FORESTRY HOCKEY LEAGUE:GM starches Blue Collar, Bear trumps Serenity

In Forestry Hockey League action last week, Fraser River GM beat up on Blue Collar and Bear Communications skipped past Serenity Builders.

The threat of bringing in some replacement parts obviously caught the attention of the Chevy Boys who mistook the Halloween season for a Valentines’ Day massacre of Blue Collar who posted their second straight debacle, this one of the 9 – zip variety. 

Despite BCS utilizing a teenager in their net, the Rivermen showed no mercy as a savage six dominated the score sheet like the current edition of the Kangaroos.

Igniting the GM offensive explosion was (Silent but deadly) Seth Phillips who notched the winner and added two assists as Chad (The Comet) Swanson scored four outrageous goals on his way to a six-pack morning. 

Lighting the lamp twice apiece and combining for six assists were (Sugar) Shane Baker and (Slim) Jim Kurta as (Captain) Chris Royle and Scott (Little Softy) Fairless both collected two assists with Fairless adding his obligatory two trips to the sin bin.

Collecting the first ever shut-out for Fraser River was Peter (The Wolf) Andrews whose howls of delight were heard all the way to Kersley. 

With BCS now having been outscored 18-1 in their past two contests, look for a couple of blockbuster trades to occur as they try and bolster up a defence that is already sporting a minus 27 differential.

The other match featured two squads with only one combined loss in their first seven contests and when the chips were down it was Bear Communications who pulled ahead as they caught runners on the flop and river to collect a sixth straight win, 4-2 over Serenity.

Opening up the scoring for the Bears was Brody (Booboo) Neighbour who also assisted on Mitch (Size) Matter’s first of the season. 

The hotly contested affair had more than its share of controversy as the Builders first goal this season versus (Mad) Mike Enemark off a Dale (Evans) Bubela shot was only rumoured to be over the line until Enemark’s pads were gingerly turned and the referee called it a goal, much to Enemark’s chagrin. 

Later, Serenity’s fastest skater Ian (Heartbreaker) Hannah busted down the wing and buried a shot from the left face-off circle to knot the score at two’s. 

That’s when the true identity of the squads was revealed as Serenity seemed content to nurse out a tie and the Communicators were hell bent on retaking the lead which is exactly what they did when Lee (Nitro) Naeth converted a perfect goal mouth pass from Gord (Sockeye) Salmons. 

A late goal from Bears’ Troy (The Magician) McMillan completed the scoring and extended his personal point streak to eight straight games.

Steve Dodge is a defensive winger for Serenity Builders and an Observer contributor.