Week 5 sees many masked men steal the show as evidenced in the stars of the week

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First, some league notes...

  • Sin Bin: as mentioned last week, our refs have been instructed to call more penalties - especially on rough play - and with the players being warned, we definitely saw the positive effect this week as some usual suspects (not the team, but the sometimes too physical players) were noticeably letting up...and some penalties were called on borderline plays to keep erring on the side of overall player safety...hopefully the multi-game suspension given from 2 weeks ago will be the last one we need to hand out

  • Hired Help: thanks to Peter Heron (as usual), Cheryl Brekalo, Stephanie Belanger and Jason Muscant for helping set up the equipment...and Jason Muscant again for scorekeeping my game...Jason Reid for reffing a game...and finally - this is a recording - basically all the players in the last game for helping put the equipment away, in this case, it was the Usual Suspects (the team this time) and Brock Lobster

  • MIA: your humble servant Craig Richer will not be there at all this Sunday, thank you to Commish Frew for taking on my duties - please take it easy on him! Haha

Now on to the exciting action...

8:10 Punishers vs Adolescent Panthers (View Boxscore & Recap)

Red hot masked man Greg comes within a minute of a shut-out, but he and new-comer Michel lead the Panthers to a solid 3-1 victory

This game was as tight as can be for the opening 14+ minutes of the 1st half as the play seemed to be equally in both ends as indicated by the teams evenly splitting 30 shots on net in the half. With 5:55 left until the break though, the Adolescent Panthers opened the scoring when ever-improving Mate Brekalo wired a nice one-timer top shelf after good passes from his adoring 2-time Most Improved Female Cheryl Brekalo and sneaky good playmaker Diane Pelletier.

And just under 3 minutes into the 2nd stanza, the Panthers went up 2-0 when new-comer and former MVP Michel Blondeau lit the lamp off a sweet feed from underrated steady rearguard Stephanie Belanger who got the ball from her captain Sean Frewen. Then, at the 11:42 mark, Michel sniped again after another nice dish from Frew - making it 3-0 even though the shots and territorial play were still fairly even. The frustrated Punishers were having trouble finding mesh thanks in large part to Adolescent goaltender Greg Patterson who's continuing his stellar start to this young season. The athletic and enigmatic goalie made a bunch of fine saves, and after this new excellent chapter in his fairy-tale season, Greg still sits in unfamiliar territory atop the goaltending statistics page with sparkling numbers - league-best 2.20 GAA and league-best 92.8 save %. But just as he was probably counting on notching a very rare OFBHL shut-out, the Punishers finally broke his armour (and dreams) with just 1:06 remaining, with their spare goalie Peter Heron pulled, when hard-working playmaker Denise Smith passed to her captain Sean Malloy who assisted on his younger brother Jon Malloy's 1st goal of the season and 25th career point in this his 28th game. They kept their goalie out in a last attempt to score 2 goals in the final minute - and they generated some intense pressure - but Greg was there to deny them with a couple more stupendous stops...making the final 3-1 for his Panthers.

9:00 Goulden Handshake vs Hit or Miss (View Boxscore & Recap)

Veteran tender Herb records his 6th career white-washing as he backstops his Goulden gang to a 5-0 win over Hit Or Miss

The Goulden Handshake's captain Jason Muscant scored early in this contest - just 75 seconds in off a nice pass from Asian assassin Kiyomi Takahara with her 150th point in this her 158th game - and little did the commander-in-chief know that his goal would be the only goal his troops would need to get the win. That's mostly because of their veteran masked man Herb Beagan who was brilliant between the pipes - as he's been dozens of times over his 232 games in the OFBHL. His 33-save shut-out - the 6th of his illustrious career - puts Herb in a tie with Steven Toste for 2nd place all-time in shut-outs...just one behind Marc-Andre Lalonde. But, of course, Herb's teammates didn't know he'd stop every shot he'd face in this game, so they powered on to try to fill the enemy net. And at the 10:10 mark, last season's leading point-getter Jeff Squires tallied with the help of reliable rearguard Katie Wright. The score was 2-0 for the Goulden ones at the intermission with Hit Or Miss narrowly outshooting their winning opponents 13-11.

Just over 5 minutes into frame #2, returning veteran sniper Mark Barrett scored 2 goals in 30 seconds - first off a pass from his BFF Muscant, then off a nice feed from effective Melissa Blondeau. Now down 4-0, the Hitters kept firing bullets at Herb - but the big refined tender kept denying them with several sensational saves. Then at the 12:33 mark, while enjoying a power-play, ultimate playmaker Squires notched his 6th goal of the young season off good passes from the man they named the team after - 70 year-old steady D-man Jack Gould - along with Katie with her 2nd helper of the game. But it was Katie's dear hubby Herb who was the star of this game as he stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn his team the solid 5-0 triumph.

