By Brendon Crossman, @coachcrossman
Only one division (Minor Bantam A) wrapped up regular-season play over the weekend, but five others opened postseason action on Sunday after completing Kraft Cup regular-season action on Friday. In addition, the Minor Midget AAA GTHL Championship series was decided following a pair of Game 7s on Saturday afternoon.
Minor Midget AAA
The Don Mills Flyers and Toronto Marlboros both completed series comebacks with Game 7 victories on Saturday to advance to the GTHL Championship.
After losing the first three games to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, the Flyers reeled off four consecutive wins, including 3-2, 2-0 and 7-4 decisions last week, to advance to the final.
The Marlboros faced a 5-3 deficit in their first-to-eight-points series with the top-ranked Toronto Titans but earned a 3-3 tie in Game 5 and 4-3 victory in Game 6 before Jacob McGrath backstopped the club to a 3-0 win in Game 7.
The Flyers lost only once during the Kraft Cup regular season, finishing at 24-1-8 (56 points), but lost a first-place tiebreaker in overtime against the Titans to fall to the No. 2 seed.
The Marlboros, meanwhile, finished in fourth place at 23-8-2 (48 points). The club lost a thrilling eight-game series to the Jr. Canadiens in last year’s final before eventually avenging the loss with a 5-0 win in the 2014 OHL Cup Championship Game.
The Flyers earned points in all three meetings with the Marlboros this season (DMF: 2-0-1, TML: 0-2-1), including a 3-2 win in each club’s season finale on Jan. 9.
GTHL CHAMPIONSHIP – MINOR MIDGET AAA
(2) Don Mills Flyers vs. (4) Toronto Marlboros
Game 1: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9:10 p.m. at Herb Carnegie Arena
Game 2: Friday, Feb. 13, 8:15 p.m. at Buckingham Arena
Game 3: Tuesday, Feb. 17, TBD at Buckingham Arena
Game 4: Friday, Mar. 6, TBD at Herb Carnegie Arena
*Game 5: Monday, Mar. 9, TBD at Buckingham Arena
*Game 6: Tuesday, Mar. 10, TBD at Buckingham Arena
*Game 7: Friday, Mar. 13, TBD at Buckingham Arena
*Game 8: Sunday, Mar. 15, TBD at Buckingham Arena
* If necessary.
NOTE: The series will take a hiatus for the Canada Winter Games. Marlboros teammates Ben Jones and Ryan McLeod and Flyers forward Brett Neumann are among the 11 GTHL players on the 20-player roster for Team Ontario’s Under-16 men’s team.
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