Novice Win OMHA Finals, News, Novice, U15 (formerly Bantam), 2009-2010 (Essex Minor Hockey)

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Novice Win OMHA Finals
Submitted By sfuerth on Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Essex Ravens Novice ‘BB’ travel team captured the OMHA provincial title on enemy ice Sunday, defeating the Caledonia Thunder 5-2, to win the six-point series six points to two.

Luc Warnock, Grant Baker, Liam Hall, Nolan Miller, and Wyatt O’Neil with the championship-winning goal, scored for the Ravens.

Essex led 3-0 entering the final period. Essex goalkeeper Dylan Schaafsma was outstanding between the pipes in the victory.

“All 16 boys showed up today and that was the difference,” said Ravens head coach Phil Bellaire. “We’re just proof that Essex minor hockey is back and we’re on the rise, and we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.”

In the championship series, Essex jumped out to an early lead, winning two of the first three contests.

In game three on Saturday in Essex, the Thunder staved off elimination, winning 3-2.

“The boys battled back. Obviously Essex played great, and so did our guys,” said Thunder coach Andy Fitzhenry.

The Ravens had jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after only 5:21 of the first period on goals by Captain Warnock and Rhett Bellaire.

“It was a good game but I think we let down when we had that two-to-nothing lead,” said the nine-year-old Warnock.

Caledonia cut the lead in half when Thunder Captain Sean Chisholm connected from the slot on a one-timer. At the 40-second mark of period two, Chisholm pulled his team even when his deflected shot from the left post ramped up and over goalkeeper Schaafsma’s right shoulder. The game winner, by Drew Fitzhenry, came at 2:41 of the third, off a point-shot deflection. After the Thunder evened the score, the territorial play switched decidedly in favour of the road team. Schaafsma was outstanding to keep his team close, making seven point blank saves on prime scoring opportunities.

“He saved our bacon tonight,” coach Bellaire said.

“That game could have been a whole lot worse.”

In the first weekend of the series, Essex captured game one on home ice March 13, winning 7-4.

In game two the following day in Caledonia, the Ravens squeaked out a 4-3 overtime decision.

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