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Three Teams in OMHA Finals, and Novice BBs and Peewee LLs Win Tourneys
While many teams may be wrapping up for the season, three SMMHA teams are playing for an OMHA Championship.  Congratulations to the Dunnys Atom AE, St.Marys Golf and Country Club Atom BB, and Firefighter Peewee BB teams who get underway this weekend.  Congrats also to the Novice BB and Peewee LL teams who recently had tournament wins.

The following wrap-ups were penned by Pat Payton, originally found in the St.Marys Independent newspaper.


Firefighter Peewees win deciding game 3-0 in Pelham

Advance to play Napanee in provincial final

By Pat Payton

PELHAM - The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees picked a great time to play an outstanding team game here last Saturday afternoon.

Dwain Smith’s squad blanked the home-town Panthers 3-0 in the fifth and deciding game of their semi-final series, earning a berth in the OMHA final which starts this coming weekend. Their opponent will be the high-scoring Napanee Stars.

Firefighters’ win, meanwhile, was their second in a row on Pelham ice in the best-of-five series. Coach Smith was thrilled with his team’s performance.

“We’re pretty elated right now,” he told the Independent. “Today, we just played sound hockey. We got the puck in deep, took care of the neutral zone, and we didn’t turn the puck over.

“We let Pelham back in other games when we were up 2-0 and 3-0, so we didn’t take our foot off the gas the whole game. The guys did it.”

Goal in each period

In Game 5 Saturday, the Rock scored a goal in each period. Like they have all season, the line of Jimmy Schiedel and brothers Owen and Ian Boyd sparked the St. Marys offence.

Centreman Schiedel fired what proved to be the game winner in the first period from Boyd and Boyd.

Schiedel made it 2-0 in the middle frame, from defenceman Jaden Shiell, and Owen Boyd tacked on a empty-netter in the dying seconds of the third.

The other big story was goaltender Josh Ballantyne, who earned the shutout.

“Josh Ballantyne played amazing,” coach Smith reported. “He stole the game for us. He stopped a couple of breakaways. Shawzie (goalie coach Steve Shaw) was just elated with Josh today.”

OMHA notes:

--Three of the five games in the Pelham series were decided by just one goal.

--The Firefighter Peewees now have a record of 12-3 in 15 OMHA playoff games to date.

--Napanee defeated Collingwood in their semi-final series 3-0-1, out-scoring the Blackhawks 17-5 in the four games.

--On the Napanee website, the Peewee Stars have a record of 38-3-3 to date. The Firefighter Peewees have a record of 31-3-3.

“We haven’t played Napanee, but we’ve noticed that they score a pile of goals and they don’t give up many,” coach Smith noted. “They’re a lot like us.”

--The first two games in the provincial final are this weekend in Napanee--Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for St. Marys on the Mar. 24-25 weekend.

Dunny’s Atoms complete comeback, earn berth in provincial final

Rock will meet Saugeen Shores in championship series

By Pat Payton

The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms have joined the SMMHA party and earned a berth in the provincial final.

A 3-2 victory over the Lincoln Blades last Saturday afternoon at the PRC gave Sean Porter’s squad the best-of-five semi-final series three games to one. All four games in the series were decided by one goal.

The Dunny’s Atoms are the third St. Marys team to advance to an OMHA final, joining the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms and Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees who will also compete for a provincial championship. All three best-of-five final series begin this coming weekend, Mar. 17-18.

The Dunny’s Atoms will meet Saugeen Shores Storm, the G&CC Atoms will face Midland Centennials again, and the Firefighter Peewees will play Napanee Stars.

Air-tight defence for two periods

In front of a big crowd Saturday at the PRC, air-tight defence helped the Dunny’s Atoms build a 3-0 lead by the end of two periods. A desperate Lincoln team rallied for two goals in the final 15 minutes, but St. Marys held on for its 12th win in 14 OMHA playoff games.

Captain Ty Wheeler gave the Rock an early 1-0 lead at 2:52 of the first period, tipping home a centring pass. Assists went to Simon Greig and Brody Tubman.

