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TNT Minor Hockey game reportsPosted September 24, 2012
Minor Atom AA
The Minor Atom AA's sponsored by Ken Beattie Ltd. had a bit of a breather after an exciting tournament win but finally opened their 2012-2013 season versus the vastly improved and incredibly talented Stouffville Clippers. Would our stars come to shine? Would the sparkle show?
On the first shift of the game, a streaking Jackson Vojin caught the visitors on a change and streaked down the ice. With one to beat, he did the triple deke then snapped one high over the sprawling goalie but heard the "tink" off the bar and out the bad side. Was this a sign of things to come?
That dreaded noise seemed to wake the visiting Clippers as they came in droves. A wave of red. A fury of a storm, only to hit nothing but wall. Scotty "the wall" Barnett that is. Save after save, this kid came to play. After the first frame, he came for a drink and said "The boys better score!" 0-0 after one.
In the second, it was more of the same, although the waves started to slow and the momentum started to shift. Halfway through the second, Cole Turcotte beat a man wide nothing but net. Pulled the trigger and tink'. Next up, Kyler MacNeil walks out in front and "tink". Wylie Birkett and "tink". Would our luck change? Would the earth shift an inch?
Then, late in the third on a visiting pass play, on a rifle from the wing, it hit the mesh. What? 1-0 Stouffville. Just then an alarm went off, the earth shook, and the moons aligned as the young phenoms finally found there stride. Just as quick as the lead was held, it was taken away on a play from Jacob Holmes to Birkett who fed the sprawling "Shoots like a Cannon" Turcotte. 1-1 after two periods of play.
Then the third was all TNT as they started to pass, they lifted their heads and put their feet on the gas. Bing! 2-1 from Caleb "lightning Quick" Thompson. Bang! 3-1 from "Big Dog" Birkett. And Boom! 4-1 From Michael "the Magician" Meszaros. The superstar set-up men on these plays were from Kyler MacNeil, Hayden Santo, Steven Mercer, Turcotte, Hayden Forrest and Graysen Alexander. Not to be outdone, to finish the game, Mitchell Smilsky took a blast like no other and 'tink'.
Great job boys, and great play in the back end by Colin Ewing and Jacob Longfield to keep the Clippers at bay. 4-1 final. Great finish. Get healthy Dutch!
Major Peewee AA
The TNT Peewee team were on the ice at home for their season opener on Tuesday (Sept. 18), facing East Gwillimbury.
With some rust to be worn off the skates they suffered a 3-1 loss. Wade Cumberland assisted by Ben Beausaert and Chris Thorne, scored the only goal for the team.
On Friday the boys faced the Newmarket Redmen on the road, losing 6-4. The team was down by two when Cumberland buried one, assisted by Matthew Mitchell and Darcy Tainsh mid way through the second period.
The Redmen managed to squeak one by keeper Curtis Latter minutes later but Thorne was able to find the mesh, assisted by Connor DeVries and Mitchell to keep the opposition in check. Mitchell fired one in assisted by DeVries and Beausaert to tie the game. DeVries put the team into the lead assisted by Mitchell and Jordan Maiolino late in the second. The Redmen scored 3 unanswered goals to in the third to win.
The team faced the Richmond Hill Stars on Saturday, rust worn off the blades winning 4-2. Cumberland opened up the scoring for the team unassisted early in the first netting his third goal in the opening series.
The Stars found a hole to tie the game minutes later. Stars battled back netting a second goal however in the third Brandon Smyth tied up the game assisted by Beausaert and Ben Coram. Smyth slid one past the goal line assisted by DeVries and Caden Maher to put the team into the lead. Braydon Lloyd, new to the team this year scored confidently on a penalty shot to secure the teamÕs first win of the season.
The team faces Stouffville Sept. 25th at the NTRC.