MHR Week 14 Games of the Week
By Scott Lowe - MyHockeyRankings.com (durhamregion.com photo)
Each week going forward we will try to highlight some of the upcoming weekend’s top matchups based on our most recent MYHockey Rankings. If you have a matchup to recommend to us for a given week, please don’t hesitate to send your suggestions to Scott@MyHockeyRankings.com. Photos are always appreciated and will be used when possible either to highlight the preview on the website or via our social media accounts. And we are always trying to build our library of hockey photos from around the continent.
Here are your Week 14 top matchups:
Canada Girls 12U Tier 1
#4 Whitby Wolves vs. #5 Markham-Stouffville Stars
Saturday, December 21 at 7:45 p.m. EST
Stouffville Clipper Sports Complex – Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
A huge game in the LLFHL as the top two teams in the East Division square off, with the winner moving into sole possession of first place. Markham-Stouffville currently holds on to first place, having played one fewer game, with a record of 9-2-4 (22 points). Whitby also has 22 points, but at 9-3-4, has played 16 games to the Stars’ 15. Overall, Whitby is 21-10-5 and is coming off a 2-1 loss to the top-ranked Peterborough Ice Kats on Dec. 16. The Wolves also lost to the Ice Kats, 4-0, Dec. 7 and are 8-5-3 in their last 16 outings. Included in that stretch also was a 4-3 victory against Peterborough Nov. 12 and a pair of 1-1 ties against this weekend’s opponent, Markham-Stouffville. The Wolves and Stars also met Oct. 16, with Markham-Stouffville earning a 3-2 victory. Overall, the Stars are 18-7-6 and have outscored their opponents, 96-45. They have tied their last two games, 0-0 against Clarington Dec. 14 and one of the 1-1 deadocks against Whitby Dec. 3. Markham-Stouffville also played top-ranked Peterborough to a 1-1 tie Nov. 16 and opened the season with a 2-1 loss to the No. 1-ranked Ice Kats. Both teams played USA’s top-ranked Chicago Mission, with the Stars dropping a 6-0 decision Nov. 9 and the Wolves losing by a 2-1 margin Nov. 10. Markham-Stouffville is 3-0-4 in in its last seven games after a brief three-game skid.
Western Canada Boys PeeWee Tier 1
#5 North Shore Winter Club vs. #9 Semiahmoo Ravens
Sunday, December 22 at 2:45 p.m. EST
Centennial Arena – White Rock, British Columbia
It’s a PCAHA showdown between the first-place Ravens and fifth-place North Shore Winter Club, with the two teams separated by 10 standings points. Semiahmoo is 9-3-2, while with a game in hand NSWC is 8-4-1. The Ravens hold a one-point lead over unbeaten Burnaby Winter Club (11-0-0), which has three games in hand. Overall, NWSC is 20-14-2 and ranked 38th in all of Canada (fifth in Western Canada). Semiahmoo is ninth in Western Canada with an overall record of 19-12-4 and 64th in the nation. The Ravens are 10-3-2 in their last 15 outings. Included in that run was a 6-3 victory against NSWC Nov. 15 and a 3-2 loss to second-ranked Burnaby Winter Club Nov. 23. Semiahmoo also knocked off NSWC, 6-5, Oct. 21. The Ravens dropped an 8-2 decision to Western Canada’s top-ranked Kelowna Rockets Oct. 13. NSWC is 20-14-2 overall and has won four of its last five following a three-game losing streak that included setbacks against Canada’s top-ranked London Jr. Knights and USA’s fifth-ranked L.A. Jr. Kings (8-1). NSWC’s lone loss in the last five contests was a 3-1 decision against Western Canada No. 2 Burnaby Winter Club. They own one victory in three tries against top-ranked Kelowna, earning a 5-2 victory Oct. 14 in their most recent meeting.
