There’s no doubt focus is squarely on the playoffs in the WestTel Adult Roller Hockey League.
The latest indication of playoff fever is this week with four sets of games on instead of the usual two.
All of the action in the makeshift double-header gets going tonight as the Budget Beavers aim to skate closer to the league title against CDMS at 8pm while the MEPCO High Rollers do battle with the Elite Barracudas at 9pm.
Tomorrow night the WestTel Arena at Kings Sports Centre sees Budget against MEPCO at 8pm in a possible showdown for first place while the Barracudas hope to leap-frog CDMS at 9pm.
Coming into tonight Budget sits atop the standings at 6-1. Stats-wise little has changed as they have the most goals (72) and boast the league’s three top scorers in Tim McDonald (45), Mark Missal (36) and Chris Moser (22).
What is different is the fact that Budget has a fresh dint in their previously unbeaten armour. The Beavers suffered their first defeat to MEPCO 6-5 last Tuesday.
In that game the High Rollers pressured the Budget defense, peppering their goalie with 25 hard shots on goal.
The result would be a solid outing from Darryl Hather and Eric Mildenberger as both had two goals and one assist.
Surprisingly Budget came up short on shots with only 16 on goal. Even stranger is the fact that McDonald had four goals while Moser had two points on the evening.
Meanwhile Cayman Destination Management Services are squarely in third place at 2-5.
The side is eager to continue the positives from their 11-9 win over the Barracudas last week.
Dave Champoux realised his potential in a big way in that match with an exception three goal, two assist showing.
He had plenty of help from attacking players Pete Holowchuk (two goals, one assist) and Ray Singh (one goal, three assists).
Their 26 shots on goal is another positive sign for the travel agency team, considering they still have the fewest goals (47) in the competition.
In the other match MEPCO continue to roll along in second place with a 5-2 mark. The High Rollers are clearly one of the top teams in the league behind a notable defense (that has allowed a league-low 42 goals).
A big part of that defensive front is goalie John Cowan, far and away the best goalie in the league. With his acrobatics in goal it’s no surprise he has 63 saves and a decent 71.4 save percentage.
Furthermore the team has been quietly good on offense with 57 goals (second-best in the league), 14 of which have come from the sticks of Ryan MacMillan and Tim Courtis.
The Barracudas have not had nearly as much success at 1-6 in the league cellar. Their meagre 49 goal output is trumped only by a D that has allowed a league-high 68 goals.
On the other hand the team has great individual stats as Fareed Hosein paces the league in assists (17) and four players are in the top 10 in points.
Among those players is Mark Thompson who has 17 points and 13 goals, third-most in the league.