Pavilion (AAA) 2019-2020 – Minor Midget
Hamilton Huskies – 22 – 6 – 4 – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs – 23 – 0 – 8
Final Score: Chiefs 4 Huskies 3
OWEN VAN STEENSEL – F – 5′ 9″ / 160 lbs
With an undefeated season at stake for the Chiefs as well as a scoring title, Owen entered play with 59 points in 31 games. Just 4 points up on Huskies forward Patrick Thomas. As usual though the Chief’s captain rose to the occasion in a big way. Although Hamilton outplayed the Chiefs in the 1st period they found themselves having to fight back from a 3 – 0 lead.
On the Chief’s 2nd goal Brady Stonehouse goes in hard on the fore-check. Owen then joins the fore-check closing off the exit and causing a turnover. His passing ability and smarts are on full display here in this exchange with Stonehouse. Completing the play Brady fires a nice hard low shot creating a rebound to Maddox Amaral who finishes upstairs for a nice goal.
On the Chief’s 3rd goal Owen again causes a turnover with excellent pressure then converts quickly with a pass right on the tape to Hunter Haight. Hunter makes no mistake scoring his league leading 31st goal of the year with a nice wrist shot.
After a great Hamilton push to make it 3 – 2, Van Steensel put the nail in the coffin. Circling back through the neutral zone picking up speed Owen opened himself up for a nice pass from Cole Jenken. He then turned on the jets down the RW beating the defender wide and rifling a shot by the Huskies netminder. This turned out to be the game winning goal on the power-play.
Owen is truly an all-around dominant hockey player. I think the real question is what doesn’t he do? He has a very high compete level with incredible hockey smarts. He plays a physical game finishing hits and even stepping up in open ice. He creates turnovers on the fore-check which he coverts into scoring chances quickly. He is a strong skater with great puck protection ability and is able to beat defenders 1 on 1 in tight along the wall as well as off the rush. His shot is very hard and quite accurate. He seems to make things happen on almost every shift and often unexpectedly.
This final clip from today’s game shows some amazing skill highlighting a number of things mentioned in this post from the league’s scoring champion who finished the year with an amazing 62 points, 23G 39A in 33 games.
CONNOR KOROPATNICKI – F – 6′ 1″ / 178 lbs
Coming in with 31 points in 27 games Connor is an offensive contributor to say the least. He is also a highly physical player with a nice blend of skill. Truly the type of player any team would like to have. Connor does a great job at finishing his checks hard. He is also quite fast and is able to contribute in many ways to a strong Hamilton team. Here are a couple clips of some big hits he threw today:
Connor is a nice addition to the Huskies PP with good net front presence as he’s not easy to move. He does a good job of screening and causing problems in front of the net. On this play MATTHEW MAYICH who also scored a beautiful goal in this game gets a great shot through as he usually does earning a PP assist. PATRICK THOMAS then collects the rebound and threads the needle for his 56th point of the year on a nice back-door tap by KOROPATNICKI.
Kyle France – DraftGeek Scout – Twitter: @Hockey_Enigma