First week of the playoffs in the books and they did not disappoint one bit. Out of the 12 Quarterfinal games, 8 were decided by 3 goals or less including 2 overtime games. On paper, there were only 2 upsets in the A with both the #3 and #4 seeds getting knocked off by the 5th and 6th seeds as the rest of the higher seeds found a way to move on. There were 8 hat tricks recorded with the top offensive player of the day going to UND Patrick Parenteau (3G/2A) while the top goaltender was BUB JP Donnelly (3G/32shots). One more week to go to determine our division champs!
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A Division – Quarterfinals (8vs1,7vs2,6vs3,5vs4) will take place the first week with both Semis (4vs1,3vs2) and Finals (2vs1) to be played on the same day the following week.
A FINAL – 4:40PM – TBD vs TBD
B Division – Top two seeds will get a BYE through the Quarterfinals (6vs3, 5vs4) the first week with Semis (4vs1, 3vs2) and Finals to be played on the same day the following week.
B FINAL – 2:10PM – TBD vs TBD
C Division – Top two seeds will get a BYE through the Quarterfinals (6vs3, 5vs4) the first week with Semis (4vs1, 3vs2) and Finals to be played on the same day the following week.
C FINAL – 7:10PM – TBD vs TBD
D Division – Top two seeds will get a BYE through the Quarterfinals (6vs3, 5vs4) the first week with Semis (4vs1, 3vs2) and Finals to be played on the same day the following week.
D FINAL – 9:00PM – TBD vs TBD
E Division – Top two seeds will get a BYE through the Quarterfinals (6vs3, 5vs4) the first week with Semis (4vs1, 3vs2) and Finals to be played on the same day the following week.
E FINAL – 11:40AM – TBD vs TBD
-Playoffs are currently scheduled for December 9th and 16th.
-All players require 4 games played to qualify for the playoffs and we go by the website.
-Any goalie spares that do not have 4 games played must be approved by the league in advance.
-Higher seeds have priority on game time, shirt colour and which side of the gym they want.
-No drinking alcohol on school property.
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Now on to the recaps:
E - Beast Mode (6) vs. Butt Snorkelers (3)
First game of the playoffs and what a doozy to start the day as any team has what it takes to move on to the semis next week. Well guess who scored the first playoff goal and it was none other than “The Sniper” aka “He Has Now Scored Twice This Year and the other is coming soon” aka Mike Amodeo ripping one from his office making it 1-0. A few minutes later “Captain Canada” aka Andrew Martin rips one 5hole from up top and before I could blink they pot another one from “GT Express” aka Kevin Ferguson who snipes one making it 3-0 now and looking good. With time running out BM would storm back with back to back beauties from the one and only “Human Highlight Reel” aka Clark McGillis who has one of the hottest sticks around making it 3-2 and that’s how we head into the break. The 2nd period saw BM ramp things up big time as they potted another two more from McGillis who was unstoppable followed by “The Workhorse” aka Nick Trottier with the juicy rebound in front making it 4-3 and BSK are in big trouble now. Things would stay this way for most of the period until finally with 3min to go Ferguson buries one on a fluky one as the ball goes off the Dman and in making it a 4-4 game. With a buck to play “The All-Star” aka Dom Martin pull off a wicked play as he just sneaks one in from behind the net making it 5-4. Well BM would call a timeout and pull their goalie in hopes to tie this one up but sadly they can’t get the equalizer and this one ends with a very entertaining 5-4 BSK win.
BSK – David Sade – 26 shots
BM – Kyle Dehaan – 30 shots
A - The Spartans (6) vs. The Originals (3)
Well this was our first A Division game of the day and another doozy as both teams have some serious weapons up front and some of the top goalies in our league. It would be TS who strikes first when the one and only “Patrick Kane” aka “The Sniper” aka Jonathan Lachance just rips a LASER from his office making it 1-0. HOLY CRAP with ten minutes to play TS buries another HUGE goal this time by “Connor McDavid” aka Nigel Madore from down low and BOOM its 2-0 now. A few minutes later TS pot another one from “Kane” aka Jonathan Lachance who wants this Win Big Time and now its 3-0 and that’s how we head into the break with TO hoping to regroup. The 2nd period could not have started any better for TO as they keep the pressure on and it pays off as they light the lamp by “The Big Rig” aka Nick Auger blasting one making it 3-1 and maybe some hope for a comeback. Well TS wouldn’t flinch one bit and they keep to their amazing game plan to a tee and it pays dividends as they respond with a HUGE goal from the one and only “Captain Canada” aka “The Sniper” aka Brandon Moreau just ripping one shelf and up 4-1 now. Talk about frustrated and that’s just how TO felt as they couldn’t find much open space and that is their bread and butter but TS wouldn’t be fooled today as they were all over TO like a “Fat Kid After A Free Kit Kat Bar” and HOLY CRAP they would put the final nail in the TO coffin when “Kane” aka Lachance tickles the twine yet again and that’s all she wrote “The Fat Lady Has Sung” as this one ends with TS finally slaying the dragon and taking this one 5-1 and moving on to face some HUGE GUNS next week.
