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Around the G: Feb. 15-18

Erin Riley

Post-season play is in full swing,  with regular season rivalries getting re-heated.

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Already in the second round of Scotiabank GTHL playoffs, the East has seen its share of surprises. The fifth-seeded North York Knights, who managed to defeat the fourth place Ted Reeve Thunder in the first round, ended their first game against first place Forest Hill in a scoreless draw. Meanwhile, two weekend games between North Toronto and the Leaside Flames both ended in a 2-2 tie. The two teams exchanged wins back and forth all season long, with both teams ending the season with identical 25-7-4 records.

The first round is just finishing up in the West, with the higher seeded team-leading each of the four series’. A Family Day win for the Duffield Devils secured a series sweep. They will await their opponent for round two, with the Mississauga North Stars currently leading the Mississauga Terriers 4-0 in the series.

Round 2 East | First to Six Points
(1) Forest Hill Force vs. (5) North York Knights | Series tied 1-1
Game 1: 0-0 tie | Game 2: Feb 21 | Game 3: Feb 23

(2) Duffield Devils  vs. (7) Toronto Wolverines | Devils win 6-0

(3) Mississauga North Stars vs. (6) Mississauga Terriers | North Stars lead 4-0
Game 1: 3-2 North Stars | Game 2: 6-1 North Stars | Game 3: Feb 19

(4) Humber Valley Sharks vs. (5) Mississauga Beast | Sharks lead 4-2
Game 1: 4-1 Beast | Game 2: 3-1 Sharks | Game 3: 5-1 Sharks | Game 4: Feb 20

Round 2 West | First to Six Points
(1) Mississauga Jets  vs. (8) Streetsville Tigers | Jets lead 5-1
Game 1: 0-0 tie | Game 2: 5-1 Jets | Game 3: 4-1 Jets | Game 4: Feb 21

(2) Leaside Flames vs. (3) North Toronto | Series tied 2-2
Game 1: 2-2 tie | Game 2: 2-2 tie | Game 3: Feb 19 | Game 4: Feb 22

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All four series’ in the East kicked off this weekend, with the higher seeded team winning the first game in all instances, except the Goulding Park Rangers. The Rangers fell 5-3 to the fifth seeded Willowdale Blackhawks on Sunday. The Blackhawks won three out of the four regular season games against the Rangers this season. Third place York Mills recorded back-to-back wins against the Knights, with only one more win needed for the series sweep.

In the West, both the Vaughan Rangers and Toronto Wolverines advanced to the second round over the weekend. The second place Toronto Eagles could advance on Wednesday with a win or a tie, to face the Wolverines in the second round. A win for either the Avalanche or Vaughan Panthers this week would put them up against the first place Rangers in round two. The Panthers and Avalanche series is currently tied at four.

Round 1 East | First to Six Points
(1) Don Mills Mustangs vs. (8) Markham Majors | Mustangs lead 2-0
Game 1: 4-1 Mustangs | Game 2: Feb 19 | Game 3: Feb 21

(2) Forest Hill Force vs. (7) Leaside Flames | Force lead 3-1
Game 1: 2-0 Force | Game 2: 1-1 tie | Game 3: Feb 20 | Game 4: Feb 23

(3) York Mills vs (6) North York Knights | York Mills Lead 4-0
Game 1: 5-2 York Mills | Game 2: 5-1 York Mills | Game 3: Feb 20

(4) Goulding Park Rangers vs (5) Willowdale Blackhawks | Blackhawks lead 2-0
Game 1: 5-3 Blackhawks | Game 2: Feb 19 | Game 3: Feb 21

Round 1 West | First to Six Points
(1) Vaughan Rangers vs. (8) Duffield Devils | Rangers win 6-0

(2) Toronto Eagles vs. (7) Humberview Huskies | Eagles lead 5-1
Game 1: 1-1 tie | Game 2: 5-1 Eagles | Game 3: 8-1 Eagles | Game 4: Feb 20

(3) Toronto Wolverines vs (6) West Mall Lightning | Wolverines win 6-4

(4) Avalanche vs (5) Vaughan Panthers | Series tied 4-4
Game 1: 4-1 Avalanche | Game 2: 5-2 Panthers | Game 3: 4-3 Avalanche | Game 4: 3-2 Panthers | Game 5: Feb 22

Minor Bantam AAA
With playoff action just barely begun, there is already a surprising result in the Minor Bantam AAA loop. The sixth place Toronto Titans took the first game against the third place Vaughan Kings to take an early 2-0 series lead. The Kings are 2-0-1 against the Titans this season. The Jr. Canadiens have yet to defeat the Markham Majors this season. The first game in the first round series between the two teams ended in a 4-4 draw. The two teams finished only one point apart in regular season standings.

Round 1 | First to Eight Points
(1) Toronto Marlboros vs. (8) Mississauga Rebels
Game 1: Feb 21 | Game 2: Feb 23 | Game 3: Feb 25

(2) Mississauga Reps vs. (7) Toronto Young Nats 
Game 1: Feb 22| Game 2: Feb 24 | Game 3: Feb 26

(3) Vaughan Rangers vs (6) Toronto Titans | Titans lead 2-0
Game 1: 2-1 Titans | Game 2: Feb 22 | Game 3: Feb 24

(4) Markham Majors vs (5) Jr. Canadiens | Series tied 1-1
Game 1: 4-4 tie  | Game 2: Feb 21 | Game 3: Feb 24

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