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.
Monday February 20
J-F Gagnon rescues 1 Timer with two power play goals after drawing in the opening contest
The 1 Timer got off to a strong start in the first period, as P-A Surprenant scored twice to give his club a 3-1 lead. Carnage eventually responded by the second with a pair of tallies that included the equalizer with J.Bourlakos’s third point of the game. The next stage came down to the goaltenders making the difference. Each side sent three players in the shootout that saw both B.Madonis of Carnage and F.Koch of the 1 Timer deny two out of the three attempts. The second contest was nearly as close as the first one but this time the 1 Timer found a way to edge out their opponent. The turning point was due to the special teams. On three power play chances, the 1 Timer made sure to seize the opportunities. J-F Gagnon had both goals on the power play as part of a three point performance. Carnage did pull within one courtesy of J.DiMarco but that goal came with only 20 seconds left in the game.
(4)Carnage vs 1 Timer(4) S.O
(4)1 Timer vs Carnage(3)
Even though the 23rd Hour may have dropped a shootout decision in the opening contest, P.Salvo and his troops were extremely pleased with their overall Monday night performance. Each side played to a 2-2 tie after one period before going on a scoring drought the rest of the way. With the goaltenders stepping it up, only a shootout would have determined who would prevail. Unfortunately for D.Mucciardi and the 23rd Hour, L.Verdon found enough space to beat the net minder and grab the victory. On the other side of the court, J-F Simard recorded the win allowing only two goals by the very same M.El-Aintabli. The second match started off similar to the opening contest, at least in the first period as both sides traded a goal apiece. But it was by the second frame that this game tilted in one direction. The 23rd Hour simply out worked and out played Les Yables resulting in four goals. J-F Nadeau and C-P ledge each scored twice and D.Mucciardi was stellar enabling his club to play with the lead. The 23rd Hour collected four big points against a team that looks to be one of the front runners of the division.
(2)23rd Hour vs Yables(3) S.O
(2)Yables vs 23rdHour(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Mucciardi of the 23rd Hour. The goaltender was sharp against a potent offence helping his club collect four crucial points to the standings.
Tuesday February 21
Punishers carry momentum after late win
The Punishers came out slow against Venom, but rallied for three goals in the second period to sneak out the tight win. They did get help after Venom took back to back penalties .A.Centis and M.Baccari each scored with the man advantage right before C.Gingras gave his club their first lead of the game. Gingras scored with only two minutes remaining securing the come from-behind victory. The second contest didn’t start the same for the Punishers as they carried their momentum right away. Once again, C.Gingras sparked his club with the help of D.Ruiz as both players were part of setting up the first two goals. Just like in the previous match, Venom kept it close and hung in there but only until the mid way point of the second period. It was at that moment that the Punishers pulled away netting three goals in only four minutes. A.Centis set up Gingras and J.Hurtubise while M.Baccari scored the other with the help of K.Tsoukalas. Despite dropping both games, Venom put up a real good challenge without their prolific goals scorers in B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau.
(3)Punishers vs Venom(2)
(3)Venom vs Punishers (6)
Monday February 6
(1) United Armenians vs Ultimate Hockey (4)
A shaky start by the United Armenians tonight sees the team fall. As the first period started, Ultimate Hockey took advantage of the United Armenians producing all the goals they needed to secure the win. As the game went on the United Armenians closed the door the remainder of the way to play some solid defense. R. Morne capitalized his second goal of the game in the second period. While on the other side C. Fragiudakis was the sole player to solve M. Dorismond.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rubens Morne of the Ultimate Hockey. His two goals and one assist provided the necessary offence for his club to secure the win, when scoring is such a luxury in the Premier division.
Monday January 30
(2) Team Haiti vs HBHA (3)
A hard-fought battle between both clubs made this one interesting til the end
A hard-fought battle from both team saw HBHA prevail at the end. As HBHA took the lead early in the game, they never took off their foot off the peddle. HBHA received consistent scoring notching one in each period, but Team Haiti did not make this an easy one as they kept fighting back into it. N. Tzaferis known for his physical play also flashed some offensive upside by notching two of his club’s goals.
(3) Team Haiti vs Black Knights (6)
Exhaustion showed from Team Haiti as they had no answer against the Black Knights
Team Haiti was lucky to have brought an entire bench with them as they played their second game of the night, but it was not enough as fatigue showed from the team. Both teams started off playing a hard first period combining for six goals, as M. Stinziani completed his hat trick near the end of the first period. As Black Knights closed the door to play an almost perfect defensive game by only allowing one goal the remainder of the way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Tzaferis of the HBHA. While playing, a solid defensive gave, he also helped his team notching two goals to unsure a victory and a hard-fought 3 points in the standings.
4 VS 4
Monday February 6
An interesting battle between two evenly matched teams.
An interesting battle between two evenly matched clubs saw Carnage prevail in the first one. As Carnage showed up to play from the first drop of the ball, their offence created in the first was to much for the Jokers to get back into it. The second game was a completely different story as both teams played to an even tie and the shootout did not prove a thing as each side had one goal scorer. J. Bourlakos helped Carnage out offensively by scoring the game winning goal and helping set up two teammates. While on the other side E. Dudka and F. Maston provided most the offense combining for three points each.
(4) Carnage vs Jokers (3)
(2) Carnage vs Jokers (2)
The Yables continue to roll
Another night, another opponent the Yables continue to roll in the division as two different players provide the offense in this game. In the first game D. Pelletier carried his club scoring two timely goals in the second period to secure the win as it seemed to be getting away. While J-F Gagnon was the sole player on his side to solve J-F Simard. As the second game started it was L. Verdon who was willing to carry his team scoring a goal and setting up two teammates. While again only was player P-A Surprenant could solve the hot goaltender. Most teams will need to be careful of the Yables as it seems any player can elevate their game to create offence on a given night.
(3) Yables vs 1 Timer (1)
(4) Yables vs 1 Timer (1)
Gringras proves to be too much to handle tonight
As the season continues the 23rd Hour realized for themselves tonight that C. Gringras is an offensive powerhouse combining for a total of five goals and helping set up a teammate. All game long the Punishers kept on coming never letting up on their offence as the thirteen goals tonight prove it. J. Meynard was able stop all 23 shots he faced tonight.
(6) Punishers vs 23rd Hour (0)
(7) Punishers vs 23rd Hour (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jean-Francois Simard of the Yables. The solid goaltender backstopped almost every shot he faced letting in two goals on 32 shots.
Friday February 3
Hawks (8) VS Devil Dawgz (3)
An interesting game between both clubs offensively, saw THE Hawks take an early lead in the first period scoring three goals. As the club seemed to let their foot off the pedal, the Devil Dawgz fought back in it and tied up the game before the second period ended. A. Moniz was the main contributor of the small comeback scoring two of his club’s goals. As the game was slipping away the Hawks got back into the driver’s seat scoring another four goals to end the night in fashion. The addition of D. Galloro was a big help as the forward scored two goals and helped set up two teammates.
Stones (3) VS HBHA Seniors (6)
What started off as a slow game saw HBHA Seniors take the game by a three-goal margin. Both teams started the game slowly as the each of their defensive game plans worked as the second period ended. As the third period started, each teams game plan quickly changed into an offensive one to see who could score more goals, combining for five goals in fifteen minutes. T. Settino was the sole player to solve C. Stavriadis completing his hat trick near the end of the third period. While on the other G. Kamvosoulis was the sole player to have a multigoal game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Galloro of the Hawks. The new addition to the team left his mark tonight scoring two goals and helping set up two other teammates.
Thursday February 2
Underdogs (5) VS French Connection (4)
Even on a different night the Underdogs are becoming an all around hard team to play against. As the game was tight most the way. The French Connection had an early lead until the end of the second where the Underdogs tied the game up. As the third period started the Underdogs finally took the lead and played a solid defensive game to disallowing French Connection from tying back up again. R. Abdulahad and P. Hargreaves were the main contributors for their respective clubs tonight each scoring two goals a piece.
Bramabulls (6) VS SBS Trashers (3)
The SBS Trashers are still having difficulties with start of the new season. For the first time in a few weeks the SBS Trashers had started off the game strong keeping up with their opponent until the end of the second period. Once the third started Bramabulls the game by the horns and took control of the game three unanswered goals to take the win. T. Karasek gets credited with the game winning goal, having scored when the game seemed at a standstill. The SBS Trashers will need to put a 45-minute effort in every game they play of they wish to compete and remain in the game week in week out.
Eagles (6) VS UHC (9)
UHC dug themselves a deep hole tonight, allowing the Eagles to score six goals before they found an answer. T. Daigneault scored two goals on a loosing effort for his club. As UHC took a timeout the tides started to turn. Three quick goals within 30 seconds gave life to UHC and they never look back. M. Cristiano and J-F Aumais each contributed to the comeback scoring two goals a piece.
Werewolves (3) VS P.E.Y.O. (8)
P.E.Y.O just added another solid piece to the puzzle adding talented forward C. Gingras to their line up. The forward did not disappoint in his season debut with his new team scoring two goals and helping set up two teammates. B. Deslauriers finally started scoring as he banged in three goals of his own to help his clubs offensive upsurge. The Werewolves will need to find a defensive solution against a high scoring team if they wish to compete in the division.
Street Ballers (1) VS Mohicans (6)
From start to finish the Mohicans controlled the pace of the game. From the opening faceoff, the Mohicans brought an up-tempo game to their counterparts scoring two first period goals. Unfortunately, it did not stop there as they continued their offensive power by scoring another three in the second as well. While on the other side M. Lapierre was the sole player to solve S. Lachapelle.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ricardo Abdulahad of the Underdogs. In such a tight battle the forward could score two very important goals for his club as well as the game winner.
Thursday February 2
Northstars (2) VS Legacy (8)
The night started off rough for Legacy as Northstars were the first to get on the scoreboard notching two first period goals. Once the second started it was all downhill from there. Legacy scored eight unanswered goals. Legacy used a group effort to produce their offence as seven different players scored goals tonight. Team will need to be careful of Legacy as anyone on their lineup can score goals. M. Dagenais also did a wonderful job after having let in two goals early in the game.
River Rats (6) VS Left Wings (2)
A fierce battle between two clubs saw the River Rats prevail. The game started off evenly as the River Rats had a slight edge with a score of two to one. But the game changed rapidly as The River Rats built on their lead to put the game away. M. Testolina and P. Boudreault Cyr took care of most the offence scoring two goals a piece. As pieces are slowly rejoining the team, the rest of the league will need to play close attention to the players being added by the River Rats.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Dagenais of Legacy. As the game, did not start off as expected, the veteran netminder closed the door after the first period to play a perfect 30 minutes to assure his club the win.
Wednesday February 1
Trappers (3) VS Fat Roy (1)
The game started off slow for each side not having many chances to score until the Trappers got on the board late in the first period. As the second started each team exchanged a goal each. The Trappers finally put an end to the game scoring late in the third as an insurance marker. F. Dube was busy tonight for the Trappers scoring two goals and setting up his teammate. While on the other side N. Gikas was the sole player to solve J. Richer.
Armadillos (9) VS Dragons (1)
The Dragons started the game off strong scoring the first goal of the game, but that was all the offence they were going to generate. The Armadillos found their offensive power late in the first period and did not let up. S. Govas, P. Koutsogiannopoulos, and P. Lapointe each had multiple goal games. While A. Zarzour was the sole player on his club to solve C. Stavradis.
Punishers (4) VS Underdogs (1)
From the start of the game the Underdogs gave a difficult time to the Punishers by constantly applying pressure and forcing them to force plays. The Punishers used the man advantage to score two of their goals as they did not have to many more chances. The Punishers used a group effort in the scoring department using four different players to score. J. Constantin was the sole player from his club to solve goalie N. Mackeen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. The solid goaltender once again stood on his head making spectacular saves to allow his team to win, by only allowing one goal against him.
Tuesday January 31
(6) Capitals vs Smooth Sailors (2)
An intense physical game say the man advantage contribute to the scoring
An evening to forget as both teams racked up the penalty minutes. The Capitals took an early lead to the game scoring midway through the first period. The Smooth Sailors fought back in the second and took advantage of their man advantage scoring twice in the second. J. Richer shut the door the remainder of the game allowing the Capitals to score five unanswered goals by five different players. M-A Morin was the sole player to solve A. Mancini twice.
