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Blast faces Dundas for all the marbles

Blast faces Dundas for all the marbles

BRANTFORD – Down three games to one, the visiting Stoney Creek Generals needed a solid game to stay alive in the Sr. AAA Allan Cup Hockey semi-final playoffs. But their best just wasn’t good enough to thwart elimination as the Brantford Blast defeated the Generals 3-2 in overtime, with Derek Mederios scoring the game winner

BRANTFORD – Down three games to one, the visiting Stoney Creek Generals needed a solid game to stay alive in the Sr. AAA Allan Cup Hockey semi-final playoffs. But their best just wasn’t good enough to thwart elimination as the Brantford Blast defeated the Generals 3-2 in overtime, with Derek Mederios scoring the game winner at 8:15 of sudden death. Minutes earlier, Brett Leggat made a game saving stop, which sent the Brantford crowd wild and energized the Blast offense.

It’s a tradition that goes back to the old Brantford Alexanders, which Blast owner and general manager Peter Ham won an Allan Cup with in 1977. Someone just has to throw a ham on the ice whenever Mr. Ham’s team wins a playoff game. Friday was no exception.  Photo By Jim Windle

It’s a tradition that goes back to the old Brantford Alexanders, which Blast owner and general manager Peter Ham won an Allan Cup with in 1977. Someone just has to throw a ham on the ice whenever Mr. Ham’s team wins a playoff game. Friday was no exception. Photo By Jim Windle

Derek Mederios is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the OT winner on a powerplay to eliminate the Stoney Creek Generals. The Blast had solid goaltending by Brett Leggat, who kept his team in it late in the game.

Derek Mederios is swarmed by his teammates after scoring the OT winner on a powerplay to eliminate the Stoney Creek Generals. The Blast had solid goaltending by Brett Leggat, who kept his team in it late in the game.

Meanwhile, in Dundas, the McCoys were flattening the Whitby Dunlops, 8-3 to take that series 4-2.

The Blast and the McCoys will now face off for the Allan Cup Hockey Championship in a best of seven series that will draw the two biggest rivals in the league together in the battle of the 403.

The winner will represent the OHA for the Allan Cup, this year played in Clarenville, Newfoundland, beginning April 13th.

There was no scoring in the first period at the Brantford Civic Centre despite many chances at either end, but Generals’ Ryan Healy got his team on the board first at 7:17 of the second frame on a powerplay. Brantford responded with a powerplay goal of its own, scored by Jeff Caister at 10:53. With 15 seconds left in the period, Matthew Reynolds took the 2-1 lead with Stoney Creek’s second powerplay goal of the period.

Andrew Marcoux sent the game into extra time with a shorthanded goal scored with 2:10 remaining in regulation time.

In the OT period, Brantford’s Brad Jones was leveled when he and Stoney Creek’s Chris Knighton collided knee to knee. Knighton was assessed a five minute kneeing major and a game misconduct, which proved to be the Generals’ undoing.

Mederios ended the Generals’ season at 8:15 of overtime from Mike Burgoyne and Marcoux on the ensuing powerplay.

ROBERTSON CUP FINAL SCHEDULE – BRANTFORD BLAST VS DUNDAS REAL MCCOY’S
STARTS THIS TUESDAY & IF NECESSARY ENDS MARCH 29TH

BRANTFORD, March 16, 2015 – The Brantford Blast are excited to announce the complete best-of-seven Robertson Cup Final series schedule to be played between the Blast and the Dundas Real McCoy’s starting this Tuesday with Game One at 7:30 p.m. at the Brantford Civic Centre. This will mark the third straight year the Blast and Real McCoy’s have faced off in the Final, with the Blast winning the previous two and looking to complete the “Three-Peat.”

Complete Best-of-Seven Final Series Schedule:

Game One: Tuesday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m. – Brantford Civic Centre
Game Two: Thursday, March 19 – 7:30 p.m. – JL Grightmire Arena
Game Three: Friday, March 20 – 7:30 p.m. – Brantford Civic Centre
Game Four: Sunday, March 22 – 7:30 p.m. – JL Grightmire Arena  
Game Five (If Necessary): Tuesday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m. – Brantford Civic Centre
Game Six (If Necessary): Friday, March 27 – 7:30 p.m. – JL Grightmire Arena
Game Seven (If Necessary): Sunday, March 29 – 2:00 p.m. – Brantford Civic Centre

Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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