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Submitted By Rachael Torrance on Monday, March 2, 2020
G&CC Atoms outlast the Irish 6-5 Saturday
Firefighter Peewees earn 1-1 tie in Strathroy with just 10 skaters  

By Pat Payton

In Saturday afternoon’s playoff game in Lucan, forwards Ben Ewing and Harper Murrell fired two goals apiece as the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms outlasted the home-town Irish 6-5 to even their Shamrock semi-final series record at 1-1.

The singles came off the sticks of Donovan McGregor and Cody King, while Nolan Stewart went the distance to record the net win.

The Rock struck quickly, building a 3-0 lead four minutes into the contest. Lucan closed the gap to 3-1 with a goal in the final second of the first period, and then scored again just 15 seconds into the middle frame. St. Marys pulled away again with two more goals before the end of the period to make it 5-2.

The Irish stayed alive with two more goals in the third, before the visitors connected again to make it 6-4. Lucan completed the scoring with about five minutes remaining.

“We’re controlling our own destiny,” coach Dan Murrell said following the game. “If we can win the next two, I think we’ll have a good shot at moving on, but we have to take it one game at a time.”

The G&CC Atoms host the Irish on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and then travel to Lambton Shores next Sunday.

Firefighter Peewees get tie in Strathroy

On Saturday afternoon, with just 10 skaters, the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees travelled to Strathroy and battled the Jr. Rockets to a 1-1 tie.

After Jared Ballantyne gave St. Marys a 1-0 lead, Strathroy pulled its goalie for an extra attacker and scored the tying goal in the final minute of play.

Overall, the Jr. Rockets out-shot the Firefighters 24-7. Goalie Cyler Pickering went the distance for the Rock.

“We had a short line-up with just 10 skaters (one injury and one suspension),” manager Marty Thomson said. “We played the game with just three defencemen, but we played hard.”

Firefighters play in Mt. Brydges on Monday, before hosting Strathroy Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. The top two teams in the three-team, semi-final round-robin advance to the Shamrock final.

Hubbard Midgets split pair with Heat

The Hubbard Pharmacy Midget girls recently split a pair of OWHA playoff games with the Huron Heat. Along with the Stratford Aces, the three teams are playing a round-robin series to determine which team advances to the provincials next month.

In the first game between the two teams Feb. 23 at the PRC, the Hubbard Midgets blanked the Heat 3-0.

Abbie Kennedy, Ally Muir and Julia Cameron, into an empty net, scored for St. Marys. Goalie Kayley Thompson earned the shutout.

This past Saturday afternoon in Seaforth, a powerplay goal early in the third period lifted the Heat to a 1-0 victory. The goal came with just four seconds left in a Rock penalty.

“It was close and we had our chances,” coach Bill McPhail reported. “We’ve got our work cut out for us now.”

The Hubbard squad is now playing a home-and-home series with Stratford. The first game is Monday, March 2 in Stratford at 8:15 p.m. The return match is Sunday, March 8 at the PRC at 7 p.m.

“We’ll have to win one, maybe two, to qualify for provincials,” McPhail noted. “Only the top team goes on.”

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