CIHA Voyageurs Green AAA vs Smiths Falls Bears AAA, November 13, 2017

CIHA Voyageurs Green AAA vs Smiths Falls Bears AAA
November 13, 2017

SMF #12 F Maybury, Callum (2018) – Maybury was an effective forward and saw top minutes in all situations for Smiths Falls in this game. He does a good job of planting himself in front of the net in the offensive zone, making it difficult for defencemen to move him and following the shooting lanes well to maintain a screen in front of the net. His front of the net battles ended up drawing an interference call in the first period. He does a good job of skating to the net hard without the puck when his team is breaking into the offensive zone. He had a nice assist in the first period, beating the defenceman to the loose puck in the corner and setting up his linemate in front of the net. He demonstrated strong hand-eye coordination at one point knocking a puck out of mid-air with his stick and making a quick, accurate pass up the ice to his teammate. He is a strong forward for his size and can play a rough style when the opportunity calls for it. He is tough to knock down when he has the puck and absorbed a few checks in open ice with the puck, avoiding the giveaway in those occasions. His work effort on the backcheck was commendable, as he would consistently hustle at high tempo to get back in a position to defend when his team turned the puck over.

SMF #10 F Eastwood, Grant (2018) – Eastwood’s offensive potential was on display in this game. He is a quick skater, making him effective on the forecheck and does a good job of pressuring defencemen in their own zone by using his speed to his advantage. In the second period, he skated the puck end-to-end, deking through multiple players before taking the puck to the high slot and winding up for a hard, accurate wristshot that beat the goalie top shelf for a beautiful goalie on a strong solo effort. His offensive awareness is also very strong, and he has the capability to make quick chip plays that allow his team to cross the blueline or maintain possession of the puck effectively. In some cases, his decision making could have been more effective, as he was caught giving the puck away in situations where he had time and space to make a play.

SMF #20 D Caulfeild, Alexander (2018) – Caulfield saw top minutes for Smiths Falls again in this game. Overall, he played sound defensively and was used as a top penalty killer. His skating is average at the AAA level and his puck skills are slightly below average. The defensive aspects of the game are where he really excels, aggressively boxing players out in front of his own net, and battling hard in the corners to win puck possession.

SMF #4 D Seed, Nolan (2018) – Seed was effective offensively for Smiths Falls again in this game. Although he only found the scoresheet once on a second assist, he was consistently jumping into the rush and using his speed effectively to create pressure on the forecheck or get back into position when necessary. His skating and shooting skills are highly coveted among blueliners in the HEO AAA, flashing his wristshot a couple of time from the point in this game and showing an ability to release the puck quickly and put pucks on net with force from a distance. In some cases he was caught holding onto the puck too long rather than making the quick, easy play, but he was sound positionally after turning the puck over on the few rare occasions it occurred.

CIG #34 F Bosmans, Sandro (2018) – Bosmans saw top minutes for CIHA in this game. He is used in all situations for his team and demonstrated an ability to create offence. He plays a rough, engaged style of play, and is consistently around the puck when he’s on the ice, battling hard in the corners and pressuring the puck carrier when on defence. He showed an ability to accelerate quickly from the standing position. At one point on the forecheck, he used his speed to rush the opponent’s defenceman to make a play, causing a turnover as the pass was easily picked off by his teammate.