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Refs help Green to division title, 5-4.

It took a heroic effort to waive off a sure goal, and that was enough to help the Green Party to the win and a first place finish.

There actually was a scenario where all teams could have finished 6-6, and the playoff picture would have been more cloudy than Brian Armand's career stats. And while the other rink did their part, the Gold team would have needed to win in regulation for it all to happen.

Green got on the board first after Jake Steigerwald walked around Rick Armand at the blue line and set up Jim Wilkinson for a bunny goal. JA tied it for gold, and then Chewie and Aizanman traded goals for a 2-2 tie after one.

Gold took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd when Armand went short side on Cooz, and it was looking like all teams would be 6-6 with last place Gold even having a chance to steal first with a tie breaker.

But Rick Breed and the Green Party had other ideas. After Breed missed his clean breakaway attempt, Chewie took the game over scoring two quick ones to give Green the lead 4-3.

Aizanman had missed on 4 or 5 breakaways in this game, but with about 6 minutes to play, he thought he had tied the game. But his shot that sent the water bottle flying was ruled no goal by the senior official. It didn't take long for Green to capitalize, as Chewie and Brian Armand set up Wilkinson for the insurance goal.

That would be the eventual game winner, as John Ambrosino tacked on a last second goal for the 5-4 final.

"Congrats to Phil for wining the scoring title," said Rick Armand. "But if Darren had scored on even half his breakaways, not only would we have taken first place instead of fourth, but I would have won the scoring title."

No word yet if Aizanman was on the Libertarians playoff roster or not.

"The team really rallied, especially us defensemen after we took a downgrade in net for injured Rollie," said Marc Teal. "I mean, I know I've really stepped up my game."

These two teams will meet next week as they start a best of 3.


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