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Carleton Place and Ottawa Tied in CCHL Final

By Kristopher Bras on April 19, 2017

Defender Owen Grant is competing in his third Bogart Cup Championship with Carleton Place. (Robert Lefebvre/IceLevel)

The Carleton Place Canadians have advanced to the CCHL finals for the fourth consecutive season, and for the second year in a row, are facing the Ottawa Jr. Senators for the Bogart Cup Championship. Last year, the series went to seven, and after two hard fought games, it looks like CCHL fans will be treated to another long finale.

The Canadians defeated the Kemptville 73s 4-2 en route to the final. The finish was Kemptville’s best since joining the Jr. A CJHL in 2007. 

Andriano playing best hockey of career
Meanwhile, the Jr. Senators swept the Cornwall Colts in their semifinal round. This playoff has in many ways become Ian Andriano’s CCHL victory lap, as he has held shooters to one goal in six of nine games. Three of those came in the first three games versus Cornwall. The Colts had a better outing in game four, with three goals, but by then it was too late.

Andriano leads the CCHL with a 1.56 goals-against average and an unreal .945 save percentage.

With a few days of rest in hand, the Jr. Senators walked into Carleton Place full of steam and jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. Carleton Place forward Justin Cmunt replied in the second, but Ottawa managed to pace the Canadians throughout the game. Although Carleton Place outshot the Jr. Sens 36-24, Andriano was again the difference.

Left winger Chiwetin Blacksmith led Ottawa forwards with three points (1g, 2a), while Merrick Rippon and Luke McCaw both added a pair of assists. Goals were also scored by Teddy Simson, Griffin McGregor, Cameron White and Hubert Delisle.  

Cmunt added a second goal later in the third period in a losing effort for the Canadians.

Knoblauch helps Canadians tie series
The second game of the finals was a closer affair, with Carleton Place winning 3-2. Despite the best efforts of Delisle (1G, 1A), the Canadians solved Andriano often enough to take the victory. Samuel Knoblauch paced the Canadians with a goal and an assist, while Shawn Kennedy and William Cullen also got on the scoreboard.

The series resumes tonight when the Jr. Senators visit Carleton Place. 

Canadians and Jr. Sens dominate points leaderboard
With this being the last series of the playoff, several Jr. Senators and Canadians have predictably maintained top positions on the playoff stats leaderboards. 

While Andriano has solidified the top position among goaltenders, Carleton Place’s Connor Hughes has been no slouch, and his 2.11 goals against average puts him third among CCHL goaltenders.

The playoffs have in many ways become Jr. Senator Jaren Burke’s party. He leads the league with eight goals and 13 assists in 11 games, which is also the highest point-per-game rate of the playoff.

Carleton Place’s Connor Merkley isn’t far behind at third in the points race, with 12 points (5G, 7A) in 13 games. Andrew Dodson also has 12 points, while Ottawa’s Luke McCaw has 11 and Rippon rounds out the top ten with 10 points.

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By Kristopher Bras| April 19, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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