Northumberland 89.7 sports report
By Jeff Gard/Northumberland 89.7 FM
The Clarington Eagles completed a four-game sweep over the Port Hope Panthers in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Eastern Conference final with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.
Leading just 1-0 after the period and 2-0 after two, the Eagles tacked on three more goals in the third. Drew Clapperton tallied the lone goal for Port Hope with Isaac Langdon and Connor MacGregor drawing assists.
After the game, Panthers head coach John Foley said his message to the players was they had a lot to be proud of in turning their season around from being in fifth place in December in the six-team Tod Division and going on to capture the division title before a tough match-up in the Eastern Conference final against the Eagles.
“Clarington’s a very good hockey team. We were right there with them for the first couple games – I thought our boys played really well – and the message was to hold your heads up high,” Foley said. “This is a learning curve. We’ve got some young guys in here that are going to be huge factors for us next year and we want to make sure that what they learned this year carries on to next year.”
Clarington will now represent the Eastern Conference in the Schmalz Cup tournament in May.
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Two Ontario Hockey League players from Port Hope will square off in the Eastern Conference final. Dalyn Wakely and the North Bay Battalion advanced with a 3-1 win in Game 7 of their series against the Barrie Colts on Tuesday night.
They move on to face Owen Beck and the Peterborough Petes in the conference final. Beck and Wakely were minor hockey teammates in Port Hope and with the Quinte Red Devils AAA program.
This Sunday is the deadline to register for the upcoming Cobourg Legion Minor Softball season.
Age divisions available range from under-5 to under-17.
While the in-person registrations have concluded, players can still be signed up on the organization’s website at playfastball.ca.