The 2014 Tier 2 Fall season came to an end on January 2nd with The Big Bastone finding their way back to the Championship podium. A very emotional last few weeks for the Bastone saw two long time members of both the sport and the league Carlos Arce and Mario Ventullo had loved ones pass away. Both Mr. Juan Arce and Mrs. Angelina Ventullo will be dearly missed by their families and friends and our prayers and best wishes are with both families at this difficult time. Before the game three commenced a moment of silence was held in memory of the deceased. I would like to at thank the Toronto Hitmen and the North York Leafs who during these difficult weeks were patient and understanding in the rescheduling of playoff games and times allowing the families a time to mourn.
As they say the show must go on and we had a game three to get to. In a quick review we saw the Bastone out last the North York Leafs in a three game thrilling series to reach the final and the Toronto Hitmen with a game three overtime winner over the Vaughan Sharks reached their second final in three tries. Of the Last six finalists the Bastone and Hitmen have been their twice each. Game one of the series could only be described as the “Sam Riggi Show”. The Hitmen goaltender was stellar in turning away chance after chance of the Bastone attack in preserving a 3-1 Hitmen lead. The Bastone would pull goaltender Pellicori in an attempt to try and level the score but a pair of empty netters would ensure that the Hitmen were only a win from capturing their first ever Tier 2 DPBHL Championship.
The Big Bastone with their backs planted firmly against the wall knew that they could not fall behind in game two as the Hitmen’s smothering fore check would be tough to come back against. After thirty minutes the score would be deadlocked at zeros. The Hitmen had the Championship within their grasps and the entire rink went silent as with just fifteen seconds left speedy winger Aadil Patel of the Hitmen was sent in all alone on Pellicori with the game and series on his stick. Patel who just a series earlier was the hero with an OT winner versus the Sharks came in on the veteran netminder but his attempt was turned aside and a sudden death OT would be needed to decide a winner. In the extra frame both teams were granted PP opportunities early on but neither could bulge the twine and the game continued. With only five minutes left in the first OT the Hitmen received a slashing call and the Bastone would head back to the PP. Regular season scoring Champion Jeff Smith who had been held in check for nearly two games would show why he led the league in scoring. On the PP Smith let a rocket slap shot go from the point which hit the cross bar and went in to the net and the Bastone celebrated.
So here we are thirty minutes to decide a Champion, both teams entered the rink confident, ready to reach the pinnacle of the trek that started in early September. The Hitmen received a huge blow before the game even started as All-Star defender and MVP Defensemen of the season Ago Curtosi would be held out of the line up with a heel injury. That didn’t stop the Hitmen from drawing first blood as the Hitmen Captain Sean Duggan opens the scoring and the young Hitmen were off and running. With the first period drawing to an end the Bastone would explode scoring three times as Jonathan Poirier and Dorvin Jordan give the Bastone their first lead of the game. They would add the third as Jordan Zachariah would score with just five ticks left in the first period. The second period saw an intense battle as the Hitmen pushed with all their might only to see Pellicori turn them away. Dorvin Jordan would add his second of the game late and the final score line would read 4-1 Big Bastone. An exciting finish to an outstanding season for both clubs.
Riding his two goal performance in game three and his outstanding play throughout the playoffs Dorvin Jordan of The Big Bastone was named MVP of the post season. Congratulations Dorvin and Coach/GM Mario Ventullo and the entire Bastone club on a job well done.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all those who participated in the Fall Tier 2 season as we look forward to our next session that promises more excitement and thrills that you can only find in the Hangar on a Friday night. Happy New Year to all for a healthy and prosperous 2015.
Tier 2 Commissioner