.
(2)Shockers vs Lynx(6) Game 1
Lynx unload by the second period
Right- from the get go, the Lynx struck first but ended losing the frame 2-1.However, once the second period hit, this contest belonged only to the Lynx. J.Lang and Y.Vanasse each scored power play goals and the Lynx added three more tallies in the last fifteen minutes of play to send a strong signal that they are still the team to beat. Vanasse and his captain Lang weren't done yet as both players added tallies by the third right before M.Barone capped it off late in the match. After suffering two bad periods while spending way too much time in the penalty box, the Shockers would have an hour to address their problems in hopes of rebounding for game two.
(4)Lynx vs Shockers (9) Game 2
Heavy response by Shockers forces do or die match up
Clearly the Shockers had no choice to put their best hockey together. After taking a valuable lesson only an hour ago, the adjustments showed in this encounter. This time, they preserved their lead and limited their trips to the penalty box showing a lot more disciple which is usually required at this stage of the season. The key moment of the game occurred when the Lynx were given a power play opportunity to narrow the gap by one. Instead of making a game of it, the Lynx gave up the goal on a brilliant effort -from T.Salberg. That tally put the Shockers up 4-1 who never looked back to force a game three mini game. Another key element to the win came-from no other than their co- captain. M.Blackman was simply too good as he's been many times before. The talented forward was involved in seven of the nine goals that included a hat trick.
(3)Shockers vs Lynx(2) S.O Game 3
Down to the wire, E Sunday division will have new champions
It's what came to be expected-from the two teams. Both sides are so evenly matched that only a prolonged shootout would make sense on who would pass and who would be watching-from the sidelines. The Shockers appeared to close off the deal in regulation time when no other than M.Blackman would strike first leaving only four minutes on the clock. Instead, a quick response by J.Mason leveled the playing field once more where both sides eventually duked it out in a shootout. At this point, the pressure was felt everywhere with so much on the line. D.Sauve of the Lynx created a loud cheer by getting the better of D.Smith. Then, after his team missed twice, the re occurring phenom came to the rescue. M.Blackman salvaged the Shockers season by beating S.Catalano to extend the tension for the two teams. It took only one more attempt after that to close off what was an incredible series. C.Debonis was the one to score immediately, and D.Smith ended the chapter by getting D.Sauve back with a crucial save.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matt Blackman of the Shockers. What more can any teammate ask-from one of their leaders. After collecting seven points in game two, the clutch forward scored his clubs lone goal in game three while prolonging the shootout on a must breakaway marker.
The stage is now set between two familiar opponents. The Brew Crew and the Shockers know each other way to well. With that said, they will need to take advantage of each other's weaknesses. The Brew Crew are an older and more experienced team that will use the necessary antics to frustrate their opponents. If the Shockers stick to playing hockey, their chances of winning are good, if not, look for the Brew Crew to prevail.
Friday April 13(Semi finals)
(0)Devil Dawgz vs National(4) Game 2
National pound Devil Dawgz, punch ticket to final
Off to the finals for National. With goals coming in every frame, National was able to knock out the Devil Dawgz and further their quest for bigger and better things to come. O.Meilleur opened the scoring late in the first period, and F.Laurin wasted no time striking early in the second to double the lead. Despite the amount of time left over, the Devil Dawgz started to feel the pressure by then. It was just one of those nights that nothing went right. Surely it didn't help with F.Lamarche holding the fort. The net minder made every save possible to avoid any sort of confidence-from his opponents. Then, just to re assure his teammates, the captain put the final nail in the series. M.Pinheiro set up his clubs second goal before bagging two of his own.
(5)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(3) Game 2
Chiefs extend series after third period push
The Chiefs just felt that they couldn't let this one slip away. By pushing the pace as much as they could, they managed to score when it counted and force a third and deciding game. The winner came fairly late with S.Koulieris snapping a 3-3 tie. Already with a goal, F.Benhamadi tapped his second in a yawning cage. Both sides had plenty of promising looks but the goaltending was difficult to beat in this match. S.Pare stood tall in net just like his counterpart G.Follano of the Bramabulls. Since the Bramabulls couldn't close out the series, they were now forced to play their best period of the season in order to pass.
