Flames roast Burger King Gamebirds

The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames are the No. 1 team in local roller hockey. 

Cayman Hot Sauce, 3-1-1, top the standings in the 2013 fall national inline hockey league. The Flames’ latest victory was a 6-2 triumph over the previous frontrunners, 3-2 Burger King Gamebirds, at Kings Sports Center. 

Evan Ellbogen, sports director at Kings and a Flames player, said last Tuesday’s contest was a dominant display from the outset. 

“The Flames and Gamebirds faced off in a crucial game for first place,” Ellbogen said. “Both came ready to play as both teams had full benches and pride on the line. The first period was a tight match-up with the Flames opening up the scoring with two goals from me. The Gamebirds answered back quickly one minute later with goals by Rob Leadbetter and Eric Mildenberger.  

“Rob Seward scored with 2:30 minutes left in the first to give a 4-2 lead going into halftime. After the half, the Flames opened up the floodgates with four goals scored collectively by Mike Bowden, Gordon Mattison and Chris Anton. The Gamebirds could not recover and they’re lamenting over second place.” 

Burger King, who started out the season unbeaten, are now on a two-game losing streak. The Gamebirds are also looking over their shoulders at the defending champion Deloitte Sharks, who are now 2-2 after taking down the Mepco High Rollers, 9-7, last Tuesday. 

Ellbogen said the game came down timely goals by Deloitte. 

“The Sharks have a renewed presence with the welcomed addition of Dennis Passchier leading the charge during their win streak. The Sharks came to challenge the high scoring High Rollers and their leading scorer Brad De Schiffert. The game started with the Sharks scoring four minutes into the game with a goal by Matt Lawson, which was quickly answered by the High Rollers’ Trey Taylor. 

“The Sharks continued to add pressure all game on the High Rollers, who could not keep up with the attack. They fell behind 9-3 with four minutes remaining and then decided to ramp up the intensity. The High Rollers used the momentum in their advantage and scored four goals in three minutes, but ran out of time in completing the comeback.” 

League matches continue on Tuesday at Kings. At 8:30 p.m., Mepco faces Burger King before Cayman Hot Sauce challenges Deloitte at 9:30 p.m. 

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Scott Hughes steadies the Sharks in net.
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