Cayman Hot Sauce pepper High Rollers, increase lead

The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames are burning up the competition.

Cayman Hot Sauce has more breathing room atop the 2013 fall national inline hockey league. At 4-2-1, the team is two points clear of the 4-3 Burger King Gamebirds for first place.

All of the numbers now favor the Flames as they have the best offense (scoring a league-high 64 goals) and the toughest defense (allowing a league-low 46 goals).

The Flames’ latest victory was a 11-5 thrashing of the 0-2-5 Mepco High Rollers last Tuesday at Kings Sports Center.

Evan Ellbogen, Jagger Hope and Gordon Mattison handled the scoring for Cayman Hot Sauce, while Mepco got goals from Mark Missal, Derek Bruce and Darryl Hather. Burger King lost footing with a 11-8 loss to the 3-2-2 Deloitte Sharks.

Rich Hastings, Pete Holowchuk, Rob Leadbetter and Dan O’Flaherty scored in a losing effort for the Gamebirds while Deloitte, the defending league champions, got scores from Wayne Griffith, Matt Lawson and Dennis Paschier.

League matches continue on Tuesday at Kings. At 8:30 p.m., Cayman Hot Sauce battle Burger King, with Mepco and Deloitte squaring off at 9:30 p.m.

Based on the statistics, a number of players deserve a second look. Ellbogen paces the league in scoring with 27 goals, followed by Mepco’s Brad De Schiffert (17 goals) and Gamebirds’ O’Flaherty (15 goals).

Ellbogen also has the most assists, 13, with Flames team-mate Mike Bowden and Deloitte’s Griffith close behind with nine assists.

On the goalie front, Scott Hughes of the Sharks has top billing.

Hughes has the most saves (179) against a league-high 242 shots. Andrew Finlason of the High Rollers ranks second in both categories, with 169 saves on 225 shots faced. Randy Cannon of the Gamebirds posted 153 saves while facing 191 shots and Jeremy Olynik of the Flames registered 144 saves on 182 shots faced.