Wonderful Wednesday (Winter 2018)

March 28 Highlights: Revolver Game #3 of 4....

Energy Line vs Grizzlies (6vs5)...

Dekes of Hazzard vs Wounded Ducks (2vs1)...

Perforance Mazda Men vs Pass it! (8vs7)...

Iceland vs The Block (4vs3)...

Rankings after Game #2 of 4:

1. Wounded Ducks

2. Dekes of Hazzard

3. The Block

4. Iceland

5. Grizzlies

6. Energy Line

7. Performance Mazda Men 

8. Pass it!

The 4-game Revolver format to produce the A-Div and B-Div pools for those semi-finals and Finals works like this:

2vs1/4vs3/6vs5/8vs7...winners move up a bracket and losers move down after each of the 4-games (hence the name Revolver)

After the 4 games the top 4 will be in the A-Div while the B-Div will the 5 through 8 Seeds.

See schedule each week...

March 21 Highlights: Revolver Game #2 of 4.... and "Pack The French Palace Night" for the 7:30pm Match!!

Iceland vs Performance Mazda Men (6vs5)...great match! 2-2 after one. Then the Mazda assumed control of the 2nd period for a 5-2 lead. However Iceland powered back in the 3rd it ended 6-6 forcing a 5 player shoot-out. Iceland ended that after 4 rounds 2-0. Iceland wins 7-6 and takes the 4th seed while the Mazda Men drop to the 7th seed,

PACK THE PALACE NIGHT The Block vs Wounded Ducks (2vs1)...the two most exuberant fan bases in the OBBHA were invited to this fun spectacle!! The Ducks fans won this battle as they were more vocal to be sure! After the Sens Lyndon Slewidge sang the national anthem to the enthusiastic French Palace crowd, The Block fans exploded with ear splitting cheers for a 2-0 lead. After that The Block crowd did not cheer on their boys like they did last session (which was impressive with noise makers and a non-stop cheering section that rocked the French Palace from start to finish vs the Dekes) and this seemed to affect The Block players effort level at times. Mrs Duck (Andrew Dubroy's Mom)  was non stop fun as she bellowed out chants and supported her boys on an on. This helped the Ducks as they struggled out of the gate and were down 8-6 after two period. They then went on a run in the 3rd period to the tune of 5-1 for the period and coasted late for the huge win. Let's do it again soon! A blast for the fans and all who watched! Wounded Ducks win 13-8.

Energy Line vs Pass it! (8vs7)...a close match for the longest time at 3-1 for the Energy guys after two periods, but then the Energy Line pulled away as the game wore on. Energy Line win 8-3 move to the 6th Seed while Pass it! drops to 8th.

Dekes of Hazzard vs Grizzlies (4vs3)...a very big game. This time the Dekes were dominant as they passed better and scored a key times of the game including early on for a lead they never relinquished. By the time the 3rd period rolled around it was 6-2 and the Dekes closed the door from their. Dekes move up to the 2nd Seed while the Grizzlies fall to 5th. Dekes of Hazzard win 7-3.

Rankings after Game #1 of 4:

1. Wounded Ducks

2. The Block

3. Grizzlies

4. Dekes of Hazzard

5. Performance Mazda Men

6. Iceland

7. Pass it!

8. Energy Line

The 4-game Revolver format to produce the A-Div and B-Div pools for those semi-finals and Finals works like this:

2vs1/4vs3/6vs5/8vs7...winners move up a bracket and losers move down after each of the 4-games (hence the name Revolver)

After the 4 games the top 4 will be in the A-Div while the B-Div will the 5 through 8 Seeds.

See schedule each week...

March 7 Highlights: Revolver Game #1 of 4

Energy Line vs Iceland (8vs7)...EL were missing some energy due to not enough batteries on the bench. Iceland had the full population of the country out. This was the difference. Icleand moves up to 6th Seed while Energy Line remains the 8th Seed. Iceland win 9-2.

Grizzlies vs Wounded Ducks (2vs1)...a wild one that promises even more in the many play-off games to come. So much fun along with good old fashioned intensity. The Ducks owned the first 4-1. The Grizz owned the 2nd 5-1 for a 6-5 turn around. The 3rd was tied 8-8 and the Ducks potted two late for the exciting win and keep the 1st Seed while the Bears move down to 3rd. Wounded Ducks win 10-8.

The Block vs Performance Mazda Men (4vs3)...the Block came out of the starting block quickly and were up 3-0 after one period. The Mazda Men tightened things up considerably in the 2nd but were down another goal at 6-2 heading into the final period. The Block played a more defensive game to hold the lead and jump up to the 2nd Seed while the Mazda Men move down a notch to the 5th Seed. The Block win 10-3.

Pass it! vs Dekes of Hazzard (6vs5)...a wild shoot-out the French Palace lights to end the night. Dekes scored more to take the 4th Seed while Pass it! moves down to 7th Seed. Dekes of Hazzard win 14-9.