(3)Bramabulls vs Chiefs (1) S.O Game 3
Chiefs devastated in heart breaking loss
With just about 14 seconds remaining in the mini game, it looked like the Chiefs would pull through. Then the Bramabulls broke their hearts. They tied it by picking up a loose ball on the side of the net on a swipe-from P.Rivera. It was just an absolute stunning turn of events. Still, this series had to go the extra step after both sides failed to capitalise in overtime. The Bramabulls took game one in the same circumstances with D.Lonardi and J.Morina each scoring while G.Follano denied both attempts-from the Chiefs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerry Follano of the Bramabulls. If not for his sequence of key saves, and for denying both shootout attempts, his club would be making different plans next Friday night.
Maybe it was only fitting that the top two teams met after all in the finals. Some may argue that the Bramabulls have National's number after defeating them twice in the regular season. But with playoffs being a whole different dynamics, only the Vegas odds makers would have an idea on who will prevail. Both sides have their strengths but National may have the slight edge due to their overall speed. A.DiPerna will need to play it smart and make correct decisions if he plans on popping champagne bottles.
Thursday April 12(E1 & E2 semi finals)
(1)Legends vs Raging Rhinos(3) E1 Game 2
Raging Rhinos level series in another close call
The Raging Rhinos rebounded with a pivotal third period to even the series with the Legends. Both sides traded goals in the first, and for a very long stretch, no one had solved the net minders until a perfect pass-from S.Labrecque was able to find A.Papazian for the go ahead marker. By that point, there was almost no chance that the Raging Rhinos would allow the Legends to bounce back. They played a near perfect match like they normally do, and made sure to cap it off forcing a third and deciding game.
(0)Raging Rhinos vs Legends(1) E1 Game 3
P.Santullo picks up the garbage late to send his club through
Throughout his entire ball hockey career, P.Santullo keeps preaching the same thing over and over, and that's to go to the front of the net. And while most of the time nobody listens, the hardnosed forward took it upon himself to set the example. The contest was less than a minute shy-from reaching overtime when Santullo picked up the garbage in front of the net to tap the lone goal of the mini game. It wasn't a complicated play just like the entire series. Both sides knew that any shot on net at any given moment could translate into a goal. Tonight, the Legends got their break and will now be moving on to the final after a hard fought battle with a difficult opponent.
(4)Carnage vs Scorpions (8) E2 Game 2
Short bench comes to haunt Carnage
It's what came to be expected-from a depleted line up. After surrendering two late first period goals, Carnage knew their uphill battle would take a miracle. Unfortunately, the bleeding didn't stop there with the Scorpions adding two more markers before Carnage finally cracked the barrier. J.Bourlakos and S.Scott did all of the scoring bagging two goals each in the loss. But the story of the match belonged to A.Singh. The crafty forward stirred up most of the action riffling two goals while setting up four teammates. If the Scorpions are aiming for what they should be, A.Singh will need to continue his magic in order to have a chance.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5) E1 Game 2
J.Palmitano continues-from where he left off a week ago
One week after J.Palmitano used two shootout goals to get the better of the SBS Trashers, the very same player prolonged the nightmare. Palmitano assisted on his clubs first goal and then eventually added three tallies to avoid a third and deciding game .For the SBS Trashers, it would have been difficult to formulate a specific game plan on one particular player, especially how loaded the Bramabulls are up front. But in tonight's case, maybe they could have paid a little more attention on how to play him. Its two games in a row that the Bramabulls had to fight till the very end in order to get the results. The SBS Trashers came extremely close in game one and weren't that far off in this contest to pull off the upset. P.Nadeau missed the previous encounter and could have been the difference maker as the power forward struck twice to collect three points in the loss.
(6)JLR Brossard vs Werewolves(7) E2 Game 2
A game of no logic, Werewolves glad they prevailed
Back and forth, north and south, the sides swapped chances like Secret Santa gifts. This was a goaltenders nightmare the way things started. The Werewolves made the score 4-0 only ten minutes into the contest. On most occasions, that kind of lead is usually more than enough but not in this case. The JLR Brossard took notes-from the Werewolves play book and returned the favour striking five straight times. Now, if momentum would suggest where this game was headed, the JLR Brossard would be celebrating a two game sweep and a ticket to the final. Instead, the pendulum swung again and the Werewolves had the final say applying desperate pressure that would even the series. They do have D.Traversy to thank as the forward buzzed all game long resulting in four goals. Knowing that they would have a tough challenge ahead of them, the Werewolves played a hard fought match to give themselves a chance in game three.
