2014 Showcase Preview

The Showcase is finally here!

This is my preview of the 13 games to be played on Sat. at the Seymour-Hannah Complex in St. Catharines.

 

Game 1 – 10:20 am – Pelham Pirates (GHC) vs. Brantford 99er’s (MWC)

Pelham is sitting in last place in the Golden Horseshoe with a record of 0-9.  In those 9 games, the team has scored 18 goals, allowed 54 against, and have 183 penalty minutes.  They have a powerplay percentage of 8.62%, 24th in the league, scoring 5 PPG on 58 chances, and having 3 shorthanded goals scored against them.  On the PK, they’ve had 11 PPG scored against them on 47 chances, for a percentage of 76.60%, 23rd in the league, and they have not scored a shorthanded goal.

The Pirates leading scorer is Anthony Sorrentino, who’s scored 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points so far this season.  Their goalies, Daniel Kocsis and Matthew Camilleri, have split the job so far this season.  Kocsis’ record is 0-5, has a GAA of 5.31 and a SV% of 0.859.  Camilleri’s record is 0-4, has a GAA of 6.45 and a SV% of 0.835.

Brantford is also in last place in the Mid-West with a record of 1-7.  They have 26 goals for, 44 goals against, and 214 PIMs on the season.  They have scored 11 goals on the PP, in 58 chances, for a percentage of 18.97, for 7th in the league, and have had 3 shorthanded goals scored against them.  Their penalty kill on the other hand is 25th in the league, at 75.76%, with 16 PPG scored against them on 66 changes, and they’ve managed to score 1 shorthanded goal.

The 99er’s leading scorer is Gus Ford who has 12 points so far, 5 goals and 7 assists.  Jack Moylan is their starting goalie, having played 297:41.  His record is 1-4, has a GAA of 5.64 and SV% of 0.854.  His partner, Mathieu Kingsley, has a record of 0-3, a GAA of 4.77 and SV% of 0.851.

I tend to be drawn towards the underdog and I think that Pelham may get their first win of the season at the Showcase.

 

Game 2 – 12:00 – Welland Canadians (GHC) vs. Elmira Sugar Kings (MWC)

Welland is sitting in 2nd place in the Shoe, currently tied with St. Catharines for the top spot, but the winner of tonight’s game will be in first place.  The Canadians have a record of 7-1, scoring 37 goals and allowing just 10 against.  They have the 3rd lowest PIM’s in the league, with 131, which means they’re a disciplined club.  They also have the 5th best powerplay, at 25.00%, scoring 11 goals on 44 chances, and have not surrendered any shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is 2nd in the league at 92.68%, allowing 3 goals on 41 opportunities, and no shorthanded goals for.

The Canadians leading scorer so far this campaign is Matt Cuglietta, who’s scored 8 goals and 2 assists for 10 points.  He’s only sat in the box for 6 min. this season, so far.  The Canadians No. 1 goalie is Chris Janzen, who was named GHC goaltender of the month for September.  Janzen is sporting a 5-1 record, has a GAA of 1.00% and SV% of 0.966.  His backup is Brandon McCorriston, who’s 2-0, has a GAA of 2.0% and a SV% of 0.926.

Elmira is in 4th place in the Mid-West, tied with Waterloo and Stratford, with a record of 6-3.  They have scored 39 goals and allowed 31 against, and have 238 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 12.96%, 16th in the league, scoring 7 goals on 54 opportunities, and allowing 2 shorthanded goals.  At the other end, their penalty kill is 19th in the league, at 83.87%, allowing 10 goals on 62 chances, and scoring 1 shorthanded.

The Kings leading scorer is 4 year GOJHL vet, Mitch Klie.  Klie has 14 points, 3 goals and 11 assists, 20 PIMs.  Their main goalie is Jordan Reinhart, who’s sporting a 3-3 record.  He has a GAA of 3.59% and a SV% of 0.882.  His backup is Andrew Lefebvre, who has a record of 3-0, GAA of 2.91% and SV% of 0.886.

