Five weeks in and one third of the season has passed in a flash. I can’t commence to express how pleased I’ve been with the attendance from all six teams. Every week the number of players that come to compete is outstanding. Every week many notable and even some new players make their way to Hangar. There is no easy week for any of our six teams as the competion is at an all-time high for a Fall season. The Thunder want to forget week five as they suffered their first regulation loss. The hottest team just may be the North York Hitmen who have won two straight and are putting up some big offensive numbers in the process. Can anyone beat the Orangemen as they remain the last of the unbeaten teams in regulation.
There have been some pleasant surprises in the early weeks Justin Cabral of the Orangemen has been racking up points, a pair of Jonathon’s in Pulicicchio and Poirier have been leading the Hitmen’s early season success. Thunder Captain Danny Filice is playing like he’s 25 again scoring at a phenomenal pace. Barrie Flyer leader Randy Kelly has played above expectations leading his young team into the Premier battles. VRW sniper Steve Ceccanese is a treat to watch and he is on the cusp of becoming the next Premier superstar. Frankie Giustini arguably the best pure scorer in the game has scored eight goals in five games and is on pace to light the lamp twenty four times.
The Toronto Thunder kept true to script falling behind once again 2-0 to the North York Hitmen. With the fire power afforded to Head Coach Jason Mallais if there’s one team that can keep coming back from behind it’s the Toronto Thunder. Along with the big four Marco Goncalves, Massimo Principe, Paul Duarte and Charlie Giffin you can add the youngest superstar of them all Marcel Mallais to that mix. After falling behind on a sort handed goal the Thunder with goals from Mallais, Principe and Duarte tied the game at three. With the clock ticking down a Seeing Eye goal from Kodi Hollingsworth beats Ralph Pellicori for the winning goal. The Hitmen continue to keep playing superb hockey as they come away with a 4-3 win.
Growing pains will be felt by the Barrie Flyers as they make their first trip versus all the Premier teams. Playing the defending Downsview Park Champions and the Silver Medalists from our summer season they would be in tough on Wednesday night. The Metro Orangemen opened up a four goal lead behind goals from Justin Cabral, Andy Pacheco and a pair from Ricardo Pires. Ryan Gardy and Tyler Roache would pull the Flyers to within a pair and a slew of PP’s gave the Flyers ample opportunities to level the score. The stellar play of Anthony Flores in the Orangemen goal and a late marker from Joe Pontes sealed a 5-2 win for the Orangemen.
Vaughan versus Vaughan as the Red Wings faced off versus the Pylons for the first time in Premier action. The Pylons had JK Gill, Matt Martello and Frankie Giustini all dressed and ready to go. VRW would fall behind 2-1 early in the second period. Things took a drastic change in the span of thirty seconds as Ceccanese would score two shorthanded goals on the same shift. The score suddenly was in the favour of the young Wings. JK Gill would even the score as he beats Anthony Ferrante and the game would need the dreaded shootout to try and earn the extra crucial points for one of these two teams. A shootout is not as easy as everyone thinks only one of the six attempts was successful as Craig Stojsin of the Pylons wins his team the extra point in a 4-3 shootout victory.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star is Craig Stojsin with the clinching shootout winner.
The second start is Peter Bello with a trio of assists in the Hitmen win.
And the first star is Steve Ceccanese with a pair of shorthanded goals in a losing effort.
Week 5 Player of the Week
This week’s player of the week is Anthony Flores of the Metro Orangemen who backstopped his club to a victory over the Barrie Flyers.