St. Marys team posts 4-1 record on weekend
By Pat Payton
SARNIA – St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms certainly proved that they were one of the best teams in the ‘A’ Division at the International Silver Stick tournament here last weekend.
In fact, one more goal in the semi-finals and Dan Schiedel’s squad would likely have come home North American champions. In that game Sunday morning in Clearwater, the Rock dropped a hard-fought 4-3 overtime decision to Omaha Jr. Lancers, the eventual division champions.
“Our guys played well; we got a good team effort,” coach Schiedel told the Independent. “Everybody was going . . . from our forwards to our defence and we got some timely saves from our goaltenders. Everybody was chipping in.
“We were very aggressive on our forecheck,” Schiedel continued. “We created some turnovers and it generated scoring chances for us. We got some timely goals as a result of those opportunities.”
In Sunday’s semi-final against Omaha, Lancers scored with just under four minutes remaining to take a 3-2 lead. With two minutes left, the Rock went on a powerplay and also pulled their goalie for a 6-on-4 advantage. It paid off as Colton Henderson tied it 3-3 with 50 seconds remaining. With about 30 seconds left in regulation, Jayden Tipping hit a goal post, but the puck stayed out.
Omaha fired the winner on a 2-on-1 break just over a minute into 3-on-3 overtime.
Tipping finished the game with a goal and two assists for St. Marys.
“This Omaha team was a well-oiled machine,” coach Schiedel noted. “They were one of the best teams we’ve played all year. They were a great skating team and moved the puck real well.
“But our guys played gritty. We came up a little short, but the effort was definitely there. The boys did St. Marys proud.”
The other semi-final featured two Shamrock rivals, with Dorchester Dragons defeating Mt. Brydges Cougars 3-1. In Sunday afternoon’s Atom ‘A’ final, Omaha handily defeated Dorchester 6-1.
Team starts tourney 4-0
The G&CC Atoms started round-robin play in the 16-team division Friday morning with a 3-2 victory over Oakville Rangers in Petrolia.
In the afternoon in Sarnia, the Atom Rock made it 2-0 with a lopsided 17-0 win over Port Huron Flags. Griffin McGregor clicked for six goals, while Colton Henderson scored five times. Nate Schiedel was a playmaker, collecting six assists.
The G&CC squad completed round-robin play with an 8-1 victory over Sault Ste. Marie Lakers in Point Edward Saturday morning. Eight different players scored for St. Marys, which led 6-1 after two periods.
In an ‘A’ quarter-final playoff game Saturday afternoon, the Atom Rock faced another Sault Ste. Marie team, the Selects. The St. Marys boys skated to a 4-1 win, improving their overall record to 4-0. Nate Schiedel led the way in this game with a hat trick.
Only four goals against
In their first four games, the G&CC Atoms allowed only four goals against, and the team also posted some of the best stats in the division.
Centre Nate Schiedel was second in scoring with five goals and 12 points, while Griffin McGregor and Colton Henderson had both picked up seven goals and 10 points. Hayden Brintnell had four goals and four assists, while Oliver McHugh had chipped in two goals and two assists.
In the Rock’s first four games, goalie Julian Walsh had an impressive 0.56 goals-against average in his two victories, while fellow netminder Cyler Pickering’s G.A.A. was 1.69 in his two wins.
Note: Forwards Nate Schiedel (5-7) and Colton Henderson (8-4) finished tied for third in the Atom ‘A’ scoring race with 12 points apiece at Silver Stick.