Declan McCotter sparks Finnbilt Novices’ comeback win
By Pat Payton
WALLACEBURG – The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams moved into sole possession of second place with a 5-0 Shamrock League victory here Saturday night.
Brandon Boyd’s squad improved to 6-1 with the win. They have allowed only six goals against in seven league games to date. Their only SHL loss to date has been to the Jr. Rockets, dropping a 1-0 decision in Strathroy. Everyone is chasing Strathroy (8-0) in the Bantam Central division.
In Saturday’s road win, forward Keegan Nethercott fired a pair of goals for the ANAF crew, while the singles came off the sticks of Kirk Boreham, Kaleb Schalk and defenceman Mason Boonstra. Schalk also earned a pair of assists for a three-point night.
St. Marys led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after two. Nic Kiestra picked up the shutout.
Last Wednesday night, the ANAF Bantams handed Mooretown only its second loss as they defeated the Jr. Flags 3-1 at the PRC.
The game was deadlocked 1-1 going into the final 15 minutes, and third-period goals by Kaleb Schalk and Porter Aitken lifted the ANAF Rock to the win.
Maurice Kiestra scored the other St. Marys goal in the second period, and Ben Richardson contributed two assists. The net win went to Nic Kiestra.
The two teams combined for 24 penalty minutes. Mooretown slipped to 4-2-2 with the loss.
Boyd and company travel to Alvinston this Friday, Nov. 2 to meet East Lambton Eagles at 7 p.m. The Bantams host Dorchester Dragons next Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Firefighters move into first
Last Wednesday, the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees moved into top spot in their Shamrock division with a convincing 7-2 victory over visiting Mooretown.
The win improved the Firefighters’ record to 6-0-1, good for 13 points in the SHL’s Peewee Central division.
The second-year line of Ryan Hodkinson, Peyton Lobb and Finn Stewart again powered the St. Marys offence. Lobb clicked for two goals, including the winner, and two assists, while captain Hodkinson contributed a goal and three assists. Stewart picked up a goal and two assists, giving the trio 11 points for the night.
Nate Schiedel added two goals and Griffin McGregor the other single, while Austin DeBoer chipped in two assists. Carter Froggett posted the net win.
Dwain Smith and company host Dorchester on Nov. 7 after competing in the Dan Bell Memorial tournament this weekend, Nov. 2-4, in Bracebridge/Gravenhurst.
McCotter sparks comeback
On Monday, Oct. 22, the Finnbilt ‘BB’ Novices skated to their first league win of the season–overcoming an early 4-2 deficit and posting a 5-4 SHL victory over the visiting Mooretown squad.
Declan McCotter sparked the St. Marys attack with three goals, and he also assisted on the game winner. Graeme Froud and Dan Dittmer both contributed a goal and two assists.
Dittmer’s goal, with just under five minutes to play, was the winner–snapping a 4-4 tie. Landon Lichti recorded the net win for Todd Dittmer’s squad.
The Finnbilt Novices entertain Dorchester on Monday, Nov. 5, starting at 6:45 p.m.
Frayne Bantams on a roll
Also on Oct. 22, the Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams skated to a 5-0 SHL victory over Lambeth Lancers at the PRC.
Leading the way for the Bantam Rock was forward Ian Boyd with a hat trick, while the singles came off the sticks of Cam Stapleton and Alex Slade. Earning the shutout was Kiefer MacNeil.
The teams combined for 28 penalty minutes in a game that saw St. Marys carry a 2-0 lead into the third period.
The Frayne squad, coached by Dale Switzer, hit the road this past weekend and skated to two one-goal victories.
On Friday night in Lambeth, second-period goals by Nathan Switzer and Lucas McCurdy carried the Rock to a 2-1 win over the Lancers. Jack Aarts earned the net win.
On Sunday in Mooretown, the Frayne Bantams emerged with a 3-2 decision over the home-town Jr. Flags. St. Marys goal-scorers were Jake Littlejohn, Ian Boyd and RJ Masse, with Kiefer MacNeil picking up the net win.
The Frayne Bantams currently sit in second place with a 6-2-1 record. The Rock travels to Mooretown this Saturday, before hosting Strathroy on Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m.
HBC Peewees win on the road
In a road game Oct. 22 at Ilderton, the Home Building Centre A-E Peewees emerged with a 1-0 win over the home-town Jets.
Jaxon Fifield’s goal midway through the third period stood up as the winner, and goalie Trevor Aarts picked up the shutout.
With the victory, Sean Porter’s squad improved their SHL record to 3-5-1. The team has back-to-back league road games this weekend in Petrolia and Mt. Brydges, with Regional Silver Stick quickly approaching later this month.