Second place finish for Chiefs
by Jim Carson
After a five game winning streak giving the Chiefs a chance for first place in the last week of the schedule, Lakefield came up three points short ending up in second place in the final standings.
Lakefield along with the first place Uxbridge Bruins will now get a bye in the quarter finals while third place Clarington will face the Georgina Ice and Port Perry will square off against the Little Britain Merchants in a best three out of five series.
Although not for sure, it is possible that Lakefield will open the semi-finals at home on Tuesday, February 19.
On Friday, February 1 the Chiefs travelled to Uxbridge in a must win situation and had a complete meltdown losing 8-2.
Tyler Roy opened the scoring for Lakefield and left the first period tied 1-1. However three goals in less than 10 minutes in the second by the Bruins ended the Chiefs hopes of first place.
Curtis Bolton made it 4-2 before the second period ended, but defensive lapses and undisciplined penalties let the Bruins romp for four more goals in the third.
In Lakefield on Tuesday the Chiefs hosted the third place Clarington Eagles with the Eagles tying the game with three minutes left in regulation, and scored 41 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win.
Jordan Walsh and Nathan Larson scored for Lakefield as Jesse Gregory picked up two assists and was the Flannigans Butcher Shop Player of the Game.
The Chiefs finished the season with 28 wins, 8 losses and 4 overtime losses for 60 points.
Head Coach Tim McCormick was disappointed with his team’s effort in Uxbridge.
“Our team appeared to be ready to play and didn’t have that bad of a first period, but as Uxbridge upped their game we didn’t and got frustrated. You can’t expect to dominate, and when a team picks it up you had better be ready to compete and we didn’t. Our whole team was terrible defensively.”
McCormick felt a little better after Tuesday’s game against Clarington despite the loss.
“It was a nothing game point wise for both teams but I like the way our team bounced back after Fridays effort. We have to put all that behind us now and get ready in the next two weeks.”
The Chiefs would like to remind everyone of their Valentines dance at the Lakefield Legion Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m.
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