OMHA FINALS REPORT, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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Mar 24, 2019 | Pete Frehner | 675 views
By Pat Payton  

Blades 2 - Rock 0

In the series opener Saturday at the PRC, a couple of bounces went in Lincoln’s favour in a 2-0 win for the Blades. Breaks may in fact determine this six-point OMHA ‘BB’ final as the two teams are very evenly matched.

The game opened with a fast pace, and it continued for most of the contest, with both sides taking the body when the opportunity arose. Both teams had to work hard to generate quality scoring chances, and as a result the game remained scoreless well into the second period.

Finally, with just over three minutes remaining in the period, Blades capitalized on an odd-man rush and grabbed a 1-0 lead.

After the Rock did a good job of killing off a four-minute minor midway through the third, the visitors tacked on an insurance goal with 4:32 left on the clock. A couple of Lincoln forwards crashed the net and the puck somehow ended up in it.

With 2:26 remaining, the Legion pulled goalie Aaron Waugh for a sixth attacker. The Rock pinned the Blades in their own zone for long stretches, but couldn’t get the puck behind Jason Thomas who picked up the shutout.

Lincoln captain Coby Earley finished with a goal and an assist.

Three-week layoff

“Both teams hadn’t played in three weeks, so both teams came out a little tentative I thought,” coach Robb McIntosh said. “After the first period, we got back to the game we wanted to play. I thought we dominated sections of the second period and held them in their end, but they got a bounce and put it in our net.”

The St. Marys coaches stressed getting more face-off wins during the intermission break. “Lincoln has a couple of wingers who can really fly, so wanted to make sure we had a high guy to help our defence out,” McIntosh noted.

All three games with Lincoln to date (including two in an OMHA round-robin format) have been very close, low-scoring affairs and McIntosh doesn’t see anything changing.

“They have a couple of guys we have to control,” he said. “But as you seen tonight, the effort for us was there. We just need a couple of bounces to go our way. We’ve been a decent road team this year, so I’m hoping we can get into our flow and pressure their defence a little bit,” he added, looking ahead to Game 2 Sunday.

Affiliate defenceman Mason Boonstra had a strong game for the Legion.

Note: Little Falls school Grade 2 student Lauren Pfaff sang the national anthem prior to Saturday’s series opener


Legion Minor Midgets' goalie Aaron Waugh does the splits to keep the puck out during Saturday's series opener at the PRC. A couple of bounces went in Lincoln's favour in a 2-0 Blades victory. Game 2 in the best-of-five OMHA 'BB' final is Sunday in Lincoln, with Game 3 back in St. Marys next Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.  (Payton photo)