Canes end slump to secure playoff berth
BRAMPTON – The Guelph Hurricanes clinched a playoff berth in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and eliminated the Brampton Bombers at the same time with a 4-1 victory over the Bombers Friday night at Earnsliffe arena.
The Canes scored three times on special teams in the third period for the win. After a scoreless first period, the Canes had the only goal of the second. The locals netted two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in the third.
Lucas Dybowski broke an 11-game scoreless streak with a pair of goals for Guelph. He has the exact same total as he had last season with the Canes – 12 goals and seven assists. Mitchell Morrison and Bradley Smith also scored while Lyam Cripps had two assists and Adel Zivojevic, Chris Poletek, Cameron Stokes, Kyle Somani, Ben Maidment and Braydon Munn had one apiece.
John Parker-Jones scored on a power play for Brampton at 17:27 of the third to spoil the shutout bid by Jacob Hutchings.
The Canes outshot Brampton 34-31 and went 3-for-6 on the power play while Brampton went 1-for-5.
The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Canes who hadn’t won since dropping the Bombers 9-0 at the Sleeman Centre Jan. 21.
The victory also leaves the Canes at 14-32-2-1 and in seventh place in the Midwestern Conference. They’ll play the second-place Elmira Sugar Kings (39-7-1-2) in the conference quarter-finals that are to start next week.
The loss leaves the Bombers at 10-32-2-5 and keeps them in ninth place. They’re two points behind the Brantford 99ers (11-32-2-5) with one game to go in their regular season, but they won’t qualify for the conference playoffs as the 99ers will win a tie-breaker with Brampton. The teams split their regular-season series with three wins apiece, but Brantford outscored Brampton 23-21 in those games.
Brantford secured its playoff berth by gaining a point in a 7-6 loss in double overtime to the Stratford Warriors Friday night at Stratford.
With two days to go in the regular season, all the Midwestern Conference playoff pairings for the quarter-finals have been decided. First-place Listowel Cyclones will play eighth-place Brantford, second-place Elmira will play the seventh-place Canes, third-place Kitchener Dutchmen will play sixth-place Stratford and Cambridge and the Waterloo Siskins will play in the other series with home-ice advantage in that series to be decided this weekend.
The Canes are to wrap up their regular season Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. game against Listowel at the Sleeman Centre.
Hurricanes 4 Bombers 1
1. Guelph, Dybowski 11 (Cripps, Zivojevic) 2:11
Penalties: Kendall Gue (cross checking), 5:22; Woon Sam Bramp (boarding, boarding misconduct), 7:36; Kendall Gue (roughing), 12:17; Fisher Bramp (cross checking), 15:16; Evans Gue (cross checking), 16:32.
2. Guelph, Morrison 8 (Poletek, Stokes) 3:34 pp
3. Guelph, Dybowski 12 (Cripps, Somani) 14:47 pp
4. Guelph, Smith 10 (Maidment, Munn) 17:03 sh
5. Brampton, Parker-Jones 3 (Woon Sam, Samari) 17:27 pp
Penalties: Heelis Bramp (holding), 1:40; Woon Sam Bramp (roughing), Somani Gue (roughing), 5:27; Dybowski Gue (hooking), 6:35; Scott Bramp (slashing), 10:26; Richard Bramp (roughing), 13:44; Morrison Gue (hooking), 15:37; Woon Sam Bramp (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Hutchings (W, 3-7-0, 31 shots-30 saves), Guelph; Landry (L, 6-22-2, 34 shots-30 saves), Brampton.
Power-plays (goals-chances): Guelph 3-6; Brampton 1-5.
Referees: Barron, Meilach; Linesmen: Mitoulas, Scott.
- Guelph Sports Journal