Just three weeks into a new season and we can already see that these six teams will battle all the way to the bitter end. There are no “Easy” games and every week each of these teams will need to bring their top game if they are to strive to the top of this Premier Mountain. Every team has earned a victory with the Barrie Flyers clinching their first Premier victory over the Hitmen in a milestone moment as the Flyers have been working their way to this cumulative moment of earning a Premier victory. They will now set their sights on building on the positive result. The VRW after a sluggish opening game rebounded with a solid effort and earned their first two points of the season. All three of the Orangemen, Pylons and Thunder have earned points in each of their first three games. The Thunder have seen all three of their games go to a shootout. The one word that we can use at this point is parody and everyone is a contender. I can’t wait for what week four has in store.
Both the Metro Orangemen and Vaughan Pylons came into this game earning points in their first two games. The trend would continue as this game would end 3-3 with a shootout needed to decide a winner. Matt Martello and JK Gill would make their Pylon Premier debut in this game and the free agent signing of Jes Calabro added three potent offensive threats to the Pylons lineup. The Orangemen would get goals from three big time players as Ricardo Pires, Ricky DaPonte and Terry Roache would beat Alex Liakopoulos. The Pylons would respond through Martello with his first, sniper Frankie Giustini and Craig Stojsin would knot the game at three. The shootout would need four shooters each as Vince Capone buries the winner beating Orangemen goaltender Anthony Flores and securing his club a crucial second point.
The Barrie Flyers earned their first Premier victory with a 4-3 beating of the North York Hitmen. After an opening defeat to the Pylons the Flyers came into Wednesday’s game with a determination that would not be denied. After falling behind 3-1 the Flyers would come from behind scoring three straight goals. Rookie Kyle Quisijenko would be credited with the game winner. Goals from Peter Bello, Kodi Hollingsworth and Joe Meleca in his first game of the year replied for the Hitmen. A trio of helpers from Flyer leader Randy Kelly commenced the late game comeback. The Hitmen will face the undefeated Pylons and the Thunder will faceoff versus the Flyers.
In a late night grudge match the Toronto Thunder and Vaughan Red Wings would face off. These teams matched up last year in the semi-final round with the Thunder coming out on top and reaching the finals of last year’s fall season. Vaughan would dress a stacked lineup that included many of their top players. The Thunder would add another young gun to their lineup as they ink Andrew Sisi who has been lighting up the Tier 2 division and will now try his luck in the big leagues. The Wings would open a 3-1 lead as goals from Frank Costa, Robbie Mentis and Shawn McCalla were answered quickly by Mike Battaglia, John To, and Captain Danny Filice who is off to a torrid scoring pace to start the season. Both goaltenders did their part to send this game to a shootout. In the extra shooters only McCalla finds the back of the net and the Wings earn full points.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star is Randy Kelly with three assists in the victory.
The second star is Alan Henderson who backstops the Flyers to their first Premier win.
And the first star is Vince Capone with the shootout winner for the Pylons.
Player of the Week
Shawn McCalla of the Vaughan Red Wings is your Player of the Week. Shawn scored in regulation and the shootout winner to seals the two points for VRW. Congratulations Shawn