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.

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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

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DISTRICT-8 SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL SEMI-FINAL

(#3) St. David at (#2) Resurrection – 4:30 pm

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DISTRICT-8 BOYS HOCKEY

Monsignor Doyle at St. Benedict – 2:00 pm (Hespeler)

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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)

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GOHL JUNIOR ‘B’ HOCKEY

Midwestern Conference

Elmira at Kitchener – 7:00 pm (Kinsmen)

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PROVINCIAL JUNIOR ‘C’ PLAYOFFS

Best-of-seven Doherty quarter-final

Tavistock at Paris – 7:00 pm (Series tied 3-3)

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N.Y. Islanders at Toronto - 7:30 pm

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Toronto at Chicago - 8:00 pm