With the holidays behind us, its time to return to reality and the home stretch of the Premier Fall season. The standings are tight and the next three weeks will make for some interesting matchups and games. The Orangemen continue to head the division by two points as they lead the league in shootout games. The Hawks beat the Thunder to keep pace as Matt Tremblett fires a pair. VRW steal a crucial point as Novielli beats Flegal threw the pipes. Express train is gathering speed as they take down the Polar Bears 6-2. Hitmen suffer a blow as they cough up a late lead as Rui Martins scores the winner in a 3-2 Thunder win.
The Toronto Thunder continue to make strides. Another two points moves the Thunder to within one point of the North York Hitmen and a higher playoff seed. With the Bears nipping at their heels the Thunder needed two points to gain some breathing room. In a tight hard fought affair the Hitmen granted with a PP made good on the opportunity to take a 2-1 lead with only three minutes left. The lead lasted just seven seconds as Marco Goncalves ties the game with a slapper from just outside the blue line. Just over a minute later Rui Martins scores to put the Thunder ahead for good, as the Thunder come away with a 3-2 win. The Thunder can breathe a little easier for now, on Sunday comes the big matchup with the Bears which could secure them a playoff spot.
A double header week gives you a chance to jump or slide. The Toronto Thunder had two games to welcome them back and could only take advantage of one game as they fell in game two 4-2 to the rested Mississauga Hawks. Captain Matt Tremblett of the Hawks scored two goals and added an assist in leading his team to victory. With an injury to starter Paul Zarnett the Hawks will now turn to backup and veteran Emilio Mallozzi to tend goal in what the Hawks hope will be a successful playoff run. The Thunder miss fire on many glorious scoring chances and have three games left to hold on to a playoff spot . Goaltenders Dan Giffin and Ralph Pellicori will hold the keys to the Thunders success and getting hot going into the playoffs, with a possible matchup with the Express looming will only play into the Thunder’s favour. The Thunder did sweep the season series from the Express three games to none.
Toronto Polar Bears continue to look for answers another short bench falls just short as the Brampton Express come away with a 6-2 victory. The Express with only eight runners of their own made the most of the twenty three shots they mustered at the Polar Bears goal. With starting netminder Gus Kalaitzis nursing a cold, Al Moore was forced to strap on the pads and played stellar in the defeat. Leading the way with a hat trick was Frankie Giustini, Mike Porter set up four goals and Brandon Ianuzzi also had three assists. The Express look like they will hold the four seed and face either the Hitmen or Thunder in the QF round. The Bears need to string together a couple of wins if they hope to recapture the magic from the summer season playoff series that saw them advance all the way to the finals.
The Metro Orangemen and Vaughan Red Wings have had an exciting three game regular season series. Two of the three games have gone to extra shooters and the third was decided by a fury of Orangemen goals to squeak out a 4-3 victory. If these two are to meet in the post season the stands will be packed. In the latest battle of Orange vs. Black it was the VRW who would get the last laugh. Steve Ceccanesse with a pair of goals and a shootout beauty leads his team to a 3-2 victory. The winner in the shootout came off of the stick of Anthony Novielli. The Wings are only three points away from the Hawks with two games against each other still to come which will determine which of these two teams will gain the coveted first round playoff bye.
Week 13 Top Goaltenders
1. Ralph Pellicori (Thunder) - crucial two pts versus Hitmen
2. Anthony Ferrante (VRW) - wins shootout stopping three Orangemen shooters
3. Amelio Mallozzi (Hawks) - victory as the new number one in Hawk land
Week 13 Top Performers
1. Steve Ceccanese (VRW) - SHG, GTG, and SO goal
2. Marco Goncalves (Thunder) - three goals in two games
3. Mike Porter (Express) - four helpers in a 6-2 victory
Player of the Week
Scoring a shorthanded goal, a game tying goal and a shoot out marker the player of the week is Steve Ceccanese from the Vaughan Red wings. Congratulations Steve and please see Premier Commissioner for your player of the week award.