12PM: GALLO vs FUN PARK
Gallo has 3 points this far. Today is almost a must-win. They’d have to go on a heater like never witnessed before if they lose today. Pre-game warms they looked ready. Full squad. Fun Park had 9 guys.
But Fun Park scored first. Pukhraj Dhaliwal got the ball in the offensive zone, curled towards net on the left side, then snapped one low from the slot, five hole. 1-0.
Gallo recovered rather quickly. Joe Sangha created a turnover on the blueline, went on a breakaway and scored top cheese short side. 5 minutes later Sunny Brar scored a bullet that gave Karnjit Mann no chance. He streaked down the left side and snapped it upstairs far side. Karnjit is a tall goalie, there was maybe a pocket of space but he somehow found it. Pukhraj had a big part in Fun Park’s third goal. He tried to chip and chase past a Gallo player but was thwarted but he didn’t give up on the play, kept pressing the defender and eventually created a turnover. The ball spilled to Sanjay Sarker who was wide open in front of the net, he scored far side from the crease. 3-1 Fun Park. 4-1 Fun Park after Sunny Brar jumped a pass and beat the recieipent to it, barreled in on net relatively untouched and when he got to the crease, found Sanjay for a wide open backdoor tap in.
Finally, Gallo woke up. Joe Sangha scored a turnaround backhand to make it 4-2. Then newly acquired Rajan Dhami was sent on a breakaway where he went upstairs. 4-3. But Fun Park responded, Brar found Pukhraj backdoor tap-in. Then another d-zone turnover and again Sanjay found it and made no mistake from the slot. 6-3. With 10 minutes left Joty Atwal scored to make it 6-4. Sonny Sekhon found himself in the mix, chaos in front of the net, got the ball, and chipped it over a sprawled goalie. 6-5. But that’s as far as they would get. Gallo loses 6-5 in regulation.
1PM: TELUS vs DHILLON INSURANCE
First place Telus vs third place DI. Jesse Virdee back for this one. First goal scored by Garry Dhillon, composure from the slot. Man sponsors the team and scores their goals. Second goal from Sarb Bath. There was a turnover, he got sent in on a partial breakaway and he went upstairs beating the goalie. But we have seen this story so many times before. Telus will come back and they did. With a minute left in the first half, Jason Heer got three cracks at it in front of the net and he connected mid-air with the last one. 2-1 DI.
The second half was unexpected. Telus didn’t claw back. They played better than they did in the first half but it was still a rather even game. Not many chances between the teams until Jiven Gill scored an insurance goal with less than 5 minutes left. It was a nice one, he walked in from the blue line, and put it top cheese. Telus could not muster any responding goal and Jiven Gill scored an empty netter with 1:34 left in the game to hand Telus their first loss of the season. DI = Giant Killers.
2PM: ART HOMES vs HOT SHOT LIQUOR
Hot Shot is reeling. They have lost 4 of their last 5 or something like that. They need to get the season back on track. They are up against an Art Homes team which has quietly amassed points without their captain but still find themselves clinging on to that final playoff spot. Bobby Rai played good for Hot Shot. He absolutely robbed Ram Soos early on and that fueled Hot Shot. 2 minutes into the game, a very nice passing play between Deepak Gill, Arman Sidhu and Gagan Khaira with Gagan Khaira receiving a cross-crease pass finishing it first-time over the outstretched goalie’s pad.
There are conflicting reports but Jassa promises that Hot Shot’s second goal was way nicer than their first. He received a pass from Shawn Atwal, turned in and put it past Shiv. Doesn’t sound nicer but there isn’t much to talk about in this game. Hot Shot won 2-0. Shots were 24-13 for Hot Shot. Both goalies played well.
3PM: PIZZA 38 vs EYES
There is a logjam between 3 and 8 in the standings. Only two points separated the teams in these spots. Every point matters. Eyes is on the outside looking in. And they aren’t that far out, about two points from the final playoff spot. Big game for them.
Both goalies played well and there wasn’t much action in the first half. Pizza 38 was the better team and their forecheck was causing Eyes, fits. Pizza 38 scored first on the powerplay. Mani Sira took a shot from the slot, the rebound popped out to the slot area, Jas Sadhra picked it up, waited for the goalie to bite and passed it to Jason Deol who tucked it into the wide open cage. To impress his new team, Jason lifted it top cheese for good measure. 1-0 at half. Pizza 38 came out flying in the second. The line of Khanna Bhangal and Sadhra was buzzing. They created a turnover with a heavy forecheck and executed a very nice passing play once they got the ball in the offensive zone. Sandeip Khanna got the G.
Eyes on 34th realized the predicament they were in and elevated their game. They played significantly better in the second half and Raj Grewal needed to be sharp to keep this a 2-0 game. It became 2-1 on a delayed PP, goalie pulled for the extra man adv. Buddy Gandoke took a shot from the point, save was made but the rebound came to Karn Khangura in the slot and he picked a low corner from there. 2-1. Eyes continued to press for the equalizer but it didn’t happen. With one minute left in the game Eyes pulled their goalie. They missed a chance in the o-zone and P38 broke the other way. Jas Sadhra took a cross-crease pass from Sandeip Khanna and sealed the game, putting it past Sunny Matharu who was stuck trying to play goalie for the play. 2-1 Pizza 38. Shots were 27-16 for Eyes.
4PM: ALL INDIA vs ERC
All India scored about 7 minutes into the game. Gakhal took a stretch pass from Jayden Pannu and scored on the breakaway. 3 minutes later Sunny Basi finished off a very nice passing play between him Jayden and Gakhal. Then one minute after that Robby Bagri created a turnover in the offensive zone then walked in on net, wristed it through the goalie’s five hole. Just like that, 3-0. This is when ERC realized they weren’t at a rave. Amiraj Jawanda took a feed from Ricky Grewal and Harsahil Josan and sniped. 3-1 at half.
ERC played better in the second and Amiraj scored another goal 2 minutes into the second half. Very similar, turned and sniped, assisted by Ricky.
But three minutes after that, AI scored a back breaker. Harminder received a present from his linemate Sunny Basi. Basi did the legwork, saw Harminder with both hands outstretched like he was asking for parshaad and Basi found him wide open back door tap-in. 4-2 is how this one ends.
Players remember that next week is a double header week. We play Saturday and Sunday. If you have an early Saturday game, we recommend you pack your cowboy hat and an extra Costco katchi in your bag then head straight to stampede. Remember to return before your game Sunday.