Reds Rout Blues 10-2 in Sportime’s Roller Hockey Final

“We came ready to play and they were flat.”
Ray Curtin, of the winning Red team, tested the Blues’ goalie, Tommy Powell, with a slap shot. Jack Graves

After the winter season roller hockey final at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett had ended on Feb. 25, with the Black team having edged Tyler Jarvis’s Grey team 7-6, Khloe Goncalves, the Grey team’s 16-year-old goalie, said she’d be back.

And indeed she was, in the spring final on May 20, allowing the Blue team only two goals as Jarvis and Goncalves’s other Red team teammates poured in 10 — six by Jarvis himself, who is the league’s premier player.

Interestingly, the losing team’s goalie, Tommy Powell, had the best save percentage of the league’s half-dozen goalies during the regular season, not to mention the fact that the two games the same teams had played in the regular season were close.

“I don’t know what happened to them,” Jarvis said later in the week. “We came ready to play and they were flat.”

Though Goncalves was “phenomenal,” he said, “our defense [Justin Agnello, Ray Curtin, and Matt Rice] was fantastic too. If there were an M.V.P. award, I’d give it to them, to the defense and our goalie.”

Following the winter final, Dodge, who tended the goal for the winning Black team, said, “The only way we were able to score on her was up top.”
Goncalves, who plays on two top travel teams out of the Rapid Fire Arena in Center Moriches, must have practiced parrying those high shots in the past couple of months, for she turned away slap shot after slap shot taken by the Blue team, and by Kris Klosterman in particular.
Apparently frustrated, Klosterman, who scored a goal in the first half, but was shut out thereafter, went after Jarvis on the boards near the rout’s end. Both drew penalties from Dan Cebulsky, the referee, because of the altercation.

Jarvis, as aforesaid, finished with six goals. The other four were scored by Agnello, Rice, Curtin, and Marc Lowlicht.

“The Blue team’s good,” Cebulsky said afterward, “but they didn’t show up tonight, by which I mean that they didn’t play as a team.”

The Reds found themselves a man-down in the early going, when Lowlicht was sidelined for two minutes for tripping. But the Red defense held, and when the teams were even again Jarvis scored three goals in as many minutes. Nine minutes shy of the break, Agnello beat Powell from about 10 yards out, and a coast-to-coast score by Jarvis, who weaved with ease in and out of defenders, made it 5-1 with 2:01 to go.

The Red team continued to pour it on in the second half. Jarvis fed Rice for 6-1, after which Curtin made it 7-1. Lowlicht then missed an open cage, but soon atoned with a goal of his own, which upped the lead to 8-1.

With the Blue team’s Mike Murphy in the sin bin for two minutes, the Reds put two more by Powell for 10-1. It was at that point that Klosterman lost it.

Jarvis led the league with 49 goals and 24 assists in the regular season, almost three times as many points as the runner-up, Matt Brierley, who had 20 goals and 6 assists.

Jarvis said the summer season was to have begun Tuesday. Meanwhile, Goncalves, a national all-star, is to play next in the North American Roller Hockey championships’ regional qualifier, in Pittsburgh, this weekend. The NARCh national finals are to be played in Florida in July.

Goncalves is also to compete in the State Wars roller hockey championships in Fort Wayne, Ind., that are to be contested between July 30 and Aug. 10.

Besides adult hockey, the Sportime Arena, according to its director, Mike Ritsi, will also offer five weeks of volleyball play and instruction to players entering the seventh and eighth grades, beginning July 7, and a one-day New York Knicks basketball clinic, with Larry Johnson, among other instructors, on June 14. The spring season’s futsal (indoor soccer) finals will be that night.

“All of our programs have been growing,” said Ritsi. “The kids are learning how to play many different sports . . . soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball . . . it’s all great stuff.”
 

Khloe Goncalves and the Red team celebrated their 10-2 triumph after the playoff final. Jack Graves