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Feb 03, 2020 | Rachael Torrance | 447 views
OMHA Playoffs
Big point at home Saturday for ANAF Bantams

By Pat Payton

On Saturday at the PRC, Dale Switzer admitted that it was a big point for his team. A goal by Peyton Lobb with just 23.5 seconds remaining in the third gave the ANAF Bantams a 3-3 tie. Ten minutes of overtime went scoreless.

The outcome left Cougars with a 3-1 lead in points in the six-point series. After the game, coach Switzer said he didn’t want to go back to Mt. Brydges Monday down four points to none.

“We were very happy to get the tie, but at the same time if we would have shown that energy early, we wouldn’t have been in the situation where we had to scramble for a tie.

“But we were also down some bodies today with kids sick and kids hurt. The affiliate players (Lucas McCurdy and Jake Grant) came up and did a real good job for us.” Goalie Josh Ballantyne also dressed as back-up.

Goalie Kiefer MacNeil had an outstanding game for St. Marys.

Cougars led 2-1 at the end of two periods, with Owen Boyd scoring for the ANAF squad. Ian Boyd tied it 2-2 with 5:23 left in the third. After killing off a late penalty, Mt. Brydges took a 3-2 lead with just 52 seconds to play.

Lobb’s tying goal late in the game--his third point of the contest--came with MacNeil on the bench for a sixth attacker. Defenceman Lucan Vernooy assisted.

“We always knew we could play with them, it’s just a matter if we decide to,” Switzer added. “It depends if we show up and work hard. Both teams have some quality players, and if you don’t work hard you’re going to get beat.”

The Rock played Saturday’s game without two key defencemen--captain Ethan Brine and RJ Martin. “We hope to have some bodies back by Monday,” the coach said. “Regardless, we’ll play with what we have.”

Game 4 is Wednesday in St. Marys at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 is back in Mt. Brydges Saturday at 4:20 p.m.