Week 11 - With the Playoffs on the horizon ties are the word of the day as 6 teams end up kissing their sisters

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2017-12-03
Week 11 featured some great tightly played hockey, the intensity was high with playoff positioning on the line but the games were very clean and well played! I'm also happy to say that the floor re-surfacing appears to have been a success as this week was back to ball hockey and less like the ice hockey we've been playing the last few weeks.

Read on after the recaps as I break down the playoff and individual races heading into the final full week of the reqular season.

8:10 Balls Deep vs Stefanus (View Boxscore & Recap)

Zaborski and Stefanic score dueling hat tricks as their teams saw one off

First game of the day had BD and Stef facing off with Stef needing just a point to clinch an A pool spot while BD needed the W, this one would feature a couple of unlikely scoring heroes as the "big guns" on each side were quiet, BD Mike Zaborski would get the ball rolling with a hat trick in the first period while Stef Mike Stefanic would reply with 2 of his own to make it a 3-2 game at halftime. Early in period 2 Zaborski would assist on a Cheryl Sevigny PPG to put BD up 4-2 but soon after Stefanic would complete his hatty and then with 8 minutes remaining Jeff Murphy would snipe his 8th of the season to knot the score at 4's, the goalies would stand tall the rest of the way and this game ends 4-4 assuring Stefanus of an A pool dance card and putting BD into a good position of their own although not yet clinched.

9:00 Just the Tip vs Couples Retreat (View Boxscore & Recap)

Couples Retreat streak to first place in the standings with their 3rd straight W

A big game in terms of positioning for both teams as the winner would vault to the top of the standings and have a shot at first place overall on the season, the teams would exchange early goals but at the end of the 1st period the league's run away scoring leader Jeff Squires would take over scoring once late in the 1st then again early in the 2nd, those goals would energize his squad and allow CR keeper Greg Patterson to take over, Greg would be unbeatable almost the rest of the way, JTT would get one back from Don Prior with just over 2 minutes remaining but a pair from CR captain Andrew Stephens at the end would put this game to bed as CR take a 5-2 win.

9:50 Going Commando vs WinTurris Coming (View Boxscore & Recap)

WTC keep A pool hopes alive thanks to great effort from their "Rock"

Game 3 was a big one for WinTurris Coming as they needed to win out to have a shot at an A pool slot, at the other end GC were guaranteed a B pool spot and were hoping to play spoiler. The first period would be all WTC as their sense of urgency would dominate the game, when the dust cleared on the period WTC were up 4-0 with the Malloy boys each striking for a goal and assist while Mel Smith had a goal and 2 assists. GC would finally break through in the 2nd but it was too little too late, WTC keeper Marc Laroche would be stellar turning aside 40 of 42 shots in the game as WTC would wait on some later results to see if they'd done enough to jump into top 8.

10:40 Deja Eww vs Young & Gould (View Boxscore & Recap)

Deja Eww and Young & Gould tie one on

A big game for both teams as DE were looking to keep pace at the top of the standings and potentially take over 1st place overall while Y&G were desperate for a win to confirm their A pool invitation, the play would be tight checking from the start with not many scoring chances at either end, Steve Toste and Matt Pineo would pitch in on 2 early goals to put their DE up 2-0 and put Y&G backs firmly against the wall especially missing their captain and scoring leader Brock Murray. Late in the opening frame the ageless wonder Jack Gould would snipe one on the PP and then early in the second Sean Frewen took advantage of a fortuitous bounce off the back wall to tie the game back up at 2-2, Y&G would then turn things over to their backbone Justin Labrecque who would be perfect the rest of the way despite some good DE changes including a PP opportunity in the last 2 minutes as this game ends in a very well played 2-2 tie. The point ties DE for top spot overall while Y&G can clinch their A pool slot with a point next week or a loss by either TnD or WTC.