(1)Werewolves vs JLR Brossard(4) E2 Game 3
J.Pantelis works his magic sending the JLR Brossard to E2 finals
In order to get things done, your best players needed to be your best players in crucial games. This was a great example of one guy making a huge difference. J.Pantelis not only snapped a 1-1 tie, but was able to add two more markers to put a final dagger in the series. However, certain events needed to happen in order for the JLR Brossard to dispose their opponent. First off, they needed an equaliser-from M.Croteau, and a power play opportunity shortly after that broke the tie. Once they took that lead, the Werewolves were stuck chasing a quicker side unable to get enough time with the ball. It wasn't the ideal way to go down, but the Werewolves are glad with their overall performance knowing that they almost got their without key components.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Santullo of the Legends. Being at the right place at the right time ultimately made the difference in the end.The Legends will be heading to the E1 finals thanks to his late tally that came in front of the net.
Now that all four semi final games are wrapped up, the main course will take place between two remaining teams-from their respective divisions. The E1 finals will feature the Bramabulls and the Legends. That series will come down to how the Legends approach it. They will need all aspects of their game to function properly, stemming-from their goaltending while making it a priority to play well without the ball. As for the E2 finals, the Scorpions will need to apply a similar game plan. The JLR Brossard have a slight offensive up side which will force the Scorpions to also play well without the ball.
Wednesday April 11(F2 & F3 semi finals)
(3)United Armenians vs Fat Cats(1) F2 Game 1
Special teams make the difference in win over Fat Cats
The United Armenians special teams flexed their muscles Wednesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Fat Cats. The power play went two for three in the game, while the penalty kill unit also chipped in with a goal. However, it was the Fat Cats striking first on a tally by L.Folini. The game only started to shift towards the end of the second period when Y.Derohannessian used a huge shorthanded goal to put his club in front. Then, with only a period remaining, the United Armenians felt they were that much closer to grabbing a 1-0 series lead when C. Fragkiudakis notched his clubs second power play goal. The United Armenians used every element necessary to take a playoff game. They got their timely goals, they played a committed defensive game while getting the expected goaltending by G.Follano, who allowed only one goal on 21 shots.
(3)Armadillos vs Venom(4) F2 Game 1
Two late goals drop Armadillos in series opener
The Armadillos ceded two late goals in the final two minutes and dropped a 4-3 decision to Venom. Y.Gazura provided Venom's first the lead of the night with only 26 remaining on the clock. Prior to his goal, J.Quesnel evened the score for his second of the contest after receiving a pass-from C.Moutafis, who also had a major impact collecting three helpers. It came as an uncharacteristic loss for the Armadillos. They played well enough to earn the win only to see it vanish in a blink of an eye. As good as this result is for Venom, game two will be that much harder if they plan on sweeping a team that won't repeat the same kind of mistake.
(4)Hellfish vs United Arms(2) F3 Game 1
Balanced scoring lead Hellfish to double up win over United Arms
After striking early with a pair of goals in less than two minutes, the Hellfish never looked back in their 4-2 win over the United Arms. However, the United Arms did not go down without a fight. Twice they pulled within one which only forced the Hellfish to stay on top of their game. The only time they got some breathing room occurred early in the third period. D.Ugaldez used a big power play goal that provided a 4-2 lead, and B.Verducci felt confident that he would not let his club down earning the win in net.
(6)Kentucky Blue vs Les Raymonds(2) F3 Game 1
Kentucky Blue offense leads to dominant 6-2 result
For long stretches, the Kentucky Blue had their way versus Les Raymonds. They won every frame and had their better moments in latter half of the second period where they bagged three goals. Even though they knew the win was in the making, the Kentucky Blue cemented their victory with two quick goals by the third. S.Montinaro was the only player to score twice, and P.DelliColli had everyone's number except for A.Hussain, who netted both goals for Les Raymonds.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Julien Vinet-Quesnel of Venom. In the span of only a few seconds, the crafty forward was a big part of turning a late deficit into a vital victory over the Armadillos.
Monday April 9
J.Chartier, P.Boucher delivers when it counts
The Jokers, despite bouncing back to even the series just fell short in their most important game of the season. Both sides put themselves in a glorious position to advance to the next round. With twelve minutes only to decide things, the Rebels would catch the Jokers off guard thanks to an early tally-from J.Chartier. From there, the Jokers would press while the Rebels were holding on to dear life. The frustration level kept accumulating for the Jokers with the Rebels playing it tight coupled with P.Boucher denying every shot his way. The night started good for the Rebels taking a 5-3 result in the opening game up until the Jokers took over by the second to even the score courtesy of a pair of goals by A.Dayan and G.Botis. In the end, the Rebels did what they needed to do and got it done with an overall team effort not needing to rely on any particular player.
