Bandits bow out of OMHA playdowns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Beverly Bandits Bantam Boys Rep Team was eliminated from the OMHA playdowns, three games to one, when they dropped a hard fought 2-1 game to Belmont on home ice at the end of February.

Belmont opened the scoring early in the first period on a wild scramble around the Beverly net. Goaltender Kelsan Gehlert stopped the initial shot and the rebound, but couldn't cover the puck, which was lying in front of his pads along the goal line. A Belmont player crashed the net, shoving both Gehlert and the puck into the net. The referee allowed the goal, despite the protests from the Beverly bench.

Beverly tied the score late in the first period when Brett Ofield won the draw cleanly back to defenseman Brandon Desroches, whose quick shot from the point found the top corner of the net.

Both teams traded scoring chances in the second period as the goalies took turns making outstanding saves and it looked like it was going to take a strange goal to break the deadlock. That goal came late in the second period, when a Beverly defenseman blocked a shot in front of the net and the puck bounced high into the air. Before the puck could hit the ice, a Belmont player batted it out of the air with a baseball swing and drove it into the net behind Gehlert.

Beverly battled back and had several excellent scoring chances, but could not score the equalizer; one shot hit the crossbar and another slid by the empty net. Despite losing three players to season-ending injuries and forced to play with just three defensemen and two lines, the Bandits were able to match the Belmont team stride for stride.

Belmont is a well-coached, disciplined hockey team with excellent skills. Both teams played an exciting,style of hockey with lots of solid body checking, and neither team took undisciplined penalties. Each game, in doubt until the final buzzer, was decided by one goal. Belmont has an excellent chance of winning the OMHA championship and was next slated to play Howick in the semi-final round.

Beverly goes back into the Grand Valley League playoffs and also looks forward to an upcoming tournament in Brighton.

-Submitted by Ken Ofield

Bandits bow out of OMHA playdowns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Beverly Bandits Bantam Boys Rep Team was eliminated from the OMHA playdowns, three games to one, when they dropped a hard fought 2-1 game to Belmont on home ice at the end of February.

Belmont opened the scoring early in the first period on a wild scramble around the Beverly net. Goaltender Kelsan Gehlert stopped the initial shot and the rebound, but couldn't cover the puck, which was lying in front of his pads along the goal line. A Belmont player crashed the net, shoving both Gehlert and the puck into the net. The referee allowed the goal, despite the protests from the Beverly bench.

Beverly tied the score late in the first period when Brett Ofield won the draw cleanly back to defenseman Brandon Desroches, whose quick shot from the point found the top corner of the net.

Both teams traded scoring chances in the second period as the goalies took turns making outstanding saves and it looked like it was going to take a strange goal to break the deadlock. That goal came late in the second period, when a Beverly defenseman blocked a shot in front of the net and the puck bounced high into the air. Before the puck could hit the ice, a Belmont player batted it out of the air with a baseball swing and drove it into the net behind Gehlert.

Beverly battled back and had several excellent scoring chances, but could not score the equalizer; one shot hit the crossbar and another slid by the empty net. Despite losing three players to season-ending injuries and forced to play with just three defensemen and two lines, the Bandits were able to match the Belmont team stride for stride.

Belmont is a well-coached, disciplined hockey team with excellent skills. Both teams played an exciting,style of hockey with lots of solid body checking, and neither team took undisciplined penalties. Each game, in doubt until the final buzzer, was decided by one goal. Belmont has an excellent chance of winning the OMHA championship and was next slated to play Howick in the semi-final round.

Beverly goes back into the Grand Valley League playoffs and also looks forward to an upcoming tournament in Brighton.

-Submitted by Ken Ofield

Bandits bow out of OMHA playdowns

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Beverly Bandits Bantam Boys Rep Team was eliminated from the OMHA playdowns, three games to one, when they dropped a hard fought 2-1 game to Belmont on home ice at the end of February.

Belmont opened the scoring early in the first period on a wild scramble around the Beverly net. Goaltender Kelsan Gehlert stopped the initial shot and the rebound, but couldn't cover the puck, which was lying in front of his pads along the goal line. A Belmont player crashed the net, shoving both Gehlert and the puck into the net. The referee allowed the goal, despite the protests from the Beverly bench.

Beverly tied the score late in the first period when Brett Ofield won the draw cleanly back to defenseman Brandon Desroches, whose quick shot from the point found the top corner of the net.

Both teams traded scoring chances in the second period as the goalies took turns making outstanding saves and it looked like it was going to take a strange goal to break the deadlock. That goal came late in the second period, when a Beverly defenseman blocked a shot in front of the net and the puck bounced high into the air. Before the puck could hit the ice, a Belmont player batted it out of the air with a baseball swing and drove it into the net behind Gehlert.

Beverly battled back and had several excellent scoring chances, but could not score the equalizer; one shot hit the crossbar and another slid by the empty net. Despite losing three players to season-ending injuries and forced to play with just three defensemen and two lines, the Bandits were able to match the Belmont team stride for stride.

Belmont is a well-coached, disciplined hockey team with excellent skills. Both teams played an exciting,style of hockey with lots of solid body checking, and neither team took undisciplined penalties. Each game, in doubt until the final buzzer, was decided by one goal. Belmont has an excellent chance of winning the OMHA championship and was next slated to play Howick in the semi-final round.

Beverly goes back into the Grand Valley League playoffs and also looks forward to an upcoming tournament in Brighton.

-Submitted by Ken Ofield