Deseronto Bulldogs cling to first place seed, Islanders right on their tail

Adam Prudhomme

After dropping their final two games of the regular season, the Deseronto Bulldogs will now await their playoff seeding fate.

The ‘Dogs were swept in a a home and home series with the Gananoque Islanders, falling 3-2 in Gananoque on Friday before losing 5-2 on home ice on Saturday. A win in either of those matches would have gone a long way towards sewing up the top seed. Instead the pair of defeats have left the Bulldogs’ first place positioning on precarious footing. They now lead the second place Islanders by just a single point. Making matters worse, the Islanders have two games left on the schedule to attempt to leapfrog, while the Bulldogs can do nothing but wait and cheer for some help from the final two opponents, Smiths Falls and Tweed. The Islanders will wrap up their regular season on Feb. 11.

Whatever the result, the Bulldogs do know they will finish no worse than second place in the division and their 15-5 record stands as by far their best regular Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League season mark in the franchise’s four season history.

Playoff dates and opponents are yet to be determined and will depend on the final standings.

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