Around the G: Sept. 22-24

Erin Riley

The weather outside may have felt like mid-July, but a few foggy arenas didn’t stop the GTHL regular season from going forward. See who saw early success in our first roundup of the 2017-18 GTHL season.

Atom A

After a second round exit from last season’s Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs, the North York Knights (2-0-0) started the season determined to make an impact. The Knights notched their second straight win of the season after a 4-2 victory against the Hillcrest Canadiens (1-1-0) on Friday. The Knights, however, will have to keep up the pace if they want to fend off the reigning Eastern Division playoff champions, the Willowdale Blackhawks (2-0-0). Like the Knights, the Blackhawks continued their early season success this weekend, defeating the East Ender Ticats (1-1-0), 3-2.

In the West, the Toronto Wolverines (2-0-0) are looking for redemption after an early departure from Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs, losing their first round series to the lower seeded Toronto Royals (1-0-1). The City Championship winning Vaughan Rangers also got off to a decent start, going 1-0-1 in back-to-back weekend games. They will face the Royals on Friday.

Other finals from Atom A weekend action:

West – Humberview Huskies 2, Greater Toronto Capitals 4
West – Avalanche 0, Vaughan Panthers 3

East – Toronto Aeros 5, Forest Hill 8
East – Toronto Shamrocks 3, York Mills 4

Peewee AA

Three out of the four top seeded teams from the 2016-17 regular season managed to continue their winning ways, going 2-0-0 in their first two games. The reigning regular season champions, the Vaughan Rangers (2-0-0), and the 2017 City Champions, the Mississauga Terriers (2-0-0), both had successful weekends staying undefeated.

Despite finishing the regular season as the seventh seed and exiting the playoffs after the first round, the Mississauga North Stars (2-0-0) have found themselves amongst the top four start the year. They will face the Streetsville Tigers (0-1-0) on Tuesday.

The East has experienced a similar pattern to the West, with the current top few teams also finishing as top seeds in 2016-17. The North York Knights (2-0-0) have continued their command of the division, defeating both the Leaside Flames (1-1-0) and Forest Hill (1-1-0) in their first two games.

After a second round exit from the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs, the Don Mills Mustangs appear driven to go deeper, starting their season 2-0-0. They will play a strong Leaside Flames squad on Thursday.

Other finals from Peewee AA weekend action:

West – Humberview Huskies 2, Greater Toronto Capitals 4
West – Mississauga Blackhawks 2, Mississauga Jets 4

EastNorth Toronto 6, Markham Islanders 1
East – West Hill Golden Hawks 0, York Mills 0

Bantam AAA

After finishing third in the 2016-17 regular season and experiencing a second round playoff exit, the Toronto Marlboros are off to a 4-0-0 start to the 2017-18 GTHL season. If they want to continue their perfect season, the Marlboros will have to find an answer to the Don Mills Flyers (3-0-0). As reigning regular season and playoff champions, the Flyers have also started their season with a perfect record. Who will maintain the momentum needed to make it to the OHF Championships?

Other finals from Bantam AAA weekend action:

North York Rangers 5, Mississauga Senators 4
Vaughan Kings 2, Jr. Canadiens 3

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