Aces, Lynx open final with back-to-back games

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In Crapaud on Saturday night and Tignish on Sunday evening

TIGNISH – The Tignish Perry’s Construction Aces and Southside Lynx will open the Razzy’s P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League championship series this weekend.

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The Lynx has home-ice advantage based on their first-place finish in the regular season, and will host Game 1 at the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be played at the Tignish Credit Union Arena on Sunday at 8 p.m.

This is the second year in a row these teams have met in the final. The Aces swept the Lynx last year, but Tignish co-coach Mike O’Halloran is expecting a much tougher series this year as both teams are evenly matched.

The Aces are making their ninth trip to the championship series in the last 11 years. Tignish has won five of the past six league titles.

Big crowds

Big crowds are expected at both rinks, and the Aces are coming off their biggest gathering of the season as approximately 450 fans took in the semifinal series-clinching win against the Belfast Sabres.

Aces team captain Kirk Ramsay has been logging a lot tough physical minutes, and does not shy away from dropping the gloves if needed.

The Aces faced a lot of adversity in the playoffs as injuries and players away working have resulted in a lot of different lineups. Key centre Tyson Carragher is gone for the season while Slade Handrahan, Jake Hackett and Traven Gaudet will miss some of the final series. Veteran Alex Brennan will make his playoff debut for the Aces this weekend.

Aces goaltender Chase Dyment is expected to get both starts this weekend. John Miller is expected to get the call in goal for the Lynx, who faced as much adversity as anyone in recent memory as they had to win three straight games to overcome a 2-0 series deficit against the Souris Hawks in the semifinals.

Aces co-coach Brian Hogan is expecting a very physical series as the rivalry between the two clubs continued to escalate late in the regular season with a partial line brawl in Tignish.

Last week’s Regal Cresting player of the game for the Aces was Karter Hackett.

Organizations: Tignish Credit Union Arena

Geographic location: Tignish, Crapaud

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