Their inaugural foray into senior ‘A’ hockey came to an end Saturday night, when the Maxville Millionaires were thumped by the West Carleton Rivermen 13-1.
The game was a stark contrast to the semifinal series opener on the road, where the Millionaires battled the Rivermen into overtime, before bowing out 8-7.
Facing a must-win in the home rink Saturday, Maxville’s senior ‘A’ squad never really found their legs, after giving up a goal to West Carleton just 14 seconds in.
The Rivermen scored four times in the opening period, including once on a power play. In the second stanza, the visitors continued to pound home the puck, potting five more, before the Millionaires finally tallied one at the 14:46 mark, when Calvin Wojtaszak struck, set up by Braedan Pearl and Adam Wensink.
West Carleton added four more in the final frame, as they shut down the hosts and ended the EOSHL for Maxville.
Millionaires goaltenders Miguel D’Aoust and Alain Ravary faced 41 Rivermen shots, while Maxville players fired 28 shots at West Carleton netminder Erik Miksik.
Statistically, the Millionaires were in tough facing the league’s top team in the semifinal playoffs, as Maxville had just 2 wins through 18 regular-season games compared to the Rivermen’s 14 victories.
With their win over Maxville, the Rivermen qualify for the EOSHL championship finals, where they will face the winner of the Cornwall versus Deseronto series.