Week 16 hosted three exciting games. Bulldogs (9-4-2) vs. the Kings (5-7-3); the Lake Raiders (11-4-0) vs. the Mustangs (6-7-2); the Wolves (4-8-3); vs. the Saints (5-10-0).
Game 1 (Bulldogs vs. Kings) saw the Bulldogs coming off a tough loss to the Lake Raiders fighting to stay within reach of first place and the Kings coming off an 8-2 trouncing by the Wolves battling to stay in playoff contention. The First Period was a close checking affair with both sides waiting for the other side to falter. At the 5:15 mark the Kings Mike Iacovone (Kevin Shek / David Donnelly) took a pass in the slot and fired one by Bulldogs keeper Mohit Sharma. The remainder of the opening frame remained scoreless with the Bulldogs apparently struggling to find their offensive game. Period Two was a mirror image of the first with both sides playing tentatively. At the 4:00 mark the Kings again made the best of an opportunity when Isaac Vescio took a pass from David Donnelly and the Kings were up 2-0. Period Three saw the Bulldogs come out with some determination, and just shy of the 2 minute mark, a pass from Franco Paonessa to Jerry Mariano to an open Meghan Hines at the front of the Kings goal and the margin was down to one. The Kings weren’t about to lie down and the battle was on. At 10:35 of the final frame Isaac Vescio took the pass, this time from Mike Iacovone, and he notched his second marker of the game 3-1 Kings. The Bulldogs again tried to mount a response and at 13:29 a solo effort by Jerry Mariano brought the B-Dogs back to within one but there was no more bark in the Big Dog and the Kings ran out the clock. Final 3-2 Kings over Bulldogs.
Game 2 (Lake Raiders vs. Mustangs) saw the first place Lake Raiders coming off an ego boosting win over the Bulldogs take on the Mustangs reeling from a loss to the cellar dwelling Saints and also trying to stay in playoff contention. The First Period saw back and forth efforts from both sides but it took until the 10:23 mark for the Mustangs Roberto Monteiro to finish off a Nicole Neeson pass and the Ponies were up 1-0. Two minutes twenty-one seconds later (12:44) the Lake Raiders Jeremy Schofield took an Erin Vassilakos pass and both sides were even. Period Two was all Lake Raiders with three solo efforts by Jeremy Schofield (4:48 / 9:30 / 12:37) and no response from the Mustangs was to be found. Period Three had the Lake Raiders add another unanswered marker (Schofield from Vassilakos at 14:20) and the Mustangs were done for the day. Final 5-1 Lake Raiders over Mustangs.
Game 3 (Wolves vs. Saints) saw the fifth place Wolves face the sixth place Saints and with neither side wanting to give up their playoff hopes everyone came out ready to play. Period One saw the Wolves Saverio Romano launch a rocket from the high slot at 3:03 that handcuffed Saints keeper Tracey Taylor and the pack was up 1-0. It took another 10 minutes before either side could find the back of the net. At 13:30 Romano found Matt Vocino waiting outside the Saints crease and he took advantage making it 2-0 Wolves. Period Two had the Saints come back to life and at 3:35 a solo effort by Brandy Edwards had the Saints draw to within one. At 7:40 the Wolves came back again with another solo effort from Saverio Romano and the margin was back to a deuce. The Saints responded two more times before the second frame buzzer rang Brandy Edwards at 11:10 (unassisted) and then 45 seconds later (11:55) Brandy Edwards (Mathew Cockburn) and both sides were even at 3-3. Period Three saw the flood gates open with six goals in total and both guardians of the cabled cabanas (Tracey Taylor – Saints & Lori Edwards – Wolves) shell shocked. On the Wolves side three markers from Saverio Romano (6:10 unassisted / 8:10 Matt Vocino / 10:40 Matt Vocino) were matched from three markers from the Saints (3:00 Braden Martz – unassisted / 7:10 Brandy Edwards – unassisted / 14:00 Brandy Edwards – unassisted). Final 6-6 Wolves tied Saints.
On March 5th 2016, the Saints take on the Bulldogs; the Mustangs take on the Wolves and the Kings take on the Lake Raiders at Sunnyview Public School. Come watch the TPWHL next Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.