The Premier Season opened its 2012 season on four fronts and saw eight of the ten teams gain at least one point. The season opened with exciting games and week two has another full slate of games. Please note that the new stats site will be launced on May 1 and the new www.premierballhockey.ca website will be launced in the coming weeks. You can also follow @ballhockeylive on Twitter with up to the minute live scores.
Here is a quick recap of week one action. Opening day saw the surprise St. Michael’s Ball Hockey Club continue their fine play with a 5-2 victory over the Generals in Niagara. Captain William Trougakos and Jon Macri lead the way with two goals and an assist each. St. Mike’s continues to make a statement that they are ready to contend.
Travelling to Oshawa the defending Premier Champions the Brampton Express opened the season with a hard fought 4-1 victory over the Bruins. Premier scoring wizard Frankie Giustini with a goal and two helpers leads the offence to a road victory.
The Vaughan Red Wings and Oakville Rangers both opened their inaugural Premier season in Oakville on Sunday night. The Rangers had their home opener spoiled by the VRW as the young Wings come away with a 9-0 victory. Steve Ceccanese with five points and Sam Renda with four points are too much to handle as the Wings open in fine fashion.
The revamped Mississauga Hawks opened with a shootout victory over the visiting Niagara Generals. The Hawks blew a 2-0 lead late in the game as the Generals score two goals in a 44 second span to gain a point on the road. A shootout goal from Charlie Giffin secured his club a 3-2 win and an extra point with the penalty shot winner.
The Metro Orangemen looking for an opening night victory had to contend with the Toronto Thunder. The young Orangemen looked poised for two points as they opened up a 3 -2 lead at half. A pair of goals by Jason Arruda steals the thunder from the Orangemen on opening night making the final 5-3.
On Wednesday night both the Oshawa Bruins and Oakville Rangers travelled to Vaughan to faceoff for the first time in history. An intense battle saw the Bruins open up 2-0 and 4-2 leads. The Rangers would not be denied on this night and a pair of goals from Dave Peragine would send this game to a shootout. Peragine and Jesse Calabro, with the game winner in the shootout, would give their expansion franchise its first ever victory 5-4.
The Mississauga Hawks versus the Toronto Polar Bears was the final game of the opening week. The Hawks would come out flat and the Bears take advantage and would open up a 3-2 first period lead. The Hawks, looking to leap frog to the division lead, stormed back and newly signed Wes Barbowski would draw the Hawks even at three’s. Minutes later the Hawks would score again and an empty netter would seal the deal 5-3 Hawks.
Week 1 Top Goaltenders
1. Gary Doma (Rangers) - earns first victory in Oakville Rangers history
2. Ralph Pellicori (Hawks) - two wins to open season
3. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - first shutout of the new season
Week 1 Top Performers
1. Will Trougakos (St. Mike’s) - captain tallies a three point opening night
2. Frankie Giustini (Express) - scoring wizard nets a goal and two assists in season opener
3. Jason Arruda (Thunder) - scores a pair including winning goal in his Thunder debut