Keith’s fall 10-2 as Lions sweep

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Clare moves on to West Division finals against Barrington Ice Dogs

Clare Lions swept their best of five West Division semi-finals last night, defeating Valley Keith’s 10-2 in the Université Sainte-Anne rink at Church Point.

The Lions will now meet the Barrington Ice Dogs, who also took their series 3-0 against Yarmouth Mariners. The division playoffs will be a rematch of last year that the Ice Dogs won before advancing to the Nova Scotia Junior C league championships.

The game in Church Point started much better for the Keith’s than it finished, with both teams trading goals in the opening period before Clare ended the frame up 3-2.

Marc Lombard, with his first of two on the night, drew first blood, scoring less than two minutes into the game, but Keith’s captain Eric Cook, playing his strongest period of the series, evened things up a minute and 48 seconds later, assisted by Tyler Robertson

The goal brought loud cheers from a large contingent of Valley Keith’s fans that traveled slippery and snow-covered roads to watch the game, hoping the series could be extended with a Keith’s victory.

Ryan Gallant’s goal at 9:12 of the first silenced the visiting fans, but Colan Cromwell was able to lift the puck over the glove hand of Clare goalie Colin LeBlanc. The assist went to Cook.

But that was it for the Keith’s who were outshot 55-30 on the night. Marc Andre d'Entremont closed out the opening period with his first of three goals for the night.

The second period brought three more goals for Clare, and an outgunned and overwhelmed Keith’s team collapsed completely in the final frame when Clare added four more goals.

Valley Keith’s goalie Steve Morse, who reportedly is moving to Australia, was playing his last Junior C game, and is likely happy to get away from flying pucks.

The Lions also got goals from Mario Blinn, Joel German and Marc MacIntosh.

Keithj’s coach Geoff Locke was named coach of the year in the Junior C league. He took over the reins this season after the team was purchased by three Digby men, Danny Harvieux, Justin Wood and Drew Peck.

Organizations: Ice Dogs, Church Point

Geographic location: Australia

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