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Calgary Torpedoes and Saskatchewan clinch a spot at Senior Nationals

The MLWP regular season for the West came to an end last weekend with 3 intense games between the Calgary Torpedoes and Edmonton Tsunami. The Torpedoes needed just one point to not only finish first in the Conference but also clinch a spot at Nationals. With the Tsunami needing to win all 3 games to stay in the hunt, they gave the Torpedoes all they could handle in the first game. In a back and forth affair, the Tsunami had a 1 goal lead with only a few minutes to go in the game. The Torpedoes came back to tie it in the last 2 minutes and then their leading scorer Jared McElroy, scored the game winner with less than a minute left in the game. With the win, the Torpedoes clinched first place and eliminated the Tsunami from playoff contention. With the Tsunami eliminated, Saskatchewan clinched second place in the Conference and a spot at Nationals.

In Edmonton, the Tsunami 16U Girls’ team moved into second place in the Conference going 2-0-1 in front of their home crowd. Their top scorer Lexi Marissink scored 9 goals over the weekend and jumped up to third in scoring with 36 goals.

After missing out of qualifying for Nationals at the NCL Crossover, the first place 19U Women’s team from Saskatchewan came into Edmonton and finished the weekend undefeated with a record of 3-1-0. They still sit comfortably in first place at 9-1-0 and are looking like the team to beat at the Western Conference Championships in April.

Even though Saskatchewan’s 19U Men’s team had already clinched a spot at Nationals, they did not take their foot off the gas last weekend, going 3-0-1. Their top scorer Jake Morris scored 15 goals over the weekend launching him to second in scoring and 1 goal behind Patrick Almasi of Mavericks Black for the top scorer in the age group.

In the East, there is a logjam at the top of the MLWP Men’s standings with Dollard Black in first but CAMO and Ottawa United Titans Black both sitting within striking distance. Dollard Black played to a tie with Dollard Gold on Sunday thus opening the door for Ottawa United Titans Black to take top spot as they still have a game-in-hand on Dollard Black. They did their part by beating Ottawa United Titans Blue Sunday, 19-5. The standings will be decided March 9-11 in Toronto as these will be the last games before Nationals.

The 16U Boys standings in the East continue to be tight with neither of the top teams able to make any headway against one another. Dollard Black played Montreal Machine to a 10-10 tie on Saturday, which kept them tied in the standing at 10-2-0. Both of them sit behind the Mavericks, who have a record of 14-2-0. All of the ties for the three teams have come against each other. It is starting to look like nothing will be decided until the Eastern Conference Championships in May.

WPC would like to especially thank all the volunteers for the host clubs from this past week: Edmonton Tsunami, Pacific Storm, Fraser Valley, Dollard, St-Lambert, CAMO, Toronto Golden Jets, Mavericks and Ottawa United Titans.

This Week in the NCL

This week there is will be 27 games being played in Markham in which all games will be for 16U teams. There will also be 5 games played in Langley where Fraser Valley and Pacific Storm’s 16U and 19U teams will face one another.



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