Happy Hackers: Beau's Beer Hack claimed the 2015 UUHA Championship Cup this past Saturday, becoming just the third team to have their names engraved on the handsome hardware. (photo: Charlie Rishor)
TORONTO - The Beau's Beer Hack have won their first-ever UUHA Championship title. The team defeated the Safety First Jokers Hockey Club by a score of 3-1 this past Saturday night in the 2015 UUHA Championship Final at Upper Canada College. Goaltender Aaron Brophy turned aside 26 of 27 shots en route to the victory, while veteran Hacker Lance Moreton was credited with the game-winning goal.
Aaron Foster opened the scoring midway through the 1st period,
combining with Louis Durand and Sean Cordner to put the Hack up 1-0.
Moreton's game-winner followed at almost exactly the same point on the
2nd frame (captain Joe McGinty and Chris Barkley helped set that one
up), while Stefan Barkley combined with Cordner and Foster in the 3rd
for the winning side's third. Gary Rideout Jr. tallied in the 3rd for
the Jokers converting a set up from Mike Takacs and Marc Hickox. The Hack appeared to have picked up an empty-net goal (possibly off of a Jokers player) in the dying seconds of the game, however those details may be lost to the annals of time, or scrawled on the etherial walls of the hall of legends, as they were not recorded on the game sheet. Jokers
goaltender Burke Lawrence was tested with 25 shots, all
but three of which he turned aside. That performance earned the veteran
tender the game's 2nd Star honours.
The Parkdale Porcupines, meanwhile, claimed the UUHA's Bonze Medal by outskating and outscoring the Wheatfield Souldiers 5-2. Corey Thorn put the Porcs up 1-0 early in the opening frame, before Brad Sveistrup drew the President's Trophy-winning Souldiers even. But Lorne Kredl combined with Brian Bentley on a delayed-penalty call to solve goaltender Sheldon Shurland for the lead midway through the 2nd frame. Ivan Kredl added another for the Porcupines on a bizarre play that saw a behind-the-back trick shot carom high off the crossbar and ultimately off the goaltender's back and in after all but the hockey gods had lost sight of the puck. Jon Weier would get the Souldiers back within one near the end of the 3rd, but a pair of empty-net insurance markers sealed the deal for the Quills.
Earlier, the Consolation Final witnessed the Parkdale Lads and Humiliation mixing up rosters for what a couple of onlookers referred to as a Franken-final. The side boasting Humiliation scoring threat Jimmy Sioukas and defensive stalwart Andrew Blakeley (along with Lads ace Ian Seeton) won handily by a lopsided score of 7-3 (which may have been 8-3, judging by a game-sheet discrepancy). Tommy Gough, Mike Frolick and Glenn Gummerson scored for the losing side, while Sioukas (3), Seeton (2), Tom Nesbitt and Luke Moretti tallied for the victors.