OMHA PLAYOFFS, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
OMHA PLAYOFFS
Submitted By Pete Frehner on Friday, January 25, 2019
Exciting playoff night for St. Marys minor hockey teams Ryan Hodkinson, Myles Clinton fire overtime winners for the Rock  

By Pat Payton

 

It proved to be quite the exciting playoff night for three St. Marys minor hockey teams last Wednesday at the PRC.

Two SMMHA teams went into overtime and won, and the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams took a commanding lead in their OMHA series.

The Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms kicked off a memorable night with a 2-1 OT victory over Strathroy Jr. Rockets.

In another close, hard-fought series, the Rock’s Jared Ballantyne opened the scoring midway through the second period from Sam Johnson. Rockets tied it early in the third, forcing a 10-minute overtime period.

Myles Clinton ended it at 2:08 of extra time when he scored unassisted. The goal gave St. Marys the win, a 2-1 series lead, and a chance to finish the best-of-five series on Tuesday of this week in Strathroy. If Game 5 is necessary, it will be played Saturday in St. Marys, starting at 2 p.m.

Hodkinson emerges hero

The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees also grabbed a 2-1 series lead, and captain Ryan Hodkinson and company did it in dramatic fashion against Mt. Brydges Cougars. With their goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Hodkinson scored twice in the final 90 seconds to force overtime. The Firefighters’ centre then completed his hat trick early in OT, giving St. Marys a stunning 3-2 victory.

Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead. The Rock applied strong pressure in the second period, especially after Mt. Brydges ran into penalty troubles. Firefighters held a 5-on-3 man advantage at one point, but could not get a puck past Cougars’ goalie Aiden Spivak who made a couple of outstanding point-blank stops.

It was Carter Froggett’s turn early in the third, and a couple of big saves kept St. Marys within striking distance.

Finally, with just 1:25 left in regulation time, and Froggett on the bench for a sixth attacker, Hodkinson broke in and beat Spivak. Lucan Vernooy assisted. With Froggett again on the bench for an extra skater, Hodkinson tied it with 45 seconds left on the clock. Doing the digging behind the net were Brock Chessell and Nate Schiedel.

Mt. Brydges picked up an interference penalty at 3:34 of overtime, and Firefighters made them pay on the powerplay. After taking a pass from Schiedel, Hodkinson cut in and roofed the winner at the 4:17 mark. The Rock captain was mobbed by his teammates following the goal.

Overall, shots on net were 35-16 in favour of St. Marys.

“We got ourselves in a hole right off the bat,” coach Dwain Smith said afterwards. “Everytime we give up goals, it’s because of give-aways. We out-shot them in the second and third periods, and I thought maybe tonight was the night when we weren’t going to get a break. The Mt. Brydges goalie played well; he made some great saves.

“But we didn’t quit. Late in the game, we told the boys, ‘once we get possession, everybody has to go to the net.’ It worked out well for us. We did not want to go back to Mt. Brydges down 2-1 (in the series). But we’re still going to have to play some good hockey. They’re a good team. I think the fans got their four dollars worth tonight,” he added.

Firefighters.OTwinner.JPG
Firefighter Peewees' captain Ryan Hodkinson celebrates his overtime winner against Mt. Brydges Cougars last Wednesday night at the PRC. Hodkinson fired a natural hat trick, leading his team to a thrilling 3-2 victory. Dwain Smith's squad will now meet Dorchester in the next OMHA playoff round.  (Payton photo)

Firefighters sideline Cougars

In Game 4 Sunday night in Mt. Brydges, the Firefighter Peewees wrapped up the best-of-five series with a 5-1 victory over the Cougars.

Ryan Hodkinson scored twice for the Rock, who built period leads of 2-0 and 4-0, while the singles went to Finn Stewart, Griffin McGregor and Colton Henderson. Carter Froggett lost his shutout bid with less than five minutes remaining.

“We played really well,” coach Smith reported. “We stopped their breakout after working on it at practice Friday night. We hemmed them in, and they were really frustrated tonight.”

Overall, shots were 31-10 in favour of the Firefighters, who will meet Dorchester in the next round.

ANAF Bantams up 2-0

To cap off a great night last Wednesday, the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams skated to a 3-0 victory over their Mt. Brydges counterparts to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

Goalie Nic Kiestra earned the shutout and his second win of the series.

Kaleb Schalk’s goal late in the second period, from affiliate skater Ian Boyd, stood up as the game winner. Defenceman Mason Boonstra added a powerplay goal early in the third, and Maurice Kiestra completed the scoring into an empty net with just 56 seconds to play. Captain Ethan Froggett drew assists on all three St. Marys goals.

Cougars took 22 of the 30 penalty minutes.

Coach Brandon Boyd was pleased with his team’s “solid effort” on home ice.

“Our boys are banged up and bruised, but it was nice to get back into a larger rink to let our skill separate us from a physical Mount Brydges squad,” he said.

“Consistency has been our issue over the past two months, but two games into OMHA playoffs and we’ve found a rhythm. Our defence do a great job of limiting high-quality chances, and we know (Nic) Kiestra will stand tall as he has all year. Keys will be to stay focused and not revert to bad habits to close out this series.”

Game 3 was Monday of this week in Mt. Brydges. If necessary, Game 4 is Wednesday, Jan. 23 in St. Marys at 8:30 p.m.

This article has been viewed 272 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 19
    Apr
    Organization
    The playoff atmosphere is not limited to the NHL - come on out this weekend to catch some great live hockey at the PRC at the Al Kennedy Memorial NBC tournament. Games start Friday 8am winding up Saturday night 11pm.   Blueline club will be ...
  • 18
    Apr
    Organization
    Our annual wing night is tonight (April 18th) Hockey Night in St Marys!  Come dressed in your favourite "Don&Ron" outfit or wear a hockey jersey Tickets still available - see poster for full details
  • 16
    Apr
    Organization
    First of all, I'd like to thank everyone in SMMHA who have already completed their bond(s), those that have offered to do additional bonds even if they didn't have to, those that volunteer on the bench and with the team, volunteer in the Association ...
  • 10
    Apr
    Organization
    SMMHA wishes to congratulate our new coaches for the 2019-20 girls hockey season. Following an application and interview process conducted by the Coaches Committee, the following individuals have been selected to coach next season:
  • 09
    Apr
    Organization
    This past weekend SMMHA hosted the Shamrock All Star game.  
  • 06
    Apr
    Organization
    Below are links for Wing Night on Thurs. Apr. 18 and NBC Tournament Fri. Apr. 19 and Sat. Apr. 20.  These are the last events to work to fulfill your bond to avoid having your cheque cashed.
  • 04
    Apr
    Organization
    St. Marys Minor Hockey will be holding it's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at the Pyramid Recreation Centre in the Endzone. The meeting will be held immediately following the regular monthly meeting (which is at 7pm). All ...
  • 03
    Apr
    Organization
    Our annual wing night is fast approaching - get your tickets!!  Hockey Night in St Marys!  Come dressed in your favourite "Don&Ron" outfit or wear a hockey jersey
Printed from smmha.ca on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:57 PM