A long shot, mind you, but that’s better than the situation the Sea-Hawks’ were facing a couple of days ago when it appeared they had no chance of advancing to the AUS championship tournament early next month in Fredericton, N.B.
A 1-1 tie with the Mount Allison Mounties Sunday in Sackville, N.B., had left the Sea-Hawks seven points behind the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers, holders of the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference. With just two games (wins are worth three points) remaining on its regular-season schedule, Memorial couldn’t mathematically catch the Panthers.
However, a ruling announced by the AUS Tuesday has given the Sea-Hawks some renewed hope.
The AUS says Mount A will forfeit the result of Sunday’s game as the result of the Mounties using two players who were suspended as a result of accumulated discipline cards and should not have been eligible to compete.
The game will now be officially recorded as a 3-0 Memorial win. That means the Sea-Hawks’ record has improved to 3-5-2, putting them within striking distance of the Panthers, now five points ahead.
But catching up won’t be easy.
To finish sixth, the Sea-Hawks need to defeat the second-place and visiting Acadia Axemen (7-1-2) twice — on Friday and Saturday — at King George V Park and hope the last-place and winless Mounties (0-9-1) can find a way to beat the Panthers (5-5-1) Friday in Charlottetown, P.E.I.