By Doug Kennedy
The Huron Bruce Blizzard Atom team won the North American Silver Stick Atom C Championship this past weekend in Forest. They defeated Belmont 4-1 in the final. Belmont had defeated them 3-2 in round robin play. They won their other three games in the round robin against Pembroke, Lambton and Fort Wayne. They landed in first place in the round robin and got a bye to the final game. Three players made the all-star team; Colin Bell in net, along with defenseman Kale Liddle and forward Gage Lyon. The Kincardine Atom team lost a tough game against Penetang 1-0 in the Atom B semi-finals. Mooretown defeated Penetang 2-1 in the Atom B finals. Congrats to both teams on a great weekend in Forest. The Kincardine Bantams’ only win was against Arvada, Colorado. They finished in fourth place. Only the top three teams made it to the playoff round.
The Ripley Wolves won its last three games over the past two weekends to pull into a four-point lead over Saugeen Shores, for first place. This Saturday, the Wolves host Saugeen Shore,s which should be a final showdown for the lead. Defending champions, the Clinton Radars, have jumped into third place. I am sure the Wolves would like to let Saugeen Shores and Clinton battle in a semi-final series. The Wolves travelled to Shelburne a couple weeks ago in a battle of two top teams. The Wolves impressed with a 7-2 win. Brett Catto had three goals with singles going to Garrett Meurs, Adam Alexander, Ben Hughes and Nick Seiler. Assists went to Meurs (two), Cody Britton (two), Dan Nicoloff, Hunter Robin Gibbons, Chad Jones, Hughes, JD Falconer (two), Tyler McCarthy (two) and Seiler. Jason Hamilton picked up the win in net. This past weekend the Wolves defeated Lucknow 10-0 and Shallow Lake 5-1. Meurs led the way against Lucknow with three goals and three assists. Britton and Alexander had two goals with singles going to Nicolof, Shawn Stewart, and Gerrit Satosek. Assists went to Jordan Turcotte (two), Alexander (two), Catto (two), Tyson Soers Gibbons and Blake Nichol. Gatlin Burt got the shutout for the Wolves. On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves defeated Shallow Lake 5-1. Catto had a pair of goals, with singles going to Meurs, Nicolof and Dylan Sayle. Assists went to Satosek (two), Turcotte, Jarrid Colling, Soers, Britton and Alexander. Hamilton got the win in net for the Wolves.
Garrett Meurs leads the league in scoring with 46 points. Seaforths’ Holdyn Lansink is two points behind. It is getting close to that time of year. It is playoff time in the next couple weeks. It will be some great hockey to watch like last year’s playoffs.
The Bulldogs lost two out of three games this past week which will hurt in the hunt for third place. They defeated Walkerton at home last Tuesday night 5-4. Brett Burrows had two goals with singles going to Jarred Fossold, Logan Swanton and Carson English, who scored the game-winning goal. On Saturday night in Mount Forest, the Bulldogs lost 4-2. Logan Freiburger and Mike Fiegehen scored for the Bulldogs. On Sunday afternoon at home, the Bulldogs lost 6-2 to the Hanover Barons. Newcomer Geoffrey Vandboorn and Brett Burrows scored for the Bulldogs.
It looks like Mount Forest will land in first place again this year. They will take the bye, so that will mean Wingham will play Walkerton in the first round. It looks like Mitchell will play Goderich and Kincardine will play Hanover. That could change this weekend as both Mitchell and Kincardine have two games left with Mitchell ahead by two points.
It is hard to believe that Larry Walker is only the second Canadian player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It took 10 years on his final ballot to get in. I do not think it should have taken this long. His numbers prove he should be there. He hit over 360 for three straight years. Why can no one else do that if being in Colorado is the reason for his great stats? He also played for the Expos and Cardinals in his career. He joins Chatham resident Ferguson Jenkins as the second Canadian in the Hall of Fame. It looks like Walker will not have to wait that long to greet another Canadian, as Joey Votto is putting up Hall of Fame numbers every year in Cincinnati. Walker grew up in Maple Ridge, B.C. Unfortunately he never made it to the world series. He should have in 1994, when the owners locked the players out in mid-August when the Expos were rolling along in first place with a really good team. It was not right, as baseball lost a lot of fans and the Expo franchise because of it. Walker, it will be a proud Canadian day when you get inducted onto the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is already in the Canadian baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys.