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Scotiabank GTHL Playoff Roundup: Feb. 6

With Kraft Cup champions being crowned and the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs underway, the Roundup will provide weekly updates on series’ and take a look at what lies ahead for the rest of the 2016-17 GTHL season.

A LOOK AHEAD

A number of divisions finish regular-season schedules and begin playoffs this week.

Atom A East
Regular season ends: Monday, February 6
Playoffs begin: Tuesday, February 7
Kraft Cup Champions: North Toronto (31-2-3)

Round 1 – First to six points
Despite York Mills placing second in the division, they failed to defeat their first round opponent Forest Hill during the regular season. The two teams will go head-to-head starting on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. at Scarborough Centennial.

North Toronto (1) vs. North York Knights (8)
Goulding Park Rangers (4) vs. Don Mills Mustangs (5)
York Mills (2) vs. Forest Hill (7)
Leaside Flames (3) vs. Willowdale Blackhawks (6)

Peewee A East
Regular season ends: Monday, February 6
Playoffs Begin: Tuesday, February 7
Kraft Cup Champions: Markham Islanders (29-4-3)

Round 1 -First to six points
The Kraft Cup winning Markham Islanders are in for a battle against the eighth-place Toronto Aeros. The Islanders have gone 1-0-1 against the Aeros this season, with their only win against the club determined by only a single goal.

Markham Islanders (1) vs. Toronto Aeros (8)
North Toronto (4) vs. Leaside Flames (5)
Ted Reeve Thunder (2) vs. Goulding Park Rangers (7)
West Hill Golden Hawks (3) vs. Toronto Shamrocks (6)

Peewee AA East

Regular season ends: Monday, February 6
Playoffs Begin: Tuesday, February 7
Kraft Cup Champions: Scarborough Young Bruins (30-3-3)

Round 1 -First to six points
The second seed Ted Reeve Thunder have struggled to finish against the Willowdale Blackhawks, with the last two meetings between the squads ending in a tie. Expect an entertaining first round series between the two teams.

Scarborough Young Bruins (1) vs. North Toronto (5)
Goulding Park Rangers (4) vs. York Mills (5)
Ted Reeve Thunder (2) vs. Willowdale Blackhawks (7)
Leaside Flames (3) vs. Don Mills Mustangs (6)

Peewee AA West
Regular season ends: Monday, February 6
Playoffs Begin: Thursday, February 9
Kraft Cup Champions: Vaughan Rangers (32-2-2)

Round 1 – First to six points
The Humber Valley Sharks are 1-0-1 against the Mississauga Terriers on the season, with the Sharks winning by a lone goal in their only victory against the Terriers. It will be a hard-fought first round battle between the third and sixth place teams to start the playoffs.

Vaughan Rangers (1) vs. Toronto Wolverines (8)
Vaughan Panthers (4) vs. Ice Warriors (5)
Mississauga Braves (2) vs. Streetsville Tigers (7)
Humber Valley Sharks (3) vs. Mississauga Terriers (6)

Midget AAA
Regular season ends: Monday, February 6
Playoffs begin: Tuesday, February 7
Kraft Cup Champions: Toronto Young Nationals (29-2-2)

Round 1 – First to eight points
Despite being the lower seed, the Markham Majors have gone 2-0-0 this season against the fourth place Don Mills Flyers. Only one point separates the two teams in the final Kraft Cup standings.

Toronto Young Nationals (1) vs. North York Rangers (8)
Don Mills Flyers (4) vs. Markham Majors (5)
Jr. Canadiens (2) vs. Toronto Titans (7)
Mississauga Rebels (3) vs. Toronto Marlboros (6)

THE BATTLE CONTINUES

Bantam AAA – Round 1 | Firs to eight points
The post-season battle got underway Sunday night with some early surprises. The fifth place North York Rangers defeated the fourth place Mississauga Rebels to take an early series lead. The seventh seed Don Mills Flyers put up a fight against the Toronto Marlboros, but ultimately fell one goal short to lose their first of the series. The Marlboros are 3-0 against the Flyers this season.

Mississauga Reps (1) vs. Toronto Titans (8) | First game Monday at 9:15 p.m.
Mississauga Rebels (4) vs. North York Rangers (5) | Rangers lead 2-0
Toronto Marlboros (2) vs. Don Mills Flyers (7) | Marlboros lead 2-0
Jr. Canadiens (3) vs. Vaughan Kings (6) | First game Monday at 9:25 p.m.

Minor Midget AAA – Round 1 | First to eight points

The underdogs have come out strong in the race to eight, with the lower seed dominating three out of the four series’. As reigning Scotiabank GTHL Playoff Champions, the fifth seed Mississauga Rebels put on an impressive performance, going undefeated against the fourth place Mississauga Senators. The Rebels will play the winner of the Toronto Young Nationals and Jr. Canadiens series.

The Toronto Marlboros are waiting to see who they’ll face in the second round after knocking out the Toronto Titans in five games. The Marlboros will face the winner of the series between the Mississauga Reps and the Vaughan Kings. A win for the Kings on Tuesday would buy them a date with the Marlboros.

Toronto Young Nationals (1) vs. Jr. Canadiens (8) | Jr. Canadiens lead 6-4
Mississauga Reps (4) vs. Vaughan Kings (6) | Kings lead 6-4
Mississauga Senators (4) vs. Mississauga Rebels | Mississauga Rebels win 8-2
Toronto Marlboros (3) vs. Toronto Titans (6) | Toronto Marlboros win 8-2

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