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Warriors weather Storm to advance to semis

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/4/2018 10:18 AM

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The St. Malo Warriors have advanced to the Keystone Junior Hockey League semi-finals.

St. Malo defeated the OCN Storm 8-1 and 5-4 at home this weekend to win their best of five quarter-final series three games to one.

OCN came into the playoffs as the third ranked team overall, while the Warriors were sixth.

After splitting the first two games last weekend at OCN, the Warriors were determined to win both games at home this weekend, otherwise a game five would been necessitated at OCN today, and the 15 hours of bus rides there and back that it would have entailed.

In Friday's 8-1 thumping of the Storm, the Warriors were led by Shaquille Houle who had three goals and an assist. David Allaire stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the St. Malo net.

The Warriors wrapped up the series with a 5-4 victory on Saturday as the Warriors skated to period leads of 3-1 and 4-3 and held on to clinch the series.

Scoring for the Warriors were Robert Guimond, Alex Murray, Maxime Collette, Ben Olson and Shaquille Houle. David Allaire was again strong in net for the Warriors making 33 saves.

The Warriors will now face the number one ranked Selkirk Fishermen in the best of seven semi-finals. The Fishermen swept the Cross Islanders three straight in their quarter-final series.

Selkirk finished first overall in the league this year with a 28-3-3 record while the Warriors were sixth at 16-13-5.

Dates for the series have not yet been finalized.

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