Table Hockey League Of Hershey

The 2017 THLH CUP Finals began with the presentation of the 2016-2017 THLH Regular Season Awards.  There were quite a few first time award winners, some winners from the past, some record setters, and some regulars.  Here are your THLH Regular Season Award Winners.

The Scotty Bowman Award for Regular Season Champion, East Hanover Inquistion, 90 points, 42-28-2-4 record.  This is the lowest point total for a regular season champion in the 72 game era.  This point total is the lowest in league history for a regular season champion, the Phoenix Rising were the first THLH Regular Season Champion and recorded 93 points in our first and only 60 game schedule.

The Martin Brodeur Award for Best Goals Against Average, Hummelstown Stingers, 1.07 GAA which shatters the previous record of 1.42 set in 2012-2013.  The Stingers GAA was under 1 going into the last regular season meeting in March.

The Patrick Roy Award for Most Regular Season Shutouts, Hummelstown Stingers, 21 Shut Outs.  Its been three seasons since the last time a team had more than 20 shutouts.  The record is 23.

The Mario Lemieux Award for Most Regular Season Goals by a forward, East Hanover Inquisition, 93-C-Sixtus.  This is the lowest goal total for this award in the history of the THLH.  The next lowest is 115 set in our first season, 60 games.

The Wayne Gretzky Award for Most Regular Season Assists by a forward, Glen Rock Mad Gophers, 41-RW.  This is the first time that the Mad Gophers have won this award.  Again this is the lowest assist total in THLH history.

The Paul Coffey Award, Most Goals Defencemen, New Jersey Phoenix Rising, 15-Potvin-LD.  This will be the third time the Phoenix Rising have taken this award home.

The Bobby Orr Award, Most Assists Defencemen, East Hanover Inquisition, 10-Isabella-RD.  This is a first in a few ways, the Inquisition have never won this award and it is also the first time a woman has won this award in THLH League history.  Breaking the so called glass ceiling.

2016-2017 THLH CUP Playoffs                                                                                                                  

Round #1

The THLH Playoffs began with three first round best of seven series.  The East Hanover Inquisition, Regular Season Champions, received a first round bye.

#7 Lord Stashley of Mount Joy vs #2 Hummelstown Stingers

This turned out to be quite and interesting series.  The Hummelstown Stingers master of the shut out and GAA were a virtual brick wall on home ice during the regular season.  But if you look closely into the statistics they are two games under .500 at home.  Hmmm!  That tells us that they are offensively challenged and it showed on home ice during this series.  The Stingers lose two of three games in this series on home ice, but their netminder Cheevers is a brick wall on the road too.  The Stingers post four shutouts, three on the road, and take the series 4-2 advancing to Round #2.

#5 Glen Rock Mad Gophers vs #4 New Jersey Phoenix Rising

What would the THLH CUP Finals be without a matchup between the Gophers and Rising?  These two meet every year, mark your calendar, set your watch, its going to happen.  These two never disappoint when they go at one another.  In the first three games of the series it was a huge disappointment for the Gophers.  Games 1, 2, and 3 went to the Rising.  Most notable about the first three games?  The Gopher scored 0 goals!  Fortunately the rodent came out of its hole and reeled off three straight victories to force a Game 7.  But that wasn't enough and the Jersey Boys win Game 7 and the series 4-3 advancing to Round #2

#6 Mount Joy Kraken vs #3 Baltimore Sasquatch

If you like goals you would have loved this series.  It seems that these two teams meet up in the playoffs quite regularly and it shows because these two teams know each others netminders quite well, especially their weaknesses.  A total of 37 goals were scored in this series which was dominated early on by the Sasquatch.  It got less wide open in the last three games but the result was inevitable.  The Squatch offense is lethal and they take the series 4-1 and advance to the second round.

Round #2

#4 New Jersey Phoenix Rising vs #1 East Hanover Inquisition

Another match up that seems to happen every year is the Rising vs the Inquisition.  A match up between the THLH two founding fathers.  If a statue of these two is every erected it will most likely be protested and taken down immediately.  The Inquisition seeing its first action of this Playoff year and the first Playoff action for the new state of the art Sunburn Stadium.  The result may not reflect it but this series was extremely tight checking.  Three games went to overtime, all won by the Inquisition.  The result was a 4-0 series win by East Hanover advancing to the THLH CUP Finals.

#3 Baltimore Sasquatch vs #2 Hummelstown Stingers

Another very interesting match up.  Offence vs Defense.  The first four games were split evenly 2 game to 2.  Each team winning once on the others home ice.  Game #5, Series tied 2-2, played at the Hive.  The Stingers and their stingy defence was just that but the Sasquatch found enough offence to pull out a huge 2-1 victory.  Game #6 was back at the Dean Dome and the Squatch dominated winning 4-1 and taking the series 4-2.  The Sasquatch advance to the THLH CUP Finals.

THLH CUP Finals.

#3 Baltimore Sasquatch vs #1 East Hanover Inquisition

This finals match up could be seen coming from a mile away.  The Inquisition, Regular Season Champions, the Sasquatch who if you look closely into the Regular Season Standings you will see they had the best winning percentage in the entire league 0.646.  Their home winning percentage 0.875 is the best in the league also.  The series started well for the Inquisition winning game #1, 3-1.  The Sasquatch were a bit nervous in Game #1 and into Game #2 when the Inquisition took a 2 goals to 0 lead.  During Game #2 the boys from Balmore gained their footing and took over the series.  They fought back and tied Game #2 winning in overtime tying the Series at one game a piece.  Then the Series headed to the Dean Dome home of the Squatch and their abundance of offence.  But if you know anything about the history of these two teams you know that they play very tight defensive games against one another and Game #3 was just that.  Again the Sasquatch pull out an overtime victory, winning Game #3, 2-1.  A crushing defeat for the Inquisition.  Game #4 was a workmanlike win for Baltimore dispatching East Hanover 3-1 taking a stranglehold on the series back to Sunburn Stadium.  The Baltimore Sasquatch were quite confident coming into Game #5 and it showed winning 3-2, and taking the series 4 games to 1.  The Sasquatch handed the Inquisition their first series defeat in THLH CUP Finals history to become the 2016-2017 THLH CUP Finals Champion.

Congratulations to the Baltimore Sasquatch THLH CUP Champion!

KOTR Championship

#3 Glen Rock Mad Gophers vs #1 Hummelstown Stingers

The Glen Rock Mad Gophers defeated the Hummelstown Stinger 2 games to 0 to become the first 3 TIME KOTR CHAMPION!