Wednesday February 19
(5)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks(4)
G.Valente ,Carnage end Mighty Drunks winning streak
Carnage knew that they would need contributions from everyone in order to defeat the red hot Mighty Drunks. G.Valente was unreal making a lot of big plays that resulted in four points that included a clutch winner late in the game. This contest was only decided towards the end with Carnage striking twice in only 90 seconds. Valente’s winner came on the power play after Y.Dube was caught for a tripping call. As bad as he may have felt, Y.Dube was also a big reason why this game remained close as the forward buried two out of the Mighty Drunks four goals.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Knights(4)
Screaming Eagles edge out Knights for first win of season
M.Sangiovanni and the Screaming Eagles were determined to not let this one slip away. After falling behind three times, the Screaming Eagles never let up and continued to put the pressure on the Knights. There first lead only occurred as of the five minute mark of the third period when S.Patel snapped a 3-3 tie. It didn’t take long for the F.Bchara to respond with his second for the Knights which levelled the game for a fourth time. The Screaming Eagles played their best hockey of the season in the third period and know that they need to put out a full 45 minute effort in order to get some decent results.
(3)AREZ vs Left Wings(6)
Left Wings pair goals in every frame for double up win over AREZ
The Left Wings certainly didn’t make it easy for the AREZ with their smart style of play on Wednesday night. They jumped on board early with a pair of strong shifts that ended with G.Gaitanis and A.Perrault finding the back of the net. Clearly, that deficit put the AREZ in massive bind having to play with a way shorter bench. They did eventually create some offense when E.Salhany set up all three goals that saw E.El Kareh benefit twice, but the damage had already been done. M.Papagiannakis scored twice in the victory and J.Adamou was credited the winner.
(3)Armadillos vs Fat Roy(5)
Early defensive lapses cost Armadillos vs Fat Roy
Well, that didn’t take long. The Fat Roy made their shots count against the Armadillos scoring five straight times before the two minute mark of the second period. D.Lombardi got things started off for the Fat Roy riffling back to back tallies for a 2-0 lead. For the Armadillos, it was as bad as it gets for a team that prides themselves defensively. They gave up the ball too many times, and in doing so saw their goalie out to dry. Credit to Fat Roy, who came wave after wave wreaking havoc with their speed which resulted in five quick goals. The Armadillos did show some push back after an embarrassing start. The games next three tallies did belong to them but couldn’t reach their destination in time.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gianluca Valente of Carnage. The forward was dynamic on this night, delivering a four point performance that included a huge power play goal to decide the outcome late in the game.
Thursday February 20
(3)Buckshots vs Fitforce Phoenix(6)
Buckshots finally understand what it feels like to lose
The Buckshots came back to earth on Thursday night. The hottest team of the E division rolled into tracking down another massive winning streak, but the desperate Fitforce Phoenix were having none of it. So, rather than the joy of five, the Buckshots suffered the agony of defeat. It became evident fairly early that the Fitforce Phoenix were the more urgent of the two teams. They ran up the score in the first period to 3-0, and never fell behind despite a push back from the Buckshots. The win came courtesy of an overall team effort with six different players finding the back of the net. A.Sayed was credited the winner, and M.St-Laurent was sharp limiting a power house offense to only three goals.
(6)Toyota Candiac vs Fatal Demons(2)
Fatal Demons couldn’t break the Toyota Candiac trap
After falling behind early versus a depleted line up, the Fatal Demons were stuck going up against a masterful trap by the Toyota Candiac. One of the major key factors in tonight’s game was to score first. Teams play different with the lead and when they have to chase the game. This was an ideal situation for a team that had only one change up to their bench. The Toyota Candiac had the luxury to go into lock down mode which clearly frustrated their opponent. The Fatal Demons barely had an inch to generate quality chances, something that P.Assadi was glad to see in front of him. P.Corbin, M.Croteau and R.Fortin-Lamothe did all of the scoring as the three players shared two goals apiece. On the flip side of the court, A.Zarzour was the only player to beat P.Assadi ,who was stellar between the pipes despite facing only 14 shots.
(10)Horsemen vs Underdogs(0)
Underdogs stuck facing the inevitable
It was a strong and decent first period for the Underdogs, but how long could it have lasted having barely any players to change with. The answer to that came as early as the second period. The Horsemen found their touch, and in doing so went on a rampage igniting five goals in only five minutes. That short sequence was all it took for this match to be decided. The Underdogs were stuck enduring an inevitable defeat unable to really generate much. E.Caccavale scored once in every frame to earn a hat trick while S.Giannakis, M.Kardum and P.Sidhom each chipped in with a pair. Even though he didn’t score out of his clubs ten goals, V.Pandza helped set up half of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Martin St-Laurent of the Fitforce Phoenix. Many things need to go right in order to defeat the Buckshots, especially goaltending. M.St-Laurent was a major reason why his club prevailed in the end, making enough brilliant saves that enabled his team to play with the lead.
Tuesday February 18
(4)Black Knights vs GK(0)
F.Gagnon superb in Black Knights shutout victory
The biggest rival in ball hockey took place on Tuesday night with the Black Knights winning 4-0 shutting down the high powered offensive machine of the GK. In an encounter that was supposed to be about the attacking flair of the GK side overwhelming the defensive core of the Black Knights, it was in fact F.Gagnon the difference maker. It says something when your net minder earns a clean sheet against a high octane offense. However, the Black Knights knew that it would take more than goaltending in order to keep the GK at bay. With both teams playing extremely well on the defensive side of the ball, it was only a matter of time before an opportunity would end up in one of the two nets. Unfortunately for the GK, it wound up being their net and the Black Knights were able to take a 1-0 lead thanks to M.Cerrone. The next goal proved to be crucial with J-P Moquin doubling the lead. Still, time wasn’t a factor just yet and the GK upped the pressure late in the game in hopes of a response. However , the Black Knights did an excellent job closing down the passing lanes and eventually iced the game on a pair of empty net goals. J-F DiIorio and M.Dettore each fed the yawning cage and F.Gagnon turned aside 15 shots to earn a shutout. In addition to F.Gagnon ‘s brilliant performance between the pipes, J.Lulic was a force on defense, controlling much of the play while breaking them up at the same time. The last time these two rivals met was in the summer season 2019 final where the Black Knights won the best of three series two games to one crowning them provincial champions that gave them a spot at the 2020 National championship in August in Calgary Alberta. The other spot belongs to the GK, who won the National championship last July 2019 over the Black Knights in the final.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. It didn’t matter what the GK threw at F.Gagnon on Tuesday night. The net minder was outstanding turning aside every shot he faced in order to earn a shutout.
Monday February 17
M.Thakaa’s late marker settles the score for the Ice Breakers
The Ice Breakers needed M.Thaka’s goal with two minutes remaining in the second game to level the mini series with the Excalibur. After dropping their earlier game, the Ice Breakers found their scoring touch winning a wild second period that barley edged out their opponent. Four different players chipped in with goals while S.Ruggiero scored twice in the loss as part of a three goal night. S.Sauk faced 13 shots in the opening contest allowing only A.Tachejian to get the better of him. Throughout the first three periods, the Excalibur played sound defensively conceding only two tallies. It was by the final frame where they side tracked from their game plan enabling the Ice Breakers to break through and erupt with three goals.
(4)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers(1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur(3)
Orient surge with authority after dropping first game versus Yables
Clearly ,the Orient were dialled up after a disappointing loss to Les Yables. Actually, so dialled up that Les Yables had no clue what hit them. The Orient responded in a massive way netting five first period markers to take immediate control of the match. It showed from the start that they meant business. M.Morin hit it off early while setting up two goals, and A.Farha was the mastermind behind setting up three tallies that saw F.Nasser benefit twice. The first encounter had a different story line with Les Yables limiting the Orient’s scoring chances. J-F Simard stopped 17 of 18 shots and D.Marcotte snapped a 1-1 second period tie on a tally that held up for the winner.
(3)Les Yables vs Orient(1)
(5)Orient vs Les Yables(3)
Classics shake off some rust heading into second encounter
The Classics timing was off on Monday night, at least in the first period where they looked sluggish falling behind by two goals. However, credit must be given to Les Immigrant, and especially C.Khesiafy who notched both tallies with feeds coming from A.Addante. Although the Classics fought back to cut the lead in half, it just wasn’t enough as they kept hitting a wall in M.Chamoun. The second contest saw a very different Classics team in their approach. By shaking off their rust, the Classics had new life and it showed right away when M.Destounis struck only a minute into the game. The expectations from the Classis were nothing less than a positive result. After grabbing a 3-2 lead heading into the final stretch, A.Zarzour still had plenty in the tank posting his second goal and third point of the match. Then, just to put the cherry on top, P.Gervasi made a brilliant move to flip the ball over the defensemen’s stick before finishing it off on a wicked wrist shot. That was the veteran defensemen’s third point as well.
(3)Les Immigrant vs The Classics(1)
(5)The Classics vs Les Immigrant(2)
1 Timer, content with split versus LG HC
The 1 Timer did exactly what they set out to do by splitting their night with the LG HC. M.Carpentier set the tone with two first period goals, and P-A Surprenant had a dominant second frame striking once while setting up T.Daigneault for the winner. Naturally, the 1 Timer had it in mind to duplicate their efforts in the ensuing match. However, a team like the LG HC will often regroup and adjust when things don’t go there way. Proof of that came as early as the first seven minute where they stormed out with three straight markers. Leading the charge was J.Rochon, who netted back to back tallies and E.Girouard, who helped set up all three goals. The 1 Timer knew it was going to be tough but still managed to put up a good challenge. Both their tallies came on the special teams with T.Daigneault scoring shorthanded and K.Boucher riffling a power play goal.
(4)1 Timer vs LG HC(3)
(4)LG HC vs 1 timer(2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Christopher Khesiafy of the Immigrant. Out of his clubs five goals, Khesiafy bagged four of them, and was an instrumental piece to the puzzle why Les Immigrant were able to take down the Classics in one of their two games.
Thursday February 13
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs(11)
Chiefs overcome slow start in important win versus Brewers
The first ten minute Chiefs looked like a team that had nothing to play for as the Brewers stormed out of the gate bagging three straight goals. Despite their slow start however, sometimes a team just needs a kick start to get things going. Once D.Bellito struck to get the Chiefs on board, the snow ball effect was in motion. The Chiefs couldn’t have played a better second period than the way they did on this night. They notched five unanswered goals with scoring efforts coming from different players, and looked like a team that couldn’t be stopped for how well they moved the ball. This result came as a good character victory for a team still in search of their first win of the season, and what better way than to do it by overcoming a 3-0 deficit. A.Zarzour was simply masterful collecting six points that included a hat trick.
Friday February 14
(2)Devil Dawgz vs National(10)
National get the ball rolling early, netting 4 in the first period alone
National wasted no time taking a hefty lead in Friday nights contest against the Devil Dawgz, potting four goals in the first period alone. But they didn’t stop there adding two more by the second before running away with it in the third. It was their captain that got things started. After setting up O.Meilleur only three minutes in, M.Pinheiro buried two in a row extending the lead by three in no time. The Devil Dawgz couldn’t have asked for a worse case scenario. With only three changes to their bench, the game plan was thrown out the window as they were stuck playing from a deep deficit rather than keeping it close for as long as possible.
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors(4)
Family, not making it easy for anyone they meet
The belief here is that the HBHA Seniors are better than pretty much most teams of the two divisions. But judging from tonight’s match up between the Family and the HBHA Seniors, the gap between these two teams was miniscule. It was definitely another solid effort from the Family. After finding themselves down 2-0 heading into the third period, M.Braun and L.Cannistrano capitalised in less than two minutes to draw even. However, the HBHA Seniors were able to respond only minutes later when M.Destounis snapped the tie. P.Doulis would add an insurance marker and the HBHA Seniors needed a full 45 minute effort in order to defeat a team they thought would have been easy.
(3)Bramabulls vs Pylons(5)
Third period power play goals propel Pylons past Bramabulls
Sometimes you just need to click on your special teams in order o get things done. The Pylons did just that in the third period where they notched two power play goals after the two sides played to a deadlock tie. Naturally ,T.Settino would have his hand in it, snapping the 2-2 tie early in the frame. It took only a minute and change from that point on for Settino to complete his hat trick. The Bramabulls fell behind twice but managed to respond both times before hitting penalty problems. S.Ruggiero must have taken nearly 30 shot attempts throughout the entire contest for the Bramabulls that had one find its way past O.Caillet. If not for the Pylons goaltending, this game would have belonged to the Bramabulls. O.Caillet was sharp and busy making plenty of saves to keep the game close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Olivier Caillet of the Pylons. Clearly, the net minder was a big reason why the Pylons edged out the Bramabulls. Caillet was very busy but barley flinched enabling the Pylons to play with the lead for most of the night.
Wednesday February 12
(4)Bad Habits vs Mighty Drunks(9)
High quality effort keeps Mighty Drunks going strong
The Mighty Drunks continued their winning streak on Wednesday night by handing the Bad Habits a 9-4 loss. The one area that’s helped the Mighty Drunks success so far this season is their ability to score goals. They’ve already reached 38 goals for in only four games while conceding only twelve. Remarkably, they did it without a pair of key guns out of their line up. Instead, M.Guibault took the torch and was absolutely dynamite riffling four markers and three assists. For two straight periods, the Bad Habits weren’t out of it trailing only 5-3. It was only by the third period that the game tilted in one direction.
(3)Fat Roy vs Left Wings(6)
Left wings ride special teams in double up win over Fat Roy
Whether they were a man up or a man down, the Left Wings scored in every possible way .Two of their six goals came with the man advantage while their most important one perhaps came with a man short. F.Bolduc used a second period shorthanded tally that would eventually stand as the game winner. The fact that the Left Wings special teams were so sharp speaks in many ways why they occupy top seed of the D division. In addition to their overall success, the Left Wings demonstrated that they don’t need to rely on anyone in particular, especially when the scoring came from six different players. A.Perrault and R.Morne, although didn’t find the back of the net, created plenty of offense as both players shared three helpers each.
(4)Knights vs Horsemen(7)
Knights battle back only to fall apart in third period
During an eye opening second period stretch, the Knights put themselves back on track after falling behind 3-1 to the Horsemen. Unfortunately, it was all over shadowed as the Horsemen took over winning a decisive frame. It was clear the Knights weren’t focused heading into the third period, especially by not paying attention to some key players. The Horsemen saw their top guns continue their offensive onslaught after going dry in the second period. P.Sidhom was lights out bagging four goals, M.Kardum chipped in with a pair, and A.Gerontzos along with his captain V.Pandza contributed collecting three points each.
(2)Fitforce Phoenix vs AREZ(3) O.T
E.Salhany scores in overtime for AREZ’s first lead of the game
The Fitforce Phoenix had a promising start to the night when A.Saleh scored shorthanded. However, C.Kheriaty did tie things up only minutes later. The second period saw both teams continue a tight checking game with neither side able to snap the tie. Eventually, something was to give and that’s when Ali Khanafer regained the lead for the Fitforce Phoenix courtesy of a power ply goal. Even though it was only a slight lead, the Fitforce Phoenix figured the three points to the standings were likely for how well they defended and for how good M.St-Laurnet was performing in net. But for a second straight time, the AREZ showed their resilience and benefited when E.El-Kareh evened the score. From there, both sides went the extra distance where the game was ultimately decided in overtime. The Fitforce Phoenix weren’t able to contain one area of their game, and that was their discipline. After taking their fifth penalty, the inevitable happened when E.Salhany struck in overtime for AREZ.
(9)Buckshots vs Underdogs(1)
Buckshots law down the hammer for a forth straight win
The Buckshots put forth another convincing win on Wednesday night. This time, the Underdogs fell victims going up against a team rolling on all cylinders. N.Kokovidis paced the Buckshots offensive charge by setting up his clubs first three goals of the game. Naturally, the Buckshots would get balanced scoring from all their top players. A.Kounadis and M.Destounis each scored twice and G.Follano allowed his only tally early in the third period where O.Bourgeois scored shorthanded .Most of the damage was caused in the second period alone where the Buckshots ignited five unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Peter Sidhom of the Horsemen. There was no doubt the Horsemen’s forward was unstoppable on Wednesday night. With the game deadlocked after two periods, Sidhom was just getting started finishing off an impressive night with fours goals and two assists.
Thursday February 12
(6)Carnage vs Bulldogs(7)
Bulldogs overcome slow start to edge out Carnage
It wasn’t the start the Bulldogs hoped for but they still managed to escape the opening frame up 3-2. G.Valente put Carnage in front twice during that stretch before X.Clement had the final saw to put the Bulldogs in front 3-2.It was clear from that point on the Bulldogs found their game as they never faltered their lead. However, that didn’t stop Carnage from pulling themselves within one after falling behind on two occasions by a pair of goals. J.DeMarco showcased his hard work in the third period for Carnage by netting two markers to make things very interesting with less than 30 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, time wasn’t a luxury they had despite nearly scoring after a lose scramble in front of the Bulldogs net. J.Pace’s third period tally for the Bulldogs held up for the winner. In addition to that important goal, M.Turgeon helped lead the way by scoring twice while providing a helper.
(8)Armadillos vs Bramabulls(6)
Furious third period comeback falls short for Bramabulls
The Bramabulls chipped a seven goal deficit to only two goals, but the Armadillos were able to hold back the rally and hang on to an 8-6 victory. For two straight periods, it was all Armadillos as their confidence kept building on. They trusted their game plan and executed it perfectly that saw eight different players take turns finding the back of the net. The lead was so lopsided after two periods that this game seemingly was headed for a ten goal mercy. However, the Bramabulls didn’t panic and methodically trimmed the lead to only two goals before it was said and done. The comeback effort was led by J.Mandracchia, who seems to get better as the games go on. The forward went on another third period tear where he struck three times for a hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Turgeon of the Bulldogs. In what was a wild game versus Carnage, Turgeon was vital for the win posting two key goals and an assist.
Tuesday February 11
(9)GK vs Punishers(2)
GK shine again in lopsided victory
Right out of the gate, it was the GK in control of the game with the strong play of their top players putting the Punishers immediately on its heels. The early pressure forced the Punishers to find solutions but they quickly realized there weren't any answers. It wasn't like they could have focused on a threatening player or two as four different GK players scored before the period ended. You never want to fall in a deep hole that early on in a game, let alone versus the GK. Eventually, the Punishers did get on board striking twice in the second period, but were no where close to making a game of it. The GK simply controlled the pace riding a comfortable lead while using the clock in their advantage. M-A Trudeau, Trung Pham and S.Provencal each converted twice on their scoring chances.
(4)Montreal As vs Capitals(0)
M.Patulli hat trick helps lift Montreal As to shutout win over Capitals
M.Patulli's season debut showed a ton of promise for what is to come for the Montreal As rest of the season. The first couple of periods laid the ground work for a tremendous back and forth game which saw J.Richer allow his second goal late in the second period while C.Ratcheff remained flawless denying every shot his way. The Capitals attempted to battle back into the game but were stuck dealing with the same problem throughout the entire night, the inability to penetrate the Montreal As defense along with their last line of defense. While that was a major component for the Montreal As success, M.Patulli would also make himself a big part of the story by netting three out of his clubs four goals.
(6)Black Knights vs Bengals HC(4)
J.Gagne sets the tone early for the Black Knights
J.Gagne needed less than twelve minutes into the first period to record three points that included a pair of goals. The Black Knights were off to another great start to their night. By grabbing their 3-0 lead, the Bengals HC had to re construct their game plan if they hoped to remain competitive. But sometimes momentum can be a funny thing, and just when the Black Knights thought they seized control of the game, the Bengals HC would surge to narrow the margin by one. Down only 4-3 heading into the final frame, the Bengals HC did everything possible to try and level. Unfortunately, they couldn't catch that one single break that would have caused fits for the Black Knights. Instead, J.Uppal increased the lead by two and J.Gagne would eventually complete his hat trick to secure the win.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to M.Patulli of the Montreal As. He entered the Montreal As line up on Tuesday night and dominated the Capitals by collecting a hat trick.
Thursday February 13
(2)Montreal Machine vs Slayers(1)
Late goals lift Montreal Machine over Slayers
Two goals in the final six minutes gave the Montreal Machine a slight 2-1 victory over the Slayers on Thursday night. The game was scoreless for nearly three full periods before a barrage of goals resulted in the Montreal Machines favour. First, M.Argiris ended the drought which was later followed by J.Morina netting what stood out to be the winner. Both teams defense and goaltenders played incredibly well as they continually denied any goals for most of the night. S.Patel, although thrilled for the victory would have preferred to make that one extra save to earn a shutout . On the flip side, R.Pampena was equally stellar facing over 20 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Patel of the Montreal Machine. So close to earning a shutout, S.Patel can take pride knowing he was the difference maker keeping a clean score sheet up until the final moments of the game
Monday February 10
1 Timer respond after disappointing loss to Les Yables
It was a dream start for the 1 Timer, who scored twice in the first two minutes of the game. And before they could have run away with things, Les Yables knocked on their door responding with a huge power play goal to cut the lead in half. A.Dorais quickly followed to level, and L.Verdon was able to complete the comeback with just under four minutes remaining in the game. The 1 Timer were clearly unhappy with the ways things turned out in the end. Luckily enough, they had a second shot at evening the score and managed to pull through taking the second contest .Certainly the goals and the offense were nice, but it was much about the competiveness and the urgency that propelled them to even the score. T.Daigneault was playing with plenty of energy producing two goals and an assist while Y.Bernier was credited the winner after breaking a late 3-3 tie.
(2)1 Timer vs Les Yables(3)
(3)Les Yables vs 1 Timer(5)
Degenerates having issues in lopsided losses to Classics
They were stripped down, short and really awful. If there is one night in the regular season that the Degenerates will need to forget , this was it. Now, its not to take away what the Classics did on their end as they clearly deserved what they got. From the get go, they struck early and often in both games which enabled them to play the way they wanted. The Degenerates came out flat and never really challenged hard enough to make a game of it. After taking the earlier contest 3-1, the second one was no where close to being a hockey game. J.Courteau found his sweet spot burying three goals while the rest of his teammates contributed in in one way or another. It was also clear that R.Ranieri was up for the challenge as the net minder kept getting stronger throughout the entire night allowing only one goal in both games.
(1)Degenerates vs The Classics(3)
(7)The Classics vs Degenerates(0)
Orient, only themselves to blame in split with Punishers
One can argue that the Punishers deserve praise for overcoming a two goal deficit late in the second encounter after dropping the first match 5-2. But the truth is simply that the Orient did it to themselves. For nearly the entire two games, the men in green were fierce and hungry wanting to prove that they can compete and defeat an established hockey club like the Punishers. However, unless you remain focused and don’t let your guard down, things can turn in a hurry. That’s what happened when they saw a 4-2 lead disappear faster than a twinkie at a weight watchers meeting. The Punishers used three late goals to top the Orient for some highway robbery points to the standings. The comeback effort was led by Y.Gazuri, who pulled his team within one, and by A.Kobayati, who used some late magic by not only tying the game, but by winning it on a late game winning tally.
(2)Punishers vs Orient(5)
(4)Orient vs Punishers(5)
Prolific Athletes relieved to finally get in the win column
The Prolific Athletes put an end to a miserable start to their season by collecting a pair of wins over the Ice breakers on Monday night. They were finally able to enjoy the benefit of having a full roster which clearly helped make the entire difference. The first encounter had everyone buy in as five different players took turns finding the back of the net. And although he didn’t score, J-P Sauve was largely responsible for setting up four teammates. R.Ceneston was only two minutes and change from earning a shutout but the net minder wasn’t too concerned on that detail with so much more on the line. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Ice Breakers made it a point to perform better in the second game. They did manage a 3-2 lead after one period and looked poised for a solid finish to try and even the score. Then, and in the matter of three minutes, the Prolific Athletes tilted the court when J-P Sauve and R.Demosllhene each scored to grab the lead. Both these wins came after the Prolific Athletes dropped their first eight games of the season. Despite their slow start, half a season still remains for a team that looks like they’ll challenge for a playoff spot.
(5)Prolific Athletes vs Ice Breakers(1)
(3)Ice Breakers vs Prolific Athletes(4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Sauve of the Prolific Athletes. With his team desperate to try and end an eight game losing skit, J-P Sauve came through in a large way collecting five points in both wins versus the Ice Breakers.
Friday February 7
(2)Brewers vs The Family(8)
M-A Daaha, The Family getting the attention they deserve
It looks as though the Family have finally found what they’ve been looking for. And yes, its only two straight games, but the Family have made believers out of a lot of cynics after a convincing 8-2 win over the Brewers. They really found a way to build themselves and find their identity. M-A Daaha keeps proving that he is a gamer and tonight wasn’t any different as the hard nosed forward produced three goals to get the ball rolling. To his help, L.Camistrano contributed in a big way setting up three markers while adding one late in the game. The Brewers perhaps didn’t expect the start they got. They fell behind early and never really recovered as the game progressed. There only bright moments came when their captain A.Lanni sparked both goals for his club.
(4)Pylons vs National(5) O.T
M.Pinheiro seizes the moment netting OT winner
They weren’t many but enough to grab a pair of points over the Pylons. National managed to prevail rotating one change to their bench in a game that could have easily gone either way. Granted, the Pylons weren’t many either but did have a couple of more bodies for some extra breathing room. The end result came due to an unfortunate set of circumstances. On what seemed like an innocent play turned into a grave situation for the Pylons. A.Fonrose took an unfortunate four minute minor with only two minutes left in the game. Clearly, that spelled disaster for the Pylons who knew the odds were stacked against them for how well National moves the ball. That being said, they managed to kill off three out of the four minutes before M.Pinheiro tapped in the winner. Despite their short bench, M.Pinheiro and S.Laplante put together an incredible performance as both players did all of the scoring while combining for eight points.
(4)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(9)
Sluggish Chiefs pay the price vs Bramabulls
The Chiefs knew going in that it was going to be a tough one versus the Bramabulls. They never grabbed the lead and despite hanging in there for a while, they just couldn’t keep up long enough. The game took its lone path when P.Rivera and J.Lipariti scored only minutes apart. Those two tallies made the score 5-2 in favour of the Bramabulls heading into the final period. It wasn’t an unreasonable margin to overcome but that didn’t matter for a team that appeared to be sluggish for most of the night. S.Koulieris was productive in the loss bagging three out of the four goals from the Chiefs. The Bramabulls had many players chip away with points including P.Bertone, D.Verta, J.Lipartiti and D.Charbonneau that were all able to net a pair.
(4)Templars vs HBHA Seniors(8)
HBHA score early and often in rout of Templars
The Templars pretty much didn’t show up for the first period. For how bad it went, they barely gave themselves a chance to fight back and make a game of it. It didn’t help either when they took a double minor that resulted in two power play goals by the HBHA Seniors. It was apparent by then that this game didn’t live up to the hype of a close encounter. The HBHA Seniors appeared poised from the get go and dictated much of the pace building a comfortable 7-1 lead after two periods. M.Pololos was feeling it on this night igniting three goals while S.Govas racked up plenty of points scoring once while setting up five teammates.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. The crafty forward kept being a thorn for the Pylons all game long. With his team trailing twice in the third period, Lapalnte responded twice to even the score while setting up the overtime winning goal.
Wednesday January 6
(1)Underdogs vs Bulldogs(5)
Second period explosion blows Bulldogs by Underdogs
The game started off to a slower pace with neither team making a hard push to take a lead or preserving it long enough. However, that all changed by the second when the Bulldogs erupted with three straight goals. X.Clement got the ball rolling early in the frame notching back to back tallies right before F.Groulx riffled his first of two in the match. After netting their lone goal in the opening frame, the Underdogs failed to spark any offense the rest of the way. S.Leblanc wasn’t overly busy but did more than enough to record the win in net.
(7)Bramabulls vs Fat Roy(6)
Crazy third period ends with Bulls edging out Fat Roy
What felt like two normal periods resembled nothing for how the third period was played. Fat Roy entered the final stretch up 3-2 before the roller coaster ride occurred. The Bramabulls threw everything they could toward the net and benefited on three consecutive goals. With less than six minutes remaining, both sides played to some more drama combining for five goals that saw Y.Derohannessian cap off an incredible wild finish by netting his second just prior to the horn sounding. Unfortunately for Fat Roy, that’s sometimes how the game goes. It never looks good when a team gives up that many in only one period. Six different players tallied in the loss while J.Mandracchia was once again a big part of the Bramabulls offense posting a hat trick.
(1)Fitforce Phoenix vs Buckshots(8)
Buckshots keep cruising along
From the start and all the way to the finish, the Buckshots were in fine form cruising to an easy win over the Fitforce Phoenix. The defense was solid, S.Morante wasn’t too busy allowing only one goal and the offense was pretty much spread out that had only E.Mavroudis score twice. The Buckshots built a 5-0 lead in the second before giving up their lone tally of the night. Although he didn’t score, N.Kokovidis attributed to the offence by setting up half of his teams goals.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Toyota Candiac(3)
C.Fragkiudakis’s third period goal snaps late 3-3 tie for Fatal Demons
C.Fragkiudakis found the right time to come through and ultimately decide the game between the Fatal Demons and the Toyota Candiac. Two minutes was all that was left over when Fragkiudakis picked his spot to snap a late 3-3 tie. The Fatal Demons had the luxury to never chase the game despite being responded on two occasions. They could have made life easier if they didn’t give up a shorthanded goal late in the second period. P.Corbin tied the game with the man short heading into the final period but the Fatal Demons were able to recuperate by netting a huge power play marker by G.DeMarinis.
(9)Armadillos vs AREZ(2)
Two shorthanded goals devastate AREZ in lopsided affair
Shorthanded goals are always a bonus in hockey. And on Wednesday night, the Armadillos two shorty’s aptly demonstrated the strength of their penalty kill. When the Armadillos were called for a roughing call, they lead only by one. By the time their penalised player left the box, the game was firmly in the Armadillos hands. The AREZ knew they had a difficult challenge ahead of them prior to the game. And in order to have any sort of chance, many things need to fall into place. Unfortunately, they didn’t give themselves much of a chance after that short sequence where they gave up two power play goals in only 30 seconds. From there, the Armadillos kept getting stronger and ran up the score to put the game away. P.Legatos was the only player to score twice by opening and closing off the scoring.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of the Bramabulls. In what was a wild game between his club and Fat Roy, Y.Derohannessian sparked his bench by bagging a buzzer beater as part of a fourth point night.
Thursday February 6
(3)Knights vs Mighty Drunks(6)
Mighty Drunks pull away on three late goals
Despite playing with a depleted line up, the Knights responded with one of their better efforts so far this season. Throughout most of the night, every player stepped up and were more engaged embracing the challenge rather than avoiding it. Yes, the Knights would have preferred a better result knowing that they had a fifty fifty shot at it with only a few minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, time went against them and the Mighty Drunks escaped with the win thanks to S.Laplante’s two quick goals in only twenty seconds. The Knights never gave up showing resilience to overcome a 3-1 deficit with the help of S.Kalaydian’s pair of tallies.
(9)Horsemen vs Bad Habits(2)
V.Pandza and M.Kardum combine for 11 points in Horsemen win over Bad Habits
A great start and a strong finish propelled the Horsemen to a convincing win over the Bad Habits on Thursday night. The Bad Habits were unable to contain the Horsemen’s high scoring duo of V.Pandza and M.Kardum as both players combined for eight points in that period alone. M.Kardum reached his hat trick by the eleven minute mark of the opening frame while V.Pandza scored twice for the 5-0 lead. Starting games when falling behind that early wont help anyone, especially for a team in search of their identity.
(9)Left Wings vs Screaming Eagles(3)
Left Wings jump to early lead , roll to win
S Anthony Longo notched two goals and an assist in the first ten minutes and the Left Wings took charge of the night handing the Screaming Eagles a thumping loss. That was Longo’s two of three goals in the contest. At no point were the Screaming Eagles able to turn it up. The early damage set them too back as they couldn’t really bounce back into the game. Offense also came from J.Argyropoulos, who notched a pair and L.Bavellas that was able to set up six tallies. After dropping their first match by a landslide, the Left Wings have really come together since by collecting their third straight win. However, the same cant be said for the Screaming Eagles, who have yet to hit the win column after three games.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sonny Anthony Longo of the Left Wings. In the first ten minutes, S.Anthony Longo was all over the court producing two goals and an assist that helped set the tone for the Left Wings win over the Screaming Eagles.
Tuesday February 4
(9)GK vs Slayers(3)
GK Unload with 6 goals before mid way point of game
The Slayers must have discussed how they wanted to play and shine against a team that is a perfect measuring stick. Instead, they were outplayed and outmatched throughout most of the night. Clearly, they didn’t respond well , and in consequence were stuck digging themselves in every deep hole. The GK had scored six times before the mid way point of the game while not conceding a goal. Eventually, the Slayers would click and get on board thanks to M.Dettorre’s back to back tallies. Although the victory wasn’t relied on anyone in particular, Y.Labonte did stand out the most for the GK by riding a hat trick. As bad as the loss was for the Slayers, P.Kotsornithis will need to put this one aside quickly and focus only on how to be better for the upcoming game.
(5)Black Knights vs Punishers(3)
Black Knights start strong and don’t look back vs Punishers
The Black Knights came out of the starting gate firing and roared past the Punishers with a pair of strong periods. They out scored them 4-0 and didn’t allow their first tally until the late stages of the second period. Once the Black Knights built a 2-0 lead with the kind of strong defense that they were dealing out on Tuesday night, it was going to be awfully difficult to beat them. The Punishers knew this but still pushed the pace to get themselves on board. B.Daniele had a multi goal performance and J-F DiIorio was credited the winner . This is the second time the Punishers had to endure a difficult and slow start to their night. J.Fidrilis will make it a point to get his troops ready in his next game but it wont get any easier as they have the GK in front of them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Guillaume Vermette of the Black knights. Throughout nearly two full periods, Vermette stood his ground in net enabling the Black Knights to play in front and never look back.
