TORONTO - After losing their first eight games of the season, the Parkdale Porcupines netted their third win in four games this past Saturday night, defeating the Humiliation by a score of 2-1
The first two periods saw neither team register a goal, as Porcs goaltenders Dean Bentley and Humiliation keeper Chris Sanagan combined for 21 saves. However, Porcupines spare Elias Vastis opened the scoring early in the 3rd period, connecting with Todd Moffat and Ivan Kredl for the go-ahead goal. Humiliation sniper Mike Thompson drew his side even about a minute later, collecting a feed from Kelly Dutton to squeaking a shot under Bentley's pads and just beyond the goal line. A mere 48 seconds later, though, spare player Tom Nesbitt (on loan from the Lads) converted a passing play from Ryan Urquhart and Lorne Kredl to put the 'Pines back on top. With the victory, the Porcupines (3-9-0) moved out of the cellar for the first time this season, trading spots with the Lads to sit in fifth place overall. Despite the loss, the Humiliation (5-4-2) maintained 3rd place in the UUHA standings.
The Gas Station Islanders (5-4-2) marked the return of team scoring leader Dominic Chartier with a 5-2 decision over the struggling Jokers (7-4-0). Chartier potted three goals in the contest, registering his fourth hat-trick of the season. Stephen Boyd and Kevin Lacroix picked up GSI's other two tallies, while Joel Lacoursiere and Tyler Stewart scored for the losing side. Notably absent from the Jokers lineup were offensive threats Mike Takacs and Gary Rideout, the latter, having suffered a lower-body injury, is expected to remain on the team's Injured Reserve list until February, 2012 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Wheatfield Souldiers (7-1-4) bettered the Parkdale Lads (3-7-1) by a three-goal margin, maintaining first place in the UUHA standings in the process. Wearing their newly-updated white anniversary uniforms, the Souldiers spread out the scoring with Rob Zifarelli, Keven Magura, Chuck Molgat, Eric Toth and Mike Harkness each netting singles on the night. Lads scoring was handled by team points leader Kyle Welton along with Tony Nappo, who made his season debut. Though not a particularly chippy affair, both teams became well acquainted with their respective sin bins, combining for a total of 20 minutes in minor penalties.
The UUHA now breaks for the Holiday season until January 7, 2012. That night will see a pair of exhibition contests as the Jokers face off against the Brockton Rockets at 7:00 pm, and the Gas Station Islanders take on the Hack at 8:00 pm. The final tilt of the night will witness the Humiliation renew its longtime rivalry with the Parkdale Lads.