Frayne Bantams take 3-1 lead in semi-final series with Express, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Frayne Bantams take 3-1 lead in semi-final series with Express
Submitted By Pete Frehner on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
By Pat Payton  

INGERSOLL - Two of the three goals came on powerplays as the Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams skated to a 3-0 victory over the Express here Sunday night. The win gave Dale Switzer’s squad a 3-1 lead in points in the six-point OMHA semi-final playoff series.

After a scoreless first period, second-period goals by Ian Boyd (powerplay) and Owen Boyd kick-started the Rock offence. Nate Switzer added a powerplay tally early in the third to clinch it. RJ Masse assisted on two of three Rock goals. Goalie Jack Aarts earned the shutout.

“We played better, that’s for sure,” coach Switzer reported.

Game 3 is Wednesday of this week in St. Marys at 7:45 p.m., with Game 4 back in Ingersoll Thursday at 7 o’clock. If the series goes five games, it will be played Saturday at the PRC at 3:20 p.m.

Scoreless game in opener

In the series opener Saturday afternoon at the PRC, the teams skated to a 0-0 stalemate in a penalty-free game.

“I don’t know if our guys showed up for the whole game; maybe it was a little hangover from the last series,” coach Switzer said jokingly. “We got some scoring chances, but so did they. It was a pretty even game.”

Kiefer MacNeil posted the shutout for St. Marys, denying the Ingersoll team when called upon.

Switzer describes the Express as a “skating” team. “They’re similar to us; they come at you with all three lines.”

Bantams oust Cougars

In Game 6 last Tuesday night (Feb. 26) in Mt. Brydges, two third-period powerplay goals lifted the Frayne Cabinets A-E Bantams to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Cougars.

The win gave Switzer and company the six-point OMHA quarter-final playoff series seven points to five and a berth in the provincial semi-finals against Ingersoll. At one point in the Mt. Brydges series, St. Marys had a 4-0 lead.

Mt. Brydges opened the scoring late in the second period. However, the undisciplined Cougars got themselves in penalty trouble in the third, and the Rock made them pay. Ian Boyd tied it 1-1 at the 6:32 mark from Lucas McCurdy, and McCurdy fired the winner just 32 seconds after that from Ian Boyd and Owen Boyd.

“It was an interesting series,” coach Switzer told the Independent. “Every game we scored first we lost, and every game they scored first we either tied or won. It was back and forth, but Mt. Brydges controlled the scoring chances in the first two periods. Kiefer MacNeil had a real good game for us.”

Switzer tipped his hat to his two goaltenders, MacNeil and Jack Aarts, who both played well against the Cougars. “I would say goaltending was the difference in the series,” Switzer said. “Both of our goalies played better than theirs.”

In the six-game series, Mt. Brydges out-scored St. Marys 15-13.

 

 

 

This article has been viewed 309 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 14
    Apr
    Organization
    The 2021-22 SMMHA Coaching Application period is now open!  Applications will close Friday, May 14, 2021.  Applications must be completed and submitted online by clicking the link below: Coach Application
  • 12
    Apr
    Organization
    SMMHA Players and Families, Unfortunately, as you know, we had to end our 2020-2021 season last week due to the provincial lockdown. As disappointed as we all are, we were pleased to be able to offer some ice time to our players during the spring ...
  • 12
    Apr
    Organization
    The Windsor Referee School is looking for anyone interested in becoming an OMHA official for the upcoming season.  Pending any further COVID restrictions, they hope to host several day clinics during the course of the summer.  Clinics will be ...
  • 02
    Apr
    Organization
    SMMHA Players and Families, As you know, Ontario is now moving to a lockdown for the next four weeks.  During this time, the arena will be closed and as a result, SMMHA has decided to cancel the remainder of this hockey session.   Obviously this is ...
  • 14
    Mar
    Organization
    On behalf of the St. Marys Minor Hockey Association, I would like to welcome you back to the arena for our Spring Session.  We can hardly wait to get back on the ice on Monday, March 15th!   All rosters and team calendars have been updated as well ...
  • 28
    Feb
    Organization
    SMMHA is pleased to announce that we are opening registration for the second part of our 2020-2021 season. We will be offering an 8-week program for all players which will start on March 15th, 2021. This program will provide skill development, ...
  • 24
    Feb
    Organization
    Based on the results of our recent survey, SMMHA submitted a request to the town to provide ice time for an 8-week in-house program.  We are pleased to announce that Town Council has agreed to provide ice for this program and we hope to be returning ...
  • 19
    Feb
    Organization
    We are surveying families to see what interest they is in a return to hockey program in April and May (ice won't be in before then).  The program would resume similar to before the lockdown excluding out-of-town play. This would be an internal ...
Printed from smmha.ca on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:18 PM