(2) Bramabulls vs Communists (6)
Early season struggles continue for Bramabulls as they have no answer against the Communist
The Communist took advantage of a fast start scoring two unanswered goals in the first period to take a commanding lead. The Bramabulls fought back early in the second by beating J. Vrettis, but the Communist put their foot back on the pedal to continue the scoring. P. Arkalis and T. Provost-Blais each scored twice for the Communist to put the game away in the third. S. Sacco scored a second goal for his club, but a that point it was to late to mount any sort of comeback.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc-Alexandre Morin of the Capitals. The forward scored two important goals for his club and help set up another. His strong play helped his club take control of the game near the end of the second and they never look back.
Monday January 30
A Gervais a force to reckon with his offensive play.
The scoring troubles continue for Carnage, as the Yables take two easy wins. From the start of both games, The Yables were able to score the goals in many. A Gervais was a force to reckon collecting a total of seven points. Carnage will need to play better defensively and start finding the back of their net if they want to contend in a more competitive 4 vs 4 division.
(1) Carnage vs Yables (6)
(1) Carnage vs Yables (8)
Venom keeps on with their high-powered offence
The high-powered offence continues to roll in the division, scoring at free will. Most teams will need to learn on their own but going goal for goal against Venom will not work. A strong defensive game will always help. B. Deslaurier and K. Araujo provided the majority of the offence for their team combining for eight goals. Jokers will learn from this one and will need to be better prepared when they face Venom again this season.
(2) Jokers vs Venom (7)
(2) Jokers vs Venom (6)
Team X plays to their strength, take an early lead and play strong defensively
Team X always has a strong game plan on a weekly basis and they try to execute the perfect game. Knowing they would have a short bench tonight, the game plan was simple take an early lead and play strong defensively. As the team scored three goals per period, taking advantage of their opponent did not become a problem. They also minimize any chances their opponent had by playing a solid defensive game. D. Ramada usually not known for his offensive production helped his team out in the first game by setting up four teammates and bagging one in himself. As the season goes on Team X will need a full bench to compete against any of the other teams.
(6) Team X vs 23RD Hour (1)
(6) Team X vs 23RD Hour (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Gervais. The forward powered his club to the next level collecting seven points in a busy night.
Sunday January 29
(8)Hit List vs Butchers (4)
S.Trudel strikes Butchers for 7 points
Hit List’s captain S.Trudel racked up a hat trick and four assists for an incredible performance to lead his club to an 8-4 rout of the Butchers on Sunday night. Each side traded two first period goals each before the Hit List pulled away by the second adding three unanswered tallies. D.Corbeil and L.Richard were also heavily involved collecting four points each. The Butchers played well for two periods which won’t cut it on most nights. V.Mormina opened and closed the scoring in the loss as the captain did more than his share to help start the season on the right path.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(8)
Shockers score 4 power play goals, M.Blackman and T.Salberg collect hat tricks
The Shockers did a lot of things right on this night. The offensive effort was strong, with the Shockers generating a lot of quality chances, the power play running at full efficiency and all players playing well in all zones. But the reality is that the Fatal Demons got a little unlucky. It isn’t to say that they would have escaped with the win but taking a five minute major in the third period of a 3-3 tie doesn’t help your cause. The penalty may have been an accident but that didn’t concern the Shockers who whaled away with three straight power play goals. M.Blackman went on a rampage scoring three third period markers while his teammate T.Salberg also recorded a hat trick by the third. The power play is an element that’s part of the game and the Shockers took full advantage of the situation to get by the veteran side.
(8)Red Nose vs Brew Crew(5)
Red Nose burns Brew Crew early en route to 8-5 win
Red Nose scored four times in the first period and hung on to defeat the Brew Crew in the end. It can be argued that the game was decided in only 90 seconds. C.Gingras,J-P Meunier and N.Delia each scored in that short span to put their club up 4-1 after only one period. Despite the meltdown, the Brew Crew did adjust and get better as the game went on. D.DiGiacomoSr had a solid second period notching two goals for the trailing side but the damage had already been done. G.Delia and M.Latreille will surely be involved when eight goals are scored. Both players combined for six assists that helped C.Gingras complete his hat trick with two empty net goals.
(5)Team Sportek vs Les Immigrants(4) S.O
Two late goals help salvage point for Les Immigrants
Just when you thought the game was in the back this contest witnessed a thrilling ending. Les Immigrants trailed all game and found themselves in a deep hole up until a late rally sent this game to the ultimate distance. The comeback was led by A.Henzi and by his captain H.Garabedian as both players tallied only seconds apart with 30 seconds left in the game. Both players scored two goals each taking care most of the offense. Despite the setback, Team Sportek did grab the win in the end. J.Couture was the only player to score in the shootout that gave his club the extra point. D.Vitale scored twice as part of a three point effort for Team Sportek.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stephane Trudel of the Hit List. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time that the Hit List’s captain steals the show. His seven points helped lead the Hit List to an 8-4 victory over the Butchers.
Friday January 27
(3)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(7)
Third period HBHA Seniors dooms Hawks in rematch
A disturbing trend of yielding multiple goals in a short span of time in the third period finally cost the Hawks on Friday night. It was only a few weeks ago that both sides met in the final with the HBHA Seniors schooling the Hawks with two straight wins. Despite the loss, the Hawks did put up a way better fight, at least for two periods. Once the final 15 minutes hit, the match lost its pace leaving only one club taking control. Led by their captain, J.Kontitsis opened the scoring and added his second as the only player to score twice. D.Andrade had the most points setting up three goals while closing it off with the HBHA Seniors seventh tally of the night. The Hawks got two of their three tallies by A.Lanni with the help of A.Zarzour’s pair of assists. This is a first of three meetings between the two sides. The Hawks will look for reinforcements in the following weeks to try and get some sort of redemption.
(2)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(5)
Devil Dawgz solid everywhere in season opener
The Devil Dawgz scored three straight goals before heading to a good start to their season. G.Berberyan owned the opening period with two lone goals and K.Araujo widened the margin to 3-0 before the Stones finally hit the board. It was only fitting that T.Settino would be the one to break the barrier. Both goals came by the very same player which may cause to be a problem moving forward if that’s the trend. The Stones are solid in the back end but will need some balanced scoring up front in order to get some results. For now, it’s still early and time will only fix the problem. As for the Devil Dawgz, this game was won without the help of a prolific goal scorer. B.Pereira was out of action in this game and will surely help make a huge impact upon his return.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Garo Berberyan of the Devil Dawgz. The forward notched two first period unanswered goals to help set the pace for his club.
Monday January 23
P-A Surprenant late goal lifts 1 Timer in first game, Jokers bounce back to grab single point
The Jokers failed to get at least one point when P-A Surprenant buried his second with just over 20 seconds remaining in the opening contest. His hard wrist shot came fromm the slot area also known as his office after receiving feeds by J.Dias and S.Koch. The Jokers got both their goals by A.Lepore including one on the power play. The shots were fairly even just like most of the match which went down to the wire. The second encounter proved to be just as close as the first one. There may have been more goals but the end result wasn’t that much different. Each side traded three first period goals before exchanging one by the second period to force a shootout. Out of their four goals, surprisingly enough P-A Surprenant wasn’t part of it but the power forward was involved one way or another by posting a shootout marker. The Jokers got their lone breakaway tally by D.Caissie which gave both clubs a point apiece. J-F Gagnon was a force bagging a hat trick while the Jokers got their offence by four different players that included three helpers by M.DelGaudio.
(2)Jokers vs 1 Timer(3)
(5)1 Timers vs Jokers(5) S.O
Punishers edge out Yables twice in early season clash
It may be very early in the regular season but it’s safe to say that both these clubs will be going the distance. Both sides came off wins versus last season’s finalists which set up a great measuring stick to see who will be that team to beat. For now, the Punishers are labeled as such with so many dangerous pieces to the puzzle. With no weaknesses on defense, the Punishers may have one of the division’s best sniper. C.Gingras opened the night with two goals in a 4-2 win. Les Yables battled hard and kept up with their opponent but paid the price when they visited the penalty box on two occasions. The Punishers will almost certainly make any team pay when they have the extra man with plenty of space. The second match was also very close. However, the end result was the same with the Punishers edging out Les Yables 2-1. A.Centis used a hard shot to get the better of J-F Simard who was solid despite dropping both games. J.Meynard was just as good on the other end of the court and had his work cut out after facing 37 shots in both games. It may not have been the results they wanted but Les Yables know that they can compete with a team like the Punishers. This was just the beginning of more to come for both sides.
(2)Yes Yables vs Punishers (4)
(2)Punishers vs Les Yables(1)
No K.Dube, Carnage stuck with lack of scoring
It’s something that is very hard to deal with when a top gun is out of the lineup. Carnage have a good supporting cast but will find it difficult when such a player is missing. That showed in both games against Team X as only two goals went in by the second match. Team X took the opening battle with the help of J.Melo’s three feeds to three different teammates. P.Assadi still had to face 16 shots that resulted in a shutout despite playing shorthanded for a few minutes. It took up until the five minute mark of the second game when Carnage finally got to Assadi. M.St-Laurent used the eyes behind his head to find an open Theo X to get on board. Unfortunately, Team X escaped the frame with three markers which made things very difficult for a Carnage comeback. A.Zarzour riffled a pair while A.Lanni collected three points.
(0)Carnage vs Team X(3)
(4)Team X vs Carnage(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-F Gagnon of the 1 Timer. The forward notched a power play goal in game one before bagging a hat trick in the second match to help the 1 Timer collect four out of a possible six points.
Tuesday January 24
M.Trivisonno back stops Venom to consecutive wins
M.Trivisonno made 25 saves in both games and Venom collected their first win after a slow start to the season. Although it was the 23rd Hour striking first courtesy of R.Ramacieri, the rest of the game belonged to only one side. Venom went scoreless throughout the first period before erupting with four unanswered goals. J.Vinet struck twice and J.DeSua was behind setting up three of the four tallies. That kind of ending carried into the second encounter with J.Parisella wasting no time getting on board. C-P Sleedge did respond shortly after for the 23rd Hour but Venom was able to regain control late in the frame when J.Vinet put his club up 2-1.With an opportunity to even the score, the 23rd Hour failed to take advantage of a power play. A.Jalilvand eventually scored to provide a two goal cushion that was never challenged.
Wednesday January 11(Finals)
(9)UHC vs Primetime(8) Game 1
UHC earn 9-8 victory after wild third period
Trailing by three goals after two periods, the UHC simply needed a spark. Then one third-period goal turned into another-and yet another-and suddenly, their huge hole eventually turned into a lead. The UHC scored five goals in the final frame to rally past Primetime and grab a vital 1-0 lead in the series. Three of those tallies all came with just over a minute left in the game. Led by their captain, C.Zafiropoulos bagged a hat trick on the power play to pull within one. It took only seconds later for S.DelGaudio to even the score, and if that wasn’t discouraging enough for Primetime, things only went fromm bad to worse when K.Fiore notched the winner with 12 seconds left in the game. Going into the third period, Primetime had everything going right for them up until taking some untimely penalties. The UHC know how well they circle the ball around, and once they had the chance with the man advantages, it was inevitable that the comeback was in the making. Primetime couldn’t have asked for a worse scenario such as this one. The underdogs had a golden opportunity to take a series lead and carry momentum into game two which could have put the odds in their favour.
(2)Primetime vs UHC(5) Game 2
Power play goals plague Primetime once more, UHC capitalise 4 times to take title
Enter the penalty box and you will pay. Primetime were unable to keep the game 5 on 5 and in the end the UHC did what they did like in the previous match pouncing on every opportunity they got. With scoring efforts by five different players, the UHC goal scores were set up by J.DelGaudio, who collected four consecutive assists. It was a series that the special teams ruled the night. The UHC showed that they can score throughout the entire season but also demonstrated that they can defend just as well. J.Sanoudakis, despite winning game one didn’t like his overall performance after giving up eight goals. However, that got regulated immediately with a more focused effort in game two. Primetime struggled to get their offence going limited to only two goals on 25 shots. Both sides had their chances with the man advantage. The major difference was that only one side took advantage of the situation. It’s a part of the game that is very essential for success and the UHC make it look so easy and natural game in and game out. In the end, the UHC did what they needed to do to achieve their goal. After dominating the regular season with only one loss, it seemed fitting that the division leaders would go through the playoffs the way they did. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Bhavesh Patel and the UHC for winning the F3 Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Zafiropoulos of UHC. His front net presence enabled the sharp shooter to net three big goals in game one that may have shifted the series the UHC’s favour.
