Day 3 of the Toronto Titans Tournament is a day where teams quickly figure out what their place is in the tournament. Either your a top team in your group, a team still fighting for their lives or a team that is going to use the rest of the tournament as a way to work out any kinks.
With all of that said, Day 3 had some ups and downs for the Alliance. Teams such as London and Elgin-Middlesex continued to shine strong with other teams struggles continued.
London Jr. Knights won 1-0 against Whitby Wildcats
Goals: Eric Guest
In Net: Jukka Schotter
The defense of the London Jr. Knights and the goaltending of Jukka Schotter continued to stand strong as they completely shutdown the Whitby Wildcats. This is the second straight game the Knights have played strong defense after their 4-1 win Thursday night against the Honeybaked U15 team. Top prospect Eric Guest scored the lone goal for London in the second period. Next up for the London Jr. Knights is a date with the Mississauga Senators.
Windsor Jr. Spitfires lost 6-4 to Southern Tier Admirals
Goals: Kory Silverio, Jacob Rosa, Nathan Salaris, Mitchell Schmidt
In Net: Eric Pillon
If there is one thing that the Windsor Jr. Spitfires are showing this tournament is that they can put the puck in the net and can do so at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, the Spitfires were unable to out score the Southern Tier Admirals. Eric Pillon took the loss in a tough game between the pipes. Positives can be taken from the offense obviously as Kory Silverio added a goal and an assist to give him five points through his first two games. Windsor will take on the Toronto Red Wings in a pivotal matchup later tonight.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs won 6-0 against Toronto Nationals
Goals: Jake Murray (2), Jonah Zimmer, Wes Dobbin, Aidan Reid, Matthew Mellick
In Net: Lucas Bain
For the second consecutive game, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs have posted a shutout, this time with Lucas Bain in net. The offense got off to a torrid start with the Chiefs scoring four goals within a five minute stretch of the first period. Jake Murray now has 3 goals in his first two games to go along with an assist. The Chiefs will do battle with the Barrie Jr. Colts later tonight, a game between the only two undefeated teams left in Group 5.
Lambton Jr. Sting lost 3-1 to Mississauga Rebels
Goals: Lukas Knowles
In Net: Jakob Knowles
Despite the loss by the Lambton Jr. Sting, this is a great confidence booster for this team. After beating Kingston on Thursday night, the Sting had a date with a team that had been cruising through their first couple of games. A team that has top rated prospects throughout its lineup. The fact that it was a close game is a credit to the teams defense and the play of Jakob Knowles in net. A few less penalties will be needed for Lambton when they take on the host Toronto Titans Friday night.
Waterloo Wolves lost 4-0 to Clarington Toros
In Net: Alex Metzger
What I unfortunately have to call a disappointing result is the Waterloo Wolves loss to Clarington Friday afternoon. A lot of buzz was surrounding this team with everything that has surrounded this program over the past couple of seasons and it has just been a rough way to begin the season. Alex Metzger got the start in net and allowed three goals in the opening period, putting the Wolves in a hole they could not get out of. Waterloo has a date with the Vaughn Kings later tonight with a hope to put the losing to an end.
London Jr. Knights won 2-1 over Mississauga Senators
Goals: Joel Mazzilli, Kyle Fisher
In Net: Keaghan Brett
The London Jr. Knights are now 3-0 to begin play at the Toronto Titans tournament after they dispatched of the Mississauga Senators 2-1. Keaghan Brett got the start in this game and continued where Jukka Schotter left off the previous two games. Joel Mazzilli and Kyle Fisher continued their strong play with another goal for each sniper. London is done for Friday and now appear as a lock to win Group 3. They will look to round out a perfect round robin against the Guelph Gryphons Saturday morning.
Lambton Jr. Sting lost 3-1 to Toronto Titans
Goals: Nolan Farr
In Net: Jakob Knowles
For the second time today, the Lambton Jr. Sting played a close, tight game against a very talented squad and for the second time today, the Sting came out on the losing end. Jakob Knowles was once again in net and he was very good for the third time in this tournament, turning a lot of heads in the Alliance. Lambton actually held a 1-0 lead until midway through the 2nd period after Nolan Farr put one past Titans keeper Kevin Donaghey. After a Sting penalty, the Titans tied it up on a powerplay tally and would add two more for the win. With a very small chance at advancing, the Jr. Sting will hope to even out their tournament record at 2-2 when they take on the Oshawa Minor General Saturday morning.
Windsor Jr. Spitfires lost 5-1 to Toronto Red Wings
Goals: Jacob Rosa
In Net: Eric Pillon
It was a rough Friday for the boys from Windsor as they were tagged for five goals by the Toronto Red Wings, all but securing their fate in this years tournament. The Jr. Spitfires were unable to contain forward Barrett Hayton as he put three past goaltender Eric Pillon and Windsor was stuck playing from behind the entire game.
Positives for the Jr. Spitfires continued to be a couple of offensive players. Jacob Rosa scored yet another goal while the assists went to top prospect Owen Lalonde and Kory Silverio. Rosa now has four goals through the first three games while Silverio has five assists and six points in the tournament. Windsor will wrap up their tournament tomorrow morning against the Wheatfield Blades.
Hamilton Huskies lost 7-3 to Sudbury Wolves
Goals: Isaac Taylor (2), Derek Seguin
In Net: Carson Owen
The beginning of the season continues to give fits to the Hamilton Huskies. Including exhibition games, the Huskies are now 0-6 after their 7-3 loss to the Sudbudy Wolves. The Titans tournament has not been friendly to the Huskies. They have now scored six goals while allowing 15 into their net. Carson Owen got his first start of the season and tried his hardest but it was the Wolves who put up 7 unanswered goals to seal the Huskies fate. Hamilton tries once again for their first win this season against the Central Ontario Wolves.
Waterloo Wolves lost 2-1 to Vaughn Kings
Goals: Mason McMahon
In Net: Nathan Torchia
The tough start to the Wolves tournament and season continued Friday night as they were edged out by the Vaughn Kings 2-1, dropping them to a very disappointing 0-3 in the Toronto Titans tournament. Nathan Torchia returned to the net after taking the day game off and tried his best to keep his team in contention. A 3rd period goal by Mason McMahon cut the Kings lead in half but it wasn’t enough. The Wolves will next take on the Rochester Monarchs with the hope to salvage at least one win this weekend.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs tie Barrie Colts 1-1
Goals: Wes Dobbin
In Net: Josh Diamond
For the first time in this years tournament, a Chiefs goalie allowed a goal. They were the lone team Friday night that had not yet allowed a goal. Colts forward Connor Corcoran put an end to that streak in the 2nd period. Wes Dobbin tied the game in the third of a very tight, even game. With the game ending in a tie, the Chiefs are still in a decent position but a win tomorrow against the winless Brampton 45s should clinch a spot in the round robin.
So far through play on Friday night, the Alliance has a record of 7-10-1.