The OneTRADEx Capitals successfully defended their roller hockey title for the second straight season.
Facing more difficulties than the past two campaigns, the Capitals ended up in fourth place after regular season play, resulting in a first-round match with the Sharks, led by the league’s top scorer, Dennis “Back of the Net” Passchier and Gordon “Freight Train” Mattison. However, the Capitals managed to win the best-of-three series in two straight games with stellar goal-tending from Andrew “Shutout” Finlason.
The finals proved to be a hard-fought affair, with the Capitals taking on the revamped High Rollers in a fast-paced series. The Capitals won that best-of-three series, two games to one. All three games were extremely close, with two going into overtime.
The High Rollers were a formidable opponent for the Capitals, with Jeremy “Lights Out” Olynik in net, the league leader in save percentage, and Andrew “End to End” Bowden with Tim “The General” Courtis heading up their most effective defensive pairing. The Capitals had stellar offensive performances by Dan “Rifle” Etherington and Claude “Rocket” Plamondon, who both scored crucial overtime goals in each of the Capitals’ victories. The strong offensive core was rounded out by Colin “Kamikaze” Wilson, Devon “Heysus” Malice and Eric “The Flash” Mildenberger.
Due to personnel changes, this season required the father-son tandem of Dan “The Wall” Allard and Kai “Roadrunner” Allard to move back to defense. This, coupled with Brendon “The Sheriff” Malice’s play throughout the playoffs, helped to ensure victory for the Capitals.
The Capitals’ captain, Fareed Hosein, said next season “will be difficult as all of the teams are now gunning to dethrone us.”
Hosein added, “The roller hockey league is great fun and players of all abilities are encouraged to come out for pickup on Sundays and league play on Tuesdays.”
The fall roller hockey season will begin in September. Interested players should contact Dennis Passchier at [email protected] for more information.