It’s all over, congratulations to The Cows (B1) and the Meat Heads (B2) who joined Black Magic (A1) and The Spitting Llamas (A2) as our Winter 2019 Wednesday Kanata Champs. 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!
On our final night of the season, out of the 4 games we had our B2 Semifinals and Final as well as the B1 Final. There were 2 upsets on paper with the Meat Heads taking out both the top two seeds in the B2 pool. There were 4 hat tricks recorded with COW Benjamin Swan (3G/2A) leading the way as the top offensive player. Between the pipes, MH Anthony Bassi (3G/33) got the nod as the top goaltender in his Semifinal game. Great games to finish off a great season!
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B2 - Meat Heads (4) vs Greenlawn Blazers (1)
Semi-Final #1….In the season series, GLB edged MH by a goal in a low scoring affair so it was assumed this game was going to be a close one. Halfway through the period, the game was tied at 1. MH got a much-needed boost as Noah Bigelow (3G) scored on the power play to give his team the 1-goal advantage. A couple minutes later, a fake shot led to a backdoor pass where Bigelow was waiting and tapped in his 2nd of the game. After Kyle MacKay (1G/2A) scored from a sharp angle, GLB cut the lead in half as Kurtis Green got a stick on the ball from a teammate’s shot, turned to the net and immediately fired the ball by the goalie. Both teams exchanged goals in the dying minutes as MH held the advantage 5-3. MH also led in shots, 17-12. Seconds into the new period, a point shot from Jacob Stuart-Lafleur (2G/1A) went between the goalie’s pads to push the lead to 3 goals. MH went to work again with some D to D passing at the point led to Stuart-Lafleur blasting a shot low and by the goalie. MH seemed to be clicking on all cylinders as a pass across the floor was deflected on to the stick of Damon Lacoste and he buried the low shot. After Bigelow picked up the hat-trick to keep growing the lead, GLB started to push back. GLB started mounting up shot after shot on netminder Anthony Bassi but he stood tall and kept the door closed in the second half. MH upset the top seed and gained a spot in the final with the 9-3 victory.
MH – Anthony Bassi 33 shots
GLB – Tylor Irvine – 32 shots
B2 – Meat Heads (4) vs Darskside Danglers (2)
B2 - The Wolfpack (3) vs Darkside Danglers (2)
Semi #2… The game started out even with end to end action, but without any goals. At the 7 minute mark Kevin Grandmaison (2G) opened the scoring with a slapshot to put TWP up 1-0. Back to centre and ball dropped, DD won the draw and Mike Bonden (2G) tied the game with a long shot past the glove. That was all the action we would see as it ended neck in neck 1-1 with shots in favour of DD 20-17. DD took the lead when Logan Laderoute (2G/1A) carried the ball to the right of Larson and fired it off the pad and in. Then, TWP were on the power play and they found Grandmaison for another slapshot to tie the game 2-2. Halfway through the period Laderoute took a long shot that just beat the goalie as DD took back the lead 3-2. In the last three minutes TWP were on the power play again with a great chance to tie the game up again. Ken Trowsse (1G/1A) lined up the slapshot and hit his target, which sent this one to OT. It looked like TWP got the winning goal, but after discussion it was ruled that the buzzer went off before the ball crossed the line. In the second OT with less than a minute in Bonden scored the winner with a wrister past the blocker as DD advance to the finals.
