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TNT Minor Hockey playoff game reportsPosted February 13, 2013
Minor Atom AA
The Ken Beattie Limited Minor Atom AA's sponsored by ScotiaBank have finally started the true season. The season that every player has been thinking about since the first puck drop. All the training, the countless hours of drills and the off ice diets. Will they pay off?
The first round saw the top ranked Tornados take on the ever dangerous Tigers only found in Central York region in the Aurora district. Would the claws come out and take a swipe out of the young guns?
The first game saw the Tornados travel to Aurora due to a scheduling faux pas but they were anxious to go. In the first, there was a feeling out period as neither side knew what playoffs would bring. This frame saw end to end action as both sides tried to draw first blood. Goose eggs after one.
In the second, the visitors finally struck first as Kyler "K-dog" MacNeil scored on a feed from the point by Jacob Holmes. Monkey off the back. 1-0 after two.
In the final frame, our boys were driving to the net and Steven "Sniper" Mercer from another point blast from Hayden Santo who got the pass from Wylie Birkett. Although the score was 2-0 final, the boys put incredible pressure on the home side and made an opening statement that our boys were ready to play.
The next day, the team hosted the Tigers to try and take a commanding 2 games to none lead. Early in the day, one of our stars got cut as if from a claw for 32 in the arm. Would this be a sign to come? In the first, it did not take long for our young phenoms to strike as Jacob "Howitzer" Holmes fired one past the young tiger tender. Great screen in front of the net from Mitchell Smilsky. Assists to Dalziel Kirby and Smilsky. 1-0 after one.
In the second, our boys lit it up as they scored 5 unanswered. Each on great passing and hard nose effort plays. First up was Cole "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte (sponsored by CCM) from Graysen Alexander and Jackson Vojin. Next to strike was Caleb "Quick shot" Thompson from Mercer and Colin Ewing. Then, Graysen "Great play" Alexander fired one home from Smilsky and Holmes. Fourth to fire was "K-dog" MacNeil from Thompson and Scotty "Balls" Barnett. Last of the frame to fire one home was "Quick Shot" Thompson from Smilsky and Turcotte. This gave the boys a 6-0 lead going into the final frame.
In the final frame, the boys were happy just dumping in the puck and letting the visitors do all the work. This frame saw both teams trade goals to make the final a 7-1 romp. Goal scored By Michael "the Magician" Meszaros from Smilsky and Turcotte. Great playing "Balls," you definitely earned a shutout.
The third in three saw the boys host the Tigers again to retain home ice for the rest of the series. Did we need to bring the brooms or would the wild side come out in these young tabbies? The coaches message was clear "Work hard and weather the storm." From the drop of the puck, it was all ferocious Tigers as they scored right off the hop to take a shocking 1-0 lead. Next shift out they struck again as our boys left "Balls" high and dry to take a 2-0 lead. The next shift out, Scotty made some incredible saves to keep the game close. Great work "Balls." With some "wake ups and let's go'sÓ the boys started to roll as they finally were rewarded on a great give and go play from Meszaros to Santo finished by "K-dog" MacNeil. 2-1 after one.
In the second, the boys took command as they scored three more unanswered on great tape-to-tape plays. First from "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte passed by MacNeil and Vojin. Second from "the Howitzer" Holmes on a point shot from Thompson and Mercer. Then Unassisted "K-dog" MacNeil hammered one home. 4-2 after two and the worlds were re-aligned.
In the third, the boys played it strong as they scored again on a great shot from Hayden "Hot Shot" Forrest from MacNeil and Vojin. Late in the third, the Tigers found life as they scored with under two minutes left. Next shift they almost scored again if it was not for a great toe save made by Barnett to keep the cats at bay. Bring out the brooms with a 5-3 win. Great work boys. The team now waits for the winner of the Stouffville-Georgina series to take on their biggest challenge yet. Schedule to follow.