7 p.m., Feb. 18)
Blackhawks wrap up successful regular season with two division titles
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Blackhawks will be heading into the upcoming ODMHL playoffs with a
legitimate chance to win as many as four championship banners after wrapping up
a very successful regular season campaign.
the Minor Atom and Minor Peewee Rep B teams finished at the top of the regular
season standings while the Minor Bantam and Bantam Rep B squads finished a respectable
second. The only other east end team to finish in first place at any level was
the Orleans Blues Minor Midget Rep B team.
the first time since anyone can remember, the Gloucester Rangers and Cumberland
Jr. Grads were shutout at both the A and AA levels and the Eastern Ontario Wild
failed to pick up a AAA title.
Gloucester Rangers did finish second in the Minor Peewee A standings and third
in Minor Midget AA, but other than that it was slim pickings. Ditto for the Jr.
Grads whose best showing was by the Atom AA team which won their last 13 games
in a row to finish a close second to the Kanata Blazers.
Gloucester Blackhawks Minor Atom Rep B team finished the season with an impressive
27-1-2 record to finish 13 points clear of the the second place Eastern Ontario
Cobras in the ODMHA East Division standings.
total domination of the opposition is evident in their goals for and against.
The Blackhawks averaged more than five goals a game, while giving up an average
of just one goal a game. Their lone defeat came at the hands of the Jr. Grads
who upset them 3-2 in their final game or the regular season.
record in tournament play is just as impressive. They placed second at the regional
silver stick tournament in Sudbury where they lost to the second-ranked AA team
in the province and they made it to the Minor Atom AA final at the Bell Capital
Cup before losing to Team Comcast in double overtime.
little wonder that they are widely considered to be the odds on favourite to win
the Minor Atom Rep B championship.
Blackhawks Minor Peewee Rep B squad was 21-3-6 during the regular season to finish
five points up on the Ottawa Sting. A large part of their success was the defence
which allowed just 36 goals in 30 games. Offensively they scored 102 times, nine
times more than the Sting and 14 times more than Osgoode/Richmond Senators.
Orleans Blues Minor Midget Rep B team lost just three games all season, including
a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Gloucester Blackhawks in the final regular season
game, to finish 10 points up on the Mississippi Thunder Kings in first place.
will be starting their quest for the ODMHL championship against the Stittsville
Rams this week.
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