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OEMHL Hockey
Major Peewee AA Rangers advance to OEMHL finals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

The two teams were tied at four points each heading into the deciding game in the first to five point semi-final series.

After 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.

Neither 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 player change.

Tyler Melvin was just coming on the ice at the Raiders blueline when Duncan Campbell sprung him in on goal with a great lead pass.

Raiders goalie Sean Skillen stopped Melvin's initial shot, but he couldn't stop Colin McCabe who poked home the rebound trailing on the play.

The goal appeared to energize the Rangers whose forecheck kept the Raiders on their heels throughout most of the game.

Gloucester 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.

Besides maintaining an aggressive forecheck and capitalizing on their scoring chances, the Rangers also did an excellent job killing penalties.

The 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.

Back-to-back-to-back 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 over.

The 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 Tuesday.

The 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.

In 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.

(Posted 6:30 a.m., March 7)

 

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