Jokers of Doom Win Season Opener, 4-3

The Jokers entered the Winter season with a revamped roster after having difficulties and forfeiting the entire season after only 3 games. New additions included defenseman Jim Salkins, his son Garrett (forward), defenseman John Condit, and goalie Andy Pettola.

The game didn’t start off well against Hockey Balboa as Dave Shupenis blasted in a long slap shot to open the scoring in the first period. New addition Condit tied the score with his own slap shot from the point. The Balboans would add another goal off of a Jokers giveaway as the first period would end in a 2-1 deficit.

After a lone goal in the second period by Ken Herren, he would stay hot in the 3rd by firing a wrist shot over the blocker on a feed from Garrett Salkins after a 2 on 1 breakout. Herren would complete the natural hat trick with a long blast that changed direction and found the corner of the net for a 4-2 lead that held until the final seconds where the Balboans would get one more goal on a point shot for a 4-3 final. Overall –  a solid victory to start the season.

Notes: The younger Salkins netted two assists and father Jim was very solid on the back line… Goalie Andy Pettola assisted on Herren’s 2nd goal… The Jokers were out-shot 23-19 and were 0-2 on the power play… Josh Berrelli missed the contest for undisclosed reasons.

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