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FalconsThe Tier 2 Summer session once again proved to be one filled with excitement and entertainment. Nine of the top “B” level clubs in Ontario started out with a single objective to capture the 2014 GT Tier II Championship and a seed at the one of the most coveted and elusive tournaments the OBHA “B” Provincial Championships. After a grueling regular season, the post season was filled with some breath taking nail biting series.

The Falcons would face the Mississauga Islanders in the QF round as #1 faced #8. The other three series were as follows: #2 Toronto Pirates vs. #7 North York Leafs, #3 Toronto North Stars vs. #6 Nordiques and the #4 The Big Bastone vs. #5 Toronto Hitmen. After the dust had settled in the first round it was the Leafs, Bastone and North Stars that swept their opponents in two games. The only series that needed a deciding game three was the Falcon/Islander series as both teams had played great up to that point. Being the number one seed the pressure was squarely on the backs of the Falcons. The Falcons back in the comfy confides of the Hangar put up five goals and dispatched the Islanders 5-1 on their way to the final four.

The veteran laden North York Leafs was next in line for the Falcons. The Big Bastone would renew hostilities with the Toronto North Stars. Following script from the QF round the Falcons would lose game one but then force a game three. The Bastone on the other hand exited the North Stars from the post season and would wait for a game three winner to determine who they would face in the Finals. The Falcons would find themselves trailing in game three 2-1 but a flurry of goals saw them take the series with a 4-2 victory.

The final was set #1 Falcons vs. #4 The Big Bastone, a battle of two Tier 2 powerhouse franchises. The Bastone lead by GM Mario Ventullo and goaltender Ralph Pellicori would be a stiff test for the Falcons who had just won two, three game series while the Bastone were victorious in two sweeps. Game one of the finals was an epic affair with regulation time solving nothing. Actually there wasn’t a goal scored as the teams played to a scoreless draw. It took the Falcons just six minutes into OT to find a goal. It would come off the stick of Rob Angiolella, who had carried the Falcons offensively throughout the season, he once again was there when needed and the Falcons were one game away from capturing their first ever summer Tier 2 Championship. Game two saw the Bastone with their backs to the wall. Coach/GM Mario Ventullo put together a juggernaut of a scoring line with Massimo Principe, Anthony Novia and Charlie Giffin. Ventullo’s hunch paid off as the line was dominant and they accounted for four goals on the night in a 5-2 Bastone win. So here were the Falcons again in a game three this time it was for all the marbles. Coach Vito Lagani of the Falcons used a two man system all season in goal and gave the nod to Chris Cusimano for the most important game of the year. As they had in the previous two series the Falcons would once again find the fortitude to pull out a win when they needed it most. After a hard fought thirty minutes the Falcons with an insurance goal from no other than Rob Angiolella escaped with a 3-1 victory and the Tier 2 Championship.

The Falcons in their first full year in Tier 2 captured four major trophies, the Downsview Park Winter session, the OBHA 'B' Winter Provincials, the ‘B’ National Championship and the GT Tier II Summer session. For his fine play and timely goals Rob Angiolella of the Falcons was named playoff MVP. Congratulations to GM Vito Lagani of the Falcons and the entire Falcons organization on capturing the Tier 2 summer Championship in their inaugural campaign.

Peter Lorusso
Premier Commissioner

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