With the season winding down, the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames remain on top of local roller hockey.
The Flames are still the frontrunners in the 2013 fall national inline hockey league. Cayman Hot Sauce are 7-2-1 with 16 points thanks to the league’s best offense (scoring 94 goals) and top defense (allowing just 61 goals).
The Flames added to those numbers this month, beating the 4-2-3 Deloitte Sharks, 9-5, before crushing the 0-2-8 Mepco High Rollers, 10-3, at Kings Sports Center. Tyler Irwin, Evan Ellbogen and Rob Seward handled the scoring duties for Cayman Hot Sauce while the Sharks countered with goals from Dave Champoux, Dennis Paschier, Joe Jewitt, Paul Peene and Claude Plamondon.
Seward, Ellbogen, Jason Windsor, Jagger Hope and Gordon Mattison scored against Mepco. The High Rollers had scores from Mark Missal and Brendan Rainonen.
Deloitte remains in second place with 12 points after defeating the 5-5 Burger King Gamebirds, 13-8, last Tuesday. Wayne Griffith, Dennis Paschier, Dan Etherington, Paul Peene and Claude Plamondon scored for the Sharks while Rich Hastings, Pete Holowchuk, Jeremy Hadley, Dan O’Flaherty and Colin Wilson had goals for the Gamebirds.
Burger King had previously beaten the High Rollers, 12-9. Hastings, O’Flaherty, Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Devon Malice, scored for the Gamebirds. Darryl Hather, Missal and Scott Somerville had goals for the High Rollers.
Matches continue on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Kings. High Rollers battle Sharks at 8:30 p.m. with the Flames facing the Gamebirds at 9:30 p.m.
Ellbogen continues to be a strong candidate for the league’s Most Valuable Player award with a competition-best 41 goals and 17 assists. On the goalie front, Scott Hughes of the Sharks continues to be solid with a league-best 242 saves on 327 shots faced. Andrew Finlason of the High Rollers has 211 saves against 291 shots and Jeremy Olynik of the Flames produced 210 saves versus 265 shots.