(5)Rebels vs Jokers(3) Game 1
(4)Jokers vs Rebels(2) Game 2
(1)Rebels vs Jokers(0) Game 3
1 Timer overcome hic up to advance
It wasn't the way they hoped things went, but the 1 Timer were able to overcome an opening game scare. They led 2-0 on goals by M.Carpentier and T.Daigneault and had only 51 seconds to kill off in order to grab a 1-0 series lead. Instead, they just complicated matters by allowing two very late goals setting the stage for a shootout. Luckily enough for them, F.Koch handled the situation just fine as he's done many times before. The net minder knew how important and crucial he would be in order to restore confidence back to his club, especially after collapsing late in the game. And because of that, he stood tall in front of the Walking Tall stopping all three shooters while getting the help of M.Carpentier, who was the only player to find the back of the net. That win made sure that the 1 Timer weren't going to take things for granted in game two. After trading a first period goal, the men in orange upped the ante by the second striking four consecutive times. T.Daigneault and K.Gagne each scored twice with Gagne collecting two helpers while J.Guye-Perrault was behind making four goals happen with perfect feeds. Once again, F.Koch made the difference limiting the Walking Tall to only one goal on 14 shots.
(2)Walking Tall vs 1 Timer(3) S.O Game 1
(5)1 Timer vs Walking Tall(1) Game 2
These results conclude the opening round in division 2 of the 4vs4 Monday division. With both winners advancing, the semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Underdogs vs 1 Timer(4) At this point, the standings won't matter for the 1 Timer. They finished their regular season fairly strong while eliminating a good opponent. The Underdogs will need to play to full capacity in order to cool off the steam of their opponent.
(2)Degenerates vs Rebels(3) Last time these teams met, the Rebels gave the Degenerates a real hockey lesson. One of the key components in order for the Degenerates to go through will be their intensity level. Sometimes they show up to play while on other occasions they appear to me spectators on the court.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Carpentier of the 1 Timer. By scoring twice while adding the lone shootout marker, the 1 Timer forward was a big reason why his club will be playing next week.
Sunday April 8(Round 1, playoffs)
(7)Fatal Demons vs Sportek(3)
Fatal Demons stamp out Sportek, advance to semi finals
At last call Sunday, the Fatal Demons ordered up another round. The Fatal Demons are moving on to the semi finals after what they expected to do to Sportek in a 7-3 convincing win. There wasn't much of a battle considering the circumstances. Sportek had only two spares, and unless they played lights out hockey, this contest had the writing on the wall. B.Deslauriers was the only player to score twice out of the seven goals. Despite the loss, it came to no one's surprise that M.Dubicki was going to get his name involved as the skilled forward struck twice while setting up a goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of the Fatal Demons. A sniper will usually find the back of the net when his team scores seven, and Deslauriers did it twice as the only multi goal scorer of the night.
This result sends the Fatal Demons off to the semi finals where they'll have their hands full with the Brew Crew. The other match up features two teams with similar characteristics. The Shockers will take on the defending champions Lynx in what will be expected to be a high octane series.
Friday April 6 (Semi finals)
(6)National vs Devil Dawgz(2) Game 1
Devil Dawgz can't match up National's determination
The more time passed, the more National got stronger in their convincing 6-2 win over the Devil Dawgz. They just looked deeper and more dangerous by utilising their speed .The Devi Dawgz knew they were in a whole lot of trouble when S.Laplante beat the clock by only five seconds to provide his club a 3-1 lead. That goal sparked three more to come in the third period with Y.Lamarche bagging a pair. Unless the Devil Dawgz formulate a game plan to slow National down, this series win end in two.
(5)Bramabulls vs Chiefs(3) shootout, Game 1
Chiefs storm back in third, but fall in shootout
After protecting a two goal lead in the third period, a slight breakdown by the Bramabulls led to a pair of unanswered goals. The Chiefs battled hard and got rewarded thanks to a tap in goal by S.Koulieris and a blistering slap shot-from E.Colella. But regardless the comeback, the job wasn't done yet. Both sides had to endure the anxiety of relying on their goaltenders and skilled players to take the breakaways. In tonight's case, the Bramabulls out duelled the Chiefs. J.Morina came in with hard wrist shot beating S.Pare blocker side while D.Lonardi used a sneaky fake move to close out the deal. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they just couldn't figure out G.Follano, and will now need to wait a whole week in hopes of settling the score.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerry Follano of the Bramabulls. The net minder never once flinched denying two shootout attempts while making key saves during the match.
