Roundup of SMMHA action, provided by Pat Payton of the St.Marys Journal Argus.
Included in this edition: St. Marys Landscaping Atom Girls, Firefighter Peewee BB, Finnbilt Novice BB, Dunnys Atom AE, Stonetown Foodland Novice AE, St Marys Cement Midget BB, ANAF Bantam BB, Home Building Centre Peewee AE,
Landscaping Atom Girls continue their winning ways
St. Marys Landscaping Atom girls completed their pre-season round-robin schedule undefeated.
After honing their skills with a 3-0-3 record, scoring a total of 17 goals and recording three shutouts, the Rock girls headed off to face Brantford in the first game of their re-seeded schedule.
With a short bench of only 10 skaters, the girls had their work cut out for them. With determination, they hit the ice and at halfway mark of the first period, Charlee Pickering netted a beauty, assisted by Rowan Aitken and Cassie Richardson.
The second period say the Brantford squad come back and tie it, but the St. Marys girls held strong. Two minutes into the third and shorthanded, Keirsyn Wood found the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Assists went to Valentina Linares and Marin Chateauvert.
Rowan Aitken added an insurance goal with two minutes left in the game with help from Sophie Richardson and Rory Brockman, to secure the 3-1 final score!
Kylie Fifield was spectacular on defence, shutting down the Brantford offence and Delaney Mckay was outstanding, providing many good opportunities to the St. Marys offence.
Marta Rintoul was tough in the net, keeping the score tight and making several key saves.
The Landscaping Atoms will be showcasing their skills at the Stratford Aces tournament this coming weekend, Nov. 17-19.
Firefighter Peewee BB
The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees were the only SMMHA team to win last Monday night, Nov. 6 as they skated to an 8-2 Shamrock League win over the South Huron Sabres.
The other three games at the PRC were close, but all three decisions went in favour of the visiting teams.
The Schiedel line had a hand in six of the eight Firefighters’ goals to spark the offence. St. Marys built period leads of 1-0 and 4-0.
Owen Boyd was the big shooter on this night, scoring four times. Captain Jimmy Schiedel added a goal and two assists, and Ian Boyd a goal and an assist.
Schiedel and the two Boyds combined for nine points as a line.
The other Rock singles came off the sticks of Peyton Lobb (powerplay) and Jaden Shiell.
Landon MacCuspey scored both South Huron goals in the final period.
It was the fourth straight league win for Dwain Smith’s Firefighters, who played a penalty-free game and improved their SHL record to 9-0-1. The Nov. 6 win left the Rock in a tie for first place with Strathroy Jr. Rockets (9-1-1) in the Group 1 standings, with a game in hand.
The Firefighter Peewees next league game is Thursday, Nov. 16 when they travel to Dorchester to meet the Dragons at 7:10 p.m.
On Monday, Nov. 20, Firefighters host their Strathroy counterparts in what could be a game for top spot. Opening face-off is 8:20 p.m.
Novices put up good fight
The Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices put up a spirited fight in a 5-3 loss to their South Huron counterparts last Monday.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Bill Scheuermann’s squad actually out-scored the Sabres 3-2 over the final 29 minutes.
The explosive South Huron team is 7-0 in league play and have out-scored teams by very wide margins this season to date.
Hayden Wright, Kolton McAllister (powerplay) and Cody King on a shorthanded breakaway scored for St. Marys, which twice pulled to within a goal.
Hudson Leenders scored twice for the Sabres. Leenders’ second goal came with just 1:47 to play and finally clinched the win for the visitors. Kane Barch added a goal and two assists.
Goalie Vaughn Barr had a strong game in net for the Rock (4-4-1), helping to keep his team within striking distance.
Scheuermann and company are off to the Doug Robinson tournament in Beamsville this weekend, Nov. 17-19. Their next league game is Monday, Nov. 20 when they host Strathroy Jr. Rockets at 7:10 p.m.
Dunny’s Atoms nipped 4-3
A goal, with just under five minutes to play, lifted Strathroy Jr. Rockets to a 4-3 win over the Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms last Monday, Nov. 6.
After a scoreless first period, the teams were tied 2-2 going into the final 15 minutes.
Brody Higham had a goal and an assist for St. Marys. Simon Greig and captain Ty Wheeler had the other goals for the home side.
The loss ended a three-game win for Sean Porter’s squad, who head to their Regional Silver Stick tournament in Collingwood this weekend, Nov. 17-19.
