The Battle of 59 playoff series between the Norwich Merchants and Woodstock Navy Vets has been exactly that – a battle. This after the teams split games one and two to make it a best-of-five series. One team was looking to take command with a trio of games this past week.
The Norwich Merchants kicked off the playoffs against the bitter rival Woodstock Navy Vets this past weekend and heartbreak struck in Game 1 on Friday night in Woodstock.
Wintry January weather provided Norwich with a quiet weekend in Doherty Division action as Mother Nature forced the postponement of Friday's home game against the New Hamburg Firebirds. As a result, Norwich's lone game was a visit to Burford to tangle with the Bulldogs or in the case of Saturday's game - puppy dogs.
The Norwich Merchants closed out 2017 taking three out of a possible six points in the final games and looked to start off 2018 on the right track with a pair of road games.
It turned out to be a quiet weekend for the Norwich Merchants with only one game on tap after The Dec. 15 road game in New Hamburg was postponed due to the weather. No make-up date has yet been determined for that match. As a result, Norwich's lone game was a 15 minute drive to Delhi on Saturday night, Dec. 16.
The Norwich Merchants were looking to carry forward the momentum from a three-point weekend when they took on the streaking Paris Mounties and first place Tavistock Braves over the Dec. 8 weekend.
With only two months remaining in the regular season, now is crunch time for the Norwich Merchants to push up the standings. They kicked off a busy three-games-in-four-nights stretch on Thursday, Nov. 30 against the defending Ontario Champions from Ayr.
The Norwich Merchants played a pair of games on home ice this weekend including Friday night when they hosted the Wellesley Apple Jacks on Champions Night, where the organization honoured the 1969/70 and 1985/86 Ontario Champion teams as part of their 50th season celebrations.
A tough pair of games came across the Norwich Merchants when they visited the first place Ayr Centennials on Nov. 16 before hosting the third place Tavistock Braves on Nov. 17.
The Norwich Merchants were looking to carry forward the momentum from their recent three victories when they hit the road for a pair of matches.
The Norwich Merchants had been playing tight hockey games in recent weeks, but coming up on the losing end including a pair of 5-3 losses to Ayr and Tavistock to close out October. They looked to get things back on track with three games in three nights to open November.
It has not been the ideal start for the Norwich Merchants in the early part of the season with the squad only amassing three points in the first six games of the year. They had an opportunity to change that with three games in three nights over the Oct. 14 weekend.
The Norwich Merchants closed out September with a whimper after dropping games to Tavistock and Paris over the Sept. 30 weekend.
The Norwich Merchants 50th season kicked off in almost perfect fashion after the team's Fan Fest went over extremely positive and the Nor-Del Arena was packed with fans. The only damper was a 5-3 loss to Woodstock in the homer opener.
Training camp has wrapped up, the exhibition schedule has closed and the Norwich Merchants turn their attention to the 50th season which kicks off Saturday night on home ice against the Woodstock Navy Vets.
A celebration is on the horizon for the Norwich Merchants as their 50th season kicks off on Sept. 16.
The Norwich Merchants have been hard at work preparing for the 50th season which kicks of Sept. 16 against Woodstock. Returning coach Dave Smith got his first look at the Merchants during training camp and the coinciding pre-season schedule which kicked off on Aug. 19 in Aylmer.
The Norwich Merchants kicked off the playoffs with back to back wins and looked to take a commanding 3-0 lead when they traveled to New Hamburg for Game 3 of their quarterfinal series against the Firebirds on Friday night, Feb. 10.
The Norwich Merchants rode into the playoffs riding high after ending the season by winning nine of 11 games and their prize was a first round playoff date against a familiar foe – the New Hamburg Firebirds.
The Norwich Merchants closed out the regular season this past weekend and now prepare for the first round of the playoffs and they'll be taking on a familiar foe – the New Hamburg Firebirds.