Golden Hawks sweep Kingston

Provincial playoff picture
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OJHL

The Trenton Golden Hawks have swept Kingston and will play for an Ontario Junior Hockey League championship.

The Golden Hawks wrapped up a four-game sweep with a 3-2 win last night. Trenton will now have a bit of down time while waiting for an opponent. Georgetown holds a 2-1 series lead in the other OJHL semi-final series against the Burlington Cougars. Game 4 of that series is tonight (Thursday) at Appleby Arena.

Kincardine's Ethan Skinner made his OJHL playoff debut last night for the Golden Hawks. Skinner's Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team, the Elmira SugarKings, have been eliminated from the postseason. The addition of Skinner gives Trenton two players from Kincardine. Ben Scheel has an assist in 10 playoff games thus far for the Golden Hawks. He spent the season with Trenton after being dealt to the Golden Hawks from Burlington over the summer.

 

OHL

In what could be the second round match-up in the Canadian Hockey League, the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers will open their OHL Western Conference semi-final series tomorrow (Friday) night in London.

While the Rangers had little trouble with the Windsor Spitfires in the opening round, the Owen Sound Attack pushed the Knights to a tough six-game battle. Game 2 of this series will also be played in London on Sunday afternoon. That is a 3 p.m. start. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Kitchener on Tuesday and Thursday.

The other Western semi-final will feature the Erie Otters and the Soo Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds upset the Sarnia Sting with a Game 7 win on Tuesday night in Sarnia, while the Otters have been idle since wrapping up a four-game sweep of the Saginaw Spirit last week.

This first two games of this series will be in Erie on Friday and Saturday. Game 3 will be played in the Soo on Monday, with Game 4 Wednesday, also in the Soo.

The Eastern Conference semi-finals are also set to begin. Niagara and Kingston will meet in one series, while the Barrie Colts will take on North Bay in the other. Both of those series will begin tonight (Thursday).

 

GOJHL

The Caledonia Corvairs are the first team to earn a spot in the Sutherland Cup provincial Junior B championship tournament.

Ryan Punkari celebrates a goal against St. Catharines Saturday night. (photo courtesy of Spencer Smye Photography)

 

The Corvairs swept the St. Catharines Falcons in four straight games to win the Golden Horseshoe Conference title.

Both other conference finals are still in progress. The Stratford Cullitons hold a 3-1 lead on Waterloo, and will try to win the Cherrey Cup with a win tomorrow (Friday) night in Game 5 on home ice.

London and Leamington, meanwhile, are even at 2-2 with Game 5 set to be played tonight (Thursday) in Leamington.

 

SCHMALZ CUP

The Ayr Centennials take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 of the Schmalz Cup OHA Junior C semi-final series tonight (Thursday) at home. Ayr defeated Essex 5-2 on Tuesday night in the series opener.

The Alliston Hornets won Game 1 of the other semi-final series 2-1 last night. Game 2 will be played in Port Hope tomorrow (Friday) night.

Kincardine's Payton Dunlop plays for the Hornets, who eliminated the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs in the Schmalz Cup quarter-finals.