CMHL Tournament Playoff Report for Dec.29/13
Semi-final playoff action was the order of the day on Dec.29 at Chesswood Arena with some surprising and unexpected results occurring along the way.
Women’s Division – Macedonian Sun (Division playoff winners two of the past three years including in 2012) and Japanese Typhoon will compete in the Dec.30, 400 pm playoff final. Sun shutout Greek 5-0 with goaltender Victoria Saunders recording the team’s second consecutive shutout. Sun forwards Kaleigh Dixon and Natalie Mangos each scored twice with forward Michelle Evagelou notching the other goal and added an assist. Sun forward Natalie Babony and defenceman Ashley Habenschuss had two assists each.
Sun will face Japanese Arashi who blanked Italian Gladiatrix in the other semi-final 2-0 with goaltender Naomi Katsumi recording the goose egg.
Heritage Division – The two highest scoring round robin teams – Ukrainian Kozaks and First Nations Firebirds with 20 and 18 goals respectively – were stifled in their semi-final matches. Filipino Islanders edged Firebirds 2-1 behind solid goaltending from Zach Penny and will face Russian Kremlins in the De. .30 600 pm final.
Kremlins rolled over Kozaks in their 8-2 win. Kremlins forward Egor Mironov had a tour de force offensive display, with four goals and two assists. Let winger Nikita Poliakov (who added an assist) and right winger Yuri Dyachenko tallied two goals each. Kozaks forwards Mark Borszcz (team tourney leader with 10 points) and Matthias Nazar each had a goal and an assist.
Premier Division - In a one game elimination playoff hockey game at any level, any team can beat any other team. This scenario was displayed in full view last night as Japanese Arashi played as perfect a hockey game as you can imagine, in blanking defending Premier champion and annual playoff contender Irish Shamrocks 3-0. Centre Brett Beaulieu, forward Jason Uyeno and defenceman Matthew Pettiti were the goal scorers, with stellar goaltending by Arashi’s Anthony Marshall in notching the shutout.
Arashi will compete in their first ever Premier playoff final Dec.30 at 800 pm, against three time Premier playoff champion Israel Stars of David. Stars dominated most of their semi-final match against Polish Hussars, and looked to have the game in hand up by two goals halfway through the third period. Give Hussars credit for not buckling as they rallied with a power play tally and a subsequent goal (Hussars scorers were centre Paul Gorz, forward Mark Martynowski and defenceman Patryk Wojenski with forward Matt Weina assisting twice) ) to tie the game and most everyone in the stands, if not on the team benches, were anticipating overtime.
Hussars netminder Dan Dunn played outstanding all game having been outshot 28-13 by the last minute of period three. Dunn went out of his net to stop a dump in shot near the right wing corner, when he unexpectedly he stumbled down to the ice. Stars C Noah Schwartz (who scored earlier in the game) retrieved the loose puck, sent it back to D Darryl Karpel. He instantaneously passed to RW Seth Klerer who riffed a shot into the yawning open net upper left corner for his second game goal, providing the 4-3 Stars victory. Stars centre Alon Eizenman chipped in with a goal and an assist. Special notation to Hussars LW Nick Sucharski, who record an assist and led Hussars in tourney points with five assists. Stars shutout Arashi in the round robin, but expect Arashi to kick their game up a notch and give Stars all they can handle in their championship game.
Come out to Chesswood Arena anytime starting 400 pm today and you’ll see exciting
playoff final game action, no matter the division. Go to www.cmhl.ca for updated game details and information this afternoon and evening.
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