I think this will be a good game, and Elmira will give Welland a good run, but I think the Canadians will come out on top.

 

Game 3 – 12:30 – Thorold Blackhawks (GHC) vs. Sarnia Legionnaires (WHC)

Thorold is in 5th place, tied with Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.  They have 9 points with a record of 4-4-1, have scored 25 goals, allowed 31 goals, and 189 PIMs.  Their powerplay is ranked 15th in the league, at 13.43%, scoring 9 goals on 67 chances, and have had 1 shorthanded goal scored against them.  The penalty kill is ranked 8th in the league, at 87.72%, having allowed 7 goals on 57 chances, and have scored 1 shorthanded goal.

Leading the charge is Mitchell Mendonca, who has scored 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points, and just 6 PIMs.  The Blackhawks goalies are Josh Astorino and Ian Shorthouse.  Astorino’s record is 3-2-1, has a GAA of 3.10 and SV% of 0.901.  Shorthouse is 1-2 with a GAA of 3.60 and a SV% of 0.905.

Sarnia is in first place in the Western Conference, and is the only undefeated team in the entire GOJHL.  They’re record is a perfect 10-0, scoring 57 goals, allowing 28 against, and 177 PIMs.  Their powerplay is ranked 2nd in the league, at 27.59%, scoring 16 goals on 58 opportunities, and allowing no shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill on the other hand is ranked 22nd, at 77.36%, allowing 12 goals on 53 chances, and they haven’t scored any shorthanded goals.

The Legionnaires are being lead by Cody Trowell, who has scored 11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points, and has spent just 4 minutes in the box.  Hunter Johnson is their No 1 goalie, who’s record is 6-0, has a GAA of 3.33 and SV% of 0.899.  The backup goalie is Cornel Felder, who’s sporting a 4-0 record, GAA of 2.00 and SV% of 0.921.

This is going to be a great game to watch.  I know I said I tend to go for the underdog, and Thorold would definitely be considered the underdog here, but Sarnia is my other team.  I’ve liked them for a long time, and they are in my Conference, so I’m giving the edge to Sarnia.

 

Game 4 – 1:00 pm – Ancaster Avalanche (GHC) vs. Leamington Flyers (WHC)

The Avalanche are in 7th place in the Golden Horseshoe.  They have a record of 3-5, have scored 20 goals, allowed 30, and are the most undisciplined team in the league with 271 PIMs.  Their powerplay is at 9.30%, 22nd in the league, having scored just 4 PPG on 43 opportunities, and given up 1 shorthanded goal.  Their penalty kill is 18th in the league at 84.21%, allowing 9 goals on 57 chances, and have scored 1 shorthanded.

Ancaster is being led by Cooper Richards both on the ice and in the box.  He has 6 goals and 34 PIMs so far this season.  Their main goalie is Matt Calas and he is sporting a 1-5 record, 3.02 GAA and a SV% of 0.908.  The backup goalie, Black Richard is 2-0 with a GAA of 3.29 and SV% of 0.916.

Leamington is in 2nd place in the West with a record of 8-2, scoring 42 goals for, allowing 24 against, and have spent 262 minutes in the box.  The Flyers powerplay is ranked 5th, at 24.49%, scoring 12 goals on 49 chances, and have not allowed any shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is 13th at 85.25%, allowing 9 goals on 61 chances, and they’ve scored 1 shorthanded goal.

Leading scorer for the Flyers is Kyle Perkowski, who’s scored 7 goals and 3 assists, and has been penalized once so far this season.  The goalie duties are being split between Trevor Wheaton, 4-2 record, and Michael Barrett, 4-0.  Wheaton’s GAA is 2.70 and SV% is 0.892, while Barrett’s GAA is 1.75 and SV% is 0.943.

