By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The 4th year for the Knights of Meaford Hockey Club came to an end this week when they were swept by the New Tecumseth Civics in the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League Playoffs.
The Civics who were number 1 in the regular season, swept the best of 5 series 3 straight winning; 4-2, 5-4 & 3-0.
That's really not a wide margin between first & 8th when you consider in a lot of other 1-8 matchups in this league, and elsewhere, we're talking utter blowouts.
To me, there are 2 takeaways from this series and the season..
First the gap between top and bottom in the GMHL North is not that wide. New Tecumseth deserved to win the series, no dispute, but the margins of victory were fairly tight.
And second, the fact that the Knights were close personifies everything I've seen out of Meaford over the course of their history.
For 3 of the 4 years I've been a regular at their home games and in almost every case, the visiting team has the best player, and in many cases, the best players on the ice.......yet the Knights always manage to compete and in many cases put a scare into the more talented visitors.
The Greater Metro Junior Hockey League is an odd duck, it's recruitment driven primarily, and if the Knights could ever procure 2, maybe 3, elite players and compliment the existing high level of spirit and competitiveness, there certainly would be a longer playoff run for Meaford.
I'm Fred Wallace