Thursday September 12 (Final)
(7)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors (6) S.O Game 1
Payam Assadi lifts Legacy in crucial game 1
Payam Assadi saved his best for last. The stage was set for the crafty forward after scoring twice in the third period. With the opportunity to win the game, P.Assadi delivered as he deked to his right to slip the ball behind M.Gravano securing a huge game one victory. The Smooth Sailors couldn't have asked for a better start, and all thanks to their sniper up front. M.Testolina scored three goals in every possible way. Hoping and figuring a three goal cushion could have been sufficient clearly wasn't the case for the Smooth Sailors, who gave up five straight. However, just like their opponent, Legacy's momentum also came to a halt. A 5-3 third period lead wasn't enough to close out the game as the Smooth Sailors responded thanks to J.Mandracchia and his captain J.Palmitano. Unfortunately for the two sides, a dreaded shootout was left to determine a winner. Both teams made the right choices sending three of their finest when it comes to these situations. The game was ultimately decided on the last breakaway attempt taken by P.Assadi.
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Legacy (4) Game 2
Resilient Smooth Sailors bounce back to even series
The Smooth Sailors picked up a pivotal must win game over Legacy, and they can thank the heroics of their captain for it. With the game all knotted at 4-4, J.Palmitano re directed a long shot-from S.Minkiewicz giving no chance to C.Stavriadis to react. It seemed like both teams didn't care much for tightening it up or playing a strong man on man game. Instead, they just went for it relying heavily on their top guns. It had playoff intensity but no defensive structure. Apart-from P.Nakhle netting a pair, the scoring was balanced-from the two sides. Legacy entered the third period up 3-2, and at one point 4-3, but couldn't protect their lead long enough. Somehow, the Smooth Sailors found enough energy on a depleted bench to battle back and extend the series for a third and deciding match.
(3)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 3
Legacy hang on to claim D Thursday title
Legacy have survived a torrid final battle to knock out the Smooth Sailors and claim the D Thursday division title. The game started out pretty good for Legacy getting a pair of early goals on deceptive slap shot- from S.Athanasopoulos and M.DoCouto. But as it's been their theme throughout the entire series, the Smooth Sailors were far-from calling it quits. They managed to pull themselves within one when J.Palmitano blasted a one timer late in the game. Even though the clock showed just over two minutes remaining, this contest felt like an eternity considering how it played out. However, Legacy wasn't going to let this slip away, especially against a battered and depleted line up. The Smooth Sailors just didn't have enough steam to gain possession in hopes of forcing overtime. As expected, this series had all the elements of two very good teams going at it. Both teams fought hard, played a physical game with two top tier offenses going head to head. It was evident that they both deserved to reach this stage. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Peter Chiotis, Payam Assadi, George Panagiotopoulos, Tasso Bozinakis and the rest of Legacy for getting it done.
In a team that doesn't rely on goaltending, both net minders did make the difference tonight. Frank Baratta and Costa Stavriadis share the honours as MVP of the series, each earning the SalumiVino players of the night.
Tuesday September 10 (Final)
(2)Black Knights vs GK(9) Game 2
GK pound Black Knights to force a deciding game
There was no doubt that every GK player said they would be better in this game. And although nothing is ever for certain, it may as well have been an iron clad guarantee that this series had more miles to it. There is far too much talent and experience not to believe that the GK's big guns, who were somewhat dormant in game 1, wouldn't start firing in this must win contest. Clearly they were much better, and it started to show as of the second frame where they ran up the score on four unanswered goals. K.Kuczmarski, B.Jutras and M.David showed up to play as all three players each scored twice. For the GK, the offensive explosion was to be expected. It's one thing to keep them at bay for one game but extremely difficult for two in a row. The Black Knights understood this and perhaps weren't prepared enough to close out the series. Both teams will have a few days to rest up and prepare for their biggest match of the year. After taking game two rather easily, the GK feel confident about their chances heading into game three. The question becomes how can the Black Knights overcome a reality check? Knowing that they took game one of this series, T.Iannitto will have to go back to basics and inspire his troops that anything is still possible.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the GK. In what was a must win game, M.David led the way up front accumulating four points that included two assists at pivotal points during the match.
Monday September 9 (Final)
(4)GK vs Black Knights (7) Game 1
Horrible penalty kill costs game 1 for GK
Normally, there is a connection between crummy penalty killing and crummy goaltending but L.Augustin-Registe wasn't to blame in tonight's case. Structurally, though, down a man the GK didn't have answers giving up three power play goals. And to make matters worse, they also let in a shorthanded marker that perhaps dictated the direction of this contest. Y.Tifu was able to cut a play before finding himself with plenty of space to rip a bullet passed the GK net minder. The Black Knights showed that they were geared up despite a slow start. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the rhythm started to settle in and the opportunities eventually came. While many contributed in many ways, J.Gagne was arguably the one who helped orchestrate the offense. The slick forward was one of the stories in this match accumulating five points that included a hat trick. Another reason for the win was attributed to the Black Knights net minder. The GK, after finding themselves up 2-0, had more than enough chances to widen the margin only to hit a wall. F.Gagnon shook off some early rust and became an immediate factor as to why his club leads 1-0 in this series. Surely, the Black Knights are satisfied after a solid performance but know that this series isn't close to being over. In order to defeat the GK, everything must go right. The question becomes can they repeat a similar performance in tomorrow's crucial match.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. Everyone-from both sides would make the case that F.Gagnon was vital to the Black Knights victory. The game could have turned ugly if it wasn't for the net minder standing on his head on a few occasions.
Thursday September 5 (Semi finals)
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (4) Game 1
E.Salhany slick toe-drag beats M.Gravano and clock for 1-0 series lead
Job on Demands forward E Salhany has always been known for his slick hands and his awesome moves when left alone in front of any net minder. In an important game 1 versus the Smooth Sailors, Salhany did not disappoint. Smooth Sailors goalie Gravano didn't have much of chance on a play that he didn't expect. The Smooth Sailors trailed for much of the third period but were able to even the contest when M.Testolina ripped a bullet passed P.Assadi. Both sides were almost convinced a shootout was going to determine the outcome. Unfortunately for the Smooth Sailors, a late blunder forced them to try and take the next two games.
(7)Legacy vs United Armenians (1) Game 1
Legacy thump United Armenians to take strangle hold in series
It's that time of year and Legacy really ramped up their game to take a commanding 1-0 series lead. Although the score suggests an easy out, most of the damage did occur in the third period. J.Rochon scored twice during that span as part of a four goal surge. The United Armenians hoped for a better start rather than falling behind after only a minute and change into the game. For nearly two full periods, the game was still within reach, that was up until P.Doulis widened the gap by three. The United Armenians were clearly deflated by that point which showed in a lopsided finish.
(2)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (7) Game 2
Sailors respond, blow out Job on Demand to even the series
The Smooth Sailors fired everything but the kitchen sink in the direction of P.Assadi during game two of the semi finals. At first, it appeared as though the plan would have no effect on the net minder after a 1-1 first period. Then, it all fell into play and the Smooth Sailors connected five times alone in the second period to blow the game wide open. J.Palmitano scored twice in that frame alone while M.Testolina was the engine behind the victory accumulating five points. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the Job on Demand collected their thoughts focusing on only what was ahead of them, an ensuing fifteen minute game or more that could decide their fate.
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (2) O.T Game 3
J.Mandracchia the hero for the Smooth Sailors as they complete dramatic comeback
From-the very beginning of this match, the Job on Demand erased a bad memory getting the start they had hoped and planned for. The contest was barely five minutes old when J.Hassan and M-A Haber tallied only moments apart. Adding to their cushion came an eventual power play chance with less than five minutes remaining. And rather than going up, or at the very least killing off time-from the clock, the worst possible scenario occurred .That's when J.Mandracchia went into supernatural mode netting a huge shorthanded marker to cut the lead in half. The equaliser resembled somewhat of his first tally as another wrist shot had eyes making its way through to the net. With the score deadlocked 2-2, both sides were stuck having to play a five minute sudden death frame. The Job on Demand was offering the least competitive version of themselves and perhaps hoping to go into the shootout considering they didn't really generate much. But the Smooth Sailors had other ideas and avoided the breakaway competition thanks to their star centreman. After receiving a perfect pass on a patient heads up play by D.Greco, the Smooth Sailors completed their remarkable comeback-from no other than J.Mandracchia.
(3)United Armenians vs Legacy (7) Game 2
Legacy punch ticket to final with sweep of United Armenians
If anything describes Legacy, it's that they can get production-from just about anybody. Depth scoring is crucial at this time of year and Legacy has plenty of it running three solid lines. Proof of this is that seven different players took turns finding the back of the net. Because of P.Chiotis's confidence in his group, coaching isn't always too difficult, at least not in tonight's case. The United Armenians desperately needed a good start to the game but kept finding themselves sinking in a deeper hole giving up three first period goals. They did manage a better second frame winning it 2-1. However, that was as close as it got. It showed that Legacy had the edge in all facets of the game, even on the power play where they bagged three out of their seven goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia. The Smooth Sailors fell 2-0 and recovered thanks to a decisive performance by Mandracchia. The highly skilled forward scored all three goals to help lead his team to the final.
With barley any flaws to their game, Legacy is as complete of a team as it gets. Surely the Smooth Sailors have the offense to challenge their opponent but they'll need to focus more on other areas of their game. The slight advantage will be played in Legacy`s favour due to their deeper bench. Also, disciple is major factor in this series. Since both teams have the skill set to dominate a power play, staying out of the penalty box will be crucial.
Tuesday September 3 (Semi finals)
(7)GK vs Punishers (4) Game 3
GK impose will on Punishers to reach final
In what was so far the most important game of the season, it was the Gk that responded to the challenge. The Punishers appeared to be the ready of the two sides on a very early goal, but that turned out to be an illusion as the GK took over riffling four in a row. The match barely hit its half way point and the Punishers felt the doubts creeping in knowing their season was in jeopardy. Despite plenty of hockey left over, the GK stood firm never enabling their opponent to bounce back. K.Kuczmarski scored twice that included the winner on the power play. The GK understood that they couldn't rely on only a few players in order to defeat the Punishers but rather an overall team effort.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of the GK. It's not surprising that he came through once again for the big moment. His three points including the game winner helped send his team to a familiar place where they'll take on the Black Knights in the final.
The GK and the Black Knights are set to face each other once more in the Premier division final. With the GK's recent success taking home the gold medal at this year's Nationals, the Black Knights feel that they are in the GK's shadow. Perhaps this final will give them an opportunity to put themselves back to an even playing field. However, it won't be easy and plenty will be required-from the Black Knights in order to get it done. And even though the GK feel good about their chances, this final will be difficult as anything can happen between two rival opponents.
Monday September 2
1 Timer puts an end to a great run, winners of 4vs4 second division
With a pair of very close victories against the Excalibur on Monday night, the 1 Timer laid claim to the 4vs4 second division title. The 1 Timer expected nothing more than to getting it done, especially after playing with each other for quite a few years. The team has a good mix of offensive and defensive players backed by a strong goaltender in F.Koch. A big priority was to have a full bench, something that they were able to floor all season long. Both games were extremely close ultimately decided by only one goal if not counting two empty net markers in the second game. M.Carpentier riffled a couple in the first encounter including the winner while J.Guye-Perrault followed up in the ensuing match with an identical performance. Another key area for the two victories was due to taking the lead. The Excalibur never had the luxury of forcing their opponent to open up, instead, they were the ones having to chase the game. Y.St-Georges provided plenty of offense netting three out of his clubs four goals in the losses. After having a great regular season and playoff run, the 1 Timer couldn't have asked for a better and more deserving finish. Congratulations go out to Joel Guye-Perrault and the rest of his teammates for getting it done.
(4)1 Timer vs Excalibur (3) Game 1
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Guye-Perrault of the 1 Timer. His five points in two games made a major impact for his clubs overall production in the most important night of the year.
Thursday August 29 (Semi finals)
National rally-from two down to beat Lefts Over's twice in shootout
Over the course of a season, there are bound to be a few games that stand out more than the rest. Mark tonight's pair of wins as one of those occasions for the National. Trailing by two goals after dropping the first encounter by a 1-0 score, National emptied their emotional tank and rallied for a 3-2 victory to keep the series alive. O.Meilleur was the only player for either team to convert in the shootout. It was clear that National played with more urgency which helped shift the momentum in their favour. Still, plenty of work was still ahead for the two sides having to play a 12 minute game followed with a potential five minute overtime period. And considering how tight they played one another, neither side was able to score during that time which forced another shootout to decide the series. This time, S.Laplante was the lone scorer as the crafty d-man dazzled his way through netting the lone shootout marker. M.Gallant was flawless again stopping a total of six shootout attempts to end what was a thrilling semi final round. At no point during the entire night did National ever play with the lead. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, they just couldn't get that extra little break.
(1)Left Over's vs National (0) Game 1
(3)National vs Left Over's (2) S.O Game 2
(0)Left Over's vs National (1) S.O Game 3
HBHA Seniors reach familiar territory after downing the Family
The HBHA Seniors main players kept finding ways to score, and E.Parent was solid once more to help send his club to the final. Both wins came with every player committing to a full out effort. G.Vouloumanos was very productive in the opening contest participating in all three goals to secure a 3-1 victory. The second win had plenty of balance as four different players took turns finding the back of the net. The Family would have liked to try and play with the lead but never had the chance as they fell behind very early in both games. A.Perrault scored two out of his clubs three goals. After taking both games and outscoring their opponent 7-3, the HBHA Seniors no doubt want to hold that trend, especially now that they find themselves in the final.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (1) Game 1
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Gallant of the National. By denying six straight shootout attempts, and allowing only three goals in two games, it's safe to say that the net minder is a major reason why National will be challenging for the Masters 35+ title.
The Masters 35+ division is now down to only two teams. The HBHA Seniors will face off against a resilient opponent. Both teams have plenty of structure and won't give each other much on the offensive part of the game. Like most good teams battling it out at this level, look for all the little things to make the difference.
Thursday August 29 (Playoffs Round 1)
(3)SBS Trashers vs United Armenians (7) 4 vs 5
E.Mavroudis hat trick sends United Armenians to next round
E.Mavroudis was a one man wrecking crew on Thursday night, notching a hat trick while setting up a goal to power the United Armenians over the SBS Trashers. From-the very start of the game, the United Armenians had the momentum on their side after building a 3-0 lead. The SBS Trashers did respond with a pair of tallies just prior to the period ending and hoped to build on it with so much hockey ahead of them. But it seemed clear that the United Armenians were ready for this game as they buried two quick goals to regain control of the match. Y.Derohannessian had a major influence as well collecting four points while G.Follano was sharp facing some high quality slap shots. The SBS Trashers couldn't address or apply what has been working for them this season. For a team that usually defends well, tonight was just a disaster. However, that isn't to take away-from a team that came ready to play, and that's been well coached for an important game. G.Missakian made the right moves and necessary adjustments over the course of the match enabling his club to prevail.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to E.Mavroudis of the United Armenians. With so much on the line in a one game do or die, the power forward produced in a big way bagging three goals and an assist.
With this win, the United Armenians will represent the fourth seed for the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Legacy vs United Armenians (5) Coming off a convincing playoff win will definitely help the confidence level for the United Armenians. But the problem is that they will go up against a side that is covered in all aspects of their game. Legacy doesn't really have a weakness. The United Armenians will need to make every shift count and try and hang around as much as possible. As long as the games are close anything is possible.
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (3) It will be up to the Job on Demand to contain the Smooth Sailors big line. If they get that done, the odds are good for them to advance. The task may sound simple but extremely hard to do. Good players normally find ways to generate offense which will force the Job on Demands defence and net minder to remain focused.
Wednesday August 28 (Final)
(4)Bramabulls vs Knights (1) Game 1
Bramabulls use a good start as priority
The final round of the playoffs got underway on Wednesday night with the Bramabulls and the Knights opening up their series. It was the favoured Bramabulls who took game 1 with the help of four straight markers. After setting up S.Liparota to get the ball rolling, J.Palmitano doubled the lead just prior to the first period ending. The Knights, despite falling behind were still in it, but knew their chances started to diminish when Liparota struck for a second time. There was almost no way that the Bramabulls would falter a three goal margin. The Knights did grab one positive in this encounter, and that was to get the final say courtesy of late power play goal-from M.Kardum. Until that point, G.Follano was rock solid needing only four minutes to earn a shutout.
(0)Knights vs Bramabulls(7) Game 2
Bramabulls cruise to F Wednesday division title
Unlike their series against Carnage, the Bramabulls weren't messing around versus the Knights. This time, they made sure to grab a good start, and in doing so gave no chance for the Knights to respond. It was evident from- the drop of the ball that the Bramabulls meant business. M.Maggiore used two first period goals to start what was a foreshadowing of more to come. Even though both sides may have felt where all this was headed, B.Sansotta's goal surely confirmed the eventuality of this final. The Bramabulls carried a 4-0 lead heading into the final frame where they kept pressing by adding three more tallies. The one area that the Knights were hoping for to giving themselves any sort of chance lied in the idea of playing with the lead. Unfortunately, they just ran into a very determined Bramabulls club, who didn't take their opponent for granted. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Anthony DiPerna and the Bramabulls for capturing the F Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerardo Follano of the Bramabulls. In two games, G.Follano was as close as perfect can get. The net minder confidently led his team to a championship by allowing only one goal all night.
Monday Augusts 26 (Premier semi-final)
(3)GK vs Punishers (0) Game 1
M.Dauphinais tames Punishers in 3-0 shutout win
M.Dauphinais was clearly on top of his game pushing aside every single shot he faced to frustrate the Punishers on Monday night. With both teams playing to a scoreless opening period, it took four minutes into the second frame for T.Pham to finally crack the barrier. The Punishers had their chances and knew the game could have been different if not for Dauphinais stealing the show. It showed that the GK made it a priority to tighten the cord holding on to a very slight margin. Eventually, they did get some breathing room on a pair of late markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Mathieu Dauphinais of the GK. Standing firm and tall between the pipes, Dauphinais was a rock stopping every single ball his way.
Tuesday August 27(Premier semi final)
(5)Punishers vs GK(2) Game 2
C.Gingras and Punishers dominate special teams to even series
Game 2 of the semi finals up was a special team's battle that the Punishers dominated, both on the penalty kill and on the power play. C.Gingras had a night worthy of a leader on a team with championship aspirations. He participated in four goals, including one shorthanded as part of a hat trick performance. On two occasions, the GK responded to even the score but never managed to grab the lead. It wasn't just Gingras heavily involved in the win as every depth player along with the net minder got the job done. C.Stavriadis was stellar which came to be expected of him going up against a high octane offense. With the series now deadlocked 1-1, the Punishers will need to continue all their right habits if they plan on causing an upset.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There is no surprise that if the Punishers were to even the series, that C.Gingras would have his hand in on it. The skilled forward was again an absolute force collecting four points that came in every possible way.
Monday August 26 (division 1 final)
Venom Crowned division 1 4vs4 Champions
Venom defeated the Punishers 4-1 & 3-1 to capture the 4vs4champiosnship on Monday night. Both victories required a maximum effort unlike the way they won many of their games during the regular season. The Punishers were the only team to really challenge Venom and it showed once again tonight. Playing with a lead always helps, and Venon was able to play ahead throughout the entire series. J.Courteau set the tone early in the first encounter while Y.Gazuri netted the winner thanks to J.DeSua's feed, who capped off a three point performance. The second match was just as close up until the early stages of the second frame where F.Labrecque collected his third assist to widen the gap by three. The Punishers did eventually capitalise on the power play courtesy of P.Arkalis but that was as close as it got. On a few occasions, the Punishers had plenty of chances to even the score. If not for M.Trivisonno bailing his club out, this series could have taken a different turn. The net minder couldn't have performed better than he did on this particular night. From- goaltender out, Venom had the balance and skill set to achieve their goal.On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mike Trivisonno and Venom for taking the 4vs4 first division title.
(4)Venom vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(1)Punishers vs Venom(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivissonno of Venom. In a series that was quite close, M.Trivissonno made many necessary saves in order to help preserve the lead in both games for his club.
Monday August 26 (division 2 semi finals)
F.Koch's back to back shutouts send 1 Timer to big dance
Playoff shutouts aren't easy to do, but F.Koch was able to live up to the expectations by blanking the Fatal Demons twice on Monday night. The 1 Timer had everything go right in both their shutout wins. Both games ended with identical 4-0 scores. Four different players took turns finding the back of the net in the first encounter while J.Guye-Perrault was more of a force in the ensuing match bagging a hat trick. The Fatal Demons only kept it close in the second game for about a period. Other than that, they were nowhere to be found. It was evident that the 1 Timer were simply better on this night. While the Fatal Demons relied on playing conservative, the 1 Timer used their speed to push their opponents backs against the wall. By applying that kind of constant pressure, results will tend to fall into play.
(4)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons(0) Game 1
(0)Fatal Demons vs 1 Timer(4) Game 2
S.Sauk excels again in the shootouts
S.Sauk was amazing once again in the shootouts, this time edging out the Dragons on both occasions. After overcoming a 3-1 deficit, the Excalibur gave themselves a good fighting chance knowing that Sauk was occupying the net. The Dragons were snake bitten on their two attempts while Y.St-Georges and S.Ruggiero dazzled their way through getting the better of P.Assadi. Unlike the first game, the Excalibur played with a short second period lead only to let it slip away when S.Robineault bagged his second for the Dragons. Both sides figured that this contest was also headed to a dreaded breakway competition. And while the Dragons were perhaps hoping for a regulation win, the Excalibur didn't mind the gamble. When a goaltender is hot and in his groove, it makes it very difficult for anyone to beat him. This was clearly the case for S.Sauk, who once again went flawless on two attempts. The Excalibur were able to benefit twice on only two tries with A.Fonrose and Y.St-Georges leading the way.
(3)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Dragons (2) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. In his last four starts, S.Sauk has enjoyed some timely success by taking three games in a shootout.
With the 1 Timer and the Excalibur sweeping their series, both teams will be gunning for the ultimate prize. The 1 Timer has been rolling-from the beginning of the season as perhaps the most consistent team in their division. They have an overall balanced squad starting with their net minder F.Koch. However, the Excalibur is running on a little bit of magic, and if that means anything, than this series could go their way. At the very least, S.Sauk has to continue his exceptional run between the pipes in order to have a chance.
Thursday August 22
(0)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers gelling at just the right time
The SBS Trashers appear to finally hit their stride. They've just won a convincing 7-0 game and it couldn't come at a better time. Shutting out the Smooth Sailors usually never happens, but that can be expected when a team buys into a system along with brilliant goaltending. R.Pampena looked strong and confident like his usual self on most nights making one save look nicer than the other. When a team knows that they can rely on their goaltender, the offense will often fall into play. The SBS Trashers had no issues finding the back of the net seven straight times. M.Sartore and E.Panzera potted a pair while Joseph Scalia played an unfamiliar role by setting up five goals.
(11)Legacy vs United Armenians (2)
Legacy blow out Arms in expected result
The United Armenians had no choice but to hope for a miracle in order to have any sort of chance with only three spares to their bench. In many cases, a depleted line up can lead into something positive, but not when you go up against Legacy. This was clear-from the get go where T.Bozinakis used two markers to close out the frame for a 3-1 lead. It took only a minute and change for Bozinakis to complete his hat trick into the ensuing period. The current just increased as of the second period with the United Armenians unable to keep up. Six goals had gone in during that span. S.Robineault closed out the scoring to match T.Bozinakis for a shared hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the SBS Trashers. Pampena was superb, turning in a shiny sparkling performance shutting out a high octane offense in the Smooth Sailors.
The D Thursday regular season came to an end. With top three seeds securing a semi final spot, the fourth place SBS Trashers will need to take on the fifth place United Armenians in order to reach the semi final round. Anything can happen in a one game playoff. If both teams come prepared, expect a close match. The United Armenians will need all their assets up front as a bare minimum to go up against a stingy defence and solid goaltender in R.Pampena.
Thursday August 22
HBHA Seniors defy the odds to secure first place
Having only four players dressed without any change ups, the HBHA Seniors did something remarkable versus the Left Over's. All they needed was to take one of two games in order to secure first place but that task didn't seem within reach considering the circumstances. Proof of it showed as early as the first encounter where the Left Over's dictated the pace en route to a 4-0 victory. Normally,that kind of pace and pressure would continue, especially when one team has ten players versus only four. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, everything that could have possibly gone wrong did. However, that isn't to take away-from how stellar E.Parent was in net. The goaltender was absolutely brilliant making plenty of key saves never allowing the Left Over's to score once in the final frame. With the score tied 2-2, the HBHA Seniors benefited on a very lucky bounce to crack the tie and eventually secure the win. G.Vouloumanos used two precise shots in the first period to beat G.Platanitis.
