Updates on SMMHA teams, including: Home Building Centre Peewee AE, St.Marys Golf and Country Club Atom BB, ANAF Bantam BB, Hitching Post Novice LL, Dunny's Source For Sports Atom AE, Stonetown Foodland Novice AE, Frayne Custom Cabinets Bantam AE, and Legion Minor Midgets, Norampac Peewee Girls.
It was four games and four league wins for St. Marys Minor Hockey Association teams last Wednesday night at the PRC.
Three of the four contests were decided by a two-goal margin, and the other by just a single tally.
One of the best games of the evening involved the Home Building Centre A-E Peewees and the visiting Mooretown Flags.
In a well-played game, Greg Smale’s HBC squad skated to a hard-fought 1-0 Shamrock decision over the Flags.
A second-period goal by Carson Brock stood up as the game winner. Emmett Doupe assisted.
Protecting its slim one-goal lead, the Rock had to kill off two third-period penalties, including one with 1:27 to play. Mooretown also pulled its goalie in the final minute for a 6-on-4 advantage.
Ezra Bender recorded the shutout. Forward Bodie DeBoer was one of several St. Marys players who played well for the home side.
Tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 8), the HBC Peewees (4-5) host Strathroy Rockets in league play at 7:25 p.m. The team is then off to Orillia this weekend, Nov. 9-12, to compete in the Jim Wilson Winter Classic.
Three for Schiedel
The St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms rode centre Nate Schiedel’s three goals to a 3-1 SHL victory over Belmont Rangers Wednesday.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the opening period. Schiedel completed his hat trick in the middle frame, putting the Rock ahead to stay.
Oliver McHugh earned two assists for St. Marys, while single helpers went to Griffin McGregor and George Payne.
Goalie Cyler Pickering posted the net win for the Rock, who had a penalty-free game.
Including the recent Tillsonburg tournament, where they came home as champs, it was the sixth straight win for Dan Schiedel’s squad.
The victory also improved St. Marys’ Shamrock record to 6-0-1.
After a home game tonight (Nov. 8) against East Lambton Eagles at 6:15 p.m., the G&CC Atoms head to Huntsville this weekend to compete in the Otters Atom Classic tourney, Nov. 10-12.
Four points for Linares
Led by Paolo Linares’ four points, the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams doubled their Belmont counterparts 4-2 last Wednesday.
Linares fired a pair of goals, helping the Rock build a 3-0 advantage by the end of the two periods. Jacob Boyd scored the other St. Marys goal, on a second-period powerplay.
After the Rangers closed the gap to 3-1 early in the third, Keegan Nethercott restored a three-goal lead for the home team midway through the frame.
Belmont completed the scoring with just over four minutes to play, also on a powerplay.
Captain Nate Reay had a strong game as well, collecting assists on all four ANAF goals. Linares had a pair of assists to go along with his two goals.
Rangers picked up seven of the 13 minor penalties.
Brandon Boyd’s ANAF squad, which improved to 5-3, hosts East Lambton tonight (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m.
The Bantam BBs will soon be heading to Bracebridge to compete in the Tim Greavette Memorial tournament, Nov. 17-19.
Four goals for Oke
The fourth SMMHA team to play and win last Wednesday was Ryan Harris’s Hitching Post Novices.
All four Rock goals came off the stick of Logan Oke in a 4-2 Local League victory over Dorchester Dragons. Owen Muir earned an assist, and Landon Lichti got the net win.
St. Marys built period leads of 2-1 and 3-1.
Another shutout win for Dunny’s A-E Atoms
The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms improved their Shamrock League record to 7-2 with a 5-0 victory over Mooretown Jr. Flags last Monday, Oct. 30 at the PRC.
Captain Ty Wheeler and Jared Ballantyne sparked the offence, and Isaac Cousineau recorded the shutout.
Wheeler clicked for two goals, while Ballantyne connected once and helped set up a pair of tallies. The other singles went to Connor Wheeler and Simon Greig, who also earned an assist. Greig’s goal came on a powerplay.
