Week 4 MHR Weekend Wrap
Another great weekend of hockey in North America is behind us as we enter the spooky season of late October. Our MYHockey Rankings Week 4 Games of the Week included matchups of highly ranked USA Boys and Canada Girls Tier 1 teams.
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For our Week 4 MHR Games of the Week we looked north to feature 13U and 15U Tier 1 Canada Girls matchups from the Etobicoke Pink the Rink Tournament in Ontario along with USA Boys Tier 1 games at the 14U level from the Northeast Pack weekend in Utica, N.Y., and from the 2010 age group at the Minuteman Flames 2010 Showcase in Marlboro, Mass.
Here is a closer look at last weekend’s matchups:
MHR CLANKO MEDIA WEEK 4 FEATURED GAME OF THE WEEK
USA Boys 2010 Tier 1
#1 Little Caesars (3), #7 Minuteman Flames (1)
Sunday, October 15 at 12:10 p.m. ET
New England Sports Center – Marlboro, Mass.
The Massachusetts-based Minuteman Flames hosted six of the nation’s top-10 USA Boys 2010 teams for a weekend showcase at the sprawling New England Sports Center. Most games from the tournament should still be available to watch via webstream on LiveBarn. Little Caesar’s opened the weekend with a 4-3 victory over the second-ranked Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Friday and posted a 3-2-0 record for the tournament, including the 3-1 win in our featured game. They also beat the No. 10 Boston Jr. Eagles, 5-1, and fell to Team Sweden, 8-3, and the No. 6 North Jersey Avalanche, 3-2. Team Sweden has played seven games teams ranked among the top 19, posting a perfect 7-0-0 record while outscoring their opponents, 46-17. Little Caesars entered the weekend with a 19-1-1 record and left at 22-3-0 and having outscored its foes, 171-50. The Flames also went 3-2-0 at the tourney and are now 11-4-3 on the year. They have outscored their opponents 84-47. The Flames also lost to Team Sweden, 6-3, and beat the Avalanche, 4-3, as well as third-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins Elite by a surprising 11-2 margin.
Bonus Game – USA Boys 2010 Tier 1
#1 Little Caesars (4), #2 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (3)
ADDITIONAL WEEK 4 GAMES OF THE WEEK
USA Boys 14U Tier 1
#3 Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers (6), #8 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (4)
Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Utica University Nexus Center – Utica, N.Y.
This battle of 14U USA Boys heavyweights was part of a weekend full of Northeast Pack action in Utica, N.Y. One of the nation’s top leagues for 14U-18U Tier 1 programs, the league held games at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U age levels. At the 14U level, the Northeast Pack boasted five of the USA’s top-12 teams heading into the weekend. Mid-Fairfield rolled into the weekend with a 14-5-0 record and won all four of its games to improve to 18-5-0 on the year. In addition to the 6-4 victory over Pens Elite in our Game of the week, the Jr. Rangers beat the Long Island Gulls and No. 12 New Jersey Rockets by identical 5-4 scores in overtime thrillers. Mid-Fairfield knocked off the 10th-ranked Bishop Kearney Selects, 5-3, in the other game. The Jr. Rangers now have won seven straight and hold a 110-59 scoring advantage over all opponents. Pens Elite brought a 9-7-0 record into the weekend despite having played the second-toughest schedule in the country to that point. They went 1-2-0 in Utica, with the lone victory coming by an 8-1 margin vs. the Gulls. They are 2-5-0 in their last seven games and 3-6-0 in their last nine. Five of their nine losses on the year have come against teams ranked among the nation’s top 12. Pittsburgh is 10-9-0 and has outscored its opponents, 78-54.
Canada Girls 13U Tier 1
#2 Burlington Barracudas (1), No. 4 Mississauga Jr. Hurricanes (3)
Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Canlan Ice Sports Center York – Toronto, Ontario
The Etobicoke Dolphins program welcomed more than 165 girls’ teams competing in 21 divisions at the AA, A, BB, B and C levels in age groups U9 through U18 over the weekend for its annual Pink the Rink Tournament to benefit the fight against breast cancer. Pink the Rink opened play Friday and ran through Sunday. In a top matchup of 13U AA teams, the second-ranked Barracudas fell to the No. 4 Jr. Hurricanes, 3-1, Saturday morning. The 13U division had12 teams, including six ranked among Canada’s top 13. The top-eight finishers in pool play advanced to the quarterfinals. Mississauga advanced to the semifinals before falling to the Sudbury Lady Wolves, 4-2. Sudbury, which didn’t have enough game results to be ranked prior to last week’s rankings release, went on to defeat the No. 11 London Devilettes, for the second time, 4-0, in the championship game. The Lady Wolves now are 14-0-0 and have outscored their opponents, 65-9. Mississauga went 3-2-0 at the tournament and is now 13-4-3 with a 66-45 scoring advantage over its opponents. Burlington went 1-3-1 over the weekend, with the three losses coming by a total of just five goals. The Barracudas are 9-4-1 and have outscored their opponents, 49-22.
Canada Girls 15U Tier 1
#8 Whitby Wolves (1), No. 11 Hamilton Hawks (2)
Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Canlan Ice Sports Center – Etobicoke, Ontario
The 15U AA Division of Etobicoke’s Pink the Rink Tournament included eight teams divided into two pools. The top-two finishers in each pool advanced to the semifinals. Five of the competing teams were ranked among Canada’s top 19. In this meeting featuring two of the tournament’s highest-ranked teams, Hamilton pulled off the minor upset, skating away with a 2-1 victory. The Hawks finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0-0 record and defeated the No. 18 Markham-Stouffville Stars, 5-3, in the championship game. They are now 14-1-1 on the season and have outscored their opponents, 66-35. Whitby ended the weekend at 2-2-0 and is now 10-5-1 with a scoring differential of 45-27 in its games.