7:30 p.m., Feb. 16)
clinch division title with fifth win in a row
Cumberland Grads will repeat as Robinson Division champs this year after clinching
the title with a 2-0 win over the Kemptville 73s on Sunday.
two points lifted the Grads 13 points clear of the Ottawa Jr. Sens with five games
left to go in the regular season schedule. It also allowed them to maintain a
four point advantage over the Brockville Braves who they are battling for third
place in the overall standings.
Clarke opened the scoring for the Grads with his 32 goal of the season at 8:53
mark of the opening period. The play was started by Brent Bisdee who head-manned
the puck to Marc-Andre Labelle. Labelle then drew a defenceman away from the front
of the net as he streaked across the Kemptville blueline before throwing a pass
across to Clarke who was able to score into a wide open goal.
little over a minute later, David Pacan was awarded a penalty shot after being
hauled down from behind while on a breakaway. As he skated in on Kemptville goalie
Justin Gilbert, the Grads' winger deftly drew the puck to his backhand and flipped
it into the net in one smooth motion.
2-0 at that point with a sizable advantage in both shots and goal scoring chances,
it looked as if the Grads were going to blow the 73s out of the building -- and
in all likelihood they would have if not for the play of Gilbert who kept his
team in the game by turning back 36 shots the rest of the way.
for Kemptville, Grads netminder Adam Laderoute wasn't about to be showed up in
his own building. The 19-year-old netminder stopped everything the 73s threw at
him, including a flurry of shots during a 12 second span in the third period,
to register his second shutout of the season.
winning their last five games in a row and eight of their last nine, Grads head
coach Mark Grady wasn't about to let his players rest on their laurels.
still have a lot of work to do before the playoffs. You can't have 52 shots against
a team like Kemptville and only score two goals. We need to finish a lot better
than that," said Grady, who was also critical of recent lapses in discipline.
need to work on our team play and play with more structure. We're still cheating.
We're not getting the puck deep enough in the other team's end. We have to be
better coming out of our end. What we've won eight of last nine? It doesn't mean
anything unless you can do something in the playoffs."
the Grads' five remaining games, only one is at home when they take on the Brockville
Braves next Sunday at 3 p.m. If all goes well, their next home game after that
will be the opening game of the quarterfinals.
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