(WINDSOR, ON) – After disposing of the Elora Mohawks in 4 games, the 4th ranked Windsor Clippers drew the perennial powerhouse Six Nations Rebels for the 2nd round of the OJBLL playoffs. In their only meeting this season the Rebels prevailed 13-4 at home, so the Clippers knew the series match-up wouldn’t be easy.
Game 1 was held in Ohsweken and the home side ran away with a 15-7 victory. Windsor held with the Rebels trailing just 8-5 at the end of the 2nd period and scoring early in the 3rd to close the gap. However, Six Nations turned up the heat and scored the next five goals to put the game out of reach with just six minutes remaining to play.
Windsor scorers included Blain Wallace with a pair and singles from Brady Doxtator, Andrew Garant, Noah Bushnell, Chase Kavanaugh, and Dylan Riley. Ian Ferguson took the loss between the pipes.
The Clippers did marginally better in the rematch this past Monday. The squad led 3-2 after 20 minutes but didn’t have a real response for the Rebels’ 10-goal out-burst in the 2nd frame. Going into the 3rd Windsor was looking at a steep hill to climb with a 12-7 deficit. Giving up three more in the final stanza, the Clippers didn’t give up and were rewarded with one last goal to close out the 15-8 loss.
On the up side, Windsor received hat tricks from both Kavanaugh and Riley and lone goals from Wallace and Logan Holmes. Again, Ferguson suffered the defeat, facing 54 shots on goal.
Windsor will now return to Rebel country this Friday in Game 3 of the best-of-five series. The boys are undaunted in the face of the task. If necessary, Game 4 will be back in Windsor on Saturday, starting at 7:00 pm at Forest Glade Arena.