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NCL Weekly Notes: April 13 to 19, 2015

National Championship League Schedule and Results

Eastern 16U Regular season comes to a close, First ever 14U Eastern National Championship set to go from Etobicoke.

This weekend saw the completion of the regular season schedule for the NCL 16U Eastern Conference as the final 3 games on the boys’ and girl’s side were played. There was not much up for grabs from a standings perspective, as most of the teams were locked into their positions and the matchups that come with them; however, the Mavericks boys’ squad were able to win a pair of games to jump up into 4th place and avoid a tough match up in the quarterfinals. 1st and 2nd place at the Eastern Conference Championships will earn sports at the National Finals and so earning a simpler draw to the finals is of critical importance.

The matchups for the May 1st – 3rd Eastern Conference championships are as follows:

16U Girls
  • QF 1: #4 seed Dollard (5-1-10) vs. #3 seed Golden Horseshoe (7-1-8) . Golden Horseshoe won season series 2-1-1 including winning 8-3 on April 11th
  • QF 2: #5 seed St-Lambert (0-0-16) vs. # 2 seed Capital Wave (11-0-5). Capital Wave won season series 4-0-0. St-Lambert, despite its winless record, has played some of their competition very closely; however Capital Wave has proven to be one of their tougher opponents and Wave should move onto the semi-finals.
  • 1st round bye: #1 seed CAMO (16-0-0)
CAMO have dominated the 16U Girls’ Eastern Conference and have not really be threatened all year. It would be a shock to see them lose in the semi-final and fail to qualify for Nationals, so the other semi-final becomes all important. The two teams that win their QFs will battle it out for a spot at the National Finals while the QF losers would have to play each other, and then beat CAMO to qualify.

16U Boys

  • QF 1: #5 seed Capital Wave (6-0-12) vs. #4 seed York Mavericks (7-1-10). Mavericks won season series 2-1-0, but it was three tight affairs including two one-goal games. Capital Wave took the most recent contest 10-9 back in February.
  • QF2: #6 seed Toronto Golden Jets (4-1-13) vs. # 3 seed Ottawa Titans (13-3-2). Ottawa won the season series 3-0-0. Despite the difference in records, the Golden Jets could prove to be a dangerous opponent. The Jets are a strong defensive team who tend to play low scoring games that allow them to hang around later into the game. An off night for the Titans coupled with a strong Jets performance could result in a big upset.
  • QF # 3: #7 seed Hamilton (0-0-18) vs #2 seed Dollard (14-2-2). Dollard won season series 3-0-0. It’s been a tough year for Hamilton, but they’ve given full effort in every contest. Dollard will almost assuredly provide too tough of a test, but Hamilton will give it their all nonetheless.
  • 1st round bye: #1 seed CAMO (15-1-2)

The 16U Boys’ Eastern Conference has been a tale of two halves of the league. The top 3 teams, CAMO, Dollard, and Ottawa have not lost a game all year to the other 4 teams in the conference. The reward for finishing first as a result, was huge, as CAMO will not have to play Dollard or Ottawa to qualify for Nationals while in all likelihood, Dollard and Ottawa will have to play in a one game showdown for the other spot at the National Finals.

Top Goal Scorers:

Congratulations to Mélissa Manel Matalla of CAMO for finishing as the leading goal scorer in the 16U Girls’ Eastern Conference (and the 16U NCL girls’ league as a whole), scoring 78 goals in just 15 games. Mélissa beat out her teammate Myriam Lizotte by 4 goals.

Also Congratulations to Jeremie Cote of the Dollard Devils for finishing as the leading goal scorer in the 16U Boys’ Eastern Conference, scoring 86 goals in 18 games. Milan Duhaime of the Ottawa Titans was in 2nd with 77 goals in 17 games.

Also in the NCL this week

The 19U Men’s’ and Women’s’ Crossover will take place this week in Calgary from Thursday to Sunday at the Talisman Centre. The event will be utilizing two pools in the venue, and over the course of four days, 52 games will be played. It will be the first time that the teams from the opposing conferences will be playing each other in the NCL and the whole event should serve as a measuring stick for the 19U age group. Please see the NCL website for the schedule and game times.

In Etobicoke, the 14U Eastern National Championships will be held for the first time ever. The York Mavericks Red and Black, Ottawa Titans, Dollard Devils, and KW Inferno will be vying for the boys’ title while Mavericks, Capital Wave, Dollard, and KW will be playing for the girls’ championship. 


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