Lots of hockey left, Forge ready for new season and other weekly sporting 1-offs

Top Dogs will not sit out

The Hamilton Bulldogs, who are number two in the country, are at home and cooled off at the top of the OHL with five games left, but head coach Jay McKee does not expect to sit down for many of his leading players before the playoffs, which begin in a few weeks.

“We’ve had well over 100 men’s matches lost, maybe 130, so we freak out guys in almost every single match anyway,” said McKee, who, however, turned to some line-up in the third period of Sunday’s win over Peterborough, so that a young player like Cole Brown could get some more ice time.

“But we do not want (the best) boys not to play the last three or four matches. We may leave something at home for the last match on Sunday (April 17) afternoon in Erie because we have three matches in four days on weekend.”

Senior hockey season finale

Senior hockey ends its shortened season this weekend at the Market Street Arena in Dundas, when Allan Cup Hockey champions Hamilton Steelhawks play the best of three “ACH Showcase Finals” against rival Dundas Real McCoys. For the third year in a row, there is no Allan Cup (Dundas was supposed to host April 2020, but the pandemic hit), but this series will determine the de facto champion at the top level of Ontario Senior hockey. The two teams, plus the newcomer Flamborough Ducks, each played eight games in the Showcase, which participated for the entire season, with all games in the Dundas.

Jason Williams, who won a Stanley Cup for Detroit, is with Dundas, while former NHL players Spencer Abbott and goalkeeper Adam Munroe are among the former professionals at Hamilton. Match 1 is Friday night at. 19.30 in JL Grightmire Arena, with match 2 on Sunday at 19:00 and match 3, if necessary, Monday at. 19.00

The junior playoffs are heating up

Still in Dundas, Jr. finished. The C Blues’ excellent season a little earlier than they hoped when the Glanbrook Rangers beat them 5-3 on Saturday to win the tough series in six games. Head coach Dane O’Neill and assistants Steven Santos and Marco Mattina did a great job with a young team. There is a very familiar scenario in the PJHL Bloomfield Division final as Rangers take on longtime rivals Grimsby Peach Kings on Tuesday in Grimsby with match two in Glanbrook Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Hamilton Kilty Bs, who won 40 games and were the GOJHL championships in the regular season, open their Jr. B playoffs Wednesday night (7 p.m.) at Dave Andreychuk Arena against the Niagara Falls Canucks. Game 2 is Friday in Falls, with game 3 back on the mountain Sunday at. 19.00

Forge draws Hamilton’s Bontis

Forge FC opens the CPL season on Sunday in Victoria with something to prove against Pacific FC. The West Coasters entered Tim Hortons Field and beat Hamilton 1-0 in December last year, ending Forge’s two-year run as league champions. It will be an interesting comeback for two Forge players who were with the Pacific last year: high-scoring Terran Campbell and midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour, the league’s Canadian U-21 player of the year, who scored the only goal in the 2021 title game.

And Forge has signed Hamilton’s Dino Bontis to a development contract. Bontis, just 17, is a goalkeeper who played for Hamilton Sparta before switching to the Toronto FC Academy. Bontis, the son of Canadian football president Nick Bontis, has also been invited to Canada’s U-20 team’s 12-day training camp, which begins in Costa Rica on Sunday. Forge defender Kwasi Poku has also been invited to the camp, which is preparing Canada for the regional U-20 championships in Honduras in June.

Forge FC’s first home game is on Saturday, April 16 against bitter rival Cavalry FC of Calgary.

Vancouver Whitecaps Ryan Raposo, right, and Lucas Cavallini celebrate Raposo's goal against Sporting Kansas City during the second half of an MLS football game in Vancouver on April 2nd.
Vancouver Whitecaps Ryan Raposo, right, and Lucas Cavallini celebrate Raposo’s goal against Sporting Kansas City during the second half of an MLS football game in Vancouver on April 2nd.The Canadian press

A happy mother

Hamilton’s Ryan Raposo scored the first goal of his MLS career on Saturday to give his Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, the Caps’ first win of the season. the wingback, who played for Mount Hamilton, Burlington Youth and the Toronto FC Academy, knocked the ball in from a scramble.

