February 22, 2008
Hardcore Cobras fans were at the rink, not outside watching the moon on February 20. While the moon waned and waxed and dogs howled, one Cobras team surged to tie its series while another faltered and was eliminated.
The Major Bantams have 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 Tuesday night under the eclipse.
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. By the time the moon had disappeared behind the Earth’s shadow on February 20, the Cobras had faded as well, outscored 22-2 in a three game sweep by Kanata.
The Major Midget Cobras have played it close with the Kanata Blazers all year long. The two teams split four regular season games, and finished just one point apart in the standings. In game one of their playoff series, the Cobras raced out to a 5-0 lead by the midway point of the game. But Kanata wasn’t buying what the Cobras were selling, and stormed back with five unanswered goals of their own, tying the game with just under two minutes remaining. 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.
At the PeeWee A level, Maxime Choquette has led his team to a 4-2 series lead over the Silver Seven White after three games. The Cobras captain, who has been the heart and soul of the team all year long, has put on quite a show so far. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win in game 1, scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss in game 2, and had four goals and an assist in a 5-1 win in game 3.