TORONTO - One was the loneliest number for those on the losing end of this past Saturday's slate of UUHA games. The league-leading Parkdale Hockey Lads held the Gas Station Islanders to a single goal, posting a 2-1 victory - the undefeated Lads' sixth-straight win of the season. The Humiliation scored first in their game vs. the Wheatfield Souldiers, but it was the only tally they'd register as the Souldiers came back to post a 6-1 victory. And the Jokers, too, were held to just one goal, which proved too little when matched against the Beau's Beer Hack's Chris Barkley, who lit the lamp four times in his team's 4-1 win over the Funniest Team on Ice.
The Chris Barkley show started about two-and-a-half minutes into the opening period of the Hack's second match-up of the season vs. the Jokers, the two teams having met a fortnight ago in a game that ended in a 4-4 draw. Barkley's unassisted tally was answered six minutes later by Jokers defenceman Derek Thompson (his 3rd of the season) who scored unassisted as well. But Barkley combined with Dom Donatelli just prior to period's end to put the Hack back on top. The 2nd frame saw no scoring, but Barkley reactivated in the 3rd, combining with spare Christain Thadelson to solve Jokers goaltender Marc Hickox at the 9:18 mark, then again with 8:14 on the clock (this time assisted by Chris Cacciotti) for his remarkable 4th goal of the game. Barkley now leads the league in scoring with 11 goals on the season. Hack goaltender Aaron Brophy turned aside 19 of 20 shots faced, while Hickox was tested 17 times.
The Humiliation didn't get the shots they wanted, or needed, in their second match-up of the season vs. the Wheatfield Souldiers, registering just 12 attempts at goaltender Shedlon Shurland. One of the first attempts did find the back of the net, though, when defenceman Aaron Knight put a hard, high one off of Shurland's shoulder and into the twine early in the 1st period. The Souldiers (wearing jerseys emblazoned with the visage of Louis Riel in recognition of national Louis Riel Day) responded four minutes later, though, when recently acquired Winnipegger Brian Bentley chipped the puck up and across Humiliation goaltender Luke Smit and into the top corner of the net. Just over two minutes later, Mike Harkness combined with Scotts Montgomery and Pettus to put the Souldiers on heading into the 2nd frame. Burton's Boys didn't look back as four more unanswered goals followed off the sticks of Jimmy Murphy, team captain Chuck Molgat and Pettus, whose first two goals of the season closed out the scoring. With the win, the Souldiers improved to 3-4-0 on the season registering their third consecutive victory after starting off the campaign with a woeful four-straight losses. Meanwhile, the Humiliation continue to trend in the other direction having dropped their last six contests in a row.
The streaking Parkdale Hockey Lads continued down the path of perfection Saturday night, this time defeating the Gas Station Islanders by a razor-thin margin of 2-1. Ian Seeton scored his 4th of the season (unassisted) midway through the 1st period, but GSI's Tim Posgate pulled his side even partway through the 2nd, converting a feed from rookie Eddy Belanger to solve Lads goalie Luis Freitas. But early in the 3rd frame Lads regular Dave Ball combined with Mike Ryan to find Simon Evers in front of Isles goalie Joseph Steinman who ceded the game-winning tally to the longtime Parkdalian, playing in just his second game of the season after coming off the team's injured reserve list.
Next Saturday, Nov. 24 will see the Lads attempt to extend their winning streak to seven games as they go up against the Wheatfield Souldiers for the second time this season. (The first match ended with a 3-0 decision in the Lads' favour.) Meanwhile, the Brockton Rockets (4-2-0) will return to action vs. the Jokers (2-3-1) in a game that has the potential to shuffle the standings considerably. The Gas Station Islanders (2-6-0) and the Humiliation (1-6-0) will meet as well, with each team determined to reverse their current trajectories with a skid-breaking win. All three games take place at Upper Canada College.