Game/Tournament Reviews

U14 HPHL Playoffs: Top 60

Posted on February 13, 2020

It was an exciting weekend for the U14 HPHL Playoffs which were played in Rochester Hills, Michigan at the Onyx arena for the weekend of February 7-9. Team Illinois captured the championship with an exciting 2-1 shootout victory over Honeybaked. Honeybaked held on to beat Chicago Mission in the semi-final game with a score of…

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U16: Little Caesars, Mission and Pens Elite at Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Posted on February 10, 2020

Saturday February 1st and Sunday February 2nd at Harborcenter in Buffalo, New York The nationally ranked Buffalo Junior Sabres 16U team hosted the Detroit Little Caesars, Chicago Mission and the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in a weekend Showcase. Neutral Zone was able to catch all 3 of Buffalo’s games. The three games were all low scoring…

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Ville de Saguenay: CCM Midget AAA Challenge: 2004’s: Top 140 Prospects

Posted on February 10, 2020

The Midget AAA Challenge is arguably the most scouted event in the QMJHL Draft circuit. Many of the top teams and players from throughout Quebec play in this event along with teams invited throughout Eastern Canada including a team from Northern Ontario and teams with players from New Brunswick, Halifax, PEI, etc. Its one of…

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Michigan HS: Traverse City West v Big Rapids and Traverse City West v Traverse City Central

Posted on February 5, 2020

January 24, 2020; Howe Civic Arena; Traverse City, MI #49 Traverse City West Titans vs. #59 Big Rapids Cardinals Traverse City West hosted the Big Rapids Cardinals in an exciting matchup that finished as an overtime thriller. The Titans took the lead midway in the first period as West controlled much of the play into…

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Toronto Marlies Classic: Top 225

Posted on February 2, 2020

With over 50 teams in the Minor Midget AAA category, the Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic is one of the largest tourney of the year. Detroit Honeybaked won the 2019 Marlies tournament and were led by elite forwards Max Namestnikov and Frank Nazar. Honeybaked, who won the Whitby Silver Stick last season followed up with another…

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GOJHL Prospects Showcase Games: Top 35

Posted on February 2, 2020

GOJHL Prospects Showcase Games The GOJHL Prospects Showcase took place in Waterloo, Ontario on December 28, 2019. The showcase consisted of two games with the top 16-18 year-old players (2001, 2002, and 2003 age groups) in the league squaring off in an all-star format. The GOJHL Top Prospects Game featured the top 2003 age group…

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Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic: Top 100

Posted on January 31, 2020

Neutral Zone attended the Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic right before Christmas. Eight teams played for the championship: Kent, Tabor, Gunnery, Berkshire, St. Paul’s, Loomis, Trinity-Pawling and Avon. Kent School took the title over Gunnery as Matthew Perryman scored the ultimate game winner unassisted. We saw each team play at least two full games and…

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OJHL: Milton at Buffalo; Stouffville at Buffalo

Posted on January 30, 2020

Wednesday January 15: Milton Menace at Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) The Milton Menace fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the 1st period to force overtime in OJHL action Wednesday evening in Buffalo only to have Sabre forward Nate Berke bury a wicked wrister for the win and the extra point. Trailing 4-2 going into…

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MN HS: Minnetonka vs. Eden Prairie

Posted on January 24, 2020

Eden Prairie hosted Minnetonka in a big Lake Conference matchup that could have ramifications on who may win the Conference down the road.  Between the two teams you had 6 division 1 commitments along with other players who will become Division 1 players down the road.  Eden Prairie was without one of their top 6…

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MN HS: Warroad vs. Roseau

Posted on January 23, 2020

For those of you who aren’t highly familiar with Minnesota High School hockey, all you need to know is that these teams don’t care for each other. The Roseau/Warroad rivalry is the biggest in Minnesota High School hockey in most people’s eyes. The two small towns are located nearly 21 miles away from each other…

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