DD – Niels Jorgenson – 32 shots
TWP – Rob Larson – 44 shots
B1 FINAL - The Lone Rangers (6) vs The Cows (2)
B1 Finals… It took three minutes for the first goal to happen and from there the game blew wide open. Curtis Stacey beat the blocker in tight to put TLR up 1-0. The next 10 minutes had lots of shots, blocks and saves. Matt Guitard (2G/1A) tied the game after he picked up the rebound off the post and tapped it in. In the next few minutes Mike Prins (3G) scored two quick goals to put TLR up 3-1. TLR then came down the floor, rang one off the post and Gabe Senecal picked up the loose ball fired it down on net and scored to cut the lead to 3-2. With 2 minutes left, Prins got the hatty when he tipped the shot through to make it 5-2 TLR. In the last minutes COW scored on a deep shot and ended the period within range. TLR led 5-3 with shots 17-13. COW started the second strong, there was a nice pass across the floor to Benjamin Swan (3G/2A) for the one timer. Swan then tied the game with a wrister inside the post from the wing. Halfway through the period Mohammed Omer took back the lead with the top corner shot to make it 6-5 TLR. COW were now in the box and needed to hold TLR. They did and even better they had the ball in the corner got it to Guitard in the slot who scored a one timer for the shorty and the game was tied once again. With 5 minutes left Etienne Bergeron jumped on the rebound and put COW up 7-6. TLR pulled the goalie for the extra man but COW contained the ball and killed the clock as they come all the way back to be crowned B1 champs!
COW – Andrew Godin – 28 shots
TLR – Gianfranco Manto – 32 shots
MH – Anthony Bassi – 28 shots
DD – Niels Jorgensen – 37 shots
B2 – Meat Heads (4) vs Darskside Danglers (2)
A2 FINAL - The Spitting Llamas (4) vs Ottawa Nationals (2)
TSL looked to complete the Cinderella story against ON who came into this one with a real short bench only having one spare. Francis Piche (2G) opened the scoring when he cut across the slot and fired far side beating the glove to put ON up 1-0 30 seconds in. TSL came back three minutes later and Matt Villeneuve tied the game. Off the next draw, ON took control and Ray Dubois (2G) streaked through the middle and scored five hole. TSL once again replied as they came down the wing, passed across into the slot for Roman Kishinevsky (5G) and the one timer went glove high tying the game at 2. In the last minute, TSL lit up the scoreboard. Kishinevsky scored twice and Myles Sreblowski (1G/2A) scored another to put TSL up 5-3, however, ON took the shots 18-14. With fatigue starting to set in for ON, TSL quickly added to their lead with a slow roller through the five hole that just barely crossed the line to double up the score at 6-3. ON Jordan Charlebois (2G/1A) would reply as he walked in and smoked one under the crossbar to make it a 3 goal game. ON then came down the floor on a 2-on-1, the pass went across for the one timer but Chris Trubiani flashed the leather and shut the door. Halfway through the period TSL were in control with a 9-4 lead while a tired ON squad was trying to find energy. At the 3 minute mark, Charlebois was planted in front of the net and buried the rebound off of a long shot to put ON within 3. In the final minute, Kishinevsky was on tough angle but he managed to beat the goalie and lead TSL to the 11-6 win. TSL complete the Cinderella story and become A2 Champs!
TSL – Chris Trubiani – 34 shots
ON – Marty Leury – 31 shots
A1 FINAL - The Aussies (4) vs Black Magic (3)
Nail biter… BM opened the scoring with a hard shot from Jamie Mullan (2G/1A) that bounced in behind the goalie and just over the line. 30 seconds later, Matt Code blasted another point shot to put BM up 2-0. In the last 5 minutes, BM got into some penalty trouble and AUS took advantage. Shawn Manion blasted in the first from the point, then Justin Rudolf scored on the backdoor pass for the second PP goal to even the game at 2-2. Cody Scott then came around the net and quickly gave AUS their first lead up 3-2 and the momentum. AUS took the first 3-2, but BM led in shots 14-9. In the first 4 minutes of the period both teams traded goals so AUS were up 4-3. With 9 minutes left and AUS in the box, BM looked to the tie the game. Corey Bourada (1G/2A) got the shot off that went off the bar and down over the line to even the game at 4-4. Then with AUS again in the box, Derrick Desjardins (1G/1A) scored the winner with a slapshot bar down from the point which would end up being the difference as Black Magic take it 5-4 to take the A1 championship. Of note, BM Bradley McCallen made some huge saves dow the stretch to lead his team to victory.
BM – Bradley McCallen – 25 shots
AUS – Ryan Girgrah – 32 shots