MISSISSAUGA – The 2017 East Coast NARCh Finals at the Hershey Centre is currently heading into it’s home stretch, as almost all the Minor divisions are about to conclude, not to mention all the Adult leagues that are about to get underway.
With that being said, there are still a few divisions that have just begun. Peewee Platinum is through two days of competition so far, the Mississauga Mission Rattlers are currently atop of the division winning both of their games, while the Tour RoadRunners, Halton Alkali Coyotes and the Red Deer Snipers currently sit with 1-1 records.
The Peewee Gold division on the other hand has been somewhat a different story. Aside from the First Star Hockey Ducks and the NCR Konixx Elite who are #1 and #2 in the division respectively, the division have been very evenly matched. There is one team with 5 points (Rattlers), and four teams with 4 points (Inline Sharks, Coyotes, RoadRunners, Snipers), meaning that the quarter-finals for this division will be truly a treat to witness.
While the PeeWee division is getting heated, the Midget division was also getting it’s work done to decide who would be playing in their respective Championship games.
Following their Junior Gold Championship win a few hours before, the ISCA Grizzlies would win their Midget Gold semi-final game against NCR Konixx Elite 6-0, to head into their second finals appearance in the event, while in the second semi-final matchup Alberta’s 4Pac Batallion’s 98 would win in a close one against Team Hot As Fire.
There were three playoff games on the road to deciding who would face off in the final in the Midget Platinum division. In a playoff game to decide who would finish 4th and the the Bauer BorderCats in the semis, the Halton Alkali Coyotes 00/01 and the Detroit Labeda Stars would fight hard for that semi-final birth.
The game-winning goal from Dante Sherriff would give the Stars the right to play their arch-rival BorderCats, and would defeat the Coyotes by a final score of 6-4. However, they would not be able to continue their playoff run, as they would lose to the BorderCats (led by strong goaltending from Kavan Johnson) 4-3.
The other semi-final that was set from the start would be a rematch from last year’s Bantam Platinum Final between the FSH Ducks and the Tour RoadRunners. Looking for revenge following last year’s crushing loss, the RoadRunners would come out flying with a 2 goal lead.
Rocco Andreacchi would score at the buzzer to end the first period to cut the lead in half, however that would be the only goal as the RoadRunners would pop five more in to avenge their loss from the year before, and win 6-1.
In other news, the Junior division got wrapped up today, as the ISCA Grizzlies (as mentioned before) beat the Detroit Labeda Stars 3-1 in the Gold division, and Black Ice would take the gold medal in the Platinum Division, defeating the RoadRunners yet again by a score of 2-0, Neumann University’s Tyler Kraft would take home the Top Scorer award for the division.
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