Monday December 4
Punishers challenge Breeze Panareeze with plenty of bite
Playing relentless hockey will only pay off in the end. The Punishers collected four out of a possible six points by working their tail off versus the division leaders. Both games went down to the wire. In what appeared to be heading for overtime in the opening contest, A.Centis avoided it by striking late in the game. The Breeze Panareeze overcame a 3-1 hole only to see it disappear with 54 seconds to go. The second encounter was nearly as close but with the match going the entire distance. After tying the game twice with goals by A.Zarzour and E.Girouard, the Breeze Panareeze tested their luck in the shootout. The question at that point became which goaltender would excel. But with no players able to solve the net minders, both sides settled for a draw. M.Dagenais and P.Stamkopoulos of the Punishers never flinched denying every single breakaway.
(4)Punishers vs Breeze Panareeze(3)
(2)Breeze Panareeze vs Punishers(2) S.O
Nightmares out duel Dragons in battle of depleted line ups
With both sides missing a few players, the playing field can be argued that it was fair for both sides. However, it didn't seem that way when looking at the final results. The Nightmares had only one change and played the game as if they had three lines rolling .E.Allen and A.Bergomi were lights out in the opening game as both players collected four points each. The first period was tight with the Nightmares up 4-3 but the second wasn't anywhere close as the Dragons just faded away giving up two unanswered tallies. With a chance to bounce back and even the score, the Dragons were nowhere to be found in the second game. They did keep it close for over a period but that changed when the Nightmares exploded with three goals. Once again, E.Allen continued his onslaught by adding two more points. The most impressive stat in this encounter was that L.Dias collected a shutout while setting up two goals.
(3)Dragons vs Nightmares(6)
(3)Nightmares vs Dragons(0)
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Lucas Dias of the Nightmares. The goaltender excelled earning two wins that included a shutout and a pair of points.
The regular season just came to an end. The top three seeds will automatically get a pass to the semi finals while the fourth place seed will face off versus the fifth place seed for that last spot. The first round match up features the Punishers taking on the 1 Timer. The Punishers will enter that game as the favorites, especially the way they have been playing as of late. As for the 1 Timer, they did finish on a positive note collecting two straight wins versus the Dragons, but will that be enough to prevail against a team running on all cylinders.