Sanford, CSLR advance to Division 2 Finals

In game one of the WWHSHL Division 2 semi-final playoff series between the first ranked Beliveau Barracudas and the sixth ranked CSLR Renards this week, the Barracudas defeated the Renards 3-0. The Renards claimed game two with a score of 2-0. Series tied 1-1. In game three, with both teams fighting hard to advance, the period remained scoreless despite power play opportunities for both teams. In the second period, the Renards scored two goals, one breakaway goal at 13:44 (Purdom) and one power play goal just before the buzzer at .06 (Erikson). Both goals went unanswered, and the Renards led after the second period 2-0. In the third period, the Renards scored out of the gate at 19:44 (Purdom, Jeffrey), and then the Renards Purdom scored again at 7:51, assisted by Maitre, for a hat trick and the final goal of the game. Final Score: CSLR Renard 4-0 and the series win.

In game one of the WWHSHL Division 2 semi-final playoff series between the second ranked SJR Eagles and fifth ranked Sanford Sabres, the Sabres defeated the Eagles 6-1. Behind a game, the Eagles came out strong to capture what was undeniably a thrilling, edge of your seat game two. Despite chances at both ends, the goaltenders kept the first period scoreless. In the second period, the Sabres scored the only goal at the 5:52 mark (Drozd). In the third period, the rink erupted when the Eagles tied up the game with a goal at 7:22 (Popel, Sousa). The game remained tied as the seconds counted down to the end of the period, and it seemed like overtime was inevitable. But, with 28 seconds left on the clock, the Sabres Drozd caught a break and potted the game winning goal unassisted. Final Score: Sanford Sabres 2-1.

The Sanford Sabres and the CSLR Renards will face off in the WWHSHL Division 2 Playoff Finals at the Dakota Community Centre March 7, 9 and 13 if necessary. For additional details, check the series schedule.