Saturday morning marked the opening puck drop for Atom House League in Sarnia sponsored by McDonalds. The rink was filled with excitement to watch Yellow and Red, Blue and Green, Black and White, and Orange and Grey take to the ice.
In the first game of the season Yellow played host to Red. The first period was what is known in boxing as a ďFeeling Out RoundĒ and neither team put any goals on the scoreboard. But in the second period Adam Walker netted the first goal of the regular season with an unassisted tally for Yellow. But Redís Matt Davies pulled his team even with the help of line mates Cyrus Maness and Mason Minielly. The game remained tied until two minutes remained in the frame. Walker pounded home a pass from Ethan Wasson. In the third it was Yellow on the attack. Cody Hillman sniped his first of the game on an assist from Walker. Later on the same shift Hillman returned the favor with a feed to Declan Ritchie who spread his teamís lead to 4-1. But Hillman wasnít done as he got his second goal (third point) with 4:05 left in the game to cap it at 5-1 win for Yellow.
On deck were Green and Blue. Blue opened the scoring with a marker from Owen Dufour with Connor Leone on the assist. But not thirty seconds later, Joe McNeil answered with a Green Goal (from Costa Colombo and Brady Krasinkiewicz) to knot the game at 1. In the second, Green poured on the coal and pumped in three unanswered goals from Krasinkiewicz, Colombo, and Matuzic (Connor Maness on the assist). A third period rally from Blue brought the score back to 4-3 after goals from Owen Pereira (from Turner Jenkins) and Owen Dufour (assists to Owen Wilson, Clive Owen). This late spark was snuffed out by Greenís Costa Colombo (fourth point of the game) with the 5-3 goal five minutes before the final buzzer. This score would remain and the game concluded in favour of team Green 5-3.
White and Black took to the ice next and picked up right where the previous two teams had left off. Seven goals were scored in the first period alone. Chase Nickels started the affair with a lamp lighter (from Quintin Bouma and Chris Blair). White answered with a goal off the tape of Jeremy MacMillan (from Everett Bell and Kyle Moore). The puck dropped and MacMillan went right back to work scoring again 15 seconds later (this time Ethan Hyde and Philip Aewall picked up assists). Alex Weir put home two of his own before the period ended, but Tyler Glavin and Chase Nickels scored before the end of the period to make it 4-3 for White. In the second, Chase Nickels picked up two more goals (both unassisted) and Bouma picked up his second of the contest. In the final period of play White kept it close with a goal each from MacMillan and Weir, who each completed their hat tricks respectively. Black picked up markers as well though; Bouma netted his second and third goal to get a hat trick of his own. But the story of the game is Chase Nickelís five-goal performance after picking up yet another goal in the final frame. The game was a 15 goal affair with team Black coming out on top by a score of 9-6.
In the final game of Week 1 Orange and Grey went head to head. Orange owned the first period putting up three unanswered goals. Jazen Wark picked up two (Liam Kershaw assisted the second) and Anthony Bullock got one of his own. Orange held a three-goal lead heading into the second. Three minutes into the second Jazen Wark completed his hat trick widening the lead to 4-0. Nolan Jennings answered for Grey with his first of the game halfway through the period. But before the second period came to a close Anthony Bullock set the score at 5-1 going into the final frame. Grey made a push in the third with Jennings getting his second of the contest, and Eli Erickson finding the back of the net finishing off the passing play from Tony Vario and Luke Davidson. This effort though fell short as Bullock hit twine for the third time in the game, completing his hat trick. And with a 6-3 Orange Victory that concluded the first week of Atom House League Hockey.