Unbeaten Streaks Put on the Line

Nov 7, 2022 | Peter Rossi

Henri Ament, forward for 2007-born youth hockey club Shattuck-St. Mary's, skates with the puck.
Photo from Instagram | @henriament

Each week, World Hockey Hub highlights a few of the most exciting upcoming games in youth hockey. From the hottest rivalries to the biggest tournaments, we focus on matchups that will impact the landscape among top teams in the sport.

‘07 Chicago Mission, SSM battle for supremacy

The 2007-birth year is set for some fireworks when the No. 1 Chicago Mission (23-6-2) head to Minnesota for a matchup with No. 2 Shattuck-St. Mary’s (15-4-3) on Nov. 11. Heading into these tilts, Shattuck is in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Chicago-Mission-1.pngThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Shattuck-St-Marys-Logo.png
Friday, November 11 @ 6:00 p.m. CT
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Ice Arena

With this being the first game in a three-game series, bragging rights won’t be the only thing on the line. These matchups could have serious implications when it comes to the top 10 rankings for the U.S. 

Chicago bested SSM 2-1 back on Sept. 16 at the Minnesota Blades showcase. Despite that low score, Shattuck should be prepared for the explosive offense Chicago possesses with a current plus-80 goal differential. 

Shattuck consists of nine players with 10 or more points, led by Gavin Katz’s 16 goals and 13 assists. Their main advantage, however, lies in net with Marlborough, Mass. native Garrett Glaser. The last line of defense will be crucial in attempting to skate away with a win. 

If Glaser’s 8-2-1 record and 1.57 goals-against-average are any indication, it will take all of Mission’s firepower to remain on top. 

Pete’s Pick: Shattuck has the ability to skate with Chicago and put up a fight, so I see them taking at least one game out of the three. But Chicago’s offense will be too much over three games, so the Mission take the series 2-1. 

Craig’s Pick: It always seems to be a low-scoring affair when these two teams get together. Shattuck gets Mission at home, but the Sabres are just 3-3-1 in games with five goals or fewer scored this season. Five goals or less? Mission wins. Six goals or more? Shattuck wins. Mission takes the three-game series 2-1.

Dynamo looks to top CSKA in ‘06 Moscow matchup

No. 1 CSKA Moscow (14-1-0) and No. 3 Dynamo Moscow (8-2-0) will both bring extensive streaks into their meeting this weekend. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cska-moscow-logo.pngThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is dynamo-moscow-logo.png
Sunday, November 13

Winners of six straight, CSKA lit the lamp seven times in their last win against HC Balashikha

Dynamo’s defense stood tall in a 5-0 shutout of Khimik last weekend, increasing their streak of victories to four. 

Back on Sept. 11, CSKA edged Dynamo 3-2 in a thriller of a game. After Eduard Mishkov opened the scoring for Dynamo, Maxim Zaitsev tied things up just about a minute-and-a-half later with a top-shelf snipe. Kurban Limatov would add a tally for a 2-1 Dynamo lead but Ivan Okunev’s two goals towards the end of the game would propel CSKA to the victory. 

This will be a skill vs. skill matchup, with both squads made up of players who pile up the points. Statistically, CSKA’s numbers jump off the page a bit more. Taking up the top of the stat sheet are the likes of Arseny Vorobyov (14 goals, 16 assists), Nikita Frolov (6 goals, 18 assists) and Ratmir Aubakirov (11 goals, 10 assists). 

For Dynamo, they are supplied with the one-two punch of Ivan Ryabkin (7 goals, 14 assists) and Bogdan Kiselev’s seven goals and nine assists. 

Pete’s Pick: Both rosters are composed of a decent amount of skill, but CSKA has a bit more polish to their game at both ends of the rink. As a result, I see them taking this one 4-2. 

Craig’s Pick: CSKA’s top scorers were severely limited when these two teams first met eight weeks ago, and they still found a way to win with Ivan Okunev tallying two goals. I expect forwards like Arseny Vorobyov, Ratmir Aubakirov, Nikita Frolov and even Alexey Dontsov to get loose in the rematch and run away with this one a bit.

‘07 Western Canada RINK Hockey showdown

No. 8 RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg (9-2-0), current owners of a four-game win streak, will face off against RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna (9-6-0) on Saturday. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is hawinnipeglogo.pngThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is rhakelownalogo.png
Saturday, November 12 @ 5:00 p.m. ST
Barkman Arena

This matchup provides a solid opportunity for Winnipeg to not only build their resume in the World Rankings, but also solidify their position at the top of their group in the CSSHL. Sitting first with 37 points, they currently are 15 points ahead of second place Okanagan Hockey Adademy.

