Norwell ties Erin to get home game in boys’ hockey playoffs

PALMERSTON – A tie with the Erin Raiders was good enough to gain home ice for the Norwell Varsity Reds in the opening round of the District 4/10 high school boys’ hockey league.

The Varsity Reds and Raiders battled to a 4-4 standoff at Palmerston arena Wednesday to finish the regular season and the point gained by Norwell lifted the Varsity Reds into eighth place in the 10-team league’s final standings.

The bottom four teams in the league participate in the opening round with the winners advancing to join the other six in the quarter-finals.

The Varsity Reds already knew they’d be facing the Centennial Spartans in the opening round, it was just a matter of where that game would be played. The tie with Erin made Palmerston the site of the match.

Jordan Allen had a goal and two assists for Norwell while Caleb Cribbin had a goal and an assist and Zach Gonzalez and Ben Lawrence also scored. Ben Riley assisted on two of the goals while Isaiah Thornback and Noel Black each had one assist.

Liam Galton had two goals for Erin while Christian Vagenas and Evan Ridley had one apiece and Chris Ferri had an assist.

The two games in the first round of the playoffs are scheduled to be played Tuesday. Seventh-place Westside Thunder is to host the 10th-place Bishop Macdonell Celtics at 2 p.m. at Orangeville’s Alder St. Arena while eighth-place Norwell is to host ninth-place Centennial at the Palmerston arena at 2:30 p.m.

In Wednesday’s other game, the Orangeville Bears completed an unblemished run through the regular season with a 4-1 victory over the Centre Dufferin Royals at Shelburne’s Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex.

Dustyn Pratt, Riley Armstrong, Kyle Waters and Kyle Whitton scored for Orangeville while Jesse Sterling netted the lone goal for Centre Dufferin.

Orangeville finished atop the league at 10-0-0-0 and was followed by the Centre Wellington Falcons (8-1-1-0), Erin (5-1-1-3), St. James Lions (5-4-1-0), Ross Royals (5-4-0-1), Centre Dufferin (4-4-2-0), Westside (4-5-1-0), Norwell (2-7-1-0), Centennial (2-8-0-0) and Bishop Mac (1-8-1-0).

The quarter-final games are to be played Feb. 23. While Orangeville and Centre Wellington will host a first-round victor, Erin is to play Centre Dufferin at Erin’s Centre 2000 at 2 p.m. and Ross and St. James are to battle at the West End arena at 4 p.m.

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