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.
Monday April 2(Semi finals)
(8)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(1) Game 3
P-Ball complete sweep of Team Haiti
The P-Ball didn't want to leave the door open for any sort of comeback so they slammed it shut with a convincing 8-1 win to end the series. The game broke out by the second period with P-Ball running up the scoreboard striking five times. J.Gagne got the ball rolling, and who better-from the captain as he sparked an early second period power play marker. P.Genereux opened the scoring and added his second to share multi goal games with S.Vanier and G.Saulnier. By the time H.Merone put Team Haiti on board, they knew they were done. P-O Girouard had a fairly easy night stopping just over 20 shots. With the win, the P-Ball will be watching-from the sidelines to see who they will face in the final between Red Lite and the Black Knights.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Genereux of the -Ball. All of his four points came on his team's first four goals.
Tuesday March 27
(6)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(3)
Survival mode kicks in late for Stones
If not for some late heroics, the Stones would be watching-from the sidelines in the post season. But even though they did the improbable battling back-from a 3-0 lead while scoring four in the last six minutes of play, their season still remains on life support. For now, they'll live another day and will look to start off strong against the Chiefs if they can get some help-from the Bramabulls prior to their game. This win came with a full out effort that involved six unanswered goals. D.Ramada, S.Pilon, M.Salerno and J.Pizzuco all scored late in mounting a remarkable comeback.
Friday March 30
(1)Chiefs vs National(7)
National sweeps season series with Chiefs
About the only good news for the Chiefs on Friday night is that they don't play National again, unless it's in the playoffs. Three times both teams squared off and three times National made minced meat of out of their opponent. With that said, the Chiefs didn't help themselves either with only two spares. They actually played well for half the game being down only 2-1.Then, once the third period hit, this contest was nowhere close with National posting four straight goals. S.Huard and E.Ferlatte each scored twice and F.Lamarche had plenty of help in front of him allowing only one goal on 17 shots.
(3)Bramabulls vs Devil Dawgz(5)
Devil Dawgz seize opportunity to clinch playoff spot
After eying a depleted bench, the Devil Dawgz salivated with hope in their must win battle with the Bramabulls. However, it didn't come easy for the desperate side. The Devil Dawgz needed a huge third period in order to resolve their situation. Two of their big goals came on the power play. A.Jalilvand put his club in front for the first time by the very late stages of the second period. Once they went ahead, there was no way that they would allow any sort of comeback, especially with the Bramabulls gasping for air. P.Paikopoulos added an insurance marker right before B.Deslauriers put the final nail in an empty cage.
(6)Chiefs vs Stones(1)
Stones playoff hopes crashed with Devil Dawgz win
As they waited with anticipation and plenty of anxiety-from the stands, the Stones saw their season come to an end on Friday night. They needed absolutely for the Devil Dawgz to lose points while grabbing a win versus the Chiefs. Unfortunately, they didn't get the help they needed and were stuck playing some pond hockey instead. Both sides kept the intensity so low that would have most viewers shut their TV's if this was televised. The only good thing the Stones did was score late in the game to spoil S.Pare's shutout. D.Bellitto had a strong outing with two goals, as did B.Panarello famously known as the Breeze Panareeze who set up plenty of nice plays.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. The crafty sometimes forward or defenseman was sound in his club's 7-1 win over the Chiefs. He broke up plays while creating plenty of chances resulting in three helpers-from the back end.
Friday night saw the regular season come to a close. With four teams advancing to the semi finals, the match ups are as follows:
(1)National vs Devil Dawgz(4) The Devil Dawgz will need all their players present while relying heavily on S.Sauk to shine in net. One thing's for sure is that National will get loads of chances because of their ball possession which will force the Devil Dawgz to pay attention without the ball.
(2)Bramabulls vs Chiefs(3) Two hardnosed teams that are structured will suggest for a good series. They both have the goaltending, defence and game breakers up front. Applying the bare basics may make the difference between winning and losing.
Thursday March 29
(10)Werewolves' vs Mighty Drunks (1)
Werewolves shred Mighty Drunks
The fact of having two change ups had zero effect on the Werewolves. K.Miraldo and V.Miraldo never missed a minute as both towers played the entire game making life very difficult for the Might Drunks forwards. While the defence and goaltending by L.Giannes wasn't an issue, neither was the attack as all seven players got their names involved. Surprisingly, it was K.Miraldo leading all teammates as the solid d-man struck three times for a hat trick. The only bright spot for the Mighty Drunks came when J.Morin spoiled G.Giannes's shutout.
(6)Bramabulls vs Scorpions (1)
Bramabulls continue to roll, C.Muccino misses shutout by two minutes
The Bramabulls know that they can take comfort when it comes to scoring goals. In tonight's case, six different players found the back of the net. The chemistry continues to be there which couldn't come at a better time. Apart-from their madness up front, C.Muccino was nearly flawless allowing only one goal towards the latter part of the match. The win secures top spot for the Bramabulls in the E1 Thursday division with only one single loss in ten games. As for the Scorpions, despite dropping this contest, will also be celebrating a first place finish in the E2 division.
(7)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Mighty Drunks low in fuel of double header night
Regardless their situation in the standings, the Mighty Drunks wanted something good to show for in their second game of the night. Unfortunately, a lack of energy may have been the reason why they went empty handed. Carnage showed no mercy in their relentless pressure to make their opponent react. In by doing so, they created turnovers that resulted in some timely goals. After netting two quick second period markers, S.Amoroso and S-A Longo each added their second in a yawning cage. The Mighty Drunks did find a way to strike four times after a dry effort only an hour ago. P.Chartier, S.Archambault and Y.Dube collected three points each in the loss.
(2)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(8)
JLR Brossard finishes March strong
The JLR Brossard have been a streaky team throughout the season. Often, this has led to stretches where the team goes from looking dominant, to dropping contests to teams that this roster really has no business losing to. Their 8-2 win over the SBS Trashers shows how concerning they can be to other teams, especially when considering that they did it with only two spares versus a team-from a higher division. Half of their goals came by Y.Gazura, who went on to add a pair of assists. M.Croteau was also heavily involved with six points that included four assists. On the large part, the SBS Trashers had pretty much all their players which isn't a good sign right now going into the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Miraldo of the Werewolves. The corner stone d-man played every single minute, never once getting off that resulted in him scoring three goals while being a part of allowing only one in 45 minutes.
The E1 & E2 regular season came to an end on Thursday night. The breakdown for a best of three semi finals are as follows:
(1)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(4) Remo Pampena will need to stand on his head, and that's the least the SBS Trashers can do in order to have a chance. The Bramabulls will get their chances and opportunities and will need to only finish unless they keep hitting a wall.
(2)Raging Rhinos vs Legends (3) Both teams are stacked and very conservative. With mistakes being a huge part of the game, the team that makes the least should get the edge.
(1)Scorpions vs Carnage (4) If the Scorpions neutralise Carnage's key players, then they'll pass. Carnage will need to play a near perfect 45 minute game and rely on B.Madonis to bail them out between the pipes.
(2)Werewolves vs JLR Brossard (3) Both these teams may have incredible talent but are stuck with the same problem. Throughout the season, neither side had their full roster enough times. This series can only be gauged on how many players show up. If both teams are fully stacked, then look for a coin toss to determine the winner.
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Wednesday March 28
(1)Underdogs vs Venom(5)
Venom gets hot in second half
For nearly half the game, Venom had nothing going for them. In fact, it was the Underdogs playing with a slight 1-0 lead on a power play goal by P.Younes. Then finally, A.Jalilvand ended the spell just shy of the mid way point of the match. The game looked to be levelled headed for the third period, but J.Courteau changed all that to put his club up for the first time. That tally was a foreshadowing of what was yet to come. Venom would ignite three unanswered goals that included Courteau's second of the match along with B.Deslaurier's third point in that period alone. The Underdogs weren't playing for anything expect for pride and did a fine job for most of the night.
(3)Winterhawks vs Les Raymonds(6)
A.Henein hat trick powers Les Raymonds to strong season end
Les Raymonds didn't score first but that didn't matter. After playing to a 1-1 first period, Les Raymonds took control of the game striking four times by the second. During that span, A.Henein nodded a pair to complete his hat trick. M.Deninno did collect the most points scoring once while setting up three goals. The Winterhawks had the opportunity to secure a playoff spot with a win but couldn't get it done, and were now stuck to see what the RBK Knights would do in the later game versus the Kentucky Blue.
(5)Armadillos vs United Armenians(4)
Armadillos secure top spot in battle for first place
The last time both these teams met, the United Armenians took the battle with a wild 7-6 result. Now, weeks later, and with first place on the line, both sides figured this contest would go down to the wire as well. It's what came to be expected with two teams dominating the division. The match was ultimately decided with about three minute's remaining on the clock. J.Urquhart played the hero breaking a dreaded 4-4 tie after receiving a pass-from G.Bouchard, who continues to shine adding four more helpers to his total .Looking back, the United Armenians may have felt they let this one slip away. Good teams usually protect a two goal third period lead but not in tonight's case as the United Armenians will have to deal with the hic up.
(4)Kentucky Blue vs RBK Knights(3)
Optimistic late rally ends in sinking feeling for Knights
It didn't even matter if the RBK Knights won the game or not. As long as they were able to push it to a shootout, then it would have been just fine for a playoff spot. Instead, they saw the life taken away-from them when T.Oliveira buried his third for the sudden death winner. That one single point was all the RBK Knights needed, and they nearly got it after a remarkable third period comeback. Unfortunately, they couldn't contain the hot hand of Oliveira, who finished his season with a solid 16 goals for second place in that category.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyson Oliveira of the Kentucky Blue. Again, the sniper was significant for the win. Oliveira scored three out of his clubs four goals that included a back breaking overtime winner versus the RBK Knights.
The F2 & F3 regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. Both divisions will have the top five seeds advance with the fourth spot playing the fifth spot while the top three get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The breakdown is as follows:
(4)Venom vs Fat Roy(5) With their limited goal scoring production, Fat Roy will need to combine getting enough offense while making the game very unpleasant for Venom's high powered attack.
(4)United Arms vs Winterhawks(5) Goal scoring should be a wash for both teams. However, the United Arms have shown that they can defend better. Unless the Winterhawks tighten their back end, the edge will go to the United Arms.
Monday March 26
Underdogs finish season strong with identical scores over Walking Tall
Captain Joseph Constantin emphasizes a defense-first system, and it's proven to be a winning formula as they just took two versus the Walking Tall for a first place finish. By grabbing sufficient leads in both their games, the Walking Tall were forced finding ways to bounce back. The only time they led was early on in the second contest, but that barely lasted with a response of three quick goals by the Underdogs. Another reason for their success comes with the ability of all their players pinching in one way or another. No one scored twice in the same contest, but M.Boutros, A.Zarzour, D.Masour and M-A Haber did collect two goals each by the end of the night. The Underdogs will have a chance to clinch first place on the condition that the Degenerates fail to get enough points in their remaining games.
(5)Underdogs vs Walking Tall(3)
(3)Walking Tall vs Underdogs(5)
A.Dayan, J.Chiropoulos the two headed monster powering Punishers
Two of the finest players of the division made it look easy on Monday night. Together, they form a formidable combination of skill and hockey sense that picked apart the Jokers defense and net minder. Out of their 13 goals combined in both games, A.Dayan led the charge with six tallies and two assists while Chiropoulos struck four times as part of an eight point performance. At no point were the Jokers able to keep up. S-A Longo was the only player to get his club on board making P.Stamkopoulos look behind him for a rare time. This contest concluded the regular season for both teams. The Punishers sit on top with a 16-4 record for an impressive 49 points while the Jokers are presently lingering in the middle of the pack with still some games remaining-from other teams.
(6)Punishers vs Jokers(1)
(0)Jokers vs Punishers (7)
F.Koch, wizard between the pipes for 1 Timer
The Degenerates were unable to overcome F.Koch enough times for some precious points to the standings. Koch was simply masterful, stopping 39 of 43 shots while allowing only one goal on six shootout attempts. It was just a frustrating overall night for the Degenerates forwards. Even a 2-0 lead in the second game wasn't good enough. The 1 Timer stormed back with three straight goals that eventually ended in a second consecutive shootout. After taking the opener 2-1courtesy of a perfect wrist shot-from K.Gagne, the very same d-man popped another beauty in the second shootout that was followed with S.Gravel's winner. The 1 Timer had the luxury of solid goaltending and capitalized when they needed to in order to collect a pair of hard fought wins.
(1)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(2) S.O
(5)1 Timer vs Degenerates (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night will be named after the Tuesday night results.
Tuesday March 27
The Corporation only pulls away late after back and forth action with Rebels
In a four period format consisting of two mini games, neither side ever led expect for the final period. The first game ended in a 5-5 draw before J.Pantelis and K.Araujo won it in a shootout for the Corporation, and the first period of the second game also ended in a tie. Then, things took a completely different direction. The Corporation simply overpowered the Rebels with seven goals averaging nearly one a minute. The Rebels had no choice to open up the game, and by doing so, the counter attacks of the Corporation just made matters worse as they were capitalizing on nearly every chance. J.Pantelis finished the night strong with three consecutive goals as did A.Bergomi, who riffled a pair while setting up Pantelis twice.
(7)The Corporation vs Rebels(5) S.O
(2)Rebels vs The Corporation (8)
Les Immigrant force Hustlers to work every inch
Maybe it came to expected that the Hustlers did what they did in the opening contest. All of their players moved the ball quickly and like they often do, they created plenty of quality chances that resulted in seven goals. But the same couldn't be said for the second encounter. And although the Hustlers took the match, Les Immigrant made sure that they would sweat it out till the buzzer sounded. The score was tied 3-3 in the second period until a four minute power play decided the outcome. Giving that kind of time and space to a team like the Hustlers will always spell a recipe for disaster. T.Bozinakis was the one who snapped the tie, and the Hustlers had to kill just over three minutes in order to secure the win. It came in a losing cause but S.Jankouzian was a thorn all night long scoring twice while setting up A.Daghlian.
(7)Hustlers vs Les Immigrant(1)
(3)Les Immigrant vs Huslters(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Dayan of the Punishers. Every time he would touch the ball something happened. The Punishers forward danced his way to six goals and two assists in convincing wins over the Jokers.
Monday March 26(Semi finals)
(2)Team Haiti vs P-Ball(6) Game 2
Team Haiti make P-Ball fight every inch
Nothing came easy for the P-Ball in their 6-2 win over Team Haiti. With everything being difficult, this match wasn't clear as to how it would end. Twice Team Haiti would pull within one showing no quit and a huge desire to win. Unfortunately for them and almost immediately, the P-Ball showed why they are almost invincible. B.Jutras used his second to regain a two goal cushion and M.Riel duplicated his teammates effort minutes later to sum up the match. Not counting the second half of the third period, Team Haiti battled neck in neck throughout the entire night making sure that this wasn't going to come easy for the P-Ball. If Team Haiti can stick to what they did tonight, game three will take another full out effort-from the P-Ball if they plan on ending the series early.
(2)Black Knights vs Red Lite(5) Game 2
Red Lite score 3 in third, pull away to take commanding series lead
J.Bradley and C.Lantin helped Red Lite keep up their winning ways on Monday night. Bradley had the go ahead goal in the third period and the surging Red Lite added two more to secure a 5-2 victory. C.Lantin was also very crucial for the result as the net minder was brilliant protecting his cage. Despite being down most of the match, the Black Knights stuck to their game. And in doing so, J-F DiIorio responded in a big way early in the third period to level the score 2-2. Both sides knew at that point how important the next goal would be. The tie eventually got broken thanks to J.Bradley's goal by the mid way point of the period. Again, the Black Knights found themselves behind but weren't able to answer the bell this time conceding the next two markers. With adversity hitting them directly in the eyes, the Black Knights will have their hands full if this series is to survive further.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Christian Lantin of Red Lite. Even though he has a powerhouse in front of him, the Red Lite goaltender battled throughout the entire match to keep the game in favour of his club.
Sunday March 25
(1)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(4)
Brew Crew power play connects to thump Fatal Demons 4-1
The Brew Crew scored a pair of power play goals to spark a 4-1 over the Fatal Demons on Sunday night. G.Nehme opened the scoring early on with the help of C.Palermo, who went on to add his second helper on C.Fragkiudakis's go ahead marker .With their slight 2-1 advantage after two periods, the Brew Crew went into full gear by the third period. C.Moutafis bagged back to back tallies to secure the win and a first place finish. Its two games in a row that the Fatal Demons can't seem to generate enough shots on net and scoring. S.Koulieris was the only player to get the better of C.Muccino, who gave up his only goal on the power play. This result solidifies the top four spots in the standings. The Brew Crew will most likely take on the Fatal Demons unless there is an upset involving Sportek or Team Cuba. The other semi finals will feature two young talented teams going at it between the Shockers and the defending champions Lynx.
(9) Lynx vs Team Cuba(3)
Team Cuba can't keep pace with a quicker team
In outrunning and outgunning Team Cuba 9-3 on Sunday night, the Lynx played much better than a team in desperate need of points. It was only a question of time that this contest would spiral out of control. Team Cuba, although trailed very early, kept it close for half the game. Then, with one goal leading to another, the difference of pace started to show with the Lynx out battling Team Cuba on nearly every play. Y.Vanasse set up five goals while J.Mason was their best closer posting a hat trick. Even if Team Cuba gets some help with Sportek losing in next week's game, they'll still need to find a way to defeat the Shockers if they plan on extending their season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Moutafis of the Brew Crew. In a heated battle with the Fatal Demons, C.Moutafis put all doubts to rest by riffling two unanswered goals in the third period.
Thursday March 22
(2)Werewolves vs Bramabulls(6)
M.Testolina lights up the Werewolves with hat trick
For M.Testolina and the Bramabulls, winning in this fashion has come to be expected. The spark plug is like catching a fly on the wall. If you miss, he will make you pay and tonight it showed once gain as he bagged half of his teams goals. But the scary part about it all is that the Bramabulls have many others in their arsenal of players. T.Karasek being one of them as the sniper buried a pair while adding an assist. Despite the lopsided score, the Werewolves put forth a good challenge and hung in there without many regulars to their line-up.
(5)Scorpions vs Legends(4)
Scorpions hang on in close 5-4 win over Legends
Being good for temporary stretches just didn't cut it for the Legends. The Scorpions did the right thing by keeping it simple. They would wait for a mistake and counter resulting in some golden opportunities. K.Rose used an early third period goal to put the Scorpions up 5-3 which was just enough to pocket three points to the standings. A.Singh got on board twice for the win while M.Chenier did the same for the Legends.
(5)Werewolves vs Carnage (4)
Werewolves avoid going empty handed
It didn't matter that D.Traversy played six periods of hockey in only three hours with a fairly short bench. Somehow, he had just enough energy to power two very late goals to help squeak out a hard fought win. Unable to use their deeper bench to their advantage, Carnage weren't pleased with the way things ended. P.Stroubakis did his part riffling two second period goals. This win shows that even with their backs against the wall, the Werewolves play some of their best hockey.
(5)Scorpions vs JLR Brossard(1)
Scorpions stay hot posting back to back wins
The Scorpions were definitely red hot on Thursday night. After collecting a win earlier on, they figured why not go for a second one. They got there by consuming most of their energy early on building a 3-0 first period lead. With that outburst, they were able to dictate the match the way they wanted. The pressure was now on the JLR Brossard to respond and make a game of it. Unfortunately for them, they kept running into a stubborn defence and net minder that saw their offense run dry. A.Jalilvand was the only player to figure out P.Patel, who collected his second win of the night. The Scorpions saw five different player score that included two with the man advantage. By collecting six points to the standings, the Scorpions have officially locked up first place of the E2 division.
(4)SBS Trashers vs Raging Rhinos(6)
Raging Rhinos ride wild in second period to top SBS Trashers
Three late second period goals was all that it took for the Raging Rhinos to get the better of the Trashers. That sequence occurred with the SBS Trashers in control with a 3-1 lead. But with one goal leading to another and another, all of a sudden this game took a massive turn. By then, there would be almost no way that the Raging Rhinos would give up their lead. F.Remon provided some comfort with his second which proved to be the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. Unless you can match his speed, there aren't many players that can keep up with him. Tonight, he struck 3 more times for his league leading 16th goal of the season.
Tuesday March 20
(0)Underdogs vs United Armenians (4)
United Armenians hand 4-0 shutout to Underdogs
As expected, the United Armenians were dominant- from the get go out shooting the Underdogs 13-8 that resulted in an early 3-0 lead. G.Jerjian and Y.Derohannessian undoubtedly got their names in as both players combined for four points. There wasn't much hope-from there on for the Underdogs, who struggled to get enough quality chances to break the ice. G.Follano faced 25 shots to earn a shutout and help maintain the best goals against so far this season for the United Armenians.
