The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames have little room for error.
Cayman Hot Sauce, 3-2-1, is barely on top of the 2013 fall national inline hockey league standings. The Flames are percentage points ahead of the 4-2 Burger King Gamebirds heading into round seven. Statistics-wise, the clubs have been dominant as they rank first and second in offense and defense. Cayman Hot Sauce has scored 53 goals, while allowing 41 goals. Meanwhile, Burger King has notched 49 goals, while surrendering 37 goals.
Both squads will be in action Tuesday night at Kings Sports Center. At 8:30 p.m., Cayman Hot Sauce faces 0-2-4 Mepco High Rollers, with Burger King battling the 2-2-2 Deloitte Sharks at 9:30 p.m.
The Flames are coming off a thrilling 8-8 tie with Deloitte last week. Jason Windsor, Chris Anton, Gordon Mattison and Rob Seward handled the scoring duties for Cayman Hot Sauce. The Sharks, the reigning league champions, had goals from Dave Champoux, Tim Courtis, Wayne Griffith, Matt Lawson, Dennis Paschier and Dan Etherington.
The Gamebirds enjoyed a 12-4 thrashing of the High Rollers, snapping a two-game losing streak. Rich Hastings, Brendon Malice, Fiona McLeod, Martin Wilson and Dan O’Flaherty scored for Burger King. Darryl Hather, Trey Taylor and Mark Missal registered goals for Mepco.
A quick look at the league statistics shows some interesting trends. Firstly, it will be a tight race to the finish for the league’s scoring title. Evan Ellbogen, the sports director at Kings and a Flames player, tops the charts with 18 goals while Mepco’s Brad De Schiffert (17 goals) and Gamebirds’ O’Flaherty (15 goals) are in hot pursuit. Burger King’s Eric Mildenberger and Deloitte’s Etherington round out the top five with 10 goals apiece.
Ellbogen has the most assists, 12, in the league. Flames team-mate Mike Bowden and Deloitte’s Griffith are close with nine assists. Cayman Hot Sauce’s Windsor (eight assists) and Burger King’s Mildenberger (seven assists) complete the top five.
On the goalie front, Randy Cannon of the Gamebirds continues to be the pre-eminent force. Cannon has a league-best 153 saves while facing 191 shots. Deloitte’s Scott Hughes registered 152 saves while facing a league-high 207 shots. Andrew Finlason of Mepco has saved 135 of the 180 shots he has faced while Jeremy Olynik of Cayman Hot Sauce posted 124 saves on 157 shots against him.