by Brandon Sudeyko (@intheoradio)
We get back to the normal Monday-Sunday week as the second full week of the OJHL season is now in the books. Lets take a look at what you missed in the last 7 days.
Game of the Week Review: St. Michaels’ Buzzers 2-0 Mississauga Chargers
What was thought of as the game of the week didn’t deliver in the prototypical sense but it did deliver some solid hockey between the two division rivals. St. Mikes entered the game with a 2 point division lead over Mississauga. The action started off fast to the advantage of the Buzzers as some rough board play to the right of Austin Washkurak leads to the puck coming loose. David Italiano, who had 3 goals and 9 points in 5 games v Mississauga last season, fired the puck at the net, found a seem and adds another point to his career totals versus Mississauga. With the early lead the Buzzers pushed the pass but Mississauga would continue to fight back and get some chances of their own. Despite the rough board work both teams we able to stay out of the penalty box only giving each other only one power play opportunity.
The second period started with the Buzzers catching an early break and heading to the power play. St. Mike’s had their chances but Austin Washkurak stood tall and kept the puck out of the net. After killing one penalty, the Chargers would send another to the box. But on this penalty kill, Mississauga would get a chance or two, trying to catch the 5 Buzzers napping but Bo Bessette was paying attention the whole time and wouldn’t allow the game to be tied. A few minutes later Mississauga would take their third penalty of the period. This power play would be the same as the others for the Buzzers, leading to no scoring in the second frame. At the end of two periods, Washkurak would stop 32 shots while Buzzers goalie Bo Besette would stop all 22 he faced.
With the third period underway, the Chargers would apply some pressure and earn some good opportunities to score. Bessette would stand up to the task. Mississauga would get a pair of power plays but couldn’t convert. With just over two minutes remaining, the ref would send off Nick Tetley of Mississauga for hooking, while sending off Buzzers Italiano for goalie interference. Right call or wrong call we had 4 on 4 hockey to close the game. With the puck deep in the Buzzers zone, Washkurak is pulled for the extra attacker. St. Michaels’ are able to get out of their zone and after Matt Pepler missed his attempt at the empty net, the puck would find its way to Bron Loiselle’s stick and he would make it a 2-0. The final buzzer sounds and St. Michaels’ would take the two points to add to the teams division lead.
The game may not have delivered with a lot of goals or aggression for division rivals but it was a close game that was fun to watch.
Game of the Week Preview: Milton @ Toronto Lakeshore – Saturday September 28th 8:00
There is a lot of potential in this game even though it isn’t a division rival. Toronto Lakeshore was predicted to be first in their division and two weeks in have not delivered. Milton on the other hand has been one of the hottest teams so far this season. The dream matchup in this game would see Jeremy Helvig of TLP face off against Ben Blacker of Milton. Both are 1997 born goaltenders and considered two of the top goalies in last years OHL draft. The Patriots have played a more open style of hockey that has allowed more goals for and against while the Icehawks have struggled a bit offensively but have played a tighter defensive game. There is a lot of potential offence in this game and it could test both goalies.
Head to Head Facts:
Toronto Lakeshore won four of the five games played last season.
Patriots scored 21 goals and let up 10 in 5 games v Milton.
Series Top Scorers Returning:
TLP – Doug Bonar, 4 goals and 5 points in 5 games
TLP – Luke Carter 1 goal and 6 points in 4 games
MLT – Shane Bennett, 3 goals and 6 points in 5 games
MLT – Ryan Burns, 1 goal and 2 points in 5 games
There are no returning goalies this season
Bonus Game of the week: St Michaels’ v Milton (Sept 27th) – Both teams lead their respective division
3 Stars of the Week
3. Austin Waskurak – Mississauga Chargers
The goaltender posted a record of 2-1 this week, with the loss being 1-0 to the division leaders. Washkurak stopped 140 out of 147 shots faced in 3 games, a .952SV%
2. Marcus Rose – Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
The 1994 born forward scored two including the game winner against conference opponents Cobourg to open the week. He also added 2 assists in the Patriots 8-5 loss on Saturday night, on the first and fifth goal for his team.
1. Daniel Harquil – Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Harquil had a short two game week where he had 3 goals and 4 points. In a loss to Trenton, the overager scored a goal but it was against divisional opponent Toronto Lakeshore that he had his best performance this week. Daniel scored two goals and added a helper en route to an 8-5 victory.
Rookie of the Week
Matthew McLeod – Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
McLeod produced in both Patriots games this week. He had two assists in their OT win versus Cobourg and he scored his first OJHL goal in the teams loss on Saturday night.