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October 21, 2019 Volume 16, Edition 6
 
FHL Weekly Recognitions
Hat Tricks...Goals
Daniel Middleton3
Albert Quattrin3
Ryan Zack3


Play Makers...Assts
Austin Mazur3
Albert Quattrin3
Ryan Zack3
 
Who's Hot…
The Cobras remain the leagues lone unblemished team with all wins on the season thus far after six games (11 is the record for those wanting to know).

The Broncos and Focus win again to also stay on the Hot List for another week.
 
...and NOT…
Six losses in a row to start out the season for the Blackbirds (11 is the record here as well).

The Falcons missed a game due to the Zamboni issue, but they're now winless over five games in a row putting them on this list.
 
Week 6 Intro :
A group of FHL guys got together to play in a tournament in Bay City this weekend, captained by Rhett Schaefer... I've handed over the Intro of the Gazette for his recap of those games...

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1st game – Gran Torino’s 5 – Flint River Vipers 1 (Final) -> MVP Matt
2nd game – Gran Torino’s 5 – Stretch’s Curve 2 (Final) -> MVP Matt
3rd game – Gran Torino’s 8 – Fullerton Tool 2 (Final) -> MVP Rhett

Championship – Gran Torino’s 8 – Stretch’s Curve 7 (Final/OT) -> MVP Rhett

After beating Stretch’s Curve on Saturday morning with a strong defensive effort, the Gran Torino’s started the championship game very poorly getting behind early 4-0 in the first 8 minutes of the first period. The momentum shifted in the last 5 minutes of the 1st period when scored our first goal of the game and scored two goals in the final 45 seconds—4-3 after the first. The 2nd period didn’t start much better than our 1st period, as half way through the 2nd period we found ourselves again down by a few goals, 7-4. But we were able to finish the second period strong and get within one goal for a score of 7-6 after two periods. The third period had much less scoring, but the GT’s were able to score the tying goal midway through the 3rd period to make it a 7-7 game. The game went to a 5 minute 3 on 3 overtime. No scoring through the first couple minutes of OT until Ryan Zack took a loose puck down the side, made a couple of moves around the defenseman, and got a good shot on net. The goalie didn’t know where the puck went as it was sitting right behind him. James Hoyt saw the loose puck and poked in the game winning goal!

I was informed by the ref of the 3rd game that “Stretch’s Curve” pretty much runs the hockey in the tri-cities so the Ford team was the talk of the town apparently when we showed up and won our first couple games.



Rhett Schaefer - Brett McKenzie - Matt McCaig - Tom LeFevre - Blake Smith
Curtis Clark - Chris Warren - Ryan Jones - Dustin Jones - John Crisi
Albert Quattrin - Bobby Eastman - James Hoyt - Ryan Zack - Brendan Caldwell

Week 6 in Review :
Cobras 4   Bullitts 1 :
Filar: The Caldwell Clash goes to the kid! Good tight game with both teams hustling. Cobras get a tip in goal from Koehler halfway through the first to start the scoring. Things go back and forth throughout the game with the tendys earning their keep. Cobras have to keep telling their goalie to stop cheering for his dad on the other end.

Garrett sneaks one in at the start of the 3rd to tie it up. Then, after returning from concussion protocol, Owen takes over the game. First with a shot from the point tipped in by McLean then sneaking a puck past Caldwell on his own to give the Cobras 2 goals in a minute and the victory on the night. McLean netted his second of the night into an empty net and we went to the Wood to celebrate.

The refs were average to pretty good tonight, making them way better than the jackholes that bent the Lions over.

DePaoli: A heavily subbed Bullitts team faces the undefeated Cobras and played the first period with 8 skaters, as one player mixed up the game time. The Bras managed to get one goal in a pretty fast paced evenly matched first period. The second period would be more of the same, with neither team able to get one past a Caldwell. The Bullitts struck early in the third to tie it up and the score would remain that way until just past the 4 minute mark, when the Bras were able to score 2 quick ones, then add an empty netter. The score doesn't show how tight this game was, and even though we were on the losing end, it was a fun game to play in.
Broncos 3   Falcons 2 :
Bordeau: Another hard fought battle that the Falcons come up just a little short! Lose 3-2 to a top team. Their goalie played well!! Thanks to Dan M for subbing.

