After a pretty high scoring season it was just a matter of time until things started to swing the other way and the goalies had their revenge, that revenge came swiftly and decisively in Week 10 as the 14 teams combined for just 41 total goals (2 in to empty nets) scored on the day, a record for a full 7 game slate of games! With just 2 weeks remaining to play in the season the battle for the A pool is likely coming down to just 4 teams fighting for the last 2 spots, but beyond that the battle for positioning is intense with nobody guaranteed a specific position in the standings and no less than 5 teams still with a good shot at first place overall. Let's hit the recaps and see what happened in week 10:
8:10 Generation X vs Meet Lucille (View Boxscore & Recap)
Meet Lucille bashes Generation X as Ivey reigns supreme in domestic battle
In a battle that is sure to have long-lasting consequences in the MacKenzie-Yeates household Ivey's Meet Lucille took on Mark's Generation X, not only was the game big on the home front but it was also huge in the standings for both team with ML looking to cement a spot in the top 8 and GenX on life support for their A pool hopes. The first period would be all about the goalies with Brad Smith the only shooter able to find twine, Ivey MacKenzie would take matters into her own hands early in the second period knotting the score at 1's, the goalies would take over again and it seemed likely that the next goal could win this one. With just under 10 minutes to play the go ahead goal would finally come from Spencer McDonald, with just over a minute to play it looked like GenX would salvage a point thanks to a Pat Auger snipe but their happiness would be quickly extinguished thanks to first star Cheryl Brekalo who would score the winner just 24 seconds later then assist on an empty netter to salt the game away. Goalies Steve Toste and MC Chartrand combined to stop 70 of 75 shots in the game.
9:00 Moves Like Jagr vs SasQuach (View Boxscore & Recap)
SasQuach are monsters in the last 3 minutes to break MLJ's hearts
Needless to say it's been a tough season for MLJ but after earning their first win of the season 2 weeks back and a close loss last week they look to have found their game in the 2nd half of the season, SQ on the other hand have had their game going all season and a win this week could cement their A pool status. Jeff Murphy would slot his 14th of the season early in this one but seconds later MLJ would come back to not only tie but take the lead with 2 goals in 17 seconds. MLJ's keeper Andrew Godin would take over after that as he was stellar, in fact nobody would score for the next 29 minutes of play, with time a-ticking and less than 3 minutes on the clock Melissa Newhook would play hero for SQ tying the game up at 2-2, unfortunately for MLJ the heartbreak wouldn't end there as Murphy would strike twice just 33 seconds apart with just over a minute to play to turn a prospective W into a very tough L as SQ win 4-2.
9:50 Flux Capacitors vs Breaking Bad (View Boxscore & Recap)
More "Bad Breaks" for for winless Breaking Bad
In a virtual mirror image of the previous game we had a team fighting at the top of the standings taking on a team that has not had much success in this campaign, this time it was the Flux Capacitors taking on Breaking Bad who suprisingly are still in search of the first W on the season. In a very common theme for this day the goalie were the story early, Peter Low in the BB net had himself a day stopping all 25 shots he faced in the first period while his team would score once to hold a lead at the break, early in the second period the lead would extend to 2 as Al Bolduc would pop his 4th of the year giving hope to BB that they'd end their slide. Exactly halfway through the period FC would find the back of the net, that was followed quickly by a Shawn Lemoine snipe and all of a sudden this one was tied, possibly Brock Murray is regretting his choice of team name because once again BB suffered a bad break and it would come with less than 3 minutes to play as FC would pull ahead thanks to captain Sean Malloy, despite some late pressure that's how this game would finish with FC stealing a late win and holding onto top spot in the league for another week.
