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PLAYOFF QUEST – The Yukon Inn old-timers team, seen here during the annual tournament, were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday after falling to Air North 4-3.

Whitehorse hockey playoffs kick into action

With hockey playoffs kicking off across the country as the winter season ends,

By Dustin Cook on April 13, 2018

With hockey playoffs kicking off across the country as the winter season ends, playoffs for the three Whitehorse men’s leagues are in full swing in the April quest for the top prize.

In the three-division Whitehorse Rec Hockey League, Yukon Yamaha has already emerged as champions in the C division.

After dropping their first game of the double-knockout format to Tintina Air, the team went undefeated winning five in a row to take the title.

With two teams remaining, they took on the Tu Lidlini Lightning who were undefeated and could secure the title with a win over Yukon Yamaha.

But the Yamaha team came away with a tight 6-5 victory to secure a sudden death rematch for the crown with Yukon Yamaha again coming out victorious 6-2.

The B division is coming down to the same climax with a second game tonight that could clinch the win for Goody’s Gas.

Goody’s Gas and the Chiefs were undefeated in the playoffs before their first game last week that Goody’s Gas took 4-1.

If the Chiefs win tonight’s game, a final showdown will be set to break the tie.

In the top A division, it will be the T.A. Firth Rangers against Yukon Brewing for the top prize.

The two teams faced off Thursday evening with the Rangers coming away with a big 7-2 victory. Both teams now have one loss in the playoffs as the Rangers dropped their first playoff game 6-5 against the Selkirk Bears.

The final could be wrapped up tonight with a second Rangers win. If Yukon Brewing bounces back with a victory, a deciding game is scheduled for Sunday.

Moving to the Canyon City Hockey League, four teams remain in the double-elimination bracket.

The undefeated Sundogs and Muckers will face off on Saturday with the winner advancing for a shot at the title in the five-team league.

The Predators and Raiders will play on Monday with the winner getting another shot while the loser is eliminated from playoff contention.

The Sundogs and Muckers were the two top teams in the regular season, while the Raiders – who only won five games on the year – pulled off a 3-1 upset over the Bolts to continue their playoff quest.

Playoffs in the Whitehorse Oldtimer Hockey League are also coming down to the wire with three teams remaining in contention.

The regular season leading Tim Hortons are continuing their success in the playoffs going undefeated for a chance at the championship.

They have won all three of their playoff games by one goal including a 5-4 win Thursday night over Medicine Chest in a shootout – who was also unbeaten in the playoffs.

Medicine Chest tied the game with 15 seconds remaining on a goal by Derek Bilodeau that forced a shootout.

Medicine Chest took an early lead in the battle of the unbeaten playoff teams, but Tim Hortons tied it up with about three minutes to go in the first and added another from Blayne Monahan with 59 seconds left in the period.

Tim Hortons quickly added to their lead in the second before two quick goals tied it back up for Medicine Chest. Monahan scored again with less than nine minutes to go, setting up the heroic tying goal for Bilodeau.

But in the sudden death shootout, it was Tim Hortons who came out on top through shooters Dustin Heffner and Marcel Bernault.

All is not lost however for the Medicine Chest team who will take on Air North after they won a tight 3-2 elimination game against T.A. Firth Thursday night.

Medicine Chest will take on Air North in an elimination game Saturday evening with the winner advancing to take on Tim Hortons Monday.

If Tim Hortons wins, they seal the title, but a loss would force another winner-take-all game Tuesday night in the double-elimination format.

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