Now that we are all sick and tired of shoveling, here’s the scoop on last week’s week in SCOHA which saw master’s Division lift the lid on their playoff season. Meanwhile, rivalries heated up in the Junior and Intermediate groups as they look forward to getting the 2nd season underway.
BRUINS 6 BLACKHAWKS 6: Well the scorekeeper ran out of beads on her abacus after this one was all finished. 12 goals in a see-saw battle that ended up a 6-6 tie. Hawks’ Dennis Cybalski took home the game puck with 2 goals and 3 assists while on the other side of the ice, Justin “Eastgate” Mol scored 2 for the Bruins. Both team’s forward lines put the goalies on blast, shooting more discs than a plinko game. Hope both teams shore up the defensive play for the playoffs.
OILERS 3 FLYERS 1: This Oilers team has the train back on the track after a disasterous mid-season. I put these guys back as odds on favourites to win it all. Jay Dimitroff led the way with a goal and an apple for the winners while Ang Fidanza had the lone goal for the Flyers. Look out league, the Oilers are bringing the hammers out of the tool bag and are ready for the playoffs.
PENGUINS 6 REDWINGS 3: Pens’ Ross The Smash” Lacasse went top corn on 3 beauties to lead the Penguinos over the Redwings 6-3. Lacasse came to the rink with a black v-neck on ready to play one hell of a game, played like a bear with claws and fangs to lead his team. Not to be outdone, his teammate Dave “magic” Johnson tallied a goal and 5 assists. These 2 guys flew the team plane, took it off auto pilot and offered no nuts to the passengers.
LEAFS 3 PENGUINS 0: As one executive said to me yesterday, this Bill Templeman in net for the Leafs is going to be a real good player in this league one day. I can sense these things. Just kidding, Bill. This guy could sit on top of the net with a cold cut combo from Subway in one hand and a root beer in the other but still make the damn save. He stopped all the Penguins from sliding down the hill for the shutout. Steve “Kilo” Watt had a great game as well, scoring 2 for the winners who finished the regular season in first place. They will face a hungry Flyers club who have been chugging Jolt colas before each game lately. Watch out for them....
FLYERS 4 CANADIENS 2: Brock “Hot Wheels” Hotrum scored another 2 for the Flyers. He scores at an alarming rate. Flyers goaltender Tymen Edelkoort stood on his ear lobes, making over 58 saves to preserve the win like grandma’s 36 jars of marmalade that no one eats. Great all-round effort by the Flyers who are rolling into the playoffs like Fonzie rides his bike into Arnold’s on a Saturday Night for a soda and a kiss.
BLACKHAWKS 5 BRUINS 2: The Walter Blagdon train pulled up to the station, collected another 3 points then closed all doors and left without saying goodbye. Hawks are the toughest team to play against. Their goalie covers all angles like a king size mattress in an elevator. Their forward lines exude confidence like never before. Bruins are reviewing some game film prior to playoffs as they look to defend their last years dramatics.
BLACKHAWKS 2 KINGS 0: Things went a bit pear-shaped for the league leading Kings on the first night of the playoffs, dropping a close 2-0 game to the Hawks. It was a penalty-filled game as the referees saw this game start to go downhill like a toboggan. 11 minors called in total, looked like I was watching Slapshot for the umpteenth time.
FLAMES 5 FLYERS 0: Another shutout as Flames’ Ed “Bark at the” Mooney got the bagel as the Flames burned the Flyers 5-0. Paul Opie and Jason Anderson each scored 2 for the winners who started the playoffs on the right foot. Flyers were missing a lot of key players. More scratches than a midnight forest jog. Hope they have a better turnout this week.
STARS 1 BRUINS 0: You would think a 1-0 score would have the intensity of a loaf of bread but no way. 1.9 million viewers stayed up to watch this one as both goalies saw more rubber than Pamela Anderson on a Monday afternoon. Stars’ Brian Deanes had the shutout as he out-dueled Joe LoCiccero for th big win. Larry “Light the Lamp” Litzgus scored the lone goal in this one then waited in the lobby to sign autographs for the kids. Left the cap off his sharpie and it leaked everywhere in his shirt pocket afterwards....
SHARKS 4 REDWINGS 2: Sharks’ Richard Paquet was feisty in his cage all night long as his team doubled up the Redwings 4-2. Mark Shadwell drained 2 for the winners while his team won despite having 4 minors called against them. More hooks than a bass tournament as 4 hooking minors were handed out.
So there is the week that was in SCOHA. Junior and Intermediate turn things up to 11 as the playoffs ramp up. Some players are back from a few games off for load management, all knees are feeling good, and we are ready for some pretty intense hockey. Have a great rest of the week fellas.