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Major League Playoff picture beginning to take shape

With the Senior National Championships just over a month away, the Western Conference has almost all been decided while the East standings are still up in the air.

On the women’s side, the top three teams from the West qualify for Senior Nationals. Before the weekend began, Saskatchewan had already clinched first place in the conference with a 7-0-2 record. The Calgary Renegades and Edmonton Tsunami had also secured a spot at Nationals coming into the weekend. With that said, these games still had meaning as second place was still up for grabs. With the Renegades holding a narrow four-point lead in the standings, winning their first game against Tsunami became crucial. In the game, the Renegades shot out to a 5-1 lead with Shelby Taylor scoring 3 goals in the first period alone. Taylor would continue to roll as she would score 5 more goals to lead her team to an 11-7 victory. The Renegades were not done there as they would go on to win their next two games 14-6 and 9-4. In the end, the Calgary Renegades would finish comfortably in second place at 6-2-1, while the Edmonton Tsunami would settle for third.

On the women’s side out East, the Mavericks continued their winning ways by going undefeated over the weekend. The Mavericks went 3-0-0, and in the process became the first team to clinch a spot at Nationals with a record so far of 6-0-1. Not too far behind, second place CAMO has gone on a hot streak. After starting the season 1-1-2, CAMO has not lost since, winning by an average of over 10 goals over the past three games including an impressive 11-4 victory over first place Mavericks in January.

Even with the top two teams going undefeated over the weekend, the standings are still very close with all teams still having a shot at making the National Finals. The game where Capital Wave faced Dollard proved that. The Wave was going to be in tough against Dollard, who needed a win to overtake CAMO for second place. Capital Wave gave Dollard all they could handle as Dollard was playing from behind for much of the game. With 43 seconds left in the fourth period Dollard tied the game at 6. However, Capital Wave continued to fight, and with 4 seconds left in the game, Dollard was called for an exclusion. The Wave capitalized on this opportunity when Waneek Horn-Miller scored the winner in the last second of the game.

Moving to the Men’s games out East, the games did not do much but cause even more of a logjam in the standings. At the top, both St-Lambert and Toronto Golden Jets sit undefeated at 7-0-0. The Golden Jets went 3-0-0 winning their games 25-3, 17-2 and 11-6. They were led by the top goal scorers Euan Scoffield and Sukhmun Hare who are tied for first with 23 goals each. St-Lambert went 2-0-0, winning their games by a closer margin at 11-9 and 11-7. With their victories, both teams clinched a spot at Senior Nationals leaving four spots still open. The biggest jump in the standings over the weekend goes to Ottawa Titans Blue. They entered the weekend second last in the standings with a 1-0-2 record. In their four games over the weekend, they would win three by scores of 21-4, 9-7, and 8-6. Their only loss came to undefeated St-Lambert, and in that game, they only lost 11-7. Jonathon Ruse led the team with 13 goals in the four games. Much is still to be decided with one month left before Senior Nationals.

WPC would like to especially thank all the volunteers for the host clubs from this past week: Manitoba, Mavericks, Pacific Storm and Toronto Golden Jets.

This Week in the NCL

This week, there will be 53 games played between Edmonton and Montreal in which most games will be for the 19U with a few 16U games.

All-Star Team

GK: Emirhan Ozdemir, Toronto Golden Jets // Hana Truchla, Mavericks

  • Sukhmun Hare, Toronto Golden Jets
  • Jonathan Plourde, Saint-Lambert
  • Jonathan Ruse, Ottawa Titans Blue
  • Shelby Taylor, Calgary Renegades Black
  • Rae Leckness, Mavericks
  • Apryl Gonzalez, CAMO


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