Week four of the Premier season saw two of the four games decided by shootouts. The Hitmen continue to make strides as they end up on the short end of the extra shots but have taken seven of a possible eight points to date. The Thunder had a tough double header weekend as they fall 4-2 to Bears and then lose a heartbreaker shootout to the Vaughan Red Wings. The Express make the trip to Mississauga and field a depleted lineup as the Hawks win on home turf 5-1. The Orangemen hand the Hitmen there first loss as they rally back to take full points.
Winless in there first three starts the pressure was squarely on the shoulders of the summer finalists as they look to post their first victory of the Fall Session. Jeff Wilson made it a mission and he came through as he scored a four goals in the 4 -2 Toronto Polar Bears victory over the Toronto Thunder. Goaltender Gus Kalitzis of the Bears was sharp as he made numerous big saves on the Thunders snipers. The line of Jay Arruda, Vince Capone and Paul Duarte were buzzing around the offensive zone all night and only due to the play of Kalitzis did they not score five or six goals. The Thunder were missing five key players as Principe, Filice, Goncalves and the Giffin brothers were all absent. The Bears will look to build on the momentum from their first win as they travel to Mississauga to face the Hawks next week.
The Brampton Express had trouble with a depleted lineup on Sunday night as they made the trip to Mississauga. The Hawks came away with a 5-1 victory. Scoring for the Hawks in the one sided game was Duggan, Dambrosio, Tremblett, Gill, and Sandhu. Tremblett ended the game with four points as he helped set up three other goals. The Express started dispersal pickup Anthony Flores in goal and he played sharp as he was peppered and made numerous big saves. The Hawks improve their record to 3-2 and moved into a tie for third place. The Express face a tough challenge this week as the Orangemen and Express will face off for the second time, the first meeting ended in a 3-2 shootout victory for the Orangemen.
Monday night saw the Toronto Thunder take the floor once again in the second night of their back to back games. Their new rivals the Vaughan Red Wings would be up and ready for this matchup. The Thunder welcomed the Giffin brothers and Matt Hebbes back into the lineup. Charlie Giffin, the Premier MVP from 2010, fired two power play goals the second one coming with just 2:30 left in the game to even the score and send the game to a shootout. Vaughan coming off a road victory in Mississauga in their last game held the lead for most of the second period until a five minute major sent the Thunders powerplay to work with seven minutes to play. The extra shooters saw the Thunder miss fire on all five attempts and a shot from youngster Kyle Charlton back in the VRW lineup after a two year absence was the only goal scored as the VRW escaped with a 4-3 victory and the extra point.
In what was the battle for top spot the North York Hitmen and Metro Orangemen would meet for the first time in Premier action. The Hitmen were riding a three game undefeated streak and the Orangemen were coming in after a goal scoring explosion after an 8-6 victory over the Bears. The game would be a defensive battle for the first period as the lone marker was scored by Hitmen defencemen Joe Meleca. The second period saw both teams start to open up and five goals would be registered, the last goal a Justin Rita marker with the goalie pulled and the extra attacker on the floor would tie the game and force extra shooters. After Ricardo Pires scored on a low rocket shot Tony Medeiros would score through the legs of Flegal and the game would rest on the stick of Nelson Pacheco. Nelson would calmly stride in deke Clark in the Hitmen goal and roll the ball under the goalie to gain the Orangemen top spot in the standings.
Week 4 Top Goaltenders
1. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - outstanding effort vs. VRW
2. Dave Clark (Hitmen) - earns team a point with gritty effort
3. Gus Kalaitzis (Polar Bears) - first win for Bears thanks to solid goaltending
Week 4 Top Performers
1. Jeff Wilson (Polar Bears) - four goal game
2. Matt Tremblett (Hawks) - a goal and three helpers
3. Paul Duarte (Thunder) - four helpers in two games leads premier scoring race
Player of the Week
Week 4: Earning their first victory behind the goal scoring heroics of Jeff Wilson and his four goals, his efforts have earned him player of the week. Congratulations Jeff , Team Canada is watching. Plese see the commissioner for your prize.