Huron Heat, Crusaders continue to progress through playoffs - March 14, 2019
BY DENNY SCOTT
Playoffs continue throughout the area with some teams facing their last matches while others fight to stay alive in the postseason.
The Novice Rep Crusaders had a tough week, posting back-to-back losses against the Arthur Vipers, 6-4 on March 5 in Arthur and 9-6 on March 6 in Brussels. The team has no further games scheduled.
The Atom Local League Black squad was downed by the Zurich Thunder 5-2 on March 8 in Zurich and have no further playoff games scheduled.
The Atom Local League Burgundy squad posted a 4-3 loss to the Mitchell Meteors in Elma Logan on Mar. 9 and have no further playoff games scheduled.
The Atom Rep Crusaders posted a 4-2 win over the Central Perth Predators on March 4, extending the squad’s postseason winning streak to five games.
The PeeWee Local League Crusaders suffered two losses last week, falling to the Goderich Sailors 2 on March 3 by a score of 5-4 in Goderich and losing 8-1 to the Minto Mad Dogs in Blyth on March 6. Splitting up the losses was a 5-1 win against the Mitchell Meteors on March 5. No further playoff games are scheduled for the team.
The PeeWee Rep Crusaders posted a 4-1 loss against the Huron Bruce Blizzard in the team’s last scheduled playoff game on March 6.
The Bantam LL Crusaders put a point in each column, beating the Wingham Ironmen on March 7 in Wingham, tying the Central Perth Predators 3-3 in Brussels on March 6 and losing to the Predators in Milverton on March 4. The squad has no further playoff games scheduled as of press time.
The team also competed in the Young Canada Week Tournament in Goderich over the weekend, posting a 5-4 win over North Middlesex, losing 3-1 against the hometown Goderich Kinsmen, and earning a convincing 12-0 win over Wingham.
The Bantam Rep Crusaders posted two 2-2 ties in Blyth, one against the Minto Mad Dogs on March 3 and one against the Saugeen Shores Storm on March 4. The team has no further games scheduled.
The Midget Local League Crusaders won the team’s last posted playoff game against the Listowel Cyclones 2-1 on March 6 in Brussels.
The Midget AE Crusaders were felled by the Walkerton Capitals 7-0 on in Brussels on March 8. The team faced off against the Mitchell Meteors on March 10, but a score was unavailable at press time.
The Midget Rep Crusaders next play against the BCH Ice Dogs in Clinton on March 17. The puck drops at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit blythbrusselsminorhockey.ca.
Several Huron Heat teams are entering the next round of the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL) playoffs while others continue Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) playdowns and others still compete in the Western Ontario Girls Hockey League (WOGHL) playoff round-robin competitions.
The Novice B Heat are entering the third round of the LLFHL playoffs with a best-of-three series against the Waterloo Ravens. Games are scheduled on March 16 in Waterloo at 3 p.m., March 17 at the Blyth and District Community Centre at 3 p.m. and March 24 at the Seaforth and District Community Centre at 1:30 p.m.
The Atom A Heat are entering round two of the LLFHL playoffs with a best-of-three series against the Woodstock Wildcats. Matches are set March 19 at 7 p.m. in Woodstock, and March 23 and 24 in Seaforth, both at 2:30 p.m.
The Atom C Heat continued in the WOGHL playoff round-robin with a 2-0 road loss against the West Oxford Inferno C on March 6. The squad next faces off against the Mitchell Meteors, again on the road, on March 16.
The Atom HL squad faces off against Ilderton in the WOGHL playoff round-robin on March 16 in Ilderton after being bested by the Lucan Irish 4-1 on March 9.
The PeeWee BB Heat squad now looks to the third round of the LLFHL playoffs with a best-of-three series against the Chatham Outlaws. Game one is scheduled March 22 in Hensall, game two is set for March 23 in Chatham and game three is set for March 24 in the Seaforth and District Community Centre.
The PeeWee C squad continues its WOGHL playoff run, having bested the North Middlesex Jr. Stars 4-1 on March 9 and the South Huron Sabres 2-0 on March 5. Both teams will get rematches in the coming weeks as the Sabres welcome the Heat to Stephen Township on March 16 and North Middlesex hosts the Heat on March 17.
The Bantam BB Heat had tied their LLFHL round two playoff series against the Stratford Aces at one game each last month. The final game was played last week on March 3 in Clinton, but a score was unavailable at press time.
The Bantam C Heat will finish the WOGHL playoff round-robin with a game against the Kent County Fillies C in Ridgetown on March 17. The team will then start the WOGHL finals with another game against the Fillies in Seaforth on March 23. Puck-drop is scheduled for noon.
The Midget BB Heat are entering the third round of the LLFHL playoffs with a series against the Lakeshore Lightning. The Heat will welcome the Lightning on March 17 to the Central Huron Community Complex with the game starting at 1 p.m. The team will then take to the road to face off against the Lightning on March 23, with game three scheduled for March 24 in Clinton.
The Midget C squad continued its OWHA playdowns last week with games against the Lucknow/Wingham 86ers on March 4 and the South Huron Sabres on March 5, as well as with a game on March 10 against the Central Perth Predators but scores were unavailable at press time.
The team continued its WOGHL playoff round-robin, losing to St. Thomas on the road on March 8 2-1 and posting a 2-2 tie against the B.A.D. Blazers C in Hensall on March 9.
The Senior Heat team had a roller coaster of a week, posting a 7-1 win over Parkhill in Hensall on March 2, then suffering a 4-2 loss against Exeter on March 3. The squad also faced off against Dorchester on March 10 in the first of a three-game series, but a score was unavailable at press time. The series continues with games on March 16 in Hensall and March 24 in Dorchester.
For more information, visit huronheat.com.