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Bantams, Peewees have playoff previews

A couple of St. Marys minor hockey teams had OMHA playoff previews last Wednesday night at the Pyramid Rec. Centre.

The ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams skated to a 2-1 Shamrock victory over Strathroy Jr. Rockets. Those teams opened a best-of-five series on Sunday in Strathroy. Game 2 is tonight (Jan. 15) in St. Marys at 8:15 p.m. Game 3 is Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Strathroy at 7:05 p.m.

In last Wednesday’s SHL game, a third-period goal by Reece Thompson snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the ANAF squad to a 2-1 victory over the Rockets.

“Reese went into the corner, dug it out and walked out and put it in the net,” assistant coach John Bolton said. Spencer Sangster earned his second assist of the night on the game winner.

The Rock opened the scoring in the first period on a goal, from the slot, by Levi Rice. Sangster and Marcel Scheele assisted.

Jr. Rockets tied it in the second period.

Goalie Spencer Edgar had a strong game for Chris Thompson’s charges, making a number of huge stops.

The win gives the ANAF Bantams a 7-10-1 record in SHL action.

The Firefighter ‘BB’ Peewees dropped a 2-1 decision to Mooretown Storm in a fast-paced, evenly-matched affair last Wednesday night at the PRC.

The two Shamrock rivals began a best-of-five OMHA series last night (Jan. 14) in Mooretown. Game 2 is this Saturday in St. Marys at 4:45 p.m. Game 3 is Sunday in Mooretown at 3:55 p.m.

In last Wednesday’s game, Lake Taylor jumped on a rebound and opened the scoring for Firefighters with 2:30 left in the first period. Captain Jack Lucas assisted.

The Storm converted a rebound midway through the middle frame to tie it. The visitors scored the winner with 5:28 remaining in the third, just shortly after a face-off deep in St. Marys territory.

Goalie Jake Bryans had an outstanding game for Scott Taylor’s Rock.

The loss left Firefighters with an 8-6-6 record in league play.

In another Shamrock game last Wednesday, a couple of second-period goals gave Dunny’s Source for Sports A-E Atoms a 2-2 tie with visiting Lambeth.

Kaleb Schalk and Porter Aitken scored the St. Marys goals, just 19 seconds apart, with Owen McIntosh earning an assist on the tying goal.

The third period was scoreless.

The tie left Matt King’s team with a strong 13-4-2 record in the Shamrock standings, just two points behind first-place Dorchester (14-2-2).

The Dunny’s Atoms open an OMHA round-robin playoff series this Friday, Jan. 17 in Komoka against Mt. Brydges Cougars at 6 p.m. Game 2 is Monday, Jan. 20 in St. Marys, also at 6 o’clock.

The Rock is also playing Petrolia and Strathroy in the home-and-home round-robin format.

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