by Brandon Sudeyko (@intheoradio)
With the beginning of the season being a short week, let us combine last weekend and this past week for the first South Division Week in Review. This is a rare occurrence because it is the start of the season, each week following will be based on Monday-Sunday action. Now that the preamble is out of the way, lets get to it.
Game of the Week Review: Buffalo Jr. Sabres v North York Rangers
Last week the game of the week for the South Division had to be the conference semi final rematch between the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the North York Rangers. There was turnover on both rosters but the passion to win still remains. In the first period, there was no scoring as both teams felt out one another and remained calm with only one penalty being called in the first 20 minutes. The second period got interesting as the aggression couldn’t be contained like in the first period and the march to the penalty box began early. After trading some penalties, North York would strike first on the powerplay. The lead wouldn’t last long for the Rangers as the penalties continued for both teams and the final 8 minutes of play in the second resulted in three Jr Sabres goals. Down two goals heading into the third, the Rangers stayed out of the penalty box the best they could. North york could kill off four penalties in the third, but the Jr. Sabres strike on their fifth of the period to make it a three goal lead. The Rangers would get one back at the end of a powerplay but that is all North York would get. The frustration continued in the third period ending with Anthony Latina taking a check to the head penalty and a misconduct just before the game ends.
This game was everything you wanted in a playoff rematch and only sets up for a better game in their next meeting.
Game of the Week Preview: St Michael’s Buzzers v Mississauga Chargers
As per history of both franchise this may not seem to be game of the week worthy but both teams are in different places. Well Mississauga is, as they sit just behind the Buzzers for first in the division. The Chargers are a veteran laden team and that ojhl experience is giving them a leg up on the rest of the division as the other teams are gelling and become a single unit. The Buzzers are not that far off from being a complete team right now. Despite their roster changes they have a solid core that were members of last years Buckland winning team. This is one of several meetings this season for the teams but it is the first so expect each team to set the tone early and watch the fireworks.
Head to Head Facts:
St Michaels won four of the five games played last season.
Buzzers scored 22 goals and let up 18 in 5 games v Mississauga.
Series Top Scorers Returning:
STM – Jake Evans, 3 goals and 9 points in 5 games
STM – David Italiano, 3 goals and 9 points in 5 games
MIS – Trevor Warnaar, 3 goals and 6 points in 3 games
MIS – Stefano Alonzi, 2 goals and 4 points in 5 games.
STM – George Argiropoulos, 2GP, 38 saves on 45 shots, 1-0 record
MIS – Austin Washkurak, 5GP, 205 saves on 226 shots, 1-4 record
Bonus Game of the week: Newmarket v St. Michaels (Sept 20th) – rematch of Buckland Cup Championship Final
3 Stars of the Week
3. George Argiropoulos – St. Michaels Buzzers
The goaltender has had a perfect run so far earning 3 victories and posting one shutout. George currently leads the league in GAA with 1.33 and in SV% with a .957%
2. Jake Evans – St. Michaels Buzzers
Jake continued right where he left off in the preseason scoring 3 goals and 8 points in 5 games. Jake scored the game winner v Lindsay this week.
1. Anthony Repaci – Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Anthony had a tremendous opening week scoring 7 goals and 11 points in four games. Repaci had a hat-trick and 5 point night against Buffalo, including the game winners against Buffalo and Mississauga.
Rookie of the Week
Jeremy Helvig. Toronto Lakeshore Patriots - Jeremy Helvig appeared in two games this week. One appearance in relief against Buffalo where he would take the loss and his second appearance was a start against Burlington where he earned his first win. Helvig made 30 saves to earn his win as the Patriots won 4-2.