Junior C Hockey moves to championship final

April 21, 2016   ·   0 Comments

It’s going to be an Ayr Centennials / Port Hope Panthers series for the Provincial Junior C Hockey Schmalz Cup championship.

Port Hope eliminated the Alliston Hornets in six games in their best of seven semi-final.

The Centennials made it the final with a four game sweep over the Essex 73’s.

The Hornets season ended on April 16, with a 3-0 loss to the Port Hope Panthers in game six.

The Alliston team had a stellar season that saw them claim the Georgian Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League championship for the eighth time over the past nine years.

After losing only two games all season the Hornets won the League with 35-2-3 record and 73 points. They finished way out in front – 29 points ahead of the second place Huntsville Otters and easily dominated the League this season much to the chagrin of the other teams who have been finding the Alliston dynasty over the past decade very frustrating.

The GMOHL playoffs ended quickly beginning with an Alliston four game sweep over the Schomberg Cougars in the first round.

The semi-final proved to be bit more of a challenge when the dark-horse Erin Shamrocks came from seventh place and managed to knock out the second place Huntsville team in the quarter-final then shocked Alliston fans when they won the first two games of the semi-final.

The Hornets rallied and won the next four to advance to the final.

The championship round ended on March 13, with an Alliston sweep over the Penetang Kings.

Round one of the Schmalz Cup playoffs saw the Hornets eliminate the Kincardine Bulldogs in five games.

Moving on to the second round the Hornets were up against the Port Hope Panthers. The two teams met last year in the semi-final and Port Hope won the series in four games.

With a repeat this year the Panthers once again earned the right to go to the final round.

The team from Ayr ended the regular season as the number one team in Mid West Junior C hockey League.

The final series will get underway on Port Hope home ice on Friday, April 22.

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