TORONTO - The Parkdale Hockey Lads skated to a 2-2 tie with the Jokers Hockey Club this past Saturday night at Upper Canada College and, in the process, advanced to the Round 2 Winners' Bracket of the 2016 UUHA Playoffs. The previous match of the teams' two-game playoff series saw the 8th-place Lads edge the 1st-place Jokers 3-1.
Also Saturday night, the 2nd-place Wheatfield Souldiers overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat the 7th-place Brockton Rockets 3-2 en route to a series-clinching win, while the 3rd-place Humiliation blanked the 6th-place Parkdale Porcupines for the second consecutive game of their series (1-0, 0-3). And the 4th-place Beau's Beer Hack bettered the 5th-place Gas Station Islanders 2-1 to force overtime in their split series. The Hack then scored in the extra frame to earn a berth in the Winners' Bracket and a potential opportunity to defend their Championship title.
The Hack will now face the Humiliation in Round 2 Winners' Bracket action (another two-game, first-to-three-points series), while the Souldiers and Lads will face off in the other Winners' Bracket series. The victors from those two series will play each other for the UUHA Championship in a single-game Final on Saturday, April 9.
The two other Round 2 playoff series will see the Jokers take on the Rockets, while the Islanders and Porcupines face off against each other. Berths in the Bronze Medal Game (also on April 9) are at stake in those two series.
The 2016 UUHA Playoffs continue next Saturday, March 12 at Upper Canada College with the Porcs and GSI taking to the ice at 7:00 PM, followed by the Jokers and Rockets at 8:00 PM. The 9:00 PM match will feature the Lads and Wheatfield Souldiers, while the Humiliation and Hack will cap the night off at 10:00 PM. All games take place at UCC.