Travellers to face Dukes in second round 0
Delhi Travellers forward Trevor Biehn heads up ice while being watched by St. George's Nick Cole during Game 3 of the SOJHL McConnell Conference semifinal series Sunday in Delhi. Biehn had an assist in the contest, helping Delhi to a 5-1 win and 3-0 series lead. (JACOB ROBINSON Delhi News-Record)
The Delhi Travellers will finally get their second round SOJHL series underway this weekend.
Following a sweep of the Norfolk Rebels, the Travellers had to wait a full week just to find out who their next opponent would be. On Sunday, the St. George Dukes finally emerged as that opponent.
The sixth-seeded Dukes are coming off a thrilling seven-game upset against the Tavistock Braves, and will travel to Delhi Friday at 7:30 p.m. to begin the McConnell Conference semifinal.
"It just goes to show you - and I've been saying this all year - with the top six in our conference, any team can win on any given night," Travellers general manager Ron Lazou said. "Just because we're first and St. George finished sixth doesn't mean anything.
"It all comes down to who shows up that night and whose goalie plays better."
The two teams will head back to St. George for Game 2 Saturday before returning to Delhi for Game 3 Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Dukes will host Game 4 next Thursday and if necessary, the series will be in Delhi Mar. 16, in St. George Mar. 17 and back in Delhi for Game 7 Mar. 18.
Should the series go the distance, that would mean seven games in 10 days, but Lazou said the team's hands were tied.
"What are you going to do? You only have 14 days to get the series in," said the GM, adding the team had contemplated beginning the series tonight, but decided against a later 8:30 p.m. start.
"This way they're almost all weekend games," Lazou added.
"We're hoping to get some fans out. We tried to stay away from Norwich (Jr. C) as much as we could."
In the regular season, Delhi compiled a mark of 3-1-1 vs. St. George. Two meetings were decided by a single goal - one by a shootout. The final time the two met, Delhi won a wild affair on the road by a score of 14-1.