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NCL Weekly Notes: November 17 to 23, 2014

Ottawa Titans ride special teams to victory
The 19U Men’s Ottawa Titans won their opening two games of their NCL season on the backs of their powerplay and penalty kill. The powerplay converted 13 of 18 chances and the penalty kill was 8 for 11. This led the Titans to a 17-15 win over the Mavericks and an 18-12 victory over the Toronto Golden Jets. Those numbers currently have the Titans as both the best powerplay and the best penalty kill performers in the NCL’s 19U men’s division.
The 19U Men’s Mavericks play series of nail-biters on eastern road trip
The Mavericks made a four-game swing through Ottawa and Montreal this past weekend, and every one of these matchups went down to the wire. All four games were decided by 3 goals or less, with the Mavericks holding a 2-2 record upon their return to the GTA. The Mavericks look to be a tough out in the 19U Men’s Eastern Conference this year.
Taylor Vijh lays strong claim to being this week’s MVP
Vijh, a member of Dollard’s 19U Women’s team, was instrumental in helping her team squeak out a pair of 2 goal wins over Golden Horseshoe. In the first game between the teams, Vijh scored 8 of her team’s 14 goals, including four in the final quarter that helped turn a 9-8 deficit into a 14-12 win. In game 2, Vijh would once again stir a 4th quarter comeback. With a little over 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, Golden Horseshoe was nursing a 13-12 advantage and had managed to hold Vijh to 2 goals; however, Vijh finally broke free to score the tying and go ahead goals a minute and a half apart to give Dollard the lead. Dollard would hold on for a 16-14 win. Vijh is now the 19U Women’s leader in goals with 15, and Dollard is a perfect 4-0 on the season, showing a penchant for winning close contests as Dollard’s average margin of victory is just 1.75 goals.
Edmonton hosts teams from Calgary and Saskatchewan, NCL goes to Vancouver Island
Edmonton welcomed teams from Saskatchewan and Calgary to town, in order to play a series of 16U boys and girls games on Saturday Nov. 22. The Kinsmen centre played host to seven games over Saturday and Sunday, including the first 16U girls’ games in NCL history. The Calgary Renegades came out on top, winning 16-12 over the Edmonton Thunderbirds and 9-7 over Team Sask. The NCL also made its way to Vancouver Island, as Saanich hosted their first games of the inaugural NCL. The visitors from Fraser Valley proved too strong on the day, winning both games contested, but it was a great start for the NCL in Saanich.


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