Peewee AAA 99ers playing for provincial gold in Ottawa

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The Brantford Minor Hockey Association’s peewee AAA 99ers will be playing for gold at the Ontario Hockey Federation championship in Ottawa.

Brantford advanced to the provincial final after defeating the Ottawa 67’s 4-3 in a semifinal on Friday afternoon.

The 99ers, with a 4-3 record, will play the Mississauga Senators (7-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for gold.

Mississauga defeated the Markham Waxers 4-2 in its semifinal.

According to the website,, the Senators are the top-ranked 2006 AAA team with a record of 57 wins, six losses and five ties this season. The 99ers, Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario champions, are ranked fifth at 54-14-7.

In the round-robin game between the 99ers and Senators, Brantford trailed 4-1 before getting to within one goal late in the third period. Mississauga sealed the game with an empty-net goal.

In its semifinal on Friday, Nate Murphy scored the lone goal in the first period to give the 99ers a 1-0 lead.

After Ottawa tied the score early in the second, two goals from Lucas Karmiris and a power-play marker from Marek Vanacker put Brantford out front 4-1.

The 67’s scored late in the second and early in the third, on the power play, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Danny Doyle earned the win in goal for the 99ers as Brantford outshot its opponent 19-17.

Going into the playoff round, Karmiris and Vanacker were the only two players not on the Senators or Waxers who were among the top-nine in scoring.

Through the first six games of the tournament’s round robin, Karmiris (seven goals, six assists) tied Mississauga’s William Moore (6G, 7A) for the scoring title. Karmiris recorded the most goals, tied with Mississauga’s Malcolm Spence, who had 11 points, tying him with teammate Carter Lowe for third in scoring.

After that, Brantford’s Marek Vanacker (3G, 6A) tied with three Markham Waxers players to round out the top-nine.

Karmiris’ three special teams goals – two on the power play and one short-handed – were the most of any player.

Following the semifinals, Karmiris led the tournament in scoring with 15 points. He’s also first with nine goals.

Vanacker (4G, 6A) is tied for sixth in scoring.