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GTHL Weekend Roundup: Nov. 22-23

There was plenty of GTHL action to go around over the weekend, with 77 regular-season games played Saturday and another 134 on Sunday:

Minor Midget AAA
After losing their first regular season game of 2014-15 last Saturday, the Toronto Titans bounced back with a pair of wins over the weekend, first against the third-place Toronto Jr. Canadiens (2-1) then against the North York Rangers (3-2).

The four-point weekend also helped them close the gap on the Don Mills Flyers in the quest for first place. The Flyers – who are the only team to defeat the Titans this season – had their five-game winning streak snapped when they skated to a 1-1 tie against the Mississauga Senators.

In addition to holding the top two spots in the GTHL standings, it was announced last week that the Flyers (17-1-4, 38 points) and Titans (16-1-2, 34 points) also rank first and second, respectively, in the Ontario Hockey League minor midget rankings. The weekly rankings are selected by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff in lead-up to the OHL Cup, which will be hosted by the GTHL from Mar. 17 to 23.

The Jr. Canadiens (12-4-2) and Toronto Marlboros (12-5-2) – who both earned victories on Sunday – were ranked fourth and sixth on the OHL list, respectively, and are tied in the GTHL standings with 26 points. The Jr. Canadiens hold one game in hand.

In the only other weekend contest, the Vaughan Kings and Mississauga Reps tied 1-1.

Minor Midget A
In the East, the North York Knights didn’t win on the weekend but remain undefeated this season; the club moved to 18-0-2 after a 2-2 tie with the Markham Islanders on Sunday. With the tie, the Knights (38 points) strengthened their first-place lead to three points over the idle Leaside Flames.

Th Ted Reeve Thunder kept pace with the Knights and Flames in the hunt for top spot as they improved to 13-4-4 (30 points) with a 7-1 win over the Toronto Aces.

In other east side action, the West Hill Golden Hawks and Toronto Shamrocks tied 2-2 while the East Ender Ticats defeated the Toronto Aeros 4-1.

The West Division-leading Humber Valley Sharks improved to 14-3-1 (29 points) with a 4-1 win against the Duffield Devils. The Sharks have reeled off five straight wins to open a four-point lead over the second-place Toronto Royals, who went undefeated over the weekend to improve to 12-4-1 (25 points). The Royals first defeated the Devils 5-0 and then skated to a 2-2 draw with the Toronto Eagles (9-5-4, 22 points).

The Avalanche (10-4-2, 22 points) and Vaughan Rangers (11-6-0, 22 points) kept themselves in the mix with convincing victories on Sunday afternoon. The Avalanche rolled to a 12-3 win over the Humberview Huskies and the Rangers blanked the Vaughan Panthers 4-0.

Minor Atom AA
The North York Knights and Vaughan Rangers remain undefeated after another weekend of Minor Atom AA action:

* In the East, the Knights have yet to lose in their 19 regular season games (18-0-1, 37 points) and now have won each of their past 12 outings following a pair of weekend shutouts (3-0 vs. Leaside Flames and 7-0 vs. North Toronto). The Knights have allowed just one goal in the past four games and hold a plus-100 goal differential this season.

Right behind the Knights in the standings are the Don Mills Mustangs, who stretched their winning streak to four games with a 6-3 victory over the West Hill Golden Hawks on Saturday.

York Mills also swept their weekend set versus the Toronto Aeros (7-3) and Markham Islanders (5-4).

* In the West, the Rangers picked up a 5-0 win over the Mississauga Jets to improve to 17-0-2 (36 points) this season. The Rangers are not alone in the hunt for first place, though, as the Mississauga North Stars, Vaughan Panthers and Mississauga Terriers all earned weekend victories to remain within six points of first place.

The North Stars (17-3-0, 34 points) sit in second place following their sixth straight win on Sunday, a 4-1 decision over the Ice Warriors.

The Panthers  (15-1-1, 31 points) are next after pushing their winning streak to double digits with a 8-1 win over the Humber Valley Sharks. The Panthers have the fewest games played (17) among the top four teams.

The Terriers (15-3-0, 30 points) did not allow a goal in their two-game weekend set, earning 7-0 and 9-0 wins over the Duffield Devils and Avalanche, respectively.

The fifth-place West Mall Lightning (4-0 vs. Devils) and sixth-place Humberview Huskies (3-0 vs. Streetsville Tigers) also posted weekend shutouts.

Minor Peewee AAA
The Toronto Young Nationals picked up a 5-1 win against the North York Rangers to improve to 11-1-4 (26 points) this season and move into a points tie with the Toronto Marlboros (12-1-2) atop the division standings. The Marlboros dropped their first game of the season on Saturday (3-2 vs. Toronto Titans) but sit alone in top spot by virtue of having played one fewer game.

The Titans (9-3-4, 22 points) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Don Mills Flyers in their second weekend contest to remain alone in fourth place. For their part, the Flyers (11-1-3, 25 points) extended their undefeated streak to 11 games (9-0-2) to move within one point of the Marlboros and Young Nationals.

The Markham Majors outlasted the Vaughan Kings 5-4 to pick up their first regular season victory. The Mississauga Senators (3-1 vs. Kings) and Toronto Jr. Canadiens (3-2 vs. Toronto Red Wings) also earned weekend wins.

Visit our Games Centre page for all the scores and standings.

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