On a cold windy Tuesday the 2012 Premier season resumed as the stretch run for the post season continued. The Express came out strong as they knock off St. Mike’s 5-2 to keep there lead on top of the Division. The Vaughan Red Wings open a two goal lead and see it slip away as the Thunders powerplay nets three markers to come away with a 6-4 win. The Orangemen shut out the Steelers to keep pace with the front runners. In the night cap the Hawks come away with a 4-1 win to gain sole position of third place.
Frankie Giustini the point producer he is came to play on Tuesday night as he buries two goals and sets up two more as the Brampton Express revenge an early season loss to St. Michael’s to come away with a 5-2 victory. The Express sit on top of the Premier Division and one point from their last two games will clinch the number one seed going into the post season. St. Mike’s after a thrilling victory in their last game versus the Hawks couldn’t get their feet under them and a couple costly giveaways in the defensive zone were too much to overcome. It’s very possible that St. Mike’s will gain either the number four or five seed as they battle with the Orangemen in the middle of the pack.
Defense and Goaltending are the trademarks of the Metro Orangemen and on this night they double their average out put as they put up four goals on the Thornhill Steelers. Steve Lindo and Randy Kelly both bury markers in the shutout victory. Turab Bokhari along with Craig Flegel has solidified the Orangemen goaltending and the thought of the forwards putting up some offence will make this team dangerous. The Thornhill Steelers continue to hold onto the last playoff spot by one point over the Polar Bears. For weeks the Steelers have held on but a point or two would go along way at this time of the season.
Toronto Thunder, Vaughan Red Wing games have become the game to watch in Premier. These two teams don’t like each other and it shows. In there first meeting the Thunder came away with a 3-2 victory. The Thunder would open a 2-0 lead after one as Premier scoring leader Massimo Principe nets two first period goals. The Vaughan Red Wings would bounce back and fire four goals of their own as Robby Mentis gets a pair and the Thunder looked down and out. With the help of their powerplay Rick DaPonte scores a pair of his own, the second on a rocket from center that beats Ferrante and at that point ties the game at four’s. Glen Bradbury a minute later gives the Thunder the lead and Massimo Principe with an empty netter sends the Wings home disappointed. These two could very well meet in the first round of the playoffs.
John Giummara back from injury would secure the Mississauga Hawks the two points on this night as his shot from the slot beats Kalaitzis in the Toronto Polar Bears net for the game winner. The final score would read 4-1 as the Hawks take over third spot in the division with a game in hand. Missing Charlie Giffin, Matt Tremblett and Gurjeet Gill the Hawks found themselves tied into the second at one. Unfortunately the short benched Bears, five guys just ran out of gas. The good news for the Bears is they still sit just one win out of the eighth seed and a post season berth. The burning Question is can they win that all elusive game or will the Steelers put enough distance between them and the Bears in the next three games.
Week 15 Top Goaltenders
1. Turab Bokhari (Orangemen) - gains shutout
2. Nelson Medeiros (Thunder) - rebounds to gain victory
3. Dave DiGironimo (Express) - huge saves kept team in while game was close
Week 15 Top Performers
1. Rick Daponte (Thunder) - two PP goals
2. Frankie Giustini (Express) - four point night
3. Robbie Mentis (VRW) - two goals