Hockey Day in Canada (Week 14) hosted three exciting games. the Mustangs (5-6-2) vs. the Bulldogs (9-2-2); the Saints (4-9-0) vs. the Kings (4-6-3); the Wolves (3-7-3) vs. the Lake Raiders (9-4-0).
Game 1 (Mustangs vs. Bulldogs) saw the first place Bulldogs, on a current 7 game winning streak, go up against the Mustangs, who after turning things around and winning their last 2 games, seemed willing to take on the challenge. The first period had both sides exchanging some prime chances but good defensive play and stalwart keeping kept both sides even through the first half of the frame. Coming up to the 7-minute mark Bulldog’s Jerry Mariano (unassisted) picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired home a quick wrister to beat Mustang’s keeper Brad Gordon. The Bulldog’s 1-0 lead held through the remainder of the period. Period two was a mirror effort of the first with both sides battling end to end again until the mid-point again when some penalty trouble by Bulldogs sharpshooter Jerry Mariano gave the Mustangs the man advantage and their chance to tie things up. Mustangs Roberto Monteiro took a cross-crease pass from Nicole Neeson and tapped one by Bulldogs Mohit Sharma and they were all tied up at 1- 1. Period three would tell the tale and the Mustangs took control. The stampede was on and four unanswered goals by the Ponies had the Bulldogs on the ropes. The combination of Roberto Monteiro and Nicole Neeson seemed unstoppable with 3 markers from Monteiro (Neeson) and a single from Neeson (Monteiro). Another solo effort from the B-Dogs Mariano at 13:05 didn’t really help their cause when 30 seconds later the Mustangs Monteiro took it right back with another feed from Neeson. The buzzer rang with the Mustangs streak moving up to 3 and the Bulldog’s run ending at 7. Final 6-2 Mustangs over Bulldogs.
Game 2 (Kings vs. Saints) saw the Kings trying to end a 3 game losing streak and the Saints trying to keep on their winning ways after a big victory over the Lake Raiders last week. Unfortunately, the Saints found themselves down their key offensive striker Brandy Edwards as she was not available to play on this day. This lack of offensive power would prove the downfall of the Saints and the Kings took a quick advantage. Solo efforts in the First Period by David Donnelly and Isaac Vescio had the Kings up by two through the opening frame. Another two solo efforts by the Kings’ Donnelly in the Second had them up by four. In the Third period, a nice offensive effort by Kings Kevin Shek left a juicy rebound for David Donnelly and he notched his fourth of the game and this one couldn’t end soon enough for the Saints. Final 5-0 Kings over Saints.
Game 3 (Wolves vs. Lake Raiders) After a stinging loss to the Saints last week the Lake Raiders had to give a strong effort to stay in contention with the first place Bulldogs and the Wolves weren’t going to give up without a fight as they battle to get back into playoff contention. The First Period saw the Lake Raiders come out flying. Four unanswered solo efforts by the Raiders (two from Jeremy Schofield and two from Erin Vassilakos) had the Wolves reeling. Period Two saw the Wolves Saverio Romano take the team on his shoulders and notched a couple of markers within the first 4 minutes of the frame to keep the pack within contention. The Lake Raiders had to dig deep, take a few deep breaths and regroup to fend off the Wolves rally. A lead pass from Schofield to Erin Vassilakos at 9:05 got the Raiders back on track and then a follow-up solo effort from Schofield at 11:15 had the Lake Raiders margin back up to 4 and the period ended 6-2. The Third Period saw the Lake Raiders veteran Sean Celsie take a blind pass from Jeremy Schofield in the corner and notch his 2nd marker of the season. For the Wolves, a Matt Vocino pass to Saverio Romano was too little too late and the Lake Raiders move back into a first place tie with the Bulldogs. Final 7-3 Lake Raiders over Wolves.
On February 20th 2016, the Kings take on the Wolves; the Lake Raiders take on the Bulldogs and the Saints take on the Mustangs at Sunnyview Public School. Come watch the TPWHL next Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.