Trail Commercial Hockey: Gericks seize playoff spot

With a pair of wins last week, Gerick’s Sports did the improbable clinching a playoff berth in the Trail Commercial Hockey League.

With a pair of wins last week, Gerick’s Sports did the improbable clinching a playoff berth in the Trail Commercial Hockey League.

Gericks beat Allstar 8-3 Sunday to claim a playoff spot, as Arlington continued its freefall from playoff contention with a 3-1 loss to Re/Max.

The cycle and sports crew won its fifth game in a row and now sits tied with OK Tire for third place each with 30 points. Allstar meanwhile secured second place with a 6-5 win over OK Tire on Thursday,  while Re/Max clinched the regular season title over a week ago.

Gericks Craig Clare scored twice and added three assists in the victory, while Eric Hill had a four point game with two goals and two assists. With the game tied at 1-1 after the first period, Gericks erupted for five second-period goals to take a 6-2 lead, then put it away in the third. Steve Walker added a goal and two assists, while Mike Boisvert, Nathan Stanton, and Curtis Wabelin rounded out the scoring for Gericks.

Arlington’s final game of the season was a must-win, but Re/Max spoiled any chance of a return to the playoffs with a 3-1 victory.

Jason Vecchio led Re/Max with a goal and two assists, while Riley Deadmarsh scored the winner, and Devyn Hill added the other marker. Kris Davis counted the only goal for Arlington.

In last Thursday’s other match, Gericks defeated Re/Max 6-2 to tie Arlington in the standings. The Big A led Gericks by as much as 10 points in January, but a February surge by Gericks, and four straight losses by the Big A would end its season.

Tonight’s game between Gericks and OK Tire will decide the third and fourth playoff seeds with the puck drop at 7:15 p.m., while Allstar will face off against Re/Max at 8:30 p.m. at the Cominco Arena.

The playoffs start Sunday, with Re/Max taking on the fourth seed at 2:15 p.m. and Allstar the third seed at 3:30 p.m.

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