EXETER — The Exeter Hawks sweept the Aylmer Spitfires four games to none in round two of the finals, meaning the Dorchester Dolphins are all that stand in the way of the league championship.
The Hawks played Aylmer in game four of the second round of the playoffs March 2. Exeter’s Chase Thornton started off scoring for the Hawks early in the first, assisted by Liam Melady and Brett Dalton. Melady scored a goal of his own, assisted by Fraiser Lewis.
After a scoreless second period, Hawks’ player Austn Carter scored, assisted by Max Naus and Christian Petrozza.
Aylmer notched their first and only goal of the night on a power play, and then Petrozza finished them off on an unassisted goal on an empty net nearing the end of the period. Exeter won 4-1.
Exeter’s sweep of the Spitfires followed a similar sweep of Port Stanley at the start of the finals. Now the Hawks will have their first game against the Dolphins March 11 at 7:30 in Dorchester.
The Dolphins definitely won’t go down without a fight. Like Exeter, Dorchester has also gone undefeated in the league finals. The Dolphins beat out Lambeth and then Mount Brydges, both in four games.
“Discipline is one thing,” said Exeter Hawks coach Dale Timmermans. “We’ll go four lines hard against them and go from there.”
Game two against Dorchester will be March 12 at 7:30 at the South Huron Recreation Centre. Game three will be March 13 at 4 p.m. in Dorchester.
Game four will be March 15 at 8 p.m. back in Exeter.
The Hawks became league champions last yearand moved on to the Clarence Schmalz Cup where they lost four games to zero to the Essex 73’s.