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Around the G: Jan.26-28

Erin Riley

The race for the regular season championship is coming down to the wire. Here’s who is in the running.

Atom AA
A 4-1 win against the Leaside Flames (19-7-7) was enough to solidify the North York Knights’ (26-4-3)  title as repeat GTHL regular season champions. The West Hill Golden Hawks (21-6-7) have two more games left to confirm their position as the repeat as runner-ups. After finishing the regular season in fifth place last season, the third-place Leaside Flames are now looking to finish in a better spot heading into the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs.

With less than a handful of games left on the schedule, the West may see a new regular season champion. After finishing fourth last season, the Streetsville Tigers (26-3-5) are pushing towards a championship with two games left to play. The Tigers won their fourth straight on Sunday and show no signs of slowing down. The Tigers, however, have the reigning regular season champions right on their tail. With a game in hand, the Toros (24-3-6) sit three points back of first after a 5-0 against the Humber Valley Sharks (14-17-3) on Friday. Will the Toros reclaim the regular season championship, or will the Tigers roar into the playoffs as champs?

Other finals from Atom AA weekend action:

West – Vaughan Panthers 3, Toronto Wolverines 3
West – Mississauga Beast 0, Humberview Huskies 2

East – Toronto Aeros 1, Don Mills Mustangs 5
East – North Toronto 3, Scarborough Ice Raiders 1

Minor Peewee AAA
With the top three teams all within four points of one another, claiming the title of regular season champions will come down to the wire in the Minor Peewee AAA division. The second place Mississauga Senators (23-1-3) are hard at work chasing the chance to repeat. After a 6-2 victory over the Vaughan Kings (17-10-1) on Sunday, the Sens sit three points back of the first place Jr. Canadiens (25-3-1) with two games in hand.

Other finals from Minor Peewee AAA weekend action:

Toronto Young Nationals 0, Toronto Titans 2
Vaughan Kings 3, Don Mills Flyers 0

Bantam A
With three games left in their schedule, the Don Mills Mustangs (25-6-2) look determined for a repeat. A 5-5 draw against the Leaside Flames (20-7-5) on Saturday put the Mustangs six points ahead of second place Forest Hill (22-7-2). Forest Hill, however, have two games in hand over the Mustangs. Will the East see a new regular season champion, or will the Mustangs prevail to win their second straight regular season championship?

The wild West will see a race right to the finish line, with the top four teams all within five points in the standings. The first place Vaughan Panthers (20-7-4) added an important four points over the weekend after back-to-back wins. The Panthers will have to keep up the pace if they want to fend off the Avalanche (20-9-2) and Duffield Devils (16-5-10), who sit only two points back of first. The Panthers and the Avalanche will meet on February 12.

Other finals from Bantam A weekend action:

West – Vaughan Rangers 1, Humber Valley Sharks 4
West – Toronto Wolverines 3, West Mall Lightning 3

East – Hillcrest Canadiens 3, Forest Hill 8
East – North Toronto 4, Toronto Aeros 3

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