Campbellford —The Campbellford Rebels could never get untracked and the Port Hope Panthers easily dispatched the defending Empire B Jr. C champions to advance to the league finals.
After dropping the opening game of the best-seven series 4-1, the Rebels bounced back to win Game 2 last Tuesday at the Campbellford-Seymour Community Centre by a count of 4-2.
After a scoreless first period, Seamus McDougall connected from Dylan Baxter and Josh Adams to give the Rebels and early lead. However, just over three minutes later Brad Heykoop tied it for the Panthers.
Nick Clark gave Port Hope a 2-1 lead 31 seconds into the third period, but just over six minutes later Steven Clarke was set up by Hunter Fargey and Ryan Crowley to knot the score at 2-2. Two minutes later Crowley connected from Nick Orton and Andrew Revell to give the Rebels the lead. Baxterthen sealed the win with an empty net goal with 51 seconds remaining.
Cole Mahoney made 37 saves for the win while Branson Schell stopped 25 shots in taking the loss.
Friday in Port Hope, the Rebels got off to a good start when Fargey scored from McDougall and Crowley 1:05 into the game.
That was it, however, as the Panthers rattled off nine straight goals to carry a 9-1 lead into the third period. The Rebels added goals by Revell and Jeremy Doherty (penalty shot) in the third, but that was close as they would get.
Jacob Spicer notched a hat trick for the Panthers while Heykoop, Ryan Hickey, Kyle Sullivan, Dalton Lawrence, Connor Lowry, and Nick Weiss added single markers.
Mahoney had a tough game, allowing nine goals on 25 shots to take the loss while Tyler Delpellaro stopped all six shots he faced in playing the third period. Schell turned aside 33 shots to earn the win.
In Game 4 Saturday in Campbellford, the Panthers grabbed a stranglehold on the series with a 4-1 victory.
Heykoop opened the scoring on the power play 11:47 into the first period.
Jon Samis tied it for the Rebels with a solo effort with 1:53 left in the middle frame.
However, Weiss put Port Hope back in front 3:37 into the third, and Lowry notched the eventual game winner 4:20 later. Keifer Macinnis added some more insurance with 9:08 left.
Mahoney made 33 saves in taking the loss while Schell stopped 32 shots to pick up the victory.
The Panthers closed out the series in dramatic fashion Sunday with a 3-2 overtime win on home ice.
Sullivan opened the scoring for Port Hope 2:15 into the game.
Tim Pandachuck tied it from Revell at 12:28 of the first, and then Tyler Daveys gave Campbellford the lead 6:01 into the second period when he was set up by Connor Turland.
However, Logan Arsenault scored midway through the third period to force overtime.
Heykoop notched the series winner 4:40 into the extra session.
Mahoney stopped 52 shots in taking the loss while Schell turned aside 38 shots in recording the win.
The Panthers now meet the white hot Picton Pirates, winners of 23 straight games, in the league final set to start Thursday in Picton.