Ontario Summer Select Showcase- OJHL 1 vs. OJHL 2
AUG 11 - OJHL 1 SELECTS vs OJHL 2 SELECTS
The game started off with a bang, literally. Both teams came out crashing and banging, as you might expect with all players coming from the OJHL. The first big play of the game was a point blank save by Daniel Mannella of the Stouffville Spirit on Greg Campbell of the Oakville Blades. About 5 minutes into the first Michael Panowyk of the Whitby Fury walked in off the half-wall and took a snap shot, post and in, scored the first of the game. 1-0 OJHL 2 over OJHL 1.
C.J. Shugart of the St.Michaels Buzzers doubled the score with a rebound chance after the original shot was tipped. Mannella was suprised by the original shot being tipped and couldnt control the rebound which Shugart, a Peterborough Petes draft pick, finished off. Peyton Backus of the Stouffville Spirit and a Mississauga Steelheads prospect, was hauled down on a breakaway and OJHL 2 takes the penalty. On the power play Matthew Alvaro of the Oakville Blades and a Petes prospect finishes off a pretty backdoor passing play and makes the score 2-1 in favor of OJHL 2. The period is finished of with a buzzer beater to tie it up. Stephen Hladin cleans up the garbage in a mad scramble in front off the net. Hladin played for the Georgetown Raiders last season is going to try his hand in the QMJHL, with the Gatineau Olympiques, this upcoming season.
The second period starts of slow with lackluster efforts by both sides. During the course of the period OJHL 1 starts to add the pressure. The pressure starts generating lots of odd man rushes, one of which was a 3 on 1 started by a stretch pass from goaltender Tyler Feaver. The Whitby Fury goaltender plays the puck with confidence all game completing many passes to start the rush.
The OJHL 1 continues pressure and control the play. They communicate well and all of there passes are right on the mark. Alvaro, Anthony Repaci (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) and Jake Emilio (Cobourg Cougars) start a 3 on 1 and complete a nice passing sequence, but ring it off the post. Alvaro continues to impress using his speed and going to the dirty areas.
The only way OJHL 2 is still in the game is the solid play of goaltender Michael Stiliadis of the Georgetown Raiders. He makes himself look big and uses his glove well. Later Panowyk of OJHL 2 takes a penalty and Doug Bonar scores on the power play. The power play is well controlled and the players seem to favor using the points. Bonar, of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, tucks in a rebound off a play which started with a bad giveaway by Joseph Berton. 3-2 OJHL 1. The period ends feverishly with OJHL 2 trying to knot it up. Their best chance comes with 5 seconds left. Kane Elliot of the Milton Icehawks is left shockingly wide open behind the play and in front of the net gets a shot away, but Tyler Feaver stands tall to end the game.
Matthew Alvaro- Oakville Blades- OJHL
Alvaro is on the small side, 5'9 and 170lbs, but plays with speed and tenacity. That speed helps him to breakaway from defenders to create plays. He is sound defensively and uses his gritty ness well on the penalty kill. Hidden offensive upside. Peterborough Petes draft pick in 2012.
C.J. Shugart- St.Michaels Buzzers- OJHL
Shugart is a scoring power forward. Using his hulking size, 6'4 and 220lbs, and suprises with speed to make plays along the boards. He plays a solid two-way game and can stand up for teammates. Skates through the neutral with authority that opponents have to respect. Shugart is a 2010 Peterborough Petes draft pick.