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Marlboros open Minor Midget season as Titans Tournament champions

 

Over 50 teams competed in the 2017 Toronto Titans Minor Midget Prospect Tournament and one, the perennial competitive Toronto Marlboros, emerged as champions.

The Marlboros defeated the Vaughan Kings 3-0 in Sunday’s championship game as Ryan Alexander, Cam Peters and Riley Piercey had goals and goaltender Connor Mackenzie was perfect in the crease.

Led by an OHL graduate in head coach Richard Power behind the bench, the Marlboros played to a perfect 8-0 record, outscoring opponents 39-16 as Will Cuylle led the club in scoring with four goals, nine assists and 13 points in eight contests. Ryan Alexander (7-4–11), Stephen Halliday (5-6–11) and Cam Peters (4-6–10) were also prominent on scoresheets throughout the week.

“It’s a great event, because it includes so many different teams from across the province and into the United States,” said Director of OHL Central Scouting Darrell Woodley. “Just as these players and coaches are given an opportunity to see how their team stacks up against the best the province has to offer, we as scouts get our first really good look at these teams together. It marks the beginning of another season.”

While the high-powered Marlboros steamrolled their way to victory, the second-place Vaughan Kings played to a 7-1 mark, outscoring opponents 27-7. They’re led by tournament leading scorers Tyler Tullio (8-8–16) and former Whitby Wildcat Cole Perfetti (6-10–16).

Last year’s champion of the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour, the Mississauga Reps, joined the Niagara North Stars as the other two teams in the tournament’s final four.

The Reps fell 2-1 to Vaughan in semi-final action while Niagara North was doubled-up 4-2 by the Marlboros.

The Stars are led by former OHL head coach and general manager Marty Williamson who is also the newly named head coach of the Brock University Badgers men’s hockey team.

Another former OHL coach back behind the bench in the minor midget ranks is Scott Walker, who led the Guelph Storm to an OHL title in 2014. Walker’s Cambridge Hawks played to a 3-2 mark at the event.

Other scoring standouts at the Titans Tournament included Barrie Jr. Colts forward Cameron Snow who registered 11 points (3-8–11) over five games as well as Mississauga Reps forward Davis Young who finished with 10 points (2-8–10) over seven contests.

OHL clubs got their first glimpse of some of the top minor midget talent eligible for the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. With the Titans Tournament in the books, clubs embark on regular season play this coming week.

For more information and full statistics on the Toronto Titans Minor Midget Prospect Tournament, please visit pointstreak.com.

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