Week three saw the end of the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff run and the return of the ball hockey players to the rinks. That was evident with full benches and the intense games on Wednesday night at Downsview Arena. As far as the Leafs go I’m still waking up in the middle of the night thinking 4-1, 4-1 what went wrong. Good thing for the Premier Ball Hockey League makes you forget about lost playoff rounds real quick. The Bruins suffer their first loss of the season, the Hawks flex their claws, the Express continue to roll and the VRW end their two game slide. Here’s a quick recap of the week’s action.
Making the trek to Niagara is always a tough game to win. The North York Hitmen was the first team take the ride to St. Catherine’s to visit the Niagara Generals. Graham Campbell gets the game winner in a 4-2 win as Alex Liakopoulos gains the victory in goal in his Generals debut.
The Mississauga Hawks continue to win taking their fourth game in a row and have a 4-1 record to open the season. Thanks mainly to a five goal outburst from Mike Kusy the Hawks beat the Toronto Thunder 6-3. Paul Zarnett looks to be in fine form after a knee injury sidelined him for most of the winter season.
Playing their second game in three days the North York Hitmen faced the Brampton Express. In a lopsided affair the Express come away with a 7-2 victory. The two newest players in the Express lineup Alex Foster and Max Taylor combine for eight points on the night.
Both the Vaughan Red Wings and the North York Hitmen came into this meeting riding two game losing streaks. In a penalty filled game the VRW use their powerplay to win the game 4-3. Center Rob Shilton whacks in the winner with four minutes left in the game. VRW even their record at 2-2.
The Toronto Thunder looking to rebound from their first loss of the season had to face the undefeated Belleville Bruins. The Thunder added another big time scorer as they sign Kenny Sousa and he pays immediate dividends as he scores twice and adds an assist in the Thunder’s 3-2 victory.
Jeff Wilson continues to look for answers to the Toronto Polar Bears woes. Starting the season at 0-5, the finalist from last season, need to end the losing streak. With eight games left wins are a must. The Metro Orangemen take full points as they walk away with a 6-0 win. Craig Flegel picks up the shutout.
The Brampton Express took the road to Burlington to visit the Niagara Generals. The Express come away with a 4-2.
Player of the Week
Making a triumphant return to the Premier division the Player of the Week is Kenny Sousa of the Toronto Thunder. Kenny’s three points on two goals and an assist helped the Thunder end the Bruins undefeated run at four games. Congratulations Kenny.