Summer Wrap – Round 1

Kiowa vs Dynamos (Div 1)
What a start Kiowa got off to in Division 1, with a strong line up and helmed by coach Andrew McKendrick, it was Jono Gourlay leading the charge in the first period with 2 goals. Stefan Friscic got the second period underway with the Braves 3rd before the Dynamos charged back with three goals in as many shots. The Kiowa earned a penalty shot at the end of the second period, with Dan Tome deking the goalie to put the team up 4-3. The third period went all the Braves way, adding 6 more goals to the scoreline, 2 each to Mike Killip and James White, and singles to Pete Gravelle and Sam Birkett for a 10-3 WIN! Connor O’brien faced 24 shots in net in his Div 1 debut.

Navajos vs Summerhawks (Div 2)
On Sunday, the Navajos took on the Summerhawks at Oakleigh. Under the guidance of coach Daniel Fuentes, this newly formed team focused on playing good hockey – they kept their heads up, never gave up, and improved every shift. Down 0-6 at the end of the second period, intensity and pressure helped slow the Summerhawks down, and the Navajos were able to gain control of the puck and start making plays. Down 0-8 a few minutes into the third period, the Navajos upped the physicality and kept grinding, and their determination paid off with a beautiful goal by Adam Donlon assisted by Andrew ‘Flip’ Kirkham to deny the Summerhawks a shutout, with the game ending 1-8. With so much grit and intensity, great things await this team.

Cherokees vs Blackhawks 47s (Div 3)
The Cherokees first game under coach Spike Black ended in a 3-1 loss – a result that doesn’t reflect how competitive the match really was. The Blackhawks scored on their first shift but the Cherokees returned fire through Will ‘Kittens’ Place on a beautiful high shot, after being released by a slick pass from D-man Liam Patrick. Down two defencemen through absences, goaltender Mat Peagram had his work cut out for him, but played fantastically to keep the Cherokees in the game. The team will be better for the run, with some rustiness worked out, and ready for next week’s game.

Champs vs Apaches (Div 3)
A new look Apaches, led by coach Dylan McKenzie, faced off against the returning premiers The Champs in Division 3. A tough tussle ensued as each team was eager to assert their mark on the game… and each other, with it minor penalties being a regular feature. The Champs opened the scoring in the 2nd shortly after the start of the period, only to be bettered by Dylan ‘Shep’ Sheppard’s quick hands, putting one in the back of the net off a rebound in the slot a few minutes later. The physicality of the match continued, although each team weathered the PK strongly, the penalty count reached 11 before the game was done. The Champs managed to land another goal at even strength to take the lead halfway through the third and while there were a couple of breakaway chances, Apaches were unable to come up with another goal, going down 2-1. The team is very thankful for Matt Peagram getting between the pipes in back-to-back games, and putting forth a strong performance whilst facing 22 shots.

Mohicans vs Saints 4 (Div 4)
The Mohicans, and new coach Leigh Crossley, had a huge opening game at Oakleigh on Sunday. In the first period Jason Morter opened up the scoring with a power play goal before Sam Harrison made it 2-0 at even strength after the first. With a goal being given up in the second period to bring the scoreline to 2-1, it was going to making things interesting in the final period. Both teams came out running, but it was the Mohicans who came out on top, with Justin Kuyken socring early in the period to make the final score 3-1. A shout out to Sarah Marshall on a strong performance and Samantha Bennett on getting the W on her debut in net.

Demons 4 vs Comanches (Div 5)
The Comanches, led by new coach Dominic Zielinski, opened their summer season facing off against the Demons 4 team. Despite having a short bench the team fought well to keep the pace with the Demons throughout the game and gave their all, despite falling 4-0. Some excellent saves from goaltender Gary Christieson helped keep us in the fight. Captain Matt Curtis showed incredible leadership and led charge on the backline and Alternate Melissa Glenwright displayed great offensive and passing skills; as well as debutant Alan Taylor whose constant push into the offensive zone gave the team some good scoring chances. Overall great performances by everyone in the team, and looking forward to seeing progress through the rest of the season.

Comanches vs Demons, 2017. Photo: Sarah Noach
The Comanches, 2017. Photo: Sarah Noach