ST. CATHARINES – In Week 8, the Barrie Blizzard (4-4) won their fourth straight game 15-9 over the SouthWest Cyclops (2-6) to clinch third place on the season.
With the victory the CLax playoff picture is now complete and the Conference Finals have been determined for Sunday, March 30. Semi-final number one will feature the number two ranked Niagara Lock Monsters hosting the third ranked Barrie Blizzard on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at the Seymour Hannah Arena. Game two will see the number one ranked Ohsweken Demons hosting the fourth ranked SouthWest Cyclops that evening at 8 p.m. at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.
On Sunday afternoon the Barrie Blizzard and SouthWest Cyclops clashed at the Barrie Molson Centre in order to determine third and fourth position in the standings. In the first quarter, the Cyclops opened the scoring just under 4 minutes in as Ryan McCrory found the back of the net. Less than two minutes later the Blizzard answered back with seven unanswered goals to end the first quarter leading 7-1.
There was more of the same in the second quarter as Martin Whittaker of the Blizzard opened the scoring, leading to three more goals before SouthWest’s Tyler Burton got them back on the board. The Cyclops notched one more in the quarter and the Blizzard led 11-3 going into the half.
The Cyclops came out motivated in the third, giving the Blizzard all they could handle with 5 goals in the quarter. They played Barrie tight defensively, holding them to only 3 goals, and kept them on the run with the signature SouthWest transition. Going into the final frame, the Cyclops closed the gap to 14-8.
In the fourth, both the Cyclops and Blizzard tightened up even more on defense and both goalies played outstanding holding each team to just a single goal in the quarter. In the end, the Barrie Blizzard held off the Cyclops comeback bid and went on to a 15-9 victory.