With a trio of hockey competitions
on-island and the pros in full swing, it is officially the season for the
world’s coolest sport.
Cayman’s adult roller hockey
programme got under way last Tuesday and the competition’s most surprising
champions showed their title run last year was no fluke. The Barracudas, who
went from a fourth seed and perennial after-thoughts to national roller hockey
champions, took down fellow surprise the CDMS Islanders 8-7. The match was the
season opener of the Logic Adult Roller Hockey League at Kings Sports Centre.
Cherry Cup hero Eric Lacasse picked
up where he left off last year with four points courtesy of two goals and
assists. Team-mate Mark Thompson, who like many adult hockey players is taking
part in the ball hockey league, had a memorable start with three points of his
own (courtesy of a assist and two goals).
For CDMS the star on the statistics
sheet was Pete Holowchuk, who had two goals and an assist for three points.
Though his name didn’t register too high statistically Dave Champoux deserves
props for a good game. The ageless Canadian made some good passes and showed
solid puck-handling skills.
In the second game on the night
perennial powers the Budget Beavers and MEPCO High Rollers squared off. The
Beavers just squeaked by the High Rollers 7-6. As usual Budget captain Mark Missal
was the star with a league-high six points on the evening as he blasted home
four goals to go with his two assists. Helping out was wily vet Rob Leadbetter
who posted two assists and a goal for three points.
The most notable
player on the stats sheet for MEPCO was Rob Seward. The short local tennis figure
skated his way to two goals and an assist. All four teams are in action again
on Tuesday 12 October at 8pm and 9pm.