The Jokers of Doom took a somewhat short handed squad into Friday night’s tilt with Charleston Chiefs with 3 available subs. Through 2 periods the Jokers held their own and findings themselves down 1-0 entering the 3rd period. In the 3rd, the Chiefs would add two more goals to go up 3-0 before the Jokers fought back with goals from Kevin LaPrade and Devon Sylvester to pull within 3-2. Alas, the Chiefs would grab a 4th goal and later add an empty net tally to make the final score 5-2. They will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive on Thursday versus the 0-5 Crusaders.
The Jokers of Doom had dropped their first 3 games of the season by scores of 2-1, 6-2, and 3-1. They were desperate for a win last night vs Big Fish and short on players with only a single bench player. The score was 0-0 after the first period but in the second period Mike Bradigo finally broke through with a shot from the defensive point. It was a bit of a change up but it found it’s way to pay dirt. Later in the second Chris Dickinson picked off a wayward clearing attempt and fed a nice pass down low to Kevin LaPrade who fired a quick wrist shot past the goalie. The second period would end 2-0. In the third, the tired Jokers were trying to hang on when a loose ball and scramble in front of the net produced a Big Fish goal. The score was now 2-1 and the opponent pulled the goalie and attacked the net but in the end it was not to be as Jokers goalie Fernando Gomez withstood the barrage and preserve the victory.
Notes: The shorthanded Jokers had a lineup of Ken Herren, Chris Dickinson, Jim Brunetti, and Kevin LaPrade for offense and Richie Orsini and Mike Bradigo on defense… the Jokers were out shot 30-19… Frank Melillo was eligibile to return from his 3 game suspension but was unavailable for the game… next game is Saturday July 8 at 1:00pm vs Springfield Chiefs
The Jokers of Doom welcomed back a couple of teammates of the past in the season opener as defenseman Pete Hughes, winger Ray Glowicki, and center Kevin LaPrade returned for the summer. It was not a happy return though, as the new-look Jokers were a bit short on players and couldn’t overcome the Vikings in a 2-1 loss. Overall the team played well including out-shooting their opponent 30-19 but couldn’t punch through a second goal after taking a 1-0 lead on a Glowicki put-back off of a rebound in the second period. Ken Herren squandered two quality chances missing high on a cross goal pass from Devon Sylvester in the 2nd and firing a breakaway shot low and just wide of the net in the 3rd. The Jokers kept the pressure on even getting a power play and a 6-4 man advantage with their net empty for the last minute but couldn’t capitalize.
Notes: Fernando Gomez got the start in net and stopped 17 of 19 shots… Frank Melillo served game 1 of his 3 game suspension from last season’s playoff game melee… Jokers next take on the Tomahawks Thursday June 15 at 10:00pm.
The Jokers of Doom played very well at the end of the spring 2017 season to secure a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they ended up in the 4th position and a date with top seed Springfield Chiefs. Things did not go well from the start as the team found itself down 1-0 quickly in the first and couldn’t stop the onslaught as the lead eventually grew to 6-0 before Ken Herren finally flipped in a goal mouth pass to make it 6-1. A violent scuffle in the 3rd period would result in the ejection of 2 players including veteran Frank Melillo. The game would end with a final score of 7-1. The Jokers will look to improve in the upcoming summer session which will include an 8 team division. Captain Jim Brunetti is working the phones hard to fill out the roster.
It’s over. The Jokers rode a 4 game win streak into a playoff berth and had a chance to improve their standing to 3rd place in the division with a win or tie versus Charleston Chiefs. Although the momentum was there the effort was not in a lackluster 6-2 thumping. After being down 2-0 after one period there was signs of life as the deficit would only be 3-2 after two periods on goals by leading scorer Josh Berrelli and Dave Dreschler on a nifty intercept and quick shot goal. It would all fall apart in the decisive 3rd period on 3 goals by the Chiefs to close it out. Once again shots on goal were hard to come by as the Jokers could only manage 17, getting out shot overall 31-17. With the loss, the Jokers find themselves in 4th place and a very tough matchup versus the number 1 seed Springfield Chiefs on Tuesday May 30 at 8:00pm. In their single game during the season, the Springfield Chiefs won, 7-5.
Notes: Fernando Gomez made 25 saves and ends the regular season with a 3-3 record and will be the starting goalie in the playoffs due to Tim Fisher not having enough games played… Jim Brunetti, Ken Herren, Rich Orsini, Jimmy Dowd, Josh Berrelli, Frank Melillo, and Devon Sylvester all confirmed to return next season… Rumors of a Kevin LaPrade return also continue to swirl, no comment from captain Jim… Top 3 scorers: Berrelli 17 points (14g, 3a), Dreschler 14 (5g, 9a), Herren 10 (6g, 4a).