TS – Mathieu Lachance – 36 shots
TO – Aneel Nauth – 42 shots
C – Eastside Jokers (6) vs. Invaders (3)
This one came down to the wire. ESJ would light the lamp first when the one and only “Steven Stamkos” aka Derek Kelly rips one from his office. A few minutes later INV even it up when “The Enforcer” aka “Shea Webber” aka Howard Wong rips one from his office up top making it 1-1 now. With time running out in the period ESJ regain the lead and BOOM it’s now a 2-1 game and that’s how we head into the break. The 2nd period saw the tempo ramp up big time and I don’t know what team had the advantage but it was damn fun to watch. ESJ would go up by a deuce when Kelly pulls the trigger yet again making it 3-1. Well before you could blink INV storm back with back to back beauties from “The Running Man” aka “Marty St-Louis” aka Paul Van Berkel ripping one followed by “The Big Rig” aka Eric Paquette unloading one from up top making this a 3-3 game and ESJ are gripping their sticks a little tighter now. INV would take their first lead of the day a few minutes later when “Captain Canada” aka Andre Bond rips one shelf and up 4-3 now and in the driver’s seat. Let’s move to the final seconds of the game when we found ourselves a HERO in Kelly who sneaks in the back door and just rips a wicked one timer shelf making it 4-4 and we are heading into OT boys. Well 4min of 4-4 didn’t decide anything and we needed 3min of 3-3 and in that time we found our winner in “Shea Webber” aka Howard Wong unloading a CANNON from the point giving his boys a HUGE 5-4 INV OT WIN.
INV – Dan Rheaume – 41 shots
ESJ – Jeff Moreau – 35 shots
A - Bleu Nuit (7) vs. Ottawa Sod Guys (2)
This game had a bit of everything and in the end we had a winner but it didn’t come without some controversy. BN would open the scoring with two goals from guys like “Brendan Gallagher” aka Tyler Nuttal followed by “The Grinder” aka Colin Hall making it 2-0. A few minutes later OSG get on the board when “The Veteran” aka James Brown rips one from up top. Well before the ink was dry BN gets it back as “The Sniper” aka Graham Rosa goes shelf making it 3-1. With time running out OSG get within a goal making it 3-2 at the break. The 2nd period saw BN lose two players at the same time and that was a HUGE blow to them as a team and they never regrouped after that as OSG made good with 2 PP goals from “Kane” aka Danny McCloskey from down low followed by “The Veteran” aka Paul Chahal making it 4-3 and they never looked back after that and I don’t like to rub it in so when the final buzzer went this one ended with OSG taking it 8-5 the final.
OSG – Mitch Tennian – 29 shots
BN – Christian Richardson – 35 shots
B – Dragons (6) vs. Blue Belugas (3)
This game was one for the ages as it came right down to the wire as either team could have walked away with the win. BUB would light the lamp first when the one and only “Mighty Mouse” aka “Pound For Pound A Beast” aka Austin Perron who has really come into his own the past year and honestly turning into an elite player in our league and he’s doing it the right way and lets mention that goal of his as he walks into the slot and just RIPS one shelf and now up 1-0. A few minutes later they would add another one this time by “Dustin Byfuglien” aka Drake Cassidy going shelf from the slot making it 2-0. With time running out DG get one back when “The Big Rig” aka Jared Danic unloads one from up top making it 2-1 as we head into the break. The 2nd period saw the speed and compete level ramp up to what you expect in a playoff game, especially an elimination one and BUB again light the lamp first led by none other than “The Total Package” aka Austin Perron using that sick release of his followed by teammate “The Big Show” aka “Van Life” aka “The Bearded Wonder” aka Russell Smith who has one of the sickest shots in the league making it 4-1 and looking good. Let’s move to the final 6min when DG play with that never quit mentality and light the lamp as “The Number Changer” aka “Brad Marchant” aka Alex Seguin snipes a beauty making it 4-2 and they have some momentum now. Well Seguin would do it again a few minutes later making it 4-3 and anyone’s game now as BUB are in total D mode and trying to hold on for dear life but I almost forgot to mention DG Kryptonite as in BUB goalie JP Donnelly who was a TOTAL STUD between pipes and he came up with a handful of game changing saves and that my friends was the difference in this one as he helped big time to secure a HUGE BUB 5-4 Win.
