Trenton takes 3-1 lead in Buckland Cup


By Josh Howald

The Trenton Golden Hawks are one win away from the Dudley Cup.

Kevin Lavoie scores the game winning goal on Andrew Masters last night in Game 4 of the Buckland Cup OJHL finals. (Josh Howald photo)


Trenton can win the Ontario Junior Hockey League crown tomorrow (Friday) night on home ice after skating to a 2-1 last night in Georgetown in Game 4 of the Buckland Cup finals.

Goaltending was the story of last night's Game 4 at Alcott Arena in Georgetown. Georgetown's Andrew Masters and Trenton's Daniel Urbani put on a clinic for a near capacity crowd of 926, with Urbani getting the last laugh and the win. He made 32 stops, while Masters made 39 saves for the Raiders.

Danny Hanlon opened the scoring for the Golden Hawks 4:23 in. Blayne Oliver and Adam Clements assisted. Big Jake Payette countered for Georgetown about seven minutes later, knocking home a loose puck from the top of the crease. Jordan Crocker and Matthew Cairns had the helpers.

Trenton controlled much of the second period action, but had trouble beating Masters. After periods of sustained pressure, the Golden Hawks would give up an odd-man rush and be bailed out by Urbani. Urbani robbed Crocker of what looked to be a sure goal on a 2-on-1 break late in the second period. Minutes later, Trenton thanked their netminder with the eventual game winning goal. Clements and Kevin Lavoie broke in 2-on-1, and Lavoie one-timed a good pass from Clements past a sprawling Masters.

Trenton hung on from that point, though they did have some chances to put the game aways. Masters robbed Liam Morgan on a breakaway midway through the third period. The blocker save might have been his best stop of the night. Some late pressure from Georgetown was thwarted by Urbani. One final chance from in tight by Josh Dickinson ended up Urbani's glove.

Kincardine's Ben Scheel and Ethan Skinner both looked good in Game 4. Both played a regular shift for the G-Hawks, and Scheel saw his ice time increase in the third period. They were often paired together as wingers with Clements in the middle. Skinner also played some shifts at centre in the first two periods. Each of them played a smart, physical game and a handful of shots on goal.

So Trenton will now try to wrap this series up and capture the Buckland Cup Friday night on home ice. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Duncan Memorial Arena. If Georgetown can stay alive with a win, Game 6 would be back in Georgetown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If a seventh and deciding game is needed, it would be played in Trenton on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Buckland Cup advances to the Dudley Cup tournament, which is being held in Kirkland Lake this year. It serves as a qualifier for the RBC Cup national championship.