For three days eight of the top teams in the Province came together to begin the 2013 Premier Season by competing in the annual Pre Season Tournament. Every game was an intense hard fought battle that resembled a playoff series rather that a tournament designed to try out new players and get the team together in preparation for the upcoming season. Here is a quick game by game recap.
Friday April 19
The opening game saw the Brampton Express beat the North York Hitmen 2-0. In a game that was scoreless until the twenty seven minute mark Matt Martello would score the game winner.
A repeat of the just concluded fall final saw the Metro Orangemen and Toronto Thunder do battle once again. The Orangemen would score two late goals to take the game 4-1.Sniper Glen Bradbury would score the winner and the insurance goal.
Our newest member the Belleville Bruins would make their debut in a Premier league. Facing the Toronto Polar Bears would prove a tough task. The Bears would take the game 4-2. Premier scoring Champion Jeff Wilson scores the game winner and the Bears were off and roaring.
Vaughan Red Wings and the Mississauga Hawks would meet in the final game of the night. A 3-2 win for Vaughan would end the first round of action as an Anthony Metallo goal would be the difference. As he spins and slides the winner just minutes from time into the Hawks goal.
Saturday April 20: AM Set
The Hawks after a late night returned ready to even their record. A three goal outburst within the first three minutes of the game would be too much for Belleville to overcome in a 3-1 loss. Matt Tremblett nets the game winner in the second minute of play.
The Bears and Wings both came into this match up with 1-0 records. In a see saw battle the Wings would gain the final goal in a 4-3 win. Anthony Valente with the winner gets the VRW closer to a semi- final birth.
The Express and Orangemen were up next. The Express would flex their scoring might as they rack up six goals in a 6-3 win over the Orangemen. Jacob Robitallie would score the hat trick and the Express were through to the semi final round.
The Hitmen and Thunder lined up for a Noon time affair. Both teams needed a victory and the Thunder escaped with a 3-1 win. Danny Filice the Thunder Captain is the hero with the game winner and the Thunder were in the hunt for a semi-final berth.
Saturday April 20: PM Set
With only needing a draw to advance to the next round the VRW were one step away. They were ready to play and beat the Bruins 6-3. A four point game from defenceman Daniel Alonzi sends the VRW to the semi-final round as the winner of Division A.
In a game where the winner would move on as the runner up in Division A the Hawks and Bears would lock horns in a must win. A 1-1 tie would be broken when Frank D’Ambrosio with his second goal of the game wins the game and sends the Hawks through to the next round.
The Thunder needed a win versus the Express to keep their semi-final hopes alive. In another low scoring tight checking game the Express would sneak out a 3-1 victory. Frankie Giustini would score the game winner and the Express win Division B.
Both the Orangemen and Hitmen could still advance with a win. Both teams knew that their tournament life depended on this game. The Orangemen would score four times the Hitmen three and the Orangemen would advance as the runner up in Division B. Chris Creador with the winner to advance his team through.
Sunday, April 21: Semi Final Round
Metro Orangemen and the Vaughan Red Wings would open the day in a nail bitter of a game. A 3-2 Orangemen victory with Ricardo Pires scoring on the PP is your game winner. The Wings pushed in the final seconds coming close to levelling the game but the Orangemen hung on and would advance to the Finals.
In an OT thriller the Brampton Express and Mississauga Hawks needed extra time to determine who would face the Orangemen in the Finals. Down 3-1 late the Express would use their PP to tie the game and send it to OT. Granted a 2 man advantage in the Express would score as Tony Montiero lights the lamp and the Express are through.
Sunday, April 21: Finals
Another close one as the Express and Orangemen face off to claim the Pre-Season Championship. Frankie Giustini would do all the damage as he scores all three Express goals in a 3-2 Express win. An Andy Pacheco goal late set up an exciting finish as the Express hung on to capture the title.
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2013 Pre Season Tournament. We were treated to fifteen games that were filled with excitement, action and jubilation. Twelve of the games were decided by two goals or less and every team gave it their all.
Tournament MVP for his clutch goal scoring and outstanding play was Frankie Giustini of the Brampton Express.
Goaltender - David DiGironimo (Express)
Defenceman - Chris Cerqueira (Orangemen)
Defenceman - Marc Parravano (Express)
Forwards - Tony Montiero (Express)
Andy Pacheco (Orangemen)
Rick DaPonte (Orangemen).
Please join us as the 2013 Premier Season commences on April 28. Check BallHockeyLeagues.com for the complete 2013 Premier Schedule.
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