Week 12 – Sarnia Hockey – McDonald’s Atom House League
With the McDonald’s Atom House League back in the swing of things, the teams had skated off the Christmas Turkey and had found their legs for the 12th week of league play. This week had Green and Grey, Red and White, Blue and Orange, and Black and Yellow back at each other.
Green and Grey took the early ice at Clearwater. (Spoiler Alert) Grey’s Goalie Josh Craig stood on his head, and turned away a great melee for the shutout. Grey’s offence helped the cause by burying 5 goals. In the first, Zion Ainsworth scored two consecutive goals (assists to Josh Grant, Jordan Yates, and Xander Stafford). In the second, Josh Grant put up the only goal of the frame when Ainsworth returned the favor with a pretty pass. And in the final period, Dean Palimaka stretched the lead with an unassisted marker before Josh Grant iced the game and buried his second goal, and fourth point of the game with the assist going to Jeremy MacMillan.
Up next the All Canadian game with Red and White going head to head. Red’s Pat Tisdale took the feed from Austin Bishop and opened the scoring for his team. Zach Pearson and Mitch Keelan helped out making it 2-0 for Red until with just under two minutes left in the frame, Thomas Field netted the answering goal for White. In the second the teams each pushed one more chip into the pot. Red’s Zach Pearson scored his second (this time from Austin Bishop) and White’s Jackson Fawdry buried the dish from Curtis Arsenault. And with the score at 3-2 going into the third, Matteo Troiani netted Red’s fourth goal and kept his personal point streak alive. The final buzzer rang out with a 4-2 victory for Red in the books.
The third timeslot was reserved for Blue and Orange. In the first, Orange opened the scoring with a marker from Ryan Dennis. Blue was quick to answer though with a tally of their own from Christian D’Agostini (assist to Liam Cullinan). Orange then pulled out two more goals before the period was up, the first coming from Quinn Schmidt (assist to Dennis) and the second from Blake Freer. The second period saw Blue answer with another dandy from D’Agostini and it turned out to be the only goal of the frame. The third opened with two twine seeking missiles from Oranges Quinn Schmidt as he completed his hat-trick (assists going to Dennis and O’Brien). But D’Agostini decided to defy the day and dangle in for a dynamite dinger completing a hat-trick of his own. Final Score 5-3 for Orange.
The fourth match of the morning was buzzing with Black and Yellow. Yellow shot out to an early lead when Hudson Laur and Dawson Howes found each other in the zone and put the puck away. But Sebastien Fraser and Kevin Gray quickly pulled Black back to even ground. George Feniak couldn’t stand the tie though, and quickly did something about it, netting another for Black. The second period allowed time for Fraser’s second, and Ethan Charron’s first to bring the score to 4-1. And in the third period, Liam Robinson let go a wrist shot “with eyes” and it found its way into the back of the net, to finalize the 5-1 victory for Black, and finalize the 12th week of McDonald’s Atom House League Hockey.