Sharknados and Barracudas close in on regular season crowns

Adult hockey at Kings Sports Centre is heading into its ninth week. 

The Fall 2014 Adult Inline League skates into action on Tuesday night as the 6-2 Sharknados face the 1-1-6 Highrollers at 8 p.m. before 3-1-4 ITS Solar Bears battle 5-3 Cayman Hot Sauce Flames at 9 p.m. The Fall 2014 Ball Hockey League plays on Nov. 6 as 4-1-1 Barracudas challenge 2-2-2 Devil Rays at 8 p.m. before 2-1-3 Sharks contend with 2-4 Pirates at 9 p.m. 

The Sharknados are the most deadly offensive team on the rink, with a competition-best 83 goals. Evan Ellbogen is running away with the scoring title, thanks to a league-best 44 goals. Sharknados teammate Claude Plamondon has 13 goals in a three-way tie for second place, while Dan O’Flaherty is the top passer with a league-high 18 assists. Not much has gone right for the Rollers this season, but they do have a strong player in Joe Jewitt, who is second in passing with 11 assists. 

ITS has not been consistent but sport talents like Dan Etherington, who has 13 goals and Brad De Schiffert, who has 11 goals and 10 assists. Cayman Hot Sauce are the reigning champions and remain in striking distance of a repeat thanks to a league-low 49 goals allowed and heroics from Dennis Paschier, who has scored 13 goals. 

On the ball hockey side of the rink, the Barracudas have excelled defensively, allowing a competition-low 16 goals. Leading the charge offensively have been the trio of Ellbogen (nine goals, second-most in the league), Andrew Bowden (four goals, tied for fourth-most) and Paschier (five assists, tied for most in the league). 

The Devil Rays are the top offensive team, scoring a league-high 26 goals thanks to Brian Lehnerer’s unmatched 10 goals and three assists this season. There has also been unselfish play from Matt Stone and Leo Kassam (five assists each) and Jagger Hope (four assists). 

An inconsistent Sharks team, which has struggled to generate offense, has leaned on Plamondon (four goals), while the defensively challenged Pirates have counted on Derek Bruce (five goals) in attack. 

Wayne-Griffith

Wayne Griffith and the Highrollers are in action on Tuesday. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES