Monday September 17 (Division 1 final)
Hustlers, kings of the 4vs4 division claim second straight title
The defending champions provided an emphatic and reminder of what makes them such a difficult out in a two game sweep of the Punishers. By neutralising a pair of top guns while relying on a deep bench, the Punishers had no answers on what to do. E.Girouard, perhaps the key component in game one struck twice only two minutes apart right before their top 42 best player of all time sealed it with an insurance marker. In hopes of trying to bounce back in the series, game two was a similar reflection of the first encounter. Again, the Hustlers dictated the terms and pace with loads of ball possession. In this particular match, a random forward benefited three times en route to a 4-2 win. It's what came to be expected-from a team that has no weaknesses in their overall game. From-their offensive threats to their quarter back defensemen's, and not to forget C.Stavriaidis guarding the cage, teams realise that they need two perfect games in order to take down the Hustlers. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotouplous, Steve Govas and the many other veterans who had yet to slow down and miss a beat for claiming a second straight title.
(3)Hustlers vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(2)Punishers vs Hustlers(4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Girouard of the Hustlers. By getting his two quick goals in game one, the Hustlers went on top and never looked back to claim themselves another championship....
Monday September 17(Division 2 final)
Carmoni rejoice While Corporation fall in anguish
One detail was all it took between winning and losing on Monday night. After taking command of the series with a 4-3 win, the Corporation brought themselves that much closer to glory. It was in game two that things went crazy for the two sides. Both teams traded two first period goals before ending regulation time in a frantic finish. By exchanging three goals each, a shootout was now required to see if the Corporation would end their journey or if Les Carmoni would be able to extend their season. It took six rounds of breakaways before anything was decided. G.DeMarinis was the first player to finally score and put the Corporation up in front which forced M.Baccari to respond in order to keep his team alive. And not to disappoint, Baccari kept Les Carmoni on life support and shortly took it when J.Pantelis missed for the Corporation while L-C Desmarais was able to win it for Les Carmoni. Still, nothing was set in stone for the two teams, who now had no choice to play their best 12 minutes hockey. With so much on the line at this point, Les Carmoni managed to take three leads in game three to hold on to a nail biting 3-2 victory. This time, D.Desmarais was the clutch performer as the skilled forward snapped a 2-2 tie that would ultimately hold up. If there is one thing that Les Carmoni showed during their playoff run, is their ability to fight and battle until the very end. Their resilience got the better of Les Reds that also went into a game three match while doing the same to the Corporation. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Martin Croteau and Les Carmoni for taking the Division 2 title.
(4)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 1
(7)Les Carmoni vs The Corporation (6) S.O Game 2
(2)The Corporation vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Philippe Corbin of Les Carmoni. There were many times in all three games that the net minder kept it close by making a few big saves. With that, Les Carmoni eventually got their timely goals and did just enough to edge out the Corporation in what was an extremely close series....
Monday September 17(Division 3 Semi finals)
J-R Lemay and the Chic Choc get one step closer to glory
The Chic Choc identity is quite simple. With J-R Lemay being their top gun combined with a solid supporting cast and not to forget F.Peloquin occupying the net, the 1 Timer fell short in both their games. Lemay scored all three goals in game one en route to a 3-1 win while setting up both E.Gacem and S.Scott in the second encounter for a tight 2-1 decision. The 1 Timer never had the opportunity to play with the lead. Their limited offense saw only K.Gagne and C-T Perrault take care of the scoring. Unfortunately they weren't able to have M.Charpentier and an injured P-A Surprenant that were out of the line up. But regardless the missing pieces, the Chic Choc showed plenty of determination and an overall deep commitment to get the job done.
(1)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(3) Game 1
(2)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer(1) Game 2
Vitamin C rolls waves of pressure to over through Degenerates
All it took was an aggressive man on man coverage along with a solid for check for the Vitamin C on Monday night. They knew that things would work out rolling three lines versus a sometimes slower and more tied Degenerates side. That kind of pressure will only do well in the end. The Vitamin C got some balanced scoring in game one as they did in a tighter game two to sweep the series. Perhaps their key component was their net minder. S.Sauk, although wasn't entirely busy, still came up big with key saves to keep his club in front. J.Macchiagodena had a productive night collecting two helpers in game one while adding two points in game two that included the winner.
