Twenty-three teams compete in SMMHA event at PRC on the weekend
By Pat Payton
Four different centres won the four age divisions this past weekend as St. Marys Minor Hockey Association held its annual Local League tournament at the PRC.
A total of 23 teams competed in the SMMHA’s 2nd annual tournament. Altogether, five St. Marys Local League teams competed in the 44-game, three-day event. Four of the Rock teams played in semi-final games Sunday morning, but none advanced to the championship games in the afternoon.
In the Atom final, Dorchester No. 1 defeated Dorchester No. 3 by a 2-0 margin.
Mt. Brydges won the Peewee final, edging Dorchester 4-3.
In the Bantam final, an empty-net goal finally sealed a 3-1 victory for Paris over Lambeth.
It was all Mooretown in the Midget final as the Jr. Flags defeated Paris 5-1 after building a 4-0 lead.
St. Marys summaries
The following are summaries for the two St. Marys Peewee teams and the Bantam team.
The Adanac Images Peewees kicked off their tournament with a 5-3 victory over Burford Friday night.
Colton Hawkins led the charge for St. Marys with a hat trick, including two in the third period. The singles came off the sticks of Nathan MacDonald and Isaac Zurbrigg. The Rock carried a 3-1 lead into the final frame.
On Saturday morning, the Adanac Peewees improved to 2-0 with a 6-2 win over Georgian Shores (Meaford). Hawkins again sparked the St. Marys offence with a hat trick, while Nathan MacDonald, Isaac Zurbrigg and Brier Frayne added the single tallies.
In their third game Saturday afternoon, Scott Clark’s Adanac squad lost 5-3 to Mt. Brydges, but still earned a playoff berth the following morning. Scoring for St. Marys were Owen Maxwell, Colton Hawkins and Isaac Zurbrigg.
The Adanac Images Peewees were ousted Sunday morning in the semi-finals after losing 3-0 to Dorchester.
The Stonetown Foodland Peewees had a rough start to the weekend, losing their opening game 9-2 to Mt. Brydges Friday afternoon. Gavin Mills scored both St. Marys goals.
In their second outing early Saturday morning, the Foodland Peewees lost 6-2 to Dorchester to fall to 0-2. George Payne and Nolan Keene scored for the Rock.
Chris Brown’s Peewees, however, secured a playoff spot with an 8-3 win over Georgian Shores in their third game Saturday afternoon.
Nathan Martens paced the Rock offence with a hat trick. Willem DeWit and Gavin Mills added two goals apiece, with Aayden Ragoo getting the single.
The Foodland Peewees were sidelined Sunday morning in the semi-finals when they dropped a 4-2 decision to Mt. Brydges. The Cougars’ goalie was outstanding and St. Mays also hit three goal posts. George Payne scored one of the Rock goals and assisted on the other by Willem DeWit.
Bantams have good start
The Ashton Tire Bantams got their weekend off to a great start with a 3-0 victory over Tillsonburg Saturday morning.
St. Marys jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead, and goalie Ezra Bender turned aside all Tillsonburg shots. Scoring for the Tiremen were Wil Boreham, Colby Older and Cooper Morning.
Late Saturday afternoon, the Ashton Tire Bantams fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to go in front 5-4. However, Lambeth scored the game’s final two goals to claim a 6-5 win. It was an exciting, back-and-forth game for the fans.
Colby Older scored twice for Don Gibson’s squad, while the singles went to affiliate player Willem DeWit, Wil Boreham and Michael Boonstra. Tim Neufeld contributed two assists.
Goalie Ezra Bender was pulled for a sixth attacker with 55 seconds remaining and the Rock had a couple of late chances, but couldn’t tie it up.
A good tournament for the Ashton Bantams came to an end Sunday morning when they lost 4-2 to Paris. Colby Older, who had a strong tournament, scored both Rock goals.
Paris, which scored two third-period goals to snap a 2-2 tie, advanced to the final against Lambeth.