a.m., March 28)
fall to Stittsville Rams in Minor Atom RepB final
By Fred Sherwin
Blackhawks season came to a disappointing end on Friday after they suffered
a 4-2 loss to the Stittsville Rams in Game 3 of the ODMHL Minor Atom RepB
championship at the Earl Armstrong Arena.
had been on a roll heading into the March Break having won the East Division
championship in the minimum number of games. They then downed the Rams 4-1
in the opening game of the final before the obligatory March Break.
When the series
resumed on Wednesday, the Rams had retooled their lineup by placing their
top two players on the same line which made it difficult for the Blackhawks
to contain both of them. The result was immediately evident on the score
sheet as Ryan Horvath and Jonathan Poskus scored all four of the Rams goals
in a 4-1 win.
While the pair
didn't factor into the scoring early on in Game 3, Poskus did score the
eventual game winner early in the third period. At the time the goal gave
the Rams a 3-1 lead, but a goal late in the period by Declan Hilton would
give the Blackhawks a chance to try and tie the contest with 1:53 left on
the clock and force a game four in the first to four points series.
As the action
unfolded on the ice, the Rams managed to hold the Blackhawks off until Horvath
scored an empty net goal with 15 seconds left on the clock to clinch the
championship for the Stittsville team.
Despite the loss,
the Blackhawks can still look back on an incredibly successful season in
which they made it to the finals of the Bell Capital Cup playing in the
Minor Atom AA division.
They also won
the regular season East Division championship and made it to the final of
the ODMHL championship, something 12 other teams were unable to do.
proud. The kids achieved a lot this year," said Blackhawks head coach
Ron Castleman after the game. "I said to the guys before the game that
if you had told me at the start of the season that we'd be playing in the
finals I would have taken it."
especially impressed by the level of composure possessed by the group of
are very skilled, but what's even better from a coaching aspect is that
they are 17 really good kids, which says a lot about their parents. They're
very disciplined, I mean look at the dressing room, they just lost a really
tough game and they're totally composed," said Castleman.
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