DETROIT – Stratford Royal LePage Hiller Realty Minor Peewee Warriors played in the Motown Cup here this past weekend and came away with silver medals.
Warriors went undefeated in round-robin action with two wins and a tie. Stratford headed to the final to play Willowdale Black Hawks and were defeated 3-2 in overtime.
In the final, Warriors opened the scoring in the second period on a Jared Searles goal, with David Shantz and Everett Hawkins picking up the assists. Stratford was in front with five minutes left, but Willowdale struck for two quick goals to take the lead.
A blast from the point by defenceman Griffin St. Onge forced the game into overtime with three minutes remaining.
Willowdale scored the winner from a goal-mouth scramble with two minutes remaining.
Stratford won its first game 2-1 against the Grosse Isle Islanders from Detroit. Curtis Eidt scored the first goal but Grosse Isle tied the score early in the second period.
Stratford goalie Spencer Lazarevich made a huge save late to keep the game deadlocked until forward Hayden Arms forced his way to the net and deposited the winner, unassisted, with one minute remaining.
In the second game, the Minor Peewees faced off against the eventual tournament champion, Willowdale Black Hawks, and shut them out 3-0.
Liam McCann picked up the shutout with David Shantz, Dylan Hall and Dominic Boon finding the back of the net.
Warriors then came up against Mississauga Terriers in the final round-robin game and fell behind 1-0 in the first period. Stratford tied the score with less than two minutes remaining in the game on a powerplay goal by Curtis Eidt, who skated out from behind the net and tucked the puck into the corner.
Warriors goalie Spencer Lazarevich was the difference in the game with his best performance of the season.
Robinson shuts out Waterloo
WATERLOO – Stratford Motor Products Minor Midgets made it a four-point weekend as goaltender Darren Robinson shut out Waterloo 3-0 here Sunday afternoon at RIM Park.
Josh Higgins opened the scoring in the second period which gave him his second game-winning goal in as many nights. Brady Lauze scored the other two goals for the Tribe.
Randy Wouters earned two assists while Evan Metelski had one. Warriors out-shot Waterloo 21-14.
Stratford Motor Products Minor Midgets battled back to defeat London Jr. Knights 5-3 Saturday night at the Allman Arena.
Warriors were down 3-0 with two seconds left in the second period when Josh Erb scored to get his team on the board.
In the third period, Josh Hill scored at the 1:42 mark to close the gap to 3-2. Then it was Josh Higgins with the tying goal 44 seconds later and then Higgins went on to score the winning goal at 10:28. Randy Wouters added an insurance tally to seal the win for the Tribe.
Wyatt Lansdell earned two assists for Stratford, with Wouters, Brandon Taylor, Dillon Ossendryver, Liam Kelly, Brady Lauze and Owen McLeod all adding an assist each.
Warriors out-shot London 33-21.
Tough loss against London
The Perth Auto Dismantlers Atoms began the second half of their season at home against the top-seeded London Jr. Knights Gold on Sunday.
Warriors came out strong and matched their opponents chance for chance in the first period, with neither team getting on the scoreboard.
Jr. Knights struck first in the middle frame before Adam Windsor sent Ben Wyatt in all alone on a breakaway, knotting it up at 1-1. Warriors continued to battle and it appeared they were headed to the third still deadlocked.
However, with two seconds left in the second, London scored the go-ahead goal which ended up being the game winner as they went on to notch two more in the third to defeat Stratford 4-1.
Carson Knott played well between the pipes, and Tyler Pogson and Callan Ferguson had strong efforts on the blue line.