The house league division of the Atom age variety was back in action and all the McDonald sponsored teams involved were looking for a strong outing in their second week back. Yellow and Blue, Black and Orange, White and Grey and Red and Green were our matchups this week.
Wasting no time getting back into the swing of league play, McDonald’s Yellow and McDonald’s Blue took to the ice before the sun made it to the rink with their brisk 8:00 am game. The first period opened with two Blue goals in quick succession. Joe Stinson netted a dandy at 6:31, and Jack Hutchinson put home his own nearly a minute later. The second period was a different story however, as Alex Weir and Dawson Howes each scored one for Yellow, bringing the teams even. That was until with 5 seconds left in the period, a flurry in the Yellow crease allowed Jack Hutchinson to knot his second of the game for Blue. The third period saw three minutes go by before Anthony Bullock and Connor Wilson teamed up to ice the game for Blue. 4-2 for Blue was the final.
McDonald’s Black and McDonald’s Orange were up next and the two teams kept the tempo high. Midway through the first, Quinn Schmidt put Orange up one nothing. The score remained until with 9:19 left in the second period, lightning struck twice, and Schmidt netted his second from Ben Lyford. The third period allowed time for Schmidt to finish his hat-trick, and Ryan Dennis (with the help of Jimmy Bennett) to get in on the scoring action. Black answered with 2:25 left in the game off a goal from Liam Robinson, but it was too little too late, and Orange took it 4-1.
In the third game of the morning McDonald’s White and McDonald’s Grey took to the ice. With 6:20 on the clock in the first period, Christopher Blair opened the game’s scoring. The period ended with the score 1-0 for White. In the second period, Jackson Fawdry aided White’s cause by putting up a goal of his own. But Grey answered on the next two consecutive shifts, with goals from Dean Palimaka and Ewan Morrison. The second period ended with the score set at 2-a-side. In the third, the teams played scoreboard ping-pong as they traded goals. Luke West and Jacob Graham netted the go ahead goal with 9:31 left in the game. Morrison pulled Grey back even off the feed from Mason Minielly with his second. Then six minutes later, Dan Gratton pulled Grey ahead once more. But the ever-scrappy White team came back again with Chris Blair’s second (this time from Greg Van Heyst, and Brent Menheere) to knot up this evenly set match up at the game final 4-4.
And in the final ice time McDonald’s Green and McDonald’s Red played in a Christmas time “Jingle Bell Rock em Sock em” matchup. The first period only saw one goal on the board coming from Green’s Josh Gibson (Costa Columbo on the assist.) In the second, Red’s offensive engine started firing on all cylinders and they took off with three goals. (Matteo Troiani with one, and two for Tyler Caron) The Green team clawed back with a marker from Jack Symington in the third, but Red’s Matteo Troiani lit the lamp twice more after that to bring the score to 5-2 for his team, and end the 11th week of Atom House League Hockey.