Ball hockey in the Cayman Islands just capped off its 11th season. The final turned out to be an excellent example of the sport in these islands.
The league championship for the local ball hockey league was settled in dramatic fashion. The BDO Pirates came from behind in the last few minutes of the game to force overtime and then won a shootout to clinch the title. It was the first championship settled in a shootout in the history of ball hockey in Cayman.
A quick recap of the match showed that a epic finale was looming. Both goalies kept their teams in the game. In spite of a frenetic pace and a bevy of shot attempts, Pirates’ goaltender Randy Cannon and Sharks’ keeper Shawn Lunt made key saves when counted upon.
The first goal of the game did not come until the second half. The Sharks’ Scott Gossen broke the deadlock by ripping through the defense and taking a quick shot that eluded Cannon. The Sharks smelt blood and kept up the pressure. The result would be Alex Cloutier making a great cross crease pass that found Renald Durand for an easy tip-in to give the Sharks a 2-0 advantage.
With the odds stacked against them, the Pirates responded. They found the back of the net when Darren Pott took a quick shot that slipped past Lunt. With only three minutes remaining, Nathan Dueck made a run and fed a quick pass to Jan-Michael Maw along the boards who took a quick shot from a bad angle that went in and tied the game at two all.
From there emerged the hero of the game. Jason Perras showed his craftiness by beating Lunt on the Pirates’ fourth shoot-out attempt. Cannon did the rest and stopped the remaining Sharks shooters to clinch the championship!
Pirates captain Jan-Michael Maw stated briefly that the win was sweeter due to the support of sponsor BDO.
“The players of the Pirates would like to thank BDO for the generous sponsorship,” Maw said. “Their support of our team has been ongoing for the past two years and was a big part of our success.”
Sharks defenseman Tim Woolaver states in spite of the loss his team did well.
“My comments on the final game and the season generally would be that all players on the team played hard every game,” Woolaver said. “That lead to a successful season.”