Flames burning for No. 1 spot

The Cayman Hot Sauce Flames are closing in on more glory. 

The reigning champions of roller hockey in Cayman currently rank first in the adult spring 2014 inline hockey league at Kings Sports Center. The Flames are 11-1-4 with 23 points thanks to a league-best 156 goals scored. Cayman Hot Sauce will look to close out their regular season campaign against the Deloitte Sharks at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Deloitte head into this contest third in the standings at 7-9 with 14 points. 

A number of players have contributed to the Flames’ success. Evan Ellbogen is having a stellar second season in the competition, with a league-high 63 goals while making 25 assists (third-most in the league). Rob Seward is third in scoring with 29 goals with young prodigy Jagger Hope fourth with 27 goals. Mike Bowden leads the league with 28 assists while Andrew Bowden is second with 26 assists and Jason Windsor is fourth with 23 assists.  

Deloitte has countered with 24 goals from Dan Etherington and 18 assists from Dennis Paschier. 

Beyond wrapping up the top overall seed, this contest can be one final preview of a potential championship match-up. Last season, Cayman Hot Sauce emerged victorious after sweeping the Sharks in the finals. Both rosters have remained relatively the same as Scott Hughes is in net for Deloitte behind a group of gritty players like forward Wayne Griffith and defensemen Joe Jewitt and Dave Champoux while the Flames have Andrew Finlason in goal backing up forward Gordon Mattison and defensemen Norm Klein and Ian Bridges. 

Outside of the Flames-Sharks clash, the ITS Solar Bears and Mepco High Rollers will battle at 8 p.m. ITS are second at 8-1-7 thanks to a league-best 96 goals allowed while the Rollers are fourth at 5-11 with a league-worst 84 goals scored. 

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Evan Ellbogen has made great plays all season for the Flames. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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