Wednesday June 21
(2)Publiks Crew vs Les Raymonds(6)
A.DeCarolis leads way with six points, Les Raymonds blow past Publiks Crew
Not many players are able to hit six points in one hockey game, but A.DeCarolis was able to reach that feat on Wednesday night. The forward showed that he can score while being a part of setting up four goals. Les Raymonds jumped off to a commanding 3-0 first period lead that saw DeCarolis bury two out of the three goals .N.Spano also got a taste for the net as the youngster put two behind the Publiks Crew net minder. The only good thing that came-from this loss was that the Publiks Crew sparked a pair of markers with the man advantage. J.Raymond and A.Gamache were the only two players to get the better of A.Mancini, who pushed away 16 of 18 shots.
(6)Primetime vs Les Agents Libre(9)
Les Agents Libre outlast Primetime with late push
It didn’t matter that Les Agents Libre built a 4-0 lead. All that work felt like it was all for nothing as Primetime stormed back with four straight tallies of their own to level the match by the 5:45 minute mark of the third period. But despite the awful sequence, Les Agents Libre showed that a mishap wasn’t going to affect them in the end. With the help of T.Oliveira using his vision, F.Peron was able to benefit twice while L.DeCubellis notched the other tally to regain control of the match. The win also came with the help of James Tutino, who helped get a good start by participating in the first three goals of the contest. This result now has four teams with three wins that are separated by only one point in the F3 division.
(11)Mtl Huskies vs Bramabulls(6)
Mtl Huskies hit fifth gear to leave Bramabulls in the dust
Like a big muscle car, the Mtl Huskies took some time to get going but once they hit their maximum speed, the race was over for the Bramabulls. Unable to hold on to a 4-1 first period lead, the Bramabulls couldn’t keep up whatsoever as the game went on. It can maybe be argued that the reason for the collapse was due to the explosive production set forth by M.Buonincontri. In the second period alone, M.Buonincontri played like he was from-another level igniting four straight tallies. That surge motivated a continuation of goals in the third period that saw the captain R.Estrela collect an abundance of points that included four markers and five assists. Slowly but surely, the Mtl Huskies are starting to feel comfortable with their overall game as they just defeated two solid teams.
(5)Acolytes vs Horsemen(3)
Hard work pays off as Les Acolytes earn second straight win
Les Acolytes captured another big win on Wednesday night beating the Horsemen by a tight 5-3 score. After surrendering their first three games of the season, Les Acolytes knew that they have to keep working hard in order to get the results. Tonight, they did exactly that getting a solid overall team effort. C.Beauchamp came up huge for his squad posting two second period goals that put his club up 4-2 heading into the third period. The Horsemen had a hard time dealing with the constant fore-check which saw their possession game take a bit of a hit. They did manage 25 shots and scored once in every period, but it just wasn’t enough on this night. M.Robillard earned the win in net over his counterpart S.Pare, who faced closed to 30 shots for the Horsemen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christophe Beauchamp of Les Acolytes. In a tight battle with the Horsemen, the forward came up big by the second period netting two straight markers.
Monday June 19
Firebreathers breathless in season opener vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville
Four unanswered second period goals and a hat trick by L-C Desmarais helped Les Carmoni de Fabreville take the first of two games. Considering the circumstances, the Firebreathers just ran out of breathe having only four players dressed giving them no changes to their bench. S.Fraga did all he possibly could not conceding a goal for the longest of time. It was only until the 7:34 minute mark of the second period that the goals started going in. D.Desmarais was finally able to crack the ice before L-C Desmarais went on his scoring tear riffling three straight markers. Still with only four players, the Fire breathers had to endure another battle. And once again they held their own only to fall by one goal. After a low scoring 1-1 first period, Les Carmoni de Fabreville’s captain came through to snap the dreaded tie. M.Croteau regained the lead for his club which was just enough to hold on till the remainder of the match. P.Corbin got enough help in front of him to collect his second straight win of the night between the pipes. Out of their four total goals, M.Gagnon was able to participate in all of them for the Firebreathers.
(4)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Firebreathers(3)
(1)Firebreathers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)
Team X felt like tourists in double whammy vs Punishers
When the effort is there the results will be justified. The Punishers were simply to strong on this night and got what they deserved against a side that looked flat in both games. Apart-from a few decent stretches, Team X was pretty much chasing their opponents for most of the night. An early 2-0 lead grew for the Punishers that eventually included a pair by their d-man M.Gagnon, who used a heat seeking missile to get one through P.Assadi. A.Dayan was equally productive accumulating three points and F.Russo did more than his share to earn a 6-3 win between the pipes. The second contest may have had the same score but the effort was slightly better of the side of Team X. The difference this time came early on with the veteran side grabbing a 1-0 lead and a 2-1 lead. However, as time went on the energy level started to diminish. The Punishers kept on working which eventually paid dividends .For a second straight game, A.Dayan made some noise riffling three goals and a helper .M.Gagnon reloaded his canon by blasting another fireball passed P.Assadi, who just felt he had enough at that point. A.Centis was also a force collecting two goals and a pair of helpers. The Punishers completed another good night and have convinced everyone once more that they will be the team to beat in this division.
(6)Punishers vs Team X(3)
(3)Team X vs Punishers(6).
Firebreathers add reinforcements to salvage 1 point to the standings
Having absolutely no choice to add some bodies to their lineup, the Firebreathers gave themselves a better chance to compete against the 1 Timer. Unfortunately, the first game didn’t go so well. The men in orange used a second period break out posting three unanswered goals to take the game 4-1.T.Daigneault was behind making two happen while S.Koch and newly added K.Certosini took care of the other tallies. The Firebreathers scored their lone goal on the power play courtesy of B.Daniele as the only player to solve F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the Firebreathers finally had their best period of the night. But as good as that opening frame was, the same couldn’t be said for the second half. Usually a 5-1 lead after one frame is more than sufficient in a two period format but not in this case. The 1 Timer showed lots of character and resilience by responding in a massive way. The comeback effort was led by K.Certosini, who struck twice and a late tally by the captain S.Koch ,who was able to force the extra time. Once the shootouts hit, the momentum just carried over for the 1 Timer. T.Daigneault was the only player out of all the attempts that saw his goal go in while F.Koch rebounded strong denying three straight Firebreathers breakaways. It was a game that the Firebreathers missed out on some extra points. But the season is still very young and the potential is there as Joe DeStefano will make sure to get his troops better prepared for next time. P.Cardillo, S.Fraga and B.Daniele were very productive in the loss as all three players combined for a total of eleven points.
(4)1 Timer vs Firebreathers(1)
(6)Firebreathers vs 1 Timer(7) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thierry Daigneault of the 1 Timer. The speedy forward was clutch in both games vs the Firebreathers. In the opening contest, he scored two straight goals to help lead his club to a 4-1 victory, and in the second game, he was the only player to score in the shootout to complete the mini series sweep.
Sunday June 18
(5)Shockers vs Team Cuba(3)
Team Cuba felt the heat in their battle with the Shockers
M.Blackman and D.Boyd each had one in a span of two minutes to regain control of the match in their close 5-3 win over Team Cuba. C.DeBonis collected three points that included his second tally very late in the game. Down 2-0, Team Cuba fought back to even the score with tallies just under a minute apart. The Shockers knew they couldn’t take things for granted at that point despite Team Cuba having only two spares on their bench. The veteran side kept it simple in hopes of forcing mistakes that would lead to chances. But that only lasted so long as a third period outburst enabled the Shockers to maintain their status as front runners for the division. D.Boyd used a nifty move to earn the game winner while D.Bourque was solid once more making key saves at the right moment.
(4)Lumberjacks vs Fatal Demons(9)
Unprepared Lumberjacks gift wrap this contest for Fatal Demons
It was a start to the game that S.Themens and the Lumberjacks had no clue as to what happened. In only nine minutes, four goals went in and the night just became that much more difficult. The Lumberjacks were simply unprepared while the Fatal Demons made way with their chances to dictate the pace their way. G.DeMarinis set up J.Bolanakis before netting back to back markers for a 4-0 lead. The second period did slow down a little for the Fatal Demons losing the frame 3-2 but that barely made a dent in the overall scheme of things. By the third, the tables turned once more. F.Benhamadi popped in his second followed with goals by M.Destounis and M.Chenier.
(6)Butchers vs Team Cuba(7)
S.Robineault works magic in huge win for Team Cuba
With only one addition to their roster after playing with seven players earlier on, Team Cuba enjoyed some sun after all. However, it wasn’t anywhere close-from being convincing. While the few players dressed were able to pull their weight, only one player in particular literally stole the show in this contest. Out of their seven goals, S.Robineault fired some rockets that resulted in five that found the back of the net. In addition to his madness, the sharp shooter was able to avoid overtime by netting his final blow by the 14:20 mark of the third period. Normally that would seem comforting for most clubs but not for Team Cuba. In their previous contest only a few weeks ago, Team Cuba led by a pair very late in the game and failed to close the door as the Butchers leveled the score after pulling their net minder. And to make matters worse, they summed it up in overtime. But tonight, the script was different and Team Cuba are glad to catch up some ground in the standings.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Robineault of Team Cuba. His five tallies were one nicer than the other as the sharp shooter rescues his club late in the game vs. the Butchers.
Thursday June 15
(4)Street Ballers vs Deadlast(7)
Deadlast end championship hangover
The Street Ballers had a difficult task ahead of them by going up against plenty of skill and talent. And despite not getting the result, the effort was definitely there for M.Gibeault and the rest of the Street Ballers. For Deadlast, they had their own issues to deal with after a 0-2 start. But with the help of J.Pantelis, the championship hang over may have ended for the recent champs. Out of their seven goals, J.Pantelis made things look so easy by providing an impressive four markers. Two of his tallies came in the first period only 30 seconds apart by roofing a top corner and using a hard low wrist shot that got the better of S.Sauk. The Street Ballers didn’t have a good start but managed a strong finish that pulled them within only one goal by the early stages of the third period.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
Bramabulls roll by SBS Trashers
D.Verta provided the first two goals and the aggressive Bramabulls dominated the SBS Trashers on this night. The Bramabulls played with a sense of urgency by the way they battled to win loose balls and fore-check not giving too much time and space for the Trashers. E.Panzera and his troops seemed content to observe their opponent. Apart-from the captain’s lone goal, there weren’t many positives that came out of this loss. It was a game that the first goal mattered and the Bramabulls found a way to grab it which set the tone the rest of the way. G.Follano was rock solid in net earning the result after facing 26 shots.
(4)Spartans vs Raging Rhinos(9)
Spartans couldn’t keep floodgates shut
The Spartans inter league match up with the Raging Rhinos began well enough before eventually falling 9-4 to the higher division club. The game started to shift into one direction as of the mid way point for the Raging Rhinos. After netting four second period tallies, S.Labrecque and A.Papazian went on to complete hat tricks by the third period with the help of A.Angelis, who collected four feeds and a goal. It came as a loss but the Spartans captain J.Tesolin and S.Roussel were very productive collecting three points each.
(4)Carnage vs Dragons(5)
L.Dulcetta’s lone third period goal snaps dreaded 4-4 tie for Dragons
The Dragons found a way to win on this night. L.Dulcetta’s third period goal was his second tally and third point of the game that helped the Dragons escape with their second win in three starts. After a very slow outing, Carnage came right back at the Dragons netting three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. However, that was short lived as Dulcetta beat the clock late in the first period to level the score at three goals apiece. Both sides eventually slowed the pace trading only one second period goal before the veteran came through early in the third period to collect the winner. For an inter league game, F.Pace can’t be to down after this loss knowing that some key pieces including M.Pace were out of the lineup.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Deadlast. Even though it was a small slump, Jimmy Pantelis was able to end it by riffling four goals and a helper.
Wednesday June 14
Punishers (11) VS Fat Roy (1)
Punishers to strong to keep up with.
From the start of the game the Punishers were all over their counterparts. As the Punishers struck first scoring the first four goals of the game, but Fat Roy seemed to gain some life scoring their first goal of the game against N. Mackeen. The Punishers quickly took control of the game again scoring seven unanswered goals to end the game early. The Punishers used a balanced attack using all three lines to help dominate this game.
Smackdaddys (1) VS The Tropics (2)
Two evenly matched teams meet up.
The game saw two teams start battling right from the start as each team played to their strengths. Each team played a very strong defensive game each trading a goal a piece in the first two periods. Once the third period started both teams knew the slightest error would cost them an important three points in the standings and the W. The Tropics were the big winners as V. Crivello was sent on a breakaway he couldn’t miss scoring his second goal of the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Boulieri of The Tropics. The netminder kept his club able to win the following game by pushing away all but one shot. The netminder will be a key piece in his club success if he keeps playing the way he has.
Wednesday June 14
(7)Les Raymonds vs Les Agents Libre(5)
Both sides’ mini streaks come to an end
M.Trudel had two goals and an assist and M.Dupuis added a hat trick to help lead Les Raymonds to a 7-5 victory over Les Agents Libre. Les Raymonds had their best moments in the second period where they posted four tallies to build a slight two goal cushion. He didn’t score but S.Lecavalier helped set up three goals for Les Raymonds that collected a win after a two game slump. Les Agents Libre got another solid night-from T.Oliveira. The spark plug participated in all five goals that included feeds on L.DeCubellis’s two tallies. After putting together a couple of straight wins, Les Agents Libre saw their little streak come to an end on this night.
(3)Publiks Crew vs Hellfish(9)
Slight surge not enough for Publikis Crew
Despite battling back with a three goal surge, the Publikis Crew wasn’t able to carry their momentum by the third period. The Hellfish may have felt comfortable once they made the score 5-0, but that didn’t settle well with them by the end of the frame. The Publiks Crew never called it quits by responding with two goals by E.Skotidakis and a tally-from S.Racicot. Unable to close the gap, the third period belonged only to the Hellfish. S.Monnet and D.Laurin made sure to not take things for granted as both players celebrated hat tricks. Still without a win in four starts, the Publiks Crew will hope to end that streak when facing Les Raymond’s in next week’s match up.
(4)Bramabulls vs Horsemen(5)
Four goal third period by Bramabulls edged by Horsemen
With the Bramabulls trying to erase a 3-0 deficit after two periods, J.Palmitano’s two goals along with L.Mancini’s and M.Mignogna’s markers wasn’t enough as the Horsemen held on for the tight win. It’s usually better to start strong rather than to finish strong as the Horsemen were glad to play solid for two periods. The win came with the help of S.Giannakis’s two third period goals. The Horsemen made the score 3-0 after the ten minute mark of the opening frame. That cushion was sufficient for most of the game which barely held up in the end. The Bramabulls just suffered their second straight loss and won’t be happy if things don’t change in next week’s battle with the MTL Huskies.
(5)Mtl Huskies vs Brew Crew(4)
Mtl Huskies prove a point by edging out division leaders
When observing the stats and standing- from the surface, no one would have thought that this result would occur. The Brew Crew entered the night with a perfect 3-0 start to the season having allowed only three goals while the Mtl Huskies have yet to taste a victory. But that all changed on this night. With still plenty to prove, the Mtl Huskies just sent a serious message that they will be able to compete with everyone after this strong performance. And it all started with leadership as the captain R.Estrela grabbed the torch posting two first period goals. Both sides played to a 3-3 second period tie that left a 15 minute or more period to see which streak would come to an end. After trading goals early in the frame, it was F.Reda’s second tally of the game that made the whole difference. The Mtl Huskies rode out half a period at that point not conceding a goal en route to getting that monkey off their back.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Francesco Reda of the Mtl Huskies. In time of need, the Mtl Huskies forward was clutch snapping a 4-4 third period tie to collect his third point of the game and providing a first win for his club.
Team Slovakia Wins Gold Medal at WC 5vs5 in Pardubice,Cz Republic-- Three-peat: Slovaks win wild, back-and-forth final.Canada wins silver
Patrik Svitana’s power-play goal with 1:55 left in regulation time broke a 4-4 tie, as the Slovaks won a gold-medal game in which they blew a three-goal lead, then had to come from behind themselves. Michal Hrivnak of Slovakia and Danick Martel of Canada each had two goals and one assist in the game, which Slovakia won 6-4 to “three-peat” as Men’s Ball Hockey World Champions.
Svitana’s goal was the first in a tension-filled third period, but the way the game started, it didn’t seem like the third period would be meaningful at all.
Slovakia struck twice before the game was a minute old, and made it 3-0 by the 7:22 mark. Jaroslav Martiniuk got things started just 19 seconds in, charging through the middle and surprising Tim Barlow with a low shot to the blocker side. Then they went right back to the attack and the Canadians couldn’t clear the zone after Lukas Madera fired a shot off the goalpost, with Hrivnak eventually sliding the puck into the net with Barlow down and out. The third goal was on a slapper by Boris Oravec on the power play, and it looked like the game would become a blowout, with the many Slovaks in attendance going crazy.
Just 34 seconds after Oravec’s goal, Remi Laurencelle got the Canadians on the board, beating Petrik five-hole from the left-wing side. Then they went to the power play shortly afterward and it took them just 14 seconds to strike, with Martel firing a blast over tournament MVP Stanislav Petrik’s shoulder.
Barlow and Petrik, who both posted shutouts in their teams’ semi-final wins, had now combined for five goals against in less than nine minutes.
The game settled down for a time after the wild start, but a pair of Slovak penalties late in the second period opened the door for the Canadians to strike twice and take their first lead of the game. On a 5-on-3, Martel’s second of the game tied it, a one-timer set up perfectly by Victor Azevedo. Then 51 seconds later they scored up one man after some nice tic-tac-toe passing finished off by Marcus Power, which thrilled the few Canadian fans in attendance and left the Slovak majority in stunned silence.
They would have something to cheer about before the period was finished, though. With 1:10 left in the middle frame, some pretty passing led to Milan Rampacek firing a ball into the open side, with Barlow having no chance.
Slovakia went hard for the win in the third period, getting several great chances, but after a shaky start, Barlow was now playing great. However, back on their heels, the Canadians took three penalties in a row trying to contain the Slovak push. They had a two-man advantage for a time, and while still up one man, the ball was worked to Svitana at the point, who’s one-time blast went through everybody, and sent the arena into bedlam.
After an empty-net goal from Hrivnak, the Slovak fans, whose emotions had been toyed with all night long, could finally let loose and start celebrating. After the final horn, they serenaded their now three-time ball hockey champions with the chant: “Zlaty hattrick.”
Ian Moores (head coach of Canada): I think we had a great tournament. I’ve got a lot of respect for my players, the coaching staff and the Canadian Ball Hockey Association. We represented the country proudly and well. It’s disappointing to come fall short here today, we were tied coming into the third period, it could have gone either way. Overall I think we had a good tournament but going home without the trophy certainly sucks. I think the host committee did an amazing job here. The host city was great, the Czech Republic overall is a great country. They treated us with hospitality.
Jozef Ďuriš (headcoach Slovakia): We came into final with that, we want win it. We had great beginning, we caught Canada in first minutes off-guard, after them, we took the lead 3:0. But whole match was before us. That was confirmed, Canada turned around toi 4:3. But with enourmous will, enthusiasm and patience we turned the game in the end and gain the third title in the row.
2017 Men’s B - C - D, Women’s B National Championships – INVITATIONAL
The 2017 Men’s B - C - D , Women's B National Championships will be hosted by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) and the Newfoundland & Labrador Ball Hockey Association (NLBHA) in St. John's, NL.
Please NOTE that teams need to be prepared to start at 8am on Thursday, July 20th. Please plan to arrive Wednesday July 19th so you are ready to play. VENUECBS Stadium (70 Legion Rd, Conception Bay South, NL A1X 6Y7).COACHES AND CAPTAINS MEETINGWednesday, July 19th - TBASCHEDULE - CLICK HERE (coming soon)LIVE STREAMING OF GAMES @ MAIN ARENA - CLICK HERE (coming soon!) HOTELSTeams are requested to book rooms at the official hotel for the Nationals. A block of rooms has been secured and will be available until Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at the Holiday Inn St. John’s. Room rates for the Nationals are: $149.00/per night (two double beds) and $169.00/night (King Executive). Please quote CBHA when you book your rooms. As rooms book up quickly we suggest you book your accommodation well in advance of the event.
FLIGHTSThe CBHA has partnered with WestJet for flights to all 2017 CBHA National Championship events. Participanting teams and family members can take advantage of 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares* for travel between St. John's anywhere WestJet flies in North America (*discount not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner airlines). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes listed below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount.Coupon Code: MIJKUWH *For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: WNP59Men's B - C - D, Women's B Nationals into and out of St. John'sBook by: July 30, 2017 Travel from: July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
Monday June 12
Stones hit a wall, Les Carmoni de Fabreville collect 4 big points
Strong performances-from P.Corbin and O.Caillet and nifty shootout markers highlighted the Monday night’s game between the Stones and Les Carmoni de Fabreville. In what was a chess styled match, both sides settled for a 3-3 draw in the opening contest that saw A.Bergomi score for the Stones while L-C Desmarais replied for Les Carmoni De Fabreville in the shootout. After being down 2-0 to goals by J.Poirier and D.Desmarais, the Stones were able to reply with a pair of quick tallies by their captain S.Sicuso to force the match into extra time. The second contest had a similar effect with the score being low and Les Carmoni striking with the first two goals of the game. However, the Stones couldn’t battle back enough despite cutting the lead in half courtesy of M.DaSilva. That tally came a little too late that led to a 21 save performance by P.Corbin. All in all, this was a good overall result for Les Carmoni De Fabreville, who entered the night with only three points after four games.
(3)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Stones(3) S.O
(1)Stones vs Carmoni de Fabreville(2)
Total domination as Punishers trounce 1 Timer two straight times
If there is one night in a season that you want to forget, this would be it for the 1 Timer who were nowhere to be seen. With that said, credit will go to the Punishers as they stormed through four consecutive periods en route to landslide results. Nearly every single player collect points that saw A.Dayan lead the way in the goals scoring department with five tallies in both games. N.Mackeen had the luxury of playing with a massive lead but still did his part allowing only three goals on 28 shots. The Punishers didn’t like the way things ended last week in their game against the Stones and it showed by the way they responded on this night. These results put the recent champs back in familiar territory which is first place of the division.
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(8)
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Louis Carl Desmarais of Les Carmoni de Fabreville. The forward scored, added an assist and notched his clubs lone shootout marker in the opening contest versus the Stones.
Sunday June 11
(4)Butchers vs Shockers (11)
Shockers burst out flying en route to easy win
Both C.Debonis and his teammate M.Blackman scored hat tricks as the Shockers eased to an 11-4 win over the Butchers. It’s only three games in and the Shockers are showing what they are made of. From- the ability to scoring plenty of goals and playing a relentless for checking game, not many teams will get there way. Throughout the first twelve minutes, the Butchers smelled defeat conceding five straight goals. That just fuelled the Shockers to continue playing the same way while the Butchers lost the will to compete. In addition to the two hat tricks, T.Salberg added a pair of tallies. The Butchers got their scoring done by their captain E.Mormina, who bagged a pair along with D.DIGiacomo and A.Bouvier.
(7)Lumberjacks vs Team Cuba(7) S.O
Two winless teams settle for draw
With both sides being in a similar situation without collecting a victory, will now have to wait another week or more in order to be in the wins column. Neither side was able to take it home on this night despite trading plenty of goals during the game. The Lumberjacks salvaged their night when Y.Gazura netted his second goal with just less than two minutes left in the game .Unable to get it done in overtime, each team saw only one player-from their side get some scoring done in the shootout. D.Ruiz took care of that department for the Lumberjacks while S.Govas replied for Team Cuba. E.Girouard scored a pair along with an assist for Team Cuba while M.Baccari was the most productive player for the Lumberjacks accumulating five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Baccari of the Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks defenseman was an absolute force scoring once while setting up four goals.
Thursday June 8
(4)SBS Trashers vs Spartans(1)
SBS Trashers score 2 power play goals in 4-1 win
Riding a pair of power play goals, the SBS Trashers took full advantage in their 4-1 win over the Spartans. It was the captain once again that got things going. E.Panzera opened the scoring and picked up two assists to lead all teammates. The Spartans had just come off a scoring spree against the Street Ballers but saw their offense hit a wall on this night except for one time when S.Dion beat R.Pampena early in the second period. This contest had its difficult moments with both sides going through a penalty parade by the third period. In the end, the SBS Trashers found a way to win but it wasn’t anyway close as the Spartans are showing that they can challenge with anyone.
(3)Carnage vs Street Ballers(4)
Three second period goals lifts Street Ballers to first win of the season
The Street Ballers were finally able to end a losing drought by using a big second period to get past Carnage. E.Garon, A.Papazian and A.Jalbert all scored during that time to put their club up 3-1. But that didn’t discourage Carnage from-fighting back as M.Pace tallied late in the frame to pull his team within one. With still plenty of time to decide the outcome, both sides traded third period goals which didn’t have the Street Ballers complaining whatsoever. This result puts three teams tied at three points each with identical records.
(3)Bramabulls vs Dragons(9)
Dragons make statement in 9-3 thrashing of Bramabulls
Just short of the opening period, the Bramabulls never knew what hit them. The Dragons powered five first period goals for a commanding 5-1 lead that was more than enough considering the way the game was going. Despite the terrible start, the Bramabulls went on to lose that last two frames getting limited scoring. While finding the back of the net wasn’t an issue for the Dragons, N.Goncalves continues to impress striking four times. A.Zarzour helped as well collecting a pair of markers while A.Porfido was electric accumulating five points. This was the Bramabulls first loss, but an ugly one considering the lineup they have.
(3)Deadlast vs Raging Rhinos(4)
Deadlast late rally comes up short in loss to Raging Rhinos
A 2-0 lead heading into the third period should be safe. But for the Raging Rhinos it nearly wasn’t on Thursday night. Deadlast scored all there three tallies in that period alone only to fall short in the end. E.Leblanc regained the lead with his second that snapped a 2-2 tie and his captain T.Georgaros provided a two goal cushion with just over three minutes remaining. Deadlast weren’t don’t yet at that point by notching a late goal by J.Skafidas, who still gave hope with 80 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, the comeback effort ran out of race track for Deadlast, who know they will do fine in the division despite their 0-2 start to the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Goncalves of the Dragons. The sharp shooter struck four times to collect his seventh goal in only two games.
Wednesday June 7
(4)Mtl Huskies vs Acolytes(9)
Acolytes finally get a win they can build on
After a very slow start to the season, Les Acolytes felt refreshed with their 9-4 win over the Mtl Huskies. In a season already littered with bad losses, it was promising to see Les Acolytes change the script and come out on top. The thrilling win snapped a three game losing streak and alleviated some of the self inflicted pain caused by their previous losses. Tonight, everyone showed up to play as nine goals went in against a side that’s experiencing a similar kind of fate. M.Robillard had the most goals with a hat trick while P.Tambeau fell next in line netting a pair of markers. While Les Acolytes are finally glad to get in the win column, the Mtl Huskies have yet to collect points after three games and will try to do so in their next match up with the Brew Crew.
(1)Publiks Crew vs Les Agents Libre(9)
James Tutino taps in three for Les Agents Libre
James Tutino was able to score in every period to record a hat trick and help lead Les Agents Libre to a convincing 9-1 result over the Publiks Crew. The Publiks Crew weren’t able to tighten up enough giving plenty of chances that resulted in three goals per period. Apart-from their captain L.Kastaniotis getting on board late in the second period, the Publiks Crew saw their offence remain dry. M.Melo had a quiet night facing 13 shots and would have preferred to earn a shutout but will remain content with the overall result. M.Alfieri was very productive once more collecting five points.
(2)Primetime vs Hellfish(4)
Hellfish end Primetime’s perfect record
Primetime entered the night gunning for their fourth straight win in a row but were ultimately undone by a hungrier side in the Hellfish. Like any club on a decent tear, the Primetime were eventually due for a dud. The Hellfish knew this going in and made sure to put a full out effort in hopes of capturing the win. After playing the way they did, the victory did come with the help of a particular player that had plenty of offensive output. N.Bourgeois is a player that has a nose for the net and it showed once more as he buried three out of his clubs four goals. The match was ultimately decided in the second period where the Helllfish won the frame 2-1.B.Verducci was victorious after a busy night facing close to 30 shots.
(2)Bramabulls vs Brew Crew(6)
Brew Crew continue to roll only three games in
The Brew Crew continue to ride the feel good wave after collecting a third straight win for a perfect record. One of their biggest assets is the capability of keeping the ball from-going in. C.Muccino and his defense do a near flawless job in that area while the forwards are equally effective up front putting up some decent numbers. In tonight case, J.Nocera was looked to in that department as the veteran put three behind the Bramabullls net minder. D.DiGiacomoSr is also one of a few players that can find the back of the net and the power forward did just that by bagging a pair by the early stages of the second period. The Bramabulls will take a valuable lesson from-this loss when facing the Brew Crew later on in the season. And that is to try and play with the lead. If they can manage that than they’ll be fine with the players they have, if not, then they may just experience a similar fate.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicolas Bourgeois of the Hellfish. The Hellfish forward poured it on by bagging three out of his clubs four goals to help end a perfect streak set by Primetime.
Wednesday June 7
(1)Trappers vs Tropics(4)
Tropics surge again to remain atop of D Wednesday standings
V.Crivello was at it again posting two goals and an assist, and the Tropics look like they will do no wrong by the way they are playing as of late. The Tropics decided this one by the second period where they built a comfortable 3-0 lead. The Trappers did get some life by the early stages of the third period when D.Castonguay finally solved A.Boulieri, but that was a close as it got. S.Wilcox helped regain a three goal cushion only moments later for his second point of the game. With only two goals for after three starts, the Trappers will need to figure out how to address their scoring woes up front.
(8)Smackdaddys vs Fat Roy(1)
Smackdaddys punish Fat Roy with 8-1 loss
F.Laurin and J-C Lavois each scored a pair as the Smackdaddys ran up the score against Fat Roy on Wednesday night. It was a night that nothing went right for Fat Roy and everything going well for the Smackdaddys. Down 3-0 after one period, N.Gikas looked to ignite his team by getting on board but that was just an illusion as the Smackdaddys continued to pour it on. Despite the lopsided loss, the Fat Roy did manage some shots and quality chances only to beat S.Morante on one occasion. M.Destounis, M.Boivin, K.Arsenault and M-R Crevier also went on to score for the Smackaddys, who collected their second straight win of the season.
(6)Punishers vs Venom(3)
C.Gingras nets a pair, Punishers double up Venom
After escaping the first period up 3-2, the Punishers pulled away-from there en route to a double up victory over Venom. Whatever happened in the second period, Venom couldn’t keep up with the Punishers who took the frame 2-0 with goals by C.Stamadianos and C.Gingras. That sequence proved to be more than enough for the result despite conceding a tally by M.Dalpe. N.Mackeen was on top of his game limiting a potent offence to three goals on 28 shots. The Punishers, apart-from C.Gingras’s two markers had M.Matteau, K.Tsoukalas, C.Stamadianos and F.Russo also find the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vincent Crivello of the Tropics. His two goals and one assist carried his club over the top in a 4-1 win over the Trappers.
Monday June 5
Team X contain 1 Timer’s speed to even the score
While Team X brings grit and structure to the court, the 1 Timer like to rely on their incredible speed. In tonight’s case, the 1 Timer used their strength to get the better of the veteran side by outscoring their opponent 3-2 while adding an empty net marker. The game breaker came towards the end of the match when C.Gagnon-Ethier snapped a dreaded 2-2 tie before capping things off in an empty cage. Much of what happened in the opening contest continued on in the second game with the 1 Timer posting two straight goals before the end of the frame. The 1 Timer weren’t hiding the fact that their game plan was to punish a slower side. And while that seemed to be going fine, Team X upped their ante heading into the final frame. Somehow, they managed to spark their comeback by igniting three straight goals. After making the score 2-2 only two minutes in, A.Lanni used a deceptive back hand to beat F.Koch for a 3-2 lead .The 1 Timer still had plenty of time to even the score with six minutes remaining, and while they dominated the rest of the game, P.Assadi came through for Team X making pivotal key saves for the duration of the match.
(2)Team X vs 1 Timer(4)
(2)1 Timer vs Team X(3)
Punishers get upper hand in opening game, Stones respond with authority
The combination between A.Centis, A.Dayan and K.Tsoukalas is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Punishers to grab the opening battle with the Stones on Monday night. All three players combined with points in the only two goals scored that were just enough to get the positive result. In addition to the win, F.Russo was flawless after conceding an early tally barely two minutes into the hockey game. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Stones not only replied, but responded in a big way by crushing the recent champs. After netting a pair of goals only 60 seconds apart, the Stones built a huge wall around them forcing the Punishers to get creative. Unfortunately matters only got worse for the Punishers with the Stones racking up three more goals by the second period en route to a 5-0 win. E.Allen opened and closed the scoring while A.Bergomi and P.Santullo collected three points each. The win also came with the help of O.Caillet, who made the key stops early on to help protect the lead the rest of the way. This result handed the Punishers their first loss of the season in a division that looks to be up for grabs so far.
(2)Punishers vs Stones(1)
(5)Stones vs Punishers(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Stones. Limiting a team like the Punishers to only two goals in two games is never easy to do, but O.Caillet was extremely brilliant on Monday night making incredible saves.
Sunday June 4
(3)Fatal Demons vs Shockers(5)
Late-game rally not enough for Fatal Demons, Shockers improve to 2-0
The Shockers got off to the start they wanted carrying a 2-1 first period lead with a pair of goals-from the clicking trio of M.Blackman, C.Debonis and M.Martin. Both tallies came- from Blackman, who scored only four minutes apart .The top ranked Shockers clearly outplayed the Fatal Demons in the first two periods where they built their lead to 4-1.With an opportunity to cut the lead in half, the Fatal Demons just complicated their situation by giving up a crucial shorthanded goal. T.Salberg shocked his opponent with that tally to put his club in complete control of the game. Based on the first two periods, this contest appeared to be an easy night for the Shockers, but that wasn’t the case in the last 15 minutes of play. The Fatal Demons eventually made a game of it by notching two goals by J.Bolanakis and G.Demarinis. At that point, the Fatal Demons were only one shot on net to tying the game but were unable to complete their rally as T.Salberg sealed matters in an empty net. M.Martin collected his third point for the game winner and D.Bourque was solid in net stopping 21 of 24 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew Martin of the Shockers. The forward collected three points that included the game winner late in the second period.
Thursday June 1
(1)Street Ballers vs Spartans(6)
Spartans respond with big statement game
When many may have thought that the Spartans would struggle to score goals, will now have many realize how completely wrong they were after their lopsided win over the Street Ballers. The Spartans proved that they won’t be a push over after netting six straight tallies before conceding their only goal with just over a minute remaining in the game. S.Leblanc was flawless up until that moment when M.Mogianesi spoiled the shutout. But that’s just a minor detail for a team that is glad to respond in a big way after their blow loss only a week ago. Plenty of their offense came-from a new addition in S.Lague, who notched half of his team’s goals to earn a hat trick. The win came with the help of everybody pulling their weight and playing a full out 45 minute game. J.Tesolin did a great job leading his team off and on the court by setting up three different teammates.
(5)Bramabulls vs Raging Rhinos(4)
Bramabulls power play strikes three times in 5-4 win
M.Diaco scored a pair of power play goals while B.Sansotta collected three points in a close 5-4 win over the Raging Rhinos. Despite trailing by three markers, the Raging Rhinos managed to narrow the gap with a pair of tallies courtesy of M-A Piche and S.Pilon. Unfortunately, that was as close as it got for the trailing side. The Bramabulls had built enough of a cushion that led to a tight victory. M.Diaco and B.Sansotta dressed for a first time and made an immediate impact combining for five points. The Raging Rhinos did have D.Ramada raise some eyebrows as the steady defensemen riffled two goals while setting up a teammate.
(4)Carnage vs SBS Trashers(6)
Captain E.Panzera leads way with two power play goals
Two visits to the penalty box for Carnage led to a pair of power play goals for the SBS Trashers. D.Brunetti and F.Gentile were the ones that took advantage of the five man unit as both player scored third period power play goals that may have ultimately made the difference in the match. Carnage did have their opportunities but couldn’t take advantage on three occasions. It came in a losing cause but M.Pace may have been the best player of the court. The fierce forward created havoc and got his way with the SBS Trashers defense by riffling a hat trick while setting up J.DiMarco. As for the SBS Trashers, E.Panzera took the leadership role by posting the opening and closing goal for his club.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Simon Lague of the Spartans. In his season debut, the forward was a huge reason why the Spartans sparked so many goals. S.Lague struck three times while adding an assist to earn the player of the night.
Wednesday May 31
(4)Punishers vs Tropics(7)
Tropics use power packed offense to get better of recent champs
One thing’s for sure is that the Tropics will be tearing it up in the goal scoring department. If it’s not one player than it’s another as tonight A.Deluca took the torch riffling four goals. This contest was only decided by the third period where the Tropics snapped a 4-4 tie thanks to a goal by C.D’Onofrio. Unable to get that equalizer, the Punishers gave up two empty net goals that suggested this game was way closer than what the score indicates. One of A.Deluca’s goals came shorthanded that evened the score in the first period while C.Gagnon did the same for the Punishers to level the game at four goals a piece by the third period.
(1)Trappers vs Smackdaddys(2)
J.Bolanakis snaps third period tie as Smackdaddys edge Trappers
J.Bolanakis, who also assisted on F.Laurin’s first period goal, was able to win the match for the Smackdaddys by providing the go ahead marker in the third. That was just enough to get the Smackdaddys in the win column after dropping last week’s contest with Venom. It was a game where both net minders were very good in between the pipes. After facing about 25 shots each, Y.Hassani got the slight edge over his counterpart J.Richer, who will be a significant piece to the puzzle for the Trappers. This result gives the Trappers a second straight loss, who are defending well but not getting enough scoring punch up front with only one goal so far this season.
(5)Venom vs Fat Roy(6) S.O
Fat Roy third period push results in big shootout win
Fat Roy may have concerned themselves on how they will fair in the division, but after a late third period push, things may start to look positive for C.Zafiropoulos and the rest of his team. Fat Roy just kept working and working up until three goals in only 90 seconds put them in the driver’s seat. That was the first time Venom trailed during the match, and despite falling behind, N.Gilbert responded in a big way for his second of the game that eventually forced the extra time. Once in overtime, neither side was able to get it done that forced the net minders to work extra hard in the shootouts. At that point, only one player excelled in the breakaways. E.Lohaitis tallied for Fat Roy while F.Vigliotti was brilliant denying all three attempts his way. The win came with the help of five different goal scorers for Fat Roy, who will look to feed of this result in their next battle with the Smackdaddys.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yassine Hassani of the Smackdaddys. The net minder excelled on this night stopping 22 of 23 shots his way enabling the Smackdaddys to collect their first win of the season.
Wednesday May 31
(7)Bramabulls vs Acolytes(5)
Bramabulls victorious in penalty filled game
The man advantage was the norm as the Bramabulls held on for a 7-5 win over Les Acolytes in a game with more than its share of penalties. But the despite the amount of trips to the penalty box, both sides only combined for three power play goals. The Bramabulls got there with balance scoring that included a pair of markers by M.Diaco. After a very slow start to the night, Les Acolytes went on a complete take over by the second period where they riffled four goals to win the frame 4-2.S.Dicaire helped spark the comeback posting two quick markers before the end of the second period. However, that momentum eventually hit a wall with the Bramabulls responding with the next two tallies en route to their second win in as many starts.
(3)Hellfish vs Les Agents Libre(4) O.T
T.Oliveira rescues Agents Libre after giving up late shorty
The frustrations were felt for Les Agents Libre, who nearly let slip away what had to be a sure win. Up 3-2 along with a late power play opportunity, Les Agents Libre gave up a devastating shorthanded goal to put the Hellish back in the match. But that didn’t faze T.Oliveira as the explosive forward took matters into his own hands. It took only eleven seconds after the draw in overtime for Oliveira to shift the celebration in his team’s direction. Les Agents Libre just defeated a very good hockey club and got there with the additions of three key components. The win came with efforts from-four different goal scorers. The Hellfish had the better start winning the opening frame 2-1 but were nowhere to be seen for long stretches up until a late shorthanded goal forced the extra time.
(7)Primetime vs Les Raymaonds(4)
No stranger to goal scoring,T.Shpindler nets 3 for Primetime win
Give him the opportunity and he will most likely score. Some players have that knack for finding the back of the net and Primetime know this as they are glad T.Shipindler is one of those players. The sniper led the way scoring once in every period to help Primetime start their season with an impeccable 3-0 record. Apart-from their goal scoring abilities up front, A.Qureshi took care of his own end by allowing a single goal up until the late stages of the second period. Les Raymonds took a while to get the ball rolling, but once they did, J.Flynn was able to go on a scoring rampage bagging three out of the four goals for Les Raymonds. M.Deninno helped set up three tallies in the loss.
(1)Horsemen vs Brew Crew(5)
Brew Crew drop Horsemen in solid overall effort
Although the Horsemen took an early 1-0 lead, the Brew Crew weren’t too concerned as they eventually took over the match in its entirety. Both side played to a 1-1 first period draw before the game shifted in only one direction. The Brew Crew started to warm up early in the second period when D.DiGiacomoSr snapped the tie that eventually led to a two goal cushion courtesy of D.Verta. From-there, C.Palermo scored early in the third period and D.Verta added his second just to make sure that the lead would stick till the very end. Its only two games in but the Brew Crew do carry an impressive stat allowing only one goal in as many games. C.Muccino will not be complaining much with the kind of defense he has in front of him as the net minder will look to remain sharp as the season rolls along.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Muccino of the Brew Crew. The net minder allowed only one goal against a team that normally has no issues scoring.
Monday May 29
Team X & Carmoni de Fabreville settle for split decision
In about the span of only seven minutes, Team X didn’t know what hit them in the opening battle with their opponent. Les Carmoni de Fabreville completely dominated that stretch winning every man on man battle that resulted in four straight markers. G.Delisle and D.Desmarais dressed for a first time and made an immediate impression posting two goals each. Team X showed no signs of life during that time but managed to pick up their game by the second period. With the help of two tallies by D.Ramada and D.Galloro, the veteran side changed the direction of the match to eventually trail by only one goal. Still not out of it yet, Team X kept putting on the pressure only to run into a hot net minder in P.Corbin, who stopped 19 of 22 shots. J.Poirier eventually slowed things down by feeding an empty cage to help secure a 5-3 win. Team X made sure not to repeat what happened to them in the second contest. Although it was far-from convincing, the men in yellow never once trailed and used a big tally by D.Galloro that broke a 2-2 tie. D.Ramada may have been Team X’s best player as the defenseman not only participated in all three goals but made incredible defensive plays that may have prevented some good scoring chances. Both sides had to work extremely hard in order to capture their respective wins.
(3)Team X vs Les Carmoni de Fabreville(5)
(2)Les Carmoni de Fabreville vs Team X(3)
Stones out match 1 Timer in one out of four periods
With the first contest ending in a dead heat draw, only one out of the four periods was taken over by one side. The Stones used five second period goals in the second encounter to run down the 1 Timer. That sequence occurred with the Stones trailing 1-0 after one period. The scoring efforts came from-five different players that saw M.Russo bury the winner as part of a three point performance. In addition to his three point production, M.Russo was the only Stones player to have scored in the opening game that helped send the game into a shootout. Neither side was able to grab the win in the shootouts as F.Koch of the 1Timer and his counterpart O.Caillet denied two out of the three breakaway attempts. C.Fragkiudakis scored in the shootout for the Stones while T.Daigneault did the same for the 1 Timer. With only two goals in both games, the 1 Timer know that their struggles to score will be an issue if they can’t get back an injured P-A Surprenant to their lineup. For the time being, it will be a big loss but the power forward will take things a day at a time before his eventual return to the roster.
(2)Stones vs 1 Timer(2) S.O
(1)1 Timer vs Stones(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ramada of Team X. D.Ramada excelled at both ends of the court on Monday nights. Apart-from dominating the point’s category collecting two goals and two assists, the rugged defenseman made an incredible play to win a one on one battle that led to a big tally while blocking shots when Les Carmoni de Fabreville pulled their net minder in hopes of an equalizer.
Sunday May 28
(8)Team Cuba vs Butchers (9) O.T
Team Cuba lost for words after devastating loss
The Butchers won in dramatic fashion posting two very late goals before taking it a step further with an overtime tally. After pulling their net minder for the extra attacker, A.Sua pulled his team within one leaving only 19 seconds on the clock. Then, part two of the madness occurred when M.Zampino riffled a blistering slap shot right before the sound of the buzzer. The Butchers crawled back into the game in a remarkable fashion and weren’t done just yet. A.Jalilvand placed the ball in the right place at the right time of overtime that sent an ugly feeling to s side that surely though they would win the game. Team Cuba looked to be in control for most of the night getting plenty of offense, especially by E.Girouard, who bagged four goals and an assist. But with the Butchers never giving up, their hard work paid off in the end. T.Karasek scored once before setting up the last three goals for the Butchers. A.DeSua chipped in with a pair as the only player to score twice out of the nine goals that went in.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Lumberjacks(5)
M.Destounis scores hat trick, leads Fatal Demons to a second straight win
M.Destounis is no stranger to scoring goals and tonight he proved it once more with an incredible display of hockey. The smooth forward netted three straight timely goals to help improve the Fatal Demons to a perfect 2-0 start to the regular season. The Lumberjacks did have the better jump building a 3-1 first period lead but that eventually changed as the game progressed. The veteran side patiently waited for their chances to arise and made sure to bury them once the opportunities were there. F.Benhamadi contributed in a big way collecting three points for the win. As for the Lumberjacks, no one stood out more than the other as five different players struck to find the back of the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Fatal Demons. His three goals was the major reason why the Fatal Demons took the game-from the Lumberjacks.
Thursday May 25
(5)Dragons vs Raging Rhinos(8)
Raging Rhinos take over in third to defeat Dragons
A third period relentless effort by the Raging Rhinos led to a high scoring 8-5 result. The takeover began by the five minute mark of the final frame when T.Angelis scored the first of five goals that came-from all different players. With a golden opportunity to regain their lead, S.Labrecque capitalized on a power play for his second of the night that ultimately stood up for the winner. M-A Piche also scored twice getting the Rhinos off to a good start with three straight points. The Dragons added a good piece to the line up in N.Goncalves, who immediately impressed scoring three goals and a helper. Despite having two good periods, the Dragons were nowhere to be seen by the third where the Raging Rhinos completely dominated the frame.
(8)Bramabulls vs Deadlast(7) S.O
Deadlast cough up lead in third period collapse
How a 6-2 lead with four and half minutes slipped away will leave Deadlast mind boggled for days to come. After working hard all game to get to that point, C.Zafiropoulos and his shorter bench felt like they just fell off a steep cliff with nowhere to be found. That ugly feeling kept persisting after a scoreless overtime leaving only a three man breakaway competition to decide it all. During that span, J.Mandracchia and M.Marrone pulled through with shootout goals while G.Follano was able to stop two of three attempts to earn the win in net. The Bramabulls didn’t depend on any heroes for their incredible comeback as four different players scored in a very short span. As for Deadlast, Y.Gazura had a very good night riffling a hat trick along with an assist on C.Zafiropoulos’s second goal of the night.
(7)Carnage vs Spartans(0)
Carnage too much for new addition Spartans
The growing pains of an inexperienced team will be something that the Spartans will need to cope with in the beginning of the season. Up until they find some chemistry and figure out line combinations, J.Tesolin will have some important decisions to make in hopes of improving the situation. Despite the lopsided score, the Spartans held in there for half the match allowing only one goal till the ten minute mark of the second period. M.Pace is very familiar to finding the back of the net as the sharp shooter tallied three times to get much of the offense going. Both sides had their chances with the man advantage but it was only Carnage taking advantage with two power play goals. The Spartans didn’t get to shoot much which enabled B.Madonis to have a calm night recording a 14 save shutout.
(1)Street Ballers vs SBS Trashers(6)
SBS Trashers move the carpet with 3 power play goals
Visit the penalty box and there will be a price to pay. The Street Ballers didn’t have a great night trying to kill off some penalties which led to convincing win for the SBS Trashers. On three occasions, M.Marcantonio, M.Panarello and the captain E.Panzera each tallied with the man advantage after moving the ball incredible well. At no point were the SBS Trashers in any sort of trouble during the match. The only slight mishap came when Y.Dube scored at the 5:45 minute mark of the third period to spoil R.Pampena’s shutout. P.Hodhod had the most goals scoring twice while his captain and F.Gentile had the most points with three apiece.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marco Pace of Carnage. The natural sniper whaled three goals to spark the Carnage offence in a 7-0 rout of the Spartans.
Wednesday May 24
(2)Publiks Crew vs Primetime(7)
D.Zabitsky shines with three special teams goals
Leading the way for Primetime was D.Zabitsky, who notched two quick shorthanded goals to give his club a valuable 3-0 lead in the first period. Primetime continued their pace from-there outscoring the Publiks Crew in every period. After posting his two shorthanded markers, D.Zabitsky added another tally on the special teams completing his night with a hat trick on the power play. The Publiks Crew had major issues addressing an important part of their game, and that is the lack of production with the man advantage. They did however score once on the power play but that was only once on six attempts. Adding to that, they gave up two shorthanded goals that completely changed the direction of the match.
(3)Brew Crew vs Acolytes(0)
C.Muccino makes 29 saves en route to shutout win over Acolytes
C.Muccino played a supporting role denying every shot his way to help lead the Brew Crew to an early season win. His solid play was just as effective as his defense in front of him. The Brew Crew like to suffocate their opponents and the Acoltyes learned this first hand unable to get any scoring done. A.Lanni and D.DiGiacomo scored first period goals and J.DeSua added a late insurance marker to cap off a perfect night. D.Catalano was behind setting up the first two tallies for the Brew Crew. Its only two games in but Les Acolytes aren’t satisfied yet collecting only one point to the standings.
(3)Mtl Huskies vs Horsemen(5)
T.Mader and T.Zermalias score two goals each to edge out Huskies
Forward T.Zermalias scored twice including a helper on M.Mamoulides’s game winner, and T.Mader also contributed with a pair to help lead the Horsemen past the Mtl Huskies on Wednesday night. Despite trailing by a couple of goals, the Mtl Huskies showed their resilience by nearly tying the game. R.Estrela led a third period effort as the captain scored twice only minutes apart to pull his team within one. In hopes of level ling the match, the Horsemen eliminated that possibility when T.Zermalias tallied late in the game. Neither side dominated the shots column or had many chances on their power plays as only one penalty was taken all night. The Mtl Huskies have been showing some good signs for a new club and will only get better if they continue to battle hard game in and game out.
(4)Les Raymonds vs Hellfish(10)
Hellfish score in bunches in 10-4 rout of Raymonds
The Hellfish won’t have any issues scoring as they did plenty of it against Les Raymonds. With the help of N.Bourgeois and F.Benahamadi, both players ran up the score by a collecting a hat trick. The damage had already been done early on in the contest when the Hellfish scored two early second period goals for a 6-1 lead. At that point, Les Raymonds just hung in there but managed to get some goals through B.Verducci. S.Lecavalier scored twice while setting up A.DeCarolis in the loss. It was a night that Les Raymonds could have used M.Deninno to their lineup, who would have at least helped with some damage control.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Zabitsky of Primetime. His two first period shorthanded goals stunned the Publiks Crew that was never able to recover as the game went on. Zabitsky added a power play marker to complete his hat trick and merit the player of the night.
Wednesday May 24
(3)Venom vs Smackdaddys(2)
J.Rochon powers Venom with all three goals
J.Rochon did for Venom what he does for Legacy and that is to score goals. The fierce centreman met high expectations by netting all three goals in what was a battle till the very end. The Smackdaddys were the ones to strike first with two straight tallies by M.Destounis and D.Auger. However, that sequence turned on dime only minutes later when Rochon struck with two markers in three minutes. The scoring appetite wasn’t done just yet as a feed-from J.Vinet enabled J.Rochon to complete a devastating hat trick. After dominating the first half of the game and out shooting Venon 22-13, the Smackdaddys started to fade away slowly giving up three unanswered goals.
(2)Fat Roy vs Tropics(7)
V.Crivello scores hat trick as Tropics topple Fat Roy
V.Crivello’s offensive output helped lead the Tropics to a convincing 7-2 win over Fat Roy. While he may have scored most of his clubs goals, V.Crivello is only a part of the threat for a side that will be potent all season long. The Tropics have plenty of speed and unlimited skills that will surely have them battle for a championship. The match ultimately was decided by the second period with the Tropics sparking four unanswered goals. A.Deluca had a slow night for his standards as the goal scorer only struck once for the game winner while setting up two teammates. Fat Roy got their lone tallies by J.Pantelis and G.Papadatos as the only two players to solve A.Boulie.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Rochon of Venom. The forward produced all three goals as part of a remarkable comeback vs the Smackdaddys.
It is with great pride that Hockeyballe.com will support all the Quebecers participating at the World Ball Hockey Championships.Two players from Quebec were nominated on the Canadian team (Samuel Fortier Danick Martel); and five national teams will get parts or all of their players from Hockeyballe.com (Haiti, Greece, Armenia, Lebanon and Italy). These players will be able to play for their heritage country based on the “heritage player” concept. (Heritage player: player who has the citizenship of a country or whose parents have).In order to practice for the upcoming championships, Haitians, Greeks, Armenians and Lebanese are playing in the Hockeyballe.com League. Concerning the Italian team, a part of their players’ come from different teams in the league, while the other part is from Ontario.The World Championships have been organised by the ISBHF (International Street & Ball Hockey Federation) every two years since 1995. This time, the championships will be played in Pardubice, Czech Republic, from June 1st to 10, 2017. Games will be live streamed and all the information available on the event official website http://pardubice2017.com or on the event Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pardubice2017.We wish everyone a great tournament!
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Monday May 22
Defending Champs start strong
The recent champs started their regular season play in style on Monday, jumping off to a pair of convincing wins. The Punishers were in fine form-from the beginning providing a 3-0 lead that saw all three goals go in a two minute span. A.Centis opened and closed the scoring for the Punishers while F.Russo faced 14 shots to collect an early season shutout. In hopes of bouncing back by the second contest, Les Carmoni de Fabreville went through a similar fate allowing three first period goals. The Punishers went on about their business getting scoring efforts-from three different players to dictate the match. Still, after three straight periods, F.Russo has yet to concede a goal but that changed when J.Poirier finally got to the net miner by the mid way point of the second period. A.Dayan made an immediate impact by accumulating five points in two games and will be heavily relied on with the loss of last season’s top scorer.
(0)Carmoni de Fabreville vs Punishers(4)
(6)Punishers vs Carmoni de Fabreville(1)
Stones use late high-lite reel goal, Team X responds to even the score
What looked like was surely headed for a shootout changed when C.Fragiudakis and T.Bergomi combined for a beautiful play. Both players went on a two on two rush that had Fragiudakis provide a perfect feed for a tap in goal for the power forward. Unhappy with the way things ended, Team X fell in a deep hole early in the second game. But after responding with a pair of tallies before the end of the frame, Team X continued their onslaught adding three straight tallies for a 5-2 lead. D.Galloro and A.Lanni each scored twice while A.Zarzour scored the other with a hard slap shot. The Stones didn’t decide to call it quits just yet as they pulled their net minder with just over four minutes left in the game. That move nearly worked as two goals went in that left still about a minute for the equalizer. And despite having the chance to tie it, the Stones just fell short as time eventually ran out. Both sides played a chess match styled game that forced players to find their own space and take shots-from the outside. The only thing lacking from-either side may be their lack of overall speed but the rest is there for the two veteran clubs.
(1)Team X vs Stones(2)
(4)Stones vs Team X(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fabio Russo of the Punishers. After facing 30 shots in two games, the net minder allowed only one goal.
Sunday May 21
(6)Shockers vs Lumberjacks(4)
T.Salberg’s third period hat trick powers Shockers past Lumberjacks
All three of T.Salberg’s goals came in the third period, turning a 2-2 tie into a 6-4 win to start the season on the right track for Shockers. Both sides knew it was going to be a grinding type of game. With that, came two power play goals by the Shockers and a pair of special team markers for the Lumberjacks that included a shorthanded tally. Neither side was able to get enough momentum for long stretches but the Shockers found a way to be better by the third. J.Blackman and D.Boyd each scored with the man advantage for the Shockers .The Lumberjacks saw their usual suspects go to work as C.Gingras and D.Ruiz combined for five points in the loss. Its only one game into the season but the Shockers have shown from-their previous sessions that they will be incredibly hard to beat.
(4)Team Cuba vs Fatal Demons(12)
Fatal Demons destroy Team Cuba in strong start to season
It didn’t take long for the Fatal Demons to find their dazzling offensive rhythm against a team that has some adjusting to do. For the Fatal Demons, it was business as usual as their chemistry and experience took over-from the very beginning of the match. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Team Cuba, who despite have the players are far away-from the chemistry required. In tonight’s case, five different players (M.Destounis, P.Santullo, M.Chenier S.Koulieris and D.Ugaldez each scored twice to get the better of S.Sauk. The Fatal Demons created plenty of openings that led to many odd man rushes. M.Trivissono still had his work cut out for him but fared well in net facing 24 shots for the win. E.Girouard provided some of the goal scoring for Team Cuba as the veteran as yet to slow down posting two rockets.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Troy Salberg of the Shockers. His third period hat trick made the difference in a close 6-4 win over the Lumberjacks.
Wednesday May 17
(7)Les Raymonds vs Publiks Crew(0)
Les Raymonds thrilled with season opener
Les Raymonds kicked off the summer season strong with an impressive 7-0 win over the Publiks Crew on Wednesday night .After making a few changes to their lineup, the new additions did a great job replacing some of the missing spaces-from last season. It was a match that didn’t heavily rely on M.Deninno, who quarterbacks Les Raymonds almost better than anyone. Tonight, the scoring came-from six different players that included two goals by N.Richer-Bond. The Publiks Crew kept it close in the first half of the game but saw their chances fade away as the game went on. Unable to get any scoring done, the Publiks Crew went up against a stubborn net minder in A.Mancini, who denied every ball his way. It may have come as a lopsided loss, but the Publiks Crew will take the time to address certain areas in their game that will only make them better with time.
(13)Bramabulls vs Mtl Huskies(6)
High scoring Bramabulls win run & gun battle
The Bramabulls wasted no time early on running down the Mtl Huskies with a 5-1 score after only one period. That was just the beginning of what was a shooting fest between both sides. Despite the bad start, the Mtl Huskies started to find their groove by the second netting three markers but still dropped the frame by a goal. By then, the Bramabulls were well on their way to an easy night. L.Mancini led all scorers bagging a hat trick while M.Zampino, J.Palmitano and N.Cinquino each scored twice. The Mtl Huskies got their scoring done by only three players. J.Mancini, A.Buoni and R.Francesco all got the better of A.Grieco netting two goals apiece. It may not have been the result they wanted, but R.Estrela and his deep bench have plenty of positives that they can grab. If not for their bad start to the game, this contest would have potentially gone to the wire against a very established club.
(5)Les Agents Libre vs Primetime(8)
Primetime outlast Les Agents Libre to start season strong
There wasn’t much to be disappointed for Primetime as they did plenty of things right in their season opener. Although it wasn’t a perfect game, A.Kavaldjian and his squad came prepared boasting a 3-1 first period lead that enabled them to dictate the match the rest of the way. T.Shpindler and his captain A.Kavaldjian were able to find the back of the net on two occasions. C.Stamadianos did collect the most points with three perfect feeds along with an early second period marker. Like in most circumstances of many hockey games, a good start is very vital to any outcome. Les Agents Libre didn’t get that on this night but showed plenty of good things after the first period to battle back. A.Kobayati scored twice in the loss while L.DeCubellis collected a pair of points.
(5)Horsemen vs Acolytes(4) S.O
Horsemen spark third period magic to pull rug under Acolytes feet
Unable to hold off a late tally and a third period shorthanded goal, Les Acolytes felt like they left empty handed on Wednesday night. It’s a kind of loss that you want to get rid at the beginning of the season rather than in a very important playoff match. G.Panagiotopoulos came through in the shorthanded situation while P.Cardillo provided the equalizer with only 39 seconds left in the game. Even with that bad sequence, Les Acolytes failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity by overtime. With plenty of room on a 4 on 3 man advantage, M.Vinciguerra worked wonders stopping every threat his way. If that wasn’t enough, the steady net minder brought it a step further denying all three shootout attempts by Les Acolytes. The Horsemen needed only goal to complete their late push that came courtesy of M.Kardum.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Vinciguerra of the Horsemen. The net minder managed to kill off an overtime penalty while stopping three straight shootout attempts.
Monday May 15(Finals)
D.Ruiz and C.Gingras clicked all night, Punishers celebrate 4 vs 4 title
Dynamic duos have been the staple throughout the history of ice hockey and ball hockey. The combo between D.Ruiz and C.Gingras showed up once more as they have been doing all season long. Les Yables had the difficult task on containing both players as they combined for most of the offense in the two games. But hockey isn’t only comprised of some individual talents up front when the stakes are this high. In the opening contest, J.Meynard stopped three straight breakways to capture an important game one of the series. As for the second encounter, the Punishers slowly built their way to a 3-0 lead that appeared to be more than enough. It was only by the mid way point of the last period where Les Yables made things interesting. M-A Gervais finally solved J.Meynard on the power play, and L.Verdon scored minutes later to pull his team within one. That tally forced Les Yables to pull their net minder with 90 seconds left to their season. Unfortunately for them, C.Gingras came to the rescue for the Punishers by feeding an empty cage. That was Cingras’s third goal of the game as part of a four point night. D.Ruiz helped set up his linemate to collect his fourth point as well. This series could have easily gone either way if Les Yables could have managed to win the shootout battle in game one. But with room for only one winner, the Punishers did all the right things to string a pair of wins together. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the rest of the Punishers for getting the job done.
(3)Punishers vs Yables(2) Game 1 S.O
(2)Yables vs Punishers(4) Game2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dylan Ruiz of the Punishers. The feisty forward was on top of his game at the most important time of the season by providing three goals and an assist.
