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November 11, 2019 Volume 16, Edition 9
 
FHL Weekly Recognitions
Hat Tricks...Goals
Bo Beaupre3
Adam Gorski Jr3
Matt McCaig3


Play Makers...Assts
Phil Rea3
 
Who's Hot…
Look at those Broncos go... Another week another win, this time in the shutout. Still undefeated on the season.

The SuperChiefs get on the list with a five game undefeated streak. Three wins and two ties over that span.
 
...and NOT…
Look at that...no one on the Cold List this week. Well done.
 
Week 9 Intro :
The good news here is that I gave all the Team Reps absolutely enough time to get in all their stats and for everyone of them to do a write-up. The bad news is that trying to update the FHL website from a laptop screen just does not work for me so I had to wait until I was in front of a computer to get things done.

Anyway, hopefully there are no typos or curse words in any of the write-ups this week as I didn't check any of them. Unfiltered and unedited, that's how we're rolling this week.

Week 9 in Review :
Focus 7   GranTorinos 4 :
McCaig: The Focus come out looking to make up for the loss handed to them by the Rangers last week. With FHL all-time sub Crisi being out of the lineup, we called up Akins to help get the job done. First period starts off with the Focus putting 4 in and getting a good amount of momentum. Not to be too far behind, the Gran Torinos net 2 for an end of period score of 4-2.

As the second period progressed, the Focus started shifting away from the good habits that worked in the first period and gave Chris more exposure than we needed, but were able to slide through the second with each team only adding a goal a piece.

Starting off the third period, the Gran Torinos put another one up in the opening moments. From there on out, it was a barrage of shots by both teams. We were able to put up 2 more for the 7-4 win.

Looks like we have some good resiliency after the loss last week. Couldn't be happier with the guys' effort this week.

Schaefer: Gave too much space defensively and we got the bad guy, cost us two goals.
Bullitts 2   Galaxies 1 :
DePaoli: The Bullitts come out desperate for a win since our last one was week 1. We dominate the 1st period with the majority of puck control, only to come out of it tied 0-0. The 2nd period is more of the same, and we were finally able to tally a goal on a nice passing play up the ice and Deprez finishing. The 3rd period was not more of the same, as the Galaxies were pressing and controlling some of the play, which eventually led to a goal. With 2:30 left, Bullitts go on the PP and work the puck around and score 18 seconds in and Caldwell finished up the rest to get us the win.


Akins: Galaxies squander opportunities, drop close one to Bullitts.

The game was back and forth throughout. Neither team was able to set up shop in the offensive zone with any sustained pressure. Zeroes after the 1st. Galaxies left a man unattended in the slot 3 minutes into the second and the Bullitts put one in the upper corner through traffic. 1-0 after two. Galaxies got some pressure and chipped a puck past Caldwell on a second or third chance to tie it up with about 4 minutes to play. But then while shorthanded the Rep tipped a LeFevre shot from the point right onto Maloney's tape in front of the net, which then deflected past Zach. Pretty sure Maloney was as surprised as everyone else to see that one go in. Bullitts tightened up the D in the final couple minutes and the Galaxies ran out of time.

Thanks to E. Peters for filling in for the injured Jones. Sloppy transition and offensive zone play doomed us, and wasted the solid efforts of our defense and goaltender. The week off might have played a role. In retrospect, my decision to sub in the early game was shortsighted. I was gassed for the second half. It's a lot harder to hide my laziness up front. Lesson learned.
SuperChiefs 3   Falcons 3 :
Vincent: Week 9 already, really? Taking on the Falcons without their leader and FHL OG Tommy Bordeau. Sauve, Vinnie and Bobby Reins leading the way for the tie happy Falcons. SuperChiefs riding a lossless streak dating back to mid-Sept and looking to keep that going. Big game out of Monster Ripper Warren. Alex the Great bringing what has become expected with a big goal and assist. And Springer decided to put his name up on the big board finally with a his 1st tally of the season. The game ends in a tie with each team earning 1 point. Lots of Halloween candy and IPAs consumed in the locker room in preparation for next weeks competition, Rhett Schaefer and the GT’s.

Bordeau: Falcons face off against the Super Chiefs and their strong offense.
I went to see the Red Wings get their butts kicked. Sounds like the FHL game was much better!! 3-3 tie.
Sounds like Bryan S in nets played very well against his buddy Chris V. for a much needed 1 point for the Falcons.
Refer to Chris's writeup.
Thanks to Alex L and Chris P for subbing.
Cobras 3   FordTough 1 :
Filar: Piku started off the Cobras scoring with a great pinch and a filthy snipe, crowd went wild! Next 2 Cobra goals were sloppy hustle goals from Zalewski and Berthault. Caldwell scared the team going down in and grabbing his knee, fortunately for us, and him I guess, it was just a puck that found a hole in the pads. The kid rallied and kept the Tough of the board the rest of the night even with the sabotage attempts pic Winkler and Filar.

Dalimonte: Match up with one of the top teams and my first meeting with Mini Caldwell.

No scoring in the first as the Tough generally carry the play.
Cobras do get a few opportunities but no luck as they play solid D and generally keep the Tough outside shooting in.

