Stratford Motor Products Minor Midgets have their back to the wall after a 3-2 loss to Hamilton Monday night at the Allman Arena.
With 0.3 seconds left in sudden-death overtime, Hamilton’s Joshua Levey flipped the puck over Warriors’ netminder Darren Robinson to add two points in the six-point series. Huskies now lead the Tribe 4-2 in points.
Dillon Ossendryver and Evan Metelski scored for Stratford.
Goaltender Darren Robinson was a standout as he kept Warriors in it all the way, kicking out 38 shots.
The Midgets and Hamilton Huskies played Game 2 in the Bristol ‘A’ championship and settled for another draw. On Saturday night in Hamilton, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie.
Hamilton’s Quinn Goff scored a powerplay goal at 4:37 of the second period, but Brandon Taylor replied just over five minutes later with an assist from Randy Wouters.
Shortly after, Warriors lost goaltender Owen West after a collision with the Huskies’ Parker Watson. Darren Robinson came in for the Tribe and held off the home team the rest of the way as did Christian Mattina for Hamilton.
The Midgets skated to a 3-3 tie in the opening game of the final last Wednesday at the Allman.
The line of Josh Hill, Wyatt Lansdell and captain Liam Kelly accounted for two of the Warriors’ goals. Josh Hill scored twice and Evan Metelski scored once.
Stratford, which let an early 2-0 lead slip away, fired 38 shots at Hamilton goalie Wyatt Croucher. Darren Robinson stopped 27 shots for the Warriors.
Huskies tied the score 3-3 with a powerplay goal with 6:28 left in the third. A five-minute sudden victory overtime saw some wide open play with five shots for each team, but no goals.
Peewees advance to league final
A tie was all that was required for Nes Tech Minor Peewee MD Warriors to advance to the West Alliance final, and they did just that, with a scoreless tie against London Nationals last Wednesday night in London.
Warriors’ goaltender Jarod Fleming was the difference in the game, making several big saves, including one on a penalty shot.
Warriors take the series four points to two in three games, which all went to overtime, and will now face Sarnia for the league championship.
A late goal, with 33 seconds remaining, wrestled victory and a series win from Stratford as the team tied London Nationals 2-2 in the four-point West Division semi-final last Tuesday night at the Rotary Complex.
Warriors trailed 1-0 going into the third, but Atom call-up Scott Thornton scored early in the frame--pulling Stratford even. Austin Taylor assisted.
Late in the third, Kolton Debus put Stratford ahead 2-1, with assists going to Andrew Ivey and Kobe Robinson.
Both teams created little offence in the five-minute, sudden-death overtime that went scoreless.