Wednesday February 6
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (7)
Costly penalty dooms Mighty Drunks in second period barrage
A second period penalty proved to be a costly one for the Mighty Drunks. An unfortunate high sticking five minute major saw the Knights take advantage with three power play goals. A.Jalilvand was definitely on his game scoring three times in the second period alone as part of a six point performance. The Mighty Drunks will look back at this for a while knowing that they had a 3-0 lead after the first period. V.Mancini was sharp in the loss collecting five total points that included a hat trick.
(6)Bramabulls vs Left Wings(5)
M.Maggiore seals back and forth action on late tally
It took nearly the entire game but M.Maggiore was finally able to close it out with just over a minute remaining. The Bramabulls kept seeing their slight leads evaporate. However, they never once trailed forcing the Left Wings to fight hard and even the score on five occasions. T.Karasek had a multi goal game in the win as did D.Provost for the Left Wings. When considering how many players can score-from the two line ups, it came to no one's surprise that this was going to end in a barn burner. Unfortunately for the Left Wings, they just couldn't try playing with the lead at no point during the match.
(6)Fat Roy vs Horsemen (5) O.T
Fat Roy storm back to win in overtime
Fat Roy came roaring in the final frame to tie the game, and rode momentum into overtime where N.Gikas was able to complete a hard fought comeback. The Horsemen couldn't have asked for a better two periods of hockey. Five different players scored, and M.Vinciguerra helped maintain the lead making enough key saves. With games having some to many turning points, the Horsemen will look back at one in particular. Rather than widening the gap on a third period power play chance, it was J.Pantelis of Fat Roy that scored instead. That shorthanded tally proved to have enough of an effect on where the direction of this contest was headed. Time was winding down into its final moments when M.DelGaudio scored to even the game. Then, barely 20 seconds into overtime, N.Gikas stamped it leaving the Horsemen in complete disbelief.
(3)UD Redz vs Scorpions (0)
M.St-Laurent, UD Redz blank Scorpions
M.St-Laurent knew he had plenty of help in front of him and was more than willing to credit his teammates. Everybody did an excellent job in front of the net minder enabling St-Laurent to earn an 18 save shutout. Up until the early stages of the third period, the Scorpions had more than enough time to try and tie the game at one goal apiece. Unfortunately, they fell behind 2-0 and were never able to recover. The UD Redz got their goals-from A.Sayed ,D.Mansour and N.Zahabi.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Knights. The Knights forward had an incredible night scoring four times while adding two helpers to help lead his team over the Mighty Drunks.
Thursday February 7
(5)Carnage vs Buckshots(4)
Sharp shooter S.Mussachio crushes Buckshots with 5 goals
Tonight's game was clearly a case on how one player can make the entire difference. S.Mussachio was by far the best player out there posting all five goals in close 5-4 win over the Buckshots. Maybe the Buckshots should have paid a little more attention to the sniper, who seemed to get his way almost every time he touched the ball. Even after the Buckshots managed to tie the game 3-3 in the third period, S.Mussachio wasted no time regaining the lead for Carnage. Actually, he did it one better by adding his fifth only a minute later after the go ahead goal. The Buckshots relied on four different players taking care of the offense that included three points-from P.Legatos.
Friday February 1
(6) Devil Dawgz vs HBHA (5) OT
Two evenly matched up teams go at tonight as the Devil Dawgz prevail in overtime.
Two evenly matched up teams faced off against each other tonight and the game needed an extra frame to figure out the winner. From the initial ball drop HBHA took advantage of their chances by two early goals by A. Angelis. The Devil Dawgz decided to turn up the heat in the second scoring four unanswered goals thanks in part to P. Paikopoulos. With the game all tied up and going into overtime A. Moniz collecting his fourth point of the night fed a beautiful pass to K. Araujo who found the back of the net to get his club that important win.
(7) Killer Wolf vs The Family (3)
Strong third period makes all the difference for the Killer Wolf squad who secure the win.
The Killer Wolf club only needed the last frame to take control over the game and come out with a win. The Family kept the game close for the first two periods following their counterpart but only one goal differentiated both clubs from one another until the final frame. V. Lamarche, K. Dauphin each stepped up and scored their second goals of the game. The Killer Wolf used a full team effort to come up with the remainder of the goals as five different players found the back of the net.
(2) Excalibur vs The Pillows (9)
One line proves to be the difference for the Pillows as they combine for a total of 15 points.
The score may not be indicative of how the game went on but S. Sauk tried as hard as he could all game long to make timely saves and keep the game as close as possible until his team could figure something out and get on the scoreboard. Unfortunately for him The Pillows top line comprised of J. Pizzuco, A. Zarzour, and M. Salerno made all the difference combining for a total of 15points in the victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Allan Moniz of the Devil Dawgs. Moniz demonstrated his worth in a very tight game scoring an important goal and setting up three other teammates especially the overtime winner.
(3) Legends vs Underdogs (4)
Early struggles and late push by Legends not enough to get a win.
From the start of the game it showed that the Legends were not well prepared to face their opponents tonight as they got into a big hole to start the game. The Underdogs used their effort and ran all game long and pounced on their opportunities when time prevailed. T. Sakr was the main bright spot on offense scoring two timely goals and setting up one of his teammates. The Legends finally woke up midway thru the third scoring three timely goals but the clock hit zero before they were able to complete their comeback.
(5) SBS Trashers vs United Arms Jr (2)
Full team effort from the SBS Trashers seems to be the difference in this one as United Arms Jr don’t have a solution to high scoring offense.
The SBS Trashers look like they are clicking on full cylinders as the entire team showed up again and put in a 110% effort. The SBS Trashers used a full team effort to score tonight as five different players found the back of the net. R. Pampena was solid all game long and only allowed N. Chiminian to find the back of the net on two different opportunities. The United Arms Jr will need more from their line up on offense to go up against some of these hiring scoring offences.
(10) Smooth Sailors vs JLR Brossard (2)
Short bench proves to be the difference as last seasons final rematch took place.
Both these teams are accustomed to play against each other as they just faced off in the finals of the previous season. The Smooth Sailors continued exactly where the had left off making sure their offensive talent was felt all game long as J. Palmitano, M. Testolina, and C. Paris made sure their presence was known combining for a total combined 16 points. JLR Brossard will need a full bench moving forward in the season if they want to find chemistry and success as they did last season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tarek Sakr of the Underdogs. The forward came up big for his club scoring twice in the game and setting up another team mate. T. Sakr second goal of the game proved to be the difference as the Legends did not have enough time to finish their comeback.
Wednesday January 30
(6) Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks (7) OT
Mighty Drunks start strong but allow the Horsemen back into it. O. Caillet makes some important saves until his team regains momentum in overtime.
The game started off as expected for the Mighty Drunks who took a one goal lead into the third while exchanging goals with their counterparts. O. Caillet seemed to be the difference maker in this one, even if the goaltender let in six goals his timely saves allowed his team to get into overtime and gave them enough time to score one. Y. Dube was the hero scoring his second of the game in overtime to ensure his team the win. While B. Rubino and P. Gagliano were important parts for their team each scoring a pair of goals.
(2) Left Wings vs UD Redz (1)
Intense battle between two evenly matched teams comes down to the wire.
With both goaltenders playing lights, out tonight the smallest error would have made the difference as both teams compiled multiple scoring chances. With both teams evenly matched during the entire game until D. Provost Jarry found the back of the net for the second time of the night and scoring a beautiful goal on M. St-Laurent.As the game progressed M . Haber was the sole player to solve B. Verducci.
(6) Carnage vs Knights (1)
Carnage take advantage of their chances and don’t look back with a commanding win.
From the initial ball drop it seemed as if Carnage was playing a completely different level controlling the game and all the chances that came along with it. S. Sauk team seemed outmatched against them. M. Pace and J. Di Marco were the main contributors each notching three points a piece. While M. Pinheiro was the sole person from the Knights to solve B. Madonis and find the back of the net.
(8) Bramabulls vs Fat Cats (3)
An early start took care of business tonight as Fat Cats in to big of a hole to climb out of.
The Bramabulls took care of business from the start of the game and never took their foot off the gas pedal making sure they presence was felt all night long. A. Mirolla, A. Moffa, and Y. Derohannessian each performed at another level tonight combining for a total of nine points. The Fat Cats started to find their legs and get their game going in the third but it was to late at that point as the majority of the damage was already done.
(5) Buckshots vs Scorpions (8)
Scorpions let Buckshots back into the game but wake up before it is to late to get the win.
The Scorpions took advantage of a quick start by taking a two-goal lead into the second period. The Buckshots weren’t ready to give up just yet as they got back into the game and tied up the game thanks in part to M. Thakaa. As the game was getting out of hand the Scorpions took control of the game and regained the momentum to take the game. F. Martin completed his hat trick in the third while M. Gil notched his second of the game to come out with a big win for his club.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Domonique Provost Jarry of the Left Wings. The talented forward demonstrate his talent scoring both goals for his club and ensuring his club captured the win.
Tuesday December 18(Final)
(5)GK vs River Rats(3) Game 1
GK hold on to beat River Rats
In what was arguably the single best game of the season so far, the GK took it late in the contest to capture the win. There were breathtaking goals, plenty of scoring chances and heart stopping close calls in the final moments encased inside a breakneck pace sometimes seen at this level of a game. The River Rats, despite tying the game late courtesy of M.DeTorre found themselves immediately playing-from behind only seconds after the equalising goal. P.Genereaux came to rescue the GK right before J.Bradley secured all doubts. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players while the River Rats saw M.Crialese do most of the damage with a pair of markers. The result may come as a disappointment, but the River Rats will look to take positives knowing that the game could have gone either way.
(0)River Rats vs GK(2) Game 2
Y.Labonte's third period goal secures Premier division title for GK
It was a third period goal-from Y.Labonte that propelled the Gk to a 2-0 victory over the River Rats. Prior to that moment, both sides had their fair share of chances and enough shots to crack the barrier. And with the urgency lying on the River Rats backs, they just couldn't get their first. Props go to the GK defence and goaltender for keeping a clean score sheet versus a lethal River Rats hockey team. It's not often the River Rats go empty handed in a hockey game. Once Labonte opened the scoring, the pressure fell on everyone's shoulders to answerer back. Unfortunately for the River Rats, they kept hitting a wall and never got to the GK's net minder. K.Kuczmarski set up Labonte's winner and J. Bradley summed up the series by feeding an empty cage. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Dahn Nguyen and the rest of the GK for capturing the Premier division title.
Friday December 14(Final)
(7)The Peters vs HBHA(2) Game 1
The Peters strike first with dominant game 1 win over HBHA
The Peters jumped ahead in their opening game versus the HBHA on Friday night. While the game started close, a late second period power play goal helped the Peters pull away and win comfortably. The HBHA had missed on a golden chance to level the game at three goals apiece on their power play, instead J.Morina struck shorthanded creating a two goal gap heading into the third and final period. That goal clearly deflated the HBHA, who had no more bite in their game surrendering three more markers. Three players paired goals in the win coming-from R.Placentino, M.Crialese and by the captain J.Morina , who went on to add two assists.
(5)HBHA vs The Peters(3) Game 2
C.Stavriadis helps HBHA bounce back to even the series
J.Kontitsis , C.Stavriadis and the rest of the HBHA remained cool after a forgettable defeat. Stavriadis made 31 saves, his captain J.Kontitsis opened and closed the scoring and the HBHA bounced right back into the series to force a mini game. The focus entering the contest was to pick one another up and play close as a team like they have been doing for the longest of time. The HBHA simply played to their strength that resulted in a perfect result. The Peters only got on board by the third period when the game was already put out of reach. Prior to that point, the HBHA scored three times while applying a determined man on man defensive style. With game three looming only minutes away, both sides took the time to analyse what was ahead of them knowing that it was now or never.
(5)The Peters vs HBHA(0) Game 3
Quick start pays dividends, Peters pull away to glory
It seemed like the Peters had all the answers on what to do in a short period of time. After getting an early goal, every single player felt that they weren't going to be denied. Once again, J.Morina made an impact, this time scoring the Peters second and fourth goal of the game. At no point did the HBHA show any sort of push back. By giving up two early goals and an eventual power play marker, the writing was already on the wall. The victory capped a near perfect season for the Peters by not only finishing first in the regular season but by achieving their ultimate goal. The players felt throughout the season that this was a championship group, and by getting the final reward was just the icing on the cake. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Johnny Morina and the Peters for capturing the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Johnny Morina of the Peters. Being a captain bears lots of responsibly and decision making. J.Morina was influential in both games behind the bench and on the court where he collected a total of four goals and two assists to help carry his club to the finish line.
Monday December 10
Chic Choc get shocked in first game come back in style to take the series.
After two disappointing losses last week for the Black Eagles, the team decided to show up in game 1 and surprises everyone by playing a hard fought battle and making the first place teams life difficult. S. Bois-Chasse did the majority of the damage scoring three for his club. The first place team decided in the next two games to play more to their style and demonstrate why they finished first by routing the Black Eagles. From goalie F. Gaudet-Peloquin playing solid in between the pipes to the multiple offensive weapons finding the back of the net. The Chic Choc used their entire bench to reach the finals.
(2) Chic Choc vs Black Eagles (4) Semi Finals Game 1
(4) Chic Choc vs Black Eagles (0) Semi Finals Game 2
(2) Chic Choc vs Black Eagles (1) Semi Finals Game 3
Two long time rivals exchange wins and need a mini game to come out with a winner.
Both teams have come accustomed to playing against each other as both teams have been in the division for a while. The Degenerates came out punching in this one making sure their opponent would be feared the whole night long. That game style worked during the first game as the Degenerates took a commanding five goal lead and P. Assadi made sure to turn every shot he faced away. But it was the 1 Timers goal to demonstrate that they were push over on this night and fought back into the series taking the game to the shoot out as P-A. Surprenant and T. Daigneault were the only contributors each notching a pair of goals. J. Courteau on his own decided that the Degenerates would win the series and made sure the momentum switch would not last as he individually scored another two goals in the last mini game.
(0) 1 Timer vs Degenerates (5) Semi Finals Game 1
(4) 1 Timer vs Degenerates (3) S.O. Semi Finals Game 2
(0) 1 Timer vs Degenerates (3) Semi Finals Game 3
Carmoni upset in quarters as The Corporation reaches the semis.
The Corporation showed up in fashion tonight making sure they reach the semis. The Corporation are well aware of what the individuals on their roster can provide them and will be expecting a lot more from them to make sure the remainder of the playoffs go just as well. F. Gentile and Y. Derohannessian were the main contributors for The Corporation as they each scored a hat trick in game 1 and 3 respectively. L. Dias also played three solid games pushing away as many shots as he faced being at the top of his game.
(3) Carmoni vs The Corporation (4) Quarter Finals Game 1
(6) Carmoni vs The Corporation (5) S.O. Quarter Finals Game 2
(1) Carmoni vs The Corporation (4) Quarter Finals Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederick Gaudet-Peloquin of the Chic Choc. After a bad first game the net minder turned up his game and only allowed one goal the remainder of the series to ensure his club makes it tto the finals.
The 4X4 Division 1 semi finals match ups are as follows:
(1) Armadillos vs The Corporation (5) The Corporation are a top confidence level having upset their opponent to make the semis, the Armadillos are no strangers to busting bubbles and they will try just that in that series.
(2) Legacy vs Punishers (Mon) (3) Two very evenly talented teams match up in this series with a lot of playoff and hockey experience. Only time will tell who comes out on top, but the most talented players will need to shine.
The 4X4 Division 2 finals match ups are as follows:
(1) Chic Choc vs Degenerates (3) The Chic Choc will need to play a similar style of game to come out on top on this one while the Degenerates will be expecting everyone on the bench to help out and contribute somehow.
E Thursday + Sunday
Sunday December 9
(6) Lynx vs Brew Crew (7) Semi Finals Game 1
Brew Crew stun Lynx with unexpected second period. Late push not enough to capture game 1.
Lynx start off game in the best fashion by taking a two goal lead thanks in part J. Lang. But you can never count out the Brew Crew you got right back into the game and put the Lynx on the ropes and kept on punching taking a commanding four goal lead into the third period. Unfortunately for the Brew Crew the Lynx started fighting back and slowly cut down the lead. Until M. Rheaume scored his second of the game with less than two minutes to go. J. Lang was able to score two more goals in the final two minutes but the time ran out on the Lynx chances of tying up the game.
(3) Shockers vs Butchers (4) O.T. Semi Finals Game 1
Tight game between two teams gets decided in overtime.
Both teams are aware of how important the playoffs are and it seemed like both teams brought their A game. As each team went back and forth exchanging the lead until the final buzzer of regulation. With six different players finding the back of the net. With the extra frame starting up it was anyone's game. With C. Chirola notching the game winning goal with his shot finding the back of the net as M. Harrison had no chance on that one.
(5) Lynx vs Brew Crew (4) Semi Finals Game 2
Lynx don't make same mistake twice, make sure to control the lead until the final buzzer.
With over an hour to think about what went wrong with the first game the Lynx needed to make sure to keep the game close this time around and not dig themselves a huge hole. But D. Colatosti was going to make sure to not make life easy for the Lynx as the veteran forward scored the first three goals for his club. As the game was all tied up in the third, the Lynx finally got in front and S. Catalano shut the door the remainder of the way to secure the win.
(3) Lynx vs Brew Crew (2) O.T. Semi Finals Game 3
Game goes the entire distance with an extra frame needed to decide a winner.
It only takes one extremely talented player to switch on the light switch when the game is on the line to take the game to overtime. The Brew Crew had an extremely great start with N. Harvey and M. Rheaume each finding the back of the net and taking a two goal lead. But R. Beaver could not watch his season come to an end on this night, and the extremely talented forward single handedly scored two goals to take the game to overtime. Where J. Labadie was able to solve and find a way to beat C. Muccino to take his team to the finals.
(5) Shockers vs Butchers (4) O.T. Semi Finals Game 2
Butchers come so close to end the game on so many occasions but Shockers end game early in overtime to ensure a mini game.
The Butchers demonstrated that every time the Shockers were going to take a lead that they would retaliate and score a goal to tie it all up. As this happened on four different occasions where the Butchers were not going their first game victory go to a waste. The butchers tried so hard to overcome that hump in the third but M. Harrison shut the door until J. Blunt was finally able to score in overtime to send this game to a mini game.
(4) Shockers vs Butchers (1) Semi Finals Game 3
With the momentum shift in full swing and the Butchers feeling tired Shockers take over.
With an important game three on the line and everyone's season on the line it all came to the last fifteen minutes. It seemed like the Butchers were all gazed out as they did not have enough juice left in the tank to play any longer. The Shockers being fully aware of the situation took control of the game and continued to hammer the nail in the coffin by mounting an three goal lead to make sure the Butchers could not get back into it.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Labadie of the Lynx. With a final push needed and a final goal to send his team to the finals Joel came out big for his club ensuring that his team has a chance for the final.
The E Thursday + Sunday finals match ups are as follows:
E Thursday + Sunday
(1) Shockers vs Lynx (2) The top two teams of the regular season will go head to head in the finals. Both young teams are accustomed to playing on a high stage as each team has made it to the finals in recent seasons. Each team will need to play to their strength and shut down the opposing teams forwards to have a chance to win.
Friday December 7
(6) Bramabulls vs HBHA (3) Semi Finals Game 1
Bramabulls get thing started on the right foot with a dominating performance.
From the initial ball drop the Bramabulls seemed like they were playing at a higher level. The team decided to bring their gameplay to a whole other level. Defenceman F. Dominianni made sure his blistering slap shot was feared all night scoring two goals for his club. While M. Pololos was the sole player from HBHA to seem to have an answer for C. Muccino.
(6) The Peters vs Stones (4) Semi Finals Game 1
The Peters too much to handle in the first game of the semis.
The Stones knew they would need to limit their opponents’ chances and play a defensively responsible game and let the few opportunities make the difference in this game. Unfortunately, once the game started the game plan was out the window and the tones were trying to play an offensive minded game. R. Placentino the talented forward came out big for his club solving R. Ricaurte on multiple occasions and completing his natural hat trick in the third period. The Stones used a team effort having four different players find the back of the net.
(3) Bramabulls vs HBHA (4) Semi Finals Game 2
After an hour-long break, HBHA comes up with a new game plan to come up with the win.
With over an hour to think about what went wrong with the first game the HBHA needed a better start and a better team effort to come up with the win. With the starting the same way as the last one the Bramabulls coming out strong and taking a one goal lead into the second. C. Stavriadis came out strong stopping every ball he faced and allowed his team to come out strong and slowly gain momentum. As the third period started the tides shifted as M. Pololos and G. Vouloumanos finally got their team a lead they could control and come out with the win. The Bramabulls tried firing with all cylinders but it was to late we needed a game 3 to decide this series out.
(1) Bramabulls vs HBHA (2) Semi Finals Game 3
With the momentum on their side the HBHA continue their strong play and come out with the win.
With the momentum on their side it all came down to a decisive game three to decide the winner and the one moving forward to the finals. With every player on both benches knowing how important this game was for their club played to the top of their talents. J. Kontitsis came out big scoring both goals for his club and making sure the captain lead by example. While on the other side M. Diaco was the sole player to solve C. Stavriadis.
(9) The Peters vs Stones (4) Semi Finals Game 2
Game 2 not much different from Stones as The Peters continue to roll on all cylinders.
With an hour break and enough time to calm the troops and to come up with a new game plan, it did not seem like it did much help as the results were very similar. It seems like as the game wore on the Stones did not have the legs or the man power to run after The Peters as they controlled the second and third period. M. Denino who just showed up for the second game made his mark scoring two goals and R. Placentino continued to be explosive scoring another four goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Kontitsis of the HBHA. The captain lead by eample in the most important game of the playoffs and found the back of the net twice ensuring his club made it past the semis and into the finals.
The Masters (35+) finals match ups are as follows:
(1) The Peters vs HBHA (3) Both teams play a very similar style of play. A hard nose style where each player will pay the price to go into the boards and in front of the net. THE Peters have a bit more firepower that HBHA will need to be aware of and make sure those players are always accounted for.
E Thursday + Sunday
Thursday December 6
(3) Shockers vs Smooth Sailors (5) Inter Division
In an impressive battle of both teams Smooth Sailors come up on top at the end.
Two evenly matched up teams went up against each other tonight and the entertainment value of the game did not give out. With the game tied up at three goals a piece in the third, both teams started to play an undisciplined game and got into a penalty issue. Until L. Pennimpede scored with two minutes to go on the game. As the Smooth Sailors continued the undisciplined game, they gave all the necessary chances to the Shockers to get back into it, but J. Palmitano scored an empty netter to put the game away.
(2) Raging Rhinos vs Legends (3)
With entire standings left to be decided with the last game of the season, both teams had to bring their A game.
With the standings and the season coming down to the most crucial game of the season everything needed to be laid out and left on the playing field. Everything got decided in the second quarter as the Legends seemed to have the upper hand. With J. Courteau, A. Zarzour and E. Gabrielli were each able to solve N. Mauro. R. Ranieri did just enough stopping 28 shots and containing the high-powered offense of the Raging Rhinos to only two goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rino Ranieri of the Legends. With the most important game of the season on line deciding important playoff matchups. The veteran netminder stood on his head and limit the high-power offensive power of the Raging Rhinos to only two goals on 30 shots.
The E Thursday semi finals match ups are as follows:
(1) Raging Rhinos vs Smooth Sailors (4) Both teams have a talented and deep offensive lineup, as this series seems like a high scoring affair. Both teams will need their goaltenders to step up and make those important saves when it all comes down.
(2) JLR Brossard vs Legends (3) JLR will need a full bench in this series as the Legends will never stop running and going after the ball. With the high-powered offense going up against a more defensive minded team it will be entertaining to see who prevails.
The E Sunday semi finals match ups are as follows:
(1) Shockers vs Butchers (4) The Shockers have demonstrating their willingness all season long and this series will be no different, but you can never count the Butchers out as they always have a few tricks up their sleeves.
(2) Lynx vs Brew Crew (3) Experience vs the young guns who will prevail? Only time will tell as both sides play an extremely different game style both games in series should be entertaining to watch and should have multiple storylines.
Wednesday December 5
(6) Carnage vs Decepticons (5) Semi finals Game 1
Late push not enough for Decepticons to get back into the game.
From the initial ball drop it seemed like the Decepticons were always a step behind their opponents in what should have been the most important game of the year. As Carnage started mounting a significant lead thanks in large part to G. Gammieri and M. Pace who each scored a pair of important goals. As the Decepticons finally woke up in the third, N. Delia was his usual self scoring a natural hat trick but it was to late to come out with the win.
(5) Underdogs vs Left Wings (7) S.O. Semi finals Game 1
Tight game comes down to the penalty shots to declare a winner.
A tight game saw both teams go pound for pound in the scoring department until the penalty shots, where a winner was finally declared. Both teams are known for their hard-working ethic and used a group effort to find the back of the net. F. Nasser was the sole player from the Underdogs who found the back of the net twice while J. Adamou and D. Provost Jarry did the majority of the damage scoring five goals together. The Underdogs will need to be more careful of the heavy hitters from the other side.
(7) Fat Cats vs Horsemen (3) Semi finals Game 1
Fat Cats all about business in their first playoff game.
A team that sees success on a yearly basis knows way to well how to deal with the pressure and to turn up the intensity when needed. Tonight, was no different as they brought forth their best effort and showed the Horsemen, they will have an extremely difficult battle to come out on top. The Fat Cats used their entire lineup tonight to take advantage using six different goal scorers and G. Sangiovanni was at the top of his game pushing away almost twenty shots.
(8) Mighty Drunks vs Knights (4) Semi finals Game 1
The Knights allowed the Mighty Drunks to walk all over them during the first two periods.
From the initial ball drop the Mighty Drunks were all over the Knights having goalie S. Sauk number scoring eight unanswered goals. Once the hole was to big to overcome the Knights finally woke up in the third and starting to slowly clay themselves back into the game. But the hole was to large to overcome. The Knights will need a better start if they wish to get a better result in their next game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Adamou of the Left Wings. When the going gets tough the best player on the field will always find a way to increase his gameplay and come up on top. Tonight, was no different as he scored three very important goals and set up another one.
Tuesday December 4
(1) Capitals vs Punishers (4)
Punishers start the night off strong dominating the Capitals.
From the start of the game the game the Punishers started the night in the most productive way. C. Gingras continues to cause havoc on the division and got his team to a strong start scoring two unanswered goals. Midway thru the second J. Rochon got his team on the board but that was all the Capitals were able to muster on this night.
(6) Arez vs Punishers (2)
Second game does not go as planned as Punishers don’t have the legs to close it out.
Both teams kept it close for the longest time as they each scored two goals a piece. But as the game wore on it became evident that the Punishers were tired from their previously played game and that it would not be easy to close this game out. Arez took advantage of the tired other side as four different players scored to take a commanding lead and halt any potential risk of the Punishers coming back into the game. With this important win Arez secures their place in the playoffs ending their season on the right note.
(8) Bramabulls (Tues) vs The Blast (1)
Bramabulls finish season in fashionable way, entering the playoffs with momentum.
In a very important night, nothing seemed like it could go wrong for the Bramabulls who certainly wanted all the chips in their hand entering the playoffs. The team scored in bunches and the majority of the bench accumulated multiple points. C. Fragkiudakis was the sole player to solve M. Dorismond twice as he accumulated a total of four points. While on the other side G. Follano played a solid game pushing away all but one shot.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Patrick Haber of Arez. In the most important game of the season the Arez needed all their players to step up and come up big to secure their spot in the playoffs. Patrick Haber did just that scoring two important goals and setting up another one.
The D Tuesday division semi final match ups are as follows:
(1) Capitals vs Arez (4) The offensive juggernaut is going up against the hard-working team. The Arez will be in your face from the start of the game until the finish, the Capitals will need to be patient and wait for their opportunities.
(2) Punishers vs Bramabulls (3) The two talented teams will match up and demonstrate their offensive capabilities during the entire night. Both teams will most probably go pound for pound and will need their goaltenders to stand on their head to try and get a slight advantage.
Tuesday December 4
(3) Hawks vs Stones (6) Quarter finals
Late push wakes up Stones and saves their season.
With the playoffs starting, a new season began for all the teams. The Stones did not bring their A game early on in the game the game demonstrating that this do or die game may be over before it started. The Hawks bounced on their opportunities and took a one goal lead into the second. When the Stones finally woke up thanks in large part to M. Gagnon and K. Tsoukalas who each scored two important goals to help their team move forward to the semis.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathias Gagnon of the Stones. Mathias put everything he had on the court in such an important game making sure his team go to see the light of day and move on to the semis.
The Masters (35+) division semi final match ups are as follows:
(1) The Peters vs Stones (5) The Peters will demonstrate their offensive power while the Stones will need the A game of everyone on their roster to minimize the possible damage The Peters may create.
(2) Bramabulls vs HBHA (3) Two teams playing a closely identical game will see both teams battle until the last minute. Each captain will need to come up with a strong game plan to try and gain any type of advantage.
