SMP Minor Midgets salvage weekend with win
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Jan 15, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

SMP Minor Midgets salvage weekend with win

Stratford Gazette

Stratford Motor Product Minor Midgets lost a close game to Woodstock last Thursday night at the Dufferin Arena.

Defencemen Evan James and Andy Brickman scored the goals in the 3-2 loss.

On Saturday night at the Allman Arena, the Minor Midgets lost a hard-fought game to the London Jr. Knights. An empty-netter on London’s part closed out the game at 4-2.

Stratford played a clean game with only four minutes in penalities. Nic Poole scored for the SMP squad, along with call-up Brad Baker.

Noah Redfern played a strong game in net for Stratford.

Sunday took the SMP Minor Midgets to London and they came home with a win against a feisty North London Nationals team.

Dillan Weinheimer picked up a pair of goals in the 2-1 win. Goalie Ben Merkel made several key saves to keep Stratford on top. The team effort of this game was showcased in all three periods.

Minor Atoms nipped by Sting

Holloway Automotive Minor Atom Rep Warriors ended their winning streak Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Sarnia Sting.

Stratford had trouble all game trying to find the net. Zach McCann, assisted by Cole Lewis, scored for Warriors, but was too late.

Warriors had great offence and back-checking from Aubrey Carter and Chadd Langlands, Isaac Deline made some great defensive plays and a couple of defensive rushes that almost resulted in goals.

Owen Davey made some key saves to try to keep Stratford in the game.

Peewee MDs lose to Nats

The late season struggles continued last Tuesday night for the Stratford Best Western-The Parlour Peewee MD Warriors as they suffered a 2-0 loss to North London Nationals at Molson Arena.

Stratford failed to capitalize on a suspect London defence, and a lack of shots on net proved to be their undoing, spending the majority of time in their own end.

Jarod Fleming was strong in net and kept the game close, but Warriors failed to capitalize and could not sustain any consistent offensive attack throughout the game.

Hishons Novice defeat Wolves

The Hishons Custom Tier 1 Novice Warriors played two games during this past week.

On Friday, Warriors played an exhibition game against Waterloo Timberwolves at the Allman Arena, winning 3-2.

Kaden Brame scored unassisted 30 seconds into the game. Three minutes later, Ethan Martin scored with assists going to Liam Hill and Avery Thurston. Waterloo started its comeback near the end of the period, making it 2-1.

Halfway through the second, Daniel Van Straten scored on a powerplay, assisted by Brame. Waterloo came back one minute later to keep it close but could not get through the Stratford defence after that.

The team played well the whole game making some nice passing plays and forechecking aggressively.

On Saturday, the Hishons Warriors played Oakridge Areos, losing 2-0. The team had their passing game going for most the first period, but came out flat in the second and third.

Aeros scored once in the first and once in the second. The team remains tied for fourth place with London Bandits.

Tier 2 Novices lose 2-1

The Neumeister Motors Ltd. Tier 2 Novice Warriors put forth an energetic, team-oriented effort in a 2-1 loss to Oakridge Aeros last Wednesday night.

After having a goal called back in the third period, Cole Iacobellis knocked in a rebound on a strong drive to the net. Jakob Smith earned an assist.

Warriors’ defensive core limited shots allowed against goaltenders Cody Burdett and Liam Parsons, while defenceman Colton Gibson and Center Corey Jones demonstrated a strong passing game in order to create scoring opportunities.

Tier III Novices tie Ingersoll

Stratford’s Hockey Training Above Tier III Novices tied 2-2 with Ingersoll in an exhibition match on Saturday.

Isaac Nickel scored both goals for Stratford, with Quinn Appel and Noah Roth each adding an assist. Owen Gaylor and Brett Knechtel provided solid play on defence.

On Sunday, the Novices faced the London National Minors in regular season action and suffered a 12-0 loss.

Minor Peewee MDs split pair

The Stratford Nes-Tech Minor Peewee MD Warriors started 2014 off strong by splitting weekend games against London Bandits and Sarnia Sting, including their first league victory of the year.

On Saturday, Warriors played hard for two periods against a strong Bandits Black team before being out-scored 4-1 in the third period to end up on the losing end of a 7-3 score in a chippy affair.

Stratford got goals from Scott Thornton, Garrett Culliton and Connor Hill, while Tyler Gibb, Gabe Plain, Matthew Whittemore and Tyler Guy added assists.

On Sunday, the Minor Peewees turned an outstanding goaltending performance from Ezra Lee and a gutsy performance from Thornton into a 2-1 victory over a strong defensive Sarnia team.

Stratford was out-shot 26-8 in the game, but Lee continually turned aside great scoring chances.

With the game tied 1-1 and less than five minutes to play, Stratford received a five-minute major penalty leaving them shorthanded for the remainder of the game, but a great individual effort by Thornton resulted in his second goal of the game to seal the victory. Whittemore added an assist while Guy was solid on the penalty kill.

Keegan McArthur, Braeden White, Hill and Plain turned in solid efforts on defence for the Warriors.

Major Bantams fall short

Stratford Canadian Tire Bantams Warriors played host to Oakridge Aeros last Sunday night at the Allman Arena.

Stratford jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Nathan Hall and Carson Dunseith. After falling behind 3-2, Jarrett Baker tied things up for Stratford, but a late goal from Oakridge gave them the lead for good and a 4-3 defeat for the Tiremen.

Collecting assists for Stratford were Dillon Weinheimer, Jacob McPherson, Nathan Ferguson and Nathan Hall.

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