SMMHA Weekly Roundup Vol4, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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SMMHA Weekly Roundup Vol4
Submitted By jbrock on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Another in our series of updates about SMMHA teams in action recently.

Read below about: Foodland Novice AE, Finnbilt Novice BB, Dunny's Atom AE, Firefighter Peewee BB, Bantam BB, Atom BB, Peewee AE, Midget BB

Novice AE
Dan Murrell’s Stonetown Foodland A-E Novices carried their fine play from the weekend tournament into their Shamrock game against Dorchester Dragons.

Ben Ewing was the big shooter for the Rock, scoring five goals in an 8-4 St. Marys win. The singles came off the sticks of Jaxon Brown, Mark Hern and Harper Murrell.

The Rock built period leads of 3-1 and 5-2. Max Graham scored twice for Dorchester.

The Foodland Novices are back in league action on Monday, Nov. 6 when Strathroy Rockets come to town for a 6 o’clock face-off.

Novice BB

The Finnbilt General Contracting ‘BB’ Novices faced a strong Mt. Brydges squad and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Cougars.

All three Mt. Brydges goals came in the first period.

Both sides took one minor penalty.

For the Finnbilt crew, the loss dropped their league record to 3-3-1.

Next home game for Bill Scheuermann’s team is Monday, Nov. 6 when they host South Huron Sabres at 7:10 p.m.

Atom AE
The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Novices had another close battle last Monday, very similar to the games they played in the A-E tournament.

Their Dorchester counterparts were in town, and Dragons went home with a 2-1 victory.

After the teams traded first-period goals, Dorchester scored what proved to be the winner early in the third.

Simon Greig scored the goal for St. Marys, which slipped to 5-2 with the narrow loss.

Sean Porter and his Dunny’s Atoms are back in SHL action on Monday, Nov. 6 when they entertain Strathroy at 6:45 p.m.

Peewee BB

In the fourth league game of the night, the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees continued their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Mt. Brydges.

The previous day, Dwain Smith’s squad had come home from the Dan Bell Memorial tournament in Bracebride/Gravenhurst with the gold medals for the second straight year.

In the game against the Cougars, St. Marys opened up a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by defencemen Ethan Brine and Rourke McEwan.

After Mt. Brydges closed the gap to 2-1 early in the third, Owen Boyd clinched the win for the Rock less than a minute later.

It was Boyd’s third point of the contest.

The win improved St. Marys’ Shamrock record to 6-0-1, leaving them in first-place tie with Strathroy (6-1-1), with a game in hand.

Next action for the Firefighters is the Bill Batten Memorial tournament in Exeter.

The team returns to Shamrock play on Monday, Nov. 6, hosting South Huron at 8:20 p.m.

Bantam BB

The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams kick-started their offence last Wednesday night at the PRC.

Brandon Boyd’s squad turned in a solid 40-minute effort, scoring four third-period goals to cap a convincing 5-0 victory over Mt. Brydges Cougars.

The win improved the Rock’s Shamrock League record to 4-2.

Coach Boyd agreed that it was dominating final 15 minutes that sealed the win for his team.

“Our offence has been a bit of a struggle lately,” Boyd said following the game. “We went into the Tillsonburg tournament (Oct. 20-22) and played a lot of 2-1 and 1-0 games.

“Our first practice back, we tried to work on our offensive structure and how to generate those offensive chances.

“Those chances finally started coming tonight. We were happy with all five of our players in the offensive zone. They were moving into those open areas. It was simple, but we finally started to click and hopefully it’s something we can build on.”

Captain Nathan Reay sparked the St. Marys attack with a pair of goals, while the singles went to Ethan Froggett, Jacob Boyd and affiliate player Loghan Hodkinson.

Contributing two assists each were Adam DeNeve, Paolo Linares and defenceman Ben Turner.

Nolan Shackleton earned the shutout for the Rock, who played a penalty-free game.

Reay—the best player on the ice--finally broke a scoreless tie late in the second period after taking a perfect pass from Boyd. Prior to the game winner, Shackleton made a couple of big stops against the Cougars.

Froggett and Boyd, with a top-shelfer, fired goals in the first five minutes of the third to put the ANAF crew firmly in control. DeNeve assisted on both tallies.

At the recent Tillsonburg (Roy Beechey Memorial) tournament, the St. Marys Bantams lost 1-0 to Penetang Flames in the final.

The winning goal came with about two minutes left to play.

Top goalie in tourney

“I give a nod to our goalie Nolan Shackleton, who was the top goalie in the tournament and he was the MVP of the final.

“He’s given us a chance to win every game. He had a shutout in the tournament, and he’s only allowing one or two goals a game.”

The ANAF Bantams are back in league action tonight (Nov. 1), hosting Belmont Rangers at 7 p.m.

At the present time, Dorchester Dragons are the class of the SHL Group 1 standings with a perfect 9-0 record.

Atom BB

The St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms were the other SMMHA team to win last Wednesday as the Rock went 2-2 in Shamrock play for the night.

A pair of goals by winger Jayden Tipping helped lift St. Marys to a 3-1 win over their Mt. Brydges counterparts.

The other goal for the home team came off the stick of Griffin McGregor, while Nate Schiedel and Oliver McHugh were the playmakers with two assists each.

Dan Schiedel’s Atoms carried a slim 1-0 lead into the final period.

Including the Tillsonburg tournament, where they brought home the gold medals, it was the Rock’s fourth straight win. It was also the fourth straight game where the team allowed only one goal.

For the Cougars (7-1), meanwhile, it was their first league loss. The win improved St. Marys’ record to 4-0-1 in the Group 1 standings.

The Golf and Country Club squad returns to league play tonight (Nov. 1), hosting Belmont at 6:15 p.m.

Schiedel and company will soon be heading to the Otters Atom Classic tournament in Huntsville on the Nov. 10-12 weekend.

Peewee AE

After playing well in the A-E tournament, the Home Building Centre Peewees were flat and lost 8-2 to the visiting South Huron Sabres last Wednesday.

Will Strang scored three times for the Sabres. Captain Lucas McCurdy scored both goals for the Rock, which gave up six second-goals tallies.

Both teams had 3-2 records following the game.

Greg Smale’s HBC Peewees, who are currently playing a busy stretch of games, host Mooretown Flags tonight (Nov. 1) at 7:25 p.m. It will be their third game in three nights.

The Rock will soon be competing in the Jim Wilson Winter Classic in Orillia on the Nov. 9-12 weekend.

Midget BB
The Cement ‘BB’ Major Midgets also played last Wednesday and dropped a 6-0 decision to Mt. Brydges.

Cougars built period leads of 3-0 and 4-0.

Brent Nairn’s Cement men are back in Shamrock action on Wednesday, Nov. 8 when they host East Lambton Eagles at 8:30 p.m.


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