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GTHL Playoff Preview: Reps (2) vs Kings (7)

IMG 6313In part two of our Scotiabank GTHL Playoff Series Preview, our attention turns to the Mississauga Reps (2) and Vaughan Kings (7) which is, arguably, the most entertaining matchup on paper.

GTHL Quarterfinals:

2nd Mississauga Reps
Players to Watch: Jamieson Rees F, Lucas Rowe F, Denis Golovarchev F, Michael Petizian F, Liam Ross D, Igor Chibrikov D, Klim Georgiev D, Zach Wright D, Ryan Dugas G

7th Vaughan Kings
Players to Watch: Nicholas Porco F, Eric Ciccolini F, Kosta Manikis F, Drew Ferris F, Matthew Guglietti F, , Brendan Sellen F, Thomas Harley D, Nathan Staios D, Ashton Reesor D, Daniel Nardi D, Christian Sbaraglia G

 

Regular Season: Reps 3-0-0
Wednesday, October 12: Kings 1 at Reps 3
Saturday, November 19: Reps 3 at Kings 1
Sunday, January 15: Reps 5 at Kings 1

 

How the Reps Will Win:
The Reps swept the season series but it was a bit misleading given the close scores. The second ranked team in the most recent OHL Cup Top 10 rankings, Mississauga has been at the top of the GTHL standings all season long and it’s a testament to their overall team work ethic and high paced attack. Leading the way for the Reps offence is potential top pick Jamieson Rees, an in-your-face dynamic pivot with game breaking skill. Beyond Rees, Mississauga draws on excellent skill and motors from the likes of Lucas Rowe and Michael Petizian, while looking to sharp shooter Golovarchev to find the back of the net with elite shooting abilities. The Reps will be a tough team to defeat given their outstanding blueline core with stud defenders Ross, Chibrikov, Georgiev, Wright and Munro – all capable of shutting down attacks and chipping in on the offensive side as well. Look for 2002-born defender Owen Porter to see some action with the minor midgets as well as he certainly looks every bit a potential Top 10 pick for the 2018 OHL Draft. In net, Dugas and Slaven have been among the top puck stoppers and are capable of stealing games so no win is going to come easy for the Kings.


How the Kings Will Win:
The Kings have been an interesting team to follow this season and it’s a squad that hasn’t been without their challenges – battling through significant injuries to remain competitive in the GTHL standings. It will be interesting to see if Vaughan’s forwards can produce more goals after a season that has seen some waves in production from it’s top forwards. Their depth up front has a good blend of skill and grit while playing a strong possession game. They are a team that can dominate possession but it will be a tough challenge to beat Dugas and his line of strong defenders in front of him. On the backend, Harley, Nardi, Reesor and company are prime puck movers who use their excellent mobility to push momentum up ice. Sbaraglia is arguably the best goaltender in the Toronto loop and he owns the talent to flat-out steal games if the offence gives him a little cushion. Like all of the GTHL matchups, this Vaughan vs Mississauga Reps will be an extremely entertaining game.

 

Preview written by Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting)

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