Alliston will meet Kincardine in Junior C first round

March 24, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Well, this is a change.

For the first time in eight provincial quarter-final playoff series over the past nine years, the Alliston Hornets will meet a new team.

The championship team of the Georgian Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League always meets the championship squad from the Western Ontario League in the first round.

In the eight seasons the Hornets have won the GMOHL title, they have met the Walkerton Hawks eight times in the quarter-final and have beat them eight times.

This year, the reigning champion Hawks were usurped by the Kincardine Bulldogs in a series that went the full seven games.

Game seven went into over time when Kincardine scored the only third period goal to tie the game at four.

The Bulldogs took the championship with a goal at 12:57 into the overtime period.

Kincardine last won the WJHL title in back to back years in 2006 and 2007.

The Hornets are fresh off their GMOHL championship win over the Penetang Kings in a series that lasted only four games and ended with a 4-2 Hornets win in game four on Sunday, March 13, on Penetang home ice.

The most exciting factor when Junior C hockey goes to the playoffs is you’ve got two championship teams from different leagues who have not played before. You never really know what you’re up against.

The Hornets finished the regular season in first place with a 35-2-3 record.

Kincardine finished their season as the number two team in the WJHL with a 25-10-1 record.

Game one of the Hornets / Bulldog series will get underway on Kincardine home ice on Wednesday, March 23.

Game two will take place in Alliston at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 26, with a 7:30 p.m. start.

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