Monday February 3
Degenerates overcome two goal deficit to stun Immigrant
Down 4-2 with only half a period remaining, the Degenerates demonstrated character and resilience to erase a two goal deficit and score three consecutive goals to stun Les Immigrant. After A.Lanni and S.Marricco scored to pull even, the dynamic duo had one more go at it with Lanni finishing it off leaving only 3 seconds on the clock. Both sides played to an earlier 4-4 draw with S.Marricco scoring twice for the Degenerates and A.Addante doing the same for Les Immigrant. At no point did the Degenerates ever lead in the second contest, expect till the very end when A.Lanni swept a rebound that came from S.Marricco ‘s second wrist shot on M.Chamoun.
(4)Degenerates vs Les Immigrant(4) S.O
(4)Les Immigrant vs Degenerates(5)
Punishers score in bunches of final frame to pull away from LG HC
The Punishers did all of their damage against the LG HC in a quick burst. So quick that they couldn’t grasp what had just happened to them. For most of the night, both sides seemed evenly matched with the Punishers taking a 6-5shootout win. Then, the Punishers re-established themselves and the flood gates eventually opened. After grabbing a 3-1 lead heading into the final period ,the Punishers had just gotten started adding four straight goals in a short span of only four minutes. C.Gingras decided to take over accumulating his sixth point in that single game after collecting three helpers and a shootout marker earlier on. A.Kobayati had a good game as well netting a hat trick. As for the LG HC, Y.Derohannessian was masterful in the opening match striking three times while adding a shootout goal.
(6)Punishers vs LG HC(5) S.O
(1)LG HC vs Punishers(7)
S.Sauk shines as Excalibur suffocate Prolific athletes offense
The Excalibur went back to the drawing board this week by playing a tight defensive game while patiently waiting for their chances. There was no doubt that A.Fonrose was one the Excalibur’s better players in the first match. The feisty forward participated in all three goals to help lead the Excalibur to a 3-1 victory. The second contest required balance scoring but that did not change the formula for a second straight result. Again, S.Sauk was solid in net and the Prolific Athletes struggled to score getting only two all night on the veteran net minder. Both games were ultimately decided in the second frames where the Excalibur scored six out of their seven goals.
(3)Excalibur vs Prolific Athletes(1)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs Excalibur(4)
The Classics letting it slip way versus the Ice Breakers
In both their games, the Classics left the field feeling they could have done much better. After opening a 5-2 lead, they let it slip away surrendering four goals that had the match end in a draw. The Ice Breakers fuelled their comeback thanks to A.Tachejian and M.Thakaa bagging a pair. The Classics knew that they couldn’t just have a good effort and be satisfied with it for about half the game. They weren’t able to continue their pressure and put the match away, instead, they were stuck enduring a massive push back from their opponent. The good news was that they had a second chance to regulate a poor finish. However, the Ice Breakers weren’t planning to repeat the same mistake by starting off slow. This time, they grabbed the lead an put the pressure on the Classics. P.Santullo eventually tied things up but found himself taking an untimely penalty with only three minutes left in the game. Clearly, that spelled trouble for the veteran club, who once again saw the game slip away. After receiving a perfect pass from R.Yousefi in the higher slot area, A.Tachejian leaned into his one timer on a shot that gave P.Assadi no chance to react. That goal put the final dagger on a night to forget for the Classics.
(7)The Classics vs Ice Breakers(7) S.O
(2)Ice Breakers vs The Classics(1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. The highly skilled forward lit up the LG HC with a remarkable nine points that included a shootout marker. Normally teammates would be blown away by such a performance, but not the Punishers who have gotten used to seeing this on a regular basis.
Tuesday February 4
M.Morin sets the tone posting hat trick for Orient
Considering how close the second encounter was between the 1 Timer and the Orient there wasn’t much of a contest in the first match. That was when M.Morin took matters into his own hands participating in all four goals that included a hat trick. The 1 Timer had all but a very short sequence all night where they looked very competitive. After trailing 3-0 in the second match, P-A Surprenant was the catalyst behind sending the game into a shootout. The sniper scored twice while setting up C.Ethier-Gagnon with goals all coming in the last two minutes of the game. The Orient looked good in the earlier encounter due to a couple of key factors. First being M.Morin, who struck shorthanded for the 1-0 lead and M.St-Laurent that was able to stop every ball his way for the shutout.
(0)Timer vs Orient(4)
(5)Orient vs 1 Timer(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Morin of the Orient. The forward pretty much stole the show by netting a shorthanded marker and a shootout goal as part of a three goal and two assist performance.
Friday January 31
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers(2) O.T
Devil Dawgz win in overtime after late equaliser
S.Tzintzis’s goal early in overtime sealed the comeback as the Devil Dawgz were able to top the Brewers. The Devil Dawgz tied the game with 30 seconds left in the third on N.Faria’s power play goal. Twice the Devil Dawgz trailed and twice they climbed back to force the extra time. The game was somewhat of a stalemate with both sides leaning on their defensive structure and goaltending. M.Trivisonno and G.Platanitis were both sharp giving their club every chance possible to come out on top. However, it was M.Trivisonno that prevailed over his counter part with both goaltenders facing over 30 shots each.
(5)HBHA Seniors vs Pylons(0)
Nothing working for Pylons in lopsided affair
The Pylons can only hope this is as bad as it gets. Really, how much worse can they play on a night that nothing went right. Granted ,the HBHA Seniors have the artillery and the structure but its still no excuse for the poor play by the Pylons. From the drop of the ball, the HBHA Seniors did pretty much what they wanted controlling loads of ball possession. Eventually, chances would occur and the goals would surely start to pile up. The win came with scoring efforts from five different players that saw N.Kokovidis and P.Lapointe share three points each. Adding to that, it didn’t help that J.Vrettis took care of the cage. Even though the Pylons had limited scoring chances, Vrettis always stood in the way to earn a well deserved shutout.
(5)Templars vs Brmabulls(4)
Templars answer quickly to hang on over Bulls
Just when the Bramabulls dug themselves out, the Templars wasted no time to regain their lead and hang on to a nail biter. C.Moutafis keeps proving that he can score goals and tonight was another example of how vital he his to the Templars. His hat trick came right after S.Ruggiero buried his second in the third period. With still over ten minutes remaining, the Templars had a chance to address their defensive game, something that hasn’t been working for a couple of games. This time they got it right containing a desperate push from the Bramabulls. For the Templars, its about how many they give up and not how many they score.
(4)Chiefs vs The Family(5) O.T
J.Iacampo’s OT winner caps wild comeback for the Family
J.Iacampo scored the game winner in overtime as the Family rallied two goals down in the third to beat the Chiefs on Friday night. Prior to Iacampo’s heroics, the Family will look back at A.Jackson’s shot that sent the match into overtime with only 4 seconds on the clock. The Chiefs couldn’t have asked for a better game playing with barely a change to their bench. They trailed only once early in the contest before grabbing the lead up until the match was decided in overtime. Both sides will take their positives in this particular game. The Family pushed the pace till the very end where they benefited to grab the win while the Chiefs did all they could on a depleted line up that nearly got them to the finish line first.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joe Iacampo of the Family. After getting his club on board to open the scoring, J.Iacampo capped off the night in style by netting a huge sudden death marker.
Wednesday January 29
(7)Knights vs Bulldogs (3)
Knights pull away from Bulldogs in second and never looked back
Heading into the second period of Wednesday night’s action, the Knights trailed the Bulldogs 2-1, and desperately needed a spark. By the end of it, the Knights not only tied the game but had taken the lead and pulled away outscoring the Bulldogs 6-1 in the final two frames. R.Kilgour helped set things in motion by scoring twice in the second period. Anytime the Knights tally this many times, S.Ruggiero usually has plenty to do with it. The sniper was fierce setting up three different teammates before potting a pair for a five point night.
(4)Bramabulls vs Left Wings (5)
Bramabulls drop seesaw battle to Left Wings
A late goal by V.Ladouceur gave the Left Wings a 5-4 victory over their bitter rival on Wednesday night. The Left Wings bounced back from a thoroughly bad stretch when they gave up three straight goals before finally getting their act together in the third period. The Bramabulls looked like the better team for a long while getting consecutive tallies from J.Mandracchia, who once again completed a hat trick. However, the Left Wings showed some resilience, and bounced back shortly after Mandracchia did most of the damage. A.Longo responded only 45 seconds later for the equaliser which eventually led to Ladouceur’s biggest goal of the match.
(3)Carnage vs Horsemen (4)
M.Kardum’s third period goal stands as Horsemen edge Carnage
M.Kardum scored what proved to be the game winner with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The game saw most of the scoring done in the first period alone. Both sides combined for five goals with the Horsemen escaping a wild first period 3-2. Then, and for whatever reason, the offense dried up and the goalies took over keeping the game honest. Eventually something was to give and that’s when B.Sansotta took advantage on an early third period power play goal for Carnage. From there, ten minutes had gone by before M.Kardum came through to decide matters and ultimately provide the victory for the Horsemen.
(2)Fatal Demons vs Fitforce Phoenix (7)
Fitforce Phoenix score early and often in rout of Fatal Demons
The Fitforce Phoenix made the first period count, erupting with four unanswered goals to put an immediate strangle hold on the match. The contagious start had everyone contributing in one way or another. During that time, Hassan Khanafer tallied twice before capping off a productive three goal performance by the third period. Despite their ugly start, the Fatal Demons showed a lot more in the second period striking twice but it was all for nothing as the Fitforce Phoenix finished the frame stronger on two late goals.
(11)Buckshots vs Screaming Eagles (4)
Goals keep coming easy for the Buckshots
The Buckshots have enough goal scorers, plain and simple. Give them the ball, and most of the time they’ll take care of the rest. Their main players are getting better and are nowhere close to slowing down. Tonight’s win featured E.Mavroudis riffling four, K.Kavan posting a hat trick and N.Kokovidis as a defenseman contributing with a pair. The Screaming Eagles clearly had their hands full from the drop of the ball. They surrendered three goals in the first and never really recovered despite igniting some offense in the second where E.Skafidas went on a tear bagging three goals with the help of A.Ponzo feeding him in only a minute and change. Apart from that sequence, the rest of the match belonged to the Buckshots, who have clearly shown they’ll be a hand full for most teams.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marin Kardum of the Horsemen.With the game on the line deadlocked at three goals apiece, M.Kardum avoided overtime by snapping the late tie.
Thursday January 30
(10)Mighty Drunks vs Underdogs(2)
M.Pinheiro racks up 8 points as Mighty Drunks crush Underdogs
The Mighty Drunks forward M.Pinheiro looked like he was in a league of his own on Thursday night against the Underdogs, picking up an impressive eight points that included seven assists. By the time the four minute mark hit of the opening frame, Pinheiro had already three points along side S.Laplante ,who also participated in the action. The Underdogs fell victims to an experienced team with full of talent. S.Charette was the only player with some spark providing both tallies in the loss. S.Laplante eventually collected his hat trick by the eleven minute mark of the second period as part of a six point night. Y.Dube and M.Mogianesi each scored twice and B.Verducci had a fairly easy game stopping 18 of 20 shots.
(6)Armadillos vs Toyota Candiac(1)
Armadillos score 6 straight after trailing early on
The Armadillos are scoring in bunches, and picking up their wins convincingly so far. They scored six straight times after spotting the Toyota Candiac a 1-0 lead. Two out of their six goals came on the power play. P.Legatos was just getting warmed up when netting the Armadillos first power play marker. -From there, Legatos continued his tear adding two more tallies to complete his hat trick by the third period. R.Cohen was also involved in the action riffling two straight that put the Armadillos in a good spot. S.Kipopoulos and P.Arkalis shared three assists each while C.Stavriadis shut the door right after C.Desmarais got to him early in the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro of the Mighty Drunks. The forward put on quite a show scoring once while setting up seven goals.
Tuesday January 28
(4)Slayers vs Punishers (1)
Slayers make it two in a row behind R.Pampena
Behind a strong early start, the Slayers took care of business versus the Punishers on Tuesday night. P.Musto got the Slayers ahead on a power play goal, and J.Desmarais did the same minutes later, also capitalising with the man advantage. The Slayers would take control the rest of the way handling all the Punishers could throw at them and leaving with a second victory in as many games. The Punishers did mount some pressure early in the third, and benefited when C.Diamontopoulos finally got to R.Pampena. That tally gave the Punishers more than enough time to level. However, the Slayers annoyingly gave any sort of time or breathing room for more to come. Despite the Punishers ability to light up the attack, R.Pampena did a fantastic job limiting them to only one goal on 29 shots.
(6)Black Knights vs Capitals (1)
Black Knights use dominant first period to defeat Capitals
The Black Knights came out with blazing speed, a relentless for check and four straight goals to dictate the pace of the game. P.Chery opened the scoring early and registered three points sharing a three point performance with J.Lulic and B.Daniele. Execution of the game plan was virtually flawless, with the Knights holding off the Capitals bursts of offense throughout most of the night. There was one time early in the second period where the Capitals did get on board thanks to A.Boucher. The Capitals knew they had a difficult task ahead of them, and wanted nothing more than to rebound from an earlier 3-2 loss to the Slayers. Unfortunately, they barely had time to get anything right after a poor opening frame.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the Slayers. After facing close to 30 shots against a high octane offense from the Punishers, the net minder was stellar allowing all but one goal.
Monday January 27
Classics over power Excalibur in both games
Simply having their way, the Classics came ready to play on Monday night. The Classics took over the game as of the second period of the first encounter riding three goals-from different players.From there, they added four tallies into the first period of the ensuing match to put the Excalibur immdiately on the ropes. Apart from M.Destounis scoring twice, the Classics got equal contributions-from nearly everyone.P.Assadi turned aside enough quality chances at the right time during both games.The key in both wins was the overall team play and experience brought forth from the Classics.
(1)Excalibur vs Classics(3)
(6)Classics vs Excalibur(3)
Les Yables catch Punishers off guard in opener
The Punishers had little answers for Les Yables on Monday night, at least in the first game.Although it wasn’t untill the second period where Les Yables torched their opponent with four straight goals.In the span of only seven minutes, four goals had gone in with different players finding the back of the net. Now, its one thing to defeat the Punishers on any given night, and its another to do it twice in a row. Les Yables realized this when it was already to late. The tables immediately turned in the ensuing match with the Puinishers amping up their play. This time, they struck first and dictated the pace to their liking. C.Gingras tacked on two goals and an assist while M.Melo was firm allowing only one tally.
(4)Les Yables vs Punishers(1)
(4)Punihsers vs Les Yables(1)
B.Cabral four goal performnce caps off feel good evening for the Orient
On some nights,some guys simply have the hot stick,and that was certainly the case for B.Cabral. In what was an entertaining set of events, Cabrals fourth goal came in the second games dying moments that snapped a 4-4 tie. Both sides felt certain that for a second straight time, a shootout would have decided matters. The LG HC took the opening contest 5-3 on two shootout goals from N.Kokovidis and P.Doulis.The second match appeared to be headed for the same ending, that was untill Cabral potted in a rebound by going to the net. The Orient deserved much of what they got on Monday night. After finding themselves down 2-0 in the first game due to the team being late, they still managed to go the distance by overcoming the deficit.
(3)Orient vs LG HC(5) S.O
(4)LG HC vs Orient(5)
ICE Breakers use one key shift to split with Degenerates
You cant ask for a better situation if you are the Degenerates leading 3-2 with half a period remaining. And no matter the Ice Breakers struggles during that time, they still can win a game at the drop of a hat. B.Freitas and M.Thakaa scored just over a minute apart, and all of a sudden, the Ice Breakers went-from trailing to playing ahead. It didn’t take long for H.Jerjian to rip a bullet-from centre court and widen the margin. G.Santocroce did narrwow the gap late but that was as close as the Degenerates got. Clearly, the loss didn’t sit well for a team that battled hard enough for a better result. But with a chance to turn the tides, the Degenerates got enough out of J.Atch, who pushed all 15 shots his way while getting the players to play well in front of him.A.Desrosiers got credited the winner, and S.Marricco made sure to secure the win on a late power play goal.
(3)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers(4)
(0)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates(2)
Prolific Athletes depelted line up comes to bite them again
Its virtually impossible for any hockey team to maintain a high energy burst throughout two straight games with only one change. This was the case for the Prolific Athlete on Monday night, who had to endure keeping up with a quick and deeper opponent. Granted, they held their own dropping a close encounter 3-2 and kept the second match extremley close as well only to lose it late in the game. Les Immigrant needed two very late goals-from A.Addante and S.Jankouzian to secure their second victory.Prior to the second match,C.Kheriaty made an immediate impression for Les Immigrants collecting all three points.
(3)Les Immigrant vs Prolific Athletes(2)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs Les Immigrant(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Billy Cabral of the Orient. B.Cabral provided all the offense on the strength of his four goals that included a very late winner.
(5)Templars vs National (8)
Templars fall apart on 6 unanswered from National
Losing the way they did was definitely a hard one to digest. So for the Templars sake, they better hope that this defeat is a rock bottom that they won’t hit again. The good news is that it happened very early in the regular season. While everything seemed dandy and smooth for nearly two periods, the same count be said for what transpired right after. National eventually elevated their game and went on an incredible run posting six straight tallies. O.Valiquette led the charge netting a hat trick while S.Laplante and M.Pinheiro chipped in with a pair. This result was very uncharacteristic for a team that prides themselves on defence. However, if there is one team that can make you look silly at times, National is that team.
(5)Pylons vs Devil Dawgz(3)
O.Caillet holds the fort in net for the Pylons
By getting on board first, the Pylons had the luxury of controlling the play. They kept it simple and let the game run its course. For nearly two full periods, the Devil Dawgz had no answers on how to crack the Pylons defense and O.Caillet. Eventually, they did get to the net minder but where never able to narrow the gap by one. The Pylons always found a way to carry a two goal cushion .T.Settino got the ball rolling netting the Pylons first two goals. J.Pizzuco riffled the winner from centre court and O.Caillet was perhaps the reason why the Pylons edged out their opponent. In one sequence alone, Caillet was masterful making two to three sensational saves that should have been goals.
(3)Chiefs vs HBHA Seniors(4) O.T
K.Tsoukalas scores in OT to rally HBHA past Chiefs
K.Tsoukalas scored three minutes into overtime, and the HBHA Seniors erased a two goal deficit to defeat the Chiefs on Friday night. The Chiefs couldn’t quite hang on to their lead after posting back to back power play goals. The HBHA Seniors knew that as long as the game was within reach, that they would eventually get there. M.Destounis scored a key marker late in the second period to pull his team within one. Then, with only four minutes remaining, the HBHA Seniors smelled blood when the Chiefs took an untimely penalty. Desperation always tends to kick in when good teams are in search of a goal. By pushing the pace the way they did, the HBHA got rewarded thanks to A.Angelis’s equaliser in a game that could have easily gone either way.
(5)The Family vs Bramabulls(6)
Bramabulls drop Family with late heartbreaker
With time winding down in regulation, and the game seemingly headed for overtime, L.Ruscitto found himself in front of V.Teoli with the ball on his stick to complete his hat trick. The Family fell unfortunate having three players in the crease area unable to pounce on the rebound quick enough. Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the Family are showing plenty of signs of improvement. This contest could have easily gone either way if not for some bad ball luck. M-A Daaha continues to impress, not only to his teammates but from many others that have been paying attention to his infectious play. Four out of the five Family’s goals came thanks to Daaha, who clearly has a nose for the net.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lino Ruscitto of the Bramabulls. Not bad for a players that’s been out of action for a very long while. In his season debut, Ruscitto was quickly reminded on how scoring goals came naturally. The sniper buried three that included the winner leaving only 3 seconds on the clock.
Wednesday January 22
(8)Bramabulls vs AREZ(3)
J.Mandracchia and M.Maggiore both get hat tricks in Bulls high scoring win
J.Mandracchia and M.Maggiore each scored three goals as the Bramabulls powered its way to an 8-3 victory over AREZ on Wednesday night. The Bramabulls stormed out of the gate with three straight goals to immediately put the AREZ on its heels. AREZ did manage to stop the bleeding but only for a little while. Coming out of the second period was definitely positive for the AREZ but they know they can’t expect to win many games when falling behind 3-0.The final frame resembled much of the first with the Bramabulls continuing their offensive onslaught on four more tallies. As it’s always been for A.DiPerna and his troops, rolling a deep roster will often get them a positive result.
(5)Horsemen vs Bulldogs (3)
B.Rubino nets two power play goals, Horsemen edge out Bulldogs
Defenseman B.Rubino was ready to play as soon as the ball dropped on Wednesday night. Teams can always appreciate when some offense comes from their back end. Apart from relying on his sound defensive game, the Horsemen know that Rubino can light the lamp. Tonight’s win came courtesy of his two power play goals that included the winner along with an insurance marker. The Horsemen never trailed but took the lead three times before getting some breathing room. T.Karasek also scored twice in the victory while S.Dion did the same for the Bulldogs.
(2)Toyota Candiac vs Fat Roy(5)
Fat Roy ride dominant power play in rout of Toyota Candiac
When Fat Roy went on the power play, they were thinking one thing, and that was to make the Toyota Candiac pay. Fat Roy were lethally efficient in doing that in their 5-2 win. Out of their three power play chances, N.Gikas, K.Fiore and D.Lombardi each scored with the man advantage. As much as the special teams were significant, the turning point did come on an even strength goal early in the third period. N.Gikas was able to snap a 2-2 third period tie before Fat Roy put the match to rest on a pair of power play goals.
(7)Carnage vs Knights (4)
Carnage down Knights on late power play goal by F.Pace
It took until the late stages of the third period before Carnage could put the game away and record their second win in as many games. And who better that the captain to decide matters. F.Pace was the one to riffle the winner with less than two minutes remaining. From there, T.Ruvo made sure to cap it off by bagging two insurance goals. The Knights felt the frustration of this loss, especially after grabbing the lead twice while eventually overcoming a two goal deficit in the third period. F.Bchara and M.Dupuis did all they could sharing three points each in the loss.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Bryan Rubino of the Horsemen. The steady defenseman was instrumental for the Horsemen providing two key power play goals.
Thursday January 23
(13)Mighty Drunks vs Bad Habits (3)
Mighty Drunks smoke Bad Habits with scoring onslaught
It’s never pleasant when a team gets scored that many times. The Bad Habits gave up too many goals in the first period alone that made them uninterested in trying to battle back. Up already 7-1, the Mighty Drunks brought it down a notch but still ran up the score. M.Pinheiro and S.Laplante posted hat tricks while combining for 14 points. Perhaps, it was to be expected when a team has all but two players to change with versus a staked line-up. These types of games require a good start and a solid defensive performance in order to have any sort of chance. Unfortunately for the Bad Habits, they got neither and were stuck enduring a thumping defeat.
(3)Fatal Demons vs Buckshots(7)
Buckshots get all their scoring done by M.Destounis and Y.Derohannesian
It goes without saying that it’s not every day you see a pair of teammates do all of the scoring, especially when they bury seven. M.Destounis kicked off the party to open the score in the second period rattling off his first of four on the night. Then, and not to be out done, Y.Derohannesian completed his own hat trick on a pair of late goals. The Fatal Demons had too many weapons to worry about and seemed to have their hands full at times to contain the fire power from the Buckshots. They did manage to stay within striking distance on the large part,that was up until M.Destounis shattered their confidence when he notched two very quick tallies by the third period. E.Mavroudis normally puts at least one in on seven goals but the power forward won’t have a hard time sleeping knowing that he helped set up four markers.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Left Wings(7)
Left Wings quick goals in second period do in Fitforce Phoenix
Three goals in less than two minutes sparked the Left Wings to a 7-3 victory over the Fitforce Phoenix on Thursday night. It was a closely contested game up until that point. That sequence saw scoring efforts from three different players which ultimately tilted the court in the Left Wings favour. The Fit Force Phoenix will look back at some self-inflicted wounds that enabled the Left Wings to capitalise. Hockey is a game of errors and the Left Wings did a great job limiting theirs. The win came courtesy of an overall team effort that saw A.Perrault as the only multi goal scorer for the Left Wings. As for the Fit Force Phoenix ,B.Cabral led all teammates participating in all three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marino Destounis of the Buckshots. With the help of his tremendous four goal performance, the Buckshots were able to walk away with the win over the Fatal Demons on Thursday night.
Monday January 20
Stars shine for Punishers in rout of 1 Timer
P.Arkalis and C.Gingras made an impact right from the get go and were a huge reason why the Punishers exposed the 1 Timer twice on Monday night. P.Arkalis was exceptional in the opening game netting three goals and an assist while C.Gingras never let go of the pedal producing an impressive nine points. In both games, the 1 Timer were neck in neck with the Punishers keeping the game levelled after the first periods. The problem occurred in the final frames where the Punishers showed their superiority outscoring the 1 Timer 8-1.There was only so much F.Koch could have done to keep the games respectable. It’s never an easy task when goaltenders are stuck facing a one two punch surrounded by a solid supporting cast. Overall, they did fair well considering having barely two lines.
(5)Punishers vs 1 Timer (1)
(4)1 Timer vs Punishers (7)
LG HC adapt in second game after being bounced by Les Yables
Even though they didn’t earn the win, the LG HC bounced back to level with Les Yables after an embarrassing loss. They knew they needed a better start along with some help defensively. For how tremendous Les Yables’s for checking was, the LG HC had to react quick and smart in order to get out of trouble. The first game was a complete disaster for the LG HC, who couldn’t do anything right. D.Pelletier had a field day netting four goals, and D.Marcotte made plenty happen scoring twice while adding three helpers. Fortunately, things did turn around in the second encounter for the LG HC. E.Girouard was quite remarkable as the sniper collected his fifth goal that ultimately sent the match into a shootout.
(3)LG HC vs Les Yables(9)
(5)Les Yables vs LG HC(5) S.O
Degenerates tweak their game in split with Excalibur
J.Atch needed to be good, and the Degenerates got much needed production up front in order to even the miniseries with the Excalibur. For how lopsided the first game ended, the Degenerates could have continued to fall apart in the second match. Instead, they put it behind them, and stood together in order to return the favour. They were aggressive when needed to be and laid off when they needed to. It always helps storming off to a better start. After grabbing a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame, the Degenerates made sure to keep winning their battles in order to not give much. The snow ball effect lasted all game that saw scoring efforts from five different players.
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (7)
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates (5)
Ice Breakers stun Immigrant twice on late goals
Like just about everyone from both benches, the players were preparing for a shootout. That was up until a late penalty enabled the Ice Breakers to take advantage on a power play goal from H.Jerjian. Les Immigrant managed to put it behind them quickly as they focused on a good start in the ensuing match. Things appeared to be fine when A.Addante opened the scoring while finding V.Botchway for a 2-1 lead heading into the final stretch. But the Ice Breakers were not to be denied, and for a second straight time, they tilted the court in their favour. It took only two minutes for H.Jerjian and A.Tachejian to get to R.Ricaurte. The go ahead marker left all but three minutes on the clock. Unfortunately for Les Immigrant, they weren’t able to force the extra time as they were stuck going empty handed in what were two very close games.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Immigrant (2)
(2)Immigrant vs Ice Breakers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. The Punishers got on their winning ways right away thanks to an offensive showing by C.Gingras, who already produced nine points in a single night.
Tuesday January 21
Classics take advantage of depleted line up
The Prolific Athletes had to know they were playing with fire having only one change up to their bench. The first game was already decided when K.Araujo posted his second for a 4-0 lead by the eight minute mark of the opening frame. With the luxury of having a second chance to redeem themselves, the Prolific Athletes came out ready for the ensuing match despite their short bench. Granted, the odds did play against them but the overall contest was way closer than the first encounter. The Classics needed two quick goals in the second period in order to gain control. After getting his club on board, P.Gervasi was behind setting up both D.Gagnon and E.Gabrielli.
(6)The Classics vs Prolific Athletes(3)
(1)Prolific Athletes vs The Classics(3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Gervasi of the Classics. The heads up d-man had a productive game collecting three points in a close 3-1 win.
Friday January 17
(3)Brewers vs National (7)
O.Valiquette, champion National rout Brewers in season opener
O.Valiquette and the recent winners of the Masters 35+ division opened their title defense with a convincing 7-3 thrashing of the Brewers on Friday night. The better start did belong to the Brewers however by winning the opening frame 2-1. By the time the second period ended, the game was still up for grabs as both sides entered the final stretch evened up at three goals apiece. National eventually broke the tie when O.Valiquette buried his third of four goals early in the third period. Then, and perhaps arguably the turning point of the game occurred when the Brewers gave up two consecutive shorthanded goals in a very short span. Clearly that sequence deflated their bench as there was no way of recovering from a pair of blunders. Overall, they did match up well with National and could have had a better outcome if not for a poorly runned power play.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs The Family(2)
Devil Dawgz grab first lead off of J.Constantin’s late marker
J.Constantin’s goal with four minutes remaining held up, and the Devil Dawgz did just enough to edge out the Family. That goal was the first lead of the night for the Devil Dawgz, who rebounded twice to even the score. The Family will look back at times where they could have widened the gap by a pair, but were stuck facing a solid goaltending performance by M.Trivisonno. Both sides played a good eight minutes in the third period with the game tied up at two goals apiece. Eventually, something was bound to give, and the Devil Dawgz were the ones to seize the moment. N.Faria scored once while setting up two goals, and M.Trivisonno found a way to get the decision over his counterpart G.Maragno, who was just as solid in net for the Family.
(9)Templars vs Chiefs (4)
Chiefs can’t overcome mistakes in loss to Templars
A bad start and a few errors did the Chiefs in on Friday night. The Chiefs weren’t terrific and looked sloppy at times that enabled the Templars to benefit on a couple of errors throughout the game. One thing you don’t want to do is fall behind against a stingy defensive hockey team. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the hole was dug early as they found themselves trailing 3-0 after the first period alone. D.Verta was involved in most of the action as the crafty forward was dangerous all night collecting six points that included a hat trick.
(4)Pylons vs HBHA Seniors (2)
Pylons earn hard fought win with late game charge
Simply relying on your top gun in time of need paid off for the Pylons. T.Settino created his own space to find himself in front of C.Stavriadis where he slipped the ball through on a clever back hand move. As much as that goal was clutch, the Pylons needed more than just a timely goal to win this game. O.Caillet had to be brilliant in net which he was, and the Pylons had to buy into a solid defensive game in order to keep the HBHA to the outside as much as possible. There were times that the HBHA had plenty of ball possession keeping the Pylons pinned on their heels. Often, when two teams grind it out, a break will eventually occur and T.Settino was able to make the most of his.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. In a night that every game had a difference maker, T.Settino will merit the honour for not only snapping a late tie, but by also contributing as a responsible two way centre man versus a very good HBHA Seniors hockey team.
Wednesday January 15
(7)Armadillos vs Left Wings (2)
Armadillos get off to great start
It may only be the first game of the season but the Armadillos already made a statement on Wednesday night. Teams will learn quickly how difficult it will be to content against a team that defends the way they do while able to hurt you on the score sheet. Adding to that, it helps having C.Stavriadis guarding the cage as the net minder had all but two minutes in order to capture a shutout. P.Lapointe went on an early tear striking twice in the first seven minutes of play. He eventually buried his third to share a hat trick alongside K.Koutsogiannopoulos, who also added a pair of helpers. The Left Wings have to buy in completely to being sound defensively. It’s not like they don’t have the elements. Sometimes things just don’t go right which won’t bother a team that know they can play a lot better.
(5)Fitforce Phoenix vs Screaming Eagles (3)
Hassan Khanafer and Ahmad Khanafer share the spotlight with 2 goals each
The Fitforce Phoenix couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season. They got stingy on defense, turned to H & A Khanafer for offense while getting reliable goaltending from M.St-Laurent. Sometimes it’s all about applying a simple game plan. The Fitforce Phoenix did all the little things right with the ability of limiting the Screaming Eagles on the large part. E.Skafidas did provide a pair of third period goals but the game was already decided by then.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Lapointe of the Armadillos. In the first seven minutes, P.Lapointe set the tone for the Armadillos posting back to back tallies before completing his trick just prior to the mid-way point of the match.
Wednesday January 15
(3)Bulldogs vs Fatal Demons (9)
Fatal Demons lean on chemistry in rout of Bulldogs
If there was one major edge the Fatal Demons had in tonight’s game was definitely their experience from playing together over the years. They executed, and made plenty of plays that resulted in many goals. G.DeMarinis didn’t miss a beat finding the net on three occasions. The Bulldogs only found their stride when the game was put out of reach. A.Zarzour contributed to C.Boivin’s busy night in net as the veteran struck twice as part of a five point performance. Maybe it wasn’t there expectation to fall this deep, but the Bulldogs have plenty of time to adjust with many more games to come.
(1)Underdogs vs Carnage (6)
M.Pace and M.Cristiano spark offense with two goals each
M.Pace and M.Cristiano each scored twice to lead Carnage to a 6-1 win over the Underdogs. Carnage was able to stifle the Underdogs offence throughout most of the game expect for one time when P.St-Germain finally got to B.Madonis. By then, the damage had been done despite an entire period left over. There was no way Carnage would falter their lead having the man power to rotate three lines down the final stretch. Three of their six goals came in the third period where M.Cristiano posted back to back insurance markers.
(5)Bad Habits vs Knights (9)
S.Ruggiero scores 4 goals to carry Knights past Bad Habits
S.Ruggiero scored twice in the first, and twice in the third, while M.Dupuis was the catalyst for creating five markers for the Knights. The game was played wide open from the drop of the ball with the Knights edging the Bad Habits 4-3 after the first period alone. Things did eventually slow down, still favouring the Knights as they slowing widened the gap. The Bad Habits will look to tweak certain areas of their game as they are still getting accustom to playing with one another. They did manage to create enough chances with M.DelGaudio leading the charge on three points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Ruggiero of the Knights. The sharp shooter was able to hit his target four times to help jump start the season for the Knights.
