The Premier Fall season is down to its final series of the season. The Metro Orangemen and the Toronto Thunder will meet in a best of three series to determine who will claim a coveted seed at the NABHA Championships. Both clubs successfully swept their SF round versus the Brampton Express and the Vaughan Red Wings respectively. I can’t say I expected this final matchup but karma has a funny way of playing itself into every situation. After a blockbuster trade that shocked the ball hockey world before the season started its fitting that these two will meet for all the marbles. The Brampton Express and Toronto Polar Bears will now be joined by one of these two clubs as Ontario’s representatives at the games largest stage.
Six seasons and counting and the Toronto Thunder weren’t about to let the streak end. In all our six Premier Fall/Winter sessions the Thunder has qualified to the finals. This will be the second time that they will face the Metro Orangemen. The road hasn’t been easy and in their SF game two they once again headed into the final frame down a goal. The Thunder have been at their best in the second period of these games and were able to outscore the Vaughan Red Wings 4-0 in the second frame to take the game 5-2, the last two goals into an empty net. The VRW never got their game to its full potential. Game two looked to be in the Wings hands as the Thunder ran into a slew of injuries and illnesses and floored only ten healthy bodies. Although they bent they never cracked and the major piece coming back to the Thunder in the trade of the year Charlie Giffin continues to pay dividends as he fires the winner with only two minutes left on the clock. The VRW press for the equalizer but can’t beat the other Giffin brother Dan in the Thunder goal to tie the game. Massimo Principe and Tony Faria with the final goals of the series into a vacated goal sealed the series for the Thunder.
Defending Champions, back against the wall versus the young top seeded club and we’re in for an exciting game of ball hockey. Everyone knew what was on the line in this game and both teams refused to give an inch. The determining factor in the game had to be Glen Bradbury Jr. who undoubtedly scored the biggest two goals of his Metro Orangemen career. His two goals gave his club a 2-0 lead and the Brampton Express knew it was time to push as the clock became the Express’s worst enemy. Stephen Head was able to pull a goal back and the Express suddenly had life breathed back into to their sails. In a frantic final ten minutes the Orangemen sacrificed their bodies without any regard for their personal well-being. Shot after shot were blocked, deflected and stopped by Orangemen runners before reaching their goal. When they did get shots past the defenders Craig Flegal was there to slam the door shut. An empty net goal by Andy Pacheco advanced the Orangemen to their second ever Premier final, ironically once again they will face the Toronto Thunder.
SF Game 2 Top Goaltenders
In being present for these two games the decision is almost impossible to choose between any of the four goaltenders who participated in the two matchups this week. Dan Giffin Thunder, Dave Digironimo Express, Anthony Ferrante VRW and Craig Flegal Orangemen all were superb in their performances and not mentioning all four would not pay them the credit they deserve.
SF Game 2 Top Performers
1. Glen Bradbury (Orangemen) - two goals including game winner
2. Kal Kakish (Thunder) - scores ppg and logs nearly thirty minutes of floor time
3. Tony Faria (Thunder) - goal and assist in clinching series victory
SF Game 2 Player of the Night
Scoring the two biggest goals of the Orangemen season the Player of the Night is Glen Bradbury Jr. of the Metro Orangemen. Congratulations Glen and see Premier Commissioner for your award.