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Rayside-Balfour Canadians forced out in five

The Rayside rally was relatively short-lived.

Just 24 hours after showing signs of working their way back into their NOJHL series with the Elliot Lake Wildcats, the Rayside-Balfour Canadians found themselves on the flip-side of a beatdown, similar to the one they laid on the visitors to Chelmsford on Wednesday evening.

After a 10-4 Rayside win left the Wildcats still leading the best of seven affair three games to one, the Elliot Lake crew were all business at home Thursday night, bouncing the visitors 9-2.

As was the trend throughout all five games, the Canadians enjoyed a solid start, netting the only goal of the opening frame as Kyle Fransen converted on passes from Bradley Chenier and Otis Goldman, with Rayside holding a man advantage.

The middle stanza was not nearly as kind to coach Jason Young and company, as goals from Connor Rider, Cole Hepler and Chad Lopez provided Elliot Lake a lead they would expand on in a big way over the final twenty minutes of play.

When the dust settled, Artur Terchiyev (2), Hepler, Nathan Campbell, Liam Blais and Spencer McLean had all deposited pucks behind either starter Mackenzie Savard, or back-up Jessie Morin, with Goldman countering with just one for the Canadians.

Rayside-Balfour finished the 2015-2016 regular season with a record of 28-25-1-0, good for third place in the NOJHL West Division, a full twenty points back of the Wildcats.

Elliot Lake now advances to the divisional final, most likely to face the Soo Thunderbirds, currently holding a three games to none lead over the Soo Eagles.

Meanwhile, back in Chelmsford, things should prove interesting over the summer of 2016, with the team having been sold by current owner Mike Mooney to Adrian Gedye.

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