Welcome to all new and returning players as we kicked off the Winter 2019 Season at the Burg. Right now we are 15 teams confirmed with many familiar foes as well as some new and returning blood. Returning are the Twine Ticklers who have bounced around various HTBHL leagues while Barely Mighty Bucks who are a regular in the arena are making their gym debut. We also welcome Nature Boys as they join the HTBHL family for the first time.
On this opening night, out of the 7 games played, 4 were decided by 3 goals or less as we evaluate all teams before determining divisions. There were 7 hat tricks recorded with the top offensive performance coming from SWH captain Angelo Platias (5G/2A) while the top netminder was CYC Luc Bouchard (5G/54shots) in helping their teams to victories. Already looking forward to the matchups in week #2.
-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.
-Do not enter the Hintonburg gym until 4pm as that is when our contract starts.
-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.
-Absolutely no playing hockey anywhere but the gymnasium.
-If you are going to drink please go off the property.
Now on to the recaps:
Barely Mighty Bucks vs Nature Boys
Welcome to the Burg…..Our first game of the new season saw two new teams to Hintonburg square off as Barley Mighty Bucks took on Nature Boys. Things got going pretty quickly as BMB put up 3 goals in the first 3 minutes with captain Hayden Clark (2G/2A) putting up the first two goals followed by Simon McStravick (2G/1A) adding another. With just under 10 minutes left in the period NB got their first goal of the game as Daniel Haddad (2G) scored off the post and in. BMB answered right back with another pair of goals as McStravick scored his second on a cross crease back door pass. Eric Chau scored the second late in the period with a redirect in front to send BMB to break up by a score of 5-1. NB would do some regrouping at break as they came out with a much better effort to start the period. Justin Sacho would cut into the deficit burying a one timer on a 2 on 1. Then Haddad got his second going upstairs in tight as we had a 2 goal game with plenty of time to play. NB would cut the lead to 1 with just over 5 minutes left to play as Nabil Elazas went in alone and sniped it top corner from the slot. BMB restore the two goal lead seconds later as Jeremy Brown scored with a floater from half. That would prove to be fatal as NB couldn’t muster up anything after that. BMB would go on to win their Burg opener by a score of 6-4.
BMB – Andrew Shore – 25 shots
NB – Jonathan Kourie - 27 shots
Sweat Hogs vs Twine Ticklers
F#@K!!!....Next up we had Twine Ticklers making their Hintonburg return taking on Sweat Hogs who are vets at the gym looking to teach their ways. There would be plenty of goals in this one if you liked that sort of thing and it started a few minutes in. SWH would go up by two early as Matt Trepanier (2G) scored the first followed by Dom Peluso (3G/2A) a minute later. TT would get a goal back as Nicholas Yeong would cut the lead to 1 with a tap in rebound. Captain Angelo Platias (5G/2A) put his team back up by two with a blast from half but that was quickly followed with an answer from Aaron Gregoire (3G/1A) keeping his team in with a rebound. SWH got another goal minutes later but TT would put up a pair of goals with another from Gregoire and one from Tyler Watts (2G) to make it an even game. SWH would score a late goal in the period from Platias as they took a 5-4 lead to half. SWH would storm out of the gates in the second as they put up 3 straight goals with goals coming from Platias, Rick Gionta (3G/2A), and Peluso to blow this game wide open. TT would get at least one right back as Gregoire scored another with a rebound off the back wall. Platias and Rionta would combine for two more goals to seemingly put this game out of reach with 13 minutes on the clock. TT would keep their slim hopes alive as they scored a shorthanded goal from Spencer Shelton (1G/1A) as the goalie misplayed the ball and Watts scored another banking it off the goalie and in. SWH were just too much on this night as they closed the game out with 3 more unanswered goals to win big by a score of 13-7.
SWH – Gavin Sooley – 30 shots
TT – Christian Pettigrew – 35 shots
Dan Murphy Ford Ball Blasterz vs Honey Badgers
Game of the night….Our next match up saw two returning teams as Dan Murphy Ford Ball Blasterz were looking to continue their improvement year over year taking on the returning C division champs Honey Badgers. This game would see the goal total slow down as we had a low scoring affair in the first period. With both teams playing hard no goals would come until the 2 minute mark of the period when DMF went up by one off the stick of captain Francis Blackmore as his backhand fooled the goalie and awkwardly went in. That would be it for the period as they took a 1-0 lead to break with shots even at 14. We needed another 6 minutes in the second to get another goal and it was HB tying the game up when Nathan Bessner (2G) buried a rebound in front. A couple minutes later HB took their first lead of the game as captain Jason Mawson (2G) saw his shot go off the post and in making it 2-1. HB made it a 2 goal game as they went on a power play and took full advantage. Mawson scored his second of the game as he took a feed and one timed it top corner. With time winding down DMF would press and it paid off as newcomer Mohammad Hussain sniped it top corner off a turnover with 2 minutes left to give his team a shot. DMF would pull the goalie in the last minute of the game but it would backfire as Bessner sealed the deal with an empty netter as HB hung on for the tight 4-2 win.
