EAST ISLES BC WINS DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLOSING SECONDS
Two weeks ago the East Isles Bandy Club and Tsunami Ice teams played to a low scoring 1-1 tie and when they both qualified for the Division 1 Final, no one expected anything less that another close battle. The hot March sun made the game even more of a battle of wills as speedsters like Andy Schupp and Emra Ozmen of Tsunami Ice and Murphy Dwyer on EIBC were unable to generate enough speed and ball control to get to the net. This resulted in more of an air attack type game in which the team that would make the fewest mistakes would win.
Tsunami Ice struck first when Schupp put Tsunami up 1- 0 after picking off a goalie throw and dangling through the EIBC defense. Tsunami go on the board again when EIBC keeper Adam Talatinick accidently threw the ball backwards into his own net, giving Tsunami a 2-0 lead at half. This small lead would normally not be that big a deal, but with the ice turning to slush in places, it was clear to EIBC that to get back in the game would take some kind of herculean effort. But EIBC kept grinding away, and were rewarded with a goal by Jake McKee and then another goal late in the game by his uncle John Dreyling on scramble off of a cornerstroke, tying the score at 2-2 and setting the table for a dramatic finish.
With the clock ticking down and neither team able to skate any distance with the ball on the slow ice, it looked like a shootout to settle this match was imminent. However, Dwyer made one last rush down the middle that drew a bevy of Tsunami defenders, then slipped a pass wide to a breaking Karl Ulfers, who cruised in and buried a shot past Tsunami keeper Brad Prchal with 9 seconds left to give the stunned but elated EIBC their first title.