For the 10th time in 12 years since returning to Senior B lacrosse, the Owen Sound Quantum Properties NorthStars will play for the Ontario championship.
The NorthStars clinched their latest final berth on Friday with a 13-7 win over the Oakville Titans, sweeping the best-of-five semifinal series in three straight games.
Owen Sound has now won five playoff contests in a row in a march to what the NorthStars hope will be their eighth provincial title since their rebirth in 2001.
Jeff Ivey scored five goals to lead the winners while Adam Jones added four. Jamie Grimoldby scored twice and singles went to Anthony Lackey and Nate Sanderson. Bryan Kazarian chipped in four assists.
Oakville's scoring information was not available.
The Titans led 4-2 after one period as they tried to stave off elimination on their home floor, but Owen Sound was not to be denied, outscoring Oakville 8-1 in the middle frame to take command.
Head coach Brandon Sanderson says the dominating performance was probably his team's best second period of the season. It's a period when they've faltered on occasion, but that was not the case on Friday night.
Sanderson says the NorthStars are happy to have ended the series as quickly as possible. They know the Titans are a young, fast and dangerous team and they didn't want to give Oakville any hope of pulling off an upset.
There's one hurdle left as the NorthStars seek to regain the Clare Levack Trophy. They'll meet either St. Catharines or Brooklin in a best-of-seven final which will start next weekend.
The NorthStars might hope for St. Catharines to win the other semifinal series, since it was the Saints who ended Owen Sound's four-year championship reign last season. But Sanderson says he really has no preference because he believes his club matches up against any other team in the league.
If St. Catharines defeats Brooklin, the final could start next Friday in the Garden City, with Game 2 possibly set for next Saturday at the Bayshore.
But if Brooklin prevails, the NorthStars will have home-floor advantage and will probably want to open up next Friday at the Bayshore.
At stake in the Ontario final is a berth in the Presidents Cup, the Canadian championship tournament which will be played in Spruce Grove, Alberta, starting on August 27.
Posted on Jul 27, 2012, 11:56 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52