TORONTO - The Gas Station Islanders ground out a gritty 2-1 victory over the Beau's Beer Hack this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College, while the Humiliation dropped their first decision of the season, falling 2-1 to the Jokers. Meanwhile, the Brockton Rockets ran roughshod over a depleted Wheatfield Souldiers side, handing the reigning league champs a 8-0 beatdown.
GSI's season-opener saw team newcomer Dan Brock pot the game-winning tally with 2:06 remaining in the 2nd period to put the Gassers up 2-0. That lead was halved, though, when Hack veteran Aaron Foster combined with Louis Durand to light the lamp behind goaltender Joe Steinman with a mere second remaining in the middle frame. That would be it for goalscoring, as the teams turned their attention to populating the penalty boxes, particularly that of the Islanders, who would rack up six minors (to the Hack's two) before the final buzzer sounded. With the win, GSI joined the Parkdale Hockey Lads as one of only two UUHA teams with perfect records on the season.
Dogged by an outbreak of the mumps thought to have been acquired during a pre-season team conditioning stint in Mont-Tremblant, the Wheatfield Souldiers once again had to call in reservists to bolster a compliment of two full lines. In this case Seth Singer of the Islanders was pressed into service, along with former Porcupines goaltender Dean Bentley. Apparently the reigning UUHA Champions could've used more help on this night, as they were handed one of their most lopsided defeats in the team's 19-year history, falling 8-0 to the comparatively youthful and mumps-free Brockton Rockets. Dustin Harris had four goals on the night, including one off a Souldiers' clearing attempt that caromed off ill-positioned referee Doug Mundy's skate, creating a two-on-none with 40 seconds remaining in the game and the Rockets already up 7-0. Blaine Tynes had four assists on the night, while Daniel Wilcox, Michael Wilcox and Oliver Suthers all enjoyed multiple-point games as well. The Souldiers have yet to score a goal this season.
Reigning league MVP Steve Levine got the Jokers on the scoreboard midway through the 1st period in his team's first meeting of the season with the Humiliation (Tyler Stewart and Gary Rideout Jr. picked up helpers on that one). But the Humiliation's Jimmy Sioukas erased that lead early in the next frame, combining with linemate Luke Moretti to solve goaltender Burke Lawrence and reset the wickets at 1-1. But just over five minutes later it was captain Ted Bisaillion's turn to get his first goal of the season as he converted a delicate feed from Steve Chamberlain to bulge the twine behind Humiliation keeper Luke Smit, putting the Funniest Team on Ice up by one, which is how things would stay for the remainder of the contest. The results saw both teams finish the night with identical 1-1-0 records, thus joining a six-way tie for points in the standings. However, once penalty-free bonus points (which are currently not displayed in the standings due to a temporary technical issue) are factored in, the Rockets, Humiliation and Jokers are believed to pull ahead of the pack with an additional half point each.
The UUHA now enjoys a customary week-long break over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Games are scheduled to resume on Saturday, Oct. 13 with the Hack taking on the Souldiers at 7:00 pm, the Rockets going up against the Lads at 8:00 pm, and the Gas Station Islanders facing off with the Humiliation at 9:00 pm. All three matches take place at UCC.