Week 5 MHR Games of the Week
Week 4 marked the first week we were able to post Western Canada Boys rankings at the U18, U15 and U13 levels, so hockey is now in full swing in all corners of North America.
We welcome Western Canada to the 2023-24 rankings and are excited to have even more great matchups to choose from as we select our Games of the Week heading into the weekend.
After highlighting a top Western Canada Girls matchup last week, for Week 5 we are excited to bring Western Canada 15U Boys into the mix as Saskatchewan’s top-two teams face off in a SAAHL contest.
In addition, we have a battle of elite North American girls’ programs as the USA’s top-ranked 14U Tier 1 team takes on Canada’s U15 No.1 at the Minnesota High Performance CCM 14U NIT Saturday. That contest follows an earlier battle at the same tournament featuring the Canadian No. 1 taking on America’s No. 2.
We also are featuring a Canada Girls U18 Tier 1 top-10 matchup from the Maritime Major Female Hockey League as well as a 14U USA Boys showdown between the Nos. 2 and 3 Tier 1 teams.
Games of the Week previews will be posted every Thursday, Friday or Saturday through the end of the regular season. Game summaries, along with occasional video highlights, will be posted no later than Wednesday of the following week.
With more than 20,000 teams in our database by season’s end, it’s impossible to be aware of all the great games that are scheduled throughout North America each week, so if you know of any upcoming games between highly ranked teams please feel free to email the details a week in advance if possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We will be partnering with Clanko Media throughout the season to bring our readers and followers video highlights of selected Games of the Week, and we also are open to posting highlights of any other games we feature if someone can provide them for us.
Here is a closer look at our Week 5 matchups:
MHR WEEK 5 FEATURED GAME OF THE WEEK
USA & Canada Girls 14U/U15 Tier 1
#1 USA Minnesota Walleye vs. #1 Canada Durham West Lightning
Saturday, October 21 at 9:15 p.m. ET
Andover Community Center Complex – Andover, Minn.
A No. 1 vs. No. 1 USA/Canada evening showdown from the Minnesota High Performance CCM NIT caps a great day of action that includes a morning matchup between Durham West and USA’s second-ranked Minnesota Lakers. The 24-team CCM NIT field features 13 of the top 20 USA 14U Girls Tier 1 teams along with Canada’s top-ranked U15 Lightning. Play started Friday and runs through Sunday. In addition to the Walleye and Lakers, Durham West is scheduled to play USA’s No. 17 Valley Jr. Warriors, No. 4 Minnesota Green Giants and No. 8 LA Lions. The Walleye also face the Jr. Warriors as well as the No. 19 Windy City Storm and No. 12 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. Minnesota enters the weekend with an 18-3-1 record and having outscored its opponents, 89-24. They lost their most recent outing, 3-1, against the No. 4 Green Giants to halt a 16-game winning streak. The Walleye opened the season with a 3-2 loss to the No. 2 Lakers and a tie vs. the Green Giants and have gone 18-2-0 since. Durham West travels to Minnesota with an 9-0-1 record and having outscored its foes, 42-7. The tie was a 1-1 result Sept. 22 vs. USA’s No. 5 Chicago Mission, and the Lighting have won every other game at least two goals except a 1-0 decision vs. Canada’s fourth-ranked Oakville Hornets.
ADDITIONAL WEEK 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK
Canada Girls U18 Tier 1
#6 Northern Selects vs. #9 Eastern Stars
Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, October 22 at 9:20 a.m. ET
Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre – Montague, PEI
It’s a top-10 showdown of Canadian Girls U18 programs and a battle for first place in the MMFHL as the Selects and Stars, Eastern Canada’s top-two teams, face off in a pair of league contests. The Selects are 10-0-1 in league play, one standings point in front of the 10-0-0 Stars. These two teams met in a non-league game Sept. 4, with Northern skating to a 3-1 victory. The Selects are 12-1-1 overall, with the only loss coming against Mount Academy, Canada’s eighth-ranked prep team, by a 2-1 score Sept. 9. They came back to beat Mount Academy, 6-3, the next day and tied the Halifax Western Capitals, 1-1 Sept. 22. The Selects have outscored their opponents, 82-16, in all games. They boast three of the MMFHL’s top-four scorers. Kendall Doiron leads the way with 17 goals and 9 assists, while Hali-Rose MacLean ranks third with 14-8-22 and Brooke Williams is fourth at 6-13-19. Jorja Burrows is 6-0-0 in goal and ranks second in the league with a 0.92 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage. Madeline Kerr is 4-0-0 with a 1.11 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Stars have won 11 straight games since the season-opening loss to the Selects and have outscored their opponents overall by a 47-21 margin. They are led by Renee Chapman, who is sixth in the MMFHL with 8-9-17, Ellie Mullins (8-7-15) and Emily Gardiner (5-7-12). In goal, Halle Blanchard is 5-0-0, 1.41, .925 and Olivia Lowe is 5-0-0, 1.80, .889.
USA Boys 14U Tier 1
#2 Mount St. Charles vs. #3 Boston Jr. Eagles
Saturday, October 21 at 1:50 p.m.
Boston Sports Institute – Wellesley, Mass.
A pair of top-5 New England and national Boys 14U Tier 1 powers face off in a weekend two-game home-and-away series. The teams also play on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Adelard Arena in Rhode Island. This is the third meeting of the two teams this season, with each side owning a win against the other. Boston earned a 4-1 decision Sept. 9, with Mount St. Charles bouncing back to skate to a 4-2 victory the following day. MSC enters the weekend at 13-3-0. They started the year 0-2 but have won 13 of 14 contests since and own an overall scoring advantage of 79-34 over their opponents. Mount St. Charles is on a nine-game winning streak since a 5-2 loss to No. 15 Wilkes Barre/Scranton Sept. 22, and the team has recorded wins against the third, fourth, eighth, 10th and 14th-ranked teams. The Jr. Eagles are 16-3-1 overall and have outscored their opponents, 103-28. They are 4-0-1 in their last five outings since a 4-3 loss to No. 26 Seacoast Performance Academy Oct. 6, with their other losses coming against the Nos. 2 and 4 teams. Boston is 2-1-0 vs. the No. 4 Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers and is 9-1-1 in its last 11 outings.
Western Canada Boys 15U AA
#19 Sask East Oilers vs. #24 Swift Current Broncos
Saturday, October 21 at 7:15 p.m. ET
S3 Arena – Swift Current, Saskatchewan
The top-ranked U15 Western Canada Boys teams from Saskatchewan face off in a SAAHL matchup for first place in the South Division. The Humboldt Broncos lead the North Division with a 5-0-0 league record, but they are ranked 37th overall among all teams in Western Canada with a 7-1-0 overall mark. No. 19 Sask East is 4-0-0 in league play and 7-0-0 overall with a 47-19 scoring advantage over its opponents. No. 24 Swift Current is 5-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 in league play, and has outscored its foes, 29-10. Defenseman Cooper Bratton leads the Oilers in league scoring with 7 goals and 6 assists, while Trae Peterson has contributed 8-4-12 and Hogan Hickman has added 4-5-9. Kaleb Page and Waylon Johnson have split time in goal, posting 3.00 and 3.50 goals-against averages, respectively. Page has a .897 save percentage, while Johnson’s save percentage is .875. Kasey Gleim paces the Broncos in SAAHL scoring with 4-6-10, followed by Hunter Wilm with 6-3-0 and Carter Moen with 2-5-7. Cade Mitchell has started twice in goal, posting a 2.50 GAA and .902 save percentage for Swift Current.