The TNT Atom AA Tornados, sponsored by Ken Beattie Ltd. hosted the
Barrie Colts last Saturday, who've won the previous games against the
young twisters. The Colts were full of confidence and ready to go.
The first minute of play during the first period shattered the illusion
that the Colts were up against the same team as they had met during the
previous to encounters. The young twisters came out hard and strong and
put the puck in the Barrie end where they crowded the net.
Mitchell Smilsky then snapped a quick pass to Michael Mezaros, who
stuffed it behind the Barrie netminder to open up the scoring. 1-0.
This seemed to awaken the mighty Colts as they bore down on the young
Tornados in an attempt to even the score. The young whirling dervishes
proved that they were up to the task and a see-saw battle between the
two teams ensued for the majority of the first period. As the period
was winding down, the Colts found themselves trapped and confused in
their own end. The young Tornados had possession of the puck and
controlled the tempo of the game with their exhibition of passing
expertise, taking advantage of the defence on the point.
Finally seeing a small open window, Troy Swackhamer snapped a quick
pass up the right wing to Mitchel Smilsky, who found his linemate
Michael Mezaros in front of the net, put the puck on his stick, then
with blinding speed, Mezaros deposited rubber into the back of the net,
with 35 seconds remaining in the 1st. 2-0.
The second period saw the Colts raise the tempo another notch. The
young guns also raised their own game and were able to stave off a
Colts onslaught for the first 4 minutes of the period until a missed
interception allowed a Colts forward to gain the advantage. With
no one in his path, he quickly deposited the puck behind the Tornados
goalie to cut the lead in half. 2-1.
During the rest of the second period, the young whirlwinds continued to
fight to keep their lead, when with just 14 seconds left, Graysen
Alexander picked the puck off the boards, moved it quickly to Josh
Kacsala, who then put it on Caleb Thompson's stick, who then employed
the speed that he is becoming known for, turned on his jets and
successfully left the Colts defence in the dust. Thompson, one on one
with the colts backstop took a quick shot and rifled the puck into the
back of the net. 3-1.
During the third period, the young cyclones continued their onslaught
as Mezaros barrelled up the left wing and quickly released a shot to
Kyler MacNeil who found himself covered by Colts players, fired a shot
back down to Colin Ewing, who had surreptitiously manoeuvered himself
in front of the net. Ewing then rifled a shot, which would turn out to
be the game-winning goal, past the Barrie backstop to make the score