Barracudas aiming to keep dangerous Devil Rays at bay

Round 11 of the Fall Ball Hockey League is leaping into action.

King Sports Centre will stage two matches on Thursday night. At 8 p.m., the Pirates battle the Devil Rays before the Sharks tangle with the Barracudas at 9 p.m. A quick look at the league standings show the Barracudas in top position with six wins, one draw and three losses. The 5-2-3 Rays are not far off, the 4-1-5 Sharks sit third and the 3-7 Pirates are fourth place.

As he has done in all competitions since coming to Cayman from Montreal, plenty of attention rests on Evan Ellbogen of the Barracudas. The Kings hockey director ranks second in scoring (with 12 goals) and has placed an integral part in the success of teammates Ryan Pull (six goals) and Dennis Paschier (six assists).

Indeed, Ellbogen played a key role by scoring in the Barracudas’s 5-4 win over the Rays last week. Paschier and Pull would also score in the victory. Dan Allard and Dave Stadnyk scored for the Rays.

One key to the success of the Rays has been contributions from multiple players as Brian Lehnerer continues to lead the scoring charts with 13 goals, with teammate Matt Stone sitting on six goals. Leo Kassam seems to be the league’s best playmaker with a competition-best seven assists. Stone and Jagger Hope have six assists.

For the Sharks, much of the offense stems from Claude Plamondon, who has eight goals and six assists. The Pirates have tried to stay in the mix with veteran players like Rob Leadbetter and goalie Randy Cannon. Both squads squared off against each other last week, with the Pirates getting a 3-2 victory. Jason Keating and Warren Weiss produced the decisive goals for the Pirates. Ben Booker and Brad De Schiffert scored for the Sharks.

The league continues for two more weeks before taking a break for Christmas. After the doubleheader on Dec. 11, the next scheduled games will be on Jan. 8, 2015.

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