9:50 Philthy Mitts vs Heron's House (View Boxscore & Recap)

After a strong 1st half, Heron's House manage to hold the fort against a bunch of Philthy snipers

The Philthy Mitts were a pre-season favourite of some OFBHL insiders, but they certainly weren't living up to the hype after losing their first two games - last week, however, they busted out for a solid 9-3 win - so their hopes, along with those who bet on them, were high coming in to this contest against Heron's House. But that veteran squad had their own agenda - and it was on full display, especially in this 1st half, at least on the scoreboard. It started 3:30 in when Heron's rocket-launcher Spencer McDonald picked up a ball near half, used a big Philthy D-man as a screen and blasted in a bomb bardown. No little balls tickled the twine for the next 9+ minutes but it wasn't for lack of chances - especially for the Mitts who seemed to keep missing the net on their many glorious scoring chances. Then at the 7:20 mark, Heron's star captain Steven Toste lit the lamp with the help of steady sophomore Katy Martin and sniper Jen Kennedy - and just under 2 minutes later, it was Spencer's turn to launch again as he fired another unassisted missile to the back of the Philthy net. But just 50 seconds after that, the Mitts finally capitalized on their many chances when captain Craig Richer and his boy-wonder Eric Bekkers set up reigning League MVP Josianne Garneau down the right wing from where she darted in towards the net and banged home her rebound between veteran goalie Peter Heron's legs. The Philthy gang's joy was quickly dashed though as captain Toste countered with his 2nd tally of the game - and league-leading 10th goal - with the help again of Jen and Katy. The score was now 4-1 for the House mates at the half, even though they were outshot 24-16 and outchanced by likely about the same ratio.

Just 54 seconds into the 2nd though, the Mitts got back to within 2 goals when Josianne passed back to D-man Craig who carried the ball behind his own net with his blinding speed and came out the other side from where he unleashed a slap shot with such incredible velocity that the ball actually bent Heron's goalie stick blade backwards and went into the back of the net (I forgot to give you that $20 for letting me score Pete!). And about 7 minutes after that, at the 12:02 mark, the Mitts made it a 1-goal game at 4-3 when Craig and his adoring reliable rearguard wife Kim Richer set up their boy Eric along the right side, and he streaked down that wing and fired in an off-wing running snapper ala Mark Messier in his prime. That assist for Craig was his 3rd point of this game - 7th in the last 2 games - and his 200th career assist (19th most all-time) in this his 170th career game. The next almost 8 minutes of play saw frantic action at both ends of the floor - as the teams almost equally split 47 shots on net in this half alone - but both Heron and Philthy goalie Marc 'Rock' Laroche were turning them aside with many magnificent saves. But with 4:40 left to play, Spencer capped off his hat-trick with another blast through traffic after good passes from newlyweds Pat and Andrea Overhoff with her 50th career point. And then with 2:47 left, they went up 6-3 when Jen bulged the twine with the help of Pat O and Toste who's now tied for the league lead with Brock Murray with 15 points in just 5 games. The Philthy ones kept battling, and again manufactured tons of scoring chances that sailed just wide of the net - but finally, with 1:52 left, Philthy spare Andrew Stephens made it 6-4 with a clever wrap-around marker. The Mitts pulled their goalie and gave it all they had, but to no avail as they'd rather surprisingly lose their 3rd game in 4 tries this season.

10:40 Walk the Plank vs Anti-Social Media (View Boxscore & Recap)

While the Anti-Socialites seemed a little off, Planksters Stephane and MC guide their troops to a tidy 5-2 triumph

In what should have been a tight fight between Walk The Plank and Anti-Social Media, it just didn't seem like it was ASM's day as they were badly outshot and outplayed in the opening half - and while they played much better in the 2nd, they just couldn't dig themselves out of their early-game hole. Not even 3 minutes in, the Planksters opened the scoring when feisty sniper Frank Zic bulged the twine off a nice feed from playmaker Stephane Chenier. And although the floor seemed tilted towards the ASM net in this half, the Planksters weren't able to score for over 13 minutes thanks to ASM goalie Andrew Godin making many fine saves to keep his team in the game. But with 4:00 left until the break, Zic notched his 2nd goal of the game, this time with the help of sniper Gisele Seguin and Stephane - making the score 2-0 for their Plank gang and they also held a distinct 19-11 shot advantage.

