It’s all over, congratulations to Hatrick Swayze who won both their Semifinal and Final by the exact 7-4 score to take home the Winter 2019 Men’s Tuesday Vanier Championship. To see their winning team picture before it is uploaded to the website please visit us at www.facebook.com/htbhl and don’t forget to LIKE US!
On our final night of the season, we had both our Semifinals and Finals taking place. Of the 3 games, only 2 were played as the Nordiques ended up forfeiting their semi due to not having enough eligible players which meant Hatrick Swayze would play twice while the Bar Down Bandits would go straight to the finals. Both Semifinals saw the higher seed move on to setup a showdown of the top 2 teams during the regular season. There were no hat tricks recorded on the night with HSZ captain Evan Mulders (4G/1A) leading his team offensively in both games. Between the pipes, HSZ Justin Pellizzari backstopped his team to their first HTBHL men’s championship. Thanks to everyone that helped make this season possible. We hope you enjoyed the league and will be back in September if we don’t see you on the floor this summer.
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Now on to the recaps:
Eastside Sabres (5) vs Hatrick Swayze (2)
Every regular season is like a round robin or seeding to see where you can position yourself for the playoffs. This was a semifinal game between two good teams that deserved to be there as both had some firepower and talent and play the game right. Winner of this game would get the president’s trophy winners right after in the finals. ESS would start the scoring 9min as both teams were playing tight but Alex Swim would score far side. Then, 40 seconds later ESS Andrew Greaves would make it 2 nil. After going 9min without a goal the goals started to come fast and furious now. HSZ would get one back a min later as Captain Evan Mulders would snipe from the middle. ESS would answer less than a min later as Nichlos Perron would regain the 2 goal lead. 45 seconds after that HSZ Scott Sheahan would make it 3-2 with a blast from half. We would go to the break with the score 4-2 for ESS who were looking strong and cruising along. 6min into the second half though, the switch flicked on for HSZ as they would go on a run scoring 5 straight goals all the way to the 2min mark and shut ESS down to punch there ticket to the championship game as they take it 7-4.
HSZ – Justyn Pellizzari – 32 shots
ESS – Kyle Conlin – 29 shots
Nordiques (6) vs Bar Down Bandits (1)
Unfortunately, we found out earlier in the day that ND did not have enogh eligible players to play which was obvsioulsy a disappointment for all but kept BDB fresh for the final.
FINAL - Hatrick Swayze (2) vs Bar Down Bandits (1)
We goin to the ship ya’ll………It’s what everyone’s goal is to get to the finals, here we have the president’s cup trophy winners BDB vs HSZ who won the semis directly before this game so they were warmed up and ready for action. BDB came in cold and confident after dominating the regular season. BDB would score first 3min in as Victor Howlett would wrap it around. Then, HSZ would go on a run scoring 4 straight started out by Lucas Joyal and Daniele Desipio with a couple rebound goals. Captain Evan Mulders would also get in on the scoring as well. 2min after that run BDB Phil Beauchamp would take matters into his own hands blasting one in on the PP. At this point it was 5-2 HSZ and we would literally go back and forth scoring wise which would keep the game out of reach for BDB. HSZ would control the play and keep BDB to the outside not getting many great opportunities as they would play some inspiring ball hockey on this night. After winning the semis they would do the same in the finals taking out the top dogs from the regular season in convincing fashion by the exact 7-4 score to be crowned HTBHL champs!
HSZ - Justyn Pellizzari – 35 shots
BDB – Alex Cousineau – 34 shots