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Dunny’s Atoms punch their ticket to Int. Silver Stick
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Frayne Bantams finalists at Regional A-E event in Collingwood on weekend

By Pat Payton

COLLINGWOOD - The Dunny’s Source for Sports Atoms didn’t take the easy route. But Matt King’s team is off to the International A-E Silver Stick tournament in Pelham early in the New Year!

Here at their Regional Silver Stick tourney this past weekend, the Dunny’s Atoms played five games--and the last four were decided by just a single goal. And to make it even more nerve-wracking, the final two games went to shootouts!

On Sunday morning, the Rock punched their ticket to the International event (Jan. 10-13, 2019) with a 2-1 victory in a shootout over the home-town Collingwood Blackhawks.

Defenceman Zach Larmer fired the shootout winner, and goalie Isaac Cousineau--who played well the entire game--stopped all three Collingwood shooters. Ben Ewing scored for St. Marys in regulation time.



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The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms pose for a team photo on the ice in Collingwood Sunday. The Rock defeated the home-town Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout in the final. The team played five games on the weekend, and four of them were decided by just a goal. The Dunny’s squad will now compete in the International Silver Stick tournament in Pelham early in the New Year.   (Contributed photo)

Only five goals against

It capped off a great weekend of hockey for the Dunny’s squad, coach King reported. Strong team defence was a big reason the Rock allowed only five goals against in five games. Offensively, the team clicked for 11 goals.

“The boys worked hard all weekend, that’s for sure,” King said from Collingwood. “Our effort was consistent, and we did a really good job of pursuing the puck and shutting down the other team’s better players.

“Probably our strongest play was our backchecking. We did a good job of keeping the opposing teams to the outside. We didn’t give up a lot of quality scoring chances, and when we did Isaac made the big stops. It was a total team defensive effort.”

Added assistant coach Dan Murrell: “We finally got something to go our way. The boys have worked extremely hard all year and in a lot of the games we just aren't getting the breaks. It was nice this weekend that things went our way,” he said.

In the semi-finals Saturday afternoon, the Dunny’s Atoms again won in a shootout--this time 3-2 over the Saugeen Shores Storm.

Andre Mollet scored the shootout winner for St. Marys. Regulation time ended 2-2, with Hunter Pickel and Grier Mahoney connecting for the Rock.

The Dunny’s Atoms’ only loss came in their final round-robin game early Saturday afternoon when they dropped a 2-1 decision to Collingwood. Donovan McGregor scored for St. Marys.

It left the Rock with a 2-1 won-loss record, good for second place in their pool.

The Dunny’s Sports Atoms opened Silver Stick with two shutout wins on Friday--defeating Caledon 4-0 and Oro Township (north of Barrie) 1-0. Harper Murrell scored twice against Caledon, and Ben Ewing was the Rock marksman in the Oro game. Isaac Cousineau recorded the shutouts in both games.

Frayne Bantams finalists

The Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams won their first four games on the weekend, but lost 4-2 to Tweed (from the Belleville area) in Sunday afternoon’s championship game.

For the final game, the Rock had just two lines available. Ian Boyd and Owen Boyd scored for St. Marys, which also had a goal disallowed. Tweed got the winning goal with just over two minutes to play, snapping a 2-2 tie, and then added their fourth goal into an empty Rock net.

Coach Dale Switzer was proud of his team’s effort in Collingwood.

“We had a good game, but just ran out of legs,” Switzer reported. “The game could have gone either way, but sometimes you just come up a little short. Our kids gave it everything they had; we couldn’t have asked for more.

“Tweed was big and strong and fast, and they moved the puck well. We were told before we played them that they were a good team. But Tweed didn’t get tested in the tournament until they played us.”

The Frayne Bantams also gained a berth in the tourney final with a shootout victory. They edged host Collingwood 2-1 Saturday night, with Ian Boyd (third shooter) netting the only goal in the shootout.

“For this group of kids, it’s the first time they’ve beaten Collingwood ever,” coach Switzer noted. “Our guys played with some real urgency today.”

The Frayne Cabinets Bantams started with two victories on Friday, shutting out Penetang 2-0 in the morning and nipping Caledon 3-2 in the afternoon. Kiefer MacNeil earned the shutout against Penetang, and Ian Boyd scored the late winner against Caledon.

The Rock's third game was Saturday morning against Woolwich, and Dale Switzer’s charges skated to a 5-0 win over Woolwich. Alex Slade scored twice for St. Marys, and the shutout went to Jack Aarts, who didn’t have to face many shots.

Coach Switzer says his team’s “pressure” game has been effective.

“All three lines are putting pressure on the other teams,” he reported. “They’re working hard and moving the puck well and skating hard.”

With their 3-0 record, the Frayne squad advanced to the semi-finals Saturday night against Collingwood. The other semi-final featured Tweed against Penetang.

HBC Peewees win first three

The Home Building Centre A-E Peewees opened with a pair of wins in Collingwood on Friday, blanking Listowel 5-0 and defeating Penetang 5-2 later in the afternoon. Both games were at Central Park Arena.

The Rock’s third game was Saturday morning, and St. Marys skated to a 3-1 victory over Lindsay at Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.

In their semi-final game late Saturday afternoon, Sean Porter’s HBC squad dropped a 2-1 decision to Mitchell and were eliminated.

Down 2-0, the Rock closed the gap to a single goal, and put on a late push, but couldn’t tie it up.

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