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Shamrock HL Titles for several SMMHA teams
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SMMHA teams win Shamrock playoff titles
SHL all-star games this Sunday in St. Marys


By Pat Payton
It’s been a great 2017-18 season for the St. Marys Minor Hockey Association! Three teams reached the OMHA finals, three girls teams are off to the Provincials in Toronto this weekend (Apr. 5-8), and five teams reached division finals in Shamrock League playoffs. Of the five SMMHA teams which reached the SHL finals, three of them were victorious and won the gold medals. The following is a summary of the five Shamrock finals.

ANAF Bantams win in five

The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams lost the first two games (both by scores of 3-2) to Ilderton Jets in their SHL final. However, Brandon Boyd’s squad fought back with three consecutive wins to claim the best-of-five ‘A’ series in five games.

In Game 5 last Wednesday night at the PRC, the ANAF Bantams battled back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to defeat Ilderton 5-2. Leading the charge was forward Ethan Aarts with a hat trick. Two of his goals early in the third put the Rock ahead to stay. The singles came off the sticks of Ben Richardson and captain Nathan Reay, while Adam DeNeve chipped in two assists.

“We didn’t make it easy on ourselves,” coach Boyd said. “I think we were the better team for the most part. It was just a matter of executing and putting the puck in the net.

“It was a matter of time before our offence clicked. We played our cycle game and wore them down. I told the boys, ‘if you keep the puck in their end for 75 percent of the time, the goals are going to come.’”

In Game 4 the previous night in St. Marys, the ANAF crew extended the series to a deciding game when they won 3-2 in overtime. Wensley Bosse fired the OT winner, unassisted.

Ethan Froggett and Ethan Aarts connected for the Rock in regulation time, while captain Sam Tye scored both Ilderton goals.

The Bantam Rock, meanwhile, played a total of 12 SHL playoff games.

Frayne Bantams lose in five

The Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams appeared to have a SHL division title in their grasp, leading the best-of-five ‘A’ final 2-0 against Petrolia Oilers. However, Oilers fought back to win the next three games (all by one goal) to take the series.

The series started well for Brent Rae’s Frayne squad as they won 5-1 and 4-1. Carter Reid had a hat trick in the series opener. The Rock had a chance to wrap it up on home ice last Wednesday, but dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime. A first-period goal by Loghan Hodkinson stood up until the third period when Oilers tied it 1-1.

In Game 4 Thursday night in Petrolia, Oilers squared the series 2-2 with a 3-2 victory. Scoring for the Frayne Bantams were Zach Rooney and affiliate player Mac Smith. Game 5 was also in Petrolia Saturday night and Oilers won a high-scoring 6-5 decision. St. Marys had a goal disallowed in the third period.

Foodland Novices grab gold

The Stonetown Foodland A-E Novices received SHL gold medals last Wednesday at the PRC, after battling their Petrolia counterparts to a 2-2 tie. The St. Marys team hit three goal-posts in the third period and probably deserved a better fate in their last game of the season.

Dan Murrell’s squad was involved in a three-team, round-robin ‘C’ Division final series with Petrolia and Dorchester Dragons. The Rock finished the round-robin with two wins and two ties.

In last Wednesday’s game, a goal by Harper Murrell gave St. Marys a 2-1 lead with 4:38 remaining to play. However, Oilers scored with 2:22 left on the clock to pull out the tie.

Dominic Marziali scored the other Foodland goal.

The A-E Novices played a total of 56 games this season.

“It was a great year for the kids, and a great way to end the season,” coach Murrell said. “The kids came so far. At the beginning of the year, quite honestly, I didn’t think we’d win many games. It was a pretty green group.

“But we exceeded expectations by far. It’s all on the kids and their hard work in practice. We played a lot of hockey this season, but the kids loved coming to the rink. And there was a lot of support from the parents, which is always nice,” he added.

Finnbilt Novices give Jets battle

The Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices played Ilderton Jets, the OMHA ‘C’ champions, in their SHL final. Ilderton won the six-point ‘B’ series 7-3, but Bill Scheuermann’s Rock gave the Jets a good battle the entire series.

After tying the series opener 3-3, Jets won the next game 5-1. Game 3 was Saturday in Ilderton and the Rock won 3-2 to tie the series at three points apiece. Ilderton gained a 5-3 lead in points on Monday night in St. Marys with a narrow 1-0 victory. Jets scored the game’s only goal with about five minutes to play.

Game 5 was Tuesday night in St. Marys, and Ilderton won a hard-fought 3-2 decision.

Jets opened up an early 2-0 lead, but the Finnbilt crew wouldn’t quit and twice pulled to within a goal. Defenceman Kolton McAllister, who played a strong game, fired both St. Marys goals. Vaughn Barr also had a solid game in net.

Cement Midgets win ‘C’ title

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets finished their SHL season on a positive note, capturing a ‘C’ Division championship.

Brent Nairn’s charges swept North Middlesex two straight, defeating the Jr. Stars 2-1 and 8-2 in the final series.

Shamrock all-star games at PRC

The annual Shamrock League all-star games, meanwhile, are being hosted by St. Marys minor hockey this Sunday, Apr. 8. There will be a total of eight games--four on both PRC pads--starting at 12 noon.

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