Balance has been the forte for the Georgetown Raiders during their run to the RBC Royal Bank Cup national junior A championship.
Offensive production for Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Georgetown has come from all sources.
The Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League team also has defensive depth and veteran goalie John Barrow has made a significant contribution, before and after a playoff bout with meningitis.
Georgetown will bring a 63-17-0 record and one overtime loss into the five-team Royal Bank Cup tournament May 7-15 in Weyburn, Sask. The Raiders will play their first game May 8 against the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
“A different guy steps to the front on any given night,” said Georgetown general manager Robin Inscoe. “We receive scoring from everybody.
“We have a bunch of guys with very respectable numbers. The depth has been evident. The difference is that everybody contributes.”
Kevin Harvey and Jay Sprague lead the pack with 90 points each, in 69 and 80 games overall, respectively. John Wheaton and Mike Nelson have 81 and 79 points, respectively, and Matt Sweazey has accumulated 76 points in 72 games.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Harvey has 42 goals. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Sprague is next in line with 41 goals.
“He mixes them up very well,” said Inscoe, referring to head coach Dan Cameron’s line combinations.
“We played three games in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup without Kevin Harvey (because of a suspension). When he puts his mind to playing the game, he’s very effective.”
Wheaton has 34 goals in 80 games. He was sixth among league playoff scorers with 26 points, including 13 goals, in 28 games.
“Wheaton leads by example,” said Inscoe. “He was last year’s playoff most valuable player.
“He steps up his play in big games. That’s why he wears the (captain’s) C.”
Nelson leads the Raiders with 58 assists in 75 games. Sweazey has 49 assists in 72 games.
Tyler Leggo is fourth among Georgetown scorers with 32 goals and is sixth among Raiders with 67 points in 77 games overall.
Leggo joins Harvey, Wheaton, Nelson, Sweazey, Barrow, goalie Chris Hyk, defencemen Nick Harloff and Dan Rogers as players completing their junior eligibility in Weyburn.
Defenceman Frank DeAngelis is another example of Georgetown’s depth. He led Dudley-Hewitt Cup scorers with five assists and was second among tournament scorers with seven points in four games last weekend in Georgetown, after missing 18 playoff games when he was injured.
“This team was built on defence, and goaltending,” said Inscoe.
“I think we have the best six-man defensive unit our team has seen. We’re solid from top to bottom.
“Any one of them can jump in, from time to time, and bite you (offensively).”
Harloff, DeAngelis, Rogers, Tyson Gimblett and Matt Sitko are Georgetown defencemen with a minimum 40 points. Harloff leads that group with 15 goals and 57 points in 75 games overall.
Barrow has a 2.62 goals against average and five shutouts in 3,781 minutes overall. He led Dudley-Hewitt Cup goalies with a 1.27 goals against average, two shutouts and a 3-0 won-lost record in 188 minutes.
“He was out for about a month,” said Inscoe. “He came back when we were down 2-1 to the Milton Icehawks (in a best-of-seven West Conference semi-final), and won the next three games.
“He has come up huge. We told him the first day of training camp that our goal was to make it to the Royal Bank Cup.
“We asked him point blank if he was the man, and he said absolutely.”
Barrow was among the 35-team league’s busiest goalies during the regular season. He played 2,268 minutes as Georgetown tied for first place overall, at 41-7-0 and one overtime loss in 49 games.
The Raiders are 22-10 in the playoffs. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Barrow is among the main reasons that they beat the league champion St. Michael’s Buzzers in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup final, to qualify for the national championship.
“It should be fun,” said Inscoe, looking forward to the trip west. “It’s a life experience for these young men.”
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|Robin Inscoe, General Manager|
|Dan Cameron, Head Coach|
|Mike Currer, Assistant Coach|
|Warren Nye, Assistant Coach|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|31||Aaron Barton||6'1||165||L||1987-05-22||Georgetown Raiders|
|35||Chris Hyk||5'11||180||L||1984-06-17||Georgetown Raiders|
|2||Jesse Zimmerman||6'3||222||L||1987-07-02||Georgetown Raiders|
|30||John Barrow||6'1||200||R||1984-05-10||Georgetown Raiders|
|6||Dan Rogers||6'0||200||R||1984-05-07||Georgetown Raiders|
|3||Dustin Howard||6'1||185||L||1987-05-03||Georgetown Raiders|
|4||Matthew Sitko||5'11||214||L||1985-10-02||Georgetown Raiders|
|7||Nick Harloff||6'0||181||L||1984-05-11||Georgetown Raiders|
|28||Ryan Hirtke-St. Denis||6'3||205||L||1985-02-07||Georgetown Raiders|
|20||Tyson Gimblett||6'3||217||L||1985-01-04||Georgetown Raiders|
|14||Charles Amodeo||5'11||170||R||1985-07-14||Georgetown Raiders|
|23||Frank DeAngelis||5'11||185||L||1985-02-15||Georgetown Raiders|
|9||Glen Hartwell||5'10||175||L||1985-07-02||Georgetown Raiders|
|24||Jason Oreskovic||5'10||186||L||1985-07-05||Georgetown Raiders|
|11||Jay Sprague||6'2||212||R||1986-08-23||Georgetown Raiders|
|13||Joesph Piccone||6'0||194||R||1986-09-22||Georgetown Raiders|
|25||John Wheaton||5'9||189||R||1984-08-23||Georgetown Raiders|
|8||Jon Southgate||5'11||175||L||1986-09-08||Georgetown Raiders|
|17||Kevin Harvey||6'3||190||L||1984-09-14||Georgetown Raiders|
|26||Kyle Frieday||5'8||170||L||1987-05-20||Georgetown Raiders|
|66||Kyle Termini||6'1||250||R||1985-03-10||Georgetown Raiders|
|55||Matt Sweazey||6'1||191||L||1984-04-11||Georgetown Raiders|
|12||Michael Gurtler||6'1||183||L||1987-04-02||Georgetown Raiders|
|44||Michael Nelson||6'1||182||R||1984-01-17||Georgetown Raiders|
|18||Richard Hornseth||6'1||201||L||1986-02-22||Georgetown Raiders|
|16||Robert Sgarbossa||5'9||170||L||1986-05-29||Georgetown Raiders|
|15||Tyler Leggo||6'1||190||L||1984-02-13||Georgetown Raiders|
|10||Wade Finegan||5'10||183||R||1986-01-02||Georgetown Raiders|
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