The title of this weeks report says it all. Any team on any night is capable of beating any of the other teams in the division. It seems were going to have the most balanced season ever in the Downsview Park Premier history. Every team is capable of winning when push comes to shove. The Hawks came in to the Hangar on Friday and came away with a huge victory and then went back home and were defeated by the VRW. Vaughan rebounded from being beat by the Express to come back with a huge road victory. The Orangemen after losing a 1-0 game to Hawks fire eight against the Polar Bears to get back on the right side of the track. The Express look to be back on track and take three of a possible four points over the last two games. The Thunder has evened their record with to 1-1-1 to start the season. The only consistent team so far are that the Hitmen have yet to be defeated as they have stormed through their first three games with a perfect 3-0-0 record.
Here’s how the games went down this week.
Let’s start with the Toronto Thunder and Mississauga Hawks game from last Friday. This marked the first time Charlie Giffin would face his ex and only Premier club he’s ever suited up for. Ralph Pellicori who also defected to the Thunder this year would get the starting nod in goal as he hoped to earn a victory versus his old mates. In a physical see saw battle it would be the Hawks that would gain the edge. A pair of goals from Allen Penney including the game winner gives the Hawks a 4-3 victory. Charlie Giffin did record a goal and an assist against his old mates and we look forward to the rematch when these two matchup once again. Making their debut for the Hawks were the Barbas crew Josh, Joey and Jesse who all played pivotal roles in the victory.
After getting thumped by the Express the Vaughan Red Wings needed a come back game to erase the memory of their last game. Making the trip down the 401 west to face the Mississauga Hawks the VRW knew this was a must win game. Robbie Mentis supplied the offence as he scores his first Premier hat trick to power the Wings to a 4-3 win. Stellar goaltending from Anthony Ferrante preserved the victory as the Hawks score two late consolation goals in the last thirty two seconds of the game. Matt Tremblett made his regular season debut and recorded a goal and an assist and Allen Penney has scored in all four of the Hawks games this season. The Hawks split their double header weekend at 1-1 and have a 2-2 record to open the season.VRW sits at 2-1 after three games.
Goals were fast and furious as the Toronto Polar Bears and Metro Orangemen combined for fourteen goals in a good old fashioned run and gun game. Both teams were looking to stop one game losing streaks and the Polar Bears didn’t waste any time lighting the lamp. Randy Kelly and Jeff Wilson with a pair before the game was six minutes old had the Bears out in front 3-1. Wilson just continues to amaze as he accumulates points faster than we can count .Unfortunately for the Bears, Ricardo Pires fires four goals of his own and the Orangemen win 8-6. Andy Pacheco with five points and Glen Bradbury with four support the offensive cause on this night. The Bears find themselves winless early on but we’ve seen this story before, they just need to sneak in to the post season to cause problems for the other six teams.
In another game where ex teammates were ready to face off against each other this time it was Danny Rocha and Vic Azevedo who would face the heat. In a matchup that the North York Hitmen circled on their calendar early in the season as a statement game they would earn full points as a shootout victory keeps their undefeated record in tact. In a game that saw the Brampton Express open a 3-0 lead on goals from Shawn Hannon, Chris Morrison Jr. and Dayton Sopha the Hitmen looked to be down for the count. Powerplay goals from Justin Rita and Anthony Zeppieri sandwiched a Miguel Chuna blast and we were all tied up. Outstanding goaltending from Dave Clark and David DiGironimo forced the game to a shootout. Azevedo and Tony Montiero would trade goals in the first round. Morrison and Jon Pulicicchio would both get stopped in round two. In the final and deciding shots Freddie Pereira would fail in his attempt and Tony Medeiros would bury a well placed shot through the pads of DiGironimo to end the game 4-3 Hitmen.
Week 3 Top Goaltenders
1. Dave Clark (Hitmen) - defeats Express in a shootout
2. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - big road victory
3. Amelio Mallozzi (Hawks) - backup shines vs. Thunder
Week 3 Top Performers
1. Ricardo Pires (Orangemen) - seven point game
2. Robbie Mentis (VRW) - hat trick in 4-3 win
3. Randy Kelly (Bears) - five point game in a losing effort
Player of the Week
Week 3: Congratulations to Ricardo Pires of the Metro Orangemen who totaled four goals and three assists in an 8-6 victory over the Polar Bears. Please see the commissioner for your prize.