Bantam ‘B’ girls capture Huntsville tournament on weekend
Nethercott lifts ANAF Bantams in series opener
By Pat Payton
Hubbard Bantam girls strike gold
The Hubbard Bantam ‘B’ girls were certainly dominant at a tournament in Huntsville this past weekend. Liz Simpson’s squad won all four of their games and out-scored their opposition 16-2 in the process.
On Friday, the Hubbard Bantams started the tourney with a 2-1 win over the Leaside Wildcats from Toronto and a 3-0 victory over Scarborough Sharks.
On Saturday, St. Marys improved its record to 3-0 with a convincing 8-1 triumph over the North York Storm.
In Sunday afternoon’s championship game, the Hubbard Bantams defeated Carleton Place Cyclones, from the Ottawa area, 3-0 to cap a great weekend up north.
MT. BRYDGES - A pair of third-period goals by forward Keegan Nethercott lifted the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams to a 3-1 victory over Mt. Brydges Cougars here Sunday night.
The win gives Brandon Boyd’s Bantam Rock a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five, opening-round OMHA playoff series.
Game 2 is Wednesday, Jan. 16 in St. Marys at 8:30 p.m. Game 3 is Monday, Jan. 21 in Mt. Brydges at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the PRC at 8:30 p.m.
In Sunday’s series opener, the teams were tied 0-0 after the first period and 1-1 going into the final 15 minutes. After Cougars opened the scoring early in the second period, ANAF captain Ethan Froggett tied it late in the frame.
Nethercott then took over in the third. The big winger scored the game winner 50 seconds into the final period, and then clinched it for St. Marys with a breakaway goal with just 44 seconds left on the clock.
Nic Kiestra recorded the net win. Contributing assists were Jeremy Stephens, Ethan Brine and Aaron Vernooy.
“We tried to preach before the game that we needed to play heavy hockey . . . hard on the puck, hard on the forecheck, and hard on our sticks,” coach Boyd explained. “We’re playing a very fast and big Mt. Brydges team that finishes their checks. We just have to play right with them, and we did tonight.”
The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets also kicked off their best-of-five OMHA series in Mt. Brydges Sunday night, losing 6-1 to the Cougars.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, with Aidan Aarts connecting for the Cement men. Mt. Brydges led 3-1 after two periods, and tacked on three more goals in the third--including two in the final two minutes.
The teams combined for 26 penalty minutes.
Game 2 was Tuesday, Jan. 15 in St. Marys, with Game 3 on Monday, Jan. 21 in Mt. Brydges at 8:55 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Thursday, Jan. 24 at the PRC at 8 p.m.
Peewees, Atoms deadlocked 1-1
The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees and Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms are both tied 1-1 in their respective best-of-five OMHA playoff series.
In the series opener last Wednesday at the PRC, the Firefighter Peewees scored a goal in each period en route to a 3-1 win over Mt. Brydges Cougars.
Captain Ryan Hodkinson, Griffin McGregor and Peyton Lobb scored the St. Marys goals. McGregor’s goal came with just 30 seconds left in the second period and put the Firefighters ahead 2-0.
Mt. Brydges scored a powerplay goal with 4:48 remaining in the third to close the gap to 2-1. Lobb’s clinched it for the Rock with an insurance goal, from Hodkinson, with 74 seconds left on the clock. The winning goaltender was Carter Froggett.
Cougars tied the series 1-1 on home ice Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory. The teams traded first-period goals, with Hodkinson scoring for Firefighters with just 17 seconds left in the frame--tying the contest 1-1.
Mt. Brydges claimed the win by scoring two goals in the final two minutes of the second period.
Game 3 is Wednesday, Jan. 16 in St. Marys at 7:10 p.m., with Game 4 this Sunday in Mt. Brydges at 6 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 is Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the PRC, starting at 7:10 p.m.
Head coach Dwain Smith and his staff huddle with the Firefighter 'BB' Peewees between periods during a recent game at the PRC. OMHA playoffs are now in full swing for many SMMHA teams. (Payton photo)
The G&CC ‘BB’ Atoms kicked off their OMHA playdowns last Wednesday at the PRC, skating to a 4-2 victory over Strathroy Jr. Rockets.
The teams were tied 0-0 after the first period and 2-2 going into the final 15 minutes. Sam Johnson and Ty Wheeler scored the St. Marys goals.
Evan Ballantyne’s goal at 4:15 of the third, from Johnson, stood up as the winner. Nathan Wolfkamp added an insurance goal, unassisted, on a powerplay with just 44 seconds left on the clock. Julian Walsh picked up the net win.
Rockets tied the series 1-1 with a 3-2 victory on home ice Saturday afternoon. Strathroy, which carried a slim 1-0 lead into the third period, scored the winner with 3:09 to play--snapping a 2-2 tie.
Evan Ballantyne and Connor Wheeler scored for the Rock.
Game 3 is Wednesday, Jan. 16 in St. Marys at 6 p.m., with Game 4 next Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Strathroy at 6:30 p.m.