Falcons open Sutherland Cup final at home Friday two wins away from first title since 2012
They have home-ice advantage in a best-of-the-three Sutherland Cup final against the Chatham Maroons that gets underway Friday night at Jack Gatecliff Arena. A third game, also at The Jack, which is closing after 84 years, would be played Tuesday night, but only if the series for the 2021-22 Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League championship is tied. On Wednesday night, the Golden Horseshoe Conference champion Falcons wrapped up the Sutherland Cup qualifying with a 3-2 road victory over the Cambridge Redhawks, the Midwestern Conference representative in the three-team tournament. Cambridge dropped to 1-3 in the double round-robin and was eliminated from contention for a berth in the final while the Falcons improved to 3-1. The Falcons travelled to Cambridge all but assured of advancing to the final based on a tiebreaker on goal differential.
Any doubt about who should enter the final as the top seed – and through the front door – was put to rest by Kyle Glenney, Sam Williamson, on the power play; and Jonah Boria finding the back of the net for the Falcons on Wednesday night in Cambridge. “We were happy to get the win, and get the first seed, by winning out as opposed to placing first via the tiebreaker,” head coach Tyler Bielby said. Bielby wasn’t worried about the disappointment of the Falcons’ first playoff loss at home after starting post-season play 8-0 accompanying the team to Cambridge. “Our team has done a good job of not getting too high or too low after a game. “Any team left standing at this time of year deserves to be here.
The Falcons’ first league final since 2014, when they lost in seven games to the Caledonia Corvairs, is a “new season” as far as Bielby is concerned, albeit the shortest one yet. “With it being best two-of-three, there is no room for a slow start. Falcons Feathers: The Falcons are seeking their second title in franchise history and their first since 2012 … Chatham’s only junior-B championship came in 1999.
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