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2018-12-16

Our Fall 2018 season has come to a close it was another outstanding one with great competition and sportsmanship across the league, thanks to each and every one of you for making this league what it is, we have an amazing group of people which makes my job extremely easy and fun. Special thanks to all our captains, refs and scorekeepers for the great work they do, special mention as always to Craig Richer who goes above and beyond on a weekly basis.

Let's hit the recaps from a wild final day of OFBHL action to wrap up the Fall 2018 season!

 

8:10 - Legally Blondeau 2 Over Medicated 1

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Over Medicated have no antidote for Lalonde Fever

In a tight goalie duel between two of our league's most veteran masked men, Over Medicated Brent Ferguson and Legally Blondeau's Marc-André Lalonde, the contest was 2-0 for the Legal squad at the intermission on a sweet tally by co-captain Amanda Murray and another one by spare Litharitza St-Jean.

But the floor was tilted the other way in the 2nd half as the Medicated bunch dominated the play and outshot their winning opponents 17-5. They finally managed to beat Marc-Andre with 11:49 left to play when Jonathan Malloy banged home a Mona Le Blanc rebound. But that's all the star netminder would allow as Marc-Andre shut the door the rest of the way, vaulting his team to the B Championship later today.

9:00 - Big Bag of Nasty 3 Full Tilt 2

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Double OT thriller

In another goalie battle, #2 seed Big Bag Of Nasty held a slim 1-0 edge at halftime on an unassisted tally from fireballer Bernie Car and their fearless captain Shawn Weatherdon put them up 2-0 with 6:32 remaining in regulation.

But with just 1:41 left, #4 seed Full Tilt's captain Brock Murray got his squad back in the game when he potted a goal off a mad scramble. Then with just 42 ticks showing on the clock, dishmaster Sean Frewen teed one up for sharpshooter Mike Zaborski who bulged the twine, sending us to sudden-death overtime.

The 10 minutes of 4-on-4 OT solved nothing with Nasty star rookie goalie Stephane Portelance and Tilt masked man Steve Quach exchanging many outstanding saves. Then with just 1:21 left in the 5-minute 3-on-3 period, feisty Jennifer Kennedy threaded a perfect cross-crease pass to Weatherdon who buried the dramatic game-winner, sending his team to the A Championship game.

9:50 - French Toste 3 Incredibulls 2

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French Toste hard as a Rock to beat on this day

In yet another tight fight with 2 veteran star goalies, Incredibull Herb Beagan and French Toaster Marc 'Rock' Laroche didn't allow any goals on 33 combined shots in the 1st half.

In the 2nd stanza though, the wild-card French Toste squad scored 3 times, including 2 by super playmaker Steven Toste, while the Incredibulls only managed to score twice...as the Rock was solid in the twine tent, helping his team win 3-2 and move on to the B Championship against Legally Blondeau.

10:40 - Mitch's Bitches 5 Mystery Machine 1

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Bitches are a Mystery for the Machine in blowout

In the first lopsided score of this Finals day, the #1 seed and undefeated (11-0-1) Mitch's Bitches were led once again by their two stars as perennial MVP candidate Michel Blondeau racked up 4 goals while his masked BFF Justin Labrecque denied 40 of the 41 shots he faced in their solid 5-1 victory over #6 seed Mystery Machine. Defensive stalwart Christina Labrecque also chipped in 3 assists along with her usual defensive prowess.

The Bitches now move on the the A Championship game in a top showdown against the #2 seed Big Bag Of Nasty.

11:30 - Legally Blondeau 3 French Toste 0

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Spares "B" the answer for LB to take home the Mini-Bubba

After both Legally Blondeau and French Toste won their semi-final matchups earlier in the day thanks in large part to their star netminders, it was all about Frenchie Marc 'Rock' Laroche and Legally's Marc-André Lalonde in the 1st half of this Mini Bubba Final as they each turned aside all 16 shots they faced.

And even almost halfway through the 2nd frame, it was still donuts on the scoreboard... until Legally's super spare rearguard Matt Pineo pounced on a loose ball in the high slot and wired home a big blast. Then with 5:43 remaining, Matt was the catalyst again as he fired a point shot that Rock saved, but spare Litharitza St-Jean banged in the rebound. And with just 1:10 left, while on a 4-on-2 power-play, they made it 3-0 as sniper Brad Smith converted a nice pass from Litt that sealed the deal as Marc-Andre didn't allow any goals in posting the even more rare playoff shutout. The veteran masked man was definitely Legally Blondeau's main man on this championship day as he was the #1 star in their 2-1 and 3-0 victories.

Congrats to co-captains Andrew Stephens and Amanda Murray on their 1st Mini Bubba Championship!

12:20 - Big Bag of Nasty 5 Mitch's Bitches 2

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Big Bag of Bubbas

For the first time recent memory, we had our league's two top seeds, #1 Mitch's Bitches (11-0-1) and #2 Big Bag Of Nasty (7-2-3), playing in the Bubba Cup Final. And it's no coincidence that these two squads boast the league's top two goalies this season with Bitchy Justin Labrecque sporting a 10-0-1 record, 2.00 GAA, and .933 save % while Nasty rookie OFBHLer Stephane Portelance was 7-2-3, 2.17 GAA, and .940 save %.

Despite those brilliant numbers, the game's 1st goal came 117 seconds in when Nasty captain Shawn Weatherdon dished a nice pass to Dman Adam Barrett whose big point shot mashed the mesh. Just over 5 minutes later though, superstar captain Michel Blondeau potted a nice goal to knot the game at 1-1. With 6:23 left in the half, one of Nasty's cannon-ballers, Spencer McDonald bulged the twine off a nice feed from playmaker Ashley Clow....making the score 2-1 for the Nasties at the intermission.

Just over 4 minutes into the 2nd stanza, those two Nasty ones hooked up again with Spencer wiring home a blast with the help of Ashley. Then at the 10:44 mark, Michel scored his 6th of his team's 7 goals on the day to bring his unbeaten team back to within a goal at 3-2. But just over 2 minutes after that, fireballer Bernie Car, playing in his 3rd straight Bubba Cup Championship game, whistled in a shot to restore the Nasties' 2-goal advantage. And with 3:01 remaining, Bernie threaded a perfect slap pass to a streaking sniper Jennifer Kennedy who adeptly tipped it home top corner....to put this game pretty well out of reach at 5-2.

Congrats to captain Shawn Weatherdon on his 2nd Bubba Cup as a captain and 3rd overall.... Bernie and Ann Kelly Car remarkably winning their 3rd straight Bubba....Spencer McDonald's 2nd....and winning their 1st ever Bubba was Ashley Clow, Stephane Portelance, Adam Barrett and finally Jennifer Kennedy snagging her 1st Cup after 14 seasons and 157 games played in our league!

 

 
 

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