Mid-West Recap for Feb. 12-17

Good morning Mid-West fans!  We’re heading into the final weekend of the regular season, but let’s see what happened last week.

Thursday, February 12

Brantford 99er’s hosted Kitchener Dutchmen.  The 99er’s are fighting for that lucrative last play-off spot, but the Dutchmen looked to be too much and downed the young squad 5-1.  Story from Brantford Expositor.

99ers lose to Dutchmen

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/02/12/99ers-lose-to-dutchmen-2

The Kitchener Dutchmen proved too much to handle for the Brantford 99ers on Thursday night at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

Hosting Kitchener in a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Mid-Western Conference game, Brantford lost 5-1.

The 99ers are now 9-34-1 on the season, while Kitchener improves to 33-9-3.

Brantford was down 2-0 after one period and 5-0 through two before getting on the board. After the Dutchmen had taken a penalty midway through the final period, Matthew Woods scored a power-play marker with assists to Evan Bidenti and Guy Polillo.

Jack Moylan, who was replaced in the third by Mathieu Kingsley, suffered the loss in goal for the 99ers, who were outshot 32-26.

Brantford is back in action on Friday when it travels to Listowel (19-23-1) for a7:30 p.m. game. The 99ers are then in Stratford (27-13-4) on Monday at 2 p.m.

 

Friday, February 13

On Fri., Brampton Bombers hosted Elmira Sugar Kings.  Brampton is also fighting for the post-season, entering last weekend just 1 point ahead of Brantford.  The Kings did not help them, as they suffered an 8-3 loss to Elmira.

Cash Seraphim opened the scoring just 1 min. into the contest.  At 2:32, Ethan Skinner made it 2-0 Kings.  Brad Bollert got the Bombers on the board with a power play goal at 7:11, with Chad Herron serving a roughing penalty.  At 12:06, Skinner would score his 2nd goal of the game and just 48 seconds later Zac Coulter put the Kings up 4-1.  Jordan Crocker would close out the scoring for the 1st period and the teams would head to their dressing rooms with Elmira up 4-2.

Klayton Hoelscher opened the 2nd period with a goal at 1:28.  Later in the period, he would add a 2nd goal on the game.  Lucas Goodman got the final goal for Brampton in between Hoelscher’s goals.

In the 3rd period, goals were added by Mitch Klie and Seraphim to make it an 8-3 final.

Elmira’s Jonathan Reinhart picked up the win in net, making 16 of 19 saves.  At the other end, Jacob Hutchings suffered the loss, stopping 22 of 30 shots.

 

Also on Fri. was Listowel Cyclones hosting Brantford.  Listowel blanked the 99er’s 4-0.

The teams skated through a scoreless first period.  Jordan Caskenette broke the tie 4:11 into the second frame, which would stand as the game winner.  Tim Nauta would add one in the second as well for a 2-0 Cyclones lead.

In the third period, Tanner Mighton and Brady Anderson would both score power play goals just 14 seconds apart to finish off the 99er’s and make it a 4-0 final.

In goal, Brantford’s Jack Moylan took the loss, stopping 27 of 31 shots, where Listowel’s Ryan Hergott was perfect stopping all 18 shots faced.

 

The last game on Fri. was Stratford Cullitons hosting Waterloo Siskins.  I had dubbed this game the battle for third, although third place wasn’t actually up for grabs.  The Cullitons defeated the Siskins 5-3.  Before I get to the story from Stratford Beacon Herald, I have to say that I was at this game.  I had decided to check this one out rather than go to my boys game in St. Marys, and my already high opinion of the Stratford organization was superseded.  I was treated like a rock star the moment I stepped into the Allman.  I was treated better by them than by my own team.  If I had a Mid-West team, I’d have to go with Stratford.  Now that that’s out of the way, onto the story from the Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons within point of third place

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2015/02/14/cullitons-within-point-of-third-place

You might say Joe Leahy is finding his rhythm.

The 17-year-old defenceman stretched his consecutive games goal-scoring streak to four Friday night with a first-period powerplay marker that helped send the Stratford Cullitons on the way to a 5-3 win over the Waterloo Siskins at the Allman Arena.

Leahy, who has seven points during his four-game streak, now has eight goals on the season — more than his total over the previous two seasons of triple A minor midget in Guelph and with Halton of the Provincial Junior A League.

