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UPPER VALLEY HOCKEY LEAGUE

April 13th, 2010 - 7:10PM
Campion Rink - West Lebanon, NH
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Game ID: 664

Brewers Beat Up Nordiques, 5-2, for Whalen Cup

The Brewers have gone from a sub .500 team to the UVHL Whalen Cup Champions for the 2009-2010 season. They handily discarded the Gamblers in the semi-finals 7-2, followed by a 5-2 thrashing of the Nordiques tonight. They muscled their way through the playoffs, garnering 70 penalty minutes & 2 ejections in 3 playoff games.

The Brewers came out with an agenda, beat up the Nordiques, get under their skin, and capitalize on their mistakes. The Brew Crew had 3 stars tonigh, goaltender Pete "The Man Meat" Bartline, Nick "The Stick" Bayley & Garren "Teed Penalty" Poirier. Bartline was stellar as he turned away 22 of 24 shots en route to the win. Bartline made 10 or 12 great saves when he was called upon and the two goals he let in were impossible to save. Bayley was on fire, scoring the first 3 goals for the Brewers and adding a perfect assist on the empty netter to close out the game. The third Brewer star was Poirier who only didn't even make it through 5 minutes into the 3rd period before being ejected for his 4th penalty, but adding 2 assists to his tenacious play.

The Brewers came out in the first period banging. Their forecheck was tenacious, causing turnovers in all 3 zones of the rink, and ultimately outshooting the Nordiques 13 to 3. Despite the lopsided shots, the score at the end of the first was tied 1-1, and the first goal of the period wasn't registered until 10:05 into the game when Bayley took a pass from Poirier and broke into the zone on his off wing. Bayles cut across the tops of the faceoff circles on the Nordique's Tommy "The Minister of Defense" Dakai and fired a quick snapshot through the defenseman and 5-holio on Johnny "Temper Tantrum" Turner. The Nordiques tied the game up with 2:13 to play with a power play goal and Poirier in the box for Interference. The Nordiques moved the puck around the zone, from Jordy "McMuffin" McGee in the near corner, to Shawn "McTitanic" McDermott at the point. McDermott moved to the boards faked a shot, and hit Mikey O'Neil at the backdoor. O'Neil took a second to gather the puck as Bartline traversed the crease and then beat him with almost nothing to shoot at in the top near corner.

END OF THE FIRST: Noriques 1, Brewers 1

The first period was relatively tame, as there were only 3 penalties called in the frame, all 3 going against the Brew Crew. The 2nd period tilted a bit the other way as the Nordiques outshot the Brewers 9-5 but gave up two shorthanded goals and ultimately going 0-3 on the Power Play. Bayley got his 2nd of the game on a bad dump in and line change from the Nordiques that saw Poirier hit Bayley from his own goal line at center ice for the breakaway goal. That bad dump in, line change & goal came on the Nordiques powerplay which is even worse, as Bayley raced in on Turner and made him look like a squirt goalie with new pads. "I just love to score" said Bayley, "on the ice, off the ice, with myself....scoring is the best."

The Nordiques continued to press, and tied the game up with 4:45 to play in the 2nd on another great pass from McDermott. McDermott had the puck at the point and fired a fake slapshot / pass to Jordy McGee on the near post. McGee took the hard pass right along the ice and redirected it past Bartline who wasn't expecting the change in velocity & direction.

Bayley completed the hattrick with 30 seconds to play and AGAIN on the penalty kill, as he made a mockery of the Nordiques powerplay. Bayles walked, again on his offwing, cut across the tops of the circles and used McDermott's ginormous body as a screen, taking full advantage of Turner sliding laterally across the crease and burying the puck deep in Turner's 5-hole again. "I haven't had so much rubber between my legs since college, and that night involved lots of booze & lube" said Turner.

END OF THE SECOND: Nordiques 2, Brewers 3

The third period saw the Brewers pick up their intensity and chippiness. Through 2 periods, the Nordiques were 1-6 on the power play and gave up 2 shorthanded goals. There were 12 more penalties called in the 3rd frame, including 3 matching calls as tempers started to flare up. The Nordiques had 3 additional power plays that were even worse than dismal, as the tenacity of the Brewers broke up every single play. Bayley killed of at least three quarters of one penalty as he positioned himself behind his own net and did circles every time someone came after him, Bobby Orr-esque. Poirier was ejected with 10:44 to play for taking his 4th penalty, and Jason "Mr. Interference" Yehle took his 3rd & 4th penalty with 1:43 to play as he mucked it up with the Nordiques Jordan McGee, taking him off the ice with him for the remainder of the game. The Nordiques even had a 5 on 3 that they couldn't muster more than a shot or two on.

The Brewers scored a powerplay goal at 8:22 with the Nordique's Kelly "Turnover" Park in the box for hooking Bayley on yet another breakaway. Billy "The Kid" Fletcher scored the powerplay goal as he walked out of the far corner and fired a quick wristshot from the boards, through a screen and just over the pad of Turner who was down searching for the shot through the screen. The Brewers added an empty netter to close out the scoring with 11 seconds to play as Bayley made a perfect pass to Chris "Open Netter" Johnson, who walked in all alone. "Sure....it was a nice pass from Bayley, but the real talent is getting wide open, behind the defense with 15 seconds to play....it takes a real man to do that."

BREWERS WIN: 5-3
LEAGUE PICK 'EM
 83%
Nordiques
17% 
Brewers
6 PICKS
THREE STARS

Nick Bayley

GOALS: 3
POINTS: 4

Peter Bartline

GA: 2
SAVES: 22
SAVE%: 0.917

Garren Poirier

GOALS: 0
POINTS: 2

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