Week #9 in the books as there are now only 3 weeks left in the regular season before playoffs. On this evening, 6 out of the 7 games were decided by 4 goals or less including one forfeit and a mercy as the intensity starts to ramp up. There were 3 hat tricks recorded with the top offensive performance coming from MF John Adkin (2G/3A) in a lopsided victory. Between the pipes, DMF James Brown (5G/37shots) gets the nod as the top goaltender in an overtime shootout victory. In our first place showdown in the A, Scared Hitless came out on top over The Wizards and now have sole possession of first. In the B, Morning Wood and Cyclones remain deadlocked atop the division.
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Now on to the recaps:
Cherry’s Choice vs Misfits
Shots, shots, shots…MF control off the faceoff and scored less than a minute into the game as John Adkin (2G/3A) scored top corner short side. There was some back and forth play but it was MF controlling the play putting CC back on their heels. Halfway through the period, a deep shot on net led to a rebound that Alex Craib (1G/2A) was able to get a stick on the ball and enough on the shot to score. A few minutes later, MF struck again. With CC’s goalie diving out to grab the ball after the initial stop, Scott McKie (1G/1A) found the rebound and shot it past for the teams 3rd goal. MF held the 3-0 lead at half, while also outshooting their opponent 27-15. CC went on the power play early in the second to try and gain some momentum but were unable to convert. After MF went up 4, CC got themselves on the board. An offensive zone faceoff win was drawn back to Dan Rheaume Jr. who lined up his shot and blasted it off the goalie’s glove and into the net. However, MF wouldn’t let CC get too confident as Jason Murfitt (2G) scored with the wrist shot restoring the 4-goal lead. MF kept CC netminder Chris Campbell busy putting up 56 shots in the game. MF scored a few more in the final 10 minutes of the game as they went on to the 10-1 final.
CC – Chris Campbell – 56 shots
MF – Mike Adams – 27 shots
Sweat Hogs vs War Pigs
Mud Battle…An even game from the drop of the ball as both teams had scoring chances. About halfway through the period, Matt Tremblay scored back to back goals to give WP the lead. However, SWH battled back. Then on a 2 on 1 rush, Connor Dibbs scored blocker side. A minute later, SWH tied the game with an offensive zone faceoff win which was drawn back to Jeff Barton who blasted his shot glove side. Late in the period, a fake shot from the point, led to Jake Atkinson carrying the ball into the middle of the zone and firing the wrist shot past the blocker to give WP the 3-2 lead going into the break. WP also held the advantage in shot, 26-17. WP were able to put a little distance between the teams with a beautiful pass out of the far corner, right on to Dibbs stick, who fired past the goalie before he could recover. WP kept up the firing squad as they peppered SWH netminder Gavin Sooley for 46 shots in the game but he kept his team close. After misfiring on the initial shot to get the goalie down, Atkinson sniped top corner. Captain Atkinson picked up the hat-trick goal, leading the WP to the 6-2 final.
WP – Andrea Turano – 31 shots
SWH – Gavin Sooley – 46 shots
Cougar Patrol vs Good Canadian Kids
A Happy Ending…A good pace to start the game with both teams looking for the first goal. CP opened the scoring, as Richard Selkirk (1G/1A) and Matt Bell (2G) scored a minute apart from each other. GCK stormed back shortly after. After Phil Larocque (2G/2A) brought the team back within a goal, Jason Crooke (2G/1A) found himself in the right spot to bat in the bouncing ball to tie the game. GCK netminder Mitch Tennian made some huge stops to keep CP at bay. With under 2 minutes left, a blast from the wing by Larocque gave GCK their 3rd straight goal and the lead. GCK hung on to the 3-2 lead going into the break while outshooting CP 19-17. The teams exchanged goals early in the 2nd period to keep it a 1-goal game. A nice back door pass, saw an easy tap in for Nik Lust, giving GCK some breathing room. With under 10 minutes to go, Bell fired top corner to draw his team within a goal but Rick Roy (2G/1A) with the quick shot past the goalie restored the 2-goal advantage. CP were unable to get the offence rolling down the stretch as GCK put the game out of reach as Crooke redirected a shot on net. GCK take the game 7-4 the final.
