Well another regular season has come to an end and as per normal it came down to the last game on a chilly Sunday night to decide who would gain the fourth and final post season seed. We all knew that the Orangemen were signed, sealed and delivered into the number one seed. The final three spots took the course of a week to determine.
Let’s start with the Thunder who after dropping a 2-1 decision a couple of weeks ago to the Flyers looked like they were going to be on the outside looking in. Arguably the most resilient club over the years squeaked out a 4-2 victory over the Hitmen to do their part in getting to the dance. Being the final game for both clubs the Thunder had an outside chance of not qualifying for the playoffs but when the dust had settled the Hitmen had secured the number two seed and the Thunder the number three seed. These two will now meet in a semi-final matchup. The Thunder on their miraculous run to last year’s Fall Final dispatched the Hitmen in the Quarter final round. Gaetano and the Hitmen will be looking to extract a sense of revenge on the Thunder for eliminating them in the Fall 2012 season.
The Barrie Flyers needed to have a big week and facing the Metro Orangemen was going to make the mountain that much higher to climb. The Flyers fought valiantly but failed to secure the points needed to slip into the post season. The Flyers dropped a 4-1 decision to the Orangemen. With one game left the Flyers unknowingly at this point would hold the fate of the final two clubs racing for the fourth seed.
One win in their final two games would secure the Vaughan Pylons a playoff seed in their debut session. Last week they were shutout by the Hitmen but the Pylons held their own fate. A win over the Vaughan Red Wings would secure them not only a playoff seed but the number three seed at that. The Pylons knew what was at stake and both teams played a tight first period. The Pylons would lead at half 2-1. The wheels would fall off in the second period and the VRW scored five goals on route to a 6-2 victory. The Pylons with the loss now needed to sit and wait and a helping hand from the Flyers.
In the final game of the season the Vaughan Red Wings and Barrie Flyers would face off. The stage was set and here was the scenario. If the VRW win they would be in. If the Flyers win the Pylons would get in. Vaughan came out on fire and scored six first period goals on route to a 7-4 victory. With the win the Wings secured the final playoff seed by one point over the Pylons. The Orangemen finally had an opponent for the semi-finals and these two clubs will meet for the first time in their clubs history.
Three Stars of the Night
The third star with two assists “Mr. Everything” Victor Azevedo of the North York Hitmen.
The second star from with six points in two wins while chasing a playoff seed is Robbie Mentis of teh Vaughan Red Wings.
And the first star is Marcel Mallais of the Toronto Thunder who nets a hat tick against the Hitmen.
Player of the Week
With a victory over the North York Hitmen and helping his team secure a playoff seed goaltender Ralph Pellicori from the Toronto Thunder is your Player of the Week. Congratulations Ralph.