on brink of elimination following
2-1 loss in Game 5
By Fred Sherwin
Grads are on the brink of elimination in their quarterfinal series against
the Jr. Sens after they lost Game 5 on Sunday to give Ottawa a 3-2 series
The Grads evened
the series at two games apiece with a decisive 8-1 win at the Jim Durrell
Complex on Saturday. They were hoping to put a stranglehold on the series
at home on Sunday, but the Jr. Sens had other plans.
After a scoreless
first period in which the Grads had to kill off three five on three power
play situations, the Jr. Sens managed to get on the scoreboard first when
Jeff Carroll was the benefactor of a fat rebound delivered up by Grads goalie
Adam Laderoute off a shot from Mitch Bird.
The Grads responded
less than two minutes later with a goal from Matthieu Ouellette whose high
riser from the top of the left faceoff circle beat Jr. Sens goalie Niels
The score remained
tied until the 9:27 mark of the third period when Alex Poitras scored on
his own rebound. After taking the initial shot from a sharp angle, Poitras
circled around the back of the net and picked up the loose puck on the other
side before banging it behind Laderoute.
The Jr. Sens
came close to going up 3-2 late in the period but they ran out of real eastate
on both occasions. On the first, Maxime Pilon's shot from a sharp angle
with Laderoute lying prone on the ice, sailed past the open goal, and on
the second, Laderoute easily poked the puck off the stick of Matt White
who was set set up down low.
The Grads best
chance to send the game into overtime came with a minute left in regulation
when Ravn had to make his best save of the contest on a blistering shot
from Ouellette. Moments earling Mitch Gallant fired a shot off the corner
of the net where the crossbar meets the post.
now win at the Jim Durrell Complex on Wednesday night to force a Game 7
back home at the Navan Arena.
have to do it the hard way now," Grads coach Mark Grady said after
the game."We still have lots of confidence in the dressin room. We
just have to go out, win Game 6 and bring it back here."
If the Grads
want to make their job a little easier they need to stop tying to be perfect
around the net. A number of their shots either hit Ravn square in his chest
protector or missed the net entirely.
to stop taking shots to try and score and start taking shots to create chances.
If we do that the goals will come," says Grady.
Game 6 of the
quarterfinal series between the Cumberland Grads and the Ottawa Jr. Senators
will take place Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Complex.
The Grads will be hoping to force Game 7 back at the Navan Memorial Arena
on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
a.m., March 16)
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