GCK – Mitch Tennian – 28 shots
CP – Mike Lynch – 40 shots
The Wizards vs Scared Hitless
Battle for Top Spot…Extremely quick pace and high energy right from the get go, with both teams pressuring. SH struck first with Christoph von Teichman (1G/1A) notching the rebound goal. With the game still early, WZ went to work. After James Brown (2G) scored to tie the game, SH went to the box with a double-minor and WZ busted the game wide open. Jon Code (2G) blasted 2 different shots for power play goals and a 3-1 lead. With under 3 minutes left in the period, the game saw plenty of action. WZ were now killing a penalty of their own but were able to make it a positive opportunity as Eric Beaulne picked up the shorty. With under a minute and half to go, SH came alive. Luka McBride (3G/1A) received a drop pass and fired home the goal. Seconds later, a faceoff win led to a howitzer from Antoine Hamel (1G/4A). SH kept themselves within striking distance as WZ led 4-3 at the break with SH leading in shots 24-17. SH kept the momentum after gaining their 2nd power play of the game. A low point shot by Matt James squared up the game at 4. With the game tied at 5, another power play for SH gave them the go-ahead goal as Jon von Teichman blasted a point shot to shelf. With the teams continuing to battle hard down the stretch, WZ pulled the goalie for the extra attacker with 1:30 left in the game. However, SH was able to get possession and Michael Miller was able to score the EN goal. McBride added the hat-trick goal 30 seconds later as SH come out on top with the 8-5 victory.
SH – Stephane Portelance – 31 shots
WZ – Mitch Tennian – 7 shots
WZ – Nick Lamb – 38 shots
Barely Mighty Bucks vs Cyclones
Down to the Wire…BMB scored first as captain Hayden Clark (2G/1A) picked up the short side goal. BMB took some control mid-way through the period picking up a couple more goals. A point shot from Josh Moskovic (2G), followed by a Sam Brown (1G/1A) short side goal, gave BMB a 3-0 lead halfway through the game. CYC started to get some pressure on the young team and made some chances count. A smart shot off the back wall, led to the Brendan Synek (2G/2A) tapping in the easy goal. A short time later, CYC brought themselves within a goal as Tom Ware (2G) pinged a point shot off the post and in. After the teams traded goals a short time later, it was BMB getting the last laugh before half. Coming across the floor from the wing, Clark made a quick move and backhanded his 2nd goal of the game to give BMB the 5-3 lead. CYC was leading in shots 22-19. BMB kept up the scoring early, Moskovic scored the wrist shot. Halfway through the period, BMB held the 8-5 lead and looked to keep up the pressure but it was CYC making some noise. Tom Blair (2G)/2A), Logan Jackson (1G/3A) and Brendan Synek (2G/2A) scored within a few minutes of each other making it a 1-goal game. As CYC was making the comeback, they took a late penalty giving BMB a chance to put the game away. A counter attack by CYC had Colin Smith (2G/2A) 1 on 1 with the goalie and he made no mistake with his shot to tie the game. Both teams picked up the pace and had a few opportunities in the last minutes of the game. The veteran squad of CYC kept their cool and after winning a faceoff back to Tom Ware (2G), he blasted home the go-ahead goal. BMB had a chance late but CYC come out on top with the exciting 9-8 final.
CYC – Luc Bouchard – 32 shots
BMB – Gaelen McNaughton - 46 shots
Dan Murphy’s Ford Ball Blasterz vs Honey Badgers
4 Rounds…DMF got off to a quick start in this one as Matt Camellow (2G/2A) scored over the goalie’s shoulder with a wrist shot. While Shawn Murphy add the team’s second scoring blocker side. Midway through the period, Camellow scored again, this time it was a wrist shot that trickled through for the 3-0 lead. Late in the period, HB got themselves back in the game. Mike Bonden (2A) would connect with Nathan Bessner (2G/1A) twice, bringing their team within a goal at the break. HB led in the shot department 20-15. After killing off a penalty, DMF went on their own power play. A slapshot from the point by Aaron Dover had enough juice to bring the team back up by 2 goals. An unfortunate play led to the next goal as a shot bounced off the back wall by Mohammad Hussain bouncing off the goalie and into the net giving DMF a 3-goal buffer. HB wouldn’t be counted out as a shot on net was saved but Sason Ross got 3 attempts at the rebound before burying the goal. With under 10 minutes left, Curtis Stacey (2G) received a good pass and picked the corner to bring HB within a goal. A minute later Stacey scored again to tie the game. The rest of the period solved nothing, a shootout would be needed to determine the winner. With the goalies standing pat, stopping all 3 shooters they saw, the 4th round would crown the winner. Camellow scored and James Brown made the save to give DMF the 6-5 victory.
DMF – James Brown – 37 shots
HB – Al Villeneuve – 25 shots
Morning Wood vs Nature Boys
Morning Wood take this one 3-0 by forfeit.