Monday May 15(Finals)
(2)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 3
Red Lite crowned again as best team in hockey
After only three games in, Red Lite defeated the Black Knights 4-2, to complete a three game sweep and win the Premier division once more. Despite a respectable effort, the Black Knights got deflated in the third period where Red Lite capitalized twice less than a minute apart. J.Provost-Blais snapped the dreaded 2-2 tie for his second with the man advantage, and M.David put the final dagger only moment s later, also for his second that surely provided enough of a lead with eight minutes remaining. Every game was close in this series but the Black knights couldn’t get that timely goal to get any sort of advantage. The saying of good teams always find a way to win surely summed up this series. Red Lite, whether they trail or play with a tie will more often than not find a way to get the job done. Once again, the ball hockey giants proved to everyone how good they really are by winning the Premier division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to Carl Ghilarducci and the rest of Red Lite for capturing the A division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais. The forward scored back to back goals that snapped a third period tie along with providing an assist to finish with a solid three point night.
Note that both Red Lite and the Black Knights will be representing Quebec at this years Nationals. Red Lite will be classified as QB1 and the Black Knights will be QB2.The event will take place from August 7 - 13 at Saint John New Brunswick.
Monday May 8(Finals)
(3) Red Lite vs Black Knights(2) Game 2
J.Bradley slams door on Knights with two third period goals
The Black Knights were firmly in control of Monday night’s game and seemed to be heading to an even series with Red Lite. That was, until the last eight minutes of the hockey game. That’s when Red Lite down 2-1, got desperate and managed to score two goals both by the very same J.Bradley. The Black Knights were clearly ready to start the night with two first period goals by J.Mandracchia and S.Nowakowski. P-O Girouard was in his zone and was playing lights out up until a late second period power play marker by J.Provost-Blais got the Red Lite on board. Still, the Black Knights were in control and had one period left to go with their slight 2-1 margin. But when you play Red Lite, and lead by only one goal nothing is in the bank up until the final buzzer. In tonight’s case, the Black knights saw their series take a turn for the worse by letting those two goals go in. Like old cliché’s they’ll have to take it a game at a time to try and bounce back. As for Red Lite, next week will be business as usual as they’ll try and put an end to the series.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeffrey Bradley of Red Lite. In time of need, the forward struck twice in the third period turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.
Monday May 8(Semi finals)
Les Yables out battle Venom for two game sweep
Les Yables walked away with back to back wins over Venom to move one step closer to their ultimate goal. It took only nine minutes in for Les Yables to put a strangle hold in the opening match. Led by their captain, A.Gervais set the pace only 20 seconds-from the opening draw to beat R.Ranieri before setting up L.Verdon for a 2-0 lead. Venom did eventually get on board late in the first period when J.Courteau got to J-F Simard. Still not out of it yet, K.Araujo used a power play marker to pull his team within one. But Les Yables would eventually slow down the momentum by responding with a huge insurance marker that would prove to be the winner. D.Marcotte was that player as the sniper buried his second after receiving two assists-from D.Pelletier. With the first game out of the way, Les Yables did nearly the exact same thing in the second contest. L.Verdon’s two quick goals along with A.Gervais following up with a power play marker, Les Yables built another 3-0 lead by the nine minute mark of the frame. At that point, Venom found themselves in another bind that would eventually cost them the series. Both sides traded second period goals each that included a hat trick by D.Pelletier. The one important thing that Les Yables did on this night was their commitment to get the better start. Unfortunately for Venom, they just couldn’t weather the storm long enough in order to keep the games close.
(3)Venom vs Les Yables(4) Game 1
(5)Les Yables vs Venom(2) Game 2
J.Meynard and Punishers limit 1 Timer to only two goals, advance to finals
The Punishers did exactly what they needed to do in order to take out the 1 Timer on Monday night. The first thing was limiting P-A Surprenant and T.Daigneault off the score sheet in which they did in the opening contest while generating their excepted offence primarily-from C.Gingras. Add both those scenarios and the results will surely come. C.Gingras did much of the work in the first game bagging two goals and a helper while J.Meynard turned away over 15 shots to record a shutout. After taking a commanding 1-0 series lead, the Punishers weren’t done yet. The first period of the second game was just a carryover of what happened in game one. It took just over four minutes for three different players to find the back of the net for a commanding 3-0 lead. The 1 Timer would go three straight periods without a goal. In an effort to battle back, P-A Surprenant ended the spell by posting two second period goals. However, his second tally still trailed his club by two with barely enough time for a comeback. Once again, C.Gingras had his hand behind setting up two out of the four goals for the Punishers. J.Meynard was exceptional in both wins as the net minder went perfect for well over three periods.
(3)Punishers vs 1 Timer(0) Game 1
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers (4) Game 2
Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will look to complete their playoff run by taking on Les Yables. The final won’t be easy for either side. Les Yables work extremely hard and will constantly for check and force the Punishers to react quickly. But will that be enough against a side that has the most dangerous player and a very good active defense. Time will tell as both teams prepare for their biggest games of the season.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremie Meynard of the Punishers. The net minder went through a very long stretch before giving up his only two goals in both games vs the 1 Timer.
Sunday May 7 (Finals)
(6)Red Nose vs Brew Crew(3) Game 1
Red Nose’s big 3 step it up to set tone
It didn’t matter that one of the main focuses for the Brew Crew was to neutralize N.Delia as the sniper still found a way early on to set the tone. His goal just 30 seconds in enabled the Red Nose to play with a lead for the remainder of the match. Four out of the first six tallies all belonged to three particular players that would surely make an impact. After Delia’s early tally, C.Gingras posted two in a row right before M.Latreille joined the club with a power play marker for a 4-1 lead. The game was already out of reach when the Brew Crew found some offense with two late tallies. Despite the loss, those two goals gave some vote of confidence as they desperately needed their forwards to pick things up heading into game two.
(5)Brew Crew vs Red Nose(2) Game 2
Brew Crew steam roll Red Nose to draw even in series
It may have taken just over half the game, but the Brew Crew finally addressed their scoring woes up front. Once S.Fabrici struck to tie the game, a bushel of goals followed. M.Rheaume scored twice, L.Verta collected four points and the Brew Crew rebounded-from their earlier loss in emphatic fashion to split the series at one. The Brew Crew never had the chance to play with the lead, but once D.Storozuk provided it, the Red Nose felt like they were in trouble. One very important thing that the Brew Crew did well in this contest was their ability to skill off some penalties. The Red Nose have a dominant five man unit that just couldn’t get the right scoring chances needed in front of the net. C.Muccino took take of the far shots while the Brew Crew defense cleared the crease to support their net minder. With this result, both teams had 15 minutes or more to prove who would be remembered as champs of the E Sunday division.
(6)Red Nose vs Brew Crew(0) Game 3
Timing is everything, Red Nose use early PP marker en route to finish line
An unfortunate four minute high-sticking call may have been the turning point in this series. The Red Nose smelled blood, and this time made sure to take advantage when J-P Meunier blasted a rocket-from the point to beat C.Muccino. That goal still left more than enough time for the Brew Crew to respond but things only seemed to get worse-from that point on. It took only 20 seconds later for a lucky bounce by Y.Leroux to double the lead. Then, it was M.Bourassa’s turn to find the back of the net and just like that the Brew Crew knew it was over. With the series out of reach, C.Gingras added three straight points to put the final dagger. It’s no wonder that the Red Nose finished in first place of the regular season. Tonight, they showed once more what a great ball moving team they are with the help of some complimentary players that can score at will. There defense and sharp goaltending by S.Morante was just as effective as it took every area of the game to get this far. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Giovanni Delia and the Red Nose for getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Red Nose. The skilled forward scored twice in very game providing the expected offense that helped lead his team to the championship.
Thursday May 4(E1 Finals)
(1)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(7) Game 2
Deadlast respond with blowout win to even series
Deadlast blew out the P.E.Y.O in a must win game to even the series. C.Zafiropoulos and his squad began hot building a 3-0 first period lead. While the P.E.Y.O attempted to get on board with a power play chance, C.Chirola only made things worse by bagging a shorthanded goal. That was the skilled centreman’s second of three goals in a four point game. It was clear that Deadlast got undeniable massive contribution -from all their players. Anytime there would be a loose ball or battle in the corner, it was almost certain that a Deadlast player would gain control. When adding all that up, the opportunities came which enabled the many goals that went in. A.Kakivelis contributed with a pair while J.Sanoudakis had to deal with one slight sorrow when A.Jalilvand spoiled his shutout. After a dominating performance, Deadlast was definitely primed for the mini game. The only slight disadvantage for Deadlast at that point was that the P.E.Y.O would need only 15 minutes to be the better team.
(1)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(0) Game 3 O.T
J.Skafidas cuts through the high slot to riffle championship goal
Neither team cared who would score the game winning goal. All that mattered was that Deadlast can call themselves the best team of the E1 Thursday division. J.Skafidas was credited the winner 4:00 minutes into overtime as Deadlast captured the title with back to back wins. The play developed deep in the P.E.Y.O corner where Skafidas separated himself from a P.E.Y.O player and stormed through the high slot before riffling a wrist shot that barely gave S.Brown a chance. From-start to finish, the intensity level couldn’t be matched by the P.E.Y.O, who maybe in their defense could have used some help with less than two lines. As for Deadlast ,they did their part by coming prepared and it showed with their high level of play. Despite scoring only once in two games which is very uncharacteristic for a team like the P.E.Y.O, a 15 minute mini game was to their advantage. Unfortunately, a key glove save- from J.Sanoudakis may have been a key reason why the celebration took place on his bench rather than the other side. Both net minders were incredibly solid. S.Brown was an absolute force in game three which gave his club more than enough time to try and get only one goal. But in the end, the better side was Deadlast on this night which gives justice to this championship .On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and his deserving group of guys for winning it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremy Skafidas of Deadlast. The sharp shooter was able to crack S.Brown and give his club their biggest goal of the season.
Wednesday May 3(F2 Finals)
(4)Black Venom vs Raging Rhinos(10) Game 1
Rhinos emerge victorious after trashing in game 1
The Raging Rhinos would do some serious damage in their opening game of the F2 finals. In a series that was built up to its hype, the Black Venom didn’t know what hit them. One of the few reasons was the dominance set forth by M-A Piche.T he highly skilled forward netted back to back tallies before completing his hat trick late in the second period. In addition to his madness, S.Pilon, J.Zannis and F.Remon overwhelmed the Black Venom net minder and defence providing two goals apiece. The Black Venom lost every frame and looked completely unprepared for a team that dominated the regular season. Luckily enough for them, this is a best of three series.
(0)Raging Rhinos vs Black Venom(6) Game 2
Black Venom took valuable notes after embarrassing loss
Perhaps it was a case of indigestion or lack of sleep, but the Black Venom showed why they finished with an 8-2 regular season record. A good character team is able to overcome even its worse moments and the Black Venom did just that only moments later to settle the score. This time, they did to the Raging Rhinos what had just happened to them by returning the favour with an embarrassing loss. The Black Venom turned the table by winning every frame that included three goals with the special teams. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau, two very familiar names each scored twice while J.Meynard was outstanding stopping all 27 shots his way.
(1)Black Venom vs Raging Rhinos(2) Game 3
Raging Rhinos stuns Black Venom with late goal, winners of F2 division
S.Pilon scored a late goal as the Raging Rhinos snatched the F2 cup out of the Black Venom’s hands on Wednesday night. The series ended with the Raging Rhinos overcoming a 1-0 lead in a short 15 minute mini game. J.Baccari opened the scoring early for the Black Venom, a goal that went unanswered for five minutes. Then, F.Remon responded in a big way to level the game at one goal apiece. Both sides knew how important that next tally would be, and with only 40 seconds left in the game, S.Pilon gave his club something special to celebrate. F.Remon and D.Ramada set up the hero to help lead the Raging Rhinos to a hard felt championship. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Hovig Pilibossian and the Raging Rhinos for taking home the F2 Wednesday division title.
Wednesday May 3(Finals)
(6)Punishers vs Armadillos(2) Game 1
Better prepared Punishers send early message
Repeating is never easy. The Armadillos entered the night as the current champs but that didn’t impress the Punishers to much in the opening game. The hungrier side made an early statement for what they had in store for the night. P.Karvouriaris ignited two first period goals and the Punishers had the luxury to play with the lead. Unable to battle back, the Armadillos had no answers as they found themselves in a very huge deficit trailing by four after two periods. Apart-from there two power play goals, J.Kontitsis was thinking already what to do in the second match in order to have a chance. C.Gingras got his name on the score sheet providing two goals and an assist while D.Ruiz helped make three goals happen with assists.
(4)Armadillos vs Punishers(7) Game 2
Punishers dethrone Armadillos as new champs of D Wednesday
The Punishers found a way to turn the tables and capture the D trophy-from the Armadillos on Wednesday night. Things looked like an easy night for the Punishers carrying a 4-1 third period lead but that all changed by the third with the Armadillos getting desperate. The comeback effort was led with goals by G.Bouchard and P.Scotti that narrowed the margin by one. That sequence tensed up the Punishers to play a little more focused in which they did by getting a back breaking tally by D.Ruiz. Still, it wasn’t over. G.Bouchard netted his second with two minutes left to force the issue once more. But after pulling out C.Stavriadis for the extra attacker, the Punishers finally put it all to rest once and for all with two quick goals by P.Karvouriaris. Longing for this moment, the Punishers got what they deserve. Their deep bench with plenty of speed was too much to handle for the Armadillos on this particular night. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and his team for capturing the D Wednesday title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Karvouriaris of the Punishers. His two first period goals in game one was just the spark his club needed to knock out the reigning champions.
Wednesday May 3(F3 Finals)
(3)Hellfish vs United Arms(4) Game 1 shootout
United Arms grab huge shootout win to take commanding series lead
J-F Aumais denied three of four shootout attempts, and C.Fragiudakis scored the winner as the United Arms grabbed a big 1-0 series lead over the Hellfish. The United Arms got their scoring done in very short span riffling two power play goals. But that didn’t rattle the Hellfish too much as D.Laurin responded in a big way with his second of the game to even the score. This contest could have only been decided after both teams enjoyed excellent chances only to run into hot goaltenders .B.Verducci had to deal with the pressure of facing highly skilled players such as Y.Derohannessian and C.Fragiudakis after denying two straight shootout attempts.
(4)United Arms vs Hellfish(0) Game 2
United Arms shutout out Hellfish to take F3 championship in two
The Hellfish picked their worse time of the season to see their attack dry up. The already heated affair continued its intensity resulting in many penalty minutes. With that, came three power play goals for the United Arms. A.Minassian, H.Jerjian and Y.Derohannessian picked apart the Hellfish defence by combining for 11 points and once again J-F Aumais was a huge factor stopping all 32 shots his way. The United Arms didn’t win the regular season for nothing as their prominent overall depth showed throughout the entire post season. G.Missakian made the right choices using his players in the right situations while figuring out perfect line combinations. With this result, the captain guided his club to a deserving feat. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Gabi Missakian and the United Arms for winning the F3 Wednesday championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hovig Jerjian of the United Arms. The talented forward participated in all six goals in both games to help lead his club to the finish line.
Tuesday May 2 (Finals)
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Communists (4) Game 1 shootout
Communists rally to edge Smooth Sailors in shootout
The Communists found themselves down a pair of goals in the third period before capitalizing on two chances to force a shootout. The win came with the help of two of their better players. Captain J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais took the leadership role by not only scoring third period goals but also providing the only two shootout markers that beat A.Grieco. The Smooth Sailors had the better start taking a step in the right direction when N.Cordileone and M.Argiris struck in a short span. For well over two periods, A.Grieco and the Smooth Sailors looked like they could do no wrong. But just like the Smooth Sailors did earlier, the Communists found a way to return the favor with back to back tallies. Another big piece to the puzzle was the brilliant performance by J.Vrettis, who had a strong showing in the shootout stopping two very high skilled players in M.Testolina and J.Morina.
(6)Communists vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 2
Playoff performer T.J.Ward shines again, Communists crowned C Tuesday champs
T.J Ward may be overshadowed by players such as J.Adamou and J.Provost-Blais but his playoff performance will put him in the conversation as who the MVP really is. The forward scored three times and added an assist to cap off a four point night. Two of his goals came with the man advantage, but it was his shorthanded marker that may have ultimately deflated the morale of the Smoot Sailors. The Communists just fed off that early second period sequence where they erupted with four straight tallies to dictate the match. At that point, the Smooth Sailors were not in a position to come back in the game, especially being down by four and knowing that J.Vrettis wasn’t going to let that kind of lead slip away. The Smooth Sailors will look back at game one and ask themselves what they could have done to prevent a third period collapse. With the margin of error being so fine between two very good teams, the Communists found a way to overcome the adversity that just made them better as the series went on. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations got out to John Adamou and the Communists for capturing the C Tuesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Vrettis of the Communists. The net minder won a big shootout battle and faced over 40 shots in two games to help lead his team to a championship.
Monday May 1(Finals, best of five series)
(1)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4) Game 1
Captain Carl Ghilarducci scores twice in two minutes to lead Red Lite
C.Ghilarducci came up big at both ends of the rink on Monday night. The highly skilled and very tall defenseman scored two quick goals and kept most of the Black Knights forward in check to lead his club to a 1-0 series lead. The game was tied 1-1 before the captain scored twice to stretch its lead to 3-1.In addition to his contribution, M.David also buried a pair with the help of K.Kuczmarski, who participated in all four goals for the Red Lite. The Black Knights just weren’t sharp enough in their opening game. Apart from S.Nowakowski’s lone tally, there weren’t many positives to chew on. Red Lite won’t have the body count to match the Black Knights in this series but their ten players alone are filled with enough quality to knock out anyone. Unless the Black Knights find solutions for game two, this series could come to a halt earlier than expected.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Ghilarducci of Red Lite. Whenever a team has a player with such ability, vision and mechanics as a defenseman, it becomes very discouraging for any forwards to go up against such a force.
Monday May 1 (Round 1 playoffs)
Venom oust Jokers with 2 straight wins
Venom hung on just enough in the first encounter before easily knocking off the Jokers in the second with a 7-0 score. Despite playing with a much depleted line up, the Jokers forced Venom to play till the very end dropping the game by a slight 3-2 margin. J.Courteau scored twice in the first period and J.Quesnel-Vinet notched an early second period goal that held up just enough. The Jokers attempted 34 combined shots in both games only to solve R.Ranieri on two occasions. As for the second encounter, there wasn’t much expectations for M.Timeo and his teammates. Venom simply out ran and out worked the Jokers igniting four goals in only nine minutes. G.Lallis found the back of the net twice along with P.Scotti, who used two straight goals to end the game earlier. J.Courteau continued his point production by adding one tally and three helpers. While Venom had the expectations on moving forward, their quest to the finish line will get harder vas they’ll have to do it without a significant goal scorer in B.Deslauriers. The sniper is out with a lower body injury and may miss the duration of the playoffs.
(3)Venom vs Jokers(2) Game 1
(0)Jokers vs Venom(7) Game 2
Les Yables sweat out second game with a pair of tallies by D.Pelletier
Both teams looked pretty even to start as they felt one another out in a 1-1 first period. However, things didn’t go too well in the second for Carnage as they saw one goal lead to another. Unable to stop the bleeding, Les Yables had everything go right netting five unanswered markers that included two power play goals. D.Pelletier and F.Lacasse each scored twice and J-F Simard shut the door en route to a 6-1 victory. If Les Yables thought the second game would be an indication of the first, than they were totally wrong. Carnage tightened up their game and managed to play with a lead when M.St-Laurent bagged a power play goal. After being blanked for an entire period, D.Pelletier was able to end the spell for Les Yables posting an early goal by the second frame. At that point, neither side wanted to make any mistakes knowing how crucial the next goal tally would be. But with that in mind, Les Yables didn’t want to take their chances in a shootout which could have easily led to a 12 minute mini game where anything can happen, especially how well B.Madonis was playing. The game was starting to set when D.Pelletier came to the rescue once more. His two tallies may have avoided a catastrophe for a club that has very high expectations. Despite the back to back losses, Carnage did an overall fine job except for one period where they were totally out matched.
(6)Les Yables vs Carnage(1) Game 1
(1)Carnage vs Les Yables(2) Game 2
1 Timer grinds out Team X to advance to semi finals
Unable to compete at a high tempo, Team X saw their season end early on Monday night. The 1 Timer didn’t complicate things, instead they simply out ran, out worked and out battled a team that didn’t have enough fire in their game. With that, came plenty of mistakes and turnarounds that led to many goals for the 1 Timer. In tonight’s case, T.Daigneault was absolutely on fire collecting four points in the opening contest and a hat trick in the second game. Team X fell twice behind the eight ball which forced them to play from-behind all night long. The only bright spot for Team X was their power play, apart from-that, nothing was working right. As for the 1 Timer, both these results will used a stepping stone for their next round. If they can play the same way like they did tonight, than they’ll have a chance, even if it against a top tier team like the Punishers.
(3)Team X vs 1 Timer(4) Game 1
(7)1 Timer vs Team X(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thierry Daigneault of the 1 Timer. His dominant performance in both games proved to be too much to handle for Team X. The skilled forward accumulated 7 points that included a hat trick to earn the player of the night.
With this round over and done with, 4 teams are left over on their quest to the final. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1) Punishers vs 1 Timer(5) The Punishers have a very active defense that will provide many options to their forwards, and not to forget along with a game breaker in C.Gingras. The 1 Timer will need to neutralize the star forward and simply play a man on man game while patiently wait for their opportunities. Despite their fifth place finish, the 1 Timer have scoring, speed, and goaltending that knock out anyone at this stage of the season, even a team like the Punishers.
(2)Venom vs Les Yables(3) Both teams are very well balanced. Les Yables work very hard and play a grinding style game that will force Venom to react quickly. If Les Yables take away space and guard certain key players, than Venom will be in trouble. If not, Venom will put up the numbers and potentially advance to the final.
Sunday April 30(Semi finals)
(8)Red Nose vs Butchers (2) Game 1
Red Nose make a statement with game one win
Its only one single game, but the Red Nose looked unstoppable with their high powered offense. C.Gingras led the way with a hat trick and S.Aubertin along with N.Delia were just as effective providing two goals each. The Butchers knew what they were up against but were unable to apply their game plan accordingly. The Red Nose surged early with two goals in only three minutes. The second period only got worse for the Butchers having to give up four unanswered tallies. By then, this contest was done and over with despite a pair of goals by C.Maltese and his captain V.Mormina. The Butchers had only one thing on their mind and that was how to respond in game two.
(7)Butchers vs Red Nose(6) Game 2
Butchers fend off Red Nose to even series
A pair of solid teams took turns landing punches in game two. In the end, it was the Butchers getting the decision. D.Ruiz had plenty to prove to both sides as the sniper bagged two big power play goals as part of a three goal performance. Red Nose had a similar start jumping to a 2-0 lead but saw a different pattern develop by the second period. This time, it was the Butchers taking charge winning the last two frames outscoring their opponent 3-2.But things didn’t come convincing at all as two very late goals by the Butchers forced the mini match. J.Mandracchia came through late setting up D.Ruiz while riffling the go ahead marker with just over 90 seconds left to play. For a second straight game, N.Delia nodded a pair as the only multi goal scorer for Red Nose.
(5)Red Nose vs Butchers(2) Game 3
Red Nose regains momentum after tough loss
Perhaps the Red Nose lethargic performance a game ago versus the Butchers is just the wakeup call they needed. After blowing a very late lead, Red Nose came back for some home cookin and bounced back with a big win to advance to the final. The inspiration was led by no other than N.Delia, who was just a goal scoring machine in the series. Once again, the number 88 netted two more goals to reach six after the night was done. N.Delia opened the scoring and posted the winner cracking a 2-2 tie. The Butchers actually missed out on a power play opportunity that saw C.Gingras score instead to make the score 2-1 in favor of Red Nose. But the Butchers would get it back on a power play goal by A.Jalilvand to even the game at two. The series could have gone either way but good teams do tend to find a way. The Butchers did a remarkable job by pushing it as far as they did and have nothing to feel bad about knowing only five minutes decided the outcome of the series.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers (3) Game 1
Shockers show no quit in 3-2 rally win over Brew Crew
Not even for a team like the Brew Crew a 2-0 lead is good enough. The Shockers had no intentions in throwing the towel by showing once again how resilient they really are. The comeback was led by a key component as M.Blackman cut the lead in half just shy of the second period. Then, only two minutes later into the final frame, M.Blackman was part of setting up C.Debonis to even the game at two goals apiece. Still unable to slow things down, the Brew Crew suffered their biggest blow yet when T.Salberg but the final dagger towards the end of the game. The Shockers won this game getting scoring efforts-from three key players along with the solid goaltending by D.Bourque, and the support of the rest of the team. As for the Brew Crew, the experience of dealing with a harsh loss was a weapon that would eventually take over.
(5)Shockers vs Brew Crew(6) Game 2 shootout
L.Verta’s fifth shootout attempt for Brew Crew extends series
The frustrations of knowing that they were that close to ending the series will end up haunting the Shockers. After netting his second goal and collecting his third point of the contest, C.Debonis gave the Shockers a great opportunity to dispose of the Brew Crew in two games. Instead five shootout rounds were required to see if the series would end or force a third and deciding game. Apart-from giving up one goal by M.Blackman, the Brew Crew net minder was sharper than a steak knife piercing into a 12 ounce filet mignon. C.Muccino found a way to deny four out of five breakaways which was one save more than D.Bourque, who was equally as impressive during the contest. With this result, the stage was set to see who would prevail in a 15 minute mini game.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(1) Game 3
D.Verta buries clutch series winning goal, Brew Crew celebrate to reach finals
D.Verta notched the biggest goal of the season,a clutch go-ahead marker for the dagger that effectively ended what was a grueling battle between two very deserving hockey teams. The way the game began, the Shockers had control of the situation with an early goal by T.DeBonis. However, that slight lead would eventually be answered courtesy of J.Guerriero. At that point, both teams knew the importance of the next tally as it would surely set up who would be pulling through. In tonight’s case, that would belong to someone that’s been there and done that before. D.Verta has a knack for the big games and tonight was just another day at the office for the crafty forward. The Shockers played a great series and could have easily been there just as well. For now, it’s just a question of time for a side that has only plenty of upside ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nicola Delia of the Red Nose. The sharp shooter struck twice for three games in a row providing key goals that helped send his club to the big dance.
The E Sunday division is down to two teams after what was a hard felt semi final round. The Brew Crew undeniably is one of the best defensive teams in the division. But they have to face an offense as dangerous as the one they’ll see this Sunday. C.Gingras, N.Delia and M.Latreille are a just a few names that the Brew Crew will be focusing on. In order to have a chance, the Brew Crew will limit and frustrate those key players while relying on their counter attack and goaltending. Unless something unusual happens, this series will be a reflection of what both sides went through in their semi finals.
Friday April 28(Finals)
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(1) Game 1
HBHA Seniors too hot for Hawks in re match of final
There was no revenge for the Hawks, at least not in this contest as the HBHA Seniors eased to a 5-1 win to open up the series. Unable to kill off two straight penalties in the first period, the Hawks ultimately paid the price having to trail the rest of the way. T.Koutlis and T.Baltzis converted in the second period providing a three goal cushion which was more than enough for C.Stavriadis as the net minder was his usual self denying every ball his way. The Hawks didn’t have a good transition game at all, and that was because the HBHA Seniors waited for plays that they would either intercept or cover their man properly to cause a turnaround. With that came their chances with scoring efforts from-five different players en route to a 1-0 series lead. In order for the Hawks to get back in the series they would have to adjust their game plan to have a chance.
(7)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(6) S.O
Hawks return favor in must win game
It wasn’t a pleasant way to play but the Hawks did what was needed in order to force a third and deciding game. The defense kept it simple by dumping the ball into the corner for the wingers to gain some control in the offensive end. With that came some ball possession that led to a few scoring chances. It’s not often the HBHA Seniors give up more than a goal or two but this game was completely out of character for the defending champs. E.Colella surprised C.Stavriadis a couple of times that resulted in a hat trick. The HBHA Seniors actually led 3-1 only to see their lead disappear as the game went on. The Hawks failed to win it in regulation time when K.Papapostolou scored with less than two minutes to force a shootout. With their season on the line, A.Zarzour came through to rescue the Hawks. The shifty forward scored once in the first round and a second time to beat Stavriadis with a pair of crafty moves.
(4)HBHA Seniors vs Hawks(0) Game 3
Make it two in a row, HBHA Seniors crowned once again
The HBHA Seniors left no doubt on Friday night that they are presently the kings of the Masters 35+ Seniors division. With only one period to take it all, the HBHA Seniors regained their composure and played a perfect match. Once T.Baltzis opened the scoring, the Hawks felt the pressure which only made things worse. J.Kontitsis, captain of his club put a massive blow for a 2-0 lead leaving barely minutes on the clock. The captain had a good final game collecting three points that included an empty net goal. C.Stavriadis also bounced back after a subpar performance in game two to capture a shutout. This was a game that the Hawks needed that first goal in order to have a chance. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good enough performance. But despite the loss, the Hawks did put up a real challenge for forcing the mini game considering how bad they’ve fared in their last few meetings with the champs. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Kontitsis and the rest of the HBHA Seniors for winning a second straight championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to John Kontitsis of the HBHA Seniors. The captain had four goals and two assists while making the necessary adjustments to bounce back in a game three mini game.
Thursday April 27(E1 & E2 finals)
(6)UHC vs French Connection(5) E2 Game 1 shootout
UHC fly high in 6-5 shootout win
A back and forth contest between the UHC and the French Connection ended in the UHC’s favor as the team captured a thrilling 6-5 victory in a shootout. The French Connection had the stronger start to the night thanks to a pair of power play goals by J-F Belanger. But much of the good stuff was saved for last. After a scoreless second period, the game retook its identity by the third with the UHC winning the frame 3-2.That sequence forced the breakaway competitions to decide a winner. The UHC used two shootout goals by S.DelGaudio and J.Pantelis and a pair of saves by J.Sanoudakis to capture game one of the series. It’s worth noting in the loss that J.Farrese was incredibly solid, collecting all four points that included three helpers.
(2)French Connection vs UHC(5) E2 Game 2
UHC penalty kill ultra-slick with shorthanded goals by J.Pantelis
Armed with one of the division’s better players in a shorthanded situation, J.Pantelis was dominant providing two huge shorthand goals that echoed all the way to his bench. The French Connection normally thrive with the man advantage but saw it bite them at the worse time during the year. The UHC went up 3-2 after two periods and scored a quick third period goal to put a strangle hold in the game. S.Simitsakos was just as clutch by netting his second after scoring only a minute into the contest. Knowing full well that their season was on the line, the French Connection ran into a team that decided to shut things down. J.Sanoudakis smelled glory at that point and made absolutely sure to let nothing by him. Then, with only two minutes remaining, it was the captain’s turn to put the final icing on the cake. B.Patel ended all worries with the series last goal that led to a second straight championship in a very short period of time for the UHC. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Bhavesh Patel, Costa Zafiropoulos and the rest of the UHC for winning the E2 Thursday division championship.
