This week, updates on the following:
St.Marys Golf and Country Club Atom BB at Huntsville Tournament, Foodland Novice AE and Frayne Custom Cabinets Bantam AE teams at Silver Stick, Dunny's Atom AE, Firefighter Peewee BB, Foodland Novice AE, Finnbilt Novice BB, St.Marys Golf and Country Club Atom BB, ANAF Bantam BB, Home Building Centre Peewee AE, St.Marys Cement Midget BB
St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms tournament finalists
Dan Schiedel’s squad gave up only six goals in five games, but three came in the final game. The Rock dropped a 3-1 decision to Midland Centennials and had to settle for second place.
In their opening game on Friday afternoon, the G&CC Atoms defeated the Nickel City Knights Major ‘A’ Atoms, 4-1.
Centre Nate Schiedel had a pair of goals for St. Marys, which built period leads of 2-0 and 3-0. Defenceman Grayson Boreham and Griffin McGregor had the singles, and Hayden Brintnell chipped in two assists.
Cyler Pickering got the net win.
In their second start Saturday morning, a pair of third-period goals and shutout goaltending from Julian Walsh lifted the G&CC Atoms to a 2-0 victory over the host Huntsville Otters.
Jayden Tipping’s goal early in the third stood up as the winner. Nate Schiedel added a powerplay goal, from Oliver McHugh, with 4:22 remaining to clinch it.
In their third game Saturday afternoon, winger Griffin McGregor fired a pair of goals—including the winner—as the Rock downed the Oro Thunder 3-1.
Goals by Griffin gave St. Marys period leads of 1-0 and 2-0. His first tally was a powerplay marker.
After Grayson Boreham put the Rock ahead 3-0 midway through the third, Oro spoiled Cyler Pickering’s bid for a shutout less than a minute later.
In their semi-final game early Sunday morning, the G&CC Atoms came up against an old Shamrock rival, the Strathroy Rockets.
St. Marys built period leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and went on to defuse the Rockets 4-1.
Nate Schiedel led the Rock attack with a pair of goals. The singles went to Griffin McGregor and Hayden Brintnell, with Jayden Tipping and Colton Henderson contributing assists.
Julian Walsh earned the net win. Both teams took four minor penalties.
The tourney final featured St. Marys and Midland, two teams which faced each other in the OMHA ‘BB’ final last spring.
Centennials broke open a close game with three second-period goals, with two of the tallies coming just 64 seconds apart.
Nate Schiedel—with his sixth goal of the tournament—scored for the Rock in the first minute of the third from Griffin McGregor and Trevor Richardson.
St. Marys played a penalty-free game, while Midland picked up four minors.
“I thought our team played well and played hard,” coach Dan Schiedel told the Journal Argus. “We got some good goaltending and some timely goals.
“In the final, we came up a little bit short. Midland had played five games, too, and they got a couple of goals on early in the second period.
“We fought tooth and nail with them. We got the one goal back in the third, and had some chances. Their goalie made some nice saves and kept them in it.
“Midland’s got a good skating team and they’re well-coached,” Schiedel added.
Collingwood Silver Stick
The Stonetown Foodland Novices and Frayne Custom Cabinets Bantams competed in the A-E Silver Stick Regionals this past weekend.
The Foodland Novices went 1-2 and didn’t qualify for the playoff round. Their lone win was a 9-2 victory over Dorchester Saturday.
The Frayne Bantams opened with a 1-1 tie against Mitchell and a 4-1 win over Halton Hills on Friday.
A 2-1 victory over Hespeler on Saturday put St. Marys in the final Sunday afternoon against Dorchester. Dragons won 6-1 in that championship game.
The Home Building Centre A-E Peewees did not compete in Collingwood. They will play in a Regional Silver Stick event in Watford just after Christmas.
Convincing victory for the Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms
Sean Porter’s squad skated to a 9-3 win over Lambeth, their second victory over the Lancers in a span of three days.
