As it turns out, the IceHawks’ return to the postseason was short-lived: four games to be precise.
After staving off elimination Friday night in Burlington, the ‘Hawks failed to score a goal in Sunday afternoon’s game four at Memorial Arena, falling 2-0 to the Cougars.
It was yet another close game between the two rivals. The Cougars opened the scoring in the second period and maintained that one-goal lead heading into the third period.
Milton began the third on a power play but failed to score. Midway through the third, Burlington scored again to go up 2-0 — a lead that seemed insurmountable given the IceHawks’ challenges around the Cougars’ crease.
With seven minutes to play, the IceHawks were awarded a two-man advantage but again, failed to score before mounting a flurry of chances in the dying seconds to no avail.
Burlington netminder Alex Murray posted the shutout for the Cougars while Denny Dubblestyne was also solid between the pipes for the IceHawks. All four games were decided by two goals or less with one going to overtime in what was an incredibly close series.
Although disappointed, the young IceHawks squad will look to build on their playoff experience when they head into the 2012-2013 season.
The OJHL West Division semi-finals are now set: Burlington advances to take on the first-place Georgetown Raiders and the Oakville Blades will face-off against the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.