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Ayr Centennials | Junior C Hockey Club
This Thursday’s special guest announcer will be Mike Farwell from KIXZ FM. Mike will be on hand as part of his Farwell for hire fund raiser. He is raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis research so come on out and help support a great cause.
Cens 2-0 to Start the Season
Last season the Centennials would never have been called a strong first period team but after some shaky first shifts, Friday night in Norwich, the Cens got down to it and left the opening frame with a 3-0 lead. Goal scorers were Brendan Schaefer (power play), Jeff Howlett (break away) and Austin Sine (breakaway).
This year’s team is bigger and faster and dare I use the word "truculent" as the Cens finished their checks at both ends of the ice.
Lee Doherty got the shut out stopping 33 shots. Two minutes into the third he came up big winning a race to the puck and again with 2:00 left on the clock made a huge glove save when he appeared to be down and out. Riley Clipper rounded out the scoring snapping in a Jake Whibbs rebound with 6:21 left in the game. This was a hard hitting game in which the Cens dished out more than their share.
Sunday at 12:30 the Centennials hosted the Tavistock Braves in the home opener. Tavi showed up to play their third game in three days after losing to Burford on Friday 4-3 then defeating Delhi 5-0 on Saturday but showed no signs of fatigue this early in the season.
Ayr- Tavi games never do seem to be the prettiest games and Sunday afternoon was no exception. In front of about 290 fans the two teams renewed the rivalry as if they had played the night before. Ayr drew first blood at 13:53 of the opening frame while enjoying a power play. Jackson White carried a Riley Clipper pass over the line on the right side and dropped it to trailing Sean Mitchell who blasted a one timer into the top corner on the far side.
Tavi tied it up 2:34 into the second with a power play goal but the Cens regained the lead at the 5:40 mark. Alex Ritchie received an Austin Sine pass behind Tavi’s net and one timed it into the blue ice just as Jackson White arrived to drive it home. That trio is three of nine Ayr boys on the Cens roster this season.
In a penalty filled affair Ayr received a 5:00 major for head checking 3:39 into the third but the P.K. came up huge denying the Braves power play. Not surprising that it was another Ayr power play that made it 3-1. Veteran Centennial Logan Beechey has been reassigned to the point this season and it was his shot from the left point that Brendan Schaefer redirected at the top of the blue ice. But another P.P. goal from the Braves with 7:55 remaining made it interesting. And just to add to the tension Ayr was assessed their 18th penalty of the contest with 2:52 left on the clock. Tavi pulled their goalie for the extra attacker just before the penalty expired but great pressure on the fore check paid off for Jeff Howlett as he forced a turnover beside the Tavistock net and back handed it in the empty cage. Tavi went 2-13 on the P.P. while Ayr was 2-5.
It was a scrambly game but the Cens showed they have a team full of players that have come to compete. In the introduction of the team BBQ that followed the game G.M. Jeff Grimwood said “ it has been a grueling off season of recruiting but every player in this room had been kept for a reason” Cens captain Andrew Richard and the rest of the over agers added to that with a common cause, We want a ring. This team has an abundance of talent and a strong group of leaders that know what it takes to win. This is always an exciting time of year and so far the efforts of the Centennials management are batting 1000.
The Cens next home game is this Thursday Sept. 18th when they will be hosting the New Hamburg Firebirds. What makes this game interesting is the last time these teams met was game seven of last year’s semi-finals. For those of you new to the organization Cens Captain Andrew Richard scored the winning goal with 00:01 left in regulation time to eliminate the Firebirds in front off 900 fans.
So don’t wait for the playoffs to start following this team. There is no doubt this is going to be another exciting season of Midwestern Jr. C hockey.
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