Monday January 13
Despite rough start, Les Yables find their rhythm to level with Orient
After falling short to the recent champs to open up their regular season, Les Yables responded with authority to even the score. L.Verdon started to heat up and Les Yables celebrated a 6-3 win thanks to his hat trick and two assists. The Orient stood their ground in the opening game limiting their opponent to only one goal but were completely out done by the time the night ended. B.Cabral and H.Awada clicked as the tandem produced a total of eight points while A.Farah chipped in with three helpers for the Orient. Teams like to measure themselves on how they finish rather than how they start. For Les Yables, the win felt gratifying knowing that they can compete with an established opponent.
(4)Orient vs Les Yables(1)
(6)Les Yables vs Orient(3)
Les Immigrant battle back to win in shootout
After a shaky start to their night, Les Immigrant eventually settled down and had the last say to split the miniseries with the Excalibur. J.Haddad had hunted the equaliser and S.Yankouzian polished it off by riffling the lone shootout marker for Les Immigrant. Neither team really had much of an edge throughout the entire four periods except for one frame where the Excalibur took it on goals by H.Alfonse and J.Azoulay. With both goaltenders being a big factor, S.Sauk allowed only two goals in both games after facing a total of 37 shots for the Excalibur. On the flip side of the court, Ricaurte was just as stellar and was able to return the favour by denying S.Ruggiero in the shootouts.
(3)Excalibur vs Les Immigrant(1)
(2)Les Immigrant vs Excalibur(1) S.O
F.Koch, 1 Timer ready to play in season debut
As confidence boosters go, tonight was a great start for the 1 Timer. F.Koch deserved his praise as the net minder was rock solid collecting a 3-0 shutout win while allowing all but one goal in the dying moments of the ensuing match. But as much as Koch delivered, the 1 Timer know how to play in front of their net minder. The Ice Breakers struggled to generate enough chances simply due to the fact that they played on their heels. T.Daigneault surged collecting three goals and an assist in both games. P-A Surprenant saw both his goals stand up for winners as the power forward had a very productive night finishing with five points.
(0)Ice Breakers vs 1 Timer (3)
(4)1 Timer vs Ice Breakers (1)
Degenerates rally late to squeeze out a pair of victories over Prolific Athletes
With the Prolific Athletes leading 3-2 in the last minute of play, the expectations was that they would grab their first win of the season. Instead, the Degenerates pulled a rabbit out of the hat on two very late goals .First, S.Sicuso used a one timer coming from a very sharp angle to even the score, and then, A.Desrosiers followed up on a potent wrist shot to beat the Prolific Athletes net minder. The Degenerates entered the night having only one player to change with. They managed to storm out of the gate posting three first period goals that barely stood for a 3-2 victory. Knowing this, the Prolific Athletes made it a point to grab a better start in the second match and did so by playing ahead for nearly the entire game. The only time they faltered the lead was when A.Desrosiers struck with 26 seconds left on the clock. Although they felt deserving of a better outcome, the Prolific Athletes had some very good looks for a team that just started playing in an organized league.
(3)Degenerates vs Prolific Athletes (2)
(3)Prolific Athletes vs Degenerates (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to L.Verdon of Les Yables. After shaking off some cob webs in their earlier match with the Orient, L.Verdon was able to put it into fifth gear accumulating five points that included a hat trick.
Wednesday January 8 (E Final)
Fat Roy claims a memorable title
Fat Roy made this season one to remember. After going down in what was a one sided affair, Fat Roy never gave up battling back to level the series before capping off a thrilling overtime finish in game three. As one would expect after dropping the opening contest, desperation was apparent in the level of play from Fat Roy. D.Lombardi brought the fire power early on in game two and wasn’t afraid to use it providing two key goals to set the comeback in motion. Clearly it gave Fat Roy a boost that translated into them gaining control of the match. While they continued to put on the pressure after finding their footing, Wocafloka couldn’t get any of their momentum going. Maybe that was because they fell behind early while dealing with a shorter bench versus a team that rolls three lines. Regardless the reasons, nothing was yet decided as both teams had all but fifteen minutes or possibly more to claim their pride. With game three left over to decide matters, both teams made sure to not give much head way. A.Agudelo struck first for Wocafloka, who till that point had an incredible final by collecting his sixth goal of the night. However, that didn’t sink the moral of Fat Roy as A.Angelis responded shortly after to eventual put this series in critical condition. Then, barley two minutes into the sudden death frame, C.Fragkiudakis lifted Fat Roy to a memorable night by posting the championship winner. As the Fat Roy bench exploded with noise, his teammates raced to mob him to celebrate the special moment. It seemed only fitting that this win came the way it did for a team that carried plenty of magic late in the regular season and throughout the playoffs. On behalf of Hockyballe.com, congratulations go out to Costa Zafiropoulos and Fat Roy for claiming the E Wednesday title.
(6)Wocafloka vs Fat Roy(2) Game 1
(8)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(3) Game 2
(2)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(1) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to C.Fragkiudakis of Fat Roy. Although it came courtesy of an overall team effort, C.Fragkiudakis will be remembered the most by riffling his clubs most important goal of the season.
Wednesday January 8 (F Final)
Buckshots avoid playing with fire in game 2 shootout victory, winners of F division
With less than 20 seconds remaining in game two, the Horsemen scored to tie the game and give themselves a decent chance to extent the series. But the Buckshots- the division leaders that have never dropped a game, charged back for a dramatic ending that took place in the shootout. Y.Derohannessian and K.Kavan each scored during the breakaways, S.Morante denied both attempts his way, and the Buckshots went on to win the F division championship. The series looked to have been easier than what it appeared to be, especially after the Buckshots took the opening contest rather easily. However, it was all but a cake walk for the division leaders in the ensuing match. The Buckshots carried only a slight 2-1 lead heading into the final frame of game two. Like most teams with their backs to the wall, a heavy response was in the making. The Horsemen played their best hockey in that single frame alone that forced a 50/50 scenario in the shootout. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way to come out on top which would have given them a great opportunity to knock out a heavy favourite in a shorter game. Throughout the entire regular season and playoffs, the Buckshots relied on their weapons to create offense and score plenty of goals. Tonight’s series wasn’t any different as they tallied 12 times in both games while adding a pair of shootout markers. E.Mavroudis was a force in game one collecting a hat trick as part of a five point performance. M.Destounis and K.Kavan were productive as well as both players accumulated six points each. Apart from one single frame, S.Morante did the job in net and was largely responsible for avoiding a dreaded game three. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Bobby Vorias and the Buckshots for taking home the F Wednesday division title.
(7)Buckshots vs Horsemen (2) Game 1
(5)Horsemen vs Buckshots(7) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Morante. Even though the Buckshots have the fire power to outscore any team, goaltending was still extremely important in tonight’s case. S.Morante was timely when needed to be and the Buckshots were able to celebrate thanks to his big stops in the shootout.
Friday December 20 (Final)
(2)Pylons vs National (9) Game 1
National torch Pylons in blowout win
The Pylons left much to be desired from their performance in game 1 as they fell by a landslide to National. The series turned fast into the Nationals favour after posting a 3-0 lead by the eight minute mark of the first period. They commanded play right from the start and never looked back leaving the Pylons in disbelief for how one-sided the entire game went. Contributions came from everyone with nobody really stealing the show. C.Dagenais, M.Pinheiro and Y.Dube did score two goals each while Rubens Morne set up many plays resulting in five assists. At no point did the Pylons grab any sort of positives. Knowing that game two wasn’t going to get any easier, the Pylons tried to pick up from their poor play in order to put out a better outing in the ensuing match.
(8)National vs Pylons (2) Game 2
National in a league of their own, crowned winners of Masters 35+ division
After often finding themselves on the short end of the stick, National finally achieved what they have been thriving for. There was no doubt National displayed strong determination and dedication throughout the entire series. Their game plan was to control the game, pace and power the Pylons into submission. The execution looked perfect at times that saw many goals look prettier than the other. Even though the Pylons tried to adjust a specific game plan in order to slow National down, nothing was going to work on this night. Just like in game one, the win came courtesy of a collective team effort. M.Pinheiro scored once while setting up four different teammates. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Marc Pinheiro and National for winning the Masters 35+ division.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Marc Pinheiro. The captain took nothing for granted on Friday night as he led by example collecting a bunch of points to help lead his team to victory.
Thursday December 19 (Final)
(3)Winter Soldiers vs Legacy (6) Game 1
M.DoCouto goes coast to coast for silky goal, Legacy top Soldiers in game 1
M.DoCouto has been nothing short of spectacular for what he brings to his team. Known for his sound defensive game using his long reach to break up plays, M.DoCouto has more to offer than preventing goals. Clearly he was ready to play and it showed when he went from his own end of the court to the other teams net to pot in a beauty that came out of nowhere. Like most experience teams do with a shorter bench, they simply wait for a mistake that eventually translates into opportunities. Legacy doesn’t need many chances to score with the kind of quality they have to offer. An example of it came off a pair of blistering slap shots from Payam Assadi and T.Bozinakis. Both those tallies came from their own neutral zone where J.Sanoudakis couldn’t react in time. The Winter Soldiers had a good pace to their overall game but couldn’t bury their chances early on. F.Baratta was a big reason why his club played with a comfortable lead for most of the match.
(8)Legacy vs Winter Soldiers (1) Game 2
Legacy remain dominant in rout of Winter Soldiers, winners of C Thursday division
Legacy took another big step when they jumped on the Winter Soldiers in the first period. Every player did what they were supposed to do and that was to lead the way to another championship. It’s what came to be expected of Legacy when it comes to playoff time. With a team led by talented forwards like Payam Assadi, T.Bozinakis and J.Rochon, a deep defense headed by M.DoCouto and S.Govas and goalie F.Baratta, the Winter Soldiers weren’t enough of a formidable test, at least not on this night. And even though it wasn’t what they had hoped for, the Winter Soldiers took a step in the right direction. But tonight did belong to a team that took centre stage when everything was on the line. By having the right mind set and surrounding yourself with the right people, you come out stronger as a group. Throughout both games, Legacy played committed like playoff heroes. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to George Panagiotopoulos,Payam Assadi and the rest of Legacy for claiming the C Thursday division title.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Baratta of Legacy. Good results are built on stable goaltending. Legacy are lucky to have F.Baratta perform the way he did on Thursday as he was at his absolute best.
Wednesday December 18 (F Semis)
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Buckshots(8) Game 2
Buckshots keep riding first rate offense as they look ahead to F final
They have been the engine that makes the Buckshots go and they don't plan on stopping any time soon. And even though the Mighty Drunks understood it, there wasn't much they could have done. They did hang in there for one period but that all changed in the second where the Buckshots floored it leaving their opponent deep in their rear view mirror. Reoccurring names like E.Mavrouidis and K.Kavan are expected to get points but the Buckshots got some extended offense-from M.Thakaa and by their captain B.Vorias as both players chipped in with a pair. Till this point, nothing has yet to slow them down. However, they'll need to continue it one more time before it's all said and done.
(5)Horsemen vs Carnage (7) Game 2
M.Pace 4 goal output helps level series for Carnage
Just when Carnage needed an answer they got one. Sometimes you can just tell when a player, at any sport at any time, is primed for a plus performance. In this particular contest that player was M.Pace, who flashed patience, skill and a beautiful finishing touch that resulted in four goals. More importantly, they came at the right time that enabled Carnage to play in front. Despite falling behind 2-0, the Horsemen battled their way back to even the score only to dig themselves in an even deeper hole. It was clear that Carnage came out to play knowing that their season was on the line. However, this was one of two must win games. Both sides were now faced playing their most important fifteen minutes and possibly some extra time to see who reaches the finish line first.
(2)Horsemen vs Carnage (1) O.T Game 3
S.Giannakis and M.Kardum tandem pull Horsemen through to big dance
Every player imagines at one point becoming their team's hero. After receiving a feed- from M.Kardum, S.Giannakis lived the moment by bagging the Horsemen's biggest goal yet this season. Prior to celebrating it however, the Horsemen thought they had it wrapped up in regulation when M.Kardum struck with less than a minute remaining for a 1-0 lead. It took only one play later for S.Musacchio to respond and balance the scale. From-there, the inevitable was waiting for the two sides as a dreaded sudden death frame would decide who advances to the final and who`ll be watching from-the sidelines. Unfortunately, there is only room for one winner no matter how evenly matched the two teams are. In tonight's case, the Horsemen were the ones to find a way and extend their season. The series didn't take long to end in overtime, only a minute and change into it when S.Giannakis buried the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefanos Giannakis of the Horsemen. Often, timing is everything, and S.Giannakis couldn't have arrived at a better time. The Horsemen will advance to the F final thanks to S.Giannakis`s series deciding goal.
The F Wednesday semi finals came to a close on Wednesday night. The Buckshots will take on the Horsemen for all its glory. This series will primarily be based on what the Horsemen need to do in order to slow down a high octane offense. Even though you can't stop it completely, limiting the damage may be the right way to go about it. The Horsemen will need to generate enough offense while getting exceptional goaltending-from M.Vinciguerra. As long as the games remain close enough, they'll have a chance, if not, the Buckshots will be the ones celebrating.
Wednesday December 18 (E Semis)
(5)Left Wings vs Wocafloka(1) Game 2
Left Wings bring best game, get back into series
The Left Wings got back to playing to their strengths on Wednesday night, bouncing back-from an opening series loss to defeat the Wocafloka 5-1 and square their playoff series 1-1.The Left Wings limited their turnovers and rediscovered their scoring touch in this game after being outworked and outplayed by the same 5-1 score only a week ago. Scoring efforts came by committee as five different players took turns finding the net. S.Vassilopoulos was stellar in game two allowing only one goal on 20 shots. Wocafloka , although fell behind 2-0, did narrow the gap early in the second period but were unable to build it more than that. It was apparent that the Left Wings had more urgency compared to their opponent which set up the stage for a do or die mini game.
(3)Wocafloka vs Left Wings (1) Game 3
Captain J-M Loiseau shows why he's the pride of Wocafloka
There was no way the captain of Wocafloka was stopping after a lopsided defeat only moment's ago. Even though his entire team looked out of gas, everyone had at least one period of enough fuel in the tank to compete with the Left Wings. And who better than your captain to lead the way.After setting up A.Fonrose for the games opening goal, J-M Loiseau was able to snap a 1-1 tie with just over six minutes to go. In playoff hockey, six minutes feels like an eternity but the Wocafloka made sure to stay with it playing a solid defensive game while relying heavily on C.Stavriadis on their last line of defence. They managed to kill off the clock and secure a spot in the final when F.Belisle fed a yawning cage.
(6)Fat Roy vs Fatal Demons (3) Game 2
Fat Roy sweep division leaders to reach final
The game, and by extension the series, might have been over by the ten minute mark of the second period when N.Gikas scored on the power play for a 4-1 lead. J.Sanoudakis has been good enough that a three goal cushion was sufficient for the eventual victory. Fat Roy saw all their top guys get involved on the score sheet. K.Fiore, N.Gikas and M.Tvaronas all had two goals each. The Fatal Demons couldn't match the pace of Fat Roy and never had the chance to play with the lead where they tend to play better when in control of the game. The win sends Fat Roy through to the final where they'll take on Wocafloka.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-M Loiseau of Wocafloka. After his team took it the chin versus the Left Wings, the captain made sure to not go down without a fight by responding with a huge performance in game three.
The E Wednesday division will have Wocafloka take on Fat Roy in the final. Both teams appear well matched-skilled teams that can push the pace and flip games with offensive outbursts. Since offense and solid goaltending may be a wash, Fat Roy may benefit due to their body count in what may be a long series. But that's not to take away the resilient play of Wocafloka, who'll battle till the very end.
Monday December 16 (Division 2 final)
Orient bounces 1 Timer with overtime winner to lift 4vs4 trophy
Every player dreams about being an overtime hero, and J.Mavuanga was able to live the fantasy by netting his clubs biggest goal ever. It often comes down to bounces or plain out skill. In the case of this particular goal, J.Mavuanga used his sweet hands to slide the ball right passed F.Koch. This series couldn't have been any closer with game one decided after nine shootout attempts. Eventually, M.Carpentier came through with the help of F.Koch making the necessary save to secure the victory for the 1 Timer. Now with their backs to the wall, the Orient found themselves in the same spot of the ensuing match, another dreaded shootout. This time however, the tides turned as they prevailed on two shootout goals that saw B.Cabral and A.Khanafer get the better of F.Koch. Both teams were now stuck playing a shorter twelve minute game for all the marbles. And rather than it being decided in regulation, overtime was once again required. The only difference was that it was played in a five minute format rather than a shootout. It was during that time that J.Mavuanga came through for the Orient. His tally sparked jubilation and a sense of relief in what was an incredible battle between two very good hockey teams. The 1 Timer, although heartbroken have nothing to feel down about. They know that it could have easily gone there way if it wasn't for some little details here in there. Sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes you don't. In tonight's case,the Orient benefited on one extra play which was just enough to claim victory. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com congratulations, go out to Fadel Nasser and the Orient for claiming the second division 4v4 championship.
(6)1 Timer vs Orient (5) S.O Game 1
(4)Orient vs 1 Timer (2) S.O Game 2
(0)1 Timer vs Orient (1) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jeamy Mavuanga of the Orient. Thanks to his brilliant skill set, the Orient were able to celebrate a well deserved championship on Monday night.
Monday December 16 (Division 1 final)
Mr Carl clutch Gingras propels Punishers in wild ending, winners of first division 4vs4
Of course it was Carl Gingras, it had to be him. You can almost put good money that when the game is on the line, C.Gingras would be the one to pull through. The Punishers were able to celebrate a special ending thanks to a huge game three sudden death winner provided-from C.Gingras. The Punishers hoped for a two game sweep after man handling Legacy in game one. But that would be wishful thinking to have it done versus a team with that kind of pedigree. And perhaps as expected, game two did go their way with Payam Assadi and E.Girouard leading the charge up front as both players scored two goals each. C.Stavriadis rebounded after a shaky start to earn a 20 save shutout. By judging the way the night was going, it was only fitting that this series would go the distance. Before getting to the climactic moment, P.Arkalis along with his bother Manny Arkalis had plenty of pull as both players combined for five points. Then, with overtime winding down to its final moments, C.Gingras placed himself just at the right place to knock in a rebound where he'd write the conclusion of a perfect story line. Just like in the previous series, this one was also a coin flip as either team could have taken it. The playoffs are as much about rebounding-from adversity as they are about trying to avoid it altogether. In tonight's case, it took one single play, one single bounce and one particular player in C.Gingras to get it done. On behalf of Haockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Fidrilis and the Punishers for getting it done.
(8)Punishers vs Legacy (5) Game 1
(4)Legacy vs Punishers (0) Game 2
(3)Punishers vs Legacy (2) O.T Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines clutch as successful: a clutch pitcher, a clutch hitter or Punishers top gun C.Gingras. In what came down to one goal deciding a championship, you would have been wise to put money on C.Gingras.
Monday December 16 (Division 3 final)
Excalibur goes into beast mode after embarrassing game one loss, crowned champions
For how lopsided game one was favoring the Degenerates, it seemed farfetched that the Excalibur had much of a chance to bounce back into the series. The opening contest was completely dominated-from a more committed side resulting in five goals while barely giving up a scoring opportunity. S.Marricco continued his pace riffling three markers in the first period alone. Then, what appeared to be a route to an expected path turned into an instant t downfall for the Degenerates. The Excalibur did the right thing by striking early to finally get the monkey off their back. That one goal sent a shock wave to their bench as many more followed leaving the Degenerates in disbelief on what was slowly unwinding in front of all of them. Still, no matter how embarrassing the loss, a 12 minute game was left over for a potential turn around. Unfortunately for the Degenerates, the nightmare continued and the Excalibur just went about their business adding four goals in a 4-1 decisive score. F.Bchara led his teammates up front notching five tallies in three games. But perhaps the most significant piece to the puzzle was the play of S.Sauk. After looking average in game one, the net minder was in a league of his own in the following two games. Sauk stole the show making plenty of remarkable saves .Only one goal went by S.Sauk, who was absolutely brilliant throughout the rest of the series. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Scott Sauk and the Excalibur for winning the 4v4 division.
(5)Degenerates vs Excalibur (0) Game 1
(8)Excalibur vs Degenerates (1) Game 2
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (4) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. Goaltending always plays a major role when it comes to the big games. Credit goes out to S.Sauk for rebounding his team after a terrible game one loss.
Brewers vs National
Emotions high as National advance to final
The title says it all! A good and intense battle was in store as the National looked to take advantage of their quick strike offence as the Brewers countered with their tough, stingy defence. The key for both teams would’ve been to stay away from the sin bin, a.k.a the penalty box but let’s just say that the refs certainly had their hands full in this contest. Game 1 favored the Brewers, who took an early 3rd period lead and managed to hang on for a 3-2 win, with both keepers facing a healthy amount of shots. This result sent captain M.Pinheiro and his National teammates back to the drawing board as they had 1 hour to figure things out in a win or go home game. Game 2 was a different story, where the National converted a 4-1 first period lead into a 6-2 rout, outshooting, outrunning & outchancing the Brewers to force the dreaded mini-game. Game 3 began slowly and then as he’s done so often, M.Pinheiro opened the scoring at the 6 minute mark, and 37 seconds later G.Pierre doubled their lead in what stood as the series winning goal for National, who will once again play for the high honors in the Masters division. This series didn’t disappoint and credit captains M.Pinheiro (National) & A.Lanni (Brewers) for putting together competitive teams and making it this far.
Pylons vs Templars
Tightly contested series favors the Pylons
The expectations were high for this one, as we expected to see up tempo hockey, combined with fast transitions, with lots of pinching from the D to support the rush. With both these teams having strengths throughout their respective line-ups, it’s no surprise that it was meant to go the distance. As an example, game 1 went to the Templars by a 5-4 margin and incredibly enough 9 different goal scorers found the twine! Maybe, the Pylons were rusty or got a little complacent, having had a bye week, but captain S.Sicuso needed to make some adjustments and remind his players of what was at stake. Game 2 turned out to be another tight affair. Templars finished period 1 with a 3-2 lead. By the 3rd period Templars looked to be on their way to the finals, but with 13.3 seconds on the clock, JM Loiseau tallied to level the match, sending his team to the shootout, where both he and A.Bergomi scored, extending the series. The playoffs are a time when heros are born or come to the forefront and in game 3, as he’s done all season, A.Fonrose seized the moment and came up huge for his teammates as he managed to bag both goals for the series clinching 2-1 victory. Credit S.Fabrici of the Templars for putting together a team of crafty veterans that competed hard and fought to the end as well as the Pylons for continuing their season in what promises to be an exciting and intriguing match-up.
The Salumi Player of the night goes to A. Fonrose of the Pylons.
Legends vs Winter Soldiers
Soldiers sweep semis, advance to final
In what was billed as a matchup of youth vs veterans, the result favored the youth. Both teams made sure they came with stacked benches, as they obviously knew the implications at stake. Winter Soldiers have a few players who can do some damage and they came out firing in game 1, with a triumphant 5-1 victory and with 4 different goalscorers lighting the lamp. The Legends retreated to their dressing room, knowing that they had to play a solid perimeter game, relying on their neutral zone strengths and absolutely avoid the penalty box, in order to level the series at 1 game apiece. Game 2 saw the goalies extremely busy as both teams decided to open the flood gates by going on the offensive. Unfortunately for the Legends, they trailed throughout the game and were unable to gain any kind of momentum and ultimately lost by a 7-4 scoreline. J.Mckenzie & C.Kakivelis took care of the offense combining for an incredible 12 points in both games. Credit goes to the Winter Soldiers, who used their overall team speed, ball possession and timely scoring to secure a place in the final. Hats off to the Legends, who battled hard till the last buzzer and made it to the final four in a very competitive division.
Legacy vs Bramabulls
Series goes the distance, Legacy prevail
This match-up featured 2 teams who are battle tested and have championship pedigree and are strong throughout their respective line-ups. They’re all too familiar with each other, having had numerous battles over the years and so it was only fitting that it went the distance, with yet another classic. Game 1 started like your typical playoff game, with both teams feeling each other out. Then within the span of 11 minutes in the 2nd period everything changed, as Legacy scored an incredible 6 goals and proceeded to rout the Bulls 6-1, with J.Rochon’s hat trick leading the way. Game 2 saw the Bramabulls have a much better start leading 4-0 after the 2nd period. Incredibly enough, Legacy stormed back to tie it at 4, with little time left, sending it to shootouts where sniper J.Mandracchia was the lone shootout marker extending the Bulls season and forcing a deciding mini-game. The mini-game was fast and furious, with both teams trading punches and going toe to toe with each other in the back and forth affair. Trailing by 1 with less than 10 seconds remaining, the Bramabulls tied it up, forcing overtime where the drama continued. In what may probably be the biggest goal of his ball hockey career, S.Athanasopoulos delivered in overtime with the goal that sent Legacy off to the finals. Credit both teams with providing fans with an entertaining spectacle from start to finish.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to S. Athanasopoulos of Legacy.
Wocafloka vs Left Wings
Wocafloka rout Left Wings for series lead
It’s never easy keeping a high octane offence at bay, but that’s exactly what Wocafloka did to the Left Wings on this night. They stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back, as the Left Wings were simply unable to muster anything offensively, even though they had their fair share of chances with Wocafloka visiting the penalty box on 4 occasions. Wocafloka shut it down after the first period relying on overall team defence, offensive transition and the usual solid goaltending from veteran C.Stavriadis who pushed aside all but 1. Luckily it’s only game 1, and coach N.Sotiropoulos and the Left Wings have a week to devise a game plan and get their act together or they’ll be packing their bags.
Carnage vs Horsemen
Crazy comeback falls short, Horsemen squeak out game 1
In a battle between 2 teams who know each other so well, it was hard to predict the end result. In what could only be described as a crazy and unexpected game, the Horsemen had the wind in their sails as they were in cruise control, leading 5-0 after 2 periods. Carnage were throwing balls at the net but mostly from the perimeter and not generating many high danger scoring chances, with the Horsemen keeping them at bay. Usually, when having such a comfortable lead with so little time remaining in a playoff game, you just need to close it out, but the third period was a different story. Carnage came out flying scoring an incredible 4 goals from 4 different players all within 6 minutes. They pulled their goalie, but the Horsemen managed to hang on and avoid a colossal defeat. V.Pandza and the Horsemen know that this one was way too close for comfort and simply can’t get complacent. F.Pace and Carnage now have a week to figure out how to get a better start to their game and not play from behind as they did all game long.
Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks
E.Mavroudis goes on a tear, Buckshots take game 1
The Mighty Drunks knew they had to play solid team defence, and capitalize on their opportunities and try to limit the chances of the devastating top line that the Buckshots possess. The game was incredibly tight as both teams were limiting each other’s scoring chances and getting in the shooting lanes, a typical playoff game. Things turned in the third period, where like he’s basically done all season, E.Mavroudis put the Buckshots on his back and was a man on a mission as he completed a natural hat trick to go along with his first period goal for a 4 goal output. It’s only game 1, but the Mighty Drunks know that they were able to battle and frustrate the Buckshots for 2 full periods. They have a week to figure out how to contain a powerful offence and again they’ll need T.Borgia to get timely stops and keep their opponent to the perimeter, in order to force a 3rd game.
Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy
Fat Roy grab game 1 in heated affair
In a classic match-up between 2 veteran laden teams filled with depth, and who are equally strong in all 3 zones, it was only fitting that it was so close till the bitter end. The action was fast and furious, with both goaltenders seeing lots of activity in their respective creases to go along with the chippiness and chirping. The score was close, with neither side gaining an edge and the special teams were quite active with so many visits to the penalty box. With less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation, L.Williams of Fat Roy was able to rifle a quick wrister from a near impossible angle which beat R.Ranieri and stood as the game winner. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the division leading Fatal Demons, but surely captain P.Santullo will use the week to get a game plan together.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to E. Mavroudis of the Buckshots.
Legacy vs Venom
Legacy win 2 straight, punch ticket to final
Both teams showed up with stacked benches, knowing a trip to the Finals was at stake and they didn’t disappoint. In game 1, J.Courteau was a force for Venom, as the power forward bagged a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough as P.Assadi found the back of the net for the game winner, with a little over 2 minutes remaining in the contest. As frustrating as losing game 1 was, Venom knew they had very little time to re-group to get back in the series. As expected, game 2 was also tightly disputed as both goaltenders stood on their head to keep the game close, with Venom forcing a shootout to keep their playoff hopes alive. F.Baratta was solid between the pipes as he denied all 3 Venom shooters, while E. Girouard capitalized on his shootout opportunity as the crafty veteran was the only one to solve M.Trivisonno, propelling Legacy to the Finals.
Armadillos vs Orient
Malkoun shuts the door, Orient prevail
It is often said that defense wins championships and the Orient seemed to buy into this message as they played shutdown hockey in order to muzzle the veteran Armadillos. By limiting their opponent to 35 shots in 2 games, the Orient we’re able to prevail in a thrilling game 2 shootout victory, as Billy Cabral scored the lone shootout marker as C.Malkoun stopped all 3 Armadillo shooters. F.Nasser was the most productive scorer accumulating 4 points, while J.Bolonakis did his part for the Armadillos with 3 points. Credit goes to their overall team defense, as well as banking on the brilliance of netminder C.Malkoun, which allowed them to prevail. It certainly didn’t help the Armadillos who were missing some key pieces and had a shorter bench, but hats off to the Orient for pulling through.
1 Timer vs Dragons
Series goes the distance, 1 Timer gets the job done
In a battle of 2 evenly matched teams, Maxime Carpentier was a force for the 1 Timer, participating in 7 of his team’s 10 goals with an impressive 5 goals & 2 assists. Game 1 went to 1 Timer, as they did their damage in the first period scoring all 3 goals and then managed to hang on and play sound defence as the Dragons comeback fell short. Dragon’s captain J.DeStefano rallied his troops as they came out a with a much better effort prevailing in game 2 and forcing a 3rd and deciding mini game. In the series finale, The 1 Timer was firing on all cylinders, getting 5 goals on their opponent, while shutting the door and only allowing 2 to get by F.Koch, as the goaltender was solid for his team when they needed him most. The 1 Timer have been on quite a roll lately, with timely scoring and clutch goaltending that sees them with yet another trip to the Finals of their respective division.
Ice Breakers vs Excalibur
Excalibur squeeze by in tight checking affair
They say anything can happen in the playoffs, you just need to get in. That’s exactly what happened as the Excalibur defeated the Ice Breakers in what you could call a slight upset. Game 1 was tightly contested, with Excalibur grabbing an early 1st period lead only to see the Ice Breakers come storming back in the 2nd period to tie it up, thus requiring a shootout, where both F.Bchara and A.Fonrose found the back of the net to decide it. Game 2 was a little different as the Ice Breakers had a better start and kept it tied late into the 2nd period, before J.Azoulay buried the most important goal of the series, with about 3 minutes remaining and it stood up as the game and series winning goal. Give credit to the Ice Breakers who held their own versus a veteran side in Excalibur and also to S.Sauk and his troops who held the fort allowing only 4 goals over 2 games.
Degenerates vs Chic Choc
Degenerates right the ship and advance to Final
Resilient teams find a way to win when the chips are down, and that’s exactly what happened on this night. After dropping a very close game 1 fairly late on a goal by JR Lemay, captain S.Sicuso remained calm and knew all that was needed was a few adjustments and a reset. The Degenerates stormed back to take both games by identical scorelines of 4-1, with A.Lanni being the catalyst as he often is igniting his team’s offence by bagging 3 goals. The Chic Choc tried their best to capitalize on their game 1 victory, but ran into a stingy defensive unit as well as a wall in goalkeeper J.Atch who shut it down and allowed his team to advance to the finals.
The Salumi Vino player of the night goes to M. Carpentier from the 1 Timer.
Friday December 6 (Quarter finals)
(7)National vs Devil Dawgz(3)
National pull away in third to oust Devil Dawgz in do or die game
S.Laplante`s two third period goals led the National to a hard fought win over the Devil Dawgz on Friday night. As time was passing, the Devil Dawgz felt good about their chances with the shorter bench. They had the ideal start leading 3-1 at one point. Eventually, National would claw their way back in the game where they finally found themselves in a great spot. Still, the game was up for grabs and could have gone either way. So close that the Devil Dawgz hit the goal post when the game was tied. Then, the wheels came off when S.Laplante came to the rescue bagging two big goals while adding his third in a yawning cage.
(4)Brewers vs Chiefs (2)
Chiefs slow start leads to bad finish
The Chiefs couldn't address a major foe throughout most of their season and that is a bad start to the game. They showed few, if any, signs of life in the first two periods. The Brewers picked apart their defence and mounted a 4-0 lead just prior to the second period ending. It took an energetic, emotional two goal effort to ride the ship but all it did was set the stage for another loss. It could have been avoidable if not for the bad start. There was no doubt however that the Brewers deserve credit. After all, they were the ones to come out stronger and put the Chiefs on their heels. What made the win gratifying was that four different players took turns finding the back of the net. G.Lemire got credited the winner while G.Platanitis was sharp stopping 22 of 24 shots.
(2)Bramabulls vs Templars(3)
Templars last minute goal puts exclamation point on close battle with Bramabulls
Potentially facing an early exit, the Templars scored two third period goals in the last five minutes to pull the rug right under the Bramabulls feet. S.Fabrici scored the tying goal when he released a blistering slap shot-from centre court, and M.Fazzolari potted in a rebound after finding himself at the right place and at the time to net the winner. The ending was just brutal for the Bramabulls, who had all but a few minutes to kill off. Even though they had the man power in the body count department, it still wasn't enough to hold off a resilient Templars side. It just went to show how anything can happen when the stakes are high and the game is very close.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. The clever defenseman went on a third period scoring tear rattling off three goals that ultimately put his side through to the next round.
The Master`s 35+ division is now down to only four teams. The semi final match ups are as follows:
(1)Pylons vs Templars(5) The Templars will be primed after coming off a dramatic win while the Pylons will need to be prepared after missing a couple of weeks of action. A good start will be important for the two sides since playing with the lead will be crucial. In most areas, neither team has a real advantage. This series will come down to who wants it more.
