Another season and another star for the Falco Steelers. They are the 2014 Fall Masters Champions. That's back to back to back jacks for the men in Purple! They currently hold the Northwest Title after winning the 2013-14 Winter, 2014 Summer and now the 2014 Fall. They are also back to back Ontario Winter and Summer Champions. And a Las Vegas Shootout Tournament win to cement their mark as the winningist Masters team of all time.
They did lose two games this past season and also tied two games finishing in first place with a 10-2-2 record. They were led by York Express call-up Paul Mauti who finished first in team scoring with 29 points. Mike Giordano also had a fantastic sophomore season with the Steelers hitting the scoresheet 23 times. Newcomer Dave Peregine bolstered an already explosive attack and pitched in with 14 points in 7 games. Sam Trotto led their D corps again with 21 points. In goal Andrew Smith was solid and led the league in Wins and GAA.
Falco would meet the Saints in their semi-final round. The Saints had a subpar season but still managed to finish .500 with a 6-6-2 record. The fight was still on as its playoff time and no one is rolling over and just handing the Steelers the silverware. The Steelers would win the game as Jason DeRose would fire a PPG with seven minutes remaining to seal game one 3-2. Game two was won in a two minute span midway through the second as the Steelers would score three times making the final 4-1. The would now face the Canadians, newcomers to Masters, as they upset the second place Toronto Jaguars.
The Steelers would teach the new kids on the block a lesson as they took a 3-0 lead early into the second. But the Canadians would not let the score dictate their game and they would make a game of it. Little too late as the final score would be 3-2. So was it Championship night or would the Canadians sent the series to a game three? The Canadians would draw first blood and hand the Steelers their first deficit of the playoffs. Would the wheels come off? Not a chance, Domenic D'Urzo would tie the game a minute later and Peregine would ice the game with two goals and helping the Falco Steelers claim the Championship 3-1.
For his efforts Dave Peregine was named Playoff MVP amassing 6 goals in 4 games. Congratulations to Rocco Mongelli and the entire team on the Championship. Winning never gets old so to be the best you have to beat the best and right now the Falco Steelers are the best team at the Masters level of Ball Hockey.