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Submitted By Pete Frehner on Friday, January 25, 2019
McCotter’s natural hat sparks Finnbilt Novices’ comeback

By Pat Payton

 

DORCHESTER - The Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices were 1-1 after their first two OMHA playoff games early last week.

In dramatic fashion, Todd Dittmer’s squad pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Dragons here last Tuesday night.

After Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead, Declan McCotter spearheaded the Rock comeback. The St. Marys forward closed the gap to 2-1 midway through the second period and then tied it early in the third.

On a powerplay with just 2:07 left on the clock, McCotter fired his third of the contest to give the visitors an exciting win. Graeme Froud assisted. Landon Lichti was the winning goaltender.

McCotter reached the 52-goal mark for the season with his natural hat trick.

On Monday, Jan. 14, the Finnbilt Novices kicked off their four-team, round-robin schedule with a 4-2 home-ice loss to Mt. Brydges Cougars.

Cougars pounced and opened up a 2-0 advantage before the game was two minutes old. The visitors extended their lead to 4-0 by the end of two periods.

Declan McCotter scored two third-period goals for St. Marys. The Rock played a penalty-free game, with Mt. Brydges taking all five minor penalties.

Dittmer’s Finnbilt Novices are also playing Strathroy in the home-and-home, round-robin format. The Finnbilt crew travelled to Mt. Brydges on Tuesday of this week. They play their third straight road game this Friday in Strathroy, starting at 6 p.m.

Dunny’s Atoms drop opener

The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms started a three-team, round-robin format last Tuesday night in Dorchester with a 3-1 loss to the Dragons.

Dragons held a slim 1-0 lead after two periods, and increased it to 2-0 at 8:35 of the third. The Rock’s Reid Taylor narrowed the margin to 2-1 with 3:32 to play, from Donovan McGregor, but Dorchester sealed it with an insurance goal with 65 seconds left on the clock.

Mooretown is also in the round-robin format, and the Dunny’s squad played the Jr. Flags on Monday of this week. The teams play in Mooretown this Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

Cement men down 2-0 in series

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets were pushed to one game from elimination when they dropped a 6-0 decision to Mt. Brydges Cougars last Tuesday night at the PRC.

Cougars--a good skating, puck-moving team--raced out to a 5-0 first-period lead. They built a 3-0 lead before the opening frame was seven minutes old. The visitors tacked on another goal in the second period, and the final 15 minutes were scoreless.

“We played with them for the last two periods . . . it was only 1-0,” St. Marys assistant coach Bob Davis said. “In the last two periods, the boys played the way we hoped they would play in the playoffs.”

Game 3 in the best-of-series was Monday of this week in Mt. Brydges. If the Cement men were able to extend the series, Game 4 is Thursday, Jan. 24 at the PRC at 8 p.m.

HBC Peewees eliminated

The Home Building Centre A-E Peewees were eliminated from OMHA playoffs when they lost 6-1 to the Dragons Sunday in Dorchester. Dragons took the best-of-five series 3-0.

Defenceman Connor Hall scored for the Rock in the first period, and the visitors trailed only 2-1 going into the third. However, Dorchester scored four unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes to clinch the win and the series.

Game 2 Friday night at the PRC was a hard-fought affair with Dragons hanging on for a 3-2 win and a 2-0 series advantage. Dorchester led 3-1 after two periods. Hayden Brintnell’s second of the game early in the third pulled the Rock to within a goal, but that’s as close as they’d get.

In the series opener in Dorchester last Wednesday, Dragons jumped out to a 6-1 first-period lead en route to a 10-3 victory over the HBC Peewees. Jaxon Cragg collected three goals and two assists for Dorchester. Jaxon Fifield, with two, and Colton Hawkins replied for St. Marys.

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