Wednesday March 21
(4)Winterhawks vs United Arms(3) O.T
Winterhawks win pivotal game
The challenge for the Winterhawks was to answer the bell on Wednesday night. They did, in a big way, and now surpassed the RBK Knights for that last playoff spot. S.Laramee sent his club in a frenzy by netting a huge overtime goal just 19 seconds in. It was an effort that the Winterhawks needed. They never gave up and played their best hockey in the final frame where they bagged two goals. F.Raymond struck twice and K.Lalande tied the game fairly late to force the extra time. With this win, the Winterhawks control their own destiny with only one game left in the season.
(6)Les Raymonds vs Hellfish(4)
Hellfish winning streak comes to surprising end
The Hellfish won't be celebrating a perfect 10-0 record. By dropping the opening frame 4-1, the Hellfish would not be able to recover despite making a solid late push. A.DeCarolis had one of his better games of the season as the forward sparked two first period goals while setting up A.Hussain to collect three early points. For the entire second period, neither side would get on board. The third period was somewhat a reflection of the first with both teams combining for five goals. The Hellfish would make things interesting with the help of D.Ugaldez's two goals but weren't able to get there in time. Sometimes a loss will only make you better as the Hellfish will take this as a valuable lesson with a bigger season ahead of them.
(4)Venom vs Fata Cats(5) O.T
J.Mancini scores overtime winner as Fat Cats topple Venom 5-4
Unable to kill off 90 seconds, a Venom 4-3 lead turned into a devastating loss. D.Mili came through for the Fat Cats late in the game by not only tying it but by setting up J.Mancini for the winner. In the span of only four minutes, Venom brought it up to another level resulting in three straight goals. J.Courteau, B.Deslauriers and J.DeSua combined for a maximum of nine points during that stretch that provided a 3-1 lead. However, that didn't slow down the Fat Cats as they quickly bounced back with a pair of tallies. Despite the comeback, Venom still regained their lead by the third period only to see it disappear once again, this time late in the third period. As much as the Fat Cats deserve praise for their comeback, Venom can't be too pleased knowing that they had the game in the palm of their hands.
(2)Fat Roy vs Armadillos(4)
G.Bouchard scores twice in less than a minute, Armadillos double up Fat Roy
In the blink of an eye, the Armadillos took a 3-2 lead after trailing 2-1. It took only 45 seconds for a defenseman to shift the momentum in very short period of time. G.Bouchard isn't just a regular stay at home and make sure to shut down the opposing offense type of player. With his ability to bring up the ball, the highly skilled G.Bouchard notched both goals to put the Armadillos in front 3-2.Once they grabbed that lead, Fat Roy hit a wall unable to even the score. G.Djevahirdjian added a power play marker for insurance securing a 4-2 victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Shaun Laramee of the Winterhawks. By setting up a late third period goal and by striking in overtime, the Winterhawks have now climbed into a playoff spot thanks to S.Laramee.
Tuesday March 20
(4)National vs Bramabulls(5) S.O
Bramabaulls salvage win after ridiculous start
National generated a stunning rally-from a 4-0 deficit but ultimately fell in a shootout. That push came some time after the Bramabulls sparked four early goals in a very short span. F.Vellucci collected a hat trick at the speed of light and the Bramabulls looked to smoke National out of the building. But with O.Meilleur getting his club on board and with his captain M.Pinheiro striking just prior to the opening frame, this match was far-from over. National would eventually spark their comeback with the help of Pinheiro's second leaving both sides deadlocked for well over half the game. No one had scored since the 6:45 minute mark of the second period leaving only a shootout to potentially decide things. By then, G.Follano denied three straight players while D.Lonardi was able to solve F.Lamarche for the win.
(8)Chiefs vs Stones(4)
Chiefs catch Stones early en route to 8-4 win
An overall good start by the Chiefs proved to be the difference in this contest. A.Zarzour scored late in the first period before adding two more by the second for a comfortable 6-1 lead heading into the third. The Stones, although finding themselves in a very deep hole didn't call it quits just yet. Most of their offense woke up in that frame alone where they struck three times with the help of M.Gagnon's three points. Despite the late push, it wasn't nearly close enough. The Stones will now need two wins in their last two games in order to have a chance to making the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of the Chiefs. The sniper made his shots count that resulted in three goals as part of a four point game.
Monday March 19(Semi finals)
(8)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(1) Game 1
P-Ball opens postseason with blowout win over Team Haiti
It took just over two minutes for D.Martel and the P-Ball to suggest that this was going to be a long night for Team Haiti. That tally came shorthanded which was part of a four goal first period onslaught. D.Lagare had set up a power play goal before striking twice prior to the end of the frame. In hopes of inspiring his troops, R.Morne got Team Haiti on board early in the second period. However, a quick reply -from S.Deslauriers erased all hopes of any sort of comeback. By then, the P-Ball were still in total control and were firing on all cylinders completing another expected result.
(4)Red Lite vs Black Knights(3) Game 1
Determined Y.Labonte gives edge to Red Lite
Y.Labonte knows where to go to get the best of the Black Knights. On Monday night, he went there and helped push his generational rival down in a best of three series. Already with so many weapons, Y.Labonte keeps showing up for the big games. Red Lite edged out their opponents thanks to Labonte`s three points night that included two goals with his second being the winner. Despite it being only game one, the Black Knights know that they can't be falling behind or else this series can potentially end early.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Labonte of Red Lite. The dark horse forward makes another significant impact bagging two goals and an assist.
Monday March 19
Mighty Drunks take Jokers by storm
The pace of the Mighty Drunks was too much to handle for the Jokers. By keeping the ball long enough, the lanes would keep opening up and the Mighty Drunks would seize their opportunities. Both wins came with the help of a collective effort. M.Arkalis, S.Castonguay, G.Chountalos and A.Tedone shared two goals each while P.Arkalis was behind setting up four teammates. The other contest had no one stand out as well with four different players finding the back of the net. Even though it was an inter -league match up, the Jokers weren't pleased with their overall performance. A.Giorgios was their best player scoring two out of their four goals.
(10)Mighty Drunks vs Jokers(3)
(1)Jokers vs Mighty Drunks(4)
Walking Tall finish strong despite going empty handed
If the Punishers thought the first game was going to be an indication of the second, than they were completely wrong. Perhaps they had reason to believe it would have been the case after a convincing 8-2 blowout win, but with the Walking Tall regrouping, a much different game transpired. Still, the Punishers came out on top barely with a 4-3 outcome. C.Gingras was once again simply in a league of his own. In the opening contest, Gingras pretty much won it striking four times as part of a six point performance. However, he wasn't the only one to strike several times as his captain J.Fidrilis notched a hat trick while setting up Gingras twice. With the second contest being a way tighter game, the Punishers needed back to back goals only two minutes apart in order to grab the win. A.Centis broke the late tie right after K.Tsoukalas evened the score.
(8)Punishers vs Walking Tall(2)
(3)Walking Tall vs Punishers (4)
Late collapse stuns Corporation
Three minutes felt like an eternity, but that's how much time was left when A.Stamiris came through for the Hustlers. Despite being down twice, the Hustlers overcame their deficit every time before winning it late in the game. This was a particular match that had one player steal the show. After cutting the lead in half on a clear cut breakaway, A.Stamaris used his patented slap shot twice that went right thorough the net to collect a hat trick. With that game in the books, the Corporation had to figure out a way to forget a devastating loss. Unfortunately they fell behind quickly and were forced to play catch up the rest of the way. The Hustlers made them pay early on with P.Assadi setting up three goals that saw T.Bozinakis benefit twice. But the best was yet to come when J.Rochon launched two precise shots that gave no chance to S.Morante. Even though they dropped both games, the Corporation made the Hustlers work for every play till the final whistle.
(2)The Corporation vs Hustlers(3)
(5)Hustlers vs The Corporation(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night will be named right after the Tuesday night results.
Tuesday March 20
Punishers trade shutouts with the Corporation
With the Punishers taking the first game 4-0, the Corporation replied in the night cap en route to a 5-0 win. It wasn't a case of lack of chances or offense-from both sides. In the example of the first game, P.Stamkopoulos kept frustrating his opponents making plenty of key stops while getting a balanced scoring effort-from four different players. After feeling snake bitten, the Corporation knew they needed that one goal to gain some confidence. J.Pantelis was able to provide it early enough and the Corporation used it to their advantage. By the time the first period ended, they had built a 3-0 lead and never looked back knowing that L.Dias was between the pipes. Both net minders faced about 17 shots each to earn respective shutouts.
(4)Punishers vs The Corporation (0)
(5)The Corporation vs Punishers (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of the Hustlers. The Hustlers d-man scored all 3 goals to rally his club for a 3-2 win over the Corporation while adding a pair of points in the second contest.
Sunday March 18
(10)Lynx vs Sportek(2)
Sniper J.Lang plays different role setting up 5 goals
Knowing that it was going to be a difficult night, Sportek barely lasted one period to keeping it close. With the Lynx finishing solid late in the opening fame, the stage was set for the second period where they smoked Sportek with five more tallies. It's almost a given that J.Lang would collect at least one out of a possible ten goals. But the sniper decided to be generous instead collecting five helpers. The Lynx had nearly every single player collect points on this night. P.Stroubakis, Y.Vanasse, R.Beaver and J.Labadie each scored twice, and S.Catalano had to debate whether or not to take a shower after facing only 15 shots.
(3)Shockers vs Brew Crew(7)
Battle for first place heats up between Shockers and Brew Crew
The top two teams squared off on Sunday night. Only one looked the part as the Shockers were stymied by a lopsided third period. The Brew Crew play an annoying style of hockey that takes plenty of patience and discipline in order to be effective. For two periods, the Shockers looked fine and appeared to be in control. But once they entered the third, they were nowhere to be seen. The Brew Crew came out relentless and chipped away at the suspect Shockers defence that eventually resulted in four unanswered goals. D.Colatosti posted a late second period marker before adding two early in the third. That single stretch alone was the likely cause why the Brew Crew sits on top of the E Sunday division standings with a four point lead over the Shockers.
(4)Team Cuba vs Fatal Demons(1)
Team Cuba, not done yet
By putting up a gutsy performance, Team Cuba showed that they really wanted to win on Sunday night. Surely it wasn't going to come easy as it's been that kind of season-from the get go. But by keeping it close, you just never know which side a game will tilt. All four of their goals came in the third period alone. Q.Joseph released a shot-from centre court to put his club in front with a 2-1 lead. The Fatal Demons attempted to even the score by pulling out their net minder but lost the gamble as they gave up two empty net markers. As nice and gratifying the win was, Team Cuba still have to take one more game versus a difficult opponent in order to have a potential chance of getting in.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gianluca Zapatelli of Team Cuba. Apart-from giving up one first period goal, the net minder was lights out collecting a huge must win for his club.
Friday March 16
(7)Bramabulls vs Devil Dawgz(6) S.O
Bramabulls emerge with 7-6 shootout win over Devil Dawgz
By coughing up a couple of leads, the Devil Dawgz fell short on Friday night. The Bramabulls overcame a 2-0 deficit by the second period and used a late equaliser by A.Gendron to force the extra time. After going back in forth with plenty of space in overtime, neither side were able to get it done. It took a brilliant fake move in the shootout-from M.Mignogna to decide the outcome. Prior to his goal, C.Fragkiudakis had also scored leaving Mignogna to secure the win. N.Cinquino and A.Gendron each scored twice for the Bramabulls while the Devil Dawgz got scoring efforts-from five different players.
(2)Stones vs National(8)
S.Laplante 4 goals vaults National past Stones
Despite being out of action for a while, S.Laplante didn't forget how to play hockey. The crafty forward or sometimes defenseman put on quite a hockey clinic bagging four goals while setting up his captain M.Pinheiro twice. With National dictating much of the pace, the Stones had absolutely nothing going on. The only time they got on board was in the third period when they trailed 5-0.The impressive part of this win was that National did it convincingly with only nine players dressed versus a staked line up.
(3)Bramabulls vs Chiefs(2) O.T
Bulls go the distance twice to get it done
After grabbing an earlier shootout win versus the Devil Dawgz, the Bramabulls had to endure more minutes of a double header night. This time, they avoided the shootout by ending it on a four on three powerplay. P.Rivera was placed at the right spot picking up a rebound giving S.Pare no chance whatsoever. The contest was evenly matched, but the Bramabulls did the smart thing by grabbing the lead on two occasions. A.DiPerna, apart- from calling the shots as a captain, showed by example on the field by participating in all three goals. It's not the easiest thing for any team winning back to back games of a double header night, especially in a 35+ division, but the Bramabulls showed that it can be done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony DiPerna of the Bramabulls. The captain was involved in many plays over the course of two games. After collecting a pair of points in the opening contest, the captain had his hand in all three goals by the second game.
Thursday March 15
(6)Scorpions vs Raging Rhinos(8)
S.Pilon hat trick paces Rhinos over Scorpions
The Raging Rhinos got off to a slow start in the first, as they were outshot, out played and outscored 2-1.But after regrouping in between frames, the tides turned in their favour. S.Pilon was largely the reason why his club took over. The forward scored three in a row putting the Raging Rhinos up 5-2 in the third period. Then, S.Labrecque took the torch adding three more points that included two goals to put an exclamation point to the match. The Scorpions had good stretches but not long enough as they slowly fell behind the eight ball. M.Gil did more than his part in the loss striking once in every frame.
(3)Carnage vs SBS Trashers(2)
G.Cortese helps Carnage rally to 3-2 win
Patience paid off for Carnage on Thursday night. G.Cortese scored the winner after netting his clubs first goal along with setting up the equaliser courtesy of J.Bourlakos .Carnage didn't help themselves spending unnecessary time in the penalty box. If not for B.Madonis protecting his cage, the SBS Trashers would have run away with this rather easily. Instead, they couldn't capitalise, and eventually fell behind as of the four minute mark of the third period. Despite having more than enough time, the third period magic just wasn't there on this night.
(3)JLR Brossard vs Raging Rhinos(7)
Raging Rhinos don't miss a beat in double header night
There was definitely no lack of legs or energy on the side of the Raging Rhinos. They just came off a hard fought win an hour ago and showed no signs of slowing down in their battle with the JLR Brossard. Rather than getting them early on being fresh, the Raging Rhinos actually got better as the game went on. Five out of their seven goals came in the second half of the game. After finishing strong earlier on with three straight points, S.Labrecque still had more premium fuel in the tank by striking three consecutive times for his hat trick. This was also a first of two games for the JLR Brossard, who would need to wait an hour in hopes of bouncing back with a better outcome.
(3)Legends vs Bramabulls(8)
Four second period goals help Bramabulls sail past Legends
A second period outburst gave the Bramabulls a solid lead for good. Both sides traded two first period goals before the pace of the Bramabulls was too much to handle for the Legends. By using their speed and making quick passes, the Bramabulls benefitted with scoring efforts-from seven different players. M.Testolina was the only one to score twice while collecting a pair of helpers. The Legends knew they had a difficult task ahead of them without a whole line missing. Unless they played a perfect game, there was no chance that they would get the better of a superior club.
(10)JLR Brossard Mighty Drunks(3)
JLR Brossard finish on a high note
Clearly, this was a way better performance put forth by the JLR Brossard. However, the urgency only kicked in mid way through the match. After getting a pair of quick goals by B.Barile and N.Goncalves, the JLR Brossard never looked back en route to an easy win. Almost half of their offense came by the third period alone. Y.Gazura, M.Gagnon and N.Goncalves each scored twice while J.Pantelis was behind setting up four goals as part of a five point night. The Mighty Drunks struggled to score overall needing to rely on three power play chances in order to tally twice with the man advantage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Labrecque of the Raging Rhinos. In a double header night, the Raging Rhinos forward was all over the court accumulating a total of six points that included five goals.
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Tuesday March 13
(1)Fat Cats vs United Armenians (7)
Depleted Fat Cats pays the price
The Fat Cats were simply out matched on Tuesday night. From-the drop of the ball, the United Armenians were more aggressive knowing that their opponents had barely any players to change with. It took just over two minutes for three goals to go in. Then, things did calm down for a while up until G.DeMarinnis of the Fat Cats struck on the power play. Unfortunately for them, G.Jerjian was able to respond almost immediately for the United Armenians with his second of the game. The very same forward went on to add his third late in the contest to close off what was an easy 7-1 win.
(9)Kentucky Blue vs Winterhawks(3)
James Tutino nets hat trick, leads Kentucky Blue to 9-3 win over Winterhawks
James Tutino and the Kentucky Blue forced the Winterhawks defence and net minder to work hard on Tuesday night. By the time the first period ended, the Winterhawks fell behind 3-1 and knew that they had a hard hill to climb. The second frame wasn't any friendlier with the Kentucky Blue out scoring their opponent 4-2.James Tutino had notched his hat trick late in the frame and later added an assist to cap off the night. R.Estrela added to scoring bagging a pair as part of a three point performance. With only two games remaining, the Winterhawks will be forced to capture at least one victory if they plan on extending their season.
Wednesday March 14
(5)United Arms vs Les Raymonds(4)
A pair of late goals dooms Les Raymonds
Les Raymonds learned a valuable lesson-from this contest, that it's never over till it's over. With the game winding down to its final minutes, the United Arms not only levelled the game but won it moments later. There was just 90 seconds left on the clock when A.Melkonian tied the game at four goals apiece. Then, when both sides presumed this was going into overtime, changed when A.Keuhnelian shattered the tie giving the United Arms an incredible win. Prior to the dramatic finish, G.Jerjian sparked the United Arms with goals in every period that included two on the power play. Les Raymonds,despite their short bench, put up a real fight and nearly got there with the help of N.Delia and A.Cadieux-Volakakis's two goals apiece.
(1)Venom vs Fat Roy(2)
Fat Roy pulls off massive upset
It wasn't the prettiest hockey, but Fat Roy didn't care as long as they were able to pull it off. Somehow they managed the positive outcome with only two changes. That would make sense for a team that's been dominating all season, but not for a club struggling to earn wins. Whatever they did worked on this night as they needed only two goals to edge out a solid offense. One of the key moments came when J.Pantelis opened the scoring in a shorthanded situation. There other big moment happened when M.Makaros snapped a 1-1 second period tie. And finally there most significant reason why they won was due to their solid defending and sensational goaltending put forth by A.Mancini.
(7)Armadillos vs Underdogs(0)
Armadillos ground Underdogs in shutout win
D.Mattar was great stopping all 22 shots he faced, and the Armadillos cruised to a 7-0 win. Despite what the score indicates, this contest was close for a very long stretch. It only started to tilt towards the late stages of the second period. The Armadillos went-from a 2-0 lead to a four goal cushion before entering the last fifteen minutes of play. P.Lapointe and P.Karigiannis doubled their production scoring their second early in the third period. The Underdogs knew the importance of this match and unfortunately couldn't get the much needed result.
(2)RBK Knights vs Hellfish(7)
Hellfish aiming for perfect season
It's nine games in, and the Hellfish have one goal in mind. For the time being, they'll try and wrap up a 10-0 regular season record before bring it a step further by the playoffs. This contest was close while it lasted. After playing to a 1-1 first period tie, the Hellfish put it into gear by the second. Six different players had found the back of the net until R.Kelendji capped it off with his second of the match. While everything is roses for the Hellfish, the RBK Knights keep getting lucky that the Winterhawks aren't winning their games. With this result, the RBK Knights carry a slight two point lead over the Winterhawks, who do have a game in hand.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alberto Mancini of Fat Roy. Limiting a high powered offence like Venom to only one goal is quite remarkable. A.Mancini had a brilliant game with only seven players dressed to earn the player of the night.
Monday March 12
Walking Tall handcuff Rebels early but nowhere to be seen in second game
It was clear-from the get go that the Walking Tall were ready for this bout with the Rebels, at least in the first encounter. By applying constant pressure and winning lots of loose ball battles, the Walking Tall would emerge as 3-1 winners. S.Scott helped set up M.Ethier and D-O Trinque while their leader in net F.Gaudet-Peloquin gave little room for the Rebels to strike. As much as the win felt gratifying, the second match had a completely different outcome. This time, the Rebels came out better prepared and it showed right away with a first period outburst. D.Roy and E.Leveille took the bull by the horns bagging two goals each. The Rebels would build a massive 6-0 lead before L-P Beaupre finally got to P.Boucher to spoil his shutout with just over two minutes remaining.
(3)Walking Tall vs Rebels(1)
(6)Rebels vs Walking Tall(1)
Les Immigrant strike late in first game to salvage single point
If not for a late equalizer-from B.Freitas-Pereira, Les Immigrant would have gone empty handed versus the 1 Timer. That tally sent the opening contest in a shootout where the goaltenders grabbed all the attention. Neither side despite sending three players would score. F.Koch denied all three shooters for the 1 Timer while R.Ricaurte matched his counterpart stopping every single 1 Timer. After allowing only one goal in the first game, F.Koch took it a step further in the second encounter never flinching to earn a 12 save shutout. While he took great care of his cage, his teammates in front of him handled the scoring. S.Gravel, M.Carpentier and T.Daigneault all scored for the 1 Timer, who desperately needed these points.
