Short term reader, first time poster.
OK thought I would have a go at looking at who will triumph on the weekend.
Pool A - Probably the weakest pool top to bottom.
Did not lose until Christmas. Played .500 since then. Lost to Aurora in the first round of the playoffs. Hasn't played a meaningful game in over a month.
Finished .500. Beat Barrie in the first round. Went 3 games against a tough Mississauga team.
Did well in the ODWHA. Struggled in tournaments against quality LLFHL teams.
Pool B - A slightly stronger pool than Pool A
Kingston - Last place in the ODWHA. 3 and out here.
Waterloo - A tough team that is stronger than their record suggests coming from the LLFHL west. Beat a very good Bluewater team in the playoffs and played Ancaster tough.
Whitby - First in the LLFHL east. Enigmatic. Can be amongst the best and then can mail in some games. Lost in the first round of the playoffs
Pool C - The group of death. All from the LLFHL west so they will know each other.
Burlington - A very strong team with no real weaknesses. But somehow can play down to the opposition.
Bluewater - Another good squad. Suffered a bit at year end losing to Waterloo.
Windsor - Better than their record against some good LLFHL west teams. Won't roll over. However....
Pool D - A physically tough pool.
Ancaster - The team to beat. First in the LLFHL west. Will be playing in the LLFHL championship weekend. Struggled to get past Waterloo to do so. Will come up against 2 very different opponents.
Brampton - The Broad street bullies of this age. Very tough and physical. Average more PIM than even an NHL team! Tops in the NHL for a 60 minute game is Anaheim at just over 18 minutes. If Brampton played a 60 minute game this team would have 21 minutes a game in penalties! The team they played the most this season is in the pool with them.
Leaside - Can play with the best. Can play worse than the worst. Only other team beside Ancaster to be playing in LLFHL weekend and provincials. Beat Brampton to advance in playoffs.
Qualifiers (based on above)
Barrie over Kingston
Whitby over Windsor
Brampton over Bluewater (!)
Leaside over Kanata
Aurora over Brampton
Leaside over Waterloo
Burlington over Barrie
Ancaster over Whitby
Aurora over Leaside
Ancaster over Burlington
Burlington over Leaside
Ancaster over Aurora