Menace Analyst – Mikayla Guarasci
Milton Menace Preview: Menace at Collingwood Blues – October 29, 2023
It will be a battle between the best of the West when the Milton Menace head to Collingwood for a Sunday afternoon game against the Collingwood Blues. The Blues and Menace sit first and second in the West Conference, respectively.
Both teams have gotten off to hot starts this season. Collingwood is 16-2-0-0, and Milton is 13-3-2-0 in 16 games played. This will be the first time the Menace and Blues have met since Collingwood eliminated Milton from the 2023 Buckland Cup Playoffs last spring, sweeping them in the second round. The Blues would go on to be the eventual Buckland Cup Champions.
Milton started the weekend off with a 1-1 tie against the Caledon Admirals at home. Nicholas Wereha scored a shorthanded goal in the first period, marking the Menace penalty kill’s second goal in as many games. The Menace had their opportunities, getting 44 shots on Caledon’s Austin McKillop, but they couldn’t find the back of the net for the win. Ariel Zaslaver made 15 saves for the Menace.
The Blues have picked up where they left off last season with many dominant performances thus far. Collingwood’s second loss of the season came at the hands of the Leamington Flyers on Friday. Before then, they had not lost since September 22, over a month ago, when they played the Oakville Blades.
Collingwood and Milton currently sit just four points apart in the standings, so every game between these teams is that much more consequential. Points won in games like this will make a major difference, especially come playoff seeding. Sunday will be Milton’s toughest test so far this season, and they will look to show their best against the Blues.
Sunday’s puck drop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. from Eddie Bush Arena in Collingwood. Be sure to follow the Menace’s social media accounts for game updates and stream the game live on FloHockey.