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Sports Roundup -- Roller hockey playoffs at hand
With the final weekend of regular season play in the books, the Bainbridge Island Roller Hockey League will get ready for the playoffs.
In Division III action, the Rangers defeated the Bruins 14-1 on Saturday and the Canucks 9-8 on Sunday. Keith Mowell led the way with six goals on Saturday and four on Sunday to lead the league in scoring with 82 points.
The Canucks had a rough go of it in the first period. After they took a 1-0 lead on an Andrew Strathdee goal, they gave up five straight goals to the Rangers. Mowell scored twice in the period, while Scott Blake had a goal and an assist.
In the second period, the Canucks cut the lead down to one as Cole Fiedler, Bjorn Ostenson and Scott Sandridge scored, but Mowell and Charlie Fletcher countered with goals to keep the Rangers up by three.
Kevin Keller scored four times in the third period, along with a goal by Ostenson, to try to put the Canucks ahead, but Mowell was too much for them as he scored once and assisted on another goal by Strathouse to give the Rangers their 13th win of the season.
In the other Division III game on Sunday, the Kings and Bruins took part in a defensive battle, with King goalie Matt Kundtz and Bruin goalie Keanan Blackwood making some nice saves in the first period. John Windust scored for the Kings to help them take a 1-0 lead into the second period.
The Kings kept the pressure on the Bruins by trapping the ball in their half for most of the second, as Trevor Leake, Michael Stephen-McRae and Brendan Campbell scored to put the Kings up 4-1.
In the final period, Matthew Perry scored two goals to put them behind by one, but Kundtz was too tough in the net and the Kings won to finish the season with 11 wins. They defeated the Canucks 7-2 on Saturday.
In Division II action, the Avalanche won both their games, defeating the Islanders 7-1 on Saturday and the Stars 3-0 on Sunday to finish first with a record of 10-3-2. The Stars did defeat the Blackhawks 7-1 on Sunday, who in turn defeated the Islanders 4-3 on Sunday.
In Division I play, the Ducks lost to the Penguins 6-1, but still finished first in their division by a game over the Coyotes, who lost to the Sharks 10-4.
The playoffs start today and run through Friday, with the consolation and championship games to be held on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
All games will be played at the roller hockey rink at Battle Point Park.
For a full schedule and playoff seedings, go to www.bihockey.org.