HITMEN DUMP DYNAMITES 4-0
The high flying Brampton Hitmen exploded with four goals in the last 25 minutes for a resounding 4-0 defeat of Laval Dynamites at Victoria Park in Brampton on Sunday afternoon.
The impressive Hitmen, with just one league loss, that to St. Catharines Wolves on June 18, jump eight points clear in the Western Conference standings with the CPSL now well into the second half of their 2003 campaign.
Laval split their back-to-back two-game road trip, defeating Vaughan Sun Devils, 2-1, on Saturday and in a third game over the weekend Mississauga Olympians edged London City by the same 2-1 score at Cove Road on Friday night.
One other game scheduled for Friday, Toronto Croatia vs. Durham Flames listed under the lights at Memorial Park,was called off and is expected to be the last game to be postponed in the effort to conserve power.
There were 12 CPSL games postponed due to the power disruption and the list continues to be available here.
It was hard going for both teams at Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon with a scoreless tie well into the second half when captain Phil Ionadi struck twice within five minutes at 65 and 70 minutes. They were Ionadi's 8th and 9th goals of the season. Alex Morrison made it 3-0 at 72 minutes and Jonathon Bustamante rounded off the scoring to make it 4-0 at 88 minutes.
Brampton increases its lead to eight points in the Western Conference with a 7-1-3 WLT record for 24 points. St. Catharines Wolves are second with 16 points and Hamilton Thunder third, with 15.
In Saturday's game, Kyt Selaidopoulos opened the scoring for Laval's fifth league win of the campaign at the 28th minute mark and Eke Chibuezze tied the game for Sun Devils five minutes from the interval.
Following a 1-1 half-time score, Vladimir Edouard struck the winner for Les Dynamites at the 79th minute mark.
The win improves Laval to a 5-4-0 WLT record for 15 points, three points behind the Sun Devils in third place with a 5-2-3 record.
Goals by Sal Borgh (22 minutes) and Darren Tilley at 53 minutes, gave Olympians a 2-0 lead well into the second half until Gentian Buzali at 81 minutes for the home side.
The game between Hamilton Thunder and St. Catharines Roma Wolves was the first to be hit by the power outage and was called off at Brian Timmis Stadium on Thursday,August 14, two hours after the power disruption occured.
This was followed by the postponement of the next night�s London City vs. Toronto Croatia game at Cove Road in London.
Both games scheduled for Saturday, August 16 were then postponed. They were the Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Ottawa Wizards game set for Dufferin Clark at 2 pm and the Durham Flames vs. Laval Dynamites encounter scheduled for the Civic Stadium in Oshawa at 7 pm.
All four games scheduled for Sunday, August 17 were then called off �the Toronto Supra vs. Ottawa Wizards Eastern Conference showdown arranged for Victoria Park in Brampton at 2 pm was scrubbed, and the St. Catharines Wolves vs. Laval Dynamites set for Club Roma in St. Catharines, also a 2 o�clock kickoff.
The two evening games, Metro Lions vs.Hamilton Thunder listed for 6 p.m. at Birchmount Stadium and Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians, newly scheduled for an 8 pm kickoff at Victoria Park in Brampton, also off.
League Administrator Stan Adamson cited a number of reasons for so many postponements, including the inability of a hotel to guarantee accommodation of visiting team Ottawa Wizards despite their long-standing reservations.
�There is concern too that floodlights may cut out during periods of conserving power and the reluctance of municipalities to allow afternoon events to go on during a period of recovery,� he explained.
�They, understandably, don�t want to open buildings with dressing rooms for the next 24 to 48 hours,� he said.
Amateur soccer has been hard hit also, with many games in the Ontario Soccer League and other leagues called off.
The following summarizes all games in the Canadian Professional Soccer League postponed as a result of the power disruption:
Thursday, August 14: Hamilton Thunder vs. St. Catharines Roma Wolves
Friday, August 15: London City vs. Toronto Croatia
Saturday, August 16: Vaughan Sun Devils vs. Ottawa Wizards
Saturday, August 16: Durham Flames vs. Laval Dynamites
Sunday, August 17: Metro Lions vs. Hamilton Thunder
Sunday, August 17: Toronto Supra vs. Ottawa Wizards
Sunday, August 17: St. Catharines Wolves vs. Laval Dynamites
Sunday, August 17: Brampton Hitmen vs. Mississauga Olympians
Monday, August 18: North York Astros vs. London City
Wednesday, August 20: Toronto Supra vs. London City
Wednesday, August 20: Toronto Croatia vs. Metro Lions
Friday, August 22: Toronto Croatia vs. Durham Flames