4 X 4 Monday
J. Courteau caused havoc from the initial ball drop until the dying seconds of the game.
Whatever the Degenerates did tonight it seemed like the Black Eagles did not have an answer for them. The Degenerates were all over the placed and controlled the game especially power forward J. Courteau who caused the majority of the havoc for his club scoring a total of seven goals and setting up another one. The Black Eagles will need to forget about this night real quickly and get back to their better ways with the playoffs right around the corner.
(0) Black Eagles vs Degenerates (7)
(2) Black Eagles vs Degenerates (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Degenerates. The skilled power forward continued to cause havoc in the division scoring seven goals against an unmatched opponent.
The 4X4 Division 1 quarter finals match ups are as follows:
(4) Carmoni vs The Corporation (5) In there do or die game anyone can prevail, both teams will need a full bench to compete and keep up with the other side, this one should be a buzzer beater.
The 4X4 Division 2 semi finals match ups are as follows:
(1) Chic Choc vs Black Eagles (4) The Chic Choc will need to continue their dominant offensive game and keep bringing it to the other side. The Black Eagles will not be able to go pound for pound against their counterpart and will need a strong defensive showing.
(2) Timer vs Degenerates (3) Two long time foes match up in the semis with both teams having lots of playoff experience each one will play a patient game and wait for their chances to jump on a quick lead.
Sunday December 2
1 Timer run out of gas near the end of the second game allow the Black Eagles to steal valuable points.From the initial ball drop, the 1 Timers were in full control of the game, controlling not only the majority of the scoring chances but also the scoreboard. T. Daigneault was a force to be reckoned with tonight scoring four unanswered goals. But as the second period of the second game came to an end the potent offense of the 1 Timers dried up and allowed the Black Eagles capture the second game of the night and splitting their contests.
(6) 1 Timer vs Black Eagles (0)
(3) 1 Timer vs Black Eagles (5)
Monday December 3
Armadillos learn from their first game errors and eliminate all potential scoring chances from the Punishers.The Armadillos seemed like the team to beat tonight, from a great start to game one scoring four unanswered goals in the first period to completely collapsing and allowing the opposition to regain control and score six goals against them. S. Athanasopoulos and K. Tsoukalas were the main reasons of the comeback scoring two goals a piece. Once the second game started the Armadillos did not make the same mistake twice by essentially eliminating all potential scoring chances and taking a comfortable lead into the second period. The Armadillos used a team effort to score all four goals and C. Stavriadis pushed away all the shots he faced in the second game.
(6) Punishers (Mon) vs Armadillos (5)
(0) Punishers (Mon) vs Armadillos (4)
Degenerates not able to contain J. Farrese who single handily carried his team to the win. The Degenerates should have had one game plan tonight and that was to contain J. Farrese. The skilled forward was all over the place for his club contributing migratorily on the offensive side of the game collecting nine points. The Degenerates were not really able to produce much on a very silent night until the second game where F. Nasser scored two important goals, but that lead was short lived.
(0) Degenerates vs Chic Choc (5)
(3) Degenerates vs Chic Choc (8)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Farrese of Chic Choc. The skilled forward carried his team in the last two games of the season collecting nine points in the making to prove his worth at the most opportune time.
Monday December 3
(9) Black Knights vs United Armenians (2)
Black Knights too much to handle tonight as they convert the majority of their chances.
The United Armenians try on a nightly basis to perform and play a strong defensive game. Unfortunately for them, the Black Knights took advantage of their chances and scored multiple goals on G. Follano. S. Musacchio and G. Gelinas were the sole players to score multiple goals as J. Gagne continues to produce on a nightly basis producing another five points. G. Jerjian and R. Vartazarmian were the sole players to produce and show some sort of life for the United Armenians.
Tuesday December 4
(6)GK vs Black Knights (4)
First place goes to GK after defeating Black Knights in final show down.
This game was the last game of the regular season in the Premier division before playoffs begin next week. The outcome of the game was important to both teams as the winner of the game would clinch 1rst place and home field advantage.
The first team to score was GK P. Genereux with 1:30 gone in the 1st period giving GK a 1-0 lead. Black Knights strike back quickly with J. Gagne slap shot from center ice tying game UP 1-1. As the 2nd period began we could see the intensity and skill. Black Knights had a few defensive break downs allowing GK to score 2 goals taking a 3-1 lead. Black Knights struck back O. Wahid gets the goals making it 3-2 at this point. GK answered back with a goal from K. Vincent making the score 4-2. The intensity of the Black Knights showed as they were able to tie the game with 2 goals from S. Rodrigue and a beautiful power play goal by Y. Tifu. Both teams walked into the 3rd period tied. The final minute of the 3rd period decided the game, J. Gagne was sprung on a breakaway only to be turned aside by the GK netminder. On the transition play J. Bradley was able to put a shot passed G. Vermette giving GK a 5-4 lead with 1 minute left. With everything on the line for Black Knights they pull there goalie, but only to have GK score in the empty net securing the win 6-4.
Defensemen C. Mackenzie said after the game that he has not seen great hockey like this in a while.
Playoffs begin next week with the semi match ups as followsGK vs (4) United Armenians Black Knights vs (3) River Rats
Sunday December 2
(4) Shockers vs Lynx (3)
Late push cut short as T. Debonis secures the win.
The two top place teams in the division went up against each other tonight trying to secure their dominance entering the post season and making sure momentum is on their side. The Shockers got off to a better start grabbing a commanding lead with J. Blunt producing the majority of the offense. As the Lynx started to mount a comeback, cutting the lead down to one. T. Debonis made sure to secure the win. With less than a minute to go the Lynx were able to cut the lead once again but time ran out on their comeback.
(6) Butchers vs Fatal Demons (8)
Fatal Demons produce in numbers in their last game of the season.
With one last game to the season the Fatal Demons wanted to leave everything on the table by showing off the offense they were suppose to have all season long. By taking an early lead thanks in part to the offense they received by their defenseman. K. Araujo is known for his offensive skill carrying the majority of his team scoring three goals and producing an assist. While on the other side E. Nardelli scored half the goals and was able to complete his natural hat trick with less than 2 minutes to go.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyler Debonis of the Shockers. With less than a minute to go the talented forward any hope of his opponent successfully mounting a comeback by scoring one last goal.
Wednesday November 28
(4)Fat Cats vs Horsemen (10)
Horsemen Maul Fat Cats in must win game
The urgency of what was a must win game kicked in for the Horsemen on Wednesday night. Not only they got the three points to almost secure a playoff sport, but won by a reasonable margin to nearly guarantee one. The six goal difference gives them an enormous chance to extend the season where they'll hope to duplicate what they did versus the Fat Cats. G.Sangiovanni had a nightmare start allowing five goals in the first period alone. Maybe the Fat Cats didn't approach this contest with much care but surely they couldn't be happy on how brutal it ended. J.Rabchuk piled on four goals, T.Zermalias buried a pair for the win while J.Mancini did more than his share posting three goals in the loss.
(5)Left Wings vs Kentucky Blue(2)
S.Longo's third period madness puts Left Wings in driver's seat
For a regular season game, this contest was treated as a do or die match up for the two sides. The formula was quite simple, win and your likely in, or lose and chances are you're out. The Left Wings had the better start mounting a 2-0 lead after one period with goals-from G.Gaitanis and J.Tzanetakos. With the onus on the Kentucky Blue to try and fight back, they just couldn't score in time. The match was already 4-0 and put out of reach when M.DeTorre finally got his club on board. Prior to the goal, S.Longo was absolutely electric in the final frame posting three goals for a quick hat trick. This result secures a playoff spot for the Left Wings. As for the Kentucky Blue, unless they win by a seven goal margin in tomorrow's match with the Underdogs, then their season will come to a halt.
(4)Knights vs Carnage (5) O.T
Knights fail to protect massive lead, collapse in overtime
The Knights regular season ended with a thud on Wednesday night. From-everything being roses, turned into an instant downfall when it was said and done. The worse part about it was that Carnage used three third period goals all coming in the last two minutes of play. In any event, that kind of downfall is unacceptable no matter what the circumstances. The only positive the Knights can-take from this is to assume it's never over until it's over, a valuable lesson that will stick with them with the playoffs looming only a week away. And while the Knights look at this as a collapse, Carnage may have a different perspective on it. By never giving up, they got rewarded on late heroics-from four different goal scores. P.Stroubakis was behind setting up M.Pace's late equaliser and J.Di Marco's overtime winner.
(4)Decepticons vs Underdogs (7)
Big third period helps Underdogs strive for first place
By winning a huge third period, the Underdogs gave themselves a chance to pass the Fat Cats in tomorrow's last regular season game for first place. The Underdogs demonstrated that they were a hungrier team and used their energy to pull away. W.Abboud and his captain J.Constantin did much of the scoring with two goals apiece. F.Nasser and M-A Haber were also contributing factors as both players combined for six points. Even though it won't be their ultimate goal, the Underdogs will attempt to defeat the Kentucky Blue for a first place finish.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Longo of the Left Wings. In the third period alone, the quick forward damaged the Kentucky Blue's playoff hopes by bagging three markers.
The F1 division semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Underdogs vs Left Wings(4) The Underdogs will battle the entire time and unless the Left Wings match the work ethique look for the division leaders to prevail
(2)Fat Cats vs Horsemen(3) Two teams heading in opposite direction may factor the Horsemen to cause a surprise. But if the Fat Cats get back to their winning ways the task will be difficult
As for the F2 division, the match ups are as follows:
(1) Carnage vs Decepticons(4) Even though Carnage is a well rounded squad that has a deep line up, there will no guarantees in this series. The Decepticons carry the luxury of having a few game changers such as N.Delia, Y.Leroux and M.Deninno just to name a few. And unless they are properly contained, this series can go either way.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (3) It wasn't too long ago that the Knights stunned the Mighty Drunks with a 2-1 victory. The reason why it was so shocking was due to the fact that the Knights did it with a very short bench. Unless the Knights repeat a similar performance, look for the Mighty Drunks to grind it out.
Monday November 26
(3)United Armenians vs GK(6)
K.Kuczmarski, A.Mirolla rally GK in third period
K.Kuczmarski and A.Mirolla made the court their personal play ground in the GK's rousing third period rally. Up until that point, the United Armenians seemed poised to collect their first victory carrying a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame. Then, in the span of less than a minute, K.Kuczmarski and A.Mirolla began connecting and took over scoring two goals each. Kuczmarski had already tallied early on before completing his hat trick late in the game. All it took was one dominant period to make the difference. The United Armenians had everything going for them and couldn't have asked for a better match except for a slight let down that shifted the contest. T.Pham notched the other marker along with two helpers for the GK while Y.Nazarian, C.Fragkiudakis and D.Budaghgan each scored for the United Armenians.
Tuesday November 27
(2)River Rats vs Black Knights(5)
Black Knights, River Rats rivalry alive and well again
Tuesday night's game between two familiar opponents had all the elements of what a hockey game has to offer. For those who prefer skill, there was plenty of it, for those who appreciate solid goaltending, C.Stavriadis and G.Vermette were on top of their game and finally if good intensity is what you are into than this match did not disappoint. With the help of a good start, the Black Knights pulled ahead after one period for a 2-0 lead. D.Provost-Jarry had an immediate response early in the second period for the River Rats, who hoped to finish the frame stronger knowing that this contest could easily go down to the wire. However, the Black Knights weren't interested in playing a cautious game as they kept the pressure that resulted in two more tallies courtesy of L.Bourgault and D.Landucci. Similar to how the second period began, the River Rats tallied another quick goal, this time-from M.Cerone. Even if the River Rats trailed for long stretches, one thing's for sure, is that they'll never give up. That kind of message is clearly sent by some of their leaders such as M.Richard, F.Dominianni and M.Crialese just to name a few. The River Rats nearly made things interesting to pull within one when awarded a power play. Instead, G.Vermette remained sharp as the Black Knights best penalty killer keeping the two goal margin. Other key factors for the win included P.Musto's heads up play resulting in four helpers along with Y.Tifu winning many face-offs for instant ball possession.
(11)GK vs United Armenians (4)
GK respecting United Armenians-from the get go
Unlike their previous game only a night ago, the GK made it a point to not take their opponent for granted. Their early onslaught of four first period goals allowed them to play with less pressure for the duration of the match. The United Armenians did eventually find their touch posting two goals-from G.Jerjian and ATachedjian but failed to win the second frame. By that point, the GK just went about their business scoring when the chances occurred. K.Vincent led the way with goals in every frame for a hat trick. Next in line saw J.Bradley chip in with a pair as part of a six point performance. As much as the players put up a good showing, coaching teams plays a big part in it as well. D.Nguyen settled his troops prior to the game sending an important early message. And although G.Missakian has a different view point-from behind the bench, his vision is hailed and strikes the ideal balance between being hard liner and a player's coach. By running plenty of practices coupled with some hard decision making, G.Missakian will often get the full capacity of his players.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paolo Musto of the Black Knights. Somehow, the veteran keeps finding a way to remain in full form. Musto was responsible for setting up four of the five Black Knights goals in a 5-2 win over the River Rats.
Monday November 26
1 Timer caught sleeping early but wake up to finish strong
The 1 Timer appeared as if they were not ready for the opening game with the Chic Choc. At no point during the opening frame did they look interested in playing allowing five consecutive tallies. With J-R Lemay leading the way on two markers, D-O Trinque brought it a step further bagging three straight goals for a hat trick. Surely, the 1 Timer were only looking ahead knowing that this contest was left to dry. And by eventually regrouping, the men in orange flipped the script, at least by keeping it very close. Neither team was able to grab a lead after two periods leaving all but a shootout. Each side then sent three of their confident players to show off their skills. However, the skill set was drawn more-from the net minders. Y.Belkassem of the Chic Choc was the only player to score while F.Peloquin stood tall once again denying all three shooters after posting a shutout in the previous match. M.Ethier scored twice for the Chic Choc while T.Daigneault and J.Guye-Perrault combined for four points for the 1 Timer.
(0)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(6)
(4)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
C.Stavriadis helps even the score with Legacy by recording shutout
Despite their slow start, Legacy used only 25 seconds in the second period to get the ball rolling. Good teams know how to pick their spots and it showed when G.Pisanelli and D.Bertrand erased a two goal deficit in no time. By the end of it all, breakaways were required for a potential outcome. Since team's don't have a scouting report on certain players, Legacy felt that their captain G.Panagiotopoulos would be the right fit to throw their opponent off. Unfortunately, some oily hands got in the way, and D.Bertrand had to come in to take care of business en route to a 3-2 victory. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Armadillos made it a point to play a perfect game .A scoreless first period turned eventually tuned into a barn burner with the Armadillos striking three straight times. J.Kontitsis, P.Lapointe and M.DoCouto all took turns finding the back of the net while C.Stavriadis reminded everyone what a huge factor he continues to be for the Armadillos.
(3)Legacy vs Armadillos (2) S.O
(3)Armadillos vs Legacy(0)
Corporation rebound-from opening game embarrassment
With the Punishers deserving all the props for what they did early on, the Corporation had some looking in the mirror to do after the period was over. Down 4-0 in a two period format versus the Punishers, every single player knew the odds were stacked for anything funny to happen. The only thing that the Corporation tried to do was to beat M.Melo at least once. Despite peppering the net minder with enough shots along with glorious chances, nothing was working. Melo was simply that good and the Punishers had only the next game to worry about. However, relying on brilliant goaltending can only take you so far. Granted, Melo was sharper than a razor blade denying at least a hand full of scoring chances early on but how much can one man do. Eventually, and by putting together a stronger effort, the benefits started to pay off for the Corporation. P.Stroubakis used his speed resulting in four points that included hat trick. G.DeMarinis was also primed as the intense forward bagged two nice goals. After being left alone in the opening game, L.Dias had more help in front of him and was a key part for the victory making many key stops.
(4)Punishers vs The Corporation (0)
(6)The Corporation vs Punishers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Perry Stroubakis of the Corporation. By utilising his speed and vision, the highly skilled forward had his hand involved in four goals that helped rebound his team-from an embarrassing loss.
Tuesday November 27
Les Carmoni cruise in both wins over Black Eagles
Les Carmoni had no issues in both their wins as they cruised to an 8-1 victory while capping it off 5-2 in the second encounter. C.Desmarais, L-C.Desmarais and J.Gosselin each took turns bagging two apiece. The only bright spot that the Black Eagles took was when S.Bois-Chasse broke P.Corbin's shutout. Other than that, the Black Eagles were just focusing for the second match. They did manage a better outing but still ran into the same problem of giving up three first period goals. It took only five minutes into the encounter for Les Carmoni to dictate the terms. M.Jobin opened and closed the scoring in the win while F.Bois-Chasse and D-A Demers took care of the offense for the Black Eagles.
(8)Les Carmoni vs Black Eagles(1)
(2)Black Eagles vs Les Carmoni(5)
Thursday November 29
One little minute was all it took for Legacy to trade wins with Corporation
Entering tonight's games, neither teams were to concerned on how the standings would be affected. Both sides have isolated their positions and the focus was only to play the game. However, it still did require an all out effort with the two sides wanting to win regardless. The Corporation battled extremely hard with only five players by taking a big second period en route to a 4-3 victory. On the flip side, Legacy weren't many either having only two changes to their bench. Even though its a meaningless match, Legacy do have plenty of pride and wanted nothing more than a split. The problem was that the Corporation wasn't going to make it easy for their opponent. They led throughout most of the encounter thanks to Y.Derohannessian and P.Stroubakis combining for six points while getting some incredible saves-from C.Confuorti. And no matter how valiant the effort was, its just never over against some of the talent that Legacy has. Down 4-3 with only one minute remaining, the big guns decided to kick in. First, G.Pisanelli used a blistering slap shot to tie the game, and then with only 6 seconds left on the clock, P.Assadi was at that right place at the right time to pounce on the winner.
(4)The Corporation vs Legacy(3)
(4)Legacy vs The Corporation(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Cameron Confuorti of the Corporation. Apart from-making enough basic key saves, the net minder stole the show with high robbery stops on at least three occasions that should have been sure goals.
Monday November 19
(2)United Armenians vs Black Knights (4)
Late second period goals give Knights edge over Arms
Just when the United Armenians put themselves back in the game, the Black Knights would pull away even deeper. A.Melkonian gave the United Armenians plenty to celebrate after getting his club on board to tie the game 1-1.All it took was barely two minutes for a quick response-from the Black Knights. S.Musacchio snapped the tie right before M.Viau provided a two goal cushion. As deflating as that was, the Black Knights widened the gap early in the third period and the United Armenians knew they were done despite plenty of hockey left over. R.Vartazamian did have the finally say with the United Armenians last goal of the contest. M.Stinziani opened the scoring for the Black Knights sharing two points with his teammate A.Desrosiers. After facing 26 shots, G.Vermette took the decision over his counterpart G.Follano.
Tuesday November 20
(2)GK vs River Rats(6)
River Rats ride 6 goals in final period
It didn’t look like there was much happening for the River Rats in the first tier of this contest. Still, they only trailed 1-0 with loads of hockey left over. K.Kuczmarski opened the scoring for the GK, and L.Augustin was feeling fine in between the pipes riding a clean score sheet. That was up until the final frame hit. Whatever message was sent in between periods definitely worked for the River Rats. A team that looked discouraged to get on board was able to flip the script by striking six times. During that span, five different players took turns finding the back of the net that included two-from M.Crialese. The sniper was able to snap a 2-2 tie before sealing it late for his second of the night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max Crisalese of the River Rats. As the only multi goal scorer of the game, the right handed sniper buried two goals, including the tie breaker that enabled the River Rats to never look back.
Wednesday November 14
(5)Decepticons vs Horsemen (6) S.O
Horsemen use third period rally, defeat Decepticons in shootout
The Horsemen scored three third period goals to rally for a 6-5 shootout win over the Decepticons. With the Horsemen trailing 4-1 after two periods, P.Sidhom,T.Zermalias and the captain V.Pandza all scored within a three and a half minute span. It's never a nice feeling when you control the game for well over two periods only to find yourself in a coin toss situation. Still, the Decepticons could have salvaged their night but fell once again in the short end. That's because T.Mader and M.Chartrand each scored in the breakaways while M.Deninno was the only Decepticon to get the better of M.Vinciguerra.
(3)Fat Cats vs Left Wings(6)
Fat Cats meet their match, lose first game after eight starts
When looking at the standings prior to the game, many would be on board on who would prevail. And while maybe that applied to the Fat Cats, the same couldn't be said for the Left Wings, who took the division leaders by surprise. A good early start that included a shorthanded goal was just what the doctor ordered for the Left Wings. By trailing 3-0, the Fat Cats were now forced to overcome what felt like a big mountain to climb. They did win the next frame 2-1 thanks to a pair of power play goals but still had a lot of work ahead of them. The Left Wings made it a point to keep defending well while remaining disciplined in order to avoid another penalty. Surely enough they held on to the game plan and benefited as well by posting two quick goals. G.Gaitanis scored twice along with an assist while J.Adamou quarterbacked most of the match resulting in four helpers.
(2)Knights vs Kentucky Blue(8)
Two good periods not good enough for the Knights
If this game had only two periods instead of three, the Knights would have felt fine with their overall game. Instead, they were stuck enduring an embarrassing final fifteen minutes of play. Granted, the Kentucky Blue do have the horses to make some teams heads spin for how quick they can be. M.Dettorre is one example as the skilled forward took over scoring twice in the third to complete his hat trick. James Tutino used an early third period power play goal to begin the onslaught while capping the night with the Kentucky Blue's eight tally of the game.
(6)Fat Cats vs Underdogs(5) O.T
Underdogs poor five on five play enables Fat Cats to prevail
Unable to kill four power play chances is one thing, but to allow a shorthanded goal late in the game is totally unacceptable. J.Constantin had every reason to be steaming knowing that his club deserved better. For the Fat Cats, they just went about their business and took advantage every time it presented itself. Perhaps, their biggest goal came late in the third period when D.Mili tied it up shorthanded. Even if the Underdogs didn't capitalise on their very own power play, they should have at the very least not concede one. The sad part was that there was more heartache to come. The Fat Cats were awarded another power play, this time in overtime where S.Hrivnak made sure to end it with his second of the contest. Looking back, the Underdogs may have felt paralyzed when it was said in done. It may have come as a frustrating loss but the Underdogs had no choice to look ahead in their double header night.
(1)Knights vs Underdogs (8)
Three players combine for all 8 goals, Underdogs have something to smile about
With both teams playing earlier and without a win, the odds were good that somebody would collect a victory. In this particular case, that team was the Underdogs even though they had no rest in between games. Surprisingly enough, only three players out of a total of eight goals that went in would score. M-A Haber and F.Nasser shared hat tricks while A.Sayed chipped in with a pair. On four straight markers, D.Mansour played the set up man. The only time the Knights got on board was in the third period when C.Ladas spoiled C.Malkoun's shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sean Hrivnak of the Fat Cats. By collecting four power play points that included his second goal in overtime, the Fat Cats were able to mount an incredible comeback to steal-points from the Underdogs.
Thursday November 15
(1)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (2)
S.Sauk steals the show as Knights edge Mighty Drunks
S.Sauk was nearly perfect, stopping 34 of 35 shots to edge out the Mighty Drunks on Thursday night. The Knights had no choice to play well in front of their net minder, especially with only two spares to their bench. These types of games involve leads, a committed defensive effort along with solid goaltending. The Knights had all of it going for them. F.Bchara and K.Araujo took care of the scoring by the second period and S.Sauk kept frustrating his opponents up until the late stages of the game when Y.Dube finally solved him. By then, the Knights had all but four minutes and change to bleed the clock, in which they did en route to a remarkable victory.
Monday November 12
(4)River Rats vs United Armenians (1)
River Rats jump on United Armenians early and never look back
The River Rats were in rhythm and the United Armenians looked rusty. Or, maybe the River Rats were just that good on Monday night. J.Lulic scored about a minute after the ball dropped, and M.Dettorre along with M.Crialese each followed for a quick 3-0 lead. The United Armenians knew that they would be chasing the game for most of the night. Unfortunately, that bad start didn't help their cause at all. If there was any consolation, the United Armenians did manage to not concede a goal-from that point on up until Mario Diaco put it away in a yawning net. It took over two periods before they finally got on board. After receiving a quick pass, G.Jerjian made sure to bury his chance. C.Stavriadis would have preferred a cleaner sheet but won't be complaining too much as he earned the win in net.
(3)Black Knights vs GK(4)
M.David, K.Kuczmarski power GK past Black Knights
The best laid plans by some top defensemen of the Black Knights couldn't do much against the searing hot duo between M.David and K.Kuczmarski. Each registered three points in orchestrating the GK's tight victory. The Black Knights didn't have the flow of their bench that they are used to. Regardless, the GK weren't many either which suggested for an even playing field. The turning point perhaps occurred late in the second period when M.David snapped a 2-2 tie. With the next goal so important, the Black Knights failed to level, instead, J.Bradley doubled the lead by the six minute mark. As the game was winding down, D.Duhamel riffled a beauty on the power play to pull the Black Knights within one. Unfortunately, time wasn't a luxury the Black Knights had and the GK were able to kill it off en route to a fourth win in only five games.
(4)Black Knights vs United Armenians (3) O.T
D.Duhamel scores when it counts, Black Knights top United Armenians
D.Duhamel came up big in the clutch for the Black Knights. Duhamel had two goals, with his first tying the game by the 9:15 minute mark of the third. By getting just enough time in overtime after awarded a power play chance, the sniper showed once again what a good release he has. His big shot gave no chance to R.Kenadjian, who had a very solid outing for the United Armenians. Prior to the madness, the United Armenians had control of the match building a 2-0 lead. The Black Knights only responded as of the late stages of the second period. Once J.Velenosi got his team on board, the effect trickled down to the rest of the bench. Velenosi added his second by the third right before Duhamel took care of the balance. Three straight goals came-from the Black Knights that eventually gave them their first lead of the contest. However, the United Armenians weren't throwing it in. J-A Belcher netted the equaliser with just over three minutes remaining to force the extra time. If not for an unfortunate holding call, the result could have potentially favoured the winless side considering how well they played.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the GK. The GK forward capped his night with a flourish. M.David scored two big goals along with an assist to help lead his club past the Black Knights.
Tuesday November 13
(5)Black Knights vs River Rats(5)
Black Knights, River Rats settle for draw after back and forth action
It was certainly an entertaining set of events between the River Rat and the Black Knights on Tuesday night. The game literally went back and forth with the Black Knights leading every single time. Unable to grab a two goal cushion, the Black Knights kept getting frustrated on the response- from the River Rats. Both sides traded the same amount of goals in each frame with most of the action occurring in the first half. S.Musaccho, J.Uppal, M.Viau each scored once while D.Landucci posted the Black Knights last two of the game. The River Rats got their scoring-from J.Lulic, who struck twice along with J.Morina, M.Dettore and M.Argiris finding the back of the net as well. After a slow start for the net minders, G.Vermette and C.Stavriadis had strong finishes keeping eth score close. Vermette faced 17 shots for the Black Knights while Stavriadis saw a few more balls his way to remain idle with his counterpart.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Johnny Lulic of the River Rats. Out of his clubs five goals, Lulic was involved in four of them that included two tallies and a pair of assists.
Monday November 12
A.Kobayati scores quick hat trick as Punishers respond heavy in second match
A.Kobayati, who was somewhat silent in the first game, made plenty of noise in the following encounter. In a very short span, the Punishers d-man pretty much decided the game versus the Corporation. The contest was tied 2-2 when Kobayati showed his touch riffling three quick goals in the duration of only two and a half minutes. Everything was evenly matched throughout most of the night up until that point. The Corporation did make it interesting towards the end but the clock just kept bleeding for A.Centis to seal it in an empty cage. L.Dias took the opening game in a shootout with the help of F.Gentile and A.Jalilvand's goals while F.Russo returned the favour in the second game making big saves at key moments. It came in a losing cause but J.Scalia was very productive striking three times as part of a four point performance.
(6)The Corporation vs Punishers (5) S.O
(6)Punishers vs The Corporation (4)
An out-manned Kings team kept up as long as they could with Legacy
When Legacy decided to crank it up all the way, the Kings had no answers. T.Bozinakis, D.Bertrand and G.Pisanelli scored twelve points among them and dominated the Kings defence which were short staffed with only two changes on the bench. The Kings keep running into the same kind of problem on a weekly basis and that is to not have their complete line up show up. And when you go up against a team that's been together for well over a decade, it's only fitting that you won't get your way. Despite the losses, the Kings put up two good challenges especially in the second game where they just fell short. J.Velenosi helped create much of the offense accumulating a total of two goals and a pair of assists.
(6)Legacy vs Kings(2)
(3)Kings vs Legacy(5)
The SalumiVino player of night goes to A.Kobayati of the Punishers. In one single shift, Kobayati surged with three quick goals to even the series with the Corporation.
