As the weeks pass the season continues to head to the post season. With the teams battling for positioning the possible playoff match ups are anyone guess. Could we see a Thunder vs Express in the first round? Will the Bears head to Niagara in consecutive years, St.Mikes will make their first playoff appearance but versus who, probably won’t be decided till the last week. Can the division leading Vaughan Red Wings continue to dominate and will the Hawks live up to expectations? What about the Orangemen are they ready take that step to the next level? Here’s the week that was in the Premier Division.
Niagara June 9
The Niagara Generals continue to ride rough shot over the competition, a 3-0 shutout victory over the Mississauga Hawks continue to see the Generals laying claim to the second seed. With wins now over the Thunder, Express and Hawks in consecutive games the Generals must be considered the hottest team in the Premier division.
Oakville June 10
Game defaulted Niagara wins 1-0.
Vaughan Sportsplex June 11
Vaughan Red Wings versus Toronto Thunder game called after twelve minutes due to wet floor. Remake to be announced.
Downsview Arena June 11
The Toronto Polar Bears and St. Michael’s battle to a 2-2 tie after regulation. A goal by Mike Kusy in the shootout gives St. Mike’s the extra point. The Bears look to have a playoff spot within grasps but a tough schedule down the stretch will determine who they see in the first round. Final 3-2 St. Mike’s.
Oshawa and Oakville faced off in their final meeting of the season. After falling in a shootout in their first meeting the Bruins extracted a measure of revenge with a 7-1 victory over the Rangers. Oshawa with the win keeps their playoff hopes. Oakville is still mathematically alive but points are a must at this time of year.
The Metro Orangemen and the Brampton Express met for the first time this year. In a tight hard fought affair the Express would come away with a 2-1 victory. The winning goal by Mike Porter was scored at the end of a powerplay as there was just thirty six seconds left on the clock. A spirited final thirty seconds come up just short for the Orangemen.
Al Palladini CC June 13
The Vaughan Red Wings come away with their second win over the Brampton Express a 7-4 victory on Rogers TV. Goaltender Matt Benjamin plays stellar as the young Wings look to have a strangle hold on top spot in the Premier Division. The Wings have scored thirteen goals in two games versus the Express this season.
The Mississauga Hawks just can’t seem to score goals, but when they start to I have a feeling they will come in bunches. The only goal needed on this night comes of the stick of sniper Mike Gaggi as the Hawks come away with a 1-0 victory over the Metro Orangemen. Ralph Pellicori posts the shutout and the Hawks gain a much needed two points.
The Toronto Thunder continues to fight the injury bug. A short benched Thunder loses to St. Michael’s 2-1. A late powerplay with the goalie pulled leads to many chances but Anthony Flores would not get beat again. The Thunder slip down the standings and a tough week waits as the Express are up next on Monday.
The Toronto Polar Bears and Oshawa Bruins battle in an entertaining matchup as the game sees eleven goals scored between the two. A regulation 5-5 draw leads to the extra shooters. Jeff Wilson recaptures the Premier scoring lead as he snipes four goals and one assist in regulation and the shootout winner to give the Bears breathing room in the standings. Bears 6 Bruins 5.
Week 8 Top Goaltenders
1. Ralph Pellicori (Hawks) - shuts out Orangemen
2. Matt Benjamin (VRW) - victory over the Express
3. Anthony Flores (St. Mike’s) - 2-1 victory over Thunder
Week 8 Top Performers
1. Jeff Wilson (Bears) - 4 goal game and 7 point week
2. Mike Porter (Express) - last minute game winner
3. Mike Gaggi (Hawks) - Game winner