TORONTO - The Wheatfield Souldiers registered a tie and a loss this past Saturday night in the UUHA's historic first-ever doubleheader game. The results paint a likely picture in which the Jokers stand a good chance of finsihing out the regular season in first place overall.
In the first game of the night, the Souldiers had opened up a two-goal lead over the opposing Gas Station Islanders, whose ranks were bolstered somewhat by Meat call-ups Sean Jessop and Jay Abrams. (If the GSI bench seemed shorter than usual it was likely due to the fact the team hosted its annual Wallace Emerson Family Skate earlier in the frigid day.) But midway through the final frame, league scoring leader Dominic Chartier converted a nifty pass from George Collins to get the Blue side within one. Minutes later, Jessop knotted things up with a strong individual effort. Despite some sustained late pressure on the part of the Golden Boys, GSI goaltender Sean Markle turned aside all vulcanized rubber products as the two teams skated to a draw.
The game closed out the three-game regular-season series between the two teams with the Souldiers bettering GSI on one occasion, and the other two meetings ending in ties.
Next up for the Wheatfield Souldiers was the formidable Bellwoods Blackhaws, who have earned a deserved reputation as the strongest exhibition squad to compete in the UUHA thus far. That reputation isn't about to change, either, as the B'Hawks dominated scoring to the tune of 5-1. Souldiers forward Tyler Gompf netted the lone goal for the home side (he potted one in the night's previous game, too), while Derek Ramsay, Everett McLean, Mark McCormick and John McCann made the goals column of the scoresheet for the Blackhawks. McCann (whose second goal was followed, coincidentally, with a song by his former band Guided By Voices) was the game's only multiple goal scorer. His efforts, along with those of teammates McLean and goaltender David Hayman, were recognized with Stars of Game honours.