Game Report: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Toronto Junior Canadians vs. Don Mills Flyers
DMF #87 F Mitchell Marner – Marner displays elite offensive talent, and is a threat to score whenever he is on the ice. Marner is also responsible defensively, consistently helping out down low in the defensive zone. Playmaking abilities are also quite evident,
[sociallocker] finding open lanes for passes and creating opportunities. Scored two nifty goals in this game, the first on an end-to-end rush on the power play and then second on a beautiful move to the slot finished with a nice shot up high. Only knock on Marner continues to be size; however he compensates for his size with speed and smarts by putting himself in proper positions to avoid big hits.
DMF #4 F Liam Dunda – Big bodied forward, Dunda skates well for a big guy. Uses body size well in the offensive zone, winning battles along the half boards and in the corners. Showcased some nice speed and offensive upside scoring the 2nd goal for DMF with a burst of outside speed roofing the puck on the backhand short side to beat the JRC goaltender.
DMF #3 D Matt McConnach – Good size for a defenseman at this level. Good skater, showing good feet both laterally and vertically. McConnach has an active stick and works hard to keep oncoming defenders to the outside on the rush. Made smart decisions with the puck in this game, choosing the safe plays when moving it up the ice. Needs to consistently play physically in the defensive zone to help win battles and compete at the next level.
JRC #3 D Zac Wilkie – Good size for a defenseman at this level, Wilkie showcased great physical ability in this game. Consistently dishing out punishment to opponents in the defensive zone and in front of the net, including after whistles. Good skater and good feet movement allows Wilkie to put himself in all the right positions. Extremely aggressive, which should translate well to the next level. Uses his physicality well in the corners, winning numerous puck battles in this game.
JRC #55 F Nikita Korostelev – Good size to compete at this level. Skates like a Russian but plays a predominantly North American style. Positions himself well in the offensive zone, putting him in good scoring positions. Heavy shot, showcased on the 4th JRC goal. Battled hard in the corner before working himself out into the high slot and shooting a laser top shelf to beat the DMF goaltender. Shows good offensive upside, needs to remain consistent to succeed at the next level.
JRC #78 F Vladislav Sharipov – Good skater, showcasing a good first step and a nice level of speed. Showed good offensive upside, consistently generating plays and scoring chances in the offensive zone. Sharipov battles hard on the fore check and is not scared to initiate physical contact on opposing defenseman or forwards. Needs to contribute more in the defensive zone, and work to not put him out of position trying to lay unnecessary hits.
Junior Canadians controlled the majority of play in this game. Mitchell Marner logs major minutes for DMF and is generally involved in most if not all of the scoring chances. JRC won the game 6-3 with an empty netter moving them into first place in the GTHL. Standouts for this game were DMF #87 Mitchell Marner and JRC #3 Zac Wilkie. JRC play a strong team game and get contributions from all forward lines, and should definitely be one of the top teams in the GTHL this season. [/sociallocker]