With only seven games left in the regular season the playoff race is as close as we’ve ever seen it .The Hawks, Thunder, Generals, and St. Mike’s all sit between third and sixth and those seeds could change with each out come in the next two days. Vaughan Red Wings capture the top seed with two come from behind victories and the Brampton Express wrap up the number two seed. The Polar Bears slip up in Oakville and the Bruins continue to cling to the playoff chase. Here's how the games went down last week.
Saturday, June 23 in Niagara
The Metro Orangemen made their trip to Niagara a successful voyage. Gary Costa with a goal and an assist beat the Generals 3-2 and look to have taken the number seven seed in the post season seedings.
Sunday, June 24 in Oshawa
The Oshawa Bruins handed the division leaders a 9-4 loss handing the Vaughan Red Wings their second defeat of the season. Mike Daciuk leads the charge offensively with a five point game. Anthony Luciani of the VRW fires four in a losing effort.
Sunday, June 24 in Oakville
The hometown Rangers struck a major blow to the Toronto Polar Bears as they earn their third victory of the season with a 6-3 home victory. Jes Calabro gets the hat trick as goaltender John DiNardo earns the victory in a stellar effort.
Monday, June 25 Downsview Arena
The Toronto Thunder looking for revenge after a 6-0 loss to the Mississauga Hawks in their first meeting comes away with a 4-1 victory. Dan Giffin makes key saves when called upon and Rui Martins fires home the game winner.
The Brampton Express looking to even the season series with St. Michael’s double up the score 4-2. Giustini get on track gets two goals and Dave DiGironimo is solid between the pipes. Brampton wraps up the number two seed.
Wednesday, June 27 Al Palladini CC
The Vaughan Red Wings looking to stop its one game losing streak needs two late goals to steal a 5-4 victory over the shocked Toronto Polar Bears. Jonathan Pulicicchio scores two goals in the come from behind victory. Matt Benjamin improves his record to 5-1 on the season.
Oshawa has been one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season coming off a weekend victory over the VRW. They fight to stay alive with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Metro Orangemen. Armstrong with a pair and Sam Amodeo, scores the extra shots winner.
The Mississauga Hawks handed St. Mike’s their second loss in a row with a 4-3 victory. Matt Tremblett accumulates three points and Frank D’Ambrosio with a pair of goals is dangerous on every shift.
Wednesday, June 27 Vaughan Sportsplex
The visiting Niagara Generals are downed on the road 5-0 as the Express avenge an earlier loss in Niagara to the Generals. Jacob Robitalle fresh from his U20 Gold Medal experience doesn’t miss a beat as he scores two goals in his return to the Express lineup.
The Toronto Thunder’s back on track lock up their second victory of the week this time a 6-1 victory over the Oakville Rangers. Celebre continues his hot hand as he scores in consecutive games. The Thunder sits in the number three seed after their latest victory.
Thursday June 28 the Hangar
Both the Toronto Thunder and the Vaughan Red Wings would have to suit up for their third game of the week. After falling behind 2-0 VRW would come all the way back for an 8-6 victory. With the win the Vaughan Red Wings clinched first place. Luciani gets the trick for the Wings and Celebre scores to extend his point streak.
Week 10 Top Goaltenders
1. Craig Flegal (Orangemen) - stellar play in Niagara and VS Bruins earns club 3 points
2. John DiNardo (Rangers) - beats Bears 6-3 in stellar performance
3. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - key victory over Hawks leapfrogs team to third place
Week 10 Top Performers
1. Anthony Luciani (VRW) - totals 10 points in 3 games
2. Jeff Wilson (Bears) - scoring leader keeps racking up points 6 in two games
3. Frankie Giustini (Express) - starting to heat up at right time
Going into the last week of the season the top seven seeds were clinched. The Oshawa Bruins needed help to advance. Here’s what transpired.
Tuesday, July 3 Al Palladini CC
The Brampton Express beat the Metro Orangemen 5-1 in a preview of their first round matchup. A physical affair saw five different goal scorers for the Express.
The Toronto Polar Bears got the point they needed in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Vaughan Red Wings. The point eliminated the Oshawa Bruins from playoff contention and the Bears have a date with VRW in the quarterfinals.
Wednesday, July 4 Al Palladini CC
In the final regular season TV night the Toronto Thunder handed the Toronto Polar Bears their sixth straight loss. Filice, Freitas and Principe have four point nights.
The Mississauga Hawks in a statement game defeat the Vaughan Red Wings 5-1. Charlie Giffin with two goals and Matt Tremblett with three assists lead the charge.
The last game of the Premier regular season goes the way of the Generals as Niagara defeats Oshawa 9-0.
Wednesday, July 4 Woodbridge Memorial
The Brampton Express end the season on a six game winning streak with a 6-2 win over the expansion Oakville Rangers. Mike Porter was dominating with a six point game.
St. Michael`s completes a sweep of the season series over the Metro Orangemen with a 4-2 victory.
Week 11 Top Goaltenders
1. David DiGironimo (Express) - 2 wins to end the season with 13
2. Gary Doma (Rangers) – brilliant in a losing effort
3. Greg Serniak (Generals) – shutout win
Week 10 Top Performers
1. Mike Porter (Express) - 6 point game
2. Graham Campbell (Generals) – 5 goal game in victory
3. Anthony Metallo (VRW) – 3 points in two games