First a couple of league notes...
- Recaps Capped: as Commish Frew briefly mentioned in this space, both he and I have a lot going in our jobs and home life - so we both simply don't have the time to write the detailed descriptive recaps you've become accustomed to. There may be
weeks when either of us has more time - hopefully especially for the Finals - but for the foreseeable future anyway, the abbreviated/capped recaps will have to do. Our apologies to our droves of fans both in our league and across cyberspace...
- Hired Help: thanks especially to two couples - Mark Yeates & Ivey MacKenzie Yeates and Steve Andrews & Missy Newhook - for helping set up the equipment...Pat Fynn for scorekeeping my game...and
JF Labelle, Jeff Murphy and a few more from Hit Or Miss and Usual Suspects for helping put the equipment away. This coming Sunday, both
Commish Frew and your humble servant Craig Richer will not be there all day - so please be take it easy on our replacements
Pat Fynn, Jason Muscant and Vikki Blair - and thanks again to you 3 for helping us out!
- Sin Bin: I don't know if it's because of the full 'super moon', but quite a few of our players were, shall we say, 'ornery' on this day - some completely out of character - mostly stemming from frustration of a previous hit or high-stick not being called...so
we'll repeat again, the grand majority of our players want our refs to call every infraction they see - and while they obviously will miss some (like on this day), please don't take your frustration out on your opponents or even the player you think deserved
to be in the box...just calmly chat with the referee about it and hopefully he won't miss the next one. Bottom line, this is still a mixed REC league full of people who didn't sign up to risk injury from an opponent hitting them - please refrain from any such
Now on to this shortened week's action...
9:00 Walk the Plank vs Fan-Damn-ily Tys (View Boxscore & Recap)
The struggling Plankers get 'Litt' up by a returning female star sniper, while her veteran tender was solid again between the pipes
Coming off a strong win last week, the now 4-4 Fan-damn-ily Tys are now in the top-8 A-pool as they came out firing bullets in this game against Walk The Plank as the Tys scored
6 goals in the 1st half while veteran goalie Peter Low only let 1 by him. After the Tys made it 7-1 early in the 2nd half - putting the Plankers on the brink of a mercy loss - the team at the edge of their Plank ended up scoring 2 more goals to make
the final 7-3 for the Tys. Returning veteran sniper Litt St-Jean amassed 2 goals and 2 assists in this game, rookie
Dale Carlson sniped the game-winner along with another goal and assist, and sharp-shooter
Jeff Murphy also fired home 2 goals. Planker Frank Zic got 1 goal and 1 assist in a losing effort.
9:50 Pineo Cushions vs Punishers (View Boxscore & Recap)
After 3 flurries of consecutive goals by each team, the Punishing Malloy Boys hooked up for the game-winner over the hard-luck Pineo Cushions
Within the first 9 minutes of this game, the Punishers scored 3 straight goals with underrated playmaker
Colin Smith being in on 2 of those - but the Pineo Cushions bettered that feat as they sniped 4 unanswered goals in the final 9+ minutes of the 1st half as 4th-all-time leading point getter
Andre Monette and sharp-shooter Mike Zaborski each potted 2 of those goals. But with 14:44 remaining, Colin lit the lamp again to tie the game - and after some intense pressure, the Malloy Boys, captain
Sean Malloy and his younger brother Jonathan Malloy teamed up as the old guy set up the young one's first career game-winning marker in their 5-4 triumph. The Cushions fought hard and almost won this game, but they're still in search of their
first victory this season.
10:40 Les Schtroumpfs vs Philthy Mitts (View Boxscore & Recap)
A veteran sly rearguard and a budding star netminder lead the way as Les Schtroumphs take over 1st place overall by crushing the Philthy Mitts
In the zany world of the OFBHL, nobody can accurately predict which team will win a game on any given Sunday. Last week, the Philthy Mitts looked like world-beaters as they
won 10-5, but this week, they were on the losing end of a lopsided score. Les Schtroumphs outscored their wounded opponents 4-1 in each half en route to a dominating 8-2 final. Mind you, last season's breakout star goalie
Justin Labrecque was a huge factor in this win too as he stopped 46 of the 48 shots he faced - while sly rearguard
Sylvain Guibord notched 2 goals and 2 assists, feisty sharp-shooter Gen Bisson sniped 2 goals and added 1 helper, speedster
Iain Aspenlieder lit the lamp twice and added an assist, while star captain
Michel Blondeau set up 3 goals and added one late goal when the game was well out of reach. Our league's youngest player
Eric Bekkers netted both goals for the Mitts and his 19 points on the season have him sitting in a 4-way tie for 4th place overall on the point-getters list - sharing that spot with him is Sylvain who's been a big catalyst in his Schtroumphs taking over
1st place overall with a stellar 6-1-1 record.
11:30 Usual Suspects vs Hit or Miss (View Boxscore & Recap)
In a see-saw affair, masked man Brent backstops his Usual Suspects to a narrow 4-3 victory over Hit Or Miss
The Usual Suspects took an early 2-goal lead in this game including a beauty roof-job by feisty veteran
Chelsea Ferguson, but the Hit Or Miss squad scored late in the 1st half to get to within a goal. Just 17 seconds into the 2nd stanza though, the Suspects super spare
Jeff Murphy tallied his 2nd goal of the game - with underrated rearguard
Aaron Karas picking up his 2nd assist - to give them a 3-1 lead. But with 8:36 left to play, Hitter rocket-launcher
Bernie Car sniped to make things interesting again - just 41 seconds later though, Usual sharp-shooter
John Dawley extended his now 38-game point streak when he blasted one home to restore his Suspects' 2-goal advantage. Bernie scored another late goal - his 3rd point of the game - but the Suspects, backed by goalie
Brent Ferguson's 40 saves, held on for the big 4-3 win and they're now in a tie for 4th place overall with an impressive 4-2-2 record.
Original Four Stars of the Week
- Sylvain Guibord, Justin Labrecque & Gen Bisson - for the 2nd week in a row, Sylvain gets
mentioned as a 1st star of the week, this time for notching 2 goals (including the GWG) and 2 assists...while now star goalie Justin stopped 46 of 48 shots (95.8%)...and sniper Gen B fired in 2 goals and added 1 helper in their Schtroumphs big 8-2 victory vaulting
them into 1st place overall
- Litt St-Jean, Dale Carlson & Jeff Murphy - returning playmaker Litt amassed 2 goals and
2 assists....rookie Dale sniped 2 goals (including the GWG) and added 1 helper...and Jeff chipped in 2 goals in their Fan-damn-ily Tys rather large 7-3 win
- Colin Smith & Jon Malloy - in their Punishers narrow 5-4 victory, playmaker Colin tallied
2 goals...while Jon, a star of the week for the 2nd week in a row, notched the game-winner after having or creating a bunch more quality scoring chances
- Brent & Chelsea Ferguson - the veteran couple who've played a combined 761 games (not
including many sparing games) in this league were a huge part in their Usual Suspects 4-3 win as Brent turned aside 40 of the 43 shots he faced
(93%) while his lovely and feisty wife sniped a beauty goal and was her stellar self defensively too