(3)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(6) E1 Game 1
P.E.Y.O down Deadlast to start series strong
Deadlast may have gotten an early spark but that was as good as it got. After netting two quick power play goals, the P.E.Y.O didn’t stop there adding to their lead by striking three more times. A.Jalilvand and S.Marashlian ignited two goals each and S.Brown got better as the game went on making it very difficult for Deadlast to bounce back. Both teams are extremely familiar with one another which will give C.Zafiropoulos an entire week to try and figure out how to even the series. He won’t make excuses but some of his players had just played before in the E2 division. But the same could be said for the P.E.Y.O, who were missing a top notched sniper in B.Deslauriers. Regardless the reasons, both sides have another one or potentially two more games to play and prove to the other who is the better team. For now, it’s the P.E.Y.O carrying bigger smiles as they’ll prepare and knock out a rival opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the UHC. The selke trophy candidate did his usual playing at both ends of the field. Pantelis was able to collect five points in which two came shorthanded while adding a shootout marker.
Thursday April 27(Finals)
(2)Icons vs Legacy(1) Game 1 shootout
Icons outlast Legacy in fifth shootout to capture game 1
After four shootout attempts without a goal, S.Hrivnak finds the back of the net leaving C.Stavriadis to make the save on G.Pisanelli and win game one of the C Thursday final. The fierce rival between both sides was expected that this contest wasn’t going to have much scoring. E.Lemieux got Legacy on board in the first period and C.Gingras found a way in the second to level the match with a power play marker. Both teams tried to find time and space but struggled mightily to create enough chances. Neither player wanted to make any sort of mistake. With that notion, the match had to go to its ultimate distance where a shootout was going to decide the outcome. One thing’s for sure was that the goaltenders were ready to compete on this night. C.Stavriadis’s one extra save in the shootout was what it took to get the better of his counterpart M.Dagenais, who was equally brilliant to start off the series.
(1)Legacy vs Icons(2) Game 2
P.Chiotis and Icons jubilant, capture C Thursday title
When the final horn sounded, the Icons celebrated something special on Thursday night. The Icons capped off the series similar to what they did in game one by fore checking and defending properly limiting Legacy to only two goals in two games. Neither side had much of an advantage during the game up until C.Gingras provided a 2-1 lead late in the second period. Legacy did make a focused effort with still plenty of time for an equalizer but kept running into the same problem. Sometimes it just comes down to the numbers. With 18 players dressed and extremely motivated, the Icons simply ran down their opponent making them feel like they were playing in a traffic jam at rush hour. This result was everything P.Chiotis and his many troops wanted-from the beginning and got there through their hard work and commitment. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations goes out to the Icons captain and his players for winning a very difficult C Thursday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Chiotis of the Icons. The captain, although he didn’t play the game was a significant part to his clubs success. It’s never easy convincing many players to play all at once, but with that came what they’ve been working hard for all year.
Wednesday April 26 (Semi finals)
(0)Dragons vs Punishers(6) Game 2
Punishers use their wheels to burn past Dragons
The Punishers simply relied on one of their greatest strengths and that is their speed. The Dragons knew this going in and despite formulating a game plan to slow things down sometimes it just can’t work. After building a 2-0 first period lead, the Punishers sailed away adding four straight markers in about eight minutes. P.Karvouriaris scored twice, M.Gagnon capitalized on the power play and N.Mackeen didn’t have to endure much pressure to collect an 11 save shutout. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will hit familiar territory once more and will expect nothing less than to aim for the D Wednesday title.
(5)Armadillos vs Trappers(3) Game 2
Trappers fight back but fall short to Armadillos
J.Urquhart scored a crucial power play goal for the Armadillos. It gave the Armadillos a 4-2 third period lead early in the frame resulting as the game winner. But the effort-from the Trappers was not to be denied, as they battled back to keep this game one that would not disappoint a side that’s been out of action for a while. The Armadillos used the good tart to dictate the pace their way. P.Koutsogiannopoulos and S.Kipopoulos each had first period goals and P.Arkalis widened the margin by three right before the Trappers finally got on board. One thing the Trappers did well was to work their power play. All three goals came with their five man unit that included scoring efforts from-three different players.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Arkalis of the Armadillos. The forward was behind setting up two goals while netting one for a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Punishers will face the Armadillos for the D Wednesday championship, which will be a rematch of last season’s finals. Both teams sport spiffy records heading into the match up. This encounter promises to be more personal than predictable especially for the Punishers who want to avoid losing twice in a row to the same team.
Wednesday April 26(F2 & F3 Semi finals)
(3)Fat Cats vs Raging Rhinos(2) F2 Game 2
Revenge is sweet as Fat Cats top Rhinos in penalty filled game
On Wednesday, the Fat Cats demonstrated they would not be pushed around, standing up to the Raging Rhinos in a penalty filled 3-2 victory. With the help of their special teams, the Fat Cats used a power play goal and a shorthanded marker in what was a dominant second period. E.Panzera struck first to get the ball rolling but it may have been J.Guerriero’s shorthanded goal that ultimately made the difference in the match. The Raging Rhinos got both their tallies with their five man unit courtesy of J.Zannis and M-A Piche. N.Mauro has been rock solid in the series between the pipes but didn’t get the right support in the second period giving up three goals. This result set up a game three mini game that had both sides pumped with plenty of adrenaline.
(2)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(0) F2 Game 3
N.Mauro steals the show with huge shutout
Coming off a tough loss, the Raging Rhinos reset what had just happened with a flawless performance. Of course it helps when your net minder is in top form as N.Mauro showed once again why he was a big part of the success. The Fat Cats just couldnt solve him despite getting enough shots and scoring chances. Both sides knew the importance of the first goal. It took up until the 6:10 minute mark for F.Remon and the Raging Rhinos to celebrate the opening tally. Once that happened, the Fat Cats felt the pressure and did everything possible to penetrate the Rhinos defence and goaltender. Unfortunately the bounces and ball luck just wasn’t there. This series was put to rest when S.Pilon doubled the lead with less than two minutes remaining.
(4)Gladiateurs vs Hellfish(5) F3 Game 2
Hellfish rely on overall team effort to advance
Despite being unable to contain J.Vena, the Hellfish still found a way to close off the series. The Gladiateurs looked to their skilled forward as J.Vena was all over the court producing four points that included a hat trick. But that didn’t matter too much in the end for the Hellfish. As long as they won the game that was plenty for M.Zitella and his troops as they look forward to the next round. Unlike the Gladiateurs, the Hellfish relied on everyone contributing in one way or another. Five different players scored that included a huge third period power play goal by N.Bourgeois. The Gladiateurs didn’t have the start they hoped for which had them trail for most of the night. After being down 5-2 in the third period, J.Vena gave life with two straight goals only to fall short in the end.
(4)Latin Blue vs United Arms(5) F3 Game 2
Arms hold off late Latin Blue surge to set date in final
The United Arms may have avoided something that they would have regretted. As comfortable as a 5-1 third period may seem, Latin Blue wasn’t going down that easily. The surge began when S.Monet riffled his second of the game followed with two straight markers by A.Thifault and Darren Taylor. The only problem was that their third goal came with 85 seconds left in the game. G.Missakian made sure to keep his side focused and play out the rest of the game without panic. In the end, it wasn’t pretty but the United Arms found a way to get it done. Latin Blue were totally out matched early on where they ultimately paid the price for it. The win came with the help of H.Jerjian and A.Minassian as both players each scored twice.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Minassian of the United Arms. The forward was vital in the result producing two goals and a helper that included the winner to help advance the United Arms to the final.
With Black Venom winning by forfeit over the Bolts, the division leaders will take on the Raging Rhinos for the F2 Wednesday championship. Both teams will look to their strengths in order to get the job done. Everyone knows that the Black Venom have players that can score at will but the Raging Rhinos do have a style of game along with solid goaltending that can shut them down. If the Rhinos can avoid the penalty box than this series may possibly be up for grabs.
The F3 division will feature two balanced teams. The Hellfish play an intense brand of hockey and like to use their speed. As for the United Arms, they have all the tools to taking it. Led by their captain G.Missakian, the United Arms will look to their key guys up front for scoring while depending on everyone else to play a sound defensive game.
Tuesday April 25(Semi finals)
(4)Communists vs Legacy(2) Game 1
J.Provost-Blais always finds a way, Communists take series opener
Barely seconds shy of the opening frame, things started to look bleak for Legacy having to trail a Communists team by a 2-0 score. E.Girouard did eventually wake his side up by cutting the lead in half but that still didn’t solve their scoring woes up front. Instead J.Provost-Blais just made things worst with his second right before T-J Ward put an end to it providing a three goal cushion late in the game. While it’s easier said than done, Legacy knew containing J.Provost-Blais was a top priority. However, when a player is that good it’s almost impossible sometimes to do what you prepared for. The Communists did everything right to grab an important 1-0 series lead. After netting two unanswered goals, J.Vrettis felt he got the support he needed and made sure to take care of the rest denying 24 of 25 shots.
(5)Legacy vs Communists (3) Game 2 S.O
Legacy survive to live another game
With neither side able to get it done in regulation time, Legacy channeled their pressure in the shootout. T.Bozinakis closed out the must win with his clubs second breakaway attempt. This came as a huge result for P.Turturici, who needed to be on top of his game in order to force a third and deciding game. Both sides did well with their five man unit that saw the Communists strike twice on two attempts while Legacy scored once thanks to a big goal by J.Rochon. The Communists still had J.Provost-Blais collected a pair of points which is considered damage control for most clubs. The win also came with the help of a veteran that has yet to slow down. D.Bertrand was involved in every single goal that included two assists on J.Belzile and J.Rochon’s power play marker.
(2)Communists vs Legacy(1) Game 3 O.T
J.Provost-Blais haunts Legacy once more, Communists off to big dance
How fitting that this series was going to get decided with the help of one player in particular. Legacy, despite doing an excellent job containing the superstar, J.Provost-Blais still found a way to put up the points. Whenever two teams split the first two games and force an overtime game three, it’s safe to say that the outcome will get determined in coin toss situation. That being said, Legacy will still look back and try and figure out how to have killed 100 more seconds that would have given them a 1-0 regulation result. Instead D.Provost-Jarry leveled the game with the help of J.Provost-Blais’s perfect pass and all of a sudden this series was up in the air. Once the overtime hit, the Communists celebrated their biggest goal yet barely two minutes in. This was a series that came down to all the little details and the hard work put forth by all the players and especially the goaltenders. P.Turturici and J.Vrettis were absolutely outstanding giving their clubs every opportunity to take the series. But in the end, the Communists capitalized one more time over a side that can be argued were just as deserving.
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(1) Game 1
M.Testolina’s hat trick lifts Sailors over Capitals in game 1
M.Testolina continued his point production splurge recording a playoff hat trick to a 4-1 decision over the Capitals. Two out of his three goals came with the help of the five man unit. The Capitals penalty killers failed to kill off their only two times that they took penalties during the game. If timing is everything, than the Smooth Sailors showed it in this contest taking advantage of every single situation. A.Grieco limited a very good scoring team to only one goal that evened the game at one apiece. J.Morina scored once while setting up Testolina for the go ahead marker. With the loss, the Capitals used a whole hour on how to adjust and make sure to even the series.
(6)Capitals vs Smooth Sailors(3) Game 2
Capitals bounce back in a big way to force mini game
There was far too much skill and pride in the dressing room for the Capitals to just throw in the towel. Sure a seed of doubt might have been growing in some of the Capitals heads but as time went on, the confidence started to build. The Capitals saved their best for last by dominating a third period after both sides traded the same amount of goals in the first two frames. The biggest tally came early in the third frame when M.Tremblay snapped a dreaded 3-3 tie. Then, four minutes later C.Valois extended the lead by two and M.Carmelo was able to seal it in an empty cage. Prior to the third period onslaught, C.Bezeau-Chabot got his club there by netting two big goals. Know that the series is tied, both sides knew that they didn’t have any margin of error entering a 15 minute mini game.
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(0) Game 3
Momentum shifts as M.Crialese sends the Sailors through with late goal
M.Crialese has scored many times that included some very big goals in his career. Tonight, the right handed sniper came through once more as the Smooth Sailors celebrated what was a hard fought grinding series with the Capitals. Entering these types of games, the first goal usually determines who prevails. The period had less than four minutes remaining before M.Argiris and J.Morina found their linemate to get the better of J.Richer. At that point, the Capitals eventually pulled Richer for the extra attacker only to see their season come to an end when M.Testolina fired a ball into an empty net. The Capitals took ten shots and had some chances only to get frustrated by A.Grieco. Similar to the previous series between the Communists and Legacy, this battle also had all the elements of two clubs giving it all that could have easily gone either way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Provost-Blais of the Communists. The Communist forward notched six points that included the series deciding goal over a minute into the sudden death period.
The Communists and the Smooth Sailors are left with only one task to end their season. But that task isn’t that simple as both sides will be primed for their biggest series so far. Both these teams met three times during the regular season that had the Communists take all three games. If that’s an indication of what’s to come than the Communists will be fine. However, the Smooth Sailors won’t really care about previous stats and outcomes as they’ll just approach this as an opportunity to achieving their ultimate goal. Neither side has many weaknesses heading into the final, especially after what they demonstrated in the semi final round.
Monday April 17
Les Yables ready for the real deal
Les Yables produced dominant performances in both their wins over the Jokers on Monday night. The first match saw balance scoring that included three goals in the second period but the second match was outdone by D.Marcotte , who ignited five markers for a 8-1 victory. The Jokers struggled to get any sort of scoring done except for one time. J.Blouin struck early in the second contest only to see that momentum fade away by the end of the frame .M-A Gervais had a multi goal night and J-F Simard remains in fine form allowing only one goal. Every game, Les Yables seem to have every player step it up as their resilience to battle hard makes them incredibly hard to beat. The Jokers found this out first hand and will need to figure out ways to adjust knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner.
(4)Les Yables vs Jokers(0)
(1)Jokers vs Les Yables(8)
Close for one but outdone in the other
If Carnage can keep their games close against a team like Venom than anything can be possible in a playoff round. But with the second contest ending in a landslide, does Carnage have what it takes to endure a best of three series against some of the powerhouses in front of them .The first match was close due to B.Madonis standing on his head. Venom only scored twice with efforts by P.Scotti and M.Dalpe. However, despite the low 2-1 score, Carnage only got on board when it was too late. A.Kalaydjian spoiled R.Ranieri’s shutout with only one minute remaining. The second encounter was where Venom showed their true colors. With four goals in both periods, the offensive machine woke up. E.Girouard, P.Scotti and M.Dalpe all scored twice while R.Ranieri was steady giving up only two goals on 22 shots. The scary part in all this was that Venom took the game easy without two very key snipers. B.Deslauriers and J.Courteau took the night off as both players will be focusing on a bigger task ahead of them.
(1)Carnage vs Venom(2)
(8)Venom vs Carnage(2)
P-A Surprenant at it again, 1 Timer wins and settle for draw to end season
In hockey, if you have someone who can score at will while playing smart defensively, than anything is possible. The 1 Timer are very glad that they have P-A Surprenant to their line up as the power forward seems never to disappoint. In tonight’s case, the solid number 7 netted three out of the four goals en route to a 4-1 win. The 23rd Hour knew that they were missing out to enter the playoffs but responded in a positive manner to end their season. Led by their captain, P.Salvo played it out till the very end providing his clubs first two goals. That lead held up for a very long time, up until the last 90 seconds when who other than P-A Surprenant came through to spoil the parade .Both sides tried to get it done in the shootout but the net minders stood tall denying two of three attempts. T.Daigneault scored on breakaways for the 1 Timer while C-P Sleedge got the better of F.Koch.
(4)1 Timer vs 23rd Hour(1)
(3)23rd Hour vs 1 Timer(3) S.O
Strong finish for Team X
Team X closed out the regular season on the right foot and who other than against a team that’s suffered only one loss all year. The Punishers may argue the fact that two key pieces were missing but Team X were in a similar situation without a few bodies as well. The game was meaningless for both sides in regards to the standings but Team X wanted to carry some good habits with the playoffs looming around the corner. If not for a late goal by M.Baccari, Team X could have walked away with six clean points. Instead, the veteran side took the opening game in a shootout while shutting out the second contest by a 3-0 score. A.Zarzour was the only multi goal scorer netting back to back tallies in the second encounter. The shootout win came thanks to a pair of successful breakaways by J.Pantelis and S.Sicuso and of course by the net minder P.Assadi, who had a very good night.
(4)Team X vs Punishers(3) S.O
(0)Punishers vs Team X(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to David Marcotte of Les Yables. Marcotte led all players scoring five goals and an assist in two games for Les Yables.
With the top seven out of eight teams advancing, the Punishers made the regular season count as they’ll skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi-finals. The first round matches are as follows:
(2)Venom vs Jokers(7) The Jokers will have their hands full is an understatement. K.Langlois will feel like the target in a firing ranch and unless he gets the proper support from all four players in front of him, then their season will end early.
(3)Les Yables vs Carnage(6) Les Yables are younger quicker and can score. Carnage will need to tighten up and play very boring hockey while hoping to get their chances on timely plays. They do have a sniper in Marco Pace but is that enough to sustain the endless pressure that Les Yables will put forth.
(4)Team X vs 1 Timer(5) Two teams very familiar with one another will battle it out. The 1 Timer will use their speed and look for P-A Surprenant in his office to do most of the damage. It’s up to Team X to continue and play a solid man on man coverage and wait for their opportunities to arise.
Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)
(3) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 2 Fadel Nassers two goal performance creates opportunity for Game 3
With an entire week on their side the Underdogs took advantage to regroup and put together a successful game plan against a team that can score at will. As the game went on it seemed that the Underdogs were not taking advantages of their chances until the third period arrived. F. Nasser made it a point to score two late goals with less than five minutes to play to force a game three. With momentum on their side the Underdogs should continue to roll.
(1) Underdogs vs French Connection (2) Game 3 Do or die as both clubs put everything on the line to make it to the finals
With only one period remaining to decide the faith of their season and pick a club that would move on to the finals, both clubs put everything on the line. The French Connection made sure to take advantage early in the game by scoring to goals in less than a minute and a half. J. Farrese and J.F Leclerc were credited with the goals for their side. By the time the Underdogs got on the board it was to late for them to gain any momentum and scored an additional goal to tie the game.
(3) Werewolves vs Deadlast (4) Game 2 Captain C. Zafiropoulos lead by example notching a natural hat trick by the end of the second period
C.Zafiropoulos has always been an experienced leader who always organizes and makes sure his team is rolling on all cylinders. Fortunately for him he did a bit more tonight scoring three of his clubs four goals to ensure his clubs ticket in the finals. The Werewolves made one last push early in the third period with the help of A. Zarzour and J. Guerriero who cut the lead to one, but J. Sanoudakis decided that it was time to shut the door and ensure the big win for his club by making huge saves until the final buzzer.
(3) Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O. (4) Game 2 Late push by P.E.Y.O. ensures their ticket to the final
From the beginning of the game the Bramabulls knew what was at stake as they built themselves a comfortable two goal lead entering the third period. As the third started it seemed that the Bramabulls took their foot off the pedal as P.E.Y.O. fought back into it to take the lead with three unanswered goals. P.E.Y.O. used four different players to complete the scoring as C. Gringras and B. Deslaurier did most the damage each collecting two points.
(2) Street Ballers vs UHC (7) Game 2 UHC too much to handle for Street Ballers as they have an easy night
From the start of the game it was obvious that UHC had shown up for one purpose only and that was to win at any cost. Several different players contributed to the win for UHC as R. Ranno and T. Beck each scored a pair of goals to help propel their club to a comfortable lead. The Street Ballers did put a good fight notching two of their own goals but the opponents were to strong offensively to contain.
As each E division enters the final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1) Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O. (3) As two very experienced clubs go head to head in a best of three series either side can prevail, both sides are evenly matched as each team contains the talent, leadership, and willingness to win the championship.
(1) UHC vs French Connection (2) The story of two strong offensive teams will be played out in this series. The main question will be who can contain the other defensively and reduce the amount of goals they can score. Both goaltenders will need to be at their best as any goal might be the game winning one.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Zafiropoulos of Deadlast. The captain was only able to lead and efficiently manage his club to make sure they make it to the finals but he also scored three out of his clubs four goals to ensure the following.
Thursday April 13(Semi Finals)
(5)River Rats vs Legacy (8) Game 1
Late surge leads Legacy in high scoring affair
S.Robineault scored a highlight reel marker to cap a thrilling three-goal Legacy explosion Thursday night. The speedy forward was able to take off from the neutral zone and blast a slap shot while in motion to beat the River Rats net minder. Legacy ultimately won this contest in a short span of only three minutes. E.Lemieux had a two goal night that included a bullet-from the blue line. It wasn’t the goaltenders best performances but M.Dagenais was just good enough to capture a big win for Legacy. Both sides knew- from the early stages of the game that this contest was going to have its fair share of goals. The River Rats opened the first period up 4-3 that included one of two tallies by M.Dettorre, who used his explosive speed to find himself on a breakaway and beat Dagenais. Despite playing with only two lines, the River Rats still managed to score and generate chances but couldn’t address limiting the amount of goals that they gave up for a playoff game.
(4)Legacy vs River Rats(1) Game 2
Late surge leads Legacy in low scoring affair
M.Dagenais picked a good time to shine for Legacy. Surely enough the net minder wasn’t too pleased with his opening performance in game one but that all got erased by limiting the River Rats to only one goal in game two. For a second straight game, the third period came to hurt the River Rats once more, who may just have ran out of gas. Legacy played it smart by pressuring their opponents while patiently waiting for the opportunities to arise. Once the third period hit, the seed was planted for Legacy when J.Rochon snapped a 1-1 tie. Then, in the span of two minutes, S.Sacco extended the lead which surely suggested this series was over despite half a period remaining. Legacy wasn’t going to let a two goal lead slip away by rolling their three lines while getting the expected goaltending-from M.Dagenais. The River Rats did all they could considering the circumstances. For now, it just wasn’t their time as Legacy showed how determined and prepared they were for this series.
(4)Icons vs Northstars(2) Game 1
N.Pitsikoulis primed for the big games
There was little separating both clubs in the opener of this series. There were high end scoring chances, solid defensive plays and big saves form-both net minders. However, it took one particular player to put in that extra making the whole difference. N.Pitsikoulis seems to thrive every time the game is on the line. Like he’s done on a few occasions in the past, the Icons forward proved to be the difference maker by providing two straight goals. The Icons led 3-1 at that point which was just enough to escape with the win. A.Bitsakis was also vital pushing 25 of 27 shots.
(0)Northstars vs Icons(5) Game 2
M.Arkalis leads way with 2 goals, Icons punch ticket to final
When factoring that the Icons roll three lines and that the Northstars had two players playing for a third straight game due to the other division in progress, this result was already written on the wall. That being said, it did take up until the second period for the flood gates to open. The Icons put the series away by bagging four goals in that frame alone .M.Arkalis took the torch by riffling two quick goals for considerable 3-0 lead. The Northstars tried to battle back but felt that there wasn’t much they could have done. There mere 16 shots just wasn’t going to cut it as C.Stavriadis stood tall to earn the shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Pitsikoulis of the Icons. His two goals in game one helped set the tone in the series for the Icons who now have a chance to take on Legacy for the C Thursday championship.
The final between the Icons and Legacy will be more than just a match. For many players involved in this final, it will be one that makes them turn off their phone, dim the lights and zone in alone. Both sides won’t be able to accept what the other will say when it’s said and done. The Icons want nothing more than to prove that they are the real deal as the best team of their caliber. But for Legacy, that claim simply won’t be acceptable. Both sides will need to convince the other that the end result will be decided on the court by exploiting each other’s weaknesses and working to their strengths. The Icons will rely on youth and possibly their best trio right now in C.Gingras, C.Stamadianos and N.Gilbert. As for Legacy, it’s not complicated. The veteran side has loads of experience, chemistry and the amount of bodies to match the opposition. If Vegas were to evaluate this series, it would be the equivalent of flipping a coin.
Wednesday April 12(Semi finals)
(6)Punisher’s vs Dragons (0) Game 1
Punishers hose down Dragons with early 3-0 lead
The Dragons just came off a four game hot winning streak only to see it freeze up in their opening game versus the Punishers. The Dragons know that they are over matched with the Punishers speed which can only force them to slow things down and hope to keep the game close as long as possible. However, that didn’t transpire on this night as the Punishers simply had their way-from the start. T.Karvouriaris didn’t score but was responsible for setting up four different teammates. A.Tedone struck first that proved to be just enough for the winner while N.Mackeen was very pleased the way his team played in front of him to earn a shutout.
(1)Trappers vs Armadillos(2) Game 1
D.Andrade scores late winner as Armadillos top Trappers
The Trappers couldn’t help feel like they let an opportunity slip away. The Trappers play well enough for period of times before a late marker decided the outcome of this contest. D.Andrade came through with only two minutes left that snapped a late 1-1 tie. Neither side got on board up until the third period. S.Richer struck first for the Trappers with a power play goal. Then, G.Bouchard was able to respond only three minutes later to put the game back on an even playing field. It was a game that both sides heavily relied on their last line of defense which is the goaltending. J.Richer and C.Stavriadis are as good as it gets and it showed all game long where it took a full 45 minute effort-from both sides in order to have chance. The loss may feel bitter for the moment but the Trappers won’t go down easily knowing that they can win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Donny Andrade of the Armadillos. With only two minutes remaining, the Armadillos forward celebrated a huge goal in a close 2-1 win over the Trappers.
Wednesday April 12(F2 & F3 Semi finals)
(10)Black Venom vs Bolts(0) F2 Game 1
N.Gilbert nets four, Black Venom cruise for easy win
Like they’ve been doing all season, the Black Venom made an exclamation statement with their 10-0 win over the Bolts. Of course it doesn’t help playing a high powered offence with only two spares, but the Bolts did what they could with the situation they faced. The match was already summed up towards the end of the opening period when N.Gilbert scored his second of four goals for a 5-0 lead. J.Baccari notched a pair and J.Meynard not only collected a shutout but was involved in the scoring providing a pair of assists. Unless the Bolts get some reinforcements for game two, this series will end quickly.
(3)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(2) F2 Game 1
N.Mauro lifts Raging Rhinos in fierce playoff battle
Both net minders were hot and tempers may have reached boiling points as this contest had all the ingredients of a playoff game. The Raging Rhinos got the slight edge in this one by getting there with two goal leads on two occasions. The Fat Cats had to battle from-behind all game long but were never able to even the score. One of the reasons was simply the outstanding play of N.Mauro, who made splendid saves to keep his club ahead. The game winner came off the blade of J.Zannis with the man advantage. The Raging Rhinos got their other tallies by E.Valiquette and A.Angelis while the Fat Cats saw J.Guerriero and E.Panzera get the better of N.Mauro.
(5)Hellfish vs Gladiateurs(4) F3 Game 1 shootout
Hellfish beat Gladiateurs with 3 shootout goals
With no margin of error from-both sides, the Hellfish needed all three shootout attempts to go in to capture game one of the series. Prior to the breakaway challenge, Les Gladiateurs fought from-behind twice to help send the game into a shootout. And despite scoring twice on three attempts, it still wasn’t enough for Les Gladiatuers in the end. N.Bourgeois, M.Chartrand and W.Blanc all went to score for the Hellfish while M.Gelinas missed his last attempt to level the game. B.Verducci was out of action for a while but showed no signs of rust stopping many dangerous shots. The Hellfish can thank their goaltender on this night as this series won’t be easy to complete by the way Les Gladiateurs constantly put on pressure. For now, it’s a step in the right the direction.
(5)United Arms vs Latin Blue(1) F3 Game 1
Latin Blue flat, routed 5-1 to hands of Arms
The United Arms put five balls passed the Latin Blue net minder en route to a 5-1 win to open up their series on Wednesday night. Throughout the night, the United Arms seemed to be breaking free in the Latin Blue zone. The United Arms scored once in the first and second period before putting the game away by the third. Just the way they like it, no one needed to be the hero in this contest. The scoring came from-five different players that included the winner by C.Fragkiudakis. Latin Blue failed to address an important area which is capitalising on the power play. On four attempts, no one was able to solve-F Aumais, who was brilliant stopping over 24 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nick Mauro of the Raging Rhinos. The Fat Cats were frustrated a few times unable to crack the net minder at key moments during the game.
Tuesday April 11
(3)Capitals vs Bramabulls(2)
Bramabulls playoff hopes came to a halt after bad finish
Facing a must-win situation, the Bramabulls saw their playoff hope vanish at a terrible time during the match. A.Mirolla put the Bramabulls in the driver’s seat with an early third period goal, at least temporarily before one mistake led to another. The Capitals then responded with a power play marker by E.Lemieux and a go ahead goal-from C.Valois that occurred only four minutes apart. Although they still had time to bounce back, the Bramabulls started to lose sight at the end of the tunnel knowing the end was near. C.Mathieu battled every ball his way and made sure to allow nothing to help capture his clubs seventh win in only ten games. The loss means that the Bramabulls will be looking from the sidelines with the season coming to a close while the Capitals will hope to extend their momentum into the post season with only two loses all year.
(3)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors(5)
Sailors get goals-from five different players to topple Legacy 5-3
Legacy may have sighed some relief knowing that they clinched a playoff spot with the loss of the Bramabulls, but if they want to be effective moving forward, this result simply won’t help them. The Smooth Sailors, despite giving up the first goal of the game rebounded igniting three straight right before the end of the opening frame. The match went through a scoring drought in the second period which forced Legacy to change things around in the third. Whatever was said between the two frames ended up working for Legacy as they woke up-from the dead posting two straight tallies to even the score. But with the next goal being so crucial, J.Palmitano came to rescue his club once more by providing the winner with only five minutes left in the game. The power forward had a three point night and will be a vital piece to his club if they plan on making noise in the playoffs.
(3)Communists vs Bramabulls(1)
Communists finish season strong with 3-1 win over Bulls
The Communists did just enough to defeat a team that didn’t have much motivation. For them, it was all about keeping good habits going and being ready for the most important time of the year. With goals in every period, the Communists limited the Bramabulls to only one tally that came as the first goal of the contest. C.Stavriadis was able to put it behind him and watch his club slowly take control as the game went on. J.Adamou, P.Provost-Jarry and C-A Mayrand each scored in the win that helped secure a first place tie with the Capitals. However, it will be the Communists that get the top seed due to the head to head tie breaker. The Communists defeated the Capitals 6-2 and tied them 1-1 to get the edge.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joey Palmitano of the Smooth Sailors. With the game on the line, the sharp shooter snapped a late 3-3 tie as part of a three point performance.
Four teams will now clash in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Communists vs Legacy(4) Legacy will need to get their act together if they plan on taking out the first place Communists. And while it’s easier said than done, a game plan will need to revolve around Joel Provost-Blais and their captain J.Adamou in order to have a chance
(2)Capitals vs Smooth Sailors(3)Both teams traded 6-2 results during the regular season. This match up will come down to all the little details necessary in a hockey game as both clubs are evenly matched.
Monday April 10(A Semi finals)
(4)Red Lite vs HBHA(3) Game 2 triple overtime
K.Kuczmarski’s tips winner, Red Lite outlasts HBHA
K.Kuczmarski’s goal, his second of the night, ended the marathon after nearly six whole periods of hockey. Kuczmarski received a perfect pass-from J.Daoust having to only re-direct it over J.Vrettis’s shoulder and under the crossbar. The HBHA found themselves in almost a similar situation like in game one by trailing against a side with barley two lines. However, they did manage to overcome a 2-0 deficit by turning it into a 3-2 lead by the early stages of the third period. The action kept going back in forth with the HBHA hoping to survive enough minutes to avoid a Red Lite equalizer. Unfortunately, the clock ended up being their worst enemy as J.Provost-Blais struck just in time to level the game and send it in overtime. That was J.Provost-Blais’s second of the contest. Neither side were able to get it done for well over two sudden death periods despite the HBHA having the extra bodies and legs favoring them. But when it’s against Red Lite, any team knows not to take things for granted. L.Augustin-Registe was vital in the series collecting both wins in net. The net minder played just enough games to qualify and made a huge impact which may question who they will start in their final round.
