2012 Tubie photos
After finishing the Men’s Roller Hockey League regular season on August 2 tied for first place, the New Blue and White Lightning met head on in quarter final playoff action Thursday, August 9 and again, it was tough to come up with a winner.
This time out the two played to a 4-4 tie in regulation time to force a five minute, sudden-death overtime period.
Just a little over one minute into the overtime Lightning’s Brandon Buma produced the deciding goal against Blue goaltender Will McIntire on a Rob Thurler feed.
The game was close in the early minutes with the Lightning taking a 1-0 lead with just 2:15 left in the first period on a Dave Summers goal set up by Tyler Brown and Brandon Buma.
The Lightning edge lasted until well into the second period when Steve Mattice stretched it to 2-0 with help from Tyler Gallinger.
As the minutes ticked away in the second period, Aron Sherrer put New Blue on the board to close the gap to 2-1.
The Lightning, however, charged right back with Summers counting his second goal of the game to end the second period with Lightning leading 3-1.
Minutes into the final frame, Steve Mattice pushed the Lightning lead to a comfortable 4-1.
But it wasn’t over yet as New Blue came charging back.
Randy Markell got it rolling with help from Garreth Cochrane and Aron Sherrer. Then it was Jamie McIntosh setting up Cochrane for the New Blue’s third counter.
With four minutes remaining on the clock Connor Hodgson, with help from McIntosh and Markell,struck to even it at 4-4.
In other action, the Morewood Monkeys and the Red Rockets met head on to stay in the running for this year’s league playoff championship and in the end the Monkeys prevailed with an 8-7 victory.
Again it was a close encounter as the Rockets built a 4-3 lead in the first period on a pair of goals from Chad McMillan and singles from David Patterson and Chris Phifer.
Answering for the Monkeys were Tyler Jones with a pair and Justin Heuff with a single.
The Monkeys evened it 4-4 in the second period with a Tyler Jones goal assisted by Mike Thompson.
The Rockets got it back when Chad McMillan counted his third goal but again they couldn’t hold on.
Jake Byers scored unassisted with just over two minutes left in the second period to even it, 5-5 and set the stage for an exciting final period.
Early in the third, the Monkeys pulled ahead 7-5 on goals by Mike Thompson and Heuff.
The Monkeys were able to protect their two goal advantage until late in the frame when Chris Phifer cut the gap to 7-6.
With 1:05 remaining on the clock, Mike Thompson pushed it out of reach with the Monkey’s eighth goal. The Rockets got one more against Monkey goaltender Kyle Shane in the 8-7 loss.
With their win against the New Blue, Lightning received a bye into the league’s championship final scheduled for Thursday, August 23. The New Blue advances to play the Morewood Monkeys in semi-final action this Thursday, August 16. The winner of this game advances to take on Lightning in the championship while the loser will play the Red Rockets for the consolation.
The Seaway Kickers U13 Mixed team improved to a 6-5 record on the season after hosting Nepean City August 9, at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois.
Scoring started early, at the five minute mark with a breakaway goal by Travis McInnis which made it 1-0, Seaway.
McInnis scored his second on the night at the 21 minute mark making, and then it was over to John Coligan who rounded out the first half scoring at the 34 minute mark for a 3-0 Kickers’ lead.
Despite a concerted defensive effort by Nepean City as play resumed, Seaway continued to dominate on the pitch.
David Swerdfeger scored at the 47 minute mark, Kaeghan Lowson at the 50 minute mark and Kaspar Furo at the 54 minute mark making it 6-0 for the Kickers.
Devin Vandermeer and Brayden Blacquiere-Rizk closed out scoring as the U13 Mixed team defeated Nepean City 8-0.
Goalie Shawn Dowson recorded his third straight shutout and his fifth on the season.
The team hosts the Ottawa Royals for their final regular season game on August 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Iroquois.
In other action the U13 girls split a pair of games.
On August 7, the Kickers lost to the Ottawa Royal, 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Ottawa counted early in the second half and then hung on for the win.
Their second game of the week was on August 9, when they handed the visiting Nepean City girls a 3-0 loss.
Seaway led 1-0 at the half on a goal from Morgan Byvelds, and early in the second half, Kristyn VanHoof scored to make it 2-0. Rebecca Ferguson scored late in the second half for the 3-0 Seaway win.
Goalies Jane MacDonald and Jayme Henry shared the shutout.
The team finishes their regular season in Iroquois, on August 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Submitted by C. Revelle
IROQUOIS–Being named RACE 101 Premier driver award for 2012 at the end of the year long program meant that Luke Whitteker would get some time in a pavement Late Model. His first experience came on Wednesday, June 27 when he traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to get comfortable in the car before heading to Southern National Speedway in Kenly, North Carolina on Thursday and Friday for his first test session on the black top.
With temperatures over 100 degrees all week, Whitteker knew that the track was going to be very slick, which played in his favor with his dirt racing experience.
It took only three sessions on the first day for Whitteker to get up to speed, and run comparable lap times to Speedway regulars.
“We had a great test today,” said Whitteker after his first outing. “The car was fast for the slick conditions. This was a real good start to our asphalt adventures. I am looking forward to coming back here tomorrow and getting a better feel for the track”.
The warm temperatures continued for the second day of testing with temperatures remaining in excess of 100°F. The track temperature was approaching 130° F and almost 150° inside the race car.
Whitteker had another great test session though, posting some very competitive laps.
Saturday, the young Iroquois driver returned to Southern National Speedway for race day, but this time he worked on the pit crew for Karl Weber, another young and upcoming driver, who had been working alongside Luke during the testing the two previous days.
Whitteker spent the first part of Sunday returning home. He landed in Syracuse, New York early Sunday afternoon, and made the long drive to Cornwall Motor Speedway where his Whitteker Motorsports team had his car all ready to go for the night’s 100 lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series race.
Luke started 15th, and was running well on the bottom of the track, to make it all the way up to fourth before the handling started to go away on the car, and he slid back to 14th.
This past weekend, Whitteker was back at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday night where he planned to debut the brand new experimental Bicknell chassis. His weekend was to also include stops at Brockville Speedway Saturday night and the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday.