By Franklin Heinzmann
The first game of the night was a semi-final matchup between the number four seed Rocking Chairs and the number one seed Excelsior. Their meeting during the regular season ended 3-1 in favor of Excelsior. The low scoring didn’t repeat, but the intensity sure did. The first half featured Rocking Chairs sending the Excelsior goalie every which way, making her stretch to unusual angles to stop their shots. Excelsior also showed off their long range accuracy, thanks to Rocking Chairs not having a goalie. The first half ended 4-3 Excelsior. The second half started with Excelsior adding a goal to go ahead by two. After ten minutes of back and forth action Rocking Chairs took the lead on a goal by Katrina M. that capped off a nice run getting past the Excelsior defender. Rocking Chairs then added another goal to go ahead 7-5 with five minutes to go. The Rocking Chairs bench went crazy after that goal; the Excelsior bench was stunned in silence. Excelsior was unable to put together a comeback until scoring with twenty seconds left to make it 7-6, but that wasn’t enough. #4 seeded Rocking Chairs pulled off the upset, in what I think is the game, of the season over #1 seeded Excelsior to earn a spot in the championship. The game winning goal scored by Katrina M., of Rocking Chairs, is this week’s Goal of the Week.
In the other semi-final, number two seed Ball Busters faced number three seed Triple B. Ball Busters struck first 12 seconds in. Triple B then matched on a long shot just a few minutes later. With six minutes to go in the half Ball Busters almost put a ball past the Triple B goaltender, but it only dribbled on the goal line and resulted in Triple B. clearing it off the goal line. That didn’t stop Ball Busters from converting another opportunity to give them the 2-1 lead going into halftime. Triple B started off the second half motivated and firing on all cylinders, the team scored three goals in three minutes to take a commanding 4-2 lead over Ball Busters. The dominance continued for Triple B as they added on another four goals while Ball Busters could only put two more on the board. In the end number three seed Triple B upset number two seed Ball Busters defeating them 8-4. Triple B goaltender Sam T. only gave up four goals in a high pressure playoff game so she’s this week’s Goalie of the Week.
In the 8 p.m. game Green Machine faced Bomb Squad. The big highlight of the first half was Bomb Squad’s quickness on offense, it’s what helped them convert a nice two on one opportunity early in the first half to add their third goal to make it 3-0 over Green Machine going into halftime. Bomb Squad’s dominance continued into the second half as they added on another five goals and didn’t let Green Machine put any into the net. Bomb Squad defeated Green Machine 8-0.
In the 9 p.m. match See You Next Monday took on Stick Hookers. The first half was all See You Next Monday. Their 3-0 run to end the first half is what helped them take a 6-1 lead over Stick Hookers into halftime. The second half was more of the same; See You Next Monday destruction. The second half was highlighted by See You Next Monday’s forward Amanda P. putting in four goals to add to her goal that she scored in the first half. See You Next Monday defeated Stick Hookers 10-5. Amanda P. is this week’s Field Player of the Week for scoring five of her team’s ten goals.
The 10 p.m. game between Oldie But Goodie and Black Diamonds was canceled
Bonus Championship Preview
The number three seed Triple B will be taking on the number four seed Rocking Chairs in the Monday Night Field Hockey championship. Both Triple B (4-1-1) and Rocking Chairs(4-2-0) pulled off upsets in their semi-final matchups to earn their spots in the championship. These two teams didn’t face off in the regular season so they won’t be familiar with how each other play. Watching these gladiators battle on the field next Monday night will be quite the treat, especially with pristine navy blue “Epic Center League Champions” t-shirts as the reward.
Next Week’s Schedule
6:00 p.m. Championship: #3 Triple B vs #4 Rocking Chairs
7:00 p.m. 3rd Place Game: #1 Excelsior vs #2 Ball Busters
8:00 p.m. Consolation: #5 Bomb Squad vs #6 See You Next Monday
9:00 p.m. Consolation: #7 Stick Hookers vs #9 Oldie But Goodie
10:00 p.m. Consolation: #8 Green Machine vs #10 Black Diamonds
See you by the timekeeper’s chair!