NORTH YORK – Stratford Canadian Tire Bantam Warriors participated in the annual North York Knights Challenge tournament here recently where they fell in the semi-finals to Burlington Bulldogs.
In their first game of the tournament on Friday, Jacob Ford was outstanding in net in earning the shutout as the Warriors beat the host Knights 3-0.
Carson Dunseith scored a pair of goals and Nathan Hall added one. Jacob McPherson contributed a pair of assists, with singles coming from Dalton Smith and Devon Carter.
Their first game on Saturday pitted the Bantam Warriors against the Columbus Capitals, and this time it was Kyle Morning earning the shutout in another 3-0 victory.
Dalton Smith, Nathan Ferguson and Nathan Hall scored for Stratford, with Bradley Kraemer, Evan Moorehead and Dalton Smith picking up the helpers.
In their second game of the day, Stittsville Rams jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. Dalton Smith scored from Jarrett Baker to tie the count 1-1 , but the Rams answered with the eventual game winner shortly after and held on for a slim 2-1 victory.
The loss left Stratford in a three-way tie with a record of 2-1 and once the calculators were put to rest the Warriors found themselves on top of Pool ‘A’ and a meeting with Burlington in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Again, a quick start from the opposition had Stratford playing catch-up. A second-period power play goal from Jarett Baker cut the deficit to 2-1, but that’s as close as the Tiremen would get in a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs.
Contributing assists were Dalton Smith and Nathan Hall.