Norwich eliminates New Hamburg to advance to Doherty semi-finals
Randy Steinman, CTV Kitchener
Published Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:14PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:23PM EST
The Norwich Merchants wanted to get the series over with.
The Merchants scored a 5-1 victory over New Hamburg on Monday night, eliminating the Firebirds in five games in their Provincial Junior ‘C’ Doherty quarter-final.
Norwich jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was 20 minutes old, then added two more unanswered goals in the second period.
“We didn’t want to take it back to Game #6,” said Merchants goalie Tyler Gubesch. “We knew they’re a talented team.”
Riley Monture led the Merchants with one goal and two assists, while Jordan Gillis scored twice.
Gubesch made 24 saves for Norwich, while Michael Black stopped 23 shots for the Firebirds.
“It’s tough,” said New Hamburg’s graduating captain Andrew Boer. “Glad to be a part of it, but it’s tough when it’s all over.”
The Merchants now join Ayr in the Doherty semi-finals. The other two quarter-final series have yet to be decided.
Tuesday’s Regional Sports Schedule:
WCSSAA SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL QUARTER-FINALS (all 3:15 pm)
(#9) Kitchener CI at (#1) Forest Heights
(#7) Elmira at (#2) Jacob Hespeler
(#6) Sir John A. Macdonald at (#3) Huron Heights
(#5) Cameron Heights at (#4) Preston
DISTRICT-8 SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL SEMI-FINAL
(#3) St. David at (#2) Resurrection – 4:30 pm
DISTRICT-8 BOYS HOCKEY
Monsignor Doyle at St. Benedict – 2:00 pm (Hespeler)
WCSSAA BOYS HOCKEY
Huron Heights (10-0) at Grand River (10-0) – 2:00 pm (Grand River)
Waterloo-Oxford at Waterloo CI – 2:00 pm (McCormick)
Bluevale at Galt CI – 2:30 pm (Galt Arena)
Cameron Heights at Elmira – 2:30 pm (Dan Snyder)
Kitchener CI at Forest Heights – 3:00 pm (Activa PJD)
Preston at Sir John A. Macdonald – 3:00 pm (RIM Pillers)
(End of regular season)
GOHL JUNIOR ‘B’ HOCKEY
Elmira at Kitchener – 7:00 pm (Kinsmen)
PROVINCIAL JUNIOR ‘C’ PLAYOFFS
Best-of-seven Doherty quarter-final
Tavistock at Paris – 7:00 pm (Series tied 3-3)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
N.Y. Islanders at Toronto - 7:30 pm
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto at Chicago - 8:00 pm
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