The Metro Orangemen have taken one step closer to winning their first ever Premier Championship. With the game one win the Orangemen find themselves one win away from the crowning moment they have thrived for since the first ball dropped back in September. There is still the matter of winning the all-important game two of any playoff series. The Toronto Thunder will definitely have something to say about that as they will battle to the final whistle to prolong the series to a final and deciding game three.
The Thunder followed script, as has been the case in their SF series they found themselves down at half this time 2-0 as Ricardo Pires and a PP goal from Chris Cerqueira found the Thunder behind the eight ball and an uphill battle in the final twenty minutes stared them in the face. If I had to use one word to describe the Thunder over their five playoff games this session it would be resilient. Goalkeeper Dan Giffin has played superb and his paddle saves a Terry Roache shot which would have pulled the score to 3-0 was the spark that gave the Thunder life. Defencemen Kal Kakish would score his second PP goal of the post season and the Thunder would cut the lead in half. Just minutes later Tony Oliviera found himself in the right spot as a rebound lands squarely on his stick and Tony O would make no mistake as he buries the game tying goal. Would history repeat itself as the Thunder snipers suddenly gained momentum and the crowd stared as Marco Goncalves was sent in on a breakaway by a Charlie Giffin pass through the heart of the Orangemen defence. Craig Flegal in the Orangemen goal turned away the attempt and the game would continue all knotted up at two’s.
With the clock ticking down to just 1:07 left Terry Roache would make good on a pass from long time teammate and linemate Paul Lima. As the two broke down on the Thunder defence a streaking Roache would dive and redirect a perfect Paul Lima pass behind Dan Giffin in the Thunder goal. With just 67 seconds left the Thunder needed a late game push if they were going to level the score. The chance did present itself as a clean faceoff win by Paul Duarte gave Kal Kakish a clear one timer which he hammered at the goal a rebound presented itself to Jason Arruda who just couldn’t bury the shot behind Flegal. Seconds after the missed opportunity Roache would find the vacated Thunder goal and a final score of 4-2 has the Orangemen up 1-0 in the series.
The Player of the Game with his game winning goal and empty net insurance marker is Terry Roache of the Metro Orangemen. Congratulations Terry and see Premier Commissioner for your Player of the Game award.