For many teams around the GTHL, there was more to celebrate this weekend than just turkey. See who came out on top this Thanksgiving weekend.
Things started to heat up in the East over the weekend. The Toronto Shamrocks (3-2-1, 7 points) inched a little closer to the first place North York Knights (5-0-0, 10 points) after defeating the Ted Reeve Thunder on October 7. Their campaign to come within one point of first place fell a little short after a loss to York Mills the following day. Teams in the division should keep a close eye on the undefeated North Toronto (3-0-0, 6 points) squad who currently have two games on hand over the first-place Knights.
In the West, all teams have played at least four games apiece, making for some intense nail biting match-ups early on in the season. The first place Vaughan Panthers (5-0-0, 10 points) further cemented their position over the weekend, defeating both the Vaughan Rangers and Humber Valley Sharks. The Mississauga Terriers (4-0-1, 9 points) came within one point of first after also winning two games back-to-back.
Four teams – the Streetsville Tigers (4-1-0, 8 points), Vaughan Rangers (4-1-0, 8 points), Ice Warriors (4-1-0, 8 points), and the Mississauga North Stars (4-1-0, 8 points) – all remain tied for third with near identical records after five games played.
Other finals from Atom AA weekend action:
East – York Mills 7, Scarborough Young Bruins 1
East – West Hill Golden Hawks 2, Markham Islanders 2
West – Toronto Eagles 5, Toronto Wolverines 0
West – Mississauga Braves, Mississauga Jets 2
Minor Peewee A
A big weekend in the West gave the Vaughan Rangers (2-0-3, 7 points) the opportunity to tie for or move into first. Instead, two back-to-back draws left them in third behind the Toronto Royals (3-0-1, 7 points) and Vaughan Panthers (3-0-2, 5 points). The Toronto Royals now sit in prime position to steal the top spot in the division after a two-win weekend.
Despite a slow start for the Markham Islanders in the East, the team has rallied to win two of their last three, improving their record to 2-3-0 for a total of 4 points. Meanwhile, near the top of the standings, North Toronto (4-0-0, 8 points) won their fourth straight, going undefeated to start the season. The Leaside Flames (4-1-0, 8 points) remain not far behind after a win over the North York Knights on the weekend.
Other finals from Peewee A weekend action:
East – East Enders Ticats 3, Forest Hill 1
East – North York Knights 2, Toronto Aces 2
West – Toronto Eagles 3, Vaughan Rangers 3
West – Vaughan Panthers 4, West Mall Lightning 2
For mid-October, the Midget AAA loop could not be more exciting. The Markham Majors (3-1-0, 6 points) had a big weekend with two back-to-back wins, tying the Mississauga Rebels for first. The Rebels missed the opportunity to stand alone in first place position after a loss to the Toronto Red Wings.
With all teams having played four games each, three teams – the North York Rangers (2-1-1, 5 points), Toronto Young Nationals (2-1-1, 5 points), and the Don Mills Flyers (2-1-1, 5 points) – are all tied for third. Meanwhile, an additional three teams – the Vaughan Kings (1-1-2, 4 points), Toronto Marlboros (2-2-0, 4 points), and the Toronto Red Wings (2-2-0, 4 points) – are all only two points away from tying that first place position.
Other finals from Midget AAA weekend action:
Toronto Titans 1, Markham Majors 4
Toronto Marlboros 3, Don Mills Flyers 4
Jr. Canadiens 3, Mississauga Reps 3