FOREST - Having won the Regional Midget B Silver Stick tournament held over the Christmas Holidays, the Parry Sound Brokerlink Midget Hockey Team secured a place in the International Silver Stick held in Forest Ontario January 11 to 13.
Congratulations to the Parry Sound Brokerlink Midgets as finalists in the 2012-2013 International Silver Stick Midget ‘B’ tournament held in Forest. Front row, from left, goalies Tanner Emerson and Brandon Badger. Second row, from left, Connor McDougall, Jared Orr, Collin Badger, Carson Lacey, Sam McKernon, and Austin Salerno. Third row, from left, Winston Badger, Tristan Berry, Tanner Whetham, Connor Scott, JR Tudhope, Stuart Thornton, Quinn Steele, Kyle Doherty and Tyler Conn. Absent from photo Cam Johnson, Captain Connor McLeod, Coach Les Badger, Brian McLeod, trainer Mike Conn and manager Lana Whetham.
On Friday afternoon the team faced Tampa Florida. With Brandon Badger in net, Parry Sound opened the scoring as Tristan Berry fed Sam McKernon and Winston Badger put it by the Tampa tender. Tampa answered back with a power play goal and a late second period goal to take the lead into the third period. Tampa added another before Collin Badger found Tyler Conn to bring the score to 3-2. The Parry Sound Club had difficulties with penalties and the Tampa team managed to add a fourth goal to hand the Shamrocks their first loss.
Early Saturday morning, Brokerlink met Ingersoll. The team played mediocre, but Shamrock goalie, Tanner Emerson, held it close as he shut down the Ingersoll force. Many penalties were assessed in the first two periods resulting in no flow to the game. It was hard for both teams to launch an offensive as the teams were constantly shorthanded. With a penalty free third period, Ingersoll scored first. With five minutes remaining in the third, Conner Scott found Collin Badger and Connor McDougall notched a fantastic goal. The game went into overtime. Ingersoll went on to win the game 2-1.
Saturday afternoon was a totally different game. Facing elimination from the playoffs, the Brokerlink Midgets dug deep for a full-team effort. Facing the team from the Ottawa region, the Shamrocks began to turn things around. Midway through the first period the Ottawa team beat Brandon Badger. Austin Salerno answered with a lovely goal as Stuart Thornton and Quinn Steele assisted.
Parry Sound added to their tally in the second period. Jared Orr deposited his first as a forward as JR Tudhope and Tristan Berry assisted from the point. Minutes later, Connor Scott capitalized from Tanner Whetham and Connor McDougall. The 3-1 lead did not last long as Ottawa scored at the last minute of the second.
As Parry Sound took to the ice for the third period, they knew they needed to win the period and the game to have a chance of getting in to the playoff round. The two teams exchanged chances, but it was Tanner Whetham’s blast from the point with the assist to Carson Lacey that secured the victory. Ottawa did not quit and pulled their goalie. The Shamrocks tried to attain the open netter to help their plus minus rating, but could not hit the unoccupied net. The score ended in our favour 4-2.
As the statisticians figured out the standings, the Parry Sound players wondered if the chances of squeaking into the playoff round again could be attained. Their prayers were answered. The Brokerlink Shamrocks would secure a berth in the semi final by 0.5 points. Early Sunday morning Brokerlink met the top seeded, home town, undefeated, Lambton Shores team.
As the teams took to the ice the home town fans blared their horns. Parry Sound parents cheered and clapped loudly as the boys made their debut in the semi final. In the first period the two teams got to know each other. Many chances for both teams, but both goalies made stellar saves. It wasn’t until the second period that Parry Sound found mesh. Connor Scott jumped on a turnover and turned the Shore defenders inside out as he sniped one by the surprised net minder.
Riding the momentum, speedy Austin Salerno out raced a Shore forward and tipped it to Stuart Thornton who skated in off the left wing for the blast top shelf. As the seconds ticked down in the second period, the Brokerlink Shamrock, Winston Badger popped a critical third goal with the assists to Sam McKernon and JR Tudhope.
The Lambton Shores squad came out in the third period determined to claw back into the game. But Parry Sound found the mesh first as Collin Badger and Stuart Thornton assisted on Sam McKernon’s beauty goal. The Shores capitalized twice midway through the third to cut the Parry Sound lead to 4-2. The excellent team play and dump and chase tactic, had the Shore players back on their heals as the Brokerlink Shamrocks rolled over them on the way to the final round at the International Silver Stick.
Parry Sound has the fortune of having two fantastic goal tenders. Tanner Emerson played for the South Muskoka Lightning in years past. He was a member of the midget Lightning squad that made it to the OMHA finals in 2012. He came to Parry Sound when the team amalgamated. He has had an excellent record with the club and was critical in the win at the Silver Stick Regional Finals. Brandon Badger is playing in his last season with the Midgets. He is a talented net minder and has faced many opponents in elimination play, including the semifinal win at the Regional Silver Stick. Badger was called upon to back the team in net as the puck dropped for the final against Tampa.
Having played Tampa in the first game of the tournament, the teams knew what to expect. Coaches Les Badger, Brian McLeod and trainer Mike Conn knew what their team was capable of. Hopefully they could build on the last two terrific team play games and secure victory. The puck dropped well after four o’clock, but the teams came out a little conservative. As the game advanced, the teams became a little more responsive. Parry Sound began laying on the body and the Tampa team did not respond. It took the crispness out of their play and Parry Sound had found their stride. Unfortunately, a couple of unfortunate penalties in the second set put the Brokerlink midgets off their game. Although Tampa did not capitalize, the momentum began to swing. An impressive end to end rush by a Tampa forward, on his off wing, was able to snipe a goal and give Tampa a 1-0 lead going into the third period.
Parry Sound came out after the flood with guns blazing. Cross bars and consistent play by the shortened bench created chances for the tie. Badger made some terrific saves as the Shamrocks pressed and pinched for the tie.
It wasn’t going to be the story book ending of the under dog savouring victory. The Tampa club managed to hold off the six attackers in the last minutes as Parry Sound pressed. Tampa won the game 1-0. A hard fought battle, a wonderful game to watch and the highlight of the tournament.
The Silver Stick was a well-run tournament. The many sponsors and volunteers certainly provided a terrific experience for participants and spectators. At the conclusion of the game, Parry Sound was presented with the Finalist Silver Stick Cup to Acting Captain Connor McDougall. The Finalist Banner was presented to Assistant Captains Tristan Berry and Winston Badger. **Two Parry Sound Brokerlink Shamrock players were named to the Midget B All-Star Line. Defenceman Tristan Berry and forward Connor McDougall were presented with certificates for their outstanding play.
This is the third time the Parry Sound Hockey Club has represented in the final match in Forest for Midget B. Parry Sound won in 2000/2001, finalists in 1992/1993 and now 2012/2013. Well done team. As well as impressive play on the ice, the team players were excellent ambassadors for Parry Sound. Parry Sound will start the MPS playoffs with a round robin tournament in Port Carling this Saturday at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Sunday morning in Port Carling at 9:15 am. The top two teams will advance to the MPS final.
Parry Sound will begin the OMHA Play downs the following weekend. On Friday night, Jan 25 , Parry Sound hosts their arch rivals - Highland Storm at the BOCC at 8:30 p.m. If you get a chance, come out and cheer on your Parry Sound Hockey Club. Go Shamrocks, go!