TORONTO - League scoring leader Kyle Welton potted a last-second goal to maintain the Parkdale Hockey Lads' perfect record (5-0-0) as the 1st-place squad defeated the Beau's Beer Hack by a score of 3-2 this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College. Meanwhile, the Brockton Rockets dismantled the Gas Station Islanders 5-0, securing a hold on 2nd place in the standings. And the Wheatfield Soulldiers improved to 2-4-0 with a 4-2 victory over the Jokers.
Veteran Lads forward Tommy Gough combined with Welton and Ian Seeton to put his side up 1-0 late in the opening frame of the Lads' first meeting of the season with the Beau's Boys - a game with 1st-place in the standings on the line for both team. The 2nd period saw the Lads' lead doubled, as defenceman Fernando Freitas potted his second goal of the season with 2:27 on the clock (Seeton and Fabian Ruzic helped out on that one). But that lead wouldn't stand up long, as Hack speedster Chris Cacciotti halved the margin less than five minutes into the 3rd, then erased it altogether with just 32 seconds remaining in the game. (Aaron Foster and Stefan Barkley earned assists on those tallies.) But with a 2-2 draw about to go in the book, Ruzic and Mike Frolick conmbined to find Welton in front of the Hack net, who lit the lamp with a mere 2 seconds left in the contest, beating the buzzer to maintain his team's perfect record on what is setting up to be a season to remember for the Parkdale posse as they enjoy what is believed to be the squad's best start ever in their 18-year history.
Next up for the Lads is the Gas Station Islanders, who had their gloves full with the Brockton Rockets this past Saturday night. Rockets scoring leader Dustin Harris registered his sixth of the season near the end of the 1st period, with teammate Mario Vella making it 2-10, then 3-0 in the 2nd. Harris scored again the 3rd (this time on a penalty shot) before David Wilcox iced the cake with a power-play tally at the 1:30 mark of the final frame. Goaltender Jonathan Dickson turned aside 13 shots in earning his second shutout of the campaign, while James Neilson was credited with a trio of assists. Daniel (2) and Michael Wilcox also claimed assists on the night as the Brocktonites saw their record improve to 4-2-0 with a third consecutive win. The team has outscore its opponents by am impressive margin of 12-3 over the course of the current streak. Meanwhile, for the Islanders, the result represented the team's fourth straight loss, a slump during which they've been outscored by opponents 20-5.
After enduring an out-of-the-gate four-game slump of their own, that Wheatfield Souldiers earned their second win of the season on Saturday night, with a 4-2 victory over the Jokers. Keven Magura got the Souldiers on the scoreboard early, converting a set up from Jimmy Murphy to solve Jokers goalie Burke Lawrence with a high, hard point shot through traffic. Jokers D-man Derek Thompson even things up about four minutes later, though, making good on a feed from Gary Rideout Jr. to get the puck past veteran Souldiers tender John Sutton. But less than two minutes later Eric Toth found Souldiers captain Chuck Molgat streaking to the net front where he redirected the hard pass behind Lawrence for his team-leading third tally of the season. A Jon Weier deflection of another Magura point shot just before the buzzer made it 3-1 for Burton's Boys heading into the 2nd. Both teams' sticks went silent until early in the 3rd period when Marc Hickox got the Funniest Team on Ice back within one with Derek Scott and Jeff Kassel assisting. But Murphy's first of the season, scored with 3:31 remaining in the game and assisted by Steve Harkness and Mike Wilk, held up as the final tally of the game as the Souldiers registered their second straight win.
The Souldiers will attempt to put a streak together at 7:00 pm this coming Saturday when they take on the Humiliation for the second time this season. The teams' last meeting saw the Humiliation claim victory by edging the Souldiers 1-0 in a game that was the season opener for both squads. This Saturday's late game will see the Jokers go up against the Hack at 9:00 pm, while the Lads and GSI are set to face off an hour earlier. All three games take place at Upper Canada College.