TORONTO - The Wheatfield Souldiers held the Jokers off the scoresheet this past Saturday night, sending the Funniest Team on Ice back to their dressing room to work on their material after a 3-0 result. Meanwhile, the Gas Station Islanders extended their winning streak to three straight as they rolled over the Parkdale Porcupines to the tune of 3-1. The evening's late game saw the Humiliation and Brockton Rockets post the same final score, but in the favour of the former. The 3-1 win was the first of the season for the Humiliation, whose record going into the game consisted of a pair of ties and a loss. For the Rockets, however, the game represented the first loss of the season.
Souldiers goaltender Sheldon Shurland earned his first shutout of the season as the Jokers were held off the scoreboard for the first time in UUHA regular season play since November 5, 2016 (when they were defeated 2-0 by the Humiliation). The feat was no cakewalk either, as Shurland turned aside 28 Jokers' shots - a full 100 per cent more than the Souldiers' 14 registered shots on Jokers goalie Burke Lawrence. The match was a closer affair than either the final score or the overall shots tally may indicate, though, with the third tally finding the empty net in the dying seconds of the game, and the second being somewhat of a circus shot that deflected off Burke's ankle, up onto his back and into the net. Souldiers defenceman Keven Magura was responsible for that one, while Eric Toth was credited with the empty-net insurance marker. That game's other goal was potted by veteran Souldiers forward, Brad Sveistrup, whose tally at the end of the game's opening shift would stand up as the game winner.
GSI's Scott Adams converted a set up from Stephen Boyd with just seven seconds remaining in the 1st period to put the Gassers up 1-0 over the Porcupines in Saturday night's middle match. The Isles' Tim Vesely would increase the lead exponentially early in the 2nd frame, again with the assistance of Boyd, before Porcs rookie Alex Handa (playing in his first-ever game with the Quills) got his side back within one just over five minutes later. However, Cam Collyer would restore the Isles' two-goal lead a half-minute prior to the second horn sounding, potting what would be the final goal of the game for either side. With the win, GSI moved into second place in the league standings where they are currently tied with the Rockets at 6 points each. Since dropping their first two contest this season, the Islanders have strung together a trio of wins. The team will have a shot at 1st place this coming Saturday when they take on the Parkdale Lads.
The Brockton Rockets looked poised to maintain their unbeaten status this past Saturday night as team goalscoring leader James Neilson potted his 4th of the season just over a minute into the game, combining with usual suspects Dustin Harris and Michael Wilcox to solve Humiliation spare goaltender Joe Steinman. But in this case looks were deceptive as the Humiliation stormed back with three unanswered goals scored in three consecutive periods off the sticks of Luke Scheer, Jimmy Sioukas and team captain Mike Thompson. Once the orange smoke had cleared, Sioukas (1G, 1A), along with Paul Morris (2A), skated away with multiple point performances, while Clint Whitworth and Alex Hewitt also added an assist to their own personal points tallies.
The Humiliation and Rockets are among four UUHA teams who will enjoy a scheduled weekend off this coming Saturday as just two league games transpire at Upper Canada College. In addition to the aforementioned Lads/GSI tilt (which takes place at 8:00 pm), the Porcupines and Jokers will see action at 7:00 pm on the NHL regulation-sized ice pad at the William P. Wilder Arena. The Porcupines will be looking for their first win of the campaign, while a Jokers win would put them back over .500 and back on top of the overall standings.