(4)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (0)
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's(2)
National and Family go the distance twice in exchanging shootout wins
While National celebrated taking the first encounter in a shootout, the Family was able to even the score with a shootout win of their own. Both games were so close that neither side ever took a lead after any frame. The only one constant was that the Family took the lead three times in the two games but kept getting a response by their opponent. S.Laplante was significant in the opener as the slick defenseman collected two points while rattling off the winner in the breakaways. The second game saw the tides turn in the shootout. With both sides sending three of their main players to take a turn at showing off their skill, M.Sasso was the only one to get his club on board. The Family was able to return the favour thanks to M.Sasso, and T.Borgia who stood tall denying all three attempts.
(4)National vs The Family (3) S.O
(2)The Family vs National (1) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Parent of the HBHA Seniors. For how well he played throughout four entire periods, the HBHA Seniors are glad to have secured first place due their net minders excellent performance between the pipes.
Both these games conclude the end of the regular season in Masters 35+ division. All four teams will be playing in next week's semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)HBHA Seniors vs The Family(4) While many will expect this series to favour the HBHA Seniors, the Family have been turning some heads as of late. Tonight was another example of how difficult they are to play against. National had pretty much a stacked roster and were unable to grab a clean win on two opportunities.
(2)The Left Over's vs National (3) Its simple, limit your mistakes and the deserving team should prevail. This series will be played like a chess match. The Left Over's will need to avoid taking penalties while being aware of certain key players.
Tuesday August 20 (Round 1 4 vs 5)
(3)Punishers vs All Blacks (2)
Punishers advance after edging out All Blacks
C.Stavriadis was supported by a great defensive play in front of him to earn the win in net, and Payam Assadi came through at the right time to ultimately decide the outcome. T.Bozinakis set up both C.Gingras and A.Kakivelis as the Punishers used just enough offensive scoring once in every frame. The All Blacks did have a 20 to 16 shot advantage but couldn't benefit enough times. The win sends the Punishers through to the semi finals where they'll have their hands full versus the GK. The other match up will feature a heated rival between the Black Knights and the River Rats. Games will take place on Monday August 26, verify the site Hockeyballe.com for game times and venue.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Payam Assadi of the Punishers. The crafty forward celebrated a huge goal to decide the match while sending his club through to the semi final.
Monday August 19 (Semi finals division 1)
Tight defence key for Punishers path to final
The Punishers embraced the fact that a winning formula is heavily relied on a tight defensive game. In both their wins over Les Unknown, the Punishers were overly aggressive, allowing the defence to pinch in when needed to, which created enough balance up front. Adding to that, N.Mackeen came ready to play as he does every night giving up one sole tally in the second encounter. The Punishers played a smart simple series by sticking to the basics like many good teams do when they reach a certain stage. A.Kobayati and K.Tsoukalas were the lone scorers in the first match. The second game saw A.Laramee and his captain J.Fidrilis provide much of the offense as both players each scored twice. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will have a different challenge ahead of them. Their next opponent put up some nice numbers during the regular season and it won't come easy. The good news is that they are the only team to hand Venom a loss this season.
(2)Punishers vs Les Unknown (0) Game 1
(1)Les Unknown vs Punishers (5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. The net minder couldn't have asked for a better performance. Apart-from one goal, Mackeen was flawless, frustrating Les Unknown on a few occasions.
Round 1 division 2
Excalibur move on after a pair of nail biters
It didn't come easy but the Excalibur found a way twice to edge out a resilient Degenerates team. The first encounter couldn't have been any closer as a shootout was required to determine a winner. With F.Bchara releasing a quick wrist shot to beat F.Baratta, and S.Sauk denying three straight breakaway attempts, the Excalibur gave themselves a big edge heading into game two. Still, plenty of work was ahead of them if they planned on sweeping their opponent. They did do the right thing by always playing with the lead. At one point, F.Bchara provided a three goal margin toward the tail end of the match which appeared to be enough for a guaranteed win. However, that wasn't the case at all as the Degenerates continued to battle hard. In the span of only one minute, they managed to score two goals to pull within one. Unfortunately, despite having one minute for an equaliser, the Degenerates couldn't get there in time. S.Sauk had a stellar series in net, and was a huge reason why his club will advance to the semi finals.
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (2) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3) Game 2
Four teams are now left over to battle it out in a semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) It may sound simple but very hard to do. The Excalibur know that they have to pay attention to S.Robineault and E.Girouard. And even though they apply a strict game plan, the dynamic duo seem to always find a way.
(2)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons (3) Clearly, the 1 Timer have the edge with their overall speed versus an older opponent. However, the Fatal Demons do have a ton of experience, and a smaller surface may play to their advantage, especially if they can grab the lead.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Bchara of the Excalibur. After netting the sole shootout marker in the opening contest, F.Bchara duplicated his efforts in game two providing a second game winner to help send his club through to the next round.
Thursday August 15
M.Pinheiro continues to tear in up for National
Look up the word clutch in the Hockeyballe.com Masters division dictionary and you'll likely find M.Pinheiro's picture underneath. For how dominant he's been so far, it's hardly surprising that the National captain would have another major impact. In both their wins over the HBHA Seniors, Pinheiro was involved in every single goal that included the shootout winner in the opening contest. To his help, S.Laplante also had an influence taking care of the back end accumulating four points. The HBHA Seniors had a chance to bounce back and even the score but kept running into penalty trouble. By visiting the penalty box on three occasions, National made them pay every single time.
(5)National vs HBHA Seniors(3) S.O
(1)HBHA Seniors vs National (4)
S.Marricco hungry for goals in Left Over's pair of wins over Family
S.Marricco continues to demonstrate that scoring goals is part of his makeup. The hardnosed forward may not score them pretty but manages to find the back of the net on his persistent play in front of the net. The Family, although did an overall fine job on Thursday night, struggled to contain Marricco, who struck four times as part of a six point performance. The Left Over's did the wise thing of starting off strong in both their wins. K.Miraldo was involved in five goals while G.Platanitis allowed only two markers in a short span. The first period appeared to suggest that the Left Over's would have had an easy night. But that wasn't at all the case with Family taking over as of the second period. P.Brosseau and J.Iacampo each tallied to cause some concern only to run out of time.
(5)Left Over's vs The Family (2)
(0)The Family vs Left Over's(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. It's clear that M.Pinheiro has the most accurate shot in the Masters 35+ division. Once again, he was able to hit his target several times finishing off another productive night on five goals, two assists and a shootout winner.
Thursday August 15
(7)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (4)
Smooth Sailors jump to quick start to hold off Job on Demand
You never want to fall behind early on three goals, and that's unfortunately what the Job on Demand had to deal with on Thursday night. Just over six minutes had gone by for the Smooth Sailors to dictate the pace of the match. But as miserable as it was, the Job on Demand did finally wake up even though it proved to be costly. On two occasions, they managed to pull themselves within one. J.DeStefano gave life to the Job on Demand by narrowing the gap to only one goal but that lasted only so long as the Smooth Sailors immediately regained control of the game. C.Fragkiudakis provided a two goal cushion, and A.Rapone widened the gap shortly after to put the contest out of reach.
(2)Fatal Demons vs United Armenians (6)
Fatal Demons must deal with painful end of season following loss to United Armenians
The Fatal Demons found only disappointment having to end their season earlier than hoped for. Both teams entered the night expecting to secure a playoff spot or at the very least be within striking distance. However, that wasn't the case for the Fatal Demons, who were nowhere to be found in their most important game of the season. The United Armenians were quicker and more agile which gave them a massive edge. It took them only five minutes to produce four goals. G.Jerjian notched the winner while adding a late power play marker.
(5)Legacy vs SBS Trashers(4)
J.Rochon scores decisive goal as Legacy edge out Trashers
J.Rochon scored the winner very late of a back and forth game as Legacy edged the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. The game had its momentum swings. Legacy roared out to a 3-0 lead before the first period ended. Then, the tides turned and the SBS Trashers took over on four straight markers with A.Plescia eventually putting his team up by the six minute mark of the second period. For a very long stretch, both sides decided to tighten up their game. Legacy knew they played a little careless but had enough time to address their woes. And after getting their act straight, the third period proved why they are a team to be reckoned with. A.Stamiris was able to come through and level while J.Rochon delivered a massive blow by netting his second leaving only 19 seconds on the clock.
The SalumiVino player goes to Jason Rochon of Legacy. With the game on the line, the power forward came through riffling his second to decide a wild back and forth affair with the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday August 14 (Semi finals)
(7)Bramabulls vs Carnage (5) Game 1
Carnage devastated after blowing huge lead
The Bramabulls faced little adversity in the regular season finishing with a near perfect record. After the first period in their playoff round versus Carnage, that changed as they found themselves in unfamiliar territory playing down by four goals. And as much as it seemed farfetched for that type of a comeback, the Bramabulls are one team that can perhaps defy the odds. The problem however wasn't that the Bramabulls fought hard to battle back and steal the game-from their opponent, but more so that Carnage let this golden opportunity slip away. The key sequence for the pendulum swing occurred in a very short span where the Bramabulls used two shorthanded goals to pull within one. Clearly, that fired up the bench knowing that there was more to come. J.Palmitano struck late in the second period for his clubs first lead, and S.Liparota buried his second to provide a two goal cushion with less than six minutes remaining. There is no doubt that F.Pace and the rest of his team will be devastated-from this particular loss. The good news is that they know they can compete with the Bramabulls, and will have a whole week to reflect on what to do in order to put up a similar challenge.
(7)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (8) Game 1
Knights come out on top of slugfest
S.Ruggiero had one of his better games, and the Knights needed all of his production. The sniper had three goals and a pair of assists, and the Knights held on to what was a wild hockey game. By no means did this contest have the blue prints of a playoff game. But both sides decided to take their chances in a run and gun style that ultimately favoured the Knights in the end. What makes this difficult to swallow for the Mighty Drunks is that they ran up the score in the first period on three unanswered goals. And rather than bearing down, the second period turned into an instant nightmare. The Knights erupted winning the frame 6-1 with Ruggiero stealing the show on a hat trick. The Mighty Drunks did not throw in the towel with still a period remaining, and actually bounced back to level after a brutal frame. Then, in the span of only one minute and change, R.Kilgour and A.Fonrose each scored for the Knights, who held on to a dramatic ending.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Knights. Everyone will agree that it takes a team effort to win you a hockey game, but at the same time, the Knights won't disagree that S.Ruggiero was extremely vital for this particular win. The sniper was instrumental bagging three goals and two helpers to help capture game 1 for the Knights.
Wednesday August 21(Semi finals)
(3)Carnage vs Bramabulls(8) Game 2
Carnage giving up another massive lead, fall to Bramabulls
It looked, after the mid way point of the game, that Carnage was not going to repeat last week's mistake up 3-0. But as they came to learn, it's never over against a team like the Bramabulls. M.Maggiore was perhaps the lightning rod the Bramabulls needed to mount yet another remarkable comeback. After pulling his club within one, M.Maggiore sparked two third period goals, and the Bramabulls were well on their way to punching a ticket to the final. Penalty trouble did get in the way of Carnage, who just couldn't do anything right on their penalty kill. The Bramabulls used four third period power play goals to blow the game wide open.
(4)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (7) Game 2
Mighty Drunks surge past Knights to even series
The Mighty Drunks were clearly dialled in their heavy response versus the Knights. There was no doubt the Mighty Drunks focused on what they needed to do in order to extend the series. Maybe it wasn't apparent-from the first half of the game,but definitely convincing towards the latter stages of the match. The Mighty Drunks continued to progress as the game went on and had their most important moments early in the third period. That was when M.Pinheiro came through completing his hat trick on two big goals in only two minutes for a substantial 6-3 lead. M.Gibeault was solid early on notching two tallies while V.Mancini was the catalyst behind setting up four markers.
(3)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(2) S.O Game 3
M.Kardum ends a thrilling series with shootout winner for Knights
After trading a power play goal, the inevitable was looming for the two sides as a dreaded shootout stood in between advancing to the final or going home earlier than hoped for. This is an area where the shooters and especially the two net minders felt a ton of pressure. But it had to get done and somebody would prevail. Both sides didn't miss on their first attempts. M.Deninno figured out O.Caillet of the Mighty Drunks while V.Mancini did not miss on his chance towards S.Sauk. The next two shooters got denied which left a sudden death round. The Knights made the wise choice to select M.Kardum as one of their main three as he did not disappoint burying his clubs second during the breakaways. For how close this series was, it only made sense that it went the entire distance. The Knights and the Mighty Drunks both fought extremely hard and did everything they could to try and win.
The Bramabulls and the Knights will be competing for the ultimate prize for reaching the final stage. For many, the Bramabulls will be expected to reach the finish line first. However, if they fail to address a poor start to the series like they did against Carnage, the Knights may not let them off the hook that easily, that is assuming the Knights can grab a good start.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Knights. In a series that could have gone either way, M.Kardum ended it by netting the shootout winner versus the Mighty Drunks.
Monday August 12
(0)Punishers vs Black Knights (4)
Black Knights ride hot power play to thumping of Punishers
After being held scoreless for the first period, the Black Knights manufactured a pair of second period goals to seize a 2-0 lead before rattling off a pair by the third to shutout the Punishers. K.Duplin scored twice while J.Gagne collected three helpers. It was a game that everything went right for one team and wrong for the other. The Punishers had their fair share of chances only to keep getting denied by F.Gagnon. The only time they felt that the game was slipping away was by the nine minute mark of the third period where S.Lajeunesse widened the gap by three. With only one game left in the regular season, the Black Knights will attempt to capture first place by needing a single point versus the All Blacks.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. The net minder was sharp and ready to play on Monday night stopping enough quality chances to capture a well earned shutout.
Monday August 12
Degenerates unable to solve S.Sauk for three straight periods
Sometimes it just isn't your night. Sometimes you run into a buzz saw or a brick wall. The Degenerates, for three straight periods couldn't solve S.Sauk, who enabled the Excalibur to collect a 3-0 victory. Luckily enough, a deeper bench came into play and the Degenerates used their extra push to finally crack the net minder. There lone three goals came in the last single frame where S.Marricco struck first while setting up J-P Bertrand minutes later for the game winning tally. For how close the game went, F.Baratta was perhaps the reason why his club split with the Excalibur. His willingness to combat every ball came into play as he denied two incredible scoring chances. It was shortly after that sequence that the Degenerates put their game together and ran away with the match.
(0)Degenerates vs Excalibur (3)
(1)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
Fatal Demons roll over Unknown to clinch first round bye
The Fatal Demons rolled over a depleted Unknown squad, and by doing so are glad to avoid an unnecessary first round match up. It took two regulation wins in order to leap frog the Degenerates and secure a third place finish. Clearly, it helped having two spares versus a team without and change ups. Les Unknown knew they needed at the very least the first goal in order to have some sort of chance. Unfortunately, they were stuck playing-from behind in both games which only tired them out even more. The first encounter was rather close with the Fatal Demons using two second period goals in order to secure a 3-0 win. However, the same couldn't be said for the next match where Les Unknown were completely out of it. The game lasted only one frame with the Fatal Demons roaring to a 6-1 lead. J.Palmitano helped sparked the landslide win courtesy of his hat trick that was part of an overall five point night.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Les Unknown (0)
(1)Les Unknown vs Fatal Demons (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Fatal Demons. By collecting two regulation wins, the Fatal Demons avoid an extra playoff round. Both their victories were led by Palmitano, who accumulated a total of four goals and two assists.
The regular season for both division 1 & 2 came to an end on Monday night. With Venom topping the first division, the Punishers will take on Les Unknown in a semi final round. The Punishers will look to advance and reach the final based on their consistency over the season unlike Les Unknown who never seem to be sure who shows up.
As for the second division, a fourth vs fifth match up will need to take place to claim the fourth spot. That match will feature the Degenerates versus the Excalibur. Both teams just finished playing each other, and if that game is any indication of what's to come, than expect a very close series. The seeding is as follows:
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur (5)
Note: The 1 Timer will face off against the Fatal Demons in a semi final round while the Dragons await the winner between the Degenerates and the Excalibur.
Thursday August 8
Some lack of discipline enable National to split with Left Over's
Unable to address that one very important area of the game, the Left Over's may have let the second match slip away to National. You never want to visit the penalty box, especially in a 4 vs 4 format. National managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit in large part due to their captain M.Pinheiro. The sniper riffled a perfect one timer to level the game for his second and was the only player to score in the shootout on a precise wrist shot. O.Meilleur was involved in all three goals for the Nationals victory. Prior to the second encounter, the Left Over's took the opening game in what was another nail biter till the end. S.Marricco led the charge up front on two goals, but it was K.Miraldo's marker that made the difference as it stood up for the winner.
(3)Left Over's vs National (2)
(4)National vs Left Over's(3) S.O
The Family is starting to stand their ground as they trade wins with HBHA Seniors
Its better late than never and that is the attitude the Family will take-from now on heading into the post season. Even though it's been a struggle, the Family are starting to turn things around, and it couldn't be happening at a better time. Both their games with the HBHA Seniors could have gone either way. The first one did belong to the Family thanks to A.Perrault's two goals along with S.Cavallaro's winner that snapped a 2-2 tie. Much of the ensuing match reflected the first game. This time however, the HBHA Seniors found a way to come out on top. After collecting a pair of first period goals, K.Koutsogiannopoulos set up D.Andrade twice that included the decider of a 4-4 tie.
(3)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (2)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Left Over's. By applying his relentless work ethic, S.Marricco had a very productive night accumulating a total of four key points.
Thursday August 8
(3)Job on Demand vs Legacy(2)
A.Sonny Longo's late goal lifts Job on Demand over Legacy
With Legacy not doing themselves any favours visiting the penalty box, the Job on Demand made them pay in the end. J.Hassan took advantage to level the game in the third period and A.Sonny Longo put the final dagger with only 14 seconds left on the clock. As expected, this game was going to be tight with plenty of pride-from the two sides. P.Assadi was one player definitely up for the challenge and did not disappoint allowing only two goals against a lethal offense.
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Fatal Demons (2)
Smooth Sailors breathe easy only in late moments
The Smooth Sailors had to have thought that this game was going to be easy and done with-from the beginning. And why not considering how both teams have fared all season long. While the Smooth Sailors have no issues scoring goals, the Fatal Demons can't seem to get their act together and defend properly. Add all that up,a lopsided affair was to be expected. But the Fatal Demons didn't make things easy for the Smooth Sailors on Thursday night, who needed the entire match in order to feel secure about their chances. J.Bolanakis created the doubt by posting two quick goals in the third period to pull the Fatal Demons within one. It was only by the ten minute mark of the frame that the Smooth Sailors clamped the victory. M.Maggiore doubled the lead and M.Testolina followed up only moments later to put the match to rest.
(4)United Armenians vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers score 7 unanswered to defeat United Armenians
After allowing the first two goals of the game, the SBS Trashers put on a show netting seven unanswered en route to a 7-4 victory. The surge only began as of the six minute mark of the second period. Once Joseph Scalia broke the ice, the snow ball effect was in motion. The natural sniper potted his second four minutes later and J.Desmarais took over in the third on a pair of insurance markers. To their credit, the United Armenians put up a decent challenge considering the lopsided body count-from the two benches.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Job on Demand. It seemed like the net minder could do no wrong on Thursday night. It's never easy limiting Legacy to a pair of goals but P.Assadi proved to everyone that he can defy the odds.
Wednesday August 7
(7)Knights vs Carnage(5) S.O
J-M Loiseau nets hat trick and shootout winner for Knights
J-M Loiseau made an impact as he scored three goals and added the winner in the shootout to give the Knights a feel good victory to cap off their season. Loiseau's hat trick was by far the highlight of a game that featured plenty of back and forth action. Even though Carnage fell short, they'll still have plenty to take-from the loss after mounting a massive third period comeback. C.Moutafis was largely responsible for sending the game into extra time by striking twice while adding a helper. After a scoreless sudden death frame, the Knights prevailed in the shootout. J-M Loiseau and S.Ruggiero each scored while S.Sauk stood firm denying two attempts.
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Bramabulls(4)
Y.Dube and Mighty Drunks end Bramabulls perfect season
Its perhaps not the right time to suffer a first defeat with the playoffs just around the corner, but the Bramabulls wont be too concerned with this particular loss. Both teams entered the contest with plenty of missing players, especially the Bramabulls who had all but one player to change with. Regardless the situation, the Mighty Drunks went about their business and showed that they can compete with the division's giant. Out of their six goals, Y.Dube tore down the opposition's defense riffling four markers. The Bramabulls hung in there for nearly the entire game up until Dube's late marker sealed the outcome.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-M Loiseau of the Knights. J-M Loiseau delivered an impressive performance rattling off three goals along with the shootout winner.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. With only one regular season loss, the Bramabulls will take on the fourth place Carnage. The other match up will feature the Mighty Drunks squaring off against the Knights.
(1)Bramabulls vs Carnage(4) There is no doubt the Bramabulls will be the heavy favorites. And while they'll do their part, it will be up to Carnage to play a near perfect series. F.Pace has plenty to figure out and will need for all his players to buy into a system in hopes of having a chance.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Knights(3) In a series that could go either way, the Mighty Drunks have shown more consistency throughout the regular season. The Knights will most likely be busier on their own end of the court which will leave them no choice for S.Sauk to steal the show.
Tuesday August 6
(2)Punishers vs GK(5)
Punishers collapse in third as GK score 4 unanswered to win
On Tuesday, a meltdown by the Punishers in the final frame turned a one goal lead into a 5-2 loss to the hands of GK. This was a game that the GK struggled to find traction-from the start not able to produce until the latter stages of the match. All it took was a small five minutes for the GK to burst the game wide open. T.Pham was a big reason why his club prevailed in the end. After setting up J.Bradley to even the score, T.Pham added a pair of goals including the winner to cap off a remarkable late push. Both sides didn't have their full roster which made the playing field even. It came in a losing cause, but T.Bozinakis and C.Gingras did more than their share collecting two points each.
(6)Black Knights vs GK(5)
One extra period catches up to the GK in double header night
For two straight frames, the GK were in fine shape building a 4-2 lead. But when a team just comes off a hard felt match moment's ago, it's safe to say that fatigue tends to kick in. The Black Knights knew this and made sure to keep a full out pace in order to run down their opponent. The eventual comeback began with the help of Y.Tifu's power play goal. Clearly, that sparked his club to follow up and they did on a pair of quick tallies-from C.St-Hilaire and J.Velenosi. The GK looked like they needed a break badly in the third playing like they didn't have much left in the tank. Still, they weren't out of it and needed only one tally to even the score. T.Pham did provide it on his second of the match. Unfortunately for the GK, one play late in the game put the Black Knights back in front thanks to Y.Tifu's second of the frame. J.Desmarais scored twice,J-F Di Iorio collected four points for the Black Knights while for a second straight game, T.Pham was stellar accumulating three more points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thanh Pham of GK. In back to back games, T.Pham was an absolute force bagging a total of four goals as part of a six point night.
Monday August 5
M.Arkalis and Punishers eventually get serious in thumping of Excalibur
The first period on Monday night seemed like it could have gone either way. Then they solved the Excalibur's coverage and started to play harder resulting in a one sided affair. M.Arkalis put things into motion with two very quick goals for a 5-3 lead and the Punishers never looked back en route to a pair of victories. A.Laramee was vital to the quick start in the second encounter netting two markers. The Punishers avoided a sluggish start by running up the score to substantial 5-1 after one period. A.Sarigiannis opened and closed off the scoring to record a hat trick while P.Arkalis was feeling generous providing a handful of assists. Despite the losses, M.Bchuti gave the Excalibur a decent push by netting a first period hat trick as part of a five point night.
(7)Punishers vs Excalibur vs (4)
(3)Excalibur vs Punishers (10)
1 Timer face difficult challenge dropping both games to the Dragons
For how well things have been going so far for the 1 Timer, maybe tonight's challenge against the Dragons is a good wakeup call on what is to expect in the upcoming post season. The 1 Timer realised that it won't come easy as both games were played till the very end. Unfortunately, they couldn't get a positive result having to settle for a lone shootout point. The Dragons took a crazy first encounter after mounting a remarkable comeback thanks to a pair of goals-from P.Cardillo ,E.Girouard and D.Gagnon. The shootout winner however belonged to S.Robineault as the only player to score during the breakaways. Even though the second encounter was just as close, both sides decided to tighten up their game. And for a second straight time, the Dragons fought-from behind to capture another victory. Much of the success was attributed to E.Girouard and S.Robineault. The dynamic duo once again found a way to make a difference as both players complimented each other on all three goals.
(7)1 Timer vs Dragons (8) S.O
(3)Dragons vs 1 Timer(2)
Les Unknown run out of steam to settle for split with Degenerates
Unable to keep up a rampant pace, Les Unknown didn't have the surge they needed in order to sweep the Degenerates. At some point it seemed inevitable that the Degenerates would get it right by just playing harder than their opponent. They may have dropped the opening contest, but by battling hard, it was just a question of time before they would take over. Scoring efforts came-from four different players that included the winner by Q.Joseph. Les Unknown got their winning tally in the earlier match courtesy of M.Morin, who participated in all three goals for the win. It's only been recent that the Degenerates are starting to play some good hockey. By adding F.Baratta between the pipes along with a better structured game, things are finally falling into place for the Degenerates.
