Shortstaffed ANAF Bantams
with a fight
By Pat Payton
To their credit, the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams went out with a fight Wednesday night at the PRC.
The Rock lost 5-2 to the Mt. Brydges Cougars, who took the six-point OMHA playoff series seven points to one.
Dale Switzer’s Bantams were plagued with injuries and illness the entire series. The Rock played Game 4 with four regulars out of the line-up. Out for most of the series were captain Ethan Brine and RJ Martin, two of the top defencemen on the team. And St. Marys lost another blue-liner midway through the game last Wednesday, leaving them with just two regular defencemen.
The big Mt. Brydges team was in front 2-0 after the second period, and extended its lead to 5-0 in the third before goals by Owen Boyd and Ian Boyd completed the scoring.
“We knew we were short and it was going to be tough,” coach Switzer said. “But the guys skated right to the end, and fought hard, that’s all you can ask. If we were full and healthy, I honestly think we would have beat that team, but it wasn’t to be.”
Affiliate Josh Ballantyne, replacing the injured Kiefer MacNeil, went the distance in net for St. Marys and played very well.
“We could have been up 2-0 or 3-0 before (Cougars) got their legs going, but their goalie made the stops,” Switzer added.
Cougars take command
In Game 3 last Monday night in Mt. Brydges, Cougars took a commanding five points to one series lead with a 5-0 victory.
The Rock lost goaltender MacNeil early in the game with injury. Netminder Josh Ballantyne played the final two periods. St. Marys also called up forwards Jake Grant and Lucas McCurdy from the Frayne Bantams.
“We just didn’t start well,” coach Switzer said. “We played better in the third, but as a team we weren’t good enough.”