Blues knock off Gloucester Blackhawks to advance to Major Peewee Rep B final
By Fred Sherwin
Blackhawks captain Stephane Routhier tries to score against Orleans Blues
goalie Kyle Cooke in the dying seconds of their Major Peewee RepB semi-final
match-up on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Blues are heading to the Major Peewee RepB final after beating the Gloucester
Blackhawks 1-0 on Thursday to win their first to four points semi-final series
four points to two.
The Blues must
now wait until the March Break is over before they can take on the West Carleton
Warriors in another first to four points format series for all the marbles.
The hero not only
of the hour Wednesday night, but of the last two games of the series was Blues
forward Chris Sawyer who was forced to miss the better part of the first half
of the season with a perforated kidney.
After losing the
opening game of the series 1-0, the Blues bounced back to win Game 2 by a
score of 2-1 on Sawyer's game winning goal.
In Wednesday night's
game, Sawyer scored at the 4:23 mark of the first period. The lone goal of
the contest would turn out to be the series winner.
On the play in
question, Sawyer took control of the puck in the neutral zone and then carried
it across the blueline before firing a seeing eye shot that managed to sneak
between Dana Pollex's legs in the Blackhawks' net.
"I shot it
off the heel of my stick and then fell over. I think it got tipped a few times
on the way in," said Sawyer in describing the play after the game.
In five playoff
games the Blues have allowed just two goals. In the semi-finals, the Blues
and Blackhawks got great goaltending from both their backstop tandems as well
as a solid defensive effort from their entire teams.
After manning the
pipes in the Blues' opening series loss, netminder Kyle Cooke bounced back
to shutout the Blackhawks i
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