OJHL North Division Weekly Review (Oct 15 - 21)
Last week it was Newmarket who turned the tides and went 3 - 0, this week it’s the Aurora Tigers who picked up a total of 6 points over 3 days in a weekend sweep of North York, Oakville, and Whitby (can you already see where this is going?). With the wins, Aurora got themselves out of the North basement and into second place only 3 points behind Newmarket and 2 ahead of Stouffville and Pickering. The Panthers meanwhile went 0 - 3 this week facing tough match-ups against Kingston and Trenton, but probably should have gotten at least 1 point if not 2 in their Division match-up against Newmarket.
Game of the Week Review: Pickering Panthers 3 - 4 Newmarket Hurricanes
The first game of the week for both teams was a big one, with only 2 points separating the two it was an opportunity to make ground (Pickering) or pull ahead (Newmarket) and this game had a little of everything.
It didn’t take long for these Northern rivals to get on the board, first it was Justin Maiolino scoring his 4th goal of the season and 1st of 2 on the night just 2:13 into the first period. A penalty shortly after to Cameron Nicoll however gave Pickering an opportunity to respond and they capitalized with Robert Cammalleri snapping a mini scoring slump and tying the game for the Panthers. Mark Tenuta and Cammalleri (with his second) would cap a strong opening period for Pickering who out shot Newmarket 14-13, something that the Panthers struggle with game-to-game.
The second period started with the same intensity as the first, and Nik Coric brought the Hurricanes within 1 at 3:06 and Maiolino scored his second goal ten minutes later to tie the game. For Pickering it was another blown lead in the second period and for some reason that middle frame seems to be the worst for Pickering. They’ve been outscored 22 - 10 and have a record of 1 - 1 - 6 when tied or trailing after 40 minutes, but it’s that second 20 minutes where Pickering can’t seem to get out of the period holding a lead. They did manage to get more than 10 shots for the second period in a row in this game, getting outshot 15-13 as both teams had 3 goals on 17 shots heading into the the final frame.
It was all Newmarket early and often in the 3rd, holding Pickering to just 5 shots and firing 13 of their own, but for the first 19 minutes of the period Panther goaltender Steven Dombrosky (who was making his 12th straight start), was keeping his team in the game and it looked like the Panthers were going to get at least a point and this thing was heading into Overtime. That’s when the defense stalled and Trevor Petersen scored with 27 seconds remaining in the game. It was a tough pill to swallow for Pickering who blew a lead in the game and then lost the 2 points completely in the final 30 seconds.
North Division 3 Stars for Oct 15 - 21
Honourable Mention: Robert Cammalleri (Pickering Panthers)
- Despite his team going 0-3, Cammalleri ended a 2 game mini slump and picked up 2 goals and 2 assists in 3 games
3. Justin Maiolino (Newmarket Hurricanes)
- 2 goals against Pickering followed up with an assist against Buffalo gives this Lorretto ON native 9 points in his last 4 games going back to last week.
2. Robert Angiolella (Aurora Tigers)
- Angiolella, along with the rest of his Tiger teammates, was dominate over the weekend helping his team score a total of 21 goals in 3 games! The Richmond Hill native scored 2 of those against North York and had an assist in the next 2 games
1. Michael Laidley (Aurora Tigers)
- It was quite the week for the first year Tiger, first Laidley was named to the Canada East U19 camp roster then he went on a tear scoring 3 goals against North York and getting a goal and assist versus Oakville. He would wrap up his week getting a helper in Aurora’s weekend sweep in Whitby
North Division Rookie of the Week: Tyler Boston (97) (Aurora Tigers)
- The rookie from Newmarket ON played a big role in helping his team go 3 - 0 on the weekend.
North Division Team of the Week: Aurora Tigers
You saw this one coming didn’t you? Yes the Tigers get team of the week honours after going 3 - 0 in a span of 3 days. Newmarket did it last week, and Aurora figured it better do the same to stay in the game. After this week, it looks like these two teams may be trading TOTW honours moving forward unless the other 3 North Division teams get out of their slumps and make things really interesting going into the final week of October.
Game of the Week Preview: Stouffville Spirit at Lindsay Muskies (Friday Oct 25, 7:30pm)
With all the attention falling on Newmarket and Aurora, these two teams will look to make some noise this week. Stouffville is coming off a slow week and this game is the second in a back-to-back situation. Lindsay looks to get back on track sitting in the 5th spot in the division at the moment. If their match-up against Mississauga last week was any indication, this could be a high scoring game!