Its Christmas time and with the holidays comes a much needed break for our nine Premier teams. With only four games left it’s been a gruelling first twelve games as the standings reflect how important each game is. On this crazy night, two teams score at least eight times! Tempers were boiling and there wasn’t much holiday cheer to pass around. Here’s hoping the New Year will mean a fresh start. The Vaughan Red wings looking to break their slump score eight times in an 8-2 victory over the Bears. The Express coast by the Jets 9-0. The Hawks lose a close one 2-1 to St. Mike’s and the Thunder fall behind early 2-0 but battle back for a 4-2 win over the Orangemen.
The Toronto Polar Bears clawing away to gain the final playoff spot have the biggest turnout of the season player wise. Unfortunately the Vaughan Red Wings were looking to break a slump of their own and they fire eight goals by Kalaitzis in the Bears goal. Anthony Metallo with one goal and three helpers is the leading scorer in the game and the VRW come away with a confidence building 8-2 victory. With the win the Wings climb over the Jets and are one more win away from both the Orangemen and the Hawks. The Bears need to chalk this one up to just one of those nights where nothing goes right. The bright light for the Bears is with the Steelers idle they still sit one point out of the eighth and final post season seed.
Some teams just don’t match up well versus certain clubs. Over the last three years it just seems that the Mississauga Hawks struggle whenever they play St. Michael’s. I’m sure if you look back at the games between these two St.Mike’s would be leading the all time series. On this night the Hawk’s can’t seem to penetrate the St. Mike’s defence, and when they do Anthony Flores is there to stone them cold. The Barbas brothers Josh and Joe do all the scoring in a 2-1 victory. It did get a little dicey in the last two minutes when the Hawks were awarded a penalty shot. Captain Charlie Giffin was handed the responsibility of drawing the Hawks even but his attempt fails. After a big point the previous week against the Express the Hawks fail to put distance between them and the pack.
In a game where the Metro Orangemen could have went in to the Christmas break tied with the Toronto Thunder they end up four points behind. The effort was there and it paid off early as Derek Risebrough and Brian Carvalho stake their squad to a 2-0 lead. With the likes of Massimo Principe and Paul Duarte on the opposite side no lead is safe. The Thunder roll off four straight goals for a 4-2 victory. Glen Bradbury Jr. scores twice to send the Thunder into the break with the number two seed. With the win the Thunder have clinched a playoff spot.
A forgettable night for the Vaughan Jets is the only way to describe this one. The Brampton Express put through three field goals and Dave DiGironimo post’s the shutout as this one was over early. Azevado, Martello and Giustini combine for eleven points. All but one Express players gain points on this night. The Express sit three points clear of the second place Thunder and need one win combined with one Thunder loss to secure first place. Not much more to say about this one.
Week 14 Top Goaltenders
1. Anthony Flores (St. Mike’s) - upends streaky Hawks
2. Nelson Medeiros (Thunder) - solid in comeback win |
3. John DiNardo (Hawks) - keeps squad in game
Week 14 Top Performers
1. Anthony Metallo (VRW) - four point effort
2. Victor Azevado (Express) - four helpers
3. Joey Barbas (St.Mike’s) - breakaway winner