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HBC Peewees lose heartbreaker in Game 5 Sunday
Four of the five games in the Lambeth series were decided by just a goal  

By Pat Payton


It was a heartbreaker for the Home Building Centre A-E Peewees Sunday afternoon at the PRC.

A goal with just 21.2 seconds left to play snapped a 2-2 deadlock and lifted Lambeth Lancers to a 3-2 victory over Reg Clinton’s squad. The win gave Lancers the best-of-five Shamrock League semi-final series three games to two.

Four of the five games in the series were decided by just one goal--including the final three. There wasn’t much to choose between two evenly-matched teams.

In Sunday’s deciding game, Lambeth opened the scoring early in the first period and then went up 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 8:20 of the middle frame. The breakaway goal came just nine seconds into a Lancers’ penalty.

For the first half of the contest, Lambeth limited the Rock to just a few quality scoring chances. However, as the game progressed, St. Marys started getting more and more opportunities.

With just 4.7 seconds left in the second period, Simon Greig got the home team on the scoreboard with a nice powerplay goal. Connor Wheeler set up his line mate with a perfect centering pass.

The HBC crew continued to attack, and Greig tied the score 2-2 at 5:51 of the third from Sam Johnson. The goal came just seconds after a Lancers’ penalty expired.

With 2:39 remaining, Lambeth picked up an interference penalty. Danny Switzer hit a goal post with just under two minutes left--one of several good chances that the Rock generated. Finally, with time running down, a length Lancers rush resulted in the winning goal.

“It was a tough way to lose,” coach Clinton said. “The boys had to pick up their physical play and they responded.

“We had to play defensively for the first half of the game, and then played offence the second half. I thought we had more gas in the tank than them, but then it gets down to a one-shot game. Their’s went in and our’s didn’t.

“The boys did well this year. They learned a lot and played hard. They toughened up as the season went on. We were in every game this season, except for two. We battled hard even in the games that we lost,” he added.

On Sunday, captain Nathan Wolfkamp and Simon Taylor both had strong games on the blue line for St. Marys.

Lancers score two late ones

In Game 4 Saturday night in Lambeth, the home-town Lancers forced a fifth game with a 4-3 victory over the HBC Peewees. The result left the teams deadlocked with four points apiece.

“We played well, but we were short a couple of forwards,” coach Clinton reported. “The boys really dug in and played a good game.”

After Lambeth jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, the Rock responded with three straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead. The marksmen were defenceman Simon Taylor, Simon Greig (powerplay) and Sam Johnson (powerplay). “We really battled hard to get those three goals,” the coach said.

However, Lancers scored twice in the last three and a half minutes to pull out the win. “They were two scrambly goals,” Clinton noted.

Goalie Isaac Cousineau went the distance for St. Marys. “He played well and made some big saves,” the coach said.

Dingman gets OT winner

In the pivotal third game last Wednesday, the HBC Peewees pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over the big, physical team from Lambeth.

Kaleb Dingman emerged the hero for the Rock, scoring the game winner 51 seconds into a 10-minute OT period. Prior to the goal, Lancers had taken a penalty with 1:44 remaining in the third, and St. Marys had exerted strong pressure. It carried over into extra time.

Isaac Cousineau recorded his second straight win in the series. “I would say he stole that game for us,” coach Clinton said.

After Myles Clinton opened the scoring for the HBC crew early in the second period, Lambeth tied it 1-1  with 1:43 remaining in the frame.

Lancers opened the six-point series with a 5-4 home-ice victory Feb. 29.

Forward Finn Wright paced the Rock offence with three goals, with defenceman Nathan Wolfkamp adding the single. Grier Mahoney and Myles Clinton both contributed two assists, and Trevor Aarts went the distance in net.

In Game 2 on Monday, March 2 at the PRC, the HBC Peewees skated to a 5-1 victory.

Scoring for the Rock were Connor Wheeler, Sam Johnson, Nathan Wolfkamp, Finn Wright and Andre Mollet. Simon Greig and Kaleb Dingman both chipped in two assists, and Cousineau again played well in the St. Marys net.

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