TORONTO - The Humiliation and Gas Station Islanders recorded another edge-of-the-crease chapter in the teams' storied rivalry this past Saturday night, with the Gassers coming back from a two-goal deficit to post a 3-2 win over the Orange Tide. Meanwhile, the Beau's Beer Boys - despite dressing just eight skaters - Hacked the Parkdale Lads a new one to the tune of 7-0. Perhaps inspired by the Hack's offensive outburst, the Parkdale Porcupines made an emphatic entrance into the win column, downing the Screaming Jays with seven goals of their own for their first victory of the season.
The Humiliation owned the 1st period of their 49th-ever meeting with the Gas Station Islanders (going back over nearly 15 years of recorded play) with goals from Aaron Knight and Paul Morris putting the team up 2-0. But speedy GSI sophomore Sean Dunn would cut that lead in half five minutes into the middle frame, taking a feed from spare Rodney Merchant and getting the puck up and over goaltender Luke Smit to light the lamp. Dunn scored again early in the 3rd period after intercepting a clearing effort following a partial breakaway attempt by spare Chuck Molgat that caromed off the crossbar and post and out. Less than four minutes later, though, GSI captain Richard Switzer would combine with John Pickernell to score on a screened blast from the point, putting the Isles up 3-2 to ultimately register the win and take a three-game lead in the all-time series and increase the goal differential between the two teams to a remarkably close 5 tallies.
The Parkdale Lads and Beau's Beer Hack both took to the ice still looking for their first wins of the season. On this night, however, it would be the reigning league Champions' opportunity to collect two points, which they did with authority defeating their opponents 7-0. Hack captain Joseph McGinty finished the game with 4 points (2G, 2A) while Aaron Foster, Sean Cordner, Gavin patterson and spare Doug Graham each recorded multiple-points, as well. Aaron Brophy picked up his first shutout of the season.
Speaking of season firsts, the Parkdale Porcupines came to the rink eager for their inaugural win of the campaign and, evidently, ready to go hunting for Jays. Sure-handed spare Jimmy Sioukas (on loan from the Humiliation) downed the first bird just four minutes into the game, combining with defencemen Geoff McPeek and Adam Thrasher to solve Screamin' Jays goaltender Dave Bidini with a hard screen shot along the ice. Derick McChesney doubled the lead two minutes later with the assistance of Thrasher and Todd Moffat, before Nick Purdon got the Jays back in the air, combining with Eric Toth and Scott Montgomery for what would end up being the only tally for the losing side. Thrasher would finish the game with five points (1G, 4A) while Moffatt, McChesney and Brian Bentley would each register 3 points on the night. Though no stranger to the leader board, Thrasher goes into the UUHA's Thanksgiving break ranked 1st in goals, assists and points.
UUHA action resumes Saturday, Oct. 17 with the Wheatfield Souldiers facing off against the Porcupines at 5:00 pm under the iconic dome of Maple Leaf Gardens. Later that evening the Brockton Rockets will return to action vs. the Jokers at 7:00 pm, immediately followed by the Hack and Dufferin Groove. The 9:00 pm game will see the Lads try for their first win of the season when they go up against the Islanders in the late game. Those three contests will take place at Upper Canada College.