RBC Generals & RBC Crushers Set to Battle for Bantam A Crown
Week 3 of the DJHL play-offs came to an exciting end on Friday night as Bussey Horwood Arena played host to the deciding semi-final games in Bantam A action.
In the opening match, the second-place Thrashers came out strong against the Generals early but goalie William Dyke kept his comrades in there through the offensive attack. The game was tied at 1-1 after the first period on goals from Thrasher Evan Peach (assisted by AJ Joyce and Devin Stockley) and Dawson Durdle for the Generals (unassisted). The game stayed dead-locked until the middle of the third period when the red-hot Durdle blasted a slapshot by goalie Hunter White on the power play. That blast proved to be the winner in a very hard fought match.
Goals were not in short supply in the second match as the first-place Crushers and the Guardians came out firing. Crushers lit the red light early on a goal from Jordan Winter before the Guardians replied with three markers from Ryan Guay, Caleb Sheppard and Nathan Carter. Captain Stephen Abbott closed out the first period scoring by busting through the Guardians defense and just getting a low wrister by goalie Nathan Wicks-Parsons at the 17-minute mark.
Teams battled back and forth through an intense second period with the Crushers pulling even at 3-3 on a second goal from Winter before a late defensive turn-over led to a goal from Guardians’ Joel Greenham.
Crushers pulled even again early in the third period when Mason Guest found room inside the Guardian’s post. Teams exchanged several scoring opportunities through the third, but Crushers’ Caleb Rossiter’s pad work down low on numerous screen shots and Wicks-Parsons agility, especially on a great glove save against Winter, kept the score tied at 4-4. However, with just over two minutes to play, Stephen Abbott, fired home the winner for the Crushers on a rebound from the slot.
The Generals-Crushers match-up in the best of five League Championship promises to be an exciting one. The Generals are known for their defensive game and the Crushers bring a potent offense to the rink every night. Stay tuned!
Elsewhere in the DJHL, on Thursday night, the St. John’s Caps defeated the Paradise Warriors in straight games to advance to the Atom A Championship against the rival Avalon Celtics.