Spring 2018 regular season comes to a close

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2018-04-22
And just like that another regular season has come to a close and playoffs are upon us! Before we get to the postseason let's highlight a few regular season notes:

  • Unfinished Business took care of business this regular season, after dropping their first game of the season they only lost one more time all year and easily locked up first overall, they will do their best to avoid the OFBHL's vaunted "Curse of First" in the playoffs. The race for the other 7 A pool spots was heated coming down to the two last games of the season with VMG and LFB both needing a victory to jump into the top 8, in the end neither team could lock up a W and we ended up with 5 teams just 2 points away from the last A pool spot held tenuously by Blast From the Pass.


  • Turning to the scoring race this year's male battle featured returning workhorse Dan Ballem edging out sniper Jeff Squires by just 2 points in the overall scoring race, Ballem would also take the goal scoring title beating out rookie sensation Bradley McCarter by 2 goals 24-22. Squires would get a title to himself leading the men in assists with 19, one more than Craig Richer.


  • For the ladies this season was all about Kelly Brant as the offensive dynamo would pick up 1st and 2nd in the points and goal scoring race ahead of Litharitza St-Jean who finished third in both categories. Kelly also put up 20 assists to lead that category as well, this time it would be Mona Leblanc taking second place while Cheryl Brekalo would break out for a 3rd place finish.


  • Looking at the masked men the Spring 2018 witnessed a historic run by Marc-Andre Lalonde, Marc-Andre set a new league record with a GAA of 1.89 in his 9 games played winning 7 of those to lead in another category, his save percentage of 94.30% easily lead the way and was the second best such mark in OFBHL history! Steven Toste was runner up in all 3 goaltending categories finishing with pretty stellar numbers of his own.


Playoff schedule for this Sunday has now been posted, please note that spare rules are considerably tighter in the playoffs and all players must be replaced so be sure to let your captain know ASAP if you can't make your game... good luck to everybody in your chase for the Bubbas!

8:10 Unfinished Business vs Long Time Running (View Boxscore & Recap)

In a great back-and-forth battle with over 100 combined shots, the dynamic duo of Kelly Brant (3g-1a) and Dan Ballem (1g-4a) were too much to handle as their 1st place Unfinished Business score a 5-3 victory over Long Time Running. Spare goalie Jeff Squires made 50 saves and emerging rearguard Matt Pineo had 1g-2a for the winners, while power couple Denise and Colin Smith each had 3 points in a losing effort.

Unfinished Business will be the #1 overall seed while Long Time Running are in 6th place now but 2 teams can overtake them later today.

9:00 Benchwarmers vs No Mercy (View Boxscore & Recap)

In a game that No Mercy had to win to have a chance at the A Pool, their opponents had no mercy as the Benchwarmers got 2g-3a from their captain Michel Blondeau and a hat-trick from Litt St-Jean en route to an 8-3 win. Sylvain Guibord had 2 goals for the losing squad...and both teams will battle in the B Pool playoffs.

9:50 Last Hurrah? vs Red Light District (View Boxscore & Recap)

In a fight for 2nd place, Red Light District manage to hang on to that spot for now as they and Last Hurrah end in a 6-6 draw. Mike Zaborski and Jeff Squires each scored twice for the Red Lighters while Last Hurrah had all single-goal scorers and they got 1g-2a from Jeff Murphy.

10:40 Blast from the Pass vs Rocco's Man Whores (View Boxscore & Recap)

B Pool bound Rocco's Man Whores were looking to play the role of spoilers and that they did as they upset Blast From The Pass 6-4. Captain Jason Muscant and rearguard Phil 'Rocco' Graziadei each had 1g-2a and Frank Zic had 2 goals for the winners, while Eric Bekkers scored twice and Denis Dodd and Jon McMaster each had 1g-1a in a losing effort.

The Blasters were holding the last A Pool playoff spot going into this game, and now to remain there, they need both Valar More-Goalis and Looking For Bubba to lose their games later today.

11:30 60% of the time, we win every time vs Pesky Sens (View Boxscore & Recap)

With a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Pesky Sens, 60% of the Time not only secure their A Pool dance invitation, but depending on other results, they may climb as high as 3rd place. Speedy blueliner Pat Overhoff had 1g-3a and Laurie Reinhart had 1g-1a for the winners, while Brad Smith sniped twice for the B Pool Sens...but much more importantly, lovable rearguard Faith Murray was thrilled to score her 1st career OFBHL goal!

12:20 Valar More-Goalis vs Waist Deep in Sheep (View Boxscore & Recap)

With just over 90 seconds left to play, and the game tied 2-2, Valar More-Goalis were looking good to steal the last A Pool playoff spot....but faceoff guru Sean Frewen won the draw back to fireballer Bernie Car who absolutely blasted a slapshot that mashed the mesh to eventually give Waist Deep In Sheep a 3-2 win. Bernie also added 2 helpers, while Mate Brekalo sniped for Valar with the help of his dear Cheryl Brekalo.

The huge win vaults the Waisted into 2nd place overall, while the heartbreaking loss keeps Valar as one of the top seeds of the B Pool.

1:10 Looking for Bubba vs Nightrains & Rocket Queens (View Boxscore & Recap)

Much like the previous game today, the underdog team trying desperately to get into the A Pool had a lead more than halfway through the 2nd period...but the wheels fell off for Looking For Bubba as the Nightrains & Rocket Queens scored 7 unanswered goals -- including 6 straight in the final 9 minutes of play -- to squash the Bubba seekers' A Pool dreams as they got crushed 8-3. Freshman cannon-baller Brad McCarter got 3g-2a, captain Sean Frewen got 1g-2a, and super sophomore Nevill Carney netted 2 goals for the winning squad, while co-captain Yan Elgin and Rachel Clermont each got 1g-1a in the disappointing loss.

The big win moves the Queens into 4th place overall, and the loss drops LFB from a chance at 8th place in the A, all the way down to 13th place -- 2nd last seed in the B Pool..

 
 

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