Thursday Blues

* Remember no games Oct 19th...play resumes Thursday Oct 26th!

Thursday Women Blues, October 12 Highlights:

Indies vs Sonics...Veda Locknath was peppered with shots for this one. In the 1st she held the fort at 1-0. In the 2nd the Sonics were able fire some missiles through for a 6-0 lead. The Indies never quit and their effort gave them a 1-1 3rd period tie. Sonics win 7-1.

Red Jays vs Silver Bullets...end to end first period provided lots of goals that left the Red Jays up 4-2. The 2nd period the Jays turned the red light on 4 more times for an 8-2 lead. Red Jays win There was no quit in quite a few of the Silver Bullets as they wanted to learn and keep up with talent that was presented to them...a good run! Red Jays win 13-3.

Cherry Pickers vs Palace Gals...game of the night! Palace Gals worked their tails off and it paid off for 2-0 and 4-3 leads. The Cherry Pickers were not going to go away so the 3rd was an even battle too. But the Palace Gals got a couple of huge goals to keep their lead safe. Palace Gals win 6-4

Thursday Women Blues, October 5 Highlights:

Silver Bullets vs Indies...Indies were short-benched and then had an injury to boot. The Silver Bullets took advantage early for a quick 3-0 lead they carried into the 2nd period. The teams the played an even 2nd period at 1-1 and no goals were scored in the 3rd. Silver Bullets win 4-1.

Cherry Pickers vs Red Jays...a quick pace to this match from the outset. The Red Jays had the edge with a 2-0 lead at the first period break and then just exploded in the 2nd with 5-goals and a 7-2 lead heading into the 3rd. Red Jays win 10-2.

Palace Gals vs Sonics...the Sonics have a well tuned team that moves the ball around to each other very well. The Palace Gals are just getting used to each other and played hard with lots of communication with one another. Sonics were up early for a 4-0 lead after one and played with confidence the rest of the way. Sonics win 9-1.

FIRST GAMES FOR THE 2017 THURSDAY NEWLY CREATED WOMEN'S BLUES FALL SESSION THURSDAY,  SEPTEMBER 28

Welcome everyone! Ans what a welcome!! Close and entertaining games!

Sonics vs Red Jays...two teams that moved the ball around nicely. Some nice hands out there were noticed too! The Sonics were up 2-1 after one period but the Red Jays rebounded for a 4-3 lead by the end of the 2nd period. In the 3rd the Sonics held a 6-5 lead late, but in the final minute the Red Jays brought the French Palace crowd to their feet with the tying goal without pulling their goalie for an extra attacker. 6-6 tie.

Palace Gals vs Indies...two brand new teams looking to build some chemistry with all the new faces making friends for the first time. The Palace Gals looked like they had somthing going with 1-0 and 2-0 period break leads. In the 3rd the Indies roared back early to tie it all up 2-2. And dramatically in the final minute of play Veda Loknath in the Indies net made the glove save of the season so far to preserve yet another tie! 2-2 tie

Cherry Pickers vs Silver Bullets...the Cherry Pickers seemed to have the sharp-shooters edge, but it was all tied up 3-3 after an entertaining first period. The CP were up 5-4 moving into the 3rd period. The CP ramped it up in the 3rd with a flurry of goals to make it 9-4 before the Silver Bullets pumped in 2 quick ones to make it 9-6 and then finally a late marker our it away for the CP. Cherry Pickers win 10-6.

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Thanks for an excellent Winter Session everyone! See you all back in the Fall...tons of exciting stuff will be announced over the summer! Get ready!

Thursday Blues, April 27 Revolver Game #3

Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa Avengers (Final)...a very close tightly played game. The score did not indicate this for the first and second period, but the final score certainly did!. 3-0 after one period for the Avengers and they increased this to 5-0 after two periods. Note that Avengers goalie Ryan Girgrah was flawless for those periods. In the 3rd with the score 7-3 Avengers with 3-minutes left, the Little Wolves scored 3 quick ones to pull within 7-6 with under a minute remaining. They had a couple of chances but the miracle comeback bid came oh so close! Congratulations to both teams for an awesome final and to the Avengers for defending their title! The Ottawa Avengers win the Winter Session Championship Game 7-6.

 

 

 

 

Struts Stars vs New Blues (3rd Seed Match)...a very fun time with amazing goaltending. The teams sawed off exhausted for a 1-1 tie.

Garbage Men vs Ottawa Blues (5th Seed Match)...2-2 after one. 4-4 after two. And in OT the G-Men scored the winner to take the 5th Seed! G-Men win 6-5 in OT

Thursday Blues, Game #2 of the Revolver April 20

Les Ti-Loups vs New Blues (semi-final)...the upset of the play-offs took place early. A very quick 3-0 lead for the Little Wolves was the difference. After that it was close as the Little Wolves held 3-2 and 4-3 leads at the breaks.  The 3rd was tight until at 5-4 the Little Wolves scored into an empty net in the final seconds. Les Ti-Loups win 6-4

Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Avengers (semi-final)...2-0 and 6-4 period break leads for the Avengers. In the 3rd nothing until an empty netter put it away. The Avengers will defend their title next week. Ottawa Avengers win 7-4

Garbage Men vs Struts Stars (Seeding Game)... The battle to see who would play in the 3rd Seed Match next week. After two close periods at 1-1 and Struts Starts up 5-3 after two. Struts Stars blew it open in the 3rd with a 5-0 run. Strut Stars win 10-3 

Thursday Blues, Game #1 of the Revolver April 13 (Happy Easter)

Struts Stars vs Ottawa Avengers (4vs3)...even though they split the season series and one of the games was one of the most lopsided losses for the Avengers, the Avengers are the favourites as the defending champs and an amazing talent pool to draw from. Struts Stars are just happy to be there. The Struts team were missing a few shooting stars on offence so they played a defensive game to start and it worked for almost a full period at 0-0, but the Avengers got a buzzer beater to take a 1-0 lead. Then in the 2nd and 3rd the lack of offence hurt Struts Stars as they became the falling stars as the Avengers put their game in gear and went on to win in a romp. Ottawa Avengers win 13-2 to make the semi-finals.

Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Blues 2vs1)...the best games ever have been between these to respectful teams. So much fun! The Ottawa Blues have the edge here as they have taken away championship after championship and almost every game from the younger New Blues. Both teams can afford to lose this one as they both are guaranteed a semi-final spot next game. But this is a very important game as the winner gets an "easier" opponent in the semi-final. The New Blues brought out an Easter Weekend crowd to enjoy the game and Ryan Leask's birthday. The Old Blues were up 1-0 after one and then the New Blues were up 4-3 after two periods. The 3rd was a great period for about half of it, but after some near misses by the Old Blues the New Blues ran away with it and held the fort backed by solid goaltending from Mike Lynch. New Blues win 9-6.

Garbage Men vs Les Ti-Loups (6vs5)...a pick-em game. Both teams work extremely hard. Breaks and favourable bounces factored in this match for sure. The Wolves were up 1-0 after one period and then it was tied up at 2-2 heading into the 3rd. The Wolves were up 4-3 with under 2-minutes left in the game. The G-Men then shocked the crowd with a tying goal with 1:41 left and then went ahead with 1:15 remaining. The Little Wolves tied it with 1:00 remaining. The game ended up in a 5-5 tie and then the shoot-out! Jason Prevost scored the only goal in the 5-player per team shoot-out and powered his team into the semi-finals. Les Ti-Loups win 6-5 in a shoot-out.

The 3-game Revolver Play-off! Starts Thursday, April 13

(2vs1, 4vs3, 6vs5....then winner of 6vs5 plays winner of 2vs1 for one semi-final, winner of 4v3 plays loser of 2vs1 for the other semi-final, while loser of 4vs3 plays loser of 6vs5 for consolation match. Finals and 3rd and 5th Seed games close it out.

Thursday Blues, Tuesday April 11 Highlights: Thursday league action on a Tuesday!

Ottawa Avengers vs New Blues...the result of this match will dictate who plays who on Thursday in the opening game of the Revolver Play-off series. Although one play-off series is know already with Les Ti-Loups meeting the Garbage Men. The Avengers could finish 2nd with a win/tie or 3rd with a loss. The New Blues were loose knowing the had 1st locked up. They took a very quick 3-0 lead. Then the Avengers closed to 3-2 before a late New Blues made it 4-2. The Avengers won the 2nd period 4-2 to knot everything up at 6-6. The New Blues romped to a 6-3 3rd period win to take a 2nd game away from the Avengers and send them down to 3rd place. New Blues win 12-9.

Thursday Blues, April 6

Les Ti-Loups vs New Blues...the first period was the difference in the game as the New Blues went up 5-0. After that the Little Wolves were stingy on defence and won the offensive game 5-3. So the final ended up being in favour of the New Blues. New Blues win 8-5.

Ottawa Avengers vs Struts Stars...another game where the game was won in the first period. This time it was the Avengers up 6-2. After that Struts Starts won the next two periods 4-3. Ottawa Avengers win 9-6.

Garbage Men vs Ottawa Blues...after two periods it was 7-4 Blues and it could have gone either way. But the Blues showed more stamina to win the final period 4-0. Ottawa Blues win 11-4.

Thursday Blues, Tuesday April 4 Highlights: Thursday league action on a Tuesday!

Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa Blues...the Wolves don't want to talk about this one as the Farm team was called up and they ran around like lost animals vs the well oiled veteran Blues. Ottawa Blues win 19-6.

Struts Stars vs Garbage Men...a very good game. Goaltending was at its best for this one too. 0-0 after one. The difference was the 2nd period as Struts Stars passing game gave them a 4-0 lead. In the 3rd the game was played even at 3-3. Struts Stars win 7-3.

Thursday Blues, March 30 Highlights:

Ottawa Avengers vs Les Ti-Loups...The Little Wolves were up for this match and held 3-2 and 5-4 period break leads. Jason Prevost opened the 3rd with the prettiest goal of the game utilizing his patented spinarama move to put his Wolves up 6-4. But the Avengers have the patent on comeback wins and they did so again with 3-unanswered goals for the win. Ottawa Avengers win 7-6.

Ottawa Blues vs Struts Stars...and the big upset of the night! The Struts Stars jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but the Blues scored one late in the 1st to make it 3-1. The reverse occurred in the 2nd as the Blues scored 3 to take a 4-3 lead before a late Stars goal tied it at 4-4. In the 3rd the Stars scored two to make it 6-4 and the Blues only had one left in them despite some pressure with the goalie pulled. Struts Stars win 6-5.

Garbage Men vs New Blues...once again the score does not indicate the level of play. The New Blues have plenty of snipers on their team and the found their targets for this match. 3-1 after one for the New Blues, but the 2nd the flood-gates opened for a 9-2 lead. New Blues win 13-2.

Reminder no games Thursday, March 16 and 23 (March Break)....play resumes Thursday, March 30th.

Thursday Blues, March 9 Highlights:

Struts Stars vs Les Ti-Loups...3-3 and 5-5 at the breaks. Struts Stars did have more ball control, but the Little Wolves had a more dangerous counter attack. With less than 2-minutes remaining in the game Struts Stars held an 8-6 advantage. Then Les Ti-Loups scored with 1:35 and 00:35 second left to tie it all up. 8-8 tie.

New Blues vs Ottawa Blues...the New Blues brought in their unbeaten record vs the team that they have not beaten in two sessions (some ties in there). The Old Blues went up 3-0 only to see the New Blues roar back to take a 4-3 lead, but the Old Blues scored two late first period goals for a 5-4 lead. Less goals in the 2nd as the teams tied 2-2 to leave the Old Blues up 7-6. The 3rd was all Old Blues as they won the period 4-1. Ottawa Blues win 11-7.

Garbage Men vs Ottawa Avengers...G-Men jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. But the Avengers scored the next 15. For lopsided game it was quite something to watch how intense all the battles were right up to the final whistle. Great hustle from everyone as neither team gave up in the effort department. Great to see everyone get optimum exercise! Ottawa Avengers win 15-2.

Reminder no games Thursday, March 2....play resumes Thursday, March 9th.

Thursday Blues, February 23 Highlights:

Struts Stars vs New Blues...could the upstart Stars continue their great play from last week? Could the New Blues remain unbeaten in 2017? One of the three featured match-ups of the night started us off! Struts Stars had another dynamic line-up with a tweak or two. The New Blues made a statement in the first with a 6-2 lead that showcased their skill and finding the open man. In the 2nd the Struts Stars showed some resilience by closing to within 10-8. They even made it 10-9 but then a comedy of errors (see Struts) lead to the ultimate collapse...and included in this was the fastest ever natural hat-trick in the OBBHA as Garret of the New Blues did this amazing trick in about 20-seconds. And they were the back-breakers as the game was still on the line in a one-goal game at 10-9. New Blues win 16-9.

Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Avengers...always a highly anticipated match-up. The Blues were missing a couple of leaders who were on their own little All-Star break to mourn the summertime blues without the Blues. The Avengers were out to avenge last weeks shock loss that had jaws dropped and chins wagging. So these excellent rivals were tied 2-2 after one (Blues were up 2-0) and 5-5 after two periods (Blues were up 5-2). It seemed we had a winner late in the game with the Blues up 7-6, but the Avengers once again came up with the late goods by scoring with 45-seconds remaining to get the tie. A little more gentlemen play and respect from a select few in the future please!. 7-7 tie.

Les Ti-Loups vs Garbage Men...the pundits had no idea who to pick for this one let alone an over-under. Anything could happen with these two matched up. The Little Wolves were a little short in the wolf pack but they had a 3-0 lead behind their amazing goalie Al Jolivet on this night. At 7-1 in the 2nd the G-Men came back to make it a 7-4 deficit by the end of the 2nd period. The 3rd was even at 2-2. Les Ti-Loups win 9-6.

Thursday Blues, February 16 Highlights:

New Blues vs Les Ti-Loups...the New Blues were looking to remain undefeated. The Little Wolves gave them some doubt for two periods as the New Blues had to work hard for 3-1 and 7-4 period leads. Finally they put it away in the final period. New Blues win 10-5.

Struts Stars vs Ottawa Avengers...uh ok, things suddenly look like a wrench has been thrown into the Blues division! Struts Stars finally had their full line-up and they looked extremely comfortable versus the defending champion Avengers. Struts Stars came out flying and caught the Avengers off guard for sure! The Avengers could not respond as they usually do. Struts Stars look to form some kind of consistency in the coming months while the Avengers will most certainly review their style as a pass happy team just served them and the division notice. Struts Stars in the surprise win 13-3.

Ottawa Blues vs Garbage Men...the G-Men played hard and well. Its just that the Ottawa Blues were completely on their game. This Blues team look like they are on a collision course with their fun rivals the New Blues...but Struts Stars might have a say in all this before too long. The G-Men needed some defensive coverage work in this one as the Blues dominated down low for many scoring chances that were capitalized on enough for a comfortable win. Ottawa Blues win 9-1.

Thursday Blues, February 9 Highlights:

Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa Avengers...within the first 3-minutes of the game the Avengers were up 3-0 and looked like a blow-out! Then the Little Wolves pushed back and the game was completely even as that is how the first period ended. The second period was just as even as the Avengers scored two quick ones and looked to go on to that big lopsided win, but the Little Wolves score 2 to end the period at 5-2 Avengers. In the 3rd Les Ti-Loups came on very hard and made it 5-3. Finally late in the game the Avengers scored a late one for some breathing room...but it was heavy breathing for the win!. Ottawa Avengers win 6-3.

Struts Stars vs Ottawa Blues...the Stars were hit with the flu bug among other things, so the line-up was a spare-part group. The did their best, but the Blues were just too powerful and went on to a relatively easy win despite the closer score due to Stars goaltending from Terry Cleroux. Ottawa Blues win 8-4.

Garbage Men vs New Blues...the G-Men never give up so they are always close to an upset win if we can really call them upsets anymore. The New Blues only held 3-2 and 5-4 period breaks as Shawn Pilon did his best to keep the G-Men in it. The 3rd finally saw the New Blues pull away just enough for the win. Never an easy win it seems for anyone from week to week. New Blues win 8-5.

Thursday Blues, February 2 Highlights:

Les Ti-Loups vs Struts Stars...Struts Stars were looking for their first win. Both teams were lean and mean for this one. Pundits had predicted the Stars passing game would win the day. And thus it was made so...the Stars owned the game early with ball possession and precision passing at times. The Little Wolves had some bite in them as they did score some goals through sheer determination. Struts Stars get their first franchise win!. Struts Stars win 14-8.

Ottawa Blues vs New Blues...old vs young yet again. When will the torch be passed? The Old Blues were pumped to keep a full grasp on that burning torch! The New Blues are newer with a revamped line-up designed specifically for the Thursday Blues Div. The New Blues were up 3-0 despite some strong Old Blues play. The Old Blues scored one late in the first to close it to 3-1 and then scored 6 unanswered goals in a dominant 2nd period for a well deserved 7-3 lead. But in the 3rd the New Blues scored two hard working goals to make the deficit 7-5 before going down 8-5. Lights out? No sir! The New Blues showed some big heart with 3 goals to tie it all up at 8-8. The thriller? The Old Blues had the game won by moving the ball around into a one time shot from the side slot into an empty net, but Trevor Polk playing D came across and blocked the winning attempt! Wow! 8-8 draw.

Ottawa Avengers vs Garbage Men...the G-Men were very interested to see how they could perform vs the defending champs. The Avengers were rattled by last weeks startling late loss to the New Blues...so a rebound game was in the cards. But it was the G-Men who came out with the edge in play and a 4-2 lead after one period. In the second the Avengers won the period 4-2 so we were all knotted up at 6-6 heading into the final period. The Avengers found their offence and blasted their way to an 11-9 lead and then put on final one into an empty net. Avengers win 12-9.

Thursday Blues, January 19 Highlights:

Ottawa Avengers vs New Blues...could the Avengers deliver another 10-0 regular season?? They looked impressive with 5-4 and 9-7 period leads. It seemed every time the New Blues closed the gap the Avengers would regain the lead. For example in that first period they built a first period lead of 4-1 only to see the New Blues roar back to tie it up at 4-4, but then regain that lead at 5-4 before the end of the first. At 9-7 the New Blues once again negated that deficit and tied it up 9-9...but the Avengers took yet another lead at 10-9. The New Blues tied it up and then dramatically with just over a minute left in the game they potted the winner for a very big upset. This will only give the New Blues some confidence with their new look roster. New Blues win 11-10.

Ottawa Blues vs Les Ti-Loups...the Old Blues were up 3-1 after one period with an unusually very good start (they are known for their slow starts). And then they parlayed that into an very strong second period for an insurmountable 8-3 lead. The Little Wolves won the 3rd period 3-2. Ottawa Blues win 10-6.

