Team loses Game 3 on home ice 3-2 in OT
By Pat Payton
The Legion Minor Midgets went out with a fight last Wednesday night at the PRC.
Trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five OMHA ‘BB’ final to Lincoln Blades, and down 2-0 going into the third period, Robb McIntosh’s squad battled back to tie it 2-2 and force overtime. However, just over two minutes into the extra session, Blades began celebrating after scoring the game winner. The puck appeared to hit the middle post in the back of the net and then quickly came straight out.
“It happened pretty quickly, and it was a hard shot,” coach McIntosh said.
McIntosh said he was proud of his team’s effort in Game 3, describing it as “probably our best game” of the series.
“We just kept getting better as the game went on,” he said. “We started a little slow, but once we got rolling we were right there with them again.
“The tough part is getting that close to an OMHA championship and not getting the whole way. I’m pretty proud of the boys for the way they came together. We made no cuts this year; we had 15 skaters and two goalies. We took our 2003 group and went with it.
“The boys all bought in and worked hard all year. It really came together for us after Christmas. It was a lot of fun for me and the coaching staff watching the improvement and the fun the guys had playing.”
Blades came out and took the play to St. Marys early, and were rewarded with a goal by Joe Aceti at 4:02 of the first period. The Rock had a couple of powerplay chances in the opening frame, but couldn’t capitalize. A fortunate bounce helped Aceti put Lincoln up 2-0 at 3:18 of the middle frame, while the teams were playing four aside.
“You have to give Lincoln credit, when they got the breaks they put them in the back of the net,” McIntosh said.
Two for Boyd in third
The Rock finally solved Blades’ goalie Jason Thomas on a powerplay at 2:21 of the third. Jacob Boyd was the marksman from defenceman Scott McClelland and captain Nathan Reay. With just over six minutes remaining, Boyd’s tip-in tied it 2-2 with McClelland and Reay again drawing the assists.
Lincoln centre Coby Earley fired the winner at 2:19 of OT. For the Blades’ captain, it was his fourth goal of the series.
“We made them work for it,” summed up John Hodkinson, Legion Midgets’ trainer and team manager.
Note: The Legion Minor Midgets used defenceman Mason Boonstra and forward Ethan Froggett, affiliate players from the ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams, in all three games in the OMHA final.