(1)Degenerates vs Vitamin C (5) Game 1
(3)Vitamin C vs Degenerates (2) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-R Lemay of the Chic Choc. The deadly forward participated in all five goals for his club that led to a pair of victories and a ticket to the final.
The Division 3 is now down to only two teams. The Vitamin C and the Chic Choc have one more road to cross in hopes of reaching their goal. In many ways the two sides are quite similar. Both teams have the bodies, the goaltending and a disciplined man on man game plan. If there is one slight edge, the Chic Choc have it in J-R Lemay. It will be up to the Vitamin C to adjust and be cautious of perhaps the most dangerous player on the court....
Wednesday September 12( D Final)
(4)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(1) Game 1
HBHA Masters no match for Punishers in game 1
Now that the Punishers reached this stage of the season, their goal was quite clear for what they were playing for. This statement result might have been to themselves more than the HBHA Masters, who will be searching for answers heading into game two. The Punishers looked calm and in control, confident knowing that they were the better of the two sides. After carrying a 2-1 lead into the final fifteen minutes of play, A.Dayan secured the first chapter by posting two big goals. While everything went fine for the Punishers, the HBHA Masters looked sluggish and out of sync. Their chances were few and far between. The first time they found the back of the net came very late in the second period courtesy of T.Bozinakis. Apart-from that, the HBHA Masters saw their offense remain dry. With game one out of the way, the challenge for the Punishers will be to do the same which might not be easy against a side that has the body count and experience to bounce back.
Poised HBHA Masters 37+ live another day
(5)HBHA Masters 37+ vs Punishers (1) Game 2
After sitting out in their previous match, C.Stavriadis felt the pressure to help rebound his team in the series. The good news was that Stavriadis was adamant that he would do so to force a third and deciding game. However, he did need some help up front after his club scored all but one goal so far. This time, the HBHA Masters found their touch torching N.Mackeen with three first period goals to finally get some control in the series. J.Bolanakis once again came through in time of need riffling his clubs first two goals of the contest. By grabbing a 3-1 lead after only fifteen minutes, the HBHA Masters beared down and made things extremely difficult for the Punishers. Just like the HBHA Masters were stuck finding ways to score in the previous match, the Punishers felt that same helpless feeling. Still, nothing was official after this contest, but perhaps the momentum may have favoured the HBHA Masters heading into game three.
A.Stamiris breaks Punishers hearts in sudden death overtime, HBHA Masters 37+ crowned winners
(1)Punishers vs HBHA Masters 37+(2) Game 3
Game three's are always hard to win. They become even harder when two very good teams face off against one another. But that's the situation that the Punishers and the HBHA Masters 37 + put themselves in. With the pressure being too great, and with the ball being round for the two teams, anything can happen at any point, especially in a sudden death period. For A.Stamiris, the dream of scoring the game winner came true. The d-man found himself rushing down his off wing to riffle perhaps his most important wrist shot that ultimately decided the series. The game was played cautious with both teams trading one goal apiece. Neither side was concerned with the goaltenders as they have been relied on throughout the series. Anytime these situations occur, anything can happen. What makes this victory even more gratifying is that the HBHA Masters dragged themselves out of a couple difficult moments, dating back to last week's semi final match with the Fat Cats. In addition to everything they have achieved so far, this is a first good step heading into the World Masters championships held in Bermuda. Preparation often comes into play with success. J.Kontitsis, had his plate full making plenty of key decisions considering how many players he had under his wing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to the captain, his assistants, and the rest of the HBHA Masters 37+ for getting it done.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrew Stamiris of the HBHA Masters 37+. When looking back at how epic this battle was between two rivals, everyone will continue to remember A.Stamiris's overtime goal that determined the series....
Wednesday September 12 (F Final)
(3)Winter Soldiers vs Hellfish(2) Game 1
C.Kakivelis hurts Hellfish with late winner
This opening contest had all the elements of a playoff game. With so much on the line, there was no doubt that it lived up to the hype. The building had an additional buzz to it even before the ball dropped. Following a scoreless first period, both teams did much of their scoring by the second. The Hellfish capitalised twice on the power play with goals-from J.Crivello and M.Zitella while A.Kakivelis and D.Landucci found the back of the net for the Winter Soldiers. Still, the game was tied and up for grabs. It wasn't up until the twelve minute mark of the third period that this match got settled. K.Kakivelis played the hero to snap the tie and provide a crucial 1-0 series lead.
