Welcome to all new and returning players as we kicked off the Fall 2019 season in Vanier at the Hardini Centre. On this opening day, we had 4 games on the slate as we had one team sitting idle with a BYE. New this season are the Canucks, Redline, Eastside Sabres, Greenlawn Blazers, The Cows, Melnyk Out as well as the Nordiques who all moved over from other HTBHL nights. Out of the 4 games, all were decided by 3 goals or less with one game going to an overtime shootout. If the first night was any indication we should look forward to some great games this season. Already looking forward to week #2.
There were 3 hat tricks recorded led by MF Jason Murfitt (3G/2A) who was also the top point getter registering FIVE points on the night. The top set up man was GLB Sam Difrancesco who had THREE apples in helping his team to a comeback win. Between the pipes, ESS Kyle Conlin stole the show allowing only 4 goals on THIRTY EIGHT shots in an OT win.
NOTES & REMINDERS
-The schedule for week #2 will be posted ASAP
-We will schedule week to week before releasing the entire regular season schedule
-Every team must have backup team shirts (WHITE or BLACK) in case team shirts are too close in colour and all players must wear the same colour
-No drinking alcohol on centre property.
Now on to the recaps:
The Cows vs Redline
COW were playing their first game at Hardini against RL who were in the same boat. It took a while to get things going and even with that COW started the game with no goalie. COW held their own pretty well considering there was no goalie. RL opened the scoring 3 minutes in as Kurt Ganz (2G) scored into an empty net to take the early lead. Kris Knowles also scored into the empty net to give RL a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game. COW got some relief when Mike Levy made his way to the crease 7 minutes into the game. Now being able to play more offensive COW got on the board on the next shift, Matthew Guitard (2G) scored his 1st of 2 on the night. The score remained 2-1 for 7 minutes until RL popped in another goal. Ganz sniped a shot from the slot to make it 3-1 with 4 minutes to play. COW answered back quickly, Etienne Bergeron (1G/1A) scored on a one timer from the slot to cut the lead to 3-2. Captain Lance Taylor evened the game at 3 with slapshot from his own end to send the game into the half tied 3-3. RL came out flying in the 2nd and they were rewarded with 2 goals in 4 minutes. Jeff Armstrong, left alone out front outwaited the goalie and snuck in a nice deke to make it 4-3. RL then made 5-3 when Muhamad Adatia (1G/2A) ripped home a one-time slapshot that Levy didn’t have a chance to move for. The COW goalie then had a bit of a medical time out feeling the heat of the position. He wasn’t feeling to well and needed to leave the game with over half of the 2nd to play. RL made it 3 straight goals when Shawn Parent (1G/1A) scored an empty netter with a shot from the wing. With the score now 6-3 it looked like RL were running away with it, but COW had different plans. Guitard scored his 2nd of the night finishing a pass out front of the net and bulging the twine. A minute thirty later Andrew Wade hammered home a 3rd rebound scramble to make it 6-5 with 4 minutes to go in the game. Miguel Burguete iced the game with 2:00 to go when he scored into the empty net with a shot from the slot. RL secure their first win of the season with a 7-5 victory.
RL- Scott Spurgeon - 29 shots
COW - Mike Levy - 12 shots
Wobbly Pops vs Canucks
Two veteran teams met in game two of the Monday night season. This was the young guns vs the vets. In the beginning the vets WOP had the upper hand. Jason Murfitt (3G/2A) opened the scoring 4 minutes into the game. He fired home Captain Pete Robinson’s (1G/1A) pass off the back wall. A minute later Murfitt returned the favour setting up Robinson for a one timer from his own corner. CAN would battle back scoring 2 minutes later on a deflection from the slot from Romeo Boudreau (1G/2A) . WOP would regain their 2 goal lead with Murfitt back in the mix. Jon Nevala scored his first off of a Murfitt pass, he went shelf making it 3-1. Two minutes later Murfitt picked up his 4th point of the half with his 2nd goal of the game. His slapshot from half beat CAN’s goalie blocker side. CAN wouldn’t go away, scoring the next 4 goals as they found their stride and began to control the floor. Tyler Cayen set up two straight goals, Paul O'Sullivan, and Steve Dignard (2G) were the recipients of the Cayen set ups. Dan Sauve and Sebastien Tremblay each scored and put CAN up 5-4 with their first lead of the game with just over 2 minutes to play in the first. Sniper Jason Murfitt became the first to notch a hat trick this season when he sniped a shot from the slot to tie the game at 5-5 with 30 seconds to go in the 1st. The score remained the same into the half. Tyler Cayen (2G/4A) scored 30 seconds into the 2nd half, his turn around slapper found the back of the net and gave CAN a 6-5 lead early in the second. WOP went on the PP shortly after the goal, but it was CAN who would strike, Steve Dignard won an offensive zone faceoff and powered his way to the front of the net and scored on the backhand. His shorthanded goal put CAN up 7-5 with 14:40 to go. Cayen’s big game for CAN continued as he scored his 2nd of the game and played set up man to Sebastien Tremblay for goals #2 and #3 on the night giving Tremblay a hat trick of his own. The high powered offense of CAN was too much for WOP to overcome on this night, CAN score 5 straight in the 2nd half to open their season with a win. Final score in this one was 10-5.
