On Sun., Oct. 20, the TNT Atom AA Tornados, sponsored by Ken
Beattie Ltd. travelled to Newmarket to meet the Redmen, in what would
be a battle for the top spot in the York Simcoe loop.
Both teams had played the same amount of games and a win for the Redmen
would have them tied for first place, whereas a win for the Tornados
would solidify the top spot. The Redmen were also anxious to avenge
their earlier loss at the hands of the young Tornados.
As the first period got underway it was obvious that the battle between
the two teams was going to be relentless. Both teams were playing with
intensity and determination and both created their own opportunities
but were unable to capitalize until in the latter half of the first
period, the Redmen were able to find a chink in amour and were able to
deposit the puck behind Scott Barnett. 1-0.
This goal fired the Redmen up as they increased their intensity and
determination. This eventually paid off and they were able to end the
first with a two goal lead. 2-0.
The second period saw the young whirling dervishes regain their
composure as the battle for domination continued. At 12:15, Kyler
MacNeil bears down on the Redmen net minder and then buries the puck
behind him to put the Tornados on the scoreboard. 2-1.
This goal shook the Redmen as they quickly realized that the young
tornados are not phased by any goal deficit and have the ability to
turn the game around on a dime. The Redmen then increased their
pressure in order to break the young tornados spirit and increased
their lead by 2. 3-1.
Despite numerous power play opportunities throughout the second period,
the young tornados were unable to capitalize as the Redmen did
everything that they could to protect their 2 goal lead. As the period
wound down, the Tornados found themselves in a penalty kill situation.
Caleb Thompson wins the draw and fires the puck back to Ben
Matts. Matts carries the puck up the ice and then quickly passes
to Jackson Vojin who turns on the jets and fires the puck with eye
blurring speed into the back of the Newmarket net. 3-2.
As the third period opened, the tension in the arena was palatable as
both teams battled for supremacy on the ice. Newmarket was determined
that not only would they not be beaten in their own house, they would
avenge their previous loss. Alas, it was not meant to be when at 9:25,
Mitchell Smilsky fires a quick pass to Kyler MacNeil. MacNeil
carries the puck and then tips it to Michael Mezaros, who rifles it
past the Newmarket backstop to draw the Tornados even. 3-3.
This proved to be the final goal of the game as neither team was able
to gain the advantage.
On Tues., Oct. 15, the TNT Atom AA Tornados, sponsored by
Ken Beattie Ltd. hosted the Stouffville Clippers. The Clippers were
eager to avenge the thrashing they received from the young twisters in
the season opener.
Both teams battled back and forth during the first period, trying to
open up the scoring but neither team would give the other any
opportunity. The young tornado snipers found themselves frustrated by
the Clipper backstop while the Clipper shooters discovered that there
was a wall between them and the back of the net-Scott Barnett.
Barnett, with his cat-like reflexes and unerring eyes, stymied the
Clipper shooters at every opportunity.
At the end of the one, the game remained scoreless.
The second period, the young dust busters took it up a notch only
to find that the Clippers matched their tenacity and determination. At
5:54 though, the Clippers began to take on water. Graysen Alexander
feeds Caleb Thompson a quick pass from the boards who the bears down on
the Clipper net minder. At the last minute, Thompson feeds Jackson
Vojin the puck and Vojin buries the puck in the back of the net. 1-0.
The rest of the second period saw the Clippers bombard Scott Barnett in
an attempt to draw even, but Barnett was up to the task and beat the
Clippers at every chance, leaving them frustrated entering the third
During third period, the Clippers came at the Tornados with all guns
blazing, only to be shot down themselves by the acrobatics of the
Tornados net minder- Scott Barnett. Barnett was an impenetrable wall
that the Clippers couldnŐt knock down.
As the seconds ticked down, the Clippers upped the attack by pulling
their own goalie in a desperate attempt to draw even with the Tornados.
This proved to be their undoing as Jackson Vojin found the puck on the
end of his stick and quickly rifled a shot towards the Clipper net, for
an easy empty net goal and a 2-0 win for the Tornados.