The Metro Orangemen continue to remain the last undefeated team in the Premier division after seven weeks. They sit with a very impressive 6-0-1 record the only blemish a shootout loss to the Vaughan Pylons who they will face this week and looking to increase their division lead. Week seven also saw the emergency and domination of Jonathon Pulicicchio of the Hitmen as he continues to take the bull by the horns and lead by example this time with a shootout winner to give his club a very valuable two points. The Barrie Flyers have strung together two victories to climb into the hunt for a top six seed and a coveted post season berth, in a fifteen game schedule every point gained is crucial. The Thunder have hit a bump in the road and are in the midst of a three game skid which will pit them up against another team struggling for victories as the Vaughan Red Wings are in a slump of their own losing four games in a row with two of those games seeing them fall in a shootout. With the season hitting the midpoint mark the teams are all scoreboard watching hoping to put space between themselves and the opposition.
The Toronto Thunder need a break. Two weeks ago a brilliant goaltending episode from Ralph Pellicori went for not as the Thunder failed to score a goal versus the Pylons. Last week the task didn’t get any easier as they faced the division leading Metro Orangemen, who they have built a rivalry with, ever since the “Trade” that sent the Pacheco group to the Orangemen. Yet to make an appearance for the Thunder are four key parts of the puzzle, he Monaghan brothers, Marco Goncalves and Charlie Giffin. Injuries to Dan Giffin and Gus Kalitzis have left the load to be carried by Pellicori without a backup. The Orangemen don’t take any prisoners and the goals came fast and furious. Creador, Costa, Batalha, Roache and DaPonte all find the back of the Thunder net and a single marker from Duarte was too little too late in a 5-1 final. The Orangemen continue to soar and the Thunder need to find a way out of the slump.
After an opening day loss that coach Gaetano has put behind him, his club has become a team to be reckoned with. Always with a plan in hand or mind Gaetano has all members playing into his system and they are ready to do whatever it takes to gain the two points that are up for grab every week. Jonathon Pulicicchio, who has elevated his play to that of superstar status, had another outstanding game to add to his remarkable start of the season. Jon, with a game tying assist and a shootout winner, earned another two points for his North York Hitmen club. Kodi Hollingsworth with his first two goal game in a Hitmen uniform did the damage in regulation. Vaughan Red Wings got goals from Costa and DaCunha pushed the game to a shootout. In the extra shooters Valente, Shilton and Ceccanese for the VRW, Bello and Angiollela for the Hitmen were all turned aside before Pulicicchio buried his attempt. The Hitmen sit in third only a single point away from second with a with a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Barrie Flyers needed a few weeks to get accustomed to the pace and intensity of the Premier division but they have certainly caught up to the level. The Flyers have now strung together two win’s in a row. The Vaughan Pylons were defeated by the Flyers 4-3 in an old Tier 2 rivalry game. A pair of goals by JK Gill sandwiched around a Jason Arruda goal supplied the offence for the Pylons. The Flyers were lifted to victory by Hart, Druden, Robertson and Dickey. The Flyers were afforded a five minute power play as Daniel Clarke of the Pylons was assessed a major for high sticking early in the first. Alan Henderson earned the victory in goal for the Flyers. The Hitmen will be the opposition in week eight as two of the hottest teams face off as Barrie and North York lock horns for the second time this season. Other than the Orangemen the Flyers are the only other team that has beaten the Hitmen.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star is JK Gill as he pots a pair for the Pylons.
The second star is Scott Robertson as he fires the GWG for the Flyers.
And the first star is Kodi Hollingsworth as he bulges the twine two times in the Hitmen victory.
Player of the Week
With a goal and two assists in a 5-1 victory Ricky DaPonte of the Metro Orangemen is the player of the week. Congratulations Ricky.