(3)Les Unknown vs Degenerates (1)
(4)Degenerates vs Les Unknown (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of the Dragons. There was no doubt that the Dragons sniper was influential in both wins over the 1 Timer. After netting the shootout winner in the first contest, S.Robineault collected three straight points in the ensuing match to edge out his opponent for a second straight time.
Thursday August 1
(6)SBS Trashers vs Legacy (5)
A.Gentile's goal lifts SBS Trashers to wild win over Legacy
They didn't have a great start but the SBS Trashers are very happy with the way things ended with Legacy. Despite the amount of goals traded, this contest was extremely close needing only a wild finish to decide matters. J.Scalia and A.Gentile each scored passed the ten minute mark of the final frame, and the SBS Trashers held up killing what felt like four very long minutes. Legacy started the night stronger thanks to one of their many snipers in E.Girouard. The veteran was definitely their most productive player netting three goals for a hat trick. The SBS Trashers relied more on balance scoring but did get a clutch performance by Gentile, who struck twice including the winner.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Job on Demand (7)
Fatal Demons struggling to keep up
It seems no matter what formula or game plan they apply, the Fatal Demons can't seem to keep up with most of their opponents. Tonight's loss was another classic example. The first period wasn't the issue as they managed to play with a slight lead. However, once they entered the second, things only turned for the worse. The Job on Demand took over on four consecutive goals with scoring efforts-from different players. E.Salhany was the only player to score twice in the win while A.Zarzour netted a pair for the Fatal Demons. At this rate, the Fatal Demons will need the blessing of a higher power if they plan on going anywhere.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. His timely goal enabled the SBS Trashers to top a powerful opponent.
Thursday August 1
M.Pinheiro leads National rout of Family
M.Pinheiro couldn't be stopped In Nationals two victories over the Family. The captain was on the floor for nine out of a possible eleven points. National gained steamed nearly right away in both wins striking three times in the first periods. M.Gallant was tested only occasionally giving up a total of three goals. The net minder was square to the ball limiting plenty of rebounds. His only slight let down came in the final frame of the second game where M.Sasso and M.Defanti each got the better of him.
(1)The Family National (6)
(5)National vs The Family (2)
Left Over's level with HBHA Seniors after late collapse
It happened, and the Left Over's made sure to erase a bad memory very quickly. Throughout most of the opening match, the Left Over's couldn't have played a better game that was up until there was only three minutes left on the clock. Then, it all fell apart. A 4-2 lead suddenly turned into a deficit and the Left Over's had no idea what had hit them. To their credit, the HBHA Seniors mounted a remarkable comeback with only one change up. During that time, K.Koutsogiannopoulos struck twice followed with quick goals-from G.Vouloumanos and D.Andrade. With an ensuing match only moments away, the Left Over's weren't planning on repeating the same mistake, especially against a depleted line up. This time, they got it right by preserving a late 4-2 lead thanks to an overall committed effort. Y.Derohannessian and R.Elias each scored twice while G.Vouloumanos did the same thing for the HBHA Seniors.
(6)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's (4)
(4)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. The sharp shooter was once again on top of his game riffling four goals as part of an impressive nine point performance.
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Wednesday July 31
(1)Knights vs Bramabulls(7)
T.Karasek third period hat trick leads Bramabulls past Knights
With the Bramabaulls holding a 3-0 lead, T.Karasek made sure to put the game to rest on a third period hat trick. The Bramabulls improve to a flawless 8-0 record needing only one more win to solidify a perfect regular season record. The first two periods were fairly close with the Knights still in striking distance. Unfortunately, they just couldn't make a game of it despite their very short bench. G.Follano did not give up a goal up until R.Kilgour beat him by the six minute mark of the third period. N.Sbarra collected three points and T.Karasek added a pair of assists to his third period outburst.
(9)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (4)
Back to back power play goals help Mighty Drunks top Carnage
The Mighty Drunks made the most of their sudden power play chances. In a high scoring back and forth affair, the Mighty Drunks riffled a pair of timely power play markers to put themselves in the driver's seat by the mid way point of the match. The contest was still very close with the Mighty Drunks only up by one. But with Y.Dube striking for a second time while setting up M.Beaudry shortly after, the Mighty Drunks knew they had this game in the bag. Carnage invested most of their energy early on three first period goals. Clearly, their three change ups caught up to them in the end as they barely any legs left to compete with a deeper roster. M.Mogianesi, normally known for his sound defensive game showed much more on this particular night collecting two goals and a pair of helpers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Michael Mogianesi of the Mighty Drunks. The sound defenseman dominated every aspect of the game making big plays with and without the ball to merit the honour.
Monday July 29
S.Athanasopoulos putting up the points for the Punishers
What a spark S.Athanasopoulos provided for the Punishers on Monday night. In both wins over Les Unknown, the Punishers scored a total of nine goals that saw S.Athanasopoulos involved in every single one of them. After notching the winner in a close 3-2 win, Athanasopoulos collected six straight helpers to cap off an extraordinary night. A.Kobayati, K.Tsoukalas and J.Chiropoulos all benefited netting two goals each. The two clubs entered the evening very short which gave neither side any sort of advantage. The Punishers did however find a way to be the better of the two sides on their ability to shutting it down.
(2)Les Unknown vs Punishers (3)
(6)Punishers vs Les Unknown (4)
Degenerates taking advantage of a given situation
It wasn't a complicated formula for the Degenerates after eyeing a very short bench. By using their deeper bench to force checking relentlessly, the ball would often end up on their stick, and with that, came plenty of scoring opportunities. Although, the first game didn't come easy at all as the Fatal Demons protected a 1-0 lead for a very long stretch. That was up until L.Folini finally got to B.Verducci passed the mid way point of the final frame. The Degenerates felt something brewing and weren't content on only their equaliser. It took just over a minute-from that point on for N.Guerra to put his club in front for the first time in the match. Now that they put themselves in that position, the Degenerates never looked back including the ensuing game where they never once trailed. J-P.Bertrand scored twice as part of a three point performance and F.Baratta was rock solid in net allowing only three goals.
(2)Degenerates vs Fatal Demons (1)
(2)Fatal Demons vs Degenerates (5)
J.Guye-Perrault red hot on back to back hat tricks
J.Guye-Perrault scored plenty of goals and in bunches to help preserve an impressive season so far for the 1 Timer. And while many had their hand in two easy wins versus the Excalibur there was no doubt that J.Guye-Perrault garnered the most attention. The 1 Timer very simply in a league of their own on this particular night.At no point did the Excalibur pose any sort of threat except for perhaps a couple of minutes in the second encounter. But even though they made it close by cutting the lead in half, the 1 Timer didn't take long to respond and distance themselves on a pair of quick goals. In addition to their explosive offense, the defensive part was equally impressive with F.Koch holding the fort in net. The net minder was sharp once again allowing only one goal in each of the two games.
(8)1 Timer vs Excalibur (1)
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Guye-Perrault of the 1 Timer. J.Guye-Perrault closed off a very productive night posting two hat tricks in a pair of convincing wins over the Excalibur.
Thursday July 25
Family use simple game plan to get in the win column
It may not have happened in the first game, but the Family eventually got it right soon after to finally hit their first win of the season. Their method was simple and it worked as they out ran a depleted line up. That kind of ball possession is usually a question of time for the game to tilt into one direction. The Family used a huge late first period goal by R.Guggenburger to even the score. Then, by the mid way point of the ensuing frame, K.DiLallo gained control on a big go ahead marker. The Left Over's did elevate their game in hopes of equalising the score but kept getting denied by M.Mascitto. K.Miraldo and M.Kardum had productive performances as both players collected three points each for the Left Over's.
(1)The Family vs Left Over's(3)
(1)Left Over's vs The Family(3)
Captain J.Kontitsis comes through in the clutch twice for the HBHA Seniors
The HBHA Seniors capped off a perfect night and in large part due to their captain. J.Kontitsis had a major hand in both wins versus National. After netting the winner in the opening contest, J.Kontitsis had more to show for in the next encounter where he scored once while setting up M.Pololos for the game winning goal. Despite their short bench, endurance didn't seem to be an issue for a team with only one change up. The HBHA Seniors know how to conserve their energy and when to apply it .Both wins came with their ability to defend well, getting exceptional goaltending-from E.Parent and timely goals.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs National (2)
(2)National vs HBHA Seniors (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Mascitto of the Family. After going half a season without a win, the Family were finally able to celebrate it thanks to their net minder.
Thursday July 25
(5)SBS Trashers vs Fatal Demons (4) S.O
SBS Trashers pull it off without major pieces
Considering the circumstances, the SBS Trashers did something remarkable on Thursday night by edging out a desperate Fatal Demons team in a shootout. Not bad for a team without significant components missing-from their line up. The SBS Trashers gained control of their destiny to punching a ticket into the post season. G.Bampos came through as the only player to score during the shootout. And with that extra point, the standings just got complicated for the Fatal Demons, who will need to tweak their game moving forward if they plan on going anywhere. M.Panarello had a monster night collecting three points in the win. To their help, S.Sauk came in as a last second addition and did not disappoint making enough spectacular saves.
(8)United Armenians vs Job on Demand (5)
Arms light fire in third thanks to Y.Derohannessian
Y.Derohannessian notched a third period hat trick to break open a tie game to lead his team to an important victory over the Job on Demand. It's usually not the formula you want to work with on only three change ups but that didn't matter considering the Job on Demand were short as well. Derohannessian had already tallied in the first period before completing an impressive four goal performance. The win helps put the United Armenians in a playoff spot with a one point cushion over the basement dwellers Fatal Demons.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Yerik Derohannessian of the United Armenians. The highly skilled forward was definitely feeling it on this night providing four goals to help lead his club to victory.
Wednesday July 24
(6)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (3)
Knights pull away in third to hand Mighty Drunks a 6-3 loss
C.Durante netted the game winner and the Knights used three third period goals to down the Mighty Drunks on Wednesday night. For two straight periods neither side had an edge trading the same amount of goals. By sticking to their game plan, the Knights found a way to be better scoring twice in a short span. A.Jalilvand tallied twice and added the helper on Durante's winner. The Mighty Drunks assembled some last second bodies to floor a decent team. Despite the lack of chemistry, they still fared well keeping it very close. S.Sicuso may have arguably been their best player bagging two goals and an assist.
(1)Carnage vs Bramabulls(5)
Bramabulls breathe easy on three third period goals
Even though they led 2-0 after two periods, the Bramabulls still felt that Carnage was hanging in there. That was up until they decided to pull away on three third period markers. Much of the credit was attributed to S.Liparota and A.Moffa as both players turned it up a notch combining for six points. Carnage, although struggled to find the back of the net got some satisfaction when D.Xiarchos spoiled G.Follano's shutout with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Liparota. After leading 2-0 heading into the third period, S.Liparota broke the game wide open riffling two markers and a helper.
Monday July 22
Nick Gilberts leads Venom by example again
There is no debate that within the Venom roster that it all starts with N.Gilbert. Venoms possession and the transition game are at its top and N.Gilbert keys them. By reading the play the way he does, the skilled d-man had a field day in his clubs two wins over the Fatal Demons. After scoring twice and setting up a late marker in the opening game, Gilbert continued to deliver in the second match participating in all four goals. The key factors for the two wins came due to a quick start. The Fatal Demons play to their strengths when being up. Unfortunately, they found themselves down early and never really recuperated to get back into it. J.DeSua scored twice in the first contest and M.Trivisonno was nearly flawless allowing only J.Palmitano to get the better of him.
(1)Fatal Demons vs Venom (6)
(4)Venom vs Fatal Demons (0)
A.Porfido far-from being done
Even at this stage in his career, A.Porfido still has the play making skills and a high hockey IQ to help out his current club. The Dragons were able to celebrate two wins with A.Porfido being a noticeable reason why. With the help of E.Girourad's game winner on a feed-from Pordido along with P.Assadi denying all 15 shots his way, the Dragons took the opener by a slight 2-0 margin. Shortly after, Porfido showed what he is still capable of. Four out of the five Dragons goals all came thanks to A.Porfido being involved one way or another. More noticeably, the veteran snapped a late 3-3 tie before feeding a yawning cage to secure another victory. The Dragons played both games extremely smart with only changes to their line up.
(2)Dragons vs Excalibur (0)
(3)Excalibur vs Dragons (5)
Captain J.Constantin has monster night for Les Unknown
There is no question that the Unknowns captain stood out on Monday night. J.Constantin was his clubs offensive catalyst, especially in the first encounter leading his club on a hat trick. After taking a convincing 5-0 win, Les Unknown remained in full force heading into the next encounter. And again, J.Constantin continued-from where he left off adding three more points to his total. The 50 in 07 struggled to get much going on this night and only got on board when S.Raydan finally got to M.Chamoun. Throughout both games, Les Unknown controlled most of the play resulting in a pair of easy wins.
(5)Les Unknown vs 50 in 07(0)
(1)50 in 07 vs Les Unknown (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Angelo Porfido of the Dragons. In a game that could have gone either way, A.Porfido was able to decide it late on his fifth point of the night.
Monday July 15
Venom top 50 in 07 in lopsided wins
It didn't take long for Venom to dictate the pace. Only eight minutes and change had gone by for them to build a comfortable 5-1 lead. J.Parisella connected twice early on before completing his hat trick in the second period. Knowing that the ensuing match was going to be just as difficult, the 50 in 07 hoped to address a better start. Unfortunately, much of what had just happened translated into the second game. Venom used five unanswered goals by the first to put the night to rest. Once again, Parisella wasn't to be denied adding two more tallies. N.Gilbert and J.Vinet were also productive as both players combined for a total of eleven points in both games.
(2)50 in 07 vs Venom (8)
(7)Venom vs 50 in 07(2)
1 Timer doomed by penalty trouble
Everything about the 1 Timers game was going in accordance to plan, except for one area. By visiting the penalty box in three occasions, the opportunity was missed in order to squeeze out a split with the Punishers. The Punishers comeback was led on three straight power play markers on scoring efforts-from three different players. A.Laramee was the one to snap a 3-3 tie giving the Punishers their first lead of the night. Still, the 1 Timer had another shot at redeeming themselves but did not have the luxury of playing with the lead. After a scoreless opening frame, A.Kobayati and P.Arkalis each found the back of the net for the Punishers which forced the 1 Timer to respond. T.Daigneault did cut the lead in half but the tally came to late leaving only 15 seconds on the clock.
(1)1 Timer vs Punishers (5)
(2)Punishers vs 1 Timer (1)
A.Fonrose lifts Excalibur to 2-1 shootout win
In what was a dead heat low scoring battle, A.Fonrose`s shootout goal decided matters in the opening contest. The Excalibur only got on board later in the second frame when S.St-Louis finally got to Z.Sistosis. The Golden Boys went dry on their two shootout attempts unable to solve S.Sauk. Similar to the first encounter, the second one saw both sides keep it close trading only one goal. The only difference was that the Excalibur struck first thanks to the very same S.St-Louis. S.Sauk and Z.Sistotsis were solid in net giving every chance possible for their side to excel.
(1)Golden Boys vs Excalibur (2) S.O
(1)Excalibur vs Golden Boys (1)
Les Unknown show no lack of energy with only 5 players
Whether it was the lack of a killer instinct-from the Dragons or that Les Unknown just played it smart neither side probably expected this kind of an ending. Les Unknown had only one change up and somehow found most of their energy by the last period of the second game. It was by then where they took over the match collecting five goals that saw A.Henein do something remarkable by bagging a hat trick. Granted, the Dragons were also without three significant pieces but still had the body count over their opponent. A.Porfido helped provide the win in the opening game on a pair of goals and an assist. Despite dropping the second encounter, P.Cardillo was a force accumulating three points that included two goals.
(3)Les Unknown vs Dragons (5)
(3)Dragons vs Les Unknown (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. The net minder was in superb form allowing only a total of two goals all night that included a pair of stops during the shootouts.
Thursday July 11
(3)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (8)
J.Mandracchia making it look easy, nets 4 goals and 6 points
It didn't take long for the Smooth Sailors top centre man to get things going. As little as three minutes had gone by when J.Mandracchia notched a pair of goals lifting the Smooth Sailors to a commanding lead. The game may have appeared to be headed as an easy night for the Smooth Sailors, but that was cut to rest when J.Courteau and Y.Gazura responded to even the score, at least till that point. The Smooth Sailors eventually hit a scoring burst by the second period on three unanswered goals. Up 6-2 heading into the third period, J.Mandracchia hit his target for a fourth time as part of a six point performance. C.Fragkiudakis helped set up his clubs first three goals before adding one by the end of the second period.
(6)SBS Trashers vs United Armenians (7)
Y.Derohannessian 4 goal surge sinks the SBS Trashers
Y.Derohannesian provided all the offense and on the strength of a four goal performance to propel the United Armenians to an important 7-6 victory. The result puts the United Armenians in the win column to keep their playoff aspirations alive. Momentum took its turns with the SBS Trashers eventually overcoming a 3-0 deficit. With a huge third period ahead, E.Panzera and J.Desmarais each scored their second to level the game at six goals apiece. But with the game winding down to its final moments, Y.Derohannessian couldn't be denied for a fourth time. A.Papazian was vital to the win as well providing four assists in which Derohannessian benefited three times.
(3)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (8)
C.Gingras's greatness on full display versus the Fatal Demons
A player who barley misses detail, who possesses an iron will to match his incredible skill is doing everything in his power to grab it. After a quiet first period, the Job on Demands go to man was ready. By the time the second period ended, C.Gingras scored twice while setting up Y.Gazura for a perfect one timer. The Fatal Demons were still very much in striking distance of this contest when A.Zarzour narrowed the gap to only one tally. Then, minutes later, the script repeated itself with Gingras posting a hat trick. Considering that the Job on Demand played only an hour earlier in difficult conditions, the energy levels were still in full force as they finished stronger than their opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the United Armenians. With the game on the line, Y.Derohannessian is a player that the United Armenians look to. Tonight was a perfect example of it as the crafty forward sparked four goals that included a very late winner.
Wednesday July 10
(5)Carnage vs Knights (6) S.O
A.Jalilvand lone shootout marker favours Knights
Both teams had to go the entire distance despite trading five goals apiece. And after a scoreless overtime period, a shootout was required to see if anyone was to prevail. In these situations, goaltenders are often the ones to decide the outcome. S.Sauk did his part stopping all three attempts-from Carnage while A.Jalilvand was the lone player to score during the breakaways. The Knights did play with some fire finding themselves four times in a shorthanded situation but managed to kill it off every single time. S.Ruggiero scored twice for the Knights while J.Melo was the most productive player for Carnage collecting three points.
(6)Bramabulls vs Mighty Drunks (2)
Bramabulls overcome a difficult challenge to remain undefeated
Any concern that the Bramabulls were going to lose this game was put to rest after a third period explosion. The Bramabulls erupted with five third period goals in the third in which two came off the power play. J.Palmitano used his second to level the game early in the final frame before capping off his hat trick late in the period. The Mighty Drunks actually led 2-0 at one point and carried a slight 2-1 lead heading into the third where they ran into all sorts of problems. The one are that doomed them was a five minute major penalty. It was clear and evident that the lengthy infraction tilted the match the other way. The Bramabulls, although took the contest, faced some real adversity versus the Might Drunks. If not for the penalty, the result may have been different.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Knights. By denying three straight shootout attempts, the net minder enabled his club to edge out Carnage in a wild finish.
Monday July 8
(0)Black Knights vs River Rats (3)
P-O Girouard shuts the door, Lastoria sores 2 as River Rats Blank Knights
Led by M.Lastoria's two goals and a potent supporting cast, the River Rats played a perfect game against their rival. The River Rats did an excellent job stopping the Black Knights juggernaut in its track. Perhaps a major reason for it was the play of P-O Girouard, who was solid keeping his cage protected throughout the entire time. By getting both their goals-from M.Lastoria in the first period, the River Rats played to their strengths tightening up defensively forcing the Black Knights to open up and take chances. As the game continued to progress the Black Knights frustrations kept increasing unable to get at least one by Girouard. It's not often that they'll go without a goal but that's all attributed to how well the River Rats played on this night.
(4)Punishers vs All Blacks (2)
Punishers third lead finally sticks in double up win over All Blacks
The Punishers showed that they know how to respond in order to edge out the All Blacks. After taking their third lead of the night, they finally got it right by shutting the door the rest of the way. Granted, it isn't the easiest thing to keep C.Ghilarducci from-making an impact as the talented d-man responded twice with an equaliser for the All Blacks. It was only shortly after Ghilarducci's second goal that P.Nahkle regained the lead for the Punishers, who never looked back closing out the third and final frame. During that time, N.Mackeen beared most of the responsibility and lived up to it by denying every shot his way. A.Stamiris would eventually cap of a hard fought battle on a very late marker. As it's been their theme so far this season, the Punishers like to rely on everyone pulling their, and tonight was another example of it as four different players took turns finding the back of the net.
Tuesday July 9
(6)GK vs River Rats(4)
GK Primed for what's ahead
T.Lord scored twice, S.Hrivnak was credited the winner and the GK came out on top of a 6-4 slugfest with the River Rats. Both sides felt like opening g it up which isn't the wisest thing to do versus a team like the GK. The River Rats felt they had nothing to lose and decided to go for it without key pieces to their line up. And to their credit, they hung in there for a very long time. Four different players scored in the loss that saw M.Detorre set up Marco Diaco and J.Morina. The GK entered this contest on a deep roster purposely in preparation to next week's National tournament where they'll aim for only one thing in mind.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the River Rats. The River Rats net minder helped deliver a message that he won't often be beat, especially against a rival opponent.
Monday July 8
A pair of quick starts favours Unknown versus Excalibur
Les Unknown rode a pair of quick starts and never looked back. By coming out on fire and dominating most of the early action, the Excalibur were stuck going up against a sound defensive side .A.Henein scored twice in the opening game while A.Farha duplicated his teammates efforts in the ensuing match. Y.St-Georges collected two points out of his clubs three goals. In both games, Les Unknown needed only eight minutes to build a 3-0 lead. After that, they shut the door for most of the way resulting in six clean points to the standings.
(2)Excalibur vs Les Unknown (4)
(4)Les Unknown vs Excalibur (1)
Missed opportunity for Fatal Demons go empty handed
While the first game wasn't worth talking about, the Fatal Demons will be looking back at a missed opportunity in the second match after a crushing defeat. The game was deadlocked 1-1 after one period, and the Fatal Demons blew a 5 vs 3 power play chance only to give up a shorthanded goal instead. J.Parisella pounced on a loose ball to put Venom in front. There wasn't much time afterwards for Venom to kill off the few seconds remaining on both penalties. Then, only moments later, J.Vinet took over the match adding his second goal and third point in an empty net. Prior to this contest, A.Daher, J.Parisella and N.Gilbert did most of the damage netting two goals apiece.
(7)Venom vs Fatal Demons (3)
(1)Fatal Demons vs Venom (4)
Charles-Thomas Perrault puts on an offensive clinic for the 1 Timer
The tempo for C.T Perrault was set right out of the gate. Perrault and his line mates were buzzing, pinning the Golden Boys in their own end which lasted for long stretches in the two games. When it was all said and done, C-T Perrault led all players posting back to back hat tricks in what was an exceptional eight point performance. In addition to his onslaught, P-A Surprenant also netted a hat trick in the first game while T.Daigneault chipped in with a pair. Daigneault wasn't done yet adding two more goals and a pair of helpers in the second match. The Golden Boys did have a good jump to their night winning the first period 3-2. Then, it all fell apart as the 1 Timer took over on seven unanswered goals. Much of that momentum carried over in the second contest where F.Koch allowed only one goal en route to a 6-1 win.
(9)1 Timer vs Golden Boys (3)
(1)Golden Boys vs 1 Timer (6)
Lack of scoring keeps Degenerates in basement
With a bottom of the division, low scoring track record, the Degenerates will need to find solutions quickly on if they plan to visit the post season. It's not like they aren't generating chances. The problem is that they don't have the finishing touch to try and squeak out some victories. The case was made in both their losses to the Dragons where they couldn't capitalise on several occasions. However, the same couldn't be said for the Dragons, who have two threats to their line up. E.Girouard showed it in the first game by riffling a pair while S.Robineault followed up in the second encounter with the same performance. Both players combined for eight points which is something normal for the dynamic duo. After giving up three goals in the opening contest, P.Assadi faced 15 shots in the second match to record a shutout.
(3)Degenerates vs Dragons (5)
(3)Dragons vs Degenerates (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Charles-Thomas Perrault of the 1 Timer. There was no question that the 1 Timer's D-man was feeling it on this night. After netting a hat trick in the first game, Perrault wasn't done yet collecting a second straight hat trick as part of an eight point performance.
