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Major Atom AA
Ottawa Valley Titans force Game 7 against
Jr. Grads

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Jr. Grads will be looking to end the Ottawa Valley Titans mini two game winning streak and wrap up the OEMHL Major Atom AA championship tonight when the two teams take to the ice at the Ray Friel Centre.

Heading into the weekend, the Jr. Grads only needed to tie the Titans to clinch the championship after downing Ottawa Valley 3-2 on Thursday night to take a commanding six points to two lead in the first to seven points final series.

Unfortunately for the Jr. Grads, the Titans had other plans. After grinding out a 5-3 win at the Ray Friel Centre on Saturday, the pint-sized Titans somehow managed to squeak out a 3-2 over Cumberland at the Cavanagh Sensplex in Kinburn on Sunday.

The Titans got on the board first when Dylan Cullen scored on a harmless looking shot that went high over Miguel D'Aoust's left shoulder and just caught the bottom of the crossbar.

The Jr. Grads did a good job in bouncing back thanks to a breakaway goal by Brady McNeely who fired a shot from eight feet out that caught the inside of the right post.

Cumberland took the lead early in the second period on a goal by Tyler Griffin who was set up on the play by Jordan Pedlar.

The Jr. Grads looked to have everything under control until the Titans scored late in the second period off a scramble in front of the net that knotted the score at 2-2.

Knowing they needed to win the game in order to stay alive, the Titans turned things up a notch in the third period and outshot the Jr. Grads 9-4. The winning goal came on a shot from Dawson Carnochan from 20 feet out that seemed to handcuff D'Aoust.

Up 3-2 with seven minutes left to play, the Titans did a good job containing the Jr. Grads the rest of the way. In fact, the Grads could only muster two shots on goal in the final five minutes, neither of which could be described as a quality scoring chance.

The Jr. Grads will be hoping for a better result when they take to the ice tonight at the Ray Friel Centre. A win or tie would give them a championship, while a loss would be disastrous. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

(Posted 12 p.m., March 30)

 

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