Wednesday December 12(Semi finals)
(7)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(6) Game 2
Desperation kicks in third period for Knights to level the series
An average two periods of hockey kept the Knights scrambling for answers. Knowing that it was now or never, a massive third period push ultimately put them over the top to extend the series with the Mighty Drunks. Y.St-Georges single handily carried much of the load as he's been doing for most of the season. In tonight's case, the highly skilled forward struck four times while setting up two teammates. Most of his damage occurred when it counted the most by the third period where he riffled three goals along with a helper. A.Jalilvand contributed as well with five points that included two goals. The Mighty Drunks felt that they let this one slip away but still had a shot at redeeming themselves in a third and deciding game.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (2) Game 3
V.Mancini powers Mighty Drunks to punch ticket for the final
In the short span of fifteen minutes, V.Mancini did a whole lot to help send his club through to the final. The slick forward scored twice, set up a goal and added some grit visiting the penalty box for at least four minutes. Both sides' traded early goals up until Mancini created a gap helping provide a significant 3-1 lead. A.Jalilvand did narrow the margin to only one with his second but that was as close as it got. The Mighty Drunks made it a point to shadow Y.St-Georges a little closer and did a perfect job keeping him off the score sheet. He didn't receive many shots but O.Caillet gave his club a chance to play with the lead which made a big difference.
(5)Decepticons vs Carnage (6) Game 2
Carnage sticks to last week's game plan
By simply applying hard work and keeping it simple, Carnage would once again edge out the Decepticons with an identical score as last week's game. Another consistency that played into the win was the constant threat of M.Pace. The Carnage forward never takes a night off as it's the only way he knows how to play. Pace scored two goals while setting up J.Bourlakos and D.DiGiacomo Jr's game winning goal. Considering how dominant he was only a week ago by netting a hat trick, the Decepticons were stuck playing without N.Delia. They did get some balanced scoring-from M.Deninno and Y.Leroux but it just wasn't enough in the end.
(1)Left Wings vs Underdogs (5) Game 2
Never say die Underdogs bring it to the limit
Whether it was complacency-from the Left Wings end or that the Underdogs were that much hungrier, this game wasn't close at all for what was on the line. The Underdogs clearly showed that they wanted it more. J.Eid benefited with a late first period power play goal and the snow ball effect was in motion for the duration of the game. The Left Wings, no matter how hard they tried just weren't able to keep up with a quicker side. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players along with stellar goaltending by M.St-Laurent. Since game three was only moments away, the Left Wings already had the thought on how to approach their biggest match of the season.
(3)Underdogs vs Left Wings(1) S.O Game 3
Down to the wire, Underdogs survive wild finish
They would have loved nothing more than to end it in regulation but the Underdogs couldn't hold off a devastating buzzer beater-from J.Tzanetakos. With that tally, each side were stuck playing a five minute sudden death period and possibly a shootout to decide who would further their season or end it earlier than hoped for. But it wasn't in the overtime period that a winner would prevail. After sending some of their highly skilled players to take the breakaways, the Underdogs would eventually win the shootout and advance to the final. E.Salhany barely beat B.Verducci as the ball slowly tricked behind the net minder while M-A Haber used a sneaky move at the last second to fake out Verducci securing the victory. On the other end of the court, M.St-Laurent had the difficult challenge of going up against players such as J.Adamou and G.Gaitanis but still managed to deny both attempts.
(3)Horsemen vs Fat Cats(13) Game 2
Fat Cats pull away in second half of the game
For about half the game, this contest was still very up for grabs. Each side traded three first period goals and the Fat Cats only led 4-3 till the ten minute mark of the second period. Then, the Horsemen fell off a cliff and the Fat Cats kept whaling away with goal after goal. S.Hrivnak led the way with four markers followed with G.DeMarinis and J.Mancini as both players each tallied twice. The turning point perhaps occurred late in the second period when the Fat Cats strung two late goals for a four goal cushion. It was evident by then that the Horsemen lost motivation as they saw their season slowly bleed away giving up six more in a row.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Val Mancini of the Mighty Drunks. In his clubs most important game of the season, V.Mancini went on a tear, scoring two goals while adding an assist en route to a 4-2 win over the Knights.
The F1 & F2 divisions are now down to its final two teams. The F1 will feature the top two teams going at it with the Underdogs taking on the Fat Cats. This series will be determined on if the Fat Cats can match the intensity and work etiquette of the Underdogs. If they can, than look for the Fat Cats game breakers to make the difference, if not, the Underdogs will grind it out with their resilient style. As for the other final, Carnage will take on the Mighty Drunks for the big prize. Both teams are similar in many respects except for one key component. The Mighty Drunks have to make it a point on how to slow down M.Pace. If they figure that out than they'll have a chance, if not, look for Carnage to prevail.
Tuesday December 11(Semi finals)
(5)Punishers vs Bramabulls(7) S.O Game 1
A.Moffa's late goal saves game 1 for Bramabulls
A.Moffa was able to force a shootout when bagging his second goal very late in the game. In the shootout, G.Follano excelled denying two breakaways while A.Mirolla and M.Maggiore made sure to bury their chances. Both sides knew the importance of winning the this encounter, especially how tight this series would be. The Bramabulls did plenty of good things except for containing a key player-from the other side. And although they understood his threat, C.Gingras still got his way riffling four out of the five Punishers goals. With game one going in the Bramabulls favour, the Punishers had an hour to patiently wait and regroup to try and extend the series.
(2)Bramabulls vs Punishers(5) Game 2
Punishers clearly ready in bounce back game
Challenged by their captain J.Fidrilis to compete harder and raise their level of play, the Punishers stormed back with authority in order to force a third and deciding game. This contest was completely dominated-from the Punishers riding a 4-0 lead heading into the third period. The only time the Bramabulls got on board came fairly late in the game, and twice with power play goals-from the every same A.Moffa. Apart-from that, nothing went well for the Bramabulls. After setting up A.Laramee to get the ball rolling, C.Gingras eventually reminded his opposition that he wasn't done just yet. Gingras went on to add the Punishers last two tallies to secure a must win game.
(3)Punishers vs Bramabulls(1) Game 3
Game three hero A.Laramee sends Punishers to big dance
There was no doubt that A.Laramee was the key component of this important game. By providing his clubs first two goals, the Punishers would never look back completing a well earned accomplishment. The Bramabulls didn't address their foes-from game two and that was to get the better start. Only six minutes had gone by when Laramee spread his magic. Still not out of it yet, A.Mirolla kept the Bramabulls playoff hopes alive by cutting the lead in half. Unfortunately, one of the major problems that kept the scoring low for the Bramabulls was the play of A.Bitsakis. The young net minder remained cool and collective, and unless it was a grade A scoring chance, Bitsakis would not falter. Looking back, the Bramabulls had to figure out a way to try and capture the lead in their last two games in order to have a chance. The Punishers did their part and showed why they are deserving of reaching the final.
(8)Capitals vs AREZ(1) Game 1
Capitals continue onslaught into playoffs
Whether its the regular season or the post season, the Capitals had nothing changed-from their game. AREZ realised this despite formulating a disciplined game plan to limit the damage. C.Bezeau hit the net twice for a 2-0 lead and eventually added his third early in the final frame to complete a hat trick. By going down as early as they did, AREZ had no choice but to open up the game. And by doing so like struggling to get out of quick sand, the desperate side just kept sinking deeper. S.Morello took advantage collecting four consecutive points that included two goals. The only bright spot for the AREZ came in the third period when A.Zarzour finally got the better of C.Fortin. This loss would give J.Constantin one hour on how to dissect a very difficult opponent that barely has flaws in their game.
(2)AREZ vs Capitals(5) Game 2
AREZ couldn't put themselves in comfort zone
The one area that the AREZ have that is effective is their play with the lead. However, for a second straight game, they just couldn't get that first goal to try and make life difficult for the Capitals. Instead, the reverse happened and a duplicate scenario-from game one translated into this contest. The Capitals did all of their scoring in the first two periods that saw M-A Morin and his captain M.Champagne notch two goals each. AREZ did continue to fight winning the final stretch courtesy of P.Kawkab and J.Hassan but it just wasn't nearly enough. Even though the Capitals played this one with only eight players, it just didn't matter for how skilled they are. Perhaps, it would have been more difficult if they trailed but it wasn't the case largely thanks to C.Fortin, who was absolutely brilliant throughout the entire series.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to A.Bitsakis of the Punishers. With goaltending so important at this stage of the season, Bitsakis did not disappoint winning back to back games where he limited the Bramabulls to only three goals.
With both series coming to an end, the league leading Capitals will take on a very resilient Punishers team. Even though the Capitals won the season series 2-1, the Punishers did take the last one to hand the Capitals their only loss. There is no doubt that both these clubs are loaded with talent in all areas of their game. With that being said, the small details will come into play between winning and losing. Look for staying out of the penalty box as perhaps the most important thing to avoid for how well both sides move the ball.
Friday November 30
(3)Bramabulls vs HBHA(6)
D.Andrade’s hat trick lifts HBHA past Bramabulls
D.Andrade made every shift count on Friday night. The hardnosed forward kept his foot to the pedal and by doing so he scored once in every frame to record a hat trick. It’s what comes to be expected from-players who work hard while having the skill to do good things with the ball. The HBHA have a pool of solid players as do the Bramabulls, but it was J.Kontitsis and his crew that approached the game in the right manner. By grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the HBHA put themselves in a favourable position, and the Bramabulls felt like they were hitting a wall every time to try and bounce back. P.Charbonneau made plenty happen despite the loss scoring once while setting up two teammates.
(3)Hawks vs The Peters(4) O.T
The Peters strike late to edge out Hawks
There were many pesky players in this battle between the Peters and the Hawks. With that kind of intensity, everyone tends to elevate their game and fight hard on every play. Sometimes it goes one way and sometimes the other but in the end only one play decided the outcome. The Peters smelled blood when the Hawks took a late penalty and made them pay thanks to M.Crialese fighting hard to pounce on a loose ball. Both teams relied on good defense which often translates into good offense. The Hawks played close to one another and simply waited for their opportunities having no choice against some highly skilled players. The game could have tilted more in the Peters favour if not for P.Assadi, who was stellar between the pipes. As frustrating as the loss was for the Hawks, bringing the Peters to its final moments of a game can only have positive implications moving forward. A.Moscato had a good outing scoring twice in the loss.
(4)Hellas vs HBHA(10)
HBHA out number Hellas in landslide
It’s what came to be expected. Hellas has seen their season fade away by never addressing an important problem in order to compete, and that is a deep roster. Even though the players have the skill set and capacity to compete with any opponent, the required pace just isn’t there over the course of a hockey game. Their only chance is to start strong, build a lead and bear down defensively while getting exceptional goaltending. Neither of those factors came into play. Instead, The HBHA stormed out of the gate with three first period goals and never looked back en route to an easy win. P.Doulis bagged a hat trick while L.Loizou and his captain J.Kontitsis riffled two goals each.
(6)Bramabulls vs Stones(3)
Captain A.DiPerna sets the tone for Bramabulls
The Bramabulls captain absolutely set the tone with his play, which was just on another level. After getting his team off to a great start on two goals, A.DiPerna wasn’t done yet adding two more helpers to maintain control of the match. The whole team was able to follow his leadership rebounding-from an earlier loss. Marco Diaco, also matched his captains performance that included his patented slap shot late in the game. Both sides entered this contest with nothing on the line. The Bramabulls knew they were facing the HBHA no matter what place they finished in. As for the Stones, fifth place was locked in due to their favourable differential over Hellas.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony DiPerna of the Bramabulls. Unhappy with the way things ended versus the HBHA, the captain made it a point to rebound his club with four points in the second match of a double header night.
These games conclude the Maters 35+ division regular season. With the top three teams secured a semi-final spot, the fourth place Hawks will need to take on the fifth place Stones to see who will advance. That game will be played Tuesday at 8:00. The winner will eventually take on the first place Peters on the Friday in a best of three semi-final round. The other game features the HBHA and the Bramabulls.
Thursday November 29
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Legends(6)
Smooth Sailors fight back late before falling to Legends
Its never enough no matter how big the lead is against the Smooth Sailors. But rather than playing-from behind, the Legends put themselves in a better position early on winning the first period 3-1.A.Jalilvand provided two big goals for the two goal cushion and E.Gabrielli couldn't have scored a more beautiful marker late in the second period for a 5-1 lead. Gabrielli was trying to kill off a penalty but did it one better by battling out of a corner with a player on him only to find himself in front of the oppositions net where he faked out the net minder for a high lite reel goal. Nobody-from the Legends expected it, including Gabrielli. If the Legends planned to play the same way by the third than their night would have been stress free. Instead, the air changed and the Smooth Sailors took over. C.Palermo, A.Rapone and M.Testolina each took turns finding the back of the net. The only problem for the Smooth Sailors during that sequence was that S.Koulieris completely fooled R.Ricaurte on a quick wrist shot. The Smooth Sailors came close a few times to tying the game but R.Ranieri remained focused in net no matter how much pressure was coming his way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Enzo Gabrielli of the Legends. Gabrielli scored on an incredible individual effort late in the second period shorthanded to put his club in the drivers seat heading into the third period
Wednesday November 28
(4)Fat Cats vs Horsemen (10)
Horsemen Maul Fat Cats in must win game
The urgency of what was a must win game kicked in for the Horsemen on Wednesday night. Not only they got the three points to almost secure a playoff sport, but won by a reasonable margin to nearly guarantee one. The six goal difference gives them an enormous chance to extend the season where they'll hope to duplicate what they did versus the Fat Cats. G.Sangiovanni had a nightmare start allowing five goals in the first period alone. Maybe the Fat Cats didn't approach this contest with much care but surely they couldn't be happy on how brutal it ended. J.Rabchuk piled on four goals, T.Zermalias buried a pair for the win while J.Mancini did more than his share posting three goals in the loss.
(5)Left Wings vs Kentucky Blue(2)
S.Longo's third period madness puts Left Wings in driver's seat
For a regular season game, this contest was treated as a do or die match up for the two sides. The formula was quite simple, win and your likely in, or lose and chances are you're out. The Left Wings had the better start mounting a 2-0 lead after one period with goals-from G.Gaitanis and J.Tzanetakos. With the onus on the Kentucky Blue to try and fight back, they just couldn't score in time. The match was already 4-0 and put out of reach when M.DeTorre finally got his club on board. Prior to the goal, S.Longo was absolutely electric in the final frame posting three goals for a quick hat trick. This result secures a playoff spot for the Left Wings. As for the Kentucky Blue, unless they win by a seven goal margin in tomorrow's match with the Underdogs, then their season will come to a halt.
(4)Knights vs Carnage (5) O.T
Knights fail to protect massive lead, collapse in overtime
The Knights regular season ended with a thud on Wednesday night. From-everything being roses, turned into an instant downfall when it was said and done. The worse part about it was that Carnage used three third period goals all coming in the last two minutes of play. In any event, that kind of downfall is unacceptable no matter what the circumstances. The only positive the Knights can-take from this is to assume it's never over until it's over, a valuable lesson that will stick with them with the playoffs looming only a week away. And while the Knights look at this as a collapse, Carnage may have a different perspective on it. By never giving up, they got rewarded on late heroics-from four different goal scores. P.Stroubakis was behind setting up M.Pace's late equaliser and J.Di Marco's overtime winner.
(4)Decepticons vs Underdogs (7)
Big third period helps Underdogs strive for first place
By winning a huge third period, the Underdogs gave themselves a chance to pass the Fat Cats in tomorrow's last regular season game for first place. The Underdogs demonstrated that they were a hungrier team and used their energy to pull away. W.Abboud and his captain J.Constantin did much of the scoring with two goals apiece. F.Nasser and M-A Haber were also contributing factors as both players combined for six points. Even though it won't be their ultimate goal, the Underdogs will attempt to defeat the Kentucky Blue for a first place finish.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Longo of the Left Wings. In the third period alone, the quick forward damaged the Kentucky Blue's playoff hopes by bagging three markers.
The F1 division will be completed once the Kentucky Blue and the Underdogs take action on Thursday night. That game has plenty of significance for the two sides. The Underdogs will look to overtake the Fat Cats for first place while the Kentucky Blue will need to play the game of their lives in order to make the post season.
As for the F2 division, their regular season has come to an end. All four teams will be heading to the playoffs in a best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follow:
(1) Carnage vs Decepticons(4) Even though Carnage is a well rounded squad that has a deep line up, there will no guarantees in this series. The Decepticons carry the luxury of having a few game changers such as N.Delia, Y.Leroux and M.Deninno just to name a few. And unless they are properly contained, this series can go either way.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (3) It wasn't too long ago that the Knights stunned the Mighty Drunks with a 2-1 victory. The reason why it was so shocking was due to the fact that the Knights did it with a very short bench. Unless the Knights repeat a similar performance, look for the Mighty Drunks to grind it out.
Tuesday November 27
(6)Capitals vs Bramabulls(0)
M-A Morin overwhelms Bulls with four goals
The Capitals keep rolling through the division thanks to a four goal performance by M-A Morin and a 25 save shutout out-from C.Fortin. Both sides remained scoreless for just over half the game before C.St-Hilaire got the Capitals on board. It was shortly after that M-A Morin started to cause fits for the Bramabulls. In only one minute, Morin strung together two goals to help close out a dominant second period. The problem for the Bramabulls didn't stop there despite having one entire frame to bounce back. Clearly, M-A Morin wasn't done yet has he added two more tallies for his fourth of the match. The Bramabulls knew going in how difficult the challenge would be, and even though they lost the game, this wasn't what they were expecting. The good news was that they had a second game looming giving them enough time to bounce back-from a disappointing performance.
(3)Punishers vs The Blast(0)
A.Bitsakis stops all 27 shots to earn a shutout for the Punishers
Surely the Punishers cant say enough about the play of A.Bitsakis. Its one thing when you have scoring power up front along with a solid defence, but when you add the final piece between the net, you became that much harder to beat. The Blast realised it in this contest unable to solve Bitsakis at any moment. The goaltender was never once phased stopping everything his way which only built confidence for the players in front of him. A.Laramee scored an early goal for the Punishers and eventually added his second by the four minute mark of the third period. Then, just to reassure the win, P.Karvouriaris capped it off late on a power play marker.
(1)AREZ vs Bramabulls(3)
Third period goals end dry spell for the Bramabulls
The Bramabulls must have been wondering if they were ever going to score in a double header night. After going scoreless versus the Capitals only an hour earlier, the same problem seemed to carry over, at least for two entire periods. Up until that point, P.Haber had scored for AREZ with the games lone marker. Sometimes it takes only one tally to break the ice and end a frustrating cycle offensively. And surely enough, that goal eventually came early in the third period for the Bramabulls. A.Moffa finally figured out C.Malkoun and the Bramabulls had something to celebrate about. Still, the mission wasn't accomplished as both sides were fighting for the win. Unfortunately for the AREZ, a tripping penalty enabled C.Palermo to pull the Bramabulls in front for the first time all night. By that point, over eight minutes was remaining for a response-from the AREZ. But with the Bramabulls committed to bear down and defend while getting exceptional goaltending-from G.Follano, that goal never came.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M-A Morin of the Capitals. Anytime a player scores four times in a game, its because he has nose for the net. M-A Morin showed his ability once more striking four consecutive times against a team that prides themselves on good defense.
Tuesday November 27
(3)Hellas vs Hawks(6)
Hawks bounce back after slow start
With both teams playing on a depleted line up, a good start would usually suggest for a favorable finish. Hellas put themselves in that position building a 3-1 lead just prior to the half way mark of the match. Knowing how crucial the next tally would be, Q.Joseph was able to provide it for the Hawks. Then, as the second period was winding down to its final moments, P.Santullo beat S.Sauk just in time to level. Both sides still had fifteen minutes to prevail, but clearly the momentum was on the Hawks side, who had no pressure in what was a meaningless game for them. However, the same couldn't be said for Hellas as they were fighting for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, and even though the two teams were short, Hellas had nothing left by the third period. P.Santullo added his second as did S.Robineault to secure a double up victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to George Nehme of the Hawks. The veteran d-man had just finished playing two games prior to this one and showed no signs of fatigue by winning plenty of battles along the boards.
Thursday November 22
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Raging Rhinos(7)
Late Smooth Sailors push falls short
There's a funny thing about furious comebacks. If you complete one, it tends to wipe away all the sins that had been committed beforehand .But if you fall short, penance must be paid. That was the case with the Smooth Sailors in this particular contest. After falling behind 5-1 heading into the third period, the Smooth Sailors decided to wake up. C.Fragkiudakis notched his second right before Marco Diaco made it a one goal game. By then, the Raging Rhinos made sure to feed an empty cage to avoid any late disasters. The win came with scoring efforts-from seven different players with S.Labrecque leading the way accumulating five points.
(1)Butchers vs SBS Trashers(0) Inter-league
Butchers, C.Confuorti shut out Trashers
Despite having only eight players dressed, it didn't matter for the Butchers for how well C.Confuorti played between the pipes. The Butchers made it a point to play a sound defensive game while simply waiting for their breaks. Entering the game, the SBS Trahsers had the pressure to come out on top as their playoff hopes was on the line. And no matter how hard they tried to get at least one goal, something kept standing in the way. C.Confuorti was simply that good, displaying incredible saves while making the basic ones look so easy. With that kind of performance, the Butchers just fuelled-from it and kept working hard knowing that they had a chance. The contest looked like it needed extra time up until S.Robineault decided otherwise. After receiving a perfect pass-from S.Govas, the sniper put all his might into it giving R.Pampena almost no chance.
(5)Legends vs JLR Brossard(7)
JLR Brossard kept responding on Legends push back
Neither side really played their best hockey but it's the final result that counts in the end. The JLR Brossard always had the upper hand by playing with a lead. And it seemed like every time the Legends would come back, the JLR Brossard would respond. The difficulty of containing G.Pisanelli is a constant problem for all opponents that try to limit the damage. It seems no matter how hard every team tries, Pisanelli keeps finding a way. Tonight's case saw the highly skilled forward participate in five straight goals that helped set up M.Croteau on two occasions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Cameron Confuorti of the Butchers. On a night where the Butchers were sometimes under siege, the brilliant young net minder put the team on his back and led them to a hard fought 1-0 victory.
Wednesday November 21
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Kentucky Blue(5)
Kentucky Blue edge Mighty Drunks on two late goals
Despite a tenacious team performance for nearly the entire game, the Mighty Drunks were unable to force extra time in their 5-3 loss to the Kentucky Blue. Locked in a 3-3 battle in the closing minutes of the third, the Kentucky Blue reeled off two late goals-from M.Broccoli and D.Landucci to take the match. The Kentucky Blue could have avoided the late drama if not for their delay of game penalty early on that led to a team goal for the Mighty Drunks. Once the second period began, J.DeSua helped set up P.Delli Colli on two occasions to get the ball rolling. Then, with both teams trading early goals by the third, a late push-from the Kentucky Blue sent them over the top.
(4)Knights vs Horsemen (3)
Y.St-Georges hat trick gives Knights 4-3 win over Horsemen
Y.St-Georges stole the show in this contest versus the Horsemen. He played a role in three of the four goals to complete a hat trick and was a terror-from the drop of the ball. The game was very evenly matched with both sides going scoreless in the first before trading two goals each by the second. It was in the final fifteen minutes of play that their top sniper came through for the Knights. After snapping a 2-2 tie, Y.St-Georges brought it a step further providing a two goal cushion only moments later. The Horsemen did respond late courtesy of M.Kardum but couldn't reach for an equaliser in time.
(5)Carnage vs Decepticons(3)
G.Gammieri's two big goals propels Carnage past Decepticons
If there was one area of their game that they could have tried to avoid was the amount of trips to the penalty box. The Decepticons wasted too many of their minutes with a man short and ultimately paid the price in the end. Carnage did have the luxury of playing with the lead forcing the Deceptions to make high risk plays. They did pull within one towards the end of the second period but that was as close as it got. G.Gammieri collected two second period points before adding his second early in the third for a two goal margin. J.Bourlakos would eventually ease the tension for Carnage by adding a late insurance marker.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick St-Georges of the Knights. His dominant play resulting in three goals keeps inspiring the Knights game in and game out.
Tuesday November 20
(0)The Blast vs Punishers (3)
A.Laramee scores twice, A.Bitsakis earns shutout as Punishers blank Blast
A.Centis and A.Laramee had their hand in all three goals for the Punishers while A.Bitsakis never once flinched to earn a shutout. The Punishers played sound defense throughout the entire game limiting the Blast to only 12 shots. For how well the Punishers boxed out their opponent, the Blast needed to score first in this contest. Bitsakis wasn’t busy but still extremely hard to beat barely giving up any rebounds. E.Laramee opened the scoring and added his second for a 2-0 lead courtesy of a power play goal. This was a first of two games on a double header night for the Blast, who had no choice to look ahead and forget what just happened.
(3)The Blast vs Bramabulls(5)
Despite scoring three, The Blast goes empty handed
After failing to score in the previous encounter versus the Punishers, the Blast did find some of their scoring touch against the Bramabulls. The problem however occurred in the latter stages of the match. Perhaps it was a case of some fatigue as three late goals-from the Bramabulls ultimately doomed the Blast. Tied 2-2 and with less than half a period remaining, the Bramabulls put it into gear. It was-from that point on that the Blast couldn’t keep pace giving up three straight markers. And while the Bramabulls have the horses to beat you any given night, two particular players caused most of the havoc. A.Moffa and A.Mirolla were simply uncontainable as both players shared four points each.
(7)Capitals vs AREZ(3)
Slow start has no bearing for Capitals
Even though the Capitals didn’t get the start they wanted trailing 2-1 after one period, it just didn’t matter to the D Tuesday division giants. That being said, it did take a big third period in order to distance themselves-from a resilient opponent. AREZ couldn’t have played a better game up until that point. There work etiquette enabled them to keep pace while knowing that as long as the game remained close, a chance for a win would be conceivable. Unfortunately, the Capitals aren’t your average grinding team, and unless you can play a full out 45 minute game, the chances are minimal for a positive result. The onslaught was led by C.St-Hilaire, who scored at key times to collect a hat trick while C.Bezeau was able to close it out on two late goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alec Laramee of the Punishers. In a low scoring affair with the Blast, A.Laramee collected all three possible points that included two big goals.
Tuesday November 20
(8)The Peters vs Stones(5)
Captain J.Morina goes natural with first period hat trick
It took the Peters captain less than twelve minutes into the hockey game to complete a natural hat trick. At that rate, it looked like the Peters were going to smoke the Stones out but it wasn’t the case at all. Rather than calling it quits, the last two periods were very even with both sides trading the same amount of goals. By then, the Peters weren’t playing desperate knowing that the pressure was all on the Stones to mount a comeback. And while they did battle, they couldn’t gain any ground. J.Pantelis had a multi goal game in the loss. As for the Peters, only three players tallied out of the eight goals that went in. Leading the way, J.Morina notched half of them while R.Fazi and M.Deninno chipped in with a pair.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Johnny Morina of the Peters. There was no doubt that the captain was on top of his game. In the first period alone, J.Morina sent a strong message posting three unanswered goals as part of a five point performance.
Sunday November 18
1 Timer enjoy a field day with Degenerates
When the few players started to walk into the dressing room and realised that there was way too much room to get dressed, that's when the Degenerates knew that there night would be long. Five players going up against a deeper younger team involves only one game plan and that's to box your opponent out and wait for your few chances. Unfortunately, neither worked and the 1 Timer did pretty much what they wanted in both games. T.Daigneault scored his clubs first two goals followed with K.Gagne, who also bagged a pair. The Degenerates did try and regroup for a better second encounter but failed miserably giving up four goals prior to the end of period. By that point, they just waited for their night to end. The 1 Timer added seven more goals in the second game that saw only three players find the back of the net. Leading the way was S.Gravel ,who sparked a hat trick while J.Guye-Perrault and K.Gagne chipped in with a pair. Plenty of those markers came with the help of T.Daigneault accumulating four more helpers to complete a productive night.
(5)1 Timer vs Degenerates (1)
(2)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(7)
Monday November 19
Legacy avenge Carmoni after dropping the ball
Luckily for Legacy this was only a regular season game. A slight 1-0 lead along with a power play to cap off the contest normally would hold up for such a team but not in this particular case. Les Carmoni pulled their goaltender just to have the same amount of players on the field and benefited when M.Baccari shot-from his own end to beat a screened M.Cormier. Then, barely seconds later, D.Desmarais made everyone's jaw drop with an incredible move to beat Cormier for a second time. That kind of finish only made Legacy angrier and primed for some pay back. After a quiet performance in the earlier contest, G.Pisanelli decided it was time to play. The skilled forward wasted no time making his presence felt scoring twice in the first period before completing his hat trick by the second. E.Girouard provided some insurance with a pair of late goals and T.Bozinakis was the master mind behind most of the offense setting up five markers.