Tuesday November 13
Legacy duplicate effort handles Carmoni
Despite going down 3-0, Les Carmoni never threw in the towel. They scored three goals in only two minutes and all of a sudden there was a new game. However, that was until a costly penalty doomed them in the first encounter. Giving a team like Legacy the man advantage is a recipe for disaster. J.Rochon was able to regain the lead with the man advantage right before Payam Assadi sealed it late for his hat trick. In almost a similar event, the second game ended with a 5-3 score. Les Carmoni grabbed two leads during that game but were never able to pull away. Their down fall occurred once again in the remaining period when Payam Assadi came to haunt them for a second straight time. The cherry picking forward added three more goals for a second hat trick in as many games.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Legacy (5)
(5)Legacy vs Les Carmoni(3)
Thursday November 15
J-R Lemay and F.Peloquin set the tone for Chic Choc
Two goals-from one of your top snipers coupled with F.Peloquin denying 13 shots, the Chic Choc couldn't have applied a better game plan. It always helps when your best players perform while getting the right support-from a solid supporting cast. The first encounter ended 2-0 for the Chic Choc, who still had work ahead of them if they planned to sweep the Black Eagles. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Black Eagles were gunning for a better fight. This time, they did get on board with two first period goals-from D-A Demers and T.Pigeon that put them ahead 2-1.Unfortuntely, they couldn't sustain a full out effort. The Chic Choc used their experience by remaining patient enough before harping on their chances. J.Dumont scored early in the second to tie it up, and E.Gacem broke the tie with the help of J-R Lemay, who added two more points in the win.
(2)Chic Choc vs Black Eagles(0)
(2)Black Eagles vs Chic Choc(3)
Armadillos jump out On Corporation early, take both games
A couple of big plays in front of the net along with a power play goal summed up the first meeting between the Armadillos and the Corporation. K.Koutsogiannopoulos riffled a bullet with the man advantage and S.Kipopoulos tapped in his clubs third goal by only the 6:30 mark of the opening frame. The Corporation did play a little better-from that point on but there was no way they would get back into the match. There only focus became on how to approach the second encounter. After regrouping and reassessing what had just transpired, the men in yellow tweaked their game resulting in a better effort. Unfortunately, they still got the short end despite losing only 2-1. This particular game saw C.Stavriadis get more involved. If not for his timely key saves, the Armadillos may have walked away with a split, instead they banked six clean points.
(1)The Corporation vs Armadillos (5)
(2)Armadillos vs The Corporation (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederic Peloquin of the Chic Choc. Apart-from letting in two quick goals all night, the steady net minder earned a 2-0 shutout and a close 3-2 result to collect a pair of wins.
Tuesday November 6
(0)The Blast vs Capitals (3)
Capitals continue riding hot streak, 5 in a row
They have now won five in a row, and unless somebody figures out the Capitals, this streak may never be broken. Tonight's win came with the help of V.Bezeau's two consecutive goals along with C.Fortin denying all 28 shots his way. The Blast did waste a moment in the game that could have gone there way. Rather than scoring on the power play, the Blast surrendered their first goal shorthanded coming early in the second period. That missed chance ultimately came to hurt the Blast. M-A Morin went on to put the match away netting the Capitals third goal of the game just passed the mid way point of the final frame.
(4)Punishers vs Bramabulls(1)
Four goal second period keys Punishers win
N.Mackeen showed that he is more than just capable of making saves. By playing as a forward rather than his natural position between the pipes, N.Mackeen put up two out of the four Punishers goals versus the Bramabulls. That single frame was completely dominated-from one side. The Bramabulls had a chance to pull within one when given a power play but saw A.Centis score instead for a Punishers three goal cushion. A.Bitsakis was a big part of the equation for the win as the net minder was nearly perfect up until G.Bouchard beat him by the third period. Both sides met only a week ago and nothing much has changed with the Punishers duplicating the same result.
(2)AREZ vs Capitals(3)
Fatigue, non issue for Capitals perfect double header night
If there was one opportunity for somebody to hand the Capitals their first loss, this could have been it. All AREZ needed to do was to win the final frame of a hockey game. And as much as that sounds easy against a team that has yet to taste defeat, a 2-2 tie versus a more tired bunch normally favours the rested squad. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and the Capitals continue to roll over the opposition extending their streak to six games in a row. The deadlocked tie was snapped when the captain M.Champagne struck just shy of the mid way point of the period. AREZ did have enough time to bounce back but C.Fortin once again stood in the way earning his second win in only two hours.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. Whether he plays in net or as a forward, N.Mackeen will help either way. Tonight, he posted two goals that included the winner versus the Bramabulls.
Monday November 5
(2)River Rats vs Black Knights(4)
Late goal by D.Duhamel lifts Black Knights over River Rats
The Black Knights came up with a big goal at the right time to beat the River Rats 4-2 on Monday night. Rather than heading into overtime, D.Duhamel avoided the extra time by striking with just over two minutes remaining. That was the first time the River Rats surrendered the lead. Prior to that moment, Marco Diaco and M.Argiris each scored to put their club in front. The River Rats would have loved nothing more than to build a two goal cushion knowing the Black Knights could at any point respond with an equaliser. Unfortunately, they weren't able to pull away as A Mezzagno and C.Pisanelli levelled on both occasions. Then, D.Duhamel took over by not only sparking the winner but by also closing it out in an empty cage. G.Vermette and J.Beaudry were both exceptional in net. After facing close to 25 shots, Vermette got the decision over his counterpart.
Tuesday November 7
(1)United Armenians vs GK(7)
GK explode after United Armenians pulled within one
H.Jerjian's goal to pull the United Armenians within one was as good as it got for his side. It took only seconds-from that point on for the GK to respond in a heavy way. A slight 2-1 lead turned quickly into a landslide with the GK riffling five straight goals. It was a night that nobody needed to stand out as seven different players took turns finding the back of the net. K.Vincent, K.Kuczmarski and S.Hrivnak all scored once along with two helpers while L.Augustin had no issues collecting an easy win in net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to D.Duhamel of the Black Knights. With the game appearing to head for overtime, D.Duhamel changed all that by snapping a 2-2 tie while securing the match with an empty net goal.
Wednesday October 31
(3)Horsemen vs Fat Cats(7)
Joe Scalia & F.Gentile fill the net twice, Fat Cats remain undefeated
The surging Fat Cats saw their usual suspects score once again while extending their winning streak to five games. Joe Scalia and F.Gentile each scored twice and S.Hrivnack accumulated four more points that included three assists. Entering the contest, the Horsemen virtually had no chance with only one change up to their bench. After going down 2-0 late in the opening frame, the Horsemen surrendered two quick goals by the second where they realized then that they had no more hope. There only positive point of the match came in the final fifteen minutes of play where they won the period 2-1.B.Rubino and M.Kardum collected two points each in the loss.
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Left Wings(4)
3 goals in first period lift Mighty Drunks past Left Wings
By getting that incredible start, the Mighty Drunks barely hung on to edge out the Left Wings on Wednesday night. Sometimes teams get complacent when playing with such a lead. Maybe it was the case for the Mighty Drunks or perhaps the Left Wings just woke up a little too late in their comeback effort. Regardless the reasons, S.Archamabults's last two goals for the Mighty Drunks was just what the doctor ordered to ensure the win. J-P Bertrand had an influence scoring once while setting up two teammates. As for the Left Wings, G.Gaitanis, J.Adamou and J.Milionis were the most productive combining for seven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Archambault of the Mighty Drunks. In a tight battle with the Left Wings, Archamabault notched two very big goals that ultimately made the difference in the match.
Thursday November 1
(4)Decepticons vs Left Wings(8)
Newly added S.Labrecque nets 3 vs depleted Decepticons
The Left Wings felt pretty good piling on eight goals in what was an expected game to win. Unless the Decepticons were able to grab a one or two goal lead early on, the chances of a positive outcome was very slim with their short bench. Instead, the Left Wings smelled blood early notching two goals but it wasn't up until the second period that this game took one direction. It was by then that S.Labrecque stole the show riffling three unanswered goals in the span of only nine minutes. G.Gaitanis went on to add his second, and the Left Wings simply played the time to their advantage. Despite the loss, J.Guerrero also dressed for the first time and made an immediate impact bagging two goals and a helper.
Monday October 29
J-R Lemay and D-O Trinque feast over the Corporation
While the Chic Choc looked primed and ready to play, the same couldn't be said for the Corporation. Both wins came rather easy with the Chic Choc simply outworking their opponent. J-R Lemay and D-O Trinque had similar performances scoring two goals apiece in both games. At no point did the Corporation ever have the luxury to play with the lead. They did manage to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the opening contest but surrendered the next four tallies. The second game wasn't any better as a sluggish start put them far behind early. F.Peloquin, on a few occasions, denied some high quality chances that enabled a productive counter attack-from his teammates.
(2)The Corporation vs Chic Choc(6)
(6)Chic Choc vs The Corporation (2)
C.Stavriadis and Armadillos deny Carmoni in close battles
In order to beat the Armadillos, a few things need to happen. Les Carmoni couldn't have asked for a better scenario to go the maximum distance in the first encounter. Unfortunately, once they got there, they couldn't solve C.Stavriadis. The net minder did his part stopping both breakaway chances while G.Bouchard and P.Arkalis each scored to secure a 3-1 victory. Still, the night was only half over and Les Carmoni knew they could compete with the division leaders. The only problem was that D.Andrade immediately set the tone with an early marker. And as much as Les Carmoni attempted to level, C.Stavridis kept standing in their way. The Armadillos would eventually double the lead and put the game away thanks to G.Bouchard. Shortly after, P.Lapointe fed an empty cage for his third point of the night.
(1)Les Carmoni vs Armadillos(3)
(3)Armadillos vs Les Carmoni(0)
Black Eagles finish strong after slow start
One good period was all it took for the Black Eagles to split their miniseries with the 1 Timer. Prior to that, it was all 1 Timer as the men in orange stamped a 4-0 victory. T.Daigneault made his presence felt early on riffling two quick goals to get the ball rolling. A.Gagnon had three primary assists and F.Koch denied all 14 shots to collect a shutout. In hopes of duplicating their efforts in the second encounter, the 1 Timer did nothing right in the last twelve minutes of play. It was during that time that the Black Eagles took over the match. Although he didn't score, F.Bois-Chasse can be argued as to why the offense got going. His four assists was part of setting up D-A Demers twice, who also collected four points in the win. Some good news did come out of this for the 1 Timer. After being sidelined for about ten months due to injury, P-A Surprenant showed that he hasn't missed a beat as the sniper buried three goals and an assist.
(4)1 Timer vs Black Eagles(0)
(6)Black Eagles vs 1 Timer(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-A Surprenant of the 1 Timer. Despite being out of action for a while, the right handed sniper keeps finding the back of the net posting a total of three goals along with a helper.
Tuesday October 30
Fatigue catches up to Chic Choc after dominant first game
The Chic Choc did everything right to open up the night with the Degenerates. Despite having only two changes on the bench, the end result was gratifying. The win came with scoring efforts-from four different players and brilliant goaltending by F.Peloquin. Knowing that perhaps the Chic Choc would be a little tired in the second encounter, the Degenerates made it a point to start off stronger and get that early lead. That moment happened four minutes into the contest when F.Nasser finally figured out Peloquin. The goal would eventually trigger a snow ball effect that saw the very same Nasser notch his third for a commanding 4-0 lead. In most normal circumstances where a team builds that kind of a margin versus a tired group, an easy result is to be expected. However, it wasn't the case with the Chic Choc responding on three straight goals. J.Farrese, J-R Lemay and D-O Trinque collected two points each only to fall short of a wild comeback attempt.
(0)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(4)
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (4)
Monday October 22
Les Carmoni can't get over allowing 3 straight shorthanded goals
Rather then going ahead after being awarded a power play goal for delay of game, Les Carmoni didn't have time to realise how things went terribly wrong. Somehow, the Punishers torched their opponent with three shorthand goals all during the same minor penalty. The only part of the game that wasn't so bad was when they scored three straight to pull within one. Unfortunately for Les Carmoni, that was as good as it got. The Punishers would then take over and run out the score en route to an 8-3 win. The second encounter was clearly much closer but still in the favour of the Punishers. A.Laramee snapped a late 1-1 tie that held up while feeding an empty cage to staple a 3-1 victory. Both wins came with the help of a deep line up. J.Fidrilis picked a beautiful top corner to finish with four points while A.Laramee had two solid games collecting a total of four goals.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Punishers (8)
(3)Punishers vs Les Carmoni(1)
Hard work pays off for 1 Timer in split with Degenerates
Considering how both teams played one another, a split decision did justice for the 1 Timer and the Degenerates on Monday night. The 1 Timer relied on their pressure without the ball to force turn arounds while the Degenerates patiently waited for some crisp plays in order to score some goals. Both tactics worked, at least in one of the two games. The first meeting did go to the Degenerates when S.Sicuso riffled a wrist shot-from the slot area that barely got by F.Koch late in the game. As for the second encounter, the 1 Timer had the luxury to score first and play with the lead. E.Allen did level after finding himself completely alone of F.Koch. With the next goal being so crucial, T.Daigneault was able to put the 1 Timer back in front on a shot that left P.Assadi wondering how it went in. The lack of players and energy consumed the Degenerates enough to hit a wall. Despite the loss, the veteran side did generate some quality scoring chances only to hit a hot net minder in F.Koch.
(3)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(2)
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates (1)
Black Eagles edge out Chic Choc after stalemate
Goaltenders G.Page of the Black Eagles and F.Gaudet-Peolquin of the Chic Choc showed off their skills after drawing even in the shootout. None of the six combined players were able to get at least one by the net minders. N.Bisson scored both goals for the Black Eagles while J-R Lemay and D.Trinque tallied for the Chic Choc leaving neither team to collect the win. With the odds stacked against a second straight draw, the Black Eagles would eventually prevail in the ensuing match. T.Pigeon had a big part as the forward opened and closed the scoring solidifying a 3-1 win. G.Page continued-from where he left off stopping 19 of 20 shots. Slowly but surely, the Black Eagles are starting to get the respect they deserve after a shaky start to the season. This marks four straight games that they collected at least a point.
(2)Black Eagles vs Chic Choc(2) S.O
(1)Chic Choc vs Black Eagles(3)
C.Stavriadis looks only once behind him, Armadillos unstoppable
The Armadillos simply refuse to let up. At this point into the season, it seems like it doesn't matter who they play. The Kings had to endure firsthand depth, skill, and exceptional goaltending-from C.Stavriadis. In both their wins, Stavriadis saw only L.Velenosi get the better of him. The Armadillos got some balanced scoring in their opening contest but had once again G.Boucahrd along with S.Kipopoulos net a pair in the second encounter. The Kings missed out on tying the game on the power play only to see a shorthanded marker put them down 2-0 instead. From there, the Kings would never recover giving up three straight markers.
(1)Kings vs Armadillos (4)
(5)Armadillos vs Kings (0)
Mistakes prove costly for Corporation
Even with the Corporation jumping off to a decent start, it just isn't enough when playing Legacy. On many occasions, the men in yellow had their chances but couldn't finish. The problem was that when Legacy got theirs, L.Dias would have almost no chance stopping quality shots his direction. Five different players got their names on the score sheet in the opening contest for Legacy while Y.Derohannessian was the only player to score all three goals in the loss for the Corporation. The second game was nowhere close to the first one with Legacy thumping their opponent. Something unusual did however happen. An unlikely hero took charge in the 7-0 rout and likely for the first time ever in his ball hockey career, G.Panagiotopoulos felt what it's like to be a goal scorer. The sturdy defenseman had scored once prior to the second game giving him the most goals out of a pool of snipers.
(5)Legacy vs The Corporation (3)
(0)The Corporation vs Legacy(7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to George Panagiotopoulos of Legacy. It's extremely rare for a defenseman to earn a hat trick but the Legacy captain had a night to remember collecting a total of four goals.
Tuesday October 23
Armadillos undefeated but not perfect
Eight games in, and the Armadillos have yet to suffer a loss. That nearly changed against the Punishers as the two sides went at it in a shootout that could have gone either way. Unfortunately for the Punishers, they couldn't hand the division leaders their first loss of the season. However, by going the distance, the Armadillos dropped a little point even if they took the breakaways with goals-from G.Djevahirdjian and G.Bouchard. Similar to the previous encounter, the second game was also close. This time, the Armadillos got it done in regulation with a slight 3-2 victory. K.Koutsogiannopoulos scored early in the second period for the winner leaving C.Stavriadis to do the rest and record another win in net.
(4)Armadillos vs Punishers (3) S.O
(2)Punishers vs Armadillos (3)
Tuesday October 9
(0)Blast vs Punishers (5)
Special teams spark Punishers
Contributions-from all areas sparked the Punishers on Tuesday night. The Punishers rode special teams, goaltending, defensive play and timely goals en route to a 5-0 victory. S. Athanasopoulos opened the scoring shorthanded right before K.Tsoukalas doubled the lead with a power play marker. From-there, the Blast never recovered conceding three more tallies while going dry in the goal scoring department. S. Athanasopoulos , after getting his club on board had the final say for his second of the night. A.Bitsakis made an early impression as the net minder held on to an early season shutout.
(4)Bramabulls vs AREZ(2)
A.Mirolla dazzles with three points for the Bramabulls
A.Mirolla and the Bramabulls bounced back quickly after a disappointing loss only a week ago. A.Mirolla took charge posting two goals and as assist while G.Follano stopped 23 of 25 shots. The Bramabulls felt confident that they would turn things around and it showed-from the drop of the ball. However, it was the AREZ who struck first early in the game courtesy of F.Nasser. Looking back, the AREZ will point to the special teams for their defeat. Two out of their four goals conceded came on the Bramabulls power play and on their own man advantage when Mirolla put his club up 2-1.That sequence kept fuelling their deep roster that eventually led to a 4-2 double up win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Mirolla of the Bramabulls. By netting two key goals along with an assist, A.Mirolla propelled the Bramabulls to get in the win column.
Monday October 8
Degenerates apply boring style to benefit 4 points
If anyone planned on watching the Degenerates play on Monday night they were better of watching golf on television or perhaps staring at the wall for more excitement. Only five players dressed against a deeper younger side which could have only suggested for a boring style hockey game. The Black Eagles did their part controlling the ball while the Degenerates just hung back waiting for their moment. Considering the circumstances, the overall results were satisfactory for the few players dressed. P.Assadi allowed only one goal in two games while J.Melo and E.Allen did the scoring for the Degenerates. As for the Black Eagles, N.Bisson was their only player to taste the back of the net.
(2)Degenerates vs Black Eagles(2) S.O
(0)Black Eagles vs Degenerates (2)
1 Timer and Chic Choc clash in Dr Jekll and Mr Hyde performance
The set of events that occurred between the two sides can only be described as bizarre. In the first contest, the 1 Timer dominated their opponent and it seemed as though the Chic Choc forgot how to play hockey. Then, once the game ended, the complete opposite happened in the second encounter. This time, the Chic Choc made the 1 Timer look like they were the children on the court. A 6-1 dominant victory led to a thumping 7-1 loss in the span of only half an hour. Depending on how the two teams want to look at it, there were many areas of positives as there were negatives. The net minders weren't too happy but managed to trade lopsided victories. The 1 Timer had balanced contribution in the scoring department while M.Ethier, E.Gacem and Y.Belkassem each scored twice for the Chic Choc.
(6) 1 Timer vs Chic Choc(1)
(7)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(1)
Legacy get rude awakening at hands of rival
Surely, Legacy can look at what happened to them on Monday night as only the first game of the regular season. After all, they did play a rival opponent that is just getting their feet wet in a 4vs4 format. Still, much more was expected as only the Armadillos really showed up to play. After earning a 4-2 win to open up the night, the second contest wasn't even close. Legacy had no fire, bite or passion to try and rebound for a split. Instead, the Armadillos only got better bagging five unanswered goals. P.Legatos and G. Bouchard each scored twice and C.Stavriadis reminded a familiar opposition how good he is in net. Apart-from giving up two early goals to J.Rochon, the net minder went flawless the rest of the way.
(4)Armadillos vs Legacy(2)
(0)Legacy vs Armadillos (5)
Smart play and focus came into play for the Corporation
Knowing how deadly the Kings counter attack can be, the Corporation made it a point to try and slow it down. That formula involved all six players committed to a man on man game. And while the defensive aspect was there, so was the offense. The Corporation timed their chances and benefited just enough times to get the upper hand. S.Marricco got the ball rolling striking twice in the opening contest. The second game saw A.Zarzour bury a pair as both players combined for eight points. Even though the Kings didn't get the results, their overall performance was a threat throughout the two games and they did it without key components such as M.Orlando and the Velenosi brothers.
(5)The Corporation vs Kings (1)
(2)Kings vs The Corporation (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Bouchard of the Armadillos. In both games versus a difficult opponent, Bouchard did the most damage netting two goals and a pair of helpers.
Wednesday October 3
(9)Left Wings vs Knights (3)
Left Wings hand Knights 9-3 thumping
For about two periods, the Knights can say that they held their own. However, once the final frame hit, it was all curtains for S.Sauk and his depleted line-up. The Left Wings did most of their scoring in the last fifteen minutes of play to run away with the match. During that span, G.Gaitanis scored back to back tallies to complete a hat trick as part of a five point performance. The Knights failed to give themselves a decent start when they still had enough energy. By giving up three first period goals, they just made it harder to try and keep the game close. S.Kalaydjian had a solid outing scoring twice in the loss.
(5)Horsemen vs Underdogs (6) O.T
Horsemen third period surge falls short to Underdogs
The Horseman put quite a third period charge to even the score and force an overtime period. And in hopes of feeding off the momentum, it was the Underdogs who had the final say. The match was ultimately decided when A.Khanafer scored three and a half minutes into overtime. The Underdogs had their up and down moments during the contest with a solid start where they opened up the game 3-1 after one period. M.Zarzour got the ball rolling striking twice early on. Even though it was a good push back-from the Horsemen, the losing side perhaps felt they deserved better. P.Sidhom was relentless accumulating four points that included a hat trick while his captain V.Pandza was productive collecting three points.
(1)Carnage vs Fat Cats(5)
Fat Cats score in different ways to oust Carnage
By scoring two power plays goals, one shorthanded marker, an even strength goal and finally one that fed an empty cage, the Fat Cats scored in every possible way on Wednesday night. The turning point came late in the first period when F.Atkinson struck first with a man short to put the Fat cats up 1-0. Then, only over a minute into the second period, J.Scalia doubled the lead on the power play. Carnage would eventually get on board to pull within two, but that was all that went through G.Sangiovanni. The win came with balanced offense involving five different goal scorers. One area that Carnage failed to take advantage of was their power play. The Fat Cats took an abundance amount of penalties early on and somehow managed to kill them off.
(4)Decepticons vs Kentucky Blue(6)
Kentucky Blue pair goals in every frame to beat Decepticons
By scoring twice in all three periods, the Kentucky Blue did just enough to edge out the Decepticons. Both sides traded two first period goals before a strong start to the second period put the Kentucky Blue up 4-2 .B.Travisano was the major reason why his club surged as the forward collected three straight points that included two key goals. Similar to what happened in the second period, the Kentucky Blue did the exact same thing in the third bagging two early markers. By that point, the game was out of reach with the Decepticons down by three. N.Delia did get the next marker for his second in the loss.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ahmad Khanafer of the Underdogs. By being at the right place at the right time, A.Khanafer was able to provide the win for the Underdogs with the sudden death goal.
Thursday October 4
(2)Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks(4)
Mighty Drunks double up Horsemen with 4-2 victory
Thursday night saw O.Caillet make 33 saves allowing only two goals to lead his club over the Horsemen. Both sides expected a big challenge but it was the Mighty Drunks taking control for the large part. Nearly two full periods went by before C.Doulis of the Horsemen finally solved O.Caillet. Then, barley two minutes later, Y.Dube provided a two goal cushion for the Mighty Drunks heading into the third period. The Horsemen did pull within one once more but never got the chance to even the score. The win came with four different players scoring that included an offensive output-from a defenseman. M.Beaudry quarterbacked three out of a possible four passes.
Friday September 28
(5)Hellas vs Bramabulls(6) O.T
Bramabulls star sniper J.Palmitano gets it done in overtime
Maybe it's because it's the first game of the season but both sides couldn't be too pleased with the way things got started. Nine out of the eleven goals scored all occurred in the first half o the game. Hellas appeared to be fine igniting a 3-0 lead. However, the Bramabulls weren't going out without a fight and responded immediately to only trail 4-3 after fifteen minutes of play. The second frame did calm down with the Bulls slightly edging Hellas 2-1. Then, with only one period remaining, neither side was taking a chance. The goaltenders got the help they needed and did a solid job keeping the ball out of the net. After a long stretch without a goal, somebody was bound to end the drought and who other then the Bramabulls sniper. J.Palmitano collected two helpers and a goal before ending it by the three minute mark of overtime.
(4)Stones vs Hawks(7)
Hawks break out for 4 third period goals to beat Stones
The Hawks will have plenty of time to develop chemistry. For now, they are glad to know that they can score in spurts. The contest was at a 3-3 halt before things swung into motion for the Hawks. V.Miraldo tallied twice in the final frame to record a hat trick while getting the help of his line mates Y.Derohannesian and Q.Joseph. Even though the Hawks fell behind a couple of times, there was no panic in their game knowing that they would have easily bounced back. The Stones kept applying their defensive style that nearly worked in the end. Five minutes was all that was left when the Hawks pulled away with three straight markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Victor Miraldo of the Hawks. In a very tight game versus the Stones, V.Miraldo tallied three times to help separate the two clubs.
Friday October 5
(0)Hawks vs HBHA(6)
Flood gates open in third as HBHA surge with five goals
For about 34 minutes, the Hawks went toe to toe with the HBHA Masters. However, once P.Koutsogiannopoulos doubled the lead, this contest turned into a nightmare for the Hawks. The HBHA used their ability to finish on their counter attack. Since the Hawks were desperate to try and get at least one by C.Stravriadis, the play would open up for his teammates who had no issues running up the score. M.Pololos scored twice in the final frame while four other teammates took turns finding the back of the net. It wasn't like the Hawks didn't have their chances to score. The problem perhaps was that C.Stavriadis made the few key saves enabling his club to play with the lead.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the HBHA. Even though the score suggests a landslide, C.Stavriadis was stellar to keep the Hawks off the score sheet which eventually led to a third period onslaught for the HBHA.
Monday September 24(Division 3 final)
S.Sauk's heavy response enables Vitamin C to hoist trophy
It took the longest path to get there, but S.Sauk and the Vitamin C reached the finish line. Part of their strategy to minimize the Chic Choc attack only took place as of the second game. The Vitamin C fell behind 1-0 in the series after giving up three straight goals to fall behind the eight ball. And despite their solid finish by bagging a pair, time wasn't a luxury they had. The good news was that they still had a shot at it. Perhaps the most important adjustment was to try and figure out how to score first. Nearly ten minutes had gone by when J.Macchiagodena cracked the barrier that finally gave his club its first lead of the night. However, this contest was far-from over, and unless the Vitamin C built on their lead, it would be up to the net minder to steal the show. S.Sauk demonstrated his value abruptly and dramatically making every single save necessary in order to preserve the lead and an important 1-0 result. With the series now tied, both sides understood how vital that first goal would be, especially knowing that they can heavily rely on their goaltender. Once again, it was the Vitamin C dictating the terms. J.DiMarco got to F.Peloquin-Gaudet as of the three minute mark of game three leaving all but nine minutes for a Chic Choc response. Unfortunately, no matter how much pressure they applied, the desperate side saw their offense hit another dry spell. The Vitamin C repeated the exact same thing they did in game two, and that was to bear down and shut the door. S.Sauk went three straight periods without conceding a goal, and perhaps was the major reason why his club got to celebrate. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Fabio Pace and the rest of his troops for taking it all.
(3)Chic Choc vs Vitamin C(2) Game 1
(1)Vitamin C vs Chic Choc(0) Game 2
(0)Chic Choc vs Vitamin C(1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk. By shutting the door for three straight periods, the Vitamin C scored just enough in both games to celebrate a well earned championship.
Wednesday September 12 (F Final)
(3)Winter Soldiers vs Hellfish(2) Game 1
C.Kakivelis hurts Hellfish with late winner
This opening contest had all the elements of a playoff game. With so much on the line, there was no doubt that it lived up to the hype. The building had an additional buzz to it even before the ball dropped. Following a scoreless first period, both teams did much of their scoring by the second. The Hellfish capitalised twice on the power play with goals-from J.Crivello and M.Zitella while A.Kakivelis and D.Landucci found the back of the net for the Winter Soldiers. Still, the game was tied and up for grabs. It wasn't up until the twelve minute mark of the third period that this match got settled. K.Kakivelis played the hero to snap the tie and provide a crucial 1-0 series lead.
