Rangers send five teams through to OEMHL finals, and counting
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association will be well
represented in the OEMHL finals with no fewer then seven
teams still in the running for a championship banner.
Rangers' Major Novice A, Minor Atom A White, Minor Peewee
AA and Minor and Major Atom AA teams have all qualified
for the final round.
Major Peewee AA squad, will try to be the sixth Rangers
team through to the finals when they take on the Nepean
Raiders in Game 5 of their semi-final series on Sunday,
and the Midget AA team currently leads their playoff pool
with a perfect 6-0-0 record.
Major Novice A Rangers will be taking on the Kanata Blazers
in their OEMHL final after winning their first to five
points semifinal five points to one.
Rangers won the first two games in the series, 2-1 and
4-2, and then only needed a 4-4 tie in Game 3 to get the
prerequisite five points.
Turcotte scored three goals and added a pair of assists
in Games 2 and 3 after being kept off the scoresheet in
the series opener. Antonino Imerti and Kieren Dervin,
who scored both goal in Game 1, had two goals each.
top-seeded Rangers and the Blazers finished 1-2 in the
regular season standings, with Rangers winning all five
games against the Kanata team, including an 8-3 win in
their last meeting in Feb. 2.
Minor Atom A White team will face the Ottawa Sting in
their final after upsetting the top-seeded Nepean Raiders
in an exciting fifth game deciding match in their semifinal
giving up the opening goal just 20 seconds into Game 5,
the Rangers kept the Raiders in check for the remainder
of first period and then exploded for three goals in the
first five minutes of the second to take a 3-1 lead.
Raiders got one back later in the second but the Rangers
would shut them down the rest of the way for the series
Glover and Nathan Villeneuve have scored six goats each
so far in the playoffs for the Rangers White team which
finished the regular season in sixth place, 13 points
back of their final round opponents.
championship series will get underway on Monday at 7 p.m.
at the Sandy Hill Arena.
Major Atom A Rangers earned a berth in the finals with
a 5-1 win over the Kanata Blazers on Thursday that clinched
them the top spot in their double round robin series.
OEMHL rules, in divisions which only have five teams the
final round participants must be determined by way of
a double round robin series.
two games left to go in the Major Atom A series, the Rangers
are at the top of the table with 12 points; the Ottawa
Sting are three points back with one game remaining; and
the Raiders are three points further back with two games
Uuttuvak and Logan Graham scored the lion's share of goals
for the Rangers in the round robin series with seven and
six goals respectively. Nicholas Aubry had four goals
and four assists, and Morgan Deslauriers had a goal and
Major Atom AA Rangers will be looking to add a post season
championship banner to their regular season flag when
they lock horns with the Cumberland Jr. Grads in their
Rangers needed an extra game to get rid of the Eastern
Ontario Cobras in the semi-finals.
the Cobras pulled off a 3-2 win facing elimination in
Game 3, the Rangers responded with a decisive 6-3 win
in Game 4 to advance to the finals.
Jr. Grads only needed a tie in their fourth game against
the Nepean Raiders to win the series five points to three.
The Rangers are a slight favourite against the Jr. Grads
who handed them one of their only two regular season defeats.
championship series will get underway on Sunday at 7:30
p.m. at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre. Game 2 goes
Tuesday night at the Navan Arena.
Minor Peewee AA Rangers are already two games into their
first to seven points championship series against the
Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and are trailing three points
to one after losing the opener 7-2 and tying Game 2 3-3.
Game 3 goes Sunday at noon in Carleton Place.
five teams already qualified for the finals and two more
knocking on the door, the Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey
Association is enjoying one of their most successful post
seasons in years. The organization with second highest
number of teams qualifying for the finals is the Ottawa
Valley Minor Hockey Association with only three.
many of those Rangers teams will end their season on a
winning note remains to be seen.
7:30 p.m., March 5)
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