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Barnett shuts out the Stars in TNT Atoms win

Posted December 11, 2013

On Sat., Dec. 7 the TNT Atom "AA" Tornados, sponsored by Ken Beattie Ltd once again played host to the Richmond Hill Stars.

As the first period began, you could see the determination in the young Richmond Hill Stars' eyes. They had been beaten in their own house during the last encounter with the young twisters and it was time to even the score.

The battle for dominance raged from one end of the rink to the other, with neither team being able to gain the advantage. Finally at 6:58, during a scramble in front of the Stars net minder, Michael Mezaros finds line mate Kyler MacNeil in front of the net. MacNeil quickly rifles the puck past the Stars backstop to open up the scoring. 1-0.

This seemed to spur the Stars on as they made numerous attempts to draw even but were confounded and frustrated by Scott Barnett. The Stars would end the first period with a one goal deficit.

The second period saw the young dust busters get into some penalty trouble which Richmond Hill tried to take advantage of. The Stars continually pressured the young tornados and launched a barrage of shots against our backstop. What they hadn't counted on is the acrobatics and cat-like reflexes of Scott Barnett, who stymied them at every opportunity.

At one point, Richmond Hill had a 5 on 3 advantage and any other goalie would have succumbed to the pressure, but Barnett was his usual cool and collected self and managed to keep the young Stars frustrated and scoreless.
The beginning of the third saw the Stars still determined to get on the scoreboard.

They pressured the young tornados but to no avail. Early in the third, Troy Swackhamer rifles a shot from the blue line to Graysen Alexander who then tips the puck to Hayden Forrest. Forrest quickly puts it past the Richmond Hill backstop to double the score. 2-0.

The rest of the third period saw the young Stars fighting the inevitable and try as they might they were unable to get a single shot past Scott Barnett, earning him another shutout.