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Muskies head to playoffs

February 5, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Shelburne Senior A Muskies wrapped up the regular season with a 6-2 win over the Lucknow Lancers last Saturday night, January 30, at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex in front of the largest crowd this year.

After taking a 3-1 lead in the first period, the Muskies opened it up in the second, scoring three more, and held on for the rest of the game.

The squad played a particularly aggressive second frame, peppering the Lucknow goalie and making some impressive dekes around the net to score.

It was the final game of the regular season.

The Muskies will now go into the playoffs.

The WOAA Senior Hockey is divided into ‘A’ and ‘AA’ playoffs with the ‘A’ going into a round robin style of tournament to determine their berth in the playoffs.

The bottom two teams of the South Division and the bottom three teams of the North Division will play off in the round robin.

“The five teams have a round robin so we play each other once, then the top four teams advance and it’s a best of seven series,” explained Barry Trood, GM of the Muskies. “There’s best of seven semi-final and a best of seven final.”

The Muskies struggled this season finishing with a 5-19 record and 12 points. Mr. Trood, however, said there is a lot of positives that came from the season.

“We’ve had a full bench all year,” he said. “The lowest we had was 14 skaters in one game. The commitment from the players is there this year. We’ve got a good core of players here.”

Filling the bench at the senior level of hockey can sometimes be tough considering players have job and family commitments but Mr. Trood said they are happy with the way the Muskies players committed to the season.

The Muskies now have to wait out the final few games of the season to see the final standings and that will determine who they face in the opening round robin tournament.

By Brian Lockhart

         

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