By Fred Wallace
The Junior C Hockey Playoffs in our broadcast region have provided some of the best series ever.
Generally in Junior C, what stands in the regular season carries through into the playoffs.
And while the # 1 & # 2 teams in both the Western Junior C League and the Georgian MidOntario Junior C League have both advanced to their respective championship series, the path to the final and the finals themselves have provided great swerves.
In the West, it started with underdog Mount Forest pushing Mitchell to the limit.
Mitchell advanced to the semifinals and played Hanover in a series where home ice meant nothing.
Meanwhile in the other West semifinal, Kincardine had leads of 2-0 & 3-1 in the series and held a 3-0 lead in game 6, and watched as Walkerton came off the mat to win it in 7.
The Western Junior C Championship Series continues tonight at Walkerton with game 5 and overtime isn't out of the question based on how the series as progressed; Hanover leading 3 games to 1 over the Hawks in mostly 1 goal games.
Meanwhile, the Georgian MidOntario loop, # 1 Alliston got a scare in the semifinals from Erin, while Penetanguishene erased a 3-0 deficit and won 4 straight to eliminate Stayner.
In the Final, the Kings had a 3-1 lead in the series, which reportedly led to a player revolt among the Alliston kids and the Hornets have a new coach in place.
The Kings were just 29 seconds away from advancing to the Ontario Quarterfinals on Sunday night at Alliston, only to see the Hornets come back and win that game in overtime and then win again Monday night in Penetang to send the series to Game 7 tonight in Alliston.
You can't beat that for playoff drama.
I'm Fred Wallace