Each week, World Hockey Hub highlights a few of the most exciting upcoming games in youth hockey. This weekend will be jam-packed with premier matchups to keep an eye on. Shattuck-St. Mary’s will battle Mount St. Charles in a Top-10 tilt on Friday. Heading North of the border for an ‘09 all-Toronto clash between the Jr. Canadians and Marlboros. The week concludes overseas with a matchup between Boo HC and Södertälje SK. CSKA Moscow and Vityaz Podolsk tangle in a Top-10 matchup between 2007s in Russia.
Shattuck, Mount St. Charles drop puck in Top-10 meeting
No. 10 Mount St. Charles (28-14-2) has a huge opportunity in its upcoming three-game series against No. 1 Shattuck-St. Mary’s (44-2-2). An opportunity to see how they fare against one of the best teams of their 2006 birth year. It will be the first time this season the clubs will face off against one another.
|Friday, February 17 @ 3:30 PM MST|
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Ice Arena
Winners of their last four, Shattuck has been one of the most offensively gifted teams this season. Seemingly scoring at will, they are equipped with a plus-226 goal differential. Ryker Lee and Jack Galanak have supplied a good portion of the goals, recording 109 and 91 points, respectively. Aside from those two, 13 players have recorded 30 or more points in their campaign.
Mount is looking to get back in the win column coming off a 3-1 loss to South Kent Selects Academy their last time out.
‘09 Marlboros look to best Jr. Canadiens for first time this year
In the two games No. 1 Toronto Jr. Canadiens (38-10-1) and No. 9 Toronto Marlboros (38-15-5) met this season, both resulted in defeats for the Marlboros. Set for the third game of their GTHL series, the Marlboros will attempt to change their fortunes on Saturday.
|Friday, February 17 @ 8:35 PM EST|
Etobicoke Ice Sports 3
The Jr. Canadiens recently saw a seven-game win streak halted by the Toronto Titans. Despite the blip on the radar, they still are considered among the elite of 2009-born Canadian programs. They can score at will, defend and their goaltending has been solid. Over the last 10 games alone, they are 8-2-0 while outscoring their opposition 39-10.
It has been a different story on the other end of the rink for the Marlboros. 4-5-1 in their last 10, and they have struggled to gain any footing to help their way up the World Rankings. Given the close nature in which they played the Jr. Canadiens in their two losses, Friday’s meeting is a huge opportunity for them to gain some confidence back and begin the final stretch of games on a good note.
CSKA, Vityaz clash for top ‘07 Russian spot
The top two 2007-born Russian teams will be going head to head this weekend. No. 1 CSKA Moscow (18-5-2) will square off with No. 2 Vityaz Podolsk (34-3-1) on Sunday.
|Sunday, February 19|
Both teams are coming off losses. The last meting between the two was a 4-2 loss for Vityaz back on Jan. 19.
This will be the fourth and final time in the regular season these sides will battle it out, with CSKA currently leading the season series 2-1.
Roman Rizvanov’s 34 goals and 47 points top CSKA’s leaderboards, with playmaker Nikita Esipov’s 10 goals and 42 points sitting in second.
Alexander Zharovsky (39G, 55A), Daniil Terenin (44G, 53A) and Vladislav Lander (26G, 39A) serve as the main trio for Vityaz. A true model of consistency, Zharovsky has been piling up the points at a point per game pace.
Boo, SSK look for separation in ‘08 group play
No. 4 Boo HC (25-7-6) looks to avenge a 2-0 loss to No. 5 Södertälje SK (14-7-7) back on Jan. 16 when they take to the ice against their ‘08 Swedish foes on Sunday.
|Sunday, February 19|
In that loss, Boo goaltender Leon Andersson stopped 20 of 22 shots. Getting a majority of the starts for his squad, he has recorded a 1.29 goals-against average and .943 save percentage to go along with three shutouts. Numbers that are good for second-best in the group. At even-strength play, only 15 shots have found their way past him in all contests.
While no skater for either side is blazing up the top point-getters list, each comes equipped with their own dependable scorers. Boo will be led by Viggo Fors and his 11 points in 15 games, with Hugo Mikaelsson just behind with 10. Södertälje will counter with Patric Hellström and his 11 points across 13 contests.
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