(2)Team Haiti vs Black Knights(3) O.T
A.Mezzagno sweet breakaway OT goal punches ticket to final for Knights
It didn’t matter that Team Haiti completely dominated the second half of the game with plenty of pressure and scoring chances. The Haitian side battled back and overcame a 2-0 hole with goals by Reginald Morne and C.Plaisir to put the Black Knights on their heels. P-O Girouard limited the damage by allowing only one third period tally that came on the power play. In hopes of riding their momentum, Team Haiti couldn’t afford to make any mistakes knowing that the next goal would surely decide their season. But hockey is a game of mistakes along with many other variables that can tilt an outcome in any direction. In tonight’s case, A.Mezzagano seized the moment after finding himself on a breakaway that ended the series on a sweet move that found the ball trickle through the legs of the net minder. The Black Knights didn’t play with enough consistency throughout this series but that can also be attributed to Team Haiti putting up a real challenge against an established hockey team. J.Velenosi and S.Sacco got the Black Knights off to a good start with first period goals before the game started to tilt in the other direction.
With both series ending in two games, the final is set up between two very familiar adversaries. The Black Knights will need to be better if they plan to defeat Red Lite in the final. That being said, Red Lite know that it won’t be easy if they don’t have the man power. For now, they got by the HBHA with barely two lines and unless they get the extra bodies, things will only be difficult for the legendary side.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-O Girouard of the Black Knights. If not for his timely saves, the Black Knights would have been stuck playing with fire in a third and deciding game.
Sunday April 9(Round 1, playoffs)
(8)Shockers vs Hit List(2)
Shockers earn easy win to advance
In a battle of two teams seeking to advance, the Shockers rolled to an easy 8-2 win over the Hit List. T.Salberg did the heavy lifting for the Shockers bagging three goals while setting up two teammates. Saqlberg wasn’t only player to get involved offensively for the young squad. M.Blackman and J.Blackman buried a pair each while J.Collins got the other tally. The Hit List normally score much more than two goals but found themselves struggling in this game. S.Trudel and Y.Laforest notched first period markers for the Hit List, who went on a dry spell the rest of the way. D.Bourque collected the win after facing 28 shots.
(9)Brew Crew vs Team Sportek(0)
Brew Crew too much for Team Sportek in blow out win
M.Rheaume, C.Palermo and P.Karigiannis each had two goals and C.Muccino earned a 22 save shutout to take down Team Sportek on Sunday night. The Brew Crew simply used their depth and years of experience to cruise by the first year club. Despite the lopsided score, Team Sportek kept it close for half the game before getting discouraged by the third period where they gave up five unanswered goals. The win brings the Brew Crew a step closer to where they want to be which is to try and capture the E Sunday championship. For them, anything less just won’t cut it.
(6)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(5)
Fatal Demons fall short again in dramatic fashion
Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be for the Fatal Demons who keep dropping games by only one goal. In tonight’s case, T.Karasek summed it up by breaking a late 5-5 tie to send the Butchers into the next round. The win came with the help of J.Mandracchia and A.Latella as both players struck twice while G.Zapatelli was slightly better over his counterpart S.Sauk between the pipes. The Fatal Demons had a solid sequence posting three straight goals before the end of the second period. But it was by the third where things fell apart. Normally, the veteran side are able to shut down their opponents on most night but couldn’t get it done in this case.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Thomas Karasek of the Butchers. The lanky forward collected his third point by breaking a crucial 5-5 tie late in the game.
With this opening round out of the way, four teams are now left over to see who will head to the final. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Red Nose vs Butchers (4) Can the Butchers contain the many game breakers that Red Nose have ? If so, they certainly have some key components up front that can score and the intensity to match any opponent.
(2)Brew Crew vs Shockers(3) It won’t get any better than this series. Each side have areas that they will rely on. The Shockers are young fast and can score at will. As for the Brew Crew, they are a team that excels at playing a disciple coverage which will force the Shockers to find ways and generate chances.
Thursday April 6(E1 & E2 Semi finals)
(5)Deadlast vs Werewolves (4) E1 Game 1
Deadlast prevail in wild semi final opener
In a game that was similar to their last regular season meeting, Deadlast and the Werewolves engaged in what was a battle till the very end. A two goal performance by E.Skafidas and a game winner-from J.Skafidas proved beneficial for Deadlast as they opened their best of three series with a close 5-4 victory. The Werewolves led early but fell behind giving up three straight goals. A.Zarzour scored twice to help keep the game close for the Werewolves, who just fell short in the end. The second game of the series will now force the Werewolves to not try and fall behind as they tend to play better with the lead. K.Miraldo needs to figure out how to jump start his club and make it very difficult for the younger side to generate their scoring chances.
(7)P.E.Y.O vs Bramabulls(6) E1 Game 1
Sour third period leads to ugly finish for Bramabulls
The mood turned sour for the Bramabulls as they slowly witnessed their third period lead evaporate. This is the second time both sides meet in only one week and the P.E.Y.O seem to have something up their sleeve when trailing after two periods. In this case, J.Courteau and K.Fiore clicked as both players netted a pair each in the span of about seven minutes. The Bramabulls attempted their late comeback when T.Karasek posted his second of the night leaving only 30 seconds on the clock. By then, the damage had already been done. In order for the Bramabulls to bounce back into the series, they need to try and put their grief behind them knowing that they collapsed twice in the third period to the very same team.
(6)French Connection vs Underdogs(2) E2 Game 1
French Connection power play scores three goals to jump start series
Give them time and space and they will hurt you. The Underdogs realized this when the French Connection capitalized three time with their five man unit to take a 1-0 series lead. Two of those power play goals came in the first period. But that didn’t discourage the Underdogs from-fighting back. M.Habib and E.Salhany each scored in the second period to level the game at two goals apiece. Despite the bad sequence, the French Connection regained their lead and momentum late in the frame thanks to P.Hargreaves’s second of the contest. From-there, the French Connection went on a complete take over netting three unanswered tallies. J.Noonan and J.Farrese provided three helpers each and F.Gaudet-Peloquin stopped 20 of 22 shots to earn the win in net.
(5)UHC vs Street Ballers(4) E2 Game 1
Three goal third period deflates Street Ballers
Down by two goals in the third period, the UHC looked for solutions to turn the tide. The man power that they have wasn’t too much of a shock that the comeback transpired. But for the Street Ballers, this end to a good start was simply unacceptable, especially after playing two very solid periods. The UHC just took it a shift at a time and eventually got there with three goals in the span of only three minutes. The effort was led by C.Zafiropoulos, MCristiano and S.DelGadio. Prior to the comeback, the UHC got a pair of first period tallies by J-F Aumais to keep the game reasonable. The Street Ballers had mounted a 4-2 first period lead with the help of a couple of power play goals and a two goal performance by G.Couture. The hill might seem high to climb but the Street Ballers know they aren’t out of it yet. Lately, they have been playing really good hockey which will force the UHC o take tem very serious in their next meeting.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kris Fiore of P.E.Y.O. The corner stone defenseman was part of a big comeback by providing two key goals to finish his night with three points over the Bramabulls.
Thursday April 6
(5)Icons vs Northstars(1)
Icons expect big things after strong regular season
Now that it’s done, the Icons have bigger plans ahead of them. With this 5-1 win over the Northstars, the Icons have clinched first place after dominating the regular season with only two losses. The win came with the help of N.Pitsikoulis’s and N.Gilbert’s two goals. The Northstars kept it close half the game trailing only 2-1 but that changed when the Icons sparked two quick markers only seconds apart. A.Bitsakis faced 25 shots allowing only C.Forest to get the better of him. This contest was actually a preview of the semi finals between both sides. If the Northstars don’t find solutions after this defeat, then they won’t stand much of a chance. N.Cinquino has a whole week to dissect and figure out how to contain a team running on all cylinders.
(7)River Rats vs Northstars(6) O.T
M.Crialese hat trick leads River Rats in overtime win over Northstars
M.Crialese recorded a hat trick including scoring the overtime winner as the River Rats handed the Northstars their second defeat of a double header night. The Northstars had a chance to win the game if they could have managed to kill off three more minutes. Instead, Mario.Diaco tied the game which sent this contest into overtime. It was a match that the goaltenders were left to dry. Many players accumulated points from-both sides. The River Rats saw N.Cordileone score twice while M.Dettorre and J.Morina combined for eight points. As for the Northstars, P.Grenier and E.Paquin each nodded a pair while D.Castonguay and D.Traversy collected three points each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Max Crialese of the River Rats. His three goals including the OT winner earns him the player of the night.
The C Thursday division came to an end. Four teams will go at it in what will be a wild best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Icons vs Northstars(4) The onus is on the Northstars to try and figure out how to slow down the Icons. If they manage to keep it close than anything is possible.
(2)River Rats vs Legacy(3) Can Legacy match the pace of the River Rats ? If so, it will come down to limiting mistakes and getting solid goaltending.
Wednesday April 5 (Round 1 playoffs)
(3)Fat Roy vs Dragons(6)
Dragons continue their hot streak into playoffs
From nearly seeing their season come to a halt, the Dragons have now strung four straight wins with their double up victory vs Fat Roy. Whatever is being said seems to be resonating with the Dragons as everyone is contributing in their own way. Tonight, it took six different goal scorers and a solid goaltending performance by P.Assadi to get the job done. The Dragons won every period getting a shorthanded goal by E.Gabrielli to set the tone for the match. The only thing that they couldn’t do right was to stop N.Gikas, who was unstoppable providing all three goals in the loss. But in the end, the Dragons didn’t care as they are glad to keep surprising everyone in the D Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Dragons. The goaltender won every frame making close to 30 saves to help advance his club to the semi finals.
The next round will feature four clubs battling it out in a best of three semi finals. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Punishers vs Dragons(5) While the Punishers are heavily favorite to take this one with a younger talented group, the Dragons won’t be a push over with the amount of experience they have while riding a four game winning streak.
(2)Trappers vs Armadillos(3) It will come done to discipline. Both sides need to make it a point to stay out of the penalty box and focus on getting it done on the court. Scoring won’t be easy as both sides have the goaltending and the defense structure to keep the scoring low.
Wednesday April 5(F2 & F3 playoffs Round 1)
(4)Horsemen vs Bolts(5)F2 S.O
Heartbreak for Horsemen as Bolts wins it in shootout
The Horsemen wasted a two goal lead with power play markers, only to be thwarted time and again by the Bolts net minder. S.Zermalias and M.Kardum gave the Horsemen the early lead only to see B.Bentivegna and J.Michaud tie it in the second. With the game levelled at two, and with so much on the line, each side traded two goals in what was a wild finish to the game. P.Sidhom notched the two goals in the third for the Horsemen while A.Kobayati and J.Pimentel tallied for the Bolts. At that point, the pressure lied on both goaltenders to see who would pull through. And despite doing a great job to keep their clubs in it, somebody eventually would get the final say. In tonight’s case, that would be N.Mackeen who stoned two out of the three attempts his way. The Bolts ultimately won it when A.Kobayati scored his team’s second goal in the shootout that got the better of M.Vinciguerra.
(2)Spartans vs Fat Cats(5) F2
Shorthanded goal, the turning point in Fat Cats wins
The Fat Cats forward J.Scalia may have made arguably the biggest play of the game and that was to provide a shorthanded goal for a 3-1 lead. The Spartans felt deflated at that moment but bounced back immediately to pull within one courtesy of S.Lavoie’s second of the night. However, an early third period spark by S.Hrivnak put the Fat Cats back in control with a two goal cushion. Unable to bounce back, the Spartans kept getting frustrated by G.Sangiovanni, who was brilliant the rest of the way. The Fat Cats played through a messy game taking plenty of penalty minutes while getting balanced scoring. Despite having a below average regular season record, the Fat Cats gelled at the right time to advance into the next round.
The F2 division have now four teams left battling it out. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Black Venom vs Bolts(6) In order for the Bolts to pull through, N.Mackeen and his defence in front of him need to play a cautious defensive game. The Black Venom has too many weapons up front which will find ways to score.
(2)Raging Rhinos vs Fat Cats(5)The Fat Cats will need to build off their previous game as they’ve been inconsistent all season long if they plan to knock out their opponents. However, that’s easier said than done as the Raging Rhinos will be geared up and be difficult to beat with the amount of chemistry they have built over the years.
(3)Reapers vs Gladiateurs(9) F3
Offensive explosion sends Gladiateurs through to next round
Playing with a short bench, Les Gladiateurs put an offensive explosion versus the Reapers on Wednesday night. Les Gladiateurs got off to a fast start getting four first period goals that included a shorthanded marker by R.Vena. That was just the beginning for Vena who went on to add three more goals before the game ended. M.Gelinas and C.Boivin chipped in with a pair and W.Goyer did a fine job in net allowing only one goal per period. It was a contest that was virtually dominated by only one side. Les Gladiateurs won every frame getting plenty of production and a pair of tallies with their special teams.
(4)Latin Blue vs Primetime(2) F3
G.Cerroni nods a pair, Latin Blue sinks Primetime
Latin Blue appeared to be ready in this one despite being out of playoff action for a while. G.Cerroni scored twice and R.Ranieri held the fort in net stopping close to 30 shots. The back breaker occurred late in the second period when A.Arcoraci provided a two goal cushion for a 3-1 lead. The first and last goal did belong to Primetime, but most of the match was controlled by Latin Blue. The veteran side showed no signs of rust and will plan to continue on doing all the little things right in their quest for the championship.
(7)United Arms vs Les Raymonds(0) F3
United Arms open playoffs with blowout win
Les Raymonds respectively kept it close for a long while. But as time went on, the United Arms showed why they have an 8-2 record .The United Arms blitzed Les Raymonds with four third period goals to get an easy pass to the next round. Y.Derohannessian sparked his club with two out of his clubs first three tallies. G.Jerjian also riffled a pair and J-F Aumais had a fairly easy night denying every shot his way. Prior to the game, Les Raymonds knew that it wasn’t going to be easy as they kept running into a tight defence.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Kobayati of the Bolts. After collecting three points in regulation time, the Bolts forward may have notched the most important goal of the season that came in the shootout for a close 5-4 win.
The F3 division will also have their semi finals begin next week. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Hellfish vs Les Gladiateurs(4) It’s your classic offence vs defence kind of match up. Les Gladiateurs have the ability to put up plenty of numbers while the Hellfish excel at limiting a solid offence. In most cases, defence wins you games and the Hellfish will make sure to suffocate their opponents.
(2)United Arms vs Latin Blue(3)It will be a tight series with both clubs that play with plenty of structure. Whoever limits their mistakes should come out of this one as both sides are evenly matched.
Tuesday April 4
(4)Smooth Sailors vs Communists (8)
T.J Ward natural hat trick sets tone early for Communists
The Communists broke out early for a huge first period against the Smooth Sailors. T.J Ward bagged three in a row just shy of the nine minute mark of the opening frame while J.Provost-Blais collected his third point to help provide a commanding 4-0 lead. That period alone pretty much summed it up for the rest of the match. The Smooth Sailors attempted an early third period comeback with two quick goals but fell back in a massive hole when the Communists replied with a pair of their own. J.Provost-Blais continued his onslaught by racking more points to finish with two goals and four assists. It came in losing cause but M.Testolina, J.Palmitano and J.Morina clicked like they usually do combining for nine points.
(5)Capitals vs Legacy(4)
M-A Morin provides winner in dying seconds
It’s never a nice feeling to lose a game with 13 seconds remaining but this loss has more serious implications to the big picture for Legacy. The result may just have complicated the standings as they may be forced to capture two points in their final game of the regular season providing that the Bramabulls win both their games. However, they do hold the cards in their own hands if they can defeat the Smooth Sailors in regulation, overtime or a shootout because that would give them four wins over the Bramabulls three wins. For now, they had to witness a bad ending when M-A Morin won it in the dying moments of the hockey game. The Capitals woke up late notching three third period goals to pull the rug right under Legacy’s feet .Five different players scored in the victory while P.Assadi was the only multi goal scorer for Legacy.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.J Ward of the Communists. His three early goals helped set the tone that resulted in a double up win over the Smooth Sailors.
Monday April 3
Team X string a pair of wins over Carnage
Team X got a rolling start in the opening contest with seven goals to defeat Carnage. J.Pantelis continued his torrid point production by scoring twice while collecting an assist and A.Zarzour was just as effective accumulating four points. After trailing 2-0, J.DiMarco cut the lead in half but that only lasted so long as Team X regained a two goal cushion before the end of the frame. From-there, the yellow shirts continued their onslaught by adding four unanswered markers to take an easy win. However, the second game wasn’t anything like the first. Carnage had lots of bite in their game and forced Team X to play up until the final seconds. M.Pace and J.DiMarco got power play goals and A.Passarelli netted their third tally to pull Carnage within one. But in the end, Team X still managed the victory that came with the help of their net minder. P.Assadi made key saves that enabled his club to get some timely goals to squeak out a tight victory.
(7)Team X vs Carnage (1)
(3)Carnage vs Team X(4)
Venom oust Les Yables twice with pure goal scoring ability
It was another effective night for Venom and their arsenal of snipers. Defeating Les Yables is far-from easy but Venom managed to do it twice by riffling 11 goals in both games. That is something Les Yables isn’t used to as they keep the goals against fairly low. But if you aren’t aware of whose in front of you than these results may make some sort of sense. In the case of the first game, B.Deslauriers got involved scoring twice out of the four Venom goals en route to a 4-2 win. The second encounter had someone other than Deslauriers plug away at the net. Out of the seven tallies that went in, J.Courteau buried four while setting up a marker. In that particular case, B.Deslauriers decided to deliver by providing four passes. K.Araujo chipped in with three points and R.Ranieri had an outstanding night allowing only five goals versus a very good hockey team. This is a lesson that Les Yables will take with them and adjust accordingly if in case they meet up in the playoffs.
(2)Les Yables vs Venom(4)
(7)Venom vs Les Yables(3)
M.Baccari shorthanded goal gives Punishers six clean points to standings
It’s not like the Punishers need the extra points at this stage of the season but why not try and finish strong with good habits heading into the post season. The Punishers used balanced scoring in the opening contest that included five goals in the second period and two goals with the special teams by the second game to edge out the 1 Timer. The match was deadlocked at two goals apiece and the 1 Timer were handed a golden opportunity on the power play only to see it haunt them in the end. M.Baccari scored with the man short with just over four minutes remaining and the 1 Timer weren’t able to respond. C.Gingras, D.Ruiz and M.Baccari all clicked well in the second game combining for six points. The 1 Timer saw their usual suspect do most of the damage as P-A Surprenant participated in all six goals in both games. Both these wins secure top seed and a first round bye for the Punishers with two games left to go in the regular season.
(6)Punishers vs 1 Timer(4)
(2)1 Timer vs Punishers(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andre Zarzour of Team X. The veteran talent was a menace in both games collecting a total of six points.
Monday April 3 (B Finals Game 2)
(1)United Armenians vs Ultimate Hockey (3) Game 2
Late power play marker makes the difference as Ultimate Hockey celebrate B title
The Ultimate Hockey beat the United Armenians 3-1 in game two of the finals to clinch their first ever B title. P.Plaisir, A.Bien-Aime and A.Paul had the goals for the Ultimate Hockey, while M.Dorismond stopped every ball his way in the cup-winning effort. The United Armenians went through a similar situation compared to game one by losing it very late. In this case, A.Bien-Aime struck on the power play that snapped a late 1-1 tie. The United Armenians missed out on two power play chances while the Ultimate Hockey capitalized that one time which ultimately made the difference in this contest. Both net minders were sensational keeping their clubs in it all game long. J-F Aumais came a little short but was a major reason why the United Armenians kept it close. After a shaky start to the season, G.Missakian and the United Armenians started to gel showing major improvement by playing at this level. If not for a couple of bounces here and there they just may have reached the finish line first. But in the end, the Ultimate Hockey deserved what they got and have every reason to celebrate. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Reginald Morne and the rest of the Ultimate Hockey for winning the B championship.
A Semi Finals :
(2)HBHA vs Red Lite(6) Game 1
Red Lite pull it off despite depleted line
Whether its injuries, suspensions or personal reasons, it didn’t matter that Red Lite had only seven players dressed in their 6-2 win over the HBHA. For them, it’s not about quantity but quality. All seven players made a huge impact that saw three players score two goals apiece. P.DiGiacomo, J.Bradley and J.Provost-Blais were the ones that got the better of J.Vrettis, who didn’t get the help early on. The HBHA fell apart in the span of only three and a half minutes where they gave up three straight markers by the end of the first period. By then, the score was 4-0 and things didn’t get better as Red Lite widened the gap to 6-0.The only time the HBHA got on board was towards the end of the match where L.Augustin-Registe saw his shutout taken away. Looking back, the HBHA will have to wonder how they couldn’t take advantage of the situation. Unless they get that first goal in game two, their playoff run may come to a halt.
(2)Black Knights vs Team Haiti(1) O.T Game 1
Team Haiti surrender late goal, Knights win it in overtime
With the game winding down, the Black Knights remarkably saved their night in the nick of time. A.Mezzagno finally beat the net minder that left just over 90 seconds on the clock. If that wasn’t enough, S.Hrivnak provided the heroics by netting the sudden death winner. Team Haiti couldn’t have asked for a better game by limiting the Black Knights to almost a blank sheet up until some late luck changed things around. C.Plaisir opened the scoring for Team Haiti early in the third period that came with the man advantage. However, that would be the only time P-O Girouard gave up a goal as the goaltender stood tall throughout the entire match. Despite the loss, Team Haiti can take this as a positive into game two if they play the same way.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sean Hrivnak of the Black Knights. The Black Knights forward ended the game notching the sudden death winner after his club tied it late in the match.
Sunday April 2
(3)Les Immigrant vs Team Sportek(4) O.T
Two desperate teams faced off that went to the wire
For both these teams, the playoffs started earlier than usual. Each side needed the result to guarantee a post season appearance, and what better way to end it off by going into overtime. Team Sportek looked to be on life support going without a goal for over two periods. By then, Les Immigrant were in full control with a 2-0 lead only to see it slowly evaporate. M.Dubicki rescued Team Sportek by getting on board while setting up two straight markers. That sequence leveled the game at three goals apiece, making the next goal that much more important. Neither side were able to get it done in regulation leaving a dreaded overtime period to decide it all. Once the 3:45 minute mark hit, D.Vitale and Team Sportek celebrated their biggest goal of the season. Les Immigrant started to pick up their game by notching their eight goal in only two matches after averaging about a goal a game. For now, they just fell short but the future looks promising. As for Team Sportek, the next challenge begins and it won’t get any easier as they’ll face the Brew Crew in a do or die match up.
(5)Shockers vs Fatal Demons(4) O.T
Fatal Demons rally falls short in overtime loss to Shockers
Halfway through the game, the Fatal Demons didn’t look like they belonged on the same court as the Shockers. The Fatal Demons battled-from a 3-1 and a 4-2 third period deficit but the Shockers scored in overtime to grab the win. D.Boyd scored a power play goal in overtime to salvage the victory for the Shockers. In addition to the positive result, C.Debonis netted two goals while D.Bourque was solid in net for two straight periods. The Shockers just collected their fourth straight win of the season which couldn’t come at a better time with the playoffs starting next week. For the Fatal Demons, apart-from their two wins versus Team Sportek, kept falling short in four games by only one goal.
(4)Brew Crew vs Red Nose(8)
Red Nose capture first place and first round bye
Although it wasn’t a playoff game, this match had a lot on the line for both sides. Whoever wins secured top seed and a first round bye which is convenient to avoid any opponent in a do or die match up. Red Nose did what they do best and that is pouring on the offence. C.Gingras, a familiar name too many playing in the division took control by bagging a hat trick and providing a helper. His goals came in the first half of the game that helped set things in motion for his club. The difference in this contest may have occurred in the second period where the Brew Crew were totally out matched giving up four unanswered goals. M.Latreille and M.Bourassa collected a pair but M.Latreille was also behind setting up four markers to finish with six points. Overall, the Brew Crew are in good shape with their 8-2 record and a second place finish despite having one poor period.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dani Vitale of Team Sportek. His overtime goal clinched a final playoff spot for his club.
With Red Nose getting a first round bye, six teams will battle it out in the first round. The match ups are as follow:
(2)Brew Crew vs Team Sportek(7) Team Sportek has to go up against too much experience and quality. Unless the goaltender stands on his head and the team plays a perfect defensive game, than their won’t be much of a chance.
(3)Shockers vs Hit List(6) Shockers will enter this game riding a four game winning streak while the Hit List has struggled as of late. If momentum means anything, then the Shockers will pull through.
(4)Butchers vs Fatal Demons(5) Lots of similarities from-both sides. It should go down to the wire. J.Mandracchia is a game breaker for the Butchers and the Fatal Demons need to revolve some sort of game plan around him or else they might exit early.
Friday March 31(Semi finals)
(0)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(4) Game 1
Hawks sharp in game 1 shutout of P.Assadi
The Hawks opened up their series with a bang versus the red hot Devil Dawgz. The third seeded Hawks got goals from-four different players and a 29 save performance by their net minder P.Assadi. The game was already 3-0 after only thirteen minutes of play. A.Mosacto tapped in a perfect pass-from A.Zarzour, A.Lanni batted a ball-from mid air and A.Zarzour struck minutes later for the three goal cushion. The Devil Dawgz were forced to play catch up at that point but knew that the Hawks weren’t going to give much. Everyone in the Hawks made it a point to tighten up by keeping the centremen very close to their defenseman. With that good start, the Hawks erased some embarrassment of how they have been playing lately. But, it is only game one and things can change very easily considering how lethal the Devil Dawgz can be at times.
(2)HBHA Seniors vs Stones(0)
C.Stavriadis shutout, HBHA edge out Stones in tight battle
The Stones know that they can defend, and despite limiting a team like to the HBHA Seniors to only two goals, it still wasn’t good enough in the end. D.Andrade opened the scoring ten minutes in and K.Papapostolou doubled the lead by the five minute mark of the second period. The defending champs played a prototypical playoff game by limiting scoring chances and getting the timely goals. For the Stones, it’s been a problem that has endured all season which is the lack of production up front. Despite the dry spell for this game, the Stones know that they can be effective if they can get to Stavriadis first in their next game. If they can manage that lead or maybe even increase it with a pair, then anything is possible, especially that the mini game is only 15 minutes.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Hawks. After playing brutal hockey in their last few games, P.Assadi helped regain some confidence by turning away 29 shots for a game one series lead.
Friday April 7(Semi finals)
(1)Hawks vs Devil Dawgz(5) Game 2
Devil Dawgz even series with bounce back win vs Hawks
Short term memory came in handy as the Devil Dawgz bounced back with more energy and intensity to even up its semi final playoff series. After giving up an early goal, the Devil Dawgz responded immediately grabbing a lead that they never let go of. A.Guillaume opened the scoring and added another tally by the ten minute mark of the third to put the match away. The dormant Hawks had some moments to get back in it but weren’t good enough struggling to beat S.Sauk, who was clearly focused for this encounter. Knowing that the game was lost, the Hawks were thinking ahead to the mini game in hopes of starting fresh.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Hawks(3) Game 3 O.T
N.Faria goes nuclear with game series clincher
Unable to get it done in a 15 minute mini game, this series needed the extra five minutes to determine a winner. At that point, both sides kept crossing their fingers as any shot on net would possibly decide who would advance and who would exit in a heartbreaking finish. In most cases, it would come down to an established goal scorer getting it done but not in this particular circumstance. N.Faria has been snake bitten all season without a goal, and when it counted the most, the struggling centreman may have forgotten his scoring woes by providing the most important goal so far for the Hawks. The Devil Dawgz showed once again how resilient they were by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the mini game. Their equalizer came with four minutes remaining when G.Berberyan struck to beat P.Assadi. The Hawks got their scoring done by E.Colella and A.Zarzour while P.Assadi got the slight edge over his counterpart as both goaltenders did a fine job keeping their clubs in it.
(1)Stones vs HBHA Seniors(6) Game 2
HBHA sweep series, look to repeat as Masters 35+ champs
A good start and another solid outing by C.Stavriadis made for a fairly easy night for the HBHA Seniors. G.Kamvosoulis scored twice and J.Bolanakis got credited the winner as part of a three point performance. The Stones went through the same problem as in last week’s game unable to penetrate the HBHA Seniors defensive game and net minder. T.Settino was the only player to score out of the two games in this series. The win sends the HBHA Seniors to their second final in as many seasons. Entering as favorites, they will now take on the Hawks to try and repeat what they did to them in their last final.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nelson Faria of the Hawks. When it counted the most, N.Faria came through providing the series deciding goal to help lead the Hawks to their fourth straight final.
Thursday March 30
(1)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(2) E2 playoffs, round 1
Y.Dube and the Street Ballers celebrate late to advance
Y.Dube scored a late winner as the Street Ballers reached the semi final round with a nervy 2-1 win over the Mohicans. Neither side wanted to take many chances in this contest. The goals were scarce but the defense and goaltending were up to par. S.Sauk was primed in this one allowing only one goal against a fierce offence. The Street Ballers however played it to their strengths by leaning on a younger team and by simply removing plenty of time and space. Once the opportunity arose, it was only fitting that an established goal scorer was going to get it done. Y.Dube came through at the right moment as he’s often done in the past by providing the game clinching goal. With this win, the Street Ballers will take on the first place UHC in a best of three series. The other semi final round will feature the French Connection versus the Underdogs.
(5)Werewolves vs SBS Trashers(0) E1
P.Turturici provides peace for Werewolves with flawless performance
The Werewolves ended their regular season on a high note with a convincing 5-0 win over the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. D.Traversy opened and closed the scoring to register one of many hat tricks in his ball hockey career. The offense was limited to only two players as M-A Distasio netted the other two goals only seconds apart. The SBS Trashers hung in there for at least half the match but weren’t able to keep up as time went on. With the score 3-0 after two periods, D.Travery put things to rest with two straight goals. P.Turturici was finally in a better mood and kept the dressing room quiet by posting a shutout. This came as a good vote of confidence for a side that’s suffered some heart breaking losses this season. As for the SBS Trashers, the expectations were higher than this with only one win in ten games. For now, they’ll have to try and put this season behind them and look to refocus knowing that they are a better club than what their record shows.
(10)Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O(7) E1
Bitter win gives some indigestion to Bramabulls
It’s always nice to escape a hockey game with a win, but the Bramabulls weren’t too pleased considering the circumstances versus the P.E.Y.O. This result came without some prolific goal scorers by the P.E.Y.O. And despite the missing big guns, one sniper caused havoc all game long. J.Courteau went on a goal scoring frenzy providing five goals and a helper to help erase part of a six goal deficit. Luckily enough, the Bramabulls led convincingly 8-2 which gave just enough of a gap to run away with the match. The P.E.Y.O kept fighting back, especially in the third where they pulled within two. By then, time was winding down and the Bramabulls found a way to put the game to rest. It’s not often he scores but P.Rivera provided a couple of bullets that found their way-from the point. His teammates needed to remind him not to get used to such habits and take it as an anomaly. The d-man will get back to focusing on his defensive game where he excels by stopping the big guns in front of the net. Entering the night, both sides knew that they were playing each other in next week’s semi final. This was just a match to study each other’s habits and tendencies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Street Ballers. The Street Ballers needed their goaltender to stand tall and he did just that with an incredible performance in a close 2-1 win over the Mohicans.
