The all-girls Bantam AAA Western Phantoms hosted the Peewee AAA Canadiens for the latter’s second exhibition game of the weekend late Sunday morning at the Willie O’Ree Place on Fredericton’s North side! While age and height visibly set both benches apart, the Canadiens delivered hard work and grit throughout the three periods of this exciting game!
The Canadiens successfully killed off the first penalty of the game and this clearly generated momentum on the Habs’ bench! Fans were treated with back-and-forth action as both teams enjoyed equal opportunities to clinch the coveted first goal of the game! With 2:07 remaining in the first, the Canadiens took full advantage of a power-play to post the first digit on the scoreboard, thanks to #19 Jack Price (from #18 Jeffrey Theriault and #9 Andrew Gweon)! And with one second remaining on the clock left, #18 Jeffrey Theriault brought the tally to an even number (from #19 Jack Price)!
The Phantoms turned up the pressure as the second period got underway and defended their zone with determination. The visiting team retaliated with as much steam, most notably by hanging on to their 2-0 lead despite being short-handed two players mid-way in period! With 5:33 remaining, #10 Camden Thomson (from #3 Tyler Lynch) raised the bar and put the Habs in a comfortable 3-0 lead!
The Canadiens scored within the first minute of the third period, strengthening their lead to a 4-0 advantage over their hosts – credit to #18 Jeffrey Theriault (from #19 Jack Price). And they kept going! Within a few minutes, the Habs were posting a 7-0 lead over their rivals, with scores from #14 Zack Graham (from #8 Ben Brewer and #46 Tyler Leaman), #18 Jeffrey Theriault – from #10 Camden Thomson who would shortly after score the Canadiens’ seventh goal! #19 Jack Price (from #18 Jeffrey Theriault) had the scorekeeper working away at the controls once more in favour of the Habs with less than eight minutes remaining! Time trickled and the final buzzer rang in the well-earned victory for the Canadiens!
Final score: Canadiens 8, Phantoms 0.
Both #1 Nick Parsons and #35 Will Englehart guarded the Canadiens’ goal valiantly, fighting off numerous offensive strikes from the Phantoms!