Bantam Boys and Girls teams deep into playoffs, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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Bantam Boys and Girls teams deep into playoffs
Submitted By jbrock on Saturday, March 24, 2018
The ANAF Bantam BB team and McPhails Bantam C Girls team are both deep into their playoffs for the season.

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WOGHL Playoffs

McPhail’s Bantam girls continue great playoff run

Team goes 10-1-1 in 12 post-season games to date  

By Pat Payton

The McPhail’s Pet Store Bantam ‘C’ girls are enjoying a great playoff run.

This past Sunday, Brittany (Sterkenburg) Petrie’s charges skated to a 3-1 win over the Lady Sting in Sarnia. It gave St. Marys (6-1-1) first place in the league playoff standings after eight round-robin games, and a berth in the WOGHL Bantam ‘C’ Division 1 championship series against either West Oxford Inferno or Bluewater Hawks. Petrie’s squad will get home-ice advantage in that final series.

In Sunday’s road game, Emily Shrubsole led the way with two goals--including the winner.

The McPhail’s Bantams also recently played four qualifying games in playdowns, winning all four, to earn a spot in the year-end Provincials in Vaughan, April 5-8. St. Marys defeated South Huron 3-0, West Huron 3-0, Mitchell 3-1 and Lucknow 4-1 to post a 4-0 record in the four qualifiers against Huron-Perth opponents.

In their 12 playoff games to date (league and Provincial qualifiers), the McPhail’s squad out-scored their opponents 27-4. In that six-week stretch, they chalked up six shutout victories and another game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Comeback win last Thursday

At the PRC last Thursday night, the McPhail’s Bantams battled back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Sarnia Lady Sting 3-1.

Led by centre Lydia Taylor, the hardest-working player on the ice, the Rock girls set the pace with a strong forechecking attack. After the home team held a wide territorial edge early, it was the Sting who opened the scoring on their first good chance. Lili Gagne gave Sarnia a 1-0 lead at 5:20 of the first period, scoring from a scramble in front of St. Marys goalie Emma Luyten.

The Rock pulled even at 5:22 of the middle frame when Julia Cameron--who played a strong game--connected with a sharp-angled shot after breaking in on left wing. Taylor and Emily Shrubsole drew assists.

With 6:05 remaining in the third, captain Taylor pounced on a Cameron rebound and put the McPhail’s crew ahead to stay. Defenceman Megan Morning also picked up an assist. The goal came just seconds after Cameron had broken in and just failed to convert her own rebound.

After the Sting pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker in the final minute, Madison Aarts clinched the win with an empty-netter with 22 seconds left on the clock. Audrey Littlejohn assisted.

The teams combined for three minor penalties, but none of the goals came on powerplays.

Also contributing to the win were the St. Marys defencemen, who played a solid game around goaltender Luyten.

“We play as a team, right from our goalie to our forwards, and we really pressure that puck,” coach Petrie replied when asked what her Bantams are doing well when they’re playing well.

Notes:

--The 2017-18 McPhail’s squad is comprised of all first-year Bantam girls. Goalie Emma Luyten is still Peewee age.


SHAMROCK HOCKEY PLAYOFFS

ANAF Bantams complete comeback!

Oust South Kent in fifth and deciding game

By Pat Payton

It was quite the comeback by the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams!

Trailing two games to none to South Kent Lightning in their best-of-five Shamrock Hockey League playoff series, Brandon Boyd’s squad roared back to win the next three games.

After losing the first two games 2-1 and 3-2, the Bantam Rock defeated South Kent 7-3 in St. Marys, 5-4 in Blenheim, and 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game in St. Marys.

It proved to be a physical series, and the comeback gave the ANAF crew a berth in the SHL’s ‘A’ Division final against Ilderton Jets. The opening game was Wednesday (Mar. 21) of this week at the PRC, with the next two games in Ilderton. If Games 4 and 5 are necessary, they are scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 27 and Wednesday, Mar. 28 in St. Marys, both at 8:30 p.m.

South Kent series

The ANAF Bantams got their comeback started against South Kent with a penalty-filled 7-3 victory over the visiting Lightning on Mar. 8.

Leading the way for St. Marys was captain Nathan Reay. The centreman clicked for four goals as the Rock built period leads of 1-0 and 4-0. Jacob Boyd, Keegan Nethercott and Gage Barclay-Rowe added the single tallies.

The ANAF squad tied the series at two games apiece with a 5-4 win in Blenheim on Mar. 17.

Captain Reay fired the winner with just under four minutes to play, snapping a 4-4 tie. Ethan Aarts assisted.

The other St. Marys singles went to Keegan Nethercott, Mason Boonstra, Scott Standeaven and Jacob Boyd. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, and the Rock took a 4-3 edge into the final 15 minutes.

Both sides took six minor penalties.

In the deciding game the following night at the PRC, two powerplay goals in the last four minutes of the second period proved to the difference in a 3-1 ANAF ivictory.

Scott McClelland, Nathan Reay and Ben Turner scored the St. Marys goals.

The Lightning took eight of the 12 penalties handed out.

Getting Adam DeNeve back in the line-up for the final two games was a key to the series win, coach Boyd noted.

Four other teams in SHL finals

The Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams are playing Petrolia Oilers in their SHL ‘A’ Division final. Game 3 is Wednesday, Mar. 28 in St. Marys at 7 p.m.

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets are playing North Middlesex Stars in the ‘C’ Division final. Game 2 is tonight (Mar. 22) at 8:15 p.m.

The Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices are playing Ilderton Jets in the ‘C’ Division final.

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