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.