“Probably not since minor hockey,” Leahy said when asked if he could recall a similar offensive tear. “Pucks are just going in, like today — I just shot it and it went in.

“I’m getting lots of opportunity from the coaches, which is great. When I’m put on the powerplay, as a D-man you’ve got to shoot and that’s what I’m doing. Whether it’s a rebound or it goes in, good things are going to happen if you get the puck on the net.”

Leahy — who is related to the award-winning Canadian folk music group of the same name, and plays guitar himself — now has 16 points (8-8) in 34 games since joining the team in early October.

He’s enjoying making an offensive contribution, but winning is key.

“Any way I can help the team,” he said. “If I’m put on PK, I’ll do that. If it’s powerplay, I’ll do that. I don’t really care as long as we’re winning.”

Cullitons’ assistant coach Tim Schultz, in charge of the defence, recalls being impressed with Leahy in his first few games with the team, and is happy to see him stepping up once again.

“I remember he had a real good weekend in Listowel and then he kind of plateaued a little bit,” Schultz said. “But he’s a young kid and maybe he’s just maturing and getting better as we go along here.

“His job is to play good defence first, obviously, but he can handle the puck so it’s nice to see him make some nice passes and chip in offensively.”

With their fifth straight win the Cullitons improved to 28-13-4 for 60 points, one back of the third-place Siskins, 28-12-5 for 61.

The Cullitons also finished 4-0-2 in the season series between the teams.

Each team has four games remaining. Stratford is at Listowel Sunday afternoon and back home Family Day Monday for a matinee game with the Brantford 99ers.

Flurry Of Goals

After the teams combined for five goals in the final seven and a half minutes of the second period, they battled through a scoreless third.

“Up 5-3 going into the third we held tight, playing playoff hockey and didn’t let them back into the game,” Leahy said when asked if the Cullitons were playoff-ready. “We’re getting towards that. I don’t think we’re there yet, but for sure we’re doing a great job of getting there.”

After Leahy’s goal at the 15-minute mark, Pat McKelvie made it 2-0 late in the first period, banging in a rebound of a Justin Graham shot for his 10th of the season. The gives the Cullitons nine players with double-digits in goals this season.

Anthony Guido drilled a shot from the point past a screened Nick Caldwell and into the top corner of the net to cut Stratford’s lead to 2-1 at 5:36 of the second period.

The teams then combined for five goals in a span of five and a half minutes. Brook Hiddink, Deven Kropf and Mitch Brooks scored for the Cullitons and Kyle Betts and Tommy Rietema for the Siskins.

Brooks’ goal was his 22nd of the season, Kropf his 19th, and Hiddink – on a powerplay – his sixth.

Bailey DeGasperis took over in the Waterloo net for the third period. Caldwell and Evgeny Kiselev had started and finished all five of the previous games between the teams.

Hayden Broomhead and Graham both finished with two assists.

“We haven’t had any luck in this barn and we’ve struggled a little bit against these guys,” Siskins’ coach Andrew Degroot agreed. “We haven’t had one game where we can say we’ve played a solid 60 minutes against them.

“We spotted them two goals tonight and they’re too good a team to do that against. (But) I think the difference tonight was when it was 4-3 it looked like we had a lot of jump and then the fifth goal kind of saw the bench go flat.”

The Siskins host Guelph Sunday and Cambridge Monday, then finish the schedule next weekend with a road game in Guelph and home game against Listowel.

After facing Listowel and Brantford this weekend, the Cullitons finish with a home game against Guelph and a road game in Brampton.

“Obviously we want to stay in third,” Degroot said. “We were there last year and we had success coming from third. But we’ve just got to go out and win our remaining games and if we do that then we can control our own destiny.”

NOTES: A moment of silence was observed prior to the game in memory of long-time fan and season ticket holder Gerry Marshall, who passed away last Saturday … best wishes to scoreclock operator Gary ‘Newf’ Goulding, who was admitted to hospital and missed Friday’s game … Jake Pleon (12) and Leahy (8) now have nearly as many goals as Ryker Killins (15) and Jordan Currie (7) last season … Brooks finished with four goals and five assists in six games against Waterloo and Shane O’Brien, who had an assist 3-5-8 in five games.

