It was a rare Wednesday tilt between the Sharks and the BDO Pirates in the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League. Not only are they frontrunners this season but finalists from last year’s campaign.
The squads are not usually involved in high-scoring affairs with grit and goal-tending the staple for both. In particular goaltenders Shawn Lunt and Randy Cannon have been consistently stoning players all year.
However it would be a different story this time around at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre.
In the first half before the Sharks’ infamous French connection of Renauld Durand and Alex Cloutier pivoted by perennial all-star Scott Gossen got the Sharks on the board with a power shift of two straight goals.
The teams were battling hard and though the Sharks looked to be the stronger team the Pirates did go into half-time even at 2-2.
The second half started with the French connection back in business with two more scores. Gossen would have his hat trick and Brad Kirby would strike to put the Sharks up by three.
The Pirates got on a power play that led to two goals and a tight one-goal score with a minute to play. The Sharks would ice the game as newcomer Paul Peene scored to make the final result 6-4.
The Sharks-Pirates match was actually the second game of a double-header. The first contest featured a battle between the league’s fourth and fifth place teams; namely the Lone Star Barracudas and the CIBC Islanders.
CIBC took the lead first in a seesaw battle. However the pesky Barracudas would not go away.
Lead by a hat-trick from Mark Thompson and a three-point night from Brad Galbraith the Barracudas eventually prevailed 7-5. The league’s leading scorer, Mark Missal, had another strong game for the Islanders with a goal and two assists.
A key point in the game came with eight minutes left in the contest and the scored level at 5-5. Barracudas captain Darryl Hather weaved through the CIBC defence and netted a high shot on goaltender Nigel Windsor for the go-ahead goal.
Mark Thompson’s third score of the night would seal the deal. With the win the Barracudas are now in a tie for fourth with the Islanders.