TORONTO - The Brockton Rockets will go up against the Jokers in this coming Friday's Championship Final. The Rockets defeated the Beau's Beer Hack 4-1 in their 2022 Spring Season semifinal this past Friday night, while the Jokers bettered the Wheatfield Souldiers 3-1 an hour earlier at McCormick Arena.
The Souldiers and Hack had something in common other than being on the losing end of their semis - both teams managed just a single shot in the 1st period of their respective games, providing their opponents a healthy dose of momentum. For the Jokers, it was usual suspects Steve Levine and Gary Riodeout Jr. doing most of the heavy lifting, finishing the night with a pair of points each. Tyler Stewart had the other goal for the Funniest Team on Ice. The unrelenting forechecking of Marc Hickox helped prevent the Souldiers from mounting any considerable offence, while spare goaltender Randy Thuro played a significant role in the victory, turning aside all but one of 17 shots over the 2nd and 3rd frame (during which the Jokers registered just 6 shots, scoring on two of them).
In the other semifinal, it was Dustin Harris and James Neilson coming through once more for the Rockets (with a pair of points each), while Mike Wilcox and Seth Wayne also solved Hack goaltender Aaron Brophy, who came into the game just a week off of the IR list after suffering a knee injury at the previous weekend's Summit tourney. Rob Campbell also found the back of the net for the Rockets, albeit an empty one. Chris Cacciotti had the lone Hack goal.
The Rockets and Jokers will vie for the hardware at 9:00 pm this coming Friday, April 29 at McCormick. The Consolation Final, featuring the Humiliation and Gas Station Islanders, goes an hour beforehand. A win for the Rockets would represent the team's second UUHA Championship, having had their names etched into the Cup in 2019 - the last time the trophy was handed out after a proper full-length season. A Jokers win would see the reigning champs collect their fourth UUHA title, including the 2021 fall mini-season which wrapped up just four months ago.
Fans are robustly encouraged to attend this coming Friday's Championship Final.