The E1 Thursday division came to an end. Four teams will be battling it out in a best of three semi final. The match ups are as follows.
(1)Deadlast vs Werewolves(4) It’s a battle of experience versus young talent. The Werewolves have the miles and the mind set, but will it be enough to slow down players like C.Chirola, N.Gikas and company? P.Turturici will need to stand on his head in order for the Werewolves to have a chance.
(2)Bramabulls vs P.E.Y.O(3) Both sides just finished playing each other. If the Bramabulls can’t tighten up better, than they are cooked. P.E.Y.O have too many threats up front which will only force the Bramabulls defensive game to improve drastically.
Wednesday March 29
(6)HC Inter vs Raging Rhinos(8)
HC Inter exit early after blowing four goal lead
Defence was largely an afterthought as both teams, particularly the HC Inter that blew a 4-0 first period lead. But it wasn’t the fact of dropping the game the way they did, but more so when in the season. The problem was that the HC Inter needed as least two points to secure a playoff spot. Unfortunately, things went from-high to its lowest point. The Raging Rhinos erupted by the second posting three goals and continued their onslaught by the third adding five more tallies. The HC Inter couldn’t figure out what hit them after such a great start to the night. The comeback was led by S.Pilon and F.Remon as both players combined for seven goals. Pilon had the most bagging four tallies while Remon completed his hat trick in an empty net. The win secures a second place finish for the Raging Rhinos.
(10)Spartans vs Fat Cats(4)
Spartans trounce Fat Cats to finish season strong
T.Oliveira went on a scoring binge and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Spartans ended their season thanks to their sniper who bursted out with four goals and S.Lavoie that struck three times to earn a hat trick. Both players showcased what they can bring up front which will be vital in their post season schedule ahead of them. The Fat Cats held in there for a couple of periods but were totally outmatched by the third where they gave up five goals. J.Scalia provided much of the offence participating in all four goals in the loss. The only thing each side had in common in this game was that they benefited twice on their two lone chances on the power play.
(6)Horsemen vs Black Venom(9)
B.Deslauriers nods four goals to win scoring race
B.Deslauriers had another productive season, this time winning the goal scoring and point’s race of the F Wednesday division. Known for his blistering slap shot, B.Deslauriers ended his season in style by bagging four goals and a helper to lead all players. The great news for the Black Venom is that they don’t have only Deslauriers to rely on. J.Quesnel-Vinet has plenty of vision and patience to distribute the ball at the right given moment. The crafty forward collected five helpers that included an assist on one of two goals by M.Baccari. With the season coming to an end, the Black Venom dominated the goal scoring department with 78 goals in only ten games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of the Black Venom. The goal scoring machine added four tallies and an assist to lead all players of the F division with 38 points.
In a division of 7 teams, the top six will be moving forward to the post season. The Black Venom and the Raging Rhinos will skip the first round and get an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round match ups are as follows:
(3)Horsemen vs Bolts(6) Horsemen will look to use their depth while the Bolts may have to rely on their big guns to produce.
(4)Spartans vs Fat Cats(5) Both sides have the scoring punch up front. With that being said, it may come down to see who will win the goaltending battle between G.Sangiovanni and M.Chamoun.
Monday March 27
Jokers one step closer to clinching playoffs
The Jokers took a big step toward clinching a playoff spot on Monday night defeating the 23rd Hour with identical 4-0 scores. By the eight minute mark of the first period, the Jokers managed a 3-0 lead and made sure to protect it the rest of the way. K.Langlois helped preserve the cushion by stopping every shot he faced. The Jokers used four different goal scorers that saw C.Baccioglia collect the most points with two assists. The second contest had the same result but the circumstances were a little different. It wasn’t up until the second period where the Jokers got on board. And rather than getting balanced scoring, only two players found the back of the net out of the four that went in. Danny Caissie opened and closed the scoring to finish with three points while F.Maston riffled back to back tallies in only five minutes. For a second straight game, the 23rd Hour ran into the same problem trying to figure out K.Langlois. The net minder couldn’t have stepped it up at a better time during the season. With these two wins, the Jokers are almost guaranteed a playoff spot with two games remaining.
(4)Jokers vs 23rd Hour(0)
(0)23rd Hour vs Jokers(4)
Venom complete sweep of 1 Timer to maintain second place of division
After four meetings between the two sides, Venom banked more points by defeating the 1 Timer for the fourth straight time this season. Venom survived the 1 Timers best effort by keeping certain players in check. P-A Surprenant was limited to only one goal and an assist in both games which is something incredibly hard to do considering how often he scores. But for Venom, it wasn’t only about what their opponents were made of. The high octane squad got it done with many players that can hurt you on any given night. In this particular case, J.Courteau was that player as the rugged forward scored a total of three goals and an assist in both games. The 1 Timer had a strangle hold in the second encounter up 2-0 after one period but weren’t able to tighten the noose long enough. G.Lallis came through as the unlikely hero bagged the winner with only 29 seconds left on the clock. Both wins came without their big gun B.Deslauriers. With only four games left to go, it’s almost safe to say that Venom will finish either second or third place of the division depending what they do in their next games versus Les Yables.
(3)Venom vs 1 Timer(1)
(3)1 Timer vs Venom(4)
Les Yables hand Punishers first loss of the season
Les Yables knew it would be facing a tough challenge against the undefeated Punishers, but rose to the occasion at least on one to the two encounters between the two sides. The first game was business as usual for the Punishers who took the match with two late goals. C.Gingras posted his second that snapped a 1-1 tie with just under a minute remaining in the game. Then, T.Karvouriaris capped it off seconds later in an empty cage to help improve his club to their 14th win of the season. However, good things eventually do come to an end. Les Yables weren’t too happy with the way the game ended and it showed as they upped their gear by responding in a big way. The win came with an overall collective effort that saw five different players contribute in the scoring. Two of their goals came with the man advantage courtesy of M-A Gauthier and L.Verdun. Les Yables always played with the lead but the Punishers kept coming back to pull within one on a couple of occasions. Once again, C.Gingras was behind it all as the lanky forward notched two more tallies to finish his night with four points. The way both games ended, Les Yables know that they can compete with the Punishers if ever that path enables the two sides to meet in the final.
(3)Punishers vs Les Yables(1)
(5)Les Yables vs Punishers(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Langlois of the Jokers. The goaltender posted back to back shutouts at a very crucial time during the season. The wins came against a team that they were chasing for that last playoff spot.
Sunday March 26
Butcher (7) VS Les Immigrant (5)
Les Immigrant continue to improve.
On a weekly basis, Les Immigrant are improving in a very difficult E-Sunday division. The Butchers got to see first hand that they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. As Les Immigrants got their first lead of the season, it was not long lasted as their opponents fought right back into it, but Les Immigrants never gave up and continued their strong forecheck. The goals came in bunches and Les Immigrant will need to continue to learn and continue to improve as their last shot to make the playoffs comes next week.
Shockers (9) VS Red Nose (6)
A rude wakeup call for the first-place Red Nose team.
The Shockers came to prove they were all business tonight. From the initial ball drop to the final buzzer the Shockers did not remove their foot off the pedal. With the consistent amount of offence produced by the Shockers C. Debonis, T. Debonis, and T. Salberg created most the scoring chances as the three players notched seven goals. While on the other side C. Gingras continues his monstrous season by creating more havoc on the E-Sun division scoring four goals and two assists. His teammates will need to help the forward out to continue their dominance.
Butchers (6) VS Fatal Demons (5) S.O.
It’s not over until the final buzzer goes off.
With only an hour break the Butchers were right back at it trying to gain ground on the standings. As both teams exchanged goals during the first two periods say a wide open third period for either side to take control of the game. As the Fatal Demons built a comfortable two goal lead thanks in most part to M. Diaco, but the game was not over until the final buzzer as a last second shot by A. Jalilvand beat S. Sauk to send the game into overtime. T. Karasek gets credit for the game winning goal as the two-way center man scores a beautiful shootout marker.
Team Sportek (2) VS Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons look forward to their second game to erase their memory of their last outing.
With only an hour break, the Fatal Demons needed to forget what happened to them just an hour ago, and look forward to an important three points in the standing. As the game started evenly as both sides scored two goals a piece. Once the third period started all bets were off as the Fatal Demons started their offensive dominance scoring 4 unanswered goals to secure the win. The Fatal Demons used a combination approach as six different players scored a goal for their club one more important than the next. With their season on the line next week Team Sportek will need to find a way to produce a full 45 minutes’ effort to win the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tyler Debonis. His hat trick in the second period helped secure a very important three points in the standing and the possibility to jump a spot with a win in their season finale.
Friday March 24
HBHA Seniors (4) VS Devil Dawgz (5)
Devil Dawgz continue to hold HBHA Seniors number.
For the second time this season HBHA Seniors are on the opposite side of the winning battle, losing a second straight contest to the Devil Dawgz. The Devil Dawgz finished off the season exactly how they wanted defeating the first place team and to hold the momentum entering the playoffs. The game was pretty evenly matched for both sides as both sides notched 2 first period goals. As the captains on both sides tried to control and slow down the game, the goals continued to come in numbers, as K. Araujo netted his second of the night. The Devil Dawgz were pleased when B. Pereira scored in the third period to secure the win for his club. P. Karigiannis also helped his club scoring two of their goals for a losing effort. HBHA Seniors will need to figure out a way to win against the Devil Dawgz if they wish to win the division.
Stones (6) VS Hawks (2)
Two old rivals face off one last time before entering the playoffs
With the playoffs just around the corner, two old rivals faceoff in the final game of the regular season. These matchups are never dull as both clubs bring out the best. Unfortunately for the Hawks did not show up to play tonight as the Stones got an easy win and a bit of confidence entering the playoffs. T. Settino and P. Paikopoulos were never going to accept the loss tonight as both players picked up their team and carried them to victory picking up a total of eight point, notching a constant flow of offence for the entire game. Both teams are aware they have to play better next week if either expect to move into the next round.
With the regular season coming to an end, the matchups for the semis are:
HBHA Seniors (1) VS Stones (4)
Devil Dawgz (2) VS Hawks (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Kevin Araujo of the Devil Dawgz. The talented defenceman notched two goals in a very important game for his club to gain momentum entering the playoffs.
Thursday March 23
(4)Werewolves vs Deadlast(5) E1
Werewolves seem to be cursed as they drop another jaw breaker
It’s their ninth game of the season and the Werewolves felt the reoccurring sorrows of dropping another contest in a ridiculous fashion. This is the third time that they let it slip away with less than a minute remaining in a hockey game. The two previous times occurred both against the Bramabulls, who scored with 23 seconds left in the first encounter, and two seconds remaining in the second meeting to steal precious points. C.Chirola notched his third goal to pull within one for Deadlast. Then, C.Siconolfi tied the game right before T.Panagakos stunned his opponents with the final dagger. The good news is that the Werewolves are officially in a playoff spot despite the black cloud hovering over their heads.
(4)Bramabulls vs SBS Trashers(1) E1
Bramabulls cure last week’s woes with win over SBS Trashers
The Bramabulls found a way to overcome the embarrassment they felt after last week’s game against the P.E.Y.O. D.Verta and P.Charbonneau scored in the first period, G.Follano made close to 30 saves and the SBS Trashers will be watching-from the sidelines as their season came to end on Thursday night. J.Scalia provided the lone goal on a brilliant effort in front of the net putting the ball top corner-from his back hand. That goal cut the lead in half with half a game remaining. Unfortunately, the Bramabulls responded twice that included a beauty top corner-from their veteran defenseman R.Sciortino. The SBS Trashers couldn’t get any sort of momentum going because of their frequent visit to the penalty box.
(2)P.E.Y.O vs Deadlast(9) E1
Deadlast whip rival P.E.Y.O to sweep double header night
Deadlast finished their regular season in style on Thursday night. They scored nine times against a team that they are very familiar with. The hype proved to be overrated as only one team showed up to play. K.Kakivelis was one part of the problem as the forward bagged four goals. His brother A.Kakivelis added to the misery by netting a pair while C.Chirola got his name in there by accumulating four points. It didn’t matter that Deadlast played only an hour earlier. As a matter of fact, they probably wouldn’t have been this dominant if they played only one game. It’s scary to think that they can be that good despite playing two hard games in a short period of time.
(5)UHC vs Street Ballers(6) E2
A.Jalbert went goal crazy in tight win over UHC
A.Jalbert scored a staggering five goals to help the Street Ballers top the UHC by a close margin. The Street Ballers forward went absolute goal crazy by the second period where he nodded three in a row for a natural hat trick. Two of those tallies came with the man advantage. The UHC didn’t know what hit them and had to endure seeing the same player haunting them over and over. After netting his fifth, the Street Ballers had someone else other than their goal scoring machine to provide the clincher. S.Archambault put the icing on the cake with the winner by the nine minute mark of the final frame. By then, the Street Ballers led 6-3 and held on barely after surrendering two straight tallies.
(5)Underdogs vs Mohicans(4)E2 S.O
Underdogs rally to take 5-4 decision versus Mohicans
Despite a great start to the game, the Mohicans had to settle for one point in their shootout loss to the Underdogs. The score was 3-0 with goals-from Y.Sigouin, B.Allard and K.Arsenault after only twelve minutes of play. Whatever was said in the intermission must have had an effect as the Underdogs turned the table around in the second. M-A Haber scored on the power play followed with two quick goals by R.Abdulahad and J.Bouhaidar. The match slowed down at that point with each side trading one third period goal. After a scoreless overtime period, the Underdogs got their way in the shootout. M-A Haber buried his second as the only player to score in the breakaways. P.Malkoun stoned all three players his way and the Underdogs managed to avoid a very dangerous do or die match for finishing in third place. Instead, the Mohicans will have to play an extra round before hitting the semi finals.
(2)Eagles vs French Connection(8) E2
J.Noonan powers high octane offence for French Connection
The true centre of attention in this game was the outstanding performance by J.Noonan. The number 88 scored three times while setting up a goal. In addition to his onslaught of points, J.Farrese joined him with the same point’s production. The French Connection just finished their regular season with a high total of 59 goals in only ten games. That’s eight more than the first place UHC. The problem is that apart-from the Eagles, the French Connections do give up the most compared to everyone else. Time will tell to see if offence will prevail over a shaky defense. It’s a style of game that the French Connection love to play and that has given them success in the past.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexis Jalbert of the Steet Ballers. The forward went a scoring frenzy bagging five straight goals for his club in a 6-5 win over the UHC.
The E2 Thursday division came to an end. In a division of six teams, the top five will advance to the playoffs. The top three seeds have an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round will feature a do or die match between the fourth spot and the fifth spot.
(4)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(5) The Street Ballers are bigger, have more experience and may have the hottest player right now in A.Jalbert. It’s up to the Mohicans to formulate the right game plan in order to address certain areas.
Thursday March 23
(6)Legacy vs River Rats(4)
Six different goal scorers help Legacy top River Rats
Legacy are finding different ways to get the job done. This time the offense was shared between six different goal scorers. One of them being an established sniper E.Girouard,who riffled a power play goal that snapped a 1-1 tie. Legacy went on to build a 4-1 third period lead which seemed more than enough considering the way they were playing .But the River Rats weren’t done just yet. In the span of only six minutes, things went from bad to worse for Legacy who saw their big lead disappear. However, that momentum ended up hitting a wall as M.Champagne found a way to end the spell. T.Bozinakis had provided two helpers before launching the ball-from his own end into an empty net. They may be six points away-from first place shared by two teams, but Legacy aren’t too concerned as they know that they belong in that mix with the Icons and the River Rats.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Champagne of Legacy. After giving up three straight goals, M.Champagne put Legacy back in front with only 45 seconds left in the game.
Wednesday March 22
(2)Trappers vs Dragons(3)
Dragons getting hot at right time
It took until the 11:40 minute mark of the third period before the Dragons pulled in front. The win gave the Dragons a temporary position for a playoff spot still having to wait and see what the Underdogs would do in their game with the Armadillos. For now, they celebrated and kept their fingers crossed. J.Bolanakis and G.Cardillo were dynamic in this contest as both players combined for four big points. Bolanakis evened the score late in the second period and provided the Dragons first lead with just over four minutes remaining in the game. The Trappers had the better start getting two goals by the eight minute mark courtesy of S.Richer and P.Samuel. From-there, the Dragons tightened up and chipped away a bit at a time to eventually overcome the deficit. The match couldn’t have been won without the brilliant performance set forth by S.Morante. After giving up two goals, the net minder was lights out enabling his club to capture three huge points.
(0)Underdogs vs Armadillos(1)
Offense dries up in biggest game of season for Underdogs
The Underdogs knew what was at stake after witnessing the Dragons rally against the Trappers only moments ago. That result forced them to play the game of their season, and despite putting up a good effort, the goal scoring just wasn’t there. Neither side got on board for well over two periods. But eventually something had to give and that was the lone tally by the Armadillos quarter back on defense. G.Bouchard cracked the barrier with five minutes left in the game. Despite the time left on the clock, the Underdogs knew it would have been hard for an equalizer, especially after going dry till that point. Add to that, A.Mancini was solid in net and felt that nothing was getting by him. It came in an unfortunate situation but the Underdogs won’t be entering the playoffs due to this result. Who would have thought that the Dragons would defeat the Punishers, Armadillos and the Trappers in their last three games of the season to squeeze in by only one point.
(7)Punishers vs Fat Roy(5)
Fat Roy surrender three late goals in loss
The Punishers scored three straight goals as of the 12:20 minute mark of the final frame to defeat Fat Roy on Wednesday night. P.Karvouriaris was behind the madness as the skilled forward scored twice during that span to bury his hat trick. This isn’t the first time the Punishers squeeze out a win by the end of a game. The Underdogs went through the same fate only a week ago. Both sides played to an even 3-3 first period and a scoreless second frame before the Punishers turned the tables by the third. It came in a loss but N.Gikas continues to score as the spark plug notched all three first period tallies. This result comes as a fourth straight loss for Fat Roy, not the right time to slump with the playoffs starting in a few days.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes John Bolanakis of the Dragons. The clever veteran may have saved his clubs season by providing two huge goals in a 3-2 win versus the Trappers.
The D Wednesday regular season came to an end. The top five teams will advance with the top three seeds getting an automatic pass to the semi finals. The first round match up will have the fourth place play the fifth place spot to see who gets the first place Punishers.
Sudden death game:
(4)Fat Roy vs Dragons(5) If someone judges by momentum, than the Dragons may be the favorite. The Dragons won three straight games to get in while Fat Roy suffered four straight losses. However, if that means nothing than Fat Roy will have a good chance with the speed they have up front.
Wednesday March 22
(5)Les Raymonds vs Reapers(7)
A.Simon’s four goal game rallies Reapers past Raymonds
Andrew Simon had a big night at the right time for the Reapers. Entering the contest, the Reapers suffered four straight losses and wanted nothing more than to end their slide with the season coming to a close. And while they did mange the win, this was far from-convincing. The Reapers ignited five third period goals after being down 4-2. A.Simon was the catalyst behind the comeback as the forward had an incredible night posting four goals to end an ugly slump. He didn’t score but P-J Gauthier had a major role as well by setting up five markers. The Reapers are now hoping they can build on this with the playoffs starting next week. As for Les Raymonds, two good periods just didn’t cut it on this night.
(4)HC Inter vs Black Venom(7)
Black Venom rides four second-period goals in 7-4 triumph over HC Inter
Black Venom scored four times in the second period as they defeated a club in need of points. The four-goal outburst gave the division leaders a 6-2 lead after two periods, and they cruised-from there on to their seventh win in only nine games. J.Courteau got the ball rolling scoring twice in the first period only a minute apart. Then, K.Araujo matched his line-mate by also netting a pair in about the same amount of time. Oddly enough, B.Deslauriers didn’t score but did set up three goals that included a feed on J.Courteau’s late hat trick. While the Black Venom are sitting fine where they are, the same can’t be said for the HC Inter. The good news is that they hold the cards on getting in by just needing one single point against the Raging Rhinos.
(10)Gladiateurs vs RBK Knights(0)
RBK Knights had nothing going in must win game
In a night that the RBK Knights faced their most crucial game of the season, Les Gladiateurs absolutely shellacked them. Granted, Les Gladiateurs are a high quality scoring team, but to this point is simply unacceptable for a side that needed this game to get in. Instead, the RBK Knights will be looking-from the side lines and wonder what happened. The match was close for about a period. Then, the machine opened up for Les Gladiateurs as they completely overwhelmed their opponents. R.Vena tallied four times and W.Goyer faced barely 15 shots to record a shutout. Les Gladiateurs have an average 5-5 regular season record but do lead the F3 division with 56 goals for.
(9)Latin Blue vs Primetime(4)
D.Ugaldez nets three of four power play goals by Latin Blue
Every time Primetime visited the penalty box, Latin Blue made them pay. But it wasn’t only the five man unit working as Latin Blue bullied Primetime with five even strength goals as well. D.Ugaldez and J-D Barrios did something rare on Wednesday night and that is both players scored in every period to record a hat trick. At no point was Primetime into this game. Latin Blue used two first period power play goals before pulling away by the second period. G.Cerroni participated in the scoring bagging a pair and S.Monnet got a lone tally as only four players scored out of the nine that went in for Latin Blue.
(2)Fat Cats vs Raging Rhinos(5)
Third period collapse in only three minutes has Fat Cats fall short
G.Vouloumanos, M-A Piche and F.Remon scored three third period goals in only three minutes to top the Fat Cats on Wednesday night. The winner came off the blade of G.Vouloumanos by the nine minute mark of the final frame. That was one of two power play goals by the Raging Rhinos, who presently sit alone in third place of the F2 division. The Fat Cats led twice and only fell behind with less than four minutes remaining in the game. E.Panzera and P.Nadeau scored in the loss. With only one regular season game left, the Fat Cats will try and finish strong as they’ll face the Spartans for a fourth place battle.
(5)Bolts vs Horsemen(6) O.T
Bolts lose out in great opportunity, need to keep fingers crossed
The Bolts may have breathe easier if they pulled through in tonight’s game but will need to wait and see what will happen next week if they get in or not. For now, they’ll have to put up with enduring a heartbreaking loss to the hands of the Horsemen. M.Arkalis celebrated a huge late goal for the Bolts to send the game in overtime. In hopes of building on that, the Horsemen immediately responded when G.Panagiotopoulos ended the game only two minutes in. The unlikely hero got a pass-from T.Karasek who scored earlier in the match. Both teams scored twice with the man advantage. The Horsemen used six different goal scores to get there while the Bolts had S.Giroux score twice. In order for the Bolts to get in, the Raging Rhinos will need to beat the HC Inter in regulation time or in overtime. If the HC Inter enter the shootout or win cleanly, then the Bolts season is done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Simon of the Reapers. The Reapers forward bailed his club out of a four game slump by providing four goals in a 7-5 comeback win over Les Raymonds.
The F3 regular season came to an end. In a division of eight teams, the top seven will advance with the first place seed getting an automatic semi final spot. The match ups are as follows:
First round bye: Hellfish
(2)United Arms vs Les Raymonds(7) United Arms are deeper overall, Les Raymonds will need their supporting cast to match up to have a chance
(3)Latin Blue vs Primetime(6) The seeds don’t mean much in this contest, however, Primetime will have to make it a point to keep pace against a resilient hockey team
(4)Reapers vs Gladiateurs(5) Reapers have no choice to slow down the oppositions offense. And although the Reapers can score, playing run and gun with Les Gladiateurs isn’t the best strategy
Tuesday March 21
(1)Communists vs Capitals(1) S.O
Capitals earn 1-1 tie on late goal by C.Valois
J.Vrettis had his shutout bid snapped with less than a minute as the Capitals scored late to earn a 1-1 tie with the Communists.Vrettis made 33 saves before C.Valois scored to force the extra time. The Communists got their lone goal late in the first period when their captain J.Admou received a feed-from T-J Ward. It was a night that both goaltenders gave their clubs excellent chances to take it. J.Richer faced about the same amount of shots as his counterpart. After a scoreless overtime period, neither side were able to solve the goaltenders by the shootout. This result has both these teams share first place in a three way tie with the Smooth Sailors.
(4)Legacy vs Bramabulls(6)
Bramabulls use miracle finish to remain on life support
It was a game that the Bramabulls had a definite playoff dance feel to it.It’s quite simple, win and keep hoping for uncontrollable forces to pull through .For now, they bypassed step one of their massive hill to remain in a playoff run. What made tonight’s game special was the way they won it. The Bramabulls used two very late goals along with an empty net marker to rally past a team that would have secured a playoff spot. Despite the loss, Legacy still holds the cards in their hands with two games remaining. All they need is a win or a Bramabulls loss and the spot is solidified. S.Sacco scored twice in the second period and J.Velenosi tied it right before P.DiGiacomo cracked the tie seconds later.
(6)Smooth Sailors vs Capitals(2)
Smooth Sailors third period eruption overwhelm tired legs
Once the mid way point of the third period hit, the Capitals were done. The Smooth Sailors erupted with four straight tallies that included three goals in only two and a half minutes. J.Morina already had a goal before snapping the 2-2 tie. Morina wasn’t done just yet as the clever forward added his third goal to finish with five points. J.Palmitano used his explosive speed to add a pair while A.Grieco was sharp in net stopping 22 of 24 shots. The Capitals, despite collecting only one point in two games, played well enough except for the last seven minutes of the night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Phil DiGiacomo of the Bramabulls. Timing is everything and P.DiGiacomo came through at the right time to help save the Bramabulls season. The forward snapped a late 4-4 tie to finish his night with two goals and two assists.
Monday March 20
Well oiled Venom cruises past Jokers twice
Venom did what they do best on Monday night and that is to score of plenty of goals. The Jokers held in there for about a period but weren’t a match by the second where the flood gates opened. It was a game that saw seven different players score. K.Araujo led the charge setting up three teammates while netting his clubs fifth goal to put the game out of reach. F.Maston beat R.Ranieri with one of thirteen shots attempted towards the net minder for the Jokers. In hopes of bouncing back in the second encounter, the Jokers had a similar fate. They did score more but were forced playing from-behind. J.Courteau netted half of his clubs tally to finish with a hat trick. In both games, Venom got stronger as of the second periods where they buried a total of nine tallies. The regular season is starting to wind down for the Jokers, who temporarily are out of a playoff spot. However, that being said, they have a great opportunity to get in as they play the 23rd Hour for that last playoff spot.
(7)Venom vs Jokers(1)
(3)Jokers vs Venom(6)
Les Yables finish strong to salvage three points
For a whole entire game along with the first period of the second encounter, Team X looked like they could do no wrong. The yellow shirts played a near perfect three periods before falling apart. Les Yables responded with five unanswered goals to pull the rug-from under their opponent’s feet. It took a collective team effort that saw five different players get to P.Assadi. Prior to the meltdown, Team X took the opening contest 3-1 and led 2-0 in the second game with goals by B.Pereira and J.Pantelis. It seems to be a reoccurring theme for the older side that has the energy early on but can’t seem to keep up by the end. D.Marcotte was the only player to score goals in both games for Les Yables, who look to be in very fine form when all their players show up.
(1)Les Yables vs Team X(3)
(2)Team X vs Les Yables(5)
1 Timer ride special teams in opening game, escape night with six points
With the help of two power play goals and a game shifting shorthanded marker, the 1 Timer edged out Carnage in the opening game. That match was deadlocked at three goals apiece when S.Koch pulled through with the heartbreaker in the disadvantage. Carnage missed out taking the lead with just over four minutes, instead had to endure a crushing defeat. That was S.Koch’s second of the game as part of two power play goals by the 1 Timer. Unable to put it behind them, Carnage didn’t have the pace in the second contest. The 1 Timer took advantage of a deflated side with four unanswered goals. P-A Surprenant wasn’t going to go quiet as the sniper posted two goals and a helper to cap off a six point night. S.Koch collected two wins in net after facing 31 shots.
(4)1 Timer vs Carnage(3)
(1)Carnage vs 1 Timer(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sylvestre Koch of the 1 Timer. At a time of need, the defenseman collected three straight points that included the equalizer and the go ahead marker in a shorthanded situation to take the first game versus Carnage.
Monday March 20 (B Finals Game 1)
(3)Ultimate Hockey vs United Armenians(2) O.T
The Ultimate Hockey are now only one game away-from the title after beating the United Armenians 3-2 in overtime of the B finals. The game ended when P.Plaisir collected his second point early in the sudden death frame. Prior to the goal, the Ultimate Hockey were glad to see A.Paul carry much of the offense. The forward scored twice with the help of Rubens Morne, who fed him two perfect passes. As frustrating as this loss may be for the United Armenians, one thing’s for sure is that they played lights out only to lose in coin toss situation. The good news is that they know they have a shot at it despite being down in the series. G.Missakian will keep his guys primed and focus as they prepare for another huge battle making sure their opponent doesn’t take it that easily.
(1)Team Haiti vs HBHA(2)
Unexpected goaltender steals the show as HBHA beat Team Haiti
After nearly forfeiting the game due to a missing goaltender, the HBHA may have discovered something special on Monday night .From-start to finish, K.Kakivelis’s homecoming game as a net minder was one to remember. Team Haiti peppered Kakivelis several times only to keep getting denied. The only player to solve him was P.Plaisir, who cut the lead in half for Team Haiti. Despite having way more than enough time for an equalizer, K.Kakivelis proved a major point that he was up for the task going flawless the rest of the way. The HBHA Seniors scored twice in the first period with goals by A.Bitsakis and P.Lapointe. From-there, Kakivelis remained a rock stoning player after player to earn the win in net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Paul Plaisir of the Ultimate Hockey. If there was anyone that would have come through, P.Plaisir would be that player. The highly skilled forward sealed game one of the B final by providing the overtime winner.
Sunday March 19
(6)Fatal Demons vs Team Sportek(2)
Fatal Demons score six unanswered goals to sink Team Sportek
The Fatal Demons scored six unanswered goals to cruise past Team Sportek on Sunday night. V.Ouellet and A.Gauthier-Wells each scored to put Team Sportek up 2-0 after eight minutes of play. However, the Fatal Demons would get two goals back before the frame. S.Koulieris opened the scoring and snapped a 2-2 tie by the twelve minute mark of the second period. Once the Fatal Demons took the lead, there was no turning back. G.DeMarinis and V.Mancini capped it off with a pair of insurance markers. Considering their record, Team Sportek put a good challenge making it very difficult for the Fatal Demons, who had to work hard for the result. S.Sauk had a shaky start but bounced back stopping 22 of 24 shots.
