looking forward to first playoff appearance in six years
By Fred Sherwin
been six long years since the Cumberland Grads last saw
action in the post season.
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.
drought has finally come to an end this season with the
Grads locking up a playoff spot earlier this week.
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.
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.
final placing, however, will determine who they will face
in the first round of the playoffs, as fifth plays fourth
and sixth plays third.
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.
they face in the quaterfinals, the Grads will be hoping
to break the first round jinx that has plagued them since
2003. Thats the last time the Grads advanced to
the second round. In five trips to the playoffs since
then, theyve been handed an early exit five times.
they are to break the jinx they will have to rely on their
offence which has scored a league-high 258 times. Thats
21 goals more than the first place Carleton Place Canadians.
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.
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.
Cumberlands 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
7:30 p.m., March 4)
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