Roller Hockey: Oilers Were Slimed by Slugs in Sportime Final

The game provided an interesting matchup
The Yellow Slugs are the reigning Sportime adult roller hockey league champions. Jack Graves

   The Yellow Slugs were anything but sluggish as they defeated the favored Oilers 6-3 in the spring adult roller hockey final at the Sportime Arena on June 4.
    And they did it despite conceding the Oilers four power plays, three of which resulted from penalties assessed the Slugs’ slick and quick forward Neil Powell.
    The game provided an interesting matchup inasmuch as Tommy Powell, Neil’s brother, was in the goal for the Oilers. Neil got the better of Tommy on two occasions in the first half, with Matt Brierley adding another for a 3-0 halftime lead.
    But Tyler Jarvis, the Oilers’ star, could not be denied: His hat trick in the second half pulled his team even with 4 minutes and 48 seconds left to play.
    It was all Slugs after that, however. Brierley made it 4-3 off a give-and-go with P.J. Beckwith, and with 3:15 left on the clock, John Amicucci, assisted by Powell’s perfect pass, made it 5-3. With 2:29 remaining, Powell delivered the coup de grace as he beat his brother for the third time that night.
    Besides Powell, Brierley, Amicucci, and Beckwith, the other Slugs were Marc Lowlicht, Mike McLoughlin, Justin Agnello, Dan D’Albora, and Dodge, the goalie.
    The Oilers’ lineup, besides Jarvis, included Mike Murphy, James Keogh, Ray Curtin, Dan Cebulski, Barney Sloan, Joe Barbaria, and Justin Leland.
    The Penguins easily defeated the Heat 5-2 in the consolation game. Michael Glass scored four of the Penguins’ goals. Chris Rydberg had the other. Robby Greene, the Heat’s goalie, made 52 saves. Kyle Mannix, the Penguins’ keeper, was credited with 22. Rob Jahoda and Jim Lagarenne scored for the Heat.
    In other Sportime news, Sportime’s women’s indoor soccer (futsal) team capped an undefeated season by defeating Los Andesitas 2-1 in the spring final Sunday. Anna Strong broke the ice with a first-half goal, adding to her league-leading mark. An own goal off a Sportime defender evened it up in the second half, but a goal by Lisa Frisicano, the tournament’s most valuable player, clinched the championship for Sportime with five minutes left in regulation.
    Sportime has a number of programs lined up for the summer. Basketball leagues for 18-and-up players are to begin June 24. Games are to be played Monday nights at 8 and 9. Sportime, according to its manager, Mike Ritsi, will provide referees, team jerseys, and prizes. The fee is $150 per player.
    A youth roller hockey league for 5-through-10-year-olds is to begin July 9. Games are to be played Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6. Sportime will provide refs, jerseys, and prizes. The player fee is $150. A free youth hockey session will be held Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Ritsi.
    A junior volleyball clinic for boys and girls ages 11 to 17 is to begin July 8. The sessions will be held Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. “Expert coaches will teach the fundamental techniques of passing, serving, setting, spiking, and defense,” Ritsi said. “The players will participate in position-specific drills, combination drills, and scrimmages. This is a great program for young players who aspire to play for their school teams or for older players who want to practice in the off-season.”
    The fee is $150 per player; $95 for those on Sportime’s Waves teams.