Cement Midgets take 2-1 series lead on Dragons
Firefighter Peewees win on the road in Game 2 in Dorchester
By Pat Payton
Paying the price! Coach Brent Rae said that’s what the Cement ‘BB’ Midgets did to win the pivotal third game of their OMHA playoff series with the Dragons here on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
With just 10 skaters, the Cement men skated to a 2-0 victory over Dorchester to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five set. Three regulars sat out with injuries.
Ethan Froggett’s goal midway through the second period broke a scoreless deadlock and stood up as the game winner. Assists went to Kaleb Schalk and Jacob Boyd.
Keegan Nethercott added a big insurance tally with about four minutes left in the third. Earning an assist was captain Nathan Reay. “It was a nice shot, glove-hand side,” Rae reported.
Aaron Waugh picked up the shutout with another strong performance in net.
“When we got up 2-0, guys were sacrificing the body and blocking shots and winning battles to get pucks out,” coach Rae said. “Dorchester was probably in our end for the last two minutes with their goalie pulled, and they only got one shot on net.
“That’s what you need if you’re going to win playoff games. You have to sacrifice and do the little things,” he added.
Game 4 is Thursday, Jan. 23 at the PRC, starting at 9:15 p.m.
Firefighters grab series lead
Three third-period goals sparked the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees to a 4-2 victory over the home-town Dragons last Tuesday night in Dorchester. The win gave Dwain Smith’s squad a three points to one lead in the six-point OMHA playoff series.
The Rock trailed 1-0 when Jayden Tipping tied it in the second period from Hayden Brintnell. Scoring for St. Marys in the third were Jared Ballantyne unassisted, Colton Henderson from Evan Ballantyne, and Oliver McHugh from Callum McIntosh.
Cyler Pickering went the distance in net for the Rock, who out-shot Dorchester 22-11.
“We started off a little slow, then we started playing our game,” manager Marty Thomson reported. “We need to attack more and keep them hemmed up in their own end.”
Game 3 is Monday, Jan. 20 at the PRC at 7:10 pm. Game 4 is Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Dorchester at 7:40 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 is Thursday, Jan. 23 at the PRC at 8 o’clock.
Cougars show teeth against Atoms
Wednesday night at the PRC, Mt. Brydges Cougars were full value for a 6-1 victory over the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms.
The Cougars’ win evened the best-of-five OMHA playoff series at 1-1. The strong Mt. Brydges squad scored twice with the man advantage, and another while killing a penalty.
Cougars came out on the attack early, and opened the scoring at 2:23 of the first period. Numerous good saves by Rock goalie Nolan Stewart kept his team in the game. It stayed 1-0 until the final five minutes of the second period when Mt. Brydges scored twice--including one on a powerplay.
Cougars extended their lead to 5-0 in the third, before St. Marys finally got on the scoreboard. With just 3:24 remaining to play, Harper Murrell converted a loose puck in the Mt. Brydges’ crease. The visitors completed the scoring with a powerplay goal with 1:26 left on the clock.
“We knew they were going to bring it tonight; they’re one of the best teams in our league,“ coach Dan Murrell said. “We didn’t match their compete level tonight, like we did the first game. They were beating us to those loose pucks.
“We’re playing a great team, and we need all the breaks and bounces to really have a chance. Tonight, we were trying to clog up the middle again, but at the end of the day Mt. Brydges has some skilled players and they had the puck a lot tonight. We were chasing the game from the drop of the first puck. But we’ll take being tied (in the series) after two games.”
Coach Murrell said his team would have some “good battle drills” at practice before heading to Mt. Brydges for Game 3 on Monday, Jan. 20.
“Going forward we’ll have to get some bounces, and everyone on my team has to show up to play,” he said. “We need everyone here competing, and we’ll give it our best shot.”
Game 4 is back in St. Marys on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.