Captain Froggett scores twice in 3-0 road win at Mt. Brydges
By Pat Payton
MT. BRYDGES – The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams completed a well-deserved 3-0 sweep of their best-of-five, opening-round playoff series here last Monday night, Jan. 21.
A pair of first-period goals by captain Ethan Froggett sparked the ANAF crew to a 3-0 victory over the home-town Cougars. In the three-game sweep, St. Marys out-scored the physical Mt. Brydges team 9-1.
Froggett’s powerplay goal midway through the first period, from Kaleb Schalk, stood up as the game winner. With the teams playing four aside late in the period, Froggett added his second of the night. Schalk again assisted.
It stayed 2-0 until the final minute of the game when Aaron Vernooy beat a Cougars’ defender and tapped in an empty-net goal with just 40 seconds left on the clock. Froggett assisted for his third point of the contest.
Nic Kiestra picked up his second shutout of the series.
“Right out of the gate we took control, out-shooting them 11-4 in the first frame and capitalizing with the man advantage,” coach Brandon Boyd reported. “Previously, Mt. Brydges had intimidated us as their big players finished their checks, but the fear seemed to erode as we let our team play take over.
“Our defence limited their quality scoring chances once again as we out-shot them 31-17 total, and Kiestra’s rebound control continues to mitigate risk. We’ve found a level of consistency to our play that was previously lacking. The boys are ready for whoever comes next.”
The ANAF Bantams travelled to Strathroy Saturday afternoon to open a second-round series.
Jr. Rockets jumped out to a quick 3-0 first-period lead, but then had to hang on for a 4-3 victory as St. Marys twice pulled to within a goal in the third. Kaleb Schalk, Kirk Boreham and Ben Turner scored the ANAF goals, with Ethan Froggett drawing two assists.
Game 2 in the best-of-five set is Wednesday, Jan. 30 in St. Marys at 8:30 p.m. Game 3 is Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Strathroy at 7:45 p.m. Game 4 is the following night in St. Marys at 8:30 p.m.
Two ties for Dunny’s Atoms
The Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms battled their Mooretown counterparts to a pair of ties last week, leaving their OMHA playoff record at 0-1-2.
At Mooretown Saturday, both teams scored in the third period in a 1-1 tie. Donovan McGregor connected for St. Marys with 6:48 remaining to play from Nich Brintnell and Reid Taylor. Jr. Flags tied it with 3:28 left on the clock.
The Rock also played on Monday of this week, hosting Dorchester. Only one team advances from the three-team, round-robin format.
Last Monday, Jan. 21 at the PRC, the Dunny’s Atoms held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Mooretown.
Donovan McGregor and Harper Murrell scored the St. Marys goals. Jr. Flags tied the score early in the third. The Rock had a powerplay late in the game, but couldn’t produce the winner.
“We definitely needed the point tonight,” Rock coach Matt King said. “I thought we played well. We put some pressure on them, and limited the chances for their big skaters. We did a good job of keeping them to the outside; they didn’t get a lot of high-quality scoring chances.
“The next two games are both important for us,” King added.
Cement Midgets eliminated
The Cement Midgets were eliminated from OMHA playoffs last Monday, Jan. 21 when they dropped a 6-4 decision in Mt. Brydges. Cougars took the series in three straight games.
The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period, but Mt. Brydges took control by scoring the next four goals.
Captain Blake Boreham, Curtis Topp, Julien Boyer and Jacob Wiles scored for St. Marys, with Josh Mailloux chipping in two assists.
It proved to be the closest game of the series as Cougars out-scored the Cement men 18-5 in the three-game sweep.