MHR/LiveBarn Week 9 Games of the Week
For the first time this season we head out to Western Canada for two of our MHR/LiveBarn Week 9 Games of the Week. Our Western Canadian matchups – U18 and U15 Boys contests – are from two of the top leagues in North America.
Our U18 matchup Friday features a pair of prep teams from the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, which currently boasts five of the top-10 teams in our Western Canada rankings. The top-ranked Calgary Edge School, alone in first place by a point in league play, takes on the 13th-ranked and eighth-place Northern Alberta Xtreme in our first featured matchup of the weekend.
Here is a look at the teams in the CSSHL U18 Prep Division that are ranked among the Western Canada top 15 and their records:
#1 Calgary Edge School (15-4-0 overall, 9-2-1 CSSHL)
#2 Burnaby Winter Club Academy (8-2-0, 8-2-0)
#3 Yale Hockey Academy (5-4-0, 5-4-0)
#5 Shawnigan Lake School (7-4-0, 6-3-0)
#7 South Alberta Hockey Academy (10-4-0, 9-3-0)
#13 Northern Alberta Xtreme (6-8-0, 6-4-0)
#15 Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (11-4-0, 7-2-1)
Our other Western Canada Boys Game of the Week comes from U15 age group and another top league, the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL). Our U15 showdown on Saturday has the fourth-ranked Airdrie Xtreme facing off against the No. 13 Calgary NWCAA Flames. Aidrie is in first place in the AEHL South, three points ahead of the fourth-place Flames. The AEHL currently has three teams ranked in our Western Canada U15 top 10, and five AEHL clubs are listed among the top 15:
#4 Airdrie Xtreme (19-3-0 overall, 9-1-0-0 AEHL South)
#6 Okotoks Oilers (14-2-3, 7-1-0-3 AEHL South)
#7 St. Albert Sabres (14-6-1, 9-1-0-0 AEHL North)
#13 Calgary NWCAA Flames (12-5-1, 7-1-0-1 AEHL South)
#15 Calgary CBHA Bisons (12-8-2, 8-2-0-1 AEHL South)
Another top North American youth hockey league, the Northeast Pack, is featured in our USA Boys 16U Game of the Week from Pittsburgh. The Northeast Pack is a regional hockey league that was formed for the 2019-20 season and includes five traditional United States powerhouse programs competing at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U levels: the Bishop Kearney Selects, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, Mount St. Charles, the Long Island Gulls and the New Jersey Rockets. At the 16U level, those five clubs currently are ranked among the nation’s top 11, according to MHR.
Northeast Pack teams get together several times a year for weekend showcases during which they compete in their regular-season league games and determine the playoff matchups. Other top programs from around the country also are invited to participate in these events. Our featured Game of the Week Saturday pits the second-ranked Long Island Gulls against a guest team, the No. 13 Cleveland Barons. This weekend’s Northeast Pack games from Pittsburgh can be viewed live or on-demand via LiveBarn.
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Staying with our theme of games from top North American leagues, our final Week 9 Game of the Week is a showdown between a pair of top-three Canadian Tier 1 U13 Girls teams from the Ontario Women’s Hockey League (OWHL) Southern. Our matchup has the top-ranked North York Storm taking on the No. 3 Etobicoke Dolphins in an Southern – East clash. Canada’s top-three U13 teams – and six of the top 10 – come from the OWHL Southern – East:
#1 North York Storm (17-1-2 overall, 3-1-0 OWHL Southern – East)
#2 Barrie Sharks (13-6-5, 4-2-2)
#3 Etobicoke Dolphins (10-4-3, 4-2-0)
#6 Central York Panthers (13-7-1, 4-3-0)
#8 Durham West Lightning (10-6-2, 5-0-1)
#10 Peterborough Ice Kats (10-10-1, 3-3-0)
Week 9 MHR/LiveBarn Featured Games of the Week
#1 Calgary Edge School vs. #13 Northern Alberta Xtreme
Level: Western Canada Boys U18 AAA/Prep
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Location: Kyle Stuart Memorial Arena – Calgary, Alberta
Event: CSSHL Regular Season
Stream: Hockey TV
The CSSHL’s first- and eighth-place teams face off in an important league matchup of top-13 Western Canada U18 clubs. Edge School brings a 15-4-0 overall record into the weekend and has outscored its opponents, 94-50. They are 9-2-1 in league play, good for 28 points, one more than second-place and seventh-ranked South Alberta Hockey Academy. The top-seven teams in the CSSHL are separated by just seven points, with the eighth-place Xtreme nine points back at 6-4-0. NAX is 6-8-0 overall and 6-4-0 in league play. These two teams have met twice previously, with Edge earning 6-3 and 5-2 victories. Edge School has won its last five games dating to a 3-2 loss to No. 12 Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg Oct. 29. NAX has dropped its last two outings, falling to No. 7 South Alberta Hockey Academy, 2-0, and Edge School, 5-2, but had won six straight before that. Forward Terik Parascak of Edge School leads the league in scoring with 13 goals and 13 assists in 12 CSSHL contests. His teammate, Miles Cooper, has 4-15-19. Edge School goalie Noah Davis is 5-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Landon Hanson and Kayden Longley lead NAX in scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while goalie Vaughn Kaliel is 4-2 with a 2.38 GAA and .919 save percentage.