(2)Les Carmoni vs Legacy (1)
(6)Legacy vs Les Carmoni(2)
Armadillos smoke Corporation twice with identical scores
It wasn't pretty, but perhaps expected when weighing the circumstances. The Corporation knew their night was going to be difficult against a stacked and much deeper bench. And even though there was an effort to battle, it just wasn't good enough. The Armadillos kept it simple breaking up plays while using a deadly counter attack. With quarterbacks such as G.Bouchard and K.Koutsogiannopoulos, the forwards have only to find themselves in open areas and bury their chances. Those plays happened way too many times resulting in 14 goals in only two games. G.Bouchard was the only multi goal scorer in the opening match as was P.Lapointe in the second meeting. The only highlight-from the other side of the court was the play of G.DeMarinis, who scored three out of the Corporations four goals.
(2)The Corporations vs Armadillos (7)
(7)Armadillos vs The Corporation (7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Desmarais of Les Carmoni. The captain scored an incredible goal at an unbelievable time during the game. The match was tied 1-1 when Desmarais used his magic to fend off a defenseman while faking out the net minder.
Friday November 16
(4)Stones VS HBHA (8)
HBHA does not let go of gas peddle, double up on the Stones
With the numbers on their side, the Stones should have played to their strengths on this night. But the eight man crew on the HBHA side took advantage of their chances and buried as many as they could early on to put the Stones in a hole. G. Lallis, P. Doulis, and D. Andrade did the most damage each bagging a pair of goals while the Stones used a group effort having four different players find the back of the net.
(5) Bramabulls VS Hawks (3)
A tight battle comes to an end in the third when the Bramabulls find a way to get ahead
Two evenly teams matched up in their first game of the night as both teams exchanged three goals apiece during the first two periods. New addition G. Nehme to the Hawks left his mark early for his club notching two important goals to keep the game all tied up. Until the Bramabulls took control of the game in the third and took control of the faith of the game. J. Palmitano and M. Argiris each did their share notching a pair of goals for their club.
(8) The Peters VS Hellas (6)
High scoring affair resolved with less than three minutes to go in the game
Both teams decided to only play offense during the majority of the game as they each scored multiple goals. Until the Peters decided to shut the door with three minutes to go to insure the win. K. Araujo was a havoc all night long for the Peters, as the skilled defenseman had P. Furdaro's number scoring four goals and setting another one up. While on the other side only J. Morina and S. Mancini were the only player with a multi goal game.
(4) Bramabulls VS Hawks (1)
Second game of night does not bring forth different results as Bramabulls win for a second time
With their second game of the night with only an hour rest final results do not really defer. With multiple players leaving from the Bramabulls they were left playing with a short bench, but it was the Hawks who seemed tired as the game wore on. Near the end of the second quarter the Bramabulls took advantage of their chances and took the lead. M. Argiris and M. Crapis were the lone players to find the back of the net for the Bramabulls. While A. Moscato was the sole player to solve C. Muccino during th second game who stopped forty shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Argiris of the Bramabulls. The skilled forward found the back of the net four times and stepped up in big way in both games when the games were all tied up on this night.
Thursday November 15
(4)SBS Trashers vs Legends (3) O.T
J.Scalia gives SBS Trashers what they deserve in OT versus Legends
Certainly the effort was there-from the SBS Trashers. They controlled much of the play, they hit the goal post a few times only to find themselves trailing 2-0 by the second period. The only difference up until that point was that they couldn't control their luck. However, that would eventually change as they netted the next three goals. J.Guerriero and P.Hodod combined for four points and the SBS Trashers took their first lead of the game. But the Legends did get a great opportunity to reply and send the game into overtime. M.Chenier received a perfect pass in the slot area-from M.Destounis and made his chance count with a potent one timer. The SBS Trashers knew the importance of winning this game if they plan on making the playoffs. Luckily enough, J.Scalia kept their hopes alive. The sniper tipped in a goal with only two minutes left in the game.
(4)JLR Brossard vs Raging Rhinos(5) O.T
Third period goals spark wild rally for Raging Rhinos
A S.Pilon goal one minute into overtime was the decider as the Raging Rhinos rallied to stun the JLR Brossard. For two straight periods, it appeared as though the JLR Brossard would have no issues collecting easy points. After all, they scored four times with G.Pisanelli bagging a pair, and defended fairly well allowing only two goals. Then, as perhaps desperation kicked in, the Raging Rhinos changed the script on two quick goals. With the game deadlocked 4-4, neither side felt comfortable taking crazy chances which eventually sent this contest into extra time. It was by then that S.Pilon celebrated the victory with his second of the night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joe Scalia of the SBS Trashers. If not for his sudden death winner, the SBS Trashers chances of making the playoffs would have been on life support.
Tuesday November 13
(2)Punishers vs Capitals (3)
Resilient Capitals keep finding ways to win
It doesn't matter how pretty it looks, just as long as they find ways to win. The Capitals had to overcome a sloppy first period where the Punishers completely dominated with two straight goals. The good news was that time wasn't yet an issue-from that point on. Usually good teams tend to adjust and find ways to improve. And that's exactly what happened when M-A Morin finally got the Capitals on board. Still, they did trail after two periods but the gap was narrowed to only one. By that point, the Punishers may have felt they needed the next one knowing that the Capitals were within striking distance. Unfortunately, that goal didn't come and the Capitals made them pay posting two in a row. One minute and change was all that was left over when P.Beliveau snapped the late tie.
(2)AREZ vs Bramabulls(6)
D.Verta has two goals, three assists as Bramabulls beat AREZ 6-2
D.Verta had two goals and three assists to help the Bramabulls end a three game losing streak with a convincing 6-2 win over AREZ. The contest was already 3-1 after only one period. The Bramabulls, despite lots of hockey left over, weren't taking anything for granted. A.Moffa posted his second just passed the mid way mark. Then, with only one period remaining, D.Verta stamped it by bagging his two markers to finish with an impressive five point performance. G.Follano was beaten only twice on 24 shots to help put the Bramabulls back on track.
(4)AREZ vs The Blast(3)
AREZ finish strong in double header night on two power play goals
A.Haddad and M.El Kassar each had a power play goal and the AREZ made the Blast regret taking too many penalties. The extra visits to the penalty box may have perhaps decided the outcome for how close it was. But it wasn't a power play goal that snapped a third period 3-3 tie. After getting on board late in the first period, A.Haddad still a little more in the tank by riffling his second right after G.Bien-Aime also buried his second for the Blast.Even though the AREZ played their sixth period in only three hours, the effort was in full force to protect the slight lead en route to a victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Verta of the Bramabulls. In a desperate need for a win, D.Verta's two goals and three assists helped snap a three game losing skit for the Bramabulls.
Sunday November 11
(5)Lynx vs Smooth Sailors(4) O.T Inter-league
R.Beaver leads Lynx to overtime win over Smooth Sailors
For a few moments, it looked like the Lynx were going empty handed on Sunday night. Then, Y.Vanasse and R.Beaver stepped up again flipping the script by the 2:23 mark f overtime. Both players each scored twice with Vanasse tying the game late before setting up R.Beaver for the sudden death winner. Prior to the contest, even though both teams aren't familiar with each other, a close game was to be expected. The power play worked on both ends with each team scoring twice with the man advantage. This wasn't a case of many players chipping in on the score sheet rather than a few players stepping it up.For the Lynx, Y.Vanasse, R.Beaver an M.Barone combined for ten points while M.Testolina was an expected force for the Smooth Sailors finishing with three out of a possible our goals.
(4)Butchers vs Raging Rhinos (5) Inter-League
Butchers fall short in hard battle with Raging Rhinos
When looking back after weighing the circumstances, the Butchers will take positives even though they dropped the game. It's never easy going up against a solid team like the Raging Rhinos with barley two lines. And despite all that, they nearly gave themselves a chance to go the extra distance. The Raging Rhinos played it right by pressuring and forcing constantly in hopes of creating chances. Eventually that hard work pays off and the Raging Rhinos made their opportunities count. J.Tzanetakos chipped in with a pair, but it was Y.Gazura's second goal that ultimately made the difference.
(3)Brew Crew vs Shockers(4)
PJ Gauthier sets up C.Debonis winner on perfect cross court pass
Just over a minute was all that was left for this game to go into overtime. However, that was up until P.J Gauthier fooled everyone to find an open C.DeBonis to snap a late 3-3 tie. The defenseman earned a well deserved assist on that play. His pass was perfectly placed with a ton of power on it.Props to C.DeBonis for the very strong finish and for knowing where he has to be to score goals. That was the snipers second and third point of the game. The Shockers may have felt an easy ride heading into the third period up 4-1. But with the Brew Crew not calling it quits, a new game had developed. M.Pace started the comeback followed with his captain C.Palermo netting his second to level the game at three goals apiece. It was shortly after that moment when C.DeBonis regained the lead for good.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Randy Beaver of the Lynx. After setting up his clubs first two goals, R.Beaver wasn't done yet. The sniper went on to add two tallies that included the biggest one in the game coming in overtime.
Friday November 9
(2)HBHA vs Hawks (1)
Hawks fall to HBHA on late power play goal
For how well both sides played defensively, a special team's goal was required to make the difference between winning and losing. The Hawks took their lone penalty of the game and paid the price for it. After losing an important draw, J.Kontitsis was the beneficiary of a perfect passing play that led to the winning goal leaving only 13 seconds on the clock. S.Govas opened the scoring for the HBHA while setting up his captain for the winner. If not for the goaltenders, neither side would have had a chance. E.Parent made that one extra save to get the better of A.Mancini, who was just as brilliant between the pipes. Even though its only half way into the season,this game was very important for the two sides. The HBHA will now have a little more breathing room to avoid a dreaded fourth place finish to the standings.
(2)Stones vs Hellas(3)
M.Boutros helps win round one for Hellas in double header night with Stones
With so much on the line for both teams, this game was very crucial for a potential playoff spot. Both sides traded two first period goals suggesting a high scoring affair. But after regrouping in between periods, the message was sent for a more cautious style. Only one goal went in from-that point on which came-from M.Boutras, who netted his second for Hellas. As much as the Stones attempted their slight desperate comeback, nothing was going through S.Sauk. The net minder was solid and flawless for two straight periods that enabled his club to secure a huge win.
(3)Bramabulls vs The Peters(4)
S.Mancini scores late beauty right before J.Morina stamps winner
After all they fought through an intense 40 minutes and change, S.Mancini came through for the Peters with a blistering slap shot to beat C.Muccino on the short side. However, it wasn't Mancini's rocket that held up for the winner. J.Morina's marker that ensued shortly after came into play as the Bramabulls responded only moments later to pull within one. By that point, time wasn't a luxury they had and the Peters were able to hang on to a gratifying win. Plenty of hype was riding for weeks prior to this encounter. And when it finally got here, no one was surprised that it finished so close. Both teams drew even for two straight periods leaving only the last few minutes to decide it.
(2)Hellas vs Stones(10)
Stones respond with authority in must win game
Be ready, stick to the game plan and finish strong. That was basically the blue print for the Stones as they completely out matched Hellas in this contest. A relentless effort paid off, and the Stones can now look ahead in hopes of better things to come. If they can do what they did tonight versus Hellas on a regular basis, then they'll be just fine. Their strength lies in the middle with T.Settino and J.Pantelis occupying the role. Both players defend extremely well while able to put up some decent numbers up front. In this particular case, they combined for five goals for a total of seven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Kontitsis of the HBHA. With the clock winding down, the captain riffled a huge power play goal that ultimately decided a close 1-1 game with the Hawks.
Thursday November 8
(10)Raging Rhinos vs SBS Trashers(5)
SBS Trashers struggles continue with loss to Raging Rhinos
Ten goals by the Raging Rhinos, including five in the second period alone keeps SBS Trashers stuck in the basement of the E Thursday division. It didn't take long for things to go south as three goals in only nine minutes put the Raging Rhinos up 3-1.S.Longo scored his first on the power play before adding two more for a hat trick. The court was definitely tilted on the Raging Rhinos side. If the SBS Trashers don't find solutions soon enough, there season will likely end earlier than hoped for. E.Panzera, F.Gentile and J.Scalia are putting up the numbers consistently combining for eleven points but it's perhaps their defensive game that needs some tweaking.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage(4)
S.Longo two goals and assist leads Carnage to double up win
After somewhat of a slow start, Carnage looked like a different team by the second frame. By the time the eight minute mark hit, the score was 3-1 and the Mighty Drunks didn't know what hit them. S.Longo picked up-from where he left off-from the Raging Rhinos game by striking twice in that short span while eventually setting up P.Stroubakis's power play goal. Both penalty units did a great job but the Mighty Drunks could have used at least one goal on the power play to give themselves a chance. E.Garon notched both tallies in the loss.
(7)JLR Brossard vs Smooth Sailors(5)
G.Pisanelli in a league of his own
For how good G.Pisanelli was on this night, the Smooth Sailors needed one extra body on the court just to keep up with the JLR sniper. It's perhaps safe to say that Pisanelli won this game on his own even though the few players dressed did a marvel job supporting one another. The Smooth Sailors learned their lesson a little too late. With the game tied 3-3 after two periods, J.Palmitano and his deeper bench should have dictated the terms, instead the JLR Brossard took it to their opponent all thanks to one player. Pisanelli pounced on a loose ball late in the match for the winner before feeding a yawning cage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to G.Pisanelli of the JLR Brossard. The natural talent was sensational once again, this time netting six straight goals for his club to edge out the Smooth Sailors.
Wednesday November 7
(4) Mighty Drunks vs Decepticons(3) O.T
Mighty Drunks battle back take 4-3 overtime victory over Decepticons
In hockey, timely goals are sometimes required to make the difference between winning and losing. Luckily for the Mighty Drunks, M.Gibeault timed it just right by netting the overtime winner. Entering the frame, the Mighty Drunks took complete advantage being a man up after the Decepticons took a late third period penalty. The Decepticons looked to be in position of power throughout most of the match up until E.Garon levelled things fairly late in the third period. S.Archambault set up Garon for his third point of the contest. Despite the loss, N.Delia surprised no one that he buried two out of his clubs three goals.
(6)Carnage vs Underdogs(5)
J.Courteau hat trick helps carry Carnage over Underdogs
If the Underdogs could have applied what they did in the second period throughout most of the match, than they would have likely come out on top, instead they just weren't good enough for long stretches. The see saw effect ultimately went in favour of Carnage. After dominating the opening frame 3-1, two unanswered goals in the third period were needed to decide the outcome. In large part, three particular players came to rescue the situation. First one being J.Courteau, who finds the back of the net like its nothing, J.Vinet that scored twice along with two assists and finally G.Gammieri setting up four goals.
(7)Fat Cats vs Kentucky Blue(3)
Fat Cats down Kentucky Blue in penalty filled game
It was evident to the start of this game that both teams weren't backing down. However, a good start by the Fat Cats did set the tone forcing the Kentucky Blue to respond with a solution. The problem was that no matter how hard they tried, the Fat Cats would only get better with time. F.Gentile and M.Elfassy caused most of the problems for the Kentucky Blue as both players combined for seven points just prior to the second period ending. The final frame didn't change much expect for the fact of visiting the penalty box on a few occasions. The Fat Cats scored three out of their seven goals on their special teams that included two shorthanded.
(3)Horsemen vs Left Wings(2)
B.Rubino makes power play goal count
After a strong start to the game, the Horsemen had an even better finish. And that was because B.Rubino made his third period power play goal decide the outcome. The Left Wings did kill two straight penalties but couldn't do it for a third time that ultimately doomed them in the end. Prior to Rubino's winner, the Horsemen saw the same trio involving V.Pandza, M.Mamoulides and T.Mader take care of their first two goals. On the flip side of the court, G.Gaitanis was the only Left Wing to solve M.Vinciguerra, who was solid once more earning g the win in net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bryan Rubino of the Horsemen. His ability to defend the way he does sometimes gets overlooked, but the Horsemen understand what their steady defenseman brings game in and game out. Tonight, he added a little more spice to his play by netting the game winning goal.
Monday November 5
Black Eagles and 1 Timer split in goaltender battle
A Sylvian Gravel goal just under the three minute mark of the final frame proved to be the game winner as the 1 Timer went on to edge the Black Eagles 2-1 to start up the night. F.Koch turned in a solid performance allowing only F.Bois-Chasse to get the better of him. With the win, the 1 Timer tried to duplicate a similar outing in the second encounter knowing that the two sides would keep it close. Knowing how crucial the first goal would be, the Black Eagles wasted no time getting on board thanks to R.Boisvert. From-there, eight minutes went by when the very same Boisvert doubled ten lead. The Black Eagles had the luxury to dictate the terms forcing the 1 Timer to find solutions. Unfortunately, they kept hitting a wall in G.Page, who nearly had his shutout preserved leaving all but 10 seconds on the clock.
(1)Black Eagles vs 1 Timer(2)
(1)1 Timer vs Black Eagles(3)
Kings getting unlucky, fall short twice to Armadillos
Despite having their fair share of quality scoring chances, the Kings found themselves on the short end of the stick in both their games with the Armadillos. The first one could have easily gone either way but it was G.Bouchard's late tally that snapped a 2-2 tie. Then, with a chance to redeem themselves and settle the score, a bad start proved to be costly for the Kings. The Armadillos took advantage early on with goals-from K.Koutsogiannopoulos and D.Andrade. Still, the Kings weren't discouraged and battled back to make a game of it. L.Velenosi profited twice on the power play, but it was the very same G.Bouchard that came to haunt the Kings once again. The star defenseman, for second straight time, notched the winner that came in a shorthanded situation for his fourth point of the night.
(4)Armadillos vs Kings(2)
(2)Kings vs Armadillos(3)
D.Desmarais power's Carmoni early, But Corporation finishes strong sharing points
Eight minutes had barely gone by when D.Desmarais made minced meat out of the Corporation defensive game. If that wasn't bad enough, things only got worse with Les Carmoni adding three more markers to nearly hit the seven goal mercy rule. But as ugly and embarrassing it was, the Corporation knew that the madness would eventually end. Their first step was to finish strong in the last period of the first game in which they did winning the frame 4-1. And even though they couldn't mount the enormous comeback, the men in yellow knew the second encounter was theirs for the taking. However, they still had to go against a force bothering them all game and that was P.Corbin. The net minder kept denying an abundance of shots that primarily came on three on two plays. On most occasions when the Corporation weren't able to convert, Les Carmoni would counter attack only to hit a similar problem in L.Dias. Luckily enough for the Corporation, their net minder stood tall making key stops. Then, finally after a period and a half, F.Gentile was able to break the ice. R.Elias would double the lead on a rocket slap shot right before Y.Derohannessian filled an empty cage twice to split the miniseries.
(6)Les Carmoni vs The Corporation (4)
(4)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(1)
Legacy reach finish line first in close race with Punishers
For three entire periods that included a shootout in the opening contest, neither team was able to come out on top. That was up until the final stretch of the second game that Legacy barely pulled away. The wild finish saw both sides combine for ten goals that included two empty net markers. P.Doulis got credited the winner by feeding the empty cage right before A.Stamiris did the same seconds later. While Legacy relied on balanced scoring, the Punishers did have A.Laramee and S.Athanasopoulos support most of their offense. Laramee scored a total of six goals and four assists while Athanasopoulos struck once along with six helpers.
(4)Legacy vs Punishers (4) S.O
(7)Punishers vs Legacy(9)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Bouchard of the Armadillos. So incredibly clutch, the quarter back defenseman was remarkable once again in both wins for the Armadillos. Both victories were decided because of Bouchard's two game winners as part of a four point performance.
Sunday November 11
(6)Brew Crew vs Legends(1) Inter-league
M.Pace scores 4 goals, Brew Crew rout Legends
The hallmarks of the Brew Crew recent surge up the standings have been their depth and the multiple ways in which they can win games. Some nights, goaltending and a solid defensive will carry them, and on other nights, their main guns up front will make the difference. This particular game had all the attributes for the positive result. Led by M.Pace, who riffled an impressive four goals, the Brew Crew simply had their way versus the Legends. It was a night that everything went right-from the opening faceoff. The Legends were stuck trying to kill a minor penalty for delay of game only to find themselves trail early on when D.Verta surprised R.Ranieri with a far shot-from the point. That good start paved the way for more to come. The only time the Legends got on board was late in the second period when the game was already put out of reach.
(4)Shockers vs JLR Brossard(3) O.T Inter-league
Shockers captain M.Blackman uses screen to bury O.T winner
With both sides having more than enough fire power offensively, it's almost a given that this game would end quickly in overtime. Actually so quick that it took barely a minute for the Shockers captain to get it done. M.Blackman came down-from his favourite spot being the off wing before using a screen shot that barely gave P.Assadi a chance. Prior to the sudden death frame, the JLR Brossard will be looking back at some missed opportunities right after they tied the game fairly late. Already with two goals, G.Pisanelli nearly had his third to complete a hat trick and take the game in regulation time. Unfortunately, that missed chance gave the Shockers their golden opportunity to earn the win. C.Debonis and M.Blackman each scored twice for the Shockers as did Pisanelli for the JLR Brossard.
(1)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(10)
Lynx score landslide victory of tired Fatal Demons
Right-from the get go, it showed that the Fatal Demons would be a step behind, especially with many of them playing an hour earlier with the Legends. Their only slight hope was to try and keep the game as close as possible for as long as possible. Unfortunately, that concept wasn't even close with the Lynx striking four times in the first period. R.Beaver opened it up netting the Lynx's first two goals as part of a four goal performance. J.Mason was expected to do some damage and didn't disappoint striking twice while collecting four assists. By the end of the game, it was just a night to forget for P.Santullo and the rest of his troops.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Blackman of the Shockers. With his two timely goals that included overtime winner versus the JLR Brossard, the Shockers captain merits the honour as player of the night.
Friday November 2
(4)Stones vs Hawks(5)
Stones fall short after third period comeback
The Stones gave a valiant effort in the third period to try and force overtime, but the Hawks barely hung on after giving up two late goals. The Stones weren't able to overcome a poor start forced to play catch up all game long. It seemed like every time the Hawks would pull away, the Stones would keep coming back. The only problem was that they ran out of time. P.Cardillo timed his run to bury the winner late in the second period. Four minutes had barely gone by when S.Robineault struck twice to get the ball rolling for the Hawks. If not for that quick start, this contest may have had a different result considering how well the Stones played.
(1)HBHA vs The Peters(4)
S.Mancini and M.Cerone fill the net twice for the Peters
It took some time but the Peters eventually figured out C.Stavriadis. The net minder knew he was going to be a target all game with a depleted line up to deal with. And when considering the circumstances, the HBHA will be keeping their heads up after this contest. The Peters only pulled away as of the third period where their superior bench outlasted a gassed opposition. S.Mancini and M.Cerone had two goals each, and J.Richer allowed all but one tally his way.
(7)Bramabulls sv Hellas(5)
Bramabulls playing with fire after slow start
Digging themselves a deep hole after only one period, the Bramabulls had to figure out how to overcome a predicament. Luckily enough, they had two scenarios going their way .The first being time and more importantly the second being the fact that Hellas had only three spares to contend with. If the Bramabulls weren't so talented up front, maybe a 4-1 first period lead would have been just enough. Instead, P.Charbonneau and M.Argiris had more than enough time to riffle two goals each along with M.Crapis netting the winner in the third period. Surely the Bramabulls felt that this game was going to be easier than they thought. And rather than taking Hellas seriously-from the get go a full out 45 minute effort was required in order to get the job done.
(2)HBHA vs The Peters(8)
Eight different goal scorers pace Peters
It wasn't pretty, but the Peters swept their double header with the HBHA. The first period was all it took to convince everyone where this contest was headed. After building a comfortable 5-0 lead,the Peters scored on the power play and shorthanded to take the second frame. By that point, the HBHA wanted nothing more than to get on board and spoil J.Richer's shutout. D.Tzimopoulos eventually got to Richer, who allowed one more tally shortly after. The win came with the help of no one in particular as eight different players had the pleasure of finding the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Richer of the Peters. In a double header night versus the HBHA, the calm and collective goaltender was sound surrendering only three goals.
Thursday November 1
(7)Legends vs SBS Trashers(5)
J.Courteau masterful in 5 goal performance
Scoring five goals in one match is not something that happens very often yet J.Courteau has done it again. The right handed sniper scored all but two goals in the Legends 7-5 victory over the SBS Trashers. Most of them came within a second of touching the ball on one timers. With the game going back in forth in what was a see saw effect, the Legends rode a big third period to get it done. The SBS Trashers looked in fine form early on jumping to a 2-0 lead. Then, it was the Legends turn responding with four straight goals up until the SBS Trashers regained momentum with three of their own. Still, the game wasn't over, and that's when the Legends had the final say striking three times in only three minutes.
(7)Fatal Demons vs Raging Rhinos(7) S.O Inter-league
Raging Rhinos gave up to many to settle for tie
The Raging Rhinos feel like they wasted an opportunity to bank three points to the standings only to settle for a 7-7 draw. After all, they did take a 5-0 lead and had the Fatal Demons on the ropes. And while everything appeared to be headed for an easy win, a major turn of events occurred. The Fatal Demons, from-being stalled, managed to put it into fifth gear and take over the match. Six out of the next seven goals all belonged to the trailing side that saw A.Jalilvand score twice. Still, the opportunity was there for the Raging Rhinos to take the contest in overtime after N.Katsifolis took a late holding penalty. With the amount of space given due to a 4-3 power play, the Raging Rhinos failed to capitalise. Instead, a shootout was required where both sides traded one goal apiece. While the Fatal Demons had more balanced scoring, the Raging Rhinos saw A.Papazian and S.Longo do most of the damage as both players combined for nine points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Legends. The sniper is in a league of his own, this time bagging a massive five goals that enabled the Legends to get past the SBS Trashers.
Tuesday October 30
(5)Capitals vs AREZ(1)
S.Morello, C.Bezeau combine for big points in rout of AREZ
S.Morello was involved in the Capitals first three goals of the game in which C.Bezeau scored twice, while J-F Aumais stopped 19 shots for a convincing 5-1 win over the AREZ. It was only after one period and five minutes into the second frame when this game witnessed its first goal of the night. S.Morello broke the ice before feeding Bezeau twice for a 3-1 lead. L.Southern went on to add an insurance marker while setting up the empty net goal-from F.Chalut. Despite not scoring for two straight periods, AREZ put themselves back in the game with a huge shorthanded goal by P.Kawkab early in the third period. Unfortunately for the AREZ, it was during that same power play that the Capitals struck to regain a two goal cushion.
(1)Bramabulls vs Punishers (4)
Punishers down Bulls with dominant second period
S.Athanasopoulos's performance was noticeable on Tuesday night. Three out of the four Punishers goals all came with the help of Athanasopoulos primary helpers. The game was deadlocked 1-1 after one period. Then, the second period happened where the Punishers took over posting two unanswered goals. A.Dayan snapped the tie, and K.Tsoukalas provided a two goal cushion forcing the Bramabulls to open up and take chances. Despite having the fire power to make a game of it, D.Verta's lone first period marker was as good as it got. The Punishers would put a seal to it late in the game off an incredible passing play that saw the captain J.Fidrilis bury his chance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Morello of the Capitals. After opening up the scoring, the veteran provided two perfect feeds to help lead his club to a fourth straight victory.
Monday October 29
(7)River Rats vs United Armenians (2)
River Rats rout United Armenians
From-the opening draw, the River Rats handled the United Armenians for long stretches. Four straight goals had gone in before G.Jerjian finally got the United Armenians on board late in the second period. The River Rats did however remain strong throughout the entire third period bagging three more goals to put the match away. J.McKenzie along with M.Cerone each scored twice while M.Dettore helped set up three teammates. The United Armenians had some good looks and decent scoring chances early on but were stuck trying to solve D.Potvin. The goaltender faced 26 shots to earn the win over his counterpart G.Follano, who had to endure a few more-from a potent offense.
(3)Black Knights vs GK(4)
GK grind it out in win over Black Knights
As the shots continued to pour on G.Vermette in the third period, it was hard for one not to wonder, or even anticipate, a go ahead marker-from the GK. That tally eventually occurred when the Black Knights took a penalty. After moving the ball quick and precise, S.Bellefleur had the final touch regaining the lead for the GK. H.Nguyen went on to make it 4-2 with a goal that appeared to be more than enough. However, the Black Knights didn't concede and pulled within one shortly after. By then, the GK had all but a minute and change to kill off which they did to grind out the win. K.Gamache, K.Vincent and S.Bellefleur all had two points while M.Fortin stopped close to 25 shots for the positive result.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Bellefleur of the GK. In a deadlock 2-2 third period tie, Bellefleur not only struck on the power play but was able to set up the winner on H.Nguyen's blade only minutes later.
