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OEMHL Hockey
Gloucester Rangers send 7 teams through to OEMHL finals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

The 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.

That's 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 two.

The 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.

The Rangers are currently trailing the Blazers 2-0 in points after losing the series opener 2-0 on Saturday.

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 semi-final last Thursday.

After 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.

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 Minor Atom team which finished the regular season in sixth place, 13 points back of their final round opponents.

The championship series gets underway tonight 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 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.

The top seed Rangers will face the third seed Nepean Raiders when the final gets underway Tuesday night at the Richcraft Sensplex.

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 Aubrey had four goals and four assists, and Morgan Deslauriers had a goal and seven assists.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Last, 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.

The two teams finished fifth and sixth in the regular season stadings proving once again that the playoffs are truly a whole new season.

Game 1 will take place at the Prescott Arena on Wednesday, with Game 2 scheduled for the Bob MacQuarrie Complex the following night.

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

 

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