Ayr Flames Peewee AE Vs. Caledonia, Simcoe, and Ingersoll Oct. 6-14, News, Peewee AE, 2017-1018 (Ayr Flames)

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Ayr Flames Peewee AE Vs. Caledonia, Simcoe, and Ingersoll Oct. 6-14
Submitted By Jeremy Ritchie on Sunday, October 15, 2017
This past week, the Ayr Flames Peewee AE team opened up a busy regular season with games against Caledonia, Simcoe, and Ingersoll.

The Flames had just finished their exhibition season, and were looking for a quick start on Saturday, October 6 against Caledonia.  Gage Montroy would start in goal for this game.  In the first period, the Flames were very quick off the draw, gaining entry to the Thunder zone and scoring within 16 seconds!  This goal was scored by Aaron Henhoeffer and was assisted by Josh Ritchie.  With their first regular season goal under their belts, the Flames kept up the strong play by shutting down the Caledonia rushes and keeping the puck inside the Caledonia end.  This strong play awarded the Flames with Ritchie getting a goal of his own, assisted by Gillen Generoux and Henhoeffer with 4:56 to play in the period.  From here, the Flames kept up their defense (despite a short bench), and closed out the period up 2-0.  In the second period, Gage Montroy made several pretty stops to keep Ayr in the lead, as well as some great defensive play by Jack Leblanc, Carter Cressman, Kiana Baker, and Noah Covemaeker.  The score would hold 2-0 after 2 periods In the third period, The Thunder responded quickly with a goal at 10:13 to make the score 2-1.  Determined to hold on, Ayr tried their best to keep up their energy for the rest of the period, but Caledonia drew even with 2:36 left to play in the game.  A disappointing finish, Ayr was hungrier now for a win in Simcoe on Wednesday, October 11.  

It was time for Ayr to play Simcoe.  Nate Sherk got the nod for starting goalie.  In the first period, Ayr got off to another great start, outshooting the Warriors by a vast margin.  Players such as Drew Bigras, Chris Cotter, and Jordan Lacson were urging for goals early, but were shut down by the Simcoe goalie.  The Flames were held off the board in the first period, as were the Warriors, and the score remained tied at 0-0 after 1 period.  In the second period, the Flames started to heat up, finally breaking the tie at 7:07 with a goal by Josh Ritchie, which was assisted by Noah Covemaeker.  Scoring first for the second time in a row, the Flames gained momentum and started to draw penalties, nearly missing on some power play opportunities.  Just then, Aaron Henhoeffer scooped up the puck at center ice, and barged over the Warrior blue line.  He fired a backhand shot which went in top shelf glove side to make the score 2-0 for Ayr after 2 periods.  In the third, the Flames were playing a game of keep-away with the Warriors, aiming for a different result than their previous game against Caledonia.  With a full staff for this game, the Flames refused to let up and Chris Cotter scored at 6:24, assisted by Henhoeffer and Carter Cressman.  From here, goaltender Nate Sherk kept the shutout alive for Ayr, making multiple breakaway saves to come away with a 3-0 shutout against Simcoe, Ayr’s first win of the season.

Next, the Flames were at home against Ingersoll just this past Saturday, October 14, looking to close out their busy week with a win before their tournament the next weekend.  Gage Montroy would start in this anticipated game from the players, parents, and coaches.  In the first period, the Flames kept up their reputation of scoring first with Josh Ritchie’s third goal of the year, assisted by Aaron Henhoeffer at 7:53.  After this achievement, the Flames kept up the strong play with another goal from Simon DeSousa at 6:07 assisted by Gillen Generoux.  Behind Ingersoll by 1 point in the standings, the Flames battled to fend off Ingersoll’s numerous scoring chances.  The score remained 2-0 after 1 period.  In the second, Ayr continued to show their early season strength by keeping pace with the Express both on offense and on defense, with Ethan Dunnet and Zach Astley applying lots of pressure to the baffled Ingersoll team.  The Flames kept the score at 2-0 after two periods.  In the third period, play started to get physical from both sides, but neither team could capitalize on their power play opportunities.  In goal, Gage Montroy bailed out his teammates with several great sliding glove saves.  In the dying seconds, Ayr was able to clear the puck from their end and secure a second straight shutout victory, a promising sign for the defending Southern Counties champions.  Good job to all of the team members on the Ayr Flames Peewee AE team, and good luck in St. George this coming weekend!

Written by: Noah Covemaeker

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