6:30 – White vs. RedRecap
The fight for 3rd place in Winter League was a fierce battle. White jumped out to an early lead and kept playing add-on throughout the first half. At the buzzer, White held a commanding 5-0 lead, and picked up right where they left on the second, tallying less than a minute in to go up by six. Red wasn’t going down without a fight though. They ripped off three goals in a 7 minute stretch to make the score 6-3, but White held on in the end, winning handily 9-4.Highlights
Ethan Daum (White) scored five goals and added three assists. Not a bad day at the office!
Guest Goalie Lee Payne (playing for White) snagged a nice assist on a long stretch pass to Ethan on his first goal.
Pavel Dubrovka (pronounced PA-vel) (Red) tallied two goals.
Steve Trobenter (White) scored two goals and also had two assists. He’s no Ethan, but not bad!
7:30 – Blue vs. Cobra Kai
The Winter Season Championship Game lived up to it’s billing as the finale of the 2016 Austin Floorball Club. Both teams had won close games in the semi-finals to secure their spot in the championship. Blue toppled the top seeded Red team 5-3 and Cobra Kai knocked off White 4-2.
The Blue team jumped out to an early lead and built on it, scoring 3 goals in the first half (Adnan Raja from Johan Andersson 17:00, Derek Von Zweck unassisted 14:30, and Derek again, from Blue Captain Mike Beczak 2:30). Cobra Kai cranked up the pressure around the Blue net late in the first, but Blue goalie Brandee Gomez came up big time and again to protect the Blue lead.
Cobra Kai opened the second with a goal (Kyle Teders from CK Captain Mark Raup 19:40). Norm Tran (from Rob Vivirito 14:30) scored to make the game 3-2, then Kyle (from Darren Collishaw 10:00) scored again to tie the game at 3. Less than a minute later, the dastardly Cobra Kai struck again when Kyle (from Toby Collishaw) completed his hat trick and secured the first lead of the game for his team. The Blue team wasn’t done yet, though. Superhero Derek (unassisted 5:22) struck again to tie it up again! A late penalty against Tom Jonsson (Blue) led to an uncomfortable last few minutes for the Blue team, but the Blue penalty kill and Brandee were up to the task.
On to SUDDEN DEATH! Blue killed the last 17 seconds of their penalty with no harm done. Both teams traded attacks as the clock would down to the shootout, but both goalies stood tall until Super Derek broke through and ripped a shot just past a Cobra Kai defender that snuck in top left past a diving Lee Payne (Cobra Kai Goalie) (from Tom Jonsson 57 seconds left). Game Over! Blue wins!
Kyle Teders hat trick was slick, but Derek Von Zweck’s four goals lands him the Championship Game MVP. What does he win? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, other than the adoration of his teammates.
Toby Collishaw, the league’s youngest player by far, snagged another assist. If it were for that jerk Brandee, he would’ve had at least 2 goals this season. Who does she think she is?!
The Blue team hung on and won despite missing 4 subs. That’s pretty impressive!
There were three new players to the league in the Championship game, and could’ve been four if Mitch Richards wasn’t such a vacation taking jerk. That may be some kind of record!
And that’s A Wrap
And that’s the way Winter League and 2016 come to an end for Austin Floorball Club. Thanks everyone for playing, and on behalf of everyone involved in the club, we wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Except for Tomas. he’s the worst.
Your VERY sweaty 2016 Winter League Champs
The Peanut Butter Players (1-0-0) took on a (again) very shorthanded White Lightning (1-0-0) in the early game. Unfortunately, the White Lightning didn’t catch… lightning in a bottle playing without subs again, as the PBP jumped out to a 4-0 lead seven minutes in to the game. Lightning newcomer Dan Parseghian notched his first ever league goal (in his first league game) to stop the bleeding, but the Lightning just didn’t have enough power to rally back. Final score: 9-3
Dan the Man’s first league goal for the Lightning for sure. Odds are the first of many says this reporter.
James Pelkey of the PBP wins the Greediest Player of the Week award with his 4 goals and ZERO assists. Let the other kids play, Pelks!
Lightning Leprechaun Lee Payne probably made around 40 saves. The score could’ve been WAY uglier without some spectacular netminding by the Lil’ One.
Big, Bad Norman Tran bookended the scoring for the PBP, scoring the first goal and the ninth goal for PBP.
The late game pitted the Blue Ballerz (0-1-0) Cobra Kai Floorball Club (0-1-0), both coming off tough one goal losses in Week 1. The Blue Ballerz came rolling out of the gate and held a 4-1 lead at halftime. Cobra Kai came roaring back in the second half. A power play tally by Fred Mustacchia pulled CK within one at 7-6 with two minutes to go. Again Cobra Kai pulled their goalie, but again they came up just short, not being able to get the tying goal.