After a scoreless first period, Sean Porter’s squad took a 2-0 lead into the third. It was the team’s sixth shutout win of the season to date.
In the 10-team Atom A-E division, everyone is chasing the front-running Lambeth Lancers (8-1).
Next SHL action for the Dunny’s Atoms is Saturday, Nov. 11 when they travel to Lambeth for a 6 o’clock face-off. The teams have a rematch at the PRC on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:45 p.m.
Two each for Ewing, Levy
The other Rock team to win last Monday night was the Stonetown Foodland A-E Novices.
Forwards Ben Ewing and Parker Levy each fired two goals in a 5-4 win over their Mooretown counterparts. Ewing also drew an assist for a three-point outing.
Graeme Froud had the other goal for St. Marys, which led 2-1 after the first period and 4-2 going into the third.
Levy’s unassisted goal midway through the final frame was the game winner.
The victory extended the Foodland squad’s league unbeaten record to three games, and improved their SHL record to 5-2-2.
Dan Murrell’s crew heads to St. Thomas this Saturday for a tough game against the Stars at 4:15 p.m. The Rock hosts Lambeth on Monday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
The two SMMHA teams which didn’t win last Monday were the Home Building Centre A-E Peewees and the Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams.
The HBC Peewees were deadlocked 1-1 with St. Thomas going into the final 15 minutes, but dropped a 4-1 decision to the Stars.
The final two St. Thomas goals came in the final three minutes of the contest.
Jake Grant scored the lone St. Marys goal, from Braeden Roth.
Greg Smale’s squad turned in a penalty-free game.
Tonight (Nov. 8), the HBC Peewees host Strathroy Rockets in league play at 7:25 p.m. The team is then off to Orillia this weekend, Nov. 9-12, to compete in the Jim Wilson Winter Classic.
The Frayne Bantams also suffered from a lack of offence as they lost 5-1 to the first-place Dorchester Dragons.
Dragons led 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after two.
Kaleb Schalk scored the lone St. Marys goal from Aaron Vernooy.
Brent Rae’s Frayne crew (1-4-2) has a couple of SHL home games this weekend. They host Mooretown Jr. Flags on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Petrolia Oilers on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.
Legion Midgets tie Halton Hills
In a Tri-County League game on Oct. 29, the Legion Minor Midgets skated to a 2-2 tie with Halton Hills Thunder.
Curtis Topp and Matt Payette scored the St. Marys goals, with Connor Aarts and Blake Boreham picking up assists.
The tie left Owen Penney’s squad with a 4-3-2 record, good for 10 points, in the Smith Division. Halton Hills is 3-3-3.
The Legion Midgets play at Ancaster this Friday at 7:40 p.m., and at New Hamburg Sunday at 6 o’clock.
Norampac Peewee ‘C’ girls move into second
The Norampac Peewee ‘C’ girls team has finished up their preliminary six games to start off their 2017-18 hockey season.
With a 5-0-1 league record, the Rock girls sit in second place in the overall standings and will face tough teams for the rest of the season.
This past weekend featured St. Marys wins Friday night at home against Lambton and on the road Saturday in St. Thomas, both by 5-0 scores.
Kiera Akey provided the shutout Friday, with goals coming from Charlotte Clinton (2), Ellen Thorup, Rebecca Walsh and Anna Standeaven.
In St. Thomas on Saturday, it was Grace Hillman’s turn to be perfect in net while Ava Ansley pumped four goals past a very good St. Thomas goalie.
Kendra Robertson got the other goal for the visitors.
On Sunday, the Peewee ‘C’ girls played a strong South Huron team and built a 3-1 lead, but settled for a 3-3 tie after South Huron pulled its goalie in the final two minutes.
Ellen Thorup paced the offence with two goals, while Rebecca Walsh chipped in the other. Goalie Kiera Akey stood tall and made some difficult saves against some strong shooters.
The Peewees are competing in the Stratford Aces tournament, Nov. 17-19, with games against Lambeth, Grey-Highlands, Tillsonburg and Mooretown.