The Dunny’s Atoms are currently 8-3 in the Shamrock standings, and trail the first-place Lambeth Lancers (9-1) by just two points.
Rockets edge Rock
The Stonetown Foodland A-E Novices also dropped a one-goal decision last Monday night at the PRC.
The Jr. Rockets from Strathroy scored three third-period goals to hand Dan Murrell’s Novices a 3-2 setback.
The Rock’s Ben Ewing scored a powerplay goal in the first period from Mack Hern and Charlotte Richardson.
It stayed that way until Strathroy scored three in a row in the final 15 minutes.
Harper Murrell added St. Marys’ second goal, unassisted, with 64 seconds remaining, but that’s as close as the home team would get.
The narrow loss left the Stonetown crew with a 5-3-2 record in league play.
The Foodland Novices are also off to their Regional Silver Stick event in Collingwood this weekend.
The Rock’s next SHL game is Monday, Nov. 20 when they host Petrolia Oilers at 6 p.m.
Major Midgets Net First Victory
The Cement ‘BB’ Major Midgets posted their first win of the SHL schedule, skating to a penalty-filled 8-2 victory over East Lambton Eagles.
For the Cement men, it was their first league win. They built period leads of 2-1 and 7-2.
Josh Mailloux paced the St. Marys attack with two goals and two assists. Jack Lucas and Connor Webb added two goals apiece, with Webb also earning an assist for a three-point night.
The singles came off the sticks of Mason Vernooy and Liam DeNeve.
In their first of three straight SHL home games, Brent Nairn’s Cement Midgets host Lambeth Lancers tonight (Nov. 15) at 8:30 p.m.
Bantams in action
ANAF Bantams tie and win in SHL action last week
Braydon Boyd’s ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams made the long trip to Blenheim last Monday night to battle the South Kent Lightning in Shamrock League play.
St. Marys got on the board first when Scott Standeavan fed a pass from the point to Ben Richardson, who buried the puck over the shoulder of the Lightning goaltender. The goal came midway through the first period.
In the second period, South Kent rallied to take a 2-1 lead.
At the midway point of the third, Ethan Froggett added an unassisted goal to tie the score 2-2. Nothing was settled after that, and both teams skated away with a point.
Last Wednesday, the East Lambton Eagles were at the PRC to play against the ANAF Bantams.
Nick Kiestra got his first start in net with the Bantams, and the Rock looked to find the energy that was missing from Monday’s road game in Blenheim.
The Eagles were first to score, when a quick shot beat Kiestra. Ben Richardson fed a pass to Ethan Aarts coming out of the St. Marys end and the speedy forward broke past both East Lambton defencemen and found the back of the net.
Eagles answered the St. Marys goal to move ahead 2-1.
The rest of the game belonged to the Rock as captain Nathan Reay scored in the second, with assists going to Jacob Boyd and Paolo Linares.
Ben Turner and Keegan Nethercott assisted on Ethan Froggett’s goal to start the third period, and Wensley Bosse made the most of a pass from Scott McClelland, burying the puck behind the East Lambton netminder.
Final score was 4-2 St. Marys.
Next Shamrock action for the ANAF Bantam BBs is Wednesday, Nov. 15 when they host Lambeth Lancers at 7 p.m.
The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams were the other SMMHA team to win last Wednesday night (Nov. 8).
A pair of third-period goals lifted the Brandon Boyd’s squad to a 4-2 victory over East Lambton.
Ethan Froggett’s goal at 4:10 of the final frame snapped a 2-2 tie and stood up as the winner. Wensley Bosse added an insurance tally with just over six minutes to play.
Ethan Aarts and captain Nathan Reay scored the other St. Marys goals.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 at the intermission break.
With the win, the Rock improved its league record to 6-3-1.
After hosting Lambeth tonight (Nov. 15), the ANAF Bantams head to Bracebridge this weekend, Nov. 17-19, to compete in the Tim Greavette Memorial tournament.
Peewees lose in third
The other SMMHA team to play last Wednesday (Nov. 8) was the Home Building Centre A-E Peewees.
After a scoreless first period, Greg Smale’s Rock gained a 2-1 second–period lead. However, the visiting Strathroy Jr. Rockets scored twice in the final 15 minutes to pull out a 3-2 victory.
The winning goal came with just 1:26 to play.
Jake Grant and Tim Neufeld scored for St. Marys, which watched its Shamrock record slip to 4-7 with the loss. Emmett Doupe picked up an assist.
The HBC Peewees are back in league action tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 15), hosting Lambeth at 7:25 p.m.