After falling behind by three goals the Thunder come up with a big two point effort as they storm back to gain full points in a 6-5 shootout win over the Bears. With the win the Thunder put themselves back in to the thick of the playoff chase. The Bears gain a point from their two games. The Red Wings continue to strive forward with a 5-2 victory over the Bears as Bears lose in the back half of their double header. The one consistent for sure this year has been the play of the Metro Orangemen who once again mount a late game comeback to defeat the stumbling Hitmen 4-3. The Hawks played on the road and were beaten by a first period outburst by the Express 6-4. With the half way point set for next week the Express, Hawks, Thunder and Hitmen are muddled in mid table looking to catch VRW and division leading Orangemen for a first round bye in the post season.
A double header weekend allows teams to make a significant jump up the Premier standings. The Toronto Polar Bears had a chance to leap frog into a playoff seed with games versus the Toronto Thunder and Vaughan Red Wings. Things looked to be going in the right direction as the Bears behind a three point first period from Brian McNellan had a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. A furious second period which saw the Thunder fire four goals as Charlie Giffin, Paul Duarte, Vince Capone and Danny Filice draw the Thunder even and send the game to a shootout. Outstanding play from Bears goaltender Gus Kalaitzis earned the Bears a point and a chance at a second point. In the shootout the only shooter able to bulge the twine was superstar Duarte who out waits Kalaitzis and roofs the winning goal. The Thunder now looks to extend their winning and move up the standings to a position they are used to holding.
The Metro Orangemen cannot be counted out of any game regardless what the score is. Once again after falling behind to three North York Hitmen PP goals the Orangemen staged their late game heroics. In the span of less than three minutes defensemen Chris Cerqueria and Chris Creador both beat Dave Clark and help keep the Orangemen on top of the Premier Division. The Hitmen after taking the division by storm have hit the wall and lost four straight to slip down the standings. Getting back to the basics and hard work should turn the ship around. The Ventullo brothers Pat and Mario along with Gaetano need to put their heads together and stop the losing streak. A date with the Bears is a game both teams have circled as must wins.
Falling behind any team by three goals in the first five minutes is recipe for disaster. The Mississauga Hawks traveled to Downsview Park and were behind 3-0 by the time the first five minutes of the game had passed and couldn’t recover as the Brampton Express even the season series at one win each as the final score reads 6-4. Stephan Head with the hat trick and Frankie Giustini with a pair do most of the damage. Mike Porter adds a single to round out the Express scoring. A three point game from Hawk veteran Raj Sandhu goes for not as the Hawks suffer their third defeat of the season. The Hawks return home and face the Thunder as two old rivals lock horns once again. The Hawks took game one of the season series with a 4-3 victory. Thunder will be looking to even the series at one win a piece.
In the back half of the Toronto Polar Bears double header the Vaughan Red Wings were looking to keep pace with the Orangemen atop the standings. The Bears as per norm would open the scoring as Randy Kelly gives his side an early 1-0 lead. The Red Wings would get their legs moving and would score four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Steve Ceccanese, Robbie Mentis, Adrian Perpetua and Brian Rodrigues build an insurmountable lead in a 5-2 victory. Premier scoring leader Jeff Wilson would pull a goal back but Ceccanese with his second goal of the game into an open net finishes the scoring. The VRW after a last minute defeat to the Orangemen have bounced back and sit in second place. The Bears have the Hitmen next as the Wings face the Express. Heading into the midway point of the season the standings are tightening up.
Week 7 Top Goaltenders
1. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - stops all three shooters in shootout win
2. Gus Kalaitzis (Bears) - regardless of outcome Gus stands on head in both Bears games
3. Craig Flegal (Omen) - another W as team comes from behind to steal two points
Week 7 Top Performers
1. Brian McNellan (Bears) - four point effort versus Thunder
2. Stephan Head (Express) - hat trick against Hawks
3. Chris Creador (Omen) - game winner in last minute versus Hitmen
Player of the Week
Week 7: The player of the week from the Toronto Polar Bears is Brian McNellan who accumulated one goal and three helpers versus the Toronto Thunder. Congratulations Brian and see Premier Commissioner for your player of the week award.