Only three weeks from Christmas and instead of cheer and good wishes the teams were certainly in a foul mood as the playoff chase heats up. With a win vaulting teams from third to sixth in one night every team is desperately looking for wins, the Orangemen still undefeated have eliminated themselves from the log jam with only five games left. The Pylons look to have hit the proverbial wall and are struggling to keep pace as they faced a red hot Hitmen team. The Flyers looked to play giant slayers as they faced the Orangemen in a pre Christmas tilt. The Thunder were looking to extend their win streak to a season high three games. VRW need a big time victory as they hope to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.
In a matchup where both teams riding winning streaks clashed, it was the North York Hitmen that upended the Toronto Thunder in a penalty filled matchup that had both teams in foul moods. The Thunder would get off to a flying start as Jeff Wilson breaks his scoring slump with a PP goal early in the first. The Thunder were granted another PP opportunity but it was the Hitmen that would capitalize scoring two shorthanded goals as Jonathon Poirier and Jonathan Pulicicchio both score to give the Hitmen a 2-1 lead. Just three minutes after that Andrew Lucia would bulge the twine and make the score 3-1 heading into half. The Thunder would make a game of it as they get a goal from Jazz Singh to make the score 3-2. The duo of Poirier and Pulicicchio would strike again as they make the final scores 5-2 Hitmen. Tempers flared late in the game as the score got out of hand. With the stakes at an all time high two crucial points were gained by the Hitmen.
Can the Metro Orangemen remain undefeated with only five games left? The odds are improving each week. Week ten was no cake walk for the division leaders as they squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the Barrie Flyers who fought hard till the last whistle. The Orangemen jumped out quickly scoring 1:08 into the game as Glen Bradbury fires a shot that beats Alan Henderson in the Flyers goal. The Flyers took a man to man approach to the game and kept the high flying attack of the Orangemen at bay. The score would get doubled before half as Ricardo Pires spins and scores to give his club a 2-0 halftime lead. Knowing that they now needed to produce offence the Flyers started to push and were finally rewarded all be it controversial as Paul Talbot knocks in a loose ball from a mad scramble with the net being moved. After a quick discussion between the two officials the goal was ruled to be a good goal. The Flyers pulled their goalie and mounted pressure but Anthony Flores stood his ground and the Orangemen escape with a 2-1 victory.
Vaughan versus Vaughan as the Red Wings and the Pylons hooked up in the nightcap. Both of these teams were desperate for a win as they have come upon hard times in finding W’s. Vaughan with only eight healthy and present runners looked to be in tough as the Pylons looked prime to take two points. The only problem with playing a short benched team is that you let your guard down. VRW made the sluggish Pylons pay early as four first period goals, a pair by Frank Costa and singles by Helder Dachuna and Anthony Valente, had the Pylons shocked and behind the eight ball. When you got Frankie Giustini on your team you’re never out of a game. Frankie scores twice and sets up a Frank D’Ambrosio goal to make the score 4-3. A frantic finish see’s Anthony Ferrante slam the door shut and not allow another goal as the VRW hold on for the 4-3 victory. The Pylons after being near the top of the division for most of the season have slid down the ladder and must make a late season push for a playoff seed the VRW breathed life in to their chances with the victory.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star, with a two point game, is Glen Bradbury of the Orangemen.
The second star, with another impressive three point game, is Jonathan Poirier of the Hitmen.
And the first star, with a pair of goals, is Frank Costa of VRW.
Player of the Week
Goaltender of the Barrie Flyers Alan Henderson gave his club a chance to win with numerous huge saves allowing only two goals to the high powered offence of the Orangemen. Congratulations Alan.