ORANGEVILLE – After eliminating the favoured Six Nations Rebels, the Orangeville Northmen prevailed over the Clarington Green Gaels in Game 5 of the OJBLL finals by the score of 13-5 at the Garnet B Rickard Sports Complex to advance to the Founders Cup playoffs.
The Northmen will represent the OLA in the Founders Cup Finals. The 4 teams representing Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario in the 2017 Minto Cup Championship have been determined.
The Okotoks Raiders out of Alberta compiled an impressive 19-1 regular season record and followed it up by dispatching the Calgary Mountaineers 4-1 in the playoffs.
The Coquitlam Adanacs have once again qualified for the Minto Cup. They also compiled a 19-1 regular season record and proceeded to sweep the Delta Islanders 3-0 in the first round and the New Westminster Salmonbellies 4-1 in the BCJALL finals.
It was back-to-back League Championships for the Jr. B Northmen, beating the Clarington Green Gaels three games to two in an ‘epic series’ in Jr. B Finals history. The first three games of the series went to Overtime, seeing the home team win each overtime contest on their home floor. However, in games three and four the Northmen would find their scoring touch, notching 13 goals in each game and outscoring the Gaels 26-13 (in total) en route to their second straight Championship. The Northmen now look to defend their Founders’ Cup Championship, which is being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Between 1998 and 2004 the Gaels won two Provincial titles (2000, 2004) and four Founders Cups (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004) as National Champions.