TORONTO - The Humiliation's one-goal victory over the Parkdale Porcupines clinched top spot for the team in the B-side round-robin portion of the 2012 UUHA Playoffs this past Saturday night. The golden goal was scored by Duncan Bunclark with just 34 seconds remaining in the 3rd period of the game. Mike Thompson and Stephen Cribbin assisted on the tally. With the loss, the 'Pines finished third on the night despite drawing even with the Gas Station Islanders in the evening's opening game.
In a display of parity that rivaled the previous weekend's
tightly-contested games, two of Saturday's three games ended in 2-2
draws, while the lone decision on the night saw the Humiliation win by
a razor-thin score of 2-1.
So just how big was the Humiliation's last-minute go-ahead goal vs. the Porcupines? Had the game remained tied, all three teams would've finished the evening with the same points totals and the same goal differentials. Therefore the 'Pines would have clinched the top spot in the round-robin by virtue of fewest penalty minutes on the night. Accordingly, GSI would've been relegated to third place, dashing any hopes for that team's first UUHA Championship. The Humiliation would've finished in second place, setting up a date with the Wheatfield Souldiers this coming Saturday.
Aside from Bunclark's last-minute heroics, the other big story of the night was the superlative goaltending of Porc's minder Dean Bentley. Despite facing a staggering 54 registered shots (29 from the Isles and another 25 off of Humiliation sticks), Bentley allowed just four goals in the process of turning in what has got to be the greatest goaltending performance in UUHA Playoff history thus far. Not surprisingly, Bentley was awarded Star of the Game honours in both Porcupines contests.
The Humiliation will now face the Jokers in this coming Saturday's semi-finals, while the Islanders will go up against the Wheatfield Souldiers. The winners of those two matches will go on to play in the Championship Final the following Saturday. The two Parkdale squads (Lads and Porcupines), meanwhile, will duke it out for a Bronze Medal Game berth.