(2)National vs Brewers (3) National needs to play to their strengths. If they use their speed and make the Brewers work hard for their money, than they'll be fine. However, it won't come easy, especially going up against one of the better defensive teams in the division. National will need to be creative and find ways to generate chances as they'll often be playing-from the perimeter.
Thursday December 5 (Quarter finals)
(5)Legends sv Fitforce Phoenix (4)
Legends advance on E.Mavroudis late game winner
Power forward E.Mavroudis, with a touch and quick move past the opposing net minder, buried his shot with just over 30 seconds left on the clock to help advance the Legends through to the next round. It was not an easy win however as the Fitforce Phoenix fought back-from a two goal deficit to level. Despite man handling them in the regular season, the Legends knew they were in tough with so much on the line. They could have made life easier if M.St-Laurent wasn't so good in net for the Fit Force Phoenix. A.Zarzour made the score 4-2 after posting a hat trick. From-there, the Legends had a chance to pull away but were stifled missing some glorious chances. Eventually, H.Awada notched his second right before N.Atoui tied it by the six minute mark of the third period. Both teams knew that the next goal would ultimately decide their fate. Luckily enough for the Legends, E.Mavroudis came through at the right time to extend his team's season.
(6)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(3)
J.Mckenzie's epic 4 goal performance lifts Winter Soldiers past Toyota Candiac
J.Mckenzie had a feast on Thursday night and it wasn't on chicken tenders. Instead, it was the Toyota Candiac that endured his dramatic flare resulting in four goals. His outburst began late in the first period courtesy of a power play marker .Once he got started, the wheels were in motion and Mckenzie continued his tear adding another power play goal before capping off a productive night on an empty net tally. Naturally, the Winter Soldiers couldn't have been happier for their skilled teammate. To his help, J.Velenosi set up the sniper three straight times on primary assists. The Toyota Candiac dug themselves in a deep hole in the first portion of the match. After falling behind 3-0, they did manage to pick up their game but the damage had already been done.
(5)Legacy vs The Blast(2)
Legacy bag Blast in energetic intense battle
With more intensity and physicality compared to your average regular season game, both teams upped the ante on Thursday night. Legacy came in playing to their identity, which is to elevate their game in these types of situations. A good start always helps and they got it thanks to a pair of goals-from T.Bozinakis and D.Bertrand. It looked as though they had a strangle hold for a while but that was until the Blast responded on a pair of quick tallies. By that point, the Blast looked to build off their momentum. Unfortunately, just like they fell behind by two goals earlier on, the same happened towards the end of the second period. S.Athanasopoulos and J.Rochon took only three minutes of each other to regain a two goal margin. On the possibility that the Blast had a little more in them to bounce back, Legacy didn't repeat the same mistake by prioritising a solid defensive game. F.Baratta knew what was at stake and made sure to give nothing thanks to a brilliant goaltending performance.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jesse Mckenzie of the Winter Soldiers. The right handed sniper found his touch on Thursday night riffling four big goals that helped lead his team to the semi finals.
The C Thursday division is now down to only four teams. The semi final round match ups are as follows:
(1) Bramabulls vs Legacy (4) Even though the Bramabulls have the better regular season record, that won't matter as this series has all the elements of what ball hockey has to offer. Both teams will need to simplify their game by shooting the ball when they can while avoiding unforced errors. There is simply too much talent in all three areas of the field for the two sides that doesn't give one team more of an advantage.
(2)Winter Soldiers vs Legends (3) If there is one area that the Winter Soldiers have a huge advantage over the Legends, its their speed. The Legends know this and will need to buy into a system where they can try and contain the speed and ongoing pressure by the Winter Soldiers. They'll have no choice but to keep them on the outside while patiently wait for their chances. The good news is that they have C.Fortin guarding the pipes. The bad news however is that the Winter Soldiers have a few big guns up front that can hurt you.
Monday December 2
Punishers head to final after impressive regular season
The Punishers added to their impressive reputation Monday, picking up their 17th win with a pair of victories over the Armadillos. By claiming first place, only one team will stand in their way as they patiently wait in the final. But regardless who the opponent is, the expectations are high for the Punishers. Anything short of success will be looked at as failure. There is no doubt the team is complete in every area. Both their wins tonight came-from balanced scoring, solid goaltending and an overall strong defensive game. C.Gingras continued to tear up the regular season scoring three times for a hat trick. The Armadillos got off to a bad start in the opening game unable to solve M.Melo, who was solid throughout both games allowing only two goals.
(3)Punishers vs Armadillos (0)
(2)Armadillos vs Punishers (8)
Y.Gazura scores late goal to split with Legacy
In hopes of claiming consecutive victories vs Venom, Legacy fell short in the second encounter. Thirty seconds was all that was left over when Y.Gazura came through putting Venom in front. Unlike the previous match, this one came down to the wire. Legacy was clearly the better of the two sides earlier on taking a convincing 6-3 win. K.Kavan was once again at his best accumulating five points that included two goals. When a player is wheeling like that, it makes it very difficult for any opponent to play against. This match is a preview of the semi finals as both teams will face each other in a week's time. Both sides will have enough time to study all the little details that can help determine who will prevail.
(3)Venom vs Legacy (6)
(2)Legacy vs Venom (3)
Scoring depth the difference for the 1 Timer
Any team that plans to make a run deep into the post season needs a complete performance up and down the roster, and the 1 Timer have been fortunate enough to have that. While they occupy consistency in all areas, their scoring depth up front is perhaps their biggest asset. The 1 Timer poses threats on both their pairings up front. Tonight's two wins over the Dragons was the perfect example of how balanced they are. P-A Surprenant stepped on the gas in the first encounter rattling off four tallies while M.Charpentier decided to take over in the second game bagging a hat trick. The Dragons, despite having most of their players present couldn't keep up with a quicker opponent.
(7)1 Timer vs Dragons (3)
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer (4)
Orient massive comeback falls short as they trade wins with Excalibur
It was nearly an improbable comeback for the Orient, but they fell just short in their last game of the regular season. They did get off to a solid start in the opening match en route to a 5-3 victory. Despite having only one change up, F.Nasser was a vital component to the win as the captain put on a show riffling four markers and an assist. Cleary, the Excalibur weren't pleased on how things ended. Whatever message was sent in between games definitely translated into the ensuing match for the Excalibur,at least in the first period. At one point they led 5-0 and appeared to be headed for an easy win. Then, it looked as though they forgot how to play and the Orient made a serious push that nearly saw them tie the game. Luckily for the Excalibur, time ran out as they barely held on.
(5)Orient vs Excalibur (3)
(5)Excalibur vs Orient (4)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Nasser of the Orient. The captain had an incredible night logging a ton of minutes and was a huge reason why his club took the opening game versus the Excalibur. By the time it ended, Nasser scored four times while adding three helpers.
All three division regular season games came to an end on Monday night. In each of the three divisions, the first round match ups are the semi final rounds.
Division 1: The Punishers have an automatic spot to the final for capturing first place. Legacy will take on Venom to see who'll take on the Punishers. Both teams just finished playing each other in what ended as a split. This series can go either way as both teams have the fire power up front to generate quality offense. Look for a committed defensive style along with required goaltending to make the difference.
(1)1 Timer vs Dragons (4) Unless the Dragons figure something out soon, this series will favor the 1 Timer. Tonight's games weren't even close with the 1 Timer thumping their opponent both times. The Dragons will need to rely on their top guns to score but more importantly on how to contain two running lines working on all cylinders.
(2)Armadillos vs Orient (3) The one area that the Orient has the advantage is on their speed. Other than that, the Armadillos are have the experience are well structured on how they play, especially in the post season.
(1)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (4) It will be your classic youth with speed versus a veteran side with experience match up. It's vital for the Excalibur to jump in front and use playing with the lead to their advantage. If it's the other way around, the Excalibur may be stuck chasing the game where they'll be forced to wait for an opportunity and time their chances.
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (3) Two teams very familiar with one another. Since both sides know each other's tendencies, this series may go down to the wire on who wants it more. Chic Choc play relentless hockey while relying on J-R Lemay up front and F.Peloquin between the pipes. The Degenerates will play a structured game and make it a point to not give much to the opposition. S.Marricco and A.Lanni are looked upon to score if they plan on advancing to the final.
Thursday November 28
(3)Bramabulls vs Legends (6)
Legends finish season on high note
The Legends applied a simple game plan against a depleted Bramabulls team. By clogging up the middle while waiting for their chances, the Legends played it just right to earn the win. E.Mavroudis got the ball rolling on a pair of early goals and K.Araujo followed up striking twice at key moments during the game. The Bramabulls did have their fair share of possession but struggled to get into dangerous scoring areas. It didn't help either that C.Fortin stood between the pipes. The net minder made sure to stop the initial shot while relying on his defence to clean out the rebounds.
(5)Legacy vs The Blast (2)
Legacy storm out of gate with 3 quick goals
Starting off their night on a bang was clearly on the to do list for Legacy. For the most part of the opening frame, the Blast proved to be not much of an opponent. They did tweak their game and got better as it went on but the overall damage had already been done despite plenty of time left over. Legacy did what all good experience teams do in these situations, and that is to give nothing to very little. S.Athanasopoulos regained a three goal cushion after netting a late second period power play goal. From-there, the Blast attempted to get back into it only to hit a dry spell. C.Stavriadis never let the game get out of reach by excelling between the pipes.
(8)Toyota Candiac vs Winter Soldiers (8) S.O
High scoring spirited affair ends in draw
A high scoring and spirited affair between the Toyota Candiac and the Winter Soldiers went the ultimate distance on Thursday night. The extra time could have been avoided if not for a late collapse by the Winter Soldiers. With the game seemingly wrapped up leading 7-4, the Winter Soldiers squandered their lead in the last five and a half minutes of the game. The comeback was led by R.Fortin-Lamothe, P.Lapointe and A.Dayan, who struck very late for his fourth of the night. For how many chances both sides traded throughout the game, an open five minute overtime wasn't enough for a winner. All that was left at that point was a shootout. The selections made absolute sense-from the two sides. The Toyota Candiac made sure to send A.Dayan who didn't miss posting his fifth goal of the match. As for the Winter Soldiers, C.Kakivelis had an identical performance striking four times during the game and once in the shootout.
The C Thursday regular season came to an end. The top seven seeds will advance to the playoffs with the Bramabulls securing top spot and a first round bye. The quarter final match ups are as follows:
(2)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(7) Both teams just came off a high scoring affair against each other. That style usually doesn't bold well in playoff hockey. This match up will likely depend on how committed they'll play without the ball.
(3)Legends vs Fitforce Phoenix (6) The Legends can't take this match up for granted even though the regular season scores suggests for an easy out. The Fitforce Phoenix play a high tempo and high energy hockey, and unless the Legends play them accordingly, anything can happen.
(4)Legacy vs The Blast (5) This is the time of year that Legacy brings it up a level. The Blast will have their hands full and will need many things to go right. One in particular is to have a better start to the game, unlike tonight where they fell behind early unable to recover.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Costa Kakivelis of the Winter Soldiers. The highly skilled forward had an incredible night, riffling four goals, collecting an assist and capitalising in a shootout.
Thursday November 21
(1)SBS Trashers vs Bramabulls(5)
J.Mandracchia does it again, another hat trick during a 5-1 win
The Bramabulls phenom up front continued his tear by posting another hat trick to secure a 5-1 win over the SBS Trashers. It's one thing to be streaky here and there and it's another to practically do it game in and game out. J.Mandracchia would own a lot of hats if the Bramabulls brought enough of a fan base to support the sniper. But on more serious context to the game, the SBS Trashers could have used this win badly as they continue to see their playoff hopes disappear. They knew coming in that the order was a tall one having only three changes to their bench. The game did remain close for a long stretch but that eventually changed when J.Mandracchia took over in the third period to complete his hat trick.
(4)Toyota Candiac vs The Blast (5) O.T
Toyota Candiac lose in overtime on Blast's power play goal
It was an overtime heartbreak for the Toyota Candiac who needed all but 15 seconds to secure a playoff spot. All they needed was to reach the shootout and guarantee some extra hockey in the post season. On the large part, they held their own but not enough to distance themselves against a team destined to come back. The Blast needed only 30 seconds late in the second period to tie the game on two quick tallies. With both sides trading one goal in the ensuing frame, extra time was required for a potential winner. Unfortunately for the Toyota Candiac, an untimely penalty put them in a bad spot. Reginald Morne, who likes to quarterback the power play, seized the moment by riffling the winner. Even though they dropped this contest, the Toyota Candiac still has control of their own destiny by simply accumulating one point in next week's game or to hope for the SBS Trashers to get two or less points.
(3)Fitforce Phoenix vs Winter Soldiers (8)
Winter Soldiers eventually pull away-from Fitforce Phoenix
Heading towards the latter stages of the second period neither team had a real edge with the game all tied up at two goals apiece. By the end of it though, the Winter Soldiers found their game and pulled away on three straight goals just prior to the frame ending. The Fitforce Phoenix didn't help their cause trying to bounce back by taking a pair of penalties. The power play was able to capitalise on both attempts which clearly put the match out of reach. J.Velenosi collected two helpers early on before adding a pair of tallies in the third. Other notables include D.Lombardi, who accumulated five points and N.Gikas that was able to put two behind the opposing net minder.
(7)Legends vs Legacy (3)
Top line connects for Legends win over Legacy
You'd be hard pressed finding many trios connecting the way the Legends top line did on Thursday night. The trio of E.Mavroudis, K.Kavan and M.Destounis were off to a red hot start and never once slowed down during the game participating in all seven goals for the Legends. All three players combined for an impressive 15 points that saw E.Mavroudis hit the target four times. The Legends made sure to use their three running lines against a team that can still hurt you with fewer players. Legacy played well enough to keep the game way closer than it was by making many crisp plays only to hit a hot net minder in R.Ranieri. They may argue that their top gun Payam Assadi wasn't there as perhaps the main reason why they couldn't get much going offensively. Surely with him in the line up, things could have been different.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Reginald Morne of the Blast. After setting up a pair of teammates in regular time, the shifty defenseman came through when it mattered the most by riffling a huge power play goal to decide matters in overtime.
Wednesday November 27 (E playoffs, round 1)
(8)Fat Roy vs Screaming Eagles (3)
Fat Roy fire away in third to eliminate Screaming Eagles
With both teams facing elimination, Fat Roy played a little more desperate erupting in the third on five unanswered goals. Throughout the first two periods and change, the Screaming Eagles stood by their opponent with the game all tied up at three goals apiece. It was perhaps expected that the outcome was going to be decided by a slight margin with so much on the line. However, it wasn't the case at all. In the span of nine minutes, the tides turned and Fat Roy took over piling five straight markers. K.Fiore and J.Pantelis came up big on some terrific plays as both players each scored twice during that stretch. This result sends Fat Roy into the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(4) There is no doubt Fat Roy are feeling good about their game. There next challenge will be against the division leaders. Winning always comes down to a variety of factors. In the case of this matchup, both teams have their strengths and will need to use them in a lengthy best of three series.
(2)Wocafloka vs Left Wings(3) Strong in all three areas of their game, both sides have enough game changers to make the difference. This one will come down to timely breaks,defensive awareness and of course goaltending.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jimmy Pantelis of Fat Roy. When the offense needed an awakening, J.Pantelis was able to spark it on four points that included two goals.
F Wednesday division regular season
(12)Buckshots vs Knights (6)
Dominance of top players continues to be a problem for everyone
There is no secret by now that in order for the Buckshots to slow down, teams will need to figure out on how to do so. The problem is that it isn't one or two players but four to five in particular to contain. The Knights knew they had little to no chance on this specific night having barely enough players to play the game. To their credit, they kept the contest levelled up until the five minute mark of the second period. That's when the fireworks lit up and the Buckshots whaled away scoring goal after goal. K.Kavan, E.Mavroudis, Y.Derohannessian, M.Destounis and N.Kokovidis combined for 28 points with Kavan leading the charge up front with four goals.
(4)Horsemen vs Carnage (3)
M.Mamoulides early third period power play goal was the difference on the scoreboard
With M.Mamoulides providing an early third period power play goal, the Horsemen were able to edge out an opponent that they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. That key tally came early in the final frame leaving more than enough time for an equaliser. But with M.Vinciguerra guarding the cage, the net minder was excellent and never got flustered making enough saves to preserve the lead. V.Pandza was also a factor as the captain led the way posting two tallies.
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (6)
Carnage salvage night with bounce back win over Mighty Drunks
Even though it happened an hour earlier, Carnage wasn't fazed in their quest to capturing a win on a double header night. They came out pretty well as of the second period .By playing assertive, being aggressive and staying on top of the Mighty Drunks, the frame was deservingly won. J.Bourlakos widened the margin to a pair of goals after netting back to back tallies. From-there, S.Musacchio grabbed the torch and put a stamp to the night bagging three markers for another hat trick. Carnage was able to get some added production-from D.Constantineau, who set up four tallies, and the captain F.Pace that was able to accumulate three helpers.
The F division regular season came to an end on Wednesday night. The top four seeds will be playing in a best of three semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (4) There is no secret on what the Mighty Drunks need to do in order to have any sort of chance. Unless T.Borgia plays on his head, and the Mighty Drunks play a smart defensive game, this round will end early for them.
(2)Carnage vs Horsemen (3) Look for this series to go either way. The Horsemen just handed Carnage a narrow 4-3 loss which suggests for a very close battle.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Musacchio of Carnage. His three timely goals helped Carnage salvage their double header night.
Tuesday November 26
(4)The Family vs Brewers (6)
Family just weren't deep enough despite good start
Sometimes teams are stuck being in an unfortunate circumstance. At the end of it all, the Family just didn't have the man power it took in order to get the result they needed. They did get off to a near perfect start roaring to a 3-1 first period lead. From-there, the Brewers felt it was only a question of time before they started to get their breaks. Eventually, they evened the score when E.Bouchard struck by the eleven minute mark of the second period. The third period was perhaps expected of the Brewers to continue their pace due to their man power. T.Fernando came through twice in a very short span to notch his fourth and provide a two goal cushion. The Family put everything on the line despite having only one player to change with. Unfortunately for them, they won't be participating in the playoffs.
(8)National vs Chiefs (3)
National making sure to get back on track
National hoped to end their little slump against the Chiefs on Tuesday night. They knew that a good start would put them right on track. After taking the opening period 2-1, the goals just came piling in for National. M.Beaudry led the charge as the solid d-man buried three for a hat trick. The captain was also very productive as M.Pinheiro set up two tallies in the first before adding a pair later on. The Chiefs struggled to contain the speed of their opponent which had them playing on their heels for most of the game.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(2)
G.Lipariti riffles his second to snap third period tie
G.Lipariti was able to notch his second that snapped a third period tie for the Bramabulls. Up until that point, the Bramabulls never played with the lead. That was because the Templars did all they could to protect it having to deal with only one spare. However, fatigue would play a factor and the Bramabulls would eventually seize their moment. S.Ruggiero had set up two teammates before stamping the game with an empty net goal. B.Verducci stopped nearly 30 shots to earn the win in net.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Pylons(6)
T.Settino and Pylons close out a strong regular season
It was another tremendous performance by T.Settino as his four goals enabled the Pylons to capture first place of the division and a first round bye heading into the playoffs. As a result of his scoring barrage, T.Settino claimed the scoring title finishing with 27 points. But as personal stats can sometimes be gratifying, the Pylons centre man has bigger and more obvious ambitions in front of him. The Pylons are glad to skip the first round in a division that has all seven teams as potential winners. For now, they'll reflect on a great regular season, but will be more focused on an even more important post season ahead of them.
With the Pylons securing first place and an automatic spot to the semi finals, the first round matches are as follows:
(2)National vs Devil Dawgz(7) National will be quicker overall as a team and dictate much of the pace. Despite all that however, the Devil Dawgz strengths rely on their man on man coverage while depending on a couple of key pieces to score.
(3)Brewers vs Chiefs (6) Both these teams have a lot of similarities. So close that anything can happen. The Chiefs will need A.Benedetto to elevate his game between the pipes. If they get the goaltending required, the Brewers will have their hands full.
(4)Bramabulls vs Templars(5) This is a battle that both sides will look forward to lacing their shoes. So much will be on the line for two teams that don't want to lose this particular match up. It should be stingy, intense but yet exciting. A betting man would be a fool to take one team over the other for how evenly matched they are.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. As he's been an instrumental centre piece for his team all year long, T.Settino finished off his season in style, providing four goals to ensure him the scoring title with 27 points.
Monday November 25
Degenerates able to shake off a slow start
While the Degenerates had nothing going for them early on, the Ice Breakers were gaining momentum leading comfortably 2-0 by the mid way point of the second period. And although it wasn't their ideal start, things eventually turned around fro the Degenerates. Twenty eight seconds was all it took for S.Marricco and A.Lanni to respond and dust off the cobwebs. From-there, neither side had a real edge as they settled for a draw. But one thing that did carry over was the desire and dedication-from the Degenerates part to try and capture the win. This time, they took the lead and played it to their advantage. S.Fabrici used a one timer to get the ball rolling, and for a second straight game, S.Marricco and A.Lanni were able to score. The Ice Breakers attempted 18 shots towards J.Atch who denied all of them to earn the shutout.
(3)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (3) S.O
(0)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3)
N.Gilbert leads charge for Venom
N.Gilbert will keep showing game in and game out how significant he is to his team. After netting a shorthanded marker that stuck for the winner, N.Gilbert was just getting started offering more to come. The crafty defenseman played like he was on a mission bagging two more goals while adding a shootout tally. Venom would have preferred a better outcome but won't mind settling for the draw after trailing 2-0. M-A Piche scored once in both games for the Orient and could have decided the outcome in the shootout only to be denied by M.Trivisonno.
(1)Orient vs Venom (2)
(4)Venom vs Orient (4) S.O
Late comeback sparks Punishers to consecutive wins over Legacy
With the Punishers in jeopardy of dropping their opening game versus Legacy, M.Arkalis came up big collecting three straight points in the last two minutes. To his help, C.Gingras set him up while providing the go ahead marker. Legacy appeared to be fine with E.Girouard filling up the opposite net with three tallies. That was up until a late push back flipped the direction of the game. It was evident that Legacy didn't have the same assertion in the following match. And even though they struck first very early on, Legacy felt their way to yanking control of the game by giving up four straight markers. During that time,C.Gingras continued his dominance by collecting three more points that included two goals.
(3)Legacy vs Punishers (5)
(4)Punishers vs Legacy (2)
1 Timer in awe of M.Carpentier's gigantic night
It was just unfortunate that the Dragons were on the other side of a player that couldn't be stopped. Throughout both games, M.Carpentier was steaming hot registering six goals, an assist and a clever shootout marker. The 1 Timer out matched the Dragons in every aspect of the game en route to an easy 8-1 win. Clearly, they weren't happy with the way things ended, especially for a side with that much experience and pride. There would be no doubt that the second encounter would be way closer. The Dragons, although they couldn't wrap it up in regulation time, found away to earn the win in a shootout. D.Gagnon and E.Girouard came through using their patented moves to figure out F.Koch while P.Assadi stopped two of three attempts.
(1)Dragons vs 1 Timer(8)
(4)1 Timer vs Dragons(5) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Maxime Carpentier of the 1 Timer. His dominance and artistry was on full display Monday night as he was able to collect a ton of points along with a remarkable back hand goal in the shootout.
Friday November 22
(2)Devil Dawgz vs Brewers (3)
G.Nehme scores late fluky goal to lead Brewers over Devil Dawgz
Sometimes it takes pure luck in a hockey game to determine a winner. Both sides couldn't have played a more evenly matched game such as this one. At no point did one side have an advantage after both opening frames. Adding to that, two defensemen got the scoring done. K.Araujo tallied twice for the Devil Dawgz as did K.Tsoukalas for the Brewers. And while both teams were preparing to head for extra time, the hockey gods decided otherwise. G.Nehme innocently shot the ball -from his own zone that somehow found its way through M.Trivisonno .For the Brewers, it didn't matter how as long as they got to celebrate the win. However, that goal may sting the Devil Dawgz for the time being as they sit and wait to see what happens in other games that have serious playoff implications.
(4)Chiefs vs Templars(5) O.T
Chiefs fall short in overtime after late comeback
Despite a late rally, the Chiefs couldn't get it done in overtime as they dropped key points to the Templars. The Chiefs had so much on the line entering tonight's game and didn't have much to show for up until it was too late. Even though they mounted a desperate comeback on three straight tallies, playing half a period just won't cut it. In the end, they paid the price as they now face a similar problem like the Devil Dawgz and the Family for the last pair of playoff spots. What makes this even more disheartening was that they couldn't take advantage of a short bench. The Templars played it smart, building a lead while relying on a solid defensive game. S.Fabrici delivered two heat seeking missiles, one being the overtime winner-from a distance that found its way into the meshing.
(6)Bramabulls vs National (1)
Bulls depth pays high dividends
Unhappy with last week's performance, the Bramabulls bounced back with authority, cuts and tenacity in their convincing win over National. S.Ruggiero scored a pair of first period goals and the Bramabulls were off to the races making life very difficult for a struggling opponent. It seemed no matter how hard they tried,National had nothing going right for them. There only bright moment came at a time when the game was nearly put to rest. S.Laplante had the satisfaction of spoiling G.Follano's shutout, who was brilliant and perfect till that point. Marco Diaco also scored twice in the win while P.Bertone helped set up three markers.
(3)The Family vs Pylons (6)
Family show character but still fall short
Falling behind 3-0 in the first period alone is never a good sign. The Family entered this match with plenty on the line but were caught off guard against a team running on all cylinders. They did however draw life when M-A Daaha scored at the buzzer of the opening frame. From-that point on, the Family regrouped and came out a lot harder causing plenty of turnovers that resulted in a few scoring chances. Luckily enough for the Pylons, O.Caillet kept his composure and went about his business making the key saves. M.Salerno was the only player to score twice while D.Charbonneau continues to score as a defenseman by notching the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Fabrici of the Templars. The steady defenseman demonstrated how lethal his slap shot is. Both his goals came at a rapid rate that included the sudden death winner.
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Wednesday November 20
(2)Horsemen vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Mighty Drunks secure playoff berth after impressive third period
Needing a clean cut victory, the Mighty Drunks were able to celebrate their trip to the post season after defeating the Horsemen on Wednesday night. The offense did hit a dry spell for the first two periods but the game was well within reach as they trailed only 1-0.Once S.Archambualt struck early in the third, the Mighty Drunks knew there was more to come. M.Pinheiro and M.Gibeault followed up with two quick tallies and M.Mogianesi put a stamp to their night by feeding an empty cage. The Horsemen, considering their lack of players, played it right keeping the game very close for as long as they could. It was only a question of time before the Mighty Drunks deep roster would take over.
(7)Buckshots vs Carnage (2)
Buckshots offense keep rolling as they top Carnage
The Buckshots continued their roll toward the postseason by dealing a convincing victory over the second seed Carnage. There is no doubt the Buckshot are taking the right strides as they seek bigger and better things to come. With K.Kavan and E.Mavroudis continuously causing havoc, it seems no teams have yet to figure out on how to stop them. Both players shared two goals each and aren't planning on slowing down anytime soon. Overall, it was just another day at the office for the division leaders.
(4)Fatal Demons vs Left Wings (5) O.T
M.Morin hits his fourth in overtime
M.Morin finished off the Fatal Demons in overtime with his fourth goal of the night. Morin scored late in the sudden death frame completing what was a remarkable performance. Three of his four goals couldn't have come at e better time for the Left Wings. The Fatal Demons appeared to be in control riding a 4-2 lead heading into the final frame, that was up until M.Morin morphed into an elite all star netting three unanswered goals. To his help, G.Gaitanis and D.Provost-Jarry chipped in accumulating three points each. It came in a losing cause but M.Destounis was a force collecting a hat trick.
(7)Fat Roy vs Wocafloka(6) S.O
Fat Roy goes the distance to clinch playoff spot
It didn't matter how, but Fat Roy needed this win in order to extend their season. They could have regulated it in normal time riding what appeared to be a comfortable 4-1 lead. The problem was that they squandered it with just over four minutes remaining. The Wocafloka woke up-from the dead on three very late goals. Clearly, that sequence took the legs out of the Fat Roy bench. But with still an opportunity to getting it done in the shootout, the bench remained confident knowing they had the three right players to take the attempts. Amazingly enough, C.Diamontopolous, N.Gikas and M.Tvaronas all scored which was necessary with Wocafloka connecting twice on their three attempts. Many things had to go right for Fat Roy on this night, and one major reason for the win can be attributed to N.Gikas, who notched three goals in regulation time along with a shootout marker.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Niko Gikas of Fat Roy. In what was a must win for Fat Roy, N.Gikas was masterful netting a hat trick along with a shootout goal.
The E Wednesday regular season came to end. With the top five seeds advancing, the fourth place Fat Roy will take on the fifth place Screaming Eagles in a one game playoff. The top three seeds will be placed automatically in a best of three semi final round.
Monday November 18
Legacy finding ways to win
It was a very successful night for Legacy as they were able to defeat the 1 Timer both times. And although the results came in, Legacy didn't really have their best games. The 1 Timer looked hungrier and used their speed that caused plenty of fits to the defense and F.Baratta between the pipes. Fortunately enough, A.Stamiris bailed them out in the first contest on two wrist shots that had enough torque and speed to beat F.Koch. With that game out of the way, the 1 Timer were able to put it behind them quickly and jumped to a perfect start on two quick goals. However, it took only 19 seconds towards the end of the first period for Legacy to respond on two quick goals of their own. K.Kavan had set up both markers before adding two for him in the ensuing frame. Both these results came as an example of how very good teams find ways to win.
(4)Legacy vs 1 Timer (3)
(3)1 Timer vs Legacy (6)
Ice Breakers surge in only 2 minutes to split with Excalibur
A two minute scoring spree was all the Ice Breakers needed in order to trade wins with the Excalibur on Monday night. After dropping a close 2-1 game, and after falling behind early in the second match, N.Merrachi, M.Boghossian and G.Miville-Goulet each scored in that very short span to put their club in the drivers seat. The Excalibur found it extremely difficult at that point to get back into it, especially against a team that doesn't stop running while continuously pressuring you with the ball. Luckily enough, they got the first one in the bag, and in large part due to S.Sauk, who allowed only one goal on 20 shots. S.Ruggiero bagged the winner while J.Azoulay and A.Fonrose collected two points each.
(2)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (1)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (2)
Degenerates commit to a pair of perfect games vs Chic Choc
It was a night that the Degenerates could do no wrong. Throughout the entire four periods, every single player committed to doing their part. The offense connected, the defense was sound, and J.Atch was nearly flawless except for one time when J-R Lemay finally beat him. Prior to tonight's games, the Degenerates haven't been at their best whatsoever riding a very long inconsistent rough patch. But, sometimes it takes a couple of games to regain some confidence as teams often go through adversity. These wins came at a very good time in the season with the playoffs looming just around the corner. S.Marricco had the most with a total of three goals, but more importantly, the team gelled playing their best games yet.
(4)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (0)
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (6)
P.Lapointe and Armadillos find answers in second encounter
The Armadillos made sure to put out a better effort in the second game as anything less just wouldn't cut it for J.Kontitsis. The Dragons took the first encounter owning the second frame on three unanswered goals. B.Daniele notched two out of the three tallies that came in a very short span. Unhappy with the way things ended, the second game was a complete turn of events for the Armadillos. Clearly, they were more energized and fully awake wanting nothing less than to avoid a second straight let down. Leading the way up front was P.Lapointe, who scored twice in the first period as part of a four goal performance. This time, the Armadillos put themselves in a position to play with the lead where the Dragons just didn't have the answers to make a game of it.
(4)Dragons vs Armadillos (1)
(7)Armadillos vs Dragons (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pat Lapointe of the Armadillos. After surrendering the first game to the Dragons, the Armadillos needed a spark in their second encounter. P.Lapointe provided it by striking four times to finish off on a high note.
Tuesday November 20
Armadillos save their best for last for a second straight night
Finding itself in trouble again early on, the Armadillos had to wait once more for their second encounter to even the score with the Orient. The Orient knew they had the game in their hands after a solid opening frame where they built a 3-1 lead. J.Mavuanga did not score but was responsible for making three goals happen. The winner came on a power play chance courtesy of B.Cabral. It was only a day ago that the Armadillos found themselves in a similar position. They dropped their opener but managed to respond and leave with some points to the standings. Tonight was a near carbon copy as M.Pololos made the best of his chances scoring twice that included the winner.
(4)Orient vs Armadillos (2)
(3)Armadillos vs Orient (2)
Punishers use one good period in split with Legacy
For about three full periods, the Punishers were completely outplayed by Legacy. It was a lopsided first game that you usually see at a pee wee level. K.Kavan looked like he was playing pond hockey and did pretty much what he wanted striking five times while setting up Y.Derohannessian, who bagged a pair. Yes, they overmatched them in the first game but the Punishers weren't planning on embarrassing themselves for second time. And although it wasn't as convincing, they did manage to return the favor by capturing the win. However, it took the last two minutes of the game for the order to come in. Legacy was riding a slight 2-1 lead until two very late goals flipped the script. T.Karvouriaris tied it right before A.Sarigiannis gave the Punishers its first lead of the night.
(3)Punishers vs Legacy (8)
(2)Legacy vs Punishers (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of Legacy. Unstoppable in the first match vs the Punishers, K.Kavan was in a league of his own riffling five markers and a helper.
Friday November 15
(6)Brewers vs Chiefs (4)
Chiefs can't find legs in first two periods, comeback falls short against Brewers
Even though they were at their worse for two periods, the Chiefs nearly overcame it only to fall short in the end. Things looked promising for the Chiefs when they strung three straight goals in the third period to even the score. By that point, they were working hard and got paid their dividends up until a late play shifted the momentum back to the Brewers. T.Michalidis avoided what was going to be a potential dreadful finish by snapping the very late tie. T.Fernando then put the final stamp feeding an empty cage collecting his second goal as the only player to score twice between the two sides.