(5)Hit List vs Red Nose(9)
Red hot Red Nose celebrates another win to remain perfect
Things couldn’t be going much better for Red Nose. Its eight games in and no one has yet to end the perfect streak as they strengthened their record to 8-0.The major reason why they separate themselves from-everyone else is their ability to score goals. Tonight, they racked nine more to reach 72 in only eight games. That’s eighteen more than two clubs tied with 54.And it’s like it’s always the same players getting the job done offensively. In tonight’s case, S.Aubertin led the charge posting a hat trick while Y.Leroux scored twice. He normally finds the back of the net but M.Latreille was setting up goals instead that resulted in four helpers. The Hit List like to play a similar style of hockey as they also have plenty of scoring power up front. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to keep up in the end. D.Corbeil and his captain S.Trudel did most of the scoring netting two goals apiece.
(3)Butchers vs Shockers(5)
T.Salberg scores hat trick in penalty filled game
Shockers forward T.Salberg scored a hat trick against the Butchers in a game that featured lots of rough stuff. An abundance of penalty minutes were assessed and Salberg completed his hat trick in an empty cage. The Shockers may have won this contest due to two power play goals where the Butchers were unable to capitalize on their five man unit. Despite Salberg netting a hat trick in a five goals Shockers night, the two power play markers came off the blades of T.Debonis and J.Blunt. The Butchers got their tallies-from D.Ruiz, T.Karasek and S.Agostino.
(5)Brew Crew vs Les Immigrant(2)
D.Verta excels once more with two goals and helper
It looks like D.Verta won’t be taking a night off for the Brew Crew. The crafty forward seems to always be involved and tonight wasn’t any different as his two goals helped the Brew Crew improve to a 7-1 record only to trail the Red Nose by two points. Verta notched his second on the power play while setting up J.DeSantis for a 5-1 lead. Les Immigrant have struggled to score all season but managed to put in a pair against a team that doesn’t concede too many. B.Freitas-Pereira had a multi point night in the loss that included a goal and a helper on A.Henri’s marker. Les Immigrant don’t have a win yet but still a good chance of getting into a playoff spot. In order to do so, they will need to defeat Team Sportek in the last game of the regular season assuming both teams do the same thing in next week’s contest.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Troy Salberg of the Shockers. Out of his clubs four goals, T.Salberg had another solid performance bagging a hat trick and a helper.
Thursday March 16
(8)P.E.Y.O vs Bramabulls(1) E1
Bramabulls rattled in Thursday night massacre
It was good while it lasted for the Bramabulls .Once the second portion of the match hit, it was all downhill from-there on. The destruction started off when C.Gingras snapped a 1-1 tie. Then, Y.Gazura and the very same Gingras notched their second of the game before the second period to carry a 4-1 lead. The Bramabulls had their chances but kept falling into a deeper hole unable to solve S.Brown. That momentum just fueled the P.E.Y.O to continue their onslaught by the third. Four different players added tallies that involved many cross court plays and one timers. One thing for sure is that the P.E.Y.O have plenty of fire power up front and is why they lead the division with 53 goals in eight games.
(6)Deadlast vs Werewolves(3) E1
Four second period goals too much for Werewolves
Four second period goals spelled disaster for the Werewolves in their matchup up versus the top seed. After exciting back and forth action in the first period, the turning point occurred by the second frame. Deadlast elevated their game posting four unanswered goals, two-from the hot hands of N.Gikas. That sequence was more than enough for a side that seems to be doing no wrong eight games in. With only one loss to their record, Deadlast are really feeling it this season setting the bar to be nothing other than a title.
(7)UHC vs Eagles(1) E2
J.Pantelis records hat trick, UHC clinch first place of E2 division
Forward J.Pantelis registered a hat trick to lead the UHC to a convincing 7-1 victory over the Eagles on Thursday night. It was a contest between two teams sailing in opposite directions. The Eagles understood the importance and the implications in the standings but what is one to do versus a club that’s been consistent all year. The UHC scored three first period goals, two of which came by J.Pantelis while netting a pair of second and third period tallies. The only bright spot for the Eagles came when C.Gagnon-Ethier solved J-F Aumais for a rare time.
(6)Underdogs vs Street Ballers(4) E2
Underdogs break out for four third-period goals, beat Street Ballers 6-4
The Underdogs scored three goals in a span of 2:34 and rode the third period flurry to a satisfying victory. M-A Haber showed his speed once more as the forward flew by a few players to collect a pair of tallies. The method of using three lines keeps creating problems for any opposition. The Street Ballers barely had time to breathe with the constant fore-check being applied. M.Mogianesi did manage to bury a pair in the loss with two quick goals. The result has the Underdogs tied in wins with two other teams but have the extra point for second place. As for the Street Ballers, it’s safe to say that barring an extreme circumstance that they will be participating in the playoffs at the expense of the Eagles.
(4)French Connection vs Mohicans(6) E2
Mohicans four first period unanswered goals barely hold up
The French Connection woke up only to late in their effort to crawl back into the game. By then, the Mohicans took off bagging four first period goals that saw R.Cagliesi collect a pair in a very short span. The Mohicans didn’t help their cause by taking some penalties. It was by then that the French Connection smelled blood and finally got on board. P.Hargreaves and J-F Belanger each scored with the man advantage and all of a sudden this game wasn’t done just yet. To make matters worse, J.Farrese pulled his club within one and the French Connection felt something brewing with so much time left on the clock. Unfortunately, as great as that sequence was, the Mohicans were able to put on the brakes by responding in a big way. S.Brabe and B.Allard each scored moments later only 32 seconds apart to secure the victory.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of the UHC. J.Pantelis was the only player to net a hat trick on Thursday night. His four points helped his club improve to a 7-2 record maintaining first place of the E2 division.
Thursday March 16
(6)Legacy vs Northstars(4)
J.Rochon’s second snaps third period tie
J.Rochon scored the tie breaking goal with six minutes left in the third to give Legacy a jump start to their double header night. The Northstars put up a real challenge and showed that they won’t be a push over team when the playoffs begin. P.Grenier scored two second period goals for the Northstars that leveled the game at four goals apiece to enter the final frame. Already with a power play marker, J.Rochon wasn’t done yet adding another big tally for his club. M.Champagne also notched a pair by sealing it in an empty cage. Both goaltenders faced about 30 shots each with the win going to M.Dagenais.
(5)Legacy vs Icons(3)
Legacy celebrate twice, getting hot at right time
While the focus is primarily on the River Rats and the Icons this season, Legacy proved a point in their 5-3 win over the Icons. After playing only an hour earlier, Legacy showed no signs of fatigue as they managed to collect six clean points. Most of their offence came in the second period within a 4:30 minute span. E.Girouard, M.Champgane and T.Bozinakis were the once who got to C.Stavriadis, who rarely struggles. D.Bertrand, after receiving a pass-from G.Pisanelli and T.Bozinakis was able to put the final dagger with a huge power play goal. For a second straight game, M.Dagenais stood tall collecting wins after facing over 50 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mathieu Dagenais of Legacy. With the tough task of playing two hard games, the Legacy goaltender was up for it by collecting two wins after facing over 50 shots.
Wednesday March 15
(2)Punishers vs Dragons(3)
Dragons shock Punishers to collect rare win
The Dragons condemned the Punishers to just their third loss prevailing to a 3-2 win on Wednesday night. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dragons, who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. And although the hill is still very high to climb this kind of result won’t hurt especially against a team like the Punishers. The Dragons fought from-behind on two occasions before getting it right by the third period. It was by then that A.Zarzour gave the Dragons their first lead of the game. The Punishers still had more than enough time for the equalizer but struggled to solve S.Morante. The veteran net minder kept it cool and remained sharp to earn an important win in net.
(5)Trappers vs Armadillos(4) O.T
S.Richer celebrates twice in a big way
Down 4-2 and with just over five minutes left in the game, the Trappers decided they weren’t going anywhere. The comeback came with the help of two power play goals to help send the game into overtime. The Armadillos were only a second-from capturing their fifth win of the season, instead they had to deal with the sorrow of letting this one slip away. The equalizer came off the blade of S.Richer, who not only tied it but won it for the Trappers later in overtime. S.Richer helped set up B.Lalumiere also on the power play to cut the deficit to 4-3 before storming with two incredible goals. The win puts the Trappers just a point ahead of the Armadillos who are now tied with the Punishers for first place with 15 points.
(3)Fat Roy vs Underdogs(5)
Three straight goals leads surging Underdogs to 5-3 win over Fat Roy
J.Eid scored twice including the game winner and M-A Haber also had two goals to lead the Underdogs to a huge 5-3 win over Fat Roy. The match was at a standstill for a while with the score tied at two. Then, M-A Haber snapped the dreaded tie only seconds before J.Eid doubled the lead. At that point, the Underdogs were in control and paced their way to a well earned win. Fat Roy just dropped their second straight game and the schedule won’t be getting any easier with the Trappers and Punishers ahead of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Julio Eid of the Underdogs. The forward collected three points that included two big goals in their 5-3 win over Fat Roy.
Saturday March 18
(5)Dragons vs Armadillos(2)
Dragons survive another day with three third period goals
A dynamic third period involving three unanswered goals has the Dragons stay in contention for a playoff spot. The Dragons stormed out of the gate getting an even strength goal by G.Cardillo, a power play tally by J-M Byron and finally a shorthanded marker courtesy of J.Bolanakis to seal what was a must win. The Armadillos knew it wasn’t going to be easy with only three changes. They did manage the better start winning the opening frame 2-1.The turning point may have occurred when D.Gagnon used a hard blistering slap shot-from the neutral zone to beat A.Mancini. That tally made the score 2-2 late in the second period where the Dragons only grew stronger.
(3)Underdogs vs Punishers(4)
Lack of disciple proves costly for the Underdogs
When looking at the fire power the Punishers had to their lineup, the Underdogs beat themselves in this Saturday contest. If not for two unnecessary penalties, the Underdogs would have most likely collected the three points and secure a playoff spot. Instead, they will need to wait a few for days to make it official. The good news is that if they play the way they did today, than the odds are good for getting in. The Punishers won this game with two late power play goals by N.Gilbert and C.Gingras. Those tallies came shortly after the Underdogs snapped a 2-2 tie in a shorthanded situation on a goal by J.Sakr.
(3)Fat Roy vs Trappers(6)
Trappers came prepared, Fat Roy runs out of gas
After eying a very short bench, the Trappers used their speed and intensity to eventually wear down their opponent. D.Castonguay made the score 3-1 with a sweet patient move to beat J.Sanoudakis. That was Castonguay’s first of three on the day with the other two coming in the third period. Fat Roy did have some really good scoring chances but kept getting denied by J.Richer, who was spectacular making brilliant saves. Unless the Trappers find a way to profit a point in the last week of the regular season, than they will settle for second place of the division and a first round match up versus the Armadillos or Fat Roy.
Wednesday March 15
(4)Spartans vs Black Venom(14)
Black Venom unleash offensive onslaught
Goals for the Black Venom came fast and furious on Wednesday night. In every period, the Black Venom salted away the victory with a flurry of goals getting at least four to five in every frame. M.Gagnon went on a rampage posting four in a row while N.Gilbert fell next in line bagging a hat trick. It took barely seven minutes into the game for the Spartans to realise they almost certainly had no chance. The Black Venom scored two late first period goals to make the score 5-1, and only expanded their huge lead as the game went on. A.Jalilvand and B.Deslauriers shared two goals each. As for the Spartans, A.Franceschini and T.Oliveira took care of the offense netting a pair apiece.
(6)United Arms vs Reapers(5)
H.Jerjian nets huge shorty as part of hat trick for Arms
The Reapers led by three goals on three occasions and still couldn’t fend off the United Arms who made a remarkable comeback. With no quit to their game, H.Jerjian was behind the madness as the United Arms forward was clearly on a mission to help his side get back on track. Jerjian scored twice in the second period and once in the third to complete his hat trick. The Reapers can only look back and wonder how they let this one go. After jump starting the night with two power play goals by A.Simon, the Reapers may have lost this match by giving up the game winner on their very own five man unit. It was by then that H.Jerjian struck in a shorthanded situation that completed the comeback and the hat trick.
(7)Les Raymonds vs RBK Knights(8) O.T
A.Jalilvand’s OT winner keeps door open for RBK Knights
The RBK Knights will live another day after this must win against the team they are chasing for the last playoff spot. The win was heavily relied on everyone pulling their weight in order to capture the two points. What made this even more special for the RBK Knights was that they had to overcome a 3-0 deficit in order to get the result. F.Bchara and A.Papazian collected two goals each, and after setting up three straight markers, A.Jalilvand bailed his club out by notching the season saver. With the win, the RBK Knights pulled themselves within two points of Les Raymonds, who each have one game left to go in the regular season.
(0)Bolts vs Fat Cats(9)
Fats Cats bully Bolts in 9-0 drubbing
S.Hrivnak sparked his side with an impressive four goals and the Fat Cats took control-from the outset en route to a 9-0 onslaught over the Bolts. G.Sangiovanni turned aside 15 shots to help his club collect only their third win in eight games. This contest had lots of significance for both sides in their attempt to avoid last place. The win gets the Fat Cats out of the cellar position at least for now as they are battling a few teams in their quest for a playoff spot. P.Nadeau had a three point night that included two goals and J.Scalia, E.Panzera along with L.Folini were very productive as all three players combined for thirteen points.
(2)Primetime vs Gladiateurs(12)
J.Vena nets four, Les Gladiateurs use five power play goals to beat Primetime
The Gladiateur caught Primetime’s penalty-killing unit on an off night. And while the special teams weren’t working, that was just one of many problems for the losing side. Primetime couldn’t contain three particular players that did most of the damage. First, J.Vena led all players with four goals while M.Turgeon and M.Gelinas weren’t far behind each posting hat tricks. The game took barely fifteen minutes for Les Gladiateurs to bury seven goals. At that point, Primetime just hung in there hoping the game would end sooner than later.
(8)Hellfish vs Latin Blue(2)
Hellfish snap Latin Blue five game winning streak
As good as things have been going lately for Latin Blue so far, they weren’t able to figure out the Hellfish on this night. The Hellfish snapped Latin Blue’s five game winning streak to share top seed of the division with the United Arms. Led by one of their go to guys, N.Bourgeois scored in every frame to record a hat trick. The Hellfish wasted no time getting in front boasting to a 3-0 first period lead. M.Revolorio and M.Chartrand each scored on the power play and B.Verducci was solid enough stopping 21 of 23 shots. With only two losses, the Hellfish have the most goals for and least goals against heading into the post season.
,(4)Horsemen vs HC Inter(5)
M-O Galarneau keeps HC Inter in the hunt with four goals and a helper
M-O Galarneau scored for times while adding an assist in a stunning solo performance for the HC Inter. It’s almost safe to say that without him, the HC Inter would have needed a miracle to capture a playoff spot. Instead, the fate lies in their own hands with two games left to go only to trail the Bolts by one point, who have only one game remaining. The HC Inter came through by the third period where they used two unanswered goals to overcome a slight deficit. M.Dalpe received a perfect pass by Galarneau to tie the game, and then returned the favour to his line mate minutes later for the game winner that came on the power play.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Austin Jalilvand of the RBK Knights. In what came as a must win, the forward stepped it up setting up three straight markers before netting the sudden death winner.
Monday March 13
Seven-goal D.Pelletier leaves Jokers spellbound
D.Pelletier scored seven goals in two games in one of the most dominant displays so far this season for Les Yables. D.Pelletier took over the show as of the second period of the first game where he did all of the damage for his club with four markers. Les Yables battled back after trailing 2-1 en route to their 5-2 win. The Jokers got a strong start to the night by their captain M.Timeo, who notched two goals and an assist. The second game had a different start with Les Yables continuing fromm where they left off. At this point, the Jokers still couldn’t figure out how to slow down D.Pelletier. The forward collected three points by the first period that killed the Jokers off. D.Marcotte was also heavily involved scoring twice while setting up Pelletier on two occasions. The Jokers attempted 33 shots in both games getting only one tally in the second courtesy of J.Blouin.
(3)Jokers vs Les Yables(5)
(6)Les Yables vs Jokers(1)
1 Timer come close but fall short twice
Both clubs were expecting tight games on Monday night. R.Ranieri and F.Koch knew they would have a big impact on whatever happened. Only one team came out on top though, with Venom taking both games by a very close margin. The first encounter had both net minders take charge. The match ended in favor of Venom taking it 2-1 in the shootout. R.Ranieri won that battle by denying all three shooters over his counterpart F.Koch, who couldn’t stop B.Deslauriers. The second contest all though was close, saw more goals go in. Venom jumped to a 3-1 first period lead forcing the 1 Timer to battle back. And while the comeback was in effect, the 1 Timer couldn’t force the extra time. For a second straight game, B.Deslauriers made the difference. This time, the power forward scored the opening goal, provided an assist, and capped it off in fashion with the game winning tally. A.Jalilvand was part of the win as well collecting points in all four goals.
(1)1 Timer vs Venom(2) S.O
(4)Venom vs 1 Timer(3)
B.Madonis 28 saves helps Carnage collect big points
Carnage goalie B.Madonis was hard to beat on Monday night. After collecting a shutout in the opening game, the Carnage net minder had a slight hiccup early in the second contest but that didn’t prevent his team-from bouncing back. Out of their nine goals, M.Pace posted three of them while setting up three different teammates. Carnage only erupted as of the second period of the first game where they trounced the 23rd Hour with four unanswered goals. Unable to get much of anything going, the 23rd Hour did end their dry spell by the second contest. Captain P.Salvo and G.Perreault finally cracked B.Madonis in less than a minute giving their club a 2-0 lead. However, it took only seconds after that for Carnage and M.Pace to get back to work. Pace notched back to back goals in just over two minutes before setting up the go ahead marker by S.Giannoulakis. Once Carnage grabbed their lead, the 23rd Hour fell back in their scoring drought unable to solve B.Madonis.
(4)Carnage vs 23rd Hour(0)
(2)23rd Hour vs Carnage(5)
Good for one game but not enough for two
More and more as the season progresses, there didn’t seem to be any indication that the Punishers would lose a game. And although they have yet to drop one so far, Team X came that close to ending the streak. They did however remove points by settling for a 3-3 draw in the opening contest. Team X led 2-0 with both goals by F.Remon before C.Gingras came to haunt his opponents. The lanky forward scored twice in only a minute to force the eventual extra time. From-there, nothing really got settled as both net minders stopped two out of the three shooters. In order to have a chance, Team X knew they needed another solid start to the second game. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worst very early. C.Gingras was at it again jump starting the Punishers barely 30 seconds in. Then, it was the captain J.Fidrilis coming through for a quick 2-0 lead. The Punishers simply out hustled their opponents with more energy that resulted in eight goals. Gingras finished the contest with a hat trick while his teammate M.Gagnon buried a pair of second period goals for good measure. F.Remon collected three helpers that resulted in two goals by J.Pantelis of Team X.
(3)Punishers vs Team X(3) S.O
(4)Team X vs Punishers(8)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Brian Deslauriers of Venom. The Venom forward made every goal count that included the shootout winner in the opening game and the go ahead marker in the second contest.
Monday March 13
(7) Black Knights vs Ultimate Hockey(0)
Ultimate Hockey need to put this result behind them quickly
It was never going to be an easy assignment for the Ultimate Hockey, who had to challenge the Black Knights in their last game of the regular season. The Ultimate Hockey were thumped 7-0 never having much of a chance-from the drop of the ball. The Black Knights pressured their opponents early on and it didn’t take long for the high powered offence to break through. J.Gagne and P.Genereux provided some of the scoring netting two goals each. While the goals weren’t an issue, the Black Knights locked down defensively the rare times they didn’t have the ball. He didn’t have his busiest night but P-O Girouard did earn a shutout.
(3)United Armenians vs Team Haiti(5)
H.Merone scores two as Team Haiti tops United Armenians
H.Merone scored twice, including the game winning goal to lift Team Haiti 5-3 over the United Armenians on Monday night. The score was 3-0 before the United Armenians got on board. C.Fragkiudakis came through by the ten minute mark of the second period to try and get the ball rolling. Despite putting forth the effort, playing-from behind is never the way to go, especially at this level. This was the last regular season game for the United Armenians, who will challenge the Ultimate Hockey in the final of the B conference.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Genereux of the Black Knights. The Black Knights forward led all players with two goals and two assists in a decisive 7-0 win over the Ultimate Hockey.
Sunday March 12
(10)Shockers vs Team Sportek(1)
Shockers use three shorthanded goals as part of 10-1 rout
It’s never acceptable allowing three shorthanded goals in any game, but it didn’t really matter too much in this case. The Shockers had already built a significant 5-0 lead before netting one of three with a man less. T.Debonis led all scorers with a hat trick. J.Blackman and P-J Gauthier fell next in line netting a pair each .Team Sportek held their own for quite a while but couldn’t keep up by the second half of the game where the flood gates opened for the Shockers. P-L Trudel celebrated the rare moment for Team Sportek as the only player to solve D.Bourque.
(8)Red Nose vs Fatal Demons(7) O.T
Never count them out, Red Nose rally with 4 straight to take contest
M.Latreille and Red Nose mounted what was a remarkable comeback in their 8-7 overtime win over the Fatal Demons. It didn’t matter that the Fatal Demons rode a 7-4 lead with less than a period remaining, at least not against a team like the Red Nose. Already with a pair of markers to jump start his club, M.Latreille showed that he wasn’t done just yet. The dangerous forward rescued his team by tying the game with only 20 seconds left on the clock. And if that wasn’t enough to sting his opponents, his hot hands brought it a step further by bagging the sudden death winner just 30 seconds into the overtime period. The Fatal Demons usually take pride on their defensive game but tonight they can throw it out the window. In addition to the madness, Y.Leroux, C.Gingras and A.Angelis all collected three assists each.
(7)Brew Crew vs Hit List(5)
Brew Crew use big third period to down Hit List
The Brew Crew scored twice in about three minutes of the third period to edge out the Hit List on Sunday night. D.Verta came through to make the score 5-4 and R.Mancini struck three minutes later to provide a two goal cushion. The Hit List did respond on the power play but ran out of race track. The win also came with the help of J.Nocera’s two goals and an assist. As for the Hit List, J.Daoust led all players collecting four points that included a feed on D.Corbeil’s one of two goals.
(0)Les Immigrant vs Butchers(6)
Butchers ride four goal first period, G.Zapatelli earns shutout
The Butchers didn’t waste much time posting four first period goals in their convincing 6-0 win over Les Immigrant. D.Ruiz doubled the lead on the power play and A.Latella scored late in the frame providing a four goal cushion. Les Immigrant did play better at that point on limiting the Butchers to no goals for nearly the entire game. The problem however is finding a way to get on board on a regular basis. The shutout has Les Immigrant stuck with only six goals for in seven games. Tonight, they couldn’t get to G.Zapatelli, who denied all 20 shots his way. They came a little late but A.Jalilvand had two goals coming only 75 seconds apart.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matt Latreille of Red Nose. His four goals that included one very late to tie it up, and the other that won it in overtime, speaks volumes on how vital he has been all season for his club.
Friday March 10
(3)Stones vs Devil Dawgz(7)
Short bench didn’t matter for Devil Dawgz
Despite playing with a very short bench, the Devil Dawgz still had their way versus the Stones. Neither side got on board for nearly half the game, but once G.Berberyan struck, the flood gates opened for the Devil Dawgz. From-there, N.Pacheco made the Stones pay with three quick goals for a 4-1 lead after two periods. The third period didn’t slow down G.Berberyan, who matched Pacheco’s goal production by bagging a pair. The win came with only two changes against a squad with just over two lines. This isn’t a result where the Stones can look back and say they didn’t have T.Settino to their lineup. It’s just plain and simply unacceptable.
(0)Hawks vs HBHA Seniors(5)
Hawks struggles continue vs top gunners
It’s the third and last time both sides meet in the regular season and the Hawks have yet to match up versus the HBHA Seniors. The score indicates it being lopsided but the Hawks had plenty of ball possession and scoring chances only to hit a wall. C.Stavriadis never allowed the game to be close as the net minder enabled his side to slowly build their lead as the match went on. Five different players found the back of the net. K.Hrivnak scored first by the seven minute mark of the opening frame, a goal that proved to be just enough for the three points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nilton Pacheco of the Devil Dawgz. In the span of only five minutes, the Devil Dawgz forward ultimately decided the match with a hat trick.
Thursday March 9
(7)Deadlast vs SBS Trashers(2) E1
N.Gikas emerging as a top finisher
N.Gikas is starting to emerge as a prolific goal scorer in his young ball hockey career. It’s hardly a coincidence that anyone can just score at will like the young superstar did on Thursday night. In the second period alone, N.Gikas made the opposing net minder turn his head around three straight times. After posting his natural hat trick, the young forward stapled the night with his fourth to finish with an impressive five point game. Deadlast doesn’t only have one player in their arsenal of fire power up front. C.Chirola is just another name that keeps reappearing as the lanky forward produced four points. With only one loss in seven games, Deadlast is showing why they are on top, and that his primarily due to their speed and talent up front.
(4)Werewolves vs Bramabulls(5) E1
Karasek’s late goal propels Bulls over Werewolves
T.Karasek scored his second goal late in the game, helping the Bramabulls to win another tight battle in the E1 division. This was the second time both sides met with the first meeting ending in a similar fashion. The only difference being that there was only 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock in the first encounter. Tonight, the Bramabulls grabbed their late lead with just 33 seconds left to go adding more salt to the wound. The Werewolves played a great game considering missing at least 3-4 decent pieces. D.Traversy was buzzing all night along with A.Zarzoiur as both players combined for six points. The Bramabulls, aside-from T.Karasek clutch goals, also had B.Sansotta stream the lime light riffling three markers that included his signature slap shot from- centre rink.
(3)Eagles vs Underdogs(4) E2
Eagles miss out on precious points
The Eagles hopes of catching a playoff spot took a significant hit in their close 4-3 loss to the Underdogs. It came in an unfortunate situation as they saw their 3-2 third period lead get compromised. The bad news hit really late when E.Salhany scored with only 29 seconds left on the clock .The Underdogs did what they usually do and that is to work hard all game long while getting balanced production. The win guarantees them a playoff spot with only two games remaining. As for the Eagles, they aren’t out just yet, but the chances look dim as certain scenarios are now required for a playoff spot.
(3)UHC vs French Connection(6) E2
French Connection use big first period to down UHC
It took the French Connection only one period to get most of their scoring done. The French Connection played one of its best defensive games of the season, limiting a team like the UHC to only three goals. Of course that has to come with the help of their net minder which in this case that would be F.Gaudet-Peloquin. The UHC peppered him with 27 shots only to keep getting snake bitten. Apart-from the goaltending, J.Noonan was another key component as the forward scored both goals on two power play opportunities while his captain N.Viau was just as vital with two first period markers. This win puts the French Connection within striking distance of first place.
(3)Mohicans vs Street Ballers(4) E2 O.T
Third period rally sees Ballers erase two goal deficit, win in overtime
Just when the Mohicans felt comfortable enough for a positive outcome, the Street Ballers made their presence felt in the third. The Street Ballers woke up- from the dead netting two third period goals only to bring it a step further by notching the eventual OT winner. Y.Dube was behind three of the four goals that went in. The lanky number 96 scored once while setting up P.Chartier and J.Furtado for the sudden death winner. This result couldn’t have come at a better time for a team that strung two straight wins together. Although nothing is guaranteed, the Street Ballers can breathe a lot easier with the result.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bruno Sansotta of the Bramabulls. In a close 5-4 decision over the Werewolves, B.Sansotta kept putting up the number by riffling a hat trick.
Thursday March 9
Left Wings (1) VS Northstars (3)
Two evenly matched teams face off against each other tonight.
Two evenly matched teams go up against each other tonight. From start to finish both teams went back and forth exchanging a multitude of chances. E. Paquin was a game changer in this game as he was the sole player on both clubs to solve the opposing goaltender notching two goals. P. Doulis cut the lead in half mid way through the third period, but that was all the scoring created by the Left Wings. D. Traversy notched a late goal to secure the win and help his club move up the standings.
Icons (1) VS River Rats (5)
Possibility of perfect season comes to an end for Icons.
The possibility of a perfect season comes to an end for the Icons tonight. From initial puck drop until the final buzzer, the River Rats proved they showed up to play tonight holding the opposition to only one goal by A. Kobayati late in the game. The River Rats got to witness the emergence of one of their young players by M. Dettorre who notched three goals in the first game tonight. The Icons will need to learn from their first loss of the season as both teams are favorites to make it far in the playoffs.
Legacy (1) VS River Rats (3)
River Rats not bothered by double header.
It was all business as usual for the River Rats as they played their second game of the night. After showing in the first game that the team is flying in all cylinders with strong defensive play, a strong possession games as well as scoring without hesitation. M. Dettore continued with his hot hands in the second game proving he can once again score multiple goals in a game notching two in this one. M. Crialese also did his portion for his club scoring a hat trick. While F. Moshonas continued his strong play for a second straight game allowing only T. Bozinakis to get one passed him early in the first period.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Massimo Dettore of the River Rats. The young forward proved to be the difference maker in both games as he notched a total of five goals of his teams eight goals.
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Wednesday March 8
(3)Les Raymonds vs United Arms (5)
United Arms continue to roll as season end approaches
The United Arms keep on surging maintaining top spot of the division after defeating Les Raymonds 5-3 on Wednesday night. It always helps when you can strike first and get that early lead. H.Genc and A.Belcher each tallied only 90 seconds apart to give their club a two goal cushion after only four and a half minutes into the contest. Les Raymonds did respond right away on a goal by A.DeCarolis but fell behind by a pair once more when M.Boghossian scored his first of two in the game. Y.Derohannessian buried the back breaker late in the second period that held up as the winner. Les Raymonds scored once in every period that had A.DeCarolis, M.Palmieri and A.Hussain collect two points each.
(6)Hellfish vs RBK Knights(2)
RBK Knights playoff hopes looking bleak
The RBK Knights could ill-afford to lose a game as they’ll have to make one more final push to try and get in the playoffs. The desperate side ran into a chaotic second period where only one player hurt them. M.Chartrand owned the frame posting three unanswered goals for a natural hat trick. The Hellfish were never in any danger by simply playing their game. In addition to Chartrand’s remarkable performance, N.Bourgeois chipped in with a pair while F.Benhamadi was able to set up three markers. The loss cripples the RBK Knights chances at making the playoffs. The Knights, sitting four points behind Les Raymonds with only two games to go, need to collect points in both games and receive some major help.
(6)Primetime vs Reapers(3)
T.Shpindler’s hat trick leads Primetime to 6-3 win over slumping Reapers
While things seemed fine in the first period, the Reapers were in shambles by the second giving up four straight tallies. They did however finish the frame strong posting two late goals but that still forced them to battle back-from a two goal deficit. By then, the damage had already been done as Primetime tightened the knot allowing no goals on seven shots. T.Shpindler may have been the story of the match as the Primetime sniper went to work netting goals in every period. L.Haouzi and T.Flikas were heavy contributors as well accumulating three points each, and A.Qureshi was sharp in net keeping his club in it the whole time. This loss is now a third straight for a club that started with a 3-0 record.
(4)Gladiateurs vs Latin Blue(5) O.T
D.Ugaldez overtime hero as Latin Blue rally past Gladiateurs
After spotting Les Gladiateurs with a 4-2 third period lead, Latin Blue rallied with three consecutive goals that included the winner by D.Ugaldez. That goal wasn’t the only bright thing that Ugaldez did. The Latin Blue forward was a thorn all night setting up two tallies while netting the equalizer and the game winner. S.Reinoso was also part of the equation providing two markers and the assist for the sudden death goal. Its seven games in and Latin Blue has just recorded their fourth straight win after a slow start to the season.
