Back to back sweeps of the Blackfalds Wranglers and the Airdrie Thunder have allowed the Mountain View Colts to become the first team to lock up a birth in the Hertiage Junior B Hockey League's championship series. The Colts are a remarkable 8-0 during this year's playoffs.
My oh my the Mountain View Colts are moving on to the HJHL Finals.
They completed a sweep of the Thunder thanks to a 6-3 victory on Tuesday, March 8th in Airdrie. Mountain View jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead thanks to a pair of goals by Jacob Vander Zaag and a power play tally by Evan Ingram. A Thunder PPG by Gavin Klein had tied it 1-1.
After Airdrie deadlocked the game at three all thanks to a power play goal by Brydon Beston as well as a short handed marker by Parker Georgsen, Captain Cole Sutherland scored late in the second period and early in the third on a Colts man advantage to put his team out in front for good. Mitchell Visser provided an insurance goal with under 5 minutes left in regulation time, while Thomas Della Siega kicked out 36 of the 39 shots he faced in net.
Colts Head Coach Gord Olsen certainly didn't expect to capture the Northern Division Final over Airdrie in just four games
Mountain View led going into the third period in three of the four games (Game 2 was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes). The Colts allowed just one goal against in the final period during the entire series. Olsen says it was a very solid defensive performance for the second round of the playoffs in a row.
According to former player and assistant coach Brent Youngs, this is the first trip to the league final for the Colts franchise since 1992. Youngs says that year they defeated Cochrane in the division finals but lost the league championship in seven games to the Ponoka Knights
Coach Olsen says they are excited to have the chance to play for the Heritage Junior Hockey League championship.
Mountain View now awaits the winner of the Southern Division Final. Game 3 of that best of seven affair is slated for tonight in Coaldale. The Copperheads trail the Cochrane Generals 2 games to 1.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's entire post-Northern Division Final sweep audio with Colts Head Coach Gord Olsen.
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