LISTOWEL — For the second season in a row, the overpowering regular season champion Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs completed the GOJHL season first overall of 26 teams this year with 91 points in 50 games. They demolished teams throughout the early going in the postseason but when it really counted, they choked. “It really is a
LISTOWEL — For the second season in a row, the overpowering regular season champion Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs completed the GOJHL season first overall of 26 teams this year with 91 points in 50 games. They demolished teams throughout the early going in the postseason but when it really counted, they choked.
“It really is a big disappointment, said general manager Brian Rizzetto. “We went up against a team that was prepared to play us. We were outplayed and our big guys weren’t big. But we were bad from the net out. No excuses.”
Last year it was the Elmira Sugar Kings that shocked the Corvairs in the OHA Semi-finals where they lost 4-2. The kings went on to win the 2017 Sutherland Cup, taking out the London Nationals four games to one. This year the Corvairs were eliminated in four straight against the Listowel Cyclones.
“I think everyone in the organization needs to take a look in the mirror,” says Rizzetto.
“That’s including myself and Bully (coach Mike Bullard), see where it went wrong and correct it for next season.”
There has been no decisions made to date regarding any changes there may be within the team for next year.
The message was simple going into who would prove to be the Pro-Fit Corvairs’ swan song at the Steve Kerr Memorial Arena. Nothing short of a win would be acceptable.
General Manager Brian Rizzetto and coach Mike Bullard were on the same page when it comes to explaining what went so suddenly wrong. “We need everybody working,” said Bullards before they got on the bus to Listowel. “They (Listowel) are a good team. We need everybody tonight. There is no tomorrow.”
He was right. If there was any chance of a huge series comeback, they would have to win four in a row starting with Tuesday night. As shown all year, there was no shortage of talent with this team. The team’s individual and season statistics are very impressive indeed.
So what went wrong? Perhaps it was their success that eventually failed them. After winning four-straight in the first round, there was a five-day wait for the winner of the Thorold/Niagara Falls series which ended Mar. 7th and didn’t start against the Canucks until March 14th for
Round 2 ended March 21st after taking out the Canucks four games to one, but the St. Catharines Falcons were having a much harder time with the Hamilton Kilty Bee’s who took the series a full seven games before the Falcons eventually won 4-3. Mar. 26th.
The Corvairs ripped through the Falcons in four straight and then had to wait again until April 11th for the Elmira Sugar Kings. The wildcard Elmira series ended in four straight, April 17th.
They would then have wait again until April 25th. For the Sutherland Cup series to begin and all that momentum built up to that point was expended, waiting for opponents. Or maybe they just lost interest. That’s what makes sports great. Anything can, and usually does happen.