HAMILTON THUNDER , METRO LIONS CHALLENGE THE LEADERS
Hamilton made no mistake in picking up the three points when they coasted to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play.
Danny Velastegui opened the scoring after five minutes and just four minutes later Ian Bennett made it 2-0 for Thunder. After 13 minutes Hamilton's Matthew O'Connor put the game out of reach with a third goal and the score held for the remainder of the game. Luciano Miranda was busy keeping Hamilton off the scoresheet for the remainder of the 90 minutes, while Dino Perri had little to do in the Hamilton nets. North York Astros played a man short for the final 15 minutes after their Kadian Lecky was ejected from the game on a second yellow card.
Metro Lions were impressive in their 5-0 shutout of Toronto Supra the following day. Rob Defavaris and Courtney Denis each scored a pair for the Lions, while Fernando Tantalo scored the fifth.
The win lifts Hamilton to a 6-5-3 WLT record for 21 points and they now trail the Western Conference leaders Mississauga Olympians by just two points and the second place Toronto Croatia by a single point.
The Astros remain at the foot of the Western Conference with just 7 points from a 1-8-4 record for the season so far.
Metro Lions jump to second place in the Eastern Conference as a result of their win, they now have 21 points from a 7-5-0 record and a slight edge on goal difference over Montreal Dynamites, also with 21 points. Les Dynamites drop to third place.
Toronto Supra continue to occupy the bottom position in the Eastern Conference, now with a 3-6-1 record for 10 points.