A big week for the OJHL west division teams who are hunting for playoff seeding as Buffalo, Milton and Georgetown combined to go 5-0-1 this past week. Buffalo is 2 points away from locking up the #2 seed in the Southwest conference. Milton and Georgetown both have a shot at passing St Michaels in the standings while Georgetown can claim the 3rd seed from North York if they win all 3 of their remaining games.
Game of the Week Review
Pickering Panthers @ Milton Icehawks
Milton came into this game on the heels of a shootout loss to the Kingston Voyageurs and needed 2 points in order to keep the pressure on those around them in the standings.
Milton got off to the quick start they needed as the buried 3 goals in quick succession and were up 3-0 by the 6:48 mark of the opening period. Josh Pace and 2 from Shane Bennett were to thank for the quick start. The domination lasted the whole period as Milton held a 15-8 shot advantage but those first 3 goals were the only ones of the period.
While Milton dominated the 1st Pickering made sure they turned the tides in the 2nd as they were the ones who would have the shot advantage this time it was 16-8. Ben Blacker was sharpe as he made sure Milton held onto the lead but Lepone and Tenuta were able to make it a 1 goal game heading into the 3rd period.
The action was back and forth in the 3rd period and rather even. It was beginning to look like Blacker could hold off the Panthers and preserve the win. However with Gottzmann and Tenuta going off for roughing around the 16 minute mark Pickering was able to find the back of the net and make it a 3-3 game. With 1:27 left in the final period Milton would get one final power play as Michael Walker would go off for goalie interference. Desipte some great chances Milton was unable to find the back of the net and we were off the overtime with Pickering holding a 13-11 shot advantage in the 3rd.
With a power play to start the period odds were in Milton’s favour early if they could set something up and sure enough just as the Pickering penalty was expiring Daniel Poutoungas fed TJ Fergus the puck and he was able to find the back of the net as Milton picked up the much needed extra point.
Jeremy Gottzmann (Mil)
Another big week for Mr. Gottzmann who has proved himself to be one of the most valuable trade acquisitions this year as he keeps on piling up the points for the Milton Icehawks. He picked up 2 goals and 4 assists in 3 games as he helped Milton pick up 5 out of 6 points this past week.
Max Mikowski (Buf)
Mikowski had a big hand in helping the Jr Sabres take down 2 big time oppenents this past week as he finished up with 1 goal and 5 assists. Max has quietly been putting together a great season for the Jr Sabres as he has more than doubled his career point total this season
Daniel Poutsoungas (Mil)
For the second time in less than a month Poutsoungas finds himself cracking the weekly 3 stars. This time the veteran blueliner does it on the back of a 4 point week which saw him pick up 1 goal and 3 assists. More importantly he scored an OT winner and assisted on another as both Milton wins came in extra time.
Rookie of the Week
TJ Fergus (Mil)
The rookie defenceman put up points when it counted this week as his OT winner Friday against Pickering helped Milton lock up an important extra point. On Sunday he helped get the offence rolling by assisting on a 1st period power play goal.
Team of the Week
Buffalo Jr Sabres
Two games and 2 wins against some big time opponents this past week for the Buffalo Jr Sabres. First they took down the Dudley Hewitt cup host Wellington Dukes before traveling to take on the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. In a potential South-West Conference championship preview the Jr Sarbes picked up a key 6-5 win via the shootout.
Game of the Week Preview
Toronto Lakeshore Patriots @ Georgetown Raiders Wednesday February 19th
The match holds extra importance for the Raiders as they must win all 3 of their games this week in order to claim the #3 seed in the conference. Aside from this one they will also have to knock off Orangeville and Cobourg.
Georgetown is currently playing some of its best hockey as it is 8-3 in its last 11 games with losses coming against only Milton and St. Michaels. TLP comes into this one 6-2-2 in their last 10 games although they dropped both games this past weekend in a shootout.
These teams have met only once so far this season with TLP skating away with a 6-1 win on home ice thanks to a big 2nd period that saw them score 5 goals.