On Saturday night in Picton the Prestige Contractors Midget Kings played in front of the largest crowd of the season and their fans were treated to a great, game-seven showdown versus the Port Hope Phantoms. The Kings opened the scoring at 5:06 of the first period when Brody Hudgin tallied with help from Dallas Hunter and Bryce Vangrootheest. They made it a two-goal margin at 13:47 of the second thanks to Seth VanVlack on a feed from Tyler Philip and Scott McQuaid.
Facing the end of their season, Port Hope pushed back hard and scored twice before the end of the second frame to tie things at two heading into the intermission. In the third period the Phantoms badly outshot the Kings but solid goaltending by Brad Wells earned the boys a tie at the end of regulation. The Kings started the 10-minute overtime period on the penalty kill and down to only three defensemen so it was again up to Wells to shut down the visitors, which he did until the final buzzer.
The tie left the series knotted at seven points and set up game eight in Port Hope on Sunday afternoon. Sadly, this one was all Phantoms as they outplayed a depleted Kings line-up to take a 5-2 final and playdown series win. Robert Stapley accounted for all of the Kings scoring with McQuaid and Hunter picking up assists while Alex Ward and Wells shared the goaltending duties. Port Hope will now move on to face Collingwood in the Midget BB semi-finals.
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