The streaky Toronto Thunder escaped with another victory, their second in a row. With the victory the Thunder leap frog the pack and sit second in a tie with the Hitmen. The Flyers continue to accumulate points and another shootout game earns them a point to bring their season total to nine. The Pylons have hit a bump in the road and suffer another late game defeat, as they build a lead only to see it evaporate as the game hits the late stages of the second period. Making the jump from thirty minute periods to forty is harder than many expect and a review of the Pylons losses will show that those ten extra minutes have cost the team crucial points. The VRW raised their play but came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard, facing the division leading Orangemen is never an easy task, especially when you’re struggling for points. With star forwards such as Luciani, Varone and Shilton all out of the lineup the young Wings are relying on reserves for offence and are falling a step short. Even with a shorter bench then were used to seeing the Orangemen floor the result was the same as every week another player steps up when the going gets tough. With only six weeks of regular season play left the standings are tight and every game is crucial.
Needing a bounce back game after a loss to the Orangemen in the dying minutes the North York Hitmen were ready and willing in their game versus the Vaughan Pylons, who also were looking for a big effort. Matt Martello coming off a big game last week continued his hot pace and scored a pair of goals. His second goal tied the score at four with six minutes left to play. The Hitmen had their own answer on this night as rookie sensation Kodi Hollingsworth scores his second goal of the game with two minutes left to put his club up 5-4. A pair of Anthony Novia empty netters seals the game making the final 7-4. The Pylons suddenly find themselves chasing the pack in a tight race for a top four spot.
Chris Monaghan playing his second consecutive game for the Toronto Thunder may be as everyone expected the biggest piece to come the Thunder’s way in the block buster trade that sent the slew of ex-Polar Bear’s their way. It was another ex-Polar Bear that did the damage on this night as 6 foot 5 defensemen Dave McCarron scores both goals set up by the young speedster Jazz Singh. The Flyers received their goals from Kyle Vokes and Brian McNellan and the game ends in a 2-2 tie after regulation. In the shootout another young superstar wins the point for the Thunder as Marcel Mallais does a Datsyuk deke and ends it with a one hander goal around a sprawled Alan Henderson in the Flyers goal.
With the pack starting to separate itself the Vaughan Red Wings need to accumulate points. It’s not for a lack of effort. The effort is there the results at this time are not following. Facing the Metro Orangemen is a tough task on any night, but things may have looked bright for the Wing’s. The Orangemen had a short bench with many stars not in uniform and an emergency goalie in net. The Wings would put up a spirited effort and had numerous scoring chances to draw level after falling behind 3-1. A Anthony Metallo breakaway followed by point blank chances were all stopped by Vince Sozio making his Premier debut and picking up his first win a 5-1 victory. The Orangemen got a pair of goals from veteran Terry Roache and singles from Adam Carreira, Jeff Gallant and Paul Lima extending their undefeated run to nine games.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star with four points is Ricardo Pires of the Metro Orangemen.
The second star also from the Orangemen is Terry Roache with a pair of goals.
And the first star with the GWG is Kodi Hollingsworth of the North York Hitmen.
Player of the Week
Scoring his first two goals of the season in a 3-2 SO win for his Toronto Thunder team is Dave McCarron. Congratulations Dave.