(1)Bramabulls vs Pylons (10)
Pylons keep rolling along in rout of Bramabulls
Despite having a short bench, the Pylons remained patient and simply waited for their chances. They were able to build on key areas like playing well with the ball and defending the rush when the Bramabulls would try and create something. Another key area came-from their active defensemen joining the play. Amazingly enough, D.Charbonneau and T.Bergomi provided most of the scoring as both players shared hat tricks. It always helps having extra options on attack and the Pylons used it to their advantage knowing their d-men can produce. O.Caillet, although not too busy was solid early on when the game was still within reach for the Bramabulls.
(3)Family vs Devil Dawgz(2) O.T
M-A Daaha, a huge reason why the Family are still in it
Although they would have preferred a regulation win, the Family won't be complaining much after this result. By collecting two points thanks to an overtime finish-from M-A Daaha, the standings just got more interesting between three teams trying to avoid last place. The Devil Dawgz did most of what they needed to do considering the circumstances. Due to their very short bench, they managed to grab a 2-0 lead and protect it for as long as they could. The problem was that they had to challenge a squad just as desperate, but with a much deeper line up. Eventually, the hard work and grinding effort would pay off for the Family. Apart-from his game winning goal, M-A Daaha was an absolute force scoring twice while setting up K.Kolakowski.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Moulay-Ayad Daaha of the Family. The relentless forward never let up, and by working hard as he's done all season, the Family are still alive thanks to his two big goals and assist.
Thursday November 14
(3)The Blast vs Bramabulls(1)
Blast hand Bulls first defeat in penalty parade game
The misbehavin Bramabulls saw their perfect streak come to an end on Thursday night. The Blast played with an edge and brought a lot to the table in game that they really wanted to win. The contest was heated for most of the night as both sides appeared to be more physical and intense than usual. Three out of the four goals came on the special teams. C.Paris and Rubens Morne scored with the man advantage for the Blast while J.Mandracchia was patient enough to wait out D.Massa on a crafty finish for a shorthanded marker. It's not often the Blast show up full squad, but tonight they did and showed how effective they are no matter who they play. Rubens Morne added a late tally for his second after receiving a feed-from D.Provost-Jarry, who collected a pair of assists.
(9)Winter Soldiers vs Legacy(5)
Rare double hat tricks pace Winter Soldiers
A.Kakivelis and C.Kakivelis each scored hat tricks on Thursday night as the Winter Soldiers pounded Legacy 9-5. The game appeared to be headed for a blowout with the Winter Soldiers roaring to a 5-0 lead. Then, in the span of only four and half minutes, the alarm bells started to sound off for the Winter Soldiers. A.Stamiris set up four goals with primary assists that saw S.Athanasopoulos benefit twice. Legacy hoped to carry their momentum into the third period, but was short lived as the Winter Soldiers regained their footing on three quick goals. Playing with only two changes clearly didn't help Legacy against a deeper and fired up squad.
(3)Toyota Candiac vs SBS Trashers(2)
Toyota Candiac keep playoff hope alive against struggling Trashers
There is still some life left in the Toyota Candiac season, after all. With both teams trying to earn a playoff spot, it was the Toyota Candiac that emerged with a pivotal win. The SBS Trashers showed more urgency early on taking the first period 2-1. Eventually though, the Toyota Candiac would get the break they needed when P.Lapointe scored late in the second period to even the score. It was only fitting that the two sides had all but a period to play their most important hockey so far. That being said, something would have to give, and when considering the circumstances, the next goal would have likely decided matters. K.Tsoukalas was the one to earn the spotlight as the veteran came through with less than five minutes remaining. That lead proved to be more than enough in a period that was treated like a do or die battle. Still, nothing is yet decided, but this win definitely puts the Toyota Candiac in the driver's seat with only two games remaining.
(2)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legends (12)
Legends go on scoring spree to defeat Fitforce Phoenix
Just about everything went right for the Legends in this lopsided affair. From-the drop of the ball, they were ready to go and immediately put the Fitforce Phoenix on its heels. The score was already 5-0 after only one period for the Legends which clearly deflated their opponent. It wasn't like they dominated in possession but they made sure to generate enough quality when having the ball. Leading the charge up front was M.Destounis, who likes to pride himself as passer but decided to change it up by riffling five goals. E.Mavroudis was expected to get at least three tallies out of the twelve that went in, and K.Kavan along with A.Zarzour racked up combining for eleven points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Pedram Assadi of the Toyota Candiac. After a sluggish start to the night, P.Assadi responded with a flawless performance in net that earned him and his club a much needed win.
Wednesday November 13
(3)Fat Roy vs Fatal Demons (6)
Fatal Demons lean on experience in final stretch of regular season
The Fatal Demons are headed in the right direction with their season winding down. In a game that had important implications to the standings, the Fatal Demons were able to walk away with the victory. J.DeSua responded immediately after K.Fiore got the Fat Roy on board only 31 second into the game. DeSua wasn't done yet as he struck early in the second frame providing a 3-1 lead. Despite a ton of hockey left over, Fat Roy had their hands full going up against an experienced side that know how to protect a lead. This result forces Fat Roy to collect some points in their remaining game. The good news is that they control their own destiny if they can pick up a win.
(3)Horsemen vs Carnage (4)
Carnage use special teams to rout Horsemen
At this stage of the season, it's all the little things that will matter to make the difference between winning and losing. The Horsemen may have looked fine playing even strength hockey but were nowhere close in being effective when up or down a man. Giving up a power play goal or two can be acceptable at times. The problem however was that they let Carnage distance themselves by giving up a shorthanded goal as well. S.Musacchio, who already established himself as a game changer struck with the man short while providing three points. Despite falling behind in deep hole, the Horsemen needed all but three minutes to even the score. That sequence set the stage for a 3-3 third period where Carnage benefited for a second time on the power play courtesy of D.Constantineau.
(10)Buckshots vs Mighty Drunks (6)
Four headed monster Buckshots keep paving the way
There explosive offense has been on an absolute tear throughout the entire season. Prior to this game, the Buckshots have yet to drop points unless you count the tie against the Mighty Drunks earlier in the season. The Mighty Drunks know they can compete with the Buckshots but it would need to take everything to go right. Unfortunately, they couldn't address their defensive game well enough which seems to be a reoccurring problem for any opponent. With at least four players that can hurt you at any given time, teams often find it difficult containing them. K.Kavan, M.Destounis, E.Mavroudis and Y.Derohannessian combined for a ridiculous 20 points with Kavan leading the way in the scoring department with four tallies. The Mighty Drunks did have M.Gibeault take charge posting a hat trick and Y.Dube right behind him with a pair of goals.
(4)United vs Left Wings (3)
United rally to keep season alive after trailing by two in third period
Just as United hopes of keeping their playoff push appeared to be blown away, something special happened in the third period. Down 3-1 while entering potentially their last fifteen minutes of the season, A.Tachejian was a big part of the rescue mission bagging two big goals that included the winner with only two minutes left on the clock. This isn't and likely won't be the last time Tachejian prompts his team for good things to happen. For the time being, United is in a playoff spot but will need some help -from one of two teams in order to get in.
(5)Screaming Eagles vs Wocafloka(4)
A.Ponzo pots late winner to cap wild finish
The Screaming Eagles somehow found a way to win. Granted, they were up 4-2 as the game was winding down but then everything changed in a blink of an eye. You are only asking for trouble when taking three consecutive penalties late in the game. Clearly, the Screaming Eagles had a brain cramp as their 4-2 lead with just over a minute remaining took only seconds for A.Agudelo to score twice on the power play. There was no doubt that Wocafloka put themselves in a position to hit the jugular as they still had time with the man advantage to steal the match. But with hockey sometimes being twisted, the opposite happened. A.Ponzo, already with a first period goal, flipped the emotions-from both clubs as he buried the winner leaving only 14 seconds on the clock.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Ponzo of the Screaming Eagles. In what looked like was going to haunt the Screaming Eagles for days to come, A.Ponzo stopped the nightmare just in time by riffling a huge game winning shorthanded goal late in the game.
Monday November 11
Y.Gazura's late marker helps rebound Dragons in second game vs Armadillos
The Dragons looked to be headed for victory when S.Robineault blasted his second late in the game to beat F.Moshonas short side. However, it didn't take long for a response by the Armadillos to force the extra time. D.Andrade made two brilliant plays to rescue the Armadillos in the first encounter. After tying the game very late, Andrade was able to bury one in the shootout that held up for the winner. Clearly the Dragons didn't digest the late collapse and made sure to address a better outing in the ensuing match. The following game proved to be just as close except that it was decided in regulation. Y.Gazura scored late and the Dragons returned the favor to split their miniseries with the Armadillos. S.Robineault continued-from where he left off adding two more tallies for the Dragons while P.Lapointe matched him on a pair of markers for the Armadillos.
(5)Armadillos vs Dragons (4) S.O
(5)Dragons vs Armadillos (4)
Venom's effort falls short as Punishers take both games
Venom used a line up that had enough of what it takes to compete with the Punishers, but unfortunately it just wasn't enough as they dropped two very close games. The Punishers, having all of their regulars made the most of their chances getting balanced scoring. M.Arkalis bagged two in the first encounter and M.Melo was stellar allowing only one goal on 18 shots. Both teams were neck in neck for most of the second game with each side trading two first period goals. It took all but a five minute sequence for the Punishers to raise their level of punishment. Three goals went in during that time which forced Venom to play catch up the rest of the way. And despite being down, they did put up a fight only to fall short by a goal. The win had no heroes or superstars as six different players chipped in with goals. A.Sarigiannis didn't find the back of the net but did set up three teammates while M.Arkalis added three more points to an already productive night.
(3)Punishers vs Venom (1)
(5)Venom vs Punishers (6)
1 Timer hammer Orient to collect 6 clean points
The 1 Timer took control of both games while leaving the Orient shaken. Granted, the first one was close and ultimately decided towards the end when T.Daigneault snapped a 3-3 tie. In hopes of responding with a better effort, the second game was way worse for the Orient. P-A Surprenant took the steam out of his opponent striking twice in only two and a half minutes into the game. By the time the first period ended, the 1 Timer were well on their way to a second straight victory carrying a 4-1 lead. K.Certosini scored twice with the help of M.Carpentier, who collected three points. The only area that the Orient will look back at and be pleased with was the play of B.Cabral. The skilled forward did more than his share bagging five out of his clubs six goals.
(3)Orient vs 1 Timer (4)
(6)1 Timer vs Orient (3)
Ice Breakers and Degenerates go the distance in both games
The Ice Breakers resiliency and determination helped them earn extra points versus the Degenerates. Although the first encounter was played more in their control as they never once faltered their lead, the second one was where they elevated it a notch higher to force a second shootout. The Degenerates went up 2-0 and 3-2 only to see it evaporate. M.Boghossian converted twice during the match while setting the tone in the breakaways to beat J.Atch. The winner did belong to B.Freitas only because A.Lanni responded for the Degenerates. Overall, both games were extremely close as they ended up in extra time. Out of their five total goals, A.Lanni had his hand in all of them. The pesky forward had three goals, two assists and both shootout markers for the Degenerates.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3) S.O
(4)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (5) S.O
Chic Choc keeping it simple in battle of depleted benches
By applying smart defense, timely chances and steady goaltending, the Chic Choc had the right approach in handing the Excalibur two losses on Monday night. The Chic Choc stuck with their effective game plan hunkering down defensively en route to a convincing 5-1 victory. The Excalibur did create more offense in the second game but continued to struggle without the ball. They gave up five goals in both games unable to contain a team with barely a changeup. J-P Morneau led the attack bagging four goals while M.Laroche was right behind him striking three times.
(5)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (1)
(4)Excalibur vs Chic Choc(5)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to J-P Morneau of the Chic Choc. Despite having to play a ton of minutes, that didn't slow down J-P Morneau for a second as he was able to produce six points that included four goals.
Friday November 8
(2)Brewers vs Devil Dawgz(3) O.T
Brewers rally to force overtime but lose to Devil Dawgz
After a strong two periods of hockey, the Devil Dawgz earned them a 2-0 lead heading into the third, but it wasn't good enough to close out the deal in regulation time. It took the three minute mark of overtime for the J.Melo and the Devil Dawgz to pull through. In what seemed like an innocent play, J.Melo put enough mustard in his screened wrist shot to beat G.Platanitis. There was no doubt Platanitis would have loved to have that one back. It just goes to show that anything can happen when you put the ball on net. Prior to that point, J.Constantin put the Devil Dawgz in the driver's seat by providing a pair of tallies. The end result proved to be vital for the Devil Dawgz as they try and distance themselves -from last place.
(7)Pylons vs National (3)
Relentless Pylons hand National their first defeat
National's unbeaten season came to an end under the weight of their inability to penetrate the Pylons defensive game. The Pylons zipped to an early 3-1 lead and used it to their full advantage throughout the entire game. Yes, there were moments that National dominated possession, but when a team bears down defensively while relying on a solid goaltender, it makes it all that much more difficult to produce. T.Settino was the only player to score twice that included the winner. National had more than their fair share of shots and scoring chances but were stuck dealing with a thorn between the pipes. C.Stavriadis was simply that good making plenty of basic saves that never allowed National to get back in the game.
(4)Chiefs vs Bramabulls(10)
Good start turns into a horrible finish for the Chiefs
Considering their start to the game, the Chiefs looked ready and poised for a decent outcome. Then, the wheels came off, and the Chiefs fell off a cliff never to be seen. The Bramabulls bombarded the Chiefs with ten goals in a game that went extremely right for one club and the opposite for the other. Four goals came-from S.Ruggiero while F.Bchara chipped in with a pair and two assists. This is a game that the Chiefs need to quickly forget and focus on what to do right entering their final stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jason Melo of the Devil Dawgz. With the season winding down while in search of crucial points, J.Melo provided two big ones for the standings after riffling a tricky wrist shot to decide the game in overtime.
Thursday November 7
(6)Bramabulls vs Toyota Candiac(3)
Unstoppable J.Mandracchia keeps netting hat tricks
J.Mandracchia seems to have a flair for the big moments. It's not like the Bramabulls need to depend on him game in game out with an already deep line up. Surely, they won't be complaining as it's now expected of him knowing that he can't be stopped. Once again,J.Mandracchia completed another third period hat trick scoring two out of his three goals in the final frame. The Toyota Candiac entered the match with way more urgency as their playoff hopes are on the line. Unfortunately, they just didn't have answers on how to slow down the Bramabulls offense while going scoreless for two full periods. G.Follano was tested throughout most of the night but stood his ground when it mattered the most enabling the Bramabulls to play with the lead.
(1)SBS Trashers vs Legends (4)
C.Fortin, E.Gabrielli grind out hard fought points
By keeping it simple, the Legends did what they needed to do in order to defeat the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. It helps when your net minder has a strong game while one of your leaders provides key goals. E.Gabrielli set the tone by going to the net where he connected twice to get the better of R.Pampena. The Legends felt good about their overall game even though the lead was narrow. Eventually, the SBS Trashers got on board when M.Menassa used a tricky back hand shot to beat C.Fortin short side. Still, the Legends weren't panicking and regained their two goal cushion courtesy of A.Zarzour. That lead proved to be more than sufficient as they bleed the clock to their advantage.
(0)Fitforce Phoenix vs Legacy (1)
Legacy survives with late goal by M.DoCouto
Goaltending was the story as neither side ever got to them until a very late play. Prior to M.DoCouto's desperate shot late in the game, M.Chamoun kept making endless saves to keep the game scoreless for the Fitforce Phoenix. The same is too said for F.Baratta, who denied all 22 shots in order to collect a shutout. Teams understand that you never know what can happen when you shoot on net. M.DoCouto didn't have much of an option and did what any other player would do when time is winding down. By simply putting it on net, the ball had eyes as it traveled three quarters of the court to find its way behind Chamoun. Sometimes it takes a fluky goal to decide things and Legacy will take it having only two change ups to their bench. That was the one area the Fitforce Phoenix hoped to have taken advantage of. In the end, Legacy played it smart while patiently waiting for their opportunity.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Frank Baratta of Legacy. The net minder turned away plenty of scoring chances and stymied the Fitforce Phoenix to pick up a shutout.
Wednesday November 6
(8)Carnage vs Mighty Drunks (4)
Carnage jump out early in rout of Mighty Drunks
Carnage set the tone early as they delivered with three straight goals to put an immediate strangle hold on the match. However, the Mighty Drunks did finish the frame strong on a pair of power play goals to pull themselves within one. Strangely enough, the second period was almost a carbon copy of the first as the same pattern repeated itself. After giving up three straight markers, M.Pinheiro gave the Mighty Drunks some hope by rattling off two consecutive goals to keep the game within reach. And even though they finished both frames strong, the third and final period belonged only to Carnage as they closed it out on two unanswered tallies. It would have been expected for S.Musacchio to net at least one of his clubs eight goals, but the sniper decided to change his role by setting up five goals instead.
(9)Screaming Eagles vs Fatal Demons (4)
E.Skafidas third period rampage sinks the Fatal Demons
E.Skafidas collected six points in the third period alone to spark a comeback that sent the roaring Screaming Eagles to defeat the Fatal Demons. The Screaming Eagles forward went off like fire cracker riffling four goals and two assists to put an exclamation point on the match. The Fatal Demons normally protect their lead well, especially when preserving it heading into the final frame. And it's not like they had a disadvantage in their body count compared to the Screaming Eagles, who were way shorter in that department. This collapse and failure to put the game away was clearly caused by not containing one particular player.
(2)Knights vs Horsemen (3) O.T
Horsemen rally in third to down Knights in overtime
Two power play opportunities couldn't have come at a better time for the Horsemen. Down 2-0 heading into the final frame, M.Kardum and V.Pandza were finally able to kick start their offense by providing two markers with the man advantage. Then, the knockout punch was delivered when J-K Cazeneuve came through in the sudden death frame. Throughout most of the match, the Knights were in control getting some limited offense along with S.Sauk frustrating their opponent by making timely saves. Unfortunately, they ran into some penalty problems which ultimately they paid the price for.
(4)Screaming Eagles vs United (3)
E.Skafidas , not done riding his hot hands
After coming off a ridiculous six point performance in an earlier match, E.Skafidas wasn't done yet with his night. And although he didn't put up crazy numbers, one moment was all it took to merit some acolytes. The Screaming Eagles let go of a 3-0 lead but were able to recover when E.Skafidas bagged the overtime winner. To his help, S.Hrivnak was perhaps the catalyst behind the win as he provided points in all four goals that included three helpers. United didn't get a great start to their night but were definitely better for two straight periods only to get a little unlucky in the end. A.Tachejian, H.Jerjian and G.Jerjian did all of the damage in the loss as the three players combined for five points.
(11)Buckshots vs Horsemen (6)
Horsemen run out of steam after gruelling double header night
Granted, for nearly half the game, the Horsemen hung in there with a more energized opponent. Then, they fell to the hands of one particular player. In the second period alone, E.Mavroudis killed the game by riffling four straight goals for the Buckshots. That sequence alone was enough to convince both sides where this contest was headed. The Buckshots had all but one period to ride after grabbing a 7-4 lead against a team that played earlier. Other notables include K.Kavan, who scored once while setting up seven goals, and Y.Derohannessian that collected five points.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Evan Skafidas of the Screaming Eagles. There was no doubt that E.Skafidas was instrumental in both wins of a double header night for the Screaming Eagles. After single handily winning a third period on six points in his first encounter, E.Skafidas capped off a great night by bagging the overtime winner in his second match.
Monday November 4
Chic Choc finish strong to draw even with Ice Breakers
The Chic Choc found a way to save their best for last. Their finest moments came in the last frame of the second encounter where the notched three consecutive goals to split their miniseries with the Ice Breakers. Prior to that game, M.Boghossian came through very late in the opening match to snap a 2-2 tie. Taking a lengthy penalty didn't help the Ice Breakers in the second match. The game was winding down when the Chic Choc were awarded a six minute power play opportunity. And despite so little time left over, the game was decided on two power play goals. Y.Belkassem buried his second for the go ahead marker and M.Ethier put the icing on the cake striking only seconds apart.
(2)Chic Choc vs Ice Breakers (3)
(1)Ice Breakers vs Chic Choc (3)
J.Mandracchia had himself a J.Mandracchia kind of night
In both games versus the Dragons, the dynamic forward accumulated a ton of points that included two game winners. J.Mandracchia just keeps on ticking and even though the Dragons were aware of his mission on Monday night, there wasn't much they could have done to contain him. Both games were fairly close but Venom did find a way to get an edge. M.Trivisonno looked sharp and in control collecting a pair of clean victories between the pipes. The Dragons scored a total of six goals in the two games that saw P.Cardillo, A.Zarzour and G.DeMarinis riffle two tallies apiece.
(3)Venom vs Dragons (2)
(4)Dragons vs Venom (7)
Degenerates overcome late collapse to salvage their night in a shootout
After allowing the Excalibur to overcome a late two goal deficit in the second encounter, the Degenerates found themselves playing extra hockey. It wasn't there ideal finish, but they did manage to take it in the breakaways courtesy of T.Bergomi's lone shootout marker. T.Bergomi missed the first contest where the Excalibur had their way for most of the match en route to an easy 7-3 win. There was no doubt that his presence was felt as he played most of the game that resulted in two goals as a defenseman. The Excalibur pulled their net minder S.Sauk for an extra attacker in a necessary gamble that paid off. N.Katsifolis and M-E Julien came through in the final minute to even the score and force the extra time.
(7)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
(4)Degenerates vs Excalibur (3) S.O
Armadillos amp up their game in second encounter after lopsided defeat to Legacy
In their first game versus Legacy, the vast gulf of difference in quality between the two teams was apparent. Giving up five goals in only eight minutes was simply unacceptable for J.Kontitsis and the rest of the Armadillos. That vicious sequence took place as of the two minute mark of the contest where Legacy bombarded their opponent on efforts-from five different goal scorers. G.Panagiotopoulos didn't find the back of the net but was a part of making four goals happen. There was no doubt the Armadillos came out ready to play their second game. By addressing a more specific game plan, the adjustments were made for a much closer game. After trading two goals each in the first period, K.Kavan used a fairly late marker to put Legacy in front. Still, the Armadillos weren't calling it quits as a late desperate play resulted in an equalizer by T.Baltzis with only 3 seconds left on the clock. From-there, Legacy came out on top scoring twice in three shootout attempts. It is worth noting that P.Chiotis of Legacy shocked everyone in the building on a filthy shootout goal that probably nobody has ever seen.
(1)Armadillos vs Legacy (7)
(5)Legacy vs Armadillos (4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of Venom. The skilled forward was a force collecting six points in both games versus the Dragons that included two game winners.
Friday November 1
(7)Pylons vs Brewers (5)
Pylons grind out a hard fought battle with Brewers
Grinding out games may be the Pylons formula for the foreseeable future. With players continuously out of the line-up, the Pylons know they will have to find different ways to win. There will be at times where it doesn't look pretty like in the case versus the Brewers. Both teams matched up well against one another which suggested for a close game. The contest was ultimately decided on a late play when T.Settino used his one timer-from the slot area to gain the lead. The Brewers will look back at a couple of key moments that could have swung the match the other way. Despite the loss, A.Lanni continues his tear as the captain had a monster night collecting five points that included a hat trick.
(2)Templars vs National (5)
Templars can't keep up with National
Even though the Templars got a perfect start to the game, it was still farfetched to think that they would overcome a stacked National team. It could have been the case if the Templars played with a full deck as well. But with only three changes to their bench, the inevitable eventually happened. National responded with five unanswered goals getting a pair of key tallies-from Rubens Morne. O.Valiquette knotted the winner and M.Pinheiro had a normal night for his standards collecting three points.
(5)Chiefs vs The Family (7)
Solid all around effort puts the Family on the map
It's hard to call this stage of the season as a must win, but for the Family, this one was about as close as one can be. Fortunately, they responded with a brilliant effort to collecting their first win of the season. It just went to show how everyone pulled their weight as seven different players found the back of the net. Both sides never had an edge after the two first periods. As they entered the third knotted at five goals apiece, the Family took advantage of a power play opportunity thanks to a blistering slap shot -from T.Sebastiani. The Chiefs were than awarded a power play chance as well but were unable to convert despite pulling out their net minder for a two man advantage. A.Zarzour did all he could in the loss bagging three goals.
(3)Devil Dawgz vs Bramabulls(4)
S.Ruggiero hat trick carries Bramabulls to victory
All four of the Bramabulls goals came within a six minute span. For nearly two full periods, their offense ran dry,that was up until S.Ruggiero opened up the flood gates. The Bramabulls trailed 2-0 before taking over with four unanswered goals. P.Bertone ran to the net and notched his clubs other tally after receiving a cute pass-from J.Lipartiti. Those three players were the only ones producing offensively as they combined for eight points. The Devil Dawgz know they missed out on a great opportunity to take this match. They played well defensively and got great support-from R.Ranieri between the pipes. Then, in a blink of an eye, the script flipped and the Devil Dawgz found themselves fighting-from behind.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tony Settino of the Pylons. His two way game while enduring a tone of minutes was perhaps the major reason why the Pylons edged out the Brewers. Settino scored three times while adding an assist.
Thursday October 31
(5)The Blast vs Legacy (7)
Payam Assadi takes it for the team
Payam Assadi was pressed into action after finding out he had no other options for a goaltender. All the Legacy players did whatever they could to help him knowing that their own attack wasnt going to be much of an issue. It always helps when you have a consistent goal scorer in J.Rochon, who collected another hat trick and C.Gagnon that came through with a pair of third period goals. The Blast knew to keep it simple by using their shooting lanes in order to beat Assadi. But with Legacy dictating much of the pace and defending the way they do, the Blast weren't able to generate enough scoring chances. Their best looks came-from T.Dorneval, who also scored a hat trick while adding an assist.
(0)SBS Trashers vs Fitforce Phoenix (4)
H.Awaha hat trick, M.Chamoun shutout powers Fitforce Phoenix past Trashers
H.Awada notched a hat trick, and M.Chamoun stopped all 16 shots he faced as the Fitforce Phoenix took it to the SBS Trashers on Thursday night. The Fitforce Phoenix had a huge 40-16 shot advantage. For nearly two full periods, R.Pampena kept his team in it but the Fitforce Phoenix were all over the SBS Trashers from-start to finish. H.Awada spread out his scoring netting one goal in every frame that included the winner and a power play marker. It was clear that the Fitforce Phoenix showed up to play. None of their players took a shift off, and in doing so, the SBS Trashers were under siege throughout the entire game.
(6)Winter Soldiers vs Toyota Candiac(6) S.O
Wild back and forth action ends in stalemate
There was a great pace from-the beginning as tremendous back and forth action saw this contest go the ultimate distance. Despite the two sides trading quality chances, no go ahead goal was to be found in regulation. The Winter Soldiers looked to be down and out up until D.Lombardi notched his second late in the game to force overtime. Both sides generated plenty of chances in the sudden death frame but the goaltenders were exceptional having their way. All that was left-from that point on was the shootout. Still, neither side found a way to top the other. C.Kakivelis did get to Pedram Assadi for the Winters Soldiers as did A.Dayan on a brilliant wrist shot to beat J.Sanoudakis clean. The Toyota Candiac benefited on some lack of discipline-from their opponent as they buried three power play goals that saw D.Andrade and K.Tsoukalas net their second.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Hussein Awada of the Fitforce Phoenix. With goals hard to come by, H.Awada was masterful potting a tally in each period en route to a big shutout win over the SBS Trashers.
Wednesday October 30
(3)Left Wings vs Wocafloka(5)
Wocafloka come alive in third period for 5-3 win over Left Wings
Despite being levelled after two periods, the Wocafloka mustered enough grit and gumption to score a pair of third period goals and escape with a 5-3 victory over the Left Wings. N.Kokovidis and A.Desrosiers were the ones who took over striking within a two minute span. Prior to the third period, Wocafloka got a major contribution-from A.Agudelo, who notched two markers in the second period. The Left Wings overcame two deficits and actually found themselves in front t when J.Tzanetakos snapped a 2-2 tie. It was-from that point on that the Wocafloka showed their killer instinct by talking over with three unanswered goals.
(9)Carnage vs Knights (2)
S.Muscacchio ruins Knights with monster night
It seemed as though every time S.Muscacchio would touch the ball, something was bound to happen. Remarkably, the forward had another incredible night, this time bagging six goals which is one more than his previous performance of five tallies. The Knights clearly weren't aware of his offensive threat. Muscacchio netted his hat trick just before the second period ended while continuing his tear by the third where he buried three more markers. There is no doubt how good of a shooter he is. Unless opposite teams formulate a specific game plan, goaltenders will have a difficult time limiting the damage.
(3)Screaming Eagles vs Fat Roy (4)
Fat Roy stage third period rally to down Screaming Eagles
L.Williams and Fat Roy felt a comeback coming and followed through against the Screaming Eagles. Williams was behind setting up both J.Pantelis and M.DelGaudio that helped put Fat Roy in the driver's seat. The Screaming Eagles played well enough until that point but weren't able to keep a good rhythm heading into the final stretch. They did manage to pepper J.Sanoudakis with ten shots who just wasn't interested in giving up a tally. Fat Roy added a pair key additions entering tonight's contest. D.Lombardi showed he fit in right away by riffling two goals in the first period.
(6)Fatal Demons vs United (4)
Fatal Demons rely on spreading out their attack
Having a spread out scoring attack is what makes the Fatal Demons difficult to play against. It's important because it forces other teams to not be able to just be sold on one or two particular players. It's how the Fatal Demons have kind of always been and it's what makes them sometimes difficult to play against. Tonight's win saw five different players take turns finding the back of the net. M.Chenier was the only player to score twice by opening and closing the scoring. United did hang in there till the very end where they just fell short. A.Tachejian did more than his part in the loss by netting three out of his team's four goals.
(6)Horsemen vs Buckshots(6) S.O
Horsemen salvage their night on two late goals
With the game clicking down, the Horsemen summoned some late magic by scoring twice that included the equaliser with only 11 seconds left on the clock. The Buckshots quickly realised how no lead is ever safe. Both sides were left to deal with some open overtime but were unable to get to the net minders. The shootout did have both sides solve the goaltenders once which led to a stalemate. V.Pandza had collected three points during the match while clicking in the shootout for the Horsemen. As for the Buckshots, M.Thakaa notched their lone shootout marker after scoring once during the game.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Stefano Musacchio of Carnage. In only his second game so far this season, S.Musacchio struck six times and is already at a total of eleven goals.
Wednesday November 3
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (2)
Mighty Drunks stun Knights on two late goals
The Mighty Drunks pulled off a desperate comeback on Sunday night, rallying past the Knights with two late goals. After Y.Dube used his second to tie the game at the eleven minute mark of the third period, K.Miraldo followed up only moments later to pot the winner. The game went through a small see saw effect that saw the Mighty Drunks take the opening period. Then, it was the Knights taking over scoring twice in the second frame thanks to F.Bchara's back to back tallies in a three minute span. Till that point, and well into the third period, the Knights halted the Mighty Drunks offense. Perhaps some fatigue may have played a factor for the late let down. The Knights nearly pulled it off despite having only three changes to their bench.
(0)United vs Wocafloka(7)
Wocafloka cruise to victory over United
Wocafloka put forth an all around effort, handling both sides of the court to cruise to an easy victory. Even though seven different players scored, F.Belisle did pace the offensive charge scoring once while setting up four teammates. United felt they were still in it till perhaps the final stages of the second period when Belisle increased the margin by four goals. Overall, Wocafloka were solid-from start to finish handling every area of the game, including C.Stavriadis pushing aside every ball his way in order to preserve a shutout.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Miraldo of the Mighty Drunks. With the game on the line, K.Miraldo decided it for the Mighty Drunks after snapping a late 2-2 tie.
Monday October 28
Venom fall apart late, Legacy find a way to take both games
Two minutes and change-from defeating Legacy, M.Trivisonno and Venom were sitting pretty. Leading 4-2 with little time left over, Venom played their worst hockey giving up three straight tallies. The comeback came into effect when M.Mavroudis completed his hat trick followed with goals-from E.Girouard and P.Assadi. Venom did shake off a terrible finish by netting a very early goal in the ensuing match. The problem was that they knew a slight 1-0 lead wasn't going to stick. And rather than widening the gap, M.Mavroudis answered the bell late in the first period to even the score. Still, the game was up for grabs and both sides understood the importance of the next goal. This was a perfect opportunity for Venom to return the favour and spilt their mini series with Legacy. Unfortunately, they once again fell short by giving up a fairly late marker. The game was ultimately decided when K.Koutsogiannopoulos ripped a bullet passed Trivisonno with only three minutes left on the clock.
(5)Legacy vs Venom (4)
(1)Venom vs Legacy (2)
A.Kakivelis nets four as Armadillos pair wins over Excalibur
The first game was close while it lasted. It took two late goals-from A.Angelis and S.Kipopoulos to secure a 4-1 victory. The Armadillos relied on balance, structure and C.Stavriadis making the key saves. The second encounter still favoured the Armadillos but this time with A.Kakivelis putting on a show. Kakivelis was able to kill the game by riffling four out of his clubs six goals showing his ability by going straight for the jugular. The Excalibur knew it was going to be a difficult test against a squad-from the higher division. Overall, they did fair well in the first game, but couldn't contain one particular player in the second match that caused most of the damage.
(1)Excalibur vs Armadillos (4)
(6)Armadillos vs Excalibur (3)
Punishers steamroll Dragons
The Dragons had always been a feisty club with talent not to be underestimated. They often bring the game to their opponent when a full squad, but unfortunately had no answers against a superior opposition. The Punishers were simply too strong to compete with on this night. After collecting a 5-0 shutout victory, M.Melo had yet to concede a goal up until the final frame when the Dragons finally broke out on three markers. By then, the game was pretty much out of reach with the Punishers running up the score. P.Arkalis scored twice in the opening contest while A.Sarigiannis and A.Dayan shared three points each. The second game saw A.Kobayati as the only player to score twice out of their eight goals.
