Centennial Cup Update: Bombers will face Pickering in quarterfinals - Soo, Estevan, Ottawa and Red Lake head home
Two games would determine where the Bombers would finish in the group standings - first, a matchup between the MHL champion Summerside Western Capitals and the Ottawa Jr. The Bombers now know where they will finish in their group at the Centennial Cup - and who they will face in the tournament quarterfinals. Flin Flon entered Wednesday with a chance to finish first in their division, but a pair of unwanted results bumped the maroon and white down to third place in their pool. Two games would determine where the Bombers would finish in the group standings - first, a matchup between the MHL champion Summerside Western Capitals and the Ottawa Jr. The Bombers, having played all four of their preliminary round games, had already finished with seven points. If Summerside won, they would leapfrog over Flin Flon into the playoff round with nine points (or eight points if the game went to overtime). The team that would finish first in the group would receive a bye into the tournament semifinals, while the second and third seeds would play another game in the quarterfinals later this week.
Summerside would draw first blood in the first, but Ottawa would tie the game later in the period, then take the lead early in the second. Following the tying goal, the Senators would immediately pull their goalie (in need of a regulation win) and put six forwards out on the ice. Instead of calling the play icing - as the shot was launched from behind the red line and a shot off the post is not registered as a shot on goal - the play continued, with the puck getting back to the Capitals, who scored on their second empty net try. The intrigue wasn't over however, as the officials conferred and determined that a Capitals player was offside on the second shot, calling back the goal. A called icing on the first miss would have put the faceoff in the Summerside zone with about 12 seconds left. With overtime being meaningless, the Capitals finished the job with a goal by Colby MacArthur less than two minutes in, giving Summerside an OT win, eight total points and eliminating Ottawa. The second game that would determine the Bombers' spot was between the MJHL champion Dauphin Kings and the Soo Thunderbirds, the NOJHL champs.
Three points from a regulation win would clinch the Kings top spot in the division, as would two for an overtime win or one for an OT loss - the Kings beat Summerside earlier, giving Dauphin a tiebreaker over them. Dauphin took over the game early, scoring twice in the first period, adding another trio of goals in the second and shutting down Soo's momentum at every turn. Dauphin will finish first in Group B with 10 points, ahead of Summerside's eight and Flin Flon's seven. The OJHL's Pickering Panthers and their eight points will finish second in Group A, while College Francais de Longueuil from the LHJQ has seven points, putting them third. With the placements all figured out, it will be Brooks and Dauphin advancing straight to the semifinals, while the second seeds of each group will play the other group's third seeds. Quarterfinal games will be played Friday, with one game starting at 4 p. The quarterfinals and semifinals can be streamed online on the Hockey Canada website, while the tournament final will be broadcast live nationwide on TSN.
Read full article at The Reminder