The GTHL was back in action with the league derby between Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Vaughan Kings in the spotlight. The Jr. Canadiens headed into this game after a solid 0-0 draw in their last “G” game against the unbeaten Marlboros. And on the other side, the Kings managed to beat the Young National with a score of 7-2.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens Review
The Jr. Canadiens are one of the best teams in the GTHL this season. Moreover, this is a side that shows a lot of potential in recent weeks. They are a hard nut to crack and they showed that in their last game against the unstoppable Marlboros.
The Toronto based team started the game with solid control of the biscuit and good transitional movements. Goaltender Antion Rizzo had to make some notable saves in the starting minutes of the first period. Also, he was supported by the Even Cho and Fin Harding with their stability at the blueline.
However, that good early start did not materialize with anything significant. Bruno was a notable presence in the attack but his shots were saved by talented goaltender Vaccari. Soon, the Jr. Canadiens were punished as the Kings scored the opener.
The Jr. Canadiens ended the first period of the game being 1-0 behind with 5 shots on goal.
In the 2nd period, the Jr. Canadiens started to play even better, but their opponents were also ready for a fight. Also, their runs were more effective and they tested the opposing goaltender on many occasions. They had the in-form goaltender Rizzo with his saves. The 15 years old athlete managed to save 10 direct shots on goal. This stability at the back enabled the Jr. Canadiens to mount more serious attacks. Most notably, goalscorer Bruno was in a cherry picker position at the centre of the ice, but that enabled him to score a nice goal from close range. A great celly followed as the Jr. Canadiens managed to get back into the game.
In the final period of the game, the Jr. Canadiens rose to the occasions and this game started to look like a real derby. During this period, Luke McNamara was their key player. The 5’11” talismanic forward managed to score 2 goals and assist for the 4th one to put his team on track for another great win in the league. However, their opponents stepped up as well and managed to score one goal for last minutes drama in the game. Yet, the Jr. Canadiens managed to hold on to their lead and win the game.
On the offensive side of the game, the Jr. Canadiens score an average of 3.9 goals per game. Also, on the defensive side of the ice, the Toronto team is conceding an average of 1.5 goals per game.
This is a great team and they showed their class in this game against a very strong and organized opponent.
Vaughan Kings Review
The Kings have been playing well in recent weeks. Moreover, in their last two G games, they managed to score 14 goals. Therefore, they had the winning momentum on their side heading in this game. And they started well with Andrew Lanni always consistent performances supported by Marco Colella. Also, the goaltender was Mr Consistent again, making some crucial saves in the first period of the game. The Kings were the better team in the first period and that was rewarded when Jackson Mayo scored the opener from a close range.
In the 2nd period of the game, their opponents stepped up in the game. But the Kings also played well and they managed to get into a few great chances through Giacomo Martino and Jacob Strizzi. At this point in the game, Nathan Fehr also came close on a couple of occasions. However, they dropped their defensive game on a couple of occasions enabling their opponents to score. Yet, that was not all from the Kings, as the talented young forward Anselmo Rego scored the 2nd goal for the Vaughan side.
The final period saw both teams going all-in to win the game. It was an equal game at that point but the Kings were not able to impose their tempo in the early stages. Andrew Lanni was the bright star with his Yard sale tackles and quick transitional movements. However, the Vaughan side scored only one of their chances through their talisman Andrew Lanni. That was not enough as they Jr.Canadiens got the 4th goal to seal the win.
On the offensive side of the game, the Kings score an average of 3.5 goals per game.
And on the defensive side of the ice, the Vaughan side conceded an average of 1.9 goals per game.
Both teams played well in this game and surely the Kings deserved something. However, Jr.Canadiens managed to prevail in the final minutes and to secure another win. All in all, it was a great derby and both sides showed that they have the quality. They will surely complete for the top this season.