With the Christmas break only a week away the teams are gearing for a much needed break. The Vaughan Red Wings who looked to have thrown in the towel early in the season have rolled off two straight victories and have made the race for spots two through six a five team race. With the VRW victory last week the division is separated by four points minus the Orangemen who have run away with the first seed and will now wait to see who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. The division leaders came away with another two points to keep their regulation undefeated season intact. The Thunder after winning two straight have now dropped two straight in that process the Pylons win a huge game to climb back into a post season seed. As every team seems to get hot and cold at different stretches during the season it may come down to who gets hot at the right time. Two of the five will watch from the outside when the post season starts and none of the five teams want to be in that spot.
The Vaughan Pylons needed a victory in the worst way in week eleven and got the offence they needed to secure it with Frankie Giustini scoring three goals for a natural hat trick on route to his team’s 8-3 victory over the Toronto Thunder. Injuries and illness forced the Thunder to dress defenceman Alexander Moore in goal as Ralph Pellicori and Gus Kalitzis could not answer the bell. Moore did his best holding the Thunder in the game with the score being 3-2 Pylons after one period. With the likes of Giustini, JK Gill and Frank D’Ambrosio teeing off with shots from everywhere it was a matter of time. Adding to Giustini’s three the Pylons received goals from D’Ambrosio, Craig Stojsin, Vince Capone and a pair from Gill to reach the eight goal mark. The Thunder replied with goals from youngster jazz Singh, Dave McCarron and Garett Bambrough. With the loss the Thunder are two pts from second and two points from last place.
In a matchup of one versus two the Metro Orangemen and the North York Hitmen renewed the rivalry. The Hitmen came close last time these two met and a goal in the last two seconds cost the Hitmen a crucial point. The return of superstar Victor Azevedo was a boost to the Hitmen and their confidence at an all-time high. With the Orangemen miles ahead of the rest of the division and with only three games left the Orangemen are gearing up for the playoffs and a consecutive Downsview Park Championships. The Orangemen would produce all the scoring in the game as they get goals from Justin Cabral, Glen Bradbury and Chris Creador making the final 3-0. Anthony Flores would do the rest as he shuts out the Hitmen to keep the Orangemen soaring. The Hitmen will need to battle the rest of the way as they are bundled with the other four teams in a log jammed standings and the race for the top four.
Making a late season surge the Vaughan Red Wings have put together two consecutive wins. After up ending the Pylons last week they scored seven goals in a late night victory over the Barrie Flyers. The goaltending of Anthony Ferrante has turned the tables on the season and put his club right back in the playoff race. With many regulars returning to the line up the results will be sure to follow. Daniel Alonzi makes his return after suffering an injury in game one of the season. A big night from speedster Robbie Mentis who scored four goals and Anthony Metallo, Joseph Serpe and Brian Rodrigues add singles. The Flyers tried to keep pace as they get single goals from Cory Wick, Kyle Quisijenko, Randy, Kelly, Tyler Roache and James Reid in the 7-5 defeat. Both these teams will make late season pushes for the playoffs and in the coming weeks the hockey should be exciting.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star with two goals and three assists is JK Gill from the Vaughan Pylons.
The second star with the natural hat trick is Frankie Giustini also from the Pylons.
And the first star is Metro Orangemen goaltender Anthony Flores as he shuts out the Hitmen.
Player of the Week
In recording a four goal game versus the Barrie Flyers, Robbie Mentis of the Vaughan Red Wings is the player of the week. Congratulations Robbie.