(5)Punishers vs Dragons (0)
(3)Dragons vs Punishers (8)
Degenerates respond well after dropping close encounter with 1 Timer
J.Atch stopped 15 shots and the Degenerates got some much needed production-from their top gun in a rebound win over the 1 Timer. S.Marricco, after netting the Degenerates lone goal in the earlier loss, was able to continue his stride by bagging a pair in succession in the first period alone. Clearly, the Degenerates were able to feed of that as an eventual late marker broke a 2-2 tie. Both games were extremely close which justifies the split. F.Koch faced 17 shots in the first game and was perhaps the reason why the 1 Timer collected a close 2-1 victory. S.Koch was credited the winner and P-A Surprenant was productive earning three points in both games.
(1)Degenerates vs 1 Timer (2)
(2)1 Timer vs Degenerates (4)
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Manny Mavroudis of Legacy. In his season debut, the power forward showed that he fits right in riffling four goals that helped provide a pair of victories.
Friday October 25
(5)National vs Devil Dawgz(3)
National dig themselves in early hole but prevail anyway
When you get credited two team goals along with an automatic power play, you expect something good to come out of it. The Devil Dawgz had that luxury in the first period due to the National net minder showing up late. Unfortunately for the Devil Dawgz, the opposite happened. It took National only eleven minutes to even the score leaving more than enough time for a positive result. If that period alone was an indication of what was to come, than the writing was already written on the wall. National continued -from where they left off adding two more markers to seal the deal. The win came with scoring efforts -from five different players and a solid outing by F.Lamarche, who clearly didn't need a warm up despite being extremely late.
(3)Pylons vs Templars(1)
Tight checking battle decided mid way in third
The Pylons endured a 45 minute, tight checking battle with the Templars, but it was the Pylons emerging victorious thanks to M.DaSilva's third period marker. Both teams did an excellent job clogging up shooting lanes making it very difficult for the forwards to find any space at all. Most of the chances came -from the outside which enabled the net minders to react in time. For two straight periods, this contest was in a stalemate. It was evident that the next goal would have most likely decided matters. Eventually something had to give and M.DaSilva played the spoiler tapping in a rebound that gave C.Muccino no chance to stop it. The Pylons committed to this win by never letting up while getting a brilliant performance in net by O.Caillet.
(4)Bramabulls vs Chiefs (6)
Sharp shooter S.Koulieris haunts Bramabulls
S.Koulieris scored three of the Chiefs six goals in the final 16 minutes to stun the Bramabulls on Friday night. It certainly appeared that S.Koulieris's accuracy remains at its peak for the veteran. The opposition usually don't have an answer when he releases his patented wrist shot-from the slot area. Goaltenders have struggled trying to guess where the ball will end up, which is usually in the back of the net before they realise it. The sniper did get some help from A.Zarzour, who fed him twice as part of a four point night. D.Galloro had a strong first period striking twice for the Chiefs while P.Santullo was very productive as well accumulating three assists.
(6)Brewers vs The Family (3)
Brewers surge with 4 third period goals
T.Fernando and A.Lanni don't seem to take a night off. Both players were heavily involved on Friday night as they both scored twice to top the Family. Throughout two periods, this game looked like it could have gone either way. The Family however needed the points desperately in order to pursue their hunt for a playoff spot, but couldn't hold up long enough failing to match up in the final stretch. The Brewers broke the game wide open sparking four goals in only eight and a half minutes. K.Tsoukalas knotted the winner, G.Nehme set up three goals and J.Tavernese did not disappoint in his season debut stopping 17 of 20 shots.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Koulieris of the Chiefs. The sharp shooter used his finishing touch three times at the most important stage of the game to lead the Chiefs past the Bramabulls.
Thursday October 24
(3)SBS Trashers vs Winter Soldiers (5)
Winter Soldiers determined for a full 45 minutes
C.Zafiropoulos knew that his team was ready to play on Thursday night. The Winter Soldiers increased discipline allowed them to play and find their offensive rhythm as the game went on. Penalties weren't an issue, much to the delight of Zafiropoulos, who kept his troops in line throughout the entire contest. After grabbing a 3-2 first period lead, the Winter Soldiers used two late goals in the second to take control heading into the final stretch. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net while J.Sanoudakis was stellar not surrendering a goal in the last half of the game. It showed that the Winter Soldiers were primed by hounding the ball, reloading and doing all the little things right.
(8)Bramabulls vs Legacy(2)
Legacy have no words after horrific third period
You can hang this one on everybody wearing a Legacy jersey in a game that was tied 2-2 after two periods and somehow ended up finishing 8-2 for the Bramabulls. Legacy always rely on a collective agreement where everyone buys in game in and game out. And while this is applied regularly, the same couldn't be said for tonights horrible third period. The team collapsed faster than a 10$ pup tent-from Walmart in front of C.Stavriadis. But as good as Stavriadis was through two periods, the net minder just wasn't sharp enough in a short period of time. The Bramabulls kept pouring it on one goal after the other. J.Mandracchia seems to get a second wind as games progress. The highly skilled forward saved his best for last once again striking twice in the third period to complete his hat trick.
(5)Legends vs Toyota Candiac(4) O.T
K.Kavan timely goals power Legends past Toyota Candiac in overtime
If scoring the tying goal with only three seconds left on the clock was good enough, the overtime winner was just the icing on the cake for K.Kavan. The Legends appeared to be down and out after nearly missing out on a glorious power play that lasted for almost the entire third period. Surprisingly enough, it was A.Dayan of the Toyota Candiac that scored instead during that time. His shorthanded tally nearly gave the Toyota Cardiac an unexpected victory,that was up until K.Kavan rescued his club on two clutch tallies as part of his hat trick. M.Destounis contributed with three helpers while R.Ranieri had no choice to be very good in net in order to capture the win.
(5)The Blast vs Fitforce Phoenix (6)
Ali Khanafer hat trick propels Fitforce Phoenix win over Blast
With neither side having an edge after two periods, the Fitforce Phoenix came out on a mission in the third. The span of three minutes was all it took for Ali Khanafer and Hadi Khanafer to score and provide a two goal cushion. That was Ali Khanafer's third goal of the game. This outcome comes as only the second win of the season, a result that will surely give confidence to every Fitforce Phoenix player. On the other hand, the Blast has had their up and down moments throughout six games but won't be too concerned after tonight's loss, especially without a few key components missing-from their line up.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of the Legends. The skilled forward produced his latest breath taking performance by netting a hat trick that included a very late equaliser and the sudden death winner.
Wednesday October 23
(5)Carnage vs Buckshots(8)
E.Mavroudis continues to tear it up with 4 more goals
E.Mavroudis continues with his stellar goal scoring form, this time netting four to help the Buckshots defeat Carnage on Wednesday night. The game was already blown out of reach by the mid way point with the Buckshots riding a commanding 5-1 lead. B.Vorias notched back to back tallies during that span and E.Mavroudis was just getting warmed up bagging his second of four goals. M.Thakaa was the only other player to score for the Buckshots on a pair of tallies. As for Carnage, M.Pace did what was expected of him as the sharp shooter produced four points in the loss.
(8)Left Wings vs Screaming Eagles(7)
M.Morin rescues Left Wings late in the game
Twists and turns were everywhere as the Left Wings escaped with a wild finish over the Screaming Eagles. The Left Wings appeared to be in control considering how well they played throughout two periods. After all, they led 6-3 and managed to contain their opponent on the large part. That was up until E.Panzera staged a furious comeback. Remarkably, the newly added forward put on an incredible display bagging four straight goals for his club that eventually evened the score at seven goals apiece. With all that momentum, it only felt fitting that the Screaming Eagles would come out on top. However, it wasn't the case as the Left Wings seized their moment when M.Morin notched the game winner with less than a minute remaining.
(6)Wocafloka vs Fatal Demons(4)
Wocafloka use big third period to edge out Fatal Demons
O.Cruz was able to send a dagger to the Fatal Demons by netting his second goal that snapped a 4-4 third period tie. The game was still within plenty of reach with more than enough time left over. But Wocafloka decided to tighten up their game by that point while relying on C.Stavriadis to shut the door. The Fatal Demons had no more answers-from that point on and eventually dug themselves in a deeper hole when F.Belisle struck for a second time. J-M Loiseau was also influential in the victory as the captain scored once while setting up three goals.
(5)Knights vs Mighty Drunks (6)
Mighty Drunks benefit on a better start
A good start will always come a long way in the end. The Mighty Drunks won a close 3-2 first period and widened the gap by the second to take a commanding 6-3 lead after two frames. And even though the Knights fought hard to battle back, it juts wasn't enough in the end. M.Pinheiro and Mederick each scored twice with Mederick credited the winner. F.Nasser made an immediate impact collecting four points. The Knights limited their own offense to only three players as T.Spano, C.Moutafis and F.Bchara combined for seven points.
(3)United vs Fat Roy(2) O.T
United squander two goal lead but win in overtime
Things went very well for the United, at least on the large part when Y.Derohannessian and A.Tachejian tallied to make the score 2-0. In addition to that, H.Jerjian was solid in net and the United couldn't have asked for a better display of hockey. Then, in the matter of four minutes, Fat Roy overcame their deficit courtesy of K.Fiore and N.Gikas, and the third period was now up for grabs for the two sides. Throughout that time, neither club was able to getting it done. The game was ultimately decided when Y.Derohannessian struck for a second time. United saw their top gun come through posting his second after receiving a feed-from J.Belcher.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Yerik Derohannessian of United. In a low scoring affair versus Fat Roy, Y.Derohannessian made his two goals count, especially in overtime to decide matters.
Monday October 21
Persistence pays off for Ice Breakers
There was no doubt the Ice Breakers applied a total team effort in both their wins over the Degenerates. Led by H.Jerjian in the first encounter, the forward was the catalyst behind the victory proving two goals and an assist. The Degenerates weren't too happy with the way things ended and tuned up their game in the next match. And although they started off better jumping to a 2-1 lead, one shift was all it took for the Ice Breakers to respond and regain control. G.Miville and A.Keuhnelian tallied less than a minute apart to tilt the match in their favour. A.Tachejian had a major impact as well by getting the games first and last goal that stood for the winner.
(2)Degenerates vs Ice Breakers (5)
(4)Ice Breakers vs Degenerates (3)
Venom's fuel tank hits empty by final frame
Considering the circumstances, Venom gave the Armadillos a good fight on Monday night. They managed to go the distance dropping a 4-3 shootout decision in the first game and held up for most of the first period in the ensuing match down only 2-1. But eventually fatigue did take a toll, especially when rotating only one body-from your own bench. The Armadillos knew this and made it a point to keep pressuring their opponent. The contest was ultimately decided in less than a minute with the Armadillos surging on three quick goals. Both wins came with scoring efforts-from many different players. J.Kontitsis provided the lone shootout tally in the first contest while D.Tzimopoulos was credited the winner in the second match.
(3)Venom vs Armadillos (4) S.O
(6)Armadillos vs Venom (1)
Excalibur and Chic Choc clash in tight battles
Both teams had to deal with the fact that they couldn't really take over and get much of an edge for how evenly matched both games played out. It wasn't surprising that the first game ended in a shootout with S.Ruggiero deciding matters with the lone marker. Much of the second game resembled the previous one, but this time the Chic Choc found a way to get the slight edge. The Excalibur overcame a 3-1 deficit to pull within one when S.Ruggiero buried his second with still enough time for an equaliser. However, that wasn't going to rattle the Chic Choc knowing that F.Peloquin was their last line of defence. The net minder stood tall and avoided the extra time by relying on his defence and ability to stop any ball his way.
(2)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (3) S.O
(2)Excalibur vs Chic Choc (3)
Punishers tighten up in second game to split with Orient
The Punishers weren't happy with much that went on in the opening contest versus the Orient. They were out matched and sloppy defensively allowing their opponent to pretty much get their way. M.Piche did them in rattling off three goals en route to a lopsided 5-2 victory. There was no question that the Punishers needed to show a better defensive performance than what they displayed. After addressing the issue, the second match was a complete turn of events. They committed to a game plan to slow down the Orient while patiently waiting for their opportunities. M.Arkalis and P.Arkalis provided much of the offense as the two brothers complemented each other on both goals. With that, the goaltending was also a factor and M.Melo did not disappoint allowing only one tally on 18 shots.
(2)Punishers vs Orient (5)
(1)Orient vs Punishers (2)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andranik Zardarian of the Ice Breakers. During a few key moments versus the Degenerates, the net minder came up big with some timely stops that enabled his club to prevail and collect six clean points to the standings.
Friday October 18
(4)Bramabulls vs Brewers (5)
Four point night-from A.Lanni helps Brewers edge out Bramabulls
A.Lanni has been doing a lot of things right this season. The offensive production has been consistent so far and tonight was just another day at the office for the Brewers captain. The Brewers were able to edge out the Bramabulls thanks to Lanni's four points that included the game winner. T.Adamacopoulos, meanwhile, was a just as significant for the victory netting a pair of quick tallies that put his club up front heading into the final frame. Despite their short bench, the Bramabulls hung in there till the very end and nearly tied it up if it wasn't for G.Platanitis .
(7)National vs Pylons (3)
National pull away late to douse pesky Pylons
Having absolutely no choice to hang back and wait, the Pylons fared considerably well on the large part versus a quicker and deeper team. It worked at least for most of the match. However, it was just a matter of time before National would get their way. Throughout most of the game they controlled the play and could have blown this game wide open if it wasn't for O.Caillet taking care of his net. The goaltender was a major reason why this remained close. It took only couple of key plays by Rubens Morne in the third period to re assure the outcome. M.Pinheiro fed Morne twice in motion to find himself in front of the net minder unguarded where he simply found an opening to beat Caillet. And while he would normally get at least one tally out of the seven that went in, M.Pinheiro decided to take a different roll and set up four goals instead. S.Laplante opened and closed the scoring for National while T.Settino was an absolute beast for the Pylons having played the entire game without changing.
(5)Devil Dawgz vs The Family (1)
M.Trivisonno and G.Lallis shine as Devil Dawgz suffocate Family
The start looked promising for the Family when N.Addesa got to M.Trivisonno very early in the game. Then, only a couple of minutes later, N.Faria responded and the Devil Dawgz never looked back on five unanswered goals. The game did remain fairly close throughout most of the night. That was until G.Lallis provided some breathing room half way through the third period. Already with a pair of assists, G.Lallis potted two insurance markers to guarantee the victory. The Family had their moments here and there but found it hard to get much past Trivisonno, who was stellar stopping over 20 shots.
(4)Templars vs Chiefs (3)
Templars sharp and smart with little amount of players
Against a team that had to conserve their energy, the Chiefs failed to take advantage. The Templars are known for their stingy style and whether they have a full squad or not, opponents often find it difficult to penetrate their defence and net minder. The Chiefs did manage three goals on C.Muccino but quickly found themselves trailing in the third period when C.Palermo regained the lead for the Templars. The time remaining was more than enough for an equaliser by the Chiefs. After desperately trying to even the score, the Chiefs couldn't squeeze out a much need tally.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Anthony Lanni of the Brewers. In a tight encounter versus the Bramabulls, the Brewers captain was masterful collecting two helpers and an pair of goals that saw one stand up for the winner.
Thursday October 17
(5)The Blast vs Toyota Candiac(1)
Blast pull away-from Toyota Candiac in third
J.Benel had the go ahead marker in the second period, and the surging Blast scored three times in the third to pull away for a 5-1 victory. The Blast felt it was just a matter of time before putting the game out of reach. T.Dorneval widened the gap by two and J.Morina set up two late goals to cap off the night. The Toyota Cardiac couldn't match the intensity long enough. There lone tally came late in the second period when A.Sarigiannis finally figured out D.Massa. Other than that, the offense remained dry the rest of the way.
(5)Legends vs Bramabulls(9)
J.Mandracchia's third period hat trick leads Bulls past Legends in high scoring affair
The Bramabulls got a hat trick-from J.Mandracchia as well as four third period unanswered goals to outlast the Legends on Thursday night. Three out of their final four tallies came on the special teams. C.Lato benefited on the power play while J.Mandracchia dazzled his way to a pair of shorty's in order to cap off an impressive final stretch. The Legends put up a good fight with a shorter bench and the fact that they went up against a solid and stacked Bramabulls team. It showed that fatigue and timely mistakes eventually caught up to them.
(2)SBS Trashers vs Legacy(3) O.T
Legacy score three straight to down SBS Trashers on T.Bozinakis OT winner
After being kept off the score sheet for nearly two full periods, Legacy finally broke through on three straight goals. T.Bozinakis scored almost immediately in overtime and Legacy rallied-from a two goal deficit to down their opponent. The SBS Trashers made it difficult for Legacy to get their way, especially when playing with the lead. M.Menassa provided two helpers that saw A.Farina and Joe Scalia benefit. For how well R.Pampena was holding the fort in net, the task seemed nearly high for a comeback. However, if one team can come back and stun you, Legacy is that team. This contest was an example of how a contender can overcome almost any circumstance.
(4)Winter Soldiers vs Fitforce Phoenix (0)
J.Sanoudakis and Winter Soldiers blank Fitforce Phoenix
It wasn't his busiest night but J.Sanoudakis was flawless stopping every ball in his direction. The Winter Soldiers team defence was way better on this night compared to last week. They managed to limit the opposition's offense while getting rewarded on the other end of the court. The win came with an overall team effort as four different players took turns finding the back of the net. C.Diamontopoulos scored two minutes into the game on a tally that never got answered. By jumping on them early the way they did, the Winter Soldiers made it a point to shut down opponent.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia of the Bramabulls. The highly skilled forward's hatty in the third period broke apart what was a very close battle with the Legends.
Wednesday October 16
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Horsemen (6) S.O
Mighty Drunks rally in third to force shootout
A strong third period provided a satisfying conclusion for the Mighty Drunks. They came-from behind being down 3-1 heading into the third period. D.Charbonneau , after setting up K.Miraldo on the power play, delivered the equaliser with less than five minutes remaining. The Mighty Drunks felt good about their chances after a strong finish to the period but weren't able to convert one more time in a five minute sudden death frame. Both sides had one more area of the game in hopes of prevailing. Still, neither team had the slight edge as they were stuck settling for a tie. S.Archambault and M.Pinheiro each scored in the shootout for the Mighty Drunks as did T.Karasek and M.Kardum for the Horsemen.
(2)Wocafloka vs Fat Roy(5)
L.Williams scores twice as Fat Roy down Wocafloka
Fat Roy came out strong against Wocafloka on Wednesday night. In the first period alone, L.Williams was able to set the tone with two goals that provided a 2-1 lead. Then, in the span of only two and a half minutes into the second period, Wocafloka fell into a deeper hole giving up two quick tallies. From-there, Fat Roy didn't give much allowing only one power play goal-from F.Belisle. K.Fiore collected a pair of helpers, J.Rochon was credited the winner, and J.Sanoudakis faced 26 shots to earn the win in net.
(7)Screaming Eagles vs United (1)
T.Fernando generous with 5 assists for Screaming Eagles
The Screaming Eagles couldn't have asked for a better game after an impressive offensive showing-from T.Fernando and E.Skafidas. Both players dominated different aspects of their game. T.Fernando used his vision to set up five markers while Skafidas struck three times for a hat trick. The duo combined with four points in the first period alone where the match was already decided with the Screaming Eagles roaring to a 3-0 lead. The only bright moment for the United came late in the second period when G.Jerjian spoiled G-C Sangiovanni's shutout.
(5)Left Wings vs Fatal Demons (6) S.O
Fatal Demons battled back all night to get rewarded in a shootout
Even though they may have been slight leads, the Left Wings aren't too happy letting them go four times. Unfortunately, they couldn't build on it and were stuck having to deal with a response every single time. The Fatal Demons just wouldn't go away and ultimately got rewarded in the end by taking the match in a shootout. J.Bolanakis and M.Chenier each scored during that time while R.Ranieri denied two out of three attempts. D.Tzimopoulos scored two goals in the victory. The Left Wings will need to put this one behind them and hope to avoid a troubling trend in games to come.
(1)Knights vs Buckshots(9)
Buckshots top line dominant in rout of Knights
Each time the Buckshots top line jumped over the boards, the Knights were on red alert. If they aren't played properly, Y.Derohannessian, E.Mavroudis and K.Kavan will make you pay. The trio lit up the Knights combining for a ridiculous 15 points. Even though he didn't score, Y.Derohannessian was the master mind setting up six goals. E.Mavrouidis did have the most tallies striking four times while K.Kavan was right behind him on a hat trick. The Knights were simply overwhelmed on this night unable to defend hard enough.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Dino Tzimopoulos of the Fatal Demons. Apart-from his sound defensive play, D.Tzimopoulos can also contribute on the opposite side of the court by providing two important goals that helped send the game in a shootout.
Monday October 14
1 Timer stage wild finish and strong start in second game
The Dragons were all but a couple of minutes away-from taking the opening match versus the 1 Timer. Their slight 2-1 lead just wasn't good enough as a quick succession of three goals tilted things the other way. T.Daigneault had evened the score with his second right before S.Koch came through potting two in a row. There was no doubt the end result played into the Dragons heads entering the ensuing match. From-the get go, the 1 Timer continued-from where they left off racing to a 4-0 lead in barely eight minutes. P-A.Surprenant struck twice during that time and was credited the winner after completing his hat trick in the second period. The Dragons did attempt a comeback when S.Robineault used a perfect slap shot to pull his club within one. Unfortunately, they just weren't able to force the extra time despite having a few minutes left over.
(2)Dragons vs 1 Timer (4)
(6)1 Timer vs Dragons (4)
M.Thakaa three points powers Ice Breakers in first match, Excalibur answers bell in second game
M.Thakka was a force for the Ice Breakers scoring two goals and an assist en route to a close 3-2 victory. The Excalibur had no answers for his speed and skill. His two goals and one assist was just enough to squeak out a hard fought win. In hopes of carrying their good habits, the second match didn't quite turn out the same way. This time, the Excalibur played with more bite and urgency winning both frames while never faltering a lead. K.Miraldo set up three goals, J.Azoulay was credited the winner and F.Bchara capped off the night feeding an empty cage for his second of the contest.
(3)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (2)
(5)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (2)
Legacy roll over Orient after high scoring first period
Seven minutes and change was all Legacy needed to wrap up the first game with the Orient. S.Govas didn't miss a beat as the sound defenseman set up four goals with primary assists. Legacy's offensive zone time was excellent. They were great on anticipating mistakes while making smart passes that resulted in many goals. J.Rochon continues to find his stride leading all teammates in the goal scoring department. In both games, the power forward tallied five times that included a shootout marker. The Orient did adjust after an embarrassing start in their second match. Both sides traded two first period goals each before playing to a scoreless second frame. With a shootout left to determine a winner, neither side was able to come out on top.
(8)Legacy vs Orient (5)
(3)Orient vs Legacy (3) S.O
Hard work pays off for Chic Choc
The Chic Choc were able to capture 5 points by beating a familiar opponent twice on Monday night. The game plan was simple, and that was to work hard and go to the net. D-O Trinque and J-P Morneau scored twice that helped provide a 5-2 win. The Degenerates were caught a little off guard surrendering an early 3-0 lead, but managed to recover- from that point on. And although they didn't get the results they had hoped for, a shootout loss in the second game was somewhat respectable. The Chic Choc trailed 3-2 with only 5 minutes left when L-P Beaupre tied things up that eventually sent the game in a shootout. From-there, F.Peloquin played out to be the difference maker. The net minder denied all three attempts while P.Mainville delivered with the only goal in the breakaways.
(5)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (2)
(3)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(4) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to P-A Surprnenant of the 1 Timer. The sniper was instrumental in both victories setting up two goals in the first game while bagging a hat trick in the second match.
Friday October 11
(2)Chiefs vs Brewers (7)
Brewers blast Chiefs with big first period
It didn't take long for the Brewers to strike early and often. They raced to a 4-1 first period lead and coasted to an easy victory over the Chiefs. A.Benedetto could be excused-from taking some of the blame for the lopsided frame. He had little support with the Brewers finding too much time and space to beat him. T.Fernando scored twice during that span and later added his third on the power play late in the second period. The Chiefs, despite a poor start showed some life on two quick goals but weren't able to build on it.
(3)Templars vs Devil Dawgz(2)
F.Cloutier late goal lifts Templars to 3-2 win over Devil Dawgz
F.Cloutier's goal with only two minutes remaining was the difference marker for the Templars on Friday night. The Devil Dawgz seemed well set for a better result after grabbing a 2-1 lead early in the third period. But some mishaps in the last fifteen minutes returned as they let their grip on the game slip away. The Templars responded almost immediately to level and eventually took it thanks to Cloutier. C.Muccino and M.Trivisonno gave their club every chance possible to prevail. Both net minders were solid and determined to win the game, but it was C.Muccino getting the slight edge over his counterpart.
(4)Pylons vs Bramabulls(5)
Pylons fall to Bramabulls after late push
Playing catch up hockey caught up with the Pylons on Friday night. The Bramabulls played with a ton of urgency early on which put themselves in the driver's seat riding a 4-0 lead. The Pylons were simply flat and unprepared to start the match. They did survive the onslaught by finding their game as it progressed. Eventually, they battled back with the help of M.Salerno's two goals and T.Settino's late marker that pulled his club within one. The problem was that there was only 36 seconds left on the clock. S.Ruggiero snapped the winner while M.Maggiore scored two goals that included a big shorthanded marker.
(5)The Family vs National(7)
National outduel Family in high scoring affair
National may be the cream of the division but the Family gave them a real run on Friday night. The pace never really slowed down between the two sides. M.Pinheiro put National in front 2-1 on two first period goals and Reginald Morne duplicated his captain's efforts in the second for a 4-3 lead. Still, the Family hung in there making their opponent work hard till the very end. It took Nationals big guns to come through in the third period to decide matters. Already with a pair of goals, M.Pinheiro completed his hat trick. S.Laplante riffled a pair during that span while O.Valiquette collected his fourth assist of the night. As for the Family, P.Defanti had a productive game accumulating three points that included two goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Teron Fernando of the Brewers. In a convincing 7-2 win over the Chiefs, T.Fernando sparked much of the offense finishing his night on a hat trick.
Thursday October 10
(1)Legends vs The Blast (2)
Rubens Morne clutch netting both goals for Blast
Just when the Legends finally got to D.Massa, the Blast were able to avoid overtime thanks to Rubens Morne late power play goal. Six seconds was all that was left when Rubens Morne struck for a second time to propel his club over the Legends. The Blast couldn't have played a better game with only two changes to their bench. On the large part, they had the energy to dictate a lot of what went on. Both sides were cautious and didn't give much on both ends of the court. It was just the right game plan for the Blast, who managed to play with a slight 1-0 lead throughout most of the game. The Legends did capitalise late thanks to M.Chenier's power play goal but it was all for nothing as a costly penalty doomed them in the end.
(6)Bramabulls vs Winter Soldiers (2)
Bramabulls ride J.Lulic's 6 assists in rout of Winter Soldiers
Everyone would agree that J.Lulic's six assists was pretty significant to say the least. The heads up defenseman was decisive and assertive getting balls to the right player or towards the net for great scoring chances. With Lulic as a quarter back, the power play becomes that much deadlier. The Bramabulls benefited twice with the man advantage. In addition to his remarkable production, S.Marricco occupied another aspect of the game, and that was his ability to finding the back of the net. Three out of the Bramabulls six goals came-from the blade of Marricco. Entering tonight's contest, the Winter Soldiers knew they had a challenge ahead of them. The problem was that they visited the penalty box several times which isn't the best to thing to do versus the Bramabulls. There only bright moments came when their captain C.Kakivelis scored both goals on the power play.
(8)Legacy vs Toyota Candiac(1)
T.Bozinakis 4 goals propels Legacy to lopsided win
In the first period as shots and scoring chances kept coming, P.Assadi held his ground. He made save after save to keep the game scoreless. But it was only a matter of time before Legacy`s offensive display translated into goals. The flood gates eventually opened and the Toyota Candiac couldn't stop the bleeding. T.Bozinakis was a force collecting three goals and an assist in that single period alone. Much of what just happened carried into the final frame with Legacy adding four more to put the game out of reach. S.Athanasopoulos went on to bury his second while T.Bozinakis continued his onslaught adding his fourth tally as part of a seven point night.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Tasso Bozinakis of Legacy. His creativity with the ball was in full display, resulting in an impressive seven points that included four goals.
Wednesday October 9
(4)Fatal Demons vs Fat Roy(2)
Captain P.Santullo scores two, Fatal Demons edge out Fat Roy
P.Santullo scored a goal in the first and one in the second period, A.De Sua had the winner and R.Ranieri made dazzling saves helping his club top Fat Roy on Wednesday night. It's been a while since the captain strung a pair together. Sometimes it's just how it goes for P.Santullo, who was glad to contribute on timely goals. Fat Roy wasn't feeling good about their game for at least two periods. They did eventually get on board in the third period when M.Batri and his captain C.Zafiropoulos got to Ranieri. By then, the Fatal Demons kept their lead and made sure to protect it long enough en route to a victory.
(4)Buckshots vs Horsemen (3)
Buckshots power forward E.Mavroudis scores hat trick in close 4-3 win over Horsemen
E.Mavroudis would score the go ahead marker late in the third period earning himself the hat trick. The Buckshots know that they can rely on their big gun up front. It was only a week ago that Mavroudis came through netting an overtime winner. K.Kavan would accumulate three points while his captain B.Vorias was behind setting up two goals. The Horsemen took their lone lead by the eleven minute mark of the second period when T.Karasek collected his second goal and third point of the match. Unable to build off it, the Horseman let the game slip away by giving up the next two.
(4)Wocafloka vs Screaming Eagles (2)
F.Belisle displays masterful performance for Wocafloka
F.Belisle made an impressive statement for Wocafloka. All four goals were orchestrated by their forward that involved a hat trick. With the game deadlocked 2-2 in third period, F.Belisle would eventually snap the tie while adding insurance late in the game. The Screaming Eagles never led but came back twice to even the score. Perhaps things would have been different if they recognized the threat-from the other side. A.Desrosiers just came off a hat trick performance a few days ago, and although he didn't score, the crafty forward helped set up Belisle on two occasions.
(2)Mighty Drunks vs Carnage (6)
S.Musacchio a one man show for Carnage
S.Musacchio entered this game to light up the night in what was an extraordinary performance. The Mighty Drunks were the unfortunate victims in this particular game as they stood there watching five goals and an assist coming-from only one player. What maybe made it harder to digest was the fact that they led 2-1 after two periods. Up until that point, everything seemed to be fine and under control. Then, the third period happened, and the Mighty Drunks didn't know to normalise one player. S.Musacchio displayed an exhibition of superiority bagging four goals and an assist in that single frame alone.
(5)Left Wings vs United (6) O.T
K.Kavan steals the show for United
There is no doubt that K.Kavan deserved much of the praise for United. The skilled forward really turned it on versus the Left Wings participating in nearly every goal. Half of them came off his blade while one was to set up S.Marwan in overtime. The Left Wings may look back at this one knowing they led 5-3 till the mid way of the third .However, it was evident that the United weren't planning on throwing the towel, especially versus a team that was hanging on to only seven players. The comeback was led by no other than K.Kavan, who collected three straight points-from that point on.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Emmanuel Mavroudis of the Buckshots. The Buckshots were faced having to overcome a 3-1 deficit. That was when E.Mavroudis took matters into his own hands responding with the games next three goals.
Monday October 7
Armadillos trounce Ice Breakers after slow start
After a close first period, the Armadillos turned the corner by the second striking four times to hand the Ice Breakers a 5-2loss.They never let off the gas-from that point on which translated early on in the ensuing match. K.Koutsogiannopoulos and G.Bouchard had two goals each and F.Moshonos allowed a total of only three goals on 31 shots. The Ice Breakers saw H.Jerjian contribute again posting two out of his clubs three goals.
(5)Armadillos vs Ice Breakers (2)
(1)Ice Breakers vs Armadillos (5)
F.Baratta solid in net as Legacy down Venom
F.Baratta entered the night expecting nothing but a pair of wins and didn't hesitate to deliver. Baratta made 14 saves in the first game followed with a jaw dropping performance in the second match where Legacy toppled Venom by a landslide. The game could have been much closer if it wasn't for Baratta flashing his leather on a few occasions. And since goaltending wasn't a concern, the offense slowly fell into play for Legacy. J.Rochon, looking utterly sure of himself and utterly fearless keeps doing what he does best, and that is to score goals. The power forward celebrated four tallies while collecting three assists in both games. In addition to his madness, K.Koutsogiannopoulos had an influence as well using his devastating slap shot three times to beat the opposing net minder.
(2)Venom vs Legacy (3)
(6)Legacy vs Venom (1)
A.Fonrose's late marker saves night for Excalibur
A late goal by A.Fonrose gave the Excalibur a 2-1 lead to help split their miniseries with the Chic Choc. Both games were evenly played-from the two teams. Surely, the Chic Choc would have preferred better knowing that they had only 75 seconds to reach a shootout. But a split could have been expected. J-P Morneau got credited the winner in the opening contest, and F.Peloquin frustrated every Excalibur player except for A.Fonrose, who beat him twice. The second match saw the tides turn, and in large part due to S.Sauk guarding his cage. After facing 18 shots, the net minder rebounded allowing only one goal to earn a big win in net.
(3)Chic Choc vs Excalibur (2)
(2)Excalibur vs Chic Choc (1)
1 Timer outmatched dropping both games to Orient
The 1 Timer didn't bring enough good elements in order to compete with the Orient. The Orient was clearly superior in the first game, not only offensively but owning both ends of the court. T.Sakr led the way with a hat trick and C.Malkoun held his opponent to only two goals on 16 shots. Unhappy with the way things ended, the 1 Timer had a lot more urgency entering the second game. They managed to grab a 2-0 lead on two quick goals-from P-A Surprenant and J.Guye-Perrault. The problem however was that they couldn't carry their momentum long enough. Only two minutes had gone by for M.Morin to get his club on board. N.Zahabi would eventually tie it and the Orient slowly but surely started to take over. Their first lead came as of the seven minute mark of the final frame when J.Mavuanga collected one of his three points in the game. There wasn't much push back-from the 1 Timer until it was too late. By then, the damage was too great to overcome.
