The Premier Fall season started last week with two interesting matchups. The Metro Orangemen and North York Hitmen met for the first time since the Orangemen eliminated the Hitmen in the QF round of the 2013 Summer playoffs so revenge would be on the minds of the Hitmen. In the night cap the new look Toronto Thunder, who some fans are now nicknaming them the Toronto Thunder Bears, floored their revamped lineup. Their opponent making their Premier debut were the Vaughan Pylons who after years of being a dominant Tier 2 team have made the jump to Premier and will compete against the top teams and players the Province has to offer. These teams will be joined in week two by the Vaughan Red Wings and the 2013 Tier 2 National Champions Barrie Flyers.
The Metro Orangemen were ready to go when the first ball dropped. Wasting no time they quickly opened a four goal lead merely five minutes in to their first game of the season. Adding to the glutton of young superstars the next name you can add to that list is Justin Cabral. This youngster nets his first career Premier hat trick. The North York Hitmen settled down and were able to find the back of the Orangemen’s net as Alberto Cucchiara beats the Orangemen’s newest goaltender Anthony Flores who they selected in the Dispersal Draft to fill in for injured starter Craig Flegal. The final score line would read 5-1 Orangemen and they look poised to defend their 2012 Downsview Park Championship Fall Championship. The Hitmen will need to regroup and prepare to face t VRW in week two.
Jason Mallais was brought in to turn the fortunes of the Toronto Thunder around and he has begun with a bang. He’s turned over the lineup adding no less than ten new faces. Due to injuries and prior commitments not all the new faces suited up in game one but if what we saw was anything to go by all I can say is wow. Both Al Moore and John To joining Kal Kakish have suddenly shored up the back line of the Thunder and the front line can score with the best of them. In a goal fest the Vaughan Pylons in their debut came out firing as super sniper Frankie Giustini does what he does best and buries a hat trick. Captain Anthony Zeppieri contributes a four point game and the Pylons were flying. The Thunder matched the Pylons goal for goal and another hat trick on the night by Thunder Captain Danny Filice and the newest member Jeff Wilson pots a pair. After a wild forty minutes the score was tied 6-6. A shootout would be needed to decide the extra point and Mr. Shootout himself Jeff Wilson scores the deciding goal. Both he and Paul Duarte make good on their attempts and all the Pylons shooters were stopped by Ralph Pellicori. The Thunder begin their quest to reach the top of the Premier mountain. In a successful debut for the Pylons they earn a point in their first game.
Stars of the Night
The Third Star with a hat trick is Frankie Giustini from the Vaughan Pylons.
The Second Star also with the hat trick is Danny Filice of the Toronto Thunder.
And the First Star is Justin Cabral from the Metro Orangemen who scored his first career Premier hat trick.
Player of the Week
In his Thunder debut veteran sniper Jeff Wilson records two goals and two assists and to end the game scores the shootouts deciding goal. Congratulations Jeff.