Firefighter Peewees, Cougars have
Atoms drop series opener to Lambton Shores
By Pat Payton
It was a high-scoring affair Wednesday night at the PRC as the Firefighter ‘BB Peewees battled the Mt. Brydges Cougars to a 6-6 tie.
It was the first game in a home-and-home, round-robin Shamrock League semi-final playoff series with Mt. Brydges and Strathroy Rockets. The top two teams advance to the next round.
Winger Hayden Brintnell scored twice for St. Marys, while the singles went to defenceman Trevor Richardson, Jayden Tipping, Evan Ballantyne and Ty Wheeler.
Cougars jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead, but the Rock scored two unanswered second-period goals to tie it 3-3.
Both teams scored three times in the final 15 minutes. Firefighters held a late 6-5 lead. However, with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Mt. Brydges tied the score with just 28 seconds left on the clock.
St. Marys held a 30-23 edge in shots. Julian Walsh went the distance in net for the home team.
Dwain Smith and company travel to Strathroy on Friday night and to Mt. Brydges Monday. They host Strathroy next Wednesday, March 4 at 7:10 p.m.
Preds beat Atoms in third
In their round-robin series opener Wednesday at the PRC, Lambton Shores Predators scored three unanswered third-period goals to claim a 4-2 victory over the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms.
It was the Atoms’ first game in a home-and-home, round-robin Shamrock League semi-final series with Lambton Shores and Lucan Irish.
On Wednesday, the teams traded first-period goals, with Rock winger Graeme Froud scoring an unassisted marker to tie it 1-1.
St. Marys then grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first minute of the middle frame on a powerplay. Harper Murrell deflected home a nice point shot by defenceman Zach Larmer, putting the home team in front. In the dying seconds of the period, goalie Parker Levy made a huge stop on a Predators’ forward, who had broke in all alone.
However, the third period belonged to Lambton Shores as the visitors scored three times in a span of just under four minutes midway through the period. St. Marys pulled its goaltender twice for the extra attacker in the final two minutes, but couldn’t inch any closer.
“After a big emotional (series) win we just had against Petrolia, we had a slow start for the first five minutes tonight,” coach Dan Murrell said. “But for the next 15-16 minutes, I thought we were the better team.
“I don’t know what happened in the third; we just quit skating. We’re a team that has to play three full periods or we won’t win. The boys are disappointed; they know they gave one away tonight. We’ll have to sweep Lucan now, and then see what happens.”
Nolan Stewart and Levy split the goaltending duties for the Rock.
The G&CC Atoms play in Lucan on Saturday at 1:35 p.m., and host the Irish next Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Legion Midgets lose on road
The Legion A-E Midgets dropped a 7-0 decision to the Jr. Rockets in Strathroy on Tuesday night. It was the first game in a best-of-five Shamrock League semi-final playoff series.
“We came out ready to play and had a couple of good chances right off the bat,” coach Bob Davis reported. “We were solid deep in our end and deep in their end. Unfortunately, we made some glaring mistakes we don’t normally make in our end and neutral zone that cost us almost every time. Strathroy was quick to jump on these errors and made them count.
“I think overall we can play with them and if we can only find the back of the net they are beatable. Our speed should help us in the offensive zone.”
The Legion Midgets are scheduled to host Strathroy Thursday (Feb. 27) at 8 p.m. Game 3 is Sunday in Strathroy at 4:15 p.m., and Game 4 Monday in St. Marys at 8:45 p.m.