The Nickel City Major Bantam "AAA" Sons enjoyed a very solid performance recently at the Oshawa Challenge, though no-one moreso than netminder Logan Carr.
With "between the pipes" partner Andrew Marois sidelined with an injury, Carr would make all five starts for his team at the seven team event, holding opponents to just seven goals in helping lead his team to the semi-finals.
The Sons opened the tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Hill Coyotes, scoring once in each period as Billy Biedermann, Alex Chartier and Kyle Perreault all lit the lamp for the locals.
Penalty problems plagued the Nickel City crew later that day, the team assessed no less than eight minors (vs just two for the host Oshawa Generals) as a first period power play goal from Yenry Jibb would stand as the game-winner, the Sons falling to the Gens by a final score of 1-0.
Things were every bit as tight the next day as the northern lads spotted the Ajax Pickering Raiders a 2-0 lead, before getting tallies from Alex Pharand and Dominic Morris late in the second and early in the third to salvage a 2-2 draw and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Needing a win in game four, the Sons left nothing to chance, with Kohen Crane potting with two goals and an assist and Logan Carr recording the shutout in a 5-0 whitewashing of the Saint Clair Shores Saints. Kyle Perreault, Derrick Lecuyer and Sam McCue also found the back of the net for the winners.
With a record of 2-1-1, the Nickel City lads would earn a rematch with Oshawa, forcing the semi-final encounter to overtime before dropping a heart-breaking 3-2 decision. Defenceman Brady Bouchard opened the scoring for the northern reps, with Aidan Carolan and Yenry Jibb getting that one back and then some in the middle stanza, as Oshawa grabbed a 2-1 lead.
But with just under a minute remaining in the game, Sam McCue fired home the equalizer, forcing the exta session in which Jibb would bury his second goal of the game for the win.
"The team had a good weekend, battling hard to reach the semis," noted head coach Corey Crane. "Our staff is really proud of just how far they have come. They deserved more with the effort they gave all weekend."
The team, which is sponsored this year by Deziel Repairs, also includes Cameron Allen, Carson Crane, Easton Stanley, Miguel Renaud, Cowan Billard, Noah Kohan and team staff Troy Mallette (ass't coach), Todd Crane (ass't coach), Robert Demers (trainer) and manager Kim Crane.