Night of the Blowouts: Jokers, Souldiers, Morningstars Post Lopsided Wins Over Groove, Lads, Isles
TORONTO - The Wheatfield Souldiers blanked the Lads 4-0, the
Morningstars bettered the Gas Station Islanders 4-1 and the Jokers
blasted the Groove 7-2 this past Saturday night in an unusually lopsided
slate of UUHA matches.
The evening's program got off to an unfortunate start as Parkdale
Lads sniper Kyle Welton took a puck to the mouth mere seconds into his
team's tilt against the Wheatfield Souldiers. The intended dump-in
resulted in a gash to Welton's upper lip and at least one lost tooth,
and sent the lanky forward to the dressing room, then onto the hospital
for repairs. Despite the loss of one of the Lads most threatening
offensive players, though, the game proceeded in scoreless fashion until
late in the 1st period when Brad Sveistrup found the twine behind
goaltender Luis Freitas to give the Souldiers the lead. A late 2nd period goal from Eric Toth made it 2-0, before Wes Gerbrandt potted an insurance marker at the 9:32 mark of the final frame. Toth picked up his second tally of the game late in the 3rd thanks to a turnover and an empty Lads net. Goaltender Sheldon Shurland turned aside a dozen shots en route to his first shutout of the season, while the win saw the Souldiers (5-2-1) claim top spot in the league standings for the first time this season.
The Jokers wasted little time getting on the board in their match with the Dufferin Groove, as Gary Rideout Jr. combined with Marc Hickox and Joel Lacoursiere to solve goaltender Mario Pistone just 50 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Groove's Bruce Freeman drew his side even midway through the period, with Brett Barnes and Jason Aylsworth assisting. The 2nd period saw the floodgates open, though, as Sean Cullen and Kyle Dooley tallied for the Funniest Team on Ice (Dooley with a pair), while James McCudden attempted to thumb the dike by scoring his side's second goal (a power-play marker) just prior to the buzzer. But the Jokers' sticks had three more goals in them, specifically those of Steve Levine (who potted a pair within 5 minutes of each other, including a short-handed goal) and Dooley, who completed his hat trick with 20 ticks left on the clock. With the win the Jokers improved their record to 3-2-2 and jumped back into the top half of the league standings. The team also leads the league in goals with 28 lamp lighters in seven games.
The Morningstars' third exhibition game of the season saw the venerable squad earn it's first-ever UUHA victory, curtailing the Gas Station Islanders' three-game unbeaten streak in the process. Chris Topping, Greg Thomas (2) and Jack Larmet tallied for the M'stars, while Brian Nevin spoiled goaltender Mark Robinson's shutout bid on GSI's behalf. Isles' goalie Sean Markle faced a whopping 30 shots, earning him 2nd Star honours despite back-ending the loss.
UUHA action continues next Saturday, November 15 with the Brockton Rockets and Parkdale Lads both looking to get back into the win column at 7:00 PM, while the Jokers and Gas Station Islanders faceoff for the first time this season at 8:00 PM. The 9:00 PM match sees the Parkdale Porcupines (4-2-1) and Humiliation (3-2-2) return to action after a weekend off. A win for either team would likely mean a claim on 1st place in the standings. All three games take place at Upper Canada College.