The Saints Ball Hockey Club have been a staple of the Northwest Toronto Ball Hockey League for over two decades winning multiple Championships at varies levels of play. Most of these guys compete on their Tier 4 team as well so it comes to no surprise that these guys love this wonderful sport. Winning never gets old and for these vets its bitter sweet to hoist the Cup in the Masters level of play for the first time since 2012. In that year they were back to back winter and summer Champions. Can they repeat this year?
The team manager is Jack Caruso who in itself should tell you something. Jack is the only active player that is still playing since the Northwest Toronto BHL was created in 1985. Jack brings years of knowledge and dedication to this sport and particular to our league and should be commended for that.
Now the Road to the Championship wasn't an easy task as no Championships are. The Saints finished the regular season in second place just a few points from the division leaders Toronto Jaguars. In the semi-final round the Saints would open against the 2014Fall finalist's Canadians. The Saints had a dangerous team in this round who had underachieved all season. Nelson Medeiros would stop all 20 shots he faced and despite being outplayed the Saints went home with a 2-0 victory. Game two would be the turning point of their playoff run and the Saints would score 5 goals in the first en route to a 5-1 victory and a date in the finals against the Toronto Jaguars.
The finals would be a fierce battle but the Saints never trailed in either games. Game one would be a blood bath as neither team wanted to go down early in the series. The Saints would be led by the wily vet Chris Morrison Jr. with 1 goal and 1 assist. Mauro Mignosa and Tony Pagliaroli would also capitalize making the final 3-2.
Game two was intense without the immaturities and the fans were treated to a fantastic game. The Saints would open a 3-1 lead after one. But hold the horses the Jags would battle back and tie the game midway through the period. Could the Jags send this game to a deciding game three? The Saints had other ideas and again the Magic Man Morrison would come through and score with three minutes remaining. That was it. Nope! Jaguars workhorse Nelson Correia would tie it thirty seconds later and we were knotted at four. The ever so popular sudden death overtime was upon us. Or was it? Mignosa with his second in as many games would seal the victory with just over a minute remaining and would send the Saints bench in a frenzy.
This team had so many candidates for Playoff MVP, Mignosa, Morrison, Gary Jacob, Lou Zaffino but in the end Zaffino would be named Playoff MVP. Congratulations to Jack Caruso and the entire team on a much deserved Championship!