Hubbard Midgets split pair with Huron Heat in OWHA playoffs
By Pat Payton
A first-period goal by ABS Tracs Bantams centre Ava Ansley stood up as the game winner in a 1-0 victory over the Tillsonburg Lightning last Monday, Feb. 24 at the PRC.
Ansley beat the Tillsonburg goalie with a nice wrist shot to the top corner.
The Lightning put up a good fight all night, forcing St. Mays goalie Gracie Hillman to make several quality saves. The visitors pushed for the tying goal in the final 90 seconds, and Hillman made a huge breakaway stop with just 32 seconds left on the clock to preserve her shutout.
The win improves the ABS Bantam girls’ playoff record to 3-0-2 in the three-team, OWHA ‘C’ round-robin playoff series. St. Marys hosts the Huron Heat on Monday, March 9 at 7:45 p.m.
Hubbard Midgets split pair with Heat
The Hubbard Pharmacy Midget girls recently split a pair of OWHA playoff games with the Huron Heat. Along with the Stratford Aces, the three teams are playing a round-robin series to determine which team advances to the provincials next month.
In the first game between the two teams Feb. 23 at the PRC, the Hubbard Midgets blanked the Heat 3-0. Abbie Kennedy, Ally Muir and Julia Cameron, into an empty net, scored for St. Marys. Goalie Kayley Thompson earned the shutout.
This past Saturday afternoon in Seaforth, a powerplay goal early in the third period lifted the Heat to a 1-0 victory. The goal came with just four seconds left in a Rock penalty.
“It was close and we had our chances,” coach Bill McPhail reported. “We’ve got our work cut out for us now.”
The Hubbard squad is now playing a home-and-home series with the Aces. The first game was March 2 in Stratford. The return match is Sunday, March 8 at the PRC at 7 p.m.
“We’ll have to win one, maybe two, to qualify for provincials,” McPhail noted. “Only the top team goes on.”