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Jan 27, 2020 | Rachael Torrance | 604 views
OMHA Playoffs
Cement Midgets, Dorchester going to sixth and deciding game

By Pat Payton

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets moved to within one point of winning their opening-round OMHA playoff series after battling Dorchester Dragons to a 3-3 overtime tie last Thursday night at the PRC.

After the hard-hitting, feisty contest, the Cement men owned a five points to three lead in the six-point affair. It was a physical affair from start to finish between two teams who obviously don’t like each other.

Dragons tested St. Marys goalie Aaron Waugh early, and took a 1-0 lead at 7:45 of the first period. However, defenceman George Hensel gave the Rock a 2-1 advantage with a pair of goals late in the period. Hensel scored on a powerplay at 12:53, and then connected with a low blast from the point just 29 seconds later.

Dragons regained the lead in the second period with two unanswered goals, and went to the intermission break up 3-2. Midway through the third, affiliate skater Carter Reid scored the tying goal for the Cement men, sweeping in a rebound.

Both teams had a couple of good chances in the 10-minute overtime period, but the goalies kept it tied. Waugh played well for the Rock, who played the game with just 11 skaters.

“For having just 11 skaters and playing four periods, we played good hockey,” coach Rae said. “I think the key to beating these guys is staying out of the penalty box. We have to limit their opportunities because we’re out-playing them five-on-five. We’re a good team and we just have to stick to that.

“It’s bigger ice down (in Dorchester), and we just have to contain the middle in our own end. We just have to win those battles and get the puck out.”

Rae said he hoped to have a full line-up going back to Dorchester for Game 5 Saturday afternoon.

Dragons win in OT Saturday

In Saturday’s game in Dorchester, Dragons extended the series to the limit with a 2-1 overtime victory. It was the second consecutive overtime game in the series, and left the teams with five points apiece.

After Dorchester opened the scoring about three minutes into the contest, George Hensel tied the count 1-1 on a powerplay late in the second period. Captain Nathan Reay assisted. After a scoreless third, Dragons got the winner midway through the 10-minute OT period.

“It wasn’t a fluke goal, but it wasn’t a nice one by any means, coach Rae reported. “It was a shot from the half-wall and it went through traffic. I don’t think Waughzie (Aaron Waugh) even seen it, and it went far-side post.”

Game 6 is Monday night in St. Marys at 8:45 p.m.