10:40 Rocker Stalkers vs Chara Chainsaw Massacre (View Boxscore & Recap)
New RS goalie shines for the second straight week as Stalkers and CCM tie one one
This one was a great matchup on paper featuring a couple of teams battling for their playoff lives in the Rocker Stalkers and Chara Chainsaw Massacre, and once the ball was dropped it did not disappoint. New RS player turned goalie Ryan Hawkins started his OFBHL goaltending career with a big win last week and would shine again in this one, the teams would evenly split 29 first half shots with both squads finding twine once. Early in period 2 Steve Toste would strike for his 15th of the season but the lead was extremely shortlived as Kiyomi Takahara would knot things up once again just 20 seconds later, the rest of teh game would be all Hawkins and CCM goalie Devin McManus as neither team would be able to score again despite some great chances, including a late 4 on 2 PP for CCM that they could not convert on.
11:30 Surewoods & Kohos vs The 'Car' Crash (View Boxscore & Recap)
Sherwoods & Kohos might want to try some Bauers as their sticks misfire for the second straight week
With their A pool hopes needing shot in the arm S&K had a tough task taking on the Car Crash who are battling for top spot in the league. Things would start well for them as Rachel Clermont opened the scoring 4 minutes in but with time ticking on the first half TCC snipoers Ryan Hawkins and Bernie Car would combine for 2 goals in 2 minutes and TCC were up 2-1 at the break. Once again a period would start strong for S&K as they would score early to tie it up and they would turn up the pressure immensely directing 31 second half shots on the TCC net but unfortunately for them this was a day for goalies and TCC keeper Herb Beagan was dialed in, Herb would stop everything he saw after the first shot of the half, with that kind of goaltending it was just a matter of time for TCC as they would score twice including Hawkins' second of the game and come away 4-2 winners.
12:20 Hands Of Stone vs Blair Witch Project (View Boxscore & Recap)
Another player turned goalie steals a point from the Stoners for the Witches
With hopes of the A pool playoffs already dashed BWP are just hoping to end their season strong and go on a run in the B, those hopes look a lot better now as they signed player turned goalie Brock Murray to finish the season in their net, the scouting report on Brock shows he's tall, skinny and athletic and he never gives up on a play, that report would hold true in this game. The teams would evenly split 42 first half shots but it would be BWP with the lead 2-1 at the break. HOS would come out flying in the second outshooting BWP by a 26-11 margin, Erib Bekkers would tie the game early but minutes later Sean Robertson would regain the lead for BWP with his second of the game, HOS would continue to throw eveyrthing on net and would finally tie things up on Craig Richer's 4th goal of the season, building on that HOS had chance after chance in the final minutes to score another and take a W but Brock was there time after time to deny their efforts, including one final stellar save in the last couple of seconds of the game to earn BWP an unlikely tie and raise their hopes for the B pool playoffs.
1:10 Hockey Time Machine vs Bahama Papas (View Boxscore & Recap)
No Blondeau, not enough offence for BP... no Blondeau no problem for HTM
This game featured both of Michel Blondeau's squads facing off with the Captain of Bahama Papas and goalie of Hockey Time Machine not in attendance for either squad as his family headed south for some fun in the sun. The loss of Blondeau would be felt more keenly for BP in this game, things would start well as Michel's "right hand man" Sylvain Guibord would continue his offensive explosion with a big blast early but HTM would match that goal and then pull ahead on a Mike Zaborski bomb to hold a 2-1 edge at the break. HTM would continue to roll in the second scoring 2 more times in the first 5 minutes, the second off a beauty Ryan Hawkins breakaway snipe, to take a commanding 4-1 lead. BP would get one back off the stick of Laurie Reinhart but Hawkins would add another for his hat trick into the empty net as HTM walk away 5-3 winners.
Original Four Stars of the Week
Stars 1-4, the goalies - On a day where the goalies combined to face 546 shots and only allow 39 total goals in 7 games I think it's fair to hand all 4 stars to the masked men... apparently the shooters will need to up their games next week! Congrats to MC Chartrand, Steven Toste, Andrew Godin, Brent Ferguson, Peter Low, Ryan Hawkins, Devin McManus, Marc Laroche, Herb Beagan, Dan Ballem, Brock Murray and Justin Labrecque on a job well done.