Sharks smelling blood

The Sharks came on strong last year as a relatively new ball hockey team.

It may be early in the 2011 campaign but so far the side is showing its bite is as lethal as ever.

Heading into week four of the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League, the Sharks are tied atop the table with an unbeaten record.

The league, which is in its 12th season, features four other clubs vying with the Sharks for hockey glory.

One of them is the CIBC Islanders, who face the Sharks at 9pm on Thursday 10 March.

The match, which takes place at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre, is one of two on the night as the BDO Pirates battle the Deloitte Devil Rays at 8pm.

For the Sharks a number of positives should be on display. For starters the side has yet to allow a goal this season.

Credit for that defensive brilliance goes to a unit featuring veteran defencemen Robert Mahadeo, Tim Woolaver and Tim Courtis.

Offensively the side has had no problem finding the net, punctuated by a 8-0 thrashing of the Lone Star Barracudas in their second game of 2011.

Taking the lead has been Derek Bruce (five points, three goals) and team captain Scott Gossen (team-high four assists).

Mahadeo has got in on the scoring as well with three assists.

All of those aspects point to the Sharks improving on their 2010 showing. The side finished third in the 2010 regular season.

From there the club went on to advance to the championship match, which they lost to the Pirates in a shoot-out after double over-time.

The Sharks came on strong last year as a relatively new ball hockey team.

It may be early in the 2011 campaign but so far the side is showing its bite is as lethal as ever.

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