CARDINAL – The South Grenville Rangers and Clarence Castors fought all season for first place in the NCJHL standings with the Castors eventually finishing first. These two teams settled for one of the play-off finals in Cardinal on Saturday night, for what ended up being the first of two double overtime matches.
The Rangers opened the series after beating the Morrisburg Lions in the opening round of the playoffs in five games, and kicked their ticket to the finals after beating the North Dundas Rockets in six games.
The Castors swept the Metcalfe Jets in their first playoff round, but were taken to the extreme by the Gatineau Hull-Volant in the semifinals which were then seven games.
South Grenville took a 3-1 lead in the first period with goals from Noah Penney, Owen Webster and Zach White.
Penalties caught up with the Rangers in the second and third periods with the Castors scoring one goal in each to level the game 3-3, pushing the game into overtime.
Seven minutes into the second overtime period, Castors ‘forward Jacob Servant found his way past Rangers’ goalkeeper Ben Spicer for the game-winner, Castors winning game one 4-3.
The National Capital Junior Hockey League Championship Series moved to Clarence Creek less than 24 hours later where it was the Rangers who overcame a backlog to force an overtime.
The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period. Clarence had a 4-3 lead in the second before the Rangers drew 5-5 late in the third period. It was again déjà vu for the Castors, as Jacob Servant was the hero of the match who again scored the match winner eight minutes after the second overtime frame. Castors won 6-5 and took a 2-0 series lead.
Match three of the series was scheduled for March 29th. Results were not available by the deadline for publication.
The Rangers and Castors will meet again on April 2 in Cardinal for game four of the championship series. Puck drop is at 20:10
Match five of the best-of-seven-game championship series (if needed) is on April 3 in Clarence Creek.
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