Midway through the second period, the Dunny’s crew took control with goals by Jonah Lariviere and Greig--just 65 seconds apart. Sam Johnson and Nathan Wolfkamp drew assists. Greig’s goal came after he broke into the clear and neatly picked the corner.

Before Game 4, coach Porter said the game plan was to concentrate on team defence. The Rock gave the Blades very few chances over the opening 25 minutes. Goalie Trevor Aarts wasn’t tested often until the third period. That’s when he made his best stops of the contest.

Lincoln finally got a puck past Aarts with 4:58 remaining after a solo rush on a powerplay. The visitors then hit a goal post just 18 seconds later.

With 1:57 left on the clock, Blades pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker. They scored their second goal with 11.5 seconds remaining, but it was too little, too late.

Defensive stalwarts for St. Marys were Connor Hall and Graysen Porter.

In the series opener in Lincoln, a 4-3 defeat, coach Porter said his team “was apprehensive and sat back” and let Blades take the play to them. The Rock returned to its winning ways in the last three games.

“Once we realized we could play with them, that’s when the boys stepped it up,” Porter said. “We stuck to the game plan we’ve been doing all year, and that’s being first on the puck and not get out-worked.

“From the goaltending out, both of our goalies have played well. Our defence has been solid all year long, and our forwards help out so much with their back-checking.”

Porter noted that his team has been involved in a lot of close games in the playoffs and have won their fair share of them. On Saturday, it was the eighth time that a game had been decided by one goal in their OMHA run. “We feel oddly confident when we’re up by one,” he said with a laugh.

Pivotal third game

In the pivotal third game of the series the previous night (Mar. 9) in Lincoln, centre Ty Wheeler’s first-period goal stood up as the winner in a 1-0 victory over the Blades.

Trevor Aarts recorded the shutout.

OMHA notes:

--The Dunny’s Atoms played Saugeen Shores at the International Silver Stick tournament in Pelham earlier this season, losing 1-0. “But we dictated that whole game,” coach Porter said. “They’ve got a good goalie and we’ll have to work through him.”

--The Storm swept Napanee three straight in their semi-final.

--The first game in the St. Marys-Saugeen Shores series is this Saturday at the Plex in Port Elgin, starting at 1:15 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at the PRC (Blue rink) at 3:45 p.m.

--The opening game for the G&CC Atoms is Saturday at the Blue rink, starting at 1:45 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday in Midland at 1 p.m.

Finnbilt Novices win Listowel tourney

Team goes undefeated in four games

LISTOWEL - The Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices went undefeated in the one-day Listowel tournament here on Sunday, March 11, winning a gold-medal trophy for the team.

Bill Scheuermann’s squad met up with the Hanover Falcons and took their first victory with a 4-1 final. Scoring for the Rock were Grayson Gerber, with two, Ethan Henderson and Danny Dittmer. Assists went to Gerber, Henderson, Declan McCotter and Kolton McAllister.

The Rock’s second game was against the East Nipissing Vipers and the St. Marys boys rolled to a convincing 8-1 victory.

Pacing the Finnbilt attack were Gerber, Henderson and Zach Matheson with two goals apiece, while the singles went to Donovan McGregor and Hayden Wright. Assists were earned by Nick Brintnell, Cody King, Matheson, Wright and Dittmer with a pair.

The third match saw the Rock come up against the host team, the Listowel Cyclones. The Novices continued their winning ways with a 4-0 triumph. Henderson clicked for a pair of goals, with the singles going to McGregor and Wright. Contributing assists were Brintnell, McAllister, McCotter, Hunter Pickel and Zach Larmer.

With the three wins, that meant that the Finnbilt crew would meet up with the Hanover Falcons again in the championship game. It was a tied game until the third, making it more of a fight for the team.

However, the St. Marys boys claimed the gold with a 5-2 win. Scoring for the Rock were Henderson, with a hat trick, McCotter and McGregor. Helping out with assists were Gerber, with two, Henderson, McCotter and King.

In their four games, the Rock combined to out-score their opposition 21-4 on the day.

The tournament also had a shootout competition and goalie Vaughn Barr and forwards Ethan Henderson and Hayden Wright represented St. Marys. The Finnbilt Novices ended with top leadership, Barr winning best goalie, and Henderson scoring the most goals. Wright was in second place in the competition.


