Local ball hockey has two more match-days until its Christmas break. The games that are tonight will carry extra importance with the top three teams all in action.
The Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre sees two matches in the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League. At 8pm the Deloitte Devil Rays face off with the Sharks and at 9pm the Lone Star Barracudas battle the BDO Pirates. Deloitte are now in second place and riding high after last week’s showdown with the Pirates.
Deloitte have had BDO’s number all season and moved within a point of the league leaders. It was a tight contest in spite of the Pirates’ short bench as the Devil Rays snapped a two-game losing skid. Deloitte had a 2-1 halftime lead on a couple of strange goals as Jared Vienneau scored on a pop fly and Francois Lamontagne ended a 21-game goal drought when his point shot was redirected into the Pirates’ goal by former Devil Ray Jason Perras.
The Devil Rays added to that total early in the second half as Jagdeep Brar managed to find the top opposite corner while standing two feet behind the Pirates’ red line. Jason Windsor scored 4.5 seconds later for the Pirates through the legs of a sleepy Serge Berube to maintain the one-goal deficit and Jan Maw tied the game on a blast from the point on the game’s only power play. Deloitte would eventually earn a 5-3 victory courtesy of late goals by Pierre McGuire and Rob Rintoul.
Pirates rookie sensation Teddy Wegner is still sidelined with a broken nose and it remains unclear if he will suit up for Thursday’s contest. However the Pirates will be looking for more offensive wizardry from Darren Pott (third in scoring with 12 points), Maw and Windsor (four goals and six assists each).
BDO will have their hands full trying to slow down Lone Star’s offence steadied by cagey veteran Rob Seward (seven assists, 11 points). In addition the Barracudas is steady behind the likes of Garnet Harrison.
The other contest pits two of the top scorers in Deloitte’s Brent Forsyth and the Sharks’ Scott Gossen. Forsyth ranks second in points with 13 while Gossen has seven goals and 11 points of his own.