A best-of-five series can get away from you awfully quickly. With all four OLA Jr A quarter finals playing their second games last night, three of the four teams that lost the first game recognized that and pulled out wins to even their series at one game apiece. Only Whitby was able to extend its series lead to 2-0, downing the Barrie Lakeshores 12-5. Orangeville came back from a 16-9 first-game loss to edge Brampton 10-9 behind a hat trick from Dallas Bridle and 6 points (2g, 4a) from Cody McMahon. The Six Nations Arrows, who fell in double overtime in Game 1, rode a 7-goal, 3-assist performance from Johnny Powless to a 19-13 win over the KW Braves. And the Peterborough Lakers, also overtime losers in the first game of their series, held on to edge the Burlington Chiefs 9-8 to even things up.
The key for the Lakers was a 5-goal run spanning the second intermission. They needed every one of those goals, as it turned out, because Burlington scored three times in the final 4:01. The Lakers succeeded largely because of a gritty defensive effort all over the floor, which was exemplified by what turned out to be the winning goal. Josh Currier and a teammate pressed a Burlington player trying to run a loose ball out of his zone. They forced him to cough the ball up, Currier scooped the loosie and went in alone to beat Doug Buchan for his third goal of the game.
“We just wanted it more. We were going for every loose ball, we were getting second effort goals,” Currier said after the game. “We’ve lost to them 3 times and been right there every time, so we came out flying this time. We wanted to make sure we didn’t want to lose. We had our backs against the wall.”
Jacob Ruest, who led the Chiefs with 5 points (1g, 4a), said his team’s effort was there but the Lakers did a good job of limiting what has been a potent Burlington offence. “They came out with tough D. They pressured us and kind of forced us to run the ball into their zone. Sometimes they caught us where we were making bad passes or forcing shots,” he said. “We just have to make sure we’re moving more on offence. Make sure we’re getting high quality shots, maybe just getting more shots in general.”
KW 12, Brampton 10 (box score)
OLA Jr A Playoffs Best of 5 quarter finals
Peterborough 9, Burlington 8 (box score) (Peterborough Examiner) Series tied 1-1
Whitby 12, Barrie 5 (box score) Whitby leads series 2-0
Six Nations 19, KW 13 (box score) Series tied 1-1
Orangeville 10, Brampton 9 (box score) Series tied 1-1
BCJALL Playoffs Best of 7 semi finals
New Westminster 12, Langley 6 (box score) New Westminster leads series 1-0
OLA Jr B Playoffs Best of 5 quarter finals
Windsor 12, Orangeville 7 (box score)
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