Week 3 - Parity returns to the OFBHL

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2022-09-25

Please Note: There will be no games on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 9th, I will be posting another chunk of the schedule early next week.

After a full week of blowout games last week, a quick look at this week's matchups set the table for the potential of some more ugly scores... but the underdogs must have taken last week to heart and instead we saw a full day of amazing, competitive to the last second games. Of the 7 games, 2 ended up tied, 2 ended up in one goal games, 2 others ended up with identical 5-3 scores with the last goal being scored into an empty net... that makes the biggest "blowout" of the day a not so lopside 4-2 win for the Brewins in a game where they were outshot more than 2 to 1. An outstanding day of ball hockey from start to finish that saw literally every goaltender take over their game for at least a portion... so after the scorers ran wild last week the masked men certainly had an answer in week three, taking out the 3 empty net goals on the day, in the 7 games played 557 shots were taken on net resulting in only 48 gpals, that's a 91.3% save percentage which is better than the NHL average... it might be time to hit the shooter tutor players!!

After a day of upsets we're left with one team still standing with a perfect record... The Master Blasters escaped a second half comeback attempt to notch their 3rd straight win to start the season, beware the "OFBHL Curse of First"! At the other end of the league MB's latest victim The Sandbaggers are now the only team yet to find the point column in the standings while three other teams have a tie but no wins as of yet.

Check the recaps below for more details on week 3's action:

 

8:10 - Wedding Crashers 3 Tattrie's French Fries 3

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WC Spares "Crash" French Fry party

With more than half the team out Crashing Weddings it was up to the spares to handle things, and they were wisely chosen as Denis Dodd 🚨🚨🍏 and Austin Perron 🚨🍏🍏would combine for the game tying goal with just 44 ticks left on the clock to earn the Crashers their first point of the season. On the other side Tattrie's French Fries remain winless but just barely thanks to lead fry cooks Rich Tattrie 🚨🍏🍏 and Doug Tattrie 🚨🚨.
Honourable mention to the tenders BrentFerguson and Justin Labrecque who almost evenly split a total of 92 shots on net, only allowing 3 per side.

9:00 - Amateur Hour 5 Autodraft All Stars 4

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Amateur Hour treat the All Stars to their first loss of the season

Game 2 saw the first of several upsets on the day, Amateur Hour who were big underdogs coming in versus the undefeated Autodraft All Stars would lead 3-2 at halftime, then score 2 late goals to put this game seemingly out of reach. The AAS crew managed to find the net twice in the final 2:22 but couldn't get another despite some late furious pressure.
Amateur Hour were led by veteran sniper Ryan Hawkins 🚨🚨🍏 and rookie playmaker Kortnie Legari 🚨🍏🍏, while the All Stars had multi-point games from linemates Dave Allston 🚨🚨🍏, Ashley Clow 🚨🍏, Isabelle Lachapelle 🍏🍏and Frank Zic 🍏🍏 in a losing effort.

9:50 - Les Goosebumps 4 Potheads & Potter 3

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Goosebumps take Potheads on a bad trip to their first loss

This was the 2nd straight battle of a winless team taking on an undefeated squad and like the 1st it didn't go to plan for the favourite.
There was no scoring in the 1st period, but early in the 2nd the Potheads would pop 2 quick ones thanks to Don Prior 🚨🍏, but that lead would be short-lived, Michel Sirois 🚨 would finally find some room for his Les Goosebumps which would open this game up, his partner Julie Martin 🚨🍏would follow Michel's lead soon after, then rookie speedster Gabriel Grimard 🚨🍏 would find the twine to give their team the 3-2 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining.
With P&P pressing for the equalizer cagey vet Phil Graziadei 🚨🍏would notch an ENG with just 22 seconds left, that would turn out to be a very important insurance goal as P&P would score late but could not complete the comeback falling by a 4-3 final score.

10:40 - Dickens Cider 5 On the Bubble 3

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Bubblers left flat by Cider tender Hayes

On the Bubble looked to be in good shape to find the win column for the first time as they would strike twice in the first 10 minutes of this game and would go on to put 34 first half shots on Dickens Cider masked man Darren Hayes, unfortunately for the Bubble crew Darren was a monster in this game and after allowing those 2 early markers he would shut the door. With their goalie taking care of business DC would score the next 4 goals with contributions from Jason Muscant 🚨🍏, Adam Barrett 🚨🍏 and Jennifer Kennedy 🚨🍏.
OTB would get a late goal from Jonathan Malloy 🚨🍏 to pull within 1 with 1:46 remaining but DC would find the empty net to seal the deal and reward their goalie's efforts, OTB would outshoot the Cider drinkers 61-39 but fall by a final score of 5-3.

11:30 - Master Blasters 5 Sandbaggers 3

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Blasters survive 2nd half Bagger push to stay perfect

Most pundits would have picked Game 5 as an ugly matchup with the undefeated, highest scoring team so far Master Blasters looking to keep it rolling versus the team with the most goals against so far in the Sandbaggers. In the first period it looked like experts were right as MB pulled out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Kelly Brant 🚨🍏as they controlled the play and the shot count.
The second would be a different story and perhaps serve as a blueprint for the 'Baggers to turn their season around as they turned up the pressure managing 3 goals of their own from offensive catalyst and co-captain Brock Murray 🚨🍏🍏, co-captain and ever improving Faith Murray 🚨🍏 along with a couple of points for commish Sean Frewen 🚨🍏. The outburst wouldn't quite be enough though as Brad McCarter 🚨🚨popped a late GWG then Chris Stott 🚨🍏🍏🍏 would salt the game away with an ENG to keep his Master Blasters perfect for another week.

12:20 - Brewins 4 Charge it to the Room 2

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Toste and Beagan Brew up another W

Game 6 featured the return between the pipes of acrobatic vet Devin McManus as he stepped in to spare for Charge it to the Room in their matchup with the Brewins.
Devin played very well but he was outshone by another veteran tender at the other end of the floor in Herb Beagan, making his season debut Herb would look unbeatable in this game turning aside 47 or 49 shots including 5-6 ten bell saves as CittR held a 49-23 advantage on the shot clock but still fell short on the only clock that matters, the scoreclock. With the game tied 2-2 at halftime Steve Toste 🚨🍏🍏, also making his season debut as a player, would find his game and take over assisting on a pair of 2nd period markers to lead his team to a 4-2 victory.

1:10 - Murphy's Law 2 The Ocelots 2

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Long arm of the Law strikes Ocelots late for the tie

Our final game of Week 3 would be another great goalie battle as spare Michel Blondeau stepped in to spare for Murphy's Law and take on Marc-Andre Lalonde in The Ocelots crease. Amanda Stephens 🚨🍏was the only player to find the twine in the first period, then early in the 2nd her partner Andrew Stephens 🚨would extend TO's lead to 2-0, those would be the only balls to find their way past Blondeau in ML's net as the spare keeper ended up stopping 41 of 43. His temporary team would reward his efforts with feisty vet Mike Zaborski 🚨accounting for the game tying goal with just over 2 minutes remaining ending this contest in a 2-2 tie.

 

 
 

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October 9
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