Through the first half of the season, the Sharks and the BDO Pirates have been Cayman’s best ball hockey clubs. With Easter now over, the other teams have about six weeks to try and change that fact.
The Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League sees its first pair of matches after the Easter break on Thursday 28 April. The Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre features the top-ranked Sharks facing the Deloitte Devil Rays at 8pm while the second-ranked Pirates battle the Lone Star Barracudas at 9pm.
Deloitte have a tough task in downing the Sharks. Team captain Scott Gossen, Derek Bruce and Ashish Khulbe are in the top ten in scoring and power a Sharks offence that ranks first in scoring (with 33 goals). Meanwhile Robert Mahadeo, Tim Woolaver and goalie Shawn Lunt are the core of a defence that sits second with 21 goals allowed.
The prospects are not much better for the Barracudas. They take on the defending champion Pirates, who sport a top-ranked defence that has allowed a league-low 16 goals. Steadying those efforts is goalie Randy Cannon, who is also topping the charts in roller hockey. Offensively everything flows through top scorer and league commissioner Jan-Michael Maw.
To be fair both Deloitte and Lone Star have positives in their favour. The Devil Rays have two of the top scorers in Rob Rintoul and Brent Forsyth while the Barracudas have a crafty veteran who can get the puck in the net in Mark Thompson.