Thursday July 4
Sneaky S. Laplante sets the tone for National
All it took was a couple of brilliant plays by S.Laplante, and National was able to take the opener with the Left Over's. The clever defenseman timed his runs on two occasions where he was able to riffle off a pair on a defenceless net minder. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Left Over's made it a point to battle harder in the next encounter. The message was sent loud and clear as they made plenty happen only to run into a rock between the pipes. M.Croteau was simply that good denying high end opportunities. As the Left Over's tried to get on board, National would eventually time their chances and slowly build a lead. M.Pinheiro nodded a pair, E.Ferlatte and O.Meilleur combined for four points and M.Croteau was stellar collecting a pair of wins in his season debut.
(3)National vs Left Over's (1)
(1)Left Over's vs National (4)
HBHA Seniors pull away in second period to never look back
V.Teoli helped his team get a positive result after a solid opening frame. The net minder never once flinched keeping his guard high between the pipes. And while he did his part, the Family couldn't provide him with a lead. Eventually, the HBHA Seniors would crack the barrier and the Family saw a slight deficit turn into an onslaught. J.Kontitsis made an immediate impact posting two goals while C.Stavriadis shut the door to earn a shutout. The Family would have another chance to even the score after a tough ending. They did manage to get on board early when A.Perrault finally got to Stavriadis. But with P.Lapointe responding with back to back tallies, much of this contest resembled the previous one. The HBHA Seniors had another monster second half of the game running up the score on four more tallies. Once again, the captain made his presence felt as J.Kontitsis added two more goals to his piggy bank. K.Koutsogiannopoulos, although didn't find the back of the net was behind making six out of his clubs eleven goals happen.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (0)
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. On two timely occasions, S.Laplante jumped in netting back to back tallies that ultimately made the difference in the first encounter with the Left Over's.
Thursday June 27
Division leaders split to remain on top of the standings
Till this point, neither the HBHA Seniors nor the Left Over's have tasted defeat. This contest was a perfect indicator to see how they would match up against one another. The Left Over's did take the first encounter in what was expected to be a close game. Y.Leroux and G.DeMarinis each scored and G.Platanitis had all but 55 seconds to kill off to record a shutout. Clearly, the ensuing match was to have a similar type of result for how both sides played. However, this time the HBHA Seniors were able to return the favour and split the miniseries with the Left Over's. J.Bolonakis pounced on a loose ball late in the first period to provide his club their first lead of the night. That goal left the challenge to see if the Left Over's could overcome a deficit versus a team that know how to close out any opponent. And despite getting their fair share of chances, the Left Over's couldn't get there in time. P.Doulis was able to put the HBHA Seniors up 3-1 on a goal that ultimately stuck for the winner.
(2)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (1)
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Bolanakis of the HBHA Seniors. Often timing is everything, and J.Bolanakis couldn't have scored his goal at a better moment during the night. After giving his club their first lead, J.Bolanakis wasn't done yet by providing an assist on P.Doulis's game winner.
Thursday July 4
(1)United Armenians vs Legacy (8)
Legacy power their way past United Armenians
The United Armenians were hemmed in their own zone for a large part of the game, and never really found a point to give themselves an emotional lift. It didn't help that they had to go up against a structured and talented group of guys. Despite all that, they held their own for a decent portion of the game. But as time passed on, Legacy would eventually open up the flood gates. P.Doulis notched his second on the power play and the court kept tilting in only one direction. T.Bozinakis set up three markers before capping the night off with a pair of insurance goals. The United Armenians did strike first very early on courtesy of A.Melkounian but that was all they got by F.Baratta.
(7)Job on Demand vs SBS Trashers(5)
Job on Demand rock Trashers in second period
It took only a short period of time for the Job on Demand to dictate the pace of this game. The SBS Trashers fell flat and got themselves in trouble giving up two power play goals. By the time the second period ended, this game was over and done with. J.Pantelis and J.Courteau shared a pair of goals each and P.Assadi came out on top in a crazy back and forth battle with R.Pampena. The SBS Trashers knew that they had to keep it close in order to have a chance with many key elements absent-from their line up. One area they'll look back at is in the second period where they gave up consecutive power play goals. Despite the loss, E.Panzera had a solid outing accumulating three points while Joe Scalia hasn't missed a beat striking twice.
(2)United Armenians vs Fatal Demons (10)
Double header night catches up to the United Armenians
The Fatal Demons entered this game full aware for how important it was to finally pick up some points. They have yet to taste victory and couldn't have picked a better moment to get on board. Knowing that the United Armenians had played prior, the Fatal Demons used their three lines to constantly wear down their opponent. And although the score may suggest a very lop sided affair, this contest only opened up towards the second half of the game. All three lines contributed offensively with M.Kardum leading the way on three goals that included the winner. The win may feel nice for P.Santullo and his troops, but plenty of work is still to be done if they plan on competing with the big boys.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the Job on Demand. The skilled forward made plenty happen, setting up two teammates while nodding a pair of key tallies in a 7-5 win over the SBS Trashers.
Hockey Quebec is proud of all our Champions and Teams.
Shout out to Mike Richard and the River Rats B Division.Gabi Missakian and the United Arms C Division.Raghav Mohan and Ray Mohan and the Bengals C Division.Anthony Di Perna and the Bramabulls D Division.Joseph Constantin and the Unknown D Division.You guys represented us well.
To the Winners a well played tournament from start to finish great job on bringing home a Medal.
Congratulations to Danh Nguyen and GK for winning B Gold.
Congratulations to Peter Chiotis and the Punishers on winning C Gold.
Congratulations to Ryan Handfield and the A's on winning D Gold.
Congratulations to Tony Iannitto and Black Knights on winning B Silver.
Congratulations to François Chalut and Mathieu Lefebvre and the Capitals on winning C Silver.
Congratulations to Phil Kotsornithis and Eric Panzera and the SBS Slayers on winning D Bronze.
In closing just want to take this moment to thank all Captains, Coaches, Players and Staff who took the time to represent Quebec at this years Nationals in Montreal and also a big thank you to the host Hockey Balle Québec / Ball Hockey Quebec and Canadian Ball Hockey Association for putting on a great tournament.
2019 Adult National Championships- Mens A, Womens A, Masters Mens (40+) and Masters Womens (35+)2019-08-06
Here is the schedule of the upcoming games. The link for the live streaming to be determined.
Tuesday July 2
(5)GK vs Black Knights (3)
Depleted Black Knights battle till the end in close loss to GK
Nearly every aspect of their game prompted the Black knights to have a chance against a deep and structured opponent expect for one, and that was the penalty kill. Throughout most of the match, the Black Knights did the smart thing of avoiding the penalty box, but that was up until the latter stages of the game. T.Phan responded in the third period tying the game for the GK. Then, minutes later, the Black Knights found themselves down two men which can only cause can recipe for disaster against the GK. As most would expect, somebody would eventually come through to snap the tie. M.David was that player collecting his second point leaving six minutes on the clock. Unfortunately for the Black Knights, they just didn't have enough in them to equalise the score. Capping off the night was P.Genereaux on an empty net marker. GK relied on balanced scoring that saw five different players find the back of the net. Both sides made some adjustments improving their roster. The GK will look to S.Lachapelle and T.Lord for some more depth while K.Duplin ,A.St-Denis and P.Cherry all played for a first time as well for the Black Knights.
(2)Punishers vs River Rats(1)
C.Stavriadis shines as Punishers edge out River Rats
The Punishers goaltender turned away several good chances while making plenty of key saves in a close 2-1 win over the River Rats. The Punishers wasted no time getting to P-O Girouard, who couldn't deny C.Gingras. They did however respond by the mid way point of the contest courtesy of M.Cerone. For how close both sides were playing each other, the next goal proved to be valuable. It took only four minutes after Cerone tied it for A.Kakivelis to strike and regain the lead for the Punishers. Still, time wasn't an issue with plenty of it left over. But for how sound the Punishers were defending and with Stavriadis remaining focused, the River Rats kept feeling the frustrations in their inability to level.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Punishers. Expect for one time, the River Rats didn't seem to have much of a solution on how to solve Stavriadis. Clearly, net minding proved to be the difference in this heated battle between the two sides.
Monday July 1
Venom get a boost-from their active d-man F.Labrecque
Venom's hot streak continued on Monday night, and in large part due to their active defenseman in F.Labrecque. He doesn't always just make the first play, he makes the first play if it's a smart play. If not, he holds onto the ball and other guys are going to get open. In both wins versus Les Unknown, F.Labrecque had a major influence. He collected three points in the first encounter while doing the same in the ensuing match providing three straight vital points to guarantee the win. Venom did have their hands full on this night against a very resilient opponent. Les Unknown played them extremely hard with M.Morin and B.Cabral leading the charge as both players participated in all four goals.
(1)Les Unknown vs Venom (5)
(5)Venom vs Les Unknown (3)
J.Fisch hands of magic gets the better of the Degenerates
The 50 in 07 won only their second game of the season with a combination of skill and hustle. J.Fisch was the magician posting up a pair of beautiful goals while the rest of his teammates provided the effort. After taking the first match by a slight 3-2 margin, the 50 in 07 found themselves in a huge bind by the five minute mark of the second period where they trailed 4-1. But with still enough time left over, a miracle finish was in the making. The Degenerates had all but one minute carrying a two goal lead along with an empty net to feed to return the favour and split the mini series. Instead, they let it slip away. S.Petreccia scored to pull his team within one, and with only four seconds remaining, M.Sanchez celebrated a huge goal to force the match into a shootout. Even though it came as a difficult ending, the Degenerates did salvage some grace in the end by taking the shootout. J-P Bertrand was the only player to score on a crafty back hand move.
(3)50 in 07 vs Degenerates (2)
(5)Degenerates vs 50 in 07(4) S.O
Scoring by committee leads 1 Timer to a pair of wins over Fatal Demons
Surely, the 1 Timer were extremely pleased with their overall effort after it was said and done versus the Fatal Demons. The players liked the way many of their goals were engineered, digging for loose balls, winning corner battles, the fluid defence jumping in and everyone hungry for rebounds. T.Daigneault opened and closed the scoring while C.Gagnon-Ethier provided three straight points en route to a 5-0 win. In addition to the victory, F.Koch was without a doubt in his comfort zone denying all 14 shots he faced. The Fatal Demons, despite displaying one of their worse efforts, still had a chance to salvage their night. And even though the effort was drastically improved, the end result was still the same. The 1 Timer used a good first period that eventually proved to make the difference. P-A Surprenant came through just at the right time snapping a late 3-3 tie.
(5)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons (0)
(3)Fatal Demons vs 1 Timer (4)
Short bench catches up to Punishers
Playing with only five players is just a recipe for disaster. But to the Punishers credit, they did what they needed to do. By the time the 6:31 minute mark hit, the Punishers stormed to a 3-0 lead which enabled them to play to their liking. That cushion was just what the doctor ordered. It was now up to the Golden Boys in order to get their act together and battle back. The problem was that they had to go up against a team that decided to put it in shutdown mode. The Punishers had the luxury of just playing back while relying on N.Mackeen to make the basis saves. The second game had a similar start with the Punishers taking charge building a 3-1 lead after one period. Unfortunately, they eventually ran out of steam, and the Golden Boys kept taking advantage of the situation. S.Rigas was the catalyst behind the comeback as the skilled forward provided three out of his clubs four goals to record a hat trick. Considering the circumstances, the Punishers were pleased taking four out of a possible six points. S.Rigas had a monster night notching his clubs lone shootout marker as did K.Tsoukalas for the Punishers.
(1)Golden Boys vs Punishers (3)
(5)Punishers vs Golden Boys (5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Fisch of the 50 in 07. In a few occasions, the forward demonstrated some high end skill using his sweet hands that resulted in three goals and a helper.
Thursday June 27
(6)Legacy vs Job on Demand (4)
Fatal Demons pummelled by Sailors in one sided affair
By controlling most of the game, the Smooth Sailors put on a goal scoring clinic pouncing on plenty of opportunities that eventually resulted in a landslide. The Fatal Demons lack of speed compared to their opponent was apparent-from the get go. At times, the Smooth Sailors made it look easy as the Fatal Demons simply couldn't keep up with the coverage. Apart-from M.Testolina scoring twice, five different players took turns finding the back of the net. However, Testolina did more than just score as the spark plug helped set up three teammates. M.Destounis and S.Ruggiero provided the little offense in the loos as the only two players to figure out M.Gravano.
(6)Legacy vs Job on Demand(4)
Slow start bites Job on Demand
The Job on Demand came out flat or Legacy was just better prepared after a quick 3-0 lead. Whatever the reasons, it's not the start you want against a team like Legacy. But to the Job on Demands credit, this game was far-from being over. C.Gingras used a third period power play goal and all of a sudden the Job on Demand were one shot away-from tying the game. Even with desperation kicking in for the Job on Demand, Legacy remained composed and played out the clock like a team that's been there many times before. And just to play it safe, T.Bozinakis provided a two goal cushion ensuring the win. J.Rochon and A.Stamiris each had a productive night posting two goals apiece for Legacy while J.Courteau did the same but on the flip side of the court.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of Legacy. The Legacy d-man had three points including the game winner to merit the honour.
Wednesday June 26
(11)Bramabulls vs Knights (1)
Bramabulls hit Knights with an onslaught of offense
The Bramabulls entered the night with high intensity, something that they have been doing-from the start of the season. They took the first period on two quick goals and eventually separated themselves from-the Knights on a massive second period onslaught. D.Verta's back to back goals by the second frame convinced both sides that this contest was headed in only one direction. Clearly, the Knights felt demoralised in the second half lowering their compete level in what felt like a lost cause. But for the Bramabulls, they just went about their own business running up the score. J.Palmitano took over with a pair of consecutive markers before capping off the night on a hat trick. If not for M.E Julien solving him, G.Follano would have picked up a shutout on 21 shots that he faced.
(6)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (5)
Carnage take over in third period to edge out Mighty Drunks
Carnage were victorious thanks to a three goal outburst in the third. The Mighty Drunks felt good about their game being up 4-3 after two frames. Unfortunately, they couldn't play well enough for three periods. R.DiMarco was undoubtedly a big reason why Carnage escaped with the extra three points. After tying the game early in the final frame, DiMarco wasn't done yet, adding his second later in the frame with a goal that ultimately held up for the winner. Despite many things going on during this particular game, the Mighty Drunks will look back on a missed opportunity where they had a chance to increase their lead by two on a power play chance. Instead, Carnage was able to tally shorthanded to keep the game very close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Robert DiMarco of Carnage. In what was a very close battle with the Mighty Drunks, M.DiMarco came in the clutch posting two very big third period goals.
Tuesday June 25
Super sniper A.Laramee feeling it on this night
It was another night and another goal barrage by the Punishers. By the time both games ended, the Punishers finished with eleven goals that saw A.Laramee net five. The 50 in 07 kept it close in the early stages but weren't able to keep up by the second period where they gave up four unanswered goals. They did manage to find their scoring touch by the second game with the help of J.Fisch riffling a pair. But with the Punishers jumping off to the better start, the 50 in 07 found themselves battling-from behind throughout the entire match unable to catch up in time. A.Sarigiannis contributed heavily striking twice as part of a seven point performance.
(5)Punishers vs 50 in 07(1)
(4)50 in 07 vs Punishers (6)
Dragons get their act together in a pair of wins
As the regular season keeps rolling along, the Dragons have yet to feel consistent about their overall game. Tonight's two convincing wins may help them turn the corner with more regularity. The problem however is how long can a good thing last. For now, they'll be glad that every aspect of their game worked out. Leading the charge up front was R.Robineault, who scored twice in both games. And while offense wasn't an issue, P.Assadi was just as impressive allowing one goal on 25 shots. Other notables include A.Porfido and G.DeMarinis as both players were able to bury a pair. The only bright spot for the Golden Boys came by the second encounter when S.Rigas was able to spoil P.Assadi's shutout.
(6)Dragons vs Golden Boys (0)
(1)Golden Boys vs Dragons (4)
Venom going about their business versus helpless Degenerates
The Degenerates understood what was ahead of them, and despite trying to keeping it close, Venom was simply too strong. Good players will always find ways to score and Venom have plenty of them that can hurt you on any given night. The first game saw newly added A.Daher take immediate command on three goals while J.Parisella followed up with a pair as part of a 7-3 victory. Much of the second encounter was a reflection of the first with Venom dictating the pace. A.Daher continued-from where he left off adding two mare tallies to his total. On the flip side of the court, S.Marricco also had an influence in his season debut as the sniper collected four points that included three goals.
(7)Venom vs Degenerates (3)
(1)Degenerates vs Venom (5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alec Laramee of the Punishers. In both wins versus the 50 in 07, A.Laramee kept reminding everyone how scoring goals is second nature to the sniper.
Tuesday June 25
(5)Black Knights vs River Rats(4)
T.Maltais gets final say in heated battle
It was a game that featured everything you would expect between two bitter rivals. From-the get go, both sides were off to the races which required every single minute till the end in order to declare a winner. Fortunately for the Black Knights, T.Maltais played the hero on this night, snapping a fairly late 4-4 tie right after the River Rats fought hard to even the score. The contest saw the lead shift four times with the River Rats striking very early courtesy of their captain M.Richards. As expected, the penalty box proved to be busy as both teams combined for at least 30 penalty minutes. Out of the nine combined goals, no player was able to score more than one tally. J-F Di Iorio did have the most points for the Black Knights scoring once along with a pair of helpers while J.Mandracchia did the same but in a losing cause.
(4)GK vs All Blacks(1)
GK Stifle All Blacks
One thing you don't want to do is play-from behind against a team like the GK. The All Blacks, although understood this, were unable to get that first needed goal in order to have a chance. Then, just to make matters worse, T.Pham struck early in the second period and this contest felt like it was lost for the All Blacks. The GK used three straight goals while getting a near flawless performance by M.Dauphinais. The only thing left over for the net minder was to record a shutout. Unfortunately, that was taken away when P.Beliveau finally got the All Blacks on board by the six minute mark of the third period. Despite the amount of time left over, the GK weren't letting this one slip away. K.Kuczmarski eventually sealed it late in the game. Prior to that goal, S.Lachapelle had his hand in every play leading to that moment as the forward participated in three straight markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Lachapelle of the GK. After striking first to get the ball rolling, Lachapelle was responsible for making two more goals happen thanks to a pair of assists.
Thursday June 20
(5)SBS Trashers vs Smooth Sailors(7)
M.Testolina third period hat trick leads Smooth Sailors past SBS Trashers
M.Testolina notched a third period hat trick to break open a close game leading his team to victory. The SBS Trashers found themselves in an early bind due to their goaltender R.Pampena showing up late. Unable to get a proper warm up going, Pampena gave up two quick goals and the SBS Trashers just dug themselves in an even deeper hole. To their credit, they did manage to eventually even the score when F.Gentile tied the game early in the second period. That momentum however was cut short in less than two minutes with the Smooth Sailors captain J.Palmitano regaining the lead. Then, the M.Testolina show took place in the final frame, and the Smooth Sailors were able to escape with the victory thanks to his fourth goal of the contest.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Legacy(10)
Legacy pulls away in second half of the game
Considering how the game was going, the Fatal Demons felt content staying neck in neck with a superior hockey team. That was up until the second portion of the game happened. Once Payam Assadi scored on the power play to make it 3-1, the night was done for the Fatal Demons. Eight out of their ten goals all came as of that point on. Unfortunately for the Fatal Demons, they just couldn't stop the bleeding. Payam Assadi led all teammates in the goal scoring department riffling four past R.Ranieri. Next in line saw S.Robineault bury a pair while four other players took turns finding the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Testolina of the Smooth Sailors. With the game on the line, the Smooth Sailors spark plug went on a third period rampage bagging three out of his four goals.
Wednesday June 19
(7)Bramabulls vs Carnage (3)
Bramabulls use late second period bombardment to top Carnage
For the most part, Carnage appeared to be up for the task playing with the lead while showing plenty of determination for nearly two periods. That was up until the Bramabulls used the last five minutes of the second period to turn things around on three consecutive goals. The Bramabulls were led as usual by some of their big guns as J.Palmitano, B.Sansotta and M.Maggiore each scored twice. R.DiMarco did give some hope after riffling his second goal and third point on the power play for Carnage. Unfortunately, a two goal deficit-from that point on was too much of a hill to climb against a stubborn Bramabulls defence and solid net minder in G.Follano.
(10)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (8)
Nines are wild in high scoring affair
It's not often players on opposite sides complement each other on an individual scoring fest. M.Pinheiro of the Mighty Drunks and S.St-Louis of the Knights had two things in common after it was all said and done. Both players were able to hit their targets five times while carrying the same number nine behind their shirts. And while the two were significant for their team's offense, the Mighty Drunks had that little extra on the side to get them over the top. In addition to Pinheiro's output, the Mighty Drunks also had Y.Dube cause fits for the opposing net minder. The skilled forward used three straight goals at key moments during the match to edge out the Knights.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Maggiore of the Bramabulls. After a slow start to their night, M.Maggiore took charge mounting the comeback on three straight points that included two goals.
Wednesday June 12
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Bramabulls (4)
Early start not enough for Bramabulls to put the game away, need strong third period.
A strong start to game put the Bramabulls in a very good position going into the second period. G. Nehme and M. Testolina each took advantage of the opposition to find the back of the net. As the game progressed the Mighty Drunks made sure to remind everyone the game is not over until the final buzzer as they got some much needed offensive help from Y. Dube and P. Paikopoulos. It was only a matter of time for the Bramabulls offensive weapons to wake up and retake control and strong play from G. Follano to shut the door the rest of the way.
(2)Knights vs Carnage (7)
Carnage takes advantage of the Knights short bench to a commanding lead.
From the start of the game captain F. Pace had a strong game plan in mind to make sure to tire the opponents bench as they were short handed. Once a commanding lead was taken it was to make sure Carnage did not take off their foot off the pedal. As Carnage took a small break of their game plan in the second the Knights fought back into it with goals by R. Kilgour and S. St Louis. While on the other side J. DiMarco took care of the majority of the damage scoring three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey DiMarco of Carnage. The skilled forward found the back of the net three times tonight and made sure to cut any possibility of the other team of finding life.
Monday June 17
(4)Punishers vs Black Knights (9)
Max St-Cyr and Tommy Maltais too much to handle for the Punishers
Hockey games have many and different key moments when it comes to deciding an outcome. In tonight's case however, it was clear that two players ultimately made the entire difference. Perhaps more significant to the win was the play of Max St-Cyr, who was absolutely dynamite bagging five out of his clubs nine goals. In addition to St-Cyr's madness, T.Maltias picked up plenty of the praise as well as the skilled forward buried a hat trick while setting up four goals. The Punishers, although got on the board first courtesy of an early marker- from Payam Assadi, weren't able to match the pace of the Black Knights as the game progressed. There only bright note was that Payam Assadi was able to squeak three behind F.Gagnon.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max St-Cyr of the Black Knights. In what was an incredible night for Max St Cyr, the Black Knights were able to walk away with the win courtesy of his five goals.
Monday June 17
Punishers flat out overwhelm Fatal Demons
Plain and simple, the Punishers were too much for the Fatal Demons to handle on Monday night. And it came-from a lot of different places starting with their net minder N.Mackeen, who never once saw the ball cross the line behind him. Leading the charge up front was A.Laramee as the forward struck three times for a hat trick en route to an easy 5-0 win. Much of the second game saw the same effect with the Punishers out playing the Fatal Demons. The only difference was that nobody stood out with six different players taking turns finding the back of the net. All in all,a night to forget for P.Santullo and the rest of his troops.
(0)Fatal Demons vs Punishers (5)
(6)Punishers vs Fatal Demons(0)
Venom contiue to strive on a pair of convincing wins
At no point were the Dragons able to turn the table versus Venom. From-as early as the opening faceoff, both games were decided without much of a resistance. Clearly it was one of Venoms better efforts of the season, especially in the first game where seven different players scored for a convincing 7-1 win. The Dragons did find themselves in a familiar territory after dropping the opening contest. Prior to tonight's game, their last two encounters reflected what had just happened to them by starting very slow while able to bounce back and salvage the night. Unfortunately, they couldn't continue the pattern as Venom was simply to strong on this particular night. J.Courteau, J.Vinet and M.D'Alpe each scored twice while M.Trivisonno allowed all but one goal in two games.
(7)Venom vs Dragons (1)
(0)Dragons vs Venom (6)
Excalibur use one good period to win close battle with 50 in 07
The 50 in 07 faired pretty well overall expect for one single period where they didn't match up with the Excalibur. That frame occurred in the second half of the first encounter. After trading a first period goal, the Excalibur dictated much of the play resulting in three unanswered tallies. F.Bchara was able to snap the tie courtesy of a power play goal and A.Fonrose along with S.St-Louis added insurance markers to solidify a 4-1 win. Despite the difficult ending, the 50 in 07 didn't let it faze them heading into the ensuing match. And even though they couldn't capture the win, they did manage a stalemate with their opponent. Neither side was able to get it done in regulation time and in the shootout where both net minders shined. G.Katravas never gave an inch to the three Excalibur shooters as did S.Sauk to the 50 in 07 attempts.