Wednesday January 4(Finals)
(8)Les Boys vs Fat Cats(1) Game 1
Les Boys overwhelm hapless Fat Cats
With a dominating display by one team vs a non-competitive effort by one side, this loss was every bit as ugly as the score suggested. To put it mildly, the Fat Cats were schooled in what was their worst defeat of the entire season. Les Boys spread out their offence getting scoring efforts by six different players. Y.Gazura scored twice by the third right before C.Gingras notched his second to put the game away. The Fat Cats needed a power play to net their lone tally. F.Atkinson scored towards the end of the second frame to finally get the better of N.Mackeen. If there was a time to take a lesson learned, this was it for the Fat Cats who hoped to turn things around for game two.
(2)Fat Cats vs Les Boys(4) Game 2
Better but not good enough, Les Boys sweep to claim F2 Wednesday title
The Fat Cats entered this contest with a lot more punch to their game, but in the end, it just wasn’t good enough. Les Boys started the first period the same way like in game one roaring to a 2-0 lead. The Fat Cats responded immediately in the second period when S.Hrivnak snapped the lead in half. And for a moment, things looked to be going in the right direction up until the final stages of the frame. Led by their captain, M.Gagnon notched a big power play goal right before A.Sarrigiannis made the score 4-1.At that point, Les Boys knew they had it with only one period remaining and with N.Mackeen between the pipes. The Fat Cats attempted to battle back but couldn’t keep up with a very determined group of guys. After dominating the regular season and expecting nothing less in the playoffs, Les Boys got what they deserved in the end. On Behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mathias Gagnon and Les Boys for taking the F2 Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of Les Boys. With the help of a solid crew in front of him, the talented net minder limited a very good Fat Cats team to only three goals in two games.
Friday December 23(Finals)
(1)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(4) Game 1
HBHA Seniors move to brink of success with 4-1 win
With this win, the HBHA Seniors sensed victory after shutting down the Hawks for long stretches. The path was paved when T.Baltzis and G.Vouloumanos each scored power play goals to put the game out of reach. As much as the Hawks attempted to get on board, C.Stavriadis saw the ball too many times with the help of his defense clearing the way. It was a game that the HBHA Seniors did everything right. The Hawks didn’t have too many chances in close and were forced to shoot fromm less dangerous areas of the court. E.Colella did finally get to Stavriadis by the third period in hopes of setting some sort of momentum by game two. But in the end, it was a game that the Hawks needed to regroup from- if they planned on extending the series.
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(1) Game 2
Seniors dethrone Hawks, new winners of Masters 35+ division
After knocking at the championship door, J.Kontitsis and the HBHA Seniors knocked it down with a two game sweep against the two time champions Hawks. Although the score doesn’t reflect it, this contest was closer than the first one. The Hawks held in there for two periods and trailed by only one goal up until the flood gates opened by the third. Once A.Angelis and T.Koutlis scored only 90 seconds apart, this series was over. The HBHA Seniors knew at that point that there wasn’t much the Hawks could have done, especially the way C.Stavriadis has been playing all week. The brilliant net minder just came off a C Tuesday championship with the Icons, and an E Wednesday title with the Armadillos before being crowned for a third time in only four days. That kind of motivation coupled with a structured team in front of him is nearly impossible to beat. The HBHA Seniors drove this far with the amount of chemistry built over the years. J.Kontitsis put all the right pieces together and played it just right in order to achieve his clubs goal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to the captain and the rest of his veteran troops for capturing the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the HBHA Seniors. In both games, the pillar between the pipes allowed only two goals against a first place club and two time consecutive champion.
Thursday December 22(Finals)
(2)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(3) Game 1
J.Courteau and P.E.Y.O edge out Deadlast
J.Courteau’s main job is to get open and seize the opportunities. The rugged forward executed perfectly in game one of the series by posting two out of his clubs three goals. After netting a first period power play marker, the P.E.Y.O forward made the difference breaking a 2-2 tie by the third. That tally left close to ten minutes for a Deadlast response. Despite firing on all cylinders, S.Brown was simply too good denying every shot his way. Deadlast looked energized early on and grabbed an early second period lead courtesy of their captain C.Zafiropoulos, but couldn’t maintain it long enough as J.Pantelis replied to even the score. S.Marashlian and J.Pantelis each had two points and the P.E.Y.O sensed good things to come after this hard fought victory.
(6)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(5) Game 2
Deadlast concedes three late goals, B.Deslauriers and P.E.Y.O storm back for championship
Individual errors proved costly for Deadlast on a night of late goals and an incredible comeback. P.E.Y.O found their touch in the last four minutes of the game to take game two of the series and the E Thursday championship. The collapse was sealed when B.Deslauriers notched his second with only 29 seconds remaining on the clock. On three straight occasions, the P.E.Y.O grabbed leads that were always responded to. The only time that Deadlast saw their side in front was by the six minute mark of the third period. J.Crivello was the one to crack the barrier which looked to hold up for at least five minutes. Then, all of a sudden things turned on a dime. Led by one of their prolific goal scores, B.Deslauriers captured the moment posting two incredible goals in a very short span. In that equation was also the hero of the previous game J.Courteau and Y.Gazura as the line produced six points. This series was as close as it gets. Both sides have plenty of talent up front that can score at any given time. Maybe the only slight difference may have been experience. The P.E.Y.O has more years under their belt versus a side that has plenty of upside with many promising players. For now, it’s Adam Boujja’s and the P.E.Y.O’s moment as they made an impressive run to reach this stage. The green machine took out the SBS Trashers in an epic semi final before grinding their way passed a resilient Deadlast hockey team. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Adam Boujja and the P.E.Y.O for claiming the E Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of the P.E.Y.O. After missing game one, the power forward marched in and was a major reason why his club outlasted Deadlast. Deslauriers bagged two late goals that included the series winning tally.
Tuesday December 13(Semi finals)
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Team Finland(4) Game 1
Team Finland remain hot, defeat Sailors for a second straight week
Team Finland showed no plans of breaking up a winning formula in their double up win over the division leaders. While the Smooth Sailors were trying to steady themselves and gain any sort of momentum, Team Finland were the ones in full roar playing with the lead. M.Stinziani led the way nodding a pair that included the game winner. The Smooth Sailors did have their chances and enough shots on net, but kept getting frustrated by J.Lomabradi, who stopped 21 of 23 shots. Although Team Finland knew they could have won this game after defeating the Smooth Sailors only a week ago, this result only added to the confidence heading into an important game two of the series.
(3)Team Finland vs SmoothSailors(2) Game 2
Timely power play goal by M.Raimondo slips Finland through to finals
Suddenly Team Finland can’t lose anymore. M.Raimondo scored the game winner with four and a half minutes on the power play, and Team Finland handed the Smooth Sailors another loss to advance to the final. The game started fine for the Sailors when M.Testolina opened the scoring. That lead held up for nearly a whole period up until M.Stinziani tied the game. Team Finland took their first lead minutes later on a goal by A.Pittana. Still not out of it yet, C.Lato put the Smoot Sailors back on track with a third period equalizer. It was three minutes after that tying goal when M.Raimondo came to haunt his opponent. The Smooth Sailors took a four minute penalty that enabled the golden opportunity to arise. Once that goal went in, the curtains eventually closed for a squad that dominated the regular season with only two losses. Team Finland couldn’t ask to be playing the way they are at a better time during the season. After this two game sweep, the mind set will be nothing less than taking it all.
(6)Icons vs Bramabulls(4) Game 1 S.O
N.Gilbert and Icons open up series with shootout win
Despite being down 2-0, the Bramabulls responded with authority bagging four straight markers only to see their lead evaporate by the third. That see saw effect forced both sides to try their luck in a shootout. After scoring twice, P.Chiotis made the right choice to send N.Gilbert as one of his three breakaway challengers. Gilbert made no mistake to solve G.Follano. The Bramabulls were forced to get at least one by C.Stavriadis, but were unable to do so. The game ended when J.Adamou scored on the Icons third attempt. Knowing that they had the game in their hands, this crushing loss only hurts your morale. The Bramabulls had one hour to digest the defeat and try and put it behind them knowing that their season is on the line.
(1)Bramabulls vs Icons(3) Game 2
Icons power play delivers, C.Tuesday division witnesses second upset
The Icons seem to have a flare for the moment as they used three third period goals to knock out the Bramabulls. On only two attempts, the Icons worked their magic producing two power play goals. T.Provost-Blais opened the scoring early in the third period with the man advantage and S.Hrivnak may have scored his clubs biggest goal that gave the Icons a 2-1 lead with five minutes left to go. But the sealer came only a minute later when C.Stamadianos gave his club a two goal cushion. The Bramabulls pack a ton of offense, and after firing 22 shots, only one got the better of C.Stavriadis. The Icons net minder was key to winning both games after denying two shootout attempts in the previous match and allowing only one goal by R.Dussault. Just like what Team Finland did versus the Smooth Sailors, the Icons did the same against a team that entered as favorites.
Now that the final is set, the Icons will play Team Finland on Tuesday night. If there is one advantage that the Icons have is their ability to roll three complete lines. Team Finland will need to weather the storm at times and wait for their opportunities knowing that they have the skill up front to score.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Icons. After remaining firm in the shootouts of game one, C.Stavriadis limited a high octane offence to only one goal in game two.
Monday December 12(Semi finals)
K.Araujo snaps late tie, Venom move one step closer
To state the obvious, Venom totally dominated the Jokers early on. The score was 4-1 after the first period which proved to be more than enough to secure a strong start to the series. Leading to that point, Venom got scoring efforts by four different players .J.Quesnel-Vinet went on to add his second in period number two as the only multi scorer of the contest. The Jokers couldn’t have had a worst start such as this one, especially at a crucial time in the season. Unable to bounce back, M.Gagnon got his troops to focus in the second game in hopes of tying the series. The Jokers did adjust by keeping the game extremely close. Each side traded a first period goal that in some ways was good for the Jokers giving them a fifty fifty chance to even the series .But as time was winding down, K.Araujo pulled the final trigger with the go ahead marker. The Jokers attempted once more to tie the game and got two golden opportunities in the slot area but weren’t able to solve M.Trivisonno. The net minder didn’t have a busy first game but was determining factor in the second contest to get the job done. With both these wins, Venom moves one step closer to their ultimate goal.
(5)Venom vs Jokers(2) Game 1
(1)Jokers vs Venom(2) Game 2
Team X overwhelm 1 Timer in both games, set date with Venom
When a team shows up with a full roster, and take the task seriously, then only good things can happen. Team X directed much of their focus on doing plenty of the little things right. With the disciple of riding three quick lines and eliminating time and space by their opponent, this series was completely one sided. B.Pereira scored twice in a 6-1 win to open up the series. T.Settino set up three goals and P.Assadi was near perfect in net except for a power play goal by P-A Surprenant. After playing the way they did in the opening contest, Team X took nothing for granted in the second game. However, nothing was decided up until the second period. After carrying a slight 1-0 lead, the flood gates eventually opened. B.Pereira showed no signs of slowing down as the power forward added two more goals to his total. His efforts were complimented with the help of his line mate A.Lanni, who accumulated three assists. In the end, the 1 Timer were overwhelmed by a very determined group of guys. Team X entered the night taking their opposition very serious knowing that their previous encounters have all been decided by a very close margin.
(6)Team X vs 1 Timers(1) Game 1
(0)1 Timers vs Team X(5) Game 2
With this round coming to an end, the top two seeds will go at it in what will be a close final. Both sides have the players up front that can score and the experience required to win. It may come down to many factors, but one of the key elements may have to do with the goaltending. M.Trivisonno or P.Assadi may make that difference as both net minders will need to be on top of their game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Pereira of Team X. In both games versus the 1 Timer, B.Pereira bagged a total of four goals to help send his club through to the final.
Sunday December 11(Semi finals)
(5)Romans vs Red Nose(2) Game 1
Romans power play ignites in 5-2 win over Red Nose
When the opportunity presented itself, the Romans made sure to take advantage. S.Scarpelli and C.Paris each scored power play goals and the Romans put themselves in the driver’s seat riding a 3-0 lead. That gap held but on a thin thread with Red Nose responding twice in a minute. Y.Gazura and J-P Meunier pulled their club within one and all of a sudden this contest was up for business. However, as the game went on, the Romans calmed the momentum keeping the Red Nose off the score sheet. It was by the third period when this game took one direction. With the help of C.Paris’s second goal along with his captain F.Venditti’s insurance marker only moments later, the Romans felt at ease knowing that they captured a huge game one of the series. A.Grieco captured the win in net limiting a solid offence to only two goals on 26 shots.
