FLORADALE 4 DRAYTON 2
With first place on the line, both teams were eager for the win. Floradale scored first late in the opening period, but Drayton tied the game minutes later to keep the game tied after the first period of play.
Corey Wideman scored the Floradale goal from the set up passes of Bradon and Dan Martin.
The Drayton goal was jammed in by Robyn Curry, assisted by Mike DeWeerd.
Drayton took the lead late in the second period. Mark Scholten caught Eric Deckers with a pass as he skated in on the right side boards. Deckers hit the top of the face-off circle and blasted a shot on net. Dave Mulder collected the rebound and tossed it into the open corner.
Floradale opened the third period with the tying goal. Bradon and Dan Martin worked the puck deep and Ryan Martin sent the disc into the corner with a wrist shot.
Floradale took the lead shortly after. Nick Martin teed up Josh Brohman, who blasted a shot wide of the net and Tim Martin took the puck off the back board bounce and snapped it into the corner.
Floradale added one more power play goal to put the game away. Nick Martin slipped a pass to Mike Martin who sliced the puck through the crowd for a screened shot goal.
BETHEL 5 MISSIONARY 2
Missionary skated into this game and set up a quick two-goal lead by the middle of the first period. Cody Gleeson took the pass from Dylan Bults to beat the goaltender with a wrist shot to open the scoring.
Matt Burnett followed less than a minute later with a hard charge at the net. Burnett intercepted a clearing attempt by the Bethel goaltender and snapped the puck into the empty goal.
Bethel took over in the second period. Mackenzie Bauman opened the period with a goal with a scramble at the net, assisted by Sam Altwegg. Then Zach Bauman skated a loose puck to the net and slipped it under the pads of the net minder for the goal.
Bethel added two more goals in the third to complete the come-from-behind victory. Goaltender Derek Wideman started the play with a leading pass to Brandon Shoemaker. Shoemaker then set up Zach Bauman for a shot into the open corner.
Shoemaker stormed into a loose puck and slipped it behind the crease for one final goal to finish the game.
COMMUNITY 4 LISTOWEL 3
For two thirds of the game it looked as though Listowel might record their first win of the season. After two periods of play, it was Listowel who claimed the only goal in the dying seconds of the second period. Zach Gingrich and Josh Shantz stormed the net and Mike Gingrich finished the play with goal to put Listowel on the score board.
Listowel started the third period with another goal. Mark Hockley and Travis Kuepfer worked the puck deep to create a scramble at the net. Curtis Wagler stayed with the play to send the puck to the back of the net.
Community edged back for a goal. Ryan and Tony Martin carried the puck to the net and Calvin Martin sent a wrist shot to the back of the webbing.
Listowel responded with a pretty goal. Mike Gingrich sent Josh Shantz skating in on the left side of the net. Shantz twirled in close to the net and sent a back handed pass to Zach Gingrich driving to the net. Gingrich wasted no time ripping a shot into the empty corner.
However, with plenty of time left in the final period, Community stormed back. Tony Martin converted a scramble at the net to send a loose puck behind the crease, then seconds later tied the game with a wrist shot. Calvin Martin and Ryan Martin assisted on the goal.
With the momentum swinging, Community kept the pressure on and were rewarded with the go-ahead goal in the final minutes of the game. Terry Horst and Rick Brubacher moved the puck around the net and Tony Martin found an empty spot to send the puck behind the goaltender to claim the game and finish his hat trick.