Only two weeks in and every night is filled with excitement. After the dust had settled two teams continue to ride the undefeated wave as the Express and Wings continue their winning ways. Teams are finding their footings and every night you need to show up and play. Here’s a quick look at this week’s games.
Saturday April 28
The Toronto Thunder makes the trek to Niagara and come back with a 5-1 victory. Anytime you can travel to the Falls and bag points it’s a successful trip. The Generals struggle’s continue early in to the season and are winless at home and have another tough task ahead as the Vaughan Red Wings roll into town.
Sunday April 29
The Oshawa Bruins looking for their first win of the season host the visiting Mississauga Hawks. Charlie Giffin scores two early goals and the Hawks leap ahead. Shane Terry’s rocket from center gets the Bruins on the board and two goals later the Bruins have their first win 3-2 and the Hawks their first loss.
The Oakville Rangers looking for their first home victory would face off with the Metro Orangemen. The young Orangemen fire six goals as they come away with a 6-3 victory on the road. The Orangemen even their record at 1-1. Can the OrangeMen continue with the hot sticks?
Monday April 30
On a rainy night in Vaughan the VRW continued their winning streak. St. Mike’s after an outstanding Pre Season Tournament looks to make strides in 2012 a gain a playoff berth. On this night the young Wings are too much to handle as some pretty tic tac toe passing leads to a 4-1 VRW victory.
If the Premier games were fifteen minute periods the Toronto Polar Bears would be flying high. In every game so far till the final ten minutes the Bears are either tied or ahead. On this night a 2-2 tie turns into a 6-2 defeat as the Brampton Express score three late goals to secure the two points.
Wednesday May 2
Our Rogers TV coverage opener at Al Palladini CC saw the Oakville Rangers and the Mississauga Hawks lock horns. The Hawks as usual jump out to a lead only to see it evaporate. An own goal by the Hawks sends the game to a shoot out to decide the extra point. Frank D'Ambrosio scores the winner and the Hawks come away with a 3-2 win.
The highlight game of the week saw last year’s two finalists renew hostilities. Definitely not understatements as these two don’t like each other. A 4-1 Toronto Thunder lead late in the second ends in a 5-4 Brampton Express win. No lead is ever safe when the Express is on the opposite side.
After a big victory at home the Oshawa Bruins looked to extend their winning streak versus St. Michael’s BHC. Both team’s battle hard and a Jon Macri’s goal proves to be the winner as St. Mike’s comes away with a 4-2 victory. Both these clubs have looked good in the early part of year and each club have their sights set on making the post season.
Over at Woodbridge Memorial Arena two of the youngest and fastest teams locked up as the Vaughan Red Wings and Metro Orangemen faced off. Both teams coming off wins looked to continue their winning streaks. Both teams would gain points as regulation ends in a 3-3 tie. The shootout hero was VRW Mike Polesel and the Wings remain undefeated with a 4-3 victory.
Niagara Generals and the Toronto Polar Bears both were looking for their first win of the season and someone would come away with two points and break the goose egg in the win column. This game was not close as an offensive rampage from the Generals sees the second 9-0 score line of the season. The Bears still are searching for their first W of the season.
Week 2 Top Goaltenders
1. Andrew Platt (Bruins) - gains victory 3-2 over the Hawks
2. Craig Flegel (Orangemen) - earns club a three point week
3. Gary Doma (Rangers) - new scenery, same stellar goaltending
Week 2 Top Performers
1. Ian Downes (Generals) - five points in Niagara’s first win
2. Mike Polesel (VRW) - shootout winner
3. Frank D’Ambrosio (Hawks) - game winner