Winnipeg knows it has the ability to come out on top, as they won a 4-1 game against Kelowna back on Oct. 16. They too, will look to this game as a measuring stick opportunity. With their astounding offensive flair, a complete 60 minute defensive effort will be key for Kelowna to have any chance of a win.

The schedules of both programs continue to be full of CSSHL matchups, so it will be vital to bank as many points as possible in these games for playoff implications later on in the season.

Pete’s Pick: Winnipeg dispatched Kelowna with ease last time out, and I think it will be another victory for them in this one. They have absolutely dominated league play and have been in a decent groove the last few outings. Kelowna may put up a fight, but Winnipeg’s ability to fill the net will be too much for them to overcome.

Craig’s Pick: Winnipeg dominated play much more than the 4-1 score would indicate from last month. The boys from Manitoba put 51 — yes, fifty-one — shots on goal the last time these two teams met. RINK Winnipeg has outshot its opponent in every game this season as well. I think they do it again against their RINK family rivals, winning even more decisively than the first meeting.

Laval looks to settle score vs. Montreal

If these names look familiar to you, that is because we featured the first matchup of these 2011-born teams in our games of the week preview back on Oct. 24. 

This week, the No. 7 Patriotes Laval (6-1-3) will square off against National Montréal (8-0-0) for a chance at redemption. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is patrioteslavallogov2.pngThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is nationalmontreallogo.png
Sunday, November 13 

In their last outing against one another, Laval opened the scoring thanks to a Tyler Stephen goal. Shortly after, Montréal would knot things up at 1 with Jonah Puma finishing off a pretty passing play. Taiyo Turcotte’s first goal of the season at the end of the first period gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. With Laval scoring the only goal of the second period, things were all even 3-3 heading into the final frame. Turcotte sniped his second goal of the game for a 3-2 lead before Thomas Thibault would pad it minutes later for the eventual 4-2 final. 

The last win by Montréal was a testament to the strength of their club, led by the scoring prowess of Leo Fernandez Pisanu’s 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) across nine games. Laval’s offense is largely supplied by Shawn-Anthony Senat (7 goals, 4 assists) and Keironn Davis Diakite (4 goals, 7 assists). 

A victory for Laval would not only strengthen their ranking nationally among the top teams in Canada, but also would inch them closer to vying for the top spot in their LHEQ group, currently occupied by Montréal.

Pete’s Pick: While I almost went with my gut in saying Laval might get their revenge, logic tells me that Montreal will come out with some extra fire in their bellies to continue their win streak. They will use a victory here to state their case that they are one of the top teams in all of Canada and could very well find themselves in the top-10 come next rankings.

Craig’s Pick: If Shawn-Anthony Senat gets on the scoresheet by way of goals or assists, Laval wins. He’s the team’s leading scorer and main supplier of offense. I like the Patriotes to win the second matchup in the season series, but only if Senat gets going offensively.

Want more coverage of the top youth hockey teams in the world? Follow WHH on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Discord and YouTube for the latest news, updates and more!

TALK ABOUT IT ON

DISCORD

EZ-Ice-Rink-Ad-Square
PROMO CODE: WHH

For 10% off your next order

Recent News

Follow Us

Latest Podcasts

Episode 79: Parents Paying, Switching Positions and a Voicemail
Episode 95: Life Stories with Steve Dubinsky
Episode 94: Hacks to Get Back To Hockey Season
Episode 91: What Junior Scouts Look For
Episode 223: Culture and team-building expert, Lee Elias
Episode 89: Three Things To Say To Your Kids Before They Step On The Ice

More Headlines

2009-born Swedish youth hockey team Flemingsbergs IK celebrates winning their district championship.
‘09 Swedish club goes undefeated in district playoffs
Vilho Vantahalo, forward for 2007-born Finnish youth hockey team Tappara readies for puck drop.
One youth hockey club from each of the five major countries that owned November
2011-born youth hockey team Toronto Jr. Canadiens celebrate winning the 2022 Playstation Platinum Cup AAA division.
Top-Ranked Jr. Canadiens Win Gold at Playstation Platinum Cup
Kirill Savushkin, player for 2006-born Russian youth hockey team Dynamo Moscow looks for the puck
‘06 Russian teams continue season series
One Team From Every Group With A Chance To Win The Tournament
James Odyniec, defenseman for 2007-born youth hockey team Bishop Kearney Selects, prepares for a faceoff.
American Thanksgiving is circled on the calendar for both U.S., Canadian teams