Jokers live up to name in AHA Summer League

For the second consecutive summer, a selection of C3 Spiders along with friends from the C3 Wingmen hit the summer ice for the AHA summer league, competing at Level 5 (C3 equivalent).

As is the AHA’s summer league tradition, the league named teams with a specific theme, and this season was a selection of comic book villains, and the name chosen for the Spiders/Wingmen is perhaps the most appropriate label ever for an adult hockey team: the Jokers.

And the team did its best to live up to the name throughout the summer. While the season started out strong, the comic book theme crept up on the Jokers, and banished the team, first to its customary evil lair (the penalty box), and finally crumpled and discarded for a more compelling villain story line. And after a not-as-close-as-it-seemed plot twist in the first playoff game, the Jokers were free to return to their more traditional summer activities outside, namely golf instead of hockey.

In the regular season, the Jokers went .500, 5–5–2, including a three-game losing streak to close out the regular season, finishing in 5th place (out of 9).

In the single-elimination post-season, the Jokers lost first to the referees, then to the Riddlers (C2 Moose), 4–3. Those Riddlers then knocked off the first-place Azraels (C3 Maroons) in the following round to earn a ticket to the final vs. the sixth-seeded Ras Al Ghuls (C3 Leafs, captained by former Wingmen/Grape-Nut Chad Nissen). The Riddlers were duly shut down, losing 6–1 to the Ras Al Ghuls, who took home the trophy.

In the stat leaderboards, the Jokers made a few appearances:

  • Point leaders

    • Sean Murphy (15; tied for 6th place)
  • Goal-scoring leaders

    • None
  • Assist leaders

    • Sean Murphy (10; tied for 2nd place)
  • PIM leaders

    • Harry Long (16; tied for 4th place)
    • Though Dave Lavigne would make a solid showing in the penalty box in the playoffs, putting his season total at 16 PIM as well.
  • Goaltender John Fleischhacker finished in 6th place among full-time goalies with an 89.32 save percentage and 3.55 goals against average.

In all, a fun summer, and a great way to beat the heat, even if the humidity occasionally led to clouds forming inside the rink.

Season recap

Standings

Jokers Standings Summary
GP W L T OTL P GF GA PIM
13 5 6 2 0 12 37 44 98
Summer 2014 L5 Standings (Regular Season)
Team GP W L T OTL P GF GA PIM
Azraels 12 10 2 0 0 20 45 28 54
Penguins 12 9 2 1 0 19 49 25 28
Deadshots 12 7 2 3 0 17 49 37 58
Riddlers 12 5 4 3 0 13 46 38 102
Jokers 12 5 5 2 0 12 34 40 80
Ras Al Ghuls 12 4 5 3 0 11 35 32 60
Scarecrows 12 4 7 0 1 9 45 38 58
Banes 12 2 9 1 0 5 32 62 44
Two Faces 12 1 10 1 0 3 25 60 80

Post-season

Summer 2014 L5 Standings (Post-Season)
Team GP W L T OTL P GF GA PIM Diff
* Level 5 champion
Ras Al Ghuls (6) * 3 3 0 0 0 6 14 3 12 11
Riddlers (4) 3 2 1 0 0 4 12 11 30 1
Scarecrows (7) 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 6 8 1
Banes (8) 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 7 8 0
Azraels (1) 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 9 2 -2
Jokers (5) 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 20 -1
Penguins (2) 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 2 -2
Two Faces (9) 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 8 -3
Deadshots (3) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 10 -5

Scoreboard

Summer 2014 L5 Jokers Scoreboard (Regular Season)
Date Time (CT) Arena Home Away
Sun., Jun. 1, 2014 8:00 p.m. SLP E Penguins 8 Jokers 3
Wed., Jun. 4, 2014 9:45 p.m. SLP E Scarecrows 2 Jokers 3
Tue., Jun. 10, 2014 9:30 p.m. Richfield 2 Jokers 2 Deadshots 2 OT
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014 7:15 p.m. Richfield 2 Azraels 2 Jokers 3
Sun., Jun. 22, 2014 9:15 p.m. Richfield 1 Jokers 2 Scarecrows 1 OT
Sun., Jun. 29, 2014 6:00 p.m. Breck Ras Al Ghuls 3 Jokers 5
Tue., Jul. 8, 2014 7:40 p.m. Braemar E Jokers 3 Banes 4
Mon., Jul. 14, 2014 9:20 p.m. Braemar W Two Faces 1 Jokers 4
Sun., Jul. 20, 2014 6:15 p.m. SLP E Jokers 4 Riddlers 4 OT
Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 9:15 p.m. Richfield 1 Jokers 0 Penguins 4
Sun., Aug. 3, 2014 7:30 p.m. Richfield 1 Deadshots 7 Jokers 4
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014 9:45 p.m. SLP E Jokers 1 Azraels 2
Summer 2014 L5 Jokers Scoreboard (Post Season)
Date Time (CT) Arena Home Away
Sun., Aug. 17, 2014 6:00 p.m. Braemar E Riddlers 4 Jokers 3

Stats

Player stats – Summer 2014 Season (Full Season)
# Player Pos GP G A P PP SH GWG PIM
  • C = Captain
  • A = Alternate Captain
  • S = Substitute player
  • G = Goalie
19 Murphy, S. C 12 6 10 16 3 0 0 4
17 Sommerness, D. C, W 13 6 3 9 0 0 0 12
20 Tolstoyka, Z. RW 13 3 6 9 0 0 1 2
11 Grotbeck, E. C, D 12 6 3 9 0 0 1 8
16 Berman, P. LW 12 1 6 7 0 0 0 4
5 Schuster, D. RW 10 2 3 5 0 0 0 2
9 Litton, J. (C) D 12 1 4 5 1 0 0 2
10 Unwin, K. (A) LW 10 4 1 5 1 0 1 10
13 Lavigne, D. RW 7 0 5 5 0 0 0 16
93 Schroeder, M. (A) D, W 12 3 2 5 0 0 1 6
7 Long, H. D 10 0 3 3 0 0 0 16
8 Droullard, R. D, W 11 2 1 3 0 0 0 0
12 Byland, T. D, RW 8 1 2 3 0 0 0 2
77 Sutton, B. D 11 1 2 3 0 0 0 8
68 Farner, G. RW 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 6
21 Ziemer, P. LW 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
30 Fleischhacker, J. G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 13 37 53 90 5 0 4 98
Goalie stats – Summer 2014 Season (Full Season)
# Goalie GP GA GAA SA Sv% W L T OTL SO
  • G = Goalie
  • SG = Sub-Goalie
30 Fleischhacker, J. 12 43 3.58 391 0.890 4 6 2 0 0
1 Bauer, A. (SG) 1 1 1.00 31 0.968 1 0 0 0 0
Totals: 13 44 3.38 422 0.896 5 6 2 0 0

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