SARNIA - Stratford Royal Lepage Hiller Realty Minor Peewee Warriors got off the bus in a determined yet disciplined mood here Sunday, scoring four goals on six powerplay opportunities en route to a 5-3 Alliance victory.
Josh Dowling opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the game firing a laser beam into the top corner, assisted by Mitch LaFay. LaFay continued the powerplay scoring late in the first period, assisted by Callum McMann and Jared Lesouder.
Sarnia fought back to tie the game at 2-2, but chippy play lead to yet another Warriors’ powerplay goal one and a half minutes later when LaFay potted his second of the day from Aly McLeod.
McLeod then knocked home the fourth Stratford powerplay goal, assisted by LaFay and Lesouder, extending the lead to two again before the end of the second period.
Then in the third, Kaden Eybergen drove to the net and scored Warriors’ fifth goal, even strength, as a result of a turnover forced by good pressure from Mason Petrie and Adam Windsor who got the assist. Sarnia rounded out the scoring late in the game.
Ryan Bell earned the win behind a strong positional game from the Stratford defence core, which kept the majority of shots from the outside all day.
It was a gritty overall performance by everyone as they displayed good discipline, retaliating on the scoresheet instead of on the ice, coach Steve LaFay reported.
Earn hard-fought point
The Royal Lepage Hiller Realty Minor Peewee Warriors earned a hard-fought point, tying the highly-touted North London Nationals last Thursday evening.
After a scoreless first period in which Stratford dominated the majority of the play, Tyler Pogson opened the scoring netting his first of the season with a slap shot from the point from Noah Rusen-Steele.
North London responded with one minute to play in the second period, capitalizing on a bad break that led to a breakaway. Nationals jumped ahead 2-1 with six minutes to play, which sparked the aggressive forecheck of the Warriors.
That pressure eventually lead to another point shot from Pogson that bounced off the London goaltender to Adam Monteith, who went to the net in a hungry mood. Monteith deposited the tying goal with a minute left in the game. Carrying that momentum, Stratford pressed and nearly won the game in the dying seconds.
Carson Knott continues to stand tall in net, giving his team a chance to win again on this evening, and his entire team responded by competing hard from the opening drop of the puck until the final whistle.
Minor Bantams split pair
On Monday, Oct. 28, the Cherrey Bus Lines Minor Bantams defeated West London Hawks 4-3 at the Allman Arena.
Warriors held a 2-1 lead going into the third, with goals from Jacob Taylor and Max Hall, but West London tied it midway through the period. Sam Turner scored the go-ahead goal and Ethan Hill scored the eventual game winner on back-to-back shifts.
Other assists went to Max Hall, Parker Gibbings, Andrew Maguire, Jacob McPhee, Cam Hanson, and Dean Jackson. Jeremy Hill recorded the net win.
On Saturday in London, the Minor Bantams lost 6-3 to London Jr. Knights White.
Jacob Taylor had two goals and Ethan Hill one for Warriors. Assists went to Brayden Carnegie, Dean Jackson and Sam Turner.
Minor Atoms beat Bandits
The Holloway Automotive Minor Atom Warriors defeated London Bandits Sunday at home by a score of 2-1.
A sweet pass by Nole Musselman over to Cole Lewis, who made no mistake and put it home. Bandits tied it with four minutes remaining in the second period.
It was a tough battle, back and forth, until there was just 3:48 left in the game. Warriors kept battling and Zach McCann fired the winner unassisted.
Warriors held London off with tough defence by Danny Scott and some wicked saves by Ewen Parsons.
The Holloway Automotive Minor Atoms lost a tough battle against the strong London Jr. Knights last Monday, 4-1.
Warriors played their hearts out, keeping the Jr. Knights within striking distance with strong play by the whole team. After Warriors pulled their goalie Owen Davey, London popped in an empty-netter.
The lone Stratford goal was scored by Jacob Hall.
