War Pigs Win Epic Premier Final

The Niagara War Pigs are the 2018 Summer Premier Champions as they defeat the Richmond Hill Falcons 2 games to 1.

In what can only be described as EPIC these two teams duked it out in three magnificent played games. Off the start we would like to applaud both teams on a well played, disciplined and hardworking series. This may go down as one of the finest. Jay Capaldi and Vito Lagani need to be recognized as both men got their teams ready to battle.

Just before they left for Winnipeg for the CBHA Nationals the War Pigs came away with a game one 4-3 win in OT. The series took a one week break. On return these teams did not miss a beat. It was going to be a back to back affair. Just what the series needed. The Falcons made the trip to Niagara on a warm Wednesday night. Niagara always hosts well for their home games and this was no different. A nice crowd formed which made for an exciting night of ball hockey. The home team would come out flying but the Falcons would stave off the pressure and turned the game around at the midway point of the first as Daniel Ponce, Daniel Tedesco and Karter Donnelly would score in a one minute and forty second span. Daniel Legault would answer as we went to the half 3-1. Early in the second the Falcons were looking for blood and close out this game and Quinn Syryddiuk would make it 4-1. Game over right? Wrong! The Pigs would take control of the game. Goals off the sticks of Ian Downes and Brain Szolga would make the game interesting with five minutes to go. Feverous pressure by the Pigs but goaltender Jeff Thatcher would close the door and Falcons prevail 4-3. We head back to Toronto for game 3 on Thursday night.

There was a sense in the air that game 3 was going to be a beauty. Inside the friendly confines of the legendary Hangar both teams prepared to battle. It was a cat and mouse type game. Both teams trying not to make that first mistake. Donnelly would open the scoring at 9:51 for the Falcons but that was quickly answered by John Rorison at 10:13 and went to the half 1-1. So after two and half games we were deadlocked. Into the second we go and Tedesco would give the Falcons their second lead of the game at 3:03 only to see it evaporate a minute later as Cameron Smith ties it at two. The game opened up. Not what we would expect as the teams kept trading goals. War Pigs take their first lead of the game at 7:12 as Legault buries ones past Thatcher. Again another quick reply at 7:54 as Andrew Sisi gets in on the scoring. Knotted at three these teams were in a do or die situation. So we thought. Donnelly with his second of the game scores to give the Falcons the lead with just under eight minutes to go. So here we go. Same as game two. Pigs down by the same score and throwing everything they can at Thatcher and finally at 19:44 Eric Tardiff would find the back of the net and we were tied at 4. Exactly what we expected. This series went to OT. Who would score the Golden Goal? We were in for a high tempo, back and forth OT. The crowd ooing and awwing. It lasted six long minutes and Anthony Loveless would send the Pigs over the boards in celebration. Make the final 5-4.

Congratulations to Jay Capaldi and the entire team on their first Summer Championship! They are off the Newfoundland in 2019 for the CBHA Nationals!

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