(4)Hellfish vs Winter Soldiers (7) Game 2
Winter Soldiers break out in third period to claim F Wednesday Championship
Even if everything didn't go right for two periods, the Winter Soldiers needed only one to claim the F Wednesday night title. The onslaught began as of the four minute mark of the final frame. C.Kakivelis had already scored early in the second before starting the trend by the third with his second of the contest. Then, only one minute later, and perhaps the deflating goal of the series, A.Chewinsky threw the ball toward the net-from centre court that somehow found its way behind B.Verducci. The Winter Soldiers knew from-that point on the series was there's. D.Landucci added two insurance markers for good measure. Perhaps, the only bad sequence the Hellfish played in the entire series occurred in the final frame of this match. Apart-from that, they kept it close and nearly had it if it wasn't for A.Bitsakis. The net minder was square to his net and played very sound goaltending to help lead his club through both games. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, Congratulations go out to Chris Marinakis and the rest of the Winter Soldiers for capturing the F Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. In both their wins, Kakivelis was instrumental netting the winner in game one while notching a pair at key moments of game two.
Sunday August 19
Degenerates looked to bounce back after embarrassing loss to Chic Choc
If the first period was an indication of how the night was going to be, than the Degenerates may have just packed it in. A poor performance is an understatement for how terrible they played. By not guarding their man properly due to absolute laziness, the Chic Choc took advantage almost every time they had a chance to score. The game was out of reach thanks to the help of J-R Lemy, who was unstoppable collecting five points that included a hat trick. Still, the Degenerates knew they had another chance to redeem themselves. After collecting their thoughts and focusing on what was ahead, the veteran side went back to basics. This time, they were the ones to start strong resulting in four first period goals. N.Goncalves took the bull by the horns assisting once while bagging two straight markers. Now that the tables were turned, the Degenerates made sure to protect their lead and did just enough to split the miniseries.
(1)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(6)
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (5)
Monday August 20
Mighty Boyz making case that they are a team to beat
It's becoming clearer and clearer that the Mighty Boyz may just be that team to beat on Monday nights. In both their victories, they scored a combined thirteen goals against a Dr Block team that finally had a full roster. Most likely their best asset is speed. M.Dettore made an already good team even better as the spark plug struck three times in the opening game. The Dr Block did have an opportunity to erase a bad game but made the vital mistake of taking a pair of penalties. By visiting the box twice, the Mighty Drunks seized the opportunities. J.Palmitano and A.Rapone each scored with the man advantage to get a head start heading into the final period. By then, the order was somewhat a little too tall for the Dr Block to bounce back and even the score. The win came with scoring efforts-from six different players that saw M.Dettorre once again lead the way with four points.
(7)Mighty Boyz vs Dr Block(4)
(3)Dr Block vs Mighty Boyz(6)
C.Gingras elevates play for Punishers double victories
In a night where he accumulated six points, C.Gingras was simply that good. Everything that the Punishers did right flowed-from their star player. The first encounter had Gingras net the winner fairly late in the game en route to a 3-1 victory. And as big as that goal was, Gingras brought it to another level by the second contest. The Punishers surged with four unanswered goals in the opening frame before trading three apiece by the final twelve minutes of play. Out of their seven goals, Gingras struck four times while setting up his captain J.Fidrilis. The only consolation that the Mighty Drunks will take-from the two loses is the fact of have only one spare on the bench. J.Adamou was definitely their best player scoring three out of their four goals.
(3) Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (1)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (7)
Fatigue-from previous matches hinders Mighty Boys in back to back loses
Fatigue was present in the Mighty Boys two loses on Monday night and it proved to be a major reason why they dropped both games. From-the start, it showed that the Corporation had the extra step winning loose balls resulting in good possession and opportunities. However, it did take a late goal by J.Scalia to decide the opening game. The Mighty Boyz fought extremely hard to overcome a 3-1 deficit only to see it slip away with a minute remaining. After suffering such a heart breaker, the Mighty Boyz looked just as tired in the second encounter. Knowing this, the Corporation came out storming bagging three first period goals that included a key marker by G.DeMarinis just prior to the buzzer ringing. J.Pantelis would then add his second for insurance and the Corporation did what they needed to do to kill off the clock.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs The Corporation (4)
(4)The Corporation vs Mighty Boyz(3)
Hard works pays off for United Arms, but for only one game
If not for a hard fought battle along with a key play-from M.Boghossian late in the game, the United Arms would have gone empty handed on Monday night. Instead, they managed to force a shootout thanks to a one on one effort-from Boghossian that resulted in a late equaliser. Unfortunately their first match was as good as it got because the same couldn't be said for the second meeting. The Degenerates went full throttle scoring three times in both frames while not conceding a goal. P.Assadi, although wasn't too busy in net was left alone at times keeping a clean score sheet. The story of the match however was belonged to N.Goncalves, who just came off a productive performance on Sunday night adding five more goals to his collection.
(4)Degenerates vs United Arms(3) S.O
(0)United Arms vs Degenerates (6)
G.Gammieri's late marker trades wins with 1 Timer
Twice they led by two goals, and both times the 1 Timer couldn't protect their lead, at least not in the second game. The first encounter wasn't an issue with the men in orange edging out the Vitamin C 3-1. In hopes of capturing a second consecutive win, the 1 Timer have only themselves to blame. The contest was still very young when the Vitamin C fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 at one point. Perhaps a key turning point occurred when the 1 Timer took their lone penalty of the match. It was by then when the captain pulled even courtesy of a huge power play goal. F.Pace tied the game late in the frame to establish an even playing field in the final twelve minutes. Considering how many goals were scored in the first period, both sides decided to play it cautious the rest of the way. The only tally came very late thanks to G.Gammieri.
(3) 1 Timer vs Vitamin C(1)
(4)Vitamin C vs 1 Timer(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Goncalves of the Degenerates. After playing only a night ago collecting three points that included two goals, the Degenerates sniper showed once again how it's done by bagging five more markers along with a helper.
Thursday August 23
One bad minute bites Tocas
Settling for a shootout loss wasn't much of an issue for the Tocas in the opening contest. They knew the game could have gone either way and that it was just part of hockey. However, the second contest was where they really dropped the ball and have only themselves to blame. After all, they led 2-0 with power play goals-from T.Vassallo while playing strong defensive hockey. That lead stood solid for a good portion of the match up until M.Gagnon finally cracked the barrier. Now, it's one thing to allow a goal here in there, but to concede three straight in just over a minute is completely unacceptable, no matter what the circumstances. Les Carmoni felt something brewing and never gave to fight back and steal the win. And while many factors contributed to both results, perhaps a key component was the play of M.Gagnon. The offensive minded d-man participated in all five goals in both games that included three behind the net.
(2)Tocas vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O
(3)Les Carmoni vs Tocas(2)
Monday August 13
1 Timer load up a pair of dramatic wins
Not only were the 1 Timer able to get the two wins, but they did it in the most dramatic fashion. K.Gagne provided the first victory by netting the lone shootout marker while M.Carpentier doubled up the glory with his game winner leaving all but one second on the clock. That was the forward's second goal as part of a three point performance. The United Arms, despite dropping the first encounter 3-2 in a shootout missed out on evening the score by the second game. They couldn't have asked for a better start except for one major mistake. The 1 Timer managed to trail only by one because of a shorthanded goal-from Carpentier. If not for that miss hap, the United Arms would have most likely collected three points. Instead, they couldn't protect a slight 2-1 lead that turned for the worse in the end.
(2)United Arms vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
(3)1 Timer vs United Arms(2)
Punishers use two big first periods to down Dr Block
In both their wins, the Punishers came out swinging versus the Dr Block. Twice they built 3-1 leads which proved to be more than enough. After five different players tallied en route to a 5-3 win, the second contest had two players each score twice for a similar result. C.Gingras upped his game by posting a pair while setting up two teammates. M.Gagnon was the other Punisher to solve R.Pelletier on two occasions. When looking back, the DR Block know that they could have done better against a side that was missing key elements. The Punishers simply played it smarter early on and benefited with two straight victories. Despite the loss, J.Martineau may have been the best player on the field finishing his night with four goals and an assist.
(3)Dr Block vs Punishers (5)
(5)Punishers vs Dr Block(2)
M.Gagnon lays down the hammer in mini sweep of Vitamin C
For significant stretches of time, Les Carmoni controlled most of the play. And by doing so, they produced plenty of chances making S.Sauk work hard for his money. The pace kicked in early on with scoring efforts-from three different players that resulted in a 3-1 victory. The second game only saw Les Carmoni take over as of the second period. After trailing 1-0, M.Gagnon went hulk mode riffling three straight markers to double up his opponent. V.Morin set up Gagnon twice in only two minutes, and P.Corbin continues to impress between the pipes allowing only three goals all night.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Vitamin C(1)
(2)Vitamin C vs Les Carmoni(4)
Degenerates desperation kicks in to late
Even though the scores were different in both games, the Degenerates faced the same kind of problem. They would fall behind and were forced to battle all game in hopes to even the score. Unfortunately, they couldn't get there in both circumstances with the first one ending 2-1.The second contest had a bizarre and twisted ending to it. Les Reds had everything going right for them and looked like they could do no harm in what appeared to be an easy win. After all, they did lead 3-0 and hadn't conceded a goal for well over half the game. Then, out of nowhere, the Degenerates got their breaks mounting a remarkable comeback only to see it bite them in the end. Less than ten seconds was all that was remaining for M.Monteschio to break the late tie. Les Reds struck early in both games and did a great job protecting their lead for four entire periods.
(2)Les Reds vs Degenerates (1)
(4)Degenerates vs Les Reds(5)
No shock as Hustlers cruise for two easy wins
When arguably the top team of the top division is stacked versus a depleted line up, it's very safe to say that the Mighty Drunks had no chance. Seven minutes was all it took for the Hustlers to pop in six goals. Payam Assadi had the luxury of not having to run much and remained in his favourite spot that led to three goals. B.Vassilakis opened and closed the scoring while T.Bozinakis collected five points. Similar to the first game, the Hustlers never let go of the gas pedal in the second contest. G.Pisanelli struck twice in the first period that included a goal that only he can score. The highly skilled forward scored-from an impossible angle by using M.Melo's shoulder to re direct the ball behind the net minder. After being up 3-0, the Hustlers just cruised their way adding four more by the second with the help of E.Girouard's two markers. Possibly due to fatigue-from the opening game, Payam Assadi was nowhere to be seen in the second accumulating only two random assists. All in all, the Hustlers were expected to run up the score against a side missing many significant pieces.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (8)
(7)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathias Gagnon of Les Carmoni. Whatever M.Gagnon ate or didn't eat definitely worked for him on Monday night. The irritating defenseman was incredible in the span of only five minutes by bagging three big goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Vitamin C.
Thursday August 16
Tocas smother Corporation, walk away with 4 points
Even though the Corporation controlled much of the play, the Tocas played it smart by barely giving any time and space. Surely it helps with R.Ricaurte handing the pipes, but that was only part of it. The Tocas led twice in both games settling for one point in a shootout loss while finishing off stronger courtesy of a 2-1 victory in the second contest. J.Durante had a strong opening game setting up three different teammates for the Tocas. C.Maltese then came up big notching a key marker in the second encounter holding up as the winner. This contest was a typical playoff style match that worked very well in the Tocas favour. Knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner, the Corporation will need to adapt to every situation and adjust accordingly when they get there.
(4)Corporation vs Tocas(3) S.O
(2)Tocas vs Corporation (1)
Monday August 6
Dr Block burn out with only 5 players
Knowing that it was going to be a difficult night, the Dr Block would have definitely taken the split with the Mighty Drunks. As a matter of fact, they nearly had it needing to kill off a mere 48 seconds in the first encounter only to give up two goals that left them in disbelief. The Mighty Drunks felt that they had to take advantage heading into the second meeting, especially with a fresher group of guys. And once they struck twice in only three minutes, both sides knew the end results. M.Melo had a lot more help in the second game that led to a 12 save shutout. Both wins came with an overall team effort that had nobody in particular stand out. As for the Dr Block, M.Beavais was money in everything he touched as the forward notched three goals and a helper in the loss.
(4)Dr Block vs Mighty Drunks(5)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Dr Block(0)
Mighty Boyz make a solid case when they are complete
It's rare that the Mighty Boyz show up with a full squad, but when they do, it's only bad news for their opponents. Tonight's two games showed what a threat they can be when all their guys show up and play full force. Neither of the two games were close with the Mighty Boyz winning by at least three goals. The first encounter saw some balanced scoring with five different players finding the back of the net. However, the same couldn't be said for the second match, where M.Testolina separated himself-from everyone else bagging three goals and two helpers. The only good news for the Punishers in this particular case was that they didn't have a full squad to compete with the Mighty Boyz. Teams have come to realise that in order to be successful, all their elements count, especially in the first division.
(5)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (2)
(3)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(6)
Tocas adjust in latter part to even the score with 1 Timer
One trip too many to the penalty box doomed the Tocas in the opening game. The 1 Timer smelled blood and made sure to savour the opportunity bagging three out of their four goals with the man advantage. J.Guye-Perrault opened the scoring for the 1 Timer while K.Gagne brought it a step further riffling three straight to secure a 4-1 victory. In almost a similar situation like in the first encounter, the Tocas were able to return the favour. The score was nearly identical ending 4-0. J.Durante scored a hat trick like his opponent did, and the Tocas used two out of their four goals with the special teams. P.Lavoie scored on the power play while setting up Durante for a shorthanded marker. The 1 Timer attempted 14 shots, and couldn't bury any of them past R.Ricaurte, who bounced back to earn a shutout.
(4)1 Timer vs Tocas(1)
(4)Tocas vs 1 Timer(0)
Vitamin C outmatched in both games versus Chic Choc
The Vitamin C didn't bring any of their basic elements to compete with a better Chic Choc team on Monday night. They couldn't score in the opening contest, and didn't defend well enough conceding five goals in both games. The Chic Choc came out storming with L-P Beaupre netting his clubs first two goals. M.Ethier matched his teammates production by also bagging a pair while F.Gaudet-Peloquin stopped all 12 shots to collect a shutout. In hopes of bouncing back after a poor display, the Vitamin C did get it right in the second game, at least for one period. They led 2-1 heading into the final frame until falling off a deep cliff. Two and a half minutes was all it took for the Chic Choc to lay down the hammer. They struck four straight times during that span with scoring efforts-from four different players. M.Ethier set up two teammates while adding one to close off the night. For a second straight game, F.Gaudet-Peloquin was rock solid in net enabling his club to collect two convincing wins.
(5)Chic Choc vs Vitamin C (0)
(2)Vitamin C vs Chic Choc(5)
Constant pressure gives edge to Les Reds Over Corporation
By applying immediate pressure along with winning some loose balls, Les Reds grabbed leads in both games end never once gave them up. The Corporation, although tried to battle back, struggled to find enough room, and when they did, P.Turturici was still in the way. The net minder made enough key saves to keep his club in front for most of the night. The first match was a little lopsided with Les Reds getting goals-from for different players resulting in a 4-1 outcome. The second contest was much closer. Les Reds took the win on their third lead when M-A Distasio bagged his second late in the game.
(4)Les Reds vs The Corporation (1)
(2)The Corporation vs Les Reds(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederic Gaudet-Peloquin of the Chic Choc. Goaltending is always a key reason for success, and Frederic Gaudet-Peloquin proved it with a stellar performance allowing only two goals in four periods.
Thursday August 9th, 2018
Short bench proves to be breaking point for Carmoni as they don't have enough juice to follow The Corporation.
Even when playing on a off night The Corporation proved to be on their game to take an easy 6 points in the standing. While starting game 1 off slow, the team bounced back in the second period by scoring five unanswered goals to take an easy win. D. Ramada a stay at home defenseman was the main contributor scoring two goals. As game 2 started it was no different as The Corporation never took their foot off the gas pedal and continued to hammer the short bench Carmoni had. The sole bright spot Carmoni was M. Gagnon who scored half the goals for his club. He will need help from his teammates if they wish to play at a high level.
The Corporation (5) VS Carmoni (1)
The Corporation (8) VS Carmoni (3)
Wednesday July 25
(10)Les Raymonds vs Golden Knights (3)
M.Deninno's strikes 4 times, Les Raymonds give Golden Knights thumping
The Golden Knights have been playing some good hockey as of late, until tonight's horror show versus Les Raymonds. M.Deninno had a monster game scoring four times along with G.Delia, who collected four assists. It was just one of those nights that the Golden Knights will need to forget. They fell early trailing the opening frame 4-0, and showed no signs of life in what felt like a hopeless cause. Les Raymonds totalled nine of their ten goals in the first two periods alone.
(5)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Team Haiti(2)
J.Pantelis's hat trick powers HBHA in payback match vs Haiti
The HBHA Masters strolled to victory after dropping a tight contest only a week ago to the very same club. The problem in last week's affair was the lack of scoring despite having plenty of chances to do so. However, that wasn't the case in tonight's pay back match up. J.Pantelis cracked the barrier at least once in every frame to earn a hat trick. L.Williams and A.Angelis also went on to score while E.Parent stopped 27 of 29 shots to seal the victory in net. Team Haiti went in a deep hole trailing 3-0 at one point but managed to pull within one on a pair of quick goals. Unfortunately, that was all they had as the HBHA Masters regained control of the match en route to a 5-2 win.
(6)United Armenians vs Punishers (2)
Punishers collapse in third as United Armenians explode with four unanswered
Whatever the reasons, the Punishers suffered a meltdown in the short span of only four minutes. Both sides looked to be evenly matched trading a goal each in the first two periods. Then,once the five minute mark of the third period hit, the United Armenians shifted the tides. Three particular players carried the load on their shoulders. Leading the way in the goals department, A.Minassian struck three times while N.Chiminian and Y.Derohannessian combined for a massive eight points. It's never easy limiting the Punishers to only two goals but G.Follano had a big hand in it to earn the win in net.
(0)Horsemen vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers remain hot with 5-0 shutout
It was quite clear that the Winter Soldiers came ready to play. It's been that way-from the beginning of the season and tonight was just another day at the office for the talented squad. They did everything right by winning all three frames while keeping a clean score sheet on the opposite side of the court. J.Mckenzie got the ball rolling in the first period, N.Gikas took advantage of a power play opportunity and D.Landucci added insurance posting back to back tallies. In addition to their contribution up front, A.Bitsakis was flawless between the pipes stopping all 20 shots his way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the HBHA Masters 37+. After dropping their contest only a week ago to Team Haiti, J.Pantelis responded in a heavy way notching three out of his clubs five goals.
Thursday July 26
(1)United Armenians vs Team Haiti(3)
Team Haiti hang on to beat United Armenians
The United Armenians pop gun offense hit a wall on Thursday night. Perhaps it had to do with some reinforcements that Team Haiti added along with R.Augustin-Registe controlling the pipes. Their lone goal came right after they gave up two straight to trail 2-1 after one period. And even though time wasn't an issue, the United Armenians couldn't find answers-from that point on. Team Haiti had the slight luxury of playing with the lead and made sure to protect it knowing that it was going to be a low scoring affair. J-M Loiseau widened the margin early in the third period, and still the United Armenians struggled to get anything by Augustin-Registe, who was sensational to record the win.
(2)Golden Knights vs Horsemen(9)
Gassed Golden Knights die out in third period
It's what came to be expected for the Golden Knights. They played well for about two periods before running out of gas by the third. The problem however was that they did have energy early on but still dropped the ball giving up three first period goals. The Horsemen would then pull away thanks to a pair of tallies-from their captain V.Pandza for a substantial 5-0 cushion. It was only-from there that the Golden Knights would finally get to M.Vinciguerra. The net minder went through a slight funk in the span of only 30 seconds where he gave up his only two markers of the night. The Golden Knights may have felt something brewing in hopes of bouncing back but were nowhere to be seen in the end.
Wednesday July 18
(2)Les Raymonds vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers pull away-from Raymonds in third period
After Les Raymonds evened the score in the second period, the Winter Soldiers responded with three straight by the third to pull away for a 5-2 victory. C.Kakivelis struck early, and J.Mckenzie took advantage of a power play only minutes later coming through with a very big goal. That was McKenzie's first of two with the second one feeding an empty cage. The game saw a seesaw battle for two frames but that all changed when the game mattered the most in the final fifteen minutes. The Winter Soldiers got better as the game went, and ultimately got what they deserved.
(4)Horsemen vs Golden Knights(5)
Third period scare nearly haunts Golden Knights
Wins aren't coming easy for the Golden Knights, who nearly endured a haunting finish. Down 5-1 after two periods, the Horsemen nearly staged a comeback that would have left long term psychological ramifications for the Golden Knights. Instead, despite giving up three in a row, the Golden Knights fought to kill off five long minutes to secure a nail biter. For a rare time this season, a full roster dressed that saw five different player's find the back of the net. And even though he didn't score, R.Ricard had a major role in the win as the skilled forward set up three teammates. The Horsemen dropped the ball in the second period and early in the final frame where they couldn't get anything going.
(1)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Team Haiti(3)
Tight checking game ends with Team Haiti on top
Both sides did an excellent job closing off the shooting lanes which explained a very low scoring affair. After continuing a 1-1 stalemate heading into the third, J.Benel came through for Team Haiti. The HBHA Masters were the first to strike early in the game but found themselves snake bitten unable to get a second goal. What made this result remarkable for Team Haiti was that they did it with only eight players dressed. D.Vericain was responsible for two big plays that included his clubs first goal and the set up for Benel's winner.
(6)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(1)
T.Oliveira knows how to finish
T.Oliveira took his scoring prowess to another level on Wednesday night netting an impressive five goals to help thrash the Hellfish. However, his madness only took over as of the second period. After snapping a 1-1 tie on the power play, T.Oliveira buried four more as the only player to score for the two sides from-that point on. Perhaps the Hellfish should have paid more attention to Oliveira, but by the time they would have figured it out, this contest would have been done with. L.DeCubellis and A.Franceschini chipped in with a pair of assists each while P.Delli Colli recorded the win in net allowing only one goal on 21 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyson Oliveira of the Kentucky Blue. The forward had an extraordinary night bagging five straight goals en route to a 6-1 win over the Hellfish.
Thursday July 19
(3)Les Raymonds vs Kentucky Blue(8)
Kentucky Blue use 4 goal first period to blow by Les Raymonds
Throughout two periods, the Kentucky Blue held a 6-1 lead on Les Raymonds. They scored four of those goals in the opening period and only gave up their first marker by the later stages of the second frame. Until that point, six different players got a taste at finding the back of the net with James Tutino being one of those players who went on to add a couple more to complete his hat trick by the third. The Kentucky Blue played the night before coming off a convincing 6-1 win and showed no signs of slowing down in this contest with Les Raymonds.
Sunday May 27
(6)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(5)
Lynx late surge falls short
Trailing by four goals heading into the third period, the Lynx clawed back only to fall short by one. For two straight periods, the Fatal Demons could do no wrong. They kept the momentum going and looked to smoke the Lynx right off the field knowing that they had a short bench. While everything suggested an easy final frame, the Lynx proved not only to themselves, but to the Fatal Demons as well that they weren't done yet. J.Mason had scored twice and nearly tied it towards the end that would have mounted an incredible comeback. This is one result that won't affect the Lynx. Once they heal their wounds and fill up their roster, teams will quickly remember how difficult they are to beat. But for now, the Fatal Demons will take the win thanks to an overall solid game that included balanced scoring and stable goaltending-from S.Morante.
(2)Butchers vs HC Mutts(7)
HC Mutts looking good right away, pull away in second half of game
Some little mistakes here and there spoiled the night for the Butchers, who will be in search of their identity with some new players. They did start off strong but couldn't keep up with the pace of their opponent. The HC Mutts eventually settled in feeling comfortable as the game went on and it showed as they made lots of quick fancy plays that would result into goals. All seven of their tallies came-from different players. He didn't have a busy night but J.Capalbo showed that he will fit right in for the HC Mutts.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Capalbo of the HC Mutts. After being out of action for a while, the net minder looked like he didn't miss a beat allowing only two goals.
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.
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 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.
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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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
Thursday January 11 (Finals)
(3)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(2) Game 1
Bramabulls fall in playoff opener as Rhinos snap tie in third
The Bramabulls looked to have something good going after overcoming a 2-0 deficit, but it was all for nothing as the Raging Rhinos took the final frame. Each side had ample opportunities despite it being a close affair. The go ahead marker came off the blade of G.Vouloumanos at the 4:20 minute mark of the third period, and the Raging Rhinos were able to maintain a slight lead to till the buzzer sounded. E.Valiquette and J.Tzanetakos provided first period goals for the Raging Rhinos while G.Pisanelli and D.Verta responded with a strong second period to level the match at two goals apiece. In a tight contest that could have easily gone either way, N.Mauro made that one extra save over his counterpart C.Muccino to earn a vital game one of the series.
(5)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(2) Game 2
Raging Rhinos repeat near identical performance from game 1, crowned E Thursday champions
The script for both games had plenty of similarities. The Raging Rhinos grabbed another 2-0 lead and the Bramabulls answered back with two straight goals before dropping the third period once again. This time, the captain cracked the barrier as T.Georgaros put the Raging Rhinos in front with half a period remaining. The question at that point was if N.Mauro was able to string together to very close wins? The net minder showed that he was clearly up to the mission by stopping close to 30 shots after responding from a slight let down that occurred early in the third period. With five different players finding the back of the net, the Raging Rhinos demonstrated why they are deserving of what they got. There are a collection of reasons why they prevailed as the best team of the division. The Raging Rhinos are able to throw three solid lines at you maintaining offensive pressure with many players. At the same time, they are defensively responsible with the luxury of having N.Mauro, who was brilliant in net throughout the entire series. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Ted Georgaros, Hovig Pilibossian and the rest of the Raging Rhinos for capturing the title in a very difficult division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Mauro of the Raging Rhinos. With goaltending so crucial for success, the net minder did not disappoint by allowing only four goals in two games versus a highly charged Bramabulls team.
Wednesday January 3(F3 Finals)
Fat Cats crowned champions with back to back wins
It showed from the very beginning of the night that the Fat Cats were confident going into this series. Despite allowing an early goal, the Fat Cats rebounded instantaneously with four straight markers prior to the end of the opening frame. Four different players scored during that span, but G.DeMarinis and P.Nadeau did eventually add another for their second of the contest. Deadlast saw that the Fat Cats were ready and needed to figure out how to slow the momentum in game two in order to have a chance. However, it was deja vu all over again. The Fat Cats had another strong early start, this time hurting Deadlast on their own power play when M.Elfassy scored shorthanded to open up the scoring. And just to make matters worse for Deadlast, S.Hrivnak took advantage of the very same power play to double the lead. Still, Deadlast wasn't out of it yet responding in a big way towards the end of the second period where they reeled off two power play goals by C.Papadatos and J.Pantelis. By then, the Fat Cats carried a slight 3-2 lead but managed to widen the gap on two occasions when J.Scalia set up M.Elfassy for his second and J.Guerriero for the last goal of the series. At that point, the Fat Cats committed to every shift making sure that Deadlast would get nothing by G.Sangiovanni. The net minder was crucial in both wins facing a total of 57 shots while allowing only five goals. This was a slam dunk season for the Fat Cats that not only took the regular season with a 9-1 record but accomplished something bigger by reaching the finish line before anyone else. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to G.Sangiovanni and the Fat Cats for getting it done.
(7)Fat Cats vs Deadlast(3) Game 1
(2)Deadlast vs Fat Cats(5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to G.Sangiovanni of the Fat Cats.Deadlast entered the post season with an incredible 67 goals for in only ten games. That is 15 more than the second place Fat Cats. In hopes of fuelling off their offense, G.Sangiovanni was an obstacle for the high powered attack by allowing only five goals in two games.
Thursday November 30
(0)Werewolves vs SBS Trashers(5)
SBS Trashers thump Werewolves to move into first place
A clinical performance helped the SBS Trashers hit top shelf of the E Thursday division standings. M.Siconolfi and J.Guerriero each scored twice and R.Pampena stopped 24 shots for a shutout. Blanking a team like the Werewolves isn't common but by playing a tight defensive game, the SBS Trashers are playing playoff style hockey at the right time. Joseph Scalia didn't score but set up three goals that included one by his captain E.Panzera. The Werewolves just came off a massacre where they stormed with thirteen goals against the Mohicans only to hit a dry spell.
(7)Chiefs vs Mighty Drunks(4)
Mighty Drunks deserved better
Entering the night, the Mighty Drunks went without their regular net minder forced to put a player that's never played goalie before. And despite his unfamiliar position, J.Morin fared pretty well, at least in the first two periods. The Mighty Drunks battled extremely hard to carry a 4-3 lead after two frames only to see the third period fall apart. But it wasn't by any stretch a lack of effort. The Chiefs simply shot-from anywhere and hoped that the ball would find its way in. On the few shot attempts that they took, four unanswered goals went through a tired J.Morin. K.Araujo led the way with a hat trick while N.Faria buried a pair. It was one of those matches that didn't do justice for the losing side.
(4)Bramabulls vs Mohicans(5)
Mohicans start strong, hang on to 5-4 win
The Mohicans looked to be more determined and better prepared against the Bramabulls on Thursday night. After two periods, the score was 4-1 and the Mohicans played to their full potential against a solid opponent. But the game wasn't over yet. The Bramabulls woke up-from the dead and caused plenty of concern when D.Verta went on a scoring rampage. The slick forward scored two straight goals to cut the lead by one. Unfortunately, C.Muccino wished he had the Mohicans fifth goal back. F.Meunier regained a two goal cushion with a mediocre wrist shot that Muccino should have stopped. From-there, D.Verta added his third goal and fourth point to once again pull within one. However, the Mohicans decided it was enough and held on to the nail biter.