HB – Al Villeneuve – 20 shots
DMF – James Brown – 26 shots
War Pigs vs Cyclones
Shooting Gallery….We had two veteran teams square off next as both teams were familiar with one another as Cyclones took on War Pigs. A couple minutes in and WP got on the scoresheet as Seb Tremblay (2G) sniped it with a wrister. CYC answered back with the equalizer as Mario Belanger (1G/1A) knocked the rebound in out of the air. CYC added another shortly after when Bill Blair hammered a shot from his own end and that was followed by the 3rd straight goal from captain Brenden Synek (2G/3A) with a redirect in front. WP responded with a pair of goals as Tremblay scored his second of the game, then Dylan Almond banged in a rebound in front to make it 3-3. With 2 minutes left in the period CYC regained the lead as Tom Ware (1G/3A) scored with a hard shot from the point. They would add one more before break from Logan Jackson as they took a 5-3 lead to half. CYC short benched would start to play catch up as you could see their pace start to slow down. WP took advantage early as John Elliott (1G/2A) buried a rebound in front six minutes in. 20 seconds later CYC got that goal back off a misplay as Synek scored another goal in front as the ball took a blooper lob over the goalie and in. WP kept the game close with an answer goal a minute later as Ivan Egrmajer (1G/1A) scored with some work on a scramble. With 2 minutes left to play Tom Blair would put this game away as he hammered a shot from his own end beating goalie low. WP pulled their goalie and threw lots of shots the other way but were unable to beat the keeper as they fell just short by a score of 7-5.
CYC – Luc Bouchard – 54 shots
WP – Andrea Turano – 41 shots
Good Canadian Kids vs Misfits
New and Improved…Our next matchup saw two talented teams as the hard working Misfits took on the new look Good Canadian Kids as they appear to be making a run for it this season. 4 minutes in and GCK got it going as captain Chris Mathews (2G/2A) sniped it from the slot. 5 minutes later MF responded as the hardest shot in the league Darren Leclair (1G/1A) used his bomb from his own end to beat the keeper. With just under 10 minutes left in the period GCK restored the lead when returning player Steve Derouin (2G) used a quick snap shot to score. They would add one more before break as Jason Crooke (3G) sniped it from his wheelhouse in the slot to send his team to half up 3-1. In the second it would be all GCK from the get go as Rick Roy (2G/2A) added to the lead with a rebound in front. Crooke then got his second as he ripped a shot from half 5 minutes in. Logan Jackson (1G/1A) would keep the goals coming for GCK with another rebound in front and Mathews would score his second for the 4th straight goal to start the period and put this game out of reach. MF finally scored their second of the game as they caught the goalie off guard (probably due to lack of activity) when Alex Craib scored. MF got another shortly after from John Adkin with a rebound in front but GCK were just too strong on this night as they scored 3 more unanswered goals to wrap the game up. They would win handily as they look retooled this year going for gold with the 10-3 win.
GCK – Mitch Tennian – 20 shots
MF – Mike Adams – 33 shots
Cougar Patrol vs Morning Wood
Patrolling the woods….Our second last game of the night saw two familiar foes square off as Cougar Patrol were taking on the always tough Morning Wood. 50 seconds in and CP struck as Phil Lahey (3G) sniped it from the slot to put his team up one. 6 minutes later MW got the equalizer as Brad Richard (1G/1A) went upstairs from the slot area to make it an even game at 1. With just over 10 minutes left in the period CP would put a trio of goals as Lahey scored number 2, then Richard Selkirk (2G) making his CP debut and Matt Bell scored back to back goals 40 seconds apart to put their team up by 3. MW would keep pace however as Ricky Pagliarello scored off the faceoff win in the zone to cut the deficit to 2. CP restored the 3 goal lead as they went on the power play and took full advantage scoring quickly as Lahey picked up his hat trick with a one timer in the slot. That would be all the period brought as CP were up by a score of 5-2 with shots 17-14 in their favor. 5 minutes into the second and MW cut the deficit to 2 as Chris Warren scored on a back door play with a wide open net to work with. Play stayed even keel for a good portion of the period when CP scored another goal with just under 10 minutes left as Selkirk scored number 2 with a rebound. With just over 5 minutes to play CP would go up by four and put this game out of reach as Ryan Walker (1G/1A) one timed a pass from the high slot. MW would get one more late but time was not on their side at that point. CP cruised the rest of the way to win their season opener by a score of 7-4.
CP – Mike Lynch – 31 shots
MW – Matt Hearn – 28 shots
The Wizards vs Scared Hitless
Rivalry Renewed….The last installment of the night would see a rematch of last year’s finals in The Wizards vs Scared Hitless. A good 8 minutes would go by before we would see our first goal and it would be SH’s Justin Larose with a tip in front. A few minutes later, Dan Beausejour (3G) would put WZ on the board with a hard shot from half. Just before the end of the period, Beausejour would make no mistake on a turnover, sending it top shelf in close. This would put WZ up 2-1, shots 18-16 in their favor. Dan Dufresne (2G/2A) would start the scoring in the second half, with a short side one timer, 7-minutes in. A minute and a half later, Mike Henter would find the back of the net on his backhand as we saw him outwait the goalie. 6 seconds later, Dave McCloskey would make it 5-1 as SH were falling apart. They would take a timeout to gather themselves, but the next goal was still for WZ, in Dufresne with a hard shot from half. Less than 20 seconds later, Jon Von Teichman would clear the zone, catching the goalie sleeping with shot hitting a few sticks on the way in. But Beausejour was right behind him, regaining the 5-goal lead. That would be it for this one as, much like in the finals last season, SH couldn’t get by the keeper. WZ wins 7-2.
WZ – Nick Lamb – 37 shots
SH – Mike Adams – 33 shots