And just 67 seconds into frame #2, the Planksters went up by 3 when sophomore Anthony Cotroneo broke up a play in the opposing slot and then walked in and made a dirty deke to find the back of the net. Now down 3-0, ASM did show true signs of life as they generated more shots and chances than their winning opponents in this half - but they couldn't find a way to beat goalie MC Chartrand who was extra sharp in this contest. Finally though, at the 8:53 mark, ASM broke through his wall when steady D-man Yan Elgin and 5-time Top Offensive Female Kelly Brant set up a nice tally by 2-way star Mona Le Blanc. Their comeback hopes were quickly squashed though as, just 42 seconds later, Stephane was the marksman this time on a nice solo effort - making the score 4-1 with 8:11 remaining. But at the 3:17 mark, ASM made things interesting again as Mona sniped again with the help of her captain Mark Yeates and their goalie Godin. That point for Mona was her 350th in this her 309th career game - her points rank her 5th all-time for girls, while her games played are 7th most. So down by just 2, ASM pulled their tender in favour of an extra attacker, and did generate some good chances, but MC held the fort with more outstanding saves - and then his mates sealed the deal as Stephane picked up his 4th point of the game as he set up Gisele's empty-netter to make the final 5-2.

11:30 Blood, Sweat & Beers vs Les Schtroumpfs (View Boxscore & Recap)

In a tale a two halves, the Bloody bunch followed an awful 1st half by doubling Les Schtroumphs in both shots and goals in half #2

About 4 minutes into this game, Les Schtroumphs scored 2 goals in just 10 seconds - first it was temporary spare Kelly Brant with a nice one-timer after good passes from captain Michel Blondeau and hard-working Gen Auger, then it was Michel tallying an unassisted marker to give his team a sudden 2-0 lead. And the rest of this half was completely dominated by Les Schtroumphs as they outshot Blood, Sweat & Beers by a whopping 25-8 - if it weren't for acrobatic goalie Devin McManus, the Bloodied gang would have been down by at least a handful of goals - instead, it was only 2-0 at the intermission.

The Devinator couldn't stop them all though as, just 48 seconds into the 2nd stanza, while short-handed, Smurfette sniper Gen Bisson (who Kelly was filling in for the first couple shifts) used her wicked shot to mash the mesh after a sweet outlet pass by clever speedster Iain Aspenlieder. And less than 3 minutes after that, former League MVP Michel fired home his 2nd unassisted tally of the game - giving his Smurfy team a commanding 4-0 lead. But from about that point on, the peppy Beer lovers started to take over this game - and ended up doubling their opponents 28-14 in shots in this half - and they were finally rewarded for their efforts with just 8:42 left to play when solid sniper Mona Le Blanc lit the lamp with the help of playmaker Ryan Hawkins and ascending rearguard Mike Stefanic. And just 40 seconds after that, that trio hooked up again with Hawkins banging one home this time - making the score now 4-2. Was it too little too late though to complete their comeback? Well it sure looked that way as no little balls tickled the twine for the next 7+ minutes - but with their goalie pulled, and just 48 ticks left on the clock, Hawkins sniped again, this time off passes from stalwart D-man Sean Frewen and his adoring wifey Cindy Bertrand. That point for our esteemed Commish Frew was the 850th of his illustrious 392-game career - nobody has amassed more points and only the matriarch of our league, his better-half Cindy, has played more games (473)...although Frew has also played 187 games between the OFBHL pipes. Now within a goal, the Sweaty bunch poured on even more pressure - and with success as their unlikely comeback was complete, with just 27 seconds remaining, when their commander-in-chief Shawn Weatherdon wired home a wicked wrister after nice plays by Hawkins (4th point) and Frewen to create the clutch scoring chance. Neither team would score again, so make the final a very fitting 4-4 draw as the teams each dominated a half.

12:20 Fan-Damn-ily Tys vs Pineo Cushions (View Boxscore & Recap)

After struggling badly in their first 2 games of the season, Fan-damn-ily Tys followed a win last week with a solid 4-0 shut-out this week

This game between the Fan-damn-ily Tys and Pineo Cushions started off fairly even as both teams had their chances in the opening 12+ minutes, but no shooter could score against the opposing spare goalies -- Family man Greg Patterson and Cushion man MC Chartrand. But at the 7:55 mark, the Tys finally opened the scoring, on the power-play, when super spare Michel Blondeau lit the lamp with the help of scrappy sniper Jeff Murphy. That score would hold up at the break while the teams almost equally split 30 shots on net.

