GTHL Playoff Preview: Marlboros (3) vs Titans (6)

IMG 6314In part three of our Scotiabank GTHL Playoff Series Preview, our attention turns to the Toronto Marlboros (3) and Toronto Titans (6).

GTHL Quarterfinals:

3rd Toronto Marlboros
Players to Watch: Jack Hughes F, Graeme Clarke F, Daniel D’Amico F, Kyle Harris F, Nicholas Zabaneh F, Grant Fontyn F, Billy Constantinou D, Erik Yelle D, Christian DeGiorgis D, Louka Henault D, Tyler Amaral D, Cameron Carvalho G, Eric Schneider G

4th Toronto Titans
Players to Watch: Alex Dominique F, Alec Lovisek F, Harrison Caines F, Ryan Callan F, Connor LePage F,Alex Henry D, Jaden Condotta D, Andrew Lukezic D, Brannon Butler D, David Cunti G

Regular Season: Split 1-1-1
Friday, September 23: Titans 5 at Marlboros 5
Sunday, November 6: Marlboros 2 at Titans 4
Friday, December 16: Titans 2 at Marlboros 5


How the Marlies Will Win:
As is true with most Toronto Marlboros’ teams in the past, we could’ve easily listed the entire roster as players to watch above as the talent runs very deep with the historic minor hockey squad. Led by #1 prospect Jack Hughes, the Marlboros have the skill to dominate games and they always seem to take their game up a notch when playoffs roll around. Despite the closely played season series, the Marlboros enter this series as the favourite based on their half-dozen skilled forwards and mobility puck moving blue line. Watch out for trigger man Graeme Clarke to elevate his game because he’s the type of player who can score big time goals. Their goaltending tandem has been good this season and have had stretches where either one of them have played outstanding but, like many young goaltenders, they’ll need to be consistent to pull away from the Titans.

How the Titans Will Win:
The Titans play a high paced game and each of it’s players seem to understand the role that they are to play. Whether it’s using grit and physicality or skill, the Titans can create problems a number of different ways. Dominique, Lovisek and LePage have been he go-to offensive players all season while the rest of the crew own the smarts to keep pucks moving up ice and into the scoring areas. While mobile and competitive with guys like Condotta, Henry and Lukesic, it will be interesting to see how they handle the on-sought of pucks that will come by way of a talented Marlboros front line. Cunti is their horse in between the pipes and although he hasn’t had the same success as his Bantam season seen, he’s a very good puck stopper capable of coming up big..

Preview written by Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting)

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