TORONTO - The last-place Gas Station Islanders rose like a phoenix from the ice chips to hand the 1st-place Beau's Beer Hack their most lopsided defeat of the season this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College. Meanwhile, the Humiliation rallied to eke out a 3-2 victory over the Parkdale Hockey Lads who, after winning seven in a row, closed out the Regular Season with nine consecutive losses.
Nick Purdon and Dominic Chartier both registered a goal and three assists as the Islanders ran roughshod over the Hack, outshooting the Presidents Cup winners 32 to 18, including a 3rd-period shots margin of 15-5. Seth Singer, Tim Vesely and Steve Boyd also tallied for the Gassers, whose record improved to 6-10-0 with the win. The game was just the third loss of the season for the Hack, two of which were at the hands of the Islanders. Sean Cordner had the lone hack goal as he tapped in a rebound off a Stefan Barkley shot.
Despite the Islanders' impressive regular-season record vs. the Hack, the Beau's Boys opted to take on Chartier and Co. in the opening round of the 2019 UUHA Playoffs, which begin this coming Saturday, March 2. (Having finished in 1st place, the Hack earned the prerogative to select their opening-round opponent, but opted to go with whichever team finished in last place, as per traditional playoff match-up seeding.)
The Humiliation arrived at Upper Canada College sitting just two points ahead of the Islanders in the league standings and intent on avoiding a last-place Regular Season finish. The Lads, meanwhile, showed up eager to turn around a listing team ship that had started the season off in remarkable style going 7-0, then limped towards port having dropped eight straight games. A win would see the team keep it's head at, if not above, the water line with a .500 record. Alas, it was not to be as the Humiliation took advantage of an injury-shortened Lads bench to come back from a one-goal deficit late in the 2nd period and post a 3-2 win. Kyle Welton had both Lads goals, while Humiliation rookie Sean Morrison tallied twice for the Black Wizards. Humiliation veteran Paul Morris potted the game-winning goal early in the final frame, converting a feed from Luke Moretti to solve Lads goaltender Luis Freitas with a hard wrister along the ice. Humiliation spare goaltender Daniel Hammerle turned aside 23 of 25 shots, while Freitas stopped 13 of 15 scoring attempts.