(1)50 in 07 vs Excalibur (4)
(4)Excalibur vs 50 in 07(4) S.O
Evenly matched Golden Boys and Degenerates play it out till the end
It was safe to say that neither side knew what to expect when it was said and done. Both teams never played one another which could have only suggested for an unpredictable result or results. But after deciding the first game in a shootout, it was than clear that the second game was going to be just as close. The only slight difference played out in the shootout of the first encounter with F.Gentile confirming the win for the Degenerates. And while Gentile was definitely the catalyst for the Degenerates, the Golden Boys also have a deadly weapon or two to their line up. K.Lisio showed again what a constant threat he is by striking three times as part of a five point performance. To his help, S.Rigas was very productive accumulating five points while J.Durocher chipped in with a pair.
(5)Golden Boys vs Degenerates (6) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Golden Boys (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fil Gentile of the Degenerates. After collecting a hat trick in the first encounter versus the Golden Boys, F.Gentile brought it a step further by notching the lone shootout marker.
Thursday June 20
M.Pinheiro has a hand in every National goal
It just seemed that everything M.Pinheiro touched turned into something extraordinary on Thursday night. National celebrated a pair of close victories versus the Family thanks to their captain's brilliant performance. After earning a 4-2 victory to jump start the night, National duplicated their efforts in the ensuing game matching an identical score that saw M.Pinheiro involved in every single goal. Since National had only two changes to their bench, the same few players were able to accumulate some decent numbers. S.Laplante being one of them as the crafty defenseman collected a total of six points. As for the Family, K.DiLallo was their best player scoring twice while setting up his captain M.Freda.
(4)National vs The Family (2)
(2)The Family vs National (4)
Left Over's have extra step on Stomachs
Throughout most of the night the, Left Over's were able to execute their game plan. They were ready to go and immediately put the Stomachs on their heels. S.Marricco did strike twice but could have had many more if not for S.Fraga keeping it close. The second encounter was slightly closer with the Stomachs leading 2-1 at one point. The problem was that the lead barely lasted with S.Marricco continuing his onslaught of goals. The Left Over's forward was an absolute force collecting four tallies as a part of a six point performance. And while he was a significant piece to the puzzle, C.Doulis was just as prominent for the two victories as the versatile player combined for three markers in both games.
(4)Left Over's vs Stomachs (1)
(3)Stomachs vs Left Over's(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of National. With his team scoring eight goals in two wins, M.Pinheiro was involved in every single one of them to help lead his club over the Family.
Thursday June 13
Left Overs run all over The Family to take convincing wins.
From the start of the game it looked like the Left Overs were in a class of their own taking advantage of the multiple opportunities their opponents gave them and they made sure it was felt. Game 1 was rather different for the Left Overs who used a team effort to get all their goals while in the second game S. Marrico took care of the majority of the scoring riffling five goals while Y. Leroux also found the back of the net twice. The Family will need to get some more offence or play a better defensive game to stay competitive in these games.
(4) Left Overs vs The Family (2)
(7) Left Overs vs The Family (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Marricco of the Left Overs. The talented forward carried his team offensively tonight scoring six goals and setting up another in what was a productive night.
Thursday June 6
National finding it hard with only 6 players
Entering their second week of the season, National has yet to address their short bench, and in consequence have now dropped four in a row. M.Pinheiro understands full well that this can't continue on, especially if they plan to challenge a team like the HBHA Seniors. Tonight proved it as they fell short in both games. Perhaps the only reassuring part is that both games were fairly close. The opening contest ended 3-2 thanks to a late goal by M.Pololos. The second encounter saw D.Andrade take plenty of control of the match. After netting a shorthanded marker, Andrade went on to score his second just before the first period ended while eventually feeding an empty cage to solidify a second straight win for the HBHA Seniors. Despite the losses, M.Mogianesi was very productive for National netting a total of three goals as a defenseman. To his help, M.Pinheiro fed him twice as part of a three point performance.
(2)National vs HBHA Seniors (3)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs National (3)
Stomachs respond after being thought an early lesson vs Family
Half a period was all it took for the Family to hand the Stomachs a spanking. For about three quarters of the game, the Stomachs appeared to be in control of the situation. After all, they led 1-0 on a goal by K.Tsoukalas while getting stellar goaltending-from R.Ricaurte. Then, it all fell apart. The Family went on an absolute tear erupting for five straight tallies. During that span, S.Cavallaro strung together two quick goals right after M.Sasso was able to break the barrier. Even though the night started strong for the Family plenty of work was still ahead of them if they planned on going undefeated. Clearly, the Stomachs couldn't digest their loss and made sure to re organise and put out a better performance. They did manage to tweak their game but it still required an overall team effort in order to get it done. After a 1-1 first period tie, Joe DeStefano used an early second period goal that would ultimately hold up.
(1)Stomachs vs The Family (5)
(1)The Family vs Stomachs (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steven Cavallaro of the Family. After trailing 1-0, The Family eventually responded in large part due to S.Cavallaro's assist followed with back to back tallies.
Thursday June 13
(9) Smooth Sailors vs Legacy (9) S.O
Two offensive juggernauts go all the way in crazy battle.
With the amount of talent each team has it comes to no surprise that this game was a high scoring affair. Each team laid all their cards out on the table showing to the other that the game was not over until the final buzzer. Legacy took advantage of their counter part in the second period taking a three-goal lead into the third thanks in part to E. Girouard hat trick. Whereas the Smooth Sailors counted on their big guns with J. Palmitano, M. Testolina, and J. Mandrachia combining for eight goals and to make sure they came from behind to secure the tie.
(4) SBS Trashers vs Job On Demand (2)
Early start not enough to put the SBS Trashers away as big third period secures the win.
An early start to the game by Job On Demand was not enough tonight as the SBS Trashers took advantage of the third period to take control of the game and come out on top. The Job On Demand knew they would need a quick start having a short bench and thanks in part to Y. Gazura and J. Couteau got them off to a quick start. While the game progressed A. Gentile took advantage of his chances in the third and took control of the game on his own scoring three out of his teams four goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. The sniper woke up when it all counted in the third period by completing his hat trick and making sure his team came from behind to take the win.
Monday June 10
(3)Punishers vs All Blacks (4)
B.Tardif's late tally sends All Blacks over Punishers
In a game defined by its pendulum swings, the All Blacks ultimately had the last say thanks to a very late marker by B.Tardif. After teams traded a goal in the first period, S.Morello put the All Blacks on top heading into the final frame. Unfortunately for the All Blacks, their slight lead turned into an instant deficit when M.DoCouto and P.Karvouriaris tallied just over two minutes apart. Clearly, the momentum shifted heavily in the Punishers favour, but with still some time left over, the All Blacks weren't calling it quits. R.Morne eventually evened the score fairly late, and both sides were almost convinced extra time was needed to decide a winner. That was up until B.Tardif beat the clock with only five seconds staring at both benches.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Benoit Tardif of the All Blacks. Finding himself at the right place and at the right moment, the All Blacks were able to celebrate their victory courtesy of B.Tardif's late tally.
Monday June 10
Dragons saving their best for last
From-another slow start to their night, the Dragons seem to be saving their best for last. Sometimes teams need a little time to get the ball rolling which seems to be the case for the Dragons. Similar to last week's results, the Dragons suffered another one sided affair only to respond heavily in the ensuing match. The Punishers clearly didn't see it coming. Five goals went in the first period alone with E.Girouard leading the charge on a pair as part of a four goal performance. There was no way the Punishers could have responded after finding themselves down 5-1. Both sides went on to trade three goals by the second period which saw the other half of the dynamic duo S.Robineault post five points. As for the Punishers, P.Arkalis and his brother M.Arkalis caused the most fits for the Dragons as both players combined for seven goals and eleven points.
(6)Punishers vs Dragons (1)
(8)Dragons vs Punishers (4)
Venom's chemistry leaves Excalibur defenceless
Venom seems to be rolling on all cylinders, and tonight was just a continuation of their good start to the season. However, it did take some time to get it going, but once it did, the Excalibur had no answers. J.Parisella and J.Vinet were the only two players to score with Parisella leading the way on a hat trick. Much of the second encounter resembled the first one. The only difference was that six different players took turns finding the back of the net. It showed-from the get go that Venom understood how each and every player are able to find one another. S.Sauk knew this but was unable to send the message clear enough on how to try and slow things down. When one or two players get caught losing their man, the ball usually lands behind the goaltender. The Excalibur have some scoring power but did not address the coverage well enough on this particular night.
(5)Venom vs Excalibur (1)
(0)Excalibur vs Venom (6)
F.Koch and the 1 Timer grind out a pair of wins over Degenerates
It was hardly a masterpiece, but the 1 Timer did what they needed to do versus the Degenerates. Led by their net minder F.Koch playing some lights out hockey, the rest of his crew in front of him played to their full potential, and in the end, were awarded with a pair of victories. J.Guye-Perrault nodded the winner in the opening game. The second encounter was where F.Koch dominated his cage turning aside 20 shots for a shutout. C-T Perrault's first period goal proved to be just enough for the positive result. When players play well in front of their goaltender, oppositions will often find it hard to generate enough quality chances. The Degenerates did get their fair share but kept hitting a wall.
(2)Degenerates vs 1 Timer (3)
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates (0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jordan Parisella of Venom. The forward made every one his four goals look prettier than the other.
Thursday June 6
(7)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand(5)
Smooth Sailors reset after slow first period
The Smooth Sailors awoke-from their slow start after 15 minutes of play and wound up making a drastic push for the remainder of the match. They knew that they just had to stick with it. A huge part of the jump start can be attributed to S.Liparota, who strung back to back goals before adding his third later in the game. Still, nothing was decided after two periods with both sides stuck in a dead heat 4-4 tie. But with the Smooth Sailors continuing to press, it was just a matter of time before they would pull away. Eventually matters would get decided in the final frame where Liparota completed his hat trick right before his captain J.Palmitano was able to cap it off with the games winning goal.
(8)Fatal Demons vs SBS Trashers(8) S.O
S.Ruggiero pushes it to the limit on three third period goals for Fatal Demons
Rarely do you see this often, but S.Ruggiero was able to defy some incredible odd on Thursday night. All three of his goals came within a very short span. The Fatal Demons entered the final frame trailing 5-4 up until Ruggiero broke apart what was a tight game at that point. The only positive for the SBS Trashers was that they had more than enough time to bounce back. Surely, it didn't help when they found themselves shorthanded at a crucial point during the frame. And rather than the Fatal Demons putting it away, F.Gentile kept the hope alive netting a huge shorthanded goal. Then, with only two minutes remaining, A.Plescia salvaged the night with the equaliser for the SBS Trashers leaving only two minutes on the clock. Surprisingly enough, neither side was able to get it done in an open spaced overtime period after trading seven goals apiece. Not even the shootout would determine a winner as both sides settled for a draw. Apart-from S.Ruggiero netting a hat trick, A.Jalilvand did the same for the Fatal Demons while scoring his team's lone shootout marker. The SBS Trashers saw G.DeMarinis and F.Gentile nod a pair while Joe Scalia responded late in the shootout to keep the game levelled.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Fatal Demons. The sniper took less than four minutes into the third period to riffle three straight goals.
Wednesday June 5
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (2) O.T
Y.Dube scores PP goal in overtime, Mighty Drunks edge Carnage
Unable to carry their momentum, Carnage suffered an unfortunate loss to the Mighty Drunks on Wednesday night. A late penalty at the end of the game opened the door for the Mighty Drunks, who made sure to take advantage of a 4-3 power play opportunity. Y.Dube had already scored early in the match to put the Mighty Drunks in front 2-0 before capping it off only a minute into the sudden death frame. Carnage fought hard to overcome a 2-0 deficit with goals-from T.Ruvo and P.Lomascolo. Both goaltenders gave their clubs every chance possible to steal the game. In tonight's case, O.Caillet was able to capture the win over his counterpart B.Madonis.
(2)Knights vs Bramabulls(8)
P.Bertone hat trick gives Bramabulls second straight rout
P.Bertone had a hat trick, M.Testolina chipped in with a pair and the Bramabulls repeated what they did -from last week's performance versus the Knights. The Knights failed to address an important start to the game. By finding themselves down 3-0 after only one period, many things needed to go right if they planned on coming back. They did manage to split the second frame but couldn't make any ground heading into the third. The Bramabulls didn't let up and simply put the match away on three consecutive tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yannick Dube of the Mighty Drunks. In a tight battle versus Carnage, Y.Dube posted a pair of goals that included the overtime winner.
Monday June 3
(4)Black Knights vs All Blacks(2)
J-F Di Iorio, Y.Tifu key Black Knights 4-2 win over All Blacks
For the Black Knights, production-from their offensive threats is key to sustained success. J-F Di Iorio and Y.Tifu have the elite skill set to impact a game with their sniping and play making abilities. Tonight, they demonstrated it by combining for six points in a double up victory over the All Blacks. The Black Knights jumped off to the better start, and in doing so built a 3-0 lead just passed the three minute mark of second period. The game appeared to be going in only one direction but that was until the All Blacks finally decided to make a push. It took only a minute and change for C.Ghilarducci and V.Lemire to finally break the barrier and solve F.Gagnon. Still, time wasn't an issue for an equaliser with half the game remaining. But with the Black Knights adjusting, the All Blacks found themselves snake bitten unable to even the score. F.Gagnon was definitely a reason why they pulled it off as the net minder was brilliant earning an early season win.
(4)Punishers vs GK(3)
P.Karvouriaris nets a pair in close victory versus GK
P.Karvouriaris scored twice and T.Bozinakis notched the winner as the Punishers defeated the recent champs of the Premier division. In addition to both players making a huge impact, C.Gingras was perhaps the mastermind behind it all. In one form or another, the highly skilled player will have an influence on the game. Gingras was responsible for setting up three of the Punishers four goals. Both teams don't seem to have any weaknesses of flaws to their game. And even though it's only the first game of the season, the Punishers know that they'll fit right in with plenty of depth. As for the GK, M.David was their best player as the forward struck twice in the loss.
The SalumVino player of the night goes to J-F Di Iorio of the Black Knights. In a close 4-2 win over the All Blacks, J-F Di Iorio showed immediately how he fits right in posting two big goals and an assist.
Tuesday June 4
(7)River Rats vs Punishers (2)
River Rats shake off rusty start with a convincing push back
If the first minute was an indication in everyone's minds where this game was headed then everyone got it wrong. P.Arkalis hoped that his two quick goals into the contest would have been meaningful for the Punishers. Instead, the River Rats were the ones winning the frame on five straight markers. Just that period alone was a clear indication that the River Rats were well on their way to a victory. Led by their captain, M.Richard collected three points while M.DeTorre scored the most with two tallies. Throughout most of the match, the River Rats kept their pace making sure to avoid any sort of life-from the Punishers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Richard of the River Rats. Even though his club trailed by two early on, the captain felt confident about their chances and responded in a big way to finish the game with three points.
Monday June 3
Venom late collapse enables Punishers to split
It looked like Venom were well on their way to a pair of wins on Monday night. Then, it all fell apart. The Punishers mounted an incredible comeback where N.Pitsikoulis finished it off with only three seconds left on the clock. Prior to the collapse, Venom played a near flawless game. The first encounter had them shutout the Punishers after M.Trivisonno faced a total of 16 shots. Much of the second encounter resembled the first one with Venom controlling most of the play. P.Kawkab and N.Gilbert each scored twice and J.Courteau advanced the lead to 5-2. Surely both sides felt this contest was over and done with but that was up until A.Sarigiannis struck with a power play marker. P.Arkalis and A.Kobayati went on to score as well which left only the dagger - from N.Pitsikoulis.
(2)Venom vs Punishers (0)
(6)Punishers vs Venom (5)
Les Unknown cruise to a pair of wins over Golden Boys
A rough start to the season got a bit smoother for Les Unknown on this particular night. It didn't even matter that only six players were dressed for Les Unknown. When everyone is on the same page, chemistry proves that it can come a long way. In the first game alone, Les Unknown ran up the score with a convincing 9-2 result. A.Henein, A.Zarzour and M.Zarzour each took turns nodding a pair each. The second encounter was a little tighter but still favouring Les Unknown. For a second straight time, A.Henein was able to find the back of the net on two occasions while his captain J.Constantin matched his play with a pair as well. The Golden Boys got two of their three tallies by J.Durocher.
(9)Les Unknown vs Golden Boys(2)
(1)Golden Boys vs Les Unknown(5)
Dragons rebound after opening game slaughter
So much went right for the Fatal Demons that it looked like only one team showed up to play. However, that was only the case in the first game where they totally dominated the Dragons with a 5-0 victory. M.Testolina made his presence felt right away as the sharp shooter put three behind P.Assadi for a hat trick. In hopes of duplicating their efforts in the ensuing match, the Dragons had a complete different approach on how to handle their opponent. By striking first for an early lead, the Dragons were now able to dictate their own terms. Three different players scored in the opening frame that saw E.Girouard eventually bury his second in the following frame. B.Verducci stopped all 14 shots for the Fatal Demons while his counterpart P.Assadi was able to respond with a perfect sheet as well.
(0)Dragons vs Fatal Demons (5)
(0)Fatal Demons vs Dragons (4)
1 Timer top 50 in 07 with solid team effort
It's always nice when it isn't one player taking charge to make a difference. That was clearly the case in the 1 Timers decisive wins over the 50 in 07.Both their victories saw most of their players chip away in one way or another. After a dominant 4-0 victory to kick start their night, the 1 Timer kept the pedal to the medal and went full throttle in the second game. F.Koch came off a shutout victory and C.Gagnon-Ethier was the only player to score twice in a 7-2 victory. Throughout most of the night, the 50 in 07 found it difficult to generate enough scoring chances. They did manage to solve F.Koch on two occasions thanks to N.Milford and J.Fisch.
(4)1 Timer vs 50 in 07(0)
(2)50 in 07 vs 1 Timer (7)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Felix Koch of the 1 Timer. After collecting a shutout in the first encounter, F.Koch remained sharp in the second match enabling his club to collect a pair of wins over the 50 in 07.
Thursday May 30
National run out of gas with short bench vs Left Overs
It's perhaps what came to be expected when one team stacked with players goes up against a short bench. The Left Over's,although not familiar with one another showed immediate chemistry in their season debut. Both their wins came due to constant pressure, high energy and the will to battle until the very end. That was especially the case in the second encounter where National led 3-0 after one period. Normally a team like National wont falter such a lead, but it became clear that as time went on that they just didn't have the drive to kill off the clock. The Left Overs kept battling, and in doing so were rewarded with four straight goals to complete a massive comeback. A pivotal moment occurred when K.Miraldo tallied shorthanded to pull his team within one. Then, once G.DeMarinis scored to tie the game, Y.Leroux brought it a step further by providing the winner leaving just over a minute on the clock.
(5)Left Overs vs National (3)
(3)National vs Left Overs(4)
Family stuck enduring long night with short bench
The Family's only hope to get any sort of positive result was to zone up and rely heavily on A.Mascitto to make an abundance of saves. That just isn't a good way to start off your season against a team like the HBHA. But sometimes teams are stuck rotating a short bench like in the case of the Family. Unfortunately, they couldn't put up a strong effort long enough in the first encounter. The HBHA ran up the score en route to an easy 8-2 victory. The second match however was closer but still far-from what the Family hoped for. They did manage a quick goal courtesy of K.Kolakowski. Despite falling behind early, the HBHA felt confident about their chances moving forward. It took seven minutes-from that point on for M.Pololos and K.Koutsogiannopoulos to score 40 seconds apart. K.Koutsogiannopoulos would go on to add his second while M.Pololos collected his third point of the game to solidify a second straight victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Miraldo of the Left Overs. The steady defenseman was involved in every area of the game. Aside-from his expected ability to break up plays, K.Miraldo provided plenty of offense as well resulting in a four point night.
Thursday May 30
(3)United Armenians vs Smooth Sailors (7)
F.Palmitano plays unlikely hero
When you go down the list of players that the Smooth Sailors have that can make a huge impact in the scoring department, F.Palmitano isn't one that will stick out. The Smooth Sailors were glad to see that secondary scoring can also be an option on an already stacked roster. F.Palmitanos's impact on the game couldn't have come at a better time. In a very short span of only ten seconds, F.Palmitano strung together two quick goals to help provide a 4-2 lead. Clearly, that sequence helped inspire the rest of his teammates to run down the United Armenians, especially his brother J.Palmitano, who went on to add a pair of third period insurance markers to cap off the night.
(5)Legacy vs SBS Trashers(5) S.O
SBS Trashers mount comeback to draw even with Legacy
In search of a spark to salvage their night, the SBS Trashers managed to wake up and erase a three goal deficit. Things started to turn around when J.Scalia and G.Bampos scored late in the second period to pull the Trashers within one. Battling-from behind against a team that usually locks it up doesn't normally happen, but the SBS Trashers showed why they are the reigning champs. Legacy had to deal with a couple of issues ahead of them. First off, trying to slow down a constant pressure, and secondly trying to solve R.Pampena at least one more time. Even though Pampena gave up five goals, this contest could have been way worse if not for the net minder. The match ultimately had no winner as both sides failed to take advantage in the shootouts.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Franco Palmitano of the Smooth Sailors. While most expected the Smooth Sailors top guns to pull through, F.Palmitano decided to take matters into his own hands collecting three straight points that included two big goals.
Wednesday May 29
(6)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (7) S.O
M-A Desrosiers monster night lifts Mighty Drunks over Knights
Not only did M-A Desrosier collect a hat trick in the first period, but he was also able to seal it with the game's lone shootout marker. For how crazy the game ended it looked as if the Knights had it wrapped up in regulation time when A.Fonrose scored late in the game for a 6-5 lead. But with the Knights taking an untimely penalty, the door was still opened for a wild finish. P.Paikopoulos came through riffling a huge power play goal and the Mighty Drunks gave themselves a shot at taking the match. Surprisingly enough for how the game went, neither side was able to cap it off in a five minute overtime with plenty of space. By this point, it seemed only fitting that M-A Desrosiers's hot hand would pull the Mighty Drunks through. Desrosiers was the only player out of the six attempts to score in the breakaways. The Knights saw their three tries get denied each time by O.Caillet.
(2)Carnage vs Bramabulls(8)
Balanced scoring fuels Bramabulls in season debut
Backed by a balanced offense, the Bramabulls couldn't have asked for a better start to their season. The pace was dictated early on that saw a power play goal trigger a couple more before the frame ended. S.Liparota opened the scoring with the man advantage and was the only player to score twice during the game. Carnage got their lone tallies- from S.Accaro and J.Bourlakos as the only two players to get the better of G.Follano. Even though it wasn't the ideal start for Carnage, F.Pace won't be too concerned knowing it's still very early into the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M-A Desrosiers of the Mighty Drunks. After collecting a first period hat trick, M-A Desrosiers capped off a stellar performance by netting the lone shootout winner.
Monday May 27
Y.Gazura and M.D'Alpe shine in final frames for Venom
Venom saved their best moments in the last periods of both games versus the 1 Timer. In each case, the score was tied 1-1 after one frame. But with the amount of pressure put forth, it was only a question of time before Venom would gain control. Y.Gazura led the way in the opening match striking twice while M.D'Alpe followed up with a similar performance in the second game. The 1 Timer had one good thing going for them and that was their goaltending. F.Koch was a major reason why he kept both games extremely close. With that kind of goaltending, the 1 Timer know that they have a chance to win on any given night.
(3)Venom vs 1 Timer (2)
(1)1 Timer vs Venom (3)
50 in 07 unaware of Dragons dynamic duo
Unless teams know the tendencies of some particular players, then they'll be fine formulating a specific game plan. Unfortunately for the 50 in 07, names like E.Girouard and S.Robineault are still foreign to them and were only able to realise their threats when it was said and done. Nobody will be shock knowing that both players combined for a total of eight goals and fourteen points. This type of performance is very typical of the two players, who have been doing it regularly over and over. The Dragons have something nice going with a solid supporting cast that can contribute as well. For three straight periods, the 50 in 07 struggled to find the back of the net but that eventually changed when S.Mcallister and D.Meffe finally got to S.Fraga.
(0)50 in 07 vs Dragons (7)
(4)Dragons vs 50 in 07(2)
Punishers tighten up in second match to split with Les Unknown
After dropping the first game, the Punishers looked to bounce back and even the score with Les Unknown. One area that needed to be addressed was their defensive game. The Punishers made it a point to tighten up and avoid giving the ball away to easily. However, things weren't decided until the mid way point of the second period where A.Kobayati came through for the Punishers. Despite enough time left over, N.Mackeen wasn't planning to let this one slip away. The Goaltender had a monster performance stopping all 20 shots his way. Les Unknown came off a pair of losses only a week ago in large part due to lack of players. Tonight, they fixed the issue and it paid dividends as they were able to take one game away-from a highly skilled Punishers team.