 

Saturday, February 14

On Sat., Cambridge Winter Hawks hosted Brampton.  The Winter Hawks won 4-3 in a shoot out, but that 1 point the Bombers picked up for going into OT could prove to be very important.

Cambridge’s Mitch Atkins opened the scoring 1:06 into the game.  Brampton’s Noah Robinson tied the game at 3:25 and would score his 2nd of the night with just 3 seconds left in the period to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead.

Lucas Goodman would add to the Bombers lead with just under 8 min. to go in the 2nd period.  Hawks Captain Alex Bottigoni cut the lead to 3-2 with 49 seconds left in the period.

Just 1:15 into the 3rd, Alex Hulford tied the game at 3-3.  The teams would need a shoot out to decide the winner and Maxime Lamontagne would be the only one to score to earn the 4-3 victory for the Hawks.

 

The other game on Sat. was Guelph Hurricanes hosting Kitchener.  The Canes edged the Dutchmen 5-4 in OT.

In the first period, Guelph built up a 2-0 lead with goals from Brooker Muir and Stefano Pezzetta.  In the second period, Pezzetta would add another for a 3-0 Guelph lead.  Kitchener finally got on the board with a goal from Mitchell Smith.  Lawrence Pagnan added another for Guelph and it was 4-1 at the end of 2 periods.

I don’t know if Guelph thought they had it wrapped up with a 4-1 lead, but Kitchener wasn’t done.  I’m going to guess the turning point in Kitchener’s game was pulling goalie Harrison Pharoah after Guelph’s 4th goal and putting in Jackson McIntosh.

The third period was all Kitchener, mostly Adam Kawalec, who scored a natural hattrick to tie the game 4-4 and send it to overtime.

Guelph’s Craig Martini was the OT hero with a short handed goal 3:20 into the extra frame.

In his time in net, Pharoah faced 17 shots, stopping 13.  McIntosh took the loss, making 18 of 19 saves.  Jason DaSilva was in net for the Canes and took the win, stopping 29 of 33 shots.

 

Sunday, February 15

Sun. afternoon, Listowel hosted Stratford.  The Cullitons left with a 3-2 win.  Story from SouthwesternOntario.ca.

By Pat Payton

http://www.southwesternontario.ca/sports/cullitons-extend-winning-streak-to-seven-games/

In Listowel Sunday afternoon, Cullitons clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Cyclones in front of just over 400 spectators.

With the win, Cullitons assured themselves of finishing no lower than fourth place.

It was also Stratford’s third straight win in Listowel this season, and it completed a 6-0 season sweep of the young Cyclones squad by the Cullitons.

Nathan Templeman gave Cullitons an early 1-0 first-period lead.

After Hayden Broomhead (his 16th) made it 2-0 at 6:52 of the middle frame, Keaton Willis got Listowel back in the game with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal just under three minutes later.

Captain Trevor Sauder’s powerplay goal at 6:16 of the third proved to be the winner, restoring a two-goal lead for the visitors. Cyclones’ captain Derek Elliott completed the scoring with just two seconds left on the clock, and goalie Tyler Fassi pulled for an extra attacker.

“Listowel’s never been an easy place to play,” coach Canal said. “We got off to a pretty good start, getting the 2-0 lead, but we let them creep back into the game.

“We didn’t play very well in the second period (taking four straight minor penalties), but the guys stepped it up again in the third period and did what they had to do to get the win.”

Listowel out-shot Stratford 37-24, but Nick Caldwell out-duelled Fassi for the net win.

Cullitons took 22 of the 28 penalty minutes, but held the Cyclones to 1-for-7 on the powerplay.

“We applied pretty good pressure on the penalty-kill, and limited their scoring chances, and for sure it helped us get the win today,” Canal said.

The loss left seventh-place Listowel with a 20-24-1 record.

 

Also on Sun. afternoon was Waterloo hosting Guelph.  The Siskins defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 to stay ahead of Stratford in the standings.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes handed 4-1 setback by Waterloo

http://www.guelphmercury.com/sports-story/5340701-guelph-hurricanes-handed-4-1-setback-by-waterloo/

WATERLOO — The Guelph Hurricanes will finish fifth in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Midwestern Conference standings.

That became a reality Sunday when the Canes were defeated 4-1 by the Waterloo Siskins at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and the Stratford Cullitons edged the Listowel Cyclones 3-2.

