Many call it the best hockey you will ever watch and the four post season teams all held true to this statement as they all brought their “A” game to the table for game one of the semi final round. We were treated to two exciting games and we can’t wait for game two to see if these teams can top their performance from last week.
The division leading Metro Orangemen came into the post season yet to taste a regulation defeat through fifteen hard fought games. They swept their opponent the Vaughan Red Wings winning all three games by a combined score of 17-5.The Orangemen relatively healthy throughout the year suddenly found three regular defencemen on the shelf Chris Cerqueira, Adam Carreria and Robert Cardoso would all be out of action as the series was set to get under way. The Wings would not be intimidated by facing the division regular season winners and came out firing as Steve Ceccanese would hammer in a rebound off the back boards and VRW had drawn first blood in the series. The game would be a fast paced up and down affair and Ricardo Pires before the period ends would draw the Orangemen even. At half the teams were deadlocked 1-1. The Orangemen began to take the pace to the Wings and would bury the next three goals of the game in the span of four minutes. Glen Bradbury, Sergio Vidal and Jeff Gallant would bulge the Orangemen’s lead to 4-1 and the game seemed well in hand. Not so fast the young Wings had other ideas and afforded a four minute late PP chance. The Wings made good twice as Shawn McCalla and Anthony Metallo drew their club to within a goal of the defending DP Premier Champions. Still up a man the Wings pulled their goalie and once again outnumbered their opponent’s six runners to four. A furious last forty seconds saw goaltender Anthony Flores called upon to make numerous stops to preserve the game one victory 4-3. If game one was any indication of what is to come game two should be an exciting fast paced contest where the last PP may win you the game.
In a rematch of last year’s QF round the Toronto Thunder and North York Hitmen would renew hostilities. The Thunder on their way to a final’s appearance in 2012 eliminated the Hitmen and the Wings before falling to the Orangemen. Three major factors from last year’s team Charlie Giffin, Marco Goncalves and Dan Giffin all missing from the lineup would need other players to pick up the slack. On the other hand the Hitmen after a slow start have been on fire finishing in the number two seed and the return of two big defenders in Victor Azevedo and Danny Rocha gave them the boost down the stretch to go in to the playoffs full of confidence. In a game that was full of twists and turns both teams took their opportunity at dominating periods of the first twenty minutes. The score at the end of the first would see both teams scoring twice and the score would be tied 2-2. Jeff Wilson the veteran sniper gets both goals for the Thunder and the Jonathon’s Pulicicchio and Poirier respond for the Hitmen. After the break the Thunder looked to just stop moving and the speed and accuracy of the Hitmen would dominate in full force. Poirier and Pulicicchio would each score their second goals of the game, Anthony Novia and Bill Hutton would round out a four goal outburst and the Hitmen would run away with the game 6-2. First year Coach Jason Mallais will need to pull every trick out of his play book in an attempt to level the series at a game apiece to force a third and deciding game.
Semi Finals Stars of the Night
Jeff Gallant (Orangemen) - 1 goal and 1 assist
Anthony Metallo (VRW) - 1 goal and 1 assist
Jonathon Poirier (Hitmen) - 2 goals and 1 assist
Jeff Wilson (Thunder) - 2 goals