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Week 6 Atom Hockey
By Lincoln Simpson
The Clearwater arena resembled more of the O.K. Corral this weekend with 36 goals being scored in 4 games. The Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow teams each came out of this weekend’s bouts with another mark in the win column, after hard fought battles, and a flurry of scoring.
The Orange and Red teams faced off in the first game of the morning, and played to a hard earned victory for the Red team. Noah Ferrera, and Mitchel Clarke battled it out between the posts, and kept the game scoreless until Austin Bishop off the feed from Justis Lapier of the Red team opened the scoring with 53 seconds left in the period. Quinn Schmidt retaliated though, with a goal of his own 14 seconds later, knotting the score at 1-1. The second period scoring opened with Bishop’s second goal of the game, and was added to by Lucas Davidson with a little help from his friends (Zach Pearson, and Tyler Caron.) The Second buzzer rang out, with the score set at 3-1 for Red. In the final frame, Quinn Schmidt set up Blake Freer for a goal, bringing the score to an exciting 2-3. A minute later however, Tyler Caron begun his scoring splurge of three consecutive tally’s to earn himself a hat-trick, and pull the Red Team out in front to a score of 7-2.
The next two teams to take to the ice were Green and Black. Black coming off two big wins in the past two weeks, were finally taken down by Green in a battle that came down to the last minute of play to decide. The first period opened with a goal from Black’s Kevin Gray, who was assisted by Sebastien Fraser and Ivan Lange. The rest of the period remained scoreless, until with 5:19 left in the second, Green answered with a Brice Wallis marker, knotting the score up. But the next line to hit the ice for the Green team set up Joseph McNeil with the assist to Josh Gibson. And in the final period of play, the teams traded goals. Green first widened the lead to 3-1 when Brady Krasinkiewicz buried the puck with only 1:28 left. But the Black team’s Sebastien Fraser picked up his first goal of the game, and second point with a marker 13 seconds later. The Black team ran out of time in the end however, and the score was left at 3-2.
Next was the Blue and Grey game.13 Goals in one game is a rare occasion, but to have 12 goals in one game, and still be tied with 10 seconds left is even more momentous. The Blue team pulled out to the 3-1 Lead in the first period, with goals from Chase Nickels, Jack Hutchinson, and Liam Cullinan. Kyle Fraser opened the scoring for Grey with the first of two assists in the game to Dean Palimaka. The first buzzer seemed to be a spark for Grey, because in the second period, the Grey team’s sticks started hitting twine with goals from Jeremy MacMillan, Zion Ainsworth, and Evan Morrison. But Blue kept it close with a marker of their own, from Jack Hitchinson (assisted by Chase Nickels.) and now with the score tied 4-4 going into the third, the Grey team opened with Evan Morrison’s second (from Daniel Gratton.) The tug of war continued when Jack Hutchinson scored his third to re-tie the game. Zion Ainsworth pulled Grey ahead again, until with 0:59 seconds left, Liam Cullinan drew the teams even. And riding this
new wave of momentum allowed Christian D’Agostini, to be the hero of the game for Blue, scoring with 0:09 seconds left, to set the score at 7-6 for the Blue Team.
Yellow and White took the ice last to finish the morning. Scoring opened with a goal from White’s Thomas Field (assisted by Cody Hillman.) at 8:43 in the first. The score remained 1-0 until the second period where after Jackson Fawdry and Luke West teamed up to bury the puck, Yellow stormed back with 3 themselves, coming from the sticks of Alexander Dafoe (Dawson Howes), Hudson Laur and Nathan Stewardson. And in the final frame, the teams battled to the whistle with White picking up a goal from the teamwork of Gregory Van Heyst, and Jackson Fawdry, and Yellow picking up 3 markers on Alexander Dafoe’s second of the game, and a pair of goals from Owen Chute. The back and forth scoring left the scoreboard blinking 6-3 for the Yellow team, and left Atom House League Hockey with a week to recuperate from all the red lights this week.