On a wet and wild night both outside, as the first real snow fall hit’s the GTA, and inside where a water tank decides to shoot water like a runaway hose. Hmmm, I wonder how that happened. So how was your night, I was soaking wet up to my knees as I tried to contain 10,000 litres of water so we could get all the scheduled games played. After nearly ninety minutes of trudging through the water and thanks mainly to the cleaner at the Hangar and his trusty floor cleaning machine we were able to eliminate most of the water and the games would be played. Both the Hawks and Express, come away with impressive victories as the Thunder drop their second in a row and the Vaughan Red Wings continue to look for answers. St.Mike’s cruises by the Bears and the Steelers upset the high flying Jets to lay claim to the final playoff spot.
In the matchup of the evening the Toronto Thunder and the Mississauga Hawks would lock horns once again. The Hawks took the first meeting between these two and the Thunder were looking to even the season series. Returning to action after off season knee surgery was Dan Conte, who is sure to stabilize the Hawks back end. Missing this pivotal game from the Thunder line up would be Premier scoring leader Massimo Principe, centermen Andy Pacheco and rugged defencemen Kal Kakish three big pieces vital to the Thunders puzzle. An unexpected hero emerges as Adrian Goddard know more for his shot blocking abilities scores a pair of goals in a 3-1 Hawks victory. The one bright spot for the Thunder was the return of Marco Goncalves to the lineup as he fires the lone Thunder marker on this night.
The Vaughan Red Wings after starting the season with a bang have slowed down and are realizing quickly that every game in Premier is a battle. With their shootout victory against the Brampton Express the first time they met you knew that the Express would come out strong looking to even the season series. The Wings would score first as Anthony Valente would beat DiGironimo in the Express goal. It was all Express from there on in as Tony Monteiro and Frankie Giustini each fire a pair to lead the Express to a 5-2 victory. The Express now look to next week as they face the Mississauga Hawks in a game that most possibly will determine the number one seed with only a handful of games remaining.
With water flooding most of the home bench the Toronto Polar Bears were forced to use the penalty box as their player’s bench. Come hell or high water the games must be played! A depleted Bears club once again fights valiantly only once again to fall short. St. Michael’s runs away with this one late as the final scoreline reads 5-0. Matthew Leal (2), Raidel Cabazas (2) and Joe Barbas do the damage as St. Mike’s has now strung together back to back victories. Dan Medeiros earns the shutout as he faces three shots in total. The Bears besides their short bench sit only two points out of a playoff spot and a matchup with the Steelers looming all hope is not lost.
The high flying Vaughan Jets have been grounded. The Thornhill Steelers playing desperation hockey trying to put valuable space between themselves and the Bears come away with an important 4-1 victory. JP DeFazio and Mark Elvidge, the Steelers secret weapon offensively with his second winner in three games, lead the charge. Ever since Mark was forced (by myself) to conform with league rules to wear a pair of socks during games he has been on fire, his goal on this night was a breakaway ,the impressive thing is that Mark plays defence and defencemen very seldom get breakaways let alone finish them. Zarnett turns away 24 Jet shots and the Steelers come away victorious. Can the Steelers put together back to back wins? It would do wonders for their confidence and playoff hopes.
Week 13 Top Goaltenders
1. Paul Zarnett (Steelers) - cools off red hot Jets
2. Ralph Pellicori (Hawks) - any time you hold Thunder to one goal you’re doing something right
3. Dan Medeiros (St. Mike’s) - shuts out Bears
Week 13 Top Performers
1. Adrian Goddard (Hawks) - two goals from this defensive specialist
2. Tony Monteiro (Express) - two goals from a goal scoring machine
3. JP DiFazio (Steelers) - highlight reel goal in victory over Jets
The Premier Division has grown once again as the youth movement continues. Toronto Thunder forward Marco Goncalves and family welcomed a baby girl Abagayle early this week. Brampton Express defencemen Fred Perriera and family also welcomed a baby girl Maya to their family. Two Mississauga Hawk players had baby girls in the last few weeks. Imran Patel and Gurjeet Gill both welcomed baby girls to the world. I wonder if Gurjeet bought a pair of yellow baby mitts so his newborn can follow her father’s footsteps.