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Wedding Crashers upset Crash the Last Batch in Finals

Season 22 of the Draft League started off with the Wedding Crasher’ssquad up against the Grocery Sticks. The WC’s jumped out to a lightning fast start 10 seconds in on a slap shot by Barrett from Florkowski. The WC’s scored two more goals in the 1st from Turner and Dunn. Van scored a goal early in the 2nd and again in the 3rd to build a 5-0 lead. Denne scored for the GS’s with 4 minutes left but Barzilai matched that a minute later. Mercurio scored for the GS’s with 2 minutes left for the 6-2 WC’s dominating win. The next game featured the top ranked Skunked The Last Batch versus Moves Like Jagr. STLB scored twice in the first 4 minutes on goals by Evans and Green. MLJ’s Wilt scored in the 2nd to tighten the game up heading into the 3rd. The game stayed close until STLB’s Evans scored again on a controversial goal with 3 minutes left to ice the win for his team 3-1. There’s always one top seed that falls in the 1st round and this season was no different as the top ranked Last Call fell to the last place Stumpknockers 3-2. LC was playing without 4 players including top dman Teplitz and it was too much to overcome against a determined SK’s team. SK’s Genest scored 5 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead after one. LC’s Clark scored a PPG to tie the game at one early in the 2nd before Genest scored another to restore the SK’s lead. Beck scored for the SK’s 7 minutes into the 3rd but DD matched that for LC a minute later. LC brought plenty of pressure late but couldn’t beat Kunin again and fell 3-2. The last game featured the 3rd seeded White Line Fever against the 2nd seeded Flava Fay which was down to 5 out players due to their 4 Canadians attending a Bryan Adams concert or maybe free Maple Syrup being offered at Costco and 3 others out as well. It was the 1st time in league history that a Draft League team played with no subs and they played great and with heart. WLF scored 10 minutes into the 1st for a 1-0 lead after one. The 2nd period was scoreless and kept FF hanging around. Bender kept FF in the game in the 3rd before the team turned it on and kept the play in WLF’s end. FF’s Hines had a few quality chances to tie it and even missed a breakaway against Cuocci in the final minute and the shorthanded squad fell just short 1-0.

The 2nd round started off with a thriller between White Line Fever and Wedding Crashers. WLF scored in the 1st minute on a steal and quick shot by Hawk to stun the WC’s. Turner scored halfway through the 1st to tie the game up. Pelusi scored a fluke goal off Pepper’s butt end at the very end of the 1st to give WLF a 2-1 lead at the end of the opening period. Florkowski scored for the WC’s 5 minutes into the 2nd on a shot from the point to tie the game at 2. The WC’s were awarded a PP halfway through the 3rd and were looking to take the lead but were overwhelmed by the tenacious forechecking of WLF’s Pelusi who scored a sweet shorty to give his team the lead. In the last minute WC’s pulled their keeper for an extra attacker and the move paid off with tons of pressure that lead to a goal by Dunner from Barrett with just 20 seconds remaining in the game and their season. The game headed to OT and where Barrett picked off a clearing pass, fed it to Barzilai who took a shot that bounced right out to Dunn in the slot and the veteran buried it for the OT winner. The 2nd semifinal game wasn’t nearly as exciting or close as the top ranked Skunked The Last Batch disposed of the Stumpknockers 5-1. STLB’s Green scored halfway through the 1st and again a few minutes into the 2nd for a 2-0 lead. Kalender extended that lead for his team with a long slap shot halfway through the 2nd and the 3-0 lead went to the 3rd. Beck finally got the SK’s on the board with 6 minutes left on a nice PPG from Genest. STLB ended the game with 2 ENG’s from Skaggs and another from Kalender.

The Wedding Crashers, named for the Commish’s September Wedding, were heavy underdogs against the top ranked Skunked The Last Batch. The teams traded chances in the 1st but were turned away by Pepper and French and finished scoreless. The WC’s struck first early in the 1st on an unassisted goal from Barrett and the 1-0 lead went to the 3rd. STLB scored early in the 3rd on a Zimmerman shot from the high slot off a feed from Evans. STLB gained a ton of momentum from this goal and took it to the WC’s for the next few minutes but Pepper was at the top of his game when his team needed him most and kept the game tied at 1. About halfway through the 3rd Barrett struck again on a quick wrist shot from the faceoff circle that beat his Phantom’s teammate French to give his team the lead and the momentum back, The WC’s Calisti picked the perfect time for his first goal of the season with 4 minutes left to ice the game and championship for his team. Sarnoff may have been the happiest man at the rink as he was seen trying to cut the nets down. The post season awards went to Brian Florkowski (MVD), Jon Pepper (MVG) both of WC’s and co MVP’s of STLB which were Evans and Kalender. The post season leaders were Wayne Barrett with 6 points (3G’s, 3 A’s) and Towner French (1.67 GAA) Congrats to the regular season leaders as well. Marc Genest with 15 points, Chris Kalender with 11 goals to beat out Craig Turner with 10. Zach Tardivo with 6 wins and Towner French with a 1.43 GAA. Good luck to everyone in season 23 already underway for the winter season.

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