Youth hockey is much more productive than professional hockey. Sometimes bets on the top total come in as early as the first period. In this article, we will look at the most productive games in leagues were hockey players under the age of 20 play.
Lokomotiv – Red Army 8-1
Last year, Lokomotiv and the Red Army met in the quarterfinals of the Russian Youth Hockey League. In their first two games, the Red Army was able to score hard wins on their ice with the same score of 4-3. The series moved to Yaroslavl. There, Lokomotiv managed to close the gap in the series, beating the Red Army 2-1. All the games were tightly fought. The teams were not spared to concede. More news on foreign leagues you can find on our website.
The third game began with two goals scored by Lokomotiv. In the second period, the team consolidated their lead to 4-1. In the third period, instead of trying to come back, the Red Army dropped the game. Lokomotiv defeated their opponents 4-0 in the final stretch of the game. The team managed to even the score in the series, defeating their opponents 8-1. A very unexpected and productive win for the underdogs. Making a prediction on such a result was not easy.
The Red Army won the decisive game, advancing to the semifinals and then the finals. In the decisive series, the Muscovites lost to SKA-1946.
Windsor Spitfires – Kitchener Rangers 6-5
It may not seem like the top list lists the highest-scoring games, but it’s the history that counts. How often do such scores occur in the professional playoffs? Pretty rare. Even more rare are games where teams score 10 goals in 2 periods. But in youth hockey, that’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Windsor and Kitchener met in the quarterfinals last season in the Ontario Hockey League. The odds on Windsor to win in regulation time was 1.38. You could bet on the Rangers for 5.60.
In the first period, nothing foretold a lot of goals. The Rangers led 1-0. Everything changed in the second period. The Windsor hockey players managed to score 3 pucks in 4 minutes and took a 3-1 lead. The Rangers were down by one goal before the end of the period. It would seem that this was a playoff game and in the third period the teams should have started playing more carefully, but they only increased the scoring. In the third period, the spectators saw 6 pucks scored and Windsor hockey players won the game.
The Windsor Spitfires allowed their opponents to win only one game in the series and advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the Spitfires beat the Flint Firebirds 4-3 in the series. In the final, Windsor players lost to Hamilton and finished the playoffs in second place.
Erie Otters – Hamilton Bulldogs 2:10
A very interesting situation developed at the end of the Ontario Hockey League regular season. The Erie Otters could have jumped on the last wagon of the departing train called the playoffs. That would have been just enough to move the Sarnia Sting out of contention.
In the last game of the regular season, the future OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs came to visit Erie. Though the Otters were underdogs at 3.8 odds to win in regulation time, it was expected to be a close game, as the home team was much more important.
The Erie hockey players could not cope with the excitement or Hamilton was too set up for an unnecessary game. After two periods, the score was 8-2 in favor of the Hamilton hockey players. No fighting was out of the question. The home team had no chance to win. In the third period, the Bulldogs scored twice more and won the game 10-2.
Niagara Ice Dogs – Kingston Frontenacs
On April 11, the Niagara Ice Dogs and Kingston Frontenacs met in the OHL regular season. The home team had a very poor season and finished in last place with no chance at the playoffs. The visitors, on the other hand, finished the regular season in third place and were fighting for the cup. Bookmakers considered the Kingston hockey players as favorites. Betting on their win in regulation time was available at odds of 1.20. Bets on the Ice Dogs were taken for 10.
Kingston immediately confirmed their status as a favorite. After the first period, they led 2-0, but nothing foretold the 15 goals scored per game. In the second period, the teams managed to score 7 more goals. Six more were scored in the final stretch of the game. Kingston certainly did well, having thrown 10 pucks, but the obvious underdog Niagara showed a very productive game. After all, 5 pucks per game is a very good performance. Either way, the audience must have been thrilled, and that’s the most important thing.
Sarnia Sting – London Knights
Most of the games are taken from the results of the Ontario Hockey League. This is one of the most prolific youths hockey leagues. This time, let’s look at the meeting between the Sarnia Sting and the London Knights. Sarnia miraculously made the playoffs. The Erie Otters gave them the ticket, as written above. The London Knights finished the season in second place in the Western Conference standings. Bookmakers had a slight preference for the visitors. Bets in London were accepted for 2.19. Betting on Sarnia was possible for 2.40.
What a match the audience that day saw! The first period ended with a score draw of 2-2. Sarnia fought back constantly. In the second period, the Londoners scored twice, while Sarnia scored once. There was a hard-fought game in which the home team always had to get back into the game. What happened in the third period was unbelievable.
Sarnia went into the third period tearing up their opponents. Already by the fourth minute of the third period, the Stings led 5-4. After that, Sarnia scored five more unanswered goals. Sarnia left one of the top favorites in the league untouched. Matches like this are extremely rare.
St. John’s – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Let’s move on to Quebec’s premier junior league. On April 30, a month before the playoffs, St. John and Cape Breton met. St. John was one of last season’s favorites, while the Scrimmings Eagles, are a hopeless underdog. The odds on St. John were barely over 1.1 Bet on the guests could be had for 12.
It was a match in which the favorite justified its status. The intrigue of the match was already gone in the 7th minute. At that time St. John led 3-0. By the end of the period, St. John was able to score twice more, to which the Eagles responded only with one goal. When a collapse like that happens in the first period, the game usually calms down and teams just play through. That wasn’t the case.
The second period turned out to be exactly like the first. St. John’s scored five and the Eagles answered with one puck. 10-2 with one more period to play. Can the teams settle down now? No. The St. John hockey players continued to smash their opponents and scored four more times and set a record for the season. In this meeting, viewers saw goals for all tastes. St. John’s was able to score in equal parts, on the power play, and the penalty kill.
Halifax Mooseheads – Quebec Remparts
Another game with just outrageous results. It took place on April 10 in the regular season of the main junior league of Quebec. Halifax hockey players took on their rivals from Quebec on their ice. Halifax finished the regular season in 5th place and Quebec in 1st.
The hosts were the first to score and led 1-0. The Quebec players responded with three straight goals. Halifax scored one puck in the final minute of the period. What happened in the second period came as a complete surprise to everyone.
The Quebec hockey players scored 8 unanswered pucks to take an 11-2 lead. Surprisingly, the Mooseheads didn’t quit. They tried to compete with their opponents to the last minute, but it was already too late. As a result, the match ended with a 13-5 victory for Quebec. How was your betting, those who bet on total less?
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – Moncton Wild
This isn’t the highest-scoring matchup of this top, but it’s worth mentioning because of how it unfolded. Armada hosted the Moncton hockey players on their home ice. Bookmakers gave roughly equal odds on the teams. A slight preference was given to Armada.
In this game, the spectators saw two catches. First, Armada took a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. After that, Moncton managed to score five goals in a row to take a 5-3 lead. The Armada hockey players didn’t quit and were able to tie the game with 2 and a half minutes to go.
A minute and a half later, Moncton took the lead again. It would seem that that was it. However, Armada disagreed and managed to get back within 12 seconds by the end of the match. In overtime, the Wild were stronger. A terrific game where the teams battled back from 0-3 and 3-5. Youth hockey in all its glory.