Peewee AA Rangers advance to OEMHL finals
By Fred Sherwin
Major Peewee AA Gloucester Rangers have become the seventh
Rangers team to advance to the Ontario East Minor Hockey
League finals thanks to a Game 5 victory over the Nepean
Raiders on Sunday.
two teams were tied at four points each heading into the
deciding game in the first to five point semi-final series.
splitting the first two games of the series, the Rangers
and the Raiders played to a 2-2 draw in Game 3 and failed
to decide things after tying 1-1 in Game 4.
team was able to score in the first period on Sunday.
It wasn't until the 4:58 mark of the second period that
the Rangers finally broke the deadlock on a fortuitous
Melvin was just coming on the ice at the Raiders blueline
when Duncan Campbell sprung him in on goal with a great
goalie Sean Skillen stopped Melvin's initial shot, but
he couldn't stop Colin McCabe who poked home the rebound
trailing on the play.
goal appeared to energize the Rangers whose forecheck
kept the Raiders on their heels throughout most of the
improved their lead to 2-0 with 1:59 left in the period
on a goal by Sean Carroll that was set up by Melvin on
a two-on-one break.
maintaining an aggressive forecheck and capitalizing on
their scoring chances, the Rangers also did an excellent
job killing penalties.
Raiders had the man advantage in each of the first, second
and third periods but could only muster a handful of shots,
which came back to haunt them late in the game when the
skate was on the other foot.
penalties, including a four minute minor for head contact,
negated any chance of a possible Raiders comeback. And
when Carroll scored his second of the game with 10 seconds
left in the second power play opportunity it was game
third seed Rangers will enjoy a day off on Monday before
taking on the top seed Ottawa Valley Silver Seven in the
opening game of their first to seven points series on
Rangers finished six points behind the Silver Seven in
the regular season standings, and the Ottawa Valley team
won two of the three times they played each other.
reaching the finals the Major Peewee AA team joins the
Major Novice A, Minor Atom A White, Minor and Major Atom
AA, Minor Peewee AA and Midget AA teams all of which are
still in the chase for a championship.
6:30 a.m., March 7)
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