Jokers, Souldiers Eke Out Victories While Lads Post 8-2 Rout
Posted By: uuhadood
Monday, February 06, 2012
TORONTO - The Porcupines and Humiliation came up one shot short of knotting their respective games versus the Wheatfield Souldiers and Jokers this past Saturday night. Meanwhile, the erstwhile offensively-challenged Parkdale Lads exploded for eight goals in their exhibition tilt with the Brockton Rockets.
It took the Humiliation just over four minutes to get on the scoreboard in their 7:00 pm contest with the league-leading Jokers, as Paul Aucoin picked up a feed from Stephen Cribbin, powered through the neutral zone and bulged the twine of the Jokers' net. That, however, would be the only time the Orange Tide would solve goaltender Gary Emmanuel, who turned aside 11 more shots to give his side a chance to get back into the game. The Jokers (11-4-0) would do just that on their first shift of the 2nd period, as defencemen Derek Thompson and Craig Hughson combined for the knotting goal - an oddball tally that deflected high and straight up off the crossbar, nearly touching the ceiling girders before raining down to carom off of the calf of Humiliation goaltender Luke Smit and into the net. Hughson, who took the initial hard shot from just inside the blue line, was credited with his fifth goal of the season. Less than a minute later another Jokers defenceman, this time Pete Windrem, scored from the point, directing the puck hard along the ice and just inside the right-hand goal post as players from both teams provided multiple screens. Despite doubling up their shot total in the 3rd frame, the Humiliation (8-6-2) were held off the scoreboard for the duration of the contest as the Jokers skated to a 2-1 win.
The Parkdale Lads found themselves down by a goal in the early goings of their exhibition tilt with the Brockton Rockets. Brothers Gregor and Rob Campbell conspired to find linemate Ian Merringer with some open net in front of him, putting the Rockets up a mere minute-and-a-half into the game. It would take the Lads (5-9-1) more than seven minutes to prepare a response, but once they got the wording down the reply turned into an essay as the team potted eight straight goals. The line of Kyle Welton, Roger Santos and spare forward Jimmy Murphy (on loan from the Souldiers) combined for the first three Lads goals. Tom Nesbitt and Simon Evers tallied next, followed by Welton, then Santos and then Evers again. The game represented veteran Lads forward Evers' first-ever multiple goal performance. Evers also collected an assist on Nesbitt's goal. The Rockets (who graciously avoided the penalty box for the sixth time this season) managed to bookend the game's scoring when Oliver Sutherns converted a pass from Joseph Desjardins with just 36 seconds remaining in the match.
Meanwhile, the Wheatfield Souldiers completed a season series sweep of the Parkdale Porcupines, but by the narrowest of margins. Matt Latreille opened the scoring for the Porcupines (4-12-0), lifting a shot from the right faceoff circle over the catcher of goaltender John Sutton. The Souldiers (9-3-4) responded early in the 2nd frame when Steve Harkness finished off a passing play from Derek Domingos and Eric Toth to tie proceedings at a goal a piece. Porcupines call-up Elias Vastas, however, put the Quills back on top at the 11:19 mark of the 3rd period, making good on a set up from brothers Ryan and Joel Ryan Urquhart. The Souldiers struck back just over six minutes later, though, when Kelly McCaig hooked up with Jimmy Murphy and Eric Toth for his first goal since Oct. 1, 2011. McCaig further obscured the memory of his scoring drought two shifts later, picking up a blue-line feed from defenceman Chuck Molgat and scoring on a low-probability shot from the goal line to put his team ahead fro the first time in the game. The goal provided some controversy to the game as several Porcupines players insisted the puck had come into the offensive zone offside. However, with both referees discounting that claim as erroneous, and with no further scoring transpiring over the remaining minute and a half, McCaig's second of the night stood up as the game-winning tally.
UUHA action continues this coming Saturday, Feb. 11 with the Parkdale Hockey Lads taking on the Humiliation at 7:00 pm. The exhibition Flying Burritos go up against the Jokers at 8:00 pm, while the Gas Station Islanders (7-6-2) are scheduled to make their post-Wolfe Island tourney return against the Brockton Rockets at 9:00 pm.