(2)Punishers vs Les Unknown (4)
(0)Les Unknown vs Punishers (1)
Degenerates stuck searching for their identity
Coach S.Sicuso will have a lot of work ahead of him this season. Admitting that there is work to be done is a good step in the right direction. The Degenerates changed up their roster by adding some youth which will hopefully blend right in sooner than later. For now, they'll be stuck going through the heartaches like in tonight's case where they dropped both games to the Excalibur. With the scoring touch of five different players, the Excalibur took the first encounter rather easily. The same however couldn't be said for the ensuing match. Even though the Excalibur pulled it off, the Degenerates may have had only themselves to blame. The score was deadlocked 1-1 and headed into its final minutes when things turned for the worse for the Degenerates allowing two quick shorthanded goals. M.Bchouti snapped the tie with a man short, and G.Zimbardo followed up only seconds later for a second shorthanded tally to cap off the win.
(5)Excalibur vs Degenerates (1)
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (4)
Experience helps Fatal Demons defeat Golden Boys
The Fatal Demons know what it takes to win hockey games, but the same group also understands the feeling of coming up short. That is why they won't take anyone for granted, even if it's against a younger squad like the Golden Boys. Despite giving up an early goal-from last week's player of the night K.Lisio, the Fatal Demons weren't affected whatsoever and were able to respond in a massive way. D.Galloro opened and closed the scoring to help lead his club to a convincing 6-1 victory. The Golden Boys weren't pleased on how things ended and made the adjustments to put up a better challenge in the second encounter. And even though they fell short, the game could have gone either way. The difference occurred by the mid way point of the second period where L.Bavellas capitalised on the power play for a 2-1 lead that held up.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Golden Boys (1)
(1)Golden Boys vs Fatal Demons (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of the Dragons. As long as he's set up for a one timer, S.Robinuealt will almost never miss. The sharp shooter had another productive night collecting back to back shutouts as part of an eight point performance.
Thursday May 23
(5)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(4)
SBS Trashers comeback attempt falls short
The SBS Trashers showed a lot of heart bouncing back-from a three goal deficit to make a game of it but were unable to ever get a lead. J.Mandracchia restored control of the match for the Smooth Sailors by snapping a late 4-4 second period tie. Time still wasn't an issue for the SBS Trashers with an entire period ahead of them. The problem however was that they couldn't continue their run unable to solve M.Gravano. Clearly, the net minder had enough for what he went through during the second period. The Smooth Sailors made it a point to tighten up while getting the expected saves-from Gravano. This contest was a classic case of a team coming off a championship run versus an opponent that had something to prove. The SBS Trashers didn't get off to the right start and ultimately paid the price in the end. J.Mandracchia scored twice in the win while F.Gentile did the same for the SBS Trashers.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Legacy (9)
Legacy overwhelm Fatal Demons with their depth
Legacy flat out overwhelmed the Fatal Demons on Thursday night. And it came-from a lot of different places. In every area of the game, Legacy took it to their opponent. As much as the Fatal Demons tried to slow down a constant pressure, good players will always find a way to create space. In tonight's case, many plays resulted in breakaways and odd man rushes for Legacy. No particular player took the spot light but J.Rochon and P.Nakhle did lead the way up front on a pair of goals each. Even though the score suggests a lopsided affair, the Fatal Demons kept it close for two frames and managed to pull themselves within one towards the end of the second period.
(4)Job on Demand vs United Armenians (3)
Job on Demand hold off surging United Armenians
The Job on Demand fought off a late charging United Armenians team to win 4-3. At the rate that this contest was going, both teams must have figured a similar fate. After all, the Job on Demand did grab a 3-0 lead by the mid way point of the match. But the United Armenians managed to claw their way back into the game posting three of the games next four goals. Luckily enough for the Job on Demand, J.Courteau bagged a late marker that held up for the winner. Y.Gazura was stellar participating in all four goals in the victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yuri Gazura of the Job on Demand. In what came down to the wire, Y.Gazura was responsible for making four goals happen in a close 4-3 win over the United Armenians.
Monday May 20
1 Timer take advantage of Les Unknown's short bench
Les Unknowns entered Monday night's season debut without many players-from their line up, and ultimately paid the price in the end. They did manage two solid first periods with the games levelled at one goal apiece, but the same couldn't be said for the second frames where the 1 Timer completely annihilated their opponent. This was perhaps to be expected as the games started to take its toll on a depleted line up. Already with a goal in the opening period, T.Daigneault bagged his second while setting up P-A Surprenant for an empty net marker. The second encounter saw J.Guye-Perrault take charge with three markers that included the winner. Both goals-from Les Unknown belonged to M.Morin as the only player to get the better of F.Koch. It wasn't the start they were hoping for but Les Unknown won't be too concerned knowing that they had key elements missing-from their line up.
(4)1 Timer vs Les Unknown(1)
(1)Les Unknown vs 1 Timer(5)
Golden Boys pull away late to settle score with 50 in 70
An unfortunate penalty call late in the game permitted the 50 in 07 to edge out the Golden Boys. The match was headed into a shootout until S.Petreccia struck late for his second on the power play. Even though they couldn't get it done in the first encounter, the Golden Boys had the right approach heading into the ensuing contest. It always helps when you have a dynamic duo creating plenty of fits for the opposition. K.Lisio scored all three goals in the loss with the help of J.Durocher's three primary assists. Both players didn't stop there as they made sure to continue their magic. After a 1-1 first period tie, the flood gates opened for Lisio, Durocher and the rest of the Golden Boys. The two once again combined in a big way that saw K.Lisio post a second straight hat trick while J.Durocher riffled a pair as part of a three point performance. Throughout most of the night, the 50 in 07 held their own expect for the final twelve minutes.
(4)50 in 07 vs Golden Boys(3)
(6)Golden Boys vs 50 in 07(1)
Excalibur salvages their night with a late push
With everything going their way for most of the night, the Fatal Demons finished flat conceding three straight goals to the Excalibur. Rather than keeling over, the Excalibur answered with renewed energy to split the decision on a solid effort. Plenty had to do with the play of R.Morne, who set up two teammates before netting the winner. The Fatal Demons looked better prepared taking the opening contest rather easily. M.Mignogna tallied twice while D.Galloro and B.Sansotta combined for four points. The same seemed to apply early on in the second match with E.Colella and B.Sansotta finding the back of the net. By that point, the Fatal Demons may have figured they were headed for some easy points. Sometimes teams tend to let go of the gas pedal, and perhaps that was the case for the Fatal Demons. Regardless the situation, both teams fought hard to earn respective victories.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Excalibur (1)
(3)Excalibur vs Fatal Demons(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Lisio of the Golden Boys. The highly skilled forward was absolutely spectacular in his season debut, posting a total of six goals and two assists.
Monday May 13 (Final)
(5) GK vs Black Knights (2) Game 2
Champions again GK claims another title
It was another celebratory night for the GK. A 5-2 win over the Black Knights saw the GK take care of business in two straight games to end their playoff run. Things started off well for them when G.Bouchard and P.Genereux each scored for a 2-0 lead. However, the win didn't come without its tribulations, as the end of the period belonged to the Black Knights. In the short span of only 30 seconds, A.Aubut turned the deficit into a tie. Despite the push back, the GK weren't phased at all. Clearly, they looked like they wanted it more by pushing harder to eventually regain their momentum. M.David snapped the tie, J.Bradley took advantage with a power play goal, and the GK made sure that the lead would be protected the rest of the way. No matter how hard the Black Knights tried to bounce back in the game, the offense just wasn't there. M.Fortin was perhaps the major reason as the net minder was sharp remaining flawless for over two periods stopping 34 of 36 shots. After sweeping the River Rats in their previous round, the GK showed once again why they are deserving by doing the same in the final. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com and MBHL, congratulations go out to Dan Nguyen and the GK for winning the Premier division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Bouchard of the GK. In every aspect of the game, G.Bouchard made his presence count-from his sound defensive style while having the ability to create offense that led to one goal and an assist.
Monday May 6 (Final, second division)
LG HC pick up the hardware, winners of second division
When a team has that kind of fire power one must find ways to contain it while seizing their own opportunities. In both games versus the LG HC, the Yellow T-Shirts kept it close in the first periods but were unable to hold off the many weapons-from the other side. D.Bertrand took charge in game one netting back to back goals in a very short span to seal the win. The second match saw the game decided towards the end when once again D.Bertrand was able to put a staple on it for a late 4-2 lead. The Yellow T-Shirts knew that they had to stay on top of the LG HC by limiting their time and space. And in the large part they faired pretty well focusing on key players such as G.Pisanelli and A.Stamiris-from the back end. But when you have other threats that can hurt you it's almost impossible to hold off the pressure. The LG HC had the expectations to get this far and expected nothing less but to win in the end. On behalf of Hoackeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotopoulos and the LG HC for winning the second division 4vs4 championship.
(5)LG HC vs Yellow T-Shirts(1) Game 1
(2)Yellow T-Shirts vs LG HC(2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dominic Bertrand of the LG HC. While the Yellow T-Shirts did an overall fine job containing key components, D.Bertrand was able to break away creating his own space along with a strong net presence. The natural sniper scored three goals at the most crucial times during the series.
Monday May 6 (Final)
(5)GK vs Black Knights(1) Game 1
Sluggish Black Knights not prepared versus a primed GK squad
The long wait before playing Game 1 of the final for the Black Knights proved to be fatal as they came out sluggish. Looks like the rust caught up to them as GK took a commanding 3-0 lead after one period. The GK were quicker to the ball, crisper with it and more eager earning every inch of a 5-1 victory. Eventually the Black Knights did get on board on a lone tally coming-from Z.Lasania. After trading a second period marker, the GK ended their night strong with another tally. The win came with an overall effort that saw five different players take turns finding the back of the net. K.Kuczmarski got credited the winner and M.Fortin was sharp allowing only one goal. Even though its only game one, the Black Knights will need to address a solid start in game two if they plan on extending the series. For now, they'll have an entire week to try and figure out on how to deal with a well oiled GK machine.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Fortin of the GK. With goaltending so important, M.Fortin enabled his team to play with a solid lead while stopping 22 of 23 shots.
Sunday May 5 (Final)
(4)Slayers vs Icons (6) Game 1
J.Mckenzie snaps third period tie, Icons take game 1
Despite squandering a two goal lead, the Icons put themselves back on track thanks to an early third period tally. J.Mckenzie came through during that time, and the Icons were able to hold off the Slayers the rest of the way. E.Girouard continued-from where he left off adding two more goals to his piggy bank. On the flip side, J.Desmarais had a multi goal performance as well .This game had the expectations of what was to come. Neither side conducted themselves as refined gentlemen. From-the drop of the ball, the series got real and mean which suggested for a busy night to the penalty box.
(6)Icons vs Slayers (7) Game 2
Slayers flip the script to even series
The Slayers were able to rebound-from their early loss, flipping the script against the Icons and delivering an important 7-6 victory. In classic Slayers fashion, the team refused to roll over as they fought back to force a mini game. This contest resembled the previous one in many ways but favouring the Slayers instead. Rather than playing-from behind, the Slayers stormed out of the first period carrying a 3-1 lead. Eventually, the Icons did recover and actually tied the game at four goals apiece thanks to a power play goal-from A.Stamiris. That tally came very early in the third period where the Icons hoped to take care of business. Unfortunately, they couldn't kill off a penalty that enabled A.Mirolla to capitalise for his second of the match. The Slayers would add to more by the time the game ended to force the most important game of the season.
(1)Icons vs Slayers (4) Game 3
Slayers carry good habits into game 3, crowned champions
The details of one pivotal play perhaps decided who was going to win this series. The Icons had control of the situation being up 1-0 while awarded a power play chance to double the lead. And rather than putting a strangle hold in the series, M.Dalessio came to rescue the Slayers on a shorthanded goal. Still, the game was tied and everything was still up for grabs. But if momentum means anything, the Slayers were able to ride it on that goal. It took three minutes-from that point on for V.Confuorti to come through and break the tie. Then, within less than two minutes, J.Desmarais secured all doubts providing a two goal cushion with only three minutes remaining in the series .As expected, this series had all the elements of what playoff hockey is all about. Sometimes it takes that one detail to make the whole difference, especially how close both teams match up. In tonight's case, the Slayers showed that they were deserving by overcoming a 1-0 deficit and never giving up on their journey to hoist the trophy. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Phil Kotsornithis, Josh Desmarais and the Slayers for claiming the D Sunday title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Josh Desmarais of the Slayers. In a series that went as long as it did, the Slayers had no choice but to rely on everyone pulling their weight. However, the captain did lead by example scoring in every game to finish the series with a total of seven points.
Tuesday April 30 (Final)
(3)Capitals vs Punishers (5) Game 1
Punishers jump start series on the right track
The Punishers took game one with a high tempo play that forced the Capitals to play from-behind for most of the match. The Capitals did get themselves back into it when J-S Pacheco and E.Lemieux scored late in the second period. In hopes of building off the momentum, the Capitals fell behind once more unable to contain J.Rochon-from finding the back of the net. Still, the Capitals wouldn't let up upping their tempo while pushing the play forward. The problem however was that the Punishers applied a suffocating style while getting sensational goaltending-from C.Stavriadis in order to preserve the victory.
(2)Punishers vs Capitals (3) Game 2
Capitals flip the script to force game 3
This time, the Capitals did the one fundamental thing they needed in order to give themselves a chance, and that was to play with the lead. J.Bourgaize opened the scoring shorthanded, and A.Boucher struck on the power play to put the Capitals in front 2-1. Half a game was still remaining at that point which would have been a tall order for the Capitals to hold off the Punishers-from the score sheet. Instead, they managed to gain a two goal cushion which proved to be significant in the end. The Punishers did battle back in the third when C.Gingras pulled his team within one. But just like the Punishers did in the previous match, the Capitals returned the favour by shutting the door the rest of the way. C.Fortin was busy facing enough quality shots and chances to steal the win for the Capitals.
(1)Punishers vs Capitals (0) O.T Game 3
C.Gingras scores ridiculous shorthanded goal, Punishers repeat as champions
It came to no one's surprise for how close this series was that overtime would eventually decide a winner. After the Punishers got caught taking a four minute penalty, A.Bitsakis bailed them out making one spectacular save look better than the other. The Capitals had four minutes of extra space to get their pay back versus the Punishers. And while the dagger should have been towards the Punishers, the Capitals were the ones suffering a serious blow. By finding himself open at about mid court, C.Gingras sprung in on a dazzling move that would have made the highlight of the season goal if a camera was pointing at him. It was a type of goal at a moment during a thrilling final that only he or very few can execute. The Capitals couldn't have picked a worse time to give up a shorthanded goal. Instead, they were stuck seeing a great opportunity vanish in an instant. Despite the tough ending, they knew that this series could have easily gone either way. For the Punishers, it was just business as usual. Their team was clearly built for what they achieved. Starting in net with C.Stavriadis and A.Bitaskis sharing the role.Adding to that, a defence that can provide all aspects of the game, and finally an offense that can hurt you at will. The Punishers showed once again why they are deserving of what they got. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Peter Chiotis and the Punishers for repeating as C division champs.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. A familiar name that keeps appearing during the big moments, C.Gingras scored a highlight reel goal in a shorthanded situation to decide the C division title in overtime.
Monday April 29 (Semi finals, second division)
Yellow T-Shirts advance after tight series with Dragons
The Yellow T-Shirts are comfortable playing tight games this season and their patience paid off again on Monday night. N.Gilbert scored three straight goals, and the Yellow T-Shirts were able to rally and even the series after dropping the opening game. For how tight both sides play, scoring first was a must heading into game three. There was one area that the Yellow T-Shirts did well to get the edge over the Dragons, and that was their fore checking style. A perfect example of it was the resilient play of L.Folini, who caused all sorts of problems for the Dragons defence. And while that was just one aspect of his game, L.Folini brought it step further posting two quick early goals in game three, both with the help of N.Gilbert"s perfect feeds. The Dragons still had plenty of time left over, and even though they cut the lead in half, M.Trivissono and the Yellow T-Shirts weren't planning to let this one slip away. As expected, this series was as close as it gets with all three games decided by a goal if not counting an empty net marker in game number two.
(3)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts(2) Game 1
(5)Yellow T-Shirts vs Dragons (3) Game 2
(1)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts (2) Game 3
G.Pisanelli combines for six goals in a pair of easy wins for the LG HC
Led by a standout six goal performance by G.Pisanelli, two goals apiece-from A.Stamiris and E.Girouard, the LG HC gave the Chic Choc no chance on Monday night. Already a very good team, the LG HC played their finest hockey, and why not since it's a big playoff round. They rarely show up with a full roster but tonight they pulled out all their assets suggesting that they meant business. F.Baratta, although he let in only two goals, still needed to be sharp in the opening moments of the series. The Chic Choc started off strong, had power play pressure and managed to get a pair passed Baratta. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold up in the second period where G.Pisanelli and the LG HC took off with four goals. The win advances the LG HC into the final where they'll face off against the Yellow T-Shirts. Clearly, they will be the favourites heading into the final stretch of the playoff season. The onus will be on the Yellow T-Shirts in order to formulate a game plan while relying heavily on M.Trivisonno to make plenty of key saves. As for the LG HC, as long as they have G.Pisanelli present along with A.Stamiris's rocket launcher-from anywhere on the court, then they'll be just fine.
(6)LG HC vs Chic(2) Game 1
(0)Chic Choc vs LG HC(6) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Livio Folini of the Yellow T-Shirts. Determined to make a difference, L.Folini did not disappoint, especially in the final game where he riffled two big goals.
Monday April 26 (Final, first division)
Punishers, crowned winners of first division
Considering the kind of season the Punishers had, this end result came to be expected, at least for the Punishers. The first game was only decided when C.Gingras snapped a late 2-2 tie. The Communists played an all around decent game remaining neck in neck with their opponent. However, the same couldn't be said for the second encounter. Plenty of what went wrong early on was the incapability to take advantage of some glorious power play opportunities. The Communists fell behind early but had a chance to redeem themselves only to give up two shorthanded goals. Despite the amount of time left over, both sides knew the fate of their season. C.Gingras scored two out of their three tallies with a man short while M.Arkalis netted the other. N.Mackeen wasn't overly busy but made sure to keep the Communists off the score sheet until the game was already out of reach. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to John Fidrilis and the rest of the Punishers for capturing the 4vs4 first division title.
(3)Punishers vs Communists (2) Game 1
(6)Communists vs Punishers (1) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. It's practically a safe that C.Gingras will get you that big goal. In tonight's biggest games of the season, the talented forward was clutch netting the winner in game one while bagging a pair of shorthanded markers in game two.
Sunday April 28 (Semi finals)
(4)Lynx vs Slayers (8) Game 2
A.Mirolla leads way as Slayers even series with Lynx
With the Lynx taking a crucial game one only a week ago, the Slayers needed a push-from any of their dormant top forwards. A.Mirolla scored twice in a quick succession, added his third early in the second period and capped off an incredible four goal performance by feeding an empty cage .A desperate start was to be expected- from the Slayers. The Lynx understood this and managed to weather the storm even though they trailed 3-2 after one period. It was-from that point on that this game took one direction. The Slayers hit their fifth and final gear as early as the second period where they buried the contest on three quick tallies. All the Lynx could do at that point was to figure out on how to adjust in an ensuing fifteen minute mini game.
(1)Lynx vs Slayers (4) Game 3
Late goals propel Slayers
While the Slayers will be advancing to the final, the Lynx will be kicking themselves after losing the way they did. P.Stroubakis scored early on a power play, and the Lynx were awarded a second power play opportunity to put a strangle hold on the game. Instead, it was the Slayers that struck shorthanded courtesy of V.Confuorti. That moment in the match was clearly the determining factor on why the Slayers advanced. Since a mini game is only fifteen minutes, the Lynx knew that a 2-0 lead would have most likely confirmed their spot to the final. Still, they had a chance to break a 1-1 tie but the gamble didn't pay off. It took less than one minute for J.Scalia and V.Confuorti to score and ultimately put a stamp to the series. Both players each scored twice. For how close the series was, the Slayers were glad to be on the side of a storming finish.
(1)Shockers vs Icons(4) Game2
Shockers no solutions for E.Girouard
Yes, you can argue the Icons have plenty of players that can score and beat you in any kind of way. And maybe that's the reason why the Shockers didn't focus so much on E.Girouard and what he did during this entire series. After collecting a hat trick in the previous encounter, the right handed sniper re produced a carbon copied effort in this contest. E.Girourad never gives enough time for any defenders to reach his stick. Once the ball reaches his sweet spot, it's off to the back of the net usually, giving net minders barely a chance to strive across and make the save. But as much as Girouard put on a clinic, the Icons overall are a built power house team. The Shockers figured they needed to keep the game close for as long as possible but couldn't match up early as they found themselves trailing 3-1 after one period. Despite the amount of time left over, the damage had already been done. The Icons did an excellent job neutralising their opponent while controlling the game like they often do.
Now that the semi final round is over, the showcase for what many expected will feature the Slayers taking on the Icons. Expect this one to be close as both teams are well rounded and have all the elements to take it all. There will be only one are of the series that will determine who comes out on top. Since both teams really want to win and have plenty of pride, avoiding the penalty box will be their biggest challenge. This is the one area that P.Chiotis of the Icons and P.Kotsornithis of the Slayers will need to stress to their players.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincenzo Confuorti of the Slayers. His shorthanded goal in game three perhaps shifted the series for the Slayers. V.Confuorti tied the game with a man less, and added his second during the same match to finish with a total of four points in both games.
Friday April 26 (Final)
(1)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers(3) Game 1
Brewers use three third period goals to top Devil Dawgz
Facing the top team of the second division, Friday night provided another tough challenge for the Brewers, who have been heating up after their sweep with the Pillows. While both teams entered the final frame scoreless, the Brewers were the ones to break the barrier on three consecutive goals. G.Lemire, T.Adamacopoulos and G.Bakas all scored while P.Paikopoulos tallied late for the Devil Dawgz. The Devil Dawgz felt they played well for two straight periods which simply wasn't good enough. That being said, B.Tzavaras took the time to address the necessary needs heading into game two.
(3)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(6) Game 2
Devil Dawgz bounce back to down Brewers in Game 2
The Brewers weren't able to respond to the desperation that the Devil Dawgz set forth in this important contest. Clearly, they knew that a major push back was to be expected, and while they couldn't t weather the storm, the Devil Dawgz would ultimately prevail in the end. The importance of scoring first is so incredibly vital when it comes to playoff hockey. The Devil Dawgz made sure to get on board early to shift the pressure the other way. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, A.Jalilvand notched his second right before J.Constantin provided a four goal cushion. By that point, there was almost no way the Brewers were coming back. The only positive that they took was that T.Fernando participated in all three tallies. Even though it wasn't enough, the Brewers hoped to feed off the momentum heading in what would be the biggest game of the season.
(1)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(2) O.T Game 3
A.Jalilvand's slap shot delivers final blow to series, Devil Dawgz crowned champions
The drama of sports is real and true. Entering their most important game of the season, both sides put everything they played for on the line. And for how close it was, neither team was shocked that extra time would decide a winner. The Devil Dawgz did strike first very early on but couldn't protect it as T.Fernando came running in riffling a hard wrist shot to tie the game. Just prior to the dying moments of the match, T.Fernando missed out on a glorious chance to end the series. Instead, an ensuing overtime period set the stage for another big moment in the series. Thirty seconds was all it took for A.Jalilvand to riffle a perfect slap shot that found its way to the back of the net. The Devil Dawgz knew that any shot on net could work, and why not since it could decide a championship. They managed to find a way and get their first. For how close this series was, both teams showed that they were very deserving. But with championship games leaving room for only one team to prevail, the Devil Dawgz were glad to be on the winning side of it. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to Bill Tzavaras and the Devil Dawgz for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the Devil Dawgz. Whenever he gets the chance to shot it, odds are good that his wicked slap shop finds the back of the net. The Devil Dawgz were able to celebrate an incredible run thanks to their sniper.
Thursday April 25 (D Final)
(5)SBS Trashers vs Job on Demand(4) S.O Game 1
SBS Trashers come-from behind to shock Job on Demand
The SBS Trashers rebounded-from a dismal start to stun the Job on Demand. The Job on Demand entered the series with a dangerous offense and a suspect defensive game. You almost can never go wrong when being up 3-0 passed the mid way point of a game. What started as a statement for the Job on Demand turned into a message -from the SBS Trashers. Giving up four straight goals in a playoff match is something that is simply unacceptable. Rather than shutting down their opponent, the Job on Demand kept the mentality of trying to run up the score. The comeback charge was led by Joe Scalia and A.Gentile as both players each scored twice. The SBS Trashers thought they had this wrapped up in regulation time when J.Scalia tallied with less than two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, one miss hap led to a costly turn over that saw G.Pisanelli take advantage with only 3 seconds on the clock. Luckily enough for the SBS Trashers, an ensuing shootout went in their favor. A.Gentile was the only player to score while R.Pampena locked up the win denying three straight attempts.
