a.m., March 24)
Jr. Grads advance
to Midget RepB finals
By Fred Sherwin
Jr. Grads have made it through to the ODMHL Major Midget RepB finals after
dispatching the Orleans Blues in decisive fashion Monday night, winning
the fourth and deciding game 7-1 to take the first to four point series
five points to three.
The series actually
started way back on March 1. After tying the first two games, the two teams
tried to settle things on March 9, but the game once again ended in a tie
when the Blues managed to erase a 5-2 deficit in the third period.
game was scheduled to go three periods, extra ice time was booked just in
case the game went into overtime. As things turned out, the extra time wasn't
needed except to sort through a rash of penalties following a melee that
brought the game to an early conclusion.
The Jr. Grads
wasted little time getting on the scoreboard thanks to a goal by Mathieu
Gignac who scored 47 seconds into the game on a play that Blues goalie Alex
Haddad would have loved to had back.
Brian Upton would
give the Jr. Grads a 2-0 lead just over four minutes later on a play that
was set up by David Labelle.
Ben Harris' first
goal of the evening would put Cumberland up 3-0 at the 10:04 mark of the
second period. Harris took a pass in front of the net and then waited for
Haddad to drop to his knees before firing a shot top shelf over the goalie's
The Jr. Grads
extended their lead to 4-0 at the 7:48 mark of the second period when Labelle's
point shot somehow got behind Haddad. As the puck sat in the crease, Keith
Burns pounced on it and knocked it into the net.
The Blues finally
got on the scoreboard early in the third period on a point shot that found
the top of the net as Jr. Grads goalie Jeremy Chubbs was trying to see through
The goal only
served to reignite the Jr. Grads who got three more goals from Harris, Burns
and big Kyle Aaron to go up 7-1 before all hell broke loose. An altercation
in the Cumberland crease between Chubbs and an overzealous Orleans player
quickly degenerated into a near brawl. After sorting though the penalties,
the referee decided to call the game with a little over a minute left on
the clock, rather than risk the situation deteriorating any further.
Asked if he was
surprised the Orleans Blues didn't offer up more of a challenge in the decisive
game, Jr. Grads head coach Mike Highley said the result was indicative of
the talent in the two dressing rooms.
at all. We have a better team. We should have won in three straight, but
we let them back in a couple of times," said Highley.
The only team
remaining between the Jr. Grads and a championship banner is Ottawa West
which knocked off the second seed Ottawa Sting and the top seed Stittsville
Rams in route to the finals.
In their three
regular season match-ups, the Jr. Grads won two games by a single goal.
Ottawa West won the third game 6-1.
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