Grads in trouble
after suffering pair of losses to Jr. Sens
Grads are at risk of being handed an early exit from the playoffs after
suffering a pair of losses to the Jr. Sens in which they were totally outplayed
by the lower seeded team.
The Grads got
off to a slow start in Game 3 Thursday night, allowing two goals in the
first period that could have easily been prevented. The first was on a seemingly
harmless shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Adam Laderoute
low to the glove side. The second goal came on a two on one break that was
created off a turnover in the Jr. Sens offensive zone.
For the most
part, the Grads looked lethargic and disinterested despite the fact they
were coming off 3-1 loss to the Jr. Sens in Game 2 that tied the series
at a game apiece.
The Grads lack
of intensity in the first peiord carried over into the second. As the Jr.
Sens continued to press the action, they were rewarded with a goal when
Laderoute tried to clear the puck behind the net to Klassen only to have
it intercepted by Alex Poitras who then snapped a quick pass out to Andrew
Hampton who easily scored on the play.
The Grads finally
got on the scoreboard at the 5:13 mark of the third period when Mathieu
Ouellette won the puck along the boards behind the Ottawa net and threw
it out front to David Pacan who scored into the far side.
The Grads very
nearly made it 3-2 moments later, but Ouellette's shot deflected off a Jr.
Sens player high over the net. The missed opportunity would loom large after
the Jr. Sens re-established their three goal lead 23 seconds later on a
goal by Jesse Barbier.
The Grads pulled
back to within two goals at the 13:36 mark of the third period when Pacan
jumped on a loose puck behind the goal line and passed it out to Gallant
who fired a shot into the open net before the Ottawa goalie Niels Erik Ravn
knew what what was going on.
Just as it looked
as if the Grads might be able to pull a rabbit out of their helmets, the
Jr. Sens scored with 2:21 left in the game to regain their three goal advantage
and wipe out any hope the Grads may have had about staging a comeback.
The Grads will
have 48 hours to get their act together before the series resumes at the
Jim Durrell Centre on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Depending on how the game
goes the Grads will return to Navan for Game 5 on Sunday with series either
tied or down three games to one.
p.m., March 13)
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