Sunday October 28
(10)Shockers vs Butchers(1)
Shockers dismantle Butchers
Knowing that it would have taken a full roster in order to have a chance versus the Shockers, the Butchers knew the odds were stacked against them on Sunday night. The first period was all the Butchers had to show for before falling off a cliff. Once the second period hit, the Shockers made their opponent look silly unable to compete with a quicker team. T.Debonis and T.Debonis each shared hat tricks while T.Salberg chipped in with a pair. E.Girouard was the only player to get the better of M.Harrison, who had an easy night earning the win in net.
(3)Fatal Demons vs SBS Trashers(3) S.O Inter-league
E.Panzera's late goal forces shootout
The SBS Trashers secured a point after their captain came through tying the game fairly late. E.Panzera tallied with less than two minutes and the Fatal Demons were stuck banking one of instead three points to the standings. For two straight periods, the Fatal Demons took command of the contest with a slight 1-0 lead. Then, the SBS Trashers responded tying the game twice before heading into extra time. From -there, neither side was able to get it done in both the overtime period and in the shootout. E.Panzera did put his club ahead in the breakaways but that was up until M.Chenier responded with his third goal of the match to draw even.
(7)Lynx vs Brew Crew(3)
Third period surge powers Lynx over Brew Crew
Entering the third period with a slight 4-3 lead, the Lynx added three unanswered goals to distance themselves-from the Brew Crew. Perhaps, the biggest reason why the period favoured the Lynx was due to a pair of visits to the penalty box-from the Brew Crew .Those two chances immediately resulted into goals, and the Lynx were well on their way to another victory. R.Beaver regained his touch by striking once in every period to earn a hat trick while J.Mason surprised no one by accumulating four points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Chenier of the Fatal Demons. In a 3-3 draw versus the SBS Trashers, the Fatal Demons forward scored twice in regulation while netting his clubs lone shootout marker.
Friday October 26
(6) The Peters vs Hawks(3)
The Peters lean on special teams to double up Hawks
The Peters used a strong night-from their special teams to earn a decisive 6-3 win over the Hawks. Looking back, the Hawks self destructed allowing two shorthanded goals-from the very same M.Cerone. Rather than converting on their power play chances to pull away, the missed opportunities ultimately hurt the Hawks in the end. S.Mancini scored right after the draw to start the final frame and the Peters never looked back dictating much of the period.
(11)HBHA vs Hellas(3)
Dispirited Hellas no match for HBHA
A bodiless group played a major factor as to why Hellas had no chance versus the HBHA. It's never easy going up against a strong team, but when you don't have enough players on the bench to compete, the end result is to be expected. The down fall barely took eight minutes into the game where the HBHA notched three straight goals to get the ball rolling. From-there, Hellas tried to simply hang on and keep the game respectable. They did manage a better second period but where nowhere to be seen in third. L.Williams and P.Doulis each shared hat tricks with both players combining for twelve points.
(0)Stones vs Bramabulls(9)
Bramabulls bully Stones in 9-0 drubbing
A.Gendron, M.Argiris and J.Palmitano each scored twice and the Bramabulls had an easy night handling the Stones. Despite the onslaught, the Bramabulls needed the second period to distance themselves riffling six unanswered goals. There wasn't much the Stones could have done against a team that out competed and out worked them. R.Ricuarte fell victim to a barrage of shots and crisp passing plays that resulted in goals giving him barely a chance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Cerone of the Peters. At crucial points during the game versus the Hawks, M.Cerone was able to turn the tides by bagging two key shorthanded goals.
Thursday October 25
(8)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(5)
Explosion of goals favours Smooth Sailors
The Smooth Sailors and SBS Trashers just threw down two periods of the greasiest sloppiest hockey. The defenceless net minders felt isolated getting barely enough help. F.Gentile, who plays as a defenseman wished he never took the role as a goaltender in this particular game. It's never easy facing players like J.Palmitano and M.Testolina but Gentile was stuck with the mission of going up against two of the most dangerous snipers of the division. Both players took turns finding the back of the net with Testolina leading the way nothing a hat trick while his captain buried a pair. On the flip side of the court, A.Moffa isn't a stranger to scoring goals either. The quick crafty forward bagged three out of the SBS Trashers five tallies.
(8)Lynx vs Legends (4) Inter-league
Lynx ignite three quick goals in second period to down Legends
J.Lang, J.Mason and U.Cruz scored in a span of only 1:45 early in the second period, and the Lynx held off the Legends on Thursday night. From-there, the Legends wouldn't recover despite playing little better after that point. The Lynx would continue to control most of the play accumulating lots of ball possession that resulted in Mason's and Lang's second goals of the night. Entering the contest, the Legends had no choice to play a perfect game in order to defeat a quicker side. That definitely didn't happen with missing pieces out of the line up.
(4)Raging Rhinos vs JLR Brossard(8)
JLR Brossard stuns Rhinos with 5 third period goals
The Raging Rhinos weren't in bad shape after playing two full periods with the JLR Brossard. After all, they only trailed 3-2 and were in striking distance of evening the score. But for whatever reason, things just fell apart for the men in red who usually defend extremely well. Payam Assadi began the onslaught netting his second right before setting up three straight goals to finish with six points. S.Robineault and J.Poirier also scored twice in the win while Y.Gazura did the same for the Raging Rhinos.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Payam Assadi of the JLR Brossard. Every once and awhile the sneaky forward puts up a good game. Tonight, Assadi not only scored twice but was able to set up four goals to finish with a six point performance.
Tuesday October 24
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Underdogs (6)
Underdogs pair goals in every frame to down Mighty Drunks
Enough offense in every period coupled with solid defending was just what the Underdogs needed in their 6-2 win over the Mighty Drunks .Led by their captain, J.Constantin used a late first period goal to snap a 1-1 tie. The Mighty Drunks, for the longest time, gave the Underdogs a real run for their money. However, that did eventually shift towards the end of the second frame. It was by then that W.Abboud's power play marker along with M-A Haber's buzzer beater separated the two sides. The final fifteen minutes saw much of what had transpired early with the Underdogs taking the frame. The win came with an overall team effort involving six different goal scorers.
(3)Knights vs Decepticons(4)
Y.Leroux's second goal snaps tie in third, Decepticons top Knights
Y.Leroux had plenty to feel good about on Wednesday night. The skilled forward scored twice, including the tie breaking goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game to lift the Decepticons over the Knights. It was a contest that could have easily gone either way. The Knights did have the better start with the help of Y.St-Georges, who notched two first period goals for a 2-1 lead. The Decepticons took over as of the second frame where they surged twice on goals-from Leroux and M.Deninno. Still, there was plenty of hockey left over as both sides played it cautious hoping to avoid mistakes. Unfortunately for the Knights, who have been playing better hockey as of late, just fell short in the end.
(7)Carnage vs Left Wings(6)
Carnage nip Left Wings in high scoring affair
In a game featuring lots of goals, plenty penalty minutes with nonstop back and forth action, Carnage was able to emerge in the end. Even with the many aspects involved in this particular game, perhaps the most important one was the play of M.Pace. It's incredible how sometimes that one player can make the entire difference. Apart-from only one out of his clubs seven goals, the sharp shooter was at his best bagging four markers and two assists. His massive offensive output was one thing as was the timing of when he made it happen. Carnage trailed 6-4 at one point during the third period before Pace put on a show scoring twice that included a shorthanded goal to tie the game along with a feed on S.Azzi's winner.
(6)Horsemen vs Kentucky Blue(5)
Horsemen barely hold on after good start
It's always nice when a team gets the start they wanted to a hockey game. The Horsemen rode a four goal first period that had them up 4-2 after fifteen minutes of play. Luckily enough for that good start because the Kentucky Blue did turn it up a notch in the ensuing frame. M.Broccoli scored twice during that span to put his club in striking distance heading into the third. Unable to get the equaliser, the Kentucky Blue fell by a pair despite pulling within one shortly after. The win came with the help of two power play goals-from P.Sidhom and T.Zermalias along with balanced goal scoring.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Carnage. Plain and simple, M.Pace was that good on Wednesday night. The dynamic forward struck four times along with two assists providing some of his points at the most crucial time of the game.
Tuesday October 23
(5) The Blast vs AREZ(3)
Special team goals in third rally Blast over AREZ
For well over two periods, AREZ looked like they had the game under control. But by giving up the next three out of four goals on the special teams, all that hard work had nothing to show for in the end. Looking back, the AREZ will point to a missed power play chance early in the third period as the difference maker. Rather than building their lead, H.Merone notched his second in a shorthanded situation to pull the Blast within one. That lone tally was just the beginning of the end for the AREZ. From there, the Blast would add three more tallies that included power play goals-from F.Tremblay and J.Laviolette.
(2)Bramabulls vs Capitals (3)
Costly penalties doom Bulls in tight affair with Capitals
After grabbing a 1-0 lead heading into the second period, the Bramabulls did a fine job keeping the Capitals off the score sheet for nearly two frames. Unfortunately, a pair of penalties late in the frame turned a slight lead into a quick deficit. The Capitals couldn't score 5vs5 but made their chances count up a man when A.Boucher and M-A Bernier each scored with the man advantage. With the games next goal being so crucial, M-A Morin was able to provide it giving the Capitals a two goal cushion with still plenty of time left over. The Bramabulls did respond shortly after courtesy of G.Bouchard but weren't able to level. J-F Aumais was stellar facing close to 30 shots to earn the win against a potent offense.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hendrix Merone of the Blast. Out of his clubs five goals, H.Merone had his hands in four of them that included two goals and two assists.
Sunday October 21
(5)Shockers vs Fatal Demons(3)
C.Debonis, M.Blackman lead-red hot Shockers over Fatal Demons
Two of the hottest players in the E Sunday division continue to play at another level as C.DeBonis and his captain M.Blackman each scored twice earning a fourth victory in only five games. At this rate, teams will need to figure out to over play when going up against the Shockers. The difficult part of formulating a game plan is that there are others just as dangerous offensively. For a very rare time, T.Salberg had a quiet night going empty handed. Even though the game suggests a close score, the Shockers were mostly in control despite giving up the first goal of the game.
(4)Brew Crew vs Butchers (3)
Butchers surrender four third period goals to hands of Brew Crew
The Butchers looked comfortable for two full periods carrying a 2-0 lead. Then, the third period happened. The Brew Crew woke up-from the dead scoring four times while out shooting and stunning the Butchers. Whatever was said in between periods definitely worked for the desperate side. The Brew Crew couldn't buy a win in their first four starts but that all changed as of Thursday night and in this particular game to get back on track. The comeback effort was led-from four different goal scorers. D.Verta and D.Colatosti collected two assists each that included the set up on M.Rheaume's game winning goal. This contest remained close thanks to the goaltenders. On one side of the court, C.Confuonti was stellar for the Butchers killing two straight penalties. However, it was C.Muccino collecting the win, who had to be solid as well for the close result.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin Rheaume of the Brew Crew. Sometimes timing is everything and M.Rheaume couldn't have scored at a better time for the Brew Crew. His game winner late in the game puts his club back in the right direction after a slow start to the season.
Friday October 19
(8)Hawks vs Hellas(3)
Hawks recover with 7 straight goals after slow start
A game that started slow for the Hawks eventually turned into a barn burner. Fortunately for the Hawks, they took out the stops and solidified the win with an impressive second half of the game. Some quick passing and back and forth play created enough lanes for shots to come in. S.Fabrici dented the ball twice giving S.Sauk no chance to react in time. The Hawks, apart-from Fabrici, saw seven different players find the back of the net.
(2)HBHA vs Bramabulls(3)
Two late goals all for nothing for HBHA
The HBHA didn't look at their best-from the get go. They came out flatter than a six month old can of coke. Perhaps it was the Bramabulls simply better jumping off to a 2-0 first period lead. But with the amount of skill the HBHA posses, it was nearly impossible that they weren't going to score. However, that being said, it took nearly the entire game for M.Pololos to get his club on board. Then, only two minutes later, D.Andrade tied the game. Momentum would usually suggest a pattern to follow when a side takes over with a pair of key tallies. Unfortunately for the HBHA, it wasn't the case. The Bramabulls immediately regained the lead courtesy of M.Argiris. The highly skilled forward had set up F.Dominianni and Mauro Mignogna in the opening frame before notching the games deciding marker.
(4)Stones vs The Peters(7)
Stones give good effort despite loss
The Stones weren't hanging their heads Friday night after losing to a team like the Peters. After all, only eight players dressed and the game wasn't overly convincing. The Peters did do the right thing of dictating the pace early with three first period goals. While many would have thought that this contest would end up in a landslide, the Stones remained focused and resilient to keep it respectable. Their best hockey occurred in the third period where they won the frame 3-2.M.Russo struck twice and N.Mucci collected two points in the loss. As for the Peters, R.Placentino was the only player to score twice as part of a four point performance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Argiris of the Bramabulls. In a close 3-2 decision over the HBHA, Argiris participated on all three goals that included the winner late in the game.
Thursday October 18
(4)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(5) S.O
SBS Trashers beat Smooth Sailors in shootout thriller
Led by a pair of goals- from Joe Scalia, one that he tapped in mid air, the SBS Trashers went the distance to edge out the Smooth Sailors on Thursday night. Depending on how to look at it, M.Testolina was responsible for the good and the bad in the overall decision. The Smooth Sailors forward participated in all three goals including a pair, was also the reason why the SBS Trashers benefited twice on the power play. The feisty forward may have visited the penalty box one too many times which took him away -from a shootout attempt. With neither side able to get it done in overtime, P.Manousos and A.Moffa used perfect wrist shots to get the better of R.Ricaurte in the shootout.
(5)Legends vs Raging Rhinos(4)
Legends grind it out in win over Rhinos
Grinding out games may be the Legends best way to earn results. With the division being as difficult as it is, the formula isn't complicated. Every player realises that they need to buckle down defensively while keeping the scoring chances simple. Tonight's example saw J.Courteau and Marco Diaco take care of much of the scoring as both players tallied a pair. By getting that required offence, the Legends defended well enough with the help of their net minder G.Platanitis. The Raging Rhinos may look back and not like the fact that they took ten minutes worth of minor penalties. Luckily enough, only one goal went in during that span.
(7)Brew Crew vs JLR Brossard(5) Thu & Sun inter-league
Finally, the Brew Crew get monkey off their back
Snake bitten in the win column for four games, the Brew Crew needed a different night to finally end the spell. The schedule didn't do them any favours going up against a ton of talent in the JLR Brossard. Despite facing off against players such as G.Pisanelli and C.Gingras just to name a few, the Brew Crew went about their business to get the job done. Their best moments occurred towards the later stages of the second period and early into the final frame where they struck four times. M.Rheaume fuelled the offense with three goals and an assist while D.Verta set up three different teammates. The JLR Brossard for a rare time had all their elements in play. Payam Assadi did get three assists but that's only because his line mates are that good. G.Pisanelli added two more goals to his collection in the lose.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Legends. The power forward never seems to take a night off, this time bagging two goals and a pair of helpers.
Wednesday October 17
(9)Kentucky Blue vs Left Wings(8)
J.McKenzie third period hat trick leads Kentucky Blue past Left Wings
Even though the two sides went back and forth several times, J.McKenzie found the ideal time to make his goals count. The Left Wings thought they had the game wrapped up or at the very least a chance to go into overtime up until the Kentucky Blue sniper decided otherwise. McKenzie had already two goals under his belt before bagging two very late markers to edge out the Left Wings. The encouraging part of this victory was that it was done with only a few players dressed. In addition to McKenzie's onslaught, D.Landucci was pivotal as well accumulating a massive seven points.
(3)Horsemen vs Decepticons(4) S.O
Horsemen rally in third but fall in shootout
P.Sidhom and M.Mamoulides tallied unanswered goals for the Horsemen in the third period to rally back and force overtime, but the team was unable to overcome the Decepticons in a shootout. A.Mancini made close to 30 saves while denying three shootout attempts. The only player to have any success on the breakaways came- from the hands of Y.Leroux. Prior to his winner, Leroux scored once and assisted on the Decepticons second goal. There has been a reoccurring theme for the Horsemen's offense involving the same players collecting points. Once again, P.Sidhom, V.Pandza and M.Mamoulidis were the only three players involved on the score sheet combining for eight points.
(5)Knights vs Carnage(4)
Knights rally for first win of the season
The Knights finally flipped the switch after stumbling at the start of the season. And what better way to end the drought by overcoming a 3-0 deficit. It showed that the Knights really wanted the victory despite a horrible start. The effort came-from everyone that saw five different players find the back of the net. P.Santullo set up two teammates before sparking the win with just over two minutes remaining. Looking back, Carnage will have to wonder how they started so well but finished so terrible. S.Broccoli was their most productive player with three assists.
(3)Underdogs vs Decpticons(1)
Fuel runs out for Decpticons in double header night
Its one thing to have the legs in the first portion of a game after playing an hour earlier, but it's another to try and keep up versus a relentless opponent. The Underdogs, despite dropping the first period 1-0, felt no pressure or worries that they would eventually bounce back. Once E.Salhany got on board, the stage was set for more to come. J.Constantin would soon enough snap the tie just shy of the mid way point of the game. The momentum shifted firmly in the Underdogs favour which forced the Decepticons to find solutions on how to even the score. Unfortunately, no matter how hard they tried, C.Malkoun stood in the way along with a committed defence. The Underdogs secured the result late in the game courtesy of F .Nasser.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Fat Cats(9)
D.Mili and F.Gentile share hat tricks in rout of Mighty Drunks
If this game was played in front of a big audience, many hats would have been thrown onto to the field from-the Fat Cats supporters. The rarity of two players scoring hat tricks occurred in this particular contest with D.Mili and F.Gentile achieving the feat. Perhaps it was somewhat expected that plenty of goals would have gone in. The Fat Cats have been clearly dominant this season and show no signs of slowing down with a deep roster. If it's not weapon it will be another .J.Scalia appeared to take a night off with only two assists while S.Hrivnak scored twice.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jesse McKenzie of the Kentucky Blue. The forward was praised by his teammates after riffling four straight markers in wild 9-8 finish over the Left Wings.
Tuesday October 16
(7)Capitals vs The Blast(2)
Capitals feast on Blast in 7-2 win
C.Bezeau and M-A Morin each scored twice and the Capitals had their way with the Blast on Tuesday night. For two full periods, C.Fortin never once looked behind him securing his cage. That was until S.Lacombe finally got the Blast on board early in the third period. However, the damage had been long done with the Capitals riding a sufficient lead. Apart-from his two goals, M-A Morin was a big reason why the Capitals scored so many by adding three assists.
(7)Punishers vs AREZ(1)
P.Arkalis scores hat trick as Punishers trounce AREZ
P.Arkalis enjoyed his night scoring in every possible way for the Punishers. The slick forward used a power play goal, followed with a shorthanded marker before completing his hat trick very late in the game. A.Dayan had a solid start to the third period where he buried two in a row to put the game out of reach. The Punishers couldn't have asked for a better game. Their only slight miss hap occurred late in the second period where M.Monteschio tallied for the AREZ.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Arkalis of the Punishers. In every possible situation, P.Arkalils was able to put the ball in back of the net.
Monday October 15
E.Gacem answers immediately to take opener
Twice the Chic Choc led by a pair and twice the Degenerates answered back to even the score. Unfortunately for the Degenerates, it took only 30 seconds for E.Gacem to respond and secure a 5-4 win to open up the night. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Degenerates wanted nothing more than to level the series. And they nearly did so if not for F.Peloquin occupying the pipes. The net minder literally stood tall barely giving any net on a few glorious chances. Both sides traded two goals apiece with J.Courteau and Q.Joseph scoring for the Degenerates while J-R Lemay netted both tallies for the Chic Choc. The only way to have decided the outcome at this point was in a shootout. Out of the combined six attempts, nobody had any sort of luck or success figuring out P.Assadi and F.Peloquin.
(5)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (4)
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(2) S.O
1 Timer struggle in a night to forget with Black Eagles
The 1 Timer can't be feeling too good about themselves after tonight's encounter with the Black Eagles. At no point did they look good falling behind early in both games while unable to battle back and force a closer contest. Maybe it's because the Black Eagles were that much better winning many facets of both games. N.Bisson got credited the winner in the opening contest and C.Mauger-Lavigne was their most productive player bagging two goals and a helper. That was just the beginning for Mauger-Lavigne, who went on to add two more goals to close out a 4-1 decision. The Black Eagles couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Two out of their four goals came with the man advantage. Even though he didn't score, S.Bois-Chasse was behind setting up three markers.
(5)Black Eagles vs 1 Timer(2)
(1)1 Timer vs Black Eagles(4)
Corporation seeking revenge in cup rematch versus Carmoni
Even with some changes to their roster, some Corporation players haven't forgotten the recent final between the two sides. Both games would prove to be a good test to see how they would fair with one another. In the first nine minutes of the opening encounter, the Corporation demonstrated their hunger jumping off to a solid 3-0 lead. That cushion was more than enough to solidify a positive outcome. The question at that point would be to see if they can duplicate a similar result. Unfortunately for the Corporation, the tables did turn but not by much. Les Carmoni got two goals -from M.Croteau that included an empty net marker and the winner from-D.Desmarais. Despite dropping the contest, the men in yellow weren't disappointed knowing that they had to battle with a short bench. The father son combination between A.Zarzour and M.Zarzour clicked very well for the Corporation as both players combined for six points.
(4) The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(1)
(3)Les Carmoni vs The Corporation (1)
Kings battle but fall short twice to Legacy
There's no denying the gutsiness and the dogged nature of the Kings effort on Monday night. Despite being down in both games, the commitment level was at its highest even if they didn't get the results they hoped for. This was perhaps a case of two good teams that had one very key component being the major difference, which was experience. Legacy used their years of chemistry to manage the right plays at the right time that resulted in key goals. J.Rochon,one of a few snipers that Legacy has led the way scoring twice in both victories. Other notables included T.Bozinakis, who collected six points, G.Pisnaelli right behind him with five points and E.Girourad who set up three markers while netting one himself. As for the Kings, M.Orlando didn't take a night off adding five points to his collection.
(3)Kings vs Legacy (6)
(5)Legacy vs Kings(4)
Armadillos continue to ride the hot hand with G.Bouchard
G.Bouchard was absolutely terrific in both the Armadillos victories over the Punishers. With each passing game, teams will need to adjust on how to play the quarter back defensemen. The Armadillos didn't score much but managed enough to earn two wins over a depleted line up. Out of their six total goals, G.Bouchard was involved in four of them. The slick defenseman has all the elements of being threat with so much room in a 4vs4 format. Ball control, a precise shot and his long reach are just some attributes that makes him effective. The good news for the Armadillos is that they have plenty of other elements that will make them a challenge game in and game out. For now, J.Kontitsis and his troops will enjoy the ride as they expect nothing less than a successful season.
(2)Punishers vs Armadillos (3)
(3)Armadillos vs Punishers (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Charles Mauger-Lavigne of the Black Eagles. His four goals and one assist enabled his club to collect six clean points versus the 1 Timer.
Sunday October 14
(3)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(2)
Scoring machine E.Girouard strikes 3 times to edge out Fatal Demons
E.Girouard and the Butchers simply weren't going to be denied Sunday night in their battle with the Fatal Demons. The sniper recorded another one of many hat tricks with the eventual tie breaking goal coming right after F.Casacalenda levelled the game for the Fatal Demons. For well over two periods, C.Confuonti kept frustrating his opponent stopping everything he saw. The only way the Fatal Demons got to him was on a deflection and a screened shot. Despite that little miss hap, the Butchers immediately went ahead and never looked back recording a third win in only four games. The good news so far for their turnaround season is that they strung two straight victories without some key pieces.
(5)Shockers vs Brew Crew(5)
Shockers push through in third period for intense victory
The Brew Crew's slight 2-1 lead heading into the third period just wasn't good enough. Perhaps it was because the Shockers were playing to win while the Brew Crew were playing not to lose. Regardless the reasons, the Shockers showed up when it counted the most and made the best of their chances. The onslaught saw four different players find the back of the net. J.Collins rocket-from the point evened the score on the power play. Then, barely a minute later,the captain took over as M.Blackman put his club in front with less than four minutes remaining. By simply working harder and playing more determined, the Shockers got what they deserved in the end. The Brew Crew did excel with the man advantage posting two out of their three goals on the power play.
(6)Lynx vs Fatal Demons(3)
Lynx exploit tired Fatal Demons
The gruelling effect of playing the Lynx in a double header night can wreak havoc on a team's focus. The Fatal Demons had just played an hour earlier and were now stuck going up against a younger and deeper side that wanted nothing more than to hammer their opponent. The Lynx sent an early message that this game was going to be dictated by their own terms. After grabbing a 2-0 lead heading into the second period, D.Zabitsky scored one his clubs two power play goals for a 3-1 lead. U.Cruz went on to add his second shortly after and eventually notched his third scoring once in every period. Unless the Fatal Demons got the better start to the contest, the inevitable was to be expected.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Uri Cruz of the Lynx. The Lynx forward was on top of his game striking once in every period that led to a 6-3 win over the Fatal Demons.
Friday October 12
(9)The Peters vs Hellas(1)
M.Crialese draws immediate attention in 5 goal rampage
He barely got his feet wet but M.Crialese demonstrated what a threat he will be up front for the Peters. The sniper went on a scoring rampage posting three out of his five goals by the early stages of the second period. He was so efficient that Hellas was unable to slow him down no matter how hard they tried. But good goal scorers often do get the help required to be effective. In this particular game, J.Morina is perhaps the main guy who found the openings while distributing the ball with precision. The captain set up three goals while closing it out late in the game. R.Placentino also had a good start to his season accumulating four points.
(3)Stones vs HBHA(6)
HBHA pour it on after slow start
After coming out asleep in the first period on Friday night, the HBHA vowed to set the tone as of the second period. Six minutes was it took for a complete turnaround. The HBHA scored four straight goals during that span to take control of the match. J.Kontitsis led the way sparking three straight points while adding his third assist in the final frame. Even though the Stones did what they needed to do early on, they simply couldn't apply a solid game plan long enough. There one consistent player so far this season has been the play of J.Pizzuco, who participated in all three points in the loss. The Stones will need their top gun T.Settino along with some of his wingers to step it up if they plan on doing anything significant this season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max Crialese of the Peters. His five goals and two assists is more than enough to convince anyone that he merits the honour.
Thursday October 11
(6)Smooth Sailors vs Legends(3)
Smooth Sailors win every frame for double up win
By adding a pair of key pieces, the Smooth Sailors just got better and it showed in their 6-3 win over the Legends. M.Testolina and L.Pennimpede took care of most of the action as both players combined for eight points that included two goals apiece. The Legends knew they were in tough against a faster team. Luckily for them, R.Ranieri gave them a chance by keeping it as close as it was. The Smooth Sailors went on to win all three periods by a slight 2-1 margin. In addition to their newly dressed players, J.Palmitano and R.Sollacito were also very productive combining for six points.
(9)JLR Brossard vs SBS Trahers(4)
High Powered offense kicks in for the JLR Brossard
The JLR Brossard big guns were on fire on Thursday night. Led by a few threats up front, G.Pisanelli took charge in the goal scoring department with a hat trick while J.Rochon and J.Pantelis were just behind him posting two goals each. Perhaps the key to the victory was the quick start to the game. The JLR Brossard wasted no time jumping to a 3-0 lead. Due to some missing links, the SBS Trashers were dug into a very deep hole despite a couple of periods remaining. They did fair well in the second trading two goals each but were nowhere to be seen in the third where the JLR Brossard pulled away for the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Smooth Sailors. His supersonic speed and ability to open up resulted in two goals and two assists.
Wednesday October 10
(0)Decepticons vs Fat Cats(8)
Fat Cats ride depth in lopsided affair vs Decepticons
There was too much that separated the two sides going at it on Wednesday night. The Fat Cats rode their superior depth and solid goaltending to walk away with the contest. J.Mancini, D.Mili and S.Hrivnak all scored twice and G.Sangiovanni had busier night's denying every ball his way. It took nearly ten minutes for the Fat Cats to get on board, but once they did, three goals went in before the period ended. They would add three more in the second and finish it off by the third with a pair to win every frame handily.
(5)Underdogs vs Left Wings(4) O.T
Captain J.Constantin nets OT winner, Underdogs edge out Left Wings
J.Constantin's goal with only 25 seconds left in overtime proved to be the difference. The captain's overtime winner was part of a comeback effort that saw the Underdogs battle-from behind in order to top the Left Wings. The contest had two tales to the story line. The first half belonged to the Left Wings as they come out more prepared that enabled them to play with the lead. Then, as the game started to shift over, the Underdogs put on the pressure to eventually even the score. Out of the nine combined goals, neither team had anyone score more than once. J.Eid did lead the way for the Underdogs with three points while E.Skotidakis had a solid game scoring once while adding three assists for the Left Wings.