Despite outshooting the Siskins 20-5 in the first period, the Canes trailed 4-1. The second and third periods were scoreless.

The Canes outshot Waterloo 38-15 in the game.

Jeremie Lintner started in net for the Canes but gave up two goals on two shots in the first four and a half minutes before being replaced by Jason DaSilva who went the rest of the way.

Guelph went 1-for-4 on the power play while Waterloo was 0-for-2.

Brooker Muir scored the power-play goal for the Canes with help from Peyton Backus and Patrick Kudla.

Danny Hanlon had two goals and an assist for Waterloo while Anthony Guido and Evan Kearns also scored. Christian Mroczkowski had three assists.

The Canes are to complete their regular season with a pair of games next weekend. They’re to play at Stratford Friday and host Waterloo Saturday.

The Canes will play either Stratford or Waterloo in the quarter-finals.

 

Sun. night is was the battle for first place as Elmira hosted Kitchener.  Entering this game, the teams were just 2 points apart.  A Kitchener win would have tied them, but Elmira pulled out a 4-3 win.

The teams skated through most of the first period scoreless until Kitchener’s Alex Demrovsky scored with 1:35 left in the period for a 1-0 Dutchmen lead.  At 11:10 of the second period, Elmira’s Cash Seraphim tied the game at 1-1.

The third period is when all the action happened.  Ethan Skinner gave Elmira the lead 5 min. into the period.  At 6:46, Jeremy Kuehn tied it for Kitchener.  At 9:01, Steven Jakiela gave Elmira the lead again.  Skinner scored his 2nd of the period for a 4-2 Elmira lead.  At 18:39, Kitchener’s Connor Cole brought the Dutchmen within 1.  With 1 min. left, Kitchener pulled goalie Jackson McIntosh for the extra attacker to try and tie the game and send it to OT.  No goal was scored and the game ended with Elmira winning 4-3.

 

Monday, February 16

Family Day saw 3 games in the Mid-West.  First was Waterloo hosting Cambridge.  The Siskins picked up a 4-1 win.

Luke Gazzola opened the scoring at 12:04.  Pointstreak says it was with an extra attacker, I’m going to guess it was on a delayed penalty.  Jake Moggy scored Cambridge’s loan goal of the game at 8:18 of the 2nd period on the power play.  Kyle Betts scored the eventual game winner with 1:12 remaining in the period.

In the 3rd, goals were added by Connor Bodnar and Christian Mroczkowki.

Evgeny Kiselev earned the win in net, improving his record to 21-11-5.  Lucas Machalski took the loss and his record is now 19-11-2.

 

The second game on Mon. was Elmira hosting Listowel.  The Kings defeated the Cyclones 3-2 which clinched first place in the Mid-West Conference.  Story from Pointstreak.

Elmira hangs on, beats Listowel 3-2

The Elmira Sugar Kings took the lead against the Listowel Cyclones in the first period and maintained it until the end of the game to secure a tight 3-2 victory.

Elmira took over the lead for good with a goal by Mitch Wright with 3 min. left in the first period.

The Sugar Kings were sparked by Mitch Klie, who tallied one goal and one assist. Klie scored with 33 seconds left in the first period to make the score 3-1 Elmira.

Listowel was unable to stop Elmira from sending pucks towards the net, and the Sugar Kings eventually piled up 36 shots on goal.

Elmira also got a goal from Brendan Schneider.

The Cyclones stifled Elmira’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.

Listowel was led by Derek Elliot, who had one goal.  Listowel also had goals scored by Keaton Willis and Ray McFalls, who scored one goal each.

Andrew Lefebvre recorded 19 saves for the Sugar Kings. Listowel’s Ryan Hergott stopped 33 shots out of the 36 that he faced.

 

The last game on Mon. was Stratford hosting Brantford.  The Cullitons handed the 99er’s a 4-1 loss.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons’ streak at 7 games

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2015/02/17/cullitons-streak-at-7-games

Safe to say that Shane O’Brien is going to miss the Allman Arena.

A reliable performer at the venerable Morenz Drive rink throughout his four seasons, the 20-year-old veteran is giving Stratford Cullitons fans something to remember him by in his final campaign.

O’Brien has more points at home (42) than all but two of his teammates have collected all season long.