Thursday April 5(Semi finals)
(6)Scorpion's vs Carnage (3) E2 Game 1
Three third period goals sink Carnage
The Scorpions explosive third period lifted them to a 6-3 win to grab a strangle hold on the series. Despite taking multiple trips to the penalty box, the Scorpions limited their damage by giving up two goals on the power play. A.Clark snapped a 3-3 third period tie to kick-start a three goal surge. Out of their six markers, the captain led the way with B.Douek bagging a pair. Carnage know that they can maintain pace with their opponent after keeping it close for the entire game. Players such as P.Stroubakis, who participated in all three goals along with J.Mason will always be a threat up front no matter who they play.
(4)Raging Rhinos vs Legends (6) shootout, E1 Game 1
Legends rally in third period to top Rhinos
There wasn't much of a difference the way both teams played. Since the checking was so tight, neither side had enough in close chances. Instead, they waited for a moment where they unleashed shots-from almost anywhere in hopes of it going in. The goaltenders were often screened giving them no chance to see the ball. The Raging Rhinos appeared to have control up 4-2 in the third period. But after conceding an early goal, D.Guarnieri used a deceiving wrist shot minutes later to even the score. That tally left only five minutes in the contest which eventually got decided in a shootout. It was there that S.Morante shined in net along with L.Dulcetta and S.Koulieris, who both scored to decide the outcome.
(2)Werewolves vs JLR Brossard(6) E2 Game 1
Werewolves pay price for coming out flat
There were a lot of ineffective to pretty bad sequences on the behalf of the Werewolves. With the stakes so high, they struggled to get the ball for long stretches which saw them chasing a hungrier side. The JLR Brossard are very mobile in the back and used it to their advantage creating plenty of chances up front. M.Croteau and Y.Gazura carried the load with two goals each while P.Assadi was more than content with his play between the pipes allowing only two goals on 25 shots. Another area the Werewolves struggled in was on their penalty kill. On only two occasions shorthanded, the JLR Brossard made them play twice with power play goals by P.Paikopoulos and M.Croteau.
(6)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(5) shootout,E1 Game 1
G.Pisanelli's late tally sets up the stage for J.Palmitano
Fourteen seconds was all that was left to kill for the SBS Trashers. Instead, G.Pisanelli banked the equaliser and the Bramabulls rose-from the dead to take it in a shootout. It wasn't up until the fifth round that J.Palmitano and the Bramabulls would swipe the rug from under the Trashers feet. As swift and focused R.Pampena was for the five breakaways, the net minder couldn't stop Palmitano on two occasions. The dynamic forward used identical wrist shots in the exact same spot to get the better of Pampena. Even though it's only game one, the SBS Trashers will need to deal with the sorrow of letting this one slip away, especially against a heavy favourite.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Bramabulls. The forward pulled off an incredible feat bagging two key goals in the shootout.
Wednesday April 4 (Round 1 playoffs)
(4)Venom vs Fat Roy(2) F2 division
Power play goals doom Fat Roy
Special teams doomed Fat Roy on Wednesday night. Three out of the four Venom goals all came with the man advantage. Things had looked good for Fat Roy early on carrying a 2-1 lead after fifteen minutes of play. However, everything came apart by the second. J.Courteau's power play goal 3:45 minutes in tied the game at two and J.Quesnel followed suit eight minutes later to give Venom a 3-2 lead. Still, the time was there for an equaliser but Fat Roy saw their offense hit a wall unable to score for two straight periods. R.Ranieri shook off the first period by rebounding with two flawless frames to earn a big win in net for Venom.
(5)United Arms vs Winterhawks(3) F3 division
Special team's rips Winterhawks apart
The Winterhawks wished they could have played the game five versus five. Because whether or not they were on the power play or on the penalty kill, nothing worked for their special teams. The United Arms by contrast had the opposite effect. Not only did they strike twice with the man advantage, they managed to do the same in a shorthanded situation with two deflating goals. Remarkably, H.Jerjian was able to string back to back tallies in the disadvantage in only a five minute span to put his club in the driver's seat. That sequence put the United Arms up 4-2 heading into the third period where they never looked back. H.Jerjian capped off a brilliant performance with his third of the night. Even though it came in a losing cause, S.Laramee was considered one of the best players on the court by bagging all three goals for the Winterhawks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hovig Jerjian of the United Arms. Unable to be contained, the forward was lethal sparking two shorts handed goals while adding one more for his hat trick.
