In the world of youth roller hockey the Appleby Sharks are gaining a lot of momentum.
The team reeled off a number of impressive showings over the last two weeks and is near the top of the standings.
In addition the team has taken to calling the WestTel Arena at Kings Sports Centre the ‘Shark Tank.’
Apparently the moniker has hit an accord with fans and parents who have watched the Sharks with added enthusiasm.
All of those aspects came to the fore in the latest round of the WestTel Youth Roller Hockey League.
In Week five of Pee Wee play, the Sharks showed a renewed frenzy on offense. Leading the craze was top scorer Tynan Klein, who posted all five goals in the team’s dominating victory over the Vampt Oilers.
This past weekend would see another strong Sharks performance as the team had a week six showdown for the ages with league powerhouse the Hurley’s Hawks.
Both squads came into the match one-two in the standings and the hunt for first place would translate into tense play.
Passes were crisp, skating was relentless and scoring was in no short supply.
The Sharks spoiled the Hawks’ early 5-2 lead with a come-from-behind onslaught of goals to tie it up at 5-5 with a minute left in the game.
With only 19 seconds left on the clock, young Adam Stainrod took the puck on a break-away and scored to give the Sharks the win, a sensational play that earned Stainrod Player of the Game honours.
Player of the Game for the Hawks was Marissa Towell.
The win puts the Sharks (3-2-1) in first place in the PeeWee division standings.
Hurley’s meanwhile would fall into second place at 3-2.
Leading point scorers for the game were Klein (3) for the Sharks and Finn Walker (4) for the Hawks. Coincidentally Walker and Klein also lead the division in total points with 22 and 21 points respectively.
The second game in the division saw a big upset for the Five Continents Leafs as the Vampt Oilers chalked their first win of the season with a 7-1 victory.
The win was much deserved for the Oilers who had only four skaters, all of whom played the entire game. With no substitutes available to help slow down the vaunted Leafs offense the win is shocker in more ways than one.
One player who gave an Ironman performance was Marc Reid who, once again, attended the game fresh from a tennis tournament match.
Any doubts about his energy level were erased as Reid managed to tally four points and earn the Player of the Game.
Other leading point scorers in the game were Leon Domladis (five) and Daniel Harrington (four).
Leafs Player of the Game was goaltender Sean Whewell, who again showed phenomenal effort between the pipes.
At least the Leafs can take some solace in the fact that they are still very much in the hunt for the league title.
In spite of the loss the squad is 3-3, in third place and a game behind Hurley’s and Appleby.
Youth hockey games take place each Saturday at Kings from 8am to 4pm.