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September 23, 2019 Volume 16, Edition 2
FHL Weekly Recognitions
Hat Tricks...Goals
Daniel Middleton3

Play Makers...Assts
Jason Blair3
Who's Hot…
It takes three wins in a row to get on this list. There are four teams in the FHL right now that have a shot to make an appearance here next week.
...and NOT…
Three losses in a row is not something any team wants, as that a Cold streak and a spot on the "Not" list. We also have four teams in peril of being on this list next week.
Week 2 Intro :
What we know about the first couple weeks... The games have been fast, there are many references to "playoff style" hockey and it's only Week 2. That and we've had a lot of games with 8 goals being scored lately, this week bringing us an 8 to 8 tie.

It's early in the season and the scoring usually tapers off a bit as the season goes on, but there are some teams really lighting the lamp thus far. Time will tell if we continue that trend. OK, on with the write-ups. All but one this week.

Week 2 in Review :
FordTough 5   Rangers 3 :
Samyn: The day starts out tough for the Ford Tough as Rep Dalimonte’s travel plans fall through and already down two players

Assistant Captain Samyn is thrust into duty getting beer (without a cooler no less) and helping with subs.

Unfortunately we miscalculate the ratings and are .5 over the legal limit and rep J.C. catches it.
I ask for leeway for super-sub Crisi who is waiting in the wings but J.C. makes the correct call. Crisi has to wait for the 7 p.m. game.
For the record I had it right, Rich had it wrong. (Rich, I told you he was a 3.5)

The short-handed Tough take the ice and shake it off by quickly carrying the play. Middleton cracks the score board with a nice goal off a cross ice pass about 4:30 in.
We carry the play but goalie De Gagne holds his team in. The Ranger manage a few shots and slip in a 5 hold to tie the game.
We take a penalty on a Beaupre rush and the Ranger catch me scrambling on the power play to take a 2-1 lead.

Second period find the Tough in control but can’t score as MDG plays tough. No scoring until Middleton finally smacks in a one timer from the slot to tie the game.

Third period finds the Tough controlling the play but unable to find the net. The Rangers do get some good opportunities and get a goal from the point off a screen from Viking Jay Adams. 3-2 Rangers!

However the Tough are able to come back and get the tying goal from Dan Middleton and a go-ahead goal from Kaput.
Rangers push back but Tough holds on and I manage to toe away a tip shot from lunch buddy Tyson.
Tough get the empty netter from Kaput to seal the deal.

Good game and thanks to my teammates getting back the first couple stinker goals.
Great game by Ranger goalie MDG to keep them in it.

Up next lunch rivals Schafer, Rose and the GT.

Moczydlowsky: WELLLLLLLLLLLL that didn't go the way we thought it would.

they are fast

we didn't get many shots or score many goals.

Fun fact:

John Crisi sub more times this week than i have in my entire FHL career.

3.5 out
Bullitts 8   GranTorinos 8 :
DePaoli: The Bullitts went against the highly offensive powered GT. We decided to go toe-to-toe with them in an offensive shootout, and after a handful of lead changes, we came out with an 8-8 tie.

Schaefer: No surprise here but more terrible reffing... we might as well buy two orange cones to put on the ice or the refs should pay us for the ice time since all they do is skate around aimlessly.

But as for the game, horrible defensive effort on the part of the GT's. Most of our goals against were on big rebounds sitting out in front of the net. No defensemen to clear the puck out along with several dumb turnovers that lead to goals. Also many times Forwards were coasting through the neutral zone on offense and then not backchecking.

Somehow we managed to score two goals in the final 2.5 minutes of the game to tie it up 8-8. But with the terrible refs, missed scoring chances, bad defense, and lack of hustle we deserved to lose this game.
Broncos 5   SuperChiefs 2 :
Vincent: Tough Broncos team kept the SuperChiefs winless on the season. Jeff Dare played big in net and made some big saves and our offense didn’t produce enough. Goals from Wypych and Sparks and thanks for subbing John, Ron and Big Jay. Back at it on Tuesday against the Bullitts.

Kluegel: Another big game for the Broncos, who jumped out to an early 3-0 1st period lead over the SuperChiefs. Olszewski, Barron and Blake Smith all found the back of the net in the first.

Due to a late subbing situation, I moved Nate Nalder up to Forward for this contest. Before the game, he told me "I'm not really a forward" and then proceeded to score the final 2 goals of the game for us!

5-2 Broncos - Final. Several big saves by Dare in net along with some great poke checks on Mitchell Fink and Wypych. Poodle just returned from his bachelor party in Vegas and looked like he was going to pass out on a few occasions, but he survived!

Special thanks to Matt Schultz for subbing on short notice, great game!

Next up, our first home game against the Galaxies!
Diesels 5   Blackbirds 0 :
Lacaria: Volume 2 Issue 2

Rep was not there so no tasty write up for the masses. Need to get better. Does not get any easier this week against the Focus.