That total includes a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over the Brantford 99ers in a GOJHL Family Day game before 1, 450 fans Monday afternoon.

It was the Cullitons’ third win of the weekend and their seventh straight win overall, keeping them within two points of third-place Waterloo, 4-1 winners over Cambridge on Monday.

“Been playing here four years now and the crowd still gives you a bit more skip in your stride,” O’Brien said. “I’m going to miss it. I’m counting down the games now. You’re always thinking about it (being your final junior season), but you just have to play like every game is your last.

“You have to show up on the road in the playoffs, too, so it’s something I’ll have to work on. Hopefully we can make a run in the playoffs. We have every other year and I have tons of faith in these guys and the way we’re playing.”

O’Brien has 58 points in total and retook the team scoring lead over Mitch Brooks (57) with his three points Monday. He has 19 goals and 23 assist at home (42 points). Brooks, who assisted on O’Brien’s goal Monday, is second-best with 36 points at the Allman (13 goals and 23 assists).

“It is fun in this arena and a lot of guys enjoy playing here,” said interim head coach Tyler Canal. “OB is a good player and he can score. It’s nice to see him and everybody else getting some points and getting some confidence as we get to the end of the month and into the playoffs.”

It was a good 60-minute effort by the Cullitons as they controlled the majority of the play and outshot the last-place 99ers 43-25. That kind of effort was needed not only to prepare for the playoffs, but also because Brantford (9-36-1) has defeated the Cullitons twice this season.

“For sure playing 60 minutes is huge against any team, whether they’re first or last,” said O’Brien. “It’s going to be make or break us in the playoffs, and the same with the penalties. We’re getting back into the penalties a little bit and that’s what’s hurting us. But we’ll come out of that.

“As long as we stay out of the box and play 5-on-5 we’re the best team in the league. We’ve got four great lines that are all skilled and produce.”

The Cullitons held the 99ers 0-for-7 on the powerplay. Stratford’s 305 times shorthanded this season is second only to Caledonia (309) in the GOJHL.

Zach Van Louwe opened the scoring nine and a half minutes into the game, backhanding a loose puck past Brantford goalie Jack Moylan.

Joe Leahy drew one of the assists, extending his consecutive games points streak to six. He has 10 points in that stretch.

Deven Kropf scored with 9.3 seconds left in the period. It was his 20th of the season, giving the Cullitons three 20-goal scorers: O’Brien (24), Brooks (22) and Kropf (20). They had no 20-goal men last season.

The Cullitons added to their lead early in the second period on a four-minute penalty to Lucas Zitmanis for high-sticking Trevor Sauder in the mouth. O’Brien beat Moylan with a hard wrist shot over the glove for the Cullitons’ 59th powerplay goal of the season, tops in the GOJHL.

Zander Pryor stepped out of the penalty box and one-timed a pass into the net behind Cullitons’ goalie Nick Caldwell late in the second period.

Caldwell is 4-0 with a 1.15 goals-against average and one shutout against Brantford. His 24 stops Monday included a dandy glove save on Guy Polillo with seven minutes left in the second period.

Brook Hiddink rounded out the scoring at 4:21 of the third period, his seventh of the year. Hiddink had a goal and assist and Nathan Templeman two assists.

Brantford, which has lost four in a row and has only two wins in its last 19 games, remained two points back of Brampton for the final playoff spot in the Midwestern Conference.

Stratford, 30-13-4 for 64 points, is one point back of third-place Waterloo, 30-12-5.

The Cullitons play host to the Guelph Hurricanes Friday in Fan Appreciation Night, then finish the regular schedule with a Sunday matinee in Brampton.

The Siskins play at Guelph on Saturday, then finish the season Sunday at home to the Listowel Cyclones.

Cullitons 3 Cyclones 2

Sunday in Listowel the Cullitons won their sixth consecutive game and stopped the Listowel Cyclones’ streak at four with a 3-2 victory.

The Cullitons clinched at least a fourth-place finish and home ice in the opening round of the playoffs.

Hayden Broomhead had a goal and assist, while Templeman and Trevor Sauder, on a powerplay, also scored for the Cullitons, who finished 6-0-0 in the series against the Cyclones — three of the wins by 3-2 scores.

Keaton Willis, on a powerlay, and Derek Elliott scored for the Cyclones.