February 28 Highlights:
Pass it! vs Energy Line...this game was tied up 3-3 but then Energy Line reeled off 7-straight goals to make it a no doubter. Energy Line win 14-6.
Grizzlies vs Wounded Ducks...the Grizz were missing a key component on D and in the net. The Ducks a had strong first for a 4-0 lead. The Grizz came up with a strong 2nd to close to 5-2. Then in the 3rd the Ducks flew away with it. Wounded Ducks win 10-4. 
Performance Mazda Men vs Dekes of Hazzard...For two periods the teams were on even terms at 2-2 and 3-3 at the two breaks. A big shift in the 3rd for the Dekes was the difference as they exploded for 4 goals and then coasted to victory. Dekes of Hazzard win 8-4.
The Block vs Iceland...almost a carbon copy of the previous game. 3-3 after the first and The Block were up 7-6 after two. In the 3rd The Block had a big shift and potted 3 goals and then added more to try and pull away from the pesky Icelanders. Iceland stayed close with some fine offensive thrusts that were successful. Finally The Block outscored them The Block win 15-13.
Reminder no games Wednesday, February 21st...play resumes Wednesday, February 28.
February 14 highlights: 
The Block vs Performance Mazda Men...the betting man/woman might have thought The Block were favourites in this one but this division is unpredictable. From the outset the Mazda Men held the advantage and never relinquished it. Performance Mazda Men win 9-5.
Iceland vs Pass it!...Pass it! has had most of their success in this particular match-up for some reason. They once again played with confidence and continued to improve their ball movement. The first was almost even at 2-1 for Pass it! In the 2nd Pass it! and their passing were rewarded with goals and a sizeable lead of 6-2. They needed it as Iceland landed a very strong 3rd period effort, but it was not quite enough. Pass it! wins 7-4.
Wounded Ducks vs Dekes of Hazzard...the French Palace crowd was buzzing in advance of this talented tilt on the slate. And it did not disappoint!! Both goalies and both teams delivered top performances which mad for the most entertaining match of the evening. Wounded Ducks were always just a goal up and finally got a very late insurance marker as the Dekes pressed to tie. Wounded Ducks win 6-4.
Energy Line vs Grizzlies...the night-cap before late night Olympic watching. David vs Goliath but Energy Line kept the defending champs mostly at bay only down 2-1 at the first break. The Grizz managed to pull away in the 2nd as their consistent work ethic and stretch passing to make it 7-4, but the Energy Line crew would not quit including Nicole Lowe who was the "man and woman" of the game with a 3-goal performance. Grizzlies win 8-6.
February 7 highlights: It must be Wonderful Wednesday....its snowing!
Iceland vs Energy Line...a wild first period ended 4-3 for Iceland. A big 2nd period was the difference as Iceland got the bounces and held the play for a 9-3 lead and played a smart 3rd to keep the lead. Iceland wins 12-5.
The Block vs Wounded Ducks...this was a fun game to be a part of or watch. The skill level was a treat to watch and the play making was impressive. The Block were up 3-2 after one but the Ducks turned it around in the 2nd for a 6-4 lead. The 3rd was played with an even more desperate effort, but it was the Ducks who flew away with it all. Wounded Ducks win 11-6.
Grizzlies vs Performance Mazda Men...the Grizz were up 3-2 after the first and the Mazda Men wanted to keep it a low scoring game. The Grizz potted a couple of quick ones early in the 2nd for a 5-2 lead that seemed very large to the viewer. Aneel Nauth in the Grizz net was once again on top of his game. However the Mazda Men are a pesky bunch and they clawed back to 5-4 but just came up short in the end. Grizzlies win 5-4.
Pass it! vs Dekes of Hazzard...Pass it! played an amazing game. Their best yet. Passing and play-making. Made for a fun game and the Dekes found themselves tied 5-5 late. The Dekes scored 3 late and Pass it! still tried hard and got one late too. Dekes of Hazzard win 8-6.
January 31 highlights:
The Block vs Grizzlies...a late start due to traffic and snow. The Block benefited from a long warm up and blasted out of the gate and never looked back. The Block win 10-3.
Energy Line vs Wounded Ducks...another quick start took any drama out of this one too. The Ducks flew out of the nest and lit up the French Palace with fire wagon ball hockey. Wounded Ducks win 11-7. 
Performance Mazda Men vs Pass it!...Dave Labelle was the guest goalie for Pass it! It was close for two periods at 4-3 and 5-3 at the breaks, but the Mazda Men pulled away in the 3rd with 3 goals. Performance Mazda Men win 8-3.
Iceland vs Dekes of Hazzard...a close game was anticipated for this friendly. It was for the first but Iceland slowly pulled away in the 2nd and 3rd. The story of the game was that the Iceland boys dedicated the game to their team captain/organizer/great guy....for he and his family are doing what families do when its time to do so. His ball hockey family on Iceland and beyond in the OBBHA are with him and always will be. Go Zach Gaulin! Iceland for you Zach 11-5.
January 24 highlights:
Performance Mazda Men vs Iceland...for two periods this was the traditional low scoring Mazda Men ball hockey. The were only up 1-0 and 3-2 at the breaks but could/should have been up more but Iceland received some superlative stops from their netminder. Finally the Mazda Men broke free in the 3rd for a big win and some offensive happy time. Performance Mazda Men win 10-4.
Wounded Ducks vs Pass it!...a good game. Ducks were up 3-1 and then exploded in the 2nd for a 9-2 lead. The difference was goaltending as Pass it! were stymied by the Ducks goalie. However Pass it! mad a break-through in the 3rd to make it 9-6 and still missed many more opportunities as they pushed hard for more. Alas a late quack put this one in the nest. Wounded Ducks win 10-6.
Energy Line vs The Block...an interesting back and forth run. The Block score 2 early goals for a 2-0 first period advantage. The Block had their complete game going in both ends of the French Palace for this one up 8-0 after two periods. Would the elusive and rare OBBHA shut-out happen?? Early in the 3rd the drama ended. The Block win 12-4. 
Dekes of Hazzard vs Grizzlies...the rivalry game as these two met in last sessions exciting final. The Grizzlies were off to a very quick start at 3-0 and the Dekes never recovered from it. The Grizz were leading 3-1 and 6-3 at the breathers. The Dekes had plays that just missed forrming into great chances while the Bears were sniping top corners and playing a great ball moving, patient game. Grizzlies win 10-5.
January 17 highlights:
Grizzlies vs Pass it!...this was played better than the score indicates. Usaamah Gill in the Pass it! net was late and played with no warm-up and struggled without it. Grizz team captain Chris Sampson had to be the emergency back up and he had an extra long warm-up and was lights out...or at least "Red Light out". Grizzlies win 11-3.
Wounded Ducks vs Iceland...Iceland was out of the gate quicker than the Ducks and held a 4-2 lead at the first period break. Then the Ducks got their feathers unruffled and the offence took over from there for an 8-6 lead heading into the 3rd, then took over. Wounded Ducks win 14-10.
Energy Line vs Performance Mazda Men...a low scoring game was predictable here and that is what occurred. Terry Cleroux was the guest goalie for the Mazda Men vs Energy Line's Al Jolivet so a classice Tommy Raftis recipient battle. 2-0 Energy Line after one and then all knotted up at 3-3 after two. PMM scored the only goal of the 3rd to win a very closely played match featuring excellent netminding. Performance Mazda men win 4-3.
Dekes of Hazzard vs The Block...a high octane offence game. The Block had just a little more of it between the two tonight. Some very nice goals at both ends. The Block goalie actually made some key saves keeping the Dekes from staging any kind of comeback plus The Block blocked a ton of shots too! The Block win 13-8.
Another great season is underway, as mentionned by John, this season we have a couple of new initiatives to stimulate some positive vibes with the OBBHA.  
A. Stats  ....Make sure to lobby your team captain or perhaps take the initiative to help him out in this task.
B. OBBHA Weekly Hockey Pool
Hockey experts, we got something for you!
In an attempt to create a buzz and raise funds to enable underpriviliged kids to play ball hockey, we came up with the following idea.
Why not create a weekly hockey pool, using the same concept as Pro Picks (Proline) where you have a chance to win every week!!
Every week, you have the chance to win a 50$ giftcard from Canadian Tire

