CHATHAM -- For a "nothing" game it meant a couple of things as the Thorold Blackhawks beat the Chatham Maroons 4-2 in OHA junior B Sutherland Cup round-robin play last night. For one, it served notice it will be full body armour series when the Cup final begins. The two teams had clinched berths in the final before the game. The Listowel Cyclones were mathematically eliminated with one game left, tomorrow in Thorold.
It was a rugged game with three fights and several brawl-type confrontations.
"It will let them know they are games. It's not going to be a walk in the park for them, We mean business," said Chatham coach Lee Giffin.
On the hockey side it meant the teams will have to employ discipline.
Every goal in the two round-robin games Chatham and Thorold played was scored on the power play. In the first game in Thorold, the Blackhawks won 3-0. "Five-on-five we outplayed them," Giffin said. "Discipline is everything."
Thorold coach Dan Timmins said special teams are key to winning in the round-robin. "We're trying to be disciplined out there and turn our backs on stuff and hopefully have our power play score. It's going to be a physical series. But we proved all year we can play any style. We knew they would come out hard in their own rink to avenge the loss last Thursday."