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GTHL Playoff Preview: Senators (4) vs Rebels (5)

IMG 6315In the fourth and final partof our Scotiabank GTHL Playoff Series Preview, our attention turns to the Mississauga Senators (4) and Missississagua Rebels (5)

GTHL Quarterfinals:

4th Mississauga Senators
Players to Watch: Nicholas Wong F, Jordan Frasca F, Anthony Tabak F, Deacon Holmes D, Jack Agnew D, Eric McAndrew D, Justin Nolet, Brandon Millberg G, Dante Fernades G

5th Mississauga Rebels
Players to Watch: Philip Tomasino F, Dylan Jackson F, Ty Jackson F, Ryan O’Hara F, Austin Brimmer F, Liam Carroll F, Reid Russett F, Michael Vukojevic D, Dustin Penman D, Evan Brand D, Arthur Kowara D, Owen Robertson G

 

Regular Season: Reps 3-0-0
Monday, September 26: Rebels 3 at Senators 3
Thursday, November 3: Senators 0 at Rebels 2
Tuesday, January 10: Senators 3 at Rebels 2

 

How the Sens Will Win:
The offence runs through the trio of Wong, Frasca and Tabak, but there’s plenty of complementary depth with smarts and skill. The Sens like to control the play and keep possession through quick movement before striking with timely shots. Watch out on the powerplay because the Sens have some smart distributors who can break down defences quickly. The blueline is an industrious group that operates with efficiency on both sides of the puck and are capable of injecting physicality from time to time. The defence group lacks an elite puck mover but each of them are smart, simple transition passes.The last line of defence in net have been impressive in our viewings and shouldn’t let any easy pucks from the Rebels get past him.

 

How the Rebels Will Win:
It’s somewhat surprising that the Rebels finished in the 5th spot because on paper, they’re a very strong team backed by three lines of competitive forwards – most of which who possess advanced skill and hockey smarts. Tomasino is as dangerous as any playmaker in the GTHL and we won’t be surprised to see him elevate his game another level because he is certainly a big-game player. Don’t be fooled by the Jackson twins because of the size as they possess outstanding chemistry moving the puck. Blessed with slick creativity and excellent patience, they are a pair that can tear apart defences with elite puckmoving. On the blueline, Vukojevic is arguably the top defender in Ontario and with his range, he covers ice on the attack and defending inside his own zone. Penman, Brand, Aguanno and Kowara are all among the best at their position in the GTHL loop and can take over from the backend on a whim. Owen Robertson finished his season off with an outstanding 5-0 shutout victory over the Reps and he will bear the workload when the Rebels need a win.

 

Preview written by Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting)

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