The Toronto Golden Jets and Ottawa Titans combined forces this year to create the “Golden Titans” team to enter the U19 NCL (National Championship League). And the result was spectacular as the team won the Eastern Conference playoffs and qualified for the Final Four National Championships in Calgary later this month.
The team had significant contributions from Jets members Luka Pejanovic, Petar Kovacevic and Maksim Cuturillo. U16 All-Star Bora Kaya was also a scoring contributor and Naum Dimitrijevic and Kane Law were also part of the winning unit.
The third seeded Golden Titans opened the weekend with a quarterfinal match against Mavs DS. The team led 5-3 after one quarter and extended the lead to 9-6 by the half. Then a pair of plus 4 quarters led to an easy 19-8 victory.
Diego Gonzalez paced the attack with 5 goals while Pejanovic added 4. Bogdan Djerkovic and Kovacevic each had hat tricks. Filip Lukic chipped in with a pair while Nikola Cugalj and Cuturillo added singles.
The semi-finals match was a hotly contested and physical affair with the second seeds from DDO Black (Montreal). DDO had beaten the Golden Titans in both games during the regular season including a five goal win. The teams fought to a 2-2 first period tie and the Golden Titans edged ahead 5-4 at the half. After the break, the Golden Titans turned it on and widened the margin to 9-5 heading into the final frame. However, DDO potted 3 goals int he first 3 minutes to close to within one. A Golden Titans goal with a little over a minute remaining was the final tally in a 10-8 win.
Cuturillo led all scorers with 5 goals. Gonzalez and Pejanovic both notched a pair with Djerkovic adding the other. With the win, the Golden Titans secured a spot in the National Final Four. All that was left was to play for the gold medal and a higher seed at the Finals.
The championship final pitted the Golden Titans against the number one seed Mavs. The Golden Titans had lost both times during the regular season. The Golden Titans opened strong and jumped into a 3-1 first quarter lead. A 3-2 second period extended the lead by one to 6-3. An identical third quarter put the Golden Titans up 9-5 heading into the final period where the team cruised to a 10-7 gold medal victory.
Curalj, Cuturillo, Djerkovic and Gonzalez each contributed two goals to the cause while Leandro Velasquez and Kaya added singles.
The Golden Titans now move on to the NCL Finals in Calgary May 23-25.
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The Golden Jets U16 boys team traveled to Ottawa and Montreal to conclude the regular season in National Championship League (NCL) play and earned the 4th seed at the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs.
The trip began in Ottawa with a game against Capital Wave. Despite the fatigue of a 4+ hour car ride, the Jets roared out to a commanding 7-1 first quarter lead. The teams traded single tallies in the second period. With four unanswered goals to start the third quarter, the Jets put the game out of reach as they led 12-2 en route to 16-8 win.
Top scorer Bora Kaya again led the way with a whopping seven goals. Ahmed Wagner also had a big game netting five. Eddie Elias added a pair of goals while Sebastien Nisker and Daniel Press chipped in with one each.
The next day in Montreal, the Jets squared off with the powerful Montreal Machine and fell 18-7. The team could not recover from a disastrous 1-6 opening frame. Kaya notched five more goals while Dario Lucic and Alex Papalazarou added singles.
Later that day, the Jets got their legs back in time to face another Montreal squad, St. Lambert and came away with a resounding 20-7 victory.
Just as with Capital Wave, the Jets zoomed out to a 7-1 first quarter advantage. Again, as with Capital Wave, the teams traded goals int he second period and the Jets led 9-3 at the half. To keep the similarity going, the Jets came out in the third quarter and scored six unanswered goals to put the game away.
Kaya and Lucic each had monster games putting up seven goals apiece. Papalazarou and Press both added a pair
while Daniel Brancus and Elias notched single markers.
With the victory, the Jets were assured of the 4th seed and looked at using the game against their third Montreal opponent, CAMO, as a way to get all the players playing time.
The Jets went out in front 4-3 in the opening period and then extended the lead to 8-5 at the half. As playing time started to be distributed among all the players, CAMO was able to claw back and tie the game 10-10 entering the final quarter and then turned the tide completely to win 17-12.
Lucic led the way for the Jets with four goals. KAya and Nisker each potted a hat trick while Elias added the final two goals.
The Jets will play the #5 seeded DDO (Montreal) in the quarter finals at the Eastern Conference playoffs later this month.
Toronto Golden Jets senior men’s starting goalie, Emirhan Ozdemir, was named the Canadian national league’s Most Valuable Goalie for the 2019 regular season.
Ozdemir was the backbone of the Jets defence. He led the league in steals and in save percentage of shots from outside six meters.
It is the third time Ozdemir has won the award.
The National senior men’s league (MLWP) got underway in Montreal at the end of January and the Toronto Silver Jets had a very strong showing going 1-2.
All three games were close affairs marking the first time ever that the Silver team had performed so well.
On Saturday, after getting up at 5:30am to drive over 6 hours to Montreal, the Silver Jets got out of the car and faced off against the Ottawa Titans Black team.
The Jets stunned Ottawa with a 3-0 burst to start the game . Ottawa managed to pull to within one by the end of the opening quarter and kept it that way until the half as the Jets led 5-4.
The Jets moved the needle back to a three goal lead by the end of the third quarter (9-6) before hanging on to win 11-9.
Maksim Cuturilo led the way with a hat trick. David Rapoport, Luka Pejanovic and Petar Kovasevic each scored twice while Richard Laurie and Harrison Young added singles.
A few hours later the team was back in the water to face the host CAMO team and put up a valiant fight before falling 13-10. The Jets trailed 3-2 after one period. Then the team tied things up three consecutive times before CAMO restored its one goal cushion at the half. The Jets found new energy in the third quarter and surged ahead 8-6 on the strength of three unanswered goals. But then the fatigue showed as the team gave up two goals at the end of the quarter and four to start the final quarter.
Cuturilo, Laurie and Rapoport each scored twice while Ali Saleh, Kovasevic, Pejanovic and Young added singles.
After a short night’s rest, the Silver Jets were back at it Sunday to play St. Lambert – a team composed of 7 players centralized at the national team training center in Montreal. Though the team quickly fell behind 3-0, it refused to give up and actually closed to within one at 6-7 in the third quarter. St. Lambert then struck for three unanswered goals to close out that quarter before the Jets again came back to win the final quarter 2-0 while ultimately falling 10-8.
Cuturilo again led the scorers with a hattrick. Kovasevic and Pejanovic had a pair each and Young added one.
Great start to the season for the team!
The Toronto Golden Jets 2018-19 tryout weekend has finally arrived!
Players are asked to attend both sessions (if possible) and bring bathing suit, swim goggles, towel and large bag in which to put their clothes.
The National Association (Water Polo Canada) has just changed its registration policy so the club will be removing the Registration Link until the new policy by WPC goes into effect.
The tryout practices all take place in the 50m pool at the University of Toronto (55 Harbord Street – corner Spadina) and are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, September 15 – 11:45am – 1:30pm: All age group girls born 2001-2012 1:15pm-3:00pm: All age group boys born 2001-2012
Sunday, September 16 – 4:45am – 7:00pm: All age group girls and boys born 2001-2006 4:45pm-6:00pm: All age group boys and girls born 2007-2012