The 11th season of the Cayman
Islands Ball Hockey League kicked off on Thursday night. The newly named Logic
Arena at King’s Sports Centre saw four out of five league teams in action.
Up first were the defending
champions CIBC Islanders facing a revamped and invigorated Lone Star Barracudas
team. The Islanders began quickly with a nice snap-shot from sniper Mark Missal
finding the back of the net 40 seconds into the game. However, it was the
Barracudas who seemed to rally around this goal as they turned up their offensive
game, scoring four goals straight.
Mark Thompson, a new pick-up and
former head of the league, was a big part of his team’s offence as he put in
four goals to go along with a pair from Blake Schneider. Rob Seward played a
great set-up game assisting on four goals while scoring one. Patrick Cover
added a late goal for the Islanders but it was too little too late. The final
score was Lone Star Barracudas eight, CIBC Islanders two.
The second game pitted last season’s
top team the BDO Pirates against the Sharks. The pace of the game was frenetic
from beginning to end. The first half of the initial period saw the Pirates
dominate the play with a lot of opportunities to take the lead however it was
the Sharks who struck first.
Marty Tammemagi got the ball in the
slot and quickly turned and fired a shot inside the right post beating Randy
Cannon with about eight minutes left in the first period. The game saw action
back and forth as both teams traded opportunities to score until Ian Bridges
fired a “seeing-eye” shot from point which eluded Sharks goaltender Shawn Lunt
to tie the game 1-1. A few minutes later, Sharks’ forward Darren Pott gained
the offensive zone and made a quick pass from behind the goal-line to his
winger Jan-Michael Maw. The current league president one-timed a quick shot
past a stunned Lunt for the BDO Pirates to take the lead. The teams would
exchange goals over the remainder of the game and the final score would read
BDO Pirates three, Sharks two.
A pair of league games are played
every Thursday night at King’s from 8pm to 10pm.