Hockey is about to resume in the professional ranks and the sport has started up again in the Cayman Islands.
While the National Hockey League gets going on ice this week, the local youth and adult roller hockey leagues laced up over the last few days. In particular, the Logic Adult Roller Hockey League saw an exciting double-header to start the 2011-2012 campaign indoors at Kings Sports Centre.
In the first contest Legendz Longhorns battled the Islanders behind a strong debut from Kevin Gryzbouski. Mark Thompson also got on the scorer’s sheet as the Longhorns nabbed a 7-6 victory. To no surprise Pete Holowchuk steadied the scoring for an Islanders squad sporting some new additions like goalie Scottie Hughes.
The featured match on opening night saw the reigning champions ITS Cayman drop a one-sided affair to the MEPCO High Rollers. The contest was a rematch of the last Cherry Cup finals, which ITS won thanks to the recently departed Chris Moser. MEPCO scored over 10 goals with much of the scoring coming from Eric Mildenberger. Perennial Most Valuable Player candidate Dan Etherington had a solid match with a few assists and tennis guru Rob Seward found some points as well.
League action continues on Tuesday, 4 October, at 8pm and 9pm. Legendz will tackle ITS while the Islanders face MEPCO. Legendz sport one of the best goalies on paper in Jeremy Olynik with a number of veteran performers in Patrick Agemian, Eric Lacasse and Jason Windsor. ITS might feed heavily off top scorer Mark Missal but goalie Randy Cannon, Jamie Lyon and Joe Jewitt are part of a gritty core of players. The Islanders will look for production from Jean-Louis Beaudet and Rob Rintoul throughout the season though their efforts figure to be greatly stifled on Tuesday by MEPCO goalie Andrew Finlason and captain Darryl Hather.