AUG 11 - CCHL SELECTS vs. NOJHL/CCHL SELECTS
An early 10 o'clock start might usually bring you a game that's sloppy or slow paced. While the former is true, the latter is definitely not. Both teams came out ready to skate and play with physicality, but they forgot their heads and didn't make smart plays. Once they found their composure the game was played at a good back and forth pace with some solid plays being executed.
Already 1-0 for the CCHL, Alex Robinson evens the score with his third attempt on a point shot. Robinson received a pass from the half-wall from Giovanni Foschia and released a low snap shot that ended up in the corner off the rebound of goaltender James Edwardson. Foschia retrieves the puck and again dishes off to Robinson for a one timer slap shot that is blocked by a defender. The buck bounces back to Robinson, who on his third attempt, waited for the screen to form in front of the net and wired the puck top shelf over the goaltenders glove. The Peterborough Petes 2011 draft pick made no mistake. Tie game.
CCHL runs into penalty trouble, taking two back to back. The NOJHL/CCHL can't seem to get anything going on either power play chance. CCHL turns around after the penalty kill and scores on their next offensive attack. Lwason MacDonald tips in a point shot taken by Elias Ghantous. Score is 2-1 now with NOJHL/CCHL having the one goal edge. But the lead is quickly evaporated when Brandon Bazinet scores on a feed from the corner by Anthony Miller, who took a big hit to make the play. Tie game again.
After sharing chances, one of which was a 2 on 1 that rang off the post, both teams were picking up their physicality and nastiness. Young Krys Myllari, a Kingston Frontenac prospect, seems to get his stick up in the face of an oncoming forward but the play was missed by the referee. After the nasty stuff picked up NOJHL/CCHL took a penalty, continuing the parade to the penalty box. End of the period, and the halway mark of the game, the score is still 2-2.
CCHL opens the second half with a penalty right off the opening draw, but would kill it off agian. Following the NOJHL/CCHL power play August Jarecki takes a hooking call. And thirty-four seconds into the penalty kill Anthony Miller receives a slashing penalty to make it a 5 on 3 for 1:26. But CCHL's power play could not get a single shot on goalie Jordan Piccolino thanks in part to the three NOJHL/CCHL penalty killers. Ryan Theriault, Nathan Campbell and Michael Vered (Ottawa 67's draft pick) played the PK perfectly closing of virtually every lane and not allowing the opposition to get a single shot away.
Following all the penalty troubles by both teams things started to settle down. Daniele Disipio receives a bank pass off the boards and is sprung in on a breakaway, scoring far side on goaltender Jordan Piccolino to take a 3-2 lead for the CCHL. Bradley Bell, Mississauga Steelheads property, started to turn on the jets and lead the offensive charge for the NOJHL/CCHL squad but couldnt mustard up enough chances on goaltender Darren Smith. Despite the efforts of Piccolino, who had a great period making multiple saves through traffic and battles in front of the net, and bell, the NOJHL/CCHL fell short in this one.
Jordan Piccolino- Cornwall Colts- CCHL
Piccolino is an undersized goaltender, who is listed at 5'11 and 166lbs, that uses his great reflexes and quickness to make saves. He's good down low thanks to his quick feet and lateral movement. He gets across his crease well and never gives up on a play. Grate through traffic and battles in front of the net. Doesn't shy away from engaging opposing forwards that enter his crease. Communicates well with his defenseman. Proven winner having won the CCHL title and claiming playoff MVP honors last season.
Krys Myllari- Nepean Raiders/ Kingston Frontenacs- CCHL/OHL
Myllari is a big defenseman, listed at 6'1 and 175, with good mobility. Can use his smarts and decision making on the power play while also his size and reach on the penalty kill. Can play physical, but is not engaging. Doesn't shy away from contact but would rather use his on-ice smarts.