On Sun., Dec. 15, the TNT Atom AA Tornados, sponsored by Ken Beattie
Ltd., travelled north to meet their arch rival Barrie Colts. These
rivals have met three previous times with the Colts victorious in the
first two of those outings.
TNT's young whirlwinds got the best of Barrie the last time they met,
and The Mighty Colts were out to prove that win was an anomaly. The
Colts were fired up and ready to go but hadn't counted on the young
Tornados operating at full strength and capacity.
During the 1st period both these opponents were sizing each other up,
although the young dervishes kept the play in the Colts' end, they were
unable to open up the scoring.
As the 2nd period began, the young cyclones began to bear down on the
Colts. At 6:38, Kyler MacNeil walked in from the corner of the Barrie
net and rifled a shot past the Barrie backstop and underneath the
crossbar to open up the scoring, 1-0. With the period winding down,
Graysen Alexander, using the lightning speed that he has become known
for, barrelled up the right side and fired a shot at the net,
depositing the puck behind the Barrie goalie, 2-0.
In the 3rd period, TNT continued to dominate the game, and at 10:40,
Troy Swackhamer fired a pass to Kyler MacNeil, who dropped it back to
Colin Ewing at the point, who found the back of Barrie's net to make it
MacNeil and Ewing would hook up again at 9:34, this time with Mitchell
Smilsky who was in perfect position in front of the Colts' net where he
jammed home the puck to make it 4-0.
Try as they might, the Colts were unable to get themselves back in the
game, and with time ticking down, MacNeil, Smilsky and Michael Mezaros
would seal their fate. With Barrie on a 3 on 2 situation, Smilsky fired
a quick pass to MacNeil, who then found Mezaros' stick, who then put
the puck into Barrie's net, to make the final score 5-0.
Scott Barnett earned another shutout.
On Sat., Dec. 14, TNT once again played
host to the ferocious Aurora Tigers. During their last two meetings the
Tigers have come very close but have yet to beat the hometown young
As the puck dropped in the beginning of the first, you could see that
the Aurora players had the 'eye of the tiger' and they were determined
to be victorious over the Tornados and to take the wind out of them
once and for all but neither side could find the net.
Aurora dominted the play during the first two periods, firing a barrage
of shots at Scott Barnett who turned them all away, leaving the Tigers
frustrated and empty. Barnett was on his game and with his cat-like
reflexes and acrobatics, was able to snatch any hope of a victory from
Much to their credit, the Tigers kept the pressure on and had the
whirling dervishes spinning in their tracks. It was only the solid play
of Barnett, between the pipes that prevented the Tigers from turning
the mighty Tornados into nothing more than a gentle breeze. The game
remained scoreless after two.
Finally in the third period, the Tornados seemed to pick up speed and
the formidabe line of MacNeil, Smilsky and Mezaros struck first
beginning with the faceoff win. Mezaros then made a quick pass to
MacNeil, who again found Smilsky at the net and in position to break
the scoring deadlock and give TNT the 1-0 lead.
Not to be outdone by his teammates, at 12:12 in the 3rd period, Caleb
Thompson found himself heading into Tiger territory, alone. With his
lightning speed and tenacity, Thompson out maneuvered the Aurora
players and then quickly deposited the puck in the back of the net to
double the score, 2-0.
The Tigers were not going to go down without a fight and late in the
3rd, they roared back and found the back of Barnett's net to make it
2-1. The Tigers could taste victory. Barnett however was unshaken and
quickly got back into form, turning away the charging tigers to
preserve TNT's win to stay perfect against Aurora.