The Frayne Custom Cabinets Bantams skated to a pair of 1-1 ties and also suffered a late 1-0 defeat in their three round-robin games this past weekend.
However, they finished third in their four-team pool and didn’t qualify for Sunday’s Bantam final.
Twenty-one teams, in three age divisions, competed in the annual Additional-Entry boys tournament, hosted by St. Marys Minor Hockey Association at the Pyramid Rec. Centre.
There were five teams in the Atom Division, and eight in both the Peewee and Bantam age categories. The Peewee and Bantam teams were divided into two pools. Both ice pads at the PRC were used to accommodate the 41 games.
The Frayne Bantams started the weekend with a 1-1 tie against Stratford Crabby Joe’s Warriors on Friday afternoon.
Stratford jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, cashing in on a powerplay. Parker Wamboldt was the goal-getter.
The Frayne crew had a five-minute powerplay opportunity later in the period, and then held a 5-on-3 advantage, but couldn’t capitalize. The Rock finally tied it midway through the second when Jake Watt connected with a high shot from the slot. Hayden Moore assisted.
Neither side could produce the go-ahead goal, and the game ended in a draw.
There were a couple of game ejections, including a major, for hitting-from-behind infractions.
In their second round-robin game Saturday afternoon against Mt. Brydges, the Frayne Bantams dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Cougars.
It was a goaltenders’ battle for two periods, and the score was still deadlocked 0-0 going into the final 15 minutes.
Finally, Mt. Brydges scored the winner, shorthanded, converting a centring pass in front of the net with just 2:45 left on the clock.
With goalie Kayden Buck on the bench for an extra attacker, the Rock had a great chance at the buzzer, but the puck stayed out. Buck was a standout the entire game for St. Marys, making several difficult saves and keeping his team in the game.
“The guys worked hard, and we’re seeing some improvement every game,” coach Boyes said. “We gave it 110 per cent at the end of the game, which was good to see. But we still have some things to work on.”
In their final round-robin game Saturday afternoon, the Frayne Bantams skated to a 1-1 tie against Midland.
Both goals were scored in the first period. Sam Thorup was the St. Marys marksman from Jake Watt.
Midland—likely the team which travelled the farthest—finished first in its four-team pool and met Strathroy in Sunday afternoon’s championship game. Strathroy went undefeated, doubling Midland 4-2 in the final.
HBC Peewees go 0-3
The Home Building Centre Peewees were also involved in three close games on the weekend, but failed to post a win in the St. Marys A-E tournament.
Ken Williams’ squad started their weekend with a 4-0 loss to St. Thomas Friday afternoon.
Stars built period leads of 1-0 and 2-0, and then tacked on two insurance goals in the third.
In their second game Saturday morning, the HBC Peewees lost 6-2 to Hespeler.
It was close for two periods, with Hespeler leading 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after two. However, three unanswered Hespeler goals in the third sealed St. Marys’ fate.
Dylan Gosselin and Hayden Iredale scored for the Rock, with assists to Alex Zulu and Jayden Aylward. Colton Cameron scored twice for Hespeler.
In their third and final game Saturday afternoon, the HBC Peewees lost 3-1 to West London.
The London team, which led 2-1 going into the third, scored a goal in each period. Dylan Gosselin scored the lone St. Marys goal from Nick Edgar.
Strathroy Peewees rolled to three straight shutout wins in round-robin play, but lost 5-2 to St. Thomas in Sunday’s Peewee final.
•The three A-E division sponsors were: McCann Paving Inc. (Atom), Norampac (Peewee), and United Steelworkers, Local 9235 (Bantam).
•Patty Drinkwalter did another fine job as tournament convener.