The Deloitte Sharks are the new kings of local roller hockey.
Deloitte would defeat the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames in the Cherry Cup finals at Kings Sports Centre. The Sharks won game one 9-4 last Sunday before completing the sweep with a 10-3 game two victory on Tuesday night.
Tim Courtis served as team captain for the Sharks and states the title run was a process.
“This is our first team championship and we had new guys this year,” Courtis said. “We started slow, came together as a team in the end and everyone contributed.
“Now we got to keep the team together, including one of our most important defensive players in Joe Jewitt. I hope he gets bigger and stronger in the offseason. He will certainly be bigger after Christmas.”
Deloitte, with unheralded talents like Paul Peene, had a remarkable journey to Cherry Cup glory. The squad finished third in the regular season with a 5-6-1 record before defeating the Mepco High Rollers in the playoffs. Mepco were 8-3 this year behind Mark Missal.
Courtis states edging Mepco galvanised the team.
“The key was beating Mepco in the first round. They played us tough during the season. We went on from there.”
In spite of the sweep, the Flames should be proud. Cayman Hot Sauce overcame a miserable 2-10 campaign to upset the Burger King Gamebirds, the regular season winners and reigning champions, in the playoffs. Propelling the late surge was goalie Jeremy Olynik, who registered over 50 saves in a game three times this year.
Courtis states the Flames also overcame injury to reach the finals.
“There were three or four guys hurt for the Flames, like Jason Windsor and Mark Thompson, who was out the whole year. They were depleted in the final but they deserve credit for making it this far. Beating Burger King was huge.”