Monday September 10(Division 1 & 2 semi finals)
P.Corbin and Les Carmoni punch ticket to big dance
Les Carmoni moved a step closer to the second division final after they played out a thrilling three game series with Les Reds. By grabbing a 1-0 series lead due to a shootout win, Les Carmoni looked deflated early in game two dropping the opening frame 4-1. Les Reds made it a point to start strong and got their game back together to force a third and deciding game. Despite the loss, Les Carmoni finished off solid posting two straight goals, perhaps to send a message in the ensuing game. Now that both sides split, the stakes got really high in the final twelve minutes of someone's season. With the first goal so important, L-C.Desmarais was able to put Les Carmoni in front. From-there, D.Desmarais would double the lead and eventually add his second to close out the series. Many factors came into play but no one will argue that P.Corbin was a major reason for the two wins. The net minder won a pivotal game one in a shootout while earning a well deserved shutout in game three.
(2)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) S.O Game 1
(3)Les Carmoni vs Les Reds(4) Game 2
(0)Les Reds vs Les Carmoni(3) Game 3
The Corporation storm out of the gate twice to sweep Tocas
Challenged by their CEO of the team to compete hard and raise their level of play, the Corporation did not disappoint on their effort early on in both matches. Five different players took turns finding the back of the net in game one with all five tallies coming in the first period alone. The Tocas did eventually respond with a pair but felt nowhere close to mounting a comeback. As much as the Corporation enjoyed a good start to the series, work still needed to be done in order to advance. They never once took their opponent for granted and it showed early on with three quick goals. J.Pantelis scored late in the first period and very early in the second frame to maintain the momentum. From-there, the Corporation kept pressing striking five more times to put the series away.
(5)The Corporation vs Tocas(2) Game 1
(2)Tocas vs The Corporation (8) Game 2
T.Bozinakis rescues Hustlers
T.Bozinakis scored two goals in only 25 seconds to rally the Hustlers to a 4-3 victory in what was a must win. Bozinakis came to the rescue after his club took it in the chin dropping a 5-0 contest in the previous match. The Mighty Drunks thought they had this series wrapped when P.Arkalis put his cub up 3-2 late in game two. It was at that point on that the Hustlers key component came into play to save the series. For two straight games, the Hustlers were anything but convincing. But once they got that late surge in game two, all indicators pointed to a turn of events. The third and deciding game was deadlocked 1-1 until J.Rochon ripped a hard low wrist shot through M.Melo`s legs. Despite putting some pressure with their season on the line, the Mighty Drunks just couldn't get the room and space to notch the equaliser. S.Govas would eventually erase all doubts on a late marker securing another trip to the final.
(0)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks (5) Game 1
(3)Mighty Drunks vs Hustlers (4) Game 2
(3)Hustlers vs Mighty Drunks(1) Game 3
Mighty Boyz stunned twice in disbelief
The Mighty Boyz were in state of disbelief after blowing two great opportunities versus the Punishers. Both there loses can be looked back and have only themselves to blame. In the example of the opening contest, the Mighty Boyz appeared to be fine riding a 3-0 lead only to let it slip away. C.Gingras orchestrated the comeback by striking twice that included a very late marker. In the case of the second encounter, another incredible opportunity came to bite the Mighty Boyz. After all, they were up 3-2 while being awarded a four minute power play with less than four minutes remaining in the game. In most normal circumstances, those situations tend to hold up, but not in this particular case. After battling hard for a loose ball, C.Gingras came cruising in with his patented wrist shot to tie the game. The Punishers forward collected points in all three goals that enabled this series to go the extra distance. Still, the Mighty Boyz weren't done yet knowing that they had three very skilled players taking the breakaway's in the shootout. The problem however lied on the other side of the court with C.Kakivelis holding the fort. The net minder found a way to deny M.Dettorre, M.Testolina and J.Palmitano while getting the help of M.Gagnon, who stamped the series with the lone shootout marker.
(3)Mighty Boyz vs Punishers (4) Game 1
(4)Punishers vs Mighty Boyz(3) S.O Game 2
Division 3 regular season
Degenerates do just enough to secure top seed
The only bright moment for the Degenerates on Monday night was that they secured first place of the third division. Apart-from that, there wasn't much to brag about. The Chic Choc felt they deserved better after drawing 3-3 in the opening contest. If not for O.Caillet taking care of his net, the Degenerates would have gone empty handed. The second meeting had a completely different outlook with the Chic Choc clearly the better of the two sides. After grabbing a 2-0 first period lead, the second period was a complete landslide with the Chic Choc netting goal after goal. M-A Verville was the only multi goal scorer out of the eight goals that went in. As bad as the night ended for the Degenerates, they know that playing with only six players didn't help their cause.
(3)Chic Choc vs Degenerates (3) S.O Game 1
(2)Degenerates vs Chic Choc(8) Game 2
Divisions 1 & 2 are now down to its final stage. The Hustlers and the Punishers got there with a splash of magic and will look at it as a sign of good things to come. Two even strength teams will collide but the Punishers may have a couple of highly explosive players in P.Karvouriaris and C.Gingras that may make the difference. However, if there is one team that knows how to contain a strong offense, it's the Hustlers. Look for this series to be just as close as the previous ones with both teams evenly matched. Division 2 will feature the Corporation taking on Les Carmoni.Both sides have the fire power up front with solid goaltending. Limiting mistakes while committing to a smart defensive game will favour whoever applies it best. And finally in division 3, the semi finals will be begin with the Degenerates squaring off against the Vitamin C while the Chic Choc take on the 1 Timer.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Carl Gingras of the Punishers. There was no doubt that C.Gingras was the focal point of the night. The Punishers, if not for C.Gingras, would have been watching from-the sidelines in next weeks final. Instead, the clutch forward was once more absolutely dynamite collecting five out of a possible seven points that more importantly included a huge shorthanded goal to force the extra time.