Kluegel: Another tough FHL game against the scrappy Falcons! Chris Olszewski opened the scoring in this contest on a short handed breakaway. Chris made a nice deke on Sauve and tucked it around his pad for the 1-0 Broncos lead. The Falcons would tie it up later in the period on a goal from Patrick Coliton. With 0:28 to go in the opening period, Blake Smith had a great individual effort, cutting across the high slot and ripping one by Sauve. 2-1 Broncos End of 1.

The Broncos opened up a 2 goal lead midway through the second period. Kluegel chipped it up the boards to Blake Smith in the neutral zone, who found a streaking Cam Barron. "The Rook" buried it. 3-1 End of 2.

The Falcons scored the only goal of the 3rd period on a mad scramble in front of the net with 0:55 left. The Broncos were able to hang on to the 1 goal lead from there. 3-2 Broncos - Final.

As usual, another big game by Dare in net...several huge saves.

Special thanks to Tony B and Jim Radcliffe for subbing. Nice turnout at the Oakwood after the game to watch the Lions get screwed by the refs on MNF!

Next up, the Rangers!
Focus 2   Diesels 0 :
Kundinger: Special teams killed the Diesels as they gave up a short handed goal and a power play goal. Lots of chances for the Diesels to score, but they couldn't find any answers to crack the code.

Good crowd at the MNF game at Oakwood. Nate and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Lions implode to lose to the Packers.

McCaig: Big week against the Diesels for the Monday night finale. Right off the rip I gotta give DePaoli an assist for wearing down a few Diesels prior to our matchup. For the second time on the season the Focus roll in with a full squad and we keep the undefeated streak alive. It was a solid back and forth game with plenty of chances for both sides. We managed to hold the offensive threats from the Diesels at bay and put together one of our most solid defensive games so far of the season. It only took 2 goals from the Focus to come away with the win which is one more than we needed. Shout out to Gadulka for the shutout.
Thunderbolts 7   FordTough 7 :
Tymczak: Tough game to loose when you have a lead with 50 seconds left. Back and forth game..both teams with alot of speed. Ford tough has a new player that is legit. Great replacement for Kaput, Middleton is a 5 as well. No time to dwell on the tie, quick turn around with SuperChiefs on Monday.

Samyn: Another tough start for the Ford Tough as #1 and rep are out again.

Enter Brian Steckler, Ron “No Politics, Just Beer” Martina and new guy Ryan Zack

Quick start to the game as the Tough carry the play, Alex holds the fort for the Thunderbolts with some good saves.
Sure enough, halfway through the period we get a bouncer in the slot that pops right to Mazur for the tap in.
Tough come back with a goal from Daehn to even it out, TB respond again to take the lead again.
Sub Zack get a break to end the period 2-2
Tymczak does manage to get a “Slapper” on net, good play as odds are 50/50 it will slip past me.

Somehow Alex and I stem the scoring in the second as we only manage a PP goal at the 6:30 mark.
Good speed from both teams as cycle the puck. A couple classic McKenzie flop shots are knocked away (again, 50/50 odds)

Third period the flood gates open as the TB score three to open the period including a bouncer through my pads, a wide open Albert off a point shot and rebound off the pacer (Thanks Albert, again)
Middleton responds for the Tough with two goals to even the score. TB respond again to take the lead. Sub Zack evens the score at 6-6 only 22 second later.
Not satisfied with a tie game, Albert manages to sneak one over my glove to take the lead again with only 51 seconds left.
I scoot my slow ass to the bench for the extra attacker and RZ manages to roof it with 24 seconds left to tie the game 7-7.
The hockey gods decide that’s enough, final 7-7.

Thanks to my teammates for the comeback tie and subs Steckler, Ryan Zack and Ron “I’ll get you at lunch” Martina
And a shout out to Ron and Brett McKenzie for subbing a few weeks back against the GT (I forgot that in the write up)

Up next, MNH with Kundinger and the Diesels.
Rangers 4   GranTorinos 3 :
Schaefer: Unlucky night on scoring chances and couple dumb defensive mistakes did us in this time.

Refs were okay, nothing egregious that they missed besides a quick whistle in front of the net on what should have been a goal.

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Marauders 3   Blackbirds 2 :
Soper: Great game with the "Birdies".

