Week 5 is said and done, hard to believe that in just one more week we'll be halfway through the season already! A couple of quick notes before we hit the recaps:
- Congratulations!: As many of you have seen on Facebook or heard a big congrats go out to Sylvain Guibord and Caro Tessier who welcomed their baby boy into the world last week... Another player for the next generation of Originals!.
- Sin Bin: Still think that everybody is doing a great job of respecting the rules, I have noticed an uptick in physicality and some calls that probably should have been made in the last few weeks so be warned
that I've re-asserted to our refs to call it tightly so don't be surprised to see a few more PIMs handed out next week.
8:10 Bahama Papas vs Rocker Stalkers (View Boxscore & Recap)
New Papa Guibord turns down the music on Rocker Stalkers
The opener of week 5 had the undefeated Bahama Papas taking on the Rocker Stalkers who are wallowing near the bottom of the standings, coming off the very recent birth of his son Papa Sylvain Guibord was likely
doubtful to even play this game but Sylvain not only played but was a force in this game. The first period of this one would be pretty even with BP pulling out to a quick 2 goal lead before Cindy Bertrand would pot
2 goals in a row to bring RS back to even, late in the period Sylvain would take over and score twice in the last 3 minutes to give BP a 4-2 lead at break despite a 23-16 shot disadvantage. Early in the second period Sylvain
would pop in another completing the natural hat trick and making the lead an insurmountable 5-2, from then on it was all BP defence and BP goaltending as Justin Labrecque wouldn't give RS another sniff of a goal and
Sylvain would add another as his team takes it 7-2. Now let's see how Sylvain looks once the sleep deprivation kicks in!
9:00 Hands Of Stone vs Moves Like Jagr (View Boxscore & Recap)
Moves Like Jagr slide continues at the Hands of (the) Stone-rs
It has been a frustrating season thus far for MLJ, they came into this game as the only team without a win or tie in the league as well as being far and away the league's lowest scoring team, eventually you would think
they'll start to see some bounces but unfortunately it wouldn't be this week. After a well played back and forth opening 10 minutes the floodgates would open for HOS as they would get 3 goals from three different players in a 23-16
minute span, MLJ would get one back but HOS would close out the period with 2 more goals in another 2 minute span to put MLJ fimrly behind the 8-ball down 5-1 at halftime. To their credit MLJ would be the better second half team
as they would throw 25 shots on goal in the period, their bad offensive luck would continue though and they could only beat HOS keeper Dan Ballem once in the period which wasn't nearly enough as HOS take it 6-2 staying
undefeated at 3-0-2.
9:50 Breaking Bad vs Surewoods & Kohos (View Boxscore & Recap)
Graziadei the hero as Breaking Bad finally start breaking better
Game 3 was a meeting of teams both desperate for a W, coming in Sherwoods & Kohos and Breaking Bad had combined for just a single victory on the season with BB having only a single tie on the good side of the ledger. This
game between old friends would be a tight one from start to finish, veteran Phil Graziadei would get his BB team on the board very early and then assist on a 2nd goal a few minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0, with just
a few ticks remaining in the period S&K skipper Jason Muscant would score unassisted to get his team on the board and cut the lead to 2-1 at the buzzer. The second period would be dominated by the goaltenders as each
team had some great scoring chances including several PP opportunities but couldn't beat the masked men, halfway through the period Mark Barrett would finally convert for his team on a PP chance to even the xcore setting
up a wild finish, with just seconds left to play and S&K buzzing around the BB net Graziadei would play hero once more this time defensively as his desperation blocked shot with his goalie down and out would stop a sure goal
and preserve the tie for BB.
10:40 Meet Lucille vs Hockey Time Machine (View Boxscore & Recap)
Toste stares down HTM onslaught to lead ML to a big win
After an uncharasterically slow start to the season Meet Lucille goaltender Steve Toste who usually sits in much loftier locations was floating near the bottom of the GAA rankings and in a self-proclaimed funk, could
this be the week that he would rediscover his game... spoiler alert, you're damn right it was! With both ML and HTM fighting in the middle of standings this was a big game even though early in the season 2 points here could
be very important come season's end. The first period would be extremely tight with ML holding a slight edge in shots but both teams were battling hard and scoring chances were at a premium, late in the period the hockey gods
would smile on ML as a shot from Frank Zic would deflect off a HTM defender and into the net. Trailing 1-0 to start the 2nd HTM would come out blasting but it was ML who managed to score again to extend the lead to 2-0,
from that point on the floor would practically tilt towards the ML end as they would pour it on, finally halfway through the period they were rewarded as Mike Zaborski would break Toste's goose egg and seconds later HTM
would get a good bounce of their own to tie the game up 2-2, HTM would continue the rubber onslaught but couldn't beat Toste, with just over 2 minute to play ML would once again be the recipient of the hockey gods favour as
another shot would deflect off a defender and into the HTM goal, despite holding an unbelievable 29-6 shot advantage in the period HTM would be unable to recover from the 2 own goals and fall 3-2 to ML who can say a big thank
you to their masked man Toste and a quick look to the heavens as well for the win.