(5)Ottarks vs United Arms(0)
Ottarks depend on quality and not quantity in rout of United Arms
They may have been short, but the Ottarks arguably have the best trio in the E Thursday division. J.Mandracchia, D.Guarnieri and L.Dulcetta will give any opponent headaches and nightmares if they don't adjust accordingly. In tonight's case, all three were involved in every goal combining for five points. C.Cardillo was also into the action collecting three points that included a blistering slap shot-from the point for a power play goal. The United Arms kept it very close for a long stretch struggling to get anything by S.Morante, who denied every shot to earn a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frederic Meunier of the Mohicans. In a heated battle with the Bramabulls, F.Meunier struck twice that included the winner in a tight 5-4 decision.
Monday December 4
(5)Chiefs vs Werewolves(6)
Inconsistency dooms the Chiefs
All though the score indicates a one goal game, the Chiefs didn't feel that this contest was anywhere close to what they were hoping for. They did get the better start and the better finish but the middle was a complete disaster. The Werewolves sparked six straight goals and dictated the pace for a very long stretch. During that time, Y.Leroux banked in a pair of markers collecting three straight points to put his team up 3-2.Despite the horrible sequence, the Chiefs came inches close to tying it up. P.Santullo struck three times in the loss.
Tuesday November 28
(4)Primetime vs Lumberjacks(7)
Lumberjacks chop away with seven goals
The Lumberjacks are getting hot at the wrong time. With barely any margin of error, collecting two straight wins may not be enough to get into the post season. But regardless the scenario, they did put forth another solid effort that resulted in seven goals .M-A Haber, like always will be relied on as the slick forward produced four more points. In addition to his production, J.Eid and P.Kawkab each scored once while setting up two goals apiece. Primetime got a bulk of their scoring done by J.Rabchuk and D.Zabitsky as both players scored twice in the loss.
(9)Deadlast vs RBK Knights(2)
RBK Knights mauled by Deadlast
It's the same old story for the highly charged Deadlast. Lots of ball possession resulting in plenty of goals. Unless teams figure out how to slow them down, the end result won't be a pretty one. The RBK Knights kept it close for a very long period of time until a late second period hiccup occurred. In the span of only 15 seconds, G.Demos and S.Simitsakos each scored and the RBK Knights found themselves in a deep hole heading into the third period. That three goal cushion expanded by the third period with four more tallies. After setting up four teammates, B.Makris decided it was his turn to score by closing it off with two straight markers.
(4)Venom vs Armadillos(5)
Armadillos, kings of third periods
At this point in time, it's no shock to anyone that the Armadillos are the kings of third period. Most of their decisions come in that one single frame alone and tonight wasn't any different-from the previous numerous times. Venom led 4-3 when B.Deslauriers snapped a 3-3 tie, and with still a ton of time left over, nothing was decided just yet. The familiar theme eventually occurred when K.Koutsogiannopoulos levelled the game just past the mid way mark of the frame. Then, D.Andrade joined in posting the go ahead marker less than two minutes after the Armadillos tied things up. That short sequence shell shocked Venom, who felt they deserved better.
(3)Fat Cats vs Hellfish(4) O.T
F.Benhamadi and Hellfish send serious message to Fat Cats
At this point into the season, the Hellfish don't really care that the Fat Cats hold top spot of the division. As long as they know that they can beat them, then its good enough in their quest for bigger things. However, the Fat Cats may have only themselves to blame in their only loss of the season. The division leaders let slip away a 3-1 lead in the third period giving up three straight tallies. That's definitely not a good trait for a club that's dominated the division so far. But the Hellfish aren't a push over, and for them, they felt that they could challenge the comeback. R.Kelendji and D.Ugaldez each scored in the final frame to send the match into overtime where F.Benhamadi brought it a step further collecting his second of the night with the sudden death winner.
(6)Horsemen vs Les Agents Libre(5)
Leadership comes through at the right time for Horsemen
Who other than your captain to step up at a time of need? With so much on the line for both sides, V.Pandza set the example of how to play in a desperate situation. He led the way by notching half of his team's goals that included the winner. But surely he wasn't the only one putting out the required effort. The Horsemen, overall did a fine job playing and protecting their lead which forced Les Agents Libre to play catch up all game long. S.Govas was another vital piece as the mobile defenseman settled things down and contributed with four assists. With this result, Les Agents Libre are now forced to collect points in their last two games of the season if they plan to get into the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. Knowing how important the game against Les Agents Libre was, V.Pandza saved his best for that crucial match up by sparking three big goals.
Wednesday November 29
(6)Hellfish vs Lumberjacks(3)
F.Benhamadi plays a dominant north south game
The Hellfish unleashed an offensive onslaught despite having only two change ups versus a stacked Lumberjacks team. While he may have notched only one of the six goals that went in for the Hellfish, F.Benhamadi was the best player on the court involved in five of his clubs tallies. His up and down the court style game gives more than just the necessary numbers needed for wins. Benhamadi plays the game the right way by defending well as a centre that often causes turn over's leading into great scoring opportunities. J.Roblin got the ball rolling with his team's first two markers, and B.Verducci remained calm in net after facing plenty of shots his way to earn the victory.
(6)Bramabulls vs Les Agents Libre(5)
Les Agents Libre fall short in last minute nail biter
Unable to get that one goal to keep their playoff hopes alive, Les Agents Libre were officially knocked out of the postseason in what was tense duel with the Bramabulls. It's not often that an empty net goal proves to be the winner. But in a case when the win is necessary, Les Agents Libre pulled their net minder in a 5-5 game in hopes of collecting the victory for the extra needed points to remain alive. Unfortunately they just fell short against a very good hockey team. They did carry a 4-2 lead at one point thanks to R.Estrela's back to back tallies in the second period. However, that didn't faze the Bramabulls, who eventually took over with three in a row. D.Verta was the catalyst behind the comeback striking twice as part of an overall four point night. As for the game winner, A.DiPerna couldn't have buried an easier one in his career. The Bramabulls captain also collected four points in the win.
(2)Primetime vs Fat Cats(4)
Fat Cats bounce back with third period surge
It was only 24 hours ago that the Fat Cats had that annoying bitter taste in their mouth after dropping an overtime game to the Hellfish. And the way this contest was going, that taste was going to ferment even longer if not for a late third period surge. J.Scalia knows all about bad breathe because of his profession as a dentist and made sure to wash away any lingering odours by single handily taking things into his own hands. The Fat Cats just avoided their second loss of the season thanks to the tall forwards four straight points that included three perfect feeds. G.DeMarinis snapped a fairly late 2-2 tie, and D.Mili erased all doubts by feeding a yawning cage.
(1)Horsemen vs Venom(7)
J.Courteau strikes twice, Venom leaves Horsemen in rear view mirror
Leave it to J.Courteau to put his mark in a 1-1 game. The Venom striker scored two quick goals to carry a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Till that point, the Horsemen held their own putting up a good challenge but couldn't keep it going long enough. Once the third period hit, this match took off in only one direction. Venom ignited four straight goals that saw Courteau set up J.Quesnel-Vinet twice before completing his hat trick. After facing 26 shots, R.Ranieri had a stellar night allowing only V.Pandza to get the better of him.
(3)Les Raymonds vs RBK Knights(2)
M.Dupuis and Les Raymonds overcome two deficits
Twice they led and twice they couldn't protect it long enough. The RBK Knights went ahead on a pair of occasions with goals by S.Katerelos and N.Faria before falling behind by the late stages of the second period. It was at that point of the game that Les Raymonds grabbed control of the situation. A.Henein just finished bagging his second with feeds by M.Deninno to start the third period with momentum. Still, the RBK Knights had the time to battle back but noticed that M.Dupuis and the rest of Les Raymonds weren't going to make matters easy. The net minder stood tall and remained focused knowing that he would be the difference maker. M.Dupuis faced close to 30 shots to help secure a hard fought win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fares Benhamadi of the Hellfish. Running up and down the court like he does game in and game out the, Hellfish are glad to have a player like Benhamadi who collected five points with only two spares.
Sunday November 19
(6)Lynx vs Shockers (5)
Lynx face stern test against high octane Shockers
The Shockers looked to extend their perfect record carrying a 3-1 third period lead, but then came the skid, and the loss in what was their toughest challenge so far. The Lynx upped its already formidable game by the third where they dismantled the Shockers with five goals. P.Stroubakis may have changed the direction by netting his second in a shorthanded situation. That tally only sparked and fueled his club to push the pace which resulted in Stroubakis's hat trick. While the Lynx are glad to pick up this win, the Shockers may take this loss as a blessing in disguise. Sometimes it takes a crushing defeat to learn-from your mistakes. The Shockers didn't tighten up when it was time giving up too many goals in only one period.
(2)Wild Dogs vs Sportek(4)
D.Vitale riffles a pair, Sportek double up Wild Dogs
Sportek have been rolling as of late thanks to timely scoring and tight defense, especially the brand exhibited against the Wild Dogs on Sunday night. D.Vitale scored two key goals and M.Chamoun was stellar making 23 saves. The only player to get the better of him was J.Haddad. The Wild Dogs forward figured out the net minder twice with the help of M.Leduc's two helpers. Sportek responded strong after trailing 1-0 with the games next four goals. During that span, C.Flikas made plenty happen setting up two tallies while providing the fourth goal for his club.
(8)Brew Crew vs Les Immigrant(0)
D.Campanella feasts with four goals, Muccino denies Les Immigrant
It took only four minutes and both teams knew where this game was headed. The Brew Crew opened things up by the ten minute mark of the opening frame where D.Campanella struck twice before setting up P.Karigiannis for his first of two on the night. With that kind of lead, the only thing left over was how much more would the Brew Crew put behind A.Zardarian. Amazingly enough, D.Campanella wasn't done yet. Out of their eight total goals, the forward had his hand in on all of them finishing with an impressive eight point performance. And while the offense was far-from being an issue, the Brew Crew also dominated the opposite side of the court where C.Muccino collected his second shutout of the season.
(4)Team Cuba Fatal Demons(6)
Team Cuba feels the heat by the third
The Fatal Demons poured on four third period goals to outlast Team Cuba on Sunday night. Part of that frenzy is attributed to K.Araujo, who sparked two straight tallies to put his club up 4-3.Still, the game wasn't out of reach for Team Cuba who eventually endured a sinking feeling when J.Bolanakis widened the margin with less than four minutes to go. Team Cuba did battle back on a goal-from S.Robineault, but it proved to be a little too late as P.Paikopoulos took advantage of a yawning cage. S.Koulieris set the tone in the first half riffling two straight goals for the Fatal Demons while providing a helper early in the third period.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Daniel Campanella of the Brew Crew. The Brew Crew forward tore it up on Sunday night participating in all eight goals that included four markers.
Thursday November 9
(7)Mighty Drunks vs Ottarks(3)
V.Mancini scores 5 goals as Mighty Drunks crush Ottarks
V.Mancini took his scoring prowess to yet another level on Thursday, hitting a personal high with five goals in a 7-3 rout of the Ottarks. The sniper celebrated posting four straight markers and added his fifth by the third period to hit a remarkable feat. The Ottarks played well in the first half with the game tied 2-2, but couldn't keep up giving up the next five of six goals. With this result, both sides find themselves heading in opposite directions. The Mighty Drunks just collected their third straight win while the Ottarks dropped their last three contests after starting with a perfect 3-0 record.
(5)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(6)
Power play goals in third period carry Raging Rhinos past Bramabulls
The confidence and chemistry of the Raging Rhinos power play was in top form against the Bramabulls. Three out of their six goals came with the man advantage on only four attempts. Each side played to a 4-4 second period tie before the Raging Rhinos made the Bramabulls pay on two occasions. J.Tzanetakos provided a two goal cushion and the Raging Rhinos looked to be in fine shape till P.Charbonneau responded with a hat trick for the Bramabulls. With a chance to even the score, M.Diaco failed to capitalise on a breakaway. B.Verducci never flinched and read the play properly to make a game changing save.
(4)Carnage vs United Arms(6)
United Arms climb out of basement, keep Carnage winless
It's now the mid way point of the season and neither team has yet to collect a win. And by the way this game was going, that scenario remained very possible with the game tied after two periods. But eventually something had to give and the United Arms found a way to win one frame that finally put them in the win column. A.Belcher snapped a 3-3 third period tie on the power play and G.Jerjian erased all doubts when he bagged two late tallies completing his hat trick to ensure his club the victory. A.Daghlian had a strong start striking twice while collecting an assist. The only good thing Carnage had working for them was their five man unit. S.Longo scored twice with the man advantage while his captain F.Pace participated in all four goals.
(3)Cheifs vs Mohicans(8)
X factor X.Aubin rattles the Chiefs with seven points
The Mohicans can always rely on X.Aubin, at least in tonight's case. His sensational display crushed the Chiefs on Thursday night, especially by the third period where he exploded with four unanswered goals. Prior to that point, Aubin scored once while setting up two teammates. By the time the Chiefs realised what was going on, the damage had already been done. Despite the ugly score, this contest was only 4-3 after two periods. It was by the third where the younger legs took over en route to a perfect 4-0 record.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to X.Aubin of the Mohicans. From-the get go, X.Aubin was absolutely lights out sparking five goals in a seven point performance.
Saturday November 11
(7)Mighty Drunks vs Raging Rhinos(11)
S.Labrecque, S.Pilon and A.Papazian make Mighty Drunks feel hangover
It didn't matter that the Raging Rhinos had only two spares on a Saturday afternoon.After thirteen minutes into the game, the score was already 6-2 and the Mighty Drunks had only themselves to blame. Perhaps it was a lack of focus or just taking things for granted. Whatever the reasons, the Raging Rhinos played it smart and capitalised eleven times on 35 shots. S.Labrecque and S.Pilon had explosive four goal games and A.Papazian was right behind them posting a hat trick. In the end, it came down to those three players making the entire difference. It's not often that only three players will find the back of the net on eleven goals.
(2)Mohicans vs Bramabulls(6)
Mohicans don't measure up in real test
While things are going extremely well so for the Mohicans, this contest was a perfect measuring stick to see how they would fair in the E Thursday division. In order to beat the Bramabulls, simply means that you can challenge with the best of them. The match was close for the most part up until a third period breakout by the Bramabulls left the Mohicans hanging. Five different players took charge in the final frame that included three helpers-from G.Pisanelli and a game winning power play goal by P.Bertone. The Mohicans scored twice in only 90 seconds to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period until falling apart. Prior to the match, the Mohicans were the only team in the division without a loss.
(6)Werewolves vs United Arms(3)
Y.Leroux celebrates four goals in double up win over Arms
Give him the ball and the odds are good of something happening. Y.Leroux often makes the right play and when given the chance, he will certainly make anyone pay. The United Arms found this out after the a devastating second period where Leroux struck three times in only five minutes to collect his fourth goal of the day. By that time, the game was out of reach and the Werewolves dictated the pace in their favor. The United Arms did have a solid finish posting two third period goals by Y.Derohannessian, who collected three points in the loss.
Wednesday November 1
(2)Les Agents Libre vs Bramabulls(4)
T.Settino's two goals lead Bramabulls to 4-2 win over Agents Libre
With a below average record heading into tonight's game, A.DiPerna knows his Bramabulls need to bring their best effort if they plan to keep pace. P.Rivera set the tone late in the first period notching a power play goal, and T.Settino took over by the second bagging back to back tallies to put his club in a very good position. The Bramabulls didn't stop there adding one more marker early in the third frame. A.DiPerna helped set up D.Verta with his third assist of the night. By that point, G.Follano saw and stopped every ball his way except for when R.Estrela finally got to him for Les Agents Libre. It's only their second win in five starts but the Bramabulls aren't too concerned despite what their record shows.
(10)Deadlast vs RBK Knights(4)
Deadlast leave Knights in the dust with 5 third period goals
It was good while it lasted. The RBK Knights hung in there and kept the game very close up until the last fifteen minutes of play. Once the third period hit, it was all downhill for S.Sauk and his troops. Deadlast pulled away especially as of the nine minute mark where they sparked four straight goals in only over four minutes. J.Pantelis was explosive riffling four markers while his captain C.Zafiropoulos and B.Makris each found the back of the net on two occasions. Both teams hit the mid way point of the regular season and Deadlast have yet to drop a game while the RBK Knights are hanging on to that last playoff spot with only one win so far.
(4)Fat Cats vs Primetime(2)
Fat Cats kick it off in second half of game
After a slow start, the Fat Cats were all over Primetime to end the second period up 2-1.D.Mili opened the scoring and provided a two goal cushion as of the 2:30 minute mark of the final frame. Primetime had a chance to narrow the margin on a four minute power play but found themselves dug in a deeper hole when G.Bampos hurt them with a big shorthanded goal. G.Sangiovanni gave up both goals coming very late in the second and third period to earn a 23 save win. Just like Deadlast, the Fat Cats remain undefeated in the F3 division collecting a fifth straight victory.
(8)Armadillos vs Horsemen(4)
P.Lapointe posts hat trick in double up win for Armadillos
P.Lapointe reminded everyone how effective he can be. The forward wasted no time turning heads riffling three goals while setting up two teammates. His first four points came at a crucial time during the game. The Horsemen had the better start jumping to a 3-1 first period lead and appeared to be in good shape till Lapointe took over sparking three goals in the second period alone. Once again, the Armadillos used a convincing third period to separate themselves-from their opponent and maintain a perfect 5-0 record in the F2 division.
(1)Lumberjacks vs Hellfish(2) O.T
Lumberjacks late tally gives false hope
Just when the Lumberjacks thought that they could turn things around, the Hellfish spoiled the mood by taking the contest in overtime. Forty seconds was all the Hellfish needed to kill off to take the game in regulation time. B.Verducci faced 26 shots till that point and was headed for a shutout till E.Salhany woke up-from the dead to even the score. That tally gave plenty of life and hope for some key points to a side that desperately needed them. Unfortunately for the Lumberjacks, it just wasn't meant to be. At about the mid way point of the sudden death period, S.Monnet put an end to the night posting the overtime winner. Both sides played a very solid defensive game that saw the net minders shine. J.Stepania stood tall between the pipes and was a major reason why his club had a chance to grab their first points of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Patrick Lapointe of the Armadillos. The power forward was all over the court collecting five points to rebound his team to an 8-4 win.
Friday October 27
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(4) S.O
HBHA Seniors, Stones settle for tie
The HBHA Seniors learned the hard way that M.Pace was just that good on this night. The fierce forward scored three out of the Stones four goals and were glad to escape this match with at least a point. On the large part, the HBHA Seniors had the better chances with long stretches of ball control but weren't able to break the game wide open. If not for M.Pace's responses, the HBHA Seniors would have grabbed three points while the Stones would have suffered their first defeat so far. G.Djevahirdjian had a big first period posting two markers for the Seniors. After a decent display of goaltending- from both sides, C.Stavriadis and C.Muccino were lights out in the shootout stopping every attempt their way.
(4)Devil Dawgz vs Blacksox(3) O.T
A.Jalilvand gets it done in overtime for Devil Dawgz
Unable to seal it in regulation time, the Devil Dawgz needed extra minutes to collect a second straight overtime win. This time, it was the Blacksox falling victims after their captain B.Pereira tied it late in the game to force the sudden death period. For the large part, the Devil Dawgz were in command never trailing but didn't have the breathing room against a side that weren't letting up. Both teams had no hero's in this contest with scoring efforts- form seven different players. Despite the loss, the Blacksox do feel better about this performance after a thumping in last week's affair with the HBHA Seniors.
(6)Hawks vs Bijoux(4)
Hawks send early message in 6-4 decision over Bijoux
Entering the game, the Hawks would have had a hard time digesting a loss against a side with only two changes. And after storming out with conviction, the first period was were this contest got decided .The Hawks used three first period goals and J.Beaudry looked human after dominating the goaltending crease so far this season. A.Zarzour and G.Pellecchia surprised Beaudry with two rockets while E.Girouard got a perfect feed -from S.Govas for an easy tap in goal. Still, the game was-from over and the Hawks made sure to take nothing for granted. E.Colella added some security with a pair of tallies that included a blistering slap shot right in the top corner. Despite playing with only two changes, Bijoux showed why they are a solid team. There seven players had sequences of good pressure and made the Hawks work hard for every goal to earn the win. If not for the slow start, Bijoux had the potential to cause some serious heart burn to their opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of the Stones. Every time the HBHA Seniors thought they were in control, M.Pace came back to bite them with three goals. His performance helped salvage the point for the Stones in a 4-4 draw with the HBHA Seniors.
Tuesday November 7
(7)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(6)
Stones edge out Devil Dawgz after wild third period
It was hardly an anticipated defensive battle between the two sides. Instead things only got crazier as the match went on. The Devil Dawgz looked to be out of the woods building a 6-4 third period lead only to see it slip away in a flash. If anyone was able to spark the comeback than there was no doubt that player would be T.Settino. The highly skilled forward took it upon himself bagging two quick goals to tie the game 6-6. Then, only two minutes later the captain took charge. S.Sicuso provided the go ahead marker and the Stones never looked back preserving their unbeaten record.
(5)Hawks vs Blacksox(6)
Hard work pays off for Blacksox
Sometimes and often enough it’s all about hard work and determination. With the Hawks often looking hesitant at times, the Blacksox were completely relentless in their 6-5 win. Despite being down 5-3 after two periods, B.Pereira set the example for his side that ultimately crushed his opponent in less than two minutes. The captain collected three quick points that included two sharp shots for a hat trick. That was the first time the Blacksox took a lead and did a spectacular job defending it unlike the Hawks.
Thursday October 5
(7)SBS Trashers vs Mighty Drunks(3)
SBS Trashers end scoring drought in thumping win over Mighty Drunks
After being limited to only one goal in two games, the SBS Trashers responded in a big way. P.Hodhod dressed for the first time this season and reminded all his teammates how vital he is on the court. The solid d-man produced two goals sharing his goal scoring output with Joseph Scalia, who had tallied the SBS Trashers lone marker in two games. The key was a quick and solid start to the night. The SBS Trashers stormed out of the gate building a 3-0 lead after only one period. Both sides then traded a pair of second period tallies right before the Trashers took the final frame with a shorthanded marker and a power play goal.The win came without their captain E.Panzera, who stood behind the bench making key coaching decisions .R.Pampena earned the win in net facing just over 20 shots.
(7)Raging Rhinos vs Werewolves(5)
Rhinos erupt with four third period goals to roll past Werewolves
After trailing 4-3 heading into the third period, the Raging Rhinos offence came to life striking four times in less than five minutes. The Werewolves had no idea what hit them and were stunned with the fact of trailing by three goals out of nowhere. The Raging Rhinos came out with sheer determination and never let go of the gas pedal before calming things down by the six minute mark. Y.Leroux cut the lead by two for the Werewolves with his fourth point of the night after giving a perfect pass to C.Siconolfi. It's a frustrating loss for a team that normally doesn't collapse in that kind of fashion. For now, they'll just look at it as an early regular season defeat with still plenty of hockey left over.
(7)Chiefs vs Ottarks(9)
Ottarks pull away despite bad third period
At no point the Ottarks were itching to take a breather. Up until they notched their seventh goal, this contest was totally one sided. The Chiefs were completely outmatched trailing 7-2 with still a period of potential misery. However, things didn't end so badly in the end with the Chiefs doing most of their damage by the third period. Led by their captain, E.Gabrielli scored once in every frame for the Ottarks to lead all teammates in the goal scoring department with a hat trick. F.Remon and D.Guarnieri may have met each other for the first time and looked like two players playing together for their entire career combining for twelve points. As for the Chiefs, P.Santullo continues to roll as the captain buried three goals as part of a five point night.
(6)Bramabulls vs United Arms(2)
United Arms hang in there for two periods before sliding in third
Although this came as a loss, the United Arms did considerably well after last week's performance. Tonight, they brought the Bramabulls to almost the very end of the game before anything was settled. Both sides battled to a 2-2 draw after two periods leaving only fifteen minutes to decide the outcome. M.Maggiore didn't wait too long to break the tie posting an early third period goal. Still, the United Arms didn't go down that easy keeping the game very close up until the mid way point of the frame where the Bramabulls struck twice in only 35 seconds. M.Diaco was then able to put all doubts to rest for his club by bagging the games last two markers. A.Keuhnelian and Y.Ohanessian were the only two players to get the better of C.Muccino, who faced 20 shots to earn the win between the pipes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Enzo Gabrielli of the Ottarks. The captain was really on top of his game collecting six points that included a hat trick vs the Chiefs.
Monday October 9
(2)Carnage vs Mohicans(12)
Depleted Carnage blown out by Mohicans
There wasn't much that can be said about this game except for the obvious. Carnage had only one sub against an army of youth and paid a heavy price in the end. The Mohicans were all about business getting every player involved in one way or another. The match was pretty much over after one period with the Mohicans up 6-2. X.Aubin, K.Gobat, F.Labrecque and their captain A.Daher each scored twice. Carnage got their only two goals by J.Madonis and J.DeMarco as the only players to solve S.Lachapalle. It may be only two games in but the Mohicans are looking good and hoping for a promising season with a 2-0 record so far.
Monday October 2
After strong start, Punishers run out of gas in second game
The Punishers knew they needed a good start to the night with their depleted line up to begin the season. With the help of A.Sarigianni's two first period goals, the Punishers had the luxury to play with the lead. Sarigiannis wasn't done yet picking up two more tallies to finish with a five point game. J.Fidrilis opened the scoring and added his second late in the contest as the captain collected three points. The Punishers accomplished what they needed to do but could they have repeated that same kind of effort in the second match. Unfortunately it just wasn't the case as the 1 Timer returned the favor .P-A Surprenant woke up-from the dead making a huge impact for the 1 Timer. The sniper bagged five out of clubs seven goals making the contest very difficult for the Punishers defense and net minder. With that kind of offensive explosiveness', the 1 Time will heavily rely on their big gun to produce on a regular basis.
(7)Punishers vs 1 Timer(3)
(7)1 Timer vs Punishers(2)
Nightmares sound ball control leads to a pair of decisive wins
During most of the two mini games, the Nightmares strategy was to involve the defense as much as possible, often creating odd man rushes and scoring opportunities. And when the Anonymous gained control of the ball, all four players came back and played sound defensive hockey. This meant a lot of commitment with and without the ball for the Nightmares. Both games resulted in the same lopsided score ending the night a little earlier than usual. With so much fire power, P.Santullo and S.Sicuso each scored twice in the opening contest. The second game saw P.Santullo add two more tallies as the only player to score twice of the seven goals.It's not like the Anonymous didn't get their fair share of chances. Another problem for them was going up against O.Caillet, who stubbornly denied every single shot his way to earn back to back shutouts.
(7)Nightmares vs Anonymous(0)
(0)Anonymous vs Nightmares(7)
Breeze Panarezze gel just fine in season opener
It's always the case when you play with a short bench, hang back and wait for your chances. The Dragons did that very well in the opening contest battling to a 1-1 tie after one period. But how long can one team hang on ? Slowly but surely, the Breeze Panarezze found their openings and made sure to find the back of the net.A.Lanni snapped the tie and widened the margin six minutes later to give his side some breathing room. The last goal of that contest came shortly after when E.Girouard also buried his second of the game. Knowing that the Dragons would apply a similar game plan in the second game, the Breeze Panarezze took nothing for granted making sure to get a better start. It took only three minutes for S.Robineault and S.Govas to get on board which forced the Firebreathers to play catch up the rest of the night. Despite trailing by a pair, D.Gagnon did give some shred of hope pulling his team within one but the time just want there for the equalizer. The good news for the Firebreathers was that they put up a good challenge without some very key pieces. As for the Breeze Panarezze, the chemistry seems to be there for some players playing together for the first time.
(1)Dragons vs Breeze Panarezze(4)
(3)Breeze Panarezze vs Dragons(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Nightmares. Earning back to back shutouts in two consecutive games in this format is extremely hard to do but Caillet defied all odds to merit the player of the night.
Wednesday September 6th
Horsemen (2) VS Brew Crew (4) Game 1
From initial buzzer Brew Crew all business in a very important night.
On the most important night of the season the Brew Crew showed up to play tonight. From the initial ball drop it was all business for them starting the game off real strong four straight goals to take a comfortable lead midway thru the third period. D. Verta was one of the main reasons for the lead two of his clubs four goals. With time winding down P. Sidhom was finally able to solve C. Muccino with two straight power play goals. The veteran netminder was not fazed by those two goals and continued his impressive play to shut the door the rest of the way.
Horsemen (2) VS Brew Crew (3) S.O. Game 2
Horsemen stay alive until shoot out but C. Muccino shuts door.
With only an hour break between games the Horsemen needed to figure out a better solution to start the game off on the right foot. As the first period ended both teams had tightened up their defense. As the Brew Crew slightly adjusted in the game they were finally able to beat V. Vinciguerra on the man advantage. As their lead did not last long as the Horsemen responded with a quick goal only a minute and a half later by C. Doulis. With momentum on their side the Horsemen struck again within the first minute of the third period with an incredible shot from T. Zermalis on the man advantage. With the period winding down the Brew Crew got the break they needed and capitalized again with their second power play goal to send this game into shoot outs where D. Verta was the sole player to find the back of the net and capture the glorious trophy for his club.
