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Premier BHLWith only four points separating the top seven teams every night can see a club drop numerous spots as every game has significant meaning. Two of the top contenders clashed as the Orangemen, suddenly the talk of the division faced the mighty Express. The Panza Cup, Gerry versus Pino as the VRW and the Jets squared off in a brotherly rivalry. The Thunder continue there dominance as the Bears fail to knock of the division leaders. In the shootout game of the night the Steelers use extra shots to edge St.Mike’s 3-2.

The Toronto Thunder continues to hold the slimmest of margins as they lead the division with 14 points one more than the Brampton Express. This weekend’s game saw a bare minimum Toronto Polar Bears lineup against the division leaders. Needless to say the Thunder came away with a convincing 7-1 victory. With Daponte, Principe and Bradbury scoring a hat trick of points each and Filice the Captain adding four of his own the game was never really in doubt. Massimo Principe now holds a ten point lead over the next closest competitor in the Tier 1 scoring race accumulating 22 points in only nine games. The big game next week sees the Express and Thunder lock horns for the division lead. Can the Thunder open up what could be an unsurpassable lead or will the Express take over the spot their most used to holding?

Both these next two teams entered the game tied in second place but only one at the end would stand alone with the second seed. In an intense back and forth game between the Brampton Express and Metro Orangemen both goaltenders were called upon to make numerous big saves to keep their teams in contention but it was a pair of Shawn Hannon goals that were the difference. The Orangemen had numerous scoring chances that were not converted into goals which usually are the difference in these games. The Orangemen can take the positives away from a loss that they competed for the entire thirty minutes with the star studded lineup of the Express. The Orangemen must now face the hungry soaring Jets in a must watch contest.

The Panza Cup as it was referred to on Monday night saw the Vaughan Jets and Vaughan Red Wings face each other. The VRW’s first Premier victory came at the hands of the Jets and revenge was certainly on the minds of this veteran group. As always a family rivalry adds to the spice and excitement of the game. This time around the older brother had the last laugh as the Jets come away with a 3-2 victory. A changing of the guard as the Jets look towards youth the additions of Coelho, Dubroy, Dourmissis, Young, Gaggi and S. Mignosa have created a young core that have the ability to compete with the best in the division. Koelho had the final say in this matchup as his rocket from the slot is the winner and the Jets now in fifth place look forward to catching the front runners in the coming weeks.

In a game many felt the Thornhill Steelers needed to win over St. Michael’s to make a push for the last playoff seed they came out to play. Sporting possibly their strongest lineup of the season it was evident that Thornhill was prepared. Opening a lead through Scott Chan the Steelers scored the first goal which is huge to this team. Goaltender Paul Zarnett tough to beat on any night excels when granted a lead. Late In the first Matt Leal would knot the score at ones. Mark Elvidge would find the back of the net behind Medeiros and the Steelers would regain the lead. It would last for most of the period and in the dying minutes young superstar Alberto Cucchiara would fire a one timer by Zarnett to even the score. A shoot out would be needed and the only shot the Steelers would need was from Mark Elvidge his second goal of the game would secure the Steelers the extra point.

Week 10 Top Goaltenders
1. Dave DiGironimo (Express) - shuts out Orangemen
2. Paul Zarnett (Steelers) - wins shootout vs. St.Mike’s
3. Gary Doma (Jets) - seals the victory over VRW

Week 10 Top Performers
1. Mauro Mignosa (Jets) - three points in a 3 -2 victory
2. Mark Elvidge (Steelers) - shootout winner vs. St. Mike’s
3. Danny Filice (Thunder) - two goals and two assists against the Bears

Peter Lorusso
Premier Commissioner

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