The Flyers are a strong club and, although I haven’t seen Ancaster play, I think this is not evenly matched and will be a Flyers win.

 

Game 5 – 2:30 – Waterloo Siskins (MWC) vs. London Nationals (WHC)

The Siskins are in 3rd place in the Mid-West with 12 points, 6-2.  They’ve scored 35 goals and allowed 19 and have 177 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 14.29%, 14th in the league, scoring 8 PPG on 56 opportunities, allowing no shorthanded goals.  The penalty kill is 10th in the league at 86.54%, allowing 7 goals on 52 opportunities, and they’ve scored 4 shorthanded goals.

Waterloo’s offence is being led by Gary Mantz, 6 goals, 8 assists, and 12 PIMs.  Their starting goaltender is Evgeny Kiselev, who has a record of 4-2, GAA of 2.30 and SV% of 0.915.  Their other goalie is Bailey DeGasperis, 2-0 record, GAA of 2.50 and SV% of 0.907.

London is in 6th place in the West, with a record of 3-6, scoring 24 goals, allowing 27 against, and spending 185 minutes in the box.  The Nationals powerplay is ranked 13th, at 14.89%, scoring 7 of 47, and allowing 1 shorthanded goal.  Their penalty kill is at 84.62%, 15th in the league, allowing 6 of 39, and they have scored 1 shorthanded goal.

Leading scorer for the Nationals is Kyle Robinson.  He has 3 goals and 8 assists, and 26 PIMs.  Their starting goalie is Justin Tugwell, who has a record of 2-5, GAA of 3.16 and SV% of 0.906.  His backup, Logan Ferrington, has a record of 1-1, GAA of 1.51 and SV% of 0.940.

Despite their records, I think this will be a good game.  I think Waterloo has a slight edge though.

 

Game 6 – 3:00 – St. Catharines Falcons (GHC) vs. Chatham Maroons (WHC)

St. Catharines is currently tied with Welland for first place in the Shoe.  They have a record of 7-2, scored 46 goals, allowed 16 against, and 216 PIMs.  Both their powerplay and penalty kill are ranked no. 1 in the league.  Their powerplay is 28.95%, scoring 11 of 38, and allowing no shorthanded goals, while their penalty kill is 97.78%, allowing 1 of 45, and scoring 1 shorthanded goal.

The Falcons offence is led by both Ryan Doucette and Tyler Morrison who both have 5 goals and 9 assists.  Doucette has 14 PIMs and Morrison 6.  Their main goalie is Jonathan D’Ilario, who has a record of 5-2, GAA of 2.29 and SV% of 0.928.  Zach Moore is his backup with a 2-0 record, he has no GAA, and a SV% of 1.00.

Chatham is sitting in 4th place in the Western Conference, with a record of 5-2-1.  They have scored 32 goals, allowed 23 against, and have 189 PIMs.  Chatham has only scored 3 goals on 33 powerplays, for the 23rd ranked powerplay in the league of 9.09%.  Their penalty kill is 13th at 85.11%, allowing just 7 of 47.

Leading scorer for the Maroons is Brennan Feasey, who played for the Falcons last year.  Feasey has 6 goals and 7 assists, and just 4 PIMs.  The Maroons are backstopped by Bo Bessette and Jacob Lucier.  Bessette has a record of 4-2, GAA of 1.67 and SV% of 0.948.  Lucier has a record of 1-0-1, a GAA of 3.69 and SV% of 0.877.

I’ve read that Chatham is going to give Bessette a break and Lucier is getting the start for this game.  I’ve seen him play 1 game, his W, and I wasn’t that impressed.  I’m giving it to the Falcons.

 

Game 7 – 3:30 – Strathroy Rockets (WHC) vs. Stratford Cullitons (MWC)

Strathroy is in 7th place, tied with London for 6th, boasting a record of 3-8.  They’ve scored 27 goals and given up 43, and have 212 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 10th in the league, at 16.42%, scoring 11 PPG of 67, and giving up 2 shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is 16th, at 84.38%, allowing 10 goals of 64, and scoring 1 shorthanded.

