A North Coast Hockey League house rule led to a rather unconventional game Sunday as the Jungletraders battled KHMB-FM.
The recreational league has a “hat trick” rule to prevent highly skilled players from dominating the puck and allow newer players a chance to participate more in the games. Under this rule, a player who has scored three goals, also known as a “hat trick” in hockey, cannot score again unless their team is losing.
This rule usually assures more even games, but Sunday was different.
Neither of the designated goalies could make the game, putting rookies in net. That resulted in a high-scoring game. At six minutes into the third period, all five Jungletraders players had scored a hat trick, and nobody on the team was allowed to score again until the team was behind.
“We basically maxed out our goal-scoring potential,” said Jungletraders coach Kevin Lansing.
With no offensive threat, KHMB-FM pulled its goalie and played five against four with an empty net. The team put five more goals on the scoreboard in the last nine minutes of the period, tying the game 15-15 and pushing it into overtime.
In the first six seconds of overtime, guest player Pablo Jaramillo scored for KHMB-FM with a breakaway, winning the game 16-15.
“I have to say I was pretty surprised,” said Lansing. “At one point we had a five-goal lead. That was a defensive breakdown on our part. We only had one man back instead of two. I’ll take the blame for that one.”
Despite the strangeness of it all, Lansing said nobody on his team seemed upset.
“I think the kids had fun,” he said. “They took it all in stride.”
Real Estate Funding Service 8
Raul Castillo 3
Real Estate Funding dominated the first two periods, shutting down Raul Castillo 8-0 with hat tricks by both Michael Brozovich and Jeremy Raffai and a goal each for Zoe Wilson and Macklin Loubal. Raul Castillo rallied in the third period, putting three goals on the board with goals by Wilhelmine Sommer, Matteo Haro and Madelynn Haro.
Dr. Sheppard 7
Dr. Moody 5
An empty net for Dr. Sheppard, which was missing a goalie, contributed to an early 5-4 lead for Dr. Moody. Things picked up for Dr. Sheppard in the second period with guest goalie Max Dill in net denying any more goals to the opposition.
The Eblovi brothers carried the day for their team, with hat tricks for both Junuh and Deaglan Eblovi. Teammate Max Levin also connected with the net. Cody Moulton scored four goals for Dr. Moody in defeat, with one goal from Cash Kopping and an impressive 15 saves for Dr. Moody goalie Julie Nair.
Premier Termite 5
Max Dill and Emil Al-Shaikh were the Goldworks dynamic duo, leading their team to victory with a hat trick and two assists for Dill and a hat trick and one assist for Al-Shaikh. Matthew Wylie also put one on the board, with a beautiful cross pass from Dill, and contributed to Brady Baer’s rebound goal. Michael Slye shone for Premier Termite, skating end to end and deking out the entire team to earn his hat trick, with his final goal just two seconds before the end of the game, but it was not enough to catch Goldworks. Aiden Moore and Lukas Slusher also scored in defeat.
HMB Lion’s Club 9
KHMB-FM 100.9 5
A pair of goals by Nicholas Davis sealed the win. Pablo Jaramillo and Alex Stevens scored a hat trick each. Max Hunter delivered a hat trick for KHMB-FM, along with a pair of goals by Evan Reeves, both assisted by Johnny Brozovich.