TORONTO - The Brockton Rockets edged the Gas Station Islanders 3-2 this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College while the Humiliation dropped a 3-1 contest to the Beau's Beer Hack. Meanwhile, the Parkdale Hockey Lads defeated the Wheatfield Souldiers 3-0 to maintain their perfect season record.
Kyle Welton potted his league-leading sixth goal with just over a minute remaining in the 1st period of the Lads 7:00 pm contest vs. the Wheatfield Souldiers. The goal was unassisted. The middle frame saw 14 shots on net but no scoring as Souldiers goaltender Sheldon Shurland and spare Luke Smit (on loan to the Lads from the Humiliation) battened down the hatches. The Lads' lamplighting continued early in the 3rd, though, as Ian Seeton combined with Welton and Nick Hehn to go up 2-0. Seeton would tally again eight minutes later (with Hehn and Tommy Gough assisting), this time with a powerplay insurance marker. The victory improved the Lads' record to 4-0-0 on the season.
The Souldiers enjoyed four powerplays of their own but were unable to solve Smit. The game was the third of the season in which the reigning league Champions were unable to muster a single goal. The team has scored just one goal in its first four games, surpassed a franchise record for its worst-ever start to a season.
The Humiliation dropped their third consecutive decision on Saturday night, this time to the Beau's Beer Hack. Veteran forward Luke Moretti opened the scoring for the Humiliation, converting a feed from Jimmy Sioukas to get the puck past Hack goalie Aaron Brophy at the 6:55 mark of the 1st period. But Tim Bolen answered back for the Hack not once but twice in the 2nd period, teaming up with Dominic Hanlon and Chris Cacciotti (2) to put his side up 2-1. Hanlon would collect his second assist of the night early in the 3rd, setting up Chris Barkley for the Hack's third unanswered goal of the game, which ended 3-1 in the Beau's Boys' favour. The Hack currently enjoy 1st place overall in the league standings.
Brockton Rockets scoring leader Dustin Harris and Gas Station Islanders points leader B. Nevin traded 1st-period tallies in their teams' 9:00 pm meeting. The Rockets' James Neilson would pot the next two goals of the game, though, combining with Harris, Michael Wilcox and Scott Prudham to put Brockton up 3-1. A late tally by Yan Bourassa pulled the Isles within one but full time saw the score go into the books at 3-2 in favour of their opponent. The win saw the Rockets improve to .500 on the season with a 2-2-0 record, while GSI (2-1-0) experienced their first defeat of the campaign.
UUHA action continues next Saturday, Oct. 27 with the Jokers returning to action vs. the Islanders at 7:00 pm, followed by the Lads and Humiliation at 8:00 pm. Both of those games take place at UCC.