Hockeyballe.com would like to congratulate C. Palermo and the rest of the Brew Crew for winning the F2 Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta. The talented forward did not miss his second chance in the S.O. to put his club ahead and win the F2 Wed division.
Wednesday August 30th
Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (0) Game 1
Smackdaddys mean all business in game 1 of finals.
From the initial ball drop, the Smackdaddys showed they were here to play some hard hockey. Never once did they back down from going into the boards and battling hard for each ball. J. Langlois was the first to solve C. Stavriadis with a shot from the hashmarks. As both teams continued to play hard R. Jean-Baptiste gave his side a little breathing room with scoring a shorty and securing the win.
Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (3) Game 2
Venom finally able to solve Y. Hassani.
With only a short break between both games Venom needed a game plan to be able to beat Y. Hassani. The game brought forth a lot of back in forth between both clubs who each exchanged goals in the first two periods. With the score tied at two goals a piece, T. Bozinakis solved Y. Hassani for his second goal of the night ensuring his club was still alive in the series.
Smackdaddys (2) VS Venom (0) Game 3
Final fifteen minutes of the season is a nail bitter.
With only fifteen minutes left for both sides to capture the gold, both teams needed to leave everything on the table to make sure they did not have any regrets. As time clicked down the Smackdaddys took advantage of their opportunity burying their most important goal all season long credited to E. Germain. Captain K. Arsenault put the nail in the coffin with less than a minute left scoring the empty netter and insuring his club won it all.
Hockeyballe.com would like to congratulate K. Arsenault and the rest of the Smackdaddys for winning the D Wednesday division. Three hard fought games provided them with the cup.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Y. Hassani of the Smackdaddys. In an intense battle for gold, where both teams could have scored a multitude of goals, Y. Hassani stopped almost everything his way. Allowing just two goals on sixty shots.
Monday August 28 (Semi finals)
Firebreathers dominate Carmoni de Fabreville with suffocating defense
For the entire night, the Firebreathers played your typical playoff style hockey. They dumped, chased , they backed up into their own zone and simply waited for the chances to come .After touching the scoreboard for a second time thanks to a go-ahead marker by M.Crapis, and a third time only seconds later-from a blistering slap shot by G.DeMarinis, this game was over and done with. Les Carmoni de Fabreville barely took 15 shots resulting in only one goal by G.Delisle. S.Morante never once trailed and made the necessary saves to earn an important game one. In hopes of bouncing back to even the score, game two had a similar feel to the opening contest. The Firebreathers struck first again and doubled their lead before conceding their lone goal. F.Atkinson drew first blood, and for a second straight game, G.DeMarinis launched his second rocket after his club dominated with plenty of great chances. Despite cutting the lead in half, Les Carmoni de Fabreville were simply snake bitten on this night. Not bad for a team that barely snuck into a playoff spot. This result now places the Firebreathers into the final were they’ll look to surprise once more.
(1)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Firebreathers(3) Game 1
(2)Firebreathers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(1) Game 2
Stones have Punishers number as they punch ticket to final
A good start and another solid outing for O.Caillet made for a very productive night for the Stones. Two out of their three goals came with the man advantage. S.Sicuso opened the scoring while C.Fragkiudakis netted back to back tallies to help take game one of the series. The Punishers only got on board very late in the game and hoped to feed off it heading into game two. However, the second game proved to be a carbon copy of the first. Once again, the Stones applied the same game plan by getting their lead and just protecting it the rest of the way. In this case, K.Aruajo found the back of the net twice while A.Bergomi notched the winner by the six minute mark of the first period. O.Caillet was sharper than a switch blade collecting two solid wins allowing only a mere two goals on 24 shots. In the end, the Stones played better using the lead to their advantage which makes a big difference in this type of format.
(1)Punishers vs Stones(3) Game 1
(3)Stones vs Punishers(1) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet. The Stones net minder stoned the Punishers in both games allowing only two goals.
Prior to the start of the play off season, every single team including the1 Timer felt that they had a chance. And why not considering how close every game is. The final will feature a team that barely snuck in vs. a third place seed. Both the Firebreathers and Stones play a very similar game. Neither side have plenty of speed or game breakers but defend incredibly well while having the goaltending to steal the show. Surely it will come down to all the little details, especially the power play if anyone decides to take an unnecessary penalty.
Thursday August 24(E1 & E2 Semi finals)
(1)Spartans vs SBS Trashers(4) E2 Game 2
SBS Trashers ready to look ahead with series sweep of Spartans
The SBS Trashers took nothing for granted on Thursday night .Four different players found the back of the net and the SBS Trashers finished with two power play goals to end a two game series sweep. D.Brunetti drew first blood with the man advantage netting a lone first period marker. F.Gentile and J.Guerriero increased the lead by three before K.Dicera finally got to R.Pampena, who pushed away close to 20 shots. After setting up the first goal of the night, E.Panzera capped off the series riffling his clubs second power play goal. The Spartans knew they had a difficult road ahead of them but managed a good fight till the very end.
(2)Street Ballers vs Carnage(3) E2 Game 2
T.Xanthoudakis’s third period power play goal holds up, Carnage punch ticket to final
It wasn’t going to come easy but Carnage still managed to prevail despite last week’s hero missing-from action. It just goes to show that this club doesn’t depend on anyone in particular. Despite scoring only three goals, Carnage limited the Street Ballers to only three tallies in two games. B.Madonis stopped 24 of 26 shots collecting a second straight playoff win. Carnage only took their lead as of the 11:30 minute mark of the second period when S.Longo snapped a 1-1 tie. Then, it was T.Xanthoudakis’s turn to strike with a power play goal that ultimately held for the winner. The Street Ballers pulled within one shortly after courtesy of A.Jalbert’s second of the contest but it just wasn’t enough.
(3)Raging Rhinos vs Bramabulls(6) E1 Game 2
Bramabulls overcome bad start to take series vs Rhinos
Overcoming a slow start isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, the Bramabulls believed in themselves and just felt it was a question of time before taking over the match. The momentum started to swing as of the six minute mark of the second period where C.Fragkiudakis narrowed the gap by one. From-there, matters only got worst for the Raging Rhinos giving up two more tallies before the end of the frame. Unable to stop the bleeding, D.Verta added more gas to the fire by bagging two unanswered goals to cap off what was a hard earned comeback. Apart-from their good start thanks to a pair of tallies by E.Leblanc-Brady, the Raging Rhinos didn’t have much going on the rest of the way.
(7)Deadlast vs Dragons(2) E1 Game 2
Dragons fail to learn lesson in second straight loss
After dropping three quick goals only a week ago, the Dragons didn’t address the issue in this must win contest. Deadlast hammered away and built another 3-0 lead just over the nine minute mark of the first period. Although the time was there for a comeback, many of the Dragons players knew that they just didn’t have it in this series. Clearly, Deadlast was ready to play and proved that they were the better of the two sides. J.Pantelis, Y.Gazura and C.Siconolfi each scored twice and J.Sanoudakis was sharp allowing only two goals on 23 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bruno Sansotta of the Bramabulls. In their comeback effort versus the Raging Rhinos, B.Sansotta set up two teammates while netting the winner with the man advantage.
The E1 & E2 finals will take place on Thursday August 31.The match ups are as follows:
E1 Final :
(2)Bramabulls vs Deadlast(4) This is one series that should go the distance. Both sides have every area covered which will come down to all the little details necessary between winning and losing.
E2 Final :
(1)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(2) While the offensive punch does favour the SBS Trashers, will it be good enough against a well-rounded stingy defense. Carnage won’t score much but have the potential to keep their opponent in check.
Thursday August 17 (E1 & E2 Semi finals)
(6)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(4) E1 Game 1
Bulls take control of series with close win over Rhinos
The Bramabulls were all smiles on Thursday night. And why not considering how well they played, especially in the second period where they did most of their scoring .M.DiSalvio ceased the moment by notching a huge power play goal to put his team up 5-2.No one needed to be the hero on this night with six different players finding the back of the net. The Raging Rhinos did have the better start when S.Labrecque scored his first of two but that only lasted so long. With this contest out of the way, the Raging Rhinos have some serious thinking to do on how to bounce back and force a third and deciding game.
(3)Dragons vs Deadlast(5) E1 Game 1
Getting it done when it counts
It didn’t matter that it was only a week ago that the Dragons handed Deadlast a pair of losses in two hours. What does matter is how you restore confidence heading into a more important situation. Deadlast showed lots of character and wasted no time putting the Dragons off guard. After eleven minutes into the first period, J.Skafidas, A.Jalilvand and C.Siconolfi each scored for a commanding 3-0 lead. Still, the time was there for the Dragons but the mountain proved too high to climb. It wasn’t until the 9:30 minute mark of the second period when the Dragons finally got on board. G.Cardillo cracked the barrier on the power play to get his club’s confidence going. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good night for J.DeStefano and the rest of his crew. The question now becomes can the veteran side overcome this adversity.
(8)SBS Trashers vs Spartans(1) E2 Game 1
Close while it lasted
The Spartans can’t say that they didn’t give it all they’ve got in their difficult battle with the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. For half the game, this was anywhere close-form being a lopsided affair. The only time the SBS Trashers sighed some relief was when J.Guerriero used a shorthand tally that provided a two goal cushion. From-there the snow ball effect was in motion. M.Panarello and G.Bampos each scored third period goals for their second of the night. R.Pampena had a very good outing stopping 17 of 18 shots but wasn’t pleased when he gave up a shorthanded tally courtesy of J.Langlais. Despite the loss, the Spartans will give it another try in game two and hope to keep the game very close.
(3)Carnage vs Street Ballers(1) E2 Game 1
C.Kalogeropoulos scores twice to lead Carnage in game one
Both teams looked pretty even to start as they felt one another out in a low scoring first period. After playing to a 1-1 tie for a very long stretch, C.Kalogeropoulos couldn’t have scored at a better time. The second period was winding down to its final second when the forward scored just in time for a 2-1 lead. From-there, Carnage rolled their three lines making sure that the Street Ballers didn’t get any room to level the match. And with the help of B.Madonis, who denied 24 of 25 shots, and the late insurance marker set forth by the very same Kalogeropoulos, Carnage was glad to earn a 3-1 win and a 1-0 series lead. The Street Ballers may not like the final result but know that they can bounce back and even the series if they play hard like they did tonight.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Kalogeropoulos of Carnage. In what was a low scoring battle with the Street Ballers, C.Kalogeropoulos notched two big goals en route to a 3-1 win.
Wednesday August 23(Semi finals)
(6)Venom vs Punishers(2) Game 2
Surprising Venom knock out heavy favourites
It just goes to show that anything can happen at this stage of the season. Venom knew what they were capable of and showed everyone that maybe they are that team to beat heading into the final. With the balanced effort of six different goal scorers, Venom dominated one particular department, and that was their special teams. J.Courteau doubled a first period lead in a shorthanded situation while E.Girouard, A.Jalilvand and J.Parisella each struck with power play goals in the third period to put an end to the series. The Punishers had to wait until the mid-way point of the third period before beating C.Stavriadis, who was stellar once more to earn the win.
(4)Smackdaddys vs Tropics(2) Game 2
Four unanswered goals sink Tropics
Despite the good start required by the Tropics, it just wasn’t good enough in the end. The Smackdaddys felt something special brewing when J-B Remi scored late in the second period to cut the lead in half. Then, with only one period to play, the better team showed why they belong in the final. F.Crevier-Raymond ,K.Arsenault and M.Beauvais came out of the gates with a noticeable presence, putting lots of pressure on the Tropics defence which eventually turned a deficit into a two goal lead. This particular result shows that depth is required to go far. The Smackdaddys did their part showing up with a full roster while the Tropics were stranded playing with only two changes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of Venom. Not allowing a goal for most of the match against a high powered offence like the Punishers is quite an accomplishment.
With both games ending in sweeps, the Smackdaddys and Venom will be primed for what is ahead of them. The Smackdaddys will be resilient and are very hard to beat being the younger of the two sides. However, experience is a tool that comes a long way and Venom has plenty of it.
Wednesday August 16 (Semi finals)
(3)Punishers vs Venom(5) Game 1
E.Girouard strikes 3 times, Venom mean business in series opener
After finishing what was a dominating regular season, the Punishers will be on high alert dropping a 5-3 decision against Venom. The win just showed that Venom has the right configurations and schemes to cause problems to anybody. With so much explosive talent up front, E.Girouard keeps reminding us how well he does his job. The right handed sniper put three behind N.Mackeen, who was busy all game facing 30 shots. Although the Punishers know that they can bounce back, there was one area of concern in this contest. All three of their goals came with the man advantage, and unless they get enough power play opportunities in game two, then they’ll need to figure out a way to create more chances at even strength.
(4)Tropics vs Smackdaddys(6) Game 1
Smackdaddys getting in Tropics head
It’s now the third straight meeting that the Smackdaddys hand the Tropics a loss. If this trend doesn’t stop by next week, than the Tropics will be packing their bags earlier than usual in this post season run. But it’s not as though the Smackdaddys are dominating their rival. All their previous meetings were decided by a goal just like in tonight’s case if discounting the empty net marker. Joseph Crivello and the rest of the Tropics will have a whole week to figure out what to do to end this spell. But will it be enough considering how well the Smackaddys have been playing? Tonight’s win came-from a balanced team effort that included four tallies in the third period. F.Laurin did score twice with his second feeding an empty cage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of Venom. His goal scoring touch led to a pivotal game one win over the division winners.
Sunday August 20
(3)Fatal Demons vs Butchers(0)
Fatal Demons outlast Butchers with 3 third period goals
The sticks came alive at the right time for the Fatal Demons on Sunday night. After playing through two scoreless periods, J.Bolanakis won the sweepstakes by netting the first goal of the contest. The good news at that point for the Butchers was that they had more than enough time to respond. But the Fatal Demons didn’t make things easy like they often do playing a sting game. Just to play it safe, L.Dulcetta tapped in a rebound to double the lead and the Fatal Demons felt secure at that point with only five minutes remaining. The Butchers had their fair share of chances hitting a couple of posts but weren’t able to solve M.Trivissono at any point .Both net minders did a stellar job. G.Zapatelli just came off a shutout win against the Shockers and kept the Fatal Demons off the board for over two periods before allowing his first tally.
(4)Team Cuba vs Shockers(6)
Shockers storm back in third period to take down Team Cuba
Despite being up 4-2 late in the second period, Team Cuba knew there was a storm brewing ahead of them. The Shockers started to dictate the pace in the last six minutes or so of the second frame, and unless Team Cuba had solutions to slowing it down, a total collapse was in the making. The beginning of the end occurred when T.Debonis used a perfect slap shot beating S.Sauk top corner .Then, C.Debonis may have netted the highlight goal of the night after receiving a threaded pass by G.Lalumiere through two players to net a beauty on a crafty move. That goal evened the score at four goals apiece and Team Cuba were hanging on to dear life. Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better for the veteran side as T.Salberg riffled another for the lead. T.Debonis bagged his second late on the power play to summarise a deserving comeback.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivisonno of the Fatal Demons. After facing 26 shots, the goaltender couldn’t have played a more perfect game to merit the honour.
Now that the regular season is out of the way, the real season begins next Sunday in a best of three semi-finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Shockers vs Butchers (4) The Butchers will need to duplicate what they did in their previous encounter and that is to play a full out 45 minute game involving all their players and a stellar performance by G.Zapatelli.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Team Cuba(3) The Fatal Demons may have the man power in this series. However, Team Cuba can put up the numbers which will force M.Trivissono to remain sharp at all times.
Wednesday August 16
(3)Publiks Crew vs Les Agents Libre(7)
Les Agents Libre pull away in third period to rout Publiks Crew 7-3
M.Alfieri and A.Kobayati each scored twice to help Les Agents Libre pull away for their seventh win in twelve games to close out their regular season. The game was very close for most of the night until a three goal surge in only four minutes put the two teams apart. T.Oliveira was involved in his clubs first four goals that included three helpers. James Tutino also collected four points, most of them coming in the third period .Les Agents Libre captured a third win in their last four starts and are looking to be hot at the right time.
(7)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(4)
M.Testolina’s six point performance paces Bramabulls to 7-4 win over Brew Crew
M.Testolina buzzed all game long igniting four goals while providing two helpers for the Bramabulls. The Brew Crew fell behind twice but managed to overcome the deficits by taking a 3-2 lead early in the second period .It took just over a minute later for Testolina to level the match. The game’s turning point eventually occurred when the Brew Crew took a costly penalty .N.Cinquino took advantage of the power play right before M.Testoilna scored again for a 5-3 lead. By that point, the Brew Crew struggled to bounce back losing the final frame 2-1.Apart-from M.Testolina’s impact, N.Cinquino was very vital for the win posting a hat trick.
(1)Les Raymonds vs Horsemen(5)
Captain V.Pandza’s three points helps clinch first place in F2 division
It didn’t come easy but the Horsemen eventually found their groove by the third period. A slight 2-1 lead resulted in three unanswered goals by the final frame. V.Pandza set the pace scoring once while adding an assist in the first period, and was able to provide a two goal cushion for his second of the contest by the early stages of the third period. Les Raymonds got their lone tally when M.Dupuis beat M.Vinciguerra by the nine minute mark of the second period. Considering that this was a game against a club-from the higher division, Les Raymonds did pretty well on this night without some key pieces.
(11)Mtl Huskies vs Acolytes(12) O.T
Goaltenders left hung to dry in meaningless game
In a match up that didn’t have anything on the line, neither side was too concerned on playing defense. Unfortunately, it’s the goaltenders that pay the price having to face high scoring chances and plenty of odd man rushes. But for the limited players on both sides, the fun lasted all game. It’s not often teams combine for 23 goals that need overtime to decide a winner For Les Acolytes, P.Tambeau and M.Robillard did most of the damage combining for 14 points. P.Tambeau had the final say by capping the winner on the power play in overtime. The Mtl Huskies had a pair of players as well putting up the numbers. A.Buonincontri and J.Mancini were a burden for Les Acolytes combining for 16 points.
(3)Primetime vs Hellfish(7)
Hellfish wrap up season after another strong finish
With only one loss in twelve games, the Hellfish will be prepared for what’s ahead of them. Tonight, they handed Primetime a 7-3 loss sending a message that they will be ready in their first round match up as both sides will meet in the semi-finals. F.Benhamadi and S.Monnet each scored twice and B.Verducci was solid once more facing 26 shots. Despite the loss, Primetime kept pace with their opponent for most of the night except for the last four minutes where the Hellfish posted three late goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. In a preview of a semi-final matchup between the Bramabulls and the Brew Crew, M.Testolina was a burden and will continue to be a burden after sparking four goals and two assists.
The F2 & F3 division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With each side having five teams, the top four will advance to the semi-finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Horsemen vs Acolytes(4) Both teams can score but the horsemen defend a lot better .Unless Les Acolytes tighten their game, than the Horsemen should go through.
(2)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(3) The Brew Crew will have their hands full assuming the Bramabulls bring all their players. But, if there is one team that can frustrate an offense, the Brew Crew is that team.
(1)Hellfish vs Primetime(4) Unless Primetime plays a near perfect game, the Hellfish should come out of this series. The one thing Primetime has going for them is their ability to score up front. Unfortunately, it’s the other side of the court that may cause a problem.
(2)Les Raymonds vs Les Agents Libre(3) When looking at their regular season numbers, this series should be very close .However, Les Agents Libre do have game breakers up front which will force Les Raymonds to play alert in their back end which they usually do.
Sunday August 13
(0)Shockers vs Butchers(2)
Depth comes through, Butchers gelling at right time
For a rare time this season, the Butchers were fully loaded in their close 2-0 win over the Shockers. It took a while for the first goal of the game but Y.Gazura was able to get his team on board as of the early stages of the third period. From-there, the Butchers knew they were in control, especially the way G.Zapatelli was playing. The net minder was on a mission to keep a high powered offense dry and did a spectacular job earning a 28 save shutout. C.Fragkiudakis notched an insurance marker only minutes after his club cracked the ice. This type of win shows how anything will be possible moving forward for the Butchers, who could potentially do damage if all their players show up.
(10)Team Cuba vs Lumberjacks(6)
N.Mackeen and D.Ruiz swap roles in meaningless game
The Lumberjacks experiment nearly worked in a game that didn’t have much on the line. D.Ruiz, who plays as a forward took a different role by putting on a pair of goalie pads in exchange with N.Mackeen who played up front instead. And considering the change of roles, both players did exceptionally well considering having only one change up. N.Mackeen scored twice while D.Ruiz made some good saves to keep the game very close for most of the night. Team Cuba only pulled away as of the mid way point of the third period. F.Bchara had a productive performance riffling four goals while S.Robineault was next in line bagging a hat trick .As for the Lumberjacks, it came to no one’s surprise that C.Gingras was involved in all six tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gianluca Zapatelli of the Butchers. His 28 save shutout was the major reason why the Butchers got the better of the Shockers on this night.
Wednesday August 2
(6)Publiks Crew vs Primetime(3)
Publiks Crew get monkey off their back, E.Skotidakis bags hat trick
It took ten tries, but the Publiks Crew finally won a game. The first portion of the season was rough for the Publiks Crew that looked nowhere close to how they have been playing as of late. E.Skotidakis was vital to ending the streak as the forward netted three big goals en route to a double up win over Primetime. The key was the strong start. The game was 4-0 up until the mid way point of the contest where the Primetime finally got on board. It may have taken some time but the Publiks Crew are happy that they finally closed a game. The unfortunate part is that time has ran out giving them no chance to capturing a playoff spot.
(3)Brew Crew vs Acolytes(0)
Acolytes surrender 2 power play goals, D.Noel and Brew Crew earn shutout
Special teams were part of the reason why the Brew Crew took the battle against Les Acolytes on Wednesday night. With only three goals all game, two came with man advantage courtesy of D.Verta and A.Lanni. Another major reason for the positive result was the brilliant goaltending set forth by D.Noel. Les Acolytes struggled the entire night unable to solve Noel. The net minder faced 25 shots making some jaw dropping saves to earn a well deserved shutout. Each side had their fair share of visits to the penalty box which untimely played in the Brew Crew’s favor.
(4)Les Agents Libre vs Bramabulls(3)
Four unanswered goals, James Tutino leads way with hat trick
After being down 2-0, Les Agents Libre were primed in their comeback effort versus the Bramabulls. J.Tutino turned things around participating in all four goals that included a hat trick. A.Kobayati collected three assists and P.Delli Colli remained focused for a long stretch to earn the win in net. The Bramabulls got their strong start thanks to a pair of tallies by C.Fragiudakis. But with their short bench and having to play in extreme heat, there compete level only lasted so long. P.Rivera had a productive night despite the loss setting up three markers.
(2)Les Raymonds vs Hellfish(4)
Hellfish keep climbing, beat Les Raymonds with balanced effort
With both teams in search of their first goal, the Hellfish ceased it by the early stages of the second period where they built a sufficient 3-0 lead. As its been their theme all season, no one stood out more than the other. The division leaders rely on everyone participating in one way or another to get the job done. In tonight’s case, four different players found the back of the net that saw Y.Gazura’s marker hold up for the winner. B.Verducci kept a clean sheet for most of the night until conceding his first of two by the two minute mark of the third period. By then, Les Raymonds made a push to climb back into it but couldn’t level in time because of an empty net goal.
(3)Mtl Huskies vs Horsemen(9)
Good while it lasted
The Mtl Huskies looked to be in good shape for half the match owning a first period up 2-0 but that eventually changed as time went on. The Horsemen eventually picked up their game and the Mtl Huskies didn’t know what hit them. The downfall occurred as of the third period where only one team decided to show up. T.Mader, V.Pandza and P.Sidhom each scored their second goal in the final frame alone. The one thing that definitely didn’t help the Mtl Huskies was the amount of players they had. Playing with two changes against a stacked team isn’t the way to go, especially on a larger surface with extreme temperatures. Despite the loss, D.Greco gave his team a fighting chance stringing two goals together.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Elias Skotidakis of the Publiks Crew. After ten games into the season, the Publiks Crew have finally something to celebrate thanks to a hat trick performance led by E.Skotidakis.
Wednesday August 2nd
Smackdaddys (4) VS The Tropics (3)
Smackdaddys show it is never to late to start scoring goals.
The Smackdaddys proved tonight is is never to late to show up to a game and take a big win from a formidable opponent. As the following should be a lesson going into the playoffs that it is not safe to play with fire. The Tropics built a three-goal lead entering the final frame. S. Euchi decided to carry the Smackdaddys scoring two goals. With only ten seconds remaining Remi Jean-Baptiste tapped in a rebound to secure his club the win and prove the Smackdaddys will be a force to reckon with in the playoffs.
Fat Roy (3) VS Punishers (10)
Short bench proves costly tonight for Fat Roy.
From the start of the ball drop the Punishers took advantage of their opportunities of playing against a short bench. At the start of the second periods the Punishers took full control of the game scoring five unanswered goals to end the second period the third period was no different as the goals kept on coming. N. Rompotinos and C. Stamadianos each produced a four-point night for themselves. Fat Roy was finally able to get on the board in the third by scoring three goals, but it was a bit to late to try and make a comeback.
Smackdaddys (6) VS Venom (1)
Smackdaddys all business in their double header as they collect another three points.
In their second game in less than an hour, the Smackdaddys were all business capturing their second win. The Smackdaddys took an early start to this game scoring three unanswered goals in the first ten minutes of the game. As time trickled down in the second period R. Ranieri was finally able to solve Y. Hassani. The Smackdaddys put their foot back on the pedal to insure no hope for Venom to get back into the game by scoring another three goals.
With the end of the regular season and the playoffs about to commence next week we receive a heated quarter final game against Venom and Fat Roy. Both teams have experience and loads of talent on their side understanding the defensive and the offensive side of the game. As the remaining three teams have a bye directly into the semi-finals. Here are your D-Wed standings:
The Tropics (2)
Fat Roy (5)
Wednesday June 21
Punishers (4) VS Smackdaddys (2)
Smackdaddys wake up to late can not complete comeback.
From the start of the first whistle both teams demonstrated their intensity. Peter Karvouiaris got his club on the board first notching his first goal of the night. As the game went on the Punishers built upon their lead but the Smackdaddys replied to cut the lead to one. Mid way thru the third period P. Karvouiaris scored his second of the night and was able finally notch the win scoring the empty netter, completing his hat trick, and destroying any remaining chance the Smackdaddys had to tie up the game. F. Laurin and K. Arsenault were the sole players to solve N. Mackeen.
Venom (6) VS The Tropics (5) O.T
An early lead not enough to discourage Venom as they come back to seal the win in OT.
The Tropics proved once again they can have a hot start scoring twice on the first three minutes of the game. As the first period went on the Tropics built upon their lead to have a two goal lead entering the second. The veteran presence on the opposing side knew to never give up as they slowly mounted their comeback. N. Gilbert scored a minute in overtime with a point shot during the man advantage to secure the win for his club. The Tropics received two goal games by A. Olimpo and J. Nardolillo. While J. Quesnel-Vinet scored two a piece for their club.
Punishers (10) VS Fat Roy (0)
Punishers not affected by double header continue with their business to take top spot in standings.
The Punishers played their second game of the night but seemed unaffected by it as they continued their strong play in the division. Within the first few minutes the Punishers took advantage of their short-handed opportunity scoring two goals, from their they continued their offensive skills by scoring at will. C. Gingras, F. Russoand J. Fridilis each scored two goals for their club. The rest of the division will need to implement a strict defensive game plan to limit the damage some of the offensive weapons The Punishers have.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas Gilbert of Venom. The defenceman scored two very important goals for his club. The first coming in the second period while Venom was mounting their comeback and the second in overtime to secure the win for his club.
Thursday June 15
(4)Street Ballers vs Deadlast(7)
Deadlast end championship hangover
The Street Ballers had a difficult task ahead of them by going up against plenty of skill and talent. And despite not getting the result, the effort was definitely there for M.Gibeault and the rest of the Street Ballers. For Deadlast, they had their own issues to deal with after a 0-2 start. But with the help of J.Pantelis, the championship hang over may have ended for the recent champs. Out of their seven goals, J.Pantelis made things look so easy by providing an impressive four markers. Two of his tallies came in the first period only 30 seconds apart by roofing a top corner and using a hard low wrist shot that got the better of S.Sauk. The Street Ballers didn’t have a good start but managed a strong finish that pulled them within only one goal by the early stages of the third period.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
Bramabulls roll by SBS Trashers
D.Verta provided the first two goals and the aggressive Bramabulls dominated the SBS Trashers on this night. The Bramabulls played with a sense of urgency by the way they battled to win loose balls and fore-check not giving too much time and space for the Trashers. E.Panzera and his troops seemed content to observe their opponent. Apart-from the captain’s lone goal, there weren’t many positives that came out of this loss. It was a game that the first goal mattered and the Bramabulls found a way to grab it which set the tone the rest of the way. G.Follano was rock solid in net earning the result after facing 26 shots.
