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TNT Minor Hockey game reportsPosted October 24, 2012
Minor Atom AA
The TNT Tornado's Minor Atom AA team sponsored by Ken Beattie Ltd. hosted the defending York Simcoe finalist, Markham Waxers from the big smoke in the first of a back to back home stand. Would the wind storm blow the leaves off the trees? Or would the travellers take a valuable two points away from the home stars?
After their most dominant puck possession game of the season, the boys came out flat. The Waxers turned the tables and came at the young phenoms right from puck drop. What was going on?
Just like that the visitors took the lead early in the first. No problem, we will fight back. Wrong. Wham! 2-0 visitors. What was going on? The earth was off tilt? Could it be?
With seconds to go late in the first, the good guys fought hard to get a bounce and it finally paid off as Wylie "the Wizard" Birkett split the lead before panic set in on a great feed from Cole Turcotte and Kyler MacNeil. 2-1 after one.
In the second, the boys kept fighting hard but the pucks would not behave. After a long 15 minutes the period ended with nothing to show.
Then early in the third the boys opened their eyes, they lifted their heads, had some very nice tries. And it paid off. Kaboom! Game tied on a blast from "the Cannon" Turcotte on a saucer from MacNeil and Steven Mercer. The boys kept coming and thought they went ahead but the play was called and an admission was made. Then late in the third the pressure paid off as "the Cannon" exploded again to take the lead. Turcottes goal assisted by Birkett and Jacob Holmes. Phew! Make the final 3-2 and bring on the top team in the league from Stouffville for a first place tilt.
As mentioned, the high flying team from Stouffville travelled north to take on the unbeaten in nine studs sponsored by Ken Beattie Ltd. Who would leave on top? Well I must say, as much as the hockey Gods were on vacation the day before, they all showed up on this day to make amends. Some may feel that stripes were a factor but you can decide.
In the first it was back and forth but the only thing close was the score once the dust settled, as the visitors keeper kept our stars at bay. 0-0 after one.
In the second and I mean early, at the drop of the puck, the team from away broke free and somehow took the lead. Not two minutes later, we were back at square one as "K-Dog" MacNeil rifled one by on a pass from Birkett and Hayden Santo. This frame also saw snapshots of why our tender is the highest paid as he made aerial after aerial, down two in the box, to keep the game 1-1 after two. Great job Scotty "Balls" Barnett.
In the third, the high-flying phenoms continued their play as the relentless attack finally wore down the visitor's stopper. Early in it was "Shoots Like a Cannon" Turcotte that got the game winner. The next shift out he scored his double-double to make it 3-1. Then to grab the momentum for the rest of the game, the incredible fore check and tenacity of our A.F.M. line of Graysen Alexander, Hayden Forrest and Michael Meszaros kept the visitors in there zone for an incredible shift. This proved to be the beginning of the end as next out "The Wizard" Birkett went top shelf. Then to don the sombrero, "The Cannon" blasted his third of the game.
To top it off, with seconds left, on a "Dazzling" blast from the point, that went up in the air, then ripped on the ice, that was tipped by "The Magician" Meszaros to make its way to the back of the net and make the final 6-1 TNT. Awesome assists from Birkett, Mitchell Smilsky, Dalziel Kirby, Graysen Alexander, Turcotte, Colin Ewing, Jackson Vojin, Caleb Thompson, Mercer, and Hayden Forrest. Undefeated in ten and on the road again. Best of luck this weekend in Ottawa. Have Fun.
Major Peewee AA
The TNT Peewee AA team hosted the Newmarket Redmen Tuesday (Oct. 16) at the NTRC losing 2-1. The Redmen popped in two in the second period to put the team on their heels. Jeremy Anderson scored later in the period assisted by Jordan Maiolino and Connor DeVries.
The team turned things around on Thursday against the Stouffville Clippers, beating them by a 2-1 score. With no scoring despite many chances both ways Ben Beausaert scored a huge goal in the third assisted by Matthew Mitchell. Beausaert scored the game winner on an awesome solo effort battling from the corner to drive to the net and bury the puck. Keeper Curtis Latter had his shut out spoiled with less than a minute left to play despite his phenomenal style of play.