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02.25.2016
CAMO Roadrunners halt Toronto Golden Jets unbeaten streak in MLWP; Capital Wave rocket to the top of women’s standings
 
The Toronto Golden Jets winning streak in men’s MLWP finally came to end on Saturday, at the hands of their rivals, the CAMO Roadrunners. The 13-10 win for the Roadrunners in Montreal was the Jets first loss since the 2013 MLWP Finals when the Jets also lost to the Roadrunners 7-6.
 
The win by CAMO shakes up the picture in the MLWP standings as four teams are now tightly packed at the top of the conference. The Golden Jets lead the way with 24 points having compiled an 8-0-1 record so far this season. Just two points back sit the Roadrunners (7-1-1) with both clubs having five games remaining. Mavericks (6-1-3) and CAMO Masters (6-1-4) sit tied for third with 19 points, but the Mavericks have only four games remaining and Masters have just three. The Golden Jets control their own destiny towards earning the top seed for Senior Nationals, as winning their five remaining games would guarantee the Jets the first overall seed. Three of those games are against winless Hammer and Silver Jets squads so the key matches will undoubtedly be their two remaining games against Mavericks. If the Golden Jets do slip up, the Roadrunners will have a chance to capitalize, but it will not be an easy one. With two games left against Ottawa United, and one each against Dollard and CAMO Masters, it will be a tough task to run the table.
 
While there is a fight brewing at the top of the men’s standings, there is also a battle for the final qualification spot in Senior Nationals. The top four teams in the Eastern Conference are fairly secure in their positions and Saskatchewan has qualified from the western conference after defeating Manitoba six games to zero in the western play-in series. That means five of the six playoff sports are almost secured, leaving only one spot for the remaining four eastern conference teams. Silver Jets and Hammer are not in contention, leaving a battle between Dollard and Ottawa United for the last remaining spot. Dollard (4-1-6) sits one-point clear of Ottawa (4-0-3) but has played four more games. The two teams face off twice this Saturday in Gatineau and the results will go a long way in determining who is going to attend Senior Nationals, and who stays home. If Ottawa wins both matches, Ottawa will clinch their spot. If DDO wins both matches, Ottawa will likely need to win 3 of their 4 matches against CAMO Roadrunners and Masters (two games each) to even have a chance at qualifying; a tall task. Either way, the competition this Saturday is sure to be intense.
 
In the women’s MLWP division, Capital Wave had an impressive weekend in Montreal, sweeping all four of their matches and placing themselves on top of the Eastern Conference standings. Wave’s matches were not for the faint of heart, as their combined margin of victory in the four games total, was six goals. Their first game was against undefeated CAMO White, and the 12-11 victory for the visitors would set the tone for the games to follow. Capital Wave jumped all over CAMO early, running up a 6-1 lead in the first, and an 8-2 lead in the 2nd. Even for CAMO, the deficit was too large to overcome, and Wave was off and running. Wave’s 2nd game, against CAMO Blue, would be the polar opposite of the first game, as Wave was the team playing from behind the whole way. Capital Wave erased 3-1. 5-3, and 7-5 deficits on the way to taking their first lead at 8-7 midway through the 4th quarter. CAMO Blue would tie the score with 2 minutes to go, but Rebekka Steenkamer’s goal with 1:13 left would be the winner in a 9-8 Wave victory. Sunday’s games against the Toronto Golden Jets and Hammer were more of the same as the matches featured a total of 12 times when the score was tied, but again, Capital Wave was able to pull away in the end, 13-11 over Hammer, and 12-10 over Jets.
 
The four wins vaulted Capital Wave (9-1-1) to the top of the women’s standings and guaranteed Wave a first round bye at Senior Nationals. Wave’s last remaining regular season game is against CAMO White this Saturday. CAMO White (6-0-1) is in 2nd place with 18 points but has four games in hand on Wave. If Capital Wave wins on Saturday, the Ottawa girls can clinch the first seed and likely avoid having to play either of the CAMO squads in the semi-finals. If Wave should tie or loss, there is a distinct possibility CAMO White will run the table and claim the first seed for themselves.
 
This Week in the NCL
 
It’s a lighter week for the NCL with only eight games on the schedule. Games will be played in Montreal, Gatineau, and Toronto this weekend. The games in Gatineau on Saturday feature the important MLWP matchups between Dollard and Ottawa United on the men’s side, and CAMO White and Capital Wave on the women’s side.
 
Please see the NCL schedule for exact times and locations of this weekend’s games.
 
 
 
 

 


 
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