The last day of January and first day of February hosted a relatively light schedule compared to other weekends of the season, with a total of 185 Kraft Cup regular season and Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs games played. Another 56 games were contested Monday night.
FIRST PLACE TIEBREAKERS:
Atom A East – Leaside Flames vs. Ted Reeve Thunder
6:40 p.m. at Bayview
Bantam AAA – Mississauga Rebels vs. Toronto Red Wings
9:00 p.m. at Victoria Village
Minor Midget AAA
After dropping Games 2 and 3 on Monday and Friday last week, the Toronto Marlboros posted a 3-1 decision against the Toronto Titans on Sunday to earn their first victory of the series. The Titans now hold a 5-3 points advantage in the first-to-eight-points series.
The Toronto Jr. Canadiens, meanwhile, hold a 6-2 points advantage over the Don Mills Flyers after winning the first three games of the series from Sunday to Friday last week. The Flyers won their Super Bowl Sunday showdown 5-3.
(1) Toronto Titans lead (4) Toronto Marlboros 5-3
Game 1: 2-2 tie on Sunday, Jan. 25
Game 2: 2-0 Titans on Monday, Jan. 26
Game 3: 2-1 Titans on Friday, Jan. 30
Game 4: 3-1 Marlboros on Sunday, Feb. 1
Game 5: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:10 p.m. at Buckingham Arena
Game 6: Friday, Feb. 6, 9:00 p.m. at Etobicoke Ice Sports
*Game 7: Saturday, Feb. 7, 3:45 p.m. at Etobicoke Ice Sports
(3) Toronto Jr. Canadiens lead (2) Don Mills Flyers lead 6-2
Game 1: 5-3 Jr. Canadiens on Sunday, Jan. 25
Game 2: 6-4 Jr. Canadiens on Monday, Jan. 26
Game 3: 2-1 Jr. Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 31
Game 4: 5-3 Flyers on Sunday, Feb. 1
Game 5: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 9:00 p.m. at Buckingham Arena
*Game 6: Friday, Feb. 6, 9:25 p.m. at Victoria Village
*Game 7: Saturday, Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m. at Buckingham Arena
* If necessary.
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North Toronto earned a pair of victories over the weekend to improve to 30-1-3 (63 points) in 34 outings and lock up the Kraft Cup as regular season champions. The club picked up 7-4 and 1-0 wins against the Toronto Eagles and Goulding Park Rangers, respectively, to stretch their winning streak to five games.
The Avalanche (27-4-3, 57 points) and Ted Reeve Thunder (26-4-3, 55 points) each posted unblemished records over the extended weekend to keep pace in the hunt for the second seed in the postseason. Both teams have two games remaining: Avalanche vs. Amesbury Attack (Friday) and Scarborough Ice Raiders (Sunday); Thunder vs. Toronto City Blues (Saturday and Tuesday).
The Hillcrest Canadiens posted a perfect 2-0 record over the weekend to pull within two points of the final playoff berth. The Canadiens began by knocking off the Amesbury Attack 4-2 then earned a 4-3 win over the Leaside Flames.
The Canadiens are one of five teams battling for the final playoff spot. The others: Markham Islanders (16-15-3, 35 points), Scarborough Ice Raiders (15-13-4, 34 points), Willowdale Blackhawks (15-16-3, 33 points), Flames (15-16-3, 33 points) and Attack (13-15-6, 32 points).
The Blackhawks earned a 6-3 win over the Toronto Aeros while the Aeros won their other weekend matchup 11-3 against the Goulding Park Rangers.
The Don Mills Mustangs are riding into the 2015 Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs on an eight-game undefeated streak (7-0-1 since Dec. 21) thanks to a pair of victories on the final weekend of regular-season play. The Mustangs first earned a 6-1 win over York Mills on Saturday morning before closing the 2014-15 campaign with a 4-0 shutout of the North York Knights.
The Toronto Aeros earned a 2-1 win over North Toronto to leapfrog the club for fifth place in the final Kraft Cup regular-season standings.
Though the West division finishes tonight (Tuesday) when the Toronto Wolverines visit the Vaughan Panthers, first-round postseason matchups are set for both divisions:
SCOTIABANK GTHL PLAYOFFS – EAST QUARTERFINALS
(1) Ted Reeve Thunder vs. (8) West Hill Golden Hawks
Game 1: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:10 p.m. at Cummer Park
(2) Don Mills Mustangs vs. (7) Goulding Park Rangers
Game 1: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:10 p.m. at Cummer Park
(3) Leaside Flames vs. (6) North Toronto
Game 1: Friday, Feb. 6, 6:10 p.m. at Pleasantview
(4) York Mills vs. (5) Toronto Aeros
Game 1: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:45 p.m. at Bayview
SCOTIABANK GTHL PLAYOFFS – WEST QUARTERFINALS *Dates and times TBD
(1) Mississauga Terriers vs. (8) Toronto Wolverines
(2) Mississauga Braves vs. (7) Humberview Huskies
(3) Toronto Eagles vs. (6) Duffield Devils
(4) Vaughan Rangers vs. (5) Vaughan Panthers
Other finals from Atom AA action:
Willowdale Blackhawks 6, West Hill Golden Hawks 3
Mississauga Terriers 0, Duffield Devils 0
Toronto Eagles 4, Mississauga North Stars 1
Streetsville Tigers 3, Vaughan Rangers 0
Separated by only three points entering the final days of the Kraft Cup regular season, the Markham Majors, Toronto Red Wings and Vaughan Kings each went undefeated over the weekend. Only the Majors and Red Wings, however, managed to clinch a postseason season berth.
Majors forward Artem Suyargulov (3-1—4) scored the tying goal with one second left in regulation to complete his hat trick and help his club earn a 7-7 tie with the Red Wings on Saturday. Teammate Ivan Volkov also scored a hat trick and finished with four points.
The Majors then earned a 2-1 win over the Toronto Titans on Sunday to clinch the seventh spot and a first-round matchup against the Don Mills Flyers.
After the Kings earned back-to-back 3-1 wins over the Mississauga Senators and Mississauga Rebels, the Red Wings needed one point against the North York Rangers on Sunday afternoon to clinch the final playoff berth.
Trailing 4-3, forward Kyle Lane found the back of the net at 4:41 of the third period to knot the score and Griffen Coutts shut the door the rest of the way to help the Red Wings secure a tie and the eighth seed.
After dropping a 3-1 decision in Saturday’s matchup against the Don Mills Flyers, the Mississauga Reps picked up a 3-0 win over the Toronto Marlboros on Sunday to finish the season at 11-14-8 (30 points) and secure the sixth playoff spot.
SCOTIABANK GTHL PLAYOFFS – QUARTERFINALS
(1) Toronto Young Nationals vs. (8) Toronto Red Wings
Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 7, 12: 15 p.m. at Westwood Arena
(2) Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs. (7) Markham Majors
Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m. at Westwood Arena
(3) Don Mills Flyers vs. (6) Mississauga Reps
Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 7, 3:45 p.m. at Westwood Arena
(4) North York Rangers vs. (5) Mississauga Rebels
Game 1: Saturday, Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. at Westwood Arena
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