Whitby Silver Stick Day Two Recap

It was an early Friday morning for Day Two of the Whitby Silver Stick tournament. The Alliance teams got into action at around 8am and there was lots to take in. By the end of the 2nd day of action, three out of the five Alliance teams were still alive for a spot in the quarter-finals. Not only that, but two teams still have a shot at winning their divisions with one being a bit of a surprise based on how the season had played out to this point.

Sun County Comes Up Big In Tournament Opener

In their first game of the tournament, Sun County came out blazing against a tough Soutern Tier team. The Panthers started out the game more shorthanded then they were expecting. With Josh DiCarlo out for the tournament, Sun County began the game without leading scorer Stephane Crevier as he appeared to have an equipment issue.

Without Crevier, the Panthers were still able to strike first thanks to Hunter Hutchins banging home the loose puck in front of the net. Crevier returned to work a Panther powerplay when the Admirals turned it around a scored a shorthanded goal on a nice breakaway, sliding it underneath and outstretch Aidan Pitre.

Prior to the flood, 02 born Zane Dalpe capitalized on another scramble in front of the Admirals net to give Sun County another lead, this time 2-1 this lead would hold until the flood.

Starting the third period off strong, Marcus Joughin, probably the Panthers strongest player in this game, put Sun County up 3-1 and they never looked back. An empty netter gave Sun County a 4-1 win and their first win of the tournament. Joughin was big in this game along with Everett Parent. Aidan Pitre, would is getting his work in this weekend, had another great game for the Panthers.
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Whitby Silver Stick Day One Recap

After cruising through Thursday afternoon traffic on the 401 and spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to find a parking spot, finally I was ready to take in my favourite tournament of the year, the Whitby Silver Stick.

This is the 2nd year that I have attended this tournament and after one day the Alliance has already surpassed what they did in last year’s tournament. I remember last year, there were a lot of high hopes for teams such as London, Waterloo and Windsor. Needless to say, the Alliance teams all laid an egg and none of the six teams that entered the tournament advanced to the quarter-final round.

Before I even got to the arena, the Alliance was 0-1 after the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, in the first Minor Midget game of the tournament, fell to the Southern Tier Admirals. It was a tough start for the Chiefs, especially considering that Friday morning they will have to try and contain Jack Hughes and Graeme Clarke as they take on the Toronto Marlboros.

The first full game that I was able to take in was the Waterloo Wolves and the always tough Mississauga Rebels. Let’s just say, the day didn’t start off on quite the greatest foot.

Waterloo Wolves downed 8-2 by Mississauga Rebels in flat tournament opener

The game actually started in favour of the Wolves. The forecheck was putting lots of pressure on the Rebels defense and they were using some speed to stretch the offense. The Wolves opened up the scoring when Nathan Allensen took and pass and ripped it top corner from the faceoff dot and it appeared that the Wolves were in business.
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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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