It’s the final day for the round robin portion of the Toronto Titans tournament. When it comes to the Alliance, two teams have all but clinched their spot in the next round. Two teams still have some work to do to advance while the final two teams are hoping to turn things around for their season.
The Round of 16 begins on Saturday night with the final 8 teams completing their tournament on Sunday.
Windsor Jr. Spitfires lost 2-1 to Wheatfield Blades
Goals: Kory Allen
In Net: Eric Pillon
The tournament started out on such a strong note for Windsor but they were unable to continue any momentum they had. In their final game of the tournament, the offense of the Jr. Spitfires was contained to just one goal as the Blades beat the Spitfires 2-1. Kory Allen scored the lone goal for Windsor on the powerplay in the 2nd period. Eric Pillon was in net and rebounded nicely after allowed 11 goals in two games Friday.
Windsor ends the tournament at 1-3 with Kory Silverio leading the team in scoring with 6 points through his 4 games.
Lambton Jr. Sting won 2-1 over Oshawa Minor Generals
Goals: Duncan Core, Joey Ferrera
In Net: Bailey Reinders
Lambton kept their slim chances of advancing alive with a big 2-1 victory over Oshawa. Two 3rd period goals by Duncan Core and Joey Ferrera less than a minute apart was the difference as Bailey Reinders shut the door to even up the Jr. Stings record in the tournament to 2-2. The unfortunate part for Lambton is that their goal percentage is just .417, which may not be enough to sneak into the round of 16. As the day plays out, their position will become clearer.
London Jr. Knights won 5-3 over Guelph Gryphons
Goals: Joel Mazzilli (2), Anthony Cimino, Eric Guest, Neil Bilton
In Net: Keaghan Brett
London continued with their stellar play so far this week with yet another win, this time 5-3 over the Guelph Gryphons. With the win, London easily clinches a spot in the round of 16 and has a chance to have one of the top seeds going forward. Top prospect Eric Guest scored his 2nd goal of the tournament but it has been two other Jr. Knights who have been showcasing their talents. While all the talk pre-tournament was about Guest, Joel and Noah Mazzilli have been tearing it up thus far. Joel Mazzilli has four goals and seven points to be near the top of the scoring charts in the tournament.
London will need to wait it out to see their next opponent but I would not be shocked should the Jr. Knights grab a top four seed going forward.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs won 2-1 over Brampton 45’s
Goals: Wes Dobbin, Jake Murray
In Net: Lucas Bain
A last minute goal by tournament star Jake Murray propelled the Chiefs to an undefeated round robin and secured their spot in the final 16, the second Alliance team to do so. Murray scored with just ten seconds remaining in the third period to give the Chiefs the win. Murray now has four goals in four games to go along with two helpers. Lucas Bain was in net and once against he was sensational in the win. The Chiefs will now playing the waiting game to see who they will take on later tonight.
Waterloo Wolves won 3-1 over Rochester Monarchs
Goals: Tyler McBay, Mitch Hoelscher, Mason McMahon
In Net: Alex Metzger
In their final game of the tournament, the Waterloo Wolves were finally able to put a W up in their record. The 3-1 win over Rochester ended a tournament where the defense and goaltending held up, but the offense was unable to gain momentum and break through. Alex Metzger got the win in net and the Wolves coaching staff has to see promising things having both Metzger and Nathan Torchia in net for the season.
Hamilton Huskies won 3-1 over Central Ontario Wolves
Goals: Andrew Hanaka, Luke Croucher, Connor Gibson
In Net: Andrew Barwinski
It took seven games, but the Hamilton Huskies were finally able to grab a win with their defeat of the Central Ontario Wolves. Andrew Barwinski was in net once again for the win in what I would call a fairly rough game. Both teams combined for 26 PIMS with lots of head contact calls being made. With Hamilton’s win, no Alliance team will go winless in the Toronto Titans tournament this season.
London Jr. Knights lose 5-1 to Markham Majors
It was an unfortunate end after a promising start for the London Jr. Knights as the Markham Major took it to them early and held on for the 5-1 victory. The loss eliminates the Jr. Knights with a 4-1 record and some major positives to look back on. One positive has to be the play of Joel Mazzilli, who scored the lone goal in their loss to Markham. He finishes the tournament with five goals and eight points in five games and positions himself as a top offensive threat alongside Eric Guest. Keaghan Brett got the start against the Majors and while he came out on the losing end, he and Jukka Schotter showed they are one of the better goaltending duos in the Alliance.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs lost 5-1 to Vaughn Kings
With the elimination of the Chiefs, there are no more clubs representing the Alliance in the Toronto Titans Tournament. The Chiefs finish with a record of 3-1-1 and much like the Jr. Knights, many positives surround what the team did this week. The first one has to be that Jake Murray was on fire throughout this tournament. Murray put up five goals and seven points through his five games, clearly leading this offense. Josh Diamond took the loss on Saturday night, but it isn’t outlandish to say that Diamond and fellow netminder Lucas Bain are the top goaltending duo the Alliance has to offer and any games between Elgin and London are sure to be can’t miss contests.