Sparking the Rock offence were linemates Ty Wheeler and Jared Ballantyne. Captain Wheeler scored four times, and Ballantyne collected a goal and four assists for a five-point outing. Simon Greig picked up two goals and an assist, while Nathan Wolfkamp had one goal and helped set up two others.
Sam Johnson had the other goal for the home team, and Connor Wheeler was the playmaker with three assists.
Isaac Cousineau posted the net win for the Dunny’s crew, who built period leads of 3-1 and 5-2. It was the team’s fifth league victory in the last six games.
With the Nov. 13 win, the St. Marys Atoms (10-3) moved two points ahead of Lambeth (9-3) and into first place in the SHL standings.
The two teams meet again this Saturday, Nov. 25 in Lambeth at 6 p.m. Dunny’s next home game is Monday, Nov. 27 when they entertain Mt. Brydges Cougars at 6:45 p.m.
In their division to date, Porter’s team has scored the most goals (78) and allowed the least (13).
Boyd lifts Firefighters late
The other Rock team to win last Monday was the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees.
A third-period powerplay goal by Ian Boyd—with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation time--lifted St. Marys to a 2-1 victory over Lambeth.
The winner, assisted by Ethan Brine, came with Firefighters holding a 5-on-3 man advantage.
The teams traded first-period goals. Scoring for the Rock was captain Jimmy Schiedel, from linemates Ian Boyd and Owen Boyd.
The SHL win was the seventh in a row for Dwain Smith’s Firefighters, who sit in first place in the league standings with a 12-0-1 won-loss-tied record. They have a four-point lead on Strathroy Jr. Rockets (10-1-1).
St. Marys hosted Strathroy on Monday, Nov. 20. (The game was played after the Journal Argus press deadline).
After two Shamrock road games, the Firefighter Peewees will soon be taking part in a tournament in Delhi.
Late rally falls just short
The Stonetown Foodland A-E Novices scored three goals in the final three minutes, but couldn’t quite catch Lambeth and dropped a 6-5 verdict to the Lancers last Monday.
Lancers held 1-0 and 2-1 period leads. After the Rock tied it in the first minute of the third, Lambeth scored the next four goals—in a span of three minutes to take a 6-2 advantage.
Ben Ewing scored twice for St. Marys, while the singles went to Ben Pearce, Harper Murrell and Graeme Froud. Murrell and Froud scored 30 seconds apart late in the contest.
Dan Murrell’s squad played a penalty-free game.
The Foodland Novices (5-5-2) return to Shamrock action on Monday, Nov. 27, hosting Mt. Brydges Cougars at 6 p.m.
BB Novices nipped 3-2
The Finnbilt Contracting ‘BB’ Novices were also involved in a tight, one-goal game last Monday, Nov. 13.
A pair of third-period goals by Lambeth proved to be the difference as the visiting Lancers claimed a 3-2 decision.
A goal by Ethan Henderson--with just 1:56 remaining--pulled the Rock to within a goal, but that’s as close as the home team would get.
Declan McCotter scored the other St. Marys goal in the second period, tying the contest 1-1.
Kolton McAllister earned assists on both Rock goals, with Grayson Gerber and Charlie Bender adding one apiece.
Four tallies for Wright
In an exhibition game the previous night at the PRC, Bill Scheuermann’s Finnbilt Novices skated to a 7-2 win over the Ingersoll Express.
Forward Hayden Wright sparked the St. Marys attack with four goals. Grayson added a pair of goals, while Ethan Henderson clicked for a goal and two assists.
Danny Dittmer and Zach Matheson were the playmakers with two assists each.
The Rock held period leads of 3-0 and 5-2.
After a couple of road games, the Finnbilt crew (4-6-1) doesn’t have a SHL home game until Monday, Dec. 4 when Lucan Irish comes to town. Opening face-off is 7:10 p.m.
Big Win for Atom BB
Six unanswered third-period goals sealed a convincing 9-2 Shamrock League victory for St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms last Wednesday night at the PRC.
