The Burger King Gamebirds are no longer unbeaten in local hockey.
Burger King dropped its first game in the 2013 fall national inline hockey league, losing to the Deloitte Sharks, 12-9, at Kings Sports Center. In spite of the loss, the Gamebirds remain in first place at 3-1, while the Sharks are third at 1-2.
Evan Ellbogen, sports director at Kings, said last Thursday’s games were not short of goals.
“We had some high-scoring, competitive games,” Ellbogen said. “The Gamebirds came into their game undefeated against a Sharks team that has been getting stronger by the week. The game was back and forth with a tied game at 6-6 halfway through. The Sharks began to pull away with strong positional play and the scoring touch of Dennis Passchier. Scott Hughes was able to keep them in the game and ultimately, get the win with a final score of 12-9.
“The second game was the fastest, most competitive game of the season. The Mepco High Rollers were challenging the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames looking for their first win of the season. However, the Flames got off to a quick start with a 2-0 score after the first shift. The High Rollers responded quickly with the strong play of Brad De Schiffert, as he had two goals the following shift.
“The High Rollers continued to pressure the Flames by using their size and speed. The score was back and forth with league scoring leaders De Schiffert and I looking to find the edge. The Flames were up 11-8 with three minutes remaining and focused on strong positional play. The High Rollers broke through the tight defense for two quick goals and the tying goal with 15 seconds remaining. The game ended 11-11.”
Deloitte pulled off the upset thanks to goals from veterans Dave Champoux, Wayne Griffith, Tim Derksen, Dan Etherington and Paschier. Burger King got its scoring from Rich Hastings, Pete Holowchuk, Brendon Malice and Eric Mildenberger.
In the Flames-High Rollers contest, Mike Bowden, Jason Windsor, Chris Anton, Jagger Hope, Gordon Mattison, Rob Seward and Ellbogen all scored for Cayman Hot Sauce. Mepco got goals from Jeff Danter, Darryl Hather, Trey Taylor, Derek Bruce, Scott Somerville and De Schiffert.
Burger King will look to avoid a second consecutive loss when they face the 2-1-1 Flames on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. 0-2-1 Mepco and Deloitte will play at 8:30 p.m.
The statistics show Ellbogen and De Schiffert are still the league leaders in scoring with 15 goals apiece. Rounding out the top five are Dan O’Flaherty and Mildenberger of Gamebirds with nine scores apiece and Etherington has eight scores. Deloitte’s Joe Jewitt and Griffith have two penalty goals on the power play along with Burger King’s Jeremy Hadley.
The Flames still have some of the best passers in the league as Bowden has eight assists with Ellbogen and Windsor sporting seven assists each. Mildenberger and Griffith also have seven assists.
In net, Gamebirds goalie Randy Cannon has a league-best 111 saves against 134 shots. Mepco goalie Andrew Finlason boasts 107 saves against a league-high 143 shots. Deloitte’s Hughes has 102 saves on 142 shots, and Cayman Hot Sauce’s Jeremy Olynik has stopped 93 of the 122 shots he has faced.