The Burger King Gamebirds will not rule the hockey roost a second time.
Burger King was eliminated in the playoffs of the local roller hockey league. The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames would knock off the reigning champions 5-4 via a penalty shoot-out at Kings Sports Centre on Tuesday.
At the end of regulation, the game would be tied at four apiece with goals coming from the likes of Curtis Appleyard of Burger King and the Flames’ Jagger Hope.
After five minutes of sudden death overtime elapsed, the best of five shoot-out saw goals from Cayman Hot Sauce’s Jean-Louis Beaudet and the Gamebirds’ Pete Holowchuk, with Beaudet nabbing the game winner. In net would be Burger King goalie Randy Cannon and Jeremy Olynik of the Flames.
Cayman Hot Sauce now go on to face the Deloitte Sharks in the finals. Deloitte won its opening playoff game on Tuesday, defeating the Mepco High Rollers 7-4. Among the scorers were Tim Derksen, Paul Peene (two goals apiece) and Simon Craig of the Sharks and Mepco’s Brad Kirby (short-handed) and Mark Missal. Scott Hughes of Deloitte and Andrew Finlason of Mepco served as the goalies.
The finals start this weekend at Kings with game one on Sunday, 9 December. Game two is slated for next Tuesday, 10 December, with game three, if necessary, next Sunday, 15 December.
Both playoff results were surprising. The Gamebirds were the regular season champs at 9-3, just ahead of the 8-3 High Rollers. The Sharks were third at 5-6-1 and the Flames were last at 2-10. Deloitte had the league’s points leader in Rob Rintoul (36 points) while Cayman Hot Sauce had a goalie in Olynik who registered over 50 saves in a game three times this season.
The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames would knock off the reigning champions 5-4 via a penalty shootout at Kings Sports Centre on Tuesday.