Apologies for the delay of this weeks review.
In the time span of Nov 5 to Nov 11, the North division went a combined 6 and 6 with lots of goal scoring. In 3 games, Newmarket outscored opponents 17 - 15, while Aurora outscored their opponents 11-1 in 2 games.
The Pickering Panthers went 1-2 with their only victory coming in a shootout against the high flying Georgetown Raiders who saw their 5 games win streak come to an end Sunday night.
Meanwhile Stouffville got back on track with some big wins over Pickering and Hamilton pulling themselves back into the playoff race.
And finally Lindsay only played in one game which was a tough 9-4 loss to the Nationally ranked Buffalo Jr. Sabers.
North Divison Game of the Week Review: Pickering Panthers 2 - 3 Stouffville Spirit
This game could be described as a broken record for the Panthers, in the sense that they have been unable to play a full 60 minutes for a number of games this season. Things got off to a good start when Brodie Tutton scored on an early power play just a minute and a half in, and Pickering looked to be in control. Nicholas Lepone would add another goal at the halfway point of the period, and Pickering would take a 2-0 lead into the intermission leading the shot counter 21-7. Stouffville was flat and seemed slow out of the gate and it looked like Pickering was on its way to a divisional win.
But the second period, which has not been kind to the Panthers all season long, struck once again as Stouffville came out with a new lite fire under them. The fired shot after shot on Panther goalie Steven Dombrosky, before finally Peyton Backus put home his 7th goal of the season and brought the Spirit back within one. By the end of the second period, Dombrosky and the Panthers faced a total of 26 shots while only managing a mere 2. The second period was a complete flip from the first.
The third period was a little more even, and the score would become just that when Joseph Deveny scored an unassisted goal at 5:24 to tie it up at 2. Again the two teams would trade chances before rookie Michael Morgan scored his 8th of the season, and after a bad start, the Spirit would steal the 2 points back from Pickering, who felt like they should have been able to win the game, more valuable points slipping through the Panthers claws.
North Division 3 stars:
3. Taylor McCloy - Aurora Tigers
- with 3 goals and 1 assist in the Tigers 2 games (both wins), the Keswick ON native continued his point streak which now stands at 5 games (5 goals and 4 assists).
2. Kory Kennedy - Aurora Tigers
- Like McCloy, Kennedy lead the Tigers in big wins over Mississauga and Orangeville. His 2 goals and 3 assists on the week have him leading the Tigers with 26 points on the season
1. Trevor Petersen - Newmarket Hurricanes
- Petersen was the beneficiary of Newmarket’s high scoring week, as he collected 4 goals (a hat-trick vs Whitby) and 2 assists.
North Division Rookie of the Week: Matthew Bernard - Aurora Tigers
- Bernard scored his first goal of the season benefiting from the Tigers big offensive output.
North Division Team of the Week: Aurora Tigers
The Division leaders were a scoring machine this week while being a wall on the back end. Outscoring opponents 11-1 in 2 games shows that this team has the ability to play a very strong 2-way game.
North Divison Game of the Week Preview: Aurora Tigers at Lindsay Muskies (Friday Nov 15, 2013, 7:30pm EST)
This week is going to be a big test for the Lindsay Muskies with 2 divisional games, the first being Friday night against the high flying Tigers. The Muskies must find a way to slow down the offence from Aurora AND be able to break through the defence. Not an easy task.
Final note: with Remembrance Day now behind us, let's never forget those who have served and are serving for our freedom! Try not to leave the remembering to one day of the year, we should be saying thank you every day!
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."