Around the G: Jan. 5-7
These teams had no problem getting their ice legs back after the holiday break.
Minor Atom AAA
In their first game since December 23, the Vaughan Kings (21-1-2) were able to notch their sixth straight win, tying the Jr. Canadiens (21-1-2) for first in the division. The two teams now have identical records after the Jr. Canadiens recorded back-to-back weekend wins. The Kings and Jr. Canadiens will meet on January 27. The two teams have exchanged wins in their two matchups this season. Meanwhile, the third-place Toronto Marlboros (18-3-3) easily got their ice legs back after the break, winning both of their weekend matchups. They now sit five points back of first. Most teams in the division have less than ten games left to play in the regular season.
Other finals from Minor Atom AAA weekend action:
Toronto Red Wings 5, Markham Majors 0
Don Mills Flyers 5, Toronto Titans 2
Much like the 2016-17 campaign, it’s North Toronto (25-2-2) and the Leaside Flames (23-2-4) battling it out for division dominance. First place North Toronto are on a mission to redeem themselves after missing out on the regular season championship last season, while the Flames, who took home the city championship, are determined to repeat. After a weekend win over the Goulding Park Rangers (13-13-3), North Toronto currently sit two points ahead of the Flames after 29 games played.
After a sixth-place finish and first-round playoff exit last season, the second place Toronto Royals (17-4-6) are motivated to prove themselves as a contender. The Royals, however, will have to find an answer to the Avalanche (19-5-2) who have a game in hand and show no signs of slowing down. The first place squad won their fourth straight on Saturday. Teams should also be keeping an eye on the third place West Mall Lightning (18-3-3), who sit one point back of first with two games in hand. The Lightning won their eighth straight on Friday.
Other finals from Peewee A weekend action:
West – Vaughan Rangers 1, Humberview Huskies 2
West – West Mall Lightning 3, West Toronto Renegades 2
East – Willowdale Blackhawks 2, East Enders Ticats 5
East – Toronto Shamrocks 2, York Mills 6
Midget Jr. AA
Despite a weekend loss to the second place Vaughan Panthers (17-6-2), the Mississauga Jets (18-4-3) still remain at the top of the West. The Jets will have to find a way to inject some of the Panthers momentum into their game if they want to repeat as regular season champions. The Panthers have now won six straight and show no signs of slowing down.
In the East, the first place North York Knights (21-2-0) are looking to repeat as city champions. Despite losing out on the regular season championship last year to the Toronto Aces (18-6-2), the Knights currently sit four points ahead of the second place Aces. The Knights will play their first game since December this week.
Other finals from Midget Jr. AA
West – Streetsville Tigers 1, Humber Valley Sharks 1
West – Avalanche 5, Toronto Royals 4
East – Markham Islanders 5, Hillcrest Canadiens 3