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.