TORONTO - Skaters with the Gas Station Islanders, Brockton Rockets and Porcupines had one thing in common this past Saturday night: none were describing the goals they scored after their teams' respective matches. For the first time in league history, all three of the night's UUHA contests featured shutout performances by the winning side.
Playing net for the undefeated Humiliation, goaltender Luke Smit got the doughnut party started, turning aside a total of 10 shots fired from GSI sticks. With the win, the Orange Tide improved its record to 3-0-0 and captured sole possession of first place in UUHA standings. Forward Mike Thompson potted both Humiliation goals, while linemate Stephen Cribbin collected a pair of assists.
Wheatfield Souldiers goalie Sheldon Shurland claimed his first shutout of the season as Burton's Boys proved to be stingy ambassadors in welcoming the exhibition Brockton Rockets to the UUHA. The Souldiers bettered their scoring output of their past three games combined, finding the back of the Rockets net on six occasions. Kelly McCaig, Brad Sveistrup and brothers Steve and Mike Harkness each collected singles, while Eric Toth netted the final two tallies of the game. Souldiers blueliner Rob Zifarelli accounted for at least six of the winning side's 24 shots on net, while assisting with two key setups as well. Despite the lopsided score, the Rockets showed real potential, especially given the game represented the squad's first-ever effort as a competitive unit. The new team didn't come up entirely empty handed, either, skating away a half point on the night for posting a penalty-free game.
Meanwhile, Parkdale Lads goaltender Luis Freitas came up with his first goose egg of the season, helping his team to its first win of the season in the process. Lads sniper Kyle Welton turned in a blue-ribbon performance scoring three of his team's four goals while setting up spare Keviin Brauti for the other tally. Forward Paul Simmons and defenceman Nick Hehn both registered multiple assists in what was touted as the Battle of Parkdale. With the loss, the Parkdale Porcupines remain the only UUHA team without a registered win on the season.
The Porcs will have an opportunity to reverse their ill fortunes on Saturday, Oct. 15 when the team takes on the Islanders. The Souldiers and Humiliation will go toe-to-toe that night, as well, while the Jokers will return to action against the Brockton Rockets. In the meantime, the UUHA will enjoy a break for the Thanksgiving Weekend.