(1)1 Timer vs Les Immigrant (1) S.O
(0)Les Immigrant vs 1 Timer (3)
Punishers new faces put up real challenge for Corporation
With a hand full of regulars out of their lineup, the Punishers look like they have the man power for two solid teams. Even though they dropped both encounters, nothing came easy for the Corporation, who needed every single minute in order to collect points. The first match went as far as it could with J.Pantelis ending it in the shootout. The second game was only minutes away-from a similar outcome until the very same J.Pantelis came to rescue his club. The Corporation failed to capitalize on a four minute power play and needed an even strength goal shortly after-from Pantelis in order to snap a late 3-3 tie.
(3)The Corporation vs Punishers (2) S.O
(3)Punishers vs The Corporation (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night will be named right after the Tuesday night results.
Tuesday March 13
Late Degenerates tally carries momentum for second game vs Underdogs
There was just over two minutes remaining when S.Marricco rescued the Degenerates in the opening contest. The Underdogs overcame a 2-0 deficit and nearly had the game if not for P.Assadi standing tall in net. With a chance to even the score, the Underdogs slowly lost their confidence in the second game as they kept falling behind. The Degenerates took nothing for granted building a comfortable 3-0 lead after only one period. Then, with the Underdogs taking a long penalty, this contest was also put to rest with the Degenerates striking twice on the power play. In both games, P.Assadi faced a total of 32 shots and was solid allowing only two goals.
(2)Underdog's vs Degenerates (4)
(5)Degenerates vs Underdogs (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the 1 Timer. The net minder had a near perfect night between the pipes. He allowed only one goal in the opening contest while denying 3 breakaways in the shootout along with a shutout victory in the second game.
Monday March 12
(9)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(2)
Team Haiti short bench playing with fire
It's a result that came to be expected when two teams in opposite directions went at it on Monday night. With only two changes and yet to collect a point so far this season, it was a given that the P-Ball would get the better of their opponent. But as difficult a challenge it was, Team Haiti kept battling and made sure that the P-Ball would work for their goals. D.Lagare and P.Genereux chipped in with a pair each and M.Riel helped set up half of his team's goals. Despite their limited body count, Team Haiti did score twice in the second period courtesy of T.Dornival and C.Simeon. This game concluded the regular season for P-Ball, who won the division with a 10-2 record.
(8)Black Knights vs Team Haiti(2)
Black Knights take advantage and steam roll by Team Haiti
It was safe to say that the Black Knights would surely cruise throughout the contest. To make matters worse, Team Haiti had to play a second game of a double header night with not much of a change-from their previous encounter with the P-Ball. Their short bench caught up to them by the second period with the Black Knights adding three more markers for a safe 5-0 lead. Team Haiti did have a chance early on to level the game on the power play but surrendered a goal instead. M.Stinziani scored late in the first period with a shorthanded marker and the Black Knights would never look back. That was Stinziani's first of three with his hat trick coming with the man advantage. D.Duhamel and J.Velenosi were in on the offense as well with both players collecting four points each.
With the regular season coming to an end, it's that time of year again where four teams will be battling for the ultimate prize. The P-Ball will definitely be the team to beat moving forward. There first round matchup is against Team Haiti, who will need too many things to go right in order to have a chance. The other semi final match up features a pair of familiar clubs. Red Lite will look to knock out the Black Knights in their series as the slight favourites.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Stinziani of the Black Knights. The highly skilled forward scored three goals in every situation. His first came shorthanded, his second was even strength while his third came with the man advantage.
Sunday March 11
(2)Sportek vs Fatal Demons(12)
S.Koulieris scores 4 as Fatal Demons drop double digits on Sportek
Paced by their veteran up front, S.Koulieris and the Fatal Demons routed Sportek in what was a massive offensive output. However, it was Sportek converting early on with S.Dagenias posting his first of two. That good early start was a deception of what eventually came. Once the Fatal Demons responded, four goals had gone in the first period alone. Then, things only got worse for Sportek, who just stood there looking at the score board unable to stop the bleeding. The Fatal Demons added six more by the second period and two by the third ending the game earlier than usual. With S.Koulieris leading the charge up front with four goals, K.Araujo, A.Jalilvand and B.Deslauriers all chipped in with a pair.
(5)Shockers vs Lynx(2)
Captain M.Blackman ripping it up with league leading 16 goals
Seven games in, and M.Blackman is showing his true colors. The Shockers captain never really had issues scoring but nothing like at this pace. His league leading 16 goals for is six more than the next player in line. The score was already 3-0 by the early stages of the second period with Blackman striking all three times. Then, feeling somewhat guilty for taking all the action, he decided to set up C.Blunt, who capped off the night with his second in an empty cage. For nearly two periods, the Lynx couldn't get on board. D.Bourque held a tight ship, and went perfect up until Y.Vanasse got him on the power play. By then, there wasn't much the Lynx could have done with the Shockers determined to win and keep pace with the Brew Crew for first place.
(4)Team Cuba vs Brew Crew(9)
D.Verta's whopping 7 points crush Team Cuba's hopes
It was just a spectacular night for D.Verta, who scored three goals and added four assists for a team running on all cylinders. The Brew Crew have an overall solid team that buy into a system. But when you have a player like D.Verta causing havoc, your chances of winning are that much greater. The league leading Brew Crew showed no pity on this night as they dismantled a team desperate for points. Verta and M.Pace combined for five goals giving the Brew Crew a significant 5-2 lead early in the second period. As much as Team Cuba battled to try and keep it close, the Brew Crew were simply too strong on this night. The win keeps them in first place with a slight one point lead over the Shockers. As for Team Cuba, although not officially dead, they might as well prepare the paper work unless they can pull out a miracle.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta of the Brew Crew. Every time he touched the ball, something good would happen. The forward had a monster game participating in seven of the nine goals that went in.
Friday March 9
(4)Bramabulls vs National(7)
M.Pinheiro, the Cristiano Ronaldo of Master's division was at it again
It was another great night for the National captain. M.Pinheiro was lights out again scoring a bunch of goals that ultimately doomed the Bramabulls by the third period. The game was fairly close after two frames until the magic kicked in. With both sides deadlocked at 4-4, M.Pinheiro then took over riffling three straight tallies to finish with four goals. He did get help of his teammates S.Laplante and C.Dagenais as both players combined for six points. As for the Bramabulls, G.Pisanelli and D.Lonardi were the only ones to strike with a pair each.
(4)Chiefs vs Devil Dawgz(5)
Relentless Devil Dawgz out do Chiefs
Even though the score suggests a close game, the Devil Dawgz had plenty of control throughout most of the night. S.Pare gave the Chiefs every possible chance to keep it close making sensational saves. But with Y.Gazura and A.Jalilvand clicking the way they did, it was just a matter of time that the net minder would crack. Both players were involved in four of the five goals combining for seven points that saw Gazura net a hat trick. On the flip side, the Chiefs also had two particular players causing havoc. Like on most nights, D.Galloro and A.Zarzour will get their names noticed and tonight wasn't any different with both players collecting two goals apiece.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yuri Gazura of the Devil Dawgz. Every time he would get on, the Devil Dawgz had lots of good things happen. His presence led to three goals and an assist and can arguably be said that he was the major reason why the Devil Dawgz edged out the Chiefs.
Thursday March 8
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Raging Rhinos(6)
Brutal second period gives no chance to Mighty Drunks
It was just another bad night for the sagging Mighty Drunks. They gave up six goals after two periods and had nothing going right. The only bright spot came by the third period where they won the frame 2-0.The Raging Rhinos simply out played them early and kept pressing making sure that they had the game under control. B.Burns and S.Pilon shared two goals apiece and B.Verducci was good when needed to be facing close to 30 shots to earn the win in net.
(4)Werewolves vs SBS Trashers(5)
P.Hodhod nets hat trick in dramatic fashion
As time was winding down in the third period, P.Hodhod's slap shot had just enough juice to beat the buzzer and L.Giannes for a thrilling victory. The Werewolves bench went completely quiet after putting out a solid effort for the entire game. It's not often defensemen collect hat tricks, but P.Hodhod is part of a unique breed of players. The complete d-man stabilizes the back end while able to be a threat on the other side of the court. In addition to his massive impact, Joseph Scalia wasn't going to be silent as he normally isn't. The sniper whaled away with a pair of tallies making him the only other SBS Trashers to score in this game.
(3)Carnage vs Legends (7)
S.Koulieris sweet hands deliver for Legends
S.Koulieris has spent his ball career scoring goals with his savvy hands and slickness. Although he may have lost some speed over the course of his long career, his play making ability along with his technique to finding the back of the net hasn't changed one bit. Tonight, he made it look easy twice while finding two teammates to finish with four points. The Legends did the smart thing by striking early several times in order to dictate the pace to their liking. With a few weapons up front, Carnage did apply some pressure and plenty of scoring chances but the damage had already been done.
(3)JLR Brossard vs Bramabulls(11)
Bramabulls goal scoring machine produces in bulk
The JLR Brossard showed that they didn't have a solution to slow down the Bramabulls. By the time the first period ended, the writing was on the wall. The Bramabulls scored two power play goals and added three even strength building enough of a cushion that would guarantee the win. Plenty of players feasted in the goal scoring department. M.Testolina led everyone by bagging three while his captain A.DiPerna, J.Palmitano, T.Karasek and B.Sansotta each had two on the defenceless net minder. Even though the Bramabulls may appear superior on paper, the JLR Brossard have plenty of quality players and should have done better early on to keep the game close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Hodhod of the SBS Trashers. The solid defenseman was the one to provide the offensive outburst with three goals that included a late dagger en route to a 5-4 win over the Werewolves.
Tuesday March 6
(4)United Armenians vs Venom(3)
United Armenians use late power play goal to edge out Venom
A late penalty turns into a sour finish for Venom as M.Yeramian decided things with just over 15 seconds left in the game. Regardless the bad ending, Venom had control of this match striking twice in the second period. It wasn't until the nine minute mark of that frame that the United Armenians got on board. And once they did, the momentum shifted their way. J.Belcher tallied late in the frame and C.Khesiafy gave his club its first lead by the nine minutes mark of the third period. However, Venom did respond right away with J.Quesnel's third point of the night which forced an unpredictable finish. But with less than 20 seconds remaining, M.Yeramian put the game to rest giving his club a sixth win in only seven starts.
Wednesday March 7
(6)Kentucky Blue vs Les Raymonds(4)
T.Oliveira keeps putting in the goals
If he keeps scoring like this, T.Oliveira may want to put his stick in a museum. The sniper had another major hand in providing this win over Les Raymonds. After scoring twice to get the ball rolling, Oliveira set up James Tutino while eventually netting his hat trick for the game winning goal. The great start got Les Raymonds off guard, who approached this contest with a defensive strategy with only seven players dressed. Despite their situation, they did manage a good fight responding with four goals from-different players.
(1)Underdogs vs Fat Roy(5)
Both teams clash in uphill battle
At this point in the season, the circumstances are quite simple, and that is to win. Both sides are in desperate need of points which made this match up more than a regular season game. And despite the situation, it did live up to the hype up until the third period. Fat Roy entered the final fifteen minutes with a slight 2-1 lead before pulling away with three straight markers. Two of their three goals came with the man advantage. C.Siconolfi and G.Lallis made sure to capitalise with the extra man, and M.Makaros confirmed all doubts when netting his second late in the game.
(4)Fat Cats vs Armadillos(5) O.T
G.Bouchard and Armadillos celebrate OT winner
G.Bouchard's goal 2:30 into overtime lifted the Armadillos to a wild 5-4 win over the Fat Cats on Wednesday night. That was the highly skilled defensemen's second of the contest. It came to no surprise this was going to be a wide open game with so much fire power-from both sides. The Fat Cats had the better start grabbing a 2-0 lead up until the Armadillos took over by the second period winning the frame 3-1.Both clubs later traded power play goals before entering the extra time. Apart-from G.Bouchard's two tallies, different players went on to score-from their respective sides.
(5)Hellfish vs United Arms(3)
Hellfish take significant lead, never look back
The Hellfish came out of the gate scoring two first period goals and never looked back as they earned a 5-3 win over the United Arms. N.Bourgeois was in giving mood setting up three different teammates. M.Kardum led the goal scoring department with two goals that included the winner just past the mid way point of the match. After finding themselves in a deep hole, the United Arms continued to work hard winning the final frame with a pair of unanswered tallies. This result keeps the Hellfish high in the standings as the only club yet to drop a game.
(6)Winterhawks vs RBK Knights(7)
RBK Knights hold up in crazy battle with Winterhawks
For both sides in need of points, playing defence along with discipline was out of the question in this contest. Whatever their approach was, the RBK Knights were the ones who benefited. The one good thing they did was to never falter their lead. However, they did play with fire several times that nearly came to bite them in the end. The Winterhawks did plenty of scoring on the power play. F.Raymond scored two out of the Winterhawks four power play goals while notching his hat trick late in the game. Despite the late push, it just wasn't good enough as they now find themselves as the bottom dwellers of the division. With the help of J.Constantin and P.Santullo's two goals along with S.Kalaydjian's four points, the RBK Knights escaped the cellar but are far-from guaranteed a spot with only two games left in the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Shant Kalaydjian of the RBK Knights. By providing a massive four points, the RBK Knights earned a hard fought win to jump into a playoff spot.
It's an honour for the CBHA to announce the Men's Masters Team Canada's 23 man roster for the World Championship in Hamilton, Bermuda...The past experiences at the Worlds in Tampa Bay in 2014, in Banff in 2016 and at the Nationals in Ottawa in 2015 and in Saint John, New Brunswick in 2017 guided us to select our roster. Every team that competed this past August in Saint John will be represented in Bermuda. The great competition at nationals permitted us to form Masters Team Canada. Selecting the roster is always very difficult because there are so many 40+ fantastic players in the country. We selected a team that will be talented and strong at every position. Forwards, defensemen and the goaltenders will give everything they got to compete for the coveted gold medal.General Manager Francois Chalut " I would like to congratulate all the players that were considered to make this team but especially these twenty-three outstanding athletes on their selection on Masters Team Canada 2018."We lost something in Banff that belonged to us since 2014 in Tampa Bay and the quest to regain it in Bermuda has already started.The tournament will take place September 26-30, 2018.
Goaltenders:Chevy Platt, Oshawa, OntarioDaniel Medeiros, Toronto, OntarioClaude Fortin, Montreal, Quebec
DefenseChris Sirovyak, Vancouver, British ColumbiaMike Woychyshyn, Calgary, AlbertaFrançois Jobin, Varennes, QuebecJohn Jarvis, Grand Bay-Westfield, New BrunswickTrent Gaudon, Palgrave, OntarioChris Manos, Richmond Hill, OntarioJames Mentis, Brampton, Ontario
Forwards:Peter Cabral, Mount Pearl, NewfoundlandTerry Ryan, Mount Pearl, NewfoundlandJeremy Bishop, Corner Brook, NewfoundlandSandro Morello, Pointe-Claire, QuebecJason Cormier, Edmonton, AlbertaDan MacKinnon, Calgary, AlbertaDallas Merkler, Edmonton, AlbertaJason Toth, Ajax, OntarioPhil Colella, New Tecumseth, OntarioMike Porter, Oakville, OntarioJamie Tobin, Cape Broyle, NewfoundlandClaude Turmelle, Ottawa, OntarioJason Prévost, Ottawa, Ontario
General Manager: François Chalut
Monday March 5
A.Dayan, C.Paoud & S-A Longo a real handful for the 1 Timer
The clicking trio between A.Dayan, C.Paoud and S-A Longo caused plenty of fits for the 1 Timer in both games. Stopping them required more than just a short staff-from the 1 Timer. After taking the opening contest 3-1, the second match was slightly closer with the Jokers edging them out 4-3. In both games, the Jokers used solid first periods with three quick goals to take immediate control. Even though they scored only seven total goals, A.Dayan, C.Paoud and S-A Longo combined for an impressive thirteen points. As dominant as those three were on the court for the entire night, the same could be said for T.Daigneault and C-T Perrault. The 1 Timer saw both players do most of the damage with Daigneault striking three times while Perrault collected a goal and two helpers.
(1)1 Timer vs Jokers(3)
(4)Jokers vs 1 Timer(3)
Degenerates grind out tough win with late push
It would have been a tall order for the Degenerates to take a pair of wins against the Mighty Drunks. And after dropping a fairly close 3-1 contest, the Degenerates gave it all in the second match to even the score. Every single player stuck to a simple game plan to cover their man the whole way through. By applying that kind of pressure, the opportunities would come with the biggest one late in the second game. There was just under a minute left when S.Marricco picked up a rebound with three straight swipes that finally went through M.Melo. On the large part, the Mighty Drunks had major ball possession but struggled to find enough space to create chances. Adding to that, it didn't help that P.Assadi was solid in net stopping 18 of 20 shots.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Degenerates (1)
(3)Degenerates vs Mighty Drunks(2)
Far-from convincing, Hustlers have their hand full vs Rebels
Nothing came easy for the Hustlers in both games versus the Rebels. They had a very hard time disposing a tough opponent needing a late miracle in the first game along with a full out effort by the second. Just over a minute was all that was left when E.Girouard tied the game for the Hustlers. Then, with both sides sending three players for the shootout, E.Girouard put the final nail right after A.Stamiris got the better of P.Boucher. Still, the night wasn't over and the Hustlers had the same difficulty against a side that refused to quit. The Rebels, on three power play opportunities, capitalized every time that pulled them within one with only 90 seconds remaining. If not for a late brilliant save in the dying moments of the game, this contest was headed for another shootout. Instead, M.Dagenais remained alert and the Hustlers barely hung on to a second nail biter.
(3)Hustlers vs Rebels(1)
(4)Rebels vs Hustlers(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night will be named right after the Tuesday night results come in.
Tuesday March 6
Underdogs down Immigrant twice in shootout
Both games had similar storylines. The first one saw the Underdogs overcome a 2-0 deficit with a late response while the second contest had Les Immigrant return the favour with a buzzer beating goal to send the games into a shootout. With their captain J.Constantin collecting two points, the opportunity was given for A.Zarzour to strike as the only Underdog in the first shootout encounter. The Underdogs used their strong finish into the second game where they benefited with three power play goals only to see it vanish into thin air. There was just over three minutes remaining for les Immigrant to reply with two late goals. And after getting set up by A.Daghlian, Les Immigrant saw both A.Pederian and A.Saglam rescue their club late in the game. Unfortunately, they once again suffered the same fate. The Underdogs scored twice in the shootout courtesy of their captain J.Constantin and their specialist A.Zarzour.
(2)Les Immigrant vs Underdogs(3) S.O
(5)Underdogs vs Les Immigrant(3) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Constantin of the Underdogs. In both games versus les Immigrant, the Underdogs captain was involved in nearly every goal. He collected four out of a possible five points along with a shootout marker.
Monday March 5
(5)Red Lite vs Black Knights(2)
Y.Labonte third period hat trick boosts Red Lite over Black Knights
Y.Labonte snapped a 2-2 deadlock 1:15 into the third period and totalled three goals in that frame to buoy Red Lite to a 5-2 victory over their rival. Labonte had already scored once while setting up his clubs first goal of the game. He got help-from P-M Chenier and J.Provost-Blais as both players set him up twice. For two straight periods, the Black Knights held their own getting goals-from K.Kakivelis and C.Gingras. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't contain the high skill set of Labonte, who was simply unstoppable on this night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to the Red Lite centre men. Labonte carried his club providing points in all five goals that included four straight tallies.
Sunday March 4
(2)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(3)
Shockers seek payback versus Fatal Demons
The Shockers couldn't wait to get back on the court and settle what had just happened to them a week ago. After dropping a 10-8 result to the very same Fatal Demons, the Shockers took a different approach in this contest. By playing better defensively, they did a far better job keeping the ball out of their net with the sacrifice of limiting their production up front. One of the differences came down to the special teams. With both sides getting the opportunities on their power plays, it was the Shockers succeeding with two goals on only two chances. C.Debonis scored his first of two with the man advantage while T.Debonis bagged the other. The Fatal Demons scored only once on four opportunities and were forced to play from-behind for nearly the entire match.
(3)Lynx vs Brew Crew(6)
First period onslaught launches Brew Crew to 6-3 win
It certainly wasn't the start they were looking for. The Lynx stood still as the Brew Crew stormed out of the gate with five first period goals. It's not often that the Lynx had such a terrible period. The charge was led with the help of L.Verta, who participated in four of the five goals that included two markers. But the most critical goal came by D.Verta. The Lynx had a great opportunity to cut the lead in half but things only got worse with D.Verta scoring shorthanded. It's almost a given when a team like the Brew Crew carries a massive five goal cushion that there isn't much anyone can do. The only thing that really transpired after that was the frustrations- from both sides. Rather than the court being busy, it was the penalty boxes that carried the action. Both teams would meet again one hour later with the Lynx seeking to even the score.
(5)Sportek vs Team Cuba(4) O.T
Sportek rally to celebrate crucial win
The race for the final playoff spot is a tight one between Sportek and Team Cuba. Faced with practically a must win situation, Sportek made their valid attempt of a comeback and got there with three unanswered goals. First, S.Pinero narrowed the gap by one and then C.Flikas evened the score with half a period remaining. Unable to take advantage of a late power play opportunity, Team Cuba were stuck witnessing the dagger that set them back when M.Rosato scored in overtime. As disappointing as this loss came for Team Cuba, they still had a chance to redeem themselves and overtake Sportek in the standings an hour later as both sides would meet again.
