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Familiar Faces Rise to Top of Eastern Conference Standings

The 19 and under NCL Eastern Conference men’s and women’s teams travelled to Markham this past weekend for the opening conference tournament of the season. After the dust settled on Sunday, some of the usual suspects found themselves at the top of the NCL standings.

In the women’s division, the stalwart team from CAMO once again find themselves off to a fast start, going a perfect 3-0-0 in Markham, and running their record to 5-0-0 on the season. The CAMO women have won all four Eastern Conference Championships since the inception of the NCL and were crowned National Champions in the first three years of the NCL as well. However, CAMO’s perfect record at NCL Championships came to a halt in the National Semi-finals last year, when they lost 10-9 to Saskatchewan in one of the best games in NCL history. CAMO’s great depth was on display in Markham, as all 10 of the field players they brought to the GTA scored at least one goal over the course of their three games. CAMO also sports strong depth in net, with both Alexandra Martin and Marianne Bouchard-Côté leading the team to victories this season.

In 2nd place in the Eastern Conference are CAMO’s old rivals from Dollard, who sports a 4-0-0 record on the season, and also went 3-0-0 in Markham. The Dollard 19U women have not qualified for the NCL National Finals since the inaugural 2014-2015 season and will be looking to break through this year. Dollard has a lot of firepower coming up from the younger ranks. Their 16 and under team went on an undefeated run to the National Championship last year. Four members of that 16 and under team made the 16U Eastern All-Star team last season (Rose Kanemy, Casey Taylor, Nadia Martyniuk, and Emmanuelle Laflamme) and all four are playing big roles on the 19 and under squad this year; in fact, Martyniuk, Taylor, and Kanemy are the three leading scorers for Dollard on the season.

The first meeting between CAMO and Dollard is not scheduled until January 23rd, so we will have to wait a little longer into the season to see how the teams stack up against each other.

On the men’s side, Mavericks are off to a perfect start, going 5-0-0 at the Pan Am Centre. Mavericks were the number one seed at the Eastern Conference Championships last year after going 14-0-2 over the course of the regular season, but they were beaten by the eventual National Champions from CAMO in the Eastern Championships semi-finals. Mavericks’ championship success in their boys’ program has been progressing up the age categories over the course of NCL history. In years one and two of the NCL, Mavericks captured gold at the 14 and under Eastern National Finals. In years three and four, they won the 16 and under National Title. If the pattern continues to hold, this would be their year to win their first ever 19 and under men’s NCL National Championship. One of their main rivals will no doubt be a Dollard squad also looking to secure their first ever 19 and under men’s National Championship. Dollard Black, at 5-0-1, is in 2nd place, level on points with Mavericks, but with one more game played. Dollard Black came achingly close to a National Championship last season, falling by a score of 9-8 in the National Final against CAMO. They return eight members of their 2017-2018 team, including 5 of their 6 leading scorers, and their goalie. Among those returning is forward Jérémie Côté. Côté has been elected to the all-star team in every NCL season he has played and has twice been named the MVP of his category at the National Finals, including last season in Montreal.

Dollard and Mavericks met once in Markham this past weekend, with Mavericks coming away with a 10-8 victory. The key moment of the game was a four-minute stretch in the 2nd quarter where Mavericks tallied three consecutive goals to turn a 5-5 tie into an 8-5 lead. Dollard was able to close with a single goal a couple of times over the rest of the game, but could never bring themselves level, and Mavericks came away with the three points. The teams will have a rematch in Montreal on February 23rd.

Not to be left out of the conversation are the two-time defending national champions from CAMO, and the Golden Titans A squad, who fill out the list of early contenders in the Eastern Conference. It should be a tremendous season-long battle towards the National Championships in Calgary.

This Week in the NCL

There are 25 games on the NCL docket this week, with 23 games in Etobicoke on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and two games in Coquitlam on Saturday night. Please see the NCL schedule for further details:

*Please note that the Etobicoke Olympium  does not have the technical capacity to do live stream.  

All-Star Team

GK: Minos Kotzambasis, Mavericks // Philippa Westwell, Dollard

Ragy Shehata, Mavericks

Khaled Ben Ahmed, CAMO

Jérémie Côté, Dollard Black

Valeria Rojas, Capital Wave Blue

Melissa Matallah, CAMO

Nadia Martinyuk, Dollard



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