We started the season with 26 teams, entered the post-season with 24, and we’re down to the final 2, Golden Horseshoe Champion Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs vs. Wild Card LaSalle Vipers.
*Photo Credit: Devan Mighton
On social media, the official hashtag for this series is #CALvsLAS
|Wed. Apr. 22||LaSalle||Caledonia||4-2||HCCC|
|Fri. Apr. 24||Caledonia||LaSalle||6-4||Vollmer Arena|
|Sun. Apr. 26||LaSalle||Caledonia||2-3||HCCC|
|Wed. Apr. 29||Caledonia||LaSalle||4-3||Vollmer Arena|
|Fri. May 1||LaSalle||Caledonia||5-4OT||HCCC|
|Sun. May 3||Caledonia||LaSalle||4-3||Vollmer Arena|
Caledonia wins series 4-2
Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs are the 2015 Sutherland Cup Champions after defeating LaSalle Vipers 4-3 last night, to take the series 4-2.
Here’s a link to some photos from Devan Mighton.
This game was great to watch. This entire series has been great to watch, albeit I missed 2 of the 6 games. Last night’s game was fast-paced, hard hitting, lot of energy, everything you could ask for in a Sutherland Cup Final game.
In a move that I thought was perhaps a little risky, Caledonia started with their back-up goalie, Marc Sinclair. Sinclair went in Game 5 to relieve No. 1 goalie Kevin Entmaa after LaSalle had made it 4-1. I thought they’d go back to Entmaa, but coach Mike Bullard went with the back-up, which paid off in the end.
Kyle Tanev opened the scoring to make it 1-0 Caledonia. Just 29 seconds later, LaSalle’s Nathan Savage tied it up with a real soft goal. He just threw the puck on net and it trickled through Sinclair and in. With 39 seconds left in the first period, LaSalle crashed the Corvairs net and it looked to me that Brett Primeau put the puck in, but I see they gave it to Savage on Pointstreak.
In the 2nd period, Cosimo Fontana tied the game for Caledonia with a scramble play in front of Vipers goalie Paolo Battisti.
In a rather scary moment, at 6:04 into the period, Corvair Erick Delaurentis laid a hit on Viper Nicolas Crescenzi which also took out referee Luke Murray. Murray ended up cutting the palm of his hand open on Crescenzi’s skate and had to leave the game. I saw the ambulance at the end of the 2nd period and I heard from Caledonia’s trainer that they were expecting 30+ stitches for Murray. From that point on, it was a 3-man system for the refs and linesmen.
At 8:04, Jordan Peacock took advantage of Battisti not covering the angles as his shot slide between him and the post to give Caledonia their 1st lead of the game, 3-2. Just over a minute later, Brendan Harrogate, on a solo effort, would tie the game up 3-3.
In the 3rd period, I felt the teams were trying to play it safe as to not cause the other to score, but at 8:16, Tyler Lepore skated in and scored the eventual game and series winner.
In the end, as I said above, it was truly a great game to watch. I was sitting in Caledonia’s end zone, so I couldn’t hear LaSalle’s fans, but Caledonia’s made tons of noise. I know the Vipers fans sitting near me didn’t like it, but that’s the type of cheering you, or I, expect at this point in the season.
Congrats to Caledonia on winning their 2nd straight Sutherland Cup. They are the 1st GOJHL back-to-back winners. The last back-to-back winners, Cambridge Winterhawks, was before we actually became the GOJHL.
Congrats to LaSalle on their season. They had a great run. They were the only team the entire season to beat Caledonia twice on their home ice. No other team did that.
Hockey season is now completely, 100% over for me, so unless there’s any post-worthy news over the summer, I will see you all again in September. I will be making some more changes to things for next season, but right now, I’m taking a break.
The Vipers stayed alive with a 5-4OT win over the Corvairs Fri. night.
LaSalle built up a 2-0 lead early in the game with goals from Liam McDougall and Connor Rosaasen. Caledonia put some pressure on and Tyler Lepore tied the game with 4:38 left in the period.
The 2nd period started and LaSalle scored 2 quick goals again, from Manny Silverio and Korey Morgan. At that point, Corvairs pulled their starting goalie, Kevin Entmaa, and put in their backup, Marc Sinclair. That’s the first action Sinclair has seen since Game 5 vs. St. Catharines. The goalie change must have sparked something in the Corvairs because they managed to climb back and end the 2nd period with a deficit of 4-3 after goals from Luke Sinclair and Jake Brown (PP).