(4)Red Nose vs Romans(6) Game 2
Romans kept power play surge alive, punch ticket to final
It’s that time of year when you hope and expect everything to go right. The Romans continued fromm where they left off taking nothing for granted in their 6-4 decision over Red Nose .Similar to their opening game, the Romans used two power play goals by the second period to put a strangle hold in the series. Led by one of their better players, A.Mirolla tied the game at two with the man advantage before adding his second late in the contest. The Romans lit the lamp by the second frame outscoring the Red Nose 4-1.Five different players contributed in the goal scoring department while the Red Nose saw M.Latreille do much of the damage posting a hat trick. The Romans showed their depth take effect in both games that will surely give them a big advantage as they have one more task to complete.
(8)Lumberjacks vs Shockers(4) Game 1
Gingras’s six-point game powers Lumberjacks in game one
Lumberjacks’s sensation C.Gingras had a hand in six out of the eight goals to help kick start the night on the right foot for the Lumberjacks .By the first half the game, Gingras had already posted a hat trick before deciding to be a play maker setting up three different teammates. In addition to the onslaught, M.Gaudreault matched his teammates goal scoring production by also netting a hat trick. The Shockers had a good start to the night but slowly fell apart giving up a bunch of goals towards the second half of the game. C.Debonis had a multi goal game in the loss. This wasn’t the right game plan for a club that took to many penalties at an important time of the season. With that, the Shockers looked to adjust in game two in hopes of tying the series.
(6)Shockers vs Lumberjacks(3) Game 2
Shockers come back strong to even series
The Shockers abandoned the cautious approach early on out battling the Lumberjacks to a 4-1 first period lead. It was a period that saw most of the desperate side pull their weight with four different players scoring. But as the game went on, the Shockers knew that they can rely on a key element, and that is C.Debonis. After collecting two first period points, the Shockers top gun went on to add a second and third period goal to complete his hat trick. At no point in time did the Shockers feel threatened knowing that the Lumberjacks had a huge hill to climb. Despite the loss, C.Gingras and M.Gaudreault were still the Lumberjacks better players. Gingras collected three more points while Gaudreault bagged a pair. Now that both sides collected key victories, a fifteen minute or more mini game was left to decide who’ll take on the Romans for the E Sunday division.
(1)Lumberjacks vs Shockers(2) Game 3 O.T
M.Blackman and Shockers celebrate OT winner, advance to final
The way both previous games went, it’s no surprise that this series was going down to the wire. The Lumberjacks had the better start when no other than C.Gingras struck only two minutes into the fifteen minute mini game. That lead held for a while and things appeared to be fine up until the alarm bells rang with the Lumberjacks taking a four minute high-sticking penalty. The Lumberjacks managed to kill off most of it but not to its entirety. With only three and a half minutes left in the game, J.Collins kept his club alive by riffling a huge power play goal. Both sides knew at that point the next goal was going to surely decide the outcome of the series. In these types of circumstances, nobody wants to be responsible for any sort of mistakes .But hockey is often about timing and the time was right when M.Blackman seized the moment. After receiving a pass by T.Salberg, the Shockers couldn’t celebrate loud enough when M.Blackman gave his club something real to cheer about. This win advances the Shockers to the final where they’ll have a difficult challenge ahead of them. The Romans may enter as favorites with their upscale talent and experience, but the Shockers do have some important key ingredients such as intensity and game breakers in C.DeBonis, T.Salberg and M.Blackman just to name a few. Time will tell as both sides will complete the season on Sunday December 18.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christopher Debonis of the Shockers. With so much on the line, C.Debonis looked like a wrecking machine out there. The highly skilled forward produced five goals and two assists to help lead the Shockers to the final.
Friday December 9
(2)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(7)
HBHA Seniors hammer Hawks to finish season strong
As long as the HBHA Seniors ran down their opponent, the writing was on the wall. The Hawks found themselves in the penalty box early and paid the price for it when A.Angelis struck to open up the scoring. Unable to get much of anything going, the Hawks only scored twice in the second period with goals by A.Zarzour and A.Moscato. Only four players found the back of the net out of the seven goals by the HBHA Seniors. A.Angelis, J.Kontitsis and T.Koutlis struck twice each while J.Bolonakis got the other. It wasn’t his busiest night, but C.Stavriadis did his part to keep the game in check. The HBHA Seniors look to be in fine form heading into the playoffs. With the kind of experience that they have, there won’t be many teams that can stop them if they play with a full roster.
(3)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(3)
T.Settino’s late tally avoids suicide match for the Stones
Even though this was a regular season game, both sides approached it as a playoff match in order to avoid playing an extra round. With the win, the Stone clinched a semi final spot while the Devil Dawgz will tempt their fate in a do or die match up with the Brewers. This game could have easily gone either way with the score leveled at two goals apiece. But with just over three minutes left to go,who other than your most dangerous player to pull through. T.Settino cracked the barrier and the Stones needed to kill off just three minutes in order to capture the win. Like on most nights, the Devil Dawgz play with a short bench. Despite getting a pair of tallies by their go to guy B.Pereira, the energy and legs just weren’t there. The Stones patiently waited for their opportunity and seized it when the time came.
Now that the regular season is out of the way, five teams have a shot at taking the title. The playoffs begin Tuesday with the four vs five matchup between the Devil Dawgz and the Brewers. That game won’t be easy for either side. The one slight advantage that the Devil Dawgz has is their sniper up front. The Brewers need to be aware of B.Pereira every time he is on and make sure that he doesn’t get his way. If A.Lanni and others follow the strict game plan, than the Brewers have a chance to play Friday night in a best of three series versus the Hawks. The other match up features the Stones and the HBHA Seniors.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Terry Koutlis of the HBHA Seniors. The veteran refuses to show any signs of slowing down. His two goals and two assists helped the HBHA Seniors finish their season in the right direction.
Tuesday December 13(Playoffs Round 1, 4 vs 5)
(11)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers(6)
Devil Dawgz and Brewers stare down must win situation
It wasn’t complicated, both sides needed to put their best game together if they planned on playing Friday night in a best of three series. Despite eying a short bench, the Brewers couldn’t formulate the right game plan on how to take advantage of the situation. Instead, it was the Devil Dawgz that had to be contained. With only two change ups, B.Pereira, G.Berberyan and company proved to be too much for G.Platanitis and the Brewers defense. Both players riffled hat tricks, but Pereira did have the most points adding five helpers. The Devil Dawgz won the opening frame 4-2, added two second period unanswered goals before running the score by the third. This win puts the Devil Dawgz through to the semi finals where they’ll take on the Hawks. In their previous encounter, the Devil Dawgz handed the Hawks one of two loses with no spares to change with. If they get their leader L.Hondronicolas to play on Friday, then the division leaders will really have their hands full. The other semi final will feature the HBHA Seniors taking on the Stones. It wasn’t too long ago that the Stones handed the Seniors a close 7-6 loss. The Stones will need to use their defense to their advantage as the HBHA Seniors will look to their many skilled forwards to produce.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bryan Pereira of the Devil Dawgz. Determined to get the job done, B.Pereira was a force out there producing eight points that included a hat trick.
Thursday December 8(Quarter-finals)
(7)SBS Trashers vs Street Ballers(0)
Street Ballers picked apart by high-octane Trashers
With the SBS Trashers hungry to begin what could be a long playoff run, the division leaders meant business in their decisive win over the Street Ballers. The SBS Trashers grew stronger as the game went on. It was by the second period where the powerless Street Ballers fell apart. J.Scalia and M.Elfassy each scored power play goals building a 4-0 lead after two frames. P.Hodhod along with Elfassy went on to add their second of the night while F.Gentile controlled the back end accumulating four helpers. The Street Ballers attempted almost 20 shots and were unable to solve R.Pampena. Now that this round is out of the way, the SBS Trashers will enter the semi finals in their quest for a repeat to the final.
(7)Chiefs vs Carnage(2)
Chiefs pummel Carnage in 7-2 rout
The Chiefs made sure to start strong and they did building a 3-0 first period lead before countering any hopes of a Carnage comeback. Using their three centers and two sets of wingers, the veteran side got contributions fromm many players. But it’s not only the forwards that produce in this club. P.Cardillo and N.Gilbert provide just as much offence as both defensemen combined for three straight goals. D.Galloro got the ball rolling striking first and last to finish his night with five points. The Chiefs couldn’t ask for a better game dominating in most areas. S.Pare held a tight ship up until the early stages of the third period where S.Bourlakos’s finally solved the stubborn net minder.
(2)Werewolves vs P.E.Y.O(8)
J.Courteau and P.E.Y.O oust Werewolves, punch ticket to semi finals
It came at a time when the game was already out of reach, but nothing should be taken away fromm anybody who can score four goals. J.Courteau had a field day by the third period. The rugged forward did more in one frame that most players do during a season. With the score 4-1 after two periods, J.Courteau put the game away posting four tallies. He did get help by B.Deslauriers who normally puts the ball in the net, but decided to be generous instead since it’s the holiday season. Prior to the onslaught, J.Pantelis continues to score as a well as the crafty centre man added two more goals. The Werewolves don’t usually give up so many, especially in the most important time of the season. Despite a close first period, this match belonged to only the P.E.Y.O.
(7)Deadlast vs French Connection(4)
Deadlast use speed to outlast French Connection
The French Connection have all the necessary basics of what it takes to do well except for maybe one thing, and that is speed. With the help of a couple of quick forwards, Deadlast used their speed to their advantage. K.Kakivelis is an example of it as the forward opened the scoring before adding his second that stood up for the winner. For two straight periods, this match wasn’t even close. Deadlast entered the third period up 5-1 before the French Connection finally woke up. The Trailing side scored three straight goals that included two with the man advantage to pull within one. But as much as the comeback was in effect, the momentum eventually got crushed when N.Gikas and J.Skafidas each scored to secure the win. M.Nikas collected four points and J.Sanoudakis kept his club in it when it mattered the most facing up to 26 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the P.E.Y.O. In one period alone, the sharp shooter struck four times to help secure an 8-2 win over the Werewolves.
In a night where all the favorites came in, each side will enter the next phase, and that is the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)SBS Trashers vs P.E.Y.O(4) Goal scoring and solid goaltending won’t be an issue for both sides. That leaves one important aspect of hockey which is defense. Whoever decides to apply playing better without the ball should prevail in this battle. The SBS Trashers won both their encounters during the regular season. But that won’t bother the P.E.Y.O too much knowing that the games were extremely close.
(2)Chiefs vs Deadlast(3) Both sides will need to play two full out 45 minute games in what will likely go down to the wire. The Chiefs need to make it difficult for the Deadlast forwards. If they do that then they’ll be fine. As for Deadlast, they’ll need to figure out how to penetrate many layers of defense including a very good goalie.
Thursday December 8(Playoffs, Round 1, 4 vs 5)
(4)Legacy vs Northstars(1)
Back to back slap shots push Legacy through to next round
With so much on the line, neither side wanted to make any sort of mistakes. This contest was your typical low scoring playoff game that saw both sides play it very cautious till the end. But at one point something has to give. Dead locked 1-1, Legacy looked to one of their game breakers to crack the barrier. E.Girouard ripped a cannon fromm near centre that completely fooled M.Croteau, and all of a sudden Legacy was on top. However, this match wasn’t done just yet with the very same Girouard taking a four minute penalty. That call came with about four minutes remaining in the game, more than enough time for a power play goal. Unfortunately, you know it’s not meant to be when a similar goal goes in like the one of E.Girourad. This time, S.Robineault took lessons fromm his most valued linemate by notching an identical tally. What made that even worse for the Northstars was that it came shorthanded. Legacy held on at that point and capped off a hard fought win when their cornerstone d-man T.Bozinakis found the empty cage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of Legacy. If timing is everything, than E.Girouard proved it with a blistering slap shot that snapped a late 1-1 tie.
This win advances Legacy to the semi finals where they’ll take on a familiar opponent. The River Rats will be eager and anxious to take on one of their rivals. Although the odds may favor the River Rats for finishing in first place, Legacy will try and prove everyone wrong once more with the amount of recent success. Discipline will surely be a key factor in this series as both sides work an excellent power play.
The other semi final match up will feature the Bramabulls taking on the Left Wings. Theoretically the Bramabulls know what they have to do but it’s easier said than done. Can the Bulls stop J.Adamou, J.Provost-Blais and company? The entire game plan needs to revolve on those two players. If they can be contained than the Bulls will be fine, if not, then the Left Wings will be playing for the C Thursday division title.
