Area sports: Falcons come up short; Steel Blade goes Friday; Beechwood golf
The St. Catharines Falcons fell to 1-2 with a 4-3 loss at Hamilton in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action.
Adam Clark, Nolan Underwood, Jacob Macdonald and Justin Monteith scored for the Kilty B’s, who improved to 3-0.
Carson Edwardson, Andrew Somerville and Xavier Drummond replied for the Falcons.
“Everybody is in the same boat with teaching systems and structure this early in the year,” Falcons coach Tyler Bielby said. “As we work through that, the work ethic has to be there right from the drop of the puck.
“We didn’t get off our feet early enough and were playing catch-up in the third as a result. We also played an undisciplined game which is something we haven’t been doing. I’m not surprised we didn’t get the result we were looking for.”
The Falcons held a 47-37 edge in shots and scored all three of their goals with the man advantage.
“We fought the puck and really didn’t find our legs. We out-shot them and out-chanced them but need to bear down around the net and play with some purpose,” Bielby added.
STEEL BLADE GAME
The Brock Badgers and Guelph Gryphons men’s hockey teams will face off in the 21st Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre Friday at 7 p.m.
The Badgers’ roster boasts a robust recruiting class heading into the 2019-20 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) season and is coming off a school-record 19 wins (19-5-4-0).
“We have the talent and if we build the chemistry and work ethic, we believe we have a very good team,” said two-time defending OUA Coach of the Year Marty Williamson. “It’s early and we have a lot of work to do to get back to where we were last year.”
Western ended Brock’s playoff run in the second round last season before being bounced by the Gryphons, who lost to Queen’s in the OUA Championship.
The annual Steel Blade game is a unique opportunity for Brock and Guelph to analyze their players in a competitive situation, surrounded by an electric atmosphere of an expected sold-out Meridian Centre.
“The atmosphere with the students is incredible,” said Williamson, who previously spent more than a decade coaching in the Ontario Hockey League. “It’s loudest I’ve ever heard the Meridian Centre. It feels like a playoff game with that kind of crowd, which is great for the players and also good for the coaches to evaluate their players.”
Guelph head coach Shawn Camp said it’s been a privilege for his team to play in the Steel Blade Classic for many years.
“With such a natural rival, Steel Blade always feels like a playoff game in September,” he said. “The games are always intense and exciting, but there is so much more to it. It’s a celebration of the historical significance of the Steel Blade. There is no better way to start a season.”
Longtime Brock supporter and avid university hockey fan Ed Werner came up with the Steel Blade concept more than 20 years ago to help recognize the historical connections of Brock University and to raise the profile of the men’s hockey team.
Limited $25 general admission tickets remain and are available at ticketmaster.ca.
League draw winners: Phyllis Edwardson, Jennie Wensink, Lisa Rogers, Krista Miller.
Competition winners: Most up and downs: Denise Roach, Janice Rowe, Stephanie Woods.
Tuesday Ladies Points Leaders
Connie Mack 52; Sue Buchan 50; Kim Cowan 45; Cindy Dickson 45; Dini Kollen 45; Marilyn Fuller 44; Beattty Sokoloski 44.
Wednesday Ladies 2019
League draw winners: Sharon MacDonnell, Laurie Adams, Debbie Douglas, Halina Budd.
Competition winners: Most up and downs: Brandi Currie, Linda Reece.
Wednesday Ladies Points Leaders
Shirley Bartolini 44; Liz Seeley 43; Terry Huisman 42; Janice Kroetsch 42; Kelly Riley 42; Jackie Fitzgerald 40.
Thursday Stag-League Draw Winners
Closest to hole: #2 Chris Seddon; # 11 AJ Heafey.
League draw winners: Dan Lavalle, Don Wedderspoon.
Team points leaders: Mac (111), Ish (88), Stang (81), Breton (77), Koytk (76), Delduca (69), Wedderspoon (64), Cienik (51).
Ben’s Bright Spot Boys: Individual quota points game: Hank Andrulis +8, Larry Lavelle +8, John Fulton #7.
Team Quota Points Game: John Fulton, Frank Sentance, John Kenny and Jim McCann +23.
Closest to hole: # 9 Tim Howe; #11 and # 13 Mike Primeau.
Longest putt: Clair Sullivan.
Sunday Ben’s Group: Count 2 Net Best Balls
Wayne Meginnis, Ron Reece, Steve Romanin and Larry Lavelle 25 under.
Sam Linwood, Bill Urquhart, Pat Loney and John Kenny 22 under.
Duncan Allan, Rick Dupuis, Bob Fuller and Kevin Cowling 20 under.
Tony DeRose, Gerry Maney, Dieter Klassen and Ed Stangret 18 under.
Rick Linwood, Sam Lucenti, Ralph Carmichael and Dennis Parks 14 under.
Tim Howe, Wilf Soulsby, Karl Palmquist and Ange Persia 14 under.
Closest to hole: # 2 Wayne Meginnis; # 13 Ange Persia.
Low net: Sam Lucenti 83-20=63.
If interested in playing in the Aaron Wagner Invitational/Pro-Am @ Beechwood, it’s Sunday, Oct. 6. Cost is $75 for golf/cart/dinner or $30 dinner only. Entertainment by DRFTR, The Beechwood Boys and DJ Vagabond. All levels of golfers welcome. Sign up by emailing Aaron directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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