| Mega Update Part 1 of 3: Regular Season Week 11 - Name that Wolf
SDFHL quiz: Do you
recognize this SDFHL player who caught the eye of the Channel 4SD commentators behind the plate at a recent Padre game pitched
by Randy Wolf? Read through this Mega Update and find out their identity at the
bottom...or just scroll down.
nail-biting finish to an exciting regular season, none of the 11 teams
had been mathematically eliminated. The
teams that had already clinched playoff spots after Week 10, (Khaki,
Black, Red, Ash, and Chocolate) retained their respective 1 through 5
seeds after the Week 11 games. The last 3 playoff seeds, though, were up for
Game 1: Blue 4, Jade 1 - Three
words describe this game: Patel, Tosczak, and interference. Raj
Patel and Kris Tosczak both scored a pair of goals for the
Corn-dogs. Tosczak had one power-play and one short-handed goal, and he
added an assist on one of Patel's goals. Bob Madden scored a Jädermeister power-play goal on Blue's substitute goalie Kurt Rifbjerg late in the third, but despite outshooting Blue 15-11, Jade came up short,
and Blue clinched a playoff spot. There were an unprecedented six
interference penalties during the game that impacted several of the
goals. Jade also lost their top scorer, Dale Stuzka, to a knee injury
and had to wait for the results of the later games to decide their fate.
2: Pink 4, Banana 1 - Both teams were desperate for a win and some help to make the playoffs. Brian Chapados started the scoring for Stephto-Bismol
midway through the first period. However, Gary Peters evened things up
for Bernd-nana Split midway through the second. Neither team could
really settle for a tie, though, to have any hope of making the playoffs. Would one or both teams have to pull
their goalie to try to break the deadlock? No. Pink took charge in the
third period. Chuck Bender, who had been moved from defense to offense
for the game, scored a dramatic game-winning breakaway goal. A few
minutes later, Jean Soltmann buried a rebound for two more points,
sealing Banana's fate. In spite of their win, though, Pink's future (as
well as Jade's) was dependent on the results of the last game of the
3: Green 8, Ash 6
- Although the results of the first two games eliminated Money Shot
from playoff contention, they battled hard in this unusual score-fest.
Ashassins was a bit short-handed given the increasingly habitual
absences of James Horna and Jason Galetti, and the startling revelation
that Karen "Honest As The Day Is Long" Linke had been lying
about being injured for the last several weeks, and was actually in her
first trimester of baby-making. Captain Walter Solomon and teammates
Bryan Fibel and Linda Theriault each lit the lamp twice for Green, and
Solomon added an assist on the final, game-winning goal by Theriault
with under four minutes remaining. Chad Byrne had a 1 and 2 game for Ash, as well, in this scoring roller coaster. Will Ash's defense be ready for prime time come playoffs?
Game 4: Black 7, Chocolate 3 - The
only meaning for this game was the potential for Skor to take the #4
seed from Ashassins and gain the home advantage against them in their first playoff game. This one turned out to be
another wild one with a combined 53 shots on goal and 10 goals. And, it
turned out that there was
something else at stake--scoring titles. Pantero de Sexo's Jon Berglin
scored 5 points (1G, 4A) and Tim Helmbrecht scored 4 points (3G, 1A),
launching them into the second and third place league scorer positions,
respectively. Berglin ended up just one point shy of perennial league
scoring champ Bob Delaney, whose Red team had a bye in this final week.
Andy Strathman scored all three of Chocolate's goals, adding another
hat-trick to his career stats, as well.
5: Khaki 4, Burgundy 2 - This
final game of the regular season determined the final two playoff
seeds. In an odd twist of tie-breaking rules, Pink needed Burgundy to
either win or lose, but not tie, in order to clinch a playoff spot.
Jade needed Burgundy to either lose or tie, and Burgundy needed either
a win or tie. Khaki was playing for the pride of first seed over Black.
Oh, and there was the Anthony "What would Gary Roberts do?" Segreti
rivalry with Bryan "What would Anthony Segreti do?...Take a penalty"
Szeliga. Mark Meadows scored for Burgundy just minutes into the game
(Burgundy and Pink happy, Jade unhappy). Greg Mallinger scored for
Khaki late in the first, tying things up (Jade happy, Burgundy nervous,
Pink unhappy). Late in the second, Anthony Segreti scored for Burgundy,
putting them back on top (Burgundy and Pink happy again, Jade...not so
much). Early in the third Khaki's Mark DeGraffenreid tied it up again
(Burgundy back to nervous, Pink back to unhappy, and Jade happy again).
