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2017 OHL Cup Championship Preview (Extensive Scouting Report)

2017 OHL Cup ChampionshipTune in Monday, March 20th, 2017 on Sportsnet Ontario to catch the OHL Cup Championship game between the Mississauga Reps and Toronto Young Nationals. Puck drops at 6:30 PM EST

 

Quick Overview

Monday’s Championship Final marks the first time in OHL Cup history where two Wild Card entries will compete for the title.  The 2010 Mississauga Rebels are currently the only Wild Card team to ever capture an OHL Cup championship.

 

Head-to-Head Matchup: 

Toronto Young Nationals Record vs Mississauga Reps: 1-1-1

Mississauga Reps Record vs Toronto Young Nationals: 1-1-1

Previous Games: 

November 9, 2016 – Nats 2 @ Reps 2 (Tie)

January 21, 2017 – Reps 5 @ Nats 2 (Reps Win)

January 22, 2017 – Reps 0 @ Nats 3 (Nats Win)

 

Mississauga RepsMississauga Reps

The Reps finished the GTHL Regular Season as the second-place team with a 20-58-8 record. They were the league’s third highest scoring team averaging 3.51 goals per game and their 1.94 goals-against-average placed them in the middle of the pack (6th). Backed by one of the best goaltender tandems in the GTHL in Ryan Dugas and Trevor Slaven, the Reps are blessed with depth at the defensive position as well with Liam Ross, Zach Wright, Klim Georgiev and Igor Chibrikov shutting down offenses as they activate their rangy sticks and employ physical tactics. Up front, Rees and his comrades play a high-paced, in-your-face attacking style that operates around quick puck movement and feisty puck pursuit. 

Season Recap:

Injuries and fatigue appeared to halt their impressive season as team leaders Jamieson Rees and Lucas Rowe battled through some challenges. Rowe was dealing with a nagging hip-flexor injury (one that has limited his OHL Cup participation to part of one game) and Jamieson Rees was forced to carry the heavy offensive load and had some inconsistent performances throughout the post-season. In the end, it was the Vaughan Kings who eliminated the second seed in the opening round, forcing the Reps to fight their way the consolation playoff rounds to earn a wildcard play-in game.

 

OHL Cup Path:

The Reps handled the Halton Hurricanes (SCTA) fairly easily with a score of 5-2 in Tuesday’s OHL Play-In game which was highlighted by fantastic performances from secondary offensive talents Cole Burtch (2G 1A, MVP) and Mike Petizian (3A). Their wildcard win earned them a berth into a tough Shanahan Division the featured perennial favourites in the Toronto Marlboros, along with competitive clubs from Eastern Ontario Wild (Ottawa/HEO representative), Ajax-Pickering Raiders and a physical Thunder Bay Kings team. Upsetting the Marlboros in the opening game 3-1 put the Reps in the driver’s seat and they would go on to pick up victories against Eastern Ontario (5-3W) and Thunder Bay (3-2W), while earning a tie in their matchup against the Ajax Pickering Raiders. 

While the round robin wins were gruelling and hard to capture, the Reps were able to defeat their GTHL counterparts in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens by a score of 5-1 in Saturday’s quarter-final game. Mike Petizian netted the hat trick and Jamieson Rees collected one goal and three points, with stalwart defenseman Zach Wright picking up MVP honours in the game. 

Heading into their semi-final game against the London Jr. Knights, who were the lone undefeated OHL Cup team remaining, Mississauga came out hard led by leading scorer Jamieson Rees. With goaltender Ryan Dugas continuing his elite level of play, Rees’ two goals would be enough to eliminate the Alliance Championships and send the Reps into the OHL Cup Championship Game as a wildcard entry. 

 

Reps’ Players Scouting Reports

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óóó #19 Jamieson Rees (LC)

Recent Comparable Playing Style: Travis Konecny

An elite offensive talent and a potential Top 10 target for the 2017 OHL Draft, Rees is an uber-skilled centerman who can make defenders miss and dominate the possession game with elite level puck skills and confident attacking.... 

 

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