Adanac Images Peewees win ‘C’ championship at Meaford tourney

MEAFORD -The Adanac Images Peewee Local League squad recently travelled to Meaford and Thornbury to compete in the inaugural Mike Hammond Memorial hockey tournament.

Chase Brunsdon was crowned the best Peewee goalie at the tourney. Twelve teams entered goalies in the shootout contest. Brunsdon allowed the fewest goals of all. Willem De Wit proudly represented the Adanac crew on the shooter side of the contest by taking home the bronze, narrowly missing a chance to compete against his teammate in the finale.

Game 1 showcased Nolan Pearce’s full-time return after almost a month on the reserve list. Pearce’s strong puck work and stoic presence was well appreciated by his teammates.

In the end, two of Sebastian Linares’ howitzers found the back of the net to lead the Adanac Rock to a well-earned draw against a speedy team from Arran-Elderslie. Nolan Keene, dependable as always, earned the single assist on the game sheet.

Their Saturday afternoon contest found the Local League club pitted against a strong team from the Richmond Hill association.

“They've got seven house league and three local league teams,” said coach Don Gibson. "Our boys held their own in a hard-fought 5-0 loss. I'm really proud of the way the team maintained composure by posting just eight penalty minutes against the 22 recorded for the big city bruisers.”

The puck dropped on the weekend’s first elimination match Saturday evening. St. Marys took a step back as Creemore scored twice, six seconds apart, before the third minute had been played. Playing as tight a game as possible, Brunsdon rose to the challenge by shutting out Creemore for the rest of the game.

However his fast-skating teammates had trouble catching up on the scoreboard. Flinging a wild shot from the corner, Keener potted the first St.

Marys goal at the mid-way point of the second period. Then, with just 40 seconds left in the period, 'Sniper Jack' McCotter teamed with Aayden Ragoo to even the count at 2-2.

Michael Boonstra, Jame Buckland and Logan Clark led their lines out of the neutral zone over and over again, looking for the netminder’s weakness. Eventually, Boonstra connected with Jordan Wood who powered through the defenders to set up Aayden Ragoo's go-ahead goal.

Now, with more than 10 minutes left to play, the defence corps were tested constantly by the goal-hungry Creemore forwards. Jaxon Fifield, Willem De Wit, Nathan Martins and Lucas Clark held off all attempts to reach Brunsdon. Martins finally sealed the deal for St. Marys with one of his patented "you can't touch me" end-to-end rushes in the last minute of play.

The 4-2 win earned the Rock team a berth in Sunday’s ‘C’ final.

On Sunday, the Adanac Peewees faced a tough assignment against the host team. A scoreless battle raged through the first period and into the second until Meaford slid one under Brunsdon.

Meaford found the mesh again just two minutes later, putting the St. Marys players on notice. Ashton Wiseman was key to the Adanac Images’ attack. His enthusiasm kept his teammates’ heads above water until Linares opened the floodgates by converting a pass from Wood.

With less than two minutes to go in the period Sniper Jack, Keener and Bucky hit the ice. The Money Line paid off with two goals in the last 30 seconds. St. Marys headed to the dressing room with a one-goal lead.

The third period opened with St. Marys confident and Meaford hungry. Meaford took control to tie it up in just 90 seconds. Four minutes later, Martins broke in to grab the lead back. Ten minutes to go.

Offence coach Jordan Vock urged his charges to keep up the attack, and they did. Linares fed McCotter to bump the lead to two (5-3) as the clock ticked down to five minutes. Meaford narrowed the gap again. Four minutes to go.

Meaford's home-town pride was on the line; they broke through the St. Marys defence again and again but Brunsdon turned away every shot.

Defence coach Ryan Keene kept his charges focused on moving the puck up ice until Linares restored the two-goal lead at 1:38.

Meaford added a sixth attacker. St. Marys stood firm, but a slashing call left them in a chaotic 6-on-4 disadvantage for the last 45 seconds. When the buzzer sounded, the 6-4 lead was intact. Adanac Images Peewee had earned the ‘C’ championship.