Garbage Men vs Struts Stars...the Stars were hit by the flu bug and gathered up a patch work roster to take on a healthy and full running G-Men sqaud. At 2-2 after one period it looked to be a toss up. Slowly it became evident that the G-Men had a half-step advantage and they took a 6-4 lead into the 3rd and then relentlessly took over the game for the win. G-Men win 10-6.

Opening Night for the 2017 Winter Session Thursday, January 12:

Struts Stars vs New Blues....the Stars missing Struts, some coaching and a few stars. The New Blues are a new look team and were looking for new and improved chemistry. The New Blues held 1-0 and 3-2 period break leads. The Stars played the 3rd minus another 2 key brothers (Labelle's due to other commitments) and this hampered the comeback attempt that fell just one goal short. New Blues win 5-4.

The REMATCH! Ottawa Avengers vs Ottawa Blues...last years Finals replayed on Opening Night! 1-0 Avengers after one period. The Avengers held ball control and scoring chance advantages in the 2nd period for a convincing 4-1 lead heading home in the 3rd. The Blues were down 5-3 late and pulled the goalie only to give up two more in the empty net. Ottawa Avengers win to make the early statement 7-3.

Garbage Men vs Les Ti-Loups....the Little Wolves were up 3-0 and 7-4 at the breaks. Then the G-Men roared back to tie at 7-7. But the Little Wolves scored two big goals an added an empty netter to take this one. Les Ti-Loups win 10-7.

Thursday Blues, December 15 Revolver Game #3 Highlights

THE FINAL: It just so happens this is the last Final of all the OBBHA Finals for 2016...just before the Big 24 Team Xmas Classic on Saturday! So many were intrigued with...well all the intrigue! So they decided to make the trek into the French Palace to be entertained by the top skilled ball hockey in Ottawa "Gentlemen" style! Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Avengers...the Blues were the only team to beat the Avengers all session and it took them on their 3rd try. Do the Blues have their number now or was it just an anomaly that the Avengers can adapt too? Goaltending would be key. So would team play. So would scoring on great opportunities. So would defence. Ah! Let's just play and see what happens!! Avengers win 9-8 in a shoot-out.

5th Seed Match. No slouches in this one! New Blues vs Garbage Men...the G-Men have their new full time goalie between the pipes in Usaamah Gill and he fills the net with size and agility. He will be tested as the New Blues have the snipers and want to build some momentum for the upcoming Winter Session that starts January 12th! New Blues win 4-1.

3rd Seed goes to Les-Ti Loups for a gimme 5-0 win over the Ottawa 69's.

Thursday Blues, December 8 Revolver Game #2 Highlights

Ottawa 69’s vs Ottawa Avengers (semi-final)...The Avengers had lost their first game last week but this did not deter them in the least from coming out strong and playing their game. They had the 69's a step behind at times and were full value for a 3-2 lead after one period. In the 2nd period the 69's showed flashes of brilliance and they won the period 3-2 to set the stage for the final period at 5-5. The Avengers have kept a roster that shows up week in and week out and developed chemistry to the point that they owned the 3rd period all year and pulled out wild last minute or last second wins. Tonight they came out with a burst of enthusiasm in the first 5-minutes of the 3rd period to seal the deal and an 8-5 lead. Finally with a few minutes remaining the 69's pulled the goalie but with the extra attacker the 69's saw the Avengers outscore them 2-1. Ottawa Avengers are in the finals! And the 69's will play for the 3rd Seed. Ottawa Avengers win 10-6.

 

New Blues vs Ottawa Blues (semi-final)...another breath taking match. The New Blues came out just flying and played their best ball hockey of the session. They held a 3-1 lead late in the first, but the Old Blues scored two late ones to tie 3-3. This seemed to put the New Blues off their game a bit. In the 2nd the New Blues had moments when they looked amazing, but the Old Blues capitalized on their counter attacks for an 8-6 lead heading to the 3rd. In the third with the Old Blues up 9-6 the New Blues made it extremely interesting by closing to 9-8 but a ghastly give-away gave the Old Blue a 10-8 lead and they scored another into an empty net. Old Blues advance to the Finals while the New Blues will play for the 5th Seed. Ottawa Blues win 11-8.

 

Les Ti-Loups vs Garbage Men (Seeding game)...Les Ti-Loups were up 1-0 after two period with Andrew Gowing working on the shut-out. New full timer goalie for the G-Men, Usaamah Gill, held the fort while the G-Men tried to mount some offence missing two their key elements on offence. Finally the Little Wolves put the game away leading 4-0 late. The shut-out bid was ruined with one minute left in the game. G-Men play for 5th. Les-Ti Loups play for 3rd. Les Ti-Loups win 4-1.

 

Thursday Blues, December 1 Highlights:

 

The Play-off format after the 10 games will be a 3 game Revolver play-off

 

(2vs1, 4vs3, 6vs5....then winner of 6vs5 plays winner of 2vs1 for one semi-final, winner of 4v3 plays loser of 2vs1 for the other semi-final, while loser of 4vs3 plays loser of 6vs5 for consolation match. Finals and 3rd and 5th Seed games close it out.

Revolver Play-off Format Game 1:

Les Ti-Loups vs New Blues...6th vs 5th. Winner moves to the semi-finals and the loser begins Seeding matches next week. The New Blues were up 1-0 and 4-3 at the period breaks as a goaltending battle evolved. Sly in the Little Wolves net was his usual steady self, along with some coaching help heard from him when he had the lungs...but the New Blues peppered him enough to keep him catching his breath. Over in the New Blues net Mike Lynch once again came up with a solid performance that he carried through from start to finish. In the 3rd the New Blues won the period 4-2 to move on to the semi-finals vs their "old" friends. Les Ti-Loups will try for 3rd. New Blues win 8-5

Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Avengers...2nd vs 1st. What a game! Goaltending and great team play was the theme. Stephane Portelance in the Blues net was the big asset for that team as they played a style that let their netminder play the angles and not worry about back-door plays. On the other side Ryan Girgrah was lights out as usual! In fact he had the Blues wondering yet again how to beat him. As the Avengers brought their undefeated season into the play-offs, a 0-0 tie after one period seemed to favour them...after-all they came up with many last minute or last second game winning goals all year to the tune of ten wins in a row. Then the Blues threw some doubt into the picture with a 2-1 lead moving to the 3rd. In the end the Blues scored a win with some fine ball possession and some impressive down low corner work. The Avengers lost, played very well and are still in next weeks semi-finals due to their top finish in the regular season. The Blues also move on to the semi-finals vs their "young"friends. Ottawa Blues win 5-3.

