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January 14, 2019 Volume 15, Edition 15
FHL Weekly Recognitions
Hat Tricks...Goals
Rhett Schaefer4
Matt McCaig3

Play Makers...Assts
Joseph Zalewski4
Ruben Jasso3
Who's Hot…
The Cobras jump back on to the Hot List with three wins in a row and they are currently the only team on a Hot streak.
...and NOT…
Well, FordTough came close to getting off this list, but a tie is not a win. Still no victories for them in their last eight games.
Week 15 Intro :
Alright everyone make sure that I entered 2019 in the top corner up there for the year. Surprisingly I've not automated that part yet. Happy New Year everyone.

We're back at it over the final couple months to see who gets into the Playoffs. Looks like things have the potential of going down to the wire this season. Every game counts. A couple teams flirting with Gazette karma this week...we'll see how that goes for them. On with the show.

Week 15 in Review :
Marauders 4   Thunderbolts 4 :
Soper: Welcome back.
Thanks to Ed Rose for subbing!
Both Dare and Cholette play great in net all game.
TBOLTS jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. Adams and Brett from Vinny. EOF
Curtis gets a PPG on a nice shot from Sharlow, Soap and Rose.
Owen gets one right back unassisted.
Sharlow takes one in and beats Zach from Soap and Rose. 3-2 TBOLTS EOS
Sharlow comes right back and takes one in and beats Zach short side from Rose
Crisi with some hustle puts the Rauds up 4-3 with 3 mins left from Poodle.
TBOLTS put on pressure late, Rauds can’t clear zone, Brett gets one to Owen and he slips one past JD to tie it 4-4 with 9 secs left.
Great back and forth, kissing your sister game!
Happy New Year all.

Cobras 3   Falcons 2 :
Bordeau: Falcons face off against the Cobra's with #1 overall draft pick Brandon Kaput. They beat us 3-1 in week #5, with Brandon getting 2 goals and an assist.
Cobras score first with no help from Brandon. Falcons score the next 2 goals mid way thru the 2nd period to take the lead. The Cobras answer right back with 3 minutes left in the 2nd period to tie it up. Brandon got an assist.
Back and forth play-off style hockey for the end of the 2nd period and the 3rd period results in good chances from both teams but strong goaltending keeps the score tied at 2.
Than the smooth skating Brandon K. gets the puck late in the game in the offensive zone and skates around the net and back out front near the face off circle and puts a wrist shot short side over Brandon DeMars shoulder with 1:06 left in the game. WOW!!! Not too many players in this league would make that shot!!
Falcons pull their goalie and attack the net but can not tie up the score. Great game by both teams, it could have gone either way. I guess Tom Filar had some secrets on Brandon, drafting a defenseman 1st overall. He has beaten my team both games almost by himself!! Strong skater, makes it look easy!!

Filar: The first game back after break looked like the first game back after break. Good hustle but a lot of Christmas ham stuck in the gloves and skates.

Dolega netted a couple of beauty snipes for the Falcons, and the Cobras responded with hard work goals from Wypych, Kalinski and Kaput. Good game from Grashik gave us the chance to break the 2-2 tie with 1 minute to go in the game. Thanks to JC's man crush Jay Adams for subbing, though next week JC will have to kick his ass when we square off against the Thunderbolts.
Boss 5   Rangers 3 :
Contreraz: Well Rangers were a little rusty coming off the Holiday break. Give up and early goal to start the game a defection off a Rangers Dman. Rangers regroup and get the next 2. Boss tie the game scoring off a rebound. Then Rangers have a bad turnover and Boss get a short handed goal off another rebound. Rangers tie game with deflected puck off Sub John Crisi’s shin guard. Rangers get called for a penalty. Boss score on the PP on another rebound. Geez.... Contreraz needs to get his Sh&@ together. Boss ice game with late goal. Rangers poo poo the bed.

