Another week and another two W’s for the high flying Metro Orangemen. As has been the case over the Fall season it took another shootout win and a hard fought come from behind win over the Express. The Thunder looked to have turned the corner and is back on track and came away with a point in their Sunday evening game against the division leading Orangemen. The VRW and the Hitmen have to be the biggest rivalry in the Premier Division this season after another rough and tumble game saw the VRW avenge a 4-3 loss to the Hitmen from a couple of weeks ago with a 4-3 victory of their own. The Hawks still the most surprising teams of the season continue their winning ways with a 7-1 thumping of the Bears as the summer finalists continue to look for answers. Even the scoring heroics of Wilson and Monaghan haven’t been enough to push the Bears into a playoff spot.
What more can the Metro Orangemen do to impress. They continue to be the cream of the crop in the Premier Fall Division. No matter how it happens it seems to end up in another two points in the standings. The first of their double header week end saw them battle the Toronto Thunder. In a high paced, action filled game the Orangemen would jump out to a 3-1 lead mid way through the second period. It would be the Thunder who would answer back with three powerplay goals from Charlie Giffin, Marco Goncalves and Jason Arruda that would send the game to a shootout. The Orangemen received goals from Nelson Pacheco, Ricky DaPonte and Paul Lima. The extra shooters would be needed and to decide the extra point and Lima would deke out Ralph Pellicori in the Thunder goal to give the Orangemen a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Spectacular saves by Craig Flegal on Giffin, Goncalves and Paul Duarte would give the Orangemen a 4-3 victory.
Can the Toronto Polar Bears sneak in to the post season and continue their dominance once they punch their ticket to the dance? After ousting both the VRW and the Express in their last post season matchups the Bears will be a formidable opponent if they can get in. Lacks of bodies have dropped the Bears out of a playoff spot. Facing off against the high flying Mississauga Hawks minus a full lineup is a tall mountain to climb. The Hawks would have their way with a 7-1 victory. The offensive hero on this night would be JK Gill as he pots three goals and adds two helpers for a five point night. Linemate Frank D’Ambrosio adds two goals and two assists as the Hawks keep pace with the Orangemen as the two strive for the two coveted first round byes in the QF round. Amelio Mallozzi gets the nod in goal giving starter Paul Zarnett a much needed rest and turns away all but one Polar Bears shots.
In a game that both teams were striving for a crucial two points before the holiday break the Brampton Express and Metro Orangemen met for the third and final regular season game this session. The first two games both ended in a shootout with the teams splitting the series to that point. In the rubber matchup of the series the Express would open a 3-1 lead with 2:03 left in the first off of a Frankie Giustini rocket and the game looked to be well in hand for the Express. The one thing about the Orangemen if you let your guard down for even a second they will strike. In the span of ten seconds before the period ended the game was tied as Andy Pacheco and Ricardo Pires level the score. The second period scoring and winning goal, his second of the night from Pacheco, would give the Orangemen the season series over the Express. An empty netter from Pires also his second of the night seals the Express’s fate on this night.
When the North York Hitmen and Vaughan Red Wings meet again, let’s bring in three referees as these two have carried their Tier 2 rivalry into the Premier Division. As penalty minute leaders’ in the division the VRW play a rough and tumble style to begin with, add the Hitmen to the mix and we got and all out physical affair. After a defeat two weeks ago to the Hitmen the Wings were looking to make amends for the loss by handing the Hitmen a defeat of their own. The quick strike offence of the VRW sees them open a 4-1 lead on goals from Michael Polesel, Daniel Farrace and a pair from Adrian Perpetua. Penalty trouble would commence and the Hitmen’s PP would pull them to with in one, as goals from Justin Rita and Peter Bello cut the deficit. A frantic finish sees the Wings hold on to a 4-3 victory as they head into the break in sole possession of third place in the division. With only a handful of games left before the post season starts the Wings, Express, Hitmen and Thunder will all be looking to gain ground on each other when the season resumes in the New Year.
Week 12 Top Goaltenders
1. Ralph Pellicori (Thunder) - outstanding preserving a draw versus the Orangemen
2. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - makes key saves late to secure a 4-3 Wings win
3. Craig Flegel (Orangemen) - two wins and three spectacular shootout saves
Week 12 Top Performers
1. JK Gill (Hawks) - hat trick and two helpers in 7-1 victory
2. Andy Pacheco (Orangemen) - game winner versus Express
3. Adrian Perpetua (VRW) - two goal game helps club defeat Hitmen
Player of the Week
In a dominating performance accumulating five points in one game, JK Gill of the Mississauga Hawks is the player of the week. Congratulations to JK and see Premier Commissioner for your player of the week award.