November 19, 2011

Monctonian Playoff Round Underway

Playoffs are underway at the 31st Annual Monctonian Midget AAA Challenge. In the Major Division the 1/4 finals are set as #1 seed Fredricton Canadians play Dartmouth Talor Flooring at 8:30 pm at the Red Ball Internet Center. Dartmouth  defeated South Shore Mustangs 5-0 in the first Wildcard game. The Cape Breton West Islanders clawed out a 2-1 overtime victory over the Cornwall Thunder in  the second wild card game to earn a date with the 2 seed Halifax Titans. That game is also at 8:30 pm.
The other 2 quarter final games played at 6:30pm will feature 3rd overall Cole Harbour Wolfpack against the 6th place St. John's Privateers. The 4th seed Valley Wildcats from Nova Scotia meet 5th place Pictou County Weeks.
The final four is set for the Minor Division. The early playoff rounds featured plenty of tight contests including several overtime games. The story of the tournament is shaping up to be the Bedford Blues who played in the first wild card game this morning and squeaked out a 2-1 overtime win against the North West Bulls. That win earned them a quarterfinal game with 1st seed Truro Bearcats. Again Bedford used overtime heroics to grab a 3-2 win in the second extra frame. Their efforts earned them a semifinal berth against defending champion Mid-Isle Matrix from Prince Edward Island. The Matrix are using defence to win games as the have a team goals against average of 0.250 after a 5-0 win over the Sherwood Falcons.
The other Semifinal sees the Calgary Bruins match up against the Saint John Phantoms. Calgary used a victory over the tired Charlottetown Abbies, final score was 3-2. Charlottetown defeated PEI rivals Western Regals 2-1 in overtime. Saint John won their quarter final game 3-2 over the Calgary Stamps.
The Major Midget semi's go Sunday morning at 9am and the championship game is at 3pm. The Minor Midget Division final is slated for 11:30 am.
- Mike Lord

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