Sharks hungry for Gamebird meal

It has not been an ideal start for the Deloitte Sharks. 

Deloitte are 0-2-1 at the bottom of the 2013 fall national inline hockey league. The defending champions are next in action against a Burger King Gamebirds team surging atop the standings at 3-0. Their week four contest is slated for Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. at Kings Sports Center. At 9:30 p.m., the 2-1 Cayman Hot Sauce Flames challenge the 0-2-1 Mepco High Rollers. 

Evan Ellbogen is the sports director at Kings and gave an overview of week three. 

“The games were fun as the goalies played really well,” Ellbogen said. “Scott Hughes for the Sharks faced a ton of shots. Mike Bowden of the Flames had 10 shots himself but no goals against Scott.  

“Andrew Finlason also had a very strong game in net for the High Rollers, keeping his team in the hunt to beat the Gamebirds. They fell two goals short, however. (On the whole) team play is ramping up, as players are getting back in the groove.” 

The Sharks are coming off a 6-9 loss to the Flames last Tuesday. Dave Champoux, Tim Derksen, Paul Peene and Claude Plamondon were the goal scorers for Deloitte, while Ian Bridges, Ellbogen, Gordon Mattison and Rob Seward carried the offensive load for Cayman Hot Sauce. 

Burger King enjoyed a 6-4 victory over Mepco last week. Fareed Hosein, Jeremy Hadley, Eric Mildenberger, Dan O’Flaherty and Colin Wilson accounted for the Gamebirds’ scoring, while the High Rollers relied on Darryl Hather and Brad De Schiffert. 

There are roughly eight weeks left in the regular season, but the statistics show clear favorites for postseason awards. Ellbogen and De Schiffert are the league leaders in scoring with 12 goals apiece. Rounding out the top five are O’Flaherty with nine scores, Mildenberger with five goals and Mattison with four scores. Deloitte’s Joe Jewitt and Burger King’s Hadley are fearsome on the power play with two “penalty goals.” 

The Flames have some of the best passers in the league as Jason Windsor, Bowden and Ellbogen all have five assists. Tying them for the league lead is Mildenberger with five assists while James Osborne of Mepco has four assists. 

In net, Finlason has done well under pressure. The High Rollers goalie has registered the most saves, 88, while facing a league-high 113 shots. Randy Cannon of the Gamebirds has the best save percentage with 88 saves on 99 shots faced. Deloitte’s Hughes has 80 saves on 111 shots, and Cayman Hot Sauce’s Jeremy Olynik has stopped 56 of the 76 shots he has faced.  


Scott Hughes steadies the Sharks in net.


Eric Mildenberger carries the Burger King offense. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES


Darryl Hather captains the High Rollers.


Jason Windsor puts up good numbers for the Flames.