The West Division Regular Season Champion RAYSIDE BALFOUR CANADIANS will open the West Division Best-of-seven semi-final play-off round with back-to-back home games this week against the SOO MICHIGAN EAGLES.
Game #1 is: THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH at 7 p.m. at the Chelmsford Arena
Game #2 is: FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH at 6:30 p.m. at the Chelmsford Arena
There are plenty of Admission tickets for both home play-off games available at the door.
The West Division semi-final series promises to be a close-one as the Canadians played the Eagles tough all season in their 8-game regular season series. In the first 6 meetings of the season, the games were all decided by just one goal. In the final two meetings of the regular season, the Canadians defeated the Eagles by identical scores of 6-3. The Canadians claimed the regular season series with a record of 6-1-1.
The Canadians will be relying on their offensive prowess as the Canadians scored the second-most-goals in the NOJHL with 260 while the Eagles scored 75 goals less with 185 goals. The two teams are closely matched in goals against with a goals-against differential of just 8. (171 versus 163).
The Eagles have entered the play-offs on a winning roll having comprised a record of 5-0-1 heading into their quarter-final series against the Espanola Express. The Soo Eagles made short-work of the Express sweeping the quarter-final series in two straight games. The Eagles are now undefeated in regulation time in their last 8 games.
The Canadians enter the play-offs on a winning note as well with two wins in the final weekend of the season and a 8-1-1 record in their last 10 regular season games. The Canadians watched the Eagles sweep the Express last week and Head Coach Danny Cuomo has had time to prepare his players for the tough series ahead.
“The series promises to be a fast and highly-skilled game” notes Cuomo. “The Eagles are one of the fastest teams in the NOJHL and our young team will need to match their speed. The Eagles showed how stingy they are defensively allowing only two goals against in their two play-off games with Espanola. Our work is cut-out for us but our guys are chomping-at-the-bit to get the play-offs started.”
The Canadians will be looking for a repeat of last season’s semi-final series where the Canadians eliminated the Eagles in six games. The Canadians won the first two games of the series by 2-1 and 1-0 scores. Fans can expect the same kind of tight play-off hockey in this year’s semi-final series starting Thursday night at the Chelmsford Arena.
The first-round of the play-offs is sponsored by CANADIAN TIRE CHELMSFORD store with cash-saving offers being made available to every ticket-buyer at Thursday and Friday night’s home games