The third annual ‘Battle of the Border’ Minor Midget Hockey Showcase in partnership with the Ontario Hockey League and the High Performance Hockey League wrapped up on Sunday at Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia, ON, home of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting.
The event featured 12 teams from across Ontario, Detroit, and Illinois with players eligible for the 2017 OHL Priority Selection competing before scouts and fans in an 18-game exhibition of Minor Midget talent.
Teams representing Ontario include the Brampton 45’s (OMHA), London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE), Toronto Marlboros (GTHL), Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL), Vaughan Kings (GTHL), and Whitby Wildcats (OMHA). Six teams from the HPHL also competed including Chicago Mission, Chicago Young Americans, Detroit Compuware, Detroit Little Caesars, Detroit Honeybaked, and Team Illinois.
The United States Division captured the ‘Battle of the Border’ title for the third straight year winning 33-21 using a format that awarded three points for a regulation win, two points for a shootout win, and a single point for a shootout loss.
Detroit Honeybaked was the top performing American team with a trio of regulation wins, followed by Chicago Mission with three wins including one by shootout. On the Canadian side, the Toronto Young Nationals went a perfect 3-0, followed by the Vaughan Kings who were 2-1.
In addition to the action on the ice, the OHL hosted seminars and information sessions for players and their families and also gave the teams the opportunity to attend an OHL game on Saturday featuring the Sting and the Kingston Frontenacs. Prior to the game, all team captains took part in the ceremonial face-off with OHL Director of Recruitment Daniel Broussard.
2016 Battle of the Border Results:
Friday November 13:
3 p.m. – Detroit Honeybaked 3 vs Whitby Wildcats 2
3:30 p.m – Detroit Little Caesars 3 vs Vaughan Kings 1
5:15 p.m. – Detroit Compuware 3 vs Toronto Marlboros 4
5:45 p.m. – Chicago Young Americans 2 vs Toronto Young Nationals 3
7:30 p.m. – Chicago Mission 5 vs London Jr. Knights 4
8 p.m. – Team Illinois 3 vs Brampton 45s 2
Saturday November 12:
9:30 a.m. – Toronto Marlboros 2 vs Detroit Honeybaked 5
10 a.m. – Toronto Young Nationals 4 vs Detroit Little Caesars 3
11:45 a.m. – London Jr. Knights 3 vs Detroit Compuware 5
12:15 p.m. – Brampton 45s 3 vs Chicago Young Americans 2 SO
2 p.m. – Whitby Wildcats 2 vs Chicago Mission 3
2:30 p.m. – Vaughan Kings 4 vs Team Illinois 2
Sunday November 13:
8:30 a.m. – Team Illinois 1 vs Toronto Young Nationals 5
9 a.m. – Chicago Mission 5 vs Toronto Marlboros 4 SO
10:30 a.m. – Chicago Young Americans 0 vs Vaughan Kings 2
11 a.m. – Detroit Compuware 3 vs Whitby Wildcats 1
12:30 p.m. – Detroit Little Caesars 7 vs Brampton 45s 2
1 p.m. – Detroit Honeybaked 5 vs London Jr. Knights 1