Wednesday December 19(F1 final)
(8)Underdogs vs Fat Cats(5) Game 1
Late push not enough as Underdogs down Fat Cats
Getting the ball rolling by the third period just wasn't good enough for the Fat Cats. This game was arguably decided by the second period where the Underdogs outplayed and out battled their opponent for a 5-3 lead. Then, just to make matters worse, M-A Haber notched his second early in the third period with a deflating goal. Despite the bad sequence of event, the Fat Cats weren't throwing the towel just yet. G.Bampos and M.Elfassy did respond with back to back tallies to pull their club within one. However, time was running out and the Fat Cats were forced to pull G.Sangiovanni for the extra attacker only to see two empty net goals go against them. The win also came with the help of E.Salhany's two markers that included back to back tallies at key moments of the game.
(4)Fat Cats vs Underdogs (6) S.O Game 2
Underdogs rally to stun Fat Cats and claim F1 division title
Up 4-2 after two periods, the Fat Cats seemed destined to even the series with the Underdogs. But being up against a resilient hockey team like the Underdogs, nothing is finished until the final buzzer rings. The Fat Cats thought they had their opponent on the ropes until a power play goal by E.Salhany and an even strength-marker from N.Zahabi flipped the script. Still, the mission wasn't accomplished yet as a shootout was looming to see if the Fat Cats would extend the series or if the Underdogs could have stamped it on a victory. Often those scenarios come down to a coin toss but the Underdogs felt something special brewing instead. By sending three of their finest players to take the breakaways, E.Salhany rode his hot hand once more while M-A Haber followed up after setting up all four goals during the game. Unfortunately for the Fat Cats, they just couldn't figure out C.Malkoun, who had to deny only two attempts. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Joseph Constantin and the Underdogs for achieving a remarkable feat.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mark Anthony Haber. The crafty forward had plenty of offensive out put throughout both games. After scoring twice in game one that included the winner, Haber went on to set up all four goals in game two while providing a shootout marker that ultimately sealed the series.