(4)Spartans vs Raging Rhinos(9)
Spartans couldn’t keep floodgates shut
The Spartans inter league match up with the Raging Rhinos began well enough before eventually falling 9-4 to the higher division club. The game started to shift into one direction as of the mid way point for the Raging Rhinos. After netting four second period tallies, S.Labrecque and A.Papazian went on to complete hat tricks by the third period with the help of A.Angelis, who collected four feeds and a goal. It came as a loss but the Spartans captain J.Tesolin and S.Roussel were very productive collecting three points each.
(4)Carnage vs Dragons(5)
L.Dulcetta’s lone third period goal snaps dreaded 4-4 tie for Dragons
The Dragons found a way to win on this night. L.Dulcetta’s third period goal was his second tally and third point of the game that helped the Dragons escape with their second win in three starts. After a very slow outing, Carnage came right back at the Dragons netting three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. However, that was short lived as Dulcetta beat the clock late in the first period to level the score at three goals apiece. Both sides eventually slowed the pace trading only one second period goal before the veteran came through early in the third period to collect the winner. For an inter league game, F.Pace can’t be to down after this loss knowing that some key pieces including M.Pace were out of the lineup.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Deadlast. Even though it was a small slump, Jimmy Pantelis was able to end it by riffling four goals and a helper.
Wednesday June 14
Punishers (11) VS Fat Roy (1)
Punishers to strong to keep up with.
From the start of the game the Punishers were all over their counterparts. As the Punishers struck first scoring the first four goals of the game, but Fat Roy seemed to gain some life scoring their first goal of the game against N. Mackeen. The Punishers quickly took control of the game again scoring seven unanswered goals to end the game early. The Punishers used a balanced attack using all three lines to help dominate this game.
Smackdaddys (1) VS The Tropics (2)
Two evenly matched teams meet up.
The game saw two teams start battling right from the start as each team played to their strengths. Each team played a very strong defensive game each trading a goal a piece in the first two periods. Once the third period started both teams knew the slightest error would cost them an important three points in the standings and the W. The Tropics were the big winners as V. Crivello was sent on a breakaway he couldn’t miss scoring his second goal of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Boulieri of The Tropics. The netminder kept his club able to win the following game by pushing away all but one shot. The netminder will be a key piece in his club success if he keeps playing the way he has.
Monday June 12
Stones hit a wall, Les Carmoni de Fabreville collect 4 big points
Strong performances-from P.Corbin and O.Caillet and nifty shootout markers highlighted the Monday night’s game between the Stones and Les Carmoni de Fabreville. In what was a chess styled match, both sides settled for a 3-3 draw in the opening contest that saw A.Bergomi score for the Stones while L-C Desmarais replied for Les Carmoni De Fabreville in the shootout. After being down 2-0 to goals by J.Poirier and D.Desmarais, the Stones were able to reply with a pair of quick tallies by their captain S.Sicuso to force the match into extra time. The second contest had a similar effect with the score being low and Les Carmoni striking with the first two goals of the game. However, the Stones couldn’t battle back enough despite cutting the lead in half courtesy of M.DaSilva. That tally came a little too late that led to a 21 save performance by P.Corbin. All in all, this was a good overall result for Les Carmoni De Fabreville, who entered the night with only three points after four games.
(3)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Stones(3) S.O
(1)Stones vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)
Total domination as Punishers trounce 1 Timer two straight times
If there is one night in a season that you want to forget, this would be it for the 1 Timer who were nowhere to be seen. With that said, credit will go to the Punishers as they stormed through four consecutive periods en route to landslide results. Nearly every single player collect points that saw A.Dayan lead the way in the goals scoring department with five tallies in both games. N.Mackeen had the luxury of playing with a massive lead but still did his part allowing only three goals on 28 shots. The Punishers didn’t like the way things ended last week in their game against the Stones and it showed by the way they responded on this night. These results put the recent champs back in familiar territory which is first place of the division.
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(8)
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Louis Carl Desmarais of Les Carmoni de Fabreville. The forward scored, added an assist and notched his clubs lone shootout marker in the opening contest versus the Stones.
Sunday June 11
(4)Butchers vs Shockers (11)
Shockers burst out flying en route to easy win
Both C.Debonis and his teammate M.Blackman scored hat tricks as the Shockers eased to an 11-4 win over the Butchers. It’s only three games in and the Shockers are showing what they are made of. From- the ability to scoring plenty of goals and playing a relentless for checking game, not many teams will get there way. Throughout the first twelve minutes, the Butchers smelled defeat conceding five straight goals. That just fuelled the Shockers to continue playing the same way while the Butchers lost the will to compete. In addition to the two hat tricks, T.Salberg added a pair of tallies. The Butchers got their scoring done by their captain E.Mormina, who bagged a pair along with D.DIGiacomo and A.Bouvier.
(7)Lumberjacks vs Team Cuba(7) S.O
Two winless teams settle for draw
With both sides being in a similar situation without collecting a victory, will now have to wait another week or more in order to be in the wins column. Neither side was able to take it home on this night despite trading plenty of goals during the game. The Lumberjacks salvaged their night when Y.Gazura netted his second goal with just less than two minutes left in the game .Unable to get it done in overtime, each team saw only one player-from their side get some scoring done in the shootout. D.Ruiz took care of that department for the Lumberjacks while S.Govas replied for Team Cuba. E.Girouard scored a pair along with an assist for Team Cuba while M.Baccari was the most productive player for the Lumberjacks accumulating five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Baccari of the Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks defenseman was an absolute force scoring once while setting up four goals.
Tuesday May 2 (Finals)
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Communists (4) Game 1 shootout
Communists rally to edge Smooth Sailors in shootout
The Communists found themselves down a pair of goals in the third period before capitalizing on two chances to force a shootout. The win came with the help of two of their better players. Captain J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais took the leadership role by not only scoring third period goals but also providing the only two shootout markers that beat A.Grieco. The Smooth Sailors had the better start taking a step in the right direction when N.Cordileone and M.Argiris struck in a short span. For well over two periods, A.Grieco and the Smooth Sailors looked like they could do no wrong. But just like the Smooth Sailors did earlier, the Communists found a way to return the favor with back to back tallies. Another big piece to the puzzle was the brilliant performance by J.Vrettis, who had a strong showing in the shootout stopping two very high skilled players in M.Testolina and J.Morina.
(6)Communists vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 2
Playoff performer T.J.Ward shines again, Communists crowned C Tuesday champs
T.J Ward may be overshadowed by players such as J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais but his playoff performance will put him in the conversation as who the MVP really is. The forward scored three times and added an assist to cap off a four point night. Two of his goals came with the man advantage, but it was his shorthanded marker that may have ultimately deflated the morale of the Smoot Sailors. The Communists just fed off that early second period sequence where they erupted with four straight tallies to dictate the match. At that point, the Smooth Sailors were not in a position to come back in the game, especially being down by four and knowing that J.Vrettis wasn’t going to let that kind of lead slip away. The Smooth Sailors will look back at game one and ask themselves what they could have done to prevent a third period collapse. With the margin of error being so fine between two very good teams, the Communists found a way to overcome the adversity that just made them better as the series went on. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to John Adamou and the Communists for capturing the C Tuesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Vrettis of the Communists. The net minder won a big shootout battle and faced over 40 shots in two games to help lead his team to a championship.
Sunday April 30(Semi finals)
(8)Red Nose vs Butchers (2) Game 1
Red Nose make a statement with game one win
Its only one single game, but the Red Nose looked unstoppable with their high powered offense. C.Gingras led the way with a hat trick and S.Aubertin along with N.Delia were just as effective providing two goals each. The Butchers knew what they were up against but were unable to apply their game plan accordingly. The Red Nose surged early with two goals in only three minutes. The second period only got worse for the Butchers having to give up four unanswered tallies. By then, this contest was done and over with despite a pair of goals by C.Maltese and his captain V.Mormina. The Butchers had only one thing on their mind and that was how to respond in game two.
(7)Butchers vs Red Nose(6) Game 2
Butchers fend off Red Nose to even series
A pair of solid teams took turns landing punches in game two. In the end, it was the Butchers getting the decision. D.Ruiz had plenty to prove to both sides as the sniper bagged two big power play goals as part of a three goal performance. Red Nose had a similar start jumping to a 2-0 lead but saw a different pattern develop by the second period. This time, it was the Butchers taking charge winning the last two frames outscoring their opponent 3-2.But things didn’t come convincing at all as two very late goals by the Butchers forced the mini match. J.Mandracchia came through late setting up D.Ruiz while riffling the go ahead marker with just over 90 seconds left to play. For a second straight game, N.Delia nodded a pair as the only multi goal scorer for Red Nose.
(5)Red Nose vs Butchers(2) Game 3
Red Nose regains momentum after tough loss
Perhaps the Red Nose lethargic performance a game ago versus the Butchers is just the wakeup call they needed. After blowing a very late lead, Red Nose came back for some home cookin and bounced back with a big win to advance to the final. The inspiration was led by no other than N.Delia, who was just a goal scoring machine in the series. Once again, the number 88 netted two more goals to reach six after the night was done. N.Delia opened the scoring and posted the winner cracking a 2-2 tie. The Butchers actually missed out on a power play opportunity that saw C.Gingras score instead to make the score 2-1 in favor of Red Nose. But the Butchers would get it back on a power play goal by A.Jalilvand to even the game at two. The series could have gone either way but good teams do tend to find a way. The Butchers did a remarkable job by pushing it as far as they did and have nothing to feel bad about knowing only five minutes decided the outcome of the series.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers (3) Game 1
Shockers show no quit in 3-2 rally win over Brew Crew
Not even for a team like the Brew Crew a 2-0 lead is good enough. The Shockers had no intentions in throwing the towel by showing once again how resilient they really are. The comeback was led by a key component as M.Blackman cut the lead in half just shy of the second period. Then, only two minutes later into the final frame, M.Blackman was part of setting up C.Debonis to even the game at two goals apiece. Still unable to slow things down, the Brew Crew suffered their biggest blow yet when T.Salberg but the final dagger towards the end of the game. The Shockers won this game getting scoring efforts-from three key players along with the solid goaltending by D.Bourque, and the support of the rest of the team. As for the Brew Crew, the experience of dealing with a harsh loss was a weapon that would eventually take over.
(5)Shockers vs Brew Crew(6) Game 2 shootout
L.Verta’s fifth shootout attempt for Brew Crew extends series
The frustrations of knowing that they were that close to ending the series will end up haunting the Shockers. After netting his second goal and collecting his third point of the contest, C.Debonis gave the Shockers a great opportunity to dispose of the Brew Crew in two games. Instead five shootout rounds were required to see if the series would end or force a third and deciding game. Apart-from giving up one goal by M.Blackman, the Brew Crew net minder was sharper than a steak knife piercing into a 12 ounce filet mignon. C.Muccino found a way to deny four out of five breakaways which was one save more than D.Bourque, who was equally as impressive during the contest. With this result, the stage was set to see who would prevail in a 15 minute mini game.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(1) Game 3
D.Verta buries clutch series winning goal, Brew Crew celebrate to reach finals
D.Verta notched the biggest goal of the season,a clutch go-ahead marker for the dagger that effectively ended what was a grueling battle between two very deserving hockey teams. The way the game began, the Shockers had control of the situation with an early goal by T.DeBonis. However, that slight lead would eventually be answered courtesy of J.Guerriero. At that point, both teams knew the importance of the next tally as it would surely set up who would be pulling through. In tonight’s case, that would belong to someone that’s been there and done that before. D.Verta has a knack for the big games and tonight was just another day at the office for the crafty forward. The Shockers played a great series and could have easily been there just as well. For now, it’s just a question of time for a side that has only plenty of upside ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicola Delia of the Red Nose. The sharp shooter struck twice for three games in a row providing key goals that helped send his club to the big dance.
The E Sunday division is down to two teams after what was a hard felt semi final round. The Brew Crew undeniably is one of the best defensive teams in the division. But they have to face an offense as dangerous as the one they’ll see this Sunday. C.Gingras, N.Delia and M.Latreille are a just a few names that the Brew Crew will be focusing on. In order to have a chance, the Brew Crew will limit and frustrate those key players while relying on their counter attack and goaltending. Unless something unusual happens, this series will be a reflection of what both sides went through in their semi finals.
Monday April 17
Les Yables ready for the real deal
Les Yables produced dominant performances in both their wins over the Jokers on Monday night. The first match saw balance scoring that included three goals in the second period but the second match was outdone by D.Marcotte , who ignited five markers for a 8-1 victory. The Jokers struggled to get any sort of scoring done except for one time. J.Blouin struck early in the second contest only to see that momentum fade away by the end of the frame .M-A Gervais had a multi goal night and J-F Simard remains in fine form allowing only one goal. Every game, Les Yables seem to have every player step it up as their resilience to battle hard makes them incredibly hard to beat. The Jokers found this out first hand and will need to figure out ways to adjust knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner.
(4)Les Yables vs Jokers(0)
(1)Jokers vs Les Yables(8)
Close for one but outdone in the other
If Carnage can keep their games close against a team like Venom than anything can be possible in a playoff round. But with the second contest ending in a landslide, does Carnage have what it takes to endure a best of three series against some of the powerhouses in front of them .The first match was close due to B.Madonis standing on his head. Venom only scored twice with efforts by P.Scotti and M.Dalpe. However, despite the low 2-1 score, Carnage only got on board when it was too late. A.Kalaydjian spoiled R.Ranieri’s shutout with only one minute remaining. The second encounter was where Venom showed their true colors. With four goals in both periods, the offensive machine woke up. E.Girouard, P.Scotti and M.Dalpe all scored twice while R.Ranieri was steady giving up only two goals on 22 shots. The scary part in all this was that Venom took the game easy without two very key snipers. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau took the night off as both players will be focusing on a bigger task ahead of them.
(1)Carnage vs Venom(2)
(8)Venom vs Carnage(2)
P-A Surprenant at it again, 1 Timer wins and settle for draw to end season
In hockey, if you have someone who can score at will while playing smart defensively, than anything is possible. The 1 Timer are very glad that they have P-A Surprenant to their line up as the power forward seems never to disappoint. In tonight’s case, the solid number 7 netted three out of the four goals en route to a 4-1 win. The 23rd Hour knew that they were missing out to enter the playoffs but responded in a positive manner to end their season. Led by their captain, P.Salvo played it out till the very end providing his clubs first two goals. That lead held up for a very long time, up until the last 90 seconds when who other than P-A Surprenant came through to spoil the parade .Both sides tried to get it done in the shootout but the net minders stood tall denying two of three attempts. T.Daigneault scored on breakaways for the 1 Timer while C-P Sleedge got the better of F.Koch.
(4)1 Timer vs 23rd Hour(1)
(3)23rd Hour vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
Strong finish for Team X
Team X closed out the regular season on the right foot and who other than against a team that’s suffered only one loss all year. The Punishers may argue the fact that two key pieces were missing but Team X were in a similar situation without a few bodies as well. The game was meaningless for both sides in regards to the standings but Team X wanted to carry some good habits with the playoffs looming around the corner. If not for a late goal by M.Baccari, Team X could have walked away with six clean points. Instead, the veteran side took the opening game in a shootout while shutting out the second contest by a 3-0 score. A.Zarzour was the only multi goal scorer netting back to back tallies in the second encounter. The shootout win came thanks to a pair of successful breakaways by J.Pantelis and S.Sicuso and of course by the net minder P.Assadi, who had a very good night.
(4)Team X vs Punishers(3) S.O
(0)Punishers vs Team X(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Marcotte of Les Yables. Marcotte led all players scoring five goals and an assist in two games for Les Yables.
With the top seven out of eight teams advancing, the Punishers made the regular season count as they’ll skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi-finals. The first round matches are as follows:
(2)Venom vs Jokers(7) The Jokers will have their hands full is an understatement. K.Langlois will feel like the target in a firing ranch and unless he gets the proper support from all four players in front of him, then their season will end early.
(3)Les Yables vs Carnage(6) Les Yables are younger quicker and can score. Carnage will need to tighten up and play very boring hockey while hoping to get their chances on timely plays. They do have a sniper in Marco Pace but is that enough to sustain the endless pressure that Les Yables will put forth.
(4)Team X vs 1 Timer(5) Two teams very familiar with one another will battle it out. The 1 Timer will use their speed and look for P-A Surprenant in his office to do most of the damage. It’s up to Team X to continue and play a solid man on man coverage and wait for their opportunities to arise.
Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)
(3) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 2 Fadel Nassers two goal performance creates opportunity for Game 3
With an entire week on their side the Underdogs took advantage to regroup and put together a successful game plan against a team that can score at will. As the game went on it seemed that the Underdogs were not taking advantages of their chances until the third period arrived. F. Nasser made it a point to score two late goals with less than five minutes to play to force a game three. With momentum on their side the Underdogs should continue to roll.
(1) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 3 Do or die as both clubs put everything on the line to make it to the finals
With only one period remaining to decide the faith of their season and pick a club that would move on to the finals, both clubs put everything on the line. The French Connection made sure to take advantage early in the game by scoring to goals in less than a minute and a half. J. Farrese and J.F Leclerc were credited with the goals for their side. By the time the Underdogs got on the board it was to late for them to gain any momentum and scored an additional goal to tie the game.
(3) Werewolves vs Deadlast (4) Game 2 Captain C. Zafiropoulos lead by example notching a natural hat trick by the end of the second period
C.Zafiropoulos has always been an experienced leader who always organizes and makes sure his team is rolling on all cylinders. Fortunately for him he did a bit more tonight scoring three of his clubs four goals to ensure his clubs ticket in the finals. The Werewolves made one last push early in the third period with the help of A. Zarzour and J. Guerriero who cut the lead to one, but J. Sanoudakis decided that it was time to shut the door and ensure the big win for his club by making huge saves until the final buzzer.
(3) Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O. (4) Game 2 Late push by P.E.Y.O. ensures their ticket to the final
From the beginning of the game the Bramabulls knew what was at stake as they built themselves a comfortable two goal lead entering the third period. As the third started it seemed that the Bramabulls took their foot off the pedal as P.E.Y.O. fought back into it to take the lead with three unanswered goals. P.E.Y.O. used four different players to complete the scoring as C. Gringras and B. Deslaurier did most the damage each collecting two points.
(2) Street Ballers vs UHC (7) Game 2 UHC too much to handle for Street Ballers as they have an easy night
From the start of the game it was obvious that UHC had shown up for one purpose only and that was to win at any cost. Several different players contributed to the win for UHC as R. Ranno and T. Beck each scored a pair of goals to help propel their club to a comfortable lead. The Street Ballers did put a good fight notching two of their own goals but the opponents were to strong offensively to contain.
As each E division enters the final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1) Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O. (3) As two very experienced clubs go head to head in a best of three series either side can prevail, both sides are evenly matched as each team contains the talent, leadership, and willingness to win the championship.
(1) UHC vs French Connection (2) The story of two strong offensive teams will be played out in this series. The main question will be who can contain the other defensively and reduce the amount of goals they can score. Both goaltenders will need to be at their best as any goal might be the game winning one.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Zafiropoulos of Deadlast. The captain was only able to lead and efficiently manage his club to make sure they make it to the finals but he also scored three out of his clubs four goals to ensure the following.
Wednesday April 12(Semi finals)
(6)Punisher’s vs Dragons (0) Game 1
Punishers hose down Dragons with early 3-0 lead
The Dragons just came off a four game hot winning streak only to see it freeze up in their opening game versus the Punishers. The Dragons know that they are over matched with the Punishers speed which can only force them to slow things down and hope to keep the game close as long as possible. However, that didn’t transpire on this night as the Punishers simply had their way-from the start. T.Karvouriaris didn’t score but was responsible for setting up four different teammates. A.Tedone struck first that proved to be just enough for the winner while N.Mackeen was very pleased the way his team played in front of him to earn a shutout.
(1)Trappers vs Armadillos(2) Game 1
D.Andrade scores late winner as Armadillos top Trappers
The Trappers couldn’t help feel like they let an opportunity slip away. The Trappers play well enough for period of times before a late marker decided the outcome of this contest. D.Andrade came through with only two minutes left that snapped a late 1-1 tie. Neither side got on board up until the third period. S.Richer struck first for the Trappers with a power play goal. Then, G.Bouchard was able to respond only three minutes later to put the game back on an even playing field. It was a game that both sides heavily relied on their last line of defense which is the goaltending. J.Richer and C.Stavriadis are as good as it gets and it showed all game long where it took a full 45 minute effort-from both sides in order to have chance. The loss may feel bitter for the moment but the Trappers won’t go down easily knowing that they can win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Donny Andrade of the Armadillos. With only two minutes remaining, the Armadillos forward celebrated a huge goal in a close 2-1 win over the Trappers.
Friday March 31(Semi finals)
(0)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(4) Game 1
Hawks sharp in game 1 shutout of P.Assadi
The Hawks opened up their series with a bang versus the red hot Devil Dawgz. The third seeded Hawks got goals from-four different players and a 29 save performance by their net minder P.Assadi. The game was already 3-0 after only thirteen minutes of play. A.Mosacto tapped in a perfect pass-from A.Zarzour, A.Lanni batted a ball-from mid air and A.Zarzour struck minutes later for the three goal cushion. The Devil Dawgz were forced to play catch up at that point but knew that the Hawks weren’t going to give much. Everyone in the Hawks made it a point to tighten up by keeping the centremen very close to their defenseman. With that good start, the Hawks erased some embarrassment of how they have been playing lately. But, it is only game one and things can change very easily considering how lethal the Devil Dawgz can be at times.
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(0)
C.Stavriadis shutout, HBHA edge out Stones in tight battle
The Stones know that they can defend, and despite limiting a team like to the HBHA Seniors to only two goals, it still wasn’t good enough in the end. D.Andrade opened the scoring ten minutes in and K.Papapostolou doubled the lead by the five minute mark of the second period. The defending champs played a prototypical playoff game by limiting scoring chances and getting the timely goals. For the Stones, it’s been a problem that has endured all season which is the lack of production up front. Despite the dry spell for this game, the Stones know that they can be effective if they can get to Stavriadis first in their next game. If they can manage that lead or maybe even increase it with a pair, then anything is possible, especially that the mini game is only 15 minutes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Hawks. After playing brutal hockey in their last few games, P.Assadi helped regain some confidence by turning away 29 shots for a game one series lead.
Friday April 7(Semi finals)
(1)Hawks vs Devil Dawgz(5) Game 2
Devil Dawgz even series with bounce back win vs Hawks
Short term memory came in handy as the Devil Dawgz bounced back with more energy and intensity to even up its semi final playoff series. After giving up an early goal, the Devil Dawgz responded immediately grabbing a lead that they never let go of. A.Guillaume opened the scoring and added another tally by the ten minute mark of the third to put the match away. The dormant Hawks had some moments to get back in it but weren’t good enough struggling to beat S.Sauk, who was clearly focused for this encounter. Knowing that the game was lost, the Hawks were thinking ahead to the mini game in hopes of starting fresh.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(3) Game 3 O.T
N.Faria goes nuclear with game series clincher
Unable to get it done in a 15 minute mini game, this series needed the extra five minutes to determine a winner. At that point, both sides kept crossing their fingers as any shot on net would possibly decide who would advance and who would exit in a heartbreaking finish. In most cases, it would come down to an established goal scorer getting it done but not in this particular circumstance. N.Faria has been snake bitten all season without a goal, and when it counted the most, the struggling centreman may have forgotten his scoring woes by providing the most important goal so far for the Hawks. The Devil Dawgz showed once again how resilient they were by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the mini game. Their equalizer came with four minutes remaining when G.Berberyan struck to beat P.Assadi. The Hawks got their scoring done by E.Colella and A.Zarzour while P.Assadi got the slight edge over his counterpart as both goaltenders did a fine job keeping their clubs in it.
(1)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2
HBHA sweep series, look to repeat as Masters 35+ champs
A good start and another solid outing by C.Stavriadis made for a fairly easy night for the HBHA Seniors. G.Kamvosoulis scored twice and J.Bolanakis got credited the winner as part of a three point performance. The Stones went through the same problem as in last week’s game unable to penetrate the HBHA Seniors defensive game and net minder. T.Settino was the only player to score out of the two games in this series. The win sends the HBHA Seniors to their second final in as many seasons. Entering as favorites, they will now take on the Hawks to try and repeat what they did to them in their last final.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Faria of the Hawks. When it counted the most, N.Faria came through providing the series deciding goal to help lead the Hawks to their fourth straight final.
Sunday March 26
Butcher (7) VS Les Immigrant (5)
Les Immigrant continue to improve.
On a weekly basis, Les Immigrant are improving in a very difficult E-Sunday division. The Butchers got to see first hand that they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. As Les Immigrants got their first lead of the season, it was not long lasted as their opponents fought right back into it, but Les Immigrants never gave up and continued their strong forecheck. The goals came in bunches and Les Immigrant will need to continue to learn and continue to improve as their last shot to make the playoffs comes next week.
Shockers (9) VS Red Nose (6)
A rude wakeup call for the first-place Red Nose team.
The Shockers came to prove they were all business tonight. From the initial ball drop to the final buzzer the Shockers did not remove their foot off the pedal. With the consistent amount of offence produced by the Shockers C. Debonis, T. Debonis, and T. Salberg created most the scoring chances as the three players notched seven goals. While on the other side C. Gingras continues his monstrous season by creating more havoc on the E-Sun division scoring four goals and two assists. His teammates will need to help the forward out to continue their dominance.
Butchers (6) VS Fatal Demons (5) S.O.
It’s not over until the final buzzer goes off.
With only an hour break the Butchers were right back at it trying to gain ground on the standings. As both teams exchanged goals during the first two periods say a wide open third period for either side to take control of the game. As the Fatal Demons built a comfortable two goal lead thanks in most part to M. Diaco, but the game was not over until the final buzzer as a last second shot by A. Jalilvand beat S. Sauk to send the game into overtime. T. Karasek gets credit for the game winning goal as the two-way center man scores a beautiful shootout marker.
Team Sportek (2) VS Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons look forward to their second game to erase their memory of their last outing.
With only an hour break, the Fatal Demons needed to forget what happened to them just an hour ago, and look forward to an important three points in the standing. As the game started evenly as both sides scored two goals a piece. Once the third period started all bets were off as the Fatal Demons started their offensive dominance scoring 4 unanswered goals to secure the win. The Fatal Demons used a combination approach as six different players scored a goal for their club one more important than the next. With their season on the line next week Team Sportek will need to find a way to produce a full 45 minutes’ effort to win the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyler Debonis. His hat trick in the second period helped secure a very important three points in the standing and the possibility to jump a spot with a win in their season finale.
Friday March 24
HBHA Seniors (4) VS Devil Dawgz (5)
Devil Dawgz continue to hold HBHA Seniors number.
For the second time this season HBHA Seniors are on the opposite side of the winning battle, losing a second straight contest to the Devil Dawgz. The Devil Dawgz finished off the season exactly how they wanted defeating the first place team and to hold the momentum entering the playoffs. The game was pretty evenly matched for both sides as both sides notched 2 first period goals. As the captains on both sides tried to control and slow down the game, the goals continued to come in numbers, as K. Araujo netted his second of the night. The Devil Dawgz were pleased when B. Pereira scored in the third period to secure the win for his club. P. Karigiannis also helped his club scoring two of their goals for a losing effort. HBHA Seniors will need to figure out a way to win against the Devil Dawgz if they wish to win the division.
Stones (6) VS Hawks (2)
Two old rivals face off one last time before entering the playoffs
With the playoffs just around the corner, two old rivals faceoff in the final game of the regular season. These matchups are never dull as both clubs bring out the best. Unfortunately for the Hawks did not show up to play tonight as the Stones got an easy win and a bit of confidence entering the playoffs. T. Settino and P. Paikopoulos were never going to accept the loss tonight as both players picked up their team and carried them to victory picking up a total of eight point, notching a constant flow of offence for the entire game. Both teams are aware they have to play better next week if either expect to move into the next round.
With the regular season coming to an end, the matchups for the semis are:
HBHA Seniors (1) VS Stones (4)
Devil Dawgz (2) VS Hawks (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Kevin Araujo of the Devil Dawgz. The talented defenceman notched two goals in a very important game for his club to gain momentum entering the playoffs.
Thursday March 23
(4)Werewolves vs Deadlast(5) E1
Werewolves seem to be cursed as they drop another jaw breaker
It’s their ninth game of the season and the Werewolves felt the reoccurring sorrows of dropping another contest in a ridiculous fashion. This is the third time that they let it slip away with less than a minute remaining in a hockey game. The two previous times occurred both against the Bramabulls, who scored with 23 seconds left in the first encounter, and two seconds remaining in the second meeting to steal precious points. C.Chirola notched his third goal to pull within one for Deadlast. Then, C.Siconolfi tied the game right before T.Panagakos stunned his opponents with the final dagger. The good news is that the Werewolves are officially in a playoff spot despite the black cloud hovering over their heads.