(11)Lynx vs Brew Crew(2)
Lynx respond and annihilate Brew Crew
Despite taking the earlier contest, the Lynx proved to be too clinical for the Brew Crew. One of the things that came to bite the Brew Crew was their amount of trips to the penalty box. The Lynx made them pay with four power play goals that saw J.Mason strike three times. That was just three out of the snipers five goals. Just like what the Brew Crew did in the opening period of their first encounter, the Lynx did the same in the second period of this game. They out ran and out played the Brew Crew resulting in five goals for a 7-2 lead. There would be no way that the Brew Crew would have any chance by that point to make a game of it. Instead, they just threw in the towel that resulted in four more goals by the Lynx.
(3)Sportek vs Team Cuba(2)
Team Cuba fall short, season on life support
With their regular season on life support, Team Cuba had to endure another heartbreaking loss. This time, the game was decided by the third period when Sportek struck twice in a row to snap a dreaded 1-1 tie. M.Page and C.Flikas each scored during that frame that gave little hope for the comeback despite a late tally-from J.DeSua. Throughout both games, the chances were there but the bounces just didn't come. Also, it didn't help that P.DelliColli stood tall between the pipes. The net minder was good for both game s and especially in the second encounter making plenty of crucial saves. Both these results put Sportek in the driver's seat to making the playoffs as Team Cuba will need close to a miracle if they plan on getting in.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paolo DelliColli of Sportek. The net minder capped off a two game run with a masterful performance. If not for his great ability on this night, the uncertainty of making the playoffs would still loom for Sportek.
Friday March 2
(6)Devil Dawgz vs National(3)
National fall behind early, lose to Devil Dawgz 6-3
After dropping themselves in a 3-0 hole, National didn't have enough in the tank in the third period to make a game of it. They started off dreadfully against a club that just came off an encouraging win only a week ago. The Devil Dawgz got it done without a few key pieces which forced everyone to step up and play to their potential. With S.Sauk holding the fort between the pipes, five different Devil Dawgz players took care of the scoring. A.Guillaume struck twice for the win while M.Pinheiro continued- from where he left off a week ago by accumulating all three points for National.
(7)Stones vs Bramabulls(8)
Late push not enough as Stones fall to Bramabulls
A late third period effort fell short on Friday night as the Bramabulls held on to what was a thrilling hockey game. The Stones actually led after 15 minutes of play, but were nowhere to be found in the second period. They gave up four straight goals before realising that their alarm clock didn't work. Once they woke up, four goals went in and all of a sudden the Bramabulls were hanging on to dear life. If not for a big save at the end of the game-from G.Follano, both sides would have attempted their luck in overtime. Instead, M.Gagnon couldn't take advantage of a penalty shot, and G.Follano and the Bramabulls hung on for the victory. D.Vellucci and N.Cinquino potted a pair for the win while S.Frabrici rode a hot hand for the Stones netting a hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Devil Dawgz. At no point did the net minder give any hope to National. His 21 save effort helped lead his club to big points to the standings.
Thursday March 1
(2)Werewolves vs Scorpions (5)
Big third period carries Scorpions past Werewolves
The Scorpions struck three times in the third period to lift them to a 5-2 triumph over the Werewolves. M.Cimenelli , K.Rose and M.Gil got the scoring done while at the other end of the court, P.Patel ensured the win stopping 24 of 26 shots. There wasn't much going on offensively for the Werewolves. They scored only once in the first and in the third with their captain K.Miraldo collecting two points and a pair of penalties just for good measure. The Werewolves know that they'll need players such as D.Traversy and J.Guerriero dressed in order to address their woes up front .For now, they will treat this as just a regular season game and not worry too much about it with plenty of hockey left over.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs SBS Trashers(5)
SBS Trashers did just enough to sneak out win
Whether they play a contender like the Bramabulls or a team without a win so far this season, the SBS Trashers need to work a full 45 minute game in order to get results. If not for a solid third period, this game could have gone in favour of the Mighty Drunks. J.Scalia seems to be rescuing his club on a regular basis by providing another the two big goals at crucial times. Both sides entered a dreaded 3-3 third period before Scalia and P.Hodhod scored only minutes apart. But the Mighty Drunks weren't done yet. M.Beaudry pulled his club within one and this game was still far-from over. By that point, the SBS Trashers made sure to bear down and defend properly till the final buzzer in order to sneak out the win.
(2)Carnage vs Bramabulls(10)
Offensive Bramabulls depth roll all over Carnage
Maybe the major reason why the Bramabulls are strong this season is because of their massive depth up front. With barely any weaknesses, most opponents will need to defend flawlessly while getting impeccable goaltending. Unfortunately for Carnage, they couldn't execute the right game plan in order to keep it close and have a chance. The Bramabulls had already put the game out of reach after one period with a 5-1 lead. C.Palermo led the charge riffling three goals while B.Sansotta and M.Maggiore were right behind him sparking two goals apiece.
(4)JLR Brossard vs Legends(6)
Fatigue hits JLR Brossard by third period
It's what normally happens when playing with a short bench. For two straight periods, things were fine for the depleted JLR Brossard that were up 3-2, but that all changed by the final instances. The Legends kept working and battling to the point that it was just a matter of time before taking over. M.Chenier, P.Santullo, and L.Dulcetta's two goals all came by the third period and the JLR Brossard felt that they just ran out of gas. Till that point, P.Assadi was stellar keeping the game very close. Despite the loss, D.Gagnon was very productive netting two goals and an assist.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Scalia of the SBS Trashers. It's gotten to the point that the clutch forward will likely get his club that much needed goal. In tonight's game versus the Mighty Drunks, Scalia scored late in the second period and early in the third to help lead his team to a close 5-4 win.
Wednesday February 28
(5)Hellfish vs Winterhawks(3)
Hellfish depth shows in 5-3 win over Winterhawks
They may have let in the first and last two goals of the game, but the Hellfish scored when it counted the most. A.Thifault tied the game 1-1, and added his second by the third period as the only multi goal scorer from- both sides. The Hellfish entered the contest with nearly all their guys. By rolling three solid lines, the Winterhawks were stuck playing on their heels for most of the night. They did get a couple of late goals by J.Lacelle and J.Blanchette,but the game was already put to rest by then.
(6)Kentucky Blue vs United Arms(2)
T.Oliveira and R.Estrela spark hat tricks for Kentucky Blue
It was a game that arguably two players outclassed one hockey team. Out of the Kentucky Blue six goals scored, only two players found the back of the net. T.Oliveira and R.Estrela competed with one another all game to see who would prevail in the goal scoring department. Both players scored power play goals as part of their hat tricks. The United Arms did strike early on to take command, but found themselves in a difficult bind as the game went.
(1)Venom vs Armadillos(5)
Sluggish Venom blown away by Armadillos
The Armadillos wasted no time taking over the match. Nevertheless, the contest was close for two periods until the third hit. S.Kipopoulos and P.Arkalis scored only three minutes apart and the Armadillos were confident that they had the game wrapped up. A.Jalilvand eventually ended the dry spell for Venom as the only player to figure out D.Mattar. This result just congested the standings even more with four team's only two points apart.
(1)Fat Roy vs Fat Cats(9)
Fat Roy couldn't stop bleeding-from the get go
It didn't take long for J.Mancini and the Fat Cats to get a strangle hold of the match. In the first five minutes alone, J.Mancini had already scored twice and J.Scalia notched the other advising that the Fat Roy would endure another long night. In hopes of slowing things down, the opposite continued to happen instead. The Fat Cats kept a full throttle pace by adding four more goals by the second that included Mancini's hat trick. Next in line was J.Scalia with two goals while four other players also got their names on the score sheet.
(5)Les Raymonds vs RBK Knights(4)
RBK Knights drop another close game
The RBK Knights have now dropped their fourth one goal game of the season. In tonight's case, they fell behind 3-0 and only got on board as of the 11:40 minute mark of the second period. And even though they took over from-there on, time became their worse enemy. This contest had some turning points with possibly N.Delia's shorthanded goal being the most significant one for Les Raymonds. The sniper scored his first of two in the disadvantage to put Les Les Raymonds up 3-0.Unable to even the score, the RBK Knights had a solid finish, and are still in playoff contention despite having only one point in seven games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicola Delia of Les Raymonds. When given the chance, N.Delia will most likely hurt you. The sniper struck twice including a big shorthanded goal that ultimately doomed the RBK Knights in a close 5-4 win for Les Raymonds.
Monday February 26
Underdogs hound Corporation early
There was no mastermind reason why the first game ended the way it did. The Underdogs simply out worked a lazier side and got deservingly rewarded when they sparked three unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 win. B.Cabral tallied twice and his captain J.Constantin provided the winner while J.Shisha was stellar stopping all but one shot. Knowing that there was a second game, the question became how would the Corporation respond? That question didn't take long to get addressed. With J.Scalia cleaning up the mess in front of the net twice along with S.Sicuso's tap in goal, the Corporation got back to business. That lead proved to be more than enough, and actually got slightly larger when J.Scalia buried his hat trick. This time, L.Dias got credited the win in net over his counterpart J.Shisha as both goaltenders were definitely a big help in both games.
(1)The Corporation vs Underdogs(4)
(5)The Corporation vs Underdogs(1)
Punishers sweat out two nail biters vs Rebels
If the Punishers thought that they would have an easy night, than they had something else coming. Sure they won both games, but it wasn't anywhere close to what they might have expected. In case of the first encounter, the Rebels led 2-0 after one period which needed a full out second frame for the Punishers to reply with three straight markers. C.Gingras gave the Punishers their first lead with only two minutes remaining in that game. The second match had a different pattern, but still a very close call. This time, the Punishers stormed out of the gates building a massive 5-1 lead, and everything felt like roses until the Rebels decided that they had enough. That wide deficit almost instantaneously turned into a one goal lead for the Punishers. The Rebels, who looked to be down and out, woke up-from the dead getting two goals-from C.Belisle, and one each by H.Ethier and his captain D.Roy to mount the comeback. Even though the Rebels couldn't reach on time, they definitely gave the Punishers a serious run throughout both games which can't be said for most teams so far.
(3)Punishers vs Rebels(2)
(5)Rebels vs Punishers (6)
Jokers tighten noose in second match to even the score
It was a game that Les Immigrant could do no wrong. With many players contributing offensively and defensively, the 7-1 score felt gratifying for a team in search of more points. They scored in every way possible, from-two power play goals to a shorthanded marker while adding the rest even strength. B.Freitas-Pereira and A.Pederian had plenty to say for the victory as both players each scored twice combining for seven points. As good as this game felt for Les Immigrant, the same couldn't be said for the Jokers. The good news was that the Jokers had another opportunity to get things right. And after making the necessary adjustments, the end result speaks for itself. Somehow, the Jokers went-from allowing seven goals to barricading their cage. M.Melo wasn't pleased with what had just happened and responded with authority denying every single shot his way. The Jokers needed only A.Giorgios to get on board, but didn't take the chance by adding a second-from S-A Longo to earn a 2-0 shutout win.
(7)Les Immigrant vs Jokers(1)
(2)Jokers vs Les Immigrant(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night will be named after the Tuesday night results come in.
Tuesday February 27
One period not good enough for Degenerates
Even though both games ended in close results, the Walking Tall was clearly the better side for most of the night. They took the opening contest 2-0 with goals-from S.Scott and an empty net marker by L-P Beaupre. Throughout most of the match, the Degenerates had nothing working for them. They barely had the ball, and when they did, the Walking Tall would strip it away. Still, the night wasn't over and the Degenerates had the chance to redeem themselves. However, it was the same scenario all over again with the Walking Tall taking control with two first period goals courtesy of M-A Verville and E.Gacem. Then, things finally started to go right for the Degenerates. It took the fourth period of the night for P.Paikopoulos to finally solve F.Gaudet-Peloquin. After using his blistering slap shot to get on board, P.Paikopoulos decided to try it again which was a good thing as it tied the match 2-2. Neither side was able to grab the lead-from that point on leaving only a shootout to possibly decide it. Unfortunately for both teams, the net minders weren't budging. P.Assadi and F.Gaudet-Peloquin stopped all three breakaway attempts their way.
(0)Degenerates vs Walking Tall(2)
(2)Walking Tall vs Degenerates (2) S.O
Hustlers sway away-from game plan in second encounter
From-winning a close 1-0 game to giving up five goals in the second contest was somewhat out of character for the Hustlers. Mind you, they did have only two changes but that shouldn't be an excuse against a side that had the same amount of players. The Mighty Drunks struggled to get their offense going up until the final frame of the second game. By then, they had only one get through M.Dagenais. Then, with only twelve minutes remaining, the flood gates opened. The Mighty Drunks went on a relentless attack notching four goals all coming-from different players. E.Antonopoulos did have his hand in the onslaught as the forward helped set up two while adding one himself. Overall, both teams did what they needed to do to earn their respective wins. J.Rochon was the lone goal scorer in the opening contest that saw M.Dagenais record a 16 save shutout. The second contest took a second wind for the Mighty Drunks to out battle and out hustle the Hustlers resulting in four second period goals.
(0)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers(1)
(3)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathew Melo. Playing in both divisions as a net minder, M.Melo was a big reason why the Jokers rebounded for a 2-0 shutout win over Les Immigrant, and a 5-3 result against a high powered offense versus the Hustlers.
Monday February 26
(8)Red Lite vs Team Haiti(1)
Red Lite blast Team Haiti
Red Lite ran roughshod over Team Haiti in what can only be described as complete and utter domination. It didn't take long for this game to get out of hand. By the time the first period ended, it was safe to say that Red Lite would walk away with easy points. Their 5-0 first period lead widened slightly by the second and got closed off by the third period due to the seven goal mercy rule. J.Bradley and S.Morello each potted a pair while P-M Chenier led all players with four points. Just prior to the end of the second period, P-A Plaisir gave Team Haiti some satisfaction as the only player to solve C.Lantin.
(5)P-Ball vs Black Knights(6) S.O
D.Duhamel leads Black Knights to shootout win over P-Ball
D.Duhamel came through to help the Black Knights pull out a close win over the P-Ball. The talented forward scored two goals and then tallied in the shootout. However, it took J-F Di Iorio's sick mitten moves that just wasn't fair for the P-Ball net minder to ensure the victory. Knowing that it would have been a difficult night with only three changes, the P-Ball did the right thing by consuming their energy early on that resulted in a 3-1 lead. The unfortunate part was that they couldn't hold off a determined side. The Black Knights had more than enough time to overcome the barrier and eventually did so to force the extra time.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Duhamel of the Black Knights. From-scoring twice in regulation time to adding a shootout marker, the Black Knights forward was instrumental for the win.
Sunday February 25
(10)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(8)
Fatal Demons outlast Shockers in high scoring affair
The goals kept coming one after another. A dizzying three periods of high temp hockey left the goaltenders baffled wondering how things got out of hand. Maybe for the Shockers, this type of style tends to work for them, but it's not in the nature of the Fatal Demons to play this way. But sometimes changing it up can work as it did in tonight's case for more conservative side. The Fatal Demons decided to play a run and gun style match and ultimately got rewarded by needing nine goals to hand the Shockers a crazy loss. A.Jalilvand, B.Deslauriers and S.Kouliers each chipped in with a pair for the Fatal Demons. As for the Shockers, M.Blackman continued-from where he left off adding three more goals after coming off a four goal performance only a week ago.
(4)Brew Crew vs Sportek(2)
Three goal third period powers Brew Crew past Sportek
The Brew Crew needed a big third period in order to maintain their perfect 4-0 record in the E Sunday division. The charge was led by M.Pace and L.Verta as both players scored three minutes apart for a 3-1 lead. When considering where both teams sit in the standings, this win was anywhere close from-being easy. P.DelliColli gave his side every possible chance to get in the win column as he constantly frustrated the Brew Crew to get on board. Unfortunately, he didn't get enough offense despite the late third period push. It took up until the mid way point of the final frame for A.Charest to finally solve C.Muccino.
(1)Team Cuba vs Lynx(5)
Lynx get goals-from 5 different goal scorers to top Team Cuba
Team Cuba know they need to make the most of every advantage if they want to be part of a playoff picture. After missing a couple of breakaways and unable to score on their power play, the result justifies why they sit at the basement of the division. The Lynx will constantly generate chances relying on their speed and tonight it showed again as five different players took turns finding the back of the net. D.Zabitsky scored late in the first period as his tally held up for the winner. Despite getting some decent chances, Team Cuba had the misfortune of hitting a solid net minder. S.Catalano allowed all but one goal when A.Latella beat him with a hard low slap shot.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of the Fatal Demons. One thing's for sure, when a team scores ten goals and B.Deslauries is part of it, the power forward will definitely have something to do with it. Tonight, he racked up six points that included a pair in what was a crazy 10-8 win over the Shockers.
Tuesday February 20
(6)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(1)
Stones came out firing, beat Devil Dawgz 6-1
From-the get go, the Stones came out flying posting two first period goals. However, their best sequence came by the second period as they totally dominated the Devil Dawgz adding four more tallies. The only bright note for the Devil Dawgz was when B.Deslauriers spoiled C.Muccino's shutout. By then, the game was completely out of reach as both sides just waited for the time to run out. M.Gagnon, A.Lanni, M.Salerno, D.Ramada and S.Lodico all went on to score for the Stones, who sit in the middle of the pack with a 2-2 record.
Friday February 23
(5)Chiefs vs National(8)
M.Pinheiro's third period hat trick was just what National needed
It looked as though National found trouble after blowing a 3-0 lead. But after getting an outstanding performance-from their captain, National finished stronger securing an 8-3 win. M.Pinheiro had already beaten S.Pare twice before going on a massive rampage adding three quick tallies only minutes apart. This match had a strange effect with National being clearly the better side early on building a 3-0 lead. Then, it was the Chiefs turn responding with three of their own that left an unpredictable third period. And while the final frame may have been worrisome for National, those fears were put to rest thanks to their captain's onslaught of goals.
(8)Devil Dawgz vs Stones(6)
Late push not enough, Devil Dawgz even the score with the Stones
It was only three nights ago that the Stones handed the Devil Dawgz a thumping. Knowing this, the Stones made the brutal mistake of not being able to weather the storm. It showed-from the get go that the Devil Dawgz had something to prove as they weren't going to repeat the same mistake. They ignited four first period goals which enabled them to dictate the pace to their liking. After carrying a 6-3 lead heading into the third, the Devil Dawgz started to wonder if it would be good enough. The Stones responded with two goals and all of a sudden a comfortable lead turned into a nail biter. Luckily enough for the Devil Dawgz , A.Jalilvand was at the right place at the right time. The sniper made sure to bury the match after receiving a nice feed-from Y.Gazura and B.Deslauriers. Both players were vital for the win combining for seven points while eight different players took turns finding the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. Unable to be contained, the captain was deadly on this night bagging an impressive five goals.
Thursday February 22
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Legends (5)
A.Pannunzio turns in quite a performance
A .Pannunzio put on quite a clinic on Thursday night, posting all five goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Mighty Drunks. The forward scored most of his goals mainly-from his slap shots. Some of his teammates argue it's his stick but Pannunzio just felt that he was lucky enough to get the opportunity. The Legends needed a few things to go right in order to grab the win. And while they got the offens- from one player, their net minding was just as important. L.Dulcetta, who normally plays as a forward did a fine job limiting his opponent to only two goals on 25 shots. Another reason that enabled the win was the lack of discipline by the Mighty Drunks. Taking two major penalties is just asking for it and the Legends made sure to capitalise twice with the man advantage.
(3)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(3) S.O
SBS Trashers rally in third to draw even in heated battle
For a regular season game, it sure had the making of what seemed like a playoff game seven final. Both sides battled extremely hard, from-blocking shots to grinding really hard along the boards. The Bramabulls did have control for a long stretch carrying a 3-1 lead but that all changed when J.Scalia took over. It seems like game in and game out the big number ten saves his best for last. Tonight, was no different with him bagging two third period goals to force the overtime. Neither side was able to get it done after that despite playing some time with only three players on each side. Since overtime solved nothing, both teams went the extra mile in the shootout only to see the goaltenders steal the show. R.Pampena and C.Muccino were stellar stopping all three shooters for their respective clubs.
(3)Werewolves vs Raging Rhinos(5)
Raging Rhinos use three- goal second period to edge out Werewolves
After battling solid to a 1-1 first period tie, the second period was hellish for the Werewolves. The Raging Rhinos got back to back goals-from D.Ramada, and two-from T.Angelis that put the Raging Rhinos up 4-1. G.Delia did narrow the gap twice but it wasn't nearly enough. N.Mauro remained upbeat all night in net to earn the win. Both of T.Angelis's goals came with the special teams. His first was shorthanded while his second was on the power play that held up for the winner.
