Week 7 MHR Games of the Week
It’s almost holiday tournament time at hockey rinks around North America, and this weekend we get a head start on the holiday festivities with some of the bigger and most visible events of the fall.
The CCM World Invite got underway in the Chicago area Friday and runs through Sunday, featuring more than 500 Tier 1 and 2 Boys teams competing in well over 1,000 games across nine age groups at more than 30 venues. This event traditionally includes some of the United States’ top Tier 2 programs as well as highly ranked Tier 1 teams, occasionally allowing a top AA club to test itself against a strong AAA program.
Most of the tournament’s games are played at rinks that have LiveBarn and can be viewed live and on-demand.
Meanwhile, up in the Toronto area another large Boys tourney is set for the weekend as the Shanahan International Tournament welcomes some of the top teams from both sides of the border in the 2014 through 2009 age groups. The event features 50 U.S. and Canadian Boys teams competing in more than 160 games from Friday through Sunday in the York and Etobicoke areas of Toronto.
Most of these games also should be available for online viewing via LiveBarn.
Back in the States and not far from Ontario, the Bishop Kearney Selects and Buffalo Jr. Sabres are teaming up to host the Fromen Injury Law Showcase, which runs from Friday through Sunday at LECOM Harborcenter and Northtown Center at Amherst and includes some of the top U.S. and Canadian Boys programs competing at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U levels in the Buffalo area.
Games at Northtown Center should be available on LiveBarn.
The 43rd Big Nickel Major AAA Tournament for teams in age groups U12 through U18 got underway Thursday and features 39 teams playing at three facilities in the Sudbury, Ontario area. Our Week 7 Games of the Week will highlight one of the top U18 matchups from that event.
Another unique event taking place in Canada starting Sunday and running through Nov. 11 is the Hockey Canada 2023 Canada Women’s U18 National Championship. This event is being held in Dawson Creek, B.C., and includes all-star teams representing various provinces, districts and regions of the country. There are eight teams in the tournament, with two representing Ontario; one each representing Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia and Manitoba; and one representing the Atlantic (Maritime) Region.
Games begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Another important game will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, as the Minnesota Boys 16U Tier 1 representative at USA Hockey Nationals in April will be determined when top-ranked Shattuck-St. Mary’s takes on the Minnesota Blue Ox at 8:15 p.m. EST in St. Louis Park, Minn., at St. Louis Park Rec Center.
About Games of the Week
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 email@example.com.
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- Team names, location, league affiliations and age group
- Current team rankings (national, state, provincial, etc.)
- Day, time and location of the game or games
- Any other details – past history, statistical info/team leaders, college commitments playing or other interesting information
- Quotes from players or coaches are great, too, but not required
- If the game or games are available on LiveBarn or via another streaming service, please send the link
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 7 featured matchups:
MHR WEEK 7 GAMES OF THE WEEK
USA/Ontario Boys 2010 Tier 1 (AAA)
#1 Ontario Markham Majors vs. #4 USA Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Saturday, November 4 at 11:20 a.m. EDT
Shanahan International Tournament
Canlan Sports Complex York – Toronto, Ontario
A pair of top-four North American Boys 2010 birthyear teams face off Saturday at the Shanahan International Tournament in Toronto. Markham entered the weekend with an 18-2-0 overall record and having outscored its opponents, 101-22. The Majors were on an 11-game winning streak since a 3-1 loss to Ontario’s second-ranked Mississauga Senators Oct. 3. That came just a day after they had manhandled the Sens by an 8-1 margin, and they also beat Mississauga in their most recent outing, 3-1, Oct. 30. Markham’s only other loss was a 6-3 setback vs. USA No. 1 Little Caesars Sept. 24. Buffalo carried a 17-6-0 record into the tourney and had outscored its opponents, 110-48. The Jr. Sabres had won seven in a row since falling to the USA’s ninth-ranked Boston Jr. Eagles, 4-1, Oct. 14 and the second-ranked Jr. Flyers, 4-3 in overtime, the same day. During the recent surge, Buffalo has beaten Ottawa’s No. 2 Mississauga Senators, 2-1, as well as the Jr. Flyers, 1-0, in a rematch Oct. 29.
