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03.21.2019
NCL Notes - March 15-17, 2019

Twenty-four Major League games were played over last weekend with spots in Senior Nationals on the line. The Mavericks Women’s team and St-Lambert-Laval’s Men’s team came out of the weekend on top of their divisions to claim the number one seed at Senior Nationals.

It was a tough go for the Mavericks as they had two games against second-place CAMO and one against third-place Dollard. They entered Friday needing just a win to clinch first place, however they lost 17-9 to CAMO in their first game. With another match against CAMO on Saturday, the game became extremely important to both teams. A win for CAMO would put the pressure on Mavericks to win their last game to avoid losing the top spot. It was a tough game with the two teams not letting the other get too far ahead. CAMO would score 5 goals in the period to put the pressure on Mavericks, however, they would match that goal total in the period to take the game 11-9. With the victory, the Mavericks were able to clinch first place, with a game left. With the loss, CAMO was in danger of losing the second spot after Dollard defeated the Mavericks later that day, putting them two points up on CAMO. On Sunday they would play each other for second place. While it was close for most of the game, CAMO’s offence exploded by scoring 17 goals in the game and defeating Dollard 17-13.

The biggest weekend on the women’s side would definitely go to Capital Wave. They entered the weekend in last place with only one win. On Friday they were one of the only teams to play two games, with an all important game against the Toronto Golden Jets being the last. They started off well by beating St-Lambert 9-5. Against the Golden Jets, the defence stepped up in the first half by only allowing one goal. In the second half, they held the Golden Jets enough to win the game 6-4. With the victory, Capital Wave moved up into the final playoff spot. The next game would be a rematch against the Golden Jets, with a victory sealing them a spot at Nationals. In this game, the Golden Jets took a 3-2 lead entering the fourth period. Capital Wave’s Waneek Horn-Miller would be the hero in the fourth by scoring the game-tying goal as well as the winner as Capital Wave defeated the Golden Jets 4-3. The Wave had a chance to move up even higher after that game but came up short against St-Lambert who clinched the fourth seed with the 11-7 victory.

On the Men’s side, the Toronto Golden Jets and St-Lambert-Laval entered the weekend undefeated with a game against one another to close out the event. On Sunday when the two teams met, the Golden Jets had come off a loss to the Ottawa Titans Blue team while St-Lambert-Laval was still undefeated. As expected, the game was very close as both teams’ defences stepped up. The game would remain tied entering the fourth period at 4-4. St-Lambert-Laval would take advantage of a Golden Jet exclusion as they would score on the power play to take the lead. They would add another a few minutes later to pad their lead. The Golden Jets would come within one with enough time to get the equalizer, however, St-Lambert-Laval’s defence would not allow them to get any closer as they would win the game 6-5. With the victory, they took the tie-breaker which clinched them first place with two games still to play.

This week’s games will decide the final places as every other team have not clinched a position just yet. Two key spots that are up for grabs are the number three spot and the final playoff spot. Ottawa Titans Blue currently are holding onto the third spot with 24 points, however, Dollard Black (21) can take over third if they defeat CAMO in their last game as they own the tie-breaker over Ottawa. The Mavericks (19) can pass both teams for third if they win out their last two games. Moving down, the final playoff spot will be claimed by either CAMO or the Toronto Silver Jets. CAMO has a two-point lead over the Silver Jets which means the Silver Jets must win their last game against the Mavericks and hope that CAMO does not come away with two points over their next three games. While the odds seem low for the Silver Jets, CAMO will be facing off against undefeated St-Lambert-Laval twice and Dollard Black, which will make gaining two points very difficult. In the end, the final positions in the Men’s division will be entirely decided by March 24.

WPC would like to especially thank all the volunteers for the host clubs from this past week: Dollard and Ottawa Titans

This week in the NCL

This week there will be only fourteen games played, with those games being in Toronto and Montreal. Five of those games will be the last Major League games before the playoffs, while the rest will be for 19U.

All-Star

GK: Samuel Reiher, St-Lambert-Laval/Jessica Gaudreault, Capital Wave

  • Ogi Gutovic, Ottawa Titans Blue
  • Patrick Ahmarani, Dollard Black
  • Jérémie Blanchard, St-Lambert-Laval
  • Waneek Horn-Miller, Capital Wave
  • Chayma Hlanadif, CAMO
  • Joelle Bekhazi, Dollard
 
 
 
 

 


 
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