Bears stay cool under pressure

A new name has brought fresh energy to an old club. 

The ITS Solar Bears are riding high atop the adult Spring 2014 season at Kings Sports Center. The squad formerly known as the Burger King Gamebirds has retained much of its talented personnel – such as Pete Holowchuk and goalie Randy Cannon – resulting in strong outings on three straight occasions. 

ITS will look to keep their momentum going against the Deloitte Sharks in round four of league play on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. Deloitte are firmly in second place thanks to stellar performances from the likes of Dan Etherington and Matt Lawson. 

The defending champions, the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames, are slated to play at 8 p.m. against the Mepco High Rollers. Chris Anton, Mike Bowden and the Flames have kept much of last year’s squad intact – highlighted by scoring champion Evan Ellbogen – though the biggest change so far is in net with Andrew Finlason sharing goalie duty with Jeremy Olynik. 

Mepco, meanwhile, have started the season winless and seem in rebuilding mode after years of dominant regular season and postseason campaigns. The High Rollers rely on a veteran core with the likes of Ryan Pull, Scott Somerville and Patrick Agemian. 

A quick look at the statistics show the makings of interesting races for the various offensive titles. Ellbogen is tied with Brad De Schiffert of ITS for the scoring lead with six goals apiece with Somerville third sporting five goals. Ellbogen and Bowden have four assists apiece with Lawson of the Sharks and Jamie Nelson of the High Rollers tied for third with three assists. 

Hockey fans should note that the Caribbean Creations Ball Hockey League stages matches every Thursday at Kings from 8 p.m. The Sharks are running away with the regular season crown at 11-2-2 while the other three league teams have meager 5-2-8 records. 

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