With Rjaward defeating Tarlunz this week, the championship picture is getting clearer. Holtzlund has been officially eliminated from the chase, while Meechen has to hope that both Tarlunz and Rjaward lose their last two games (and Meechen win its last one against Meenesanne) for a share of the championship.
Image: the bars are open late in Rjaward tonight!
2 Holtzlund v. Meechen 3: Meechen kept its slim championship hopes alive with a very tight win against the frustrated Axe Men, who could not solve Welneth Ungarth for more than 2 goals in this one. The strong defensive combo of Wujbe Kappe and Bartheel van Abeele helped, blocking 11 shots between them and making 5 “true” hits that gave Meechen possession back in their defensive zone. Henk de Wilde had the game-winner for Meechen at 11:18 left in the third period.
5 Bjaward v. Dohmatische 4: The backup goaltenders for each of these teams (Septembrius Septentarius for Bjaward, Rujs van Oosens for Dohmatische) did not cover themselves with glory in this game. It was the first time this year that Dohmatische has scored more than 3 goals in a single game. By the way, they did not challenge the record for lowest number of goals in a 30-game season. That would be Rachenz-Lassefball’s dubious distinction way back in the year 279, 57 years ago. They scored a grand total of 19 goals while giving up 48 on their way to a 6-12-16 record. They had 9 0-0 ties. Bjaward now goes into its last game with Rjaward with the chance to continue its record of five straight top-6 finishes. They will need to beat Rjaward and Te Staff will need to lose to Tarlunz.
5 Wrischer v. Lojren 3: The Bargemen stopped their skid with a win against te Lughaus, adding an empty-net goal at the end to cap off a strong offensive showing. Beenz Grechtlin, who has done well this campaign despite disappearing for extended stretches from the scoring sheet, got his 17th goal and 10th assist of the season.
2 Meenesanne v. Sajbell 3: Sajbell upped its second-half record to 8-2-3 with this win on the Weavers’ home rink. Meenesanne was down 3-0 at the start of the second period and almost tied it with a Philip Rooker post-ringer just beyond the glove of Gregory Gatekeeper. Rooker’s contract with the Weavers is up after this season and there are rumors he is headed to Te Staff for a large raise from his SCH3,700 current salary.
6 Matexipar v. Atterische 3: Matexipar broke out with a rare show of offensive fireworks. Backup goalie Markus Ortel for Atterische was in net and coach Paul Angewejrt left him in for the full game, despite his being peppered with 33 shots on goal. First-stringer Wujbe Minther, who emerged as a solid option in the crease this year, has become a transfer target as Atterische considers its options for the future. Minter could bring a large amount of income to help the cash-strapped Peat Men. Matexipar’s Ruuduj Klijnsmeets, a defender, had only the second two-goal day for a defender in the BHL this year. The other one is held by Tarlunz’s Luukas Deethereel, who did it versus Open Division club Hijst in the Flowering Branch Cup.
1 Bevinlunz v. Te Staff 1: A defensive stand-off in the city by the Watravbai. Heiko Moordfors made 26 saves and Te Staff’s Korka 28.