In the blink of an eye, you are in the heart of the regular season in the OJMFLL. There is not very much time at all to go from pre-season to mid-season form. Most teams are making the adjustment well, and some teams are still trying to find their way. Having said that, any team that can keep things close early on and get on a roll as the season progresses will surely find themselves in good position for post-season play.
Division I sees a number of new faces leading the pack this season. After a number of seasons taking it on the chin, the Orangeville Generals have found themselves being rewarded with a rightly deserved 4-0 record and sole possession of top spot in the league. London Jr. 'Stangs continue their impressive and disciplined play and come out of the week-end with a tidy 3 game winning streak to take second spot with a 3-1 record. Defending DI champs Niagara Raiders sufffered their first loss since 2011 to upstart London, but rebounded with a hard fought victory over Hamilton to end the day with 3rd spot and a 3-1 overall record (London holds the head to head tie breaker). Toronto Beaches, Hamilton Bengals, and Oshawa Blue Knights find themselves in a log-jam at the middle of the pack sporting 2-2 records each. A much more competitive Halton Hills Bulldogs squad hit the field Sunday and kept themselves in the hunt with a 1-1 record for the week-end and a 1-3 overall record. The Brampton Excelsiors are reeling from the heels of 3 game losing streak and the winless Burlington Chiefs round out the Division 1 standings.
Division II West is starting to show some separation from top seeded Centre-Wellington Mohawks and the rest of the pack. C-W, last year's DII Champions, continue their strong play and sport a 4-0 record. The Oakville Hawks came crashing back down to reality by starting out the day with a high-scoring shoot-out draw vs K-W and finishing off with a loss to C-W to sit tied for 2nd in the West after week 2. A somewhat rebuilt Kitchener-Waterloo United squad struggled defensively in both games on the week-end, but came away undefeated by virtue of the aforementioned tie with Oakville and a narrow victory over St. Clair and share second place with Oakville with a 2-1-1 record. Mississauga Tomahawks and St. Clair Spirit round out the division with 1-3 and 0-4 records respectively.
We wrap up the Week 2 review with what has probably been the most competitive division in the league thus far. Three teams sit tied atop the division with a 3-1 record and have another team breathing down each of their necks to boot. The Barrie Lakeshores and the Newmarket Redbirds each took both of their games on Sunday to grab a share of top spot along with the Peterborough Lakers. The Mimico Mountaineers continue to ride the same roller coaster ride they did in week 1. After handing Peterborough their first loss of the season, they dropped their second game of the day to Newmarket and sit in 4th spot wit a 2-2 record. Ottawa Nemesis dropped a couple of close games to sit in 5th spot with a 1-3 record. Time will tell if any of these games that 'got away' will cost them in the end. The Oshawa Blue Knights II were quite possibly one of the most improved teams from week 1 but clearly fell victim to their youth and inexperience as they bring up the rear with a winless record after 4 games. If this teams continues to make strides at this rate, they will be looking at doing a lot more than just playing spoiler this year. Expect this division to host a number of hard fought competitive games this season.
Brampton's Creditview/Sandalwood Park host 17 games and 17 of the 20 teams in the league this Sunday for Week 3 action.
Ottawa Nemesis play host for Peterborough and Oshawa II for 3 games at Walter Bean Park in Kanata to round out the schedule.
Get the full schedule for week 3 here.
Check back soon as we hope to get the final two weeks of the schedule finalized and posted by the end of the week. We can tell you that DI and DII East will head to Civic Fields in Oshawa for Week 5 and DII West will head SE down the 401 and then jutt up to Wallaceburg's Steinoff Park for their games. Week 6 will see games split between Barbour Fields in Erin and Cherry Beach Fields in Toronto.
Provincials are slated for Sunday, October 28 at the Civic Fields in Oshawa.
Keep an eye out for our next article on the finalized play-off format and Provincial Championship Day information.