OJHL West Division Week 23 Review
What an ending week as the Georgetown Raiders rattle off 3 straight wins to claim 2nd spot in the division and 3rd in the conference. Buffalo ended the season with a flurry of games. 5 in 6 nights this week due to the unusually large amount of postponments that hammered the league this winter. With Georgetown charging hard behind Buffalo picked up a win in Aurora to clinch their second consecutive division title. Burlington, Hamilton and Orangeville all ended their seasons with loses but all have bright spots in their lineups and reasons to look forward to next year.
Game of the Week Review
Toronto Lakeshore Patriots @ Georgetown Raiders
With 1st place in the conference all but sewn up for the Lakeshore Patriots it were the Raiders who had the most to lose from this game. In hopes of picking up the 3rd seed the Raiders must take 2 points from this game as well as their next and not via the shootout.
The first period however did not play out as if it were Georgetown who needed the win more. Toronto came out flying in a period where the men in stripes let them play. Luckily for the Raiders goalie Michael McNiven brought his “A” game as Georgetown was outshot 15-7 in the opening period. Unfortunatly he was unable to turn them all away as Andreas Tsogkas was able to put one home with 13 seconds left in the opening period.
Something must have been said to fire up the Raiders in the intermission because they came out flying in the 2nd. Kyle Allan tied the game 4:21 into the second period and Georgetown stayed on the gas the rest of the period. While TLP held the shot advantage in the first it swung Georgetown’s way in the 2nd where they held a 15-6 advantage and took the lead at the 16:50 mark as John Adams was able to convert on a chance. The teams skated into the dressing room at the end of the period with the Raiders up on the Patriots 2-1.
The Raiders left little doubt early in the 2nd as Steven Meuller and Phil Kiss would each score in the opening 3:02 of the 3rd givin the Raiders a 4-1 lead. While TLP would win the battle on the shot clock 10-9 in the 3rd they were inable to solve the OJHL 1st team all prospect goalie as Michael McNiven would finish the night with 30 saves in helping lead Georgetown to a big 4-1 victory.
West Division 3 Stars
1)Ryan Schmelzer (Buf)
4 goals and 4 assists helped seal the first star honours for the Jr Sabres forward. A big 4 point game against Aurora on Friday helped seal a 2nd consecutive division title for the Jr Sabres.
2)Phil Kiss (Geo)
The Veteran defender capped off his OJHL regular season career on a high note picking up 2 goals and 2 assists while helping the Raiders to 3 big wins.
3)Connor Stack (Ora)
Part of a young nucleus at Orangeville that the team can build upon for next year Connor picked up 3 assists in the Flyers final game of the year against the Buffalo Jr Sarbres.
Rookie of the Week
Adam Mascherin (Geo)
The first year ’96 born forward had a big hand in Buffalo’s 3 wins this week as he chipped in with 1 goal and 5 assists. His contributions this season are a big reason why Buffalo has such a balanced attack.
Team of the Week
Georgetown needed to go 3 for 3 to seize the #3 seed in the conference and that is exactly what they did. Starting off Monday with a win in Orangeville the capped of the week with wins against conference leader Toronto Lakeshore Patriots and North-East contender Cobourg.
Honourable mention: Buffalo Jr Sabres