BUB – JP Donnelly – 32 shots
DG – Mathieu Gauthier – 39 shots
A – Buckwild (8) vs. Bud Busters (1)
This was going to be a David vs. Goliath game as BUD are the king of the hill and for good reason as they really have been the cream of the crop this year with everyone gunning for them every week and even though I personally think there are two teams that can give them a real run for their $$$ they are still the favorite’s because they have proven it. BUD would come out flying and I do mean flying as they had everyone and they wanted blood right from the drop and they got it as they lit the lamp with 4 straight goals from guys like “The Jordan Tongue” aka “The Little BIG MAN” and I mean that in a good way and it’s Parker Smith who snipes a beauty followed by “The Roadrunner” aka “The Tasmanian Devil” aka Liam Brisland who has some sick hands and THE HARDEST WORK EITHIC PERIOD and I’m not just saying that because of who your cousin is, up next the one and TRULY ONLY “Total Package” aka “Sorry I Thought You Were Mr. Costco” aka “You Want To Play Body Buddy???” aka Jon Stewart who has by far the Hardest and Most Accurate One Timers I Have Ever Seen and finally one of my favorite guys to watch as in “The Trash Talker” aka Twinkle Toes” aka Nick Crandall just unloading one from his office making it 4-0 and looking good. I always like to cheer for the underdogs and Bean I’m always watching when you play as BW are a solid team but it’s been hard to get a full squad out and it’s almost impossible to win that way but you guys have some weapons and your Captain is a BEAST when he decides to put his team on his back and I am talking about you Andrew as he stepped up big time and lit the lamp with a wicked shot making it 4-1 and some hope. With time running out in the period BUD would get a PP and Stewart makes good on it with a sweet finish making it 5-1 as we head into the break. This is when I would like to say BW start the comeback and it’s a close game right down to the wire but I would be lying to you all as BUD brought their usual A Game and went for the jugular every shift and it showed on the score clock as every single player had at least one point and 6 different scorers and when the final buzzer went it’s a 9-1 BUD Final.
BUD – Theo Devries – 31 shots
BW – Mike Durkin – 44 shots
D – Jurgan (6) vs. Healthy Scratches (3)
This was a game that could go either way but it all depends on what team shows up and I am talking about both teams as they have had a Jekyll and Hyde kind of season. HS would open the scoring as they potted back-to-back beauties thanks to “Captain Canada” aka Sebastian Lalonde who rips one from up top but I am leaning towards his GOOD LUCK CHARM being here today… up next was “Mr. Dad” aka “The Ghost Points Player” aka JF Mongeon who made no mistake from his office and now up 2-0. A few minutes later it was JUG turn to light the lamp and they potted two sweet goals of their own from “The Big Rig” aka Isaac Messih with the juicy rebound in front followed by “Ovechkin” aka Fadi Salama who goes shelf and now 2-2. Before the ink was dry HS regain the lead when the one and only “Enforcer” aka “The Demolition Man” aka Roger Lavoie rips one from his office making it 3-2. Let’s move to the final two minutes when HS bury two fast ones from “Jonathan Drouin” aka Nicolas Hubert picking up the rebound and going shelf followed by Lavoie who was on fire and BOOM its 4-2 and that’s how we head into the break. The 2nd period saw the tempo and physical play pick up as both sides wanted to be playing next week. It would be HS who pot another two more goals from “Joe Thornton” aka Casey Grant followed by “The Rookie” aka “Why Are You Not Wearing Your Bucket?? Mom Is Not Happy” aka Nicholas Perron sniping a beauty and holy smokes its 6-2 and looking good. JUG would get one back but they just didn’t have enough in the tank to make a comeback as this one ends with a big 9-3 HS Win.
HS – Jean-Francois Paquette – 28 shots
JUG – Camilo Munoz – 35 shots
More RECAPS still to come…….