Spring Season Resumes, Jokers Fall 10-3

Dek hockey made a triumphant return on July 6 and the Jokers of Doom entered their first game back with an 0-3-1 record and trying to find a win, however things did not go their way in a 10-3 drubbing vs Vortex. The new rules called for two 20 minute running time periods and the Jokers fell behind about 6 minutes into the game. With only 1 sub on the bench, the Jokers could never find their stride and 2 more goals piled on quickly and by the time the period ended the game result was no longer in doubt at 7-0. Determined not to go down without a fight, Rich Orsini fired home a slapshot blast to get the Jokers on the board late into the 2nd period. Moments later he would get a gift goal on a long lift into the zone that trickled through the 5 hole. Near the end of the period Delfo Tringali would get credit for an own goal by Vortex, followed by a late goal by Vortex to make the final score 10-3. The Jokers will next look to get in the win column on July 13 vs the undefeated Honey Badgers.

After 0-3 Start, Joker Pull Out Miracle 2-2 Tie

The Jokers of Doom had dropped their first 3 contests to open the spring season and scoring was difficult at best with only 3 total goals all of which came in one game. Also, game 3 saw a scuffle involving high scoring wing John Venditti which resulted in a 3 game suspension so things did not look good coming into this game versus 0-1 Cinco Dimeo. The Jokers could feel the pressure and nabbed an unassisted goal by Justin Cossette (1) at 6:08 and carried the 1-0 lead into the 2nd period. The second period would see a single goal by CD to tie the game at 1 heading to the final period. Once again scoring would hard to come by for both teams and the game remained tied very late until a loose ball was picked up and wristed home by open Cinco defensemen Jay Myers with just 23 seconds left in the period. At this point things were looking very bleak for the Jokers, who had until that point survived some very good shots with big saves by Andy Pettola (39 saves). They had pulled goalie and were going to have press hard just to get a shot off. After a faceoff win the ball was dumped into the offensive zone and 6 players moved in to try to get off a shot and hope for a tip or rebound. The ball found it’s way to defensemen Rich Orsini who had little time to think and quickly wristed a shot from the top of the circle that found pay dirt in the upper corner past a screened and stunned Chris Rounds (39 saves). The Jokers would celebrate but OT still remained however neither team could break through in the OT and the game would end 2-2, but it felt like a win for the battered Jokers!

Jokers Drop first 2 Games to open Spring Session

The Jokers of Doom came up with a revised roster and moved down to E division dek but the results have not yet been tangible after dropping the opening 2 games of the Spring season by scores of 8-3 and 7-0 however both games were against the top team in the division, Honey Badgers. In the opening game, the Jokers quickly fell behind 3-0 before Ken Herren tapped in a loose rebound early in the second period assisted by Aaron Duncan and Frank Melillo. Unfortunately the next 3 goals went to the Honey Badgers before Rich Orsini blasted home a goal to make is 6-2. The Honey Badgers would tack on a couple of additional goals before the second period ended. John Venditti score the only goal of the 3rd period for an 8-3 final score. The Honey Badgers would pepper Jokers goalie Matt Dutily with 37 shots in the game. Ex-Jokers Jeremy Battye and Rob Kurdy both scored hat tricks in the game.

In the second game, the Jokers with only 5 players and a goalie would play very well early ending the first period with only a 1-0 deficit and had several good chances from John Venditti and Justin Cossette. In the second period the Badgers would tack on a couple of more to make it 3-0 after 2 periods. In the 3rd the Jokers would just wear down and allow 4 more goals for the final score 7-0. Once again ex-Joker Rob Kurdy would tally a hat trick against his old team, and Greg Benoit earned the shut out.

Jokers Drop Winter Season Opener, 6-0

The Jokers of Doom entered the Winter season with a revamped roster after the departures of several key contributors including Rob Kurdy, Kristie Rochette, Phil Elliott, Jeremy Battye, Steve Looze, and goalie Greg Benoit. Several Joker alumni are returning to fill in he void led by Phil “Big Phil” Mrazik. In addition, Justin Cossette, Delfo Tringali, Dan Sisson, Jim Salkins, and goalie Matt Chapman all make returns to the Jokers. Unfortunately many of the newcomers could not make the opener which resulted in the lopsided result vs a strong Slugs team. The Jokers will look to have a stronger bench as they take on the Springfield Chiefs in a rare weekday tilt on Wednesday December 18 at 7:00pm. Tickets still available!

