Sharks gaining ground on Flames

Cayman’s reigning roller hockey champions are finally in form.

After a shaky start to the season, the Deloitte Sharks are now a victory, or two points, shy of first place in the 2013 fall national inline hockey league. Deloitte head into this 4-2-2 with 10 points, trailing the 5-2-1 Cayman Hot Sauce Flames with 12 points.

Deloitte’s latest triumph was a 12-5 victory over the 0-2-6 Mepco High Rollers at Kings Sports Center. Wayne Griffith, Dennis Paschier, Dan Etherington and Paul Peene scored for the Sharks last Tuesday, while Darryl Hather, Derek Bruce, Brad De Schiffert, Mark Missal and Ryan Pull registered goals for Mepco.

Cayman Hot Sauce kept their slim lead with a 11-7 victory over the 4-4 Burger King Gamebirds. Mike Bowden, Norm Klein, Chris Anton, Evan Ellbogen, Jagger Hope, Gordon Mattison and Rob Seward tallied goals for the Flames, while Rich Hastings, Pete Holowchuk, Devon Malice and Dan O’Flaherty scored for Gamebirds.

Matches continue on Tuesday, Oct. 29. At 8:30 p.m., Cayman Hot Sauce battle Deloitte, with Mepco and Burger King squaring off at 9:30 p.m. Many eyes will be on Ellbogen to strengthen his case for Most Valuable Player as he leads the league in scoring (30 goals) and assists (14). Griffith has been one of the surprises of the season with his offensive impact as the defenseman ranks tied for second in goals scored (18) and second in assists (12).

The High Rollers feature a top scorer in De Schiffert (18 goals), while Gamebirds counter with O’Flaherty (17 goals). The team numbers still favor the Flames, who have the best offense (scoring a league-high 75 goals) and the toughest defense (allowing a league-low 53 goals).

On the goalie front, Scott Hughes of the Sharks continues to be a wall with a league-best 200 saves on 268 shots faced.