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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Close, but not quite: NOTL Wolves U18 rep team falls short in quest for provincial hockey title
The NOTL Wolves U18 rep team finished third in their division at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association championships this weekend.

If it wasn’t for a few bad bounces or some lucky breaks going their way, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wolves U18 rep team would have been playing Sunday for a chance to bring home a provincial championship.

The Wolves, competing in Kingston with seven other teams, were in a very tough “Group of Death” division.

They battled Mitchell and Elmvale in the round-robin of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s Tier 1 tournament but lost both matches in tight games.

Those teams finished one-two in the round-robin, just ahead of NOTL.

The Wolves went 1-2, with two close losses that easily could have gone either way.

They beat Petrolia Oilers 3-1 in their final round-robin game and then needed Mitchell to beat Elmvale by at least two goals in order for NOTL to advance to the semis.

But Mitchell and Elmvale tied 3-3, ending the Wolves’ quest for an Ontario championship title.

They both won their respective semifinals on Sunday morning, setting up a “Group of Death” rematch later in the day.

Elmvale prevailed 4-3 in overtime to claim the Tier 1 championship crown.

More to come …

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