Minor Peewee A Terriers finish off King Rebellion to be crowned York Simcoe Champions
ORILLIA MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
The Jim Wilson’s minor peewee Orillia Terriers defeated the King Rebellion in the finals of the York Simcoe Hockey Association Championship.
In Game 1, Orillia’s Cohen Robitaille stole the puck short-handed, fed Devin Fisher who buried the first goal of the series to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Nathan Healy scored a few minutes later after Tommy Goard got a puck on net. The Rebellion got within a goal, but Orillia capitalized on a late third-period power-play when Chase Beiers blasted the puck in from the point to restore the two-goal lead. Assists went to Cohen Robitaille and Devin Fisher. Orillia won game 1, 3-1. Ryker Jacobs was solid in net for the win.
Orillia traveled to Nobleton for Game 2 of the series. Early in the first period, Beiers again scored on the power-play. Assists went to Goard and Bennett Mackey. King quickly tied it up before the end of the first. Healy collected a rebound and potted a goal to give the Terriers a one goal lead. The lone assist went to Goard. Again King tied it up to head into the third period. The game went scoreless in the third period, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, Connor Sampson stopped several King shots including a stretched-out paddle save to keep the game tied. Subsequently, the Terriers rushed the puck up the ice and applied similar pressure to the Rebellion. Orillia’s Bennett Mackey got the puck on net. After a goal-mouth scramble, Healy buried the puck to give the Terriers the OT winner. Sampson and the Terriers took a two-game lead home to earn the title.
Orillia hosted King in Game 3, hoping to close out the series. King wanted to extend the series and it showed. The game went back and forth in the first and remained physical and tight checking during the entire game. Ethan Telford scored in the second period to open the scoring. Assists went to Cohen Robitaille and Devin Fisher. King evened the score right before the end of the second. Orillia took a penalty, followed by a bench minor for too many men a few seconds later. King scored on the power-play for the one goal lead. Minutes later King scored again to give the Rebellion a two-goal lead. As the period continued, Goard scored with a few minutes left in the game on an assist from Cameron Weishar. It was not enough as the Terriers failed to find the equalizer. Ryker Jacobs was in net for the loss.
In Game 4, the Terriers traveled to Schomberg. Marcus Petroff opened the scoring midway through the first period on a solo effort. King tied it before the end of the period. In the second period, Orillia erupted with goals. First, Petroff scored with an assist going to Hunter McLaughlin. Fisher scored on the power play a few minutes later, assisted by Telford and Robitaille. Then Goard scored a few minutes later, chasing the King goalie out of the net. Assists on Goard’s goal went to Mackey and Healy. The goalie change seemed to give life to King as they replied with a goal on the next shift. On the faceoff right after, Mackey and Goard combined as Mackey bulged the twine to restore the three-goal lead. The teams exchanged chances back and forth in the third period, until finally King was able to slide a puck past Connor Sampson. With the lead at 5-3 and the King net empty, Orillia’s Goard scored his second of the game into the open cage sealing the victory and the York Simcoe Championship with the 6-3 win. Sampson made several stops in the third to keep King from closing the gap.
Orillia will participate in the Lakeshore Challenge against North Durham to close out their stellar season.