#4 Airdrie Xtreme vs. #13 Calgary NWCAA Flames
Level: Western Canada Boys U15 AAA
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 4:15 p.m. EST
Location: WinSport Arena – Calgary, Alberta
Event: AEHL Regular Season
Stream: Hockey TV
The first-place Xtreme take on the fourth-place Flames in an AEHL South Division clash of top-13 Western Canadian teams. Airdrie is 9-1-0-0 in league play, good for 18 points, just three more than the 7-1-0-1 Flames. The Xtreme, which are 19-3-0 overall, have outscored their opponents, 56-20, in league play and 113-48 for the season. Calgary holds a 42-17 scoring advantage over its opponents in AEHL play, and the Flames are 12-5-1 with an 87-54 scoring edge overall. Airdrie dropped its most recent outing, 6-4, to No. 3 Edge School, a loss that ended an eight-game winning streak. The Xtreme knocked off the top-ranked Northern Alberta Xtreme, 6-5 in overtime, prior to that setback. Calgary has lost its last two outings to No. 5 Okanagan Hockey Academy and No. 10 Rink Hockey Academy after going unbeaten in its previous 11 contests (10-0-1). These two teams are meeting for the first time this season. Forward Finn Bagley leads Airdrie and ranks 10th in the league with 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points in 9 AEHL outings. Riley Boychuck is tied with Bagley and has 7-12-19. Forward Folstrom Owen paces the Flames with 2-11-13. Calgary netminder Tyce Falvi is unbeaten at 5-0-0 and leads the league with a 1.40 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Airdrie’s Steven Wawryk and Leif Oaten rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the AEHL with goals-against averages of 1.84 and 1.97.
#2 Long Island Gulls vs. #13 Cleveland Barons
Level: USA Boys 16U Tier 1
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 5:15 p.m. EST
Location: UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Event: Northeast Pack Pittsburgh Showcase
The Northeast Pack welcomes the No. 13 Cleveland Barons as a guest participant at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Showcase, and they will take on the No. 2 Gulls in a Saturday afternoon matchup. Long Island is 28-3-4 on the season and has posted a 4-1-0 mark in league play. The Gulls have outscored their NE Pack opponents, 19-11, and hold a 137-55 scoring advantage against all opponents. Long Island is 15-2 in its last 17 outings, with the losses coming against No. 5 Little Caesars (5-4) and the No. 28 Buffalo Regals (3-2 shootout). The Gulls and Barons met Oct. 30, with Long Island earning a 1-0 victory. Long Island, which has played the third-toughest schedule among the top-10 teams, has recorded victories against the Nos. 4, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15 teams. Grant Young leads the Gulls and ranks fourth in league play with 4 goals and 4 assists, while teammate Thomas Zocco has 5-2-7. Long Island netminders Ryan Denes and Timothy Engelman are the Northeast Pack’s top-three goalies statistically. Cleveland enters the weekend at 12-11-2 overall and having outscored its opponents 74-59. Also a member of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, the Barons have dropped two straight and four of their last six contests. They are 3-7-1 in their last 11 outings after going 9-4-1 to open the season.
#1 North York Storm vs. #3 Etobicoke Dolphins
Level: U13 Canada Girls Tier 1
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 11:15 a.m. EST
Location: Canlan Ice Sports York – Toronto, Ontario
Event: OWHL Southern – East Regular Season
Despite being ranked higher than Etobicoke, the Storm only have played four OWHL games and sit in sixth place with a 3-1-0 record for six points, two behind the 4-2-0 Dolphins. North York is 17-1-2 overall, with the only loss coming by a 2-0 score to the second-ranked Barrie Sharks in a league game. The Storm’s two ties came against the No. 7 Burlington Barracudas and No. 13 Sudbury Wolves. North York has outscored its opponents, 84-14, recording 11 shutouts and allowing more than one goal just four times. The Storm have given up one goal in their last six games since falling to Barrie Oct. 23, outscoring their opponents, 26-1, in that span. They have allowed less than a goal per game thus far, with their goalies posting a 0.70 goals-against average. With six standings points, North York trails No. 8 Durham West (5-0-1, 11 points), the second-ranked Barrie Sharks (4-2-2, 10 points), 11th-ranked Toronto Leaside Wildcats (4-2-1, 9 points), No. 3 Etobicoke (4-2-0, 8 points) and No. 6 Central York (4-3-0, 8 points) in the OWHL standings. These two teams met on Sept. 10, with North York rolling to an 8-3 victory. The Dolphins are 10-4-3 overall and have outscored their opponents, 51-31. They are 3-2-0 in their last five contests but are 9-2-2 in their last 13 outings. The two losses came against No. 8 Durham West and No. 11 Toronto Leaside.