Created: Friday, 29 September 2017 14:04
The Alliance Minor Midget AAA Showcase changed location from St. Mary’s the last few years, to Windsor for the 2017 event. Windsor AAA Zone were great hosts, providing the 12 teams with on and off-ice activities along with each team playing three games over the three days.
The cold rinks served as refuge to the stifling temperatures outside as the Alliance showcased their teams and players to a ton of scouts and team management who gathered at Windsor’s Central Park Athletics facility.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scouts Mitch Avis and Mitch Brandner took in the action from start to finish and contributed to the following report:
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Created: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:34
This week our Game of the Week comes from the Alliance where the Kitchener Jr. Rangers took on the Cambridge Hawks at historic Galt Arena Gardens in Cambridge on Sunday, September 17.
It was our first look at the Jr. Rangers as they were one of the few teams who did not compete at the Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament. They showed well, dropping a tight 4-3 decision to the Hawks who are the early favourites in the Alliance.
Alliance/SCTA scout Mitch Avis was on hand and filed the following report:
Read more: Game of the Week: Cambridge vs. Kitchener
Created: Friday, 15 September 2017 16:28
Our first Game of the Week comes out of the SCTA. Intern SCTA scout Ryan Stacey was on hand on Wednesday, September 13 for the matchup between the Niagara North Stars and Southern Tier Admirals and filed the following report:
Game Report: Southern Tier Admirals 1 @ Niagara North Stars 3
Location: Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, St. Catharines
Date: September 13, 2017 @ 9:00 PM
#12 Brendan Kowaleski, Niagara North Stars
Kowaleski was an extremely effective player for the Niagara in this game. He was a force to be wreckoned with, taking no prisoners and hitting every moving player on the Admirals. On the forecheck Kowaleski was relentless and was a pest to defenders, forcing their hand to make passes to teammates before they were ready to do so. In the defensive end, he made smart plays throughout as he effectively dumped the puck off the boards, started breakouts by finding his teammates striving up ice or simply caring it out himself and getting it deep. On one powerplay, Kowaleski battled hard at the top of the crease and showed a willingness to take repeated shots just to get a tip on net which he managed to do. Overall, he displayed great effort throughout this game.
#6 Michael Craig, Niagara North Stars
Craig was as sound as they come defensively in this one showing he can be counted on to make the right play. While he didn’t show much in terms of puck skills, Craig made smart plays all night creating breakout after breakout with his partner and repeatedly hitting his forwards with good clean, tape to tape passes. When forwards weren’t available, Craig again would use his partner to re-create potential breakouts or use his own solid skating ability to take the puck out of his own end. Craig was also able to get the puck on net multiple times for tip and potential rebounds in this game showing just how solid he is on the back end for Niagara.
Read more: Game Of The Week: Niagara North vs. Southern Tier
Created: Friday, 15 September 2017 14:34
Ottawa-area scout Brent Craswell caught a September 11 HEO game between the Carleton Place Canadians and Navan Grads and filed the following report:
Game Report: Carleton Place Canadians @ Navan Grads
Date: September 11, 2017
#36 Joe Ranger (Carleton Place Canadians)
Recorded a shutout, and it was not as if Navan did not have their chances. Made a gorgeous glove save on a 2-on-1 in the second period. Dealt with a lot of scrambles in front where he ended up on his stomach. Didn't always seem like he was tracking the puck well in these situations, but he would eventually locate it before any of the Grads' forward. I liked that he was able to keep his upper body tall when down in the butterfly. Made a few saves that way off the top of his shoulders and arms.
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Created: Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:29
SCTA scout Mitch Avis was in Guelph last night to catch the SCTA regular-season opener for the Guelph Gryphons and Oakville Rangers.
He filed the following report:
Game Report: Oakville Rangers 7 @ Guelph Gryphons 3
Location: West End Community Center, Guelph
Date: September 13, 2017 @ 8:15 PM
#9 Tolnai, Cameron (Oakville Rangers)
Tolnai’s complete game at the center position was on full display in the SCTA season opener. Together with his winger Luke Evangelista they lit up the score sheet. Tolnai himself scored twice and set up a few more goals. He is a smooth skating center who creates offensive chances when he is on the ice. He has the skill to be both a playmaker and a goal scorer with a higher upside scoring goals. His soft hands in close to the net were on full display deking the Guelph goalie in close to score a goal. On another rush he took the puck to the net, made the goalie bite and fed a pass over to Evangelista for an open net goal. He has an ability to create offensive chances that, from a spectator point of view, you don’t even think are there. Defensively, he comes back and helps out in his own end and sees time on the Oakville penalty kill. He is a goal scoring center who creates offense every time he is on the ice and projects to be a early round selection in the OHL draft.
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