In the 3rd period, Caledonia’s Tyler Lepore tied the game after Vipers goalie Paolo Battisti left the net to play the puck, it came out to Lepore and he put it in the wide open net.
The teams needed an extra 4:10 to finish this game. With the play in LaSalle’s zone, Caledonia had tones of pressure on to score the winner, but the net came off just as they scored. With the play rushed to the other end, Daniel Beaudoin shot the puck to beat Sinclair and let his Vipers live to see another day.
Game 6 goes Sun. night in LaSalle, 7:00 puck drop.
Caledonia is one win away from their 2nd straight Sutherland Cup Championship after a 4-3 win Wed. night in LaSalle. Story from Pointstreak.
Caledonia wins tough contest against LaSalle, 4-3
The game between the Caledonia Corvairs and the LaSalle Vipers was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Caledonia emerged with a 4-3 win.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Cosimo Fontant’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
After the loss made the series score 3-1 in the best of seven series, LaSalle faces elimination Friday night.
The Corvairs got the win thanks to a great game by Matthew Hore, who had one goal and two assists. Hore scored on the power play 13:03 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Caledonia. A slashing penalty on Daniel Beaudoin had put Caledonia on the power play. Tyler Lepore assisted on the tally.
The Vipers’ power play was ineffective against the Corvairs’ penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
Caledonia stifled LaSalle’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Vipers were unable to stop the Corvairs from sending pucks towards the net, and Caledonia eventually piled up 33 shots on goal.
Others who scored for Caledonia included Erick Delaurentis and Ryan Blunt, who each put in one. More assists for Caledonia came via Nathan Gomes, who had one and Connor Bramwell and Austin McEneny, who each chipped in two.
LaSalle struggled on the penalty kill, allowing the Corvairs to score three power play goals on five chances.
The Vipers were helped by Liam McDougall, who had one goal. McDougall scored 19:13 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Caledonia. Nikko Sablone picked up the assist. LaSalle additionally got points from Tyler Russell, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. LaSalle also got a goal from Manny Silverio. In addition, LaSalle received assists from Korey Morgan, who had one.
Kevin Entmaa recorded 22 saves for Caledonia. The Corvairs incurred 28 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.
Paolo Battisti rejected 29 shots on goal for LaSalle. The Vipers incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with 11 minors.
On Sun. night Caledonia took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win. This was a hard hitting game, on both sides.
The teams went scoreless through the first period. Matt Hore broke the scoreless game at 4:06 of the second period when he broke up the middle and beat Vipers goalie Paolo Battisti glove side. At 7:30, Erick Delaurentis kept the puck in the zone as LaSalle was trying to get it out, drove to the net and made it 2-0 Corvairs. With 4:48 left in the period, Brendan Harrogate and Daniel Beaudoin both took penalties to give Caledonia a 2 min. 5-on-3 PP. With 14 seconds left in the PP, Cosimo Fontana found the back of the net and it was 3-0 Corvairs.
In the third period, Chris Pignanelli finally got the Vipers on the board with a PP goal at 7:31. With just under 6 min. left to play, Beaudoin scored a beauty to make it a 3-2 game. The pressure that LaSalle had in the dying minutes of the game, I thought they were going to tie the game up and possibly send it to overtime, but they could not break Corvairs goalie Kevin Entmaa.
This series moved to the Vollmer Rec Centre in LaSalle Fri. night. The Vipers built up a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period, but the Corvairs battled back to win the game 6-4 and to tie the series at 1-1.
In the first period, Daniel Beaudoin, who’s been on fire these play-offs, scored on the PP at 4:48 to make it 1-0 LaSalle. In the 2nd period, Caledonia took a 2-1 lead with goals from Jordan Peacock and Cosimo Fontana. With 4:11 left in the period, Brendan Harrogate, another that’s been on fire in the play-offs, tied the game for LaSalle at 2-2. With 5 seconds left in the period, Eric Kirby gave LaSalle a 3-2 lead.
Corvairs coach Mike Bullard must have said or done something in the dressing room between the 2nd and 3rd periods, because the Corvairs came out and before the period was 4 min. old they had a 5-3 lead. Jake Brown scored 2 goals, at 51 seconds and 3:39 and Tyler Lepore at 1:11. Fontana added his 2nd of the game at 10:41 for a 6-3 Caledonia lead. Late in the 3rd period, Harrogate scored his 2nd of the night, to make it 6-4 Corvairs, but it wasn’t enough.
