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Three ‘BB’ teams reach Regional Silver Stick semi-finals
Submitted By Pete Frehner on Monday, December 31, 2018
34th annual event held in Niagara area this past weekend  
By Pat Payton  
NIAGARA - Three tough losses!



Three St. Marys minor hockey ‘BB’ teams were one win from advancing to championship games here at the 34th annual Pelham Regional Silver Stick tournament this past weekend.

However, the Finnbilt Novices, the Golf and Country Club Atoms and the ANAF Bantams all suffered one-goal losses in their semi-final games Saturday morning.

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets were the other SMMHA team to compete in the Regional Silver Stick event, and they were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Eight teams competed in all age divisions. Games were played at five arenas in the Niagara area (Pelham, Port Colborne and Welland). Rock game summaries are as follows:

Finnbilt Novices

In their opening game Thursday morning, the Finnbilt Novices skated to a 3-0 victory over Tillsonburg Tornadoes. Declan McCotter, Dan Dittmer and Graeme Froud scored for the Rock, and Landon Lichti earned the shutout.

In their second start Thursday afternoon, the Finnbilt squad dropped a 6-1 decision to Welland Tigers. Dan Dittmer fired the lone Rock goal.

The St. Marys Novices completed round-robin play Friday morning with a convincing 10-3 win over Pelham. Leading the charge was Declan McCotter, who collected three goals and three assists.

The 2-1 record gave Todd Dittmer’s team second place in their pool.

In their quarter-final game Friday afternoon, the Finnbilt crew fought back from an early deficit to defeat Grimsby Kings 4-3. Dominic Marziali scored the winner from Declan McCotter.

Silver Stick came to an end for the Novices Saturday morning after losing a close 2-1 decision to Lincoln Blades in the semi-finals. Marziali gave the Rock a 1-0 first-period lead.


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Finnbilt 'BB' Novices head coach Todd Dittmer sends out another line during a recent Shamrock League game at the PRC. The Novices were one of three SMMHA teams which reached the semi-finals at the Pelham Regional Silver Stick tournament this past weekend.  (Payton file photo)

 

Golf and Country Club Atoms

The G&CC Atoms started with a convincing 7-0 win Thursday morning against Niagara Falls Flyers. Ty Wheeler and Jared Ballantyne powered the St. Marys offence. Wheeler clicked for two goals and three assists, while Ballantyne scored two goals and helped set up two others. The singles came off the sticks of Connor Wheeler, Finn Wright and Simon Greig, and goalie Julian Walsh posted the shutout.

In their second game Thursday afternoon, a late third-period goal by Jared Ballantyne from Ty Wheeler gave Reg Clinton’s crew a 1-1 tie in with Welland Tigers. Netminder Walsh played well for the Rock in the “defensive battle.”

The G&CC Atoms finished round-robin play with a 1-1-1 record after losing 3-2 to Lincoln Blades Friday morning. Evan Ballantyne and Simon Taylor scored for St. Marys.

In their quarter-final game Friday afternoon, Walsh recorded his second shutout of the tourney in a 2-0 victory over Grimsby Kings. Scoring for the Rock were Brody Higham and Ty Wheeler “after a great give-and-go” with Jared Ballantyne.

It earned the G&CC squad a rematch against Welland in the semi-finals Saturday morning. In that game, Tigers emerged with a 3-2 victory--sending St. Marys to the sidelines. Connor Wheeler and Evan Ballantyne connected for the Rock.

“We played a great game, just came up a little short,” Atoms’ manager Scott Walsh reported. “We were right there.”

ANAF Bantams

The ANAF Bantams kicked off their Regional Silver Stick with a 5-3 victory over Lincoln Blades Thursday afternoon. Winger Kaleb Schalk sparked St. Marys with a hat trick, with defenceman Mason Boonstra scoring twice. The net win went to Nic Kiestra.

In their second outing Thursday night, Kiestra posted the shutout in a 2-0 ANAF win over Burlington Eagles Blue. Scoring for the Rock were Mason Boonstra and RJ Martin.

The ANAF squad completed round-robin play Friday morning, dropping a close 2-1 decision to Thorold Blackhawks. Aaron Vernooy scored the lone St. Marys goal.

With their 2-1 record, Brandon Boyd’s charges placed second in their pool.

In their quarter-final game Friday, the ANAF Bantams skated to a 5-3 victory over Tillsonburg Tornadoes. Forward Ethan Froggett scored twice for St. Marys.

The Rock watched their Silver Stick hopes come to an end when they lost 3-2 to Burlington Eagles Gold in the semi-finals Saturday morning. Kaleb Schalk scored both St. Marys goals.

Cement Midgets

The Cement Midgets battled to a 3-3 tie with Lincoln Blades in their opening game Thursday afternoon. Scoring for the Cement men were Julien Boyer, Curtis Topp and Josh Mailloux, with Blake Boreham contributing two assists. Dylan Lucas was in net for the Rock.

On Thursday night, Brent Nairn’s squad lost 4-1 to Thorold Blackhawks in their second game. Lake Taylor scored for St. Marys.

The Cement Midgets completed round-robin play with a 5-3 loss to Tillsonburg early Friday afternoon. The end of the road for the Cement men came Friday night when they lost 4-1 to Erin-Hillsburgh Devils in a quarter-final game.

Silver Stick notebook:

--Declan McCotter was one of the top scorers in the Novice division with eight points (4-4) in five games. Dan Dittmer (5-1) added six points.

--In their five games, Rock forwards Ty Wheeler (3-6-9) and Jared Ballantyne (3-5-8) were among the top point-getters in the Atom division.

--Kaleb Schalk was one of the top scorers in the Bantam division with nine points (5-4) in five games. Defenceman Mason Boonstra added four goals.

--The five division winners are as follows: Novice (Lincoln), Atom (Welland), Peewee (Welland), Bantam (Cambridge) and Midget (Erin-Hillsburgh).

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