(5)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(7)
Third period push falls short for the Knights
The Knights kept it close for two straight periods until collapsing early in the third period where they fell apart conceding three straight markers. With the score 6-2 in favour for the Mighty Drunks, this contest appeared to be over and done with. But by taking it a shift at a time, the Knights slowly clawed back into the game. J.Azoulay, Y.St-Georges and F.Bchara each scored, and all of a sudden the alarm bells started to ring for the Mighty Drunks. Luckily enough, time stared to run out and Y.Dube secured all doubts by feeding a yawning cage. That was Dube's second of the contest as the only multi goal scorer for his club. As for the Knights, Y.St-Georges surprised no one that he was able to put at least two by the opposition net minder.
(3)Carnage vs Horsemen (8)
Horsemen ride first period outburst in 8-3 rout of Carnage
The Horsemen came out of the gate in the first scoring four times that included a pair-from their captain V.Pandza. That kind of outburst only discouraged Carnage despite finally getting on board by the second period. Both sides traded two goals in the second frame before the Horsemen took the third with a slight edge. Once again, P.Sidhom made an impact. The relentless forward scored three more times while setting up two teammates. Carnage didn't help their cause early on where they visited the penalty box on four occasions. During that span, the Horsemen made them pay with two power play goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Sidhom of the Horsemen. At this rate, it looks like not many teams will be able to slow down the dynamic forward. Tonight, he netted three goals for a hat trick as part of a five point performance.
Sunday October 7
(4)Butchers vs Lynx(2)
Butchers late goal stuns Lynx
Despite tying the game 2-2 at the mid way point of the third period, the Lynx ultimately fell to the hands of the Butchers. There wasn't much confidence entering the night for the Butchers, who knew it was going to be difficult with only eight players versus last season's champs. But by keeping it as simple as possible, the contest remained extremely close. Every player made it a point to stick with their man, and by doing so, the few chances required would eventually come. K.Kersaint and T.Karasek had the difficult task of playing centre that involved plenty of running to support the defence and the offence. Both players each scored while combing for four points. Perhaps the biggest reason why the Butchers got it done was due to their goaltender. C.Confuonti continues to impress earning another win in only three games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Cameron Confuonti of the Butchers. By making it look easy at times, the young net minder was stellar stopping 22 of 24 shots-from a high octane offense.
Thursday October 4
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Raging Rhinos(5) O.T
Raging Rhinos top Smooth Sailors in overtime win
It was an exciting finish once again for the Raging Rhinos collecting their second straight overtime win in as many games. This time, D.Laurin put a stamp to it after a scramble in front of the net. The contest did go back in forth with both sides dominating sequences here and there. The Raging Rhinos went through a difficult second period giving up two straight goals but managed to bounce back by the third to even the score. The win came with scoring efforts-from five different players. As for the Smooth Sailors, the captain was once again relied on as J.Palmitano struck twice as part of a three point performance.
(4)JLR Brossard vs Legends(6)
Legends outlast JLR Brossard with four third period goals
While the JLR Brossard needed to pace themselves with a shorter bench, the Legends had the right body count to outlast their opponent. The effect eventually took place by the third period where the Legends took over the match. Already with an early goal to kick start the night, J.Courteau made his two others count to complete a hat trick. Prior to the match, the Legends tried to pay attention to G.Pisanelli. And as much as they were aware of his presence, the JLR Brossard forward still managed points on every goal. G.Lallis benefited twice that included a bullet to beat R.Ranieri.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Courteau of the Legends. The right handed sniper notched three out of his clubs six goals to help take a 6-4 win over the JL Brossard.
Tuesday October 2
(3)Capitals vs Punishers (0)
J-F Aumais, Capitals shut out Punishers to open up season
J-F Aumais showed his teammates that he hasn't miss a beat. The goaltender stood tall making over 30 saves to earn an early season shutout. With that kind of goaltending, the Capitals did just enough up front to capture the win. Three different players went on to find the back of the net with goals in every period. Perhaps the turning point occurred when C.Bezeau notched a shorthanded goal for a 2-0 lead. That missed opportunity came to bite the Punishers, who for a rare time went scoreless.
(2) The Blast vs Bramabulls(1)
Late goal not enough as the Blast hang on to close win
It took a significant amount of time for the Bramabulls to finally find the back of the net. Unfortunately once they did, B.Sansotta remained alone on the score sheet and the Blast hung on to a tight 2-1 victory. P.Chery opened the scoring in the first period followed with Rubens Morne third period marker that gave the Blast a 2-0 cushion. It was shortly after that Sansotta cut the lead in half. Despite having nine minutes left over to even the score, M.Dorismond didn't allow any more favours. The net minder held the fort stopping everything his way. When considering how much the Bramabulls outnumbered their opponent, this result may have come as a disappointment.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-F Aumais of the Capitals. In his first game of the season, Aumais gave his teammates plenty to smile about as the net minder recorded a 33 save shutout.
Monday October 1
Black Eagles adjust to finish strong in spilt with Chic Choc
When considering that the Black Eagles tasted their first ever competition in the 4vs4 division, the end result proved to be satisfactory. The Chic Choc did take the opening contest with balanced scoring 3-1 but couldn't make it two in a row as the Black Eagles finished off stronger. T.Pigeon and N.Bisson each scored while G.Page turned aside 18 of 19 shots to record the win. D.Trinque did make things interesting when cutting the lead in half for the Chic Choc. That goal still left over four minutes for an equaliser but the Black Eagles weren't concerned knowing that they had control of the match.
(3)Chic Choc vs Black Eagles (1)
(2)Black Eagles vs Chic Choc(1)
Kings emerging quickly in top division
The Kings have come to be defined by their exceptional young talent. Boasting the likes of M.Orlando, M.Broccoli and netminder M.Graziosi just to name a few, the Kings look to be in full swing no matter who they play. They did drop the opening contest to the Punishers but managed to even the series with a big shootout win. The second contest was much closer deadlocked 1-1 until a three man shootout was left to determine who would prevail. M.Colatosti solved M.Melo while M.Graziosi denied all three attempts his way. What makes this overall result gratifying for the Kings is that they did it without key components out of the line up.
(1)Kings vs Punishers (4)
(1)Punishers vs Kings(2) S.O
J.Courteau and F.Nasser deliver for Degenerates
After a slow start to their season, the Degenerates's intensity and superiorly emerged collecting a pair of victories versus the 1 Timer. Good ball possession came into play that saw J.Courteau and F.Naser combine for four points in the opening game. For those two players, that was just the beginning. The second encounter saw the same two add to their collection of points that resulted in a lopsided 6-2 victory. Courteau added two more goals while Nasser did the same along with a helper. As much as everything went fine for the Degenerates, the 1 Timer know that both games don't indicate their identity. The two loses came without their net minder F.Koch, who had to be replaced-from one of their better goal scorers. And considering the circumstance, K.Gagne did a great overall job allowing only quality goals.
(1)1 Timer vs Degenerates (3)
(6)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of the Degenerates. The slick moving defensemen had a very productive night scoring a total of three goals and two assists.
Sunday September 30
(4)Butchers vs Brew Crew(3)
E .Girouard hat trick leads Butchers to 4-3 win
E.Girouard would score the go ahead goal past the mid way point of the third period earning himself the hat trick leading the Butchers to a gritty 4-3 win over the Brew Crew. The Butchers were looking to bounce back after a lopsided loss to the Shockers only a week ago. By adding a few extra bodies, the Butchers gave themselves a chance to get an important early result in the season. The Brew Crew never once led but evened the score each and every time the Butchers jumped in front. D.Verta scored twice while S.Fabrici struck on the power play in the loss. C.Contfuonti was another key reason for the win as the net minder was brilliant forced to handle twelve total shorthanded minutes.
(3)Lynx vs Shockers (2)
Shockers give up late goal, lose first game of the season
In just over three minutes, the Shockers were robbed of a sure victory. J.Mason tied the game late while Y.Vanasse was able to win it early in the sudden death frame. The Shockers did the right thing to contain the recent champs at least for most of the match. The only miss hap was taking three penalties that led to a pair of power play goals for the Lynx. Apart-from that, they closed out the middle of the court and waited for their opportunities. Both sides knew this contest was going to be as close as it was. Even though the Lynx are the defending champs, this game was still a good measuring stick against a talented team like the Shockers. Once again, C.Debonis took care of the scoring notching both goals in the loss.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of the Butchers. There was no doubt that E.Girouard merits the honour of the player of the night. The sniper riffled three go ahead markers that included the winner in a close 4-3 win over the Brew Crew.
Thursday September 27
(3)SBS Trashers vs Raging Rhinos(4) O.T
S.Labrecque snipes his second for winner as Rhinos down Trashers
Throughout the years, S.Labrecque has made a name for himself when playing with the Raging Rhinos. Tonight, he did not disappoint and quickly reminded all his teammates what he's capable of. After netting a late second period goal to put his team in front, Labrecque wasn't done yet by eventually notching the winner. Both teams looked to be evenly matched despite missing some key pieces. The SBS Trashers nearly ran out of time until their main gun evened the score. J.Scalia rescued his club late in the game for his second to force the extra time where only 20 seconds was left over prior to a shootout.
(9)Smooth Sailors vs JLR Brossard(7)
JLR Brossard sink by the third period
The goals kept coming one after another. A dizzying three periods of shots followed by baffled goaltenders fishing balls out of the net were left wondering how things got out of hand so quickly. For the two sides, the formula was quite simple, and was to just shoot on net. The JLR Brossard jumped off to a better start but were completely invisible in the latter part of the game giving up four unanswered goals. J.Palmitano carried a big load as the captain struck twice while setting up four markers. The Smooth Sailors had most of their players chip away with points that included a multi goal performance by S.Liporata. Perhaps, the turning point can be argued when a pair of third period penalties resulted in power play goals for the Smooth Sailors.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Labrecque of the Raging Rhinos. When it mattered the most, the Raging Rhinos sniper came through posting two big goals that included the sudden death winner.
Wednesday September 26
(2)Knights vs Fat Cats(9)
J.Mancini lights up Knights with first period hat trick
A four goal first period by the Fat Cats took the Knights off their game on Wednesday night. The craziness started with J.Mancini bagging three quick markers before the period ended. Things did eventually settle down by the second but only got worse for the Knights in the third. By then, D.Mili went on to duplicate Mancini's offensive output with a hat trick of his own. The Fat Cats finished the way they started and had absolutely no issues getting the easy points. As for the Knights, like it's been the case in previous seasons, S.Sauk will need to figure out ways in order to compete with such clubs. The good news is that there is plenty of time to address areas of concern.
(3)Underdogs vs Kentucky Blue(2)
A.Zarzour, difference in slight edge over Kentucky Blue
Getting better with age isn't only used to describe wine and whiskey, it applies also to established players like A.Zarzour. The veteran had a hand in all three goals for the Underdogs,that included two that found its way behind N.Fragos. For two straight periods, the Kentucky Blue couldn't get anything by C.Malkoun. And even though they took charge riffling a pair in the final fifteen minutes of play, it just wasn't enough in the end. The Underdogs stuck to their game plan making things extremely difficult for their opponent. G.DeLuca and B.Travisano were the only two players to figure out Malkoun.
(3)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(4) S.O
Y.Dube helps Mighty Drunks slip passed Carnage
A good start wasn't enough for the Mighty Drunks to take this contest in regulation. Carnage fell behind 2-0, and eventually grabbed the lead when C.Kalogeropoulos scored by the five minute mark of the third period. And as bad as that sequence was for the Mighty Drunks, M.Mogianesi restored some confidence to even the score only minutes later. Neither side was able to get it done with seven minute remaining along with a five minute sudden death period. In the end, it took a three man shootout to decide it. Out of the six combined players attempting to be the hero, only Y.Dube got it right. The Mighty Drunks forward came in with a hard wrist shot that just got by A.DeLuca. The win was attributed to other factors as well. O.Caillet being one of them as the net minder held his own denying three breakaway attempts. All three of the Mighty Drunks goals all came-from their defensemen while M.Pace was Carnage's best player striking twice.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of the Underdogs. In low scoring game that was so close, A.Zarzour made all three goals count by scoring twice while adding an assist.
Monday September 24
Kings deadly counter attack topple Degenerates
For the Kings, it was quite simple on what they needed to do. By simply forcing a mistake, the quicker side would counter attack creating numbers that would leave the Degenerates defence guessing. Despite dropping the opening contest, the Degenerates fought back-from a 3-0 hole but couldn't kill off 30 seconds in order to force a shootout. The second contest wasn't nearly as close. The Kings wasted no time peppering P.Assadi with four first period goals. Two of those tallies belonged to M.Orlando, who was simply too fast to keep up with. Overall, the Kings showed plenty of good things in their season opener and will be a difficult out for any opponent.
(4)Kings vs Degenerates (3)
(1)Degenerates vs Kings (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Orlando of the Kings. The forward showed what a force he is by utilising speed and skill that resulted in three goals and an assist.
Sunday September 23
(6)Butchers vs Shockers (12)
Shockers making a strong Impression
When you're scoring in bunches, teams will often win. And the Shockers did just that in their 12-6 thumping of the Butchers to open up the season. Even with many different players finding the back of the net, C.DeBonis stood out a little more than everyone else. The highly skilled forward opened the scoring while adding three more by the third to finish with an impressive eight points. The Butchers did strike first courtesy of E.Girouard, who went on to complete a hat trick, but were nowhere to be seen as the game went on. They did manage to pull within one goal after trailing 4-1, but that was as close as it got. The Shockers were simply too fast winning nearly every loose ball that translated into loads of ball possession. Unless the Butchers address their fundamental need of dressing more bodies, their season will resemble the previous one.
(3)Brew Crew vs Lynx(5)
Late Perry Stroubakis goal lifts Lynx over Brew Crew
P.Stroubakis scored the tiebreaking goal with just over a minute remaining, and the Lynx look like they haven't missed a beat after being crowned winners only a couple of weeks ago. Neither side took a lead after two consecutive periods. The match was so close that it took a perfect pass-from J.Mason to an open P.Stroubakis to get the job done. The Lynx took advantage with two power goals-from Y.Vanasse and his captain J.Lang. Despite the loss, N.Harvey helped keep the game close posting two goals for the Brew Crew. S.Catalano faced 30 shots to edge out his counterpart C.Muccino, who was also vital making key saves for the Brew Crew.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(7)
Shockers remain hot to sweep double header night
Playing only one hour prior to this match had absolutely no bearing on slowing the down the Shockers. As a matter of fact, it was the Fatal Demons who entered with a disadvantage having barely two lines. Regardless the situation, the Shockers just went about their business adding seven more goals where once again C.Debonis was a part of it bagging a pair. The Fatal Demons found themselves trailing 4-2 after only one period and never really recovered scoring only once in the next two frames. J.Bolonakis kept it close riffling two first period goals for the Fatal Demons. For a second straight game, the Shockers relied on balance scoring that had only C.Debonis score more than once in both games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to the Shockers sniper. C.DeBonis fuelled his clubs offense striking six times while adding five helpers to jump start his season with eleven points.
Monday September 17(Division 2 final)
Carmoni rejoice While Corporation fall in anguish
One detail was all it took between winning and losing on Monday night. After taking command of the series with a 4-3 win, the Corporation brought themselves that much closer to glory. It was in game two that things went crazy for the two sides. Both teams traded two first period goals before ending regulation time in a frantic finish. By exchanging three goals each, a shootout was now required to see if the Corporation would end their journey or if Les Carmoni would be able to extend their season. It took six rounds of breakaways before anything was decided. G.DeMarinis was the first player to finally score and put the Corporation up in front which forced M.Baccari to respond in order to keep his team alive. And not to disappoint, Baccari kept Les Carmoni on life support and shortly took it when J.Pantelis missed for the Corporation while L-C Desmarais was able to win it for Les Carmoni. Still, nothing was set in stone for the two teams, who now had no choice to play their best 12 minutes hockey. With so much on the line at this point, Les Carmoni managed to take three leads in game three to hold on to a nail biting 3-2 victory. This time, D.Desmarais was the clutch performer as the skilled forward snapped a 2-2 tie that would ultimately hold up. If there is one thing that Les Carmoni showed during their playoff run, is their ability to fight and battle until the very end. Their resilience got the better of Les Reds that also went into a game three match while doing the same to the Corporation. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Martin Croteau and Les Carmoni for taking the Division 2 title.
(4)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 1
(7)Les Carmoni vs The Corporation (6) S.O Game 2
(2)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Corbin of Les Carmoni. There were many times in all three games that the net minder kept it close by making a few big saves. With that, Les Carmoni eventually got their timely goals and did just enough to edge out the Corporation in what was an extremely close series.
Monday September 17(Division 3 Semi finals)
J-R Lemay and the Chic Choc get one step closer to glory
The Chic Choc identity is quite simple. With J-R Lemay being their top gun combined with a solid supporting cast and not to forget F.Peloquin occupying the net, the 1 Timer fell short in both their games. Lemay scored all three goals in game one en route to a 3-1 win while setting up both E.Gacem and S.Scott in the second encounter for a tight 2-1 decision. The 1 Timer never had the opportunity to play with the lead. Their limited offense saw only K.Gagne and C-T Perrault take care of the scoring. Unfortunately they weren't able to have M.Charpentier and an injured P-A Surprenant that were out of the line up. But regardless the missing pieces, the Chic Choc showed plenty of determination and an overall deep commitment to get the job done.
(1)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(3) Game 1
(2)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(1) Game 2
Vitamin C rolls waves of pressure to over through Degenerates
All it took was an aggressive man on man coverage along with a solid for check for the Vitamin C on Monday night. They knew that things would work out rolling three lines versus a sometimes slower and more tied Degenerates side. That kind of pressure will only do well in the end. The Vitamin C got some balanced scoring in game one as they did in a tighter game two to sweep the series. Perhaps their key component was their net minder. S.Sauk, although wasn't entirely busy, still came up big with key saves to keep his club in front. J.Macchiagodena had a productive night collecting two helpers in game one while adding two points in game two that included the winner.
(1)Degenerates vs Vitamin C (5) Game 1
(3)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-R Lemay of the Chic Choc. The deadly forward participated in all five goals for his club that led to a pair of victories and a ticket to the final.
The Division 3 is now down to only two teams. The Vitamin C and the Chic Choc have one more road to cross in hopes of reaching their goal. In many ways the two sides are quite similar. Both teams have the bodies, the goaltending and a disciplined man on man game plan. If there is one slight edge, the Chic Choc have it in J-R Lemay. It will be up to the Vitamin C to adjust and be cautious of perhaps the most dangerous player on the court.
Monday September 17 (Division 1 final)
Hustlers, kings of the 4vs4 division claim second straight title
The defending champions provided an emphatic and reminder of what makes them such a difficult out in a two game sweep of the Punishers. By neutralising a pair of top guns while relying on a deep bench, the Punishers had no answers on what to do. E.Girouard, perhaps the key component in game one struck twice only two minutes apart right before their top 42 best player of all time sealed it with an insurance marker. In hopes of trying to bounce back in the series, game two was a similar reflection of the first encounter. Again, the Hustlers dictated the terms and pace with loads of ball possession. In this particular match, a random forward benefited three times en route to a 4-2 win. It's what came to be expected-from a team that has no weaknesses in their overall game. From-their offensive threats to their quarter back defensemen's, and not to forget C.Stavriaidis guarding the cage, teams realise that they need two perfect games in order to take down the Hustlers. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotouplous, Steve Govas and the many other veterans who had yet to slow down and miss a beat for claiming a second straight title.
(3)Hustlers vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(2)Punishers vs Hustlers(4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of the Hustlers. By getting his two quick goals in game one, the Hustlers went on top and never looked back to claim themselves another championship.
Wednesday September 12( D Final)
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(1) Game 1
HBHA Masters no match for Punishers in game 1
Now that the Punishers reached this stage of the season, their goal was quite clear for what they were playing for. This statement result might have been to themselves more than the HBHA Masters, who will be searching for answers heading into game two. The Punishers looked calm and in control, confident knowing that they were the better of the two sides. After carrying a 2-1 lead into the final fifteen minutes of play, A.Dayan secured the first chapter by posting two big goals. While everything went fine for the Punishers, the HBHA Masters looked sluggish and out of sync. Their chances were few and far between. The first time they found the back of the net came very late in the second period courtesy of T.Bozinakis. Apart-from that, the HBHA Masters saw their offense remain dry. With game one out of the way, the challenge for the Punishers will be to do the same which might not be easy against a side that has the body count and experience to bounce back.
Poised HBHA Masters 37+ live another day
(5)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Punishers (1) Game 2
After sitting out in their previous match, C.Stavriadis felt the pressure to help rebound his team in the series. The good news was that Stavriadis was adamant that he would do so to force a third and deciding game. However, he did need some help up front after his club scored all but one goal so far. This time, the HBHA Masters found their touch torching N.Mackeen with three first period goals to finally get some control in the series. J.Bolanakis once again came through in time of need riffling his clubs first two goals of the contest. By grabbing a 3-1 lead after only fifteen minutes, the HBHA Masters beared down and made things extremely difficult for the Punishers. Just like the HBHA Masters were stuck finding ways to score in the previous match, the Punishers felt that same helpless feeling. Still, nothing was official after this contest, but perhaps the momentum may have favoured the HBHA Masters heading into game three.
A.Stamiris breaks Punishers hearts in sudden death overtime, HBHA Masters 37+ crowned winners
(1)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(2) Game 3
Game three's are always hard to win. They become even harder when two very good teams face off against one another. But that's the situation that the Punishers and the HBHA Masters 37 + put themselves in. With the pressure being too great, and with the ball being round for the two teams, anything can happen at any point, especially in a sudden death period. For A.Stamiris, the dream of scoring the game winner came true. The d-man found himself rushing down his off wing to riffle perhaps his most important wrist shot that ultimately decided the series. The game was played cautious with both teams trading one goal apiece. Neither side was concerned with the goaltenders as they have been relied on throughout the series. Anytime these situations occur, anything can happen. What makes this victory even more gratifying is that the HBHA Masters dragged themselves out of a couple difficult moments, dating back to last week's semi final match with the Fat Cats. In addition to everything they have achieved so far, this is a first good step heading into the World Masters championships held in Bermuda. Preparation often comes into play with success. J.Kontitsis, had his plate full making plenty of key decisions considering how many players he had under his wing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to the captain, his assistants, and the rest of the HBHA Masters 37+ for getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of the HBHA Masters 37+. When looking back at how epic this battle was between two rivals, everyone will continue to remember A.Stamiris's overtime goal that determined the series.
Monday September 10(Division 1 & 2 semi finals)
P.Corbin and Les Carmoni punch ticket to big dance
Les Carmoni moved a step closer to the second division final after they played out a thrilling three game series with Les Reds. By grabbing a 1-0 series lead due to a shootout win, Les Carmoni looked deflated early in game two dropping the opening frame 4-1. Les Reds made it a point to start strong and got their game back together to force a third and deciding game. Despite the loss, Les Carmoni finished off solid posting two straight goals, perhaps to send a message in the ensuing game. Now that both sides split, the stakes got really high in the final twelve minutes of someone's season. With the first goal so important, L-C.Desmarais was able to put Les Carmoni in front. From-there, D.Desmarais would double the lead and eventually add his second to close out the series. Many factors came into play but no one will argue that P.Corbin was a major reason for the two wins. The net minder won a pivotal game one in a shootout while earning a well deserved shutout in game three.
(2)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O Game 1
(3)Les Carmoni vs Les Reds(4) Game 2
(0)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The Corporation storm out of the gate twice to sweep Tocas
Challenged by their CEO of the team to compete hard and raise their level of play, the Corporation did not disappoint on their effort early on in both matches. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net in game one with all five tallies coming in the first period alone. The Tocas did eventually respond with a pair but felt nowhere close to mounting a comeback. As much as the Corporation enjoyed a good start to the series, work still needed to be done in order to advance. They never once took their opponent for granted and it showed early on with three quick goals. J.Pantelis scored late in the first period and very early in the second frame to maintain the momentum. From-there, the Corporation kept pressing striking five more times to put the series away.
(5)The Corporation vs Tocas(2) Game 1
(2)Tocas vs The Corporation (8) Game 2
T.Bozinakis rescues Hustlers
T.Bozinakis scored two goals in only 25 seconds to rally the Hustlers to a 4-3 victory in what was a must win. Bozinakis came to the rescue after his club took it in the chin dropping a 5-0 contest in the previous match. The Mighty Drunks thought they had this series wrapped when P.Arkalis put his cub up 3-2 late in game two. It was at that point on that the Hustlers key component came into play to save the series. For two straight games, the Hustlers were anything but convincing. But once they got that late surge in game two, all indicators pointed to a turn of events. The third and deciding game was deadlocked 1-1 until J.Rochon ripped a hard low wrist shot through M.Melo`s legs. Despite putting some pressure with their season on the line, the Mighty Drunks just couldn't get the room and space to notch the equaliser. S.Govas would eventually erase all doubts on a late marker securing another trip to the final.
(0)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (5) Game 1
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (4) Game 2
(3)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(1) Game 3
Mighty Boyz stunned twice in disbelief
The Mighty Boyz were in state of disbelief after blowing two great opportunities versus the Punishers. Both there loses can be looked back and have only themselves to blame. In the example of the opening contest, the Mighty Boyz appeared to be fine riding a 3-0 lead only to let it slip away. C.Gingras orchestrated the comeback by striking twice that included a very late marker. In the case of the second encounter, another incredible opportunity came to bite the Mighty Boyz. After all, they were up 3-2 while being awarded a four minute power play with less than four minutes remaining in the game. In most normal circumstances, those situations tend to hold up, but not in this particular case. After battling hard for a loose ball, C.Gingras came cruising in with his patented wrist shot to tie the game. The Punishers forward collected points in all three goals that enabled this series to go the extra distance. Still, the Mighty Boyz weren't done yet knowing that they had three very skilled players taking the breakaway's in the shootout. The problem however lied on the other side of the court with C.Kakivelis holding the fort. The net minder found a way to deny M.Dettorre, M.Testolina and J.Palmitano while getting the help of M.Gagnon, who stamped the series with the lone shootout marker.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (4) Game 1
(4)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(3) S.O Game 2
Division 3 regular season
Degenerates do just enough to secure top seed
The only bright moment for the Degenerates on Monday night was that they secured first place of the third division. Apart-from that, there wasn't much to brag about. The Chic Choc felt they deserved better after drawing 3-3 in the opening contest. If not for O.Caillet taking care of his net, the Degenerates would have gone empty handed. The second meeting had a completely different outlook with the Chic Choc clearly the better of the two sides. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the second period was a complete landslide with the Chic Choc netting goal after goal. M-A Verville was the only multi goal scorer out of the eight goals that went in. As bad as the night ended for the Degenerates, they know that playing with only six players didn't help their cause.
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (3) S.O Game 1
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(8) Game 2
Divisions 1 & 2 are now down to its final stage. The Hustlers and the Punishers got there with a splash of magic and will look at it as a sign of good things to come. Two even strength teams will collide but the Punishers may have a couple of highly explosive players in P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras that may make the difference. However, if there is one team that knows how to contain a strong offense, it's the Hustlers. Look for this series to be just as close as the previous ones with both teams evenly matched. Division 2 will feature the Corporation taking on Les Carmoni.Both sides have the fire power up front with solid goaltending. Limiting mistakes while committing to a smart defensive game will favour whoever applies it best. And finally in division 3, the semi finals will be begin with the Degenerates squaring off against the Vitamin C while the Chic Choc take on the 1 Timer.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There was no doubt that C.Gingras was the focal point of the night. The Punishers, if not for C.Gingras, would have been watching from-the sidelines in next weeks final. Instead, the clutch forward was once more absolutely dynamite collecting five out of a possible seven points that more importantly included a huge shorthanded goal to force the extra time.
Sunday September 9 (Final)
(3)Lynx vs HC Mutts(1) Game 1
Lynx set tone, draw first blood to open series
An average defensive and offensive performance, and an impressive game- from S.Catalano doomed the HC Mutts in game one. The tone was set fairly early for the Lynx, who scored once in every period. At no point were the HC Mutts able to regroup bagging their only marker late in the game. J.Lang used an early power play goal to ramp up his teammates. D.Zabitsky and P.Stroubakis also went on to score while S.Catalano was only two minutes and change-from recording a shutout. The Lynx played a prototypical playoff style game to put themselves in the driver's seat for game two. They got just enough scoring while relying heavily on a tight defence along with their net minder stealing the show.