CAN - Nick Jackson – 22 shots
WOP - Scott Spurgeon – 30 shots
Eastside Sabres vs Melnyk Out
ESS were fielding a new team, with a bunch of new players while MO were back for more after playing here in the summer. ESS had a feeling out process early on, but they were the team to open up the scoring. David Bottos scored ESS’ first goal of the season 5 minutes into the game. From that point on the goalies were dominant and took over the game. Conlin (ESS) and Ayoub (MO) were very solid both being called on to make some tough saves to keep the score 1-0. The goalies kept it that way all the way to the first buzzer 5 minutes into the 2nd half as MO got on the board and scored their first of the season. Mathieu Gagnon scored his 1st of the season streaking through the slot and scoring low blocker side. Isaac Messih (2G) scored 2 straight for MO in a span of a minute busting open the score to 3-1. Messih scored on a rebound in close then scored right off the ensuing faceoff. ESS struck next, Kurt McConnell (2G) scored off a Ken Crandall rebound to make it 3-2. The lead was increased to 2 when Scott Brower caught ESS’ goalie out of position and scored from the wall on a tough angle. ESS didn’t give up and continued to press. Bottos scored his second of the game scoring on a cross crease pass from Raka Bal to make it 4-3. Now in stoppage time Kurt McConnell got a chance from the high slot and made no mistake wiring home a wrister. His 2nd of the night tied the game late and sent the game to this season’s first sudden death shootout. It was Captain Newell vs 2 goal man David Bottos in round one. Bottos continued to have the hot hand scoring on his attempt while Captain Newell was stopped by the poke check by ESS goalie Kyle Conlin. ESS storm back and get their first win in the shootout.
ESS - Kyle Conlin – 38 shots
MO - Christian Ayoub – 18 shots
Nordiques vs Greenlawn Blazers
The 10:10 game was a barnburner. It was a see-saw affair with both teams having trouble holding the lead. The last minute of this one was wild with goals being scored in under 2 minutes. On to the action. ND came ready to start and had a solid first half, they opened the scoring 3 minutes into the game. Dylan Wolf (3G) had himself a game, his first goal of the season put his team up 1-0. Yanii Sideris made it 2-0 shortly after. Wolf scored his 2nd of the game with 3:00 to go in the first sending this game into the half with ND leading GLB 3-0. GLB had a pep talk at half and came out a different team. Duncan MacLean (2G/1A) had a great 5 minutes scoring twice and setting up another to help his team tie the game 3-3. ND would regain the lead off of the ensuing faceoff, Daniel Prudkov (2G/1A) made it 4-3. GLB came back again and put up another 3 goals, this time in a span of under 2 minutes. This time Kurtis Green (3G/1A) was the catalyst. He scored 2 goals and set up another to make it 6-4 with 9 minutes to play. ND weren’t ready to lay down and they scored the next two goals. Max Dayan (2G/1A) made it 6-5 with 8 minutes to play and then tied it with 4 minutes to go on a cross crease pass and goal. Now with the score 6-6 with 2 minutes to go, the defense got loosy goosy on both sides. GLB scored two straight to make it 8-6 in 5 seconds. ND scored the next goal to make it 8-7. GLB said no way and scored to make 9-7 with 45 seconds to go. ND made it very interesting making it 9-8 with time left on the clock. GLB may have been thanking their lucky stars in this one as the time ran down while ND were pressuring. The final buzzer went and GLB were the 9-8 victors.
GLB - Tyler Irvine - 26 shots
ND – Kyle Dehaan - 22 shots