(2)1 Timer vs Orient (7)
(4)Orient vs 1 Timer (2)
Dragons content on grabbing 3 points versus Degenerates
Usually teams aspire to win every game possible which is a basis expectation. And even though the Dragons had that same goal in mind, a split felt like a moral victory when considering how short they were. B.Daniele's third point in the opening game was just enough for the Dragons to squeeze out a close victory. The Degenerates did dictate much of the pace winning many loose balls while generating a ton of chances only to hit a hot net minder in P.Assadi. Eventually though, the constant applied pressure would get to the Dragons in the second encounter. In the span of only six minutes, the Degenerates cranked up their offense and unleashed it posting four straight markers. S.Marricco was an early spark plug bagging two in the first period. Then, A.Lanni took over igniting three straight tallies to put the game out of reach. It was clear by then that the Dragons had no more juice as they struggled to keep up.
(2)Degenerates vs Dragons (3)
(1)Dragons vs Degenerates (6)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Andrix Fonrose of the Excalibur. After collecting both goals in an earlier loss, A.Fonrose returned the favour by riffling a huge game winning marker that snapped a late 1-1 tie.
Friday October 4
(3)Brewers vs National (4)
S.Laplante snaps late tie for National
S.Laplante used a blistering slap shot to snap a 3-3 third period tie, and National were able to squeak out a hard fought victory versus the Brewers. Top their credit,the Brewers were able to keep pace with a quicker opponent which isn't an easy task. And although they stumbled in the end, the spunk the team exhibited in this game was a step in the right direction. There was no doubt that M.Pinheiro had his foot print in the victory. The captain scored his clubs two first goals while setting up S.Laplante for the winner.
(9)Pylons vs The Family (4)
Pylons pull away in third period to top Family
The score may suggest an easy game for the Pylons, but it's far-from being the case. This contest took one direction as of the eight minute mark of the third period where the Pylons found a way to separate themselves-from their opponent. Prior to that moment, the game was up for grabs. J.Pizzucco set the tone early riffling two straight goals and eventually notched his third late in the game for a hat trick. D.Charbonneau and T.Settino also chipped in with a pair each for the win while N.Addesa did the same but in a losing cause.
(8)Templars vs Bramabulls(2)
Bramabulls caught off guard early, Templars storm out of gate with 4 first period goals
By the time the first period ended, the writing was already on the wall for the Bramabulls. Trying to overcome a 4-0 deficit against a team that prides themselves on defence was too much of a tall order to overcome. The Templars didn't stop there adding two more in the second period with still no response -from the Bramabulls. Eventually, they did get to C.Muccino, who did more than his part keeping a clean scoresheet. C.Pirone and S.Fabrici provided half the offense for the Templars as both players shared two goals each as defensemen.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Steve Laplante of National. With the game entering its dying moments, the crafty defenseman was able to decide it on a bullet-from the point.
Thursday October 3
(7)Bramabulls vs The Blast (2)
Blast give up 4 goals in 5 minutes, lose to Bramabulls
The Blast had one brutal stretch in the first period period, and knew they were done having to rely on a short bench. Scoring efforts came-from different players. The pace did calm down-from that point on which didn't bother the Bramabulls. They did increase their lead adding two more markers by the second period. D.Verta and M.Maggiore each scored twice, and G.Follano had great support in front of him earning the win in net.
(4)SBS Trashers vs Toyota Candiac(2) S.O
A.Gentile nifty backhand lifts SBS Trashers in shootout
E.Panzera rolled the dice on Thursday night and came up lucky selecting the right players to take a shootout. First, A.Gentile waited out P.Assadi on a clever backhand move, and then the captain showed why he made the wise choice selecting himself as he also delivered on a brilliant move. Prior to the breakaways, this contest was extremely close. Neither side took the lead after the periods ended. The Toyota Candiac scored once on the power play courtesy of R.Abdulahad while the SBS Trashers missed out on their man advantage. R.Pampena was immense between the pipes allowing only two goals while denying a pair of shootout attempts.
(8)Legends vs Fitforce Phoenix (1)
Legends find their groove in second period
It wasn't up until the second period where the Legends rolled their way to a satisfying victory. After gaining a little confidence, momentum eventually took over and the Legends built enough of a cushion for a comfortable lead. E.Mavroudis got his club on board while completing his hat trick on back to back tallies. To his help, his line mates clicked throughout the entire night as K.Kavan and M.Destounis kept finding each other. All three players combined for eleven points. The Fit force Phoenix had their moments early on but had the displeasure of trying to solve C.Fortin. The goaltender shined in his season debut making numerous saves while denying some decent scoring chances.
(7)Legacy vs Winter Soldiers (8) O.T
K.Kakivelis nets OT winner, Winters Soldiers top Legacy
K.Kakivelis completed his hat trick on the power play of extra time, taking a saucer pass while collecting his own rebound before burying it home. It was a great way to finish off the game. Legacy took some untimely penalties and ultimately paid the price in the end. Granted, they did score twice with a man short which enabled them to level the game fairly late. C.Pisanelli made an instant impact collecting four points. Apart-from K.Kakivelis's dominant performance, J.Mckenzie and D.Landucci were right up there with their captain as both players' bagged two goals each.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kosta Kakivelis of the Winters Soldiers. The captain knew it wasn't going to be a tough game, but managed to deliver anyway, and in a big way accumulating five points that included the biggest goal of the night.
Wednesday October 2
(8)Knights vs Carnage (4)
Carnage fall apart after better start
Despite getting on board first, Carnage dropped a goose egg giving up the next five tallies just short of the mid way point of the game. Clearly they weren't themselves making things extremely easy the Knights. For the majority of the game, the Knights were dominant in every facet. Goals came-from five different players up until C.Moutafis went on a scoring rampage posting three in a row to finish his night with an impressive four goals. Carnage had some good looks-from M.Pace, who buried a pair, and D.Xiarchos that was able to participate in all four markers.
(5)Fat Roy vs Left Wings (9)
Left Wings overwhelm Fat Roy
Throughout most of the game, Fat Roy had a difficult time keeping up with the Left Wings. It's not that they were out of it but often stuck having to playing-from behind. Two small minutes in the first period was all it took for the Left Wings to create a two goal margin. They struck three times during that span and never looked back despite plenty of hockey left over. M.Morin notched back to back tallies at key moments sharing a multi goal night with J.Argyropoulos. Even though it's early in the season, teams will realise quickly that the Left Wings will be difficult to beat.
(6)Mighty Drunks vs Buckshots(7) O.T
Buckshots stun Mighty Drunks on crazy finish
The Buckshots looked to be dead in the water when the Mighty Drunks used three late goals to grab a 6-4 lead. And in most circumstances, that would have been more than enough, especially with the clock showing only 53 seconds on the board. Then the drama began and the Mighty Drunks were left shell shocked giving up giving up two quick goals that forced overtime. Unable to shake off the nightmare finsih, things only got worse for the Mighty Drunks. Twelve seconds was all it took for E.Mavroudis to put an end to the misery. K.Kavan was vital for the win accumulating five points including a big assist in overtime. The Mighty Drunks played well enough for a very long stretch relying on balance scoring. Luckily it's only the start of the season as they'll have plenty of time to put this one behind them.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kavan of the Buckshots. Most of the Buckshot's plays stemmed-from K.Kavan, who was a dominant force collecting five points.
Sunday October 6
(3)Wocafloka vs United(2)
Wocafloka routs United with 3 goals by A.Desrosiers
A.Desrosiers relished a magical night as Wocafloca beat United thanks to his latest goal spree. All three goals came-from their top gun with two coming on the power play. For over two periods, the United couldnt break through trying to solve C.Stravriadis, but that all changed by the third period when G.Jerjian solved him twice. United narrowed the gap to one on two occasions. The problem was that there second goal came a little too late leaving only a minute and a half for an equaliser .Overall, the Wocafloka used a better start to their advantage in order to edge out their opponent.
(6)Horsemen vs Knights (3)
Horsemen unload in third period
The Horsemen looked soundly beaten down 3-1 in the third period Sunday night, but a five goal explosion over the final eleven minutes of the game catapulted the Horsemen to a convincing 6-3 win over the Knights. V.Pandza was the first to lead the way netting his second to pull his club within one. Then, once D.Greco set up J-K Cazeneuve for the equaliser, D.Greco took it upon himself to bury the next two tallies in a very short period of time. The Knights appeared to have enough control throughout most of the night. J.DeSua scored twice while S.Ruggiero provided a two goal cushion early in the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn't ride a formula that was working just fine long enough.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Alex Desrosiers of the Wocafloka. Single handedly, A.Desrosiers ignited the offense bagging all three goals versus United.
Monday September 30
After strong finish, Ice Breakers carry momentum into second game
After being completely missing in action in their first encounter with the Orient, the Ice Breakers responded with a much better performance to split their miniseries. Things started to turn around towards the final frame even though it was too late. The Ice Breakers used four goals in the ensuing match, including two-from M.Thakaa to cap off a strong finish. Both teams had their ups and downs throughout the two games. The Orient looked like they were headed for an easy night after getting scoring efforts -from six different players in the opening game. J.Mavuanga and his captain F.Nasser shared three points each. The problem for the Orient was that the Ice Breakers played hungrier than they did in the second match. From-the drop of the ball, it showed that they wanted it more by using their speed and relentless effort often getting to the ball first.
(6)Orient vs Ice Breakers (3)
(5)Ice Breakers vs Orient (2)
D.Andrade delivers in both wins for Armadillos
If scoring two big goals wasn't enough in the first game for the Armadillos, D.Andrade couldn't have asked for a better finish on Monday night. Down to their last shootout attempt, D.Andrade faked out F.Koch just enough before going forehand to bury the game winner. The Armadillos took two difficult games against a team that doesn't give much. E.Parent was solid again allowing only two goals all night. Throughout most of the night, the Armadillos skill and speed was on full display but the 1 Timer managed to hang in there bringing the second contest to its final moments.
(3)Armadillos vs 1 Timer (1)
(2)1 timer vs Armadillos (3) S.O
Dynamic duo for Dragons find their stride
It's not simple. It's not effortless. It only looks that way when E.Girouard and S.Robineault work their offensive magic as they have throughout their ball hockey careers. It didn't even matter that the Dragons had only one change up to their bench. The game plan was simple, tighten up a wait for the dynamic duo to go to work. After complementing each other in the opening game for a close 2-1 victory, the Dragons went the distance in the second match taking it in the shootout. E.Girouard had already scored twice before notching the game's lone shootout marker. Looking back, the Chic Choc would have adjusted if they knew what they were going up against. Instead, they couldn't address a specific game plan that left them with only one point to show for. They will be happy however to have J-R Lemay back in the line up as the sniper didn't miss a beat netting two goals.
(2)Dragons vs Chic Choc (1)
(3)Chic Choc vs Dragons (4) S.O
Degenerates finally crack a brick wall
The expectations to prevail in any sort of manner felt like a long shot for the Excalibur on Monday night. And even though they had four quality players, neither of them had a chance to change as they were stuck playing with nobody on the bench. Usually these situations force players to hang back and wait while heavily relying on their net minder. The first encounter did go well for a period but that all changed in the second when the Degenerates opened up the flood gates. During that span, A.Lanni and S.Marricco posted their second to secure a 6-2 victory. In hopes of carrying that same momentum versus a depleted team, the second game had a completely different script. It was in the first period that S.Sauk went into super natural mode. The Degenerates threw everything except for the kitchen sink unable to beat him at least once. Then, A.Lanni finally somehow solved him to put his club in front. Normally, a team with a loaded bench tend to make life easy on themselves when entering the latter stages of a hockey game, but that clearly wasn't the case for the Degenerates. The Excalibur needed only one minute in order to gain the lead. S.Ruggiero and F.Bchara scored during that span which forced a massive push-from their opponent. Eventually, the Degenerates did level the game and brought it a step further when S.Sicuso picked a top corner leaving only 12 seconds on the clock.
(6)Degenerates vs Excalibur (2)
(2)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3)
Punishers thump Legacy after shootout victory
For how close the first game was between two high end clubs, the second encounter surprisingly didn't go that way. The Punishers simply elevated their game, and in doing so had everything go right en route to a lopsided score. J.Chiropoulos had his foot print all over the score sheet visiting the penalty box a couple of times but more importantly being very productive in the goal scoring column. Chiropoulos was a force bagging three goals and an assist with plays all coming-from the back end. Legacy, despite going empty handed in the second match, missed out grabbing some clean points in the first encounter by letting a late 4-2 lead slip away. A.Kobayati was the catalyst behind the comeback and perhaps the victory as the skilled forward participated in all four goals while riffling the shootout winner. From-that point on,the Punishers never looked back en route to an easier victory.
(4)Legacy vs Punishers (6) S.O
(7)Punishers vs Legacy (1)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Donny Andrade of the Armadillos. The Armadillos forward was vital to both wins. After riffling two goals in the opening contest, D.Andrade capped off a clutch performance in style on a shootout marker.
Friday September 27
(4)Chiefs vs Pylons (6)
Comeback falls short for Chiefs in loss to Pylons
Momentum can be a funny thing. Just when the Chiefs thought they had seized control surging back -from a two goal deficit, one bad sequence had them chasing the game. This actually happened twice as the Pylons regained their margin on a three goal cushion only to see it nearly slip away for a second time. Much of the Pylons offense came-from the back end with D.Charbonneau and J-M Loiseau sharing three points each. All six of their goals came with scoring efforts-from different players. J-M Loiseau got credited the winner courtesy of a power play marker on a blistering slap shot. As for the Chiefs, S.Koulieris collected three points while D.Bellitto was the only multi goal scorer of the match.
(2)Devil Dawgz vs National (5)
3 goals in first period lifts National past Devil Dawgz
National made their shots count early against the Devil Dawgz on Friday night, scoring three times in the first period alone to dictate the pace. Two of those tallies belonged to Rubens Morne while M.Pinheiro hit the target first before capping his second in an empty net. The bad start proved to be costly for the Devil Dawgz that were unable to get much going up until it was a little too late. Their lone goals came only in the third period-from P.Paikopoulos and J.Melo. By then, National had the luxury of protecting their lead needing only to play out the clock.
(6)Templars vs The Family(4)
Templars relying on C.Moutafis again to get it done
Although it's only the second game of the regular season for the Templars, nobody can argue that C.Moutafis had a major role in both victories. The sniper just came off a five goal performance a week ago and continued his onslaught in tonight's game posting three straight markers by the four minute mark of the second period. The Templars may have felt an easy task ahead of them having a complete line up versus a way shorter bench. However, that wasn't the case at all with the Family refusing to go away. S.Cavallro was a thorn all night, producing in a big way collecting three points that included an equaliser in the third period. Eventually some fatigue did catch up to the Family. The Templars pushed hard enough to get that much anticipated tally, and all thanks to their captain S.Fabrici, who buried his second for the winner.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Sandro Fabrici of the Templars. The captain made an immediate impact playing his first game of the season notching two big goals and an assist as a defenseman.
Thursday September 26
(6)The Blast vs Winter Soldiers (4) S.O
Blast use shootout to top Winter Soldiers
The Winter Soldiers may not have been fully satisfied because they didn't win but it still was a step in the right direction. Both teams to their credit played a very complete game. Despite being down 3-1 heading into the third period, the Blast weren't calling it quits. Perhaps it was just a matter of time for their resilience to pay off. Rubens Morne eventually tied it late to force an overtime period which still wasn't enough to determine a winner. Then, in an area where many struggle to figure out the net minders, the Blast didn't have an issue getting the job done in the shootouts. All three of their shot attempts turned into goals that included another big tally-from Rubens Morne.
(6)Legacy vs Legends(5) S.O
S.Athanasopoulos scores late tying goal for Legacy 6-5 shootout win over Legends
The Legends entered the night ready to play. Their ball pursuit was tenacious and they made no wasted plays. M.Destounis used a high rising slap shot to beat F.Baratta that snapped a 2-2 tie. Much of the second period resembled nothing of the first as both sides clamped down defensively. The Legends doubled their lead on the power play thanks to their captain P.Santullo being at the right place and at the right time. With an opportunity to put the game away, the Legends couldn't kill off one more minute. That was when S.Athanasopoulos made his blistering slap shot count giving no chance what so ever for R.Ranieri to respond. Still, the game was up for grabs and enough hockey was left over in overtime. The Legends survived the scary sudden death frame as Legacy missed out on some grade A chances. Despite not scoring, they still managed to get it done in the shootout. S.Mian and P.Doulis's tricky move was just what the doctor ordered for their club to prevail.
(4)Fitforce Phoenix vs Toyota Candiac(2)
Fitforce Phoenix ride third period in double up win vs Toyota Candiac
The Fitforce Phoenix saved their best for last posting two third period goals to down the Toyota Phoenix on Thursday night. A.Khanafer scored early during that frame and J.Hassan followed up only a few minutes later adding some insurance. Despite having enough time for a comeback, the Fitforce Phoenix tightened it up playing the clock to their advantage. C.Malkoun remained calm in net facing the little danger he had to put up with. H.Khanafer and J.Hassan were very productive as both players shared three points each. Although they never managed to take a lead, the Toyota Candiac fought back twice to level but weren't able to keep up long enough in the final stretch.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Rubens Morne of the Blast. After tying the game fairly late with his second point of the contest, Rubens Morne brought it a step further netting the shootout winner.
Wednesday September 25
(3)Wocafloka vs Left Wings(6)
Left Wings rout Wocafloka with 6 different goal scorers
Six different Left Wings scored goals, while S.Vassilopoulos turned aside 19 shots to help lead his team to another victory. Depth scoring is crucial, and the left Wings have plenty it which will make it difficult for any opponent to stop them. Although he didn't find the back of the net, J.Tzanetakos helped set up three markers with an assist in every period. The Left Wings edged out the Wocafloka 2-1 in all three frames showing clearly that they were ready to play.
(4)Fat Roy vs Decepticons(3)
M.Tvaronas late goal lifts Fat Roy past Decepticons
Eventually somebody was going to deliver, and that player happened to be M .Tvaronas, who avoided overtime by netting a huge late marker for Fat Roy. The Decepticons managed to take the lead twice and never once trailed till the four minute mark of the third period. They did level thanks to M.Brocolini's second of the match. That tally came just passed the mid way point of the final frame where both sides knew they needed to play with more caution. However, something did give, and unfortunately for the Decepticons a late tally spoiled their season opener. Two out of their three goals came on the power play while Fat Roy got four even strength goals-from different players.
(3)Carnage vs Horsemen(4)
Captain clutch V.Pandza settles the score late in the game
Sometimes, you just have to win games in dramatic fashions. And who better then your captain to come through at a time of need. The Horsemen celebrated a huge goal courtesy of V.Pandza right after S.Charette had tied it fairly late in the third period for Carnage. That was the third time Carnage came back to level the game. Maybe things could have been different if they played in front as they never had the luxury to dictate their own terms. Another vital piece for the victory was the play of S.Giannakis, who notched two out of his clubs four markers.
(5)Mighty Drunks vs Knights (10)
Knights pull away in third to double up Mighty Drunks
Led by a pair of hat tricks and a massive third period surge, the Knights gave the Mighty Drunks a third period lesson on Wednesday night. Prior to the final frame, this contest was extremely close with the Mighty Drunks trailing only 5-4. Then, and for whatever reason, they just fell apart. It took the Knights only five minutes to bury the match on five consecutive goals. K.Zain and C.Moutafis were the two players that completed hat tricks while S.Kalaydjian was right behind them notching a pair as part of a four point night.
(7)United vs Fatal Demons (3)
Fatal Demons doomed by sloppy third period
The Fatal Demons will look back at a miserable final frame. Before hitting that point, everything went seemingly well for P.Santullo and his club. They edged out United 2-1 in the second period and carried a slight 3-2 lead heading into the final fifteen minutes of play. Then, in the matter of a few minutes, all that momentum was gone. United erupted with five goals and cruised their way to a 7-3 victory. K.Kavan and D.Gueriguian potted a pair each and R.Yousefi was responsible for setting up three goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Vinko Pandza of the Horsemen. With the game on the line, the Horsemen's captain was able to decide it by snapping a very late third period tie.
Monday September 23
Chic Choc stop bleeding in second match after being crushed by 1 Timer
The Chic Choc couldn't wait long enough to close out their opening contest versus the 1 Timer. Clearly it was disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing losing by that many goals. P-A Surprenant feasted riffling three markers and two assists while K.Gagne was right behind him scoring twice as part of a four point performance. After suffering such a defeat, the Chic Choc weren't planning on going through that again. The second match resembled nothing compared to the first one. And even though they didn't come out on top, a tie was more than sufficient considering how poorly they played before that. M.Ethier bounced his club back collecting three points that included two goals. P.Mainville and Y.Bel Kasem shared three points each for the Chic Choc while M.Carpentier was once again dominant posting three tallies for the 1 Timer. Neither side had an edge in the shootouts as both teams traded one goal apiece.
(1)Chic Choc vs 1 Timer (8)
(5)1 Timer vs Chic Choc(5) S.O
Excalibur tweak their game to salvage a point with Ice Breakers
There was no doubt that the Excalibur came out ready to go in the second match, which at least led to a tie rather than a lopsided affair. They didn't get the right start but definitely a solid finish overcoming a 3-0 deficit. The Ice Breakers had all but 18 seconds to kill off and complete a perfect night. Instead, S.Ruggiero benefited after receiving a pass-from F.BcHara, and the Excalibur were able to force a shootout. Both sides were unable able to work their magic in the breakaways expect for the net minders. S.Sauk denied all three attempts for the Excalibur as did A.Zararian for the Ice Breakers. The first encounter was won easily by the Ice Breakers with H.Jerjian leading the way on three goals and an assist. Much of the ensuing match didn't slow down their top gun as Jergian continued his onslaught adding two more markers with the help of R.Yousefi, who collected three points. Except for the final frame, the Ice Breakers had a decent start to their season.
(2)Excalibur vs Ice Breakers (7)
(3)Ice Breakers vs Excalibur (3) S.O
The Punishers send a message to the defending champs
In reigniting the fires of the rivalry, the Punishers sent a message to not only Venom but the entire division. This is a team that's able to beat you in any kind of way. While their power play doesn't seem to miss, playing with a man short is also a threat, especially when you have C.Gingras killing it. Venom missed out on a glorious chance to put themselves in front after being awarded a 5-3. And rather than seizing the opportunity, the opposite effect occurred. Once again, C.Gingras did his thing, cutting off a play while using his deceptive speed to take on a defenseman before putting it home on a swift wrist shot. By the time the night was over, C.Gingras racked up another six points including a devastating shorthand goal.
(6)Punishers vs Venom (2)
(3)Venom vs Punishers (6)
Orient bank points in a hard fought battle with Armadillos
The Orient's two victories this evening was exactly the type of effort they'll need to put forth in order to get some positive results. However, the Armadillos may look back at the opening contest where they gave up a shorthand goal that ultimately decided the outcome. B.Cabral was able to snap a 1-1 tie with a man short and B.Sieu added an insurance marker for his third point of the match. Unhappy with the way things ended, the Armadillos showed up right away in the next game jumping off to a 2-0 lead. The only problem was that they kept getting into trouble by visiting the penalty box. Clearly, there was no way that the Orient would miss out on their chances. F.Nasser and B.Sieu pounced on the opportunities and the game was now up for grabs for either team. Eventually, the tie was broken when the Orient struck with less than four minutes remaining.
(1)Armadillos vs Orient (3)
(4)Orient vs Armadillos (3)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to B.Sieu of the Orient. In two close games versus the Armadillos, B.Sieu fuelled his club by collecting six out of a possible seven points.
Friday September 20
(1)Brewers vs Templars(8)
C.Moutafis starts off with a bang posting 5 goals for Templars
C.Moutafis scored five goals, and although its only week one of the season, that performance sent out a signal that the Templers will be for real throughout the entire season. At no point did they ever take the foot off the gas. The Brewers may not have been happy with a lopsided score but felt it should have been closer if they buried some of their chances. There will be no doubt that the Templars will play an annoying structured defensive game. With C.Muccino guarding the cage along with many steady defensemen, teams will find out sooner than later how difficult it will be to score.
(4)Chiefs vs Devil Dawgz(3)
Chiefs rally for three goals in third period to stun Devil Dawgz
The Chiefs used a dominant third period to overcome a 3-1 deficit and stun the Devil Dawgz on Friday night. Five minutes was all it took for D.Galloro, A.Zarzour and S.Koulieris to get the scoring done. The Devil Dawgz looked headed for a positive outcome in their season debut but were undone by a combination of turn over's and poor decisions. They did work a solid power play with N.Faria scoring twice during the man advantage. Unable to keep a decent pace, the lack of energy was apparent by the third period for the Devil Dawgz. The Chiefs got a pair of goals-from S.Koulieris and three assists by D.Bellitto.
(2)The Family vs Bramabulls(8)
Bramabulls roll through depleted Family
With both teams eyeing each other's benches, many must have thought the same thing. The Bramabulls simply used their army to their advantage. All the Family were able to do was to hang back and hope for opportunities. Unfortunately, they couldn't keep the game close enough after only one period. The Bramabulls surged with four first period goals to immediately discourage their opponent. S.Ruggiero tallied twice before completing his hat trick in the second period, and B.Verducci kept a clean sheet up until the early stages of the final frame. While the Bramabulls won't have many issues showing up with a full size bench, M.Freda knows that he needs to address this one important area if he plans to keep the games closer.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Chris Moutafis of the Templars. The skilled forward was clearly on top of his game notching an impressive five goals in his first game of the season.
Thursday September 19
(2)SBS Trashers vs The Blast(5)
The Blast power past SBS Trashers behind T.Dorneval 5 point performance
With the kind of display he provided, there was little the SBS Trashers could do to stop T.Dorneval. The Blast's forward opened and closed the scoring while setting up three markers that saw K.Gagne benefit twice. It took only a very short sequence for the Blast to erupt with three goals. The SBS Trashers did finish the second period strong when A.Plescia and M.Sartore finally got to P.Provost. In hopes of carrying that momentum, the game shifted back in the Blast's favour. This time, it took only one minute for them to bury two markers and ultimately put the match away.
(3)Legends vs Winters Soldiers (4)
Winter Soldiers prevail in third period to top Legends
Throughout the entire match, both teams went back and forth giving it all they had. Neither side ever went up after two periods leaving only 15 minutes or more for something to give. Then, in a very short amount of time, the Winter Soldiers put themselves in the drives seat. D.Lombardi was able to notch his second right before A.Kakivelis doubled the lead. Considering how the Winter Soldiers were controlling a good part of the game, the two goal cushion felt like a safe bet for a victory. However, that was up until A.Zarzour narrowed the gap to one. The Legends had enough time to pull out their net minder for an extra attacker. They did manage a few shot attempts but most got blocked unable to reach the net.
(7)Bramabulls vs Fitforce Phoenix (3)
Bramabulls overpower Fitforce Phoenix in season debut
After a close first period, the Bramabulls got to work overwhelming their opponent on four second period markers. C.Palermo closed out the frame with back to back tallies, both goals coming with the help of D.Verta. Even though the Fitforce Phoenix struck early in the third period, the Bramabulls padded their lead anyway adding two more insurance goals. J.Lulic orchestrated four out of his clubs seven tallies due to his heads up play. The Bramabulls cashed in twice on special teams scoring once on the power play and the other shorthanded. Overall, a good start to their season. As for the Fitforce Phoenix, lessons will be taken-from this contest as they'll look to adjust moving forward.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to T.Dorneval of the Blast. Sometimes, it's nice to have a player carry much of the load. Tonight, T.Dorneval did more than his share collecting all five points for an impressive season debut.
Wednesday September 18
(2)Screaming Eagles vs Left Wings (6)
V.Ladouceur , D.Provost-Jarry a handful for the Screaming Eagles
V.Ladouceur put on a passing clinic for the Left Wings. The heads up forward created plenty of space out there with D.Provost-Jarry benefiting three times for a hat trick. The game remained close till the last five minutes where the Left Wings put it away on three consecutive goals. Both teams had to deal with a small bench but it didn't affect the Left Wings so much as they managed it properly. S.Vassilopoulos gave up only two markers conceding his first one very late in the second period. By then, the Left Wings were well on their way to a good start to their season.
(5)Buckshots vs Knights (3)
Buckshots use big third period to defeat Knights
For two straight periods, the Knights managed to keep it close. However, once they entered the final stretch, the wheels fell off and the Buckshots surged on three consecutive markers. K.Kavan broke the 2-2 tie, and Y.Derohannessian doubled the lead collecting one of four points during the contest. The Knights did enter the night with a slight disadvantage having only three change ups. That didn't affect the play of J.Lulic and J.DeSua as both players participated in every goal. Still, it isn't the right formula in a game required to play till the very end. The Knights have some quality but lacked quantity in tonight's game.
(6)Fatal Demons vs Wocafloka(5)
Fatal Demons use balanced scoring to top Wocafloca
The Fatal Demons turned a much desired up-tempo game into a victory. It wasn't a pretty win but nevertheless a victory. All six goals came-from different scorers which is usually a good thing not needing to rely on one particular player. They managed to always play with the lead forcing the Wocafloca to battle hard in hopes of keeping it close. The Fatal Demons rode a 6-3 third period lead and expected to close out the game with some ease. But it wasn't the case as A.Desrosiers and O.Cruz scored to pull their team within one. Wocafloca had more than enough time to build off their momentum in search of an equaliser. Unfortunately, they couldn't break R.Ranieri one more time. A.Zarzour and J.Bolanakis shared three points each while M.Destounis's third period marker held up for the winner.
(1)Fat Roy vs United (3)
G.Jerjian hat trick seals a 3-1 win for United
United took full advantage of G.Jerjian's remarkable goal scoring touch on Wednesday night. After giving up the opening goal, G.Jerjian guided his club scoring once in every frame. His key marker came late in the second period giving the United their first lead heading into the final stretch. Even with Fat Roy knocking on the door to try and level the game, G.Follano kept standing in the way. The net minder went on a tear making one important save after another in order to preserve the lead. For an opening game into the season, the United played a smart and disciplined style. They made a strong stand to defend their lead, getting a strong support-from their offense that helped their defence and ultimately their goaltender.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Garo Jerjian of United. In a relatively low scoring affair, G.Jerjian was an absolute force notching all three goals for his club.
Tuesday September 18
HBHA Seniors go the distance to win Masters 35+ division
It took a third and deciding game for the HBHA Seniors to claim their title versus National. The HBHA Seniors would have loved to end it earlier after blanking out their opponent 3-0. G.Vouloumanos scored twice in game one while E.Parent was flawless denying 16 straight shots. However, National wasn't going down that easily. By focusing on a better start, they managed to get two first period goals in a very short span. S.Laplante potted a pair that included the winner, and M.Gallant returned the favour pushing aside 14 of 15 shots to capture the win in net. For the two clubs, nobody was at all surprised that this series would go the extra mile. And whether or not the game would be decided in a shootout or not, somebody would eventually come through and make the difference. Some can argue the captain of the HBHA Seniors would be that variable. J.Kontitsis was responsible for getting his club on board first while netting the winner as part of a three point performance. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to John Kontitsis and the HBHA Seniors for getting it done.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs National (0) Game 1
(3)National vs HBHA Seniors (1) Game 2
(4)HBHA Seniors vs National (1) Game 3
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Parent of the HBHA Seniors. In a very eventful final, Eric Parent made his teammates proud as he was instrumental taking two out of three big games.
7 Black Knights vs 2 GK Match # 3
Les Black Knights remportent le titre provincial d'été et représenteront le Québec en tant qu’une des équipes québécoises aux Nationaux à Calgary (Alberta) en 2020.
Le troisième match de la finale devait être un match d’échecs opposant deux rivaux qui se sont affrontés à la fin du mois de juillet lors de leur dernier grand match au championnat canadian national B.
Les performances agressives des Black Knights a amené à une dominance à la fois offensif et défensif. Dès le début du match, l'entraîneur Tony Iannitto et les Black Knights avaient une stratégie complètement différente de leur précédente rencontre. Peut-être sentant la puissance de l'offensive GK et sachant que sa propre défense pourrait difficilement être mise à l’épreuve. Inséré dans la formation pour avoir plus d'offensive et après avoir manqué les deux matchs précédents, Jean-Philippe Moquin, J-f Di Iorio, Alex Aubut Laurence Bourgault on fait sentir leur présence..
Les Black Knights ont choisi de tout mettre en œuvre pour écraser GK dès le début. Alex Des Rosiers a ouvert la marque au début de la 1ère période lors d'un but spectaculaire en échappée , battant le gardien de but du GK Matt Dauphinais Fortin . Quelques minutes plus tard, Jonathan Gagne , doué d'un talent offensif, marque un deuxième but et un troisième but de Johnny Lulic leur donne l'avance 3-0 dans les premier 5 minutes du match. Le 4ème but de la période est sorti du bâton de Yannick Tifu en avantage numérique. ( avec 1 but et 3 passes dans le match), Les espoirs de GK de faire un retour dans le match ont fondamentalement coulés. Lorsqu'une équipe peut prendre une avance de 4-0 après une période, elle dicte le plus souvent les conditions de jeu. Les Black Knights avaient ce luxe et en ont pleinement profité . Ils ont pu se concentrer sur la limitation d'espace dans les trois zones tandis que le GK devait trouver comment créer de l'espace pour avoir la chance de revenir dans le match.
Même après s'être regroupés à un début horrible a la premier entracte ,GK ne pouvait pas mettre aucun jeu offensif en marche pendant la deuxième période.Patrick Chéry vient d'aggraver la situation en réussissant son deuxième but, suivi par un autre but d’un tir puissant frappé de Joshua Desmarais en avantage numérique et cela a mis clairement le jeu hors de portée. Apres deux periode c’etait deja 6-0 .GK a finalement marque en 3ème période mais le mal était déjà fait. Il n’y avait plus aucune chance que les Black Knights laissent une énorme longueur d’avance de 6-0 avec Fred Gagnon devant le but. Grâce à sa brillante performance dans la série, Fred Gagnon a été nommé joueur le plus utile des séries ce qui lui a valu de fermer la porte dans deux des trois match contre une équipe talentuex pouvant marquer à volonté. Joey D'Amico des Back Knights et Terry Lubwele des GK ont été blessés et n'ont pas joués.Ce fut une série incroyable avec une démonstration de hockey-balle de haut niveau de Black Knights et de GK.
