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"C" & "D" Semis and... here's the "D" Champions!
Submitted By Craig Metzger on Saturday, February 8, 2020
Saturday late afternoon and evening saw the semi-final games for the "C" and "D" groups and culminated with the crowning of the "D" Champions.

"D" Semi-finals
The "D" semi-finals began with a contest between the Tavistock Titans and the Norwich Knighthawks. The Knighthawks opened the scoring at the midway point of the first period. They then popped in a goal early in the second period but took a penalty less than a minute later. The Titans were unable to capitalize on their power play opportunity but did get on the scoreboard with a couple goals in the last few minutes of the period to tie the game up. The Knighthawks took a penalty in the first dozen seconds of the third period and the Titans didn't miss on this opportunity as they took the lead for the first time in the game. The Titans extended their lead to 5-2 with another couple goals over the next several minutes. The Knighthawks replied with a goal of their own to make it 5-3. The Titans responded with two goals about 30 seconds apart with about 5 minutes remaining to make it 7-3. The Knighthawks didn't quit and scored again with just over a minute to go to make it 7-4. That's as close as they would come to catching the Titans though and with the 7-4 win the Titans advanced to the "D" Championship game.

The Zurich Thunder and the Bruce Peninsula Predators faced off in the second D semi-final game. The Thunder opened the scoring four minutes into the game and then potted two goals in the final minute of the period to go up 3-0. They followed those goals up with a power play goal a minute and a half into the second period. The Predators responded with their own goal less than a minute later to make it 4-1. The Thunder restored their four goal lead with a few minutes to go in the period. However, that wasn't the end of second period scoring as the Predators scored in the final minute of the period to make it 5-2. That would be the end of the scoring for the Predators but not for the Thunder as they added four more goals to make the final score 9-2. With the win, the Thunder advanced to the "D" Championship to play against Tavistock.

"C" Semi-finals
The first "C" semi-final game saw the Shelburne Wolves play the Huron-Bruce Blizzard. The Wolves were "quick out of the gate" and scored three goals in the first period - the only scoring in the period. The lone goal of the second period came almost halfway through the period and also came from the Wolves as they stretched their lead to 4-0. The third period saw the Wolves take a penalty a few minutes in and the Blizzard took full advantage of the opportunity by scoring their first goal. The Wolves restored their four goal lead a few minutes later. That would be it for the scoring and with the 5-1 win the Wolves moved on to the "C" Championship game on Sunday.

The second "C" semi-final game, which was between the BCH Ice Dogs and the Clearview Canucks, was a close contest, especially through the first half of the game. The Ice Dogs opened the scoring four minutes into the game but the Canucks responded with their own goal so the period ended in a 1-1 tie. The second period saw the Ice Dogs score an early goal followed by a pair at the 7 and 6 minute mark to open a 4-1 lead. It looked like the game might get away from the Canucks but they were able to score a goal before the second period ended to reduce the Ice Dogs' lead to 4-2. Unfortunately for the Canucks, the Ice Dogs restored their lead back to 5-2. The Ice Dogs shut the door the rest of the way to win the game and move on to join the Wolves in the "C" final at 2:10pm on Sunday afternoon.

"D" Finals

The "D" Final game featured the Tavistock Titans and the Zurich Thunder. The Titans scored the first goal of the game just about halfway through the first period. Almost five minutes later, the Thunder would get their first goal to tie the game at 1's. The second period saw a crazy 40 second period where 4 goals were scored - three by the Thunder and one by the Titans. When the flurry was over, the Thunder were leading 4-2. That wasn't all the scoring in the second, however, as the Thunder scored again before the period was over to take a 5-2 lead into the third. The Titans "scored" (the dreaded own goal by the Thunder) early in the third to make it 5-3. The Thunder shook it off and scored two goals to stretch their lead to 7-3. The Titans kept pressing and were able to score with about four and half minutes to go. That would be it for scoring by the Titans though. The Thunder did add a final goal in the last minute of the period to win the game 8-4 to claim the "D" Championship.

Congratulations to both teams for all the effort and determination they displayed.
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