Jokers Get Miracle OT Win In Season Opener, 6-5

The Jokers of Doom season opener was a wild, roller coaster game against the Vipers. The first period ended with a 3-0 deficit with the Jokers playing poor defensively and getting outshot 10-7. There were numerous open players and shots and a 2-0 deficit turned to 3-0 with only 4.4 seconds left in the period on a rebound put back goal by Stan Capp. In the second period things would start to change starting with a blast from Kevin LaPrade just 1:01 into the period assisted by Kristi Rochette. Around 2 minutes later captain Jim Brunetti would cash in a quick wrist shot off of a high slot feed from Ken Herren to make it 3-2 and a large momentum shift towards the Jokers. The final goal of the period would come from Rochette as she squeezed a quick slap shot through the pads of goalie Fernando Gomez to tie the game at 3-3. The final period would see the Vipers score 2 goals and take a 5-3 lead with only 3:43 seconds left in the game. Again, the Jokers would show tremendous resolve with 3 straight unassisted goals starting with Rob Kurdy with only 22 seconds left and Greg Benoit pulled for the extra attacker. Then, only 4 seconds later after a faceoff win, Phil Elliott would send a bending wrist shot that deflected off the Vipers goalie into the net for a tie game. In the OT, Elliott would finish it off as he took a loose ball, flew across the slot and then wristed home the game winner to complete the improbable come back and a 6-5 win. Captain Jim Brunetti would say after the game, “This is a typical Jokers game, get down, come back, down again, and pull out a win. Amazing”.

Notes: Jokers were outshot in the game 31-26… Frank Melillo, and Jeremy Battye were scratches…

The team announced the signing of forward Frank Conaci, effective immediately

Jokers Advance to Finals with Controversial 2-1 Win

The Jokers of Doom advanced to the D-division Finals with a win over the Hurricanes on disputed third period goal by Phil Elliott. The teams battled each other hard for two periods resulting in a 1-1 deadlock with both goals coming in the first period. The Jokers would squander an early 2-1/2 minute power play after a major-roughing penalty to Hurricane Frank Guest. Fortunately Jeremy Battye would induce a holding penalty just three minutes later and he would cash it in with a lightning fast wrist shot past the Hurricanes net-minder at the 4:01 mark.

The Hurricanes would tie it up on a partial breakaway less than two minutes later. The Jokers would come up empty on two second period power plays as well setting up the third period drama. In the final frame, the teams were pressing hard to snap the tie when Phil Elliot knocked a Battye rebound toward the net. The ball seemingly hit something and bounce to the corner but no one was sure what it hit, however the referee stationed on the goal line would point to the net – signaling a goal and touching off intense protesting from the Hurricanes squad. Although the referee calling the goal easily had the best position to determine the goal, a discussion ensued. In the end, the goal was upheld and the Jokers hung on for the final 3:31 to come out on top.

Notes: Battye tallied a goal and assist… Greg Benoit stopped 23 of 24 shots for a 3rd straight win and 1st Jokers playoff win… Frank Melillo, John Condit, and Steve Looze were scratched… Jokers will face Hockey Balboa in the finals starting tomorrow at 1:00pm.

Jokers Win 3rd Straight After 0-2-1 Skid

The Jokers of Doom hockey club has streaked to 3-0 over the last 3 games after an 0-2-1 skid saw them being on the outside in of the playoff picture. After the 2-0 shutout win on March 14, the Jokers lost the opener of a home and home to the Springfield Chiefs with a shorthanded club 5-0. In the second matchup a week later the Jokers played much better and had a 3-1 lead only to let it get away and settle for a 3-3 tie.

The next matchup against Hockey Balboa was a back and forth high scoring affair. The Jokers went down 2-0 quickly in the first period before goals by Phil Elliott and Jeremy Battye tied things up heading to the second. The second period would see one goal by the Jokers Steve Looze and they would take a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period. In the final period the Balboan’s would score 3 straight goals to take a 5-3 lead. Rob Kurdy would grab a goal with 2:51 remaining to pull within one but Balboa would snag an empty net goal with :12 remaining to ice the victory.

After the 0-2-1 skid the Jokers seemed to sense the urgency and started playing hard for captain Jim Brunetti. On April 14 vs the Hurricanes a very shorthanded Jokers team got a first period goal from Rob Kurdy as he tapped in the ball at the side of the net after a scramble and they somehow made it stand up. Greg Benoit would stop all 29 shots for his second shutout of the season.

The next game was April 22 vs the Tomahawks and the Jokers would take this contest 5-1, Kevin Laprade, Elliott, and Ken Herren would find the back of the net along with 2 goals from leading scorer Battye (who also had 2 assists) to put this one away along with 25 saves from Benoit between the pipes.

