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OEMHL Hockey
Gloucester Rangers send five teams through to OEMHL finals, and counting
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association will be well represented in the OEMHL finals with no fewer then seven teams still in the running for a championship banner.

The Rangers' Major Novice A, Minor Atom A White, Minor Peewee AA and Minor and Major Atom AA teams have all qualified for the final round.

The Major Peewee AA squad, will try to be the sixth Rangers team through to the finals when they take on the Nepean Raiders in Game 5 of their semi-final series on Sunday, and the Midget AA team currently leads their playoff pool with a perfect 6-0-0 record.

The Major Novice A Rangers will be taking on the Kanata Blazers in their OEMHL final after winning their first to five points semifinal five points to one.

The Rangers won the first two games in the series, 2-1 and 4-2, and then only needed a 4-4 tie in Game 3 to get the prerequisite five points.

Dylan Turcotte scored three goals and added a pair of assists in Games 2 and 3 after being kept off the scoresheet in the series opener. Antonino Imerti and Kieren Dervin, who scored both goal in Game 1, had two goals each.

The top-seeded Rangers and the Blazers finished 1-2 in the regular season standings, with Rangers winning all five games against the Kanata team, including an 8-3 win in their last meeting in Feb. 2.

The Minor Atom A White team will face the Ottawa Sting in their final after upsetting the top-seeded Nepean Raiders in an exciting fifth game deciding match in their semifinal

After giving up the opening goal just 20 seconds into Game 5, the Rangers kept the Raiders in check for the remainder of first period and then exploded for three goals in the first five minutes of the second to take a 3-1 lead.

The Raiders got one back later in the second but the Rangers would shut them down the rest of the way for the series win.

Sam Glover and Nathan Villeneuve have scored six goats each so far in the playoffs for the Rangers White team which finished the regular season in sixth place, 13 points back of their final round opponents.

The championship series will get underway on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Hill Arena.

The Major Atom A Rangers earned a berth in the finals with a 5-1 win over the Kanata Blazers on Thursday that clinched them the top spot in their double round robin series.

Under OEMHL rules, in divisions which only have five teams the final round participants must be determined by way of a double round robin series.

With two games left to go in the Major Atom A series, the Rangers are at the top of the table with 12 points; the Ottawa Sting are three points back with one game remaining; and the Raiders are three points further back with two games left.

Atiqtalaaq Uuttuvak and Logan Graham scored the lion's share of goals for the Rangers in the round robin series with seven and six goals respectively. Nicholas Aubry had four goals and four assists, and Morgan Deslauriers had a goal and seven assists.

The Major Atom AA Rangers will be looking to add a post season championship banner to their regular season flag when they lock horns with the Cumberland Jr. Grads in their final.

The Rangers needed an extra game to get rid of the Eastern Ontario Cobras in the semi-finals.

After the Cobras pulled off a 3-2 win facing elimination in Game 3, the Rangers responded with a decisive 6-3 win in Game 4 to advance to the finals.

The Jr. Grads only needed a tie in their fourth game against the Nepean Raiders to win the series five points to three.
The Rangers are a slight favourite against the Jr. Grads who handed them one of their only two regular season defeats.

The championship series will get underway on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre. Game 2 goes Tuesday night at the Navan Arena.

The Minor Peewee AA Rangers are already two games into their first to seven points championship series against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and are trailing three points to one after losing the opener 7-2 and tying Game 2 3-3. Game 3 goes Sunday at noon in Carleton Place.

With five teams already qualified for the finals and two more knocking on the door, the Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association is enjoying one of their most successful post seasons in years. The organization with second highest number of teams qualifying for the finals is the Ottawa Valley Minor Hockey Association with only three.

How many of those Rangers teams will end their season on a winning note remains to be seen.

(Posted 7:30 p.m., March 5)

 

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