Toronto Titans Day Three Alliance Recap

Day three of the Toronto Titans tournament is when things really got kicked off. As the long distance teams begin arriving in town for the tournament, most teams will get their first game of the tournament underway, while others like the Hamilton Huskies will play their third in three nights already.

Results wise, it’s hard to say that Thursday’s play wasn’t a disappointing outcome for the Alliance squads in attendance. All nine teams had games and the overall record was just 2-7. It should be noted for some of these teams it was their first action of the year and there are still some kinks to work out. It isn’t until the entire tournament is over before we can accurately assess the results.

Chatham-Kent off to a rough start, losing 10-1 to the Toronto Marlboros

The Toronto Marlboros probably aren’t the first team you want to see when entering the first tournament of the hockey season. The Marlies, perennial OHL Cup contenders, once again showed that they are a championship caliber club, putting up 10 goals on the Cyclones. Brayden Fryfogle notched the lone goal for Chatham and top Alliance prospect Deni Goure got on the score sheet with an assist. The Cyclones will try to rebound in their second game of the tournament against Ajax-Pickering on Friday.
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Toronto Titans Day Two Alliance Recap

It was a calm day for Alliance teams at Day Two of the Toronto Titans tournament. Still in the early part of the tournament, the Hamilton Huskies were the lone Alliance team to take the ice on Wednesday. Hamilton was playing their second tournament game before some teams even started their tournament.

Hamilton Huskies fall short against Toronto Young Nationals 4-3.

The Huskies knew they were in tough going up against the Young Nats. Toronto had put up five goals against a solid Guelph Jr. Gryphons team on Tuesday night in their tournament opener. Hamilton was able to keep this game extremely close and hold two separate leads in the first two periods. Matthew Stone opened up the scoring in the first period and it was Matthew Shulist who broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with a powerplay marker. Trailing 3-2, Layne Cartwright would add the Huskies second powerplay goal of the game to even things up at three a piece. Just 90 seconds later, the Young Nats would jump out in front 4-3 and that is how it would end.
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2016 Toronto Titans Tournament Preview

The new season of Minor Midget hockey officially, to an extent, gets started later today with the beginning of the Toronto Titans Early Bird tournament. The tournament, which features 52 teams from across Ontario and the US, is a great first look at some of the top teams and players at the age group. It should be noted that the results from this tournament don’t always signify how the season will play out. One only has to go back to see that Windsor went 1-3 last year at this tournament and then went on to advance and compete at the OHL Cup.

For the Alliance this year, 11 of the 12 teams in the league will be competing at the tournament. The lone team not attending are the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. With 11 teams and just 10 divisions in the tournament, Chatham-Kent and Elgin-Middlesex end up in the same division but the rest of the Alliance is separated and will only meet in elimination play. There are some teams that are contenders to win this tournament while other teams have some difficult matchups coming up. Here’s a look at each team and where they stack up against the competition.

Sun County Panthers:

The Panthers roll into the tournament following a disappointing 0-3 weekend in Waterloo during the exhibition tournament. The Panthers played strong defensively, but were unable to break out on the offensive side of things. The offense will need to show up this week as the Panthers are in tough in their division. Matchups against Oakville and Clarington are tough, but having both the Don Mills Flyers and the Mississauga Rebels in your division is cause for concern. Look for Aidan Pitre to steal the show and open some eyes this week.

London Jr. Knights:

Many are touting the Jr. Knights as possibly being one of the top teams in the province this season. The Titans tournament will be the first chance London has to showcase their talent. The Jr. Knights, as per usual, did not compete in any exhibition games and this will be the first chance fans have to see London in game action. It won’t be easy as London is in a tough division. The Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, Toronto Red Wings and Chicago Mission are all solid clubs that will test London. With the news that London has added two new forwards in Levi Siau and Brett Budgell, they will be two names to keep an eye on especially Budgell. It will be a huge statement for London should they go deep in the tournament.
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Updated: Toronto Titans Tournament Day 4 Results

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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.

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Updated: Toronto Titans Tournament Day 3 Results

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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.

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