Whether they are called birds or cocks, Brendon Malice’s guys have game.
The Gamebirds emerged the 2012 national roller hockey champions last Tuesday at Kings Sports Centre. The squad defeated the top-ranked Club House Sharks 9-3 in game two of the best-of-three championship series. The Gamebirds won game one 8-2.
Malice served as team captain and states claiming the Cherry Cup title is a sweet reward.
“Anytime you finish first it feels good, no matter what you’re doing,” Malice said. “Competing for the Cherry Cup this season was extra special.”
Game two was never in doubt as the Gamebirds, behind stellar play from goalie Randy Cannon, were up 4-2 by halftime. Eric Mildenberger and Curtis Appleyard notched a hat-trick for the winners with Rob Leadbetter also getting in on the scoring. The Sharks had few positives in the contest as top scorer Dan Etherington and Brad Galbraith (who recently returned on island) registered goals.
Club House were heavy favourites heading into the finals. They claimed the regular season crown at 11-1, had the league’s best offence (scoring 99 goals), the top goalie in Scott Hughes (82.6 save percentage and 23 goals allowed, both tops in the competition) and the scoring champion in Rob Rintoul (26 points off 14 goals).