The TNT Atom AA Tornados, sponsored by Ken Beattie hosted the roaring
Aurora Tigers on Sat., Oct. 5th. This was sure to be a battle royal for
domination, especially since the Tigers had added three new players
back from triple A.
The first period saw both teams battling fiercely for control of the
puck in order to draw first blood. The young tornadoes were determined
to prove to the tigers that they were a force to be reckoned with. Both
net minders faced numerous shot but continued to stymie the opposing
snipers. Despite numerous attempts neither team was able to draw first
blood and it remained scoreless after one.
During the second period, both teams increased the intensity of their
play, with Aurora roaring back, determined to draw first blood. Their
tenacity eventually paid off when at 9:18 they manage to get some
rubber behind Scott Barnett.
This goal then fired the young guns up as they roared back like the
whirling dervishes they are, determined not to be defeated in their own
barn. Mitchell Smilsky carries the puck into enemy territory and with
eye blurring speed, fires a shot that leaves the Aurora backstop
stunned, and the puck sitting behind him. 1-1.
The Aurora players, striving to prove that they are the dominate team
this year, take the tempo up another notch but find that the young
tornados are up to the challenge and shut them down at every turn.
Finally, in the dying minutes of the 2nd period, the Tigers find a hole
in the Tornados' defenses and manage to deposit the puck behind Barnett
to take a 2-1 lead.
The third period saw the mighty Tigers doing all that they could to
maintain their one goal advantage. The Aurora backstop continually
frustrated the Tornados' young snipers until in the dying minutes of
the 3rd period, Kyler MacNeil finds the puck on the end of his
stick. He carries it into Aurora territory and then delivers a
quick pass to Mitchell Smilsky. Smilsky quickly finds the hole and
draws the score even at two apiece.
As the game waned down, both teams continued to battle intensely in
order to gain the upper hand. Josh Kacsala dipsey doodles up the boards
with the puck and then snaps a quick pass the Caleb Thompson. Thompson
then fires a shot that leaves the Aurora goalie staring at the back of
the net in disbelief, and the eventual winner, ending 3-2 for the