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The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has released the fifth edition of the U16 and U18 AAA Top 5 Rankings presented by Hudl for the 2022-2023 regular season. These rankings will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.
Teams have made their mark the first half of the season, let's see how it shakes out heading into the holiday break.
No shakeup in the Top 5 as the top teams hold strong. Will be an exciting second half of the season.
Jonathan Cirone (Barrie Jr. Colts): Doesn't need much time or space to put one past a keeper. He has an great release which is quick and accurate. Cirone is also excellent with his transition game where he can take pucks in stride and attack with speed, but also with a purpose to create. He can make plays while attacking and defenders will need to take away his time and space. While his shot is dangerous, he uses this asset to freeze players to open up lanes to create chances for his linemates.
Liam Beamish (Niagara North Stars): Great energy to his game. Beamish wants to have the puck on his stick and will work hard on the forecheck to create turnovers. When his linemates are attacking, he will continue to move to open space so he can get the puck and allow his IQ and instincts to take over. This allows Beamish to have a lot of puck touches, where his skill takes over and he can generate a lot of offence.
The Eagles hold on to their top spot but the rest of the Top 5 remains on their tail. Will their be a shakeup in the second half?
Michon Echano (Central Ontario Wolves): Goalie who uses a combination of excellent athletic ability and a large frame. The 6'4", 210 lbs. right catch goalie has quick movement and agility, as well as physical size to minimize shooting angles and limit scoring space for his opponents. He has very good puck handling skills to corral opponents shoot-ins and initiate the breakout for his defenceman. He is a fierce competitor with a deep will to win as he prepares to make the jump to the next level.
Jack McAra (Burlington Eagles): A shifty skater with above average agility and breakaway speed. McAra has great puck skills both in finding the net and setting up his linemates for scoring chances. He reads the ice well and makes all of his teammates better when he plays with them. A complete 200-foot player and is a force in every zone of the ice, in every team situation, both 5-on-5 and on both special teams. As part of the Eagles leadership team, he leads by example with hard work and commitment.
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