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GMHL Russell Cup: Second Round Preview

 February 27th, 2017 at 6:06PM

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GMHL Russell Cup: 

Second Round Preview

The Russell Cup Playoffs are now into the second round as the matchups for the Division Semi Finals have been determined, we take this chance to preview the matchups and highlight some players stats to watch out for as we head into round 2.

NORTH DIVISION

#1 New Tecumseth Civics vs. #5 Temiscaming Titans 

Season Head to Head Record: Civics Lead 4-0-0

All Time Head to Head Record: Civics Lead 4-0-0

Each Teams Leading Playoff Scorers:

NTC F Aidan Parker (3 GP, 2G, 2A, 4 Points)

NTC F Cameron Cruickshank (3 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Points)

TEM F Ryder Murray (4 GP, 5G, 6A, 11 Points)

TEM D Larri Vartiainen (4 GP, 3G, 8A, 11 Points)

Schedule (if known):

Feb 27th in Tottenham (7:30PM)

March 1st in Temiscaming (7PM)

March 2nd in Alliston (7:30PM)

*March 4th in Temiscaming (7:30PM)

*March 5th TBA

*If Necessary

Matchup Preview: The Civics managed to sweep the Knights of Meaford in the 1st round while Temiscaming provided the only "upset" of the playoffs so far winning over the higher seeded Bradford Rattlers. The Civics didn't score a ton of goals but were dominant defensively and in the crease giving up 6 goals all series and finishing it out with a Shutout in game 3 from GMHL Goalie of the year TJ Sherwood. Temiscaming will be looking to steal one on the road in order to have as many home games as possible at Le Centre in front of possibly the GMHLs most loyal fan base. All time Assist leader Ryder Murray, and Rookie of the year winner Zach Lefebvre will look to spark an attack that despite the lack of wins, has played excellent against the Civics this season. The Defensive forward of the year Carmine Vietri for the Civics will look to lead the Civics into the next round and solidify themselves as the class of the Northern Division. The Series starts off in Tottenham on Monday Evening.

#2 Parry Sound Islanders vs. #3 South Muskoka Shield

Season Head to Head Record: Islanders Lead 3-1-0

All Time Head to Head Record: Tied 7-7-0

Each Teams Leading Playoff Scorers: 

PSI F Ervin Halasz (3 GP, 1G, 4A, 5 Points)

PSI F Benjamin Linna (3 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Points)

SMS F Tomas Nemeth (5 GP, 6G, 3A, 9 Points)

SMS D Billy Dennis (5 GP, 2G, 6A, 8 Points)

Schedule (if known): 

TBA

Matchup Preview: This Northern Division semi final featured the 2nd and 3rd seeded teams in the North going up against one another. The Islanders are a offense heavy machine capable of scoring at all times as was shown in their first round matchup with the Bulls, the North Division Coach of the year Doug Raymond will be looking to lead the franchise into its first conference final birth. The Shield on the flip side boast the Forward of the year and league leading scorer Carl Lyden who will be looking to lead his team back to the division finals for the second straight season. Lyden and forward Tomas Nemeth give the Shield a dominant scoring combo and was a large factor in taking down the Spartans in the first round. The Islanders will be looking for a big performance out of Tanner Fausnaugh in order to make it happen while the Shield hope Patrik Asenbrenner can backstop them to victory. The Series has yet to announce a start date but early in the week is likely


SOUTH DIVISION

#1 Niagara Whalers vs. #4 North York Renegades 

Season Head to Head Record: Whalers Lead 3-0-0

All Time Head to Head Record: Whalers Lead 10-2-0

Each Teams Leading Playoff Scorers:

NIA F Manny Manns (3 GP, 5G, 11A, 16 Points)

NIA F Blake Luscombe (3 GP, 3G, 10A, 13 Points)

NYR F Marco Luciani (4 GP, 4G, 6A, 10 Points)

NYR F Mark Mannarn (4 GP, 6G, 4A, 10 Points)

Schedule (if known): 

Feb 28th in Port Colborne (7:30PM)

March 1st in North York (3:45PM)

March 3rd in Port Colborne (7:30PM)

*March 4th in North York (4:45PM)

*TBA

*If Necessary


Matchup Preview: The Niagara Whalers completed a first round sweep of the Oshawa Riverkings and South Division MVP Manny Manns showed exactly why he took home that hardware averaging over 5 points per game in the first round. The Renegades come into the semi finals having taken one game longer to oust the Lakers, but still showing an offensive prowess that needs to be on the minds of the Whalers defensemen. The Renegades are led by Coach of the Year Ryan Ramsey and were one of only 4 teams to earns point this year while playing the Whalers in an overtime loss back on February 5th. The Renegades will look to slow down the pace and prevent opportunities for the Whalers many weapons. The Whalers on the other hand will be looking to dominate as they have all season long on route to a conference finals birth. This puck drops on this series at the Vale Centre in Port Colborne Tuesday night and the action is sure to excite.


#2 St. George Ravens vs. #3 Kingsville Kings 

Season Head to Head Record: Tied Lead 2-2-0

All Time Head to Head Record: Tied Lead 2-2-0

Each Teams Leading Playoff Scorers:

STG F Miller Hattten (3 GP, 3G, 3A, 6 Points)

STG F Scott Dorion (3 GP, 1G, 4A, 5 Points)

KIN D Jakub Mecir (3 GP, 1G, 8A, 9 Points)

KIN F Matyes Kasek (3 GP, 0G, 7A, 7 Points)

Schedule (if known): 

Feb 28th in St. George (8PM)

March 2nd in Kingsville (7:30PM)

March 4th in St. George (7PM)

*March 5th in Kingsville (6:30PM)

*March 6th in St. George (7:30PM)

*If Necessary


Matchup Preview: The St. George Ravens and Kingsville Kings are both coming into the South Division Semi finals following sweeps over the Toronto Predators and Toronto Attack respectively. The Ravens showcased their shutdown defense and elite goaltending in the first round allowing only 6 goals over the 3 games they played, while on the flip side the Kings showed a very balanced offensive attack as 20 different players scored goals for Kingsville in the first round. Ravens Captain Scott Dorion was a leader for the first round and they will need him to show up again offensively as he has 5 points already in these playoffs. Kingsville proved they could score by burying 30 in the opening round against the Attack and they will be sure to give the recent South Division goalie of the year winner Ryan Purcell plenty of opportunities to make saves. This one kicks off in St George on Tuesday and will be sure to be an outstanding series between two teams who split the season series 2-2 


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