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Around the G: Nov. 2-4

Erin Riley

A third of the way through the season, here’s who is making a case for early contention in the race for the Pro Hockey Life Cup.

Atom A
A victory over the Markham Islanders (2-9-2) helped the North York Knights (9-2-2) inch closer to first place North Toronto (10-1-1). With a game in hand, North Toronto look determined to repeat as Pro Hockey Life Cup champions. After a loss last week, the third place Ted Reeve Thunder (9-2-1) were able to rebound in a win against the Willowdale Blackhawks (5-7-2). Teams should keep an eye on fourth place York Mills (7-3-3) who notched their second straight win over the weekend.

In the West, the Vaughan Rangers (8-2-2) recorded two weekend wins, extending their winning streak to six. They will take on the second place West Mall Lightning (6-1-4) on November 9. A third of the way through the season, the division remains tight, with the top four teams only within three points of one another.

Other finals from Atom A weekend action:

West – Toronto Wolverines 3, Avalanche 4
West –
 Toronto Eagles 2, Humber Valley Sharks 1

East – Forest Hill Force 2, Don Mills Mustangs 3
East – Willowdale Blackhawks 2, Ted Reeve Thunder 3

Peewee AA
A win over the Goulding Park Rangers (2-10-2) granted York Mills (10-2-2) the top spot in the East. York Mills will have to keep up the pace if they want to fend off the Markham Islanders (10-2-1), Leaside Flames (10-2-1), and Toronto Shamrocks (9-1-1) who are not far behind and all have games in hand. The Shamrocks, who are reigning Pro Hockey Life Cup champs, have now won three straight.

A repeat of last season looks imminent, with the Toronto Eagles (12-1-1) and Streetsville Tigers (12-1-0) once again neck-in-neck for the top spot. Both the Vaughan Panthers (11-1-2) and Toronto Royals (10-1-2) are also strong contenders for Pro Hockey Life Cup contention, with both teams only recording one loss so far this season.

Other finals from Peewee AA weekend action:

West – Duffield Devils 1, Mississauga Jets 6
West –
 Avalanche 0, Vaughan Panthers 5

East – North Toronto 2, Toronto Aeros 3
East – Goulding Park Rangers 5, Hillcrest Canadiens 7

Bantam AAA
After dominating the division last season, the Jr. Canadiens (12-1-0) are back at it, winning their seventh straight over the weekend. The Toronto Marlboros (9-2-2) put up two points, bumping the Toronto Young Nationals (8-4-1) out of second and getting within four points of first. The Nats have now won four straight. They will take on the North York Rangers (3-9-0) on Monday, November 5.

Other finals from Bantam AAA weekend action:
Toronto Red Wings 1, Mississauga Senators 4
Don Mills Flyers 0, Toronto Marlboros 2

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