Stratford defenceman Joe Leahy had a pair of assists.

Templeman scored the lone goal of the first period and Broomhead made it 2-0 seven minutes into the second. The powerplay goal by Willis midway through the second cut the lead to 2-1.

Sauder’s powerplay goal at 6:16 of the third period restored the Cullitons’ two-goal lead and turned out to be the game-winner when Derek Elliott scored with 1.9 seconds remaining and the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker.

The Cyclones finished with a 37-24 edge in shots on net. Caldwell won his third straight start.

Tyler Fassl took the loss for the Cyclones, falling to 11-10 despite a conference-best 2.38 goals-against.

Stratford defenceman Tristan Hohl took a checking from behind minor and game misconduct with just under eight minutes remaining, which knocked him out of Monday’s game with a suspension.

NOTES: Besides Hohl, Jake Pleon (illness) sat out of the Cullitons Monday, while Evan Metelski from the Huron-Perth Lakers major midgets was added to the lineup at forward. Templeman moved back on D … Fans can vote for their Player of the Year at the souvenir booth next Friday night at the team’s final regular-season home game.

 

Tuesday, February 17

The last game this week was Kitchener hosting Brampton.  The Dutchmen shut out the Bombers 2-0.  Story from Waterloo Record.

Dutchmen shoot down Bombers

http://www.therecord.com/sports-story/5343113-dutchmen-shoot-down-bombers/

KITCHENER — The Kitchener Dutchmen beat the Brampton Bombers 2-0 in Tuesday night GOJHL action.

Kitchener’s Jeremy Kuehn and Adam Kawalec put up a goal each late in the first period. Kitchener’s Harrison Pharoah made 28 saves for the shutout.

With a 34-10-4 record, the Dutchmen prepare for their final game of the regular season against the Cambridge Winter Hawks on Saturday night.

 

Here are your standings heading into the final 4 days of regular season action.

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Elmira 47 36 7 4 76 .809 207 125 1016 20-3-1 16-4-3
Kitchener 48 34 10 4 72 .750 200 154 927 20-4-1 14-6-3
Waterloo 47 30 12 5 65 .691 201 137 819 17-5-1 13-7-4
Stratford 47 30 13 4 64 .681 196 131 1055 19-3-1 11-10-3
Guelph 47 27 17 3 57 .606 179 152 1017 15-7-1 12-10-2
Cambridge 48 23 20 5 51 .531 145 146 1037 15-9-0 8-11-5
Listowel 46 20 25 1 41 .446 125 138 529 12-11-1 8-14-0
Brampton 47 7 33 7 21 .223 119 244 1061 4-15-4 3-18-3
Brantford 46 9 36 1 19 .207 124 244 1149 6-17-1 3-19-0

 

 

Coming up

Thursday, February 19

Brantford 99er’s vs. Listowel Cyclones – 7:30 Gretzky Arena

Friday, February 20

Brampton Bombers vs. Brantford 99er’s – 7:30 Victoria Park

Listowel Cyclones vs. Elmira Sugar Kings – 7:30 Listowel Memorial

Stratford Cullitons vs. Guelph Hurricanes – 7:30 Allman Arena

Saturday, February 21

Cambridge Winter Hawks vs. Kitchener Dutchmen – 7:00 Galt Arena

Guelph Hurricanes vs. Waterloo Siskins – 7:30 Sleeman Centre

Sunday, February 22

Waterloo Siskins vs. Listowel Cyclones – 1:30 Waterloo Memorial

Brampton Bombers vs. Stratford Cullitons – 3:30 Victoria Park

Elmira Sugar Kings vs. Brantford 99er’s – 7:00 Dan Snyder Arena

 

The only positions that are set are 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.  Stratford and Waterloo both have 2 games left.  For Waterloo to clinch 3rd, Stratford would need to lose 1 game and Waterloo has to win 1.  I truly believe that the battle for last will come down to Fri. night’s game.  If Brantford wins, the teams will be tied, but Brantford would have a better record and they’d be in.  If Brampton wins, they go up 4 points and Brantford can’t catch them.

I will see you all on Mon. to recap what’s happened this weekend.  I’m currently working on my Western Conference Play-off Preview, which is difficult with 5-7 not being decided yet.  I’ve also started my Mid-West Preview, but just barely.  Both will be posted early next week.

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