Good showing by Stanstead College Spartans
Thefirst Bowers Division weekend series of games held at the Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead, Quebec was incredibly competitive and exciting to watch. Seven of the ten games finished with a differential of one goal or less, while two games were won in overtime and two ending in ties. When all was said and done, the five teams completed their games with records of: Stanstead College / 3-1 St. Michael’s College /2-1-1 Ridley College / 2-1-1 Edge School / 1-2-1 Rice Memorial / 0-3-1 Below is a detailed recap of each of the ten games played throughout the weekend: Friday, December 5th: Stanstead 3 / Ridley College 2 -OT This was an even game with much back and forth fast paced action. Ridley scored first in the second period on a goal by Girhiny and Stanstead banged home two quick ones in the third on goals by Rist and Brule. However, Ridley scored the equalizer on the power-play half way through the third period on a point shot from Lockhead. Drew Packman settled the draw with the winner on a nifty power-play snipe seconds into overtime. Shots were 34-19 Stanstead. St. Michael’s 3 / Edge 3 Edge was rolling early on scoring two goals in the first period by Fyten and Magus. St. Michael’s turned things around in the second, scoring two goals of their own (Petrucci and Caruana) to tie things up. Elmer and Violo exchanged third period goals in a rather physical affair but this game ended in a 3-3 draw. Shots were 28-23 Edge. Stanstead 7 / Rice 1 Although the score did not quite reflect the overall game, the offense in this one was all Stanstead. Jankowski (3G and 2 A), Packman (1 G, 2 A), Brule (1 G and 1A) and Smith (2A). Jaakola scored the lone Rice goal. Shots were 30-21 Stanstead. Ridley 4 / St. Michael’s 3 In the most physical and penalty filled game of the weekend, there was no doubt these two Ontario based teams were ready to play each other. In the first period St. Michael’s got on the board first on a goal by Colin Lee. Half-way through the period Ridley responded on a nifty shorthanded goal by Connor Hill. The second frame was a penalty filled affair that saw St. Michael’s take a one goal lead on a power-play goal by Andrew Petrucci. However, Ridley battled back to score a power-play goal of their own when Connor Hill hammered home a blast from the point. Christian Girhiny put Ridley up 3-2 before the end of the period. In the final frame, St. Michael’s tied the game half-way through on a goal by Liam Gillanders. Moments later, Ridley scored the winner on a beautiful play by Matvey Skripchenko. Shots were 35-33 Ridley. Saturday, December 6th Edge 6 / Rice 5 Rice jumped to a commanding 4-1 lead in this one but Edge clawed their way back to eventually go up 5-4. Rice came back to net the equalizer but Edge eventually got the winner in Overtime. (Kyle Haskins scored 2 G for Rice, while Kyle Magus had 2 G and 1 A, and Austin Ehret 3 A for Edge.) Shots were 42-25 Edge. St. Michael’s 3 / Stanstead 1 This game featured three different goal scorers for the Majors with goals by Warus, Marinelli and Ramsay. The lone Spartan goal was unassisted by Errka Vanska. St. Mike’s took a 2-0 lead before Stanstead narrowed the gap but were simply unable to beat the Major’s net-minder despite numerous chances. Shots were 39-30 Stanstead. Ridley 2 / Edge 1 - OT Although Edge dominated much of the play both teams exchanged goals in the second period (Hebert for Ridley) and (Elmer for Edge) in what proved to be a 1-1 draw after three periods of play. Ridley scored the winner seconds into overtime on a beautiful breakaway snipe by Connor Hill. Shots were 36-24 Edge. St. Michael’s 2 / Rice 0 The final game of the day was defensive from start to finish with both teams generating shots but few quality scoring chances. St. Mike’s led 1-0 for much of the game before an unfortunate bounce allowed them to take a 2-0 lead halfway through the final period on a shorthanded goal. St. Mike’s goal scorers were Caruana and Ramsay. Rice poured it on during the final minutes but were simply unable to beat a square and solid Major’s goalie. Shots were 29-20 St. Mike’s. Sunday, December 7th Ridley 3 / Rice 3 In what was perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend, Rice Memorial managed to claw back and tie the game after being down 2-0 and 3-1. Ridley goals were scored by Skirpchenko, Herbert and Girhiny. Rice goals came from Norton (2) and Smith. Shots were 42-35 Ridley. Note that both goalies were outstanding in this one. The varsity hockey games, featuring the Stanstead College Spartans, played at the Pat Burns Arena last weekend were highly competitive and exciting with two of the games going into overtime and two ending in ties. Stanstead 5 / Edge 1 The final game of the weekend saw Edge take a quick 1-0 lead on a power-play snipe by Connor Beebe. The home town Spartans bounced back with 2 quick goals with tallies by Nicolas Arel on a blast from the point, and a nifty snipe by Antoine Belisle down low. Later in the period Christopher Smith scored a beauty goal coming down the middle to overtake the defender and slip it through on a breakaway. David Jankowski provided a rather wonderful helper on the play. Stanstead added a fourth goal by Brad Brule in the second and a 5th on the power-play by Drew Packman in the third. Note that David Jankowski finished with 3 A, while his line-mates Chris Smith and Drew Packman each finished with 1 goal and 1 assist. Points aside, the first star in this one goes to Matthew Chan, for the 98 net minder from Waterloo, Ontario was outstanding from start to finish, stopping numerous point blank attempts from the Edge forwards. Shots were 37-32 Edge.