Week Two brought us an exciting and eventful week of Premier Ball Hockey. Two teams took the floor for their first game of the season and in the case of the Barrie Flyers their Premier debut. The matchup everyone was looking forward to was a rematch of last Fall’s Premier final as the Orangemen and the Thunder would renew hostilities. In the night cap the Hitmen were looking to bounce back as they faced off versus old rivals the VRW.
The Toronto Thunder are rebuilt and their first big test came in the form of the defending Fall Champions Metro Orangemen. Throw in the rivalry that’s emerged since the big trade that sent the Pacheco’s and crew to the Orangemen and we’re in for one intense game. The Orangemen would open the scoring as they would get a first period goal from Andy Pacheco. The Thunder would respond as captain Filice nets his fourth goal of the season. A fortunate bounce off the back boards afforded the Orangemen a PP goal and a 2-1 lead. Glen Bradbury was credited with the goal and the Thunder would need to battle back once again. Thunder newcomer Dino Brancatella would net the tying goal late and the Thunder would head to a second shootout in two games. The Thunder welcomed Gus Kalaitzis who made his Thunder debut in goal and was spectacular stopping shot after shot, but how would he fair in the shootout. Both Ricardo Pires and Andy Pacheco would beat Kalaitzis and the only Thunder shooter to beat Anthony Flores was Filice. The Orangemen win the shootout and gain the extra point in a 3-2 win.
Making their Premier debut were the Barrie Flyers. The excitement and enthusiasm could be felt as the players entered the rink and prepared for their inaugural encounter. Their opponent would be the newly promoted Vaughan Pylons who gained a point in week one and were looking to build on their successful start. Frankie Giustini came to the rink and would have no part of the Flyer celebrations and scores the opening goal of the game. Flyer leader Randy Kelly quickly answered and we were in for a good old see saw battle. The Flyers would gain the lead as Scott Robertson fires in a close range shot. But Dan Clarke with a shot from just past center levels the game once again. Giustini would net his second of the game and Frank D’Ambrosio would bulge the Pylon lead to 5-3. A late Flyer goal by Josh Duerden pulled his club to within one but that’s as close as they would get in a 5-4 Pylon victory. The Flyers will look to earn their first Premier point next week and the Pylons will look to continue to build on their strong opening couple of games.
With the absence of many of their core players and top scorers the North York Hitmen and coach Angelo Gaetano will have their hands full. If anyone can turn a situation such as this into a positive, its coach Gaetano. The master technician will put a solid game plan in place and in turn get the most out of the players at his disposal. Facing the Vaughan Red Wings would be a tough challenge as the VRW would have many of their stars in their lineup for opening game. After falling in game one to the Orangemen the Hitmen needed a solid showing. Two players in particular stepped up to the plate and each scored two goals apiece. Alberto Cucchiara and Tony Ricci were the dynamic duo supplying more than enough offence in a 5-1 victory. Speedster Anthony Novia for the Hitmen and Joe Serpe for the VRW would wind out the scoring. Defensemen Derek Anderson adds three assists and goaltender Dave Clark evens his record at 1-1.
3 Stars of the Night
The Third Star is Frankie Giustini as he tallies two goals in the victory.
The Second Star is Andy Pacheco with a goal and the shootout winner.
And the First Star is Alberto Cucchiara as he scores the GWG.
Player of the Week
Supplying a goal and three assists in his clubs first Premier victory is Justin Rita of the Vaughan Pylons. Congratulations Justin.