Garbage Men vs Ottawa 69'...4th vs 3rd. Nick Lamb was the big differentiator in this one. The 69' s just needed to get an early lead and coast to a win. The "riding the wave of confidence" they get from their goalie is huge. Putting up a 0 is a team game too, but Lamb was on his game as the G-Men could not jam anything by him.  2-0 and 6-0 period leads followed by a scoreless 3rd was the storyline for the 69's methodical win. Ottawa 69's win  6-0.

Thursday Blues, November 24 Highlights: Revolver Game 1 of the Play-offs begin next week!

 

Les Ti-Loups vs New Blues...battle for 4th, 5th and 6th spot for the play-off seedings. The New Blues put it all together in the first period for a 5-0 lead and Mike Lynch came up with the goods in their net. In the 2nd period Les Ti-Loups scored the only 3-goals to close to 5-3. The final period was wild as the Little Wolves scored two quick goals to complete the comeback at 5-5 and then the team traded goals until finally at 9-8 for the New Blues and with the goalie pulled Les Ti-Loups tied it up 9-9 with 28-seconds remaining. 9-9 tie

 

Ottawa Avengers vs Ottawa 69's...the Avengers go for 10 in a row! While the 69's want to hang on to 2nd with the Ottawa Blues nipping at their heals. The 69's seemed poised to be the first team to finally hang a loss on the Avengers as they held a 5-4 lead moving into the final period. But the Avengers scored 4 straight for an 8-5 lead. The 69's made things very interesting by closing to 8-7. At 9-8 for the Avengers and the 69's goalie pulled the Avenger scored two in the empty net for a 10th straight win!!! Ottawa Avengers win 11-8.

 

Garbage Men vs Ottawa Blues...the G-Men go for 2 in a row and known to put their game in high gear at the end of the sessions. The G-Men excited the crowd by being up 2-0 after one period and gained even more confidence behind the goaltending of Terry Cleroux who was simply outstanding! The Blues did score the only two goals in the second period and took 3-2 and 4-3 leads in the 3rd. The G-Men tied it up with 1:48 remaining and the teams traded glorious opportunities in the closing minute. Amazing game! Look out for the G-Men now! 4-4 tie.

 

Thursday Blues, November 17 Highlights:

 

Ottawa Avengers vs Les Ti-Loups...do the Avengers have 9-lives? As in 9 wins in a row? Les Ti-Loups had a short bench and could only offer a decent effort for one period that ended competitively enough at 3-3. After that it was 8-3 after two period for the undefeated darlings on the division and they went on to a relatively easy win. 12-4 Ottawa Avengers.

 

Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa 69's...despite the Avengers story-line, many believe these two teams are the ones to look out for. So they meet and play for some bragging rights later in the evening. A very even game for the most part, but Nick Lamb in the 69's net was a main factor for sure. 69's were up 4-3 after two periods and went on to win by two plus an empty netter. Ottawa 69's win 7-4.

 

Garbage Men vs New Blues...Ryan the unkown goalie to most in the G-Men net will be a factor as the New Blues try to figure out what is wrong with their offence. 3-3 after one period and then the New Blues looked to headed to an easy win at 8-4 after two period. But wait! The G-Men win the final period 5-0 with their work ethic that just pulverized the New Blues. Garbage Men win 9-8!!!!!!!

 

Thursday Blues, November 10 Highlights:

 

Ottawa 69's vs Les-Ti Loups...the 69's had ball possession quite a bit in this game but it was an interesting match to say the least. At 1-1 heading into the final minute of the first period the 69's exploded for 3 goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second period vs a shocked Little Wolves squad. However they growled they back with 3 early quick strikes in the second to tie it up 4-4. An unfortunate turnover on a excellent chance by the Wolves went down the other way and the 69's scored the back-breaker and added another late in the second for the 6-4 lead that that they never really were in doubt losing the rest of the way. Ottawa 69's win 9-5.

 

New Blues vs Ottawa Blues...a New Blues team with some need of confidence jumped to an early 2-0 lead and were up 2-1 moving into the second period. But inexplicably that was all they could muster up. The older Ottawa Blues man-handled it the rest of the way for a win in a no doubter. Ottawa Blues win 9-3.

 

Garbage Men vs Ottawa Avengers....who have signed their final piece to the roster: An Avenger with Vision.....

Strutting his stuff with the team for the first time this season, this Avenger sees everything on the dance floor, earning him the name Vision. John Struthers has superhuman senses and analytical capabilities, and the ability to process information and make calculations with incredible speed and accuracy. The Vision is every inch a human being, except that all of his bodily organs are constructed of synthetic materials, providing him youthful vitality and a never aging body. Keep an eye on this powerful Avenger tonight at the French Palace.....

-the G-Men were in this one for the first period as the match was even at 1-1 heading into the second period. But then this Avenger squad that is unbeaten and ever improving took over the match. With this Vision guy more than rumoured to be playing on one leg scoring on a play using one hand on the stick in multiple moves, the G-Men were left shaking their collective heads as the Avengers can do no wrong it seems! Ottawa Avengers win 11-2.

 

The Struts OBBHA Challenge Series...November 6th Inaugural Match:

 All Mesh (Saturday) vs Tsunamis (Monday)...All Mesh is undefeated in the Saturday A-Div with almost half their team very solid female performers. Tsunamis is a 9-year veteran team of the OBBHA in the Monday Division (they have seen Blue Zone Gym action and in recent years the French Palace Gym). For this first Challenge Game the game was tied 1-1 after the 1st period as both teams felt each other out with some end to end action. In the 2nd period All Mesh got their vaunted passing game going and had Tsunamis chasing enough to take a 4-1 lead until a late 2nd period goal by the Wave brought the score to 4-2. In the 3rd it was that All Mesh passing game that took over for the most part despite some spirited efforts on offence from Tsunamis. Andrew Gowing in the All Mesh net made key saves to keep the Wave from making All Mesh feel too uncomfortable with their game.  Of note Melanie Dagenais was injured and her sister subbed in for her. Stephanie Dagenais of the Saturday Newbies played up front with Struts and scored the hat-trick to the squealing delight of the French Palace faithful...even a helmet was dropped on the floor to salute her 3-goals in lieu of hats! In the end these two teams enjoyed a game that featured contrasting styles and lots of great action. Passing/ball control vs hustle/determination. The All Mesh recipe prevailed 8-4.