Midway through the third, Mallinger put Khaki in the lead for the first
time (Burgundy unhappy, Pink nervous, Jade happy). That would prove to
be the game-winner, and Mallinger would add an empty-netter to clinch
1st place for Khaki, 7th place for Pink, and 8th place for Jade.
Mega Update Part 2 of 3: Memorial Day Weekend Activities - Madden's Stride
was had by all on our week off for Memorial Day weekend. Click on the links
below to access results, pictures, and video of the
festivities (skills competitions and a mini-tournament).
Mega Update Part 3 of 3: Playoff Week 1 - Handlebar Heaven
Game 1: Green 1, Burgundy 1 - This
was the first game in the round-robin consolation series. This series
has affectionately been labeled the "iPuhn Cup" in honor of two veteran
SDFHL players--"I"saac Kim and Geoff Ap"puhn". They have both played
since the beginning of the league's formation but have not yet played
on a championship team, because they are chronically cursed by
under-performing teammates. In any event, Money Shot was in the unenviable
position of having only four of their floor players in attendance, one
of their absences being the aforementioned Mr. Kim, ironically. Despite
playing down a player for the entire game, they were able to tie a full
(and frustrated) Roon Jeremy.
2: Pink 2, Black 0 - Pantero de Sexo came roaring into the playoffs as the second seed.
However, they were missing captain Joel Gattey, scoring leader Jon
Berglin, and key rookie defenseman Mark Daquipa for this game against
Stephto Bismol. Pink was missing one of its top scorers, too, as Ryan
high-tailed it back to Canada for the Summer. The game was a scoreless
until late in the third. Sean Kelly, sporting a facial hair
configuration that clearly attracted the attention of the referees (see
highly disturbing artist's conception above), was called for
interference. Nearing the end of the power play, and with only 51
seconds left in the game, Pink captain "Stephto" Palomo-Schmidt
banked one high into the goal for a back-breaking two-pointer, forcing
Black into the long road of the losers' bracket.
3: Chocolate 3, Ash 2
game came down to a last split-second goal, which could not have come
any closer to the final horn. Ashassin's Chris Tran started the scoring
a power-play goal in the first. However, Skor's Andy Strathman answered
with two consecutive goals, putting his team in a slim lead. As time
was starting to run short in the game, Alan
Razoky scored on a slapshot off a faceoff to tie the game. As the last
few seconds of regulation time were ticking off the clock, a somewhat
unlikely hero named Dan Read appeared with the ball near Ash's net. He
executed a last second
hand-switch and buried the game winner with 0.8 seconds remaining. A
thrilled Strathman flew into Read's arms and was carried off the rink,
thankful that it was not Read who had flown into his arms.
Game 4: Khaki 4, Jade 0 - Despite their short bench, Jädermeister held
Waikiki Khaki to a scoreless tie until part way through the second
period, at which point Mike Da "Awesome" Silva started the scoring for
Khaki. This was followed with a short-handed goal by Bryan "Silent Z"
Szeliga and one by Ryan Birse deemed "sexy" by progressive scorekeeper
Chad "Brittle Bone" Byrne. Birse added an "unreal" goal for good
measure in the third. By Brittle Bone's calculations, Khaki outshot
Jade 22-8. Can this steamroller be stopped?
5: Red 2, Blue 0 - Corn-dogs,
also playing with a short bench, outshot There Will Be Blood 27-11.
Unfortunately for them, they were facing Nick Adkins in goal. Adkins
robbed the game from Blue and notched a playoff shutout. Meanwhile, it
was business as usual for Bob Delaney who scored twice for Red,
although he was listed as "Bod" by veteran scorekeeper Chad Byrne sexy and unreal scorekeeper Ryan Birse for his second goal. Hmmmmm?
And now, the answer to tonight's SDFHL quiz...none other than Red's own Gigi Scott:
Week's Games (6/8)
of the Week
| 5pm: Jade vs. Ash
6pm: Pink vs. Red
7pm: Blue vs. Black
8pm: Chocolate vs. Khaki
Spring 2008: Final Regular Season
* clinched playoff spot