WATFORD - St. Marys Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees
lost for only the second time this season here this past weekend.
The defeat was costly as it knocked the Firefighters out of their Regional Silver Stick tournament. St. Marys competed in the four-team Peewee ‘A’ division at the Roy Caley Memorial event, Dec. 22-23.
Dwain Smith’s Firefighters opened the tourney with a 6-1 win over London Mustangs Purple Saturday morning.
Captain Ryan Hodkinson led the way with two goals and an assist. Colton Henderson also scored twice for St. Marys, while Finn Stewart contributed a goal and two assists. The other Rock goal-scorer was Nate Schiedel. The net win went to Carter Froggett, with the Rock out-shooting London 23-18.
On Saturday afternoon, Firefighters met St. Thomas Jr. Stars and skated to a 4-2 victory. It gave St. Marys a 2-0 record and first place in the pool.
Hodkinson fired a hat trick to propel the Firefighters’ attack, with Brock Chessell adding the single. Josh Ballantyne earned the net win for the Rock, who held a 24-10 shooting advantage.
First against fourth
It was first against fourth in the semi-finals Sunday morning, and the Peewee Rock faced off against St. Thomas again. This time, the result was different as Jr. Stars won 2-1 on a last-minute goal.
Firefighters took a retaliation penalty with about two minutes remaining, and St. Thomas scored the game winner with just 19 seconds left on the clock.
Nate Schiedel scored the St. Marys goal from Colton Henderson. It gave the Rock a 1-0 lead going into the third period.
Froggett went the distance in net for Firefighters, who out-shot the Stars 23-15.
“St. Thomas seemed to tie up our big line (of Hodkinson, Stewart and Peyton Lobb),” St. Marys manager Marty Thomson reported.
In the other ‘A’ semi-final, Strathroy Jr. Rockets edged London Mustangs 3-2. In Sunday’s championship game, St. Thomas earned a trip to the 2019 International Silver Stick tournament with a 3-2 victory over Strathroy.
Firefighter Peewees' captain Ryan Hodkinson tries to work his way past a Strathroy player (7) during a recent Shamrock League game in St. Marys. (Payton file photo)