St. Marys A-E teams earn trip to International event in Pelham in January
By Pat Payton
COLLINGWOOD – Two St. Marys minor hockey Additional-Entry teams can look forward to the excitement of competing at the 2020 International Silver Stick tournament in Pelham the second weekend in January.
The Home Building Centre A-E Peewees and the Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams both won their divisions here at the Regional Silver Stick tournament this past weekend.
The story of the HBC Peewees was outstanding team defensive play. Reg Clinton’s squad scored 15 goals in the tournament, but allowed just five–an average of just one goal a game.
In Sunday’s final at Eddie Bush Memorial, the HBC Peewees capped off a strong weekend with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Collingwood Blackhawks No. 3 squad — a team they tied 2-2 earlier in the tournament.
“The boys played real sound defensively,” coach Clinton reported from Collingwood. “The key was that everybody played their positions really well . . . playing defensively as a team. Puck possession was equally as slanted. We had the puck a lot in some of our games.”
Connor Wheeler paced the St. Marys offence with two goals, while the singles went to Jonah Lariviere, Simon Greig and Grier Mahoney. Goalie Isaac Cousineau picked up his third win of the tournament.
“We played our best game of the tournament, and I’m not so sure Collingwood did,” Clinton continued. “We were definitely at our best (Sunday). Everybody was on board today.”
Earn first place in their pool
The HBC Peewees, meanwhile, surrendered only three goals against in three preliminary games at Silver Stick. They started the tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Lindsay Muskies early Friday afternoon. Jonah Lariviere, Finn Wright, Connor Wheeler and Andre Mollet scored for St. Marys, with Isaac Cousineau picking up the net win.
“We dominated that game; they didn’t have many shots on net,” coach Clinton said. “We had the play in their end for most of the game. The Lindsay goalie made some good saves.”
In their second game late Friday afternoon, the HBC Rock skated to a 2-2 tie with the Collingwood No. 3 team. Blackhawks tied the score with a breakaway goal midway through the third period. Goal-scorers for St. Marys were Simon Greig and Sam Johnson, with Trevor Aarts going the distance in net.
“We played strong against Collingwood, but just ran out of gas,” Clinton said. “The boys did well to grind their way through it. We had a couple of good chances at the end, and could have pulled out the win.”
The HBC squad completed round-robin play Saturday morning with a game against Shamrock rival Dorchester Dragons. A 1-0 win gave St. Marys first-place in Pool ‘A’ with five points.
An early first-period goal by Simon Greig stood up as the winner. Both teams had a goal disallowed later in the game. Isaac Cousineau notched the shutout.
Coach Clinton said the Rock played an “awesome” team defensive game. “The boys played really well, and Cousy shut them out whenever Dorchester got a chance,” he said.
In their semi-final game, the HBC Peewees advanced to Sunday’s final with a 3-1 victory over Penetang Flames in a physical contest Saturday afternoon. Scoring for St. Marys were Jonah Lariviere, Finn Wright and Sam Johnson, with Trevor Aarts earning the net win.
Collingwood defeated Saugeen Shores 5-1 in the other Peewee semi-final.
Just one loss for Frayne Bantams
The Frayne Bantams started their Silver Stick weekend with a loss, but it would be their only defeat of the tournament.
In Sunday afternoon’s division final at Eddie Bush Memorial, Gord Cookson’s squad defeated the Elmvale Coyotes 4-1. Goals by Jake Grant and Lucas McCurdy gave the Rock a 2-1 lead, and then empty-net tallies by Jaxon Fifield and McCurdy clinched the victory. Goalie Josh Ballantyne also played well for St. Marys.
“We played good, hard hockey,” coach Cookson said. “We stuck to our systems, and we pressured hard, and we didn’t give the other team an inch. I’m very proud of the boys.”
The Frayne Bantams opened Silver Stick against the Penetang Flames Friday morning and dropped a 4-2 decision. In their second game Friday afternoon, the Bantam Rock were full value for a 5-0 victory over Elmvale. Ezra Bender recorded the shutout.
The Frayne Bantams completed round-robin play with a game against Collingwood Blackhawks Saturday morning. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie.
In the semi-finals late Saturday afternoon at the Central Park Arena, Cookson and company faced Penetang once again. This time, the result was different as the Frayne squad emerged with a 1-0 victory. Ballantyne earned the shutout.
In the other semi-final, Elmvale blanked Collingwood 2-0.
Dunny’s Atoms reach semi-finals
The Dunny’s Sports A-E Atoms also competed in Collingwood this past weekend. They began their Silver Stick tournament with a 4-1 loss to Lindsay Muskies early Friday afternoon.
Jamie Matheson’s Rock played the Collingwood Blackhawks No. 4 squad in their second start late Friday afternoon and earned a 2-2 tie.
The Dunny’s Atoms completed round-robin play with a game against Bradford Bulldogs Saturday morning. A 5-0 victory gave St. Marys a 1-1-1 record and second place in Pool ‘B’ with three points. Parker Levy’s shutout and “a balanced scoring attack” were game highlights, coach Matheson reported. “It was a really good team effort.”
In the semi-finals Saturday afternoon, the Atom Rock were eliminated after losing 2-0 to the Collingwood Blackhawks No. 3 squad. The score was deadlocked 0-0 going into the third period. “The Collingwood team just had a little more endurance at the end,” Matheson noted. Levy was named player-of-the-game for St. Marys.
Lindsay defeated the Collingwood No. 3 squad 5-1 in Sunday’s final.
Note: This weekend, Nov. 22-24, the Legion A-E Midgets will be competing in their Regional Silver Stick tournament in Exeter.