(4)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(1) E1
Bramabulls cure last week’s woes with win over SBS Trashers
The Bramabulls found a way to overcome the embarrassment they felt after last week’s game against the P.E.Y.O. D.Verta and P.Charbonneau scored in the first period, G.Follano made close to 30 saves and the SBS Trashers will be watching-from the sidelines as their season came to end on Thursday night. J.Scalia provided the lone goal on a brilliant effort in front of the net putting the ball top corner-from his back hand. That goal cut the lead in half with half a game remaining. Unfortunately, the Bramabulls responded twice that included a beauty top corner-from their veteran defenseman R.Sciortino. The SBS Trashers couldn’t get any sort of momentum going because of their frequent visit to the penalty box.
(2)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(9) E1
Deadlast whip rival P.E.Y.O to sweep double header night
Deadlast finished their regular season in style on Thursday night. They scored nine times against a team that they are very familiar with. The hype proved to be overrated as only one team showed up to play. K.Kakivelis was one part of the problem as the forward bagged four goals. His brother A.Kakivelis added to the misery by netting a pair while C.Chirola got his name in there by accumulating four points. It didn’t matter that Deadlast played only an hour earlier. As a matter of fact, they probably wouldn’t have been this dominant if they played only one game. It’s scary to think that they can be that good despite playing two hard games in a short period of time.
(5)UHC vs Street Ballers(6) E2
A.Jalbert went goal crazy in tight win over UHC
A.Jalbert scored a staggering five goals to help the Street Ballers top the UHC by a close margin. The Street Ballers forward went absolute goal crazy by the second period where he nodded three in a row for a natural hat trick. Two of those tallies came with the man advantage. The UHC didn’t know what hit them and had to endure seeing the same player haunting them over and over. After netting his fifth, the Street Ballers had someone else other than their goal scoring machine to provide the clincher. S.Archambault put the icing on the cake with the winner by the nine minute mark of the final frame. By then, the Street Ballers led 6-3 and held on barely after surrendering two straight tallies.
(5)Underdogs vs Mohicans(4)E2 S.O
Underdogs rally to take 5-4 decision versus Mohicans
Despite a great start to the game, the Mohicans had to settle for one point in their shootout loss to the Underdogs. The score was 3-0 with goals-from Y.Sigouin, B.Allard and K.Arsenault after only twelve minutes of play. Whatever was said in the intermission must have had an effect as the Underdogs turned the table around in the second. M-A Haber scored on the power play followed with two quick goals by R.Abdulahad and J.Bouhaidar. The match slowed down at that point with each side trading one third period goal. After a scoreless overtime period, the Underdogs got their way in the shootout. M-A Haber buried his second as the only player to score in the breakaways. P.Malkoun stoned all three players his way and the Underdogs managed to avoid a very dangerous do or die match for finishing in third place. Instead, the Mohicans will have to play an extra round before hitting the semi finals.
(2)Eagles vs French Connection(8) E2
J.Noonan powers high octane offence for French Connection
The true centre of attention in this game was the outstanding performance by J.Noonan. The number 88 scored three times while setting up a goal. In addition to his onslaught of points, J.Farrese joined him with the same point’s production. The French Connection just finished their regular season with a high total of 59 goals in only ten games. That’s eight more than the first place UHC. The problem is that apart-from the Eagles, the French Connections do give up the most compared to everyone else. Time will tell to see if offence will prevail over a shaky defense. It’s a style of game that the French Connection love to play and that has given them success in the past.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexis Jalbert of the Steet Ballers. The forward went a scoring frenzy bagging five straight goals for his club in a 6-5 win over the UHC.
The E2 Thursday division came to an end. In a division of six teams, the top five will advance to the playoffs. The top three seeds have an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round will feature a do or die match between the fourth spot and the fifth spot.
(4)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(5) The Street Ballers are bigger, have more experience and may have the hottest player right now in A.Jalbert. It’s up to the Mohicans to formulate the right game plan in order to address certain areas.
Wednesday March 15
(2)Punishers vs Dragons(3)
Dragons shock Punishers to collect rare win
The Dragons condemned the Punishers to just their third loss prevailing to a 3-2 win on Wednesday night. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dragons, who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. And although the hill is still very high to climb this kind of result won’t hurt especially against a team like the Punishers. The Dragons fought from-behind on two occasions before getting it right by the third period. It was by then that A.Zarzour gave the Dragons their first lead of the game. The Punishers still had more than enough time for the equalizer but struggled to solve S.Morante. The veteran net minder kept it cool and remained sharp to earn an important win in net.
(5)Trappers vs Armadillos(4) O.T
S.Richer celebrates twice in a big way
Down 4-2 and with just over five minutes left in the game, the Trappers decided they weren’t going anywhere. The comeback came with the help of two power play goals to help send the game into overtime. The Armadillos were only a second-from capturing their fifth win of the season, instead they had to deal with the sorrow of letting this one slip away. The equalizer came off the blade of S.Richer, who not only tied it but won it for the Trappers later in overtime. S.Richer helped set up B.Lalumiere also on the power play to cut the deficit to 4-3 before storming with two incredible goals. The win puts the Trappers just a point ahead of the Armadillos who are now tied with the Punishers for first place with 15 points.
(3)Fat Roy vs Underdogs(5)
Three straight goals leads surging Underdogs to 5-3 win over Fat Roy
J.Eid scored twice including the game winner and M-A Haber also had two goals to lead the Underdogs to a huge 5-3 win over Fat Roy. The match was at a standstill for a while with the score tied at two. Then, M-A Haber snapped the dreaded tie only seconds before J.Eid doubled the lead. At that point, the Underdogs were in control and paced their way to a well earned win. Fat Roy just dropped their second straight game and the schedule won’t be getting any easier with the Trappers and Punishers ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Julio Eid of the Underdogs. The forward collected three points that included two big goals in their 5-3 win over Fat Roy.
Saturday March 18
(5)Dragons vs Armadillos(2)
Dragons survive another day with three third period goals
A dynamic third period involving three unanswered goals has the Dragons stay in contention for a playoff spot. The Dragons stormed out of the gate getting an even strength goal by G.Cardillo, a power play tally by J-M Byron and finally a shorthanded marker courtesy of J.Bolanakis to seal what was a must win. The Armadillos knew it wasn’t going to be easy with only three changes. They did manage the better start winning the opening frame 2-1.The turning point may have occurred when D.Gagnon used a hard blistering slap shot-from the neutral zone to beat A.Mancini. That tally made the score 2-2 late in the second period where the Dragons only grew stronger.
(3)Underdogs vs Punishers(4)
Lack of disciple proves costly for the Underdogs
When looking at the fire power the Punishers had to their lineup, the Underdogs beat themselves in this Saturday contest. If not for two unnecessary penalties, the Underdogs would have most likely collected the three points and secure a playoff spot. Instead, they will need to wait a few for days to make it official. The good news is that if they play the way they did today, than the odds are good for getting in. The Punishers won this game with two late power play goals by N.Gilbert and C.Gingras. Those tallies came shortly after the Underdogs snapped a 2-2 tie in a shorthanded situation on a goal by J.Sakr.
(3)Fat Roy vs Trappers(6)
Trappers came prepared, Fat Roy runs out of gas
After eying a very short bench, the Trappers used their speed and intensity to eventually wear down their opponent. D.Castonguay made the score 3-1 with a sweet patient move to beat J.Sanoudakis. That was Castonguay’s first of three on the day with the other two coming in the third period. Fat Roy did have some really good scoring chances but kept getting denied by J.Richer, who was spectacular making brilliant saves. Unless the Trappers find a way to profit a point in the last week of the regular season, than they will settle for second place of the division and a first round match up versus the Armadillos or Fat Roy.
Wednesday March 8
(3)Les Raymonds vs United Arms (5)
United Arms continue to roll as season end approaches
The United Arms keep on surging maintaining top spot of the division after defeating Les Raymonds 5-3 on Wednesday night. It always helps when you can strike first and get that early lead. H.Genc and A.Belcher each tallied only 90 seconds apart to give their club a two goal cushion after only four and a half minutes into the contest. Les Raymonds did respond right away on a goal by A.DeCarolis but fell behind by a pair once more when M.Boghossian scored his first of two in the game. Y.Derohannessian buried the back breaker late in the second period that held up as the winner. Les Raymonds scored once in every period that had A.DeCarolis, M.Palmieri and A.Hussain collect two points each.
(6)Hellfish vs RBK Knights(2)
RBK Knights playoff hopes looking bleak
The RBK Knights could ill-afford to lose a game as they’ll have to make one more final push to try and get in the playoffs. The desperate side ran into a chaotic second period where only one player hurt them. M.Chartrand owned the frame posting three unanswered goals for a natural hat trick. The Hellfish were never in any danger by simply playing their game. In addition to Chartrand’s remarkable performance, N.Bourgeois chipped in with a pair while F.Benhamadi was able to set up three markers. The loss cripples the RBK Knights chances at making the playoffs. The Knights, sitting four points behind Les Raymonds with only two games to go, need to collect points in both games and receive some major help.
(6)Primetime vs Reapers(3)
T.Shpindler’s hat trick leads Primetime to 6-3 win over slumping Reapers
While things seemed fine in the first period, the Reapers were in shambles by the second giving up four straight tallies. They did however finish the frame strong posting two late goals but that still forced them to battle back-from a two goal deficit. By then, the damage had already been done as Primetime tightened the knot allowing no goals on seven shots. T.Shpindler may have been the story of the match as the Primetime sniper went to work netting goals in every period. L.Haouzi and T.Flikas were heavy contributors as well accumulating three points each, and A.Qureshi was sharp in net keeping his club in it the whole time. This loss is now a third straight for a club that started with a 3-0 record.
(4)Gladiateurs vs Latin Blue(5) O.T
D.Ugaldez overtime hero as Latin Blue rally past Gladiateurs
After spotting Les Gladiateurs with a 4-2 third period lead, Latin Blue rallied with three consecutive goals that included the winner by D.Ugaldez. That goal wasn’t the only bright thing that Ugaldez did. The Latin Blue forward was a thorn all night setting up two tallies while netting the equalizer and the game winner. S.Reinoso was also part of the equation providing two markers and the assist for the sudden death goal. Its seven games in and Latin Blue has just recorded their fourth straight win after a slow start to the season.
(3)Fat Cats vs Spartans(7)
Spartans overcome 3-0 hole with authority
The Spartans used three power play goals to cap a furious rally over their opponent. The Fat Cats led 3-0 in the first period, but the Spartans ramped up the pressure with a complete take over. Most of the damage occurred by the second with the Spartans striking four times. P.Lavoie and S.Lavoie put forth a strong performance bagging two goals each while combining for eight points. Tonight’s result was the Spartans third straight win of the season as they are starting to find their groove. As for the Fat Cats, short spurts just won’t cut it as they’ll need to find a way to remain consistent for 45 minutes.
(11)Bolts vs Raging Rhinos(8)
Bolts and Raging Rhinos trade chances in run and gun affair
If the first period was any indication of where this match was headed, then everyone got it wrong. After a low scoring 1-1 first period, the game plans changed with both sides deciding to open it up. It’s unfortunate for the net minders as they didn’t get much help-from anyone. The Bolts traded blows winning a wild second period 5-4 while doing the same by the third taking the frame 5-3.His goals may have come a little late but A.Kobayati did lead all Bolts players by collecting a hat trick. L.Beaulieu was second in line bagging a pair while six other players found the back of the net for the Bolts. The Raging Rhinos got their engine going by J.Zannis, who struck three times, and G.Vouloumanos along with S.Pilon as both players notched two goals each. The Bolts needed this win but still have work ahead of them with only three games remaining.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ugaldez of Latin Blue. His four points that included the overtime winner earns him the player of the night.
Saturday March 11
(8)Black Venom vs HC Inter(6)
HC Inter blow four goal lead, fall to Black Venom
Four goals in the first ten minutes should have been enough for the HC Inter. However, nothing is ever secure when you play a team like the Black Venom. Despite missing a few key elements, the Black Venom still had players that can hurt you on any given day. In today’s case, only three players scored out of the eight that went in. T.Lord led all players with an impressive four goal performance while B.Deslauriers and J.Quesnel-Vinet each scored twice. Deslauriers did more than just pop in a pair as the power forward was part of setting up four tallies. The HC Inter got their scoring done by D.Crivello, who buried a hat trick, and P-L Poirier that finished two goals.
(8)Raging Rhinos vs Horsemen(2)
Slow start ends in expected result
The Horsemen scrambled to get going with barely enough players to start the game. Once they did, it didn’t really matter much as they struggled with no substitutions. The Raging Rhinos went about their business, especially by the third period where the Horsemen couldn’t keep up. E.Valiquette helped set up G.Vouloumanso and J.Viveiros to put the game away. N.Mauro may have only played two periods but was effective nevertheless to earn the win in net.
(3)Primetime vs Latin Blue(6)
S.Monnet shines in 6-3 win for Latin Blue
In Latin Blue’s 6-3 victory over Primetime, S.Monnet scored twice and picked up an assist to help improve his club to their fifth straight win. Latin Blue balanced their scoring netting two goals in every period. M.Juarez didn’t score but helped set up three markers. For nearly two full periods, Primetime couldn’t get to R.Ranieri but that spell ended when T.Flikas took advantage of a power play opportunity. That goal did spark what looked like a third period comeback .C.Flikas and T.Shpindler each tallied to pull within one and all of a sudden there was a game. However, that all changed when A.Arcoraci and D.Ugaldez scored moments later to seal the win for Latin Blue.
(5)Spartans vs Bolts(9)
Bolts third period surge propels them past Spartans
A five goal third period surge ultimately decided the outcome of this contest. It all started with the help of some key players. First, J.Michaud snapped a 4-4 third period tie with his second of the game, and then E.Felesakis broke out after posting a second period goal by adding three more to his total. The Bolts forward went on a rampage showing no signs of fatigue despite playing with a very shorts bench. The Spartans weren’t stacked either and got a similar production by S.Lavoie, who collected a hat trick while setting up P.Lavoie.
(5)Hellfish vs Gladiateurs(2)
M.Chartrand, N.Bourgeois & J.Roblin click in Hellfish victory
Sometimes it takes just a little chemistry to make the whole difference. Unable to be contained, the trio between M.Chartrand, N.Bourgeois and J.Roblin proved to be too much of a handful for Les Gladiateurs. All three players combined for nine points that saw Roblin set up three goals while netting one himself. The Hellfish made the score 5-1 by the ten minute mark of the second period which enabled them not to force much the rest of the way. B.Verducci faced 25 shots only to have S.Lague and C.Boivin beat him. The win keeps the Hellfish in first place tied alongside the United Arms with only one game left to go.
Wednesday March 8
(3)Dragons vs Trappers(6)
P.Samuel and T.Sabourin each score two as Trappers top Dragons
P.Samuel scored twice including the winner, and T.Sabourin also tallied a pair as the Trappers double upped the Dragons on Wednesday night. J.Richer must have been thinking shutout not allowing any goals for most of the match. But with only five minutes remaining, the Dragons scored not once but three times to ruin the net miners night. J-M Byron scored two of those goals with the help of B.Daniele, who went on to collect three assists. The Dragons have only three games left where they are forced to win at least two if not all three games with the potential of some help if they plan on getting in.
(1)Fat Roy vs Punishers(8)
Night to forget for Fat Roy, Punishers hold top seed
It was a game that Fat Roy will need to forget quickly. It didn’t take long to see that it wasn’t their night after giving up three first period goals. The second period wasn’t any different as they couldn’t find a way to score while letting in two more tallies making it almost impossible to bounce back. C.Gingras helped the Punishers get there by notching two goals as the only multi goal scorer of the contest. A.Tedone collected three helpers and F.Russo saw his shutout taken away when E.Skafidas scored a late power play goal.
(7)Armadillos vs Punishers(4)
Armadillos light up the scoreboard in 7-4 win over rival
The Armadillos played some high stakes on Wednesday night against a familiar opponent. The Punishers however felt the frustrations of tying the game on four straight occasions unable to ever take the lead. It was only by the ten minute mark of the third period that the Armadillos scored without it being challenged. M.Arkalis snapped the 4-4 tie and the Armadillos never looked back en route to a 7-4 victory. P.Koutsogiannopoulos was the only player to score twice that included a power play marker. Despite playing twice in only three hours, the Punishers put up a real fight against a solid hockey team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fabio Russo of the Punishers. In the first game of a double header night, the Punishers net minder limited Fat Roy to only one goal that came on the power play.
Monday March 13
(8)Armadillos vs Underdogs(2)
Armadillos rout Underdogs 8-2, jump into second place
It didn’t take too long for the Armadillos to up their gear on Monday night. By the time the first period ended, this game looked to be done. The Armadillos rode a 4-1 first period lead before adding three more by the second. P.Koutsogiannopoulos was the only multi goal scorer out of the eight goals that went in. The Underdogs didn’t score much but saw a beauty top corner slap shot by N.El-Feghali mesmerize C.Stavriadis. The loss keeps the Underdogs in that last playoff spot with a five point cushion over last place. With three games left, it’s almost safe to say that they’ll get in barring a collapse.
Thursday March 2
(1)SBS Trashers vs Werewolves(6) E1
Battle of important game goes Werewolves way
The Werewolves picked up a hat trick from- D.Traversy and a two goal game by their captain L.Versaci to help them paste the SBS Trashers 6-1 on Thursday night. The Trashers knew they had a difficult task ahead of them without some very key components out of the lineup. Regardless the situation, they did fight hard to keep it close but struggled to contain a prolific goal scorer in D.Traversy. The Werewolves added a new piece to the puzzle with the addition of F.Remon which will definitely solve any scoring issues up front. It was only fitting that P.Nadeau would get the SBS Trashers only goal. At this pace, if the boys in red don’t pick up a win soon, there won’t be any hope of participating in the post season.
(10)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(5) E1
Deadlast-P.E.Y.O rivalry takes centre stage
Every time both these teams meet its time buckle up. Despite it being a regular season game, the mind set from-both sides treat it like a do or die game 7 of a final. In tonight’s case however, Deadlast overwhelmed their rival with a full out effort. The more determined side came out stronger and better prepared roaring to a 3-0 first period lead. For nearly two full periods, F.Vigliotti and Deadlast did a remarkable job keeping a team like the P.E.Y.O off the score sheet. But as impressive as that may seem, it was only a question of time for a response. The P.E.Y.O did finish strong posting five goals but the damage had already been done. The win didn’t have any particular hero or superstar making the difference. N.Gikas, J.Velenosi and S.Simitsakos shared two goals each and K.Kakivelis collected three consecutive assists to spread out the offense.
(6)Underdogs vs Eagles(2) E2
Underdogs build 4 goal lead to defeat Eagles 6-2
Playing it a shift at a time, the Underdogs got rewarded in what was a one sided affair. J.Sakr scored twice making the score 4-0 by the early stages of the third period. It was only by then that the Eagles celebrated one of only two goals. K.Certosini spoiled P.Malkoun’s shutout after peppering the goaltender with 15 shots, who was perfect up until that point. In response to the goal, the Underdogs returned the favor with a shorthanded effort by A.El-Haddad. The Underdogs started off strong and played a full throttle game which works when rolling three lines.
(5)Mohicans vs UHC(4) E2 O.T
Mohicans ground UHC in overtime to end winning streak
The UHC stretched their win streak to five games before losing in overtime to the Mohicans. Even the UHC know all good things come to an end at one point, and why not dropping it in overtime where the game could have easily gone either way. In tonight’s case, it was the Mohicans getting the bounce to celebrate the sudden death winner by L-P Rocque. The Mohicans forward opened the scoring very early in the game before ending the night on a brilliant effort. J.Mota had a major hand in it as well bagging two goals with the help of both T.Lord and Y.Sigouin. Despite the loss, J.Pantelis was extremely hot riffling three out of the four goals that included two win the man advantage. This win now has the Mohicans in the UHC’s back mirror trailing by only three points.
(4)Street Ballers vs French Connection(7) E2
Dominant second period powers French Connection over Street Ballers
In only seven minutes, the Street Ballers didn’t know what hit them. The French Connection went on a massive scoring rampage as of the mid way point of the match bagging five very quick goals. D.Dillinger and P.Hargreaves each scored twice during that span while D,Boisvert netted the other. The win couldn’t come without their most important player. J.Farrese, like he does in every game will put up the numbers as the solid center man scored twice while setting up two goals. After finding themselves in a hole, the Street Ballers responded by the third posting two straight power play goals to pull within one. Unfortunately, the momentum lasted only so long as the French Connection took over with the next two tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Louis-Philippe Rocque of the Mohicans. With his two goals that included the overtime winner, the Mohicans are the first team to defeat the UHC this season.
Saturday March 4
(10)P.E.Y.O vs Werewolves(2) E1
P.E.Y.O net 10 goals and 2 hat tricks in blowout win
Everything bounced the P.E.Y.O’s way on Saturday afternoon as they stifled the Werewolves with an easy win. It wasn’t like the Werewolves were missing any key players. It was just one of those games that nothing went right for a defensive minded club. B.Deslauriers and C.Gingras were simply unstoppable as both players racked up the goals posting a hat trick apiece. J.Courteau scored twice while Y.Gazura and A.Jalilvand got the other tallies. The Werewolves celebrated only twice when D.Traversy and M.Martino each solved S.Brown for a rare time.
(1)Eagles vs Street Ballers(7) E2
Captain clutch, M.Gibeault nets 3 goals in lopsided affair
The Street Ballers put forth a very strong effort in a match that had plenty of significance to the standings. Led by their captain,M.Gibeault took the bull by the horns netting three consecutive goals. That surge only fueled the flame for more to come. The Street Ballers continued to press and dominate winning plenty of loose ball battles, especially in front of the net. Y.Dube riffled a pair of beauties and A.Belcher was behind setting up three goals. The Eagles had the better start when C.Gagnon-Ethier scored early to beat S.Sauk, but that was the only time they got anything through the veteran net minder.
(7)UHC vs Underdogs(0) E2
J-F Aumais hits hat trick, UHC trounces Underdogs 7-0
The Underdogs endured a long Saturday afternoon as they watched the game disintegrate into thin air. Only nine minutes in, and the UHC roared to a 3-0 lead. The Underdogs may have had the bodies but the UHC pushed them further and they could not find a way out. J-F Aumais and his teammates barely let them breathe. S.DelGaudio bagged a pair that included one of two power play goals by the UHC. The Underdogs attempted 17 shots towards F.Chau, but were denied every single time. This win came after a rare loss only two days ago versus the Mohicans.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(2) E1 O.T
P.Hodhod roofs OT bullet to get slumping Trashers in win column
P.Hodhod’s overtime winning goal capped a frantic comeback for a team that hasn’t tasted victory so far this season. In the extra period with the ball just inside the Bramabulls zone, the blistering slap shot gave no chance to G.Follano that saw the ball beat him short side. The Bramabulls had the better start winning the opening frame 2-0. Then, the SBS Trashers took over returning the favor with two straight tallies that eventually evened the score thanks to their captain E.Panzera. This encounter had somewhat of a see-saw effect. The Bramabulls looked sharp early on but weren’t able to hold on by the second only to regain their momentum by the final frame. With the win, the SBS Trashers are still in the hunt of capturing a playoff spot but it will require some more results.
Wednesday March 1
(6)RBK Knights vs Gladiateurs(7)
M.Gelinas gets late power play hat trick, Gladiateurs hold off RBK Knights
M.Gelinas was at the right place at the right time. The RBK Knights battled back to level the game at six goals apiece but got caught taking an untimely penalty late in the game. It was at that point that M.Gelinas came through for a third time. The Gladiateurs’s forward netted his third goal and fourth point to hand the RBK Knights a devastating defeat. He did get help-from R.Vena, who set him up twice to match his line mates point production. This result keeps the RBK Knights in the cellar of the standings. While the offence is there, the RBK Knights need to find a way to help their net minder S.Sauk if they plan on getting some positive results.
(5)Black Venom vs Bolts(1)
Special teams shine in Black Venom’s 5-1 win over Bolts
Black Venom scored in every possible way to hand the struggling Bolts a 5-1 loss on Wednesday night. The night started bad for the Bolts when J.Chakir notched a shorthanded goal just prior to the end of the first period. Then, the Black Venom slowly continued their stride posting two unanswered markers to widen the gap. J.Meynard was close to a shutout up until D.Forgues got to the net minder later in the game. B.Deslauriers had a multi goal performance that included a very late power play goal.
(7)United Arms vs Primetime(5)
United Arms top Primetime to remain atop of F3 standings
While the score indicates a close game, this contest was anything but a tight battle. The United Arms pulled away as the game went on and led 6-2 before letting go of the gas pedal. Two out of the last three Primetime tallies came with under a minute remaining. G.Jerjian had two goals and A.Minassian, C.Fragkiudakis along with Y.Derohannessian each had three points. Despite the loss, Primetime worked their power play well getting two goals. E.Kavaldjian buried a pair while T.Sourias and G.Chountalos collected three points for Primetime.
(4)HC inter vs Spartans(5) O.T
Spartans beat HC Inter on S.Lavoie’s overtime winner
The HC Inter looked to have control of the situation when they nodded two early third period goals for a 4-3 lead. Then the Spartans returned the favour in a big way. T.Oliveira eventually tied the game which set up the sudden death winner by S.Lavoie. That goal was his second and fourth point of the game. Looking back, the HC Inter slipped on a big occasion when A.Franceschini bagged a shorthanded marker for the Spartans that snapped a 2-2 tie. The HC Inter did fight back from-there, but fell inches short of capturing the win. P-L Poirier has yet to slow down posting two goals in the loss.
(5)Horsemen vs Fat Cats(5) S.O
Fat Cats rally late to force shootout
P.Nadeau scored a power play goal with less than five minutes remaining to cut it to 4-3, and then J.Scalia riffled his clubs biggest goal minutes later to force the extra time. Prior to the rally, T.Karasek put the Horsemen in a steady position after bagging back to back goals early in the frame. Neither side got it done in overtime and in the shootout. However, S.Hrivnak did tally in the breakaways for the Fat Cats while T.Mader responded to even the score for the Horsemen. The Fat Cats are glad to have taken some points away-from a team with only one loss so far.
(6)Hellfish vs Reapers(3)
5 straight goals power the Hellfish past Reapers
The Hellfish scored five straight goals en route to a 6-3 double up victory over the Reapers. Three of those tallies came in the second half of the second period. The Hellfish scored twice with their man advantage that included one of two goals by F.Benhamadi. He didn’t find the back of the net but J.Roblin had plenty to do with the Hellfish’s goals production.The forward helped set up four different team mates. The Reapers also scored twice on the power play courtesy of T.Parr and A.Simon but struggled on their five on five game. The Hellfish just captured their fifth win in seven games and hold first place of the division tied with the United Arms.
(3)Latin Blue vs Les Raymonds(2) S.O
Latin Blue pull out 3-2 shootout win versus Raymonds
The offense was fairly limited as both goaltenders stole the spotlight in this contest. F.Vigliotti was stellar expect for one whole minute when M.Deninno and N.Richer-Bond scored late in the second period for Les Raymonds. On the other side of the court, A.Mancini was just as solid. P.Gomez and D.Ugaldez were the only two players to beat the lanky net minder. After a scoreless third period and overtime frame, both sides tried their luck in the shootout. The only success came-from G.Cerroni of Latin Blue. The forward came through notching the lone tally to give his club the slight edge. Les Raymonds managed to capture a key point against a team that started to get hot with three straight wins.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Lavoie of the Spartans. His two goals and two assists that included the overtime winner caused havoc all game long for the HC Inter.
Saturday March 4
(2)Reapers vs Les Raymonds(3)
M.Deninno scores twice as Les Raymonds top Reapers 3-2
Defenseman M.Deninno corralled the ball at centre court, and riffled a rocket top corner right behind net minder J.Blackman. Les Raymond’s quarter back highlighted a three goal outburst that included two tallies and one assist for a 3-0 lead. Then, it was the Reapers turn to take charge. The trailing side battled back netting two straight goals by PJ Gauthier and J.Arsenault to eventually pull within one. That left eight minutes for the equaliser which was more than enough time. Unfortunately, the defence tightened up and the goaltending remained sharp as J.Furtado made sure to protect his cage with caution. The win gives Les Raymonds an important three points as they are trying to avoid lingering in the cellar of the standings.
(7)United Arms vs RBK Knights(2)
Teams trending in opposite direction go the favourite’s way
The RBK Knights, who took it in the chin on Saturday afternoon, are starting to run out of time. Of course it didn’t help that they had to face off against a team that’s been very consistent all season long. But no matter who the opponent, it’s the end results that are required. The RBK Knights felt like they were playing in quick sand unable to generate much in the goal scoring department. The United Arms only got on board as of the second period, but once they did, there was no stopping them. Y.Derohannessian was the master mind behind it all. The swift forward carried the play resulting in one goal and four perfect passes. M.Yeramian is always a threat when he shoots, and today wasn’t any different as the veteran d-man blasted two behind the screened RBK Knights net minder. This loss forces the RBK Knights to capture points in at least two out of their three games remaining.