The Dresden Kings won their season finale and the Blenheim Blades lost theirs to finish one point apart in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the PJHL Stobbs Division.
The Dresden Kings won their season finale and the Blenheim Blades lost theirs to finish one point apart in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division.
The Blades will begin the playoffs Tuesday by visiting the top-seeded Lakeshore Canadiens.
The Kings will visit the second-place Mooretown Flags on Wednesday in Game 1 of their best-of-seven quarter-final.
The regular season ended Sunday with the Blades losing to the Essex 73’s 4-1 and the Wallaceburg Thunderhawks falling to the Amherstburg Admirals 1-0.
On Saturday, the Kings beat the Thunderhawks 5-4 and the Canadiens topped the Flags 7-2.
73’s 4, Blades 1
At Blenheim, Noah Tetrault of the Blades (11-24-2-3) scored with 14 seconds left in regulation to spoil the 73’s shutout bid.
Blades goalie Chris Dewulf made 49 saves before 330 fans at Blenheim Memorial Arena.
The Blades will host Game 2 in their quarter-final at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 3 is Friday in Lakeshore and Game 4 is at 7 p.m. Sunday in Blenheim.
73’s goalies Connor Meyerink and Tristan Edmondson combined for 22 saves.
Jack Sanko, Ty Moss, Alex Demers and Liam Hall scored for the fourth-place 73’s (23-15-1-1), who’ll host the fifth-place Wheatley Omstead Sharks (19-19-1-1) on Tuesday in Game 1 of their quarter-final.
Game 2 is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wheatley.
Admirals 1, Thunderhawks 0
At Amherstburg, Thunderhawks goalie Jacob Lister made 37 saves.
The Thunderhawks (4-35-0-1) finished in last place and miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year.
Andrew Clark scored in the first period and Aidan Pitre had a 26-save shutout for the third-place Admirals (24-12-1-3).
The Admirals will play the sixth-place Petrolia Flyers (14-22-1-3) in the first round.
Kings 5, Thunderhawks 4
At Wallaceburg, Brantly Kuipers and Jace Leach each had a goal and an assist for the Kings (13-25-0-2).
Noah Fox, Chandler Glassford and Tanner Cole also scored.
Josh Remsik scored twice for the Thunderhawks in front of 260 at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena. Austin Rajsigl and Brody Fraleigh added singles. Ryan Nicholson had three assists.
Kings goalies Connor Ogg and Aiden Lucyk combined for 16 saves. Nolan Hakr and Lister of the Thunderhawks combined for 17.
The Kings will host Game 2 in their quarter-final at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Game 3 is Saturday in Mooretown and Game 4 is Monday, Feb. 17, in Dresden at 8:30 p.m.
Canadiens 7, Flags 2
At Mooretown, Hunter Bailey and Trevor Larue each scored twice for the Canadiens (36-4-0-0), who outshot the Flags 45-21.
The Canadiens clinched first place Friday, so the Flags (33-7-0-0) sat out several regulars for a game that meant nothing in the standings.