Thank you to all who participated in Warrior Day! Fifteen back-to-back games with great effort put forth by both home and away teams.
The Hishons Custom Embroidery Tier 1 Novices couldn't overcome a slow start and were defeated 3-2 by West London. Camden Daigle had 2 third period goals both assisted by Luke DeVries. Luke Gaylor and Patrick Holloway each collected 1 assist. Player award went to #4 Luke Devries.
Neumeister Motors Novice Tier 2 Novices played a strong game from start to finish on Warrior Day, but were defeated by Twin Centers. The boys are continuing to show improvement each game. Brody Jeffery scored Stratford's lone goal assisted by Zach Scooley. Player Award went to #15 Brody Jeffrey.
Two undefeated minor atom teams went head to head on Warrior day. In the end, West London proved too much for Stratford Holloway Automotive Atom team, handing them a 7-3 loss. Kaden Eybergen notched two for the home team with assists going to line mates Adam Windsor and Scott Thornton. Mitch LaFay also bulged the twine, assisted by Jared LeSouder. The Warriors showed tremendous effort throughout the contest playing a “no quit” style of hockey, entertaining friends and family in attendance. Player award went to #15 Adam Windsor.
The AJ Jackson Minor Atom MD team was defeated 10-1 by west London on Saturday. The young team played hard and had several good scoring opportunities early in the game. Alex Dingwell scored the goal with assists to Cole Cook and Tyler Gibb. Bobby Langland and Garrett Culliton played well up front and Keagan Mcarthur and Jordan Sinclair were solid on defense. Player Award went to #7 Zach Bell.
The Stratford Dunny’s Source for Sports Atom MD Warriors were defeated 5-2 by the North London Nationals on Saturday. The Warriors fell behind 2-0 in the first period until Dominic Boon found the back of the net. London scored the next 2 goals and took a 4-1 lead into the third period. Boon scored on a wrist shot to the top of the net and the Warriors continued to pressure the North London defence, but were unable to even the score. Warrior defensemen Kobe Robinson, Ethan Reid and Josh Bossence had strong defensive games. Player Award went to #8 Dominic Boon.
The Perth Auto Dismantlers lost 7–1 against the Waterloo Wolves on Warrior Day. Goalie Jared Flemming faced 41 shots throughout the 3 periods of play. Stratford’s goal was a result of an effective cycle of the puck from Carter Lewis, to Jared Searles and then to Charlie Rankin who scored. Player Award went to #15 Charlie Rankin.
Stratford Nes-Tech Minor Peewee MD Warriors dropped a 1-0 decision to Sarnia on Warrior Day in Stratford on Saturday. The Warriors carried the play through the majority of the game outshooting their opponent by a large margin yet Sarnia managed the only goal. Strong fore-check and a stingy defence gave Stratford the edge in play but the Warriors continued to be frustrated by the Sarnia goalie. Nathan Rison had a strong game in net for Stratford while Liam Taylor and Riley Higgins supported well on defence. All three lines led by Jake Gansevles, Jeremi Carman and Brayden Carnegie managed to apply pressure in the offensive zone. Player Award went to #6 Nathan Cook.
The Hiller Realty Minor Peewees came out strong against Woodstock after a good week of practices. Jakob Partridge was strong on the puck all game and scored a great goal for the Warriors. Eric Gibb, Sean Chisholm and Dean Jackson rounded out the scoring. The Warriors got into some penalty trouble but managed to kill them off on some great goaltending by Mitch Watt, winning the game 4 to 3. Overall it was a strong team effort and the Warriors look to keep up the hard work and string together some wins as they continue to grow as a team. Player Award went to #8 Hayden Shantz.
Best Western The Parlour Historic Inn and Suites PeeWee MD’s survived an early game scare Saturday, scoring 3 unanswered goals to beat West London 3-2. After falling behind 2-0 after the 1st, goaltender Jeremy Wickenheiser closed the door. Goals by Chase Windsor (Anthony Gioia, Cole McKay), Peter Williams (Nathan Ferguson, Carson Dunseith) and a late tally by Connor Franke (Jacob McPherson, Liam Westman) sealed the win for the Warriors. Player Award went to #30 Jeremy Wickenheiser.
The Stratford Scotiabank Major Peewee's poured it on against Brantford on Warrior Day and defeated them 6-1. The offense was lead by Clayton Lewis with a natural hat trick, and Bradley Kraemer with a goal and two assists. With the other goals going to Brody Hunt and Justin Beuermann, additional assists to Tyreese Harrison and two to Dalton Smith. Player Award went to #12 Bradely Kraemer.
The Stratford Crabby Joes Minor Bantam MD team hosted Sarnia on Warrior Day at the Molson Arena. The Warriors came out very strong in the first period taking the game to Sarnia but couldn’t bury any of their chances. Xavier Rutherford made several key saves but in the second the warriors got into penalty trouble and went down 1-0. Having to work off several penalty kills the Warriors started the third one goal behind and couldn’t connect on any of their opportunities around the Sarnia net. Although losing to Sarnia by a narrow margin of 1-0 the warriors proved that they are a talented team that can take on the best in their division. Player Award went to #9 Trent Uniac.
The Cherry Bus Lines Minor Bantams suffered a 4-3 defeat to Waterloo. Scoring for Stratford were Dalton Carde, Jarret Bogdon and Luke Goris. James Wilson, Devon Feltz, Spencer Dowd and Tim Clay provided assists. Ben Merkel stopped 22 of 25 shots and provided solid goaltending. Player Award went to #4 Jared Bogdon
Stratford Canadian Tire Major Bantam Warriors earned a 2-2 tie against Woodstock. A hard fought game against Woodstock earned the Major Bantams a tie. Woodstock opened the scoring in the first period. Josh Hill tied the game with help from Liam Kelly and Randy Wouters. Woodstock took the lead again on a power play to close out the second period. In the third Evan Metelski scored on a power play after Kelly dumped the puck behind Woodstock’s goal and Metelski took it and scored on a wrap around. Stratford tried to get the lead late in the game but was stopped by strong goaltending. Player Award went to #8 Evan Matelski.
On Warrior day the S.M.P. Minor Midgets lost for the first time this season and ending their 7 game streak. Brantford edged the Warriors 3-2. Brantford had a 2-0 lead before Stratford's Greg Swan scored and unassisted goal at 4:42 of the second period. Josh Bickell scored less than 2 minutes later to tie the game at 2-2. Drew Goebel and Evan Metelski assisted on the tying marker. Brantford scored the winning goal at 7:28 of the third to make it 3-3 for the 99'rs. Jack Bryan kept Stratford in the game by stopping 29 of the 32 shots fired his way. Brantford outshot Stratford 32-26. Player Award went to #16 Joe Gioia.
The Stratford Culliton's Major Midgets downed the Woodstock Jr. Navy Vets 5-2 at their home opener on Saturday during Warrior Day. Stratford jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than a minute in on a goal by Sam Campbell, and a little over a minute later Jake Near put them up by two. After Woodstock cut the lead to 2-1, Near netted his second on the power-play. With Woodstock pressing midway through the second period, goalie Spencer Marsh provided key saves to ensure there was no momentum shift. Campbell added a power-play and a shorthanded goal to complete his hat-trick and was named player of the game for his efforts. Stratford hosts the Brantford 99‘ers on Sunday, Oct 9th at Allman Arena, puck drops at 5pm. Player Award went to #6 Sam Campbell.