(3)Carnage vs Scorpions(7)
A.Singh shreds Carnage with five point game
A.Singh motored the Scorpions to a 7-3 win over Carnage on Thursday night. Out of their seven goals, A.Singh had his hands in five of them that included a hat trick. In what was a very close competitive game, only tilted one way towards the later stages of the match. The Scorpions carried a slight 4-3 lead till Singh closed it out with two markers in only three minutes. F.Martin also scored during that span netting his second as part of a three point performance. All three of Carnage's goals came in a very short span of four and a half minutes. They got scoring efforts- from three different players that included power play goals by S.Giannoulakis and N.Katsifolis.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Pannunzio of the Legends. The Legends forward led the charge scoring all five goals making one look nicer than the other.
Tuesday February 20
(7)United Armenians vs Armadillos(6) O.T
Pair of late penalties proves costly for Armadillos
The mixture of frustration and disappointment was palpable for the Armadillos on Tuesday night as a pair of late penalties ended up being the difference. Two out of the United Armenians three goals with the man advantage came late in the third period and in overtime. And in both cases, H.Jerjian with the help of Y.Derohannessian's two perfect feeds, ultimately doomed the Armadillos. This contest had what was expected-from the two sides with plenty of offense that kept the game springing back and forth. Apart from-setting up two big goals, Y.Derohannessian was primed-from the beginning collecting a total of five points. The Armadillos got some of their scoring done by J.Urquhart and P.Legatos as both players each scored twice in the loss.
Wednesday February 21
(1)Fat Roy vs Venom(2)
Two unanswered goals gives Venom win over Fat Roy
S.Simitsakos's first period goal may have given Fat Roy the lead, but that eventually changed when Venom responded heavily by the second period. K.Aruajo took charge with a power play goal, and S.Bentivegna followed up minutes later to put Venom in front for the first time in the match. By that point, Fat Roy had more than enough time to strike back and level the game. But with only eight goals for in six games, their offense took a hit once more. They did manage enough shots for the equaliser only to hit R.Ranieri instead of the back of the net. The win keeps Venom on top of the standings with twelve points in only five games.
(6)Les Raymonds vs Winterhawks(0)
A.Henein's hat trick lead Les Raymonds to 6-0 rout of Winterhawks
It didn't take long for A.Henein's goal scoring to take place. By the eleven minute mark of the first period, Henein bagged his second for a 3-0 lead before adding his third just shy of the mid way point of the game. Les Raymonds entered the night only one point up on the Winterhawks in what may be a significant result with both teams flirting at the bottom of the cellar. This win came with other factors as well apart-from A.Henein's goal scoring rampage. M.Deninno took control handling the back end that resulted in four points, and A.Mancini couldn't have done better denying every shot his way for the shutout.
(0)Underdogs vs Fat Cats(8)
Newly added J.Mancini makes splash for Fat Cats
In an already high powered team, the Fat Cats decided you can't go wrong with more offense. Tonight, they inserted J.Mancini to their line up, who showed that he fits right in the mix by notching a hat trick. The Fat Cats didn't have much of a difficult night against a struggling Underdogs side. But nothing was set in stone until a late second period goal by M.Mancini convinced everyone that this contest was decided. After building a 4-0 lead heading into the third period, the Fat Cats pulled way adding four more tallies that included two power play goals, and a 24 save shutout by their net minder G.Sangiovanni.
(5)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(4) S.O
Pendulum swings back in Hellfish favour
The way the first period was going, the Hellfish may have figured that their night was easier than expected. They scored three straight goals, two in which came by M.Kardum and everything appeared to be roses. But once M.Lepage struck late in the first period, the Kentucky Blue knew they had life. That tally was just the first of three more to come that eventually put the Kentucky Blue in front by the 12:30 minute mark of the third period. R.Estrela had set up two teammates before netting the go ahead marker that all of a sudden had the Hellfish wondering what went wrong. Still, the game wasn't over and the Hellfish weren't planning to go down that easy. As a matter of fact, they did it one better by tying the game late while taking it in the shootout. What made this result extra special was that M.Kardum was behind the madness. The clutch forward notched the equaliser for his hat trick while being the only player to score in the shootout.
(4)United Arms vs RBK Knights (3) S.O
United Arms win it on their fourth lead
Every single time the United Arms went up, the RBK Knights had an answer. Their most crucial equaliser came with just over a minute remaining in the game thanks to S.Katerelos's power play goal. It took a shootout marker by A.Tachejian to finally ensure the win for the United Arms. The RBK Knights have been playing way better as of late and felt they deserved better showing no quit in their game. And even though they came up short, they did manage their first point to the standings which may be a sign of good things to come. J.Constantin had two goals in the loss while G.Jerjian keeps showing his consistency by collecting two more goals for the United Arms.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hovig Jerjian of the United Armenians. With timing being everything, the skilled forward not only tied the game late but won it by striking in overtime versus the Armadillos.
Monday February 19
Rebels get it right by the second game
The Rebels had things set up for a solid win against the Degenerates, but then they went and blew a three goal lead en route to a deflating loss. The comeback was inspired by P.Cardillo, who riffled three rockets past P.Boucher to earn a hat trick in only five minutes. The Degenerates found their game responding with five unanswered goals while hoping that it would carry over in the second contest. Normally momentum tends to continue when riding a hot hand but no in this case. The Rebels had short memories and got back to their game plan by stunning their opponent early on. This time, they did it one better by building a 4-0 lead only six minutes into the game. The charge was led in part by their captain D.Roy, who scored twice in the opener while adding a pair to provide a four goal cushion. Seeing that the Degenerates fought back to take the first encounter, they did make a push in this one as well but couldn't get there in time. J.Chartier got credited the winner and P.Boucher bounced back to earn the win in net over his counterpart P.Assadi.
(5)Degenerates vs Rebels(3)
(5)Rebels vs Degenerates(4)
No good lead is ever secure, Jokers walk away with single point
The Jokers showed promise and got on the board several times in the first period. A.Dayan took command bagging back to back tallies, and the Jokers felt they could do no wrong against a flat Walking Tall side. But, a very late tally by J-R Lemay may have planted the seed of what was to come. The Walking Tall turned a three goal deficit into an eventual lead when they scored a power play goal with less than three minutes remaining. As discouraging as the loss would be, the Jokers did put it behind them quickly to manage a better outcome. However, it was the Walking Tall getting the better once more, but this time in a shootout. Once again, J-R Lemay was pivotal for his club. The Walking Tall forward tied the game with just over two minutes to force the extra time. After sending three players a side, E.Gacem and J.Dumont each scored in the shootout for the Walking Tall while S-A Longo was the lone striker for the Jokers.
(4)Walking Tall vs Jokers(3)
(3)Jokers vs Walking Tall(4) S.O
Punishers can't recover-from tortuous five minutes after taking first encounter
With A.Centis setting up C.Gingras and K.Kakivelis twice, the Punishers walked away with a solid 3-1 win versus the Hustlers. It was another game that P.Stamkopoulos shined stopping all but one goal on 15 shots against a team that can score at will. Now it's one thing to defeat the Hustlers once, but to do it twice doesn't often happen even though it was done not to long ago with the Punishers taking both games. With that said, the Punishers had the opportunity to sweep their opponent once again up until an uncalled gesture turned things around. Spending five minutes in the penalty box in a 4vs4 format spells disaster. The Hustlers knew they had it and put the match into autopilot bagging three goals with the man advantage that ultimately gave little hope for the Punishers. T.Bozinakis was largely behind the win as he not only set up two teammates but was able to use his patented slap shot twice to get the better of P.Stamkopoulos.
(3)Punishers vs Hustlers(1)
(5)Hustlers vs Punishers(2)
Corporation battle Mighty Drunks till the end
It showed in everyone's game that neither side was willing to give up anything. The result of the first encounter was proof enough as both teams went the ultimate distance. After playing to a 2-2 first period, and then trading one goal by the second, nobody was able to crack the barrier, even in the shootout as each net minder wished they could have done better stopping only one of three attempts. The second game wasn't much different except for a short sequence by K.Araujo. In the span of only 70 seconds, K.Araujo delivered with two blasts-from about the same area to put the Corporation up 3-1.That didn't stop M.Arkalis from- making a game of it. From the drop of the ball since the opening face off, M.Arkalis and P.Arkalis were a thorn throughout the entire night for the Corporation. Both players combined for nine out of a possible ten points that included a shootout marker by P.Arkalis. But as big as M.Arakalis's goal was in the second game, it just wasn't enough as the Corporation held on for the close win.
(5)The Corporation vs Mighty Drunks(5) S.O
(2)Mighty Drunks vs The Corporation(3)
Underdogs use two big second periods to edge out Immigrant
An early second period goal by B.Cabral in the first game, and a power play marker-from the very same B.Cabral in the second contest gave the Underdogs two clear wins and six points to the standings. Cabral was clutch both times collecting two game winning goals, and C.Malkoun was rock solid in net stopping 31 of 34 shots. Les Immigrant had more than enough minutes in both games to battle back and even the score. But with a determined defense and solid goaltending, the Immigrant offense hit a dry spell. For the Underdogs, both these wins put them in control of the standings with 22 points for first place.
(2)Les Immigrant vs Underdogs(3)
(3)Underdogs vs Immigrant(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Araujo of the Corporation. His two wicked slap shots in a short span gave the edge for his cub in what was a dog fight till the end with the Mighty Drunks.
Tuesday February 20
1 Timer squander two massive leads
Weather it was the 1 Timer better prepared or the Degenerates sleeping, one has to wonder what went wrong for the 1 Timer. Twice they led 3-0, and twice they fell on the short end of the stick. This is the fourth straight time that the Degenerates find themselves in the same situation that resulted in a split decision with the Rebels. Whatever their excuse may be, they did show lots of bite every time that resulted in a pair of comeback wins. S.Marricco, on the large part has been the catalyst behind the victories. The power forward may be oblivious to what assists are but is very familiar with goals. Tonight, he buried a total of five in both games. The Degenerates also had A.Lanni notch three while J.Melo took care of the balance with a pair.
(4)1 Timer vs Degenerates (5)
(5)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(3)
Sunday February 18
(2)Sportek vs Lynx(8)
Captain Jeremy Lang in full command with hat trick
The Lynx's lethal weapon J.Lang caused mayhem on Sunday night, scoring three goals as his club was simply too fast for Sportek. The legs started to show by the third period as five unanswered goals separated the two sides. D.Zabitsky was in on the action posting two tallies while many other teammates chipped away with points. For two straight periods, P.DelliColli exhausted himself keeping the game extremely close stopping 14 of 16 shots. By then, Sportek had no answer on how to slow down the Lynx's speed that never looked back collecting a second win in three starts.
(4)Brew Crew vs Fatal Demons(2)
Brew Crew down Fatal Demons with hard fought win
It had the kind of tough edge that both sides came to expect. There was no way that either team would dance their way to clean plays or easy scoring chances. The Brew Crew play a hard nose game and often get rewarded with tonight not being any different. After the Brew Crew built a 2-0 first period lead, the Fatal Demons knew they were in trouble despite the amount of hockey left over. They did get life when R.Ranieri finally got on board but that lasted only so long. G.Nehme restored the two goal lead only moments later with a crunching slap shot that S.Morante wished he had. Once D.Colatosti extended the cushion, this match was pretty much done even with a period remaining. The Brew Crew got scoring efforts-from four different players, and a 16 save performance by C.Muccino, who sit nicely with a 3-0 record.
(9)Shockers vs Team Cuba(5)
Team Cuba, no answers for M.Blackman's 4 goal madness
M.Blackman scored again, again, again, and again and Team Cuba stood there wondering how to calm down the storm. Unfortunately, the Shockers captain was at a different level tonight posting four goals in which his first three gave his club a 4-3 lead. It's one thing if it's one player causing havoc, but it wasn't the entire case in this contest as many players pulled their weight. Other notables included T.DeBonis and T.Salberg as both players combined for six points. Considering that many new faces dressed for a first time, Team Cuba fared well against an established opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matt Blackman of the Shockers. The captain was definitely feeling it on this night, striking four times to help lead his club to a 9-5 win over Team Cuba.
Friday February 16
(9)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(1)
Chiefs catch Bramabulls on off night
It was not a result that both sides expected. If there is any way to explain it, the Chiefs came out prepared with a full roster while the Bramabulls had some holes in their line up without key players. Regardless the situation, the game was quickly out of reach early on with the Chiefs exploding for five goals in only one period. D.Galloro and A.Zarzour showed again how threatening they can be as both players notched hat tricks. Adding to that, S.Pare took care of the other side of the court stopping all but one goal. The Chiefs made it a point to defend well and help their defence by rolling three centre men. With this result, every team has now suffered at least one loss.
(5)National vs Stones(7)
T.Settino, in a league of his own carries Stones past National
As good as T.Settino is, sometimes he just doesn't make it fair for anyone. The Stones largely beat National due to his incredible performance, striking four times while setting up S.Fabrici twice to get the ball rolling. His most impressive tally came in a shorthanded situation when he used the defensemen in front of him to riffle a wicked wrist shot that fooled F.Lamarche. While T.Settino and the Stones did their part, the National kept getting frustrated tying the game on several occasions only to keep falling behind. Despite the loss, O.Meilleur and S.Huard had solid games posting two goals apiece.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Stones. Scoring four goals while setting up two markers, clearly makes him the player of the night.
Thursday February 15
(2)Scorpions vs Bramabulls(5)
Bulls bully Scorpions in second period
A line featuring J.Palmitano, M.Testolina and J.Morina accounted for plenty on Thursday night. All three players clicked well and had no problems finding each other that resulted in two goals only 30 seconds apart. The Bramabulls were only up 2-1 by that point before distancing themselves-from the Scorpions. Palmitano led all players with two goals and an assist, and C.Muccino had no problems collecting a win between the pipes. The Scorpions got their tallies-from F.Martin and A.Clark, who also collected a helper on Martin's goal.
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Werewolves(9)
D.Traversy & Y.Leroux go off combining for 8 goals
D.Traversy had a ridiculous five goal game, and Y.Leroux wasn't far behind bagging a hat trick. The Werewolves superstar went on a tear by the second period where he ignited four straight markers that winded S.Sauk and the Mighty Drunks defence. For a while this contest was close, until Traversy took matters into his own hands. The win puts the Werewolves in first place while the Mighty Drunks are still stuck searching for answers.
(3)JLR Brossard vs SBS Trashers(5) S.O
S.Hrivnak and R.Pampena lead SBS Trashers to shootout win
S.Hrivnak has fit right in with the SBS Trashers, using his scoring touch and solid presence. Hrivnak scored a goal and added the shootout winner right after F.Gentile tied things up late in the game. The JLR Brossard trailed twice but battled back to eventually take a 3-2 third period lead thanks S.Bentivegna's three assists. Neither side took leads after every period, leaving only the shootout to decide the winner. During that time, R.Pampena picked up the victory stopping two breakaways over his counterpart P.Assadi.
(4)Legends vs Raging Rhinos(2)
Legends three line energy delivers positive result
It's a formula that the Legends will use in their quest of making things difficult for their opponents. By rolling three lines, they are able to apply more grit, energy and toughness to get the lift they need. Tonight was a perfect example of how everything fell into place, especially by the third period where the legs were still there resulting in three goals. Nobody needed to be a statistical marvel as every single player contributed one way or another. Every line chipped in with a goal that saw M.Chenier get an extra one by opening and closing the scoring. And while their depth is extremely important, the Legends have the luxury of great goaltending as well. Unless there are abundances of rebounds, S.Morante will more often than not stop the primary shot.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dave Traversy of the Werewolves. The Werewolves forward had an epic game striking four consecutive times as part of a five goal performance.
Tuesday February 13
(10)United Armenians vs Fat Roy(0)
United Armenians bully Fat Roy again in 10-0 drubbing
G.Jerjian notched a hat trick, H.Jerjian buried a pair and the United Armenians took control-from the outset en route to an easy victory. J-F Aumais turned aside 23 shots to earn a shutout. Once again, all three lines were involved which has been a key success so far this season for the United Armenians. The depth has been helping a lot that has many players buying into a system and game plan. The match was just over twelve minutes old when half of the goals went in. It wasn't too long ago both sides met with the United Armenians doing more or less the same thing to their opponent. Knowing this, Fat Roy couldn't stop the avalanche early on which led to another devastating effect.
Wednesday February 14
(3)United Arms vs Winterhawks(1)
United Arms hold off Winterhawks in heated battle
The first goal of the game only came late in the second period shy of the buzzer. A.Belcher figured out F.Anctil by then, and the United Arms added two more by the third to capture the win. The game started to heat up by the third period with both sides taking their fair share of penalties. Unable to get anything by G.Follano, the Winterhawks only got on board once in the final frame period courtesy of S.Laramee. M.Boghossian and G.Jerjian got the United Arms other tallies with Jerjian securing the win on a late power play.
(3)Fat Cats vs Venom(5)
Y.Gazura four point night powers Venom over Fat Cats
Venom made sure that their power play unit measured up to its standards on Wednesday night. Already up 3-1 after two periods, Y.Gazura and A.Jalilvand took turns netting a power play goal each. That cushion was more than enough of a lead despite J.Scalia scoring twice in only a minute. From-the get go of the second period, Venom out matched the Fat Cats with two unanswered goals. M.Trivisonno allowed only one tally throughout most of the match before the Fat Cats lethal weapon buried a pair.
(0)Underdogs vs Armadillos(5)
Armadillos show no love in Valentine's rout of Underdogs
It was a night that the Armadillos did everything right. From-grabbing a 2-0 first period lead to riffling three power play goals and defending flawlessly to help D.Bourque collect a shutout, the Armadillos committed to a full 45 minute game. There wasn't the Underdogs could have done after finding themselves down early on. P.Lapointe helped set up three goals, and G.Bouchard along with S.Kipopoulos each scored twice that included power play markers.
(5)Hellfish vs Les Raymonds(1)
5 man unit clicks for Hellfish
It's not often that you'll get enough power play opportunities, but the Hellfish made sure to take full advantage in their 5-1 win over Les Raymonds. There was no doubt that their confidence and chemistry was on display as it resulted in three straight power play goals. But as much as their unit clicked, the Hellfish surrendered a shorthanded marker by N.Delia to put Les Raymonds back in the game. The lead was now cut in half with four minutes remaining, but the power play hadn't expired yet as C.Dapoulias delivered a sigh of relief regaining a two goal cushion. S.Monnet led all players with four points while B.Verducci was only four minutes shy of collecting a shutout.
(5)RBK Knights vs Kentucky Blue(6) O.T
Kentucky Blue emerge victorious in 6-5 overtime thriller
When the dust settled, the Kentucky Blue came out on top of a back and forth, electrifying, adrenaline pumping 6-5 overtime game against the RBK Knights. T.Oliveira netted a hat trick and was a big reason behind the victory. R.Montinaro may have gotten the most praise by riffling the overtime winner. This came as a frustrating loss for the RBK Knights, who felt that they deserved better. Despite being down, they never once let up turning a deficit into a 5-4 third period lead. Unfortunately, a pair of bad timely penalties led to an equaliser by the Kentucky Blue with less than five minutes remaining.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyson Oliveira of Kentucky Blue. In what was an intense game with the RBK Knights, the sniper needed to be good and was bagging 3 big goals.
Tuesday February 13
(7)P-Ball vs Red Lite(4)
J.Gagne paces P-Ball once again
There was hardly any surprise in the P-Ball's dressing room following the teams 7-4 victory over Red Lite on Tuesday night. It was not that they weren't impressed by the effort of their captain. It's just what they've come to expect. So far this after nine games played, J.Gagne is second in scoring delivering timely plays that keep leading into points. Although he didn't score in this case, the crafty forward helped set up four straight goals with primary assists. Some of the beneficiaries were S.Vanier, who scored twice in the first period and P.Genereux that completed his night bagging a hat trick. The P-Ball ultimately took the contest by the second period where they completing dominated the frame with three unanswered goals. It's already the fourth time both sides meet and the P-Ball may have gotten in the heads of Red Lite taking command of the regular season series three games to one.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Genereux of P-Ball. With timing being everything, P.Genereux struck twice at a crucial part of the game before ending the night off with a hat trick.
Monday February 12
F.Gaudet-Peloquin stands tall in net
In both games, Les Immigrants offense managed only one goal. Maybe that's because F.Gaudet-Peloquin wasn't feeling generous on this night. The Walking Tall scored just enough winning 2-0 & 3-1 to collect two close victories. J-R Lemay opened and closed the scoring as the only player to get a pair past R.Ricaurte. Out of their 32 shot attempts, S.Jankouzian was the only player able to get the better of the corner stone net minder. M.Laroche, S.Scott and E.Gacem also went on to score for the Walking Tall, who collected their fourth win in ten games.
(0)Les Immigrant vs Walking Tall(2)
(3)Walking Tall vs Les Immigrant(1)
Rebels calm the storm to split miniseries with 1 Timer
The way the first game went, the Rebels knew they had to tighten up in the second game if they expected to collect points with the 1 Timer. Giving up six wasn't the way to go and that was adjusted with P.Boucher bouncing back with a 15 save effort. The 1 Timer stormed out of the gates early on bagging three goals just six minutes in. M.Carpentier struck first while providing his second early in the second period for a three goal cushion. After a subpar performance, the Rebels showed some character by the second contest. This time, they returned the favor being the better side early on. They struck three times in the first and added their fourth thanks to their captain D.Roy, who buried his second to put the game out of reach. By then, the Rebels had only a shutout to protect but weren't able to because of M.Carpentier's late power play goal.
(6)1 Timer vs Rebels(3)
(4)Rebels vs 1 Timer(1)
No clowning around, Jokers meant business on this night
Anytime you get off to an excellent start, the odds will always be on your side. The Jokers wasted no time igniting the action with three quick goals and the Underdogs were left wondering what had happened to them. Despite their bad start, the Underdogs avoided the snooze button and responded with a better second period. The only problem was that it came a little too late. Both sides traded three goals each that resulted in a 6-3 final. The second encounter was much closer, but the Jokers still had the better start forcing the Underdogs to play catch up. After being down twice, D.Mansour and his captain J.Constantin each scored to level the game. Neither side was able to get it done in regulation time which forced a three man shootout. It's very rare that all three players would prevail in the breakaways, but the Jokers defied the odds with S-A Longo, A.Dayan and G.Angelo all finding the back of the net.
(3)Underdogs vs Jokers(6)
(5)Jokers vs Underdogs(3) S.O
Degenerates effort pays off in difficult battle with Hustlers
Within only five minutes-from the drop of the ball, some may have been wondering if the night would end earlier than usual. The Hustlers, and more so E.Girouard, popped in four goals by the 5:20 mark of the game that saw the sniper rifle three straight after A.Stamiris opened the scoring. But as ugly as that sequence may have been, the spirits of the Degenerates weren't totally shattered. By taking it one shift at a time, the confidence started to build up even though they knew they would not come back-from their deep hole. For the Degenerates, it was about finishing strong so that they can carry some good habits heading into the second encounter. And with that said in between games, the effort paid off. After playing to a 1-1 first period, S.Marricco did what he does best and that is to go to the net. The power forward battled his way through providing two big goals which was eventually followed with a power play marker by P.Paikopoulos. And even though a 3-1 lead appears to be comfortable, it never is against a team like the Hustlers. It took only two wicked slap shots 45 seconds apart-from T.Bozinakis to gear this match away-from his opponent. By that point, the contest appeared to be headed for a shootout until a desperate slap shot-from J.Melo said otherwise. M.Dagenais would have easily made that save an unlimited amount of times but didn't that time with only 6 seconds left on the clock.
(6)Hustlers vs Degenerates(2)
(4)Degenerates vs Hustlers(3)
Punishers keep showing why they are on top
In order to defeat the defending champs, a near perfect game may be required in order to do so. However, the Mighty Drunks weren't far off in both matches as one goal decided the first outcome and a very late tally was the difference in the second encounter. A.Dayan was the lone goal scorer in the 1-0 win. His tally came only 20 seconds into that game which gave a heavy duty task for P.Stamkopoulos to walk away with the shutout. The Mighty Drunks finally got on board by the second encounter, and actually led 2-1 by the second period when P.Arkalis snapped a 1-1 tie. But there was still plenty of work to be done in order to defeat the Punishers. Unable to get that extra insurance marker or hoping to secure a slight lead, the Mighty Drunks couldn't keep F.Russo off the score sheet. Still, the game was up for grabs and time was winding down towards the shootout. By then, anyone could have come up big and someone actually did a minute shy of regulation time. That player was A.Centis, who broke the barrier to help maintain a perfect 8-0 record for the Punishers.
(1)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks(0)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederick Gaudet-Peloquin of Walking Tall. The net minder didn't give much to Les Immigrant, who only figured him out once on 32 shots.
Tuesday February 13
Les Immigrant stifle Corporation with aggressive for check
Anytime a team buys into a game plan, the outcome is usually a good one. Les Immigrant kept it simple but worked extremely hard like they always do by making things very difficult for their opponent. The Corporation had barely time holding the ball and were forced to make quick plays due to the constant pressure. It was by the early stages of the second period that the first encounter tilted in one direction. R.Lakhoyan and A.Pederian each scored in a quick span to grab a 3-1 lead and R.Ricaurte knew he had the game secured making brilliant saves. With the first encounter out of the way, the Corporation tweaked some things around and made sure to prepare better in order to walk away with some dignity. And although it was a difficult task at hand, the veteran side took control of the situation. After tying the game 1-1, J.Morina helped set up the go ahead marker by P.Santullo only minutes later. By that point, Les Immigrant had way more than enough time to battle back and even the score. The problem however was that they couldn't create enough numbers as they were constantly guarded with a player in front of them. Also, add to the fact that S.Morante wasn't going to make it easy either by making save after save. In the end, both sides were satisfied with the results despite being in different divisions.
(2)The Corporation vs Les Immigrant(3)
(1)Les Immigrant vs The Corporation(2)
Sunday February 11th
(2) Sportek vs Shockers (8)
Shockers have big third period to take control over the match and put final nail in coffin.
The Shockers offense slowly dug a hole for the Sportek team until they finally woke up and took control of the match and put the final nail in coffin taking all hope their opponents had. M. Blackman and C. Debonis were the main contributors for their club scoring five of their teams eight goals. D. Bourque continues to be solid in between the pipes stopping eighteen shots he faced, only C. Flikas and S. Pinero were the sole players able to solve the hot goaltender.
(4) Lynx vs Fatal Demons (3)
Defensive game plan keeps game tight until the very end.
Tonight, we saw two very evenly matched team go up against each other, as both teams exchanged goals until one of them prevailed in the third. From the start Lynx got a quick start with the help of D. Zabitsky who scored the first two goals for his club, while the Fatal Demons were able to keep it close on their end thanks in part to P. Santullo. As the game winded down each team exchanged a pair of goals to close the game out.
(5) Brew Crew vs Team Cuba (3)
A quick start to the game puts the Brew Crew up and Team Cuba playing catch up for the rest of it.
Brew Crew knew they had to strike first to get the start they needed, and they never looked back striking a total of three times in the first. From their Team Cuba were playing catch up the rest of the way, never being able to fully dig out of the hole they got themselves in from the first. D. Verta was a big contributor for his club scoring a hat trick and carrying most of the offensive load by himself. Where as J. De Sua was the sole player on his end who was able to collect multiple points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta of the Brew Crew. On a nightly basis Danny Verta shows why he is the most important player to his club and tonight was no different, as the talented forward scored a total of three goals to help his club get the win.
Friday February 9th
(4) Chiefs vs National (5)
As both teams exchange leads until we finally find a winner at the end.
As both team scripted this, the game plan was to get a lead and defend the following until the final buzzer. Unfortunately, the following is easier said than done, as both teams exchanged leads until the third period where the National took control and shut the door the rest of the way. D. Galloro continues to be a goal scoring machine scoring half of his club’s goals, whereas on the other side both S. Laplante and M. Pinheiro each scored a pair of goals on S. Pare to help secure his club win.
(3) Devil Dawgz vs Bramabulls (10)
Bramabulls keep rolling with the start of the Master’s division.
Bramabulls continue to demonstrate that their offence needs to be feared in the Master’s division, any team must be conscious of how many goals a team can put up. As the season continues to grow teams will need to adjust their defensive game plan when playing them. Captain A. Di Perna continues to demonstrate his leadership capabilities by not only putting together a fierce team to compete against but also by being a solid contributor for his club. Tonight, was no different for the captain who had a solid showing accumulating five points. While on the other side the Devil Dawgz used a team effort scoring three goals, V. Mancini was the sole player to collect multiple points.
The SalumiVinoplayer of the night goes to Frederic Lamarche of the National. When the game was on the line the goaltender decided to shut the door and make sure to push away every shot he faced to give his club an important win.
Thursday February 8th
(3) Mighty Drunks vs Bramabulls (7)
Strong start to game provides Bramabulls necessary push to grab win over Mighty Drunks.
As the night wore on, the goals started to pile on for the Bramabulls who took a controlling win over the Mighty Drunks thanks to a quick start. M. Testolina continues to prove why he is a fierce competitor scoring the first two goals for his club. As the period continued to wind down, the Bramabulls scored another two unanswered goals to build on their lead. But you should never count out the Mighty Drunks as the team started to mount a comeback in the third period scoring three goals, unfortunately for the them the large deficit they had created was to large to overcome.
(1) Scorpions vs SBS Trashers (3)
Tight defensive game plans sees opportunistic SBS Trashers team take the game.
To evenly matched teams faced off tonight and only one could prevail. Both teams demonstrated strong defensive game plans to match up with one another and waiting on their opportunistic moment to strike. The Scorpions took the early lead thanks to a blistering shot from the point from B. Sieu. But the lead did not last long as the SBS Trashers replied with three unanswered goals in a span of five minutes. The SBS Trashers used a team effort as not one single player received more than a point, eight of the ten players dressed collected points.
(2) Carnage vs Raging Rhinos (5)
Raging Rhinos continue to roll playing another solid game.
The Raging Rhinos continue to show why they were the winners of the E-Thursday fall division. From the start of the game Raging Rhinos took control of the game and never let go controlling all facets of the game. T. Georgaros put his team in an ideal position in the first period scoring two very important goals. As Carnage started to fight back into it thanks in part to the goals produced by S. Amoroso, the Raging Rhinos always had an answer replying after each score. J. Tzanetakos finally put the game away in the third scoring the fifth goal his club and taking any juice left in the tank from Carnage.
(3) JLR Brossard vs Werewolves (7)
Even with a shorth bench Werewolves control game against JLR Brossard.
Tonight, both teams played with a short bench, as JLR Brossard brought in spares. It is not always the best course of actions as some of these players will not have chemistry together. Sticking with your core and expecting them to produce will always be the best-case scenario. The Delia brothers proved to be the difference in this one creating havoc for JLR Brossard from the start as both scored hat tricks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ted Georgaros of the Raging Rhinos. His leadership skills and talent of being at the right place at the right time helped him produce a big win for his club and notch two very important goals.
Wednesday February 7th
(6) Hellfish vs RBK Knights (2)
Strong start to the game puts Hellfish up early and they never look back.
From the initial ball drop Hellfish meant all business playing strong hockey and taking advantage of the disorder from the RBK Knigths, C. Flikas and S. Monnet each struck with their first goals of the night. As the night wore on Hellfish continued to take advantage of their counterparts digging them a deeper hole to dig themselves out of. S. Dimakos and s. Morachie were finally able to solve B. Verducci late in the third but it was to late at that point as RBK Knigths were in to big of a hole to comeback from.
(1) United Armenians vs Fat Cats (2)
Old school defensive minded hockey leads the way in this one.
These games between two very strong clubs always brings out the best from all. From the start both teams demonstrated that the intensity was going to be there. As both teams exchanged their chances until B. Bonspiel was able to beat J-F. Aumais in the first. As the clocked ticked down the Fat Cats built upon their lead as E. Panzera scored the second for his club. As the United Armenians continued to pepper G. Sangiovanni the solid netminder continued to push away all the shots he faced until the last minute of the game where G. Jerjian was able to find the back of the net.
(4) Winterhawks vs Kentucky Blue (8)
Kentucky Blue offense creates chances until the end scoring eight goals.
The defensive game plan from both sides just went out the door in this one as both teams were more interested in scoring goals then helping their goaltenders out. While Kentucky Blue used multiple offensive weapons such as M. Lepage, T. Oliveira, and R. Estrela to score multiple goals. But on the other side the Winterhawks used F. Raymond to produce all their goals, scoring a natural hat trick and helping set up one of his teammates. The other Winterhawks players will need to step up their game and help their teammate out to create more offensive chances.
(7) Venom vs Underdogs (3)
Second period awakening from Venom takes over the game to earn the win.
The game that started off tight between both clubs exchanging three goals a piece saw Venom take control over the game mid way thru the second. The Underdogs who are not use to playing short bench showed their fatigue but it was to late as Venom was carving out their lead. The chemistry between J. Courteau and B. Deslauriers continues to be demonstrated as both players combined for a total of six points tonight.
(2) Les Raymonds vs United Arms (4)
A.Mancini plays an extremely solid game but not enough as Les Raymonds show fatigue with a short bench.
It is usually rare that when a goalie stands on top of his head during the entire night and can not come out with the win, but it was the case tonight. As the extra legs the United Arms brought proved to be the difference tonight. A. Belcher kept showing his veteran presence on a young squad helping set up three of his teammates. N. Delia continues to prove to be a great addition for his squad as he was the sole player to solve R. Kenadjian all night long.
(8) Armadillos vs Fat Roy (0)
Armadillos too much to handle for Fat Roy as they take advantage of their counterparts.
From the initial ball drop it showed Fat Roy was going to have their hands full with their opponent. The Armadillos did not let anything get them off their game plan as they keep playing the same style of game until the final whistle. The Armadillos used a team effort to score their goals as seven different players found the back of the net. P. Lapointe was the sole Armadillos player to score multiple goals. While C. Stavriadis was perfect on his end as he only faced twenty-three shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to the Giancarlo Sangiovanni from the Fat Cats. The netminder played a near perfect game only allowing one goal on twenty-five shots. His bid for a shutout was denied during the end of the game.
First place Underdogs earn another two wins but do not make their lives easy.
As the Underdogs continue their quest to earn the first-place position in the league, the needed to beat Walking Tall to continue with their dominance but they did not make their life easy. The Underdogs proved in the first game that with a solid defensive game and a opportunistic offence that they could capitalize when needed. M. Boutros and F. Nasser were the sole players to solve F. Gaudet-Peloquin. While C. Malkoun was perfect on his end stopping all seventeen shots he faced. The second game did not come as easy to the Underdogs as Walking Tall seemed to have found an answer to their offensive troubles keeping the game extremely close. As B. Cabral and F. Nasser each combined for three points a piece for the Underdogs. While on the other side J R. Lemay and D. O. Trinque were finally able to solve C. Malkoun.
(0) Walking Tall vs Underdogs (2)
(2) Walking Tall vs Underdogs (3)
Each team exchanges wins as Mighty Drunks wake up in a big way for their second game.
The 1 Timers showed a lot of energy in the first game coming off strong and taking advantage of the Mighty Drunks. The 1 Timers capitalized on their chances scoring once in each period. S. Lebel and M. Carpentier were the two players to solve M. Melo. While F. Koch was solid on his side turning away the multiple offensive weapons and chances the Mighty Drunks threw his way. As the second game started it seemed the tides were changing as the Mighty Drunks were finding their legs and solutions to their offensive issues. While the Mighty Drunks used a team effort to capitalize on their chances and scoring five goals against F. Koch.
(0) Mighty Drunks vs 1 Timer (2)
(5) Mighty Drunks vs 1 Timer (2)
Punishers outduel a very strong offensive team and keep them in check during the entire night.
The game plan for the night was to play a solid defensive game from the Punishers and to limit any potential offense the Hustlers may have produced on this night. As the Punishers executed their game plan to a tee it finally showed on the scoreboard, as the Punishers won both games with a large margin. In the first game J. Fridilis was the offensive star his club needed scoring two goals and setting up one of his teammates for the third tally. The second game did not much different as the Punishers continued their strong play and continued to use a game plan that worked. A. Sarrigiannis and A. Centis each tallied a pair of goals to beat A. Kakivelis while on the other side B. Vassilakis was the sole bright spot for his club beating P. Stamkopoulos twice.
(1) Hustlers vs Punishers (4)
(2) Hustlers vs Punishers (5)
Jokers wake up late secure much needed point.
The Degenerates can welcome new addition P. Paikopoulos with open arms tonight as the talented defenceman made the difference in the first game. D. Vespa was able to see first hand how much his blistering slapshot makes the difference. The Jokers tried to fight back from an early deficit, but it was to late as time ran out. The second match was much tighter as the Jokers took an early one goal lead by C. Daoud and shut the door the rest of the way. But the defensive efforts were not quite enough as G. Cardillo ties the game late in the second period to send this to a shoot out. The Jokers can thank S. Longo and G. Angelo who were each capable of beating R. Ranieri to secure the win.
(4) Degenerates vs Jokers (3)
(2) Degenerates vs Jokers (3) SO
The SalumiVinoplayer of the night goes to the Christian Malkoun of the Underdogs. The talented netminder only allowed two goals in a very busy night, where he faced multiple scoring chances and a late push from his opponent.
Monday February 5th
(1) Team Haiti vs P-Ball (6)
P-Ball take advantage of Team Haiti, keep rolling in the Premier division.
P-Ball continue to roll in the Premier division, securing an important 3 points in the standing as the season nears an end. From the initial ball drop, P-Ball showed their offensive skill. J. Gagne was the first player to solve R. Augustin-Registe, but his night had just started as the speedy forward found the back of the net another two times to finish things off. P-O. Girouard continued his stellar play from the previous weeks only allowing one goal on twenty-seven shots to T. Dornival. Team Haiti will need to find a solution to their offensive difficulties as the season winds down.
(2) Black Knights vs Red Lite (9)
Two old rivals renew their rivalry near the end of the season, as Red Lite provides a dominant performance.
As two rivals continued their fierce rivalry tonight, Red Lite showed their continued dominance in the Premier division by taking an easy win. From the start of the first period Red Lite were determined to demonstrate their offensive dominance scoring three unanswered goals a period. M. David and K. Kuczmarski were the main contributors for their club as they each scored two goals a piece and they each set up three other goals. The Black Knights were finally able to find the back of the net when G. Gelinas and J. Velonosi scored on L. Augustin-Registe. As the Black Knights finally started to find their game it was to late as the hole they had dug themselves in was to large to overcome.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to the P-Ball's goaltender P-O. Girouard. The solid netminder provided an excellent performance for his club as he only allowed one goal on twenty-seven shots he faced.
Friday February 2
(4)Devil Dawgz vs National(9)
National make big signing of A.Paul, investment pays off
National stepped up their attempts to add a nice piece to the puzzle. With the addition of A.Paul , the already fast National got that much better and quicker on Friday night. There was no doubt that A.Paul would make an impression to his teammates and unfortunately even to his opponents as they stood watching in disbelief. The spark plug whaled away bagging three goals while setting up two teammates. But it wasn't only one guy demanding the respect as many others were heavily involved in the win. S.Hurad got the ball rolling with two first period goals, and his captain M.Pinheiro was productive collecting four points. Despite the loss, the Devil Dawgz did an excellent job with their five man unit riffling three power play goals.
(7)Bramabulls vs Stones(5)
Stones choke away 3-0 lead
It's one that will sting for a while. The Stones went up 3-0 after only twelve minutes and appeared to be in good shape despite the amount of time left over. But for the Bramabulls , they just took it one shift at a time that eventually turned into goal after goal before finding themselves up late in the second period. The comeback effort was led by A.Gendron, who struck twice in a row before completing his hat trick giving the Bramabulls a 5-4 lead early in the third period. By then, everyone had bought into the game plan for the Bramabulls and the Stones just felt they got rattled unable to stop the bleeding. They did attempt to narrow the margin when M.Gagnon ripped a bullet-from the point, but by that time it was little too late.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alex Gendron of the Bramabulls. With his team down 3-0, the Bramabulls forward sparked the comeback posting back to back tallies while snapping a 4-4 third period tie to capture a hat trick.
Thursday February 1
(5)Werewolves vs Legends(3)
Legends crumble in third period, lose to Werewolves
The Werewolves showed what a resilient team they are on Thursday night. They trailed for long stretches but felt confident that they can battle back with the amount of talent and experience they have. Their fight back spirit showed in the third where they ignited three unanswered goals. The comeback was driven by scoring efforts-from different players. Already with a goal, Y.Leroux tied it up right before J.Moreira put the Werewolves back in front. It wasn't like the Legends didn't get their fair share of chances and scoring opportunities. The problem for them was that they couldn't figure out L.Giannes enough times. The net minder battled every shot and stood in the way enabling his club to escape with the three points.
(0)Mighty Drunks vs Scorpions(8)
Scorpions score easy win over Mighty Drunks
With A.Singh and K.Rose combining for two goals apiece, this contest was over and done with by the second period. The Mighty Drunks had nothing going for them on this night, unable to score while getting out played for most of the match. The Scorpions would add four more tallies by the third with M.Gil striking twice as part of a five point performance. After facing 25 shots, P.Patel knew he had the win long before he picked up a shutout.
(0)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(6)
Two teams with different priorities
It's sometimes normal for a championship team to be a little complacent. The Raging Rhinos entered this contest not feeling the sense of urgency they are used to which explained them getting blown into thin air-from a more determined hockey team. The Bramabulls, unhappy with last weeks result went to the well to draw a couple of pieces and add to their line-up. Just with the additions of J.Palmitano and M.Testolina, this club got that much stronger. Both players combined for seven points with Testolina leading the way with a hat trick. In addition to their onslaught, T.Karasek was among the two forwards bagging a pair while C.Muccino was brilliant in net stopping 25 shots for a shutout.
