Welcome to all new and returning players as we kicked off the Winter 2019 Season in Kanata. Once again this looks to be a very promising season with a record 20 teams in the fold. On this opening night, we had 7 games on the slate including the debut of The Spitting Llamas who transferred over from Monday’s at Carling. They took on Take a Bauer who are new by name but not by face as they are a mix of Dragons and Blackwater players from a season ago. We also had the return of the Hitmen and The Aussies after taking a season off while the Black Lagoon Bottom Dwellers went through their initiation phase.
Out of the 7 games, 6 were decided by 4 goals or less while we had one mercy to close out the night. There were 5 hat tricks recorded with the top offensive performance shared by both TSL Jesse Thibault (3G/2A) and DD Logan Laderoute (3G/2A) in helping their teams to victories. The top goaltender nod goes to the “Asian Sensation”, TF Steve Quach (2G/29shots) who is happily married by the way, sorry ladies! Already looking forward to week #2 and the debut of 6 more teams.
-We will schedule week to week to determine divisions before releasing the entire regular season schedule.
-If you are not on the schedule it is because you have a BYE.
-Please pay careful attention and note which gymnasium you are playing at so you don’t end up at the wrong location.
-Do not enter the Bridlewood gym until 8pm as that is when our contract starts and we must be out of both schools by 11pm.
-For teams playing in the first game at Glen Cairn, please change in the men’s bathroom or go to the far end of the hallway as there is a kids program before us.
-All sticks blades must be covered with white hockey tape to protect the floors.
-Every team must have backup team shirts (WHITE or BLACK) in case team shirts are too close in colour.
-No wet shoes or boots in the gymnasium.
-No wandering the school or playing hockey anywhere but the gymnasium.
-No drinking alcohol on school property.
Now on to the recaps:
Take a Bauer vs The Spitting Llamas
The Spitting Llamas (TSL) who are a young group coming over from the Carling league took on a newly formed team in Take a Bauer (TAB) which is a split from a couple other teams. It didn’t take long for TSL to make their presence felt as Jesse Thibault (3G/2A) came through the middle of the zone putting a shot on net that was turned aside but he picked up his own rebound and scored to make it 1-0. A few minutes later, Matt Villeneuve went top shelf from the wing to extend the lead. TAB didn’t let the young guys get any further ahead as Cody Sangster cut the lead in half. However, TSL responded with 2 quick goals from Lucas Cacciotti and Thibault. TAB gained a power play chance late in the period and would convert. Seconds into the man advantage, after faceoff win, a quick D to D pass set up the one-timer for a hobbled Chris Cole. TSL held the 4-2 lead at the break with a 20-13 shot advantage. Much of the first 10 minutes were back and forth with each team grinding it out. A wrist shot getting past the goalie’s blocker from Nicholas Villeneuve (2G) put TSL up but with lots of time left on the clock. Thibault then picked up the hat-trick goal a few minutes later, putting TSL firmly in the driver’s seat. The teams exchanged goals later in the period, but the game was determined. TSL get their first win in Kanata by a final score of 7-3.
TSL – Chris Trubiani – 31 shots
TAB – Lee Leblanc – 32 shots
Hitmen vs Blackwater
Blackwater (BW) was back at it with some roster changes as they took on Hitmen (HM) who were coming back after some extra-long summer holidays. With a shot coming high past the goalie from the wing, Mike Horner got HM on the board first. BW started to settle down as HM looked like they had not missed a beat early on. However, not much transpired until late in the frame as HM took a 2-goal lead as Jordan McCoy blasted a shot upstairs for his first of the season. BW would get the donut off the board with under 2 minutes left as Donny Auluck put a low slapshot into the back of the net. HM held the 1 goal lead, but BW outshot the opposition 20-14 at the break. In the second half, HM started putting up a few more shots on but it was BW who were running up the score. Captain Mathieu Trepanier (2G) blasted a shot past the glove to tie the game. Some bad luck for HM next as their defenceman was trying to pass the ball off the back wall behind their own net but instead pinged it off their own goalpost and in giving BW the go-ahead goal. Jesse Tharp then got into the scoring party with a nicely placed shot up top. BW picked up a late goal on their way to a 5-2 win.
BW – Tim Kruek – 29 shots
HM – Ken Richardson – 33 shots
The Farm vs Ottawa Nationals
A rematch of last seasons A-Final as back to back champs, The Farm (TF) took on the finalists in the Ottawa Nationals (ON). The first period was a seesaw affair as both teams were strong on both ends of the floor but were unable to put much past the netminders. TF would get on the board first with just under 7 minutes left as a point shot hit the far post and go in from Austin Perron (1G/1A) to give TF the lead. It was short lived as ON tied the game a few minutes later as Eric Bekkers (2G) came through the middle of the floor and scored blocker side. 1-1 was the score at half with ON ahead in the shot department 16-11. TF went to work early in the second as some nice work in the offensive end led to a fancy pass to Mark Burger (1G/1A) who put the ball between the legs of the goalie for the lead. However, TF would find themselves in the sinbin and ON took advantage right away as Bekkers slapshot from the point blew past the netminder to square the game up once again. Sean Mullan then received the nice saucer pass and buried his shot close to the net to put TF back on top. TF kept up the offensive presence but ON goalie, Darren Hayes came up with some timely saves. None bigger than the rolling double pad stack to deny the TF chance and keep the game close. With under 4 minutes remaining and both teams pressing, a point shot from TF was redirected past the goalie by Brock Murray (2G/1A) to push the lead to 2 goals. 30 seconds later, Murray converted on a rebound on the doorstep to put the game out of reach as TF comes away with the 5-2 win.
