Midget AE, Major Midget Otters off to a winning start in this year’s playdowns

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The minor Otters teams are buckling down for their 2019 playdown season. All teams are skating with their best intentions to bring home the title of OMHA Champions. Two teams are well on their way to achieve just that.

Armstrong Dodge Midget AE Otters

“The Midget AE Otters are on a roll,” said coach Mike Lines.

The Midget AEs battled back and forth for wins against the South Muskoka Bears throughout the entire regular season. But they overpowered the Bears in the Muskoka Parry Sound (MPS) Championship Tournament, held January 4-6, for the title, as well as knocking out the Bears in the first round of the OMHA Playdowns. “The Otters were able to go perfect against the Bears with a three-game sweep,” added Lines.

The round one win over the Bears earned the Otters a berth in the second round. The team hosted the Penetang Flames on January 19 at the Don Lough for game one. The Flames were no match for the Midgets as Huntsville owned the score board and shut out their opponents with a 4-0 win.

On Sunday, January 20, the Otters travelled to Penetang where they met their match.

“In game two, the Flames went up early 1-0. It wasn’t until the last two-minute mark that the Otters were able to tie it up. And then with 53 seconds remaining, the Otters went up 2-1 for another big win,” said Lines. The Armstrong Dodge Midget AE team will stay focused and continue to play with determination to win this round.

Game three against the Flames will be in Huntsville this Saturday, January 26 at 6:10 p.m. Coach Lines is optimistic. “If and when the Otters are done with the Flames, they are off to the quarter-finals in a continued quest for the Ontario Champion.”

Armstrong Dodge Midget AE Otters

The Armstrong Dodge Midget AE Otters, MPS champions, (front from left) Evan Stillar and Riley Earl; (middle row from left) trainer Colin McDonald, assistant coach Derek Punchard, Matt Schnurr, Ryan Taylor, Parker Simpson, Brandon Maw, Brayden Holman, Eric Cameron, Ty Wortman, Nathan Huke, Cole Lines, Cole Punchard, Josh Bozek, assistant coach Pat Hayes, and head coach Mike Lines; (back row from left) Dakota Grant, Owen Buczek, and Mitchell Lines. Absent from photo: Ben Aben. (supplied)

Above photos: The Armstrong Dodge Midget AE Otters vs. the Penetang Flames in the second round of playdowns

MBRP Major Midget Otters

The MBRP Major Midget Otters started the new year off by hosting the MPS Regional Playoff Tournament on January 5-6, 2019 in Huntsville. They had two wins and a tie in round robin play, which put the Otters in the championship game against the South Muskoka Bears where they took the gold with a 2-1 win.

Winning the MPS championships gave the Major Midget team the home ice advantage when starting their OMHA preliminary round playdowns against the South Muskoka Bears. Playdown rounds consist of a best-three-of-five-game series or the first team to six points. Game one was in Huntsville on Saturday, January 20.

“The Otters took the game with a fairly decisive 5-2 win,” said coach Jason Farnsworth. Game two, held in Bracebridge, “was a much closer, hard fought battle between the Otters and the Bears, with Huntsville once again taking the win with a final score of 4-3.”

Farnsworth commended his players for their efforts. “I am pleased with the heart and determination my team has shown so far—as it is early in the playdowns, we have lots of work left to do.”

The Major Midget Otters continue their playdown action this weekend with game three in Huntsville on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. on the Don Lough ice. The Otters hope to fill the stands with their supportive fans.

Above photos: The MBRP Major Midget Otters in the first round of playdowns vs. the South Muskoka Bears

MBRP Major Midget Otters

The MBRP Major Midget Otters (front row from left) Gage Fisher, Colin Jones, Nick Coleman, assistant trainer Al East, assistant coach Todd Jones, manager Amanda Jones, head coach Jason Farnsworth, trainer Taylor Fawcett, Chris Locke, Cam Aben, and Josh Lawson; (back row from left) Josh Degazio, Nate Markle, Colin Hungerford, Kieryn Morrison, Tysen Robb, Josh Cormier, Dylan Lawrence, Adam Dupuis, Wes Farnsworth, Alan East, Braiden Jones, and Graeme MacDougall (supplied)

Good luck to all the minor Otters teams in their quest for the championship!

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