And just like that the season is over! We were treated to a couple good games to end the season and we saw a close battle and a mercy in the semi finals and the grand finale saw an epic comeback and overtime to seal the deal. Both teams played a great game and the winners deserved it with the effort they laid out on the floor. To see who was crowned champions, check out and LIKE our Facebook page www.facebook.com/htbhl
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Wishing you all a GREAT summer and for one last time, here are the recaps:
Lackadaisical va The Mighty Pucks
Close Call… As the last night of the season was here, the semis were in full swing as Lackadaisical was taking on The Mighty Pucks. TMP were off to a quick start as their first shot on net was a backdoor pass with Wahid Sidiqi with the finish less than 2 minutes in. It took LACK a few extra minutes to get things started as we saw Mark Haulena go low stick side. Shawn McClenaghan was right behind him with a far side shot that hit the goalie and went in. The next goal would come from Markus Pugi as he dangled the goalie to make it 2 all. Tom Slade would strike with 4 minutes left in the period, as he tipped a shot from the point out of the air. About a minute later though, Mona Leblanc would go low glove side. After 20 minutes, this game was tied at 3, shots 20-19 for LACK. The second period offered some back-and-forth but the first goal was score 12 minutes in as Wahid Sidiqi went top corner on a loose ball in front, putting TMP up by 1. With a minute or so left, TMP would make it a 2-goal lead, as Wes Tam would take a shot from inside his own zone. LACK would pull their goalie as they hoped to go to over time. That wouldn’t happen though as TMP hold on for the 5-3 win and they move on to the finals as expected.
Dicks with Chicks vs Old School
No Show… Our second game of the night saw Dicks with Chicks battling Old School in what proved to be a game unworthy of the semis. Alex Rogozynski would start off quickly as DWC was down a man on account of a high stick penalty. A minute later, Gerrald Charlebois would take full advantage of a misplay, scoring alone in the top of the slot. Next up, we saw Dan Bergeron with his usual backhand play. A couple of minutes later, Alan Neef would finally get DWC on the board with a shot from the point. Gerrald would then get his 2nd of the game on a rebound. The would put a couple more on the board in Lynn Fournelle and Dan, before spare Sophie Filion would get another for DWC off the backwall. Before the end of the period, Gerrald would get his hat trick to make it 7-2 for OLD. The second half started in the same manner as the first as Alex would strike within the first couple of minutes. Next up, we saw Lynn get her 2nd, going short side in front. A few minutes later, Steve Pineo would bury a nice pass, Gerrald would get goal #4 and Lynn would stop DWC’s misery with her 3rd of the game. The game was called with a little over 10 minutes to play. OLD move on to the finals with a 12-2 victory.
Old School vs The Mighty Pucks
It’s Not Over Till it’s Over… In this final matchup of the winter season, we had Old School taking on The Mighty Pucks in what promised to be a close game. TMP would strike first, but only 8 minutes into the game, as Wahid Sidiqi on a backdoor play. A few minutes later, the same duo would get another, this time in Markus Pugi with a tip in front. With a minute left in the 1st half, Dan Bergeron would put OLD on the map as we saw him turn and shoot at half, but Wahid would regain the 2-goal lead with seconds left in the period. Things would look different in the next 20 minutes as Lynn Fournelle would redirect a shot from the point in the first minute of the period. OLD would gain some momentum after that as Steve Pineo would find the back of the net with a one-timer off the draw win and, not 20 seconds later, Dan would send it top cheese off the draw. A minute or so later, Steve would run in to get the backdoor pass, not missing his mark and, with 10 minutes to go, OLD now had a 2-goal lead. TMP rallied hard in the next 10 minutes, but it took a power play and a pulled goalie for the extra attacker to get a goal as Wes Tam went five hole from the top of the slot with 19 seconds left in the game. Then, as everyone thought the game was over and won, Markus would tie it up with a rebound buzzer beater, sending us to overtime. Both teams had some good chances in the first few minutes of overtime, but it was Markus who would seal the deal for TMP with a shot from the point, going post and in for the win. Congrats to Stephane Portelance for his 3rd win in a row!