Week 5 MHR Weekend Wrap
MN High Performance Photo
After welcoming Western Canada to the 2023-24 ranking and featuring a top Western Canada Girls matchup as one of our Week 4 Games of the Week, we were thrilled to be able to highlight our first Western Canada Boys matchup of the season in Week 5.
Along with that 15U Boys battle for the top spot in the South Division of the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League (SAAHL), our Week 5 Games of the Week included a Tier 1 Girls border battle between the USA’s top-ranked 14U Tier 1 team and Canada’s U15 No.1 at the Minnesota High Performance CCM 14U NIT Saturday. That contest followed an earlier showdown at the same tournament in which the Canadian No.1 faced off against America’s No. 2.
In addition, we featured 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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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 (3), #1 Canada Durham West Lightning (1)
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 capped a great day of action that included a morning matchup between Durham West and USA’s second-ranked Minnesota Lakers. The 24-team CCM NIT field featured 13 of the top-20 USA 14U Girls Tier 1 teams along with Canada’s top-ranked U15 Lightning. Play started Friday and ran through Sunday. Cate Fischer, Brynn Heising and Hadley Bakker each scored as the Walleye overcame an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Lightning, 3-1. Madison Bryk opened the scoring with an unassisted tally for Durham West 2:32 into the game, but Fischer answered 2:10 later. Bakker added a pair of assists to go along with her goal, and Heising also picked up a helper in a hard-fought, yet clean game that featured just one penalty. The Walleye outshot the Lightning, 32-24, with Vivienne Anderson picking up the victory in goal. Durham West defeated the No. 2 Lakers, 3-1, earlier in the day and finished the tournament with a 4-1-1 record. The Lightning are 12-1-2 on the season and have outscored their opponents, 57-19. They skated to a 3-3 tie with the No. 8 LA Lions. The Walleye posted a perfect 4-0-0 record at the NIT to improve to 22-3-1. They have outscored their opponents, 107-29.
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 – Selects win, 4-0
Sunday, October 22 at 9:20 a.m. ET – Selects win, 6-0
Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre – Montague, PEI
It was 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, faced off in a pair of league contests. The Selects proved once again to be MMFHL’s dominant team, running away with the two-game series by a combined 10-0 margin to improve to 12-0-1 in league play. Meanwhile, the Stars dropped to 10-2-0. These two teams met in a non-league game Sept. 4, with Northern skating to a 3-1 victory. The Selects are now 14-1-1 overall, with the only loss coming against Mount Academy, Canada’s eighth-ranked prep team. League scoring-leader Kendall Doiron recorded three goals and four assists in the two victories, with Brooke Williams adding a goal and four assists and Laci Boyd contributing three goals and a helper. The Selects scored twice each in the second and third periods Saturday before exploding for five first-period goals Sunday. Jorja Burrows stopped 55 shots on the weekend in recording a pair of shutouts. The Stars had won 11-straight games since a season-opening loss to the Selects heading into the weekend.
USA Boys 14U Tier 1
#2 Mount St. Charles vs. #3 Boston Jr. Eagles
Saturday, October 21 at 1:50 p.m. – Jr. Eagles win, 3-2
Boston Sports Institute – Wellesley, Mass.
Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. – 3-3 tie
Adelard Arena – Woonsocket, R.I.
A pair of top-5 New England and national Boys 14U Tier 1 powers faced off in a weekend two-game home-and-away series. The Jr. Eagles captured Saturday’s opening game, 3-2, and the teams skated to a 3-3 tie Sunday. This was the third and fourth meetings of the two teams, and Boston now leads the season series, 2-1-1. The Jr. Eagles earned a 4-1 decision Sept. 9, with Mount St. Charles bouncing back to skate to a 4-2 victory the following day. Boston concluded the weekend with a 17-3-2 record and having outscored its opponents, 109-33. The Jr. Eagles are 5-0-2 in their last seven outings since a 4-3 loss to No. 26 Seacoast Performance Academy Oct. 6. Their other losses have come against the Nos. 2 and 4 teams. Mount St. Charles saw its nine-game winning streak, which dated to a 5-3 loss to No. 15 Wilkes Barre/Scranton Sept. 22, snapped on Saturday. MSC is 13-4-1 on the year and has outscored its opponents, 84-40.
Western Canada Boys 15U AA
#19 Sask East Oilers (1), #24 Swift Current Broncos (6)
Saturday, October 21 at 7:15 p.m. ET
S3 Arena – Swift Current, Saskatchewan
The top-ranked U15 Western Canada Boys teams from Saskatchewan faced off in a SAAHL matchup for first place in the South Division. The Humboldt Broncos lead the North Division with a 6-0-0 league record, but they entered the weekend ranked 37th overall among all teams in Western Canada with a 7-1-0 overall mark. No. 19 Sask East actually led, 1-0, after the first period on Maxon Johnston’s goal, but Swift Current tallied four times in the middle frame and netted six unanswered goals over the final two periods to win going away. Carter Moen scored twice in the second period, and four other Broncos tallied during the six-goal spree. Kasey Gleim had a goal and three assists, with Jamie Kirwan, Jake Hargrave and Juris Busse each denting the twine once and Jaxson Squires handing out a pair of helpers. Moen, Hargrvae and Busse also each notched an assist to finish with multiple points. Cade Mitchell stopped 35 of 36 shots fired his way to earn the win in goal. Sask East fell to 4-1-0 in league play and 7-1-0 overall, while Swift Current improved to 7-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the SAAHL.