Flames burn Sharks with sweep

The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames are the latest champions in local hockey.

Cayman Hot Sauce won the 2013 Cherry Cup, sweeping last year’s champions, the Deloitte Sharks, in their best-of-three finals. At Kings Sports Center, the Flames beat the Sharks, 7-4, in game one before winning game two decisively, 11-3. The winners enjoyed goals in both contests from Evan Ellbogen and Jagger Hope with Gordon Mattison, Jason Windsor and Chris Anton adding to the scoring. Deloitte relied on Dan Etherington and Claude Plamondon for scoring.

The championship caps off a dominant season by the Flames, the No. 1 seed with a league-best 9-2-1 record. The Sharks were second in the regular season at 8-2-3. The competition also featured two other teams in the 5-1-6 Burger King Gamebirds and the 0-2-10 Mepco High Rollers.

Focus now shifts to the junior ranks, where the fall edition of the national youth league is entering its 12th and final week of play before the Christmas break. The eight and under division features a pair of Kings select teams facing PwC with Team Two first at 10-2-2, PwC second at 6-8 and Team One at 3-2-9. PwC end their season against Team One this Saturday, Dec. 14. Andy Hastings is the leading scorer with 83 goals while Connor Finch has 48 goals and a group-best 23 assists.

In the 10U segment, the Ernst and Young Eagles are flying high at 8-1-2, Deloitte are tied with a Kings select squad – Team One – at 4-2-5 with another Kings side – Team Three – in fourth at 2-3-6. On Saturday, the Eagles play Team One while Deloitte face Team Three. Justin Hastings of Ernst and Young is top scorer with 43 goals while teammate Jayden Mannisto has a group-best 19 assists.

The 14U category features 9-1-1 KPMG, 8-3 Hudson Hawks, 3-8 Conyers and a 1-1-9 Kings select unit called Team Two. On Saturday, KPMG squares off against Hudson while Conyers challenge Team Two. Ethan Finlason of the Hawks tops the charts with 35 goals while the assists crown is shared by Finlason’s teammate Adam Stainrod and KPMG’s Wyatt Hope as both boys have 16 assists.

Ellbogen, who is the Kings sports director, states another initiative will take center stage this weekend.

“For the Learn to Skate program, we will have a graduation ceremony for them this Saturday at 10:30 a.m,” Ellbogen said. “We will set up games for the kids and try to make it a great experience. The Learn to Skate program is the most important for the future of the hockey program and we want to make a strong push for next season.”