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Submitted By Rachael Torrance on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Firefighter Peewees move one point closer
To clinching spot in Shamrock League final series  

By Pat Payton


The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees moved one point closer to clinching a spot in the Shamrock League final here Monday night.

Dwain Smith’s squad skated to a 2-2 draw with the home-town Cougars. It was St. Marys’ third straight tie in the three-team, home-and-home, round-robin semi-final playoff series.

The Firefighters and Strathroy Jr. Rockets both have three points, while Mt. Brydges has two points. The top two teams advance to the SHL final.

The Rock hosts Strathroy on Wednesday of this week at 7:10 p.m. A win would guarantee St. Marys a spot in the championship series.

On Monday in Mt. Brydges, Jayden Tipping and Hayden Brintnell scored for the Firefighters. Cougars grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but the visitors scored two in a row to move ahead 2-1. Mt. Brydges scored with about two and a half minutes remaining in the third to pull out the tie.

Julian Walsh went the distance in net for the Rock, who held a 26-21 edge in shots.

Slow start hurts Dunny’s Atoms

On Monday night at the PRC, a slow start proved costly for the Dunny’s Sports A-E Atoms.

Strathroy Jr. Rockets scored three times before the game was three minutes old, and it was enough to carry the visitors to a 3-1 victory and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Shamrock League semi-final series.

Zach Matheson scored the lone St. Marys goal with 64 seconds left in the first period on a delayed penalty. The Rock had a number of good chances over the final two periods, but couldn’t get another puck past the Strathroy goalie. A powerplay, late in the third, looked encouraging, but the home team couldn’t pull any closer with the man advantage.

Forwards such as Matheson, Logan Oke, Jacob Wright, Mac Hern, Grayson Gerber and Ryder Blight all had good scoring chances for St. Marys. Connor McKichan went the distance in net.

“We’ve out-chanced them in both games,” Dunny’s coach Jamie Matheson said following the game. “Friday (in Strathroy) is do or die for us.”

If St. Marys can extend the series, Game 4 is Saturday at the PRC at 4 p.m.

Cement Midgets win opener

The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets are currently playing a best-of-five Shamrock League ‘B’ semi-final series with Lambton Shores Predators.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Forest, with Game 3 on Thursday in St. Marys at 8 p.m.

In the series opener Sunday at the PRC, a 3-1 St. Marys victory, coach Brent Rae said the Cement men played just well enough to win. “We just went through the motions,” Rae said. “It definitely wasn’t our best game.”

Centre Ethan Froggett, with two, and Keegan Nethercott scored for St. Marys, which built period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

Predators showed up with no goaltender, and the Rock’s Aaron Waugh played the first period for the visitors. A Lambton Shores goalie finally arrived and played the final two periods. Jake Bryans went the distance for the Rock and made a couple of timely stops to keep his team in front.

In the other Midget ‘B’ semi-final series, South Kent, Mooretown and Dresden are playing a home-and-home, round-robin series. The Cement Midgets will play the winner for the league title.

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