It was a helluva season as the Richmond Hill Falcons, Toronto Titans, Brampton Midnight Express and Vaughan Red Wings finished a mere two points apart. Yes two points separated first to forth and it was the Falcons who claimed the President's Trophy. We seen many great games, veterans step up and rookies make impacts. We are in for a wild playoff season. The Hangar will be rocking Wednesday nights for the next 4-6 weeks as these arch rivals will put it all on the line to claim the elusive OBHF Provincial spot!
(1) Richmond Hill Falcons vs. (4) Vaughan Red Wings
For finishing in first place the Falcons get to face the defending Winter Champions. The team known as 'VRDub' has won the winter league two of the last three years. On the other hand the Falcons are looking for their first Premier title. It is known that these two teams do not like each other! It was evident in the summer as these two juggernauts met in the semi-finals with the Falcons outlasting the Wings in three games.
Season Series: 2-1 Richmond Hill Falcons (4-3SO Wings, 5-2 Falcons, 4-3 Falcons)
Key Players (Falcons) - Peter Angiolella , Karter Donnelly, Mike Fiorillo, Daniel Ponce, Andrew Sisi
Key Players (Red Wings) - Jordan Bumeliani, Anthony Flores, Frankie Giustini, Robbie Mentis, Rob Shilton
Offence - Wings finished first in the league in goals scoring 71 so there will be lots of pressure on the Falcons defensive game to stop this high powered offense. Edge : Vaughan Red Wings
Defence - Falcons play a sound defensive game not giving up many odd man rushes. They led the league by only giving up 35 goals. Edge: Richmond Hill Falcons
Goaltending - The is the tightest of the three positions. All-Star Anthony Flores had a subpar season so he needs to ramp it up if the Wings are to win this series. Markus Rocci had a stellar rookie season for the Falcons and needs to continue his outstanding play if they are to win the series. Edge: Vaughan Red Wings
Coaching - Vito Lagani had to add some pieces after a heartbreaking summer finals loss. He did just that adding Rocci between the pipes and infused some youthful legs. Edge: Richmond Hill Falcons
Overall - This will be a tight series. It will go the distance. It has a chance to see a 2-1 game or a 7-6 game. Edge: Falcons win 2 games to 1. (4-3, 4-5, 3-1)
(2) Toronto Titans vs. (3) Brampton Midnight Express
The new kids on the block showed poise of a veteran Premier franchise. The Toronto Titans should be commended on a fantastic inaugural season. Remo Settimo has the boys buzzin for most of the season but they have a veteran laden Express team waiting for them in the semi's. Express seem to retool each season and this year was no exception. They are coming off a disappointing QF loss in the summer and are looking to get back to the Provincial stage.
Season Series: 2-1 Toronto Titans (5-3 Express, 5-3 Titans, 5-3 Titans)
Key Players (Titans) - Andrew Cipollone, Paul Duarte, Josh Medeiros, Dayton Sopha, Chris Vagenas
Key Players (Express) - Garett Bamborough, Adam Bevilacqua, Shawn Hannon, Marcel Mallais, Calin Wilde
Offence - When you have Mallais on your side you always have a chance to win. He led the league in scoring and is looking for the same in the playoffs. Edge: Brampton Express
Defence - Both teams had issues on the backend this season however both teams have good ball movers in Sopha and Wilde. Edge: Toronto Titans
Goaltending - Andrew Cipollone compiled a very good regular season for the Titans losing only two games. Express have a dynamic duo with Bamborough and David DiGironimo. Edge: Brampton Express
Coaching - We must give credit to Settimo for putting together a hard working team with lots of energy. A very youthful team that are hard to play against. Edge: Toronto Titans
Overall - Express' experience will lead them to victory but the Titans will give them a battle. Edge: 2-0 Express (4-2, 4-2)