(4)Carnage vs JLR Brossard(10)
JLR Brossard pull away in third to leave Carnage in dust
Locked in a tight battle in the first period, the JLR Brossard broke it open as the game went on leaving Carnage far behind their rear view mirror. The collapse happened when Carnage took two straight penalties that enabled M.Gagnon and B.Barile to capitalise. Then, it was Y.Gazuri going at it for a fourth time getting the better of s defenceless B.Madonis. A big strength for the JLR Brossard is the luxury of having two very solid defensemen. K.Aruajo and M.Gagnon are primary quarterbacks for any team and the JLR Brossard are glad to have two players with such attributes. Both players each scored twice while combining for eight points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Luca Giannes of the Werewolves. If not for his exceptional goaltending, the Legends would have easily grabbed the win over the Werewolves.
Tuesday January 30
(3)Les Raymonds vs Kentucky Blue(7)
M.Mercier hat trick, 5 points lift Kentucky Blue to 7-3 win over Les Raymonds
With M.Mercier and the rest of the Kentucky Blue's offense clicking, it hardly mattered who was protecting the Kentucky Blue's cage at the other end. The new addition made an immediate impact scoring three goals and two assist while James Tutino chipped in with a pair to finish with three points. The match was pretty close for a while but started to tilt when R.Estrela broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period. From-there, the Kentucky Blue added two quick tallies and Les Raymonds couldn't dig themselves out of a hole.
(1)Fat Roy vs United Armenians(8)
United Armeninans sharp and relentless in decisive win
It wasn't complicated, the United Armenians played a swift and vigorous game out shooting and out chancing the Fat Roy on Tuesday night. It showed-from the get go that in order for Fat Roy to compete, they had to try and keep up versus a team that wanted it more. With goals in every period, Y.Derohannessian took charge sparking a hat trick, and not far behind him were G.Jerjian and A.Melkonian as both players each scored twice. The only highlight that Fat Roy had in this contest was when M.DelGaudio launched a heat seeking missile-from the blue line giving absolutely no chance to G.Follano.
Wednesday January 31
(3)Fat Cats vs Underdogs(2)
K.Hrivnak's power play goal secures tight win for Fat Cats
With the Underdogs lone penalty of the match, K.Hrivnak took advantage of the situation putting the Fata Cats up 3-1 in the third period. The Underdogs did pull within one but time was against them as they had only two minutes to even the score. The Fat Cats got off to better start posting two straight goals by E.Panzera and D.Brunetti before D.David notched his first of two in the game for the Underdogs. Both net minders gave their clubs a fighting chance for the win that saw G.Sangiovanni get the slight edge over his counterpart C.Zebib.
(1)Armadillos vs Venom(3)
J.Vinet two goals key for Venom
Venom sought to impose their play versus the Armadillos-from the drop of the ball and got rewarded as they played a near perfect game. There were a few moments that this contest had its turning points, but the most likely one was when J.Vinet scored just six minutes in on the Armadillos power play. Then, if that wasn't enough, J.Vinet doubled his impact by striking late in the second period for a 2-0 lead. Till that point, M.Trivisonno and Venom kept the Armadillos off the score sheet with the net minder playing exceptionally well between the pipes. However, P.Scotti did eventually get to Trivisonno and the Armadillos were still in it with over ten minutes remaining. Even with that goal, Venom stuck to their game plan and made sure to manage the clock in their favour. J.Courteau took away the anxiety of any blunders by adding an insurance marker late in the game.
(5)RBK Knights vs Winterhawks(6) O.T
F.Raymond's hat trick powers Winterhawks overtime win over RBK Knights
Just how did a 2-0 lead play against the RBK Knights in this wild affair? Well, while the RBK Knights thought that they were in good shape, the Winterhawks were just getting warmed up. It wasn't till the early stages of the second period that they finally got on board. And once they did, the snow ball effect was in motion. Surely it helps when you have a particular player that's got the skill to do it. The Winterhawks seem to have that guy in F.Raymond, who pretty much did most of the work. The skilled forward opened the scoring for his club, and then set up two teammates before striking two more times that included the overtime winner. The frustrating part of this defeat for the RBK Knights was that they led 5-3 with only five minutes left in the game. M.Sciascia and S.Kalaydjian did more than their fair share in the loss combining for seven points.
(1)United Arms vs Hellfish(4)
Dominant second period gives Hellfish edge over United Arms
After a scoreless first period, the Hellfish made the second period count. M.Kardum scored just past the mid way point and added his second only seconds shy of the buzzer providing a 3-1 lead after two frames. By then, B.Verducci stood tall in net allowing only one goal and remained that way for the rest of the night stopping 27 of 28 shots. The Hellfish have the ability to shut teams down when they are ahead and tonight they applied it once more versus a side that surely had the legs and energy with their stacked bench. S.Balouzian was the only player for the United Arms to get the better of the veteran net minder.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Francis Raymond of the Winterhawks. What more can any teammate ask-from their go to guy. The Winterhawks managed to steal two points versus the RBK Knights because of F.Raymond, who was absolutely stellar collecting five points that included the OT winner as part of his hat trick.
Monday January 29
(1)Team Haiti vs Red Lite(8)
Red Lite Handle Team Haiti with 8-1 victory
At one point or another, every Red Lite player was involved in the scoring. K.Kuczmarski was the only player to score twice as part of a second period explosion of goals. Team Haiti did keep it close early on and only found themselves down only 2-1 after 15 minutes of play .P-A Plaisir struck on the power play and Team Haiti hoped to build on it moving forward. But Red Lite wasn't in any mood of playing with fire, especially after getting rattled only a week ago versus the P-Ball. In order to avoid a second straight loss, the red machine put the pedal to the medal ending the night earlier than usual. The winning side would complete the evening after only two period s and change due to the seven goal mercy rule.
(2)Black Knights vs P-Ball(8)
P-Ball keep emerging as Premier division warriors
It's no secret to anyone right now that the P-Ball are that good. After dismantling Red Lite only a week ago with a 6-1 result, the Black Knights also felt what it was like being out done by a team running on all cylinders. With their constant ability to create plays and make the ball move quicker than a ray of light, the P-Ball couldn't be contained once more. J.Gagne, who makes the big locker room decisions showed how it's done bagging two goals as part of a four point performance. Not far behind him was K.Vincent, who also buried a pair and J.Pollak that scored a power play goal along with a pair of helpers. And although the P-Ball have their attack all figured out on a regular basis, they do have the luxury of having P-O Girouard as their goaltender. The Black Knights had only newly added S.Albert get the better of Girouard, who beat him on both occasions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to the P-Ball's captain. Jonathan Gagne shows why is a great leader not only off the court but on the court as well providing four points on this night that included two big goals.
Monday January 29
C.Gingras & J.Chiropoulos mesh in opener, S.Bentivegna takes torch to close out perfect night
C.Gingras and J.Chiropoulos spent much of their night trying to set each other up. Both players proved to be a handful combining for seven points in only four goals. J.Chiropoulos tallied twice while setting up the others markers that came in the first period. The Mighty Drunks bell behind 2-1 & 3-2 unable to equalize the score. They did attempt enough shots and opportunities but hit a wall in P.Stamkopoulos. The second match would have expected the dynamic duo to continue- from where they left off. However, the Punishers have other threats in their lineup that can hurt you on any given night. This time, S.Bentivegna led the way sparking two goals en route to a close 3-1 win. For a second straight game, P.Stamkopoulos held the fort denying all but one goal.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (4)
(3)Punisher's vs Mighty Drunks (1)
Corporation and Walking Tall trade remarkable comebacks
Even though they went down 4-0, the Corporation felt they had a chance. They eventually woke up late in the opening frame and were in full force by the second rebounding with five unanswered goals. D.Ramada opened the scoring while setting up G.DeMarinis's first of two in the contest. The game was eventually tied and appeared to be headed for shootouts until P.Santullo decided otherwise. The clutch forward also buried his second to snap the 4-4 tie leaving only 15 seconds on the clock. Normally, that kind of momentum tends to continue on, and despite grabbing a 2-0 lead, the Corporation got a rude awakening. This time it was the Walking Tall returning the favor. After cutting the lead in half by the first period,the flood gates opened by the second with four straight tallies going in. D-O Trinque had two goals and M.Ethier got rewarded the winner while F.Gaudet-Peloquin split the decision between the pipes with his counterpart S.Morante.
(5)Corporation vs Walking Tall(4)
(5)Walking Tall vs Corporation(3)
Underdogs take final stretch for granted
Everything seemed to be going extremely fine for the Underdogs, at least for most of the night. They out played and out worked the 1 Timer in the first encounter that finished in a 5-2 result. During that time, A.Zarzour and N.Zahabi each scored twice with all four goals coming by the second period. With that game out of the way, the winning side wasn't letting up and it showed immediately as they bagged five first period goals for a 5-3 lead. It seemed evident by that point that the Underdogs were well on their way to collecting two straight wins. However, it wasn't the case, and for whatever reason they just fell apart. Maybe it's because the 1 Timer had nothing to lose and gave it their all in hopes of escaping with a positive result. Already with a pair of goals, L-F Maxime was the catalyst behind the comeback. The 1 Timer added the skilled forward on this night, who made an immediate impact riffling two goals in only five minutes to complete his hat trick and give his club a 6-5 lead. Then, only a minute later, K.Gagne widened the margin by two which proved to be significant as it held up for the winner.
(2)1 Timer vs Underdogs (5)
(6)Underdogs vs 1 Timer(7)
Tuesday January 30
Captain D.Roy takes matters into own hands to even the score
Limited to only one late goal in the opening contest, the Rebels fell short in their 2-1 loss versus the Jokers. G.Botis and A.Giorgios each scored three minutes apart and D.Nespa saw his shutout taken away with only 15 seconds left on the clock. The Jokers looked to carry their solid defensive game into the next match but found themselves drifting away-from the game plan. They played a solid first period with the game leveled at two goals apiece but were nowhere to be found by the second frame where the Rebels emerged with four unanswered goals. During that span, D.Roy made the difference posting two quick markers to complete his hat trick as part of a four point performance. A.Dupuis chipped in as well with three points, and P.Boucher had an overall solid outing allowing only four goals in both games.
(1)Rebels vs Jokers(2)
(2)Jokers vs Rebels(6)
R.Ricaurte's dominates his cage, Les Immigrant walk away with points
Les Immigrant know that they can rely on their goaltender, but his teammates believe that he took things to a new level on Tuesday night. R.Ricaurte's exploits were all the talk as Les Immigrant defeated the Degenerates 3-2 to split the miniseries. The net minder faced close to 20 shots in the second contest that involved some highlight reel saves. Anytime you get that support in net, the players just feed off it and Les Immigrant made sure to strike when the chances arose. H.Alexandre, R.Lakhoyan and A.Pederian tallied in the short span of three and a half minutes forcing the Degenerates to wake up from-that point on. Despite battling back with a desperate effort, the Degenerates fell short dropping the game 3-2.S.Marricco and J.Melo did much of the scoring combining for all five goals that saw Marricco net three while Melo bagged a pair.
(0)Les Immigrant vs Degenerates(3)
(2)Degenerates vs Les Immigrant(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Stamkopoulos of the Punishers. In both games versus the Mighty Drunks, the goaltender held his own turning away 36 of 39 shots.
Sunday January 28
(5)Brew Crew vs Shockers (4) S.O
Same old emotions haunt the Shockers
It's never easy to shake off the past, especially when it's fresh and against the same hockey team. The Shockers fell short in the previous semi final round versus the Brew Crew with both game decided in the shootout. If there is any consolation after this contest, it's the fact that's its only an early regular season game. Both sides took each other very seriously and battled throughout the entire match which only suggested a fair outcome. After a scoreless overtime period, the Brew Crew took it with the help of two shootout goals courtesy of D.Verta and S.Scarpelli. The Shockers did get one by C.Muccino, but it wasn't enough as T.Salberg was the only player that got the better of him.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Team Cuba(2)
Fatal Demons wear down Team Cuba
With their ability to roll all three lines, the Fatal Demons showed their effectiveness versus Team Cuba on Sunday night. However, it wasn't till the later stages of the second period that the Fatal Demons got on board. Despite the long drought, it was just a question of time that they would take over and eventually blow past Team Cuba. F.Benhamadi and A.Jalilvand each scored late in the second period and the Fatal Demons felt confident heading into the third knowing that they figured out G.Zapatelli. Unfortunately for the net minder, he didn't get enough help in front of him that saw the last fifteen minutes of play tilt in only one direction. The Fatal Demons simply out played and out worked their opponent resulting in four more tallies. Benhamadi and Jalilvand continued-from where they left off adding one more goal each,and S.Morante was rock solid to earn the win in net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Morante of the Fatal Demons. If not for his brilliant first period and overall play, the Fatal Demons would have had a very tall order to bounce back and take the game versus Team Cuba.
Friday January 26
(7)Bramabulls vs National(3)
Bramabulls jump on National early for 7-3 victory
With scoring efforts from four different players, the Bramabulls caught National off guard barely twelve minutes into the contest. It was a lead that seemed comfortable up until National made a game of it with three straight markers. By then, the Bramabulls were still up a pair and made sure to erase any sort of doubt by striking twice late in the match. J.Morina and D.Lonardi each scored twice with the two players combining for seven points. Both teams converted on the power play as a few visits to the penalty box were made. G.Follano only let in his first goal towards the end of the second period when F.Metellus finally solved him.
(2)Stones vs Chiefs(4)
Chiefs edge out Stones in sluggish hockey
It's hard to expect any sort of quality when both sides show up with a very short bench. Basically, the game plan is simple and that is to conserve energy and wait for the opportunities to come. The limited action did go back and forth which was ultimately decided in the third period. With the score tied 2-2, the Chiefs took an early third period lead and just hung back forcing the Stones to make their plays. Of course that game plan helps when your net minder is sharp and gets the help of all five bodies in front of him. S.Pare, as long as he sees the ball, will more often than not stop them. Tonight, he showed his dominance once more allowing only two goals on 24 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stephane Pare of the Chiefs. Despite playing with only one change up, the Chiefs were lucky to have their net minder make the basic saves in order to get the opportunity to edge out the Stones.
Thursday January 25
(4)Raging Rhinos vs SBS Trashers(3) O.T
SBS Trashers scratching their heads once more
It was only a week ago that the SBS Trashers blew a three goal lead and lost it in overtime versus the Legends. Tonight, they blew a two goal lead before suffering the same result in the extra frame. The Raging Rhinos pushed the envelope late in every period to get their scoring done. E.Valiquette tied it up with only 50 seconds remaining and T.Angelis gave the Raging Rhinos their first lead when the game ended. His goal also came towards the dying moments, but that could have been avoided if the SBS Trashers didn't take an unfortunate penalty. Both sides shared balanced scoring. The Raging Rhinos scored twice with their special teams that included a shorthanded marker-from G.Vouloumanos.
(3)Bramabulls vs Legends(5)
Both teams buckle up in crazy third period action
After a low scoring 1-1 affair throughout two periods, both sides flicked the switch by the third. The Legends erupted with four goals to hand the Bramabulls a tough 5-3 defeat. There was no doubt that L.Dulcetta was the key reason for the outcome. The natural sniper went on rampage striking three times in less than five minutes. His scoring output however only began as of the 9:40 minute mark of the third period that included an empty net marker to seal the deal. C.Cardillo did help set up all three goals while F.Benhamadi got the ball rolling with the Legend's first two goals of the night. The one good thing that the Bramabulls did during the match was their ability to score twice on their only two attempts with the man advantage.
(6)Carnage vs Werewolves(4)
Werewolves not good enough in third period
Up 4-3 after two periods, the Werweolves couldn't sustain enough pressure to close it out. Instead, Carnage felt like they were on a roll notching back to back tallies to regain the lead. The difference maker occurred when P.Stroubakis took advantage of a power play opportunity. By then, the focus was to remain in control and to force the Werewolves to create their own chances. Despite having a full ten minutes to bounce back, the Werewolves simply couldn't get there. B.Madonis stood in their way and was good when needed to be at the right time enabling his club to prevail. P.Stroubakis tallied twice for Carnage while S.Laniel did the same in a losing cause.
(5)JLR Brossard vs Scorpions(3)
H.Merone scores 2 to lead JLR Brossard past Scorpions
The ship was sailing in the right direction for the JLR Brossard squad on Thursday night. H.Merone geared his club with two goals that included the winner on the power play. N.Goncalves assisted twice before capping things off late in the game with a shorthanded marker. The Scorpions fought back every time they went down but couldn't even the score. After facing 27 shots, P.Assadi pulled off the win with a very depleted line up in front of him.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Perry Stroubakis of Carnage. Not a bad night for the Carnage forward who piled on four points, two in which were goals that included the winner in a 6-4 win over the Werewolves.
Tuesday January 23
Venom caught stranded with no more fuel in the tank
(4)Venom vs United Armenians(5) O.T
Having only two changes versus a stack army of players usually suggests the obvious. But not in this case for Venom as they played it right considering their status, at least for most of the game. With the score 4-0 and only half a period remaining, the engine started to show signs of choking. Once G.Jerjian capitalized with the man advantage that finally put the United Armenians on board, the stage was set for the comeback. Four goals had gone in by then that included a very late tally-from the very same
G.Jerjian. Then, with time winding down in overtime, the United Armenians used their killer instinct to put an end to Venom's misery. It was N.Chiminian's second goal of the contest that put the final dagger.
Wednesday January 24
(2)United Arms vs Kentucky Blue(8)
Kentucky Blue put up seven unanswered goals en route to blow out of United Arms
It was a slow start but a strong finish as the Kentucky Blue picked up an easy win on Wednesday night. After trailing 2-1 heading into the second period, the tides turned with the Kentucky Blue riffling seven straight goals. Tallies came-from James Tutino, who led the way with a hat trick while M.Lepage and R.Estrela were right there bagging two goals each. N.Torkian and M.Boghossian scored late in the first period for the United Arms. On their first power play attempt, James Tutino snapped a 2-2 tie just past the mid way point of the contest where it was all downhill-from there on for the United Arms.
(3)Fat Roy vs Underdogs(1)
J.Mckenzie's two goals power Fat Roy past Underdogs
J.Mckenzie scored two goals in the first period, and captain C.Zafiropoulos added insurance to capture a hard fought win versus the Underdogs. The Underdogs tallied once late in the first period and were unable to cash in the rest of the night. J.Sanoudakis felt comfortable with his defense in front of him allowing only one goal on 25 shots. Mckenzie got credited the winner on the power play with the help of J.Velenosi, who finished his game with two assists. One thing's for sure is that the effort level was high for the Underdogs playing with a stacked lineup. Unfortunately, they just couldn't get enough offense going on this night.
(0)Winterhawks vs Hellfish(10)
Hellfish inflict blowout loss to Winterhawks
The flood gates opened instantaneously for the Hellfish. A minute barely went by when C.Dapoulias opened the scoring. Then, only minutes later, M.Kardum doubled the lead and the Hellfish knew that there was no turning back. The score was already 6-0 after one period and only two players had the luxury of finding the back of the net. Out of the ten goals that went in, M.Kardum struck five times, C.Dapoulias notched four markers and E.Medrano got the single. It wasn't his busiest night but R.Ranieri did manage to keep a clean sheet by earning a shutout. The Winterhawks will have to put this one behind them and figure out what to do in a week's time to adjust.
(5)Armadillos vs Fat Cats(3)
3-0 early lead bites Fat Cats in the end
After only three minutes into the game, the Fat Cats strung three quick goals and the Armadillos felt rattled not knowing what happened. Despite the unexpected start however, the Armadillos barely panicked. Like experienced teams often do, they look ahead rather than behind and it showed as the game settled down. P.Scotti gave something to feed off by striking late in the first period to cut the lead by two. Then, the tides started to shift by the second period where the Armadillos surged with two more tallies to force an even third period. The Fat Cats hadn't scored since the early stages of the game and wanted nothing more to add only one more tally knowing that it could have been enough. Instead, the opposite happened with P.Scotti striking for a second time. His goal came with only two minutes left on the clock which summed up a frustrated set of events for the Fat Cats.
(0)RBK Knights vs Les Raymonds(5)
N.Delia's hat trick helps Les Raymonds crush RBK Knights
N.Delia led the way with three goals and an assist as Les Raymonds were all over the RBK Knights. The men in blue put forth a solid performance peppering S.Sauk with 29 shots to go along with A.Mancini's shutout. During the first, N.Delia opened the scoring as of the 6:40 mark in what turned out to be the game winning goal. T.Spano and A.DeCarolis also scored for Les Raymonds, who kicked off their season debut on a high note.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jessie Mckenzie of Fat Roy. In the first period alone, Mckenzie did more than his fair share providing two big goals that ultimately made the difference.
Monday January 22
Immigrant fall short early but push the limit in second game with Rebels
It wasn't the kind of start Les immigrant was hoping for but the finish wasn't so bad considering how things went. The Rebels were clearly up for the challenge early on posting four first period goals. Led by their captain, D.Roy took matters into his own hands striking three times while setting up M-A Fortin, who also bagged a hat trick in a 6-2 decision. Les Immigrant did keep it close for most of the contest getting early scoring-from R.Lakhoyan and S.Jankouzian. However, with time passing by, the Rebels only got better. P.Boucher fared well once again in net stopping 13 of 15 shots. The second contest had a different storyline. Both sides limited the scoring but broke open in the shootout where they each traded two goals apiece. M.Thakaa and R.Lakhoyan figured P.Boucher out in the breakaways while M-A Fortin and B.Brissard responded for the Rebels. Out of a possible six points to the standings, the Rebels were pleased with their overall performance collecting five points. And while Les Immigrant fell short in that department, their finish to the night wasn't a bad one considering their slow start.