Special K Kirchiver with another spectacular game in the pipes!!!

Conner gets us on the board early with a nice goal from the Canon and Bourque. Luebke answers back with a breakaway that sneaks through Kirch. Bobby "Bumble" has a nasty collision with Avila at the blue line and gets called for a trip. Super sub Chapman makes the "Crows" pay with a PP goal that banks off the pipe and in. 2-1 Rauders EOF.
Kirch continues his stellar net minding and keeps the "Ravens" at bay. Some more hustle by Conner and Chapman gets rewarding with a goal from Conner and Boom Boom on the assists. That's how it remained till a puck from Bobby Bumble went off Slady's face and into the net with 1 sec left. Slady said he was OK but the 1" gash on his eyelid tells me otherwise. "Rocky" will be in the lineup Monday.
3-2 final Rauds.
Sub Chapman gets the POG honors ... first sub to do that in recent years! Thanks Austin for subbing.

Nice turnout at the Wood for post game festivities.

Short turnaround .. GTs on Monday.

Lacaria: Volume 2 Issue 6

Well another week and another loss. Thankfully we have now played every goalie in tier 1 so hopefully the offense opens up in the coming weeks. Something has to give as it feels like we are averaging 30 shots on net.

Had a good time with some of the Marauders after the game up at the Oakwood. Our team spirits seem up.
SuperChiefs 3   Galaxies 0 :
Akins: Galaxies fall flat, shut out by SuperChiefs.

By all appearances, the Galaxies were feeling the effects of playing the second night of a back-to-back due to Halloween rescheduling. But for a few sporadic moments of life for the Galaxies, the SuperChiefs controlled the play throughout the game. It was scoreless until just after the halfway mark in the second, when Wypych batted one in off his own rebound. Galaxies defenders appealed for a high stick, to no avail. 1-0. That seemed to break the Galaxies' backs. Another goal for the SuperChiefs about a minute later. SuperChiefs had the puck for at least 9 minutes in the 3rd and added another one.

Zach was the lone bright spot for the Galaxies in this one. Could not get anything going offensively, or defensively for that matter. Although we only got about 4 shots on net for the game, Gardner did have to make 2 great saves to earn the shutout. Time to wipe this one from the collective memory and try again next week.

Vincent: Akins and the Galaxies get their 1st victory last week, also get a victory in a makeup game scheduled for the week of Halloween. So with 2 recent victories the SuperChiefs knew the Galaxies would be playing with confidence. Game plan was set, and executed appropriately. The 1st period saw the Chiefs with many chances but 2019's Playoff MVP, Zach Cholette, was a brick wall. Finally midway through the 2nd period, Wypych, who had good karma coming his way for buying a pizza (Hot N Ready) for a random stranger that day, did his best Miggy Cabrera impersonation by batting one out of mid-air into the back of the net making it 1-0 midway through the 2nd. On the next shift, it was time for some Mitch magic. Finker walked through the Galaxy defense and put one past the outstretched Cholette making it 2-0. The 3rd period saw the Chiefs extend the lead when “The Monster” Chris Warren unleashed a bottle rocket that went top cheddar making it 3-0. The remainder of the game’s focus was to try and limit the Galaxies final push. The game ends and the Chiefs celebrate Mike “The Guardian” Gardner’s much deserved shutout.

Upcoming FHL Action :
Mon - Oct 21, 20195:00 PMSuperChiefs at Thunderbolts
Mon - Oct 21, 20196:00 PMDiesels at FordTough
Mon - Oct 21, 20197:00 PMMarauders at GranTorinos
Tue - Oct 22, 20196:00 PMCobras at Falcons
Tue - Oct 22, 20197:00 PMGalaxies at Blackbirds
Thu - Oct 24, 20196:00 PMRangers at Broncos
Thu - Oct 24, 20197:00 PMFocus at Bullitts

FHL Three Stars of the Week :
The first shutout of the season to 20 year veteran of the FHL, Mike Gardner earns him the first star this week. Christopher Gadulka also comes up with a shutout this week, picking up the #2 spot on the list. Lastly, Albert Quattrin gets both a hat-trick and a play-maker in the same game. Good stuff.
Mike Gardner
Christopher Gadulka
Albert Quattrin