Lambeth Lancers were in the game for two periods, but it was all St. Marys in the final 15 minutes. Three of the third-period goals by the Rock came in a span of just 69 seconds.
Centre Nate Schiedel paced home team’s attack with two goals and two assists. Defenceman Grayson Boreham, Jayden Tipping and Callum McIntosh all clicked for a goal and two assists.
The other singles came off the sticks of Hayden Brintnell, Oliver McHugh, Adam Turner and Evan Ballantyne.
Griffin McGregor was a playmaker with three assists, while Colton Henderson helped set up a pair of tallies.
The Rock led 3-2 after the first period, and killed off a 5-on-3 Lancers’ powerplay in a scoreless middle frame.
Julian Walsh earned the net win. It was also the eighth league victory in a row for Dan Schiedel and company.
“Our guys are playing hard,” coach Schiedel said following the win. “We’ve kind of established our team identity, being that gritty team that is tough to play against.
“When we’re working hard and moving our feet, we create good scoring chances and it gives us a chance to win every night.
“And we’ve gotten good goaltending from both Cyler (Pickering) and Julian this year. Our defence battles hard and we’ve been getting some timely goals.”
Schiedel says the main thing he stresses to his team is to play a complete game—from start to finish.
“I think if we can keep our foot on the gas for three periods, we can play with most teams every night,” he said. “If we play that gritty style, we’re going to be hard to play against.”
Schiedel has six returning players from a year ago.
The G&CC Atoms (9-0-1) host Strathroy Jr. Rockets tonight (Nov. 22) at 6:15 p.m.
The Rock plays in Mt. Brydges next Monday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Cougars (10-2-1) entered this past weekend in first place, but just two points ahead of St. Marys which has three games in hand.
Second period the difference
The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams were the other SMMHA team to win last Wednesday night, emerging with a 3-2 SHL decision over their Lambeth counterparts.
Brandon Boyd’s squad dominated the second period, building a 3-0. The Rock also had two goals disallowed.
However, the Lancers made things interesting—scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the third. The second Lambeth goal came on a powerplay.
St. Marys also took a late penalty, and Lancers pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 man advantage, but the home team held on. It extended the Rock’s league unbeaten streak to four games.
Scoring the ANAF goals were Adam DeNeve (powerplay), defenceman Scott McClelland and Ben Richardson. Earning assists were Paolo Linares, Nate Reay, Ethan Froggett and Scott Standeaven.
The win improved the Bantams’ record to 7-3-1 in the Group 1 standings.
After a tournament in Bracebridge this past weekend, Boyd and company are back in Shamrock action tonight, hosting Strathroy (9-3) at 7 p.m.
Comeback tie for HBC Peewees
The Home Building Centre A-E Peewees fought back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to gain a 2-2 SHL tie with Lambeth last Wednesday.
Austin DeBoer got the Rock’s comeback with a top-shelf goal midway through the second period. Assists went to Tim Neufeld and Carson Brock.
Gavin Mills fired the tying goal with just under six minutes remaining in the third. Assists went to Isaac Zurbrigg and Emmett Doupe.
Greg Smale’s squad (4-7-1) is back in league action tonight (Nov. 22), hosting Dorchester Dragons at 7:25 p.m. The team is off to St. Thomas this Saturday for a 3 o’clock face-off with the Jr. Stars.
Cement men lose lead
The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets lost a 3-0 lead and Lambeth Lancers charged back for a 6-3 victory last Wednesday night.
Liam DeNeve and Nick Edgar scored second-period goals and Jack Lucas added a third St. Marys goal early in the third.
Lancers scored six goals in the final 12 minutes to complete the comeback.
Ty Fletcher collected a goal and four assists for Lambeth.
Brent Nairn’s Cement Midgets have a busy stretch ahead with three games, including two at home.
The Rock hosts Strathroy Jr. Rockets tonight (Nov. 22) at 8:30 p.m., and the South Kent Lightning Sunday at 7 o’clock.