Jr A Northmen done for the season

July 22, 2015   ·   0 Comments

The Rayburn Construction Junior B Northmen are done for the season after taking a 7-5 loss to the Whitby Warriors in game six of their quarter-final series on Saturday (July 18) night at Tony Rose arena in Orangeville.

The series was a back and forth battle after won the first two games then fell to the Northmen in games three and four to tie the series.

Game one had a tight finish with Whitby winning 6-3, but the second outing cost the Northmen when the Warriors slammed them 19-7.

The O-ville squad rallied in the third game winning 11-7 then tied the series with a 6-3 win in game four.

The Warriors were again ahead after game five in Whitby in when they went ahead 4-3 to end the second period.

A tense third period saw only one goal – from Whitby – early in the frame with neither team scoring for the rest of the game and the Warriors left with a 5-3 win and a game advantage in the series.

Returning to Orangeville on Saturday night, the game was tied at three at the end of the second period.

Both teams scored early in the period but three Whitby goals tipped the scale in their favour and with a final Orangeville goal late in the game, the Northmen couldn’t make up the difference and had to settle for a 7-5 loss that ended the game and the Orangeville team’s season.

“There were times this year when we weren’t sure we were taking our game to the higher level we needed to compete with the top teams,” Said Northmen GM Bob Clevely after Saturday’s loss. “I think they stood up for each other and started playing as a team. We had a lot of bad breaks. This year we went through a lot of adversity with injuries. We just get guys back, and they get hurt. But I thought we played well in this series – a couple of games well enough to win. We held them pretty tight tonight. They opened up and that just shows their experience and they stepped up. We had some chances at the end. I’ve never seen a team that had such a tough time scoring – near misses, hitting posts. Two or three of those goals could have changed the whole series. We had the big win down there. That 11-7 win (July 14) was a great win and things opened up for us down there. We had a good game the next night when we won 6-3, which was an excellent game. May said it was one of the best junior games they’ve seen. We lost tonight but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The effort was there.”

The Whitby Warriors will now go on to face the Six Nations Arrows in the semi-final round. The other semi-final series in the OJALL playoffs will feature the Brampton Excelsiors against the Peterborough Lakers.

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