Then another 12+ minutes of scoreless action to start the 2nd half with the spare masked men Greg and MC continuing to exchange many magnificent saves. At the 7:34 mark though, the Fan-damn-ily squad went up 2-0 with returning playmaker Litt St-Jean bulging the twine off a nice feed from freshman Dale Carlson with his 1st career point. The Cushions matched their winning opponents' 21 shots in this 2nd half, but they couldn't find a way to solve red-hot Greg -- they even had a power-play with about 5 minutes remaining, but still couldn't find the back of the net. In fact, on that power-play, it was the Tys who found mesh when Murphy broke up a play and fired home a nice shot to put his team up 3-0 with just 4:02 remaining. The Cushions kept battling, but after missing out on a shut-out with about a minute left in his regular game earlier in the day, Greg seemed on a mission to not miss out on this one (even though stats don't officially count for spares). Well, after Greg made a couple more athletic stops to preserve his spare shut-out bid, his temporary teammates added one more late goal when spare Michel notched his 2nd goal of the game with Murphy picking up his 3rd point of the game and Litt with her 2nd. The final was 4-0 for the suddenly hot Fan-damn-ily Tys.

1:10 Usual Suspects vs Brock Lobster (View Boxscore & Recap)

Yet another OFBHL game with a tilted floor as the Lobsters and Suspects took turns winning half of the game

The final game of this day was yet another tight fight and goalie dual -- this time between the Usual Suspects and Brock Lobster. Things looked good early on for the Lobsters as, not even 5 minutes in, they got on the board first when the man they named the team after, Brock Murray, notched his 9th goal of the season off good passes from 5-time Top Offensive Female Kelly Brant and steady rearguard Jason Reid. The next almost 15 minutes went scoreless until, with just 23 seconds left until the intermission, the Suspects went up 2-0 when Kelly bulged the twine with the help of Brock and rookie Shawn McClenaghan. That 2nd point of the game for Brock put him in a tie with, ironically, his goalie Steven Toste for the league lead with 15 points in just 5 games.

The opening 12+ minutes of the 2nd stanza saw no goals as both masked men -- the aforementioned Lobster Toste and seasoned vet Brent Ferguson -- were taking turns making several scintillating saves. But with 7:44 left to play, the Suspects finally got on the board when sharp-shooter John Dawley mashed the mesh with his maybe league-best snapshot after good passes from his dear wife Cheryl Sevigny and solid vet Jon McMaster. Playing in his 50th career game in our league, Dawley has amassed 54 goals and 37 assists for 91 points -- and amazingly, with that goal, he's had at least a point in every one of his last 35 games. And exactly 2 minutes after that big goal, the Suspects knotted the game at 2-2 when a truly remarkable moment finally happened -- Dawley passed the ball to his wife Cheryl on the right side of the net, and the reigning Top Defensive Female roofed a wicked shot top shelf for her 1st career goal in this her 51st game! Many of you reading this are probably shocked to read that Cheryl hadn't yet scored in our league because she's such a strong and even award-winning player -- but indeed it was her 1st marker and her adoring hubby even requested the game ball afterwards as a memento of this huge occasion in his wife's life. Although both teams had their chances to break the deadlock in the final 5:44, Toste and Brent didn't let another ball by them, so the game ended in a fitting 2-2 tie.

Original Four Stars of the Week

  1. Herb Beagan & Greg Patterson -- the Goulden Handshake's veteran tender Herb stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 5-0 win to earn his 6th career shut-out, just 1 behind the most white-washings of all-time...while the Adolescent Panthers' masked man Greg turned aside 28 of 29 shots in their 3-1 win, and he was just 1:06 away from recording a shut-out -- and then, remarkably, while sparing for Fan-damn-ily Tys, Greg did earn that elusive shut-out as he stopped all 35 shots he faced in their 4-0 victory

  2. Spencer McDonald & Steven Toste -- in Heron's House's 6-4 win, rocket-launcher Spencer notched a hat-trick including the game-winner while his captain Toste picked up 2G-1A to put him in a tie for the league lead in points with 15 in just 5 games...plus, as Brock Lobster's goalie, Toste stopped 39 of 41 shots (95.1%) in their 2-2 tie

  3. Stephane Chenier & MC Chartrand -- the Walk The Plank teammates played a huge part in their solid 5-2 win with Stephane scoring the game-winning goal and setting up 3 others, while masked man MC turned aside 32 of 34 shots (94.1%)

  4. Cheryl Sevigny & John Dawley -- in the Usual Suspects' 2-2 tie, the bed buddies each picked up 1 goal and 1 assist, but more importantly, the reigning Top Defensive Female Cheryl fired home her 1st career goal in this her 51st game, while her hubby Dawley extended his outstanding 35-game point streak

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October 23
8:10Hit or Miss vs Punishers
9:00Pineo Cushions vs Les Schtroumpfs
9:50ASM vs Philthy Mitts
10:40AP vs Walk the Plank
11:30BS&B vs Brock Lobster
12:20Usual Suspects vs GH
1:10Heron's House vs FDT