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Lots of Risers Making Their Moves in the Rankings

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 12/04/18, 2:30PM EST

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Minor Midget and Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings Powered by Under Armour


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The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has released the sixth edition of the Minor Midget and Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings powered by Under Armour for the 2018-2019 regular season. These rankings will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.

It's clear that positioning in the rankings will continue to be a battle all season long. Statement wins can change whether a team rises or falls.

Minor Midget AAA Rankings

The Hurricanes are rolling, notching five wins since the last edition of the rankings and winners of six in a row. They keep climbing. Whitby picked up a pair of wins at the Showcase, including a victory over York-Simcoe. The North Stars earned a win and two ties but may need a stronger effort to hold on to number two spot with lots of teams in the hunt.

Players to Watch

Brenden Sirizzotti (Whitby Wildcats) - A very dangerous offensive threat who can punish teams with his playmaking or with his shot. The puck seems to follow him around and he knows what to do with it as Sirizzotti's offensive IQ is high. He always knows where his teammates are and when you combine that with his patience and vision, he will often find them for a great scoring opportunities. Give him too much room, Sirizzotti will position himself for his shot, which is both accurate and hard. He is very tough to contain and opposing teams will always have to know when he is on the ice.

Lawson Sherk (Halton Hurricanes) - A strong imposing player who skates well and has a great touch with the puck. Sherk has a solid frame and uses it well. His puck protection skill are high and he has good edges. These skills allow him to take on pressure and change directions quickly opening up passing or shooting lanes. From here, Sherk's vision and playmaking skills take over as he is able to thread the needle to teammates and make high skilled passes look easy. He will always be a handful for anyone that plays against him.

Midget AAA Rankings

A statement win by Hamilton over Oakville moves them up into the number two spot while a pair of losses sends the Toros down to third. Oakville holds steady while Kingston makes another appearance, showing everyone that they aren't going to go away quietly.

Alex Hyde (Markham Waxers) - Hyde is a steady, 200 ft. defenceman who brings stability to the Waxers lineup. A smooth skating, pass first player shines when making the simple plays and creating offensive chances from good defensive plays. Hyde has been successful this season in stopping opponents at the Waxer blueline and giving his forwards a chance to counter attack quickly.
 
Grant Letcher (Buffalo Regals) - When playing the Regals in any given year, there is one consistent thing you know you are going to get, and that is great goaltending. This season is no different for Buffalo and has been led in the crease by the agile Letcher. He has proven game in and game out that he is amongst the elite goalies in the league and gives the Regals an opportunity to pick up points every game he starts. Quick lateral movement, good puck handling skills and a relentless work ethic are big reasons why Letcher is so tough to beat.


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The OMHA Minor Midget and Midget AAA Rankings powered by Under Armour are submitted by a group of scouts from the Ontario Hockey League and are released on a bi-weekly basis.

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