Two weeks in the book and the Bellville Bruins continue to shock and amaze the Premier Division. The Bruins after two weeks have a perfect 4-0-0 record and for the second week in a row are your Premier leaders. The Mississauga Hawks after an opening season with a loss have rolled off three straight wins to hold second place. As the season progresses into week three it holds a bevy of big time matchups that are must see games if you’re a fan of Premier Ball Hockey. The Hawks will face the undefeated Thunder in a matchup of two contenders for the Premier title. The Hitmen and the VRW will renew their rivalry and the Bears will look to earn their first victory of the season versus the Orangemen. Travelling to face the Generals in Burlington the Express will look to keep pace with the Bruins atop the division after three weeks. Here’s a quick highlight of this past week’s action.
The week started on Saturday afternoon as the Barrie Wild travelled east to visit the Belleville Bruins. Ryan Calbeck and Jordan Freeland each netted two goals enroute to 7-1 Bruins win.
The St. Thomas Wildcats faced the Niagara Generals on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A 3-1 Wildcat lead was erased by the Generals and the game would be tied at 4-4 after regulation. A Graham Campbell shootout winner would give Niagara the extra point and their first victory of the season.
In the back half of their doubleheader the Wildcats would run in to a rested Brampton Express club. The Express snipers would fire seven goals and come away with a 7-2 victory. Express rookie Max Taylor in his Premier debut scores four goals and adds an assist to make an immediate impact to the lineup.
On Monday night we witnessed the JK Gill show. A seven point game from this young superstar was enough as the Mississauga Hawks defeat the Vaughan Red Wings 8-6. The line of Matt Tremblett, Allan Penney and Gill combined for sixteen points. The Wings winless in two now look towards week three to get back in the winner’s circle.
Vic Azevedo has had success at the Premier level. Named the League’s Top Defensemen in 2012 with the Express, Vic leads his club the North York Hitmen to their first ever Premier victory. A 6-1 score over the Toronto Polar Bears as Azevedo scores four goals.
The Toronto Thunder extracted a measure of revenge on the Metro Orangemen. After their final appearance in the fall these two have started a heated rivalry. In a tight game Ricardo Pires and his two goals would tie the game at two. A shootout victory for the Thunder on a goal from Bobby Dourmississ ends the game 3-2.
Flying high the Belleville Bruins were looking to keep the streak alive. An easy 7-2 victory over the Toronto Polar Bears, have these newcomers opening everyone’s eyes. Goaltender Chevy Platt is perfect at 4-0 and has allowed only four goals all year. Bruin sniper Jeff Brokema with a hat trick has six goals in four games.
The Barrie Wild found the trip to Mississauga tough. The North York Hitmen building on their first win are all over the short benched Wild. A 8-1 victory as Jon Pulicicchio scores the hat trick and adds two helpers for a five point game. The Hitmen improve to 2-1 on the young season.
The week concluded in Burlington as the Niagara Generals hosted the Mississauga Hawks. In a seesaw battle Flavio Fiorucci would score the GWG late in the first period. The Hawks would hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Player of the Week
With goals being scored at a record pace and the points piling up this week’s Player of the Week is JK Gill of the Mississauga Hawks. His seven point game with five goals and two assists led his team to victory and has the Hawks off to their best start in years at 3-1-0. Congratulations JK.