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Ayr Centennials | Junior C Hockey Club
Woodstock game cancelled due to weather conditions.
1st Place Gap Narrows
The Cens 1st place lead has been reduced to 6 points at the midway point of the 2014/15 season.
Last Thursday (Nov. 13th) the Cens hosted the Tavistock Braves. Ayr opened the scoring 30 seconds in on a bullet fired by Riley Clipper. Goal assisted by Pettitt and Homer. Quinn Diamond, who was recently acquired from the Winterhawks, got his first as a Cen on his first shift after intercepting a Braves pass at their blue line and slapping it in from the top of the right circle. Jeff Howlett left the game 6:38 in after being on the receiving end of a head check and has been sidelined for four to six weeks (not a concussion) Pettitt made it 3-0 with 4:05 left in the opening frame after he and Mitchell had a good volley going along the line before Jordan blasted it in from the left point.
Beechey kept it rolling in the second getting in tight on the blue ice. Assists went to Schaefer and Clipper. Pullia got the Cens fifth (and his 11th) deflecting a point shot. Assists went to Pettitt and Kemp. At 6:48 Pettitt carried a Lantaigne pass behind the net and waited for Schuringa to get into position to one time it home for a power play marker. With just over five left in the second Bogdon from the Braves asked Mitchell for a dance and the Tavi losing streak continued. With 1:15 left on the clock Jake Whibbs intercepted a Braves pass, split the D and found the five hole.
Kovrig had the slick finish at the end of a nice passing play. Whibbs and Diamond the assists. And Diamond got his second of the night while on the power play one timing a Whibbs pass in the back door. Kovrig got the second assist. Great first night for the Diamonds in Ayr as Quinn got two goals and an assist and his dad, Dave, won the 50/50 ($152).
Friday the Cens traveled to New Hamburg hoping to put a little more distance between them selves and the second place Firebirds. The chemistry the Cens had displayed the previous night was no where to be seen as a scrambly first period by both teams ended 0-0. The Birds opened the scoring midway through the period capitalizing on a give away and 58 seconds later jumped out to a two goal lead. Then with 6:24 left in the second Riley Clipper took a cross ice pass from Schaefer just outside the Birds line and fired a cannon from the top of the right circle into the top shelf. Second assist went to MacLean. Dortz made a great save with just over 4 left in the second to keep it in reach and with 2:48 left the Cens strung two passes together to send Whibbs up the middle. Whibbs hit the NOS button and blew by splitting the D and again found the fiver.
Then 3:27 into the third Doherty was assessed a gross misconduct and ejected from the game after disagreeing with a penalty call. Point streak has it down as a seven game suspension. Will Rawski came in on relief on the heels of a shut out the night before. New Hamburg took the lead with 8:43 remaining. With 2:41 left on the clock a puck bounced over Rawski and sat on the goal line before Rawski got a glove on it and a delayed whistle allowed Rawski and the puck to be jammed into the net. For the final 1:48 Ayr had a glorious chance to get back in it as they had a five on three advantage. Then with 1:15 left Rawski was pulled for the extra attacker. But a six on three wasn’t enough to stop the Birds from firing a puck from behind their own icing line into the empty net for a short handed goal to make the final 5-2 for New Hamburg.
This Centennials teams always appears to put forth a great effort but Friday night there was definitely something missing. Break out passes three feet behind the target, uncharacteristic losses of battles along the boards. But the score wasn’t indicative of the play. Even when having an off night the Cens are formidable. They have too much talent not to be.
That game marked the half way point of the season and the Cens sit with a 16-4 record. At the end of last season they were 31-6-3.
The Cens next home game is this Thursday Nov. 20th when they host the Woodstock Navy Vets. Woodstock have been steadily climbing the standing after a slow start and are currently in fourth place and riding a five game winning streak. In their last meeting the Cens watched a five goal lead dwindle and held on for a 5-4 win. This should be a good one. Saturday the Cens travel to Wellesley to take on the Applejacks
Meet the Centennials
Austin is a Kitchener boy and play his minor hockey in their AAA system. Kovy split last season between the Winter Hawks and Listowel Cyclones. Kovrig can make plays as well as score them himself as his 9 goals 9 assists record displays. He is in his first year as a Cen and is currently working at Timmies.