The Barrie Flyers have extended their winning streak to three games with a come from behind victory over the red hot North York Hitmen. Sneaking out a victory in the last five minutes of the game the Metro Orangemen extended their undefeated streak to eight games. The return of Chris Monaghan to his new team the Toronto Thunder was the emotional boost that the Thunder needed to stop their slide as they dispatch the VRW. As we hit the midpoint of the season we had many exciting games and all players are ready to compete every week. Another big name was signed as Danny Novis, one of the top defensemen from the 2012 season, signed as a free agent with the division leading Orangemen strengthening an already loaded backend. Novis joins Creador, Cerqueira, Pacheco and Carreria to form what may be the best defence crew ever assembled. What will week nine hold in store? Wednesday nights have become the don’t miss night of the Winter season.
In their first season in the Premier division one thing is for sure the Vaughan Pylons won’t be and are not intimidated by any of the Premier power houses. The Pylons are the only team to hand the Metro Orangemen a loss all be it in a shootout and looked primed to hand them another blow. The Pylons came out firing and were rewarded as a sluggish Orangemen team found themselves behind by a pair merely nine minutes in as Frank Dambrosio and Matt Martello beat Anthony Flores in the Orangemen goal. Four first period penalties saw the division leaders on their heels for most of the first. The teams would trade late goals in the frame as Chris Cerquiera would cut the deficit to one but just seventeen seconds from the end of the frame Frankie Giustini on a PP restored the two goal advantage and the Pylons would lead 3-1 after one. The Orangemen pulled up their socks and veteran Terry Roache scores three minutes into the second making the score 3-2. The Pylons would tighten up defensively and the game would head into the last five minutes with them nursing the one goal lead. The Orangemen playing desperation hockey would finally level the game at three as Ricardo Pires finds the back of the goal behind Tyler Cruz tying the game. Sensing the victory was now within reach the veteran of the group Roache would score his second goal of the period and the game winner as the Orangemen come away with a 4-3 come from behind victory.
Can the Barrie Flyers continue to come away with victories mustering less than twenty shots a game? Week eight saw the Flyers come away with another victory over the North York Hitmen as they stick around long enough to so their quick strike offence could do the damage needed to secure a win. It was early September when I was in conversation with Flyer GM Randy Kelly on the proposition of joining Premier and I stated that the Flyers would definitely compete in the Premier division. Randy looked at me with a puzzled look and remarked ‘Pete were not coming to Premier to compete were coming here to WIN’. He has kept true to his word as the Flyers may be the hottest team at the midpoint of the season riding a three game win streak with a come from behind 3-2 victory over the Hitmen. The Hitmen had a 2-1 lead heading into the second on a pair of goals from their superstar Jonathon Pulicicchio. The Flyers kept defending and a pair of goals from Tyler Roache and a marker from Kelly would squeeze out the victory. Another well prepared game plan from Gaetano falls short as the Flyers tie and take the lead in a twenty second span. The Flyers will look to continue their streak and the Hitmen will look to put a quick stop to theirs in week nine.
One of the top scores in the Premier for the last few years has found a new home and made his debut on Wednesday night for the Toronto Thunder. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for Chris Monaghan. The Thunder riding a three game losing streak needed a spark and Chris supplied it. The hopes that his return will also re-ignite the goal scoring powers of Jeff Wilson, who without his slick centermen, has scored only one goal all season. The Thunder came out firing and a pair of goals by rookie speedster Jazz Singh set the stage for what would turn in to a route for the Thunder. In an offensive outpour the Thunder would get a pair of goals from Garett Bamborough and singles from Danny Filice and Rui Martins in a 6-1 victory over the Vaughan Red Wings. The Wings would get a consolation goal from Robbie Mentis as the Wings continue to struggle. The Thunder breathe a sigh of relief and are hopeful that Charlie Giffin and Marco Goncalves aren’t far behind as the season hits its final seven games. Season long injuries to both goaltenders Gus Kalaitzis and Dan Giffin hopefully are on the mend and their presence will add another layer of defence to the Thunder back end. Jason Mallais brought in to coach the team has added his stamp to the Thunder lineup and it will only get stronger as the weeks pass.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star is Matt Martello of the Pylons with a three point game.
The second star is rookie Jazz Singh as he scores his first two Premier goals for the Thunder.
And the first star is Terry Roache as he nets two goals including game winner for the Orangemen.
Player of the Week
The Barrie Flyers Tyler Roache scores two big goals in a huge victory over the Hitmen. For his hard work Tyler is this week’s Player of the Week. Congratulations Tyler.