Week 1 is in the books and the competition already looks fierce with 5 of 7 games coming down to the wire.

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2018-01-21
We are off and running on another great season of OFBHL ball hockey, week 1 saw 2 blowout results but the other 5 games were tight right until the final buzzer, the games were all fast and intense but players new and old adjusted quickly to the OFBHL and kept it fun and clean, great to see! Let's get right to the recaps:

8:10 Valar More-Goalis vs 60% of the time, we win every time (View Boxscore & Recap)

O'Neill family dominate in opening win

The Spring 2018 season would open with a great matchup between a veteran laden Valar More-Goalis and a team with a very long name in 60% of the time, I won't write this name again... VMG would score the first game of the game and the season 8 minutes into this one as 2 of the top 15 players in Games Played in OFBHL history hooked up with Andre Monette converting a Helene Bourgeois pass for a 1-0 lead. 60% would tie it up on a short-handed marker by captain Bruce Boivin a few minutes later and then the tenacious O'Neill siblings would strike as OFBHL vet Teela O'Neill-Boivin would set up her brother OFBHL rookie Tanner O'Neill to give 60% a 2-1 lead at half time. Early in period 2 Monette would take over, first sniping a SHG of his own and then giving his tema the lead with 12 minutes left to play. That lead would be short-lived, 60% would be granted a PP with 8:56 remaining and it would take just 30 seconds for Pat Overhoff to draw this game back to even, just when it seemed like the opener would end up in a draw the O'Neills would again come to forefront with Tanner capping a great debut with his 2nd marker again off a feed from his sister giving Teela 3 assists on the day. 60% would hold on to that narrow lead and start their season with a 4-3 win.

9:00 Last Hurrah? vs Pesky Sens (View Boxscore & Recap)

Murphy and Garneau lead Last Hurrah? to win over Pesky Sens

Just 2 seasons ago OFBHL vets Jeff Murphy and Josianne Garneau teamed up to put up some big offensive numbers and ended up falling just one game short of a championship, the two feisty snipers have teamed up once again this season and were looking to make some magic again facing off versus some high end offensive talent on the Pesky Sens with Brock Murray and Spencer McDonald leading the way. It would be the PS dynamic duo who would strike first with Brock finishing a Spencer pass but LH would take over from that point scoring the next 4 goals thanks to 3 points each from the aforementioned Murphy and Garneau giving their team a dominant 4-1 lead early in the 2nd period. Down 3 goals with 12 minutes to play PS would explode for a pair of goals in 30 seconds, first Brock would feed Spencer for a goal then the two would reverse roles for another goal and the lead was down to 1 goal, less than a minute later Murphy would give his team the insurance they needed with his first goal of the season and 4th point on the day, the Pesky Sens would live up to their moniker peppering LH keeper Andrew Stephens with 23 second half shots but wouldn't beat him again, LH would add a very late empty netter to make the final 6-3 for Last Hurrah?.

9:50 Benchwarmers vs Looking for Bubba (View Boxscore & Recap)

In the battle of Blondeau brother Kellar comes off the bench to score the winner

Week 1 featured what is always a great matchup as the Blondeau brothers, Michel and Frank led their respective teams against each other looking for 2 points in their first game of the season, this game wouldn't feature many shots with both teams finishing under 30 but would feature 13 total goals and a crazy finish. The first half would be owned by the spares with Michel being the only regular to score as Looking For Bubba owned a 3-1 lead. BW would pull even early in period 2, first Michel would set up Litt St-Jean and then he would pop one of his own, his second of the game less than a minute later to pull BW knot the game at 3's. The spares would again step up for LFB less than a minute later to regain their lead, with 10 minutes to play the score would still be 4-3 but that's where the real fun would begin. BW's Dale Carlson would score a pair of goals assisted by returning sniper Jason Kellar sandwiched around an unassisted tally from Lorraine MacIntosh to put their team up 6-4 with five to play, the spares would once again combine to bring LFB within 1 with 3 to play but just 27 seconds later Kellar would pop his first of the season to extend the lead back to 2, once again the goals would come fast and furious as a regular would finally score for LFB with another returning player Stephanie Bigras doing the damage making the game 7-6 and setting up an intense final 90 seconds. BW would finally be able lock things down and hold a late lead as they sneak away with a 7-6 victory, an amazing 5 goals were scored in the final 6 minutes of this barn-burner.

