As many teams hit the one quarter mark we were treated to two shootouts. The Steelers and Polar Bears go head to head in a 22 man extra shot session. Some players had the chance to shoot twice. St.Mike’s and the Orangemen also go to extra shooters as the goaltenders Medeiros and Bokhari both stand tall in their respective goals. The Thunder on Sunday night runs rough shot all over the Jets as they rebound from two straight defeats with a 6-1 victory. The game of the night and possibly the season saw the Hawks and Tremblett facing his former running mates the Express. The division leaders heading into week four the VRW hit their bye week and watched from the sidelines and exited the only undefeated team left in the Premier division to date.
After two straight losses the next opponents for the Toronto Thunder knew they would be in tough. For the Thunder to fall to 1-3 would spell doom and an uphill battle for the rest of the season. Good teams play best with their backs against the wall and the Thunder proved their point. Goals from Celebre, Marques, Duarte and Cardoso were more than enough as the Thunder come away with a 6-1 victory over the Vaughan Jets. The Jets fall to 1-3 after coming off a victory look to rebound after the Thanksgiving weekend break to a better second quarter result. Commitment from all players will turn the fortunes of this proud club around if the players don’t start showing up.
What a way to open Premier Monday night. Nothing better than a 22 man shootout to wet the appetite for the games to come. The Thornhill Steelers and Toronto Polar Bears both looking for their first two point game would have only one of them walking away happy on this night. Steeler Goaltender Paul Zarnett sporting a new full complement of equipment looked two feet taller. It may have been the new gear but a bad bounce off Zarnett's back and a hand cuffing shot both find the back of Paul’s goal as the Bears gain their first point in a 2-2 draw. The marathon would then begin as only two of the first twenty shooters would be successful. The veteran Chris Manos would finally end the game as he finds a hole through Gus Kalaitzis in the Bears goal. The Bears continue to look for answers as a short bench will certainly keep the Bears from gaining any ground.
Coming off the bye week the Metro Orangemen looked fresh and raring to go. Many glorious scoring chances are turned away by St.Michael’s keeper veteran Dan Medeiros. The game would see both team’s battle and a 1-1 tie would be the final score after regulation. Both Bokhari for the Orangemen and Medeiros for St.Mike’s are stellar. Once again the extra shooters would be needed but this time around only five would be needed. St.Mike’s lights the lamp twice with Steve Sorbara getting credit for the game winner. The Orangemen with three points find themselves tied with the Steelers with a game in hand. St.Mike’s leaps into third spot but dates with the Express, Hawks and Thunder in the coming weeks could have St.Mike’s in tough.
The TRADE. Here’s the game that everyone circled on their calendar once these two teams completed the biggest trade in Premier history. With emotions at an all time high this game was not played as game four of the fall season, rather as game three of a final playoff round. Both teams had full line-ups and refused to give an inch. The turning point: with the game tied 1-1 and the Mississauga Hawks on a powerplay the Brampton Express would score with Vic Azevado getting the shorthanded marker. The eventual scoreline would read 4-2 Express, as they draw first blood in what will certainly become a heated rivalry. Also facing his ex mates for possibly the first time in over a decade was Tony Talevski who played in his second game as a Hawk. Missing from both sides were Parks, Irving, Porter and Parravano from the Express and Spadea, Lucas, Cardoso, Conte and Choudhry from the Hawks.
Week 4 Top Goaltenders
1. Paul Zarnett (Steelers) - stops 21 of 22 shots in the shootout
2. Dan Giffin (Thunder) - earns first W of season
3. Turab Bokhari (Orangemen) - stellar in draw vs. St.Mike’s
Week 4 Top Performers
1. Jim Tabas (Express) - goal and assist in season debut
2. Chris Manos (Steelers) - ends marathon shootout
3. Kosta Trakas (Polar Bears) - goal and assist secures Bears first point of session