This first game of the Struts OBBHA Challenge Series was a success and paves the way for more to come! Here are the two teams that trail-blazed this exciting initiative: (pic to come shortly)

**NEW**

The Struts OBBHA Challenge Series...starts Sunday, November 6 at 3pm as the Monday Night Div Tsunamis take on the Saturday All Mesh squad!

-this game is the first of an exciting series that will feature teams from different OBBHA divisions playing one another for a fun time and test their skills vs one another.

-the games will always be on a Sunday at 3pm

-teams of similar skill level and like-mindedness regarding the OBBHA 4-F motto will be asked to play one another to promote what that OBBHA is all about! Fun, Fitness, Friendship and Fair-Play.

These games should be a lot of fun and very interesting for the French Palace faithful to see. Watch for the Tweets and the Game Recap for this first game and the ones to follow as every couple of months a game will be scheduled.

Thursday Blues, November 3 Highlights: (Night of the Living Dead Goalies)

New Blues vs Ottawa Avengers...the Avengers added one of the final two pieces of the puzzle to their roster and this has only made them more formidable. Andrew Dubroy aka Mr. Stark returned from the IR and was a factor immediately. The Avengers dominated the first period and were up 5-1 vs the full New Blues team. They cruized from there. This team is now full on the favourites! As 4 of the 6 teams used back-up goalies tonight it is worth noting Terry Cleroux aka "adaptiator" or some such avenger, was on fire and kept the New Blues at bay and from mounting a comeback on the scoreboard....but the New Blues did make strong pushes at times. Ottawa Avengers win 12-7.

Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa Blues...this was a close game from start to finish as both goalies were on their game. Andrew Gowing in the Little Wolves net and Stefan Marquis were wonderful in back-up roles a la Condon in the Sens net on this night. The Blues were always up a goal or two after the half-way point of the game and hung on as Les Ti-Loups were a little unlucky around the net as well. The Ottawa Blues win 7-5.

Ottawa 69's vs Garbage Men...game of the night! The first time these two teams met the G-Men were in tatters regarding team play. Oh! How this has changed!! This team plays as a team and has the heart of a lion and more as their work ethic is second to none!!! The 69's were up 2-1 after one period. And then the G-Men had a second period to remember...they won the period 4-0 and were up 5-2 heading into the 3rd period. Predictably the 69's came on with a huge push and their goalie on this night Jamie is Brown shut the door down. Aneel Nauth (Monday Vipers and Wednesday Grizzlies #1 goalie) in the back-up role for the G-Men had a game to remember as he thwarted several big-time attempts from the 69's. The 69's did score 3-goals in the 3rd to earn a tie...and it was earned as the G-Men played with everything they had and just missed scoring on many 3rd period scoring chances. 5-5 tie.

Thursday Blues, October 27 Highlights:
 
Ottawa 69's vs New Blues...Steve Meredith scored two early goals and then the 69's sat back and relied on their goaltender Nick Lamb for a couple of periods. The 69's capitalized on their chances and were up 6-2 after two periods. Then the New Blues closed the gap quickly early in the third period to 6-5. The 69's then put on a push to put it away with 3 late goals. Ottawa 69's win 9-5
 
Ottawa Blues vs Ottawa Avengers (see below for special coverage of the Avengers)...ok so the Ottawa Avengers are for real! Another impressive outing. This time they jumped out a quick 2-0 lead and found confidence from this and kept up with the furious pace the Blues brought to the table. The Blues did tie it up 3-3 but the Avengers scored two in the third period to take a 5-3 lead and were up 6-4 before getting an empty netter. A sidebar story that changed the tale of the game was the Pierre Caron vs Ryan Girgrah part of the game....Caron did score a couple but Girgrah made a number of stunning saves off of him to preserve leads. Ottawa Avengers continue their winning ways 7-4.
 
Les Ti-Loups vs Garbage Men...The G-Men are notorious slow starters. This time they were down 5-1 after one period and 8-1 near the end of the 2nd. Then they came alive and made the score respectable. Les Ti-Loups win 10-6.
 
The Ottawa Avengers have played every team once now, plus the Ottawa Blues twice and are the only undefeated team at this point....How did they do it?!
Here are the Avengers that have done it so far:

Zach Bissonnette AKA Spider-Man:

With his incredible strength, agility, and the ability to cling to net posts, this sensational Spider-Man can do it all. Zach Bissonnette possess a sixth sense when on the floor that provides him with the uncanny ability to avoid his attackers and dance around defenders with effective ease. Swinging from slot to slot, watch out for this web-slinger's deadly shot. With great power comes great responsibility, and we expect to see this Avenger deliver just that this fall!

 

Ryan Girgrah AKA Hulk:

This Ottawa Avenger has been a beast for the Avengers in the arenas, smashing anything and anyone that comes into his crease. It's rumored this monster of a goalie goes pantless when between the pipes, forgoing needless protection and opting for speed and agility. Ryan Girgrah stuns opposing snipers with his quick and massive mitt, snatching all hope and shattering their dreams. His capacity for physical strength and speed is potentially limitless due to the fact that his strength increases proportionally with his level of great emotional stress, and anger in particular. Is this goalie man or monster? Stay tuned this season to see this Avenger in action.

 

Liam de Römer-Brisland AKA Quicksilver:

Quicksilver has the ability to move and think at supersonic speeds, with enhanced stamina and durability. This speedster, Liam de Römer-Brisland, can propel himself through the strongest defense, and maneuver around goal tenders in a blink of an eye. A small unknown fact is the Ottawa Avengers have borrowed the same technology and design from Quicksilver's advanced thermoresistant clothing into each team member's uniform. Keep your eye on this Avenger in his debut season with the OBBHA. If you blink, you may miss him.