(4)Hellfish vs Winter Soldiers (7) Game 2
Winter Soldiers break out in third period to claim F Wednesday Championship
Even if everything didn't go right for two periods, the Winter Soldiers needed only one to claim the F Wednesday night title. The onslaught began as of the four minute mark of the final frame. C.Kakivelis had already scored early in the second before starting the trend by the third with his second of the contest. Then, only one minute later, and perhaps the deflating goal of the series, A.Chewinsky threw the ball toward the net-from centre court that somehow found its way behind B.Verducci. The Winter Soldiers knew from-that point on the series was there's. D.Landucci added two insurance markers for good measure. Perhaps, the only bad sequence the Hellfish played in the entire series occurred in the final frame of this match. Apart-from that, they kept it close and nearly had it if it wasn't for A.Bitsakis. The net minder was square to his net and played very sound goaltending to help lead his club through both games. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, Congratulations go out to Chris Marinakis and the rest of the Winter Soldiers for capturing the F Wednesday division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. In both their wins, Kakivelis was instrumental netting the winner in game one while notching a pair at key moments of game two....
Sunday September 9 (Final)
(3)Lynx vs HC Mutts(1) Game 1
Lynx set tone, draw first blood to open series
An average defensive and offensive performance, and an impressive game- from S.Catalano doomed the HC Mutts in game one. The tone was set fairly early for the Lynx, who scored once in every period. At no point were the HC Mutts able to regroup bagging their only marker late in the game. J.Lang used an early power play goal to ramp up his teammates. D.Zabitsky and P.Stroubakis also went on to score while S.Catalano was only two minutes and change-from recording a shutout. The Lynx played a prototypical playoff style game to put themselves in the driver's seat for game two. They got just enough scoring while relying heavily on a tight defence along with their net minder stealing the show.
(6)HC Mutts vs Lynx(7) S.O Game 2
Shootout drama favours Lynx, winners of E Sunday division
With J.Proulx scoring late to tie the game, the Lynx got their opportunity to finish it off in a shootout. M.Barone was able to score the decisive goal to secure the match and ultimately the championship. The Lynx appeared to look fine early on netting two unanswered goals in the first period but that all changed in a very short span. It took less than two minutes in the second period for the HC Mutts to finally break out of a dry spell. Three different players scored during that span and all of a sudden the momentum shifted the other way. The only problem for the HC Mutts was that they couldn't build on it with so much time left over. Eventually, the Lynx would regroup in the third where they finished strong winning the frame 3-2. Still, nothing was decided by that point but the pressure was definitely on the HC Mutts to prevail. Unfortunately, by scoring only once while allowing two shootout markers, the HC Mutts missed out on an opportunity to challenge the Lynx in a game three. Both these teams entered the night with high hopes and expectations knowing that they had the elements to take it all. However, with room for only one winner, the Lynx did just enough in game one to edge out a difficult opponent. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of the Lynx for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. After a brilliant opening game allowing only one goal late in the match, the Lynx net minder won a huge shootout battle in game two to secure the E Sunday division title....
Thursday September 6 (E1 Final)
(5)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard (3) S.O Game 1
Bramabulls slip past JLR Brossard in shootout
C.Muccino held off a pair of shootout attempts while M.Testolina and J.Palimitano got it right in the breakaways to secure an important game one of the series. The Bramabulls had to deal with the frustrations of seeing their slight lead replied every single time. The game was pretty even throughout the three periods that suggested this contest would only be decided in extra time. Both sides saw different players score having almost no choice to rely on a collective effort. Since the Bramabulls like to roll three solid lines, the JLR Brossard may have perhaps been stuck with a bigger problem knowing that they would need two in a row to get it done.
