Junior C Hockey moves to second round of playoffs

March 24, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Regional Junior C hockey teams are moving into the semi-final round of playoffs after the quarter-finals wrapped up last week.

Eight teams entered the playoffs in the North Carruthers Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, and the favoured teams came out on top in all series.

The first place Stayner Siskins were up against last place Huntsville Otters.

Stayner was leading 3-0 in the series, when Huntsville had to concede the final game.

The Otters had several players contract COVID making it impossible to play game four in the allotted time. Huntsville forfeited and Stayner advanced to the semis after three games.

The second place Orillia Terriers swept the Midland Flyers in four games. That series ended on March 15, on Orillia home ice at the West Orillia Sports complex.

The Alliston Hornets will advance after winning their series in a four-game sweep over the Penetang Kings.

It was a tough series with Alliston winning by a single goal in three of the games. The Hornets claimed the series with a 5-4 overtime win on March 16.

The Schomberg Cougars eliminated the Caledon Golden Hawks in a series that took six games after the Golden Hawks put up a good effort.

That series ended with a 4-1 win in game six in Caledon on Friday, March 18.

The four remaining teams will now face off the best-of-seven semi-final round of competition.

This is going to be a real battle on the ice. Alliston, Orillia, and Schomberg finished one point apart in the regular season standings with Stayner several points ahead in the top spot.

This means this year’s semi-final series are going to see four evenly matched teams taking the ice in a bid to advance to the Division championship.

The semi-finals are now underway with Alliston meeting Stayner for their best-of-seven games.

Orillia and Schomberg will meet in the other semi-final round.

After the Division championships, the remaining teams will enter into competition for the Conference title.

Due to the extended regular season this year, the Schmalz Cup championship will be played in a tournament style.

The tournament will feature the four conference champions in a round-robin format to determine rankings for the semi-finals to be played on May 14.

The championship final game will take place on Sunday, May 15.

The tournament will be held on the ice at the University of Guelph.

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