Ju­nior B ri­val­ries get­ting un­der­way

The Niagara Falls Review - - SPORTS -


Last sea­son’s No. 1 con­fer­ence in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League play­offs also topped the stand­ings when the 2017-18 ju­nior B sea­son got un­der­way.

Eight teams in the Mid­west­ern Con­fer­ence com­bined, which made up half of the fi­nal four at the Suther­land Cup play­downs, com­bined to go 10-6 at the Show­case tour­na­ment on the week­end in Brant­ford.

All 26 teams took part and the Mid­west’s .625 win­ning per­cent­age was bet­ter than those com­piled by the Golden Horse­shoe, 8-8, .500; and Western, 7-9, .438; con­fer­ences.

A tour­na­ment-high three teams from the Mid­west went St. Catharines Fal­cons head coach Dan Fitzger­ald un­de­feated and, sur­pris­ingly, the Elmira Su­gar Kings were not among them. The Suther­land Cup cham­pi­ons opened the 50-game reg­u­lar sea­son with losses to the four-time de­fend­ing Golden Horse­shoe cham­pion Cale­do­nia Cor­vairs, 4-3; and the reign­ing Western Con­fer­ence cham­pion Lon­don Na­tion­als, 5-2.


BERND FRANKE/POST­MEDIA NEWS Keith Os­borne is back for a sev­enth sea­son as head coach of the Wel­land Jr. Cana­di­ans.

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