(6)Rebels vs Les Immigrant(2)
(3)Les Immigrant vs Rebels(3) S.O
Double effort leads to gratifying points for the Underdogs
Even though the Underdogs collected some points in both games against a team-from the higher division, they may have still felt they deserved better. At no point throughout the entire night they once trailed. There style of relentless hockey took away-from any sort of game plan that the Mighty Drunks had in mind. Basically, the Mighty Drunks were forced to contain the Underdogs and patiently wait for their opportunities to arise instead. In Both games, the Underdogs led 1-0 & 2-1 before finding themselves to regulate it in a shootout. However, that could have been avoided if they capitalized on a given opportunity in the first game where they missed an empty net on a two on one play, and if they could have killed off four more seconds by the second encounter when P.Arkalis tied it with a blistering slap shot. Despite some bad luck, the Underdogs will keep their heads up after busting their tail all night. Both goaltenders were solid giving their side an equal chance to win the games. J.Stepania made that one extra save in a shootout giving him the slight edge over his counterpart M.Melo.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Underdogs(4) S.O
(2)Underdogs vs Mighty Drunks(2) S.O
Jokers hit a difficult challenge
It's never easy taking on the Punishers no matter which team it may be. The Jokers knew this going in and felt it right away after giving up three quick goals by the 3:40 minute mark of the opening frame. Still, they battled hard and kept challenging the recent champs by striking twice with tallies- from A.Giorgios and M.Melo before the frame ended. Then, with a period remaining, the Punishers ran away with the contest. J.Chiropoulos, S.Bentivegna and C.Gingras each scored to collect their second goal of the match. The second contest was somewhat similar to the first encounter. The Punishers only really pulled away by the second frame posting three unanswered goals. Once again, S.Bentivegna made his presence felt. The Punishers forward snapped a 1-1 tie with a power play goal while adding his second to collect four goals in two games.
(3)Jokers vs Punishers(7)
(5)Punishers vs Jokers(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jean Stepania of the Underdogs. With a difficult challenge in front of him, J.Stepania did not disappoint on this night. The net minder was stellar in both games versus the Mighty Drunks allowing only four goals on 39 shots.
Tuesday January 23
1 timer roll up their sleeves and get back on track
The 1 Timer earned two wins on this night against the Walking Tall. Sloppy at times and needing big plays, the 1 Timer edged out their opponent 3-1 and 2-1 to collect six clean points. K.Gagne stood out the most in the first encounter scoring twice while setting up Y.Bernier. The second match was slightly closer as a second period tally by S.Lebel snapped a 1-1 tie that ultimately decided the outcome. It wasn't a great night for the Walking Tall's offense, who only scored once in each contest. F.Koch was surely the reason why the Walking Tall were snake bitten as the net minder denied all but two goals on 36 shots.
(1)Walking Tall vs 1 Timer(3)
(2)1 timer vs Walking Tall(1)
Corporation forced to make major investments after poor performance
One thing's for sure, not many teams will succeed against the Hustlers unless you play a solid game. In tonight's case, the Corporation took a valuable lesson and will have no choice to tweak up their game in order to compete. The difference showed by the second period where the landslide began. A 1-0 lead turned quickly into a four goal cushion and the Hustlers packed in an easy win. T.Bozinakis had a multi goal performance and M.Dagenais still made some key saves to preserve his shutout. As bad as that start was for the Corporation, the question became how would they respond in the second game. The answer to that question was simply the same. The only difference was that T.Bergomi was finally able to end the spell by figuring out M.Dagenais. Once again, T.Bozinakis was vital for the win collecting three more points that included two feeds on D.Bertrand's pair of goals.
(0)The Corporation vs Hustlers(5)
(4)Hustlers vs The Corportaion(1)
Monday January 22
(1)Red Lite vs P-Ball(6)
P-Ball feeling it with convincing win over Red Lite
The P-Ball once again received contributions throughout their line up en route to a 6-1 win over Red Lite on Monday night. G.Saulnier opened the scoring and added his second just shy of the first period providing a three goal cushion for a 4-1 lead. Despite the advance, there was no way that the P-Ball would calm down the action, not against a team like Red Lite. And although they slowed down on the scoring, they didn't allow their opponent to crawl back into the game. P-O Girouard had plenty of help -from his defence but still needed to be at his best limiting only P.DiGiacomo to get the better of him. The match was then summed up by the third period with a pair of insurance goals-from S.Bellefleur and S.Vanier.
(4)Black Knights vs Team Haiti(2)
Team Haiti fall in hard battle with Knights
It wasn't by all means a lack of effort-from Team Haiti in their 4-2 loss to the Black Knights. Both sides put forth plenty of pressure and kept the fore-check going to a high level which can only force errors to turn into goals. Unfortunately for Team Haiti, it was the Black Knights capitalising a little more on this night. Most of their goals all came by the second period with scoring efforts-from A.Mezzagno, P.Musto and D.DuHamel. By then, Team Haiti was only down 3-2 and had more than enough time to respond. Despite the constant attempt to tie the game, frustrations kept looming when G.Vermette stood his ground making save after save. The match was finally put to rest when J.Uppal fed a yawning cage late in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Vermette of the Black Knights. Remaining cool and collective, the Black Knights goaltender kept control of his cage and protected it just fine en route to a 4-2 win over Team Haiti.
Sunday January 21
(5)Fatal Demons vs Sportek(2)
Fatal Demons use 5 different goal scores in win
The Fatal Demons had a good start to their season with a 5-2 win over Sportek on Sunday night. Contributions came with the help of five different players that saw E.Medrano riffle the winner late in the second period. After their slow start, Sportek cut the lead in half when C.Flikas beat S.Morante by the mid way mark of the game. Both sides knew at that point how big the next goal would be, and with just five seconds left in the second period, E.Medrano grew the lead for the Fatal Demons. However, Sportek weren't done just yet thanks to a goal by M.Rosato. In hopes of carrying some momentum, the Fatal Demons crushed all hope barely moments later when A.Jalilvand regained a two goal cushion. Then, with only a minute and change left over, S.Koulieris put the final nail to the coffin.
(1)Lynx vs Shockers(7)
Lynx still feeling effects of championship hangover
Talk about a terrible start to the season after just winning the E Sunday division a week ago. Their dreaded hangover hit them hard against a team that wasn't messing around on Sunday night. Even though it's the first game of the winter session, the Shockers sent a direct message to the current champs. This contest wasn't anywhere close as it should have been and that's simply because the Shockers came out to play while the Lynx looked like they were sleeping. Apart-from a third period power goal by M.Barone, the Lynx had no offensive output. As for the Shockers, C.Debonis and J.Blunt each scored twice while D.Bourque excelled between the pipes stopping 19 of 20 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Bourque of the Shockers. The net minder limited the recent champs to only one goal after facing 20 shots.
Friday January 19 (Finals)
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Bijoux(3) Game 1
A.Tremblay scores when it counts, Bijoux in the driver's seat heading into game 2
The Friday night Masters's 35+ division kicked off on Friday night in what was bound to be a thrilling series between the reigning two time champions HBHA Seniors and Bijoux. While the expectations may suggest that the HBHA Seniors would be slight favourites, Bijoux felt they were ready for the task at hand. In the case of game one, Bijoux looked to be the better side protecting a slight one goal lead for most of the match. A.Tremblay, who had made the ultimate difference in the previous series versus the Hawks showed once again how clutch he was by providing a vital 3-1 lead early in the third period. That tally proved to be a crucial as it stood up for the game winner after D.Andrade pulled the Seniors within one.
(5)Bijoux vs HBHA Seniors(2) Game 2
Epic battle sees Bijoux dethrone two time champs, winners of Masters's 35+ division
After coming off a hard fought win, Bijoux have now done the double to cement a well earned championship. It was a frantic and electrically charged contest between the two clubs that went almost down to the wire. With each side playing it cautious to avoid making mistakes, K.Pimentel of Bijoux seized the opportunity late in the third period that cracked a dreaded 2-2 tie. By then, with only four and a half minutes to go, Bijoux knew they had their opponent. J.Beaudry and his committed defence simply shut the door and played out its final minutes to reach the finish line with the help of two empty net goals. The win came with an overall team effort that bought into playing for one another and not having to rely on any particular players. Entering the night prior to both games, the structure of both teams resemble one another in many ways. The goaltending was a wash between C.Stavriadis and J.Beaudry while the overall game plan focused on good coverage only to wait for mistakes to be made. With that being said, Bijoux timed their plays just right and made sure to take advantage when the opportunities arose. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jonathan Beaudry and Bijoux for their incredible run to capturing the Masters's 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Beaudry of Bijoux. The net minder was as sharp as a razor blade limiting a potent offense to only four goals in two games.
With the Autumn 2017 season coming to a close, the Winter 2018 season began on the very same night. The Chiefs took on the Devil Dawgz in some early action with the Chiefs getting a slight 5-4 decision. This contest went back and forth for the entire match with both sides trading leads. The Devil Dawgz looked to be in good control after a solid second period up 4-3 but collapsed in one shift alone. Not known for his scoring, G.Pellechia tipped in the equaliser while ripping a bullet-from the point all coming within a 90 second span. Still, the Devil Dawgz had a great opportunity to level with Pellechia taking a four minute penalty. The Chiefs made sure to apply high pressure towards K.Araujo and A.Jalilvand to eliminate their blistering slap shots from-the points. After successfully killing off a long four minutes, the Chiefs came out with the close victory. S.Pare was most likely the reason why his club prevailed making saves at key moments during the game.
Thursday January 18
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage(7) S.O
Mighty Drunks battle back in massive comeback only to fall short in shootout
After being embarrassed for nearly two periods,the Mighty Drunks fought back to even the score and send the contest into overtime. Sadly, Carnage were able to convert in the shootout and take the win. The first two periods was all Carnage and the Mighty Drunks had no business being in the game.Then, in the third period things changed drastically. Contributions came-from many different players which had only G.Khaznadjian score more than once. The comeback was partially attributed to the lack of discipline from-both sides but especially Carnage that allowed three power play goals. With overtime solving nothing, Carnage benefited on the Mighty Drunks untimely penalties. They were unable to capitalise on a five on three opportunity, but made sure to take advantage of having two extra shooters in the shootout round. P.Stroubakis was the only player to score in the breakaways by using a nifty move giving almost no chance to S.Sauk. The win came with an overall solid effort-from six different goal scorers.
(6)SBS Trashers vs Legends(7) O.T
Legends battle hard all night, win thriller in overtime
The Legends picked up a 7-6 win by erasing a three goal deficit in a very short span. F.Casacalenda tied the game late and P.Gervasi won it moments later for his second of the night. Both offenses were on display throughout the entire contest. Down 4-1 after only one period, the Legends felt that they didn't play bad but were sloppy at times that put them in a bind. Despite the bad sequence, the veteran side weren't planning to go away that easy, in fact they overcame the deficit towards the end of the second period with three quick goals. The SBS Trashers would pull in front two more times by the third period but kept getting answered-from a team that refused to die. The only time that the Legends took the lead was when the game ended at the 0:45 second mark of overtime.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Gervasi of the Legends. As a defenseman, P.Gervasi broke up many plays while contributing in a big way offensively with three points that included the overtime winner.
Wednesday January 17
(4)Fat Cats vs Fat Roy(3)
Fat Cats use overtime magic to take down Fat Roy
Playing down for long stretches of the night, the Fat Cats saved their best for last. They responded accordingly each and every time, and tugged the rug from underneath's their opponents feet with an overtime goal. Already with an assist on E.Panzera's second tally of the contest, F.Gentile capped things off with the sudden death winner. Three times the Fat Roy led and three times they gave up the lead. S.Hrivnak collected two points for the win, and G.Sangiovanni kicked off from where he left off earning another big win between the pipes.
(2)RBK Knights vs United Arms(4)
H.Jerjian's late tally puts Arms over the top
Defence led both teams in the battle of the net minders on Wednesday night when the United Arms edged out the RBK Knights. The United Arms struck very late in the game with only 30 seconds left on the scoreboard. The winning goal came from H.Jerjian, and R.Kenadjian out duelled S.Sauk with the extra save. The United Arms weren't happy with the fact of giving up both their goals in a shorthanded situation. S.Kaladjian and S.Dimakos each found a way to create their chances and catch the United Arms power play off guard.
(2)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(5)
M.Kardum's hat trick leads Hellfish in 5-2 win over Kentucky Blue
M.Kardum made an early season impression bagging three goals for a hat trick. The Hellfish forward scored twice while collecting three points in the first period alone before completing his hat trick by the third period. It wasn't the kind of start that the Kentucky Blue were hoping for. They fell behind 4-0 and only got on board when B.Pereira scored two incredible goals with his patented back hand fake to get the better of B.Verducci. By then, the lead was cut in half and the Kentucky Blue were hoping to build off the momentum heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Unfortunately the offense dried up and the Hellfish put a stamp to the match when M.Kardum struck for a third time.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Kardum of the Hellfish. It's only the opening night of the winter season and M.Kardum seems to be in top form collecting four points that included a hat trick.
Monday January 15
Captain Hovig Garabedian's late tally caps a solid night for Immigrant
With the opening contest ending in a draw, the second game was decided when H.Garabedian scored late in the match to give Les Immigrant some early points to the season. Both teams traded plenty of chances in the opening game that resulted in a 3-3 draw after missing out in the shootouts. No one scored more than once, but S.Jamkouzian and A.Saglian did collect two points each for Les Immigrant while Y.Bernier and P-A Surprenant did the same for the 1 Timer. Less than two minutes was all that was remaining when H.Garabedian snapped a 1-1 tie to get the better of S.Koch. Despite the slow start, the 1 Timer won't be too concerned playing without some key pieces missing to their lineup. However, the same can be said for Les Immigrant as well, who were also short of regulars.
(3)Les Immigrant vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
(1)1 Timer vs Les Immigrant(2)
Pierre Boucher of Rebels responds in a big way after shaky start
After giving up six goals in the opening game versus the Walking Tall, P.Boucher was at his best stopping all 21 shots to split the miniseries. The Walking Tall came out flying in their season debut posting six goals that saw M.Ethier lead the way with a hat trick. Not far behind him was M-A Verville bagging a pair while L-P Beaupre notched the other tally en route to a 6-4 win.By that point, the Rebels took the opportunity to re set and try to even the score. And after making all the necessary adjustments, the game plan definitely worked. A.Dupuis struck late in the first period and the Rebels grabbed a vital lead that forced the Walking Tall to respond. Unfortunately for them, this contest wasn't like the previous one with P.Boucher stealing the show making one save after the other. The net minder felt the full thrust of the Walking Tall trying to get on board but would not succeed. Despite dropping the opening contest, the Rebels got some good looks from their captain D.Roy and his teammate A.Dupuis as both players each scored twice.
(4)Rebels vs Walking Tall(6)
(0)Walking Tall vs Rebels(1)
E.Girouard's late blast avoids the split
The Mighty Drunks came oh so close to trading three points with a very familiar opponent. The Hustlers will no doubt be the team to beat in the Monday night division but it won't come easy as they realized how close they came to losing. If not for E.Girourad's classic one timer late in the game, the Hustlers would have walked away with their heads down. Instead, they took the first game rather easily and exchanged one goal in the shootout to settle for a draw in the second contest. P.Chiotis felt it on this night as the veteran forward struck twice while setting up T.Bozinakis on the power play to cap off a 5-1 win. The second match saw the Mighty Drunks come out better prepared. They looked fine and in control for long stretches that eventually led to a 3-1 lead. But no lead is safe against the Hustlers, who rallied back with three second period goals to even the score. Neither side had any heroes on this night as different players went on to find the back of the net.
(5)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(1)
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers(5) S.O
Underdogs dry start leads to strong finish in battle with Jokers
The Jokers looked to have figured things out early in their 3-1 decision over the Underdogs .They landed nine shots on net that resulted in three goals just shy of the nine minute mark of the opening frame. By that time, the Underdogs only concern was to get on board. Led by their captain, J.Constantin spoiled D.Kelly's shutout late in the game while sending a message that his team would be primed for the next match. The Underdogs didn't have a great start in the second encounter but finished extremely strong winning the final frame with two unanswered goals. B.Cabral tied the game on the power play right before A.Zarzour sparked his clubs first lead of the night that held up long enough for the winner. J.Shisha and D.Kelly were equally solid in net for both games enabling their clubs to collect wins. It came in a losing cause but C.Daoud was productive notching both goals for the Jokers.
(3)Jokers vs Underdogs(1)
(3)Underdogs vs Jokers(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pierre Boucher of the Rebels. After a shaky start in the first game versus the Walking Tall, Pierre Boucher turned into a brick wall stopping all 21 shots to earn a 1-0 shutout win in the second contest.
Monday January 15
(5)P-Ball vs Team Haiti(1)
P-Ball explodes for three goals in second and never looked back
The P-Ball continue to roll along, this time handing the struggling Team Haiti a 5-1 loss on Monday night. After a scoreless first period, things loosened up by the second where the P-Ball did most of their damage. Three goals went in only a span of five minutes that saw P.Genereux bury a pair while S.Deslauriers notched the other. Team Haiti did finally get on board courtesy of an early third period power play goal by C.Plaisir, but couldn't close the margin as G.Saulnier and S.Vanier put the punctuation mark with two late tallies. P-O Girouard was sound once more denying 21 of 22 shots.
(5)Red Lite vs Black Knights(4)
J.Daoust beats the sound just in time
1.7 seconds on the scoreboard stared directly at every Black Knights player when J.Daoust crushed the night with a hard wrister late in the game. Prior to that point, and for most of the match, the Black Knights played a hardnosed game making life very difficult for Red Lite. And while things appeared to be going fine, the Black Knights couldn't hold up long enough. J.Daoust helped rally his troops scoring twice in a fairly short span that included the dagger prior to the buzzer. In between both his goals, C.Ghilarducci benefited from a power play that levelled the game at four goals apiece. The one major mistake the Black Knights did on this night was allowing their opponent to work their five man unit. On only three attempts, Red Lite made the Black Knights pay every single time. It wasn't the most pleasant way to lose a game, but the Black Knights could take plenty of positives despite the let down. They added some more artillery to their line up with players such as C.Gingras and K.Kakivelis that will only improve their club moving forward.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Daoust of Red Lite. Game in and game out, Red Lite have been spoiled for years with such an asset. Still going strong and showing no signs of any glitches in his game, the veteran forward was clutch once more providing two big goals at crucial times during the match.
Sunday January 14(Finals)
(7)Lynx vs Brew Crew(3) Game 1
Offensive onslaught helps Lynx crush Brew Crew
It wasn't up until the second period that the goals came in a blazing pace. The Lynx turned a slight 1-0 lead into a massive cushion that included two back breaking shorthanded goals. With so many weapons that can hurt you on any given night, J.Mason led all teammates with three markers that included a perfect one time giving no chance whatsoever to C.Muccino. The Lynx moved the ball very well and showed incredible chemistry throughout the entire contest. The Brew Crew had nothing going for them, looking slow at times but managed to finish off strong thanks to a pair of late tallies by S.Lodico. Y.Vanasse was also vital for the win as the d-man produced two goals as part of a four point performance. As bad as most of the game went for the Brew Crew, their strong finish may be the only hope of confidence heading into game two if they plan on stretching the series.
(5)Lynx vs Brew Crew(4) S.O Game 2
Brew Crew squander two goal lead twice in heartbreaking fashion, Lynx celebrate with joy
After submitting one of their worse defeats of the season, the Brew Crew shook off some rust and appeared to be much better in game two. The offense was rolling, the defense was making plays and it appeared that the Lynx had finally been found out. At 2-0 and 4-2, the Brew Crew had only five minutes to kill and force a third and deciding game. Instead, P.Stroubakis and J.Mason had just enough fuel in the tank to bury a pair of late goals that eventually forced a shootout. Still, the Brew Crew weren't out of it yet but didn't feel good about their chances despite it being a coin toss situation. Out of the three attempts taken from both sides, R.Beaver was the only player to get it right. The Lynx forward shot first and squeezed a tight wrist shot through C.Muccino, who wished he had it back. Once that goal went in, S.Catalano knew that this contest was up to him in order to succeed. And the net minder didn't disappoint as he stood idle denying three breakaways making one save better than the other. It's never an easy thing to overcome two goal leads twice against the Brew Crew, but the Lynx showed that it was possible as they wanted nothing more than to avoid a game three. From rolling two dynamite lines, to their four mobile defensemen and a magnificent goaltender in S.Catalano, the Lynx are finally recognized as the best team of the E Sunday division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of his troops for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. The goaltender was the back bone of this series, with a great start in game one to an even better finish in game two, where he stole the show denying three shootout attempts for the championship.