NAVY VETS SNAP LOSING STREAK
The Woodstock Navy Vets won and lost in the final weekend of the regular season.
Woodstock began with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Paris Mounties Friday in their final regular season home game of the year.
The Vets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Paris came back and tied the game in the second. Woodstock retook the lead in the third, but the Mounties tied it again until getting the winning goal in overtime.
Woodstock had goals from Austin Sine, Gabriel Costantini and Nathaniel Thibodeau. Keaghan Brett made 37 saves in net.
The Vets snapped their eight-game losing streak before the start of the playoffs with a 10-0 win against the Delhi Travellers.
Justin Elms and Austin Sine each scored twice, while Kyle Walker added a hat trick with Reid Campbell, Justin Vandendool and Jacob Rooke also scoring. Cam Leslie had three assists with Noah Burns and Nathaniel Thibodeau adding two helpers each. Ben Williamson made 22 saves for the shutout.
Woodstock finishes the regular season with a 17-17-2-4 record for seventh place in the Doherty Division. They’ll meet the New Hamburg Firebirds in the first round of the playoffs.
Game 1 is Friday in New Hamburg with Game 2 Saturday in Woodstock at 7:45 p.m. then Game 3 is Feb. 8 in New Hamburg, while Game 4 is Feb. 9 at 7:45 p.m. in Woodstock.
New Hamburg won the season series 4-1 and outscored Woodstock 28-15.
BRAVES CLINCH DOHERTY DIVISION
The Braves clinched first spot in the Doherty Division with a 4-1 victory over the Norwich Merchants Friday.
Mackinnon Hawkins scored twice, while Josh Helgerman and Drew Gerth also scored. Seth Lamoure had the lone Merchants goal. Jensen Van Boekel made 22 saves in net and Tyler Gubesch stopped 35 shots for Norwich.
Tavistock finished their regular season with a 2-1 win against the second ranked New Hamburg Firebirds.
Justin Labrie and Zac Berg scored, while Jensen Van Boekel made 27 saves.
Tavistock will play the Delhi Travellers in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend. The Braves outscored Delhi 51-6 as they swept the five game regular season series.
Their series begins Friday in Tavistock at 7:30 p.m. then Game 2 is in Delhi Saturday with Game 3 set for Feb. 8 in Tavistock and Game 4 returning to Delhi Feb. 9.
MERCHANTS TO MEET PARIS IN FIRST ROUND
The Norwich Merchants lost their final game of the season against the Tavistock Braves 4-1 to end in fifth place in the Doherty Division with a 21-16-0-3 record.
The Merchants will meet the Paris Mounties in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend. Paris will have home ice advantage during the series.
The Mounties won the season series 3-2, with Paris winning the first meeting 6-2 and then the second 6-1. Norwich won the third game 5-4 in overtime and the Mounties took the fourth meeting 5-2 before Norwich won the final game 3-2.
Game 1 is tonight in Paris with the Merchants hosting Game 2 Friday at 8 p.m. Game 3 is Saturday in Paris then Game 4 is Feb. 8 in Norwich at 8 p.m. If necessary, Paris hosts Game 5 Feb. 9 and Norwich has Game 6 at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 with Game 7 in Paris Feb. 16.
TROJANS GET THREE POINTS
The Thamesford Trojans opened with the rare 2-2 tie against the Mount Brydges Bulldogs Friday at home.
Thamesford had goals from Ryan Tremblett and Jake Ojero. They outshot the Bulldogs 43-24 with Mitchell Hudda making 22 saves.
The Trojans followed the tie with a 3-2 victory over the Dorchester Dolphins Sunday at home.
Chase Schnittker, Jared Caldarozzi and Tyler Arndt scored for the Trojans and Lucas Bain made 29 saves for the win.
Thamesford enters the last weekend of their regular season by hosting the Lambeth Lancers Friday at 7:30 p.m. then visiting the Lucan Irish Saturday. The Trojans have a 23-12-2-1 record and are tied for fourth with Lambeth and one point back of third place North Middlesex Stars.
HURRICANES WIN STREAK HITS 12
The Tillsonburg Hurricanes of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League won both their weekend games.
They beat the Toronto Predators 4-1 last Friday with Louis Rabelle scoring twice and Mitch Randell and Taylor Woolcott adding goals. Rodrigo Sacristan, Dmitri Selyutin and Randell had two assists. Noah Acciaccaferri made 30 saves for the win.
The Hurricanes ended the weekend with an 8-6 win against the Tottenham Steam.
Dmitri Selyutin had five goals, while Louis Rabelle added two and Taylor Woolcott also scored. Kameron Wilson had six assists and Selyutin added three with Mitch Randell get four helpers. Matyas Nesvadba made 31 saves and Noah Acciaccaferri stopped 18.
Tillsonburg’s second in the South Division with a 28-6-1 record. They host North York Friday and visit Windsor Saturday.