PORT ELGIN - Early Saturday morning, the Firefighter 'BB' Peewees travelled to Saugeen Shores (Southampton, Port Elgin) to participate in a tournament against teams from Strathroy, Kincardine, Fergus, Owen Sound and Saugeen Shores.
The first game, against Fergus Saturday afternoon in Port Elgin, was a bit of a warm-up for the team, who out-shot their opponents by a whopping 36-3. Goaltender Calvin Edye didn't get a single shot until 4:33 of the second period.
Andrew Davis opened the scoring with 1:06 left to play in the first period. After his first shot was denied, Davis stood his ground at the side of the net long enough to bury a second attempt.
Brady Wiffen, Scott Coghlin and Kevin Bilyea finished the scoring in a 4-1 romp, with assists going to Brendan Near, David Sproat and Calvin Penney.
St. Marys 3
Saugeen Shores 2
Game 2 was also played in Port Elgin, later Saturday afternoon, against the host Saugeen Shores Storm.
Firefighters let up a bit in this game, but still managed to come out on top by a 3-2 result.
Saugeen opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game, but St. Marys tied it three minutes later when Travis McEwan, cruising behind the net, calmly came out front and tucked it in the shortside.
Andrew Davis took advantage of an unnecessary save for St. Marys' second goal, pouncing on a puck which the goalie should've allowed to travel into the corner. Lesson learned.
Early in the third period, with the score knotted 2-2 and the tournament up for grabs, Chad Petrie and Calvin Penney went to work. With St. Marys on a powerplay, Penney took advantage of the 'no centerline rule' and broke for the far blue line.
Petrie spotted him and sent a pass which arrived just as Penney's stick touched the blue line. Cruising in on net it looked as though Penney was teeing up a big wrist shot.
However, a wobbly puck made him change his plans so he calmly deked to the right and tucked it behind the goalie for what proved to be the winning goal. Shots on net were 23 apiece.
St. Marys 5
The first game Sunday was another romp for the powerful Firefighter offence, and it was a little on the chippy side as well.
St. Marys out-shot Kincardine 21-11 in this one, with only four shots being counted in the third period.
Calvin Edye saw a little more action in this game. He didn't get any shots in the first period, but turned aside 11 second and third-period shots in the 5-1 victory.
The highlight of the game was Neil Van De Walle's goal. After being hauled down, and the referee indicating a delayed penalty (perhaps a penalty shot?), the hard-nosed forward took matters into his own hands, firing a shot over the goalie while laying flat on his stomach.
St. Marys 1
With a record of 3-0, the Firefighters took to the ice Sunday afternoon for the championship game needing only another victory over Strathroy, who they'd beaten handily in Shamrock League play earlier in the week. (Calvin Penney recorded a hat trick in that 6-1 victory)!
However, the Strathroy Peewee team they met Sunday afternoon was not the same team they'd beaten five days earlier.
In a hard-fought game which could've been won by either team, St. Marys scored the only goal at 7:44 of the second period. Calvin Penney's centering pass from behind the net sat near the goal line. Kevin Bilyea was all tangled up in the crease, battling to hold his position when he spotted the loose puck and batted it over the goal line.
Not the nicest goal these two have combined on, but the team was happy to have it. Shutout for goalie Brett O'Drowsky and a great championship for the team.
Note- In their four weekend games, the Firefighter Peewees allowed just four goals against--which quite likely made bench boss Glenn Coghlin and his coaching staff quite happy.