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The Blenheim Blades trail the Lakeshore Canadiens 3-0 and the Dresden Kings are down 2-0 to the Mooretown Flags in the PJHL Stobbs Division playoffs.

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Hay’s return haunts Kings

Greg Hay scored four goals in the Mooretown Flags’ 9-2 win over the Dresden Kings in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division playoffs Friday.

The ex-King also had one assist as the second-seeded Flags took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven quarter-final.

Kenny Chisholm and Jace Leach scored for the seventh-seeded Kings before 311 fans at the Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre in Dresden. Kings goalies Connor Ogg and Aiden Lucyk combined for 25 saves.

Max Steeves, Logan Gardner, Dawson Winchester, Nolan Farr and Cameron Rannie also scored for the Flags, who led 3-0 after one period and 8-1 after two. Jake Wilkins made 21 saves.

Game 3 is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Mooretown. Game 4 is at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Dresden.

Blades facing elimination

Christian Moccia and Malcolm Campbell scored for the eighth-seeded Blenheim Blades in a 6-2 loss to the top-seeded Canadiens in a PJHL Stobbs Division quarter-final Friday in Lakeshore.

The Canadiens lead 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is at 7 p.m. Sunday in Blenheim.

Blades goalie Caleb Pinsonneault made 39 saves. Romano Liburdi of the Canadiens made 21.

Jake Nimmo scored two goals for the Canadiens. Matt Smith, Andrew Thoms, Ameen Fadel and Adam Pizzo added singles.

The Canadiens led 3-1 after one period and 5-2 after two.

Kucera, Johnson nominated

Chatham’s Jana Kucera and Pierce Johnson are nominated for two awards apiece at the annual Windsor/Essex Sports Persons of the Year (WESPY) Awards.

Kucera is a St. Clair College basketball player. She’s nominated for female athlete of the year and female basketball player of the year.

Johnson is a University of Windsor volleyball player. He’s nominated for male athlete of the year and male volleyball player of the year.

Jr. Hawks win championship

The top-seeded CKSS Golden Hawks swept the Ursuline Lancers 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 in the LKSSAA ‘AAA’ junior girls’ volleyball final Friday at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.

The ‘AAA’ senior girls’ final was postponed because of bus cancellations in parts of Lambton County.

Ursuline will now host St. Patrick’s in the championship match at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lancers reach semifinals

The Ursuline Lancers are in the semifinals at the Ontario School Curling Provincial Championships after winning their pool with a 3-0 record at the Chatham Granite Club.

The Lancers ended pool play Friday with an 11-2 win over Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes. They scored four in the third end for a 4-1 lead and ended the game with seven straight points, including four more in the seventh end.

They’ll play in a boys’ semifinal at 9 a.m. Saturday. The championship and consolation finals are at 1 p.m.

The Lancers are the defending silver medallists.

High school hockey playoffs

All four semifinals in LKSSAA ‘AAA’ boys’ and girls’ hockey will be played Wednesday.

In the boys’ league, Ursuline (5-1-0) hosts Sarnia St. Patrick’s (3-4-1) at 2:30 p.m. at Chatham Memorial Arena, while Chatham-Kent (5-1-0) visits Northern (6-1-0) at 3 p.m. at Clearwater Arena.

In the girls’ league, Chatham-Kent (3-3-0) hosts St. Patrick’s (3-2-1) at 2 p.m. at Erickson Arena, while Ursuline (1-4-1) visits Northern (6-0-0) at 3:30 p.m. at Clearwater Arena.

In the ‘AA’ playoffs, Wallaceburg (4-1-1) hosts Lambton Central (2-3-1) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the girls’ final.

McGregor (0-6-0) visits Lambton Central (6-2-0) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, then Lambton-Kent (2-4-0) hosts Great Lakes (2-5-1) at 2 p.m. Thursday in the boys’ semifinals.

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