Flames burning for season title

Round 11 of the Fall 2014 Adult Inline League tips off with teams eyeing the postseason. 

Kings Sports Centre hosts a pair of roller hockey contests on Tuesday. At 8 p.m., reigning champions Cayman Hot Sauce Flames challenge the Highrollers before the ITS Solar Bears face the Sharknados at 9 p.m. The 12-round regular season is slated to end next week, and most clubs are looking toward a championship run. 

The Flames are in a good spot to mount a title defense, with a 6-3 record that puts them second in the standings. Defense, steadied by goalie Andrew Finlason and defender extradonaire Dennis Paschier, has been the calling card, as the Flames have surrendered a league-low 49 goals. With a regular season crown – and the bragging rights that come with it – still in sight, Cayman Hot Sauce has plenty to play for in these final games. 

On the other end of the spectrum are the Highrollers, a veteran team that has not had any breaks this season. A 1-1-7 record puts Joe Jewitt and company last in the standings and in line for a fourth seed in the four-team competition. Offensively, the Rollers can contend with their opponents – as they have scored 50 goals this season. But for proud defensemen like Darryl Hather, the disappointment has been a defense that has surrendered a league-worst 82 goals. 

ITS has the third seed firmly in their grip with a 3-1-5 record. A lack of player turnout has hurt a squad, with the likes of defenseman Brendon Malice, that is talented enough to produce upsets. The team’s biggest issue is an offense that fails to deliver, as the Solar Bears sport a league-low 41 goals scored. 

The Sharknados arguably have the best position at the moment with a 7-2 mark that puts them in first place. The arrival of star scorer Evan Ellbogen has been the difference, with the Sharknados netting a competition-best 96 goals. 

A quick look at the individual statistics shows Ellbogen has all but lifted the scoring crown, boasting a league-best 53 goals. Paschier has 18 goals, Claude Plamondon of the Sharknados scored 14 goals, Dan Etherington of the Solar Bears has 13 goals, and Mike Bowden of the Flames scored 12 goals. Dan O’Flaherty of the Sharknados has a league-high 18 assists, followed by 15 assists from Plamondon, 13 assists from Jewitt, and 10 assists apiece from Brad De Schiffert of ITS and James Osborne of the Sharknados. 

Brendan-Malice

Brendon Malice gives maximum effort for the Solar Bears.

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