The National Qualifier weekend is now complete, here are the updated UTM Power Rankings as we head into Qualifier weekend for Bantam and Midget Tier 2 this weekend…
U19 Tier 1
Waterloo had some bumps along the way, but in the end did manage to win the U19 NQ in Windsor. Our rankings correctly picked the four teams heading to Nationals although we missed the order by the Windsor/Oakville flip. We strongly feel that any of the top-3 listed here will have the best shot at Provincials, however does anyone play provincials differently now knowing there are bigger things on the horizon two + weeks after provincials?
U19 Tier 2
No changes made heading into the Qualifier weekend in Port Perry and Palmerston… aside from towards the bottom of the list where we have a team appearing for the first time. Might be right, might be wrong on this but this could be a surprise team this weekend.
U16 Tier 1
As predicted the Bantam Tier 1 NQ was full of close games, narrow victories, and some teams that perhaps felt they were looking at booking tickets to Winnipeg left Windsor on the outside looking in… however there is nothing wrong with an appearance at the OSG. Having experienced it first hand in 2016 – this is a worthwhile event, and one that teams should be pleased with earning a spot. Provincials in two weeks expects to be more of what we saw this past weekend, and again look for some teams on the lower level of this list to likely rise up and be in the medal hunt. Mississauga North Tigers winners in Windsor claim the #1 spot this week, dethroning the Vikings who have held this spot since February. Vaughan will get another chance at the provincial event next weekend (July 27)
U16 Tier 2
No change at the top of the list this week, but we have brought back in Kingston to the top-10 discussion following their performance at an event hosted by Aurora this past weekend. All teams are headed to various qualifier events this weekend, looking for a spot in “A” to keep the dream of Eastern Canadians alive.
We did fairly well in assessing who would come out of the Windsor NQ event with National spots in Montreal. Waterloo jumped up to surprise us with their bronze performance this weekend, and perhaps some teams that we had a bit high faltered a bit. With almost every team at the Windsor event showing they belonged, the weekend was full of intense games… Look for more of that down the road when these teams all meet again at Provincials. Toronto, based on their Gold win now is the new #1 team, congrats Lady Mets. Waterloo Gold, Port Perry, Windsor Red, Lucan have all moved up.