Created: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 16:29
The finalists from the SCTA, the Oakville Rangers and Guelph Gryphons, ETA finalists York-Simcoe Express and Barrie Jr. Colts, along with a wild-card in the Quinte Red Devils gathered in Aurora at the St. Andrew’s College Arena for the OMHA Minor Midget AAA Championships on March 2-4.
Led by likely first-overall pick Quinton Byfield, the York-Simcoe Express proved to be the class of the field, going 3-1 in the round-robin portion and then defeating the Guelph Gryphons 3-1 in the Gold Medal game.
With the top four teams automatically advancing to the 2018 OHL Cup, the Express will be joined by the Gryphons, Barrie Colts and Oakville Rangers, while the Quinte Red Devils will have a chance to book their spot in a wild-card game.
GTHL area scout Jason Gray was close by and dipped into the OMHA to file the following report of the weekend action.
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Created: Friday, 02 February 2018 18:24
The ten teams from the OMHA-SCTA division gathered in St. Catherines January 27-28 for the league’s Showcase Weekend. Scheduled much later than the other league’s showcases, each team played twice to allow players to show how they have progressed over the course of the season.
SCTA area scout Ryan Stacey was on hand and filed the following report which includes comments on 40 players.
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Created: Friday, 02 February 2018 16:10
The top four seeds all won their quarterfinal series which sets up for what will be a remarkable semifinal as usual in the GTHL Minor Midget AAA division. The four remaining teams, the Toronto Marlboros, Vaughan Kings, Mississauga Reps and Toronto. Jr. Canadiens make up four of the top 5 spots in the current OHL Cup rankings with each of the four teams being more than capable of winning the GTHL and OHL Cup championships. The amount of talent between these four teams is absurd and playoff series will be some of the most entertaining hockey you will see in Ontario at any level.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes provides the folowing breakdown of the GTHL semifinal matchups.
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Created: Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:10
The OHMA-ETA league was a top-heavy one this season with considerable dominance from three teams, the York-Simcoe Express, Barrie Colts and Peterborough Petes. All three have league championship aspirations as well as the potential to make a run at the OHL Cup. Neither figure to be overly-challenged in their quarterfinal series but as they move towards the semifinals and finals, you can expect to see some of the most competitive and entertaining hockey you will see all year with a ton of top talent.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes provides a breakdown of the ETA quarterfinal matchups.
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Created: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:42
The 2017-18 Alliance Minor Midget AAA season saw a changing of the guard in terms of the front-running teams. In recent years, the top two spots have been owned by the London Jr. Knights and Waterloo Wolves who have battled each other for league supremacy almost every year. This season offered a different look with the Cambridge Hawks taking the league by storm, dropping just two of their 33 games. London, while not the dominant team we’ve seen in the past, still battled their way to a second-place finish in the regular season. Waterloo meanwhile hovered around .500 all year and will be met with the task of winning as the lower seed in their quarterfinal series.
This rare shift of power results in this year’s playoff being wide open. Cambridge will certainly be the heavy favourite, but after that any of the other seven teams should have no reason to believe that they can’t go on a run.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and Alliance area scout Mitch Avis combine to break down the 2018 Alliance Minor Midget AAA playoffs, which is truly a case of “Why Not Us” – and it should offer a ton of excitement for everyone involved.
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