JETS STRONG at UofT FALL CLASSIC

With training for the age group part of the Golden Jets having just started and the senior teams not yet training regularly, the club placed four different line-ups in the water to play games at the University of Toronto Fall Classic.

First up, the Jets senior men had their first ever meeting against the United States Military Academy (ARMY). Army was making its first ever appearance in Canada.

The Jets jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and finished the first quarter ahead 3-1. Then the Jets players’ experience kicked in as the team ran off a 6-0 second period. The final two quarters were low scoring affairs with the Jets winning both by a goal (2-1, 3-2) to win 14-4.

Rudy Despaigne led the way with a hat trick while Tuna Tali and David Rapoport each netted a pair of goals. Sukhmun Hare, Paul Spooner, Emirhan Ozdemir, Petar Kovacevic, Dusan Lazarevic and Kane Law added singles.

The next day, the Jets U19s (plus one) faced off against Ann Arbor (Michigan) and came away with a 15-6 victory. The opening quarter was close as the Jets opened up a 4-2 advantage. Then a 4-0 run in the second period paved the way to a 8-3 half time lead. The teams traded goals throughout the third quarter until the Jets exploded for three goals in the last minute and a half to surge out in front 14-5.

Rapoport led all scorers with five goals. Kovacevic and Luka Pejanovic each notched a hat trick while four other added single tallies.

In the second of three matches on the day, a Jets Co-Ed line-up took on a Cleveland Co-Ed team and had its way with a 16-3 win.
The Jets ran away with things in the first quarter scoring five unanswered goals. Then, from the middle of the second period until the last minute of the game, the Jets went on a 10-0 run.

Age group head coach Predrag Pejanovic popped in two markers and eight others shared the rest of the scoring.

The third game of the day featured another game against Ann Arbor but this time the Jets Co-Ed team hit the pool instead of the U19s.

The game proved to be a thrilling one with numerous lead changes. The teams traded goals five times to be in a 5-5 tie early in the second quarter. The Jets then fell behind 11-9 entering the final frame but roared back with three unanswered goals to take the lead. Ann Arbor promptly tied things up at 12. With a minute and a half to go, the Jets found the back of the net to take the lead only to see the visitors score with one second left to leave the game in a dead heat.

Rapoport again paced the attack with a hat trick while newcomer Melchior Rochefoucauld, Leo Baotic and Sebastien Nisker all potted a pair of goals. Bora Kaya, Ahmad Wagner, Pejanovic and Law rounded out the scoring.

The tournament proved to be a great way for the Jets players from various age groups to get the feel of the ball again! Good job!

JAFFE OUTSTANDING IN GOAL FOR CANADA

Toronto Golden Jets MVP goalie, Rachael Jaffe, just completed a great run representing Canada at the FISU World University Games in Naples, Italy.
 
Jaffe provided outstanding goal tending right from the start of the tournament as Canada opened with a 12-10 win over an impressive Japan team. In the game, Jaffe stopped two penalty shots and continually thwarted dangerous Japanese scoring opportunities.
 
After a loss to eventual champion Hungary and two easy victories against France and the Czech Republic, Canada had to face its international nemesis the USA in the knockout quarter final.
 
Jaffe came up with numerous key saves that had the American players wondering where this goalie came from. The teams battled to a 5-5 regulation tie, the low scoring affair a testament to the great goal tending. In the penalty shootout to decide the winner, the Americans shot second and matched goals with Canada for 4 rounds. Then the Canadians completed a perfect first round and watched as Jaffe made the only save of the round to send Canada on to the semi-finals.
 
Eventually, Canada finished in 4th place with its only losses coming against the three medal winners.
 
Rachael will take a brief break after a prolonged training and competition season before getting back in the pool in Toronto at the end of August with UofT and the Golden Jets.
 
Congratulations to Rachael!

U19 BOYS WIN GOLD!

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.

GREAT JOB and GOOD LUCK!!!

U16 BOYS 4th AT PLAYOFFS

The Toronto Golden Jets U16 boys team finished off a strong season by placing 4th at the Eastern conference playoffs in Ottawa.
 