Finger: 2019 off to a good start for Boss. We take on deadly duo of Magic Mitch and Mr. Sparks.

Boss get on the board first early when Steckler sticks it off his own rebound. 1-0

The Rangers, working hard despite the loss of their outstanding coach, score the next two by the aforementioned Duo. Sparks blast a seeing eye screen shot in the ice and on target. Fink dazzles as he does and gets his 25th of the season. He is so good. 1-2

Boss lean heavy on their Ghost and he delivers despite feeling about 50% healthy. Gate's outstanding short handed effort and goal prove to be the inspiration for BOSS for the rest of the game. His will would not yield! 2 by the ghost = 3-2

Smith forms a ridiculous wall from the point and make zone entry very difficult. Hopkins answers the bell to play forward with a strong effort and two helpers.

Rangers score again to tie the game (sorry, I have no memory of it and there is no #5 on their team like the sheet says, sub Crisi perhaps?) 3-3

but boss get the last two. Finger pots a goal mouth scramble and then a beauty 2 on 1 with Hall .. to Smith.. to Hall for the tap in. 5-3

Gough was on his game including a Fink breakaway stop that he did not know he made and so many quick glove snares.

You know the saying in hockey.. "Don't get caught admiring your pass" Great win for us but Boss have a long way to go to get back to respectability.

Back to business and the blackbirds who beat up on us pretty good last time.
GranTorinos 6   Diesels 2 :
Schaefer: Very close game throughout the first two periods but a goal with 1 second left in the 2nd period by the GT's gave them a 2 goal lead heading into the 3rd period. In the 3rd period, the GT's added two more goals to their lead and ultimately winning the game 6-2.

Broncos 3   Bullitts 1 :
Kluegel: For the second time this season, a low scoring affair against DePaoli and the Bullitts.

On his first shift of the game, Dennis Koehler got the Broncos on the board. The puck squirted out front from behind the net and Dennis was able to jam the puck by Gardner. 1-0 Broncos End of 1.

There would be no more scoring until 7:26 left in the contest when an unfortunate Broncos turnover led to a 3-on-1 opportunity for the Bullitts. Maloney would capitalize and tie the game at 1-1. With 2:26 to go, Lucatch put the Broncos back out in front with a great individual effort...3 or 4 shots on one shift before finally putting one by Gardner. The Broncos got a hooking penalty with 1:58 to go and went on the penalty kill trying to protect a 1 goal lead for the rest of the game. Despite several great chances, the Bullitts were not able to score and Eric Peters was able to seal the game with an empty netter. 3-1 Broncos - Final.

As always, a great performance by Chris Gadulka in net. I felt like we were outplayed in the 3rd period but Chris was able to make several huge saves to get us the win.

Special thanks to Cam Schmidt and Andrew Hudon (2017-18 Bronco Alumni) for subbing!

Next up, we look to avenge an early season defeat at the hands of Cousin Richie and Ford Tough!

DePaoli: You could definitely tell there was some holiday rust left on the skates in this game. The play was sloppy, but the pressure was pretty even throughout the game, but the Bullitts struggled to put the puck in the net. Both goalies made big saves throughout the game and it could've went either way, but the Broncos chipped one in late in the 3rd and then added an empty netter.
Bullitts were hoping for a better start to the New Year, but to no avail.
Focus 8   Raiders 5 :
McKenzie: Not a lot of positives for us, just a good old fashioned butt kicking.

We'll forget about this one and move on.

McCaig: Focus finally return to action after the high holidays.
Game starts pretty even but a bad offensive zone bounce leads to a Joe Z breakaway and he snipes glove side to take the lead. A few minutes later Albert slaps in a bounce off the backboards on what I'm sure was a set play and the new year looks like a tough start for the Focus.

Que the comeback
The Focus hold tough including a lucky poke check in front of out net and Ruben slips a nice shot 5 hole. A minute later Akins point blast finds the back of the net and we're rolling.