(10)JLR Brossard vs Bramabulls(8) Game 2
N.Goncalves 4 goals propels JLR Brossard to even the series
Even though the final score suggests that this was an all star game, neither player and especially the net minders had any fun with this particular contest. With defence thrown out the window, G.Follano and P.Assadi would pay the price in the end. But as bad as it was for Assadi, this is one rare time that he didn't mind knowing that it was just the result that mattered in the end. The JLR Brossard gave themselves a glorious chance in an ensuing 15 minute mini game to claim the title. N.Goncalves and G.Pisanelli had a field day combining for seven goals. Now that the JLR Brossard got their wheels going, would they be able to continue the pace in their most important game of the season?
(4)Bramabulls vs JLR Brossard(0) Game 3
Grinding effect came into play, Bramabulls out work JLR Brossard to claim another title
G.Follano was able to bounce back, and the Bramabulls did the right thing by striking first. The JLR Brossard had almost no choice to get on board first in order to have a chance. By rolling only two lines after playing two full games, it showed that fatigue clearly affected one team more than the other. The Bramabulls smelled blood once J.Palmitano opened the scoring. His line involving D.Verta and M.Testolina where involved in all four goals combining for seven points. A.DiPerna, even though kept the right collection of players together, the captain understood what it took to win. The commitment to rolling three lines while alternating two goaltenders in a marathon of games, are just two details that sometimes makes a difference between winning and losing. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to A.DiPerna and the Bramabulls for repeating.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony DiPerna. Decision making is a big element to success. The Bramabulls leader made plenty of them and they all paid off leading to another championship....
Thursday September 6 (E2 Final)
(4)Mighty Drunks vs Les Rouuuges(6) S.O Game1
F.Nasser and A.Henein power Rouuuges in big shootout win
With game one so important, Les Rouuuges got their feet that much closer to taking it all. They would have gotten it done in regulation time, but penalty issues would stood in their way.Three out of the four goals that they gave up, all came on the Mighty Drunks power play. That was one area that Les Rouuuges had no answers for. As for the rest, they showed that they had the slight edge winning lots of battles while limiting dangerous scoring chances. However, it did still take a breakaway competition in order to get it done. P.Turturici felt confident that no one was beating him while N.Nasser and A.Henein took care of the goal scoring securing a significant game one.
(5)Les Rouuuges vs Mighty Drunks(3) Game 2
Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges hoist E2 division trophy
It's not something that comes easy, but Les Rouuuges felt confident that it was theirs in the end. N.Zahabi's shorthanded goal early in the game was perhaps an indication of where this series was headed. A.Guillaume doubled the advance, and added his second before the Mighty Drunks finally got on board. Even though there was plenty of time left over, Les Rouuuges may have confirmed it when posting two late markers prior to the second period. The Mighty Drunks did attempt a final push knowing that their season was on the line, but the damage had already been done. As time was winding down to its final seconds, the bench cleared as Les Rouuuges went on to celebrate a deserving championship. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Joseph Constantin and Les Rouuuges for capturing the E2 Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alexandre Guillaume of Les Rouuuges. His back to back tallies in game two pretty much summed it up enabling his club to finish off a very successful night....
Monday May 7 (Finals)
(3)P-Ball vs Red Lite(4) O.T Game 3
K.Kuczmarski bats in a beauty to close out series, Red Lite crowned Champions
Trailing by three goals after an ugly first period, the P-Ball rallied to tie the game 4-4 only to see it vanish by overtime. Even though the push was great for the P-Ball, it just wasn't good enough in the end. The sudden death frame was only two minutes old when K.Kuczmarki's incredible eye hand coordination came into play. The Red Lite forward made something that looks so difficult so incredibly easy by batting the ball right past P-O Girouard. Prior to the goal, J.Gagne will be wondering for a while how he missed two golden opportunities to extend the series. The P-Ball captain wasted no time-from the overtime face off creating two very good chances for himself only to get denied twice by C.Lantin. This was the first of three games that could have easily gone either way. Unfortunately for the P-Ball, they didn't get that extra break necessary to make a series of it. Red Lite did the right thing by getting the better start which only put the pressure on their opponents to respond. They got scoring efforts-from five different players that included a sweet back hand breakaway goal-from J.Daoust. In the end, like good teams often do, they find ways to win. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Carl Ghilarducci and Red Lite for adding more hardware to their already full trophy cases.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of Red Lite. By using his instincts and hand eye coordination, the Red Lite forward batted the series winning goal only two minutes into overtime....
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