Finally, the Jokers would face the Vipers on April 27 in a key contest for both squads, the Jokers coming in at 4-3-1 and the Vipers at 4-3-0. This one would be the Looze and Benoit show as he would score all 4 goals and Benoit stop 40 shots in a 4-0 victory. It may look like an easy win however the game was scoreless all the way into the 3rd period when Herren would snag a loose ball behind the net and feed Looze in front who snapped home the goal and a 1-0 lead at 7:55. A little over a minute later Herren would find Looze again off the side boards and a slap shot over the goalie’s glove to make it 2-0. Looze would go on to add an unassisted goal and finally an empty netter to close it out. Benoit was outstanding in net stopping all 40 shots.

Notes: After the 3 wins the Jokers sit in good position at 5-3-1 and 11 points, tied for second in the division… their final game is against division leader Pure Chaos, who defeated the Jokers 3-2 earlier in the season… Jokers scoring leaders: Battye (6g, 4a), Herren (3g, 5a), Looze (6g, 0a)… Jokers PIM leaders: Duncan (4.50), LaPrade (3.00), Benoit/Orsini, (2.00)… Goalie Greg Benoit has played all 9 games with 3 shutouts and a 2.33 GAA.

Jokers back in W Column with 2-0 Shutout Win

The Jokers of Doom got a boost from its newest member Steve Looze in a 2-0 shutout win over Pure Chaos. Looze scored the first goal just 27 seconds into the second period after a scoreless first. After a blast from the circle by Ken Herren was stopped by the goalie, Kevin LaPrade picked up the rebound and slid a pass over to Looze between the circles who ripped home a quick wrist shot.

After two periods the Jokers were holding tightly to the 2-1 lead and held the shot advantage 15-11. In the third Rob Kurdy would deflect home an insurance goal off of a flicked pass toward the front of the net, assists went to Jeremy Battye and Looze. Goalie Greg Benoit would turn away all 6 Chaos shots in the 3rd with 17 saves in total to grab his first shutout as a Joker.

Notes: Defenseman Mike Bradigo also made his season debut for the jokers… Captain Jim Brunetti remained sidelined with a foot injury, he is probable for the next game… John Condit and Frank Melillo missed the contest for unspecified reasons.

Jokers Fall, 3-2

The Jokers of Doom failed to keep the momentum going after their season opening 4-2 win, coming up short versus the Vipers 3-2 behind a hat trick from John Venditti.

Venditti opened the scoring with a wicked slap-shot after he was left open from the top of the right circle. The Jokers would tie the game on the power play with a long slap-shot from Ken Herren that found it’s way past ex-Jokers goalie Matt Chapman. Unfortunately Venditti nabbed his second goal as he weaved around a couple of defenders to slide home a partial breakaway goal before the first period would end for a 2-1 lead heading to the second.

In the second Venditti would get his 3rd and eventual decisive goal on a power play blast from the point. There would be no further scoring in the second period as both teams pushed with double digit shots on goal but no goals.

The final period would continue with many shots but no goals until Phil Elliott broke through with a long wrist shot that found it’s way to the back of the net. As time wound down the Jokers were unable to pull their goalie for the extra attacker until there were only a few ticks left and were unable to generate pressure or a goal in the late stages.

Notes: The Jokers will next face Ray Glowicki and the 1-0 Pure Chaos on Thursday evening… Frank Melillo and leading score Jeremy Battye were not in the lineup… Greg Benoit played well stopping 28 of 31 shots but falls to 1-1 along with the Jokers… Defenseman Aaron Duncan takes the early PIM lead with 2 penalties in the game.

Jokers Open Spring Season With 4-2 Win Behind Battye’s Hat Trick

The Jokers of Doom opened the spring season with a 4-2 win highlighted by Jeremy Battye’s hat trick. Battye opened the scoring with a goal at 2:25 assisted by Phil Elliott. Then with only 3 seconds left in the first period Kevin LaPrade banged home another goal, assisted by John Condit.

In the second the Tomahawks would net a tip in goal just 34 seconds into the period. However with 1:46 left Battye would pick off a pass and score on a breakaway pushing the lead back to two goals at 3-1.

Finally in the 3rd the Tomahawks again would push closer with a goal at the 2:57 mark after the Jokers were unable to clear the zone. With time winding down the Tomahawks pulled their goalie looking for a tie but Battye would come up with the ball at mid court and fire a wrist shot into the empty net for his 3rd goal and secure the 4-2 win.

The Jokers won’t have much time to enjoy the win – game two of the season is scheduled for Thursday at 7:00pm.

The first period was marred by what could be a major injury to captain Jim Brunetti who hurt his left foot/heel. He was scheduled for an evaluation after the game. Winger Kristie Rochette, and defensemen Jim Salkins and Aaron Duncan were unavailable for game one. New Jokers goalie Greg Benoit stopped 31 of 33 shots for the win.

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