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CJHL Hockey
Grads looking forward to first playoff appearance in six years
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It’s been six long years since the Cumberland Grads last saw action in the post season.

In 2009-2010 they lost in the quarterfinals to the Ottawa Jr. Senators after finishing seventh in the overall standings. Since then they haven't had a sniff, finishing 10th or worse six years in a row.

That drought has finally come to an end this season with the Grads locking up a playoff spot earlier this week.

The Navan-based team is cuurently sitting in fifth place, a point up on the Smiths Falls Bears who still have two games left to play. If they win either one of those games they would leapfrog the Grads.

Whether they finish in fifth or sixth, it will be the Grads highest regular season finish since 2008-2009 when they finished the regular season in third place.

Their final placing, however, will determine who they will face in the first round of the playoffs, as fifth plays fourth and sixth plays third.

At present who finishes second through fourth is totally up for grabs. The Ottawa Jr. Senators are currently in second place with 83 points. The Hawkesbury Hawks are one point back with two games left to play and the Brockville Braves are two points back with two games left as well.

Whoever they face in the quaterfinals, the Grads will be hoping to break the first round jinx that has plagued them since 2003. That’s the last time the Grads advanced to the second round. In five trips to the playoffs since then, they’ve been handed an early exit five times.

If they are to break the jinx they will have to rely on their offence which has scored a league-high 258 times. That’s 21 goals more than the first place Carleton Place Canadians.

Shawn Cameron has all but wrapped up the CJHL scoring race with 91 points. His nearest rival is 14 points back with two games left to play.

Cameron’s linemates Martin Frechette is currently in third place with 71 points and two other Grads are in the top 12 – Branden Makara is in seventh place with 64 points and Michael Larose is tied for 12th place with 57 points.

If Cumberland’s offence is somehow unable to maintain their regular season pace, the Grads will need to get stellar goaltending from Thierry Messervier who will likely be the starter for game one. If Messervier falters, Ryan Coughlin will be waiting in the wings.

(Posted 7:30 p.m., March 4)


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