Three quarter-final series get underway Friday night
CHARLOTTETOWN – All three best-of-five quarter-final series in the Razzy's P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League get underway on Friday night.
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The second-place Belfast Sabres open up at home against the seventh-place Sherwood Falcons at 8:30; the third-place Tignish Perry’s Construction Aces host the North River Flames in a 7:30 start, and The Plex in Slemon Park will be the site of Game 1 between the fourth-place Summerside Source for Sports Capitals and fifth-place Souris Hawks.
The regular-season-champion Southside Lynx, who compiled a 23-2-3 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses) record, earned a first-round bye.
The Lynx has the league's top point-getter in the regular season, Rob Miller, leading them offensively, and the league's leading goaltender, John Miller, between the pipes.
The eventual Island champion will represent P.E.I. at the Maritime-Hockey North junior C championship in Liverpool, N.S., from March 26 to 30.
Following is a look at each quarter-final matchup:
Belfast vs. Sherwood
Although they went 3-5 in January, the Sabres are entering the playoffs on a three-game winning streak, and have defeated the Falcons in all four regular-season meetings.
Sherwood is a new team with a lot of 1995-born players and has struggled with injuries this season, but will try to pull off an upset.
Tignish vs. North River
The Aces, who are the defending playoff champions, have struggled with numbers over the season due to injuries and work commitments, but are always at their best in the playoffs.
Riley Shea, who had a 50-point season that placed him second in the league scoring race, will be looked upon to lead Tignish offensively.
The Flames’ top scorer is Cameron MacMurdo, who is having his best season, and goaltender Taylor Doyle has been known to steal games when the team is not performing at its best.
Summerside vs. Souris
The matchup between the Capitals and Hawks features two expansion teams, and it is expected to be a long series.
Souris came out of the gate strong, recording six straight wins to start the season, and will be looking to return to that form in the playoffs.
Souris forward Darcy Nicholson will be counted on to get the offence going again in the playoffs.
Conversely, the Capitals struggled out of the gate, but finished the season with a 9-3 record. The strong goaltending of Catlin Sonier will be key to Capitals’ success in the post-season.
See playoff schedule on page B2.