‘BB’ teams collects four shutout wins in Rep. tournament victory
By Pat Payton
HUNTSVILLE – It was a weekend to remember for goalie Julian Walsh and his St. Marys Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atom teammates here at the Huntsville Atom tournament on the weekend of Nov. 9-11.
Reg Clinton’s charges won all five of their games, including four by shutout victories, en route to winning the Rep. tournament. In their five games, the G&CC Atoms out-scored their opposition 26-2 and Walsh posted shutouts in four of the games.
“It was mostly team defence,” coach Clinton replied when asked why his team allowed such few goals in the tourney. “The forwards were coming back and helping out defensively and we got good goaltending when we needed it. When we did have any breakdowns, Julian was right there. He made some really big timely saves.”
The Atom Rock opened the tourney with a convincing 9-0 victory over the Englehart Express (from the Timiskaming District) in their opener Friday afternoon.
Pacing a well-balanced scoring attack were Simon Greig, Finn Wright and Sam Johnson, with two goals apiece. The singles came off the sticks of Ty Wheeler, Brody Higham and Jared Ballantyne. Chipping in two assists each were Evan Ballantyne, Myles Clinton, Owen Dittmer, Danny Switzer and Nathan Wolfkamp.
St. Marys built period leads of 2-0 and 6-0. Two of their second-period goals came just six seconds apart. Walsh picked up the shutout.
Defeat ‘A’ team
In their second game Saturday morning, the G&CC Atoms emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over North Durham Warriors, an ‘A’ team.
Brody Higham’s late third-period goal was the game winner. Simon Greig and Sam Johnson scored the other St. Marys goals. The teams entered the final period deadlocked 2-2.
The Atoms kept rolling late Saturday afternoon, and knocked off Waterford Wildcats 6-0 to improve their round-robin record to 3-0.
The Rock built period leads of 1-0 and 4-0. Sharing the scoring were Sam Johnson, Finn Wright, Ty Wheeler, Jared Ballantyne, Myles Clinton and Simon Greig.
In the semi-finals Sunday morning, the G&CC squad broke it open late in a 6-0 win over Midland Centennials, a long-time OMHA opponent.
Evan Ballantyne and Connor Wheeler each fired a pair of goals for St. Marys, with Simon Greig and Jared Ballantyne adding the singles.
It was 2-0 for the Rock heading into the final 15 minutes.
Close final game
The championship game was another close contest, that was eventually decided in the final frame.
Third-period goals by Danny Switzer and Evan Ballantyne lifted the G&CC Atoms to a gritty 2-0 victory over the Porcupine Jr. Gold Kings from Timmins. Walsh recorded his third straight shutout in the win.
Coach Clinton noted that all three lines contributed to the scoring.
“We scored all kinds of different goals in the tournament,” he said. “We got dirty goals, we got pretty goals, and goals from good plays and good breakouts out of our own end.”
Clinton and his team now have their sights sets on the Regional Silver Stick tournament in Pelham, Dec. 27-29.
Note: Special mention. Atoms’ parent rep. Paul Taylor was reported to be “really excited” after the team won the recent Huntsville tournament.