River East Royal Knights 3
Charleswood Hawks 4
(Charleswood wins series 4-0.)
I ventured out to the Terry Sawchuk Arena in EK to see the final game in the Knights' season in 2012-13. They put up a good fight and looked to be a much-improved team. It was a last-minute decision, made once the Jets were down 3-0. So I missed the 1st period, arriving with the score already tied at 1-1. The Knights scored the only goal of the 2nd period, and I thought they carried the play and had the better scoring chances in the period.
However, right at the end of the period they took a penalty for a punch made during a scrum for the puck. The Hawks scored on the ensuing PP early in the 3rd and then carried the momentum for the bulk of the period.
In the games only real moment of controversy the Hawks scored to make it 4-2 in a play where the Knights' goaltender had been knocked down. The goaltender retaliated with a slash to the offending player after the whistle. So instead of being down 3-2 with a PP, the Knights found themselves down 4-2 and on the PK. The Knights later cashed in on their own PP to make it tight. The last minute desperation bid fell short, and Charleswood had their sweep.
The Raiders and Twisters did not play. The Hawks may have a long wait for the final series to start. My guess is Tuesday, April 9th. Will they be rested or rusted?
Mar 30 Raiders at Pembina Valley (8:00 - Morris Rec Complex)
Apr 2 Pembina Valley at Raiders (7:30 - Billy Mosienko Arena)
Apr 5 Raiders at Pembina Valley (8:00 - Morris Rec Complex)*
Apr 7 Pembina Valley at Raiders (7:30 - Billy Mosienko Arena)*