Vets, Braves go undefeated
The Woodstock Navy Vets and Tavistock Braves swept their weekend set of games
VETS MOVE CLOSER TO FIRST
The Woodstock Navy Vets inched closer to first place with a 2-1 win against the Norwich Merchants and a 4-3 victory over the Burford Bulldogs.
On the team’s annual Remembrance Day game, Woodstock got past Norwich 2-1, with Justin Elms scoring the team’s two goals. Elms had the game’s first goal at 5:58, with Jack Dorey getting the assist. After Norwich tied the game on a Blake Pow powerplay goal, Elms gave Woodstock the lead on the power play at 14:10 of the second. Kyle Walker had the lone assist.
Keaghan Brett made 24 saves in net for the win.
The Navy Vets continued their six-game winning streak Saturday in a 4-3 decision against Burford.
Warren Gorman started the scoring at 11:35 of the first, as Austin Richardson and Lucas Psenicka had assists. The Bulldogs scored two goals before the end of the period, but Woodstock made it 3-2 by the end of the second. Dylan Wettlaufer scored at 5:03 with Dorey and Walker assisting, and then Austin Sine had a powerplay goal at 16:06. Walker and Elms had assists.
Burford tied the game midway through the third, but Sine grabbed his second goal on the power play at 14:17 after Chris Nauts and Walker had assists. Mike Harrison made 51 saves in net, while Woodstock had 77 shots on Burford’s net.
The wins moved Woodstock to within a point of the first-place Ayr Centennials with a game in hand. Woodstock has a 15-2-0-1 record and are in second. They visit the New Hamburg Firebirds Friday and the Paris Mounties Saturday.
BRAVES SWEEP WEEKEND GAMES
The Tavistock Braves won all three of their weekend games, starting with a 3-2 victory against first-place Ayr Centennials and then beating the fourth-place Paris Mounties before ending with a 7-2 win against the Delhi Travellers.
The Braves started with the division’s top team in Ayr and, after a scoreless first, the Centennials had the game’s first goal. Mitch McKay tied the game on an unassisted goal at 13:20, and then Angus Rowland made it 2-1 at 19:04 with Zach Otto and Jensen Van Boekel assisting.
The Centennials tied the game early in the third, but Josh Borys notched the game-winner at 13:57, with Brody Oliver and Jake Wiffen picking up assists.
Van Boekel had 22 saves in net as the Braves had 33 shots on Ayr’s net.
Their Friday game against Paris saw the Mounties get the game’s first goal, but Tavistock struck back with the next time in a 5-1 win.
Josh Borys scored twice in the first, once in the second and once again in the third, including two coming shorthanded. Wiffen had Tavistock’s other goal on the power play.
Van Boekel made 23 saves and the Braves had 30 shots on Paris’ net.
Tavistock finished their successful weekend with a 7-2 win against Delhi when they opened with four first period goals.
Zac Berg started the scoring at 2:30, with an assist from Ryan Donat, and Borys added a shorthanded goal at 8:58 with Liam O’Dette and Mathew Henderson getting assists. Tayler Trachsel made it 3-0 at 10:56 off a Cole Corriveau assist and Wiffen notched a power-play goal at 18:06 on assists from Otto and Oliver.
Tanner Johnson made it 5-0 1:52 into the second, with Berg and Trachsel getting assists. After Delhi scored, the Braves added two more goals, with Johnson getting his second on the power play at 11:57 on Oliver and Borys assists and then Corriveau scoring on helpers from Kieran Van Boekel and O’Dette.
Van Boekel made 18 saves in net, with Tavistock firing 46 shots on Delhi’s net.
Tavistock won all three of their weekend games to move to a 14-10-2 record for third place. They’re two points behind first-place Ayr with two games in hand. The Braves visit the Norwich Merchants Friday at 8 p.m. and host New Hamburg Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Woodstock Navy Vets Connor Dick, left, carries the puck into the offensive zone with Norwich Merchants Sam Davies pursuing in Woodstock on Friday. Woodstock won 2-1 and 4-3 against the Burford Bulldogs.