Dec 05, 2022 | Bob McKenzie | 673 views
U-16 Preds 'SHOW OUT' at the OMHA Showcase!
Our U-16 club participated in the OMHA Showcase this past weekend in Oakville. This showcase featured all the AAA clubs in the OMHA - The ETA & The SCTA. Each club played 2 league games all under the same roof making it easy for dozens of junior and NCAA scouts to view these young players who are draft eligible this spring. Our club performed exceptionally well adding two wins to their record and moving into first place in the ETA.
On Saturday our boys played Kingston and came out on the winning end of a 4-3 score. Goalie Logan Rubino turned aside 33 of 36 shots he faced making several key saves in the third period when Kingston mounted its comeback. Our skaters fired 50 shots on the Kingston tender pelting him with several great scoring chances. Our boys jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Kingston responded in the third. Dman Hudson Martin led the way offensively with 2 goals with forward Tanner Thayer adding a goal and an assist in the win. Jace Schaly also scored for the Preds.
On Sunday morning, our club again displayed a complete team effort out shooting the Quinte team 48-35 enroute to a 2-1 victory. As has been the case all season, NCP received outstanding goaltending this time by net minder Eaden McParland. Not only did he pick up the win, he lowered his GAA to 1.99. There is little doubt that Rubino and McParland are the best tandem in the ETA. NCP boasts several dmen who are big and mobile puck movers with the ability to score from the back end. Defensemen Shea Crewson and Wyatt Delage were the goal scorers in the game with F Jake Archer picking up 2 assists.
Our boys can feel very good about their showing at this prestigious event. Head coach Tom Pethic has established this group as a hardworking and unselfish team. Several scouts commented that NCP will be well represented on draft day and a club to watch as the playoffs approach. Well done boys!
Our U-16 club faces a stiff test this coming weekend as they play a home and away with YSE.