(5)Job on Demand vs SBS Trashers(6) Game 2
Job on Demand relive nightmare, SBS Trashers crowned champions
There is nothing that's going to sugar coat this monumental folding of the tent by the Job on Demand. It's barely acceptable to squander a massive lead in one game, but to do it twice, they'll have only themselves to blame. For a second straight time, the Job on Demand built a three goal cushion on to see it vanish into thin air. Now that's not to take away-from what the SBS Trashers accomplished on this night. There is something that's quite remarkable when a team is able to overcome such a deficit, especially twice in the same night of a final. F.Gentile and Joe Scalia were a big part of the comeback effort netting two goals apiece. However, the key goal did come-from A.Gentile, who riffled a beauty with just over a minute left on the clock. Clearly, the Job on Demand didn't take notes on how to address what happened to them earlier, and in the end, they blew a glorious opportunity to take this series. Instead, the acolytes belong to the SBS Trashers, who showed that they believed in one another. Never did they once give up, making one shift count more than the other. The SBS Trashers kept a positive mentality, and in doing so, got everything they deserved. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Eric Panzera and the SBS Trashers for claiming the D Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Gentile of the SBS Trashers. After collecting three points in game one, A.Gentile finished off the series in style by riffling a beautiful rocket that gave P.Assadi absolutely no chance.
Wednesday April 24 (E Wednesday final)
(2)Bramabulls vs Left Wings(3) Game 1
Left Wings top Bramabulls in tight affair
The Left Wings stressed calm and composure heading into their final with the Bramabulls. And by the time game one ended, the first part of the mission was accomplished. J.Adamou, V.Ladouceur and M-A Morin all scored and B.Verducci was again exceptional earning a close 3-2 win. The Bramabulls found themselves trailing 2-1 after one period. Considering how easily they can score, that small deficit didn't worry many of the Bramabulls players. But it seemed no matter how hard they tried to bounce back, things just weren't working out for them. Instead, the Left Wings widened their margin and had the luxury of playing with a two goal lead. The only time the Bramabulls potted their second came towards the end of the contest where they just didn't have enough time to even the score.
(4)Left Wings vs Bramabulls(5) Game 2
M.Detorre hat trick levels the series for Bramabulls
M.Detorre had a hat trick, A.Mirolla netted the winner and the Bramabulls gave themselves a chance to extend the series with the Left Wings. Desperation kicked in right away with Detorre striking twice by the five minute mark of the first period. The Bramabulls understood the importance of a great start. Rather than playing-from behind, the Left Wings were now the ones caught chasing the game. They did however pull within one after a dominant second period. Unfortunately for the Left Wings, the Bramabulls regained their momentum early in the third period on two goals in what appeared to be enough. That was until V.Ladouceur and T.Kyritsis responded with two consecutive tallies only to run out of race track.
(1)Left Wings vs Bramabulls(0) Game 3
Left Wings claim E Wednesday division title on G.Gaitanis power play goal
It didn't matter how they got it, or who got it, as long as they got it done first. Both sides fully understood the importance of striking first in a 15 minute mini game to decide matters. After taking an unfortunate penalty, the Bramabulls had the challenge of killing off two crucial minutes. The problem however was that the Left Wings were committed to make their chance count. When you have J.Adamou quarter backing a five man unit, the odds are good that a quality scoring chance or chances are on the way. G.Gaitanis is no stranger to finding the back of the net and made sure to bury a golden opportunity after being set up by Adamou. The Bramabulls did have enough of time for an equaliser but kept hitting the same problem like in game one, and that was running into a solid defence and stubborn net minder. As expected by many, this series had the potential to go the distance with all three games decided by only one goal. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Nick Sotiropoulos and the Left Wings for claiming the E Wednesday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ben Verducci of the Left Wings. When it comes to the big moments, the Left Wings felt comfortable relying on their goaltender. Verducci was stellar throughout the entire series and what better way to summarise it on a 1-0 shutout victory.
Wednesday April 24 (F Wednesday final)
(6)Fat Roy vs Horsemen (5) S.O Game 1
Back and forth action goes to Fat Roy in shootout
Though tempted throughout a back and forth affair on Wednesday night, the Fat Roy refused to let their head to head with the high energy Horsemen slip out of their grasp. This win featured almost everything you could ask for in a meaningful game. From-the get go, both teams were off to the races generating plenty of scoring that can only give goaltenders fits. Despite the high octane offense, a 45 minute game still wasn't enough to decide a winner. The pressure would eventually take place in the shootout where both net minders had a chance to steal the show. J.Pantelis was and is always a logical choice when it comes to the breakaways. The Fat Roy forward collected two assists during the match while netting the lone shootout marker. On the flip side, the Horsemen had three attempts to get at least one but failed to solve J.Sanoudakis, who finished strong to collect an important victory.
(3)Horsemen vs Fat Roy(4) Game 2
Unlikely hero G.Lallis leads Fat Roy to glory
G.Lallis doesn't score many goals but prevents many for how sound he plays defensively. But G.Lallis made this rare one count more than your average tally. For a second straight game, this series appeared to be headed for a shootout,that was up until G.Lallis riffled the winner with only ten seconds left on the score board. Fat Roy knew how important it was to try and win this game. So with the score tied 3-3, they were firing on all cylinders making sure that the Horsemen don't get any sort if life. P.Elizardo and N.Gikas were also vital for the victory as both players collected three points each. In a series that could have easily gone either way, Fat Roy kept showing their never quit attitude that helped decide it all. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and Fat Roy for capturing the F Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to George Lallis of Fat Roy. Of all the players throughout the Fat Roy line up who can ever score a huge goal and win a playoff series, G.Lallis isn't the first player that comes to mind. But when his team needed him the most, G.Lallis came through providing perhaps the mast important tally of the season.
Tuesday April 23(Semi finals)
(8)Capitals vs AREZ(1) Game 1
Capitals offence explodes in game 1 rout over AREZ
Even if the AREZ knew what they were up against it still didn't matter. The Capitals pushed hard in the opening minutes and eventually got rewarded with three first period goals. This contest wasn't a case of one or two players making a difference. Apart-from M-A Bernier scoring twice, six other players took turns finding the back of the net. C.Fortin stopped just over 20 shots allowing only M.Monteschio to beat him. Everyone knew that the Capitals entered this series as heavy favourites. Knowing this, the AREZ weren't able to apply their game plan as they were forced to chase the game.
(3)Punishers vs United Armenians(1) Game 1
Punishers break stalemate on a pair of third period power play goal
For over two periods both sides put together a solid defensive effort. The conservative play didn't allow much space, that was up until some power play time enabled the Punishers to break the barrier. C.Gingras ended the drought, J.Chiropoulos also struck with the man advantage and the Punishers barely edged out a relentless United Armenians hockey team. It didn't come easy but the Punishers made sure to push hard for three full periods in order to come out on top.
(1)AREZ vs Capitals(5) Game 2
AREZ attempt aggressive style but pay the price on Capitals power play
The AREZ had to change something about their game after a thumping defeat only an hour ago. And perhaps by playing the Capitals a little more physical was the way to go. The problem with that comes the risk of visiting the penalty box, a place that you don't want to end up in when facing the Capitals. Every single goal except for the empty net marker all came with the man advantage. The AREZ were never able to get a good penalty kill going, and in the end paid the price in this game. To their credit, AREZ tried something that could have shifted the series. Unfortunately, the Capitals are simply that good and unless you play a perfect match the odds are stacked against you. The win came with the help of E.Lemieux's two power play goals and a 15 save performance by C.Fortin.
(2)United Armenians vs Punishers(4) Game 2
Punishers third period heroics pave way to final
The Punishers stuck to an unconventional winning formula on Tuesday night. For a second straight game of an important double header night, the Punishers saved their best for last. The United Armenians saw their slight 2-1 lead turn into an instant deficit when J.Chiropoulos and C.Kakivelis scored early in the third period. Despite the amount of time left over, the Punishers weren't taking chances to let this game slip away, especially how well the United Armenians were battling. Those two tallies provided plenty of confidence to the Punishers bench. It took about six minutes-from that point for C.Stamadianos to increase the lead and ultimately put a stamp to the series.
For a second straight season the Punishers and the Capitals will be squaring off for the ultimate price. The Punishers took the previous meeting which will only inspire M.Champagne and his troops to even the score. Both teams resemble each other in many ways. From-their top heavy line up to their sound defensive game along with stellar goaltending, this series could easily go either way. That being said, the Capitals may have that extra hunger which will force the Punishers to never let up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Chiropoulos of the Punishers. In two close games versus the United Armenians, J.Chiropoulos notched the winner in game one and the tying marker in game number two.
Tuesday April 23 (Premier semi final)
(5)GK vs River Rats(2) Game 1
GK pull away with third period outburst to take series lead
A power full offence proved to be too much for the River Rats. The GK erupted for three goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 victory. S.Bellefleur was able to snap the tie while P.Genereux capped it off with his second of the night. Throughout two periods, the River Rats held their own keeping the game extremely close. With the win, the GK will have chance to put an end to the series. It will be up to the River Rats to find solutions in what won't be an easy game two.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P.Genereux. The forward had a multi goal performance and was a constant threat with his high ability to score goals.
Tuesday April 30 (Premier semi final)
(4)GK vs River Rats(2) Game 2
GK advance to final thanks to a pair of late goals
Two late goals-from T.Pham and Y.Labonte meant that the GK advanced to the final with a double up victory over the River Rats. The see saw effect saw the GK end the first period strong on a pair of tallies -from K.Kuczmarski and M.David. Even if the River Rats weren't sharp early, they did tweak their game as they responded with two unanswered markers to even the score heading into the final frame. Unfortunately for the River Rats, the comeback all went out the door. The contest was heading into its last five minutes when T.Pham regained the lead for the GK. This time, they made sure to close it out for good. With this result, the GK will be facing off a familiar opponent in the Black Knights.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.Pham of the GK. With the game deadlocked 2-2, T.Pham broke the tie leaving all but five minutes on the clock.
April. 22, 2019
Black Knights finish in first place in Premier division.
Congratulations to the Black Knights who edge out GK to claim #1 seed in the Premier division. The Black Knights will face either GK or River Rats in the Premier finals.
The 2019 Men’s B - C - D , Women's B National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the Quebec Ball Hockey Association in Montreal, QC July 18-21, 2019. Please NOTE that teams need to be prepared to start at 8am on Thursday, July 18th. Please plan to arrive Wednesday July 17th so you are ready to play.
The Quebec Ball Hockey Association is rebranding!Today we present our new logo with a new name: Ball Hockey Quebec
In this new logo, we see the famous orange ball representing the sport of ball/dek hockey. The province of Québec is represented by the fleur-de-lis, and its classic form was deconstructed by detaching a petal from the flower to resemble the shape of the ball. The three shapes are surrounded by a circle representing all 3x3, 4x4 and 5x5 leagues and players under the banner.
Stay tuned for more information from the official governing body of ball hockey in Québec!
Monday April 22 (Semi finals)
Armadillos fall apart to Communists after strong start
Despite having their backs against the wall, the Communists were revived thanks to a pair of power play goals in the second game. The Armadillos got stuck taking too many penalties, and in doing so, paid the ultimate price. Still, the series wasn't over as both teams had all but a twelve minute period to decide it. The inspired 3-1 victory carried into the final stretch for the Communists, who made sure to take advantage of a vulnerable opponent. J.Argyropoulos and C-A Mayrand scored less than a minute apart and M.Melo had another incredible outing allowing only a very late goal to beat him. The winning formula for the Communists in games 2 & 3 was simple, and that was to patiently wait for their chances while getting exceptional goaltending.
(4)Armadillos vs Communists (1) Game 1
(3)Communists vs Armadillos (1) Game 2
(1)Armadillos vs Communists (2) Game 3
Les Yables fail to weather the storm, Punishers dominate both games
Les Yables knew that it would have taken a few factors in order to defeat the Punishers with only two changes to their bench. A big part of their game plan was to try and keep it close as long as possible. For nearly an entire period, it appeared to be the case, but that was up until A.Kobayati scored late in the frame for a 3-1 lead. Kobayati, however wasn't done yet bagging his second right away in the ensuing frame. Clearly, that marker sent signals to both sides that the Punishers were heading into game two with the series on their side. The question at that point was to see how Les Yables would be able to respond. Unfortunately, they suffered a similar fate conceding four straight markers in the first period alone. The Punishers were simply relentless on this night getting a full out effort-from every single players. S.Athanasopoulos and M.Arkalis each buried their second in an empty net while for a second straight match, N.Mackeen stood tall allowing only one goal per game.
(5)Punishers vs Les Yables(1) Game 1
(1)Les Yables vs Punishers (7) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathew Melo of the Communists. Determined to bounce back after dropping game one, the net minder did not disappoint and was a major reason why the Communists strung two consecutive wins in order to pass.
The Punishers and the Communists will meet in the final of the first division. It will be important for both sides to identify on who to watch. This series will come down to playing it smart by focusing on each other's strengths while avoiding meaningless penalties.
The second division will have their semi finals take place next Monday. The match ups are as follows:
(1)LG HC vs Chic Choc(4) With each team solid up front, goaltending may decide who advances. The Chic Choc won't have a choice but to get exceptional-goaltending from their pillar in net. The good news is that F.Peloquin can live up to the task as he has proven for the entire season.
(2)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts (3) Expect a stingy series with neither side giving much. The only way the score gets runned up is if the trailing team starts to take chances.
Sunday April 21(Semi finals)
(6)Icons vs Shockers (1) Game 1
Icons ride hot power play to thumping of Shockers
The Shockers kept drawing penalties and the Icons kept scoring. The Icons put themselves in the driver's seat with a power play performance that was incredibly powerful. Five out of their six goals all came with the man advantage. E.Girouard led the way on three consecutive markers in the second period alone. The Shockers appeared to be ready when T.Salberg notched the games first goal. But that lasted only so long as the Icons took over by the second on four unanswered tallies. Clearly, it wasn't the start the Shockers were looking for. The only positive is that they'll have an entire week to figure out how to avoid what just transpired.
(3)Slayers vs Lynx(4) Game 1
Lynx showing they mean business, Slayers stuck searching for answers
Its only one game but the Lynx are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular season record. R.Beaver had two goals, P.Stroubakis collected three assists and S.Catalano was brilliant making key saves between the pipes. The Lynx played their best hockey in the second period where the stunned the Slayers on three unanswered goals. Far-from convincing, the Slayers did make things interesting when M.Dettore pulled his team within one. That tally left over nine minutes for an equaliser, a goal that would never come due to how well the Lynx defended. The Slayers just realised that regular season is different -from playoffs. And even though the alarms are going off, sometimes adversity is good to have when stuck in these situations. One week will give them plenty of time on how to address all the necessary details in order to advance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of the Icons. In the second period alone, E.Girouard distanced the game after posting three consecutive goals for a hat trick.
Friday April 19(Semi finals)
(5)Brewers vs The Pillows(4) Game 2
Brewers hang on to close out series
With their backs against the wall in a pivotal game, the Pillows fell short against a more determined Brewers team. The Pillows had a week to thing about how to adjust and still couldn't find any answers to try and even the series. S.Bakas and S.Fabrici started the scoring festivities as both players combined for an impressive nine points. Despite trailing by three, the Pillows seized back some momentum on two late second period goals. The only problem was that they faced a stubborn net minder by the third period. G.Platanitis was simply that good denying many shots and some quality chances. The Brewers entered this series respecting a game plan that ultimately pulled them through to the final.
(1)Excalibur vs Devil Dawgz(7) Game 2
Offensive onslaught puts Devil Dawgz through to final
By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Devil Dawgz earned an easy win and a ticket to the final. It showed-from the drop of the ball that the Devil Dawgz would eventually pull though. A.Moniz, not known for his scoring had an incredible first period striking twice for a 2-0 lead. That was his first of three on the night which is usually rare for a defenseman. Regardless who did the scoring, the Devil Dawgz won this series by committee. M.Trivisonno was solid allowing only F.Bchara to get the better of him. J.Melo was also very productive accumulating five points as was H.Berberyan who closed off the scoring after setting up three markers.
With both series ending in a sweep ,the Devil Dawgz and the Brewers will meet in the final of the Masters 35+ second division. The Brewers will look to do the same against the Devil Dawgz like they did versus the Pillows, and that is to create shooting lanes while having someone go to the net. A simple game plan is often the right game plan and the Brewers will look to cause another surprise if the Devil Dawgz don't take them serious.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to George Bakas of the Brewers. Never once did the jitter bug forward stop running. His commitment to compete paid high dividends resulting in two goals and two assists.
Wednesday April 17 (E Semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs Bramabulls(6) Game 2
Bramabulls storm out of gate to even series
The Fat Cats knew what was coming and were powerless to stop it. The Bramabulls came out hard in the first period alone where M.Detorre participated in all four goals for a convincing 4-1 lead. That period was enough to send a clear message that the Bramabulls weren't backing down. The Fat Cats did slow down the storm with the help of J.Scalia's two goals but it wasn't nearly enough for any miraculous comeback. Both teams had to prepare for a 15 minute or more mini game that would determine who passes.
(2)Fat Cats vs Bramabulls(3) Game 3
Good habits continue in game 3, Bramabulls advance to E Final
Unable to address another ugly start, the Fat Cats missed out on defeating a heavy favourite. They knew that anything can happen in only fifteen minutes which suggests how important it is to score first. Instead, the Bramabulls got there first and built on it when T.Karasek doubled the lead. F.Gentile would respond quickly to pull within one. The next segment of the game perhaps determined the series. The Fat Cats were awarded a four minute power play, and rather than tying it up, M.Maggiore deflated all hope when netting a huge shorthanded goal. This series may have been far-from convincing for the Bramabulls, but they still found a way to overcome adversity by stringing together two big wins.
(1)UD Redz vs Left Wings(3) Game2
Left Wings provide stinging response to UD Redz
The Left Wings played to their strengths, and in doing so were able to extend the series with the UD Redz. Experience teams typically win in this fashion. They jump off to a good start and make life extremely difficult for any sort of response. The UD Redz realised how difficult it was to try and bounce back into the game. Their only goal came only when the contest was out of reach. D.Provost-Jarry, M-A Morin and T.Kyritsis each found the back of the net for the Left Wings while J.Abou-Sabha spoiled B.Verducci's shutout with just over a minute remaining.
(0)UD Redz vs Left Wings(1) Game 3
UD Redz stuck in a trap,Left Wings punch ticket to final
The Left Wings were again crisp on defence, and B.Verducci was sharp stopping all 11 shots to help advance the Left Wings to the final. The UD Redz understood the importance of striking first, especially the way the previous match ended. Unfortunately, they were stuck playing-from behind against a team that barely gave anything. Throughout both games, the Left Wings were stingier than scrooge on Christmas. Their lone goal came-from J.Adamou, which was just enough to make the difference in the match.
After finding themselves trailing in the series, the Bramabulls and Left Wings were able to overcome a tough hurdle. Both teams will now battle it out in the final. This series will be a pressure packed meeting where the losing team has to head into summer finishing well short of expectations. Expect your typical tight playoff hockey. The key for both sides comes down to disciple.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ben Verducci of the Left Wings. Apart-from giving up an irrelevant goal, the net minder was flawless. B.Verducci collected two big wins that included a shutout in the Left Wings most important game of the season.
F Semi finals:
(6)Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks (5) S.O Game 2
Horsemen recover after late scare
It looked like the Mighty Drunks were down and out after the five minute mark of the third period. After all, they trailed 4-1 and had nothing going for them. But that was up until a late surge nearly shifted the series in the opposite direction. The Mighty Drunks did something remarkable, and that was stringing three goals as of the 10:30 mark of the final frame. M-A Desrosiers had scored right before Y.Dube struck twice to even the score. The only problem was that they had another step to overcome in order to even the series. This one area known as a shootout had favoured the Horseman only a week ago. Still, it is considered a coin toss and anything can happen. Unfortunately for the Might Drunks, the magic just wasn't there. The Horsemen keep showing that no matter how much in a bind they find themselves, they keep finding ways to win. Tonight was no exception with T.Karasek and his captain V.Pandza capitalising in the shootout.
(7)Fat Roy vs Carnage (1) Game 2
Fat Roy close out series with ease
For a period, this contest didn't have the indicators of where the match was headed. Then, the second period happened and signs pointed to one team. Fat Roy took over on three unanswered goals and Carnage knew they didn't have much a push back in their game. C.Zafiropoulos led the charge early on with two tallies followed with T.Fernando also finding the back of the net twice. After facing 20 shots, J.Sanoudakis stopped nearly all of them except for M.Pace's.
With Fat Roy and the Horsemen sweeping the semi final rounds, both sides have one more task ahead of them to see who will prevail in the F Wednesday final. Nothing will come easy for the two teams. The Horsemen are doing just enough to squeeze out games in any scenario. Till this point, Fat Roy are riding a six game winning streak and will look to add a couple more before its said and done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. The captain was able to finish off a close series by netting the game winning shootout marker versus the Mighty Drunks.
Monday April 15
(1)River Rats vs Black Knights (8)
A.Aubut, J.Gagne complete hat tricks in Knights 8-2 rout of River Rats
Unless they got off to a solid start, the River Rats knew they were in for a long night. They did manage to strike first but that was about it. The Black Knights ended the first period strong on three quick goals only to never look back en route to an easy win. Things started to get a little chippy by the second period. The River Rats got into penalty trouble which allowed the Black Knights to benefit three consecutive times. A.Aubut had already impressed his teammates with his poise when first dressing with the Black Knights but that was nothing compared with what he did tonight. The young talent broke out scoring once in every frame that included the winner. In addition to his performance, J.Gagne continues to be a dominant force in the Premier division. The crafty forward had another masterful game, also posting a hat trick while setting up Aubut on two occasions.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alex Aubut of the Black Knights. The young talent settled in and went about his game finding the back of the net three times for a hat trick.
Tuesday April 16
(2)AREZ vs GK(4)
AREZ effort vs GK something to build on despite loss
The AREZ may have dropped the game but might have proven something to themselves anyway .At the very least, they felt like they could hang with one of the best teams in ball hockey. This game was only decided by the very last play of the game when J.Bradley fed an empty cage. Up until that point, the GK carried a slight 3-2 lead. P.DiGiacomo snapped a 2-2 third period tie leaving ten minutes for AREZ to respond. Even though they couldn't get there, the AREZ felt good about their game. From-the opening draw, each shift was dialled up to be more intense than the other. Cleary, they extremely looked prepared despite losing.
(3)AREZ vs United Armenians (6)
United Armenians take advantage of tired AREZ
They just came off a brilliant effort and were stuck playing a second straight game without any room to breathe. Knowing this, the United Armenians played it smart and too their advantage. By simply working it a shift at a time, good things would eventually happen. After settling for a 1-1 first period tie, E.Mavroudis and A.Melkonian would each score and the United Armenians would enter the final stretch carrying a 3-2 lead. It showed by then that the AREZ were running out of steam. K.Kavan put the dagger posting two late goals including an empty net marker. Despite the loss, M-A Haber helped set up two markers while netting one himself in the third period.
(1)Punishers vs Capitals (2)
Capitals edge out Punishers in battle for first place
The Capitals and the Punishers found themselves in a duel of fates on Tuesday night to see who could break the tie and take first place of the division. The game was a tight one as expected, with scoring done in only the second period. During that frame, the Capitals scored twice with goals-from M-A Morin and E.Lemieux. Towards the end of the period, A.Cote finally got the Punishers on board to pull within one. But the Capitals weren't giving much on this night making the Punishers offense work for every inch. After peppering C.Fortin with 24 shots, the net minder wasn't budging allowing only Cote to beat him. This result puts a stamp on the regular season for the C bracket.
All four teams will be participating in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1) Capitals vs AREZ(4) AREZ know that in order to have a chance they need to keep it close and tight while getting exceptional goaltending. The Capitals are simply more skilled as a team and will use their talent in their quest for bigger and better things to come.
(2)Punishers vs United Armenians (3) The United Armenians will need to find a way to take the lead. When playing up, the opposition tends to take risks and that's where the United Armenians will need to take advantage. But just like in the other series, the Punishers have a ton of fire power which will make them incredibly hard to stop.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Claude Fortin of the Capitals. Limiting the Punishers to only one goal isn't easy to do but Fortin was able to manage it after facing 24 shots.