Monday December 5
(1)Team Haiti vs Red Lite(7)
Early jump start leads to easy Red Lite win
It didn’t take long for Red Lite to get the ball rolling, and once they did, Team Haiti knew they were done. An extraordinary five point game by K.Kuczmarski, plus an early two goals by J.Bradley helped improve the front runners to their fourth consecutive win of the season. Red Lite totally outplayed Team Haiti early on posting five first period goals. P.Raphael gave his side something to celebrate as the only player to get the better of S.Beauchamp. With the game out of reach, Red Lite let go of the gas pedal and simply played the clock in their favor. It’s a lesson Team Haiti will look to build on with still so many games in front of them.
(2)Black Knights vs HBHA(4)
HBHA score two late goals to double up Knights
With the Black Knights leading 2-1 after two periods and looking poised to collect a fifth victory, the HBHA stunned their opponent with three unanswered goals. The comeback began when J.Adamou leveled the game by the five minute mark of the third period. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, M.Arkalis notched another marker and just like that the HBHA were ahead. The HBHA never let up and kept playing till the very end to hand the Black Knights their second loss of the season. It’s never easy limiting the Knights to only two goals, but with the help of brilliant goaltending by A.Bitsakis along with a structured defensive game, anything is possible. This win places the HBHA within striking distance of the two giants ahead of them.
(3)Team Haiti vs United Armenians(0)
Team Haiti bounce back from-blow out in shutout win over United Armenians
Team Haiti couldn’t have asked for a better response after a lopsided affair earlier on to Red Lite. After netting two first period goals by H.Merone and A.Odnel, Team Haiti grabbed the control they needed to dictate the pace in their favor. The Haitian side went on to add a second period tally while making sure to give nothing to the United Armenians, who couldn’t getting any offense going. It won’t be easy but the United Armenians will need to figure out a way to get some more goal scoring done with only two so far in three games.
Wednesday November 16
(9)Chaos vs Les Raymonds(5)
Chaos gets plenty of steam by second period in must win game
The relief of getting six second periods goals has Chaos one step closer to securing a playoff spot. Both sides entered the night in desperation need of points, but it was Chaos that put together an overall full out effort. J.Lalonde gave his club plenty to celebrate as the forward led the way netting a hat trick. With a total of nine goals going in, it’s almost certain that S.Burrell would be involved one way or another. The sniper only scored once but helped set up six tallies that saw Lalonde benefit every single time. Chaos also got a two goal game by M.D’Alessandro. The loss doesn’t officially eliminate Les Raymonds, but unless they gather a win or maybe two, their chances of getting in are very slim.
(4)United Arms vs RBK Knights(2)
Y.Derohannessian scores timely goals, United Arms double up Knights
With the game tied 2-2 after one period, the United Arms looked to one of their go to guys to getting it done. Y.Derohannessian came through bagging a second and third period goal to outlast the RBK Knights. The RBK Knights did their all of their scoring in only 30 seconds. J.Zeitounian and F.Bchara took care of the offense that eventually went dry for well over two periods. R.Kenadjian had plenty to do with the win stopping 25 of 27 shots.
(1)UHC vs Primetime(5)
C.Dapoulias strikes twice on power play, UHC winning streak comes to an end
Good things will at one point come to an end. The UHC started off the season with a perfect 8-0 record that finally got stopped to the hands of Primetime. The motivations may have been different for both clubs. The UHC didn’t have much to play for with first place clinched while Primetime wanted to prove that they can keep up with the division leaders. Regardless the motivation, Primetime came out to play. C.Dapoulias was vital in the win riffling two power play goals. This contest was very close for two frames with Primetime carrying a slight 2-1 lead. It was by the third where the game took one direction. Out of their 28 shots, only one by B.Patel was able to get by R.Beaver.
(6)Les Boys vs HC Inter(8)
HC Inter celebrate in handing Les Boys first loss in F2 division
Two teams in opposite directions led to a stunning result. The HC Inter came into the match with only one win against a team that didn’t look like they were planning to lose a game. Despite scoring six goals, Les Boys saw their eight game winning streak come to an end. What made this win impressive was that the HC Inter never gave up bagging four third period unanswered goals. Down 6-4, the comeback was sparked with the help of M-O Galarneau, who evened the score with a hat trick. Then, it was M.Dalpe’s turn to get involved as the forward buried his second of the night to put his club in front 7-6.Unable to too put it together, Les Boys suffered one very bad period that saw their record halt after eight games. It came in a losing cause but J.Hurtubise had a very strong night collecting five points.
(3)Scorpions vs Fat Cats(7)
Fat Cats roll the carpet, bag four power play goals
Enter the penalty box and the Fat Cats will surely make you pay. On their five attempts with the man advantage, the Fat Cats rolled the carpet producing four goals. All those goals came as of the mid way point of the match. The game was deadlocked at three goals apiece before the onslaught began. K.Hrivnak collected three power play points while P.Nadeau struck twice with the man advantage to finish with four points. The Fat Cats also got plenty of scoring done by E.Panzera, who riffled three past the defenceless net minder in a six point performance. Despite the loss, the Scorpions held in there for half the match, and if not for penalty problems, then maybe they would have had a different outcome.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max-Olivier Galarneau of the HC Inter. In what was almost a must win game, the HC Inter forward helped rescue his club by posting a hat trick in a five point performance. The win ended an 8 game winning streak of the division leaders Les Boys.
Saturday November 19
(3)Scorpions vs HC Inter(1)
Jousting for important position, Scorpions survive for now
The Scorpions may have saved their regular season with this very important win, at least for now anyway. This result jumps them ahead of the HC Inter by one point but they aren’t out of it just yet. The HC Inter have one game left while the Scorpions will be watching on the side lines as their season ended on Saturday afternoon. The positive result came courtesy of a late second period, and two late third period goals after being down 1-0.M.Gil came to the rescue very late in the final frame that snapped a dreaded 1-1 tie. The HC Inter attempted to level with a sixth attacker by pulling out J-L Pietroniro, but the end the result didn’t change with K.Rose sealing it in an empty cage. They still aren’t out of it but the HC Inter will need to get a win in their last game versus the Young Guns.
(6)Hellfish vs Les Raymonds(4)
D.Ugaldez late power play goal lifts Hellfish to close victory
It’s one game that Les Raymonds couldn’t afford to lose, and while they nearly had it, a late power play goal may come to haunt them. Each side spent an abundance amount of time in the penalty box that resulted in five power play goals combined. The Hellfish got the extra tally with the man advantage when D.Ugaldez broke a late 4-4 tie. D.Laurin was able to cap it off in an empty net. The Hellfish got there with a pair of goals by J.Roblin. As for Les Raymonds, four different players scored that included two markers with the man advantage by A.Hussain and M.Deninno. With this loss, Les Raymonds will not only need to win their next game in regulation time, but must hope for Chaos to lose by a certain amount of goals in order to pass them on the goals for and goals against differential.
(3)UHC vs United Arms(2)
Late push not enough, UHC hang on for tight victory
Neither side had their full bench, but that didn’t matter so much after the UHC built a 2-0 lead after two periods. The United Arms finally got on board when their captain G.Missakian beat F.Chau early in the third period. However, that momentum was cut short with L.Pazienza striking for his second only 45 seconds later. For second time, the United Arms managed to pull within one that left half a period remaining for an equaliser. As much as the attempts and chances were there, F.Chau wasn’t interested in giving up any more tallies. The net minder held his ground and made many key saves to keep the lead. This win came only a few days after the UHC dropped their first and only match of the regular season to the hands of Primetime.
Wednesday November 2
(2)Chaos vs United Arms(3)
Late goal propels United Arms to 3-2 victory over Chaos
With a little over a minute remaining in regulation time, forward G.Jerjian scored the game winning goal that gave the United Arms s a close 3-2 win. Chaos would respond twice with third period markers to level the game but were never able to jump ahead. For good portions of the match, the United Arms carried the play producing 25 shots .P.Assadi had his hands full and gave his club a real chance to win only to fall short against his counterpart R.Kenadjian, who stopped 13 of 15 shots. The United Arms improve to a 4-2 record occupying third place while Chaos still remains in a playoff race tied with Les Raymonds for the last spot.
(10)UHC vs Les Raymonds(0)
C.Zafiropoulos shines in thumping win
Every so often C.Zafiropoulos keeps reminding his teammates that he’s still got that scoring touch. The league leading UHC dominated fromm start to finish against their lacklustre opponent, going ahead in the opening minutes and never looking back. The first period barely ended with the score 5-0.C.Zafiropoulps opened the scoring, added a late first period tally before begging two quick goals to finish with a four goal game. In addition to the onslaught, L.Pazienza was virtually involved in most of the offence collecting six points that included a pair of tallies. Still undefeated after six games, the UHC dominate in many statistical categories, especially their goals against having allowed only eleven.
(4)Fat Cats vs Les Boys(6)
Late Fat Cats push falls short
When the clock finally struck zero, the Fat Cats were exhausted. They had put together an impressive effort against the F2 league leading Les Boys, at times looking far and away like the best team on the court. The only problem-it wasn’t a complete effort. For the final fifteen minutes of play, the Fat Cats looked like the better team, but the first portion was a forgettable one that ultimately doomed their chances. Les Boys opened up a 2-0 first period lead, and carried a 5-1 lead heading into the final frame. J-P Meunier scored twice in the win sealing off the night with an empty net marker. The Fat Cats did see their power play work going two for four. J.Scalia had a very productive performance participating in all four goals in the loss.
(6)Primetime vs RBK Knights(4)
Primetime surge by third period, T.Shpindler leads way with hat trick
Primetime rode a three goal third period surge to take the game over the RBK Knights. Much of the effort was lead by T.Shpindler, who notched two third period tallies to complete his hat trick. The RBK Knights couldn’t ask for a better game, at least for the first two frames where they took control of the match. A.Jalilvand scored twice and helped set up a goal for the RBK Knights who hoped they could have escaped with some valuable points. Despite the loss, the RBK Knights do hold a three point lead over two clubs battling for a playoff spot.
(5)Scorpions vs Young Guns(4)
Scorpions keep playoff hopes alive with big win
It’s been just that kind of season so far the Scorpions. With wins hard to come by, B.Douek and his group know that they need to battle every minute and every portion of the game in order to get results. Tonight, they managed to take the lead, and never gave it up, at one point being up 5-3 with only a period remaining. The Young Guns didn’t throw the towel and kept fighting back pulling within one when L.DeCubellis notched his second by the third. That tally left just over ten minutes in the game. And while the comeback was in progress, H.Trahan had other ideas denying every ball his way. The net minder kept his team in front and had a solid third period to capture some key points. This result complicates the standings with three teams battling for a playoff spot.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tzor Shpindler of Primetime. His three goal performance enabled Primetime to take the match by the third over the RBK Knights.
Saturday November 5
(7)Les Boys vs Horsemen(4)
Les Boys take over after strong start by Horsemen
For half the game, the Horsemen were in control but that changed by the third. Les Boys didn’t have an easy matinee contest despite their unbeaten record of six in row.After struggling to get their offence going, Les Boys surged by the third netting four markers. In that span, C.Gingras was the centerpiece posting two very quick tallies only a minute apart. C.Stamadianos had a very solid game as well bagging two second period goals before completing his hat trick in an empty cage. While he wasn’t the only one to hit three, V.Pandza did just the same for the Horsemen.
(5)RBK Knights vs Hellfish(10)
C.Stamadianos wasn’t done just yet, helps Hellfish double up RBK Knights
After finishing playing with Les Boys and posting a hat trick, C.Stamadianos remained on the court to help the Hellfish in the F3 division. The hard working forward showed no signs of fatigue or slowing down. C.Stamadianos duplicated his efforts by posting his second hat trick in only two hours. The Hellfish added three key components that surely played a significant role in their result. In addition to the win, Y.Gazura who also played with Stamadianos earlier on was able to score twice. The RBK Knights didn’t have a bad game but couldn’t match the offensive strength of the Hellfish. F.Bchara and A.Jalilvand did much of the work riffling two goals each.
(4)Chaos vs UHC(11)
UHC kept it simple, Chaos found out the hard way
While the effort and will to compete was there for Chaos, the UHC showed their years of experience by taking control of the match. M.Cristiano may have played with a blind fold for how nice he was being set up to collect an impressive five goals. The UHC simply played their game and used all five players properly on the court to generate their chances. The division leaders struck early on and build their way to producing an abundance of goals. L.Pazienza and B.Patel alos made the score sheet netting two goals each. Despite their bad start, Chaos did finish strong tying the third period 3-3.That last sequence may help them be ready and better prepared for Wednesday night as both sides meet once more.
