Ball hockey in the Cayman Islands
will give fans of the world’s coolest sport their first taste of playoff
excitement for 2011.
This Thursday 3 February sees the
start of the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League postseason. The Logic arena of
Kings Sports Centre will host a pair of single-elimination matches. At 8pm the
top seed Deloitte Devil Rays battle with the Lone Star Barracudas while the
BDO-CML Pirates and the Sharks take the court at 9pm. The teams had their final
regular season contests last Thursday 27 January.
Deloitte roll into the playoffs
after a number of strong showings in recent weeks. One of those encounters
served as a playoff preview as the side downed Lone Star 6-2.
The Devil Rays’ top line of Brent
Forsyth, Leo Kassam and Mike Hall combined for four of the team’s goals with
Forsyth and Kassam picking up two each (Hall had a couple of assists). Dan
Florek joined in on the scoring for the Devil Rays. Darryl Hather accounted for
all of the scoring for the Barracudas though Deloitte’s rookie goalie Serge
Berube made a number of big saves.
The Sharks meanwhile have a number
of positives of their own. The side recently posted a solid 8-4 victory over
the CIBC Islanders. Scott Gossen (four goals, three assists) and Shawn Lunt
(numerous athletic saves) were huge factors in the match. Other big
contributors for the Sharks were Robert Mahadeo (three assists), Brad Kirby
(two goals) and Tim Courtis (one goal).
A worrying part of the game for the
Sharks was the defensive focus. League-leading scorer Mark Missal and captain
Jamie Lyon rallied the Islanders back from a three-goal deficit to tie the
match at 4-4. This was a big momentum swing and the Islanders were all over the
Sharks. The Sharks could not break out of their own end and Shawn Lunt kept the
Sharks in the game with some big saves as shots came in from the slot. The
Sharks were able to hold off on the waves of attacks by the Islanders and
started breaking out of their end.
Islanders’ goalie Jeff Danter did good under pressure but ultimately was
on the losing end of a 8-4 scoreline.
The finals for the league take
place Thursday 10 February at Kings.