Hat Trick Ball Hockey League
Men's Arena - Tuesday

It’s all over, congratulations to the Twine Ticklers for outlasting the Wobbly Pops in double overtime to win the B division championship.  They joined our A champs, the Misfits as our summer 2018 men’s Tuesday Belltown winners.  To see their winning team pictures before they are uploaded to the website check us out at www.facebook.com/htbhl and don’t forget to LIKE US!

Playoff week #3 only featured one game, our B division final with the top two seeds facing off.  This game was an absolute goaltenders dual with WOP Mike Adams (3G/35shots) and TT George Rivers (2G/27shots) between the pipes.  Both goalies were on top of their game and definitely gave their team a chance to win.  The top offensive player was TT Duncan Miller (2G/1A) while Cameron Airth was the overtime hero in propelling the Twine Ticklers to victory.

We hope you enjoyed the league and will play again this September when our Fall leagues commence.  For more information or to sign up as an individual, with a group of friends or to enter a full team please contact jonathan@htbhl.com

Now on to the recaps:

B FINAL – Wobbly Pops (2) vs Twine Ticklers (1)

Our one and only game on tap this night was the B final between TT and WOP. And what a game it was. TT came into the game with a full lineup, and it must be praised as they had the best attendance of any team all year, as the only team with their full roster available for playoffs. Conversely, WOP only had 9 for this game and were without two of their offensive leaders. Right off the bat, Duncan Miller (2G/1A) showed that he was a man on a mission tonight, jumping on his own rebound right off an offensive zone faceoff to put TT up 1-0. It only took WOP 4min to respond as Rick Gionta (1G/1A) made a nice play to back the D off to give himself space, then wired a clapper top corner. The rest of the period was a barn-burner, up and down the floor we went, hardly any whistles, with both goalies, George Rivers and Mike Adams, playing at the top of their game. We would head to the break with the score all square at 1, and the shots tight at 15-14 TT. WOP applied some early pressure at the beginning of the second, but Rivers made a couple key saves. This paid off when Miller turned the tides with an outstanding individual effort. He blocked a point shot, took off on a breakaway that was initially stopped by Adams, but would not be denied as he hung around for the rebound off the glass and stuffed it home for a 2-1 lead. Just like in the first, WOP responded in short order as Matthew McKenna was the beneficiary of a rebound from a point shot that he easily put into the open net. This is how regulation would end, the score dead even and the shots dead even at 25 apiece. Bolstered by a power play in the first overtime, TT led in shots 33-26 but were unable to solve Adams for the winner. However, with 45 seconds left in overtime number 2, Cameron Airth gathered up a rebound out of the corner, came around the top of the circle, and ripped a shot top corner to send TT into a frenzy, and a championship. The best was saved for last with a 3-2 2OT finish in the game of the season.

TT – George Rivers – 27 shots

WOP – Mike Adams – 35 shots

A FINAL – Misfits (3) vs McGuire’s Monsters (1)

The first game of the night was the A final between MM and MF. The teams split the season series after MF spoiled MM’s perfect season in the last week of the regular season, and come in red hot, with MM hoping to enact some revenge. MF got off to a great start, with Brennan Lewis (1G/1A) potting home a rebound just 20 seconds into the game. MM tried to respond on the power play, but it was Jason Murfitt (1G/3A) who scored shorthanded instead to push the lead to 2-0. Just a minute later John Adkin got another for MF and they led 3-0 just 5min in. Things only got worse from there for MM as Sammy Aiello batted one out of mid-air to make it 4-0. Despite ending the period on an extended 5 on 3, MM got turned away by goalie Aneel Nauth at every opportunity and found themselves in a hole at the break, despite shots being 15-9 in their favour. Things got worse for them as Nik Lust scored on a MF power play of their own, and it was 5-0. Daniel Farant finally provided a response, but it was much too late as one more from Luca Campagna (1G/2A) allowed MF to cruise to a 6-1 victory and take the A championship.

MF – Aneel Nauth – 30 shots

MM – Ryan Girgrah – 28 shots