The Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Lakefield Chiefs had their hands full with the Clarington Eagles in the first round of the Central Ontario Junior Hockey League (COJHL) playoffs, which is not surprising as only 3 points separated the teams in the regular season standings. Unfortunately, the Schmalz Cup will not be back to back for Chiefs this year.
In Game 1, the Eagles walked into the Chiefs home rink and walked away with a 2-1 victory.
A goal by Brodie Myers put Clarington up 2-0 in the third period, but Lakefield pulled to within one on Eric Oosting’s tally assisted by Travis Brault at 14:56 into the third period.
Clarington stifled the Chiefs’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man and failed to score a single goal despite having 10 power play opportunities. The Chiefs’ Zach Wainman stopped 26 shots out of the 28 that he faced.
Lakefield falls to Clarington in overtime, 1-0 (OT). Brad Down, assisted by Jarod Hollister gave the Clarington Eagles a 1-0 (OT) victory over the Lakefield Chiefs when he scored 8:59 into the extra period.
Connor Visca spearheaded the defensive effort for the Eagles, as he did not allow a puck past him and made 41 saves for the shutout. Visca managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 0.47 prior to the game.
The Chiefs’ offense rang up 41 shots on the Eagles’ net. Zach Wainman made 22 saves for Lakefield on 23 shots.
Clarington downs Lakefield in overtime, 3-2 (OT). The Clarington Eagles pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over the Lakefield Chiefs on a clutch goal by Jarod Hollister.
Clarington came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Eagles trailed 2-0 after a goal by the Chiefs’ Nick Julian at 7:55 in the second period. Clarington knotted things up at 2-2 on a power play goal by Cody Kean at 13:02 in the third period.
Darby Medd also scored for Clarington. In addition, Clarington received assists from Brad Down, who had 2 and Mitchell Marchbank and Jake Carter, who contributed 1 each.
Lakefield‘s second goal was scored by Connor Blair. Assists were earned by William Sullivan, Jesse Gregory, Jayd Killingbeck, and Keenan Runnalls.
Zach Wainman rejected 11 shots on goal for the Chiefs. Game 4, Clarington outlasts Lakefield, 5-3 (only game with more than 1 goal margin of victory for the Eagles).
Brad Down had a great game for the Eagles, netting 2 goals. Down’s tallies came at 9:51 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Lakefield and on the power play 2:37 into the third to make the score 3-2 Lakefield.
Again, Clarington’s penalty kill continued to excel, as the Eagles gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays. Actually, the Eagles never gave up a shorthanded goal the whole series.
Clarington also had goals scored by Jake Carter and Braden Gray, who each put in one. Assists from Chris Ludwinski, Dylan Howorko, Brent Hambly, Jarod Hollister, and Cody Kean.
The Eagles were unable to stop the Chiefs from sending pucks towards the net, and Lakefield eventually piled up 32 shots on goal.
The Chiefs were led by Sweeting Bryce, who finished with one goal and two assists. Eric Oosting assisted on a goal and scored one himself assisted by Travis Brault.
Zach Wainman made 21 saves for Lakefield on 26 shots.
The Chiefs season ended unexpectedly but still had a great year finishing with 29-12 for 59 points, and in 2nd place in their division while outscoring their opponents by 70 goals during the season. Hopefully moving into 2015-16 things will finish better than this year.
By Scott Cherwaty, Owner/Publisher Peterborough SportsXpress