An opening week that featured all good versus evil showdowns produced surprisingly little enmity. One penalty was called over the full slate of five games...certainly not the heated struggle you would have expected. Speaking of struggle, the 'good guys' were struck down in three of five battles. It is just one Sunday, and it is entirely possible that the so-called 'heroes' will become more powerful than we can possibly imagine in the coming weeks, but the villains have had the first (comically overwrought) laugh...
The heroes drew first blood, as Chuck Bender's armor would finally crack with just 2:05 to play. Kris Tosczak produced and exploited that crack, with assists from Glenn Pinto and Nick Puno. Bender would finish with a hard luck 27/28 line, while Matt Henderson walked away with a 1-0 shutout win, stopping all twelve shots he faced. Yellow suffered from attendance woes, which will continue into their second Sunday of play. They will need to find a way to hold the fort with few, if any, players on the bench against Purple. Orange will also face a divisional foe in their second game, hoping to hand 'The Pynncredible Hulks' their second loss.
'Copptain America' sprinted out to a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes against Grey, but a memorable night for the opposing captain slowed, and ultimately stymied the White-clad heroics. Captain Mark DeGraffenreid recorded all five goals for his team in a wide-open, seesaw battle that ultimately saw the bad guys prevail, 5-3. Last season's scoring champ, Dan Ciraolo, went 1 and 1, as did returning super stud, Alexis DaCosta. Rookie, Donald Chow, scored his first career goal in the loss. Grey remain in interdivisional mode, facing the 'heroes' in Black this Sunday, while White will turn back to their division to take on Royal Blue.
Matt Riordan kept the evil flag flying, assisting on Captain Nick Adkins' first period goal, and scoring the game-winner early in the third, as Red outdueled Royal Blue, 2-1. Captain Joe Malki put his team in front in the first, but that would be all that a determined Stephen Fox (9/10) would allow. Royal Blue look to a hero on hero throwdown with White in Week Two, while Red will face the darker-shaded dark siders, Crimson.
Alan Razoky scored just over a minute in to put Green up 1-0 in the first, but Captain Jon Salt would tally twice in the second, and Dan Jurgens twice in the third, to lead 'The Perps' over 'The Pynncredible Hulks', 4-2. Shawna Hamon scored Green's second goal, and Mark Nagy recorded two helpers in the loss. Chris Tran returned to league action after an extended absence, and managed to spoil what would have been a penalty-less night...perhaps the first in league history.
The final battle of the night ended in a 2-2 draw, as neither heroic Black, nor villainous Crimson could strike a death blow. Mark Daquipa and Alyce Perry had the good guys paced to a 2-0 lead, but Chad Goins halved that lead in the second, and Justin Hepler (ironically) played hero for the villains, tying the match with just 0:34 to play. Crimson move to divisional play in Week Two, facing 1-0-0 Red, while Black continue their struggle against the dark side, this time in the form of Grey.