Jr B Northmen tied in West final series

July 28, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Opening game a slam dunk over Clippers

The Orangeville Junior B Northmen are tied 1-1 in their best of five series against the Windsor Clippers in the West Conference final of the OJBLL.

The Northmen advanced through the playoffs with a three game sweep over the Owen Sound North Stars in the first round then dispatched the Six Nations Rebels in a series that went four games in the second round.

Windsor arrived at the final winning their first round against the Elora Mohawks in four games then taking the second round in five games over the Niagara Thunderhawks.

The West Conference final got underway on Friday, July 22, at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville.

Orangeville took an early lead in game one on goals Riley Thompson and two from Zack Deaken to lead 3-1 at the end of the first period.

The second period had the Northmen dominate for the entire frame scoring four while shutting out the Clippers.

Northmen goals came from, Grant Scott, Justin Brack, and a pair from Mike Sutton.

With one period left, the Northmen delivered the coup de grace outscoring Windsor 2-1 in the final period to leave with a 9-2 win in game one of the series.

Looking back over the previous series against Elora, Northmen coach Bruce Codd said their defensive posturing was a key factor in the win.

“I think obviously our defence, in a lot of ways, held us in. We did a lot of good things on offence but struggled to score goals and our defence, as has been the case all year long was real steady. Obviously our goal tending was a big part of our defence. Keeping them down to four goals every game, except for one, you have to put a lot of that on our defence. We wanted it maybe a little more than they did this time.”

Friday’s win against Windsor was a little more lopsided than most of the fans expected. The Northmen hammered the Clippers for the entire game.

“There a good lacrosse team. The first period, I thought, was a see-saw battle,” Codd said. “They certainly had a lot of chances early on in the game and Ryland (goalie Hartley) was great keeping them off the board. We got a couple of goals to get some momentum. In the second period they took a couple of penalties and we were able to capitalize on the powerplay. From that point we kind of stole the momentum and kept it in our sails. We spent a lot of time preparing for these guys because we know they’ve got a lot of weapons.”

Game two of the series in Windsor came down to a single overtime period after the Clippers closed a two goal gap in the last half of the third period to tie the game at five.

Windsor was the only team to score in overtime and left the game with a 7-5 win to tie the series 1-1.

Game three of the series will get underway tonight, Thursday, July 28, at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville.

Game time is 8:00 p.m.

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