add Novice A playoff banner to season haul
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association has added
another banner to its growing collection this season.
days after the Rangers Major Atom AA squad defeated
the Cumberland Jr. Grads to win the OEMHL playoff championship,
the organizations Novice A team joined them as league
champions with a 3-2 win over the Kanata Blazers to complete
one of the most im-pressive comebacks of the playoff season.
Gloucester Rangers' Lucas Murphy scores the
first of two goals against the Kanata Blazers
on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Novice A Rangers were trailing the Blazers 6-2 in the
first to seven points series and were down 3-1 after two
periods in Game 5 when they scored three unanswered goals
in the third to keep their championship hopes alive. Even
then, they needed a 2-1 win last Thursday to force a seventh
and deciding game. A tie in either Game 5, or Game 6,
would have given the Blazers the title.
Tuesdays decider, it was the Blazers who drew first
blood when Peter Legostaev scored on an unassisted effort
just 18 seconds into the game.
falling behind early, the Rangers stuck to their game
plan and gradually gained momentum ultimately leading
to Dylan Turcottes equalizer at midway through the
little over a minute later, Lukas Murphy banged home a
rebound offered up by Kanata goalie Carson Pike on shot
from Jacob Clouthier to give the Rangers the lead.
Blazers only managed to get one shot on goal in the second
period, but it was taken by Legostaev who took off from
his own blueline and deked around two Gloucester defenceman
before scoring high top shelf to deadlock the score at
goal came just 43 seconds into a period in which Kanata
was outshot 9-1 despite having a man advantage not once,
game remained tight through the early part of the third
period until Legostaev collided with Murphy in the corner,
leaving the Rangers forward facedown on the ice.
Murphy recovered from the hit and got back on his feet,
Legostaev was assessed a five minute major for head contact
and a game misconduct.
Blazers leading scorer was sent off the ice with
1:16 still left in an earlier penalty to Lucas Lin.
the outcome of the game hanging in the balance, the Blazers
tenaciously killed off the two-man advantage and managed
to eat into 1:25 of the remaining 3:44 of Legostaevs
major when Murphy got his revenge on the earlier head
shot by scoring the eventual game winner with 5:36 left
in the period.
Blazers killed off the remaining 2:19 in the major penalty
and were in great shape to tie the score when the
Rangers picked up a hooking penalty with 3:47 left in
without their top scorer in the game, the Blazers were
unable to generate a decent scoring chance during the
power play and time, or lack of it, became their worst
killing off the hooking penalty, the Rangers kept the
Blazers at bay for the final minute and four seconds after
they had pulled their goalie 8n favour of an extra attacker.
Murphys two goals were his third and fourth of the
playoffs, while Turcottes initial go ahead goal
was his team-leading ninth of the playoffs. By comparison,
Legostaev scored 23 times before he was ejected from Tuesdays
game, with 10 of those goals coming in the final series.
the Novice teams big win, Rangers head coach
Mike Murphy lauded his players for battling back from
the 3-1 deficit in Game 3 and never taking their eyes
off the prize.
The kids worked really hard and they earned this,
Murphy. Theyre a great group and its
been a privilege to coach them."
fewer than seven Rangers teams made it to the OEMHL finals,
earning at least a finalist banner in the process. The
Major Atom AA and Novice A teams have both added a playoff
championship banner to the regular season flag the already
had in their possession.
only team still in the hunt for a playoff crown is the
Rangers Major Atom A squad which will play a seventh and
deciding game against the Nepean Raiders on Thursday.
roster: Noah Petrie, Luke Suys, Hogan Blais,
Daniel Laflamme, Antonino Imerti, Kieren Dervin,
Brandon Bauder, Ryan Ross, Tristan Webb, Rowan
Cantrell, Dylan Turcotte, Logan Power, Quinn
Beauchesne, Tyler Meireles, Lukas Murphy,
Garrett Maronese and Jacob Cloutier. Head
Coach Mike Murphy. Ass't Coach Marc Blais,
Mike Beauchesne, and Damien Laflamme. Manager
Mike Webb. Trainer Geoff Dervin. Fred Sherwin/Photo
12:30 p.m., March 30)
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