Slow start for Minor Peewee MDs
Stratford Nes-Tech Warriors travelled to North London Saturday and ended up on the losing end of an 8-2 final.
Nationals had the Warriors on their heels right from the start of the game and led 4-0 early, before Tyson Jurchuk scored to bring Stratford within three before the end of the first period.
The second period saw the visitors get into some penalty trouble, and London responded with three powerplay goals to push the score to 7-1 and out of reach for the Warriors. Garrett Culliton buried a rebound late in the third for Stratford to close out the scoring.
Special mention to the defensive duo of Keegan McArthur and Brady Roth for their penalty-killing efforts. Warriors’ record fell to 0-3-1 with their next action, a return visit from North London Tuesday evening at the Rotary Complex.
Neumeister Novices drop pair
Stratford Neumeister Motors Tier 1 Novices played two games this past weekend.
On Saturday, Warriors lost 5-1 to Oakridge Aeros at the Rotary Complex. Sam Jefferey netted the lone Stratford goal, assisted by Cole Meadows.
On Sunday at the Allman Arena, the Novices met the first-place West London Hawks. The team played very strong defensively with hot goaltending from James Hopper.
Unfortunately, Hawks managed to score with 46 seconds remaining to claim a 3-2 win.
Cole Meadows and Daniel Van Straaten scored the Stratford goals, with assists to Ethan Martin and Liam Hill.
Tough weekend for Tier III Novices
Stratford Hockey Training Above Tier III Novices played two games this past weekend.
On Saturday, Warriors faced London Bandits and suffered a 14-3 loss.
Ryan Haines scored two goals while Owen Gaylor added one for Stratford. Marek Carter, Noah Roth and Quinn Appel each had an assist. Caleb Martin made some nice plays on defence and Isaac Nickel gave a solid performance.
On Sunday, the Novices hosted West London Hawks Black and were defeated 10-0. Eric Haynes made some great saves during his first performance in net.
Daniel Rusen-Steele played well on defence, while Gabe Emms worked hard at both ends of the ice.
Smith, Debus lead way
Stratford Best Western-the Parlour Warriors improved their Alliance West Peewee MD league leading record to 5-1-1, with a high-scoring 6-5 win over West London Hawks last Wednesday night at the Molson Arena.
Josh Smith led the Warriors’ attack with two goals and an assist, and Kolton Debus picked up a pair of goals as well.
Tyler Lingard contributed a goal and assist, and Kieran Wotherspoon rounded out Stratford scoring with one goal. Andrew Ivey chipped in with two assists for Stratford.
On Saturday night at the Allman Arena, the Best Western-The Parlour Peewee MD Warriors suffered just their second loss of the season, losing 3-0 to North London Nationals.
Warriors came out flat right from the start and mustered just 12 shots on net. Hard work by the goaltending and defence corps kept the game from getting out of hand as Nationals fired 27 shots on net, and had the play in Stratford’s zone the majority of the game.
Major Peewees split pair
The Scotiabank Major Peewee Warriors played two road games on the Oct. 18-20 weekend with mixed results.
On the Friday evening, Warriors travelled to Kitchener to face the Rangers among the sights and sounds of Oktoberfest at the Kitchener Memorial Aud.
After a scoreless opening period, Zach Dow snapped home a nice feed from Carter Lewis to make it 1-0 midway through the second.
Excellent defensive play at both ends of the ice kept it a one-goal game until Jared Searles tallied with an empty-net goal late in third to seal the 2-0 win. Dylan Hall and Brett Maguire drew assists.
Liam McCann had another strong outing, posting his second shutout of the season.
On Sunday afternoon, the Scotiabank Peewees came up short against a talented Hamilton Huskies team.
Down 2-0 after the first period, the team battled hard in the second and were rewarded with a goal midway through the period when Hayden Arms deflected a point shot from Brett Maguire to close the gap.
Stratford was able to keep it close for most of the third period before giving up two late goals, falling 5-1.
Spencer Lazarevich was kept busy in all three periods, turning aside 32 shots in the loss.