The GTHL was back in action as the Toronto Jr. Canadiens hosted Vaughan Kings at the Scotiabank Pond 1. Both teams headed into this game after Jr. Canadiens secured a 2:1GTHL Game Review: Vaughan Kings 0-3 Toronto Jr. Canadiens – AAA Bantam 05’ in their previous tie at Westwood 1.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens Review
The team had to work hard in this game as their opponent showed determination and resilience to improve. And that was pretty obvious during the first period as the Jr. Canadiens had a hard time in their quest to break their opponent. They were even threatened in a few occasions by the Kings. However, the Toronto based team had the in-form defensemen Finn Harding. The 15 years old blueliner had a commanding presence during the first period. That stability in the back enabled Anthony Romani to
dominate the middle of the ice. He also had a strong presence at the flanks as well. Romani covered more ice surface than any other player during the first period of the game. Therefore, this steady pressure paid off as the Canadiens secured a 1:0 lead at the end of the first period.
The second period did not bring many changes as the Jr. Canadiens continued their steady domination. Zane Parekh showed some of his talents as he was creative in the middle of the park. The talented athlete already showing his potential. Surely there is more to come from the Toronto born promising athlete.
Another notable performer during the 2nd period was Nicholas Sima as his play on the outer playing area was very effective. Also, he typically works hard by flanking the centre and creating many chances. And this game was no different for him. Yet, their domination did not change much on the scoreboard as the Jr. Canadiens went on the break with the same 1-0 result.
The final period of the game saw the most exciting moments on the ice as the Jr. Canadiens stepped up their game. On that note, it is important to emphasize that Christian Macieri and right-winger Aydan Doyle had some notable runs that created problems for the opponent. Additionally, Luke McNamara showed some promising signs as the 5’11” dominated in the middle of the ice. He was also supported by the consistent Carson Rehkopf. All in all, the team led by Anthony Rumani managed to crush the resistance of Vaughan Kings by scoring two late goals in the third period to secure the win.
So far this season, the team has scored an average of 4.42 goals per game.
On the defensive side of the game, the Jr. Canadiens concede an average of 1.79 goals per game. Therefore, the team has the best record so far in the GHTBL AAA Bantam Division. Additionally, this team has some talented players have the potential to step up to the next level.
Vaughan Kings Review
The Kings headed into this game after an unlucky 2:1 loss in their last game against the Jr. Canadiens. The team started this game well and showed some defensive stability during the early part of the first period. On that note, it is important to emphasize the performances of Denver Gayer. The 5’10” blueliner had a stable presence in the back. Also, the Toronto born defenceman managed to keep the team in the game with his consistency throughout the match. Also, goaltender Mason Vaccari had some solid saves during the first period. Stefan Forgione had a notable presence as he made some crucial tackles in the middle of the ice. Nevertheless, the team dropped the pace in the final third of the first as period as the Jr. Canadiens took the lead from a close range.
In the second period, the Kings started with more resilience and determination. Jaden Sturge had some solid moments at the back combined with some great transitional movement. During this period, the Kings had some good runs on the wings with Ben McIsaac and Jackson Mayo. Andrew Lanni had some good transition movements as well. But overall, the Vaughan Kings were not able to break down their opponents during this period.
The Kings started the third period determined to get something out of this game. Cole Barret and Giacomo Martino had notable actions on the wings with some dangerous runs. In the middle of the ice, Stefan Forgiono put some strong efforts to energize the team to score. Giacomo Martino put himself into a few good opportunities to score but the team was not able to materialize. During, in the second part of the third period, the Kings took more risks going forward. Yet, that did not materialize and their opponents managed to score two goals and to win the game.
So far this season, the Kings has scored an average of 3.55 goals per game which is the 5th record in the GTBHL this season. On the defensive side of the game, the Vaughan Kings concede an average of 2.18 goals per game. Therefore, the team has the 5th defensive record so far in the GHTBL AAA Bantam Division.
All in all, both teams battled hard. Also, there were periods in the game in which the two sides dominated. However, the defence and the overall structural stability, combined with the clinical goalscoring abilities upfront, were key factors for the Jr. Canadiens to win this game.