Round Two, Game One: 5-2 Warriors
March 12, 2020
by Ryan Hill
The first game of the second round featured the Elmira Sugar Kings and the Stratford Warriors facing off at the Dan Snyder arena. Sugar Kings defenceman Owen O’Donnell opened the scoring with a great point shot through a screen of bodies to give Elmira the first period lead. Stratford would answer late in the opening frame as Warriors forward Drew Welsch tied it off a funky deflection.
After a scoreless second period and great defensive play by both teams, Drew Welsch scored once again to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead halfway through the third period. However, a minute later Cooper Way tied the game on a great drive to the net as he tipped in his first goal of the playoffs. Shortly after though, who else but Drew Welsch scored his hat trick goal that would eventually end up as the game winner. Stratford added two more to take the game 5-2 and a 1-0 series lead.
Former Sugar King Rhett Kimmel was excellent making 28 saves in the Warriors victory.
Game two is slated for Friday, March 13th in Stratford at 7:30pm as Elmira looks to bounce back from their first loss this playoffs and tie the series.
Round One, Game Four: 6-1 Sugar Kings
March 3, 2020
by Ryan Hill
The Elmira Sugar Kings finished off the Bandits last night in Brantford to sweep the series four games to none. The Sugar Kings offence continued to produce, peppering 42 shots on net while scoring six goals from six different players. A few blue-liners also chipped in offensively as Anthony Azzano collected two assists and Harrison Toms had one himself.
One notable player in this series was Jeremey Goodwin who is tied for the league lead in playoff points with 10 in four games. Harrison Toms also had a great first round as he leads all defencemen in playoff points. Greg Brassard was a superstar in this series winning all three games he played in and earning a 1.28 GAA and a .938 SV% as well as collecting a shutout.
Round One, Game Three: 8-3 Sugar Kings
March 2, 2020
By Ryan Hill
Game three of this first round match up featured the wildest contest so far. Brantford scored a shorthanded goal in the first minute of the game but it was later answered by an incredible goal by Hunter Dubecki as he knocked the puck out of mid-air to find twine.
Two second period goals by the Bandits put the pressure on Elmira heading into the third as the Sugar Kings were trailing 3-1. However, Elmira played their most dominating period of the season as they piled on seven goals in the final twenty minutes and only allowed two shots on goal.
It was a total team effort as seven different Elmira players scored goals and six had multi point nights. All together, the Sugar Kings won by a score of 8-3 and most importantly took a 3-0 series lead.
The third game in three days is set in Brantford at 8:30pm on Monday, March 2nd as Elmira looks to sweep this series.
Round One, Game Two: 4-3 OT Sugar Kings
March 1, 2020
by Ryan Hill
The second game of this series was drastically different from the first but ended with the same result. Even strength scoring was Elmira’s only strength in this game as the power play ran dry again going 0-6. However, the Sugar Kings proved victorious over the Brantford Bandits winning 4-3 in an overtime thriller.
Elmira was able to overcome two separate one goal deficits as Jeremey Goodwin scored both tying goals to eventually send the game into overtime. In overtime, Sugar Kings captain Mason McMahon dangled the Bandits goalie to score the OT winner and give the Sugar Kings a 2-0 series lead. Greg Brassard was solid in goal making some big time saves, 30 in all.
Game three of this best of seven series begins at 7pm on Sunday, March 1st at the Dan Snyder Arena.
Round One, Game One: 7-0 Sugar Kings
February 27, 2020
by Ryan Hill
The Elmira Sugar Kings started off the playoffs the way any team would want to with a 7-0 beatdown of the Brantford Bandits. Although Elmira went 0-6 on the power play, there was no shortage of scoring in the first game of this series.
The Sugar Kings started hot scoring four first period goals and never looked back collecting the victory and a 1-0 series lead in this best of seven. Brody Waters led the charge scoring a hat trick and finishing with four points on the night.
Captain Mason McMahon added three points of his own while Harrison Toms had a goal and an assist to produce some scoring from the blue line. The Sugar Kings allowed only 15 shots to get to goaltender Greg Brassard who stopped all of them picking up his first GOJHL playoff shutout in his first GOJHL playoff game.
Game two goes Saturday, February 29th in Brantford at 7pm.
Sugar Kings perfect on the long weekend
February 18, 2020
by Ryan Hill
The Elmira Sugar Kings earned six points from three games in three days this past extend weekend as they solidified the top spot in the Midwestern Conference.
The weekend began in Brantford as the Sugar Kings took down the Bandits by a score of 6-3. The Brody’s lead the team to this victory as Brody Waters scored a hat trick while Brody Leblanc added two of his own. Dawson Rowe made 21 saves in the victory.
The Sugar Kings then hosted the Listowel Cyclones on Sunday afternoon in an overtime thriller that eventually saw Elmira come out on top with a 2-1 victory. Jacob Black scored in the first to give the Sugar Kings the lead but Cyclone Carter McLIwain scored early in the second to tie the game. In overtime, Brody Waters stayed hot scoring the game winner and his fourth goal in two games.
The final game came on Family Day Monday as the Brantford Bandits paid a visit to Dan Snyder Memorial to take on the Sugar Kings in the final home game of the regular season. The Sugar Kings secured a 4-1 win as four different players scored goals. Dawson Rowe was solid between the pipes making 15 saves on 16 shots.
The Kings are at the Galt Arena Saturday night as they take on the Cambridge Redhawks for the final regular season game of the year.