(6)HC Mutts vs Lynx(7) S.O Game 2
Shootout drama favours Lynx, winners of E Sunday division
With J.Proulx scoring late to tie the game, the Lynx got their opportunity to finish it off in a shootout. M.Barone was able to score the decisive goal to secure the match and ultimately the championship. The Lynx appeared to look fine early on netting two unanswered goals in the first period but that all changed in a very short span. It took less than two minutes in the second period for the HC Mutts to finally break out of a dry spell. Three different players scored during that span and all of a sudden the momentum shifted the other way. The only problem for the HC Mutts was that they couldn't build on it with so much time left over. Eventually, the Lynx would regroup in the third where they finished strong winning the frame 3-2. Still, nothing was decided by that point but the pressure was definitely on the HC Mutts to prevail. Unfortunately, by scoring only once while allowing two shootout markers, the HC Mutts missed out on an opportunity to challenge the Lynx in a game three. Both these teams entered the night with high hopes and expectations knowing that they had the elements to take it all. However, with room for only one winner, the Lynx did just enough in game one to edge out a difficult opponent. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of the Lynx for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. After a brilliant opening game allowing only one goal late in the match, the Lynx net minder won a huge shootout battle in game two to secure the E Sunday division title.
Thursday September 6 (E1 Final)
(5)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard (3) S.O Game 1
Bramabulls slip past JLR Brossard in shootout
C.Muccino held off a pair of shootout attempts while M.Testolina and J.Palimitano got it right in the breakaways to secure an important game one of the series. The Bramabulls had to deal with the frustrations of seeing their slight lead replied every single time. The game was pretty even throughout the three periods that suggested this contest would only be decided in extra time. Both sides saw different players score having almost no choice to rely on a collective effort. Since the Bramabulls like to roll three solid lines, the JLR Brossard may have perhaps been stuck with a bigger problem knowing that they would need two in a row to get it done.
(10)JLR Brossard vs Bramabulls(8) Game 2
N.Goncalves 4 goals propels JLR Brossard to even the series
Even though the final score suggests that this was an all star game, neither player and especially the net minders had any fun with this particular contest. With defence thrown out the window, G.Follano and P.Assadi would pay the price in the end. But as bad as it was for Assadi, this is one rare time that he didn't mind knowing that it was just the result that mattered in the end. The JLR Brossard gave themselves a glorious chance in an ensuing 15 minute mini game to claim the title. N.Goncalves and G.Pisanelli had a field day combining for seven goals. Now that the JLR Brossard got their wheels going, would they be able to continue the pace in their most important game of the season?
(4)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(0) Game 3
Grinding effect came into play, Bramabulls out work JLR Brossard to claim another title
G.Follano was able to bounce back, and the Bramabulls did the right thing by striking first. The JLR Brossard had almost no choice to get on board first in order to have a chance. By rolling only two lines after playing two full games, it showed that fatigue clearly affected one team more than the other. The Bramabulls smelled blood once J.Palmitano opened the scoring. His line involving D.Verta and M.Testolina where involved in all four goals combining for seven points. A.DiPerna, even though kept the right collection of players together, the captain understood what it took to win. The commitment to rolling three lines while alternating two goaltenders in a marathon of games, are just two details that sometimes makes a difference between winning and losing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to A.DiPerna and the Bramabulls for repeating.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony DiPerna. Decision making is a big element to success. The Bramabulls leader made plenty of them and they all paid off leading to another championship.
Thursday September 6 (E2 Final)
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Les Rouuuges(6) S.O Game1
F.Nasser and A.Henein power Rouuuges in big shootout win
With game one so important, Les Rouuuges got their feet that much closer to taking it all. They would have gotten it done in regulation time, but penalty issues would stood in their way.Three out of the four goals that they gave up, all came on the Mighty Drunks power play. That was one area that Les Rouuuges had no answers for. As for the rest, they showed that they had the slight edge winning lots of battles while limiting dangerous scoring chances. However, it did still take a breakaway competition in order to get it done. P.Turturici felt confident that no one was beating him while N.Nasser and A.Henein took care of the goal scoring securing a significant game one.
(5)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(3) Game 2
Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges hoist E2 division trophy
It's not something that comes easy, but Les Rouuuges felt confident that it was theirs in the end. N.Zahabi's shorthanded goal early in the game was perhaps an indication of where this series was headed. A.Guillaume doubled the advance, and added his second before the Mighty Drunks finally got on board. Even though there was plenty of time left over, Les Rouuuges may have confirmed it when posting two late markers prior to the second period. The Mighty Drunks did attempt a final push knowing that their season was on the line, but the damage had already been done. As time was winding down to its final seconds, the bench cleared as Les Rouuuges went on to celebrate a deserving championship. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges for capturing the E2 Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Guillaume of Les Rouuuges. His back to back tallies in game two pretty much summed it up enabling his club to finish off a very successful night.
Wednesday September 5(D Semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs HBHA Masters 37+(4) Game 2
HBHA Masters survive late scare to beat Fat Cats
The Fat Cats nearly gave themselves no chance against the HBHA Seniors on Wednesday night. With their net minder G.Sangiovanni missing along with a hand full of players unable to attend, this series appeared to be over and done with before it began. Adding to all that, the Fat Cats forfeited game one in order to conserve their energy in hopes of forcing a mini game. Still, the game needed to be played and the Fat Cats showed that they refused to roll over. It took nearly half the match before the Fat Cats got on board. The second frame ended with the underdogs up 2-1 leaving a dejected looking HBHA Masters bench in limbo. But with still 15 minutes or more left to go, experience, leadership and the extra legs shifted the tides. P.Doulis and S.Govas each scored a minute apart that finally put the HBHA Masters in front. Considering the circumstances, those two goals appeared to be enough with only four minutes remaining but it wasn't the case. S.Barrette was able to give life to the Fat Cats on a late equaliser. By then, both sides felt that this game was headed for a shootout only to see another extraordinary set of circumstances occur. A few seconds was all that was missing when J.Bolanakis avoided the extra stress to regain the lead for good.
(7)Punishers vs United Armenians (4) Game 1
Wasted opportunity leaves United Armenians in shambles
The United Armenians blew a big time chance to push their way through the Punishers. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on to a 4-2 lead that slowing vanished as the game went on. The Punishers know that they have the artillery to strike when in need as they have been doing it all season long. And even though it's more difficult in playoff hockey, no one missed a beat in their come-from behind win. Four out of their seven goals came in the third period alone with their captain J.Fidrilis levelling the game at four goals apiece. Then, only minutes later, A.Centis and K.Tsoukals fed off the momentum striking twice in less than a minute. The United Armenians fought very hard for two full frames only to see a missed opportunity flash before their eyes.
(0)United Armenians vs Punishers(6) Game 2
Punishers slam door on United Armenians in series sweep
This time, the Punishers put themselves in the driver's seat early on. By taking a 2-0 lead after one period, both sides knew where this series was headed, especially the way things ended in the previous match. The Punishers kept their foot hard on the pedal and added two more by the second and the third to close out the night. It took no heroes as six different players found the back of the net. Perhaps their best player was on the other side of the court. N.Mackeen faced close to 20 shots to collect a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Bolanakis of the HBHA Masters 37+. In the dying moments of game two versus the Fat Cats, J.Bolanakis gave his club plenty to celebrate by posting the winner very late in the game.
The final will now feature the Punishers taking on the HBHA Masters 37+. Even though both teams are playing some fine hockey, the Punishers may have the slight edge in this series. The Punishers are able to get scoring throughout their line up and have a very potent power play. However, if the HBHA Masters can grab the lead, then things can potentially go their way. The veteran side will know how to bear down and commit to a disciple man on man style of hockey if playing in front.
Monday September 3
Corporation bank just enough points to secure top seed
With the start of the playoffs only a week away, the Corporation and Les Reds met in two crucial games that would ultimately determine who would finish in first place. Prior to both games, Les Reds controlled their own destiny needing only to split with their rival opponent. However, a short bench versus an almost stacked team came into play favouring the Corporation. The men in yellow barely edged out Les Reds 2-1 thanks to a brilliant goaltending performance by L.Lucas. Knowing that Les Reds may have been tired in the second meeting, the Corporation made it harder on themselves by playing from- behind throughout most of the match. After evening the score several times, the contest went the ultimate distance to see who would prevail and secure first place. F.Gentile was sent first and made his breakaway count riffling a hard wrist shot to beat C.Malkoun. Les Reds, in an effort to draw even, couldn't get anything through L.Dias. That one extra point was just enough to set the stage and semi final matches between the four teams in the second division.
(1)Les Reds vs The Corporation (2)
(5)The Corporation vs Les Reds(4) S.O
E.Provost's evens miniseries with Hustlers on two big goals
Although they did manage a good start to their night, the Dr Block couldn't keep it together long enough in their 4-3 loss to the Hustlers. T.Bozinakis was the mastermind behind setting up D.Bertrand twice and J.Rochon for the winner that came with less than two minutes remaining. Despite the sour ending, the Dr Block just looked ahead in their next meeting. Unfortunately, they didn't get the start they wanted but definitely got the ending they were hoping for. E.Provost had a major hand in it as the defenseman tallied twice in only a minute. The Hustlers had seven whole minutes-from that point on to bounce back but couldn't get there. Perhaps the obvious reason was R.Pelletier. The Dr Block net minder faced tons of heavy shots making one save look easier than the other.
(4)Hustlers vs Dr Block(3)
(2)Dr Block vs Hustlers(1)
M.Arkalis nets late power play goal to trade wins with Mighty Boyz
The Mighty Boyz have one element to their game that can be their worst enemy. If they can avoid visiting the penalty box, then they'll be fine, at least in most cases. Their opening game had no issues with their captain J.Palmitano scoring twice en route to a 5-2 win. The first period of the ensuing match was somewhat identical to the previous frames with the Mighty Boyz dictating the pace with two unanswered goals. However, once the final frame began, a full moon effect was in play. The Mighty Boyz took a total of twelve minutes worth of minor penalties that would only spell a disaster. Three out of the four Mighty Drunks goals all came with the man advantage. M.Arkalis tied the game right before ending it with less than 2 seconds remaining. The win can also be attributed to J.Adamou, who was the primary assist man on his clubs last three goals. As frustrating as this loss was, the Mighty Boyz realise that it's only a regular season game and will only adapt moving forward.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(5)
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks (4)
J-R Lemay, E.Gacem & M.Ethier combine for a massive 25 points
With J-R Remy, E.Gacem and M.Ethier combining for a whopping 25 points, the Chic Choc were able to topple the United Arms twice on Monday night. Gacem and Lemay took charge in the first match as both players collected four points each to earn a 5-1 victory. The second game had an unusual set of events occur. Due to the heat, both net minders decided to watch-from the sidelines as of the second period. The United Arms were up 2-1 at that point before conceding eight straight tallies. The only reason why the United Arms gave up so many was because the Chic Choc struck six times in an empty net. M.Ethier had already bagged a pair before feeding the empty cage three times to finish with five goals and two assists.
(1)United Arms vs Chic Choc(5)
(9)Chic Choc vs United Arms(2)
Degenerates find a way to steal 2 points
The Degenerates didn't have much to brag about despite splitting the two games with the Vitamin C. After all, they had a poor start giving up three straight markers and never really recuperated despite losing by only one goal. In hopes for a better outcome, they still couldn't find a way to ever grab the lead. The Vitamin C jumped in front twice but weren't able to protect it. The only chance that the Degenerates had to walk away with something was due to the shootouts. P.Assadi allowed three of his teammates to get at least one since he was taking care of his net. After a pair of failed attempts, the captain came through to settle the score. S.Sicuso made sure S.Sauk bit just in time to slide the ball right behind him. That was the first and most likely the only time in his ball hockey career that Sicuso will ever score in a shootout.
(3)Degenerates vs Vitamin C(4)
(2)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (3) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lucas Dias of the Corporation. With goaltending so important, there was no doubt that the Corporation goaltender was at his best on Monday night. Dias was only one minute away-from recording a shutout in the opening match while denying three shootout attempts in the second encounter to earn two big wins.
While division 3 is still in their regular season, divisions 2 & 1 will be headed for the semi finals. Here is a breakdown of the matches.
(1)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (4) The Mighty Drunks need their main guys to do their thing while getting the supporting cast on board to contribute one way or another. In order to defeat the Hustlers, the Mighty Drunks don't have a choice to play a near perfect series.
(2)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (3) Both sides have their fair share of game breakers. It will be essential for the two teams to commit playing sound defence while remaining disciple throughout the entire series.
(1)The Corporations vs Tocas(4) Regardless where both teams sit in the standings, this series will be a tossup. The Corporation will have their hands full and need to be fully aware of the dangerous counter attack-from the Tocas.
(2)Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) Another match up that can go either way. Neither side lack any skill or hockey sense. The winner of this battle will come down to all the elements required in any series.
Thursday August 30(E1 Semi finals playoffs)
(6)Nighthawks vs Bramabulls(8) S.O Game 2
Nighthawks nearly pull off shocking comeback
After a barn storming second period continuing its progress into the third, the Bramabulls picked off from-last week's massacre igniting four straight goals that would appear more than enough for an easy win. However, something changed that both teams didn't really expect. The Nighthawks just continued playing and slowly started to mount a comeback. P.Santullo used his annoying frame to screen G.Follano scoring twice in only 45 seconds. His second tally reduced the gap by one setting the stage for his clubs most important goal. M.Destounis was then able to bury his second that came with just over a minute remaining that would eventually lead to a shootout. In hopes of avoiding a dreadful game three, the Bramabulls took care of business in the shootout. D.Verta and M.Maggiore each scored while G.Follano denied both shooters his way.
(6)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(5) S.O Game 1
P.Manousos shootout marker stands after furious comeback
The SBS Trashers had a nightmare start to their series with the JLR Brossard. They went down 3-0and had to fight back with three third period goals in order to force extra time. Even though nothing was set in stone, the SBS Trashers felt confident with R.Pampena taking care of the pipes. Just like his counterpart P.Assadi, both goaltenders were stealing the show with six consecutive stops. However, something had to give at one point and that happened when P.Manousos finally solved Assadi . The JLR Brossard had most of their offense handled-from S.Robineault ,Payam Assadi and G.Pisanelli as all three players combined for eleven points. As for the Trashers, it was all about balance with five different players finding the back of the net.
(6)JLR Brossard vs SBS Trashers(5) Game 2
Top line continues to roll for JLR Brossard
The JLR Brossard , in a must win game returned the favour to even the series with the SBS Trashers. They paired goals in every frame with the same top line involved in most of the action. G.Pisanelli continues to be the catalyst netting two first period goals while setting up three straight markers. Two of his assists were part of helping S.Robineault notch a hat trick towards the latter part of the game. The SBS TRashers had their moments applying lots of pressure but weren't able to ever dictate the terms in this particular game. K.Hrivnack and P.Manousos were the most productive sharing three points each.
(1)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(3) Game 3
Poised JLR Brossard hold off Trashers
With everything on the line, the JLR Brossard were able to advance to the final. Both sides knew the importance of striking first and who other than your best player to pull through. G.Pisnelli set the tone early minutes before M.Gagnon struck on the power play for a sufficient 2-0 lead. By then, the SBS Trashers had a big hole to dig but still weren't out of it yet. P.Manousos kept scoring for a third straight game to pull within one. Unfortunately, that tally may have come a little too late leaving only a minute for the JLR Brossard to kill off. In a close series that could have easily gone either way, the JLR Brossard had just enough in the tank to resist a resilient SBS Trashers team.
Two very solid teams will be going at it soon enough. As a collective unit, both teams have a lot in common in terms of skill and hockey sense. Both are led with highly skilled players such as M.Testolina and G.Pisanelli. However, perhaps the one area that may favour the Bramabulls is their ability to wear you down. By rolling three lines, the JLR Brossard may find themselves under constant pressure which will only force them to play better defence while needing the key stops-from their net minder P.Assadi.
E2 Semi finals
(13)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(4) Game 2
Expected result sends Mighty Drunks through
When eying a bench that has no body behind it, the Mighty Drunks were already looking ahead. Still, they had to play and perform to make it official. After setting up his clubs opening goal, M.Gibeault added a pair for himself for a 4-1 lead by only the eleven minute mark of the first period. It was by that point that both teams were convinced of the final outcome. The only thing left over was to determine the final score. The Mighty Drunks continued their onslaught with Gibeault eventually notching a hat trick. M.Mogianesi and M.Beaudry, two players who play defence occupied a total of five goals with Mogianesi leading the way for a hat trick. As for Chaos, their captain R.Fyfe ended his season on a good note scoring two goals.
With Les Rouuuges watching-from the sidelines, the E2 final will be an interesting on. Neither side will rely on only one or two players but an overall team game. Les Rouuuges have the pride to give it all as do the Mighty Drunks with their deep bench. As in many cases when two teams reach this stage, all the small details will matter.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Giancarlo Pisanelli. Plain and simple, the JLR Brossard forward was that good. He collected an incredible eleven out of as possible fourteen points, and can arguably be the reason why his club won two straight to punch a ticket to the final.
Wednesday August 29(F division Semi finals)
(4)Hellfish vs Kentucky Blue(5) Game 2
M.Broccoli came through twice at pivotal point, Kentucky Blue even the series
As frustrating as last week's loss was for the Kentucky Blue, they were able to set it aside with a bounce back victory. It did however take a pair of clutch goals-from M.Broccoli. The Hellfish trailed all game long and kept battling back to eventually even the score. That's when Broccoli scored shortly after for his second in only two minutes that would regain the lead for the Kentucky Blue. Still, the time was there for the Hellfish to force extra time, but P.Delli Colli wanted no part of it. The net minder remained focused for the duration which eventually forced a third and deciding game.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(2) Game 3
E.Medrano and D.Ugaldez combine at the right moment for the Hellfish
As shots and chances were being traded-from one end to another, it was hard to wonder or even anticipate who would prevail in the end. So many factors can decide a hockey game, but in this case it came down to chemistry between two long time teammates. The contest was dead even at one goal apiece when D.Ugaldez fed his familiar line mate E.Medrano for the go ahead marker. The Kentucky Blue may have slipped giving up the first goal to a team that you don't want to trail against. But by doing it twice, they just asked for trouble. The Hellfish made sure to protect their lead, and did so knowing that B.Verducci wasn't budging.
(2)Horsemen vs Winter Soldiers (3) S.O Game 2
Winter Soldiers learning nothing comes easy in playoffs
A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis scored in the last 30 seconds as the Winter Soldiers gave themselves a chance to regulate this round in a shootout. V.Pandza's third period goal to make the score 2-0 seemed to give the Horsemen a victory and a new lease of life heading into a game three. But with two very late markers coupled with N.Katsilakis scoring in a shootout, the Winter Soldiers avoided a scare in a do or die match up. Many series have different storylines but one will argue that M.Vinciguerra deserves the front cover. If not for his exceptional play between the pipes, the Horsemen would have no chance in keeping up with the Winter Soldiers. Unfortunately, some bad timing and a little bad luck went against the underdogs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Vinciguerra. Even though it came in a losing cause, no one will disagree on how good and vital the Horsemen net minder was in this series.
Now that the F Wednesday division is down to only two teams, the Hellfish and the Winter Soldiers have each other to deal with. One thing that the final won't lack is intensity. The Hellfish play a playoff brand of hockey which can only help them. In the perspective of the Winter Soldiers, the way they won against the Horsemen may just be what they needed. That adversity will only make them realise what it takes to win at this stage of the season. For the Vegas odds makers, this series has the probabilities of a coin toss.
D Wednesday regular season
(5)Punishers vs Fat Cats(2)
P.Karvouriaris keeps making a mess
At the very least, the Fat Cats knew they needed a good start. And when S.Barrette and J.Scalia each scored, that strong beginning came into play. The Fat Cats entered the night with only eight players against a team that requires every key element available. Things did hold up for two periods but that all changed in the final stretch. The Punishers wasted no time grabbing their first lead of the night thanks to no other than P.Karvouriaris. Then, nine minutes later, the Fat Cats knew they were done when C.Gagnon doubled the lead for the Punishers. Even though the Punishers got balanced scoring from-five different players, P.Karvouriaris had mostly everything to do with it, participating in every single play resulting in one goal and four assists.
(4)HBHA Masters 37+ vs United Armenians (2)
Two late goals punish the United Armenians
It may take a day or two, but Y.Derohannessian will be talking to his blade on how he missed a glorious breakaway to tie the game. Both sides entered the final frame levelled 1-1 before the HBHA Masters took control .P.Lapointe snapped a 2-2 tie putting the Masters back on track, and it was shortly after that point when Derohannessian missed his chance for the United Armenians. A.Stamiris would erase any doubt by bagging the games last goal. The win also came with the help of L.Williams, who got the ball rolling posting the HBHA Masters first two tallies of the match.
The D Wednesday regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The top four teams will be playing right away in the semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Punishers vs United Armenians (4) When looking back at how both teams did against each other in the regular season, this series can go either way, even if the Punishers took the division. The United Armenians are stacked and very well coached by G.Missakian which will make things very difficult of the Punishers. However, with that being said, the division leaders do have few weapons including the scoring leader of the division P.Karvouriaris .The Punishers top gun finished with an impressive 28 points and looks nowhere close to slowing down.
(2)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Fat Cats(3) There aren't many weaknesses-from the two sides. Both teams, assuming that they are a full roster, this series can tilt either way. The one very important key element that the HBHA Masters 37+ hold, is in their team name.Experience is always a deadly weapon and the HBHA Masters have plenty of it.
Sunday August 26
Never say die United Arms turn the tables
The United Arms looked to be having a long night ahead of them considering how poor they performed in the opening game. They gave up five goals and couldn't get at least one by F.Koch, who stopped all 16 shots he faced. T.Daigneault was the only player to score twice with his clubs opener and closer. Now, in most circumstances these types of lopsided scores tend to favour the winners in an ensuing match. However, it wasn't the case with the United Arms responding with a pair of second period goals that led to a shootout. G.Jerjian was the only player to score while H.Jerjian denied all three attempts his way to earn the win. The 1 Timer played three straight flawless periods before allowing their only two goals of the night.
(5) 1 Timer vs United Arms(0)
(3)United Arms vs 1 Timer(2) S.O
Monday August 27
Mighty Boyz turn focus on strong defensive play
Many by now know that the Mighty Boyz identity is there offensive prowess, but tonight they also showed that they can defend just as well. The Punishers found that out by scoring only one goal in each contest. Game in and game out, M.Testolina along with his captain J.Palmitano continue to be a burden to all teams. Adding to that, the addition of M.Dettorre will just complicate things for the opposition. The Mighty Boyz already have a solid supporting cast and are that more dangerous when those three particular players play. Tonight, they combined for a ridiculous thirteen points in both their victories. M.Palmieri can also be put in the conversation of importance as the net minder rarely disappoints.
(1)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(5)
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers(1)
Hustlers use early spurt for a pair of wins
T.Bozinakis, J.Rochon and A.Stamiris each scored twice in the first period alone, and the Hustlers knew they were in for an easy night. The Dr Block only got on broad twice by the first period of the second game still to fall short 3-2 heading into the final stretch. With T.Bozinakis and D.Bertrand scoring only 30 seconds apart, the Hustlers wrapped up another successful night. C.Stavriadis had only G.Piche beat him twice with goals coming four minutes apart.
(7)Hustlers vs Dr Block(0)
(2)Dr Block vs Hustlers (5)
Short bench Carmoni kept it simple
Knowing that they had no change ups with four straight periods ahead of them, Les Carmoni couldn't have asked for a better outcome. They did the key thing of striking first in both games which ultimately forced the Degenerates to respond. Unfortunately, they ran into a wall lined up- from the centre court that would identify their man to clog the slot area. Almost every time the Degenerates would try to create something, Les Carmoni smartly counter attacked. A.Figiel and L-C Desmarais each scored in the opening meeting for a 2-1 win while three different players struck in the second contest for a second victory. In addition to what made both these results remarkable, was that their natural d-man M.Croteau occupying the pipes instead. The Degenerates had plenty of shots and decent chances only to beat Croteau twice all night.
(2)Les Carmoni vs Degenerates (1)
(1)Degenerates vs Les Carmoni(3)
Les Reds dictate pace right away leaving Vitamin C empty handed
In both their wins on Monday night, Les Reds showed they meant t business-from the beginning. They combined for six goals in the first two periods forcing the Vitamin C to play catch up all night. N.Zahabi led the charge with back to back tallies while M-T Zarzour was the mastermind setting up three teammates. The second contest saw the captain heavily implicated. J.Constantin participated in three of the four goals that included the games last two markers. Even with some games left to play, Les Reds look like they will take the second division barring any surprises.
(5)Les Reds vs Vitamin C(3)
(2)Vitamin C vs Les Reds(4)
Tocas catch Corporation snoozing
There weren't many bright moments in the opening contest, at least not for the Corporation. Most of their players approached it like a pond hockey game, and by doing so, they got burned. The Tocas caused one turn over after another resulting in five unanswered goals. Their main gun C.Maltese had a field day bagging four out of their seven goals en route to an easy 7-3 win. After paying the price for what just happened, the Corporation took a different mindset in the second encounter. At no point did they take things for granted putting out a full effort. With the game deadlocked 4-4, J.Scalia came through leaving only 15 seconds on the clock. That was his third goal in the two games as part of a five point performance.
(7)Tocas vs Corporation (3)
(5)Corporation vs Tocas(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joseph Constantin of Les Reds. With the playoffs just around the corner, the captain won't be taking any nights off knowing that his team needs to be prepared. Tonight, he collected two goals and two assists to help maintain first place.
Sunday August 26(Semi finals)
(2)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(5) Game 1
HC Mutts strike first with dominant game 1
There was no let down for the HC Mutts in their series debut with the Fatal Demons. They may have allowed the first goal but rebounded with a strong finish winning every single frame. M.Nardi put together two key goals including the winner while M.Maggiore and S.Sacco collected three points each. The Fatal Demons were stuck playing with only two lines against a team that requires a few more bodies. The good news for them was that a couple of key pieces would be present for the following game.
(3)HC Mutts vs Fatal Demons(5) Game 2
Hungrier Fatal Demons come out flying
Whatever was said in the dressing room definitely worked for the Fatal Demons. By winning the opening frame with two late goals, the HC Mutts were now the ones stuck trying to figure out how to bounce back. Unfortunately, they never hit the back of the net until it was too late. D.Ugaldez scored twice, E.Medrano buried the winner, and S.Morante was really good when it counted the most enabling his club to play with the lead. This bounce back win would set up the most important 15 minutes or more for the two sides in a deciding game three.
(0)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(1) Game 3
Pendulum swings back in HC Mutts favour
With neither team able to collect two straight wins, this series went down to the wire. For how tight both sides would approach a short fifteen minutes, the importance of the first goal would be an understatement. Only three minutes went by when M.Maggiore tilted the tides. Maybe the only good news at that point for the Fatal Demons was that they had plenty of time to bounce back. And it wasn't like they didn't get their fair share of chances. The problem was that P.Delli Colli was absolutely brilliant. The net minder got the goal he needed and knew that the rest laid on his shoulders. After receiving close to ten shots, Delli Colli smelled victory which eventually led to a shutout and a ticket to the final.
(5)Lynx vs Butchers (3) Game 1
Bad start turns into a very good finish for the Lynx
At the very least to feel that they had a chance, the Butchers knew the importance of a good start to the series. And in the span of the game's opening six minutes, that good start was a reality. S.Robineault and M.Zampino provided the goals and the Butchers barley held on to a 2-0 lead because of an immediate response by M.Nols. This contest was only decided in the final fifteen minutes of play. Both sides drew even 2-2 after two periods before the Lynx took over by the third. The Lynx realised then that this series was going to take a maximum effort on their part. After all, they did win the division and entered as heavy favourites against a team with only two wins.
(5)Butchers vs Lynx(4) S.O Game 2
S.Robineault's late magic survives another day for the Butchers
0.6 seconds on the clock was what every single player looked at when S.Robineault scored to tie the game. The sound of the horn following that mini second meant that the Butchers would have a chance to force a third and deciding game provided they win in a shootout. And after both sides sent five players each, Y.Derohannessian was the only player to get it done. The Butchers crafty forward, who actually played as a defenseman in this particular game, used a hard precise wrist shot to beat S.Catalano short side. The Lynx still had a chance to extend the round on their attempt, but G.Zapatelli wanted no part of it by denying his fifth opponent. The result of this game set the alarm bells for the Lynx, who knew that anything could happen in only fifteen minutes.
