- Created: Friday, 18 January 2019 15:13
Qualifiers Group A
Top players: Lawson Sherk, Ethan Burroughs, Jordan Adams, Brennan Kennedy, Calum Chau, Thomas Viveiros, Josh Vagenas, Matteo Drobac, Braedyn McIntosh
Halton has gone on a stellar run to close out the SCTA regular season and fought close with Niagara to the very end to come out on top. The Hurricanes play a likable brand of hockey with a strong core group, and noticeable frontrunners in Sherk and Burroughs, who bring smarts and execution to all areas of the ice. With the forward group in place, the success of this team will ultimately come down to the contribution from the backend and between the pipes. Drobac and McIntosh fight for the title of top goalie tandem in the region, and if production comes from Chau, Vagenas and the rest of the defensive core, the potential to make a run is very much real.
Niagara North Stars
Top players: Matteo Giampa, Nathan Zadorozny, Parker Hendsbee, Liam Shewdyk, TRent Swick (2004), Connor Federkow, Macgregor Armstrong, Owen Faris
Niagara held the position of the top team in the SCTA for much of the season but were pushed from the podium by the determined Halton Hurricanes. The stage is now set for the North Stars response. Very much a team effort, this team holds all of their players accountable and rely on production from all lines. The strength of this team is their two-way play with Hendsbee and Federkow leading the way for the forward and defence cores respectfully. However, the team will only go as far as the top line of Zadorozny, Swick and Giampa lead them. Watch for the line to create offensive zone spacing and turn up the heat as they look to lead the resurgence effort.
Top players: Adam O’Marra, Brett Cowen, James Jodin, Owen Wilson, Noah Pak
Despite finishing 8th in the SCTA the Oakville Rangers are a tough team to play at times. The pesky top line, anchored by the stellar situational awareness of Adam O’Marra, is unpredictable and can produce if not taken seriously. Noah Pak is a strong candidate to steal some games and is a calming presence and technical-heavy backstop in the Oakville net. The real standout of their system comes in the form of two big defencemen in Owen Wilson and James Jodion. Although very different in their styles, they bring a unique blend of puck moving, offensive ability and defensive prowess and will be vital in turning the tides on the Rangers lower-standing finish.
Top players: Joseph Blackley, Jared Mangan, Dominic Cassillo, Konrad Walberger, Cameron Kuntar
The Regals have had a rough year to this point, but are in no way an easy out. Starting off the season with a tie against the Toronto Marlboros in tournament play, the Regals can catch people off-guard. Heavily reliant on their three-man system of Blackley, Mangan, and goaltender Cameron Kuntar, the three players all are less impactful physically with smaller frames but they can make you pay through their technicalities, effort and natural ability. Dominic Cassillo is another shifty forward in the Buffalo arsenal and his 27 goals on the season show you just what this team is capable of. Although in tough, look for them to bring their top level to these games and attempt to turn their season around.
Top players: Andrew Whitton, Curtis Henderson, Eric Viveiros, Gaven Martin, Cameron Pack
Brampton had a tough finish to the season going winless in their last 10 games. Despite the results, some ability is present on this squad. Whitton and Henderson are two forwards who look to carry on the rush and possess the smarts and natural craft to find the back of the net quickly. Martin and Pack add an element of surprise and unpredictability from the back-end and will attempt to catch the opposition sleeping. The 45s face an uphill battle but have the ability to steal a few games if they can get the bounces.