 

Christian Vandersterre AKA Thor:

Thor is capable of incredible feats of strength, and has a very high resistance to physical injury that approaches invulnerability. Christian Vandersterre possesses keen senses that allow him to track objects traveling faster than light, and the ability to defend against the strongest of foes. This Norse god of thunder wields a mighty stick, the Mjolnir, that when let loose, his thunder-clapper can wreak havoc on any goal tender that attempts to stand in the way.

 

Chris Mathews AKA War Machine:

The War Machine wears a sophisticated suit of body armor containing various defensive and offensive weaponry capable of withstanding tremendous amounts of punishment and delivering brutal blows to all of his foes. Chris Mathews is an experienced player trained in art of hand to hand combat and with his brute strength and skill, can dangle and outwit entire teams. With advanced targeting systems and a wide arsenal of deadly tricks, this Avenger is a lethal threat from anywhere.

 

Jason Murfitt AKA Hawkeye:

Hawkeye is a world-class marksman. His above average reflexes and hand-eye-coordination make him the most proficient sniper ever known. Jason Murfitt is able to fire six shots faster than the average human can fire six bullets and is known to be a master shooter with extraordinarily fast reflexes, exceptional dexterity, and near-perfect aim.

 

Mark Mathews AKA Winter Soldier:

The Winter Soldier's physical strength and speed has been enhanced to the very peak of human potential. His entire cybernetic left arm grants him enhanced strength, allowing him to send foes flying through the air in a display of power that far surpasses normal humans. As the Winter Soldier, Mark Mathews is a highly skilled player and a talented marksman.

 

Stuart Ayling AKA Black Panther:

The Black Panther is a brilliant tactician, strategist, and a master of all forms of unarmed combat whose unique hybrid playing style incorporates acrobatics and aspects of animal mimicry. Taught by his father to think two steps ahead of enemies and three steps ahead of friends, Stuart Aylinguses his amazing speed and dexterity to run circles around his enemies.

 

Simon Lalande AKA Ant Man AKA Picaku:

Coming….

 

Andrew DuBroy AKA Iron Man:

Coming….

 

John Struthers AKA Vision:

Coming…

Link to pictures: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AhdlOoQeQ8zRjLwGTrIxd4YacnnUqQ

 
 
Thursday Blues, October 13 Highlights:
 
New Blues vs Les-Ti Loups....the key for the Little Wolves would be for their team defence to keep the New Blues sharp shooters from getting long looks to tee-off. And of course "Sly" in the Wolves net must be alert as ever. The Les Ti-Loups squad played an inspired spirited game that took the New Blues off of their game to a degree. The "Breakfast Club" had a bet on the game that generated some fun banter in the French Palace stands. The Little Wolves held 3-2 and 5-4 period leads. In the 3rd the New Blues took a 6-5 lead with a pair of quick goals with just under 5-minutes remaining. The Little Wolves tied it up 6-6 with a little over 2-minutes left. Then with 1:15 left the New Blues took the lead only to have the Les Ti-Loups tie it 5-seconds later. The final minute was a wild ride of trying to score and not be scored on. 7-7 tie.
 
Ottawa 69's vs Ottawa Avengers....the Avengers were looking to run through the division undefeated as they faced the only team they have not seen nor beaten for the that matter. The 69's were looking forward to this test. The Avengers were the team on a mission and they built an 8-3 lead heading into the final period. The 69's showed some pride with a big push to make it an 8-7 deficit. But the Avenger popped in a late goal and then an empty netter to run away with this one. Ottawa Avenger remain undefeated with one run through the division 10-7.
 
Ottawa Blues vs Garbage Men....the G-Men feature the top goalie in Ottawa in the name of Nick Lamb tonight. And their new strategies of defence and offensive entry would be put to the test vs one of the best teams in the city at those particular strengths. The Blues were in a game and they knew it. The scored a couple of late goals in the first for a 4-1 lead. But the G-Men scored two early in the second to make it 4-3 and were only down 6-4 after two periods. Both teams played a hard running game, but the Blues prevailed based on their team passing game. Ottawa Blues win 9-5.
 
Thursday Blues, October 6 Highlights:
 
Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa Avengers...the Little Wolves were missing their true hero, but they had 8 heroes step it up plus another in the net. Sly was a huge factor in this one in the Les Ti-Loups net. The teams played a very spirited match. The game had many many scoring chances and the goalies were on their game. 0-0 after one period and 3-3 after two periods. The game was still tied 3-3 and you just knew the Avengers had a late miracle planned once again!! Yep, they did it again but this time they potted the winner with 4-minutes remaining and then an empty netter to put it away. Ottawa Avengers remain undefeated with a 5-3 win.
 
Ottawa 69's vs Ottawa Blues...the featured match on the fun meter! Some great plays were forecast in front of this one. Like the first game it was 3-3 after two periods. But this game was more of a chess-match style game as the passing was crisp and creative. A key injury to the 69's in the 3rd period opened the door for the Blues and they had the extra jump to pull away convincingly late in the game. Ottawa Blues win 9-3.
 
Garbage Men vs New Blues...David vs Goliath on the marquee. Although the New Blues were still looking for their first win they were the favourites in this one. The G-Men have been working on their team game and they showed they are a team that can learn and adapt. Although the final score showed a 7-goal gap, the game was a good test for the New Blues as the G-Men are improving each game. And the last sequence of the game that was added on for fun was very exciting and ended in a very pretty G-Men goal! New Blues win 13-6.
 
Thursday Blues, September 29 Highlights:
 
Les Ti-Loups vs Ottawa 69's...the Little Wolves were interested to see how they would stack up against another solid passing team. They brought in a veteran OBBHA goalkeeper Andrew Gowing to help track the play and stop the outside shot. The 69's used their snipers to gain a sizeable lead but like a dog with a bone, or a wolf with a bone if you please, Les Ti-Loups kept nipping at their heels to keep close. With a couple of late goals the Little Wolves made the 69's earn the win. Ottawa 69's win 10-8.
 
Ottawa Blues vs New Blues....this headliner always quickens the heart beat. The "winless" New Blues were looking to avenge this with a big performance. The Old Ottawa Blues also had the Avengers on their mind, but first had to ready themselves against a team that so badly wants to have success against them. This was a wild one as advertised. There were many great plays to get the game to a 10-10 tie with a minute left in the game. With the French Palace crowded with the next two teams watching and a decent contingent of fans on hand...the Ottawa Blues took and 11-10 lead with 1:00 left on the clock. The New Blues tied it at 11-11 with :40 second left. The Ottawa Blues took a 12-11 lead with 30-seconds left. Then the New Blues tied it with :25 seconds left. Finally it ended 12-12.
 
