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Ayr Centennials | Junior C Hockey Club
Come on out Thursday to watch the rematch against the Tavistock Braves.
Cens Go 4-0 to Start the Season
With a headline like that you wouldn’t expect the next thing you read to say the Centennials have not looked sharp. Not to say they haven’t had their moments as there have been flashes showing what this team is capable of. There have been some tic-tac-toe passing plays, displays of true grit on their opponents blue ice, some inside out moves that left the D-man looking around for his jock and speed. Lots of speed. This is a team that is loaded with talent and as this young season progresses and the team begins to gel they will become a force.
The Centennials met up with the New Hamburg Firebirds for the first time since eliminating them from the play offs in game 7 of the semi’s last season (1second left in regulation). The Birds came out hard and took the lead just 1:21 into the game. In the interest of keeping this article under 12 pages I’ll forgo the play by play description. Austin Kovrig evened it up at 4:41 one timing a Jordan Pettitt pass (2nd A- Kevan Hadad). Cens captain Andrew Richard gave the Cens a lead they would not relinquish just 1:02 later with assists going to Alex Ritchie and Jeff Howlett. Eric Hackborn made it 3-0 putting a slap shot top shelf with assists going to Richard and Howlett. Carver Ormiston’s aggressive fore check caused a turn over he used to make it 4-1 and with 21 seconds left in the frame Howlett connected on the power play with assists from Sean Mitchell and Richard.
The Centennials organization would like to thank our guess announcer Mike Farwell from KIXZ radio in Kitchener. Mike was on hand as part of his “Farwell for Hire” campaign to raise funds for Cystic fibrosis research. The Cens were happy to donate their share of the 50/50 ($204) to Mike for this worth while cause. Terry Bullock was the other lucky winner. Farwell did make a valiant attempt at the Queen’s Shot-o-rams despite having a stick that was about two feet to long.
Another slow start cost the Cens as New Hamburg got their second 2:05 in for the only goal in the second.
Once again the Birds got the jump and scored 1:20 into the third with an unassisted short handed goal. 23 seconds later Alex Ritchie made it 6-3 with help from Hadad and Mitchell. Then just nine seconds into a 5 on 3 advantage Brendan Schaefer found the back of the net with the helpers going to Riley Clipper and Austin Sine. New Hamburg would add one more before Alex Uttley got his first as a Centennial with help from Kovrig and Ormiston.
Friday night the Cens traveled to Delhi to take on the Travelers. Delhi opened the scoring (imagine that) 3:11 into the first with a power play goal but the lead was short lived as Brendan Schaefer got his fourth power play goal of the season with the lone assist going to call up Josh Woznica, another Ayr local. Ayr took the lead with: 42 left in the first on a goal by Anthony Pullia with assists going to Jackson White and Uttley.
The lone goal in the second came off Logan Beechey’s stick assisted by Schaef. White opened the scoring in the third scoring unassisted. Delhi capitalized on a short handed break away but Ayr would add two more power play goals Howlett from Mitchell and Kovrig and Ormiston from Pullia to make the final 6-2 for Ayr. Will Rawski made his debut in the Cens net and although he wasn’t over worked he came up big on a number of occasions.
The Cens are now averaging 5.5 goals per game while giving up 2 but also 42.5 minutes in penalties. A rash of early injuries and suspensions have made it tough to get any consistency in the line up but it is a 40 game schedule and right now the Burford Bulldogs (3-0) and the Cens are the only remaining unbeaten teams.
This will put a target on their backs and the Tavistock Braves will get the first shot at it as the come to town Thursday Sept. 25th at 7:30. So instead of showing up for the play offs and asking who’s who come on out and enjoy some great Jr. Hockey action right on your door step.
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