The Focus tally 5 more in the second from Hoyte, McCaig, Conti as the big guns are firing to take control.

The teams trade a few goals late in the game (including one past the Focus goalie dreaming of locker room Solid Gold beer. My bad) as the game wraps up 8 to 5.

Solid start to the new year. Looking to keep it going next week as the standings are tight.
Not a shutout but a win hopefully pays for the Legends ticket. Thanks Mike.
Blackbirds 3   FordTough 3 :
Lacaria: Volume 1 Issue 15

FHL returns to play after the FHL shutdown. People were questioning if the FHL shutdown had any relation to the government shutdown, would we all be furloughed etc.... Happy to report that the FHL is back all the documents were signed and the reps voted to reopen the FHL. Week 15's opponent was against fellow paisan Richie D and the FordTough. Games was very tight in the first period but we gooned it up a bit and put ourselves on a 5 on 3 penalty kill. We kill off the first but with 20 seconds left to kill off the second Bryans scores for the Tough. Tough 1-0. We answered back before the end of the 1st with 2 goals to go up 2-1 at the end of the first. 2nd period plays to a stalemate but not for lack of trying. Reagle played out of his mind. Birds couldn't figure out how we weren't up more....answer....Reagle kept the game from getting out of hand. 3rd period the Tough scored to tie it up at 2. We scored late to go up 3-2. Blackbirds give the Tough a late Christmas present and let them back in the game with a late deflection goal by Conner Cecott. Was it a high stick though???? Game ends 3-3 tie.

We definitely feel like we gave this one away. Felt like we out chanced the Tough but again credit to Reagle who slammed the door shut on us countless times....that's why you take him though. Birds go for the double dip next week playing the Boss and GT. Should be a good games. Birds need to get back on the winning track.

Dalimonte: Happy New year to all in the FHL! Ford Tough begins 2019 with the last game of the week against a fast Blackbirds team and team leader Coach Rich is hard at work in Las Vegas at CES so FT will have to navigate the waters in this game without a rudder but still have a good powertrain system in which to rely on.

The Tough begin the scoring when FHL veteran Tom Bryans go coast to coast on a power play to break the ice in this game. The Birds get (2) unanswered goals to go up 2-1 at the end of the first period. The second period is a stalemate as both tier 1 goalies keep their teams in the game with multiple scoring chances by both teams. Halfway through the third period superstar defenseman Joe Korepta back from a meniscitis injury that was thought to be season ending (but fortunately wasn’t) intercepts an errant Birds pass at the blue line and goes top shelf to tie the game. The Birds get the go ahead goal in a scrum in front of the FT goal where Reagle the Beagle had control of the puck for a reasonable time frame but no whistle was blown and the results were the puck ending in the back of the FT net rather than in a faceoff. The Tough pull the Beagle and get the extra attacker which never seems to work but has to be done and this time it worked! The pride of the Illini Conner Cecott gets the tying goal from Nick Menard and Pat “the D” DiMarco to get a much-needed point for Ford Tough as all teams at the bottom of the standings are beginning to think about ways to avoid the mythological Toilet Bowl.

Upcoming FHL Action :
Mon - Jan 14, 20195:30 PMBlackbirds at Boss
Mon - Jan 14, 20196:30 PMBroncos at FordTough
Tue - Jan 15, 20195:00 PMMarauders at GranTorinos
Tue - Jan 15, 20196:00 PMCobras at Thunderbolts
Tue - Jan 15, 20197:00 PMFalcons at Raiders
Thu - Jan 17, 20195:00 PMRangers at Bullitts
Thu - Jan 17, 20196:00 PMDiesels at Focus

FHL Three Stars of the Week :
Our two 5.0 Reps get the first two spots this week with a bunch of goals. Joe grabs the third spot sporting four assists and a goal.
Rhett Schaefer
Matt McCaig
Joseph Zalewski