’Tis the Season to be a Tigers fan; since Nov 15 the team has won 8 straight games and has outscored opponents 34 - 17 giving them the largest lead in Division Standings and on Monday the CJHL announced it’s Top 20 Rankings and Aurora slipped in at Number 16, the highest ranking the team has received in almost 4 years.
Pickering almost had 8 straight wins of their own, but fell short in tough 4-3 Overtime defeat at the hands of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens on Friday night. Before that though the Panthers were part of one of the most exciting games of their season in Newmarket when they came from behind to steal two points and push Newmarket farther behind in the standings (more on that below).
Stouffville meanwhile spent the past two weeks retooling their lineup, which included trading their leading scorer Robert Powers to the Lakeshore Patriots. Since the shake-up, the Spirit won games against St. Michaels and the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Lindsay on the other hand finally snapped that long losing streak, but still finds themselves at the bottom of the division. However two wins over Eastern juggernauts Whitby and Trenton should help the team get back on track.
Here are this past weeks results:
Aurora: @ Kingston - W (5-4 SO), @ Mississauga - W (7-2)
Lindsay: vs Whitby - W (5-0), @ Georgetown - L (2-1), @ Trenton - W (3-1)
Newmarket: vs Pickering - L (6-5), @ Oakville - L (8-4)
Pickering: @ Hamilton - W (4-3), @ Newmarket - W (6-5), vs Toronto - L (4-3 OT)
Stouffville: vs St. Michaels - W (2-1 OT), @ Toronto - W (6-3)
North Division Game of the Week Review: Pickering Panthers 6 : 5 Newmarket Hurricanes
It was a battle between one of the hottest teams in the North against one which was on a bit of a slide in the month of November. The Panthers were coming into this game having won 6 straight and were looking to put some distance between themselves and the Hurricanes for sole possession of the second seed in the North Division.
The game however would start off in favour of Newmarket. Trevor Petersen started the scoring for the Hurricanes at the 6:04 mark, followed by a power play goal from Nik Coric at 7:24, and finally Brycin Morrison scored at 12:04 to make it 3-0 for the Hurricanes who looked like they were going to walk all over the Panthers in this one. Before the 1st period finished, Nicholas Lepone would score on the PP with only 25 seconds remaining and the Panthers managed to stop the bleeding before the first intermission. Shots on goal were 13-10 in favour of the Panthers.
The second period would get really physical, with both teams getting into penalty trouble. Pickering would be the only team to capitalize as they scored two power play goals, the first from Mike Nedoszytko and the second from Mark Tenuta. Brandon Francisco would score between the two Panther goals and after 2 periods Newmarket still had the lead but it was 4-3, and once again Pickering outshot the Hurricanes 17-8 for a two period total of 30 - 18.
Something must have been said in the Panther dressing room during the second intermission because they came flying out of the gate in the third. Off of two turnovers, Brodie Tutton would score two goals just 0:43 and 3:34 into the period and Pickering had completed the comeback taking their first lead of the game! Robert Cammalleri would add an empty netter, and despite Justin Maiolino’s last minute effort, the Panthers finished off the game with 45 shots and walked out of Newmarket with a 6-5 victory and their seventh win in a row, but more importantly a big two points in the standings. As some would call it, the Panthers won a 4 point game that night.
North Division 3 Stars:
Honourable Mention: Ryan Kruss - Newmarket Hurricanes
- In that Division game against Pickering, Kruss managed to rack up 3 assists in a losing effort. It was only the second time this season that the Thornhill ON native managed 3 points in a game.
3. Trevor Petersen - Newmarket Hurricanes
- Like Kruss, Petersen had a multi point game vs Pickering with a goal and an assist, followed up with 2 more assists in a loss to Oakville, but that made it 3 straight multipoint games for Petersen.
2. Eric Williams - Aurora Tigers
- His team is on a role, and so is Williams. Also with 3 straight multipoint games, Williams helped the Tigers in their come-from-behind victory over Kingston with 2 goals and added 2 assists in their win over Mississauga.
1. Mark Tenuta - Pickering Panthers
- While his team saw their seven game win streak come to an end against Toronto, Tenuta managed to score a goal, giving him at least a point in his last 5 games (3 goals, 3 assists). Since Nov 1, Tenuta has a point in 11 of 14 games.
North Division Rookie of the Week: Spencer Roberts - Stouffville Spirit
- A goal and an assist in the Spirit win over Toronto and Roberts finally snapped a 10 game pointless streak in a big way. The hometown Roberts should see an increase in ice time with the recent changes to the Spirit lineup.
North Division Team of the Week: Aurora Tigers
No surprise here. The Panthers would have shared the honours again like last week but with their win streak halted at seven games it’s no question right now, the Tigers are the hottest team in the North Division, and possibly in the OJHL as well. They are outscoring their opponents at a ridiculous rate and they are getting solid goaltending game after game. With games this week against Georgetown, Burlington, and Trenton the Tigers have a chance to improve on their 16th place ranking in the CJHL and increase their lead in the North Division.
North Division Game of the Week Preview (Double Header):
- Newmarket Hurricanes at Lindsay Muskies - Friday Dec 13, 2013 - 7:30pm EST
- Lindsay Muskies at Newmarket Hurricanes - Sunday Dec 15, 2013 - 2:30pm EST
Yes it’s a double dip again for the game of the week, but come on who doesn’t love a little home-and-home series? The Muskies will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to Newmarket (7-3 back on Dec 1), while the Hurricanes will be trying to get back into the North Division title race. Most likely the review will be done on the Sunday game, but watch both of these games because they are bound to provide some great entertainment!
Two weeks to go before it will be the last North Division review for the month of December and for 2013!