DORCHESTER, Ont. - It is a local rivalry to kick off the post season.
The Dorchester Dolphins take on the Thamesford Trojans, in the opening round to the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division playoffs. Game one, of the best of seven series, is Friday, at Dorchester, 7:30 p.m.
It is a rematch of the last time the team met in the playoffs, the last time there were playoffs, back in 2020, when the Trojans eliminated the Dolphins in the semifinals.
Dorchester finished this season in fourth place, with a 16-11-2-1 record, for 35 points, three points ahead of Thamesford, with a 14-12-3-1 record.
The rivals split the season series, each winning two games, one each in overtime and every game a one goal result.
Oddly, both teams won twice on the road.
The Dolphins had a seven game winning streak during October that had them first in the standings. On ice struggles and injuries throughout late November and December, saw the Dolphins sink as low as fifth place. A four game win streak to end the season, including a 4-3 OT win at Thamesford, secured home ice for the first round.
Jakob Marche led the Dolphins in scoring with 13 points, on 16 goals and 15 assists. Josh Short has 13 goals and 14 assists and missed five games. Dylan Vandersleen had a team high 17 assists. Caleb Haastra had 11 goals and 11 helpers.
Carter Chard led the Trojans with 12 goals and 22 points. Luke Calarozzi had a team best 17 assists. Defenceman Gage Argue posted nine goals and 11 assists.
A key for this round will be special teams and the Trojans may have the advantage based on two factors.
Dorchester has the second best power play in the entire PJHL, at 46 per cent, but one of the worst penalty kills, at 38.1 per cent. Thamesford was 26 per cent on the power play and 83.3 on the kill.
The Dolphins were the most penalized team in the Yeck Division spending 635 minutes in the box. The Trojans spent the least time in the sin bin, with 419 minutes.
However, over their final four games, the Dolphins only allowed one goal over nine power play opportunities.
Game two is at Thamesford, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and game three, back at the Flight Exec Centre, Sunday at 7.
Exeter took a first round bye for finishing first. Mt. Brydges faces Port Stanley, while North Middlesex takes on Lucan.