Bryan Racher continues his strong play as a rookie, busting out with a hat trick in a losing effort.
Salty vet Fred Mustacchia banged home two goals as well.
Kyle “Big Red” Teders of the Blue Ballerz wins the Helping Hands award for the week with his three assists (see Pelkey, SOME people know how to share). He also tallied a goal.
Matt Flynn knocked in two big goals as well for the Blue Ballerz in their victory.
Summer League started off with a bang Sunday night.
The early game saw Cobra Kai facing off against White Lightning. The game was knotted at 3 at the half, but the Lightning leapt out to a 7-4 lead early in the 2nd. Cobra Kai came roaring back themselves though, and with pulled their goalie down 7-6 with 40 seconds to go. The Lightning D stood tall and held off the Cobra Kai onslaught, winning 7-6.
Highlights of the Game:
Lightning teammates Trevor “Captain Canada” Colm and Rob Vivirito notched 4 and 3 goals respectively to put their team in the W column. Trevor added 2 assists for a ridiculous 6 point game.
In his ever first league game, Cobra Kai member Bryan Racher notched 2 goals and an assist.
Local celebrity and Professional Ultimate Frisbee Player Jerrod Wolfe had a goal and an assist for Cobra Kai.
The late game saw it’s fair share of fireworks as well. The Peanut Butter Players (PBP for short) and Blue Ballerz played to a 2-2 tie at the intermission in a half that saw a two penalties, a penalty shot, and all kinds of scoring chances. The game stayed tight all the way to the end. With the game tied at 4 with 10 seconds left, substitute goalie Lee Payne (also the captain of the White Lightning, but subbing for Bryan “Kub” Ponder) made a scrambling save, got up, and threw a desperation hail mary pass down the middle. The ball bounced shortly before mid court, through at least 4 pairs of legs, and found a wide open Kevin Hansel behind everyone. Kevin (who had already scored twice in the game) ran in, deked, and scored just before the clock expired for both a hat trick for himself and a thrilling 5-4 win for the PBP!
Highlights of the Game:
Kevin Hansel’s hat trick has to be the biggest one. Scoring three goals is hard enough, but to calmly come in and score like that as the clock ran out. Unbelievable.
Blue Baller Michael Beczak was only a goal away from the Jack Bryant Hat Trick(a goal, an assist, and a penalty) in his first ever floorball game.
Speaking of Jack Bryant, he scored the other two goals for the PBP.
Local oaf and captain of the Blue Ballerz Tomas Louda lucked his way in to two assists.
In what was probably the best finals Austin Floorball Club has ever experienced, The Vikings and the Blue team squared off for an epic fight for the Morris Trophy.
It stood at 6-6 at the end of regulation, and the 5 minute overtime saw a little bit of everything: great saves, a solid ping off a crossbar, and best of all, a shootout!
Still knotted at 6 after OT, both goalies (Mark Raup for the Vikings, Lee Payne for Blue) made 3 saves to keep the game tied. RJ Little finally broke the seal for Blue in round 4, and Lee Payne denied White Captain Johan Eriksson at the doorstep to seal the victory.
Congrats to the Blue team on a great season, a great playoff run, and most importantly, a great finals!
And just like that, our 5 week regular season is over!
A few things of note to start with: Our regular season scoring champ (no surprise here) is: Steve Trobenter (Green)!
Best passer goes to Anders Ericsson (Vikings):
Total points? Yeah, Captain Does Everthing Well Steve Trobenter (Green) again with 20 total points!
We’ve got a pretty incredible race to the finish line developing here, folks!
With one week left in the regular season, the standings look like this:
This week’s schedule is here:
Here is a break down on Goal Differential from this league so far (more on why this is important below):
|Goal Differential||For||Against||Total GD|
Tie Breakers Per League Rules
2) Total goal differential
3) Total goals scored
4) Coin flip
There are a bunch of possibilities for change, since we’ve got more than a few ties currently in game points.
1 & 2 Seed
1st and 2nd seed (and therefore a bye in the first week) are locked up, but Blue and The Vikings play Sunday to determine who claims which slot. They’re currently deadlocked with 10 points apiece. In the event of a tie, goal differential become the tie break since head to head solves nothing (they just tied), Blue takes the 1 seed (+24) and White takes 2 seed (+23).
3 Seed AKA The Big Mess
The race for 3rd seed is wide open, with Green being the only team that can win and seal the deal for themselves. A Green win puts them firmly in 3rd place with 8 points, and uncatchable by everyone below them.
