Week 1 - Apparently our draft system works as the games from week 1 showed off OFBHL parity in action

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2017-09-17
Welcome back everybody, was great to see all of the old, new and returning faces on the floor. Week 1 saw some great action, for the most part the offences looked to struggle while many of the goalies were in fine form already, no doubt the scorers will gain their revenge soon enough. A couple of quick announcements:

  • From what I saw in week one all the new and old players reverted back to the more relaxed OFBHL style really well, the body and stick work was at a minimum which is great to see especially from those transitioning from the arena... keep it up!


  • The schedule for week 2 has been posted and I'm currently working on the full season's sched which will go up either late this week or by Monday of next week, please note that I have a higher than normal number of schedule requests to work around so I'm doing my best to accommodate everybody but there will likely be weeks where it's not ideal.


  • We were a little late getting off the floor yesterday which is understandable for the first week but we have to be off the floor by 2PM therefore expect the games to be back on track and on time starting this week.


  • A reminder that if you haven't yet paid your fee and haven't made arrangements with me directly to please contact me ASAP to take care of it

The recaps this season will be a mixed bag of Craig's Facebook updates and full recaps during the weeks when I have time to write them, this week enjoy my headlines and 4 star selections along with Craig's quick recaps

8:10 Grabner by the Josi vs Couples Retreat (View Boxscore & Recap)

Grabner grab victory in offensive slug-fest to open the season

Sniper Denise Smith notched a hat-trick, Mark Barrett had 1g-3a, Jennifer Kennedy and Colin Smith each chipped in 3 points as their Grabner By The Josi score the game's last 3 goals to get a 7-5 comeback win over Couples Retreat. Captain Andrew Stephens had 1g-2a in the loss.

9:00 Young & Gould vs WinTurris Coming (View Boxscore & Recap)

Young & Gould Murray connection lead the way to a tight checking win over Stark-less WinTurris Coming

Sharp-shooter Brock Murray snipes a hatty, Sean Frewen dishes 3 helpers, Amanda Murray gets 1g-1a and their spare goalie Brent Ferguson made 39 saves as the Young & Gould get a solid 4-1 win over WinTurris Coming. Frank Zic, assisted by the returning Mel Smith, scored the losing team's only goal.

9:50 Evening News Team vs Deja Eww (View Boxscore & Recap)

Deja Eww disgust Evening News Team with 3 goals in the final 150 seconds to take the W

Ultimate playmaker Steven Toste notches 3g-1a while Chelsea Ferguson and Dale Cahoon add 2 points each as their Deja Eww squad break a tie with 3 goals in the final 2:33 to score a 6-3 (en) win over Evening News Team. Returning sniper Shawn Blais had 2g-1a in a losing effort.

10:40 Ch 4 News Team vs Runners & Gunners (View Boxscore & Recap)

Brant Runs & Guns all over Ch 4 News Team in a shutout win

New co-captains Kelly Brant (2g-1a) and Mona Le Blanc (1g) were the game's two top stars while their spare goalie Greg Patterson stopped all 26 shots he faced in the Runners & Gunners solid 4-0 shutout win over Ch 4 News Team.

11:30 Going Commando vs Shameless (View Boxscore & Recap)

Rookie Ricard Shamelessly steals the show stopping 47 shots to lead his team to a narrow win over the Commandos

Playmakers Andre Monette and Mark Yeates each got 2g-1a while their rookie tender Pascal Ricard made 47 saves as their Shameless squad hold on to edge Going Commando 5-4. Young stud Eric Bekkers got 2g-1a while Kelly Brant and Laurie Reinhart each chipped in 2 assists for the Commandos who lost despite outshooting their opponents 51-34 including 31-15 in the 2nd half.

12:20 Thongs N Dongs vs Stefanus (View Boxscore & Recap)

Devin does it again... Stefanus goalie McManus picks up where he left off last season leading his team to a nailbiting 1 goal win over Thongs N Dongs

Acrobatic Bubba Cup winning goalie Devin McManus stops 38 of 40 shots while sharp-shooter Sean Robertson snipes 2 goals as their Stefanus gang hold on for a narrow 3-2 victory over Thongs & Dongs who got 1 goal from their captain Shawn Weatherdon.

1:10 Balls Deep vs Just the Tip (View Boxscore & Recap)

Frank takes title as Alpha Blondeau as he blows a tie game wide open with a hat trick in the final 12 minutes as Just the Tip beat Balls Deep to close out Week 1

In a battle of star Blondeau brothers, Frank bests perennial MVP Michel, as the older brother snipes 4 goals and adds 1 helper in the Just The Tip's big 7-3 win over Balls Deep. Mate Brekalo notched 2 goals in the win, while Michel Blondeau and Sylvain Guibord each picked up 2 points in a losing effort.

Original Four Stars of the Week

  1. Frank Blondeau - in a marquee matchup of the OFBHL royal family Blondeaus to open the season Frank bested his brother Michel turning a tie game with 12 minutes remaining into a 7-3 rout thanks in large part to Frank's 4 goals and 1 assist.


  2. Kelly Brant & Mona Le Blanc - stepping into the captain's role for the first time in their illustrious OFBHL careers these 2 ladies led by example with one of them pitching in on each of their team's 4 goals and playing tough D to lead R&G to a shutout win, to top off their days they each also pitched in multiple points in their other games played on the day.


  3. Devin McManus - I feel like I'm repeating myself here but after a Bubba Cup win in his last game, Devin was once again the OFBHL's brightest star between the pipes in week 1 stopping 38 of 40 shots including 26 of 28 in the second half to steal a 3-2 win for Stefanus in their opener.


  4. Denise Smith, Colin Smith, Jennifer Kennedy & Mark Barrett - of all the games I saw in week 1 I have to say that the team that impressed me most offensively was Grabner by the Josi who despite falling behind by an early 3-0 deficit turned to the aforementioned quartet to storm back and end up winning by 2, with so many options GBTJ can put out a balanced attack or absolutely dominate with a power line, they'll be extremely tough to shut down this season.
 
 

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GBTJ7Couples Retreat5
Young & Gould4WTC1
ENT3Deja Eww6
Ch 4 News Team0R&G4
Going Commando4Shameless5
Thongs N Dongs2Stefanus3
Balls Deep3Just the Tip7
 

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September 24
8:10R&G vs Young & Gould
9:00Thongs N Dongs vs ENT
9:50Ch 4 News Team vs Going Commando
10:40Deja Eww vs Just the Tip
11:30Stefanus vs Couples Retreat
12:20WTC vs Balls Deep
1:10GBTJ vs Shameless
 
 

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