Ottawa Avengers vs Garbage Men...the only team with a perfect record, the Avengers, came into this one with supreme hero confidence. The G-Men were quietly scheming behind the scenes with a different approach...a new goaltender that will fit into a new defensive strategy that is being employed the G-Men's new consultant. Garbage pick-up is back on!. The Avengers played their game while the G-Men worked on their game. Portelance was a star in the G-Men net as his team steadily learned and improved. The Ottawa Avengers stay undefeated with a 9-4 win
 
Thursday Blues, September 22 Highlights:
 
Ottawa Avengers vs New Blues...Game of the night. The Avengers came out flying and they sustained a furious pace that had the New Blues on their collective heels. By the second period the New Blues were up to speed and in the game to the point where they had a 3-2 lead. By the 3rd period the Avengers held a 6-5 lead late in an end to end entertaining match. The New Blues tied it up 6-6 and things looked to be headed for a tie for the second week in a row for the New Blues. However on the flip side of the coin for the second week in a row the Avengers found another hero to score in the waning seconds for another wild win. 18-seconds were left on the clock when the winner was scored. Ottawa Avengers win 7-6.
 
Ottawa Blues vs Les Ti-Loups...the Little Wolves roared out to a 2-0 lead. But after that they struggled with coverage as the Ottawa Blues adapted and played a diamond formation that was not covered by the Les-Ti Loups squad. Goaltending was solid in the Blues net as well which made the score a little more lopsided. Ottawa Blues square their record with a 14-4 win.
 
Garbage Men vs Ottawa 69's...the 69's brought out some supreme talent and they seemed to score at will. The G-Men had spurts of offence but their defensive coverage of another team (see above) that played a diamond style offence was almost non-existent. The G-Men and Les Ti-Loups only need to get on the same page for 4-man defensive coverage of this offensive diamond formation and the games will be closer for sure. Ottawa 69's win 11-3.
 
Thursday Blues, September 15 Highlights of Opening Night!

Ottawa 69's vs New Blues...and it started with a whale of a game! The 69's seemed to have more jump at the beginning and this resulted in a quick lead. At one point in the second period the 69's were up 5-2. But the New Blues kept to their game plan and kept creating some golden chances and roared back to tie it up 5-5 after two periods. The two teams traded a goal each in the final period and the game was as evenly played as you could get. 6-6 tie.
 
Ottawa Avengers vs Ottawa Blues...the barn-burner of the night was this one. The Avengers wondered if they could keep up with the defending champion Ottawa Blues. Early on the Avengers were up 3-1 and feeling comfortable with their game. Then the Blues as they always do woke up and blasted into a 6-3 lead. The Avengers never quit and kept it very positive. The Blues meanwhile looked to have the game in hand as they were up 10-7 with less than 4-minutes remaining the 3rd period. The Avengers have many heroes on the squad and later in the session you will read all about each one....so these heroes banded together to score 3 goals with the tying goal jammed in with just over a minute remaining. It looked like another tie was imminent, but the Avengers shocked the Blues with a winner with only 5-seconds left on the clock. Ottawa Avengers are for real as they "upset" for their first OBBHA franchise win in the Thursday Blues division. Ottawa Avengers win 11-10.
 
Garbage Men vs Les Ti-Loups...and it ended in a whale of a game. The G-Men and the Little Wolves ran end to end all night which seemed impossible on the first night. But both teams had plenty in the tank to go right to the end with the supreme hustle. The G-Men lead the game throughout and headed into the 3rd period up 6-3. Les Ti-Loups made it 6-4 and came so close many times to making it a one goal game, but the G-Men scored another insurance marker to make it a seemingly comfortable 7-4 lead. Les Ti-Loups pulled the goalie and they scored with 1:05 and :25 seconds left in the game to close within one and scare the G-Men, but came up short after this valiant effort. G-Men open up with a 7-6 win.
 
Some night eh?! Go Canada Go!

 

A ghost writer has offered the following thoughts on the upcoming Fall Session for the Thursday Blues Division:

Les Ti-Loups - lead by Jason Prevost, these little wolfs have little bark, but a lot of bite. They look more like a football team, and have a few players that can move and score with skill, and make you work in the corners.

The Ottawa Blues - This is their playground and they have the skill, speed and tenacity to make every game interesting. Ed Wadey and his crew look to bring a perennial Monday night winner to the Thursday league and dominate as they have for years.

The New Blues - Trevor Polk earned the rights to the name, The New Blues played extremely well vs Ottawa Blues in the Monday Finals last Winter but lost a heartbreaker in Game 3 of the Series. Where the Ottawa Blues rely on their veterans experience, the News Blues are heavy on offense with a group of young speedsters. Expect to be dangled and dazzled by these young guns.

The Ottawa 69's - They are back.and have always had a strong team with a group friends that have fun together. They hav been really successful on Monday and Thursday nights in the OBBHA. Expect a strong forecheck and heavy shots from the D, and a guaranteed fun game.

The Garbage Men - These guys are coming back again, wanting to prove they can play with the big boys. They had a slow start last season, but significantly picked up their game later in the year. These guys can run all night, and pickup the trash around the net. Keep your legs moving, and your man marked well, for the Garbage Man comes once week as do the G-Men!

 

Ottawa Avengers - this team plays Saturday too, but this line-up has been filled to compete in the creative Thursday Blues Div. The roster is impressive on paper, but can they mesh together to keep up with the furious pace!? Remember Balls In went 7-0 to start the last Thursday session before teams adapted to their game. The key will be for the Avengers to have different heroes every night that can adapt to the distinctly different style each of the teams in this division bring.

 

Big time fun ahead in this Division!

 

 

 Dooly’s is happy to announce a Partnership with the OBBHA!

 

This year get your Key Tags from your captain and keep the game going after the last whistle at Dooly’s! Bring the team in to Dooly’s after the game and show your Key Tag to get FREE FOOD and FREE POOL.

 

From Sunday-Thursday and (Saturday until 7pm), when 3 or more teammates come in to Dooly’s and show their Key Tag you will get 1 Free App and a Free Hour of Pool and when 6 or more teammates come in, double down with 2 Free Apps and a Free Hour of Pool!