(4)Scorpions vs Young Guns(5)
Young Guns ignite fire late with three goals
The Young Guns never threw in the towel as they bounced back late in the third period and take the game. In a strange see saw effect, the Scorpions went down 2-0, then bounced back with four straight goals only to give up three more markers to fall short. T.Oliveira, captain of the Young Guns powered his way scoring once while setting up two goals. E.Quadrini benefited fromm his captain and had a strong debut accumulating three points. Both sides met in their previous encounter that saw the Scorpions take the game with an identical score.
(2)Primetime vs United Arms(7)
United Arms feast on thin line up
Unless Primetime played a perfect defensive game, they surely knew they had no chance versus a better prepared group of guys. The United Arms rolled their lines and simply out worked Primetime getting more than enough goals. Y.Derohannessian stick handled his way setting up two teammates while notching a pair himself. H.Genc tallied twice as well and collected four points as the veteran defenseman showed that he’s nowhere close to slowing down. This win puts the United Arms in front of Primetime for second place of the F3 division.
Thursday October 13
(6)River Rats vs Northstars(3)
River Rats win despite amassing ton of penalty minutes
Despite spending plenty of time in the penalty box, the River Rats still managed to defeat the Northstars. Marco Diaco may have shifted the game in the River Rats direction when snapping 2-2 tie late in the second period. On their rare occasion, F.Dominianni struck with the man advantage. M.Testolina fed an empty cage to collect his third point of the night. The River Rats won this match with some lack of discipline. If they remain focused and stay out of the box, than it’s safe to say that they will be the front winners of the division.
(3)Thunderballs vs Left Wings(6)
J.Provost Blais overpowers Thunderballs with 5 goals
It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last that J.Provost-Blais humiliates his opponents. Tonight, the Thunderballs fell victim to the explosive goal scorer. In the first period alone, J.Provost-Blais ignited a hat trick. Maybe by then the Thunderballs realized who the problem was but couldn’t figure him out by giving up two more tallies. To his help, J.Adamou was behind the madness. The slick heads up defenseman set up five out of the six goals scored by the Left Wings. The Thunderballs had a decent start to the night but went dry for over two periods. F.Vigliotti captured the win after facing 16 shots.
(2)Bramabulls vs Legacy(3) S.O
Legacy show hunger early on to get back on track
Losing their two first games of the season is something that Legacy doesn’t easily except. It was why they were by far the better squad in the opening period. If not for J.Beaudry’s out lights performance, this contest would have been in the books early. Legacy did still manage to grab a 2-0 lead with goals by M.Champagne and S.Govas but tended to slow down as the game went on. The Bramabulls kept battling and working hard enough to eventually get rewarded with a pair of their own. The match could have ended in regulation time if not for late equalizer by C.Lato. That goal eventually set the stage for a shootout. After trading a goal each, T.Bozinakis gave his club something to finally celebrate about by netting the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais of the Left Wings. Simply unstoppable, Provost-Blais riffled five goals to help lead his club over the Thunderballs.
Saturday October 15
(2)Northstars vs Left Wings(3)
J.Admaou shows why he’s at another level
Despite being out played, out battled, out runned and basically out everything, the Left Wings somehow won this hockey game. The only sensible reason for such robbery is by having the best player in the division. With only one spare, the elite defenseman played the entire game and was basically the reason why the Left Wings escaped with points. J.Adamou scored two goals and set up J.Tzanetakos with only four second left in the contest. The Northstars felt stunned knowing they played a better match. The Left Wings scored two out of their three tallies with 90 seconds remaining. But as much as Adamou deserves the acolytes, the Left Wings can also thank their net minder for the result. F.Vigliotti had to stand on his head making enough brilliant saves to keep the game close.
(1)Thunderballs vs River Rats(5)
J.Morina scores twice, River Rats beat Thunderballs 5-1
The River Rats fired enough shots and generated more opportunities to take down the Thunderballs on Saturday afternoon. After building a 2-0 first period lead, M.DeTorre used a big power play goal to widen the margin. The Thunderballs eventually got on board early in the third period when awarded a power play as well. C.Stamadianos solved A.Mancini for the first and only time in the game. J.Morina had a multi goal performance while setting up M.Crialese for his clubs fifth goal of the day.
Wednesday October 12
(5)Raging Rhinos vs Jets(0)
M-A Piche reels off highlight goals, N.Mauro collects 16 save shutout
It was a game that both sides desperately wanted after sharing a 0-3 start to the regular season. But with the Raging Rhinos playing with a deeper line up, the outcome was almost inevitable. One thing that the Jest were unable to do was to contain the Raging Rhinos top gun. M-A Piche looked like he was in a league of his own involved in all five goals making one look easier than the other. The skilled forward used his precise wrist shot to generate three goals while setting up two teammates. The Jets attempted some chances to score but were frustrated at times trying to figure out N.Mauro.
(1)Dragons vs Punishers (5)
D.Ruiz and F.Russo help lead Punishers to 5-1 win
D.Ruiz and F.Russo each scored twice to help give the Punishers their third win in only four starts. The game started according to plan with both players each scoring for a 2-0 first period lead. Despite having more than enough time to battle back, the Dragons couldn’t get enough ball possession to get much scoring done. L.Dulcetta was the only player to solve N.Mackeen. The Punishers just got better adding a couple of pieces to the puzzle. D.Ruiz and C.Gingras will help improve an already established offense.
(2)Underdogs vs Fat Roy(3) O.T
K.Fiore unleashes rocket for overtime winner
Just shoot on net and you never know. That’s exactly what K.Fiore did just 38 seconds into overtime to give Fat Roy a difficult 3-2 win. The Underdogs proved to be the better side at least for the first half of the game building a 2-0 lead. After being awarded their second power play chance, Fat Roy finally got on board. N.Gikas scored late in the second period and fairly late in the third to rally his club fromm a 0-2 deficit. With that kind of momentum, Fat Roy made sure to cease the moment with a third straight tally. J.Sanoudakis was pivotal in the win allowing his club to battle back after denying 18 of 20 shots.
(3)Armadillos vs United Arms(4) O.T
Veteran presence ends a streak, M.Yeramian notches OT winner
It was an entertaining contest between both sides, and after it was said and done, the United Arms pulled it off with the sudden death winner. The United Arms only got better as the game went on saving their scoring towards the latter stages of the contest. H.Jerjian planted the comeback late in the second period with his first of two. A.Minassian sparked the go ahead marker with less than five minutes left in the match and the United Arms looked to take it in regulation time up until P.Koutsogiannopoulos decided otherwise. In the end, it was the veteran defenseman that got it done. M.Yeramian helped end a three game winning streak by riffling the biggest goal of the night. This is the Armadillos first loss of the season and potentially their only one if they continue to play with their full line up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc-Andre Piche of the Raging Rhinos. In all five goals, the lanky forward completed a hat trick while assisting twice.
Saturday October 15
(1)Armadillos vs Underdogs(3)
Underdogs battle harder, get rewarded for effort in 3-1 win
The Underdogs don’t seem to care who their opponents are anymore at this stage of the season. As long as they follow a game plan and use their full bench, good things will continue to happen. The full out effort started by the opening face off.J.Eid scored just three minutes in and A.Ziade doubled the lead later in the same frame. The Armadillos struggled to find much room or any sort of openings to generate chances, but found a way to get on the score sheet late in the second period when scoring on the power play. It didn’t take long at that point for the Underdogs to get their chance with the man advantage. For a second straight time, A.Ziade found the back of the net, this time after riffling a blistering slap shot fromm the point. With still plenty of time left over, the Underdogs played the clock to their favor. E.Skaff faced 26 shots to capture the win in net.
(3)Dragons vs Raging Rhinos(7)
M-A Piche keeps riding a hot hand
If teams can’t start to figure M-A Piche out, then the Raging Rhinos will continue to be in good shape on a weekly basis. The number nine forward can and will score at will once he enters a certain perimeter. His deceptive hard wrist shot doesn’t give the net minders enough time to react. On this day, Piche collected another hat trick while setting up G.Vouloumanos. The Raging Rhinos took the contest by the third period bagging four unanswered goals. Three of those tallies all came with the man advantage. D.Anglehart scored twice in the win and P.Chamberland had a strong third period denying every ball his way.
(3)United Arms vs Fat Roy(1)
United Arms take contest after big first period
It took the United Arms only the first period to get all of their scoring done. The outburst was more than enough offense in their 3-1 win over Fat Roy. The United Arms played one its better defensive game, limiting Fat Roy to only one goal that occurred by the four minute mark of the second period. The only problem was that they took too many penalties, but despite being in the box, K.Haratounian had their backs making the necessary saves. H.Jerjian and M.Batri each had two points while G.Jerjian got awarded the winner with a power play marker.
Monday October 10
Stellar M.Melo stifles Team X
The outcome of a hockey game is decided by many factors. Some are more pronounced depending on the game itself. In the first match, Team X needed to be opportunistic after trailing 2-1 heading into the second period to take the contest. A.Lanni and M.Barone each scored three minutes apart to squeak out a close victory. But the second match had a different story line. The Jokers showed more determination in their game. By winning many loose balls and by using their forecheking game, the Jokers earned their chances and got rewarded as the game went on. J.Hurtubise opened the scoring and A.Balais notched two goals in a row with the help of A.Dayan’s perfect passes. While the players did their job, goaltending was also a major reason why the Jokers earned the win. M.Melo was absolutely stellar throughout the entire night. Team X didn’t fire many balls but generated some very good quality chances only to hit a wall. To sum it all up, Team X buried their goals in the opening game while the Jokers out worked their opponent in the second to split the night.
(3)Team X vs Jokers(2)
(4)Jokers vs Team X(0)
Venom rally in opening game, carry momentum in second contest
Four minutes was all it took for Venom to rally in the second period of the opening contest. The game shifted when Venom got rewarded a power play. With the game tied 3-3, J- P Meunier put his club up for the first time with just over two minutes remaining. J.Courteau scored a minute later for his second goal and third point of the game. J-P Meunier assisted three times before netting the winner. After ending strong like they did, Venom didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the second contest. In only ten minutes, J.Courteau continued his scoring spree adding two more tallies right before J-P Meunier made the score 3-0.Les Coqs did score shortly after courtesy of B.Scouloudis, and eventually pulled within one but that was a close as it got. In both games, J.Courteau, B.Deslauriers and J–P Meunier carried most of the load combining for 21 points.
(5)Venom vs LesCoqs(3)
(2)Les Coqs vs Venom(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Meunier of Venom. Out of his clubs ten goals in two games, the solid defenseman collected an impressive nine points.
Thursday September 29
(2)Eagles vs Street Ballers(4)
Three first period goals help Street Ballers defeat Eagles
The Street Ballers scored three times in the first period, including two goals by A.Jalbert to lead his club over the Eagles. In an effort to climb back into the game, the Eagles played much better but couldn’t get enough goal scoring. Both sides traded one second period goal each while the Eagles won the final frame with a tally by O.Seguin. S.Sauk captured the win and did a fine job between the pipes giving the Street Ballers their first win of the season.
(8)French Connection vs Werewolves(7) O.T
French Connection salvage night in extra time
It was throwback night as the French Connection and the Werewolves combined for 15 goals in what was a wild scoring affair. The goals came and came often, especially by the third period with both sides combining for eight goals. Each side had their natural snipers attend the scoring fest. D.Traversy had the most posting four tallies while A.Zarzour netted a pair for the Werewolves. J-F Belanger and J.Farrese each scored twice for the French Connection, but it was Farrese’s second goal that decided the outcome. The French Connection nearly let this one slip away carrying a 7-5 lead with only 15 seconds left on the clock. K.Miraldo and A.Zarzour each scored late to force the overtime. Luckily enough, J.Farrese had the final say or else the French Connection would have had a very hard time digesting the loss.
(6)SBS Trashers vs P.E.Y.O(5) O.T
J.Scalia and the SBS Trashers out duel P.E.Y.O
You couldn’t ask for a closer match such as this one. The SBS Trashers and the P.E.Y.O have similar elements to their game that could have only suggested a race to the finish line. Each side traded the same amount of goals in every period. Both teams had one player score twice that saw J.Courteau bury a pair for the P.E.Y.O while D.Brunetti tallied twice for the SBS Trashers. With overtime settling the outcome, J.Scalia and the SBS Trashers celebrated one extra time to earn the extra points. F.Gentile collected four points in the win. As for P.E.Y.O, B.Deslauriers was limited to only one goal but helped set up his line mate J.Courteau both times.