The Rockets leading scorer is Mark MacAulay, who has 11 points, 4 goals, 7 assists, and 16 PIMs.  Their goalies are Mat Ouellet and Tynan Lauziere.  Ouellet has a record of 3-5, GAA of 3.73, and SV% of 0.892.  Lauziere’s record is 0-3, has a GAA of 4.50 and SV% of 0.894.

Stratford is in 5th place in the Mid-West, tied with Elmira and Waterloo.  They have a record of 5-2-2, have scored 41 goals, allowed 24, and have a team PIM of 251.  The Cullitons have the 3rd best powerplay, at 26.98%, scoring 17 of 63, and allowing 1 shorthanded goal.  Their penalty kill is 4th, at 89.04%, allowing 8 of 73, and scoring 3 shorthanded goals.

Deven Kropf is the Cullitons leading scorer, with 7 goals and assists, and just 6 PIMs.  Nicholas Caldwell is their main goalie, with a record of 4-1-1, GAA of 2.31 and SV% of 0.929.  The backup is Nick Redman, who’s 1-1-1, has a GAA of 2.62, and SV% of 0.900.

Everyone knows that I believe in my boys 100%, but I’m also realistic.  I believe that Stratford will take this game.

 

Game 8 – 5:00 – St. Marys Lincolns (WHC) vs. Brampton Bombers (MWC)

St. Marys is 1 of 2 winless teams in the GOJHL.  They are in last place in the West with a record of 0-8-2.  The Lincolns have scored just 14 goals this season and allowed 47, while spending 144 minutes in the box.  Their powerplay is 9.80% and ranked 20th, scoring 5 of 51, but haven’t given up a shorthanded goal.  Their penalty kill is the worst in the league at 70.0%, allowing 12 of 40, and scoring no shorthanded goals.

Jake Alkins is leading the way for the Lincolns, with 3 goals and 5 assists, and 2 PIMs.  Their goalies are Andrew Masters and Tyler Beattie.  Masters has a record of 0-6-2, GAA of 3.68 and SV% of 0.902.  Beattie’s record is 0-2, has a GAA of 7.00 and SV% of 0.848.

Brampton is in 8th in the Mid-West with a record of 2-6-1.  They have scored 22 goals, allowed 45, and have 189 PIMs.  Brampton’s powerplay is 19th with 9.84%, scoring 6 PPG of 61 chances, and have had 2 shorthanded goals scored against them.  Their penalty kill is 6th in the league, at 88.14%, having 7 goals against on 59 chances, and scoring no shorthanded goals.

The Bombers are led by Kevin Bray, who has 4 goals and assists, and 0 PIMs.  The job between the pipes is split between Shane Dietl and Jake Lawr.  Dietl’s record is 1-5, GAA of 4.84 and SV% of 0.853.  Lawr is 1-1-1, has a GAA of 4.91 and SV% of 0.858.

I believe that this will be the game that St. Marys will get in the win column.

 

Game 9 – 5:30 – St. Thomas Stars (WHC) vs. Listowel Cyclones (MWC)

St. Thomas is in 8th place in the West, sporting a record of 2-5-1.  They have 22 goals on the season, and allowed 31 against, with 119 PIMs.  The Stars powerplay is 6th in the league at 20.41%, scoring 10 of 49 opportunities, allowing no shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is at 84.21%, 17th in the league, allowing 6 of 38 opportunities, and scoring no shorthanded goals.

The Stars leading scorer is 16 year old rookie Carson Moniz.  He has 2 goals and 6 assists on the season, with 12 PIMs.  Their No. 1 goalie is Nikolas Dampier, who is 2-4-1, has a GAA of 3.41 and SV% of 0.912.  His backup is Dan Black, who has a record of 0-1, and has only played 65:47 this season.  His GAA is 5.47 and SV% is 0.818.

