Faction Media claims winter title in OT

LAKEWOOD, Colo — Clockwork Orange and Faction Media took the inaugural West Denver Hockey League championship game into overtime before Steve Dwyer scored Faction’s seventh goal of the game to win, 7-6 at Foothills Ice Arena on Monday night. [Game Box Score]

Faction Media after winning the WDHL championship on Monday, April 7, 2022 at Foothills Ice Arena in Lakewood, Colo.
(Photo by Joe Mahoney/WestDenverHockeyLeague.com)

Clockwork’s Ed Tokarski and Jason Cooper opened the scoring with Tokarski’s power play goal at 12:56 in the first on Faction defenseman Randy Howlett’s interference minor penalty. Two and a half minutes later Faction’s Marc Offut took a feed from line mate Craig Graham to tie the game. A minute later, Offut added an unassisted score to give Faction a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

Faction co-captain Howlett added an unassisted goal and stretched Factions lead to 3-1 at 10:35 in the second period.

Clockwork’s offense surged with four unanswered goals in the second. Peter Kubik scored with an assist by Steve Larzelere at 8:12. Nine second later WDHL goals-leader Darin Smith, of Clockwork, scored from Tokarski who then completed his hat trick with goals at 6:02 and 3:10 to give Orange a 5-3 advantage.

Clockwork Orange forward Ed Tokarski (10) scores his third goal of the game at 3:10 in the second period against Faction Media goalie Tim Havens. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/WestDenverHockeyLeague.com)

Faction narrowed Orange’s lead at 13:46 in the third with Offut’s third goal of the game coming from a John Matthew assist. Howlett added a power play goal on Orange’s Tokarski hooking minor.

Orange defenseman Paul Schuette capitalized on Jon Pagnozzi’s holding penalty with a goal from Justin Starr and Darin Smith at 8:49 to give Orange a 6-5 lead with half a period remaining.

Offut tied the game at 2:25 on with a power play goal assisted by Howlett and Dywer off Orange’s Kubik’s tripping minor. Regulation time expired with the teams deadlocked, 6-6.

Faction Media’s Marc Offut, left, and Steve Dyer celebrate Dyer’s overtime goal against Clockwork Orange goalie Robert Bolan during the league championship game at Foothills Ice Arena in Lakewood, Colo. Faction won 7-6.
(Photo by Joe Mahoney/WestDenverHockeyLeague.com)

Overtime saw each team record one shot on goal as Faction’s Dyer slipped a wrist shot from the high slot past Clockwork goalie Robert Bolan at 2:51 to give Faction the league title.

Clockwork Orange center Darin Smith, middle, congratulates Faction Media winger Chris Barsch after Faction’s 7-6 overtime victory in the WDHL championship game April, 7, 2022 at Foothills Ice Arena in Lakewood, Colo.
(Photo by Joe Mahoney/WestDenverHockeyLeague.com)

Faction Media 2021-22

John Matthew III, Captain
Randy Howlett, CaptainĀ 

Chris Bartsch
Mitch Drantch
Steve Dyer
Sean Goodpasture
Craig Graham
Tim Havens
Kevin Howland
Tim Maloney
Seth Nims
Marc Offutt
Chuck Oppenlander
Jon Pagnozzi
Rand Peterson
Tom Riegle
Matt Smolenski
Dave Stevens

Gallery of game photos coming soon….

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