TORONTO - The Parkdale Hockey Lads edged the Humiliation with two single-goal victories in last Saturday's back-to-back aggregate playoff series.The win sees the Lads advance to the second round Upper Bracket of the UUHA playoffs where they will face off against the winner of this coming Saturday's round robin playoff series between the Gas Station Islanders, the Wheatfield Souldiers and the league's regular-season leaders, the Joker. The Humiliation, meanwhile, will play the second and third place teams of the aforementioned trio.
Lads forward Tony Nappo scored all three of his team's goals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, including a power-play marker midway through the 2nd period that would stand up as the game-winning tally. Kyle Welton, Fabian Ruzic, Tommy Gough, Fil Freitas and David Egli all collected assists on Nappo's handiwork. Veteran Humiliation forward Luke Moretti potted both of his squad's goals, the second of which bulged the twine with just five seconds remaining in the game. Stephen Cribbin and Mike Thompson assisted on Moretti's first goal - a highlight-reel effort resulting from a deft passing play that gave way to a defence-splitting rush through to the slot of the offensive zone. The final goal saw Cribbin and Duncan Bunclark cited with helpers.
Nappo carried over his offensive onslaught into Game two, opening the scoring at the 3:51 mark of the 1st period, and netting his second game-winning goal of the night with just over a minute remaining in the final frame. Fabian Ruzic assisted on both of those efforts. The Humiliation ties things up with a minute of Nappo's opener, when Thompson buried a feed from Mark Sanagan. The team went ahead for the first time on the night early in the 2nd period, this time thanks to forward Paul Morris who solved Lads goaltender Jordan Stewart on a rebound off of a Thompson shot. However, Lads defenceman Roger Santos teamed up with plucky winger David Egli to draw the teams even early in the third.
Though chippy at times, the discipline of both teams was evident throughout the second game as neither side registered a single penalty. The Lads managed to stay out of the box entirely on the night, while capitalizing on one of the two power plays afforded them by the Humiliation in the opening game.