Greig fires pair in 4-2 home-ice win Sunday
By Pat Payton
It’s now a best-of-three series.
In Game 2 last Sunday afternoon at the PRC, two third-period goals lifted the Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms to a 4-2 victory over the Saugeen Shores Storm. The Rock win tied the best-of-five OMHA final at one game apiece.
The pivotal third game is this Saturday in Port Elgin at 1:15 p.m, with Game 4 back at the PRC on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
St. Marys 4 – Saugeen Shores 2
In Game 2 Sunday, Simon Greig’s second goal of the contest–at 1:21 of the third period–snapped a 2-2 tie and it proved to be the game winner. It came on a 2-on-1 break. The Rock was quick to strike again as Grier Mahoney tacked on an insurance marker just seven seconds later.
Sean Porter’s squad got off to the fast start they were looking for. Greig scored in the game’s opening minute and Sam Johnson made it 2-0 midway through the first period.
The Storm wouldn’t go quietly, however, as the visitors scored late in the opening frame and then tied it in the first minute of the second period.
Greig, Johnson, Mahoney, Jonah Lariviere, captain Ty Wheeler and defenceman Connor Hall all finished the game with two points for St. Marys.
The net win went to Isaac Cousineau.
Coach Porter said the momentum gained from the last two periods in the series opener carried over to Game 2 Sunday.
“We know that their goalie (Tyler Little) is going to keep them in this series, so we really made a point of getting in front of him,” he explained. “We know he’s a good goalie, and we have to get traffic in front of him.
“We have to be first on the puck in their end, and keep the play in their end. If we do that, I think we’ll be fine.”
Saugeen Shores 3 – St. Marys 1
In the series opener Saturday in Port Elgin, the Dunny’s Atoms fell behind 2-0 early in the contest and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Storm.
Saugeen Shores scored in the first minute and built their 2-0 advantage by the seven-minute mark of the first period. After a scoreless second period, the home team made it 3-0 with just under six minutes left in the third.
With goalie Trevor Aarts on the bench for a sixth attacker, Connor Wheeler scored for the Rock in the final minute of the game.
Emmett Jackson had a goal and two assists for the Storm.
The St. Marys coaches report that Saugeen Shores has a strong goaltender as the Dunny’s squad out-shot the Storm two to one in Game 1.
“We dictated the play in the second and third periods,” coach Porter said. “We hadn’t beat that goalie before, and our goal was to get one past him.”