This week marks the end of week 8 in the OJHL and not only has it been a great two months so far, it is November. Earlier this week we had players attend the World Jr. A Challenge selection camp in Oakville while missing out on some league games. With 10 members of the OJHL on Team Canada East, lets take a look at how this affected this last week in the South Division.
Looking Back: With 8 weeks in the books, the South Division is starting to take the look of what ITO predicted for the final standings. Before the first puck dropped, this is how ITO saw the division, from 1st to 6th: Toronto Lakeshore, North York, St. Michael’s, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto. Although only two teams are currently in their predicted positions, it is still very close where a win can change 4 teams current division standings.
Game of the Week Review: Kingston Vees 2–5 Toronto Lakeshore Patriots F
It wasn’t the prettiest of games as 9 of 14 infractions in the game were stick penalties: high sticking, slashing, hooking etc. But Saturday night was a rematch where Kingston was looking for some revenge after the Lakeshore Patriots ended their 9 game winning streak earlier this season.
With both teams feeling each other out early it is Patriots Marcus Rose who opens the scoring, his 7th of the season and gives him a 3 game point streak. After the goal the Voyageurs would get their opportunity to tie the game up as Doug Bonar would take a hooking call and the leagues 10th best power play would go to work. A few shots that Patriots goalie Jeremy Helvig would stop would kill the Vee’s power play in their tracks. The period would press on as both Kingston and Lakeshore would each take a penalty late in the frame, but either team would capitalize on the opportunity. After 20 minutes, it would be 1-0 for the Patriots with Kingston’s goalie Alex Brook-Potts stopping 12 of 13 with Helvig stopping all 14 shots for Toronto Lakeshore.
The second period was tougher than the first, with both teams looking to gain the advantage over the other and their feistiness resulted in several penalties being called. Kingston would take a penalty at the 5 minute mark, leading to Jacob Hayhurst scoring his 5th of the season on the power play. Shortly after the goal we have off setting penalties for roughing. With the roughing penalties coming to an end, the Vees would get their hand at a power play as Matthew Marchese would be called for slashing. With another attempt on the PP, Kingston would capitalize on this opportunity and make it a 2-1 game after Michael Casale would break the shutout of Jeremy Helvig. As the period progressed a few more penalties would be called. Kingston and Toronto Lakeshore would trade off 2 a piece as the period would end 2-1 with the Patriots still on top.
The third opened quick with the Patriots wanting to put the game to rest. 3 minutes in Kevin Shier would score his 13th of the season and make it a 2 goal lead early in the third. Penalty trouble would get the better of Toronto Lakeshore and Kingston would make it a 1 goal game again as Brandon O’Quinn scores on the powerplay. After the last power play goal both teams would calm down and keep their sticks in check, and playing a lot of 5 on 5 hockey. With under three minutes remaining, Andreas Tsogkas makes it a 2 goal lead yet again for Toronto Lakeshore. With the time really winding down the Patriots would ice it as Jacob Hayhurst would score an empty net goal and that would be the game. 5-2 win for Torononto Lakeshore as they sweep the season series with the Kingston Voyageurs with Jeremy Helvig picking up another W in the month of October.
Game of the Week Preview: Toronto @ Mississauga – Saturday November 9th 8:00
If you look at the divisional standings then you may not understand how this could be you game of the week. Entering this week both teams sit near the bottom of the division and need the points. With 4 points on the line, the return of 20 goal scorer Lucas Venuto and the imminent return of Mississauga’s Trevor Warnaar, these two teams will leave it all on the ice.
Head to Head Facts: September 15th, 2013
Toronto defeated Mississauga 3-2
Series Top Scorers Returning:
TOR – Kennedy Duguid, 2 goals in last meeting
TOR – Aaron Thow, 2 assists in last meeting
MIS – Trevor Warnaar, 1 goal in last meeting
MIS – Zack Lansfield, 1 goal in last meeting
TOR – Michael Bullion 1-0, stopping 30 of 32
MIS – Alex Lepore, 0-1, stopping 28 of 31
Bonus Game of the week: North York v Wellington (Nov 8th) – The Rangers have not fared well against the East Division this season as they sit 0-3 entering week 9. The last week and a half, North York has been playing at another level, one that should be earning them a lot more W’s in the near future. No better place to test it, than against the top of the East Division.
3 Stars of the Week
3. George Argiropoulos – St. Michael’s Buzzers
In a slow week due to the Team Canada East camp, Argiropoulos gets the nod as the third star for earning 4 of 4 points this week stopping 48 of 51 and keeping the Buzzers tied with the Patriots heading into week 9.
2. Jeremy Helvig – Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
Jeremy earns second star with his two win performance this week. Helvig allowed 3 goals in two games this week while posting a .953 save percentage and keeping the South Division tight at the top.
1. Jacob Hayhurst – Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
In a normal week, Hayhurst would probably be named the Rookie of the week but his performance could not be ignored. In three games this week, Hayhurst was involved in over 50% of the Patriots goals this week. The team scored 11 as a whole while Hayhurst scored 3 and had 6 points this week.
Rookie of the week
Noah Jordan, St Michael’s Buzzers – Despite the strong showing by Helvig and Hayhurst, this week’s rookie honours has to go to Noah Jordan. The young forward finally got the monkey off his back, scoring his first and second career OJHL goals in the teams two games this week.