Feb 24, 2007 | cmetzger | 744 views
Overtime Losses make the Difference: Lakers Minor Peewees Lose Hard Fought Series to Cambridge
The Lakers Minor Peewees suffered their second consecutive overtime loss to the Cambridge Hawks that saw the Hawks win the Playdown quarter final series.
The Lakers have played very well since the new year winning 4 of their 6 remaining games to close out the regular season, including their first ever win over the Cambridge Hawks. This strong play enabled the Lakers to finish 3rd in the East division, 7th overall and saw them face the Hawks in the first series of the post-season.
The Lakers continued with their strong team play through the first game of the series earning a 2-0 shutout against the Hawks in taking game 1.
The Hawks game back strong in the second game and won 3-1.
With the series knotted at a game apiece, the Lakers travelled to Cambridge for game 3. The Hawks built up a 2-0 lead but, typical of their mental toughness, the Lakers battled back to send the game to overtime. Unfortunately, it was the Hawks who scored the next goal and won the game 3-2.
Facing elimination, the Lakers played the Hawks at home for game 4. The Lakers were clearly the stronger team for the first two periods but it was the Hawks who carried a 1-0 lead into the third. With just a few minutes to go and the Lakers still down 0-1, the Lakers pulled their goalie while on the powerplay. The extra attackers made the difference as the Lakers scored to tie the game and send it into overtime. However, overtime was again to be no friend of the Lakers as the Hawks scored to win the game and clinch the series, 6 points to 2.
All players on the Lakers Minor Peewee team should be proud of how they played in this series. It was a gruelling series that could have gone either way and confirmed once again that the Lakers are a team to be reckoned with. The Lakers will now move on to the semi-finals in the Playoff Pool.