Ontario Boys U18 AAA
#9 Toronto Nationals vs. #13 Ottawa Jr. 67s
Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 a.m. EDT
Big Nickel Major AAA Tournament
Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex – Sudbury, Ontario
This is one of the top U18 matchups from the Big Nickel Major AAA tournament in Sudbury. The Nationals brought a 6-4-1 record into the tournament and had outscored their opponents, 35-16. Their losses had come against Ontario’s Nos. 3, 5, 6 and 12 teams. Toronto fell to the No. 6 Vaughan Kings, 2-1, Oct. 29 in its most recent outing, halting a two-game winning streak that followed a 1-0 setback vs. the No. 5 Toronto Marlboros and a 3-0 loss against the No. 3 Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Ottawa was 9-3-1 heading into the tourney and was riding a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) since a 2-1 loss to the No. 26 Peterborough Petes Oct. 14. Both of the wins during that streak came against No. 40 Ontario Hockey Academy. The Jr. 67s had outscored their opponents, 48-26.
USA Boys 2010 Tier 1
#10 Fox Motors vs. No. 12 Chicago Fury
Saturday, November 4 at 11:40 a.m. EDT
CCM World Invite
Mount Prospect Arena – Mount Prospect, Ill.
One of the top 2010 pool-play matchups from the gigantic CCM World Invite in the Chicago area features a pair of top-12 USA Boys Tier 1 teams. Fox Motors brought a sparkling 21-2-3 record into the tournament and had outscored its opponents, 102-58. They were riding a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) dating to a 5-2 loss to No. 31 Team Illinois Oct. 20. Fox Motors, which also had posted a 13-1-2 mark in its previous 16 outings, tied No. 36 Victory Honda, 3-3, in its most recent contest Oct. 29. They got a 3-1 revenge win vs. Team Illinois Oct. 22 and beat the No. 5 Chicago Reapers, 5-2, that same day. The Fury were 16-12-1 entering the weekend and had outscored their opponents, 104-99, while playing the fourth-toughest schedule among the top-12 teams to that point. Chicago had gone 2-5-1 in its previous eight contests prior to the World Invite, but tied the No. 8 St. Louis AAA Blues during that stretch.
USA Boys 16U Tier 2
#4 Metro Jets vs. #7 Afton Americans
Saturday, November 4 at 12:30 p.m. EDT
CCM World Invite
Seven Bridges Ice Arena – Woodridge, Ill.
One of the marquee Tier 2 matchups at the CCM World Invite Chicago features these top-seven USA Boys 16U teams. The Michigan-based Metro Jets entered the tournament with a remarkable 18-0-2 record and holding a 79-19 scoring advantage over their opponents, The Jets tied the No. 29 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, 1-1, in their last outing Oct. 29. Their other tie was a 4-4 deadlock with the No. 37 St. Clair Shores Saints Oct. 10. Metro has held 15 opponents to zero or one goal while recording seven shutouts. The Jets have recorded victories against the Nos. 12, 13 and 14 16U Tier 2 teams. Afton entered the weekend at 7-5-1 after dropping three straight games, including a 6-5 shootout loss against AAA CarShield 15U. The Americans opened the season with a 4-2 victory against CarShield. The other two recent losses came against the No. 19 Littleton Hawks after they beat the Hawks, 5-1, Oct. 14. The Americans defeated the No. 77 Tier 1 AAA Springfield Jr. Thunderbirds, 4-2, Sept. 3 and the AAA Worcester Jr. Railers, 5-1, Sept. 2 after falling to the AAA Maine Nordiques, 1-0, and the AAA Boston Jr. Bruins, 5-3. They also skated to a 2-2 tie against the No. 21 Tier 2 Naperville Sabres Sept. 17.