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Erin Riley
Around the G: Feb. 8-10

While some loops await their playoff matchups, others are well into the first round of post-season action. Here’s the latest from around the G.

Minor Atom AA

Officially clinching the Pro Hockey Life Cup in a victory over the Scarborough Ice Raiders, the Scarborough Young Bruins still await their playoff opponent. A few post-season matchups are still to be determined, with teams like the sixth place Toronto Aeros inching up on fifth place North Toronto.

Only a handful of points separate the third and sixth place teams in the West, which will make for some tight games come the playoffs. The Vaughan Rangers have run away with the Pro Hockey Life Cup, but it’s a whole new ballgame come the post-season. The fourth place Duffield Devils could be in for a battle against the fifth place Mississauga Beast. The Beast are 2-0-1 against the Devils this season.

Finals from recent Minor Atom AA action:

WestMississauga Terriers 7, Greater Toronto Capitals 3
West – Duffield Devils 3, Streetsville Tigers 0

East – North York Knights 8, Leaside Flames 6
East – Markham Islanders 1, Ted Reeve Thunder 5

Atom A
Weekend games were used as playoff prep and to solidify seeding. No first round matchups in the East will the same as last season, giving teams an opportunity to form new rivalries. The fourth place Ted Reeve Thunder are set to face the fifth place West Hill Golden Hawks starting on Monday. The lower seeded Golden Hawks are 2-1-0 against the Thunder this season. All teams will have played their first game by February 14.

In the West, the West Mall Lightning claimed their title as the new Pro Hockey Life Cup champions. Both the first place Lightning and second place Avalanche will get a bye to the second round. A first round matchup between the fourth place Tonto Eagles and fifth place Toronto Wolverines should prove to be a close one. The Eagles are 2-1-0 against the Wolverines this season. The series gets underway on February 14.

Finals from recent Atom A action:

West – Toronto Royals 5, Toronto Eagles 6
West – Toronto Wolverines 0, Humber Valley Sharks 3

East – North York Knights 2, Leaside Flames 2
East – Scarborough Ice Raiders 1, North Toronto 6

Bantam AAA
The road to the OHF Championship has officially begun for the Bantam AAA loop, with the first round of the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs now underway. The Pro Hockey Life Cup winning Jr. Canadiens notched their second win against the Don Mills Flyers, to put them up 4-0 in the series. Meanwhile, the Toronto Titans recorded a win against the Mississauga Senators to tie the series at three. The fourth-seeded Mississauga Reps were able to pull ahead of the fifth-place Nats over the weekend in a tight 3-2 victory.

Round 1 | First to Eight Points

(1) Jr Canadiens vs. (8) Don Mills Flyers | Jr. Canadiens lead 4-0

(2) Toronto Marlboros vs. (7) Vaughan Kings | Marlboros lead 6-0

(3) Toronto Titans vs. (6) Mississauga Senators | Series tied 3-3

(4) Mississauga Reps vs. (5) Toronto Young Nationals | Reps lead 3-1

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