The old saying goes time flies when you are having fun.
Judging by the pace of the skating seen at Kings Sports Centre time and men’s roller hockey is just rolling along.
Tonight’s pair of games at the WestTel Arena mark week five of the 10 week WestTel Adult Roller Hockey League.
Action gets under way from 8pm as undefeated the Budget Beavers look to pad their stats against Cayman Destination Management Services before the Elite Barracudas look to bite the MEPCO High Rollers at 9pm.
With the season at its half-way point it is clear Budget continue to be the cream of the crop.
Armed with a juggernaut offense that has tallied the most goals in the competition (45) Budget have yet to taste defeat.
Much of that firepower comes from the league’s three leading scorers in Tim MacDonald (eight assists, 22 goals, 30 points), Mark Missal (13a, 14g, 27pts) and Chris Moser (10a, 5g, 15pts).
All added to their totals in an explosive and unexpectedly tight match with the 1-3 Barracudas. The Beavers won 9-8 as MacDonald had four goals and two assists while Missal and Moser had two goals and three assists each.
Onlookers can expect that pair to be up to their old antics tonight, winning the puck at mid-court and working the sidelines to rush the goalie.
Their opponents, in spite of being heavy underdogs, should take heart in last Tuesday’s showing.
A complete team effort where just about everyone got on the score sheet carried the 1-3 travelling agency to a 9-8 win over 2-2 MEPCO.
Stats-wise the three biggest showings were Pete Holowchuk’s two goals and one assist and the one goal, two assist performances of Ian Bridges and Jean-Louis Beaudet.
Looking on from the sidelines however it was clear that unsung heroes Brendon Malice and Dave Champoux kept the team focused and hustling.
Both will need to excel in the intangibles tonight and pass well to stand a chance for the upset.
In the other match, in spite of both clubs coming off losing performances, there are a lot of positives to build on.
The Barracudas saw four goals and an assist from Mark Thompson and one goal and five assists from Fareed Hosein.
With both in the top five in points (Hosein has a 4g, 10a, 14 pts stat-line while Thompson sees 9g, 3a, 12 pts) Elite have enough offense to contend.
The key for the Barracudas will be dictating the pace of the game and making the most of their possessions.
MEPCO meanwhile got a three goal performance from Eric Mildenberger and a three assist showing from Dan Etherington last time out.
The fact that the side has allowed the fewest goals in the competition (27) and has statistically the best goalie in John Cowan (81.3 save percentage) bodes well for them.
For MEPCO slowing down the speed of the game and keeping the puck at mid-court will be able to open up scoring chances.
League matches take place every Tuesday from 8pm at Kings for the rest of November.
The final regular season games are November 24 and the playoffs start Tuesday December 1.