Ball Hockey Tourney
HTBHL is hosting two ball hockey tourneys’ in December!
On Sunday, December 15th we are running a Men’s tourney in Vanier, if interested in more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, December 22nd, we are hosting a COED DRAFT tourney in Orleans. Contact email@example.com for more information!
Our tickets are limited but we still have a few HTBHL tickets at a discounted rate. We have seats in 328 E and 311 A so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
And just like that the entire season is over! We wanted to thank Claude, Shawn and Justin for reffing this season even though some of you weren’t thrilled with them at some point throughout the season. It’s a job that everyone criticizes daily and often it is not warranted as it gets the best of us, however, we are lucky to have them as no league will run without refs. Thank you as well to Shawn and Alex for scorekeeping. It is a tedious job and we all appreciate it. Lastly, we want to thank the captains for running a tight ship and dealing with spares when needed and everyone who played and made this a strong coed league!
Congrats to the Dirty Birds who made it happen when it counted must. To check out their winning pic, you can view it here: www.facebook.com/htbhl
We wish each and everyone of you a very safe and happy holiday season and we hope to see you on the floor in January!
Dan and Jonathan
Dirty Birds (1) vs Perrigos Peeps (5)
After a first round bye, DB were back to take on the lowest seed left in the playoffs. That would be PP. They won a chippy affair against WN last week and looked to knock out the top seed in this one. The winner would face off in the finals in the in the last game of the night. PP got off to a good start. PP were put given a man advantage and took, 5 seconds to score. Elysia Desmier sniped from in close to get the all important first goal. DB weren’t down long though, Captain Gabriel Grimard © scored on a rebound shot from the side of the net. Carole-Anne Lacasse would give DB the lead a minute later when she backhanded a rebound in from a wide angle. The score would remain 2-1 for 10 minutes until PP knotted it up. Fred Godin won an offensive draw back to his d-man Jason Perrigo who wired home the tying goal, sending his team to the half all tied up at 2’s. The 2nd half was a goalie show down with Paquette and Carbonneau locking it down and going save for save. Both goalies were sharp and kept it tied 2-2 for 10 minutes. DB took the lead at the 10 minute mark. Claude Blondeau put a pass into Gabriel Grimard’s wheel house, Grimard made no mistake firing home his 2nd of the game and giving his team the late 3-2 lead. Carbonneau made two huge saves to keep the score 3-2 with clock running down. PP called their time out with 3:29 to rest the troops. The rest worked and gave PP some extra fire power, they would pull their goalie late for the extra attacker but DB played great defence and kept PP to the outside. Solid D got DB the ball late and they ran out the clock with some nice passing and end up taking this close game 3-2 and move on to the finals to face the winner of game #2.
Original Four (2) vs Capital City Lions (3)
The 2nd and 3rd seed met in game #2. OF finished the season 4 points higher but are coming off the bye, and were taking on CCL who have been playing well as of late. The winner of this game would face the high powered Dirty Birds in the finals. These teams match up well and Mix in the friendships in this game and it brings up the intensity just that much more. Both teams could play strong D and with two goalies in this game, it had potential to be low scoring despite the fire power on both teams. The first 13 minutes went scoreless and was a clean hard fought defensive battle. CCL opened the scoring sharp shooter Austin Perron made it 1-0 with 7 minutes to play. The lead held up thanks to strong solid play from the goalies. OF found their scoring touch in the last three minutes. Andrew Stephens fired home a point shot as a penalty expired to tie the game. Two minutes later, OF’s sharp shooter Dan Ballem sniped a slap shot low blocker side to take the lead with under a minute to go. OF took the lead to the half. The 2nd was a very even half with the goalies continuing to steal the show the score remained 2-1 for over 9 minutes. Portelance was stopping everything he could and even things he couldn’t. Jeff Potts got a shot through some bodies and it got through Portelance at about the 10 minute mark and tied the game. The game was tight and the next goal was going to be huge with the way the goalies were playing. OF had a bit of a break down and lost coverage and left CCL’s top sniper Austin Perron. He ripped a one timer from half glove side that Portelance just couldn’t catch up too. CCL took a late 3-2 lead. OF had their work cut out for them. They called their time out after the goal, and planned their goalie departure time. OF had some solid zone time but JP Donnelly was solid through out the dying minutes. OF pulled their goalie with under a minute to go, Perron got a hold of a loose ball and fired home an empty netter to make it 4-2, his third of the game gave his team some insurance heading into the last 50 seconds. CCL would play some good keep away and wouldn’t allow any OF pressure. CCL take the 2nd semi final and moved on to face DB in the next 5 minutes.
Dirty Birds (1) vs Capital City Lions (3)
DB had a games rest between semis and the finals, while CCL were the lucky ones to play back to back. CCL just picked up where they left off in the last game. Early on it was even, but then the rested DB started to take over and carried the play. CCL were being badly out shot 14-4, but JP Donnelly kept the game tied at zeros. The finals went over 18 minutes with out a goal which was really due to the goalies. One of the top ladies in the league, Karyan Poulin opened the scoring with an absolute laser one timer high blocker side. DB were up 1-0 and then went up 2-0 with a minute left with a fluky goal that went up and over CCL’s goalie and dropped in behind him into the net. CCL deserved better but went into the half down 2-0. CCL used the half time to catch their breath and came out flying in the second half. Captain Brock Murray battled his way to a goal, he fought off the defence in front and muscled in shot from the top of the crease. CCL were within a goal 2 minutes into the half. The game remained 2-1 for over 8 minutes the goalies were stellar in keeping it close, but as the game wore on DB started to find their stride. DB sniper Claude Blondeau gave DB a two goal cushion with a Seeing Eye shot from the point. His shot made its way through a big crowd and made it 3-1. Karyan Poulin added more insurance 3 minutes later with her 2nd of the game. With the game now 4-1 to CCL pressured but couldn’t find the mark. In their attempts to push the play they gave up some scoring chances that ended up in their own net. Karyan Poulin scored back to back tap in back door goals and iced the game for DB who went up 6-1 with under 2 minutes to play. DB would control the last few minutes on their way to the Championship win. They take it 6-1, and cap off their dominant season with the most important win of all. Congrats on a great season!