Rangers send 7 teams through to OEMHL finals
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association will be well
represented in the OEMHL finals with no fewer than seven
teams still in the running for a championship banner.
Rangers' Major Novice A, Minor Atom A White, Major Atom
A abd AA, Minor and Major Peewee AA and Midget AA teams
have all qualified for the final round.
seven teams in seven out of a possible 10 division finals.
That's more than double the next minor hockey organization
in Eastern Ontario. The Ottawa Valley Silver Seven has
three teams in the finals and the Ottawa Sting, Cumberland
Jr. Grads, Nepean Raiders and Kanata Blazers each have
Major Novice A Rangers are plsying the Kanata Blazers
in their OEMHL final after winning their first to five
points semifinal series against the Nepean Raiders 5-1.
Rangers are currently trailing the Blazers 2-0 in points
after losing the series opener 2-0 on Saturday.
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.
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 semi-final
giving up the opening goal just 20 seconds in the deciding
game, 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.
Raiders got one back later in the second but the Rangers
would shut them down the rest of the way for the series
Glover and Nathan Villeneuve have scored six goats each
so far in the playoffs for the Minor Atom team which finished
the regular season in sixth place, 13 points back of their
final round opponents.
championship series gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. at
the Sandy Hill Arena.
Major Atom A Rangers earned a berth in the finals with
a 5-1 win over the Kanata Blazers on Thursday that clinched
the top spot in their double round robin series.
OEMHL rules, in divisions which only have five teams the
final round participants must be determined by way of
a double round robin series.
top seed Rangers will face the third seed Nepean Raiders
when the final gets underway Tuesday night at the Richcraft
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 Aubrey had four goals
and four assists, and Morgan Deslauriers had a goal and
Rangers' Major Atom AA team is hoping to add a post season
championship banner to the regular season flag they earned
captured last month in their final round match-up with
Cumberland Jr. Grads.
top-seeded Rangers are a slight favourite over their east
end rivals despite losing the series opener 2-0 on Sunday.
Game 2 goes Tuesday night at the Navan Arena.
Minor Peewee AA Rangers are already three games into their
first to seven points championship series against the
Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and are trailing five points
to one. They'll be hoping to avoid elimination in Game
4 Wednesday night at the Richcraft Sportsplex.
Rangers Major Peewee AA team punched their ticket to the
league finals with a 3-0 win over the Nepean Raiders on
Sunday to take their semi-final series six points to four.
The number three seed will be in tough against the top
seed Ottawa Valley Silver Seven which has only lost once
in seven post season games.
but by no means least, the Midget AA squad has raised
a few eyebrows by going 6-0 in their round robin pool
to earn their way into the finals against the equally
surprising Rideau St. Lawrence Kings.
two teams finished fifth and sixth in the regular season
stadings proving once again that the playoffs are truly
a whole new season.
1 will take place at the Prescott Arena on Wednesday,
with Game 2 scheduled for the Bob MacQuarrie Complex the
6:30 p.m., March 7)
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