Week 1 / Saturday January 20th Selection Form - Deadline 12:55 EST 

C. Live Streams
 All your games are available on the following link. 
Bigger, Better and Stronger in 2018, thanks to you guys and your efforts!
January 10 highlights:
Dekes of Hazzard vs Energy Line...Al Jolivet in the Energy Line net had a strong game and he needed to as he faced a ton of shots. The Dekes were up 3-1 and 5-3 at the period breaks before breaking it open in the 3rd for the opening night win. Dekes of Hazzard win 9-5.
Performance Mazda Men vs Wounded Ducks...a very closely played match as expected when the Mazda Men are involved. 1-0 after one period for the Ducks as Ryan Girgrah made several big saves to keep it that way well into the 2nd period that ended 3-1. In the 3rd goals came quickly and then with the Ducks up 6-4 the Mazda Men scored with 38-seconds remaining and the with 6-seconds left had a penalty shot to tie, bit missed!! Girgrah the heroe on that one!! Wounded Ducks win 6-5.
Grizzlies vs Iceland...the defending champions were up 2-1 and 3-2 at the breaks. Iceland tied it all up 4-4 very late in the game, but seconds later the Grizz scored the winner and quickly added the insurance marker. Grizzlies win 6-4.
Pass it! vs The Block...Pass it! were missing their first string new goalie so Aneel Nauth performed double duty and was solid. They also have a revamped line-up with some veterans taking off the session so some new blood is in. This was a great game too! 2-2 after one and 5-4 Pass it! after two periods. The game was at full speed and entertaining. And in a big surprise Pass it! came up with the goods in the final period including an empty netter to salt it away. Pass it! wins 7-5.