USA Girls 12U Tier 1
#4 Assbet Valley Red vs. #7 East Coast Wizards
Sunday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. EST on LiveBarn
Edge Sports Center – Bedford, Mass
The second- and third-place teams from the NEGHL Fall 12U Upper Division standings faceoff in a pre-holiday tilt in Massachusetts. Assabet Valley finished the fall campaign with a 13-2-2 mark, while the Wizards were right behind them at 11-4-0. Overall, so far Assabet Valley is 17-5-3. They lost and tied in their last two outings vs. the No. 3 Massachusetts Spitfires, 2-1 and 2-2. Prior to that they beat the Wizards, 3-2, Dec. 1 for their sixth straight victory. Assabet Valley and East Coast already have met five times, with the Wizards winning twice by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 Nov. 3 and Sept. 8. Assabet Valley’s victories have been by scores of 4-3, 2-1 and 3-2 Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 3. The Wizards come into the game with an overall record of 17-10-0. The Dec. 3 loss to Assabet Valley was their last game, and before that they had split their previous eight contests. They have outscored their opponents by a 93-52 margin, while Assabet Valley holds a 98-43 goals advantage over its foes.
Ontario Boys PeeWee ’07 Tier 1
#2 Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs. #6 Don Mills Flyers
Sunday, December 22 at 2:45 p.m. EST
Scotiabank Pond – North York, Ontario
Every weekend there are a bunch of huge GTHL tilts, and this weekend is no different for the 2007 birth years as the first-place Jr. Canadiens take on the seventh-place Flyers in a matchup of Ontario top-10 teams. The Jr. Canadiens are 18-3-2 with 38 points in the GTHL, while the Flyers are 9-7-8 with 26 points. Overall, the Jr. Canadiens are 39-6-4 and have outscored their opponents, 188-77. Amazingly, three of their six loses have come in their last four outings as they dropped games against the No. 12 Toronto Nationals (3-1 Dec. 15), No. 8 Mississauga Rebels (2-1 Dec. 12) and No. 5 Mississauga Senators (4-1 Dec. 2). That three-game skid came halted a streak in which they were unbeaten in 12 of 13 contests (11-1-1). The Jr. Canadiens and Flyers previously met twice, with the Canadiens earning 4-2 and 3-0 victories Nov. 12 and Oct. 15. The Flyers are 23-8-10 overall and earned a tie and a win in their last two outings against the No. 18 North York Rangers (4-4 Dec. 17) and No. 9 Vaughan Kings (3-0 Dec. 10). That followed a pair of Flyer losses to the fifth-ranked Mississauga Senators, 2-0 Dec. 9 and third-ranked Toronto Marlboros, 3-2 Dec. 6. They tied their two games prior to that, including a scoreless battle against the Rangers Nov. 30, and had a six-game unbeaten streak before going 1-2-1 in their last four. The Flyers have oustcored their opponents, 150-73 for the year.
USA Boys 18U Tier 2
#17 Naperville Sabres vs. #9 Chicago Bruins
Sunday, December 22 at 11:40 a.m. EST on LiveBarn
Addison Ice Arena – Addison, Ill.
The Bruins enter this important CSDHL contest third in the league standings at 16-6-1 (26 points), while the Sabres are in fifth place at 11-5-1 (23 points). Naperville is 22-10-1 overall and has outscored its opponents, 111-67. The Sabres and Bruins have played two thrillers this season, with Chicago recording a 5-4 win Oct. 13 and Naperville earning the 3-2 decision Sept. 28. Naperville has lost just once in its last six outings, 3-2 against the No. 8 Dallas Penguins Dec. 14. The Sabres gave the top-ranked Highland Park Falcons all they could handle in a 3-1 loss Oct. 6. Chicago holds a 127-54 scoring advantage against this season’s opponents and has won four of its last five games, the loss coming against Canada’s 43rd-ranked prep team from Pilot Mound Academy, 3-2, Dec. 16. Before the recent string of four victories in five outings, the Bruins lost a pair to the No. 16 Chesterfield Falcons but rebounded to beat them, 5-1, Dec. 8. They battled the No. 1 Highland Park Falcons to a 3-3 tie Nov. 24 and are 8-4-1 in their last 13 contests.