Jr B Northmen clinch title

June 23, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville Junior B Northmen will face the Owen Sound North Stars in the first round of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League playoffs.

The Northmen wrapped up the 2016 regular season on Monday (June 20) night at the Alder Street arena but came up short in the final game taking a 4-3 loss to the Elora Mohawks.

The Orangeville team clinched the Mid West conference with 36 points and an 18-2 record for the season.

If they had won on Monday night they would have tied for the League championship with the Green Gaels out of Clarington. The loss means they were two points short of tying the League.

The outcome of Monday night’s game would have made no difference in the playoff schedule as it had already been determined.

Orangeville opened the scoring early in the game on a goal from Kyle Waters.

The Mohawks responded with a pair to end the period.

Elora went ahead by two in the second frame before the Northmen tied it up on a goal from Scott Dominey.

The game was tied a three when O-ville’s Grant Scott got an unassisted goal just 1:45 into the third period.

The final frame saw a lot of near misses on both sides with a few shots dribbling dangerously across the goal and a couple off the post.

Elora took the game with a final goal with just over four an a-half minutes left to play.

“We would have been tied for the lead if we won tonight – but were second,” said a disappointed Northmen head coach Bruce Codd. “To be quite honest, I think they (Elora) worked harder than us. Both teams had lots of chances, quality chances. At the end of the day they shot a little bit better than we did.”

With the regular season over the Northmen will get four days to get ready for the playoffs which begin on Saturday night.

“We’ve got two practices this week to get ready for those guys – then the real season starts,” Codd said, referring to the intensity of the playoffs.

The first game of the Orangeville / Owen Sound playoff series will get underway in Orangeville on Saturday (June 25) night at the Alder Street arena with  start.

Game two will go to Owen Sound on Sunday.


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