The Sutherland Cup Finals opened on Wed. night in Caledonia and the Wild Card LaSalle Vipers surprised the Corvairs with a 4-2 win. LaSalle is only the 4th team this entire season to beat Caledonia on their home ice.
This was a fantastic game to watch. Lots of speed, end to end action, was fast-paced, the game was complete in just under 2 hours, great skill displayed by both teams, lots of hits. It was just a great to watch.
LaSalle opened the scoring 4:58 into the game when Daniel Beaudoin scored on the PP. Just 3 min. later, Brendan Harrogate picked up the puck, crossed the blueline and fired it over Corvairs goalie Kevin Entmaa’s shoulder for 2-0 Vipers lead.
In the 2nd period, Erick Delaurentis got the Corvairs on the board. There was a scramble in front of the net that got Vipers goalie Paolo Battisti down on his back and Delaurentis just popped it in.
In the 3rd period, Eric Kirby made it 3-1 Vipers when Entmaa was out of position and he just tapped the puck in the net. On the next shift, on a solo effort, Nathan Gomes picked up the puck, drove to the net and shot the puck through Battisti’s 5-hole to bring the game to 3-2 Vipers.
Caledonia had lots of pressure on LaSalle to tie the game up and possibly send it to OT, but the Vipers kept their cool and kept the puck away from the net as much as possible. A lot of Caledonia’s shots were either high or wide of the net.
In the last minute, with Entmaa pulled for the extra attacker, Korey Morgan sealed the victory for LaSalle with an empty net goal.
Pointstreak is not finalized, and is stuck at 4:29 left in the 3rd period, so I don’t have specific stats, but there was a lot of penalties in this game.
Game 2 in the series goes Fri. night at 7:00 at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle.
Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs
As stated in the last preview, Caledonia are the defending Sutherland Cup Champions. They’ve worked hard all season for this round and to be the first back-to-back GOJHL Sutherland Cup Champions. The last time a team went back to back was Cambridge Winter Hawks in 2006 & 2007 before we officially became the GOJHL.
In the last round, they played the Western Conference Champion Leamington Flyers and defeated the Flyers in 5 games. Game 1 was a penatly-filled affair. The Flyers looked frustrated and it showed with a 6-2 Corvairs win. In Game 2, the teams went the distance with the Flyers earning a 4-3 win in triple overtime. I couldn’t make that game, but I heard from others that it was a great and exciting game to watch, especially the fireworks after the OT winner. Then the teams went to Game 3. After Game 2, everyone was expecting another great close game, but I heard that it was one of the most boring games to watch, with the Corvairs pulling out a 3-0 win. Game 4 was another penalty-filled affair with the Corvairs earning another 6-2 win and going up 3-1 in the series. The last game in the series was Game 5. I found it very sloppy and not overly exciting, but the Corvairs ended the Flyers season with a 2-1 win.
The Vipers were the Sutherland Cup Wild Card this season, and it suits them 100% because the Vipers are a wild card. They beat teams that they have no business beating and, as I said last round, they’re resiliant. They don’t quit or give up. They work hard and have worked hard to get to the Sutherland Cup Finals.
In the semi-finals, they took on Mid-Western Champion Elmira Sugar Kings. The Kings built up a 2-0 series lead with back-to-back 7-2 wins and everybody wrote the Vipers off at that point. Most expected they’d win 1 game, but the Vipers managed to tied the series up with 7-4 and 4-3 OT wins, which made this a best of 3 series. Game 5 rolled around and the Vipers looked tired, exhausted, like they didn’t have much fight left in them, and the Kings took a 3-2 series lead with a 2-1 win. The Vipers weren’t done though. In Game 6, they handed the Sugar Kings a 4-3 loss to force Game 7. Game 7 was everything a Game 7 is supposed to be. It was loud in the Dan Snyder, for both sides, it was an exciting game to watch, and the Vipers pulled off their biggest upset of the season thus far with a 3-1 win to advance to the Sutherland Cup Finals.
Prediction: In 2010, LaSalle won the Sutherland Cup as a 5th place team, defeating Brantford Golden Eagles 4-1. Although there is a name change, the teams now meet again 5 years later. Can LaSalle pull off the unthinkable and upset the powerhouse Caledonia Corvairs? I think they can give them a good run, but Caledonia appears to be upstoppable at this point. I’m cheering for my Conference, and I hope LaSalle shows the Shoe Champs that they’re not here because of dumb luck. In 4 rounds, I have yet to pick LaSalle to win a series and they’ve proved me wrong 3 times already. I’m picking Caledonia in 5 games and I hope that the Vipers can prove me wrong yet again.