Short Bench? No Problem, Say Jokers, Humiliation
Posted By: Trent Fraynegura
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
TORONTO - A short Jokers bench took advantage of some in-close chances in the 1st period of Saturday's 7:00 p.m. UUHA contest to stake an early 2-0 lead over the Wheatfield Souldiers. A low Adrian Cavan slapshot to the blocker side of Souldiers goaltender John Sutton gave the Funniest Team on Ice a 3-0 lead about halfway into the 2nd frame.
The Souldiers had the pressure on, hitting a couple of posts over the first two periods, but could not get anything by Jokers minder Burke Lawrence. That changed early in the 3rd period with a crisp two-way passing play resulting in a goal from Souldiers sniper Kelly McCaig. The Golden Boys kept the pressure up, dinging a couple more shots off the pipes and coming close on numerous occasions with shots going just wide of the twine. An empty-net tally by the Jokers Steve Chamberlain (his second goal of the game) sealed the victory at 4-1.
A flu-ravaged Humiliation side faced off against the Porcupines in the second tilt of the evening. The Porcupines got out of the gate quickly with a nice goal by Todd Moffat in the opening minute of play. The team, still winless on the season, carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. The offensively starved Humiliation (the UUHA's only other winless team going into the night's game) then exploded for six unanswered goals, all of them scored in the 2nd period. Buoyed by the return of offensive juggernaut Paul Aucoin, and crisp tic-tac-toe passing, the reversal of fortune for the Porcupines took place over a mere eight-minute span. Two open-net goals and a trio of top-corner wristers found their way past fill-in netminder Burke Lawrence, who had little chance against the onslaught.
Aucoin finished the evening with the hat trick and an assist to garnish 1st Star honours, while fellow Humiliation forward Mark Simmons potted a pair of goals and picked up a pair of helpers for the 2nd Star. Lorne Kredl potted one for the Porcupines and, consequently, was awarded the 3rd Star.