By Darryl G. Smart
It’s very safe to say this has been a memorable run for the Delhi Rockets midget rep team.
In front of another big home crowd on Sunday, the Rockets didn’t disappoint, scoring a 4-1 victory over the East Lambton Eagles. That win, combined with a 3-1 victory Friday in Alvinston, the Rockets sweep the best-of-six point Ontario Minor Hockey Association midget C semifinal 6-0.
They now take on the Mariposa Lightning for the provincial championship.
The Rockets’ OMHA run is one to remember, especially since they haven’t lost a game. The voyage began with a three-game sweep of the Hagersville Hawks, before doing the same to the Six Nations Blackhawks in the quarter-final.
Times and dates for the final have yet to be determined.
The Simcoe Koncir Automotive Warriors are again showing why they are the cardiac kids.
At Talbot Gardens on Sunday, the Simcoe Warriors staved off elimination with a gutsy 6-5 overtime win over the Petrolia Oilers.
Joel Storoschuk led the way with four goals, including the winner.
The Warriors are in a very familiar position, now down 4-2 in the best-of-six point OMHA midget B semifinal.
The Warriors were down 4-0 in the quarter-final to the Ayr Flames before roaring back to win that series.
Game 4 of the series is Wednesday in Petrolia at 8:40pm, with Game 5, if necessary, Saturday at 7pm at Talbot Gardens.
The Norwich Knighthawks have an opportunity to sweep the Drayton Defenders and punch a ticket to the OMHA midget DD final Tuesday night at home.
Thanks to a 3-2 victory at home Sunday, the Knighthawks now lead the best-of-six point OMHA midget DD semifinal 4-0.
Game 3 is Tuesday, in Norwich, at 8:15pm.
After dropping the opening game of its OMHA midget BB seimfinal to the Fort Erie Meteors, the Caledonia Thunder Minor Hockey have roared back over the weekend to take a 4-2 lead in the best-of-six point series.
Friday on the road, the Thunder won 3-1, before returning home Sunday to come away with a 4-1 victory.
Game 4 is in Fort Erie on Tuesday at 7pm.
Much like Delhi’s midget Rockets, the Tillsonburg Tornadoes have had a perfect run thus far in the OMHA atom BB playdowns. And thanks to a 6-0 sweep of the Fort Erie Meteors, they will now play for the provincial championship.
On Sunday, the Tornadoes beat the Meteors 6-1 to sweep the best-of-six point semifinal at home. Two nights earlier, the Tornadoes took a stranglehold in the series thanks to a 9-2 win.
They now wait for the winner of the semifinal between the Collingwood Blackhawks and Lindsay Muskies.
A pair of weekend losses has the Six Nations Blackhawks with their backs against the wall in the OMHA peewee C semifinal against the East Lambton Eagles.
The Eagles won 8-4 and 6-5 to take a 4-0 lead in the best-of-six point semifinal series.
Game 3 is Wednesday in Alvinston.
JUVENILE TIER 2
The Cayuga Stars have their backs against the wall in their OMHA juvenile tier 2 semifinal against the Centre Hastings Grizzlies.
On the road Saturday, the Stars dropped a tight 2-1 decision. The next day in Cayuga, they lost another close one, this time 3-2.
Friday, the Stars are on the road at 9pm, in hopes of getting back in the series and forcing Game 4, which is slated for Saturday in Cayuga, at 6pm.
The Simcoe Warriors simply ran into a powerful buzzsaw in the form of the Moretown Jr. Flags in the OMHA atom B semifinal.
After dropping the first two games 4-0 and 2-0 last weekend, the Warriors returned home to Talbot Gardens Saturday. Though they finally broke that goal barrier, they ended up dropping a 2-1 decision to the Jr. Flags, who sweep the best-of-six point series.
The Six Nations Blackhawks OMHA atom C run came to an end over the weekend.
On Sunday, the Blackhawks lost to the East Lambton Eagles 9-4, giving their opponents a three-game sweep in the best-of-six point OMHA atom C semifinal.
ATOM AE GROUP 3
The Tillsonburg Tornadoes dropped a 3-1 decision to the My. Brydges Cougars Sunday at home. As a result, the Cougars sweep the best-of-six point OMHA Atom AE Group 3 semifinal 6-0.
BANTAM AE GROUP 3-5
The Mt. Brydges Courgars were just too much for the Caledonia Thunder.
The Cougars took a 4-1 win in Caledonia Friday and a 4-0 victory Sunday at home to sweep the best-of-six point OMHA bantam AE Group 3-5 semifinal.