By Morinville News Staff
Morinville – An overtime victory for the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks was the deciding factor in who the Morinville Jets will play in round one of CJHL playoffs this weekend.
Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Hawks and the North Edmonton Red Wings, the St. Albert Merchants were sitting in third place in the West Division with 48 points. The Red Wings with a game yet to play were sitting at 47 points. Though they lost 6-5 in overtime Wednesday night, the extra point tied them with the Merchants. However, having one more season win than the Merchants did them little good.
Jets President Brent Melville said CJHL regulations break the tie by looking at where the two teams stood during regular season head-to-head. That score came up at two games apiece. The next step was to look at head-to-head goals for. In this case the Merchants came out on top and maintained their third-place finish and places them up against the sixth-place Edmonton Mustangs.
The fourth-place finish for the Red Wings squares them up with the Jets and gives them the home-ice advantage in the best-of-three series.
Game one will take place Friday night at the Londonderry Arena – game time 8 p.m.. Game two will be held in Morinville Feb. 18 at 8:15 p.m.
Game three is back at Londonderry Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.