Second period is quick as the Tough finally start to get some good chances and we break through on a nice drop pass slap shot from the slot.
Brendon holds the fort and recovers from puck to the knee (Dam that hurts, doesn’t it?) as the Cobras push back.
Sure enough, Piku fires one in from the boards and the second ends tied 1-1

Third period starts with the Cobras in out zone and they get the break they need as Joe Z bounces in a rebound off a wraparound attempt.
A minute later a point shot off my pad bounces right to the goofy Canadian’s tape and we’re down 3-1
I keep the Cobras off the board the rest of the way as my team goes to work trying to tie it up
Cobras play solid D and keep our shots pretty much outside. I try to get to the bench for Menard but the Cobras manage to grab the puck and prevent the extra man.
3-1 final
Great effort from my teammates to stay in the game and keep up the pressure. Cobras get the breaks today…and get away with a lot of contact.
We’ll look to rebound against the Bullets on MNH.

Thanks to Dan Vincent and Austin Chapman for subbing.
Broncos 5   Thunderbolts 0 :
Tymczak: Nothing to see here, ohh look over there! Had plenty of chances just not enough...check that no finishing! Broncos ate a big fast physical team. They'll be tough to beat.

Kluegel: Big 5-0 W for the Broncos in what may have been our best performance of the season. Highlight of the game is Poodle scoring his first goal of the season, which turned out to be the GWG!!! Jeff Dare has been playing well all season and we/he were finally able to get him a well deserved shutout.

Blake Smith turned in a 2G, 1A performance. Rookie of the Year, Cam Barron, and Chris Olszewski each recorded 1G, 1A on the night.

Fun times at the Oakwood after the game.

Next up, a rare Wednesday game against the Cobras!
Diesels 2   Marauders 1 :
Radl: Diesels squared off against a solid Marauders team. First period was a back and forth battle ending at 0-0. Diesels turn up the pressure on sub goalie, Brendan Caldwell, and Joe Korepta finally sneaks one by him early in the second period. Despite the onslaught of shots the Rauds keep it to 1-0 at the end of the 2nd. Diesels open the third period like they did in the second with a pretty goal from Collin Peters. Rauds tally one midway through the third. Diesels, once again, pummel the net with shots but just can't seem to get anything else past Caldwell. Game ends 2-1. Fun game!

Soper: Thanks to Brendan for subbing in net.
Speaking of goaltending... great display tonight.
DeMars and Brendan putting on a show!!
Unbelievable saves, breakaways stopped, back and forth game. Heavily subbed Diesel team. This game had a playoff style tempo to it.
In 2nd, Korepta goes in, gathers his own rebound and slips one under Brendan’s arm, Caldwell Jr. got most of it, but not enough. Peters gets one midway through the 3rd. 2 minutes later Avila bangs a rebound home off Normand’s post shot. Assist Radcliffe.
That’s the way it ended. 2-1 Black and Yellow.
POG goes to Caldy ... with 30 plus saves on the night.
JC and the Rangers on Veteran’s Day.
Make sure you thank a vet for their service. They are the reason we have the freedoms we have!!
Blackbirds 8   Rangers 4 :
Moczydlowsky: Classic Trap Game.

We come in riding the high of knocking off the previously number one Focus and forget that the blackbirds have played some seriously competitive hockey all year.

Good job to the birds.

Rangers will be back Monday against Sharlow, the refs, and the rest of Sope Daddy’s marauders.

Lacaria: Volume 2 Issue 9

Blackbirds roll into week 9 stumbling, fumbling, wounded, etc. versus JC and the Rangers fresh off defeating the top team in the league. Birds are hearing the league whispers, “Are they going to break the 10-11 Arrows consecutive loss record?” “Will they win a game this season?”

Blackbirds look to squash the chatter and start their playoff run. Coach shuffles up the lineups again hoping to create some spark (our 2 GF per game just isn’t cutting it). Game gets underway and the Birds do two things we haven’t done all year…..not let a goal against on the first shift…..and score on the first shift…30 seconds in. Birds use their new-found confidence to blank the Rangers in the first and take a 3-0 lead. 2nd period plays out very much like the first. Birds are all over the Rangers, we tallied several breakaways during the game that allowed us to go up big. 6-1 after two. Blackbirds coach leery of the new success as we have led in previous games and allowed the other team to climb back. Rangers fight back in the 3rd and pop two quick ones on us to tighten up the game 6-3. Coach is a little nervous but Bobby Beastman, Bobby Bumble whatever you like to call him comes through with Bobby Orr -esque goal flying across the crease and pocketing the biscuit. 7-3. Rangers score on a PP to get the score to 7-4. They pull the goalie late….?? Adam blocks the shot from the point. Charlie Tyson comes off the bench for the goalie. Adam dekes Charlie, steals his lunch money, Tyson goes down, Adam walks in the empty netter. 8-4 EOG.

Great game by the team. We finally break through with the W after so many close games. Whole team played great Adam nets 3, Bobby Bumble gets 2, Eric Peters tries out his legs on Forward and pockets 2, Luebke gets the other.
Thanks to Jim Radcliffe and Bryan Sauve for subbing. Both played very well. Bryan may need to be bumped to a 3 if he keeps playing like that. We face off against the TBolts next. Looking to start a new streak.

Upcoming FHL Action :
Mon - Nov 11, 20195:00 PMFordTough at Bullitts
Mon - Nov 11, 20196:00 PMSuperChiefs at GranTorinos
Mon - Nov 11, 20197:00 PMRangers at Marauders
Thu - Nov 14, 20196:00 PMFocus at Falcons
Thu - Nov 14, 20197:00 PMBlackbirds at Thunderbolts
Fri - Dec 20, 20196:00 PMDiesels at Galaxies
Fri - Dec 20, 20197:00 PMBroncos at Cobras

FHL Three Stars of the Week :
Dare gets the top spot with the shutout and Gorski and Bo Beaupre each with a Hat-Trick take the coin flips for second and third spots this week.
Jeff Dare
Adam Gorski Jr
Bo Beaupre