The Toronto-Leaside Jr Wildcats competed at the OWHA Provincial Championships this past weekend in Mississauga. The team finished undefeated in round robin play and their record of 2 wins and 1 tie (with zero goals against) placed them in 1st place overall in their division and gave them a bye to the quarterfinal round. The team faced the Nepean Wildcats in the quarterfinals and it was a very fast back and forth game. Unfortunately, Nepean scored the only goal of the game to advance to the semi-finals and to put an end to the Leaside Juniors season.
The team reached many milestones this past season, including some significant ‘firsts’:
- Having 13 players commit to university programs throughout the season – the most ever in team history
- Winning their pool at the Provincial Championship for the 1st time
- Advancing to the 1/4 finals at the Provincial Championship for the 1st time
- Finished in the top 10 of the league for the 2nd year straight
- Finishing the regular season with a top 5 power-play (3rd) and penalty kill (5th) for the first time
- Sending 2 players to the Hockey Canada Under 18 Conditioning Camp for the first time (Hinds, Della Rovere)
- Having 3 players represent Ontario at the Under 18 National Championships (Hinds, Della Rovere, Gonsalves)
- Had 2 players finish in the top 20 of league scoring (Pye, Della Rovere)
- Had 1 defenseman finish in the top 5 in D scoring for the 2nd year in a row (Hinds)
The Jr Wildcats would like to thank all the members of the Leaside community for their tremendous support of the team over another successful season. And the team would like to wish all their graduating players all the best both on and off the ice as they embark on their university careers. Your contribution to the Leaside program will not be forgotten.