Four Points Will Clinch First
This week the Cens continued a light schedule with just one weekend game again this week. Friday night the Cens traveled to Tavistock to take on the 7th place Braves. Eric Hackborn got things going early for the Cens providing the finish on a nice three way passing play with Howlett and Richard. Felix Lantaigne got his third shorthanded goal in 21 games since coming to the Cens in a trade with the Applejacks. Ormiston won the race to a loose puck and found Felix at the bottom of the left circle waiting to one time it home. Tavi drew to within one two minutes later and evened it up with one minute left in the first. But with 16 seconds remaining Kemp made a nice deke at the line enabling him to feed it to Howlett on the icing line. Howie in return sent it cross crease where Hackborn was waiting to drive home his second of the period.
The Cens transition was in fine form and the days off put some extra jump into it. 3:01 into the second Ayr broke out on a three on one. Whibbs carried a Pettitt pass down the right side before dropping it off to Clipper who blasted it home from between the dots. Andrew Richard got the Cens only power play goal of the game 8:54 in after walking out from behind the net and finding some room to sneak it in the short side. The Centennials P.K. came up large killing off a 1:04 5 on 3 Tavi advantage and with just over five minutes left in the second Rawski made a spectacular save diving cross crease to rob the would be goal scorer.
Tavi opened the scoring in the third with a point shot that found its way through five bodies piled up in the crease to make it 5-3. Jordan Pettitt made a lone ranger rush from center with a great move in the high slot that opened a lane to snap it home from the edge of the right circle. Diamond and Schaefer got the assists. Tavi added a power play goal late in the third but Ayr skated away with their 29th win of the season and fourth in a row. The bad new of the night was Hacker leaving the game with a lower body injury.
With just four regular season games remaining the Cens are beginning to regain the poise they showed through the middle of the season. Passes are clicking and the speed is proving to be a real challenge for their opponents. The Cens lead the league in goals for (209) while allowing the fewest against (85). Three of the remaining games will be at home with the only game for this week being Thursday against the Wellesley AppleJacks. Making up for two weeks in row with one game the Cens will be playing three in four nights to close out the regular season.
The only thing that is for sure in the play off picture is Ayr and New Hamburg will finish in the top two spots (Ayr needs two wins to clinch first). Delhi won’t be making the play offs this year. Mathematically third spot could go to any of the 3rd to 6th place teams - Woodstock, Norwich, Paris or Burford.
Bidding on the Centennials Retro Jerseys has picked up as current players and alumni bid for their numbers. There are silent auction forms at the three remaining home games or you can go to the Centennials Facebook page to place a bid. The final regular season home game will be Feb. 1st vs. Woodstock and will also be Alumni day. Check out the F.B. page for details.
Play off intensity is already creeping into the remaining games so come on out and check out some exciting Jr. C hockey right here at home. If you haven’t been to a game yet this season you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t take my word for it.