Kundinger: After a disappointing week 1, the Diesels regroup and get back to playing simple hockey. That was all that needed to happen as they come out on fire and pop in 3 goals in the first period. Blackbirds try to mount some offense in the second, but rookie sub goalie, Brendan Caldwell, shuts down several fast break attempts. Diesels net two more and safely claim their first win of the season. Hopefully that is the first of many more to come!
Cobras 5   Galaxies 1 :
Filar: Our French Canadian wrecking ball is crushing the score sheet again. 2g2a for Jude with his linemate Batalucco going 1g1a. Joe Z. found his scoring touch and netted the other 2 for the Kai. Kid Caldwell was outstanding again only letting in one goal this week.

I'm pretty sure I wrote the same thing last week, so I may just start with the ol copy and paste if these guys keep it going.

Akins: Galaxies take a step back this week, getting out-hustled and out-muscled by the Cobra Kai.

Unlike week 1, the Galaxies get on the board first with an early goal from Heikkila... and that wrapped up the scoring for the Galaxies.

Back and forth through the first. Cobras tie it up with less than :30 in the period. The second belonged to the Kai. Galaxies generally weathered the onslaught, due mainly to Zach's net-minding, and were only down 1 after 2 periods. More of the same in the 3rd, but the defensive breakdowns (particularly a couple costly missteps by the Rep) sealed the Galaxies' fate and the Cobras added 3 more.

What did we learn? That the team is chock-full of dog owners. Also, consensus in the locker room was that the tanks were empty in the 3rd. The idea of an off-ice cardio regimen was considered briefly, and then quickly abandoned as being wholly unreasonable. Regardless, Galaxies look to rebound next week, clean up the sloppy play, and get a W!
Falcons 1   Thunderbolts 1 :
Bordeau: Goaltending battle to the end of the game. 1 - 1 tie.
Falcons get the first goal late in the second period.The T-Bolts fight back and score the tying goal with 4:23 left in the 3rd period. Both goalies make big saves all game to keep it tight.
We get the short week and play again on Monday against Mike K. and his Diesels.

Focus 4   Marauders 3 :
McCaig: Big match up against the Marauders and right off the start the pace was quick. This felt more like a playoff game than the regular season. Goaltending on both ends of the ice was solid with many chances for both teams. Focus go up first to get things going, with the Marauders never too far behind. Going into the third with a lead that the Marauders brought within 1. We held off the comeback long enough for the win. Big first 2 weeks for the focus.

Soper: Just like last week ... Another playoff style game in week 2.
It was the Keg and new comer Beaupre show for the Focus.
Kirch was stellar in net for the Rauds again. Gadulka played well for the Focus.
Kegs opens the scoring after Soapdaddy fails to clear the puck on the wall and Kegs makes em pay for it as he scoops the puck up and takes it to the net for the score. Focus 1 zip EOF.
Soap ties it on a tip from the point shot by Radcliff and a nice feed by Sharlow. Sub Nate Nalder buries one that proved to be the "back breaker" after all on a scramble in front. Kegs gets another on the same backhand move as his first goal. 3-1 EOS.
Bobby Avila takes one in and goes top shelf from Normand and Cecott. Then Beaupre slides one in as he loses control and the biscuit slides past a sprawling Kirch and into the open basket. 4-2. Conner comes back on an end to end rush after a Sharlow feed and buries it 30 seconds later to make it 4-3. Too little too late for the Rauds as the Focus hold on as the Rauds pull their goalie and apply pressure. 4-3 Final.
Conner takes the POG honors with a 2 pt. night (1G,1A) Sharlow adds 2 assists.
Rauds put it another good showing at the Wood as the only FHLers to make it in two straight weeks on our game night! :0)
Win or lose, we drink the Booze.

Upcoming FHL Action :
Mon - Sep 23, 20195:00 PMDiesels at Falcons
Mon - Sep 23, 20196:00 PMFocus at Blackbirds
Mon - Sep 23, 20197:00 PMGalaxies at Broncos
Tue - Sep 24, 20196:00 PMGranTorinos at FordTough
Tue - Sep 24, 20197:00 PMSuperChiefs at Bullitts
Thu - Sep 26, 20196:00 PMMarauders at Thunderbolts
Thu - Sep 26, 20197:00 PMRangers at Cobras

FHL Three Stars of the Week :
FHL Rookie Daniel Middleton gets his first Hat-Trick in the FHL as well as the first star of the week with a five point night (3g, 2a). Jason Blair takes the second spot with the playmaker. Garrett White earns wins the coin flip for the third spot among those with 4 points (2g, 2a).

Things would be in a bit of a different order if subs could qualify for the Three Stars of the Week, but they can't.
Daniel Middleton
Jason Blair
Garrett White