The 2020 Ontario Winter Games kicked off today for the sport of Men’s Hockey. After eight games, the London Jr. Knights, Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Jr. Canadiens all sit at two wins a piece. Tomorrow will see the remainder of the preliminary games played, followed by the semi-finals which will see the top two from each division being seeded for Bronze and Gold games on Sunday.
Soo Jr Greyhounds 5 , Ajax-Pickering Raiders 4
· Despite scoring three quick ones to put themselves back in contention, Ajax fell to the Soo thanks to what would stand as the game winning goal from Ethan Ferguson.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens 5, Upper Canada Cyclones 1
· Toronto let the first goal go to the Cyclones, but hammered back with 5 unanswered to take their first win of the OWG.
London Jr. Knights 4, Niagara North Stars 0
· London’s Easton Falls recorded the first shutout of the game for his team, who went on to defeat Niagara, thanks to two from Parker Snelgrove.
Toronto Marlboros 5, Thunder Bay Kings 3
· After a back and forth game, the Marlboros pulled ahead late in the third with the game winner from Lev Katzin – Joseph Cadorin sealed the deal at 18:27 .
Toronto Jr. Canadiens 9, Soo Jr. Greyhounds 0
· Carter Kostuch posted four in the 9-0 win for the Jr. Canadiens, while Alexander Armellin recorded his first shutout of the Games.
Ajax-Pickering Raiders 2, Upper Canada Cyclones 1
· The Raiders took their first win of the OWG, thanks to a game winner from Ivan Galiyanov in the third.
London Jr. Knights 4 , Thunder Bay Kings 2
· The Kings were unable to come back after the Knights scored three goals unanswered in the first period, Ryan Roobroeck with two for the Knights.
Toronto Marlboros 3, Niagara North Stars 1
· Marlboros rounded out a perfect day striking both first and last in the 3-1 win over Niagara.
Next games – Saturday, Feb 29:
- Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Ajax-Pickering Raiders (8:00am)
- Upper Canada Cyclones, Soo Jr. Greyhounds (9:45am)
- Toronto Marlboros, London Jr. Knights (11:30 am)
- Niagara North Stars, Thunder Bay Kings (1:15pm)
- B1, A2 (6:00pm)
- A1, B2 (7:45pm)
Stats and standings are available here.
About Men’s Hockey at the Ontario Winter Games
Occurring every two years, the Ontario Winter Games delivers a multi-sport experience for youth – welcoming 3500 athletes, coaches, officials and dignitaries to compete in 27 sports. The men’s hockey event welcomes the most competitive teams from the Ontario Hockey Federation’s Minor Members (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, Greater Toronto Hockey League, Ontario Minor Hockey Association and Northern Ontario Hockey Association), and one representative from Hockey Eastern Ontario, as well as Hockey Northwestern Ontario.