Nov 22, 2022 | Mark Stephens | 490 views
SIMCOE U18 TEAM 1 WIN REGIONAL SILVER STICK
Congratulations to Simcoe Tire Craft U18 Warriors on their championship victory at the Regional Silver Stick in Aylmer over the weekend of November
They started the tournament facing an undefeated team in the Belmont Rangers on Friday at 11:45 AM. They got down early, but managed to storm back to a 7-3 win. Goals went to Jeryn Shortt with 3, and Mason Mitchell, Gavin Clark, Porter Anderson and Parker Jamieson all with 1. Assists went to Shortt, Clark, and Anthony Andrello.
Game 2 saw them face Mount Brydges on Saturday at 11:30 am. Despite outshooting their opponents by a fair margin, they were down 1-0 with 2 minutes to play. Gavin Clark managed to tie the game with 1 minute left to play . The game remained a 1-1 tie.
Game 3 was against Tillsonburg 3. The team played well and the game ended in an 8-3 win. Goals were scored by Cameron Schweitzer, Jeryn Shortt, and Gavin Clark, with 2 each, and single goals by Evan Sibbick and Parker Jamieson. Assists went to Aidan Littler with 2, and Talia Shurr-Gregg, Dylin Haskett, Sibbick, and Jamieson all with 1. The win secured first place in Group B, and a game against Strathroy Sunday at 1 PM.
This game was a back and forth game but Gavin Clark scored at the 3:15 mark of the second period. This ended up being the game winning goal and the Warriors won the Semi Final game by a 1-0 score. This set up the finals against another undefeated team in Caledonia Team 1 at 3:45 PM. This was another closely contested game which could have gone to either team. Evan Sibbick banged in a goal at the 6:32 mark of the first period, assisted by Talia Shurr-Gregg. The Warriors managed to make this goal stand up and won their second game of the day by a 1-0 score, and became the Aylmer Regional Silver Stick champions. Next the Warriors will move on to the Silver Stick finals in Pelham the weekend of January 12-15, 2023.
Team Notes: Kameron Schnarr was our best penalty killer all weekend, forcing the other team to spend a lot of time in their own zone during their power plays. "Bulldog" Will Murphy never backed down from any battle, whether in front of the net, or in the corners, and always made the smart play in our own zone. Porter Anderson played the Semi Finals and Finals despite battling food poisoning. Gavin Clark and Jeryn Shortt led the team with 5 goals each. Talia Shurr-Gregg took a slapshot off the hand in the semi final game. Most expected her not to play in the finals, but she played and had one of her best games of the season. Mason Mitchell kept the mood in the room on point with his one liners and quick comments. Goaltender Kody Austin only allowed 7 goals in 5 games, and earned a shutout in both the Semi Final and Finals.