Hornets, Panthers meet tonight

Provincial playoff update


The Ayr Centennials will play for a provincial Junior C championship. But who they will face in the Schmalz Cup finals has yet to be determined.

On Wednesday night, Port Hope got four goals from four different players in a 4-1 win in Game 4 of the semi-finals against the Alliston Hornets. That evened the series at 2-2 heading into Game 5 tonight (Friday) night in Alliston. Game 6 will be played in Port Hope on Saturday night. If a seventh game is necessary, it is scheduled to be played Sunday in Alliston.

Ayr, of the Midwestern Junior C League, swept the Essex 73's in four straight games. They eliminated the defending Schmalz Cup champions on Sunday with a 3-2 win in double overtime.



The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League is down to just four teams.

The Sutherland Cup tournament is underway, featuring the three conference winners, plus the Waterloo Siskins. The Caledonia Corvairs are already up 1-0 on the Siskins in one semi-final. Caledonia will also host Game 2 before things shift to Waterloo for Game 3 Sunday night.

London and Stratford will play in the other semi-final. Stratford knocked off the Siskins in five games, while the Nationals defeated Leamington in the Midwestern Conference final. Game 1 is in Stratford Saturday night, with Game 2 played at Western Fair in London on Sunday.



Trenton and Georgetown will play for a Ontario Junior Hockey League championship.

The teams have finalized a schedule for the league finals, and things will get underway tonight (Friday) night at Duncan Memorial in Trenton. Game 2 is tomorrow in Georgetown and Game 3 will be back in Trenton Monday night. Game 4 is April 20 in Georgetown.

The Golden Hawks have home ice in this series, and a couple of hometown boys in the line-up. Ben Scheel and Ethan Skinner will try to help Trenton to a Buckland Trophy. Thus far, they have steamrolled every playoff opponent.



A hat trick by Mitch Marner helped the London Knights to a come-from-behind win last night in Game 4 as well as a sweep of the Kitchener Rangers last night.

Kitchener squandered a 3-0 lead in this contest. Aaron Berisha, Cliff Pu and Jacob Graves also scored for London, who will now play either Erie or the Soo Greyhounds for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy. The Otters hold a 3-1 series lead and will try to wrap things up tonight in on home ice in Game 5. If the Greyhounds stay alive tonight, Game 6 will be Sunday afternoon in the Soo.

Meanwhile, the Barrie Colts shut out the North Bay last night 6-0 to complete a four-game sweep of the Battalion. Andrew Mangiapane scored four times and added an assist for the Colts. Mackenzie Blackwood posted the shutout.

The Colts will now face Josh Ho-Sang and the Niagara Ice Dogs for the Bobby Orr Trophy and the Eastern Conference title. The Ice Dogs swept the Kingston Frontenacs with a 3-1 win Wednesday night.

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