(3)Fat Cats vs Spartans(7)
Spartans overcome 3-0 hole with authority
The Spartans used three power play goals to cap a furious rally over their opponent. The Fat Cats led 3-0 in the first period, but the Spartans ramped up the pressure with a complete take over. Most of the damage occurred by the second with the Spartans striking four times. P.Lavoie and S.Lavoie put forth a strong performance bagging two goals each while combining for eight points. Tonight’s result was the Spartans third straight win of the season as they are starting to find their groove. As for the Fat Cats, short spurts just won’t cut it as they’ll need to find a way to remain consistent for 45 minutes.
(11)Bolts vs Raging Rhinos(8)
Bolts and Raging Rhinos trade chances in run and gun affair
If the first period was any indication of where this match was headed, then everyone got it wrong. After a low scoring 1-1 first period, the game plans changed with both sides deciding to open it up. It’s unfortunate for the net minders as they didn’t get much help-from anyone. The Bolts traded blows winning a wild second period 5-4 while doing the same by the third taking the frame 5-3.His goals may have come a little late but A.Kobayati did lead all Bolts players by collecting a hat trick. L.Beaulieu was second in line bagging a pair while six other players found the back of the net for the Bolts. The Raging Rhinos got their engine going by J.Zannis, who struck three times, and G.Vouloumanos along with S.Pilon as both players notched two goals each. The Bolts needed this win but still have work ahead of them with only three games remaining.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Danny Ugaldez of Latin Blue. His four points that included the overtime winner earns him the player of the night.
Saturday March 11
(8)Black Venom vs HC Inter(6)
HC Inter blow four goal lead, fall to Black Venom
Four goals in the first ten minutes should have been enough for the HC Inter. However, nothing is ever secure when you play a team like the Black Venom. Despite missing a few key elements, the Black Venom still had players that can hurt you on any given day. In today’s case, only three players scored out of the eight that went in. T.Lord led all players with an impressive four goal performance while B.Deslauriers and J.Quesnel-Vinet each scored twice. Deslauriers did more than just pop in a pair as the power forward was part of setting up four tallies. The HC Inter got their scoring done by D.Crivello, who buried a hat trick, and P-L Poirier that finished two goals.
(8)Raging Rhinos vs Horsemen(2)
Slow start ends in expected result
The Horsemen scrambled to get going with barely enough players to start the game. Once they did, it didn’t really matter much as they struggled with no substitutions. The Raging Rhinos went about their business, especially by the third period where the Horsemen couldn’t keep up. E.Valiquette helped set up G.Vouloumanso and J.Viveiros to put the game away. N.Mauro may have only played two periods but was effective nevertheless to earn the win in net.
(3)Primetime vs Latin Blue(6)
S.Monnet shines in 6-3 win for Latin Blue
In Latin Blue’s 6-3 victory over Primetime, S.Monnet scored twice and picked up an assist to help improve his club to their fifth straight win. Latin Blue balanced their scoring netting two goals in every period. M.Juarez didn’t score but helped set up three markers. For nearly two full periods, Primetime couldn’t get to R.Ranieri but that spell ended when T.Flikas took advantage of a power play opportunity. That goal did spark what looked like a third period comeback .C.Flikas and T.Shpindler each tallied to pull within one and all of a sudden there was a game. However, that all changed when A.Arcoraci and D.Ugaldez scored moments later to seal the win for Latin Blue.
(5)Spartans vs Bolts(9)
Bolts third period surge propels them past Spartans
A five goal third period surge ultimately decided the outcome of this contest. It all started with the help of some key players. First, J.Michaud snapped a 4-4 third period tie with his second of the game, and then E.Felesakis broke out after posting a second period goal by adding three more to his total. The Bolts forward went on a rampage showing no signs of fatigue despite playing with a very shorts bench. The Spartans weren’t stacked either and got a similar production by S.Lavoie, who collected a hat trick while setting up P.Lavoie.
(5)Hellfish vs Gladiateurs(2)
M.Chartrand, N.Bourgeois & J.Roblin click in Hellfish victory
Sometimes it takes just a little chemistry to make the whole difference. Unable to be contained, the trio between M.Chartrand, N.Bourgeois and J.Roblin proved to be too much of a handful for Les Gladiateurs. All three players combined for nine points that saw Roblin set up three goals while netting one himself. The Hellfish made the score 5-1 by the ten minute mark of the second period which enabled them not to force much the rest of the way. B.Verducci faced 25 shots only to have S.Lague and C.Boivin beat him. The win keeps the Hellfish in first place tied alongside the United Arms with only one game left to go.
Wednesday March 8
(3)Dragons vs Trappers(6)
P.Samuel and T.Sabourin each score two as Trappers top Dragons
P.Samuel scored twice including the winner, and T.Sabourin also tallied a pair as the Trappers double upped the Dragons on Wednesday night. J.Richer must have been thinking shutout not allowing any goals for most of the match. But with only five minutes remaining, the Dragons scored not once but three times to ruin the net miners night. J-M Byron scored two of those goals with the help of B.Daniele, who went on to collect three assists. The Dragons have only three games left where they are forced to win at least two if not all three games with the potential of some help if they plan on getting in.
(1)Fat Roy vs Punishers(8)
Night to forget for Fat Roy, Punishers hold top seed
It was a game that Fat Roy will need to forget quickly. It didn’t take long to see that it wasn’t their night after giving up three first period goals. The second period wasn’t any different as they couldn’t find a way to score while letting in two more tallies making it almost impossible to bounce back. C.Gingras helped the Punishers get there by notching two goals as the only multi goal scorer of the contest. A.Tedone collected three helpers and F.Russo saw his shutout taken away when E.Skafidas scored a late power play goal.
(7)Armadillos vs Punishers(4)
Armadillos light up the scoreboard in 7-4 win over rival
The Armadillos played some high stakes on Wednesday night against a familiar opponent. The Punishers however felt the frustrations of tying the game on four straight occasions unable to ever take the lead. It was only by the ten minute mark of the third period that the Armadillos scored without it being challenged. M.Arkalis snapped the 4-4 tie and the Armadillos never looked back en route to a 7-4 victory. P.Koutsogiannopoulos was the only player to score twice that included a power play marker. Despite playing twice in only three hours, the Punishers put up a real fight against a solid hockey team.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fabio Russo of the Punishers. In the first game of a double header night, the Punishers net minder limited Fat Roy to only one goal that came on the power play.
Monday March 13
(8)Armadillos vs Underdogs(2)
Armadillos rout Underdogs 8-2, jump into second place
It didn’t take too long for the Armadillos to up their gear on Monday night. By the time the first period ended, this game looked to be done. The Armadillos rode a 4-1 first period lead before adding three more by the second. P.Koutsogiannopoulos was the only multi goal scorer out of the eight goals that went in. The Underdogs didn’t score much but saw a beauty top corner slap shot by N.El-Feghali mesmerize C.Stavriadis. The loss keeps the Underdogs in that last playoff spot with a five point cushion over last place. With three games left, it’s almost safe to say that they’ll get in barring a collapse.
Tuesday March 7
(1)Bramabulls vs Smooth Sailors(3)
Loss to Smooth Sailors tough to swallow for Bramabulls
March break is suddenly looking like March bleak for the Bramabulls, at least on paper. On sight of trying to beat the Smooth Sailors in what was a must win game, the Bramabulls gave up three straight goals after taking a 1-0 lead. M.Argiris came through snapping a 1-1 tie as part of two goals that included a third period insurance marker. Although statistically the Bramabulls aren’t out, they won’t have much of a shot after going winless in seven games. At this point a miracle would need to happen. The Smooth Sailors are lingering quietly in the middle of the pack not drawing much attention with their 4-3 record. Maybe they want to keep it that way knowing what they are capable of when the playoffs arrive.
(2)Legacy vs Capitals(4)
M.Tremblay’s three points lead Capitals into first place
M.Tremblay’s second goal in an empty net secured the game for good as the Capitals look to be on a roll with a 5-1 record. The Capitals went one for three on the power play getting a big tally by V.Bisson for a 2-0 lead. That forced Legacy to battle from-behind all game which just complicated the matter. They did cut the lead in half courtesy of N.Zermalias, but struggled to find more offense up until the third period. J.Richer didn’t help their case as the net minder was sharp as usual. With the win, the Capitals share top seed with the Communists but hold a game in game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Argiris of the Smooth Sailors. His two goals may have crushed any chance for the Bramabulls to enter the post season.
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Monday March 6
(0)United Armenians vs Ultimate Hockey(4)
Ultimate Hockey top United Armenians in divisional match up
The Ultimate Hockey’s offense didn’t need to be lethal but it was effective enough as they cruised to a 4-0 win over the United Armenians. H.Merone and C.Plaisir each scored first period goals and M.Dorismond knew that he wouldn’t have a busy night facing only 4 shots. Neither side got anything going in the second. In the third period however, the Ultimate Hockey regained their scoring touch adding two more goals by P.Plaisir and F.Tremblay. The United Armenians wanted to at least get one by that point but couldn’t solve M.Dorismond, who denied a mere 15 shots his way. If this is what to be expected in the playoffs, then the Ultimate Hockey will confidently get by the United Armenians.
(6)Black Knights vs Red Lite(4)
P.Genereux & J.Madracchia score twice in 6-4 decision over familiar opponent
Only one point separated both sides prior to the match, but the Black Knights showed that they wanted it more versus their long time rival. P.Genereux and J.Mandracchia were behind much of the offense providing two goals apiece. The Black Knights led 5-2 after two periods and got there with a strong effort by P-O Girouard, who made several key saves to protect the gap. Unable to bounce back, the Red Lite finished a little stronger but the damage had already been done. S.Deslauriers and A.Desrosiers also went on to score for the Black Knights while Red Lite got scoring efforts from-four different players.
(4)Team Haiti vs HBHA(2)
Team Haiti flex muscles in wild 4-2 win over HBHA
This game was all about heart and grit for a side that never gave up no matter what the circumstances. It didn’t matter that the HBHA went up 2-0 after nearly two periods as Team Haiti kept battling to crawl back into the game. B.Cherubin’s late second period goal may have ignited the spark they needed. With that, came two power play opportunities where they made sure to bury their chances. First, C.Plaisir evened the score, and then with less than two minutes remaining, M.Tremblay gave his club something real to celebrate about by snapping the 2-2 tie. It’s a game that both sides took valuable lessons despite the amount of ball hockey minutes each player has under their belt. For tonight, Team Haiti just kept working in hopes of it paying off while the HBHA may have taken their 2-0 lead for granted with nearly two periods completed.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Carrie of Team Haiti. The net minder was a key component in why his club rallied-from a 2-0 deficit in their comeback win versus the HBHA.
Monday March 6
Both sides trade 2-1 scores
The Jokers opened the night in an encouraging manner, topping the 23rd Hour by a slight 2-1 margin. Danny Caissie tied the game late in the first period and Y.Kirouac gave his club its first lead early in the second period. It wasn’t an easy task but the Jokers managed to hold on for nearly ten straight minutes. K.Langlois may have been the reason why as the net minder went flawless after allowing only one power play marker. The second encounter wasn’t too far off-from the first one. Once again, the 23rd Hour struck first notching another power play goal, this time by R.Ramacieri. Unable to double their lead, the 23rd Hour eventually paid the price. Y.Kirouac scored for a second time with just over three minutes left in the game which sent the game in a shootout. With both sides sending three players, only one goal went in courtesy of G.Perreault. The 23rd Hour bounced back to earn the win because of a couple of reasons.One being their brilliant goaltending by J.St-Jacques, and the other by their commitment to playing a tight solid game.
(1)23rd Hour vs Jokers(2)
(1)Jokers vs 23rd Hour(2) S.O
1 Timer respond after being trounced in opening contest
Apart-from letting in an early goal, Team X were in total control in their opening battle with the 1 Timer. The veteran side built a 3-1 first period lead and added four more tallies by the second to overwhelm what seemed like a discouraged side. Only one player scored twice out of the seven goals. J.Pantelis was that player by opening and closing the scoring for Team X. The 1 Timer got two out of their three tallies by S.Brunet. Despite taking what looked like was a walk in the park, Team X knew the second game wouldn’t have been the same. The 1 Timer used their energy and legs to keep up with their opponent. In result of that, the orange machine struck first and second to turn the table around. But as much as that seemed comfortable, Team X never called it quits by responding in a big way. In the span of only 60 seconds, A.Lanni and J.Pantelis scored to level the game. Fromm-there, neither side was able to get it done in regulation time leaving only a three man shootout to decide it. The 1 Timer capitalized twice on only two occasions by S.Brunet and J-F Gagnon to get the better of P.Assadi.
(7)Team X vs 1 Timer(3)
(4)1 Timer vs Team X(2) S.O
J.Meynard and Punishers sweep the night with back to back shutouts
The Punishers recorded back to back shutouts over Carnage (4-0) & (3-0) to coast to a pair of wins on Monday night. A.Centis took charge in the opening contest riffling a hat trick as a defenseman. Centis used his heavy shot to beat B.Madonis while M.Baccari notched the other tally. The second game was just a continuation of the first with C.Gingras being the go to guy. The lanky forward was behind making all three goals happen by bagging a pair while setting up D.Ruiz. It may have been a tall task for Carnage to escape with a win against a team like the Punishers, but going dry for two games made it harder to except for F.Pace and his crew. After attempting 21 shots in both games, J.Meynard was as sharp as can be.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeremie Meynard of the Punishers. His back to back shutout continues a perfect streak that’s now at 12-0 for the Punishers.
Sunday March 5
(0)Les Immigrant vs Hit List(9)
D.Corbeil and Hit List deliver in 9-0 rout of Les Immigrant
Everyone knows by now that the Hit List can put up the numbers. The difference in this particular contest was that they didn’t concede anything. That being said, Les Immigrant have struggled all season to score accumulating only six goals in as many games. Out of their nine goals that went in, the Hit List saw only four players find the back of the net. D.Corbeil had the most with an impressive four goal performance followed with two goals apiece by L.Richard and J.Daoust leaving the lone tally for their captain S.Trudel, who did accumulate three assists. The Hit List got stronger as the game went on scoring twice on four power play opportunities. It wasn’t his busiest night, but J-L Trudeau did earn a shutout after denying 18 shots.
(7)Butchers vs Team Sportek(1)
Butchers get 7 different goal scorers in 7-1 decision over Team Sportek
With the help of three power play goals, balanced scoring and solid goaltending by G-L Zapatelli, the Butchers ran up the score with an easy win over Team Sportek. The Butchers led only 1-0 after one period. It was by the early stages of the second frame that the flood gates started to open up. A.DeSua notched a power play goal and S.Agostino scored only moments later to provide a three goal cushion. Team Sportek did respond when E.Gauthier beat G-L Zapatelli , but that was all they got by the Butchers defense and net minder. These came as valuable points for the Butchers, who are looking to set the bar higher than just entering the playoffs.
(9)Red Nose vs Shockers(5)
Shockers fail to halt perfect win streak by Red Nose
If there was a potential team that could have taken some points away-from the Red Nose, the Shockers could have been one of them. However, the E Sunday division will need to wait a little longer to see if anyone can stop a well oiled machine. The Shockers have no issues scoring and it showed early on after escaping with a wild 4-3 opening frame. Then, for whatever reason, the dry spell hit the younger side. The Red Nose tweaked something in between frames that limited their opponent to only one goal. Meanwhile, Red Nose was putting up plenty of numbers, especially in the second period with four unanswered tallies. C.Gingras, N.Delia and J-P Meunier did much of the scoring with two goals each. In addition to his pair of tallies, C.Gingras helped set up four markers to finish with six points. As for the Shockers, J.Hurley and C.Debonis took charge netting two goals apiece.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Brew Crew(3)
Two third period goals lift Brew Crew to win over Fatal Demons
The Brew Crew defeated the Fatal Demons by a close 3-2 win on Sunday night and now sit in second place only to trail the undefeated Red Nose by three points. The Brew Crew trailed 2-1 early in the third period before taking over with a pair of unanswered goals. L.Verta leveled the game and S.Lodico snapped the dreaded tie with only five minutes remaining. Both goaltenders excelled in this contest facing a minimum of 25 shots each. C.Muccino made that one extra save to earn the win over his counterpart S.Sauk.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carmen Muccino of the Brew Crew. In a close 3-2 win over the Fatal Demons, the net minder was brilliant making 25 saves.
Friday March 3
(2)Devil Dawgz vs HBHA Seniors(1)
Defending champs finally fall after five games
A 2-1 loss to the Devil Dawgz Friday night ended a five-game winning streak, but won’t make much of a difference in the standings for the HBHA Seniors. The Devil Dawgz took advantage of a depleted line up bombarding C.Stavriadis with 37 shots only to score twice. B.Pereira and M.Falato each scored for a 2-0 lead and the HBHA Seniors couldn’t get much of anything going up until a late second period marker by P.Savino. Despite narrowing the gap, the Devil Dawgz held on to the ball most of the time not allowing any sort of dangerous chances. S.Sauk faced 26 shots to earn the win in net, and hand the HBHA Seniors their first and potentially only loss of the season.
(5)Hawks vs Stones(6)
Stones celebrate first win in 6-5 thriller
Aside-from a slow first period, the Stones really turned it up against their rival Hawks. With an opportunity to put the game out of reach, T.Settino rescued his club by netting a game changing shorthanded marker. That tally cut the lead in half which was just the beginning of so many more to come. E.Dedominicis helped shift the game with two second period goals. There was no doubt that the Stones really wanted to get their first win of the season and did it by simply out working and out battling a complacent side. T.Settino finally got some help in the goal scoring department but still led all players with four points. The win couldn’t have come without the brilliant performance put forth by O.Caillet, who was rock solid despite giving up five goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Stones. His shorthanded breakaway goal along with three other points was a major factor why his club captured their first win of the season.
Thursday March 2
(1)SBS Trashers vs Werewolves(6) E1
Battle of important game goes Werewolves way
The Werewolves picked up a hat trick from- D.Traversy and a two goal game by their captain L.Versaci to help them paste the SBS Trashers 6-1 on Thursday night. The Trashers knew they had a difficult task ahead of them without some very key components out of the lineup. Regardless the situation, they did fight hard to keep it close but struggled to contain a prolific goal scorer in D.Traversy. The Werewolves added a new piece to the puzzle with the addition of F.Remon which will definitely solve any scoring issues up front. It was only fitting that P.Nadeau would get the SBS Trashers only goal. At this pace, if the boys in red don’t pick up a win soon, there won’t be any hope of participating in the post season.
(10)Deadlast vs P.E.Y.O(5) E1
Deadlast-P.E.Y.O rivalry takes centre stage
Every time both these teams meet its time buckle up. Despite it being a regular season game, the mind set from-both sides treat it like a do or die game 7 of a final. In tonight’s case however, Deadlast overwhelmed their rival with a full out effort. The more determined side came out stronger and better prepared roaring to a 3-0 first period lead. For nearly two full periods, F.Vigliotti and Deadlast did a remarkable job keeping a team like the P.E.Y.O off the score sheet. But as impressive as that may seem, it was only a question of time for a response. The P.E.Y.O did finish strong posting five goals but the damage had already been done. The win didn’t have any particular hero or superstar making the difference. N.Gikas, J.Velenosi and S.Simitsakos shared two goals each and K.Kakivelis collected three consecutive assists to spread out the offense.
(6)Underdogs vs Eagles(2) E2
Underdogs build 4 goal lead to defeat Eagles 6-2
Playing it a shift at a time, the Underdogs got rewarded in what was a one sided affair. J.Sakr scored twice making the score 4-0 by the early stages of the third period. It was only by then that the Eagles celebrated one of only two goals. K.Certosini spoiled P.Malkoun’s shutout after peppering the goaltender with 15 shots, who was perfect up until that point. In response to the goal, the Underdogs returned the favor with a shorthanded effort by A.El-Haddad. The Underdogs started off strong and played a full throttle game which works when rolling three lines.
(5)Mohicans vs UHC(4) E2 O.T
Mohicans ground UHC in overtime to end winning streak
The UHC stretched their win streak to five games before losing in overtime to the Mohicans. Even the UHC know all good things come to an end at one point, and why not dropping it in overtime where the game could have easily gone either way. In tonight’s case, it was the Mohicans getting the bounce to celebrate the sudden death winner by L-P Rocque. The Mohicans forward opened the scoring very early in the game before ending the night on a brilliant effort. J.Mota had a major hand in it as well bagging two goals with the help of both T.Lord and Y.Sigouin. Despite the loss, J.Pantelis was extremely hot riffling three out of the four goals that included two win the man advantage. This win now has the Mohicans in the UHC’s back mirror trailing by only three points.
(4)Street Ballers vs French Connection(7) E2
Dominant second period powers French Connection over Street Ballers
In only seven minutes, the Street Ballers didn’t know what hit them. The French Connection went on a massive scoring rampage as of the mid way point of the match bagging five very quick goals. D.Dillinger and P.Hargreaves each scored twice during that span while D,Boisvert netted the other. The win couldn’t come without their most important player. J.Farrese, like he does in every game will put up the numbers as the solid center man scored twice while setting up two goals. After finding themselves in a hole, the Street Ballers responded by the third posting two straight power play goals to pull within one. Unfortunately, the momentum lasted only so long as the French Connection took over with the next two tallies.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Louis-Philippe Rocque of the Mohicans. With his two goals that included the overtime winner, the Mohicans are the first team to defeat the UHC this season.
Saturday March 4
(10)P.E.Y.O vs Werewolves(2) E1
P.E.Y.O net 10 goals and 2 hat tricks in blowout win
Everything bounced the P.E.Y.O’s way on Saturday afternoon as they stifled the Werewolves with an easy win. It wasn’t like the Werewolves were missing any key players. It was just one of those games that nothing went right for a defensive minded club. B.Deslauriers and C.Gingras were simply unstoppable as both players racked up the goals posting a hat trick apiece. J.Courteau scored twice while Y.Gazura and A.Jalilvand got the other tallies. The Werewolves celebrated only twice when D.Traversy and M.Martino each solved S.Brown for a rare time.
(1)Eagles vs Street Ballers(7) E2
Captain clutch, M.Gibeault nets 3 goals in lopsided affair
The Street Ballers put forth a very strong effort in a match that had plenty of significance to the standings. Led by their captain,M.Gibeault took the bull by the horns netting three consecutive goals. That surge only fueled the flame for more to come. The Street Ballers continued to press and dominate winning plenty of loose ball battles, especially in front of the net. Y.Dube riffled a pair of beauties and A.Belcher was behind setting up three goals. The Eagles had the better start when C.Gagnon-Ethier scored early to beat S.Sauk, but that was the only time they got anything through the veteran net minder.
(7)UHC vs Underdogs(0) E2
J-F Aumais hits hat trick, UHC trounces Underdogs 7-0
The Underdogs endured a long Saturday afternoon as they watched the game disintegrate into thin air. Only nine minutes in, and the UHC roared to a 3-0 lead. The Underdogs may have had the bodies but the UHC pushed them further and they could not find a way out. J-F Aumais and his teammates barely let them breathe. S.DelGaudio bagged a pair that included one of two power play goals by the UHC. The Underdogs attempted 17 shots towards F.Chau, but were denied every single time. This win came after a rare loss only two days ago versus the Mohicans.
(3)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(2) E1 O.T
P.Hodhod roofs OT bullet to get slumping Trashers in win column
P.Hodhod’s overtime winning goal capped a frantic comeback for a team that hasn’t tasted victory so far this season. In the extra period with the ball just inside the Bramabulls zone, the blistering slap shot gave no chance to G.Follano that saw the ball beat him short side. The Bramabulls had the better start winning the opening frame 2-0. Then, the SBS Trashers took over returning the favor with two straight tallies that eventually evened the score thanks to their captain E.Panzera. This encounter had somewhat of a see-saw effect. The Bramabulls looked sharp early on but weren’t able to hold on by the second only to regain their momentum by the final frame. With the win, the SBS Trashers are still in the hunt of capturing a playoff spot but it will require some more results.
Thursday March 2
Legacy (1) VS Icons (2)
Two evenly matched teams meet up.
The game saw two teams start battling right from the start as each team played to their strengths. As the second period started the Icons finally got on the board first scoring early in the period. Both teams continued their defensive game plan until C. Gringras scored an insurance marker with less than three minutes to go. J. Rochon was finally able to solve C. Stavriadis with a minute remaining in the game but the effort was a tiny bit to late.
Northstars (2) VS River Rats (6)
River Rats to strong to keep up with.
From the start of the game the River Rats were all over their counterparts. As the River Rats struck first scoring the first two goals of the game, but the Northstars replied right back cutting down the lead to one. The River Rats put their foot on the peddle and continued their offensive outpour by doubling up the score. M. Moukas help set up half of his team’s goals in the second period.
Left Wings (1) VS Icons (11)
Double header doesn’t affect Icons.
With their second game of the night for the Icon team, it was again all business for them. In this game their game plan was different as they showed their defensive game plan. The goals came in bunches as P. Karvouriaris was the most successful player scoring five goals and adding one assist. C. Stavriadis was once again solid for a second straight game allowing only one goal to G. Gaitanis.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Stavriadis of the Icons. The solid net minder was solid between the pipes for 90 minutes allowing two goals on fifty shots and accumulating six points for his club in the standings.
Wednesday March 1
(6)RBK Knights vs Gladiateurs(7)
M.Gelinas gets late power play hat trick, Gladiateurs hold off RBK Knights
M.Gelinas was at the right place at the right time. The RBK Knights battled back to level the game at six goals apiece but got caught taking an untimely penalty late in the game. It was at that point that M.Gelinas came through for a third time. The Gladiateurs’s forward netted his third goal and fourth point to hand the RBK Knights a devastating defeat. He did get help-from R.Vena, who set him up twice to match his line mates point production. This result keeps the RBK Knights in the cellar of the standings. While the offence is there, the RBK Knights need to find a way to help their net minder S.Sauk if they plan on getting some positive results.
(5)Black Venom vs Bolts(1)
Special teams shine in Black Venom’s 5-1 win over Bolts
Black Venom scored in every possible way to hand the struggling Bolts a 5-1 loss on Wednesday night. The night started bad for the Bolts when J.Chakir notched a shorthanded goal just prior to the end of the first period. Then, the Black Venom slowly continued their stride posting two unanswered markers to widen the gap. J.Meynard was close to a shutout up until D.Forgues got to the net minder later in the game. B.Deslauriers had a multi goal performance that included a very late power play goal.
(7)United Arms vs Primetime(5)
United Arms top Primetime to remain atop of F3 standings
While the score indicates a close game, this contest was anything but a tight battle. The United Arms pulled away as the game went on and led 6-2 before letting go of the gas pedal. Two out of the last three Primetime tallies came with under a minute remaining. G.Jerjian had two goals and A.Minassian, C.Fragkiudakis along with Y.Derohannessian each had three points. Despite the loss, Primetime worked their power play well getting two goals. E.Kavaldjian buried a pair while T.Sourias and G.Chountalos collected three points for Primetime.
(4)HC inter vs Spartans(5) O.T
Spartans beat HC Inter on S.Lavoie’s overtime winner
The HC Inter looked to have control of the situation when they nodded two early third period goals for a 4-3 lead. Then the Spartans returned the favour in a big way. T.Oliveira eventually tied the game which set up the sudden death winner by S.Lavoie. That goal was his second and fourth point of the game. Looking back, the HC Inter slipped on a big occasion when A.Franceschini bagged a shorthanded marker for the Spartans that snapped a 2-2 tie. The HC Inter did fight back from-there, but fell inches short of capturing the win. P-L Poirier has yet to slow down posting two goals in the loss.
(5)Horsemen vs Fat Cats(5) S.O
Fat Cats rally late to force shootout
P.Nadeau scored a power play goal with less than five minutes remaining to cut it to 4-3, and then J.Scalia riffled his clubs biggest goal minutes later to force the extra time. Prior to the rally, T.Karasek put the Horsemen in a steady position after bagging back to back goals early in the frame. Neither side got it done in overtime and in the shootout. However, S.Hrivnak did tally in the breakaways for the Fat Cats while T.Mader responded to even the score for the Horsemen. The Fat Cats are glad to have taken some points away-from a team with only one loss so far.
(6)Hellfish vs Reapers(3)
5 straight goals power the Hellfish past Reapers
The Hellfish scored five straight goals en route to a 6-3 double up victory over the Reapers. Three of those tallies came in the second half of the second period. The Hellfish scored twice with their man advantage that included one of two goals by F.Benhamadi. He didn’t find the back of the net but J.Roblin had plenty to do with the Hellfish’s goals production.The forward helped set up four different team mates. The Reapers also scored twice on the power play courtesy of T.Parr and A.Simon but struggled on their five on five game. The Hellfish just captured their fifth win in seven games and hold first place of the division tied with the United Arms.
(3)Latin Blue vs Les Raymonds(2) S.O
Latin Blue pull out 3-2 shootout win versus Raymonds
The offense was fairly limited as both goaltenders stole the spotlight in this contest. F.Vigliotti was stellar expect for one whole minute when M.Deninno and N.Richer-Bond scored late in the second period for Les Raymonds. On the other side of the court, A.Mancini was just as solid. P.Gomez and D.Ugaldez were the only two players to beat the lanky net minder. After a scoreless third period and overtime frame, both sides tried their luck in the shootout. The only success came-from G.Cerroni of Latin Blue. The forward came through notching the lone tally to give his club the slight edge. Les Raymonds managed to capture a key point against a team that started to get hot with three straight wins.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sebastien Lavoie of the Spartans. His two goals and two assists that included the overtime winner caused havoc all game long for the HC Inter.
Saturday March 4
(2)Reapers vs Les Raymonds(3)
M.Deninno scores twice as Les Raymonds top Reapers 3-2
Defenseman M.Deninno corralled the ball at centre court, and riffled a rocket top corner right behind net minder J.Blackman. Les Raymond’s quarter back highlighted a three goal outburst that included two tallies and one assist for a 3-0 lead. Then, it was the Reapers turn to take charge. The trailing side battled back netting two straight goals by PJ Gauthier and J.Arsenault to eventually pull within one. That left eight minutes for the equaliser which was more than enough time. Unfortunately, the defence tightened up and the goaltending remained sharp as J.Furtado made sure to protect his cage with caution. The win gives Les Raymonds an important three points as they are trying to avoid lingering in the cellar of the standings.
(7)United Arms vs RBK Knights(2)
Teams trending in opposite direction go the favourite’s way
The RBK Knights, who took it in the chin on Saturday afternoon, are starting to run out of time. Of course it didn’t help that they had to face off against a team that’s been very consistent all season long. But no matter who the opponent, it’s the end results that are required. The RBK Knights felt like they were playing in quick sand unable to generate much in the goal scoring department. The United Arms only got on board as of the second period, but once they did, there was no stopping them. Y.Derohannessian was the master mind behind it all. The swift forward carried the play resulting in one goal and four perfect passes. M.Yeramian is always a threat when he shoots, and today wasn’t any different as the veteran d-man blasted two behind the screened RBK Knights net minder. This loss forces the RBK Knights to capture points in at least two out of their three games remaining.