MINOR HOCKEY ROUND-UP - Dec 17, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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SMMHA teams sting Sarnia in SHL-Alliance games

By Pat Payton

Two St. Marys minor hockey teams defeated visiting Sarnia Sting teams last Wednesday night, Dec. 12, in Shamrock-Alliance action.

The Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms erased an early 1-0 deficit and skated to a 4-1 over their Sarnia counterparts.

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Evan Ballantyne, of the G&CC 'BB' Atoms, fires a shot at the Sarnia Sting net during a Shamrock-Alliance game Dec. 12 at the PRC. St. Marys erased an early 1-0 lead and skated to a 4-1 victory.  (Payton photo)

The Sting opened the scoring in the first period, before Sam Johnson went top shelf early in the middle frame--tying the score 1-1. After Finn Wright hit a post in the first minute of the third, Simon Greig fired a nice goal on a 2-on-1 greak at 3:08 and it would prove to be the game winner.

Brody Higham and Connor Wheeler tacked on insurance goals later in the period. Jared Ballantyne assisted on the first two St. Marys goals, and Julian Walsh earned the net win.

The G&CC Atoms are now 4-0 in Shamrock-Alliance games. Sarnia sits in top spot in the Alliance standings with an 11-5 record. In the Shamrock standings, the St. Marys Atoms are tied for third place with a 9-3-2 record in the Central division.

Reg Clinton will soon be taking his Atom BBs to their Regional Silver Stick tournament in Pelham, Dec. 27-29. The Rock will play Niagara Falls, Welland and Lincoln in their first three games of round-robin action.

Two for Hodkinson

The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees defeated Sarnia 3-1 last Wednesday.

There was no scoring until the midway mark of the second period when Griffin McGregor gave the Rock a 1-0 lead. With just 14 seconds left in the frame, captain Ryan Hodkinson fired what proved to be the winner for St. Marys.

Hodkinson struck again at 1:45 of the third, from McGregor, putting the home team ahead 3-0. Goalie Carter Froggett lost his shutout bid with just over four minutes to play.

Firefighters are now 3-0 in Shamrock-Alliance games. The Sarnia Peewees (9-6-1) are in first place in the Alliance West standings.

Dwain Smith and his Peewee Rock are 12-0-3 in SHL action, and in first place in the SHL’s Central division. They are six points ahead of Lambeth and Dorchester (both 9-4-3) following weekend action.

The Firefighters will be competing in the Roy Caley Memorial Silver Stick tournament in Watford later this week, Dec. 20-23. A win would earn Smith and company a berth in the upcoming International Silver Stick tourney in Port Huron, Mich.

Lose to first-place team

In another game on Dec. 12 at the PRC, the Royal Canadian Legion Minor Midgets dropped a 4-2 Tri-County ‘A’ League decision to the Woolwich Wildcats.

The first-place Woolwich club built period leads of 2-0 and 4-1. Loghan Hodkinson (powerplay) and Alex Var scored for St. Marys.

The Rock is now 7-13-2 in the Tri-County’s West Division standings. In upcoming games, Robb McIntosh’s squad plays Centre Wellington Fusion in Fergus on Saturday, Dec. 22, before hosting Owen Sound Jr. Attack on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

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