TORONTO - The Brockton Rockets edged the Gas Station Islanders, the
Hack tied the Humiliation and the Dufferin Groove enjoyed their last
laugh of the season by beating the Jokers 7-2 in what amounted to a very
successful night of hockey for UUHA exhibition squads. Both the Groove
and Rockets garnered additional half points for penalty-free games, as
Despite having just six regular roster players on hand for the game, the Dufferin Groove finished off their 12-game UUHA exhibition series with a 7-2 win over the second-place Jokers. Spare forward Paul Morris (on loan from the Humiliation) helped out with two goals and a pair of assists, while Groove regulars Dylan Juckes and Ted Neale potted a couple of goals each. Chris Dinsdale scored the other Groove goal and Jeremy Whitten and spare Chuck Molgat collected assists, as well. Steve Levine and Steve Chamberlain were the two Jokers goal scorers while Levine and Hunter Collins were credited with assist.
Eric Partington combined with Paul Aucoin and Mark Sanagan to get the Humiliation on the board first in their 8:00 pm contest with the Hack H.C. Paul Morris then made it 2-0 early in the 2nd period, making good on a Partington feed to solve goaltender Aaron Brophy. Hack forward Aaron Foster responded shortly thereafter, though, finishing off a play from Chris Barkley and Tim Bolen to draw his side within one. Then, with just 40 seconds remaining in the period, it was Barkley's turn to bulge the twine behind Humiliation 'tender Ian McKellar (Foster returned the favour on that goal, with Luis Durand collecting the other assist.) The 3rd period solved nothing as the two rival squads shook hands and skated away a point each.
And in the night's final game, the Brockton Rockets enjoyed their first win since Nov. 3, 2012, skating to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Gas Station Islanders. Iles sniper Dominic Chartier put his side up early, skating in a pass from George Collins to solve goaltender Karanvir Singh (playing his second game for the Rockets). But the next two tallies would come from Brockton blades, specifically those of Oliver Sutherns and spare Eric Toth (on loan from the Wheatfield Souldiers), both of whom would score dramatic 2nd-period goals. Part way through the 3rd period, GSI's Nick Purdon would get some help from a prone (and some would say pinned) Singh, as he took advantage of an open net to knot proceedings at 2-2. But with just 1:39 remaining in the game, Kiryl Nikifarau would scoop up a feed from Joseph Desjardains and bulge the twine behind GSI spare tender Laine Dunlop, setting the stage for a minute-and-a-half of six-on-five hockey as GSI attempted to tie things up with an extra attacker. Brockton's defences would hold firm, though, as the team capped off what was likely it's most consistently solid three periods of hockey this season.
UUHA Regular Season action continues this coming Saturday, Feb. 9 with the Porcupines taking on the Humiliation at 7:00 pm, followed by the Lads' and Jokers' final meeting of the season. The 9:00 pm game will feature the Wheatfield Souldiers going up against the Brockton Rockets in what will be the latter squad's season finale. All games take place at Upper Canada College.