Rollers are skating for top spot

With two weeks left to go in roller hockey’s regular season, there is much to be decided.

For starters, the top overall seed remains up for grabs between the Burger King Gamebirds and Mepco High Rollers. There is also much to be said for who the scoring, assists and points champions will be by season’s end.

At the midway point of the national inline hockey league, Burger King sat number one with a 5-2 record. The Gamebirds would split their next two games and heading into Pirates Week, the side had a 6-3 mark. Leading the way has been a rejuvenated Curtis Appleyard, who had a league-best 18 goals and 24 points at the start of this month.

On their heels have been Mepco, who started out 4-3. After two consecutive victories, they sit at 6-3. The league’s best offence generated 54 goals and 301 shots thanks to top scorer Ryan Pull (12 goals) and assists leader Mark Missal (nine assists). Andrew Finlason continues to do yeoman’s work in net with Chris Creighton looking more like an x-factor each week.

Not far off that pace are the Deloitte Sharks. A 3-3-1 mid-season record would turn into a 4-4-1 mark. Sharks captain Rob Rintoul has been the constant catalyst with 14 goals and 21 points while Joe Jewitt has come on strong with 11 goals and 19 points.

The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames bring up the rear with a 2-7 mark after a 2-5 mid-season effort. Mike Bowden (eight goals, 14 points) and Chris Anton (seven goals, nine points) have been the consistent threats.

League matches continue on Tuesday, 20 November, at Kings Sports Centre. At 8pm, the Flames battle the Gamebirds with the High Rollers and Sharks squaring off at 9pm. The regular season ends next Tuesday, 27 November, with playoffs beginning on 4 December.

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