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Minor Atom's open season with Early Bird championshipPosted September 17, 2012
The newly formed, yet seasoned pro laden Minor Atom AA's sponsored by Ken Beattie Limited travelled to the beautiful town of Orangeville to test there might in an "early birdie" against some formidable foes, which included a previously unbeaten in six and an all Ontario Semi finalist to see who would have early season bragging rights and the ability to get full night sleeps until at least November.
Game one saw the young phenoms shake off the webs and oil the rust against last year's toughest competition, the Caledon Hawks. Would the Eagle soar?
In the first it was all TNT. With intense pressure from both ends it was an early strike. An incredible blast from the point by Jacob "the Howitzer" Holmes, assisted by Colin Ewing and Steven Mercer. 1-0 after one.
The second saw a little more playmaking than the last. It was not until late in the period that Kyler "K-dog" MacNeil fired one bar down to take the dreaded 2-0 lead into the final frame. Assists on this beaut from Michael Meszaros and Caleb Thompson.
In the third there was more scramble domination from our boys until a broken play led to 2 tallies in less than 23 seconds that tied the game. 2-2 was the final. What was that taste? Is the world collapsing? We shall see.
Game two saw the boys match up against the big city boys from Brampton. This would be a great measuring stick to see what could be or was not. In the first of two must wins; the young studs came to play. In the first it was two great plays. First, Cable "clutch" Thompson slammed one home from MacNeil and Mitchell Smilsky. Next was from “K-dog” MacNeil on a great feed from Thompson and Dalziel Kirby. 2-0 after one.
Just then the ground shook and the floodgates broke as the boys started to not only listen, but finish. With four unanswered markers from Wylie "the Wizard" Birkett with two, Cole "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte and "K-dog" MacNeil, gave these favorites a 6-0 lead after two. Assists this frame on some incredible passes from Turcotte (2), Colin Ewing, Jackson Vojin, Smilsky, Thompson, Holmes and Jacob Longfield.
In the third it became more evident that these boys wanted to play as they ripped another five past the keeper to win by more than they ever have with goals prettier than they've ever been. Biltmore earners included "K-dog" MacNeil and "the Wizard" Birkett (2 more), but not to be outdone were “Soft Hands” Smilsky and Graysen “All Star” Alexander to make the final 11-1 red shirts.
Next up? The upstart super six and O stars called the Orangeville Flyers. Up for grabs was not only a spot in the final, but early season ribbing as the winner would remain undefeated for at least another day.
In the first it was again another dominating start from the young stars as Holmes made an incredible lead pass to the high flying "Wizard" Birkett to break the deadlock. 1-0 Twisters.
The second saw even more domination as "the Wizard" slammed another one home. Assists to MacNeil and Hayden Santo. 2-0 after two.
The third saw an expected event as the 5 on 3s started to favor the Oranges. This, however, was when our brightest star shined as Scotty "the Wall" Barnett made save after save to ignite an even strength spark for another incredible tally by "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte. Putting the game away on assists from MacNeil and Holmes. Make the final 3-1 good guys and bring on the tenacious rival, Caledon Hawks.
The final saw the same as last March as the Caledon Hawks tried to take a title from the hard working superstars. Would there be a changing of the guard?
The boys came out flying, as they wanted to try and better the Friday night tie. On the first shift of the game, "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte rifled one home on a seeing eye feed from Birkett and Holmes. Late in the first another incredible play from Mercer and Holmes, sprung "the Wizard" Birkett free to take another dreaded 2-0 lead. Would the result be the same? Or would the stars shine bright? 2-0 after one.
The second saw more domination but little results but early in the third, on an incredible blast from the point by Jackson "Jet Speed" Vojin that bulged the twine to overcome the 2-0 lead. Next up was "Howitzer" Holmes that snapped one in from Ewing and Turcotte. Then to put the icing on the cake, "K-dog" MacNeil put one past the sprawling keeper to make the final 5 to none on passes from Hayden Forrest and Vojin. Queue the song. Great start boys. Keep working hard.