Listowel is in 2nd place in the Mid-West, with a record of 6-2-1.  They have scored 31 goals and allowed 23.  They are the least penalized team in the entire GOJHL at 92 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 25th in the league at 8.33%, scoring just 5 of 60, but have not allowed a shorthanded goal.  Their penalty kill is 11th at 85.29%, allowing just 5 of 34 chances, and they’ve scored 3 shorthanded goals.

Leading the charge for the Cyclones is Derek Elliott, with 10 goals, 5 assists, and 4 PIMs.  Protecting the net is Ryan Hergott and Tyler Fassl.  Hergott has a record of 3-2-1, GAA of 2.96 and SV% of 0.897.  Fassl has a record of 3-0, GAA of 1.33 and SV% of 0.949.

Another uneven matchup.  I don’t see the Stars having much of a chance against the Cyclones.

 

Game 10 – 6:00 – Guelph Hurricanes (MWC) vs. LaSalle Vipers (WHC)

Guelph is in 6th place in the Mid-West, posting a record of 3-4-1.  They have scored 25 goals, allowed 32, and have 181 PIMs.  Their powerplay is at 15.79%, ranked 11th in the league, scoring 12 of 76, and allowing 4 shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is 78.85%, ranked 21st, allowing 11 of 52, and not scoring any shorthanded.

Craig Martini is leading the way with 6 goals, 3 assists, and 20 PIMs.  Goalies are Jeremie Lintner and Liam Devine.  Lintner has a record of 2-2-1, GAA of 3.24 and SV% of 0.902.  Devine’s record is 1-2, GAA of 4.81 and SV% of 0.876.

LaSalle is sitting in 3rd place in the West and has a record of 7-3.  They have scored 44 goals, allowed 28, and have 263 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 19.05%, 7th in the league, scoring 8 of 42, and allowing 1 shorthanded.  Their penalty kill is 3rd, at 92.31%, allowing just 5 of 65, and have scored 1 shorthanded.

Manny Silveiro is leading the charge with 6 goals, 8 assists, and 4 PIMs.  Paolo Battisti and Eli Billing are splitting the job between the pipes.  Battisti is 5-2 with a GAA of 3.27 and SV% of 0.891.  Billing is 2-1 with a GAA of 1.99 and SV% of 0.942.

Guelph may give LaSalle a good run, but I think the Vipers will be victorious.

 

Game 11 – 7:30 – Fort Erie Meteors (GHC) vs. Lambton Shores Predators (WHC)

Fort Erie is in 6th place in the Shoe, tied with Thorold and Niagara Falls.  Their record is 4-4-1, have scored 20 goals, allowed 32, and have 189 PIMs.  The Meteors have the worst powerplay in the league, at 6.25%, scoring 4 of 64, but allowing no shorthanded.  Their penalty kill is at 80.77%, 20th in the league, allowing 10 of 52, and they’ve scored 1 shorthanded goal.

Assistant Captain Richard DeMarco is their leading scorer, with 2 goals, 5 assists, and 8 PIMs.  Liam Conway is trying to hold down the fort between the pipes.  He has a record of 3-4-1, GAA of 2.93 and SV% of 0.915.  Sebastian Iannone is the backup tender with a 1-0 record, GAA of 5.32 and SV% of 0.825.

Lambton Shores is performing better than they have any other season.  They are currently in 5th place in the West with a 4-4 record.  They have scored 23 goals, allowed 34, and have 159 PIMs.  Their powerplay is at 10:53%, 18th in the league, scoring 6 of 57, and not allowing any shorthanded.  Their penalty kill is 24th at 76.09%, allowing 11 of 46 and scoring none shorthanded.

