The Vaughan Red Wings came out of their double header week with a perfect 2-0 record scoring twelve goals giving up five and claiming top place in the Premier Division. A penalty filled game saw the VRW come away with an 8-4 victory over the Thunder and sweep of their back to back games. A battle with old Tier 2 rivals saw the Hitmen set to lock horns with the high flying VRW in an epic clash between two of the brightest young teams in the Premier Division. The Orangemen and the Express met for the second time in the young season and it would take another shootout to decide the winner. The Bears would make the trek to Mississauga and the Hawks scored in double digits to send the Bears home looking for their second win.
The Vaughan Red Wings and Toronto Thunder don’t like each other and had to face each other for the second time in seven days and the bad blood carried over from game one. An astounding thirty two penalty calls saw the game played on the powerplay by one team or the other. Both goaltenders were called upon to make numerous great saves and with the ejection of VRW Goaltender Anthony Ferrante, with three penalties, defencemen Daniel Alonzi was forced to strap on the pads for the second period. Granted a lengthy powerplay the Thunder were able to cut a first period deficit to 5-4. The Wings would finish the scoring with three straight goals by Steve Ceccanese, Brian Rodrigues and Anthony Valente on route to an 8-4 win. Metallo would accumulate four points in the game behind a goal and three helpers.
In a game that many were anticipating, the Vaughan Red Wings would have to play back to back nights, a meeting with their old rivals the North York Hitmen was next on the docket. For any of you ball hockey fans that have followed our Tier 2 division, games between these two clubs always proved worthy of the price of admission. In a high paced, intense game both these teams came to play on this rainy night and the crowd was treated to what Premier Ball Hockey should be about. Two teams competing at the highest level with respect for each other and the officials. In a 1-1 game a PP marker by Metallo that hits the bar and goes past Clark in to the net gives Vaughan a 2-1 lead. They would add two late markers and seal the victory 4-1.
Making the trip to Mississauga has to be compared nearly like making the trip to Niagara in the summer, the road teams don’t fair well. The Toronto Polar Bears made the trip out west as the Mississauga Hawks welcomed them by scoring ten goals on route to a 10-4 victory. Premier power forward Matt Tremblett would set up five goals and JK Gill would score one and help out on four others as the Hawks romp. Mike Balaban and Frank D’Ambrosio would each record a hat trick on home floor. The Bears after adding such players as Gaggi, Novis and Crisafi in major off season deals need a return on investment from players that have proven they can dominate games at this level. Sandro Mignosa has yet to make an appreance this season and a good portion of the Bears success last season was due to Sandro’s fine play. Approaching the midway point the Bears need to start banking valuable points in what will be a fight for playoff seeds.
The second meeting between the Metro Orangemen and Brampton Express finished the same way the first game did with a shootout needed to decide a winner. The Express would open a two goal second period lead as Shawn Hannon and newcomer Derek Anderson would both score short handed markers. The Orangemen would not roll over and came storming back to tie the game at two as Adam Carreria and Ricardo Pires, in a two minute span, draw their team level. Frankie Giustini with his patented backhand breakaway deke would restore the lead 3-2 Express. With five minutes left Andy Pacheco would level the game once again and off to a shootout we would go. The Orangemen who are usually money in the extra shots miss fired on all three as Ricky DaPonte, Pires and Chris Cerqueria would all fail in their attempts. Hannon would not miss and the Express gain full points and stay two points ahead of the Thunder.
Week 5 Top Goaltenders
1. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - leads team to two victories over Thunder and Hitmen
2. Paul Zarnett (Hawks) - quietly leads league in GAA at 2.60
3. Dave DiGironimo (Express) - fends of late game fury by Orangemen to ensure victory
Week 5 Top Performers
1. Anthony Metallo (VRW) - six point week
2. Matt Tremblett (Hawks) – five point game has team in third place
3. Shawn Hannon (Express) - shg goal and shootout winner
Player of the Week
Week 5: Helping his team to a 2-0 record this week and accumulating two goals and four assists including the game winner versus the Hitmen, Anthony Metallo of the Vaughan Red Wings is the player of the week. Congratulations Anthony. Please see the commissioner for your prize.