10:40 Blast from the Pass vs Nightrains & Rocket Queens (View Boxscore & Recap)

Nightrains & Rocket Queens have an Appetite for Destruction in mercy win

The "hump" game of Week 1 had the commish's Nightrains & Rocket Queens taking on Craig Richer's Blast from the Pass in what, on paper anyways, projected to be a good game, unfortunately for one of the squads involved their season couldn't have started out much worse. BFTP were missing their youthful scoring ace Eric Bekkers who is away for the first 3 weeks of the season while NT&RQ boast a very young dynamic duo in highly touted rookie Bradley McCarter and sophomore playmaker Nevill Carney and in this game youth was served. McCarter would score his first and second career OFBHL markers in the first 10 minutes showing off a lightning quick release and heavy shot, he would then play setup man feeding Cindy Bertrand with a pinpoint pass to send their team into the half leading 4-0 with the young legs dominating on the shot clock as well leading 24-10. Richer would rally his troops in the second period and they came out with a much more determined effort, however unfortunately for them masked man Marc-Andre Lalonde who is making his OFBHL return after 3 seasons away was showing no signs of rust, Marc-Andre would stymie BFTP shooters all game stopping all 25 shots he faced to record his OFBHL all time best 8th career shutout. McCarter would end up matching his pair of first half goals to finish the game with 4 goals and an assist serving notice that NT&RQ could be a force this season.

11:30 Waist Deep in Sheep vs Unfinished Business (View Boxscore & Recap)

Sheep shagging apparently gives Captain Stefanic wings

On one side of the 11:30 game was Waist Deep in Sheep with co-captains Mike Stefanic and Devin McManus who have brought together what appears to be a solid, hard-working veteran team and on the other side Andrew Stephen's Unfinished Business who feature a couple of big guns coming back off health complications in Dan Ballem and Christine Morris, if you look at just past history UB look like a powerhouse but how will they come together as a team and will the returnees return to form quickly? This game and the season really couldn't have started off much better for WDIS or worse for UB, off the opening draw Sean Frewen would walk right down the middle and have his shot bounce off the goaltender and squeak across the goal line just 5 seconds in, 3 minutes later Chelsea Ferguson would finish a great Stefanic feed in front and WDIS were out to a very quick 2-0 lead. Ballem would quickly show that he wasn't too rusty as he did what he does best and brought UB back within a goal but before the half was up Stefanic would pop his first of the season to make it 3-1 at halftime. UB would ocme out strong in the 2nd but after spending nearly a minute in the WDIS end and being thwarted, Bernie Car would fire a quick shot from his own goal line that would find the twine extending the lead to 4-1, 2 minutes later Stefanic again would again snipe a beauty and it looked like a blowout... Not so fast, B allem would stop the bleeding with his second and UB would score 2 more quick ones to make it a 5-4 game all of sudden with 6 minutes to play. With 3:56 left to play Stefanic would break UB hearts again with his 3rd goal of the game giving his team the insurance marker they'd need to come away 6-4 winners, Mike would led by example in this one racking the hatty and an assist to get WDIS off on the right foot.

12:20 Long Time Running vs Red Light District (View Boxscore & Recap)

More of the same as Bubba champ Toste shuts down the Red Light District

Coming off a dominant run to last season's Bubba Cup, LTR goaltender Steve Toste was looking to build on his championship with another run this season, he did exactly that in week 1 shutting down some dominant offensive weapons on RLD making a close game on the floor appear to be a blowout on the scoresheet. Things would start well for RLD as sniper extraordinaire Jeff Squires would open the scoring, however despite 21 shots on goal that would be the last time RLD would beat Toste in the period, their shooters would come alive late in the frame with returnee Michelle Bouwhuis and vet Jason Reid were the ones doing the damage as LTR led 2-1 at the break. Five minutes into period two the outlook would brighten for RLD as boomer Chris Stott drew his team even off a Squires feed, that would be as good as it got for his team however as things went very quickly south, with 12 minutes to play Bouwhuis would notch her second to start a 4 goal in 4 minutes outburst including a natural hat trick from Jonathan Malloy as LTR would win going away by a 7-2 final despite being outshot 39-33 in the game.

1:10 No Mercy vs Rocco's Man Whores (View Boxscore & Recap)

Man Whores Zic and Barrett strike late in win over No Mercy

Final game of week 1 was a great matchup that came right down to the wire between No Mercy and Rocco's Man Whores, early on No Mercy would be short-handed but they would still open the scoring as Ryan Hawkins would convert a beauty Sylvain Guibord pass, they would extend their lead minutes later thanks to captain Shawn Weatherdon, his first of 3 on the day. Trailing 2-0 RMW would regroup, Frank Zic would set up 3 goals in the final 7 minutes of the period including 2 by Mark Barett to quickly turn a 2 goal deficit into a 1 goal lead but before the half was done Weatherdon would pop another with time expiring to make it a 3-3 game at the intermission. 8 minutes into the second frame it would be Barrett again sniping for his 3rd of the game to put RMW up one, that lead was short-lived as Weatherdon would respond with his hat trick marker and we had a tie game once more with 9 minutes to play. The teams would exchange chances but the stars of the day were Barrett and Zic on this day, with just 2:47 left to play Barrett would set up Zic and he made no mistake capping a 4 point effort with the go ahead goal, that goal would stand up thanks to some big late saves by RMW's Devin McManus allowing his team to remain undefeated early in the new season.

 
 

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