(2)Lynx vs Butchers (1) Game 3
U.Cruz rescues Lynx from- massive upset
When the game was tied 1-1 with just about five minutes of play, both sides knew the next goal would most likely decide their fate. Luckily enough for the Lynx, U.Cruz may have provided their biggest marker of the season. The forward capitalised at the right time and the Butchers were stuck hoping for another equaliser. They did manage some very good chances only to hit a stubborn S.Catalano protecting his pipes. Unfortunately for the Butchers, they just couldn't get that extra bounce they needed to potentially cause a surprise. This series thought both teams some valuable lessons, but more so for the Lynx. The Butchers knew that they can challenge with their amount of experience despite winning one regular season game along with a forfeit. As for the Lynx, they will now know to take nothing for granted when it comes to the playoffs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to G-L Zapatelli of the Butchers. If not for his brilliant saves along with his shootout performance, the Lynx would have had a way easier time getting through this round.
With both series going down to the wire, it's safe to say that the final will live up to the hype. The Lynx and the HC Mutts resemble each other in many ways. Both sides are fairly the same age combined with plenty of hockey IQ and top notch goaltenders. The little details will come into play. Unforced errors, disciple and plain luck will be some factors that can determine the outcomes.
Thursday August 23(E1 & E2 playoffs)
(7)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (2) E1 Game 1
Nighthawks have no answer for Bramabulls top line
When it was all over and game one went overwhelmingly to the Bramabulls, the Nighthawks searched for various ways to say it was only one game. Unless they play a perfect match in game number two, this series will end fast. No matter how tight they tried and play some of the Bramabulls top guns, M.Testolina and J.Palmitano just to name a couple still found a way to get through the defence and net minder. Both players each scored twice and were a big reason why the game was put out of reach .The only time the Nighthawks got on board was when their captain P.Santullo scored on the power play. That goal reduced the gap by three which felt a lot wider considering how well the Bramabulls were playing. It's safe to say that the Bramabulls have a shoe into the final if they approach the next game the same way.
(0)Carnage vs Les Rouuuges(6) E2 Game 2
Les Rouuuges showed why they deserve to reach final
Maybe for one period Carnage showed some resistance in an effort to keep the game close. However, that all changed by the second period. Les Rouuuges knew they had the series when they struck twice late in the frame for a favourable 5-0 lead. Everything went right for a team that expected nothing less than to reach the big dance. They played exceptional defence, getting a brilliant goaltending performance by P.Turturici and very balanced offense that saw six different players find the back of the net. A.Guillaume scored a lone first period goal that proved to be just enough for the win. Now that Les Rouuuges passed this semi final round, they will need to patiently wait and see who they'll get next between the Mighty Drunks and Chaos.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. No matter how close they tried to play him, lightning speed is impossible to keep up with. The forward was simply too quick producing two big goals along with a key helper.
Wednesday August 22(F division Semi finals)
(0)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(2) Game 1
B.Verducci earns shutout as Hellfish blank Kentucky Blue
B.Verducci put in a faultless display as his club blanked the Kentucky Blue on Wednesday night, allowing the Hellfish to grab an important 1-0 series lead. Verducci was rock solid shutting out a team that have the weapons to put the ball behind the net. By striking first early on, the Hellfish were able to dictate the terms. Both their goals came in the opening nine minutes courtesy of C.Dapoulias and D.Ugaldez. Even though time wasn't an issue-from that point on, the Kentucky Blue had no solutions on how to get on board. They managed 25 shots getting no sort of luck or any bounce their way. The good news for them is that they have another shot at it with the chance to force a third and deciding match. Its one thing for the Kentucky Blue to get shutout one game, but for it to happen twice, the order will be a tall for the Hellfish. A good start is always important in playoff hockey and the Hellfish will look to repeat a similar performance next time they meet.
(4)Winter Soldiers vs Horsemen (3) S.O Game 1
Winter Soldiers out last Horsemen after nine shootout attempts
At a 3-3 standstill, goaltenders A.Bitsakis and M.Vinciguerra saved a combine 17 attempts ending what was possibly the longest shootout ever. N.Katsilakis finally put an end to the breakaway marathon ensuring his club a 1-0 series lead. And while the extra time provided some theatre, the actual game can be argued was just as exciting. The Horsemen will look back at a missed opportunity to be in front in this series. After all, they overcame a couple of deficits before taking a 3-2 lead that nearly lasted the duration of the game. Unfortunately, by visiting the penalty box late in the game, the Winter Soldiers saved their night. J.McKenzie had already notched both his clubs goals before setting up M.Prahalis for the equaliser. This contest had many similarities between the two sides. The Horsemen also scored twice with the man advantage and saw T.Mader score two out of their three goals. In the end, it's always better to be up one rather than down, but that doesn't guarantee anything for the Winter Soldiers if the Horsemen play the same way in game two.
D Wednesday regular season
(1)HBHA Seniors 37+ vs Fat Cats(4)
G.DeMarinis and J.Scalia double dip in rout of HBHA
The Fat Cats relied on their own identity to get the job done versus the HBHA Masters 37+. They played well defensively, G.Sangiovanni allowed only one goal on 29 shots, and two of their snipers each scored twice to occupy the offense. As a matter of fact, they nearly kept a clean score sheet for almost the entire game. After going dry for well over two periods, J.Pantelis was finally able to get the Masters on board and spoil what Sangiovanni was thinking in the back of his mind. There overall performance against a solid experienced hockey team couldn't have come at a better time. This is a type of win that will only fuel the Fat Cats moving forward with only one game remaining before the real season begins.
(7)Punishers vs United Armenians (5)
Despite late rally, United Armenians breakdown short of buzzer
All that incredible work to fight back against the Punishers won't be appearing on a statistical basis for the United Armenians. This might be the right time during the regular season that a team may have to endure such a defeat. Even though the loss is hard to swallow, the United Armenians will only take positives-from their battle with the front runners of the division. They mounted a hard fought comeback with third period goals-from Y.Derohannessian and J-A Belcher to tie the game fairly late. Then, with only 15 seconds before reaching overtime, S.Athanasotoulos avoided the extra time to regain the lead for the Punishers. Two out of their seven goals came on the power play. The Punishers had a chance to avoid a complicated situation if they could have scored rather than give up a goal on their third man advantage. Instead, J-A Belcher evened the score with a man less and the United Armenians gave themselves a chance to steal the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ben Verducci of the Hellfish. With every game so being important at this stage of the season, the Hellfish net minder did not disappoint stopping all 25 shots to earn a huge shutout.
Sunday August 19
(6)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(12)
Butchers keep taking it in the chin by the third period
Maybe one day there can be some third period magic for the Butchers, but until then, tonight was just another reminder on how horrible they were. The Fatal Demons showed absolutely no mercy exposing a sloppy Butchers team with six third period goals. Plenty of those markers came because of a lack of coverage. Every time the Butchers would push up to try and create something, the Fatal Demons would counter attack and capitalise. S.Koulieris used his solid front net presence to generate three straight tallies while B.Deslasuriers and A.Jalilvand each scored twice.
(4)Lynx vs HC Mutts(3) S.O
M.Barone sweet back hand fake secures top seed for Lynx
With interesting playoff implications, the Lynx were able to secure first place of the E Sunday division thanks to a pair of factors. First off, M.Barone scored the lone shootout marker while S.Catalano denied three straight breakaways his way. Prior to the extra time, the Lynx appeared to be in control of the match. After all, they did carry a 3-1 lead heading into the final period versus a team with only two change ups. Normally that would be enough for a team like the Lynx, but it clearly wasn't the case. The HC Mutts sent a little reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, that they won't be a push over .M.Maggiore was a big reason for the comeback as the quarter back set up two teammates while adding his clubs second goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Barone of the Lynx. By scoring the lone shootout marker, M.Barone helped secure a first place finish that would have avoided a semi final match up with the HC Mutts. Instead, they will get a team with only two wins all season.
Both these games concluded the regular season in the E Sunday division. With all four team entering the playoffs, the semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Lynx vs Butchers (4) Without a doubt, the Lynx are the heaving favourites. The only way the Butchers have a chance is if they show up full squad and play their best game yet. Unless that happens, the Lynx will be thinking further ahead.
(2)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3) If the regular season is an indication of what's to come, than many may suspect the Fatal Demons to pull through. They won three out of the four meetings including two in a recent double header night. Despite that being said, many will also agree that regular season stats mean absolutely nothing. In the perspective of the HC Mutts, they know that they have the talent and the speed to overcome a deep and heavy opponent.
Thursday August 16
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(0) E2 Semi finals game 1
Mighty Drunks cruise to easy playoff win over Chaos
It was anything but a tough test for the Mighty Drunks in this semi final match up with Chaos. They scored once in at least every frame and got the necessary goaltending-from O.Caillet, who recorded a shutout. The win came with the help of six different goal scores that included three feeds-from V.Mancini. Despite the loss, Chaos fared well in the first portion of the match considering they had only seven players dressed. Unless they stack up with more bodies, the Mighty Drunks know that they will be playing for all the marbles.
(6)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (3) E1 regular season
Attention on the Bulls big guns opens path way for P.Bertone
That's the luxury of having more than a couple of weapons on your team. By focusing on a player or two, the door opens up for the rest of the line up to get involved. P.Bertone quietly made his presence felt by bagging half of his team's goals. For a very long stretch, the Nighthawks kept the Bramabulls in check but that lasted only so long. The game started to tilt one way towards the nine minute mark of the second period. It was by then that flood gates opened with Bertone striking twice in just over a minute followed with C.Fragkiudakis's late period marker. Both sides then traded two third period goals that saw L.Dulcetta bury a pair for the Nighthawks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P.Bertone of the Bramabulls. In a double up win over the Nighthawks, P.Bertone showed his value to his team by riffling three out of six goals.
That game concluded the regular season for the E1 Thursday division. The Semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Bramabulls vs Nighthawks (4) Plain and simple, the Nighthawks need every single thing to go right in order to have any sort of chance. Goaltending, committed defence and capitalising on their few chances is a bare minimum required.
(2)SBS Trashers vs JLR Brossard(3) Maybe is goes against their identity, but the JLR Brossard may have to lay back on their high octane style. The SBS Trashers will expose them in the counter attack, and unless Pedram Assadi gets the help needed in front of him, the JLR Brossard will be headed golfing earlier than hoped for.
Wednesday August 15 (F Round 1 playoffs)
(5)Horsemen vs Les Raymonds(2)
T.Karasek hat trick sends Horsemen through next round
In tonight's opening round of the playoffs, it showed that Les Raymonds couldn't hang on with the Horsemen. Surely it helps when a player such as T.Karasek suits up for the big games. The Horsemen went up 2-1 before T.Karasek separated himself-from everyone else. The power forward scored three consecutive goals for his club that included a big power play marker late in the second period. Even though the deficits weren't too far apart, Les Raymonds didn't have enough push back in their game. A few trips to the penalty box didn't help their case either as the Horsemen made them pay twice on four chances.
(6)Hellfish vs Golden Knights (5) O.T
Game of inches favours Hellfish in do or die match
No matter how much of a great start they had, the Golden Knights will be grieving for a while after this loss. They entered the night with no pressure but still the belief that they could have gotten it done. By leading 4-2 at one point during the match, the pressure turned on the Hellfish to respond. Slowly but surely the contest would eventually shift in a different direction. The Hellfish took over the second portion of the match to at least give themselves a shot at winning it in overtime. C.Dapoulias came through with back to back goals which helped set the stage for the most important minutes of the season for the two sides. By that point, it was anyone's game. Three minutes was what it took for D.Ramada to send the Hellfish through to the semi finals by notching the sudden death winner.
With the Horsemen and Hellfish getting it done, four teams are now left to battle it out in the semi finals. The match-up are as follows:
(1) Winter Soldiers vs Horsemen (5) it's safe to say that with a 10-1-1 record that the Winters Soldiers should prevail in this series. However, that won't in any way concern the Horsemen who have been in this position many times before. Experience is a vital tool and the Horsemen have it. Unless the Winter Soldiers take this series for granted they will be fine.
(2)Kentucky Blue vs Hellfish(3) There is too much depth on both sides for any sort of certainties. The Kentucky Blue may have some natural goal scorers up front but on the flip side, the Hellfish can be a pain when it comes to defending. This series will be your classic offense versus defensive styled match up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Horsemen. Natural goal scores don't always show up for the big games but that wasn't the case for T.Karasek as the Horsemen forward did more than his share providing three goals.
D Wednesday regular season
(3)Fat Cats vs Team Haiti(5)
Early gift still not good enough for Fat Cats
Even with two team goals because of the delay of game rule coupled with a late first period power play marker-from F.Atkinson, the Fat Cats still found a way to lose. And it wasn't like Team Haiti took over immediately as of the second period. Granted, they did win the frame 1-0 but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome a deep hole they created. The comeback occurred only as of the three minute mark of the final frame. H.Merone got the ball rolling while J.Benel evened the score with his first of two in the period. E.Charron got credited the winner after receiving a pass-from Reginald Morne, who finished his night with three assists. Both teams only played two full periods with Team Haiti clearly the better of the two sides in the final stretch.
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(2)
Punishers double up rival thanks to their top gun
It's become normal at this point that P.Karvouriaris is the difference make for the Punishers, and that's despite many others that can hurt you on the same roster. His two goals and one assist was too much for the HBHA Masters on this particular night. And as vital as he was to helping his team win, perhaps the biggest goal of the game belonged to K.Tsoukalas. This contest was deadlocked at two goals apiece when the Punishers d-man snapped the tie late in the second period. That tally stood up due to a few factors, but primarily because N.Mackeen didn't budge making enough key saves.
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Sunday August 12
(4)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3)
Late push not enough as HC Mutts wake up to late
The HC Mutts made a late push, but it wasn't enough as they fell short to the Fatal Demons. One thing that didn't help the HC Mutts was there late start that resulted in a team goal for the Fatal Demons. Even though they had to fight-from behind, they still couldn't get it right up until the later stages of the contest. By then, the Fatal Demons controlled every aspect of their game and made sure to protect their lead. A.Jalilvand's bullet that beat the net minder short side held up as the winner. The only positive's that the HC Mutts took in the loss was their solid finish with three straight goals. That sequence helped motivate them knowing that they had a double header versus the very same squad.
(8)Lynx vs Butchers (3)
Butchers can't figure out Lynx
When analyzing why the Butchers can't put a dent in the Lynx's game, the answer is quite simple. The Lynx are simply quicker, and unless the Butchers keep their gaps closer-from player to player, they'll get burned every time. Another bad start didn't help either with the Lynx making the Butchers pay on their mistakes. Many players contributed offensively with A.Mason striking twice while D.Zabitsky collected four points. The scary part about this lopsided result was that J.Mason and their captain J.Lang were out of action. In the likely hood that the standings don't change, the Lynx will get the Butchers in their first round match up.
(5)Fatal Demons vs HC Mutts(3)
Fatal Demons bank six clean points in double header night with HC Mutts
Despite their late let down earlier on, the Fatal Demons approached this game with a different frame of mind. They knew that the HC Mutts were going to come out swinging, but that didn't stop them-from weathering the storm. As a matter of fact, it was the Fatal Demons grabbing the better start jumping off to a 2-0 lead. The HC Mutts only got on board as of the mid way point when V.Romito finally solved P.Assadi. M.Danello did tie things up moments later but the Fatal Demons immediately regained their lead thanks to G.DeMarinis. Still, the HC Mutts were in striking distance heading into the third period. Unfortunately, they just couldn't seem to get an edge against a side that was definitely committed.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Fatal Demons. In a double header night versus the HC Mutts, A.Jalilvand notched both winners in two very close games.
E Thursday & Sunday
Thursday August 9th, 2018
Les Rouuuges (5) VS Carnage (2) Semi-Finals Game 1
Effort shown by Les Rouuuges earns them an easy game 1 victory.
Playoffs are the most important time of the year, where most players need to turn on the switch and help their club out move forward. Unfortunately for Carnage, it seemed as the club was not on the same page for the first half of the game where Les Rouuuges capitalized on their chances. A. Henein was the main contributor for his club finding the back of the net with his amazing slap shot. After an important timeout by captain F. Pace the tides started to switch as Carnage turned on their switch and started playing their game. Carnage will need to bring the same type of effort to their next game if they wish to see additional action.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alain Henein from Les Rouuuges. The offensive defenseman continues to play at a very high level scoring two important goals in game 1 of the semi-finals for his club. His game will need to continue if Les Rouuuges wish to have a deep playoff run.
E Thursday & Sunday
Thursday August 9th, 2018
JLR Brossard (3) VS Bramabulls (9)
Bramabulls offensive weapons demonstrate what they are capable of tonight.
From the beginning of the game, it was apparent that the Bramabulls were going to cause some issues for JLR Brossard. From the first whistle Bramabulls kept hammering and pressuring the opposing team to make mistakes and the club answered by finding the back of the net. M. Testolina continues his dominance on the division accumulating six points on a busy night for the forward. Other teams will need to find a solution to keep the player in check going into the playoffs.
Nighthawks (0) VS SBS Trashers (8)
Nothing goes right tonight for the Nighthawks as SBS Trashers dominate the game.
From the initial ball drop nothing seemed to be going right for the Nighthawks, from poor passing, to shots missing the net. Unfortunately for them the SBS Trashers weren't going to take any part of the following as they continued to play their game. P. Nadeau known for his offensive skill played defense tonight and kept hammering the opposition scoring a natural hat trick mid way thru the third period. The Nighthawks will need to figure out what is going wrong fast as the playoffs are right around the corner.
D & F Wednesday
Wednesday August 8th, 2018
Team Haiti (3) VS Punishers (5)
Late 3rd period surge earns Punishers a much-needed win in a tight playoff race.
During the first two periods of the game both teams went back and forth exchanging a goal apiece in the first two periods. Until the Punishers started to push back with the strength of their bench. A. Dayan scored his second of the night midway thru the third and C. Gingras added an insurance marker. As Team Haiti tried to fight back late in the game, it was too late. C. Gingras scored his second within the last minute to kill all hope.
Fat Cats (4) VS United Armenians (1)
Giancarlo Sangiovanni stops every shot until midway thru the third period.
G. Sangiovanni is no stranger to playing lights out when games really do matter in the standings. With Team Haiti on their heels, the net minder needed to play a near perfect game which he did. The players in front of him also did not disappoint managing to take a early first period lead and build upon it. F. Atkinson was the main contributor for his club beating G. Follano twice. While for the United Armenians the only bright spot was when A. Minassian found the back of the net near the end of the third period.
Team Haiti (4) VS Winter Soldiers (5)
Fatigue showed for Team Haiti who played an hour earlier.
After just playing an hour earlier, fatigue showed in Team Haiti. A great start to the game saw Team Haiti take the lead in the second period, thanks in part to a team effort with three different players scoring the go ahead goals. But the Winter Soldiers could not be counted out of the game as A. Guida and N. Gikas each scored their second goals of the night to tie the game up and send it to overtime. As things were looking better for Team Haiti who got power play opportunity in overtime, N. Gikas demonstrated and showed off his speed by scoring a shorthanded goal in overtime to ensure the win for his club.
Hellfish (5) VS Horsemen (3)
M. Chartrand puts his team on his back late in the game and secures the win for them.
As two evenly matched teams squared off tonight, it was evident that a player from either side would need to step up for their club and carry them to victory. With the game evenly tied up in the second period, M. Chartrand was that player. He scored his first goal to push his team ahead and never looked back, bagging in two more in the third period with less than a minute a part. With less than a minute to go the Horsemen tried cutting the lead down to two goals but it was too late as B. Verducci shut the door the remainder of the way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of the Winter Soldiers. The offensive minded player completed his hat trick in overtime, making sure to end the regular season on a good note for his club and a first place finish in the standings.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With Winter Soldiers and Kentucky Blue capturing first and second place respectively, they will be the only two teams to skip the opening round and head off straight to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
Hellfish (3) VS Golden Knights (6) The Golden Knights will need to step up defensively and play a solid game the entire time with all five guys coming back to help out. S. Sauk will have his hands full all night stopping the many offensive weapons Hellfish has if Golden Knights wish to move on to the next round.
Horsemen (4) VS Les Raymonds (5) With two teams as evenly match as this anyone can take the win. It all depends which players show up and if they can contribute up to their level. It should be an interesting match up to watch.
Sunday August 5
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Fatal Demons(3) inter league
Fatal Demons fall short of completing comeback
It wasn't the start they wanted, but the Fatal Demons nearly erased their deficit. Unable to get any scoring done for two straight periods, the Fatal Demons had to hope for a miracle in the third in order to edge out the Mighty Drunks. And even though they battled back with three goals, it just wasn't enough in the end. O.Caillet was hugely responsible for the outcome as the net minder kept frustrating his opponents. The win came also with the help of Y.Dube, who scored twice and S.Govas that collected three points.
(3)Butchers vs Lynx(8)
R.Beaver and J.Mason rip the Butchers apart
A forward line consists of three players, but often its two guys doing most of the work. R.Beaver and J.Mason enjoyed a feast in their 8-3 thumping of the Butchers on Sunday night. Those two players alone accounted for twelve total points with Beaver leading the way bagging five goals and two assists. The Lynx caught the Butchers off guard early on building a 3-0 lead which played out to be important considering how the Butchers would respond. T.Karasek helped keep the game close by earning three points. This contest was still up for grabs up until the third period hit. The Butchers knew they had to take chances in order to battle back, but found themselves dug deeper in a hole with the Lynx deadly counter attack.
(7)Carnage vs HC Mutts(8) inter league
A type of loss that can make grown men cry
Luckily enough for Carnage that this was just a regular season hockey game against an opponent-from a different division. Almost nothing can explain how a team played so well for two straight periods but yet so horrible in only ten minutes. The HC Mutts trailed all game long by stretches of three goals before turning on some sort of magical switch. The remarkable comeback involved six tallies as of the five minute mark of the third period that included two very late power play goals by N.DeGregorio and A.Cardillo, who both combined for nine points. Despite the loss, S. Longo and S.Giannoulakis were a force as both players each earned hat tricks while combining for eleven points.
(3)Bramabulls vs Lynx(2) inter league
Bramabulls play it smart versus tired Lynx
By striking very early on while applying a strict defensive game plan, the Bramabullls made things very difficult for the Lynx. They did however tie the game on the power play by the ten minute mark of the second period. With the contest being as close as it was, one very significant detail may have decided the outcome. The Lynx will look back at not only missing a glorious power play chance, but by giving up a shorthanded goal instead. D.Verta snapped the tie with the man short and the Bramabulls knew that this was there's for the taking. A.DiPerna played it safe by extending the lead late in the game which proved to be important as it held for the game winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Randy Beaver of the Lynx. No one can argue that the Lynx forward was absolutely dynamite on Sunday night versus the Butchers. R.Beaver finished that game with an impressive five goals and two assists.
Thursday August 2
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Nighthawks (6)
Nighthawks barely hang on to edge out Mighty Drunks
The Nighthawks played a very good first period, and then collapsed in the second half allowing the Mighty Drunks back in the game because of fatigue and a lack of focus. It's never easy getting five past O.Caillet in one period alone, but somehow the Nighthawks created enough good scoring chances to solve the net minder. Even though the second period didn't set off any alarm bells, the same couldn't be said for the third where the Mighty Drunks made a serious push to crawl back into the game. M.Beaudry, after scoring his clubs first two goals, helped set up two more teammates by the third. The Nighthawks had gone dry for well over 23 minutes before getting a key marker-from M.Destounis. His game winning tally came with the help of B.Deslauriers, who had a monster game collecting four points that included two goals.
(4)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(1)
M.Testolina gets the attention of everyone
Whether it's his own teammates, the opposition or the officials, M.Testolina got heavily noticed on Thursday night. The highly skilled forward participated in the Bramabulls first three goals that included two markers while adding a little mustard to his game by visiting the penalty box three times before calling it quits. Despite taking a 1-0 lead early on, the SBS Trashers couldn't contain the constant pressure of the Bramabulls. Mauro Mignogna helped set up the winner by B.Sansotta while adding his second helper on J.Palmitano's third period marker to close off the night.
(2)Chaos vs Les Rouuuges(6)
F.Bchara sparks Les Rouuuges with four-point outing against Chaos
During Les Rouuuges 6-2 win on Thursday night, F.Bchara felt pretty good about his overall play. The rugged winger did it all from-scoring twice while playing the set up man to earn an impressive four points. Les Rouuuges slowly but surely got better as the game went on.Their strongest period occurred in the final 15 minutes where they bagged three goals including two with the special teams. A.Guillaume made the score 5-2 on the power play right before J.Hassan put a nail to it with a shorthanded goal.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Bramabulls. Simply unstoppable, the Bramabulls spark plug buzzed all game collecting three points en route to a 4-1 win over the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday August 1
(10)Kentucky Blue vs Golden Knights (2)
Kentucky Blue Steamroll Golden Knights
Before they knew it, this game was over and done with. The Kentucky Blue steam rolled past the Golden Knights surging with four first period goals. D.Caruso scored two in a row before adding his third later in the game to collect a hat trick. While he wasn't the only one to put three behind S.Sauk, James Tutino had a similar performance netting three straight to close off what was an easy night. The only bright moments for the Golden Knights came by the third period when R.Kilgour and F.Bchara each scored to get the better of P.Delli Colli.
(1)United Armenians vs HBHA Masters 37+(4)
Balance continues to be key for the HBHA Masters 37+
The HBHA Masters aggressiveness in all three zones was rewarded once again on Wednesday night. They got the start they wanted winning the opening frame 2-1. From-there, the HBHA Masters protected their lead with a heavy fore-check and good goaltending. One of the reasons that make the HBHA Masters difficult to beat is that anyone can hurt you at any given time. In tonight's case, four different players scored that included A.Stamiris's winner late in the first period. C.Stavriadis still had his hands full but did a splendid job anyway stopping all but one shot.
(1)Fat Cats vs Team Haiti(4)
Three third period goals push Team Haiti past Fat Cats
Once the third period hit, Team Haiti were able to crack G.Sangiovanni with three unanswered goals. Only two players scored in the win with C.Simeon and M.Croteau celebrating the feat .Considering the circumstances, the Fat Cats did hang in there for a long while with only two changes ups. Team Haiti clearly had the legs and energy to outperform a more tired side. M.Dorismond didn't have an easy night but remained focused to earn the win in net.
(3)Hellfish vs Winter Soldiers (4)
Winter Soldiers strike late to seal victory
With time winding down to its dying moments, the Winter Soldiers were able to avoid overtime by breaking a 3-3 tie. For most of the night, the Winter Soldiers kept fighting-from behind and never once led until they buried their late marker. N.Gikas helped mount the comeback riffling two goals in only three minutes. Perhaps the big story of the contest belonged to M.Kardum, who scored all three goals for the Hellfish. Despite losing the game in such a heartbreaking fashion, the Hellfish will grab positives knowing that they came so close to defeating the division leaders.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Midwin Dorismond of Team Haiti. If not for his brilliant presence between the pipes, Team Haiti risked going empty handed versus the Fat Cats.
Monday July 30
Hustlers over power second division Carmoni
The Hustlers were able to push aside Les Carmoni on Monday night. From the get go, the Hustlers took control of both games making it a very unpleasant night for their opponents. The chances came and came often with both games ending earlier than usual due to the seven goal mercy rule. D.Bertrand and A.Stamiris each scored twice in the opening contest. Then, after collecting four points, T.Bozinakis bagged a pair in the second game as the only multi goal scorer. It's not often a team can keep a clean score sheet for two straight games but the Hustlers are one of those few teams than can achieve it, especially with C.Stavriadis controlling the pipes.
(7)Hustlers vs Les Carmoni(0)
(0)Les Carmoni vs Hustlers(7)
Les Reds anticipated a better fate after drawing blank in opener versus Tocas
Les Reds had nothing to show for in their first meeting with the Tocas. They lost both frames and couldn't get at least one by G.Castilloux, who stopped over 20 shots to earn a shutout. The win came with the help as well of M.Zampino, who struck twice and by their captain S.Marricco notching his clubs second goal. Luckily for Les Reds, they had another opportunity to get it right. After seeing their offense dry up, that all changed early in the second encounter. B.Cabral, D.Mansour and N.Zahabi each scored in the span of only eight minutes to grab a 3-1 lead. By responding early the way they did, the Tocas were now the ones chasing the game. Unfortunately, they just didn't have the same jump to battle back. Despite the loss, S.Marricco struck twice to finish his night with three goals.
(0)Les Reds vs Tocas(3)
(2)Tocas vs Les Reds(4)
Chic Choc wake up late to even the score
Even though the United Arms won three straight periods, it still wasn't good enough to earn a pair of wins. They managed to keep the Chic Choc off the score sheet for a very long stretch. A.Zardarian looked like he could do no wrong denying every shot his way, and did it for just over three periods until things took a completely different direction. Maybe the Chic Choc felt they had no choice to up their game since nothing was working. Sometimes it just takes that one goal to spark some confidence which was exactly what happened when E.Gacem broke the ice. That early marker proved to be contagious as three more tallies followed en route to a 4-1 win.