The Jets started out with a tough match against DDO (Montreal) and led 3-2 after the first quarter. DDO returned the favour in the second quarter sending the teams to half time tied at 5-5. The Jets repeated the first quarter to lead 8-7 after three quarters as each of the first three periods ended in 3-2 scores.
 
Then, after DDO tied it up early in the 4th, the Jets scored three unanswered goals and went on to win 13-11 to advance to the semi-finals.
 
Captain Bora Kaya led the way for the Jets with 6 goals. Dario Lucic added a hat trick with Eddie Elias and Alex Papalazaropu each netting two goals to round out the scoring.
 
In the semi-finals, the Jets had to face the #1 seeded Mavs. The Jets fought hard trailing 8-4 at the half and 10-6 late into the third quarter. However, the team tired and wound up losing 15-8.
 
Nisker paced the attack with three goals with Elias again adding a pair. Daniel Press, Kaya and Lucic notched singles.
 
The game for the bronze medal featured a match against the host Ottawa Titans. The match proved to be hard fought and close throughout as three of the four quarters ended up in ties. The Jets lost the second quarter by two goals including giving up a power play goal with nly 5 seconds remaining in the half. That quarter proved to be the difference as the Titans won 10-8.
 
Kaya led the way with 5 goals giving him a dozen over the three playoff games. Lucic added a pair giving him a total of 6 goals. Nisker added the other for his fourth tally.
 
Kaya’s performance was recognized by his selection to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
 
Congratulations to the players and coaches on a great season!!!

U16 BOYS EARN 4TH SEED

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.

OZDEMIR MLWP’S MVG

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.

CONGRATULATIONS EMIRHAN!!!

JETS MEN WIN SILVER AT NATIONALS

The Toronto Golden Jets senior men won the silver medal at the National Championships this weekend at the Markham Pan Am Pool.
 
The Jets began the weekend as the #2 seed and drew the #7 seeded Mavs in the quarter final. The Jets jumped on top 3-1 in the first quarter and then used a pair of 2-0 periods to put the game away leading 7-1 after three quarters.
 
Tuna Tali led all scorers with a hat trick while Euan Scoffield notched a pair of goals. Rudy Despaignes, Milos Radojcic, Mike Chapman, Chris Vang and Pedro Moraes each added singles.
 
Goalie Emirhan Ozdemir was outstanding in the Golden Jets net constantly frustrating the opposition shooters and shutting them out for two and a half quarters.
 
On Saturday evening, the Jets’ semi-final match up was against the #1 seed from the Western Conference, the Calgary Torpedoes. Last year, the Torpedoes defeated the Jets in the bronze medal game so Toronto was looking for revenge and a trip to the gold medal game.
 
Calgary, a team with ex-National Team players and lots of experience, wasted no time in taking a 2-1 first quarter lead. However, the Jets came back with a strong second quarter, outscoring the Torpedoes 3-0 to take a 4-2 half time advantage. The Jets matched their second quarter total but the defence faltered allowing the Torpedoes to stay within reach as the Jets led 7-5 heading into the final frame.
 
Neither team could generate any offence in the final period until Calgary scored on a penalty shot with a half minute to play. However, the Jets successfully protected the ball against a furious storm defence by the Torpedoes to hang on for the 7-6 win.
 
Scoffield led the way with a pair of goals while Matt Hart, Paul Spooner, Despaignes, Moraes and Tali added singles. Ozdemir had another strong game in the cage for the Jets.
 
On Sunday, the Jets had to face off against last year’s champion DDO (Montreal) squad.
The two teams had a thrilling regular season game in Ottawa two weeks earlier that saw the score tied at half time, DDO rack up a 3-0 third quarter and the Jets rebound with a 4-0 final frame to eke out a 9-8 win.
 
The Jets opened the scoring out of the center on their first attack but DDO responded with a similar goal to tie things up. DDO then potted two more in the quarter to take a 3-1 lead into the second period. Neither team managed much offensively in a goalless quarter leaving the score 3-1 as the teams changed ends.
 
