WATERLOO – The Cherrey Bus Lines Minor Bantam Rep. Warriors went 5-1 in capturing the Waterloo Memorial tournament here this past weekend.
Warriors defeated Hespeler Shamrocks 8-0, then lost a close one 6-5 to Humberview Huskies, but battled back to defeat Milton Winterhawks 5-2 and St. Catharines Warriors 5-0 in round-robin action.
Their strong goals-for, goals-against percentage was good enough advance. Warriors then came back from a 2-0 deficit in the semi-finals to defeat the host Waterloo Wolves Gold team 3-2 in overtime, thanks to a powerplay goal by Brayden Carnegie.
In the championship game, Warriors bounced back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Woodstock Navy-Vets 5-2.
Both goaltenders played very well in the tournament, each recording a shutout. Dan Pacheco went 3-0 and Jeremy Hill went 2-1 and added an assist in the final game.
The Stratford offence was sparked by Jacob McPhee with 11 points, Sam Turner with 10 points, and Brayden Carnegie with eight points, including a hat trick in the championship game.
On defence, Jacob Taylor and Sam Wyatt each had four points.
Minor Atom Warriors win 4-0
Holloway Automotive Minor Atom Warriors took it to North London Nationals Sunday 4-0, with two goals from Cole Lewis leading the way.
The first Lewis goal came in the opening minute, with assists from Hudson Flood and Nole Mussleman. Aubrey Carter assisted on the second goal, then added the third goal off a face-off in the Nationals’ end.
Warriors fought hard with many chances, then a fourth goal by Chadd Langlands sealed the victory. Assists went to Flood and Danny Scott.
A strong debut on defence by Sam Bolger, and Owen Davey putting up a wall and recording the shutout.
Hishons Novices gain 4-4 tie
Hishons Custom Tier 1 Novice Warriors played London Bandits on Saturday afternoon. The game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Jonas Schmidt scored two goals and Ethan Martin and Daniel Van Straaten each had one. Van Straaten got the lone assist. Wesley Duiker played well defensively.
On Sunday, the Hishons Novices lost 4-0 to Oakridge Aeros.
Gould nets hat trick for Novices
The Neumeister Motors Ltd Tier 2 Novice Warriors fell to the North London Nationals on Saturday by a score of 6-3.
Warriors contributed offensively with plenty of shots against the visiting Nationals.
Jared Gould chalked up a hat trick for Stratford, with assists coming from Zach Richardson and Luke Heisz.
Tier III Novices earn tie
Stratford’s Hockey Training Above Tier III Novices travelled to London on Sunday, where they played one of their best games of the season against Oakridge Aeros Minor.
After some solid work on both offence and defence, the final result was a 5-5 tie. Isaac Nickel recorded a hat trick and Gabe Emms potted two goals.
Owen Gaylor had two assists, while Eric Haynes, Jesse Merkel and Brett Knechtel each had one. Jeremy Dakin-Brown and Josh Duiker gave strong performances in net.
Minor Peewees earn road tie
Stratford Royal Lepage Hiller Realty Minor Peewee Warriors travelled to London Saturday afternoon to face Oakridge Aeros, where they battled to a 3-3 tie.
Jared Lesouder opened the scoring on a powerplay with two minutes to play in the first period, working a nice give-and-go down low with Mitch LaFay and bulging the twine with a hard wrist shot.
Oakridge tied the score shorthanded early in the second period capitalizing on a Stratford turnover, but Mason Petrie put his team ahead by one again three minutes later taking a nice feed from Adam Windsor and firing home a low drive.
Aeros came back with their second goal late in the second period before Petrie hooked up with Windsor again, taking a pass just inside the Oakridge zone and beating the goalie with a nice backhand shot.
Oakridge battled back for a third time, scoring the tying goal on a powerplay and threatened to win when they were awarded two more man-advantage opportunities in the last six minutes, but the resilient Warriors dug in and killed both penalties.
Warriors look forward to the upcoming tournament in Guelph this weekend.
Minor Peewee MDs drop pair
Stratford Nes-Tech Warriors dropped a pair of Minor Peewee MD games last week to watch their winless streak extend to nine games.
Warriors lost 7-0 to a strong London Bandits Black team, but bounced back with one of their strongest efforts of the season in a 4-0 loss to West London Hawks in Alliance West action last Wednesday evening in London.
Matthew Whittemore, playing on a new line with Garrett Culliton and Tyler Gibb, rang the post twice in the first period, however, the game remained scoreless.
Goaltender Cieran Diebolt made several stellar saves before the Hawks were finally able to beat him on a goal-mouth scramble early in the second period.
Scotty Thornton, playing his first game at the centre position, turned in a solid performance, while Braeden White and Riley Mathieson turned in strong defensive games.
The Nes-Tech Minor Peewees battled rival Sarnia Sting at home Sunday and came out on the losing end of a 4-2 score.
Warriors’ goalie Ezra Lee made several great saves throughout the game to give his team a chance to win, aided by solid defensive play by Riley Mathieson, Keegan McArthur and Brady Roth.
Stratford penalty killers managed to out-score the Sting powerplay with Connor Hill and Scotty Thornton both scoring shorthanded goals on outstanding solo efforts. The final score was in doubt right up until the last minute when Sarnia potted an empty-netter.
The loss dropped Warriors eight points behind the Sting in the race for the playoffs.
Dunny’s Atom MDs battle hard
Dunny's Source for Sports Atom MD Warriors battled hard, but came up short in two recent home games.
On Saturday, the Atom Warriors started slowly against a strong London Bandits Black squad and saw themselves down early.
They found their legs in the third period and out-played London down the stretch, but were unable to overcome the deficit.
Sam Gerber scored for the Warriors from Ethan Boersma and Mitchell Leitch. Matthew Trachsel and Cameron Hahn played strong games defensively, while Colin Wickenheiser stood
tall between the pipes under a barrage of shots.
On Sunday, the Dunny’s Atoms put forth their best effort of the season against the feared Oakridge Aeros.
The Tribe carried the play early on, but two questionable penalty calls, which both led to powerplay goals, had the Warriors down 2-0 after one period.
Midway through the second, Nick McCabe banged in a rebound to cut the lead in half. Oakridge replied with another powerplay marker late in the frame and carried a 3-1 lead into the third.
Warriors came out strong in the final period and had several great scoring chances denied by the Aeros’ goaltender. Maddox Keller was finally able to poke one into the Oakridge net to draw Warriors close with nine minutes remaining, but a late surge by Aeros went unmatched by the gritty Warriors and they eventually fell 7-2.
Warriors’ assists went to Corey Van Nes, Liam Flanagan, James Koch and Nathan Cardoso.
Winger Jacob Bossence was a force at both ends of the ice and blue-liners Jackson Nickel, Owen Akey and Ethan Skinner were solid defensively. Brock Barclay played well in net.
Peewee MDs lose in London
Stratford Best Western-The Parlour Warriors lost for the second time in the last three games, 5-1 to the North London Nationals in Peewee MD play Sunday afternoon in London.
Warriors came out lifeless and were completely out-played by the Nats, who out-shot Stratford 44-9. If not for the efforts of netminder Paul Bennett, the outcome would have been much worse for the 8-4-1 Warriors.
Marcus Nicholson scored for Stratford.