Good show­ing by Stanstead Col­lege Spar­tans

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Stanstead, James Rioux, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

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.

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