Jr A Northmen end regular season in style

July 16, 2014   ·   0 Comments

6-5 win over K-W in intense final season free for all

When you’ve got two teams that are only two points apart in the standings meeting up for a final regular season game, you know both squads will be bringing their ‘A’ game to the arena.

It’s not that they haven’t played hard all year, but with the league as tight as it is, those two points will make a big difference in the playoffs.

The Rayburn Construction Junior A Northmen came to Friday’s game (July 11) with 22 points and hosted the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves who arrived in the arena with a 24 point total for the season.

The O-ville team was trailing 3-2 at the end of the first period with Northmen goals coming from Davis Neal and Connor Brown.

Orangeville took the lead with a second period that saw the Northmen score two early goals before K-W could score.

Dalls Bridle notched a goal on a powerplay effort at the 17:21 mark to give the Northmen a 5-4 lead going into the final period.

K-W briefly tied the game at five with a goal at the 12:23 mark, but O-ville’s Lucas Ducharme scored the go ahead goal at 17:59 to end the game 6-5.

“I think we had a good effort and played well all game,” is how Northmen assistant GM Nick Rose summed up the night’s action.”Getting the win with all the alumni in the building was big for our program.”

It was the Jr. A Northmen’s annual alumni night and many former players were in the arena to cheer on their former team.

“We expected a good goal tending battle tonight because our goalie (Tyler Christopher) played great the last few games, and their goalie has been unbelievable all year so we expected a low, tight battle, and we were glad to come out on top,” Rose said.

With the end of the regular season, now starts the playoff battle and it’s going to be hard fought series for the teams that will advance to the second round.

The Six Nations Arrows finished in the top spot with a 16-4 record and 32 points.

In second place, the Brampton Excelsiors ended the season with 30 points and a 15-5 record.

Now here is where it really gets tight.

Orangeville, the Peterborough Lakers, Whitby Warrriors, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves all have 12-8 records and 24 points.

When it comes to playoff match-ups, series will be decided by scoring percentages when it comes to the squads with the same records.

The Northmen will be facing the Whitby Warriors in the first round.


Playoffs update:


The Orangeville / Whitby series is currently tied at one.

The Northmen won game one of the series on July 13, in Whitby.

Final score was 6-3.

Game two ended with Whitby leaving with a 10-4 win to tie the series.

Game three is scheduled for Friday, July 18, in Whitby.

The series will return to Orangeville for game four on Saturday, July 19.


Game five, if necessary, will be in Whitby on Sunday, July 20.

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