The outcome to the 2012 regular season of the Men’s Roller Hockey League will all come down to this week’s (Thursday, August 9) play when the New Blue and White Lightning meet head on for first place.
The two added another pair of wins last Thursday night, August 2, and for three weeks running they remain tied for the league’s top spot.
With the season schedule calling for the first place team to play the second place team (and third versus fourth place) in the final regular season games, this Thursday night’s action should lead to the crowning of a regular season champ.
Last Thursday night, the New Blue doubled the Red Rockets 14-7, while White Lightning collected a 13-7 win from the Morewood Monkeys.
The Red Rockets hold down the league’s third place with nine points, while the Morewood Monkey dwell in the basement with just three.
It was another Justin Elliott night as the New Blue went to work on the Red Rockets, jumping ahead early on for a 5-2 lead in the first period.
Elliott connected for a total of seven goals and added a pair of assists while Connor Hodgson collected six counters off Rockets’ goaltender Chris Sloan. Jamie McIntosh potted a pair and Randy Markell added a single in the effort.
Chris Phifer was the big gun for the Rockets with four goals and Chad McMillan and David Patterson nabbed Blue goaltender Will McIntire for singles.
In other action, Lightning struck early against the Monkeys for a 4-1 lead. Although the Monkeys counted three goals in each of the second and third periods, they were never able to catch up.
Tyler Gallinger led the Lightning scoring with five goals, and Brandon Buma backed him with four. Rob Thurler collected a pair and helped out on seven others, while Billy Henderson and Tyler Brown were good for singles.
For the Monkeys, Jake Byers scored three goals, Chris Embury collected a pair and Mike Thompson and Tyler Jones beat Lightning goaltender Barret Brundige for singles.
Kyle Shane was in net for the Monkeys’ loss.
Action begins this Thursday night at 8 p.m. between the Blue and Lightning.