They are led by Brett Corrigan who has 2 goals, 6 assists, and 8 PIMs.  Between the pipes they have Anthony Hurtubise and Andrew Harriman-Duke.  Hurtubise is 1-4 with a GAA of 5.20 and SV% of 0.873.  Harriman-Duke is 3-0 with a GAA of 2.53 and SV% of 0.929.

I think it depends which goalie Lambton Shores puts in net, but I’m throwing the advantage to them.

 

Game 12 – 8:00 – Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs (GHC) vs. Kitchener Dutchmen (MWC)

Caledonia currently sits in 3rd place in the Shoe.  They have a record of 5-2, have scored 17 goals, allowed 11, and have 169 PIMs.  Their powerplay is at 9.68%, 21st in the league, scoring just 3 goals of 31 chances, and giving up none shorthanded.  On the flip side, their penalty kill is ranked 5th at 88.37%, allowing 5 of 43 chances, scoring 1 shorthanded.

The Corvairs offence is being led by Matthew Hore, with 1 goal, 5 assists, and 14 PIMs.  In goal this season are Kevin Entemaa and Brendan Polasek.  Entemaa has a record of 4-1, GAA of 2.17 and SV% of 0.903.  Polasek has a record of 1-1, GAA of 0.42 and SV% of 0.976.

Kitchener is in first place in the Mid-West.  They have a record of 8-1-1, have scored 41 goals, allowed 28, and have 215 PIMs.  Their powerplay is 12th at 15.25%, scoring 9 out of 59 chances, and allowing no shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is at 84.93%, 14th in the league, allowing 11 of 73 chances, and they have scored 1 shorthanded.

Mitchell Smith is the Dutchmen’s leading scorer, with 7 goals and 5 assists, 4 PIMs.  Their main goalie is Jackson McIntosh, boasting a record of 6-1.  His GAA is 2.32 and his SV% is 0.923.  The backup goalie is David Lobsinger.  His record is 2-0-1, GAA is 3.27 and SV% of 0.886.

I think this will be a really good game.  I think you can toss a coin and either side has a chance, but I’m going with Kitchener.

 

Game 13 – 8:30 – Niagara Falls Canucks (GHC) vs. Cambridge Winterhawks (MWC)

Niagara Falls is in 4th place in the Golden Horseshoe, tied with Thorold and Fort Erie.  They have a record of 4-4-1, have scored 35 goals, allowed 34, and have 228 PIMs.  They have a powerplay of 11.11%, 17th in the league, scoring 7 of 63, and allowing no shorthanded goals.  Their penalty kill is at 87.88%, 7th in the league, allowing 8 goals of 66 chances, and scoring no shorthanded.

The Canucks are being led by their Captain, Austin Wright.  Right has 10 goals, 11 assists and 10 PIMs so far in this campaign.  Between the pipes they have Dylan Pietrangelo and Joseph Murdaca.  Pietrangelo’s record is 3-1-1, has a GAA of 3.22 and SV% of 0.897.  Murdaca has a record of 1-3, GAA of 4.43 and SV% of 0.890.

Cambridge is sitting in 7th in the standings for the Mid-Western Conference.  Their record is 2-5-1, have scored 23 goals and allowed 37, and has 246 PIMs.  Their powerplay and penalty kill are both ranked 9th in the league.   Their powerplay is 17.02%, scoring 8 of 47, allowing 1 shorthanded, and their penalty kill is 87.30%, allowing 8 of 63, and scoring no shorthanded goals.

Winterhawk Assistant Captain Phil Caputo is leading the offence with 1 goal, 7 assists, and 32 PIMs.  The Winterhawks have been relying on goalie Owen Savory for every game this season.  His record is 2-4-1, GAA of 3.81 and SV% of 0.891.  The only other goalie to see some time is Lucas Machalski, playing a total of 44:21 in the game on Sept. 11.

I think this will be a good game, but it’ll be a Canucks win.

 

So, this is my preview of the teams and the games.  If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts, please feel free to comment below, you can email me at s_rockets@hotmail.com

 

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