By Jean LeBlanc
BERLIN — The Berlin River Drivers are in the final push to make the postseason in the Federal Hockey League. Berlin has just nine games remaining in the regular season, five of those contests will be played at the friendly-confines of the Notre Dame Arena, where the loyal fans have been treated to some unbelievable finishes this winter.
The River Drivers took to the road last weekend and suffered losses 3-2 to Watertown on Friday and 6-3 to Port Huron Saturday, but earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over St. Clair Shores on Sunday.
At Watertown, a late controversial goal (hand pass) with less than two minutes remaining gave the Wolves a huge 3-2 victory. The following night, the long bus ride to Port Huron saw the 2016 champion Prowlers break a 3-3 tie in the third period and roll to a 6-3 victory. The road weary Berlin team sucked it up on Sunday, and played a tight checking 2-0 win over St. Clair Shores. Goals by John Celli and Dominik Synek got the much needed three points for the victory.
The current Federal Hockey League standings show Danville in the top spot at 34-6-4-2 (112 points), Berlin next with 46 games played at 23-17-2-4 (77), Watertown third with 50 games played 25-21-1-3 (80), fourth is Danbury 49 games played 21-20-7-1 (78), and Port Huron fifth place 49 games played 19-19-2-9 (70).
On Friday, Berlin hosts a huge contest against Watertown at 8 p.m., travels to another huge game at Danbury on Saturday night for a 7:15 p.m. start, and then returns home on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game against the Cornwall Nationals.
The Berlin River Drivers are in just their second season in the FHL and are looking to finish in the top four to earn a berth into postseason play.
See you all on Friday night at the Notre Dame Arena!