Sharks circling for Devil Rays


With the Sharks continuing to dominate, the most interesting race might be for second place. 

Three teams are separated by three points, so the drama in the Caribbean Creations Ball Hockey League seems to be who will be runner-up. The 3-2-4 Pirates have eight points and are just ahead of the 3-1-5 Barracudas with seven points and the 2-2-5 Deloitte Devil Rays, the defending champions, who have six points. 

All of those teams are in action at Kings Sports Center on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Barracudas and Pirates face off at 8 p.m. with the Devil Rays challenging the 7-1-1 Sharks at 9 p.m. The Pirates hope to tighten their grip on second place with their relatively good offense, which has scored 30 goals this season (second-most in the league). The Sharks, who dominate the stats sheet with a competition-best 51 goals scored and a league-low 21 goals allowed, are traditionally a stout defensive team that will lean on their veteran defense men for more points this year. 

The Sharks are coming off another dominant display, besting the Pirates, 7-2, last Thursday. Steven Taylor, Brendan Rainonen, Claude Plamondon and Jamie Nelson scored for the frontrunners while Derek Bruce handled all the scoring duties for the Pirates. As a result, Plamondon strengthen his case for league Most Valuable Player with a competition-best 12 assists and 11 goals (which is tied with teammate Brad De Schiffert for the league lead). Bruce and Nelson are tied for third in scoring with eight goals apiece and Rainonen is third in passing with six assists. 

The Barracudas had a 5-1 win over the Devil Rays last week thanks to goals from Ryan Pull, Francois Lamontagne, David Fiebig, Evan Ellbogen and Mike Bowden. Leo Kassam had the only score for Deloitte. Bowden now has five assists, fourth-most in the competition. 


Rob Leadbetter has the Pirates in second place. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES


Steven Taylor continues to dazzle with the ball.