By Casey Wedge
Mid-Day from Buffalo
On this foggy morning in Buffalo, Peewees and Bantams kick started the day with the puck dropping at 6:30 on the dot.
In the first game of the day, the Pittsburgh Bandits faced off against the Butler Cobras Black. The Bandits took an early lead finding the back of the net twice before the game was even four minutes in. The buried again with only thirty seconds remaining in the first period going into the intermission with a 3-0 lead. The Butler Cobras battled back and scored their first goal of the game a minute and a half into the second period. The kept fighting and eventually beat the tendy again with a few minutes remaining but the Bandits maintained control of the puck and held up the 3-2 lead for the win. This game really set the tempo for the day and we knew we were going to have a series of close games all day.
The Brampton Warriors proved that they came to play in the opening Bantam game of the day. The puck dropped and they gained possession and quickly broke down the Pittsburgh Bandits AA defense. The Warriors buried their first goal about 3:30 into the first and went on to bury 7 more and held the Bandits AA to a shutout. Immediately following, the Butler Cobras Grey met the Pittsburgh Bandits A for both their first matchups of the tourney. A defensive mindset from both teams led to the lowest scoring game of the weekend so far. The Pittsburgh Bandits A were able to squeeze out a 2-1 win over the Cobras Grey with the game winning goal coming just two minutes into the final period of play.
The last round robin Squirt game just finished up and the teams are set for playoffs. As yesterday’s prelim games predicted, the Butler Cobras Blue and the Mississauga Mission Rattlers took the 1st and 2nd seed, respectively. The Pittsburgh Bandits AA took the 3rd seed after going 2-1 through round robin play netting 18 goals on the way. The Buffalo Warriors clenched the final spot in the Gold bracket and are set to face the Cobras Blue at 6:30. In the Silver brackets, the semifinal games are matchups between the Pittsburgh Bandits A and the Butler Cobras Green followed by the Steel City Snipers taking on the Butler Cobras Yellow.
Midgets are starting to roll in and the Peewee and Bantams are in full swing. As always, be sure to check back in a little later for updates on the rest of the today’s games including Squirt semifinal action and plenty more Peewee and Bantam matchups still to come.