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PREMIER UPDATE WEEK 3 & 4

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Premier BHLWeek three saw all teams in action. The Hawks had a huge week with two big games versus both the Express and Red Wings. St. Mike’s travelled to Oakville to face their old mentor now the head coach of the Rangers and the Vaughan Red Wings face a big test on the road in Niagara.

In Niagara
The young Vaughan Red Wings took flight to Niagara and came away with a 4-2 victory over the Generals. Mike Polesel with a three point night was enough offence as the Wings keep their undefeated streak alive reaching four straight victories to start the season.

In Oshawa
The Toronto Thunder rebounding from a last minute loss to the Express three days earlier come back with a vengeance and beat the Bruins 6-2. Paul Duarte, Massimo Principe and Marco Goncalves all have multi point games as the Thunder take this one on the road.

In Oakville
St. Michael’s travel to face their old head coach as Elio Pascuzzo and the Rangers played host. A slew of penalties late in the game allowed the Rangers to escape with a 4-3 victory on home floor. The loss by St. Mike’s overshadowed a hat trick by all-star forward Jon Macri on the night.

Woodbridge Memorial Arena May 7
The Toronto Polar Bears and the Metro Orangemen entered this game both needing points. Luckily they both would gain at least one each as regulation ends 4-4. The Bears looking for their first win would get it from a Chris Monaghan shootout goal final 5-4 Bears.

The Mississauga Hawks would face the Brampton Express as Matt Tremblett would face his old mates as a member of the Hawks in regular season play. The reunion would be a bitter one for Matt as the Express come away with a 5-2 victory. DiGironimo makes many big saves in the victory.

Al Palladini CC May 9
A tough test for the Toronto Polar Bears as they faced the Toronto Thunder and try to build on their first win of the season. A come from behind game saw Jeff Wilson, the Premier scoring leader, tie the game with two minutes left. Off season pick up Sandro Mignosa scores the shootout winner and the Bears win their second game 6-5.

The Metro Orangemen would face off against St. Michael’s BHC as both teams look to make ground on each other. The Orangemen would come back from a 4-2 deficit to force a shootout as the game ends 4-4. St. Mike’s would not give away the extra point and a 5-4 victory sends St.Mikes away with max points.

Vaughan Red Wings entering a tough stretch that sees them play the Hawks, Express, Generals and Thunder twice opened on a positive note. A win In Niagara and on this night a 4-1 victory over the Hawks have the Wings on a collision course with the Express in a battle of the unbeatens next week.

Top Goaltenders
1. Alex Liakopoulos (Bears) - two shoot out wins earns Bears first two wins of season
2. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - continues undefeated run
3. John DiNardo (Rangers) - earns first win with a 4-3 victory over St. Mike’s

Top Performers
1. Jon Macri (St. Mike’s) - hat trick in losing effort
2. Jeff Wilson (Bears) - continues to pile up points as Premier scoring leader
3. Jes Calabro (Rangers) - three point game earns Oakville first home win


Week four came to an end and the moral of this week was being ready to play a full forty minutes or the tide will change quickly. More often than not, this year the last five minutes sees the score swing and teams in danger of gaining no points on the evening steal the full two points. After week four every team had lost at least one game. So here we go...

In Niagara
The expansion Oakville Rangers had a road trip to forget. A 9-2 loss to the Generals made for a long ride home. Ian Downes with a hat trick and TJ McDonald with four helpers started the week on the right note.

In Oshawa
Jeff Wilson continues his torrid scoring pace as the Toronto Polar Bears make the trip to Oshawa and he scores four goals to single handily defeat the Bruins 6-2. Chris Monaghan along with Wilson sits 1-2 in league scoring and the Bears have won four straight.

Woodbridge Memorial Arena May 14
The Toronto Thunder opens the evening with a convincing 3-1 victory over St. Michael’s. Paul Duarte and Massimo Principe are too much to handle and the Thunder look to be back on track. Dan Giffin with some timely saves gives his club the victory and a chance to keep pace with the leaders.

Coming into the game both the Brampton Express and Vaughan Red Wings had yet to taste defeat. After the dust had settled the Vaughan Red Wings would come away with a 6-5 victory. Veteran Rob Shilton of the VRW gets the trick as the Wings hand the Express there first loss of the season.

A short bench doesn’t help your chances at this level and the Mississauga Hawks learned once again fail to show up and expect to lose. The Metro Orangemen run away with a 6-0 victory and made it look easy in the process. Ricardo Pires, coming in to his own, finds himself third in league scoring after a four point night.

Al Palladini CC May 16
Looking for a clean sweep on the week the Toronto Polar Bears pulled out some late game magic against the St. Michael’s BHC. Goals by Claudio Mignosa and Jeff Wilson in the last 69 seconds draw the game at fours. Chris Monaghan would secure the Bears the extra point with another amazing effort in the shootout 5-4 bears final.

The Toronto Thunder had one goal in mind, don’t become the next victim of the Vaughan Red Wings. Thanks mainly to the job done by their penalty killing units and Dan Giffin the Thunder stop the VRW winning streak with a 4-2 victory. Andy Pacheco’s PP goal is the game winner.

Niagara and Oshawa both traveled to Vaughan and the Generals would win a tight hard fought battle with a 3-1 victory over the Bruins. Two wins on the week have the Generals moving up the standings looking to make up for a slow start.

Week 4 Top Goaltenders
1. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - two wins on the week and three goals against
2. Alex Liakopoulos (Bears) – four game winning streak
3. Craig Flegel (Orangemen) -shut out in victory over Hawks

Week 4 Top Performers
1. Jeff Wilson (Bears) - six goals in two games
2. Ricardo Pires (Orangemen) - four point game
3. Rob Shilton (VRW) - five point week, including a hat trick

Peter Lorusso
Premier Commissioner

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