Stoney Creek Claws Back For OT Victory
Date: Dec 9, 2023
Photo by: Paul Wright
For the second straight season, the Dundas Real McCoys visited the Wentworth Gryphins on opening night in Flamborough.
Wentworth was in full control of the game from the drop of the puck. Marc Anthony Simonetta opened the scoring at 8:58 of the first. Marc Silvestri and Matt MacLeod each added a goal for a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes. The scoring continued in the second for the home side with Nick Giamou and Perry D’Arriso finding the back of the net and chasing Dundas’ netminder Mike Mole from the game just before the halfway point of the middle stanza.
With the Gryphins up 7-0, the Real McCoys finally got the goose egg off the board with goals 52 seconds apart from Igor Gongalsky and Jerrett Konkle. Simonetta would close out the scoring with a shorthanded goal to give him the year’s first hat-trick. Matt Camilleri would get the win, stopping 40 of 42 shots on the evening.
This past offseason, the Brampton Buccaneers did some major retooling of their roster and it paid dividends on Friday night at their home opener at the CAA Centre against Wentworth.
D’Arriso opened the scoring for the Gryphins, notching his second goal of the season before the Buccaneers’ Chris Porter evened the score at one with a shorthanded mark at the ten-minute mark of the opening period. Wentworth would regain the lead and add to it before the end of the period with goals from Alex Hutchings, Dom Monardo and Matt Beca.
In the second, something clicked for the Buccaneers as they started firing at will and came away with four goals in the frame. Adam Morgan and Porter would score just 22 seconds apart to make it a one goal contest. Liam Jacobs would then score a 14:44 to tie the game before Blake Hembruff gave Brampton the lead at 16:17. The latter of the goals in the period would be the eventual game winner.
The Buccaneers would get a pair of goals from Chris Stoikos and a second from Morgan in the third while D’Arriso would score late in the game for his second of game as well.
The win for Brampton marks the first in franchise history in the ACH with Scott Smith getting the win, making 50 saves.
The opening week was closed out as the Stoney Creek Tigers, formerly the Hamilton Steelers, started their defense of the Robertson Cup, hosting the team they defeated to earn the championship, in the Real McCoys.
For the defending Allan Cup Champions from Dundas, the game got underway much like it had two nights earlier as the Tigers jumped out to an early lead. Scoring for Stoney Creek in the opening 20-minutes was Jordan Gignac, Michael Ruberto, Steven Goeree and Mike Riley. Of note, Gignac and Ruberto’s goals came five seconds apart.
Longpre got the McCoys on the board just before the ten-minute mark of the second period. Joe Tolles and Kyle McQuade answered back for Stoney Creek at 15:49 and 16:35 respectively to go up 6-1. Mackenzie Wood did get Dundas a little closer with 1:56 remaining in the middle frame.
In the third, the McCoys would outscore the Tigers 3-2. Longpre scored his second of the game and Wood scoring twice to complete the hat-trick, but Riley and Tolles added their second goals of the game to secure the 8-5 win for Stoney Creek.
Dundas’ Wood ended the game with five points in the loss. Daniel Svedin earned the win for the Tigers, making 48 saves on the evening in front of what has been described as the largest crowd for an ACH regular season game at Gateway Ice Centre in Stoney Creek.
Friday, November 24
Stoney Creek at Dundas – 7:30pm
Saturday, November 25
Brampton at Stoney Creek – 6:30pm
Friday, December 1
Wentworth at Dundas – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 2
Wentworth at Stoney Creek – 6:30pm
For more information contact Allan Cup Hockey Commissioner Rick Richardson at 905-328-4727 or email: email@example.com