(2)United rms vs Chic Choc(0)
(4)Chic Choc vs United Arms(1)
Mighty Drunks adjust to slow down a wave of offense
It's very clear to everyone that the Punishers will put up the numbers on a regular basis. And even though the Mighty Drunks knew this, there was almost nothing they could have done to slow them down, at least not in the first encounter. The Punishers tallied five times in the second frame to escape with a wild 7-4 result. C.Stamadianos scored twice, P.Karvouriaris had the most for a hat trick while C.Gingras was behind setting up four goals. The good news for the Mighty Drunks was that they had another crack at it. This time, they got it right by not only generating offence but by limiting the Punishers to only two goals in both frames. All it took was three goals in a span of only four minutes coupled with a determined man on man game. As much as it sounds easy to do it versus a team like the Punishers, the Mighty Drunks know that they have the elements to compete with anyone. P.Arkalis is just one of a few names that can turn it up as the skilled forward scored twice for a 3-2 victory.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (7)
(2)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (3)
Vitamin C struggle to find the back of the net, Shutout twice by 1 Timer
The 1 Timer looked energetic out of the gate, applying immediate pressure that resulted in four straight goals in the first period alone. During that stretch, T.Daigneault had a field day striking three times while S.Gravel notched the other tally. Surely, the Vitamin C didn't feel confident to battle back-from such a deficit but that didn't stop them to get at least one and set the tone for the second game. Unfortunately, F.Koch wasn't interested in giving any sort of hope as the net minder remained focused to earn his shutout. The question at that point became how would the Vitamin C respond after a poor display. They did manage to put out a better effort but the end result was still a loss. Their best moment to try and at least tie the game occurred late when they were awarded a power play opportunity. And rather than being the ones to profit on such an enormous chance, it was T.Diagneault of the 1 Timer that actually scored. That tally simply deflated the Vitamin C, who walked out empty handed unable to solve F.Koch for a second straight time. K.Gagne went on to add his second while C-T Perrault collected his fourth assist in both games.
(0)Vitamin C vs 1 Timer (5)
(3) 1 Timer vs Vitamin C (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the 1 Timer. The net minder shined on Monday night going four straight periods without recording a goal.
Sunday July 29 (Inter league Sunday & Thursday divisions)
(3)Nighthawks vs HC Mutts(6)
HC Mutts strong ball possession provides easy win
To state the obvious, the HC Mutts dominated the Nighthawks on Sunday night. And the reasons are quite simple. First off, they won every loose ball and kept it for long stretches that can only result in great scoring chances. Adding to that, J.Capaldo although not extremely busy in net, still made a few big saves to keep a clean sheet for two solid periods. The HC Mutts had built a comfortable four goal cushion before Capaldo finally looked human. The Nighthawks did show some bite winning the final frame but it wasn't nearly enough for any concern. N.DeGregorio was the only player to score twice with the games last two goals.
(3)Les Rouuuges vs Lynx(6)
Goal scoring machine J.Mason adds three more to his totals
J.Mason keeps proving that his goal scoring touch will never fade. Game in and game out, the Lynx know that they can rely on their sniper. After striking early in the game, J.Mason saved his best for last adding two more markers and an assist by the third period. The Lynx carried a very slight 2-1 lead before they distanced themselves-from Les Rouuuges. E.Heft got credited the winner while adding his second in a yawning cage. R.Beaver also found the back of the net in the win. As for Les Rouuuges, J.Constantin, N.Zahabi and F.Nasser were the lone goal scores for their club.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mason of the Lynx. Once again, the Lynx sniper was a menace, this time bagging three goals along with a helper.
Thursday July 26
(6)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(8)
JLR Brossard get final say in back and forth battle with Bramabulls
The JLR Brossard and the Bramabulls simply went at it on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the net minders, they had to endure back and forth high quality chances that resulted in plenty of goals. Both sides may have been missing players but the playing field was pretty even with only seven players dressed. These are the type of games that players such as G.Pisanelli has a pleasure with. By playing plenty of minutes with good company around him, it's always a given that he will put up serious numbers. The highly skilled forward struck four times including three in the first period alone. In addition to his madness, J.Pantelis played a different role as the set up man resulting in fours helpers along with a tally. On the flip side of the court, T.Karasek was an absolute force for the Bramabulls, who buried four markers as part of a five point performance.
(1)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(3)
L.Bavellas late second period goal shifts the tide for Mighty Drunks
For nearly two entire periods, the Mighty Drunks had no idea on how to figure out B.Madonis. It took up until the very dying moments of the second period before the puzzle was finally solved. With L.Bavellas breaking the ice, the Mighty Drunks had evened the score and knew that they could have taken the game heading into the third. Five minutes had gone by when S.Govas set up a second teammate, this time S.Sicuso being the one to solve Madonis for a second time. And even though Carnage had time for an equaliser, the Mighty Drunks simply tightened up while relying on O.Caillet to make the saves.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Mighty Drunks. In what was a close 3-1 victory over Carnage, the Mighty Drunks can thank their net minder for allowing only one goal on 25 shots.
Monday July 23
Good for one but not for two as Degenerates run out of fuel
Playing a second game with only six players, chances are a team is going to need some luck in order to get it done for a second time. That is especially true when the opponent out numbers you with plenty of energy. The Degenerates did not get that luck and suffered the predictable fate after taking the first encounter. By grabbing a 1-0 lead, the 1 Timer knew they would have control of the second match. M.Carpentier struck first and T.Daigneault followed up with a huge goal that would nearly guarantee the win. It's not like the Degenerates didn't get some high end chances. The problem was that F.Koch wasn't budging and kept a clean sheet en route to a 4-0 shutout. M.Carpentier ,T.Daigneault and S.Gravel took care of the offence collecting two points each.
(3)Degenerates vs 1 Timer(1)
(4) 1 Timer vs Degenerates (0)
A.Dayan causes migraines for Tocas
There are many factors as to what determines who will win and who will lose. In tonight's case, it's safe to say that A.Dayan was the primary reason as to why Les Carmoni edged out the Tocas on two occasions. There was no doubt that the forward was in the mood. In their 3-1 win to open up the night, A.Dayan struck twice. Then, in the second contest, his searing burst of pace resulted in two more goals that led to a 3-2 victory. Now, as much as he deserves plenty of credit, Les Carmoni played a solid defensive game that saw P.Corbin allow only three goals on 31 shots. The Tocas did have a great opportunity to split the miniseries, but they couldn't hold up long enough as les Carmoni fought back with two late goals.
(3)Les Carmoni vs Tocas(1)
(2)Tocas vs Les Carmoni(3)
Dr Block made it look easy, close Out Corporation with rout
From-the drop of the ball, the Corporation quickly realised that they would have a long night ahead of them. The Dr Block displayed four straight periods of pure exhilaration, one highlight reel sequence piled atop another. And despite their total domination of ball control in the opening game, the Corporation somehow forced a shootout. Maybe it had to do with L.Dias, who was absolutely sound between the pipes. Still,the Dr Block got the extra point due to a pair of breakaways that just got enough of the Corporation netminder. The second game didn't end so well for the Corporation. After trailing 1-0 early in the second period, the Dr Block decided to turn it up a notch, and within only a minute, a deficit suddenly transformed into a lead. J-P Noth was the catalyst behind the comeback as the skilled player set up three straight goals en route to a 3-1 win. In addition to J-P Noth's stellar performance, the Dr Block will credit their goaltender as well. R.Pelletier made difficult saves look easy, and made quite a few to hold the fort in net.
(2)The Corporation vs Dr Block(3) S.O
(3)Dr Block vs The Corporation (1)
Split does justice for both teams
Even though the Mighty Drunks kept a clean score sheet in the first game, there was almost no way that the Mighty Boyz were going out empty handed. They stormed back with three first period goals, including the winner by M.Pacifico late in the frame. Both sides entered the night without a couple of significant pieces, which can explain the wash. P.Arkalis was a force in the opening match participating in three of the four goals that included a pair of markers. The Mighty Boyz dealt with the frustrations of trying to figure out M.Melo, who denied all 18 shots to earn a shutout. However, the same didn't apply in the ensuing match with the Mighty Boyz finally able to solve the net minder. Out of their four total goals, A.Rapone had his hand in all of them. The normally stay at home defenseman took it upon himself to get his team going by scoring once while setting up three different teammates.
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(0)
(4)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks (2)
United Arms & Vitamin C trade identical scores
Nearly a carbon copy of the two games, both sides had to come-from behind in order to capture a 3-2 result. Everything appeared to be roses early on for the Vitamin C, roaring with a pair of unanswered markers by the end of the frame. Then, what went up came crashing down .The United Arms ate their spinach and mounted a remarkable comeback to sweep the rug-from under their opponent's feet. During that span, H.Jerjian set up two teammates while G.Jerjian cashed in the winner late in the game. The question at that point became how would the Vitamin C respond. And when considering how badly things ended, they did an excellent job forgetting it by taking action in the second contest. Still, it wasn't anywhere- from convincing as it took two late goals in order to get it done. N.DeGregorio used his second to tie it right before J.De Marco s won it with 25 seconds left on the clock.
(3)United Arms vs Vitamin C(2)
(3)Vitamin C vs United Arms(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Dayan of Les Carmoni. In both games versus the Tocas, A.Dayan scored twice in both those games generating much of the offense required for two close victories.
Sunday July 22
(3)HC Mutts vs Lynx(5)
J.Lang, J.Mason continue to mesh as teammates
Hands, vision, hockey IQ and telekinesis, J.Lang and J.Mason seem to have it when playing together. The pair have been brilliant all season, with their ability to read one another and connect almost every time they touch the ball. The Lynx wasted no time whatsoever ever jumping all over the HC Mutts early on for a 3-1 lead. All three of those goals had the dynamic duo make it happen with Lang scoring twice and Mason bagging the third goal as both players combined for six points. There wasn't much of a threat -from the HC Mutts for most of the match, except for when they pulled within one by the ten minute mark of the third period. Unfortunately, that late push barely posed any concerns with J.Mason's immediate response.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Fatal Demons(1) Inter-League
P.Nadeau helps lead Trashers in inter-league play
With a couple of key pieces out of the line up, the SBS Trashers looked to others in their close 3-1 win over the Fatal Demons. However, they aren't surprised that P.Nadeau would be a player to step it up in time of need. The SBS Trashers got used his ability and weren't at all shocked that their power forward struck in the first and in the second period for the games only goals. And while they got their minimal offense going, the SBS Trashers suffocated the Fatal Demons for nearly the entire game. R.Pampena, despite earning the win, would have loved nothing more than to get a shutout. The net minder was brilliant once again and a major reason why his club edged out the Fatal Demons.
(11)JLR Brossard vs Butchers (13) Inter-League
Butchers get on the map in high scoring affair
Still searching for their first win of the season, the Butchers finally got the monkey off their back. Strangely, they had to score at least twelve times in order to capture the result. This contest had barely any defence which exposed the two net minders. At one point, the score was 12-6 in favour of the Butchers after two periods. And while that may seem like plenty for a victory, it surely didn't show in the final fifteen minutes of play. The JLR Brossard mounted a massive comeback and nearly got their by pulling within two just passed the mid way point of the frame. Luckily enough for the Butchers, E.Girouard restored the gap and the Butchers were able to hold on to a wild finish.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Nadeau of the SBS Trashers. His two goals were significant in what was a low scoring affair with the Fatal Demons.
Thursday July 19
(4)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(8)
Y.Dube and Mighty Drunks pull away late for double up win
Like a lingering cold, Les Rouuuges just wouldn't go away. The Mighty Drunks felt that they couldn't let go of a given situation presented in front of them. By having pretty much all of their players versus a side that barely had change ups, it was only normal that they felt confident for the win. However, this contest was far-from convincing. It took a third period surge for Mighty Drunks to distance themselves. Y.Dube was one of a few pieces that made it happen as the sniper struck once in every frame to record a hat trick. Next in line saw M.Beaudry bury a pair as a defenseman, but what made this game memorable was that all of Les Rouuuuges's four goals belonged to A.Henein, who also played as a d-man.
(3)Chaos vs Carnage(9)
Carnage blast Chaos with third period onslaught
For two straight periods, the game looked promising for Chaos. They went ahead 3-2, and had the chance to double the lead only to give up a shorthanded goal instead. Still, things were fine up until the third period began. Then, the flood gates open, and Carnage just kept piling on the goals. Six of their nine tallies came in the final frame alone with the captain F.Pace striking twice along with S.Azzi posting his second while setting up four different teammates. It's been somewhat of Chaos's theme this season to battle hard in the beginning but not able to sustain enough of a pace for the duration of the match. Despite the loss, B.Elbaz, M.Roach and D.Elbaz did most of the damage combining for seven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Azzi of Carnage. While most of Carnage's players chipped in with a point or two, S.Azzi was way ahead of everyone accumulating six that included a pair of markers.
Monday July 16
P.Turturici and P.Corbin shine in goaltending duel
Les Carmoni fell to Les Reds by a 2-1 shootout but were able to respond in what was another outstanding goaltending display. Only three total goals went in out of the four periods. The two net minders combined for 53 saves with P.Corbin recording a shutout in the second encounter. After settling for a 1-1 draw in the opening contest, F.Nasser was the only player to figure out the breakaways. The slick defenseman used his long reach to wrist a perfect shot past Corbin. The second match had a similar reflection of the first one. The only difference being that only one goal was scored courtesy of J.Meynard. Les Carmoni took their slight 1-0 lead early in the second period and never looked back to even the score with Les Reds.
(1)Les Carmoni vs Les Reds(2) S.O
(0)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(1)
1 Timer completes comeback en route to a pair of wins
If the first handful of minutes was an indication of what was to come, then the 1 Timer would have endured a long night. Instead, they got their act together and mounted a remarkable comeback to take the opening contest 4-2. The relentless effort was led-from every single player that saw four different goal scorers get involved. As much as they merited the win, the 1 Timer wanted more than to just sit back in the second contest. And it showed as they continued-from where they left off adding four more goals. In this particular case, S.Gravel provided much of the offense striking twice while setting up the game winner. The Chic Choc started both matches on the right track but were nowhere to be seen in the second periods where they gave up six of their eight goals.
(4)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(2)
(1)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(4)
The Corporation double dip for six clean points
Neither side would argue that their goaltenders gave them a chance to win. And while both the Tocas and the Corporation generated plenty of quality chances, it was only a question of time before something had to give. Tied 1-1 after one period, G.DeMarinis was able to figure out how to get the better of G.Castilloux. His tally put the Corporation in front 2-1 which happened to be just enough for L.Dias to take care of the rest. The second game was not at all a reflection of the first. This time, the Corporation opened the flood gates striking three times in both frames to once again double up their opponent. G.DeMarinis continued his onslaught adding two more tallies while J.Scalia had the most points assisting twice along with a goal. Despite grabbing both wins, the Corporation couldn't afford to let go of the gas pedal against a side that kept pressing all game long.
(1)Tocas vs The Corporation (2)
(6)The Corporation vs Tocas(3)
Vitamin C bring Degenerates back to earth
Even though the Degenerates took the opening contest by a 5-2 score, the Vitamin C decided that enough was enough for the unbeaten side. Perhaps the major reasons for the downfall was due to the energy and compete level put forth by the Vitamin C. In the first eight minutes alone of the second contest, F.Catanzariti and J.DiMarco each scored twice to put the Degenerates on their heels. At that point, there was almost no way the Vitamin C would allow the Degenerates to battle back, even though they applied plenty of pressure. B.Madonis knew he had to be sharp and did a brilliant job frustrating some of his opponents making one key save after the other.
(2)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (5)
(2)Degenerates vs Vitamin C(5)
Hustlers & Punishers square off in battle of the heavyweights
When giants collide, expect some tremors. Tonight's battle involved arguably the top two teams to beat in the first division. And while they all have the attributes required as hockey players, defence and goaltending dominated the stage in both games. The first encounter saw both sides trade only one goal in regulation time and one goal in the shootout resulting in a 2-2 draw. With that contest out of the way, the second meeting would follow the blue prints of the previous match. The only difference being was that the Hustlers took advantage of a power opportunity. The match was levelled at one goal apiece when P.Assadi struck for his second with the man advantage. Now, many would assume that the Punishers would get at least one more goal considering how much fire power and time they had. Unfortunately for them, they just couldn't find enough of that space going up against a smothering defence and stellar ball stopper in C.Stavriadis .Both sides can equally thank the net minders in tonight's case. F.Russo did all he possibly could to give the Punishers a better outcome.
(2)Hustlers vs Punishers (2) S.O
(1)Punishers vs Hustlers (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Hustlers. The Hustlers net minder put on quite a clinic on Monday night by somehow limiting the Punishers to only two goals in four periods.
Sunday July 15
(2)Butchers vs HC Mutts(6)
N.DeGregorio earns five points as HC Mutts roll over Butchers
N.DeGregorio did pretty much what he wanted accumulating five points versus the Butchers on Sunday night. Even though the HC Mutts had barely enough players, it surely didn't show. They built an enormous 4-0 lead before conceding a late second period goal. The Butchers did strike early in the final frame but couldn't find a way to pull within one. R.Mercandante eased all doubts by posting his second to confirm the victory. As much as the score appears to be lopsided, P.Delli Colli can be thanked for it as the net minder was sharp throughout the entire game for the HC Mutts.
(5)Fatal Demons vs Lynx(9)
Captain J.Lang keeps on scoring, Lynx catch Demons off guard early
With many story lines to this game, nobody can argue a great start along with a furry of goals by their captain made the difference. The Lynx took just over five minutes striking three times to blow the game wide open. The first two tallies came-from J.Mason, and the third goal by J.Lang, who went on another scoring rampage bagging four straight for his team. Despite their slow start, the Fatal Demons kept reminding the Lynx that they weren't done. They actually pulled within two goals and nearly narrowed the gap to one if not for a brilliant save by S.Catalano. By then, the clock kept winding down to its final moments where the Lynx were able to hang on. J.Proulx didn't score but helped make four goals happen in the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas DeGregorio of the HC Mutts. Five out of the HC Mutts six goals had N.DeGregorio's hands involved. The skilled forward scored twice bagging the winner while setting up three different teammates.
Thursday July 12
(3)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(2) S.O
SBS Trashers erase 0-2 score to stamp it in shootout
The SBS Trashers may have been down for most of the night, but their confidence never wavered. First, P.Manousos cut the lead in half with a late second period power play goal, and then with only two minutes left to go, K.Hrivnak's desperate shot-from far somehow went through a crowd to even the score. The Bramabulls, despite missing half of their roster approached this game the right way. Surely it helps playing with a 2-0 lead, but nevertheless they still had to work to build it and protect it for most of the match. With neither side able to solve it in overtime, the SBS Trashers took the extra point in the shootout. P.Manousos was the only player to score right after R.Pampena made two straight saves to preserve the win.
(2)Carnage vs Les Rouuuges(4)
J.Hassan hat trick downs Carnage
J.Hassan turned into an instant hat trick hero by owning the second frame with two unanswered goals for a comfortable 3-1 lead. Following his surge, A.Guillaume put the victory beyond doubt just before the period ended. One very bad frame by Carnage was all it took for Les Rouuuges to gather up some points. Carnage drew even in the first fifteen minutes and won the final period thanks to a power play goal by their captain F.Pace. R.Ricaurte faced 26 shots and turned aside 24 to earn his first win in net for Les Rouuges.
(5)JLR Brossard vs Nighthawks (8)
Nighthawks storm by JLR Brossard with 4 second period goals
The JLR Brossard had to endure eight minutes of their worse hockey this season. This contest was deadlocked 2-2 before they completely fell apart allowing four straight goals. Some of the Nighthawks top players broke the game wide open with M.Chenier striking twice, L.Dulcetta collecting three quick points and A.Jalilvand causing havoc for P.Assadi, who had better nights. Despite the bad stretch, the JLR Brossard showed some life early in the third period posting two quick goals. Maybe the most significant moment occurred shortly after when they were awarded a power play chance to pull within one. But with R.Ranieri occupying the net along with a sound defensive core, the Nighthawks killed it off and added two more tallies to close off a decent night. L.Dulcetta scored in every period while adding two assists.
(9)Mighty Drunks vs Chaos(2)
Lack of players reflects the final score
Having one sub versus a stacked hockey team is only asking for problems. Both sides must have figured that the end result would heavily favour the Mighty Drunks, who are having a career season. However, this game was close for a good stretch until the juices dried up for Chaos. S.Govas snapped a 2-2 tie early in the second period, and the Mighty Drunks cruised-from that point on adding six straight markers. E.Garon, Y.Dube and S.Govas each scored twice while L.Bavellas dished out the ball several times resulting in four assists.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jafar Hassan of Les Rouuuges. Hassan had a stellar performance scoring three out of his clubs four goals to merit the honour.
Wednesday July 11
(5)Fat Cats vs Les Raymonds(3)
Fat Cats pull away late for 5-2 win over Les Raymonds
F.Atkinson and E.Panzera each scored power play goals and G.Sangiovanni made 19 saves to defeat Les Raymonds on Wednesday night. After carrying a slight 2-1 lead heading into the third period, the Fat Cats were than able to secure the win by winning a wild frame 3-2.G.DeMarinis had his fingerprints in the Fat Cats first four markers that included a multi goal performance. Les Raymonds did strike early in the contest courtesy of Y.Leroux, but found themselves chasing the game as of the mid way point.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Punishers (6)
Strong first period was all it took for the Punishers
By scoring three times in less than nine minutes, the Punishers did all their work for the night to collect another victory. Even though the Kentucky Blue attempted to battle back with plenty of time left over, the trailing side kept realising how hard it was to answer the bell. There only goal came as of the nine minute mark of the third period when M.Stoico spoiled N.Mackeen's shutout. The Punishers used a shorthanded and power play goal to widen their lead. P.Arkalis was only player to score twice while P.Karvouriaris continues his tear adding three more assists.
(4)Team Haiti vs United Armenians (5)
United Armenians overcome slow start to edge out Team Haiti
The first five minutes for the United Armenians looked like a team disinterested. They gave up two quick goals-from the very same D.Vericain. Fortunately, G.Jerjian responded immediately and all of a sudden the United Armenians would slowly begin to play better. As a matter of fact, they played more than just good as they replied with four unanswered goals that put them in the driver's seat. H.Jerjian was involved in that mix bagging a pair that included the winner.
(1)Hellfish vs HBHA Masters 37+(6)
An early ride leads to an easy finish for the HBHA Masters
It didn't take long for the HBHA Seniors to convince the Hellfish that this game belonged to them. By using wave after wave of pressure due to their very deep bench, it was only a question of time that a wave of goals would eventually go in. The great thing about their offense is that no one in particular is to be relied on. The Seniors saw six different players find the back of the net with no one accumulating more than two points. The Hellfish normally defend better than what they showed early on, but not in tonight's case as they had no answers to slow down a more experienced hockey team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Fat Cats. The dynamic forward did it all by setting up two power play goals while striking twice to finish with an impressive four point game.
Monday July 9
Captain J.Palmitano leads way again for Mighty Boyz
J.Palmitano was at his high scoring best again. The captain had a hat trick in the opening game to help his club beat Les Reds 4-1.The Mighty Boyz were clearly ready to start the night posting three first period unanswered goals. Despite their bad start, Les Reds adjusted by the second encounter focusing on a tighter game plan. They still allowed the first goal but responded early in the second period to keep the game tied. Neither side was than able to crack the barrier which led to a shootout. F.Nasser struck first for Les Reds and P.Lucas responded for the Mighty Boyz as the only two players to score in the breakaways. Once again, M.Palmieri didn't disappoint as the goaltender stood solid allowing only two goals in as many games.
(4)Mighty Boyz vs Les Reds(1)
(2)Les Reds vs Mighty Boyz(2) S.O
Breakout night for the Tocas captain, Chic Choc modifies for a split decision
At any given time, S.Marricco will cause nightmares for the defence and goaltender. The Chic Choc had to deal with S.Marricco driving to the net and stood witnessing the sniper bury four goals in what was a high scoring affair. The first game appeared to be put to rest with the Tocas jumping off to a 4-0 lead. And regardless taking the contest, it wasn't anywhere close-form what they were expecting. The Chic Choc erased a terrible sequence by responding in massive way posting all five of their goals in the final frame. Unfortunately, they just couldn't reach in time. The good news for the Chic Choc was that they knew a different outcome was in the making by the second game. By finishing strong, they managed the strike first and build a 3-1 lead on scoring efforts-from M-A Verville, M.Laroche and J-R Lemay. Another key reason for the win came courtesy of their net minder. F.Peloquin was able to shake off a bad start by getting himself back on track for the second match.
(7)Tocas vs Chic Choc(5)
(3)Chic Choc vs Tocas(2)
Mighty Drunks misses out for maximum points
Its one thing to defeat the Punishers once, but to do it twice, is quite improbable considering how strong they are this season. However, the Mighty Drunks missed out on an opportunity to do it twice simply because the Punishers didn't have all their key players. Granted, they did take the opening game barely by a 4-3 margin. The Punishers knew that if they wanted to even the miniseries that a good start would be the key in the second game. In the first period alone, N.Pitsikoulis struck first and C.Stamadianos posted back to back tallies to catch their opponent off guard. The Mighty Drunks perhaps didn't see that coming and were forced to play like they did in the opening contest if they planned to complete a productive night. And even though the improvement was there on behalf of the trailing side, there was almost no way that the Punishers would let this one slip away. Both sides traded two second period goals that saw Stamadianos complete his hat trick.
(3)Punishers vs Mighty Drunks (4)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Punishers (5)
Newly added M.Carpentier saves the night for the 1 Timer
When the 1 Timer led 3-0 after one period, they had all but sealed the victory. But somehow it wasn't over. The United Arms scored five goals in just over six minutes to come-from behind and steal a victory that the 1 Timer thought they had. The comeback was led by a few factors, but perhaps G.Jerjian being the key reason as the forward scored twice while adding an assist. Soon after that game, the 1 Timer had to shake off a heartbreaking defeat and re focus if they planned on evening the score. For a second straight encounter, they dominated the first period, this time building a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame. Still, nothing would be set in stone for a side who just came off a collapsing defeat. However knowing this, the 1 Timer took nothing for granted and made sure to play a fill committed period. M.Carpentier had dressed for the first time this season and made an immediate impact with three goals that included two in the final twelve minutes. To his help, J.Dias set up three markers while J.Guye-Perrault and S.Gravel each had two assists.
(4)1 Timer vs United Arms(5)
(2)United Arms vs 1 Timer(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Mighty Boyz. The captain was a significant reason why his club collected four out of a possible six points. The power forward riffled a hat trick in the first game, added a key assist in the second and nearly won it in the shootout only to get denied.
Sunday July 8
(2)HC Mutts vs Fatal Demons(8)
G.DeMarinis ups the ante with four goals
After making headlines only a week ago to earn the SalumiVino player of the night, G.DeMarinis did it one better in this game versus the HC Mutts. Half of the Fatal Demons goals all came from-DeMarinis that included three on the power play. Entering the night, the HC Mutts knew they had a difficult ride ahead of them. They played with only two spares but still managed a decent start tied after one frame. But with two periods still left to play, it was inevitable that the Fatal Demons would run over their opponents. The next six goals all belonged to the veteran side that saw A.Jalilvand spark a hat trick while K.Araujo and E.Medrano collected four assists each.
(6)Butchers vs Lynx(9)
Lynx put it into gear after slow start
It certainly wasn't the start that the Lynx expected. By taking a few penalties, the Butchers took advantage of the situation striking twice with the man advantage. The good news for the Lynx was that the let down lasted only so long. Once the second period began, this contest took a turn with the Butchers unable to contain a much better Lynx breakout. J.Lang used his finishing touch three times while J.Mason strung a pair. Even though the Butchers dropped another contest, there were some positives that they can take. They added three significant pieces in the last couple of games and could eventually be within the mix of competing in closer battles if they can manage all their players to show up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremy Lang of the Lynx. With his club trailing by a pair after a slow start, the captain sent a clear message to rally his troops by igniting three goals and a helper.
Thursday July 5
(2)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(3) O.T
Y.Dube 2 goals rally Mighty Drunks past Carnage
Carnage certainly were frustrated over a lost opportunity to win the game. They played solid for nearly two entire periods but learned that it wasn't enough unable to coast to the finish line. Their downfall began very late in the second period when V.Mancini set up J.Morin. That goal only fuelled a more desperate side that knew they could bounce back. Still, it wasn't evident that the equaliser would occur as many minutes went by with neither side scoring. Then, with only two minutes remaining, V.Mancini set up another teammate, this time Y.Dube benefiting-from a perfect pass. That dramatic finish was just what the Mighty Drunks were aiming for, who wasted no time in the sudden death frame to stun their opponents. For a third consecutive time, V.Mancini added another assist to the very same Y.Dube to cap off a remarkable comeback.
