Legion Minor Midgets also advance to OMHA final, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Legion Minor Midgets also advance to OMHA final
Submitted By Pete Frehner on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
By Pat Payton  

Sweep NOTL, will now play Lincoln Blades for provincial title.

NOTL - Two SMMHA ‘BB’ teams used road wins here this past weekend to advance to best-of-five OMHA championship series. First, it was the Firefighter Peewees who completed a three-game sweep of their Niagara-on-the-Lake counterparts, with a 3-1 victory Saturday. On Sunday, the Legion Minor Midgets skated to a 5-0 victory over the home-town Wolves to win their best-of-three semi-final two straight.

Affiliate defenceman Mason Boonstra scored what proved to be the winner midway through the second period. The Rock then tacked on four insurance goals in the final 15 minutes. After captain Nathan Reay made it 2-0 at 1:35 of the third, affiliate forward Keegan Nethercott pumped in three in a row to complete the scoring. His second and third goals came in the final minute of play.

Goalie Aaron Waugh posted the shutout.

“We certainly had our road legs when we got there,” coach Robb McIntosh reported. “We weren’t going in the first period, but that goal in the second period kind of got us going, and then we carried the play from there.”

The Legion Midgets will now play Lincoln for the provincial title. Coach McIntosh admits that his team will have a “tough test” against the Blades.

“We’ve had a couple of real tight games with them,” he said. “We’re going to have to be at the top of our game against them.”

Hat trick for Linares in opener

In the series opener last Tuesday night at the PRC, Paolo Linares was the scoring star for the Legion Midgets. The left winger fired a natural hat trick in the first period, sparking the Rock to a 5-1 victory over the Wolves.

Linares keyed a quick start for St. Marys with a pair of goals--just 36 seconds apart--before the game was three minutes old. Assists went to Gage Barclay Rowe and Nathan Reay.

The Rock had several other good chances in the opening frame, but couldn’t add to their lead. Finally, with just 3.3 seconds left in the period, Linares completed his hat trick--tipping home a point shot on a powerplay. Assists went to Reay and defenceman Owen Fraser.

Mason Boonstra made it 4-0 at 5:04 of the second period, catching the short side with a sharp-angled shot. Later in the period, Legion goalie Nolan Shackleton kept the visitors off the scoreboard with a couple of big saves during a Wolves’ powerplay.

Midway through the third, Loghan Hodkinson increased the St. Marys lead to 5-0 from Boonstra and Jacob Boyd. Shackleton, in his first game back from a lower-body injury, lost his shutout bid with just over four minutes to play during a NOTL powerplay.

“The guys got off to a good start tonight,” coach McIntosh said. “It’s been an issue for us this season and it was nice to see them do that. We set the pace tonight and that made the difference.”

The teams combined for 15 minor penalties.

The Legion Midgets dressed three APs from the ANAF Bantams--Boonstra, Keegan Nethercott and Ethan Froggett.

Earlier round-robin series

In an earlier OMHA round-robin playoff format, the Legion Minor Midgets went 2-2 against the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wolves and Lincoln Blades. The Rock defeated NOTL 4-1 and 5-0, but lost 2-1 and 2-1 to Lincoln.

Lincoln (4-0) finished first, St. Marys second and NOTL (0-4) third. Second place then played third to determine who would play Lincoln, who earned a bye, in the OMHA final.

In recent Tri-County League playoffs, the Legion Midgets defeated Oakville Rangers Blue in a best-of-three series. After dropping the series opener 3-0, the Rock won the next two games, 2-0 and 3-2 on the road.

The Legion crew then came up against Guelph. In two well-played games, the Gryphons edged St. Marys 4-3 and 2-1.

 

This article has been viewed 447 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 18
    Jan
    Organization
    Dear SMMHA players, families, coaches, and directors, We hope that everyone is staying safe and well during the recent provincial lockdown. This is certainly a difficult time for all of us as we adjust to these new restrictions and challenges ...
  • 21
    Dec
    Organization
    Dear SMMHA Players, Families and Volunteers, In response to the Government of Ontario's recent announcement that we will be in a lockdown following Christmas, we have decided to suspend our current registration. Since we are not sure yet what the ...
  • 16
    Dec
    Organization
    Registration is now OPEN for the next semester starting January 4, 2021. Please read the following document for all registration information. SMMHA_Registration_-_January_2021 Please note we will only be accepting e-transfer as payment.
  • 25
    Nov
    Organization
    With HPPH moving to the orange level, the following guidelines will be in place and enforced by PRC staff as of November 24th...
  • 20
    Nov
    Organization
    November 27, 28 & 29, 2020 Get your orders in on these days to guarantee Christmas delivery!
  • 04
    Nov
    Organization
    In planning for a potential goalie clinic, SMMHA would like to gather information on how many goalies would be interested. If you are interested, please email [email protected] with your goalie's name and age group.
  • 03
    Nov
    Organization
    We are fast approaching the mid-point of the first half of our modified season. Thank you to everyone for all your support and understanding as we navigate through the many required guidelines and protocols put in place.
  • 30
    Oct
    Organization
    Congratulations to Sydney Hawkins from the U7 2014 B team on winning the Halloween Contest!
Printed from smmha.ca on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:20 AM