DDO then went up 4-1 early in the third quarter but the never-say-die Jets then rallied for two goals of their own to pull within one entering the final quarter. DDO re-established its two goal margin part way through the period but the Jets immediately responded. DDO then went up 6-4 only to see the Golden Jets score on the counterattack with 1:42 remaining to set up an exciting finish. The Jets defence held but the offence never got the ball back after its one failed attempt as DDO got a fortuitous rebound off the cross bar to get a new shot clock and ran out the game for the 6-5 victory.
 
Sukhmun Hare and Spooner each had a pair of goals with Despaigne adding a single.
 
Incredibly, this was the 9th time in the last 10 years that the Golden Jets men have been in the national championship gold medal game with the other year being a bronze medal game.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to the senior men!!!

JETS WOMEN MAKE STRONG MLWP DEBUT

The Golden Jets senior women’s team began the 2019 MLWP season with four games in Montreal and came away with two wins, a tie and a one-goal loss.
 
On Friday night, the team jumped into the pool to face Montreal team DDO after a 6+ hour drive.
 
Both teams started tentatively trading single goals in the opening quarter. The Jets pulled ahead by two in the second quarter and kept that lead at the end of the third to lead 5-3. However, fatigue became a factor and DDO tied things up quickly to start the final frame and made it three unanswered goals to forge ahead 6-5. The Jets fought back to tie things up but conceded a late goal to fall 7-6.
 
Allie Vas led the way with a hat trick while Rhianna Wood, Deena Charles and Sara Sutherland added singles.
 
The next day began with a game against last year’s national champions and host CAMO. The Jets again played their opponent to a 1-1 first quarter draw. And, as the night before, rode a 3-1 second quarter to a 4-2 halftime lead. CAMO got one back to trail 5-4 after three periods and scored the only goal of the final quarter to leave the teams tied 5-5. Caitlyn Tiedje paced the Jets with a pair of goals from the center with Charles, Sutherland and Vas notching single tallies.
 
A few hours later, the Jets women were back in the pool to play Capital Wave (Ottawa) and fell behind early before tieing things up 2-2 by the end of the first quarter. The Jets scored the only goals of the second quarter and the third quarter to surge ahead 4-2. This time, the team kept the pressure on and won 7-4 for its first victory of the season.
Charles had a monster game scoring 5 goals to lead all players while Emily Grossman and Tiedje added singles.
 
Early Sunday morning would be the setting for the team’s final game of the weekend. A new entry, St. Lambert was the opponent. The St. Lambert team is comprised of numerous older players who spent their careers playing for CAMO and DDO. As such, it was conventional wisdom that they would triumph easily. But the Jets women had other ideas. St. Lambert jumped ahead 2-0 and 3-1 in the first quarter and it appeared that the more experienced Montreal team would run away with things. But the Jets wouldn’t go away and scored twice near the end of the first quarter to tie the game 3-3. St. Lambert opened the scoring in the second quarter and then the teams traded goals leaving the Jets down 6-5 at the half. Then the unthinkable happened as the Jets scored two unanswered goals to go ahead 7-6. St. Lambert tied it 7-7 with a minute to go in the period but the Jets responded just 15 seconds later to carry a 8-7 lead into the final quarter. St. Lambert pulled even with 4:30 to go but again the Jets responded on the next attack to retake the lead. The exciting game went down to the horn but neither team could generate a goal leaving the Jets with a surprising 9-8 victory. Vas led the Jets attack with her second hat trick of the weekend. Wood scored a pair while Charles, Grossman, Sutherland and Tiedje added singles.
 
With three starters unable to make the trip and three more top players out for the season, the undermanned Jets women displayed great determination and belief in each other to pull off a very successful weekend!

SILVER MEN MAKE STRONG DEBUT

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!

UofT TO HOST UNIVERSITY FINALS

The University of Toronto will host the men’s and women’s university water polo championships this weekend December 1-2 at the UofT Athletic Center. It marks the first time in five years that Toronto has hosted the events.
 
This is a chance for all Golden Jets to come and cheer on the Varsity Blues teams which are nearly completely composed of Golden Jets members.
 
Both teams went undefeated during their regular seasons and enter the Finals as #1 seeds. Due to the ranking, both UofT teams will receive byes into the semi-finals on Saturday. The women will play at 1:45pm and the men will play at 4:15pm.
 
Medal games are on Sunday.