11:30 Grabner by the Josi vs Runners & Gunners (View Boxscore & Recap)

Runners & Gunners come back to steal a point from GBTJ

After starting the season without a loss in 5 games GBTJ looked like they were on their way to the regular season crown but 2 losses in their last 4 games have flipped the narrative a bit, GBTJ can still lock up first place but they're no longer a lock for top spot, they came into this game as heavy favourites vs R&G who were coming off their 3rd W last week adn have played some strong hockey of late but are destined for the B. With score tied at 1 early in this game GBTJ workhorse Colin Smith would take over the game, Colin would score twice and set up Jenna Kennedy on 2 others as their team held a 4-2 lead at the half. The second would be a great period for R&G and specifically co-captain Mona Le Blanc, Mona would add 2 goals less than a minute apart to her first period marker to knot the score at 4-4 7 minutes into the period. Both teams would put up some great chances in the final 10 minutes but neither Steve Quach nor spare MC Chartrand would give up another goal as this game ends with the 3rd tie of the day.

12:20 Ch 4 News Team vs Thongs N Dongs (View Boxscore & Recap)

TnD stay alive in their A pool hunt with tight W over Ch4

Second last game of the day was another big one featuring a pair of bubble teams, Ch4 knew their path to the A would be tough as they needed to win their last 2 while TnD needed a win to stay in the top 8 for the time being. The teams would exchange goals early with Bernie Car and rookie Nevill Carney, with his first OFBHL marker, doing the damage, very late in the period Mona Le Blanc would stay hot off her earlier game and put her team up by a goal at the break. TND would build on that late goal momentum in the 2nd as they fired out of the gate potting 2 in the opening minutes with another coming off the stick of Mona. With their season on the line Ch4 would turn it up several notches throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the TND net, captain Sean Frewen would start the comeback scoring a breakaway goal and minutes later Brad Smith would convert a Frewen feed in front of the net to make it a one goal game with 10 minutes to play, the teams would both pour it on with both goalies taking turns making miraculous saves including an amazing diving stop by Andrew Godin and a miraculous glove save by Steve Toste denying Ch4 the tying marker. With time ticking and the goalie pulled the curtain would close on Ch4 A pool dreams as TND would hit the empty net twice to walk away 6-3 winners, they can now clinch their A pool spot with a win or a WTC loss next week.

1:10 Shameless vs Evening News Team (View Boxscore & Recap)

Carlson puts on a show to lead ENT to easy win

Last game of the day had a couple of teams playing out the string for some fun as they get set for a B pool playoff run, ENT have been competitive all season but too many ties sunk their A pool chances while Shameless have fallen on tough times and were just hoping to have some fun and avoid their 3rd straight mercy loss. This game would turn out to be the Dale Carlson show as the veteran workhorse would put up a career day, right off the opening drop this looked like it would be Dale's day as he scored not once but twice in the opening 2 minutes, showing some soft hands knocking one out of the air before taking advantage of a bad turnover, by the time the first was over Dale would have 4 goals and his team was leading 5-1. Shameless would push back hard in the 2nd controlling the bulk of the play but they simply had no answer for Dale in this game, he would pop 2 more bringing his total to 6 on the day, more than doubling his total coming into the game as ENT go on to the 8-3 W.

So with all but 2 teams having 11 games played the top 5 have clinched their A pool spot while 4 teams remain in a battle of the final 3 slots, Balls Deep have the inside track and a game in hand and can clinch with a point in either of their final 2 games or a loss by any of the other 3 teams, Young & Gould can clinch with a point this coming Sunday or a loss by either TnD or WTC, Thongs N Dongs need a win or a loss by WTC while WinTurris Coming have the toughest path needing a win Sunday along with a loss by Y&G or TnD or 2 losses by BD. Top spot in the league is still up for grabs with CR holding the edge right but GBTJ sit just 1 point out and have a game in hand, any one of 5 teams could still conceivably finish first overall with CR, DE, JTT, GBTJ and BD still in the mix but GBTJ have the inside track if they win their remaining games. Barring a crazy finish Jeff Squires has the OFBHL points race wrapped up as he leads the pack by 6 points, on the female side it's a year for some previously unheard from names to make a run as Cheryl Brekalo currently leads the way just 1 point up on Melissa Smith and 2 up on Teela O'Neill-Boivin, but with 8 players all within 4 points of the scoring lead it's still a wide open race. Turning to the masked men, Devin McManus holds the edge in GAA over Brent Ferguson while Steve Toste leads the way in save percentage narrowly over Devin, Brent and Marc Laroche. All this intrigue sets up what should be an outstanding week 12 as we head into the Christmas break and the playoffs!

 
 

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