The Toronto Jr. Canadiens Junior Canadiens used a five-goal second period to put away the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, 7-0.
Aaron Spivak was all over the ice for Toronto Jr. Canadiens, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Spivak scored the first of his two goals at 15:50 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Luca Farrace picked up the assist. Spivak’s next tally made the score 2-0 Toronto Jr. Canadiens with 19:17 left in the second period. The Junior Canadiens had gained a power play chance when Daniel Lafontaine was whistled for slashing. Farrace provided the assist.
Nathan Colitto spearheaded the defensive effort for Toronto Jr. Canadiens, as he did not allow a puck past him and made 25 saves for the shutout. The solid play of Colitto will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.07.
The Junior Canadiens forced Jr. Sabres’ goaltenders to work between the pipes, taking 42 shots and forcing 35 saves. Nate Skidmore made 18 stops and Alex Connal made 17. Toronto Jr. Canadiens excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. The Junior Canadiens’ defensive play was more effective than usual against Buffalo. Toronto Jr. Canadiens averages 3.0 goals allowed per game. The Junior Canadiens’ goal total was higher than their season average. This season, Toronto Jr. Canadiens averages 3.6 goals per contest.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens additionally got points from Anthony Repaci, who also grabbed one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Toronto Jr. Canadiens also had goals scored by Nicholas Jarzabek, who had two and Adam DeLuca and Ryan MacSpadyen, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Toronto Jr. Canadiens were Kennedy Duguid, Anthony Trujillo, and Michael Cuddemi, who each chipped in one.
The Jr. Sabres forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 21 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game Buffalo had been spending in the box. The Jr. Sabres could not produce up to their normal offensive output. Buffalo puts an average of 2.5 pucks into the net per game.
The Junior Canadiens incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. For the Jr. Sabres, Aiden Salerno was ejected from the game.