Thursday April 18
(5)GK Lite vs Bengals HC(2)
S.Leclair riffles a pair to help lead GK Lite over Bengals HC
With the help of two goals by S.Leclair, the GK Lite were able to defeat the Bengals HC On Thursday night. The GK Lite took the second period by storm doing most of the damage with three markers. C.St-Hilaire scored just prior to the mid way point that held up for the winner. The Bengals HC did the right thing by striking first courtesy of C.Plaisir. The problem is that in order to defeat the GK Lite, more was needed. K.Kuczmarski eventually evened the score before setting up Leclaire both times.
(2)Band Aids vs Quebec Masters(5)
Quebec Masters use five different goal scorers to defeat Band Aids
It was an impressive offensive showing for the Quebec Masters as five different goal scorers helped defeat the Band Aids. And although he didn't find the back of the net, R.Rourke helped make three goals happen. Things started off good for the Band Aids when A.Guillemette scored early. Unable to build on it, the Band Aids saw the game slowly drift away .The next four tallies belonged to the Quebec Masters, who never looked back securing a 5-2 victory. J.Urquhart notched the winner and C.Fortin stopped 23 of 25 shots allowing only A.Guillemette to get the better of him.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to S.Leclair of the GK Lite. After setting up his clubs opening goal, S.Leclair wasn't done yet adding two markers as the only multi goal scorer of the contest.
Monday April 15
Tocas forced hunting a pair of wins
Forced to collect a pair of victories in order to clinch a playoff spot, the Tocas had nothing going for them versus the Yellow T-Shirts. And it showed as early as the opening faceoff. The Yellow T-Shirts dictated much of the pace exposing a noticeable problem-from the Tocas, which was that they couldn't contain a more determined hockey club. This contest also had meaning for the Yellow T-Shirts, who wanted to avoid a first round match up by needing to collect at least two points. A.Zarzour and J.Vinet collected three points each while M.Trivisonno shut the door en route to a 5-0 victory. The ensuing match had a similar outcome with the Yellow T-Shirts ousting a discouraged side 6-1.Again, A.Zarzour and J.Vinet made the most noise combining for five goals.
(5)Yellow T-Shirts vs Tocas(0)
(1)Tocas vs Yellow T-Shirts(6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of the Yellow T-Shirts. The shifty forward had a productive night striking five times as part of a seven point performance.
This single contest concluded the regular season of the second division.
The match ups are as follows:
(1)LG HC plays winner of (4)Chic Choc vs Immigrant(5) Two hard working teams will be battling it out in this round. With no quit in their game, limiting the amount of mistakes will be crucial for who advances. Les Immigrant need to avoid taking penalties against a team that will likely hurt you on the power play.
(2)Dragons vs Yellow T-Shirts(3) It will be your typical chess match style series for how much experience each side bring to the table. Perhaps some boring hockey will take place but that won't matter as both teams look to get results instead of impressing an audience.
Punishers shape up in second encounter after taking multiple penalties
You aren't doing yourself any favours when visiting the penalty box, especially in a 4vs4 format. The Punishers learned a hard lesson in the second period where the Communists exposed them on three power play goals. Four small minutes was all it took for the first match to be decided. M.Nadeau, J.Argyropoulos and S-A Longo each tallied with the man advantage while D.Provost-Jarry continues his tear bagging two goals. The good news for the Punishers was that they had another shot at addressing their woes. This time, they got it right limiting their trips to the detention centre. From-the beginning of the match, the Punishers were absolutely relentless outplaying, out matching and finally outscoring the Communists by a substantial amount. The win came with the help of a pair of goals by K.Tsoukalas and A.Kobayati.
(5)Communists vs Punishers (2)
(6)Punishers vs Communists (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. The net minder helped bounce back his team in the second encounter where he slowed down the Communists offense to only one goal on 15 shots.
The first division regular season ended on this result. All four teams will be playing in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Armadillos vs Communists (4) You can argue that the Armadillos have an overall balanced team covering all areas of the game. And with that being said, it would make sense that they'll prevail against the basement dwellers Communists. However, when you have arguably two of the better players in the division, anything can happen. J.Adamou and D.Provost-Jarry can practically win a game on their own.
(2)Punishers vs Les Yables(3) For how well both teams are built ,this series is up for grabs. Each side have game breakers up front while being surrounded with a solid supporting cast. Les Yables tend to play more disciplined hockey. It will be up to the Punishers to try and remain focused throughout the entire series.
Sunday April 14 (Playoffs Round 1)
(6)Lynx vs Fatal Demons (4)
Fatal Demons rally only to fall short in third period
The Fatal Demons rallied-from a three goal deficit, but ultimately fell to the Lynx on Sunday night. After trailing 3-0 only five minutes in, the Fatal Demons scored three straight to eventually even the score. Unfortunately, the momentum was cut once the third period hit. The Lynx were glad to have A.Abbandonato strike twice in only three minutes to regain control of the match. With so much on the line, the Lynx made sure to not repeat the same mistake. The win advances the Lynx into the net round where they'll take on the Slayers in a best of three semi final series. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Slayers vs Lynx(4) The Slayers got where they are by dominating the regular season and will look to continue their trend. For the Lynx, they will have no choice but to adjust the way they play. Rather than playing high octane run and gun hockey, tight defence in their own zone along with stellar goaltending -from S.Catalano is a bear requirement in order to have a chance.
(2)Icons vs Shockers (3) Many may be suggesting the Icons to advance in this round. But let's not forget that the Shockers have two solid lines that can put up serious numbers. There shouldn't me much separating the two teams up front. Just like in the other series, solid defence and goaltending should determine the difference.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to A.Abbandonato of the Lynx. At a crucial time during the game, A.Abbandonato came through posting two big third period goals to help lead his club past the Fatal Demons.
Friday April 12 (Final division 1)
(5)Killer Wolves vs National (2) Game 1
Special teams favours Killer Wolves in game 1
The first period, like many first periods this season, the Killer Wolves always find a way to get the upper hand on any opponent. National had to battle back throughout the entire match in hopes of tying the game. Twice they pulled within one but were never able to get that much needed goal. Most of the Killer Wolves offense was concentrated on three players. J.Brunet buried three goals, K.Duplin notched a pair of key back to back tallies while R.Morne was the catalyst-from the back end setting up three markers. The one specific area that made the difference in this contest was that the Killer Wolves benefited twice with the man advantage while National were stuck going 0 for 5 on their power play.
(2)National vs Killer Wolves(5) Game 2
Killer Wolves crowned champions in Masters 35+ division
From-the moment J.Brunet opened the scoring in a shorthanded situation, the Killer Wolves felt confident about their chances. A 3-0 lead was built and protected for well over two periods and in large due to how well D.Laurie was playing in net. The Killer Wolves may be known for their high octane offense but a major reason for their success also lies between the pipes. Again, National failed to capitalise on their power play, this time going 0 for 3. On the flip side, V.Lamrache widened the gap by three after scoring a late second period power play marker. Finally, National did get on board solving Laurie twice in a very short span. Unfortunately, that was as close as it got for M.Pinheiro and his troops. E.Bastos eventually summarized the series on two late tallies.
The Killer Wolves got to this point and expected nothing less. The winning effort was typical of these Killer Wolves, with key players contributing in a big way. Only a perfect game-from any opponent would have halted their success, instead they went about their business and got what they deserved. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to David Lafleur and the rest of the Killer Wolves for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Daniel Laurie. Unless you beat him good, D.laurie wasn't budging. The net minder never allowed National to capitalise at crucial times during the series.
Division 2 Semi finals
(6)Devil Dawgz vs Excalibur (3) Game 1
Devil Dawgz dominant in game 1 win over Excalibur
Its only one game, but the Devil Dawgz clearly showed that they have the team to pull through. Everything went right-from their goaltending, solid defence and explosive offense. Two out of their six goals came on the power play. A.Jalilvand had a multi goal game and M.Trivisonno was sharp to earn the win in net. The Excalibur felt they didn't have much time with the ball for how well the Devil Dawgz pressure. If they are to have a chance to extend the series, S.Sauk will need to be brilliant for two straight games.
(4)The Pillows vs Brewers(5) S.O Game 1
A.Lanni sparks Brewers with hat trick
They kept it simple and it worked. The Brewers didn't complicate hockey in their close shootout win over the Pillows on Friday night. By simply shooting the ball toward the net and having someone there to pick up rebounds, the Brewers were able to execute. However, it did take an extra round of hockey to solidify the victory. That area of the game belonged to G.Platanitis, who used his aggressive style to deny four attempts. R.Hagen was the lone shooter to find the back of the net on a tricky wrist shot. Prior to the breakaways, the Brewers captain was definitely feeling it on this night. A.Lanni was often at the right place at the right time potting three out of his clubs four goals. This contest could have easily gone either way but the Brewers will carry the advantage up 1-0.
The SalumiVino player of the night belongs to Anthony Lanni. The pesky forward was on top of his game causing havoc that resulted in three big goals.
Thursday April 11(Semi finals)
(5)Underdogs vs SBS Trashers(6) S.O Game 2
SBS Trashers punch ticket to final on J.Scalia shootout winner
Joe Scalia scored in the shootout after P.Manousos tied it late in third period, and the SBS Trashers closed out their series with the Underdogs. If not for giving up two shorthanded goals, the Underdogs may have extended the series a little longer. Instead, they'll only be looking back at how they could have prevented a pair of blunders. F.Gentile and J.Guerriero each scored with the man short. As for the Underdogs, A.Sayed was once again relied on as the sharp shooter buried two markers with the man advantage. It's never ideal deciding your season in a shootout but the Underdogs had no choice after dropping the opening game. M-A Haber made a brilliant move to keeping it alive and was asked upon for a second time only to be denied by R.Pampena. Then, with J.Scalia chosen to take the fourth and possibly last attempt, the crafty forward was able to end it on a fake back hand move.
(8)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors(3) Game 2
Job on Demand cool off Sailors after long week
One week after being humiliated, the Job on Demand responded with authority to level the series with the Smooth Sailors. They knew that in order to respond, a full 45 minute game was required, and that's exactly what they got-from every single player. However, this contest was extremely close in the first half with the game levelled at three goals apiece. But by sticking to their game plan, the Job on Demand kept playing with a little more deliberate tempo and style that caused their opponents problems. P.Nakhle was an absolute force playing solid defensive hockey while contributing up front with three goals and an assist. Pedram Assadi had taken some unjust criticism, but the net minder proved his critics wrong as he was stellar stopping 21 of 24 shots.
(2)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors(1) Game 3
Sailors dethroned by rival
The Job n Demand wouldn't let the Smooth Sailors push them around anymore, and captured something they couldn't get in last season's final, which was a series victory. By playing every shift with a purpose, the Job on Demand were clearly on a mission and it paid off thanks to an overall committed effort. G.Pisanelli tapped in a loose ball right before setting up Payam Assadi for a perfect one timer and a 2-0 lead. That goal left just over two minutes on the clock. And while it may seem like a comfortable cushion, this contest was still far-from over. The Smooth Sailors wasted no time responding when S.Liparota ripped a slap shot-from centre court. The Smooth Sailors pulled out all their stops in search of an equaliser. Marco Diaco riffled at least two to three slap shots-from his sweet spot that nearly found the back of the net. At one point, someone had hit the cross bar, a sound that Pedram Assadi will describe as opera when it was said and done. It's never an easy task to defeat the reigning champs but the Job on Demand felt they had it in them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Job on Demand. In two crucial games, the net minder gave his team every chance possible to take the series. Assadi went well over two full periods of brilliant goaltending against a side that can score at will.
The D Thursday division is now down to its last two teams. The SBS Trashers will take on the Job on Demand for the big prize. While the SBS Trashers record is better, the Job on Demand are undoubtedly playing some of their finest hockey. This series will require everyone to step up. Expect your classic offense versus a defensive match up. The Job on Demand may have some deeper scoring up front but the SBS Trashers are disciplined in their own end with R.Pampena leading the charge in net. If Pedram Assadi repeats what he did tonight versus the Smooth Sailors, then they'll be fine, if not, look for the Trashers to pick up the hardware.
Wednesday April 10(E Semi finals)
(8)Bramabulls vs Fat Cats(9) Game 1
Bramabulls lose edge after perfect season
So much for a perfect regular season.Although losing the first game isn't the end of the world, the Bramabulls are stuck waiting an entire week to address how poor defensively they played on Wednesday night. Giving up nine goals in playoff hockey is a bad recipe for winning. The Fat Cats weren't any better but good enough to sneak out what was a wild affair. G.DeMarinis, F.Gentile, A.Henein and Joe Scalia did much of the scoring as all four players chipped in with a pair each. On the flip side of the court, D.Verta was clearly the Bramabulls best player notching half of his teams goals. This is a type of result that both sides can't be too pleased on how the game went. In order to win playoff hockey, many areas will need to be cleaned up heading into game two and possibly game three. For now, the Fat Cats will take it and hope to cause a major upset in one week's time.
(4)Left Wings vs UD Redz(5) S.O Game 1
R.Abdulahad scores late for UD Redz, F.Nasser stamps game 1 with shootout winner
Just when it looked like the Left Wings were on their way to victory, R.Abdulahad delivered some heroics by tying it up late. The UD Redz were than able to celebrate game one on a couple of key factors. First off, F.Nasser scored the lone shootout marker while Y.Beaulieu being the second reason by denying three shootout attempts. The Left Wings thought they had it wrapped up when S-A Longo provided the go ahead marker with less than two minutes remaining. That goal was met with an immediate response only 20 seconds later. Even though the Left Wings find themselves in a tough spot, this series is long-from being over. N.Sotiropoulos saw firsthand how resilient the UD Redz are, and will have no choice but to keep his club focused for an entire game or two.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ali Sayed of the UD Redz. He's done this many times before. The UD Redz sniper potted a pair helping his team take game one versus the Left Wings.
F Semi finals:
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Horsemen (6) S.O Game 1
Horsemen magic ride tops Mighty Drunks in shootout
For a team that was down and out, the Horsemen are looking more like a serious contender as the post season evolves. Tonight's 6-5 shootout win over the division leaders puts them only one win away-from reaching the big dance. After collecting four points during the match, T.Karasek sealed it as the only player to score in the shootouts. The Mighty Drunks failed in that area unable to solve M.Vinciguerra. Although he didn't score, D.Greco was responsible for making four goals happen in which his captain V.Pandza benefited twice. Confidence can be a powerful tool when it comes to important games, and the Horsemen undoubtedly have plenty of it heading into game number two.
(3)Carnage vs Fat Roy(5) Game 1
N.Gikas keeps scoring the big goals
Forward N.Gikas has proven himself all season, scoring regularly as the team tries to reach new heights. His two goals including the winner led Fat Roy over a difficult opponent. Fat Roy did a fine job executing while at times out working Carnage. They never once trailed which forced Carnage to play catch up. D.Xiarchos, rarely will find the back of the net but the veteran defenseman was able to strike twice in the loss. It wasn't their best performance but F.Pace and Carnage will have a week to figure out solutions. One detail will be to try and grab the lead. Although easier said than done, you don't want to be playing-from behind considering how well Fat Roy defends.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Horsemen. Karasek was the only player to score in the shootout after providing four points during the contest.
Tuesday April 9
(2)GK Lite vs Punishers (0)
L.Augustin shines for GK Lite in 2-0 shutout win over Punishers
L.Augustin stopped every shot his way as the GK Lite were able to notch a 2-0 shutout win over the Punishers. After a scoreless first period, the GK Lite tacked the first goal of the game onto the score board at the four minute mark of the frame. That was the first of two on the night for P.Genereux with his second coming very late in the contest. The Punishers had plenty of moments to even the score, but Augustin turned all of their bids aside. For how well balanced both teams are offensively, this result showed that the GK Lite can beat you any way possible.
(0)United Armenians vs River Rats(2)
C.Stavriadis pitches shutout as River Rats blank United Armenians
The River Rats masked man stifled the United Armenians after facing 23 shots. The River Rats knew in order to take the win that a grinding effort was required. That game plan was evident-from the get go as everyone committed to a responsible man on man effort. M.Richard opened the scoring while M.Crialese stamped it on a fairly late marker. For a regular season game, this contest had the making of a playoff contest. Both teams played high intensity hockey that resulted in over 30 penalty minutes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philppe Genereux of the GK Lite. In a night where goal scoring was scarce, P.Genereux couldn't be denied netting both goals in his club's 2-0 victory over the Punishers.
Monday April 8
(4)GK vs Black Knights (5) O.T
J.Gagne leads the charge again, buries hat trick and helper on Ozair's winner
J.Gagne's fourth point of the game, only a minute into overtime, helped set up W.Ozair's winner capping off a nice comeback win for the Black Knights on Monday night. For the way the game began, it looked like the GK were on their way to a victory after jumping to a 3-1 first period lead .M.David provided the early showcase participating in all three tallies before finishing his night with two goals and two assists. But perhaps the biggest story was the play of J.Gagne. The crafty forward was so effective that the Black Knights benefited three times with goals-from their top gun. While some of the Black Knights top forwards have been producing decently, the depth trio between A.Desrosiers, Z.Lasania and J.Uppal have really stepped up their game when called upon on. The three were constantly putting pressure pinning the GK defence while forcing them to circle back and try to start another rush taking precious time away-from the clock. The Black Knights know in order to defeat the GK that all their elements need to be in full force. Y.Benmegdoul faced some waves of chances, and despite allowing four tallies was still a vital reason why the Black Knights prevailed in the end. With this result, the Black Knights grabbed sole position of the A bracket of the Premier division.
(8)GK vs Band Aids(3)
GK rock the Band Aids with 8-3 victory
Coming off a heartbreaking defeat, the GK made a statement in their ensuing match versus the Band Aids. There was almost no way that D.Nguyen and all his troops would concede a second straight loss. Once again, the GK started with a bang building a 3-1 lead after only one period. The second period was not taken for granted this time as they kept putting pressure that resulted into two more goals. M.David, A.Mirolla and K.Kuczmarski struck often as all three players shared two markers each. The Band Aids did get some satisfaction by the third period when A.Palucci and M.Boriero each scored to solve L.Augustin. Clearly, fatigue played no role in this contest for the GK, who salvaged the night with a victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Gagne of the Black Knights. Time and time again, the Black Knights know they can rely on J.Gagne, who went on another scoring frenzy potting a hat trick and a helper on the sudden death winner.
Tuesday April 9
(2)GK Lite vs Punishers (0)
L.Augustin shines for GK Lite in 2-0 shutout win over Punishers
L.Augustin stopped every shot his way as the GK Lite were able to notch a 2-0 shutout win over the Punishers. After a scoreless first period, the GK Lite tacked the first goal of the game onto the score board at the four minute mark of the frame. That was the first of two on the night for P.Genereux with his second coming very late in the contest. The Punishers had plenty of moments to even the score, but Augustin turned all of their bids aside. For how well balanced both teams are offensively, this result showed that the GK Lite can beat you any way possible.
(0)United Armenians vs River Rats(2)
C.Stavriadis pitches shutout as River Rats blank United Armenians
The River Rats masked man stifled the United Armenians after facing 23 shots. The River Rats knew in order to take the win that a grinding effort was required. That game plan was evident-from the get go as everyone committed to a responsible man on man effort. M.Richard opened the scoring while M.Crialese stamped it on a fairly late marker. For a regular season game, this contest had the making of a playoff contest. Both teams played high intensity hockey that resulted in over 30 penalty minutes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philppe Genereux of the GK Lite. In a night where goal scoring was scarce, P.Genereux couldn't be denied netting both goals in his club's 2-0 victory over the Punishers.
Thursday April 11
(3)Band Aids vs Capitals (5)
Capitals use 4 unanswered goals to defeat Band Aids
After conceding the first goal of the evening, the Capitals scored four in a row to beat the Band Aids on Thursday night. The spark was led by M-A Morin, who tied the game before setting up two teammates. The match looked like it was going to be a sure victory for the Capitals up until R.Gore decided otherwise. The Band Aids forward was on a tear bagging all three markers for his club. His third tally unfortunately came a little too late. By pulling out their net minder, M.Champagne solidified the victory with his second in an empty cage.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Ryan Gore of the Band aids. Even though his club didn't get the result, R.Gore gave them a chance by bagging all three goals in the loss.
Sunday April 7
(9)Slayers vs Fatal Demons (7) S.O
Slayers battle back in shootout win
It took a while, but the score was finally settled between the Slayers and Fatal Demons on Sunday night. After the Slayers scored three times in the third period to even the score, an overtime period still couldn't settle the draw. On to the shootout it was, and in only their first two attempts, the Slayers got the better of the Fatal Demons. A.Gentile had come off a hat trick before netting his fourth during the breakaways. The second contender was also the right choice as J.Desmarais secured the win after collecting six points. The Fatal Demons will take some positives- from this result heading into the playoffs. It's never a bad thing to go the distance against a heavy front runner like the Slayers. The Fatal Demons showed that they can compete by trading plenty of goals that saw Marco Diaco riffle a hat trick.
(7)Shockers vs Icons (10)
Icons outlast Shockers in wild high scoring affair
J.Mckenzie had one of his better games, and the Icons needed all of his production. The power forward thrived all night, especially in the third when it mattered the most. Both sides played to a 6-6 tie after two frames before the Icons outlasted the Shockers by the final fifteen minutes of play. J.Mckenzie scored twice and added an assist in that period alone to cap off an impressive five goals and one assist performance. Similar to what Mckenzie achieved in this match, the Shockers had one of their top guns do almost the same. T.Salberg gave his club every chance possible to take the contest as the sharp shooter hit the target four times while setting up two teammates.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Josh Desmarais of the Slayers. Apart-from one goal in a high scoring affair, J.Desmarais was involved in every play that included a shootout marker versus the Fatal Demons.
The D Sunday division concluded its regular season. The top three seeds will get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round will feature the fourth seed taking on the fifth seed for the fourth and final spot. The breakdown is as follows:
(4)Lynx vs Fatal Demons(5) There is no doubt that both these teams know how to play the game. However, the Lynx do have one big advantage, and that is their speed. It will be up to the Fatal Demons to try and figure out how to slow down the Lynx and patiently wait for their chances.
Friday April 5(Division 1 semi final)
(4)National vs HBHA(7) Game 1
HBHA storm out of gate to set tone in series
It's been quite some time that both these teams knew they will play each other in the semi finals. You would have to figure that they would both be prepared for what's to come. Instead, the HBHA were the ones coming out with a furious charge. They rocketed out of the starting gate, building a lead they would never surrender. S.Govas turned in a fine performance striking first while setting up four markers. D.Andrade, P.Doulis and J.Pantelis also got their names on the score sheet as all three players bagged a pair each. After their shaky start, National would push back making the contest a lot tighter. Unfortunately, a bad start kept them in a bind unable to ever catch up. M.Pinheiro, S.Laplante and C.Dagenais were once again productive as all three players combined for nine points.
(3)HBHA vs National (4) S.O Game 2
Late miracle forces a third and deciding game
It was like a car crash at slow motion speed. Actually, more like super slow motion for how close the HBHA were to punching a ticket to the final. With a 3-1 lead and less than two minutes remaining, National pulled net minder F.Lamrache and ultimately got rewarded with goals-from S.Laplante and M.Pinheiro. The HBHA had seemingly done everything right for nearly two entire games. With that said, National still needed to win in a shootout in order to stretch the series. And after sending their top contenders, M.Pinheiro put the final blow with a high wrist shot to beat C.Stavriadis blocker side.
(2)National vs HBHA(0) Game 3
S.Laplante plays hero on a spectacular shot
S.Laplante delivered a goal for the ages. With the game winding down in its final seconds, S.Laplante riffled a beauty, picking a top corner short side that had just enough room for an orange ball to get through. These types of series can easily go either way for how balanced the two sides are. In every area of the game, the HBHA and National mirror each other for how similar they are. The unfortunate part is that one team has to endure the heartache of coming so close. In tonight's case, the HBHA will be rewinding their last two games in their minds on what they could have done better. National, although very deserving of what they got, needed some of that fortune to come through and be on the right side of the outcomes. F.Lamrache was absolutely brilliant making in close saves to keeping the game levelled. On a regular basis throughout the entire season, M.Pinheiro, S.Laplante and C.Dagenais have been the corner stone for their club as all three players continue to produce at a regular pace. The three combined for an impressive 20 points after the night was said and done.
Division 2 (4 vs 5 round 1)
(3)The Family vs Excalibur (4)
Third period swell-from Excalibur causes Family to fall
Despite trailing 3-0 after two periods, the Excalibur came out playing desperation hockey and brought the attack to the Family. They were quicker, stronger on the ball and as a result they mounted an incredible comeback. Three out of their four goals came-from S.Ruggiero, who has been scoring at a rapid pace all season. Looking back, the Family will take long to digest such a loss, especially going up against a team with barely two lines. This result will send the Excalibur to the semi final round where they take on the Devil Dawgz in a best of three semi finals. The other round wills feature the Pillows squaring off against the Brewers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. In perhaps the most important game of the season, S.Laplante scored an incredible goal leaving only 30 seconds on the clock.