With round one out of the way, the four teams of the F2 & F3 division will be in action for a best of three semi final round. The breakdown is as follows:
(1)Armadillos vs Venom(4) Venom have just one win in their last five games while the Armadillos have yet to drop one in the same amount of time. If momentum and good habits mean anything, look for the Armadillos to prevail in this series.
(2)United Armenians vs Fat Cats(3) One things for is that the United Armenians will play your typical playoff type game. They will roll three solid lines and will be relentless when playing without the ball. It will be up to the Fat Cats to measure up if they plan on moving forward.
(1)Hellfish vs United Arms(4) So far the only downfall for the Hellfish was dropping their last regular season game. If they bounce back-from that hic up, the United Arms will need everyone to pull their weight while hoping for H.Jerjian to keep riding a hot hand.
(2)Kentucky Blue vs Les Raymonds(3) With three out of the top four scoring leaders belonging to the Kentucky Blue, Les Raymonds will need to apply a shutdown game plan in order to have a chance.
Monday April 2
Degenerates didn't have what it takes against Rebels
The only good thing the Degenerates did all night was to escape with a 2-2 tie in the first encounter. Apart-from that, the Rebels showed that they were clearly the better team by the second game. After being down 1-0 early on, the Rebels out played and out ran their opponent celebrating with five unanswered markers. E.Leveille didn't score but helped set up three teammates. H.Ethier struck twice and P.Boucher was definitely on his game allowing only two goals all night. The Rebels have shown throughout the season their ability to find the back of the net, and with that, look for them to make some noise in the playoffs.
(2)Degenerates vs Rebels (2) S.O
(5)Rebels vs Degenerates (1)
1 Timer tries to measure up versus Hustlers
Even though by contrast the 1 Timer isn't of the Hustlers caliber, why not take up the challenge before the playoffs start. It's not like they will meet with both sides in different divisions. The 1 Timer knew they had to play a near perfect game or games in hopes of gathering any positive results. Unfortunately they just couldn't measure up against a side that has tons of experience and loads of talent. In both games, the Hustlers went about their business ending off the night strong with two clear victories. They did most of their damage by the second periods where they buried eight of eleven goals. E.Girouard and T.Bozinakis shared three tallies each while D.Bertrand changed his role a bit setting up four goals. The 1 Timer got their scoring done by Y.Bernier and T.Daigneault as the only two players to figure out M.Dagenais.
(1)1 Timer vs Hustlers(5)
(6)Hustlers vs 1 Timer(1)
The Corporation gelling at the right time
The Corporation brought some good habits in their regular season finale on Monday night. Playing a team like the Mighty Drunks isn't easy so a full out determined effort was required in order to get the job done. Both games were extremely close but the Corporation found that extra stride they needed in order to prevail. J.Pantelis collected four goals posting two in each game while G.DeMarinis struck twice in the second encounter to close out a 4-2 victory. The Mighty Drunks had stretches of ball possession and were forced to create their own space because of the coverage. Eventually, P.Arkalis and M.Arkalis would break the barriers as both players shared four points. It didn't help either that L.Dias was sharp as a knife making every basic safe required that led to a pair of victories.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs The Corporation (3)
(4)The Corporation vs Mighty Drunks(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the Corporation. In two close games with the Mighty Drunks, J.Pantelis had a major influence on the results. The crafty forward produced five points on seven goals that included four markers.
Ten out of eleven teams will be heading towards the next step which everyone knows as the post season. Division 1 consists of four teams that will be placed in a semi final round. As for Division 2, the top six teams will advance with the Underdogs and the Degenerates getting an automatic semi final spot. That will leave four teams battling it out in the first round. The breakdown is as follows:
Division 1 Semi finals
(1)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks(4) Defending champs Punishers will look to pass this round. However, the Mighty Drunks can pull it off with the players they have. If they apply certain focuses and use their speed, than this series can go either way.
(2)Hustlers vs The Corporation (3) Just like the Punishers, the Hustlers are also favorites in this one. One thing's for sure, is that the Corporation will make them work for every inch and every second throughout the entire series.
Division 2 Round 1
(1)Underdog's first round bye
(2)Degenerates first round bye
(3)Rebels vs Jokers(6) The Rebels can sometimes be a goal scoring machine. With that said, the Jokers need to play it tight to have a chance or their season will end early.
(4)1 Timer vs Walking Tall(5)Statistically speaking, both teams are equally matched. This series will come down to who wants it more with an edge of luck. Both their strengths are placed between the pipes which come out to a wash.