Félicitations au coach Tony Iannitto et au Black Knights pour avoir remporté le titre de la division Premier été. Grâce à cette victoire, la franchise légendaire qui existe depuis 30 ans (1989) maintenant, s'est assurée une place au championnat national à Calgary (Alberta) en aout 2020. Les Black Knight n’ont pas participé au championnat national depuis 2013.
Le joueur des séries éliminatoires Salumi Vino va à Fred Gagnon des Black Knights. Il ne fait aucun doute dans l'esprit de ce coéquipiers que F.Gagnon était l'une des principales raisons pour lesquelles les Black Knights sont arrivés à ce point. Il a été vif, concentré et brillant tout au long des séries éliminatoires.
Monday September 16
Venom aim to keep up strong success
Venom proved unstoppable in their last season, dropping all but one game while securing the 4vs4 division title. M.Trivisonno and his troops were eager to continue that momentum, and it showed right away as they took both their games versus the Orient. With J.Courteau leading the way on a hat trick in the opening contest, Venom relied on a little more balance in the ensuing match getting goals -from five different players. The Orient gave them a tight challenge for a whole period keeping the game levelled at 1-1, but that all changed by the second frame where Venom ran away with the match. J.Vinet and J.Mandracchia scored twice, J.DeSua netted the winner and M.Trivisonno limited his opponent to only three goals in both games.
(5)Venom vs Orient (2)
(1)Orient vs Venom (7)
In a game that was tight as anything, tight enough that it felt like everyone was waiting for someone else to make a mistake, S.Marricco found some open space and made a pair of incredible plays to decide the first encounter. His hat trick clearly inspired a rusty Degenerates side. Even though the next match had no winners, the Degenerates refined their game making it more difficult for the Chic Choc to generate much offense. Both net minders were however a big part of the 1-1 draw. J.Atch made his job look easy allowing only one shootout marker for the Degenerates. The same applied to F.Peloquin, that unless you beat his clean, the net minder won't give much. A.Lanni tallied in the shootout for the Degenerates right after M.Ethier got his club on board for the Chic Choc.
(5)Degenerates vs Chic Choc (3)
(1)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (1) S.O
1 Timer, haunted by their own power play
Two games into the season, and the 1 Timer covered a great deal of their game except for one particular area, and that was on their own power play. With a chance to cash in three points in the first game, N.Mackeen used a late shorthanded marker to help send the game in a shootout for the Punishers. However, the 1 Timer did eventually earn the win thanks to a pair of breakaways goals by M.Charpentier and T.Daigneault. Then, in a similar event occurring late in the second match, the 1 Timer had another opportunity to bury their opponent. The game was tied 3-3 when the 1 Timer had four minutes of power play time with just under five minutes remaining in the game. And rather than putting it away, the worst case scenario occurred. This time, C.Gingras proved once again what he's all about when facing adversity. In the short span of only 30 seconds, C.Gingras buried two shorthanded goals as part of a six point performance. This isn't the first, and won't be the last time that C.Gingras rescues a team when pinned against the wall.
(4)Punishers vs 1 Timer (5) S.O
(5)1 Timer vs Punishers (7)
The SalumiVino player of the game goes to Jay Atch of the Degenerates. In his season debut, the net minder did not disappoint enabling the Degenerates to escape with four out of a possible six points. Atch was solid in both games earning a shutout in the second encounter.
Thursday September 12 (Final)
(7)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors (6) S.O Game 1
Payam Assadi lifts Legacy in crucial game 1
Payam Assadi saved his best for last. The stage was set for the crafty forward after scoring twice in the third period. With the opportunity to win the game, P.Assadi delivered as he deked to his right to slip the ball behind M.Gravano securing a huge game one victory. The Smooth Sailors couldn't have asked for a better start, and all thanks to their sniper up front. M.Testolina scored three goals in every possible way. Hoping and figuring a three goal cushion could have been sufficient clearly wasn't the case for the Smooth Sailors, who gave up five straight. However, just like their opponent, Legacy's momentum also came to a halt. A 5-3 third period lead wasn't enough to close out the game as the Smooth Sailors responded thanks to J.Mandracchia and his captain J.Palmitano. Unfortunately for the two sides, a dreaded shootout was left to determine a winner. Both teams made the right choices sending three of their finest when it comes to these situations. The game was ultimately decided on the last breakaway attempt taken by P.Assadi.
(5)Smooth Sailors vs Legacy (4) Game 2
Resilient Smooth Sailors bounce back to even series
The Smooth Sailors picked up a pivotal must win game over Legacy, and they can thank the heroics of their captain for it. With the game all knotted at 4-4, J.Palmitano re directed a long shot-from S.Minkiewicz giving no chance to C.Stavriadis to react. It seemed like both teams didn't care much for tightening it up or playing a strong man on man game. Instead, they just went for it relying heavily on their top guns. It had playoff intensity but no defensive structure. Apart-from P.Nakhle netting a pair, the scoring was balanced-from the two sides. Legacy entered the third period up 3-2, and at one point 4-3, but couldn't protect their lead long enough. Somehow, the Smooth Sailors found enough energy on a depleted bench to battle back and extend the series for a third and deciding match.
(3)Legacy vs Smooth Sailors(2) Game 3
Legacy hang on to claim D Thursday title
Legacy have survived a torrid final battle to knock out the Smooth Sailors and claim the D Thursday division title. The game started out pretty good for Legacy getting a pair of early goals on deceptive slap shot- from S.Athanasopoulos and M.DoCouto. But as it's been their theme throughout the entire series, the Smooth Sailors were far-from calling it quits. They managed to pull themselves within one when J.Palmitano blasted a one timer late in the game. Even though the clock showed just over two minutes remaining, this contest felt like an eternity considering how it played out. However, Legacy wasn't going to let this slip away, especially against a battered and depleted line up. The Smooth Sailors just didn't have enough steam to gain possession in hopes of forcing overtime. As expected, this series had all the elements of two very good teams going at it. Both teams fought hard, played a physical game with two top tier offenses going head to head. It was evident that they both deserved to reach this stage. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Peter Chiotis, Payam Assadi, George Panagiotopoulos, Tasso Bozinakis and the rest of Legacy for getting it done.
In a team that doesn't rely on goaltending, both net minders did make the difference tonight. Frank Baratta and Costa Stavriadis share the honours as MVP of the series, each earning the SalumiVino players of the night.
Tuesday September 10 (Final)
(2)Black Knights vs GK(9) Game 2
GK pound Black Knights to force a deciding game
There was no doubt that every GK player said they would be better in this game. And although nothing is ever for certain, it may as well have been an iron clad guarantee that this series had more miles to it. There is far too much talent and experience not to believe that the GK's big guns, who were somewhat dormant in game 1, wouldn't start firing in this must win contest. Clearly they were much better, and it started to show as of the second frame where they ran up the score on four unanswered goals. K.Kuczmarski, B.Jutras and M.David showed up to play as all three players each scored twice. For the GK, the offensive explosion was to be expected. It's one thing to keep them at bay for one game but extremely difficult for two in a row. The Black Knights understood this and perhaps weren't prepared enough to close out the series. Both teams will have a few days to rest up and prepare for their biggest match of the year. After taking game two rather easily, the GK feel confident about their chances heading into game three. The question becomes how can the Black Knights overcome a reality check? Knowing that they took game one of this series, T.Iannitto will have to go back to basics and inspire his troops that anything is still possible.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Matthew David of the GK. In what was a must win game, M.David led the way up front accumulating four points that included two assists at pivotal points during the match.
Monday September 9 (Final)
(4)GK vs Black Knights (7) Game 1
Horrible penalty kill costs game 1 for GK
Normally, there is a connection between crummy penalty killing and crummy goaltending but L.Augustin-Registe wasn't to blame in tonight's case. Structurally, though, down a man the GK didn't have answers giving up three power play goals. And to make matters worse, they also let in a shorthanded marker that perhaps dictated the direction of this contest. Y.Tifu was able to cut a play before finding himself with plenty of space to rip a bullet passed the GK net minder. The Black Knights showed that they were geared up despite a slow start. After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the rhythm started to settle in and the opportunities eventually came. While many contributed in many ways, J.Gagne was arguably the one who helped orchestrate the offense. The slick forward was one of the stories in this match accumulating five points that included a hat trick. Another reason for the win was attributed to the Black Knights net minder. The GK, after finding themselves up 2-0, had more than enough chances to widen the margin only to hit a wall. F.Gagnon shook off some early rust and became an immediate factor as to why his club leads 1-0 in this series. Surely, the Black Knights are satisfied after a solid performance but know that this series isn't close to being over. In order to defeat the GK, everything must go right. The question becomes can they repeat a similar performance in tomorrow's crucial match.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fred Gagnon of the Black Knights. Everyone-from both sides would make the case that F.Gagnon was vital to the Black Knights victory. The game could have turned ugly if it wasn't for the net minder standing on his head on a few occasions.
Thursday September 5 (Semi finals)
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (4) Game 1
E.Salhany slick toe-drag beats M.Gravano and clock for 1-0 series lead
Job on Demands forward E Salhany has always been known for his slick hands and his awesome moves when left alone in front of any net minder. In an important game 1 versus the Smooth Sailors, Salhany did not disappoint. Smooth Sailors goalie Gravano didn't have much of chance on a play that he didn't expect. The Smooth Sailors trailed for much of the third period but were able to even the contest when M.Testolina ripped a bullet passed P.Assadi. Both sides were almost convinced a shootout was going to determine the outcome. Unfortunately for the Smooth Sailors, a late blunder forced them to try and take the next two games.
(7)Legacy vs United Armenians (1) Game 1
Legacy thump United Armenians to take strangle hold in series
It's that time of year and Legacy really ramped up their game to take a commanding 1-0 series lead. Although the score suggests an easy out, most of the damage did occur in the third period. J.Rochon scored twice during that span as part of a four goal surge. The United Armenians hoped for a better start rather than falling behind after only a minute and change into the game. For nearly two full periods, the game was still within reach, that was up until P.Doulis widened the gap by three. The United Armenians were clearly deflated by that point which showed in a lopsided finish.
(2)Job on Demand vs Smooth Sailors (7) Game 2
Sailors respond, blow out Job on Demand to even the series
The Smooth Sailors fired everything but the kitchen sink in the direction of P.Assadi during game two of the semi finals. At first, it appeared as though the plan would have no effect on the net minder after a 1-1 first period. Then, it all fell into play and the Smooth Sailors connected five times alone in the second period to blow the game wide open. J.Palmitano scored twice in that frame alone while M.Testolina was the engine behind the victory accumulating five points. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the Job on Demand collected their thoughts focusing on only what was ahead of them, an ensuing fifteen minute game or more that could decide their fate.
(3)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (2) O.T Game 3
J.Mandracchia the hero for the Smooth Sailors as they complete dramatic comeback
From-the very beginning of this match, the Job on Demand erased a bad memory getting the start they had hoped and planned for. The contest was barely five minutes old when J.Hassan and M-A Haber tallied only moments apart. Adding to their cushion came an eventual power play chance with less than five minutes remaining. And rather than going up, or at the very least killing off time-from the clock, the worst possible scenario occurred .That's when J.Mandracchia went into supernatural mode netting a huge shorthanded marker to cut the lead in half. The equaliser resembled somewhat of his first tally as another wrist shot had eyes making its way through to the net. With the score deadlocked 2-2, both sides were stuck having to play a five minute sudden death frame. The Job on Demand was offering the least competitive version of themselves and perhaps hoping to go into the shootout considering they didn't really generate much. But the Smooth Sailors had other ideas and avoided the breakaway competition thanks to their star centreman. After receiving a perfect pass on a patient heads up play by D.Greco, the Smooth Sailors completed their remarkable comeback-from no other than J.Mandracchia.
(3)United Armenians vs Legacy (7) Game 2
Legacy punch ticket to final with sweep of United Armenians
If anything describes Legacy, it's that they can get production-from just about anybody. Depth scoring is crucial at this time of year and Legacy has plenty of it running three solid lines. Proof of this is that seven different players took turns finding the back of the net. Because of P.Chiotis's confidence in his group, coaching isn't always too difficult, at least not in tonight's case. The United Armenians desperately needed a good start to the game but kept finding themselves sinking in a deeper hole giving up three first period goals. They did manage a better second frame winning it 2-1. However, that was as close as it got. It showed that Legacy had the edge in all facets of the game, even on the power play where they bagged three out of their seven goals.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Jonathan Mandracchia. The Smooth Sailors fell 2-0 and recovered thanks to a decisive performance by Mandracchia. The highly skilled forward scored all three goals to help lead his team to the final.
With barley any flaws to their game, Legacy is as complete of a team as it gets. Surely the Smooth Sailors have the offense to challenge their opponent but they'll need to focus more on other areas of their game. The slight advantage will be played in Legacy`s favour due to their deeper bench. Also, disciple is major factor in this series. Since both teams have the skill set to dominate a power play, staying out of the penalty box will be crucial.
Tuesday September 3 (Semi finals)
(7)GK vs Punishers (4) Game 3
GK impose will on Punishers to reach final
In what was so far the most important game of the season, it was the Gk that responded to the challenge. The Punishers appeared to be the ready of the two sides on a very early goal, but that turned out to be an illusion as the GK took over riffling four in a row. The match barely hit its half way point and the Punishers felt the doubts creeping in knowing their season was in jeopardy. Despite plenty of hockey left over, the GK stood firm never enabling their opponent to bounce back. K.Kuczmarski scored twice that included the winner on the power play. The GK understood that they couldn't rely on only a few players in order to defeat the Punishers but rather an overall team effort.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Kevin Kuczmarski of the GK. It's not surprising that he came through once again for the big moment. His three points including the game winner helped send his team to a familiar place where they'll take on the Black Knights in the final.
The GK and the Black Knights are set to face each other once more in the Premier division final. With the GK's recent success taking home the gold medal at this year's Nationals, the Black Knights feel that they are in the GK's shadow. Perhaps this final will give them an opportunity to put themselves back to an even playing field. However, it won't be easy and plenty will be required-from the Black Knights in order to get it done. And even though the GK feel good about their chances, this final will be difficult as anything can happen between two rival opponents.
Monday September 2
1 Timer puts an end to a great run, winners of 4vs4 second division
With a pair of very close victories against the Excalibur on Monday night, the 1 Timer laid claim to the 4vs4 second division title. The 1 Timer expected nothing more than to getting it done, especially after playing with each other for quite a few years. The team has a good mix of offensive and defensive players backed by a strong goaltender in F.Koch. A big priority was to have a full bench, something that they were able to floor all season long. Both games were extremely close ultimately decided by only one goal if not counting two empty net markers in the second game. M.Carpentier riffled a couple in the first encounter including the winner while J.Guye-Perrault followed up in the ensuing match with an identical performance. Another key area for the two victories was due to taking the lead. The Excalibur never had the luxury of forcing their opponent to open up, instead, they were the ones having to chase the game. Y.St-Georges provided plenty of offense netting three out of his clubs four goals in the losses. After having a great regular season and playoff run, the 1 Timer couldn't have asked for a better and more deserving finish. Congratulations go out to Joel Guye-Perrault and the rest of his teammates for getting it done.
(4)1 Timer vs Excalibur (3) Game 1
(1)Excalibur vs 1 Timer (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Joel Guye-Perrault of the 1 Timer. His five points in two games made a major impact for his clubs overall production in the most important night of the year.
Thursday August 29 (Semi finals)
National rally-from two down to beat Lefts Over's twice in shootout
Over the course of a season, there are bound to be a few games that stand out more than the rest. Mark tonight's pair of wins as one of those occasions for the National. Trailing by two goals after dropping the first encounter by a 1-0 score, National emptied their emotional tank and rallied for a 3-2 victory to keep the series alive. O.Meilleur was the only player for either team to convert in the shootout. It was clear that National played with more urgency which helped shift the momentum in their favour. Still, plenty of work was still ahead for the two sides having to play a 12 minute game followed with a potential five minute overtime period. And considering how tight they played one another, neither side was able to score during that time which forced another shootout to decide the series. This time, S.Laplante was the lone scorer as the crafty d-man dazzled his way through netting the lone shootout marker. M.Gallant was flawless again stopping a total of six shootout attempts to end what was a thrilling semi final round. At no point during the entire night did National ever play with the lead. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, they just couldn't get that extra little break.
(1)Left Over's vs National (0) Game 1
(3)National vs Left Over's (2) S.O Game 2
(0)Left Over's vs National (1) S.O Game 3
HBHA Seniors reach familiar territory after downing the Family
The HBHA Seniors main players kept finding ways to score, and E.Parent was solid once more to help send his club to the final. Both wins came with every player committing to a full out effort. G.Vouloumanos was very productive in the opening contest participating in all three goals to secure a 3-1 victory. The second win had plenty of balance as four different players took turns finding the back of the net. The Family would have liked to try and play with the lead but never had the chance as they fell behind very early in both games. A.Perrault scored two out of his clubs three goals. After taking both games and outscoring their opponent 7-3, the HBHA Seniors no doubt want to hold that trend, especially now that they find themselves in the final.
(3)HBHA Seniors vs The Family (1) Game 1
(2)The Family vs HBHA Seniors (4) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mario Gallant of the National. By denying six straight shootout attempts, and allowing only three goals in two games, it's safe to say that the net minder is a major reason why National will be challenging for the Masters 35+ title.
The Masters 35+ division is now down to only two teams. The HBHA Seniors will face off against a resilient opponent. Both teams have plenty of structure and won't give each other much on the offensive part of the game. Like most good teams battling it out at this level, look for all the little things to make the difference.
Thursday August 29 (Playoffs Round 1)
(3)SBS Trashers vs United Armenians (7) 4 vs 5
E.Mavroudis hat trick sends United Armenians to next round
E.Mavroudis was a one man wrecking crew on Thursday night, notching a hat trick while setting up a goal to power the United Armenians over the SBS Trashers. From-the very start of the game, the United Armenians had the momentum on their side after building a 3-0 lead. The SBS Trashers did respond with a pair of tallies just prior to the period ending and hoped to build on it with so much hockey ahead of them. But it seemed clear that the United Armenians were ready for this game as they buried two quick goals to regain control of the match. Y.Derohannessian had a major influence as well collecting four points while G.Follano was sharp facing some high quality slap shots. The SBS Trashers couldn't address or apply what has been working for them this season. For a team that usually defends well, tonight was just a disaster. However, that isn't to take away-from a team that came ready to play, and that's been well coached for an important game. G.Missakian made the right moves and necessary adjustments over the course of the match enabling his club to prevail.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to E.Mavroudis of the United Armenians. With so much on the line in a one game do or die, the power forward produced in a big way bagging three goals and an assist.
With this win, the United Armenians will represent the fourth seed for the semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Legacy vs United Armenians (5) Coming off a convincing playoff win will definitely help the confidence level for the United Armenians. But the problem is that they will go up against a side that is covered in all aspects of their game. Legacy doesn't really have a weakness. The United Armenians will need to make every shift count and try and hang around as much as possible. As long as the games are close anything is possible.
(2)Smooth Sailors vs Job on Demand (3) It will be up to the Job on Demand to contain the Smooth Sailors big line. If they get that done, the odds are good for them to advance. The task may sound simple but extremely hard to do. Good players normally find ways to generate offense which will force the Job on Demands defence and net minder to remain focused.
Wednesday August 28 (Final)
(4)Bramabulls vs Knights (1) Game 1
Bramabulls use a good start as priority
The final round of the playoffs got underway on Wednesday night with the Bramabulls and the Knights opening up their series. It was the favoured Bramabulls who took game 1 with the help of four straight markers. After setting up S.Liparota to get the ball rolling, J.Palmitano doubled the lead just prior to the first period ending. The Knights, despite falling behind were still in it, but knew their chances started to diminish when Liparota struck for a second time. There was almost no way that the Bramabulls would falter a three goal margin. The Knights did grab one positive in this encounter, and that was to get the final say courtesy of late power play goal-from M.Kardum. Until that point, G.Follano was rock solid needing only four minutes to earn a shutout.
(0)Knights vs Bramabulls(7) Game 2
Bramabulls cruise to F Wednesday division title
Unlike their series against Carnage, the Bramabulls weren't messing around versus the Knights. This time, they made sure to grab a good start, and in doing so gave no chance for the Knights to respond. It was evident from- the drop of the ball that the Bramabulls meant business. M.Maggiore used two first period goals to start what was a foreshadowing of more to come. Even though both sides may have felt where all this was headed, B.Sansotta's goal surely confirmed the eventuality of this final. The Bramabulls carried a 4-0 lead heading into the final frame where they kept pressing by adding three more tallies. The one area that the Knights were hoping for to giving themselves any sort of chance lied in the idea of playing with the lead. Unfortunately, they just ran into a very determined Bramabulls club, who didn't take their opponent for granted. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Anthony DiPerna and the Bramabulls for capturing the F Wednesday division championship.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Gerardo Follano of the Bramabulls. In two games, G.Follano was as close as perfect can get. The net minder confidently led his team to a championship by allowing only one goal all night.
Monday Augusts 26 (Premier semi-final)
(3)GK vs Punishers (0) Game 1
M.Dauphinais tames Punishers in 3-0 shutout win
M.Dauphinais was clearly on top of his game pushing aside every single shot he faced to frustrate the Punishers on Monday night. With both teams playing to a scoreless opening period, it took four minutes into the second frame for T.Pham to finally crack the barrier. The Punishers had their chances and knew the game could have been different if not for Dauphinais stealing the show. It showed that the GK made it a priority to tighten the cord holding on to a very slight margin. Eventually, they did get some breathing room on a pair of late markers.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes Mathieu Dauphinais of the GK. Standing firm and tall between the pipes, Dauphinais was a rock stopping every single ball his way.
Tuesday August 27(Premier semi final)
(5)Punishers vs GK(2) Game 2
C.Gingras and Punishers dominate special teams to even series
Game 2 of the semi finals up was a special team's battle that the Punishers dominated, both on the penalty kill and on the power play. C.Gingras had a night worthy of a leader on a team with championship aspirations. He participated in four goals, including one shorthanded as part of a hat trick performance. On two occasions, the GK responded to even the score but never managed to grab the lead. It wasn't just Gingras heavily involved in the win as every depth player along with the net minder got the job done. C.Stavriadis was stellar which came to be expected of him going up against a high octane offense. With the series now deadlocked 1-1, the Punishers will need to continue all their right habits if they plan on causing an upset.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There is no surprise that if the Punishers were to even the series, that C.Gingras would have his hand in on it. The skilled forward was again an absolute force collceting four points that came in every possible way.
Monday August 26 (division 1 final)
Venom Crowned division 1 4vs4 Champions
Venom defeated the Punishers 4-1 & 3-1 to capture the 4vs4champiosnship on Monday night. Both victories required a maximum effort unlike the way they won many of their games during the regular season. The Punishers were the only team to really challenge Venom and it showed once again tonight. Playing with a lead always helps, and Venon was able to play ahead throughout the entire series. J.Courteau set the tone early in the first encounter while Y.Gazuri netted the winner thanks to J.DeSua's feed, who capped off a three point performance. The second match was just as close up until the early stages of the second frame where F.Labrecque collected his third assist to widen the gap by three. The Punishers did eventually capitalise on the power play courtesy of P.Arkalis but that was as close as it got. On a few occasions, the Punishers had plenty of chances to even the score. If not for M.Trivisonno bailing his club out, this series could have taken a different turn. The net minder couldn't have performed better than he did on this particular night. From- goaltender out, Venom had the balance and skill set to achieve their goal.On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Mike Trivisonno and Venom for taking the 4vs4 first division title.
(4)Venom vs Punishers (1) Game 1
(1)Punishers vs Venom(3) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Mike Trivissonno of Venom. In a series that was quite close, M.Trivissonno made many necessary saves in order to help preserve the lead in both games for his club.
Monday August 26 (division 2 semi finals)
F.Koch's back to back shutouts send 1 Timer to big dance
Playoff shutouts aren't easy to do, but F.Koch was able to live up to the expectations by blanking the Fatal Demons twice on Monday night. The 1 Timer had everything go right in both their shutout wins. Both games ended with identical 4-0 scores. Four different players took turns finding the back of the net in the first encounter while J.Guye-Perrault was more of a force in the ensuing match bagging a hat trick. The Fatal Demons only kept it close in the second game for about a period. Other than that, they were nowhere to be found. It was evident that the 1 Timer were simply better on this night. While the Fatal Demons relied on playing conservative, the 1 Timer used their speed to push their opponents backs against the wall. By applying that kind of constant pressure, results will tend to fall into play.
(4)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons(0) Game 1
(0)Fatal Demons vs 1 Timer(4) Game 2
S.Sauk excels again in the shootouts
S.Sauk was amazing once again in the shootouts, this time edging out the Dragons on both occasions. After overcoming a 3-1 deficit, the Excalibur gave themselves a good fighting chance knowing that Sauk was occupying the net. The Dragons were snake bitten on their two attempts while Y.St-Georges and S.Ruggiero dazzled their way through getting the better of P.Assadi. Unlike the first game, the Excalibur played with a short second period lead only to let it slip away when S.Robineault bagged his second for the Dragons. Both sides figured that this contest was also headed to a dreaded breakway competition. And while the Dragons were perhaps hoping for a regulation win, the Excalibur didn't mind the gamble. When a goaltender is hot and in his groove, it makes it very difficult for anyone to beat him. This was clearly the case for S.Sauk, who once again went flawless on two attempts. The Excalibur were able to benefit twice on only two tries with A.Fonrose and Y.St-Georges leading the way.
(3)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Dragons (2) S.O Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Scott Sauk of the Excalibur. In his last four starts, S.Sauk has enjoyed some timely success by taking three games in a shootout.
With the 1 Timer and the Excalibur sweeping their series, both teams will be gunning for the ultimate prize. The 1 Timer has been rolling-from the beginning of the season as perhaps the most consistent team in their division. They have an overall balanced squad starting with their net minder F.Koch. However, the Excalibur is running on a little bit of magic, and if that means anything, than this series could go their way. At the very least, S.Sauk has to continue his exceptional run between the pipes in order to have a chance.
Thursday August 22
(0)Smooth Sailors vs SBS Trashers(7)
SBS Trashers gelling at just the right time
The SBS Trashers appear to finally hit their stride. They've just won a convincing 7-0 game and it couldn't come at a better time. Shutting out the Smooth Sailors usually never happens, but that can be expected when a team buys into a system along with brilliant goaltending. R.Pampena looked strong and confident like his usual self on most nights making one save look nicer than the other. When a team knows that they can rely on their goaltender, the offense will often fall into play. The SBS Trashers had no issues finding the back of the net seven straight times. M.Sartore and E.Panzera potted a pair while Joseph Scalia played an unfamiliar role by setting up five goals.
(11)Legacy vs United Armenians (2)
Legacy blow out Arms in expected result
The United Armenians had no choice but to hope for a miracle in order to have any sort of chance with only three spares to their bench. In many cases, a depleted line up can lead into something positive, but not when you go up against Legacy. This was clear-from the get go where T.Bozinakis used two markers to close out the frame for a 3-1 lead. It took only a minute and change for Bozinakis to complete his hat trick into the ensuing period. The current just increased as of the second period with the United Armenians unable to keep up. Six goals had gone in during that span. S.Robineault closed out the scoring to match T.Bozinakis for a shared hat trick.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Remo Pampena of the SBS Trashers. Pampena was superb, turning in a shiny sparkling performance shutting out a high octane offense in the Smooth Sailors.
The D Thursday regular season came to an end. With top three seeds securing a semi final spot, the fourth place SBS Trashers will need to take on the fifth place United Armenians in order to reach the semi final round. Anything can happen in a one game playoff. If both teams come prepared, expect a close match. The United Armenians will need all their assets up front as a bare minimum to go up against a stingy defence and solid goaltender in R.Pampena.
Thursday August 22
HBHA Seniors defy the odds to secure first place
Having only four players dressed without any change ups, the HBHA Seniors did something remarkable versus the Left Over's. All they needed was to take one of two games in order to secure first place but that task didn't seem within reach considering the circumstances. Proof of it showed as early as the first encounter where the Left Over's dictated the pace en route to a 4-0 victory. Normally,that kind of pace and pressure would continue, especially when one team has ten players versus only four. Unfortunately for the Left Over's, everything that could have possibly gone wrong did. However, that isn't to take away-from how stellar E.Parent was in net. The goaltender was absolutely brilliant making plenty of key saves never allowing the Left Over's to score once in the final frame. With the score tied 2-2, the HBHA Seniors benefited on a very lucky bounce to crack the tie and eventually secure the win. G.Vouloumanos used two precise shots in the first period to beat G.Platanitis.
(4)Left Over's vs HBHA Seniors (0)
(3)HBHA Seniors vs Left Over's(2)
National and Family go the distance twice in exchanging shootout wins
While National celebrated taking the first encounter in a shootout, the Family was able to even the score with a shootout win of their own. Both games were so close that neither side ever took a lead after any frame. The only one constant was that the Family took the lead three times in the two games but kept getting a response by their opponent. S.Laplante was significant in the opener as the slick defenseman collected two points while rattling off the winner in the breakaways. The second game saw the tides turn in the shootout. With both sides sending three of their main players to take a turn at showing off their skill, M.Sasso was the only one to get his club on board. The Family was able to return the favour thanks to M.Sasso, and T.Borgia who stood tall denying all three attempts.
(4)National vs The Family (3) S.O
(2)The Family vs National (1) S.O
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Eric Parent of the HBHA Seniors. For how well he played throughout four entire periods, the HBHA Seniors are glad to have secured first place due their net minders excellent performance between the pipes.
Both these games conclude the end of the regular season in Masters 35+ division. All four teams will be playing in next week's semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)HBHA Seniors vs The Family(4) While many will expect this series to favour the HBHA Seniors, the Family have been turning some heads as of late. Tonight was another example of how difficult they are to play against. National had pretty much a stacked roster and were unable to grab a clean win on two opportunities.
(2)The Left Over's vs National (3) Its simple, limit your mistakes and the deserving team should prevail. This series will be played like a chess match. The Left Over's will need to avoid taking penalties while being aware of certain key players.
Tuesday August 20 (Round 1 4 vs 5)
(3)Punishers vs All Blacks (2)
Punishers advance after edging out All Blacks
C.Stavriadis was supported by a great defensive play in front of him to earn the win in net, and Payam Assadi came through at the right time to ultimately decide the outcome. T.Bozinakis set up both C.Gingras and A.Kakivelis as the Punishers used just enough offensive scoring once in every frame. The All Blacks did have a 20 to 16 shot advantage but couldn't benefit enough times. The win sends the Punishers through to the semi finals where they'll have their hands full versus the GK. The other match up will feature a heated rival between the Black Knights and the River Rats. Games will take place on Monday August 26, verify the site Hockeyballe.com for game times and venue.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Payam Assadi of the Punishers. The crafty forward celebrated a huge goal to decide the match while sending his club through to the semi final.
Monday August 19 (Semi finals division 1)
Tight defence key for Punishers path to final
The Punishers embraced the fact that a winning formula is heavily relied on a tight defensive game. In both their wins over Les Unknown, the Punishers were overly aggressive, allowing the defence to pinch in when needed to, which created enough balance up front. Adding to that, N.Mackeen came ready to play as he does every night giving up one sole tally in the second encounter. The Punishers played a smart simple series by sticking to the basics like many good teams do when they reach a certain stage. A.Kobayati and K.Tsoukalas were the lone scorers in the first match. The second game saw A.Laramee and his captain J.Fidrilis provide much of the offense as both players each scored twice. Now that this round is out of the way, the Punishers will have a different challenge ahead of them. Their next opponent put up some nice numbers during the regular season and it won't come easy. The good news is that they are the only team to hand Venom a loss this season.
(2)Punishers vs Les Unknown (0) Game 1
(1)Les Unknown vs Punishers (5) Game 2
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Nikita Mackeen of the Punishers. The net minder couldn't have asked for a better performance. Apart-from one goal, Mackeen was flawless, frustrating Les Unknown on a few occasions.
Round 1 division 2
Excalibur move on after a pair of nail biters
It didn't come easy but the Excalibur found a way twice to edge out a resilient Degenerates team. The first encounter couldn't have been any closer as a shootout was required to determine a winner. With F.Bchara releasing a quick wrist shot to beat F.Baratta, and S.Sauk denying three straight breakaway attempts, the Excalibur gave themselves a big edge heading into game two. Still, plenty of work was ahead of them if they planned on sweeping their opponent. They did do the right thing by always playing with the lead. At one point, F.Bchara provided a three goal margin toward the tail end of the match which appeared to be enough for a guaranteed win. However, that wasn't the case at all as the Degenerates continued to battle hard. In the span of only one minute, they managed to score two goals to pull within one. Unfortunately, despite having one minute for an equaliser, the Degenerates couldn't get there in time. S.Sauk had a stellar series in net, and was a huge reason why his club will advance to the semi finals.
(1)Degenerates vs Excalibur (2) S.O Game 1
(4)Excalibur vs Degenerates (3) Game 2
Four teams are now left over to battle it out in a semi final round. The match ups are as follows:
(1)Dragons vs Excalibur (5) It may sound simple but very hard to do. The Excalibur know that they have to pay attention to S.Robineault and E.Girouard. And even though they apply a strict game plan, the dynamic duo seem to always find a way.
(2)1 Timer vs Fatal Demons (3) Clearly, the 1 Timer have the edge with their overall speed versus an older opponent. However, the Fatal Demons do have a ton of experience, and a smaller surface may play to their advantage, especially if they can grab the lead.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Fadel Bchara of the Excalibur. After netting the sole shootout marker in the opening contest, F.Bchara duplicated his efforts in game two providing a second game winner to help send his club through to the next round.