11:30 Generation X vs SasQuach (View Boxscore & Recap)
Defence finally arrives for SasQuach as they smother GenX crew in the 2nd period
Another good matchup of teams tight in the middle of the standings had the surging Generation X, winners of 2 straight, taking on the high scoring SasQuach who have lived (and sometimes died) by their offence this year but in
this one it would be the defence that shone brightest. It didn't look good for SQ early as just seconds in Mark Yeates would show off his remarkable quick release beating the goalie with a snipe to open the scoring for GenX,
from that point on however the chances would be few and far between for the GenX crew while the SQ offence would start to roll, captain Andrew Stephens would score 2 quick goals to pull his team ahead, then Josianne Garneau
would get in on the scoring fun popping 2 of her own to make it a 4-2 SQ edge at the break. SQ would continue their smothering ways in the 2nd period limiting GenX to just 11 shots in the period and only 28 in the game, Gen Bisson
would give her team some hope with her second of the game but that was as close as GenX would get as SQ add 2 late markers to make the final 6-3.
12:20 Chara Chainsaw Massacre vs The 'Car' Crash (View Boxscore & Recap)
Runaway Car Crashes into CCM
Game 6 was another great matchup of teams battling for positioning with friends and ex-teammates facing off as Weatherdon's The 'Car' Crash took on Devin McManus and Mike Stefanic's Chara Chainsaw Massacre. Things
would start great for CCM with Frank Blondeau opening the scoring early to give them a lead, if the game could have ended at that point CCM would have been happy but unfortunately not many leagues play 5 minute games,
Ryan Hawkins would get TCC to even and then like a car careening out of control TCC would explode and all CCM could do was hold on and wait for the crash to end. By the time the dust settled TCC would score 6 straight goals to
take a commanding 6-1 lead, CCM would stop the bleeding and get one back but Hawkins would hammer home his hat trick marker to put the final nail in CCM's coffin, the would save face with 2 late goals but it was too little far too
late as TCC walk away 7-4 victors.
1:10 Blair Witch Project vs Flux Capacitors (View Boxscore & Recap)
Mcphee is McFly as Flux Capacitors beat up on the Witches
On paper this one looked like a mismatch, at one end we had the Flux Capacitors who've been the cream of the crop in the league so far this season with a perfect record and a potent offensive attack, at the other end
there was the Blair Witch Project who haven't had a lot of luck scoring or keeping the ball out of their net so far this season and have only 1 win to show for their efforts so far. Every once in awhile when you get a "David vs Goliath"
matchup like this, "David" jumps up and hits "Goliath" where it hurts to pull off the massive upset... this was not one of those times, right from the opening drop FC were firing on all cylinders led by their maestro Randy Mcphee
who would open the scoring then add 2 more for a first half hat trick and a 4-0 FC lead. Two more FC goals would open the second period (both assisted by Randy) before BWP would finally get some good news breaking the goose egg,
that would be their highlight with FC scoring twice more and ending the game in a mercy with 8 minutes remaining on the clock, Randy would finish with 4 goals and 2 assists in a monster performance.
Original Four Stars of the Week
- Randy Mcphee, Shawn Lemoine & Chelsea Ferguson - Just another day in the life of the OFBHL's best team so far this season, Randy would come through with 4G 2A and now sits second in the league in scoring, Shawn (1G 3A) is definitely enjoying his time riding shotgun on Randy's wing while Chelsea (2G 1A) now sits just 1 point off her all time career high in single season points, after just 3 GP!
- Sylvain Guibord - It's safe to say that after breaking out with a career high 23 points last year that Sylvain is comfortable playing with linemate Michel Blondeau, this week the man know as Sly exploded for 4G 1A and sits second in league scoring, trailing only Michel and more than 3/4 of the way to last season's career numbers already... all that and he welcomed his first child into the world last week, not a bad week!
- Steven Toste - After a tough start to the season for this normally unflappable goalie the real Toste returned this week rescuing his team from a second half onslaught turning aside 40 of 42 shots in the game including the second half where his team was outshot 29-6!
- Phil Graziadei - As a low scoring, good natured d-man it's not often that Phil gets mentioned in a space like this but he deserves much of the credit for his team's tie this week, Phil started the game with a goal and assist, factoring in on all his team's goal then finished the game with a tie saving blocked shot that had everybody in the gym gasping in shock!