TORONTO - The Jokers' dreams of a perfect season lay suddenly in waste, and at the gloved hands of the last-place Parkdale Hockey Lads, no less. Bolstered and emboldened by the long-awaited return of the team's offensive juggernaut, Kyle Welton, along with net-nosed sparkplug Ian Seeton, the Lads potted a pair of goals each period en route to a 6-4 victory over the Funniest Team on Ice, who, despite the loss, maintain sole possession of 1st place in the overall UUHA standings. The Lads are currently tied for last place in the standings with the Wheatfield Souldiers, although the latter squad has a game in hand. A mere 4 points separates first from last spots, though.
Welton and Seeton accounted for seven points on the night, while their linemate, Lads veteran Tommy Gough, was credited with an additional three helpers. Mike Frolick also scored for the Lads. Jokers Steve Levine, Joel Lacoursiere (2) and Derek Thompson provided scoring for the losing side. Despite all the scoring, though, goaltenders Burke Lawrence and Luis Freitas came up with huge saves on numerous occasions, accounting for 44 saves between them in what can only be considered a shooters' game.
The Jokers' hold on 1st place was made that much more tenuous by yet another victory for the Brockton Rockets. This time, the Rockets' win came at the expense of the Gas Station Islanders, who found themselves down 4-0 a few minutes into the 2nd period before ultimately settling for a 7-5 finish. Seven different Rockets players registered multi-point nights, including Dustin Harris and Michael Wilcox, both of whom bolstered their season totals by 4 points. Dominic Chartier, Steve Boyd, Nick Purdon, Brian Nevin and Ian McRobie picked up 2 points or better for the GSI side, with most of those G's and A's earned in the third frame of the match. Despite the loss, the Islanders sit just 2 points out of 1st place in the standings, with only the Rockets and Jokers ahead of them.
This past weekend's UUHA action also saw the Hack defeat the Dufferin Groove 3-1, due in large part to Tim Bolen's two-goal performance. Aaron Foster also tallied for the Hack, while the Groove's lone tally was potted by Colin Dyche. And on Friday night at Maple leaf Gardens, the Parkdale Porcupines edged the Wheatfield Souldiers 4-3. Mike Clark scored twice in that affair, along with Quills teammates Matt Latreille and spare Aboudi Ahmoud. Kelly McCaig had a pair of goals for the Souldiers, while Brad Sveistrup also tallied for Burton's Boys.
The 2016/17 UUHA Regular Season continues next Saturday, Nov. 5 with the Lads taking on the Groove at 7:00 pm, followed by the Hack and Porcupines at 8:00 pm. The night's final match will see the Jokers go up against the Humiliation at 9:00 pm. All three contests take place at Upper Canada College.