Crimson continues to roll, and Purple are in lockstep behind them. The two bands of villains have a combined 8-1-1 record, and have outscored their opponents thus far 37-17. They will face each other for the first time, as we move toward the midway point in the season this Sunday. Who will draw first blood in this battle of elite evildoers? Spoiler alert: both cups of wine contain poison...
Captain Tony Rissi joined the ranks of the hat trick plus club, posting four goals to lead his team to a 5-2 win over woeful Green. Green scored first (Captain Jordan Pynn), and last (Alan Razoky), but Yellow provided the meat of the sandwich, with Tim Vick producing the final slice. Green remain the only team in either division with no wins through five games. Yellow improve to 2-3-0 with would could prove to be a crucial win for their playoff hopes.
The captain heroics continued in the second game of the evening, with Nick Adkins jumping Red out to a 2-0 lead. Dan Ciraolo stepped White closer, and Alexis DaCosta brought them the rest of the way back, producing a 2-2 deadlock. Matt Riordan assisted on both Red goals, and both Steve Testen (19/21), and Stephen Fox (16/18) battled admirably between the pipes. The result, fittingly, leaves both teams with twin 2-2-1 records, well in shape to make a second half push for higher ground.
Another Sunday, another win for the juggernaut that is Crimson. The Tomax and Xamot combo of Justin Hepler and Josh Wirt struck for two goals in the first 1:36 of play. The lead was cut to one when Joe Malki fed father, Chris Malki, late in the first, then again when Jerry Gonzales equalized Vance Morra's goal in the third. Crimson would hold on, however, and Wirt would add an insurance goal to secure the 4-2 Crimson victory. Crimson remain the only unbeaten team, and boast the top two scorers in the league (by a healthy margin...Hepler and Wirt both with 16 points). Royal Blue continue their surprising struggles, having no wins to show through the first five games.
Sean Kelly posted his first shutout of the season (15/15), and Captain Mark DeGraffenreid continued his efforts to keep pace in the goal scoring race (2 and 0), as Grey blanked Orange, 3-0. Steve Linke led Grey's stingy defense in keeping the likes of Kris Tosczak off the board, and added his first goal of the season, for good measure. Grey improve to 3-2-0 with the win, while Orange even out at 2-2-1, still in the mix at the top of the Hero division.
Captain Jon Salt scored the game-winner, and assisted (rather painfully) on his better half's insurance marker, as Purple bested Black, 2-0. Cory Brin's sparkling 17/17 sheet stood as his second shutout of the season...enough to give him some confidence rolling into a game aaginst the gloom and doom of Hepler and Wirt. At 2-2-1, Black are actually still in the top pack on the Hero side, and will look to keep Royal Blue out of the winner's circle in Week Six.