(4)Chiefs vs Deadlast(1)
Chiefs use third period to down Deadlast
For two straight periods, both teams had no idea where this game was going. Each side played to a low scoring 1-1 tie and struggled to get a go ahead marker until the final 15 minutes of play. The Chiefs started the period strong with a goal by P.Charbonneau. That helped loosen the legs by the Chiefs as they just got better with time. P.Scotti widened the margin by two and P.Santullo summed up the game moments later with his second of the match. This was a kind of win that the Chiefs needed their net minder to stay sharp. S.Pare allowed only one goal on 25 shots and was a vital reason why his club earned their first win of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexis Jalbert of the Street Ballers. In his first game with the Street Ballers, Jalbert scored twice while setting up a goal in a close 4-2 win over the Eagles.
Friday September 23
(10)Brewers vs Fast and Furious(2)
Brewers cruise to lopsided victory over Fast and Furious
J.Colombo felt abandoned early in the second period when his short bench and tired defense couldn’t hold up the Brewers pressure. E.Pellerin began the onslaught by breaking a 2-2 tie for his second of the night as part of a three goal performance. The Brewers had plenty of players converting. A.Lanni and R.Hagen each had four helpers and G.Platanitis shut the door for over two periods to record an easy win in net. Both sides figured this match was going in only one direction with only one spare versus a three line group. Regardless the situation, the Brewers are glad to bank some early points. As for the Fast and Furious, it’s no secret that it will take more bodies if they plan to get any sort of success.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Stones(4) O.T
T.Settino saves night for Stones, nets O.T winner
Who other than your most valued player to get things done. Quiet in terms of accumulating points during the game, T.Settino saved his best for last. The skilled player back handed a rebound on a short angle to bury his first of the season. Both teams played your typical chess match styled game. The Devil Dawgz led 3-2 heading into the third period but couldn’t hang on to it when D.Ramada evened the score. S.Sicuso helped set up two goals for the win while A.Guillaume and M.Archambault were the Devild Dawgz best players combining for four points.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(5)
Hawks top new addition Seniors in tight battle
There was nothing easy about this contest for the defending champs, who needed a full out effort to defeat the HBHA Seniors. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the Hawks fell apart early in the second period giving up two quick tallies. But that didn’t stop A.Moscato by regaining control as the forward bagged his second only moments later. The Hawks eventually went up by a pair courtesy of E.Collela’s second bullet. In an effort to battle back, P.Lapointe gave plenty of hope after scoring with seven minutes left in the game. The HBHA Seniors were than awarded a golden four minute power play opportunity with still plenty of time left over. Unable to capitalize, the Hawks defended well getting exceptional goaltending by S.Pare to secure the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Stones. The Stones won an overtime game versus the Devil Dawgz thanks to a brilliant play by their start player.
Wednesday September 7(F2 Finals)
(1)Horsemen vs Acolytes(3) Game 1
C.Paiment rescues Acolytes with two key goals
Les Acolytes needed until the third period to get on track and take game one of the series. It took nearly two and a half full periods before M.Vinciguerra conceded his first goal of the match. S.Dicaire evened the score and C.Paiment brought it a step further notching two in a row to complete the comeback. The Horsemen got on board when P.Sidhom beat J-O Renaud for a rare time. Unable to get that 2-0 lead, the Horsemen had to deal with a bitter loss heading into their most important game of the season.
(1)Acolytes vs Horsemen (3) Game 2
Horsemen return favor to even series
Having their proverbial backs against the wall, the Horsemen put it all on the line to bounce back and tie the series. The Horsemen were in a similar situation heading into the final period with a slight 2-1 lead but made sure this time to not give it up. B.Rubino put the Horsemen up 2-1 late in the second period with the man advantage. From there, Les Acolytes attempted everything possible to even the score only to hit a wall. M.Vinciguerra stood tall making sure to allow nothing knowing the season was on the line. The Horsemen desperately wanted to force a third and deciding game and got their by playing more determined.
(0)Horsemen vs Acolytes(3) Game 3
Acolytes beat out Horsemen to win F2 Wednesday championship
With both teams having only 15 minutes to decide a winner, Les Acolytes closed out the season with a 3-0 victory. The importance of the first goal was at stake as both sides knew how crucial it would be playing with the lead. It took less than four minutes for G.Langelier to get his club on board. The Horsemen would start to feel the pressure at that point as they desperately needed an equalizer. Unfortunately as time went on, it was Les Acolytes doubling their lead courtesy of C.Beauchamp. That goal forced M.Vinciguerra out of his net for an extra attacker where S.Chartrand eventually took advantage of the empty cage. Les Acolytes got to this point with contributions from all of their players and especially J-O Renaud who was very vital allowing only four goals in three games. As was the case for most of the series, both these teams played your typical playoff game. All three games were tight and low scoring. In the end, Les Acolytes found a way to get that slight edge. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Les Acolytes for winning the F2 Wednesday division.
F3 division semi finals
(6)Bulldogs vs Primetime(4) Game 2
Bulldogs ignite offence to shift series
Refusing to give up and go away, the Bulldogs showed plenty in their wild 6-4 win over Primetime. The desperate squad started stronger building a 2-0 first period lead that saw the line between C.Boivin,J-O Turbide and N.Smith combine for six points. Despite the bad start, Primetime regrouped by the second where they bagged three goals and eventually even the game at three goals apiece. Once they tied it, the Bulldogs put themselves back in the driver’s seat with a late period goal by J-O Turbide. The Bulldogs couldn’t afford a let down by the third which forced them to shut the door. With the help of M-A Turbide’s power play marker, this series needed the extra 15 minute mini game to see who would book a ticket to the final.
(1)Primetime vs Bulldogs(3) Game 3
Bulldogs sink Primetime to reach F3 division finals
Each side used their survival skills in their most important game of the season to try and come out on top. It took just over a minute for C.Boivin to get the Bulldogs on board. That goal immediately put Primetime in panic mode knowing that they couldn’t concede another with still plenty of time left over. The cheers eventually got louder when N.Smith doubled the lead with half a period remaining. What seemed like a flash for Primetime felt like an eternity for the Bulldogs who still had to focus on the amount of time left over. L.Haouzi gave life to Primetime by cutting the lead in half with just over four minutes remaining. That goal forced his club to put on an extra attacker in hopes of tying the game, but like in most circumstances, the odds were against them. The Bulldogs capped of their second straight win with an empty net marker.
(4)NWV vs Hellfish(6) Game 2
Collective team effort sends Hellfish to finals
The Hellfish used a tremendous team effort to punch their ticket to the final. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the Hellfish had the luxury of dictating the pace to their liking. E.Medrano made the score 2-0 before setting up D.Ugaldez and D.Laurin at a crucial time during the game. A 5-2 third period lead may have felt comfortable but that got erased quickly when A.Hakim and K.Dube scored to pull within one. The NWV had plenty of time left over along with the momentum to tie the game. But with F.Vigliotti between the pipes, the NWV couldn’t break the wall. S.Monnet sealed the fate with just over two minutes. With this win, the Hellfish will challenge the Bulldogs for the F3 division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jean-Olivier Renaud of Les Acolytes. In three games that his club needed him the most, the net minder was stellar allowing only 4 goals during that span.
Wednesday August 31(F2 & F3 Semi finals)
(4)Deadlast vs Acolytes(3) F2 Game 2
Captain clutch scores twice to force a game 3
C.Zafiropoulos rolled back the years with two key goals in a close 4-3 must win over Les Acolytes. Deadlast entered the night having no choice to take the game in regulation time. The difference in the match occurred in the third period where the captain riffled his second to snap a 3-3 tie. Les Acolytes had half a period to score only one goal to advance but couldn’t get there. R.Lefebvre scored twice in the loss, one of only two players to get the better of J.Sanoudakis. This result forced both sides to play their best 15-20 minutes of hockey in a game three deciding game.
(2)Acolytes vs Deadlast(1) F2,O.T Game 3
Deadlast exit playoffs in painful manner
If there is one time during a playoff run where you can’t afford a mistake that time would be in game three do or die playoff game. Deadlast couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to find themselves playing for the F2 championship. With no winner after the 15 minute mini game, only a sudden death goal or a potential shootout would determine the fate for both sides. After being awarded a power play opportunity in overtime, Deadlast found themselves looking the other way when C.Beauchamp ended the game with a brilliant shorthanded goal. It wasn’t to say that they would have scored with the man advantage, but at the very least, Deadlast will regret not doing better in that circumstance. Les Acolytes did what they needed to do and know find themselves one step closer to the finish line.
(2)HC Inter vs Horsemen(3) F2 Game 2
Horsemen score three second period goals to drop HC Inter
V.Pandza scored a goal and added a pair of assists to help lead his club to the final. The Horsemen did all of their scoring in the second period. In the span of only a minute, the Horsemen sparked two quick goals to put the HC Inter in a bind. D.Crivello did eventually get on board to cut the lead in half, but that only lasted a few minutes as M.Mamoulides regained a two goal cushion. At that point, the HC Inter needed at least three goals in regulation time to force a game three. Despite D.Crivello’s second tally, the HC Inter was just too far away from forcing the mini game. M.Vinciguerra continues to perform well in net as the net minder collects another big win after facing 26 shots.
The Horsemen and Les Acolytes will face off in one last battle. Both sides split their season series, however, Les Acolytes got the better of the Horsemen in their last game of the season by a tight margin of 3-2.
(4)Primetime vs Bulldogs(2) F3 Game 1
T.Shpindler hat trick lifts Primetime in game 1
T.Shpindler notched a hat trick and J.Papachristos made 22 saves to grab game one of the F3 semi-finals. The match resembled a sea saw effect. Primetime scored twice in the first period, and then the Bulldogs replied with two second period goals only to drop the final frame by giving up a pair of tallies. C.Flikas came through snapping an early 2-2 third period tie. The back breaker occurred minutes later when T.Shpindler buried his third of the contest on the power play. The Bulldogs will use the extra week off and reflect on what to do in order to bounce back in the series.
(2)Hellfish vs NWV(2) Game 1
Late power play goal salvages tie for Hellfish
With time running out, a timely power play goal rescued the Hellfish with only 33 seconds left on the clock. R.Serrano came through at the time of need which gave the Hellfish plenty of breathing room heading into next week’s battle. After being snake bitten for over two periods, the NWV did their scoring by the third with goals from M.St-Laurent and C.Kalogeropoulos. Both goaltenders lived up to the moment facing over 20 shots each. B.Madonis earned the tie for the NWV while his counterpart F.Vigliotti performed equally as well for the Hellfish.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tzor Shpindler of Primetime. The Primetime forward was involved in all four goals that included three tallies.
Thursday August 25(Semi finals)
(7)Bramabulls vs Wocafloka(2) Game 2
Wocafloka picked apart by high octane Bulls
Powerless to stop the constant pressure put forward by the Bramabulls , Wocafloka didn’t have the ammunition on this night to extend the series. By rolling their three balanced lines, A.Mirolla sliced his way through the defense resulting in three out of the seven goals scored by the Bramabulls .D.Verta found the back of the net as well bagging a pair while N.Recine and T.Karasek also tallied. Similar to their previous match only a week ago, the Bramabulls got better as the game went on. Once they made it 3-1, Wocafloka knew that the hill was going to be high to climb. The trailing side had to win the match in regulation time, and while generating a few chances, it wasn’t anywhere close to what needed to be done. A.Grieco faced 17 shots to earn the win and a spot to the final.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(1) Game 2
Fatal Demons eliminate Fat Roy, head to finals
S.Koulieris’s go ahead goal with half a game remaining seemed like a huge deficit for a club that needed the regulation win. Fat Roy kept hitting a wall every time they touched the ball unable to get enough good quality chances. The Fatal Demons didn’t need the win but they wanted it anyway. S.Sauk was near perfect pushing away 20 shots. G.DeMarinis opened the scoring late in the first period for the Fatal Demons. Fat Roy got their lone tally shortly after courtesy of K.Fiore, a few minutes before S.Koulieris tallied the last goal of the series.
With the Fatal Demons and the Bramabulls punching their ticket to the final, the question becomes who will have the bragging rights once it’s all said and done. Pat Santullo will make sure to send his club the right message on how to contain the Bramabulls three lines. As for Anthony DiPerna, as long as his troops stay out of the penalty box and keep playing the same way, then good things can only happen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Mirolla of the Bramabulls. The solid forward bagged a hat trick and an assist to help send his club to the final.
Thursday August 25(Semi finals)
(7)Spare Parts vs Les Balcons(7) Game 2
Spare Parts storm back to advance to big dance
The Spare Parts didn’t have the control like they did in game one, but the persistence throughout the game was there. The veteran side found themselves trailing for most of the night at times by three goals before mounting an incredible comeback. Knowing that only a tie was required to advance, the men in green kept pushing the pace in desperation of avoiding a third and deciding game. In due time, the key goals eventually came in. The biggest tally found the back of the net with only 45 seconds left on the clock. T.Koutlis swiped at a loose ball and the Spare Parts all of a sudden had something to celebrate about. S.Sicuso and T.Koutlis each scored twice in the win. Les Balcons did plenty of things right in this match except for one thing, and that was taking too many unnecessary penalties. If they stayed out of the box, this series was surely going to go down to the wire.
(8)SBS Trashers vs Carnage(2) Game 2
SBS Trashers win easily, book date with Spare Parts
If the SBS Trashers keep playing the same way like they did tonight, than there will be no doubt that they will be crowned champions. Apart from F.Gentile’s two goals, the division leaders got contributions from many players. The SBS Trashers mounted a 4-1 first period lead which by their standards is more than enough to secure a win. The emerging squad will now have only one challenge ahead of them. The Spare Parts will need a near perfect series if they plan on having any sort of hope. If Sebastien Sicuso can set a game plan, than maybe there’s a chance, but it’s highly unlikely.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Kokovidis of the Spare Parts. The patient defenseman helped set up five goals in an important 7-7 draw.
Monday August 8 (Playoffs Round 1, 4 vs 5)
(2)Jokers vs Young Gunz(1) Game 1
Jokers take game 1 with 2-1 win over Young Gunz
As the Jokers struck first with a close 2-1 victory over the Young Gunz, there was goalie Sebastien Gagnon standing tally making 20 saves. Gagnon wasn’t the only of both net minders doing their part. N.Fragos kept his cage protected just as well, with the only difference being an extra goal. A.Dayan orchestrated both tallies for the win by setting up M.Gagnon and M.Singh. The Jokers went up 2-0 and nearly kept a perfect score sheet until the late stages of the game. G.DeLuca cracked the barrier on the power play to narrow the gap, but that was as close as it got. Despite dropping the game, the Young Gunz found their groove as time went on which they looked to feed from going into a must win situation.
(1)Young Gunz vs Jokers(3) Game 2
M.Gagnon 3-point game helps send Jokers to next round
After being down early, the Jokers tilted the tides as the game went on. M.Gagnon and the Jokers made fast work of the Young Gunz. Playing most of his minutes from the back end, M.Gagnon used his time and space generating most of the Jokers offence. The spark plug scored his clubs first goal to level the game. Then, M.Baccari grabbed the lead after receiving a pass from Gagnon, a goal that came with the man advantage. With still an entire period to play, the biggest tally was yet to come. The Young Gunz had a golden opportunity to take advantage of a power play, instead M.Gagnon came to haunt his opponents with a game series shorthanded marker. That goal deflated any hopes of a comeback, especially when you have the goaltending of S.Gagnon, who for a second straight game stood very tall in net. The series was overall tight but the Jokers found a way to be slightly better. With this result, the Jokers escaped the first stage of a difficult journey. Next in line will be the division leaders 1 Timer. It will be a series that the 1 Timer can’t take for granted considering the way the Jokers have been playing as of late. The other semi final match up will feature Les Carmonis taking on Team X.
(1)1 Timer vs Jokers(4) Semi finals
(2)Les Carmonis vs Team X(3) Semi finals
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathias Gagnon of the Jokers. Gagnon collected four out of a possible five points, including a game series shorthanded tally to help send his club through to the semi finals.
Wednesday July 27
(4)Faceless vs United Arms(5)
United Arms salvage night after blowing two leads
Despite giving up a pair of leads, the United Arms managed to shrug off the adversity. The games pivotal moment occurred fairly late in the game when G.Jerjian regained control for the United Arms. The lanky forward did more than just crack the barrier by scoring three times while setting up H.Jerjian. To his help, Y.Derohannessian was just as key for the result. The slick forward used his calm hands to set up all five tallies. Faceless were caught off guard early on forced to battle back all night long. Unable to get that go ahead marker, Faceless will remain in fifth place setting up a first round match up versus Park Avenue or the very same United Arms.
(0)Underdogs vs Tropics(3)
Shorthanded goals propel Tropics over Underdogs
It’s not to suggest that the Underdogs would have escaped with the win, but giving up two shorthanded goals in a close 3-0 loss leaves room for some doubt. The Tropics made the score 2-0 on the Underdogs power play with goals by V.Crivello and J.Nardolillo. Those were two crucial plays of the game were the Underdogs failed to take advantage of their opportunities. It didn’t help either against a team that’s got only one loss in eleven games. Regardless, the effort was there and the score was close for a team that’s struggled early in the season. Nardolillo went on to add his second for the Tropics third goal and A.Boulieri faced 19 shots to record a shutout.
(4)Punishers vs Park Avenue(3) O.T
Park Avenue drop 4-3 ot decision after climbing back
For nearly three entire periods, the Park Avenue trailed, and despite tying the game very late it was all for nothing. Payam Assadi evened the score for the Park Avenue with only 44 seconds left in the game. That tally came in a shorthanded play, a situation that they hoped to fuel from only to later lose in the sudden death frame. After collecting his fourth point of the night, P.Karvouriaris collected his biggest assist when S.Bentivegna scored early in overtime. That was Bentivegna’s second tally, his first coming on the power play in the third period. With this result, the Punishers will be playing Park Avenue or the United Arms in a best of three semi final match up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Garo Jerjian of the United Arms. From the drop of the ball, Garo Jerjian was uncontainable, scoring three big goals while collecting an assist in a close 5-4 win over Faceless.
Sunday May 1(E1 Finals)
(2)Fatal Demons vs Hulkamania(4) Game 2
Hulkamania silence Demons and even series
Buoyed by a strong attack, Hulkamania responded to force a third and deciding game. A.Dayan led Hulkamania with two goals and an assist and B.Deslauriers offered two points of his own. H.Trahan rebounded after a shaky game one to win with 28 saves. The Fatal Demons rode a hot sequence winning three straight games up until the men in yellow flipped the script. Each side played it cautious with only one penalty throughout the entire contest. As much as this was a must win result for Hulkamania, a fifteen minute mini game came to be a determining factor to see who would take it all.
(2)Hulkamania vs Fatal Demons(3)O.T Game 3
Ex hulkster K.Araujo comes back to haunt old team
It wasn’t too long ago that Hulkamania celebrated a game three overtime championship. During that time, K.Araujo riffled a deceiving rocket in a game three do or die match up that gave Hulkamania there second title in their last year. Tonight, the ex teammate came to haunt his opponents. It took all but 35 seconds for the silent leader to get the job done. K.Araujo fooled H.Trahan with a low hard wrist shot to end the night and give the Fatal Demons another one of many championships. Hulkamania opened and closed the scoring with goals from B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau. The veteran side scored in between only one minute apart courtesy of D.Ugaldez and G.Lallis. For a team who had no expectations for going anywhere, the Fatal Demons proved everyone wrong in their playoff run. The 4-6 regular season record appeared to be just an illusion. After crawling back into the series against the heavy favorite Romans, the Fatal Demons did something remarkable by knocking out the three time champs. Pat Santullo along with his teammates may have been the only ones confident for what they achieved. On behalf of Hockryballe.com, congratulations go out to the leader and the rest of his troops for capturing the E1 Sunday night division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Araujo of the Fatal Demons. As solid as they come, Kevin Araujo scored the biggest goal of the season to help his club celebrate a well earned championship.
Thursday April 28(Finals)
(3)Legacy vs TANK(2) Game 1
Legacys’ Bertrand tallies late game winning goal
D.Bertrand scored with just over two minutes left in the third period to lift Legacy to a 3-2 win over Tank. S.Robineault and T.Bozinakis scored first period goals for Legacy and M.Dagenais pushed away 24 of 26 shots to earn the win in net. After falling behind early on, Tank slowly got better as the game went on. J.Quesnel-Vinet sparked his club back in it with two second period goals and Tank kept emerging putting plenty of pressure on the Legacy defense. Each side traded enough shots and scoring chances throughout the match that had both net minders excel between the pipes. If it wasn’t for a perfect feed by G.Pisanelli to set up D.Bertrand late in the game, this contest would have most likely ended in a draw.
(6)TANK vs Legacy(8) Game 2
Legacy capture fourth cup in four years
They don’t normally play with a full squad, but Legacy may have needed those extra legs to defeat a resilient hockey team. The offence was evenly spread as seven different players celebrated goals. Just like in game one, Legacy had the better start which forced Tank to play catch up all game long. The problem was that Legacy never had the comfort of playing with a lead for enough time. The nonstop effort from Tank kept responding by tying the game on a few occasions, but were never able to grab a lead. A key moment occurred by the first period where Tank gave up a shorthanded goal by E.Girouard. His fake back hand move beat A.Mancini to break a 1-1 tie. Tank did however score twice with their five man unit. J.Quesnel-Vinet and B.Deslauriers each had two goals in the loss. T.Bozinakis may have scored the biggest goal of the game by riffling a rocket of a slap shot on the power play giving Legacy their seventh goal of the match. At that point, Tank had no choice to pull out A.Mancini for an extra attacker. After receiving a pass from G.Pisanelli, Payam Assadi salted the win in an empty net for his second of the contest. Following three championships in four years, this win puts this edition of Legacy into the rarified air of past great teams. Led by great leadership from George Panagiotopoulos and Tasso Bozinakis, Legacy were deserving for what they achieved on Thursday night. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to all the players that made this happen. On a different note, Legacy will be representing Quebec this summer at the C Nationals in Kelowna British Columbia. The date of the event is from July 21-24.We wish the boys the best of luck in keeping Quebec a power house province when it comes to the game we all love.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tasso Bozinakis of Legacy. Defense often wins you championships. His rock solid play from blue line to blue line was a significant reason why his club celebrated the D Thursday division championship.
Friday April 22 (Finals)
(2)Park Avenue Legends vs Hawks(3) Game 1
Third period goals lead Hawks over Legends
The Hawks continued to play the style that made them very successful in the post season so far. They played defense. They got balanced scoring, a relentless effort from all their players and the goaltending that was expected form their pillar between the pipes S.Pare. For over half the game, no side had the answer to solving both goaltenders. Pedram Assadi blocked everything his way for over two periods until a power play goal by N.Domingos put the Hawks on the board. That was just the first of three straight goals that shifted the momentum in their favor. Once the Hawks led, the Park Avenue Legends did put some pressure but struggled to penetrate a very tight defense.
(6)Hawks vs Park Avenue Legends(3) Game 2
Hawks out work Park Avenue Legends, take 35 + division
The Hawks ended their post season against the Park Avenue Legends in a remarkable 6-3 rout to take the series in two games. This time, the Hawks made it a point to grab the early lead and dictate the pace the way they wanted. P.Roy cleaned up the mess on the power play to put the Hawks in front 1-0.D.Galloro then doubled the lead in the same period and A.Moscato used a blistering slap shot to widen the gap by the mid way point of the game. But it wasn’t as safe and secure as it seemed for the Hawks, who allowed two straight tallies by N.Kokovidis and M.Goineau before the end of the second period. With only one period remaining, the Hawks didn’t want to let this one slip away. Like they have been doing since the beginning of the playoffs, the men in white kept working hard and pushing the pace to the very last whistle to get to the finish line. Once again, S.Pare was a factor as the cat denied many orange balls his way giving plenty of confidence to all of his teammates. Prior to the season, the Hawks seemed like they couldn’t win anymore dropping their last four of five games right after starting with a 5-0 record. That sequence struck some doubt in the minds of some for a while up until they put a full out effort against the Brewers in round one. That single 3-1 win was a huge turning point and a major confidence booster that led to four hard consecutive wins. On behalf of hockeyballe.com, congrats go out to the Hawks for their solid effort in capturing the 35 + division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Quincy Joseph. The solid d-man gave no rope to any of his opponents throughout the whole playoffs and especially on this night to merit the honor.