A Red win throws everything in to chaos, with Red and the winner of Orange vs. Black tied for 3rd place. In this event, Orange beats Red (head to head, h2h) or Black beats Green (h2h)
A Green/Red tie leads to another tiebreak between the winner of Orange/Black and Green, both with 6 points. In the event of that, Green trumps Orange due to head to head (h2h) and Black trumps Green (also h2h) and takes 3rd place.
Blue and White playing for 1 seed (both with 10 points), winner take all. In the event of a tie, Blue takes 1 and White takes 2.
Green win gets them outright 3nd place.
Green and Red Tie: if Black beats Orange, Black is 3rd place, Green is 4th (due to head to head win for Black over Green). If Orange beats Black, Green is 3rd place, Orange is 4th (due to head to head win for Green over Orange).
A Green loss drops them to 5th seed. They cannot end up in 6th.
Whichever teams take a loss this week between Black, Red, and Orange head to head will decide who ranks where at the bottom.
Black beat: (none of the 3 teams here, and will have lost to Orange). A loss this week by Black guarantees the 6th seed.
Red beat: Black. So a Black and Red loss results in Red 5th and Black 6th.
Orange beat: Red. Orange is playing Black this week, so if Red and Orange both lose, Orange is the 5th seed and Red is the 6th due to head to head.
Confused? Me too.
The early game saw the Black (0-3-0) take on Green (1-0-2). The Black team, bolstered by newly signed addition Erik Rune and with an assist from Bryan “Kub” Ponder in net for usual goalie Chelsea, found their way in to the win column in a tightly fought match, 5-3!
Jerrod Wolfe (Black): 2 goals, Game Winning Goal
Steve Trobenter (Green) – 1 goal, 1 assist
Jeff Loskorn (Black) – 1 goal, First League Goal
The middle game pitted the Red Tide (1-2-0) against the Blue team (2-1-0). Blue held on in another tightly contested match that involved a lot of penalty minutes late, temporarily jumping them in to the overall points lead for playoff seeding (with 10).
Ryan McNair (Blue) – 3 goals, 1 assist
Rob Vivirito (Red) – 2 goals
James Pelkey (Blue) – 2 goals, 2 assists
The late game matched up the improving Orange team taking on the Austin Vikings, who needed a win to stay even with Blue in the fight for first place heading to the playoffs. At the half, the score was tied 4-4, but the Vikings surged ahead in the second and won 8-4, tying them back up with Blue in the standings.
Highlights from behind the Vikings net: https://youtu.be/INoQIa2KOIk
Anders Eriksson (Vikings) – 2 goals, 4 assists
Pat Ortiz (Orange) – 1 goal, 1 assist
Par Axelsson (White) – 2 goals, 2 assists
**Friendly reminder, there will be no games this coming Sunday (2/7) due to conflict with the Super Bowl. The final games of the regular season will be the following Sunday (2/14).**
The early game saw the Vikings (1-0-1) taking on the Red Tide (1-1-0). The Vikings jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back. Final score: 10-0 Vikings.
The middle game pitted the Orange (1-1-0) team against Green (0-0-2) . This game was a back and forth affair, with Orange pulling within 2 late in the second half before Green scored a few late insurance goals. Final score: 10-6 Green.
Highlights from behind the Green net: https://youtu.be/OOt2zmiUR1g
The late game was Blue (1-0-1) versus Black (0-2-0). Blue roared out to big lead early and kept on rolling. Final score: 13-2 Blue.
Stats are updated through week 3, and here are the current stat leaders:
Top 10 Goal Scorers
Top 10 Assist Dishers
|Lee (total)||Games Played||Goals||GAA|
Oh snap! It’s week two at our new (and former) home at Austin Sports Arena, and we’ve had some wild ones already!
Week one started off with bang as the Blue team took it to Orange 11 – 1!
The second game of the evening was a tale of two halves: The Austin Vikings scored three goals in the first to stake themselves to a lead but couldn’t hold off the Green team’s furious comeback. Final score, tied at 3!
The late game was the Red Tide playing Black, with Red Tide prevailing 5-2.
Week two started with the Austin Vikings (0-0-1) taking on the Black Team (0-1-0). The Vikings jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning 9-0.
The second game of the evening pitted the Blue Team (1-0-0) against the Green Team (0-0-1). This was a wild one, featuring several lead changes and Blue having to kill off a penalty as time expired to hold on. Final score, 7-7 tie!
The nightcap game featured the Orange Team (0-0-1) looking to bounce back against the undefeated Red Tide (1-0-0), and bounce back they did! Final score, 5-2 Orange!
Stay tuned for the full schedule (which should be released this week) and for some other features about the club and it’s members!
I’m hoping to be able to show a few clips from each game in the future, but here’s one I just snagged from the GoPro footage from Sunday night. Ryan “Teddybear” McNair scores a nasty powerplay goal for the Blue Team.