Golden Hawks clinch semi-final spot

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By Josh Howald

The Trenton Golden Hawks were defeated for the first time since Game 2 of the Ontario Junior Hockey League finals, but managed to earn a point from the West Kelowna Warriors in a shootout loss.

The point was an important won for the Golden Hawks, as it assured them a spot in one of two semi-final games on Saturday at the Royal Bank Cup, the national Junior A championship tournament being held in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Kincardine natives Ben Scheel and Ethan Skinner both play for Trenton, the OJHL champs and the Central Canadian champions. Trenton is now 2-0-1 at the RBC Cup, and will wrap up the preliminary portion of the tournament tomorrow (Thursday) evening against the host Lloydminster Bobcats.

Scheel had a big hand in making sure the Golden Hawks got through to Saturday’s semi-finals. Trenton was trailing West Kelowna 3-0 yesterday, but battled back to tie the game and force overtime. Hunter Fargey made it 3-1 on a man advantage, and late in the second period Scheel swooped in and collected the puck from the left corner on the forecheck after Liam Morgan bumped the Warriors defender. Scheel made a nice backhand pass on the tape of Quinn Lenihan who was stopped once, but roofed his own rebound to make it 3-2. Lucas Brown tied the game for Trenton with a little more than two minutes left in the second period.

Regulation time ended with the teams tied, and for the first time in RBC Cup history a shootout was held. West Kelowna came out on top, but Trenton did enough to get a point and advance. Trenton leads all teams with seven points. The Brooks Bandits are 2-1, followed by the Warriors at 1-1-1. Both Lloydminster and Carelton Place were winless heading into a game against each other today (Wednesday) in Alberta.

The RBC Cup will be awarded on Sunday. A one-game showdown for a national championship will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m. (MDT).