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Jr C Vets done for the season

July 24, 2014   ·   0 Comments

The Shelburne Junior C Vets are done for the 2014 season after losing their first round playoff series to the Oakville Hawks.

It was a short series – a best of three – that left little margin for error.

Game one on July 5, in Oakville, produced a disastrous third period for the Vets when they came up short after starting the final frame with a 7–4 lead but failed to score and gave up three goals to Oakville by the midway mark.

Tied at seven, the squads battled it out with the Hawks taking the game on a tie breaker with just :41 seconds left on the clock.

The return to Shelburne for game two on July 8, had the Vets behind for the entire game beginning with the first period that ended with a 4–2 lead for the Hawks.

Four unanswered goals in the second period had the Vets trailing 8–2 when they came back out onto the floor for the final period.

Oakville wrapped up the series when the teams matched goal for goal but the Vets couldn’t close the gap and had to settle for the loss.

“It’s not the result we were looking for,” said Vets head coach Mark Early. “Their goalie played well in the first two periods – we couldn’t bet him. We were playing catch up from that point on. Coming out in the third, every time we got a goal they got a quick one right back.”

Despite the loss, the Vets had a good season – the best season they’ve had since they started as a club and the first year they ended the regular season on the plus side.

The final tally was an 8–7–1 record and a sixth place finish in the west division of the OJCLL.

“It was a good season,” Early said. “We said it was a lousy end to a good season. But we had a good season with a good group of kids.”

The Vets started out with nine new players this season and will lose four over agers at the end of this season.

“We’ve got three or four decent midgets coming up so we should be in good shape next year.”

The OJCLL playoffs continue with the second round currently underway.

By Brian Lockhart

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