Sharks hungry to taste Cherry Cup glory for the first time

The Club House Sharks will start skating for a championship soon.

Kings Sports Centre hosts the start of the 2012 national roller hockey league playoffs on Tuesday, 22 May. Club House, the number one seed, take on the fourth ranked Flames at 8.15pm while the MEPCO High Rollers battle the Gamecocks at 9.15pm.

Sharks top scorer Rob Rintoul states he is confident in his team’s chances of hoisting the Cherry Cup.

“I think if we keep playing the way we have in the past we should have a good chance,” Rintoul said. “However, there is strong competition for the title and it’s still anyone’s trophy to win. We’ve been in some close games that have gone our way so we’ll have to be on our game come playoffs or we could easily be on the outside looking in after the first round.”

Rintoul was the league’s best scorer during the regular season with 26 points off a competition-best 12 assists and 14 goals. He had help from top goal scorer Dan Etherington (19 points off 17 goals) and goalie Scott Hughes (league-best 82.6 save percentage, 23 goals allowed, 132 saves).

The Deloitte manager states his numbers were a result of a team effort.

“I’m happy with the performance I’ve been able to put up so far and hopefully it will continue into the playoffs. The group of guys on the team makes it fun out there and it seems like I’m able to find a lot of openings to give them a pass. I’ve also been on the receiving end of some great passes to get me in good scoring position.”

Club House were the regular season champions with a 11-1 record while the Flames limped into the playoffs at 2-8-1. The Sharks dominated the statistics sheet by scoring the most goals (99) while allowing 
67 goals.

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