March 3, 2008
Struggling to cope with injuries to four players, the Cobras knew their semi-final series against the first-place Nepean Raiders would be tough. In the first game, Nepean skated away with a convincing 6-1 win. The second game was closer, with Nepean edging the Cobras in a hard-fought 5-4 heartbreaker.
Game 3 was do or die for Eastern Ontario. Nepean, rated fifth in the province at the AA level, got on the board first with a goal late in the period, then doubled their lead midway through the second. The Raiders kept pressing, and added another goal early in the third. Mathieu Houle closed the gap to 3-1 on a pass from Francis Henri, but the Raiders shut the door the rest of the way, ending the season for the Major Midgets.
In the first round, the Cobras were matched against the Kanata Blazers. The two teams split four regular season games, and finished just one point apart in the standings, so a close series was expected. In game one, the Cobras dominated the first half of the game, jumping out to a 5-0 lead, but then the tide turned and Kanata filled the net with five goals of their own. The game ended 5-5.
In the second game, Eastern Ontario built a 4-3 lead over the first two periods. Mindful of their third period collapse in game one, the Cobras poured it on in the third and won 8-3 despite missing four players with injuries. Kanata won the third game 2-1, but the Cobras sent them packing in the fourth game with a 5-3 win.
The Major Bantam Cobras fought the good fight, but in the end, the Gloucester Rangers were too much, winning the five point series 6-4 in a five game showdown. The team has struggled all year against Gloucester, losing three of four regular season games against their first round opponent. The Rangers made it look easy winning the opener 6-2, but the Cobras served notice they were not to be taken lightly, tying up the series with a 4-2 win on Feb 22. Game 3 saw the Cobras take a 4-2 series lead with a 4-1 win, but the Rangers won the last two games 7-2 and 6-4 to eliminate Eastern Ontario. "We tried our best and never gave up," said coach Dennis Sweeney.
Minor Midget AA
The Minor Midgets faced an uphill battle against the first place Kanata Blazers. Down 4-0 after dropping the first two games in the series, the Cobras were simply overmatched against the Blazers, and were swept in three games by Kanata.
Minor PeeWee A
The series between the PeeWee A Cobras and the Silver Seven White went five games, and required overtime in the last game before a winner emerged. Unfortunately, the Cobras came up on the short end of a 2-1 score.
Atom Minor B
The entry-level Cobras team struggled in the playoffs against a strong first round opponent, and were swept in two games by first place Cumberland Blue.
Congratulations to all of the Cobras players, coaches and parents for a great season!