What makes it even more special was that his mother Lori Raposo, a Hamilton cardiac nurse, had hastily arranged to fly out to Vancouver for the fight when her son called to tell her he wanted to start his first career at BC Place. He presented her with his jersey afterwards, and his Caps teammates gave Raposo a game ball, which they all signed. “I went crazy when Ryan scored,” Lori Raposo told The Spectator, “and the whole family was at home wearing their Whitecaps jerseys and going crazy, too.”

The Rock clinch playoff spot

In a city that has suddenly become accustomed to winning, Rock keeps pace. After a home loss to Georgia uncomfortably narrowed the Rocks margin in the position above Swarm, they went into Georgia Friday night and came out with a 13-9 win, then came home again the next night to put NLL West-leading San away . Diego Seals 14-7 in front of a solid audience of 8,549 at FirstOntario Center. Dan Craig had six goals against the Seals, and Tom Schreiber had one goal and six assists, giving him 14 points over the two weekend games. 10-5 Rock is in second place in the East and has won a playoff spot. They are in Rochester on Saturday and then home to Halifax, currently only a half back of the Rock, on Saturday, April 16th.

Tuner back on Open

It changed the tone and balance of the RBC Canadian Open when it was introduced at the 2019 National Men’s Golf Championship at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, bringing them back. The RBCxMusic Concert Series returns when the Open itself returns after a two-year hiatus, 6-12. June, in Toronto St. George’s and will feature rock band Maroon 5 and hip-hop artist Flo Rida. The concerts, Friday and Saturday nights at the nearby Richview Collegiate, are designed to attract a younger fan of golf and at Hamilton featured sold-out performances of the Florida Georgia Line and The Glorious Sons.

50/50 a difference maker

Here’s something to keep in mind with the next Gray Cup here just 19 months away. Ticats announced last week that the 50/50 draw during the December Gray Cup raised $ 200,000, and three groups will receive $ 65,000 each. Bernie Custis Secondary School’s share will help fund sports programs, provide students with safe equipment, and provide transportation for workouts. The Hamilton Bulldogs’ Foundation award will help continue their nutrition program, which provides healthy breakfast to students at 21 schools, and smaller football clubs in Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, Guelph and Brantford will be able to purchase new equipment for their players after have had a negative impact on fundraising. of the pandemic.

Reliefs

Westdale grad Myles Misener-Daley won the West Coast Relays 200-meter dash in Fresno, California Friday night. UCLA juniors 20.92 was a personal record… Kallie Hall of Stoney Creek and Jayme Foreman of Hamilton was at Ryerson Rams, who beat Winnipeg Wesmen for the national title this weekend in Kingston, the first U Sports women’s basketball title for the Rams… Belgrade Red Star defeated Radnicki Nis 5-1 on Saturday in Serbia’s leading football league, with Hamilton’s Stefan Mitrovic scored the only Nis goal, his eighth in a breakthrough season for the aggressive 19-year-old offensive midfielder. Hamiltons Milan Borjan stood in goal for Red Star. Mitrovic, who has played international football in the age group for Serbia, had earlier this year been asked to join a Team Canada men’s team camp, but the camp was canceled due to the pandemic… Hamilton’s Holden Rogers of Milton Menace is in fifth place in the OJHL with 35 goals. Burlington Cougars’ Matthew Zebedeus has 45 assists to place an overall fourth place finish in Jr. The A-loop, while the teammate Zach Dietz is just ahead of the league in save percentage of 0.931… Nick Rose, who ranks second in the NLL in save percentage, has become just the second Rock goalkeeper to record 5,000 career saves in a Rock uniform. The other is the legendary one Bob Watson … Both McMaster wrestling teams finished in second place at the OUA Championships in Brock this weekend. Brock won both the men’s and women’s titles. Marauders’ Peter Shirley was named the excellent male wrestler and Mac’s Simi Jayeoba was the female student-athlete community service award winner. Jayeoba and Marauder teammate Macy Malysiak won provincial gold medals in their weight classes, while Mac’s individual OUA men’s winners were Shirley, Francesco Fortino and Trystan Kato … We lost one of the country’s best all-round sports journalists then Neil Stevens, who spent much of his career with the Canadian Press, died Friday. He is in the hockey and lacrosse halls of fame and was also among the best figure skating writers in the world.

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