7:30 a.m., Feb. 27)
magic number down to one after win over Jr. Sens
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.
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.
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.
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
Grads meanwhile are riding high having won their last nine games in a row and
12 of their last 13.
Wednesdays game against the Jr. Sens, the Grads fell behind early after
giving up a power play goal in the first period.
Labelles 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.
Sorrentis 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.
Laderoute then stopped all three shots in the shootout while Labelle scored the
lone shootout goal for the Grads to give Cumberland the win.
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.
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
Wednesdays game had to be settled in a shootout.
3:30 a.m., Feb. 25)
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