TF – Steve Quach – 29 shots
ON – Darren Hayes – 26 shots
The Wings vs The Wolfpack
In the final game of the night, The Wings (WG) renewed their rivalry with The Wolfpack (TWP). The first period was a close one, too close to call as both teams looked comfortable but were unable to put anything by WG goalie Craig Bowman or TWP netminder Mike Kealey. TWP held the slight advantage in shots 12-11. The second period looked like a carbon copy of the first for just over half of the period. However, with 9 minutes left in the game, WG’s Rheal Sylvester broke the ice with a rebound goal. The lead was short lived as 30 seconds later, Rob Larson scored on a low shot from the wing to tie the game 1-1. WG were back at it quickly as Carson Lane picked up his first of the year with a backhanded shot. Then Darren Asirvatham made it 3-1 beating the goalie between the pads. With the WG now up by 3 goals, TWP tried to push the offence and with under 2 minutes left they were able to get a goal back as David DeBlois scored to give his team some life. However, TWP couldn’t mount the comeback as WG come out on top with a 4-2 victory.
WG – Craig Bowman – 27 shots
TWP – Mike Kealey – 31 shots
Little d’s vs Greenlawn Blazers
Bridlewood’s opener was between LD and GLB as the rivalry continued as it was a rematch of the C Final from last season. LD looked to take an early lead with a nice solo effort through the D and into the slot as the goalie was down but the shot rang off the crossbar and kept the game scoreless. Five minutes in Kurtis Green (3G) got the first goal down low and started GLB off. Two minutes later, Ryan Pollock turned and put a deep shot on the net that made its way in for GLB’s second goal. Halfway through the period Green made the run to the far post and his fanned shot came right back to him as he tapped in his team’s fourth goal. That goal woke up LD as they picked up the offensive pressure and created some good scoring chances. LD’s hard work finally got them a goal with over two minutes left as Josh Bower (2G) took the point shot and found the five hole. GLB took the first period 5-1 but were outshot 19-14. Just over a minute into the second GLB were sent the box. LD moved the ball well with some tape to tape passes and Mike Cyr (2G/1A) was on the doorstep and stuck with the loose ball and buried it which cut the lead down to three. 5 minutes later, Bower scored another on a low point shot to make it 5-3 with twelve minutes left. With 6 minutes to go, captain Guy Picard (1G/1A) teed it up and got the redirection off the D to make it a one goal game. Less than a minute later, LD had the ball down low and put it out front and the ball crossed the line and tied the game with six minutes left. With two minutes to go Green streaked up the wing and put GLB back in the lead with a goal inside the near post. Then with one minute left LD attempted to clear the ball and it took a bad bounce off the wall and went straight to GLB. There was a quick pass in front and Bang it was a two goal lead. LD then won the draw and Picard blasted another deep bomb to put it back to a one goal game. GLB killed the clock and held onto their first W of the season as they once again get the better of their friends.
GLB – Tylor Irvine – 35 shots
LD – Kyle Fennema -31 shots
Road Apples vs The Aussies
Unexpected…….Next we had the returning Aussies taking on the veteran laden Road Apples. RA started quick by picking up the ball along the wall and with a quick hard release they opened the scoring. Actually, Steve Derouin (4G) scored 3 straight for a natural hatty with two coming off faceoffs and another one riffled under the crossbar. AUS had a good chance to get on the board as the ball came loose and across the floor but the net was knocked off before the shot crossed the line so NO goal! Rick Roy (2G/3A) who was the only player training during the break carried the ball up and through the floor, cut to the net then scored under the glove to make it 5-0. RA then added another 2 quick goals in the last twenty seconds of the period as they took the period 7-0, however, the shots were much closer with RA up 16-13. The second period saw the AUS pick up the tempo and the short RA bench started to tire. AUS moved the ball and created more chances until captain Richard Selkirk broke the shutout as the pass came out from the corner and he tapped it in over the glove to break the ice making it 7-1. A minute later, they rang one off the post but the ball never got cleared out and after a few chances Jonathan Levesque buried AUS’s 2nd. The next 10min saw no goals with most of the play to the outside with shots blocked or saved as Chris Campbell was a wall all game. In the last minutes of the game, AUS got their 3rd and final goal which gave RA the W 7-3.
RA – Chris Campbell – 33 shots
AUS – Ryan Girgrah – 38 shots
Black Lagoon Bottom Dwellers vs Darkside Danglers
Green vs Green……The new young BLBD faced off against the experienced DD. It didn’t take long for DD to make their presence felt as Logan Laderoute (3G/2A) cut into the slot and fired up high to give his team a 1-0 lead. The scoring kept coming and halfway through the period Brandon Crosby (4G/1A) scored 2 quick low goals which put DD up 7-0. With just over 4min remaining in the half, BLBD cleared the ball from their end and Ben Hubert carried the ball up the wing and fired it far blocker side to erase the goose egg cutting the deficit to 7-1. DD took the period 8-1 outshoting BLBD 24-9 which told the story. With around 14min left, Crosby cut into the slot and fired over the glove to end the game early as you could call this game a teaching moment. BLBD being new and young will surely figure it out but it might take time while DD had a strong start to the new season as many players hit the scoresheet.
DD - Niels Jorgensen – 9 shots
BLBD – William Prieur – 31 shots