(10)Les Rouuuges vs Chaos(3)
Offense powers Les Rouuuges to lopsided win over Chaos
Neither side did themselves favours playing with barely any players, especially in humid conditions. It was a nightmare situation for the two net minders. B.Picard may have been a little more busy having to face 39 shots over his counterpart C.Malkoun, who had better nights despite winning the game. A.Zarzour and F.Bchara led the way notching three goals apiece while combining for eleven points. Les Rouuuges had only scored twice in the first half of the match. Eight of their ten goals came as of the mid way point where B.Picard just couldn't take it anymore.
(3)SBS Trashers vs JL Brossard(4)
Wild ending favours JLR Brossard
It was a heartbreaking loss for the SBS Trashers as they fell to the JLR Brossard in the late stages of the game. Led by their top gun up front, J.Scalia notched all three goals and nearly tied the game only to over play his back hand after beating P.Assadi. S.Robineault put the JLR Brossard in front 3-2 with his second right before Y.Gazura ended the game in a gut wrenching fashion for the SBS Trashers. Gazura was also responsible for setting up Robineault's go ahead marker.
(2)Nighthawks vs Bramabulls(6)
Bramabulls jump early to catch Nighthawks off guard
The quick start may have been the key for the Bramabulls 6-2 rout of the Nighthawks on Thursdays night. By striking twice early on, the Nighthawks were forced to consume more energy in hopes of battling back. Eventually the deficit was answered but a quick response by J.Lemme complicated the matter for the Nighthawks. They fell behind and never recovered dropping a one sided third period. T.Karasek notched back to back tallies and P.Bertone scored late to end the muggy affair. In his first game dressed, J.Lemme set up the games first two goals while netting the winner in an impressive three point performance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Dube of the Mighty Drunks. When his team needed something to give, the Mighty Drunks night was rescued thanks to Y.Dube's late equaliser and sudden death winner.
Wednesday July 4
(3)Golden Knights vs Hellfish(4)
M.Kardum has two goals and two assists to lead Hellfish past Golden Knights
M.Kardum fingerprints were all over the Hellfish 4-3 victory on Wednesday night. The forward scored a pair of goals while setting up M.Chartrand and F.Benhamadi. The Hellfish appeared to be having an easy night up 3-0 by the three minute mark of the second period. But with still loads of time left over, the Golden Knights weren't calling it quits. R.Ricard helped mount the comeback collecting three points that included a pair of markers. Twice they pulled within one but were never able to equalise the score. Unless they address their lack of players, these results are to be expected.
(7)Punishers vs Fat Cats(2)
P.Karvouriaris continues to tear it up with five more points
P.Karvouriaris continues to show why he dominates the court on a regular basis. In tonight's case, the Punishers pulled away by the third period winning the frame 5-2 with Karvouriaris accumulating three points as part of a five point performance. P.Arkalis matched his line mate as well by scoring twice while setting up three goals. The Punishers played well over two periods before N.Mackeen conceded his first of two markers on the night. It's safe to say at this point the Punishers will win the division despite there being half a season remaining.
(3)Les Raymonds vs Fat Roy(4) O.T
J.Pantelis rescues Fat Roy after dropping two goal lead
Fat Roy's cruise control button in the third period ran into technical difficulties. They built a nice 3-1 lead and had everything going smooth until a desperate Raymonds side forced the issue. The trailing squad scored twice in less than two minutes that eventually sent this contest into overtime. It was by then that Fat Roy took the match thanks to their gun J.Pantelis. This is the second time this season that Fat Roy seals it in extra time.
(0)Horsemen vs United Armenians (6)
Horsemen no match for United Armenians
For about two periods, the Horsemen can argue that it was close. They only trailed 2-0 with still loads of time left over to overcome a slight deficit. However, once the third period began, the United Armenians crushed that hope with two quick goals. G.Jerjian had opened the scoring in the first period and closed it off with his clubs sixth goal of the night. At no point did G.Follano flinch as the net minder stopped every single ball in his direction.
(7)Winter Soldiers vs Kentucky Blue(2)
N.Gikas and J.Mckenzie at it again
If it's not one it's the other. The Winter Soldiers have an overall deep group but they do have a few spark plugs that consistently get their names noticed. Two of those players are N.Gikas, who ignited three goals and two assists along with J.Mckenzie capping his night off with four points. With that kind of fire power up front, the Winter Soldiers don't have issues scoring goals. And while the offensive output can be relied on, so can their defensive game along with the goaltender. This is their sixth game of the season, and maybe their most impressive stat is in the goals against department. The Winter Soldiers have allowed only 16 goals during that span which is seven less than the next team in line.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of the Winter Soldiers. By using his razor sharp hands, N.Gikas had a field day on Wednesday bagging three goals and two helpers.
Monday July 2
N.Goncalves, big reason for Degenerates pair of wins
Surely, all overall team effort is required for good things to happen, but no body-from the Degenerates will dispute that N.Goncalves had a major hand in both wins. The slick sniper participated in all four goals in the opening contest that included a hat trick while striking first in the second encounter to get the ball rolling. Another reason for the success was attributed to conserving energy. The Degenerates had to manage with only seven players in dreaded humid circumstances and did a good job keeping the Chic Choc to the outside for the most part. It does also help playing with the lead and the Degenerates were able to get in front forcing their opponents to open up and take chances. Unfortunately, they couldn't penetrate a committed defence along with a stubborn goaltender in P.Assadi, who just came off an airplane hours prior to the game. Both these wins keep the Degenerates perfect after eight games into the season.
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (4)
(3)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(2)
Punishers and N.Pitsikoulis over match Dr Block
With so many players able to hurt you, N.Pitsikoulis was that guy for the Punishers on Monday night. The clever forward often makes the right play and tonight wasn't any different as he collected four goals and a helper to secure two straight victories. Dr Block didn't have their best outing in the first encounter but were definitely ready for the second one only to fall short by a goal. The contest was tied 3-3 in the final frame when Pitsikoulis came through snapping the tie. Even without key players, the Punishers still found a way to pair up wins against a solid hockey team. These results put the Punishers back on top sharing top spot with the Hustlers.
(5)Punishers vs Dr Block(2)
(3)Dr Block vs Punishers (4)
1 Timer hoping for better, settle with one point
After dropping the opening contest 3-1, the 1 Timer looked like they were going to draw even by the second game. They regrouped posting two first period goals up until a slight hic up by the second frame tilted this contest in a blink of an eye. Les Carmoni extinguished their deficit in only over three minutes which eventually sent the match into a shootout. By then, neither side was able to get it done. Both net minders allowed the first goal to go in but were able to regroup and deny the next two shooters. P.Corbin was a big reason for the four points Les Carmoni collected while his counterpart F.Koch was nearly as sharp giving enough chances for his side to prevail.
(3)Les Carmoni vs 1 Timer(1)
(3)1 Timer vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O
Short Bench levels the playing field for the two Mighty's
Neither side can argue excuses for their lack of players. The Mighty Drunks wasted no time seizing control in the final frame of the opening game, with four unanswered goals en route to a lopsided 5-1 win. M.Arkalis was behind setting up three markers during that span that saw G.Chountalos benefit twice. With the first match out of the way, the Mighty Drunks looked to duplicate their efforts in the second contest. Unfortunately, they weren't able to contain the two sleeping giants for the entire night. It's not often that J.Palmitano and M.Testolina go dry and that was proven in the following encounter. Out of their five goals, M.Testolina struck three times getting the help of J.Palmitano and C.Fragkiudakis as both players combined for four points. Despite the loss, P.Arkalis kept the game close notching two goals to finish his night off with four points.
(1)Mighty Boyz vs Mighty Drunks(5)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Mighty Boyz(5)
L.Dias robs the first one for the Corporation, P.Turturici gets the final say for Les Reds
If not for solid goaltending, one of these two clubs would have collected a pair of wins. L.Dias was absolutely brilliant in the first encounter to earn a 3-0 shutout win. Les Reds pressed and kept pressing in hopes of scoring at least once to gain some life after a bad start. They fell behind 2-0 early and were never able to recuperate. J.Pantelis scored two out of the three goals for the Corporation. Knowing that it took their net minder to steal the show, the Corporation got a taste of their own medicine in the second game. This time, Les Reds got to L.Dias and dictated the pace to their liking by playing with the lead. Four different players finally solved the net minder who did more than enough considering how hot it was. And while the offense output came to life for Les Reds, P.Turturici had a hand in the win as well making key saves at the right moment.
(3)The Corporation vs Les Reds(0)
(4)Les Reds vs The Corporation (2)
Vitamin C stuns United Arms on late marker
While the first game clearly belonged to the Vitamin C, the United Arms felt they had the second one only to lose in a heart breaking fashion. The match was winding down to its final seconds when J.Di Marco ruined the mood for his opponents. The United Arms lacked some scoring on this night striking only once in both games but played well enough defensively to sneak one out by the second contest. At worse case, they would have attempted their luck in a shootout with H.Jerjian playing well between the pipes. The Vitamin C fell behind early in the first match, but responded with five straight goals that saw G.Gamieri score twice while adding an assist on the game winner.
(5)Vitamin C vs United Arms(1)
(1)United Arms vs Vitamin C(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Punishers. In two hard games versus the Dr Block, N.Pitsikoulis was vital for the wins collecting five points that included four goals.
Sunday July 1
(5)Fatal Demons vs Butchers (2)
Hat Trick G.DeMarinis powers Fatal Demons over Butchers
A hat trick by G.DeMarinis was the highlight in the Fatal Demons 5-2 victory over the Butchers. All three of his tallies came in a short span of only four minutes. Even though they got five past G.Zapatelli ,the goals didn't come easy with the net minder keeping it close. As its been their theme all season, the Butchers stayed in the game until the dying moments of the second period. The Fatal Demons used their 4-1 lead heading into the final frame without any concern. By then, there was no chance that the short bench of the Butchers would be able to overcome such a deficit, especially in humid conditions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gino DeMarinis of the Butchers. Both sides would easily agree that the Fatal Demons striker merits the honour. DeMarinis broke a 1-1 tie, and put the match to rest scoring late in the second period and very early in the third.
Thursday June 28
(1)Mighty Drunks vs Les Rouuuges(3)
Les Rouuuges hose down red hot Mighty Drunks
All streaks have to come to an end sometime, and for the Mighty Drunks, that time was against Les Rouuuges on Thursday night. By getting the games first two goals along with a solid goaltender in P.Turturici , the order was a tall one for the Mighty Drunks to try and bounce back. They did manage to cut the lead in half early in the second period but that's all they had to show for the rest of the way. Les Rouuuges committed to a full 45 minute effort, and by doing so, justice was served. A.Zarzour, J.Hassan and N.Zahabi each scored in the win while F.Bchara set up his clubs first two goals.
(7)Carnage vs Chaos(4)
Chaos surrenders four third period goals to remain winless
S.Longo turned on quite a style striking four times to help lead his club past Chaos. The forward launched a devastating third period display where he bagged three out of his four goals. For a rare time this season, Chaos found themselves up 4-3 after two periods. They showed a lot more bite in their game getting balanced scoring-from four different players. Unfortunately, they weren't able to hold up for the duration of the contest. The downfall began as early as the second minute of the frame when S.Longo got his wheels rolling. Carnage would eventually grab the lead minutes later thanks to S.Giannoulakis, and put the match to rest with S.Longo's last two tallies.
(4)SBS Trashers vs Nighthawks (7)
Nighthawks top Trashers with all out effort
No matter what the situation, the Nighthawk knew that a full out effort was required in order to defeat the SBS Trashers. Even though they led by a pair and at one point by three goals, this game was far-from being over. Surely it helps when the net minder is up for the challenge. R.Ranieri had one of those nights where he could o no wrong. The SBS Trashers peppered him with plenty of shots and only beat him with quality chances. But as much as the goaltending was necessary, the Nighthawks did have their offence and tight defence make the difference as well. M.Destounis scored a highlight reel goal showing incredible patience with barely any angle to put the ball in the net. He was the only player to score twice out of the seven goals, and did it in his first game of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Anthony Longo of Carnage. If not for his four goals, Carnage would have most likely given Chaos heir first win of the season. The forward came through by the third period bagging three goals to overcome a 4-3 deficit.
Wednesday June 27
(7)Winter Soldiers vs Golden Knights (3)
Winter Soldiers survive Golden Knights comeback attempt
The Golden Knights had tilted the court early in the third period resulting in three straight goals. They struck twice on the power play and managed to pull themselves within one after being down 4-0. Unfortunately, even despite battling back in a short period of time, the Winter Soldiers got their act together to finish the match strong. S.Simitsakos had a big hand in it as the forward not only opened the scoring but was able set up three teammates as well. This win came with the help of seven different goal scores for the Winter Soldiers, who look to be rolling on all cylinders.
(6)Les Raymonds vs Horsemen (7)
Two quick third period goals give Horsemen victory over Les Raymonds
It was a game where both teams had to grind it out till the very end. The Horsemen entered the third period up 5-4 but weren't able to hang on as Les Raymonds tilted the frame to their advantage thanks to goals-from A.DeCarolis and K.Miraldo. By responding in such a manner, Les Raymonds may have assumed that things would end up the way they wanted. Clearly it wasn't the case as the Horsemen responded immediately with two quick goals. M.Mamoulidis, after scoring late in the second period was responsible for setting up P.Carone's equaliser and his captain V.Pandza's go ahead marker. M.Vinciguerra knew-from that point on that he needed to make the difference in net, and did so by shutting down the opposition for over half a period.
(9)Kentucky Blue vs Fat Roy(2)
Offense erupts in barn burner for Kentucky Blue
Goals weren't an issue on Wednesday night for the Kentucky Blue. After taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the opening frame,the Kentucky Blue were just getting started. They added four more tallies by the second and two by the third en route to an easy win. M.Broccoli, who dressed for a first time showed that he fits right in. The forward went on a rampage collecting seven points that included a hat trick. While he was clearly a threat, others had their hands in the massacre as well. A.Franceschini bagged two goals and a pair of helpers while T.Oliveira was feeling generous setting up four tallies as part of a five point performance.
(1)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Punishers (4)
Punishers rout rival to keep rolling
P.Karvouriaris and his captain J.Fidrilis scored first period goals and N.Mackeen had a near perfect outing to help the Punishers swamp the HBHA Masters 37 + 4-1 on Wednesday night. For nearly two full periods, the HBHA Masters couldn't get to Mackeen up until P.Doulis ended the spell very late in the second period. Still, the Seniors were stuck chasing the game but knew that they were only one shot on net from-levelling the score. However, that all changed when C.Gagnon widened the gap with only five minutes left to play. Then, just to secure all doubts, C.Kakivelis would ultimately put a seal to the contest with his second point of the night .It's know five games in and the Punishers have yet to show any signs of weakness.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Mamoulides of the Horsemen. In what was a wild 7-6 win over Les Raymonds, M.Mamoulides was a thorn all night scoring twice while setting up two crucial goals by the third period.
Thursday June 21
(3)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(4)
Stellar R.Pampena stifles Bramabulls
The outcome of a hockey game is decided by many factors. Some are more pronounced than others, depending on the game itself. However, in tonight's case, it was safe to say that the goaltending was responsible for the positive outcome. R.Pampena was absolutely stellar keeping the game close numerous times. With that, came the confidence of his teammates in front of him, who played just as good in order to edge out a solid hockey team. The SBS Trashers took advantage twice on the power play while remaining focused on a game that had its hot moments. F.Gentile continues his tear by netting two markers while G.Bampos and Joseph Scalia collected three points each.
(2)Chaos vs Mighty Drunks(9)
Mighty Drunks continue to stride in perfect season so far
In all three periods, the Mighty Drunks broke the game wide open. They averaged three goals per frame and got plenty of balanced contribution-from all their players. J.Magri and Y.Dube had two goals each and O.Caillet barley pulled a sweat allowing only two goals on 20 shots. This is the fifth game that the Mighty Drunks have yet to taste defeat. As for Chaos, G.Drake scored once while setting up their sniper S.Burrell.
(2)Les Rouuuges vs Carnage(0)
P.Turturici helps Rouuuges shutout Carnage
Les Rouuuges were able to push away Carnage on Thursday night. D.Mansour and A.Henein each scored while P.Turturici turned aside 22 shots to earn a shutout. Regardless the chances that Carnage had during the encounter,P.Turturici was committed to stopping everything. The net minder enjoys the challenges and wants nothing more than to be the difference maker. This win helps improve Les Rouuuges to an even record six wins into the season.
(3)Nighthawks vs JLR Brossard(4)
G.Pisanelli sparks hat trick in tight win
G.Pisanelli netted a hat trick, including a late game winner shorthanded to edge out the Nighthawks. Even with a solid defensive effort, the Nighthawks weren't able to contain the JLR Brossard forward. The chances were there-from the two sides along many goal posts. If not for the goaltenders, this contest could have spiralled out of control. R.Ricaurte of the Nighthawks and his counterpart P.Assadi put on quite a display making brilliant saves after another. P.Santullo scored two out of the three goals in the loss with the help of B.Deslauriers, who assisted on all three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Giancarlo Pisanelli of the JLR Brossard. No matter how closely the Nighthawks played him, the skilled forward still found a way to score three times that included the winner in a shorthanded situation.
Wednesday June 20
(6)Fat Roy vs Les Raymonds(3)
Les Raymonds can't overcome Fat Roy's perfect record
It's safe to say at this point that Fat Roy won't be dropping many games this season. After doubling up Les Raymonds 6-3, Fat Roy still remain undefeated just shy of the mid way mark of the season. However, nothing was close-from being decided up until the very late stages of the match. Fat Roy entered the final frame down 3-2 before putting on an offensive output resulting in four unanswered goals. B.Deslauriers tied it early in the third period and capped it off late in the game to finish with four points. Les Raymonds led 3-1 at one point and never once trailed up until there was only three minutes left in the game. G.Delia did more than his share scoring twice in the loss.
(4)Punishers vs United Armenians (3) O.T
Captain John Fidrilis, Punishers stay red hot with O.T winner
The Punishers keep showing that they will continue to play their best hockey no matter who they face. Even though they nearly suffered their first loss, teams will realize that it's never over till it's over when facing that kind of line up. The United Armenians went up 3-2 thanks to Y.Derohannessian's go ahead marker that left only two and a half minutes to kill off. Unfortunately for the United Armenians, it took only 30 seconds-from that point on for a quick response by the Punishers. P.Dupuis tied the game which eventually forced the extra time. Once both sides hit the sudden death frame, the odds were good that this contest would end in the five limited minutes due to the amount of fire power-from both teams. Only one minute had gone by when it was all said and done. Already with a goal in the second period, J.Fidrilis captured the moment by riffling his second to help keep his team undefeated after four games.
(10)Hellfish vs Golden Knights (3)
Small bench keeps hurting the Golden Knights
Surely, the Golden Knight didn't expect a positive result because of their short bench, but there was no reason why they should have conceded four goals in the first period. By going down that early, this game was already done with as both sides just went through the motions before completing the night. Most of the damage was caused by three players. M.Chartrand found the back of the net four times, F.Benhamadi struck twice along with three assists, and C.Flikas buried a pair as well while collected two helpers. The only consistent element going for the Golden Knights so far this season is the play of Y.St-Georges. The skilled forward keeps producing every game and tonight wasn't any different as he notched all three goals in the loss.
(1)Kentucky Blue vs Winter Soldiers (6)
Winter Soldiers came out hot, J.Mckenzie and N.Gikas each score twice
From the drop of the ball, the Winter Soldiers came out flying scoring three goals on only a few shots. The second frame was much of the same for the Winter Soldiers as they added three more goals to their already comfortable lead. Two out of their six tallies came with the man advantage. J.Mckenzie struck twice as did N.Gikas with the games last two goals. Their only slight hic up came in the second period when James Tutino took advantage of a power play for the Kentucky Blue. A.Bitsakis never budged after that as the net minder rode the way to a well earned victory.
(1)Fat Cats vs HBHA Masters 37+(5)
P.Lapointe goes on a hat trick rampage versus the Fat Cats
It wasn't till the ten minute mark of the third period that the HBHA Masters put this game beyond doubt. The Fat Cats hung in there keeping the game very close but couldn't contain one particular player. P.Lapointe's presence was felt as the power forward strung three starlight goals for his club, every time with the help of J.Pantelis feeding him. The only bright moment for the Fat Cats occurred when F.Gentile capitalized on the power play. C.Stavriadis faced his fair share of chances and couldn't have asked for a better display between the pipes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Fidrilis of the Punishers. Thanks to their captain's overtime winner, the Punishers have yet to drop a game so far this season.
Monday June 18
Carmoni forget the past with two convincing wins
Goals came and they came often for Les Carmoni on Monday night. After taking the opening contest 3-1, Les Carmoni cruised for their second straight win over the struggling Tocas. The down fall began only as of the second period of the last game. M.Gagnon, who dressed for a first time this season made an immediate impact posting three out of the seven goals that went in. Another key piece in his first game was A.Dayan, who tallied twice. The Tocas limited offense combined for only two goals in both matches. P.Corbin earned the two wins between the pipes allowing only two goals on 30 shots.
(1)Tocas vs Carmoni(3)
(7)Carmoni vs Tocas(1)
Potent power play saves the night for Les Reds
All but one aspect of their game was working at a high level for the United Arms. They got balanced scoring in the opening contest earning a 3-2 win, and nearly doubled up their success by the second game only to fall apart giving up four late goals. Les Reds pushed the pace and somehow found enough room to rally-from a 4-2 deficit. It did help that four out of their six goals came with the man advantage. That was one department that the United Arms couldn't address which ultimately doomed them in the end. A.Zarzour scored twice on the power play, and M.Monteschio finished off a perfect passing play to put Les Reds sup 5-4. The United Arms took the opening game thanks to a game winner-from N.Torikian, who went on to add two more goals in the second encounter.
(2)Les Reds vs United Arms(3)
(4)United Arms vs Les Reds(6)
G.DeMarinis's quick response re assures two wins for the Corporation
While the opening contest may have seemed a little more convincing for the Corporation, the same can't be said for the second game. The Chic Choc, thanks to a pair of goals-from E.Gacem appeared to have the Corporation on the ropes up until G.DeMarinis replied only seconds later to regain a slight lead. With only five minutes remaining, the focus was set to play out the clock while making sure not to take chances. L.Dias challenged the few shots he received and remained steady to collect a second win in net. Apart-from his winner, DeMarinis collected two points in the earlier match while J.Scalia finished with only three goals considering the amount of golden opportunities he had.
(4)The Corporation vs Chic Choc(1)
(2)Chic Choc vs The Corporation (3)
Mighty Boyz captain J.Palmitano secures a tight win versus Dr Block
By finding an open area late in the second game, J.Palmitano swept the ball right under R.Pelletier to mount a late comeback. The Dr Block, despite dropping the opening game 3-1 were only 80 seconds away-from taking the match. G.Piche and his captain D.Provost combined for six points during that encounter with two out of their four goals coming on the power play. Then, in a blink of an eye, things fall apart for the Dr Block, who were stuck going empty handed. Teams have started to realize that it's never over when playing against a side that has the speed and some highly skilled players that can hurt you at any given time. It's almost safe to assume that M.Testolina would have scored at least once out of the eight total goals in both games, but it wasn't the case as the highly skilled forward set up three teammates instead. J.Palmitano notched two goals in the second encounter, and M.Palmieri earned a pair of hard fought wins between the pipes.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Dr Block(1)
(4)Dr Block vs Mighty Boyz(5)
Hustlers save their best for last in split with Mighty Drunks
If not for one bad period, the Mighty Drunks would have banked six clean points versus the Hustlers. Their best moments came as of the second period of the first game where they strung three straight goals en route to a 4-1 victory. That surge continued its momentum right into the second contest. E.Felesakis and P.Arkalis made the score 2-0 after eight minutes. By that point, the Mighty Drunks looked like they could do no wrong. However, they are playing the Hustlers who by no chance would go down that easily. B.Vassilakis planted the seed of what was to come by striking late in the frame. Then, only one minute into the second period, A.Stamiris used another one of his lasers to go right through the net minder. Still, this contest was up for grabs but the Hustlers felt more determined to win it to avoid going empty handed. Surely their moment would eventually arise when J.Rochon powered his way to making an incredible pass to T.Bozinakis, who had enough time for an espresso and a biscuit before putting the ball in the back of the net. All in all, both sides played great hockey which justifies a split.
(1)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (4)
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nareg Torikian of the United Arms. In a close battle with Les Reds, N.Torikian provided the winner and was nearly the cause of a second straight win after notching a pair of goals in the second encounter.
Sunday June 17
(5)Lynx vs Fatal Demons(6)
Fatal Demons look dormant early until second period surge
It was all Lynx, at least for one solid period. Despite the slow start, the Fatal Demons refused to go down as they completely took over as of the second frame. Three consecutive goals had gone in before the Lynx would eventually level early in the third period. By that point, two minutes and change had gone by for the Fatal Demons captain to regain their lead. P.Santullo snapped a 4-4 tie, and for a second time during that frame, J.Mason bagged his third to even the score. Unfortunately for the Lynx, they couldn't go long enough without keeping the game tied or find the opportunity to pull ahead. Instead, A.Jalilvand put the Fatal Demons back in front with his second of the contest. Even though the Lynx pushed really hard at that point, they just couldn't find the breaks, especially with P.Assadi holding the fort.
(8)HC Mutts vs Butchers (1)
Butchers can't overcome a slow start to their season
Unless they address adding a couple of key pieces, the Butchers will be stuck going through hard times this season. They may manage decent starts keeping the games fairly close, but will be nowhere to be seen as the games go on. The HC Mutts exposed a slower side by pretty much winning every loose ball which only translates in loads of ball possession. And when a club has the talent while keeping the ball for long periods, it's only a question of time that they will make you pay. This win came with no stars or heroes except for an overall team effort. M.Maggiore and G.Perri had two markers each while T.J Hui helped set up three goals. He may not have been overly busy, but P.Delli Colli did make enough saves to avoid a closer contest.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Fatal Demons. By being at the right place at the right time, the slick d-man collected three points that included the winner with only six minutes left in a 6-5 win over the Lynx.
Thursday June 14
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (3)
Mighty Drunks respond with 4 unanswered goals to remain undefeated
Despite a two goal deficit, the Mighty Drunks proved again that they mean business this season. Their four unanswered goals secured a fourth straight win in as many games. Carnage was clearly the better of the two sides for nearly half the game putting themselves in the driver's seat with a 3-1 lead. However, once P.Chartier scored the Mighty Drunks second goal, the confidence started to shift, and it showed enormously by the third as they completely dominated the frame. Y.Dube struck twice during that span while J.Magri still shows that his slap shot has enough mustard to beat a goaltender-from far.
(3)Nighthawks vs SBS Trashers(2) O.T
Captain P.Santullo works overtime to end 3 game drought for Nighthawks
Finally, the monkey came off the Nighthawks back. Its three games that there's been a sense of frustration but that all changed thanks to a collective team effort. The Nighthawks smothered the SBS Trashers as long as they could, and during the process, they chipped away with a pair of goals-from the very same L.Dulcetta. And while everything felt fine for most of the match, concern began to loom when D.Bruntetti got his team on board. It took four minutes-from that point on for P.Nadeau to even the score. Still, the Nighthawks remained focused and only looked ahead trying to avoid another loss. After playing out its dying minutes, both sides settled for the extra time to settle the score. Only 20 seconds had gone by for P.Casacalenda to feed M.Chenier in motion, who used a hard wrist shot toward the net that tipped off his captains stick. P.Santullo got credited the winner to finally end a sour winless drought for the Nighthawks.
(6)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(5)
Bramabulls outlast depleted JLR Brossard
Neither goaltender will remember this contest warmly. Even if the Bramabulls looked to have an easier night, this contest was far from- convincing. Both sides played to a 4-4 third period before the energy levels of the Bramabulls kicked in. D.Verta and M.Maggiore scored back to back goals to take command of the match. The JLR Brossard attempted a comeback thanks to a late tally-from N.Goncalves, but the time just wasn't there for the equaliser. Many key pieces were missing-from the two sides. But regardless not having their full rosters, the JLR Brossard put up a real good challenge with only two change ups versus two solid lines of the Bramabulls.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Santullo of the Nighthawks. The captain led the way to help end a three game losing streak. Twenty seconds into overtime was all it took for Santullo to end the match on a tip in goal.