Ball hockey in the Cayman Islands sees its playoffs start next month. One team that can gain momentum heading into the postseason is the Deloitte Devil Rays.
Heading into this week Deloitte are tied for second place in the 2011 Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League. Deloitte has an identical 5-4-1 record to the reigning champions BDO Pirates. Both clubs will fight for sole position of the second seed on Thursday 26 May at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre.
Deloitte will have a good chance to win at 8pm on Thursday thanks to a strong offence. The Devil Rays have netted the third-most goals (43) in the league. Deloitte have four players in the top ten in scoring. Rob Rintoul is ranked third with 23 points off 14 assists with Brent Forsyth (20 points off 13 assists), Leo Kassam (13 points, nine assists) and Jean Philippe Valiquette (12 points, 10 goals) not far behind.
In addition the Devil Rays have momentum. The side took down the top-ranked Sharks by a 4-3 score last week and beat a resurgent CIBC Islanders team 9-2 earlier this month.
Deloitte will be tested by a Pirates squad that relies on defence. BDO are tied for first in overall team defence allowing a league-low 28 goals. Captain Jan-Michael Maw (eight points, four goals) has been among many players holding it down on both ends of the court.
The other match-up at 9pm this Thursday also carries a fair bit of intrigue. The 8-2-1 Sharks will look to bounce back from last week’s loss against the Islanders. Captain Scott Gossen (25 points, 15 goals) steadies a ferocious Sharks team that has the sport’s best offence (55 goals). CIBC meanwhile are 4-5-1 and have a chance to tie either BDO or Deloitte for third with an upset.