Firefighter Peewees earn 1-1 tie in Strathroy with just 10 skaters
By Pat Payton
LUCAN – Forwards Ben Ewing and Harper Murrell fired two goals apiece as the Golf and Country Club ‘BB’ Atoms outlasted the home-town Irish 6-5 here Saturday afternoon.
It was a must win for Dan Murrell’s squad, who evened their Shamrock semi-final series record at 1-1. Lambton Shores Predators are the other team involved in the three-team round-robin.
The singles came off the sticks of Donovan McGregor and Cody King, while Nolan Stewart went the distance to record the net win.
The Rock struck quickly, building a 3-0 cushion four minutes into the contest. Lucan closed the gap to 3-1 with a goal in the final second of the first period, and then scored again just 15 seconds into the middle frame. St. Marys pulled away again with two more goals before the end of the period to make it 5-2.
The Irish stayed alive with two more goals in the third, before the visitors connected again to make it 6-4. Lucan completed the scoring with about five minutes remaining.
“We’re controlling our own destiny,” coach Murrell said following the game. “If we can win the next two, I think we’ll have a good shot at moving on, but we have to take it one game at a time.”
The G&CC Atoms host the Irish on Wednesday of this week at 6 p.m., and then travel to Lambton Shores Sunday.
Firefighter Peewees get tie in Strathroy
On Saturday afternoon, with just 10 skaters, the Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees travelled to Strathroy and battled the Jr. Rockets to a 1-1 tie.
The top two teams in the three-team, semi-final round-robin series advance to the Shamrock League final. The other team involved is Mt. Brydges Cougars.
After Jared Ballantyne gave the Firefighters a 1-0 lead, Strathroy pulled its goalie for an extra attacker and scored the tying goal in the final minute of play.
Overall, the Jr. Rockets out-shot St. Marys 24-7. Goalie Cyler Pickering went the distance for the Rock.
“We had a short line-up with just 10 skaters (one injury and one suspension),” manager Marty Thomson reported. “We played the game with just three defencemen, but we played hard.”
Firefighters played in Mt. Brydges on Monday, before hosting Strathroy Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.