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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Feb. 27)
Grads magic number down to one after win over Jr. Sens
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Grads are one Brockville Braves loss away from clinching third place in the overall standings after extending their advantage over the Braves to eight points with a shootout win over the Ottawa Jr. Senators on Wednesday.

The win, along with a Braves loss to the Cornwall Colts on Thursday, means the Grads magic number to clinch third place is now one. They could accomplish the task on their own when they play the last place Hawkesbury Hawks on the final day of the regular season next Friday, but they may not have to depending on how Brockville does in their next three games.

The Braves have to win their remaining four games and hope for a Hawks upset in the Grads’ final game of the season just to force a tie. The odds are not in the Braves favour, especially given the fact that they are currently on a bit of a skid, having lost their last three games.

They play Kemptville tonight in a game they should win and then the Smiths Falls Bears on Sunday in a match-up that may very well decide fourth and fifth place in the over standings. Even if they win both of those games, they would still have to beat the red hot Nepean Raiders next Wednesday to keep their third place hopes alive.

The Grads meanwhile are riding high having won their last nine games in a row and 12 of their last 13.

In Wednesday’s game against the Jr. Sens, the Grads fell behind early after giving up a power play goal in the first period.

Marc-Andre Labelle’s team-leading 39th goal of the season briefly tied the game at the 13:14 mark of the second period, but the Jr. Sens immediately bounced back with a goal from Nicholas Belleville 25 seconds later to regain the lead.

Michael Sorrenti’s fourth goal of the season a minute later would tie the contest yet again at 2-2, which is where the score remained through the third period and five minutes of overtime.

Adam Laderoute then stopped all three shots in the shootout while Labelle scored the lone shootout goal for the Grads to give Cumberland the win.

As things stand now the Grads and the Jr. Sens will face each other in the first round of the playoffs, although the Kanata Stallions and the Cornwall Colts still have an outside shot at catching Ottawa.

The Grads were 4-2 against the Jr. Sens during the regular season, including a 2-1 win in the season opener. More recently the Jr. Sens took them to overtime and Wednesday’s game had to be settled in a shootout.

(Posted 3:30 a.m., Feb. 25)


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