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.