Make it five for five for the Toronto Thunder as for the fifth straight time they have reached the Championship Series of the Premier Downsview Park Fall/Winter season. Another one goal game versus St. Michael’s BHC saw MVP Defencemen Rick Daponte unleash a rocket slap shot from just over center that finds the back of the net and is the game winner in a 2-1 Thunder victory. Daniel Freitas opened the scoring for the Thunder. St Mikes Captain Wil Trougakos would score late on the PP to pull his club within one. A frantic finish saw St. Mike’s pepper Dan Giffin in the Thunder goal but the Team Canada goaltender would hold the fort and ensure the Thunder a berth in the finals. St. Michael’s have to hold their heads high as their determination and desire were the driving force that saw them battle in two one goal games against the high powered offence of the Thunder. Can you name the four previous teams that the Thunder has faced in the finals of the DPBHL’s seasons? Not an easy question but if you guessed NY Leafs, Danforth Demons, Metro Orangemen and Central Red Army, you were right. So the Thunder now sits and waits to see who their next opponent will be.
With their backs against the wall the Brampton Express would not go down easy. The young upstart Vaughan Red Wings came into game two one win away from reaching the Championship round in their first try at the Premier level. With a packed house many waited anxiously for the ball to drop. The Vaughan Red Wings would find themselves down a man just three minutes in to the game. The feisty penalty killers would do their job and just as the penalty ended Daniel Alonzi would give the Wings an early 1-0 lead. The veteran Express club did not panic. Jim Tabas would knot the score at ones as he bats a shot through a maze that finds its way past Ferrante in the Wings goal. Four minutes later the Express would take the lead as Tony Montiero with his second goal of the series off a pass from Marc Parravano makes the score 2-1. The second period would see neither team find the back of the net. The Express were granted a five minute PP with a high sticking penalty assessed to Frankie Grisonich of VRW but were unable to widen their lead. An ugly scene behind the Express bench had the game stopped for fifteen minutes. A new rivalry may have been born. Once the dust had settled a third and deciding game will be needed to decide who will face the Toronto Thunder in the Championship series. Will it be the upstart Vaughan Red Wings or will it be the defending Premier Champion’s the Brampton Express. All will be decided in thirty minutes of edge of your seats action as both clubs look to advance.
SF Game 2 Top Goaltenders
1. Dave DiGironimo (Express) - extends series
2. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - another outstanding performance
3. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - back in form
SF Game 2 Top Performers
1. Rick Daponte (Thunder) - what a shot, game winner
2. Tony Montiero (Express) - game winner, sniper comes through in clutch
3. Massimo Principe (Thunder) - driving force all game long
Game three action will take place on Sunday February 26 at 9:00pm. Seats are limited so get their early, bring your pop corn and enjoy the action. Finals begin Monday night.