TORONTO - For the first time since the beginning of the league's inaugural season, all UUHA teams can now boast of a victory. The final team to be able to do so, the Parkdale Hockey Lads, edged the exhibition Blackhearts this past Saturday by a score of 3-2.
Lads forward Fabian Ruzic was instrumental in the victory, potting all three goals for the formerly hapless home side. Fernando Freitas, Stu Muirhead and Simon Evers (who continues to ride out an impressive points streak) picked up assists on Ruzic's tallies. Blackhearts scoring was handled by Simon Dragland and Brian Gardner, with assists awarded to Corrine Holubowich, Julie Netley, Shawn Cantalon and Bruce Lynn.
If the Lads post-game celebration was at all muted, it was due to the fact just seven of the team's roster players managed to dress for the game. (An eight Lad, goaltender Luis Freitas, was on hand to witness the win, however, it was James Keast's turn in the team's net-mining rotation.) Gas Station Islanders defenceman Kevin Lacroix gave the Lads a helping hand on the blue line for the occasion.
Lacroix's own team, meanwhile, fell to the Humiliation in the night's following game by a score of 5-3. GSI sniper Dominic Chartier registered a pair of goals in the affair with Lacroix picking up the other. At the other end of the ice, Humiliation captain Mike Thompson made an impressive return from an injury layoff by netting a pair of goals and an assist. Thompson's linemate Paul Aucoin equalled that task, capturing the league's scoring and points titles in the process. Soft-handed forward Paul Morris had the other tally for the Orange Tide.
Earlier in the day, the Wheatfield Souldiers were downed by the Jokers at Varsity Arena by a tight margin of 3-2. Despite being outshot 22-14, the Jokers were able to take the first of three match-ups between the two squads which remain locked in a battle for first place. Team scoring leader Steve Levine collected a pair of goals for the Jokers, while Gary Rideout Jr. capitalized on an absent-minded goal-front giveaway by Souldiers captain Chuck Molgat for the victors' other tally. Souldiers forwards Tyler Gompf and Mike Harkness registered goals for the losing side.