Hope everyone had a safe Halloween and stayed warm over the weekend. This week’s North Division Review is going to be short and sweet so without further adieu let’s get to it.
With a heavy schedule in November for most teams, it is an opportunity to gain some valuable points in the standings before the Christmas break. This month will also see a host of divisional games which could provide a lot of excitement for fans!
North Division Game of the Week Review: Newmarket Hurricanes 3 - 4 Lindsay Muskies
With Newmarket in a bit of a slide and Lindsay starting to pick things up this game was destined to be tough battle. The first period would be a back and forth battle as teams traded shot opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The second period would belong to the Hurricanes. Brandon Francisco got the opening goal at the 8:36 mark, his 11th goal of season, and Newmarket was on their way to a 3 goal second period. Peter Barral would tie the game for Lindsay on the power play at 12:22, but a mere 21 seconds later it was Ian Farrell giving the Hurricanes the lead once again. Cameron Nicoll would add to the lead on a power play for Newmarket, and after outshooting Lindsay 18 - 11 in the second period they had a 3-1 lead into the 3rd.
That’s when Lindsay took over the game. Just 5 minutes into the 3rd Vince Herlihey brought the Muskies within one at 5:31 before it was the Bryan Hignett show. A goal at 12:05 tied the game before a last minute attack resulted in Hignett’s second goal with 15 seconds to go. Stealing 2 points from the Hurricanes after a dominating final 20 minutes where they outshot Newmarket 24 - 5 for a total of 51 shots for Lindsay to Newmarket’s 34.
North Division 3 Stars:
Honourable Mention: Mike Nedoszytko (Pickering Panthers)
- a goal and 2 assists helped his team get 2 important points over the weekend
3. Brandon Francisco (Newmarket Hurricanes)
- a goal and 3 assists on the week as the Hurricanes went 1-1
2. Michael Laidley (Aurora Tigers)
- with 2G and 2 assists in back-to-back games, Laidley helped the Tigers get back into first place in the North
1. Dylan Sikura (Aurora Tigers)
- Like his teammate Laidley, Sikura had 2 goals and 3 assists as the Tigers went 2-1 over the weekend. Sikura is now on a 4 game point streak where he has collected 3 goals and 4 assists.
North Division Rookie of the Week: Nick Thomakos (Stouffville Spirit)
The rookie from Uxbridge ON collected 3 goals and 2 assists in 2 games that Stouffville lost both times by a score of 6-5.
North Division Team of the Week: Aurora Tigers
The only team to go over .500 on the week, the Tigers have now taken over the North Division lead and have the only winning record in the division. A pair of wins against Toronto Jr. Canadiens and the Burlington Cougars by a combined score of 9 - 3 shows that the scoring has found its touch once again in Tiger town. If they can keep it up going into games this week against Mississauga and Orangeville, the Tigers could find themselves in a good position before heading on a 3 game road trip next week.
Game of the Week Preview: Pickering Panthers at Stouffville Spirit (Thursday Nov 7, 7:30pm EST)
The Panthers are holding on to the 3rd seed in the North and the final playoff spot in the North-East conference. Stouffville is looking to get back on track after a couple of 0-2 weeks, and Pickering just can’t seem to find their stride again after a good start to the season.