There’s much to be said about the start of a new season. The new teams, the change of scenery for some, and the commencement of the top League in the Province set to get the ball rolling once again. On a rainy Sunday afternoon the season was ready to commence. The Mississauga Hawks and the St. Thomas Wildcats were ready for the first ball to drop. In a successful debut the Wildcats would gain their first Premier victory as a Scott Talbot PP goal would prove to be the game winner as the home team gains a 3-2 victory.
Out east the Belleville Bruins also prepared to start their Premier season as the North York Hitmen paid a visit to open both clubs regular season. Another victory for the home team as Jeff Brokema fires in his first two goals of the season and Andrew ‘Chevy’ Platt stops 41 of 42 shots he faced in an opening day 4-1 victory.
St. Thomas Wildcats looking to build on their opening game victory welcomed the Vaughan Red Wings to Lambeth arena. The travelling team this time took home full points as the young Wings escape with a 5-3 victory. Anthony Novielli and Anthony Valente both add a goal and an assist in the victory.
The final of our opening night road games saw the Toronto Polar Bears visit the Barrie Wild also making their Premier debut. The Polar Bears and their snipers ran into a hot goaltender as Dan Earles slams the door shut and Jason Seeley scores the game winner in a 3-2 final for the Wild.
Fall Champions the Metro Orangemen were set to commence the regular season and came away with a 5-1 victory over the Barrie Wild. Ricky Daponte blew open a close game with a pair of goals from the rocket slap shot he possesses. The Wild dropped to 1-1 on the young season.
The Mississauga Hawks looking to rebound from the road loss in St. Thomas had a tough task ahead as the Brampton Express opened their season. A see saw battle saw the Hawks tie the game late a four as Mike Kusy scores on the PP. Flavio Fiorucci scores in the extra shooters to gain full points for the Hawks in a 5-4 Shootout victory.
All offence is the only way to describe this next game. The Toronto Thunder and Toronto Polar Bears would engage in a good out fashioned goal fest. A combined 17 goal total as the Thunder hit double digits in the 10-7 win. Polar Bears Chris Monaghan and Thunder Massimo Principe each score five points in the game.
After the goal fest in the opening game the Niagara Generals and Belleville Bruins gave us the total opposite. A 1-0 victory by the Bruins keeps them undefeated at 2-0. Jeff Brokema with his third goal of the season is the game winner. Chevy Platt gains the shutout.
The final game of the week pitted two rivals that have built an intense rivalry over the past three seasons. The Vaughan Red Wings and the Brampton Express both came into the game looking for a W. A highlight Marc Paravanno breakaway goal ensures his club the victory at 5-3.
Player of the Week
Opening the season at 2-0 the Belleville Bruins are the Premier leaders after week one. Thanks mainly to the play of goaltender Chevy Platt who stopped 41 shots in game one and records the shutout in game two stopping numerous great scoring chances. Andrew ‘Chevy’ Platt is your week one player of the week. Congratulations Chevy.